Is it National Conspiracy Day and no one told me?

I was dumping these links all in strange remains because I simply have nothing of value to say about them but they subliminally cried for me to put them together in their own post. Apologies to Jeb who begged me not to cover the ultra-dumb Tom DeLonge story but… can’t help it.

Also, it’s good to remind readers every now and again that we are NOT journalists and this is not officially a news site. We just aggregate weird things you probably should be skeptical about or be aware the public takes seriously. I know, it’s depressing.

Fifty percent of Americans believe in some conspiracy theory. Here’s why. – The Washington Post.

We define a conspiracy theory as an explanation that makes reference to hidden, malevolent forces seeking to advance some nefarious aim. Not all conspiracy theories are untrue but they all contradict a commonly accepted explanation for the same phenomenon.

Once a conspiracy theory becomes the commonly accept explanation, it ceases to be a conspiracy theory and becomes history or simply fact.

Strange, this post said this journal article is new, it’s from March 2014 online and Oct 2014 in print. It is available to read in its entirety. Looks good but I have no comments since I haven’t read it yet.

Lizard people: the greatest political conspiracy ever created – Vox.

Wait. People actually believe in this stuff?


How many Americans believe in lizard people?

Back in April of 2013, Public Policy Polling conducted a poll about conspiracy theories like aliens, an impostor Paul McCartney, and, of course, lizard people. And the polling organization found that 4 percent of Americans believe in lizard people, while another 7 percent were unsure. Taken to its absurd extreme, that would imply around 12 million Americans, Philip Bump, a lizard person scholar and writer at the Washington Post, found.

Yeah, I have no response to that. My brain is not wired for insanity.

Blink-182 Co-Founder Tom DeLonge Goes Deep on UFOs, Government Coverups and Why Aliens are Bigger than Jesus.

You have to understand, I’ve been involved in this for a long time. I have sources from the government. I’ve had my phone tapped. I’ve done a lot of weird stuff in this industry — people wouldn’t believe me if I told them. But this is what happens when you start getting on an email chains with hundreds of scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and different universities around the country, and you start outing seniors scientists from Lockheed Martin talking about the reality of this stuff, guys that hold 30 patents, guys that work underground out in the Nevada test sites in Area 51. It goes far beyond just saying, “Hey, that little light in the sky, that’s a little green man.” That doesn’t lend the right gravity to the topic.

OK. Whatever… DeLonge seems completely gullible or overly denialist. He can’t seem to critically think himself out of a paper bag. He used to run the website Strange Times. It’s gone now. You know, the government shut it down. I mean, I’d like to think that’s because there is only so much room for such insanity. But that’s just me being optimistic. Obviously, that’s not true.

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What’s my age again?


  8 comments for “Is it National Conspiracy Day and no one told me?

  1. spookyparadigm
    February 20, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    If you actually want to know something interesting about the Reptilian thing (or conspiracy in general), read Michael Barkun’s book Culture of Conspiracy. Unfortunately for me (as I had worked it out myself, specifically the Doreal connection, a couple of years after he published but before I encountered his book), he’s got a solid examination of the origins and history of the Reptilian thing. You can read more about that here

    I’m less than impressed with that conspiracy psychology article. I’m going to question a study that equates chemtrails with “bankers use secret dealings, including the recent crisis, to manipulate the global economy”. Yes, they way they express that and the Iraq War one are explicitly beyond the facts, but they echo the facts (even if some of the movers and shakers in the invasion of Iraq saw it as an anti-terrorism fight, there were secret dealings, there were plans to create a false flag instrument by reflagging a U2 and getting the Iraqis to fire on it if necessary, Halliburton and other oil company involvement was beyond shady). Comparing that to chemtrails specifically to then try and comment on the bipartisan nature of conspiracy theory is frankly bad design. They’re not going to get equivalent responses. A better choice for liberal conspiracy theories would have been about electronic vote rigging, a belief that was quite popular amongst a subset of liberals in the wake of the 2004 election, had a few pieces of “evidence” but ultimately didn’t pan out.

    Also, trying to paint 9/11 Trutherism as a liberal conspiracy theory is simply inaccurate. Yes, it was popular with a section of American liberals and leftists in the 2000s, but I’ve seen both poll numbers and my own experience watching this one that it was about as popular on the libertarian far right (I mean hell, the point man for it was Alex Jones, not exactly a liberal character and the Rense site for a long time was its major home, again, not exactly a big liberal watering hole).

  2. Perry
    February 20, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Yes, there was a conspiracy not to tell you it is national conspiracy day.

  3. spookyparadigm
    February 20, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    And looking at the WaPo interview, he specifically mentions the Fed again in the supposedly liberal conspiracy about banks and the recession.

    Um, the Fed is the great bogeyman of the libertarian right. Again, Alex Jones. Ron Paul. Glenn Beck. All those folks obsessing about gold. I’m sure there are liberals and leftists who don’t like the Fed. But they’re more likely to rage about the neoliberal impact of the World Bank on other economies, not the Fed and fiat currency.

  4. Z-one
    February 20, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    As depressing as it is to think that millions of Americans may actually believe in or are unsure about the existence of extraterrestrial lizard people bent on world domination, I am surprisingly pleased to learn we live in a world where someone can be identified as a “lizard person scholar”.

  5. terry the censor
    February 21, 2015 at 1:57 AM

    > Michael Barkun’s book Culture of Conspiracy

    A most excellent read.

    (BTW, it’s now in a second edition, for anyone looking to buy a copy.)

  6. RandyRandy
    February 21, 2015 at 2:55 AM

    It was actually Believe-Any-Ridiculous-Theory-You’re-Told-And-Deny-All-Well-Proven-Explanations-Because-Reality-Is-False Day, but THEY covered that up by calling it National Conspiracy Day.

  7. One Eyed Jack
    February 21, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Isn’t 5% the threshold for any poll? That is to say, any question will always have at least 5% positive or negative responses. Also, the margin of error according to the article is +/-2.8%.

    Given those considerations, the number of Lizard Alien True Believers may be much smaller than 12 million.

  8. busterggi
    February 21, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Actually the conspiracy was to make you think there was a National Conspiracy Day and that you missed it. There wasn’t, you didn’t, we suceeded!

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