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Is this how Conspiracy theories start?

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This was in my  Junk Mail comes from  Freedomnetwork whoever. whatever idiot  that may be..

 

Overwhelming evidence has surfaced to prove that Sandy Hooks is a hoax. For example, the recently released CNN helicopter footage that is supposed to show children escaping from the school is obviously set somewhere else. The “grieving” parents are surprisingly joyful during their interviews. The footage from the early hours of the incident shows a traffic pattern that makes it impossible for emergency vehicles to operate. There are many other points with various degrees of credibility, but anyone doing serious research should find plenty to disprove the “official” story. In spite of this, many people still manage to believe the TV version of the Sandy Hoax drama.  And then he goes on and on… and on, No facts just hysterics.

When it comes to conspiracy theories one has to investigate the motive – always!.

There are only three which cannot quite be disproved with facts.

The murder of JFK (and off the point but so by the way Onassis believed that Jackie O carried the curse of the Kennedy’s along)

Marilyn Monroe’s death

And of course the death of Princess Diana.

 

I have read all the books on Conspiracy theories you see! Just because!

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All a Conspiracy?

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We often read about conspiracy theories which one could define as a projection of fiction into some event (sic). There are some albeit few studies which seeks to uncover what distinguish ‘ believers’ from ‘non-believers’ – a kind of psychological profile if you want.

 

It does seem that it helps people gain some measure of understanding / control over an unpredictable world (Applied Cognitive Psychology).

 

The following characteristics are mentioned:- taking a cynical stance toward politics, mistrusting authority (WHO DOES NOT?) , endorsing democratic practices, feeling generally suspicious toward others and displaying an inquisitive, imaginative outlook.  One of the authors of the study calls it “selective skepticism.”

 

But what I find so interesting is that believers are highly doubtful about information from the government or other sources they consider suspect (not that I blame them ) BUT without criticism, believers accept any source that supports their preconceived views. Jumping to conclusions based on limited evidence.

 

It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things.

Terry Pratchett, Jingo