For anyone who has had the misfortune of stumbling across Billy Meier predictions and UFO photographs, then you probably already know that the entire topic has been a madhouse of attacks, counter attacks and slander between skeptics and believers for many decades. Last week I covered a brief history of the Billy Meier case, and provided a few examples of how badly Meier Cult followers fail to perform their own research – a claim they constantly level against skeptics. (The cult today is known as “FIGU”) In our first article on Billy Meier and Michael Horn, written by our own Seamus Coogan, Meier cult followers came out in force lambasting Seamus for his article (which in my opinion used kid gloves on Meier, to be honest). They slammed Seamus for “not doing his homework”, yet they failed to offer specific examples of evidence supporting Meier’s claims, or that Meier’s predictions have ever come true. Upon sifting through the websites of online supporters of Meier, I came across dozens of them mentioning Wendelle Stevens and other folks as credible researchers of the Meier case, but not a single one of those folks bothered to mention the 1987 Spin Magazine article by reporter Legs McNeil, revealing that Wendelle Stevens was doing time in the Arizona State Prison for pedophilia, and that Stevens lied to McNeil about his incarceration, trying to imply it was “set up” by the CIA. Court documents proved otherwise. So what about Billy Meier predictions themselves? You would think it would be easy enough to do the research to prove or disprove whether or not specific prophecies are true? Unfortunately, as you’ll see, even though you can prove Meier’s prophecies to be blatantly false, the Meier cult and promoter Michael Horn are a very slippery bunch when it comes [...]
Browsing Conspiracy Theories
I never paid much attention to mermaids in the wild, because a woman who was part fish never quite seemed right to me. Indeed, my first real experience of a mermaid in the flesh was going to see Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah in the movie Splash. Bar John Candy’s hilarious performance, I thought the movie sucked. Nonetheless, films like Splash and the Little Mermaid helped reawaken an interest in mermaids from cryptozoologists. Now, cryptozoology should not be entirely mocked. On the sensible side, there are excellent scientists and botanists who believe we have not discovered all life forms. They mention the discoveries of the Giant Squid, Megamouth Shark, Coelacanth, and the massive amounts of life found in the darkest recesses of the ocean and Amazon basin as prime examples. Indeed, a person I admire is Jeremy Wade from “River Monsters”. He shows a terrific deal of respect for local myth and legend. However, things get a little slap happy when classic cases like Big Foot and my favorite cryptid the Loch Ness Monster get discussed. Both are slightly more plausible than mermaids are.
In the conspiracy-minded world, any news related to the New World Order, the codename for the rise of a totalitarian one-world government, never fails to generate a huge buzz of excitement. For example, in October this year a video warning of a then looming October 1 date rendered a thrust of online speculation that the Illuminati were staging something momentous just before the US elections. Yes it certainly seems that one conspiracy theory that rarely fails to be out of the limelight with a perpetual string of news is the New World Order. The term New World Order (NWO) essentially refers to the theory that a top secret power elite is conspiring to ultimately rule the world through the emergence of a one-world government. References to this so-called secretive power elite with a globalist agenda are regularly featured in both mainstream and alternative media, with 2013 being no exception. Take a look at some of the latest news and views to grab the headlines about the New World Order.
Recently. the McCanns and their supporters have been denouncing conspiracy theories concerning the abduction of their daughter Madeleine. There are a number of problems with them getting lippy at conspiracy theories concerning them. –> Do they consider professional criminal profilers, journalists, detectives, and stiff smelling dogs to be conspiracy theorists? –> Fans of the McCanns claim the BBC’s recent Scotland Yard “Crime watch” re-enactment could turn the table on their detractors. (1) The detractors for their part believe the show to be fraudulent (they did not even film in Portugal for starters). (2) –> Have the McCanns endorsed the above theories Scotland Yard have been spouting, or has Scotland Yard, been swayed by the McCanns? A good example of the McCanns theorizing is the rather puzzling one concerning their three children’s drugging by an abductor. (3) The McCanns have long denounced any notion of their giving sedatives to their own kids. Furthermore, they promote the fact there was no evidence of drugs found on the two infants left in the bedroom. This is despite the fact their team will never admit the hair testing conducted some months later is considered by many inadequate. (4) Another big problem is if the tests they champion were negative, then surely the McCanns would not advocate the idea the person who stole Madeleine had drugged her? Well as it turns out they do. The Portuguese Police noted the McCanns other children did not wake when chaos erupted around the McCanns’ unit. Thus, they became suspicious; however, Kate McCann has since said she discussed the possible use of sedatives by an abductor with investigators on the night (McCann, 2011). It turns out the first account of the McCann duo discussing the infants inducement by a baddie occurred on the 5th of May two days later. [...]
Prior to the tragic events of 9/11, conspiracy on the net was a broad landscape. JFK dominated in the political realm as did other issues. Sure, there was a lot of bogus information out there, but people tended to stay in their given territories. Hence, I soon realized someone serious about hitting the conspiracy big time online would have to recruit top notch researchers, and evaluate their sources. Thus, it would take a lot of time and money to be a viable alternative to the main stream media (MSM). One thing irked me, though. When Oliver Stone’s JFK came out in 1991, numerous charlatans had emerged hawking their crud. A clear example is conspiracy magnate Bill Cooper, who bought into the tacky theory of JFK’s limousine driver shooting Kennedy. (1) However, Bill Cooper had his own territory and supporters. You could either ignore his bunk or join him (most credible people avoided him). Nonetheless, in the wake of 9/11, one could not ignore any of “them”. A group of wealthy and forward thinking John Birch types (a gross generalization – but you get the idea) began creating or investing in conspiracy based networks. Once a select few would bounce around a few stupid ideas that might or might not take hold. In the new era, one terrible idea triggered another, and they stuck. These networks clearly preferred ratings and hits rather than research, hence the alternate media began resembling something every bit as banal as the mainstream it professed to hate. Emerging from this backdrop around 2001 was one Alexander Emerich Jones.
Area 51. The phrase is synonymous with aliens, UFOs and conspiracy theories galore. The top-secret military base, which the government denied existed until recently, has been the focal point of a plethora of conspiracy theories involving the government’s retro-engineering of UFO spacecraft. The conspiracy theories range from ideas that the government not only has alien technology at Area 51 to being home to living aliens or housing the bodies of actual deceased aliens. However, skeptics dismiss the idea of UFOs and alien beings as nothing more than the products of an overactive imagination. They contend that Area 51 is in fact real, but it is not the home to aliens (dead or alive) or alien technology. Skeptics state that the top-secret military base is a research and development site for experimental military aircraft designed by the U.S. Government. It appears that recently declassified documents may support the skeptics.
Recently, there has been plenty of media coverage about the Nation Security Agency’s use of electronic surveillance practices to monitor Internet and telephone traffic. This media coverage has brought the NSA under close scrutiny by the rest of the world. However, the NSA is not the only American agency employing such surveillance techniques. Moreover, with all of the attention being drawn towards the NSA, the American people appear to have forgotten about the other U.S. government agencies that possess monitoring capabilities. For example, the FBI has a long history of using monitoring and surveillance programs domestically. Even worse, the bureau has a well documented track record of using those programs against domestic protest groups based solely on their First Amendment protected expressions. How exactly does the FBI’s record of focusing on political protest groups and the potential for the bureau to have a PRISM-styled surveillance program of their own affect the average American? Think about it! The rights of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are responsible for some of the most historical changes this country has ever experienced. Two prime examples of this are the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The protests leading up to these acts were considered to be civil disobedience and highly scrutinized by the FBI. So much so, that phones were tapped, people were followed and (in some cases) homes and offices were ransacked. If the FBI has the ability, or even the potential, to gain even more information without following or ransacking, but just booting up a computer . . . what would that do for any sort of modern-day social change in America? It is quite possible that we may not have to speculate about this much longer. It seems that the FBI has been [...]
At the beginning of July, South Korea announced that the massive cyberattack that took place only five months earlier was actually part of a very focused, long-term covert cyberspy operation conducted by organized, highly-skilled hacker groups. The March attack affected over 30,000 computer systems and was focused primarily on banks and news agencies throughout South Korea. McAfee worked closely with South Korean officials to dissect the cyberattack in an effort to understand both its source and its motivations. What the investigation revealed was shocking. Rather than a random malware attack to collect financial details for the purpose of identity theft or making fraudulent purchases, the attacks actually used a malware called the 3Rat Trojan to scan computers for any “documents of interest” that matched specific military-related keywords. The details of the attack revealed that rather than being a criminal operation, the hacking activities were clearly an intelligence-gathering operation, meant to obtain sensitive military and financial information throughout South Korea. (1)
When it comes to freemasonry, theories about conspiracies abound. Many of those theories come from some anti-masonry group or another. A common reoccurring theory (or theories) is that Freemasonry is a satanic cult or a cult of Baphomet worshipers. However, it is really tough to nail down the origins of these theories. Where is the proof? Where is the evidence? Many proponents point to Masonic imagery that includes the pentagram and Baphomet as symbols of evil as proof. Yet, once you begin tracing the origins of these theories, and even the origin of Baphomet itself, it becomes clear that there are some pretty big holes in these theories. So much so, that you could even say that using the Baphomet to link Freemasonry to devil worship or claiming that is a cult of any sort could be one of the greatest historical hoaxes of all times.
When Edward Snowden announced to the world the widespread practice of the U.S. government spying on the communications of it citizens, there were two overall reactions: appallment and confirmation. American citizens across the country were appalled and angered at the idea that the ruling elite of the government would secretly monitor all of their electronic communications. Furthermore, citizens were even angrier to find out that the companies (such as Google, Yahoo, Skype, etc.) that they had put their faith and trust into were more than willing to cooperate with the government. While many were appalled, there were still others who were not shocked that the government was capable of such nefarious actions against its own citizens.