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It's A Conspiracy!

June 30, 2016
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

While driving home from the race track Saturday night, I was surfing AM radio for a change and landed on a talk show based out of St. Louis, which was having a rolling discussion on various conspiracy theories. Of course, there were many offerings in the 45 minute drive as I listened, laughing at some, shaking my head at others, and a couple that actually made me wonder.

During the course of the show, the moderator mentioned a website listing several conspiracies, and being the inquisitive type, as a good journalist should be, I checked the website on Sunday. What follows are just a few of the conspiracies that are floating about society today which should generate a little discussion when you're looking for a topic to discuss.

A Little Conspiracy Never Hurt Anyone....

The 1919 World Series was thrown

Often referred to as the Black Sox Scandal, eight White Sox players were accused of throwing the World Series in 1919. When the story broke late in 1920, the players were acquitted because throwing games wasn't technically a crime.

The government poisoned alcohol during prohibition

When people continued to drink after alcohol was banned, the government basically tried to prevent moonshiners from cooking up more alcohol by "spoiling" their ingredients. Because the moonshiners didn't stop, many of them ended up getting sick and even dying.

Car companies bought up and destroyed streetcars

According to a report done by Congress in 1974, car companies bought up and then destroyed many of the street car and rail connections in the United States in the 1930s in order to increase demand for cars. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why you were stuck in traffic this morning.

Area 51 is a top secret military installation

In July 2013, following a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request that was filed in 2005, the CIA publicly acknowledged the existence of Area 51 for the first time.

The CIA conducts mind control experiments

Project MKUltra, a CIA program that performed mind control and drug experiments on civilians was revealed in 1975 during congressional investigations and hearings.

The IRS is targeting people politically

In 2013, during the IRS targeting controversy, it was revealed that the IRS had singled out various conservative groups and subjected them to significant scrutiny.

The NSA is listening to you

This one probably needs no explanation. The recent NSA scandal that broke out as a result of revelations by Eric Snowden has led to international repercussions.

The KGB was involved in the Kennedy assassination

But probably not the way that you think. When a former KGB official defected to the UK in 1992, he brought along several documents that are now known as the Mitrokhin Archive. One of the things detailed in these papers was the fact that the KGB had attempted to spread misinformation about the Kennedy assassination. As part of their war with the CIA they were actually trying to spread conspiracy theories.

The WWE is scripted

So this one might not come as a surprise, but in 2013 a Reddit user by the name of Dolphins1925 began releasing the winners for every single match beforehand. Just in case you need any proof to convince your hardcore friends

The President is abusing his power to spy on people and bully opponents

The infamous Watergate scandal catapulted this conspiracy theory into reality. The Nixon administration was accused of wiretapping opponents, harassing activist groups, and using the FBI, CIA, and IRS. Things eventually came to light and the Supreme Court ordered the Nixon administration to hand over evidence. Facing certain impeachment in Congress, Nixon resigned.

The military has investigated using psychic abilities

As crazy as this sounds, the Stargate Project was an actual army unit created to investigate the possibility of using psychic phenomena on the battlefield. It was shutdown in 1995 because it was not being productive.

Asbestos is dangerous

Although it was suspected for years, 1970s court documents alleged that the government had known about the dangers of asbestos since the 1930s but had concealed them. The asbestos manufacturing companies are even worse. Still today they deny that asbestos has any negative medical effects in spite of the fact that medicine says otherwise.

There are countless other conspiracies out there - you just have to know what people don't want you to know....



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