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New DHS conspiracies needed to wet panties over

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Steve Hynd shreds the ‘Omigod the Keynan socialist is arming DHS to take our guns away and put us in concentration camps’ meme that way too many are wetting their undies over.

The 1.6 rounds of ammo purchase by DHS is the maximum amount they can order over five years and their budget for 2013 is for 100 million rounds, which less than they use yearly in training and operations.

Even neocon conservative Charles Krauthammer told his Fox News friends, “I hate to disappoint the conspiracy theorists, they’re gonna have to come up with something new and they will.”

Those 2,700 tanks DHS is buying supposedly so the UN can use them to come crashing down our doors and confiscate our guns is also, to put it politely, an urban myth. DHS has a whopping 16 such vehicles and the vehicles, which aren’t tanks, are part of a navy contract.

These stories are untrue and ginned up by rightwing bloggers who make traffic from demonizing the islamo-socio-fascist Satan in the White House, but that they’re being believed by otherwise sane people points to a zeitgeist that itself should be worrying.

The same type of stories circulated in the late 1960’s. Nixon was preparing concentration camps for unwashed anti-war hippie troublemakers, of which I was proudly a member. The stories were bullshit then and they’re bullshit now.

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Detroit, An American Autopsy. Is America circling the drain?


Shloky thought America still had time to turn things around until he read Detroit, An American Autopsy by Charlie Leduff. Now he’s not sure.

What if the land of the free, of prosperity, of two cars and a picket fence succumbed to the corrupt, the incompetent, the immoral?

It presents the viewpoint that we’re not careening into failure. We’re already there. Ours is a state soon to be hollowed out by failed cities. America was murdered. What we live in is fundamentally different from what we had. We’re in the middle of launching what is new. Its time to approach it that way.

Cannonfire echoes the sentiment in a different way, focusing on the plethora of deranged conspiracy theories going around, which includes Newton Truthers and even, God help us, Aurora Truthers.

America is going insane

Folks, this shit has gotten out of hand. This country cannot survive if an increasing number of citizens go bonkers.

He cites a particularly nutty theory linking MK-Ultra to Martin Luther King as a commie plot to despoil our country. When cities like Detroit die (or are murdered), when we long longer have leaders but grasping greedy thugs and mediocrities running the country then the center may not hold.

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Just a tiny part of The Conspiracy

Click through to view in all its ginormous glory at Zero Hedge

In a related story, The New York Times sniffs disdainfully at conspiracy theories (like, what else would you expect them to do?) even as they link to Alex Jones’ list of 33 conspiracy theories that turned out to be true, an article which certainly undermines their thesis that all this conspiracy business is a bunch of tomfoolery and not a sign of a Serious Establishment Person.

Me, I think history is filled with conspiracies. Remember – no matter how paranoid you are, the bastards are always doing more than you think they are.

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The lunatics are taking over the asylum at KPFA

From Doug Henwood. His excellent show, Behind The News, on Pacifica affiliate WBAI is probably in peril too.

No doubt many of you are sick of the whole Pacifica mess, but this is really important: if these layoffs go down, it’s gonna be 9/11 and chemtrails. From the excellent historian of Pacifica, Matthew Lasar: How the KPFA Morning Show almost killed me (and why I want it to live) | Radio Survivor.

Pacifica to cut 25% of KPFA unionized staff, and irony of ironies, there will be picket lines outside KPFA.

This isn’t about budget cuts that must happen, it’s about a lunatic fringe at Pacifica that is bound and determined to kill the few good shows KPKA has left and replace them with what Lasar calls “their soap box routines on, a program that I generically call the 911Truth-Vitamins-Cure-AIDS-Zionists-Control-the-World-Who-Really-Built-The-Pyramids Show.”

Look, there can be genuine disagreement as well as reasoned discussion about 9/11, and parts of the official story certainly make no sense to me. But Pacifica, rather than focusing on politics, the economy, and organizing (as a good leftie radio network should, especially now) has instead gone into Looney Tunes land, embracing the most extreme of conspiracy theories along with seriously deranged junk science. At a time when a left alternative on the radio is sorely needed, they’ve abandoned their mission, and the ongoing destruction seems almost purposeful.

Their five stations are in major metro areas and would probably sell for several hundred million. Who would get the money if Pacifica went bankrupt and sold the stations? Just wondering. And while one should never underestimate the ability of the far left to shoot itself in the foot, the collapse of Pacifica at a time when it should be surging seems highly suspect to me.

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Listen up. All those conspiracy theories are just a bunch of hooey

Our government tells us so at America.gov.

Conspiracy theories exist in the realm of myth, where imaginations run wild, fears trump facts, and evidence is ignored. As a superpower, the United States is often cast as a villain in these dramas.

Among the foolish misconceptions they wish to dispel is that depleted uranium is harmful (they do this by saying the uranium has been mostly depleted, huh?), that economic hit men could ever actually do damage (“Two words: Goldman Sachs.” replies shtfplan), and would everyone please knock off the crazy talk about 9/11, the JFK assassination, Obama’s birth certificate, and look, the Cuban Five are guilty, guilty, guilty.

Their rebuttals are done in a few short paragraphs in a slightly condescending manner, as if that will settle everything now that the adults have spoken.

All in all, an odd bit of attempted counter-propaganda.

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US counterterrorism officials insisted crotch bomber be let into country

Undersecretary for management at the State Department, Patrick F. Kennedy, told Congress that the State Department wanted to keep crotch bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab out of the U.S., but that intelligence agencies insisted that Abdulmutallab be let into the country.

Supposedly it was because blocking him would have blown a larger investigation. But wait, it appears al Qaeda had been penetrated at high levels years ago by the US and we could have killed bin Laden and didn’t. Plus, what’s up with all the shadowy ties between terrorists and CIA, etc.? This and much more, copiously documented at Zero Hedge.

But really folks, ZH is just bat-shit crazy with conspiracy theories coming out the gazoo, isn’t it? It’s like saying Lee Harvey Oswald defected to the USSR, married the niece of a secret police colonel, said boo hoo, I want to come back home, and was allowed to, no questions asked and could wander around freely.

Oh wait, that happened, didn’t it….

(Except, bwa ha ha, maybe the Lee Harvey Oswald who came back wasn’t the one who left. Now that’s a conspiracy theory.

Frankly folks, I haven’t a clue what to believe any more. Our government and politicians routinely lie to us. More than a few climate change scientists have been caught in evasions serious enough that it has badly damaged the credibility of global warming in general. Our financial system has been shown to be more corrupt, venal, and compromised than even hardcore Marxists dared believe, even as it now wobbles scarily above the precipice.

“Fall mountains, Just don’t fall on me.” Thanks, Jimi. We need to build something new. Really.)

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Because you can never be too cynical

Our friend Wood Ingham just released MSG™, a RPG that is getting fine reviews. Like this one, excerpted on his blog.

It defies many of the characteristics we normally ascribe to a tabletop RPG — in the context of a very cynical, and very cool, cyberpunky future where even the minimal constraints on corporate action that currently apply are removed, and any residual ethical norms for businessmen are considered the domain of chumps.

Sounds like way too many investment bankers, mortgage brokers, and bond traders, doesn’t it? While some might call for Sympathy for the Devil, if this crap keeps up it, could be more like Street Fighting Man soon.

Scott Adams of Dilbert weighs in on this.

I generally dismiss conspiracy theories. If something sounds ridiculous, it’s probably not true. Now I find out that the Governor of Illinois was selling a U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder.

The most evil conspiracy theory I have ever heard involves the idea that the 9/11 attacks themselves were planned by the U.S. government as a pretext for military action and subsequent profit by some industrialists. I don’t believe that’s true, but again, thanks to Governor Asshat, I can no longer rule it out simply for being too ridiculous to consider. The bar has been moved.

I don’t know if the Mafia fixed the election for President Kennedy, then had him whacked because he didn’t return the favor, but it is well within the realm of non-ridiculous.

What other theories do you think are now in the realm of not-too-ridiculous?

That a bunch of amoral greedheads control the financial system? Oh yes, I know they all give lavishly to charities and wear $5,000 suits, but like the Fugs say, “Sometimes the gutter wears a tuxedo.”

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