Thursday, July 24, 2014

Conspiracy Sites

I don't believe everything I am told and I know that the government has lied and hidden things. There is absolutely no question in my mind that we should not take things without questioning them. There is also a big difference between opinion and fact. If you believe 2 + 2 = 5, you cannot tell me that your opinion on the matter is just as valid as other peoples. The answer to the simple math question is not an opinion, it is a fact and one that is pretty hard to disprove.

Now the Pimpernel writes every week and often for days straight, questioning things that are written or produced, the claims of others; but, I don't write about conspiracy theories. I write about what is going on and cite mainstream media articles on the same things, I just try to add a little context. If I want to discuss government brainwashing programs, I post to the congressional record of the hearings on the matter or to the interview with President Clinton who apologized for the program. Extreme beliefs require extreme evidence or it should just be questions, not conclusions.

In the course of my writing a post, I read all the news of the day from multiple sources. Some of the sources are what I would call "conspiracy sites". To me a conspiracy site is a website that has an agenda that outweighs their reasonably weighing the evidence. I want to talk about some of these sites and their authors. Mr Rense claims to be the most format and content plagiarized site on the web. This is interesting in that 99% of his content is links to other peoples work. One of his regular contributors is the ex head of the Klu Klux Klan, David Duke. If there is a anti-Jewish article anywhere that he can link to he will. Not a day goes by that he doesn't link to anything that could remotely support his comical beliefs. He has no objectivity. Now I want to start by saying that Mr. Icke has brought a lot of things to the publics attention at the risk of his own career. Now many have attacked Mr. Icke for being anti-Israel and believing that the hidden rulers of the universe are reptilian spirits; but, the problem I have is that he is unwilling to consider alternative explanations for his beliefs. I have never read where Mr. Icke recommended violence against anyone, so, we agree on that; but, I believe his focus is too narrow. I should say that I have seen him speak in person and found him fascinating. I don't have to agree with someone on everything to appreciate their abilities.

Alex Jones. Mr. Jones appears the most rationale; however, he is paranoid in the wrong way. He assumes everything is the end of the world and disagrees with everything that the President does. He seems to support people that are of the Ayn Rand school and is an extremist. I cannot recommend that people follow him.

These three are the three biggest in alternative media and I cannot find one that I recommend. If I were to recommend any site, I would recommend The Young Turks; but, I recommend nobody. I recommend reading all the sites, mainstream and alternative and questioning them all. I do not follow anyone nor lead anyone, I merely read them all and take what I find to be indicative of a bigger picture.

Never trust anyone who won't admit to being biased. I have listed out my biases in the past and and more than happy to respond to any comments asking me what they are. You should read the media and recognize that they have a bias and view what they say keeping that in mind, whether you agree with their bias or not.

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