Conspiracy Theory – Junk, or Fact?

I’m researching what drives conspiracy theorists for three reasons:
 
First, I’m a scientist. In fact, unlike Neil de Grass Tyson, I actually have degrees with “SCIENCE” in their name (he has a BA, an MA, and a PhD, whereas I have a BS, an MS, and an MBA).
 
Second, whenever I see yet another conspiracy theory pop up on the Internet, I groan and roll my eyeballs like any good scientist – skeptic until proven otherwise.
 
Third, I’m a conspiracy theorist myself. Like any good scientist, I don’t allow either popular opinion, claims of “it’s proven science,” or my own healthy skepticism to get in the way of the process of science, which involves the scientific method, actual research, and a full working knowledge of a variety of disciplines including math, statistics, biology, chemistry, engineering, aviation, political science, history, psychology, social science, IT, and some others.
 
You really do need to have mastered these disciplines in order to objectively examine various conspiracy theories and make any headway determining whether there’s any factual basis to them or not.
 
For example, if you can’t tell me the difference between a diode and a transistor, or between inductance and conductance, you’re almost certainly not qualified to intelligibly examine the conspiracy theories surrounding HAARP.
 
If you can’t calculate dispersion patterns of airborne particles or calculate ground-level toxicity based on release altitude, winds at ground and aloft, and turbulence, or calculate aircraft weight fractions as a function of fuel, you’re almost certainly not qualified to intelligibly examine the conspiracy theories surrounding chemtrails.
 
If you don’t understand the concept of design limits, factors of safety, and buckling, and can’t both find and follow a simple temperature-strength graph for modern structural steel, you’re almost certainly not qualified to intelligibly examine the conspiracy theories surrounding the collapse of the World Trade Center Twin Towers in 2001.
 
And before you verbally slash me, consider this:
 
“Whatever critical thinking skills the conspiracy theorists lack, they make up for in numbers, passion, and the ability to stay in their own echo chambers. It’s to the point where conspiracy theorists even have a hard time (to be kind) spotting conspiracy theory parodies.” – Source
 
I, too, have fallen prey to conspiracy theory parodies. What separates mice from men, however, is being able to discern the difference. Some “conspiracies” really are valid. Others, however, a so full of holes that any rational thinker armed with a decent education should be able to spot it as hogwash.
 
And from this point, we shall proceed!

Here’s another fun article, this time, peer-reviewed.

Anne Graham on How God Could Let Something Like This Happen

“Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding the attacks on Sept. 11).
 
“Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out.
 
“How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?” In light of recent events…terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.
 
“Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school …. the Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
 
“Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said OK.
 
“Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with “WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.”
 
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell.
 
Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.
 
Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.
 
Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. Are you laughing?
 
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they WILL think, of you for sending it.
 
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
 
Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it… no one will know you did.
 
But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.
 
God bless you as you share it with friends. No Nation or people can ever survive or succeed without Jesus Christ.

The 9/11 Conspiracy Theory Trifecta

Of all the blitheringly idiotic crap I’ve seen on the Internet, the conspiracy theory behind the 9/11 collapse of the World Trade Center twin towers takes the cake, followed closely by so-called, “chemtrails.”

“What really happened” is simple:  Two aircraft were intentionally driven into the sides of each tower at a high velocity, severing and severely weakening the exterior steel support structure.  The resulting fires, easily exceeding 800 deg C, were some 300 deg C hotter than the 50% weakening point of the remaining steel structure.  The failure of those beams caused the entire floor to collapse.  The resulting impact vastly exceeded the design strength of the building, so subsequent floors continued collapsed one after another, domino style, until the entire tower had collapsed.  The same thing happened to the other tower a short time later.

For those of you who don’t understand that steel doesn’t need to get anywhere near its melting point in order to become very weak, if not “limp as a noodle,” please watch the following video recorded by a blacksmith, an expert in metalworking:

Here’s another outstanding resource. The gentlemen behind this 7-part series of videos clearly understands the underlying physics. Meanwhile, batshit lady and the other conspiracy theorists keep repeating the dogma, the conspiratorial mantra. The video at 6:15 is particularly telling.

Bottom line, people, as the blacksmith correctly noted, “if you hold this up as part of the conspiracy, you are an idiot.”  I would argue the same applies to all of the 9/11 conspiracy theories.

Absolutely none of them stand up to even routine scrutiny by experts who actually know what they’re doing (as opposed to the couple thousand idiots who signed up for that website).

Have a nice day.  🙂

Pearl Harbor – A Day of Remembrance

Seventy-one years ago today, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in an unprecedented, unprovoked attack against U.S. military forces.

2,402 people were killed.

Eleven years ago, Islam attacked the World Trade Center in an unprecedented, unprovoked attack against U.S. citivilians.

2,977 people were killed.

According to the U.S. Congressional Record, on file in our Library of Congress, socialism in its many forms (progressivism, communism, marxism, lenninism, fascism, and naziism), was directly responsible for massive loss of life.

135,000,000 people were killed.

Four years ago, a man who has repeatedly voiced his alignment and loyalty to both Islam and socialism (via communism), was elected serve the United States of America.  He did not.  Instead, he served both Islam and socialism, siphoning off trillions of hard-earned American taxpayer dollars to Islamic and socialist interests outside U.S. borders.

Many Americans did not realize it, but they’d opened the door to their own doom.

One month ago, some Americans realized their mistake and voted against the Islamic socialist/communist in office.  Unfortunately, most Americans doggedly continued in their misconceptions, thereby sealing their country’s doom.

Should the world continue to allow dictators like Obama to rise to power, the 21st Century is likely to go down in history as surpassing the 20th Century in terms of the number of millions of people who die as a direct result of socialism in one of its many forms.

So, as you remember and honor those of sacrificed their lives for our country, please consider what you can do today to forestall this century’s looming battles of groundless socialist ideologies against the sound reason and judgement on which our country was founded and rose to greatness.

Open Letter from We the People

We the People of the United States of America have serious grievances against Barack Hussein Obama.  These grievances range from his own self-admitted ineligibility for the office of the Presidency to the many high crimes (felonies) and misdemeanors he and those he has appointed have committed while in office, most of which are grossly un-Constitutional, and several of which have directly or indirectly resulted in the unlawful deaths of Americans both at home and abroad.

This letter requires action from all of us.  A fellow patriot put this letter together for all of us to distribute on our blogs,Facebook walls, e-mail and mailing lists, and to send to your elected representatives at both the State and Federal levels via e-mail, fax or snail mail. Tweet a link to this page, along with terms such as “Obama impeachment.”  Forward it to your local and national news agencies, demanding they cover the story.

Together we can make a difference. So lets get it done!

To Whom It May Concern:

We The People find ourselves in a very uncomfortable place and we look to you as the representatives of our country for the answers we seek. Please know that there are many millions who share these feelings, and if the elections had been conducted in a fair and non-fraudulent manner, the results would have reflected our concerns.  Below, you will find a collaborative list of questions, and we would greatly appreciate receiving your answers in a timely manner. We will make our decisions accordingly, as this is still the land of the free, and our country’s future is at stake.

Why with wide-spread voter fraud, can this election not be contested? Why are we bound to an agreement reached in 1981?

On Benghazi:

Why were security teams actually removed in the months and weeks leading up to 9/11 when the violence was escalating and the people on the ground said more was needed?
We can prove Obama had knowledge of the attack, as well as the resources to send for protection but he still denied vital help. These are impeachable offenses. What is your stance on this? Do you agree that this President needs to be impeached? What are you doing about Benghazi?

Regarding Obamacare:

There is so much that is being enacted behind closed doors. We request that there be no more secrets. We should be able to know the stipulations in their entirety and We the People should be able to vote on it. We need the specifics. The doctors have no idea how they will be paid/reimbursed after January. The hospitals are flying blind, unsure of what they will be fined for. It is hard to run a business, as many know, without a business plan. Do the States have the right to reject Obamacare? We need specifics about ALL taxes we will incur, including 1% on every banking transaction on all bank accounts. We also require specifics on the Over 70 Group.

Concerning our Military:

How do you feel about Obama firing 20,000 Marines so he can give $6 billion U.S. taxpayer dollars to Muslims for ‘green’ energy’? What accountability does this President have? How about the debt ceiling? Raising it will give this Administration more funds to waste on our demise. Is the House going to hold true to their promises?

The FCC is directed by five commissioners who are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. This is a serious problem, as you know. Do states have the right to secede, as Texas is in process of attempting to do now?
Finally, we have condensed the list of grievances down to those we feel are most important and would like answers to the following, as to what is being DONE to remedy these atrocities in our country.

Dept. Of Interior, Green Energy Fraud…. what is being done here?

Fast and Furious- what is being done about this? Gun running?

Seal Team 6 shot down
College transcripts of Barack Hussein Obama
Record number of Generals, Admirals retired.
Give-away of Alaska lands to Russia
Retirement of 20,0000 marines
Give away of drilling rights in the Gulf
Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into the White House
Hamas training bases on the border
Surrender of sovereign lands in Arizona to drug Cartels
Drone attacks on American Citizens, arrests of our troops on the battlefield for taking out targets of opportunity to appease host Muslim nations…. and the lies about Libya during the NATO operation…

Why do we have a Taliban lawyer in the Justice Dept?
NDAA, and the UN making decisions AGAINST the U.S. Constitution, most notably with the NDAA’s “indefinite detention of U.S. citizens” in violation of Constitutionally-mandated due process of law and the U.N.’s Gun Ban Treaty, a direct violation of our 2nd Amendment rights.
The use of the Foreign Desk to buy our own debt to generate fees for Goldman Sachs.

What is the status of this process?  Why has Congress refused to bring charges against the criminal currently sitting in the White House?  Why would we let anyone like Obama get away with committing such a large number of high crimes and misdemeanors, most notably of which was his lying about his country of birth, a fact which he later admitted, in public“First of all, it’s true, I’m not an American.  I was not born in Hawaii.  I was not born in the United States of America.  I come from Kenya.” – President Barack Hussein Obama, shortly after he was elected in 2008 (short link:  http://youtu.be/edyJ4oS8kz0).  This self-admitted fact alone is a gross violation of the Constitutionally-mandated requirement to be President of the United States of America and grounds for immediate removal from office:  “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President…”Article II, Section 1.

I realize this is a lengthy list. However, it does not even cover an eighth of our concerns, and was difficult to condense. This will be widely publicized, along with your response.

The American people need and deserve answers, and we would appreciate you taking the time to give them to us. We ask, however, that your responses be clear and concise, and that you spare us from a long drawn out diatribe that has little to do with the questions being asked, as we will take that as you do not think we are important enough to take seriously, and act accordingly with our support!

By the way, Speaker Boehner, having your flunkies hang up on me mid-sentence when I called your office to ask you or your staff just one of these questions is totally unacceptable.

Thank you for your time and attention to this urgent matter! We believe that you take these issues as seriously as we do, and for that, you have our deep respect and heartfelt gratitude.

Respectfully,
The American People

Heart Attack! Save a Life – Know how to use an Automated External Defibrilator (AED)

Without going into the statistics, millions of people, both men and women, suffer from a heart attack every year.  You do NOT need to be “CPR-certified” to help save their lives!  That’s a misnomer, one which might very well cost them their lives if you’re too afraid to act.

Automated External Defibrilator
Automated External Defibrilator

Whether you choose to do CPR, use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), or merely call 911, the most important thing you can do is to DO SOMETHING.  If you choose to do nothing, regardless of the reason whether it’s fear of hurting them or fear of legal liability, remember this:  You still have made a choice.  It’s the poorest choice you could make, but it was your choice to make, and you made it, so you’ll still have to live with the consequences.

Here’s a better choice:  Watch this short video!  It takes you through the basics of approaching a heat attack victim, calling 911 if you discover they’re not responding or breathing correctly, and shows you how easy it is to use an AED.

Remember:  Do SOMETHING!  Help save a life!