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There are a ton of them. From 9-11 being an inside job, to the government hacking into Toyota's computer factory to sabotage the company to make GM more competitive. Which one do YOU think is real?
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My conspiracy theory that I believe in is that large corporations buy and bury patents that could possibly deface the profits of their company. For example, a person makes a device that allows your car to travel 500 miles to the gallon, and then seeing this as a threat, Exxon buys & buries that patent so they can continue to make billions of dollars.



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I believed in Global Warming until I saw An Inconvenient Truth (The W at Amazon), then realized it's all part of a natural ebb and flow. So I guess the conspiracy theory is that the majority of "green" products are just trying to guilt you into buying them.

(edited by Mike Zeidler on 13.2.10 0748)


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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.29
    Originally posted by Kevintripod
    My conspiracy theory that I believe in is that large corporations buy and bury patents that could possibly deface the profits of their company. For example, a person makes a device that allows your car to travel 500 miles to the gallon, and then seeing this as a threat, Exxon buys & buries that patent so they can continue to make billions of dollars.


Like how Texaco has the patent (patft.uspto.gov) on NiMH batteries and don't allow batteries that are TOO large to be made in order to stifle the electric car market and further make us depend on gas?



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I do believe more than one person killed JFK, but I don't think the government necessarily knows that either, cos it'd be hard to keep that a secret when they can't even keep a blowjob under wraps.



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I believe aliens actually have visited the United States, and the government's covering it up. (Seriously.)



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
    Originally posted by Kevintripod
    large corporations

    ...

    could possibly deface the profits of their company.


Ones involving this combo are probably more likely to have at least an element of truth in them compared to most others.

(edited by 2P4E on 15.2.10 2232)


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I believe the so-called 'health care' industry...pharmaceutical companies in particular...quash real research and cures in favor of profits on crap like Lipitor and Plavix.
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- Coke and Pepsi? Same company.

- Ultimate Fighting? Winners are predetermined.

- Global Warming? Like Mike said, they want to make money.

I'm sure there's a few more. The issue is *I* don't think they're conspiracy theories. Other people tell me THEY think so after I talk about them at random times.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.58
    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    I believe aliens actually have visited the United States, and the government's covering it up. (Seriously.)


Perhaps this doesn't really fit with the original question ... but why do people have such a hard time believing that Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Yeti may exist? I'm not even saying it does exist, but just that it may exist, like it's ludicrous to even entertain the possibility.

Something like the Loch Ness Monster I can understand exhibiting a healthy dose of skeptism towards (I haven't spied too many large dinosaurs out in the wild lately), but the Bigfoot stuff just irks me for some strange reason ... Hell, there are great apes which exist naturally in Africa, why couldn't be possible for one to exist naturally on the North American continent?



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I don't believe the global warming nonsense is actually a "conspiracy", I think it's just a bunch of doomsayers and militant environmentalists whipping everyone up into enough of a frenzy that companies and politicians can yell "Go Green!" for their own profit. Actual science and reason and logic just falls to the wayside, trampled underneath the stampeding hordes of soccer moms and do-goodniks rushing to "be green" so they can show off to everybody how "progressive" they are. But it's not an interconnected, everyone's plotting "conspiracy".

As for the topic's question, I don't really believe in any conspiracy theory. Well, aside from the NBA/David Stern. Those refs are clearly on the uptake which, aside from the prevalent "gangsta" culture that's embedded itself in the league, is why I stopped watching and caring about basketball.

(edited by BoromirMark on 16.2.10 1259)



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
    Originally posted by BoromirMark
    I don't believe the global warming nonsense is actually a "conspiracy", I think it's just a bunch of doomsayers and militant environmentalists whipping everyone up into enough of a frenzy that companies and politicians can yell "Go Green!" for their own profit. Actual science and reason and logic just falls to the wayside, trampled underneath the stampeding hordes of soccer moms and do-goodniks rushing to "be green" so they can show off to everybody how "progressive" they are. But it's not an interconnected, everyone's plotting "conspiracy".




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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.03
    Originally posted by Alessandro

    Perhaps this doesn't really fit with the original question ... but why do people have such a hard time believing that Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Yeti may exist? I'm not even saying it does exist, but just that it may exist, like it's ludicrous to even entertain the possibility.

    Something like the Loch Ness Monster I can understand exhibiting a healthy dose of skeptism towards (I haven't spied too many large dinosaurs out in the wild lately), but the Bigfoot stuff just irks me for some strange reason ... Hell, there are great apes which exist naturally in Africa, why couldn't be possible for one to exist naturally on the North American continent?


I've been holding my tongue in this thread because this forum is supposed to just be about answering the question, not discussing the answers. But since you directly asked...

It is not, in the least, difficult to believe that a different species of great ape could exist in North America. What's so unbelievable is that it could exist and not be detected for so long, even when people have been actively looking for it. It's not as though the Pacific Northwest has great areas of unexplored wilderness, and even in the few parts of the world where there are larger unexplored areas it's hard to imagine we're going to discover a new animal which is so big (and has such an accompanying impact on its surroundings).
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.09
    Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon
    What's so unbelievable is that it could exist and not be detected for so long, even when people have been actively looking for it.


Visit the Bigfoot museum up in Felton, California, and they claim they've all but had lunch and seen a movie with the bloody thing.

(And don't even think about cracking even the slightest joke which could even remotely be perceived as even the most modest slight against their beloved creature. They DO NOT have a sense of humor about Bigfoot and its resemblance to your brother-in-law.)

To the question at hand, I don't believe in conspiracy theories - at least, in the broad sense implied in this thread. I do believe certain organizations/corporations "conspire" to misrepresent for their own purposes - but that's less of a "theory" and more of "stating the obvious".

(edited by Leroy on 16.2.10 1202)


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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
      Originally posted by BoromirMark
      I don't believe the global warming nonsense is actually a "conspiracy", I think it's just a bunch of doomsayers and militant environmentalists whipping everyone up into enough of a frenzy that companies and politicians can yell "Go Green!" for their own profit. Actual science and reason and logic just falls to the wayside, trampled underneath the stampeding hordes of soccer moms and do-goodniks rushing to "be green" so they can show off to everybody how "progressive" they are. But it's not an interconnected, everyone's plotting "conspiracy".




    If Al Gore wasn't close to being a billionaire, I might go along with you.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/6496196/Al-Gore-profiting-from-climate-change-agenda.html

While Al has certainly made some money, I think he's about 90% short of being a billionaire.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.44
Personally, I'm inclined to agree with Christopher Hitchens' theory that our planet is an insane asylum and dumping ground for superior alien civilisations.



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I spend way too much time looking into conspiracy theories. I don't believe in any but I really, really want to. I am constantly searching out something crazy to believe in but thus far it seems not to exist. I do like Alan Moore's take however:

"The main thing that I learned about conspiracy theory is that conspiracy theorists actually believe in a conspiracy because that is more comforting. The truth of the world is that it is chaotic. The truth is, that it is not the Jewish banking conspiracy or the grey aliens or the 12 foot reptiloids from another dimension that are in control. The truth is more frightening, nobody is in control. The world is rudderless."





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Not that I believe it is a hoax (I'm too scared of Buzz Aldrin) but I could imagine a scenario in which the moon landing could have been a hoax. It involves the United States deciding at some point that it would be impossible to reach the moon for some reason, and then deciding that they better fake a moon landing before the Russians discovered the same thing and faked it first.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.82
    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    I'm too scared of Buzz Aldrin


As an aside, I once spilled wine on Buzz Aldrin right before he was to give a speech dedicating a moon rock or something. That was my last day as a cater-waiter.



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.92
    Originally posted by General Zod
      Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
      I'm too scared of Buzz Aldrin


    As an aside, I once spilled wine on Buzz Aldrin right before he was to give a speech dedicating a moon rock or something. That was my last day as a cater-waiter.


I can't be the only person who just imagined General Zod dressed as a waiter kneeling before Buzz Aldrin.
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