Episode 18 – Conspiracy Theories

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If two or more people get together they’re conspiring

Popular conspiracy theories

  • Chemtrails
  • Mandela effect
    • Examples from personal life
  • JFK assassination
  • Moon landing
    • Retaken photos because of radiation
  • 9/11
    • Never let a good crisis go to waste

Conspiracy theories that turned out to be true

  • The dead baby project
    • Laughing at crazy conspiracy theories is good fun—until they turn out to be true. Take the conspiracy surrounding “Project Sunshine,” for example. In the wake of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the U.S. government commenced a major study to measure the effects of nuclear fallout on the human body.
    • Conspiracy: The government was stealing dead bodies to do radioactive testing.
    • The truth: The government was stealing parts of dead bodies. Because they needed young tissue, they recruited a worldwide network of agents to find recently deceased babies and children, and then take samples and even limbs—each collected without notification or permission of the more than 1,500 grieving families.
  • The Dalai Lama’s impressive salary
    • Conspiracy: The Dalai Lama is a CIA agent.
    • The truth: Perhaps the reason the Dalai Lama is smiling in all those photos has something to do with the six-figure salary he pulled down from the U.S. government during the 1960s. According to declassified intelligence documents, he earned $180,000 in connection with the CIA’s funding of the Tibetan Resistance to the tune of $1.7 million per year. The idea was to disrupt and hamper China’s infrastructure.
  • Project MKultra
    • Project MKultra, aka the CIA’s mind control program, lasted about 20 years and was a sanctioned way for the agency to perform experiments on human subjects. Most famously, they gave people LSD to “unwitting subjects in social situations.” To administer these tests, no medical personnel was available – often, this resulted in subjects being sick for days.
  • Tuskegee Syphilis Study
    • The Tuskegee Syphilis Study is one of the most infamous clinical studies in American history. Conducted between 1932 and 1972, it observed the natural progression of syphilis in black men in rural Alabama. Unfortunately, this was not known to those involved in the study – they thought they were receiving free health care from the government.

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