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The Philadelphia Experiment

Posted in Colleagues/Work, Conspiracy Theories, Ufology on May 5, 2008 by moonflake

Last week a colleague asked me if I knew about the Philadelphia Experiment, and admitted that he thought it might actually have happened. Frankly, aside from seeing the movie many many years ago, I had not really done much digging into this particular conspiracy theory. I didn’t really need much in the way of exact or detailed knowledge of the story to form the conclusion that it was rubbish – what I know of physics is more than enough. But suffice to say that my interest was peaked, so here is the story of the hoax that became known as the Philadelphia Experiment.

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Why Bill Maher is my new favorite person

Posted in Conspiracy Theories, Humour on October 23, 2007 by moonflake

Bill Maher has given the 9/11 Truth Movement the honor and respect it deserves, by telling twoofer hecklers in his audience to get the fuck out of his building, and physically throwing them out himself.
Watch the video on youtube and tell me you do not like Bill Maher instantly.

And now, keep an eye on the comments because this post (like others about 9/11)  is bound to attract a host of people proving just how nuts the 9/11 Truth Movement is. Not to mention lending added validity to my point that anyone who feels the need to put the words ‘truth’ or ‘facts’ in the name of their movement, website or nom de blog, is pretty much guaranteed to be lying through their teeth.

Walter Haut’s ‘deathbed confession’ isn’t as exciting as you think

Posted in Conspiracy Theories, Ufology on July 19, 2007 by moonflake

All the world’s astir lately over the ‘deathbed confession‘ of Walter Haut, formerly Lt Walter Haut, Public Information Officer for the 509th (atomic) bomb group of the 8th airforce, stationed at Rosswell AFB in 1947. Haut’s statement is being treated as the last nail in the coffin of Ufology skepticism, and final proof that a UFO did crash in Roswell, NM, on that fateful day in 1947, that there were aliens recovered from the wreck, and that the air force covered it up.

But there are a few things that should be pointed out about the whole affair.

Firstly, it wasn’t a deathbed confession. It was an affidavit signed by Haut three years before his death. And it was only published nearly two years after his death, in a book that came out just in time for the 60th anniversary of the Roswell Incident. Make of that what you will.

Secondly, it wasn’t the first pass that Haut made at an affidavit explaining the events. It’s very interesting to read his 1993 affidavit and spot the differences.

Finally, as people have already pointed out, there are a lot of other reasons for someone to keep quiet about something of this magnitude of importance for 60 years, and then suddenly appear to come out with a fantastic revelation about it, senility being the least among them. One possibility is that an affidavit supposedly supporting the Roswell Incident from a supposedly reliable source was the most valuable inheritance he could have given his daughter, who runs the UFO museum he started. Or, frankly, the entire thing may have been made up by the authors of the book in which it was published. There are plenty of explanations that do not require otherworldly interference. It’s not as if Lt. Haut is around to defend himself against lies told in his name, or explain why he would suddenly change his story after so very long.

Remember, this isn’t someone who denied UFOs for all this time then suddenly said it was all true as he prepared to face eternal judgement – Haut has been an active participant in the UFO story since that day, and has told his story time and again (and asked for money for the privilege). Just not exactly the same story he apparently told in this statement. If he really saw bodies, why did he leave that little fact out for so long? If you’re sworn to secrecy, and then tell half the story, is there a point in leaving out the other half? If the MIBs were going to come for him, might as well go the whole hog from day one.

If you read the story of the Roswell crash and the subsequent cover up, it’s fairly obvious that a real-world explanation is much more likely. This was the cold war. The air force was engaged in Project Mogul at the time, testing out high tech spy balloons. One crashed, and before the powers that be could intercept, locals were all over the crash site. The air force now had the potential that Ruski spies might get hold of parts of their top secret spy equipment. What to do? Naturally, the answer was to round up all the debris, and pretend it was something it wasn’t – a weather balloon, not a high altitude spy balloon using top secret, light weight materials and advanced recording equipment.

Today, with 20/20 hindsight, we realise that the smart lie would have been to pay attention to the emerging rumour that it was a UFO, and let it run without any fuel. Eventually it would have died out and people would have assumed it was just another hoax. Instead, they made a shocking fumble of trying to swap out the debris from the spy balloon with a broken weather balloon, and then tell the officer who brought it in that it was the same wreckage, and surely he could see now it was a weather balloon. Stupid. What they thought was a smart move instead added fuel to the UFO mystery, and kept the rumour alive for 60 years!

Which only goes to show that government and military are actually freaking terrible at covering anything up.

Matthias Rath: Apartheid was Big Pharma plot

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Conspiracy Theories, Law, South Africa on May 10, 2007 by moonflake

In response to a court case against him by the Treatment Action Campaign, snake oil salesman Matthias Rath has just filed a 320-page affidavit claiming that pharmaceutical companies were behind apartheid, and ascribing all sorts of underhand political machinations to the TAC themselves.

The apartheid regime was part of a global plot by the pharmaceutical industry, according to vitamin entrepreneur Dr Matthias Rath.

He said in an affidavit filed in the Cape High Court: “This regime was the political arm to turn South Africa into a bridgehead of the pharmaceutical interests with the goal to conquer and control the entire African continent.”

He also said the operations of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) were “almost a copy” of Hitler’s brown shirt storm troopers.

Do i detect a whiff of eau de lunatic?

My work here is done

Posted in Colleagues/Work, Conspiracy Theories, Humour, Skepticism on March 19, 2007 by moonflake

For a long time now I’ve been that employee who steadfastly responds to mass emails of the unfounded, dodgy, urban legend variety with links to the relevant Snopes article or other trustworthy reference. At company ‘awards’ evenings i’m generally ‘fined’ for being the office MythBuster. One year, I got a mug.

So it is with great pride and joy that I sat back to watch a recent email being descended upon by the office at large for the sheer gullibility of the person sending it. You’ve seen it before, I’m sure – the one where the author proves that there is a something weird surrounding the events of September 11, 2001, because of the number of ways they can find the number 11 in selected snippets of related information, a verse from the Koran that doesn’t exist, and some random letters and numbers selected for what they look like in Wingdings font. What ensued was a veritable shitstorm of responses where employees found the number 11 in the unwitting victim’s name, phone extension, other emails he’d sent out, his responses to their responses… eventually dissolving into the outright hilarity that this kind of claim deserves. But what topped it off was these two photos, taken today and sent around with the title ‘A sign of the times’:

A sign of the times Part 1

A sign of the times Part 2

My work here is done.

Debunking 9/11 Myths

Posted in Books, Conspiracy Theories on September 11, 2006 by moonflake

On the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, I thought it would be fitting to review a book I purchased last month while in New York:

Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theorists can’t Stand up to the Facts (Amazon | Take2 | Official site)

Popular Mechanics published a very well researched cover story about the facts of 9/11 in their March 2005 issue. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that they expanded their team of investigators, broadened the scope of their investigation, and produced a full-length book. It is a must for anyone who has ever rolled their eyes at 9/11 conspiracy theories but has lacked the information to argue against them.

The format is the same as the original article: a myth is presented, and then the raw facts are allowed to speak for themselves. There is no speculation, no assumptions, only evidence. The authors go to the effort of contacting the sources of quotes and interviewing the people who were on the ground, and invariably discover that these people and their expert opinions or eyewitness statements have been mutilated almost beyond recognition to serve the purpose of supporting an insupportable theory.

The book includes a thorough referencing of sources, any and all of which are available to those who perpetuate these fantasies of government conspiracies, evil overlords and megalomaniac politicians. As the facts are so easily at hand, one can only assume that the conspiracy theorists are purposefully ignoring them.

For example, one of the quotes used to strongly support the idea that it was a missile that hit the Pentagon and not a commercial Boeing 757, is this from eyewitness Mike Walters:

I mean it was like a cruise missile with wings. It went right there and slammed right into the Pentagon.

The bit that conspiracy theorists leave out is what Mike said right before that:

I looked out my window and I saw this plane, this jet, an American Airlines jet, coming. And I thought, ‘This doesn’t add up, it’s really low.’

These are the kinds of tactics they use, and as this book shows they are all just as easily refuted. Do yourself a favour: buy the book, read it, and you will have a newfound awe for just how flimsy the support for these theories really is.

The Moon Hoaxers are going to love this one

Posted in Conspiracy Theories, Stupidity on August 16, 2006 by moonflake

NASA has lost all the original recordings of the Apollo moon landing, including data on the condition of the astronauts and their craft. More fuel for the moon hoax fire.