I rarely subscribe to conspiracy theories.  I should say I didn’t so much in the past.  As I get older I am seeing way too many patterns that seem to point to big conspiracies, some intentional, some maybe not so much.

A friend and colleague posted something on my face book page about a mathematical association between improving economic indices and increased “birther” activity.  The better the economy, the more “birthers” start to scream that Obama is not an American citizen, puleeze!  Is it a conspiracy?  I think so.  birthermath

Were the rabid stock market deals involving derivatives a conspiracy or was it simply a coincidence that financial guru Alan Greenspan lobbied heavily for congress to keep hands off regulating in spite of warnings from people like Brooksley Born?  When everything went to hell in a hand basket all Greenspan had to say to congress was “sorry,I guess I was wrong”.  Puleeze! WarningFrontline

Are the huge increases in aluminum contents in samples of soil, water and snow just coincidentally in areas with increased chemtrails secondary to geo-engineering?  Is it a coincidence that aluminum in the soil is poisonous to plants, especially food crops and Monsanto is developing an aluminum resistant seed?  Could this possibly be part of a plot by agribusiness giant Monsanto to further control the world’s food supply?  farmwars Discoverycontrails

Could the war on drugs be a sham because governments and corporations make so much money in the drug business? Policing for profit Frontline Who Profits from Drugs Smoke and Mirrors

Is it even possible that the push to increase privatized charter schools in low income minority communities ,even though new studies show the last 10 years of school reforms driven by leading corporate and financial interests, including turning increasingly to charter schools, have barely made a difference in student achievement,  part of some plot? ChicagoCharter Schools GapersBlockPrivatization

Could the lack of education, vocational training programs, green jobs training, diminished number
of minorities eligible for union jobs be part of a conspiracy to keep the numbers of economically disadvantaged citizens increasing?  crime and education

Is there a connection between increasing poverty and crime that is exacerbated by lack of education and employment and could this be part of a plan?

Is that planning a force in privatizing the prisons and creating the most lucrative prison industrial complex in history?privatizingprisons



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  • God, there is so much nonsense in here that I couldn't possibly address it all. So let's just focus on your conspiracy theory of "rabid stock market deals involving derivatives". You've made multiple references to this over time. Please share with us your understanding of how derivatives are so evil.

    And how did you miss the the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conspiracies that cost the taxpayers billions of dollars and will result in jail time for the executives? And what about the warnings about these disasters that were ignored in the name of increasing home ownership?

  • Try following the links and argue with the organizations and researchers who wrote them. You seem to avoid looking at anything that might have information that doesn't agree with you. I try to present several sides. I have looked at the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issues. Have you looked at the mess created by Greenspan and the Chicago School of Economics in our country and others? I suspect not. Also I doubt you have checked the definition of bigotry.

  • In reply to Danie:

    I don't have time to investigate every crackpot theory that is out there but I spend way more time than the average person following economic issues and I have the education and background to understand this stuff. In fact I worked for 3 years at Sears, Roebuck in the 80s on interest rate swaps long before the term derivatives had been invented. Not to mention that I have studied economics.

    I checked out your link to the interview with Brooksley Born and I've heard all this before. It's one piece of the puzzle and there is a huge assumption that regulating derivatives would have prevented this whole mess. Unlikely. The SEC didn't even enforce the rules that were in place because they were too busy watching porn in their offices (OK I'm exaggerating a little here but there is a basis for this in case you haven't heard it). What I want to know is when you make reference to rabid stock market deals involving derivatives being a conspiracy what exactly is it that you believe? Do you even know what a derivative is? And how do you think this "conspiracy" came to pass? And what exactly was the conspiracy? And how do you think it brought down the economy? And after looking at Fannie and Freddie what did you conclude? And what mess did the Chicago School of Economics create exactly?

    And what the hell does bigotry have to do with derivative regulation? I'm at a loss.

  • For a detailed analysis of why the Chicago school of economics (i.e. Milton Friedman has been and continues to be a basis of conspiracies, particularly associated with political socio-economic structure try Naomi Klein's book "Disaster Capatilism". I suspect that you will still call it crackpot even though she has way more years in economics and investigative reporting than you but didn't work for Sears Roebuck.

  • In reply to Danie:

    She's a left wing, extremist nutcase. What I find interesting is that you can never explain your views yourself. You always defer to some third party to explain what YOU believe. That's why I asked you the questions above, which you did not answer. I'd like to hear in your own words what you believe - other than that the world is broken in some mysterious way that you can't explain. How do you piece together your world view in a way that makes sense? I can't imagine believing something I can't explain.

    And you don't need to write or read a book about disaster socialism because history has already covered that subject thoroughly. Not one single socialist country has ever been successful without the benefit of a treasure trove of natural resources.

  • Your answer is exactly as expected. I give the readers research and you give name calling.

    If you bother to read maybe you would realize that Ms. Klein is not a socialist nor does she advocate it. BTW I'm not a socialist and nor do I advocate it. I also don't advocate name calling which is why I refrain.

  • In reply to Danie:

    She sure sounds like one when you read her bio. If it walks like a duck...

    You should read Chariots of the Gods by Erich Von Daniken. He proves that the pyramids were built by aliens. You should also read We Never Went to the Moon: America's Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle by Bill Kaysing. I'm providing you and your readers some good research that you should read about some other popular conspiracy theories. And the nice thing about pointing you to third party sources is that I don't have to explain what I believe or how I believe it.

    You still haven't answered my questions.

  • One of the really nice things about this being MY blog is that I don't have to respond to anything. I can keep my amygdala quiet by ignoring bullying or badgering people. BTW I read Chariots of the Gods years ago as part of a college course on debating. It was an interesting read.

  • Hi Danie

  • Since you like to conduct your debates by shooting links back and forth I thought I'd share one with you. Robert Shiller was interviewed on CNBC this morning about the good that comes from financial innovation. You might find this enlightening:

    In case you've never heard of Robert Shiller he's a Yale economist who saved me a ton of money by calling attention to the irrational exuberance in the stock market and the housing bubble.

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