Mod+ 244. RUSS BAKER, THE TAINT OF CONSPIRACY THEORIES

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  1. Who Goes to Jail? Matt Taibbi on American Injustice Gap from Wall Street to Main Street

    'Well, this book grew out of my experience covering Wall Street. I’ve obviously been doing it since the crash in 2008. And over and over again, I would cover these very complex and often very socially destructive capers committed by white-collar criminals. And the punchline to all of the stories were basically the same: Nobody would get indicted; nobody went to jail. And after a while, I started to become interested specifically in that phenomenon. Why was there no enforcement of any of this? And around the time of the Occupy protest, I decided to write this book, and then I shifted my focus to try to learn a lot more for myself about who does go to jail in this country, because I thought you really can’t make this comparison accurately until you learn about both sides of the equation, because it’s actually much more grotesque to consider the non-enforcement of white-collar criminals when you do consider how incredibly aggressive law enforcement is with regard to everybody else.'
     
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  2. The Reasons Bankers Weren't Busted

    The Biggest Lie of the New Century

     
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  3. “The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.”
    –Thomas Jefferson


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    Matt Taibbi Takes on the Justice System
     
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    Drug-testing rules broken by Canadian researchers
    Top Canadian doctors running clinical trials have risked patient safety, failed to report serious side-effects suffered by their human test subjects and botched the scientific research of the drugs.

     
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    Top 10 Medical Conspiracies
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/03/business/glaxosmithkline-agrees-to-pay-3-billion-in-fraud-settlement.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
     
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  6. Financial Criminals Have Been Fined Billions, but They Rarely Pay

    Even though prosecutors declare victory when massive penalties are handed down, most of the money never gets recovered.

     
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  7. The outrageous methods British intelligence used in the US to encourage involvement in WW2 is a good example of what a conspiracy is capable of. Once you know what is possible you have to wonder when the same techniques were used but we don't know about it. You have to doubt every single thing you think you know.

    Techniques British intelligence used include
    • Smearing non-interventionists as Nazi agents.
    • Collaboration of news and entertainment media.
    • Fake Nazi documents
    • Faking public opinion polls to influence congress.
    • Female agents influencing congressmen.
    • Influencing the selection of presidential candidates.
    • Murder of non-interventionists.

    http://www.thornwalker.com/ditch/mahl.htm
     
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  8. "...Your child’s future was the first to go with budget cuts.
    If you think that hurts, then wait, here comes the uppercut -
    The school was garbage in the first place, that’s on the up and up.

    Keep you at the bottom, but tease you with the upper crust.
    You get it, then they move it, so you never keeping up enough..."
     
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    The words are hitting hard at the core of the rot.
     
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  10. What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream

    Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

     
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    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/05/nyts-belated-admission-contra-cocaine
    http://www.laweekly.com/2013-05-30/news/gary-webb-jess-katz-crack/

    Documented example of government conspiracy and main stream media cover up.

    Webb "committed suicide", but it took two shots!
     
  12. In the Boston Globe: Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/20...n-change/jVSkXrENQlu8vNcBfMn9sL/story.html?p1
    "The ultimate problem is the pervasive political ignorance on the part of the American people."

    I would just add that often times ignorance is like a blind spot, you don't know it's there.
     
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    There are two viewpoints that I see as idiotic: there are no conspiracies and everything is a conspiracy.

    To that I'll add that many who use the term as an insult don't seem to get that there's a difference between conspiracy and secrecy.
     
  14. http://nypost.com/2014/10/25/former-cbs-reporter-explains-how-the-liberal-media-protects-obama/
     
  15. http://www.aei-ideas.org/2014/10/the-bell-curve-20-years-later-a-qa-with-charles-murray
     
  16. Hmmmm....If there's genetic differences between races, seems like that's pretty much all you need to declare God either a fiction or completely unconcerned about humanity beyond us being guinea pigs or part of some weird joke.
     
  17. Noise from Nowhere: The cable news jihad against human intelligence

     
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    further quote from article above:
     
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