Are you a conspiracy nut?

ARE YOU A CONSPIRACY NUT? You are if you believe these conspiracies are real, you might be…

You believe at least 5 or less are real – Somewhat Eccentric, or just ignorant.
You believe at least 10 are real – Enthusiastically gullible.
You believe at least 15 are real – Mainstream crackpot.
You believe at least 20 are real – Over the top crackpot.
You believe at least 25 are real – Consider meds, you’re out there.
You believe in 30 or more – Totally off your rocker, get help NOW.

1. The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were a false flag/allowed to happen/intentional…
2. The assassination of John F. Kennedy was due to a larger conspiracy/there were more shooters than Oswald, etc….
3. An alien spacecraft crashed at Roswell in 1947 and advanced technology was captured from it…
4. Nasa faked the moon landings/routinely fakes other space exploration and discoveries…
5. The Illuminati/New World Order/other secret cabal of bankers/politicians/elites actually control the world and have for centuries…
6. NASA/the government/the military have advanced bases on the moon/Mars, etc,. and control much more sophisticated technology than is generally believed…
7. Diana, Princess of Wales, was murdered in a conspiracy…
8. Elvis Presley faked his own death to escape the public eye…
9. The Titanic was sunk on purpose for insurance money…
10. Vaccinations against disease are actually poisonous/unnecessary/dangerous/designed to enrich drug companies/for mind control…
11. The North American Union – There is a plan to unite the US and Canada in a federation to control the western hemisphere…
12. Reconquista – Mexicans, possibly in collusion with Native Americans, intend to reconquer/take over parts of the US through legal and illegal immigration and population explosion…
13. Sandy Hook/Columbine/Boston Bombing/The Oklahoma City bombing was a false flag/fake/done on purpose to promote gun control…
14. Reptile aliens – alien reptilians or other beings control the world through proxies or by leaders who have been replaced by imitators/duplicates/clones…
15. Germs and viruses are symptoms of disease, not the cause, or, modern medicine does not cure disease, it is all a scam…
16. The US government is planning martial law/military takeover/mass weapons confiscation…
17. Black or unmarked helicopters or drones watch and spy on the population …
18. Barack Obama is not a citizen of the US/is a foreign agent/undercover Muslim terrorist, etc…
19. The Holocaust is a hoax and no large numbers of Jews or any others were intentionally killed by the Nazi regime in WW II…
20. The idea of peak oil/diminishing resources is designed to enrich certain parties/enhance government control, oil will last forever…
21. Pearl Harbor was allowed to happen to start a war for the ultimate benefit of the US/NWO/Illuminati…
22. The Philadelphia Experiment – the US Navy destroyer Eldridge was rendered invisible by advanced technology in 1943 causing death and injury to the crew that was covered up by the government…
23. GMOs/pesticides/food additives are designed to poison the population/enable mind control of the population/exterminate the population…
24. Fluoridation – Fluoride is added to water for sinister reasons like mind control…
25. Hillary and Bill Clinton have had dozens of people murdered over the years to protect themselves from criminal investigations…
26. FEMA or other government agencies are preparing concentration camps/mass graves for those who resist the ultimate government takeover…
27. HAARP – The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program is/was used to control the weather/cause disasters/control people’s minds…
28. The AIDS virus was created in a laboratory to exterminate certain groups of people, or, conversely, AIDS/HIV is not a real disease…
29. Global warming is a hoax to enrich certain people/enhance government control…
30. Chemtrails – The government or other organizations are conducting a widespread program of chemical spraying from aircraft for sinister purposes….
31. Jews are part of a secret cabal that controls government/media/the world and has for centuries…
32. Hitler survived World War II and hid in Argentina/at the south pole/on the dark side of the moon…
33. The Earth is actually a flat disk that does not orbit the sun, and this fact has been hidden from general knowledge for centuries…
34. Evolution/cosmology/ Newtonian physics/Einsteinian relativity are all hoaxes and lies, designed to hide the real Biblical nature of the world…
35. Human history as generally understood is all a lie/hoax, and actually occurred over a much longer/shorter time than is generally believed…
36. Nikola Tesla was a genius who discovered free energy/zero point energy/transmitted energy/other amazing technology decades ago, and this technology has been suppressed…
37. Aliens visited the Earth in the past and influenced human history, particularly the development of technology…
38. Aliens visit the Earth routinely today and kidnap/capture humans for research/experiments/mind control…
39. The Earth is hollow and other cultures/aliens/escaped Nazis live on the surface inside, or, similarly, the Earth is actually a hollow sphere we all live inside, and outer space/the universe is an illusion/hoax/hologram…
40. WiFi/Cellphones/Radio waves are harmful and are part of a conspiracy to exterminate the population/control our minds/spy on us telepathically…

End Of The Middle Class?

A number of commentators have pointed out the decline of the middle class in recent decades. Statistics seem to bear this out:

  • 83 percent of all U.S. stocks are in the hands of 1 percent of the people.
  • 61 percent of Americans “always or usually” live paycheck to paycheck, which was up from 49 percent in 2008 and 43 percent in 2007.
  • 66 percent of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1% of all Americans.
  • 36 percent of Americans say that they don’t contribute anything to retirement savings.
  • A staggering 43 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved up for retirement.
  • 24 percent of American workers say that they have postponed their planned retirement age in the past year.
  • Over 1.4 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009, which represented a 32 percent increase over 2008.
  • Only the top 5 percent of U.S. households have earned enough additional income to match the rise in housing costs since 1975.
  • For the first time in U.S. history, banks own a greater share of residential housing net worth in the United States than all individual Americans put together.
  • In 1950, the ratio of the average executive’s paycheck to the average worker’s paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has exploded to between 300 to 500 to one.
  • As of 2007, the bottom 80 percent of American households held about 7% of the liquid financial assets.
  • The bottom 50 percent of income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.
  • Average Wall Street bonuses for 2009 were up 17 percent when compared with 2008.
  • In the United States, the average federal worker now earns 60% MORE than the average worker in the private sector.
  • The top 1 percent of U.S. households own nearly twice as much of America’s corporate wealth as they did just 15 years ago.
  • In America today, the average time needed to find a job has risen to a record 35.2 weeks.
  • More than 40 percent of Americans who actually are employed are now working in service jobs, which are often very low paying.
  • For the first time in U.S. history, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that number will go up to 43 million Americans in 2011.
  • This is what American workers now must compete against: in China a garment worker makes approximately 86 cents an hour and in Cambodia a garment worker makes approximately 22 cents an hour.
  • Approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010 – the highest rate in 20 years.
  • Despite the financial crisis, the number of millionaires in the United States rose a whopping 16 percent to 7.8 million in 2009.
  • The top 10 percent of Americans now earn around 50 percent of our national income.

Source: Business Insider.

A Webvex post from 2010

Drill Baby, Drill!

leaking_oilDrill here. Drill now. Right in your pointy head.
Really, why not? Other than lobotomizing the arguably lunatic fringe, you’d probably have just about as much chance of solving this country’s energy deficit as drilling anywhere else. The U.S. has about 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves. We use about 25% percent of the world’s production. Even the most mathematically challenged should be able to see the chasm between those two numbers. If we drilled into every recoverable blob of oil, we would have enough for a few years use at most…not to mention it would cost a trillion dollars to do so. But wait you say…there’s got to be more than that! Under that mountain, or maybe that lake…it’s got to be there somewhere. Maybe it is. Maybe there’s some in the tar sand, oil shale, what have you. Maybe it’s on the dark side of the moon, or in the land of Narnia. But it ain’t gonna be cheap. And history has shown that oil companies would rather buy cheap and sell high, than the other way around. Aside from the lunacy of allowing people to own what’s under the ground in the first place (who owns all that iron at the earth’s core?) It’s time to face reality, America. We’re probably going to see the end of the petroleum era in our lifetimes, and it can come painfully and expensively, or very painfully and very expensively, depending how soon we get to work on it. Spending billions searching for phantom oil will not postpone the inevitable, merely enrich those who have a vested interest in continuing to blow smoke in our faces…literally.

A Webvex post from 2010

Always Kick Them When They Are Down

rearendThe picture at left is symbolic of the plight of the worker in America. Somebody bigger than you is always ready to give it to you in the ass. The solution to this has been for everybody to try to get bigger, so they can be the one throwing their weight around. Companies don’t invest, they acquire. People won’t drive a modest car, they want a big SUV. Sure, they can’t afford it, but they can intimidate everybody with it. (or so  they imagine) Corporations don’t offer pay raises, they offer pay cuts. (unless you’re the CEO, then the sky’s the limit) If you don’t like it, leave, before we outsource you to India anyway. American workers work longer hours for less and less money in real terms every year. Well, maybe not this year, due to the recession, alot of people can’t work even though they might want to. There was a time, believe it or not, not so long ago, when a guy could have a typical job, buy a house, support his wife and kids, and still have enough at the end of his career to retire on. That used to be the rule rather than the exception. Where are we now? Most families have two full time workers and are struggling to make ends meet. Vacations? Forget it. Be a real American and work more! Get two jobs, or three!  Being a worker used to be a matter of pride, now it’s become a term of contempt, directed at those who actually do mundane work, rather than collect capital gains.
Orignally a Webvex post from 2010

Make War, Not Love

We love to make war in this country. And we’re very uptight about sex. Images of sex are considered dirty and rated X, kept out of sight in plain brown wrappers, while images of war can readily be seen in prime time, proudly advertised. We like wars in this country. If there isn’t a real enemy to fight, a genuine bad guy, we’ll make one up. The problem is, when we do that, it doesn’t always go so well. We had a War on Poverty that ended up with more poor than when we started. Maybe because we spent so much on the one in Vietnam. We have a War on Drugs that’s put a million people behind bars, while the streets still flow with drugs, and it seems everybody who’s convinced they’re hip still uses them. We have a War on Terror that’s put only a few people behind bars, some who are still wondering why. Those terrorists and their crazy ideas! But it’s hard to fight an idea, except with a better idea. Bombs and bullets don’t work that well. No one has ever stopped an idea with force. Christianity was an idea they tried to stamp out, and that didn’t work. Democracy was another one. And racial equality. Pesky ideas that just won’t go away. And then there are the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that we just can’t seem to bring closure to. Of course, the problem with invading countries is that unless you kill everybody that wants to fight, you can never leave, or they get to say “Ha, we won!”, and that would be bad for our already wounded national pride. But should that finally happen, you can always just turn off the TV and retire with that special someone for a little lovemaking…just make sure the shades are drawn, you wouldn’t want to end up behind bars with the drug dealers and terrorists.
Originally published on Webvex
July 21, 2010

Tummyache?

Tummyache? That’ll be a million dollars please. We’ve been hearing alot about health care lately. Alot of nonsense that is. Pundits and pinheads alike (and they are alike in some ways) are lamenting the imminent takeover of our wonderful health care system by the big horrible government. The are strenuously defending the rights of big insurance companies to continue to make billions of dollars off our misery and suffering. The are vociferously demanding the right to continue to pay hundreds of dollars a month for the right to go to a hospital and pay 20% of thousands of dollars to get their defective bodies repaired. Or die in the process. What are they afraid of? A system where everyone gets cared for equally? Where someone who is sick or hurt can go get the care they need without being turned away, or having to sign a second mortgage, or just plain going bankrupt? God forbid some bum or filthy undocumented alien should sneak in there and get the same treatment as a true blue ‘Merican! The fact that we are the only country in the developed world that won’t take care of the health of it’s citizens is astounding enough, considering we are the biggest and wealthiest nation in the developed world, but the fact that we refuse to do it because some incredibly wealthy corporations and doctors might not continue to be so wealthy shows the rest of the world clearly where our priorities lie. Maybe we really deserve what we get for choosing this course.
Originally posted on Webvex,

July 21, 2010