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Everyday Erinyes #136

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Furies, Conspiracy theories, Conspiracism, heresy, Inquisition, reality, evidence, fake, deepfake )

- 158 days ago -
A post on TomCat's blog. About conspiracy theories.


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Jim Phillips (3247)
Saturday September 15, 2018, 11:11 am
Drumpf is a "conspiracy"... lol.

Pat B (356)
Saturday September 15, 2018, 11:21 am
What a fascinating! post. WOW!
I find the ‘Deepfake’ videos most concerning.

We need to stay vigilant even more so today and for the future re: this subject.
Best to the Furies for helping us all worldwide!!!

Thanks, Joanne for the information.

Lona G (66)
Saturday September 15, 2018, 9:48 pm
Excellent article, Joanne. As you correctly point out, people do conspire and conspiracies do take place. Take a failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944 for example, or closer to home, 9/11. People together have come up with a plan in secrecy (conspired) to do harm to someone, an organisation, a government or nation, with the intent to carry it out in some form or another. To be guilty of conspiring those two facts are enough: planning and intent to carry it out. It doesn’t matter if it was a success or not, nor how much damage is done.

Most conspiracies have become known only after the fact of either a successful or failed execution of a plan, or by interception of the plan(ning). In case of interception, conspiracy is always hard to prove because it is very hard to demonstrate “intent”. Much depends then on how far the planning has resulted in planned behaviour, such as buying weapons or actually putting a bomb together. In case of your Benghazi example, in theory had there been a conspiracy leading to a plan, that plan could have been executed. However, there never was any evidence of people conspiring to contrive a plan which was then executed, no matter how hard they wanted to find it. So Benghazi is demoted to a conspiracy myth.

I would like to add another criteria to the two you’ve proposed, Joanne, and that is the one of size. Some conspiracy myths are build on such a complex conspiring organisation, constructing such incredibly layered and fantastically wrought plans, involving far too many people, that the sheer size would prevent it from remaining secret or ever succeeding. Too much could go wrong. Looking back at 9/11, the conspiracy carried out by Bin Laden and friends was rather simple However, the conspiracy theory which claimed it is was all set up by the Bush government, demanded such a complex plan and execution to have it work out exactly as it did, that there should have been an abundance of proof for it. Instead the sheer size and complexity of the conspiracy theory proved its own impossibility.
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