2 years ago: The full scope of the ‘climate-change’ conspiracy

August 26, 2011, on this blog: The full scope of the ‘climate-change’ conspiracy

This is the task facing all of us who believe in this scientific conspiracy promoting the fraud of climate change. If we are to oppose this conspiracy, then we must understand its full scope. Doing that requires us to investigate who else is in on it — who else must be in on it. And the more we investigate that, the more we will begin to appreciate just how vast and all-encompassing this conspiracy must be.

Because it’s not just their scientific peers in a single discipline who are rallying in support of the proponents of the theory. The fraud and the cover-up have spread, compromising nearly every scientific discipline. The physicists, chemists, paleontologists, botanists and geologists all must be in on it too. They all are actively participating in the conspiracy. The ornithologists and entomologists and oceanographers and microbial biologists are in on it.

Without the full cooperation of all of them, the conspiracy could not survive. Every scientist in every discipline must be in on it.

… But it doesn’t stop there. It couldn’t. As vast as we have already seen this conspiracy to be, its success depends on it’s being much larger than just what we have described so far. The conspiracy requires that it be much larger than that. It can’t be just the scientists and the sciences, the colleges and universities, the libraries, newspaper and the media who are in on it.

  • Daniel

    I spoke to a very earnest Christian on Saturday who had selflessly given up his weekend to protest the Manchester Pride festival and tell everyone that being gay was a sin. I asked him why he believed this, and why he thought an all loving God wanted so many people to be as miserable as denying their sexuality would make them. And he explained his personal journey to the Lord to me.
    It all began when he saw a UFO in Cheshire, which (he was keen to tell me) was in the local paper. He then began investigating conspiracy theories about the Illuminati, the Freemasons, the New World Order- apparently every conspiracy going. He had grown increasingly upset that people who believed in these conspiracies didn’t agree with each other, and he concluded that there must be one unifying “answer” to all of them. In the fullness of time he realised this was Jesus, and now he revels in the idea that he is being persecuted for his beliefs by everyone else in the world, who have, incidentally, been brainwashed by Satan coming through our computer screens.
    My long winded point is that if someone truly believes in a conspiracy, all evidence to the contrary is treated as confirming the terrifying scale of the conspiracy. For someone who really believes that global warming is a conspiracy, it wouldn’t be hard to conclude that everyone else must be in on it- every denial, every assertion that it would be impossible is treated as confirmation that everyone else is in on it and out to get them.
    There’s something delicious in being the only one fighting a vast network of evil- see the Tribbles for an example.

  • Hexep

    Well, anything’s better than a life of quiet desperation, I suppose.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    There really has to come a point past which the idea of a conpsiracy becomes simply absurd due to the sheer scale of deception it requires.

  • Daniel

    Even loud desperation?

  • http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com/ Lothar Lorraine

    I know quite a few conservative Christians who don’t deny the facts, but they keep telling me that God is going to judge the world soon so that our only priority should be to “save” souls.

    Oh, and they also tell me that God promised that no catastrophe would strike the world anew after the worldwide flood.
    They are proud not to be like all these people worrying around because they “lack faith”.

    Lovely greetings from continental Europe.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son
    http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com

  • Alix

    People have pointed out that conspiratorial thinking is not only self-reinforcing, as you noted, but infectious. Studying conspiracies, even if you try to stay a disinterested outsider, can get you to think like a conspiracy theorist, and then it’s a very small step to being one. So you don’t even have to start from a place of honestly believing in conspiracies to get sucked into that mindset.

    The Trickster and the Paranormal by George Hansen has some frankly terrifying case studies of this. Whether one agrees with the other parts of his book or not, it’s worth reading for those sections alone, and he’s deliberately structured the book so each section can be read independently. (I’m pretty sure I’ve pushed this book before – it’s a damn good book.)

  • Alix

    It’s more entertaining for the rest of us.

    Well, as long as they’re being loudly desperate on the sidelines, and not loudly, desperately setting out to ruin lives.

  • Alix

    From within that mode of thinking, though, it is really hard to see that. That’s why I find conspiratorial thinking a huge warning sign, actually: it’s self-reinforcing and very, very scary.

    My brother is a paranoid conspiracy theorist; he hoards weapons (knives, in his case), refuses to trust the police or government with anything, and is generally rather alarming to be around, even though on a personal level he can be quite nice. My father is spiraling deeper and deeper into a conspiratorial mindset, to the point that he nearly had a nervous breakdown when some Chinese lanterns blew into his yard, because he was convinced it was a sign the Chinese were singling out his house to bomb and the government was covering up this menace.

    And those are mild examples. But these people cannot take that mental step back and reevaluate their worldview – it’s too intrinsic to their identity.

    It’s not a coincidence, I think, that conspiranoia and authoritarianism go hand-in-hand, really. Both require that same sort of “I’m right and the world is wrong and hates me for being right” mindset.

  • Daniel

    “Studying conspiracies, even if you try to stay a disinterested outsider, can get you to think like a conspiracy theorist”
    So they got to you too? WAKE UP SHEEPSON!!!!!! Or Perp!!!! I’m not sure what the singular of “sheeple” is.

    I will look up that book, thanks for the recommendation- even if it does turn out to be a bunch of disinformation put out by THEM to keep us all in our place.

    Hmm…I was thinking of going the whole Poe’s law on this one but I’m just not comfortable using that many capital letters.

  • Daniel

    Well the guy I spoke to had a poster of someone proudly proclaiming they “used to be “gay”!” (inverted commas around gay on the poster). So I actually felt really sorry for him, as he’s convinced that God wants that many people to be utterly miserable. He also was convinced that the Rapture and all that is going to happen in the next 20 years. We don’t tend to get people like that in the UK, and he was from the Wirral which made it even odder.

  • Alix

    LOL. Don’t forget the bad punctuation. I hear obligatory 1s thrown in those exclamatory strings really adds just that right touch of authenticity, y’know?

  • Daniel

    “I’m right and the world is wrong and hates me for being right”

    I think, as with authoritarians, that this reveals a very powerful sense of inferiority on the part of the believer. It is a position that makes all criticism automatically invalid, as it all serves to reinforce the conspiracy. To question them is an aggressive act, not a dialogue. The same goes for the literalist crowd of Timkins’ followers- Christ said his believers would be mocked, ergo any mockery proves they’re right. I feel sorry for these people, which I say without having ever really known any, because the idea of uncertainty is very, very scary for them and their certainty allows them to feel privileged because they are wrong rather than in spite of it.

    I don’t know if you’ve read this, or if the link will work, but:

    http://mugwump.pitzer.edu/~bkeeley/work/pubs/Keeley_1999b_scan.pdf

  • Daniel

    OBLIGATORY!!!!!!!! Thrown in Punctuation IS MIND CONTROL!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP!!!!! FOur Years MAD EUTHENISEING GOVERNMENT SPACE-CYBERBRAIN has been kidnapping you IN you r SLEEEP!!!! And forcing you to write TERRIBLE BOOKS!””!!!!!1!! Moon-based gangster robot COMMUNISTS-CHRISTIANS TAKE YOU IN YOURE SLEEP AND FORCE BRAIN SPONGES TO DRINK YOUR DREAMS THEN SQEEZ THEM ON PAGES WITH INK AND RITE “LEFT BEHIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!” AND WHO IS THE NAME OF COMMUNIST-FASCIST CYBER GANGSTER CHURCH-EMPEROER??????? WAKE UP!!!!!! IT IS CALLED TIMKINS!!!

    http://www.bentoandstarchky.com/dec/rants.htm

    How’s that?

  • Alix

    Ooh, thank you! I haven’t read that, no, but I will be now. :)

    this reveals a very powerful sense of inferiority on the part of the believer. It is a position that makes all criticism automatically invalid. . . . To question them is an aggressive act

    Authoritarians and conspiracy theorists in a nutshell. That’s beautiful.

    It’s scary how well that describes a lot of people I know, including my aforementioned relatives. Even a simple request for information is a hostile act, in their minds.

  • Daniel

    Authoritarians tend to be conspiracy theorists- there’s always someone out to get them. This is the irony of them always accruing as much power as they can, and insisting on their own strength. This strength is apparently always under threat, yet they are always “the strongest”. Again, it’s like the Timkins God- all powerful yet totally vulnerable.
    Authoritarians and conspiracists are little men with loud voices, who still can’t be heard unless everyone else is silenced.

  • Daniel
  • Daniel

    You would think, wouldn’t you? My tinfoil hat is size 7 1/4, but I’m worried it won’t stop “them” coming through my broadband connection.
    I’ve always wondered- given the publicity around Jewish-Masonic-Illuminati conspiracies why it wouldn’t just be easier for the conspirators to admit that they were in charge. The world has apparently been run by them for centuries, and so we have no other framework for government- why not just admit it?
    “Yeah- all those years of economic growth, the development of Western society (complete with medicine, education, democracy, the internal combustion engine- sorry about that- the computers that allow the spread of conspiracy theories etc etc) the relative peace and prosperity since the enlightenment (except those few slip ups) and the improvement of the standards of living for an enormous percentage of the people in the world? That was us. Jewish-Mason-Illuminati. Overall, not a bad job.”

  • glendanowakowsk

    You’ll get no argument from me there.

  • mememine

    Why won’t science after 28 years of threats of a “possible” death for the planet finally agree it is inevitable instead of just possible and end this costly debate that is taking us closer the point of no return from unstoppable warming? Science’s own “maybe” consensus is what fuels denial and anti-CO2 mitigation, not big oil.

    Since science has never said it WILL happen, how do you believers get away with saying it?

  • http://anonsam.wordpress.com/ AnonymousSam

    Because “science” isn’t a sentient being and a consensus is not the same as unanimity.
    Because we’d rather scientists not tell us that the death of the planet is inevitable within our lifetimes.
    Because it’s possible that it’s not inevitable, even in the event of the supernova.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    I’m sure the situation will last my time, and the Earth won’t become 100% uninhabitable. What is likely to happen, though, is that in general there will beadverse changes to patterns humans tend to rely on as part of our vast interconnected global trade flows.

    If you want something as close to certainty as you can get in terms of predictions by science, it’s these two things:

    1. The day and night cycle will continue essentially indefinitely.
    2. Five billion or so years from now, our sun will finally go off the main sequence, become a red giant, and swallow up the Earth. After some time, it will vent off all its gas, run out of fuel, and become a white dwarf.

    There are other less grand but equally certain predictions (anything you drop will fall until it hits the floor or ground, except when gaseous vapors are involved) and then there are predictions which are in principle deterministic but in practice tend to be highly influenced by minute changes in conditions – we call this “chaotic behavior”.

    Climate and weather tend to show chaotic behavior on the time scales we care about, which are overlaid atop the relatively constant sinusoidal-like pattern of rise and fall of mean hemispheric temperature with the seasons.

    The point I am trying to make is that it doesn’t have to be a “WILL”, it just has to be a “this has a reasonably high probability of occurring that we should guard against it.”

    Every scientist wants to be wrong about something that means the Earth could become a less viable habitat for humanity. Do you think I and my fellow travellers enjoy reading the results of scientific inquiry about the climatic changes over the last 20-30 years?

  • BaseDeltaZero

    The funny thing is? There was a masonic conspiracy to take a government and replace it with one of their own design, once. We call it the American Revolution.

    (Okay, so it wasn’t just Freemasons. But they definitely had a major impact on it. All the popular conspiracy groups, esp. the Illuminati, seem to date back to the enlightenment…)

  • Kenneth Raymond

    People have pointed out that conspiratorial thinking is not only self-reinforcing, as you noted, but infectious.

    Oh geez, yes. I ran a short Dark Matter game (sort of an X-Files RPG, only as members of a NGO) for some friends and researched the conspiracy theories around things like the supposed Montauk Project, or the general conspiranoia (I love that word already, thank you for introducing me to it) around the Denver International Airport.

    I still can’t think of that airport as anything but deeply weird and almost sinister, and suspect if I ever had to go there I would spend the whole time unpleasantly keyed up and paranoid.

    There’s another game, called De Profundis, which is based around deliberately trying to self-induce conspiranoia and a general sense of cosmic horror, because it’s a Lovecraftian letter-writing roleplay where you’re encouraged to turn your everyday surroundings into RP fodder. Sometimes I’m disappointed, sometimes I’m glad I can’t get into the proper mindset for it.

    (Both games are, I believe, quite out of print, though the De Profundis book is more about helping the reader get into the mindset and pitch it to others than it is about the “rules” of the game, and you can play it without the book easily once you understand the premise.)

  • Matri

    Science is never absolute. Science is the best we have at the moment. Debate and disagreement drive change, and this will improve our own understanding. Change is welcome, change is sought after in science whereas your ignorant version of your so-called “religion” abhors change. Even change for the better.

    For example, I am of the absolute opinion that you are an idiot until the end of time. The facts and evidence do not contradict me at all. Will I proclaim that as an immutable and unchanging fact? Or will I change my mind and go with “maybe you are, maybe you aren’t”? One of these excludes any hope of you educating yourself out of your current willful ignorance.

    You have hit a lot of the ignorants’ dogwhistles in your posts. You sold yourself out in the first line alone.

    Get an education. 6-year-olds are smarter than you.

  • Leslie Graham

    The Arctic ice is on on it too.

  • Leslie Graham

    You’re wasting your time with that one.
    ‘mememine’ is a well known astro-turfer..
    He spams the same off topic gish gallops of the most absurd nonsense to any and every publication and blog that includes the word “climate” in the header.

    He posts to about 40 threads under around 5 or 6 different screen-names and his total number of spam posts under the sceen-name ‘mememne69′ is nearly 10,000 alone.
    His real name is Paul Merrifield and he is an obese 60 year old loser from Niagra Falls.
    It has been explained to him a hundred times that the scientific method deals in the balance of probabilities and not absolutes. If it did then it wouldn’t be science.

    He usualy just does a ‘drive-by’ posting and doesn’t even attempt to refute the proof that he is posting BS.

    I always report him as spam whenever possible.

    He often changes his name but he is instantly recognisable from the same old posts week in week out.

    Just shows what intelligent people are up against when there exist repulsive individuals who are prepared to threaten ours and our childrens future for his ideological beliefs..
    Shamefull.

    Here are just a few of his spam posts under his various guises.

    29/3/2013
    http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/03/29/rise-climate-change-and-coastal-communities/
    as ‘Al Bore’

    http://phys.org/news/2012-12-human-role-climate-virtually-leaked.html
    as ‘mememine69′(9,729 posts)

    20/2/2013
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/509667/climate-change-cannot-be-avoided-say-scientists/
    as ‘mememine’

    http://science.time.com/2012/11/27/u-n-global-warming-summit-heading-over-the-climate-cliff/
    as ‘DavidNutzuki’

  • guest

    ‘His real name is Paul Merrifield and he is an obese 60 year old loser from Niagra Falls.’

    If he were underweight would we be more likely to want to pay attention to him?

  • http://hummingwolf.livejournal.com/ Hummingwolf

    The Vigilant Citizen is actually pretty readable, with standard spelling and punctuation and all that jazz. The commenters are a different matter, of course.

  • http://hummingwolf.livejournal.com/ Hummingwolf

    There are people who believe that there are two million mind-controlled slaves of the Illuminati in the USA alone. There are a different set of people who believe that there is no human-run “Illuminati,” but there are half-human half-demon Nephilim who have been running the world behind the scenes for thousands of years. The sheer scale of deception required doesn’t seem to be any kind of obstacle to belief.

  • http://www.oliviareviews.com/ PepperjackCandy

    Are the Nephilim also the Reptilians, or are those two different conspiracy theories?

  • http://hummingwolf.livejournal.com/ Hummingwolf

    The Nephilim and Reptilians are two different tropes, but can easily be fit into the same conspiracy theory if you like. For instance, the Reptilians could be an artificial life form created by the demonic Nephilim to do their bidding here on Earth until the true demonic masters are ready to reveal themselves. (I believe I’ve read that theory somewhere.)


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