Ever wondered what the white trails left behind by aeroplanes are? Or why freak weather events seem to blow apart desperately poor communities but don’t touch those in power? How about even bigger questions such as ‘Which religion is the right one for me?’ or ‘When will the world end?’
Fortunately, conspiracy theorists have the answer to all of those questions, and more. As it turns out, those so-called ‘vapour trails’ are actually part of the Secret Large-scale Atmospheric Programme (SLAP), introduced by governments to change everything from the environment to human health. This means that next time a horrible disease spreads or a species goes extinct, the government probably wanted it to happen. According to conspiracy theorists, earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes, which kill millions of people annually, are actually caused by the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, a controversial Alaska-based research facility, which is believed by some to have the ability to control the weather. Hugo Chávez, ex-Venezuelan president, said that HAARP or a program like it triggered the Haiti earthquake. This was only a drill, according to Chávez; the ‘final target’ being Iran.
Another claim, albeit poorly sourced with little if any evidence, is that of NASA’s ‘Project Blue Beam’, whereby the human population will be brainwashed into following a ‘New Age Religion’. This global religion will be led by the ‘Antichrist’ – whatever that is – and follows the title of the ‘New World Order’. It’s very legitimate. We will no longer have to worry about which gods, if any, to follow, because NASA will have given us no choice. Conspiracy theorists even have an answer to the question 'When will the world end?’. Despite history’s track record in the field of predicting the apocalypse being poor, people still trusted the theory that a mysterious planet, often given the title ‘Planet X’ or ‘Niribu’, would pass through the sky on April 23rd 2018, and then collide with Earth this October - killing us all. It didn’t pass through the sky in April, but there’s still hope. In fact, according to self-published author David Meade, if you’re reading this post-October 2018, you’re probably in the afterlife.
Perhaps the most publicised conspiracy theory in science is the idea that the first lunar landings on the 20 July 1969 were faked. A popular piece of evidence that astronauts never touched the Moon’s surface was footage of the American Flag, placed on the Moon’s surface by Armstrong and Aldrin, appearing to flap in the wind. But hang on a minute. There’s no air on the moon! In addition to this, observant theorists noticed that there are no stars in the background of videos taken from the moon. These two pieces of proof clearly demonstrate how we have been conned – obviously no one ever landed on the moon.
Conspiracy theories cause trouble. If you believe that America controls the weather, staged the lunar landings and will soon brainwash us into oblivion, you’ll also surely believe that global warming isn’t real. And many people do. In the US, 65% of Republicans do not believe that global warming is caused by human activities, and 69% of Republicans believe the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated, according to Gallup’s 2018 poll. The debate continues about whether the warming of the Earth’s temperature and its link to increasing CO2 emissions is ‘fake news’ or an inconvenient truth. President (of arguably the most powerful country on the planet) Donald Trump has tweeted that climate change is an invention of the Chinese, designed to harm the American economy. Unfortunately, what’s really harming America – and the rest of the world – is Trump’s blissfully ignorant ‘beliefs’.
The world of medicine has also been battered by conspiracies. Peter Duesberg, a German Professor at the University of California, has promoted the idea that HIV is harmless and definitely does not cause AIDS since 1987. He says that it is factors such as anti-HIV drugs that lead to the devastating disease of AIDS. Of course, the vast majority of scientists and specialists dismiss Duesberg’s idea as ridiculous and provide scientific proof that AIDS is caused by HIV, but this hasn’t stopped Duesberg’s theory from convincing a huge number of people, including former South African president Thabo Mbeki, that HIV is not an issue. Harvard researchers now claim that the mass AIDS denial has ‘caused 300,000 deaths’ due to delays in providing antiretroviral drugs. A third of a million people. Clearly, not all of these theories are as harmless as they are hilarious.
In this age of conspiracy theorists and ‘fake news’, it’s probably best to just move to Atlantis and join the Flat Earth Society.