There are a great many conspiracy theories out there, the latest one being that I have something overÂ John Key and Judith Collins.
It is being pushed hard by various nutters on the left-wing. It is hilarious to read the comments at places like The Daily blog, where special kinds of political retards reside and comment, same with The Standard.
Do people really believe such conspiracy theories? They do, and in disturbingly high numbers, according to recent empirical research collected by University of Miami political scientists Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. Parent and presented in their 2014 book American Conspiracy Theories (Oxford University Press). About a third of Americans, for example, believe the âbirtherâ conspiracy theory that Obama is a foreigner. About as many believe that 9/11 was an âinside jobâ by the Bush administration.
The idea that such beliefs are held only by a bunch of nerdy white guys living in their parents’ basements is a myth. Surveys by Uscinski and Parent show that believers in conspiracies âcut across gender, age, race, income, political affiliation, educational level, and occupational status.â People on both the political left and right, for example, believe in conspiracies roughly equally, although each finds different cabals. Liberals are more likely to suspect that media sources and political parties are pawns of rich capitalists and corporations, whereas conservatives tend to believe that academics and liberal elites control these same institutions. GMO conspiracy theories are embraced primarily by those on the left (who accuse, for example, Monsanto of conspiring to destroy small farmers), whereas climate change conspiracy theories are endorsed primarily by those on the right (who inculpate, for example, academic climate scientists for manipulating data to destroy the American economy).
Miss 16 is studying history and after a week or so looking into the Second World War and the Holocaust these are the 11 things she came up with as lessons we can all learn from.
Why 11? Because.
The question she was asked was: What did studying the history of WWII teach you?
1. Hitler was a dictator
2. Appeasement doesnât work
3. When someone says donât invade or there will be war you should listen to them.
4. When the Americans get involved serious stuff goes down
5. Backstabbing is a bad strategy
6. Media can influence people even if itâs false information
7. If you donât know who is good or bad you canât really do anything to stop the bad
8. Itâs easier to lie and trick people than it is to force them to do things
9. Give people hope and they will follow you even if youâre an asshole
10. Most soldiers will follow orders even if they are against their beliefs
11. War is expensiveÂ Read more »
Kim Dotcom has broken his silence about the election and has decided to play the hurt victim card.
Funny how he never paid PR people for image control and always did it himself, yet somehow it is someone else’s fault his political dreams lie in tatters.
Dotcom says that for the sake of the artists he wants Baboom to succeed. But, in order for that to happen, a sacrifice needed to be made.
âThe best way to achieve that success was to take me out of Baboom completely. We have a great management team and some brave investors in place. The brand âKim Dotcomâ is toxic and a major distractor to what Baboom is trying to achieve,â he concedes.
He got that right, brand Kim Dotcom IS toxic.
Now for the delusions of the fat man.
But while those same strengths allowed the Internet Party to became a news event every day leading up to the election, Dotcomâs profile and history â by his own admission â became a millstone around the partyâs neck. Every aspect of his private life became a point of leverage for his political opposition.
âThe Internet Party failed to deliver meaningful change in New Zealand at the last election because of the media spin by our opponents,â Dotcom says.
âThey have successfully turned me into a villain, a German Nazi, a horrible employer, a political hacker, a practitioner of prohibited digital voodoo magic and nothing short of a monster. I would hate that guy too if I didnât know that it wasnât true.â
‘I Was Hitler’s Food Taster’
.@KimDotcom hopefully just you
â Brittany Raleigh (@BrittRaleigh) September 2, 2014
Brittany Raleigh sums up how most Kiwi’s think about Kim Dotcom and his attempts to evade justice and his attempted hijacking of our elections. I ask valid questions about a crime, and get accused of rape culture. Dotcom jokes about killing prostitutes and makes rape jokes and no one says a thing. Kim Dotcom admitted yesterday to everything. Â Read more »
Putting a Hex on Hitler: Life Went To a Black Magic Party
Apologists for Kim Dotcom claim he isn’t a naziÂ sympathiser…yet everything we have seen to date has been foreshadowed before.
He has formed a political party, had a book written, got all his minions in snazzy uniforms, has lightening bolt motifs on loads of things.
Then there is his ownership of a signed copy of Mein Kampf, one he gloated about owning across the breakfast table in Spain.
He received a Nazi flag, that is still folded in his basement at the mansion, from one of his staff and profusely thanked that staff member for giving him the best present of his life.
And has been photographed wearing a Nazi Waffen SS helmet.
Not to mention his tirade of abuse against homosexuals and Jews on a beach on Isola Butelli, where he shouted at a Conservation officer that Hitler was right when he gassed the homosexuals and Jews in Auschwitz. I have spoke to three eyewitnesses who say this happened. Not to mention his goose stepping around a BBQ in Corsica.
Those no-politically correct of us like to call busybodies who want to interfere in personal choices “health nazis”. It is meant as an insult, to label them as draconian health freaks intent on destroying personal liberties.
I always thought it was just a term but it appears there were actual “health Nazis”.
Nazi Germanyâs well-known obsession with creating a master Aryan race led to many atrocities. But from these same sinister motives came research that may have had health benefits for the German people during World War IIâstudies on the dangers of smoking that led to the most advanced anti-tobacco campaign of its time. Unfortunately, the campaign was only concerned with protecting the health of Aryan Germans.
âNazi Germany was governed by a health-conscious political elite bent on European conquest and genocidal extermination,â writes Stanford researcher Robert Proctor in his book,Â The Nazi War on Cancer, âand tobacco at the time was viewed as one among many âthreatsâ to the health of the chosen folk.â
In 1939, German scientist Franz MĂŒller presented the first epidemiological study linking tobacco use and cancer. In 1943, a paper prepared by German scientists Eberhard Schairer and Erich SchĂ¶niger at Jena University confirmed this study, and convincingly established for the first time that cigarette smoking is a direct cause of lung cancer.
Research by German doctors also brought to light the harmful effects of secondhand smoke for the first time, and coined the term âpassive smoking.â But Proctor says the findings cannot be separated from the context in which they were realized.
According to Proctor, Schairer and SchĂ¶nigerâs paper needs to be seen as âa political document, a product of the Nazi ideological focus on tobacco as a corrupting force whose elimination would serve the cause of âracial hygiene.ââ The Nazi agenda was centered on the idea of establishing and maintaining a German Aryan master race that was free of illness or impurity, and tobacco was just one of the many influences that could weaken the so-called Ăbermensch.
âNazism was a movement of muscular, health-conscious young men worried about things like the influence of Jews in German culture and the evils of communism,â Proctor says, âbut also about the injurious effects of white bread, asbestos, and artificial food dyes.â