In this fourth post about Credibility, I connect the dots between conspiracy and reality explaining how you don’t have to be right all the time and you don’t have to know everything to believe a Conspiracy and retain Credibility.
A Conspiracy Analyst
I’d classify myself as a Conspiracy Analyst more than a Conspiracy Theorist.
Detractors use the latter phrase a lot as a put-down but as Mike Adams says among other such gems,
“The idea … that there is no such thing as a conspiracy is flatly ludicrous. And people who condemn others as being “conspiracy theorists” only make themselves look mentally impaired.”
That there is no conspiracy at all is not only ridiculous, it is also the direct work of the devil who says exactly the same thing about himself and his own lies and chicanery [that’s assuming that you believe the ‘conspiracy’ that he even exists in the first place!]
There is more integrity in analysing things carefully with a questioning open mind than standing behind and believing everything a gravy-train of garbage dished up in the whacky press! Crazy theories abound for sure but which ones are for real and have credibility?
I’ve shared before how to approach conspiracy challenges.
Most people will still think that you are crazy if you say that Michelle Obama is actually a Michael but in time he/she will come out and this will be a major ‘shrink’ to the masses. Most people are so conditioned to believing that 6 million Jews were exterminated in the gas chambers at Auschwitz or that evolution is a proven scientific fact that they will write you off as lacking credibility the instant that you even ask questions, let alone state what to me is obvious – there’s a lot of porkies in them thar stories!
I experienced this recently with a Dutch judge who was overseeing a scrap between two Barter Trade Exchanges in the Netherlands. I had recently revealed one of them (Tradeqoin) to be a scam so I was interested in the case, also having blogged about it as well.
I saw the complaint that referenced my blogging and they tried to stop the other guys from linking to my website and even, believe it or not, tried to stop them contacting me!
They also suggested that because I believed some conspiracies I was not credible as a blogger. Spare me days this sounded like the thought police from George Orwell and Alduous Huxley in real-time!
I scoffed at the claim at the time saying essentially that any court in the world will just look at the evidence. Well, apparently not! Here are the actual words of the Dutch judge:
Blijkens de e-mail baseert V*** haar beschuldigingen op de blogs van Smith op zijn website www.dennis.co.nz. In deze blogs schrijft Smith onderzoek dat hij heeft verricht naar IRTA en meer in het bijzonder UC. Volgens hem blijkt uit dat onderzoek dat sprake is van fraude binnen IRTA en van corruptie, mismanagement en nepotisme binnen de afdeling die verantwoordelijk is voor UC. TradeQoin c.s. heeft erop gewezen dat deze website van Smith ook een webpagina bevat, waarin Smith van verschillende, wat hij noemt “Conspiracy theories” aangeeft of ze volgens hem kloppen, waarschijnlijk kloppen, mogelijk kloppen of niet kloppen. Hij heeft daarbij de opmerking geplaatst dat wanneer hij een theorie aanmerkt als kloppend of niet kloppend, dit indiceert dat bij hem sprake is van een rotsvaste overtuiging, gebaseerd op voldoende onderzoek om zich een mening te kunnen vormen. Enkele van de theorieen die volgens hem kloppen zijn de theorieen dat Michelle Obama een transseksueel is en dat de wereld wordt geregeerd door satanische illuminati/joodse bankiers. Deze theorieen zijn naar het oordeel van de voorzieningenrechter dermate onzinning dat het feit dat Smith deze theorieen als kloppend aanmerkt en daarbij ook nog opmerkt dat dit een rotsvaste overtuiging betreft gebaseerd op voloende onderzoek, de validiteit en betrouwbaarheid van de resultaten van zijn “onderzoek” naar IRTA en de UCC volledig ondermijnt. V*** had gelet hierop in redelijkheid niet op de juistheid van deze onderzoeksresultaten mogen vertrouwen. V*** had gelet hierop in redelijkheid niet op de juistheid van deze onderzoeksresultaten mogen vertrouwen. V*** heeft haar beschuldigingen derhalve onvoldoende onderbouwd en onrechtmatig jegens TradeQoin c.s. gehandeld door het verzenden van de e-mail aan Glashouwer.
Translated into English:
It appears that in the email V*** bases its allegations on the blogs of Smith on his website www.dennis.co.nz. In these blogs Smith writes about the research that he has carried out to IRTA and, more particularly, UC. According to him, it appears from this study that there is fraud within IRTA and corruption, mismanagement and nepotism within the department responsible for UC. TradeQoin cs has pointed out that this website of Smith also contains a web page, in which Smith talks about several of what he calls “Conspiracy theories” indicating whether they are true according to him, probably, possibly or incorrect. He has thereby placed the remark that if he indicates that a theory is correct or incorrect, this indicates that there is in him an unshakable belief, based on sufficient research to be able to form an opinion. Some of the theories that are correct according to him, are the theories that Michelle Obama is a transsexual and that the world is ruled by satanic Illuminati/Jewish bankers. These theories are, in the opinion of the judge such nonsense that the fact that Smith marks these theories as correct, as they are based on sufficient research, he is convinced they are, that this fully undermines the validity and reliability of the results of his “research” into IRTA and the UC. V*** should, in all reasonability, not have trusted the research results, and taken this into account. V*** has because of that not enough support for the accusations and therefore has acted unlawfully towards TQ by sending an email to G***.
I think that’s kinda cute actually! Dutch judges scolding a defendant for taking into account the words of a blogger in Samoa because he believes something on another totally unrelated topic that she doesn’t! She clearly exercises multiple logical fallacies (Personal Incredulity, Appeal to Authority, Genetic and no doubt more).
All I can suggest Ms Dutch judge is that if you ever find yourself in the same bathroom as Michelle, watch out honey, you’ll be in for a big surprise! And it won’t only be because she left the toilet seat up either!
The logic this judge uses is the same that says, “Go to jail because you’re black [and all blacks are liars and thieves]!” or “You’re innocent because you look so handsome in a suit today [Mr Murderer]!” or “Didn’t I see you at Mass yesterday? Oh you can go free because you will have confessed no doubt!”
I think that she’s crazy, but she is after all a Dutch judge, and all of the Netherlands ‘knows’ that ‘Dutch Judges are crazy’!**
The reason that I go to the trouble of listing so many conspiracy theories and my take on them is the concept of credibility. You see, everyone has SOME doubts as to the validity of at least some of the ones I list. Pearl Harbour, JFK, 9-11, the six million Jews, or men on the moon are all some of the things that many people DO question and to see someone like me who HAS done the research helps them to compare their reality with mine which BUILDS my credibility if some of them match.
It doesn’t matter if we agree on all conspiracy theories, the mere fact that we can agree on just ONE that others too question the official story is usually enough for genuine truth seekers who are desperate to connect with others that they think don’t just blindly accept the mainstream BS.
People will often look down my list and say things like . . . “I agree with a lot of what you do too, but tell me about Michelle Obama [for example] . . . is she REALLY a transvestite? Do you REALLY think that?” to which I will always send people back to do their own research – look at photos and see her/his Adam’s Apple. Compare the physique which is clearly that of a male. Study the camera angles and clothing, hair and jewellery and how the masculinity is carefully and deliberately disguised time after time . . . and more such as his ring finger length, height, width, neck muscles etc etc.
Everyone I know says things like – “Really? Yes I’ve always thought she looked quite masculine” Only a Dutch judge would not even bother to consider this possibility. Perhaps she is lesbian and attracted to Michelle and doesn’t WANT to think that the masculinity of the USA’s First Lady is well, because she might actually BE a he? Does she even know Barrack Obama has a history of homosexuality according to many? Honey, open your eyes please! Then look at the facts of the case you’re assessing and the EVIDENCE before you so that you don’t make yourself look like a fool again!
Humillity to Ask Questions
My credibility is enhanced not so much because I have everything right, but because I dare to ASK questions; I THINK and I’m not too proud to SHARE what I’ve found with others, even if I may not be 100% right; even if it is not popular or appreciated by ‘stupid’ Dutch judges who fail to look at real evidence and let their own hangups and preconceptions get in the way of clear-thinking.
Humility therefore is another important aspect of building credibility, the humility to consider the possibility that we may have been taken for a ride somewhere, sometime and haven’t got it all right all the time.
In the next post I tackle the biggest issue of Credibility that there is in the universe. You can guess the subject of course . . . it’s the book that talks about the name that puts a shudder down the spine of the hardest criminal . . . the book that has been read more often than Playboy . . . the book that contains a message that p*sses off more people than Hitler . . . and the book that is either the source of every conceivable evil that exists on planet earth . . . or the solution to it all . . . the Bible.
Yes, in the final post in this series on Credibility, I dare to discuss the credibility of the ‘Good Book’ and its claims that Jesus is the Son of God, who died to give us a reinstated relationship with the Creator.
It can’t get scarier than this . . . so I’ll see you on the other side, in my next post!
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** Dutch judges are a source of derision also locally with a mainstream Dutch newspaper apparently running a poll on the issue. The phrase Kangaroo Courts might have to be replaced with Windmill Courts!