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Report: China, Russia fueling Q-Anon conspiracy theories

Discussion in 'North American Politics' started by Stevicus, Apr 19, 2021.

  1. Stevicus

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    Report: China, Russia fueling QAnon conspiracy theories (yahoo.com)

    A recent poll indicates that 20 to 23 percent of Americans believe in the Q-Anon theories.

    More than a third of those polled indicated that they believed elites, politicians, and/or celebrities were involved in global pedophile rings.

    "Significant cognitive opening." Where do they come up with these euphemisms?

    For its part, Facebook says it's trying to keep this kind of mischief under control.

    For most of my life, I've heard various conspiracy theories - one of the first was about the JFK assassination. Then there were revelations about Vietnam, the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, the misdeeds of the FBI, CIA, and NSA (among others). It became clear to a lot of Americans that our government was up to a lot of mischief that was kept secret and appeared to go against the spirit of democracy and freedom which we had been raised with.

    Some of it could have been a result of the Cold War and what people were being asked to do, such as be prepared in the case of a nuclear war. Or send their loved ones off to fight in some war in places they never heard of before. These are the things that prompt people to ask questions such as "What's this all about anyway?"

    The government tends to use language with a lot of legalisms and weasel words.
     
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  2. Shadow Wolf

    Shadow Wolf Rival's Wife

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    I'm not surprised. America is a land where people believe a lot of dumb, stupid, outlandish crap. America is known for being anti-authority and anti-intellectual. Add in America's ultra competitive, dog-eat-dog, pull your own self up with your own bootstraps, winner-takes-all system, and people are in a situation (such as having little power and control over their life) to be primed for accepting conspiracy theories as explanations for their woes and troubles.
     
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    The real source of most conspiracy theories:

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  4. Valjean

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    Yes Virginia, there are conspiracies.

    The trick is in discovering and sorting them out.
     
  5. Stevicus

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    And Virginia is where the CIA headquarters is located. The Pentagon, too.
     
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    As a semirelated tangent, Dan Olson did a documentary about Flat Earth Society, their forums and social media. But when he returned for a followup found that the population had dramatically decreased... not because they stopped believing in a flat earth, but because they migrated to Qanon sites.
     
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  7. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    Are you surprised? Religion has some wacky stuff so why not politics?

    Oh, and Bigfoot too!
     
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  8. Stevicus

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    No one can account for Bigfoot's whereabouts on November 22, 1963. What was he doing that day, and did he have any connections with Oswald?
     
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    I think there are a ways to defend against conspiracy theories.
     
  10. Valjean

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    It would be interesting to explore the neurology of these types. I'd like to see some comparative fMRIs.
     
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  11. Stevicus

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    Perhaps, although I've noticed the focus tends to be on the theorists themselves and not really on the actual theories.
     
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