12.27.2011 – Conspiracy Roundup: Border Fence Chaos (for TruTV.com Conspiratorium)

Conspiracy Roundup: Border Fence Chaos

Benjamin J Spencer
By Benjamin J Spencer
December 27, 2011 2:24PM

BorderAuthorities in Finland have allegedly discovered 69 smuggled U.S. Patriot missiles and 150 tons of explosives bound for China in crates labeled “fireworks.”

Controversy over the National Defense Authorization Act, which some civil rights groups thinks will legalize indefinite detention of U.S. citizens, is heating up on the internet right before Obama is set to sign it into law.

In related news, Twitter is again accused of censoring news about SOPA, OWS and the National Defense Authorization Act. The company has denied all previous conspiracy theories about coverups.

Some will try anything to conquer an annoying cold. But brain-eating amoeba might be a bit of overkill…

Some suspect these overwhelming displays of grief from North Koreans over the death of dictator Kim Jong Il to be mass-staged for state television. But it’s not like he’s still watching them… or is he?

How did a former British paratrooper manage to run a thriving bar in Baghdad right next door to the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq? Apparently, they had one great Iraqi fixer.

These former Texans now living on the Mexican side of the border fence insist they are still U.S. citizens.

On a related note, it looks like the only immigrant population the Arizona border fence has succeeded in reducing are black bears. To be fair, the bears admitted they were here to take our jobs.

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12.26.2011 – Occupy Wall Street Using Toy Helicopters to Record Cops (for TruTV.com Conspiratorium)

Occupy Wall Street Using Toy Helicopters To Record Cops

Benjamin J Spencer
By Benjamin J Spencer
December 26, 2011 2:43PM

CopsCount Occupy Wall Street down, but not out.

The NYC faction of the movement has just invented a whimsical, but potentially effective, tool in response to what they say is overbearing surveillance, police violence, and the barring of photographers and journalists from protests: a toy helicopter.

Bought cheaply online, the device is controllable from an iPhone and rigged with a tiny camera that can record and stream video in real time to the social video website, Ustream…

Though just successfully tested a couple of days ago, the so-called “Occucopter” already has a Facebook page and is chronicling its adventures in counter-surveillance on its very own Twitter feed.

The mini-chopper is the brainchild of Tim Pool, a New York-based tech specialist, multimedia journalist and OWS supporter who has already gained some fame for his live chat-enabled Ustream broadcasts from Occupy encampments nationwide. Pool’s latest innovation: installing 3G cellular controllers to vastly extend the Occucopter’s range.

Will we soon see police battling hundreds of hovering, buzzing toy spy drones controlled by multiple operators, who could be thousands of miles away? And could this technology, intended to keep tabs on police abuses, be turned used for more nefarious purposes?

Some observers fear the ramifications of an escalating drone race much like the nuclear arms race of the 1980s, where authorities could justify their own use of drones by pointing to devices like the Occucopter. Think about it: a remotely-operated drone chopper could live-stream your wife taking a shower.

We may not have to wait long for the brave new world of Big Brother warfare. But for now, the live-streaming of Occupy events continues. Recently, Occupy Albany was being forced to move out of their encampment. Tim Pool – and his Occucopter – were there, documenting the eviction live on Ustream.

11.22.2011 – Conspiracy Roundup: Aliens, Yeti and Dolphins (Oh My!) (for TruTV.com Conspiratorium)

Conspiracy Roundup: Aliens, Yetis and Dolphins

Benjamin J Spencer
By Benjamin J Spencer
November 22, 2011 7:14AM

Dolphins photo by Jesslee Cuizon
Those smelly Yeti are leaving their tree-nests all over Siberia again, angering environmentalists with their wanton destruction. Patience, tree huggers. Give the Yeti time to develop ecological consciousness.

In Southern Ranches, Fla, elected officials secretly kept their plan to let the federal government build the nation’s largest illegal immigrant detention center from their own constituents for a decade. The town’s immigrant activists and immigrant-fearers now agree on something: they’re pissed.

The U.S. military may soon be able to identify you – yes, you there, hiding in that crowd – by your heartbeat, with Star Trek-style life-form readers.

Could this bizarre skull, mummified in a Peruvian city, be an alien?

After receiving an unspecified number of death threats, Herman Cain is officially the first Republican candidate to request and receive permission to employ the Secret Service as security.

Egad. Do we have yet another foiled New York City bomb plot?

Bored with simply smuggling us blow, Sinaola, the largest Mexican cartel, has been plotting to deliver major strikes to U.S. targets,in Mexico City.

Meet America’s elite marine mammal fighting force!

Italian scientists conducting experiments in what resembles the Galactic Senate Chamber from Star Wars (sans crappy CGI) thumb their noses at Einstein and conclude that neutrinos are faster than light.

11.18.2011 – Conspiracy Roundup: Goodbye Monkey Crotch. Hello Censorship (for TruTV.com Conspiratorium)

Conspiracy Roundup: Goodbye Monkey Crotch, Hello Censorship

Benjamin J Spencer
By Benjamin J Spencer
November 18, 2011 2:56PM
Gobi desert
Could the Congress-proposed Stop Internet Piracy Act result in censorship of the World Wide Web? Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, AOL,  and eBay seem to think so.

What are the gigantic, mysterious patterned structures spotted by Google Maps satellites in China’s Gobi desert? Messages to alien visitors? Target practice for missiles? Or simply an innocent tool to calibrate China’s spy satellites?

If upstate New Yorkers didn’t have enough reasons to distrust hydro-fracking, here’s another one: it’s suspected to have caused hundreds of small earthquakes in the Midwest.

Well, perhaps it wouldn’t hurt to follow Pakistan’s lead and ban “monkey crotch” on the internet and in text messages. No good can come from that phrase.

Why have the Feds suddenly become reluctant to continue declassifying decades-old spy satellite imagery? (And did anyone even know we have something called a “National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency”?)

And  Russia’s military chief warned that NATO expansion to its former satellite republics could provoke nuclear wars.

11.17.2011 – Conspiracy Roundup: Naughty Facebook (for TruTV.com Conspiratorium)

Conspiracy Roundup: Naughty Facebook

Benjamin J Spencer
By Benjamin J Spencer
November 18, 2011 12:36PM

DSK

Are the nation’s mayors actually coordinating with the help of Homeland Security, the FBI, and other federal agencies?

Pennsylvania police arrested Oscar Ramiro Ortega on suspicion of firing an AK-47 near the White House last Friday. Ortega had a “fixation” with Obama’s current abode. Maybe more than a fixation: investigators found a bullet hole in a shatterproof White House window and another bullet elsewhere on the grounds.

Did the Energy Department ask Solyndra, whose main investor was Obama’s buddy, to delay layoffs until after the 2010 midterm elections? These emails suggest they did.

Facebook finds out who caused my dear, sweet Aunt Greta to flood my news feed with naughty Photo-shopped Justin Bieber pics and promises to wreak vengeance on the hackers responsible.

Oh, incidentally, all of you pre-verts now suddenly searching for naughty Photoshopped Justin Bieber pics online? Facebook knows what you’re doing. And it’s very disappointed in you.

The Spy Who Buzzed Me: the city of Lancaster, CA wants to prevent crime by deploying a surveillance spy plane equipped with infrared and video cameras flying over the city 10 hours a day.

DSK is back and France and already making headlines for another case, this one involving highly-paid prostitutes.

Add some kale and presto! Pizza is now a government-sanctioned vegetable.

11.16.2011 – JFK Tapes Revealed: More Questions, Few Answers (for TruTV.com Conspiratorium)

JFK Tapes Revealed: More Questions, Few Answers

Benjamin J Spencer
By Benjamin J Spencer
November 16, 2011 2:38PM

JFK-love-field

We thought we knew everything about the JFK assassination – or at least, most of us figured we’d never know it all.

But today the AP reports that a major new piece of evidence is put up for auction in Philadelphia – a recording of calls made from officials aboard Air Force One right after the president’s Nov. 22, 1963 assassination…

At over two hours long, the tape, sold to the Raab Collection by the estate of long-dead Kennedy advisor Gen. Chester “Ted” Clifton Jr.,  contains 30 minutes more evidence than the official national archive copy – and a flurry of references to shadowy figures identified only by code names straight out of Ian Fleming.

Who, for example, is “Monument” ? And “W.T.E.”? All mentioned by Air Force One staff after the assassination. Not to mention a contact known only as “John”?

And though the new tape supposedly clears up the location of JFK’s nemesis, Air Force General
Curtis LeMay – who some theorists suspect of involvement in the assassination – it raises far more mysteries than it answers.

What do you think?

11.4.2011 – Conspiracy Roundup: TSA Coverup? (for truTV.com Conspiratorium)

Conspiracy Roundup: TSA Coverup

Benjamin J Spencer
By Benjamin J Spencer
November 4, 2011 8:11AM

TSA
Seriously, is Mitt Romney just messing with us now? And we called John Kerry a flip-flopper; this other Massachusetts Presidential hopeful has even more explaining to do do.

The U.S. Dept of Homeland Security is hoping that terrorists are just as insecure and self-obsessed as many Twitter users are.

The power of cold fusion: it’s not just for god-awful Keanu Reeves action movies anymore. A new Italian thingamajigger appears to prove the mysterious energy reaction exists; but not one scientist has any earthly explanation how.

Surprising no one, it turns out the TSA glossed over cancer concerns caused by full-body scanners.

Somehow, we knew this, but still: a whopping 30 U.S. companies paid not a dime in income tax over the last three years.