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Area 51 is the nickname given to a U.S. military base, which supports the development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. Popularly, believed to be a hideout for Alien activity. Located at 83 miles north of Las Vegas. It is a 6×10 mile block of land situated on the southern shore of Groom Lake.
Since its inception citizens have claimed to view UFO sightings and heard strange, rumbling noises. Yet, the government denies the existence of Area 51. Rather, it emphasizes the area used to serve as a site for military bombings.
During World War II the Groom Lake was used for bombing and artillery practice, but was abandoned until April 1955, when Lockheed’s Skunk Works team selected the location as an ideal testing grounds for forthcoming U-2 spy plane. The base has seven runways including one that now appears to be closed. The closed runway 14R/32L, with a total length of 7,100 m is the longest without any stop-way. The other runways include two asphalt runways with a length of 3,700 m and 1,600 m respectively. And, the remaining four are located on the salt lake.
Since the paranormal occurrences at this location, it has become the subject of curiosity. Many documents and articles have been written about the place. People in hope to turn the rumors true flock outside the complex hoping to capture some alien activity in their camera lens.
The base does not appear on public U.S. government maps and the USGS topographic map shows the long-disused Groom Mine. The area is restricted for both civilians and general military air traffic. Radar stations guard the area and any unauthorized activity is instantly noticed and apprehended with stringent laws. Unauthorized personnel from the military are expelled if caught strolling in the restricted surroundings of Groom’s airspace.
Nevada’s state government, acknowledging the potential of the folklore surrounding the base has renamed the section of State Route 375 near Area 51 “The Extraterrestrial Highway” in hopes of generating revenue from tourism. Area 51 has become the focus of UFO and conspiracy theories. These theories include:
-The storage, examination, and reverse engineering of crashed alien spacecraft with its occupants at Roswell.
-Manufacturing of aircrafts based on alien technology.
-Joint undertakings with extraterrestrials.
-The development of exotic energy weapons for weather control.
-The development of time travel and teleportation technology.
-The development of unique propulsion systems related to the Aurora Program.
-Activities related with the Majestic 12 organization often referred as one world government.
These conspiracy theories have catapulted Area 51 as a notorious, paranormal activity site in popular culture, specifically in the area of science fiction. Many films and television programs focus on capturing the essence of these theories marked as fictious by the government.
Still several people have claimed knowledge of events supporting Area 51 conspiracy theories. Bob Lazar, who was contracted to work with alien spacecraft that was in the possession of government in 1989.
Similarly, an interview conducted with a 71 year old mechanical engineer who was a former employee at the site during 1950s, claimed to work on a “flying disc simulator” which had been based on a disc originating from a crashed extraterrestrial craft and was used to train US Pilots. He also claimed to have worked with an extraterrestrial being named “J-Rod” and described as a “telepathic translator.”
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The recent disappearance and subsequent crash of Air France 447 has quickly become one of the 21st century’s first great mysteries. The modern world furnishes a great many of us with more communication mediums than we can shake a stick at; and while this is one of the great wonders of the modern world, it can also cause a lot of mysteries to snowball.
There are many theories as to what actually happened to Air France flight 447, and as is the way with the internet, these theories get built upon in a kind of virtual Chinese Whispers between forums, blogs and video hosting sites and it doesn’t take long before cries of conspiracy are flying.
The facts as they have been reported are: the flight departed Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 31st of May bound for Paris, France. Forty minutes after passing out of Brazilian airspace, the plane transmitted a four minute burst of automated error messages and was then not heard from again until debris and bodies were discovered on June 6th 2009 in the Atlantic Ocean. Autopsies performed on the recovered bodies have discovered that many of them have fractures consistent with the plane breaking apart in mid-air. The official investigation into the causes of the crash is still ongoing and as such, there has been no definitive statement from the airline as to the cause, which has only served to fan the flames of conspiracy theories.
There are several inconsistencies in the reported facts which have been picked up on by much of the internet’s public and have lots of people smelling a rat. Firstly is the official claim that the plane was lost in bad weather, possibly an electrical storm. Though many people will agree that this claim is plausible, there is the counterpoint that apparently twelve other planes flew a similar route within the same timeframe and did not report any issues with the weather. There have also been numerous experts going on record stating that the plane would easily withstand a direct hit from lightning, deepening the mystery of the broken limbs – if lightning didn’t cause the plane to break apart in mid-air, what did?
A terrorist bombing is the common answer to this question, but Air France flight 447’s circumstances differ in two vital ways compared to most terrorist bombings – firstly, no group has come forwards and claimed responsibility for it, which is usually the first thing that happens in the wake of a terrorist attack. Secondly, a bomb is a sudden, almost instant destruction; it is unlikely that the plane would transmit a four-minute stream of automated error messages.
The error messages are another source of conspiracy theories, leading people to think that the largely computerised plane had a computer virus which caused the system – and thus the plane – to crash, others have taken this to another level insinuating that the vehicle had been hacked.
There are several other theories floating around about the causes of the downing of Air France 447, and just as many logical answers debunking them. Ultimately, regardless of the findings of the official investigation and the inevitable subsequent work by the law and lawyers when the families of victims claim for compensation, the answers will most likely never be good enough and the mystery will live on through blogs, forums and YouTube for many years to come.
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A conspiracy theory has been suggested by a group of alternative medical proponents that yeast overgrowth affects the body internally and causes of a variety of different non specific symptoms other than the external, typical symptoms such as vaginal thrush, oral thrush and skin yeast infections.
The non specific symptoms listed below have been related to a disease referred to as yeast overgrowth syndrome, Candida hypersensitivity syndrome (yeast allergy), or gastrointestinal yeast overgrowth.
People who suffer from yeast overgrowth are most likely to be affected by toxins released by the yeast itself. Such toxins include ethanol and acetaldehyde which have a mild narcotic effect. These toxins, while produced in the bowel, can be absorbed into the bloodstream and affect the brain function, causing a variety of symptoms such as memory loss, a feeling of vagueness, irritability, moodiness, dizziness, spots in the vision or ringing in the ears.
These toxins negatively impact our cells by making it difficult for the white blood cells to fight infection, resulting in rashes, acne and the slowing of the healing process. It also affects the red blood cells ability to flow into capillaries, resulting in migraines, fatigue and muscle aches.
The symptoms you may experience if you have yeast overgrowth syndrome include:
• abdominal bloating
• reflux and gas
• bad breath
• premenstrual tension
• muscle pain or stiffness
• sexual dysfunction
• food intolerances
• and much more
Often these symptoms appear even when there is no clinical sign of Candida albicans, the most common cause of yeast overgrowth. While these subclinical infections and symptoms are not medically recognised conditions, treatment for systemic yeast overgrowth in these individuals has lead to permanent relief from symptoms.
Bear in mind that even if you are not suffering from typical yeast overgrowth symptoms such as thrush, that it is not a sign that you do not have a yeast overgrowth. Thrush is just an external symptom, and you may be affected in other areas.
Candida hypersensitivity syndrome causes symptoms when you develop an allergic response to the small population of yeasts which live on your body as part of the normal flora. Just if you had a allergic reaction to strawberries or penicillin your body will react by setting up either local or systemic inflammations causing any number of symptoms such as redness, itching, rashes, swelling or more serious symptoms.
With the Candidasis now affecting up to one third of the population, and the majority of the population at risk with up to 80-90% harbouring the yeast Candida, why don’t doctors diagnose yeast overgrowth syndrome as a cause of many common symptoms and illnesses? The possibility of a conspiracy theory has been proposed due to the lack of action.
There are many conspiracy theories about the subject of yeast overgrowth syndrome but these have not been readily accepted by the medical fraternity. There has not been sufficient medical research done on this matter. This has lead to the conspiracy theory related to yeast overgrowth especially since medical universities and medical reviews that bring doctors up to date are funded and controlled primarily by the large pharmaceutical corporates who are focussed on the profits from the sale of their medications. If you look at an average medical review you will see that up to two thirds is dedicated to pharmaceutical products.
By prescribing a pharmaceutical cream or ointment for a yeast overgrowth infection such as thrush, doctors see immediate results with their patients. Be aware that if treatment is unsuccessful or becomes recurrent then the doctor must delve deeper to make sure the diagnosis is correct and to establish that the patient is not suffering from a more serious underlying disease such as diabetes. The problem with only treating the symptoms is that it will only reoccur in time, and then you will be prescribed the same medication again and again, which can actually cause the Candida to mutate and become resistant to the medications prescribed.
In many countries you can buy many of the creams and tablets for yeast overgrowth over the counter and this in itself has lead to self diagnoses and treatment of Candida infections. The problem with this is that there is a risk of incorrect diagnoses and treatment for yeast infection. It has also lead to commercial advertising of pharmaceutical medications to treat yeast overgrowth infections.
It is a fact that most doctors are aware of the natural methods of treating and controlling yeast overgrowth such as thrush. They prefer, however, to stick to the standard protocol for the treatment of yeast infections which is acknowledged by the medical fraternity to be the treatment of choice because it has been backed up by scientific research.It goes without saying , however, that most doctors would be happy to support their patient in a search for alternative treatments for controlling recurrent thrush.
If you believe you are suffering from yeast overgrowth syndrome it is important to do research to find out more about this disease and the rationale behind the conspiracy theory suggested by these alternative medical proponents. You can talk to your doctor or do research on the internet. However the best proof is in the cure. Treat your Candida infection and see if your other non- specific symptoms disappear at the same time. It won’t do you any harm and may provide the relief you are looking for.
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1. Oh No! The Soviets beat US to it! The first human to travel to outer space was Yuri Gagarin. He was a Russian Cosmonaut and on 12th April 1962 his Vostok Spacecraft, which was part of the Soviet space program orbited the earth. Soviets beat America in sending the first man into space. There are conspiracy theories that suggest that in fact Yuri was not the first man in space, but actually there were other manned missions to space that did not quite work out before Yuri Gagarin finally made it out there. The cosmonauts sent on these failed missions were supposedly ‘lost in space’ and the Soviet government did not let anyone know about this. Well, we sure hope it is just a conspiracy theory and nothing else!
2. What did Neil see? Neil Armstrong was of course the first ever man to set foot on moon in July 1969 as mission commander of the Apollo 11. With this landing came another conspiracy theory that Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin never really set foot on the moon and it was an elaborate hoax by NASA. There is also another conspiracy theory that suggests that for the 2 minutes that communication was lost with Apollo 11 during the broadcast of their landing, Neil Armstrong reported seeing 2 UFOs apparently ‘watching’ them. Some theories go as far as to suggest that there is an Alien base on the moon and that is what Armstrong saw. That would mean Neil saw cooler things on the moon than what we originally thought!
3. Advanced Aliens in Roswell… Perhaps the biggest conspiracy theory involving space and the people who go with it (aliens!) has to do with a small city called Roswell in New Mexico. In July of 1947, a foreman called William Brazel reportedly noticed debris around 30 miles from Roswell. He had earlier heard reports of flying discs in Roswell and thought the debris came from a UFO crashing. The US military attributed this to be not debris from a UFO but rather from it’s own weather balloon which was a part of a top secret project called the Mogul. Conspiracy theorists suggest otherwise and even go as far as to say that the crashed disc had Aliens traveling in it which were captured by the US government and the whole incident was a cover up. Evidence cited in defense of the conspiracy theory goes something like this – the technological advances made after 1947 have been huge compared to the advances made before the Roswell incident. Conspirators argue that these advances have been possible because we copied the technology that the Aliens brought with them. We sure would have loved to catch a glimpse of these Advanced Aliens for sure!
4. Watch out! There is a huge conspiracy theory going around about the existence of an extra planet in the Solar System – one that we have no knowledge of, but one that is supposedly the biggest of the bunch. This planet has been named variously as Planet X, Nibiru, Wormwood etc. Conspiracy theorists say this Planet is on a collision course with earth and pretty soon is going to crash into us. We don’t need to run for cover yet, because if such a thing were to exist, then the thousands of astronomers all over the world would have noticed things like planets shifting orbits because of the gravitational pull of such a large planet, but seemingly that hasn’t happened, so hopefully we don’t see big brother for a while!
5. Face on Mars. In 1976 our good friend NASA decided to pique people’s interest in its mission to Mars. It thought a good way of doing this would be releasing a picture taken by its spacecraft Viking 1. This photograph had what looked like a face on the surface of Mars staring back at us. The caption said that this was a huge rock formation resembling a human head formed by shadows giving the illusion of eyes, nose and mouth. But once again our even better good friends, the conspiracy theorists started reasoning that this was actually the work of an Alien civilization. The face on Mars became quite a sensation albeit one completely different from what NASA wanted to achieve. There were books written, movies made, theories formed about the face. However, images released later in 1998 and 2001 revealed the face for what it was – just an illusion.
6. Did we or did we not? Another conspiracy theory which can be thought of as having more grounds for its presumptions is once again to do with Neil Armstrong and the landing on the moon. Some people suggest that NASA was lying when it claimed that there were 12 successful astronauts sent to the moon. They believe that all the videos, audio and other evidence was cooked up by NASA to keep the illusion that it had managed to send man to the moon intact. Evidence for this is cited from the flag waving on the moon to the big Rover machine they drove in etc, etc. But wonder how they would explain the lovely Earth pictures and also the lunar rocks brought all the way back!
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This article will take a look at one of the most well-known conspiracy theories circulating the planet, that men never landed on the moon. According to several groups and individuals from all over the world, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were not the first men to set foot on our celestial neighbor, and were in fact acting in a large studio. Some moon hoax theorists believe that the first landing by Armstrong and Aldrin was faked, and subsequent missions stand a good chance of being genuine. Others believe that all the missions were a hoax, it depends on who you speak to!
So why would anyone suggest that the moon landings were faked? What would NASA and the United States government attempt to gain by pretending that they had landed on the moon? The main reason that many conspiracy theorists believe that the first, or indeed all the moon landings were faked, was due to the international situation in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The cold war had led the United States and Russia to begin a space race. This involved getting the first artificial satellite into space, as well as the first human being. Both these challenges were officially won by Russia, and the pressure was immense for the United States to make it to the moon first. Added pressure had also been placed on the American space programme after President Kennedy’s speech on May the 25th 1961 to U.S. Congress in which he stated,
“I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space, and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.”
This speech, and the pressure to beat the Russians to the moon, would be – in the theorists opinion – every motivation to fake it if it was not physically possible, or if it were too expensive to achieve. There is no creditable evidence however that this was the case.
The codename for the lunar missions was Apollo, and in total there were nine missions that actually made their way to the moon. However, Apollo 8 and 10 did not descend to the surface, but simply orbited to gain information and data for the landings that would follow. Apollo 13 (of which a hollywood film was made), was due to descend to the surface, but was involved in an emergency that threatened the crew. This resulted in an aborting of the moon landing as the astronauts were dramatically guided back to earth, teetering on the brink of death.
Missions that were successful in landing on the moon were Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17. Apollo 11 was the first landing by men on the moon, and was the mission in which Neil Armstrong uttered his famous words, “that’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” The aim of this article is to outline exactly why the arguments used by moon hoax conspiracy theorists to discredit the moon landings are poorly thought out, scientifically wrong and misguided. Let’s start with some of the most common issues that have been put forward as ‘proof’ that the moon landings never took place.
No blast crater under the LEM – One of the most common areas of the moon landings that the theorists have a problem with is the lack of a blast crater beneath the lunar lander spacecraft, officially named the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM). This is apparently difficult for them to quantify as the giant rocket nozzle that pointed down at the surface was capable of producing 10,000lb of thrust. Statements by various hoax theorists have been made that 10,000lb of thrust would have not only disturbed copious quantities of dust, but would have blasted a crater in the surface of the moon. However, in NASA photographs and film there is no evidence of any crater beneath the LEM on the surface of the moon leading hoax theorists to speculate that the lander was simply on a ‘movie set’.
Whilst I would agree that 10,000lb of thrust would disturb dust and possibly create a crater, one very important fact is overlooked by the hoax theorists – the spacecraft throttle!
Imagine you owned a Ferrari capable of travelling at 200mph. If your car is capable of travelling at that speed would you then leave your driveway at 200mph? Of course not, as the speed is not required. This was the same as the LEM. All that was needed during the descent in a low-gravity environment, was around 3000lb of thrust, which in fact simply disturbed a small quantity of dust that can be seen from the video inside the spacecraft from Apollo 11 (the first moon landing). No crater was created as there was not the power to do it as the LEM touched down, this is why you see no blast crater on any Apollo mission.
Despite the sky being black there were no stars in the sky on any Apollo mission photographs – Any hoax theorist using this claim to propose that the lunar landings were faked clearly has very little understanding of photography, or the very different environment that is experienced on the moon. When you look at the lunar photographs what do you see? A terrain lit up by the brilliant light of the sun. The astronauts are also wearing bright white spacesuits that reflect the sunlight. As a result of this when a photograph is taken as little light as possible needs to be drawn into the camera. To take a picture in these conditions requires a fast shutter speed as well as reducing the aperture size (letting in as little light in a possible). Because of the camera letting in less light to compensate for the brilliantly lit terrain and astronaut, the stars do not show up in the sky because of their faintness. This is the reason they cannot be witnessed on the Apollo lunar photographs.
Despite the lack of stars in the NASA photographs there was one occasion in which they were photographed on the moon. The crew of Apollo 16 took a special ultra violet camera with them to take pictures of stars and galaxies without the atmosphere of the earth to obscure the view. As a result we can prove that photographing stars was possible by the astronauts, but they had to take special equipment with them in order to do it.
When placing the flag on the surface of the moon it can be seen waving as if in the wind – This, frankly, is one of the most ridiculous claims I think has been made by the moon hoax theorists. Take a close look at the astronaut placing the flag on the surface. He has to twist it hard left and right to work it into the surface. Whilst doing this the flag (that was fastened to the pole vertically downwards as well as secured across the top to ensure it displayed properly due to no wind on the moons surface) ‘waved’ as the cloth moved. This was the result of force being placed on it as it was worked into the surface.
Hold a piece of tissue paper by one corner in a room completely still and free from wind. Move your hand backwards and forwards, what happens? The tissue paper waves as if it were in the wind, this is exactly what was happening to the flag as it was placed in position. It is amusing that no claims have been made about the flag moving when an astronaut was not touching it. Does this mean that breeze only occurred as the flag was placed in the ground and was being touched? This is a poorly thought out argument that the moon landings were faked.
Part one of my look into the moon hoax conspiracy theory has debunked three of the most popular pieces of ‘evidence’ that men never went to the moon. There are many other claims from hoax theorists that will be put into perspective in part two of this article. I will also take a look at other accusations to do with the moon landings, involving the murder of astronauts and the faking of emergencies to gain television coverage, all of which will be thoroughly investigated and debunked.
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Recently I have had a discussion online over the idea of various conspiracy theories that are floating around on the internet. The particular theory that came my way basically states that the United States is no longer the United States, and that there are plans to mass imprison people who do not follow along with the U.S. Government in coming future events. These future events are tied in closely to biblical prophecy relating to eschatology (theological doctrine of the “last things” or the end of the world) before the return of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
As a result of my email conversation, I thought it is important to post something upon this topic. In this short paper we will see how conspiracy theories affect our spiritual walk by the following: (i) causing one to sin, (ii) lashon hara and communication rooted in unholiness, and (iii) not truly trusting in the Most High G-d.
What is a conspiracy theory?
To believe a conspiracy theory is to believe the ultimate cause of an event or a chain of events and/or the concealment of such (ranging from public knowledge to a secret and often deceptive plot) is performed by a powerful or influential people or organizations. Therefore, the majority of conspiracy theories imply that major events in history have been dominated by conspirators, people or organizations who manipulate events behind the scenes.
The etymology of “conspiracy” is Middle English conspiracie, from Latin conspirare, and means it is the act of conspiring together; an agreement among conspirators. Conspiracy means “an agreement between two or more persons to commit an unlawful act to accomplish a lawful end by unlawful means” (Britannica Concise Encyclopedia).
You know the only thing I can think is “conspiracy…conspiracy…conspiracy.” Have you ever looked online to find anything on conspiracy theories? www.google.com will give you around 650,500 hits on the words “conspiracy theories.” The next thing I did was look for anything written on the problems of conspiracy theories or the problems with listening to conspiracy theories. There is virtually nothing on the topic. I think there are a few reasons why people choose to believe in conspiracy theories, one is it gives one the sense of satisfaction of being smart enough to have figured it all out.
The problem however what is occurring in reality, these theories are projecting their fictional musings onto real-life people, events, families, organizations, groups, etc. So, these theories are sold as politics, similar to the polemic of Adolf Hitler, he was a master of weaving conspiracy tales. We see this throughout history taking for example Nero who blamed the Christians for burning Rome or even in the B’rit HaChadashah (New Testament) how the leaders devised a conspiracy theory to explain away the empty tomb (disciples carried him away). It is my opinion that the Conspiracy theory no matter what it is … is rooted in unholiness.
These tales inflame the fears and paranoia of people to the extent that anything can happen taking for example World War 1 & 2 that took place back in the mid-twentieth century. In fact, people even get a sort of perverse enjoyment from retelling the tales of paranoia, supposed “insight,” fear, discontentment, etc which this propaganda promotes. So, you maybe asking, “Why do you say this is rooted in unholiness?” Let’s look at and see what the Torah has to say:
19:16 “‘Do not go around spreading slander among your people, but also don’t stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is at stake; I am ADONAI. (CJB)
23:1 “You are not to repeat false rumors; do not join hands with the wicked by offering perjured testimony. (CJB)
The scriptures speak of “gossip” as one who connives, dreams up, and twists truth that is compelling and masquerades as wisdom. There is perverted sweetness to this deception which is the primary lure of committing this sin of gossip. The main point here in what I want to say is how do these theories honor the Most High God in Heaven? Fear, worry, and discontentment take us away from one of the most important things in our spiritual lives which are to “Trust” in Him … to Trust in the Lord God Almighty and to pray.
When this conspiracy theory came to me via email about the United States of America, I was saddened because this information was being perpetuated by leaders in the Christian community. This is nothing less than promoting gossip and slander which is the very definition of lashon hara, even lashon hara against our enemies. (See http://www.torahresource.com/EnglishArticles/Leshon%20Hara.pdf for more information on lashon hara) I believe that lashon hara is a sin, even if it is against our enemies. As the Children of the Most High G-d we have to live exemplary lives, which include what we say and even what we think. Ultimately, the decision has to be made on an individual basis, do we trust in the Lord or do we spread conspiracy theories and enjoy the sweetness of gossip?
I am not saying that we should be unaware of what is taking place in this world; but we need to know the truth, discern what is a lie, and be knowledgeable about what is gossip and slander so that we can walk spotless before the Lord.
5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty talk; for it is because of these things that God’s judgment is coming on those who disobey him. 5:7 So don’t become partners with them! 5:8 For you used to be darkness; but now, united with the Lord, you are light. Live like children of light, 5:9 for the fruit of the light is in every kind of goodness, rightness and truth – 5:11 Have nothing to do with the deeds produced by darkness, but instead expose them, 5:12 for it is shameful even to speak of the things these people do in secret. 5:13 But everything exposed to the light is revealed clearly for what it is, (CJB)
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