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"The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." - John Philpot Curran

4/29/2009

How Conspiracy Theories Get Started

A top U.N. scientist is saying that the current swine flu virus causing all this panic "possesses certain transmission 'vectors' that suggest that the new flu strain has been genetically-manufactured as a military biological warfare weapon." Just another conspiracy nut, right? Well, even the most outlandish theories have some basis in fact.

Earlier this year it was learned that Baxter International Inc., which has developed a flu vaccine, was responsible for releasing live flu viruses. From the Toronton Sun:
    The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses. ...

    ... The contaminated product, a mix of H3N2 seasonal flu viruses and unlabelled H5N1 viruses, was supplied to an Austrian research company. The Austrian firm, Avir Green Hills Biotechnology, then sent portions of it to sub-contractors in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Germany.
Was this a simple mistake?

Then came the story of vials containing a "potentially lethal pathogen" that went missing from a U.S. military lab in Fort Detrick, Maryland. This is the same lab, by the way, to which the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings were traced.

Without drawing any conclusions here, one can certainly see how rumors and conspiracy theories get started.

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2 Comments:

Blogger John said...

So, perhaps stated another way, just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get me? Hmmmm... I wonder...

Another thought just popped into my head as well. Ponder this: "The greatest trick the devil ever played was getting people to believe he didn't exist". So, along those lines, if you even begin to acknowledge his existence (ala "conspiracy theories") 'they' will say you're nuts or a whack job for even thinking (let alone saying) such things. Your thoughts?

4/30/09, 9:56 PM  
Blogger Lee Shelton IV said...

I think conspiracy theories originate from our instinctive understanding of human nature. Yes, we know that government is full of corrupt people, but that doesn't mean they're all in on some secret evil plan. However, based on what we know about those in power, it would be just as silly to dismiss out of hand the possibility of any conspiracy.

Personally, I never assume anything is a conspiracy; I simply try to look at it from all angles.

5/1/09, 8:48 AM  

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