Archive - 2015

Alex Jones, the death of Bill Cooper and the rise of the Conspiracy Creeps

For many years I sincerely believed that an extraterrestrial threat existed and that it was the most important driving force behind world events. I was wrong and for that I most deeply and humbly apologize.

— Bill Cooper

The conspiracist M. William Cooper (but you can call him Bill) was born in 1943. According to his bio, he was a Vietnam-era veteran of both the Navy and the Air Force, and later some sort of photographer, before making a name for himself in the “UFOlogist” counterculture of the 1980s with extraordinary tales of extraterrestrial races, secret human populations on the moon, and his predilection for championing known hoaxes (such as the infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion) as documentary evidence of a worldwide global conspiracy of the rich and powerful intent on enslaving every last one of us. Cooper even had a term for you and I, the everyday schlubs who refuse to see the truth in his message and join him on his crusade. We were mere “sheeple,” he’d say — a portmanteau of ‘sheep’ and ‘people’ — “cattle by choice and by consent.”

“I read while in Naval Intelligence,” he claimed, “that at least once a year, maybe more, two nuclear submarines meet beneath the polar icecap and mate together at an airlock. Representatives of the Soviet Union meet with the Policy Committee of the Bilderberg Group. The Russians are given the script for their next performance. Items on the agenda include the combined efforts in the secret space program.” (The secret space program, of course, being that which has established a military presence on the moon and Mars.)

Cooper continues: “I now have in my possession official NASA photographs of a moonbase in the crater Copernicus.”

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Whole Foods and the Boston Marathon bombing

A certain website has apparently gone off the rails (further off the rails?) in its attempts to crack the alleged conspiracy behind the Boston Marathon Bombing. One of the current obsessions of this publication, according to an insider who wishes to remain anonymous, is the recent courtroom revelation that after triggering the explosions that killed three and wounded almost 260 people, the Tsarnaev brothers went to a local Whole Foods to buy milk.

Questions loom ominously: Was this an attempt to establish an alibi? And why did they choose Whole Foods, of all places?

In the hope that I might save these beleaguered conspiracists some trouble, I’d like go ahead and point out the mind blowing connections that lay below the surface of the Boston-Whole Foods-New York-9/11 conspiracy matrix.

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The presidency is unsustainable: an interview with Joseph G. Peschek

 

Joseph G. Peschek is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Hamline University. His latest book, The Unsustainable Presidency: Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Beyond, argues that the the modern American president’s power largely exists within a narrow context: to produce unlimited economic growth and national security through the expansion of empire.

Do you believe America now has an “imperial presidency,” as John Boehner has charged, in which President Obama is exercising power beyond constitutional limits?

That ‘imperial presidency’ charge is short-term politics. In the context of some of the things that Obama has done on immigration, in particular maybe relations with Cuba and a few other things, there’s nothing new about that. I would say that we do have an imperial presidency, but it’s not because presidents issue executive orders from time to time that upset the other side of the aisle. We have an imperial presidency because America is an imperial power.

Just to refer to Obama’s State of the Union address, he did talk about the troops coming home and so forth, but at the same time he asked for authorization to attack ISIS, and those sorts of operations will continue. And that’s part and parcel with a modern imperial presidency. America’s a global superpower with military and undercover operations all over the world, and that’s probably going to continue. And there’s very little debate about that, because both sides are pretty much committed to that approach—whatever differences they might have about relations with Cuba, for example, the show goes on.

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