Conspiracy Crush

Updated: Sep 17

As a past conspiracy theorist myself this is a resource, I hope, that can help folks recognize how to discern truth from lies.

If you're curious about me or my motives, here's a video. Otherwise skip it, as the info I'm delivering is common sense and/or based on sources using scientific evidence. And I'm pretty self conscious about it anyway.


The main thing to understand about our democratic world is that it has been built from the ground up, over hundreds of years, to limit the damage liars can do. History has always had them and they have always done damage. Independent media, rule of law, the scientific method, all in place to counterbalance bullshit. If you like simple, that's about as simple as I can make it. If you have come to believe your democracy requires a revolution, you have bought into a conspiracy theory and I hope and pray you will read this blog till the end.

Democracy sucks, but it's better than the alternative.

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Why are conspiracy theories catching on so fast? Because social media is making it very lucrative to lie. Anything to get clicks. Supply and demand. And the better a liar you are, the more profitable you'll be. See the problem? Knowing this, isn't it obvious that the internet would be full of liars? How many email phishing scams do you get a day? How many scam phone calls? Agreeing and recognizing this fact is the first step to your long road back.


Next, the science behind lying, explained so well here. Note the date. It was produced in 2011. Near the beginning of the social media age and at the beginning of the smartphone revolution - the dawn of everyone having a profile and staying connected all the time.



I'd suggest, if you have been convinced a grand conspiracy is at play by global elitists that are running the world, you watch more of Pamela's videos. Over time, I'm confident you'll see how some of the sources you have relied on, are obviously playing you for a fool.


STOP: Now you're thinking that is just what THEY would say to throw you off their scent. STOP and listen. I'm no globalist and THAT thought is a self reinforcing delusion. Never think, the more convincing the evidence against what you believe, the more what you believe must be true. Take it from me, that is a tough cognitive loop to overcome, but it's integral to your journey back.

Our brains work against us. It looks for patterns and meaning in everything. We want to see conspiracies because they give us a sense of understanding, control and makes us feel special through having special knowledge others don't have. It's normal, and useful, to those who are looking to deceive us and keep us from straying to other sources - to keep us on the hook. Incompetence and coincidences are everywhere - despite what the bullshitters say.


Now a little update on Pamela's information...


And since we're the Newsload, and since comedy is quickly becoming the best troll proof way to discuss this breakdown in how our democratic systems are balanced, here is couple great pieces by John Oliver...


As you watch, keep this in mind...


No person or group of people in this world is in control of everything or even a big part of everything. Not Putin, or Biden, or Xi Jinping. Everyone, billionaires, the pope, you and me - we all wake up everyday day, wondering what the fuck will happen next. In some ways this is scarier. It is also true.


Even Xi Jinping, you might say, authoritarian ruler of over a billion plus Chinese people? Yes even him. COVID, climate change, economic strife - he has a better sense of the control he doesn't have than most. Reality assaults him everyday, just like the rest of us.

We're all afraid, competing, watching our own ass. That's it. Our world is competitive, not conspiratorial. John Oliver and his team present this best.




If you still don't accept that the conspiracy theory YOU believe in MIGHT be bullshit, how do you reconcile what John Oliver reveals? Answer that and you will be well on your way to recovery.


CONCLUSION

Mainstream Media sources, for all their bias and faults and mistakes, are still our best sources of information today. Some are even getting better. Why? Scrutiny does that. That's a good thing. Many have simply come to understand the true nature of the game being played - that disinformation is now cheaper and easier to produce than real information. God help us.


Plus, mainstream media...

  • carries liability insurance

  • hires trained journalists

  • enforces standards before they broadcast or print.

  • competes with one another for scoops and dollars.

  • has to make sure their facts can hold up in court.

  • admits mistakes and issues retractions

  • understands their reputations are their business.

Their primary function is to deliver truth. Sure they all have their biases, but truth is their job. Research and fact checking. Most online sources do not have any of those standards or processes and they don't want them. Why would they, when baseless bullshit is more profitable and there is no downside. Well, other than the collapse of civilization.


And... finally, one final point.


If you still don't see that so many conspiracy theory sources online are just really good, great fucking, very convincing, leveraging your cognitive biases - LIARS...


Think about it this way.


When they make money off you, whether you buy a product, pay a subscription or just follow and add views or authority to their account, what do they do with that money? Some will invest it in stocks or bonds or ETFs, etc., right? What information sources do you think they use to invest? Where does the investment advice that they trust their fortunes too come from?


Mainstream news motherfucker.


They, or their advisors, need the best versions of truth they can attain and that comes from mainstream, independent news sources, utilizing the points above.

They make their money off suckers - US - and laugh all the way to the bank.


I hope you have the fortitude to get off that bandwagon - or better yet, never get on - and really start thinking for yourself. Maybe, this can be that fresh start.


I did it. You can too. All the best and make sure you vote.


By Bryan Bakker - Founder of the Newsload.





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