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Rush Loves Him Some Conspiracy Theories

Erik Rush has never seen a weird conspiracy theory he didn’t embrace and advocate. This is the guy, after all, who believes Jim Garrow’s bizarre bleatings about Obama trying to nuke South Carolina. So when another writer makes fun of conspiracy theories, he leaps to their defense, armed with…well, nothing.

Eichenwald has a nasty bee in his bonnet regarding Agenda 21 in particular, the U.N.’s ostensibly “nonbinding statement of intent signed in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush and 177 other world leaders” intended to foster management of urban development and land-use policies in ways that minimize the impact on the environment. In the author’s view, this has been seized upon by “extremist organizations” who claim that it is an attempt by statists to seize private property, herd people into cities, impose redistribution of wealth and crush dissent. “Trees will be given the same rights as humans. Electricity companies will conduct surveillance on customers,” he bleats sarcastically.

As though none of this was actually occurring already.

That’s it? Sarcasm is not an argument and it certainly isn’t evidence.

Back in March, I revealed that a source in the intelligence community had informed me that Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 was hijacked in a Central Intelligence Agency-sponsored operation reeking of corporate and government intrigue, that the airliner had not crashed and that the manufacturer, Boeing, had likely been involved due to the technical implications of such an undertaking.

I was roundly ridiculed, of course, yet this week Malaysia’s influential former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad accused the CIA and Boeing of having done just that, describing the very scenario I outlined, and detailing how it might have been accomplished in the same way it was initially explained to me. Mohamad also charged that the missing aircraft’s current whereabouts are known to the alleged conspirators.

This is just one of the recent “conspiracy theories” and “phony scandals” that have either borne out in truth, or appear to contain more than an element of truth.

On Planet Wingnuttia, having someone else make the same bizarre claim you made means that it has been “borne out in truth.” And it doesn’t matter whether the other person is the least bit credible.

Comments

  1. John Pieret says

    I revealed that a source in the intelligence community

    Wadda ya want to bet that “the source” was Garrow? Two wingnuts make THE TRUTH™.

  2. dingojack says

    I was roundly ridiculed, of course, yet this week Malaysia’s influential former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad accused the CIA and Boeing of having done just that, describing the very scenario I outlined, and detailing how it might have been accomplished in the same way it was initially explained to me. Mohamad also charged that the missing aircraft’s current whereabouts are known to the alleged conspirators.”

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Mahathir Mohammad. Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    OOOOHHHH, WHAT a creditable source!!!

    (Although nice to see the Prophet of Muslims, Mohammad*, also weighed in on the issue, ’cause that’s really helping your flagging creditability there Erik).

    Dingo
    ——–
    * And bets that Rush isn’t aware that Mr Mahathir’s first name is Mohammed? Why do ‘ignorant’ and ‘presumptuous’ come to mind?

  3. zippythepinhead says

    Yes, of course, CIA plan 77 alpha:

    Step 1: Join in corporate conspiracy to hijack Malaysian air plane
    Step 2: ???
    Step 3: Profit!

  4. Larry Kearney says

    And now there are 2 sources citing the same, incredible, but totally believable, conspiracy about Malaysian Air 370!! Checkmate, Boeing! This thing is growing exponentially.

    The truth is out there.

  5. Michael Heath says

    Ed writes:

    On Planet Wingnuttia, having someone else make the same bizarre claim you made means that it has been “borne out in truth.”

    This is a primary argument by those claiming Jesus was crucified to death and rose three days later, e.g., William Lane Craig and Lee Stroebel’s survey of evangelical theologians.

  6. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    Step 1: twit puts out claim on twitter
    Step 2: twit is retwitted
    Step 3: twit 1 reads other twits saying the same thing twit 1 said.
    Step 4: Original twit confirmed!

  7. lorn says

    We saw some of this in the Iraqi WMD claims where US manufactured stories were given to foreign intelligence units and then, when the same stories were mirrored back it was taken as “corroborating evidence” from another nation. The same is true of the Christian Bible where stories are assumed to be true because the story is seemingly cited from multiple sources when, in fact, other writers are simply citing the same original source.

    It is a problem with thought leaders. If they are right they can help keep things straight. If they are wrong they can lead you off a cliff.

    In academics the way around this is to reference first-sources. Experts may guide you but you always have to go back to first-sources and draw your own conclusions. Real experts are usually happy to show you the inner workings of how they drew their conclusions. Speculators, rumor mongers and conspiracy theorists tend to substitute speaking loudly and energetic waving of hands, often referred to as “common sense” and “everyone knows”, for legitimate sources and demonstrating how they drew their conclusions.

  8. The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge says

    Actually, there was a multi-megaton H-bomb dropped on South Carolina. Checkmate, atheists!

    Of course, that was during the Eisenhower administration. There was no pit in the primary, so they were eventually willing to give up looking for it.

  9. caseloweraz says

    There have been many such incidents during the 1950s and 1960s. These are just airplane accidents in CONUS:

    22 May 1957: A bomber accidentally drops a 10-MT hydrogen bomb near Albuquerque, NM. The trigger explosives detonate, blasting a 12-foot-deep crater on uninhabited land owned by the University of New Mexico. Some radiation is detected.

    28 Jul 1957: A C-124 Globemaster leaves Dover Air Force Base with three nuclear weapons and a nuclear capsule. The cargo plane loses power in two of its four engines. In order to stay in the air, the crew jettisons two of the weapons over the Atlantic somewhere between Rehobeth, Delaware and Cape May or Wildwood, New Jersey. One of them is later located beneath about 18 feet of sand in shallow water, but recovery is deemed too hazardous. The other weapon reportedly is never found.

    11 Oct 1957: A B-47 carrying a nuclear weapon, with its fissile core in a separate container for safety, crashes just after takeoff into an inhabited area 3,800 feet from the end of the runway at Homestead AFB, Florida. Enveloping the weapon and its core, the fire burns and smolders for four hours. Afterward the fissile core is recovered intact in its shipping container. Just half the nuclear weapon remains, but all its major components are recovered in damaged condition. Nothing is reported about radiation levels in the area.

    5 Feb 1958: Near Savannah, Georgia, a B-47 collides with an F-86 fighter during simulated combat. The damaged bomber attempts three landings at Hunter Air Force Base, but cannot land safely with its cargo: a nuclear weapon with no plutonium core. The crew jettisons the bomb from 7,200 feet over water near Tybee Island; it is never recovered.

    11 Mar 1958: A B-47 from Hunter Air Force Base in Georgia, en route to an overseas base, drops an unarmed nuclear weapon into the yard of Walter Gregg in Mars Bluff near Florence, SC. The bomb’s trigger explosives go off, destroying Gregg’s house and injuring six members of his family. Five other houses and a church are also damaged. Local residents looking for souvenirs carry away radioactive pieces of the bomb, which have to be recovered by an Air Force cleanup crew. Five months later, the Air Force pays Mr. Gregg $54,000 of his estimated $300,000 loss.

    6 Jul 1959: A C-124 Globemaster crashes at takeoff from Barksdale AFB, Bossier City, LA. The cargo plane is completely destroyed, and so is the nuclear weapon (sans fissile core) that it carries. Some contamination is found beneath the wreckage, but not enough to hamper firefighting or rescue efforts.

    25 Sep 1959: Off Whidbey Island, Washington, a Navy P5-M antisubmarine patrol aircraft carrying an unarmed nuclear depth charge crashes into the Pacific. The weapon is not recovered.

    15 Oct 1959: A B-52 carrying two nuclear weapons collides at 32,000 feet with a KC-135 tanker. Both planes are from Columbus AFB in Mississippi. The bomber crashes near Hardinsburg, KY, killing all 8 crewmen. Although one of the weapons is partially burned, both are recoverd intact and no contamination results.

    19 Jan 1961: A B-52 from Biggs AFB near El Paso, TX on a routine “round-robin” training mission is headed for Bismark, ND. The plane is reported to carry one or more nuclear weapons, and to crash 10 miles north of Monticello, UT. Observers on the ground say an engine on its left wing catches fire, after which it breaks up in midair. The pieces cover an area 2 miles by 12 miles in extent. Five crewmen die in the accident.

    24 Jan 1961: A B-52 develops a leak in an in-wing fuel tank. A fire erupts, causing the plane to break up in midair and crash 12 miles north of Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, NC. The bomber’s two 24-MT Mark 39 hydrogen bombs are released. One of the bombs deploys its parachute and lands relatively undamaged. The other plunges into a muddy field and disintegrates. Three of the plane’s 8 crewmen are killed in the initial explosion; the other five parachute to safety. Investigators find three of the intact bomb’s four arming devices have activated. Only the pilot’s safe/arm switch has prevented a detonation. Much of the other bomb is recovered, but the thermonuclear stage has penetrated to an estimated depth of 180 feet, and groundwater flooding prevents excavation. The Air Force purchases the plot of land and fences it off, monitoring periodically for contamination. None is reported.

    14 Mar 1961: A B-52 from Mather Air Force Base near Sacramento loses pressurization of its crew compartment. The plane must descend below 10,000 feet, which lowers fuel economy. The plane runs out of fuel before a tanker can rendezvous with it. The crew bails out at this altitude, but the commander stays with the plane down to 4,000 feet to steer it away from the populated area of Marysville-Yuba City in California. The plane’s nuclear weapons are torn free on impact. All eight crewmen survive, but a firefighter is killed battling the blaze.

    13 Jan 1964: A B-52D is carrying two nuclear weapons from Westover AFB in Chicopee Falls, MA to its home base at Turner AFB in Albany, GA. This is a tactical ferry flight, meaning that the weapons are merely stored aboard the aircraft for transport; they are not mounted and connected as droppable bombs. About halfway through its flight, the bomber encounters violent turbulence at 29,500 feet. It attempts to climb to better conditions at 33,000 feet, but encounters worse turbulence and suffers structural failure. It crashes 17 miles southwest of Cumberland, MD. The two bombs are recovered “relatively intact”.

    8 Dec 1964: The pilot loses control of a B-58 Hustler during taxi at Bunker Hill (now Grissom) AFB near Peru, IN. The bomber slides off the runway. The ensuing fire burns portions of the five nuclear weapons on board the plane. No detonations occur, and contamination is limited to the immediate area of the crash.

    11 Oct 1965: A C-124 Globemaster carrying nuclear weapons and a dummy training unit catches fire while being refueled at Wright-Patterson AFB near Dayton, OH. The fire destroys the aircraft’s fuselage. There are no casualties, and only minimal contamination results.

  10. The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge says

    @ caseloweraz # 10:

    There are two somewhere on the bottom off Cape Hatteras that were never recovered, too. In the early days, bombs flew with the pit in a cage mounted to the side, with 4 (?) of the high-explosive lenses hinged open so it could be cranked in by a screw-jack mechanism when the plane was on an actual combat run. Of course, I’m sure they practiced the shit out of this process, but most of the time, the primary had no fissile material in it.

    This was necessitated by the fact that they still used initiators—those little copper balls with polonium-210 and beryllium powder, separated by a thin membrane. These had to be kept fresh, because the half-life of polonium-210 is only 138 days, and so the plutonium core had to be fabricated in hemispheres so the initiator could be put in the center.

    About 1958 or ’59, however, they went to the two-point air lens primary, which could not be disassembled, and a small offset accelerator to produce initial neutrons instead of an initiator.

    This meant that all bombs flew fully assembled all the time. They became considerably less happy-go-lucky about recovering lost bombs after that, and you’ll notice when those bombs were fumbled over Spain in 1965, they moved heaven and earth to get them back, even the one that was in deep water and in fact sliding down the continental slope.

  11. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @10. caseloweraz : Whoah! Never heard of those incidents. What is your source for those please?

  12. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    “Trees will be given the same rights as humans. Electricity companies will conduct surveillance on customers,” he bleats sarcastically.

    Well, the second part of that makes sense although its done by companies for profit and advertising not the govt.

    I wish the first part were true – and I wish the USA was governed by Mike Moore’s ficus tree,it couldn’t do a much worse job than its human predecessors!

    /Joke.

  13. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    It will be really good when the missing flight MH370 is found and its fate revealed for many reasons but finally shutting up these sort of stupid conspiracy theories is on that list – maybe not high up that list but certainly there.

    When the wreck of MH370 is found do ya reckon Erik Rush and Jim Garrow will admit they got things wrong and learn from the experience or more likely will they ignore the fact they ever said what they just have?

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