Here We Go … Again

indexzThis week, during  podcast titled Winging It, Steph Currie asserted that he didn’t believe we had ever landed a man on the moon.   Of course, three other NBA players, Vince Carter, Kent Bazemore, and Andre Iguodala agreed with him.   As the biggest star of the group, Currie is getting the most attention for what the press is calling his mental air ball.   Given Kyrie Irving’s even more outlandish declaration the the earth is flat, I am wondering whether the NBA has ever produced an educated player.  Easy folks.  I’m just joking.  I was tempted toindex cite Bill Bradley as an educated NBA player, but given that he is white, and our country’s penchant for political correctness, I’d probably be called a racist.  So, instead, I’ll cite a post on Reddit, All-Time Nerd Squad: The Most Educated NBA Players  which offers a mixed race selection of NBA scholars.  Mr. Currie and Mr. Irving are not among them.

On my way to the hospital to visit my friend Ralph yesterday, two talking heads on one of the Sirius XM sports channels wandered from Currie’s gaffe to other peculiar conspiracy theories, eventually settling in on the Reptilian th3Elite, the notion that our country is actually run by a reptilian species from outer space that are posing as humans.  According to the sports weenies, 12 million citizens believe this, a fact confirmed by none other than The Atlantic, which (tongue-in-cheek) describes how to spot  one of these reptiles.  12 million people!!  That got me thinking, What other outlandish conspiracies does our supposedly-educated populace believe in?   Here’s a few I found:

The Moon Does Not Exist:  This theory one-ups Steph by claiming that the moon doesn’t exist.  In an article titled 9 Utterly Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories , Popular Mechanics says that according to a few conspiracy theorists, it turns out the moon is just a convincing hologram, placed in the sky to mess with our heads. Naturally, there is proof in the form of a poorly made YouTube video (here) that shows a power glitch in the moon’s artificial electrical system.  Crazy, right?  Not according to dozens of articles you’ll find if you Google the moon is a hologram.

The Hollow Earth:  According to listverse.com, the archaic notion that our Earth is hollow, with an entrance located at the South Pole continues across the internet, with conspiracy sites continuing to claim that NASA is hidingth4 the true nature of our world from us.  Consider for example, the post Hollow Earth Evidence on the blog The Atlantean Conspiracy Exposing the ‘Global’ Conspiracy from Atlantis to Zion.   The author’s qualifications?  He teaches Yoga and Wing Chun part-time while exposing the New World Order full-time.  Woo-woo!

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a Stargate:  I suppose it had to happen.  Combine the largest machine in the world built to test the particle physics theories that even the educated among us may not understand; and the Clipboard01Stargate science fiction media franchise based the idea of an alien Einstein–Rosen bridge device that enables nearly instantaneous travel across the cosmos.   Stir gently.  Bingo.  The LHC is a Stargate built to revive Osiris, ancient Egyptian god of the dead.   As my grandson would say … It’s only a movie, Papa.

Do these theories do any harm, other than convince any real aliens watching us afar that we are a race of crazies not worth saving?  Probably not.  But the same thought(?) process that keeps these harmless conspiracies alive drive those who claim that the holocaust never happened, the bombing at the Boston Marathon was faked, and that the US Government was responsible for 9-11.   Are these really the people you want to be associated with, Steph?  And seriously, why do so many people believe such nonsense?  That will probably be the subject of another post.

 

 

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