Crazy Conspiracy Theories

Staff writer: Kylise Carino

Before we start the topic of this article, we need to address the definition of conspiracy theory.  A conspiracy theory is the fear of a nonexistent conspiracy or the unnecessary assumption of conspiracy when other explanations are more probable.

People look at conspiracy theories and think they’re ridiculous, some others are scared by them like Nylah Hudson, a 9th grader that goes to Woodstock High School, said this about conspiracies, “They scare me because I start over thinking, and I start to actually believe them.” Fortunately for Nylah, these conspiracies are not something to be worried about as they’re too crazy and have a lack of evidence behind them for them to be true.

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A conspiracy theory is a belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for a circumstance or event. This picture was taken from : freemansperspective.com

So, for are first crazy conspiracy we have is that the holocaust never happened. People believe that the holocaust never happened. Holocaust denial is an attempt to negate the established facts of the Nazi genocide of European Jewry. Holocaust denial and distortion are forms of antisemitism. They are generally motivated by hatred of Jews and build on the claim that the Holocaust was invented or exaggerated by Jews as part of a plot to advance Jewish interests.

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Picture of holocaust deniers in a crowd gathering Picture taken from : myjewishlearning.com

Some of these deniers’ claims include nazi Germany‘s Final Solution was aimed only at deporting Jews from the Reich and did not include their extermination; Nazi authorities did not use extermination camps and gas chambers for the genocidal mass murder of Jews; or the actual number of Jews killed is significantly lower than the historically accepted figure of 5 to 6 million, typically around a tenth of that many people. This theory boggled my mind, I literally couldn’t rap my mind behind the fact that someone out there actually believes this.

One student from Woodstock High School that’s a 9th grader, named Zoe Allen, had this to say about this conspiracy, “I think that those people are detached from reality and overall just don’t want to believe that bad things happen.” Which is a fair point considering that there’s literally tons of proof proving the holocaust did exist.

Another crazy conspiracy is that the FDA is withholding the cure for cancer. A cure for cancer exists, but pharmaceutical companies and perhaps even government health agencies and cancer charities are suppressing it because they make so much money from treating the disease or fundraising for it.

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The Food and Drug Administration is a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments. Picture taken from: www.raps.org

In other words, scientific researchers and cancer nonprofits are letting more than 8 million people die each year worldwide so, they can make loads of cash off people with cancer. If this conspiracy were true, it would be nothing short of medical genocide. Ted Gansler is strategic director for pathology research with the American Cancer Society (ACS) where he serves as editor of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Gansler heard the “hidden cure” story so many times that he went out and conducted a survey in 2002 about the most common misconceptions about cancer. In it, he asked nearly 1,000 Americans if they believed there was a conspiracy to hide a cancer cure.

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cartoonish stylistic drawing of different types of medicine, with a blue background. This picture was taken from: nationaleczema.org

“The result was even more shocking than I expected,” Gansler wrote this in an email, reporting that 27.3 percent believed the myth and another 14.3 percent were uncertain. “The ‘secret cancer cure’ is a typical conspiracy theory. I never expected for people to be this dumb if I’m being honest.  There’s to many people that would be involve in this for it to stay a secret.

The last crazy conspiracy is that mass shootings are faked.  Mass shooting in the US happen an average of once a day, according to data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive.

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 chart of the worst mass shootings, with the Las Vegas, Nev in 2017 shooting being the worst. This picture was taken from: marketwatch.com

After each big shooting, there’s usually the same reaction. People give their thoughts and prayers. Rival politicians argue about when the best time to talk about gun control might be. And then most of the world seems to move on and forget about it, until the next one.

That’s how these things usually go, although a disturbing and relatively new phenomenon has been added. Victims are increasingly forced to fend off allegations that the shooting never happened, fueled by conspiracy theorists on social media.

A small but determined minority have popped up in the wake of mass shootings to insist that events were staged – concocting monstrously complex tales involving “crisis actors”, the “deep state” and accusations that attacks are “false flag” murders being used, for example, as a pretext to institute gun control reforms. A 9th grader from Woodstock High School, who wants to remain anonymous, had this to say, “I feel like anyone who would believe that mass shootings are faked clearly aren’t in the right state of mind.”

So those were three crazy conspiracies, if I’m being honest, I don’t think I could ever understand why anyone would ever believe these, there’s too much evidence disproving all these conspiracies, that if you believe them, you’re basically considered crazy.

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