When I first encountered the Internet as a teenager, I became quickly fascinated by the notion that “they” were running the world, and leaving signs of their presence. It wasn’t clear who exactly “they” were but the group certainly included:
- The Freemasons
- The Illuminati
- The Trilateral Commission
- The Bilderberg Group
- The Rothschilds
- The Rockefellers
- The UN
Their goal: Nothing short of a One World Government ruled, at heart, by either Satan or extraterrestrial aliens, or some combination thereof.
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One of the old jokes on the Skeptoid podcast is that listeners of all stripes accuse me of being a paid disinformation agent by whatever body it is they oppose. They’re quite serious, too. When I did a comparative analysis of sugar to corn syrup, I was accused of being on the payroll of Big Corn. When I concluded that ethanol fueled cars suck, I was on the payroll of Big Oil. And, of course, whenever I address any of the myriad “the government is out to get us” conspiracy theories, I’m accused of being a paid disinformation agent, sent out into the world to spread lies about how the government is your best friend. Because, you know, the government does that. Half the science podcasts out there are funded by the CIA. (That’s a joke.) Continue reading