5 Conspiracy Theories That Are Sure To Keep You Up At Night

5 Conspiracy Theories That Are Sure To Keep You Up At Night

Government officials and other powerful people (aka the Illuminati) are working together to brainwash the masses in order to create a "New World Order."

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I've always been a conspiracy theorist. As a natural-born cynic, questioning people, institutions, and most especially the government, is second nature to me. I remember years ago, when I was in like, middle school, I would research new theories online and spend hours looking at videos, articles, etc. that aimed to explain the mysteries and injustices filtered throughout the world (I believe Bush did 9/11 before it became a meme).

Alas, my interest since then has not faltered, and with Youtubers like Shane Dawson and Michelle Platti cranking out new videos dedicated to conspiracy theories, I might have become an even greater theorist. But now it's cool to do. So at least if I seem crazy to the rest of the world, I have a group of people behind me ready to look crazy too. Interested to see what new theories people have come up with? Check them out below.

1. Our brains are being programmed by social media

This theory is an extension of one of the most popular theories in the world, which is that government officials and other powerful people (aka the Illuminati) are working together to brainwash the masses in order to create a "New World Order" (sounds creepy, right?). This theory gained steam after Facebook's "secret mood experiment," which was an experiment conducted by the site that screened users' news feed in order to manipulate their emotions. Results showed that people exposed to positive images were more likely to post happier statuses, while it was the opposite for users only shown negative or sad images.

If Facebook is already manipulating users' emotions, what else are these megacorporations doing without our knowledge? Some people believe social media is being used to sway political and social opinions, which will be the catalyst for the U.S. beginning to operate under martial law (more mass outrage/protests = more police force).

Dismal, I know.

2. The government is creating a new disease, and they killed a CDC scientist to cover it up

Timothy Cunningham was an accomplished CDC scientist that helped with outbreaks such as Zika and Ebola. He was so accomplished that he even received the "40 under 40" award for his professional work. In February, Cunningham went missing, leaving behind his personal belongings such as his car, dog, and cellphone. That wasn't even the most suspicious part. After leaving work early because he felt sick, Cunningham called his mother and sister, then told his neighbor to delete his number from her phone.

Two months later, he was found dead in the Atlanta river.

This, of course, caused the conspiracy theory community to light up with dozens of explanations for his bizarre disappearance. Some believe that he may have been a victim of organ harvesting, a problem they say is especially prominent within the Black community (this is a serious rabbit hole... if you want to get deeply invested into a theory, check this one out). But the most popular theory was that Cunningham was prepositioned by the CDC to work on engineering a new, highly contagious and lethal disease they would release to the public to aid in population control. After not complying (remember, Cunningham was deeply devoted to his work and helping others), he fled, but was captured and killed by the government.

Whew, that one is a doozy (but also pretty damn convincing).

3. Racial tension has been influenced by the government to start a "race war"

This theory is probably just a way for people to cope with the harsh realization that our society is pretty darn racist, but I have to admit, it definitely could be true. I know that for someone like me (who is obsessed with race theory and eliminating White supremacy), it's a little hard to believe that I could entertain this idea, but look at the evidence first. Conspiracy theorists believe that some recent events have been too close in proximity to one another or too blatantly racist to actually be realistically perpetrated.

For instance, the Trump presidency. While always an outspoken man, Trump was never outright racist or xenophobic (he was always a sexist dick, however) until he ran for president. It's something theorists believe was orchestrated by the Illuminati (or Free Masons or lizard people. It really depends on what theory you subscribe to).

Another example is the back-to-back incidents involving Black people being either a) removed from public places (or not being able to use the restroom, like in the Starbucks incident) or b) having the cops called on them for arbitrary reasons (like in Oakland, where a White woman called on a group of Black people for LEGALLY barbecuing in the park). As isolated incidents, these all sound highly plausible and expectable from American society, but when viewed as a series of events set in motion since 2016 (right around the time of the presidential election), things start to get a little suspicious.

I mean, ask yourself: Why are all of these incidents happening now? Smartphones, recording devices, and social media have been around for many years now, so we can't use the excuse of technology allowing us to finally share these injustices widely. Conspiracy theorists believe that the government wants to raise tension between racial groups in order to divide the American people and make us easier to control, as we will be too preoccupied with hating each other to question what the government is doing (and then they can ship us off to FEMA camps without any issues).

Just food for thought.

4. People will be assigned a "social" score in order to quell resistance from the government

This theory was brought to my attention by YouTuber Moe Othman, a self-proclaimed "insider" with special knowledge of government affairs. I highly recommend going to watch his YouTube video, where this theory is addressed more in-depth. The theory pretty much suggests that in the coming years, the government will begin a new program where they assign "social scores" to citizens. Social scores are sort of like social security numbers. They are unique to each person and are a way of identifying them or obtaining information about them. With social scores, the government would deduct or add points based on behavior. For example, if a person were to commit a crime, their social score would decrease (points deducted).

Theorists believe this social score system could then be used to silence the masses and bring about an age of censorship. The government would have the power to deduct points from citizens who question, challenge, or offend the government. The catch to this is that the score would not just be a way of judging people's moral character, but it would stop people from being able to buy and sell goods, real estate, or even apply for licenses. The government would essentially punish people to death (how can you live if you can't even buy food or rent an apartment?) just for using their first amendment right... Yikes.

5. The year isn't 2018. It's actually 1721

Okay, this conspiracy theory actually isn't new. It started popping up circa 2009. But I just love it so much that I had to mention it. According to the Phantom Time Hypothesis, a portion of the Middle Ages never existed; instead, they were faked by "Pope Sylvester II, Holy Roman Emperor Otto III, and Byzantine Emperor Constantine VII [who] got together and changed the calendar to make it seem as if Otto had begun his reign in the millennial year of 1000 AD, rather than 996" (allthatsinteresting.com). Due to their initial tampering, they ended up forging 297 years of history that didn't actually happen.

This sounds crazy, but German theorist Heribert Illig actually claims to have archaeological proof. Not only that, but if it actually is 1721, that would explain why the 2012 doomsday apocalypse didn't happen, and why the Yellowstone super-volcano eruption hasn't happened yet (super-volcanos erupt on a 600,000-year cycle. It has now been 640,000 years since the last one).

Who knows? Maybe conspiracy theorists had it right with Y2K as well. They were just 279 years early.

Regardless of whether these theories are true or not, we can all agree that they're interesting to read about. Don't get too terrified behind these ideas, though. Remember, conspiracy theorists are also the same group of people that claim the Earth is flat.

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An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word"

Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.
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What do you mean you didn't “mean it like that?" You said it.

People don't say things just for the hell of it. It has one definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "To be less advanced in mental, physical or social development than is usual for one's age."

So, when you were “retarded drunk" this past weekend, as you claim, were you diagnosed with a physical or mental disability?

When you called your friend “retarded," did you realize that you were actually falsely labeling them as handicapped?

Don't correct yourself with words like “stupid," “dumb," or “ignorant." when I call you out. Sharpen your vocabulary a little more and broaden your horizons, because I promise you that if people with disabilities could banish that word forever, they would.

Especially when people associate it with drunks, bad decisions, idiotic statements, their enemies and other meaningless issues. Oh trust me, they are way more than that.

I'm not quite sure if you have had your eyes opened as to what a disabled person is capable of, but let me go ahead and lay it out there for you. My best friend has Down Syndrome, and when I tell people that their initial reaction is, “Oh that is so nice of you! You are so selfless to hang out with her."

Well, thanks for the compliment, but she is a person. A living, breathing, normal girl who has feelings, friends, thousands of abilities, knowledge, and compassion out the wazoo.

She listens better than anyone I know, she gets more excited to see me than anyone I know, and she works harder at her hobbies, school, work, and sports than anyone I know. She attends a private school, is a member of the swim team, has won multiple events in the Special Olympics, is in the school choir, and could quite possibly be the most popular girl at her school!

So yes, I would love to take your compliment, but please realize that most people who are labeled as “disabled" are actually more “able" than normal people. I hang out with her because she is one of the people who has so effortlessly taught me simplicity, gratitude, strength, faith, passion, love, genuine happiness and so much more.

Speaking for the people who cannot defend themselves: choose a new word.

The trend has gone out of style, just like smoking cigarettes or not wearing your seat belt. It is poisonous, it is ignorant, and it is low class.

As I explained above, most people with disabilities are actually more capable than a normal human because of their advantageous ways of making peoples' days and unknowingly changing lives. Hang out with a handicapped person, even if it is just for a day. I can one hundred percent guarantee you will bite your tongue next time you go to use the term out of context.

Hopefully you at least think of my friend, who in my book is a hero, a champion and an overcomer. Don't use the “R Word". You are way too good for that. Stand up and correct someone today.

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An Open Letter To PETA CEO Ingrid Newkirk

For an organization whose sole purpose is to ensure the ethical treatment of animals, I have many questions.

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Dear Ms. Newkirk,

I, like you, am a firm believer in the right to compassion for all living beings around the world. Ever since converting to veganism from the omnivorous lifestyle I was raised to lead nearly six years ago, I have heavily relied on PETA.com and its affiliates for information, facts and statistics, recipe ideas, cruelty-free lifestyle selections, and activism opportunities on almost a daily basis so that I may further grow my knowledge and support for this permanent lifestyle change. When I search for new beauty or household products, clothing, shoes, and more, it is always comforting to see the "PETA-Approved Vegan" logo on the box, and I am confident in the purchases that I am making.

It was only recently that a new stream of data was brought to my attention that has altered my viewpoint of your organization and what it truly stands for, and I request that you provide the public your reasoning or justification for such acts, and any reparations that need to be made. Another lifelong vegan friend of mine recently pointed out to me a website called petakillsanimals.com where there is sizable physical legal evidence of immense animal cruelty, suffering, and murder at the hands of PETA over the last fifteen of years. Seeing as you have been the CEO of the organization for over 25 years, I figured it would be best to address you directly, seeking a response to this evidence of cruelty from the globally renowned organization that does all that it can to fight cruelty in every form.

According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, from 1998 to 2017, 85.2% of all dogs and cats transferred to your facility for shelter were euthanized within 24 hours of being brought to your facility. Despite your reasoning that you painlessly end the suffering of animals who would have otherwise been left to suffer anyway, the arguments and justifications that you are making mirror the arguments of the meat, dairy, poultry, and fish industries (whom you dedicate your life to combating) all too identically. Just as PETA fights to end society's blasé attitude toward animal cruelty and murder, your attempt at claiming that the way you euthanize the animals in your facility is "better", renders one of PETA's greatest catchphrases, essentially, worthless: "There is no such thing as humane murder".

Similarly, after wrongfully luring a family pet off its porch in 2014, PETA took the pet from its owner's property and euthanized it, bringing the dog's owners to file a lawsuit with your organization that was just settled in 2017, where PETA was forced to pay the family nearly $50,000 dollars in damages. Finally, terror is not ever a justifiable option to invoke change, so why are you personally and professionally so aligned with the Animal Liberation Front, a terrorist organization responsible for arson, extensive property damage, and assault? Why have you donated nearly $80,000 to groups that promote harming life in order to save a life?

Ridding the world of violence with more violence has never, does not, and will never work, so if I can request only one thing from you in this letter, even if you refuse to answer my other questions, it is this: please take the funds that are allocated towards extensive euthanasia drugs and services used by and in your facility, and put them toward building either another building to house more animals if physical space is a concern, for providing food and more extensive adoption services for these animals, or donate them to a true no-kill animal-rights organization like Best Friends Animal Society, Underdog Rescue, or any others provided on this list.

In this letter, my intention was neither to attack nor provoke you in an inflammatory manner, but rather to merely seek truth from an organization that I once so dearly respected and wish to one day respect again in the same manner. I thank you for your time, and for all of the lives that you have saved in between.

Sincerely,

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