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Sunday, May 6 2001

Conspiracies considered

Having been a newspaper and magazine editor most of my life, I've been exposed to many conspiracy theories, as well as my share of believers in conspiracy theories. Oliver Stone's classic film, JFK, is a study of a modern investigation into purported conspiracies to assassinate U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Neither the film's protagonist, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, nor Stone through his film conclusively proved any of the many complicated but fascinating scenarios put forward.

A more believable conspiracy theory (one of the few I've heard that I give much credance) is one propounded by producers of a BBC/PBS television documentary on Jack the Ripper, which posits the theory that Jack the Ripper was actually the creation of an inner circle in a high-level Masonic lodge in London, seeking to protect the interests and "good name" of the prince who would be heir of the throne of England. It seems the prince used the services of prostitutes in a red-light district of London, women who were later murdered by lodge brothers posing as "Jack the Ripper" to keep them from revealing information that might undermine the monarchy and destablilize the whole British government. The prince is not alleged to have been in on the conspiracy, nor were the rank and file of any particular Masonic Lodge, much less the whole of Masonry...but the case of the documentary is one I find pretty compelling, that there was a conspiracy at the highest level. (Unlike the murder of President Kennedy, no perpetrator was found for the Jack the Ripper murders, and there is evidence that Scotland Yard was more interested in making it look like they were investigating the murders than actually doing so.)

One of the widest-believed conspiracy theories, and in my opinion one of the least credible, has been that the disciples of Jesus Christ established a secret society to establish power for themselves and created the Christian Church as a front for their conspiratorial activity. Through their underground plotting and actions over generations, centuries, and now millenia, they managed to gain control of about half the world's population and subject vast populations in superstition, fear, and blind obedience.

Most conspiracy theories get no respect from me because I know how difficult it is to win a following for perfectly legitimate good causes, much less for clandestine ones based on deception and evil intentions. To think that a large cadre of conspirators would keep the secrets that control the world or even the church, or even a major division of a church/denomination (like a brotherhood or monastic order), stretches credulity too far, in my opinion. §

Remember your mother: I find this topic fascinating and worth exploring in more depth. However, a listmember has well suggested that we turn this week to a consideration of our mothers in observation of Mother's Day next Sunday. We'll begin that tomorrow with her letter, and encourage everyone to share thoughts about their own mothers or their experiences of motherhood, as the case may be. Meanwhile, if you have thoughts about conspiracies, please send them in for consideration later (or for the list to consider together now, if you prefer to address the list rather than wait).

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

More "funny" than ha-ha funny fun facts*, part 1

1. The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles.
2. Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.
3. Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
4. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.
5. American car horns beep in the tone of F.
6. No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
7. Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.
8. 1 in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.
9. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
10. Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
11. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
12. The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.
13. A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright Brothers' first flight.

*Or, more properly, "allegations." No authenticity for these claims are made by the webmaster or the Nanty Glo Home Page.

Sent by Zan

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