Are We All Gullible?

While conspiracy theories have always been around, they have seemingly run rampant of late, the one with the most adherents being the Big Lie that the election was “stolen” from the former guy.  And remember Margie Greene’s belief in the QAnon theory that it was Russian space lasers or some such nonsense that started the 2020 California wildfires?  Now, I and most of the people reading this blog are too intelligent to fall for these off-the-wall conspiracy theories, right?  Let’s find out!  The Washington Post has a short (just 6 multiple choice questions), fun quiz to see just how savvy we are about facts vs conspiracy theories.  I took this quiz … it really is short and only took less than 5 minutes … and I did miss one!  😱

Check it out here and let me know how you did … and see if you can guess which one I missed!

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    • Congratulations on your score!!! You make a valid point, one we would do well to consider. Of course, some things like the QAnon conspiracy that it was Jewish space lasers that started last year’s West Coast wildfires are just too insane to even consider, but other things may be more logical.

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  1. Reblogged this on Wibble and commented:
    Here’s how I fared in this short ‘conspiracy poll’:

    Final score
    Congrats, you’ve aced this quiz! But even if the questions here were obvious to you, about 9 in 10 Americans would likely fail at least once — probably someone you know and love is one of them.

    I challenge you to give it a shot and report your score! 🙂

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  3. My Score – 100%…indulged curiosity and all that time spent reading is most likely the reason for that score! I took the test prior to reading the lengthy list of responses and was rather surprised to learn that #3 on LSD was missed by yourself and several others too. I enjoy the challenge and welcome diversion of taking tests like this one, though there are times when my score is astoundingly lower! WHAK!! Thank-you!

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    • I would have expected no less than 100% from you, my friend! Yes, #3 surprised me and possibly for the reason Keith gave … perhaps I simply couldn’t grasp that we had done that. And, I thought the one about ‘genetically modified foods’ made sense. Ah well, I’ll do better next time … maybe. WHAK!!!

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  5. it sems I’m not open to Conspiracy theories but I’m not naïve either give that I went for the LSD one. Maybe I just turn from the patently ridiculous but am prepared to accept the worst from any Government, especially The USA and certain States with black people who are sick, and Hippies who were considered worthless.
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  6. 6/6. The only one I hesitated on at all was the LSD question, but only because I was not sure they had experimented on “Ameticans.” I knew thew had paid to have experiments with LSD done on Canadians in a mental health hospital in Montreal. When that was exposed the FBI were sued in a Canadian court, but I cannot remember hearing if they ever paid up. Then, when all the other answers were more questionable than the LSD one, I figured if they paid the Canadian doctors, they probably used their own citizens too.

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      • I gave you false info, for which I do apologize. It was not the FBI who was paying for these experiments, IT WAS THE CIA. And they ended up paying $80,000USD to each member of a class action suit filed against them, and the Canadian government settled for $100,000CAD for some of the victims, but not all, or even most.
        But, Jill, while I do not want to horrify anyone, EVERYONE SHOULD READ The Guardian’s report on these experiments. I cannot even fathom one human being doing this to another human being, let alone doctors and nurses willing to do such things to hundreds of people.
        You can read the “short” version here:
        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/03/montreal-brainwashing-allan-memorial-institute

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              • And just to add, that was only the Readers’ Digest version. The real depths of their depravity would be near-impossible to fathom. And the CIA condoned all of it. That is somehow even worse!

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                • I think what’s worse is that the Canadian government allowed it to happen. Were they duped into it?
                  I am not surprised by the depths of depravity the cia can go. I mean, for an organisation that has black sites for the purpose of torture.

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                  • The Canadian government allowed it, but I doubt they knew, or wanted to know, exactly what was going on. I am not going to whitewash them, but I doubt the reports went to them, while they would have gone directly to the CIA.
                    I compare this to the Residential Schools in Canada. This time there was no outside force asking the Canadian government to force indigenous people to either grow white or die out, They set up the kinds of goals they wanted, then handed it over to religious leaders to get those results–At Any Cost. Did they know of all the abuse that happened in Residential schools? Maybe. But it was the priests and nuns who decided “how” to do that. The physical, mental, and sexual abuses that happened were not part of the plan. That, I think, belonged directly to the workers at the schools. And they were sexually repressed, and given a feast that of disposable children.

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          • I think it needs a whole new word to describe it. Something that states how horrible it was for the victim while describing how cruel and inhumane the workers were for putting them through such horror. Stephen King could not write anything as horror-filled as what those patients went through.

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            • You’re right … there are some things that, no matter how many words are in our language, there just isn’t a word that can quite describe it, and this is one of those cases, as is the Holocaust.

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    • I missed the LSD one … found it incredible to think we had done that! As re Epstein … I’ve wondered, but since no evidence to the contrary has come out, I figure he did hang himself … he was used to being on top of the heap, and suddenly found himself at the bottom … very hard for a narcissist to accept or live with.

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    • I agree there may have been things going on in the Epstein death, but the FBI had files on everyone who might be considered a traitor by anyone in high government offices. That was obviously the correct answer, especially if you lived through the 60s.

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        • Despite its placement, my answer was directed to Fandango, not you, Jill. But the fact you weren’t paying attention is probably based on you jot having to pay attention. Pardon the expression, you were a law-abiding citizen, there was no reason for you to know what was going on. I, on the other hand, was a hippie, and to the authorities that meant I was a possible threat to social stability. It wasn’t the FBI, but the RCMP was aware of me, and a lot of other people who took part in protests. They didn’t do much more than take notes, but in a subsequent dealing with them they knew more about me than they had any right to know. I was a bit player. MLK Jr. was way more than a bit player, plus he had previously been to jail. No way the FBI could not have had a file on him. The real question is, what files do they have on who today? I do not believe they stopped keeping files just because they were caught in the past, and that is one “conspiracy theory” I am willing to stake my life is true.

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          • You’re right … although I was a hippie and a bit of a rebellious teenager, it was not to the extent you were, so you and I had different early life experiences. You’re right … the FBI does still keep an eye (and files) on some people, most often with justifiable cause.

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            • Justifiable in whose determination? Yiolent people I can agree with, but those who are not preaching violence, but just change, that I cannot agree to. It may have started in WWII, or with the McCarthy trials, but it went too far then, so it probably still goes too far now.

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  7. Thanks Jill, I lagged behind Ned as I missed the LSD one. I did not want that one to be true. On the converse, we seem to miss the conspiracies right in front of us. The former president staging the Big Lie well before the election started along with sycophants trying to rewrite January 6 insurrection history to cover for the former president are good examples. The WMD conspiracy for invading Iraq is another one that a UK commission later found the Bush and Blair regimes at fault for misleading the UK people.

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