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    Conspiracy of silence won't silence conspiracy theories

    Demos fears government terror strategy 'fuels mistrust' Secrecy surrounding counter-terrorism operations is fuelling mistrust of authorities, a study by independent think tank Demos suggests. It urges the government and secret services to be more open to stop extremist groups using...
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    Aliens blamed for Chorley powercut

    Aliens are being blamed for a massive power cut which affected more than 14,000 people in Chorley. Last week, thousands of homes and businesses across the borough were left in semi-darkness when two primary sub stations lost power for several minutes. John Szwarc, of Greenside, Euxton, was...
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    The politics of fear

    The title of the thread is a reference to a book I've just finished reading which argues that much of modern politics is dominated by sentiments of fear about various things (worthwhile but could have been much better, imo). Anyway, this argument seems to tie in quite nicely with this little...
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    Belief in conspiracy theories - public survey

    I can't actually find the details of how the survey was carried out or what the questions were, unfortunately. Anyway, I'm slightly surprised Area 51 tops the poll not to mention some of the omissions Top conspiracy theories Of the many conspiracy theories to surface over recent years...
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    Jury concludes saliva of HIV-positive man a 'deadly weapon'

    A 42 year-old HIV-positive man from Texas who spat at a police officer during his 2006 arrest for being drunk and disorderly has been sentenced to 35 years in prison by a Dallas court and must serve at least half of his sentence before being eligible for parole because the jury found that his...
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    Corporate Myths

    Beware urban myths which catch the unwary in a web of lies The lads' magazine Loaded had to issue a grovelling apology to Heinz, the baked beans maker, this month. The magazine, as part of a piece called Pointless But True, had fallen for a persistent urban myth that Heinz once manufactured a...
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    Sarajevo Municipality Bans Fortunetelling

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina: A municipality in Sarajevo has banned fortunetelling and sorcery and will impose fines on those caught practicing either, it said in a statement Wednesday. The Novo Sarajevo municipality's new regulation said that people involved in "sorcery, fortunetelling and...
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    'Sobbing child poltergeist' forces family to flee home

    A poltergeist that has forced a terrified Carlisle family to flee their home is to be 'cleansed' by a vicar. Spooky happenings prompted Allison Marshall, 27, to bundle her family out of the house in Mardale Road, Raffles, in the middle of the night. Carlisle Housing Association, which owns...
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    Conspiracies Exhibition, Blackpool

    I haven't come across any mention of this on here but has anybody else visited this? It cuts across a number of Fortean topics as the conspiracy involves the obscuring of much new science, ufology, ancient astronauts, esoterica and religious truths. It's also on the site of the old Doctor Who...
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    George Galloway

    The gorgeous one has just delivered a tour de force in the commons but is heading towards a suspension nonetheless. In his speech he's made various allegations of conspiracy (politically biased commitee, chair of the inquiry making no effort to find out where various pieces of known frauds...
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    Priest seeks sexy waitresses

    A Polish priest has started a row after opening a nationwide chain of cafe-bars and promising to employ only sexy waitresses. Father Henryk Jankowski, a priest who played a prominent role in the Solidarity movement, said: 'Ugly women need not bother apply to become waitresses in my cafes.' He is...
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    Floods are judgment on society, say bishops

    Floods are judgment on society, say bishops The floods that have devastated swathes of the country are God's judgment on the immorality and greed of modern society, according to senior Church of England bishops. One diocesan bishop has even claimed that laws that have undermined...
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    News From Poland

    WARSAW (Reuters) - Polands conservative government took its drive to curb what it sees as homosexual propaganda to the small screen on Monday, taking aim at Tinky Winky and the other Teletubbies. Ewa Sowinska, government-appointed children rights watchdog, told a local magazine published on...
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    Omnipotence

    Is God genuinely omnipotent? By that I mean not only can he be everywhere at once but would he be able to spread his message simultaneously, across the internet for example? Is Google the new anti-christ?
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    PC played with himself

    A policeman masturbated in the back seat of a squad car in front of a woman, a jury heard today. Police Constable Richard Bevan, 31, based at Lampeter Police Station, west Wales, had been sent to London in April last year with the task of bringing back the woman to Wales. A policewoman...
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    Iraq protest camp shortlisted for Turner Prize

    Politics not paint are set to dominate this year's Turner Prize after the announcement today of a four-strong shortlist of artists more exercised by issues such as the Iraq war, terrorism and religious strife than images of beauty. Leading the way is Mark Wallinger, a veteran of the...
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    Cartoon to tempt teenagers into priesthood

    Cartoon to tempt teenagers into priesthood Japanese manga cartoons have become a multi-billion pound global market, commonly associated with martial arts warriors rather than with nuns and monks. But the Catholic Church in England and Wales is launching its own comic strip this week to...
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    NATO's 'grave concern' at Putin decision

    NATO has expressed grave concern at Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to freeze Moscow's commitments under a European arms control pact. Russia withdrew from Europe's main arms control treaty in an angry response to American plans to deploy a missile defence system in two former...
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    Wal-Mart recruits intelligence officers

    Wal-Mart recruits intelligence officers BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been recruiting former military and government intelligence officers for a branch of its global security office aimed at identifying threats to the world's largest retailer, including from 'suspect...
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    Rowan Williams says anti-gays misread Bible

    Rowan Williams says anti-gays misread Bible The spiritual leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans has said conservative Christians who cite the Bible to condemn homosexuality are misreading a key passage written by Saint Paul almost 2,000 years ago. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan...
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    Group to hit back at al Qaeda propaganda

    Again this could probably fit one of many threads though quite which one I'm not sure: Group to hit back at al Qaeda propaganda The government is launching a new unit to fight al Qaeda propaganda, Prime Minister Tony Blair announced on Tuesday. Blair, expected to stand down in the next...
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    Bryan Ferry apologises for pro-Nazi comments

    Singer Bryan Ferry apologised 'unreservedly' today for his comments about the Nazis. The star reportedly described the regime as 'just amazing' during an interview. A statement released on Ferry's behalf said he was 'deeply upset' by the publicity concerning himself and Nazi Germany. It...
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    Cake before country - Tendulkar dishonours nation

    Complaint against Sachin for dishonouring flag NEW DELHI, April 11: A complaint has been filed with Delhi Police against cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for allegedly dishonouring the tri-colour during the Indian team's stay in the West Indies last month. Subodh Jain, a social activist based...
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    Man rang 999 to report cold meal

    Man rang 999 to report cold meal A man who dialled 999 to complain about a cold McDonalds meal has been banned from his local restaurant for a year. The incident followed a series of disputes between Christopher Davies and his local McDonalds, which led to him being charged with using...
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    P&G awarded $19M over Church of Satan rumors

    Four defendants, one from Ogden, spread the lie while working as distributors for Amway By Pamela Manson A federal jury in Salt Lake City has awarded more than $19 million to Procter & Gamble for damage caused to its sales by four Amway distributors who passed along a false rumor that the...
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    Special Branch to badge up after campus spying claims

    SPECIAL Branch officers last night said they would wear badges identifying themselves if they visit a university campus in future, after they were accused of 'spying' on students. Craig Murray, the former diplomat who last month succeeded TV personality Lorraine Kelly as rector of Dundee...
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    Evangelists create unholy row over plan to put ancient bones

    DEEP in the dusty, unlit corridors of Kenya's national museum, locked away in a plain-looking cabinet, lies one of mankind's oldest secrets. Turkana Boy, 1.6 million years old, is the most complete skeleton of a prehistoric human found. But his first public display this year is at the heart...
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    Letter Bombs

    After attacks on Capita and Vantis the DVLA has now been hit: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/6338003.stm I suppose this could find its way into the conspiracy forum but for now it's a mainstream news story.
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    Germany seeks arrest of CIA 'rendition' agents

    A German court has issued arrest warrants for 13 people, thought to be CIA agents, suspected of organising the abduction of a man mistaken for a terrorist. Christian Schmidt-Sommerfeld, a prosecutor from Munich, said that the warrants were issued in connection with the so-called...
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    Ireland 'welcomed Hitler's henchmen'

    A disturbing aspect of Ireland's history has been uncovered by research finding that leading Nazis were sheltered and welcomed by the Irish establishment after the war. A rogues' gallery that included fascists, Nazi collaborators and war criminals came to Ireland, including some who...
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    Texas City Tests Religion Law

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - When a pastor created a rehabilitation program for parolees near his church, the city of Sinton stepped in to stop it. Within months of the program's start in 1998, officials in the small city just north of Corpus Christi barred prison parolees from living within 1,000...
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    Stone's attack 'performance art'

    Loyalist Michael Stone's planned incursion on a crucial meeting of Stormont politicians was "performance art", his defence lawyer has claimed. continues http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6193169.stm :shock: :shock: step forward the new lee bowery.
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    Rabbi claims Holocaust dead 'deserved it'

    A BRITISH rabbi who angered fellow Jews by speaking at a "Holocaust denial" conference in Iran now says millions did die in gas chambers but may have deserved it. Ahron Cohen, an Orthodox Jew from Greater Manchester and a leading member of the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta movement, sparked new...
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    'Hollywood Turns Men Into Stalkers'

    Attitudes to romance portrayed in Hollywood films can turn lovesick men into stalkers, an academic says. Men are often seen pursuing the woman of their dreams in such movies even if she has rejected their advances. But Dr Bran Nicol - author of Stalking - said: 'The contemporary attitudes...
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    Fasting man killed swan to eat

    LLANDUDNO A Muslim who killed a swan while fasting during Ramadan has been given a two-month prison sentence. Shamsu Miah, 52, killed the mute swan at a boating pond in Llandudno, North Wales, on September 25.When challenged by police he said: “I am a Muslim, I am fasting, I needed to eat.”...
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    UN agrees to probe Lebanon murder

    The UN Security Council has agreed to a request from Lebanon to help investigate the murder of leading anti-Syrian politician Pierre Gemayel. The council's current president said the decision was taken quickly and needed no discussion. The UN commission already looking into the murder of...
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    Poisoned: spy who quit Russia for Britain

    SCOTLAND YARD is investigating a suspected plot to assassinate a former Russian spy in Britain by poisoning him with thallium, the deadly metal. Aleksander Litvinenko, who defected to Britain six years ago, is fighting for his life in a London hospital. A toxicology test at Guy’s hospital last...
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    Uri Geller: Clairvoyant Found Saddam Hussein

    Psychic 'tip' found deposed tyrant CELEBRITY psychic Uri Geller is convinced a clairvoyant helped US troops ferret Saddam Hussein out of his Iraq hideout three years ago. "A soldier walked over to a rock, lifted it and then found a trapdoor - and found him in there," the famous...
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    Six Middle Eastern States Seeking Nuclear Power

    Nuclear steps put region on brink of most fearful era yet IT IS one of the world's most unstable regions, where conflicts over land, ideology and religion have raged for centuries. Yet the Middle East may now be entering the most precarious era of its history, with the sudden rush by...
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    Police officers face religion survey to test claims of bias

    SCOTLAND'S 15,000 police officers will be asked to declare their religion as part of a national audit amid claims that Catholics are being denied promotion by a "stained glass ceiling". The survey also seeks information on sexuality and gender, after concern that minority groups are grossly...
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    Film fans faint at Saw III show

    Film fans faint at Saw III show Staff at a UK cinema have had to call emergency services three times in one night because of a spate of people passing out during horror film Saw III. One woman was taken to hospital and two other adults were treated by medics after fainting in Stevenage...
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    Gay police group's 'anti-Christian' advert rapped

    LONDON (Reuters) - The Gay Police Association (GPA) has been reprimanded for an advert which implied Christians were responsible for a huge rise in violent attacks on homosexuals. The advert, placed in The Independent newspaper under the banner 'in the name of the father' showed a Bible and a...
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    Anna Politkovskaya Murdered

    read her book "Putin's Russia" earlier this year. an interesting read at the time it was all, sadly, too accurate. Chechen war reporter found dead Anna Politkovskaya, a prominent Russian journalist known as a fierce critic of the Kremlin's actions in Chechnya, has been found dead in...
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    Pope Abolishes the State of Limbo

    The Pope will this week overturn a belief held by Roman Catholics since medieval times by abolishing the concept of Limbo. Limbo is traditionally held to be the place where the souls of children go if they die before they can be baptised and so freed from original sin. It is also the...
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    Scepticism over bin Laden ‘death’

    A leaked French intelligence report claiming Saudi Arabia’s secret services had confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist network, met with widespread scepticism on Sunday. Saudi, Pakistani, US and western officials all said they were unable to confirm the...
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    Fury over 'war on terror' board game

    A survivor of the London bombings has branded a controversial new board game about the war on terror as "sick". Jacqui Putnam survived the attacks which claimed 52 lives on July 7 last year when a suicide bomber detonated explosives in the carriage next to hers on an underground train. Now...
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    Bomb-plot suspect halts evidence, references ISI

    (sounds a little walter mitty to me) A Briton accused of a fertiliser bomb plot has refused to give further evidence in court because he fears for the safety of his family in Pakistan. Omar Khyam, 24, of Crawley, West Sussex, was the first of seven Britons accused of the plot to give...
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    Muslim anger builds over Pope's speech

    A statement from the Vatican has failed to dampen growing anger among Muslims around the world at a speech by the Pope in which he discussed the concept of holy war. The Vatican said last night that Benedict XVI had not intended to offend when he quoted a 14th-century Christian emperor as...
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    U.S. Police Built Massive Truck Bomb

    By Rachel Williams, PA, in New York Police investigators in the US posed as apple growers to buy enough fertiliser to secretly build a 2,400lb truck bomb. The 7,000-dollar experiment to see how easily an terror attack could be launched with homemade explosives was known as Operation Kaboom...
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    Beer-Froth Jesus Will Lead Christmas Campaign

    By Martha Linden, PA An advertisement featuring the face of Jesus as a `miraculous' apparition on a beer glass is to be the centrepiece of a campaign to encourage church-going this Christmas, it was announced today. The image of Jesus in the froth left on the sides of an almost empty pint...
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