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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    It wouldn't surprise me if technology was suppressed, particularly by big pharma and big auto, although I hope it's jsut a conspiracy theory.
    I don't know about actively supressing technology, but I can tell you for a fact that big pharma makes marketing decisions based on technological developments, and not always in the patient's interest. For example, twenty years ago you couldn't get stomach-acid-blocking drugs like Prevacid or Zantac over the counter; they were prescription only. Then about ten years ago drug companies lobbied hard for (and received) permission to make those drugs available OTC at your local drugstore.

    The reason that they did this is that a very smart researcher discovered that the majority of stomach ulcers were not caused by stomach chemistry per se, but rather were caused by infections, specifically from a bacterium (Helicobacter pylorii). Prior to that discovery, acid blockers were a primary treatment for chronic ulcers, and drug companies could count on selling them to each ulcer patient for years and years. After that discovery, anyone who went to a doctor with a stomach ulcer would get it cleared up in two weeks or so with a course of antibiotics.

    So what were the drug companies to do with their prescription acid-blocking drugs? They took them OTC, so they would be available to anyone with stomach pain without a doctor visit.

    Yes, they're effective. Yes, they still make the drug companies a lot of money. Best for the patient? Not hardly.

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    Heh, yeah.....I wish that surprised me.
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    This has to go to the top of the list...

    Diddy Sued For $1 Trillion And Accused Of Causing 9/11 Attacks
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    LOL

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    I can't comment on any of these right now.





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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    That's awesome.
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    I'm going to go with Magnetic Pole Switch 2012 (adaptation of Mayan Doomsday 2012), partly because I like it, though. Galactic Equinox 2012 is another fine variant. I guess nobody's "conspiring" in these ones, but it usually is shoved in that category.

    U.S.S. Eldridge / The Philadelphia Experiment is probably even cooler, but not nearly as believable. As well as other Nikola Tesla myths, very fun.

    The most "killjoy" one would have to be the Fake Moonlanding one. I don't trust it.
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    Oh, an important one over here is the mysterious death of the RAF members imprisoned in Stammheim (that's the Red Army Faction, not the Royal Air Force ). The discussions I have already had over whether they commited a coordinated suicide (always a bit suspicious in prison, I admit) or if somebody helped along!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Arm...tammheim_trial

    On 21 May 1975, the Stammheim trial of Baader, Ensslin, Meinhof, and Raspe began, named after the district in Stuttgart where it took place. It was possibly the most tense and controversial German criminal trial ever. The Bundestag had earlier changed the Code of Criminal Procedure so that several of the attorneys who were accused of serving as links between the inmates and the RAF's second generation could be excluded.

    On 9 May 1976, Ulrike Meinhof was found dead in her cell, hanging from a rope made from jail towels. An investigation concluded that she had hanged herself, a result hotly contested at the time, triggering a plethora of conspiracy theories. Other theories suggest that she took her life because she was being ostracized by the rest of the group.
    What the Wikipedia article doesn't mention is that Andreas Baader and Jan-Carl Raspe also comitted suicide the same night under strange circumstances.
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    Oh, I think many conspiracy theories are very true. I don't know many examples spontaneously, it is more a general open view I have for those things, only those which come into my mind just now while writing I will mention:

    -Swine Flu hysteria for profit of pharmaceutical companies (not saying Swine Flu didn't exist, but it was hyped besides being relatively harmless so that they could sell tons of medicaments); well, I guess this is one that most people believe in anyway

    -media supressing the political party Die Linke in Germany intentionally to prevent them from becoming too powerful in favor of the big parties, by intentionally just not mentioning them in contexts where there is no reason why they shouldn't be mentioned, or if mentioned, they always talk very negatively about them no matter if that is appropriate in the context or not; again, nothing crazy. same goes for other parties here, but for more obvious reasons (nationalistic parties)

    -politics in Germany (and of course other countries) in general being FAR more corrupt than most people seem to believe despite there comes hints in form of confirmed cases all the time which just gets ignored; of course there must be far more than gets public already anyway

    -yeah, well, kill me for it (I don't know how Americans take it when people mention it), but the whole 9/11 thing looks indeed odd to me; I wouldn't say to 100% that I don't believe it, or that it is necessarily totally fake, but I tend to believe that we don't know the whole story

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    "this friend of mine earns about 380$/month in the millitary"

    No way, I joined the US Marine Corps 17 years ago. My base pay as a private was higher than that. A private should make about $15,000 to $17,000 annually. Most troops will be Specialist (E-4) in the US Army. The pay for an E-4 is about $19,000 a year.

    I would believe it is more like $380/ per week, not per month.
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