Conspiracies

CONSPIRACIES….According to a poll done to publicize the new X-Files movie, the #1 conspiracy theory (in Britain, anyway) is the belief that Area 51 exists to investigate aliens. I don’t buy their claim that a full 48% of Britons believe this, but whatever. All in good fun etc. etc.

But down at #10, we get this: “The world is run by dinosaur-like reptiles.” What the hell kind of conspiracy theory is that? Dick Cheney doesn’t look anything like a dinosaur.

UPDATE: And of course there’s this too, explaining why the government is so uninterested in investigating UFOs: “Drawing on the work of Giorgio Agamben, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida, the puzzle is explained by the functional imperatives of anthropocentric sovereignty, which cannot decide a UFO exception to anthropocentrism while preserving the ability to make such a decision. The UFO can be ‘known’ only by not asking what it is.” Uh huh.

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