Shape-shifting reptilian lizards rule the world! The moon landing was faked by George Bush!! The Earth is flat and NASA and Hollywood are covering up!!! Okay, we’re just having fun, all of that is nonsense as are 99.99999% of conspiracy theories. BUT we live in a strange world and people really do get together to conspire for power and control, and there’s a number of proven examples of conspiracies that sound so whack-a-doodle it’ll have you digging out the tinfoil to make yourself some new head-wear. Today on MakeaGIF we’re highlighting real conspiracies that truly happened, and your mind will be blown! Wake up sheeple!!
Car Companies Teamed Up to Destroy L.A’s Public Transistor (and Killed it in Other Cities Too)
Famous for it’s smog and endless bumper-to-bumper traffic jams, Los Angeles is a text book example of the negatives to not having a proper public transit system. Except before in the first part of the 20th Century LA DID have a sprawling cheap and effective electric street car system! Operated in the public interest, but run by private companies, the trolleys basically eliminated the need for most people to own cars.
What happened to it? A conglomerate of corporations related to the auto industry (car manufacturers, tire makers, and oil companies) got together to buy up the company that operated the trolleys and shut them down so that people would be forced to purchase cars. And if that’s not mind-blowing enough they did it in many other cities too from Baltimore to Salt Lake City. If this sounds too nutty to be true a government investigation later proved the conspiracy, but by then it was too late. But don’t worry the corporations involved were punished…by having to pay very small fines.
The CIA Funded a Mad Scientist in Canada to Brainwash People
The CIA is mandated to do it’s spooky spy stuff outside of the borders of the US, so when they wanted to get into mad science brain control they outsourced their mad experiments to Canada. Dr. Donald Cameron was a well respected psychiatrist in Montreal, Canada, in the 1960s who had the theory that a mentally ill mind could be erased through a number of techniques, then reprogrammed to be healthy. Outside of the healing arts the CIA was VERY interested in his work as they saw its application to the spy game. So they started secretly funding Cameron’s work hoping to later use it in the Cold War.
The problem is Cameron turned out to be a quack. He tried to fix schizophrenia and other mental illnesses by erasing his patient’s minds through massive amounts of shock therapy, chemically-induced comas, and paralyzing them through drugs. He’d then play hours of audio recordings with new positive personality traits that he thought would become imprinted on his patient’s brains. All he achieved was turning sick people into sicker people with many of them becoming incontinent vegetables.
Corporations Tried to Overthrow the President and Install a Fascist Dictatorship
No, this isn’t about Trump, lets go back to the Great Depression. Before WW2 the Fascist dictatorships in Germany and Italy were getting international acclaim for their claims that they were beating the Depression and revitalizing their economies (they were mostly lying, but many around the world believed them). While in America, the leftist socialist New Deal of president Roosevelt was bringing aid to millions and jump starting the economy, progress was slow AND it decreased the power of the corporations while increasing their taxes. So, the heads of American business had a simple solution: throw out the president and install the fascist system.
In 1933 the heads of Time Inc, Chase Bank, GM, Goodyear, Standard Oil, DuPont, and a politician named Senator Prescott Bush (father to President Bush 1, Grandfather to Bush 2) conspired to back a military coup and overthrow the president and setup fascist dictatorship. They approached WW1 war hero Major General Smedley Butler with the offer to lead the coup. Fortunately, Butler was a strong believer in democracy and he ratted them out, and he ended up testifying to congress about the conspiracy. And what were the consequences for these conspirator’s treason? Nadda, nothing, zilch! They denied it all and continued on with their lives of power and wealth.
Iran-Contra Makes Conspiracy Movies Sound Boring
Lets get a little more recent and talk about one of the biggest scandals of the 1980s. Iran was one of America’s major enemies, and if you don’t believe us watch more action movies or professional wrestling from the period where every second bad guy was Iranian. Naturally, as of the US’s big bads, selling weapons to Iran was a clear and obvious NO. But members of the Reagan administration and the military conspired to secretly sell weapons to Iran to raise off book funds for “a good cause,” that cause being money for anti-Communist paramilitary death-squads, the contras, in South America.
Look this is supposed to be a fun and short article so we don’t have time to unpack what we just wrote in the paragraph above. But when Congress said “no” to funding or aiding the contras, a cabal of deeply anti-communist wingnuts in Reagan’s government decided to get creative. At least this time, the perpetrators were caught and went to jail when this whole insane sitch came out…BUT tons of documents were destroyed before that and we may never know the whole truth or know everyone involved and how deep it ran. So, if you want to lay in bed late at night in the grips of paranoia just remember this conspiracy, which happened in your lifetime, has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.
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