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‘Rethinking Conspiracy’ Foreign Policy Journal

December 9th, 2014
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The terms “conspiracy theorist” and “conspiracy nut” are used frequently to discredit a perceived adversary using emotional rather than logical appeals. It’s important for the sake of true argument that we define the term “conspiracy” and use it appropriately, not as an ad hominem attack on someone whose point of view we don’t share.

According to my Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, the word “conspiracy” derives from the Latin “conspirare,” which means literally “to breathe together” in the sense of agreeing to commit a crime. The primary definition is “planning and acting together secretly, especially for a harmful or unlawful purpose, such as murder or treason.”

It was in this sense that Mark Twain astutely observed, “A conspiracy is nothing but a secret agreement of a number of men for the pursuance of policies which they dare not admit in public.”

Complete article here:

Kevin Barrett and Jim Fetzer discuss “Rethinking Conspiracy” on False Flag Weekly News: (17:10 into broadcast)

Fran Shure, Psychologist, mentions RC in footnote #13:





911, Doublespeak, General, Language, News media

Friesen Press Announces “Be All You Can Be” by Shawn E. Hamilton

October 21st, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, CA, USA, October 19, 2014 / — SACRAMENTO, 19 October, 2014—The belief that it’s noble to support the nation’s military regardless of circumstances will perhaps always prevail. It’s a seductive patriotic ideal, but over the course of our nation’s history, the US military has been increasingly used to protect the interests of the rich and powerful rather than liberty and justice for all. Journalist Shawn Hamilton has written his new book, Be All You Can Be, as a wake-up call to the nation, using his WWII veteran father’s story as the revelry bugle.

A person who is willing to sacrifice his life ‘for his country’ is merely a dupe in the profit game of the military-industrial complex.”

— Major Ralph E.   Hamilton, 1976


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Musical Interlude by Katie Goodman : ‘I Didn’t Fuck It Up’

November 8th, 2011

Katie Goodman of Broad Comedy sings:

I Didn’t Fuck It Up                              


 It’s interesting how many sites replace the vowel in “fuck” with an asterisk (f*ck). It seems to me that elevates the word to a religious dimension, like not using vowels in the tetragrammaton: YHWH.

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MLA Format for UCD Students

April 2nd, 2011

The Ad and the Ego Questions

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165 euphemisms for sex

February 3rd, 2011

sex positions missionary position 300x225 165 Sex Euphemisms

How do you say you had sex? Do you tell your friends you banged her? She might say you made love.

There is an infinite number of ways to say “having sex” without actually saying… “having sex.”

With as many euphemisms as there are for sex, it seems as if we have no better way to be creative. Yes, and some of the euphemisms are very creative.

Here’s a list of 165 favorites.

Thanks to Andi for posting!

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Louisiana-Pacific Ad

October 4th, 2010

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Writing in the Active Voice

October 3rd, 2010

As a general rule, cast your sentences in the active voice.  In the active voice, the subject of the sentence does the action. In the passive voice, the subject of the sentence is not the agent doing the action. Instead of writing, “The cat was kicked by Joe,” write, ” Joe kicked the cat.”  It means the same thing, but the ability to express an idea in fewer words helps to clarify your meaning and makes the readers’ job much more pleasant.  It doesn’t seem like much when dealing with a simple sentence–three words instead of five–but compounded over the course of an extended essay, this can represent a significant amount of extraneous prose.

Weak verbs: is, are, was,were, have, has, had, am,

Strong verbs: Any of the thousands of action words such as “run,” “study,” “eat,” “remember,” etc.


Kenia is an author of novels.  (weak–passive)

(Revision) Kenia writes novels.  (strong verb–active)

Gary is a member of the club. (weak)

(Revision) Gary belongs to the club. (strong)

Yamen was of the opinion that it would rain today.

(Revision)  Yamen believed it would rain day.


Doublespeak and Diet

September 14th, 2010

The Corn Refiners Assocation wants to change the name of high-fructose corn syrup because evidence that it’s bad for us is hurting sales:


“So, when the facts and consumer sentiment are against you, what is a poor, misunderstood oligopoly to do?

The answer: obfuscate!

Surely, in wonderfully Orwellian style, a name change will take care of matters. I don’t even know what to call this latest bit of corporate idiocy. Cornwashing?”

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