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Video: Stephen Colbert has a message for the "subreddit sub-geniuses" propagating the ridiculous Pizzagate conspiracy theory: "Grow the f**k up."
According to a new New York Times report, Michael G. Flynn, the son of Donald Trump's national security adviser, has been booted from the US president-elect's transition team for tweeting about Pizzagate, the idiotic online conspiracy theory that led a gunman to "self-investigate" a DC pizzeria this weekend.
For months, 4chan and Reddit users have delved deep into the emails of John Podesta as they were released by Wikileaks and concluded that the emails contained coded language about a secret child-trafficking ring operating out of Comet Ping Pong, a Washington DC pizzeria — a ring run by Podesta and former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. The theory was known as "Pizzagate", and until recently it was just another of the internet's outlandish conspiracy theories. Two of pizzagate's loudest mouthpieces have backed off their support after a man armed with a AR-15, a Colt. 38 and a shotgun entered the restaurant to "investigate". And yet, pizzagate somehow trudges on, without them.
For decades, tin foil fashionistas have attributed a number of sinister happenings to the atmospheric research program known as HAARP, including hurricanes, earthquakes and even the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia. After this week, however, it will be a lot harder to entertain those claims: On Saturday, the supposed weather-altering secret weapon is holding an open house.
After NSA whistleblower and millennial sex symbol Edward Snowden tweeted a mysterious string of characters on Friday afternoon, conspiracy theorists and concerned fans feared he might be dead when Sputnik, a Russian news site, reported the now-deleted code might be a "dead man's switch," which is apparently something Snowden could have set up "if he did not check in to the computer at a certain time," according to Inquisitr.
If the current frontrunners in this year's US presidential race just don't appeal to you, perhaps you'd like to really think outside the box. Seattle lawyer Andrew Basiago is also running for president, as an independent. And he cites his extensive experience travelling through time as one of his strongest qualifications for office.
Not one week after physicists confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, the conspiracy theorists are out in force, shouting to the heavens that the "breakthrough" was a lie invented by fame-hungry scientists, supported by money-hungry institutions and regurgitated by the traffic-hungry news media.
It hasn't even been a week since the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Zika virus a global emergency, and already the conspiracy theories are piling up. Of course they are. A pandemic that's sparked an abortion rights dystopia and legit discussion of genetic warfare? The Rockefeller family must be involved.