Tagged With conspiracy theories

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.