|.. one great conspiracy for man-kind|
Conspiracy theorists and Libertarians may seem like dissimilar groups, but they
do have something in common - a deep distrust of government, and government
agencies. Like the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for example.
That NASA faked all the moon landings is a truth accepted by conspiracy
theorists since the legendary Coke can was seen rolling past Neal Armstrong
shortly after the 'one small step for man ..' cliche rolled off his
Many of us were a little young to remember the Coke can rolling across the screen
- or maybe too poor to afford the 106cm plasma TV required actually make the
Coke can recognizable. But the conspiracy theorists insist that it's there. Or at
least that the images are to blurry to prove that the Coke can is not
there, which is (in their view) the same thing.
The key to a good conspiracy theory is that
can't be disproven.
And recent events may play right into that domain. NASA has lost the original
moon-landing tapes. Apparently they have been lost amongst the blurry images
from the Hubble space telescope, and the reruns of My Favorite Martian. These
guys don't just blow up space shuttles and crash space craft onto the surface
of Mars - they also lose the evidence.
So the tin-foil brigade can pat themselves on the back and go back to insisting
that John F Kennedy and Elvis are alive and well and living in Adolf Hitler's
Argentinian mansion. Everyone needs a hobby.