Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Mathematical Improbability of Large Conspiracy Theories

One of the points we have always tried to make here is that although conspiracies certainly happen, any conspiracy more complex than a burglary or assassination involving half a dozen people inevitably becomes exposed. The Truthers on the other hand create these theories involving the ridiculously complex cooperation of thousands of people across dozens of different organizations, often for no other reason than that they need it to be so in order to fit their pet theory.

A British academic explores this fact in more scientific terms:

If you’re thinking of creating a massive conspiracy, you may be better scaling back your plans, according to an Oxford University researcher. While we can all keep a secret, a study by Dr David Robert Grimes suggests that large groups of people sharing in a conspiracy will very quickly give themselves away. The study is published online by journal PLOS ONE.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

He's Baaaaa-aaaack!

Dylan is out with yet another version of Loose Change:
I can't even remember how many versions there have been: 1,2,2e,Final Cut, American Coup, and I'm sure I've forgotten one or two.
I doubt I'll be reviewing this one any time soon. It's more interesting to see the physical changes in the two.  Dylan actually looks like he's graying, and I would not recognize Korey if I saw him on the street.

Update: And right on cue, Box Boy Gage is back with another look at his "experiment that changed the world."

Nice paneling; I assume it's at somebody's Tahoe ski lodge. Pretty big of him to take time out from his busy day to provide amusement for us.