"Reddit user CommonBeginning3132 asked: 'What is something that you’re for sure the US government is hiding from us?'"
There are certain theories most deem to be "crackpot."
But, there are some conspiracy theories that have a surprising amount of evidence behind them.
Enough that those conspiracies almost seem to hold water as it were.
If only we could all get a little truth from the higher-ups.
A little truth goes a long way, but they insist on holding onto secrets and lies.
I have a laundry list of questions.
And I'm not the only one.
Redditor CommonBeginning3132 wanted to hear about everyone's theories on what we're NOT being told by our elected officials, so they asked:
"What is something that you’re for sure the US government is hiding from us?"
I want to know about the money they "burn."
I refuse to believe it's all trashed.
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"That comment sections are just one large data harvest of random human thoughts and that data is used to fine-tune AI."
"Well, time to break out the REAL gibberish then."
Past Due Date
"How many members of Congress are taking medications that would early retire anyone in the private sector."
There are likely several members of Congress taking Aricept or Namenda for dementia. Typically once someone needs to start taking those kinds of meds, they're no longer capable of working in an office job (or any job, to be honest)."
"I wonder at what moment aging politicians realize they're no longer considered a leader in their party and from now on they'll just be occupying a seat for that party for the rest of their lives."
"I'm convinced that our ICBM protection system is far more accurate than the Pentagon is willing to admit."
"The problem with a system protecting the US from nuclear attack is that such a system, no matter how well designed, would be hugely complex, can never be fully tested, and must be close to 100% effective on its first use to have any value."
"I was in the navy and my ship was the designated ICBM test ship for the new AEGIS system, we shot down decoy missiles all the time and were 100% effective."
"The missiles are live, there are just no active warheads on them."
"The location of nuclear submarines."
"The only people who know exactly where the subs are are the navigational and commanding officers on the sub. Even the intelligence and commanding officers that assign the zones for the subs don’t know exactly where they are at any given point. Only the general area they are designated."
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"UFOs and not the alien kind. I'm talking about super high-end secret stuff the military has and is still testing out."
Are they out there?
Will we ever truly know?
They keep a tight lid on that one.
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"How many politicians have secret offshore bank accounts full of embezzled taxpayer dollars."
"The impact wealthy individuals with personal interests have in politics, inside and abroad."
"Just remember when they talk about American interests abroad they aren't talking about the normal citizen's interests. Realistically what happens in some far away land is going to have little impact on my daily life. What they are really talking about is corporate interests every single time. Smedley Butler tried to warn us almost 100 years ago but we just brushed him off."
"Good Lord. Clearly, no one commenting here has ever known anyone working for the federal government. The biggest secret they’re keeping from you is that every government agency spends money like a coke addict in the month of September so that their budgets won’t get slashed in the next fiscal year."
"Every single bureaucratic organization in the world does this. It’s not a secret at all."
What Did They Find?
"I have a very personal reason for wanting to know what they found at Roswell. My grandfather was in the Air Force and was present at the site. All he ever said about it was, 'It wasn’t a damn weather balloon,' then shut down. He was low-ranking, basically just there to drive the higher-ranking personnel, but he saw something, and I wanted to know what it was! He also firmly believed in aliens, so that just adds to my curiosity, especially given how Southern Baptist he was."
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"Used to believe in this stuff until I started working in government. I’m now convinced that most conspiracy theories can be explained by pure incompetence."
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Sometimes the most outlandish ideas sound totally plausible.
In this day and age when 'Saturday Night Live' and 'The Onion' sound like credible news sources, anything is possible.
It feels like a lot of humans will believe literally anything.
Redditor Jeffery_DahmerTV wanted to discuss the ideas that sound too crazy that they have to be true, so they asked:
"What is the most believable conspiracy Theory?"
In this day and age of alternative facts, it all seems like lies and truth.
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"That computer viruses are made by antivirus companies to test their antivirus software."
"Parents bought a new computer recently, the McAfee stuff was in there pretty deep to remove. The staff bogged it down, way faster afterward."
"We are being goaded into waging culture wars that don't matter to keep us from waging class wars."
"Is this a conspiracy theory though? It would be if you assume it was engineered from the start, but this would also make it very unbelievable. But that existing conflicts had been fueled and taken advantage of by people in the position to for millennia is well evident I'd say."
"Mattress Firm is a front for laundering money. There is no other reason for there to be so many. No one is ever even in there."
"Double down on this one! I have a Mattress Firm next to my job and I have never seen anyone in there ever. It’s been six years!"
"I’m not convinced of this. Our local Mattress Firm is clearly baking $1k+ into their margins and then aggressively selling credit-based financing. Selling two or three a month probably covers everything."
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"Those climate protestors that glue themselves to the road are hired by oil giants to make climate activists look stupid."
"I feel this way about a lot of 'extremist' groups on both sides, that there are plants from the other side doing really stupid stuff just to discredit the idea."
The climate is changing. We have to come together. How is that a conspiracy?
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"That the fashion industry purposefully doesn’t put pockets in women’s clothing so they have to carry purses."
Financial Clean Up
"That the only reason that the US government doesn’t do anything with student debt loans is because then people would stop signing up for the army."
"That and healthcare.
"When you join up you get healthcare fully covered for you and your family, and you can get a full college education.
If the government started providing either of those for civilians, no one would need to join the military anymore."
"I think so too. I know and agree with what that dude was saying but when I see or hear people use 'Army' as a way to generalize the military, it usually means that what they said is something they’re just repeating what they heard."
"There's definitely more to JFK's assassination than the Warren commission made it out to be. Whether or not LHO was the sole killer, I find it fishy that the CIA was so desperate to hide information from the public."
"There is a very well-done documentary that concludes it was an accidental discharge from a Secret Service agent in one of the cars ahead of him."
"CIA probably considered the assassination a declaration of war against Russia. They’re probably covering up that they were about to start WW3 over it."
"The Great cheese conspiracy. Each year the US government buys more and more milk to make more and more cheese. The US government is sitting on something like 2 billion pounds of cheese. Just to artificially inflate milk prices."
"Not even a conspiracy, just an example of the government controlling the economy in favor of dairy farmers."
"I watched a documentary about this. It's actually true."
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"That the CIA posts questions like this on Reddit to measure their past and current work, brainstorm for future projects."
"I have a conspiracy theory about conspiracy theories. I believe the governments and 'leaders' of the world are actually rather incompetent, so much so, that they require the illusion of them being an ominous all-powerful all-seeing entity in order to remain in power."
"And to accomplish this they allow conspiracy theories like the Illuminati and etc to spread around to add a bit of urban myth to how 'powerful' they are."
"It's probably all a bunch of garbage Europe can barely communicate within itself you expect there to be some secret global order??? Oh, stop it haha."
Sifting through what could and could not be true, could take forever.
Life is full of mystery.
This past June, America's eyes widened in disbelief when the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade, the landmark decision which gave women the legal right to an abortion.
Members of all political parties were astonished that the Court put mandates on women and their bodies, while certain states swiftly implemented abortion bans.
A definite low point for the United States and the U.S. government.
But was it the lowest point?
Hard as it may be to imagine, the overturning of Roe V. Wade was only one in a long list of shocking mandates and cover-ups and actions the US government was responsible for.
Some have been long forgotten, others which certain elected officials and civil servants are hoping people will forget.
'What’s the most f**ked up thing the US government has done?"
Too Many To Name
"You want this chronological or alphabetical?"- Thelegendarybros2
"I mean, there was the time the national guard shot and killed coal miners and their families who were being horribly exploited by coal companies so they were striking."
"See also: the Ludlow massacre."
"And the time they decided to routinely sterilize native American women."
"And the Guatemala syphilis experiments."- DandyWarlocks
"Back in the 50's and 60's, the US military tested several different biological weapons on and unbeknownst to the public."
"They specifically targeted low income and poverty-stricken areas."
'They tested things from chemicals to viruses."
'It wasn't declassified till 10 years ago."
"Why would they declassify it?"
"Freedom of Information Act required them to disclose this."
"For years, so many people were arrested, disappeared and even dismissed as conspiracy theorist through this."
'I can also say that chem trails aren't a thing."
"I work aerospace and the altitude that these planes are flying, wouldn't do anything."
"Planes would be flying much lower like crop dusters in order to make any effect."
"It's literally vapor and exhaust coming from the planes and some stay longer because of the different altitudes, temps and RH that they are flying."- zismahname
Non-Consensual Is An Understatement
"The CIA testing birth control on unsuspecting women in Puerto Rico."- nikolasmaduro
We Have No Idea...
"The things they haven’t been caught for."- Happysunflow3r
Deep Rooted Problems With Immigration...
"Along the lines / same ethics of the Japanese internment camps, but not as well known."- TautNeckSkin
Forgotten Elements Of The Cold War
"The involvement in various Latin American countries during the Cold War was pretty f*cked up."- Playstation_Tea
It Never Ends...
"The government has been trying to take away all privacy."- Shattered_Mind0rigin
Too Many To Name
"The Dred Scott Decision, involvement in the Vietnam War, Agent Orange, and slavery are the most f*cked up that I can think of."- TVStankee
There are certainly numerous advantages to living in the United States, which all of us lucky enough to do so should not take for granted.
Though when we look back at some of the things our country has done, and continues to do, it can be very difficult to be patriotic.
Short of having a shopping addiction, no one actually likes spending money on stuff.
Why would you ever willingly give it away? It's your money!
Which might be why it feels so bad when you have to spend money of something that should be free from the beginning. People/ corporations are going to chase that cheddar, though, so there's little you can do besides complain, which frankly might be the best thing the internet is for.
"What should be free?"
Let's get these out of the way first...No, let's get this first one out of the way first.
Hidden fees are the worst.
Hidden. F***ing. Fees.
"Transaction/processing fees when you order a digital product online. Such as a concert ticket, where you pay 6 euro extra while you pay online, and have to print the ticket yourself."
"Or processing fees to pay bills that you need. Duke energy charges a $7 processing fee for you to pay your energy bill. Like wtf."
Pay To Pee
"Public bathrooms! The amount of human piles of poop around because the homeless have no where to relieve themselves!"
"Live in a very tourist-y part of the U.K., all public toilets charge and most cafes/pubs/libraries won’t let people use their toilets. As someone who lives here year round it’s really frustrating and doesn’t seem to make sense."
Want A Better Society? Educate Them.
"College. Or at the very least, college APPLICATIONS. If you're gonna require it for most careers, atleast make it accessible for people. And I just think it's stupid that people have to pay to get rejected."
"Oh god I hate that so much. Same with applying to apartments it’s such a waste of money if you don’t get approved. It racks up quickly too."
It does feel grimy when "official documentation" that is "mandatory" has to be bought and paid for not by the people requiring it, but by the people needing it.
Forcing Us To Pay For Something We're Forced To Have
"ID cards issued by the government. Especially since you need them for almost every aspect of daily living."
"I'm not the biggest fan of free stuf but having to pay for a piece of paper that says "I exist" is ridiculous."
It'll never not feel bad having to pay for something we expect to be free, but it feels ten times worse when it's something you need to get by in life. As in, need to live.
Let's All Agree To Take Care Of Each Other
"All base needs up to a level. I mean stuff we need to survive, eg. power, water,... and things we are required to use to be relevant in daily life internet,..."
"Seeing how now power companies are fuel companies are having THE biggest profit in years while more and more families are pushed into bigger and bigger deths just to get by."
"Same goes for internet tbh, poor kids are just not getting by in school becasue they lack the basic stuff every other kid has to get further in life. I am not saying they need the fastest possible internet with unlimited dl, but give them so they can work for school so the vicious cycle can be broken."
We Need It More Than Anyone
"All mental health services. If you don’t have benefits or a VERY good paying job, they are unaffordable for how often most people really need them. At $120-160/ session even once a week is not affordable for most people these days"
A Fine Line Between Need And Want
"Drinking water, sure. But water is an expendable resource and it should honestly be more restricted when we think about cases like people watering their lawns."
Paying To Live
"Insulin. People are dying because of greedy pharmaceutical companies."
"But We're 'Pro-Life'" - Jerks
"Birth control of all kinds."
"For anyone who b*tches about spending taxpayer money, I'd ask whether it costs more to provide condoms or to house prisoners."
"Giving birth (In the us)"
"As a female US citizen the more I learn about the whole giving birth sh*t the less I want kids. My friend just had a baby, there were some complications. She is now paying off a 14k hospital bill! The lowest I have hears is 8k. 8k just to have a f-cking kid! For a country that is gung-ho about forcing women to have kids they have missed the mark completely."
Everyone is looking for their payout, and unfortunately sometimes we're the ones who have to give it to them, whether it makes sense or not.
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Life is all about searching for that one thing that'll make it all worthwhile.
While this sounds like some motivational meme you might see on a health gurus Instagram page in Brush Script font, it's a fact we can all admit to ourselves. There's something we're searching for, striving for, and always on the hunt to lock down. Could be something tangible, that we can hold in our hands, or it could be something metaphysical, unable to be grasped but able to be felt.
Whatever it is, it varies from person to person.
"What do you need that you don’t have?"
Maybe the thing you want the most is something tactile, able to be held with your hands. There's nothing wrong with that, because after all you can't drive a forklift with your imagination.
You Ever Seen A Sad Person On A Jet Ski?
"They say money can't buy happiness. I call bullsh-t."
Lifting Things Is Fun
"An EP-CPD20L1 Lithium Electric Forklift"
"That's some specific desire."
"We’re still happy just driving LPG Cat forks at work. The new line picker is fancy as heck but that’s also just a Cat."
Keep It In Tune
"ugh a good guitar finally. I started to learn the instrument from a blank slate 1 year ago and in that time I recorded 12 songs (5 are good, 2 are real good, 5 are just bad, but still finished-bad, which is better than a non finished something) and am actually advancing pretty rapidly. Takes a solid 30 minutes to get the strings tuned juuuuust right because it wavers in and out constantly, no matter what so my work in those 30 minutes is finding any sweet-spot for it to work out to where I can stay in key longer than 4 minutes. I mean this thing is beat like it owed someone money."
"I love the thing, I'll cherish it. It was there when I absolutely had to have it and I will never pitch or sell it, but holy sh-t I need an upgrade."
What's Yours Is Mine And What's Mine Is Also Mine
"A dog that can tell the difference between my slippers and his chew toys."
"Believe me, it already can."
It's not always something you can grasp. Maybe it's ethereal, beyond the touch of what we think we're able to hold onto. A true friend, a loving family, or the love of someone special.
Who needs junk when you have kinship?
Following The Good Times Only
"Good friends who are actually there for you."
"Most people wont be when you really need them to. It's not mal intent or anything, they just follow what is pleasant and feels good. The weirdos who stick around to try to be a good person are rare, even though almost everybody thinks they're one of them"
A Connection That Won't Break
"Connection. True friends I don’t dread seeing or interacting with."
"Not feeling like I’m letting my family down. Being able to feel like I have a purpose for living."
This Is Why The Internet Was Invented
"An emotionally attentive dad"
"I may not be your dad, but I'm damn proud of you. Whatever you are struggling through, you will make it and you have my support."
Make The Choice That's Right For You
"A loving and fulfilled marriage. Not whatever crap I have now."
"Should probably get divorced then... or find a way to salvage your marriage. Hope you find your way."
You might be better off wishing for a genie than for any or all of these things to come true at any point in your waking life.
Right Then And There
"A time machine to go back to when I was 19.75 years old and make better decisions with my life."
"Imma need to borrow that when you're done."
It'd Be Really Cute to Have
"It’s a toss up between a miniature giraffe, or a functioning Congress filled with reasonable adults."
"Good luck with the mini giraffe then"
"One of these are totally unrealistic. The other is a miniature giraffe."
Sunnier Days Are On The Horizon
"You have to have the wherewithal to call and make a doctors appointment and then go there and explain how hard it is for you to get off the couch."
"Then when you finally do reach the point of getting medication it could just turn into a tedious game of trial and error if what they suggested didn't work."
So Long As It's Not Twizzlers. (Keep Up The Fight.)
"Remission from this f-cking cancer. "
"The beach and a hug.:
"Red vines if it's not too much."
It's out there, the thing that'll make you happy. Maybe it's an physical "thing," something you can possess, or maybe there's a someone holding onto the bonds you need to strengthen your own life.
Keep looking. It'll come to you.
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