by Yau-Man Chan via Skepticblog
To understand TCM, you do not need to understand chemistry, biology, anatomy or physiology because the foundation of TCM has nothing to do with them. You need instead to understand Taoism and Confucianism, as these philosophies are the founding principles of TCM. I will expend some ink here to explain these two very powerful underlying influences on Chinese society which gave rise to their understanding of the human body and the attendant medical fallacies.
Not long after the existence of the NSA‘s massive PRISM surveillance program leaked, Snowden truthers began speculating on the leaker’s identity. Was the whistleblower still an NSA agent? Was it all just a false flag operation?
These were more or less reasonable questions, as it was impossible to know at first who the leaker really was. Snowden’s very public outing of his identify only added fuel to the fire. From there, the conspiracy theories went into their theoretical paroxyms. That paranoia over Snowden’s real modus operandi even managed to infect journalists and writers like Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas.
Writing in their daily Washington Post column Wonkbook, Klein and Soltas even went so far as to suggest that Snowden doesn’t actually exist. That he is, more than likely, is an NSA creation—a diversionary tactic to get the masses following a narrative, “emotional arc,” and thus forget the NSA leaks themselves.
“Aeroflot flight 150, from Moscow to Havana, was packed with dozens of journalists who’d bought tickets to get a glimpse of, and maybe even an interview with, fleeing leaker Edward Snowden,” write Klein and Soltas. “But when the doors closed and the plane readied for takeoff, they made an unpleasant discovery: Snowden wasn’t on the plane… There is, of course, only one explanation for Snowden’s absence: He never existed in the first place.”
Let’s pretend for a second that they aren’t being cheeky. (An added editor’s note makes clear that it’s a joke.) For the Klein and Soltas theory to work, an endlessly fascinating, all encompassing, stem-winding NWO-style conspiracy theory must be explored, in which all of the following would have to be true: Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian and Washington Post were complicit with the NSA; Julian Assange is an NSA agent; WikiLeaks is an ongoing false flag operation and isn’t actually with Snowden; and Russia, China, Hong Kong and Ecuador are all in league with the US. Put more simply, America’s domestic and international spy operations have completely infiltrated every foreign government, news organization and airport in the world.
We could even get playfully recursive with the theory. Perhaps Klein and Soltas are, in fact, NSA agents spreading disinformation. Maybe I am, too.
- Here come the Edward Snowden truthers (illuminutti.com)
- Edward Snowden Doesn’t Exist, Is a Gay Alien, and Other Conspiracy Theories (motherboard.vice.com)
- Edward Snowden and the NSA (blogs.seattletimes.com)
- Edward Snowden Took NSA Job Specifically to Steal Secret Documents (littlegreenfootballs.com)