Jewish space lasers, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and conspiracy narratives

This is a riff on the original at Gaping Void

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the wacko Georgia Congresswoman who supports QAnon, has also posted about a novel conspiracy theory on her Facebook page: that a Jewish cabal caused lasers from space to start the California wildfires of 2018.

Yeah. I’m not making this up.

Her Facebook post on the topic has been deleted, and she says that other people were responsible for posting stuff for her on her Facebook page . That’s implausible — two years ago she wasn’t prominent politician, she was vice president at her family’s construction company — and irrelevant, since she’s certainly responsible for what’s on her Facebook page.

But what did she actually write?

Analyzing the text of Marjorie Taylor Greene’s “Jewish space lasers” post

A screenshot of the post is here. I converted the text and will deconstruct the thinking and reasoning, as I do with all the other source material on this blog.

Marjorie Taylor Greene November 17, 2018

As there are now over 70 people confirmed dead and over 1,000 missing, the fires in CA are a horrific tragedy. I’m praying for all involved!

I’m posting this in speculation because there are too many coincidences to ignore, and just putting it out there from some research I’ve done stemming from my curiosity over PG&E stocks, which tanked all week then rallied Thursday night after CA official announced they would not let PG&E fail.

A major quality of conspiracy writing — as opposed to actual credible reporting and analysis — is that the onus of proof is on the reader to disprove everything, rather than on the writer to prove anything. The “I’m just posting this speculation . . . just putting it out there” school of writing suggests that you connect whatever dots you want in whatever way you want, but those connections are just suggestions. So this preface sets the stage for you to bring your credulity to the forefront and leave your critical thinking skills at home.

Before we move on, here’s one more inconvenient fact. Look at this chart of PG&E’s stock price. I’m having trouble seeing the supposed jump in 2018. In fact, liability for the fires actually caused the company to declare bankruptcy in January of 2019, which doesn’t tend to help the stock price much.

I find it very interesting that Roger Kimmel on the board of directors of PG&E is also Vice Chairman of Rothschild Inc, international investment banking firm. I also find interesting the long history of financial contributions that PG&E has made to Jerry Brown over the years and millions spent in lobbying. What a coincidence it must be that Gov Brown signed a bill in Sept 2018, protecting PG&E and allowing PG&E to pass off its cost of fire responsibility to its customers in rate hikes, and through bonds.

Rothschild is indeed a major investment banking firm. It’s also the go-to conspiracy family/company for anti-Semitic “Jews run the world”-type slurs. According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, the Rothschild Jewish conspiracy theories originated with a pamphlet full of falsehoods in 1846 (!) and “the Rothschilds have been targeted by conspiracy theorists as a prime example of Jews allegedly using their money to control global financial institutions. These claims have been roundly condemned and proven false, but they continue to persist.” 

The idea that financial leaders are on the boards of major companies is hardly news, nor is the idea that California companies would make contributions to candidates for governor. (“Millions” is probably and exaggeration, but remember, if you read this, it’s up to you to disprove it, not to Greene to prove it.) And Brown’s supposed defense of PG&E obviously didn’t work well if the company declared bankruptcy. But whatever . . . at least we have you thinking about the interlocking interests of Jews, financiers business leaders, and politicians.

Pretty standard stuff. But then it starts to get weird.

It also must be just a coincidence that the fires are burning in the same projected areas that the $77 billion Dollar High Speed Rail Project is to be built, which also happens to be Gov Brown’s pet project. And what are the odds that Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum is the contractor to the rail project! Geez with that much money, we could build 3 US southern border walls. Then oddly there are all these people who have said they saw what looked like lasers or blue beams of light causing the fires, and pictures and videos. I don’t know anything about that but I do find it really curious PG&E’s partnership with Solaren on space solar generators starting in 2009. They announced the launch into space in March 2018, and maybe even put them up before that Space solar generators collect the suns energy and then beam it back to Earth to a transmitter to convert to electricity. The idea is clean energy to replace coal and oil. If they are beaming the suns energy back to Earth, I’m sure they wouldn’t ever miss a transmitter receiving station right??!! I mean mistakes are never made when anything new is invented. What would that look like anyway? A laser beam or light beam coming down to Earth I guess. Could that cause a fire? Hmmm, I don’t know. I hope not!

A meticulous investigation found that a faulty electric transmission line started the Camp Fire of 2018. You could accept that. Or you could believe that:

Naturally, these ideas are all phrased as questions, rather than statements. That way you can choose to believe them whether they are true or not — and of course they’re all provably false.

That wouldn’t look so good for PG&E, Rothschild Inc, Solaren or Jerry Brown who sure does seem fond of PG&E. Good thing for Solaren that Michael Peevey is on their board since he is former President of California Public Utilities Commission, California’s most powerful energy regulatory agency. Great connections right there! Also I will say whoever was able to buy that PG&E stock at the bottom before that announcement was made when stocks rallied sure did well on their investment I wonder how you get privy to that kind of info? You must have to know somebody right? Seems like there’s a lot of connected people in this crowd. And with these space solar generators, I really hope they have very good aim beaming the suns power down to Earth… But what do I know? I just like to read a lot.

This just ties up all the falsehoods, innuendos, and “connections” to show what might really be happening. Again, the stock dive is fake, the lasers are a fantasy, and the satellites are not even in orbit yet. And she doesn’t even use the Oxford comma. Clearly a psycho.

Hey, what do I know? I just took 20 minutes to do some research on the Web that proves the whole thing is a nutty conspiracy theory.

Never elect a conspiracy theorist

I don’t care what side of the aisle you are on. If you elect someone this credulous, you’ve put an idiot in office. If you elect someone who spreads this kind of groundless baloney, you’re contributing to the downfall of the country.

As John Adams said, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

If you’re interested in how conspiracy theories get a grip on people’s brains, I recommend this piece in the Washington Post. As it points out, conspiracy theorists love to see the world as a fight between good and evil, are disinclined to trust conventional media and journalists who debunk them, and hold a world view so addictive and resilient that when promised events fail to come to pass, they’re instantly ready to accept another, deeper conspiracy as an explanation.

This is a mental illness now afflicting a significant portion of the populace, and inflamed by social media. Stopping it is hard.

But rejecting members of Congress in its grip ought to be an easy first step.

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    1. Maybe so, but it certainly is not a positive factor for anyone who is in a position of any authority whatsoever.

  1. Another fabulous post. Thank you very much Josh.

    The orange creep is finally out of the White House, but the headlines have scalded us with yet more anti-Semitic crap, this time coming from an evil kook who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

    I would be very happy if the Bozoic creeps who preach from the pulpit every Sunday morning would lambast anti-Semitism, climate change denial, racism, family separation at the borders, tax cuts for the top 5%, and militarism.
    This would be consistent with the Sermon on the Mount and Matthew Chapter 25.

    If an anticlerical church were established near me, I would attend faithfully. This will not happen in dumb-ass Broward County, Fla. I am sure I will spend many more Sunday mornings at St. Mattress.

  2. The things conspiracists believe boggles the mind. There is no critical thinking any more. People just gobble up the craziest stuff and run with it—even to the point of trying to overturn an election and believe satanic cults are running the show. Heavy sigh.