Conspiracy Corner – The Invasion of Mars

I don’t care whether you think the Olympics is fantastic or just a large waste of time and someone’s public monies: landing a battletank (it has lasers) on Mars is probably the most exciting thing to have happened this week, and so this week’s “Conspiracy Corner” was all about Mars and the Mars-related conspiracy theories that so quickly sprung up, full-formed, over at Alex Jones’s website.

There was a lot I didn’t either get to say (due to timing) or just forgot to say. Really, if I had been thinking about it, I wouldn’t have ended with the “Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons” theme but, rather, Tom Jones’s “It’s Not Unusual” (which was put to such good effect in “Mars Attacks!”). I would have mentioned “Capricorn One” (which I believe I talked about when we covered the Moon Landing Hoax conspiracy theories a while back) and I probably would have spent some more time talking about how useless a distraction a Mars landing (with, admittedly, a fully-armed battletank) would actually be in this era of instant news and celebrity tweets.