Final Decision

One of the most well-known conspiracy theories is that the Illuminati is still active and plays a role in controlling our society. In the first blog I wrote, my initial thoughts on the theory were undetermined. I was not sure if the Illuminati was still active or not. As I progressed through the semester, I learned how to break down and examine the theory. Furthermore, with learning those skills I wrote blogs on the theory about the history behind it, the evidence to support the claim, and evidence that could prove the claim wrong. The semester advanced and I continued to learn more about different types of conspiracy theories and different techniques. I used these techniques and by developing critical thinking skills to examine the theory of the Illuminati. My thoughts have grown on the Illuminati over the semester. I now read and try to cross-check it with other websites and youtube videos to make sure I am getting the most reliable information. 

As stated above, my thoughts at the beginning of the semester were undetermined about the Illuminati. I had only heard about the Illuminati as a joke, and so I believed I did not have the information to make a statement. As the term progressed, my thinking on the theory began to change. At first, I completely believed that there was a secret society controlling our government from the shadows. Suddenly near the end of the semester, I began unravelling the evidence behind the theory and came to the verdict that the Illuminati is no longer active and is not controlling our society from the shadows. I came to this verdict from analyzing all the information I have gathered over the semester. When applying Occam’s razor to the theory, you can see that the arguments supporting the Illuminati are all assumptions based and have no backbone, these theories can easily be disproven. Therefore the verdict is that the Illuminati is no longer active and is not controlling our society.

Occam’s Razor

While applying Occam’s Razor, it is clear that there are two explanations, one saying the Illuminati is, in fact, active and controlling our society. The other saying the opposite that the Illuminati is not active. Throughout the endless research, an abundance of assumptions are being made in the case that the Illuminati is indeed still active and controlling our society where there are more facts to show that the Illuminati is not active anymore.

What seems more realistic, that the floating pyramid, the roman numeral 1776 on the bottom of the pyramid, and the floating eye on the US dollar bill are symbols to show the power of the Illuminati and to prove they are real, and in control. Perhaps it seems more realistic that these symbols were carefully thought out by their founding fathers to represent strength, duration, divinity, a representation of the nation still to be discovered, and to show love to the year America declared independence (1776). Again what seems more realistic, that our government is militarizing the police so that one-day, the Illuminati will be able to take over and get the police to take control of the public in an instant. Alternatively, that the police have become more burdensome in weapons and military gear because our country has had some brutal attacks against it, and the government wants to make sure they are ready for the next attack no matter what. When applying Occam’s Razor is seems more logical that the Illuminati is no longer active since there are fewer assumptions made and more reasonable evidence for the claim.

Blog # Three – Denier Mood (529)

Evidence Refuting the Claim that the Illuminati is not Active and controlling our society.

Example #1 – The symbol on the US Dollar Bill 

On the US dollar bill, there is a floating pyramid, the roman numeral for 1776 at the bottom of the pyramid and the floating eye. These are symbols for the Illuminati 

https://www.rd.com/culture/dollar-bill-symbols/

Example #2 – Militarizing the police. 

The police are more heavy-armed than ever. Small towns have drones, armed trucks, and heavy weapons like machine guns. 

https://ploughshares.ca/pl_publications/creeping-militarization-why-are-canadas-police-officers-looking-increasingly-like-soldiers/

Example #3 – Celebrities

Celebrities are controlled or replaced with drowns. Famous people like Beyoncé and Britney Spears have been seen to blank out for minutes on end. Celebrities are also using hand gestures like the triangle and the okay sign, also known as the devil number six repeating three times. Implying they are acknowledging or giving recognition to the Illuminati. 

https://refinery29.com/en-us/2016/01/101502/illuminati-theories-celebrity-members

Example #4 – George.W. Bush Sates that we are going into a New World Order. Supposedly some people believe that the New World Order is another name for the Illuminati. 

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/09/08/the-other-9-11-george-h-w-bush-s-1990-new-world-order-speech/

Summary

These can be easily explained with some fact-checking and take time to look at all the sources. The flooding triangle, roman numerals for 1776 at the bottom of the triangle and the flooding eye on the US dollar bill are well-thought-out processes, the pyramid was a sign of strength and duration, and the shadow on the pyramid was a representation of the nation still to be discovered. The eye at the top of the pyramid was a suggestion to change the seal by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Admas, who wanted a symbol of divine providence. That symbol is an ancient symbol of divinity. Finally, the letters at the bottom are Roman numerals for 1776 the year America declared independence. Then there is also the question of why the police are so heavily armed nowadays? The police are more heavy-armed than ever because of the increase in terrorist attacks and threats to our country. There is also the evidence of celebrities blanking out or using hand gestures to suggest they are in the Illuminati. Celebrities often blank out at times because of the high stress they are put under at times and pour diets they are forced to have because of performance depends, and these hand gestures are propaganda to gain more followers. The final piece of evidence is when Gorge. W. Bush talked about bringing America into a new world order. The new world order is a phrase used by many governments to explain how a group of people are elected. Then that person will make choices for the better of there people. President Bush could have quickly just meant he was looking for a new era in which the nations of the world can prosper and live in harmony. 

Overall the evidence that has been presented can be pretty persuasive. However, with some research and fact-checking can filter out what is just opinion and what the facts are.

Blog # Two – Believer Mode ( 562 )

Evidence Refuting the Claim that the Illuminati is active and controlling our society.

Example #1 – The symbol on the US Dollar Bill 

On the US dollar bill, there is a floating pyramid, the roman numeral for 1776 at the bottom of the pyramid and the floating eye. These are symbols for the Illuminati 

https://people.howstuffworks.com/10-things-people-believe-about-illuminati5.htm

Example #2 – Militarizing the police. 

The police are more heavy-armed than ever. Small towns have drones, armed trucks, and heavy weapons like machine guns. 

Example #3 – Celebrities

Celebrities are controlled or replaced with drowns. Famous people like Beyoncé and Britney Spears have been seen to blank out for minutes on end. Celebrities are also using hand gestures like the triangle and the okay sign, also known as the devil number six repeating three times. Implying they are acknowledging or giving recognition to the Illuminati. 

https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/news/a46591/best-celebrity-conspiracy-theories/

Example #4 – George.W. Bush Sates that we are going into a New World Order. Supposedly some people believe that the New World Order is another name for the Illuminati. 

https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/conspiracy-theory-climate-change-globalists-exxon-mobil/

Summary 

From the evidence that I have gathered on the Illuminati, It makes you would think there is an active group controlling our society. Why not the Illuminati? The Illuminati was an influential group that existed in 1776. Who says they stopped meeting, people could say they were shut down to hide the fact they were already integrated inside the government. Take Geroge W Bush, in one of his interviews, he seems nervous and keeps looking around the room, why? Maybe to make sure he is not saying too much. President Bush than makes a statement that ‘we’ are going to make a ‘New Worlds Order.’ The question of whom President Bush is talking about when he says “we”? Is he making a clear statement that there are other people then he makes decisions? Then look at celebrities, music and actions are another essential example. Celebrities use hand gestures like the triangle and the okay sign, also known as the devil number six repeating three times. While listening to some songs written by artists like Katy Perry, Kanye West, and many other artists, it seems like they are trying to speak a message. By showing Egyptian god Anubis in music videos to quoting the Illuminati in song lyrics. Certain celebrities sometimes look like zombies, totally spaced out until someone snaps them back to reality. It seems like they are acknowledging or giving recognition or even being controlled by the Illuminati. 

Then governments have militarized the police. The police are more heavy-armed than ever. Small towns have drones, armed trucks, and heavy weapons like machine guns sitting around, why? Why do Sheriffs need to be heavy-armed? Police are now more than ever ready to get people in order if necessary. Finally, one of the most keys pieces of evidence is that the Illuminati symbol is right on the one-dollar bill (USA). The floating pyramid, the floating eye above the pyramid, and the roman numeral for 1776 at the bottom of the pyramid, the same year the Illuminati group was active. An easy way to suddenly tell people that if they can be on the money, then they can be easily in the government. 

Blog # One – Statement ( 325 words )

The Illuminati

The theory I will be investigating for my blog assignments over the span of this course is that the Illuminati is, in fact, real and has controlled our society for years. 

The Illuminati was said to have been started back in the fifteenth century by a group known as the Bavarian Illuminati. This was a secret society created by Adam Weishaupt on May 1, 1977. As Scottberg states, “He wanted to connect with like-minded free-thinkers, so he decided to start his secret society, and The Order of the Illuminati was born”(Scottberg 2020). In 1784 Joseph Utzshneider wrote a letter to the Grand Duchess of Bavaria that outed the groups’ and their beliefs. Later in 1785, secret societies were banned and in 1787 it was an offence punishable by death. Society was accordingly over, and that was the end of the Illuminati. Though this conspiracy has been suggested to be still alive and running, controlling our society. 

I chose this topic to write on because I found it intriguing. I acquired this conspiracy from continuously hearing about Illuminati and the alleged people who are in this secret society. As I fell more into the conspiracy theory’s rabbit hole, I started watching a youtube artist named Shane Dawson. A few of his videos are about how the Illuminati could supposedly be controlling our government, celebrities, and our overall whole society. My thoughts on this theory are new, I know the basics to talk about the theory, but now I have the drive to search more into the overall conspiracy. I do consider that there might be a possibility of a secret society working to continue to ‘enlighten’ and control how we run our government and or society.

Reference  

10 Things You Might Not Know About the Illuminati. (2020, January 2). Retrieved from https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/608358/illuminati-facts

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. (2019, August 29). Illuminati. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/topic/illuminati-group-designation

Concussion Protocols are Necessary for the NFL (444 words)

In 2007 the NFL started to realize that there needed to be a guideline in the NFL to protect players. Even with these guidelines retired players and ongoing players death rate still raised, then the concussion protocol was put into place until 2009, this concussion protocol is to protect the players on the football field. As Vacher states “A concussion protocol is an organization’s set of policies, tools, and assessments for caring for a concussion. It outlines how the concussion care team prepares for and responds to this injury” (Vacher, 2019). These rules are waited so heavily because of the NFL’s past with concussion to football players. 

The NFL stands for National Football League. The NFL is a game where you use strategy, brute force and, rely on your teammates to help to win that game. Football is a great game to watch and means many things to many people throughout the decades. The roughness isn’t as bad now in 2019 then it was from 1920 (when the NFL started) to 2014. It seemed like the perfect sport, you got to work with a team to win but also got to smash into people. That’s when head trauma’s started but weren’t recognized. Scientists believe that repeated head trauma can most likely cause CTE. CTE stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease associated with repeated head trauma. Symptoms include depression, aggression, disorientation, ext (NFL Concussion Fast Facts, 2019).

Mike Webster whom at fifty years old committed suicide. Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Webster was a center for the Pittsburgh Steelers and also the first to identify CTE as an American football player. Jovan Belcher former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker shot and killed his girlfriend then himself in December of 2012 (NFL Concussion Fast Facts, 2019). Former Philadelphia Egles defensive back Andre Waters committed suicide in November of 2006, he did so by stepping onto the pool deck of his Tampa home with a .32-caliber. Andre Waters died at 44 years old. He, as well as the others, had CTE (Natale, n.d.). 

Their stories and every other player who suffered from CTE  are why concussion protocol is so importin and necessary in the league of NFL and overall football. The heavy pressures that go into making sure a player is good to go back into the game are extremely importin. If there is any question that a player might have a concussion they are pulled out from the game. The league might have not realizing what the risk of a head injury was back in 1920 to 2007, but now it is necessary to make sure concussion protocols are followed and improved as years go on. 

Reference 

Natale, B. N., Colino, S., Lewis, L. L., & Upham, B. (n.d.). 5 NFL Athletes Who Had CTE. Retrieved from https://www.everydayhealth.com/concussion/symptoms/nfl-athletes-who-cte/.

NFL Concussions Fast Facts. (2019, August 15). Retrieved from https://www.cnn.com/2013/08/30/us/nfl-concussions-fast-facts/index.html.

Vacher, A. (2019, November 20). Concussion Protocol 101 Guide. Retrieved from https://impacttest.com/concussion-protocol-101-guide/.

Blog Ten – All college courses should not be 100% online (281) 

Even though there are many benefits of having online courses, it would not be best for all courses to be 100% online. Having a professor physically in front of you, allows you to better understand his or her body language, tone, volume and so on. These things help you to interpret and recall the information being presented. Having a physical class always allows you to ask questions and get answers right away so you can continue working.  An online course would have you email the professor, but if they are busy it might take them up to a day to get back to you. It is harder to organize and get your work done in a timely fashion if you cannot receive a response on time. Having a class online, you also miss out on social connections with people that are in the same field of study. Without a physical class, you risk becoming isolated and socially absent from your environment. 

In my personal experience, and in the experience of fellow classmates, having a professor/teaching physically in the classroom helps tremendously. It greatly affects our education because people like me with learning challenges need the extra support that is hard to receive online. Going to school provides students with a sense of purpose and lets them escape their home life, as well as provides them with a safe place to go.  

Looking at the information I have provided above I do not agree with making all college courses 100% online. As a Fleming college student, I know that I have benefited from being able to sit in a classroom to learn, I also know that fellow classmates prefer it as a while. 

Blog Nine – Since I Am Vegetarian Doesn’t Mean Everyone Should Be (302)

The question I am always asked is; why are you a vegetarian? My answer has grown little by little every time. I became a vegetarian for the reason that people are killing animals less humane now then back a few years ago. This is upsetting because we have the resources and technology to put these animals down in a more humane way. In the same thought, when most people kill a mammal, they only take the parts they want and leave everything else behind. I don’t believe that this is right, if you are going to end an animal’s life for your personal gain then you should use every part of that said animal. At least give the parts that you wouldn’t want to someone who could use it, not letting it go to waste. Even with my strong belief in mind, I still don’t believe everyone should become vegetation. 

I don’t believe everyone should become vegetation even though I am. People should have the choice to choose to eat meat or not. If they do choose to eat meat, then making sure you are doing it right and with respect to the animal. If everyone did want to become a vegetarian there would some good kickback but also some bad kickbacks. The populate of some mammals could skyrocket and be overpopulated over time. At the same time, people in the livestock industry would become jobless, these people would now have to find a new way to support themselves. 

Overall, I believe in being a vegetarian for my reasons listed above, and for the fact that I just don’t prefer meat products. The way we are getting most of our meat products is not morally right. If this could change, I believe that it wouldn’t be best for everyone to become vegetation.  

Blog Eight – The Initial Reaction (278)

My initial reaction to the article “After long wait, 11 new names added to Canada’s list of species at risk” was frustration. My thoughts that the government liked to take their time to act on a problem was justified. “Arne Mooers, an ecologist at Simon Fraser University who has spoken out about weaknesses in the current law, including the fact that timelines can be manipulated by the government” (Semeniuk 2016). When reading this article, I wondered why we let species at risk become endangered. Simply, due to the fact requests will sit on government officials’ desk for months without even being looked at. Therefore, when I read this article my initial reaction was frustration and overwhelming guilt that we sit around and let this happen. 

At the same time when reading “60% of World’s Wildlife has been Wiped Out Since 1970” I feel defeated. We are watching over fifty percent of a wildlife die off. My perspective hasn’t changed from reading the last article “After long wait, 11 new names added to Canada’s list of species at risk”. My perspective hasn’t changed simply because the percent of animals we are losing is showing the lack of effort people are putting in to protect these at-risk species.  

Responsibility lies on multiple people to start seeing change happen. You need the provincial and federal government to pass new laws to get the prosses going. After, you need the individual people to take some responsibility and make sure to follow the new laws.  

Reference  

Semeniuk, I., Semeniuk, I., & Semeniuk, I. (2018, May 16). After long wait, 11 new names added to Canada’s list of species at risk. Retrieved from https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/after-long-wait-eight-new-names-added-to-canadas-list-of-species-at-risk/article30570259/. 

Blog Six – Indian Point Feild Notes (316)

Having arrived at Indian Point Provincial Park at 1100 hours to cold and wet conditions we were eager to complete our assignments for that site. 100% cloud cover with a chilling air temperature of 14 degrees Celsius as well as heavy precipitation during the extent of our stay made commuting through the undergrowth difficult as foliage was wet and slippery under the feet and the ground was incredibly soft. This fact leads me to believe that if there was less activity in the area, we would have certainly seen distinctive animal prints in the soft mud but the noise days prior likely emptied the area of larger terrestrial creatures. The area was covered in dense mixed wood, deciduous dominate, making up 85% tree cover providing shade for efficient growth of shade tolerant plants like moss. The understory was quite lush, being extremely dense in some parts. High amounts of Betulaceae made up deciduous factor meaning that the soil is likely slightly alkyne and deep with lots of nutrients, while having high moisture throughout the season. Otherwise there would be a larger number of coniferous trees as well as other types of deciduous. While leaving the site at 1330 hours the rain was beginning to lessen while other weather factor remained unchanged. 

This was a very difficult data transfer as the note taker hadn’t taken any notes. This meant that besides the weather data and a few aspects like moss growth and forest type, I was forced to use prior knowledge and deduction skills in order to provide more insight. One third of the notes are un-legible and the other two thirds are unorganized and messy. The transposition of the notes would have been more accurate if the note taker had provided more detail. As well, the notes neglect various portions of detail which make up good data such as wildlife signs such as noise and smell. 

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