5 Illuminati Conspiracy Theories Facilitators

When it comes to outstanding and indemonstrable claims, there are few things as persistent as the belief in the Illuminati and their involvement in everything under the sun. And possibly in space and the universe at large if you believe some theories.

It seems like the whole Illuminati craze has even gone past the point at which it requires (like any respectable outlandish phenomenon) remarkable circumstances so that its adherents can sagely point their fingers and amiably shout: “A-ha! Illuminati. They’re behind THAT”.

Nowadays anything from a musical performance to possibly even your cats ominous and suspicious whiskers twitch are liable to produce the “Illuminati!” cry as the “obviously” lone plausible explanation.

So what is the Illuminati, you might ask? Well it’s (allegedly) a secret organization that over the centuries has grown so powerful that it now basically rules the world from the shadows.

And what is the Illuminati conspiracy theory all about? Proponents claim many things, but the main one is that this group are guiding the world from the background, with the impressive resources at their disposal (both financial and human) with the aim of imposing the New World Order, which allegedly is characterized as an age without religions or national governments, the place of the latter being taken by a world government consisting of the Illuminati, of course.

Finally, what is the meaning of Illuminati? It’s Latin for “The Enlightened”.

That’s about it when it comes to what the various Illuminati conspiracy theorists agree upon when it comes to their claims (well, most of them anyway).

Apart from this, there’s a host of other claims, as I was jokingly pointing out at the beginning of the article, including for example, that the Illuminati are working with the Aliens. For real. No joking this time (on my part at least). Or that they are aliens and many many more claims.

But you have to wonder, how did it get to the point at which a (supposedly) secret organization is so damned popular?! That’s a neat trick to perform for sure. I mean, celebrities probably work assiduously to become famous. While the Illuminati have not only managed to become a name that everybody recognizes without breaking a sweat, indeed they’re so proficient that they’ve done this while maintaining their secrecy?!

If they even exist, of course. We are still keeping that possibility firmly in mind, right?

Well, whether they physically exist or not, the Illuminati most certainly exist as a psychological, social and cultural phenomenon.

So let’s look at the 5 Illuminati conspiracy theories facilitators¬†who wittingly or unwittingly aided this (fictional?) organization to grow in popularity.

Also, you do know that your cat’s whiskers are twitching in a really suspicious manner, right? What’s that all about? (Oh, and don’t tell me you don’t even have a cat. That’s what you think! She’s been lurking out of sight, right behind you for the past 4 years. Ask your friends. They didn’t have the heart to tell you.)

1. Augustin Barruel

Portrait of Augustin Barruel one of the 5 Illuminati conspiracy theories facilitators.

Is one of the two “founders” of all the Illuminati conspiracy theories, because without his work “Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism” it’s quite probable that the modern Illuminati would not be around in the public’s attention.

He was a French Jesuit priest (and publicist) and published this book in 1797. In it, he claims that the historical Illuminati organization in Bavaria (yes, there was one) had survived its apparent decline and ultimate demise by the 1784, 1785, 1787 and 1790 edicts of the Bavarian ruler which outlawed all secret societies, including the Illuminati.

He goes on to claim that they had been working illegally and privately ever since and and were responsible for infiltrating the Freemasons (another historically confirmed secret organization) and setting in motion the events which led to the French revolution.

As the founder of the Bavarian Illuminati (the historically attested group, not the modern controversial one) Adam Weishaupt created the organization to battle¬†abuses of power by state actors and most importantly to rid the world of¬†superstition¬†and¬†religious influence over public life, in short to promote reason and science, Barruel’s theory isn’t extremely far-fetched, as it fits with what is known about the Bavarian Illuminati’s short activity (1776 – 1787).

Still, no hard evidence exists to support his claims.

2. John Robison

One of the 5 Illuminati conspiracy theories facilitators is John Robison, portrayed here in a painting.

Across the channel, another man shared Barruel’s opinions. This time we’re talking about a mathematician, physicist and philosophy teacher: John Robinson. Who in the exact same year as Barruel published a book called “Proofs Of A Conspiracy Against All The Religions And Governments Of Europe”

He claimed almost the exact same things as Barruel (Freemasons being infiltrated by Illuminati and the French revolution being orchestrated by them), so I’ll not detail his work more.

Suffice to say that both works were analysed by historians who were contemporary with Robison and Baruel and have been analysed ever since by many in later generations without a shred of irrefutable evidence being produced to support their claims.

3. Nesta Helen Webster

The list of 5 Illuminati conspiracy theories facilitators includes Nesta Helen Webster (right of the image).

Probably because the historians of the time dismissed the works of Robison and Barruel, the whole Illuminati are alive and well and working to impose their New World Order theory lay dormant until 1920 (more than a hundred years), when English Nesta Helen Webster, as one of the authors of “The Jewish Peril” series of articles which appeared in the London Morning Post¬†published the same ideas as before.

But with a twist. This time on top of the previously presented claims, the Illuminati are in fact a Jewish cabal.

Many other works by Webster followed revolving around the Illuminati theory with its new-found antisemitic tone but as you’ve gotten used to the pattern by now, no irrefutable¬†evidence. Which of course only serves to illustrate how able the Illuminati are if they managed to confound everyone and not leave a trace behind, despite the interest shown towards them by an increasing number of people at the behest of now already three authors.

What’s more, even Winston Churchill gave credence to¬†the works of Helen Webster when he said in an Illustrated Sunday Herald article that “Mrs. Webster, has so ably shown” the Illuminati’s involvement in the French Revolution.

The able demonstration in question was also based on evidence in the form of “leaked” minutes of a gathering of Jewish Elders, called the “Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion”, supposedly from the end of the 18th century. They were demonstrated to be a Russian forgery at the time by many, including Webster’s countrymen. And have been re-confirmed as a forgery many times since.

4. William Guy Carr

One of the 5 Illuminati conspiracy theories facilitators is William Guy Carr, photographed here in uniform.

Among modern Illuminati conspiracy theories you will see quite a lot of debate regarding what is the Illuminati symbol. Not because one¬†such symbol can’t be found, but because several are proposed by conspiracy theorists.

Historically, the Bavarian Illuminati chose the Owl of Minerva as their symbol. This is confirmed.

But regarding the modern Illuminati, no such confirmation exists because no documents or other paraphernalia containing symbols have been presented as belonging without a doubt to the Illuminati.

The first attempt to do so though belongs to William Guy Carr a Canadian naval officer and author, though he was born in England.

Apart from his books on submarines and combat in such vehicles, he was also a prolific writer of Illuminati conspiracy theories during his life (1895 – 1959). And it’s one of those that claims that the All Seeing Eye on the back of the dollar bill is in fact the modern Illuminati’s symbol.

This claim gained massive popularity in time and is still widely used in Illuminati conspiracy theories.

5. John Todd

The list of 5 Illuminati conspiracy theories facilitators includes John Todd, featured in the left of this image.

Is the first (in)famous one to claim that he was part of the Illuminati or at least knew them personally and had interacted with them.

Many others followed his example afterward, including the most recent mysterious “Hidden Hand”, a user that claimed on the Abovetopsecret forum to be of one of the Ruling Families of the Illuminati and that he was authorized and in fact bound by duty to answer the questions of subjects as long as they are respectful, intelligent and pertinent.

He proceeded to do that via 154 posts in a surprisingly eloquent and seemingly educated manner of replying.

What is strange about Todd’s¬†Illuminati story though is that it is so riddled with inconsistencies and outrageous claims that it would seem common sense that nobody would take him seriously. But that’s not what happened. As an occultist, he even managed to start his own Wicca coven before he was arrested by the police when it was found out that he made girls perform sexual favors as part of the initiation rites.

The fact that they were underage didn’t help either.

Todd died in 2007 in the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, but his influence on modern Illuminati conspiracy theories continues, sadly, to this day.

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6 Comedian Aimed Death Threats

A successful comedian is expected to sometimes push the limit and sometimes go beyond what is socially acceptable, because a function of a good stand-up comedian, apart from making people laugh, obviously, is to make them think about the subjects that he is presenting.

Regardless of the style that a particular comedian uses be it light-hearted, based on anecdotes, deadpan one-liners etc., he or she is also making a social commentary on a given topic, depending on the sketch.

And there are instances when either the public overreacts to a comedian’s provocative lines or a comedian goes to far and offends the public’s sensibilities and core beliefs.

Of these instances, there are even rarer ones when the public’s reaction is not just the usual outcry and leave response. Take a look at¬†6 comedian aimed death threats.

1. Hannibal Buress

6 comedian aimed death threats - Anthony Buress

He received a death threat for being one of the first to call out Bill Cosby as a rapist, before several women actually came out to sue him and apparently confirm what Buress had been pointing the finger at quite repeatedly in his sketches.

The death threat came, of all places, on Facebook, from a man who is both a body builder, a supporter of Bill Cosby and a stripper at the same time.

2. Anthony Jeselnik

Anthony Jeselnik is the target of one of 6 comedian aimed death threats

His parents phone number and address got posted online at a time when he was receiving death threats himself. A pretty scary development.

All the ruckus was about him making a sketch in one of his episodes a focused barrage of fun-making on the expense of a man who had recently died eaten by a shark in New Zealand.

Though he is usually controversial in his topics and overall style, he apparently went too far with this one.

3. Kevin Nealon

The list of 6 comedian aimed death threats includes Kevin Nealon.

Here’s an example that is just plain mind-boggling. So you watch a comedy show, right? Because you want to enjoy yourself and feel good.

And the show features a diverse cast. One of the cast isn’t particularly funny in your view. So you… issue a death threat against him?!

Well, that’s exactly what happened to Kevin Nealon during his time as an anchor for the Weekend Update segment on Saturday Night Live.

Apparently some people take their comedy… seriously?

4. Amy Schumer

6 comedian aimed death threats - Amy Schumer.

I know. This one comes as a surprise, since Amy Schumer, though controversial at times, is not exactly what you would consider worthy of your incandescent hate.

But she received numerous death threats after making a joke about Steve-O of “Jackass” fame when she suggested that perhaps many people would have felt it would have been less of a loss if he had died instead of his colleague and friend Ryan Dunn, at the time recently deceased in a car accident.

“Jackass” fans all over went nuts making it unsafe for Schumer in a lot of venues in USA. She herself declared she was genuinely concerned for her life.

5. Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith is one of those who received one of the 6 comedian aimed death threats

Perhaps you were under the impression that the modern age of civilization and reason is in gathering speed to launch us into an era of understanding, tolerance and other such lofty ideals and that the words Christian fanatics are obsolete.

Well, think again when you consider the case of Kevin Smith, the man behind the hit comedy movie “Dogma” starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Selma Hayek, Chris Rock and a host of others.

Because after the movie launched, his irreverent portrayal of some Christian concepts earned him plenty of death threats from none other than good Christians. That’s right, turn the other cheek so you can’t see us coming from the side to stab you.

6. Russell Brand

The list of 6 comedian aimed death threats includes Russell Brand

He’s received many death threats during his career as a comedian, but probably the most at once after he hosted MTV and made comments about several celebrities including the Jonas Brothers.

Then there’s the death threats he received for commenting against Israeli companies supported by British investments, as he claims this indirectly funds the conflict in Gaza.

Suffice to say he’s not lacking in death threats.

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Celebrities Intriguing Last Words

No matter what they do, celebrities manage to have an impact, one way or another. Either by impressing people with their skill in performing their chosen craft. Or by scandalous affairs. Or by eccentricities. Or just by simply being very very interesting. And so on.

But speaking of the latter scenario, some famous people manage to make even their deaths impressive without the components of drama¬†or¬†tragedy that might come to mind, but rather with a strong dose of “say, what?!¬†intereeeesting…“.

Take a look at this recounting of some celebrities intriguing last words, below.

1.  Sir Winston Churchill

Some celebrities intriguing last words include those of Winston Churchill.

At the time of his death, this great orator, politician, humorous trickster and just general defender of the free world had a few very straight no-nonsense words to add to his previous famous speeches. They were: “Oh, I am so bored with it all.”

Now whether this was a sign of a final admittance of being disappointed in the farce of human existence or a simple, normal desire to rest after a life-long impressive labor, we will never know. But in any case, it seems like death was a welcome event for Sir Churchill.

2. Oscar Wilde

The words of Oscar Wilde are part of some celebrities intriguing last words

Another British-man, this literary legend’s wit is well… legendary. So it’s no surprise that in his final moments he had the courage and integrity to stay in character, despite the unknown road ahead of him. Instead of saying something pedantic, pensive or self-important, he chose to go for humor and making those around him have one last laugh as he declared that he and the wallpaper of the cheap Paris hotel he was in were “fighting a duel to the death. One of us has to go.” Classy, witty, ominous, sad and funny in the same time, to reference your certain imminent death via a wallpaper and make it, the wallpaper,¬†the (apparent) center of attention and pre-determined¬†winner.

3. Steve Jobs

Some celebrities intriguing last words - Steve Jobs.

This great inventor and scientific mind, who has often been compared with great scientific geniuses of the past, even with the implication that he is our current era’s greatest inventor, uttered some very intriguing words at the time of his death. For a scientist that is.

Because he is reported to have said: “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” Obviously, religious folks have jumped at the chance to say that he found God (and Heaven) in his last moments. While atheists probably still scratch their heads and write it off as the simple spasms of a hiper-active dying and hence malfunctioning brain. Or perhaps we was completely lucid and his brain biologically unaffected, but was just remembering some very pleasant memory from his past to drive away the intense pain caused by the pancreatic cancer that killed him…

4. Walt Disney

Some celebrities intriguing last words include those of Walt Disney.

Possibly the most enigmatic last words on this last, and certainly the most anti-climactic, Walt Disney’s were: “Kurt Russell.” That’s right, as in the actor Kurt Russell we all know, who at the time was a child actor whom Disney had recently signed a long-term contract with.

Walt Disney wrote these words on a piece of paper right before he died. Why a relatively unknown child-actor would have been the most pressing matter to a colossus like Walt Disney right before passing away is, was¬†unknown to¬†the Disney family, Kurt Russell himself and even the lawyers who invited him to Walt Disney’s office after the man’s death, to discuss the peculiar note left and whether it had anything to do with the will or another part of Walt Disney’s legacy or desires.

As for the previous entry on this list, there exists a very simple explanation, yet hard to understand for most “average” people. Maybe Walt Disney was such a consummate professional that putting his business matters in order was important to the very last.

So, maybe he just wrote down Kurt Russell so he could remember to follow that up with some simple, common-place instructions to the lawyers, having to do with the contract. But he never got around to that second part leaving us with his (perhaps) reminder for us to blow out of proportion. Maybe he just wanted to give the kid a raise. Or… fire him. Who knows?

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Case Studies From Sigmund Freud’s Career

The Austrian neurologist had a significant impact on the advancement of psychology and psychoanalysis. Admittedly, his techniques and theories now seem outdated, but his influence in the field is undeniable. He created psychoanalysis, introduced new therapeutic techniques, formulated the Oedipus complex and analysed dreams as outlets into fulfilling our wishes. Since he was a renowned psychoanalyst, he had many patients and fascinating cases. We’ve compiled a list of the most interesting case studies from Sigmund Freud’s career. It’s exciting to read about his approaches and compare them with what we know today. Difficult as it may be to judge his actions, his influence cannot be denied to this day.

5. Ida Bauer (Dora)

Case Studies From Sigmund Freud's Career

Ida suffered from hysteria from an early age. Her mother was obsessed with cleanliness, which led to Ida breaking down and having to receive shock treatment. After turning down a proposition, she started having suicidal thoughts and her state was only getting worse. Freud started to treat her and discovered she was a repressed lesbian. Ida was attracted to his father’s mistress. This made for an uncomfortable relationship between the father and the daughter. When she decided to stop seeing Freud she became as obsessed with cleanliness as her mother and partnered up with her fahter’s mistress to play bridge.

4. Fanny Moser

Case Studies From Sigmund Freud's Career

Fanny had all one could ever want: two children, a happy marriage and financial security. But after her husband died of a heart attack and she was accused by her stepson of killing him, she was dragged from court room to court room in an attempt to clear her name. This left her with a fragile nervous condition. Freud tried to hypnotise her to erase the painful memories such as her husband’s death from her brain . But nothing seemed to help Fanny with her severe depression. She was bewitched by a young lover who extorted millions from her before she died in 1925. In a letter to her daughter, Freud apologised for failing to pinpoint their estrangement.

3. Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)

Case Studies From Sigmund Freud's Career

While travelling to Greece with her baby daughter and a friend, Winifred Ellerman, Hilda had an affair with a man on the ship. She was involved in her friend’s marriage, and when Winifred’s husband left the two women, he was replaced by¬†Robert McAlmon. Ellerman and McAlmon adopted Hilda’s daughter and invited the mother into their partnership. Doolittle visited Freud to help her with writer’s block. They never touched on the subject of sexuality, but she was inspired to write “Tribute to Freud”.

2. Daniel Paul Schreber

Case Studies From Sigmund Freud's Career

During his childhood, Schreber’s father forced him to take cold baths, beat him until he stopped crying and made him wear a device that ensured he stood up straight at all times. His father died when Schreber was 19 and his older brother killed himself some years later. Daniel suffered from speech impediments and hypochondria. He was hospitalized for eight years and wrote a book that Freud found fascinating. From his writings, Freud concluded that the patient still feared his father. Schreber’s belief that he was being transformed into a woman was the direct result of his father’s abuses and continuous tortures.

1. Sergei Pankejeff (Wolf Man)

Case Studies From Sigmund Freud's Career

After losing his sister, father and wife to suicide, Pankejeff begun suffering from depression. Freud started treating him and discovered Sergei had several repressed fantasies that were fueling his anxiety. The interpretation of one of the patient’s dreams in which six white wolves sat in a walnut showed that Pankejeff also feared his father and had witnessed a violent act between his mother and his father when he was only eighteen months old.¬†Pankejeff subsequently found someone else to help him cope with his issues and he became a lawyer.

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Charles Bronson Prisoner: Astounding Facts

If you don’t live in the UK and you haven’t seen the movie “Bronson”, you might be a little in the dark about this character. Long story short, Bronson is Britain’s most notorious, problem prisoner, known for his unstable behavior, and instigator nature. Charles Bronson Prisoner: Astounding Facts reviews the weird things that you didn’t know about his multiple faces: the Charles Bronson convict, the Charles Bronson criminal and the artist within Charles Bronson. Despite his crimes, Bronson is (was?) an articulated, extravagant man with a quick temper. But according to himself, he is a nice guy who only occasionally becomes nasty, which doesn’t necessarily mean he’s evil.

5. Went in for 7 years, spent more than 40

Charles Bronson Prisoner: Astounding Facts

After being arrested for stealing $43 in 1974, Michael Peterson became known as Charles Bronson prisoner. He was a problematic inmate from the very start and engaged in countless violent acts. In 40 years of imprisonment he stayed in more than 120 prisons across England. He attacked over twenty guards, more prisoners than anyone could count and managed to take eleven hostages. During all these bizarre acts he caused damages that surpassed half a million pounds.

4. Elevated protests

Charles Bronson Prisoner: Astounding Facts

After he was declared mentally insane in 1978, Bronson was moved to Broadmoor Hospital where he was allegedly mistreated and received medication against his will. As a consequence, he reached the rooftop of the building and protested there for almost a week before his brother convinced him to come down. After this episode he was declared sane and was released from Broadmoor. But he carried on his tradition and repeated the rooftop riots on five more occasions in five different prisons.

3. He cared about his biceps

Charles Bronson Prisoner: Astounding Facts

If you’ve heard about the Charles Bronson¬†prison workout, you’re probably wondering what’s all the hype about. He was really into sport and keeping fit and wanted to prove anyone can get ripped without splurging on supplements, counting calories or spending hours on machines. So he wrote the Charles Bronson Solitary Fitness¬†book, in which he talks about his technique, the Solitary Cow Punch, which he claims will help you¬†kick down steel doors. Come to think about it, there may be some truth in there about this deadly technique. It’s been reported that he bent steel doors with his bare hands and there’s even a story about him doing 2000 push ups every day. If you want to try the Charles Bronson workout routine, make sure to skip his other recommendations like flossing your nostrils with twine.

2. Charles Bronson Art

Charles Bronson Prisoner: Astounding Facts

Bronson had enough time to experiment with many things, like painting and writing poetry. He even won some awards for art after his works where illegally displayed on the London Underground, followed by their publication in various newspapers. His art teacher, Phil Danielson, and him became very close until one day when Danielson openly criticized one of his pupil’s painting. This threw Bronson in a fit of rage and he tied his teacher with skipping rope, making a spear from a knife and pool cue with which he tantalized his victim, while he muttered to himself and giggled. Danielson was held hostage for 44 hours and Bronson got himself the life sentence.

1. Is charles bronson still alive?

Charles Bronson Prisoner: Astounding Facts

The last we’ve heard about Bronson was in May 2014 when he got hot under the collar while watching¬†Arsenal playing against¬†Hull. After claiming to have¬†seen Ronnie Kray’s ghost who encouraged him to start a riot, he stripped all his clothes and covered himself in butter, to make it harder for the guards to restrain him. He injured more than a dozen prison guards, just for fun. And with this, we’re left with the question¬†is Charles Bronson dead? Or will we be seeing him on the news, on the rooftop of another prison once more?

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