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COVID-19 Vaccine Conspiracies

As the COVD-19 vaccine rolls out, an end to the madness of the pandemic seems to be on the horizon. Unfortunately, the madness of conspiracies never ceases. With all kinds of different theories rolling out about the vaccines, it seems fitting to pile up all the crazy things people are saying in one neat place.

So here’s the conspiracy tea on the COVID vaccine.

Microchips

Interested in mind control? So is Bill Gates (according to conspiracy theorists, anyways). The theory goes that the business magnate has concocted some evil plan to put microchips in the population to track their whereabouts at all times and control them.

A lot of the evidence for this theory comes from MIT researchers that developed a vaccination record that is stored beneath the skin and is invisible to the naked eye. This development is primarily meant to help with medical records in developing countries that don’t necessarily have the infrastructure to keep those records digitized or readily available.

By injecting dye patterns beneath the skin, doctors can easily access medical records right on the body. Known as ‘quantum dots’, this record-keeping method doesn’t include any advanced technology. 

So how is Gates involved? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation puts a lot of money into medical developments concerning vaccines, including this quantum dot project. Coupled with a TedTalk by Gates in 2015 speaking of the next pandemic, and his views on controlling population growth, it’s no surprise conspiracy theorists threw all these pieces together.

Due to his large involvement with vaccine research, theorists have suggested that the vaccines will include microchips that will be used to control population growth, track our whereabouts, and perhaps even control our funds so we are at the government’s mercy.

5G

The next part of the theory involves 5G towers, because when in doubt about how to depopulate or control the population, just use bluetooth and high speed networks.

The theory gained so much popularity that in Britain, over 30 cell towers were vandalized around March and April of 2020. This was due to the belief that 5G technology spread radiation across the population to make it easier for them to get COVID-19.

To add fuel to the fire, well-known celebrities began tweeting about the conspiracy as fact, such as actor Woody Harrelson (Haymitch in Hunger Games and Tallahassee in Zombieland), and rapper M.I.A.

Anti-5G theories have been around ever since its creation, but the link to COVID gained a lot of momentum as the virus reached the western world. Because theorists already have tied 5G to mind control and depopulation through other theories in the past, it wasn’t too hard for them to make the jump that connects it to COVID-19 as well.

The Real Tea

Perhaps some of this sounds plausible, especially if you’re already against technology, but let’s be logical here. There’s no need to worry about a microchip. If the government was really that invested in your location, they’d use your phone,or laptop, or tablet, or smart watch, or — well, you get the point.

There’s no need to bust out new technology for mind control when they already have it in almost everyone’s back pocket. 

So, if you’re thinking about not getting the vaccine because of Bill Gates’s microchip theory or M.I.A’s twitter account, do some real research. Three different companies have FDA approved vaccines meant to stop the growing death rate from this virus, which is already over 2.5 million worldwide.

Don’t get caught up in the madness of it all.

Featured Image by Tara Phipps

Grudges and Ghouls: The Conspiracies Behind Frost Bank Tower

The downtown Austin skyline is something to stop and stare at. The buildings that make up the city reach to several different heights and create a beautiful aesthetic that would look great in the background of any picture. At night, it transforms into bright colors that pull the eye like a magnetic force. Most downtown cityscapes have this effect, but somewhere across downtown Austin, that beautiful view may have a dark origin.

From its unique shape that seems to mimic a crown at the top of the structure, to the thick blue glass that makes up most of its exterior, Frost Bank is one of the most recognizable buildings in downtown and the only building with a connection to the Illuminati (allegedly).

The History of the Frost Bank Tower

Photo by Jesus Angel

Opened in 2004, the tower stands at 515 feet tall. At the time, it was the tallest building in the city. Since then, only four buildings have surpassed its height. No building in the city, however, has surpassed its logos — which are 420 feet high on the tower.

Frost Bank Tower received a fair amount of criticism during its construction from art critics and columnists alike. John Kelso, who was a long-time columnist for the Austin-American Statesman offered satirical criticism, and wrote the shape reminded him of  “a pair of nose clippers”.

Despite the initial judgment, though, Frost Bank Tower has gone on to win many awards, including “Best New Building” and “Best Architecture.” 

The tower is such a staple of the Austin skyline that it’s featured on the top of every Texas driver’s license.

Frost Bank seems innocent enough at first. It’s just a bold design with the usual praises and criticisms that comes with any new skyscraper. Until you take a step back and look at it from a new angle — literally.

Photo by Jesus Angel

Looking at the building head-on, it is just like any other tower trying to be unique in the skyline, but when looking directly at a corner, those tallest logos become eyes, and the building becomes a body. Before you know it, you’re looking at a futuristic owl.

Local Austinites noticed the animal in the glass so much they nicknamed the Frost Bank Tower the “owl building”.

The animal shape has lent itself to a couple of different rumors over the years. From grudges to ghouls there’s no shortage of a story to go along with Austin’s famous “owl building”.

The Grudge

“Rice Owl” by The Rocketeer is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Upon the realization that an owl lies hidden in the corners of the tower, several Austin residents connected this to Sammy the Owl, Rice University’s mascot. 

The story goes that a high school graduate who was hopeful of getting into the University of Texas at Austin got rejected. He ended up going to Rice and later became one of the architects for the Frost Bank Tower. As a slight to UT and their longhorn mascot, Bevo, the man ended up designing the tower so that an owl would always be looking over the city.

After some investigation, it turned out none of the architects working on the project were associated with Rice, and so the grudge became one of those myths people chattered about on the streets.

With one theory disproved, leave it to Austin to find another to take its place.

The Ghoul

“Owl” by Fuzzy T is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

The owl has a long, mixed history. It was once connected to evil energy because it was a creature of the night. However, a certain secretive organization refers to the owl as a revered creature of vigilance. 

That’s right, not only is the owl Rice University’s mascot, but also the Illuminati’s.

This is especially unfortunate when it’s also the animal connected to Moloch, a pagan god people would sacrifice children to in exchange for financial blessings. This sacrificial ceremony supposedly still goes on today, but that’s another story.

The rumors go the Illuminati used the owl-like structure to offer public allegiance to Moloch. There’s not much logic behind the claim, but over the years the story has built momentum and suggests a darker past for one of the most distinct buildings in Austin’s skyline.

But Why?

“Serfs Up ! Illuminati All Seeing Eye” by Serfs UP ! Roger Sayles is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.

Even if the rumors were true, and the Illuminati was so boldly putting itself out there in Texas’s state capital, the next thing to figure out is why. 

There’s no clear answer to that question, although research on why they would display symbolism, in general, helps connect the reason behind Frost Bank Tower’s public display with other alleged depictions.

Several theories behind any type of public connection to the Illuminati fall under some form of mind control. Whether it be in rock songs played backward or Disney movies like Alice in Wonderland, the imagery and sounds usually come with the promise of conditioning for mind control. 

A building probably couldn’t do that.

A more likely explanation would be that the public allegiance is a territorial marking of some sort, laying claim to a piece of Austin so that civilians know something bigger than them is always watching over, and always in control.

Area 51: the Myth, the Meme, the Legend

As 2019 reached its summer peak, the United States government was faced with several challenges. The world we live in has an unfiltered danger that new technology has only encouraged-  especially when Google has all your passwords “securely” saved. How ironic, then, that one of the biggest domestic threats to the US government came from an outdated platform like Facebook.

Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.

At two million strong and growing by the day, the Facebook group that started out as a secondhand joke is now a firsthand problem that has most likely been the subject of several government meetings. In fact, a government official has warned everyone through the Washington Post that storming Area 51 isn’t the best idea because “the U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.” I don’t know about you, but I’m not too keen about going up with guys that have planes with machine guns on them.

Matty Roberts wasn’t either, but this joke has gained plenty of traction that has filled up all the hotels in the area. The idea to create the event was born after he listened to a Joe Rogan podcast in June that featured two alien enthusiasts. Coming straight from his own imagination and a little conversational inspiration, Roberts told KTNV a big motivator in the creation was simply “it’s funny”. And in the social media world, he’s right.

The amount of Area 51 memes that have flooded my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook feeds since the event was posted has left me beyond amused. Everyone seems to know about the movement to storm Area 51 in September. However, considering the US Air Force seems ready to get involved, Matty Roberts has turned the event on its head and instead has begun to advertise “Alienstock” – a music festival with an out-of-this-world theme. The festival is set to run from September 19th to the 22nd- the same weekend we are all supposed to naruto-run into a government facility- and looks a lot more fun than attempting to commit several federal crimes.

But now that storming Area 51 is out and the chance of getting any solid proof of what goes on behind closed doors seems hopeless, I’ve decided to do my own investigation.

The Beginning

I took a deep dive into the source behind Area 51’s alien rumors. The real origin of the alien conspiracy occurred in 1947 when a “weather balloon” crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico. Kathryn Olmsted, an author and the chair of the history department at the University of California, wrote an entire book called Real Enemies that analyzes the conspiracy. Olmsted explains the incident took place during the emergence of the cold war, and sent Americans into a frenzy, calling news and radio stations to report on any flying disks in the sky. At the time, witnesses believed them to be US or Soviet military mechanisms.

That all changed in the late 1970’s, when conspiracy theorists began to speak on the possibility of aliens, and how the “weather balloon” had really just been a cover-up for the UFO that crashed.


The US Army Air Forces later disclosed the balloon was part of Project Mogul, in which they worked on long-distance sound surveillance to be able to hear Soviet atomic bomb testing. But the damage was already done and the conspiracy had taken the nation captive.

The Majestic 12

The birth of the conspiracy in the 1970’s forged the path to the revelation of a secret group of 12 in the 1980’s. In 1984, Jaime Shandera, a ufologist, received a package in the mail with no return address. The package included film that, when developed, revealed eight pages of an alleged briefing on the Majestic 12. They were a secret organization authorized by President Truman to assess all things alien. The documents also included information explaining that the government concealed a UFO crash in Roswell.

Prominent members in the UFO conspiracy community ultimately found holes in the documents and debunked them, such as improper rankings and incorrect formatting. These imperfections weren’t enough for everybody, though, and I personally don’t think they’re enough for me. The people who wrote those classified documents talking about something so secretive that over seventy years later there’s still no hard evidence are bound to do whatever it takes to keep their secret. I’d put a few lies in there too if I thought it could discredit a whole narrative if it ever got into the wrong hands. The FBI also debunked the documents, calling them “bogus”, but of course they would. They’re in on it.

Robert Lazar

Over the years, thousands of people have reported on alien abductions and UFO sightings, but not too many people working on the inside have ever confirmed the work being done at Area 51. On his deathbed, Boyd Bushman claimed to have photographic evidence, and described just the alien conspiracy ufologists have been pushing for decades. The picture, however, was proven to be fake and therefore the rest of his story didn’t seem feasible.

Robert Lazar, however, has yet to have anyone prove him wrong. In 1989, KLAS-TV interviewed “Dennis”, a silhouette describing nine alien spacecrafts that he got up close and personal with  in S4, a subsection of Area 51’s base. He was sure they were extraterrestrial because they were packed full of technology that no human was capable of inventing.

In 1989 he came forward as insurance to protect himself, and in 2018 helped create the Netflix documentary, Bob Lazar: Area 51 and Flying Saucers. And the stuff in that documentary? Mind blowing.

The first piece of information that had me pausing to process was Bob Lazar’s clearance level. When he got the job at Area 51, they had to upgrade him to the level “Majestic”. Sound familiar? This title not only connects some dots across the 72 year timeline, but also further solidifies the idea of the creation of the Majestic 12 and their purpose.

The second was the beginnings of evidence. Back in 1989, in that second interview, Lazar described a hand scanner of sorts that measured the length of the finger bones as a way to identify the people who came and went from S4. Most people didn’t believe him. In the documentary, though, Jeremy Corbell managed to find an explanation on these scanners, as well as pictures. The technology was previously top secret, and only used to allow access to secret government operations. It only recently became public information.

Other things Lazar talked about that later came to be known in the public eye was a stabilized version of element 115 used as the fuel for the flying saucers that later became a man-made element on earth, and the existence of S4. Another reason to believe Lazar comes with the notorious polygraph test. The American Polygraph Association states that polygraphs are 90% accurate, and all four of Lazar’s were truthful according to the polygraph examiner, Terry Tavernetti, as well as two of his colleagues.

Jeremy Corbell said it himself, “the evidence that he’s telling the truth outweighs the evidence that he’s not.”

And if all that isn’t enough to have you considering the idea of alien technology at Area 51, this next part sent a chill down my spine. Lazar met Corbell in the woods where Corbell promised to encrypt their recording before asking if Lazar had obtained element 115 from S4. Much of the answer is fast-forwarded through. And the next day Lazar’s business, United Nuclear Scientific, was raided by the FBI and several other government agencies. They said they were looking for a customer order from two years ago. Corbell thinks there was an ulterior motive- element 115. Lazar was too uncomfortable to talk about it.

But when asked what the big takeaway of his story was, Lazar wasn’t too uncomfortable to admit, “The big thing is the suppression of extremely advanced technology and the suppression of unknown science.”

They Can’t Stop Us All

While storming Area 51 seems like a small joke, it’s certainly had a large impact on the nation. The resurgence of alien conspiracies from Corbell’s documentary to the facebook group has only furthered the consistent curiosity of alien lifeforms and the mystery of Area 51. Do I think those two million people are actually going to show up to a desert in Nevada on September 20th? Probably not- they’ll be partying in Rachel, Nevada, instead. But if Bob Lazar has taught us anything with his efforts to expose the secrets our government keeps from us, it’s this: they can’t stop us all.

The Black Eyed Children: Don’t Let Them In

Honestly, kids are terrifying. I’ll be the first to admit that if I had to choose between being stuck in a room with a shark, or a room full of eight year olds, I’d pick the shark. Children are full of rampant emotions, void of any type of filter, and constantly finding a way to get themselves into trouble. It’s no wonder I avoid them at all costs. But pile some creepy, demonic presence on top of everything that already has me shaking and I’ll be on a bus out of town within an hour. The Black-eyed Children are one of the most frightening urban legends I’ve ever encountered, and their story originates in Abilene, Texas.

The Origin Story

In 1998, Brian Bethel was on his way to pay a bill. He was parked, filling out a check, when two boys approached his car. An uneasy feeling kept Bethel from completely rolling down his window as  they asked for a ride home. Their conversation persisted through the smallest crack, and Bethel didn’t even realize it, but he was reaching to unlock the doors to let the kids in. His hand crept closer and closer to the lock, until something snapped him out of his daze and he quickly pulled back. It was after this sudden break from his semi-hypnotic state that he realized the children had pitch black eyes. No pupils. No irises. Just a deep abyss meant to entrance their victims.

And so naturally, he floored it out of there.

Other Reports

Since then, there have been several reports of the Black-eyed Children, and each account gets creepier than the last. From dream-like encounters to actual death experiences, the children from these horror stories are bound to give you goosebumps.

Pit Stop Gone Wrong

One of the most interesting accounts I found comes from an article on Mysterious Universe, that quotes a victim who was at a rest stop in Nevada. When three kids that appeared to be 18 approached, the man pulled a knife for defense and began to open his door. The kids did the rest for him. They yanked him out of the car, and in a panic the man fought back. He stabbed one of them twice, but there was no reaction. Or blood. Instead, the Black-eyed Child merely told him “next time” and they walked off.

Invitation for a Home Invasion

And if being jumped by potentially demonic beings isn’t enough to freak you out, maybe the next story will be. Just outside a rural town in Vermont, a woman made the mistake of inviting the Black-eyed Children inside. Late at night, the woman and her husband heard a knock on their door. When they answered, two unnerving children stood at the door. They asked to come inside and said their parents would be there soon, and so the woman let them in. She owned four cats, all of which went into hiding immediately after the children entered. And to make matters more bizarre, her husband suddenly felt dizzy. It was after her husband spoke up about feeling poorly that she noticed the black eyes, and as the children realized they were compromised they asked to go to the bathroom. While the husband and wife were alone, the husband’s nose started to bleed. The final stage was the power going out. Soon after, the children said their parents were there and left.

But the couples’ biggest problems didn’t come until after they left. The husband was abruptly diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer caused by extreme indoor-tanning. The husband had never gotten an artificial tan before, and his wife claims he doesn’t work out in the sun that often. And now the woman is plagued with dizzy spells and nosebleeds, and insists she’s in the “worst condition of [her] life”.

Some Theories

The rise in sightings with these peculiar children since 1998 has led to various theories of where they come from and what their intentions are. UFO and Ancient Mysteries Networking TV has a whole video over them, which covers a few of the more prominent assumptions that have been fabricated from interactions with these demonic children.

Something out of This World

The first follows the idea that these are alien kids. David Weatherly, one of the men interviewed in the video, researched for clusters of UFO sightings around the time these children were spotted, and came up short in research. You might think that would debunk the theory entirely. However, other sources have pointed out the kids’ similarities to Men in Black, the men who supposedly knock on doors late at night to threaten people into silence who have seen aliens (but that’s a story for another time). The connection in mannerisms, such as appearing late at night, and only coming in if invited, and the similarity in dress code, makes it apparent to some that these children are not from this world.

A Spiritual Guide of Sorts

One trait most of the victims of these children have in common is that they have recently departed from their faith. For many, after they come into contact with these Black-eyed Children, they begin practicing their religion again. This pattern noted by a large percentage of the victims makes it seem plausible that these children are perhaps evil spirits sent forth to preview a world without faith to encourage people to stay connected to their beliefs. In this theory, the people who do not re-commit end up dead.

Vampires That Don’t Bite

Finally, the last of several theories we’ll be acknowledging is that these children are some variant of vampires. Ever since the realization of vampires, several constants have followed them through their journey of scary stories and pop culture novels. One of the key pieces in this instance is that they can not enter a private space without being invited. In Bethel’s tale of terror, one of the kids’ began to shout at him to let them in, but fortunately, he’s heard of Stranger Danger. Not everyone has been quite as informed, and when invited in; bad things tend to happen. While it’s not the equivalent to having your blood sucked right out of you; dying animals, sudden cancers, and an overall spooky aura tends to stay with the victims long after the children are gone.

The oddity of the Black-eyed Children is definitely one for the books. It’s disturbing to think of a possessed adult, but children? They’re scary enough without the soulless eyes. And the more research I’ve done on this urban legend makes it seem less like someone making up a story and more like one of those unknown threats to the world we live in. Whether you believe or don’t, though, whether you agree with a theory or not, there’s one thing I think we can all agree on; don’t let them in.