Keeping the blogosphere posted on the goings on of the world of submarines since late 2004... and mocking and belittling general foolishness wherever it may be found. Idaho's first and foremost submarine blog. (If you don't like something on this blog, please E-mail me; don't call me at home.)

Monday, January 31, 2005

Tin-Foil Hatters On The Loose!

Not much sub news today, so I'll cover my second favorite topic, as mentioned in my vision statement: general foolishness that deserves to be mocked and belittled. As you may know, the easiest place to go on the web to watch idiots in tin-foil hats is the Democratic Underground. Today, they've got quite a discussion going on what really happened to TWA Flight 800. This is a little sub-related, in that some of the wackier theories running around the net are that an American submarine shot down the airliner, or that USS Trepang witnessed it; being that New London Submarine Base is the closest ship homeport to the site of the downing, I guess that makes about as much sense as anything. The Navy probably didn't help matters by claiming at one point that no Navy units were within 185 miles of the crash, when in fact the Sub Base is closer than that. (Couldn't find the link to the actual statement, but I remember it at the time, and here's a moonbat site that brings it up.) The thing that gets me is that people will actually think that the entire crew of a Navy warship would keep quiet about it if they did shoot it down, or the Navy would "indimidate" all the witnesses. Anyway, the DU thread might provide you with a few minutes of wonder and bemusement at the gullibility of your fellow humans.


Blogger submandave said...

Shortly after the downing I made the mistake of getting into an e-mail exchange with one of those conspiracy whack-jobs.

I asked him why the Navy would test its "super-secret" submarine launched SAM in the middle of one of the world's busiest air and sea lanes.
His answer: "Maybe they didn't want to spend on the fuel to go somewhere else."

I asked him if he seriously thought the entire 120+ crew of the assumed submarine would all keep quiet about the negligent death of hundreds of civilians.
His answer: "Well, only the Officers would really know what was going on (because the tests were so "super-secret" I guess) and they would have the most to loose if it ever got out."

It's just amazing these people can get up the courage to leave their houses in the morning and go to work.

1/31/2005 5:39 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

I think it'd be scary to have a world-view that there's some malicious conspiracy out there that's controlling anything. I knew a submarine Master Chief whose wife, a very nice person, got involved with the TWA 800 conspiracy nuts. Quite sad...

1/31/2005 9:50 PM


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