Q. What does the word "conspiracy" mean to you?

A.  A conspiracy can be many things.  Some people might call the government's electronic eavesdropping arrangement a conspiracy.  I call it the way things are, described in a way that doesn't mean much of anything.  Other people might call the President/China thing a conspiracy, or worse. Personally, I'm not sure I have enough information to be the judge of that.

Q.  Does that answer my question completely?

A. No.  There are real, penetrable conspiracies, too.  Small groups of powerful people are often  involved.  Death is frequently in the air. Usually, conspiracies involve some kind of cover-up.  

Q.  How can I figure out what is a conspiracy, what is a cover-up, and what is a collaboration?

A.  That is much more difficult to do than you might think.  Large, effective conspiracies are relatively easy to spot, but are also very hard to stop or unravel. Many smaller, less effective conspiracies pass completely unnoticed.  Sometimes, conspiracies can cause cultural transformations, revolutions, and other cataclysmic events. By definition it is impossible to learn the "whole truth" about a conspiracy. Because artistic collaborations require a certain amount of sincerity, they at least have the potential to offer more "bang for the buck" than conspiracies or cover-ups.

Q. How can I figure out what is a cover-up, when everybody is telling lies and covering things up?

A.  First, you will have to decide if you care enough to make the effort, because you may need to reexamine a few of the ideas you've had about the way the world works.

Q. That doesn't sound like very much fun.  Why should I worry about it?

A.  I can't answer that question for you.

Q.  Do you have a special interest in airplanes, airplane crashes, and other accidents?

A. Yes.  I am very interested in statistics,  especially regarding airplane crashes and other fatal accidents, along with mortality rates in general.


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