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Image by Wally Glenn. Used under a CC licence. We've featured Jim Corr's conspiracy ramblings on here before. Self-appointed moral guardian of the nation, Corr has re-surfaced to explain to us how 'they' are engineering the Irish financial collapse. As you watch, keep an ear out for some of the classic tropes of a conspiracy theorist. Here's your checklist: Claim that the conspiracy theorist was right all along - when no-one would listen Claim that attacking the speaker is an attack on all free thinking people Reference to shady, unnamed forces working to destabilise the country - without any specification...

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"It's not him," said a Western diplomat in Kabul intimately involved in the discussions. "And we gave him a lot of money." Blather's ImpostorWatch service found the story in the New York Times, 22 November 2010. Update: Mr Reliable, Hamid 'forged a million votes' Karzai, is quoted in Haaretz as saying the whole thing never happened. Yeah right. Update: Karzai's chief of staff isn't denying it happened, and he blames the British for it. "Sometimes Nato doesn't know one bearded, turbanned Taleban leader from another" says MI6. Update: US general McChrystal approved peace talks with fake Taliban leader - American...

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Back in 1990 the United Nations started measuring 'human' development as opposed to economic development, and publishing an annual Human Development Index (HDI). The 'real wealth' of a nation lies not in its gold or money but in a human being's actual experience of life. The HDI has many indicators, including the adult literacy rate, carbon dioxide emissions per capita, expected years of schooling, gender equality, the homicide rate, life expectancy at birth, maternal mortality, the robbery rate and under-five mortality. In 2010, Ireland according to the HDI is the fifth best place to live in the world, the second...

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A short video on the CIAs' alleged mind-feckery during the 1970s. Ready? Here we go: Monday Conspiracy See all articles Hat-tip to Foolish People

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The broadcast of blood. The frequency of fear. The wavelength of the werewolf. During the witching hour, which is 2pm (that's GMT+1), Saturday, 30 October 2010, on Oslo's RadiOrakel fm99.3, Blather.net's Barry Kavanagh will present a Hallowe'en music show with special guest Flaming Christian. Listen live via the RadiOrakel website or listen to it later when it's in the archive on soundcloud. Die listening. Setlist: Dacianos - Future Times Siouxsie and the Banshees - Halloween Burial Hex - Will to Chapel Sabbath Assembly - Hymn to the Consecration Goblin - Suspiria theme TwinSisterMoon - The Vampire of Suburbia Gnaw Their...

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WARNING: BLATANT SEASONAL PROMOTION AHEAD Haunted Dublin: Chilling accounts of the supernatural in the cityOnly €14.99 + P&P! By Dave Walsh Introduction by Barry Kavanagh Paperback: 93 pages, including 40 photographs by Dave WalshPublisher: Nonsuch IrelandPublished October 2008 It's that dark, weird time of year again, children. The time of year when the hairy salesmen of Blather Publishing Ltd. don their skeleton leotards and coming knocking on your door in the dead of night, hellbent on convincing you to buy professionally dogeared copies of Haunted Dublin. Got a copy already? Then feck off, or buy another for your granny! Go...

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Photo by DigitalKatie, used under CC license. "This is the 51st state--of the U. S. A." "This is the land, where nothing changes, the land of red buses & blue blooded babies, This is the place, where pensioners are raped, & the hearts are being cut, from the welfare state, Let the poor drink the milk, while the rich eat the honey, Let the bums count their blessings, while they count the money." Full lyrics TheThe.com More Friday Choons

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Ahead of the curve, that's us. Back in the dark days of 2004, we fine upstanding reprobates at blather.net called for the esteemed Senator David Norris to made President of Ireland. A seed was sown, somewhere, perhaps in the zeitgeist by our demands. Other people were apparently of the same mind - and a Facebook page "Senator David Norris for President" was born. At the time of writing, this, 15,850 people are fans of the page. After years of saying "no" to the idea, David, spurred on by the Facebook attention, has decided to now run for the presidency. Read...

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I'm currently on board the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise, in Galveston, Texas, where we've just come in from a week and half's work with a bunch of scientists to find out where the 4 million barrels of unaccounted for oil has vanished to. I've published a blog about it on the Greenpeace USA website: Where's all the oil gone? Some key bits: While the water samples taken from way down deep during the trip are off to the lab to get analyzed, the immediate, measurable data obtained by Rainer tells us this; that there's a clear indication of an oxygen deficiency...

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You ready? Okay - here we go: Moody music? Check! Reference to Nazis? Check! Assertion that you're SADLY mistaken and the conspiracy theorist can help you see straight? Check! Reference to Protocols of Elders of Zion? You betcha! One World Government? Bing! Image Detail from a photo by OpalMirror. Used under a CC licence.