Since it's an educational group, we'll start with a definition:

corruption (k-rpshn)
1. lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
2. in a state of progressive putrefaction
3. decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)
4. moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles; "the luxury and corruption among the upper classes"; "moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration"; "its brothels, its opium parlors, its depravity"; "Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction"
5. destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity; "corruption of a minor"; "the big city's subversion of rural innocence"
6. inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by commiting a felony); "he was held on charges of corruption and racketeering"

conspiracy (kn-spîr-s)
1. An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.
2. A group of conspirators.
3. Law An agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.
4. A joining or acting together, as if by sinister design: a conspiracy of wind and tide that devastated coastal areas.

The third definition means that the intention is of zero capability to justify any used means.

conspiracy [kənˈspɪrəsɪ]
1. a secret plan or agreement to carry out an illegal or harmful act, esp with political motivation; plot
2. the act of making such plans in secret

Corruption, a noun that can be created from the adjective 'corrupt':

corrupt (k-rpt)
1. Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved.
2. Venal; dishonest: a corrupt mayor.
3. Containing errors or alterations, as a text: a corrupt translation.
4. Archaic Tainted; putrid.

Explanation references:

Corruption entry
Conspiracy entry
Corrupt entry

Corruption sources:
General - Wikileaks.org
OpenLeaks.org
Cryptome.org
University - UniLeaks.org
Science - Retractionwatch.com
Journalism - Deepfreeze.it
International - Transparency.org

US anti-corruption -
Oversight.house.gov
Judicialwatch.org
Trustvote.org
Oathkeepers.org


A conspiracy is often established, its secrecy, to avoid any prosecution. If you can cover up your crimes, you'll avoid to be prosecuted. It is that simple. And a cover-up can be many different things: a destruction of evidence, a lack of transparency, dishonesty, partially untrue statements (making entire statements invalid), strictly selective choice of sources or their parts, classification, etc.

Also, there are some hidden ordinary groups (causing completely zero harm to anyone), or groups, which avoid dragging attention to them to avoid any unjust persecution. An example of such a group can be a neo-pagan group, which hides its rituals and gatherings to avoid any religious intolerance. Members of such groups can also hide their true religious beliefs, claiming being a member of one of the major religions. Such persecution is rare nowadays though, due to more scrupulous laws being introduced.

Iraq for Sale, a film regarding companies making profit at the cost of safety and quality:
Iraqforsale.org

Historic conspiracies, examples: Second Catilinian Conspiracy, Assassination of Julius Caesar, Assassination of Caligula, Pisonian conspiracy, Pazzi Conspiracy

Sites with lots of information on modern conspiracies:
Conspiracyarchive.com
Customscorruption.com
Whatreallyhappened.com

Noteworthy Books on conspiracies:
Manufacturing Consent (media politics)
Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II (CIA)
Trilateralism: The Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning (World Management)

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murauder
murauder

Here's my take on corruption. It's a tool that can be used to get things done if other, more "fair" or "honest," methods failed or without the hassle of going through the red tape that would kill the plan or idea you've been pushing for a while. For the sake of argument; whether or not if said plan would be a boon to the many, the few, or yourself is beside the point. It is however a double edged and poisonous sword; if you can get all of these things through the procedures, bureaucracy, the system with out the headache, controversy, dragged out debates, and so on. What's to stop someone, or some people, from doing the same thing for their own reasons.

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TheUnbeholden Creator
TheUnbeholden

Secrets behind 9/11 are finally going to come out: Youtube.com
Prince Bandar, long friend of the Bush family is involved :o large sum of money went from Bandar's wife to the 9/11 hijackers.

Trump will release the papers. His whole foreign policy speech: Youtube.com

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TheUnbeholden Creator
TheUnbeholden

The 9/11 report was released awhile ago for anyone interested: Moddb.com
Basically the govt knew all along that the war in Iraq/Afghanistan was designed to steal resources from the middle east & destabilize it. It wasn't about 9/11 or WMD at all.
The warning form Wesley Clark was correct: Moddb.com

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feillyne StaffSubscriber
feillyne

open_sketchbook wrote: Western Russia is also overwhelmingly white, demographically. It wouldn't make sense to have a signifigant number of non-white people in the airport.

It would... because the airport can have many foreign visitors & tourists, can't it?

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Mr_Flame
Mr_Flame

Yes can!

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open_sketchbook
open_sketchbook

A quick look at travel trends to and from Russia indicates that the vast majority of people that visit Russia are from predominately white countries, and that far more native Russians fly out of the country to other places (or fly between places within the country) then non-Russians fly in. The vast majority of tourists in Russia are from Western Europe and the midwestern United States, usually because they have some kind of family connection to Russia.

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feillyne StaffSubscriber
feillyne

Actually, open_sketchbook is right, it would make little sense.

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero

guys... if all the knowledge in this world would be a puzzle... it would have more pieces then every other puzzle ever created. with us just having about 4 pieces each from a different corner... so no one of us will be able to explain how the whole puzzle looks like... so why do you all try to explain the world with only the small amount of knowledge we all have?

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open_sketchbook
open_sketchbook

Because we may not have very many pieces, but we have systems of learning that allow us to predict what shapes the pieces are and where they go. We can make up for what we lack in observational capability with similation models and rational thinking.

The universe is not some unknowable, mythical place of magic. It is built of the same stuff we are, the same set of mysteries universal across the cosmos. It follows consistant patterns that we can model and predict. There is not the unknowable, just the unknown, and every day we shine our light brighter into the darkness and reveal more of the mystery for the mundan reality it is.

Two thousand five hundred years ago, when the first Greek scholars began to catelog the world around them, they were blind. They didn't even know why their bodies moved to their thoughts but the world around them did not. Try to picture how vast and frightening that mystery is; "My fingers move, but the clay does not! Why?" But we answered that question; we studied and theorized and experimented and we learned of muscle and neuron and the mechanics of the human body, and we solved that mystery. We know how it works. We can follow the pattern from the action initiatign as a burst of electricity in the brain, traveling along the network of nerves in our bodies to our hands, stimulating the muscle to action, contracting the bundles of fibre and causing tension on the ligament and pulling our fingers into the shape we desire. We have conquered that darkness!

What question can you pose that is more overwhelming than that? What mystery can you call forth that is more intimidating to the human spirit?

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open_sketchbook
open_sketchbook

You ask why we try to explain a universe so dark and full of mystery, but you have answered your own question. We do it because there are questions yet unanswered, in the full understanding that everything can be explained, in full understanding that not knowing the answer is not the same as there being no answer. We do it because everything we learn gives us greater agency to control our destiny, to move into the future with greater confidence, to shape the universe around us, to improve ourselves and the state of our learning. We do it because to not do so would be to lay down and die, to admit there is no point, to give in to nihlism and despair. We explain the universe because it is there begging to be explained. We study and examine and theorize and make mistakes and learn from them because there is nothing more human in the world; it is a fundamental extension of who we are. We do it because we are human and it is our nature to leave no stone unturned.

We do it because it is what we do. If the world is a dark mystery, let us build a fire, like our ancestors did, and huddle around it, and reveal in the knowledge that the day is coming.

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero

hah, just what i wanted to hear. how long did you needed for that, and is it all from you?

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open_sketchbook
open_sketchbook

It is inspired by several rationalist manifestos, but it is my own work.

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