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<p>The secret is out and co-owners Patrick Whyte and Kadina Yu, the inquiring minds behind the creation of the new Conspiracy Culture downtown store, don’t seem to mind.</p>

Conspiracy Culture store peddles subversive ideas



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Patrick Whyte and Kadina Yu peddle subversive ideas at Conspiracy Culture on Queen Street West.





The secret is out and co-owners Patrick Whyte and Kadina Yu, the inquiring minds behind the creation of the new Conspiracy Culture downtown store, don’t seem to mind.


Conspiracy enthusiasts themselves, Whyte and Yu created Conspiracy Culture to provide a space where students, academics and customers could come to not only purchase books, magazine and DVDs on their favourite unanswered questions of the 21st century and beyond but to also enjoy lectures, readings and book launches. Visitors can also check out their reference library and memorabilia which includes interesting items like an original page from the evening edition of the November 2, 1963, Dallas Times Herald about the Kennedy assassination or ’lost tapes’ on a variety of conspiracy theories.


”With the recent surge in questionable actions from our world leaders, the general population has taken more of an interest in conspiracy theories,” says Yu. ”Through our hunt for information on conspiracy, we quickly realized that the only real source was the Internet ... People are now seeking information that has been suppressed for too long by the powers that be,” says Yu.


Conspiracy Culture has had guest speakers like 9/11 researchers Barry Zwicker and Ian Wood, a JFK assassination lecture by Bob Ryan, and Clock And Dagger radio host Lenny Bloom among others stopping by to ”re-educate” their visitors on some of societies taken for granted ”so-called” facts. ”Conspiracy Culture provides crucial and life saving access to information,” says Dr. Len Horowitz, author of such titles as Emerging Virus, Death In The Air and DNA: Pirates Of The Sacred Spiral.


”The content at our store is strictly non-fiction, researched theories on a wide array of controversial, conspiratorial and paranormal subject matter,” explains co-owner Whyte, who adds every aspect of the store pays respect to their belief and fascination with conspiracy.


”Even our hours of operation take a conspiracy theory slant on things,” says Whyte. The store’s hours of operation, for example, their Monday to Thursday 12:12 p.m. to 7:07 p.m. hours as well as their weekend hours, are all representative of some important dates or times in history.


”Easily 9:11 refers to the events surrounding the 9/11 terrorists attacks, 7:07 the London bombings July 7th. We are open seven days a week. Our Sunday hours end at 5:55 p.m. Mathematically, no matter what sequence of numbers you use to add up to ten, five will be the arithmetic mean.


Therefore, it was considered the Number of Justice as an equalizer or balance between excess and lack,” says Whyte.



 
 
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