For the first entry, I wanted to do something more original than chem trails, or 9/11, so it will be about programmed obsolescence, or as it’s popularly narrowed down to, The Light-Bulb Conspiracy. If you ever hear someone say ‘Everything’s a conspiracy.’ it’s because of stuff like this.
Pictured, is our prime piece of evidence: The Centennial Light-Bulb, which has been burning for 116 years; you can learn more about it at http://centennialbulb.org/. This specific bulb was in production from 1901, until 1929, when Thomas Edison, who is probably the most famous thief in history, devised a way to mass produce incandescent light-bulbs; which had been invented shortly after the turn of the 19th century, but never became popular until then.
These incandescent light-bulbs originally had a life-span of 2000 hours; which is about 83 consistent days. This is around the time the group called The Phoebus Cartel was formed, with the goal of standardizing light-bulbs specifications; and at this time, the life-span allegedly begun decreasing. There is lots of evidence for this, especially in ex-soviet countries that rejected western standards: the light-bulbs in Soviet Russia produced in this time had life-spans equal to, and sometimes double than modern light-bulbs produced in other parts of the world; and it’s not uncommon for modern light-bulbs produced in China to have a life-span of 5000 hours. But then we have the hundred year old light-bulb, still shining away.
These light bulbs, and the similar ones made later in WWII, are highly sought after, mostly by other light-bulb manufactures, who claim to want them for study; but a light-bulb that lasts apparently forever, isn’t a good business strategy, so I would say it’s more likely these are just removed from circulation to secure a customer base.
In 1975, a German watchmaker by the name of Dieter Bininger tried to circumvent the standards set by Phoebus, and published a patent for a light-bulb that would last for 150000 hours, which is approximately 17 years. This was achieved by taking a light similar to the street lamps at the time, and powered it at a more standard 120 Volts, as opposed to the 230 Volts it had been designed for, however this resulted in dimmer light, and more of an orange and yellow spectrum.
Shortly after Dieter had found a company to produce his light-bulb, he died in a plane crash in 1991, which was regarded as an accident. He passed along with his patent, which was quickly forgotten by most everyone.
Light-bulbs are just the most common pieces of evidence, however electronics manufactures in general are always accused of this practice. Printer manufactures all refuse to standardize anything; and one manufacturer will normally have multiple different styles of ink cartridges, and generally offering no way to refill them on their end; which adds up to a lot of unnecessarily paid for cartridges, filled with a relatively inexpensive ink.
Another electronics industry that is constantly berated by similar claims, are mobile device manufacturers. I’m sure most of you have had a phone that started acting up right after the new one was released; every apple product I’ve owned after the touchscreen revolution, has broken in my pocket playing music, which is exactly what it was designed to do. With all of these mobile devices forcing new updates every month, obsolescence doesn’t even need to be programmed anymore, it can just be updated. There are also lot’s of claims that electronics manufactures design the fragility of a device, and withhold current technologies for a future release; effectively releasing something that is already obsolete.
From a business perspective, programmed obsolescence is a very good strategy; and I’m sure all of us can find more evidence supporting this theory, if we were to look. However, regardless of the authenticity of any of the claims, one thing is known for certain: there is a light-bulb, in a fire station in Livermore California, that was installed in 1901, and is still in use to this day.
So there’s the first ever Conspiracy Net article, and even though it was slightly long winded, I hope you all enjoyed, and learned something new, and as always, comments and critiques are always appreciated.