A sampling of the basic plot lines of popular conspiracy theories today:
* That AIDS is a "designer disease" created in top-secret laboratories by U.S. government scientists for eugenic purposes and for the genocide of homosexuals, drug users, blacks and the underprivileged.
* Popularized by Oliver Stone's "JFK": That John F. Kennedy's assassination was A) a CIA-fostered plot stemming from the President's interference with an all-out invasion of Cuba and his efforts to control the U.S. intelligence community; B) a Mafia hit, with or without the blessings of the CIA or FBI, in part as revenge for the President unleashing his brother, Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy, on the mob; C) a conspiracy of a small corps of CIA renegades and anti-Castro Cuban operatives, D) all of the above.
* That George Bush is the "ultimate conspiracy President," as author Jonathan Vankin puts it. Bush is equally at home with the "Eastern Establishment," the Anglophilic, Ivy, Yankee elitists long tied to the Rockefellers and the Council on Foreign Relations that spawned the Trilateral Commission (always suspect in these circles), and with the "Southwestern Establishment" of Texas oil barons and anti-communist right-wingers suspected of playing a role in the Kennedy assassination.