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Late Capitalism Diaries: The Worst COVID Scams

There is no cure for the coronavirus, but these people still think you should give them money.

If there's one thing that can save us from a global pandemic, it's capitalism.

Maybe you think that a sense of shared humanity uniting us in collective action — with those least at risk looking out for the most vulnerable — would be a better approach than embracing greed and short-term profit. But you're wrong.

Capitalism teaches us that money is the only thing that's real and the only solution to every problem. So when people are desperate and afraid because a deadly and wildly contagious virus is killing hundreds of thousands and ravaging the global economy, what they really need is someone to give their last few dollars to.

Thankfully, the ancient, venerated tradition of the snake oil salesman is alive and well, and the following good Samaritans were more than happy to strip confused and struggling people of every last dime in exchange for "cures" that primarily treated the problem of having too many dimes.

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Kennedy Conspiracies: RFK Jr. Banned From Instagram

Conspiracies and misinformation have played a central role in much of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s life.

On Thursday environmental activist, lawyer, and vaccine "skeptic" Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was banned from Instagram as part of parent-company Facebook's ongoing fight against misinformation on their platforms.

A spokesperson for Facebook reported that they had cut off his account for "repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines." This comes just a few months after Kennedy's group, Children's Health Defesne, filed suit against Facebook for rejecting their ads and fact-checking posts about vaccines and 5G. But to truly understand how we got to this point, it's worth taking a look back at the history of misinformation that has swirled around Kennedy's family.

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Every Conspiracy Theory About the Creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto

One of today's greatest mysteries: Who is the real "Satoshi Nakamoto," the pseudonym for Bitcoin's creator? The conspiratorial rabbit hole resembles a Dan Brown novel or a mind-bending Netflix docuseries.

While cryptocurrency has only been in operation for the past 11 years, the ideals behind the digital peer-to-peer money system have been around for decades.

In 1982, computer scientist David Chaum was the first known person to discuss the concepts of cryptocurrency. But it wasn't until Halloween day 2008 that Satoshi Nakamoto would publish the original Bitcoin blueprint (known as the whitepaper), which laid out the blueprint for a peer to peer electronic cash system.

Three months later, Nakamoto officially launched the first cryptocurrency when he mined "block 0," which created the first blockchain. Nakamoto continued to work on the development of Bitcoin until 2011 when he stepped away from the project and seemingly vanished from existence.

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When the Rio Olympics kicked off on August 5, some of the first events took place in the Olympic Diving Pool.

This is an open air pool and sits immediately alongside the water polo pool. The pools looked glorious, the water shimmering brightly and a beautiful shade of clear blue.

All was well during the initial diving events on Monday, however by Tuesday viewers noticed the water had turned a definite shade of green, getting murkier by the hour until the divers were practically invisible when under the water.

Obviously this set the internet alight with conspiracy theories...


olympic pool conspiracyThe diving competition on Monday...

olympic pool conspiracy...and on Tuesday

olympic pool conspiracyNow the water polo pool is turning green too...

The Theories

  • Urine
  • Pollution
  • Algae
  • Green ink from the banners next to the pool
  • Shrek infested
  • Kermit influence
  • Jealousy
  • St Patrick's Day
  • Fake tan
  • The Hulk got pissed

The Offical Explanation

Rio officials have been desperately trying to find the answer and reassure the world and competitors alike that the water is safe. Bearing in mind the troubles that Rio2016 have been beset by (Zika virus, kidnap, rape in the athletes village, flooding to name just a few), it's hardly surprising the Brazilians were quick to undermine the risk;

The embarrassed organizers quickly announced that their investigations had deduced that the water in the dive pool had turned green due to and excess of algae in the water.

According to FINA, the international governing body for the sport, the pH level in the pool dropped as some of the chemicals in the water treatment process ran out. The fact that the dive pool is kept warmer than the regular swimming pool, and the heat and lack of wind apparently meant a proliferation of algae.

Rather worryingly, the spokesman Mario Andrada admitted during a press conference Wednesday;

"We kept the same level of maintenance as we did before but we had far more athletes. We had more dirt in the water and that generated more algae."

Errrr....is this amateur hour? A 6 year old could work out the pool would be getting more use during the actual Olympics than in the run up to the Games!

Even more worryingly, the water polo pool is now going the same hue as the dive pool, and the athletes are struggling to see under the water or open their eyes due to the huge volumes of chlorine being pumped into the pools in an attempt to rectify the problem.


olympic pool conspiracyAnyone for water polo?

The latest theory;

British gold medal winning divers Jack Laugher and Chris Mears have their own theory and think that it's something to do with the decorative boards at the side of the pool.

They told an interview on 5Live following their win;

"We've got some big plastic boards that go into the water just for decoration and effect. But you can see on the waterline that they're blue when below the waterline, and above the waterline it's green.

And we think maybe a load of ink has run into the pool potentially. It's safe and the doctors have given it the all clear or whatever..."

However they did stress that they kept their mouths shut when in the water just in case;

"We wouldn't want to have swallowed that!"

Is it really safe though?

The Rio officials stress that the pools are completely safe. But then they would.

The vice-chariman of the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group said;

"It's great that they're saying there's no safety threat to the divers. But I'm not sure that that means.

If it has gone green and it's due to a lack of disinfectant, then that means there is some sort of implied threat or risk."


Would you swim in that green water?


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Conspiracy Theory Thursday—Is Beyonce Actually Solange's Mother?

There's definitely something off about Sasha Fierce...

Beyonce is Solange's mother conspiracy...

Beyonce is officially 34 years old and the mother of once child, 4 year old Blue Ivy.

Queen Bey originally found success as one third of girl super-group, Destiny's Child. The group, managed by Beyonce's father, Matthew Knowles, were born out of the ashes of an all girl rap group and became huge after their 1999 second album was released, The Writing's On The Wall.

Beyonce went solo in 2003 and the rest is history.

She's won a staggering 20 Grammys, has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is one of the best selling music artists of all time. She married rapper Jay-Z in 2008 and became a mother to Blue Ivy in 2012.

The Theory

Beyonce has a younger sister, Solange Knowles who is 26—a five year age gap.

The theory is that Beyonce is actually some years older than she claims, and that she gave birth to Solange as a young teenager. As she was on the brink of stardom, her fiercely ambitious father, Matthew, and his wife Tina raised Solange as their own and presented the mother and daughter to the world as sisters.

The 'Proof'

  • The birth certificate. A staff worker at the Department of Health in Texas claims that Beyonce wasn't born in 1981 as we are led to believe, but her actual birth date is 1974—which would make her 42.
  • Gabrielle Union. Beyonce is close friends with the actress who was born in 1972. Back in 2008 Gabby is on record as saying;
"Beyonce and I have been friends since we were teenagers"

So Gab would have been a teenager from 1985-1991—we're thinking she would not have been best buds with Beyonce during that time if Bey were in fact between the ages of 4-10, which she would have been if she had really been born in 1981.

  • There have been rumors around Beyonce's age from the early days of her fame and she has always looked older than she claimed. Hell her own father let slip that she's not the age she says she is in an interview last year. Check out this performance in 1993 on Star Search of the first incarnation of Destiny's Child, Girls Tyme. She is supposed to be 12 years old here but looks and moves more like an older teenager.

  • Check out this post on a random message board by a former employee at Columbia Records. It is long and rambling (you can read the whole thing here) but the employee claims to have seen a copy of Beyonce's driving license with her true birth date of 09/04/1974. In the excerpt below, the source states that there is a 14 year age difference between Beyonce and Solange.

conspiracy beyonce solange motherAn ex employee of Columbia Records remembers...

  • LeToya Luckett was one of the original members of Destiny's Child and her year of birth is recorded as being the same as Beyonce's, 1981. However in this clip of her remembering Michael Jackson, she says (towards the end) that she clearly remembers his Thriller tour as the first concert that she went to. There was no MJ Thriller tour, but the Victory tour tour is frequently referred to as such because it was the first tour post-Thriller and featured a lot of the music off the album.

This tour was in 1984. Therefore a 3 year old LeToya was not only taken to a Jackson gig by her parents, but has crystal clear memories of it?!

So do you believe that Beyonce and her family have been lying about her age from the beginning? That as a young teenager she had a baby but that the Knowles' covered it up and raised that baby—Solange, as their own?

Vote in our poll below...

conspiracy beyonce solange motherSisters? Or mother and daughter?

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JFK Jr was one of the most well known names and faces in the US when the plane that he was piloting went down on July 16, 1999, killing him, his wife Carolyn Bessette and her sister Lauren.

Who can forget the enduring memory of the then three year old John-John proudly saluting the coffin of his slain father, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy as the funeral cortege rolled by?

He went on to become a fine young man, a credit to his family name and his late father. He carved a career in publishing and was said to be planning an entry into politics and follow in the family tradition.

The world was shocked and horrified when he died in such tragic circumstances, taking it as proof that the "Kennedy curse" lives on. For some though, the news of the crash and the subsequent inquiries just don't sit well. There's something amiss....

The Theory

JFK Jr was more than "the sexiest man alive". He was a man with something to prove. He is the only Kennedy to ever acknowledge that there may have been a conspiracy and a cover up around his father's assassination, and some say he was getting ready to expose the truth.

The (alleged) truth is shocking. That George Bush Snr, yes that's right, President Bush Snr, was involved in JFK 's assassination. That he was a senior CIA operative and not only did he orchestrate the events in Dallas on 22nd November 1963, but that he was actually there in Dealy Plaza at the very moment the trigger was pulled.

Bush Sr knew that Kennedy Jr was close to the proving the truth and he needed him shut up for good, so he used his wide-reaching connections to do just that.

The 'Proof'

JFK Jr's Death Was Not An Accident

There are so many facts that point to the plane crash not being an accident as reported in the media at the time. The official National Transportation Safety Board report was published thirteen months after the crash and despite the fact that the it concluded that "the accident that killed Kennedy was caused by an inexperienced pilot" there are many contradictions in that report that show foul play. Here are a few;

  • Media reports that the plane went down in poor visibility are untrue. The Tower manager at Martha's Vineyard (where the plane went down) stay there were stars out and that visibility was between 10 and 12 miles that night.
  • The NTSB concluded that JFK Jr was described by his trainers as an "excellent", "methodical" and "very cautious" pilot. If he was such a careful pilot why, when he got into difficulty, would he not have engaged the autopilot that was capable of flying the plane to within 100 feet of the airport?
  • JFK Jr was actually a highly experienced pilot with enough hours under his belt to qualify for an instructor's license.
  • The mysterious flight instructor. Early reports of the accident said there was a flight instructor on board—then all of a sudden the flight instructor disappeared from accounts of the accident. It is just not a reasonable conclusion that Kennedy did not have a flight instructor on board. He had flown a total of 310 hours and of those, 55 hours were at night. He had only flown 45 minutes of those 55 hours at night without an instructor. He was very cautious and had his wife and her sister on board so it just doesn't add up that he didn't have an instructor with him.
  • The logbook is missing. The logbook would have recorded the presence of a flight instructor on the plane but has never been recovered.
  • The US Coast Guard reports that JFK Jr had contacted the tower on his final approach. FAA regulations require that a search begins immediately when a plane hasn't landed within five minutes of reporting a final approach. Why did it take a staggering 14½ hours then for a search to commence?
  • The FAA went on to claim that there was never a communication from Kennedy to the tower despite all the immediate news reports to the contrary.
  • It took five days to find the plane. How come the Emergency Locator Transmitter which sends out a beacon signal in the event of a crash didn't alert the rescue party? Nothing in the NTSB report was mentioned about the ELT so we don't know if it was missing or even disabled.
  • The presence of a black box. No other private non-jet plane in service at the time had a black box (the flight recorder), yet Kennedy had one installed on his plane. Why? Even more suspicious, the battery had been removed from the black box, meaning there was no record of any conversation in the cockpit.
  • The fuel valve. According to the NTSB report the fuel valve had been turned to OFF. This could not have been done by accident. Obviously the fuel valve is highly important and would never be turned off mid-flight—doing so at full speed would result in the engine dying in 45 seconds. Therefore the valves are fitted with a safety release button that must be pushed down and held while the valve is being turned. Kennedy wasn't committing suicide so who turned the valve off? The non-existent flight instructor?
Why Would George Bush Snr Want JFK Jr Dead?
  • JFK Jr had been was on a mission to expose the truth around his father's murder. But he was playing the long game. The mainstream media was controlled by the cabal that were responsible for the conspiracy and cover up around JFK's death and his son wanted to make sure his discovery wouldn't get covered up again.
  • The magazine. JFK Jr could have named his magazine literally anything in the world. Why did he name it 'George'? Launched in 1995, he named it as a veiled threat. A promise of things to come. He knew who had orchestrated his father's assassination and he was going to use his magazine to expose the truth as soon as he had concrete proof.
The CIA Connection
  • George H W Bush was a senior member of the CIA in 1963. He has denied his involvement with the agency prior to his appointment as Head in 1976, but the amount of circumstantial evidence and facts assembled around his personal life prove otherwise.
  • Bush and his wife Barbara lived in Houston where he ran an oil drilling business named Zapata Offshore Co—a CIA front company.
  • Bush Snr had been highly involved in planning the disastrous Bay of Pigs fiasco (coincidentally code-named Operation ZAPATA), the ill-fated attempt by a band of CIA funded Cuban exiles to invade Cuba and ultimately overthrow Castro.
  • E Howard Hunt was one of the CIA funded, Miami-based, anti-Castro terrorist and assassin involved in the Bay of Pigs.
  • Five days after the JFK assassination J Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI wrote a memo titled "Assassination of President John F Kennedy" where he discusses the band of CIA funded Miami based anti-Castro Cuban terrorists and assassins. He names "George Bush of the CIA" as the apparent supervisor of the group.
The CIA Were In Dallas
  • Howard Hunt was identified as being one of three tramps arrested in Dealey Plaza, Dallas after the assassination of JFK. In 1978 Spotlight magazine published an article and photos saying he was involved in the assassination. Hunt sued....and lost.
  • Incredibly Bush could not recall for over 20 years any details of where he was when Kennedy was assassinated. This is just inconceivable for a politically aware 39 year old and even he knew it to be suspicious. He later developed a memory (that coincided with his alibi).
  • Bush was actually in Dallas on the day of the assassination. His cover was that he was speaking at an oil industry gathering.
  • On the day of the JFK assassination, Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig reported that he knew of twelve arrests made in Dealey Plaza. One was of a man coming out of the Dal-Tex Building (next to the very building where it is claimed Oswald fired from) who said he was "an independent oil operator from Houston, Texas" (George Bush's CIA cover). The arrested man was taken by Dallas police detectives but no mug shot, prints, interview or arrest records exist.
  • The FBI received a call from a George Bush (about an hour after the mystery oil-man was arrested) identifying himself as an independent oil businessman from Houston saying he he had heard in previous weeks of a man named James Parrott talking about killing the President. He gave his location as his home address and added that he would be in a hotel in Dallas that evening—he was establishing an alibi as he knew he had been spotted. James Parrott was actually a Republican party worker from Houston and was given an airtight alibi by another Republican worker. (Coincidentally, 30 years later the same James Parrott was working on the Bush v Clinton campaign.)
  • There is a photo taken in Dealey Plaza on November 22 showing George Bush (he had returned after being mistakenly arrested). He was clearly in the vicinity at the time and is shown in a cordoned off zone speaking with police. He was also photographed next to Ed Lansdale who it has now been ascertained, was famous for arranging political assassinations around the world. Lansdale and Bush's connection goes back to the secret 'Skull and Crossbones' society at Yale.
  • Lansdale was also photographed in the same frame as the three tramps (not forgetting that one of those is CIA operative Howard Hunt).

The Cover Up
  • A man named George de Mohrenschildt is an important witness in the Kennedy assassination—he was Lee Harvey Oswald's (the alleged assassin) best friend in Dallas and got Oswald the job at the School Book Depository (from where it was claimed Oswald fired the fateful shots). De Mohrenschildt was murdered on the day he was supposed to testify about the assassination and George Bush's name and company name were found in his address book.
  • The Warren Commission which was set up to investigate the assassination of JFK was eventually found to have altered the official location of the entry wound on JFK's back in support of their conclusion that the President was killed by a lone gunman.
  • One of the members of the commission was Gerald Ford, who became president when Richard Nixon was forced to retire after the Watergate break-in was linked to him. The leading Watergate burglar was Howard Hunt, and the reason for the break-in? To retrieve the photos of himself as a tramp at Dealey Plaza.
  • George H Bush went on to be appointed Director of the CIA in 1976, by President Ford, and was in a position to appoint old friends as his deputies, just as new investigative committees were formed probing the possible role of the CIA into the assassination plots to kill Fidel Castro, Martin Luther King and John F Kennedy. During the investigations, the CIA stonewalled, holding back documents and witnesses (coincidentally one of the witnesses pressured not to testify was found to have had pressure applied by one George W Bush Jr).

We've barely scratched the surface in getting to the bottom of the incestuous connections that have shaped American politics for over half a century.

John F Kennedy Junior was getting close to having enough proof from numerous sources to make the story of President Bush Sr's key involvement in the assassination of his father public. He was warned by his family that what he was doing was dangerous.

Were they right?

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