It's getting greener by the day....
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...
The diving competition on Monday...
...and on Tuesday
Now the water polo pool is turning green too...
- Green ink from the banners next to the pool
- Shrek infested
- Kermit influence
- 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 water quality at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre was tested and there were no risks for the athletes. We are investigating the cause.— Rio 2016 (@Rio 2016)1470780809.0
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.
Anyone 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."
Check out some of the best Twitter posts...
Has someone pissed in the diving pool ? #RioOlympics2016 #Olympics— Anthony Hall (@Anthony Hall)1470772103.0
Wow, that #diving pool is completely green. Maybe they're decorating the water with Brazilian colours. #Rio2016 #Olympics #Olympics2016— Anthony Burnett (@Anthony Burnett)1470772100.0
It's not easy being green... #greenpool #RioOlympics2016 https://t.co/cDy3SnYQAW— Lucy Knight (@Lucy Knight)1470785799.0
Green Pool for the Synchronised Diving - I heard they hold St. Patrick's Day celebrations a little early in #Rio #Rio2016 #Olympics— Stephen Flaherty (@Stephen Flaherty)1470772005.0
I think shrek swam in the pool and thats why it's green? @itvthismorning https://t.co/xQQLi4aztQ— Hol ♡ (@Hol ♡)1470821704.0
Pools have bleachable moments too #greenpool #Rio https://t.co/kyaQjE2yfD— Clorox (@Clorox)1470795721.0
Too much fake tan has obviously been applied by the diving Olympic athletes, that is why the pool has turned green 😂🙈 @itvthismorning— Kelsie Georgia Carmichael ❥☮ (@Kelsie Georgia Carmichael ❥☮)1470821797.0
More Conspiracy Theories....
Robin Williams would have voted for Joe Biden, point blank.
This weekend, Eric Trump gleefully shared a video of the late Robin Williams making fun of presidential candidate Joe Biden that bore the caption, "Robin Williams Savages Joe Biden."
https://t.co/KiklnDgnE7— Eric Trump (@Eric Trump)1596711758.0
Zelda Williams tweeted in response, "While we're 'reminiscing' (to further your political agenda), you should look up what he said about your Dad. I did. Promise you, it's much more 'savage.' Gentle reminder that the dead can't vote, but the living can."
While we’re ‘reminiscing’ (to further your political agenda), you should look up what he said about your Dad. I did… https://t.co/nzXS658s6H— Zelda Williams (@Zelda Williams)1596861971.0
Robin Williams, who would have turned 69 last month, had certainly poked fun at Joe Biden. In the clip shared by the younger Trump, Williams quips, "We still have great comedy out there, there's always rambling Joe Biden, what the f***... Joe says s*** that even people with Tourette's go, 'No. What is going on?'" He continued, "Joe is like your uncle who is on a new drug and hasn't got the dosage right...I'm proud to work with Barack America — 'He's not a superhero, you idiot — come here!'"
His comments about the current president were far more incisive and far-reaching. For example, in 2012, he referred to Trump as "a scary man" and "the Wizard of Oz" because "he plays monopoly with real f***ing buildings."
Of course, these jokes are based in very real calamities. Many of Trump's real estate projects and business ventures have notoriously fallen through or crash-landed completely, landing him in massive debt. Yet time and time again he was bailed out by his father, Fred Trump, who paid millions to keep his son's delusions of glory alive. He was also bailed out by a variety of banks (and still owes Deutsche Bank an outstanding $350 million). In some ways, it's no surprise that Trump will leave America sick, in debt, and in crisis.
Conspiracies have been swirling for years that HIV/AIDS was man-made and given to gay men deliberately.
This week Popdust breaks down the conspiracy theory aids man-made disease claims.
It was originally believed to be a mysterious, deadly disease found among young white gay men in New York City.
Fast forward 35 years and the disease has killed 34 million people worldwide.
According to statistics, more than 36 million people globally are now living with HIV (as of the end of 2014).
In the early days, the disease was prevalent in the gay community, and believed to be transmitted by unprotected sexual contact.
However, it soon became obvious that it wasn't only homosexuals being infected.
And, it wasn't purely being passed on through sexual contact.
It was in the blood supply and heterosexuals were contracting it too.
The widely accepted scientific explanation is that HIV/AIDS originated from an African primate virus that crossed over into humans.
Scientists speculate the virus was passed on through the consumption of "bush meat" (the eating of chimpanzees by hunters.)
However there is another, more sinister theory that, on the surface at least, is really not that far-fetched.
Popdust breaks it down: conspiracy theory aids man-made disease claims:
In the early 1970s there was a huge surge in LGBT activisim and the gay pride movement flourished.
A large number of gay men came out of the closet and the government believed homosexuality to be an out of control threat to society.
The growing strength of the gay rights movement coincided with homosexuality being de-classified as a "mental disorder."
Nixon, the President at the time, warned that homosexuality had a damaging and destructive effect on society.
He blamed the downfall of both the Greek and Roman empires on homosexuality, and claimed:
Homosexuality, dope, immorality in general, these are the enemies of strong societies. That's why the communists and the left-wingers are pushing the stuff: they're trying to destroy us.
A man-made disease—approved by congress—was created in a laboratory and introduced into the gay community in the mid 1970s.
The disease was intended to scare gay men and reduce the number of practicing homosexuals in society.
At the same time, it was also introduced into Africa in order to control the poor black population there.
- In 1969 Pentagon spokesman Dr Donald MacArthur testified before the Congressional Appropriations Committee;
Within the next five to ten years, it would probably be possible to make a new infective micro-organism which could differ in certain important aspects from any known disease-causing organism.
- MacArthur claimed the disease would be resistant to “the immunological and therapeutic processes upon which we depend to maintain our relative freedom from infection and disease." And testified it would require $10 million to develop.
- AIDS first surfaced within MacArthur's estimated “five to 10 years" and is the only disease to fulfill the definition.
- The first cases of AIDS were traced to gay men in 1979 Manhattan—3-years before the African epidemic was recognized in 1982—countering claims it originated in there.
- Another virus, herpes-8—which causes Kaposi's Sarcoma, a form of cancer—also broke out at the same time in NY
- KS was labeled the "gay cancer" and reported to also originate from a primate virus jumping species in Africa.
- A 1974 government initiative encouraged gay men in Manhattan (especially promiscuous ones) to participate in an experimental hepatitis B vaccine being developed by Merck and the National Institute of Health
- Tens of thousands of gay men were screened and 1,083 of them were subsequently selected to test the vaccine.
- Beginning in 1978, groups of gay men were inoculated at the New York Blood Center.
- The hepatitis B studies extended to clinics in San Francisco in 1978.
- By 1980 additional clinics in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago and St Louis were also seeking participants for similar programs
- The vaccine was made from the combined blood of 30 gay men who carried the hepatitis B virus.
- During development it was injected into chimpanzees known to be infected with the simian cancer causing SV40—The same virus that contaminated the polio vaccine between 1955 and 1961
- By December 1981, 121 people in the USA had died of AIDS with victims hailing from San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.
- The dead would have been infected at least 2-years prior, ie: 1979—none of them had ever been to Africa or eaten primates
- No blood stored anywhere in the U.S. prior to 1978 had tested positive for HIV or the KS virus.
- Before 1978 there were no cases of AIDS and no cases of Kaposi's Sarcoma recorded.
- 20% of the gay men who volunteered for the experiment in NYC were found to be HIV positive in 1980—a whole year before AIDS was officially recognized in 1981
- By 1984 over 40% of NYC gay men were found to be HIV positive.
- 20% of samples taken in 1982 tested positive for KS2 herpes-8 when re-tested in 1999
- The hepatitis B vaccine proved to be a success—protecting 96% of the men—however the vaccine was contaminated
- The vaccine was introduced into Africa in 1981—leading to the first cases of HIV/AIDS being officially recorded there in 1982
- A number of high profile doctors have carried out investigations on the origins of HIV/AIDS and concluded it was man-made and deliberately introduced;
- Robert Strecker MD, PhD published a memorandum in 1984 confirming the virus detailed to Congress in 1969 was produced in the early '70s and spread in America via the hepatitis B vaccine trials.
- Alan Cantwell Jr MD, a prolific cancer microbe researcher, has published two books Doctors of Death and Queer Blood concluding AIDS was man-made.
- Dr Michele Carbone of Loyola University in Chicago, a leading expert in vaccine manufacturing, has openly admitted HIV/AIDS was spread by the hepatitis B vaccine.
- Check out this interview with Dr Maurice Hilleman, Merck's vaccine developer, during which he alleges the polio vaccine was contaminated with SV40 and that it's likely SV40 is the source of AIDS.
- The actual number of AIDS deaths among the men in the original hepatitis B experiment has never been released.
- Blood samples from the original patients are sealed as per order of US Department of Justice.
What we do know (or think we know) for sure:
- The development of a man-made virus was discussed in Congress in 1969
- The government recruited gay men in New York beginning in 1974—and later San Francisco and Los Angeles—to participate in a hep B vaccine program
- Gay men were injected with the vaccine in 1978 through 1979.
- The first officially recognized AIDS case in the U.S. was reported in 1980—San Francisco resident Ken Horne
- By 1985 66% of the men in the original trial tested HIV positive
Balancing conspiracy theory aids man-made disease claims:
- Researchers estimate the first form of SIV was transmitted from primate to human in the early 1930s
- Analysis of blood samples taken from a man who died in the Congo in 1959 reportedly find he was infected by HIV
- In the same year, NYC shipping clerk, Ardouin Antonio, died of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia—a disease closely associated with AIDS
- Genetic studies reportedly find HIV first arrived in the Americas some time around the late 1960s—via Haitians who had been working in the Congo
- Test samples taken from the remains of St. Louis teenager, Robert Rayford, who died under mysterious circumstances in 1969, reportedly find evidence of HIV
- Reports of a mysterious wasting disease spreading throughout Africa—known as "slim disease"—start surfacing in 1975
- Test samples taken from Norwegian sailor, Arvid Noe, who died in 1976, reportedly find he had contracted HIV/AIDS in Africa during the early 60s
- In 1977, a prostitute in San Francisco gave birth to the first of 3 kids to later be diagnosed with AIDS. The prostitute went on to die from AIDS in May 1987
- A baby born in 1974 to a 16-year-old intravenous drug dealer in New Jersey, died in 1979, age 5. Subsequent tests reportedly reveal she had contracted HIV at birth
That said, if you have any doubts the U.S. government could be evil enough to unleash a man-made virus onto an unsuspecting community— just google Tuskegee experiment.
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