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A Quick Note On Internet Hoax Stories

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Typically we don't do this, but since our inbox continues to be flooded with a story posted in, which unfortunately did exactly zero fact checking and source validation (and is now being distributed by sellside desks!), sourced by famous internet hoax master "Sorcha Faal" aka David Booth, titled "Russia Says IMF Chief Jailed For Discovering All US Gold Is Gone" and which is 100% non-factual and based on a loose scattering of data. A quick google check of the source would have been sufficient for everyone who has been fooled by this complete fabrication, to quickly dismiss it. Alas, with the world now approaching The Onion in factual headline flow, we can see how it is easy for many to have been fooled. We just wish to caution readers to be wary, and always, and that is absolutely true for anything read on Zero Hedge as well, always, to validate and double check the factual veracity of anything read on the Internet, especially if it sound like a B-grade Hollywood thriller and cites "sources."


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Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:40 | 1328206 disabledvet
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"can i quote you on that?"

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:04 | 1328317 66Sexy
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hmm. The conspiracy theorist in me thinks it must be true then, with the #1 alternative blog coming out with this level of denial..


 Oh fuck we have no gold!

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 11:12 | 1328721 gmrpeabody
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It sounded SO crazy, that it really was believable! Lately, I have been telling myself that you couldn't make this stuff up. Well, apparently you can.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 12:02 | 1329029 knukles
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No no no no  It's not a hoax, scam or pablum.  It's true!

Here's why.

If DSK knew it then Timmah had to know.
If Timmah had to know then so too's Benjie.
And Chuckie "The Cheese" Schroomer
And if Chuckie Cheese knew then so too's Bawnie Fwank
And if the Fwank knew, then so too...

See where I'm going?
Easy now.
I'm tryin' to help here.

And if they knew, then so'd OBL, which is why he was killed... altho a bunch of Navy Seals say that he wasn't dead but strapped to an old rusty iron mattress, hooked up to a long extension cord, plugged into a 220v outlet and dumped in the ocean to de-guass the carrier.
Which is what activated HAARP and cause a temporal time dilated rift resulting in the earthquake which caused the Tsunami which caused the meltdown at Fuckushittinme which caused the slow down in the world's economy so it really all was caused by the weather.  Including Goldman's miss on the Non-farm payrolls excluding food, energy and Wall Street bonuses.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 18:16 | 1330560 nmewn
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"And if they knew, then so'd OBL, which is why he was killed... altho a bunch of Navy Seals say that he wasn't dead but strapped to an old rusty iron mattress, hooked up to a long extension cord, plugged into a 220v outlet and dumped in the ocean to de-guass the carrier.
Which is what activated HAARP and cause a temporal time dilated rift resulting in the earthquake which caused the Tsunami which caused the meltdown at Fuckushittinme which caused the slow down in the world's economy so it really all was caused by the weather."


Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:38 | 1328213 Cognitive Dissonance
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"If it was on the TV it must be true" has been replaced with "If it was on the Internet it must be true."

Hope and change you can believe in.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:59 | 1328297 Mr. Poon
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Wait, what?  Are you implying that there are things on the internet which . . . might not actually be entirely true?

How do I know what is true if I cannot rely on the word of anonymous internent sources?

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:05 | 1328321 Rodent Freikorps
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I thought the purpose of the Internet was free porn.

There is as much disinformation, as truth.

Always check your sources.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 11:02 | 1328648 clymer
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Just in: Tyler insults his readership by implying that they might not be able to identify as a potential source of disinfo

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 17:58 | 1330506 StychoKiller
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Free pr0n = Truth (or change you really can believe in!)  :>D

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:12 | 1328369 wandstrasse
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it is simple! Info you pay for is true, free stuff is a lie-- err - the other way round ... err, no the first, what was the first, again? No, it was 'follow the money'.. , ach, rutscht mir alle den Buckel runter!

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:30 | 1328468 TheTmfreak
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How do i know that this is a true statement? I need some sources to let me know that there are things that aren't entirely true. I can't just take what anybody says as facts... How do I know that I don't take what anybody says as facts? I need sources for that too.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:41 | 1328215 CreditcalMass
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It's a hoax in that the gold has already been gone for many years now.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:49 | 1328269 NotApplicable
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While I've little doubt that it has all been sold, I'd say some of the buyers are likely utilizing the best storage in the US, provided by OPM.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:41 | 1328218 bpj
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I have a friend who's brother knows a guy....

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:38 | 1328219 Sausagemaker
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"We just wish to caution readers to be weary"

Maybe the writers are weary this morning?


Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:51 | 1328274 Henry Chinaski
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outrage fatigue

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:08 | 1328334 Rodent Freikorps
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They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:38 | 1328220 Vergeltung
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sounds advice TD, sound advice indeed.  :-)


Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:38 | 1328222 Mae Kadoodie
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So where's all our gold?

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:41 | 1328237 tmosley
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This doesn't mean it is all there, nor does it mean it isn't there.  Rather, it is just a made up story about fabricated rape allegations as a cover up for something that doesn't really make any sense (why would the CIA tell DSK that the gold was gone?).

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 11:46 | 1328968 A_MacLaren
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That's the 8000 tonne question.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:39 | 1328224 azengrcat
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"The United States will never default on its obligations"

"We believe in a strong dollar policy"

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 12:04 | 1329055 knukles
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Little Bobby Dole, is that really you?

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 18:03 | 1330515 StychoKiller
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"I did not have sex with that woman!"

"We really did kill Osama Bin Laden."


Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:40 | 1328225 somethingelse
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nevermind....zH already fixed the typo  =)

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:39 | 1328226 tmosley
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Yeah, when I looked at the linked story about how Putin was saying that this was the case, I was sorely disappointed.  If this story had had any validity, I would have considered moving from silver to gold, as that would have sped up the timeline for the dollar collapse.  Happily/sadly that is not the case.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:44 | 1328232 ina gadda da vida
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ISM - Whisper = 52.00 Pts (Street = 57.10 Pts)

hoax !

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:50 | 1328234 euclidean
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Hmmm, yes. Always pays to have a spell/grammer checker also.

Even though through the powers of deductive reasoning it is possible to extrapolate a similar conclusion? Based of course only on economic assessment of the Fed's own explicit actions and inactions, and an utter lack of punitive liabilities applied to 20 years of mindless monetary policies?

I guess the Fed 'could' have gold reserves remaining, but I have doubted that for many years. It can continue to exist on rumour alone for all I give a shit.

edit: Here's a thought, why not put an end to all the rumour and inuendo and allow the public to 'audit the Fed'? err, make that all central banks upon which all this bullshit financial corruption relies upon.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:45 | 1328236 I am a Man I am...
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let's not isolate the internet for fact checking

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:45 | 1328238 theMAXILOPEZpsycho
theMAXILOPEZpsycho's picture he wouldve said anything about that anyway; plus everyone knows there's nothing there...

so the question remains: why was he set up?? It must be something to do with the greek defult, or the euro vs the dollar...

He won't do jail time though, that much I can guarentee

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:43 | 1328242 disabledvet
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"are you tracking people's movements and activities on line Mr. Apple and Mr. Google?"

"No."  (not even a "are you sure?" follow on question.)

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:57 | 1328290 Cognitive Dissonance
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Silly rabbit. They answered truthfully.

"They" are not following people's movement and activities online. They have people who do that for them.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:46 | 1328243 sunnydays
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Yeah, I notified Harvey Organ earlier that Faal always makes up his stories.  Hope he takes down the story. 


I thought everyone knew Faal is a complete disinfo person and always writes false articles.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:49 | 1328259 tmosley
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I never even heard of him before this story "broke".

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:43 | 1328244 spanish inquisition
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I love that stuff!

If you page down, they do have a pretty good world wide news link section (with actual news). And you know that when they post stories in the real news section, they check them against their own stories, so they don't accidentally hoax themselves. Which could make them one of the more reliable sources out there!

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:44 | 1328250 wang
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Internet Hoax


how about the green shoots economic recovery crowd on CNBS

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:48 | 1328253 johngaltfla
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Maybe if Sorcha makes a YouTube video it will be considered fact then. After all, if it's on video, it must be true.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:44 | 1328518 High Plains Drifter
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oh yeh, youtube is full of truth.......harde har har har........kind of like dutchsinse and his haarp ring bullshit..........

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:49 | 1328256 orangedrinkandchips
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So it is true!!!


I look fat in that cock ring! I told my bitch I did!

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:49 | 1328257 Miss Expectations
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"Russia Says IMF Chief Jailed For Discovering All US Gold Is Gone" and which is 100% non-factual and based on a loose scattering of data.

Fed Chief  remains free for declaring All US Gold Is Still Here, also based on a loose scattering of data.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:05 | 1328319 spanish inquisition
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Very nice. They need to add a bump next to the junk for exactly this post.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:46 | 1328258 Mec-sick-o
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There is a war against your mind and body.  Everybody wants a piece of you.

There has never been so much long life expectancy, with a high expectancy of miserable life.

Meditation is the way.  All rationalizations will begin to deconstruct.

Reconstruct your true self.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:50 | 1328261 LRC Fan
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Clearly we need a Congressional panel, a "gang of 6" (or maybe 10+), an executive order, and a Constitutional amendment making the Internet more accountable, transparent, and clear for all. 

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:50 | 1328264 A Man without Q...
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Even a stopped clock is right once a day....

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:54 | 1328272 LRC Fan
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This is exactly the kind of shit Tyler is talking about.  An extensive search has found that actually, a broken clock is right TWICE a day!!!!!!!!!!  See, fact checking is your friend, folks. 

There should be a mandatory $50 fine, paid directly into the general fund of the Treasury, for posts like this.  Get on it, Obama!

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:05 | 1328318 Transitory Anomaly
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Yes twice a day is correct but its correctness is only transitory.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:17 | 1328362 Rodent Freikorps
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What if it is a digital clock with a dead crystal?

Without a clock, digital technology is just a paper weight.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:05 | 1328335 speedy
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a digital 24 hour stopped clock is right once a day!


Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:54 | 1328595 High Plains Drifter
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i love your avatar , there speedy........

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 18:06 | 1330537 StychoKiller
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I find myself wanting a bust in the mouth for some strange reason...:>D

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:10 | 1328338 Franken_Stein
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And what if the clock is a digital one ?

Then 3 a.m. != 3 p.m. or 03:00 != 15:00 respectively.

so AManWithoutQ's claim would be correct again, then.


Wed, 06/01/2011 - 11:23 | 1328825 gmrpeabody
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I read somewhere on the net that there really is no such thing a digital. Apparently all part of the great hoax. Try to Google if there really is such a thing as digital or even digits, and see what you get. Just lots and lots of mis-information. It's all just really fast analog.   ;- )

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:47 | 1328266 CD
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Which is not to say the story itself is necessarily in all respects false, just that it was put out by a known hoaxster, and its details cannot, at this point, be verified through any known, legitimate sources.... ;-)

This story is certainly interesting:

And Vlad DID throw his hat in the PsyOps ring with this:

Whatever the truth may be, it most certainly is NOT (only) the official party line disseminated by our ever-so-helpful mainstream journalistic enterprises.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:35 | 1328448 Use of Weapons
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It was fairly obvious the tin-foil hat site had picked up on the official posts on a gov. web-blog (Russian official - most likely not Putin himself, too busy huntin shootin fishin for bears. Does Obama post on a Washington blog? No, I doubt Putin does either), added a dash of drama (PMs are popular, and the story over tungsten gold is now creditable internet legend type referencing) and got itself a 'scoop'.

Then again:

The MSM (or rather, Telegraph owners, cough Mercury Investigators) love running with this type of quasi-story. Plants the seed that Putin is a dangerous-sexual-predator-preacher-religious-nutter, 'on a mission from God', even if a) it isn't his belief and b) there's absolutely zero way to verify if said sects of lusting ladies exists [although it sounds plausible, which is the hook]. Note that the picture chosen has an appropriate threat level of aggression / directed off camera to it.


The venerable '25 rules to disinfo'


Here's another interesting Telegraph offering (27th May):

Which comes from:

That's a story which has some legs to it; especially as it seems to mix up causation (does a metaphor denote a real belief about the world? Can it tell irony? If they're detecting radical terrorists via metaphors and sending drone attacks on that info, expect "collateral murder" to become more popular) - also note heading within the PDF, 'The State of the Art'; tin foil hats suggest there's something to all these I. Banks references. ^^ (trans: memes /b/ etc are going to shred through that software, I'd be very interested in viewing the outcome).


Expect the automatic trolls of the interweb to start employing mass use of metaphors; here, "SILVER BITCHES" will be the most frequent. ZH is a the sweaty love-nest of the swinging world, oi!

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:46 | 1328529 CD
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Wow, fascinating side trip into the world of disinformation, thanks. My point was mainly to point out the difficulty of discerning truth from fantasy from malicious disinfo, as the deeper down the rabbithole we (and the world) go, there is increasingly little difference.


I LOL (as well as shudder with fright) at the FBO links, as I know a little bit about automatic language detection in large amount of native-language.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 11:25 | 1328790 Use of Weapons
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The point is that there's no longer any difference. As Bush's camp said - The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

If you employ the old logic of Rationalism on the world, you'll end up like the heeby-jeeby posters (who always give themselves away by the lurid palettes their sites have; loss of aesthetics is a sure sign of a knobbled noodle); as Nike said, "Just Do It".

( for original doc)



Note: stylistically I will now be using the most insanely inappropriate metaphors I can, to salt this site's commentbots with hilariously large clangers. Argentium, termagants!

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 19:34 | 1330785 Use of Weapons
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I feel my normalcy bias just got reset, which is good. I mean in the H.S. Thompson direction, of course.

A book I've had for a decade now, and still worth a read.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:49 | 1328267 ArgentDawn
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This is what happens when ZeroHedge articles get posted at GLP. They are the retards of the internet.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:54 | 1328273 Dr. No
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Just reading the headline I can tell it was a hoax.  If indeed DSK discovered the gold was gone, he would have been the victim of a robbery and found dead in a stairwell.  His pockets pulled out and cc cards gone for effect.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:00 | 1328275 Mercury
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I always like to keep this ancient and astute observation in mind -

"Information on the Internet is becoming less and less reliable."   

                       -Abraham Lincoln

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:57 | 1328303 alien-IQ
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LOL!!!! that's a definite keeper!

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 12:31 | 1329184 Rusty Shorts
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Here's another keeper, Lincoln's full name is "Abraham Lincoln Springsteen" that's right, he was a jooo...and are you ready for this, wait for it...Bruce Springsteen is a relative!


Do your research.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:24 | 1328442 wandstrasse
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Stupid! the quote is NOT from Lincoln, it is from Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil, Part III: Of a Christian Common-wealth, Chapter 13

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:59 | 1328626 Mercury
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See, it pays to be sceptical of the provenance and veracity of quotations found on the Internet!

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:52 | 1328276 clymer
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Thanks for the sound reassurance, Tyler. I trust you agree that a full audit of the Gold holdings at fort know (including core sample of random bars) is now unnecessary.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:54 | 1328286 Alex Lionson
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So the US Gold is not gone, that is the Factual Fact, right?

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:54 | 1328288 Peter K
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We now have time to check internet info since we can totally disregard the mainstream media;)

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 09:57 | 1328291 alien-IQ
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how does one submit news stories to ZH? is it the tips@zh.????

just curious...

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:00 | 1328299 firstdivision
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So are you telling me I cannot enlarge my penis with some pills and secure a lucrative career in porn/RE?

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:03 | 1328313 UGrev
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It didn't work for Rep Weenie..

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:22 | 1328418 Rodent Freikorps
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Like anyone would believe a butt elf sized midget like him had a dick longer than his leg.

I guess he thought the coed was as stupid as those who voted for him.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:11 | 1328344 Clay Hill
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Believe it or not, female porn stars who have their breasts enlarged take a tax deduction for the cost of surgery. Enhances their marketability.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:28 | 1328463 Use of Weapons
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They needed a tax break, viagra decimated the fluffing side of the industry, many were left (hand)jobless...

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:40 | 1328503 Clay Hill
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Even with medical advances increasing efficiency, it's a "growth" business.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:49 | 1328580 Use of Weapons
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Research shows that the market is getting viciously under-cut by non-Unionised workers and unskilled odd-job men.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 11:03 | 1328658 Clay Hill
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I'll take your word for it.

My, er, "research" usually lasts about 30 minutes or so.


Edit: by odd-job men, is that behind the camera, or behind...the actress.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 11:30 | 1328847 Use of Weapons
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Wow, an alpha male - that's twice the segment length porn is cut into for perusal pleasures!*. Or you're of an age where a head of steam takes time to build up pressure.

Hmm. I'd have to hedge either way.





*No, really, it is. 15 min segment blocks are used as timers. Because. Well. You work it out.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 12:21 | 1328885 Clay Hill
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I like a bit of variety, and my schedule permits it.

You could be right about the age thing though.

Extend and pretend , ya know.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:01 | 1328316 BlackholeDivestment
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George Washinton never told a lie but...


Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:07 | 1328326 Silver Dreamer
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If your source is Wiki or Snopes, you might as well be getting it from Sorcha too.  I get tired of the obvious hoaxes too, but the sites supposedly on the side of truth are almost as laughable.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:46 | 1328556 Use of Weapons
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I think that's a bit off - slanted to the appropriate information level, both have their usages.

i.e. Q: Would I trust snopes on their analysis of 'the lemming myth'? A: Yes, given the ease of reference, the length of time ago it was, and the fact that there's multiple other worse myths about Disney out there which the Corporation would have much more interest in suppressing. Aka, Walt Disney was a Nazi; Walt Disney's head is cryogenically frozen, multiple people have died in Disney theme parks, and so on and so forth.

Q: Would I trust a wiki article on the reasoning behind Kissinger getting an honorary OBE (Knight Commander) whose motto is For God and the Empire? A: No - neither wiki nor me have access to Royal persons, and I've no idea what Kissinger did-or-did-not do for the British Commonwealth.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:08 | 1328332 Caviar Emptor
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Don't be ridiculous...we have so much gold we don't know where to put it. We been shipping over to our offsite storage site in Russia....

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:15 | 1328359 lamont cranston
lamont cranston's picture is the Weekly World News of the internet.

One of their all time best was 2 or so years ago - that former Gov Mark Sanford was getting South Carolina to secede from the US and join the Russian Federation.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:56 | 1328608 citta vritti
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hiking the apparatchik trail, no doubt

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 12:53 | 1329284 ebworthen
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Hey, "Weekly World News" is on the Internets:


Bat Boy no doubt helped us get Osama Bin Leaded
Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:11 | 1328355 francis_sawyer
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DSK was 'Balloon Boy'!!!

You heard it here first...



Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:13 | 1328372 MagicHandPuppet
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Sorcha Faal, bitchez!

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:32 | 1328481 High Plains Drifter
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that guy or gal, whoever it is, has been making silly claims like this for a while now. not sure what the purpose is.  he is kind of like that idiot that lives in japan, benjamin fulford. frankly i think there are a lot of bored rich  young men running around with nothing to do......

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 18:31 | 1330622 Bwahaha WAGFDSMB
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Publishing a steady stream of ridiculous false conspiracy claims is a good way to discredit legitimate alternative news sources.  If you don't support the MSM paradigm you must be one of those conspiracy nuts who belive HAARP causes earthquakes and the government has secret alien technology.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:16 | 1328378 bankonzhongguo
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In case nobody really noticed there have been a series of low profile cases of "hoax" stories making mainstream in recent months.  This is in fact on purpose in a longer cause to otherwise create some kind of Ministry of Truth/Propaganda, where the MSM is perceived to be the ONLY source of legitimate "news."

You will see an escalation of bogus "news" making the rounds as 20 something twitter junkies with broken spellcheckers constitute an idiot army of investigative reporters for the MSM.

Sprinkle in more "Anonymous" hacking and the emerging security complex will be writing internet traffic tickets for Sedition.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 22:27 | 1331270 taxpayer102
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@bankonzhongguo, check out America's emerging Ministry of Propaganda (Broadcast Board of Governors) at; note the Board Members and their 2008-2013 Strategic Plan.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:21 | 1328405 ratso
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Tyler - your cautions fall on deaf ears.  The kool-aid drinkers are begging for more nad happy to get it.  

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:20 | 1328413 Problem Is
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Come On Tyler
Tell me you didn't read the classic Sorcha Faal:

  1. "Attack Japan, US Linked To Alien Whale Race Nearing Earth"
  2. "Alien Attack Leaves 500 Dead Texas As UFO Nears Earth"
  3. "Obama Gives ‘Sacrifice’ To Ancient ‘Sun God’ Of Mound Builders"

You gotta love UFO crazy alien shit... It's more believable than Lies-man and Cramer the Clown on CNBC...

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:20 | 1328424 High Plains Drifter
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whoever that guy is, he has long ago been found to be a bullshit artist. yawn....


but , i say this. nevertheless. what are the odds , that no gold exist at ft. knox? i say it was stolen in the 1930's during the FDR communist zionist mole, administration.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:22 | 1328434 Problem Is
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The Bernank:

"No, no, no. We just sent the gold out for tungstenization..."

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:39 | 1328512 High Plains Drifter
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those bars they saw from a distance in the 1950's were probably tungsten .....

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:32 | 1328431 DaveyJones
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It's hard to believe in a world where anyone can publish information that the lies would increase. The only thing worse is a world where six multinational corporations do the same. Reminds me of capitalism 

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:37 | 1328504 High Plains Drifter
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they are called disinfo and cointelpro , etc. their job is to spread lies and disinformation and to spread fear and waste time and to cause both ends to fight against the middle.... there are many of them. kind of like the king fat daddy on this , is alexander bullhorn jones of austin texas.........

is it any wonder a man like jones is able to get so successful so fast? i think not. someone obviously likes his work.....this world is full of people like this now. i suggest it always has been. in this world of electronic media in the year 2011, this problem is most acute now.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:36 | 1328485 tradewithdave
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Don't be buffaloed...

Dave Harrison


Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:51 | 1328571 JR
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Tyler ‘s warning is well heeded. Worst of all, the Internet can be used as a tool in the hands of freedom subversives such as Obama’s Information Czar Cass Sunstein. On the other hand, sifting the truth from freedom of speech that creates such kernels as Zero Hedge is more than worth the honing of our scrutiny. In our era, for example, there’s no greater manipulation of the facts than from the propagandists for war. Here’s a snippet of the power of the Internet that our wannabe controllers abhor, written by Antiwar’s Justin Raimondo  in – The Reinvention of Historical Memory….

Human memory is the War Party’s deadliest enemy, and that’s why they do everything to either make us forget, or else lead us to believe in some fictional version of the past, one that obscures the utter failure of all our past wars to accomplish what its authors said they wanted to achieve…

“If we fast-forward our time machine from Lend-Lease to the Berlin airlift, we arrive at our destination in the blink of an historical eye. Yet the former was already forgotten by the time the latter leaped into the headlines, except by a few Cassandras whose voices went largely unheard and unheeded.

“Those were in the days before the Internet, before the era of instantaneous communication and universal interconnectedness, the great advance that keeps memory alive and immortal in cyberspace. The Cassandras of the present era can be heard, and, even if they’re not always heeded, the evidence of their prescience is recorded and preserved by the great god Google, whose sacred algorithms have given us the modern equivalent of the sibyl’s oracular power. We can connect to the past with a few strokes of the keyboard, and not just call up the Official History but all versions of history as recorded by both the victors and the vanquished, the Court Historians and the Cassandras – and, in the process, glean some hint of what the future holds. The invention of the Internet augurs, perhaps, the reinvention of historical memory.

“No, the Internet is not a panacea: there is no technological determinism that will automatically free us from the grip of tyrants and warmongers. Yet it is a very effective weapon in the peacemakers’ arsenal, one that could spell the effective end of the intellectual and political monopoly enjoyed by the War Party up until this point in the development of the human race. The playing field has been leveled, somewhat, by the introduction of this liberating technology, and yet … and yet we still face a lot of the same strategic and tactical disadvantages that have given the War Party the upper hand in the modern era.”

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 11:33 | 1328883 Use of Weapons
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The day was hacked (June 2009) was one of those 'hmm' moments.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:53 | 1328583 indio007
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Look I can be an NYT reporter too!

Check out my prose...


"Anonymous officals have reported that Zher's have performed their due diligence in debunking interent gold rumors. However, other sources close to the investigation say that report is premature based on a lack of evidence"

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:58 | 1328642 topcallingtroll
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This is why I would never pay for the NYT.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 11:06 | 1328701 gianakt
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At what point would the ECB start selling Gold???

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 11:37 | 1328914 VyseLegendaire
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"especially if it sound like a B-grade Hollywood thriller and cites "sources."

But Gonzalo Lira does neither of those! Don't shatter my dreams!!!!

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 11:54 | 1328998 Tunga
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So the fake space alien invasion is real? 

Wasn't the CIA formed to battle the offworlders? Then the NSA was formed to watch the CIA because the aliens took them over. But then the NSA got tooken over too so they made the NRO to watch the NSA but they got infiltrated too. So that's why we have DHS. There's nothing there worth taking over.


The  Sorcha sisters rock.  

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 11:55 | 1329014 nyse
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In any case, it is odd that all these cats are rolling around different hotels trying to rape the cleaning ladies.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 11:58 | 1329032 Bastiat
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Bitches, bitches!

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 12:02 | 1329062 Crabshack
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Here is the top secret filter for reading suspect news.  Only three things in the world really matter; PMs, Oil and the strongest military in the world to defend or acquire more of them.

This is exactly why Dick C said, "Deficits don't matter".  He would have gone on to say Debt, money printing, SS, Medi ... don't matter.

The only group that can stop the fantasy is a bigger army.  We have seen the US Military play 'games' in the ME with their kiddie gloves on.  A full scale, damm the public perceiption, kill the babies war would probably shock everyone.  Until that time Timmy, Ben, DSK ... all just funny actors keeping a 500 act play going.

Enjoy it until you don't anymore.



Wed, 06/01/2011 - 12:02 | 1329063 chunkylover42
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This sentence is false.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 14:40 | 1329088 Reptil
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Two observations:
This doesn't answer the question "where is our gold?" ("we" as in the central bank stash, public property) Sorry for being captain obvious, couldn't help myself. ;-)

Also I suspect most ZHers are apt in sifting through the endless sea of useless noise to find a few snippets. Experience and some "fingerspitzengefühl" is needed IMHO.

Thanks for the warning though. :-)

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 12:38 | 1329162 jaffi
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EUTimes has long been known to be a fraudulent news site.  A few weeks ago they ran a story saying that the Chinese gave the US an ultimatum that if the US were to attack Pakistan, that China would see it as an attack on China.  Of course, this story was BS.  What is worse, the EUTimes rarely ever cites the author of their stories.  That China/Pak story just so happened to be written by Webster Tarply (another hack).  However, most stories that they do run has a little "source" link on the bottom, if you click on that you typically find that the source is of a questionable nature.  


The EUTimes states that it is based in Europe, with branches in America and Canada.  However, there is only one confirmed location for the EUTimes, and that is in Englewood, Colorado.  Their supposed parent company is 'Tucows', which is really just a proxy created by 'Contact Privacy, Inc' in Toronto, Ontario.  

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 12:59 | 1329185 Fiat2Zero
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The article is a classic disinformation tactic designed to squelch any serious probing into the DSK affair. "nature abhors a vacuum.". This is why this preposterous story was created - to go viral and distract. Regardless I did find the timing and method of the DSK takedown to be "interesting.". It's now that much harder to discuss intelligently without looking foolish (the true aim of the article).

Edit: since DSK wanted to steer developing countries, like Egypt, away from the dollar, I'm going to guess that these two bankers knew each other (Omar seems very influential), and were making overtures to get off the US Dollar Crack. This is a very public message to world bankers - do not fick with the reserve currency or we will humiliate you in front of the world.

Pretty slick trick.

How dare those bankers grope our virginal US maids!

Do you really think that guys spending $1k a night on a hotel room wouldn't order up a discrete pro?

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 13:04 | 1329349 Fiat2Zero
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Also, forget the hoax story which is a diversion.

Concentrate on the interesting facts: two influential anti-dollar, world bankers, taken down by the same flimsy, "budget honeypot" operation. Did the bankers know each other (guessing yes)? Is the takedown related? (guessing yes)

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 12:47 | 1329259 Blano
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Oh I'm sure that asshole crackpot George Washington is all over this story already.  He'll have a breathtaking new conspiracy story to report on ZH any minute now.

Wed, 06/01/2011 - 12:48 | 1329273 ebworthen
Wed, 06/01/2011 - 16:06 | 1330065 WakeyWakey
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Ofcourse things on the internet are true...check out this talking dog !


Wed, 06/01/2011 - 18:20 | 1330572 nmewn
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"Alas, with the world now approaching The Onion in factual headline flow, we can see how it is easy for many to have been fooled. We just wish to caution readers to be wary, and always, and that is absolutely true for anything read on Zero Hedge as well, always, to validate and double check the factual veracity of anything read on the Internet, especially if it sound like a B-grade Hollywood thriller and cites "sources."

Thanks for this post Tyler...I was starting to sound like Johnny-One-Note ;-)

Thu, 06/02/2011 - 03:48 | 1331639 S.N.A.F.U.
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"double check the factual veracity of anything read on the Internet"

Absolutely!  That's why any time I'm on my computer and find important info on an internet site, I *ALWAYS* check the site out from a 2nd computer.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!