History ConspiracyTheories / OToZ

22nd Jul '17 11:54:30 PM igordebraga
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** The DarkHorseVictory by West Germany in 1954, over an Hungary team that hadn't lost in over 2 years and only started having trouble in the playoffs (in the group staged they trounced the same German team - because the coach deliberately put the reserves, to both hide the team's true strength and avoid a rematch with the Magyars until the final). Some accuse the "Miracle of Bern" of only happening due to the Germans using performance-enhancing drugs in the dressing room.

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** The DarkHorseVictory by West Germany in 1954, over an Hungary team that hadn't lost in over 2 years and only started having trouble in the playoffs (in the group staged stage they trounced the same German team - because the coach deliberately put the reserves, to both hide the team's true strength and avoid a rematch with the Magyars until the final). Some accuse the "Miracle of Bern" of only happening due to the Germans using performance-enhancing drugs in the dressing room.



* If an unpopular or unlikely city/country is selected to host a prestigious sporting event (such as the World Cup or the Olympics), there is usually an accompanying conspiracy theory that the country bribed their way to hosting. Sometimes that's even proven to be true (see: Salt Lake City's Olympics).

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* If an unpopular or unlikely city/country is selected to host a prestigious sporting event (such as the World Cup TheWorldCup or the Olympics), OlympicGames), there is usually an accompanying conspiracy theory that the country bribed their way to hosting. Sometimes that's even proven to be true (see: Salt Lake City's Olympics).
9th Jul '17 8:32:50 AM nombretomado
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*** US and British intelligence services didn't know for sure, but sensibly concluded that the Carrier-arm of the Japanese fleet was going to be used against the British Far-Eastern Flotilla in Singapore. It was painfully obvious to everyone that a Japanese offensive operation/campaign was imminent and that it would target British Malaya and the Dutch East Indies - to secure critically-needed iron and oil supplies. US forces in The Philippines were placed on alert just in case because hey, when people are going to war on your doorstep it doesn't hurt to be prepared, but nobody actually expected that ImperialJapan [[WorldWarTwo would be loony enough to bring the US into a Japanese-Allied war]].

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*** US and British intelligence services didn't know for sure, but sensibly concluded that the Carrier-arm of the Japanese fleet was going to be used against the British Far-Eastern Flotilla in Singapore. It was painfully obvious to everyone that a Japanese offensive operation/campaign was imminent and that it would target British Malaya and the Dutch East Indies - to secure critically-needed iron and oil supplies. US forces in The Philippines were placed on alert just in case because hey, when people are going to war on your doorstep it doesn't hurt to be prepared, but nobody actually expected that ImperialJapan [[WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII would be loony enough to bring the US into a Japanese-Allied war]].
17th Jun '17 10:31:54 AM nombretomado
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* In RugbyUnion, there is an UrbanLegend that the All Blacks squad [[WorfHadTheFlu falling ill just before the 1995 World Cup final]] was the result of a sabotage by a mysterious waitress named "Suzie". Nowadays, even the diehard All Blacks fans admit it was probably just food poisoning.

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* In RugbyUnion, UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion, there is an UrbanLegend that the All Blacks squad [[WorfHadTheFlu falling ill just before the 1995 World Cup final]] was the result of a sabotage by a mysterious waitress named "Suzie". Nowadays, even the diehard All Blacks fans admit it was probably just food poisoning.
11th Jun '17 1:22:22 PM nombretomado
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* Three unexpected results in TheWorldCup lead to this:

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* Three unexpected results in TheWorldCup UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup lead to this:
31st May '17 1:05:22 PM kazokuhouou
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* If an unpopular or unlikely country is selected to host a prestigious sporting event (such as the World Cup or the Olympics), there is usually an accompanying conspiracy theory that the country bribed their way to hosting. Sometimes that's even proven to be true (see: Salt Lake's Olympics).

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* If an unpopular or unlikely country city/country is selected to host a prestigious sporting event (such as the World Cup or the Olympics), there is usually an accompanying conspiracy theory that the country bribed their way to hosting. Sometimes that's even proven to be true (see: Salt Lake's Lake City's Olympics).
12th May '17 6:44:22 AM LondonKdS
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* The "Eurabia" theory is a similar one among European anti-immigration activists, claiming that Muslim immigrants to Europe are plotting to overthrow the governments and Christian civilization of Europe in order to install theocratic Islamist states where Christianity and Western culture would be outlawed. Even assuming that a significant number of Muslims even want this--which they don't--how a minority religious group that, while possessing [[VocalMinority a number of loud-mouthed elements]], only claims single-digit percentages of the population in most European countries (7% in UsefulNotes/{{France}}, 5% in UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands--and these are the highest percentages in all Europe)[[note]]Besides Bosnia, Albania, and Kosovo, where a plurality or majority of people are theoretically Muslim—theoretically, because those countries spent fifty years as CommieLand and religious observance is absurdly low[[/note]] can successfully take over society and remake it in their image is rarely satisfactorily explained. The conspiracy theorists often claim that high birth rates and unrestricted immigration are allowing them to build their numbers up into a serious threat--but even then, the birthrate among European Muslims has dropped with their relative prosperity in Europe, and immigration faces both official obstacles and an increasing lack of motivation thanks to the lackluster European economy (if you don't have a job in North Africa, and you won't have a job in France, why bother moving?). Oh, and it doesn't seem to give any credit to widespread Muslim assimilation--despite the common joke (well, half-joke, 'cos it's true--and then some) that "for every Muslim woman wearing a burkha in France, there are twenty wearing bikinis".

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* The "Eurabia" "{{Eurabia}}" theory is a similar one among European anti-immigration activists, claiming that Muslim immigrants to Europe are plotting to overthrow the governments and Christian civilization of Europe in order to install theocratic Islamist states where Christianity and Western culture would be outlawed. Even assuming that a significant number of Muslims even want this--which they don't--how a minority religious group that, while possessing [[VocalMinority a number of loud-mouthed elements]], only claims single-digit percentages of the population in most European countries (7% in UsefulNotes/{{France}}, 5% in UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands--and these are the highest percentages in all Europe)[[note]]Besides Bosnia, Albania, and Kosovo, where a plurality or majority of people are theoretically Muslim—theoretically, because those countries spent fifty years as CommieLand and religious observance is absurdly low[[/note]] can successfully take over society and remake it in their image is rarely satisfactorily explained. The conspiracy theorists often claim that high birth rates and unrestricted immigration are allowing them to build their numbers up into a serious threat--but even then, the birthrate among European Muslims has dropped with their relative prosperity in Europe, and immigration faces both official obstacles and an increasing lack of motivation thanks to the lackluster European economy (if you don't have a job in North Africa, and you won't have a job in France, why bother moving?). Oh, and it doesn't seem to give any credit to widespread Muslim assimilation--despite the common joke (well, half-joke, 'cos it's true--and then some) that "for every Muslim woman wearing a burkha in France, there are twenty wearing bikinis".
9th May '17 8:25:40 PM Fireblood
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* It is historically true that, during slavery, American slaveowners often used Christianity to justify slavery and handpicked verses about serving masters to reinforce slavery. However, some theorists take it to another level, claiming that Christianity is still being promoted by The (white) Man in order to brainwash and subjugate them. Proponents of this theory often believe that African-Americans should either become atheists or return to the original African religions, which are being suppressed because they are more truthful. Belief in this theory often goes hand in hand with the belief that aspects of Christianity were co-opted from African (usually specifically Egyptian) religions.

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* It is historically true that, during slavery, American slaveowners often used Christianity to justify slavery and handpicked verses about serving masters to reinforce slavery. However, some theorists take it to another level, claiming that Christianity is still being promoted by The (white) Man in order to brainwash and subjugate them. Proponents of this theory often believe that African-Americans should either become atheists or return to the original African religions, which are being suppressed because they are more truthful. Belief in this theory often goes hand in hand with the belief that aspects of Christianity were co-opted from African (usually specifically Egyptian) religions. This idea was pushed by the Nation of Islam in regards to black slaves being Muslims originally (true in many, but not all, cases) and therefore Islamic beliefs were what they should take up again (never mind that the NOI's beliefs are very different from traditional Islam-most Muslims disclaim them entirely).



** In 1978, the host Argentina entered their game with Peru knowing that only by winning over 4 goals they would reach the final, and the result was a 6-0 defeat. This is pointed by many as occuring due [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1978_FIFA_World_Cup#Controversy to some interference by the dictatorship that ruled the country]] (whether bribing, delivery of dissidents or just the fact that the Peruvian goalkeeper was born in Argentina).

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** In 1978, the host Argentina entered their game with Peru knowing that only by winning over 4 goals they would reach the final, and the result was a 6-0 defeat. This is pointed by many as occuring occurring due [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1978_FIFA_World_Cup#Controversy to some interference by the dictatorship that ruled the country]] (whether bribing, delivery of dissidents or just the fact that the Peruvian goalkeeper was born in Argentina).
9th May '17 8:07:07 PM Fireblood
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* The "Eurabia" theory is a similar one among European anti-immigration activists, claiming that Muslim immigrants to Europe are plotting to overthrow the governments and Christian civilization of Europe in order to install theocratic Islamist states where Christianity and Western culture would be outlawed. Even assuming that a significant number of Muslims even want this--which they don't--how a minority religious group that, while possessing [[VocalMinority a number of loud-mouthed elements]], only claims single-digit percentages of the population in most European countries (7% in UsefulNotes/{{France}}, 5% in UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands--and these are the highest percentages in all Europe)[[note]]Besides Bosnia, Albania, and Kosovo, where a plurality or majority of people are theoretically Muslim—theoretically, because those countries spent sixty years as CommieLand and religious observance is absurdly low[[/note]] can successfully take over society and remake it in their image is rarely satisfactorily explained. The conspiracy theorists often claim that high birth rates and unrestricted immigration are allowing them to build their numbers up into a serious threat--but even then, the birthrate among European Muslims has dropped with their relative prosperity in Europe, and immigration faces both official obstacles and an increasing lack of motivation thanks to the lackluster European economy (if you don't have a job in North Africa, and you won't have a job in France, why bother moving?). Oh, and it doesn't seem to give any credit to widespread Muslim assimilation--despite the common joke (well, half-joke, 'cos it's true--and then some) that "for every Muslim woman wearing a burkha in France, there are twenty wearing bikinis".
** This is a simplification of the original "Eurabia" theory, in which the European Union were collaborating with international Islam because, basically, they were all fanatical anti-Semites who wanted to destroy Israel and restart the Holocaust. Much theorising centred around an obscure EU group called the European Co-ordinating Committee for Friendly Relations With the Arab World, which existed briefly in response to the 1973 oil crisis and was blown up by the "Eurabia" theorists into a full-blown NebulousEvilOrganisation. (Yes, this is a rare example of a conspiracy theory largely created and believed by Jewish people, in contrast to the many in which Jewish people are smeared.)
* During the 19th century, it was claimed that immigration to the US from Europe was being backed by the European empires and by the Catholic Church, which wished to subvert the threat that American democracy presented to their power by putting a Catholic Habsburg prince on the throne of an American kingdom. To do this, they would send over waves of immigrants from Italy, Ireland, Austria and other Catholic countries, who would act as {{black shirt}}s for the new King of America and work to suppress patriotic Protestant Americans. This actually was attempted in Mexico, though that was more about the European powers (namely France) collecting on their foreign debts -- and Mexico, which was not only largely Catholic but also weaker and poorer than the United States, kicked out the invaders in less than a decade--''even as various Mexican factions squabbled among themselves''.

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* The "Eurabia" theory is a similar one among European anti-immigration activists, claiming that Muslim immigrants to Europe are plotting to overthrow the governments and Christian civilization of Europe in order to install theocratic Islamist states where Christianity and Western culture would be outlawed. Even assuming that a significant number of Muslims even want this--which they don't--how a minority religious group that, while possessing [[VocalMinority a number of loud-mouthed elements]], only claims single-digit percentages of the population in most European countries (7% in UsefulNotes/{{France}}, 5% in UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands--and these are the highest percentages in all Europe)[[note]]Besides Bosnia, Albania, and Kosovo, where a plurality or majority of people are theoretically Muslim—theoretically, because those countries spent sixty fifty years as CommieLand and religious observance is absurdly low[[/note]] can successfully take over society and remake it in their image is rarely satisfactorily explained. The conspiracy theorists often claim that high birth rates and unrestricted immigration are allowing them to build their numbers up into a serious threat--but even then, the birthrate among European Muslims has dropped with their relative prosperity in Europe, and immigration faces both official obstacles and an increasing lack of motivation thanks to the lackluster European economy (if you don't have a job in North Africa, and you won't have a job in France, why bother moving?). Oh, and it doesn't seem to give any credit to widespread Muslim assimilation--despite the common joke (well, half-joke, 'cos it's true--and then some) that "for every Muslim woman wearing a burkha in France, there are twenty wearing bikinis".
** This is a simplification of the original "Eurabia" theory, in which the European Union were collaborating with international Islam because, basically, they were all fanatical anti-Semites who wanted to destroy Israel and restart the Holocaust. Much theorising centred theorizing centered around an obscure EU group called the European Co-ordinating Committee for Friendly Relations With the Arab World, which existed briefly in response to the 1973 oil crisis and was blown up by the "Eurabia" theorists into a full-blown NebulousEvilOrganisation. (Yes, this is a rare example of a conspiracy theory largely created and believed by Jewish people, in contrast to the many in which Jewish people are smeared.)
* During the 19th century, it was claimed that immigration to the US from Europe was being backed by the European empires and by the Catholic Church, which wished to subvert the threat that American democracy presented to their power by putting a Catholic Habsburg prince on the throne of an American kingdom. To do this, they would send over waves of immigrants from Italy, Ireland, Austria and other Catholic countries, who would act as {{black shirt}}s for the new King of America and work to suppress patriotic Protestant Americans. This actually was attempted in Mexico, though that was more about the European powers (namely France) collecting on their foreign debts -- and Mexico, which was not only largely Catholic but also weaker and poorer than the United States, kicked out the invaders in less than a decade--''even as various Mexican factions squabbled among themselves''.



* The above theory has a mirror counterpart among black supremacists, purporting that the white Western powers (and sometimes the Jews as well for good measure) are plotting genocide and forced population reductions against the black race in order to either steal Africa's resources, establish white supremacy, or (usually) both. Mechanisms for how TheMan is to go about this include the proliferation of abortion and birth control so as to reduce black birthrates, the engineering of famines through unequal trade treaties that depress agriculture in developing African nations (or sometimes through simple {{weather control|Machine}}), and the creation of genetically-modified diseases that are then spread across Africa (often under [[TrojanHorse the guise of public health and vaccination programs]]).

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* The above theory has a mirror counterpart among black supremacists, purporting that the white Western powers (and sometimes the Jews as well for good measure) are plotting genocide and forced population reductions against the black race in order to either steal Africa's resources, establish white supremacy, or (usually) both. Mechanisms for how TheMan is to go about this include the proliferation of abortion and birth control so as to reduce black birthrates, the engineering of famines through unequal trade treaties that depress agriculture in developing African nations (or sometimes through simple some {{weather control|Machine}}), and the creation of genetically-modified diseases that are then spread across Africa (often under [[TrojanHorse the guise of public health and vaccination programs]]).



** There is another theory (mostly believed by those in the Nation of Islam) that all white people were created through eugenics by a man named Dr./Mr. Yakub, who was a black scientist that lived 6000 years ago and created the white race as a race of evil people. Some also believe that this is the same person as the Biblical Jacob (thus feeding into the anti-semitism that some Nation of Islam members have). The white race (aka Yacubians) is basically implied to be evil savages who usurped power from black people and eventually enslaved them. Believers claim that this theory has been proven by modern science.

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** There is another theory (mostly believed by those in the Nation of Islam) that all white people were created through eugenics by a man named Dr./Mr. Yakub, who was a black scientist that lived 6000 years ago and created the white race as a race of evil people. Some also believe that this is the same person as the Biblical Jacob (thus feeding into the anti-semitism antisemitism that some Nation of Islam members have). The white race (aka Yacubians) is basically implied to be evil savages who usurped power from black people and eventually enslaved them. Believers claim that this theory has been proven by modern science.



** The "Ten Lost Tribes" theory, which is based on the fact that ten of the twelve Israelite tribes mysteriously vanish from the Biblical records around the time Assyria conquered Israel. Long story short, this theory posits they ended up in Europe, where they became the ancestors of White people, which in turn would make them, not Jews, God's "real" Chosen People, which (according to the theory, anyway) entitles them to do whatever they please with other ethnicities.
*** Black supremacists again turn this one on its head, with some "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hebrew_Israelites Black Hebrew Israelite]]" groups claiming that the Ten Lost Tribes actually [[NotSoDifferent ended up in Africa, where they became the ancestors of Black people, which in turn would make them, not Jews, God's "real" Chosen People, which (according to the theory, or at least some of its adherents) entitles them to do what they please with other ethnicities]]. (The majority of Black Hebrew Israelite groups merely claim that Black people are Jewish in the same way that mainstream Jews are Jewish--required to keep the Commandments but otherwise not granted any special power over other people.)

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** The "Ten Lost Tribes" theory, which is based on the fact that ten of the twelve Israelite tribes mysteriously vanish from the Biblical records around the time Assyria conquered Israel. Long story short, this theory posits they ended up in Europe, where they became the ancestors of White white people, which in turn would make them, not Jews, God's "real" Chosen People, which (according to the theory, anyway) entitles them to do whatever they please with other ethnicities.
*** Black supremacists again turn this one on its head, with some "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hebrew_Israelites Black Hebrew Israelite]]" groups claiming that the Ten Lost Tribes actually [[NotSoDifferent ended up in Africa, where they became the ancestors of Black black people, which in turn would make them, not Jews, God's "real" Chosen People, which (according to the theory, or at least some of its adherents) entitles them to do what they please with other ethnicities]]. (The majority of Black Hebrew Israelite groups merely claim that Black black people are Jewish in the same way that mainstream Jews are Jewish--required to keep the Commandments but otherwise not granted any special power over other people.people. Black Jews already exist, mostly Ethiopians.)



** Even that one, however, could be considered generous compared to the "Pre-Adamite" theory, which suggests that "lesser races" ''are not even human''. This one builds on an extremely ambiguous passage in ''Genesis'' which could be interpreted as God creating some form of sentient life before He made humankind; these beings are said by the theory to be the ancestors of people of color.
* Australia's most xenophobic (and possibly unhinged) Prime Minister, Billy Hughes, began to believe in all sorts of racist conspiracy theories after UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne began. He genuinely feared an ethnic German uprising in Australia in the midst of WWI, and even had the police draw him secret escape and counter-militia measures, for when the German hordes descended upon the government. Unsurprisingly, and as the police consistently told him, this was totally pointless. Most ethnic Germans had been in Australia for generations, and no domestic threat materialised. Hughes also felt that Catholics (particularly Irish Catholics) were plotting against him and trying to undermine the government, to the extent that despite his open hatred of Catholics he ''appealed to the Pope'' to have a local Australian Catholic priest he particularly disliked ordered out of the country.
* One conspiracy theory that started cropping up in the wake the drug epidemic of the 70's and 80's in black communities is that the US Government, or at the very least the local city government was responsible for introducing drugs (heroin and cocaine in the 70's, crack cocaine in the 80's) to their communities for the purposes of oppressing blacks into subservience through drugs, or wiping them out with drug abuse and gang warfare. This theory cropped up on occasion in {{Blaxploitation}} films, where the TheManBehindTheMan turns out to be "The Man" supplying drugs to the local criminal kingpins.

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** Even that one, however, could be considered generous compared to the "Pre-Adamite" theory, which suggests that "lesser races" ''are not even human''. This one builds on an extremely ambiguous passage in ''Genesis'' which could be interpreted as God creating some form of sentient life before He made humankind; these beings are said by the theory to be the ancestors of people of color.
color. Later this was repackaged in the scientific racist idea of "polygenism", which was disproved for good (to most anyway) with Darwinian evolution and genetic evidence.
* Australia's most xenophobic (and possibly unhinged) Prime Minister, Billy Hughes, began to believe in all sorts of racist conspiracy theories after UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne began. He genuinely feared an ethnic German uprising in Australia in the midst of WWI, and even had the police draw him secret escape and counter-militia measures, for when the German hordes descended upon the government. Unsurprisingly, and as the police consistently told him, this was totally pointless. Most ethnic Germans had been in Australia for generations, and no domestic threat materialised.materialized. Hughes also felt that Catholics (particularly Irish Catholics) were plotting against him and trying to undermine the government, to the extent that despite his open hatred of Catholics he ''appealed to the Pope'' to have a local Australian Catholic priest he particularly disliked ordered out of the country.
* One conspiracy theory that started cropping up in the wake the drug epidemic of the 70's and 80's in black communities is that the US Government, or at the very least the local city government government, was responsible for introducing drugs (heroin and cocaine in the 70's, crack cocaine in the 80's) to their communities for the purposes of oppressing blacks into subservience through drugs, or wiping them out with drug abuse and gang warfare. This theory cropped up on occasion in {{Blaxploitation}} films, where the TheManBehindTheMan turns out to be "The Man" supplying drugs to the local criminal kingpins.



** The proliferation of gunshops is also part of this conspiracy. Apparently this isn't enough though, as {{Black Helicopter}}s fly over South Central LA dropping firearms from the air.

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** The proliferation of gunshops gun shops is also part of this conspiracy. Apparently this isn't enough though, as {{Black Helicopter}}s fly over South Central LA dropping firearms from the air.



* In post-Apartheid UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica, there have been a large amount of murders of white farmers by [[MalcolmXerox black supremacists]]. Cue ''white'' supremacists coming up with a theory that these killings are actively sponsored by the now-African-controlled government as payback for Apartheid. Possibly inspired by Robert Mugabe's UsefulNotes/{{Zimbabwe}}, where violence against whites has been ''confirmed'' to be state-sanctioned.

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* In post-Apartheid UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica, there have been a large amount of murders of white farmers by [[MalcolmXerox black supremacists]]. Cue ''white'' supremacists coming up with a theory that these killings are actively sponsored by the now-African-controlled now black-controlled government as payback for Apartheid. Possibly inspired by Robert Mugabe's UsefulNotes/{{Zimbabwe}}, where violence against whites has been ''confirmed'' to be state-sanctioned.
16th Apr '17 2:36:28 PM nombretomado
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* The [[MoonLandingHoax "Moon hoax" theory claims that the first moon landing of the 20th of July 1969 was a hoax]], filmed on a Hollywood soundstage to fool the Soviets and "win" TheSpaceRace. (Some versions claim that Creator/StanleyKubrick was the one who filmed it.) The Series/MythBusters had a field day debunking this, and in any event there are [[http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/multimedia/lroimages/apollosites.html photographs of the moon landing sites from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter]] Probably the most obvious response to this is to ask why General Secretary UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev, who had a good relationship with the Soviet military, didn't immediately call them out on the fraud. If there was even a shadow of a doubt that the Capitalist Imperialists really had landed on the moon, he would have thrown it right in their faces and dealt an enormous blow to American credibility and prestige (Vietnam being more of a steady erosion).

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* The [[MoonLandingHoax "Moon hoax" theory claims that the first moon landing of the 20th of July 1969 was a hoax]], filmed on a Hollywood soundstage to fool the Soviets and "win" TheSpaceRace.UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace. (Some versions claim that Creator/StanleyKubrick was the one who filmed it.) The Series/MythBusters had a field day debunking this, and in any event there are [[http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/multimedia/lroimages/apollosites.html photographs of the moon landing sites from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter]] Probably the most obvious response to this is to ask why General Secretary UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev, who had a good relationship with the Soviet military, didn't immediately call them out on the fraud. If there was even a shadow of a doubt that the Capitalist Imperialists really had landed on the moon, he would have thrown it right in their faces and dealt an enormous blow to American credibility and prestige (Vietnam being more of a steady erosion).
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