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7th Jul '17 4:59:54 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheOtherWiki There Is No Cabal.]][[labelnote:explanation]]This is a [[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_Cabal in-joke]]. When paranoid editors would complain about some sort of conspiracy about their edits on the wiki, others would provide the "There Is No Cabal" reassurance as a RunningGag, poking fun at their paranoia. It can also be traced further [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_Is_No_Cabal back in the internet's history]].[[/labelnote]]

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* [[TheOtherWiki [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} There Is No Cabal.]][[labelnote:explanation]]This is a [[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_Cabal in-joke]]. When paranoid editors would complain about some sort of conspiracy about their edits on the wiki, others would provide the "There Is No Cabal" reassurance as a RunningGag, poking fun at their paranoia. It can also be traced further [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_Is_No_Cabal back in the internet's history]].[[/labelnote]]
9th Jun '17 2:23:26 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Given the parallels between the Death Star's destruction in ''Film/ANewHope'' and 9/11, someone inevitably made [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEPazLTGceI a video alleging that the Death Star's destruction was an inside job]] (parodying the 9/11 truthers' arguments). [[spoiler:As of ''Film/RogueOne'', this one turned out to be true: one of the Death Star's architects secretly added a weakness that the rebels could use to destroy it.]]

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* Given the parallels between the Death Star's destruction in ''Film/ANewHope'' and 9/11, someone inevitably made [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEPazLTGceI a video alleging that the Death Star's destruction was an inside job]] (parodying the 9/11 truthers' arguments). [[spoiler:As As of ''Film/RogueOne'', this [[spoiler:this one turned out to be true: one of the Death Star's architects secretly added a weakness that the rebels could use to destroy it.]]
21st May '17 4:21:39 PM jormis29
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* During the 2016 election, ''Full Frontal with Samantha Bee'' started a (fake) conspiracy that Donald Trump was illiterate, using much of the same logic that extreme right-wingers use against Hillary Clinton.

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* During the 2016 election, ''Full Frontal with Samantha Bee'' ''Series/FullFrontalWithSamanthaBee'' started a (fake) conspiracy that Donald Trump was illiterate, using much of the same logic that extreme right-wingers use against Hillary Clinton.
13th May '17 1:12:02 PM nombretomado
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* Twenty-seven years later, it has finally emerged that the Hillsborough stadium disaster of 1989 (in which 96 people died in a crush at a football stadium in Sheffield, England) was in fact due to incompetent handling by the West Yorkshire Police. Police, politicians and national newspapers colluded to hide the truth and transfer the blame to the visiting Liverpool fans, who were described as drunken criminal thugs and other slanders. The fact the secret was kept for so long is blamed largely on a culture of ''omerta'' among British policemen which makes the Mafia look loose-lipped blabbermouths by comparison. Even policemen who were honest, blameless and who had no part in the bad decision-making felt intimidated into silence by the dominant culture of their service even if they were privately horrified by the event. Add in [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers a red-top press]] keen to label all football fans as criminal scum, and what was then a [[MargaretThatcher Thatcher government]] with no love for the working classes and a perceived need to support the police right or wrong, and you get that rare thing - a conspiracy that worked where nobody broke ranks. Until the inquest came along - 27 years after the event. An independent panel in 2012 concluded that there had been a "strenuous attempt" to deflect blame for the disaster away from the emergency services and onto Liverpool supporters, including editing 164 eyewitness statements to remove references to the police's failures and the fabrication of stories about fans rushing the gates and attacking police.

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* Twenty-seven years later, it has finally emerged that the Hillsborough stadium disaster of 1989 (in which 96 people died in a crush at a football stadium in Sheffield, England) was in fact due to incompetent handling by the West Yorkshire Police. Police, politicians and national newspapers colluded to hide the truth and transfer the blame to the visiting Liverpool fans, who were described as drunken criminal thugs and other slanders. The fact the secret was kept for so long is blamed largely on a culture of ''omerta'' among British policemen which makes the Mafia look loose-lipped blabbermouths by comparison. Even policemen who were honest, blameless and who had no part in the bad decision-making felt intimidated into silence by the dominant culture of their service even if they were privately horrified by the event. Add in [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers a red-top press]] keen to label all football fans as criminal scum, and what was then a [[MargaretThatcher [[UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher Thatcher government]] with no love for the working classes and a perceived need to support the police right or wrong, and you get that rare thing - a conspiracy that worked where nobody broke ranks. Until the inquest came along - 27 years after the event. An independent panel in 2012 concluded that there had been a "strenuous attempt" to deflect blame for the disaster away from the emergency services and onto Liverpool supporters, including editing 164 eyewitness statements to remove references to the police's failures and the fabrication of stories about fans rushing the gates and attacking police.
21st Apr '17 9:46:15 PM MiffPengi
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** [[http://www.snopes.com/lost/kfc.asp According to]] Website/{{Snopes}}, the word that caused them to change the name was neither "Fried" or "Chicken", but "Kentucky"-- the state had trademarked their name in 1990, and rather than pay up, the restaurant just started WritingAroundTrademarks.
3rd Apr '17 11:44:16 AM TheDeadSkin
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Plot The Business Plot]] in 1933 was a plan by several business leaders (rumored to have included Prescott Bush, father of Bush 41 and grandfather of Bush 43) to overthrow President UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt and install a fascist government, conceived out of the fear that he would turn America into a socialist nation. The whole thing fell apart when they asked General Smedley Butler to act as the leader of the coup. Butler, who, although a registered Republican, was ''very'' disillusioned regarding US interventionism to support business interests, responded by revealing the whole plot to the government. It's pretty likely that the conspiracy was nowhere near as wide-spread as Butler assumed, and indeed may have only included a very few rabidly anti-Roosevelt individuals (Butler himself only met two, a contact man, and an eccentric heir to the Singer sewing machine company who he only met before the plot was finalized) who probably didn't have a real chance of success in their coup. The thing that stokes the conspiracy flames, though, is how limited the investigation was (even when it was clear that ''someone'' was planning what could only be described as a domestic terrorist plot; the "contact man," Gerald [=MacGuire=] had passed away at this point, and since he was the only one who had discussed the plot with Butler, most of the testimony was dismissed as hearsay), meaning that there are elements of the Plot that we will never know. Much modern speculation falls on [=MacGuire=], who may have been acting in the business leader's perceived interests without going to the trouble of actually telling them anything (with the idea they'd come around to it later), or may have been stringing Singer heir (and former Marine under Butler) Robert Clark along in order to line his own pockets.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Plot The Business Plot]] in 1933 was a plan by several business leaders (rumored to have included Prescott Bush, father of [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush Bush 41 41]] and grandfather of [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Bush 43) 43]]) to overthrow President UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt and install a fascist government, conceived out of the fear that he would turn America into a socialist nation. The whole thing fell apart when they asked General Smedley Butler to act as the leader of the coup. Butler, who, although a registered Republican, was ''very'' disillusioned regarding US interventionism to support business interests, responded by revealing the whole plot to the government. It's pretty likely that the conspiracy was nowhere near as wide-spread as Butler assumed, and indeed may have only included a very few rabidly anti-Roosevelt individuals (Butler himself only met two, a contact man, and an eccentric heir to the Singer sewing machine company who he only met before the plot was finalized) who probably didn't have a real chance of success in their coup. The thing that stokes the conspiracy flames, though, is how limited the investigation was (even when it was clear that ''someone'' was planning what could only be described as a domestic terrorist plot; the "contact man," Gerald [=MacGuire=] had passed away at this point, and since he was the only one who had discussed the plot with Butler, most of the testimony was dismissed as hearsay), meaning that there are elements of the Plot that we will never know. Much modern speculation falls on [=MacGuire=], who may have been acting in the business leader's perceived interests without going to the trouble of actually telling them anything (with the idea they'd come around to it later), or may have been stringing Singer heir (and former Marine under Butler) Robert Clark along in order to line his own pockets.
28th Mar '17 5:20:42 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* During the Ford Pinto's rear-end collision tests in 1970, 8 out of 11 vehicles caught fire thanks to the faulty design of its gas tank. The three that didn't burst into flames had safety devices in place. Ford's cost-benefit analysis showed that installing safety devices into all their vehicles would cost $137 million, but litigation from victims of Pinto accidents, predicted to be around 180 people during the life cycle of the car, would only cost $49.5 million. As such, Ford released the car onto the streets with no safety features. All of this came to light after 13-year-old Richard Grimshaw sued the company after he was permanently disfigured in a Pinto accident on May 28th, 1972, which also killed driver Lilly Gray. Journalist Mark Dowie also discovered that Ford lobbied against a 1970 federal bill that would make safety devices standard for all vehicles. This bill became law in 1978, the same year that the company recalled all Pintos for refit. The Pinto defect is confirmed to be the cause of 27 deaths.
10th Mar '17 3:42:11 AM ergeis
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* First, take a bunch of events that seems like they have no connections with each other. Second, connect them until the letters H and L are brought up. [[spoiler: [[''VideoGame/HalfLife'']] 3 confirmed.]]

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* First, take a bunch of events that seems like they have no connections with each other. Second, connect them until the letters H and L are brought up. [[spoiler: [[''VideoGame/HalfLife'']] ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' 3 confirmed.]]
10th Mar '17 3:41:40 AM ergeis
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* First, take a bunch of events that seems like they have no connections with each other. Second, connect them until the letters H and L are brought up. [[spoiler: [[''VideoGame/Half-Life'']] 3 confirmed.]]

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* First, take a bunch of events that seems like they have no connections with each other. Second, connect them until the letters H and L are brought up. [[spoiler: [[''VideoGame/Half-Life'']] [[''VideoGame/HalfLife'']] 3 confirmed.]]
10th Mar '17 3:41:04 AM ergeis
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* First, take a bunch of events that seems like they have no connections with each other. Second, connect them until the letters H and L are brought up. [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/Half-Life'' 3 confirmed.]]

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* First, take a bunch of events that seems like they have no connections with each other. Second, connect them until the letters H and L are brought up. [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/Half-Life'' [[''VideoGame/Half-Life'']] 3 confirmed.]]
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