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the q conundrum

This issue has some dark threads running through it, perhaps unsurprisingly given that our cover story this month focuses on the Conspirasphere’s new kid on the block, QAnon. Once in a while, a conspiracy theory breaks out of the online ghetto and goes mainstream, which QAnon did – big time – after the media spotted people at pro-Trump rallies wearing ‘Q’ T-shirts and waving placards bearing mysterious slogans such as “Trust the Plan”, “We are Q”, or “wwg1wga”. We still don’t know exactly what QAnon is, although Noel Rooney does his best to find out (see p32). Its adherents claim that the enigmatic Q is a Trump administration insider who has been leaving a trail of clues that an army of assiduous Internet ‘researchers’ have been decoding and sharing online;…

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the purloined weather

At a press conference in July, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defence Organisation, accused Israel of ‘manipulating weather’ to prevent rain over the Islamic republic. “Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain,” he said. “On top of that, we are facing the issue of cloud and snow theft.” He cited a survey showing that above 2,200m (7,200ft), all mountainous areas between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean are covered in snow… except Iran. However, Ahad Vazife, head of Iran’s meteorological service, said that General Jalali “probably has documents of which I am not aware, but on the basis of meteorological knowledge, it is not possible for a country to steal snow or clouds.…

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the conspirasphere

THE POWER AND THE PERVERTS The repeated attempts, and failures, to carry out an inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse, mainly of children, by powerful figures in the UK political establishment, made me think back on some of the more spectacular accusations of sexual misconduct, and worse, levelled against the world’s most powerful people; and how these stories very rarely make it, in their most extreme (or pure, perhaps) form, into the mainstream. The Conspirasphere has regularly seen lurid (and also impassioned) crusades against the sex crimes of the elite; they are often championed by leading figures in the alternative news world (David Icke and Alex Jones spring to mind) and often, also, feature people who claim to be victims of such terrible crimes. A few of the more notable examples of…

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hanging in there

Celino Villanueva Jaramillo, a farm worker who never married and had no known living relatives, died in hospital on 18 April 2018 in the southern Chilean town of San José de Mariquina. He had fallen out of bed a week previously and broken three ribs, one of which pierced a lung. After an emergency operation and being placed in intensive care, doctors were initially optimistic he would survive; but his damaged lung became critical, and on 17 April a priest was called to deliver the last rites. Celino was allegedly born on 25 July 1896, making him 121 years and 267 days old and the world record holder – indeed only a year short of the all-time undisputed oldest person, the Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 aged 122…

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ARMADA SHIPWRECK A shipwreck found underwater off the coast of Suffolk is believed to have been a warship from the Spanish Armada. Divers surveying the seabed off Dunwich, once an important port, found a three-ton siege gun and recovered a cannon dated to around 1540. Sunday Telegraph, 25 May 2018. GROOM’S A WIMP A bride from the eastern Indian state of Bihar refused to marry her betrothed when he “started behaving in a strange manner” and admitted being afraid when lightning hit a field during the wedding vows. The groom’s relatives protested, as some of the rituals had already been performed, and there was a mass brawl and three arrests. Sunday Telegraph, 1 July 2018. PHANTOM RABBIT FLINGER Over two weeks in June, several dead rabbits were thrown through windows of student flats at the…

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medical bag

“Consumption of cow urine will lead to a healthier population” PREGNANT AT 70? María de la Luz Rodríguez, 70, from Mazatlan, Mexico, claimed last May to be six months pregnant with her eighth child. If her claim is true, she will become the oldest mother in history, beating the current record holder by four years. This is Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara, from Cadiz, Spain, who was aged 66 years and 358 days when she gave birth to twin boys in December 2006. Ms Rodriguez has revealed the ultrasound scans, which she claims confirm she is pregnant with a baby girl. She said: “They told me it is a girl. Look, you can see her little face.” She first suspected she was pregnant three months earlier, she said, when “my legs…