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For all those conspiracy theorists that swear Tupac Shakur is alive and hiding in Cuba, brace yourself. According to PBS, Tupac was recently sighted in a small resort in New Zealand—or was he?
At 11:30 p.m. Sunday, an article appeared on the PBS NewsHour news blog, “The Rundown,” claiming that not only had Tupac been found alive and well in a small town that could not be named due to security risks, but he allegedly has been living with Biggie Smalls. Despite the suspicious nature of the story, it didn’t stop at least 3,000 readers from ‘liking’ the story on Facebook and many more on Twitter who speculated on whether the story was true or not, reports Forbes.
Unfortunately, for those who had an ounce of hope, the story was declared a hoax that was written by hackers from a group calling itself LulzSec. PBS became aware of the intrusion shortly the story was posted. They counteracted by posting statements acknowledging the hack and that the story was a fake. According to Forbes, not only did the hackers break into PBS’ content management system and pen a “sufficiently-newsy sounding article with a photo and byline,” but they also posted a list of usernames and passwords for PBS’ IT admins and users, along with login details for local PBS television stations.
The reason for all of this? Well, LulzSec said in a pastebin statement that it was “less than impressed” by the “WikiSecrets” documentary that recently aired as a segment of PBS’ Frontline news program and its portrayal of Bradley Manning. Oh, and because they could.
Apparently, LulzSec has an interest in hacking media companies: it targeted Fox News recently, publishing login details for employees and user information of hundreds of people who applied to be updated on X-Factor auditions. It also attacked Sony websites and hinted it will hit Sony again soon.
But for those who still have an urge to play, ‘where in the world is Tupac?’ you can check out the hoax story here.
Last week, President Obama released his long-form version of his birth certificate, verifying that he was, indeed, born in the United States. Consider this a two-for-one deal because not only did he prove that he was in fact, an American citizen, but he also managed to diminish the doubts of some in the black community who questioned if Obama was black enough to be deemed the first black president.
Despite releasing his birth certificate, 40 percent of Americans are still holding on to the belief that Obama was not born on American soil. It makes you wonder what else these people believe. So, for the purpose of giving you a heads up on all the other distractions posing as “news” items that may be coming down the pipeline—or just for sheer kicks and giggles—I present to you a list of my top five wackiest conspiracy theories involving President Obama:
1. Obama is an undercover Muslim scheming to bring tens of millions of Muslims from the Middle East into the United States to turn this country into an Islamic nation by the end of his second term: That’s right, Obama wants to turn our God fearing nation into a big ‘ole theocracy dictatorship. You know what that means, right? Burqas for everyone! According to Mother Jones, this gem of a theory was started by Avi Lipkin, a former assistant of the Israeli Prime Minister Assistant. Lipkin said that a senior “United Nations official told him that the United States” will be a Muslim country by the end of Obama’s second term. Lipkin also claims that Barack is short for Mubarak and that his overall goal is to destroy Israel. Of course, Obama was spotted eating pork on a few occasions, so I imagine he as some explaining to do.
2. Obama is a closeted homosexual and a crackhead, who once murdered his gay choir leader to cover up his secret lifestyle: [Blank stare] Larry Sinclair, a petty criminal specializing in forgery, started spreading his wild accusations via YouTube prior to the 2008 election. I won’t go into much detail since it is too convoluted and vulgar for print, but the video is available to watch in its entirety. It should be noted that at one point, journalists apparently took Sinclair seriously enough to attend a press conference held at the National Press Club.