List you favorite conspiracy theory

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  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  3. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    What good is bottled water going to do me if the world's going to end?
     
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    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

  5. decimon

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  6. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Sindona died in 1986. Considering the havoc he wrought with the primitive tools of the time, I've often wondered what truly catastrophic things could have happened, had he lived into the heyday of derivatives, financial engineering, Internet, DarkWeb and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

    In jail, Sindona was asked if he thought an operation like his could be started from scratch again and his eyes lit up. He said yes, all he'd need to start is $1,000 and a Telex! What he could have done with a laptop and wi-fi!

    J.
     
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  7. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member


    Well, if that stuff didn't happen without him then it probably wouldn't have happened with him. Or maybe it did happen.
     
  8. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    It didn't take long after technical advancements for really bad things to happen, e.g. Long Term Capital Management crash in late 90s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-Term_Capital_Management. Two Nobel Prize winners, including a professor at my home town University helped author that disaster! Also, "rogue trading" disasters (e.g. Nick Leeson) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Leeson

    My point: If Sindona had had access to more modern tools, he could have wreaked damage far more spectacular than he accomplished without them. These days, even "good" guys manage to screw up irretrievably. A hedge fund sneezes and a nation has to bail it out! I've always been interested in financial shenanigans beyond my pay grade. Just the thought of all that money...

    And we have George Soros, who decries derivatives as "the crack cocaine of finance" - and I would largely agree with that definition. Yet his organization uses them...

    J.
     
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  9. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member


    In 1963 I worked in the trust section of a bank. A bank taken over by Franklin National Bank after I'd left. My boss told me that the best bankers were in Brazil, the punch line being that we had no extradition treaty with Brazil.
     
  10. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I LOVE it!! :laugh:

    Just for laughs, I read recently that the only jurisdictions left with complete banking secrecy are Myanmar/Burma and Nigeria. I was surprised to learn that Nauru and Vanuatu were no longer on the list - all the money-launderers have been kicked out, apparently. Hmm - Myanmar ... Nigeria. Don't think I want to deal with either. ...Maybe I should give Pyongyang a call. :wink:

    Na condition wey make crayfish bend. (Nigeria). :smile:

    J.
     
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  11. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member


    Maybe not from Guam.
     
  12. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I love posts that crossover to other threads
     
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  14. decimon

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  15. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    Right. Maybe "Covfefe" was one of his coded answers. :smile:

    J.
     
  16. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member


    It's all coming together.
     
  17. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    There was/is a cable show on this subject and I watched a bit of it lately. The show was saying that Hitler escaped by plane to Denmark and then to South America by U-boat. The evidence they produced, if genuine, was rather compelling. I forget the name of the show but it was some multi-episode documentary. In any case . . .

    CIA informant claimed Hitler survived WWII - Unexplained Mysteries
     
  18. Kizmet

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  19. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member


    People who visit Dealey Plaza tend to ditch their conspiracy thoughts. They say the plaza is small, the grassy knoll is small and that Oswald didn't have as difficult a shot as they'd thought.
     
  20. Kizmet

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