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Non-profit that entrapped Planned Parenthood in supposed “fetus selling” scandal is not what it purports to be

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Filed under: Political Pranks, Propaganda and Disinformation

Update, August 1, 2015: A Los Angeles judge has placed a temporary injunction on the Center for Medical Progress, stopping them from issuing any further anti-Planned Parenthood videos they may have illegally obtained using fake IDs.


CMP logoHuffington Post states that the Center for Medical Progress, the anti-abortion group behind the sting that has discredited Planned Parenthood by publishing a video about the organization selling fetal parts, is a sham non-profit. The Center, in turn, created a “shell” group called Biomax, calling it a “fetal tissue procurement company,” to entrap a Planned Parenthood executive into speaking casually over a meal with wine about procedures for shipping fetuses to laboratories for research.

The final video was edited to make it appear that Planned Parenthood sells fetuses from abortions, when in actuality, at the request of some women, they donate the fetuses for research. Reimbursements are to cover the cost of transportation. None of this is illegal. According to Slate.com, there appears to be a link between the head of the group David Daleiden and James O’Keefe, known for creating similar dishonest and inflamatory videos in support of hot right wing political issues.

Here’s the video in question. Watch carefully. Look for the numerous camera angles, as there are at least 2 if not 3 concealed cameras. And listen to the dialog to see how easy it is to take what someone says out of context, turning it into a story about something totally different.

Read more about this here:

  • Slate.com: What Is the Center for Medical Progress, the Group Behind the Latest Viral Abortion Video?
  • Huffington Post: Group Behind Planned Parenthood Sting Video May Have Tricked IRS, Donors

  • White Squad

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    Filed under: Creative Activism, Satire

    Racial Satire ‘White Squad’ Is Painfully Hilarious But All Too Real
    by Aaron Barksdale
    Huffington Post
    July 18, 2015

    This satirical ad nails everyday racial inequality.

    The White Squad Ad

    Meet the “White Squad” a group of well-meaning white people looking to help out people of color. The squad is introduced in a new, brilliant satire by MTV Decoded that tackles racial inequality that privileges white people and disadvantages people of color in everyday situations.

    In the video above, members of the company provide a white stand-in for minorities who may encounter discrimination.

    “Is your skin color holding you back? Are you tired of systemic prejudice ruining your day?” the narrator asks before before offering “professional white advantage services,” which include hailing a cab, finding a better apartment and seeking legal services.

    From their paste-colored office to their all-white employees, the company insures that their whiteness will work in your favor. With a few convincing testimonials, it’s hard to believe that this isn’t an actual service.

    While entertaining, the video raises some disturbing flags of actual oppression that can’t be fixed with a call to a 1-800 number.


    Mobstr’s Red Wall Challenge

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    Filed under: Art Pranks, Culture Jamming and Reality Hacking

    Graffiti artist Mobstr tells the story with pictures of his grand experiment taunting authorities:

    I cycled past this wall on the way to work for years. I noticed that graffiti painted within the red area was “buffed” with red paint. However, the graffiti outside the red area would be removed via pressure washing. This prompted the start of an experiment. Unlike other works, I was very uncertain as to what results it would yield. Below is what transpired over the course of a year.

    It went like this:

    Red Wall 1

    Red Wall 2

    Red Wall 3

    Red Wall 4

    Continue to next page to see the rest. (more…)

    Mexico Trumps Donald

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    From Erin: Giving The Donald his due.


    Donald Trump Piñatas Are a Hit In Mexico
    by Jacob Davidson
    Time.com
    June 30, 2015

    “This pinata especially is the one everyone wants to break.”

    Trump Pinata

    Mexicans have found a way to hit back at Donald Trump. Literally.

    Reuters reports that piñatas bearing Trump’s likeness, including “a flange of blonde hair and a big mouth,” have hit store shelves in Mexico and are proving popular among customers eager to protest the billionaire’s recent remarks against immigrants.

    Trump, who is a Republican candidate for president, drew criticism after declaring in his campaign announcement speech that Mexican migrants were bringing “drugs, crime, and rapists” to the United States. He later called his comments “100 percent correct,” but insisted he was a strong supporter of Mexicans. “How can I not love people who give me many millions of dollars for apartments?” Trump said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

    The Donald’s comments prompted piñata maker Dalton Remirez to design an extremely bashable piñata bearing Trump’s visage. The candy-filled sculpture retails for about $40, and Ramirez says it has been flying off shelves. “This piñata especially is the one everyone wants to break,” the artist told Reuters.


    Fake Tweet Fakes-out the Press

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    From Concepta Cassar: Social media prank masquerading as news gets picked up as news…


    A Prankster Convinced the Media that Glastonbury was 74% Tory
    by Abi Wilkinson
    VPoint News
    July 1, 2015

    The ‘fact’ that 74% of Glastonbury attendees voted Tory, and 13% voted Ukip, was shared widely on social media and printed in the Sunday Telegraph. However, these statistics are entirely false. They originate from a fake Guardian pie chart created by a Twitter prankster. It just shows how easy it is for lies to spread on social media.

    fake tweet from @prayforpatrick

    On Friday evening, Twitter user @PrayForPatrick tweeted an infographic that claimed to show some surprising statistics about the voting preferences of Glastonbury attendees.

    Allegedly, an on-site poll had found that 74% of Glastonbury-goers voted Conservative in the 2015 general election and 13% voted Ukip – making the festival more right-wing that the constituency of Chelsea and Fulham.

    The graphic featured the Guardian’s logo and similar, though not identical, fonts to those commonly used by the newspaper. This was apparently enough to convince many people that the unlikely stats were authentic, even though the chart included a glaring spelling error: “attendeees”. The capitalisation of “UKIP” is also out of line with Guardian house style.

    The myth took on a life of its own as other Twitter users began sharing the image independently as well as retweeting Patrick’s original post.

    Read the rest of the article here.

    Terminator Prank (He Said He’d Be Back)

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    Arnold Pranks Fans as the Terminator…to benefit after school programs (and promote his upcoming film)

    Loverly Delusion

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    This Is What It’s Like To Fall In Love With A Woman Who Doesn’t Exist
    by Patrick Smith
    BuzzFeed
    May 24, 2015

    Leah Palmer was a high-flying fashionista with a jet-setting lifestyle and a host of admirers on social media. But her entire existence was a fraud – a multiyear hoax that depended on stealing someone else’s life. BuzzFeed News tells the extraordinary story.

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    Images from Leah Palmer’s Instagram account, @LeahPalmerFashion. Instagram

    Leah Palmer was a hard girl to pin down. She worked in fashion and had a jet-setting lifestyle that took her around the world. She would often enthusiastically arrange to meet her friends and male admirers, only to pull out at the last minute. She’d get ill at the worst moments, or have family crises.

    “Whenever we had arranged to meet, there was always an excuse,” says Justin, a semiprofessional athlete who developed a friendship – and then a relationship – with Leah. (Justin is not his real name; he spoke to BuzzFeed News under condition of anonymity.)

    Images from Leah Palmer’s Instagram account, @LeahPalmerFashion. Instagram
    “Given her apparent career in fashion, she was supposedly away a lot with work,” he says. “She pulled at the heartstrings a little, claiming the death of her brother, and various other family tragedies, throughout the time we were in contact. So I often gave her the benefit of the doubt when it came to meeting up.”
    The pair started flirting in July 2012 and tweeted each other several times a day. They spoke regularly on the phone and would use Skype – but never via a video call, because Leah’s camera was invariably broken. Leah would occasionally put her mother Scarlett on the phone to speak to Justin.

    He knew, he tells BuzzFeed News, that something didn’t add up. “She always seemed to have answers and was able to cover her tracks rather well – speaking to friends, having an international dial tone when away, being very knowledgeable about her industry, posting things on social media. But obviously the fact that you could never tie her down to a time and place to meet would sound alarm bells.”

    Read the whole story here.

    Fintan Magee’s Pointless Monument

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    An optical illusion that must be viewed from one specific point.

    Moving the Pointless Monument, by artist Fintan Magee:
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    Read about this work at citilab.com

    See more of this artist’s work here.


    Scientific Fakery: Sweet Revenge

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    I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How.
    by John Bohannon
    io9.com
    May 27, 2015

    “Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day.
    SikeIt made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it ricocheted around the internet and beyond, making news in more than 20 countries and half a dozen languages. It was discussed on television news shows. It appeared in glossy print, most recently in the June issue of Shape magazine (“Why You Must Eat Chocolate Daily,” page 128). Not only does chocolate accelerate weight loss, the study found, but it leads to healthier cholesterol levels and overall increased well-being. The Bild story quotes the study’s lead author, Johannes Bohannon, Ph.D., research director of the Institute of Diet and Health: “The best part is you can buy chocolate everywhere.”

    I am Johannes Bohannon, Ph.D. Well, actually my name is John, and I’m a journalist. I do have a Ph.D., but it’s in the molecular biology of bacteria, not humans. The Institute of Diet and Health? That’s nothing more than a website.

    Other than those fibs, the study was 100 percent authentic. My colleagues and I recruited actual human subjects in Germany. We ran an actual clinical trial, with subjects randomly assigned to different diet regimes. And the statistically significant benefits of chocolate that we reported are based on the actual data. It was, in fact, a fairly typical study for the field of diet research. Which is to say: It was terrible science. The results are meaningless, and the health claims that the media blasted out to millions of people around the world are utterly unfounded.

    Read the whole article here. And meet the man behind the hoax here.


    Art as Healer

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    The Incredible Ways Art Is Helping Charleston Unite After Church Massacre
    Huffington Post
    June 27, 2015

    …In the week since the shootings, many other Charleston residents have expressed their emotions in powerful and creative ways, from thousands of people joining hands in a unity chain to making handmade signs honoring the victims…

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    Sara Green Studio, Instagram


    MadeleineSchimming Madeleine Schimming, Age 7


    See the whole article here.


    Symbol of Hatred Bravely Removed Only To Be Immediately Replaced

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    Confederate flag raised again at South Carolina Statehouse after woman climbs pole to remove it
    by David Boroff, Rachelle Blidner
    Daily News
    June 27, 2015

    aptopix-charleston-shooting-confederate-flagBree Newsome used a climbing mechanism to reach the top of the 30-foot pole. Bruce Smith/AP.

    A woman climbed a flagpole and removed the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse Saturday — only to be arrested and have the banner raised again less than an hour later.

    Bree Newsome scaled the 30-foot pole using a harness just after dawn as officers yelled for her to come down on the Columbia grounds, organizer Tamika Lewis told the Daily News.

    “You cannot get to me with hatred and oppression and violence,” Newsome shouted from the top of the pole, according to video. “I come to do this in the name of God. This flag comes down today.”

    Newsome took her time climbing down, citing prayers as she did so. When she reached the bottom, State Police took the flag out of her hands and arrested her.

    Another activist, James Tyson, spotted Newsome at the bottom of the pole to make sure she didn’t fall, Lewis said. He was arrested alongside Newsome as a group of onlookers cheered off camera. Read the rest of this article here.

    YouTube video from The Tribe:

    Random Darknet Shopper Robot Arrested for Randomly Shopping

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    From Ed Coll:


    Now that’s a cyber criminal! Robot is ARRESTED by police for buying ecstasy on the dark net
    by Richard Gray
    Daily Mail
    April 20, 2015

    A robot has been ‘arrested’ by Swiss police after it bought a supply of illegal drugs on a hidden region of the internet known as the ‘dark net’.

    The automated computer program was designed as an online shopping system that would spend up to $100 each week by randomly purchasing an item offered for sale on the deep web.

    The robot would then have its purchase mailed to a group of artists who then put the items in an exhibition in the town of St Gallen, in north east Switzerland.

    The items it bought included a pair of Nike trainers, counterfeit designer jeans, the scan of a Hungarian passport and a set of UK Fire Brigade masterkeys.

    Random Darknet Shopper

    However, it seems the Random Darknet Shopper crossed the line when it purchased 10 Ecstasy tablets, which arrived in a vacuum packed bag hidden in a DVD case. (more…)

    Unsanctioned Bust of Edward Snowden Erected (Briefly)

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    From Deborah Thomas:


    There’s a Massive, Illicit Bust of Edward Snowden Stuck to a War Monument in Brooklyn
    by Bucky Turco
    AnimalNewYork.com
    April 6, 2015

    Illicit statue of Edward Snowden erected in Brooklyn

    While most people slept, a trio of artists and some helpers installed a bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Brooklyn on Monday morning. The group, which allowed ANIMAL to exclusively document the installation on the condition that we hide their identities, hauled the 100-pound sculpture into Fort Greene Park and up its hilly terrain just before dawn. They fused it to part of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a memorial to Revolutionary War soldiers. As of press time, the sculpture was still there.

    Read the full story of the erection on AnimalNewYork.com and the very quick removal by City park officials on NYDailyNews.com.

    Watch the video:

    The 30th Annual April Fools’ Day Parade Marches On!!

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    To celebrate April Fools’ Day in New York City, SinoVision’s Cosmo Times, a lifestyle TV show available to over 10 million international viewers, featured an April Fools’ Day Parade planning committee meeting preparing for today’s festivities. Problem is, they were covering a planning meeting for a parade that doesn’t exist.

    Huffington Post covered the story: Chinese News Agency SinoVision Falls For Joey Skaggs’ 30-Year-Old April Fools’ Day Prank

    Happy April Fools’ Day!


    April Fools’ Day 2015 Prank Round-up

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    Filed under: Practical Jokes and Mischief, Prank News

    April Fools’ day is upon us and the Internet is awash with well-funded corporate pranks, with Google once again leading the pack. For example, check out Google reversed at http://com.google. And, the Google Japan Panda product launch here. Or, you can play Pac-Man on your very own street at http://maps.google.com.

    And, oh… Google says Australia is moving north

    Beyond the all-seeing, all-knowing world of Google, there’s much, much more funny stuff all of which will be updated throughout the day on The Telegraph’s Best Spoofs and Pranks in Pictures; LifeHacker’s April Fools’ Day 2015 Spoilers: All The Fake Stories And Pranks Revealed; and Gamespot’s Video Game Joke Roundup.