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03/29/10 - Article No: 779

Bill Cosby Has Done It Again? - Internet/Facebook Rumour

Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

Other Keywords: Cosby for President?


The follow message has been circulating around email inboxes around the globe -

BILL COSY HAS DONE IT AGAIN!
HERE IS MY PLATFORM:

(1). Any use of the phrase: `Press 1 for English` is immediately banned. English is the official language; speak it or wait outside of our borders until you can.

(2). We will immediately go into a two year isolationist attitude in order to straighten out the greedy big business posture in this country. America will allow NO imports, and well do no exports. We will use the `Wal-Mart`s policy, `If we ain`t got it, you dont need it.` We`ll make it here and sell it here!

(3). When imports are allowed, there will be a 100% import tax on it coming in here.

(4). All retired military personnel will be required to man one of the many observation towers located on the southern border of the United States (six month tour). They will be under strict orders not to fire on SOUTHBOUND aliens..

(5). Social Security will immediately return to its original state. If you didnt put nuttin in, you aint gettin nuttin out. Neither the President nor any other politician will be able to touch it.

(6). Welfare. -- Checks will be handed out on Fridays, at the end of the 40 hour school week, the successful completion of a urinalysis test for drugs, and passing grades.

(7). Professional Athletes -- Steroids? The FIRST time you check positive youre banned from sports ... for life.

(8). Crime -- We will adopt the Turkish method, i.e., the first time you steal, you lose your right hand. There is no more `life sentences`. If convicted of murder, you will be put to death by the same method you chose for the victim you killed: gun, knife, strangulation, etc.

(9). One export of ours will be allowed: wheat; because the world needs to eat. However, a bushel of wheat will be the exact price of a barrel of oil.

(10). All foreign aid, using American taxpayer money, will immediately cease and the saved money will help to pay off the national debt and, ultimately, lower taxes. When disasters occur around the world, well ask The American People if they want to donate to a disaster fund, and each citizen can make the decision as to whether, or not, its a worthy cause.

(11). The Pledge of Allegiance will be said every day at school and every day in Congress as well as the Lordís Prayer. If you donít like it, move somewhere else, please! This was and is still a Christian nation in spite of what you hear from the media or politicians who arenít!

(12). The National Anthem will be played at all appropriate ceremonies, sporting events, outings, etc.

My apology is offered if I`ve stepped on anyones toes .... nevertheless....

GOD BLESS AMERICA !

Sincerely, Bill Cosby





This email has been very popular and the assertion he has `done it again` may refer to a genuine contribution he made regarding how black people can no longer blame white people a few years back. However, this rumour appears to be completely false. The assertions made in this email rumour are a lot stronger and controversial and there is no evidence nor admission that Cosby was the author.

The real author, whilst clearly have no appreciation to the real life complexities of politics, ethics and religion, is unknown.

Some variants go on to assert that this was part of Bill Cosbys mandate for candidacy for the President of the United States, a rumour which is just silly and again is completely unfounded.



The Internet, and social networking sites like Facebook, are perfect platforms for spreading untruths, misinformation, rumor and propaganda. Thousands of inaccurate, exaggerated, deceptive or just plain false messages are circulated every single day.

For the anti-scam community to successfully tackle this plethora of false rumours, it is important that anyone who uses the Internet be able to identify false rumours and fully understands the possible consequences of spreading false information.

We have a two part blog post that helps provide this information. Part 1 deals with how to spot and debunk Internet rumours and Part 2 deals with the reasons why you should never circulate false information.

Additionally if you have fallen for this rumour or have Facebook friends that have, you can join our growing Facebook page here.


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