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The old Switcheroo

We live our lives believing that we are aware of our surroundings. We feel safe and gladly put our life in the hands of our government. We think we know. But we are blissfully oblivious.

The Vietnam war had its origin in the Cold War conflict that emerged in 1955 and continued on to 1975 (and even into the 90s). What we call the “Vietnam War” (the one which all movies are based on) started in the early 1960s. Vietnam is a rather small country in Asia which holds a few industries and some farming. And it is similar in shape when compared to, hmm, let’s say Mexico! As the conflict escalated Soviet planned to invade the US via Latin America. But the CIA managed to thwart their plans as they entered Mexico via Cuba. But the Soviets stood ground, new Soviet soldiers entered the country and what was called the “Vietnam war” actually began in Mexico. So far the Soviets kept rather quiet but it was just a matter of time before a full-scale war was at hand. There were just two problems with this situation, according to the US government.

1) Mexico was dangerously close to US soil and there was a risk that the war could enter the US. This presented a risk that US citizens could get caught/hurt in the conflict.

2) To gain the American public’s trust and goodwill in any kind of war, a certain physical distance need to exist between the average Joe and the actual war. If people wouldn’t root for the war, no more money could be given to the military, navy and marines. Basically: budgets would collapse, and the following years, the US military would be forced to make do with about 10% of the original military budget as the Korea war never had the same abilities to generate any cash. The Soviets were a “real” threat and could be a worthy foe, a foe that was already hated and feared in the US.

The “Vietnam war” was rather contained but US officials within the military understood that it was like a growing pimple that would sooner or later burst. It couldn’t be kept in the dark anymore. This was 1958 and something needed to be done. As Vietnam was found to be similar in shape and both countries had coast lines, a crazy scheme was evolving of switching the two countries, thus providing a facade and the possibility to go public with what would be called the “Vietnam war”. So basically the war was real, but it took place in Mexico, but in the same location as Vietnam.

The plan would to be carried out on new years eve in 1959. It was believed that most people would be occupied with celebrations or similar. Since early 1958 Alexo Nature Resources Inc. (a government subsidiary) had been investigated alongside both the Mexican and Vietnam borders for “further research about alleged gas sources”. No one suspected anything, especially not that what was really happening was that Mexico and Vietnam were detached and were being prepared for transport.

On new years eve the plan was to commence. The US was working in the dark and no other country knew about their plan, and the idea was to keep it that way. What one must remember is that during the 1950s we didn’t have that state of advanced surveillance and communications that are available now. So the US, who controlled some larger parts of the two main oceans made sure that a minimum of traffic occurred during their operation. As it was new years eve, few boats were out to sea.

250 tugboats per country were used to transport respective country to their new location. As it took some time to attach each country once they were moved, Alexo Nature Resources Inc. simply continued their “extensive research”. At first no one realized what had happened. And no one were about to either. The war could now continue and the US government went public, declaring war on anything that would, in the end, generated dollars. In the 60s, no Americans visited Mexico and had hardly heard about Vietnam, so it became a rather easy lie to maintain. The Vietnamese and Mexican public hardly noticed the change and after a few years when Soviet had realized what had happened their ramblings about “countries that switched placed” was easily dismissed as propaganda.

Years went by, presidents got murdered, Bay of Pigs took place and Steve McQueen drove a really fast car.

When closing in on 1975, communications and surveillance had been upgraded and the risk of being exposed increased so the US government decided it was time to end the war. Mexico and Vietnam once again switched places and the secret was buried with the end of the war. Other conspiracies such as the Watergate made the public shift focus and to maintain the lie Hollywood started to produce a lot (I mean a lot!) of films depicting the “Vietnam war”.

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The latest buzz

Sometime in the very late 70s Barry Manilow was kidnapped and sedated, taken from his home and went missing for two days. Upon returning nothing seemed different and he couldn’t remember where he’d been. After a while life went back to its usual routine of parties, lighter drugs, women and, most importantly, concerts! What Barry Manilow didn’t knew was that a small transmitter had been placed inside his nose. He had been chosen due to his rather large nose and that he were more popular than ever before. The transmitter didn’t disturb Barry Manilow in any particular way, and the people attending his concerts didn’t seem to notice the transmitter (as it was hidden in his cave-like nostrils), and they weren’t suppose to. The transmitter’s purpose was to transmit a low-frequency buzzing sound that got amplified via Barry Manilow’s microphone. Humans weren’t able to pick-up the sound, at least not consciously, but unconsciously the frequency penetrated peoples brains telling them to sign up to join NASA.

The US government needed cadets for the Space program as they believed that the final battle of the Cold War would take place in space. This was of course wrong, but during this time the US people and government were extremely paranoid. There was one problem though; people needed to be subjected to the buzzing sound more than once for the brain wash to take effect, and in the early 80s Barry Manilow’s popularity collapsed, causing less and less people to attend his concerts. As people hadn’t been subjected enough to the low-frequency buzz, not attending the sufficient amount of concerts, people forgot all about NASA and their plans they had on leaving their regular lives and families and instead joining the Space race.

The transmitter was then instead placed in more or less successful one-hit-wonders such as The Buggles, Bobby McFerrin and The Weather Girls. But non of these artists/groups achieved the needed popularity to get the audience to visit more than 2-3 concerts. And the US government are terrible at recognizing talent when it comes to music so the project became terminated in 1988, then the paranoia had more or less vanished and space wasn’t interesting any more. Instead it was fitness shows and muscle man contests that rocked the world!

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