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Thu Jun 24, 2021, 04:27 PM

'Birds are not real' rolling rally makes first stop in Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Several people gathered at Park Central Square in Downtown Springfield to attend the “Birds Aren’t Real” rally on Wednesday, June 23.

According to Peter Mcindoe, with the Birds Arent Real movement, all birds in the United States were killed by the government and replaced by federal drones.

“What makes me think that? I think the evidence is all around us, birds sit on power lines, we believe they’re charging on power lines, we believe that bird poop on cars is liquid tracking apparatus.”

The movement is currently on tour, and Springfield was its first stop.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/birds-are-not-real-rolling-rally-makes-first-stop-in-missouri/

Just when you think that people cannot become any dumber ….

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Reply 'Birds are not real' rolling rally makes first stop in Missouri (Original post)
UpInArms Jun 24 OP
Midnight Writer Jun 24 #1
UpInArms Jun 24 #2
underpants Jun 24 #3
kysrsoze Jun 24 #4
ogsball Jun 25 #11
nykym Jun 24 #5
C_U_L8R Jun 24 #6
luckone Jun 24 #10
Layzeebeaver Jun 24 #7
Grolph_ Jun 24 #8
Loki Liesmith Jun 24 #9

Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Thu Jun 24, 2021, 04:32 PM

1. Looks like parody to me.

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 24, 2021, 04:36 PM

2. Here is some background

Are Birds Actually Government-Issued Drones? So Says a New Conspiracy Theory Making Waves (and Money)

The CIA assassinated John F. Kennedy after he refused to kill and replace billions of birds with drones. The U.S. government is sequestering a team of Boeing engineers in Area 51 for a secret military mission. Our tax dollars have been funneled into building the “Turkey X500,” a robot used to hunt large birds.

Combine all these conspiracies and you get Birds Aren’t Real, a nearly two-year-old movement that claims the CIA took out 12 billion feathered fugitives because directors within the organization were “annoyed that birds had been dropping fecal matter on their car windows.” The targets were eradicated between 1959 and 1971 with specially altered B-52 bombers stocked with poison. They were then supplanted with avian-like robots that could be used to surveil Americans.

Sounds extreme but also somewhat fitting, given the landscape of today's social discourse. By surfacing murky bits of history and the ubiquity of Aves, Birds Aren’t Real feeds into this era of post-truth politics. The campaign relies on internet-fueled guerilla marketing to spread its message, manifesting through real-world posters and Photoshopped propaganda tagged with the “Birds Aren’t Real” slogan.

For much of its devoted fanbase, Birds Aren’t Real is a respite from America’s political divide—a joke so preposterous both conservatives and liberals can laugh at it. But for a few followers, this movement is no more unbelievable than QAnon, a right-wing conspiracy theory turned marketing ploy that holds that someone with high-level government clearance is planting coded tips in the news. Therein lies the genius of Birds Aren’t Real: It’s a digital breadcrumb trail that leads to a website that leads to a shop full of ready-to-buy merchandise.

The creative muscle behind the avian-inspired conspiracy (and thinly disguised marketing scheme) is 20-year-old Peter McIndoe, an English and philosophy major at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. McIndoe first went live with Birds Aren’t Real in January 2017 at his city’s Women’s March. A video from the event shows McIndoe with a crudely drawn sign, heckling protesters with lines like, “Birds are a myth; they’re an illusion; they’re a lie. Wake up America! Wake up!” The idea of selling Birds Aren’t Real goods, he says, came after the stunt gained traction over Instagram.

McIndoe didn’t break character once during a 30-minute-long phone interview with Audubon. He defended the movement’s legitimacy, mainly by proselytizing about what Birds Aren’t Real isn’t. “The thought that this could be used to make a satire of a dark and tense time in American culture—I find those things to be baloney,” McIndoe says.

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 24, 2021, 04:38 PM

3. It is. My buddy posts and texts stuff from this group

Funny stuff.

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Response to underpants (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 24, 2021, 04:43 PM

4. The fact that they're all smiling and laughing instead of frothing at the mouth gave it away. :D

Pretty funny, especially that a Faux local station picked it up as a real thing. They'll probably run with it.

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 10:30 AM

11. You can tell a parody

Simply by the age of the crowd.

No angry white men, no middle aged women seeking to validate their husbands, no parallel 2nd amendment rally and no rumors that Trump is going to show up. These guys didn't even get a mega pastor to put the organizational efforts of his church behind this and Springfield, MO has an abundance of mega pastors. Plus they did the rally in Springfield, MO? I mean at least go down to Branson where you can take in a show and do some fishing when you aren't being outraged, Springfield is just boring . . . . I suspect it's just young adults trying to laugh it up.

As an an angry white man I'm offended by their poor cultural appropriation of the conspiracy rally. . . of angry white men.

Maybe I should organize a counter rally. . . at Bass Pro? You think Jonny Morris would donate?

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Thu Jun 24, 2021, 04:49 PM

5. Maybe we can get

Fucker Carlson to pick it up!

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Thu Jun 24, 2021, 04:49 PM

6. The pillow dope must have taken all the feathers

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Response to C_U_L8R (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 24, 2021, 07:31 PM

10. 🤣🤣 yes and he replaced them with drones. How can people sleep at night (on the pillows) knowing this

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Thu Jun 24, 2021, 05:18 PM

7. In the prophetic words of Anson Wheeler (just Wheeler)...

“Dinosaurs aren’t extinct. Birds are dinosaurs. And they’re everywhere.”

[from the movie Role Models]

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Thu Jun 24, 2021, 05:26 PM

8. Birds can fly

I cannot fly
I am real
Birds are not real

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Thu Jun 24, 2021, 05:39 PM

9. It's a joke

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