What is fakeologist?
A multimedia blog-based website dedicated to discussing media fakery, which has attracted a small community of contributors who take part in the discussion via the comments sections of the posts, an ‘audiochat’ livestream feature, a forum, and a ‘chatango’ sidebar. On average about one or two new posts are published each day, which generally focus on a particular recent media story, or promote a new podcast/YouTube video by a third party. Since April 2017 much of the site’s activity has been centred upon its Discord server, which facilitates audio chats (often streamed live) between various Fakeologists as well as round-the-clock text chat discussions.
Who runs the operation?
The site belongs to a man who calls himself ‘Ab Irato’. ‘Ab’ (also known as ‘Tim’) does not reveal his legal identity or his physical appearance, but has given some level of detail about his life via the posts and podcasts. The following is a basic overview of the character known as ‘Ab’ according to his own testimony:
A middle-aged American man, currently living in Canada, whose day job involves large amounts of driving cross-country, which allows him to listen to many podcasts. Has a family, but the wife and children are disinterested in media fakery, making the fakeologist website Ab’s chief outlet for discussion of such topics. First awoke to the lie system a few years ago after learning about the deception involved in the official story of 9/11, and decided to begin his own blog/podcast in response, which eventually became the fakeologist site as it stands today.
Ab is a heavy promoter of Simon Shack’s September Clues film, which Ab cites as the key source of his own deprogramming. He has interviewed Shack on several occasions, although their relationship has recently (circa mid-2015 to the present) been strained by Ab’s promotion of the Flat Earth meme (or, more specifically, Ab’s reposting of prominent Flat Earth promoters’ material). Takes a particular interest in local news fakery around his own province of Ontario. Has spent most of 2017 focused on ‘elite gender inversion’ (a.k.a transvetigations), a niche field of conspiracy ‘research’ (i.e. entertainment/gossip) concerned with questions such as, ‘is [ostensibly female celebrity] really a man?’
Who else is involved?
A small community of fellow ‘fakeologists’ regularly contribute their thoughts to the site. A core group of four or five individuals regularly partake in the ‘audiochats’, which are sporadic and self-initiated podcasts which stream live via the fakeologist site and are then archived for later listening. An outer group of perhaps a dozen or more individuals occasionally join in the audiochats as well but much less frequently than the core group. Fakeologists reside primarily in North America, Europe and Australia, are usually males in their middle to later years, and generally do not host their own websites or content hubs (although there are some exceptions).
As at May 2017, the following was a fair summary of the main fakeologist participants:
Inner core: Ab (Canada) | Rollo (Australia) | Tom Dalpra (Britain) | Typo Error (Britain)
Outer core: Unreal (France) | Bing | Zal | Abyz | Ohalahan (South Korea via US) |
Other notables: Frank the Salt Guy (Aus) | Delcroix (Ireland) | Napoleon Wilson (Britain)
By January 2018, the regular crowd had gone through something of a turnover, as had the general activity on the site. This seems have largely been due to the uptake of Discord. At time of writing, the blog element of fakeologist.com is receiving almost zero interest, with very few comments left on each post. Meanwhile the Discord server has become a hub of activity, both in the non-streamed audio conversation rooms, and the text-chat channels. As of early 2018, a new crop of fakeologists have become regulars in the chatrooms:
Gaia (South America via Holland) | Misom (Switzerland) | NotSoFreeMason (US) |
Phil Blanks (US) | John Adams* (US) | FarceValue (US)
*Note that this is the same John Adams who features regularly on Hoaxbusters Call with Chris Kendall (who has also made some appearances on the Fakeologist Discord server).
Why should I engage with fakeologist?
Ab regularly posts videos and podcasts from a relatively wide range of sources, from mainstream ‘alternative media’ outlets through to small-time YouTubers with a only a handful of subscribers. Exposure to a range of viewpoints and interests can be useful for the would-be deprogrammer, especially in the intermediate stages of the process. Ab’s familiarity with and interest in the broader online ‘truth’ scene makes his site accessible for typical YouTube ‘truthers’ (and other Baby Hoax truthers) who are looking to further their deprogramming.
Ab’s own opinions on fakeology are generally well-developed and insightful, particularly in regards to the logistical/technical aspects of how TPWRTS might accomplish their operations, and also the meta aspects of this line of inquiry, such as the ‘group psychology’ of the masses and their willingness to believe. Ab’s method delivery and demeanour is dispassionate and mellow, which makes for a pleasant contrast to well-known ‘conspiracy theorists’ such as Alex Jones, and prominent Baby Hoax truthers such as those commonly found on YouTube.
Although for the past year or so he has rarely conducted one-on-one interviews, some of Ab’s previous podcasts remain top quality. It is well worth perusing his back-catalogue which features many timeless gems. For example, see his interviews with Rae West of Big Lies (March 2013 and April 2015).
Most of the individuals involved in the community are (or can be) pleasant and interesting to talk with and listen to. Several of them do seem genuinely interested in research (even if only trivial in nature in comparison with genuine primary source research methodology) and they often leave post/forum comments containing useful links for further investigation. Collectively they have a terrific breadth and depth of insight and knowledge into media fakery and related topics, particularly at the Baby Hoax, Toddler Hoax and Kiddy Hoax levels.
Why should I exercise caution when dealing with fakeologist?
Ab is willfully ignorant to many aspects of race realism, cultural marxism and the JQ, and seems eager to keep material on these topics from becoming commonplace on his site. This may mislead a n00b deprogrammer into a false sense of awareness regarding not only who is largely responsible for the maintenance of the lie system, but why they are doing it, and what they ultimately hope to accomplish
Ab’s perspective on the masses may be seen as defeatist, in the sense that he does not believe there is any hope for change. His perspective may also be seen as peaceful and/or calming, depending on the perspective of the listener.
The site tends to focus significantly more on lower-order hoaxes than the more important hoaxes; and in the case of the heliocentrism hoax, Ab has heavily promoted the obfuscationists (i.e. the Flat Earth proponents on YouTube) and was conspicuously the first person to interview Mark Sargent of ‘Flat Earth Clues’ infamy. Will he be as generous in promoting the superior Bon Earth model? Only time will tell.
More recently (i.e. 2017) Ab has focused heavily on the ‘elite gender inversion’ or ‘transvestigation’ field of conspiracy candy. In fact, he has even appeared in a studio interview with local Ontario ‘satellite radio’ outfit Humble and Fred, promoting the topic of ‘EGI’ as apparently more important and/or interesting than regular media fakery and the 9/11 deception — topics whose coverage helped Ab to build his audience and credibility within the media fakery scene when he first began his website. Ab has interviewed several prominent YouTube ‘transvestigators’ and regularly reposts their material to his website. Even more conspicuously, Ab was one of the first to interview the clown who calls himself ‘Jon Humanity’. This is reminiscent of Ab also being the very first to interview Mark Sargent when Flat Earth was sprung on an unsuspecting ACTism audience.
JLB’s interactions with Fakeologist
My first exposure to fakeologist.com was during the 2015 Transasia ‘YouTube Truth Movement’ Saga, circa February of that year. I somehow stumbled upon an audiochat featuring prominent Australian fakeologist ‘Rollo’ in which the ongoing Youtube ‘truther’ drama was discussed, and my interest was piqued when Rollo mentioned the Australian Roundtable Podcast (the weekly show which I was hosting at the time).
Shortly thereafter Ab invited me to take part in a live call with Mark Sargent, whose ‘Flat Earth Clues’ had taken the alternative/independent media (or ‘truth movement’) scene by storm. I have since taken part in several audiochats (which are listed and linked to below), and also left a small number of comments on blog posts at the site.
I have also promoted fakeologist on several occasions, via my own videos and podcasts. Rollo has also made several appearances on my own live YouTube hangouts, most famously taking part in the live on-air exposure of then-popular YouTube ‘truther’ ‘Jeff C’ during a boozy Sunday Sessions in July, 2015.
At a later time I will go into more detail about what shall be for now termed the ‘KHam Affair’. For now, a brief summary: In early 2015, ‘KHam’, an American woman (who claims to be a schoolteacher) hosted a weekly show on fakeologist and was in effect the 2IC of the website – at least in terms of content production and social hierarchy. Simon Shack was (and still largely is) idolised as a research demigod by many fakeologists, especially KHam and Ab.
As the Flat Earth meme began to sweep the internet, Shack’s website ‘cluesforum’ began heavily propagating the counter-meme that the Flat Earth meme was a ‘psyop’, intended to ‘discredit by association’ all other researchers who challenged/debunked NASA’s claims about space missions. As the host of the Ball Earth Skeptic Roundtable (which was being broadcast weekly at the time), I was singled out for targeted criticisms. One cluesforum poster even alleged that ‘John le Bon’ was chosen to be my operative name, because of the fame of musician Simon le Bon, which ‘sounds like’ Simon Shack (who is also a musician).
Shortly after visiting Shack in Italy, KHam launched her own direct attacks upon myself, via the Fakeologist platform. This chain of events ultimately led to KHam ceasing her weekly shows and losing most (if not all) of her social standing within the fakeologist community, which was at that time largely supportive of my skepticism towards heliocentrism doctrine. For a more detailed review of this affair, see JLB1547, linked below.
JLB’s appearances on Fakeologist
Audiochat 452 (11-Apr-2018): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2018/04/11/fac452-davej-rollo-john-le-bon/
-> Used as basis for JLB Chats with Dave J + Rollo
Audiochat 447 (29-Mar-2018): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2018/03/29/fac447-jlb-faye-john-adams-rollo/
Audiochat 444 (20-Mar-2018): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2018/03/20/fac444-rollo-jesse-waugh-john-le-bon-john-adams/
-> Used as basis for JLB Chats with John Adams
Audiochat 442-55 (15-Mar-2018): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2018/03/15/fac442-55-afterparty/
Audiochat 440 (9-Mar-2018): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2018/03/09/fac440-john-le-bon-meets-rollo/
Audiochat 433 (24-Feb-2018): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2018/02/24/fac433/
Audiochat 424 (3-Feb-2018): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2018/02/03/fac424-jlb-mp3/
Audiochat 417 (14-Jan-2018): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2018/01/14/fac417-jlb/
Audiochat 412 (4-Jan-2018): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2018/01/04/fac412-jlb-velocet/
-> Used as basis for JLB Chats with Velocet + KHam
Audiochat (25-Dec-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/12/25/fac406-merry-xmas/
Audiochat (21-Dec-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/12/21/fac404-jlb/
-> Used as basis for JLB Chats with Yossarion + Farcevalue
Audiochat (1-Dec-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/12/01/fac395-scary-nukes/
Audiochat (29-Nov-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/11/29/fac393-oversalted/
-> Used as basis for JLB Chats with Gaia
Audiochat (23-Nov-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/11/23/fac390-jlbs-back/
Audiochat (29-Aug-2017) http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/08/29/ac0353-napoleon-john-le-bon/
Audiochat (27-Aug-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/08/27/ac0352-harryellabnapoleonjohn-le-bon-mp3/
Audiochat (24-Aug-2017) http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/08/24/ac0351-abharryelljohn-le-bonnapoleonunrealtom-dalpra/
Audiochat (17-Aug-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/08/18/ac0347-jlb-silverbeam/
Audiochat (14-Aug-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/08/14/ac0346-john-le-bon-makes-up-with-kham/
Audiochat (31-Jul-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/07/31/ac-john-le-bon-on-stats/
Audiochat (18-Jun-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/06/18/ac-rollo-jlb/
Audiochat (16-Jun-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/06/16/ac-abtomfrankdelcroixjlb/
Audiochat (11-Jun-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/06/11/ac-megachat/
Audiochat (10-Jun-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/06/10/ac-jlb/
Audiochat (4a-Jun-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/06/04/ac-ab-jlb/
Audiochat (4-Jun-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/06/04/ac-rollo-jlb-smj/
Audiochat (2-Jun-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/06/02/ac-ab-chubbsanounceofsalt-jlb-yossarian-smj/
Audiochat (29-May-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/05/29/ac-jlb-on-missiles/
Audiochat (26-May-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/05/26/ac-jericanman-jlb/
Audiochat (24-May-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/05/24/ac-jlb-on-manchester/
Audiochat (21-May-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/05/21/ac-ab-smj-john-le-bon/
Audiochat (20-May-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/05/20/ac-too-many-to-mention/
Audiochat (8-May-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/05/08/ac-john-le-bon-typo/
Audiochat (5-May-2017): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2017/05/05/ac-ab-john-le-bon/
‘Puppet Show’ Ep #1 (21-Nov-2016): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2016/11/22/rr26-rollo-john-le-bon/
‘Puppet Show’ Ep #0 (12-Nov-2016): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2016/11/12/ep00-fakeologist-puppet-show/
Radio Rollo #24 (30-Oct-2016): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2016/10/30/rr24-rollokhamabtypojohn-le-bon/
Radio Rollo #18 (10-Sep-2016): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2016/09/10/rr18-rollo-911-open-house/
Radio Rollo #15 (24-Aug-2016): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2016/08/21/rr15-john-le-bon-ab/
Radio Rollo #4 (27-Jun-2016): http://fakeologist.com/blog/2016/06/27/radio-rollo-4/
Audiochat (20-Nov-2015): http://fakeologist.com/2015/11/20/audiochat-john-le-bon-2/
Audiochat (25-Sep-2015): http://fakeologist.com/2015/09/25/audiochat-moji-risin-john-le-bons-controversy/
Audiochat (6-Sep-2015): http://fakeologist.com/2015/09/06/audiochat-abtom-dalprajon-le-bon/
Audiochat* (30-Aug-2015): http://fakeologist.com/2015/08/30/audiochat-john-le-bon/
Audiochat (15-Aug-2015): http://fakeologist.com/2015/08/15/audiochat-ab-jon-le-bon-ro11o-unreal/
KHam Radio Ep#36 (23-May-2015): http://fakeologist.com/2015/05/23/kha36-k-ham-radio/
Audiochat (21-May-2015): http://fakeologist.com/2015/05/21/maxvax-with-videre-and-john/
Ab Irato Radio Ep #129** (22-Mar-2015): http://fakeologist.com/2015/03/22/ep139/
JLB videos based on Fakeologist appearances
JLB1512 | Fakeologist Ep. 139 – Roundtable w/ Mark Sargent of ‘Flat Earth Clues’ (18-Apr-2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l0U6qYju5g
Based on the audio from Ab Irato Radio Ep #129 (22-Mar-2015)
JLB1547 | Response to KHam + Cavendish Question (15-Sep-2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2Urk3QT8yw
Based on the audiochat of 30-Aug-2015Aug-2015