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Over on IV, Byrne says:

"Conspiracy theories". A fabrication. I avoid using the word "conspiracy". I just lay out facts.

Rather like the way he avoids using "Dr." or "Ph.D.", except that he does it all the time.

The really stupid thing about this claim is that Google makes it so easy to disprove. Googling


gives you as the very first hit (all boldface below added by me):

Herb Greenberg, The Worst Business Journalist in America, on the Conspiracy
May 24th, 2008 by Patrick Byrne

Either this is some new definition of "avoid" that I haven't previously encountered, or . . .

On this page,

Byrne cites a letter of his to Fortune from three months ago that contains this sentence:

I understand the legal ramifications of suggesting to 17 million Americans that Fortune has taken part in a criminal conspiracy, of course, and will happily provide our lawyers’ address for receipt of service, upon request.


The similarity between those acts, and my practice of writing on message boards posts that steer clear of Overstock’s stock price (and explicitly disclaim any opinion on this subject), and instead discuss a massive criminal conspiracy to defraud our nation’s capital markets that may end in 1929-style systemic failure, would be a similarity that may be lost on you.

Do I need to go on? OK.

But then there are other elements that simply don’t make sense to me about the short conspiracy, beyond the lack of a barking dog for past transactions where there were large short interests.

There are more, but I'll close with this one, because in the context it's the funniest . . . it's from Mark Mitchell.

And you [Carol Remond], out of vindictiveness or allegiance to some pretty dirty players, are one of the only people still calling it a “conspiracy” theory.

No Mark, no . . . your boss calls it that too. A lot. Even though he says he avoids the term.

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