Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: http://bit.ly/MMASurgeEp1 He caused outrage with his comments on the global economic meltdown claiming "governments don't rule the world, Goldman Sachs rules the world". But is independent stock market trader Alessio Rastani, interviewed on the BBC News channel on Monday, all he appears to be? Twitter was alive with suggestions that Rastani was in fact one of the "Yes Men", a band of "identity correction" artists who pass themselves off as the corporations you love to hate. Self-styled trader Alessio Rastani, 34, made world headlines after his bizarre appearance on the BBC. He had jaws dropping on Monday after apparently confessing that he goes "to bed every night and dreams of another recession." Many believe Rastani is in fact Andy Bichlbaum who created The Yes Men as a way of exposing lies and telling the truth in society. Rastani is accused of a series of similar hoaxes including an appearance on the BBC in 2004 in which he claimed victims of the Bhopal disaster would receive compensation. On Tuesday the BBC stood by the authenticity of their interviewee. "We've carried out detailed investigations and can't find any evidence to suggest that the interview with Alessio Rastani was a hoax." "The first thing people should do is protect their assets, protect what they have" Rastani told the BBC, "because in 12 months, my prediction is, the savings of millions of people is going to vanish." He then added more ominously, "And this is just the beginning." So what do you think? Is Rastani a hoaxer, or is what he saying on TV so controversial, certain people want to discredit him? Leave a comment below and let us know. http://articles.sfgate.com/2009-10-25/entertainment/17185115_1_bbc-bay-area-san-francisco http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/sep/27/trader-goldman-sachs-bbc-hoax?newsfeed=true http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/09/27/alessio-rastani-hoax-on-bbc_n_983156.html http://theyesmenfixtheworld.com/ http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/bbc-victim-hoax-no-yes-men-154724196.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15078419
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