Low-Carb Cruise Speaker Removed from Ship Due to False Tweet

Friday, May 18, 2012
2012Greetings from the Low-Carb Cruise aboard the Carnival Magic! I will soon post my summary of our first day at sea, but first there was excitement that has been in some of the newspapers and even a few TV segments: one of our guest speakers, Dr. Jack Kruse, was booted from the ship before it sailed on Sunday, May 5, after a mysterious tweet implied he was planning a bioterrorism attack! Of course, the ship's captain had to take the threat seriously until proven otherwise. The FBI interviewed Dr. Kruse and at least one other member of our group. Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Galveston, TX police were also called in (I haven't heard reports of which agencies responded and in what way).

The Tweet, on an account called s**tkrusesays (expletive partially deleted), stated:"security confiscated dynamite. talk won't be as explosive as one at PaleoFx. still have vial of Legionnaires for epic biohack. #lccruise12."

(The reference is to a fake stick of dynamite Kruse used as a prop in his talk at the recent Paleo FX conference.)

In an NBC News interview (see video and story here), Dr. Kruse compared the experience to an episode of the television drama series "24", saying they searched all of his belongings every nook and crevice of his room aboard the cruise ship. Carnival offered to fly Dr. Kruse to the next port, but he elected not to take them up on it (possibly because two of our conference days, including the one for Dr. Kruse's scheduled talk, were Monday and Tuesday).

According to news media, the FBI is making progress on the case.

That excitement aside, soon I'll be bringing you lots of details about the cruise, including capsules of each of the talks, and some of my fascinating conversations with fellow low-carb cruisers. I've met so many interesting people, hearing of the great grassroots work being done to promote low-carb eating, and the many, many lives which have been changed, and probably even saved, by turning their backs on the carb-based diet we've been encouraged to follow.

Image c Debbie Hubbs

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