Betancourt warns: ‘The fish dies by the mouth… take away your Twitter’

Alex Betancourt admonished his Twitter followers to be careful what they write on Twitter. Alex, himself, has tweeted 7,705 times so far.

On Saturday, he tweeted: “Dicen que el pez muere por la boca, hoy mas que nunca parece ser muy cierto. Que le quiten su twitter.”

This translates via Google: “They say that the fish dies by the mouth; today, more than ever, it seems to be very true. Take away your twitter.”

To which point, NXIVM foe, Chris Burbs, responded: “The internet is forever. You may want to speak soon or ‘lie’ there among the fish.”


But Alex has a point. “Por la boca muere el pez” [By the mouth dies the fish] to which, as Alex knows, there is the unspoken rejoinder, ‘Y al hombre por el verbo.” [and the man by his verb.]

Yes, man can die by his words, especially false ones, which he cannot retract because, as Chris points out, the internet is forever.

There is, in fact, a nice illustration of this point. It is the case of a certain fish that has said plenty on the internet. They call him Vanguard. His real name is Keith Raniere.  Among fish, he has most often been compared to the large mouth bass. Although some have also likened him to the more common crappie.

Let us cite a few examples.

His bio []states he “was an East Coast Judo Champion at age eleven.”

‘He taught himself high school mathematics in 19 hours at the age of 12; only one year later, he was proficient in third-year college mathematics and was a professional computer programmer.”

A few facts:

– There is no East Coast Judo Championship.

– In 1973, there were very few home computers – and no internet in use by consumers. What kind of computers did the young teen get paid to program?

Recently, Keith Raniere has been accused of leading a secretive ”sorority’ that brands women with a hot iron on their pubic region and collects blackmail-worthy material from them to ensure obedience.

In an online post entitled ‘Letter from the co-founder of NXIVM,’ Keith Raniere writes “I feel it is important to clarify the sorority is not part of NXIVM and that I am not associated with the group.”

The New York Times published a story that presents a different view.

“Mr. Parlato started a website, The Frank Report, which he uses to lambaste prosecutors, Mr. Raniere and the Bronfmans. In early June, Mr. Parlato published the first in a torrent of salacious posts under the headline, ‘Branded Slaves and Master Raniere.’

“A Nxivm follower, Soukaina Mehdaoui, said she reached out to Mr. Raniere after reading the post. Ms. Mehdaoui, 25, was a newcomer to Nxivm, but the two had grown close.

“She said Mr. Raniere told her the secret sorority began after three women offered damaging collateral to seal lifetime vows of obedience to him.

“While Ms. Mehdaoui had joined the sorority, the women in her circle were not branded. She was appalled.

‘There are things I didn’t know that I didn’t sign up for, and I’m not even hearing about it from you,’ she texted Mr. Raniere.

“Mr. Raniere texted back about his initials and the brand.”


Al toro por las astas; y al Vanguard por la palabra. [The bull by the horns and Vanguard by the word].

Yes, to defeat the bull, he must be taken by the horns; Vanguard is caught by his talk.

By his bullshit, the Vanguard is defeated.

I spoke full sentences at the age of one. I could read at the age of two. I understood quantum physics at the age of 4. I was an East Coast Judo Champion at the age of 11. I could play piano at the concert level at age 12. I was a professional computer programmer at age 13. I was the first 17 year old to take advanced 600 level mathematics courses in RPI’s 153 year history. I tied for the state record in the 100 yard dash. I discovered a patent-able computer communication device which Microsoft and AT&T stole. By age 32, I was worth $50 million. I had nothing to do with branding women and blackmailing them. There’s only one problem with all these claims: they’re  all bullshit…






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6 years ago

Hey Frank, unless your taking down some posts, someone is tapping into your blog.

6 years ago

Do you mean reader comments, or do you mean Frank’s posts? I noticed a few weeks ago that 2 of my comments (and at least 2 comments by others) were deleted the following day after they were posted . I even asked Frank if he had deleted my comment, …he said he hadn’t.

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6 years ago


This Raniere is a tad slow. He knew quantum physics at the age of 4 but it took him until 12 years old to play the piano and 17 to take advanced 600 level mathematics courses!

Don’t ya think if he knew quantum physics at 4 he’d been a tad faster at mathematics and the dang piano.

Heck maybe he means he could say the words quantum physics at age 4 and play a player piano with concert music rolls at age 12. Just cause he took advance 600 math doesn’t mean he was any good at it either. Seems like he can’t add but sure is good at losing peoples money.

If he was worth 50 million by 32 how come he’s so broke now? Isn’t that being bad at math?

Must be like those lottery winners who come into a bunch of cash who are broke in a couple of years. Now he has to mooch off his girlfriends.

We back home call that the big L word Loser or the F word Failure.

Raniere gay friend Alex must of never been fishin. A fish can die for a lot of reasons. One is when it gets hooked by it’s mouth and than killed by the one who catches it because their gonna cook it up for dinner.

Slap my ass and call me Sally but it sounds like Alex he might be fearful about what could come out in social media about him and his friends in that company that sounds like the purple pill. Just thinkin about it, gives me gas.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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