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General / Re: Best wishes to Dan Abnett
« on: 09 August, 2020, 07:38:42 AM »

All my best wishes for a full and speedy recovery, Dan.


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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 10 April, 2020, 05:55:39 PM »

Congratulations, you little devil, you... :D


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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 10 April, 2020, 05:47:52 PM »



Here you go Sharkey. Here’s an academic pamphlet on the definition of conspiracy theories and theorists.

https://www.climatechangecommunication.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ConspiracyTheoryHandbook.pdf

I read that - at least, I did if it's the one you posted earlier. I thought it contained a lot of good advice, advice which should be applied to every source. It did, however, imply that anyone who questions "reputable" sources is somehow bound to believe in every conspiracy there is. Still, a useful little book, thanks, SM.

The term 'conspiracy theorist' is, to me, a pejorative term used to describe anyone who doesn't believe an official account either partially or in its entirety. The paragons of example would be David 'Lizard Man' Ike or Alex 'They'll Kill Us All!' Jones. Whilst the information people like this often present is based in reported and even verifiable facts, the conclusions (or theories) they come to based upon them seem, at best, unlikely. I view this end of the spectrum in the same way I viewed Erich von Däniken when I was growing up - interesting, even thought-provoking, but ultimately probably wrong. Like von Däniken, these people turn their efforts into a business - and good luck to them, I say.

At the other end of the spectrum we have people like James 'The Link's In The Show-Notes' Corbett and Jon 'No More Fake News' Rappoport.  The information people like this often present is also based in reported and even verifiable facts, but the conclusions (or theories) they come to based upon them seem, at worst, incomplete - which some freely admit. I view this end of the spectrum in the same way I viewed newspapers when I was growing up - interesting, even thought-provoking, but ultimately probably on the right track. Like old-fashioned newspapers, these people seem to have a general thirst for the truth, whether it agrees with the official account or not - and good luck to them, I say. Most rely on donations to fund their work, so are ultimately businesses too.

Then there are the chattering masses in between - of which I am one - who latch onto 'TRUTH!' with unshakeable faith, or try to make sense of it all, or just go with the flow, or deal with the madness any way they can.

It seems unfair, to me, to lump all these disparate voices and perspectives together under a single, dismissive umbrella. And, technically, a conspiracy theory is just what the words themselves say - a theory to explain an ostensible flaw in an account, which may or may not involve conspirators, a theory meant to be explored and tested, a theory which provides evidence and not, as some believe, proof. Police, insurance companies, and courts investigate conspiracies all the time, working on their theories until they provide credible evidence. Yet we would not call these people "conspiracy theorists," even though it's part of their job.

Then we have the mainstream media and governments. The information people like this often present is also based in reported and even verifiable facts, but the conclusions (or theories) they come to based upon them seem, at worst, political - bending facts to fit agendas. I view this field in the same way I viewed comics when I was growing up - interesting, even thought-provoking, but ultimately probably just entertainment. Like John Wagner, these people seem to have a general thirst for projecting TRUTH! through a lens, bending it to agree with the official agenda - and good luck to them, many say.

This is why I say question everything.

It doesn't mean dismiss everything or disbelieve everything you don't like - that's what religion is for. It doesn't mean attack the opposing view or win the argument - that's what sport is for.

It simply means what it says, question everything - because nothing is entirely as it seems, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either in error or lying.

Question everything I've written, too, of course. I may be wrong about lots of things, I'm just as human and flawed as everyone else. Question Ike and Jones, question Corbett and Rappoport, question the msm, question me, question each other but, ultimately, question yourself as well.


TL;DR

A wise man once said to me, "Listen to everyone. Take what you need and discard the rest."

"Why?" I asked.

He shrugged and said, "Find out."



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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 10 April, 2020, 08:48:38 AM »

We also have some very good independent journalists and researchers who are, unfortunately, too often dismissed as "conspiracy theorists" (whatever that even means).


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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 10 April, 2020, 07:58:46 AM »

Question everything.

Simple.


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General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 09 April, 2020, 08:49:03 PM »

Thanks, Paddy. There's nothing to say, really, but your support (and everyone else's) speaks precious volumes in itself.

I really do love you all xxx

Mark.


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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 09 April, 2020, 08:40:48 PM »

Just to be clear, the ending to my last post should be interpreted as TONGUE-IN-CHEEK SELF-CENSORED and not REALLY CENSORED.

It's a kind of a joke, you see. I apologise for any confusion.

***

Prof, I'd love to respond but I'm walking on eggshells here. I'm even getting abusive PMs from one or two people who swear at me and then refuse to engage in further dialogue.

I have PMed an Admin and am awaiting guidance on what I can and can't say. (I have no problem with following the rules for public posts but I would like to know what the rules are so I can follow them.)

Everyone is more than welcome to PM me for a free and open discussion, if that idea floats your boat, but if anyone just wants a slanging match, I'm not interested.


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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 09 April, 2020, 07:29:38 PM »

Bank of England to directly finance UK government’s extra spending.

Cautiously optimistic about this - at the very least it might get people (finally) talking about where money comes from, what it's for, and better ways to create it. On the other hand, I worry that the current CENSORED.


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General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 09 April, 2020, 06:58:32 PM »

Thanks sincerely, chaps - much appreciated.


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General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 09 April, 2020, 08:02:25 AM »

Thanks, vB.

I'm sure he'll find a secluded spot on the canal to moor up so his family can get to him without much fuss - he's a canny old bugger that way.

You stay well too, vB - and everyone, of course.


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General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 08 April, 2020, 07:33:14 PM »

I've just found out that an old friend of mine, who was the first to welcome me when I moved on to the narrowboat at a local marina, has been diagnosed with inoperable stage four pancreatic cancer which has spread to other organs. They've given him three to six months.

He's such a great guy - an always laughing Scouse comedian who plays a mean guitar. The last line of the message he sent out, "...theres a good chance of me not seeing most of you again with the lockdown restrictions so thought I'd say bye now , look after yourselves , love mick xxx," really ripped into me.

Damn this fucking year. Damn it all to Hell.


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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 08 April, 2020, 05:56:35 PM »

Speaking of Trump:

"When an AP reporter
 attempted to ask Trump
 about the issue on Sunday,
 the president cut off the
 question.

“FEMA, the military, what
 they’ve done is a miracle,”
Trump said with a flash of
 anger. “What they’ve done is
 a miracle in getting all of this
 stuff. What they have done
 for states is incredible.”

Trump then ended the
 briefing and walked off the
 podium."

From:

US 'wasted’ months before preparing for coronavirus pandemic
By MICHAEL BIESECKER April 6, 2020 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP)


Quite a list of failures.


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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 07 April, 2020, 09:12:48 PM »

Indeed - but in the end he walks away.

Or is sometimes left behind.

But he chooses his own masters. Chooses his own path, for better or worse. Gotta love ol' Max! :D


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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 07 April, 2020, 08:03:14 PM »

Great pic, FS!

A true anarchist helping people escape from tyranny and oppression! (Or a criminal helping fugitives flee the justice of their rightful ruler, I guess, depending on your viewpoint.)


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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 07 April, 2020, 06:17:33 PM »

"Once we’re through this crisis we CANNOT allow this to happen again."

Don't worry, I'm sure our benevolent masters have a Plan. Sure, it probably involves increased debt slavery, Public Health Mandatory Checkpoints, a binding social credit system, centrally controlled digital currencies, forced vaccinations, criminalising illness, and compulsory  self - imprisonment -  isolation periods but, hey, a plan is a plan, right?

No matter what one thinks of the virus itself (overblown or under-reported, natural or man-made, originating in China or the US, lethal or innocuous),  [sarcasm] only a paltry 1/3 of humanity is on lockdown so far - fingers crossed for more next time, eh? [/sarcasm]


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