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Everything posted by mr_paradox

  1. I usually do not like eating when I am drinking. It interfers with me getting drunk. I don't drink that much anymore, I think I had a beer around 3 months ago. Loud noises and crowds seem to bother me in my old age, which is comical since when I was younger I used to like to party a lot. I do like a good steak and fries at a quiet bar/grill where I can relax and enjoy things and I might have a couple of beers while eating the steak. But that doesn't count as drunk.
  2. The dark ages where a place of extreme contrasts. So priests and most royalty could read and write. They had access to luxuaries and they even had access to books and libraries. By contrast the peasants lived in hovels, for their entire life rarely travelled more then 10 miles from where they where born, and all they know was toiling in the fields and going to church. A conspiracy means something intentional. Did the priests and royalty intentionally keep the peasants ignorant to prevent uprisings ? Probably not. By contrast in Southern USA it was illegal for blacks to be literate, and it was illegal for whites to teach blacks how to read and write. This implies a direct conspiracy.
  3. Interesting. If I observe something right this moment, there is a delay between the even actually happening, the speed of light when I see it, and then the delay as my brain processes the information. So by the time I already know about the present it already is in the past. So that means I can not follow my own advice and live in the present, because I will always be living in the past. I didn't really get the idea till it was explained like this.
  4. The bandwagon effect has long been known. So if the majority of people have an opinion, you will have a tendency to accept the opinion. Also to distract from real issues, a person can throw in there red herrings as a way to deflect. Israel was the first to pioneer creating sock puppet accounts to go onto social media to influence public opinion, but it appears as in US intelligence agencies are also doing the same thing now. Your tax payer money hard at work. Ofcourse if you mention sock puppets you are a conspiracy theorist. Wiki entry about the software some US agencies use. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Earnest_Voice
  5. The odds of war between USA and China is pretty slim. There is no territory dispute between China and USA, it is between China and the Philippines. The Philippines is attempting to get popular sympathy by claiming that the Spratly islands have tactical importance. Despite Malaysia, Vietnam and other countries building improvements on the disputed islands, the news only tells you about China. If China is going to use the islands to block shipping, that is illogical. These ships are full of products they are exporting to USA, and full of raw materials on the way back to keep Chinese factories going. Uncle Sam also owes China a bunch of money, if they go to war Uncle Sam can not pay back.
  6. That is the brilliance of the method. If you want to keep a secret, make it public. It even works for simpler things, proving it is done right. So lets say you are at work and there is a box of donuts. You decide to eat the last one. Everyone then asks who ate the last donut. In a sarcastic/joking tone you state that you did. And the reason why you did it was to prevent everyone from gaining weight. If you do it properly, no one will believe you ate the last donut.
  7. As the saying goes, if you have enough monkeys banging away on a typewriter, eventually on of them will type the works of Shakespere. So it is a simple matter of probability, the size of the universe is almost infinite. We now know that other stars have planets. The age of the universe is 6 billion years. So the odds that life did not occur on some other planet in the universe at some time is almost a certainty.
  8. Probably I would feel pretty upset, the closer someone is to you, the more difficult it is to see them suffer. So in the case of it being yourself that is suffering, there is the possibility one might have a nervous breakdown or emotional collapse of some sort. At the end of the day, I would just have to accept the situation, unless there is some way to change outcomes on alternative timelines.
  9. 30+ years ago there was the saying, sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me. What is defined as offensive depends on the individual. If you just go by the majority definition then it is mob rule. The majority of the population thinks that aliens do not exist, you hang out on a forum that discusses these issues. I could argue that believing in aliens is a mental illness. Discussing it can harm other parts of society since it might cause these beliefs to spread. Therefore companies should have pressure applied to them not to hire people who believe in UFOs.
  10. I will take your argument one step further. Certain types of Atheism are a religion, except they believe in "nothing", but "nothing" is actually something. Why I state this, is there are now many atheist groups which are promising if you become an atheist you will be happier, has a study been done on this ? How do you measure happiness ? People state that atheist groups are non violent, Maoism is an extreme from of atheism coupled with out beliefs. It appears to be pretty violent when it comes to conversion. Belief and science are two different things. Darwin was most likely a Christian, from his writings he appeared to be Christian. A belief is something which can not be proven or disproven.
  11. Zero is a relatively modern invention. Go research about the history of the digit or number zero. It is a simple invention like the concept of zero that changes mathematics. Numbers themselves are artificial constructs. I make the statement I have 5 apples. This made the assumption that all 5 apples are identical and have the same characteristics. Obviously no two apples are identical. Therefore the statement is false. Infinity is a paradox. Mathematically it is number divided by zero. A paradox indicates lack of understand or knowledge. Therefore is zero infinity ? Possibly :)
  12. I am saying it is a possibility. What is the saying ? Never attribute to malice what can be attributed to stupidity. So was it actually planned ? Or was it just a case of someone taking advantage of an opportunity. There is a good chance it might be the second. I like to think of myself as an armchair scientist, a scientist should look at all possibilities. The should then attempt to disprove the possibility. So for my theory, there is a motive. But there is no smoking gun, so a smoking gun would be something like a wikileaks document, proof that some cabal actually planned it.
  13. Simplest explanation is that it is a practical joke of some sort. So someone recorded your voice, and then they played a joke on you. I did a similar thing to a friend of mine, he asked if he could borrow my computer, but he did not know I could control the computer remotely. This is before remote PC software was well known. Anyway when he was using the computer, I started to control his mouse and stuff at random times. Then while he was writing on a MS word document I started to change some of the words. He thought the computer was haunted.
  14. Maybe the aliens will feel sorry for us, and then help us out. They will be baffled how can these irrational humans manage to accomplish anything, and then maybe they will help us. On the other hand, the aliens might think these humans are extremely irrational, we don't want them to get any form of intersellar travel, we better knock these humans to the stone age. We have already screwed up our own planet pretty bad, so the aliens will probably be worried we will go to their planet and screw it up also.
  15. McCarthyism is in a nice warm fuzzy wrapper versus McCarthy was a pretty nasty individual. Also McCarthy attempted to use the legal system to achieve his goals, versus the PC attempt to use mob justice. A recent example was an article on a man who called a female news reporter something rude and sexist. Should then man have done this ? No. The reporter then reacted by getting the guy fired from his job by saying it gave the company he worked for a bad name. When the man commited the offense he was not working at the time, and him calling people rude things does not affect his job performance. So probably you could argue that he was fired illegally. If you have certain views about things that do not follow the PC view of things, your livelihood and income are at risk. Worse yet unlike under McCarthy you do not even get a trial.
  16. The is no shortage of oil, there is a shortage of cheap oil. The cost of producing Iraq oil is like $5 per barrel, maybe less. The cost of producting oil by fracking or from oil sands is $70+ per barrel. The same applies to off shore oil, drilling offshore oil wells is extremely expensive. A historic example is Britain, there is no shortage of coal in Britain. But the reason why coal became expensive is Britain is because all of the shallow surface coal was used up for the industrial revolution. To convert from one energy source to another is extremely difficult. Even though Britain had the first oil well in middle east most of the oil was used for military purposes. The reason why is British industry could not easily switch over from coal to using oil or natural gas. This is where China and India have an advantage, since they are still building their infrastructure it is easier for them to design it to use alternative energy sources.
  17. Probably 911 was similar to Pearl Harbor as in the USA knew that an attack would come, but they did not attempt to prevent it. That way they would have a justification to invade Iraq and pass Patriot Act type laws. Various government agencies have sock puppets, so they then would spread disinformation like King Kong knocked down the twin towers to distract from people who question what really happened at 911. But yah, oil and the strategic location of Afghanistan was probably the real reason they invaded.
  18. The CIA and other government agencies found out that hard handed methods of censorship would no longer work. So they had to use softer techniques. One of them is inventing the term conspiracy theorist to attack possible conspiracy theories and make them appear to be nut jobs. Other methods are a little more subtle. Lets say the 911 incident. There appears to be many unanswered questions. The CIA might want to distract from this. So have more and more crazy theories created. The twin towers collapsed because a time travelling dragon ran into them. Then have the guy who made up this theory interviewed on mainstream media so all 911 conspiracy theorists appear like nut jobs. http://www.thrivemovement.com/news-flash-cia-invents-conspiracy-theory.blog
  19. The conspiracy theory put out by the government that the government and politicians have the little guy's best interests at heart. The reality is the government and politicians are more interested in figuring out new ways to extract money out of the little guy and more ways to take away the little guy's rights. The conspiracy theory that voting actually makes a difference. In modern elections for the most part it doesn't take a look at GW Bush vs Obama. Pretty much both of them have the same policy but Obama is black. Not really sure if these count as conspiracy theories :)
  20. I don't really think it proves the existance of god per say. Myths usually have some sort of truth behind them, they are like a way for lessons to be passed down. But sometimes the meaning of the myth is obscured. I remember talking to an Indian fellow, and he told me the Tamils believed that if you store food with a piece of charcoal it will keep away evil spirits. And it is evil spirits that cause food to spoil. The indian fellow was then laughing at the myth. Well if you translate evil spirits into poisons or poison caused by bacteria, charcoal will absorb poison. That is why filters on gas masks are made of charcoal. So some indian guy a few thousand years ago noticed that if you store food with charcoal it lasts longer. Ofcourse he did not know about germs, so he assumed it kept away evil spirits.
  21. What is interesting is that in the theory of evolution it follows closely to the account in Genesis. The original creates in Genesis are created in the sea, and then evenutally they appear on land and then humans appear last. The 7 days account in the Bibles does not mean 7 24 hour days, but 7 of God's days. The Bible specifies that God days are a lot longer then human days. The Bible's Genesis myth originates from the Babylonians and appears in other easter religions. So technically it is not Christian/Jewish but an almost universal myth. It is similar to the great flood myths.
  22. Most of the locations in my dreams are similar to the places I know in real life, but they are rarely exactly the same. I know they are not the same in my dreams. Usually my dreams are weird, I have some sort of crisis or problem that I need to fix. And then it seems as if the place will be against me. So I have to find several items. I then find one, and put it in a central location, when I go to find another item the first item disappears. So I am not sure where these places are in my dreams.
  23. It sounds like an exciting place. If only I had enough money to travel there. Sometimes I think I feel there presense of evil creatures in certain places that appear haunted and old. I am never sure if it is actually happening or it is my mind playing tricks on me. It is really hard to tell without more pictures and more information. But sure I would like to go there.
  24. Political correctness is a new term for censorship. Instead of debating the issue like in the past, claim the issue is politically incorrect and then do a personal assasination on the person spreading the idea. McCarthyism failed because they openly attacked communists and leftists, and then attempted to openly black ball them. The leftists learned that to get things done, they have to work in an indirect and obtuse manner. So claim the person is politically incorrect, never mind his rights about freedom of speech. Then start a social network group to get the person fired from his job, or have his business closed down. It is the same thing as McCarthism, except in a nice fuzzy warm wrapper.
  25. How do you know that stopping Hitler from getting into power would be the right thing to do ? Hitler had a mental disorder of some sort, he lost the war because of his mistakes. So maybe if you eliminated Hitler a leader which actually wasn't insane might have gotten into power. Germany and Japan would have won WW2, and things would have been even worse. Modern American foreign policy is an example of this. USA attempts to fix a problem, but to fix it usually they cause a bigger problem. The whole middle east is an example of this.
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