Calling Aaron Silverman and Sam Posten. You'll have to debunk this! Crazy Canadians slander CIA and

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  1. JParker

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    If anyone can lead readers to the truth, it's you two guys, the # 1 and # 2 debunkers on this site. How can we let Canadians get away with this? What do you say, gang? Screen Propaganda, Hollywood and the CIA
     
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    Politics is not a valid topic for HTF. Sorry. Neither is religion. Also, calling out users in a hostile manner is probably not a smart move either. I am not the type to complain but others are a lot less thick skinned. Here's a good place to start with tho if you question whether something is legit or bunk, science related: http://debunkatron.com/Pseudoscience.html And this book, recommended by SciAm (tho you probably consider them part of the cabal to keep your guys down): http://www.amazon.com/The-Pseudoscience-Wars-Velikovsky-ebook/dp/B0089OEOBU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1362152468&sr=8-2&keywords=pseudoscience http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-is-pseudoscience Can't help you on the Hollywood stuff and we have already determined that politics and religion are out of bounds.
     
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    I am honored to be called out! But I have disturbingly thick skin. :) James, I hope you aren't taking any of my wisecracks personally. I try to pepper my online discussions with humor. I think government involvement in filmmaking could be discussed without straying too far into politics -- just focus on facts and leave the opinions at home. However, we'd need a more reputable basis for discussion. That site that James linked is a festival of 9/11 truther garbage. I have to give it credit for one awesomely nutty new conspiracy idea, though: that Cheney and Rumsfeld tried to have President Bush assassinated on 9/11! More contemporary articles there talk about the rebellion in Syria as a CIA plot. Okey dokey! Sam, thanks for the Debunkatron link. I wasn't familiar with that site.
     
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    Actually I found it by googling this AM, it was news to me. Contrary to Mr. Parker's belief I am not the James Randi of HTF, I don't spend all my time trying to debunk stuff. I responded to his initial inquiry about this belief system in good faith (hah, pun!) assuming he thought it was neat and worthy of discussion, but that turned out to not be the case, he was already a believer with an agenda to spread the word here at HTF. I tried to extricate myself from the conversation before it could get heated and to do my best to encourage others to just let him have his fun but no dice. Like I said, I'd like to see the pseudoscience contained into a single thread so it doesn't overwhelm AHL, but that's just me. If you have other good debunk resources I'm always interested in stuff like that. As a kid I was drawn to books and shows on the occult and unexplained phenomenon but as I grew up it became clear just how much of it was rubbish with someone trying to sell some kind of snake oil. Honestly I really don't care what anyone believes (politics, religion, or science!) until they start getting to be attention vampires about it =)
     
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    I think Silica is a really great do-all kind of thing, Is there anything that Silica cannot fix, heal, cure, solve? I love Silica. Jay
     
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    Jay: =) I know that's sarcastic and like "Cool story, bro" but I thought it fit here =)
     
  7. JParker

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    Sam, I never "called you out" in a hostile manner, that seems paranoid to me. I think unlike the existence of metaphysical constructs such as black holes which you've commented on at length, this risible allegation, a matter of national security, was worthy of attention. Since it involved Hollywood, I didn't think the topic was forbidden, i.e., the influence of the CIA, etc. I thought it was an opportunity for witty ripostes, like the CIA was behind Gates of Heaven or Josey and Pussycats, Battleship, Transformers, Captain America, etc. Then you and Silverman could both shine with your witticisms. So much for olive branches...
     
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    I think Sam's posts are meant mainly for Sam. Look at his numbers, he's up to over 12,000 posts. I don't even read his posts any longer, 99% of the time they're simply links to other stories. If he had a comment or something interesting to say, I might pay attention. I'm not calling him a troll, he's polite and decent in his posts, but they're really not of much use.
     
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    LOL! Maybe that's what Sam does for a living, professional "poster" (boy)? I don't know, that doesn't sound like a fun way to make a living. Thanks, Stan. But to give Sam credit, he's precocious for his age - seven? Eight? Can't say I like the expression on his face though in his picture but it suits him. ;)
     
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    /shrug, we've had this conversation before. Welcome to put me on ignore it won't offend me. I've been called a bore before, and will again. It's not a big deal. I've been here for 12 and a half years and have 12k posts, which puts me at under 3 posts a day for the site I spend the most time on, talking about a wide variety of topics.
     
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    Also, it is a mistake to believe that scientific knowledge cannot be advanced without happy accidents or serendipity:
    http://io9.com/5987086/meet-the-scientific-accident-that-could-change-the-world

    Obviously those occurances can and do happen, and the knowledge that results can and does sometimes challenge the so called conventional wisdom,

    It's how you proceed after that which is critical. Do you send the results out for peer review and continue pushing forward, and maybe learn even more about your discovery, or do you clutch at it like a secret and lash out at all who question it? If the former, congrats, you are a scientist! If the later, you just might be a charlatan. Or worse, you could really have discovered something important but the world will never know because of your ego and actions.
     

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