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  1. wembley8

    It's The Zionists

    Even better, when he gave the speed live, he dropped http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/ap ... ust-speech - but it's obvious really - THEY must have got to him. Which only goes to prove his point that they control everything... btw I believe the bit about his calling for Israel to...
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    It's The Zionists

    Whatever you say about ol' Ahmadinejad, he certainly brings conspiracy theory right into the mainstream: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/ap ... ech-israel
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    Jade Goody - Has She Truly Passed Away?

    I'm not sure what abusing your position means as a publicist. He just generates publicity...very effectively. Of course he "plays" the media, that's the job of everyone in PR, isn't it?
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    Cricket Attack Conspiracy

    I think the cock-up theory works very well here. How else can you explain how 12 attackers with automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and hand grenades failed to kill anyone on board a stationary, unprotected bus when there were no police shooting back and the driver had been...
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    FT 246

    No he didn't! He simply took the hackneyed "science is just another faith" approach, completely ignored how scientists have actually studied evolution and what the believe in favour of his own (wrong) version. I think the technical term is a "straw man" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_man...
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    US investigation into gravity weapons 'nonsense'

    The Hafnium one turns out not to be junk science - it got a lot of criticism, but ultimately it turned out to work. Research is now much lower key, because they know how easily funding can be cut when they get called 'pseudoscience.'
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    "Political Correctness Gone Mad"

    No, it was just the culture at the time. People tend to be very accepting of the status quo, which is why it needs to be challenged some times. The defence "oh, but we've always used that word and nobody has complained before" should not be accepted. But people will always say it's PC gone mad...
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    Who starts Urban Legends?

    One unsubstanatiated and wildly speculative guess - unbeknownst to you, she always brought in cucumber sandwiches for lunch. Some of her colleagues knew about it, so your 'cucumber' joke looked that it was aimed at her. It may not be true, but it explains everything wonderfully, and isn't...
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    "Political Correctness Gone Mad"

    The problem is that in a case like that they may simply be trying to be more accurate. There are more partially-sighted people than completely blind ones, who may or may not be legally blind. Btw I think the term is "visually impaired." Some individuals may not be offended by 'offensive'...
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    Who starts Urban Legends?

    Try googling it. I'm not about to, but I'd be amazed if there aren't a stack of video hits.
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    The Credit Crunch

    Yep, as recent events have shown, that's about the size of it. Any other business - mining, ship building, fishing etc - can go bust, but the banks will never be allowed to go under. But I suspect that knowing this won't change people's attitudes one iota.
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    Who starts Urban Legends?

    Poozler - That sounds about right. It's all about memes; a story can mutate every times it is told by the teller changing any given detail. If the mutation makes it more 'contagious', that version spreads more. Unsucessful stories die out. Mutations like happening more recently or closely...
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    Britain: Police State?

    How would you suggest the police identify suspects, or rule out non-suspects? If there is no way of identifying someone, it might be a little difficult.
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    Britain: Police State?

    Not according to the autopsies. they get dragged through the courts every time and Taser keep being found blameless. Check the original report. The relative risk of police use-of-force options: Evaluating the potential for deployment of electronic weaponry Link* What's the alternative...
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    Britain: Police State?

    It's called 'excited delirium' and it's usually related to drug use and over-excitement (i.e. getting into a punch-up with the cops) http://pso.hmprisonservice.gov.uk/pso16 ... lirium.htm
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    Britain: Police State?

    ...note the "potenially" in there. As far as proved cases go, as far as I know there has only been one instance where a Tasar has been considered even partly contributory. (Actually make that two, there was another one where someone was Tased and fell to their death) But that's after tens of...
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    Britain: Police State?

    Are you sure abot that? or is it just that if you sling enough mud, some of it gets believed? Anyone can claim that Tasers kill, but that's not what the actual autopsies show. That seems a bit careless unless you know where it came from (...not Taser Inc!)
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    Six Toed Cats

    Never heard of the legend, but a friend used to have a beautiful black six-toed cat (called Polly, for obvious reasons). I wonder if you get the wish even if you don;t know about it? Be careful what you wish for...
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    Britain: Police State?

    In real life they have saved a lot of lives. Even New Scientist, which is generally scathing , accepts that on balance they save lives - http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg1 ... tml?page=2 - roughly 70 lives are saved for every taser death. Sure they can also be abused, but they have...
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    Britain: Police State?

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    Britain: Police State?

    ...because it's a lot safer than shooting them. Taser Inc have done a lot of research on this, and while some of the results have not been released, basically you can't set off explosives with them. A bullet, on the other hand, will detonate quite a lot of unstable compounds. More to the...
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    Britain: Police State?

    People have a very negative image of Tasers (thanks largely to negative media coverage and a few cases of abuse). In fact, even sceptics have to conclude that they do save lives. In terms of apprehending suspects, they appear to be less likely to cause death or serious injury than...
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    The Mystery Of The Vibrating Pole

    Are you sure about that? I'd put money that you will get just exactly that effect when the wind blows in the right direction at the right strength and that resonance will have a lot to do with it. Have you tired looking at other aerials etc? (Edit after reading the bit about vortex...
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    Male relative of Baby P in Paedophile ring?

    "Every one of Islington's 12 care homes included staff who were paedophiles, child pornographers or pimps. Police secretly confirmed that several Islington workers were 'major operators in the supply of children for abuse and pornography'" ...these are not verified and arguably very close...
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    Britain: Police State?

    - I think we've all been worried about that for some time.
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    Modern Urban Legends?

    There's not much sign (as far as I can see) of modern ULs. In our celeb-obsessed culture there don't seem to be that many celeb-based ULs - I can only think of the "David Beckham paid my mortgage" one. As for new technology, has there been a techno-UL since the poodle in the microwave? And...
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    Britain: Police State?

    Does rather give the lie to the idea that there is all this unfettered surveillance going on. That's not Fortean Times' David V Barrett is it? he knows a few things about conspiracies?
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    Britain: Police State?

    Er, isn't that what sniffer dogs are for? In any case, with both dogs and swabs, it's just a matter of suspects -- it might mean you get searched, you're not sent to jail for it. And why has there been so little discussion of the 42 days issue here? Doesn't the conspicuous defeat of the...
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    Britain: Police State?

    A place where racial abuse and discrimination is accepted isn't exactly free for the minorities (or majorities) being abused; one where the law protects citizens from discrimination and violence is a great improvement. A country where the police have to be polite to the citizenry is the...
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    Britain: Police State?

    With a comment like that, I do wonder if you know what a police state is. It's about totalitarian repression - imprisonment without trial, no habeas corpus, extra-judicial punishment etc. AFAIK all current police states work pretty well without CCTV, but they do rely on things like a...
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    odd 'disguised' cameras

    I can see how this happens - when the fake owls are put up, people naturally prefer a sinister, secret explanation to the real one (they're quite effective for keeping birds off). I bet the supposed cameras are wireless with no power supply or visible lenses... I remember seeing the fake owls...
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    StumbleUpon suppressed the H2onE2 science, knowledge

    Re: Where is all your Helium :?: Not on Earth or space. No, people are frightened of terrorists because they're a threat. I don't think your work has anyone scared. And 'intellectual' has other implications too.
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    StumbleUpon suppressed the H2onE2 science, knowledge

    Re: Where is all your Helium :?: Not on Earth or space. Please provide some evidence for this astonishing claim. Also explain how sucha fire could remain burning for millions of years without exhausting its fuel (...or is that a lie as well?) This just gets more wacky and less credible...
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    Darwin & Darwinism

    Or is it a myth that Darwinism is a myth? You can't lose either way...
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    StumbleUpon suppressed the H2onE2 science, knowledge

    Re: Where is all your Helium :?: Not on Earth or space. The sun - which is most of the mass of the solar system - is 71% hydrogen by weight. What do you think the rest of it is? (It's easy to tell by spectroscopy). Now I think we're getting to the root of it...
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    FT 241

    Oddly enough, I thought the stoat pack one was useless. They didn't talk to anyone who knew anything about stoats (not exactly rare and mythical beasts -- there's plenty of info out there) or animal behaviour, or look into the reality of the thing. As far as I can tell, it was based entirely on...
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    StumbleUpon suppressed the H2onE2 science, knowledge

    The second para of your "thesis" at http://www.h2one2.com/main.sc "Hydrogen and oxygen are the most abundant gas molecules found in the universe so the core is mostly built from these ignitable and explosive gases. " Helium is far more abundant than oxygen, and in any case the Earth's core...
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    The Credit Crunch

    Wow, Jeremy Clarkson is more impressively ignorant than usually. Not just ignorant mind - wilfully ignorant. Fannie Mae is the popular name for the US Federal National Mortgage Association (from it's initials FNMA). It's been around since 1938 and the secondary mortgage market has been doing...
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    "Political Correctness Gone Mad"

    It depends which sort of nonsense you mean. The Daily Mail whill continue to churn out slanted rubbish as long as people read it (and probably after that). If you check the actual college web site, they even have a "Christmas event" flyer, so perhaps the PC wave is more of a ripple. But don;t...
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    The Credit Crunch

    Lehman is quoted on the stock exchange - it doesn't have "an owner." Shareholders get dividends rather than pay (and they don't set the leve anywayl). Your source sounds like a simplistic "it's all caused by the greedy bankers" urban myth.
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    History Rewritten

    You lose - I've had all sorts of patisserie for breakfast. I've never had Coca Cola with breakfast though (but I've seen people who do), maybe that's the definitive US invention?
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    StumbleUpon suppressed the H2onE2 science, knowledge

    You mean "grammar Nazi," surely? ;)
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    History Rewritten

    The first pumpkin pie recipe - "Tourte of pumpkin " was an english translation from a French one by Francois Pierre la Varenne - http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/ ... kinPie.htm - so I don't think the US claim that one either. They probably invented something at some time though.
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    Bees

    Note that the Radiation Research Trust is not an official body, and there's no mention of whether thee results are peer-reviewed. I'm guessing not, but can anyone else confirm?
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    Alien Big Lion?

    In this case it may be that the dog looked like a lion - FT had pics a while back of a dog which ended up with a 'mane' (due to fur loss) and was regularly mistaken for a lion. There was also a piece in FT a while back on why people routinely mistake things for big cats; apparently it's part...
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    Neanderthals: New Findings & Theories

    Stan Gooch's book is reviewed in the current FT and promises all sorts of revelations - Neanderthals as matriarchal, moon-worshipping mystics....but it looks like a load of hooey, unless he's got an awful lot to back it up with. Anyone else know anything about this?
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    Napoleon's Hand Inserted Into His Tunic: Why?

    But why the hand in the waistcoat? One explanation: "Contrary to the legend it is not a question to relieve a pain with the stomach, it is in fact an iconographic license all Rhétorique, far from the representations warmongers which point out the warrior, one sees here the consul in the...
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    Fingerprint scans at US stations

    I used a left luggage locker at a US railways station (Chicago) last week, and found that as well as giving you a PIN number to retrieve your luggage, it also does a fingerprint scan, supposedly as a security measure. Who's security? Is this so that if someone tries to blow the station up...
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    The Death Of Dr David Kelly

    It's a thermal imager, not a magic wand. If a body has been cooling for a few hours it may be far from obvious (were they looking for a dead body at that stage) and IIRC this was in woodland where you don't always get a cllear field of view. I bet they quite often miss things like this on the...
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    FT 239

    The idea seems to be that the original Illuminati groups were basically a form of Qaballism (?sp), and the same ideas got picked up by lots of others. There in't one single group of Illuminati, but lots of the groups out there supposed to be associated with them - Masons, Rosicrucians etc - all...
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