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Old 09-20-2019, 12:52 PM   #2101
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How would you go about proving something doesn't exist? How do you prove a conspiracy doesn't exist either?

It reminds me of what 3 year old I gave as an excuse for why my bed was wet. King Kong. My parents would ask more and more questions for which I had a quick answer for why he was never seen or left any other proof.
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Old 09-20-2019, 11:20 PM   #2102
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OK, this is/was weird, or at least unusual, and might be useful for a period game or a time travel game.

Once upon a time, meaning 1961, the Goodyear company developed a new material for their tires, called Neothane. It had several useful properties, but a couple of nasty weaknesses, including bad performance under heavy sudden braking.

But the interestingly weird aspect of it was that it was translucent, and could be used to make brightly glowing tires in various colors.

Glowing Tires
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Old 09-21-2019, 04:46 AM   #2103
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Navy confirms leaked UFO videos are real.

ALIENS!

(It's not aliens)
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Old 09-22-2019, 03:10 PM   #2104
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It's never aliens... except when it is.

It's interesting how the term has shifted. When I was a kid, (1970s), ne had to preface with "space" for it to be understood not to be just foreigners. By the time I was in college (90s), the "person from another nation" was only understood as humans if prefaced with "legal" or "illegal"....

Due to the popularization of UFO as a term for space alien ships... the USN term Sky quotes is "unidentified aerial phenomena" ...

We might not be changing the spellings of the words, but we sure as hell are changing the common connotations, and in some cases, primary denotations of words... And that's a real life weirdness all its own.
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Old 09-23-2019, 05:06 AM   #2105
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It's never aliens... except when it is.

It's interesting how the term has shifted.

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We might not be changing the spellings of the words, but we sure as hell are changing the common connotations, and in some cases, primary denotations of words... And that's a real life weirdness all its own.
IIRC, psychologists were originally called alienists. To wit, the word comes from the French aliéniste, from aliéné, for insane.
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:09 AM   #2106
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There's a TV show, The Alienist, about such early psychologists set in the 19th century. I haven't seen it, but that's where I learned the term.
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:51 AM   #2107
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IIRC, psychologists were originally called alienists. To wit, the word comes from the French aliéniste, from aliéné, for insane.
Does that mean, to a certain extent, that alien conspiracy theories are quite literally insane conspiracy theories? That seems so terrifyingly appropriate I suspect time travelers may be involved.
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Old 09-24-2019, 09:42 AM   #2108
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Does that mean, to a certain extent, that alien conspiracy theories are quite literally insane conspiracy theories? That seems so terrifyingly appropriate I suspect time travelers may be involved.
No. It means that people claiming that they come from other planets are insane.
(Sorry, couldn't resist).
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Old 09-24-2019, 10:32 AM   #2109
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How would you go about proving something doesn't exist? How do you prove a conspiracy doesn't exist either?

It reminds me of what 3 year old I gave as an excuse for why my bed was wet. King Kong. My parents would ask more and more questions for which I had a quick answer for why he was never seen or left any other proof.
You could subject it to the rules of legal procedure. "Mr. Meyer do you eat gentile babies for Passover" "The perscribed Passover meal is set in the Torah and has nothing to do with gentile babies"

"Mr. Meyer do Jews control the banking industry", "Do I look like I control the banking industry".

Of course That's What They Want You To Think answers everything.
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Old 09-24-2019, 04:32 PM   #2110
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You could subject it to the rules of legal procedure...
"Mr. Meyer do Jews control the banking industry", "Do I look like I control the banking industry".
I'm not a lawyer, but I'm not sure witnesses are allowed to answer a question with a question. At the very least, it's non-responsive and the question will just get asked again, maybe with instructions from the judge to just answer "yes or no". (That is, if the lawyer is really trying to get a yes or no answer; they might just be trying to make Meyer look evasive, in which case they already succeeded.)

A better response would probably be something like "I couldn't say, since I know less than half the people in control of banks, and frankly I wouldn't say that even they completely control their own companies. Even CEOs answer to a lot of other people, from shareholders to regulators. Of the CEOs I do know, there are only a few that are Jewish anyway."
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