Sunday 20 July 2014, 20:20
The Apollo moon landings were fake.
I don't mean that they did not occur - it was before I was born, but it
seems clear that men did at one time walk on the Moon. There are too many
independent confirmations of that for it to be in any reasonable doubt.
However, the Apollo Moon landings occurred under false pretences. The
story told about the factual events, both at the time and now, was and is a
dishonest story, carefully constructed to further the goals of the US
government and certain other powerful forces.
Sunday 3 July 2011, 08:46
Here's the comment thread for my Bonobo Conspiracy archive posting.
Sunday 3 July 2011, 08:30
In 2005 through 2008 I wrote and posted a Web comic called Bonobo
Conspiracy. I posted a new strip with a new joke every single day for just
over 1000 days, chronicling the lives, thwarted romances, and mad science of
Matt, Sun-Moon, Dr. Klaun, Algea, and a host of special guests. Although
most strips were designed to stand on their own, I also gradually developed
each character over the course of the run, and I ran a few multi-strip
specials and storylines.
Sunday 20 March 2011, 12:04
I'm generally a fan of the IAEA, but this image I just grabbed from their Web site is a textbook example of slanting (literally!) a graphic image so that it misleads the reader.
The chart shows the temperature of two spent fuel pools at Fukushima Daiichi. Until the morning of March 19, UTC, the temperatures were slowly but steadily increasing. After that, they decreased significantly. These data could well be presented with a two-dimensional line chart.
But the makers of the chart above chose to project it into three dimensions in such a way that the lines slant downward even where the temperature is increasing - obscuring one of the most important pieces of information the numbers represent, which is the direction of change. A human being looking at the chart and not reading the numbers would get the incorrect impression that the temperature was consistently decreasing over the entire time period. Thus the chart has failed in its purpose of making the numbers understandable. The chart actually conveys a negative amount of information, because it conveys incorrect information. If you erased all the graphics and left only the numbers, readers would be better informed.
If they were going to make a chart, there is no reason it needed to be a three-dimensional chart; and if they were going to make a three-dimensional chart, there is no reason they had to use that particular choice of projection angle. I hate to ascribe to malice that which could be explained by stupidity, but this really does look the way deliberate deception would look; and it has the same effect as deliberate deception even if it isn't actually deliberate deception.
Sunday 4 April 2010, 17:41
First appeared in talk.bizarre, July 1997
You must know that Man was not the first of the Earth's masters.
A great many unusual people may be seen in the marketplace of Damascus on
any hot summer day, but the Adept was definitely out of the ordinary.
She strode, alone and proud, though the crowd which parted
unconsciously. Foreigners have written that one veiled woman looks
like any other, but even the quality of the material of Fatima's veil
distinguished her from the rest. The locals, accustomed to making the
most of whatever they could get, stared outright, all as if they'd never
seen a woman before. They undressed her in their minds as she passed
by. The year, in your infidel's reckoning, was 738.