There is any number of a billion reasons he could have that.
Fiscal year of 1955? Circa 1969? Common civil defense 1985?
Doesn't sound like 1975-6 area it would be too hard to get one.
I don't know why he has to have mentioned picking it up just for it to happen.
See, we're both in bad spots here.
Logically, you claim that because he did not remark upon something, it did not happen. This is a fallacy, because I can do things that I do not remark
on. The simple fact that he did not say "Then I picked up a Victoreen" does not prove that he did not pick up a Victoreen, and thus was not there,
and thus did not exist to travel through time.
Though, logically, I am facing most of this boardful of dumb-to-superintelligent people, arrayed against me and ready to beat down my statements.
Logically I am not an expert in radiation detection, the history of US radiation detection equipment, or the availability of the Victoreen unit in the
years 1975-1976. I stand at a serious disadvantage, not only for these points, but also for the fact that I am taking the stance that a man who claims
he came back from 2036 is telling the truth.
Can you see my predicament?
Now, as I said (I hope I've said it, it can be my way to natter and ramble in my posts, to type along my trains of thought) - I could choose any one
of hundreds of ways to explain his having a Victoreen unit.
1) Because of decreased production capabilities, units similar to the Victoreen in style and function came back into production. Detect radiation
specifically from nuclear fallout? In Titor's timeline, I believe that was a focus.
2) After a nuclear war, not a lot of high tech units were left, and the Victoreen was about all the remnant of a rebel military had to send on this
3) He picked it up in 1975.
4) He took it back because he was going to 1975.
5) He aqcuired it recently for fear his own unit was malfunctioning, and this was all he could acquire with his present funds.
6) Same as above, except his need to not draw attention to himself with the purchase of an accurate radiation detector is in place of a lack of funds,
he chooses the Victoreen - knowing that it will not draw as much attention because of its antiquity.
7) He just happens to have picked one up for the sake of it, because he takes an interest in this sort of thing.
8) He couldn't show us 2036 technology and decided to leave something in there for us to identify with.
9) He knew it would make sense to show a radiation detector but didn't want to prove anything, so he just used this, which he had with him.
10) He's not that smart and thought this might work as a radiation detector.
11) Old Victoreen units and similar units have been refitted for new use.
- Now, I wrote those in about 4 minutes. That's total time from me typing '1)' to 'use.', thought included. And I went pee. If it's that easy to
propose logical possibilities that could defeat your qualm, then your qualm does not strike a severe blow against whatever sort of case Titor still
I'm sorry, I have an interest in Titor's story, and tend to play the devil's advocate in these sort of topics. I'd say I'm at present more in the
field of thought that it will happen than I am in the field that it won't. We've got a possible proof of it not happening coming up. If there's an
upset at the inauguration, we've got a proof negative, if the Patriot Act is abolished, we have another.
People keep saying "He's just so lucky since it is so hard to prove that he's wrong, he never left us anything concrete enough to disprove" -
Well, no, he did actually leave billions of things concrete enough to prove him wrong, just, he was right enough about all of them that we haven't
had any proof he was wrong yet.
Before we start calling the end-game, before we start feeling secure and thinking it's all safe to shout out fraud, we should wait. What's the rush
- we've either got our whole lives or the 3 someodd years left until civil war breaks out. Nothing we say or do now is going to prove John Titor
right or wrong, so let's speculate and stipulate and dramatize and confuse and confound - and then forget everything we've said and do it all again,
and find out that everything we've said is useless, because the truth is hidden in time.
Let's just let it pass.