posted on Mar, 25 2016 @ 02:11 PM
a reply to: SkepticOverlord
Hello, Bill aka Skeptic Overlord.
Thanks so much for setting this up!
Before I go into too much detail, let me note that Noel, Matt and I don't always agree, and we each definitely have our own opinions/conclusions about
a given case. Luckily, we're all friends outside of the show, as well, and we believe it wouldn't be a worthwhile endeavor if we all agreed
completely, every single time.
With that being said:
1. Yes. There are constantly topics, stories, theories and concepts that can give us pause, both as individuals and a group. In some cases I've been
concerned about covering topics that may be too "dark" for all-age viewers, such as the mounting evidence of child abuse rings amid the world's elite.
In other cases we've been cautious when examining current events or ongoing stories, especially when a volatile situation may change immediately after
recording. In terms of safety concerns or similar issues, we've been (so far) quite fortunate. There's never been a topic that we were told not to
touch -- and if there was, I would take that as a personal indication that we absolutely should cover it.
2. We have at times touched on topics that raise this question. Government surveillance (as well as corporate surveillance) is real, is automated, and
is quite possibly ubiquitous. When we've delved into the dark net, Assange or Snowden we've discovered the frankly terrifying capabilities world
governments already possess. Privacy as earlier generations knew it is not fading away. It is functionally dead, and died before the Assange leaks
went public. We are careful to present the facts as we see them, and do our level best to clearly separate our opinions. When we do voice our opinions
-- I, for example, wholeheartedly believe members of the same families should not be allowed to occupy high-level government positions -- we take
pains to establish that these are opinions alone, rather than facts.
But we are not alone in this search for the truth. Hundreds of thousands -- millions of people -- are aware of the growing chasm between official
narratives and actual events. It was easy to silence someone back in the 1950s. Now, hopefully, not so much.