posted on Jun, 12 2016 @ 01:47 AM
Quite a number of you will be saying to say it isn't so. I will say that this has been coming for a long time now. More than a year of thinking about
it to be honest. So on my tenth anniversary of joining as a member, performing duties as a moderator and appearing in various capacities on multiple
radio shows... I am FINALLY making an introduction thread.
A few of you know that I first visited ATS on June 6, 2006 (the infamous 6/6/6 date that was highly celebrated in Hell, Michigan). I was an Over The
Road Truck Driver engaged in a 34 hour restart in western state. My guess would be either San Antonio, Texas or Oklahoma City, Oklahoma but that would
take some research on my part through old logs to find out for certain. Like many newcomers, it was a Google search that brought me here. Specifically
looking up conspiracy theories surrounding the JFK assassination in order to incorporate them into an idea for a role-playing game that was never ran
because I didn't find exactly what I was looking for and I am a bit lazy when it comes to writing up adventures anyway.
What I found impressed me. Coherent discussions, orderly site moderation and an overall feel that no one was really the withdrawn basement dwelling
raving lunatic that conspiracy theorists are depicted as stereotypically. So with an open forum (that was quite a bit more open format—for example
the Survival Forum did not yet exist which is my most prolific forum for thread writing) and other avenues of discussion were on different sites such
as BTS, PTS and ATSNN.
The changes I have seen over the years are almost always positive for the membership as a whole despite the grumblings to the changes. And I like many
have mourned the losses of some changes despite not understanding the benefit of their removal at the time.
Other changes were the personal elation of seeing members that I interacted with on regular basis become elevated to the staff over the years, Mods
that became Supers or Admins and making friends with numerous people...even ones that I disagree with politically, spiritually or even their take on a
subject like 9/11 or UFO's and Aliens. Part of “getting it” is the realization that ATS is first and foremost a community, rather than just a
Conspiracy Site. That we can disagree without being disagreeable and just downright nasty (as some devolve to become) to one another. Which is when
staff have to go from just members to moderators.
Some may ask what is the worst thing I have seen on ATS in this past decade and I would have to say the public banning of a member. He wasn't the
first and was not the last, but at the time it was HUGE. There wasn't a regularly participating member that didn't take notice. And I would
estimate that a minimum of 85% of the membership agreed that it had to be done. But the jury was somewhat divided on that it had to be publicly done.
And yes I was a member at the time. And no, we do not need to discuss names or point links to the matter. But it is out there for those that want to
At this point people are going to say, “Well that is a nice retrospect thread, but where is the introduction part?” Okay, greedy bastages:
My interest in conspiracy goes hand in hand with my interest in ghost stories and other folk lore. I have read volumes on the subjects going back over
30 years. At the University of Tennessee several shelves in the library are dedicated to the subjects including extensive collections of local lore.
The Bell Witch being the most famous on the subject including supposed accounts of Andrew Jackson's investigation and never returning to the Bell
House. My fascination with such topics has more to do studying the human reaction than the topic itself. For me, explanations as paranormal matter
goes hand in hand with the suppositions and hoop jumping often used in creating conspiracy theories. And I enjoy studying how these things form to
become accepted fact to various groups.
From these beliefs, I can better understand the formation of local lore and local primitive religions like what is considers Greek or Norse Mythology
today. Or how every area has a common story about the lovers parked in a car and they drive off when they hear a news alert on the radio about a
psycho killer with a hook for a hand and they find a hook dangling off the door handle when they get home.
But to sum it up, been here ten years. Here's to ten more.