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originally posted by: DISRAELI
originally posted by: Groot
Was it because 2012 Mayan prophesy didn't pan out?
I think this was a key moment.
Looking at ATS alone; Six months after the arrival of 2013, the appearance of new threads and the turnover on the Recent Posts page had dropped dramtically.
(In other words, the new domination of politics is symptom, not cause)
originally posted by: ClovenSky
It almost seems like we are on a precipice. There is enough evidence now that people are being forced to make a decision, to continue believing the lies of mainstream or start tearing down the previously built theories of their own reality. I find there are a lot of people that just choose the comforting lies instead of reality.
So the easiest way to continue down the path if ignorance is to simply stop looking. They can continue to tune into mainstream which confirms their bias. I wonder as to the quality, originality and uniqueness of those that are checking out? Maybe this is exactly what is needed, to increase the signal to noise ratio where the people who are left, truly want to change things instead of gaining simple entertainment.
Maybe this will be for the better (outside of site revenues) and in the end, will be the main forum of change to bring us together so we can start tackling the important issues.
originally posted by: Caver78
I totally went the "other way" with the premise of the thread.
Much like "follow the money" in politics, with high strangeness it's more like "follow the sunspots". This will be circumstantial at best, but hey, it's a slow news day.
Page 5 of the link gives two nifty charts that clearly show increased sunspot activity that correspond to decades of some of the highest strangeness most of us are familiar with. From mysterious places, ghostly activity and UFO's. Currently we're in a sunspot "lull" so things are winding down before ramping up again.
To be clear this is TOTALLY circumstantial, just a hunch, but why not?
To address the point previously made issue that we've discovered a number of answers, well it's more like we've sorted the wheat from the chaff in exposing charlatans & frauds plus disinformation agents. Dunno that we've satisfactorily answered things, but we do know now who's full of it.
originally posted by: ClovenSky
a reply to: Groot
As long as you don't care personally about the stars and flags, they can be really useful. Watch the patterns of what gets the stars and flags. What type of subjects and from what posters. Is there a herd mentality here? Do certain members shoot sunshine out of their A## and no mater what they say, get loads of approval? Why?
Does it look like in early morning, there are more liberals (based on subject matter and what stars are given out). Do the conservative ideologies get more support in the afternoon and night?
I wouldn't do away with the stars & flags. As long as you detach ego from them, they can be really useful for searching this reality.