It’s again time that I get on my little soapbox. Luckily, this time it isn’t to moan or complain. I’ll do my best to keep it short. Sorry for
the gray hair Mods and co. – you know who you are.
[Non USA-Members - Eyes Only]
Let’s get to the point. ATS is a great place. Who do we have to thank? The 3 Amigos? Not exactly. They provided (and still do) an excellent
opportunity for us all to come together, and… well, conspire, but ATS would not have been ATS if it weren’t for the vast amount of brilliant minds
contributing to the board. Isn’t it amazing – the collection of ideas from all over the planet? But
mostly from Americans.
Fact: the most activity is from American members (and visitors). Why? Because most of ATS covers American conspiracies.
This is not an Anti-American campaign at all. It’s a pro-world campaign. The Americans are lovely people. Some of my best friends live there.
(Before the flaming starts!)
It can be argued that most conspiracies take place in the USA. But is that really true? Is it maybe true that Americans are the most paranoid people?
That I don’t know. What I do know is that there are all kinds of conspiracies all over the planet in all walks of life. From Zimbabwe to Japan to
New Zeeland to the Comoros. Governments keep secrets, creatures elude, agencies hide and terrorists plot.
Here at ATS we probably have the best collection of all US conspiracies. From 9/11, Bigfoot, JFK, Area 51, John Lennon… You know the lot. We also
have a proper (though not so vast) collection of European contributions, BUT only a handful of “other” contributions.
So what else can be said about the Patterson video? Every single frame has been examined by thousands of people – including experts – and every
single detail dissected. Will an ATS member see something someone else didn’t, or come up with an explanation someone else didn’t think off? Sure,
the chance is good. I’ve heard some refreshingly new ideas here, that made me go “Wow!”. But for most of us, there isn’t much we could add.
Everything has been said.
Some of the older members (2 years plus?) have said this on several occasions: This topic has been said, done or highlighted in the past. It’s old
news. Everything has been done. At least twice. The older members are bored because they see the same ideas, and posts repeated day in and day out.
I understand, another thread on “This UFO in the 9/11 video” would be for the benefit of new members, and that’s fine by me. For the rest of the
members who’ve seen everything and said everything (to be clear – I’m excluded here) they’re basically just browsing the threads hoping for
some new and fresh ideas or to correct newer members on the facts.
The other day I did an article for Tinwiki about a South African mythical creature, and after I finished it, I Googled for some references to give my
article some outsider validity. I couldn’t find a single substantial article to use as reference, and I was shocked to find the lack of South
African "conspiracy info" on the web.
Yesterday I was surprised to see one of my ancient threads with some South African politics in the content, alive again. And it made me glad to see
that there is actually other tinfoil wearing nuts in South Africa.
I’ve seen some fun, new threads – especially in Crypto and mythology from other countries. Who would have imagined that there was a “Loch Ness
monster” outside of Scotland?
Last night I was listening to SO’s podcast, and I was intrigued with his (their
) “future plans and vision” for ATS. In my words: To
make ATS the household name when it comes to conspiracies and “alternative topics”.
But why stop in the USA? Google is a worldwide household
name when it comes to searching anything on the web. Why not ATS, the Worldwide synonym for conspiracies?
(Let’s face it. The 3 Amigos'
“real plan” is to take over the world – but that’s another story. Queue an “ATS is run by the Government” thread.)
So what am I saying? Attention all non-American citizens of ATS!
Today, as soon as you’ve given your thoughts on the G.W. Bush
administration, corrected a Yankee on the origin of the Pentagon flight and shared your opinion on the Native American use of drugs by Shaman
(Shamen?)… Create a thread about that conspiracy in YOUR country. Tell the rest of ATS (and even your fellow country citizens) about how you think
your government is using blood diamonds to buy oil, and that your government is really the headquarters of the Illuminati. Don’t forget to share
that blurry picture your grandfather took years ago, of the mythical beast that lives in the forest and feeds of human earwax.
I, for one, would love to see some conspiracies from countries I’ve never heard of, especially if online local newspaper articles can back claims. I
love to see Aussies have go at each other (if only to get them back for making us loose at cricket…
And the best part is, you can use the “You don’t live here, you don’t know nothing!”-line. So, what’s YOUR government hiding?
[/non-USA Members - Eyes Only]
Dear fellow ATS member that lives in the USA. Thank you for sharing your conspiracies with the rest of the world. We love to read about it. We love to
talk about it – even if we don’t have the slightest idea, and even though it doesn’t concern us. It still makes pleasurable reading material,
and makes dinner conversations so much more than just weather chat.
(Warning – Post may
include some sarcasm, irony and mockery. This is not an attack on any nation in the world.)
[edit on 23-5-2006 by Gemwolf]