posted on May, 5 2009 @ 07:00 PM
You know, ATS used to be semi respectable. These days it seems more like a clearinghouse for every crackpot and cook on the planet, a rather
interesting correlation to the increased traffic I would think. ATS is a laughing stock in many circles and these days me and mine get more of a sad
chuckle out of the more inane claims than anything else. Yet I still look and watch and read in the hopes one of these "OMG PROOF!" posts actually
pans out to be something viable.
*sighs and pinches bridge of his nose*
ATS has become the exact kind of thing my namesake warned about. A closed group of people who just live in their own world and pat each other on the
back about how enlightened they are and just believe because they just -know- what they think is the truth IS the truth without a shred of real
evidence and scream BLASPHEME! at anyone who attempts to use logic and science.
This case is a prime example. Not one photo, not one adult witness to be found, not one scrap of evidence anywhere except from the mouths of four
kids and a tabloid news source that's took it upon themselves to jazz the story up. Why do people think that just because they are kids they do not
have the ability to make up fantastic stories? Kids are the number one creator of fantastical tales!
When I was a kid, back in the 70s, and after my first day of Kindergarten, I came home and told my mother this elaborate story of how they had
go-carts there for us to ride. I was detailed, down to how the Janitor let me help him fill up the gas tanks and gave detailed accounts of races with
some of my friends.. She bought it hook line and sinker and went to the parent teacher meeting a few days later and told them how wonderful it was
they had these go carts etc...and the looked at her like she was crazy. I had a good laugh when she got home, and lucky for me she thought it was
pretty funny too. So don't tell me kids don't lie or make stuff up, they do all the time.
Lets not forget the legions of 'Contactees' form the 50s either, shall we? Tales of human appearing visitors in shiny suits taking them on their
fantastic saucers to Venus or Mars...funny how those claims disappeared once science actually showed us what those worlds are really like. Of course
now they come from Tau Ceti or Beta Reticuli...
As has been said before: Extraordinary claims require Extraordinary proof, I'm sorry, that video and it's story are not by a long shot.
And when did Skeptic become a dirty word? Don't get me wrong, I -believe-. I believe with a passion but I also require reasonable and substantial
evidence. In this day and age of CGI con artists, trolls, nutters, and loons what we need is MORE skepticism, not less. Haiti UFO anyone? That got
me. I remember watching that and saying "That's either really really good CGI or it's the real deal." Well, we all know how that panned out.
Running around yelling proof at every 'eyewitness report', every blurry, shaky, nighttime video just makes the ENTIRE UFO community look like a
bunch of tools and idiots. The burden of proof is on the those making the claim, not the other way around no mater how much you don't like it. It
doesn't matter if you shook hands with an ET, it's still up to you to prove it.
Use Carl's Baloney Detection Kit and the Scientific Method and I highly recommend Science: A Candle in the Dark to the OP and his followers.
Belief and Skepticism are not mutually exclusive. In fact both combined are the most powerful tools we could ask for.