Originally posted by worldwatcher
i've been trying to monitor the moon since the last thread came up
but no luck...cloudy nights keep hampering my efforts
No worries, worldwatcher, my n-laws just showed up with kway tiao,
and while waiting for the meal to be served up, I stepped outside.
While waiting, I gazed up at a gorgeous (virtually) full moon,
(right where it ought to be, according to my observations,
as well as the 100 million+ moon-watchers in my neighborhood)
and pondered what drives these 'moon is scaring me' threads.
ATS attracts a large number of thoughtful and cynical folk
who prefer to view the world as a dubious place, at best.
To play on that bias, it is only necessary to point at something
we take for granted (Lunar orbit. Earth climate, political lies, etc)
and shout "hey - you can't see the problem I do".
Say something like: the problem is hidden from your eyes,
you need to measure it with tools you can't access,
and that the government is also trying to hide this fact.
Voila - instant conspiracy.
And thus a thread starts, with the bulk of the posts debunking.
The initial poster disappears, laughing at all the hubbub,
and counts the ATS points pouring in as some sort of coup.
I imagine there are a few board-hoppers who have refined this tactic
into a fine art in order to try dominating boards.
I reckon it is all some sort of adolescent urge.
The moon is still where it ought to be, worldwatcher.
If it moves, over a billion people will complain - immediately.
First the fishermen,
then the lunar-religionists,
after a pregnant pause,