Well, within the structure of JT's story, he did 'slip in' and 'out' of his target area... he made it to the 1970s, encountered his grandfather
and acquired the computer. He then jumped forward into the late 90s/2000 time period to meet his family. Now, on some other sites I've gone over
since this story first popped up on ATS (and I did read about it here first, btw), this deviation from the original mission has been discussed at
great length. The general sentiment is that going forward in time to our very recent past was part of the deal he made with his grandfather...
presumably the older man either asked JT to warn his kids about WW3 as a favor or made it a condition of his cooperation. Even without such a deal,
it's pretty easy to see how a man without supervision might not be able to resist going to see his prewar family. If he was selected for the mission
based on who he was related to, it's reasonable to assume that this was his only temporal recon mission. In a way, this was his last chance to meet
mom and dad from the old, easier days.
As for his posting on the net... he made it clear that, though at first he had disdain for our era, he grew to feel bad for us. It might make sense
for him to 'go native' and start posting his comments on internet boards as a way of either helping a few people or lessening his own guilt. Keep
in mind that he mostly wrote about philosophical stuff (comments on what was degrading in our society) and that he felt WW3 was inevitable (would you
waste time trying to stop what you were sure would happen... or would you give people lifestyle tips that could help them?).
Now... JT did make, I believe, prescient comments about the near future. There's a point where he asks someone if they would consider a search for
WMDs (and he refers to weapons of mass destruction before that became a household phrase) a political ploy. Since I wasn't planning on talking about
that when I started this thread i don't have the exact page number... but I'll come back with a link later.
When it comes to the observation that JT never identified the 'farmer general'... well, would it make sense to hand out the identity of your most
admired rebel leader? If a real civil war broke out he could be arrested in ten minutes flat.
Now... as for the bent light thing...
So far I've only made historical and psychological rebuttals, but I think we should study the laser picture more before we dismiss it right away.
First, note how the laser doesn't bend until it crosses a certain point that corresponds with the edge of the car door
Second, note how the air outside the car isn't filled with any distinct objects (contrary to what has been said, there are no 'objects' beyond the
window that are clearly not bent.
Now, consider this:
Einstein predicted that gravity could bend light... and he was proven correct. As has been repeatedly shown in astronomical experiments, massive
objects like the sun can actually bend the direction light takes. For fun... draw an imaginary line along the path the ACTUAL light takes in the
diagram above. You'll notice that it makes an arc like JT's laser photo does. If, somehow, scientists were able to draw a line in space that
followed the path of such light from its source star to an observatory on earth... it would show the same bend.
Kano has claimed that the laser would still appear straight, even if passing what JT says it is, because its 'path' would be corrected upon passing
into normal space. However, when light bends upon hitting amedium (take the pencil in glass of water example) it does not automatically correct
itself when reaching the eye. In fact, the human eye sees a pencil that appears to be 'snapped'. No, I'm not saying that passing through changing
mediums is the same as passing near intense gravity, but I AM saying that the eye/camera can pick up indications that light is being distorted.
Let's also pretend that light going from Planet A to Earth, but that's being bent by star A, is a laser light that's also passing through a giant
cloud of something akin to cigar smoke (a dense nebula, let's say). We know that this light WILL be bent by star A and that people on Earth will see
Planet A in a false location. OK... so, are people who live on another planet orbiting Star B, let's say, seeing a beam of light that's going
straight to earth? Or... would they see a red line that's being bent by Star A? They simply couldn't be seeing a straight line because it would
have an off-earth endpoint.
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