reply to post by Hefficide
I agree with pretty much everything.
As a relatively new poster (but long time lurker) there are events that have inconsistencies that I cannot make sense of, 9/11 and 7/7 both being
events that cause me to have suspicions. But since arriving here I have been severely distracted and disappointed by some of the fixations people
I also think it's vitally important that we include another aspect for the believers in everything being a false flag - mental illness.
I know it's like a taboo subject here and a lot of people hate to even consider it when talking about conspiracy theories, but it has to be said.
There are members here who believe some of the most incredible things, and this can only be for a very few reasons. Like you say, they could be here
to create incredulity and distrust, to discredit the entire community, or they could just be so young that they don't really understand how to
logically process things to an adequate conclusion... but the most plausible explanation is that they really are delusional in some way.
This shouldn't be something to ignore, it should be something to accept and deal with.
If I created a thread insisting that potatoes can talk, adding videos and photoshopped images from people who believe the same, arguing with people
and demanding that they show me evidence that potatoes CAN'T talk, insisting that anyone who denies they can talk is believing a lie, then it's
perfectly reasonable to question my sanity and doing so should not be considered a personal attack. It cannot be an attack if it's stating the
I also think ATS should have a level of responsibility when it comes to dealing with such nonsense. If I were to start a thread about talking
potatoes, surely that should be put in some ridiculous area of the site, leaving the real discussions worthy of attention at the top.
I think ATS should have a bare minimum requirement when it comes to creating a conspiracy or discussing it here - for example, the lunacy of
"actors" at Boston or Sandy Hook, and the insult to the dead and injured this has caused - having basic decency to those harmed in that attack
should outweigh the desperate need for a minority here to claim those people didn't exist or have faked their injuries/loss.
When a conspiracy is so obviously bizarre, with no evidence to back it up, and so potentially damaging to ATS and us as a community, I think something
should be done to minimize the damage.
I signed up to talk about some interesting things, after being turned off from doing so repeatedly with some of the Sandy Hook and Aurora conspiracy
theories and incredibly odd beliefs of members here. Then when I did finally sign up I was sucked into the same irrational nonsense about Boston,
despite my attempts to avoid it and distract myself.
I do now actually regret signing up, because that kind of irrational "conspiracy" doesn't help anyone but those seeking to attack genuine
conspiracy theorists. That kind of insanity creates distrust and suspicion about ATS, and it weakens the discussions we have in relation to REAL
I find those people damaging and extremely offensive, and I really do think that when such a discussion is so obviously wielding no evidence or even
based on logical thought, it should receive a warning, a demand for evidence, and then a decision made on whether it should continue.
Just my opinion, I have no doubt someone who believes those irrational "conspiracies" will be along any moment to call me a government shill or