A  researcher claims the increase in Flat Earth believers could be traced back to YouTube.

It’s immediately obvious that
The planet we live on is flat
But a study has found
Those who say that it’s round
It’s clear these folk talk through their hat

John Moynes

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21 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

  1. Sam

    There are some now in open defiance
    Of things that are proven by science
    They declare the Earth flat
    and they are proud of that
    unlike you and your silly compliance ;)

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  2. rotide

    The interviews revealed that most had been watching videos about other conspiracies, with alternative takes on 9/11, the Sandy Hook school shooting and whether Nasa really went to the moon, when YouTube offered up Flat Earth videos for them to watch next.

    Oh Hi bodger and Justsayin!

    Flat Earthers are like the Transrights activists of the conspiracy world. There is a vanishingly small amount of people who believe the world is flat yet they seem to garner a lot more coverage than a group that small should. The conference that the article talks about probably had about 40 attendees. Thankfully there really isn’t a huge amount of people that actually believe this but they seem to make news way more than they should.

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    1. jusayinlike

      The best way to abnormalise people who are telling the truth is to try and connect them to wild unfounded conspiracies.

      I’ve always said your naive, now you’re just confirming it.

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      1. millie st murderlark

        Those people who think the Earth is flat are not telling the truth, they’re actually deluded.

        There’s no grand conspiracy there. They’ve just managed the incredible trick of sticking their fingers in their ears and ignoring centuries of scientific discovery because of a bloody youtube video or a thread on reddit.

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        1. jusayinlike

          Exactly

          So connecting people with credible stories to tell, to wild conspiracies such as flat earth, is a great way to abnormalise them and ruin their credibility.

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          1. Nigel

            Yeah, linking not entirely improbably scenarios to wild unfounded conspiracy theories by prefixing them with ‘wild unfounded conspiracy theories,’ as if it’s a magic spell. Because you can only dimply comprehend why Sandy Hook Trutherism is a wildly unfounded conspiracy theory, but Russia hacking various entities in other countries is just something that is suspected to have happened and not unreasonably so. After all, hackers exist. Russia exists. Crisis actors do not.

          2. Bodger

            The Russia hacking story was created by the DNC. It wasn’t even a hack. Wikileaks received the files from Seth Rich, a Democrat staffer, non-Russian and soon to be murdered in a ‘botched robbery’.

          3. Nigel

            jusayinlike – so Russian troll farms engaged in political hacking isn’t as wildly improbable as your Sandy Hook Trutherism after all? What a startling admission:
            ‘The Alabama project got started as Democrats were coming to grips with the Russians’ weaponizing of social media to undermine the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and promote Donald J. Trump.’
            And part of your summary of the article is wildly off:
            ‘The report does not say whether the project purchased the Russian bot Twitter accounts that suddenly began to follow Mr. Moore. But it takes credit for “radicalizing Democrats with a Russian bot scandal” and points to stories on the phenomenon in the mainstream media. “Roy Moore flooded with fake Russian Twitter followers,” reported The New York Post.’

            Smarter people than me have pointed out that the administration’s reaction to Russian attempted interference in the election is more likely to embolden them and encourage others to emulate the same tactics. It’s not the parties themselves you even have to worry about, it’s the billionaires.

            Bodger – I don’t generally research every conspiracy theory that emerges fro the sort of people who think Sandy Hook was a fake massacre. I’m sorry if you think that’s unreasonable of me.

          4. jusayinlike

            if it’s wildly off Nigel why were knew knowledge banned from facebook?

            And so far that’s the only evidence of Russian bot farms interfering in any US election format.

            On behalf of the red baiting DNC.

          5. Nigel

            It doesn’t provide any evidence about the bot farm other than that they flocked to Moore and by that standard there’s tons of proof about bots supporting Trump. But all it says this lot did was make a page to exploit that, with no real success. You’re so astonishingly biased in favour of the right it’s hilarious.

  3. Pip

    Curious, though, that when you do some digging (ho ho ho), you come across things like how construction engineers don’t allow for any curvature even on huge projects. None.
    And things at sea, like lighthouses, can be seen as if across a perfectly flat surface – from the middle of the Irish Sea for example. Lighthouses at both sides ‘should’ be out of sight from the middle point.
    And Florida is flatter than Kansas. Very, very flat.

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    1. Peadar

      Except they do. Large bridges, tunnels, dams, roads etc. do need to take the curvature into account.

      And when you travel at sea, things disappear from the bottom upwards, just as they would on a spherical earth. From my house in Shankill, you can’t see the Welsh mountains. When you climb the hill behind it, first the very summits come into view, then more and more of the bulk of the mountains the higher you climb. The same with ferries, lighthouses, and yacht sails.

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