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Apr
24
by JesseCuster at 10:04 AM
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This story has been doing the rounds. The Daily Mail posted an article about a video of a "ghost" running through a football stadium during a football match in La Paz, Bolivia.

Article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ars-run-fans-match-Bolivia.html#ixzz2zjf2rHkO

Video here:


There's all sorts of nonsense claims in the article and I've seen on comments and websites about how it's a ghost, how it's remarkable to run so quickly and smoothly down a narrow line between the seats, how the ghost ducks and weaves in and out of the people, how it runs through a barrier, etc.

However, if you watch the video, it's obviously not a barrier he runs through, but merely a set of steps between blocks of seats as you can see a fan sitting on the steps and there's a similar set of stair on the left where a steward in a high-vis jacket can be seen.

There's also video footage of the same guy...
Apr
21
by Mick West at 8:23 PM
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This story from Iran's PressTV, written By Gordon Duff, claims there is evidence of nuclear bombs (or at least radioactive drywall) being used in the World Trade Center towers.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/04/21/359423/nuke-cancer-from-911-revealed/ (http://archive.today/SR9C7)

Apr
20
by Mick West at 3:55 PM
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I was raised Catholic in England. I decided at around age 15 that there was not actually any good reason for believing in God, so I stopped.

But I've always been interested in the influence the Bible has on the lives of people. It's really a mish-mash of mixed messages, often quite horrific messages in the Old Testament. But many people claim to use it as the foundation of their philosophical and moral world view. Yet I feel that the most effective argument against Christianity for many people comes from a full reading of the Bible from beginning to end, so you can really get a sense for what's going on in there. The stories on exchristian.com have several examples of this.

What I was wondering, is what the Bible's advice or opinions on Skepticism and Debunking might be. So I had a trawl. I'd noticed in 2 Peter 3:3 that the word "scoffer" or "mocker" (Greek ἐμπαῖκται, empaiktai = mocker or...
Apr
18
by CapnPegleg at 9:16 PM
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[Update by @Mick West: OP Modified to include debunking info from the thread]

Various "news" outlets picked up the story that an image in Apple Maps appears to show some kind of giant fish underwater:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...nster-Apples-Maps-satellite-image-Nessie.html

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However it looks exactly like the wake of other boats on the loch, just dimmer

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It's dimmer because of the way different images are stitched together to create a seamless image. The area with Nessie is not simply the low contrast image, but it's also blended with a higher contrast image without the boat, which is why you can see some texture in the surface...
Apr
15
by Mick West at 10:03 PM
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The dispute at the "Bundy Ranch" arose because Cliven Bundy had been grazing his cattle on 158,000 acres of public land without a permit. The history of the dispute is explained here by Alan O'Neill, former superintendent of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/apr/06/rancher-land-dispute-bully-not-hero/
Apr
14
by Mick West at 4:05 PM
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This article from Iran's state run PressTV claim that the reported difficulty of getting a cell phone connection from a high altitude plane proves that the calls made by passengers on 9/11 could not have happened:
http://presstv.com/detail/2014/04/14/358474/mh370-call-exposing-911-coverup/
Apr
12
by Mick West at 1:05 PM
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Interesting cloud, on first glance it looks a bit like smoke and dust from a collapsed building:
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If you look closer it's not really as dense as it seems, it's actually quite wispy. The fog seems darker because there are dark buildings in the fog, and dark hills behind it.

It's actually just another example of foggy air from the ocean moving in and rising up over beachside hotels, forming more dense fog as it rises, like this example in Panama City, Florida,

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The rising air cools slightly as it rises, and as the conditions are "just right" for fog formation, this make more fog form as the air rises. Technically it's a type of "advection fog" (advection means the...
Apr
02
by Balance at 7:58 PM
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Admin Edit by @Mick West: Since the entired theory rests on the claim is that the Exif data proves the location, this claim has been debunked by post #9, which demonstrates that Exif data can be easily changed.
https://www.metabunk.org/threads/de...photo-text-from-diego-garcia.3397/#post-98709


Material from the thread reproduced here for reference, main debunking by @Mick West

Summary:
  • The photo was originally posted on 4Chan, a notorious source of internet hoaxs
  • The GPS EXIF data in a photo is trivial to modify, there are many free apps that do it
  • The GPS EXIF data in the fake photo is in a different format than a standard iPhone 5 photo's data.
  • The fake photo's GPS is consistent with the format used by Picasa when editing EXIF.
  • The fake photo lacks altitude data, which is consistent with being edited, as most editors let you select position, but not altitude.
  • Photos...
Apr
01
by Mick West at 11:45 AM
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A point sometimes raised in 9/11 discussion is that the the planes, and in particular UA175, were flying above their maximum "safe" speed, with the claim being made that they would immediately experience flutter, and hence be uncontrollable, and quickly break apart. The implication being that the planes that impacted the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the field at Shanksville, were not stock planes, but were planes that have been modified in some way, or were entirely different types of plane in disguise - possibly even not the same planes that took off that morning, but some other planes that were craftily swapped in at some point in the flight.

While this seems like an incredible, even ridiculous theory, it's raised often enough that it's worth looking in detail into how flutter occurs, and at what speed, so we can see if this is in any way relevant to the events of 9/11.

What is the Claim?

The specific claim made by Pilots for 9/11 Truth is:
(From...