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I'm afraid you'll have to forgive me but Wikipedia has been provably corrupted with false information and tactical omissions in an organised campaign by Susan Gerbic and her gorilla skeptics group. Who have behaved in an unethical way and have already been investigated prior to this latest scandle. Wikipedia was always a hit and miss affair but now anything of a paranormal or ufo nature within Wiki has been damaged beyond repair. This has been quite a public issue I'm surprised you've not come across it. She and her cohorts have committed a terrible act and they have hurt ufo history and the skeptical fraternity alike. ....

the 2 links i showed weren't from Wikipedia . i didnt know about the incidents you mentioned as i rarely use wiki since i agree it too often unreliable (it is useful for details on sports {eg rules of cricket}, specific historical events such as battles, overviews of architectural styles, etc)   

wiki does get it right when they've listed my early online multiplayer games  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sniper!_(video_game)

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btw, no one has been able to demonstrate telekinesis under controlled conditions

It is much better to chat than battle. Ahhhhh now Steven - telekinesis has been shown under controlled circumstances but were they rigorous enough. Certainly at the time but by tidays standards 🤔 or skeptics 🤨. I'll avoid Randi he was an insufferable clot and he was also disingenuous and was not very rigorous. There was also a whiff he refused to pay up and moved the goal posts.
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 you'll be surprised to know Randi was one of my heroes - along with the foundation that publishes Skeptical Inquirer to which i've subscribed since the late 70s.  many of their articles are free to all https://skepticalinquirer.org/volume/no-3-vol-48/  It's been an ongoing master class in critical thinking on any subject

Nobody ever claimed Randis prize because no one ever demonstrated paranormal powers under the testing protocols. (That they agreed to.)

Randi never claimed to be a scientist he was a magician who used his knowledge of magic to expose faith healers & other quacks - detailing how they performed their tricks  "The only difference between magic and astrology or feng shiu et al is that magicians tell you up front that they'll trick you"

regarding Nina, i went on a brief googe ramble again:

Some people and groups, like the James Randi Educational Foundation and the Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims on the Paranormal (CICAP), doubt claims about psychokinesis. Massimo Polidoro believes that the experiments with Kulagina had long preparation times and uncontrolled settings, like hotel rooms, which made it easy for tricks to happen. Magicians and skeptics think Kulaginas abilities could be done by someone skilled in sleight of hand, using things like hidden threads, small pieces of magnetic metal, or mirrors. They also suggest that during the Cold War, the Soviet Union might have had reasons to fake or exaggerate results for propaganda purposes, similar to the Space Race or arms race.



https://www.unrevealedfiles.com/nina-kulagina-woman-with-ability-to-move-objects-using-mind/

and from Martin gardner whose column in Scientifc American first led me to SI:

These criticisms appear to be mainly based on assertions by career sceptic Martin Gardner in works criticizing parapsychology and paranormal claims. Gardner describes Kulagina as a pretty, plump, dark-eyed little charlatan who took the stage name of Ninel because it is Lenin spelled backward and is pure showbiz. He further states that Soviet establishment psychologists caught her cheating using techniques familiar to all magicians.  This relates to remarks in a separate article on demo-optical perception, in which he reports an early demonstration by Kulagina of eyeless sight, as reported by the Leningrad newspaper Smena (16 January 1664) at the Psychoneurological Institute in the Lenin-Kirovsk district. In this demonstration Kulagina is said to have, while blindfolded, read from a magazine and performed other sensational feats. Gardner attributes such successes to the inability of a simple blindfold to prevent seeing, and argues that no test that does not encase the entire head in a covering is adquate.  He further quotes from another research institute in Leningrad in which she was given tasks under two conditions, one in which lax controls would allow her to peek and the other in which peeking would be impossible. Phenomenal ability was shown in the first condition, but none at all in the second, from which it was inferred that the claim was an ordinary hoax. 

Gardner quotes a New York Times story of 21 May 1968 that 'Ninel, now using the pseudonymn of Nelya Mikhailova, had been caught again. She was found employing concealed magnets to fool Soviet scientists and newsmen into thinking she possessed the ability to move objects by staring at them .'.


https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/ninel-kulagina

that was more than 50 years ago - what evidence of the paranormal has been verified since then?  at least w UFO there is a (very slight) chance there are extraterrestrials.. claims of the paranormal would require major changes to the laws of physics

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saw on youtube as comment lol:
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"We only train AI on licenced content."

Fine print:
"By using our service you give us a license btw."
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and what's wrong with that? it's boilerplate ToS (always fine print). if you don't agree they won't se it - isn't that solving the complaints that AI training doesn't ask their permission?

- some go much further, such as many contests which state when you submit you are giving them license to use your image in any way they wish.

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My thinking does not make it so. Nope it doesn't but it doesn't hurt to explore the concept. More and more the rumours that uap were able to be partially controlled with thought which can already be done thanks to Elon but it was around long before. So I'm curious as to how that discovery was made if true. What type of person ignorred dogma that its impossible to just do it.

Why do I waste my time. One my ask you the same question. Why ifnits such a load of old whaledreck I post- do you constantly go out of your way to Google the information, come back here, and in a detailed long post go through each comment to correct my rambling thoughts. It's a bit odd because youde think you could ignore it like I ignore Karen's losing their crap on utube. It doesn't occur to me to go and look up laws to post a tomb of accuracy to teach them. But the information you posted was interesting thank you. .,.
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thanks for taking the time to discuss, while we'll still disagree.

when i respond it's mostly because i know the answer but do a quick google search  (listing source if useful) rather than post misinformation.    the internet is plagued by false info, so its my tiny contribution to accuracy

btw, no one has been able to demonstrate telekinesis under controlled conditions

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Thought. Thought travels faster than light. Shine a light from the highest mountain to a ship at see and measure how fast the light got there. But your thoughts can take you there instantly. Memory can take you back in time. You can't seem to effect the past but how would we know. If time is changed in the past and changed events collapse foreward would we jave a memory of the past or a new memory of the past. ...


 

whaledreck!   you're confusing the physical with the mental - thought relies on transport among neurons which are significantly below the speed of light!  if i think about the moon am i walking on it? recalling the past is not time travel

besides the nit-picking fact that it is impossible to 'Shine a light from the highest mountain to a ship at see ' unless you think the earth is flat. i've been among the highest mountains & i confirm the absence of sightings of oil tankers

I never said the highest mountain on Earth.
your exact words were " Shine a light from the highest mountain to a ship "


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Does it take you to these places physically? I don't think so. Never the less our consciousness does travel to an impression we have of these places and memories certainly do allow you to travel back in time. That's a form of time travel in strict terms.


Now think of a landscape on Mars. Did you manage that in under three minutes. Faster than light steven as stated even in physiological terms.

nonsense - thought is not travel except in a metaphorical sense - and though t does not occur faster than light - it's a physical  process bound by the same physical rules; measured in milliseconds.

it's not a quibble - you jumped into a to a discussion of actual travel at lightspeed, not metaphor.  we have no actual example of travel faster than light - under our current knowledge it is impossible   - BUT unlike UFO-cultists, real scientists are always open to new information

But it isnt nonsense. And it isnt a metaphor. I think neutrinos travel faster than light no? Sure I read that somewhere 🤔 maybe not.



So is it a travel mentally or a bit more? I think there is a bit more to it. When we dream we experience the locational experiences as physical experiences. To our minds an bodies these things are real events. Shaking. Crying. Screaming. Wetting the bed. Fear, love and happiness. You can say they are simulations (never mind what causes them or their function), but are they or does a part of our consciousness extend beyond our physical bodies to those locations or realities where these events play out.

your thinking doesn't make it so - why do you waste our time in what was a serious conversation with your rambling 'thoughts'

NO neutrinos do not travel F TL - which  took only a simple google search to find out a preliminary CERN report was disproven & the world stopped shaking.

and physical responses to dreams are not the same as being in a different location - do you get wet when it rains in your dreams? do you get blisters when you hike in a dream?

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Time travel forwards in time is possible but by cheating and playing semantics. Earthbound you age faster than someone on the space station (5 minutes older per week is it, or month) something like that. But those on earth experience nothing and the event is only perceived from the perspective of those on the space station...

again, have you heard of google?  you're off by 3 orders of magnitude just for the number - and it's SIX months

"Astronauts on the ISS experience both weaker gravity and higher velocity, resulting in slightly slower ageing compared to people on Earth. The European Space Agency (ESA) explained in a tweet that after spending six months on the ISS, astronauts have aged about 0.005 seconds less than the rest of us.

and that's measured by those of us on earth who do the measurement and experience the time change

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Memories are just captured photons like photographs. Stored and can be revisited and suddenly memories of the event trigger more information and enlarge the memory. So you do return in your mind to re-experience those events. And in fact I'm able to remember in detail the photo being taken even though I didn't even know I went to a location until I was shown the photo after many years....
wrong again  - you're describing a medieval concept of vision - there is no homunculus in the brain's theater,,  photons cannot be 'stored' and in fact what we perceive as a view is actually processed in different parts of the brain - this takes more than a simple google search but the info is there for those who are interested in  real science.
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Now what is travelling back in time? Is it returning mentally and being able to illicit a physical experience which in turn create new memories which change the original memory by remembering more so that my perception of the world around me is very different but you experience nothing. Or do you want but to be all Tardis and scarfs darling
   no it's not ' returning mentally' - you can't make up your own definitions like Humpty Dumpty

 

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Thought. Thought travels faster than light. Shine a light from the highest mountain to a ship at see and measure how fast the light got there. But your thoughts can take you there instantly. Memory can take you back in time. You can't seem to effect the past but how would we know. If time is changed in the past and changed events collapse foreward would we jave a memory of the past or a new memory of the past. ...

whaledreck!   you're confusing the physical with the mental - thought relies on transport among neurons which are significantly below the speed of light!  if i think about the moon am i walking on it? recalling the past is not time travel

besides the nit-picking fact that it is impossible to 'Shine a light from the highest mountain to a ship at see ' unless you think the earth is flat. i've been among the highest mountains & i confirm the absence of sightings of oil tankers

I never said the highest mountain on Earth. Not very imaginative of you lol. Besides you're confusing physiological with well whatever you're confusing it with Steven.

Does it take you to these places physically? I don't think so. Never the less our consciousness does travel to an impression we have of these places and memories certainly do allow you to travel back in time. That's a form of time travel in strict terms.

Now think of a landscape on Mars. Did you manage that in under three minutes. Faster than light steven as stated even in physiological terms.

you keep digging your hole deeper - first, what body of water can you see from a mountain on Mars?  how many ships are there on Mars?

but you keep saying thinking/dreaming about a place is the same as being there -  do you have any idea of what physiological means?  -- please state how your claim of time travel is valid 'even in physiological terms'?   there is no physical movement no energy expended beyond neural messages -- when you transport yourself to mars, how are you able to breathe?

when i think of Mordor, am i actually there with gollum & frodo?


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Microstock Services / Re: different topic
« on: June 08, 2024, 12:56 »
Sounds like a few of the folks have watched one too many X-files episodes 8)

except they only watched the first 15' and forgot that many X-files applied science to show the alleged supernatural events were explained by science

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Thought. Thought travels faster than light. Shine a light from the highest mountain to a ship at see and measure how fast the light got there. But your thoughts can take you there instantly. Memory can take you back in time. You can't seem to effect the past but how would we know. If time is changed in the past and changed events collapse foreward would we jave a memory of the past or a new memory of the past. ...


 

whaledreck!   you're confusing the physical with the mental - thought relies on transport among neurons which are significantly below the speed of light!  if i think about the moon am i walking on it? recalling the past is not time travel

besides the nit-picking fact that it is impossible to 'Shine a light from the highest mountain to a ship at see ' unless you think the earth is flat. i've been among the highest mountains & i confirm the absence of sightings of oil tankers

I never said the highest mountain on Earth.
your exact words were " Shine a light from the highest mountain to a ship "


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Does it take you to these places physically? I don't think so. Never the less our consciousness does travel to an impression we have of these places and memories certainly do allow you to travel back in time. That's a form of time travel in strict terms.


Now think of a landscape on Mars. Did you manage that in under three minutes. Faster than light steven as stated even in physiological terms.

nonsense - thought is not travel except in a metaphorical sense - and though t does not occur faster than light - it's a physical  process bound by the same physical rules; measured in milliseconds.

it's not a quibble - you jumped into a to a discussion of actual travel at lightspeed, not metaphor.  we have no actual example of travel faster than light - under our current knowledge it is impossible   - BUT unlike UFO-cultists, real scientists are always open to new information

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Thought. Thought travels faster than light. Shine a light from the highest mountain to a ship at see and measure how fast the light got there. But your thoughts can take you there instantly. Memory can take you back in time. You can't seem to effect the past but how would we know. If time is changed in the past and changed events collapse foreward would we jave a memory of the past or a new memory of the past. ...

whaledreck!   you're confusing the physical with the mental - thought relies on transport among neurons which are significantly below the speed of light!  if i think about the moon am i walking on it? recalling the past is not time travel

besides the nit-picking fact that it is impossible to 'Shine a light from the highest mountain to a ship at see ' unless you think the earth is flat. i've been among the highest mountains & i confirm the absence of sightings of oil tankers

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In this article ...
https://9to5mac.com/2024/06/06/change-to-adobe-terms-amp-conditions/

it states ...

A change to Adobe terms & conditions for apps like Photoshop has outraged many professional users, concerned that the company is claiming the right to access their content, use it freely, and even sub-licence it to others.

To Repeat: Adobe is claiming the right to access users' content, use it freely, and even sub-licence it to others....



it's nowhere near as dire as you imply--

it might help if you read his followup post!
https://9to5mac.com/2024/06/07/adobe-terms-clarified/

he writes
They go on to specify that this review is for CSAM, as well as app usage which breaks the companys terms of use such as for spamming, or hosting adult content outside of the area designated for this.

it appears to apply to content you supply to adobe -

FROM ADOBE:
Adobe does not train Firefly Gen AI models on customer content. Firefly generative AI models are trained on a dataset of licensed content, such as Adobe Stock, and public domain content where copyright has expired. Read more here: https://helpx.adobe.com/firefly/faq.html#training-data

Adobe will never assume ownership of a customers work. Adobe hosts content to enable customers to use our applications and services. Customers own their content and Adobe does not assume any ownership of customer work.

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my SS portfolio is heavily weighted towards editorial  esp'ly since SS requires editorial submission when there's just a few people in the deep background (AS often accepts these where people are incidental to the image subject)

when traveling I often shoot tourist activities - guides talking to their group, cafes, street scenes, etc and emphasizing my fascination exploring markets with many shots of interactions, esp'ly the anachronistic sight of people for gods with brightly colored paper (most recently the most incredible seafood market I've ever seen in Cadiz and a huge 2 storied stadium-like market in Uzbekistan and was dominated by stalls selling horse - one ribs would be a complete meal )

i haven't done the detailed analysis Steven did, but just judging from a back-of-the-envelope view of recent at sales , my editorial sales are in the  30-40% range on SS, and may reflect the continued dominance by a factor of 2-3 for SS vs AS.  my SS portfolio is much larger than AS but that's mostly due to AS not accepting editorial.

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... in addition to companies like "ipsos mori" polls (which is latin for "they die") pushing the convid scam ....

Your Google translation is wrong.
Ipsos is either a nomen or the plural pronoun of ipse. This would then mean themselves and not they. Depending on the context, mori has the meaning: dying, blackberry, law, regulation, etc.

Latin cannot be translated, but must be analysed in context.

But it doesn't matter. There is also a comprehensible explanation for the naming:

Our name - Ipsos MORI - was formed in 2005 by the merger of Ipsos, founded in France in 1975 with its named derived from the Latin phrase ipso facto and Market and Opinion Research International (MORI), founded in the UK in 1969. This merger created our name: Ipsos MORI, it explained.

Incidentally, I would also be careful with the MSG Forum. MSG = mori sadistici grex
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As a different example of the mocking (making fun of, part of their 'rituals' - basically 'they' (the people who organized what was going on) - feel they "have" to let people know what is going on, but generally like to do it slightly 'coded' because they think they are smarter than everyone else, and subsequently like to make fun of them (aka 'mocking' them) because they figure they are too 'dumb' to understand. As another example - the major 'variants' (which btw are ALL bogus) - were promoted heavily -.. [more of this blather redacted ]

why is your response in every thread here that you disagree with do you regurgitate your silly anti-covid nonsense?   

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To the second link: This guy claims to have found some loophole in Einsteins field equations that enable travel at speed greater than the speed of light. As this goes totally against the whole point of relativity, you will forgive me, if I remain sceptical.


Being skeptical is fine, but claiming it is not possible is arrogant. ...
you continue to warp & misrepresent - he never said it was not possible, but like any skeptic, declares there's no evidence for the claim, and it's unlikely - not impossible

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You reject this:

Play a larger role in the government-wide effort to understand UAP, using an evidence-based approach rooted in science

    Utilise its existing Earth observation tools, such as satellites, to investigate whether there are environmental conditions associated with UAP

    Enhance collaborations with the private US space industry, which offer powerful constellations of satellites, to look out for UAPs so we are less reliant on grainy camera footage for potential sightings

    Consider how AI and machine learning can be leveraged to help detect UAP and gather more data around sightings

    Improve public engagement, perhaps by looking into the development of a smartphone app to gather imaging data from citizen observers

    Better leverage the existing reporting system for commercial pilots who believe they have witnessed a UAP


Tell me why?

For crying out loud, don't lie!!!

yes, the last resort of those with nothing to say - yell loudest. (original text reduced to save our virtual  eardrums)

If the facts are against you, argue the law.
If the law is against you, argue the facts.
If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell

― attributed to  Carl Sandburg

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Something that's unexplained is not proof of something else being real. It's just a mystery.

Yes, it is a mystery until we find out what is behind that. The problem is that you assume all mysteries must be man-made or natural phenomena and all people who put forward other hypotheses must be frauds or "believers".

I say I don't know and I would like to find out. If there are objects displaying characteristics well beyond current human mainstream understanding of physics, then it is possible that non-human intelligent beings are involved.

Stop ridiculing and discrediting serious people who advocate for disclosure of existing data.

stop misrepresenting or pretending to know what others are thinking -- no one is assuming unexplained must be man-made and this has been stated over & over yet you continue making things up and attacking people rather than providing any facts

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What is obvious now is that there is an ongoing struggle between pro-disclosure and anti-disclosure factions in Washington and elsewhere. Schumer and Rounds are not some clowns, they are heavyweights in Washington, and if they pushed for such legislation, they must have received some important info or leaks.

Stuff is flying in the skies and submerges underwater, doing maneuvers well beyond human mainstream understanding of physics. For pilots, reporting UFOs in the past was a career-ending move for decades. Stigmatization and ridicule. WHY? Now, we have a change of tune, although some people still haven't got the memo.

you assume the only possibility is Schumer has rec'd info that would support your case (testimony under oath about hearsay re non-factual evidence is worthless which is why it's rejected in most court proceedings) - but there are other explanations you refuse to consider - eg, it could reveal confidential information about our intelligence methods, which are much more likely than your unsupported conspiracy theories.

and as always you attack the messengers rather than presenting any actual, factual evidence. i could testify truthfully that a professor friend of mine told me he saw a unicorn - does that establish their existence? i was under oath - does that mean there's govt conspiracy to suppress the underground unicorn conspiracy?a witness may be under oath, but their hearsay testimony is not.

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Where do you find the truth and facts, when most of the UAP information is mistaken, mis-identification or made up fabrications and distortions. How's that for science. Lets have some evidence to back the claims. I'd go for that.

Claims need proof.

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- There is no proof of dark matter. And yet the mainstream accepts it. It was invented to prop up the prevalent model of the universe. But a working model, even if it fits the data, is not the same as proof. To understand what "proof" is, check how Pythagorean theorem is proven (spoiler: not by testing dozens of triangles).

So, dark matter was hypothesized in order to explain observations (data) within the assumed laws of physics. It could be right, I am not saying anything. Without dark matter/dark energy we have a gigantic anomaly within the current paradigm.

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you lack (or ignore) an understanding of the scientific method - dark matter & energy - no one claims there's any proof - but you yourself acknowledge current data is explained by such a hypotheses. unlike pseudo-sciece like ufology, real science proposes models and then designs falsifiable experiments to confirm, reject or improve the hypothesis. 

instead of presenting actual facts and testable hypotheses, ufo cultists rely on personal attacks against their skeptics,


I guess you also draw your knowledge about the history of ancient Rome, Greece or World War I from "falsifiable experiments".

When you are presented facts, then you are stunned and resort to insults or crude, hardly funny jokes. You don't want any proof for things that are unproven but are consistent with your belief system and your dogmas.

You don't have any courage to offer a competitive hypothesis or contribute something constructive. You simply try to discredit all those who tackle the subject in one way or another.

You don't qualify as a skeptic. You are not interested in transparency at all. You don't seek the truth, you just stick to your dogmas. That is pseudo-skepticism / scientism. You are very biased, possibly as a result of decades-long brainwashing and disinformation. I don't think you have good will and integrity. Discussion with you is an intellectually underwhelming activity, it is similar to talking to an islamist or a trumpist.
you don't get to tell me my qualifications as a skeptic or my religious beliefs (why didnt you call me out as an evangelical rather than an Islamist?)

as usual, you attack the messenger, since you have no actual evidence on your side.

you continue to display ignorance of the scientific method (ie, lack of knowledge, not stupidity - unlike you i make no silly claims about your thought processes, intellectual capacity or ideological beliefs, and don't try to define who can be a skeptic)
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I guess you also draw your knowledge about the history of ancient Rome, Greece or World War I from "falsifiable experiments".
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these are matters of HISTORY, not scientific theories - a one time event, non-repeateatable, and not subject to the scientific method - but even here, discussions are based on FACTS, not unsupported theories about Jewish space lasers as the cause of forest fires.  you resort to ad hominem attacks since you have no actual evidence of non-terrestrial visits

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Dreamstime.com / Re: $100 payout minimum sucks!!!
« on: May 31, 2024, 14:20 »
I totally agree, this is a scam

So, I made it to $100 and cashed out for good.  Now I want to close my account, but Dreamstime won't close account unless you delete your photos/videos one by one by yourself.  They know exactly what they're doing.  They want to keep whatever less than $100 sales left in your account multiplied by thousands of contributors.  I'm deleting my bestselling photos first, but it takes ridiculous amount of time to delete hundreds of files one by one.  Dreamstime is disgusting.  Shame on them.  I call it Nightmaretime now.   :D :D

confusing - you can't reach $100 but you have 'best sellers'? 

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for the poll - does filezila count as manual or a tool/website?

what does 50 credits let us do?

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Nobody owes you any "proof", as a hypothesis doesn't require a proof. You may continue to believe in swamp gas stories, if you want....

sure, you don't 'owe' anything, but no one should take seriously extraordinary claims without actual facts to back  them up (not someone's third h and hearsay, or concluding that classification of information is proof of their mythology)

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Where do you find the truth and facts, when most of the UAP information is mistaken, mis-identification or made up fabrications and distortions. How's that for science. Lets have some evidence to back the claims. I'd go for that.

Claims need proof.

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- There is no proof of dark matter. And yet the mainstream accepts it. It was invented to prop up the prevalent model of the universe. But a working model, even if it fits the data, is not the same as proof. To understand what "proof" is, check how Pythagorean theorem is proven (spoiler: not by testing dozens of triangles).

So, dark matter was hypothesized in order to explain observations (data) within the assumed laws of physics. It could be right, I am not saying anything. Without dark matter/dark energy we have a gigantic anomaly within the current paradigm.

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you lack (or ignore) an understanding of the scientific method - dark matter & energy - no one claims there's any proof - but you yourself acknowledge current data is explained by such a hypotheses. unlike pseudo-sciece like ufology, real science proposes models and then designs falsifiable experiments to confirm, reject or improve the hypothesis. 

instead of presenting actual facts and testable hypotheses, ufo cultists rely on personal attacks against their skeptics,

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Facts? we dont need no stinkin facts!

Speak for yourself!
displaying your lack of cinema knowledge

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Given that Apple only have 16% of the US personal computer market (2023, Q4), one wonders who the sheep are. :P

And just over 18% of the world uses iPhones, but reading the web and the news, you would think, it's the biggest, best invention of all time. Every new release, the loyal sheep, line up to buy an upgrade. Until recently we didn't have the right to repair our own phones. What Apple does, is makes the old products obsolete by just saying, they are, and then doesn't support them anymore.

I have an iPhone, I think it's 100 times better than any Android phone I ever owned. Reliable, works, doesn't lock up. Good design and interface. If someone asked me what phone system is best, I'd say iPhone. That's as a phone and for Apps....

58% of smartphones in  us are apple, but  70% android global which may be why there's more apple hype here.  since the early days of mac & PC the latter gave us chance to examine & tweak the machine (we discovered 3 hidden colors and did simple animation by screen shifting which ibm never promoted [we'd found unused graphic memory].) apple gave us nothing but had better marketing & gave free apples to schools.

i bot my first smartphone only 6 years ago - android, and anecdotally have never heard of anything iphone had that i couldn't do, on android, and the later doesnt require approval by apple to get into the store - so more innovation & choices.

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Facts? we dont need no stinkin facts!

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Adobe Stock / Re: adobe submissions
« on: May 28, 2024, 20:02 »
I uploaded an image just now and had to do the pick images of cats and then describe an image. I last uploaded the day before yesterday and up till now the "verify" stuff only appeared after a long absence.

I was sorely tempted to write complete rubbish to describe the image, but don't want my account blocked for being a pain in the tush. This is absolutely trying to get some free labor out of contributors for AI training and it's disgraceful. Pay someone to do the work if you want it done; don't B-S contributors about it being necessary to establish their humanity.

If that shows up every time I upload I may just pause uploads for a bit until Adobe comes to its senses

i haven't seen the second verify, but in setting up google captchas for my blog, the 'cat test' is randomly applied and doesn't look at history. it's an' invisible' captcha, so most users don't know it's checking for bots et al; and it has separate checks to eliminate bots, so the net result is most users aren't forced thru an 'are you human' check sequence

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