want to buy a bridge?
want to buy a bridge?
I happen to be both a cynic and a skeptic. Basically, I believe nothing, refute everything and seriously doubt the motives of anyone.
Sometimes these traits play off of one another, and I end up debating both sides of an issue. Sure, I've heard the rumors about Flight 93. No, I don't think the plane was shot down. I don't care what the timing on the black box shows, or what "evidence" you have to support your theory, I just don't buy into the cover-up angle. On other other hand, the cynic in me casts doubt upon the stories of heroism. I think, for the most part, they are greatly exaggerated.
I've heard the conspiracy theories about the Pentagon plane. It is my job as a skeptic to refute your conspiracy theories, but it is also my job as a cynic to cast doubt upon the people who are refuting the theories that I've just refuted. You following me here?
If you send me one of those twenty-times-forwarded emails regarding the woman who grew an appendage out of her head due to aspertame use; the dying kid in Botswana who is collecting pull-tops from soda cans/the nice fellow in Nigeria who wants my social security number/a warning about looking in the back seat of my car for men brandishing ice picks, you are going to get a reply from me. And that reply will only be a link to Snopes. Sometimes, if the theory or miracle cure or heart-wrenching tale of woe you send me catches me at the right time, I will debunk your entire email line by line, including links, citations and graphs if necessary.
I wonder what kind of people fall for these scams and lies and scare tactics. Who would really send their credit card number to a stranger in another country? Is it the same people who believe that Iraq does not have nuclear weapons or Scott Ritter is a patriot or the Red Sox will win the world series or a plane did not crash into the Pentagon? Maybe the same people who believe every word that come's out of their favorite politician's mouth? The same people who believe that we can exist without cars?
People believe what they want to. I've just taken it on as my mission in life to prove to every gullible, naive person out there that the world is full of liars and cheats and fakes, and you should believe nothing until you have solid, undisputed, documented proof of the stories you are being told.
You will not be the next big winner, your cereal box will always say "please try again," your friend's cousin's neighbor did not hear two school kids say "stay away from the city on 9/11," and Jimmy Hoffa is not buried under your seat at Giants Stadium.
Please stop forwarding me your pyramid schemes and conspiracy theories. Please stop telling me that my coffee will make antennas grow out of my head in ten years. You are an adult, please stop believing in the concepts of Santa Claus and peace on earth. Or at least stop telling me about them.
ed note: It's also fun to debunk the debunkers.