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Theodoric
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Message 76 of 81 (892207)
03-02-2022 11:32 AM
Reply to: Message 75 by PaulK
03-02-2022 11:25 AM


Re: Proof That SARS-CoV-2 Was Produced in a Lab
When I saw furin cleavage my first thought was Melania

What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence. -Christopher Hitchens

Facts don't lie or have an agenda. Facts are just facts

"God did it" is not an argument. It is an excuse for intellectual laziness.

If your viewpoint has merits and facts to back it up why would you have to lie?


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Percy
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Message 77 of 81 (892239)
03-03-2022 3:37 PM


A Possible Explanation
It has occurred to me that my relative may be an anger junkie, and this article explores the possibility: Lost someone to Fox News? Science says they may be addicted to anger

--Percy


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Tanypteryx
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Message 78 of 81 (892310)
03-05-2022 11:41 AM
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03-03-2022 3:37 PM


Re: A Possible Explanation
An interesting article, thank you!

What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


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Percy
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Message 79 of 81 (892439)
03-07-2022 10:31 AM


Relative Blocked
I found I couldn't take the combination of hate, anger, arrogance, conceit and bullying anymore and have blocked my relative from phone calls and texts. He has my email address. I don't think he has a laptop or desktop. It's possible he gets all his information through his phone, though of course if he has an Internet/Bluetooth capable TV he can watch things there.

He used to be a very different person.

--Percy


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Tanypteryx
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Message 80 of 81 (892444)
03-07-2022 11:35 AM
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03-07-2022 10:31 AM


Re: Relative Blocked
Sometime that's all you can do. I'm curious, was your relative only targeting you with the phone calls and texts or was it all his relatives?

What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


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Percy
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Message 81 of 81 (892554)
03-10-2022 8:50 AM
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03-07-2022 11:35 AM


Re: Relative Blocked
It's only texts. We used to text only occasionally to coordinate visits and vacations, but starting last summer he began texting about right wing conspiracy topics. Most of the texts take the form of a link to a video, usually YouTube, accompanied by some conspiracy theory laden comments, for example that covid is an invention of Democratic politicians seeking an excuse to take away our freedoms, or for another example, that there was massive mail-in ballot fraud in 2020.

Our particular family circle likes him as a person, he's fun to be around, and he remains pleasant even when discussing conspiracy theory topics, but he's so stubborn and determined about them that no one wants to discuss these topics with him, and that's what he often wants to discuss, steering conversations in that direction. My daughter didn't want him at her wedding, and my daughter-in-law won't have him to her house. Because he's offered several times to come down with his gun to protect us when armageddon strikes, he's no longer welcome here, either.

Here's another text he sent a little while back to give you a little more flavor of how his opinions are affecting his life:

quote:
My boss would say. <name-redacted> tone it down. Your always right but you are making the engineers look bad and that isn't good. Well guess what. I'm not wrong very often.

My relative interprets this as his boss endorsing his opinions while trying to prevent hurting the engineers' egos. I interpret this as the boss trying to tell him he's becoming perceived as one of those people who doesn't play well with others and to take it down a notch. Hopefully he did.

He believes I have my head in the sand and will be sorry when his predictions come to pass. My responses are purely fact checking. I don't express my own opinions because I just almost never discuss politics with friends or family, but since his "facts" that I find questionable are almost always right-wing positions, he's classified me as a liberal. He's the only one in the family who's become impossible to avoid discussing politics with because of these texts, and so now he's blocked.

--Percy


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