0690: "Semicontrolled Demolition"

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0690: "Semicontrolled Demolition"

Postby manmantong2000 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:06 am UTC

http://www.xkcd.com/690/

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Mouse on text: "I believe the truth always lies halfway between the most extreme claims."

Can we have an example that the mouse on text applied?
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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby CorruptUser » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:07 am UTC

Similarly, no human actually went into space, but the moon landing was real.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby glasnt » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:09 am UTC

Evolution didn't happen, but there is no god.

Wha...?


In addition, this is very funny. I hope my 'Conspiracy :tinfoil:' of a boyfriend laughs with this comic <3

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby seanfalloy » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:10 am UTC

Thats the best theory yet
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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby DavidRS » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:10 am UTC

You know why they reacted poorly...

They thought it was the SOUTH tower that the Government demolished.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby Kayube » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:10 am UTC

There was a second gunman on the grassy knoll, but he missed.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby VforVancouver » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:11 am UTC

Of course, this is only a secret zionist plot, as published in their blog.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby Siguy » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:12 am UTC

The Earth is neither round nor flat, it is, in fact, a convex parabola.

The Reptoids are actually amphibians, and they only control world governments in the Northern Hemisphere.
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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby CorruptUser » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:14 am UTC

Obama was born in Indonesia, but Indonesia was secretly annexed by the US 50 years ago, so he was a natural-born citizen.

Also, we annexed Austria after WWII, so Awnode can run for President too.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby Necandum » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:19 am UTC

I actually heard somebody claim that the first Apollo landing was a fake, but that every other moonlanding wasn't.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby SocialSceneRepairman » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:21 am UTC

Necandum wrote:I actually heard somebody claim that the first Apollo landing was a fake, but that every other moonlanding wasn't.


Buzz would punch that guy with only one knuckle.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby Siguy » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:24 am UTC

Necandum wrote:I actually heard somebody claim that the first Apollo landing was a fake, but that every other moonlanding wasn't.

Honestly, so have I. Though they based it on the same BS arguments that are so prevalent on the internet. This was someone who would believe any conspiracy theory you threw at him, without doubting it for a second.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby VforVancouver » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:26 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Also, we annexed Austria after WWII, so Awnode can run for President too.

So what happened to the plot proposing the 61st Amendment? It was exposed by Stallone, it must be true!

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby Newto » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:26 am UTC

Kayube wrote:There was a second gunman on the grassy knoll, but he missed.

Congrats, you actually got me to laugh as hard as the actual comic.

Speaking of the the comic, I always found conspiracy theorist rather silly. They'd rather believe that their country is so infallible, that it's more likely that their government secretly maneuvered thousands of people to behave just right, and not tell anyone, and spend millions/billions of dollars, than it was that a handful of people got security and onto planes with box cutters. Truly, the truthers are the greatest patriots to ever live

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby CorruptUser » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:28 am UTC

Well, for an example of the alt-text applied, I guess you could look at Bernie Goetz (yes we still talk about him). The basic story is, a guy in NYC was tired of being mugged, bought a gun (without a liscence), and went on the subway. Four "youths" tried to mug him, and he shot all of them. None of them died, but one was crippled.

One camp was that he was a vicious racist (all 4 muggers were black) that went out of his way to injure black kids who were merely panhandling. The other camp was that he was a completely innocent victim, and did the right thing.

My belief is that the he went looking for trouble, and wasn't a hero. He wasn't a racist, but the criminals deserved what they got (the one that was crippled was a convicted felon, and 2 of the others would end up in prison for unrelated robberies and rape).
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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby Vieto » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:30 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Obama was born in Indonesia, but Indonesia was secretly annexed by the US 50 years ago, so he was a natural-born citizen.

Also, we annexed Austria after WWII, so Awnode can run for President too.


Hey! Toronto was (very briefly) controlled By USA during the war of 1812. Therefore, I can run for president!



anyways...


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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby tpow » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:30 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Obama was born in Indonesia, but Indonesia was secretly annexed by the US 50 years ago, so he was a natural-born citizen.


Actually he was born off the coast of Venezuela in a small deep ocean fishing boat.

Source: Google Maps (Hawai'i and Kenya are ~6000 miles apart. The halfway point is Venezuela.)
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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby dennisw » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:31 am UTC

Between the most extreme claims? The towers are still standing. David Copperfield had something to do with the whole thing.

Moon landing? Elvis is a docent at one of the landing site museums.
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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby TheGrammarBolshevik » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:31 am UTC

If I had a nickel for every time I had to throw my hands up the golden mean fallacy here...

I'd have like a quarter, max. But it's still damned annoying.
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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby 1337geek » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:34 am UTC

Kayube wrote:There was a second gunman on the grassy knoll, but he missed.

You made me burn my cheese. Kudos.
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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby Omegaton » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:36 am UTC

Ha, I was wondering where the joke was going in the first sentence that could possibly be funny, which made this comic all the better.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby CorruptUser » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:54 am UTC

Flouridating water is an effective means of mind control, but the contractor who was supposed to add the flouride ran off with the money and never delivered. The government just claims there is flouride in the water.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby DaveMcW » Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:00 am UTC

Reminds me of the overton window politics.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby lithiumliger » Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:06 am UTC

Newto wrote:Speaking of the the comic, I always found conspiracy theorist rather silly. They'd rather believe that their country is so infallible, that it's more likely that their government secretly maneuvered thousands of people to behave just right, and not tell anyone, and spend millions/billions of dollars, than it was that a handful of people got security and onto planes with box cutters. Truly, the truthers are the greatest patriots to ever live


On the contrary, I know someone that believes that "9/11 was an inside job" because of a deep rooted distrust and hatred of the US government.
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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby mbrigdan » Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:07 am UTC

Which is why all my array indices start at 0.5
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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby xatm092 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:12 am UTC

I agree, I always thought boxxy was a middle to upper class housewife.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby meat.paste » Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:13 am UTC

Yes. The big monolithic US government that is the root of all evils and can not do anything well managed to bring down the towers. Honestly.

If you are going to claim that the gub-ment is this vast, powerful agent, then you don't also get to complain that it is an incompetent entity. In every case I know about, the crazy people claim vast conspiracy and massive inability to do anything right. Pick one, dammit!
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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby emansipater » Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:14 am UTC

best. comic. ever.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby OCEAT » Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:28 am UTC

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby Scorpio3002 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:39 am UTC

The problem with Randall's theory is that there is no limit to the extremity of claims.

"The two planes were actually alien spacecrafts."

There, I just shifted where the truth lies. Soon, another poster will further demonstrate my point by coming up with an even more extreme claim.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby sje46 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:40 am UTC

It would've been cheaper and involved less coverup for government agents to actually hijack the planes.
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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby Irvine » Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:41 am UTC

This one looks a bit like SMBC.
Love it, though.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby GreatS » Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:48 am UTC

I chuckled at the replies, still made me think that in politics this is all they do... :/

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby LTK » Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:50 am UTC

Yep, love it.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby westrim » Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:59 am UTC

Scorpio3002 wrote:The problem with Randall's theory is that there is no limit to the extremity of claims.

"The two planes were actually alien spacecrafts."

There, I just shifted where the truth lies. Soon, another poster will further demonstrate my point by coming up with an even more extreme claim.


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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby PeteThePessimist » Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:18 am UTC

.9999 repeating is not equal to 1, it is equal to .5

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby Siguy » Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:23 am UTC

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:If I had a nickel for every time I had to throw my hands up the golden mean fallacy here...

I'd have like a quarter, max. But it's still damned annoying.

Should I put this comic into the TVtropes article?

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby werewolf123 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:30 am UTC

the funny thing is that about 2 hours before i saw this comic, i was having a conversation with a girl who turned out to be a 9/11 conspiracy theorist

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby Stickyresin » Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:31 am UTC

I was always skeptical about having a "damnit randall, get out of my head!" moment, but that alt text is something i have said verbatim many times before.

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Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Postby TheChewanater » Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:05 am UTC

Han and Greedo both shot first, but Han doesn't have ninja-like dodging abilities. They are both in a state of being both dead and alive, depending on which DVD you're watching.
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