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(Salon)   The biggest winner in this week's SpaceX launch? Elon Musk. The biggest loser in this week's SpaceX launch? Flat-Earthers   ( salon.com) divider line
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2018-02-08 08:49:58 AM  
Yeah. This is the ultimate piece of evidence that will finally convince everyone that the earth is round.

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2018-02-08 09:05:53 AM  
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2018-02-08 09:08:59 AM  
It does take a lot of Faith to believe in the flat earth. The kind of Faith that most religions would be proud of their devotees to display.

Because exactly nothing matters when you've got Faith.
 
2018-02-08 09:14:43 AM  
Those NASA goons got to Elon too!
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Just look at that evil.  EEEVILLL!
 
2018-02-08 09:18:16 AM  
Why are we suddenly giving these microcephalics all this media space?  There can't be more than a few hundred of them and mocking them ceased to be fun about five minutes after they surfaced.

Boring.
 
2018-02-08 09:27:45 AM  

Gubbo: It does take a lot of Faith to believe in the flat earth. The kind of Faith that most religions would be proud of their devotees to display.

Because exactly nothing matters when you've got Faith.


It's maybe similar in that they seem unshakable (though I suspect there are more trolls than actual believers), but they actually use bad science to "prove" it.
 
2018-02-08 09:46:00 AM  

Herb Utsmelz: Why are we suddenly giving these microcephalics all this media space?  There can't be more than a few hundred of them and mocking them ceased to be fun about five minutes after they surfaced.


I think the same thing.  But what *really* sucks about it is how such a small group of attention-whoring loudmouths *get* so much attention through the media and such.  This is why we're in the current situation, with respect to politics.
 
2018-02-08 09:49:11 AM  
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Flat-ish
 
2018-02-08 09:53:50 AM  
The most unfortunate news this week: You will have to read a Salon article.
 
2018-02-08 09:54:20 AM  
They were already losers.
 
2018-02-08 09:54:42 AM  
To be fair, Flat Earthers are generally losers all the time, not just this week.
 
2018-02-08 09:55:15 AM  

VoodooTaco: They were already losers.


Simulpost buds! ::high five::
 
2018-02-08 09:55:54 AM  

Gubbo: It does take a lot of Faith to believe in the flat earth. The kind of Faith that most religions would be proud of their devotees to display.

Because exactly nothing matters when you've got Faith.


The Venn diagram is a perfect circle
 
2018-02-08 09:56:18 AM  
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2018-02-08 09:56:25 AM  

blatz514: [img.fark.net image 850x439]

Flat-ish


My favorite new conspiracy theory is that Elon just pulled off the perfect murder.
 
2018-02-08 09:57:09 AM  
I miss the days when they wrote articles instead of copy/pasting a bunch of tweets and calling it journalism.
 
2018-02-08 09:57:13 AM  
Maybe he should have launched (pun intended) a GoFundMe to buy a seat on Elon's rocket
 
2018-02-08 09:57:26 AM  

UberDave: Herb Utsmelz: Why are we suddenly giving these microcephalics all this media space?  There can't be more than a few hundred of them and mocking them ceased to be fun about five minutes after they surfaced.

I think the same thing.  But what *really* sucks about it is how such a small group of attention-whoring loudmouths *get* so much attention through the media and such.  This is why we're in the current situation, with respect to politics.


Yep. Giving morons and extremists attention in our mass media only serves to mainstream their terrible ideas, and make them more palatable to the public at large, which gains them followers.

Sometimes the best approach to farked up people is to ignore and shun them, not give them a national platform.
 
2018-02-08 09:58:40 AM  
The real question is what flat-earthers will attempt to do next in order to hold up their undeserved superiority complex.
 
2018-02-08 09:59:23 AM  
We'll just hear the same refrain we've been hearing from flat-earthers and their ilk: "fake news."
 
2018-02-08 10:01:38 AM  
Winner? But he lost an entire car!
 
2018-02-08 10:02:12 AM  
How the fark is this a loss for the flat earthers?  Were they gaining in any conceivable way prior to the launch?  I don't understand why there has been so much mention of them lately.  It's like a few years back when people were making zombie holocaust kits despite the fact that zombies don't exist.  We're not fighting the flat earthers, they're just another little group of weirdos on the internet.
 
2018-02-08 10:04:38 AM  
Way to bury the lede, Salon:

Any photographs of the round Earth in full or footage of space launches are, they say, fakes created by a shadowy cabal of scientists.
Given all that, it's unlikely that video from the SpaceX launch will sway a single one of these truthers.


That's it right there. They still won't believe the footage. They could have personally tested and placed the cameras on the rocket and car themselves, and taken turns sleeping at the launch site to make sure nobody tampered with anything, and they'd still insist that the footage had been tampered with. I'm not sure why someone at Salon thought this would be a worthwhile story...
 
2018-02-08 10:04:44 AM  
...And of course that pesky bit about the "wall of ice" in Antarctica. Having been there multiple times, I can promise them all, South Pole is just very cold, and very flat....
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...although you do have to hang on as you can fall off the bottom of the world...  ;-)
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2018-02-08 10:07:39 AM  
So, it's cool that the launch and rocket were successful. I get it. What I don't get is why Elon has to litter the Universe with his Telsa car and David Bowie on a loop. Doesn't he know there isn't any air up there and thus no sound waves. No one is going to hear David Bowie!
 
2018-02-08 10:09:05 AM  
All these images exist on a 2 dimensional plane and are thus flat.

You've proven nothing Elon Musk!
 
2018-02-08 10:09:18 AM  
Why is anyone concerned with these flat-earthers?
They're a lunatic fringe group that should be politely ignored or impolitely mocked.
 
2018-02-08 10:09:42 AM  

Interceptor1: I miss the days when they wrote articles instead of copy/pasting a bunch of tweets and calling it journalism.


Flipside - if a columnist thinks up a few observations about a topic, chances are they're not the first person to think of that thing. Possibly not even verbatim. It happens all the time on Fark - "Came for this, leaving happy." or "Dammit, came here to make that joke." Twitter is just that, to the nth power.

So if they published a column of their own material where several sentences were near-matches to a tweet that had gone out several hours previously, they'd just get dog-piled for plagiarism.

Also, the "Twitter Reporting" articles are easier for computers to write.
 
2018-02-08 10:10:17 AM  

mongbiohazard: Yep. Giving morons and extremists attention in our mass media only serves to mainstream their terrible ideas, and make them more palatable to the public at large, which gains them followers.

Sometimes the best approach to farked up people is to ignore and shun them, not give them a national platform.


This is how we should be handling Trump.
 
TWX
2018-02-08 10:11:54 AM  

kaedric: ...And of course that pesky bit about the "wall of ice" in Antarctica. Having been there multiple times, I can promise them all, South Pole is just very cold, and very flat....
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...although you do have to hang on as you can fall off the bottom of the world...  ;-)
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we should all support kaedric in his efforts to hold up the Earth. A modern-day Atlas.
 
2018-02-08 10:14:36 AM  

JNowe: How the fark is this a loss for the flat earthers?  Were they gaining in any conceivable way prior to the launch?  I don't understand why there has been so much mention of them lately.  It's like a few years back when people were making zombie holocaust kits despite the fact that zombies don't exist.  We're not fighting the flat earthers, they're just another little group of weirdos on the internet.


In isolation I don't think they matter much, but it's part of a larger story about the collective gaslighting of our country, of general science denial, of "alternative facts," etc.
 
2018-02-08 10:14:47 AM  

Herb Utsmelz: Why are we suddenly giving these microcephalics all this media space?  There can't be more than a few hundred of them and mocking them ceased to be fun about five minutes after they surfaced.

Boring.


I personally think they're like almost every single guest on Coast-to-Coast AM. They're in it for the money.
 
2018-02-08 10:17:01 AM  
From Wikipedia:
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Yes, we as a species have been launching things into space for the last 60 years, and are still pretty consistently launching 80-90 vehicles per year into orbit, most of them with cameras onboard, while a small group of idiots still think the earth is flat. But, because golden boy and future Bond villain Elon Musk put a car in space the proof of their wrongness is now overwhelming and they will be forced to recant.

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2018-02-08 10:18:15 AM  
kaedric:
...although you do have to hang on as you can fall off the bottom of the world...  ;-)
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I normally don't like these gimmick pictures, like holding up the leaning tower, etc.

This one, however, I dig. That's a pretty fun photo.
 
2018-02-08 10:18:47 AM  
To be fair, though: if a rich person told me the sun will rise tomorrow, I would look outside to make sure.
 
2018-02-08 10:19:39 AM  

lycanth: Herb Utsmelz: Why are we suddenly giving these microcephalics all this media space?  There can't be more than a few hundred of them and mocking them ceased to be fun about five minutes after they surfaced.

Boring.

I personally think they're like almost every single guest on Coast-to-Coast AM. They're in it for the money.


Flat Farther books big sellers, are they?
 
2018-02-08 10:25:10 AM  
If you look closely enough you can see Rincewind and Twoflower falling off the edge.

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2018-02-08 10:25:30 AM  

Mikey1969: Way to bury the lede, Salon:

Any photographs of the round Earth in full or footage of space launches are, they say, fakes created by a shadowy cabal of scientists.
Given all that, it's unlikely that video from the SpaceX launch will sway a single one of these truthers.

That's it right there. They still won't believe the footage. They could have personally tested and placed the cameras on the rocket and car themselves, and taken turns sleeping at the launch site to make sure nobody tampered with anything, and they'd still insist that the footage had been tampered with. I'm not sure why someone at Salon thought this would be a worthwhile story...


This is why all flat earthers should get a free trip into lunar orbit. Not Earth low orbit. They need that three day journey to truly appreciate the roundness.

Then, after coming around the far side of the moon, and seeing their first Earthrise, if they STILL insist that the earth is flat, we blow open the hatch, vent the moron, and bring the shuttle back to bring the next batch of believers on their voyage

One way or another, the problem will be solved
 
2018-02-08 10:26:40 AM  
No, ULA was the biggest loser, with Arianespace and Energi not far behind. Once Blue Origin has a second heavy lift rocket with re-usability up and running those dinosaurs will have no reason to exist. The only thing that might keep any of them around will be national security interests but they'll be a fraction of the size.
 
2018-02-08 10:28:10 AM  

Ghost Roach: Mikey1969: Way to bury the lede, Salon:

Any photographs of the round Earth in full or footage of space launches are, they say, fakes created by a shadowy cabal of scientists.
Given all that, it's unlikely that video from the SpaceX launch will sway a single one of these truthers.

That's it right there. They still won't believe the footage. They could have personally tested and placed the cameras on the rocket and car themselves, and taken turns sleeping at the launch site to make sure nobody tampered with anything, and they'd still insist that the footage had been tampered with. I'm not sure why someone at Salon thought this would be a worthwhile story...

This is why all flat earthers should get a free trip into lunar orbit. Not Earth low orbit. They need that three day journey to truly appreciate the roundness.

Then, after coming around the far side of the moon, and seeing their first Earthrise, if they STILL insist that the earth is flat, we blow open the hatch, vent the moron, and bring the shuttle back to bring the next batch of believers on their voyage

One way or another, the problem will be solved


If that's all I need to get a free trip around the moon, count me in as a flat-earther. I grew up in a southern baptist family. Trust me, I can derp with the best of them if needed.
 
2018-02-08 10:34:41 AM  

robodog: No, ULA was the biggest loser, with Arianespace and Energi not far behind. Once Blue Origin has a second heavy lift rocket with re-usability up and running those dinosaurs will have no reason to exist. The only thing that might keep any of them around will be national security interests but they'll be a fraction of the size.


I wouldn't say that. ULA have enough money and influence to never go out of business. Yes, they could spend that money to upgrade their product. But that is really, really hard. But throwing that same money at Congressfolk and lobbyists. That's really easy. Fun too.
 
2018-02-08 10:35:21 AM  
I don't believe in Flat Earthers.

/checkmate
 
2018-02-08 10:35:51 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Yeah. This is the ultimate piece of evidence that will finally convince everyone that the earth is round.


This needs to be repeated as often as necessary. Claiming that this disproves FE implies 1) that FE needs to be disproven (rather than proven) and 2) that FE hasn't been disproven a million times.  If we argue using the Flat Earthers own logic, we've already lost because we imply that their logic is correct. It's the same deal with the religious, where they assume that theirs is the default position and must be disproven rather than proven. And, like with the religious, everyone is more than happy to argue with them on their own nonsensical terms.
 
2018-02-08 10:36:26 AM  

Ghost Roach: Mikey1969: Way to bury the lede, Salon:

Any photographs of the round Earth in full or footage of space launches are, they say, fakes created by a shadowy cabal of scientists.
Given all that, it's unlikely that video from the SpaceX launch will sway a single one of these truthers.

That's it right there. They still won't believe the footage. They could have personally tested and placed the cameras on the rocket and car themselves, and taken turns sleeping at the launch site to make sure nobody tampered with anything, and they'd still insist that the footage had been tampered with. I'm not sure why someone at Salon thought this would be a worthwhile story...

This is why all flat earthers should get a free trip into lunar orbit. Not Earth low orbit. They need that three day journey to truly appreciate the roundness.

Then, after coming around the far side of the moon, and seeing their first Earthrise, if they STILL insist that the earth is flat, we blow open the hatch, vent the moron, and bring the shuttle back to bring the next batch of believers on their voyage

One way or another, the problem will be solved


The windows aren't windows.  They are actually HD screens that you are broadcasting your digitally created '3 day lunar voyage' on.  We are still actually just in low orbit around the Disc.

Try agan.
 
2018-02-08 10:37:04 AM  

steklo: So, it's cool that the launch and rocket were successful. I get it. What I don't get is why Elon has to litter the Universe with his Telsa car and David Bowie on a loop. Doesn't he know there isn't any air up there and thus no sound waves. No one is going to hear David Bowie!


Bowie... Uh... Finds a way.
Flight of the Conchords Ep 6 Bowie's In Space
Youtube f4zV4pJ8MwM
 
2018-02-08 10:38:17 AM  
Maybe it would help if the Bonneville Salt Flats was renamed as the Bonneville Salt Ever So Slightly Curved.
 
2018-02-08 10:38:42 AM  

dirkfunk: Ghost Roach: Mikey1969: Way to bury the lede, Salon:

Any photographs of the round Earth in full or footage of space launches are, they say, fakes created by a shadowy cabal of scientists.
Given all that, it's unlikely that video from the SpaceX launch will sway a single one of these truthers.

That's it right there. They still won't believe the footage. They could have personally tested and placed the cameras on the rocket and car themselves, and taken turns sleeping at the launch site to make sure nobody tampered with anything, and they'd still insist that the footage had been tampered with. I'm not sure why someone at Salon thought this would be a worthwhile story...

This is why all flat earthers should get a free trip into lunar orbit. Not Earth low orbit. They need that three day journey to truly appreciate the roundness.

Then, after coming around the far side of the moon, and seeing their first Earthrise, if they STILL insist that the earth is flat, we blow open the hatch, vent the moron, and bring the shuttle back to bring the next batch of believers on their voyage

One way or another, the problem will be solved

If that's all I need to get a free trip around the moon, count me in as a flat-earther. I grew up in a southern baptist family. Trust me, I can derp with the best of them if needed.


A few false negative responses are to be expected.

Heck, trips like those might spur more younglings into taking up Sciences and Engineering. Or at the very least, a greater appreciation for them, as well as environmental causes, and a whole host of other ideas that can only serve the betterment of humanity

That, and watching idiots get spaced would bring a smile to my face
 
2018-02-08 10:39:47 AM  
the real winner, was, as always David Bowie::

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2018-02-08 10:40:51 AM  
Martian_Astronomer:

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Hey, that's the guy from that British show where the sitcom is filmed in a POV, Peep Show.
 
2018-02-08 10:41:59 AM  

GrogSmash: Ghost Roach: Mikey1969: Way to bury the lede, Salon:

Any photographs of the round Earth in full or footage of space launches are, they say, fakes created by a shadowy cabal of scientists.
Given all that, it's unlikely that video from the SpaceX launch will sway a single one of these truthers.

That's it right there. They still won't believe the footage. They could have personally tested and placed the cameras on the rocket and car themselves, and taken turns sleeping at the launch site to make sure nobody tampered with anything, and they'd still insist that the footage had been tampered with. I'm not sure why someone at Salon thought this would be a worthwhile story...

This is why all flat earthers should get a free trip into lunar orbit. Not Earth low orbit. They need that three day journey to truly appreciate the roundness.

Then, after coming around the far side of the moon, and seeing their first Earthrise, if they STILL insist that the earth is flat, we blow open the hatch, vent the moron, and bring the shuttle back to bring the next batch of believers on their voyage

One way or another, the problem will be solved

The windows aren't windows.  They are actually HD screens that you are broadcasting your digitally created '3 day lunar voyage' on.  We are still actually just in low orbit around the Disc.

Try agan.


*Initiate cabin venting*
 
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