The debunkers claimed it was only a mirage, but a mirage requires very specific atmospheric conditions to occur and cannot account for the fact that Rowbotham was able to see the boat and the flag along the entire distance. A later, more sophisticated challenge claimed that the powerful gravity near the Earth's surface causes light to bend allowing the boat to be viewed over the horizon, but then how can they also claim that an object can be seen to sink below the horizon, if light always bends to allow you to continue to see it? I was instantly intrigued.
I researched the experiment, downloaded Rowbotham's book "Earth Not a Globe" and performed my own experiments which concurred with Rowbotham's. (This is easy to do, find a landmark that lies a known distance across a stretch of sea and look at it through binoculars. Spherical trigonometry might sound daunting but if the earth were a ball it would curve down 8 inches multiplied by the square of the distance in miles above the first mile, so an object 6 miles away would be 8 (inches) x 5 (miles) squared = 8 x 25 = 200 inches = 16.6 feet below your horizon)
All of a sudden my whole worldview that had been predicated upon a spherical planet, spinning, orbiting and hurtling through an infinite void, had collapsed, everything now was called into question, I suddenly had an explanation why it that I could see a horizon at my eye level whenever I looked out of a plane at 35,000 feet when the horizon on a ball Earth would have to appear below me, and how it was that I could stand on a beach with a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and not detect the merest hint of a curvature; the answer was simple and obvious... There is no curvature!
An idea on the edge of my consciousness that had been previously reserved for the feeble minded and the credulous had now been made real for me by the cosmic director, and he said to me "The Earth, my dear Truman, is not a globe!"
Just like the moment I realised the truth behind 9/11 and many such moments since, this one realisation sparked off months of feverish research, in an effort to examine and test everthing that I had ever been taught about the earth.
I first searched for pictures of the earth from space and found that there was only one picture that is actually claimed to be a photograph of Earth from space, supposedly taken from Apollo 17 on the way to the moon, all the others are composites, computer generated imagery or photo-realistic paintings. Very strange, considering the seven Apollo missions, the countless other space and shuttle missions, space stations, space telescopes and the 50,000 satellites, all that and none of them have taken pictures of the Earth?
The real "red flag" however, is that all of the supposed pictures of (including the one "real" photograph) have problems. As an artist who has painted countless landscapes, I know that when you look at distant objects their colours are "washed out" due to the effect of the atmosphere, distant mountains several miles away lose their contrast and their colours fade and take on a blueish hue. How is it then that the colours of the sea and continents portrayed in these "photographs" are so vivid and striking if they are photographed through a hundred miles or so of atmosphere? Why is it that the continents themselves match a distorted map projection that was invented as a navigational aid rather than a true representation of the continents?
If the photographs are questionable then the source of the photographs must also be suspect. Not many thinking people still believe that man landed on the moon in 1969, it seems obvious that NASA hoaxed the moon landings for propaganda purposes, however when any of NASA's space missions are scrutinised, signs of fakery are revealed. Weightlessness seems to be faked with Zero-G aircraft, harnesses and CGI. Bubbles that appear during space walks indicate that they are performed in very large water tanks (in 2013, an astro-not, nearly drowned during a "space" walk when a gallon of water leaked into his helmet and subsequently, snorkels were fitted to the space suits to prevent drowning) It is also doubtful that anyone goes up on the space shuttle. In 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 74 seconds after lift off, supposedly killing the whole crew, but in a Capricorn One-esque twist, six of the seven crew have been found to be alive and well, either still using their real names or claiming to be an identical twin. NASA cannot be trusted!
I next examined the idea that the earth is revolving at just over 1000mph. My intuitive senses have always told me that the earth beneath my feet is stationary, so why do I believe otherwise? Well, I've been told from childhood that we live on a spinning globe and everywhere I look there are representations of spinning globes but what evidence is there? The scientific priesthood point to the motion of the sun and stars as proof, but after watching videos by Eric Dubay and others, I can just as easily see the sun's motion as circling above the flat plane of earth a few thousand miles away, obeying the law of perspective and only appearing to rise and set as it moves toward and then away from us.
At first sight, the motion of the stars would seem to confirm the earth's rotation but if a camera is setup to take a long exposure of the northern sky, the resulting pattern of star trails do indeed show a circular motion indicating that something is moving, but is it the Earth? If the Earth is rotating then it also must be orbiting the sun at 67,000 mph, and being dragged along with the rest of the solar system at between 400,000 - 600,000 mph, so why don't we see these much faster motions in the star trail patterns? The simplest answer is that it is starfield that is moving, not the earth.
The Flat Earth model renders the Earth as flat circular plane, like a dinner plate, with the north pole in the center and the continents arranged around it. This projection is known as the Azimuthal Equidistant map and is curiously used as the logo on the United Nation's flag.
Around the perimeter is a wall of ice that we call Anarctica, it is not a southern pole but a circular continent which forms an effective barrier containing the oceans and preventing us from approaching the edge. Antarctica is the key to determining the truth of our world which is why the United Nations prevent anyone from going there, yes you can take package tours to the outer islands and watch penguins all day, but the military is on hand should you wander out of the tourist's play pen.
If the nature and form of the Earth is as they have taught us then why are there restrictions and secrecy when we approach anything that might prove otherwise? Why is Antarctica off limits? Why do we never see a 360 degree panning shot of space? Why is GPS switched off for all flights in the "southern hemisphere"?
There is so much to learn about this earth, ourselves and our reality, but we have been misdirected away from the endeavour and the joy of discovery by the duties and obligations imposed upon us by an artifical system which occupies our time, saps our energy and focuses our attention on artificial concerns and manufactured worries, stresses and strains. And so as Christof, the director of the Truman Show put it:
"We accept the reality of the world with which we're presented, it's as simple as that."
We defer to education, science and experts who provide us with the picture of reality which only serves as an unimportant backdrop to the true reality of work, mortgages and car payments. But the moment that we begin to investigate for ourselves we discover that the perception woven by these entities is an illusion propped up by subliminal media tricks and repetition, a house of cards that is easily collapsed by close scrutiny and an open mind.
And this is what those who still cling to the spinning ball cannot grasp about those of us who have taken the time to ask these questions. It is not that we read something or watch a video and become convinced of outrageous theories, many of us ask a question, form a hypothesis and then go out and test it and what we find, time and time again, is that the spherical earth fails and the flat earth model fits.
The big question is why? Why would anyone go to such lengths to make us believe the spherical earth model?
As a formerly rabid atheist, I have deliberately left God to the end as I know how difficult it was for me to understand and accept the existence of an intentional creator. The globe earth construct is a tool that is used in conjuction with another preposterous construct known as the Theory of Evolution to hide the existence of the intentional creator and make us believe that we are merely tiny microbes that accidentally evolved from slime, clinging to a speck of dust in an infinite and purposeless universe that sprang out of nothingness billions of years ago.
We are the soldiers (or soul-diers) in a war between the creator and the adversary, and the stakes are the continued survival or extermination of the human race. The whole of human history has been about these combatants on the spiritual plane, moving the rightious and the wicked like chess pieces. Those who have been promised wealth and power have spent most of recorded history rampaging across the Earth, destroying knowledge of who we are and why we are here, systematically erasing and replacing ancient wisdom with a ficticious bible and absurd scientismic constructs, carefully crafting the illusion of infinite space and alien life, setting the stage for a final grand deception.
The adversary's elite servants believe that once they have achieved their goal of exterminating 90% of the population, the adversary will bestow upon them everlasting life and god-like powers, but they too are being deceived, and will just be the last to be exterminated.
Mankind was given a truthful record of the deeds, words and prophesies of the creator, but you won't find it in the highly edited and corrupted books of the religious brands created by the servants of the adversary. Seekers of truth will find the books of the Apocrypha from the King James 1611 Bible, the books of Enoch, Jasher and Jubilees from the dead sea scrolls and other books such as the Testament of Solomon that combine to give a complete picture, absolutely relevant to the issues that we face in the world today.
My personal journey of discovery has revealed to me the perfection of the human body (and the intentional attempts to corrupt it and keep it weak and sickly), the absurdity of the Theory of Evolution and the nature of the artificial constructs such as money, governments, corporations and the legal system that keep us locked in a world of greed, scarcity, competition, commercialism and materialism, and away from God, the creator and our true purpose. As Kent Hovind says:
"Either God exists or he doesn't, both possibilities are terrifying. If he doesn't exist then we are hurtling through a godless, purposeless universe and nobody is in control, but if he does exist then we'd better find out who he is, what he wants and do whatever it is he says."
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Flat Earth Topics
The Flat Earth Model
The Earth, according to the currently accepted Flat Earth model, is a flat motionless disc with the magnetic north pole in the centre and a 200 foot wall of ice followed by 300 miles of ice desert followed by two mile high mountains, which we call the continent of Antarctica, forming the perimeter.
The sun, moon, stars and planets circle above the earth plane, a few thousands (perhaps hundreds) of miles overhead. In this model, both the sun and moon are approximately 32 nautical miles across and move on independant orbits.
The sun takes a spiralling path between the tropics of Capricorn and Cancer and the moon is on a slightly tilted orbit which occasionally crosses the path of the sun causing a solar eclipse.
Beyond that which we can observe there is much speculation, but the general consensus is that the whole system is enclosed within a dome called the firmament, other theories hold that the dome is much larger than the known world and that beyond Antarctica, a south polar sea and many more continents are also contained within it.
Other theories postulate that there is no dome but an infinite ice plane with many more puddle worlds carved out by their own suns, but until more information surfaces, these ideas remain as mere speculation.
If we do indeed live on a globe then the first and most obvious thing to look out for would be the earth's curvature.
One of the very first claims that the earth was a sphere was the observation that a man standing on a beach, watching a ship sailing away from him, would see the hull disappear first followed by the mast presumably as the ship rounds the curvature.
To the naked eye this is indeed what appears to happen, but with the advent of cameras with powerful zoom lenses, such as the Nikon Coolpix P900, the ship that is supposedly obscured by the horizon, comes back into view and such disappearances and reappearances continue to the limit of the camera's zoom capabilities.
The reason for this effect becomes apparent when such a camera is zoomed in, the warm air rising from the sea causes a mirage effect where a narrow band below the horizon reflects the view above the horizon and this inverted reflection both partially hides the boat and creates a false horizon.
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The Coriolis Effect
The Coriolis Effect is an optical illusion that arises from the motion of an object as seen by an observer who is also in motion. The best way to imagine this effect is to picture two children, Annie and Brian sitting opposite each other on a spinning merry-go-round and a third child, Chris in a tree directly above the merry-go-round. If Annie throws a ball to Brian, the ball will not reach him because it will curve away from him, but from Chris's perspective, in the tree above them, the path of the ball is actually a straight line. The confusion comes because when the ball leaves Annie's hand, both Annie and Brian continue moving relative to the ball's straight path and so, to them, its path is curved.
The Coriolis Effect is not a force that exerts any influence upon anything, it is an illusion of relative motion experienced by observers in motion themselves, so it cannot affect the rotation of hurricanes nor the motion of water draining down a plughole, but it should, however, affect how we observe objects in motion, like bullets, artillary shells and aircraft, not connected to our supposedly rotating frame of reference.
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Go find a very long corridor, stand at one end and notice that you might have a light in the ceiling directly overhead but even though all the lights are the same height above you, they appear to go down to your horizon as they recede fro you. If the corridor were long enough and all the lights went out apart from the light furthest from you then you would be standing in complete darkness and you wouldn't see the light no matter how bright it is, because it would be past your vanishing point, the point at which everything on the ceiling is foreshortened down to the thin hard line of your horizon.
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