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Sep2-03, 08:34 PM
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May26-12, 07:38 AM
*Closed due to the disproportionate time required to moderate this topic.*
As per the PF posting guidelines above,
all religious debates are off limits including
"physics according to the Quran"
"physics according to the Bible"
"physics according to The Vedas".
Conspiracy theories, such as (but not limited to):
911 conspiracy theories.
The explanation for the WTC collapse is here:
Moon landing hoax conspiracy theories
HAARP conspiracy theories
Not to exclude legitimate discussion of the HAARP [research program], the conspiracy theories related to this subject are banned.
The HAARP site:
Pseudoscience, such as (but not limited to):
Perpetual motion and "free energy" discussions
Plasma Cosmology (related topics Electric Universe/Electric Sun/Electric Comet)
Homeopathy and the associated claims
Water as fuel
Biefeld-Brown Effect and Electrogravity Theory
Cold fusion and LENR
Other crackpottery, such as (but not limited to):
Flat Earth theories
Hollow Earth Theories
What The **$&#$ "Bleep" Do We Know - the movie
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