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Comment author: MixedNuts 16 February 2012 08:31:03PM 6 points [-]

I am a physicist. I am, as we speak, working on a project related to magnetism. I know exactly how magnetisation works. Take it from a domain expert: what you are saying is nonsense. Black holes are not magnets. We know what magnets do to the Earth and the solar system, and it does not involve pulling in anything. Even if it did, changing the Earth's magnetisation could not do this. I am not an expert on HAARP, but if it had made large changes to anything magnetic we would have noticed - the whole point is to measure magnetic changes.

Comment author: shminux 16 February 2012 09:02:03PM 2 points [-]

It is probably best to refrain from replying to comments like MysTerri's, because s/he is clearly not receptive to reason. Alicorn reply was the only one needed, plus some silent downvoting.

Comment author: bcoburn 20 February 2012 03:33:05PM 4 points [-]

In a situation this specific, it seems to me to be worthwhile to reply exactly once, in order to inform other readers. Don't expect to change the troll's opinion, but making one comment in order to prevent them from accidentally convincing other people seems worthwhile.

Comment author: shminux 20 February 2012 08:31:37PM 1 point [-]

"I believe I said that, Doctor" -- Spock

Comment author: MixedNuts 16 February 2012 09:11:43PM 4 points [-]

Usually I wouldn't, but there was

  • a clear claim made
  • that I can disprove to the necessary level of precision
  • based on explicit deference to physics

So it's not impossible that MysTerri will retract this particular claim, and that's a decent hook for doubting the rest of the theory. Other responses include accusing me of not being an expert (or lying), renouncing respect for physics, or going content-free.

Also, I'm not sure why you reply here rather than in private, given your reasons.