A reply to post #55, and certainly not made in a spirit of being argumentative … though when two Irishmen “tangle” … J
I have known people who work “in the media” (mostly print, I am old after all, but many of the dynamics are probable the same in the digital age). When a “breaking story” needs to be pushed out in a hurry the text is contemporary but if a “graphic” was needed they would grab whatever image was readily available to meet their deadline. That image could be “ancient”, but whatever was immediately available to meet the deadline got put in. I can visualize innumerable examples of news stories I’ve seen in print or “on line” with pictures / videos that I know predate the story … it’s just how that works and the “older image” doesn’t negate the veracity of the contemporary news story … it’s just how that works. Then again, I currently live on a farm in rural eastern WA with supposed “high speed” DSL phone line internet, which is very reminiscent to me of the old “dial up” days. I rarely watch any posted videos (text material is always preferred) and if I try to watch a video it is usually a fail, I would need to capture the url and watch it when I visit my public library with a legitimate “high speed” internet connection. Just my way of saying that just as the cliché “The proof is in the pudding”, with the Scientific Method the proof is usually in the verifiable text data, it is just too easy for someone to “pull up OLD pics/videos”, those can rarely be relied upon for the facts.
Working with cows since a child, professionally for over 40 years, and also currently working for a funeral home, I know all about deceased mammals, been working them for a lifetime. When a mammal dies some things need to happen rather quickly (refrigeration, freezing, embalming, burial, composting, cremation ... I could offer some other options but I’ll not be too technical) or the deceased becomes malodorous and unpleasant rather quickly. This phenome is actually mentioned in scripture, St. John 11:39 for one example. These efforts almost always involve some team work. Based on my personal experience in “death care” for cows and humans I find it difficult to believe that RGB could actually die without multiple people being somehow involved / present / engaged with dealing with the remains. Along that line, based on my nearly 68 years of dealing with living humans I find it difficult to believe that whenever there is a situation that involves more than one person, especially when there is some “dispute” about what actually is going on, that one of the involved humans won’t ultimately “spill the beans” … it is just contrary to human nature for people to not want to talk about what “actually happened”.
RGB “died”… somebody (several actually) dealt with the body. I have no doubt that some underling (hospital orderly, funeral home removal technician, coroner’s assistant, crematorium assistant, cemetery groundskeeper) would be in the know about this, and certainly reporters such as Ann Coulter, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh would have made it worth their while to speak up … but I’ve seen no such verification of her death.
A RGS “imposter” sat on the bench yesterday, February 19. Putting aside relevant people who know her well (the other Justices, officials of the Trump Administration) there are the underlings (law clerks not her own, door/cafeteria/robe/security/page staff) who certainly would have noticed “it’s not her” … and certainly these folk are better able to judge that than those watching random internet videos of her. Certainly reporters such as Ann Coulter, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh would have made it worth their while to speak up … but I’ve seen no such verification of her being impersonated.