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  •  No, but in the absence of even ordinary (0+ / 0-)

    evidence one would be credulous to accept it

    I never said otherwise.

    The phrase was coined by Carl Sagan and it relates to the paranormal (Alien Abductions, Ghosts etc.)

    "And suggesting that a US Senator was murdered is a rather extraordinary claim."

    Really?  

    I mean, I know what you're getting at, but this is not an extraordinary claim.  People are murdered - all the time - especially where power and it's attributes (money etc) are involved.

    In such cases even the accidental theory must be supported by evidence - ordinary evidence.

    The diarist in this case merely reflects the sense of distrust many Americans have, sadly but not without reason, come to feel about the mechanics of power in this country.

    Indeed, the author's use of the name Wellstone as a verb is as much satire as any serious endorsement of a specific criminal theory.  (And rather tasteless satire at that, but I didn't get my knickers in a twist)

    Skepticism, the defining disposition of reason demands that even the accidental, the coincidental, be subject to proof.

    As it is, in most cases, it is not "extraordinary" evidence that is required, but ANY evidence.

    So, you see, I'm not really quarreling with you - I just think that phrase needs to be retired or at least restored to the intent Dr Sagan had in mind.

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