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Can you give an opinion and back it with facts?

i love voicing my opinion and being heard, being able to speak my mind really helps me through out the day. Sometimes when I'm in a heated debate I tend to bring facts in to help better explain why I think I'm right, I know for writers having facts and evidence to back opinions is key but some people don't have the same views on it. You are never right or wrong with an opinion they say, but when you take time to point out facts you determine what's right and wrong in the process, so does backing your Point of view with facts benefit Your writing when you are taking a side or is it harder to explain points do to how details are explained ?

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idealmike

I think when you are arguing your case or point of view, and the more outrageous your case or point of view is, the more you need to back up those claims with evidence. Some sort of case study or white paper report or something that confirms what you're saying is true. Because some people can't accept your claims and think your opinion is moot if it goes against everything they ever believed in. Take chemtrails for example. Lots of people don't believe they exist, that we're not being sprayed from above like lab rats, because they can't accept it and believe that it is happening and they mock people for saying it is as though they're just crazy or something. It goes against everything they believe to be true about the world. But there is so much evidence out there about them now and more and more people are starting to realize that there is truth in it (well they've been doing it since the 60's!) and there's a lot of videos of it happening in-action, and old pilots that are turning whistle blower and exposing the dirty secrets the government performs on its own people. But yet still, even though all the anecdotal evidence is there, people still refuse to believe that it's happening. Sometimes I can join in on a discussion about this on some forum or Reddit or something, and even though a lot of evidence is supplied along with my case, claim or opinion, people still refute it and dismiss it as crazy loon rubbish. But that's because they can't accept it. They don't like to be told that someone is spraying them without their permission and can't accept it because it's so crazy that it could be true they prefer to bury their head in the sand and hope it will go away.

But how can you refute videos by respected and esteemed people like this where they are actually talking about it happening. But the government will play it down and employ "shills" to make them look like they're crazy people and it's not really happening. Oh it's happening. The sooner we wake up and and the more people that know about it, the sooner we can do something about it. Because this is your kids that it is effecting. Breathing in this crap and playing havoc on their immune system and causing all sorts of diseases.



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Everett

Here we go with lunatics and conspiracy theories, again! Just kidding!

See what I did there? I automatically called you a lunatic, this type of thinking has been around for ages. If you call someone a lunatic, or even just the typical conspiracy theorist, than you are automatically discrediting them no matter what evidence is there. It's almost embedded into society to automatically discredit conspiracy theories. I am all for conspiracies, especially those that people have mocked and laughed about that were actually true.

For instance, there was an alien crash in some state, and the mayor went on live television dressed as a green alien to sway the publics minds about the subject. They mocked it, made a joke out of it, and completely discredited it. Years later, that same mayor blew the whistle that there was actually a crash, and that the government had covered it up, and that they planned to mock it on TV to keep the lid on it.

Each conspiracy has a truth to it. Even aliens, demons, chemtrails, etc. As journalist say, follow the money, but in this instance follow the truth. Can you give an opinion and back it with facts?



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idealmike

Yeah, well many conspiracy theories turned out to be true. For years, even generations long, people laughed, mocked and scorned those people that said it was happening. Then eventually, the leaders died, things got exposed and brought to light and it was discovered that it was actually TRUE.

Here's 10 conspiracy theories that turned out to be true.



As for aliens that is mostly hocus pocus as there isn't enough tangible evidence for them. And if there is, the government keeps it under tight wraps. But there are some things in life that do suggest that we had some higher power help from either God or some other advanced species or life form. There are some almost long lost civilizations that had technology that could map the stars perfectly and even pick out planets (this was hundreds and thousands of years before mankind invented the telescope) And they had technology that could cut stones to near precision diameter. Take Stone Henge for example, the stones are from thousands of miles away and simply too heavy to lug all that far. How did those stones get there from so far away? Did they really roll them on logs from thousands of miles away? But there's a lot of weird stuff like that in life that does suggest some help from somewhere else we don't have today. But you'd need to provide some tangible evidence to convince people of that otherwise any suggestion you make is just mocked and laughed at. But these conspiracy theories that turned out to be true show that you shouldn't no matter how ludicrous the claims may sound. Especially if you don't know much about it yourself. And the world doesn't know much about it as it's all kept under wraps.



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Everett

How would you feel to know that the government was trying to disclose the UFOs?

From the CIA website:
https://www.cia.gov/news-informati...our-x-files.html

Also, the DailyMail wrote about the CIA releasing thousands of files on their site:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...d-phenomena.html

Sometimes, if you have a personal opinion that doesn't support the public's opinion even if it is backed with facts, your opinion will always remain an opinion unless the public decides to see it as fact based which could take years to happen, if it even happens at all.

What I am getting at here, is even when facts are presented the public still won't believe. No matter how much facts you have, it still won't change anything in the public's eye.



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EliteWriter

Well to answer your question it depends on the type of opinion. It is not something that you can answer precisely as it all depends on the subject matter and what you are writing about. Sometimes you a re able to substantiate what you are saying with facts. It is helpful to look up statistics as well as any articles on the same topic that will be quoting research or studies or what other people said on the subject. If this is possible you are improving the level and the credibility of your article. However it is not always possible as you may be writing on something generic or light for instance.



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Corzhens

I avoid making opinions on critical matters that harbor on legality because I might be exposing myself to risks of a lawsuit. However, in times that I couldn’t avoid it, yeah, I try to present facts or the source from where I got it. There was a forum where I had posted my opinion on something about technology. I was surprised that someone replied with the word “source?” which made me cringe. It was a forum and clearly I was expressing my opinion so why ask me for the source of my opinion? No, I did not respond because I felt it insulting.



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