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Slovakian government official raises eyebrows with 'flat Earth' comment

By T.K. Randall
May 18, 2024 · Comment icon 6 comments
Flat Earth.
Suffice to say, the Earth is not flat. Image Credit: Midjourney
Prominent Slovakian politician Lukas Machala is reportedly no stranger to conspiracy theories.
In the age of orbiting satellites, interplanetary spacecraft and a fully manned space station, the fact that the Earth is round (an oblate spheroid) would seem to be indisputable.

Even so, a sizable number of people still remain adamant that the Earth is actually flat.

This particular topic recently became the focus of a peculiar controversy in Slovakia involving Lukas Machala - a divisive political figure in the country who is currently one of several candidates being considered to head up the new government-controlled state broadcaster.

During a television interview, Machala was asked whether he thought people with unconventional views such as believing that the Earth is flat should be given a platform on Slovakia's current public platform RTVS (Radio and Television of Slovakia).

According to The Spectator, he seemed surprisingly open to such views.
"Has it been proved that the Earth is round? Have you been into outer space?" he asked.

"No, nor have I, I don't know."

His comments certainly raised a lot of eyebrows, with Slovak astronaut Ivan Bella - who went into space in 1999 - even responding to the debacle by insisting that the Earth is definitely round.

After the interview aired, Machala reportedly maintained that the journalist he had been speaking to did a good job of making him look like a conspiracy theorist and complained about a lack of objective journalism.

He also declared that he would no longer communicate with the broadcaster again.

Source: Slovak Spectactor | Comments (6)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Cho Jinn 25 days ago
"For example, he claimed that "the Illuminati" tried to take over Europe by sending migrants to the continent. Čítajte viac: https://spectator.sme.sk/c/23325477/is-the-earth-round-or-flat-culture-ministry-chief-official-says-proof-is-still-needed.html" What a complete idiot: everyone knows is the the EC, and not the Illuminati, who have greenlit and enabled the, uh, cultural enrichment of Europe.  No 2:30am shows for you!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Hankenhunter 25 days ago
It's turtles all the way down.
Comment icon #3 Posted by qxcontinuum 25 days ago
It is because people have been lied over and over again by science , news , politicians,  doctors, etc.  The newest standars are a mockery of everything our forfathers have built. I don't blame these people.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Alchopwn 25 days ago
Actually people don't get lied to half as much as you'd think, and its pretty obvious when the lying is taking place. It's more to the point that people don't like hearing the truth.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Cho Jinn 24 days ago
Not according to them.  Who I am supposed to believe, my lying eyes or the people trying to take my money and tell me what to do?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Gumball 24 days ago
The thing I don't get is do they believe that all the other planets are flat and, by pure coincidence, all pointing at this flat planet at exactly the same time?  Surely at some point we would have seen the side of the moon, dark or otherwise.


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