in effect though not in fact; practically; nearly
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vir·tu·al /ˈvɜrtʃuəl/ Show Spelled
being such in power, force, or effect, though not actually or expressly such: ex: a virtual dependence on charity.
Okay, so you get the idea. So what is my point about this?
Look and listen for this word in news and reports regarding things that have the potential to change our lives greatly, such as all the hubbub surrounding Global Warming/Climate Change legislation. Also pay attention to words such as APPEARS [to], IF, MAYBE, MIGHT, COULD, and POSSIBLY. See how many times they appear and take note of them. It is actually quite shocking how many times those words are used. Yet we are supposed to bow down and take it when the powers-that-be suggest, and then demand, that we conform with their ideas and solutions. Solutions to what exactly? Something that appears to be happening? That might possibly maybe cause problems? That could cause trouble?
Everytime I read or hear something to do with changing our lives due to Global Warming, listen to our countries being blamed for droughts across the planet, or flooding, or whatever might be happening somewhere else at any given moment, I immediately think back to the classes in psychology and sociology I took that specifically spoke about how gullible the human species can be when little flimsy words are used. Why should that apply only to television commercials? We also learned in history and social studies classes about how propaganda was used in clever, crafty ways in order to guide people in the direction a govt or group wanted - how can we be so sure that isn't happening now with AGW/CC? When those flimsy whimsical words are littered throughout each and every study, report, news piece - how can so many people be so blind to them? They hear 'WILL, IS, DEFINATELY' somehow, instead of 'IF MAYBE POSSIBLY'. Wake up people, the proof is right there before your eyes, surely you can see it.