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Posted by Richard Ruquist on December 19, 2001 15:04:14 UTC

Front page. While discussing the marines that crawled through a mine field to comfort a marine who lost a foot to a mine, the article said that only the first names of the brave marines could be written and that that was the policy of the Department of Defense.

You have been an anti-communist for so long that you have adopted their vocabulary. They still arrest persons on disinformation charges in China. Or will you call that disinformation. Life is so easy when you do not know anything. I have yet to see you write anything that displayed any knowledge on your part. You must know something. But you do not show it.

When I had Star Wars contracts with the US Army, I encountered the same behavior with the contract monitors. They were rather uniformly not as well versed in science as the contractors they monitored. So they did what is called, "Coming on dumb". They pretended not to know anything at all, so as not to give away what they actually did know; and would then hopefully catch the contractor saying something incorrect.

But I had already been trained at Harvard to watch out for that tactic. When explaining your theory to a Professor they invariably would say that they did not understand it. So you would continue explaining. But it always turned out that they saw into your theory further than you and saw some inconsistency or contradiction. So they were actually saying that they did not understand how your theory could be correct. But of course that's disinformation for you. You could never benefit from knowing that.

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