Rebel, et al make some valid points. Respect is a 2-way street. I promise to be less of a wise ass if some of you all promise to do the following:
debating – Nearly any OP can turn into a debate, and debating is essentially
about 2 things – Facts and the Correct Interpretation of those Facts. Anything
other than that is a tactic or strategy employed by someone on the losing side
of the Facts but trying to ‘win’ points. A taxi driver’s opinion about the
lunar landings, for example, should never ever be considered as equal to an
astro-physicist’s, unless you can show a compelling reason.
the Topic – If you can’t provide anything useful, avoid typing into the
keyboard. Even better, conduct some very good research using the best empirical
data you can find on the subject before posting. Understand as much of a 360
degree approach on the topic as possible before posting. And please, stop
posting confirmationally biased tripe to support your lame-ass views and opinions.
Become an empiricist.
the freedom, access and privileges the www has provided you. Employ the Peter
Parker Principle – with great power comes great responsibility.
the Lurkers and Members – If you can’t provide empirical data or something close to it to support your
views, frame it as an opinion. If you reach a dead end, stop posting, exercise
self control, and stop wasting everyone’s time in your vain, narcissistic
attempt to win an argument that you have lost.