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Peter McGuire
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What is with this mental instability thing for questioning the official line?

Rather than convince me that Oswald was innocent, the use of deliberately distorted reports such as this with words like 'lie' and 'bogus' just convince me more than ever that the people still obsessed with this issue are mentally unstable.

http://forums.eslcafe.com/korea/viewtopic.php?t=109403

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What is with this mental instability thing for questioning the official line?
Rather than convince me that Oswald was innocent, the use of deliberately distorted reports such as this with words like 'lie' and 'bogus' just convince me more than ever that the people still obsessed with this issue are mentally unstable.

http://forums.eslcafe.com/korea/viewtopic.php?t=109403

Hilarious! Thanks for posting that - this part [2nd quote below] was worth it.

There is a scene in the fictional film 'The unbearable lightness of being' where the lead character's wife is being harshly interrogated - from the screenplay - classic.

Have you gone mad?

Don't you realize

that we love you?

That we always

loved you?

That we came

to protect you?

To protect?

To protect us

from what?

Did you give your pictures

to foreigners?

Yes, I did.

You could be shot

for that!

Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation

1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

2. Become incredulous and indignant

3. Create rumor mongers

4. Use a straw man

5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

6. Hit and Run

7. Question motives

8. Invoke authority

9. Play Dumb

10. Associate opponent charges with old news

11. Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

12. Enigmas have no solution

13. Alice in Wonderland Logic

14. Demand complete solutions

15. Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

16. Vanish evidence and witnesses

17. Change the subject

18. Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad

19. Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

20. False evidence

21. Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

22. Manufacture a new truth

23. Create bigger distractions

24. Silence critics

25. Vanish

Eight Traits of The Disinformationalist

1. Avoidance

2. Selectivity

3. Coincidental

4. Teamwork

5. Anti-conspiratorial

6. Artificial Emotions

7. Inconsistent

8. Newly Discovered: Time Constant

Last one for fun...

HOW TO WIN AN ARGUMENT

by Dave Barry

I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me.

You too can win arguments. Simply follow these rules:

*

Drink Liquor.

Suppose you're at a party and some hotshot intellectual is expounding on the economy of Peru, a subject you know nothing about. If you're drinking some health-fanatic drink like grapefruit juice, you'll hang back, afraid to display your ignorance, while the hotshot enthralls your date. But if you drink several large martinis, you'll discover you have STRONG VIEWS about the Peruvian economy. You'll be a WEALTH of information. You'll argue forcefully, offering searing insights and possibly upsetting furniture. People will be impressed. Some may leave the room.

*

Make things up.

Suppose, in the Peruvian economy argument, you are trying to prove Peruvians are underpaid, a position you base solely on the fact that YOU are underpaid, and you're damned if you're going to let a bunch of Peruvians be better off. DON'T say: "I think Peruvians are underpaid." Say: "The average Peruvian's salary in 1981 dollars adjusted for the revised tax base is $1,452.81 per annum, which is $836.07 before the mean gross poverty level."

NOTE: Always make up exact figures.

If an opponent asks you where you got your information, make THAT up, too. Say: "This information comes from Dr. Hovel T. Moon's study for the Buford Commission published May 9, 1982. Didn't you read it?" Say this in the same tone of voice you would use to say "You left your soiled underwear in my bath house."

*

Use meaningless but weightly-sounding words and phrases.

Memorize this list:

o Let me put it this way

o In terms of

o Vis-a-vis

o Per se

o As it were

o Qua

o So to speak

You should also memorize some Latin abbreviations such as "Q.E.D.," "e.g.," and "i.e." These are all short for "I speak Latin, and you do not."

Here's how to use these words and phrases. Suppose you want to say: "Peruvians would like to order appetizers more often, but they don't have enough money."

You never win arguments talking like that. But you WILL win if you say: "Let me put it this way. In terms of appetizers vis-a-vis Peruvians qua Peruvians, they would like to order them more often, so to speak, but they do not have enough money per se, as it were. Q.E.D."

Only a fool would challenge that statement.

*

Use snappy and irrelevant comebacks.

You need an arsenal of all-purpose irrelevent phrases to fire back at your opponents when they make valid points. The best are:

o You're begging the question.

o You're being defensive.

o Don't compare apples and oranges.

o What are your parameters?

This last one is especially valuable. Nobody, other than mathematicians, has the vaguest idea what "parameters" means.

Here's how to use your comebacks:

You say As Abraham Lincoln said in 1873...

Your opponent says Lincoln died in 1865.

You say You're begging the question.

OR

You say Liberians, like most Asians...

Your opponent says Liberia is in Africa.

You say You're being defensive.

*

Compare your opponent to Adolf Hitler.

This is your heavy artillery, for when your opponent is obviously right and you are spectacularly wrong. Bring Hitler up subtly. Say: "That sounds suspiciously like something Adolf Hitler might say" or "You certainly do remind me of Adolf Hitler."

So that's it: you now know how to out-argue anybody. Do not try to pull any of this on people who generally carry weapons.

The old stand-by: I don't recall that. I do not remember that. I have no recollection of that event. Those are great.

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