Those that just attack other people & make stupid arguments.
I have avoided making mod decisions, but there comes a time......
I would not like to see this fine forum descend into the HPC nonesense.
I am very tempted to just press the ban button on WOL.
CGNAO finds articles, highlights the bits that suit his belief system, posts them up with a scary headline and even scarier repetitiveness and he NEVER has to explain ANYTHING to gullible idiots ready to jump to conspiracy theories like these
at a nanosecond's notice.
ANYONE could do that. Even Gordon Brown had a try with "No more boom and bust". Stop being such a plank.
That's pure rhetoric and has nothing to do with my post.
But I'll bite anyway.
Anyone could have beaten the return on gold in the last 12 months by keeping cash in their mattress (never mind Treasuries). In the last 6 months, I could have wiped my backside with $100 bills and still have beaten the return on gold.
Anyone with any brains -- as you point out -- has been selling shares. I can think of several hedge funds that have done very nicely out of the volatility.
Quite a few people foresaw the banking crisis. Some of them were remarkably precise and accurate about what was going to happen. Not only that, but they gave careful reasons and original analysis about why it was going to happen and took the trouble to explain it in lots of detail to folks who didn't see it. They presented their case -- and they continue to present their case -- without prejudice or arrogance.
I have plenty of respect for folks who do that, including DrBubb, Frizzers, No.6, GOM, ?...!, dstars, wrongmove, A.Steve and many others who consistently make intelligent and thought-provoking posts here and on "the other site" -- even if I don't agree with them.
On the other hand, plenty of posts are cut-and-paste highlights, present one side of a story, jump to conclusions, rely on conspiracy theories, exaggerate wildly, and manifest such deeply-held beliefs that it gives me the impression the poster would think nothing of proving black was white six times before breakfast.
Those posts aren't going to get any respect from me.
I would like this forum to remain respectful. And that means discussing points, and not attacking people.
Do you find it temporarily entertaining, and you are OK with it, or would you like me to set say a 2 week ban on anyone posting abusive stuff, or would you like a permanent ban ?
I'll adjust my actions based on the general view.