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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Guide to a Brief Reading List

Originally published at "PRT Is A Joke" IS A JOKE v.1
Words written with wildcards (***, !!!, etc.) was the way we originally wrote
Ken Avidor, Ken, and Avidor.

This is a brief guide to the contents of the See How He Distorts Library over at Get On Board! PRT.

The library is a series of responses to just a few of the many false claims about PRT by *** and his follower.

See How He Distorts was written to formally debunk claims by *** that PRT must be big and ugly, and that a study by the light rail-friendly consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff "proves" PRT may be unfeasible from an engineering standpoint. See How He Distorts cites evidence that disproves those claims (warning: contains the alarming words "Boston's Big Dig").

A series of analytical papers followed soon after:

Follow The Money, dealing with claims that PRT is some sort of conspiracy backed by shadowy "anti-transit" interests. The truth is, Skyweb Express designer J. Edward Anderson and North Korean dynastic scion Kim Jong Il are old drinking buddies, but Kim has no financial interest in the technology whatsoever.

See How He Makes It Up, refuting the bizarre claim that the two leading PRT designs don't incorporate air conditioning units. The designs do in fact have AC, as well as loft bedrooms, kitchenettes and an exercise room with 24-jet jacuzzi-- $400 move-in special this month only!

See How He Ignores Context, in which *** is shown to have latched onto fairly standard investing statements as "proof" that PRT may be "unworkable." ***'s attempt to backpedal on this claim is also documented, as well as the identity of the important character who dies at the end of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

See His Answers Become Nonresponsive, which analyzes and refutes ***'s claim of having proof that the Taxi 2000 PRT company accepted a large sum of money from a highways contractor, as well as ***'s evasion of the issues when challenged. A rare photo is included of *** with his fingers in his ears, going "la la la la la la la la..."

Two outside links are also included:

See How He Argues, a Wiki page that analyzes a story *** wrote for the website Light Rail Now. ***'s arguments are compared to classic examples of bad logic, including Argument From Ignorance, the ever-popular Straw Man, and "[Saddam had] a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in."

See How He Argues II, a link to a page at ***'s own web site. *** has placed the head of a female Minnesota legislator on the bodies of[1] a saint holding a fetus, a dominatrix, Margaret Hamilton, and Lynddie England. The legislator is also portrayed as if about to french another lawmaker, posing with Hitler, and mud wrestling Charisma Carpenter.


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[1] See if you can pick out the joke in the next sentence and a half.

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