> > Couldn't disagree more. In my experience, politeness and soundness of
> > underlying argument are strongly correlated.
> Yeah, but you're from Boston.
Does not compute. I live in Boston now and it seems that both
"soundness of argument" and "politeness" are held in about the same
esteem as, say, a Haitian at the Red Cross Bloodmobile. Courtesy is
flipping someone the bird *before* cutting them off on the highway.
On the other hand, anyone execting to make it though life via the value
placed on "sound argument" is going to have a rough go of it in 97% of
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