Set forth below is the text of a post that I put yesterday to the Goon Central board:
NFS said something yesterday that has been bothering me. He referred to the statements that I have made than I intend to bring lawsuits against the internet predators who have posted in “defense” of Lindauer and Greaney and the web sites that have banned honestzzz posting as a “threat.” I can see why someone would take it that way. But the word “threat” does not accurately describe the spirit in which I have put forward those statements. So i thought that perhaps I should try to explain a bit.
My intent in bringing the lawsuits is to recover the financial losses I have sustained as a result of the many acts of defamation and the efforts to destroy my business and the promises to protect me from this sort of thing that were made by site owners and not honored. Period. End of sentence. End of paragraph. End of chapter. End of story.
It’s a money thing. People have foolishly incurred liabilities and it is my intent to recover damages from these people and that’s all there is to it.
The word “threat” suggests something different to my ears. If you want to use the word, I cannot stop you. But I just want it on the record that I see my references to lawsuits as a statement of intent rather than as a threat. I see a difference between those two.
Why bring it up at all then? Why not just never mention the lawsuits until they are actually filed?
My problem with that approach is that I would feel that I was operating under false pretenses with people if I played it that way. Say that the Ban on Honestzzz Posting is lifted and that I am posting at various boards and goofing around with people and all this sort of thing and then one day out of the blue some people are served legal papers. Would that not seem sort of strange? This entire affair is as strange as strange can be but I feel that to play it that way just makes it even more strange. So I don’t see that as the right way to go.
I would prefer that people know where I hope to take this. I do want to see the Ban on Honestzzz Posting lifted. I do want to be goofing around with people and all this sort of thing. I do want to bring lawsuits and recover the financial damages that I have sustained. I do want to do all this in a way that is above-board and non-sneaky. And, to the extent possible, I would like to remain friends with as many of the affected parties as possible. I play it the way that I do for a reason.
Drip Guy is going to jump in and start screaming that he cannot be friends with someone who posted honestly on safe withdrawal rates, blah, blah,blah, and I cannot stop him from having a heart attack if he is set on it. All that I can say is that the investing materials at my site are available to anyone who wishes to make use of them, Goon and Normal alike. I care about what happens to Drip Guy and I wish him well, and I wish all the other Goons well. If I were to stop feeling that way, I would feel that I had let myself become a bit of a Goon myself and I just do not want to go there.
So my aim in making mention of the lawsuits is just not to mislead people into thinking that because I post here and elsewhere with warm and friendly words to the people attacking me does not mean that I do not intend to do what I can to recover financial damages from them as a result of actions of theirs that went way over the line.
I don’t say these things to upset people. I say them because they are so and because I would feel that I was engaging in a small dishonesty if I were to continue to post knowing that I was planning lawsuits but never letting anyone know about it.
Drip Guy — You may now proceed with your heart attack!