Set forth below is the text of a comment that I recently posted to the discussion thread for one of my columns at the Value Walk site:
In reading your own words, you have stated that you have banked your future on getting a settlement statement. Do you need to be reminded again of your own words? You have stated that you do not have a back up plan and you do not have enough money to fund your remaining years in retirement.
As to the thousands of people you speak of, they are all part of your imagination and are just as made up as your fantasy of getting some kind of settlement payment. You have been caught time and again telling us about people who you say have made certain comments and then we see they actually said something else. These have been documented time and again. Take the example of Mike Piper. Anyone can google that.
As for Wade, he wrote to you in an email he thought would be private stating that you had caused him much more harm than any “goon”.
Not a good track record, Rob.
Don’t you think it is time to live in a state of reality versus a fantasy world?
I don’t have a back-up plan because I cannot imagine posting dishonesty. I view the idea as 100 percent crazy. I have always posted honestly on every other subject that I have written about and that has always worked out just fine. I cannot post dishonestly, Sammy. It’s not in me. It’s not a “plan.” It’s just a reality that cannot be changed no matter how much pressure is applied to me.
I don’t have enough money to fund the remaining years of my retirement. I won’t be running out of money anytime soon. But there will come a time when I will run out unless this cover-up comes to an end. I believe it is going to come to an end. So I think it is all going to work out well for me.
But that’s not a plan! You keep suggesting that this is some kind of plan on my end. Posting honestly is a practice that I believe in, not a plan.
I didn’t say on the morning of May 13, 2002, “oh, I have this great plan, I will post honestly and then these Goons will make it their life project to destroy me and then I will get a settlement and be rich.” That’s crazy. I never expected that anything like this would happen.
I obviously knew that Greaney was an abusive poster. I knew that he had a Goon Squad. I knew that they would cause trouble. I presumed that the trouble would last about two days. Then Motley Fool would ban him and that would be the end of it and the rest of us would live happily ever after.
I didn’t know about the cover-up of the error in the Buy-and-Hold strategy that Shiller revealed in his research from 1981 (the error is the idea that long-term timing [price discipline] is not required). The cover-up had already been going on for 22 years at that time. I didn’t know, just as most people today don’t know. I had no idea what I was getting into. I was just trying to help out my board community. Then the roof fell in on me.
There was no plan and I don’t really feel that there is a plan today. There is a BELIEF that I must continue to post honestly. And there is a BELIEF that that will pay off big-time down the road a bit. I don’t think it is right to call it a plan because I have never had any other options presented to me. If I post honestly, you Goons are going to do your best to destroy me. That’s a reality. There’s nothing that I can do about it, so there is no “plan.” I certainly am not going to agree to post dishonestly. Asking me to do that is like asking me to flap my arms and fly to the moon. It can never happen. So, this is a road that I will continue to walk. But not because I planned it, just because I have no other options.
I do believe that things will work out well. I have talked to too many people who are excited about the huge breakthroughs that we have achieved together over the past 13 years not to believe that. I have seen how so many people love hearing about those breakthroughs until they are intimidated into silence. So, yes, I believe that we are as a society on the threshold of making some amazing advances.
But I don’t feel that what I am doing is the product of planning. I am doing the only thing that I can do given the cards that I have been dealt. I will just keep doing that and hoping for the best and expecting good things down the road a piece.
I hope that helps a bit.