In this thread, started by zut, people were sharing stories about animals they unfortunately had to kill. I shared my story as well.
Enter FarrisGoldstein. He posts an anecdote of his own, ending it with the following words:
This caught my eye. I read it over a few times, but there was no way I could be mistaken. This guy is suggesting that his cat found out that he was moving 2 weeks beforehand. After hesitating for a bit - this is not the sort of thread to hijack, after all (but hey, we’re fighting ignorance here!) - I ask him a question:
Sure, there’s a little sarcasm in there, but I think most of you can see why. Given my sceptical nature, I find it very hard to believe that someone can talk with his cat. And I think most people must have thought that when they read Farris’ remark.
I will not make this into a giant C&P fest, I suggest you read the thread (or just the posts by either Farris or me).
I made a mistake to ask the question right there and then. I’ll admit to that, the thread did not deserve that. But in my defense, I was thinking of a quick question by me, and a quick answer by Farris. No real harm done, right?
Wrong. Farris doesn’t play like that, apparently. Let me try and list the things that Farris did wrong in that thread:
Suffice it to say that this kid does the following things wrong:
Making a wild, unfounded statement (cats understand human languages and act accordingly);
Making his shitty story up as he goes along (A. My cat found out I was moving away. B. I told my cat I was moving away. C. I never said I spoke English when I told my cat I was moving away. D. I never really sat the cat down and told him I was moving away. E. I don’t know how it works, but can can just tell this sort of thing.);
Using profanity (even after I tell him it’s not appropriate in MPSIMS) and calling my arguments bullshit, meanwhile still producing zero proof for his deranged statements and getting more ad hominem by the post (All the while, I am remaining civil, rational, albeit increasingly annoyed with his rudeness and ignorance);
Telling me not to talk about a science “I do not know” (Animal Behavioral Psychology, in this case), still while remaining silent regarding any PROOF based on said science;
Completely disregarding a professional opinion (Michi’s, in this case) when it turns out to contradict his premises;
After much profanity and unfounded bullshit, he calls ME a “snooty jerk” for asking him to clarify things;
He goes off boasting about his twelve years of experience on “electronic message boards”, so he doesn’t need my lessons regarding where and what the Pit is (Let’s see… twelve years… his cat was hit by a car when he was 14, which he says was 6 years ago… a substantiated WAG: Farris was about 8 years old 12 years ago. I bet he was quite the FlameMeister. Also, I’m very curious as to which (if any) message boards 8-year-olds were frequenting back in 1988.);
He ends it by calling me a “Petty motherfucker”. Yes, right there, in MPSIMS.
So here we are, Farris. Go ahead, hit me with your best shot. Gimme all those 12 years of flaming experience. Tell me how dumb and unfounded I am. Tell me how inhumane I was for asking you a question in that thread. Tell us all why you completely ignored Michi’s opinion.
You can do all that, Farris.
Right after you give us some goddamn proof about the ability to understand human communication that cats supposedly have.
If you think you don’t need to, if you think it’s quite OK to go about shouting dumb unfounded shit like this, only to explode in wild bursts of anger and profanity when anybody calls you on it, please read the following well-meant advice:
This board is not for you. We generally back up our statements here. Also, we tend to keep things civil outside the Pit. If all of this is too much for you to do, please piss the hell off and start posting at http://www.italktocatsandimok.com immediately.
You’re one of the dumbest and rudest people I have encountered on these boards, Farris. Now, show us you’ve got a pair. Post the proof, or at the very least, defend your course of action in the thread quoted above.