Catchafallingknife's recent posting revealed that it wasn't just Ryan who never got it.
Ryan has always been about instructive comedy - nothing more.
We made up a Yahoo! ID that we thought people would reflexively hate upon sight given the recent bail-outs. We found a high-strung unquestionably gullible subject (Ryan) and fed him a careful mixture of half-lies and half-truths. He formed mental images from those - without examination (ie. gullible). We then poked and prodded that personality and those images in various ways. With his personality he was unable to resist any provocations and the responses were classically reflexive.
It looked like most people got the demonstration and associated message. But even when we told Ryan what it was, he refused to admit it. He still refuses.
Lesson: A Yahoo! message board is NOT where you ever go to find investment wisdom. Don't waste a minute of your time here. Get it loud and clear?? Case closed and class over.
PS: No, Ryan is not fake. He is real - a 45 year old man who lives in Maine whom we never knew before nor met.