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  1. Wikipedia is not a reliable source. Too many "cooks" with their own versions of "broth." Articles change from week to week as different people seek to bend the truth to their own purposes. That is especially the case with anything involving money, stocks, finance, politics or religion.


    [My grad students receive an automatic “F” if any citation flows to Wikipedia.]



    Wikipedia is a good starting point for discussions on many topics. While I appreciate your contribution here, RWB, it is brimming with professional arrogance which is a huge obstacle to learning. I have seen it over and over again when those who are experts exude attitude with their significant abilities.


    I spoke with Barbara Gregory at the ANA and shared how there are vast areas of unaddressed but serious matters by numismatic publications on accountability to various state and federal authorities and their laws designed to interdict fraud. I have known numerous dealers having to pay back taxes or suffering unnecessary fears because of such unaddressed issues.


    CS Lewis had this to say on pride and arrogance, it bears repeating because this is a stumbling block for the vast majority who truly want to learn distant history about how the laws were applied, as they want to know about many other subjects that I am sure professors such as yourself are qualified to teach them in a genorous fashion:


    "..it is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began. Other vices may sometimes bring people together: you may find good fellowship and jokes and friendliness among drunken people or unchaste people. But pride always means enmity - it is enmity. And not only enmity between man and man, but enmity to God.


    "In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that - and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison - you do not know God at all. As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you."http://www.btinternet.com/~a.ghinn/greatsin.htm


    While I find RWB's responses to be "brutally" honest due to his endless research through the National Archives, I've never considered them to be arrogant or prideful.


    Many folks are unaware that ignorance is a tool which we shape ourselves and then use against ourselves. When it comes to pride and arrogance, those tools are also used by the ignorant to retain their ignorance. Its called a difference of opinion based upon feelings and not necessarily facts.