SEB Mailbag: “You are a dumbass” edition.

It wasn’t clear at first, but this email appears to be in regards to an entry I wrote back in 2004 about dumbasses paying money to sit in a mine full of radon gas on the belief that it will help alleviate any of a long list of ailments.

As you can see, the author has employed a time-tested Internet argument winning tactic:

From: sandie waddell <olivias.mama@hotmail.com>

Subject: you are a dumbass

HI DUMBASS!!

WHICH YOU ARE.  I KNOW PEOPLE WHO HAVE GONE THERE OVER 50 YEARS TO HAVE A NORMAL LIFE FREE OF PAIN.  I GO THERE FOR THE SAME REASON.  OSTEO ARTHRITIS WOULD HAVE ME CRIPPLED AND NOT WALKING IF IT WAS NOT FOR THE MINE.
THIS FORM OF TREATMENT IS A PRESCRIBED TREATMENT BY DOCTORS IN OTHER COUNTRIES.  THAT IS HOW WE FOUND OUT ABOUT THEM, FROM A DOCTOR.
THE MINERS WERE IN THOSE MINES EVERY DAY FOR 10 HOURS AND IT DIDN’T HURT THEM.  STILL SOME OF THEM ALIVE AND WELL INTO THEIR 80’S IN MONTANA, I HAVE MET THEM.
SO, DUMBASS, EXPLAIN THAT.  MAYBE TOU NEED SOME TREATMENT FOR YOUR BRAIN!!

OLIVIASMAMA

I’ll leave its deconstruction as an exercise for the reader.