Carl Sagan’s Tools for Baloney Detection #1

1. Whenever possible there must be independent confirmation of the “facts.”

One of the things the Army taught me was if it’s important they’re lying.  A rather caustic view, but one that has proven too true.  There are more Army “regulations” than has ever been printed.  I had too many leaders and “barracks lawyers” quote fake regulations to me than I can possibly recount.  One good one was told to me when I wasn’t allowed to stop working to eat dinner.  “You are paid not to eat.”  Wow!  If only it were that simple.  Why not pay me more not to sleep?  The regulations stated that I had to be provided time to eat.  That time did not have to coincide with the chow hall hours.  For example, if the chow hall was open from 11:30 to 1:00, I could be sent to lunch from 10:00 to 2:00.  But I had to be allowed to go eat.  This was just one example of the great leadership provided by the Army.

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