Ok, here's the new URL for the "Yet Another Snag in Cable Challenge" that I'd linked to in my first post in the thread I started on the JREF forum:
That and this, "Blake Withdraws from PEAR Cable Challenge" is really all anyone needs to see Randi's blatant duplicity in all its glory:
In the "Snag" post, Randi sates:
First, Randi conveniently leaves out the fact that he told Fremer that he would prefer he use his own TARA Labs cables for the sake of simplicity, but that he would first have to consult with his advisers.
However even if we disregard this, please note that the challenge, as Randi himself explicitly states it includes "or between a set of $43,000 Transparent Opus MM SC cables..." (it was Randi himself who included that cable by the way).
Now have a look at the "Blake Witdhraws" piece where Randi says:
Why? Why should Blake withdrawing his offer to provide some PEAR cables close the current challenge? Again, disregarding Fremer using his own cables, the challenge included TWO cables, the PEAR and the Transparents. And it was specifically stated that it wasn't the PEAR AND the Transparents, but the PEAR OR the Transparents.
Then Randi includes the sleazy comment, "Actually, I must admit that this was a rather clever way of squirming out of the huge dilemma in which these two blowhards found themselves."
Fremer didn't do any squirming. It was Randi who did the squirming by underhandedly pulling the rug out from under Fremer and declaring the challenge closed simply because PEAR had withdrawn their offer to supply cables even though the Transparent cables were still on the table at the time. And in reality, Fremer's cables were still on the table at the time because at the time Randi pulled the rug out from under him, he had not yet consulted with his advisers on that matter.
Later Randi says:
Yet Randi never allowed for those possibilities. He had already declared the challenge closed and began looking at others who had expressed an interest in taking the challenge.
What Randi did to Fremer was downright sleazy and inexcusable. Randi simply took advantage of PEAR's backing out to pound his dick on the table and declare victory to the cheers of his obsequious little sycophants.
Edited by Steve Eddy - 4/25/13 at 2:41pm