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Re: Mistreatment of Seismology Issues

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To Bill Polhemus:

What Bill Allen expressed was not "an opinion". It was a display of misplaced
arrogance or misplaced "cuteness" about the subject every structural engineer
should be very much concerned. In addition, if a comment on any subject is not
factual (positive or negative), it is not an opinion. It's a waste of
somebody's time, to say the least. 

As far as your advise "Get some perspective" is concerned, my comment is as

After you go through an experience of surviving the earthquake magnitude
(only) 6.7 (Northridge) about one mile from its epicenter, you'll get a
different perspective about this issue than you now have (if you are still
alive). I think that in case of "seismic events issues", the expression "Get
some perspective" applies more to you than to me.