Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Cabin Boy™ is a lousy liar and an even worse forger. His incompetence invariably leads to his being caught—as this post from a couple of years ago today pointing out that  A Retraction is in Order demonstrates—

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The Cabin Boy™ published this tweet roughly 24 hours ago—TheMerryWidower201511180643ZThis tweet states as a fact that I created the “flaw” in the version of the email header used in my reporting, that I altered what Schmalfeldt had originally published. Over the past day, it has been demonstrated that the image I published was a true and correct copy of the image attached to the Cabin Boy’s™ original tweet. Further, it has been established that the images on his blog were changed shortly after my TKPOTD published yesterday. He tried to fix his problem but failed, and he got caught.

It is now abundantly clear that my reporting was accurate. It is also clear that Bill Schmalfeldt lied. He knowingly misrepresented the facts concerning the provenance of the email header and shamelessly attempted to alter the files on his blog to try to cover up his malfeasance. And he lied by claiming that I had manipulated evidence.

I don’t believe that the Cabin Boy™ is ashamed of what he did. If he feels any sorrow, it is for being caught and not for having lied. It is, therefore, unreasonable to expect an apology. However, it is not unreasonable to demand a retraction. Bill Schmalfeldt should prominently post a statement on the home page of his blog admitting that he lied about my report. He should also post a sticky tweet at the top of his timeline making the same admission. Also, on both the blog home page and the sticky tweet he should admit to altering the email header.

Do I believe that Bill Schmalfeldt will do the right thing? No. I don’t. That would require a level of honor and honesty that I do not believe he possesses.

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Damon Runyon once noted, “The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet.” If he were alive to day, he could safely bet against the Cabin Boy™ doing the right thing.

10 thoughts on “Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

    • People who don’t understand anything about how the internet or its various protocols work would be well advised not to try this kind of crap.

      I *do* understand a lot of the protocols (20 years as a network engineer…) and I know enough not to try anything – it’s sooooo easy to miss something that would end up being a dead giveaway.

      • actual reporters have been fooled (so they say) by a document produced in MS Word using it’s standard settings, represented as something hand typed in the 70s. The head reporter involved allegedly used to type his own copy, so I can’t see how he would have any excuse. It even went so far as to have people come up with ridiculously unlikely scenarios involving an office secretary and a half-million dollar large and difficult to use piece of equipment and using it to type internal memos. So much time and money was involved you’d think someone could have picked up a used Underwood or Remington from a yard sell or ebay for the fakening. Or at least use a mono-spaced font.

        Assuming no one would catch even the most blatant of deceptions was probably a pretty safe bet before the age of digital. The number of eyes that would see something like the real evidence would be low, and mostly non-experts, or at least experts of your choosing. I don’t think the old school sorts have really adjusted to the fact that at any time they may be assaulted by a rampant wikipedia editor on a citation-needed binge.

        I feel the same way about headers in this particular thread, too. Why photoshop in some text when you could just directly manipulate the plain text of the e-mail file? Granting, this is a little out of the scope of an amateur, but when the other party is a fairly technical audience, they’re going to notice jpeg artifacts. Some of us can even write tools to detect them. And that just ends up ruining the entire eight minutes that was spent fabricating evidence. That time is never coming back.

    • Ah yes, who could forget the “horseshit-induced forehead contusion of death”, subsequently revealed as the “I fell over patting the dog forehead contusion of inebriation”.

  1. “The Cabin Boy™ is a lousy liar…”

    Not only is Bwilly a lousy liar, he is a lousy Banana Slug, who is not fit or moral enough to be human being.

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