The TBI Mafia went very quiet for a few months there. Through the middle part of 2013, we were blissfully unbothered with anonymous people people calling themselves things like “You Are Completely Nuts” and posting hateful rants that had zero factual content. But the truce is now over. They have been very active in recent weeks, sending loads of noisy disagreement to this blog. By this point it is stating the obvious to say that their debating skills are very, very poor but to make it easier to deal with them going forward, let’s look at Graham’s Pyramid of Agreement (see how I didn’t steal credit for it, Platts?) and you will see that TBI’s so-called “attempts to engage” have almost always focused on the lowest two rungs of the pyramid. In other words, they are completely ignoring the substance of the argument (because they are guilty as charged and don’t have any real arguments to make in their defense) and just focusing on the lowest levels- “name-calling” (the pink zone) and “ad hominem” attacks, which involve criticizing the person and ignoring their arguments completely.
Their non-response to the shocking allegations that Binsar assaulted a former female expat teacher and also requested her assistance in performing a mob-style hit is completely typical. All they have done is sink down to the “pink level” (name-calling), calling her “psychotic” (one wonders if they know what this serious mental condition even means from the inappropriate way they use it). Wherever TBI is discussed (for example, on Dave’s ESL cafe) you will find a suspiciously large amount of heckling and name-calling. They don’t debate; they bully. Here is a recent example of their “pink zone” name-calling:
It’s no wonder such a talentless, unstable, repetitive, lickspittle such as yourself did so well for so long in this cesspit!!
Their best efforts at engagement reach a fraction higher, moving into the second-lowest level. Here they claim (erroneously) that the former teacher D**** was banned from EF. This is not true (more on this in coming days) and we will explore Luke Preece’s friendship with a former EF manager in particular. But in attacking her record at EF, the TBI Mafia are showing themselves to be at a very low level of debating skills. They are running ad hominem attacks on D**** that completely fail to address the crucial allegations raised by her testimony. They are attacking the woman rather than her arguments- turning everything personal and addressing none of the important issues.
The rock-bottom level of their comments and arguments is a reflection of how morally and intellectually bankrupt TBI management now are. With nothing solid to put forward, they heckle, jeer, bully and name-call, and they think this how professionals behave!