I agree that Chris Coles comes off as a crank... that being said, I find myself sympathetic to many cranks these days. I think that it's clear there's a lot of officially sanctioned bullshit in the world today and I'm ultimately not educated enough in all the relevant fields to evaluate on my own what is bullshit and what isn't. So I'm left with the need to decide whether or not to trust people who are more intelligent or educated in a particular field than I am. My decision to trust is not at all scientific. I'm here because I trusted EJ after reading his gold chapter in "America's Bubble Economy: Profit When it Pops"... a book that, to be perfectly honest, reads like it was written by cranks and snake-oil salesmen (excepting EJ's chapter of course).