"bud" v phil technical-knowledge (flame?) wars: who if either to believe?

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alt.home.repair #1027074 (288 + 6775 more) --( )+-( )+-( )--( )--[ ]--[ ]- Date: Sun May 04 20:47:08 EDT 2008 | \\-[ ]--[ ]--[ ]--[ ]-
| \\ Newsgroups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.home.repair,alt.engineering.electrical,alt.tv.tech.hdtv,sci.electronics. | \\ + basics \\-[ ]--[ ] [ ] Re: Surge / Ground / Lightning +-[ ]+-[ ]
with this as the (via trn4) sideways-lying tree of the thread's posts:
] Surge / Ground / Lightning
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Thanks,
David
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Who to believe? Look at supporting sources. There was an experiment by an expert in the field that specifically looked at the issue in question. What other sources were provided?
If asking a serious question, look at a post from Don Kelly toward the bottom of the thread.
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