If you have a Nomex suit, you might want to don it. A huge rant because of an erroneous tent weight being published? Did you recently quit taking your medication? Or, is it just that time of the month? (Note: Psychotics and women, especially psychotic women, please don't flame me.)
There have been a number of customer complaints published recently expressing a lack of substance in the website. From what I've seen BPL has listened and is in the process of beefing the site up within the next month or two.
The author and editor are responsible for any publication errors, but anyone who writes for a living has published errors. One nice thing about the internet is BPL can receive feedback and they are able to easily correct their articles. Heck, they even give us readers an option to edit our own posts. I write plans and reports for a living and have made more than my share of typos and other errors. I'm always open to editorial comments and willing to correct my writings. I'm not willing to fall on a sword just because I fall short of perfection. I don't expect BPL or anyone else to either.
It appears to me that you're comfortable displaying your ignorance in public. If you knew Dr. Jordan's background you'd know he was a very active Boy Scout leader in a rather damp part of the country. I gather that he continues to be involved in scouting in at least an educational capacity.
You may wish to reconsider your ad hominem arguments against the advice dispensed by Dr. Jordan--after all, they are fallacious. It would be far better to argue logically on the merits, and such a discussion would be productive and welcomed here. As a University of Montana graduate, I could easily criticize Jordan for being a graduate of Montana State University, but that would be far too easy an argument to win and would not serve to advance the discussion of light-, ultralight-, and insanely light-weight backpacking.
I've read several authors, some a lot older than Jordan, who have never wet a down sleeping bag, even while canoeing or kayaking. These testimonies haven't been enough to persuade me to abandon synthetics--yet.
I've seen numerous discussions about safety at this site. As one who conducts environmental risk assessments, I'm aware that the traditional, bureaucratic approach is to aim for zero risk. Educated and open-minded individuals understand there is no such thing as zero risk (nobody's getting out of this life alive), and many of us choose to participate in risky endeavors--e.g., backpacking, shooting, hunting, boating, commuting back and forth to work, marriage, etc.
My impression is that most here believe that light- and even ultralight-weight backpacking is safer than traditional backpacking. I believe they make valid points.
Let's use Boy Scouting as an example of a program that promotes traditional backpacking. I just completed BSA scoutmaster training last fall, and they--somewhat understandably--tend to go overboard on safety. But then Boy Scouting isn't intended to create outdoorsmen; rather, the program is in effect a game meant to build character, citizenship, and physical and mental fitness. In today's litigious society it's easy to invoke safety as an excuse for doing or not doing something. In the outdoors, this often translates into more equipment--just in case.
I see a valid role for a light- or even ultralight-weight approach in scouting. Learning how to get the job done with less builds mental fitness and character, and doing so as a group helps to build citizenship. Many probably think that a boy humping a huge pack builds physical fitness, but I disagree; it can be harmful--downright unsafe.
I don't see anyone here advocating a superultralight-weight approach for everyone. There are folks here who are into pushing the limits, and, thank God, it's human nature to do just that in most all endeavors. Those doing it here do it knowing the risks involved. From my perspective I think they border on insanity--not because of their disregard for safety, but their apparent disregard for fundamental comforts. However, I realize that their explorations of the frontiers will undoubtedly result in technological innovations that may someday allow me to push my light-weight base pack down to the upper realms of the ultralight-weight, and that such advances will help make it possible for this aging, city-dwelling occasional outdoorsman to keep getting into the woods.