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  •  Just turn off the computer! (1+ / 0-)
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    I get your point and it's wildly depressing to think that adults can't have a civil conversation about any number of topics.  

    But, people are passionate about those subjects and the anonimity of the computer only makes it worse.  Add that we're all coming to this from whatever is going on in our daily lives - work/family stress, too much to drink one night, etc. - and it can be a zoo.  

    I think a good rule of thumb is that if you're engaged in a conversation and it goes south, give it one or two chances to rescue it, and if unsuccessful, walk away.  Go outside, open a book, play with the kids/dogs/cats, etc.  These pie fights are like fire - deny them fuel and oxygen, and they die.  It's the people who can't walk away that keep them going.

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