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  •  You're going to write another diary on the same (0+ / 0-)

    subject again?

    Yes, I did more than allude that you get shit-stirrers in your diaries. For sure at least one.

    I don't think you should obsess so much about them.

    You sort of remind me of a diarist

    I sort of liked him. He wrote a TON of diaries. But, his were mostly about current affairs/politics. As most prolific diarists do, he earned a few detractors along the way. They hounded him relentlessly. HR'd him at every turn. Eventually, Dave lost his cool and wrote an inappropriate diary and got banned. Actually, after he left the site, he got worst but extending his vendetta to other blogs. Unfortunately, he passed away not long after all that happened. I didn't know him personally, but others that did told me he had some health issues. Others said his experience here was a contributing factor. I suspect we'll never really know.

    Anyway, I wish Dave hadn't gotten so fired up about the occasional asshole and so singularly focused on fighting perceived enemies, real and imagined. He was good guy. I didn't always agree with him, but I loved his passion and he was a good writer.

    •  Wow, that's an interesting tangent! So now (0+ / 0-)

      I'm like poor Dave, RIP.  Do you really think I get this stuff get to me?  This stuff is kind of a hobby to me; I do like writing and thinking about issues, sharing ideas and perspectives, etc., but this is jut a very minor part of my life.

      Let me give you some perspective, and this is something I've shared before... As far back as the late 1990's I used to frequent right wing blogs and interact with the "meanest" and "baddest" SOBs you can imagine when it comes to pure hate and vitriol.  I'd take them on on the issue of torture, on the MIC, on religion, etc.  And most of it without any type of moderation from admins.

      In that type of environment when people go off and start using vulgar language, etc., I just point out that that's all they have; that's the level of interaction they are able to engage in... It would drive them nuts!

      By the way, I've written a few diaries about how to take on right wing nutjobs and win every time.

      This is nothing to me compare to that.  

      Don't worry my friend, I'll be fine.

      Also, I've studied carefully how some really great people have been pushed out from here... I understand how it works.

      •  Well, we have a few things in common then (0+ / 0-)

        Years ago, I also used to do battle at the RW sites. I came to realize there was never going to be a meeting of the minds. So here I am. And, I also have a problem with vulgar language. You don't have to go to RW blogs for that though. You can find plenty right here - epithets being tossed at people left and right. Its so RW. Not sure why people feel they need to do that.

        And, to be clear, I said you reminded me of Dave because you both write well and are very passionate about your writing and you seem to both have trouble with detractors. Other than that, i don't know you and wouldn't extend the comparison beyond that.

        Take care.

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