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  •  Just checking some of the oil price diaries (11+ / 0-)

    it's pretty easy to find some "odd" commenting. A user who joined in 2007 but has only 135 comments EVER suddenly becomes active and very pro-big oil? Oh, the last time this account was active? Right around the time of the Gulf Gusher. Check out the activity on this account.

    As soon as you have people telling other people how to live/think/behave because "god gave them authority" you effectively get dictators in funny looking hats.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 09:28:29 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah - (4+ / 0-)

      Don't misunderstand my initial comment.  I wasn't saying I didn't think the diarist could find examples, I was just saying that the diary would be much improved with them included, imo.

      Thanks, BL

      « Lorsque nous révolte, ce n'est pas pour une culture particulière. Nous révolte simplement parce que, pour de nombreuses raisons, nous pouvons respirer n'est plus. »
      -- Frantz Fanon

      by BentLiberal on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 09:32:38 PM PDT

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    •  Doubt that's a questionable case. (3+ / 0-)
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      The user lives in southern Louisiana, where people tend to be a lot more pro-oil than on this site due to a large chunk of the population being employed by the industry.   And based on his comments when the blowout first occurred, he's either employed in the industry or well-acquainted with it, but not a paid shill.  He explains himself here.

      I wish that particular type of accusation were filed away under "you need to be at least 99.9% sure", because it's kind of a shitty thing to accuse someone of.

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 10:26:10 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, I get that he's from NOLA (2+ / 0-)
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        But there's a fine line between "familiarity with the oil business" and advocating for it. I work in the software industry. I keep my employer separate from my blogging. I suppose everyone in the oil business can't be Fishgrease but this guy doesn't smell right to me. Maybe he's legit. Maybe it's an act. Sadly that's about all I can figure out.

        As soon as you have people telling other people how to live/think/behave because "god gave them authority" you effectively get dictators in funny looking hats.

        by ontheleftcoast on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 10:36:31 PM PDT

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        •  To be quite honest, (3+ / 0-)
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          I worry less about shills here than I do about accusations of shilling.  Some guy repeats lines from a PR campaign, whatever, it's not like we don't fall for b.s. regularly in other areas.  Be an astute reader and you'll be fine.  But someone goes on a hunt against an innocent user for being an alleged shill, and that's fucked up.   I don't want this place to turn into Maple Street.

          This guy smells just fine to me.  There's nothing he's saying that I don't hear regularly, including his technical know-how, which makes me think he's got experience.  He also contributes on NOLA-related issues.  If you have problems with the specifics of his points, just counter those points.  That's all you need to do.

          Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

          by pico on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 11:01:29 PM PDT

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