Dying on Aligator Ed Hill

Sirena has her own blog. Ever since she's joined here she's been attempting to peel off c99 members to join her blog. Political blogging is a blood sport behind the scenes, it's ruthless. C99 is a small blog but smaller blogs love to peel off members from the larger ones. That's just the way it is.

Folks, this Alligator Ed thing is a staged protest meant to turn folks from this site. It's all faux outrage.

So far Alligator Ed and Sirena are casualties.

Now I'm getting rather tired of the whole thing, so if you want to die on Alligator Ed Hill today, in support of Sirena's faux poutrage, save us all some time and let me know now.

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to go anywhere else. It's your site @JtC, your rules, if people don't want to follow the rules, oh well, one can only do so much.

Drinks

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"Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance;" - Thomas Paine, Common Sense

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@RantingRooster

I remember when — and why — you made it. There is a reason (many reasons, actually) why this place is like no other and we wanted to support it and help it grow. Now more than ever, it's still true.

Thanks for the timely reminder. Smile

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@CS in AZ thanks!

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"Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance;" - Thomas Paine, Common Sense

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@RantingRooster
creating, posting and now re-posting it.

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris thanks, you too! Drinks

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"Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance;" - Thomas Paine, Common Sense

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@RantingRooster

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A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. Allegedly Greek, but more possibly fairly modern quote.

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@RantingRooster And perfect!

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@RantingRooster
I like the sense of getting necessary things done without the screen constantly flipping to some other angle, and at the end the man's genuine warm glance.

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@RantingRooster

It's your site JtC, your rules, if people don't want to follow the rules, oh well, one can only do so much.

And such reasonable rules, too! "Don't be a dick." What's so freakin' hard about that? Seems we occasionally just run into folks who should never have passed kindergarten....

Great promo video, btw!!

Give rose

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

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@RantingRooster

Please subscribe me to your channel.

What a neat vision of the people here, and the vibe you enjoy and encourage.

Beautiful, the sentiment and the visualisation.

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Raggedy Ann's picture

need to be reflecting on themselves, figuring out where they need to make changes in their personal lives. Well, ha! perhaps moving to another blog IS reflection and moving on. We will all be doing this - reflecting. Stop. Reflect. Be.

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"When will our conscience's grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" Eleanor Roosevelt

"The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." Socrates (469-399 BC)

so me and my inflatable unicorn and bag of glitter is staying put. They'll be sorry..yes siree...glitter everywhere..

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@Snode
Got an extra unicorn?

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Greed is not a virtue.
Socialism: the radical idea of sharing.

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@polkageist

I don’t have any words of wisdom, but I have had my “rainbows and unicorns” avatar for a few years now, so I just happen to have one on hand that I’m happy to share.

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@polkageist My inflatable unicorns are personal, like my inflatable love dolls. But I'll be happy to share the glitter!

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@Snode to share the brand names of those inflatables, and where to buy them.
Do they come with a warranty?

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@on the cusp Ok, this where the 1% go. https://www.cnet.com/pictures/realdolls-sex-doll-abyss-creations-owners-...

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@Snode Btw, that male doll was creepy looking.

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@on the cusp in a car crash kind of way. They remind me of first seeing works by Duane Hanson. But sheesh guys, I mentioned glitter. How come no ones talking about glitter?

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@Snode That's just a guess.
I have no proof.

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@Snode
to warm them up? They don't talk, they don't move. I would think I was in bed with a corpse if they were also cold.

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@CB It has been fascinating to see speech recognition and AI robotic development simulating humans and the development of a humble sex toy into a hyper realistic "sculpture" starting to converge. I always joked the internet wouldn't have developed so rapidly if it wasn't for porn. Now I wonder.

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@Snode
so advanced that these sex dolls would start to prefer the company of each other instead of us mere mortals who would be both physically and mentally challenged comparatively.

A pair of these highly advanced dolls could go at it until their batteries wore down. All the while not only discussing, but demonstrating quantum entanglement as an aspect of quantum field theory. Five dimensional sex if you will.....

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@CB but I'm thinking "Westworld".

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that Sirena had her own blog. In fact, I have never interacted with her on this site to my knowledge. So like most people who posted their own opinions, I did so in good faith. Second, my post on that thread reflected a position I have long held since the beginning of this site and was not intended to stir up or continue a controversy beyond adding my own $.02 worth. I now realize that $.02 was probably better kept to myself.

JtC, you own this site and your name is on all the documents so you have the right to run it as you see fit. I acknowledge I needed to be reminded of that fact and will go forward with that in mind.

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"I don't want to run the empire, I want to bring it down!" ~ Dr. Cornel West

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." ~ President John F. Kennedy

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@gulfgal98
Now that I do, I see more of the picture in the essay you commented on. Kind of an ah-haaa moment.

I'm glad you put in your 2 cents. You always seem genuine, honest and oozing of decorum. I greatly appreciate that, despite, oftentimes, lacking the latter myself!

Not sure what to make of AE's personality change over the past year or so, though. I genuinely used to enjoy his Medusa essays, but then the tone changed, or maybe I just happened to notice it. At any rate, I sincerely hope that if he's having some sort of medical or other issue, he's able to get help with it.

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@Deja
failure" thread, some of these behaviors have been here, popping up on and off, since even before that.

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris

made me queasy. I'm no Hillary supporter, but I found the obsession nauseating.

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@gulfgal98
so I'm staying neutral rather than give opinions out of ignorance

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@gjohnsit My opinion is that you are a hell of a lot smarter than me.

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"I don't want to run the empire, I want to bring it down!" ~ Dr. Cornel West

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." ~ President John F. Kennedy

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Greetings from Louisville!

I really appreciate the "free range" nature of the conversation her. The lack of name calling and stereotyping is refreshing as well. The "publicity" video now rests at the top of a FB group page I manage. I call it Sharing Stories & Talking Poetry In Louisville. I make every effort to make sure it IS NOT a my team against your team space.

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Few are guilty, but all are responsible.”
― Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Prophets

Partly because whenever I considered offering a measured opinion on this matter, I quickly veered off during the mental composition into an authentically very angry rant, which seemed largely pointless.

But here goes.

First, I have largely stopped posting here, and the reason I have largely stopped posting is that I was so disgusted and infuriated by the bizarre anti-science, and actually anti-human, bullshit being sprayed by AE and his comrades that I simply couldn't stand it anymore. How many times must I point out that Judy Mikovits is a well-documented liar, lunatic and scientific fraud, before people stop credulously posting videos where she spews her nonsensical lies and bullshit? For the love of fucking christ, one of the two remaining posters on the site with whom I absolutely refuse to engage on any matter of any kind "rebutted" something I'd written by citing Project Fucking Veritas. Seriously?

Entrepreneur stomped off in a huff because he cannot abide "any" kind of censorship. Well, the insane covid=flu posse have been allowed to publish an endless array of falsities (and repeatedly, even when the straightforward falsity has been demonstrated to them, and with no subsequent attempt at refutation by said persons) -- some of which said falsities could actually get people killed, were readers to treat them as anything resembling "information" upon which "informed decisions" might be made. Nonetheless, AE wasn't tossed out for telling dangerous lies (and under the authority of his MD, for fuck's sake), he was tossed out for mocking and bullying people whose understanding of Covid-19 risk differs substantially from his (and corresponds rather more closely to the available data). He wasn't even banned for goading people to take risks that he was simultaneously downplaying (with falsehoods), he was just banned for being a colossal fucking asshole about it. (I wonder whether entrepreneur's absolutism extends to people being free to use social media to persuade damaged and vulnerable human beings to go jump off a bridge? Or kill their children? Is there really no limit? Is his tolerance really Identically Zero?) In that one final thread, AE simultaneously belittled people for exercising caution (living in their Fear Caves) AND exhorted them to BE VERY AFRAID of the evil pipples that were going to infect them with the very dangerous and fearful Covid-19 (you know -- the one that they shouldn't be afraid of), by contaminating their qRT-PCR tests.

In other words, he was just a monster fucking troll who would justly have deserved to have every one of his essays on Covid-19 greeted with a shower of abuse and contempt, when in fact they were generally greeted by measured and careful rebuttal, by people with a lot more patience and/or optimism than myself.

Believe me, if I wrote an extended essay expressing (and justifying with examples and argument) the full level of my contempt for certain contributors to this site, it would be a Major Fucking Eye Opener, and it would also be the last thing I was ever permitted to post -- even though not one thing in it would be an untruth, nor a gratuitous insult. People who are blase about it ("I've been called worse") have no fucking clue what it's like when someone like me really comes after a person, with destruction as an objective -- but if they did, they'd have a little more empathy for folks who are sensitive to other and/or milder forms for verbal abuse.

And by the way, every time some asshole here posts some ridiculous fucking conspiracy theory about how all the fucking virologists and other scientists investigating Covid-19 all over the whole fucking world are playing some stupid fucking go-along-to-get-along game, covering up what they "really know", ignoring whatever is unpopular, etc. etc. etc.; well, I take it very very personally. Very personally. If you get my drift. Which is why I can no longer allow myself to post here, generally speaking -- at least, not about anything that actually matters.

On the other hand, last week my daughter spotted an unfamiliar bird flitting about in the small black cherry tree in our yard. We had to do some research to identify it: the Scarlet Tanager. I don't think I've ever seen one before, anywhere.

Have a nice day.

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

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@UntimelyRippd scrappy little birds!

From All About Birds

Scarlet Tanagers are medium-sized songbirds with fairly stocky proportions. They have thick, rounded bills suitable both for catching insects and eating fruit. The head is fairly large and the tail is somewhat short and broad.

PS: I love a good rant!
Drinks

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"Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance;" - Thomas Paine, Common Sense

@RantingRooster
She said it was red, and I said, "what, like a cardinal," but no, they are a much more vibrant red, which is set off by the black wings. Pretty cool bird, I guess. Apparently they're not endangered, but they're not extremely common (especially in these parts), and even where they're found, they're often not, uh, found, because they tend to stay deeper in the forests.

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

@UntimelyRippd

I wasn't actually that worried about his vaccination views at all, but I agree about him being an asshole about it to others here, and how that's really the over the line part. I have a suspicion (and it's merely a suspicion) that AE may be struggling with certain issues that can alter your behavior.

And, there have been plenty of ridiculous conspiracy theories proven true in recent history. I weigh evidence, and don't care where the evidence comes from.

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@apenultimate
chooses to be reckless/careless with their sources, and leaves the work of vetting the "evidence" to somebody else.

Given which, I may weigh evidence on its own merits, but I'm not going to waste my time trying to verify (or refute) claims -- which are not "evidence" -- made by known liars and frauds; and I consider it an egregious and offensive insult on the part of other people to foist those claims on the rest of us and expect us to do the tedious work of proving that the liars are once again lying.

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

@UntimelyRippd They had an 'expert' say that lockdowns did nothing.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8347635/Lockdowns-failed-alter-...

Can you believe someone would even use a study paid for by a bank?

Of course the person that posted this also believes Climate Change is a hoax.

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@UntimelyRippd
When this site was founded I was a member in good standing at DK although things were getting more and more repressive over there. It was nice to read essays here that would never have gotten past the political correctness enforcers. AE was funny although even then sometime he went beyond statements I could have uprated.

For the past couple of years I have been too busy to participate in any blogging site. When I logged in here I was looking forward to swapping puns with the Alligator. It quickly became clear that he had changed and it was best to avoid him as much as possible.

First, I have largely stopped posting here, and the reason I have largely stopped posting is that I was so disgusted and infuriated by the bizarre anti-science, and actually anti-human, bullshit being sprayed by AE and his comrades that I simply couldn't stand it anymore.

This site was interesting to me because I wanted to discuss responses to the issues in both technical and human terms. There used to be a strong reality-based group here with substantial technical and legal training. In the last few weeks I have written several essays about vaccine trials and potential treatments but did not post them. Once you and other people with technical backgrounds got tired of dealing with the BS there was no point in posting. It would have been interesting and useful to share information about how best to protect ourselves from the virus.

Well, the insane covid=flu posse have been allowed to publish an endless array of falsities (and repeatedly, even when the straightforward falsity has been demonstrated to them, and with no subsequent attempt at refutation by said persons) -- some of which said falsities could actually get people killed, were readers to treat them as anything resembling "information" upon which "informed decisions" might be made. Nonetheless, AE wasn't tossed out for telling dangerous lies (and under the authority of his MD

My usual strategy for dealing with on-line jerks is to log out. There a lot of participants here that I sincerely like so it was difficult to walk out while people without technical training were being hammered with dangerous lies. On that last thread someone I like seemed to be listening to AE's theory that the healthy young folks should just go ahead and get herd immunity at the expense of older people like most of us. Nobody needs to sacrifice themselves despite the BS that Ed had been peddling.

At the time I thought Ed might be denying the existence of the epidemic because of his own age and health issues. Earlier Ed had asked me (nastily) if I knew what ADE is. I already knew ADE makes vaccine development more difficult but did not want to upset other people here so I did not reply at the time. When I saw Ed encouraging someone on the thread to endanger themselves I posted a response to someone who was already pushing back against Ed. New studies seemed to show that ADE is not going to prevent the development of a vaccine. I wanted to share that with Ed and perhaps get him to be less aggressive in his denialism. Instead Ed attacked three of us with a somewhat incoherent rant; then he got into a nasty fight with otc.

I regret not being able to joke with the Ed of 4 years ago. I do hope he is well.

Is it true that

absolutism extends to people being free to use social media to persuade damaged and vulnerable human beings to go jump off a bridge? Or kill their children? Is there really no limit?

It has been said that my right to swing my fist stops at my neighbors nose. I think my right to swing my fist stops when I make my neighbor fear my fist will hit his nose.
Free speech is also important. This does not mean that anyone has a right to shout "Fire!" in a crowded theater.

It is not OK to say things to intentionally harm others or cause them to harm themselves.

It is not OK to intentionally catch a virus and spread it with the knowledge that it can kill others.

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@ScienceTeacher nice to see you. Miss your informative essays!

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"Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance;" - Thomas Paine, Common Sense

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@UntimelyRippd

For saying what I believe needed to be said since the bizarre covid-19 essays from the medical doctor being discussed in this thread began. I too have made myself scarce around here but for different reason. Mostly because the essays about covid-19 cause me a lot anxiety. And I prefer not to repeat another visit to the ER for anxiety induced chest pains.

Having said that, I must confess I regret to hear that you are not posting anymore, since you are among the posters I most enjoy reading. And trust.

Beautiful bird, btw. Red is definitely my color. You know, me being a fire sign and all. Yeah, I know that isn't too scientific but at least it can't potentially kill anyone, so there's that.

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

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anything by her before that post. Ah well.

be well and have a good one.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

I can be bribed but I’m not cheap. You couldn’t chase me away with a stick.

I know I don’t say it often enough JtC but I really appreciate all you do to provide a solid community and forum for all these misfits. Closing up shop and dumping this bunch on some poor unsuspecting soul would just be cruel. Think of the work you do as a service to humanity.

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Well, I can understand why you get fed up. I assume with a family and all, you have a life.

I hope the people here stay and add their points of view. I learn a lot on this site, and enjoy the reminders of life that can be beautiful.

Thank you for filling us in: it eases my mind when someone is banned to know why.

I have always been a person who wants everyone to get along. And darn they don't always. And sometimes I have friends I just have to see at different times.

These days it seems so important to keep the fabric of our lives in one piece.

Thanks again.

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A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. Allegedly Greek, but more possibly fairly modern quote.

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But who was Sirena?

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just weren’t a good place for me. He really did seem to have wandered off the trail. Banning on this site is rare as hen’s teeth. I can remember only one other and that was Aspie Corner, who seemed to be more and more consumed with frustration and anger.

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"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

@Lily O Lady Aspie is the only other banning I can remember. Frankly, I think both had it coming. I’d hardly call that censorship. I’ve been on sites where comments would disappear or get phantom edits by moderators, etc. I think anyone who complain about censorship here is being melodramatic and wrong.

My two cents. Probably should have kept it to myself but I think it’s as important to speak out when someone does something controversial that I feel was the right move as it is to call out injustices.

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I am here for the long haul. And yesterday I did the jitsi (video conferencing) thing with six other c99 people. It was really nice.

I am somewhat sporadic in how much I read or comment everyday, so I completely missed this.

Thanks jtc for all you do!

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Marilyn

"Make dirt, not war." eyo

Not Henry Kissinger's picture

He's a clever and original voice who adds a bit of conservative spice to our stone soup of a blog that keeps the flavor interesting.

He's also not afraid of lively debate and doesn't typically get offended by tough rebuttal, which I also appreciate.

Trouble is (and this has been especially noticeable during the most recent primaries) his style has steadily mutated from honest conservative critic to something more akin to 'nyah, nyah, let's own the stupid libtards'.

When Bernie was still in the race Ed found great satisfaction in denigrating both Bernie's chances and his supporters' belief in the movement. Now that Bernie is no longer around to take a bite out of, the ravenous Alligator has increasingly been looking to make a meal out of progressives in general and his fellow bloggers in particular.

And that won't do, Ed. Bernie running for President is fair game even if a lot of us don't appreciate your taste in political meat, but similar abuse of individual members is not at all what this place is about.

(Not to mention all that Fox swamp gas you've been huffing this past year has turned what used to be entertaining, incisive writing into puerile, self satisfied dreck, but that's just one guy's editorial opinion.)

Still, I'm very sorry to see Ed go, and would hope that after a sufficient time perhaps a petition for clemency might be granted to our wayward reptilian cousin should he seek to apply - assuming of course he agrees to stop incessantly snapping at his fellow creatures as we all share this little blue oasis.

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The current working assumption appears to be that our Shroedinger's Cat system is still alive. But what if we all suspect it's not, and the real problem is we just can't bring ourselves to open the box?

I love it.

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Never bothered to read any posts or comments since.

Agree to disagree respectfully. Learned that from lawyers when I was on the CA Lawyers for the Arts board of directors back in the day. So coherent. And so surprising because so I had never seen people do it so elegantly before. And for the arts. Heh.

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Stop Climate Change Silence - Start the Conversation

Hot Air Website, Twitter, Facebook

some of us just wandered in, and were welcomed. And stayed for years. Not much was required of us except to keep it civil, and when asked, to tone it down. I think that's not too much to ask.

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I have tried to keep a 'beyond the site' contact project going for several years, just in case. Now it's gone. I still have contact information on many members if any wish to have access to it. Perhaps this comment will be wiped as well? Don't know what is going on, but you can try to PM me if I haven't been frozen out as well.

Bye

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JtC- Keep doing what you are doing. You have an amazing tolerance of posters that are quite hyperbolic. Knowing when to tolerate that for community interest, freedom of expression and artistic content and, conversely- when to protect the community is an art. Great job!

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Capitalism has always been the rule of the people by the oligarchs. You only have two choices, eliminate them or restrict their power.

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@The Wizard

...is a serious commitment. It takes a rare talent, as you point out.

Knowing when to tolerate that for community interest, freedom of expression and artistic content and, conversely- when to protect the community is an art.

Political-based communities are infinitely more complicated to manage compared to all the rest. "Communities" built around special interests — like sports, gardening, arts, sciences, you name it — are artificial constructs. They are like a large trellis in your garden that is covered with a growing vine. The trellis limits where the vine can go. Artificial communities can self-organize. After content is plugged in, it might take less an hour per week to manage the community and keep it running.

(Johnny's going: "An hour a week? wtf?")

Political communities are complicated to manage because the human brain sees Communities and political systems as the same thing, which is deeply connected to survival. Forming communities is a praxis that is built into human DNA. Without community support, our species cannot survive and evolve, which is the point of our existence. So, naturally, Community is a pattern that humans follow when designing a government.

No one has to teach a human how or why to build a community. When we became mobile and walked out of Africa 100,000 years or so ago, we left behind fossil records of communal living wherever we lingered. Across all those millennia, continuing until very recently, Homo sapiens have instinctively organizing themselves as Communists. It took an Industrial Revolution, two World Wars, and the 1954 McCarthy Hearings to finally beat those instincts to a bloody pulp.

So, you can just imagine the deep conflicts, troubled chaos, and sudden emotions that rumbles beneath any free ranging-Political community. I don't know whether JtC is a martyr or a saint for taking this on. In doing so, he removed himself. That may not have been his original intention, but I believe that's what it took to do it right.

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Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

— Martin Luther King

I am mostly just a lurker and seldom comment, but rely on this blog for most of my political information. This site has great writers and informative links that I look forward to reading everyday. AE has of late been very obscure and defensive in a lot of his essays. I used to like to read his point of view but have avoided them as of late and missed the drama. JTC I am going nowhere and would like you to know that you are doing great.
Thank You for this site and thanks to all who post here.

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@strider58 and I agree 100 percent.

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I mean, alligator's don't live on hills brah.

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@Battle of Blair Mountain
problem for those who fear the alligators. I even read somewhere here that alligators are conservatives. Darn it, I was tricked out again. Now I am looking for the gooder of two goods and vote of course of the gooder one.

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I first read the New York Review of Books when it came out during a newspaper strike in the sixties -- but now it seems to have lost some crucial grit.
You and so many here are doing unfliching, irreplaceable work.

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Anja Geitz's picture

during times of great troubles, "I've got bigger fish to fry".

Or like Hiromu Arakawa once said, "Nothing's perfect, the world's not perfect. But it's there for us, trying the best it can; that's what makes it so damn beautiful.”

Which if you think about it, makes all those flaws of ours that are stitched together with good intentions so beautiful, no?

Or, if you prefer, as a saltier version might go: "Don't let the bastard get you down."

At any rate, I've always believed you to be fair. Always believed few people really understand what it's like running a political blog. Always believed I'd give you the benefit of the doubt because when I've weighed the pros and cons of your contributions here, they've always come out in your favor.

For whatever that's worth. I'm not going anywhere.

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

It's your blog, you are the Master Blog Owner, you call the shots.
I had a concern about him advocating health protocols that were dangerous.
There might even be some legal ramifications for allowing presentment, and might be some ramifications for any of us who gave those protocols a thumbs up.
I didn't give a shit about his politics, occasionally agreed with him on something, and right up until the end, he and I never had any particular issues.
I mostly avoided or skimmed his essays, but did notice he had undergone quite a radical change from back when until recently.
I am curious about Sirena's blog.
Wonder if she has any rules about insults? What political blog has no rules of decorum?
Inquiring minds...

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thanatokephaloides's picture

I'm not going anywhere, either.

In my current bedbound state I need c99 and its associated community more than many folks. And I'm proud to be one of us.

JtC, you have the proverbial patience of Job keeping this place alive. Thank you for keeping c99 here.

Give rose

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

@thanatokephaloides so sorry to hear you are not well.
Wish I could help.
This is a very cool site.
I would hate for people to disrupt it.

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mimi's picture

(oops edited two spelling or gramar mistakes.)

and as long as you make sure that my real fan and champion, Joe Shikspack, and my second fan, Outlook, can post their news essays and videos excerpts on YOUR site, C99p, I am neither leaving, nor have I ever said, I would leave, or indicated that I am ready to die. I am not ready to die on any hill. (mimi exhaling now - lordy, lordy).

I am no clairevoyante. I also forget things too easily, I am also lazy and don't go back through months and years of old comments I may have made, which caused some people to get some itchy rashes. So, who has a blog, what those blog owners might be up to, it is not known to me.

I read only one blog and that is this one and that since almost five years, I had read the Daily Kos blog for ten years. Plenty enough for me. I used to read Daily Kos until I was fed up and left.

I don't come here for the essays, I come for the links, writers post into their essays. And through those links I discover things I would otherwise never have found or read or searched on my own. And I appreciate the work of those who do just that, add content for us.

If you can stand that answer, you will have to consider my presence here.

Thanks for your work. It is essential as an archive. I love archives. So, now I have nothing anymore to add. I hope you are without corona fears in your neighborhood, though it looks as if your neighorhood is affected quite a bit.

If you and Joe Shikspack and Outlook (and who ever else wants to come and fits in van)

should ever pass through Germany, you are welcome to my neighborhood and we could have lots of corona beer to celebrate our survival. Smile

I hope this song suits your taste. If not, just ban the record. Wink
Peace.

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I own two Caucus99% hats!

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"Without the right to offend, freedom of speech does not exist." Taslima Nasrin

mimi's picture

@Fishtroller 02 @Fishtroller 02
well, one of my stupid comments. Sorry.
I wished I hadn't made this one.

so, is it enough to have two computers (no synchroniztion), two nicknames and two email adresses or do you have to be connected to two different routers and service providers as well.

Fishy troller, you, don't seduce the little boys and girls. Wink

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I expect to be here for the long term. Many people have mentioned that it's your blog and you make the rules. But the rules are so minimal. They seem designed to keep your brood from hurting each other. Attack the idea or the expert a person is citing. Don't attack the person.

When we step over the line we get a large number of warnings. To get banned from this space you have to decide you want to get banned and work at it. It takes a lot of work. It has seemed to me that AE has been working on it for some time with growing frustration at his lack of success.

I hope you are able to find at least a little pleasure in finally making him happy.

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WoodsDweller's picture

Haven't spent much time here for a couple of weeks. So Alligator Ed finally crossed the line? I mostly stayed out of his posts, and he mostly stayed out of other peoples'. Never heard of this other person.
Since you asked, I have no intention of leaving for some other blog. Nice bunch of people here.
Thanks for keeping this place open for us, JtC.

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"The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function." -- Albert Bartlett

janis b's picture

it might even be the last one I'd chose for myself. So I appreciate your skills and capacity to provide a stable foundation to an ever-changing environment.

What I have always appreciated about here, is its more natural state of courtesy, respect, curiosity, etc. The humour and the music’s not bad either!

I like that we continue to learn and grow from inside a mostly safe place. Thanks Johnny and all for helping to keep it safe.

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lotlizard's picture

Late to the party, but still in time to nab a glass of punch and some remnants from the buffet Wink . . .

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mimi's picture

@lotlizard
of confidence in its nutritional value and same value of C99p.

You know that the FAO *Food and Health Organization" (in Rome, Italy) said that if you can grow or have peanuts, tomatoes, plantain and oranges, you have a well balanced diet and can't starve to death easily.

So, here is some peanut love for you and the C99p peanut growers.

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lotlizard's picture

@mimi  
These backyard squirrels, clever critters that they are, favor walnuts.

https://boingboing.net/2020/05/25/mark-robers-rube-goldberg-sq.html

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mimi's picture

@lotlizard
s huge old walnut tree in our garden. So I try to explain to my sister how intelligent those squirrels are, as they always find the spot during winter times where they had dug in the walmuts in the fall.

I hope you are ok, lotlizard.
Bye

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Hawkfish's picture

I’m not going anywhere either.

I remember when I first got here there was a news story about a kid being eaten by an alligator in Florida. AE was quite upset. It has been sad to see him go off the rails. I confess I just ignore people who I find obnoxious but the danger of his covid stuff was making me angry. What was most surprising was that AE was the guy who put me in touch with Dr Campbell - a massively sane voice.

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We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.
- Greta Thunberg

Creosote.'s picture

@Hawkfish
I'm an old Adelle Davis fan and he backs her up on vitamin D, zinc, and magnesium
with in-depth info from trustworthy research plus info re modes of action, advice on dosage.

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