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SayNay? -

I find it interesting that you don't seem to be getting any replies to your recent "current events/political" posts. Maybe it's because to reply to these posts takes some time, effort and thought, for which the replier is ulitmately labelled a "windbag". It's easier and more genial, I suppose, to reply "robuts, robuts, robuts!" and the like. Talk about the death of blogs and blogging.

Alan -

Indeed - yet I am happier that way. As I feel that there is nothing gained from dipping back yet again into the same bucket of pre-judgement, I find the call of "robut, robut, robut" much more entertaining.

SayNay? -

Then why post your comments at all, or invite replies on these issues? I know your personal comfort (entertainment) is much more important to you than discussion of these issues, or hearing contrary viewpoints that seem to vex you.

Alan -

Look - here is what you really need to do. Start your own blog. If you are keen to express, which is great, set up your own shop. I think you are a fine poster when you edit yourself but you are not a particularly clever one in the political area you wish to engage. This is not a bad thing - better to express than not. But I really do not wish to argue without resolution here. Go to Dean Esmay's site for the uni-voice of rightist politics. I just don't care for it and if your postings have taught me anything it is that. I don't want to do it. What I do do is I write on my different interests in different places. I write about PEI poltics at Craig's site, US politics (if I am going to) at Michael's or David's, Canadian politics at Blogs Canada Election Group and music at Switching to Glide. [Links all left]. I do not avoid conflict - it is largely my job. Sometimes I just post and don't really expect response. But I do wish to advance what I think through discussion rather than argument. You go both ways. I like the first but not the second in this place. Which is my place. Where I set the rules. I have never deleted a post of yours - or anyones' - but done what I could to dissuade you from unedited blasting away through temporarily hiding, rearranging and playing with fonts. Consider me benevolent.

SayNay? -

I never thought of my replies as attempts at "cleverness" (but thanks for the attempted slight): give me a "good" idea over a "clever" one anytime. Being "clever" comes with a cost in other ways : fruit flies, strangely enough, apparently can prove this, see http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99994200.

But my point is, that no one seems to be replying to your thought-provoking posts on these issues. At least I find them provocative (in a good way), and I have been checking in regularly to see if there has been any reply or discussion, for new or different "takes" on these points, but there is none. Is no one interested in these issues? Do they have no ideas or opinions? Are they just too lazy or disinterested to post?

Or is it because I am missing the point that it is now taken in the world of blogs that running your own site is some form of mastubatory experience, which is only to be assisted, and not interfered with (ie. the replier must encourage, or look the other way)? I ask that because of your referal to the site of the "uni-voice of rightist politics" which you think is something that would interest me, which clearly it doesn't.

Alan -

Well it is somewhat mastubatory in the sense this is a magazine about me but I am not sure of what else. I started it about a year ago to record my interests and, honestly, not to be a debating forum. When Portland jumps in about robuts what you may not be aware of is that he is a personal pal of decades standing. He is a part of me-ness in that sense. Similarly Arthur and I connect as he lives in my old home town and is from Holland where I used to work. Donna and I went to the same university 20 years apart. But you have chosen anonymity so I get none of that connection. For all I know I do know you and I find that unpleasant. <p>Plus, when I do get argumentative, I feel bad about myself. I do not do it well, it is not entertaining and it can get mean. Your discussions particularly were drawing me into topics and levels of involvement in which I later felt I was half-assed and embarassing. Like waking up after being a loud mouth at a party where I had too much. I was having too many posts go that way for a while. I have also bailed on topics about the web and blogging as I think the topic is problematic, unfocused and too full of believers. I was actually talking with a couple of guys about going to bloggercon in Boston but ended up thinking I would be a complainer and end up inevitably dropping a thousand bucks to have a bad time. And you do not leave that on the keyboard if you know what I mean. I can spend half the day being cranky about something I wrote or read.<p>So...anyone is welcome but not every topic is and not every discussion at everytime. There are plenty of other places to have any discourse. That is now what I am doing. I may change back and get more political but, for now, I am not that interested.

SayNay? -

Points taken. Keep up the good and interesting work.