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William Poaster on Sunday 30 October 2005 14:04 ...Well, interesting timing as I installed SuSE 9.3 on a new machine 4 or 5 days ago and Isuspectit...

The whole thread to which I refer is proof (in my mind) that allowing all of these political notions to fall under discussion in a group such as this is a bad idea.

I've killfiled a couple of people who wear their politics on their sleeves. One of them has views mostly the opposite to my own. The other generally follows some of my own thinking. I consider neither to be completely right nor completely wrong except in one area: they utter a lot of political crap (it's 'crap' in my book because it's usually unprovoked, almost always unnecessary, and nearly always stated to get people of opposing views to become hyper) every chance they have.

I've allowed myself to be dragged into a discussion or two against my better judgement. I see things regularly that I find outrageous. Often I find it terribly distressing the things that some believe, often, IMHO, with nothing more than anecdotal evidence and innuendo as support. Sometimes I've been weak and shouted how foolish I thought someone's position was. Thankfully I have been able to withstand the temptation to participate more often than not.*

The thread to which I'm referring is a prime example, both for what I want to avoid involving myself in, and for how I see many of these things eventually becoming if allowed to continue unabated.

I'm not going to state positions of my own concerning the nature of the thread. That's not the purpose. (In fact, I realize I could easily pee off one or the other or both sides by saying anything at all about it. Including just sending this post.) I just wanted to point out that I see a trend developing in it that's very possibly harmful. At least, I believe it to be potentially harmful.

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Thomas Wootten on Sunday 30 October 2005 15:04 Just tried that, but could neither find a picture nor...

People who have been fairly friendly toward each other until recently are now beginning to show meaner and meaner tendencies. On all sides. Particularly concerning the viewpoints of each opposing side.

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The racist, liar and thief bonobo magilla (flatfish) nymshifted: You lately posted as Aftab Singh, allisonhunt1968 plus 1, Anna Banger, anonymous, Archie...

I realize life works that way. I realize people who are enemies sometimes become friends, and friends become enemies. But things don't always have to follow either path. Choices still exist as long as the ones facing those choices recognize their existence.

I'm not asking anybody to cool it. I'm not telling anybody to quit. I'm not trying to scold or anything else. I just wanted to point out what I see happening as a non-participant (who almost jumped in at several points and is glad he hasn't).

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On Mon, 31 Oct 2005 16:11:04 +0000, Kier That is true, but still, the facts speak for themselves and all of this political correctness is doing nothing to rectify the situation. Education...

I think bringing up politics (party-to-party, nation-to-nation or any other form) in non-political groups or mailing lists isn't a good idea.

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So I bought a new keyboard and figured I'd install it on the -- for now -- SuSE 9.3...

Then again, I'm just one person who has no control over what others do. Who the hell am I?

* I don't intend that statement as a claim of being better or more virtuous than anyone else. I'm not. Everybody has their own strengths. The ability to bite my tongue in the face of a diverse crowd just happens to be one of mine. Sometimes. Whenever I choose to put it to use. I'm even able to use it on purpose once in awhile.

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