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Mon May 27, 2013, 09:51 PM

 

I know this post will get locked in 48 seconds, but... [WITH UPDATE]

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would it kill people to be nice to each other?

There's no need to call each other assholes or other nasty personal stuff. We can disagree with one another, even disagree mightily, even butt heads, but we're all on the same team and should be civil.

Hell, I don't think I even call Republicans the kind of names we call each other around here.

We're all frustrated for a lot of reasons. So what. Be civil. Or civilization goes to Hell.

UPDATE: I'm amazed that the mods are asleep at the wheel and haven't killed this thread yet, and heartened by the approval of this post's sentiment. However, I will do what the mods are perhaps too drunk or high to do, and PULL THIS POST if I see that it gets any more votes than this one:

The Real Numbers: Half of America in Poverty -- and It's Creeping toward 75%

After all, my post is just whining about DU, but xchrom's is about real human suffering. (Of course, if we stop calling each other assholes, we might be able to do something about real human suffering...)

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Reply I know this post will get locked in 48 seconds, but... [WITH UPDATE] (Original post)
MannyGoldstein May 2013 OP
Mister Ed May 2013 #1
uppityperson May 2013 #2
MannyGoldstein May 2013 #3
uppityperson May 2013 #5
MannyGoldstein May 2013 #7
uppityperson May 2013 #67
hrmjustin May 2013 #4
Spitfire of ATJ May 2013 #51
defacto7 May 2013 #6
whathehell May 2013 #59
ProSense May 2013 #8
MannyGoldstein May 2013 #37
Hekate May 2013 #60
Quantess May 2013 #9
MADem May 2013 #68
defacto7 May 2013 #70
MADem May 2013 #71
defacto7 May 2013 #73
MADem May 2013 #74
defacto7 May 2013 #75
MADem May 2013 #76
defacto7 May 2013 #77
Quantess May 2013 #78
MADem May 2013 #79
JaneyVee May 2013 #10
NRaleighLiberal May 2013 #11
niyad May 2013 #24
NRaleighLiberal May 2013 #31
niyad May 2013 #36
R B Garr May 2013 #53
NRaleighLiberal May 2013 #58
NYC_SKP May 2013 #12
Art_from_Ark May 2013 #13
Katashi_itto May 2013 #38
Mnemosyne May 2013 #14
Buzz Clik May 2013 #23
niyad May 2013 #27
Whisp May 2013 #15
rhett o rick May 2013 #39
nolabear May 2013 #16
Skittles May 2013 #17
MannyGoldstein May 2013 #19
Skittles May 2013 #32
MannyGoldstein May 2013 #50
Skittles May 2013 #52
MannyGoldstein May 2013 #54
Make7 May 2013 #18
BlueStreak May 2013 #21
Buzz Clik May 2013 #20
MannyGoldstein May 2013 #26
Buzz Clik May 2013 #30
MannyGoldstein May 2013 #40
Buzz Clik May 2013 #42
undergroundpanther May 2013 #64
asjr May 2013 #22
ReRe May 2013 #25
closeupready May 2013 #28
lindysalsagal May 2013 #29
Buzz Clik May 2013 #35
lindysalsagal May 2013 #41
Buzz Clik May 2013 #43
rhett o rick May 2013 #33
MannyGoldstein May 2013 #44
rhett o rick May 2013 #46
GoneOffShore May 2013 #34
cui bono May 2013 #45
Rowdyboy May 2013 #47
hfojvt May 2013 #48
Loudly May 2013 #49
nadinbrzezinski May 2013 #55
Chaco Dundee May 2013 #56
hfojvt May 2013 #57
Corruption Inc May 2013 #61
defacto7 May 2013 #62
undergroundpanther May 2013 #66
defacto7 May 2013 #69
abq e streeter May 2013 #63
MADem May 2013 #65
defacto7 May 2013 #72
Egalitarian Thug May 2013 #80
Warren DeMontague May 2013 #81

Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 09:53 PM

1. K + R. IBTL n/t

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 09:53 PM

2. k&r. Do you mean just DU or in general, people in general?

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #2)

Mon May 27, 2013, 09:54 PM

3. DU at the least!

 

But the whole world, even better.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #3)

Mon May 27, 2013, 09:55 PM

5. Well, if it is the whole world, then it fits GD and isn't just whining about DU

soo.....................

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #5)

Mon May 27, 2013, 09:56 PM

7. In that case, I meant to say "just the whole world".

 

Thanks for your strategic vision!

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #7)

Tue May 28, 2013, 12:52 AM

67. By the way, there are no Mods any more. The Hosts aren't drunk or sleeping either, why say that?

Being one of them. I wish you hadn't said that as it kind of goes against what your post WAS saying. "would it kill people to be nice to each other? There's no need to call each other assholes or other nasty personal stuff." And you say we are asleep at the wheel, or too drunk or high to pull this post.

Would it kill people to be nice to each other? There's no need to call each other assholes or other nasty personal stuff like asleep at the wheel, drunk or high.

Unrec for that.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 09:54 PM

4. Lock it! Lock it I say! Be nice to one another, who ever heard of that!

 



Just smile and wave to the mean people Manny! That is what I try to do.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 09:55 PM

6. I'm in agreement.

It not only gets out of hand, it gets downright weird.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #6)

Mon May 27, 2013, 11:07 PM

59. Me too.

It's gotten completely out of hand here lately.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 09:57 PM

8. Evidently,

"...would it kill people to be nice to each other? There's no need to call each other assholes or other nasty personal stuff."

...the "personal stuff" is sanctioned by some.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=2906279
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=2906342

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Response to ProSense (Reply #8)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:28 PM

37. I love the part during the Yom Kippur service...

 

where we recount the long list of sins that we've committed during the previous year. You name it, it's there. And we don't just read the ones we think apply. We read all of 'em. Because we've done all of 'em. Each of us.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #37)

Mon May 27, 2013, 11:23 PM

60. I like that part too, Manny. You are so right.

I miss going since hubby quit. We used to make a point of taking his mother, then she passed on... All things change. But I came to love the services.

And I appreciate your OP. A lot.

Hekate

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 09:57 PM

9. Lashing out and behaving rudely is a symptom of feeling lousy within yourself.

People who feel crappy about themselves try to take down others, even when there is no gain. Something to remember.

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Response to Quantess (Reply #9)

Tue May 28, 2013, 12:56 AM

68. This is very true. People here are even lashing out at the GD hosts....who aren't getting paid.


I think it's kind of funny that the OP's plea for more civility is accompanied by so much snark towards the people who volunteer to be, in essence, the "topic police." I think this is because they want the hosts to also police for civility--but that's the job of the juries.

Oh, well!

GD hosts that are awake are aware of this thread, too... for whatever that's worth.

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Response to MADem (Reply #68)

Tue May 28, 2013, 01:05 AM

70. Well, this was a fun thread,

till you guys showed up.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #70)

Tue May 28, 2013, 01:10 AM

71. Who guys? I am not a GD host. I have been one, though, and I know how it works.

So much for that "civility plea" in the OP.... I guess some opinions are more valid than others..?

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Response to MADem (Reply #71)

Tue May 28, 2013, 01:20 AM

73. My apologies MADem

You are playing that part though. And yours' are the rudest comments in this thread. So I'll back off and delete my last comment because you are not what you pretend to be.

Have a nice day.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #73)

Tue May 28, 2013, 01:23 AM

74. My comments are rude? In what way?

All I'm doing is noting that there's a bit of cognitive dissonance between the remarks made (about civility, and about the hosts) within the OP.

I am not playing any part--I'm old. What you see is what you get. I call 'em as I see 'em.

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Response to MADem (Reply #74)

Tue May 28, 2013, 01:26 AM

75. Be well!

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #75)

Tue May 28, 2013, 01:27 AM

76. We don't learn without feedback. I just didn't understand where I was rude, is all.

But if you don't want to converse, that's your choice.

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Response to MADem (Reply #76)

Tue May 28, 2013, 01:32 AM

77. No worries.

I may not have been correct. No feedback necessary. I'm old too.

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Response to MADem (Reply #74)

Tue May 28, 2013, 01:44 AM

78. No you weren't rude.

Maybe some people mistake being opinionated (opinions they don't share) for rudeness.

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Response to Quantess (Reply #78)

Tue May 28, 2013, 01:48 AM

79. I didn't understand the point at all...I also didn't see his or her deleted comment below.

Maybe that would have explained the POV...?

I can't spend too much time worrying over it, I suppose!

Cheers!

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 09:59 PM

10. I've been wondering the same thing. Anyone remember tolerance?

 

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 09:59 PM

11. Huge K and R!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #11)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:19 PM

24. are those some of the ones you are growing this year? beautiful.

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Response to niyad (Reply #24)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:24 PM

31. some of my go-to, top flavor varieties...

Lucky Cross (my own creation from an unexpected bee cross), Ferris Wheel (1890s Salzer Seed Co, I found it languishing in the USDA collection), Sungold, Cherokee chocolate (which I found as a mutation in Cherokee Purple), Green Giant (from someone in Germany).

thanks!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #31)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:27 PM

36. thanks for the info--you have made me even more impatient for our farmers' market to start.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #31)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:58 PM

53. Those are just beautiful! You have a gold mine there

in so many ways. I just love Heirloom tomatoes (I think those are Heirlooms?). First, it must be so personally enriching to grow your own things like that. But when you go to buy them, they are so expensive! I spent almost $20 on tomatoes for this tart from Giada's recipe on Foodnetwork! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/heirloom-tomato-and-basil-tart-recipe/index.html

I got the tomatoes from Bristol Farms here in my area, and it's an upscale, pricey place, but I was still floored to spend that much. You must have a ton of great recipes for them. Enjoy!

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Response to R B Garr (Reply #53)

Mon May 27, 2013, 11:03 PM

58. I was lucky - got involved in them early on (mid 1980s), so developed

a passion/obsession/expertise. It's been fun...still is, suspect it always will be.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:01 PM

12. I agree, I think people often mean.

 

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:06 PM

13. The world should put a little love in its heart

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #13)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:29 PM

38. I like the Annie Lennox version better :)

 

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:08 PM

14. Wrong Manny, it's been 16 minutes, still not locked. Good. I agree, how hard is it to just be kind

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #14)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:16 PM

23. ..

 

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #23)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:20 PM

27. how did you catch one of my kits in that bad a mood?

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:08 PM

15. 'we are all on the same team'

 

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Response to Whisp (Reply #15)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:29 PM

39. Yes we are. The Ruling Elite like nothing better than when we fight with each other. nm

 

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:10 PM

16. Amen. It shuts down all hope of an actual discussion, or even a good fight.

Apparently your 48 seconds isn't up yet, and I'm glad it isn't.

Rock on, MannyGoldstein.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:13 PM

17. YOU WANT I SHOULD KICK SOME ASSHOLE ASS, MANNY_MON?

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Response to Skittles (Reply #17)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:14 PM

19. That's very unladylike of you.

 

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #19)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:25 PM

32. ME NO LADY!!!

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Response to Skittles (Reply #32)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:52 PM

50. GAL?

 

Is that appropriate again?

I lose track.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #50)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:57 PM

52. well.....I AM in Texas

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Response to Skittles (Reply #52)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:59 PM

54. 'Nuff said.

 

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:14 PM

18. Did you just call us all butt heads?

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Response to Make7 (Reply #18)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:15 PM

21. Yes. I was just going to ask the same thing.

 

That's just wrong to say "You 'butt heads' should be nice to one another."

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:14 PM

20. You've got to figure out what you want.

 

It was not that long ago you were complaining that your threads were far too boring. Dutifully, I took it upon my self to be as offensive as possible to you in all your threads.

Now you want people to make nice?

You're going to give us all whiplash.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #20)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:20 PM

26. Well, if it's the thread I'm thinking of...

 

It was more of a realization of what Hunter Thompson meant when he said "when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro". Turns out it was a lament, not an exhortation, when the world gets weird then things become boring for weird people like me.

I don't think I implored people to hurl invective.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #26)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:24 PM

30. Are you shitting me?

 

Over a month of stalking, insulting, cursing, and abusing you, and you were simply channeling a gonzo journalist?

No I really am pissed off at you.

But, who can stay angry at you?

Who am I kidding? I'm always angry. Take off, Manny, and quit whining.

But, how 'bout a hug first?

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #30)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:33 PM

40. I'm an admirer of Thompson's insight and prose

 

But a much different animal.


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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #40)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:36 PM

42. Nice hug.

 

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #26)

Tue May 28, 2013, 12:40 AM

64. if invective is gonna be hurled

I am gonna set up this fan and make a hasty retreat.
hehe...

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:16 PM

22. Manny, you are exactly right. I have thought the same

thing for quite some time but never brought it up I guess I thought I would be called some awful name.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:20 PM

25. It's really hard to not be cranky...

... in the this country right now. But you're right. Manny. We may have come here from lots of different directions and persuasions, but we're all in the same boat now. If we fight with each other, they win. Life sucks in the USA right now. And people are having a hard time coping with it all. Remember those days of the ago, when the employers paid real benefits? And gave merit raises every year? Bonuses at Christmas? Job security? We do need to give each other some slack.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:23 PM

28. How DARE you!

 

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:24 PM

29. I just left a bar where someone came in just looking for a fight.

It took her 3 minutes. She chose me, I alerted the bartender and left, post haste.

Some people just go through life looking for fights, and it's real easy when it's online and anonymous.

Even when someone is trying just to lay out opposing arguments, others on DU decide they've just been attacked.

It's not personal, unless you actually know someone in real life, so there should be no personal attacks.

We even have an ignore function, so there's no excuse for the insults. That's why I don't spend much time on here- what's the point? You're going to have to tolerate alot of useless crap to read a few good, informed responses.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #29)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:26 PM

35. Thank you, Pollyanna. To avoid another dose of saccharin, I'm putting you on ignore.

 

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #35)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:35 PM

41. Thank you for making my point: just looking for a fight.

And insulting someone you don't even know.

This just dilutes the point of this board.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #41)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:38 PM

43. Re-read my post -- the message text.

 

<=== this is your clue I was kidding.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:26 PM

33. It's vitally important that we Democrats get along. The Ruling Elites want us to in-fight

 

to distract us from what they are doing to us.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #33)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:40 PM

44. Yep. So everyone should just agree with me.

 

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #44)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:44 PM

46. I will agree with you Manny. Are you buying? nm

 

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:26 PM

34. Be kind.

Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Plato

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:44 PM

45. I've alerted a few times on threads that were posted with no other intent but to ridicule

those who had a differing viewpoint. It was so obvious there was no question that it was not about having any discussion, simply to have a party making fun of other DUers. And they always were left to stand. DU has really become something completely different than when I joined. At this point it's going to start rivaling random comments from any internet article.

Am I 100% innocent? No, I'm not. But the things I've seen posted are really awful and do not foster discussion in the least, they stifle it.
Which I'm sure is the goal of quite a few.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:49 PM

47. My advice: "Be excellent to each other. And PARTY ON DUDES!"

I think that pretty much sums it up.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:50 PM

48. "Bernard, I want you to know that I try"

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:52 PM

49. You're obviously not going to be banned taking a non-controversial stance like

 

You're obviously not going to be banned taking a non-controversial stance like love everyone.

But try taking a controversial stance like so-and-so is an asshole.

And see how much love u get going to go along.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:59 PM

55. It's Memorial Day...what did you expect?

 

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 11:02 PM

56. good point

You might as well grow up about this,because it does not matter how hard you try,Reality is dicated by different folke.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 11:02 PM

57. ouch, now you see

my video is how I reacted to the thread you just linked to, and I wasn't very nice there, perhaps.

xchrom posts a lot of great stuff and is usually there supporting my own efforts, but that article is just nonsense.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 11:31 PM

61. If I may add my observation...

 

Very few people/posters at this website are "on the same team". There are a lot of posters pretending to be democratic voters that are just trying to sell some viewpoint and they become intensely irrational, mean and bullying towards anyone who challenges them. Almost every thread I read is full of them and so I use the ignore feature.

I applaud your effort to change it but the only thing that can really be done is to ignore the trolls.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2013, 12:09 AM

62. It reminds me of a song....

Happy happy joy joy
Happy happy joy
Happy happy joy joy
Happy happy joy
Happy happy joy joy
Happy happy joy
Happy happy joy joy joy!

... sorry... it's from the 90s...


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Response to defacto7 (Reply #62)

Tue May 28, 2013, 12:43 AM

66. happy helmet

lol remember that,best cartoon EVAR!

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Response to undergroundpanther (Reply #66)

Tue May 28, 2013, 12:56 AM

69. Yeay!!!

That's what's needed for some "unhappy" DUers.

Love Ren and Stimpy! and happy helmet!

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2013, 12:18 AM

63. Thank you....And happy to be rec # 100

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2013, 12:43 AM

65. There is a caveat to the GD SOP guidelines that if

people are having fun, and the post is not doing any harm, the hosts can use judgment in exercising enforcement of the SOP.

I suspect that is what is happening, here--not that the hosts are "high or drunk." I think it's a bit ironic that you start off talking about "civility" and then suggest that the people who volunteer to keep the shit swept up around here with some semblance of organization (no one is getting paid to do that stuff) are 'too drunk or high'--kind of a rude characterization. IMO.

Not clear what you're asking for, though. Do you want YOUR post to get more votes than xchrom's? Or do you want xchrom's to get more votes than yours (that has already happened)?

I am a fan of being civil to one another, but I don't hold out much hope for a "Change The World" moment here. There are too many people here who like to get their Drama on, who use DU as a preferable outlet to kicking the dog, or who are powerless in their real lives and like to play the Internet Tough Guy in their virtual lives.

Don't give the jerks too much attention--that usually works. Call 'em as you see 'em--if someone is being shitty or rude, tell them so, and then tell them to have one of those nice days. Those sorts are just looking for someone to fight with to make themselves feel important. Deny them.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2013, 01:55 AM

80. Sorry Manny, I think I understand what you're trying to say and genuinely sympathize

 

with the sentiment, but the fact is that assholes have become the overwhelming majority in this nation (maybe that they always were and I just failed to notice) and they are very well represented on this site. I've no doubt that I am counted among them, perhaps by you, certainly by those for whom being a DU "cool kid" is the pinnacle of, and reason for, their existence.

We're not on the same, or any team. This is not a community, it's not a club (literally anybody can join), and nobody that matters pays any attention to what goes on here. It has had no effect on the issues that it pretends to address. It's just a means to an income for three people. Thom Hartmann seems to occasionally use this place to find topics on slow news days or when his show gets stale, but like Thom's show, the unfortunate fact is that you could stuff the entirety of it into the eye of any major players and it wouldn't even feel the need to blink.

I don't know if you are younger, more tolerant, or perhaps you just haven't experienced the consequences of their ministrations to the same degree that so many of their victims have, but it should be clear to you by now that many of the most prolific posters here are here for no other purpose than to exorcise and validate their own selfish agendas.

Anyone that is outraged and pissed off by this oh-so-very-unacceptable reply, before you hit the alert button, do yourself a favor; spend the next two weeks tracking how much time you waste here and promise yourself that you will spend that much time actually working to help alleviate the real human suffering that Manny and xchrom are talking about.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2013, 02:23 AM

81. Locking.

Your wish is granted. This is pure meta. No "whining about DU".

I can't speak for the rest of the hosts- not mods anymore, sorry - but while I've been drunk, high or asleep -sometimes all at once!- many assorted times in my life, now's not one.

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