Tried by Fire

Billy Beck has latched onto a tiny bit in an email I sent that alluded to how we’re sometimes condemned on the sole basis of the guttural language we sometimes resort to. He’s also drawn Martin McPhillips into it. To get what I'm going to get at, you really need to read both references, including the comments to McPhillips' entry. I spoke peripherally to this issue in a recent entry, which, not so curiously, also involved Beck (and Kim du Toit, another potty mouth). Now I’ll address it more specifically. As Billy already indicated in the first comment to Martin’s post, I said there was something else to it, in addition to his excellent work-up. Experience breeds confidence. We express as we do because we’ve stood the test and know we’re right. It's that simple. I’ll explain. I read on his blog (I can’t recall where) that Billy was up to 20,000+ posts to Usenet. For those who don’t know, Usenet was the Internet, insofar as political ideas were exchanged, before the advent of the blog. I did most of my time there between 1994 and 1996 or '97, and although I don’t have a post count, my posts totaled...

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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