A brief word on an exchange yesterday under the post titled A project Gone Awry: Transcribing a Kaufman Interview. Ordinarily I don’t much care what goes on in the comments here. People get in arguments, change the subject, sometimes get testy. All in good human fun, as the people who frequent this blog are usually smart and opinionated. However, I took issue yesterday with Maarten for the following reasons:
- One, he attacks people who have checkered pasts for that reason alone. Redemption does not exist in his world, that is, if you are on his hit list. Apparently you’ve got to be Caesar’s wife to enter the arena of the Scamdemic and have credibility. The two people he attacked. Dr. Andy Kaufman and Dr. Tom Cowan, each went into medicine with belief in the system, and became disenchanted and disaffected. They each chose new paths. The financial fallout from such moves is too much for most to endure, but these two men acted on their consciences. I admire them. Those who remain in the system, who maintain belief or who have doubts but are afraid to speak up are far less credible, in my mind, than those who turn their backs.
The photo above, by the way, is me, a real human being with good and bad qualities, abilities and shortcomings. That’s how I look, now at age 70. My wife took the picture, as you can see by the shadow. Photography is a strong point for neither of us.
- Maarten brought us two videos, which I watched, both by a man calling himself Another Perspective, for whom there was no vetting, no background check, but a mere forceful presentation given automatic credibility by Maarten because it was critical of Dr. Andrew Kaufman. (For the record, I found both fatally flawed. They start with the presumption that Sars-Cov-2 had been isolated and can be broken down into genetic components that are then found with 100% accuracy by the RT-PCR machine. This is impossible. The man appears to be a professional “fact checker,” something done only by people who believe in the scam, and something well described by James Corbett.)
- He attacked me in a very personal way, making reference to my activity on blogs in Montana over ten years ago. This gave me the creeps, as all except three of those blogs are now dead. I’ve long suspected that every single word we place on a blog is saved somewhere in perpetuity. But to search for and find my comments from such a long time ago is a background check. Just as with Kaufman and Cowan, Maarten was vetting me too. I’ve got nothing criminal in my past, nothing to hide save occasional burst of temper. I have staying power, that is, after fourteen years of this nonsense, I am still at it while all the others have fallen by the wayside. I have always, except during a brief interval trying to reinvent this blog, used my real name. I thought that hiding behind a pseudonym, a necessity for people who have to answer to their “superiors,” was for me cowardly. I own my words, which includes mistakes I’ve made. I don”t care. That’s the best learning tool available. I answer to no one in life save my wife. This does leave me open to attack, but as I say, the feeling that Maarten was sneaking around and looking for dirt on me, as he has done with Kaufman and Cowan, gave me the creeps. (By the way, I long ago purged this blog of all exchanges with those people, at least all I could find. I had moved on, and this blog had so changed in substance that there was no place for them here.)
- When I called him out, laid out in some very Maarten-like challenge words, questions and shortcomings in his comments that I wanted clarified, he went silent. In purely human terms, he snubbed me. I’ve been snubbed in better places than this, but still, I don’t like it. That part is just personal.
- He referred to those of us who do not buy into the existence of the virus or of the disease called Covid 19 as “Covid deniers.” That’s a propaganda technique, and a strange thing to say.
At first I merely closed off comments on the post so I could gather my senses and behave properly. I then decided that the best course of action was to remove the offensive comments, which I did. With them went every response to those comments, including my own.
The comments are still alive and in the trash bin, which I think does get emptied by WordPress on occasion. I’ve got time to think about it, and if I approve them again, all the responses will reappear to. I’ll probably put everything back today or tomorrow. But for right now, Maarten has, in my view, gotten carried away with his own mental and moral superiority, and that chafes. He is not banned, as he’s been a friend of the blog for too long for such an indignity.
I do, however, need a break from him, and probably, he from me.