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No Comments? What are you afraid of!   Jan 10 2018

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"Really, what are you afraid of with readers’ comments? " asks MT from  Pt Piper.

Since you insist, additional to the reason above about wet blankets, the establishment is gaining control and in more countries every day privacy and defamation laws affect website content. Sites that allow comments should be protected under original laws for anonymous or defamatory statements made by a third party in a self-serve post (comment).

On the defamation front, increasingly, laws require online publications and websites to publish a correction within ‘n’ hours of receiving notice of any content that anyone believes is detrimental to their image. A website that allows users to comment on content could face potentially enormous liability risk if the blogger or a third party user expresses an opinion that offends the most thin-skinned – or worse, mischievously malicious – ahole. And we haven’t got to worry about anonymous commenters, whose identity gummints increasingly legislate to make website owners reveal.

Finally, and this is a theory, if a comment includes a website deemed by the puritans who maintain the Australian goverbments “black list” of prohibited websites, then this site might be added to said blacklist, or cop a fine. Or both. Even if the link was in plain text in their comment, which is possible and not affected by live links being disabled in comments.

Say goodye to the little guys on the web.

Down Under


Ink Irresistable

Not the NYT Montaigne's what would I know? Huxley's almost anything about almost everything. Or Bierce and nothing matters. Codifying life's inimitable impromptu inclines irrestistably to essay.

Civilization ..

   defiles itself

Times past when warlords, priests and royalty hoarded luxury, life was a short grim struggle. Today most want for little yet still deny dignified survival to working poor, and ravage entire countries as collateral to our laissez faire fiesta.
double arrowOn not shedding a tear ..

A Century of Imperialism

     ..hasn't dulled the urge

American foreign policy never a pretty sight, finesse of the mobile crane chase from Terminator 3. Export democracy? Cure worse than disease. double arrow Read more ..


~ its own reward

And what's going on in Land of the Free, Home of the Brave? As 40% of kids fail graduation the Iraqistan wars suck $2.4 trillion [CBO 2017 est]. Imagine this staggering sum applied to rebuilding The Great Society. Think of others.
double arrow Where Charity Begins

This lazy unemployed

..crack-smoking welfare queen ran up U$15 trillion debt

lazy homeless scum
Odd how the ultra-wealthy gull even working poor to blame unemployed, disabled, weak, and vulnerable while but for the grace of God go all.

If he's a welfare leech then your soul is with the sociopaths and predators who own Warshington and its minions, the Repugnicans and Dumfocrats, gutting a once noble nation that aspired to equality.

This elite will survive the US economic train wreck, land softly on 300 million plundered taxpayers, then from fortresses of luxury and privilege prey elsewhere for spoils.

The dawn of civilization was greatly exaggerated.

Munch Montage

Painters, such a sad old bunch
None it seems more so than Munch
Upon that bridge with skies afire
A meme took flight to never tire.
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"I am an obsessive rewriter, doing one draft and then another and another. In a way I have nothing to say but a great deal to add
~ Gore Vidal

"Rulers of state are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying" (Well, that explains the last 2500 years)
~ Plato

"By 'known unknowns' I was referring to the universe's dark matter.."
~ Donald Rumsfeld

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