"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Friday 14 March 2014

Comment to Comment

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Save The Town Harmless":

Drones in themselves are not that heavy. It's the bomb that does them in.
So a structurally strengthened roof might not be a prerequisite. And a bit
of greenery on half of the roof would be a nice touch.

The region would, of course, not want one but six so that the component
municipalities could be the equal to the others, regardless of physical
size, population or tax rate.

The Department of National Defence could not handle this topic. It is too
small, too simple, and too inexpensive in relative terms. The Department is
only comfortable when it deals in billions spread over many years, projects
that are invariably postponed or cancelled outright, projects with which
the Prime Minister is enamoured.

I'm all for committees but Mr. Bezos does not function in that environment.
I just finished a very good biography of him. He actually is a dictator,
but he does get results.

It would be altogether too embarrassing to introduce him to the three
councillors you name, embarrassing to us - you and me - not to them.


I  probably should  pace myself on  comment moderation.

There's a ton of spam. The nasties are still with us. Some comments  I don't  publish for one reason or another and judging by the  number of accidental deletions, my finger is slipping when it shouldn't.

A comment yesterday  indicated  suspicion that  someone is being paid to monitor the blog.

It;s actually a fact

In the last term a public statement was  made that a communications manager with a Master's Degree in English would be hired.

The person doing the job competently for almost a decade didn't have a Master's Degree. I have good reason to believe she objected to the monitoring bit.

Seemed apparent she wouldn't get the job.

She didn't.

The person hired didn't have a Master's Degree either. He's not on the job now either.

At the time of  the  job announcement, terms of reference referenced monitoring  blogs and correcting inaccuracies.

Haven't noticed any corrections  since.

Which isn't to say blogs are not being monitored,

Just that they haven't contained inaccuracies.

Or a variation of the two.

Which raises the  perennial questions..... How well are our tax dollars being monitored?

A tin foil hat  for the  first answer.


Anonymous said...

My nephew told me about these paid blog monitors. Usually on a contract basis. Apparently all government hires them, and now that election time is in full swing they're in demand.

Anonymous said...

You know, if councillors simply read the Blogs say once a day before bed, there would be no need for paid monitoring. They could read everything for themselves. That should have happened during the last council instead of tying staff up chasing presumed wisps of sedition.

Anonymous said...

Its common in government.I work for for an organization that is regulated and their main concern recently is blogs.

Anonymous said...

By "nasties," do you merely mean critics, or MorMac venom-spewers?

Anonymous said...

Kinda comical! Government hiring monitors for all these new communication tools…How is it that a small town like Aurora has communication problems with its residents. I scour the through Aurora’s website, The Auroran, The Error Banner, Aurora’s facebook and people’s tweets for information and the only place that I can get myself up to date with what’s going on in this town is Evelyn’s Blog!! Thanks again Evelyn

Anonymous said...

Where can I get one of those monitoring jobs?

Anonymous said...

I see the trolls on all sorts of sites. There seems to be a simple way to deal with them.
" Do not feed the trolls "
No matter how provocative they may get, just ignore them.
The one on Evelyn's blog gets fed too often.

Anonymous said...

I agree but that is not a town sponsored troll.