"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

Monday 9 June 2014

A little bit of this ,,,A little bit of that

Christopher Watts  publishes his Blog. He makes the rules. He does not accept anonymous comments.

It's his decision to make.

Occasionally he comments to my Blog. True to his conviction,he does so under his name.

I allow anonymous comments. I screen the comments. Some are not published.

Many would not be made if  they had to be identified.

The blog is political. I would rather provide the freedom to comment than not.

We all know anonymous comments do not carry the  same weight .

For the purpose of this blog ,weighed in the balance, participation is paramount.

We have been informed by a nameless contributor , government at senior levels
monitor blogs.

I doubt opinions are separated by identity. What would that signify?

The silent majority are a little less silent


Anonymous said...

At least one current member of council refuses to read Blogs as " they are all the same ".

Anonymous said...

"We have been informed by a nameless contributor , government at senior levels
monitor blogs."

... and does this surprise you? Blogs are monitored by government at a domestic and foreign level.

They are not looked at by an individual all of the time, but rather through automatics computer programs. They are looking for the magical words that trigger further investigation.

Nothing on the internet is private. Mr Watts does not allow anonymous postings, but the reality is, there are no anonymous postings. If someone has the where-with-all, they can find out who posts what.

There used to be posters during the wars "The walls have ears" and "Loose lips sink ships". That is all still a reality on the internet. The safest thing is to think your thoughts to yourself. Everything else is public domain.

Anonymous said...

I am reading a book that mentions how radios were banned in Germany during the war. It was quite insidious how the regimentation & mind-set worked. We have to keep challenging anything leading to such a situation. I think Blogs are great. Just like books and all media. You can use them or not. But they must exist.

Anonymous said...

OK, 14:38. Then why do we know nothing about the shooting death of a young man in Aurora ?

Anonymous said...

14:23-If you wouldn't mind sharing...who was that? Because I don't believe it. Not for a minute.

Anonymous said...

Nice comparison, 16:21; present-day Aurora to Nazi Germany.

Anonymous said...

I guess it is ok. That was Himself.

Anonymous said...

@ 18:10
The name of the book is " All the Light We cannot See "
by Anthony Doerr
There was no comparison made except in your mind.

Anonymous said...

Christopher was very funny today. The Stepford Wife bit particularly. I wonder if he encountered that lady from RH.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you. I think they all have read the blog. Maybe they wished they didn't! But they have,and I'm sure check in regularly. Or have someone else check in regularly. This Blog is what the old post office use to be. The "hangout" where people used to find out what was going on in and around Town. This Blog is the modern day "political hangout", and I think it's amazing.

Anonymous said...

How the heck did you interpret that comparison?

Anonymous said...

What was happening in Germany between 1939 and 1945 (I assume that is the "war" you are talking about) and Aurora in 2014 are no where comparable.

This is like says voring for Hudak is like voting for Harris or voting for Horwath is like voting for Rae.

Anonymous said...

Uh, excuse me, 7:44. The topic of Evelyn's post was the importance of blogs & communications. That comment referred to the importance historically of radio in informing the public during a time of crisis. There was no comparison to Aurora offered or even implied.