"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken', and then they would actually change their minds and you would never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion."
-Carl Sagan (1987)
"Racism should never have happened and so you don't get a cookie for reducing it."
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
"When I shoot, everybody comes."
'Imagine that we loved imagining things and all this was in our imagination.'
though you have considered all the facts."
"There are two things over which you have complete dominion, authority, and control - your mind and your mouth."
-Molefi Kete Asante
**that "wise man", as well as some others here, did drop quite a bit of sound advice. thanks, marye.
It's a fine line for sure; in my experience there are indeed enthusiastic newbies who figure Grateful Dead, right? Where the streets are lined with mind-altering substances, right? They do kinda need a reality check, but they're clueless rather than evil. I think you're perfectly correct that law enforcement and other agencies might also think there are easy pickings here, and hey for all I know they're right.
But then you get your garden variety spammers and scammers too.
As a wise man said, watch each card you play and play it slow.
and apologies for the outburst. The happy relationship thing did not really bother me as much as the moron looking for goodies. As much of a Luddite as I am, even I know that the only two types of people doing that on the net are either law enforcement or dumbasses. I was pretty sure I was dealing with the latter, but in this online world, one never knows and I wanted to make it absolutely clear that I'm not participating in something that could get myself or this site in trouble. It was irritating.
I do need to remember to cool it before I start typing though. Sorry.
That was a lot of f-bombs.
And thanks, Randall and Mike, for helping to keep it light.
we get those scammers in search of happy relationships every now and then. If you get one, feel free to forward it to me; in the most recent instance of the lovely African woman, I deleted her account after I got one of her spams, on the notion that this would keep the spams from getting any worse. Sorry to everyone who gets these things; it's life on the net. But like I say, lemme know if you get bothersome messages of this sort and I'll deal with it. Thanks.
"you're an insomniac, you tell yourself: there are profound truths revealed only to the insomniac by night like those phosphorescent minerals veined and glimmering in the dark but coarse and ordinary otherwise; you have to examine such minerals in the absence of light to discover their beauty, you tell yourself."
- Joyce Carol Oates