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Joe thinks that anyone who thinks that personal info will not be used in a detrimental manner is simply naive.
It would be very easy [except for the inherent laziness of journalists] for the Pilot to moderate the posts, and there is absolutely no need to collect folk's personal information, except for the obvious reasons [ marketing, homeland security, you name it. ] Remember, this rag is in the business of sales, and if you think that simply Brent's "assurance" that no one will have access to your personal info is good enough, then live with the consequences.
Anyone who would give up personal freedom for the sake of a little perceived safety [in this case euphemistly referred to as "quality control"] deserves neither freedom OR safety.
Joe has enjoyed a few of these online debates, however, not enough to give out personal info to a bunch of people not qualified to protect it. The only posters who have been worthy of intellectual debate are no longer posting either, so it really doesn't matter.
With that, Joe will no longer be posting here.
Bad decision on the Pilot's part, but they seem to make bad decisions regularly.
whoops "haven't thought this through very well"
That's what they WANT, voices of dissention to go away.
Don't play into their hands.
Utilize the above link, if need be, and if they go forward with this concept, DELUGE them with new accounts.
Obviously, they have thought this through very well.
The more Joe thinks about it, the more he realizes that this issue is simply the impotent actions of folks that don't truly want respectful discourse in these forums, they just want to coddle a few weakminded posters who complain about being "picked on".
Impotent, quite like their "Our View" column.
here's the other thing.....It's not even doable.
Here's why :
Joe also finds it ironic that these folks are willing to put the effort into gathering and maintaining this information, but too lazy to monitor the posts.
Guess they've never heard of the concept of a moderator.
Joe thinks this fishwrapper has never been about letting people voice their opinions, and he's not surprised that they now want personal information to create an account. It's a marketing tool, plain and simple. They will sell the info to whomever wants to pay for it.
These are people who should be upholding the 1st Amendment, instead, they appear to be attempting to regulate free speech, in direct contradiction to it's principles.
Joe will be glad to give his personal info:
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Biteme, CO 80477
colobob, your point is well taken, but for chrissakes......look at this fool !
BTW, if you "weary of it", then sit down over there in the corner, fantasize about Mann Coulter and be quiet for a change.
Ha Ha "MY intellectual shortcomings"
Please point out one, and we will discuss it, unlearned one,
[no capitals this time, your stupid ad hom attacks don't warrant it].
I'm pretty certain that your "real life experience" pales in comparison to mine, but whatever.
Come on with it.
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