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Sat Dec 21, 2019, 05:17 PM

To Avoid Slander, Avoid Reveling in Nasty Gossip

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What kind of high school kid were you?

Asked because in recent years and all too often politics is reminiscent of high school gossip. He said, she said stuff.

Without a litany of life experiences, talking about others, sports, weather, and consumerism is all kids have to keep their conversations in play.

But adults engaged in the serious business of politics would be better served with policy discussions seeking solutions 😂😂

Laughing because almost half of Americans have returned to their most negative high school conversational vapidity with an emphasis on hateful gossip.😭😭😭

Crying because our Third Estate Free Press seems to revel in repeating the screeds.

Like it or not, we are engaged in a

WAR of WORDS

Some really hateful comments are being woven within our mostly civil and informative conversations. And what’s with the thread-jacking.

Have you noticed?

Makes one wonder how many of those uttering phrases the “other side”’could use to disparage this community are, in fact, working for the “other side”

Many have been muted; however, if Twitter and Facebook have moved to remove “bad players” perhaps we need a method to report those who seem to intentionally do DU a disservice like a good troll should.

Is there a method of reporting suspected DU BOTS?

We must win The 2020 War of Words!

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Reply To Avoid Slander, Avoid Reveling in Nasty Gossip (Original post)
OhNo-Really Dec 2019 OP
RKP5637 Dec 2019 #1
OhNo-Really Dec 2019 #27
Aristus Dec 2019 #2
cwydro Dec 2019 #4
Aristus Dec 2019 #5
cwydro Dec 2019 #6
Aristus Dec 2019 #7
cwydro Dec 2019 #8
Aristus Dec 2019 #11
cwydro Dec 2019 #13
Aristus Dec 2019 #14
cwydro Dec 2019 #15
Aristus Dec 2019 #16
cwydro Dec 2019 #17
Aristus Dec 2019 #18
cwydro Dec 2019 #19
Aristus Dec 2019 #20
cwydro Dec 2019 #21
Aristus Dec 2019 #22
cwydro Dec 2019 #23
Aristus Dec 2019 #24
cwydro Dec 2019 #25
Aristus Dec 2019 #29
emmaverybo Dec 2019 #26
wendyb-NC Dec 2019 #28
cwydro Dec 2019 #3
mercuryblues Dec 2019 #9
OhNo-Really Dec 2019 #10
mercuryblues Dec 2019 #12

Response to OhNo-Really (Original post)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 05:22 PM

1. Well said!!! n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 10:26 PM

27. Thank you ☺️

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Response to OhNo-Really (Original post)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 05:24 PM

2. I never repeat gossip!

So listen carefully the first time...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 05:25 PM

4. Lol, reminds me of a past wit (forgotten who it was) who said -

“If you don’t have anything good to say about anyone, come over here and sit beside me.”

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Response to cwydro (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 05:27 PM

5. Alice Roosevelt Longworth, TR's eldest daughter.

"If you can't say something nice about someone, come sit right here next to me!"

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Response to Aristus (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 05:29 PM

6. You know? I thought it was a presidential something or other lol, but was too lazy to look it up.

I was thinking Eleanor, but knew that wasn’t right.

Thanks! It’s a great quote.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 05:30 PM

7. Eleanor could never be that waspish.

She had the soft heart, Alice had the sharp tongue.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 06:39 PM

8. Of course you're right.

As much as I hate gossip, I love that quote.

Kind of Dorothy Parkerish, ya know?

Speaking of her: do you know the one when she was a correspondent for some paper and was in England or Paris or somewhere, editor trying to reach her, she left a note on her door or with the switchboard, not sure which - and it said something like “sorry, too fucking busy” and then she added “or too busy fucking.”

God I wish we had someone like her around today!

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Response to cwydro (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 07:21 PM

11. Yeah, I think I heard that one too, a long time ago.

It's nice to be reminded of it.

She was really something.

The whole Algonquin Round Table was amazing.

Just like Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley liked his dry martinis, too. But usually as something to slip into when he was wet...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 07:43 PM

13. Bwaha!

Stop it!

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Response to cwydro (Reply #13)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 07:46 PM

14. You want me to stop it?

"Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing."


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Response to Aristus (Reply #14)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 07:49 PM

15. Lol!

I’m not a vodka person, but have had a whisky tonight.

Not in any way able to counter your wit, my man! Love it though.

Not looking that up, Churchill? Noel Coward? Who?

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Response to cwydro (Reply #15)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 08:00 PM

16. Finally, I'm stumped.

Speaking of Churchill, ever hear the story about the wife of a certain Member of Parliament and political enemy of Winston Churchill?

Encountering him at a party, she buttonholed him and told him: "Mr. Churchill, if I was your wife, I'd poison your coffee!"

He replied: "Madame, if you were my wife, I'd drink it."

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Response to Aristus (Reply #16)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 08:13 PM

17. Ha! And wasn't he the one that said something about being sober in the morning, but she'd still

be ugly...something like that.

Not fond of insults against women, but that one seems to have deserved it lol.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #17)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 08:14 PM

18. Yeah. It might even have been to the same person.

Public figures always have their favorite enemies...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #18)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 08:17 PM

19. Yes indeed.

I think that political enemies in those days, certainly in Britain, knew who the real enemy was.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #19)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 08:19 PM

20. Yeah.

Scotland.

GERMANY! I meant Germany!...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #18)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 08:19 PM

21. I have to look that up.

As to whom she was speaking about.

But nearing under the table, not anywhere under the host.

So I’ll look that up tomorrow. (As Scarlett O’Hara might have said)

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Response to cwydro (Reply #21)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 08:20 PM

22. That's enough whiskey for you!

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Response to Aristus (Reply #22)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 08:28 PM

23. Yes indeed!



There should be a shame emoji lol.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #23)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 08:33 PM

24. Is this close enough?







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Response to Aristus (Reply #24)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 08:36 PM

25. Oh my goodness, perfect.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #25)

Sun Dec 22, 2019, 02:24 AM

29. Just finished a glass of nice, peaty Lagavulin...



Perfect.

Good night...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #16)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 08:43 PM

26. I adore that one.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #16)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 10:56 PM

28. Ha Haaaa. I love that one.

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Response to OhNo-Really (Original post)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 05:24 PM

3. Lot of that going on lately.

Seems to be as long as it’s about the other side - we don’t care if it’s true.

Not a good trend for DU.

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Response to OhNo-Really (Original post)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 06:58 PM

9. We have an alert system where juries/ members

decide if a post should stay or be deleted. The Mods are good at removing and banning trolls.

The alert button is in the low, left corner of the text box.

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 07:12 PM

10. Omg! I never noticed the "alert button".

Will use that for “other side” comments. Thank you.

Wonder if moderators notice cumulatively bad actors?

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Response to OhNo-Really (Reply #10)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 07:27 PM

12. They do.

I pretty much stay out of the primary forum. The closer to the primaries, the uglier it'll get. Then *poof* it will get removed from the forums after the primaries are over, fences get mended and almost everyone will be all in for the nominee.

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