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Name: Defacto7
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Hometown: Portland, OR
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Member since: Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:44 AM
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Humanist, Classical musician, Linux hack, Liberal, Cosmology enthusiast, Refuse resurrectionist, Living with you in purgatory

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This is the definition

of the United States of America circa 2014 without the hesitation of a doubt.

I find it hard to use the name "United States of America" for the country we now live in.

The founders of United States of America are no longer the founders of this country.

The people who have fought, bled and died for the United States of America did not do so for this country.

The people who have stood for freedom, human rights and civil liberties since the 18th century stood for a different country than we now have.

It may be time to change the name.

Or it may be time to take our country back from those who staged this slow rolling coup d'etat which has engulfed us.

The American Anschluß, and we just let them take it?

A comment, a compliment, a method...

I hope you don't mind but I want to vent something good which I don't think needs to be generally read but wish to comment on, and it's also kind of a compliment.

I have changed my philosophy concerning the ignore feature. I have only had maybe 4 people on a permanent ignore but I have used it on a temporary basis for lots of people if there is a squabble of magnitude that splatters all over the damn place, then after a week or two give or take, I take them all off. I decided to try something completely different as an experiment.

One of the biggest problems for me at least are posters who start dumping snide jokes and disruptive ruminations usually becoming off topic at the beginning of someones serious OP. It's obviously just for the sake of disrupting. I have started putting everyone who does this on ignore, that includes such behavior on anyone's OP I come across. My ignore list has blossomed by maybe by 30 or 40 in the last week... and it has completely improved the experience. Most of the time, they never have anything constructive to say anyway and if they do it's not worth it. I don't do OPs anymore, only occasional news if it hasn't come up yet which is very seldom, so it's of no consequence if they speak without my attention, I don't care. I don't alert anymore because of the consequences of being caught in a jury war, so it doesn't matter to me if I have the ability to judge one of then. They are just non-existent.

The OPs are so much more readable and interesting no matter what the opinion. So if I only put people on ignore who are disrupting the thread and never ignore those with different points of view or personalities, voilą! It takes care of the whole DU thing for me. Disruptors stay on permanent ignore from now on.

Ignore really does have it's advantages simply for the fact that it is an organizer and customization feature that works if you find your own philosophy for using it.
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