Writer, Editor, and Exceptional Conversationalist

Posted by Herb7734 10 months ago
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HERB7734: Writer, former editor and publisher, exceptional conversationalist, and (retired?) troublemaker.

Ready, willing, and able to enter into written arguments and discussions, dive into writing projects, or critique (edit) your writing.

Let's get together and see how much trouble we can get into.

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  • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 10 months ago
    I noticed you took a break after the last bit of trouble you started (awesome number of responses)...was wondering if you were ok.

    Anyway...whats on our sh*t disturbing agenda? Maybe a new clintonian scandal?...Billy bob and Lynch doing the wild thing on a government private jet? Who Knows?...maybe the pilot will come forward? hahahahahahahahahh

    PS. You can never retire from makin trouble...it's a life time position.
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    • Posted by 10 months ago
      I am thinking about the subject of several posts, and which they'll let me put up. I understand that they don't want to give the appearance of being homophobic, Islamaphobic, or phobic phobic. I fluctuate between disgust, sadness and humor.
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      • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 10 months ago
        I've tried all 3 and get marked down with no or few responses...but You seem to have better luck than I.
        Just got a new book on Jaynes written by the Pres of the Jaynes society. Everything I've integrated from his original works seem to be accurate and it blows my mind.
        I'm sure I'll be posting something about this stuff soon.
        In the mean time, we should analyze how you got such a great response on a touchy subject last time and figure out how to do it again. 25% of the comments you received were valuable and insightful.
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      • Posted by  $  Wanderer 9 months, 4 weeks ago
        You mean this site censors speech? I understand them hiding obscenities but, they'll actually take down posts?

        That was my disappointment with Quora, the minders have agendas and they take down posts that don't fit their agendas and, if a few other members don't like your opinions, they can "downvote" your posts and make them disappear.
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        • Posted by 9 months, 4 weeks ago
          No, they don't take down posts, but in some cases don't print them. At least that's my perception. As to negative comments about Rand, most people posting that sort of thing usually get sliced and diced pretty good. I have had that happen to me when I presumed to question her deification among some new readers of Atlas. The Gulch PTBs (Powers That Be) might hold something back that had already been discussed ad nauseum. I have found their editing to be quite fair including some of my posts getting excluded. That's OK to me because my brain keeps bubbling over with topics to an extent that causes me to self censor.
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        • Posted by GaltsGulch 9 months, 4 weeks ago
          The only time admins of the site "censor" anything is if it violates the code of conduct: https://www.galtsgulchonline.com/faq#...
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          • Posted by  $  Wanderer 9 months, 4 weeks ago
            Hmmm. I see a net of 5 downvotes will make a post disappear. That means mainstream scientists, if they chose to hang out in The Gulch, could downvote and "disappear" all skeptical mentions of anthropogenic global warming.

            Or, if I were to discover a long lost Rand manuscript that indicated her conversion to Judaism late in life, the rest of the members of The Gulch could simply shout me down.

            Is something untrue because it's unpopular?

            I'm not sure any amount of censorship, even by the majority of readers, is good.
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            • Posted by  $  WilliamShipley 9 months, 4 weeks ago
              There are also people on the site who will up-vote you if, in their opinion, the down-vote wasn't appropriate.
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              • Posted by  $  Wanderer 9 months, 4 weeks ago

                I think The Gulch may, for now, be a special case, wherein intellectual honesty is appreciated. However, in concept, my objection remains. At some future date, when people who don't prize intellectual honesty populate The Gulch, they'll be able to censor speech to which they object.

                On Quora it's impossible to say anything critical about Islam or Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton or black racism or socialism without being voted down and seeing your post disappear, usually within an hour, sometimes within a few minutes.

                That led to my Quora post "Are Some Questions Too Bad to Ask." To which most answers were "yes." One person, trying to be reasonable, wrote that he only downvoted things he "really didn't like."

                What would members of The Gulch do if someone posted diatribes against Rand's appearance or private behavior? Would they downvote the posts and make them disappear? Is there any value to be gained from this act?

                Digits are cheap, almost free. "Disappearing" a post by popular vote doesn't really save any money and, if it's immaterial or factually incorrect the lack of readership is its own censorship, popular censorship is unnecessary because unpopularity accomplishes the same thing without resorting to the tyranny of the majority..
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  • Posted by  $  Dobrien 7 months, 3 weeks ago
    Herb7734, in your endeavors if you are considering an artist I would be happy to show you my work.
    With regards,
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    • Posted by 7 months, 3 weeks ago
      I am no longer directly in the business. A publisher of graphic novels wanted to do a bio of my son. Knowing me from my days as a publisher/editor/writer, he asked if I would write it for a percentage of the net. However, he is always on the lookout for writers and artists, particularly those that he doesn't have to play nursemaid to.His name is Scott
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