Someone is Saddam's Girlfriend (Was Re: The Art of Unix Programming)

Matt Rogers matt at matt.rogers.name
Mon Feb 10 17:12:59 PST 2003


On Monday 10 February 2003 05:50 pm, you wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Feb 2003 22:30:27 +0000 (UTC)
>
> etmilleretmiller at yahoo.com (Eric Miller) wrote:
> > I was (honestly) unaware that this was a breach of
> > net-iquette.  I learned my posting style from Rob, for
> > whom I am beginning to grow particularly fond.
>
> I find that *very* difficult to believe.
>
> HOWEVER, as a google for 'etmiller' on newsgroups turns up nothing, I
> can only conclude two things: 1) you are telling the truth and really
> ARE new to e-communication, or 2) You are good at hiding your identity.
>
> I will give you the benefit of the doubt.
>
> > I am now duly educated, and Bjorn has my sincere
> > public apologies.
>
> Good. dont let it happen again.
>
> > > His sig is NOT rude. You may not agree with it, but
> > > doesnt your country
> > > give you the right to free speach?
> >
> > Wrong.  His sig is incorrect
>
> Says you.
>
> > and is directed at my country.
>
> It is, yes. no-one else is planning a war with Iraq (well, nothing that
> looks likely to happen soon).
>
> The sig is a political comment that it is likely that the civilian
> casualties in Iraq will be FAR higher than those sustained by the US.
>
> Can you dispute that?
>
> (failure to respond to that point at all, will be taken as inability to
> dispute it, btw.)
>
> > He has been made aware of its incorrectness,
>
> its *alleged* incorrectness. You cannot claim to know ACTUAL casualties
> from a war that hasnt happened, unless you have a time-machine.
>
> a single nuke in a large city would kill easily that many, and more. (Im
> not suggesting the USA would nuke iraq, merely pointing out that a
> single device is capable of wildly skewing the figures).
>
> > and been politely asked to stop using it.
>
> You have no authority to FORCE him to, and, now your view is clear, you
> also have no right to badger him until he gives in.
>
> > He has also been informed politely by four peopl now that they
> > find it offensive.
>
> All US citizens, I note...

I would like to point out that I'm a US citizen and i don't find Bjorn's sig 
offensive at all.

>
> > If that's not rude, what is?
>
> Refusing to accept someones right to free speech.

Amen, brother!! Go tell it on the mountain!!! ;)

Matt
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