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Okay, so we've established that
January 18, 2010 - 21:56 ET by BO STINKS
GLAAD and NPR have paid you a heck of a lot of money to come and harrass us. Glad your accounts are getting fat, can you leave us alone now?
Go back and pretend that you turned all the conservatives. They will probably believe your tripe. We don't.
January 18, 2010 - 23:37 ET by Zoe Brain
Um... I'm Australian. Doing a PhD in Canberra. Living below the poverty line on a subsistence stipend.
You think anyone would pay me enough money for me to endure the kind of rubbish that I've gotten here and elsewhere? The personal attacks, the remarks about my genitalia, how perverted I am etc etc? Oh yes, and the accusations of bribery, astroturfing etc based on notions people have plucked out of their... hats. Or other places.
This place is mild in comparison with some.
I just keep on plugging away, giving what evidence I can, saying what we can be sure of and where we might be wrong.
Some will never be convinced. But the more invective, the more shrill irrational fury that's thrown my way, replete with accusations made up out of conspiracist theory fantasy, and the more calmly I try to rebut with facts, the more convincing my argument.
Thank you for doing your part there, I appreciate it.
Careful, or some will accuse you of Mobying, of being my sockpuppet, to make me look good in comparison.
You see... it does get to me. A little. I pretend it doesn't, that I'm always the cool, calm, rational and objective Zoe. Very Vulcan.
Just sometimes though... I let a little bit of the Snark out. I deliberately try to hurt back. I'm not proud of that. Although what I wrote there was true, even the bit about Mobying, I didn't do it to try to convince. I did it to make the poster feel bad. I did it because I got fed up, and lashed out. If I was a better person, I wouldn't have, I acted out of malice because I'd been hurt.
So if anyone thinks I'm some kind of plaster saint, think again. When I say I'm a very imperfect human being, I mean it.