Thanks for the kind words. I suffered from the incorrect assumption
that most of the folks here are Americans. I have now been educated.
I am as susceptible to the temptation to discriminate as anyone,
perhaps more so since I am American. I try not to discriminate, and I
try hard to see others points of view. I have found that no matter
how much I disagree with certain opinions voiced here and elsewhere,
there is certainly some degree of truth in them for me to consider.
My reference to calling someone stupid was in response to something I
read here to the effect that our president, G.W. Bush is stupid due
to the excessive amounts of diet soda he drinks and the associated
physiological effects of the aspartame contained in it. Or at least I
thought that's what I read. Looking back through the posts, I cannot
find that particular statement - so maybe I misunderstood. (But there
is the problem - I cannot easily search through these posts to find
that reference.) The statement wasn't referring to anyone here as
stupid, but I do not believe that GW Bush is stupid. There appear to
be those here who do, primarily it seems because they disagree with
his policies. My point was, that while I disagreed with almost every
policy and decision made by former President Clinton, I don't believe
he is stupid. Referring to someone as stupid because you disagree
with their opinions and policies is discrimination in my mind. I
think it is quite difficult to become the president of the USA
without being intelligent.
As for e-mail - the only reliable e-mail I have is at work and is
mainframe computer based. It cannot handle the volume of messages
generated by this discussion group. My only access is online - which
is painfully slow.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Hakan Falk [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
Dear Greg Birky,
The only time I know of somebody called something stupid it
was me and about Dom Amato's discriminating view of
immigrants. I was upset and as I said, I do not normally use
this word. I stand for my opinion and if you want hear that
word again, just express a similar view that contains
racism or other discrimination and I will repeat it. Judging your
balanced posting, I think it will be hard for you to do.
Education and ignorance have nothing to do with discrimination,
on the contrary, it is often something that you hear from people
that regard themselves as educated and superior.
I think that you are right, you came in at an atypical time, a very
unique situation in the normal discussions on the board.
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