FrankChurch wrote:I get your point, Mark.
I truly hope you do, because Mark phrased the concerns very succinctly. Frank, you're a smart guy, and very sharp when it comes to identifying a topic, but not so good at the follow through. As Mark notes, your posts carry all the substance of someone who spray paints "WAR!" on a STOP sign and walks away thinking they made a profound statement. They didn't contribute to the solution, nor to even the debate
about the solution. They simply marked the sign up, accomplishing nothing in the process except a bit of useless graffiti .
This is what the folks here, and on the Pav, are trying to tell you. You have valid points of view, but you do not defend them, you just make the comments and keep making them without the substance that intelligent debate requires. Back yourself up, enjoin the other minds here. Harlan is without a doubt a provocateur, but if you rise to his challenge you a) better make damned sure your understanding of a topic is equal to his own, and b) prepare yourself for the details he possesses to substantiate his point.
In order to be Harlan, you must enter every disagreement with the phrase "No, not
true and here's why...and why...and why..." in your frontal lobe. If he doesn't know the details, Harlan listens before making up his mind. That's the best way to disagree, by finding out what you disagree upon and addressing it and pointing out the flaws.
Drive by snarkisms might be cute for a short time, but do nothing in the long run.
(In other words, if you went to a restaurant and sat on the patio with a group of friends to discuss the state of the world, how many times do you think that group would tolerate someone who kept racing by on a skateboard making snide and snarky comments without listening to anyone else...before they grabbed and pounded him on one of the repeated passes?)
Steve Evil wrote:Might I ask for the thirteenth time what you have against the Tokyo war-crimes trials?
Good place to start, since it's been brought up on this thread many times in the past.
If it really gets going, we can even create a separate thread to continue.
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