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RE: List suspension - in defense of Wildwoman

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With all due respect to Bill, I might take offense at his last comment about
"Clintonistas" as I feel that this is as inappropriate as the humor thread.
It was never the intention that this become a moderated list, nor was the
intention of the Internet to establish authoritative control by an
govenernment. As such, there is no Consitutional right that I know of that
can govern any platform which is universal.
No, I can't agree with Bill Polhemus on this issue - especially when he
proposes rules of conduct and ends his post by insulting Democrates. How
professional is this?
My point is overly stated. In reality, we invite political comments like
Bill's to our list. We also invite humor - as is evident in the last six or
so jokes related to engineers. Once we start to establish exceptions to the
rules we will direct our list into oblivion.

We created this problem and we as a list perpetuate it. I won't miss those
that would rather leave than stay and work through this issue. Some of us
have suggested understanding how networks which may not support filtering
work so that we can reach a reasonable solution. Others have suggesting
filtering on prefaced code words. The majority appears not to want a more
complicated messaging system. Unless we, as a united community, decide what
we wish to do to resolve this issue, we must learn to live with it or allow
others to enforce parental control over a group of "supposed" professional.

Reinstate Kate and allow the members to govern themselves.

Dennis Wish PE

-----Original Message-----
From:	Bill Polhemus
Sent:	Tuesday, July 21, 1998 12:08 PM
To:	'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject:	RE: List suspension - in defense of Wildwoman

I'm not saying "yea" or "nay" to the controversy ongoing (I just hit the DEL
key, most of the time), but I think it wise not to overreact.

There's no "First Amendment" on a private mailing list.  The listowner(s)
can do whatever is deemed necessary.

So, instead of trying to ELEVATE this dispute to the level of social
revolution, why not stick to the real point:  is this a proper way to behave
between peers and colleagues.

Aim the quote, below, and the Clintonistas and their ilk, where it rightly
needs to be pointed.

-----Original Message-----
From:	Nick Arenson [SMTP:arenson(--nospam--at)]
Sent:	Tuesday, July 21, 1998 1:54 PM
To:	seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject:	RE: List suspension - in defense of Wildwoman

"You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets
of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. Yet in their
hearts their is unspoken - unspeakable! - fear. They are afraid of words
and thoughts! Words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home, all the
more powerful because they are forbidden. These terrify them. A little
mouse - a little tiny mouse! - of thought appears in the room, and even
the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic."

-Winston Churchill

Fight Censorship

Nicholas Arenson, PE

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