I love babble

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Slumberjack

6079_Smith_W wrote:
But given how much you seem to be on about "teh Nazis" I'd have expected to see you fighting your noble and sisyphean fight at Stormfront, or at the very least a conservative or pro-Israel site. 

Well, don't think that I fail to understand your sensitivity about Nazis.

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But you are here, and despite your complaints you seem to want to stay.

I also prefer to remain living in Canada despite the fact that the list of complaints about the place is quite lengthy.

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I get that it might be too uncool for you to say anything nice. 

You're talents are obviously being wasted.  Why don't you apply for a position with Rabble as their nice comment solicitor?

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I love that rabble is the kind of place that doesn't just boot your ass out of here for being a thorn in people' s side.

It wouldn't matter to me.  I find it's better that way, especially for those times where I might have something to say opposition to the prevailing logic.

6079_Smith_W

Yes dear. We love you too, despite your cranky side.

Michael Stewart Michael Stewart's picture

MegB wrote:
So thank you to all of you who make babble a great place. To those who try to make it a highly disagreeable place, fuck you very much. I'd also like to thank my brilliant, warm and compassionate colleagues, our rabble staff, who make working for the organization both a privilege and a pleasure.

That is all.

 

Unionist

Michael Stewart wrote:

MegB wrote:
So thank you to all of you who make babble a great place. To those who try to make it a highly disagreeable place, fuck you very much. I'd also like to thank my brilliant, warm and compassionate colleagues, our rabble staff, who make working for the organization both a privilege and a pleasure.

That is all.

 

Unionist

Mr. Magoo wrote:

I ♥ babble.

Not pledging my allegiance here.  Just showing off that I know how to make a ♥ symbol.

But I do ♥♥♥ babble.

I do believe it's mutual, Magoo!

Caissa

Today would have been Skdadl's 71st birthday. RIP.

Unionist

Can't believe she's gone. Such a powerful and compassionate woman. Happy birthday, skdadl, and rest in peace.

 

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Timebandit Timebandit's picture

Yeah, that notification popped up on my Facebook. I miss her, too.

Unionist

*BUMP*

It's time for more discussion about how, why, and how much we love babble!

6079_Smith_W

I think people's continued presence speaks for itself. Beyond that, it is an open playing field at this point. My opinion anyway. 

Obviously I haven't given up on it, but at this point it has the biggest nest of trolls and idealogues of any place I frequent. Not saying that to slag, because again, I have no intention of flouncing; I am well beyond that. But it sure is a hard place to have a straightforward discussion.

But again, like a lot of others, I am here. Probably doesn't sound like a compliment, but it is, when you consider it would be easy to fuck off.

 

 

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..i've left more than once saying to myself i wouldn't return. yet here i am. at 69 yrs old contributing energizes me and stimulates my mind. this in turn inspires me to do more in my home life. babble is a good therapy for me in spite of the fustrations i feel now and again. 

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

Admittedly, babble is slightly "MySpace" era technology, but what's still cool about it is that it's like an interactive news site of a sort.  You don't just read an article, you can discuss and debate it too.  And that can be frustrating at times, and there are shortcomings, but I don't think we'd be better served with some kind of live chat model, or 3D avatars walking around a Minecraft world talking or whatever.  I've changed my own mind, even if only by a little, so much more often after discussing the issue here than I ever have after simply reading a story somewhere else.  It's still, overall, a good thing.

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

I dunno, man. I'm tired.

6079_Smith_W

Maybe he was being facetious. Never can tell around here.

 

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

Am I that "he"?

I'm sure I've disagreed with both of you about some things on babble.  Sorry!  But I do still think babble has merits.

And if you honestly can't tell when I'm being facetious or straight-up then that just means I'm doing it right.

6079_Smith_W

I guess that makes 0 and 2.

I was talking about Unionist's impromptu call.  I certainly consider it an important forum. Can't say as I like a lot of what is going down here at the moment. It's not like there isn't flak on facebook and other places, but it isn't constant like it seems to be here of late.

So "love" isn't the first word that springs to my mind.

 

 

 

Caissa

I find myself spending less and less time here. After a dozen years as a member, I find my response to many threads being " ehh".

Unionist

Caissa wrote:

I find myself spending less and less time here. After a dozen years as a member, I find my response to many threads being " ehh".

My main irritant is the endless multiple threads about electoral politics and polls. I yearn for discussions about real-life movements, primarily within Canada. I loved the months of observation, discussion, and support connected with the 2012 student strike in Québec. Likewise with workers' struggles, solidarity movement, anti-racism, Indigenous, women's, environmental, etc.

I don't much like babblers endlessly posting links to articles, not only without comment, but without even taking 2 seconds to copy and paste a meaningful headline and embed the hyperlink within it. Can they really not know how after all these years? I'd be happy to help.

Hey - idea - maybe we need separate threads/forums where babblers can warehouse links to articles, if they have nothing to say about them. Then anyone interested could check them out, and if appropriate, could re-post an article in a real discussion thread and, like, actually, say something about it. Let me work on that idea a bit...

But even though my participation is drastically reduced from previous years... for a variety of reasons... the fact remains that I Love Babble. Can't help it. It's bigger than me. And thank you Meg, oldgoat, and rabble.ca for making it possible, and necessary.

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