Here’s a blog I once respected. Turns out Abagond is one of the pettiest folks I have ever encountered. Something I wouldn’t have said until today. His pettiness, I thought was within normal bounds, but today he proved it was great and he validated what up until now were merely suspicions about his dishonesty. He still has a good blog. Check it out. But beware. He is petty and dishonest.
I am banning Resw and Nomad
The case for banning Resw is overdetermined:
- He is a bully. I banned Thad and B.R. for that and they were gentlemen by comparison. Resw should have been gone long ago.
- He acts guilty when asked about being a troll. On the thread “Is resw a troll?” he wrote 89 comments, but it was deflection all the way: “She started it!”, “He does it too!”, “It’s not fair”, “Abagond is dishonest”, etc. Jeff, Sharina and v8driver had no trouble answering that question in the negative and giving their reasons, but not Resw!
- He fits the pattern of a contrarian troll. (I will do a post on contrarian trolls and work it into my comment policy.)
- He is aRussian troll. See below.
Nomad: Unfortunately, Nomad gets swept up in the last one. When I looked into whether Resw was a Russian troll, Nomad’s name popped up too, but no one else’s. The most charitable thing I can say about Nomad is that if you are going to play Bobbsey Twins with a troll, you are going down with him.
Russian trolls: I say they are Russian trolls not for any computery reason but for how their comments on Ukraine suddenly changed and changed on the same day (August 3rd 2016) – and changed soon after their commenting went from casual to dedicated. At first I thought the sudden increase in their commenting was because I endorsed Hillary Clinton, but even after she lost it remained just as high, sometimes higher.
Ukraine: When it comes to Ukraine, everyone else’s opinions and levels of interest seemed organic, not like they had just joined a cult. Interest rose and fell with the news from Ukraine. Opinions changed slowly if at all.
In 2014 when the Ukraine crisis was at its height Bulanik, Linda, Origin, v8driver, sami and others talked about it, but Nomad and Resw, like me, took little interest in it. Nothing strange in that. But in 2016 and 2017 suddenly they were interested in it, for no apparent reason, and had brand new, matching pro-Russian opinions about it too, opinions hitherto unknown. Origin had pro-Russian opinions too, but they were hitherto known – because, as you would expect, he expressed them during the crisis. His opinions and interest did not seem to come out of nowhere.
There is more: This blog has never had a great interest in Russia – and, before August 2016, neither did Resw or Nomad! But now, suddenly, for no apparent reason, they get strangely upset if I say anything bad about Russia or RT, but not when I say anything bad about, say, the US or Fox News. It is just as if they have some new tie with Russia, that goes back to at least August 2016, which they are keeping secret.
I know not everyone will agree, but it has to be decided one way or the other.
– Abagond, 2017.
And so that bizarro blogging community can rest safe now Insulated from reality and safe from challenges to their delusion. Frankly, I had had enough anyway. I do now have to take resw’s accusation seriously. Abagond was likely a paid DNC operative and it was being exposed. That was why he was so anxious to ban resw and me. And Fan… before that, for some obscure transgression. Now I know that the reason for Fans banning was just pretext to stifle those who made legitimate criticism. I think this action might damage Abagond’s credibility. Indeed, one of his former regulars made this statement after leaving.
A long but steady reduction of voices with differing views, through scapegoating and broad-brushing and ridicule. One by one, voices of reason kept vanishing until it has become small group of people who all think very much alike, (save one or two polarizing gadflies.)
That would have been me and resw. Now the blog doesn’t even have the “polarizing gadflies”.