Will put it back soon. Need to restore from backup.
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OK. So there has been a lot of blustery talk about how I am a problem for the site. I want people to post here and give me their honest assessment. Has my recent behavior or my behavior overall been a problem? Am I driving people away as BR claims? Do I truly provide no value here?
It’s been mentioned that it would be a good idea to learn about the non-political interests of Swords Crossed members. I agree that it helps to foster more good-natured debate when you realize that your adversary is a real person with many interests that may coincide with your own. In that spirit, I'm starting off with a primary interest of mine that is most likely to be shared, at least on some level, with other SCers: beer.
I just wanted to take a quick moment of the membership's time, to apologize explicitly to those of my fellow participants here at Swords Crossed of whom I may have antagonized in the past, or otherwise been guilty of some out of order behavior.
I've been hoping for the past six months that I would be able to find more time to devote to SC, but unfortunately that does not appear to be likely for the foreseeable future. At the same time I've become increasingly tired of online political discussion in general, which now feels repetitive and predictable. I very much support the mission of SC and would like to see the site continue to grow, but I don't think I'm currently in a position to be an administrator/editor/contributor.
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Back when I was contemplating a Political Science minor, I took a few upper level poly sci courses. Posted below is one of the essays I wrote in PLS 462 -- Comparative Revolutions. It's a long read, but it might interesting to the SC crowd. If anyone is interested, I can email them the full PDF. For copyright purposes, this can be considered public domain.
I am me...my own person, and I live for the life that I was cut for and educated to lead; my silversmithing, piano tuning, and many other things I do in life. Admittedly, I'm not someone who takes setbacks and adversity with a lot of aplomb and grace, and never have been.