I have to admit this pursuit by Mike Lorrey to find out all he can about Michael Powers(Zero) is getting kind of surrealistic.
Zero wrote in response to Senator Mike "Joe McCarthy" lorrey:
My name (for the I-don't-know-how-manyth time) is Michael Powers.
>What are you hiding?
I am not *hiding* anything.
>Who do you work for?
I am self employed.
>Are you a convict?
>Are you a sexual predator?
>Are you a fugitive?
>Are you a communist or socialist?
I post to this list I expect my opinions to stand or fall on their own merits, not on who I am or who people think I am.
Mike, the correct phrasing is "are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the communist party?" A rotten former commie could get away from you if the question is not phrased properly! ;) Seriously Mike, I think you would have made a damn good lawyer.
I totally agree with Zero's final statement. It is certainly nice to know something about the background of the poster but it is not "a requirement."
I personally chose to use my real name and share with the list members about my life so they would have a fuller understanding of me as a person. I feel I have benefitted from this, but it is a very personal choice.
I realize Mike Lorrey is pressing home his argument about a transparent society, but he needs to do it without attacking Zero as a person. I am on a daily basis impressed by the quality of posts by both people and want them to continue their exchanges, but without becoming enemies.
Sorry, you can call me a "coward" if you like, but I tell my kids all the time that it is stupid to give out personal information about yourself to people you don't know. I think that rule applies equally well to adults as to kids. I don't know you.
A very good point that we all need to keep in mind. Zero has not only himself but his family to be concerned about. I believe Mike Lorrey is an honorable man, but there are many people on this list I do not know who might not be as trustworthy. I have gotten to the point with several listmembers where I feel I do know them and can trust them, but that takes time.
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