From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Sun Jun 25 2000 - 10:33:00 MDT

> > "Michael S. Lorrey" wrote:
>> > I imagine, from the way you have conducted
>> > yourself here, that you are the sort of person
>> > who gives thanks every day for the fact that
>> > duels are no longer legal means of settling
>> > personal disputes of honor. If you conduct
>> > yourself in your real interpersonal relations as
>> > you have here, I would imagine that you would
> > > not last long in such an environment.

Mike, I am continually amazed at how you turn every conversation into
a discussion about guns. In the last little bit, you have steered
dozens of threads to the topic of guns. You must think about them
day and night.

When someone asked about "wearable" computers, you responded about
wearable guns. When someone referred back to Y2K bugs, your referred
back to stashing guns. When someone asked about claiming the moon,
you responded with the role of guns in the history of land disputes.
When someone compared political systems, you responded about how the
Communists and Nazis banned guns. When someone complained about bad
statistics, you complained about bad gun statistics. When someone
pointed out crime statistics, you pointed out gun-control statistics.
When someone described touring Europe, you described gun-control in
Europe. When someone got into an argument with Max and Natasha, you
explain how guns could solve the problem. When someone suggested a
"Committee on Un-Extropian Activities," you mention your tendency to
shoot first and swear the carcass in later. Why must every
conversation with you turn into a gun discussion?

Even if you don't mean to do this, are you aware that this is how it
appears? Could you at least try to change the subject to include a
prefix of "GUNS:" when you do this? That way people could filter out
the "GUN:" subjects instead of merely filtering out you.

Harvey Newstrom <>
IBM Certified Senior Security Consultant, Legal Hacker, Engineer, 
Research Scientist, Author. 

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