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1  Other / Politics & Society / baen's bar on: February 16, 2021, 10:11:08 PM
writer jason sanford wrote this piece on the message board for the publisher baen books called baen's bar:
Baen Books Forum Being Used to Advocate for Political Violence

more from file 770:

Some of the users advocating violence are even site moderators.
A moderator with the username Theoryman wrote, “As I’ve already pointed out, rendering ANY large city is uninhabitable is quite easy… And the Left lives in cities. The question is just how many of its inhabitants will survive…” Theoryman later in the thread suggested shooting transformers in cities with high-power rifles to make the cities “uninhabitable until restored,” adding in another post that “The point is to kill enough of them that they can not arise for another 50 years… or more.” …
[T]his user is a moderator for Baen’s Bar, meaning the publishing company selected this user to monitor and manage discussions on their forum.

While stating that he does not believe Baen Books endorses the calls for violence hosted on its forum, Sanford has questions he’d like Baen publisher Toni Weisskopf to be asked when she is the guest of honor at Worldcon this year.
During this year’s interview I’d really like Weisskopf to be asked about her company’s private forum being used to advocate for political violence. Does she find this acceptable? Does she condone these types of statements? Why did Baen Books previously ban some topics from their forum but doesn’t currently ban advocacy of political violence?

source: Pixel Scroll 2/15/21 A Hit! A Palpatine Hit!

while the article cites its closure, here's a link with regard to that as well:
It’s been brought to my attention by some helpful folks that speech not everyone agrees with, and that may have become unlawful speech, has occurred on Baen’s Bar. In order to fully investigate those serious allegations, and any violations of the Bar “no hitting” rule, we will be taking a break from the Bar as of noon February 16th, and encourage all our readers to enjoy their lawful conversations elsewhere for the time being.—Toni Weisskopf, Publisher
2  Other / Off-topic / MBTI types on: February 03, 2021, 12:00:00 AM
while i don't hold much stock in mbti, i was curious what everyone here is? if you haven't taken the test, here's a version that seems the most popular: 16Personalities

ordinarily, i get INFJ. what about you?
3  Other / Off-topic / RIP Ben Bova (1932-2020) on: December 02, 2020, 05:45:16 AM
rip! my first book i read of his was jupiter (2000)...
SF writer and editor Ben Bova, 88, died November 29, 2020 after contracting COVID-19, developing pneumonia, and suffering a stroke. Bova was known both for his hard SF fiction and for editing major genre magazines Analog and Omni. In all, he produced more than 120 books.

source: Ben Bova (1932-2020) — Locus Online
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