Some of you may have noticed that it is no longer possible to leave comments on Tidbits posted on my website. That is an unfortunate consequence of the website having been the target of close to 1,000 spam messages over the course of a month, over 400 in one day alone. It sucked up too much of my time to delete the garbage, so I spent money to have my website designer remove the ability to leave comments. Too bad that a few jerks ruin it for everyone.
Some of you may also wonder why I use a CONTACT form on the website rather than simply providing my normal email or postal address. The answer is again unfortunate. Before I began Musings by McCoy, I wrote a biweekly Op-Ed column for the local newspaper. One of my pieces so angered a reader that I received a threatening letter in the mail – it was anonymous, of course. Additionally, my book publisher warned me to not reveal my true location or contact methods to avoid stalkers, spammers, and other undesirables.
So, in the interest of safety, everyone now has to go through the CONTACT form on this webpage in order to reach me. In addition to posting a new Tidbit here every Sunday, I make an announcement of that posting on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-McCoy/100010420119845. I also make an announcement on Facebook when my Essays have been published. People can leave comments about Tidbits or Essays in response to their respective announcements there. People can use Messenger on Facebook as well.
That brings up some “rules of engagement” that I spell out here:
If you want to disagree – or (gasp!) even concur – with anything I have written, you are free to do so. All I ask is that comments be (1) presented in a civil manner, (2) based upon fact – not merely opinion, and (3) written in a rational fashion.
“Alternate” news sources (i.e., those from the Alt-Left or the Alt-Right) are not accepted as support for a position. If it is not a reliable news source, it won’t pass muster. Before someone complains that nearly all media are biased, allow me point out that there are a good many sources of impartial information. One just has to look for them and avoid the trite, just as I have to research my essays.
I decline to get into political debates for I have discovered that it is nearly impossible to change someone’s mind. You didn’t ask, but I will tell you that I am neither Republican nor Democrat nor Libertarian. Political positions that are proper nouns are not for me.
Finally, if you want to debate the merits of the competing schools of foreign policy, or if you want to examine certain concepts of Just War Theory versus Westphalian sovereignty, you could start a discussion group. These are worthy topics that more people in the United States ought to be examining and I applaud those who wish to do that.
So, presuming this Tidbit has not discouraged you, I look forward to your comments on Facebook.