“It’s all clogged up with sludge” the guy said as the ripe aroma of decaying waste matter rose into the morning air out of a giant hole now dug behind my house. Along with family things and one of our cats being diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma after several days of not making it to the litter box, I wanted to let you know I have spent the last ten days ignoring this blog in lieu of ‘moderating’ the various septic systems at my house.
If you have a septic tank and have never dealt with this, just wait… First, the toilets don’t flush anymore, or they run over into the floor. Then, water backs up in the shower drains. You can’t do laundry, or run the dishwasher, or even take a shower (we made alternate arrangements on that one).
“How hard can it be to sort this out?”, I thought, so off I go into a dark muddy crawl space under the house in search of a ‘clean out’, which for the uninitiated is an entry point into home drainage systems so clogs can be removed. There’s a cap that unscrews, and you can run a long thing called a “plumbing snake” down into the drain pipe, twirl it around, and hopefully loosen whatever might be clogging the system…that is, unless a clog in the pipe is not the issue.
Let’s just say that when you open that clean out and the pipe is full of who knows what, you better get out of the way in a hurry…which I didn’t quite do.
What does this have to do with the Muppets? Nothing, but it did remind me of some of what we’re dealing with on this blog…
For those of you who don’t know this already, there are a handful of individuals who are taking past events and creating myths around them. I don’t believe they are just ‘trolls’, I believe they may be shills, all writing from the same IP addresses again and again while hiding behind their fake names.
Since I started this blog I have tried to maintain and support an open exchange of ideas, perspectives, and points of view. I thought that in the vein of ‘free speech’ anyone and everyone should be allowed to say pretty much whatever they wanted. That has made this a ‘forum’ rather than a ‘blog’.
As to the conjecture of trolls who’s comments indicate a desire to damage my reputation in the eyes of as many people as possible, I find myself largely immune. That’s because the more they talk, the more things they say that let me know they have no first-hand access to accurate information.
They have either been given incorrect accounts of the past by others, or they, themselves, are adding whatever they’d like in order to rewrite history to serve their own agendas.
So, since they have been allowed to state their viewpoint in full for some time now, based on the numerous requests from so many of you for me to do so, I will block the IP addresses of the known trolls because there’s a difference between attacking me and being belligerent towards or attacking those who are commenting on my blog.
I consider that behavior to be uncalled for, and it stops now. They’ll probably drift back in, but with your help we’ll keep on blocking them. Let me know the moment they re-emerge. FYI, the following author names are linked to the same IP address and/or email addresses:
The Other Fleece Throat
Shame On Steve
F l e e c e T h r o a t
Gobo Was My Favorite
Good ole Fleece Throat
In the big picture all of this is relatively meaningless in light of the suffering of so many around the world. My heart goes out to all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and the southeastern United States this past week. They have lost so much, yet they put one foot in front of another and continue moving forward by helping one another however they can. That is truly inspiring…