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Originally posted by Gazrok
a) If people are directed here the ATS advertising revenue increases so its going to be in the interests of ATS owners to encourage more traffic (I guess that is one of the reasons they stated their own thread on this subject, yes its blood money, but better in the long run to have an 'official' take on the subject)
I can tell you with certainty, that the issue of increased traffic was not even a point of conversation in this decision. (I don't even recall it being raised, to be honest)....
The decision for an official post on the matter was made SOLELY for transparency, and the desire to be upfront with both the ATS community, and the global community. It's just good business, and the moral and just thing to do. Simple as that.
Originally posted by T3hEn1337ened
I have noticed that some people in this thread don't seem to be getting the message here. I don't want to single anyone out, but certain individuals in this thread seem to think it is alright to make aggressive and violent comments about politicians.
I certainly don't want to impose on anyone's freedom of speech, but making references to killing politicians or starting an armed revolution is inappropriate and irresponsible, particularly in light of recent events. I understand that many on ATS are beyond frustrated with the current political climate, but please think before you speak.
Even if Jared Loughner's actions weren't influenced by the comments on ATS, other people's actions CAN be. There is nothing wrong with criticizing one's government, but advocating violence against it is as wrong as the unjust wars and laws our governments pass and support. Call me naive, call me wrong, but violence is never the answer.
When you advocate violence on a public forum, you are advocating violence to the world. Someone who is mentally ill may be reading your post, and may kill a bunch of people because you and others have validated their beliefs. The police or FBI might be reading your post and take it as a threat. A fellow site member may misinterpret your words and report you to authorities for fear that you may commit a public shooting.
Advocating violence on the internet is careless and irresponsible, and can get you, the people you interact with, and the websites you visit, in a lot of trouble. It is posts like this that will put ATS in jeopardy, not some lone whacko with a gun. I'm not telling anyone they have to do what I say, I'm imploring that they do.
This is not about individuals; it is about taking individual responsibility to affect the whole.
Originally posted by Char-Lee
His ability to go on the websites here and others and rant his feelings may have held him from violence for a time actually. it sometimes works that way with these kinds of people they need an outlet. it is surprising he did not kill himself though that would have been typical of this kind of thing.
Originally posted by Miraj
reply to post by bozzchem
Yes. I'm sure all those half-wit doctors just barely drudged through medical school so that the patients would know all about their jobs and what their lives are like.
Yeah, those dumb doctors.
How is this on topic?
At another, Loughner makes extraordinarily obscure comments about language and grammar, suggesting that the government engages in “mind control on the people by controlling grammar.” That’s not the kind of idea that’s very common out there, even on the Internet. In fact, I think it’s pretty clear that Loughner is taking ideas from Patriot conspiracy theorist David Wynn Miller of Milwaukee. Miller claims that the government uses grammar to “enslave” Americans and offers up his truly weird “Truth-language” as an antidote.