Archive for February 13th, 2014

Please, No Gossip or Hen Session, But THE LESSON

BUGS got hacked (in a way – easily managed) by a person who has had fits here regularly and been banned.

Originally, many months ago, he demanded that I provide him with hundreds of thousands of dollars he said White Rabbit had promised him for helping in a YouTube production. He had not the slightest doubt the fortune was there, and that I could either pay it myself or, even stranger, that I had the power over WR to force HIM to pay up.

So he raved and he screamed and he threatened and insulted.

Lesson One: I have warned over and over and over about working with anyone who “has real talent, but he’s a bit unstable.” I call them TTGH’s, “Take Toys and Go Home,” as in “I tell you all right now, if you don’t do it my way I’ll just quit, right when the whole project depends on me.” photo ddampbb.jpg

And the usual next line amounts to, “I’m as dedicated to the Cause as anybody, but it’s the PRINCIPLE of the thing.”

They almost invariably find this Principle at the very moment they know you are depending on you the most.

I am not withholding the name here because this is a general lesson, and as usual I don’t want the lesson to be lost in a hen session about one particular person.

This incident is critical because it illustrates the LESSON I have stated over and over and over but which, like so many real lessons, gets buried in the hen session where commenters cluck about how it fits into the Latest News or other trivia.

We have been “hacked.” The person who hacked us probably got his info from my computer, since my great weaknesses are computer illiteracy, pretty common in a man my age, disability-level ADD which means I have to write passwords down AND remember where I put them.

So I will no longer be able to put my stuff directly onto BUGS: I will have to have someone else do it, which, with a person with my problem in concentration, means you will be getting none of the spontaneity in muses “nigger” and comments and I can do less articles.

As an interrogator, I have some reason to doubt this guy’s sincerity in our cause. My reason for this is another good lesson: He uses “nigger” and “Jew” and like terms to an extent none of us use.

By the way, I am now a “fat Jew!” And that old standby, a queer.

When someone uses those words over and over, they are trying to buddy up by using the kind of language SPLC tells them we use all the time.

But one who does a lot of interrogating quickly learns not to be SURE of any conclusion. This a caution you learn in almost any field.

This guy also seems to genuinely have a problem I ran into very, very often as a Narcotics Anonymous sponsor: bipolar disorder. He is either very, very polite or shrieking. In the shrieking phase he loves to use language like someone with Tourette’s Syndrome.

So he sounds a lot like one of my sponsorees when he was, as we put it, “Off his meds.”

The quotation marks are another lesson in another area. His meds may have stopped working or be the wrong meds. So we just use the term “Off his meds” as, if you will pardon the expression, a generic one.