I imagine most of you have seen the news that the Whittemore’s are in some hot water. I’m sure we will all stay tuned to this stranger than fiction unfolding psychodrama. Apparently, it was even weirder there than I guessed. Maybe they will be too busy now to continue their insane attempt to blame everything that went wrong on Dr. Mikovits. Where is the board of directors? Is there anything there to save? University of Nevada, isn’t it now time to ask that the CEO step down?
Link to today’s song, Instant Karma by John Lennon, since I don’t have the patience to figure out how to embed the video, with next to no internet. I am writing to you from an RV park outside Tuscon on an iPad with no wireless and one iffy bar of cell service, in WordPress, with which I am still unfamiliar. I have been occupied, or perhaps preoccupied is a better word, with the inner workings of hosts, domains, FTP, how to talk to computers and get them to talk to one another. On the WordPress site it says “code is poetry” and I think I am inclined to agree. That said, it is a relief to return to trying to communicate once again with humans.
All that tinkering has left me with a self-hosted website, a new and improved blog, with easy to use (I hope) nested comments, having somhow managed to import the old blog, complete with all 6700 comments (except for the last two written on Weebly, which couldn’t be exported). A few links to fix and one old blog is missing, but all and all, a smooth transition. I now have the ability to ban certain IP addresses without having to moderate comments. I am increasingly willing to do so, as I recognize the potential for intentional disruption and disinformation possible on the internet.
Hoping to further the discussion and sharing of ideas started here in a safer, more organized environment, I have set up a full functioned forum, also hosted at x-rx.net. I am a newbie administrator and not a forum frequenter, but I have some wonderful moderators to help us out. Unlike the blog, to stay signed up, you must fill out a profile, including your full name and advanced degrees, if any. In the interest of creating the safest space possible in which to share, if you must use a handle for one reason or another, I need to know who and where you are, or you will be unsubscribed; I will however keep your identity to myself. I am hoping some doctors and scientists will join us; I will moderate a private Physician Scientist Round Table. There will be specialty forums, e.g. Lyme Disease, Biotoxin Illness, Autism Spectrum Disorder. Moderators will send warnings for personal attacks or suspicion of intention to disrupt, and refer to me. I will have a very short fuse for banning. Off-color humor is permitted. Disagreement is encouraged. It is my sandbox. Playing nice required. Here’s hoping it is constructive.