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Re: Whoops!

Posted by Todd on Thursday, August 03 2006 at 5:31:56PM
In reply to Whoops! posted by Piz on Thursday, August 03 2006 at 08:46:37AM

Who would of thought that the reaction of StC to receiving the Alice Day donation would have ended up being hysterically trying to distance itself from our cause, and that this charity thing will have ended up being of no benefit to us whatsoever? I’m gobsmacked!

Is that what that lump on your head is from? :-p

You must’ve surely seen something like this coming way before you decided you were going to steal the money you were sent.

Okay look, you can call me a thief all you want. Frankly, it doesn't mean much from someone who resents me as it is for changing my opinion. You can read my last reply to Lindsay if you want the reason why I'm doing it this way. And yes, I anticipated them rejecting the money, but I did NOT anticipate them threatening to throw me in jail because of some stupid misunderstanding over something LINDSAY put on his website!

Surely everyone involved in this fiasco realised that there was a very real possibility that whatever charity the money was sent to would want nothing to do with it. The reaction to StC’s predictable refusal to take the money—rubbing their noses in it for being hypocrites and refusing our money and therefore not letting us make self-gratifying, political donations the way other groups are allowed to—was surely at some stage a (highly likely) possible scenario that was being planned for. But now the militant wing that was supposed to take care of the nose-rubbing has folded. Whoops!

I don't know exactly what you're getting at here, but it appears that you are being slyly insulting over our failure to have a back-up plan. All I can say is, I had my own back-up plan, and I am about to implement it. As you know, I already had that plan in place BEFORE I got this letter from the Connecticut Attorney General's Office. The check's been cashed for well over a week now and I've been researching which charities I will donate to. The decision is made and the money is going out tomorrow.

An interesting question is what’s the right thing to do with the money now.

It's already decided. I am in control of the funds, and no one else is going to step out of the shadows and challenge me on it. It's well and good for people here to to support me risking my neck when things go sour, but then they're going to attempt to deny me the rights that should come along with that risk? I am not a trained monkey this community can shoot into alien territory to see if it's safe for humans--I am a person, a person who has risked much for this community, invested hours and hours of my time, energy and talent, not to mention put my neck on the line as a publicly outed ped, and for what? To be treated like a dog when I don't obey or agree with the Collective? With all do respect, fuck that.

Probably the most pragmatic course would be to distribute it anonymously and learn the lessons from this debacle;

Which is what I will be doing.

and if you’d have only made your case to the people that gave you the money instead of unilaterally deciding what to do with it, then it might even have been a dignified course of action for you to take. But without the consent of the people who entrusted that money to you, how can you legitimately do anything with it? Oh wait; you don’t care about being accountable to a bunch of pseudoanonymous cultists anymore, do you. Whoops!

In light of how many of the people here have treated me over the last few days, I can only say that I put little stock in what you deem 'a dignified course of action' in regards to this community. You can attempt to paint me as a general thief and all-around cad all you like, but the fact is, I have made the decisions I made for what I see as respectable reasons, and those who disagree with my reasoning by and large are the very same people who fail to see the hurt they so casually inflict on others here who refuse to abide by the Activist Creed, which only strengthens my resolve in the end.

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