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Cyber-bullying survival techniques

Posted by Virginia on January 17, 2011 at 1:46 PM Comments comments (4)

I have endured, considerable cyber-bullying on Topix. I have survived and grown stronger from the ordeal, and I wanted to share a few tips on how I did this to help others.

The trick is Mind Control. Its all about mind control.

I have used the writings of Marcus Aurelius, Meditations*, which is practically a "how-to" in this area. It works:

"Nothing that goes on in anyone else's mind can harm you. Nor can the shifts and changes in the world around you.

 - Then where is harm to be found?

 - In your capacity to see it. Stop doing that and everything will be fine.

Let the part of you that makes that judgement keep quiet even if the body it's attached to is stabbed or burnt, or stinking with pus, or consumed by cancer.** Or to put it another way: It needs to realize that what happens to everyone - bad and good alike - is neither good nor bad. That what happens in every life - lived naturally or not - is neither natural nor unnatural."


* Gregory Hay's translation, by far the best

**or attacked by cyber-bullies

The Comment Police, from the American Journalism Review

Posted by Virginia on December 18, 2010 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (3)

This is an interesting and relevant article:

Sun Tsu quotes

Posted by Virginia on December 14, 2010 at 9:38 PM Comments comments (1)

These have so many applications for Troll Busters:



Rouse [the enemy], and learn the prin­ci­ple of his ac­tiv­i­ty or in­ac­tiv­i­ty. Force him to re­veal him­self, so as to find out his vul­ner­a­ble spots.



We can form a sin­gle unit­ed body, while the enemy must split up intofrac­tions. Hence there will be a whole pit­ted against sep­a­rate parts of a whole, which means that we shall be many to the enemy’s few.




To se­cure our­selves against de­feat lies in our own hands, but the op­por­tu­ni­ty of de­feat­ing the enemy is pro­vid­ed by the enemy him­self.



Suc­cess in war­fare is gained by care­ful­ly ac­com­mo­dat­ing our­selves to the enemy’s purpose.




Pon­der and de­lib­er­ate be­fore you make a move.




[T]he skill­ful fight­er puts him­self into a po­si­tion which makes de­feat im­pos­si­ble, and does not miss the mo­ment for de­feat­ing the enemy.



O di­vine art of sub­tle­ty and se­cre­cy! Through you we learn to be in­vis­i­ble, through you in­audi­ble; and hence we can hold the enemy’s fate in our hands.




The spot where we in­tend to fight must not be made known; for then the enemy will have to pre­pare against a pos­si­ble at­tack at sev­er­al dif­fer­ent points; and his forces being thus dis­tribut­ed in many di­rec­tions, the num­bers we shall have to face at any given point will be pro­por­tion­ate­ly few.



The clever com­bat­ant im­pos­es his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy’s will to be im­posed on him.




Hid­ing order be­neath the cloak of dis­or­der is sim­ply a ques­tionof sub­di­vi­sion; con­ceal­ing courage under a show of timid­i­ty pre­sup­pos­es a fund of la­tent en­er­gy; mask­ing strength with weak­ness is to be ef­fect­ed by tac­ti­cal dis­po­si­tions.



Dis­ci­plined and calm, to await the ap­pear­ance of dis­or­der and hub­bub amongst the enemy: — this is the art of re­tain­ing self-pos­ses­sion.




Spies are a most im­por­tant el­e­ment in war, be­cause on them de­pends an army’s abil­i­ty to move.



Spies can­not be use­ful­ly em­ployed with­out a cer­tain in­tu­itive sagac­i­ty.




Water shapes its course ac­cord­ing to the na­ture of the ground over which it flows; the sol­dier works out his vic­to­ry in re­la­tion to the foe whom he is fac­ing.



At the crit­i­cal mo­ment, the lead­er of an army acts like one who has climbed up a height and then kicks away the lad­der be­hind him. He car­ries his men deep into hos­tile ter­ri­to­ry be­fore he shows his hand.


Topix Hall of Fame Suggestions

Posted by Virginia on December 8, 2010 at 7:12 PM Comments comments (11)

The discussion has come up about having the long-needed Topix Hall of Fame.

The Topix Hall of Fame would be dedicated to the many outstanding creative Topix talents that have posted on their forums. These talents are an asset to Topix, one not well-enough realized, as well as to those who have enjoyed their writing and posts.

I have written that Topix is the outer-limits of Free Speech and this is true. This has yielded a fertile ground for imaginative, courageous talents who have blessed us and Topix with their talent.

Here is a list of commentator's I feel are deserving of this honor, others are welcome to add names I am not familiar with.

The criteria should be:

• A decent amount of time on Topix

• A distictinctive creative style

• Originiality

• Writing ability

• Impact

• Blog-dueling/debate capability

My suggestions:


Kevin Knopp

Edward Slade

Dark New Day

Razorback Jack



Rah Rah

Lief Coach



Topics Avenger

Ricky F