I'm sorry about sounding dismissive, because the topic obviously deserves more discussion. I'm terribly sorry about now knowing of blossom's quadriplegia, and I admit my cognitive problems do not make me empathetic.
The problem here is not that Dr. Flanagan's thread does not belong. Anybody can find it if they are looking for it. This has been a fast-paced ride for me at any rate, and I am just guessing when I say that the thing is related to the recent Big Change that happened to the site. It may not have seemed big but I think it was. See I don't even read the other forums (fora?). I suspect there are others like me who only became a member after seeing Dr. Zamboni on CTV. If you look close you see this forum was on it too. I had browsed it casually before so I knew where to look.
The Change has made me wonder if some people I used to see have put me on their 'enemy' lists, and are really gone, or am I just banned from seeing them, or them seeing my posts. I would not blame them, since I have been pretty flagrant sometimes. The issue with Dr. Flanagan is not that people can't find him. It is that they have become accustomed to seeing his stuff here, and that their posts to it may not be seen by the readers who all saw them before. Maybe it was set up another way originally, but this forum, and nowhere else, is where some people go, on the Internet. If they are like me, they often do not have much else to keep them occupied. Like me, they may be too dependent on it. I do not blame blossom for being upset or for wanting that topic back. I blame myself for not reading it very often, as I'm sure I have missed some good developments.
Maybe I will wander farther afield on this site in future, even though I know not as many others will be there. I don't want to miss developments around the CCSVI procedure, but maybe getting them elsewhere sometimes will make me more well-rounded.
I spend a lot of time typing on this damned computer, and I should probably be wondering what will become of all these words. It's not like they are on paper.
Maybe we should have a page with a chart showing how many people are "fully connected", how may people have one "enemy", one "friend", two, three, etcetera. Or maybe not. Maybe we should just do a roll call once it a while, to see if we have quorum. I don't know. Thank you, Poet, for putting me in my place. If I just shut up once in a while, instead of being insensitive, we'd all be happier, I'm sure.
The collective energy it takes to scroll past Dr. Flanagan, if you are not interested, would not light very many light-bulbs.
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