Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Post for Shaw
I was planning to begin my posts on the FairTax today, as it's a cause near and dear to my heart. However, people are nearer and dearer to my heart than causes, so we're going to scrap plans and change direction:
To begin, let me get an excerpt from a post on The Swash Zone entitled STOP SADISTIC AND SEXIST CYBER-BULLYING … NOW! which was the catalyst for this post:
Internet predators and trolls are known to have a callous disregard for fellow human beings. They troll for sport, amusement, and narcissistic gratification. They use these forums as billboards for graffiti, name-calling, off-topic rants, taunts, and the cyberspace equivalent of road rage. Some predators sink to the level of sadism.
One of our beloved writers, Shaw Kenawe of Progressive Eruptions, has just been diagnosed with cancer. This is her second bout in as many years. She survived a previous bout … without health insurance.
Not merely this recurrence, Shaw has suffered other setbacks as well. Earlier this year, her sister passed away. She worries about another family member who is gravely ill. All told, this has been a very tough year for Shaw.
Now I've personally known Shaw since I launched my poetry blog, when she dropped me an email and introduced herself (rather than just her blog persona). Since then I've added her to my list of liberal blogger buddies (people I argue and torment but respect as people under the political bluster). And a personal attack on her, or anyone I know is sincere in their otherwise wrongheaded beliefs, is something I don't take lightly.
To his credit, the troll in question did pull his last attack post after Shaw's personal tragedies became public. But it shouldn't have to take an uprising by fellow bloggers to shame people into doing what is right.
So if everyone can keep Shaw in their thoughts and prayers as she shows her usual flair for fighting to win the battle (which, having argued politics with her, I can say is a formidable talent), she, all of us who count her as friends would appreciate it.
Get better fast, dear Shaw. I want to be able to give you shit for years to come. :)
Scribed by Patrick M at 10:25 AM