There's letters seal'd: and my two schoolfellows,
Whom I will trust as I will adders fang'd,
They bear the mandate; they must sweep my way
And marshal me to knavery. Let it work;
For 'tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petar; and 't shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines
And blow them at the moon: O, 'tis most sweet,
When in one line two crafts directly meet. -- Hamlet.
The word petard comes from the Middle French peter, to break wind, from pet expulsion of intestinal gas, from Latin peditum, from neuter of peditus, past participle of pedere, to break wind; akin to Greek bdein to break wind. . .The word remains in modern usage in the phrase hoist with one's own petard, which means "to be harmed by one's own plan to harm someone else" or "to fall into one's own trap," literally implying that one could be lifted up (hoist, or blown upward) by one's own bomb. -- Wikipedia:
I mulled over whether to notice this latest Kerodin donnybrook or not: "We Stand Apart ." When I received about twenty plus emails drawing my attention to its beginning, middle and current state as summed up by Kerodin and asking for reaction, I finally decided to go over and read the post and comments. So, here is my reaction:
Sad, even tragic for some of these individuals, but totally predictable when people seek leaders with feet of clay, rather than organize locally around principle. The anomie of the Internet causes some to counter their feelings of isolation by seeking larger groups as allies and then wonder why they have a falling out. Organize locally. Be your own leader. Then you can't be sold out, compromised or discredited by anybody but yourself. What is the result of all this angst? To waste time and dishearten honest folks who got sucked into it. I was there in the 90s and this is simply back to the future stuff. Perfectly predictable because the clock's come 'round again.
Permit me this snark, however. Obviously this is all about egos. Wasn't that the explanation they seized on to castigate me when I rejected Kerodin as a standard bearer for anything, let alone the Three Percent ideal? Yes, it must be just the clash of egos. And everybody else are just "splitters" in the best Pythonesque tradition. ;-)