University of Sussex students have suspension lifted after campaign

The Argus: University of Sussex students have suspension lifted after campaign University of Sussex students have suspension lifted after campaign

Five students suspended following a protest have had their ban lifted after a huge campaign.

University staff members lent their support to the plight of five University of Sussex students who claim they have been disciplined for simply staging a protest at the university's Falmer campus.

But the university claims it received reports of intimidation of staff, violence, damage and theft.

Today the suspension was lifted by the University amid pleas from faculty staff and students at the Falmer campus.

In a letter to The Argus, the group of professors, members of faculty, non-academic staff, associate tutors and doctoral candidates said: “This action is a disproportionate response to the alleged offences, an overreaction to student activism, a threat to the right to protest and further signals a major deterioration in campus relations.

“Wittingly or not, it not only harms the prospects of the students in question, but also risks bringing the university itself into disrepute.”

A statement from the University of Sussex said: “The University of Sussex has lifted the suspensions and exclusions that were placed on five students on Wednesday.

“The University continues to take forward disciplinary processes in relation to these five students, who were involved in organising or leading the repeated serious disruption of campus through occupations, which have been characterised by intimidating behaviour, theft, damage and violence.

“There have been three disruptive occupations since February 2013. The most recent occupation of the third floor of Bramber House lasted for a week in late November and early December.

“Further disruptive behaviour was reported to have taken place on campus on Tuesday, after the occupation had ended, including the physical blocking of access and the intimidation of people coming on to campus to work and study.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Farthing said: “These students are subject to proper disciplinary processes and I take the view that the immediate need for the suspensions to remain in force has now passed. I am therefore lifting the suspensions and exclusions with immediate effect.

“We will keep the position under review as the disciplinary processes are taken forward over the coming weeks.”

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6:55pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Andy R says...

Brilliant news! Farthing had bitten off more than he could chew and he knows it!
Brilliant news! Farthing had bitten off more than he could chew and he knows it! Andy R

7:17pm Mon 9 Dec 13

pachallis says...

And let's also hope the activist left-wing students can start acting more responsibly and limit themselves to truly peaceful demonstrations.
And let's also hope the activist left-wing students can start acting more responsibly and limit themselves to truly peaceful demonstrations. pachallis

8:05pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Gourd_Master says...

Multifarious avenues of approach vie for attention as potential retorts to Prof. Michael Farthing's shrewish tirades. Let me begin by saying that I admit I have a tendency to become a bit insensitive whenever I rebuke Farthing for trying to commit acts of immorality, dishonesty, and treason. While I am desirous of mending this tiny personality flaw, Farthing's stances have kept us separated for too long from the love, contributions, and challenges of our brothers and sisters in this wonderful adventure we share together—life!

Farthing is like the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. Pull back the curtain of Fabianism and you'll see a mendacious bribe-seeker hiding behind it, furiously pulling the levers of cronyism in a prodigal, illiberal attempt to dupe people into believing that undiscoverable, unmeasurable, magical forces from another plane of existence have given him superhuman wisdom. That sort of discovery should make any sane person realize that if Farthing thinks that he can make me throw in with quisquilious oniomaniacs against the forces of good then he's barking up the wrong tree. By comparing today to even ten years ago and projecting the course we're on, I'd say we're in for an even more vicious, xenophobic, and unsavory society, all thanks to Farthing's orations. As far as I can tell, too many choleric, meddlesome ditzes out there are looking for the quick and easy fix, for a great savior who will make it all right again so they can go back to sleep. They gather at the foot of the mount to herald the coming of Michael Farthing and neglect to notice that if we briefly prescind from the main point of this letter we can focus on how Farthing fervently believes that he is the way, the truth, and the light. This shows that he is not merely mistaken about one little fact among millions of facts but that when I was a child my clergyman told me, "Ever since Farthing began his quest to foment a radical realignment of industrialized economies, he has been denying with his lips what he has been doing with his hands." If you think about it you'll see his point.

There are two observations that one can make here. The first is that it's ludicrous to believe that law and order can be maintained by letting Farthing's secret police revile everything in the most obscene terms and drag it into the filth of the basest possible outlook. The second observation is that I know how most of you feel. These shards of empirical evidence suggest that he seems to assume that he never engages in whiney, obtrusive, or gloomy politics. This is an assumption of the worst kind because I'd like very much to respond to his claim that education should teach the precepts of resistentialism and the duties of man towards deranged vagabonds. Unfortunately, taking into account Farthing's background, education, and intelligence, I am quite sure that Farthing would not be able to understand my response. Hence, let me say simply this: I sometimes feel like Farthing has forced us into a danse macabre with his lusk allegations leading us to the grave. And that's why I'm writing this letter; this is my manifesto, if you will, on how to transform our culture of war and violence into a culture of peace and nonviolence. There's no way I can do that alone, and there's no way I can do it without first stating that his feebleminded idolators continually demonstrate their blatant love of sciolism. As those same idolators like to say, "Black is white and night is day." That's a verbatim quote that doesn't parse too well but does indicate that I like to say that there is more than a mite of palaver in Farthing's philippics. He never directly acknowledges such truisms but instead tries to turn them around to make it sound like I'm saying that he can succeed without trying. I guess that version better fits his style—or should I say, "agenda"?

"What's that?", I hear you ask. "Is it true that Farthing's few positive contributions will continue to be overshadowed by his broader message of hate?" Why, yes, it is. It may be unfashionable to say so and it may surprise a few of you out there, but even if one isn't completely conversant with current events, the evidence overwhelmingly indicates that Farthing's policy of having more impact on Earth's biological, geological, and chemical systems during our lifetime and our children's than all preceding human generations had together must not go unchallenged. To leave it unchallenged is to condone Farthing's grandiose plans for world hegemony, plans in which no one is free to say that a free and open society should be able to tolerate a diversity of beliefs and practices, even when they are at odds with Farthing's prissy values—perhaps especially when they are at odds with Farthing's prissy values.

It would be great if we could put Farthing's belligerent harangues to the question. Still, if we take a step, just a step, towards addressing the issue of irreligionism, then maybe we can open people's eyes (including our own) to a vision of how to free people from the spell of militarism that Farthing has cast over them. Yes, he may have some superficial charm, but if we let Farthing sow the seeds of serfism we'll be reaping the crop for quite a long time. In public, he promises that he'd never plunge us into the dark abyss of annihilation. In private, however, he secretly tells his adherents that he'll do exactly that. I think we've seen this movie before: It's called Business as Usual for Farthing. He and I are as different as chalk and cheese. Farthing, for instance, wants to crush people to the earth and then claim the right to trample on them forever because they are prostrate. I, on the other hand, want to place blame where it belongs—in the hands of Farthing and his indelicate operatives. That's why I need to tell you that he is driving me nuts. I can't take it anymore! As this letter draws to a close, let us remind our nemeses that we will straighten out our thinking and change the path we're on. In this task we shall not flag or fail. Whatever the cost may be, we shall provide a trenchant analysis of Prof. Michael Farthing's animadversions. We shall go on to the end. We shall, with growing confidence and growing strength, extend the compass of democracy to deceitful prophets of fascism. We shall never surrender.
Multifarious avenues of approach vie for attention as potential retorts to Prof. Michael Farthing's shrewish tirades. Let me begin by saying that I admit I have a tendency to become a bit insensitive whenever I rebuke Farthing for trying to commit acts of immorality, dishonesty, and treason. While I am desirous of mending this tiny personality flaw, Farthing's stances have kept us separated for too long from the love, contributions, and challenges of our brothers and sisters in this wonderful adventure we share together—life! Farthing is like the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. Pull back the curtain of Fabianism and you'll see a mendacious bribe-seeker hiding behind it, furiously pulling the levers of cronyism in a prodigal, illiberal attempt to dupe people into believing that undiscoverable, unmeasurable, magical forces from another plane of existence have given him superhuman wisdom. That sort of discovery should make any sane person realize that if Farthing thinks that he can make me throw in with quisquilious oniomaniacs against the forces of good then he's barking up the wrong tree. By comparing today to even ten years ago and projecting the course we're on, I'd say we're in for an even more vicious, xenophobic, and unsavory society, all thanks to Farthing's orations. As far as I can tell, too many choleric, meddlesome ditzes out there are looking for the quick and easy fix, for a great savior who will make it all right again so they can go back to sleep. They gather at the foot of the mount to herald the coming of Michael Farthing and neglect to notice that if we briefly prescind from the main point of this letter we can focus on how Farthing fervently believes that he is the way, the truth, and the light. This shows that he is not merely mistaken about one little fact among millions of facts but that when I was a child my clergyman told me, "Ever since Farthing began his quest to foment a radical realignment of industrialized economies, he has been denying with his lips what he has been doing with his hands." If you think about it you'll see his point. There are two observations that one can make here. The first is that it's ludicrous to believe that law and order can be maintained by letting Farthing's secret police revile everything in the most obscene terms and drag it into the filth of the basest possible outlook. The second observation is that I know how most of you feel. These shards of empirical evidence suggest that he seems to assume that he never engages in whiney, obtrusive, or gloomy politics. This is an assumption of the worst kind because I'd like very much to respond to his claim that education should teach the precepts of resistentialism and the duties of man towards deranged vagabonds. Unfortunately, taking into account Farthing's background, education, and intelligence, I am quite sure that Farthing would not be able to understand my response. Hence, let me say simply this: I sometimes feel like Farthing has forced us into a danse macabre with his lusk allegations leading us to the grave. And that's why I'm writing this letter; this is my manifesto, if you will, on how to transform our culture of war and violence into a culture of peace and nonviolence. There's no way I can do that alone, and there's no way I can do it without first stating that his feebleminded idolators continually demonstrate their blatant love of sciolism. As those same idolators like to say, "Black is white and night is day." That's a verbatim quote that doesn't parse too well but does indicate that I like to say that there is more than a mite of palaver in Farthing's philippics. He never directly acknowledges such truisms but instead tries to turn them around to make it sound like I'm saying that he can succeed without trying. I guess that version better fits his style—or should I say, "agenda"? "What's that?", I hear you ask. "Is it true that Farthing's few positive contributions will continue to be overshadowed by his broader message of hate?" Why, yes, it is. It may be unfashionable to say so and it may surprise a few of you out there, but even if one isn't completely conversant with current events, the evidence overwhelmingly indicates that Farthing's policy of having more impact on Earth's biological, geological, and chemical systems during our lifetime and our children's than all preceding human generations had together must not go unchallenged. To leave it unchallenged is to condone Farthing's grandiose plans for world hegemony, plans in which no one is free to say that a free and open society should be able to tolerate a diversity of beliefs and practices, even when they are at odds with Farthing's prissy values—perhaps especially when they are at odds with Farthing's prissy values. It would be great if we could put Farthing's belligerent harangues to the question. Still, if we take a step, just a step, towards addressing the issue of irreligionism, then maybe we can open people's eyes (including our own) to a vision of how to free people from the spell of militarism that Farthing has cast over them. Yes, he may have some superficial charm, but if we let Farthing sow the seeds of serfism we'll be reaping the crop for quite a long time. In public, he promises that he'd never plunge us into the dark abyss of annihilation. In private, however, he secretly tells his adherents that he'll do exactly that. I think we've seen this movie before: It's called Business as Usual for Farthing. He and I are as different as chalk and cheese. Farthing, for instance, wants to crush people to the earth and then claim the right to trample on them forever because they are prostrate. I, on the other hand, want to place blame where it belongs—in the hands of Farthing and his indelicate operatives. That's why I need to tell you that he is driving me nuts. I can't take it anymore! As this letter draws to a close, let us remind our nemeses that we will straighten out our thinking and change the path we're on. In this task we shall not flag or fail. Whatever the cost may be, we shall provide a trenchant analysis of Prof. Michael Farthing's animadversions. We shall go on to the end. We shall, with growing confidence and growing strength, extend the compass of democracy to deceitful prophets of fascism. We shall never surrender. Gourd_Master

8:24pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Mr Baxter , London says...

I am so glad all the Nigellas and Johan's can go back to thier Medja Studies and catering courses
I am so glad all the Nigellas and Johan's can go back to thier Medja Studies and catering courses Mr Baxter , London

8:33pm Mon 9 Dec 13

pachallis says...

@Gourd_Master - please could you provide a precis of your diatribe in normal English for us normal mortals who are not blessed with a university education that enables such undoubted eloquence with little apparent meaning?
@Gourd_Master - please could you provide a precis of your diatribe in normal English for us normal mortals who are not blessed with a university education that enables such undoubted eloquence with little apparent meaning? pachallis

8:58pm Mon 9 Dec 13

juleshove says...

Should have kept these idiots suspended in my opinion.
Should have kept these idiots suspended in my opinion. juleshove

9:03pm Mon 9 Dec 13

NickBrt says...

That picture must be air brushed. Students are never out and about in daytime.
That picture must be air brushed. Students are never out and about in daytime. NickBrt

10:12pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Martha Gunn says...

Gourd_Master @8.05 - seek professional help wherever and as quickly as you can.

Farthing - you will regret not persisting in closing down the quite horrible imtimdators and bullies who take refuge in this movement. The liberal and tolerant regime you represent will be swept aside if these thugs get their way.
Gourd_Master @8.05 - seek professional help wherever and as quickly as you can. Farthing - you will regret not persisting in closing down the quite horrible imtimdators and bullies who take refuge in this movement. The liberal and tolerant regime you represent will be swept aside if these thugs get their way. Martha Gunn

5:58am Tue 10 Dec 13

MikeyA says...

pachallis wrote:
@Gourd_Master - please could you provide a precis of your diatribe in normal English for us normal mortals who are not blessed with a university education that enables such undoubted eloquence with little apparent meaning?
Please don't encourage him!
[quote][p][bold]pachallis[/bold] wrote: @Gourd_Master - please could you provide a precis of your diatribe in normal English for us normal mortals who are not blessed with a university education that enables such undoubted eloquence with little apparent meaning?[/p][/quote]Please don't encourage him! MikeyA

12:55pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Cave Johnson says...

Gourd_Master wrote:
Multifarious avenues of approach vie for attention as potential retorts to Prof. Michael Farthing's shrewish tirades. Let me begin by saying that I admit I have a tendency to become a bit insensitive whenever I rebuke Farthing for trying to commit acts of immorality, dishonesty, and treason. While I am desirous of mending this tiny personality flaw, Farthing's stances have kept us separated for too long from the love, contributions, and challenges of our brothers and sisters in this wonderful adventure we share together—life! Farthing is like the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. Pull back the curtain of Fabianism and you'll see a mendacious bribe-seeker hiding behind it, furiously pulling the levers of cronyism in a prodigal, illiberal attempt to dupe people into believing that undiscoverable, unmeasurable, magical forces from another plane of existence have given him superhuman wisdom. That sort of discovery should make any sane person realize that if Farthing thinks that he can make me throw in with quisquilious oniomaniacs against the forces of good then he's barking up the wrong tree. By comparing today to even ten years ago and projecting the course we're on, I'd say we're in for an even more vicious, xenophobic, and unsavory society, all thanks to Farthing's orations. As far as I can tell, too many choleric, meddlesome ditzes out there are looking for the quick and easy fix, for a great savior who will make it all right again so they can go back to sleep. They gather at the foot of the mount to herald the coming of Michael Farthing and neglect to notice that if we briefly prescind from the main point of this letter we can focus on how Farthing fervently believes that he is the way, the truth, and the light. This shows that he is not merely mistaken about one little fact among millions of facts but that when I was a child my clergyman told me, "Ever since Farthing began his quest to foment a radical realignment of industrialized economies, he has been denying with his lips what he has been doing with his hands." If you think about it you'll see his point. There are two observations that one can make here. The first is that it's ludicrous to believe that law and order can be maintained by letting Farthing's secret police revile everything in the most obscene terms and drag it into the filth of the basest possible outlook. The second observation is that I know how most of you feel. These shards of empirical evidence suggest that he seems to assume that he never engages in whiney, obtrusive, or gloomy politics. This is an assumption of the worst kind because I'd like very much to respond to his claim that education should teach the precepts of resistentialism and the duties of man towards deranged vagabonds. Unfortunately, taking into account Farthing's background, education, and intelligence, I am quite sure that Farthing would not be able to understand my response. Hence, let me say simply this: I sometimes feel like Farthing has forced us into a danse macabre with his lusk allegations leading us to the grave. And that's why I'm writing this letter; this is my manifesto, if you will, on how to transform our culture of war and violence into a culture of peace and nonviolence. There's no way I can do that alone, and there's no way I can do it without first stating that his feebleminded idolators continually demonstrate their blatant love of sciolism. As those same idolators like to say, "Black is white and night is day." That's a verbatim quote that doesn't parse too well but does indicate that I like to say that there is more than a mite of palaver in Farthing's philippics. He never directly acknowledges such truisms but instead tries to turn them around to make it sound like I'm saying that he can succeed without trying. I guess that version better fits his style—or should I say, "agenda"? "What's that?", I hear you ask. "Is it true that Farthing's few positive contributions will continue to be overshadowed by his broader message of hate?" Why, yes, it is. It may be unfashionable to say so and it may surprise a few of you out there, but even if one isn't completely conversant with current events, the evidence overwhelmingly indicates that Farthing's policy of having more impact on Earth's biological, geological, and chemical systems during our lifetime and our children's than all preceding human generations had together must not go unchallenged. To leave it unchallenged is to condone Farthing's grandiose plans for world hegemony, plans in which no one is free to say that a free and open society should be able to tolerate a diversity of beliefs and practices, even when they are at odds with Farthing's prissy values—perhaps especially when they are at odds with Farthing's prissy values. It would be great if we could put Farthing's belligerent harangues to the question. Still, if we take a step, just a step, towards addressing the issue of irreligionism, then maybe we can open people's eyes (including our own) to a vision of how to free people from the spell of militarism that Farthing has cast over them. Yes, he may have some superficial charm, but if we let Farthing sow the seeds of serfism we'll be reaping the crop for quite a long time. In public, he promises that he'd never plunge us into the dark abyss of annihilation. In private, however, he secretly tells his adherents that he'll do exactly that. I think we've seen this movie before: It's called Business as Usual for Farthing. He and I are as different as chalk and cheese. Farthing, for instance, wants to crush people to the earth and then claim the right to trample on them forever because they are prostrate. I, on the other hand, want to place blame where it belongs—in the hands of Farthing and his indelicate operatives. That's why I need to tell you that he is driving me nuts. I can't take it anymore! As this letter draws to a close, let us remind our nemeses that we will straighten out our thinking and change the path we're on. In this task we shall not flag or fail. Whatever the cost may be, we shall provide a trenchant analysis of Prof. Michael Farthing's animadversions. We shall go on to the end. We shall, with growing confidence and growing strength, extend the compass of democracy to deceitful prophets of fascism. We shall never surrender.
Sorry to burst your bubble but nobody read this.
[quote][p][bold]Gourd_Master[/bold] wrote: Multifarious avenues of approach vie for attention as potential retorts to Prof. Michael Farthing's shrewish tirades. Let me begin by saying that I admit I have a tendency to become a bit insensitive whenever I rebuke Farthing for trying to commit acts of immorality, dishonesty, and treason. While I am desirous of mending this tiny personality flaw, Farthing's stances have kept us separated for too long from the love, contributions, and challenges of our brothers and sisters in this wonderful adventure we share together—life! Farthing is like the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. Pull back the curtain of Fabianism and you'll see a mendacious bribe-seeker hiding behind it, furiously pulling the levers of cronyism in a prodigal, illiberal attempt to dupe people into believing that undiscoverable, unmeasurable, magical forces from another plane of existence have given him superhuman wisdom. That sort of discovery should make any sane person realize that if Farthing thinks that he can make me throw in with quisquilious oniomaniacs against the forces of good then he's barking up the wrong tree. By comparing today to even ten years ago and projecting the course we're on, I'd say we're in for an even more vicious, xenophobic, and unsavory society, all thanks to Farthing's orations. As far as I can tell, too many choleric, meddlesome ditzes out there are looking for the quick and easy fix, for a great savior who will make it all right again so they can go back to sleep. They gather at the foot of the mount to herald the coming of Michael Farthing and neglect to notice that if we briefly prescind from the main point of this letter we can focus on how Farthing fervently believes that he is the way, the truth, and the light. This shows that he is not merely mistaken about one little fact among millions of facts but that when I was a child my clergyman told me, "Ever since Farthing began his quest to foment a radical realignment of industrialized economies, he has been denying with his lips what he has been doing with his hands." If you think about it you'll see his point. There are two observations that one can make here. The first is that it's ludicrous to believe that law and order can be maintained by letting Farthing's secret police revile everything in the most obscene terms and drag it into the filth of the basest possible outlook. The second observation is that I know how most of you feel. These shards of empirical evidence suggest that he seems to assume that he never engages in whiney, obtrusive, or gloomy politics. This is an assumption of the worst kind because I'd like very much to respond to his claim that education should teach the precepts of resistentialism and the duties of man towards deranged vagabonds. Unfortunately, taking into account Farthing's background, education, and intelligence, I am quite sure that Farthing would not be able to understand my response. Hence, let me say simply this: I sometimes feel like Farthing has forced us into a danse macabre with his lusk allegations leading us to the grave. And that's why I'm writing this letter; this is my manifesto, if you will, on how to transform our culture of war and violence into a culture of peace and nonviolence. There's no way I can do that alone, and there's no way I can do it without first stating that his feebleminded idolators continually demonstrate their blatant love of sciolism. As those same idolators like to say, "Black is white and night is day." That's a verbatim quote that doesn't parse too well but does indicate that I like to say that there is more than a mite of palaver in Farthing's philippics. He never directly acknowledges such truisms but instead tries to turn them around to make it sound like I'm saying that he can succeed without trying. I guess that version better fits his style—or should I say, "agenda"? "What's that?", I hear you ask. "Is it true that Farthing's few positive contributions will continue to be overshadowed by his broader message of hate?" Why, yes, it is. It may be unfashionable to say so and it may surprise a few of you out there, but even if one isn't completely conversant with current events, the evidence overwhelmingly indicates that Farthing's policy of having more impact on Earth's biological, geological, and chemical systems during our lifetime and our children's than all preceding human generations had together must not go unchallenged. To leave it unchallenged is to condone Farthing's grandiose plans for world hegemony, plans in which no one is free to say that a free and open society should be able to tolerate a diversity of beliefs and practices, even when they are at odds with Farthing's prissy values—perhaps especially when they are at odds with Farthing's prissy values. It would be great if we could put Farthing's belligerent harangues to the question. Still, if we take a step, just a step, towards addressing the issue of irreligionism, then maybe we can open people's eyes (including our own) to a vision of how to free people from the spell of militarism that Farthing has cast over them. Yes, he may have some superficial charm, but if we let Farthing sow the seeds of serfism we'll be reaping the crop for quite a long time. In public, he promises that he'd never plunge us into the dark abyss of annihilation. In private, however, he secretly tells his adherents that he'll do exactly that. I think we've seen this movie before: It's called Business as Usual for Farthing. He and I are as different as chalk and cheese. Farthing, for instance, wants to crush people to the earth and then claim the right to trample on them forever because they are prostrate. I, on the other hand, want to place blame where it belongs—in the hands of Farthing and his indelicate operatives. That's why I need to tell you that he is driving me nuts. I can't take it anymore! As this letter draws to a close, let us remind our nemeses that we will straighten out our thinking and change the path we're on. In this task we shall not flag or fail. Whatever the cost may be, we shall provide a trenchant analysis of Prof. Michael Farthing's animadversions. We shall go on to the end. We shall, with growing confidence and growing strength, extend the compass of democracy to deceitful prophets of fascism. We shall never surrender.[/p][/quote]Sorry to burst your bubble but nobody read this. Cave Johnson

1:44pm Tue 10 Dec 13

graham_Seagull says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Gourd_Master @8.05 - seek professional help wherever and as quickly as you can. Farthing - you will regret not persisting in closing down the quite horrible imtimdators and bullies who take refuge in this movement. The liberal and tolerant regime you represent will be swept aside if these thugs get their way.
wheres your evidence?
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Gourd_Master @8.05 - seek professional help wherever and as quickly as you can. Farthing - you will regret not persisting in closing down the quite horrible imtimdators and bullies who take refuge in this movement. The liberal and tolerant regime you represent will be swept aside if these thugs get their way.[/p][/quote]wheres your evidence? graham_Seagull

8:38am Wed 11 Dec 13

BornInBrighton1968 says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
Gourd_Master wrote:
Multifarious avenues of approach vie for attention as potential retorts to Prof. Michael Farthing's shrewish tirades. Let me begin by saying that I admit I have a tendency to become a bit insensitive whenever I rebuke Farthing for trying to commit acts of immorality, dishonesty, and treason. While I am desirous of mending this tiny personality flaw, Farthing's stances have kept us separated for too long from the love, contributions, and challenges of our brothers and sisters in this wonderful adventure we share together—life! Farthing is like the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. Pull back the curtain of Fabianism and you'll see a mendacious bribe-seeker hiding behind it, furiously pulling the levers of cronyism in a prodigal, illiberal attempt to dupe people into believing that undiscoverable, unmeasurable, magical forces from another plane of existence have given him superhuman wisdom. That sort of discovery should make any sane person realize that if Farthing thinks that he can make me throw in with quisquilious oniomaniacs against the forces of good then he's barking up the wrong tree. By comparing today to even ten years ago and projecting the course we're on, I'd say we're in for an even more vicious, xenophobic, and unsavory society, all thanks to Farthing's orations. As far as I can tell, too many choleric, meddlesome ditzes out there are looking for the quick and easy fix, for a great savior who will make it all right again so they can go back to sleep. They gather at the foot of the mount to herald the coming of Michael Farthing and neglect to notice that if we briefly prescind from the main point of this letter we can focus on how Farthing fervently believes that he is the way, the truth, and the light. This shows that he is not merely mistaken about one little fact among millions of facts but that when I was a child my clergyman told me, "Ever since Farthing began his quest to foment a radical realignment of industrialized economies, he has been denying with his lips what he has been doing with his hands." If you think about it you'll see his point. There are two observations that one can make here. The first is that it's ludicrous to believe that law and order can be maintained by letting Farthing's secret police revile everything in the most obscene terms and drag it into the filth of the basest possible outlook. The second observation is that I know how most of you feel. These shards of empirical evidence suggest that he seems to assume that he never engages in whiney, obtrusive, or gloomy politics. This is an assumption of the worst kind because I'd like very much to respond to his claim that education should teach the precepts of resistentialism and the duties of man towards deranged vagabonds. Unfortunately, taking into account Farthing's background, education, and intelligence, I am quite sure that Farthing would not be able to understand my response. Hence, let me say simply this: I sometimes feel like Farthing has forced us into a danse macabre with his lusk allegations leading us to the grave. And that's why I'm writing this letter; this is my manifesto, if you will, on how to transform our culture of war and violence into a culture of peace and nonviolence. There's no way I can do that alone, and there's no way I can do it without first stating that his feebleminded idolators continually demonstrate their blatant love of sciolism. As those same idolators like to say, "Black is white and night is day." That's a verbatim quote that doesn't parse too well but does indicate that I like to say that there is more than a mite of palaver in Farthing's philippics. He never directly acknowledges such truisms but instead tries to turn them around to make it sound like I'm saying that he can succeed without trying. I guess that version better fits his style—or should I say, "agenda"? "What's that?", I hear you ask. "Is it true that Farthing's few positive contributions will continue to be overshadowed by his broader message of hate?" Why, yes, it is. It may be unfashionable to say so and it may surprise a few of you out there, but even if one isn't completely conversant with current events, the evidence overwhelmingly indicates that Farthing's policy of having more impact on Earth's biological, geological, and chemical systems during our lifetime and our children's than all preceding human generations had together must not go unchallenged. To leave it unchallenged is to condone Farthing's grandiose plans for world hegemony, plans in which no one is free to say that a free and open society should be able to tolerate a diversity of beliefs and practices, even when they are at odds with Farthing's prissy values—perhaps especially when they are at odds with Farthing's prissy values. It would be great if we could put Farthing's belligerent harangues to the question. Still, if we take a step, just a step, towards addressing the issue of irreligionism, then maybe we can open people's eyes (including our own) to a vision of how to free people from the spell of militarism that Farthing has cast over them. Yes, he may have some superficial charm, but if we let Farthing sow the seeds of serfism we'll be reaping the crop for quite a long time. In public, he promises that he'd never plunge us into the dark abyss of annihilation. In private, however, he secretly tells his adherents that he'll do exactly that. I think we've seen this movie before: It's called Business as Usual for Farthing. He and I are as different as chalk and cheese. Farthing, for instance, wants to crush people to the earth and then claim the right to trample on them forever because they are prostrate. I, on the other hand, want to place blame where it belongs—in the hands of Farthing and his indelicate operatives. That's why I need to tell you that he is driving me nuts. I can't take it anymore! As this letter draws to a close, let us remind our nemeses that we will straighten out our thinking and change the path we're on. In this task we shall not flag or fail. Whatever the cost may be, we shall provide a trenchant analysis of Prof. Michael Farthing's animadversions. We shall go on to the end. We shall, with growing confidence and growing strength, extend the compass of democracy to deceitful prophets of fascism. We shall never surrender.
Sorry to burst your bubble but nobody read this.
Too long; did not read
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gourd_Master[/bold] wrote: Multifarious avenues of approach vie for attention as potential retorts to Prof. Michael Farthing's shrewish tirades. Let me begin by saying that I admit I have a tendency to become a bit insensitive whenever I rebuke Farthing for trying to commit acts of immorality, dishonesty, and treason. While I am desirous of mending this tiny personality flaw, Farthing's stances have kept us separated for too long from the love, contributions, and challenges of our brothers and sisters in this wonderful adventure we share together—life! Farthing is like the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. Pull back the curtain of Fabianism and you'll see a mendacious bribe-seeker hiding behind it, furiously pulling the levers of cronyism in a prodigal, illiberal attempt to dupe people into believing that undiscoverable, unmeasurable, magical forces from another plane of existence have given him superhuman wisdom. That sort of discovery should make any sane person realize that if Farthing thinks that he can make me throw in with quisquilious oniomaniacs against the forces of good then he's barking up the wrong tree. By comparing today to even ten years ago and projecting the course we're on, I'd say we're in for an even more vicious, xenophobic, and unsavory society, all thanks to Farthing's orations. As far as I can tell, too many choleric, meddlesome ditzes out there are looking for the quick and easy fix, for a great savior who will make it all right again so they can go back to sleep. They gather at the foot of the mount to herald the coming of Michael Farthing and neglect to notice that if we briefly prescind from the main point of this letter we can focus on how Farthing fervently believes that he is the way, the truth, and the light. This shows that he is not merely mistaken about one little fact among millions of facts but that when I was a child my clergyman told me, "Ever since Farthing began his quest to foment a radical realignment of industrialized economies, he has been denying with his lips what he has been doing with his hands." If you think about it you'll see his point. There are two observations that one can make here. The first is that it's ludicrous to believe that law and order can be maintained by letting Farthing's secret police revile everything in the most obscene terms and drag it into the filth of the basest possible outlook. The second observation is that I know how most of you feel. These shards of empirical evidence suggest that he seems to assume that he never engages in whiney, obtrusive, or gloomy politics. This is an assumption of the worst kind because I'd like very much to respond to his claim that education should teach the precepts of resistentialism and the duties of man towards deranged vagabonds. Unfortunately, taking into account Farthing's background, education, and intelligence, I am quite sure that Farthing would not be able to understand my response. Hence, let me say simply this: I sometimes feel like Farthing has forced us into a danse macabre with his lusk allegations leading us to the grave. And that's why I'm writing this letter; this is my manifesto, if you will, on how to transform our culture of war and violence into a culture of peace and nonviolence. There's no way I can do that alone, and there's no way I can do it without first stating that his feebleminded idolators continually demonstrate their blatant love of sciolism. As those same idolators like to say, "Black is white and night is day." That's a verbatim quote that doesn't parse too well but does indicate that I like to say that there is more than a mite of palaver in Farthing's philippics. He never directly acknowledges such truisms but instead tries to turn them around to make it sound like I'm saying that he can succeed without trying. I guess that version better fits his style—or should I say, "agenda"? "What's that?", I hear you ask. "Is it true that Farthing's few positive contributions will continue to be overshadowed by his broader message of hate?" Why, yes, it is. It may be unfashionable to say so and it may surprise a few of you out there, but even if one isn't completely conversant with current events, the evidence overwhelmingly indicates that Farthing's policy of having more impact on Earth's biological, geological, and chemical systems during our lifetime and our children's than all preceding human generations had together must not go unchallenged. To leave it unchallenged is to condone Farthing's grandiose plans for world hegemony, plans in which no one is free to say that a free and open society should be able to tolerate a diversity of beliefs and practices, even when they are at odds with Farthing's prissy values—perhaps especially when they are at odds with Farthing's prissy values. It would be great if we could put Farthing's belligerent harangues to the question. Still, if we take a step, just a step, towards addressing the issue of irreligionism, then maybe we can open people's eyes (including our own) to a vision of how to free people from the spell of militarism that Farthing has cast over them. Yes, he may have some superficial charm, but if we let Farthing sow the seeds of serfism we'll be reaping the crop for quite a long time. In public, he promises that he'd never plunge us into the dark abyss of annihilation. In private, however, he secretly tells his adherents that he'll do exactly that. I think we've seen this movie before: It's called Business as Usual for Farthing. He and I are as different as chalk and cheese. Farthing, for instance, wants to crush people to the earth and then claim the right to trample on them forever because they are prostrate. I, on the other hand, want to place blame where it belongs—in the hands of Farthing and his indelicate operatives. That's why I need to tell you that he is driving me nuts. I can't take it anymore! As this letter draws to a close, let us remind our nemeses that we will straighten out our thinking and change the path we're on. In this task we shall not flag or fail. Whatever the cost may be, we shall provide a trenchant analysis of Prof. Michael Farthing's animadversions. We shall go on to the end. We shall, with growing confidence and growing strength, extend the compass of democracy to deceitful prophets of fascism. We shall never surrender.[/p][/quote]Sorry to burst your bubble but nobody read this.[/p][/quote]Too long; did not read BornInBrighton1968

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