Trust and Anonymity

Had an interesting thing happen over the last few days. A fellow that I've known for awhile now and completely trusted threatened to 'turn us in' to the FCC.

He produces a alternative world view show that, at times, pushes the limits. He works with another pirate in his state (Florida) that broadcasts this show (and it's also played on a local 'legit' AM station). He posts this show around the internet and we've been known to air it on occassion.

One of our DJ's, it seems, called him a jew hater. Or at least, that's what he thought (actually, the DJ said something about people in Florida being down on jews, no reference to anyone specific according to the DJ). Maybe not a smart thing to say on the DJ's part, but we don't censor shows in any way so, hey, anyone who wants to make an ass of him/herself is more than free to do so.

Regardless, this person in Florida took EXTREME offense. He called it libel and threatened to turn us in to the FCC if we didn't stop airing his show (again, freely distributed to anyone who wants it on the internet) or to 'refrain' from libel.

I, of course, told him to stuff it. I was able to because of anonymity. He has no idea who I really am, which makes it reasonably safe (since we know the FCC already knows we're here.. they've busted us 3 times to date- it wasn't really much of a threat anyway).

I have no idea if his material is anti-jewish. I stopped listening to his show over a year ago because it tends toward subjects I find a little too arcane for my tastes. But I know his views could be considered extreme. Libel, I'm sure, to some people.

It's amazing someone who could throw stones so well would have such a reaction to someone (if, in fact anyone did) throwing a stone in his general direction (i.e. 'the people' of florida).

And this from a fellow pirate. Amazing.

Dumb? yea.. on both sides frankly.

But the lesson is there: Trust No One. Keep you name to yourself and always always always use alias's. It'll protect you even from people that you thought you could trust with the keys to your house.


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