I am actually getting tired of the ongoing discussions about the Irish `Lake Monster` video. The trolling I received on YouTube is much what one would expect. I have broad shoulders (one has to have in this game) and most of it just washes over me. However, there is one allegation that I really must refute. I don't censor comments on this blog. If you read the comments on my posting of the lake video I think that refutes that allegation soundly enough.
On the whole, unless the comment is pure insult containing sexual slurs towards me or my family, (You ****ing **** fat ****, why dont you **** off) or is trying to sell something (I love your blog, now read mine and win a free ipod) or is that poor little bloke who tries to post something about refugees in Kurdistan every few weeks, it gets posted. The only time I have ever consistently censored anyone on the blog was back in 2005 when someone consistently made allegations that I was embezzling CFZ funds to spend on drugs.
There are an awful lot of idiots out there.
However, some of these latest allegations appear to have a more sinister purpose. Already one person has said that they will never buy any of my books if I censor what is in them! I am not quite sure what he means, but am sad if I have lost a potential reader, and a potential sale. However this is just part of an ongoing campaign that has been going on all year to discredit me and to try and stop people buying my books. I have a pretty good idea who is behind it, and all I will say further on this subject is that for so long as you hide behind a facile pseudonym nobody outside the canaille is going to take you seriously.
Now, I always blog under my own name, and am prepared to stand by everything I have written. From now on I will only answer criticism from people who have the guts to stand up and be counted using their own names. The sort of people who make snide remarks about the CFZ's `crumbling reputation` when we are achieving bigger and better things than we have ever done but hide behing a nom de guerre are just cowardly bullies, and beneath my contempt.
Now I wanna get on with the rest of my life, so I consider the matter closed.