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Updated: 2014-12-02T03:38:37.414+02:00


I thought I was going crazy.My mother was Jewish a...


I thought I was going crazy.My mother was Jewish and her family that stayed in Europe were wiped out by the Nazi's ok, so I wrote a book, asked a simple question and got flamed over and over again. Nothing I did to be "nice" fazed them. They moved my post called me stupid, called my publisher vile names, etc. I was hurt. I was confused. Not so much now. Thank you for easing my mind about that intolerant group of so called experts.

Here's the deal. MacAllister Stone, who runs the A...


Here's the deal. MacAllister Stone, who runs the AW forum, is an egomaniac. Agree with her, and she couldn't care less if you wrapped yourself in a Nazi flag. Disagree with her, and you're out of there. Come to think of it, with her level of tolerance for differing opinions, perhaps the swastika was appropriate.

I empathasize with your pain over seeing the Swast...


I empathasize with your pain over seeing the Swastika on what is supposedly a "writer's site."

In watching this site over time, it is very much an anti-Semitic site. One of the friends of the site's owner, MacAllister Stone, calls her blog "Hitler's Wet Nurse" or something ridiculous like that. And an agent in New Jersey informed me this site was nothing more than a front for a very sophisticated computer scamming operative to ciphon money to radical Arab Jihadists. Now this sounds like the errant fiction these hacks put out on their site. Do I believe it, though? In watching these crazy fools over time, I see nothing more than a collective soul that is tormented, self-abused and riddled with such deep psychological pain that they only can do one thing now: try to destroy others. Some of the members writing for them have written fiction and nonfiction that holds up radical Arab philosophies.

This I know: the Water Cooler is nothing more than a slander board. It's an electronic wrecking ball set on destroying anything in its path. Please be careful with this group. I actually consider them nothing less than cyber criminals. And I can safely say this just by knowing what's on the surface here.

Your blog has an intellectual's keen eye and wisdom. Do not take these morons seriously, please.

God Bless You, a Anonymous Friend

I recieved an email this morning from a sensitive ...


I recieved an email this morning from a sensitive and rather distressed author whom I respect, Ted William Gross. It concerned yet another incident upon a very notorious writer's forum which consistently exhibits "mob rule" behavior, bully tactics, these employed by the board's clique-riven hierarchy which condones abuse of those refusing to bow to their self-revered opinion upon any subject as well as upon any poster who fails to exhibit proper sycophancy to their administrators and moderators. In plain speak, if you disagree with AW administrative perceptions of realisty, you may not post without suffering castigation and ridicule.Where a simple request for the individual to adjust his signature because the symbol was too suggestive of the Holocaust, much pain and anguish could have been avoided. We are long past this now, however, as, instead of soothing things with gentle words and water, instead verbal gasoline and nitro accelerants were, instead, employed, something summarily unsurprising and, in fact, completely forseeable if one is familiar with the administrative individuals and their venue that is AW and its corresponding blog(s).It is the unfortunate fact that AW is ruled with notorious, inequitable, and unbalanced moderation and administration, as exhibited by MacAllister's own warning/veiled threat to someone's polite inquiry concerning the present hue and cry which has come public to blogs concerning the posting of a "backwards swastika" in user "Bartholomew's" signature: "And I recommend you be very, very careful about bringing this particular squabble to the board," , this warning given to the very polite and generalized query concerning respect: "An action taken without bad intentions can be viewed as a mistake. Becoming aware that your action was tasteless and not taking steps to correct it ... it's a disrespectful offense. For goodness sake, if you've been made aware that your signature is offensive to a fellow writer, please change it."MacAllister's warning is so very similar to the threats and warnings others have received from time to time (including a much more pointed and violent one directed to the owner of The Deepening when she was but defending against slander and maligning comments posted by AW regulars concerning her magazine and its subscription-based fees) that one must come to the conclusion that, in fact, any time some AW "outsider" posts that which is considered contrary to a mod's or an administrator's sentiments and opinions, as is historically evidenced in their database and its backups, that poster will be subject to retaliation in the form of reprisal.In fact, this board and its adherents consistently exhibits an "intolerance of tolerance" to anything contrary to their own bias, and demonstrates in actuality a cultivation of ridicule and hatred toward "outside-the-circle" others, quashing objection and even discussion by castigation and malicious sneers, removing, moving, unethically editing, or cutting up posts and threads in such a way as to discredit the castigated party, pointedly posing threats of banning, and engaging in outright removal of the poster from the board.That AW does in fact promote snideness and sneers by AW "insiders" can be evidenced by the liberal hand allowed "accepted" members in turning a thread into farce and snickering rejoinder. In point of fact, AW is notorious for its rape of all those who are not within its sanctified circle, which includes anyone who dares to speak without earning points with the mods. That IS the sad truth...which is why any judicious writer, author, agent or editor does neither frequent its pages nor promote its existence.So what about this "backwards swastica?"User "Bartholomew" chose, for indistinct reasons, to employ the svastika or wan symbol in posing a[...]

These are adults right?These are people who claim ...


These are adults right?
These are people who claim to be educated, writers even?

I must agree with you and say this is disgusting and unacceptable.


I am surprised that someone would suggest that you...


I am surprised that someone would suggest that you "Chill"

I shake my head in disbelief that this is an acceptable use of a symbol for all it represents.

It does not matter if it is a Buddhist symbol. At first glance, without going further into the link, all I see is a symbol of hate. Why should someone have to go into a link to realize what it stands for . Most of us are not expert in recognizing the difference between the two.

I certainly am not. I was shocked when I saw it and I saw it long before this post.

It does not matter the reason it is there.

What matters is it is there
It has been accepted
It remains there
and it is hurtful.

Ted, I will not tell you to chill, all I will suggest is to take a deep breath, enjoy a sunrise and do what you feel is right for you.

I will answer this in the one and only way I know ...


I will answer this in the one and only way I know how...before I post my next post.

It is clear from the beginning that it was opposite directions. It is also incredibly clear that anyone who simply looks at the sign will see a swastika. PERIOD. It is also clear from the link under that symbol which mentions the swastika.

I remember how upset you were when someone who saw your facial features and assumed you were of a certain race. Did I tell you to chill? Did I tell you not to pay attention?

Do not pass off intellectual malarkey on me. This is a symbol that should have never found its way into AW. Once there, and not reprimanded, I WILL SURE AS HELL NOT CHILL.

I have way over 6 million ghosts in my past that died due to that symbol and what the Nazis did with it.

ANYONE, who looks at that symbol sees a Swastika. AND NO ONE should have to look at such a representation on a board which so prides itself on dignity.

I knew exactly what it was the second I saw it. I also saw the links. I also knew what and how people see that symbol.

Do not ever preach to me to chill with symbols like that riding around AW.

Swastika is a swastika is a swastika. That is how people see it. They do not, not even survivors, look and say, oh wait, let us see if this is the symbol of peace or just a Nazi symbol.

You going to tell the survivors to chill too? Cause I have one that saw that symbol and needed a doctor to calm down.


Wait till you see me chill! Real soon I will chill.

Chill, man. If you're referring to Bartholomew's ...


Chill, man. If you're referring to Bartholomew's sig, that is a Buddhist symbol. It is different from the one the Nazi uses -- it goes the opposite direction. The Buddhist symbol means peace. The Nazi actually took the Buddhist/Hindu symbol, flipped it around, and used it for that hateful purposes.

Read up on Buddhism. The symbol is a symbol of peace.

Chill, man.

I am horrified that more people aren’t as disturbe...


I am horrified that more people aren’t as disturbed by this blatant use of a symbol of hate and all it represents.

Lately many of the posts on the forum are offensive and tolerated by those who run it. I am frustrated by the fact that people still think it’s all right to use
hateful, racists items as a punch line to a joke or to decorate their pathetic world.

Last week I fought an email war with a local columnist
for a similar display of ignorance. There are many
hate crimes committed every day in the world and she decided
to use her column as a forum in which to display her acceptance in a way.

She stated “We can not completely wipe out racism and bigotry because many people were brought up
to believe that certain races or ethnical groups were wrong or inferior. We have to accept
that each person has their own right to live and form their own opinions and hope for peace.
To expect to change the mind of those who are racist, is a fools errand. Our government can
not be responsible for every dysfunctional family, hate crime and lack of tolerance.”

As a person who works closely with a few organizations
committed to our inner city youths, this hit me so wrong.
I see young kids everyday looking for ways to stop the hate.
Many of them have formed bands to promote through music,
others write stories of encouragement. The proceeds
are given back to the communities in hopes of finding ways
to end the hate. These are kids that fear being gunned down
in their own neighborhoods while walking home from school. The level of acceptance in the world is disastrous.

Ted, after reading your post last month in A View From Jerusalem about the children donating thirteen million pennies, my heart was warmed.
It is proof that human goodness can replace hate in every individual one home at a time.

I have faith in some of our youth today and see a future, however distant, where people will all be people, same, not different. It may take years but I have hope because for every ignorant de-humanized person, I see five fighting to end it.

When I hear or see something that offends me, I let the offender know. I have walked out of get togethers both personal and professional when I see unacceptable behavior.

I’ve been told that I can’t change the world all by myself so why bother.
My answer is simple, to do nothing is accepting, accepting encourages and allows the very thing I fight against everyday to continue.

Allowing a symbol of such pain and hatred to be used in a
public forum is inexcusable.