Comments for The Passive Voice https://www.thepassivevoice.com A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Pub and Traditional Publishing Sat, 07 Dec 2019 01:12:07 -0700 hourly 1 Comment on The Boris Johnson Plagiarism Scandal by Mit Sandru https://www.thepassivevoice.com/the-boris-johnson-plagiarism-scandal/#comment-450691 Sat, 07 Dec 2019 01:12:07 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=113674#comment-450691 Secret Barrister? Impeach Johnson

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Comment on Crochety Comment Handling by PG https://www.thepassivevoice.com/crochety-comment-handling/#comment-450684 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 22:04:23 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=113688#comment-450684 Thanks for the kind words, Jenny.

I’ll try to avoid any sort of hoops and keep TPV locked up in an out-of-sight manner.

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Comment on Crochety Comment Handling by Jenny B https://www.thepassivevoice.com/crochety-comment-handling/#comment-450683 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 21:40:30 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=113688#comment-450683 I have rarely seen a more prolific content creator/curator than TPV.

If we have to jump through a few (very short) seconds of security hoops to keep the site safe and reduce the amount of spam you’re dealing with, then I’m all for it. I’d hope everyone can agree on that.

Thanks for all the years of dedication PG.

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Comment on Do We Have Minds of Our Own? by PG https://www.thepassivevoice.com/do-we-have-minds-of-our-own/#comment-450682 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:11:16 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=113681#comment-450682 I need to turn off some of the security that a variety of hack attempts caused me to put in place, Tom. See my long post of a few days ago.

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Comment on Do We Have Minds of Our Own? by Tom Simon https://www.thepassivevoice.com/do-we-have-minds-of-our-own/#comment-450681 Wed, 04 Dec 2019 23:47:44 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=113681#comment-450681 Oh, good grief. Not only did I have to set up an account and log in to your site to leave comments, when I do leave them, they are held for moderation. PG, you couldn’t do a better job of killing off discussion on your posts if you tried.

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Comment on Do We Have Minds of Our Own? by Tom Simon https://www.thepassivevoice.com/do-we-have-minds-of-our-own/#comment-450680 Wed, 04 Dec 2019 23:46:29 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=113681#comment-450680 Like all reductionists, Graziano dives headlong into the fallacy of the stolen concept. An illusion is a false experience. Consciousness, when you come down to it, is our awareness that we are having experiences. If we had no consciousness, we could not be aware of experiencing illusions – and if you aren’t aware of an illusion, it simply isn’t there. The whole reductionist position is incoherent.

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Comment on Road-weary but Back by ABEhrhardt https://www.thepassivevoice.com/road-weary-but-back/#comment-450679 Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:56:37 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=113639#comment-450679 Welcome home – hope you recover quickly.

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Comment on How to Be a Dictator by Alice https://www.thepassivevoice.com/how-to-be-a-dictator-2/#comment-450678 Wed, 04 Dec 2019 06:14:25 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=113633#comment-450678 They were also all men. Clearly men should never be allowed in charge of anything.

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Comment on We Wanted Our Patrons Back — Public Libraries Scrap Late Fines by Marv Waschke https://www.thepassivevoice.com/we-wanted-our-patrons-back-public-libraries-scrap-late-fines/#comment-450677 Wed, 04 Dec 2019 03:07:42 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=113655#comment-450677 PG– I tried to contact you via the Contact, but hit a 403.
I hate communicate privately via an open channel, but email me via marvwaschke in the comcast.net domain to discuss what I am afraid is happening to your site, if you like.

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Comment on We Wanted Our Patrons Back — Public Libraries Scrap Late Fines by Marv Waschke https://www.thepassivevoice.com/we-wanted-our-patrons-back-public-libraries-scrap-late-fines/#comment-450676 Wed, 04 Dec 2019 01:37:14 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=113655#comment-450676 Some forty years ago, I worked for a short time at the circulation desk of a university library. Once a quarter we went through the drill of billing students with fines and informing them that they would not get their grades until they paid up. Stuffing and addressing bills was excruciatingly boring, but gave me some needed overtime. The circulation manager was a hardheaded former business owner and bookkeeper, not your usual librarian. She hated to pay overtime. So she performed a cost/benefit analysis, determining that it was costing her more to collect fines than the fines recieved. She petitioned the powers to quit collecting fines as a cost reduction, but was denied for reasons I never heard.

Fast forward to today. Now I’m a public library trustee. We’re abolishing fines 1 Jan 2020. Good riddance. I didn’t waste our finance department’s time by asking for an audit of the cost of fine collection, but the amount we collect is so small, getting rid of fines is scarcely detectable in our 2020 budget and I am sure we’ll make it up by freeing staff time, our largest expense. I’m glad we are quitting wasting taxpayer dollars on something contrary to our mission of public service.

Lest anyone worry, we are still charging for replacement of unreturned materials, just no fine for returning items late. Our policy authorizes managers to waive replacement fees under exceptional circumstances, like floods.

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