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Kamran Nayeri <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 6 Nov 2013 08:18:31 -0800
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Dear SftP list members:

Below please find Mr. Smith's response to the Moderating Council's



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From: Thomas Smith <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 6:52 AM
Subject: RE: Prohibitionary ban from Science for the People List
To: Kamran Nayeri <[log in to unmask]>, [log in to unmask],
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I do not remember any comments from either Mr. Fox or Ms. Smallhouse
warning me or taking me to task for any of the comments reprinted below. It
appears that neither of these people, nor you yourself, understand your
responsibilities as moderators, nor the difference between the truth
and a *baldfaced
lie*—covering your tracks.

I have no use for your pathetic list. It is biased, conservative, and
repressive. Stick it up your respective assholes.


*From:* Kamran Nayeri [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
*Sent:* Wednesday, November 6, 2013 9:43 AM
*To:* [log in to unmask]
*Subject:* Prohibitionary ban from Science for the People List

Mr. Thomas Smith:

On behalf of the SftP Moderating Council (MC), I want to inform you of our
decision to put you on probationary ban from the list for a period of
approximately three months, ending on January 31, 2014.  We will send you a
notice when the time comes to rejoin the list on February 1, 2014 if you so
chose with the understanding that similar conduct will result in your
permanent ban from the list.

A collegial and constructive mode of conduct is essential to the wellbeing
of the list and fulfilling of its goal.

Unfortunately, from time to time the purpose of the list and individuals
who have joined are undermined by destructive conduct.

In your recent posts, not only you have chosen to attack individuals who
you disagreed with but also call them names.  Such behavior cannot be
tolerated as it undermines the very purpose of the list and people who have
joined it.  What is worse, when two members of the MC—Herb Fox and Mandi
Smallhorne— tried to draw your attention to the norms of conduct as
specified by our Guidelines, you not only did not heed their request but
also attacked them.

Below you can find examples of your conduct:

On October 25, responding to Herb Fox you wrote:

“It is just another canard you are creating, Mr. Fox. You seem to me to be
a pseudo-liberal, who would like people to believe he has an open mind, but
whose only real claim to “liberalism” is that he tries to shut the Marxists
up. This sort of hypocrisy infuriates me about you ‘liberals.’”

October 26 post written in response to a post by Mandi Smallhorne
addressing Herb Fox’s attempt to draw your attention to the list’s
Guidelines you wrote:

“What a naughty boy am I for violating the bullshit-“liberal,” in reality
anti-communist and demagogic rules insisted upon by Mr. Fox.”

On October 26, in another post you called Mandi Smallhorne a liar:

“Ahhh, a “quack buster”….

This is rubbish, Mandi. Your action was thoroughly repressive, and thus
have nothing to do with science, and if successful would have deprived a
cash-starved WBAI and Pacifica not only a great voice for science, and you
certainly don’t understand it, but a powerful source of revenue….

‘…This is pure mendaciousness, like your other lies here…’”

I append to the bottom of this note a copy of the Science for the People
List Guidelines. This letter will be sent to all members of the list to
notify them of this decision.

I hope you will find this note in the spirit intended—to fulfill the
Moderating Council’s responsibility to safeguard the mission of the list.

Best wishes,

For the Moderating Council,

Kamran Nayeri

November 5, 2013

Moderating Council members are Sam E. Anderson, Eric Entemann, Herb Fox,
Kamran Nayeri, Claudia Pine, Laurence Romsted and Mandi Smallhorne.

*Science for the People list guidelines:*

1.      The list's primary concern is to promote the interests of the world
of the non-scientists (essentially the world's population) by promoting
examples of science in the service of the people and exposing the use of
science in ways that are destructive of the well-being of the world's
2.      No-one who is interested in the substance of the discussion will be
3.      No subject that is relevant to the list's primary concern will be
excluded. Purely political posts that could and do take place in other fora
should not be introduced.  If they are, the member will be warned once by a
moderator that if they continue, they will be place on moderation.
4.      Any and all members who indulge in ad hominem attacks will be
placed on moderation for a period to be determined by the Moderating
Council. Science for the People is a forum for open and thoughtful
discussion. Should a member post on a topic with which other members
disagree, no matter how intensely, members are expected to respond the
content of the post, not the person who sent it.
5.      When any member of the Moderating Council contributes to the list
serve in that capacity, the post will clearly identify that he or she is
speaking with the authority of the Moderating Council.
6.      The Moderating Council will have the authority to declare a subject
closed if it becomes clear that opposing views have been adequately aired
and discussion is going nowhere.
7.      The Moderating Council will confer with each other (at least a
quorum of three) if a decision to place a member on moderation, or any
other serious decision, is in play.
8.      If queries arise about the decisions of the Moderating Council,
members should feel completely free to discuss them.