I've refrained from this exchange, but been troubled by its tone.
I concur with your comments. What troubles me most is not the alleged
ignorance of Mitchel Cohen or Jonathan Campbell but the unbridled
arrogance of some of those who disagree with them and who seem
determined to keep their minds closed. It ought to be possible to
believe passionately that someone's ideas are totally incorrect without
attacking them personally and attributing bad motives to them.
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Larry Romsted wrote:
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I mostly just read (lurk on) this list because a long time ago and what
seemed like another galaxy I was a subscriber to SESPA and because I
think of myself as a progressive, leftist scientist. I am generally
silent because many of the issues discussed on this list like HIV are
simply outside my area of expertise. I am a physical organic chemist
by training doing research in colloid and surface chemistry and trying
to keep the harm I do in my science to a minimum. Not easy when one
has to scrounge for money to keep it going. You can find me on the
Web. I am the only Romsted and I do chemistry at Rutgers University in
But that is not why I am writing. I want to address your use of the
word "troll" to describe Mitchel Cohen ( I do not know Campbell).
In brief, wrong.
Mitchel is a long time political activist in New York City and we are
of a similar age. I have been active in spurts since the early
sixties, a bit as an undergraduate and then more as a graduate student
at Indiana University. Mitchel has been continuously active. I first
met Mitchel during the political struggle around WBAI and Pacifica. We
worked together periodically for about four years on the effort to
bring democracy to Pacifica. That struggle is not over and Mitchel is
currently serving on the Local Station Board of WBAI. I am currently
holed up in my chemistry office doing the publish or perish bit.
Mitchel and I have never had extensive discussions about science,
health, etc., because we were always talking about WBAI/Pacifica. But
I know this. Mitchel is NOT malicious. He does not try to sow
dissension. Not his goal. He does state his opinions and tries to do
So, when you disagree with him, just say so. He will listen.