balzaccom wrote:Sorry, but this IS the internet, and public by definition. I hope everyone here understands that?
This is a public forum--albeit a very nice, polite, and supportive one.
Balzac, I think the "big brother" concern is that either someone was doing an extremely focused job of snooping, or someone was actively forwarding posts to NPS to try to get George in trouble. Either of these scenarios is pretty troubling, notwithstanding the public nature of the Internet. Not to mention the fact that you don't check your First Amendment rights at the ranger station, or anywhere else.
Anyway, I just wanted to second what so many others have said, as to how valuable it is to have George's input here, and it would be a real shame if someone were trying to dampen it.
Fair enough--but I think there is a big difference between an organized effort by government to control what we think and say (which is what I understand by "Big Brother") and someone who has a dog in this fight, and is trying to pay attention to everything that is posted on the Internet about this topic.
Heck, I do work for my clients where we run Google alerts on everything that gets said about a product or promotion...and it's quick, easy and free. And it shouldn't surprise us that Google let's people know about any Internet/public mention of their product or promotion. Or politcal football.
It's hard to say what George might have posted that caught their attention---but it sure isn't hard to see how they found it.
Sorry. I don't mean to curtail conversation on these boards. And i do continue to deeply value George's input on everything we discuss.
I'm just saying that this is a public forum. It's pretty much the same as writing a letter to the editor--albeit we have a smaller readership than some papers. And we should all post accordingly.