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Regarding #metoo

December 12th, 2017 by Vader

I live in an area that has a lot of conifer forest.

Under natural conditions, these forests are subject to periodic wildfire. Fuel from fallen needles, twigs, branches, and whole trees is periodically consumed by ground fires that usually do not get into the crowns of the trees and usually do not do the trees much damage. On the rare occasions that the fire does crown, the resulting barren zone is gradually repopulated by young trees, which are able to take hold because the lack of larger trees limits wildfires to grass fires that the saplings can withstand.

The well-intentioned but ultimately counterproductive policy of the last hundred years or so, of putting out every wildfire as quickly as possible, has allowed fuel to build up to explosive levels in many areas. Wildfire eventually destroys this trash, but because the trash has been allowed to build up to such quantities, too often the fire crowns and destroys healthy, mature trees.

Until today, the numerous recent allegations of sexual misconduct by prominent men all appeared to be all too well substantiated. But today I read about the first case of a man destroyed over allegations of sexual misconduct where the allegations seemed to me to be very poorly substantiated.

The trash was going to burn, sooner or later, but the fire has now crowned.

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December 12th, 2017 19:26:16
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G.
December 13, 2017

Excellent analogy. Dunno, but the Ryan Lizza instance may be a crown fire also.

In any withc hunt, it later turns out that some well-substantiated targets with multiple independent accusers turn out to have been innocent. The substantiation was flawed, each accuser dubious, the whole thing a sort of mob activity across time and space.

On the other hand, I would be as shocked as all get out if most of the accusations so far weren’t true.


Vader
December 13, 2017

Ryan Lizza was precisely the example I was thinking of.

We may yet see credible evidence published against LIzza, but, at present, there is a remarkable lack of willingness of his former employers to be forthcoming.

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