Here's the thing -- if i WANTED to read certain people's incessant stream-of-consciousness garbage, i'd go to THEIR blogs. I don't. I think their points of view are wishful thinking and self-delusive.
Used to be, i'd get angry that they were leading the ignorant astray, but there comes a point when you have to intellectually cast aside people who won't even TRY to educate themselves ... let alone those who gorge on the cherries they've selectively picked for themselves. ;-) Hacking your own health is tricky enough, without taking upon oneself the vagaries of other people's personal biology. So, i'm not going to rage against the deceivers -- i'll just sit here and despise them.
Ironically, the blog-post-comment-sections at Hyperlipid which were so disastrously hijacked (and which spoiled the conversation for those like me who deplore verbal flatulence) i find to be Peter's responsibility -- he runs the place, and could have controlled it if he chose to. Perhaps he likes the lively "debate" -- but again, it's his "property" and if he doesn't want to rein in the noise, he doesn't have to. Unlike a physical neighbor, nobody has to get close enough to hear it if they don't choose to.
But it is still thoroughly disgusting. That anyone would go on and on for hundreds if not thousands of words on SOMEBODY ELSE'S TURF is repulsively self-important and disrespectful. If you want to spew, spew in your own space.
Pity. To catch the voices of wit, intelligence, reason and charm, like Melchior's, becomes difficult and tedious. We have to wade through the smug, the egomaniacal, and the truly insane to find the hidden gleam of the little pearls, amongst all that swine-defecation.