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Thread #151081   Message #3526664
Posted By: Bonnie Shaljean
15-Jun-13 - 07:01 AM
Thread Name: News story on Bob Brozman allegations
Subject: RE: News story on Bob Brozman allegations
I'm only raising this to the top once more to point out that I hadn't previously read any of the other Brozman threads (linked in blue at the top of the page). Not out of willful ignorance, but because I honestly didn't think they related to this issue. The idea of wading through 400-odd posts on a legal matter, in a thread that got Closed (which usually means that's the only way to stop the fighting), made me lose the will to live. I figured it would be a dispute about copyrights or something. Therefore I wrote everything above without having seen the discussion that had gone before: I didn't know there was one. But after my last post and Stevesg's message, I decided to take a peek. God.

I haven't written anything here which I would now repudiate, but reading the statements of the few people who have insider knowledge and use their genuine identities has certainly given me pause. Chief among those is Duck Baker, whose music I have loved for years, but he's not the only one. When someone is prepared to put their own professional name on the line and agree to communicate via their website, and that person says publicly that they have direct insight into the situation from those involved, it gets my attention and earns respect. Rick Turner also put it well: I can understand initial disbelief; none of us wants to have to believe this stuff; but folks who are really close to the center have posted here and at Santa Cruz.com, and they have used their real names, thereby putting their lifes' reputation on the line.

These are probably as close to witnesses as we're going to get, though I still have questions and can't make a lot of things compute. Because they're prepared to speak up under their own identities, I'm prepared to listen seriously and be influenced. I'm still not drawing any hard and final conclusion, but I think there needs to be a measure of moral Negative Capability. That's the dilemma with anonymity and silence when you can also see reasonable cause for them.

I'd wondered why this thread was so quiet and relatively sane. Now I know: everybody's exhausted.