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  • urkotic
    My view is that, ok, it's pretty normal to occasionally solicit members of an interest forum requesting donations to help defray the costs of running the podcast - but surely not for ordinary day to day living expenses, and most certainly not...
  • urkotic
    urkotic replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    The concerns with asking for money come in, I believe, when you have someone framing things as a temporary emergency that somehow lasts for more than a decade. Combine that with an aggressive approach toward anyone discussing the topic and it...
  • urkotic
    I really didn't want to get into this any further - but I don't like leaving things unfinished. However you try to philosophically dice & slice and generalise on this matter my own opinion remains the same. This particular example of "grifting"...
  • urkotic
    In any event the ultimate result of all this, given the now open exposure on the web, is that the Paracast "brand" has been seriously, possibly fatally, damaged.
  • urkotic
    urkotic replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    It's probably a challenge for me to see? A little condescending but OK. Clearly he's trying to protect his interests. One can do that without declaring people even questioning his behavior have "hate in their hearts". That's self-righteous, and...
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    DavidVincent replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    In any event the ultimate result of all this, given the now open exposure on the web, is that the Paracast "brand" has been seriously, possibly fatally, damaged.
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    DavidVincent replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    I really didn't want to get into this any further - but I don't like leaving things unfinished. However you try to philosophically dice & slice and generalise on this matter my own opinion remains the same. This particular example of "grifting"...
  • USI Calgary
    USI Calgary replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    Okay let's unpack that a bit: It's fine to advertise a product, the profits of which go to pay living and operational expenses, but simply asking for it straight up is unethical? How exactly can that be in any way quantified? All kinds of people...
  • USI Calgary
    My view is that, ok, it's pretty normal to occasionally solicit members of an interest forum requesting donations to help defray the costs of running the podcast - but surely not for ordinary day to day living expenses, and most certainly not...
  • USI Calgary
    USI Calgary replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    I know it's probably a challenge for you to see that perhaps it's Gene's right to try to defend himself? So now if someone stands-up for themselves they're "self-righteous"? Who am I to judge that? All I know is that I've been here for years...
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    DavidVincent replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    My view is that, ok, it's pretty normal to occasionally solicit members of an interest forum requesting donations to help defray the costs of running the podcast - but surely not for ordinary day to day living expenses, and most certainly not...
  • USI Calgary
    USI Calgary replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    Okay then, let's call that Issue #1: Style of Solicitation So it's not your objection necessarily then that soliciting for donations is inherently good or bad, but rather that there is some sort of spectrum where at some point ( depending on...
  • urkotic
    urkotic replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    Thanks. Let me think about this. My inclination is to message you here since you say you can't speak for what Gene might do (fair enough), and I have seen Gene both delete and edit posts here. He also recently posted this rather self-righteous...
  • GlitteringBadger
    Only my opinion but I have a hard time believing he has read everything that is available to be read. Court cases can be misunderstood when viewed out of context but they are not slander. Recounting or documenting someone's actual behavior is...
  • USI Calgary
    Well it's now confirmed (including by Gene himself) these have been in their hundreds, daily (sometimes multiple) and literally over many years? It's not normal - and I would have thought inappropriate/unethical to use forum membership data for...
  • GlitteringBadger
    You are being dishonest Randall,shame on you.Your motives are Crystal clear,as are the court records and reams of evidence against Gene.People are trying to expose scammers and you come out with this nonsense.
  • GlitteringBadger
    Ah, OK, got you. Ugh yeah that slides thing, that was bonkers. No one who participated should have escaped without a seriously credibility hit, imho.
  • GlitteringBadger
    Anyway, I think that Vallee pretty much hits the spot when it comes to this crazy subject and it's relationship with other paranormal phenomena - in that it's some sort of projection and/or control mechanism imposed on us by elements not as yet...
  • GlitteringBadger
    Hi - I wasn't really referring to "reputation" with respect to an individual's beliefs - not matter how apparently crazy or seemingly deluded - ultimately all we have in this field are our own beliefs and for some their apparent experiences -...
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    DavidVincent replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    Well it's now confirmed (including by Gene himself) these have been in their hundreds, daily (sometimes multiple) and literally over many years? It's not normal - and I would have thought inappropriate/unethical to use forum membership data for...
  • USI Calgary
    USI Calgary replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    That's all fair enough. Except that by commenting you have become peripherally involved, and therefore have added a few straws of your own to the camel's back. My outlook is to try to remove more than I add. It's often easier than you think to...
  • USI Calgary
    Thanks but I don't have the motivation to engage in this particular crusade. I'm sure that when the solution to the "mystery" is eventually found we'll know about it soon enough :) But meantime I really don't think that the solution will be found...
  • USI Calgary
    USI Calgary replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    A simple yes or no answer doesn't contribute anything in the way of an evaluation of the ethical questions related to the issue. So what if someone solicits for donations? Where's the problem exactly?
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    DavidVincent replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    Thanks but I don't have the motivation to engage in this particular crusade. I'm sure that when the solution to the "mystery" is eventually found we'll know about it soon enough :) But meantime I really don't think that the solution will be found...
  • urkotic
    Anyway this whole field now seems to be, sadly, as toxic as it ever was :(
  • urkotic
    It seems to me that any "fair minded" discussions in these forums are either soon amended, deleted or entirely locked out (see "Elephant in the Room"). I can understand that for "hate speech" or profanity of course - but censorship otherwise...
  • USI Calgary
    USI Calgary replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    I got the distinct impression from talking to Chris that it wasn't him joining those who are slinging the mud as much as him getting sick and tired of getting "slimed" by those who are doing the mud slinging because of his mere association. It's...
  • urkotic
    I think you’re onto a bit of sticky wicket here Gene - how can you possibly use the email/membership data of the Paracast forum for purely personal financial solicitations yet suppress discussion of them? I can’t imagine anyone would have any...
  • USI Calgary
    USI Calgary replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    It's been my experience that The Paracast is the most fair minded and tolerant forum I've ever participated in, and I've participated or tried to participate in several.
  • USI Calgary
    USI Calgary replied to the thread Shop Talk With Mark Jackson.
    You mean like politics, or law, or medicine, or sports, or religion, or any number of toxic employers, or toxic relationships? Why single out the paranormal? Maybe it also has some really positive aspects, but some people are too busy being so...

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