friendlyskies wrote:Aww, I appreciate the white knighting! *warm fuzzies*
But you see the real purpose of this, right? Nowonmai has couched a topic that should be discussed, the situation in Venezuela, within this fake soap opera bullshit that he and flipflop have successfully transformed the BFC into. Not only does it taint any discussion between regulars with soap scum, but it also alienates any newcomers. They come here because they love RYP's work, or are interested in travel to dangerous places, and want to start posting here, perhaps about Venezuela. Naturally. They can't, however, because the Venezuela thread is all about these people they've never heard of. It makes no sense. So, they'll move on to another forum, and the Flag will continue to whither away, courtesy of nowonmai and flipflop.
Good going, psychos!
Respectfully, Friendlyskies, I disagree. When I first started coming to the BFC it was to gain some travel knowledge that couldn't be gotten from a map or a guidebook. It was the "types" of gentlemen that you mention above that provided me with good solid contacts, on the ground, in country, real humans, that immeasurably enriched my numerous repeat travels to my DP of choice, and most importantly, contributed to my safety.
So, I recognize the types that you mention above to be good as gold. Their bile doesn't disturb me the way it does you. They come by it honest. Believe me, I've gotten more than a few barbs thrown my way too. To navigate this forum you've got to learn to give as good as you get, or to strenghten your shoulders, because guess what, they ain't gonna let up, nor should they. So Nowonmai called you out on this thread about Venezuela, and now you've made it about them, when in fact I'd much rather read about your take on Venezuela, and then the counter-points of others that would naturally follow.