Cate, I did not say I was up in Cambridge with Turing. I said, if you carefully scroll back to the time, something about our department being next to his former department. Of course I knew he was gone before he died. I was only five or six years old when he died. None of it the same thing. Several of my then lecturers who later became colleagues and friends would have known him, given that some of them were around 30 years older than me, plus college membership and all that.
I see that you nit-pick where words are omitted and not edited, therefore stay missing and change content unintentionally. You do that very frequently too, in fact many of us do. Writing about the early 2009 Cuba mission I, for instance, typed '200 odd' where it should have been '20 odd' of us in the mission group, whereby the former would have been more of an absurd invasion than a human rights observers mission.
As for the political slant, without question anything that is slightly to the left has been continually slammed by you giving the impression I read out of your press born 'intelligence' about Cuba.
As for the report you refer to that I said you could have been citing, do not rule out the fact that you are citing a report where the one I am citing is possibly referred to. Yes, had it been the one that would have involved my participation, my name would appear, not as an author, but as one of the rapporteurs who was part of the mission but not delegation, which in UN terms is regarded as a more political group and for which role I am not eligible since I would have to be nominated by the UK who I doubt would touch me with a very long pole. But then, since I imagine you searched for my name very carefully, then it is, you might concede, another of the many UN reports available. I don't actually know whether or not the one I took part in is publicly available (I assume so, if not it would be sad) but it would not be a 2012 report which would make it far too long after we visited to be justifiable. Consultants, such as the ones who collated and authored the report, rarely have more than a three month contract, their reports are up within a further three months, so it would be late 2009 or very early 2010 in extremis.
I love the pseudo-psychoanalysis bit. Do you believe in that stuff? If more people did then a lot of us would have been locked up and key thrown away many years ago. I am a self-confessed, down the line socialist. I am not like the would-be socialists like France's PS or UK's Labour, I do not especially care for so-called communism which goes beyond the likes of Marx or Proudhon's ideas whatever is frequently claimed. However, what is characteristic of people of my political position, and there are plenty of us, is that class, injustice, lack of democracy, racism plus a few other -isms and certainly in the last half century, sexism, homophobia and destruction of the environment are views held of things we wish to see end. They used to say we are dissidents, things like that. In Freud's terms we are all nut cases, well so be it. I am sure lots of people would happily lock us all up in strait jackets. But the denigration theory versus critical thought does not hold much water really, does it? I suspect you do, thanks for the good laugh then! Freud, you may assume is not one of my heroes, nasty anally retentive man he must have been.
So Cate, I started with a simple question, you threw in the challenge when you reacted to angrily to David Gay and myself, and I foolishly went for it. I tried to reiterate my original point that this is an entirely subjective and personal choice. Now you drag this out like this. Including your own factually incorrect inaccuracies. You too might look further and deeper and not get so uppity when people show you have missed the mark.
Why I have been able to spend so much time on these things? Because 2012 was a damned awful year for my health and well being, I have been unable to work properly (in my terms) and have given more time to many of these things, head clouded by painkillers and sodium valproates much of it, bouts of depression at others. I am sure you will now tell me those things do not do that, but then it would be self-defeating if people in your medical world did. I am down to less than half dose of any and relatively soon off entirely and should (I hope) get my mind back and be able to work in long stretches and soon even travel again. That has of course been lots of fun, as I am sure you will know. SFN has been a highly valuable part of that time for me, but if you wish to sour that be my guest. Actually, I no longer see much point in bothering, except that I just happened to have 20 minutes to squander. Tell you what Cate, treat me as a persona non grata which will suit me fine.
By the way, what was wrong with Korczak? You did not feel like having ago at him, after all he is my number one hero!