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If Charles can't come up with viable evidence of malevolence, then he appears to be just surly and unpleasant.

If?

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I do hope you get over the Coop thing ... ... and remember kindnesses. Life's too short to dwell on pain.

I've not been here that long, and while I've been here I haven't been assiduous about reading every single message ... Rey Aman, there was a man who could spit invective. But Coop? Seems like a decent enough cove to me.

That is what is so insidious about him: unlike some of the other worms who've wiggled in amongst us Spencer, Mimi, and Peter of that other group come to mind Coop is a likeable chap. But under that veneer lurks a monster beset with devils, a beast who takes pride in hurting others, cheaply promoting himself, and using every deceitful trick known to man or beast to achieve his objectives.
As Richard has observed, his is the most significant influence on AUE in this century. I further contend he is slowly bringing the group to its knees. He has no interest in English usage and little knowledge in the area. Nothing short of a bullet, though, will stop the Coop from posting voluminously. Not wanting harm to befall a fellow man, to use the term loosely, I'd hope he'd return to his chums in SCI.
So, in the spirit of enquiry and research, I ask for evidence, please.

anything, it doesn't matter. Then watch him twist your words around in an attempt to make you look foolish, or even make up things he, you, or someone else said, for he never admits it when he is wrong. I predict it will be a lengthy thread until you give up in disgust, after having wasted some valuable time.

Charles Riggs
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I've not been here that long, and while I've ... spirit of enquiry and research, I ask for evidence, please.

It's a game of tag, played between two willing participants. They seem to enjoy it, and they don't do the rest of us any harm.

You've let your little buddy Coop fool you. It is no game, I do not enjoy our exchanges or having to comment on his amorality, and it isn't true that Coop isn't doing immense harm to the group. You may be right that Coop enjoys it, but Coop is merely a clown. Anything for a laugh is his motto, and to hell with the consequences.
Charles Riggs
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I've not been here that long, and while I've ... of enquiry and research, I ask for evidence, please. Will.

You'll get none from me. I cannot calim to have read more than a dozen of the Coop's offerings, and saw no malevolence at all. But Charles is convinced that there is, and that's why I said "in your view".

Malevolence is only an occasional side-effect. Coop's only aim is to puff himself out so he'll appear a bigger fish to the other fish in the pond; whether that results in good or bad is irrelevant to him. Coop will use any device available to make one of his many points. He routinely twists people's words in hopes of gaining some pathetic advantage over them, often not even reading the words he has twisted. If necessary, he lies with impunity, it not even bothering him. AUE and AEU are, for Coop, merely platforms where he can promote himself, not places where he can learn something or make a contribution to the English knowledge store.
Simon, Franke, Rey, Bob C, and I have observed and frequently commented on his amoral behaviour occasionally, others here have also. We five care less about what other members think of us than about getting at the truth, so I, at least, have no intention of ignoring bestial behaviour when I see it happening in my favourite newsgroup.
Initially, briefly, Charles thought I was possibly Cooper himself.

The period must have been a very brief one, Chrissy. You're far too intelligent and use the language too well to be considered a Coop.

I also feel you are a good person; most people are essentially good. Coop is unique in my experience with people, and as an old geezer of
60 who worked for the Navy for 15 years and has lived in many places,I've known a lot of people. Coop is, for all intents and purposes, the Devil incarnate the possibility of Coop's existence on Earth being the primary reason I'd have for thinking such an entity possible.

I'd like to believe Coop is the product of a twisted teenaged hacker, not an actual person, but we have evidence from no less than Liebs himself that Coop is real.

Charles Riggs
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Malevolence is only an occasional side-effect. Coop's only aim is to puff himself out so he'll appear a bigger fish ... the possibility of Coop's existence on Earth being the primary reason I'd have for thinking such an entity possible.

If my aim is to puff myself up, you'll have to admit that I have succeeded. Being the Devil incarnate is no small feat considering the competition even if we eliminate radio talks show hosts and politicians from consideration.

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
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You've let your little buddy Coop fool you. It is no game, I do not enjoy our exchanges or having ... it, but Coop is merely a clown. Anything for a laugh is his motto, and to hell with the consequences.

I have plead guilty to this. Let's do continue the exchange and go for the laughs. I'll go for the advertent ones, and you continue as you have been.

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
I have plead guilty to this.

I would have expected "I have pleaded ..." is this another pondialism?
Would you also write "Yesterday, I plead guilty to this"? Or would that have been "pleaded" too?
I'm wondering whether, for Leftpondians only, "plead" behaves like "read" in making it difficult to tell present and past tenses apart.

Matti
I have plead guilty to this.

I would have expected "I have pleaded ..." is this another pondialism? Would you also write "Yesterday, I plead ... whether, for Leftpondians only, "plead" behaves like "read" in making it difficult to tell present and past tenses apart. Matti

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
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I have plead guilty to this.

I would have expected "I have pleaded ..." is this another pondialism?

No, just a simple typo of omission. The intent was to write "I have to plead guilty to this." Chalk it up to carelessness and not to pondial difference.

Tony Cooper
Orlando FL
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