Update, Late Tuesday Night: At bottom of post.
I have asked the moderators to remove my feed from Progressive Bloggers.
Which was a long time coming.
I first removed their logo from the masthead back in the days when a Liberal Party of Canada operative smeared Olivia Chow on the basis of a vicious rumour. And while the operative was admonished by many of the folks at PB where, if I remember correctly, he was a member at the time, it did not stop him from returning later spouting, in my opinion, an even more outrageous baseless smear which I wrote about here.
I do not want to be perceived of as giving even tacit approval to posts that I strongly disagree with, even if it is only on the basis of my being part of the same 'club'.
This is something that is happening right now with regard to the works of a couple of other bloggers whose posts, like mine, are currently 'aggregated', no questions asked, over at Progressive Bloggers.
And therein lies the rub.
Because I am a member of Progressive Bloggers I cannot control my association with the works of others like I can here.
Put another way, everything that is posted or linked to on this blog is under my control.
Thus, I am prepared to defend any and everything here if need be (or not, if someone demonstrates that I, or someone I have linked to or quoted is incorrect, spouting demonstrable falsehoods, playing the part of the dupe, being politically expedient, or worse).
While I bear no ill will to the folks who run Progressive Bloggers, I have finally come to see that aggregators are not for me.
I am happy to be linked to by anyone (or any collective) that thinks about, responds to, and, when the need arises, takes umbrage with, the things that I write and the opinions I have.
Unfortunately, aggregators, even when they are run by moderators with the best of intentions, do not do any of that.
Therefore, while I will still check them out occasionally, Progressive Bloggers is a club I no longer wish to be a member of precisely because they will have me, and, more importantly, post my writings, no questions asked.
Well, in trying to stay true to what I said above I headed over to PB this evening to see what's up...I found this...Clearly, I was wrong, because PB is no longer a club I even wish to visit.