User talk:JWSchmidt/Blog/14 January 2009

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The Political History of Banning[edit]

This might be a good opportunity to point out the earliest known reference to a "ban" in the written law. Oddly enough, the very first law ever set in stone makes reference to a ban. 3769 years ago, Hammurabi of Babylonia (Mesopotamia) set 282 laws into stone. Here are the first three of them:

1. If any one ensnare another, putting a ban upon him, but he can not prove it, then he that ensnared him shall be put to death.

2. If any one bring an accusation against a man, and the accused go to the river and leap into the river, if he sink in the river his accuser shall take possession of his house. But if the river prove that the accused is not guilty, and he escape unhurt, then he who had brought the accusation shall be put to death, while he who leaped into the river shall take possession of the house that had belonged to his accuser.

3. If any one bring an accusation of any crime before the elders, and does not prove what he has charged, he shall, if it be a capital offense charged, be put to death.

The second of Hammurabi's laws is a rather odd one. Perhaps it's the origin of the expression, "Go jump in the lake."

Isn't it a tad ironic that here in cyberspace in 2009, the Bureaucrats and Custodians of Wikiversity, acting under the direction of the Wikimedia Foundation, are reprising a practice first defined in law by none other than Hammurabi himself? And according to Hammurabi's version, the Bureaucrats and Custodians have to establish and prove their cause of action to make the ban stick.

So what is the cause of action, and where is the Due Process through which the purported cause of action is proven to a skeptical public?

Barry Kort 01:33, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

The Rules[edit]

Rule #1: No Narcissistic Wounding.

Rule #2: No Narcissistic Wounding.

Rule #3: No Narcissistic Wounding.

Violators will be summarily stigmatized, reverted, humiliated, scapegoated, blocked, banned, baleeted, blacklisted and made to stand in the corner with a dunce cap and a scarlet letter.