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wrote on January 19, 2016 at 7:03 pm:
That's not bad.
In fact, after reading a number of your articles, your reply is a good introduction. Like a guide post with a sign saying, "Keep this in mind when you read my articles."
Stay cool.

jim young
jim young

from Barrie

wrote on January 18, 2016 at 10:32 pm:
Hi Krusty,

Thanks for providing me this great opportunity to explain myself a bit here.

First, let me answer your last question because it’s the easiest and simplest.
“Why do you think people don’t trust the ones who should be telling them the truth?”

Quite simply – it’s because they’ve been lied to, too many times in the past. The ones who SHOULD know the truth – sometimes simply don’t – for their own hidden agendas – the most obvious being – to make money. Sometimes it’s for political reasons and sometimes it’s for publicity – but mostly even those all come back to – money.

I got no reason to lie to you. I don’t make any money on Dog On A Root.

I hope someday I might – but whether I do or don’t – it’s not going to change what I write. (Says the poor idealistic guy with no money.)

I’m not going to write a good review for a free pizza – although I might for a lifetime supply of chicken wings. I’ll cross those ethical issues if and when they are ever offered to me.

Can I be any more honest than that? When you see me riding around in a limo all the time – then you might have reason to question my sincerity.

In the meantime I’m just a nobody with a big mouth.

But just because I’m not lying to you – it doesn’t mean I know what the fuck I’m talking about either.

I checked out the article in Quartz Magazine (unfortunately you have to clip and paste the link from here) and I have to tell you I don’t believe a word of it.

Ha – just kidding. Just trying to make a point here.

If it’s true (and I haven’t had the chance to do much research on it yet) I gotta admit it’s very flattering to think that some of my readers might have more trust in me than they do in the so-called “experts”.

But then who wants to be flattered by a bunch of morons?

You DO realize that my slogan here is “Even I don’t always agree with my opinions” don’t you?

Seriously – if any of you people out there trust everything, or for that matter ANYTHING I tell you to be true – “STOP THAT, RIGHT NOW!”

My only intent here on Dog On A Root is to remind my readers that things are NOT always Black and White. There isn’t necessarily a Right and Wrong. It’s not just One side or the Other.

But sometimes there are other, other sides that you might not have considered.

You should take a moment to consider them.

And it’s okay to disagree with me, your buddies, the experts – ANYONE.

That’s all.

When I’m being outrageous, mostly it’s just like Carol Kane said to Bill Murray in the movie Scrooged: “Sometimes you have to slap them in the face just to get their attention.”

If you think what I’m saying is bullshit, call “bullshit”.

If you think I’m being an asshole, tell me I’m being an “asshole”.

But if you want me to listen to you – you’ll also have to tell me why and at least give me a chance to redeem myself.

And you know what? In the end sometimes you just might find out I’m right. (I hope more often than not. But if it’s never – that’s okay with me.)

If not – you (and I) will at least have the satisfaction of knowing that you have at least considered ONE of the “other” sides.

And when push comes to shove and you still can’t make up your mind:
– Don’t take my word for it
– Don’t take your buddy’s word for it
– Don’t take the “expert’s” word for it

Go with your gut. Your gut will lie to you less than the rest of us will.

But that’s just MY opinion – which I may or may not agree with.

More importantly what do YOU think?

Oh yeah. If I can be a little bit entertaining along the way – I hope you’ll appreciate that too.


wrote on January 18, 2016 at 7:14 pm:
Thanks. I hadn't thought about it like that before.


wrote on January 18, 2016 at 7:13 pm:
I'd like to hear your opinion on an issue. Don't take offence to this but it does reflect on the writing of you and many other on-line journalists. As a matter of fact I have even started your research for you…

The article in Quartz Magazine (qz.com) can be found at:

The article, obliviously claims that people trust their blogging friends more than they trust the experts who are in a better position to know about or research the facts.

Why would that be? I have friends that I know and love who, just for recreation's sake, shoot off their mouth about things they know little about. It's fun. I do it myself, but I don't believe everything that comes out of their (or my) mouth.

So, we have friends shooting off their mouth, news reporters trying to do the best we can. What about the grey area in between? Those who write as if they were expert on an issue but should have their words treated the same as if they were read on Facebook.

Why do you think people don't trust the ones who should be telling them the truth?


from Barrie

wrote on January 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm:
Hey Booger – thanks for the great idea. It might not be exactly what you were expecting but check out this article: http://www.dogonaroot.com/justin-were-watching-now/

Be sure to let me know what you think and anytime you have any other great ideas for an article – please share.


wrote on January 12, 2016 at 7:09 pm:
If you are so opinionated, why haven't we heard anything about the legalization of weed and the hiring of a federal Pothead to run it>