Bigotry and hate speech on the python mailing list

Ben Finney ben+python at
Tue Apr 18 01:54:17 EDT 2017

Wildman via Python-list <python-list at> writes:

> "The seriousness of the charge mandates that we investigate
> this. Even though there is no evidence, the seriousness of
> the charge is what matters."
>   --Tom Foley (D) Speaker of the House

That sounds right to me, provided one reads “there is no evidence” as a
statement about what evidence is present before anyone goes looking for
it (“there is no evidence we are yet aware of”).

In other words: before any evidence exists and before the investigation
is made, it's a mistake to reach any conclusion about the truth of the

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Ben Finney

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