Sadly …

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It appears to me that we have lost Confused Ponderer as a guest author.  After he suddenly stopped posting I pulsed his e-mail several times and have received no reply.  He always told me he was German but the only person of the same name who died at the right time was American, so, who knows.  pl

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39 Responses to Sadly …

  1. Matthew says:

    That’s a big loss. He was insightful, incisive, and fun to read.

  2. Babak Makkinejad says:

    Der Tod ist groß.
    Wir sind die Seinen
    lachenden Munds.
    Wenn wir uns
    mitten im Leben meinen,
    wagt er zu weinen
    mitten in uns.
    Rainer Maria Rilke

  3. Fred says:

    Very sad news indeed.

  4. JJackson says:

    I hope you are wrong and it is not a permanent loss.

  5. LeaNder says:

    I missed him, admittedly.
    You of course have better information. There is a trouble with names though.
    I once was vaguely, meaning really superficially (I usually get stopped in the process! 😉 looking into a specific name. Although in this case I never, from my perspective seriously started.
    There are a multitude of doubles, even if you consider Germany only.
    Yes that he suddenly was gone, was odd. And didn’t feel like him at all. The way I experienced him.

  6. robt willmann says:

    I was also wondering what might have happened. He was meticulous, in a classic Germanic sort of way. I thought that he might have been living in Germany when he was writing. For friends or family to not be aware of his website posting such that they did not follow up if he passed away is a little unusual. Maybe he went to work for a government, if he is still of this world.
    Another person who has not written in quite a while is Clifford Kiracofe, but he has probably been busy teaching here and there, including overseas.

  7. LeaNder says:

    “There are a multitude of doubles”
    correction: there may be.

  8. I, too, miss Confused Ponderer. I found his posts and comments always worth reading. I had the pleasure and honor of collaborating on one of his posts. It was a most pleasant experience. Wherever he is, I’ll include him in my prayers.

  9. LeaNder says:

    please Babak, don’t remind me of my duties his way! Or what I associate with it at this time in space.
    My own death, I don’t think I care really. Although, maybe I should start to reflect more seriously about it, concerning important matters that make it easier for the ones left behind.

  10. I was taken aback by his sudden disappearance, partly because I have enjoyed and learned an enormous amount from his posts over the years.
    It seemed to me he was probably what he purported to be, a German living in his native country, and in any case he quite clearly represented a certain kind of very sober German way of looking at things.
    It is so hard to know, on the internet. Sometimes people have very good reasons not to admit who they are are – particularly if they are in government service. And sometimes precisely such reasons mean that their situation is such that they are no longer in a position to comment.
    But then, sometimes people get fed up with their host and fellow-commenters, sometimes they fall ill and die.
    And then, cp was one of us ‘old lags’, like Babak Makkinejad, who have been commenting here from the early days. I miss ‘Charles I’, who we know died. Like ‘robt willman’, I also miss Clifford Kiracofe.
    But, if cp is no longer in the land of the living, all I can say is ‘frater atque ave vale.’

  11. different clue says:

    That would be very bad if that is what has happened. I was beginning to wonder about the sudden prolonged absence of Confused Ponderer from comment threads. Hopefully is is something else.

  12. BabelFish says:

    I will miss him.

  13. Bill Herschel says:

    He wasn’t confused.

  14. Larry M. says:

    I, too, shall miss Confused Ponderer whose comments were always informative and thought-provoking.

  15. chantose says:

    Hear, hear. I very much hope it is a temporary indisposition.

  16. chantose says:

    Not in the least.

  17. Babak Makkinejad says:

    I agree, it is dreadful news.

  18. ex-PFC Chuck says:

    CP will be missed by me as well.

  19. kooshy says:

    Just got the chance to visit the site for new posts, and sad to see this post about CP. CP’ insight will be hard to replace.

  20. Haralambos says:

    I will miss his posts and comments as well. I hope someone sang him out like this:
    For “an old school man of the road,” that is like a 21-gun salute.

  21. ked says:

    Not only his standard of quality, but his standard of manners. If he’s lost, he remains with SST.

  22. LeaNder says:

    Among us elders. If I am not seriously connecting the wrong aging synapses in this context, or they were ill-aligned from the start concerning data, he seemed to be German and from close by. Judging from memory and/or linguistic evidence that at one point seems to have caught my attention.
    If you are gone, cp, rest in peace.

  23. Farooq says:

    Very sad news if true. I found his narrations extremely insightful. Not just his articles at SST but also his long and well thought out posts in comment section.

  24. FB Ali says:

    Only the other day I was wondering why I hadn’t seen anything here by him for quite a while. I hope there is some other less dire explanation for his long silence.
    Like so many others, I greatly enjoyed his lucidly expressed opinions and commentary. I will miss him.

  25. Aka says:

    if true, a very sad news. If he is unwell I wish for a speedy recovery. If he has passed away I will remember him when I “pray” according to my religion.

  26. Kyle Pearson says:

    He was a keen observer, a good teacher, and a patient soul. I learned a great deal from him, and am thankful for the time he shared with us all, here.

  27. ISL says:

    Dear CP,
    I always enjoyed your posts and comments. If possible, hope you can return.

  28. Kunuri says:

    I will miss him too, I always liked his handle “Confused Ponderer”, it showed how unpretentious and self depreciating he was, given the solid structure of his thoughts and his pondering for truth.
    Just slight clues about his sentence structure made me think he was German, but with a long stay in US.
    On the other hand, he may have lost his internet service, computer broken, maybe something with his sight, or a gorgeous new wife who gives him more joy to spend time with rather than this site.

  29. Dubhaltach says:

    He’ll be missed. If he has died then in the words of the prayer:
    In paradisum deducant te Angeli:
    in tuo adventu suscipiant te Martyres,
    et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem.
    Chorus Angelorum te suscipiat,
    et cum Lazaro quondam pauper
    aeternam habeas requiem.

  30. Babak Makkinejad says:

    Walrus has not been heard of lately either. Sure hope that he is all right.

  31. Matthew says:

    LeaNder: I would love to have read CP’s response to this story. See
    But since one federal judge has found Iran at least partially “responsible” for 9/11, I guess the attitude is, “Another will blame Assad for ISIS.”

  32. LeaNder says:

    Link doesn’t work for me:
    Your argument reminds me of something, but your name doesn’t connect with the context.

  33. JJackson says:

    Walrus posted on Richard Sales excellent Socialism post so he is still reading here, although posting less often – which is a shame.

  34. Babak Makkinejad says:

    That is the major obstacle for the normalization of the relations between US and Iran – barring eventual Iranian defeat; the weight of US Laws that are not subject to diplomatic negotiations.

  35. ThomasG says:

    He will be missed, hopefully his absence is due to something less permanent. I always found his posts to be enlightening.

  36. Matthew says:

    BM: Applying extra-territorial jurisdiction to a nation’s domestic laws is almost always wrong, IMHO.

  37. Ishmael Zechariah says:

    I, too have misssed CP.Hope he is OK-but I am afraid he might not be. This is a long silence.
    My condolences to all. Here is my contribution for his memory.
    Wanderers Nachtlied
    Über allen Gipfeln
    Ist Ruh,
    In allen Wipfeln
    Spürest du
    Kaum einen Hauch;
    Die Vogelein schweigen im Walde.
    Warte nur, balde
    Ruhest du auch.
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  38. Mac says:

    I hope that is not the case.
    Always thought provoking, he will be missed.

  39. DH says:

    He was insightful and kind.

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