I don't think I'm going to be targeted any time soon by cry-bullies.
It's a damn good thing, too--I have a strategy in mind that I can't afford to use, yet. Maybe (probably) not for a very long time, assuming I ever get there.
If I ever get targeted by cry-bullies, and I can afford to hire a lawyer, I'm going to sue for three things:
1. A public, written apology, published at the instigator's cost in at least four "reputable" national publications (NYT, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Time, for example).
2. Said apology will include a detailed retraction of the lies (i.e., what was said, what the truth was, and an analysis of the difference between the two) as well as a statement explaining their motivation (to silence someone they disagree with), and that they're a failure at life in general so feel inclined to attempt to ruin others' reputations.
3. All court costs are their responsibility.
Honestly, I think all authors who run into this kind of terrorism should sue for something similar (not money, because they frequently don't have it).
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