|Rich aka Rooky,|
Since you ignored Ron's request to stop attacking other members who can't respond (since you have banned them), you've lost your moderator privileges.
This subject is now un-moderated, and anyone is free to respond to your posts.
Moderators may not use the banning tool as a way of attacking and then silencing members from defending themselves. If you want to do that, then I suggest you start a blog somewhere. I am happy to recommend a few sites if you cannot find a suitable one yourself. SI is for discussion and debate.
SI is not taking a position on the truthfulness of the assertions of any parties made here or elsewhere, but making this change due to your inflammatory behavior. No one has duped or "blackmailed" SI.
For now, you are allowed to continue posting on the site.