We don't like a lot of the things Molly de Blanc says and does but we believe it is important to give credit where it is due. It is either very courageous or stupid for her to publicly disclose that she suffers from bipolar. Out of respect for all those who suffer from mental illness, we will assume it is courage and thank her for sharing her experience. You can see her statement in this video from FrOSCon 2019, we extract the key part below:
de Blanc's statement is an amazing revelation. She comments on the interaction of her bipolar and open source. In open source today, it is hard to separate the technology from the egos.
Back in his youth, one of Britain's royal princes would threaten to have fellow schoolchildren locked in the tower of London. Molly de Blanc's open letter to the FSF appears to have similar grandiose delusions when she writes We are calling for the removal of the entire Board of the Free Software Foundation... It is time for RMS to step back from the free software, tech ethics, digital rights, and tech communities, for he cannot provide the leadership we need.. She is talking about locking RMS in the tower. Molly is not a developer, she never wrote one line of code. She was employed to work for the developers and now she is giving us orders. Imagine the same thing in an airline: the wife of the pilot shouting orders at the cabin crew. Molly de Blanc was girlfriend of the Debian Project Leader, Chris Lamb. Thanks to her illness, she is now acting like she is the Queen of England.
As the medical experts tell us, this is all part of Molly's condition so we are going to give her the benefit of the doubt. We forgive her. We ask everybody to forgive her and focus on those around her.
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Molly de Blanc's boss, Neil McGovern of the GNOME Foundation, is aware of de Blanc's health condition. Github records show he is the top contributor in her RMS Open Letter repository. Any credible employer would encourage Molly to take her meds or even have some time in medical care on full pay. McGovern, on the other hand, is actively engaging in what appears to be an employee going through a period of hypomania.
McGovern is not alone, the list published elsewhere shows thousands of employees of Google, IBM, Red Hat, Microsoft and even MIT came along for the ride too. Elana Hashman, the second highest in that ranking of cyberbullies, is a Red Hat / IBM employee.
The more to do still comment in the log suggests Molly is a dopamine junkie too. This shows that Github is actively aware of and cultivating dopamine addictions in the same way that Facebook does.
Last but not least, we also see evidence of dyslexia in the logs:
As with bipolar, we don't want to criticize anybody who suffers from dyslexia. We are too busy laughing at all the employees of Google, IBM, Red Hat, Microsoft and even MIT who are sharing this woman's mental illness and cultivating it as a cyberweapon. Molly's own words in the video above appear to confirm the engagement of these egos in her disorder.
Then again, maybe that isn't something to laugh at.