... I had sharpen for screen set to high... intentional crunchiness...
There seems to be a new breed of terrorists.
Though they appear divided internally, into two factions, they manage to present a unified front to the rest of the world. On this forum, the undisputed ringleader is Russ. Though I can not confirm he is directly responsible for the actions of his followers (still waiting on NSA to get back to me on that), there also appears to be an unhealthy degree of self-radicalization by other members of this forum.
Their weapons of mass destruction? The two factions? Sharpness and crunchiness. They appear hellbent on hurting our eyes, terrorizing us into submission to their beliefs that one can never be too thin, too rich or... too sharp.
It seems impossible to cut off their arms supply, as they use publicly available resources to lay their hands on the weapons like D800 and Lightroom. Short of crippling D800 to a non weapon-grade 12 Mpx, and short of restricting Clarity slider in LR to say +25 and output sharpening to "Normal," I am at a loss to suggest effective ways to counter their despicable acts of terror. Perhaps Adobe should form a counter-terrorism unit? After all, they are already experienced in cooperating with the FBI on currency counterfeiting.