Minutiae
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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Sunday, September 08, 2002
Grrrrrrr. {sound of tea kettle whistling}
Now the bloggers have gotten around to
Freud. It's inevitable. Any discussion of humans will eventually get there. The ones with the least background try to sound cool by taking potshots at Freud. Enough already! When Freud formulated his theories the US was just a few years out of the civil war and women didn't have the right to vote. If you're going to mock medical or biological theorists of the same era for their obvious stupidity and lack of modern relevance then by all means go ahead. At least you'll be consistent. By mocking Freud you reveal your own ignorance. Sure he got some stuff wrong. He was one of the first in the field, it's a hazard of being a pioneer. No one today practices psychoanalysis in the same way Freud did. Any more than anyone today practices 1880s surgery. Idiots. I had this brawl with the education majors in my developmental psych class. Even after I pointed out the dates they persisted in describing him as a sexist pervert. It's one of those things that tells you a lot about the person making the argument.
posted by Rachel 9/8/2002
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Sigh. VH1 edits 9-11 documentary. They changed something to make it appear totally opposite.
"Senator Clinton was booed when she walked on stage last October at a rock concert in Madison Square Garden to benefit 9/11 victims. It was shown live by VH1 but, as ABC's John Stossel illustrated in a July 20/20 special on media distortions, when the Viacom-owned cable channel replayed it sound technicians replaced the booing with cheering and applause. And that version is the permanent record VH1 put onto its DVD of the event."
Why would they do such a thing? I can think of any number of bad reasons but nothing I'd want to defend on 20/20.
posted by Rachel 9/8/2002
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How Gecko feet work. Now I know.
posted by Rachel 9/8/2002
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Chills down my spine. Real horror. A very long article about Iraq. In 1988 women and children were deliberately targeted with chemical weapons probably including aflatoxin. Richard Spertzel, the chief biological-weapons inspector for UNSCOM, put it this way: "It is a devilish weapon. Iraq was quite clearly aware of the long-term carcinogenic effect of aflatoxin. Aflatoxin can only do one thing—destroy people's livers. And I suspect that children are more susceptible. From a moral standpoint, aflatoxin is the cruellest weapon—it means watching children die slowly of liver cancer."
posted by Rachel 9/8/2002
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