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

Tuesday, October 01, 2002
I love Andrew Sullivan.
posted by Rachel 10/1/2002
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VERY interesting discussion.
posted by Rachel 10/1/2002
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Thank you mister man for having the balls to say it and the credentials to make yourself heard.
"The idea that the government would withhold the only effective means of protecting the population from a terrible disease until an epidemic is confirmed is new to public health. Prevention, in this new concept, obviously has no meaning for the `sentinel' Americans who will become ill and die of smallpox as trigger for the government's response. That is not good public health, and is certainly not good protection from bioterrorism."
- J. Donald Millar, former director of the smallpox-eradication program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

posted by Rachel 10/1/2002
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I'm astounded. I'd always figured that they were pretty much useless except as a placebo.
posted by Rachel 10/1/2002
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Ok good. Now get cracking.
posted by Rachel 10/1/2002
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Farewell to thee o microwave...
Our lovely white, seperate-buttons-for-pocorn-baked potato-and-frozen dinner, microwave, (less than a year old,) has pushed off for unknown shores... Not really, but it makes clunking noises and shoots out sparks, so it is for all intents and purposes, dead. I had to make soup for lunch on the stove! I hate doing that. It's Benno's preferred method. I think it dirties too many dishes and takes too long. Ah well. I have a pantry stocked with nutritious food with a shelf-life of years that I can safely prepare in minutes and eat at my DSL connected computer. What am I complaining about? (Ok there's no actual hardship involved but I am disappointed in the quality of my Samsung microwave.)

posted by Rachel 10/1/2002
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Lileks has an excellent bleat today:
"I know some Democrats who feel the same way. Smart sharp people who want to hiss SHUT UP at Babs, because she has a knack for taking legitimate concerns and filtering them through the clue-remover. Her polemics have that familiar fatal flaw: her conception of the opposition is based on a caricature of the oppositionís beliefs. In the world of political invective, in which I have some small professional experience, Iíve learned that caricatures are fun and useful - but you have to tether them to an understanding of the oppositionsí actual beliefs in all their varied nuances and manifestations. Otherwise, youíve succumbed to that thoughtless Manichean division of the world, and that is the death of humor. Thatís why so many websites that purport to offer amusement are so baffling to those who donít have that flavor of Kool-Aid flowing through their veins. The authors confuse their contempt of the opposition with an accurate apprehension of the opposition.

This is a bipartisan delusion. Letís play partisan ping-pong:

Liberals are socialists.
Conservatives want to ruin the earth and poison the water.
Liberals are baby-killers.
Conservatives only care about rich CEO fatcats.
Liberals hate America.
Conservatives think the free market smiles on slavery.
Liberals believe all criminals should go free.
Conservatives want to put all black people in jail.
Liberals are godless atheists.
Conservatives want to make everyone handle snakes for Jeebus."

posted by Rachel 10/1/2002
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Sigh. If you're a celebrity or politically connected you can get a permit to carry in New York but if you're just a woman being stalked, well... This article fails to mention the UN officials who flout New York's gun-control laws. They applied to import and carry machine guns (that's federal jurisdiction BTW, not the city) and were denied permission. They did it anyway and openly run around the city with illegal weapons. Ironic eh?
posted by Rachel 10/1/2002
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