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

Thursday, October 10, 2002
This is why we have an old-nuns-home on the grounds but no nuns teaching. I think the average age for our particular order is around 80. Only 2 people have joined in the past couple decades.
posted by Rachel 10/10/2002
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I swear sometimes Lileks is directly jacked into my brain. A quietly satisfying bleat today:
"...Shortly thereafter Internet access went out for the entire building.

I felt cut off from the world. It was as if my window had been bricked up. I needed to know what was going on out there.

Keep in mind that I had this feeling in a newspaper, where I had access to every wire service on the planet.

Thatís actually rather telling. Iíve come to depend on the krill-filtering mechanisms of blogs and news sites, because theyíre far more interesting than the wire feeds. I read a wire story, and thatís that. A wire story consists of one voice pitched low and calm and full of institutional gravitas, blissfully unaware of its own biases or the gaping lacunae in its knowledge. Whereas blogs have a different format:

-Clever teaser headline that has little to do with the actual story, but sets the tone for this blog post.

-Breezy ad hominem slur containing the link to the entire story.

-Excerpt of said story, demonstrating its idiocy (or brilliance)

-Blogauthorís remarks, varying from dismissive sniffs to a Tolstoi-length rebuttal.

-Seven comments from people piling on, disagreeing, adding a link, acting stupid, preaching to the choir, accusing choir of being Nazis, etc."

Then the backfence column details how you can use go-gurt as an offensive weapon.
posted by Rachel 10/10/2002
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