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

Thursday, November 14, 2002
Isn't it amazing the lengths people will go to in order to avoid admitting an unpleasant truth even to themselves?
warnings of terrorism. Interesting how people whine about frightening people unnecessarily every time there's a warning that doesn't materialize. Yet when there is an attack it's all about how inept law enforcement is and why didn't we know.
You can't have it both ways. Either we get a homeland security department with the authority to monitor everything, and many attacks are prevented without us ever knowing; or we live in a free society and accept that the world is not safe place and that the price of freedom and privacy is the chance that some of us will die.
posted by Rachel 11/14/2002
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This is another stupidest thing. Only in Florida...
Let's do a little substitution and see if we can find the logical weaknesses here hmmm?
Angry young man steals car keys from the dresser drawer of a family friend.
Angry young man steals saturn from the garage of family friend.
Angry young man runs over his teacher in the school parking lot.
Teacher dies.
Teacher's widow sues family friend, school, and GM.
Jury finds that GM distributed a car that was "unsafe, defective and lacked features that would have prevented a minor from using it."
Jury awards 1.2 million from GM, 10.8 million from the school board and 12 million from the family friend.
Jury finds no liability for angry young man.
posted by Rachel 11/14/2002
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Pederasts for Peace in the Middle East.
They really just don't get that they have no moral authority left. Allowing Law to have anything to do with the church taking a moral stand is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard.
posted by Rachel 11/14/2002
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A fellow Minnesotan dissects Garrison Keillor, better than I could.
posted by Rachel 11/14/2002
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this loudly and widely.

People never seem to get the problem with databases. Sure, you may trust the people building it and using it now; the problem is that once it exists it can fall into the hands of very bad people. Knowledge is power, (says it right on the damned logo.) Imagine the worst person you can think of, then imagine them with that power. Systems can be hacked, or stolen, those in possession of them can be conquered, or an election can give power to someone you haven't chosen to trust with your information.

This has happened before. It happened in Germany (see what happened with IBM and that was only paper punch cards,) it happened in Russia. It happened to gun owners in England and Australia, hell, it's happened to gun owners in California. Once such a database exists there is no undoing it and you must rely on the benevolence of those who seek power.

(Plus, I'm very reluctant to trust anyone who would design such a tacky logo. Very bearded Spock.)
posted by Rachel 11/14/2002
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