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"So. Our ancestors clawed their way out of the caves, fought behemoths with their bare hands; survived earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, meteor showers and plagues, all so their descendents could sit on the road and wail."
- Pundita

Saturday, March 15, 2003
At the rate I'm going I'm going to be completely white-haired by the time I'm 25. (I'm speaking literally, not alluding to stress.)

posted by Rachel 3/15/2003
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Wow. An interesting
analysis of market forces.
"This is, forgive me for saying so, what I think is the heart of the liberal error about government. You see it all the time in advocates of economic regulation. Liberals notice that the market can produce suboptimal, as well as optimal results. Their natural instinct is to make a law about it.

What they seem not to notice is that in a Democracy, the same people making the original error vote."

posted by Rachel 3/15/2003
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Hmmm. Thought provoking.

posted by Rachel 3/15/2003
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Oooh lets' put that fire out with some
gasoline!
Gaaaah. I had a roomate who thought it was sooo cool to go trespass at Fort Benning every year. I thought that was stupid. These are college students? Trespass and sabotage on a military base during war time? They should demand their tuition back. Those poor guards. What a situation to be in. Shoot your peers because they're too dumb to live.

This guy has a good analysis.
"Peace movement events can confer righteousness and seriousness on people who are not very righteous or serious. The idea that anyone's career suffers by being seen as unpatriotic is absurd. Anti-war credentials are fine entrees to the cultural and university community in Pittsburgh.

Creative hustlers are the most accessible face of the peace movement, but committed activists organize the events. They are good organizers because they are always organizing for a cause; the organizing seems more important than the cause itself. A looming war just gives them a cause that other people are actually thinking about.

I chewed over my Gulf war experience with activists while meeting the same people covering subsequent campaigns. At the core of the peace and justice movement, I believe there is a fundamental deception: Activists don't actually want to stop any war or get justice. If marches did stop a war, it would show that the government was listening. The purpose of peace and justice activism is to show that the power structure can never listen or change. Sincere and conflicted people become united in the idea that America is cruel and undemocratic.

This feeling is known as solidarity, and creating solidarity is what activism is all about. Join the struggle. And the struggle goes on: la lucha continua, win, lose or draw, por siempre. The idea that the struggle ought to accomplish something is not the point. The causes are place names, and allies come and go: Iraq, Chiapas, Palestine. The baleful power of America remains the eternal issue."

Those observations certainly square with my own observations of the activist community in college.

posted by Rachel 3/15/2003
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Eeeeegh. I sure hope the public health folks get this one right. If they can't get this contained then we don't have much hope.

Having spent time in hospitals and spoken to several co-workers: we may already be fucked. When the ER staff can't observe universal precautions dealing with blood... Well I sure don't want to go in anytime soon. Yuck.

posted by Rachel 3/15/2003
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