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Tuesday, May 13, 2003
Well now you know.
Yuck what's the point of washing after you use the bathroom if you're going to get enterobacteria on your hands when you dry them? Maybe that's why I'm sick... I'll just wipe my hands on my pants from now on, thanks.

posted by Rachel 5/13/2003
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I'm sick and have been for the past 3 days. It feels like the flu but I think it's probably the crud or the gunk or whatever stupid name our health professionals have tagged this particular set of symptoms. At any rate I've been flat on my back and hating the world for the past 2 days. Today I'm starting to feel better. I stayed home from work anyway since I might still be contagious and I surely don't want to pass this along to medically fragile people. Then the rest of the week will be spent at a training conference which may be absolutely stupid or really interesting, I've no idea.

posted by Rachel 5/13/2003
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Disgusting. Utterly disgusting. Read this and
remember. When some ignorant idiot says we must heed the UN. Rwanda. Srebrenica. I could go on and on but I'm sick and I just don't have the energy.

posted by Rachel 5/13/2003
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A delicious
article that identifies and articulates several things I've been struggling with. Particularly the shocking ignorance of the left and the ridiculous paranoia of the right but that in spite of that how both sides are worthwhile.
"In other pieces I've noted an annoying equivalence between the far left and far right. The far left says Republicans are Nazis. And the far right says Democrats are socialists or even communists. It's an annoying habit for people on the margins, but the reason it happens is very different for each side.

Radical leftists think the Bush administration is like the Nazi Party for one specific reason: They haven't studied the rise of the Nazis. They truly believe the comparison is apt not because they misunderstand Republicans, but because they misunderstand Hitler.

Far-right conservatives have the opposite problem. They understand Lenin perfectly well. It's the Democrats they don't understand. A hyperawareness of threats leads to hallucinations of banshees in the bushes. Joseph McCarthy had a deep understanding of communism. And he did find some communist spies. But he saw the tentacles of communism everywhere, whether there were adequate grounds for it or not.

An anonymous radical leftist at Indymedia recently posted something to this effect: If Iraqis hate life under Saddam, just wait until they find out what it's like to live under George W. Bush. This is paranoid like McCarthyism, but the cause is quite different. This person knows very well what it's like to live "under" George W. Bush. He lives in America. What he doesn't understand, very unlike McCarthy, is what it's like to live in the other country. McCarthy knew Stalin well. The Indymedia poster knows nothing about Saddam Hussein."
Read the whole thing.

posted by Rachel 5/13/2003
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Uh huh. Remember this in the future when someone brings this up as an example of the evil of America. The facts won't matter. Only the initial outrage will be recycled.

posted by Rachel 5/13/2003
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An interesting
synopsis of the payoffs prior to and during Gulf War II.

posted by Rachel 5/13/2003
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North Korea, so famous for abiding by it's agreements, has demonstrated it's
lunacy to the world yet again.

posted by Rachel 5/13/2003
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Seems like
golf is the last place it's still ok to be sexist.

posted by Rachel 5/13/2003
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What is it with Marin county? That whole region of California is just
insane. Leave my Oreos alone!

posted by Rachel 5/13/2003
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