…every army needs, in key if unglamorous posts, men who can reason and
make lists and arrange for provisions and baggage wagons and, in general,
have an attention span greater than that of a duck.
— Terry Pratchett, Night Watch

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I just received spam with the subject line “Juicy, plump, chubby girls!”

Unfortunately, I deleted it before thinking to check whether they were offering porn or cannibalism.

Published in: on November 5, 2003 at 18:36  Comments (6)  
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Your disturbing quote for the day

From a NY Times article about Aeroflot’s attempt at a corporate makeover:

“To some outsiders, it may seem as if Brezhnev were donning lipstick and a blond wig for Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue cover.”

*twitch* *twitch*

Published in: on April 7, 2003 at 10:22  Comments (3)  
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Seeking answers to life’s persistent questions

What does your fortune program say to you?

Published in: on December 20, 2002 at 15:59  Comments (3)  
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Disturbing Quote of the Day

From This Week in Sex

Published in: on November 29, 2002 at 18:23  Comments Off on Disturbing Quote of the Day  
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Wise words from a prof…

“At your age, you should go out and try to do some good. And failing that, make oodles of money.”

– Prof. R. B. Laughlin

Published in: on September 19, 2002 at 10:35  Comments Off on Wise words from a prof…  

News line of the day

“We’re still looking for either a naked man with huge eyes or an emu,” the spokesman added.

Well, I’ve been saying the same for years

(The full story, here)

Published in: on August 23, 2002 at 10:42  Comments (1)  
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How times have changed!

“The interesting thing about America is that she asks nothing for herself
except what she has a right to ask for humanity itself.”
— Woodrow Wilson

There is an interesting thought in this. The American Empire, for most of
its life, was ultimately based on a notion of spreading certain ideals —
democracy, free markets, an open marketplace of ideals — to the places
under its control. Not to say, of course, that it didn’t employ coercive
means to achieve this, but there was always a stated (and often followed)
intent to use the power of empire to spread the benefits of this way of
life to the world.

Yet in recent years — I’m thinking of the past two years in particular —
there has been a change in attitude, a stronger sense that America is
interested in its own well-being, end of message and off, and that it is
willing to sacrifice that of its peripheries without even a slight thought
to achieve this aim.

And the question I ask myself is, Can an empire which has always
depended for its coherence on the propagation of certain ideals survive
becoming a simple organ of its own survival? At what cost will we have
to hold the peripheries if they see that our goal is ultimately to beat them
down, to force them to obey our every order without concern for their
own situation and status?

The increasing centralization of power and draining of the peripheries
was one of the key transitions that moved Rome from an empire to an
unstable collection of warring states. If we are agreed that the American
Empire, at its height, was beneficial to its members, and that this (their
own ultimate complicity, unwilling only for short times, willing more often
than not when they realized the profits of joining) is what made the
administration of so far-flung a collection of states possible, then what
is this likely to lead to now?

Published in: on August 6, 2002 at 17:28  Comments (2)  
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