tipiglen at dircon.co.uk
Mon Nov 24 17:41:34 GMT 2003
"Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem
it necessary to repel an invasion . . . and you allow him to make war at
pleasure. . . . If to-day, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to
invade Canada, to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop
him? You may say to him, 'I see no probability of the British invading us'
but he will say to you 'be silent; I see it, if you don't.'"
Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 15, 1848
A tariff is an unfair obstacle to free
trade in which a poor nation slaps
extra charges on imports from a rich
nation so the poor nation's citizens
can sell their own products at home.
A subsidy is a reasonable payment
from a rich nation to powerful
business interests so they can
undersell products made by the poor
nation's citizens in the poor nation.
-- Ironic Times http://www.ironictimes.com
"Human society has now reached a point in population growth and
technological skill at which it can destroy the viability of the
environment .... To the extraterrestrial observer, man might appear as
unself-conscious as a fish in relation to his ecological situation.
This ecological innocence, harmless in fish, is dangerous in men.
Rambunctious adolescent naivete' and a powerful, science-based
technology are poorly matched companions."
-- Lyton Keith Caldwell, 1971
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Txes M&A Uinervtisy,
it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod
are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat
ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total
mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed
ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
Aggeis Don't Spel Goud?
[spelling and the brain]
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do Evil in return.
-- W.H. AUDEN, "September 1, 1939"
"I think my eyes were knocked open and they don't close.
I sometimes wish I could close them and look away...
But once you've seen certain things, you can't un-see them,
and seeing nothing is as political an act as seeing something."
-- Arundhati Roy
We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life
when all we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
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