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April 30, 2006

AS THEY WERE PUMPING BULLETS INTO HIS BODY: "EVEN THEN it crossed my mind how unfair this was. I had spent four years studying Islam for my degree, learning Arabic, reading and translating the Koran and other Islamic texts. I had lived happily among Arab families, fasted with Bedu tribespeople in Jordan, taught English to the impoverished family of an Egyptian taxi driver in a verminous Cairo slum." -- The day I was shot - Sunday Times - Times Online

WAR, THE NEXT: "In our new age of terrifying, lethal gadgets, which supplanted so swiftly the old one, the first great aggressive war, if it should come, will be launched by suicidal little madmen pressing an electronic button."

SCHOOL DAZE: "For it is not possible to reject truth just once and be done with it; you can throw it out with a pitch-forked tongue, but truth, like nature, will always come rushing back in. Rather, the leftist will have to establish structures and mechanisms to prevent or discourage people from finding truth or even believing that it exists, things like universities, which are actually relativities in disguise. To become a king in the secular realm, it always helps to have attended one of our Elite Relativities. " -- One Cosmos: Left and Right: What You See is What You Beget

RULES? IN BLACKJACK?: "In reality, strict adherence to the constitution results in increased freedom and democracy, while the "living constitution" quickly devolves into judicial tyranny. If you enjoy playing blackjack, your freedom is not really enhanced if the dealer can either hit or stand on 16, depending on his interpretation of the living rules of blackjack." -- One Cosmos: Yes, You're Offensive. No, I'm Not Offended.

IT'S A CONCEPT: "This is why web 3.0 needs a killer app. And when I say killer app, I mean an app that kills someone over the internet." -- MetaFilter

Posted by Vanderleun at April 30, 2006 09:59 AM from American Digest