Michael Sat Sep 15 15:06:31 2001|
Call me Cassandra
> below are some random quotes from today's NYTimes on the web. my
> apologies, michael - your paranoia was more prescient than my optimism.
Um. I'm not sure whether or not to thank you for the apology. I wish I wasn't right.
> Some advocates were dismayed by a proposal the Senate approved on Thursday
> night that would, among other things, make it easier for federal law
> enforcement to wiretap computers.
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
> Mr. Meehan, who was interviewed while the Capitol was being evacuated on
> Thursday night, also felt that the nation's attitudes had fundamentally
> changed after the attacks. "Given this unspeakable act, Americans
> will tolerate some restraint on their liberties for the sake of
> security," he said.
Benjamin Franklin again: "Those who sacrifice liberty for a little security deserve neither."
> And polling suggests that they are more than willing to make that
Because sheep want security.
> Envisioning the Future in a Fortress New York .... In one telling sign of
> the times, spokesmen for the American Civil Liberties Union — normally
> quick to take issue with calls for increased profiling, random searches
> and surveillance cameras — declined to comment.
Not this week. They'll be back.
> Members predicted that when they returned they would swiftly resolve the
> remaining budget issues before the fiscal year ends in September. Many
> also predicted that Congress would put aside most of the domestic agenda
> until next year so as not to engage in partisan debate over issues like
> health care and campaign finance revisions.
Heheheheh. I'll *bet* they'll grasp at any straw to avoid reforming campaign finance. They're off the hook with the hard questions, aren't they?
Well. Before too long, Europe, not America, will be the beacon of freedom and opportunity. Europe remembers fascism. Germany riots when they try to take a *census*. And slowly, ever so slowly, my income base is shifting to Europe anyway. Look at the last month: workflow project completed in Bonn, translation from England, now a new workflow project in Berlin, stacked against my usual sysadmin stuff at VerticalNet (American) and miscellaneous webmastery customers.
You may have noticed my blog entry for yesterday. I'm thinking of ways to get back into the whole make-the-world-better scene. There's plenty of material. I wish I had the knack for political cartoons, but I don't, really. Yet. I'm sure I could learn.