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Monday, September 17 2001

Linda Greenhouse : The Clamor of a Free People

"Even war as a metaphor the war on drugs, for example can have a dramatic, and unequal, effect on civil liberties, as shown by the recent revelations of how widespread racial profiling had become before the public even had a name for the practice. "You fly the metaphor of war, and constitutional protections all cut in one direction," said Dennis J. Hutchinson, a law professor and historian at the University of Chicago. He said the "deconstitutionalization of the automobile" the ever wider discretion for police searches for drugs "is the most obvious recent example of panic moving the terms of discourse." " see also : Stallman, Thousands dead, millions deprived of civil liberties?

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Poppy::UncleDick : "I would hope the American people would,

in effect, stick their thumb in the eye of the terrorists and say they've got great confidence in the country, great confidence in our economy, and not let what's happened here in any way throw off their normal level of economic activity." Perhaps the reason they've been hiding Uncle Dick for so long is that he is an even worse public speaker than Dubya... see also : Questions for the Citizen-Shareholder

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I take it back. I'm really not sure why they let Dubya speak in public, at all.

Frankly, if I were a hawk I would be a little freaked out right now. How much confidence can a person take in the fact that the full might of the U.S. military is under the command of someone who doesn't appear able to process two simultaneous (never mind conflicting) thoughts?

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Damian Conway : Hook::LexWrap.pm

"allows you to install a pre- or post-wrapper (or both) around an existing subroutine. Unlike other modules that provide this capacity (e.g. Hook::PreAndPost and Hook::WrapSub), Hook::LexWrap implements wrappers in such a way that the standard caller function works correctly within the wrapped subroutine.

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Stefano Rodighiero : cddb_cover.pl

"insert a CD in your cd-reader / be sure your internet connection is up / run this script / print the .pdf file it will create / use scissors / feel guilty ;)"

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The dict-ified dictionary.com word of the day is etiolate

| source : web1913 | Etiolate \E"ti*o*late\ v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Etiolated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Etiolating}.] [F. ['e]tioler to blanch.] 1. To become white or whiter; to be whitened or blanched by excluding the light of the sun, as, plants. 2. (Med.) To become pale through disease or absence of light. | source : web1913 | Etiolate \E"ti*o*late\, v. t. 1. To blanch; to bleach; to whiten by depriving of the sun's rays. 2. (Med.) To cause to grow pale by disease or absence of light. | source : web1913 | Etiolate \E"ti*o*late\, Etiolated \E"ti*o*la`ted\, a. Having a blanched or faded appearance, as birds inhabiting desert regions. | source : wn | etiolate adj : (especially of plants) developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light; "etiolated celery" [syn: {etiolated}, {blanched}] v 1: make weak by stunting the growth or development of 2: bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight 3: make pale or sickly; "alcohol etiolates your skin"

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