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Number 538, September 27, 2009
"The plague of authoritarian collectivism"

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I'm fighting with several new email programs the last two weeks or so. My old reliable Eudora 7 went crazy on me, and even reinstalls didn't help. Oddly enough, the other (identical) copies that I use for other email accounts continue to work just fine. Currently I'm trying FoxMail, DreamMail, and Sylpheed. I also have KomaMail, PegasusMail and PhoenixMail but I've not have a chance to get myself more confused by trying them out yet. That time will come. So I've been loosing mail and if your article or letter to the editor doesn't show up, try sending it again. Maybe in a week or a month I'll have everything under control. Yeah, right.

Y'all will remember in Issue 519 (May 17, 2009) I mentioned I'd finished up a 5-fl-oz (148-ml) bottle of Tabasco Pepper Sauce that I first opened on June 13, 2006. I then opened a fresh 12-oz (355-ml) bottle, and extrapolated it might last until 2016 at the same rate of consumption. Well, how about that, I just yesterday used the last of that bottle! 12-oz in about 4-months. Golly!

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The Plague
by L. Neil Smith
Novelist Robert A. Heinlein famously observed that humanity appears to be divided into two basic types, those who believe that other people must be controlled, and those who believe nothing of the sort. As usual, Heinlein—whose writings successfully predicted a wide variety of future developments, from interplanetary spaceflight to the waterbed—was far ahead of his time. Today, America teeters on the brink of a civil war over that very question, whether individuals ought to be controlled by others, or be left unmolested, to control themselves.

My Response to an Example of Bumper-Sticker Philosophy
by Bill Hartwell
The following has apparently been making the rounds on Facebook lately: "No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. If you agree, please post this as your status for the rest of the day." It's a nice, pretty idea, until you sit down and consider the implications.

Sorry Folks, War is Actually Not Good For the Economy
by Andrew Syrios
In 1759, Voltaire wrote his satirical, Magnum Opus, Candide, eponymously named after the main character, who after leading a sheltered life for many years, comes to the realization that all is not right in the world, and we must do our best to improve it. This is in direct contradiction to his mentor, Pangloss, whose mantra is "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds." In other words, we are already living in a utopia, it simply cannot get any better, which he humorously (albeit darkly) explains to someone who just lost his whole family after an earthquake. The idea that war has a good side effect reminds me of the Leibnizian optimism (everything happens for the best) that Voltaire so thoroughly refuted. Some things, such as war, may be necessary, but they are in no way good, and have no silver lining.

A Shaman Speaks to those Bored of Directors
by Donald Meinshausen
I call myself a shaman. People wonder what I mean by this term. Urban shamanism is not something learned in school, or a course of study or even something you learn by studying under the tutelage of an elder of some ancient tribe in a jungle. Many of our greatest writers on spirituality and mind explorations in history do not have what we would call these types of credentials. While I have spent time with the leading practitioners of my day I am largely self-taught. While shamanism is often thought of rural if not of primitive tribes it is making a recurrence in cities. Think of it as urbane renewal.

Atlantea The Beautiful
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 43 of a weekly cartoon series.

Agenda 21: The United Nations Programme of Action
UN Agenda 21
Planning for Your future, serf!

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