[ RadSafe ] Re: [riskanal] Wired 14.06: Don't Try This at Home

Maury Siskel maurysis at ev1.net
Thu Jun 1 03:20:59 CDT 2006

An Attempted clarification:
    1. I was lamenting the gradual changes removing a richness from our 
lives and the effects these changes are imposing, in my opinion, on our 
youngsters and on future generations.
    2. I resent the increasing difficulties being imposed on my selfish 
pursuit of mischief enjoyed to the core by me and some who quietly know 
me. I love doing things which stimulate the UFO/crop circle believers 
and the otherwise superstitious folks, as well as the authorities who 
take themselves and their jobs just a tad too seriously. It probably is 
best I leave my pranks to be related by my kids after I'm gone.  At 78, 
I'm term limited and that also is proper. Thankfully I have tolerant, 
good humored neighbors, thoroughly mystified local gendarmes, and loving 
children and a dog who realize that I'm a certifiable nut (Thus, living 
continues to be a fun thing.)
    3. I do NOT view these developments as recent results of the current 
war on terror (which I happen to believe to be deadly serious). Rather, 
they have long been in progress and result from too many fights and wars 
-- on poverty, on drugs, on discrimination, on hate, against alcoholand 
for ethanol,  on communists, on libertarians, on athieism, on 
intolerance, on fundamentalists, on sugar, on blah,blah,and blah.... 

It seems no longer possible merely to favor or just to oppose an idea or 
person. I believe that the US experienced a sort of golden age from 
about 1945 until about 1960. Science, education, technology, personal 
liberty, personal responsibility, personal judgment, and yes, personal 
and national dreams all thrived.  Many people genuinely loved, hated, 
and respected each other even as they vigorously opposed each others' 
viewpoints.  A few politicians actually were statesmen. In the '60s and 
through the Viet Nam conflict, we lost our way.

A few may be mystified by all of this, but hopefully most will 
understand what I'm  conveying  so poorly. Finally, I am  grateful to 
Jim and Marcel for allowing me to strain the relevance limits of Radsafe 
and Riskanal -- all of you are a great collection of thoughtful people. 
Please do keep a good supply of used RR ties on hand to prop up the 
never ending falling sky.
Deeply felt regards to all,
It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag, and 
whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the 
flag.            Charles M. Province
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving 
safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in 
broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 
-- WOW--What a ride!!!"
Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been 
sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, 
rebellious, and immature. Tom Robbins

Deborah Frisch wrote:

Dear Maury&Dog,

Thanks for your fascinating post.  With Cheney-esque precision, you take 
aim at a very wide range of targets:

1.environmentalists ("we must ensure that our views of land and 
seascapes remain uncluttered and that we do not risk any damage to our 
beaches. ..And Heaven forbid that we risk any contamination of our air.")

2. scientists, engineers and politicians ("we continue to encourage 
intellectual eunuchs who will become intellectually sterile scientists, 
engineers, and politicians.")

3. Francophiles (or is it th Francophobes you mock?) ("Let those stupid 
French continue to supply 70% of their own electricity with their own 
nuclear power plants.")

I have no idea what your point was, but I really enjoyed it.  I 
especially liked the link,
(http://wired.com/wired/archive/14.06/chemistry_pr.html) alerting us to 
the real victims of the war on terrorism:  American capitalists who are 
unfairly targeted as terrorists.  I was shocked and appalled to read ["A 
lot of retailers are scared to carry a real chemistry set now because of 
liability concerns," McGuire explains.]
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