November 2nd, 2002

bswing

Effective daily affirmations...

...via overopinionated

I have the power to channel my imagination into ever-soaring levels of suspicion and paranoia.

I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else's fault.

I no longer need to punish, deceive or compromise myself. Unless, of course, I want to stay employed.

In some cultures what I do would be considered normal.

Having control over myself is nearly as good as having control over others.

My intuition nearly makes up for my lack of good judgment.

I can change any thought that hurts into a reality that hurts even more.

I honor my personality flaws, for without them I would have no personality at all.

Joan of Arc heard voices too.

I am grateful that I am not as judgmental as all those censorious, self-righteous people around me.

I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper and complain.

As I learn the innermost secrets of the people around me, they reward me in many ways to keep me quiet.

When someone hurts me, forgiveness is cheaper than a lawsuit. But not nearly as gratifying.

The first step is to say nice things about myself. The second, to do nice things for myself. The third, to find someone to buy me nice things.

All of me is beautiful and valuable, even the ugly, stupid, and disgusting parts.

I am at one with my duality.

I will strive to live each day as if it were my 40th birthday.

Only a lack of imagination saves me from immobilizing myself with imaginary fears.

I honor and express all facets of my being, regardless of state and local laws.

Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so."

False hope is nicer than no hope at all.

A good scapegoat is nearly as welcome as a solution to the problem.

Just for today, I will not sit in my living room all day watching TV. Instead I will move my TV into the bedroom.

Why should I waste my time reliving the past when I can spend it worrying about the future?

The complete lack of evidence is the surest sign that the conspiracy is working.

I am learning that criticism is not nearly as effective as sabotage.

Becoming aware of my character defects leads me to the next step - blaming my parents.

To have a successful relationship I must learn to make it look like I'm giving as much as I'm getting.

To understand all is to fear all.
bswing

Washington monument held hostage

"...Bureaucratic performance is also a serious concern. Bureaucracies often can achieve their ends with a "can't do" stance in place of the "can do" attitude that is needed for market success. A perennial case in point is the "Washington Monument strategy" of the National Park Service. At budget time the service frequently threatens to curtail visiting hours at its most popular attraction, the Washington Monument, if its budget request isn't met, and it threatens to blame Congress and the budget process when tourists complain...."

Via http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/PoliticalBehavior.html

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The Terror Trap

"Augustine once recounted a conversation between Alexander the Great and a captured pirate. "How dare you molest the seas?" asked Alexander. "How dare you molest the whole world?" the pirate replied. "Because I do it with a little ship only, I am called a thief. You, doing it with a great navy, are called an emperor."

Chris Leithner is an Australian investment advisor. I thorougly enjoy his letters to shareholders. Here's an excerpt from his latest, which analyzes the risks of the "War on Terror":

"...War, as Gwynne Dyer notes in an excellent article ("Falling into the Terror Trap", The Toronto Star, 17 October), can and does devastate whole societies. Terrorism is not war: it is an essentially marginal activity, undertaken by the relatively weak, that succeeds only if it can provoke its much stronger nemesis into drastic overreaction. Dyer notes that from 1942 to 1945, after all the major participants had joined the carnage, the Second World War caused deaths at the rate more than 1 million per month. That is equivalent to a Bali bombing every 10 minutes, day and night, for four years. By that horrible standard and whatever its cause, terrorism is a localised, minor and tolerable (except, of course, by those whom it kills, injures and traumatises) phenomenon.

Over the past 12 months, excluding the mega-strikes at New York and Washington, the average monthly American death toll from terrorism has been fewer than three. If terrorist groups could undertake an 11/9-scale strike on American soil every year, their actions would cause an average of 250 U.S. deaths per month and an annualised probability of 1 in 100,000 that they killed a randomly-selected American; and to undertake a 12/10-scale bombing annually in Australia would generate 8 deaths per month and an annualised probability of 5 in 1 million (or 1 in 200,000) that it killed a given individual. Given such attacks in perpetuity, the average likelihood of death by terrorism in these countries would be comparable to the chances of winning a modest jackpot in a lottery...."


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Woman carries fetus for 46 years

Woman carries fetus for 46 years

http://www.canada.com/national/story.asp?id={92A82987-5ABA-4844-A7D9-709608F85162}

The Ottawa Citizen

Sunday, October 27, 2002
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RABAT, Morocco -- A 75-year-old woman who complained of stomach pains was found to have been carrying a calcified fetus -- a "stone baby" -- for 46 years, doctors said.

The doctors said they removed a 3.5-kilogram fetus they believe had been lodged in the woman's abdomen since an ectopic pregnancy in 1956.

Doctors said the woman, who said she'd last been pregnant in 1956, had refused a caesarean section when she was unable to deliver the fetus, which had developed outside the uterus, and never had it removed.
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The Onion - How the Web's Most Beloved Humor Site Stays Profitable

The Onion - How the Web's Most Beloved Humor Site Stays Profitable

http://www.contentbiz.com/sample.cfm?contentID=2187

CHALLENGE: Although millions of its Web fans are unaware of it,
The Onion started as a printed tabloid.

"A bunch of college kids in Madison Wisconsin were putting out
copies of what they thought was good satirical humor," explains
current Publisher (Ms.) Chris Cranmer. It was good enough that
entrepreneur Scott Dikkers bought it from them to run as a formal
publishing company. "I'm not sure what the amount of the sale
was, but I'm sure it wasn't much."

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