November 5th, 2004

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"I wonder if animal dreams are as bizarre as human dreams are," Greg commented. "I can just picture Fido, snoring away, being baffled by surreal images of, say, a nice juicy bone that leaps out of a cake and swats him over the head. Or being in a panic, thinking 'It's the last day of obedience school and I haven't studied!'"

Brigid laughed. "Oh, I'm sure. But remember, sometimes a nice juicy bone, is just a nice juicy bone."

"Oh please," he said with a sideways smirk. "Even I wouldn't fall for that one!"

"Actually, the most surreal part for Fido is when he finds himself at a party in his underwear."

"Dogs don't wear clothes!" Greg protested.

"That's what makes it so surreal," Brigid said.

Greg blinked and nodded. "True, I hadn't thought of it that way."

-The Gneech

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Some Interesting Links

The Other Sixties (NOTE: Long! But worth it.)
Two decades, the 1950s (1950–59) and “The Sixties” (ca. 1965–74), continue to be the touchstones by which American liberals and conservatives define themselves. To those on the right, the 1950s were the last good time, an era of sanity and maturity, order and discipline, of adults behaving like adults and children knowing their place. To those on the left, the 1950s were a time of fatuous complacency, mindless materialism, and stultifying conformism—not to mention racism, sexism, and other ugly prejudices. By contrast, “The Sixties,” for conservatives, were an explosion of puerile irresponsibility and fashionable rebellion, the wellspring of today’s ubiquitous identity politics, debased high culture, sexual permissiveness, and censorious political correctness. For liberals, the period was a desperately needed corrective that drew attention to America’s injustices and started us down the road toward greater fairness and equality for all.

Of course, we know all this. But what do we know about the early 1960s, the years between those touchstone decades? ...Preceded by an era that was to a large extent passively conservative, and followed by a divisive epoch in which a radical-left groundswell provoked a strong conservative reaction, the early 1960s were something else entirely—a time dominated, to an extent almost unimaginable today, by reform-minded, bipartisan, consensus liberalism. The years were classical liberalism’s last hurrah.

My Own Private Library -- An assistant professor suspects that he is a scholar because he is a bibliophile rather than the other way around.

The Last Post -- UK newspaper The Guardian talks about the whole "Clark County" fiasco, by way of explanation and a bit of "Who pissed in your Wheaties?"

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