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"What is the difference between a realist and a dreamer? The realist thinks that someday a UFO will come down and hover over the UN building, and that the aliens will come out of the UFO and offer to share their technology and solve all our world's problems.

The dreamer thinks maybe we can get our act together and do it ourselves."

Russian joke [It's a joke?] cited in William K. Hartmann, A Traveler's Guide to Mars.

13 November 2005


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Anonymous SeanH said...

As a curious outside, what is with the American devotion to the "original intent of the framers of the Constitution"? Why does what they wanted matter?

11/19/2005 1:44 AM  
Anonymous SeanH said...

gah, above should read "outsider". It's early.

11/19/2005 1:45 AM  
Blogger quixote said...

SeanH: Good question. In my case, the comment was supposed to be a dig at that mindset, since it's generally the very same people who say they want nothing but "original intent" who object to every move toward greater fairness. My theory is that all the talk about original intent is just a way to paper over a nasty agenda. People seem to feel that old paper, whether it's old religious paper like bibles or other holy books, or old political paper like the Constitution, works best for that purpose.

11/19/2005 1:44 PM  
Blogger Democracy Lover said...

I've been saying something like this for a long time. Redistricting is a computer problem and "mousy bureaucrats in the US Geological Survey" are exactly the right types to do this.

While we're at it, why are elections being "supervised" by partisan politicians - state Secretaries of State who are Bush campaign managers? Elections should be managed and run by apolitical bureaucrats.

11/29/2005 5:45 AM  

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