Archive for March, 2003

re: more focused question

S wrote:

So, you wrote all of that to her, and that was her response? It seemed somewhat limited, to say the very least. These people have just not been very forthcoming with information.

I really don’t think that she has very much information. I am betting that the specifics of the structure of how a specific countries service are offered is set up by a person in that country.

One of the things that influenced my decision was reading the journal of this fellow: http://johndutton.blogspot.com.

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scared of mauritania

Ok, I am as scared as I can remember being for a long time. Not boogie man hiding in the closet scary movie scared that I feel in my throat. Sitting the night before my execution knowing I die tomorrow scared. In the pit of my stomach a physical presence that keeps me from being able to draw my breath all the way in.

When you get an invitation from the Peace Corps you have ten days to respond. If you don’t reply then they pass it on to someone else. My invitation was delivered to my parents so seven of my ten days passed before I even got to see it. I’d send them mail and ask for more time, but what’s the point? I’m either going to say yes or no and I’ll not learn anything more in another five days.

I’ve been asked to go to Mauritania. It’s a sparsely populated chunk of desert below Morocco. Their specialties are drought and malaria.

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Scared of Mauritania

Ok, I am as scared as I can remember being for a long time. Not boogie man hiding in the closet scary movie scared that I feel in my throat. Sitting the night before my execution knowing I die tomorrow scared. In the pit of my stomach a physical presence that keeps me from being able to draw my breath all the way in.

When you get an invitation from the Peace Corps you have ten days to respond. If you don’t reply then they pass it on to someone else. My invitation was delivered to my parents so seven of my ten days passed before I even got to see it. I’d send them mail and ask for more time, but what’s the point? I’m either going to say yes or no and I’ll not learn anything more in another five days.

I’ve been asked to go to Mauritania. It’s a sparsely populated chunk of desert below Morocco. Their specialties are drought and malaria.


Amber spent some time going over the variety of maladies you can encounter in Africa. There are actually four kinds of parasites that cause malaria. If any of them ever get in then they never go away. You live with the little buggers and they are hopefully just not strong enough to make you sick.

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re: tardtardtard

I have a really hard time being upset at her use of the word ‘tard.’ It seems clearly a term of endearment.

I’m not sure that I am getting this from reading what of the site I did. I’ll agree that the character of Riti seems caring toward her students, but that does not necessarily convey any respect.

I bought some free range eggs the other day and was hunting on the internet to find some pictures of an egg farm (I saw one on pbs and it disturbed me) to illustrate to Brett the conditions. Most of the pictures I found were animal rights pages (http://www.eggcruelty.com/ etc.) that heavily anthropomorphized chickens.

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re: n: Tardblog

I made it a point to read her disclaimer and faq page first, before reading anything else. and it helped to put things into perspective. Don’t know if you did that or not.

My feelings are largely mixed. I can only imagine how frustrating it is to manage a herd of children every day; let alone developmentally challenged children. I’m not sure to what extent the website itself offends me, but the pervasive use of the word “tard” really puts me on edge.

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RE: [Cor] coleman barks poem to bush, for peace

http://www.cgecwm.org/art-for-peace/just-this-once.html

Ok, the first 6 lines are brilliant, the first 9 make sense, but the rest of the poem doesn’t make a dime of sense to me, could someone explain it to me?

I’ll explain how I understand it…

He is looking for an alternate solution to the problem of our relationship with Iraq. It breaks down to two questions:

  1. What is the problem?
  2. What can be done about it?

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re: n: Foreign Policy lately…

http://www.policyreview.org/dec02/davenport_print.html

hoisting the bullshit flag here…

Out of curiosity, do you have any information about the particulars of the article? I just got through reading it and it seems pretty balanced to me. One thing that I didn’t understand is that the article started out saying:

“After five weeks of negotiation over the International Criminal Court (ICC) treaty, the United States was clearly frustrated with the power politics and maneuvering of a group that called itself ‘like-minded’ states and their collaborators, the nongovernmental organizations (ngos). On the final day, the U.S. called for a vote and found itself on the losing side by a stunning 129-7.”

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re: n: Nifty – diplomat resigns because of Bush’s war mongering

I wonder, though — is this a cop-out? If you resign and leave the structure, haven’t you just left behind a structure with a higher proportion of idiots?

Well, the US government, as a structure, is affected by more than simply the people who are direct paid employees of the government. Without more information it is hard to say whether his ability to influence government has improved or not.

The monks who immolated themselves in protest of the Vietnam war. Was their leaving the system ineffective? It was arguably less effective than staying around and maybe doing something else. I wouldn’t call it a cop-out though.

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