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Wednesday, August 21 2002

Racing Down: Eugenics and the Future of the Human Species

If society is to bear the costs of over-population -- social welfare, medical care, daycare centers -- then society has the right to regulate procreation.

Wednesday, August 14 2002

Titanic Efforts, But UK Acts Fail to Bridge Great Divide

Once our groups struck the Union Jack at the summit; now they stumble among the loose scree of the lower slopes.

Wednesday, August 7 2002

A Random Walk Down Pirate Street

Indeed, American book pirates of yesteryear are pretty much the same as Asian tape pirates today. The captains of industry hate 'em, but why else do you think damn near every citizen of Jakarta knows the lyrics to Don McLean's 'American Pie'?

Dracula’s Revenge

At a lunch with two members of the Romanian Senate the discussion moved from NATO admission to Dracula Park.

Wednesday, July 31 2002

The Myth of the Right to Life

Public hospitals, state pension schemes, and police forces may be needed in order to fulfill society's obligations to prolong, maintain, and improve our lives, but fulfill them they must.

Wednesday, July 24 2002

Northerns and Westerns

Both the Northerns and the Westerns tend to have an outlaw as their main protagonist . . .

Hollering Therapy

Confederate soldiers utilized the Rebel Yell to put fear into the hearts and souls of the Union Army. It also made them happy, I suspect, to holler in the woods.

Wednesday, July 17 2002

Ham and Eggs:  On Experimental Film and Foreignness

Americans don't like to feel estranged at the movies. The movies are our home turf

Wednesday, July 10 2002

Lad Mags and Dangerous, You Know: The Risk That Rolling Stone Takes

Anglo Visions -- Lad Mags and Dangerous, You Know: The Risk That Rolling Stone Takes -- In the hands of the new breed of editors, style and gloss, surface and glamour, beat everything: bigger, deeper, harder, harsher matters cower in the shadow of the flash, the superficial, the vacuous, the ephemerally amusing.

Colour It Wild :  David Goldblatt Turns Over a Colourful Leaf, in His Seventies

The tones that the sun inflicts on our spaces are often neither rich nor filled with gentle gradations.

In the Main It’s More Than the Mane

. . . (F)or all its post-war success, its unrivalled rise from the ashes, Japan views itself as the national equivalent of Charley Brown.

Thursday, June 27 2002

And Then There Were Too Many: The Population Bomb

No one can vouchsafe for a 'critical mass' of humans, a threshold beyond which the species will implode and vanish.

Wednesday, June 26 2002

The Pantego Mud Run: A Fourth of July Event

Many have described the Mud Run as Heaven on Earth for folks who love beer, tattoos, tube tops, and tobacco

Democratic Vistas: East and West (with apologies to Walt Whitman)

We were no longer in a country where this soldier's actions were constrained by democratic niceties. When he said get off the bus, we got off the bus.

Wednesday, June 19 2002

World Cup Tart

He is the primo monogamous Alpha male that we all, at one time or another, fantasize about being close to.

Sunday’s Not-So-Guilty-Pleasure

. . . I think the series fills a void that is left by the other networks, which lately have limited gay characters to sitcoms.

Three the Hard Way: Black Art Outside the Flow

Ain't nothin' wrong with cats payin' the bills with their art. But there's always a real cost associated with stayin' true to your art, when market demands suggest that there's more money available following trends.

Wednesday, June 12 2002

Flavoured Underwear Not Found Here

For you see, if the Prime Minister were caught giving his aid a DVD player that he had purchased with taxpayer funds, the episode would have ended with the Prime Minister being chased down a hallway by a camera crew and a journalist screaming out, 'Is this what our taxes are for?'

Pop Goes the Palace but Pistols Remain in Exil

The chances of Osbourne biting the head off a live corgi -- the toy dog that has been the hearthside symbol of the latterday Windsors -- were maybe remote, but it is worth remembering that other members of the invited bill have not always toed the line themselves.

Wednesday, June 5 2002

Still Standing: The Sharpeville Six

. . . The previous government gave killers the golden handshake and the present government gave them amnesty . . .

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