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August 29, 2003
And then later....

The problem with turning to military "predictions" of the future is that, like all military minds, those of the men who write them are focused largely on the worst-case (for us) scenarios. I really think that kind of constantly alarmist thinking warps their brains, although it's possible some of them were warped anyhow.

You could read the 208-page report, or you could take the Center for Democracy and Technology's interpretation, as follows:

A Presidential Commission on the Postal Service released a report calling on the US Postal Service (USPS) to aggressively "explore the use of sender identification for every piece of mail, commercial and retail." CDT believes that intelligent mail can offer substantial benefits to mailers, especially in the commercial context, but the Commission ignored privacy concerns and the Constitutional right of anonymous political speech.

Generally I'm all about reading the source material before I form an opinion but I'll say right out that 208 pages worth of material on mailing a letter doesn't attract me.

Read Rothschild.

Few things frustrate some of us more than watching the White House struggle to "inform" the press without, you know, actually saying anything. The daily gaggle is usually a perfect example of that.

Whenever I need a little giggle, which I seem to do on Fridays, I pop over to ActivistCash and read the latest profiles on anti-consumer activist groups.

I think it's important for us all to keep an eye on what those subversives at the American Corn Growers Association are up to. It's probably even more important to be informed about those seditious maniacs over a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), who want to, wait for it, eliminate drinking and driving.

Even more that websites run by agenda-driven crazies, I like websites where those same crazies write with a sense of righteous conviction. It adds an air of surreality to the whole experience.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:38 PM


Comments

Or surly reality.

Posted by: JohnC at August 29, 2003 01:50 PM

Actually, I'm taking that last paragraph rather personally.

I'm...hurt...

Posted by: P6 at August 29, 2003 04:12 PM

'Surly reality' is good.

(Heh. Very funny, P6. I'm afraid you're not even close to whacky enough. Better luck next time :) okay?)

Posted by: Anne at August 29, 2003 04:32 PM