March 2, 2003
There will never be a V-T Day. Rebuilding havens of terrorism isn’t an afterthought to be put off. It’s an integral part of defeating terrorism. If we’re just planning on shock ’n’ aweing our way across the Muslim world, then putting off reconstruction for some hypothetical future when no one hates us anymore, it seems apparent to me that we’ll never do any reconstruction.Adam Felber: U.S. Secession from Earth Nearly Complete.
Scott Marley has a question about the phrase “useful idiots.”
Scott Rosenberg has some rather smart observations about the Laurie Garrett affair.
Umberto Eco is ever so darn sensible on war, peace, America, Europe, loyalty, dissent, and, oh, just go read it.
Fred Clark wants to revise the cast of characters on American folding money:
Current: Thomas Jefferson. Great man. Good president. Wrote the Declaration. His personal library became the Library of Congress. But he’s still got the nickel. And a monument. And the congressional Web site. And Clinton’s middle name. So his slave-owning self is well-memorialized without needing a bill as well.And from Mark Pilgrim’s uber-techblog Dive Into Mark, “How to block spambots, ban spybots, and tell unwanted robots to go to hell.” Essential reading if you run a web site and pay for bandwidth, but what I particularly enjoyed was the sensation that I live in the science-fiction future after all. Writes Pilgrim, “Fighting robots is a neverending battle with no winners.” And “The decision of which robots to block is a very personal matter.” Well, we knew that. [02:44 PM]
Proposed: Emily Dickinson. With one of her poems on the back. (Every year a new poem. Emily’s infamously idiosyncratic punctuation and meter will throw off counterfeiters for sure.) Traditionally, people have hoarded $2 bills instead of circulating them. Retiring the $1 bill could change that, but even if it doesn’t, Emily didn’t get out that much herself, so this still kind of works.