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The more things change…

March 19, 2009

“We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic & bring the Old World some weeks closer to the New. But perchance the first news that will leak through into the broad, flapping American ear will be that Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough.”

–Henry David Thoreau, Walden
(via David Smith and Preoccupations)

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  1. Squid permalink
    March 20, 2009 8:18 am

    I don’t know whether to be reassured or deeply depressed. I mean, it’s nice to know that we’ve always been this stupid, because we’ve always managed to muddle through just the same. But c’mon — are we always going to be this stupid?

  2. Dan permalink
    March 20, 2009 2:02 pm

    It’s signal to noise ratio, baby.
    Sometimes the noise is more interesting than the signal.

  3. March 20, 2009 4:38 pm

    Listen. I’m NOT so eager to tunnel under the Atlantic. Know why? There are three things I never could stand: horses, Confucius, and England. After a few glasses of wine I can tolerate horses and Confucius.

    On the other hand, that tunnel certainly would make medical supply delivery easier.

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