Andersen's Well

The less-than-normal musings of a stereotypical nerd.

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Egyptians would be lucky if their new ruling generals turn out to be in the mold of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, who took power amid chaos but hired free-market reformers and midwifed a transition to democracy.

Review & Outlook: After the Coup in Cairo -

Ah the freedom loving WSJ editorial page. (via waitingonoblivion)

Hey now, the WSJ is at front lines of freedom. Remember editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz?

Do not ask me to enter the mind of the totalitarians running this government of the city… We now look at a city whose best neighborhoods are begrimed by these blazing blue Citibank bikes. It is shocking to see how much of this they have sneaked under the radar in the interest of the environment.

If Augusto Pinochet had ever done something truly totalitarian like installing a bike rack in Santiago, instead of murdering a couple thousand people, the WSJ would be all over it.

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July, July, July
It never seemed so strange!
It never seemed so-
It never seemed so strange!
July, July - The Decemberists

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Assume for a moment that some of these measures really have helped make our persons and property safer—are they worth it? Where and when was the public debate on whether they’re worth it? Was there no such debate because we’re not capable of having or demanding one? Why not? Have we actually become so selfish and scared that we don’t even want to consider whether some things trump safety? What kind of future does that augur?
David Foster Wallace “Just Asking” (via minusmanhattan)