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Dan Goodman's prediction and politics journal.

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Tuesday, August 5 2003. "The technology is not yet foolproof. The online edition of The New York Post, which is owned by the News Corporation, ran an article last month about a murder in which the victim's body parts were packed in a suitcase, and Google served up an ad for a luggage dealer." (New York Times, quoted in Howard Kurtz's Washington Post column.)

A good writing day. I put "The Caterpillar on the Leaf" on a slightly different track, and got a fair amount added.

National Night Out. I went to Pillsbury House's barbecue, said hello to people I knew.

Subject: Militias
From: Giles Rider
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2003 17:39:25 -0700 (PDT)

Dan - thanks for your journal - the bits on online futures markets were a
big help.

But on the topic of militias, as I recall, the militia was intended as
a 4th branch of government - one of the checks and balances. To
subordinate it to the executive branch deprives it of its balancing role,
and encourages tyranny.

Your comments?

Giles Rider

Article II. Section 2. Clause 1. The President shall be Commander in Chief of the
Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Office, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

Says right there that the militia is subordinated to the executive branch.

Amendment II A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Nothing there about the militia being a fourth branch of government.

Public Release: 5-Aug-2003
Angewandte Chemie
Purdue scientists discover why we're all lefties deep down
In findings that may shed light on the earliest days of evolutionary history, R. Graham Cooks and a team of Purdue chemists have reported experiments that suggest why all 20 of the amino acids that comprise living things exhibit "left-handed chirality," which refers to the direction these basic biological molecules twist-and how a single amino acid might be the reason.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy
http://news.uns.purdue.edu/UNS/html4ever/030805.Cooks.chiral.html

Another futures market in futures: http://www.americanactionmarket.org/home.htm

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