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Monday, October 13, 2003

Monday October 13, 2003. Nose still stuffed, but I'm feeling a lot better.

I was startled to find myself wondering how long Rush Limbaugh will stay off drugs before relapsing. Why was I so sure he would relapse?

Two reasons. Minor: His track record. He's gone into treatment before, and it didn't take. Major: His public persona is incompatible with getting clean and staying clean. Even if his real personality is very different -- he makes his living being contemptuous of people who disagree with him and people who succumb to temptation (including drugs). That's got to interfere with his staying clean.

I say it's a choice between keeping his job, or staying clean.

Thoughts on seldom-used spaceports: Let's say a starport is used only every five years or so. If it's on an inhabited planet, chances are good that it will get used for other things in between ships. Sometimes, there will be delays in clearing out a fair or swapmeet or whatever in time. And there aren't going to be fulltime port personnel, unless they're kept in coldsleep till needed.

Make it every twenty or thirty years, and there are _real_ problems.

Thanks to Kieran Healy on http://www.crookedtimber.org:
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