Dan Goodman's prediction and politics journal.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Monday August 2, 2004. On the Usenet group soc.politics, someone asked what the differences are between conservatism and liberalism -- and could we please give examples of each?

I quasi-quoted Ambrose Bierce's definition of conservative (-"A statesman enamoured of existing evils; as distinguished from the liberal, who wishes to replace them with others."-) and radicalism (-"The conservatism of tomorrow injected into the affairs of today."-). Pointed him toward a site which had useful links: http://politics1.com. And helpfully explained that both conservatism and liberalism vary with time and place.

Which probably isn't what he wanted. His post had that "please do my homework" feel to it.

He's better off than the students who post to alternate-history newsgroups asking for the information needed to write their history essays. They get detailed answers.

On the web, there are "helpful" sites for such students. For example, the Jane Austin Homepage http://www.bluejo.demon.co.uk/austin/ 'This page is dedicated to the famous "Calamity Jane" Austin, early 19th Century Texan author, frontierswoman, and proto-feminist.' This informative site is the product of Jo Walton (Papersky on LiveJournal) and some collaborators.

The students who depend on such help do learn a lesson -- check your sources!
To the Wedge co-op, where I bought a monthly bus pass.

Across Lyndale Avenue to Steeple People thrift shop. I bought some things I needed -- and
a bit more.

Went home, then out again to Temple Israel's garage sale. I found one thing I needed, and
a couple which I could use. Spent a total of $2.00.

Tomorrow, books are $1 a bag and everything else is half-price. Wednesday is the bag sale.

Writing: daily exercise -- Done, incorporated into this journal entry.

"Well Met, Well Met, My Own True Love" -- One scene which didn't have anything to do with story is out. Replaced with notes for a scene which does belong. The Church of the Unfallen (which believes that humans evolved in space, and has creationist-quality explanations for the alleged fossils on Earth) and its missionaries will have to wait for another story.

"They Might Be Windmills" -- A note added that this is in the same future as "Well Met...."

"History Line" --
"Port Useless" --
Decluttering: Got one bag of trash out.
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