Al Gore is mad

He wrote a new speech which is long but worth reading.

More disturbing still was their frequent use of the word “dominance” to describe their strategic goal, because an American policy of dominance is as repugnant to the rest of the world as the ugly dominance of the helpless, naked Iraqi prisoners has been to the American people. Dominance is as dominance does.

Dominance is not really a strategic policy or political philosophy at all. It is a seductive illusion that tempts the powerful to satiate their hunger for more power still by striking a Faustian bargain. And as always happens – sooner or later – to those who shake hands with the devil, they find out too late that what they have given up in the bargain is their soul.

Sometimes he borders on the melodramatic, but I found it articulate and well-written. However, I’m not sure I’d want to hear Gore give it, given his sleep-inducing delivery.

discouraging spam

I got a piece of spam today that my filter missed:


Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 12:16:31 -0400 (EDT)
From: Richard Longly
To: asarwate@mit.edu
Subject: You don’t know it, but you’re incompetent

I think my computer purposely let this one through. They’re all against me, but one day I’ll show them. Then we’ll see who’s incompetent…