Life is for Living

This blog is to collect random thoughts that don't really have a structure, except a publishing chronology, and even that is unlikely to follow the creation chronology.

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One of my favorite quotes: "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well reserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... 'Wow! What a ride!' "

Generally interested in a lot of subjects:
- Artificial Intelligence (mostly because there's so little Natural Intelligence around)
 Robotics
- 3D printing
- DIY projects (including home foundry, electronics, general hacking)
- Scuba diving
- Mountaineering
- Paragliding
- Music
- Arts (mostly visual arts) including street art
- Dance
- Intentional communities
- Society in general, how to fix the current mess in particular, or rather how to escape it

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The price of human life?

If you want to protest peacefully, don’t pour blood in a military recruiting station, but rather kill its commanding officer by stuffing him headfirst into a sleeping bag and sitting on his chest. That would allow you to stay home for six month, and keep going to work, church and cost you $6000 for 60 days. Ignoring this recommendation and going ahead with splattering your own blood on the walls of the recruiting station could instead cost you six months in prison.

You could argue, of course, that the military officer "was just following orders", but then, shouldn't those responsible for giving those orders be held accountable?

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