Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The frog in the kettle

DISCLAIMER: No frogs were harmed in creating this post.  I have never actually boiled any reptile, let alone a frog.

There’s a story that goes something like: if you throw a frog in a boiling pot he will leap back out immediately but if you put him in a pot of cold water and slowly bring it to a boil he will be frog soup.  I predict that our American neighbours are headed toward frog soup.

Drones for "security"

Nobody ever votes for evil but evil definitely gets voted in.  It’s a slippery slope from German nationalism in the wake of a disastrous peace treaty to Kristallnacht.  No doubt there were many voices along the way who said “We’re giving up freedom in the interest of security but when do we stop giving up our freedom?”  Eventually its too late to stop the train.

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin        

That famous quote has been variously paraphrased but it is no less true today than when it was originally written.

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