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Arkin: Hey dumbasses, it's not Vermont you have to worry about, it's the country

Bill Arkin, a man of his convictions, has the heart & soul to take his fellow Vermonters to task about where to base F-35s:

The roar of F-16s or F-35s might rupture the peaceful image of Vermonters, nice people who think that they can create some sanctuary and drop out of the national tragedy. They should spend their energy instead going to war against a national security system that can no longer police itself, and one that no one in Washington has any intent of changing.

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C.P. Snow (II): On ballistic missile defense and American exceptionalism

C.P. Snow makes some comments in his book on science and government that seem to me to apply to aspects of our lives today.

Be wary, Snow writes, of "the euphoria of gadgets" combined with "the euphoria of secrecy." He explains, "anyone who is drunk with gadgets is a menace. Any choice he makes -- particularly if it involves comparison with other countries -- is more likely to be wrong than right. The higher he climbs, the more he is going to mislead his own country." This made me think of some of the goofier programs in ballistic missile defense.

He also takes a pop at American exceptionalism: "it often seems that Americans endanger themselves most when they get possessed by a sense of their own uniqueness."

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