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Re: OSD && DFSG - different purposes - constructive suggestion!

On Fri, Mar 07, 2003 at 01:38:48PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> "Joe Moore" <joemoore@iegrec.org> writes:
> > >    2. the Chinese Dissident.
> > 
> > It has been suggested that this test be referred to as simply as the
> > "Dissident" test.
> But the suggestion has not been taken.  The point isn't to hammer at
> China--though such hammering seems well warranted--but to point to a
> *particular* kind of government repression, and not government
> repression in general.  The Soviet Union would do as well.

That's silly.  I think people understand what a dissident is.  For
instance, I may decide to join the Posse Comitatus[1] and write some
code for them.  I probably don't want to release that code so the US
government can see it.  Or, I may join the anti-Branden-Robinson cabal.
It does not matter who the authorities are; the dissident wishes to
avoid revealing her plans to them.

[1] I have no affinity for their cause, but I know they're active in
my area.

Nathan Norman - Incanus Networking mailto:nnorman@incanus.net
  A young man wrote to Mozart and said:
  Q: "Herr Mozart, I am thinking of writing symphonies. Can you give me any
     suggestions as to how to get started?"
  A: "A symphony is a very complex musical form, perhaps you should begin with
     some simple lieder and work your way up to a symphony."
  Q: "But Herr Mozart, you were writing symphonies when you were 8 years old."
  A: "But I never asked anybody how."

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