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January 19, 2006

Formatting and apropos past rants

I'm experimenting with a new blockquote format I stole from Tim Lambert, and wondered what I could quote. Then I noticed that Hal over at Blivet had found a year-old rant of mine, and quoted a section of it. And I liked it - it was the first time I'd read it since writing it, and besides it seemed apropos what with the election in Chile - so here it is again in new blockquote format.

I tell myself sometimes that there will come a time when the people in my country wake up. I tell myself that we will throw off the blinders, the television numbness, that we will at long last see the bonds of blood that connect us to our victims, that we will hear their songs in our heads sweetly and relentlessly. I tell myself that the workers and the owners, the fearful people on the edge and the complacent ones behind the stucco walls, the black and white and red and blue will shake their heads, rub the sheen from their eyes and wonder how we could all have been so unfeeling, so ignorant. I tell myself that this nation's descent into snarling chaos will stop, that we will weep a desperate plea for forgiveness and then start to set things right. And then I wake up. The rest of the world waits for us in vain. History is already passing us by.

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Mmmm, vintage rants...

Posted by: Hal at January 19, 2006 11:59 AM
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I'm a little curious as to whether the blockquote style works in comments now.

I'm a little curious as to whether the blockquote style works in comments now.
Posted by: Chris Clarke at January 19, 2006 12:48 PM
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Looks like it does.

'm a little curious as to whether the blockquote style works in comments now.
I'm a little curious as to whether the blockquote style works in comments now.
Posted by: Chris Clarke at January 19, 2006 12:49 PM
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"The rest of the world waits for us in vain."

Or not, as so many other nations seem willing to move forward into the future acting to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, improve the health care of their populations, develop greater energy efficiency and alternatives, and so much more. A large part of the rest of the world is beginning to laugh uncontrollably at us.

Posted by: spyder at January 19, 2006 02:57 PM
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Yeah, or that.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at January 19, 2006 04:17 PM
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Hey... where has tost been? Haven't seen him in a while!

Posted by: Carrie at January 20, 2006 12:39 PM
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