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Quote of the Day — March 19, 2009

Good morning, Netizens...

Rather than simply post the quote of the day, after over a year of quoting some of the great thinkers, poets and raving mad of our times, I have decided to make the quote of the day part of my morning ritual by investing a tiny bit of my introspective processes. What better way that to start with one of my favorite authors, Edward Abbey?


No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Edward Abbey had me tied up in knots with his treatise (above) until he mentioned electromechanical gadgets. Since many of my associates and I make livings servicing many of those electronic gadgets to which Abbey pays backhand homage, I would have to demur from his reasoning, adding that you haven't truly delved the depths of human depravity until you have encountered pious and sanctimonious people who manage huge computer networks.

They meet or exceed any standards ever set by policemen or government employees when it comes to being irksome.


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