Subject: Re: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 13:22:19 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* (Kaz Kylheku)
| To be clear, my remark above is perfectly serious; It is reasonable of
| you to ask, in a debate, that others not address you with inane rhetoric
| devices that don't contribute anything useful. So I apologize for that.

  If you could only manage to think about addressing the topic under
  debate, not the people who take part in it.  If someone objects to a
  flippant remark about the 2001-09-11 WTC incident, that does not mean
  _they_ are opposed to flippant remarks and should be shunned by all cool
  people for the rest of their lives, it means that they think it is
  inappropriate in that particular setting.  But I shall never cease to be
  amazed by how people seem to be inordinately preoccupied with _people_ to
  the exclusion of understanding any other relevant context.

  Norway is now run by a priest from the fundamentalist Christian People's
  Party, the fifth largest party representing one eighth of the electorate.
  Carrying a Swiss Army pocket knife in Oslo, Norway, is a criminal offense.