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August 29, 2011



Is it fair to dismiss gentle gibes, though? I'm living in a place with a pretty foul government at the moment. Foul by European managed democracy standards, at least, and while you feel sustained outrage at the beginning, eventually you have to let it slide for the sake of your mood and ability to sustain normal social relationships. Gentle gibes - with a hard edge of contempt - are what remain, the reminder that these people are a bunch of despicable, malign buffoons, but that, for now, there's nothing you can do about them.

It's pretty meaningless to look for a contemporary comparison to life in the Third Reich, but given that emigration is never an easy option, and that your life has to carry on even as many other people's end, I can believe your forms of protest are going to look increasingly feeble as your reserves of fury become exhausted.


He's a friend of a friend, and I met him a couple of times. Thoroughly nice guy from what I remember. At the time, about 10 years ago, he was very into his magic, and he showed me how to do the David Blaine levitation trick. (Hint: actual levitation not involved)

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