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Sunday, July 29, 2007


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Well, I don't think anyone deserves to know what it feels like to be shot at, but I take the Yugoslav woman's point. Americans as a group are dangerously unaware of our own privilege. (That having been said, I've always been far more pissed off at the EU, and the UK in particular -- probably because I lived there from 92 to 94 -- than my own government, for what happened in the former Yugoslavia.)

I don't think an idle comment at the grocer's could get you arrested. There's some vagueness in the law, I'm sure Cheney would love to come after you, but idle musing? Not likely to land you in court unless you're already being watched.

Of course, we're probably all already being watched, these days. Sigh.

Oh, and when I lived in Australia from 86-87, the level of anti-American disdain bordering on hostility was pretty high. Back then, of course, it was Reagan's "anti-Communist" policies that were such a disaster.

The everyday level of anti-U.S. disdain here in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, is pretty high. Not everyone agrees, of course, but on the whole people are awfully disappointed by the current government.

People make anti-U.S. comments all the time. Nobody gets arrested for that.

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