An Assembly of Pieces

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Friday, October 10, 2008

A couple of weeks ago, I sent letters to my representative and Senators in Washington, urging them to vote against the proposed bailout of the financial sector, but of course they all voted in favor. Congressman Sam Farr voted "yes" twice! Today, I received an email response from one of the others, Senator Dianne Feinstein. Amusingly enough, my copy of Microsoft Outlook initially diverted this item into the "Junk Mail Folder." That seemed somehow appropriate, as I was sure that the email contained nothing more than a weak and unconvincing excuse for selling out the taxpayer (a prediction that I have since confirmed). To put it back into the regular mailbox, however, I had to use the "Mark as Not Junk" menu option, and believe me, I hesitated! But wait, it gets better! Afterward, Outlook asked me to endorse the completely naive and unwise policy to "Always trust mail from "" After another long hesitation to consider the surreal absurdity of this sequence of events, I reluctantly clicked the "OK" button, though I didn't believe it was "OK" at all.

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