The Passing Parade: Cheap Shots from a Drive By Mind

"...difficile est saturam non scribere. Nam quis iniquae tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus, ut teneat se..." " is hard not to write Satire. For who is so tolerant of the unjust City, so steeled, that he can restrain himself... Juvenal, The Satires (1.30-32)

Thursday, June 17, 2004

THE BELOVED VOLE, OR MONOGAMY, SUCH AS IT IS: You know, with so many pressing problems in the world it makes me wonder why anyone would spend good money studying why one species of vole is faithful to its partner while some other species of vole is not. I also don’t understand why anyone would see the end result of this research being a scientific way of enforcing the Seventh Commandment. I mean, if these guys did come up with a way with genetically guaranteeing that a man would never cheat on his wife, what would Oprah and Jerry Springer put on the air? I suppose that Oprah could talk about her favorite novels all day long and Jerry could put on panels of economists arguing about the inflation rate and its meaning to the current global macroeconomic order; watching economists argue is always entertaining even if you have no clue what they are talking about, which is okay since they have no clue what they're talking about either; but let's face it, watching economists go at it is not nearly as interesting or entertaining as finding out you are pregnant with twins and your husband is cheating on you with your underaged sister and that he's given you a sexually transmitted disease while he has robbed you of every penny you own and sent your aged parents to rot in a leper colony in French Polynesia. Now that's entertainment.


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