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Fukuyama has no right to be shocked by the Bush regime. He was part of the Project for a New American Century with many people who decided its foreign policy during the first four years, and he signed a letter in 98 calling on Clinton to remove Saddam from power.

As for your "task"? You get paid to go to Italy and take pictures of your hair. Enough said.

Posted by wf | January 15, 2008 2:23 PM

Hey, he did take pictures out the window too.

But I for one would love to see a pic of an Italian barber shop, Charles.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 15, 2008 2:42 PM

There's no quandry here Charles, because "fictional" does not equate to "false". Fiction is a construct, a means of looking at hypothetical personalities and situations, and their subsequent interactions and resolutions. Just because a "fiction" may be completely made-up, (i.e. imagined) doesn't negate the probability of some or even most of its elements as having some basis in actual fact.

So, truth can in fact be "fictional", in that one can imagine all sorts of possible avenues or outcomes to a certain action, for example, and determine, with a fair degree of certainty, which of the probabilities is most likely to actually occur, based on extenuating or influencing factors.

It's just that "truth" itself can be ephemeral, since what may be "true" given one set of circumstances, may not be true if even one or two of the conditions that make it so were to change.

Posted by COMTE | January 15, 2008 3:28 PM

Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream, Neo?

Mr. Hand: Am I hallucinating here? Just what in the hell do you think you're doing?
Jeff Spicoli: Learning about Cuba, and having some food.

Posted by george | January 15, 2008 5:03 PM

@3 Great points Comte

I concur wholeheartedly.

It's nice to see some deeper thinking here once in awhile....

Posted by Reality Check | January 15, 2008 5:14 PM

On the radio, you'll hear November Rain, we listened to it twice, because the DJ was asleep.

Please, I'd rather see pictures of the nappy hairdo, than this sophistic crap.

Posted by Regina Spektor's squeaky larynx | January 15, 2008 10:01 PM

Just because I read this, I'm going to sit on my window sill and take a shit.

Posted by Hallad | January 16, 2008 6:59 AM

Aim down, Hallad. Aim down.

Posted by Tybalt | January 16, 2008 8:16 PM

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