Bathroom etiquette, entrapment

It happened again: I”m in the bathroom in the Engineering Center, and this guy sitting in the stall next to me is talking on his cell phone! As George Costanza has said: “We live in a society!” So I’m thinking “Is it rude to flush?”. How silly.

The Pete Townsend with kiddie-porn thing. So it’s not a crime to look at it, I think, but to purchase it may be. If so, the reason is that it promotes the crime, in a similar manner that buying “hot” DVD players off the back of truck does. So, what about watching a show like COPS? Assuming it’s real. (I should check that.) I mean, if someone has a financial incentive for criminals to exist, i.e., the producers of COPS, or police officers themselves, then might they be prone to create more laws? This reminds me of an Ayn Rand quote found on

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren�t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor objectively interpreted-and you can create a nation of law-breakers–and then you cash in on guilt.

I’ve found this Dire Straits lyric in my thoughts recently: “When you point your finger ’cause your plan fell through, you’ve got three long fingers pointing back at you.” Hmm.


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