Sunday, July 17, 2005

10 Tammuz 5765/17 July 2005: Shark Awareness Day/Harry Potter Sick-Out Week


Political thinking: I have to reread Nineteen Eighty-Four. It struck me Friday night that the three party slogans, “WAR IS PEACE”, “FREEDOM IS SLAVERY”, and “IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH” may well be applicable to the Israeli-Arab conflict and the Bush administration.

Trivial spoiling of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The first word of chapter 1 is “It”.

TV reminder: Nature on PBS tonight at 8 PM, special episode “Hippo Beach”.

The official description of Shark Awareness Day is “Be on the lookout for the dreaded land-shark, they strike today”. I therefore deem today’s weird things to be the “Jaws II” skit and the “Trick-or-Treating Land Shark” skit. Enjoy.

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