By Spider Robinson

A set of witty, irreverent essays on matters working the gamut from the gap application to airport bans on smoking are integrated during this anthology. Written by means of Spider Robinson, The loopy Years takes its identify from Robert A. Heinlein's designation of the final years of the 20 th century and comprises essays from Robinson's tenure as op-ed columnist for The Globe and Mail and from Galaxy on-line. Environmentalists that position the survival of earth ahead of the survival of humanity, the idiocy of computing device designs, and the downsides of the net are one of the matters Robinson makes use of to take the realm to job.

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Can there be any clearer proof that deep down, most cops think of themselves as at least potential criminals? Requiring cops to adhere to the laws they enforce hobbles them, we're told. After all, the other side gets to cheat. Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue has been perhaps the most eloquent exponent (at least since Eastwood quit playing Dirty Harry) of the proposition that sometimes an officer just has to "tune up" a suspect; that is, heat a confession out of, or kill him. Ah, " ... " That's who I want arbitrating the complex moral dichotomies of our time, someone sure to be infallible: an uneducated overweight civil servant with a jaundiced world-view and a nine millimeter.

Perhaps you've never smoked pot in your life, and this is the first time you've ever been offered any—and all of a sudden you find you're curious. Perhaps you know someone else who you think will be pleased by a surprise gift. For whatever reasons, you decide to accept the man's offer and slip him a loonie. And he puts the cuffs on you. Spider, your science fiction background is showing again. That's a ridiculous scenario. Law enforcement officers aren't allowed to solicit drug purchase offers, to break the law—everybody knows that.

Politicians and pundits used to be that smart ... but not anymore. The most egregious example was the carnival to the south a few years ago, where Mr. Clinton's enemies insisted on keeping their fangs sunk in his flesh with the mindless tenacity of the pitbulls so many of them chanced to resemble, and without even a plausible surface appearance of any interest in the truth. Consider, for instance, a column by Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe entitled "Rape? Sounds like our guy" Taking his headline from that fount of thoughtful analysis, Newsweek's "Conventional Wisdom" box (a short feature of satirical one-liners), Mr.

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