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Pleasure or Shame?

April 30, 2007

4.29.2007 — A news story sure to destroy reputations and careers. It’s already led to one resignation, and is predicted to spread shame across the landscape of Washington Power:

From her [Deborah Jeane Palfrey] California home, she e-mailed tips to the 132 women who worked across the Washington, D.C., area for the firm Pamela Martin & Associates. Her newsletters, now excerpted in court records, were a virtual how-to manual for avoiding all kinds of trouble in a business said to specialize in erotic fantasies. [Free Internet Press: Alleged Madam Abhors ‘Injustice’]

12.14.2005 — There was a news story with similar potential… If only We were human beings:

The addendum [to the Army field manual] provides dozens of examples and goes into exacting detail on what procedures may or may not be used, and in what circumstances. Army interrogators have never had a set of such specific guidelines that would help teach them how to walk right up to the line between legal and illegal interrogations. [New York Times: New Army Rules May Snarl Talks With McCain on Detainee Issue]

I just don’t fucking get it.

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