A Modest Proposal

pp000165 at interramp.com pp000165 at interramp.com
Tue Sep 20 18:41:53 EST 1994


In article <35l8dpINN2gd at early-bird.think.com>, <york at mbcrr.dfci.harvard.edu> 
writes:
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> From: york at mbcrr.dfci.harvard.edu (Ian A. York)
> Newsgroups: bionet.immunology
> Subject: Re: A Modest Proposal
> Date: 19 Sep 1994 23:55:37 GMT
> Organization: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
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> In article <940919174055.40438 at UABCVSR.cvsr.uab.edu> 
txpljfg at UABCVSR.CVSR.UAB.EDU writes:
> >I am a little unsure whether such trash should even merit the
> >cluttering up what little bandwidth we have, but just in case someone
> >should take this idea seriously some statement should be made I
> >suppose.
> 
>  . . . uuuhh. . . In case anyone missed the joke . . . Jonathan Swift wrote a 
> savage parody of English treatment of the Irish - it suggested that (I think;
> it's been a long time since I read this) the Irish eat their own children, 
> thus providing simultaneuous solutions to the problems of overpopulation and 
> malnutrition . . . the essay was aimed at the English attitude at the time 
> which Swift perceived as smug selfishness:  Why don't the Irish simply do
> (fill in the your own stupid suggestion) (like Donald Trump explaining how he
> made his fortune the old-fashioned way).  Swift's essay was called A Modest 
> Proposal.  See any connections here?
> 
> Ian
> 
> 
> 


reply: I'll make this brief in re the Irish eating their own           
children.
    this is or could be an example of the old saw that
we eat what we are rather than we are what we eat.







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