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Well, I’m fresh back from Toronto and happy to report that there is no fever or other SARS symptoms yet. Everyone seemed concerned about me going, but in the end I decided that if I was going to catch something potentially fatal, I would prefer SARS to Monkeypox. I mean really. Would I want my kids talking about how they lost Dad in the Monkeypox pandemic of Ought-3? Or would I prefer to have fallen to SARS? The latter sounds like a much better legacy.

Honestly, the people in Canada think we’re nuts – for lots of reasons – but the SARS media hype is what I was referring to. They don’t worry about it. No one I spoke to even knew anyone who knew someone who had the disease. I had lunch with 8 natives, and among them there was only a single sighting ever of someone in a mask. So my recommendation is to put Canada back on your travel destination list for this summer. Hey, the lines are short and they are desperate for your business.


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Probably everyone who reads this blog has already heard this “breaking news item”, but if you haven’t, it’s too good to pass up.

Apparently a high school teacher has been arrested in Washington D.C. He

was in possession of a compass, a protractor, and a straight edge.

It is claimed he is a member of the Al Gebra movement, a group known for

terrorizing students, and was charged with possessing weapons of math

instruction.