Notes oct 30 2007

October 31, 2007 § Leave a comment

I was struck dumb by the zogby poll. Zogby International

A majority of likely voters – 52% – would support a U.S. military strike to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon, and 53% believe it is likely that the U.S. will be involved in a military strike against Iran before the next presidential election, a new Zogby America telephone poll shows.

I was feeling that the country has really taken on a head f steam that is just stupid. I don’t mean just now, but starting with its earliest wars. It gets worse.  At the time of McCarthy the feds did not have the surveillance capacities they have now.

Then I noticed that the poll also had

Nearly two in three (65%) are opposed to a current proposal in Congress to have the Food and Drug Administration regulate tobacco products, with nearly (47%) who say they are strongly against to the proposed change, a new Zogby International telephone poll shows.

“These poll results show Americans want the Food and Drug Administration to concentrate not on tobacco, but rather on policing our food supply and our medicines,” said Pollster John Zogby. “This is even more evident given that these poll results came before FDA Chairman Andrew von Eschenbach reiterated his opposition to FDA regulation of tobacco. At a time when a significant majority of American adults say they are unhappy about the direction of the nation and are questioning the competence of the federal government to carry out its current responsibilities, the poll shows little appetite among informed adults to make big changes to the tobacco regulatory scheme.”

But those taking the poll were told how tobacco is regulated now, which is not by te FDA, so the choice of not letting FDA do it is motivated by a desire to regulate food better. Interesting. Is there a similar quibble in the Iran results?

There is considerable division about when a strike on Iran should take place – if at all. Twenty-eight percent believe the U.S. should wait to strike until after the next president is in office while 23% would favor a strike before the end of President Bush’s term. Another 29% said the U.S. should not attack Iran, and 20% were unsure. The view that Iran should not be attacked by the U.S. is strongest among Democrats (37%) and independents, but fewer than half as many Republicans (15%) feel the same. But Republicans are also more likely to be uncertain on the issue (28%).

As the possibility the U.S. may strike Iran captures headlines around the world, many have given thought to the possibility of an attack at home. Two in three (68%) believe it is likely that the U.S. will suffer another significant terrorist attack on U.S. soil comparable to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 – of those, 27% believe such an attack is very likely. Nearly one in three (31%) believe the next significant attack will occur between one and three years from now, 22% said they believe the next attack is between three and five years away, and 15% said they don’t think the U.S. will be attacked on U.S. soil for at least five years or longer. Just 9% believe a significant terrorist attack will take place in the U.S. before the next presidential election.

Which gets a little more interesting and less inflammatory. There is lots to question. The obvious paring of attacks on the US with doing something about Iran suggests creating a frame where hitting first makes some sense. The logic of why Iran is not gone into. Nor are the responders reminded of the problems in Iraq..

Another side of culture, Lewis Carroll’s Little Girls – ChronicleReview.com

In recent years, scholars including Morton N. Cohen, Roger Taylor, Edward Wakeling, and Douglas R. Nickel have persuasively argued for the artistic merit of Dodgson’s photographs of Victorian notables and little girls as well. Yet the lives of the child-friends whom Dodgson entranced with stories and photographed in various states of exotic undress — Alice Liddell, Alexandra (Xie) Kitchin, Irene MacDonald, and Evelyn Hatch, among many others — have yet to get their due. Who, exactly, were these little girls, and why was Dodgson so besotted with them?……In our time, people are arrested just for getting such photographs in the mail. We live in an age of paranoia, and to our millennial eyes, Dodgson’s photographs of his girl acquaintances seem like evidence used against Pete Townshend — although some of Townshend’s photographs would probably seem too chaste for the English professor Ellis Hanson’s “Sexual Child” class at Cornell. While Dodgson’s cartes de visite would not necessarily have titillated or disturbed in the Victorian era, they look like kiddie porn to us.

A very balanced review among issues that unbalance us too easily.

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