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Re: [BKARTS] WOID #IX-29. "The Curators!"

So, there I was, Paul (et.al.)

In graduate school, during the mid 1970's, I wondered about the value
of collecting artifacts in one place.

On the one hand, it made it easier for scholars and other people whose
income was dependent upon the amount of intelligence which they might
discover within those collections.

On the other hand, if they were dispersed the collections would be less
subject to the wear and tear of fire, flood, famine, and war.

But that would make things difficult for scholars and the merely curious.

History is replete with tales of the loss of cultural material during war;
it is also replete with tales of the loss of cultural material through the
agency of inherent vice (groundwood pulp, etc.)

As regards the latest instance of incivility, I am reminded of a book written
by Amin Maalouf, _The Crusades Through Arab Eyes_ and wonder that so much
survived onto our age.

There is little to be said about Iraq anymore.

But there is one thing.  Come the next presidential election, vote early
and vote often; and do not cast your vote in the state of Florida.


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