FW: Permits NOT Necessary

Neal Evenhuis neale at BISHOP.BISHOP.HAWAII.ORG
Mon Jul 24 10:49:03 CDT 1995

On Mon, 24 Jul 1995, Joseph Laferriere wrote:

> To everyone: Please note that the following message, posted a few minutes

(I've snipped it so as not to "waste" bandwidth)

> ago, was intended as humor, although many people may not take it as such.
>    Sarcasm is extremely dangerous, and I would advise against using in the
> following manner in an international mailing list. The author probably
> inadvertantly offended somebody, which is unfortunate.

I feel sorry for those unfortunate few who read Ph.D. candidate
Gulamentum's message and did not recognize it as sarcasm. I got a good
laugh out of it (I DID recognize the humor) and I'm sure others did as

Sarcasm, spoofs, and satire are healthy expressions (I think most
governments still allow them to exist); without them, we are doomed to a
world of endless "seriousness".


Neal L. Evenhuis                     |  tel:   (808) 848-4138
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Any resemblance between the above views and those of my employer, my
terminal, or the view out my window are purely coincidental.  Any
resemblance between the above and my own views is non-deterministic. The
question of the existence of views in the absence of anyone to hold them
is left as an exercise for the reader.  The question of the existence of
the reader is left as an exercise for the second god coefficient.  (A
discussion of non-orthogonal, non-integral polytheism is beyond the scope
of this message.)

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