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Monday, December 05, 2005

The Worldwide Gulag of Protein Rendering Plants

Yesterday's gory testimony at Saddam's trial told of a meat-grinder in Dujail.

And on the same day, we learned of another newspeak expression, Extraordinary Rendition. That's the CIA's antiseptic phrase for shipping suspects to the worldwide gulag of detention centers, where Condoleezza Rice assures us that torture is not used whilst interrogating them.

It's odd that the CIA adopts the arcane term, rendition. The word is connected to surrender, but sounds more like rendering.

Saddam's meat-grinder evokes images of the Gulag Rendering Plant, the protein equivalent of the Demo Derby depicted in Steven Spielberg's AI.

If it's all the same to you, I think I'd prefer to identify with something other than carbon.

The behavior of carbon systems is frankly atrocious.


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