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  •  slightly further digression, The Santaroga Barrier (6+ / 0-)

    I never could stick with the heavy volume of Dune, but an early short story of Herbert's called The Santaroga Barrier looks at what it might be like when everyone in town is compelled to tell the truth...

    I agree about the about being straightforward with people, and if that comes off as a brash American, so be it. That's how I am anyway and only really recognized it one night on the other side of the globe as one of a handful of Americans in a group of Brits trying to be ourselves together.

    "Had we gone the invasion route, the US could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land." -- George H. W. Bush, "A World Transformed," 1998 memoir (explaining why the US did not occupy Iraq in the 1991 "Desert Storm" war)

    by nuclear winter solstice on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 03:37:38 AM PDT

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    •  tks for Herbert link (1+ / 0-)
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      Sounds like an interesting and intelligent book.

      Far less intelligent, in fact quite simple, is the bit-of-fluff movie "The Invention of Lying" . I confess, I liked it. :-)  (For the religious-skeptics among us, watch the trailer first, then this moment:

      Brits: yeah, many still have a faintly superior attitude towards Americans, regarding us as 'sincere' (a put-down), simplistic, unsophisticated.

      But one can be both diplomatic and truthful, imho -- it's an art form. Crossing into outright lying, in which one's words hold no truth-value, is uncouth.

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