Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th May 2011 22:40 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
Internet & Networking "John Perry Barlow - EFF co-founder, Grateful Dead lyricist, and, improbably, now a rancher - arrived in Paris and began tweeting up a storm from the e-G8 summit gathered there this week to discuss the future of the Internet." Incredible what Sarkozy is planning - how about he focus on the many problems in France the people there are actually suffering from?
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Very Probable
by shadowhand on Thu 26th May 2011 00:57 UTC
shadowhand
Member since:
2005-07-06

...Grateful Dead lyricist, and, improbably, now a rancher...

Actually there is nothing improbable at all about moving from jam-band singer to EFF founder and rancher. Farming is one of the most necessary, satisfactory, and undervalued professions in the world.

Whether or not you are aware of it, Thom, you are propagating a stereotype about farming being a "hick" profession that is somehow irrational for intelligent people to pursue.

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RE: Very Probable
by ssokolow on Thu 26th May 2011 01:03 in reply to "Very Probable"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

That depends.

Using personal experience (sample size: one), I'd probably conclude it's improbable simply because I'm a very cerebral person and, at the same time, I'm very lucky to have a good diet and good genes because physical activity bores me to tears and I'd be a mass of fat otherwise.

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RE: Very Probable
by jal_ on Thu 26th May 2011 08:23 in reply to "Very Probable"
jal_ Member since:
2006-11-02

Whether or not you are aware of it, Thom, you are propagating a stereotype about farming being a "hick" profession


Did you read the original article? It is, as can be deducted from the quotes used, an exact quote from there. Don't blame the messenger, please.

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RE: Very Probable
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 26th May 2011 09:47 in reply to "Very Probable"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Whether or not you are aware of it, Thom, you are propagating a stereotype about farming being a "hick" profession that is somehow irrational for intelligent people to pursue.


And in what kind of region do you think I live?

I'm happy we have internet in my hick hometown. I *am* a hick.

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RE: Very Probable
by renox on Thu 26th May 2011 14:18 in reply to "Very Probable"
renox Member since:
2005-07-06

Farming is one of the most necessary, satisfactory, and undervalued professions in the world.


Farming in itself yes, but note that as soon as you talk about selling farm products, there is a big issue:
many 'occidental' farmers are competitive with 'third world' farmers only because of trade barriers..

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