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April 03, 2004


Yet another unilateral action by Western imperialists as a ruse to gain access to Transylvanian oil reserves (via Merde in France).

Indignation took hold of the whole world as soon as news transpired of the cold-blooded murder of Transylvania’s spiritual leader, Count Dracula. The militant and founder of the local anti-imperialist movement was a victim of what both human rights organizations and specialists in International Law called an “extra-judicial execution”. The UK government took responsibility for the action, justifying it as a legitimate reprisal against an open enemy in a context of war. Diplomatic sources, on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that the aristocrat has been killed by members of the SAS under the command of the notorious Dr. Abraham Van Helsing.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 3, 2004 08:27 AM


There actually was a lengthy and serious debate in a thread on my Buffy forum on a similar issue.

The chipping of Spike led a sizeable number to contend that Buffy was a serial killer and held her to account for killing vampires without first trying to restrain or even reform them.

Others debated the ethics of Spike's chip, and the ones who read or seen the movie "A Clockwork Orange" exhibited a sophisticated understanding of how evil such programs were.

I think that's when I stopped worrying about our youth. Just because they sit silently in class doesn't mean they aren't observing and thinking.

Posted by: Debbye at April 5, 2004 06:03 PM

I often think there is a simple peer pressure issue against engaging in class discussion. I could understand it if it was an issue of not prolonging the lecture... Unfortunately for my poor students, I tend to lecture right down to the wire. The "half credit" structure at the university where I have been teaching means there is a lot to get into a short time!

Posted by: Flea at April 5, 2004 08:23 PM

Down with Buffy the vampire, werewolf and daemon oppressor!

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at April 5, 2004 08:45 PM