The Common Good

Plans for a wider war

Sojomail - November 28, 2001

               
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 Q u o t e   o f   t h e   W e e k
     *Perry Mason it ain't....

 H e a r t s   &   M i n d s
     *Plans for a wider war

 S o j o C i r c l e s
     *Building momentum...

 B a t t e r i e s   N o t   I n c l u d e d
     *Stem cell politics

 S o u l   W o r k s
     *Respect Ramadan: a testimonial
     *Ramadan readings: Week 3
     *Beginning of Advent...keeping vigil

 T e c h   E t h i x
     *No thumbprint, no rental car

 S o j o P o l l
     *War: what is it good for?

 B o o m e r a n g
     *SojoMail readers hit reply

 C u l t u r e   W a t c h
     *Creative cooking

 F u n n y   B u s i n e s s
     *Fight terrorism, win great prizes

 W e b   S c e n e
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Q u o t e   o f   t h e   W e e k
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"It's the Perry Mason School of Law Enforcement,
where you get them in there and they confess. Well,
it just doesn't work that way. It is ridiculous. You
say, 'Tell me everything you know,' and they give
you the recipe to Mom's chicken soup."

            - Kenneth P. Walton, former FBI assistant
              director, on the FBI's plan to interview
              5,000 Middle Eastern men who are legal
              residents in the United States, profiled
              by age and the country issuing their passport.

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H e a r t s   &   M i n d s
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Plans for a wider war

by Jim Wallis

The war in Afghanistan rages on with growing numbers of
U.S. ground troops entering the country and engaging in
combat. If the Taliban retreat from the cities, back into
their mountain caves, signaling a protracted guerrilla
war, those troops will likely be on the ground for some
time. 

And it's becoming clearer that actions in Afghanistan will
be followed by further military actions against other
countries believed to have connections with terrorist
networks. Last Wednesday at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky,
President Bush said: "Afghanistan is just the beginning
on the war against terror. There are other terrorists
who threaten America and our friends, and there are other
nations willing to sponsor them. We will not be secure as
a nation until all of these threats are defeated. Across
the world and across the years, we will fight these
evil ones, and we will win."

The London Sunday Times reported from "senior sources" in
London and Washington that Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan -
countries believed to contain al Qaeda bases or networks -
are the next targets, and that military preparations are
under way in all three places. The Times reports British
sources as saying the new offensives could begin as early
as January. In the U.S., attacking Iraq continues to be
openly discussed. For weeks, conservative political voices
have been making the case that Iraq must be the next stop
in the war on terrorism.

But the risks and potential consequences of widening the
campaign against terrorism into a war with other countries
are serious. These would clearly be wars against nations
and, inevitably, their people. Their goal would be to defeat
and replace governments, not just to root out terrorist
networks. In the military operations required for such a
task, it would be virtually impossible to effectively
distinguish between military targets and civilian
casualties. The destruction and loss of life could easily
backfire - increasing the danger of further terrorist attacks,
followed by further retaliation, and risking a cycle of
violence that could spiral out of control.

There are many governments that harbor antagonism toward
the United States. And it must be tempting for some in this
administration to use the campaign against terrorism as the
moment for settling other old scores. Saddam Hussein remains
a real threat, especially in his appetite for weapons of
mass destruction. Yet, U.S.-led attacks on Iraq or other
Arab countries could put our Arab allies in difficult internal
situations by seriously polarizing the Arab and Muslim
world against the West.

In Afghanistan, the U.S. could make the case that the
Taliban regime and the al Qaeda network were integrally
connected. The repressive regime not only refused to turn over
the terrorists, but was dependent upon them for their power.
But even there, civilian casualties were mounting and the U.S.
bombing campaign was losing Arab hearts and minds until the
Taliban began to flee - most of the world was happy to see
the Afghan people free of Taliban tyranny. However, new and
humanly costly wars against countries that may contain
terrorist bases or training camps, but where the government
is not synonymous with those networks, would inevitably
raise serious international legal, political, and, of course,
moral questions. The more innocent people who die in our
campaign against terrorism, the more we lose our moral
purpose and compass.

Combating terrorism should focus on terrorists. Our goal
must be to find those who perpetrated the September 11
attacks and, most critically, to prevent further attacks.
Wars against whole nations, even ones with repressive
governments, are a blunt instrument in defeating terrorism.
What we continue to need are targeted political, diplomatic,
legal, intelligence, security, policing, and financial
strategies against the networks of terror to achieve
our objectives. 

A widening American war in the Arab and Muslim world is
a scenario we must steadfastly prevent. In addition to
the deep moral implications about the human costs, a
wider war is just not the most effective way to defeat
terrorism, and it risks many unforeseen consequences.

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The momentum builds...

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the United
States, a new sense of community has developed - we
more clearly realize that we all have something in
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B a t t e r i e s   N o t   I n c l u d e d
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Stem cell politics

by David Batstone

It's a scary thing to find yourself in bed with Orrin
Hatch. I've always believed that principles should inform
political ideology, and not the other way around, even if
that brings you unexpected political bedfellows. But Sen.
Hatch? I don't even own a gun. So why do we agree (in
part) on stem cell research?

Stem cells are "blank" cells that have the potential to
develop into any type of cell in the body - nerve cells,
heart cells, kidney cells. Scientists are trying to harvest
the cells before they have differentiated, then coax them
into becoming specific types. By growing nerve cells they
might be able to repair brain cells damaged by Alzheimer's
or Parkinson's, or replace injured spinal cord cells in
a paraplegic.

Where are scientists getting these cells? The vast
majority of stem cells used in research came from
discarded (or excess) embryos - stored at in-vitro
fertilization clinics - that have never seen the inside of
a woman's uterus. Once an infertile woman has successfully
birthed a child, then she and her partner may be asked
to donate the unneeded embryos for research. Scientists
can also pull stem cells from aborted fetuses, asking
for signed consent from a patient who had independently
decided to terminate her pregnancy. In Massachusetts this
week, researchers added a new element to the controversy
by demonstrating the capacity to grow human embryos in
a petri dish with the sole intent of harvesting stem
cells.

Not that the public debate needed more heat. On the one
hand you have celebrities like Christopher Reeve and
Michael J. Fox who look to stem cells as a potential cure
for their maladies, and on the other side you have people
who say no cure is worth destroying a human embryo.
Unfortunately, our cultural civil war immediately
polarizes all issues dealing with reproduction and
genetics, making casualties out of the legitimate concerns
expressed on both sides of the debate.
    
So I don't expect my own three benchmarks will please
anyone entirely. But I'll toss them up for target
practice anyway. 

1) We are compelled to end suffering. While there are no
guarantees of positive results, stem cell research
represents the best hope to find cures for some of the
most debilitating diseases facing us. Life does not
begin at conception and end at birth. Slotting this
issue neatly into an abortion box does not fit.

2) Not all stem cells are created equally. For many
researchers, a stem cell is a stem cell. But outside of
the lab, we respect human dignity. Is experimenting with
embryos from aborted fetuses any different from
experimenting on an infant who has died of crib death?
Would we approve of the latter? Most of us would say no.

3) A test tube is a medical instrument, not a "potential
conception." If you already support in-vitro fertilization,
then you have no grounds for opposing the harvesting of
stem cells. It is exceptionally rare for an infertile
couple to make use of all the embryos that result from
the procedure. The rest are eventually discarded. As my
ally Orrin Hatch (shudder - I was hoping it would sound
better the more I used it) says, "Why shouldn't embryos
slated for destruction be used for the benefit of
humankind?"

Now, as to the question of the week, should we create
embryos solely with the intention of extracting their
stem cells? Not to tip my hat to cloning, but I'm of two
minds on the matter.

*This column is excerpted from a longer version that
will appear exclusively in the January/February 2002
issue of Sojourners magazine.

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S o u l   W o r k s
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Respect Ramadan

Dawn Rolke of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, wrote:

Last Friday morning, by coincidence (or guidance), I rose
uncharacteristically early to eat a small breakfast before
going into my office where I work as a United Church
minister. I opened my SojoMail and saw, again, the call
to observe Ramadan. For some reason, everything in my being
said yes to that call, and I began my observation immediately,
printing off the suggested prayers, and eating my next meal
late that evening. Since that day, 8 days ago, I have been
moving with the various hungers that Ramadan (and other
fasts) provoke. During the first days, several times a day
I would think, "Oh, I'm hungry. I'm going to grab some food,"
and then I would remember...and be stopped by my decision
to fast during daylight hours. In late afternoons, I would
notice an irritation, a restlessness almost, as my body
tried to do its normal work without the sustenance to which
it was normally accustomed. As a runner and as a person with
tremendously high energy, I was surprised by the feelings
of cold, fatigue, lack of desire to run, exercise, or exert
myself in any way. The quiet, still bodies of the desperately
hungry came to mind, as I felt my own body minimizing movement
in order to preserve energy.

By coincidence, the first three days of the fast, I ate an
evening meal with a group of church people or friends and
was ashamed of my desire to get to the front of the line
each time. How difficult it is to put others first when my
hunger is so great...it challenges my self-understanding
that I am a "nice" person, a "good" person. I have long
believed that it is pretty easy to be nice when nobody is
harassing you, when you are well-fed and well-rested,
well-loved, safe. And so, I read the comments of the others
who comment on Ramadan, the problems some Christians felt
in observing this practice and I feel none of that conflict.
For me, it has nothing to do with orthodoxy and everything
to do with the heart. A fast is a fast, deep within both
our traditions and many others, and this is a good time to
more deeply explore personal and collective hungers.

The month, of course, has just begun. And, as with any spiritual
discipline, the lessons continue to unfold. I don't know
what Ramadan has to teach me this year, but every day there
is a new lesson and the space in which to explore it - literal
space in my hollow belly, literal space during those common
meal times. If this month only teaches me to appreciate food
again, I am grateful. If it only slows me down, I am grateful.
But I am sure there is much more here for me. Thanks,
Sojourners, for the call to empty ourselves and give to
others, to pray, to make love real.[]

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Ramadan readings for Week 3
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The third week's readings are from the Christian gospels
and correspond with the daily lectionary readings.

November 30 - Matthew 20:17-28
December 1  - Matthew 20:29-34
December 2  - Luke 21:5-19

To find readings for all four weeks of Ramadan, go to:

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Beginning of Advent...keeping vigil
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by Rose Marie Berger

This Sunday begins the season of Advent. It is when
we reset the clock of our liturgical life. Every
sinew and bone becomes attuned to the One who is to
come. The word of the season is: wait. "Be patient,
kindred, and wait upon the coming of the Lord, like
the farmer waits for the earth's precious fruits,
waiting on the rain early and late" ( James 5:7).

In Bosnia there is a Franciscan brother who lives
alone in his bombed-out monastery. He is alone.
The village is still too frightened to return. He
is surrounded by unexploded mines. There has been
a Franciscan presence in that place for more than
500 years. He will not leave. He keeps vigil. He
waits. 

In Washington, D.C. there is a 50-year-old woman
who has applied for a federally subsidized apartment.
She has never had a room of her own. She's lived
with family members, in abandoned buildings, in
shelters her whole life. She wants this apartment
more than she has ever wanted anything. She is
persistent. Determined. She waits.

In a refugee camp in Pakistan a woman and young boy
stand in line for many hours holding a used plastic
gasoline jug. The line is for water. Her husband
stands in a longer line for several days for transit
papers. They won't leave. They have nowhere else to
go. They wait. 

Advent is the season of the "O Antiphons," when the
church sings its longing and praise. We sing the
names of the One to come from Isaiah. O Bright
Morning Star...O Emmanuel...O Shoot from the Stump of
Jesse...O Key to David's Gate. This is the season for
making room for joy. Sometimes this requires razing
the fascist architecture of our lives, burning it
down like a refiner's fire. In Advent we are
waiting to be changed and the change will be more
devastating and more joyous than we can ever imagine.
In Advent we till the soil of our hearts. We prepare.
We tend. We wait.

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T e c h   E t h i x
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No thumbprint, no rental car

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Julia Wickham, coordinator of the Labour Middle
East Council, writing from London, England:

I campaign in the British Parliament on behalf of
Palestinians.

David Batstone's column, "American people are not ready
for peace," is a fair comment in the main. But the use
of the phrase "terrorist threat" inserted in one sentence
could imply either that Britain and the U.S. have instructed
the Israeli state to negotiate with Palestinian extremists
(which I have no doubt the writer knows is not the case),
or that Arafat and the Palestinian Authority are regarded
by Britain and the U.S. governments as a "terrorist threat,"
which again is not the case. It is Israel that persistently
makes references to its "terrorist threat." In political
crises, semantics play a crucial role. How easy it is to
create unhelpful distortions.

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John McClain of Honolulu, Hawaii, wrote:

Knowing as I do that Jewish people have lost 12 million
people in the last 100 years or so (in Russian pogroms,
and in Nazi Germany in WWII), I still have to say that in
simple terms two wrongs don't make a right. Palestinians
didn't just start hating Israel because they felt like it,
they too have legitimate grievances - no one seems to want
to talk about the British colonial dominance and (yes) the
Zionist terrorist activities in Palestine from the '20s
onward; Irgun, the Stern Gang, the Hagonath and others
forced the creation of Israel through the very means
Israel condemns now as "terrorism."

We need to look at everything that has happened in the
last 1,000 (that's with three zeros) years or so to figure
out where to go from here. In Hawaii we have something
called ho'oponopono, mediated reconciliation, which begins
with full disclosure of facts and also emotions on all
parties' sides. Unless you know what the ailment is,
and cleanse the wound first, the healing process cannot
begin. If 1,000 years sounds daunting, remember that
so many of the conflicts in flash points across the world
(e.g., the Balkans and the Middle East) go back at least
that far.

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I.M. Mohsin, a former interior secretary of Pakistan,
writing from Islamabad, Pakistan:

The Taliban may have been a freakish phenomenon that
pushed them into an isolationist mode, making them
unpopular at home and abroad. However, they influenced the
oppressed Muslim minorities in Russia, particularly Chechnya.
When Putin went back on the commitments given by his corrupt
predecessor to Chechens regarding their independence, some of
the zealots are reported to have joined the jihad against Russia.
Subsequently when Putin launched an all-out war against Grozny
to fool the Russian public to win the presidential election,
the Taliban stood firm. The Russians were fearful of an
Islamic revival in the Caucuses, which could deprive them of
the oil and other natural resources Russia is currently
misappropriating. The Muslim regimes tend to be very weak and
unable to challenge the looting. The West played hide-and-seek
with Chechnya, choosing for political expediency rather than
any moral considerations. Post-September 11th, however, the
U.S. has forgotten about Chechnya in order to appease Putin and
enlist his support against the Taliban, lip service to
human rights and democracy notwithstanding.

Appreciating the U.S. mindset of damning the Taliban on the plea
of harboring  a "prime suspect," Putin started arming the
Northern Alliance. There are reports indicating that their
numbers were swollen by the induction of Uzbeks and Tajiks
from across the border. Many sources confirm that the Russian
Spetzanz (special forces) and Uzbek commandoes led the attacks
on Mazar-e-Sharif. Once the Alliance had the initiative
in their hands, Russia called the shots with the U.S. air force
obediently lobbing indiscriminate bombs on the hapless Afghans.
Hence the push to Kabul, undermining the policy and commitments
given to allies like Pakistan. How can such a pathetic faux-pas
maintain U.S. credibility?
                   
The Russians have a two-fold interest in Afghanistan. They
want a pliable government in Kabul that can return to the old
client-state relationship with its neighbor. Secondly, this
would enable Russia to suppress the people of the Caucuses,
particularly Chechnya, into submission so that it can freely
exploit their vast natural resources to its optimal benefit.
India, having always had close relations with Russia, also
wants a niche in the Afghan carcass to be able to project its
power and influence in the Central Asian Region, in addition
to using U.S. and Russian goodwill to whitewash its illegal
occupation of Kashmir.

In today's world justice means victory of the powerful over
any dissenting entity!

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Jo Simmons of Green Fields, Australia, wrote:

The behavior of the Australian government on the international
scene has been scandalous. It used the pretext of the threat of
international terrorism to further its own political cause to
win the national election!

The latest scandal is the drowning of more than 300 or so
"boat-people" in the seas between Australia and Indonesia. These
hapless people were themselves fleeing from terror and misery.
The current Australian government must accept responsibility
for this terrible happening. These lives would not have been
lost had the Australian government seen it as their duty to open
and maintain a proper dialogue with its closest neighbour:
Indonesia.

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Jennifer Glenister of Melbourne, Australia, wrote:

I am way down here in Australia and have appreciated the
sensible, feet-on-the-ground voice of SojoMail in the midst
of the madness that has shaken us all. "Feet on the ground"
is an image that has been strong for me in these last weeks -
Jesus' feet on the ground, in his time, and in the madness
of his occupied country, his beleagured people.
 
Please know, Sojo staff and Boomerang contributors, that
you are "feet on the ground" for me, and for many others.

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Rachel Coyle of Malibu, California, wrote:

I was raised Church of Christ in the rapidly changing
environment of big-town Texas conservatism. I was neither
a bible-thumper nor a rebel growing up, but I thought I
had the world all figured out. When my mother decided to
go back to school and become an ordained minister when
I was 14 years old, her decision rocked my world. Today,
I am two weeks away from graduating from a conservative
Christian college that has been my sounding board for
the last four and a half years.

The required college religion classes that were meant to
provide a foundation for a more solid Christian faith
instead launched me on a journey of self-discovery that
has led me far and away from the teachings of my childhood.
I realized a long time ago that I couldn't reconcile my
global worldview with the teachings of the Church of
Christ, but it has also been a while since I have been
able to place any confidence in the very "story" on which
Christianity is based.

Although I doubt I will ever be able to return to a
place in which my mind and heart are peaceful enough to
accept a Christian worldview again, I am nevertheless
immeasurably encouraged by the message of social activism
and thoughtfulness I have come across in your organization.
There is so much in this world that cries out for justice -
and I think what you are doing is answering that cry in
some small way. And for that, I am grateful.

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C u l t u r e   W a t c h
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Creative cooking

by Gayle Forman

My cooking style makes a lot of people nervous. Because even
though I'm something of a pro in the kitchen, having logged
many hours devising a variety of victuals, I don't dig rules,
I don't like measuring cups, and as for the kind of minute,
anally obsessed instructions you find in cookbooks - I think
not. Although I do sometimes use recipe books, I see them as
my muse, my inspiration, my jumping-off point.

I wasn't always so culinarily gutsy, but three major life
events made me a true believer of laissez-faire cuisine:
vegetarianism, poverty, and Jan Woolley.

Having become a vegetarian six years ago - before veggiedom was
so popular that you could get meatless sausages at Safeway -
taught me to be open-minded about food. Being poor forced me
to make do and make delish with whatever was in my cupboards
(you'd be surprised how ramen and refried beans can be
gussied up). And Jan Woolley was the chef and owner of a
restaurant at which I worked. She was as visionary an artist
as Picasso; food was her canvas. She was the one who taught me
that like doesn't necessarily go with like: halibut in an
orange, tequila, and jalapeño sauce with kiwi fruit. Ahi
tuna marinated in Thai spices and coated with stone ground
mustard, wasabi, and sesame seed paste and grilled. A dessert
with strawberries, Sambuca, vanilla ice cream - and cracked
black pepper.

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F u n n y   B u s i n e s s
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Fight terrorism, win great prizes!

The United States government is looking for a few good
ideas. So far all their methods of fighting the War on
Terrorism have been the same old tried and true: bombing,
freezing bank accounts, intercepting coded messages,
scaring the American public, and more bombing. Sure,
they've added a few new twists, like dropping food packets
out of airplanes so the Afghans can learn what peanut
butter and jelly tastes like, and encouraging Americans
to get out of the house and spend what's left of their
tax rebate, but once the novelty of wearing a "Shopper
Against Terrorism" button wears off, what do we do next?

That's where you come in. The Department of Defense is
looking for fresh ideas. That's right, they're holding a
contest, succinctly called "Under Secretary of Defense for
Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD (AT&L)) and
Combating Terrorism Technology Support Office Technical
Support Working Group (TSWG) Broad Agency Announcement
02-Q-4655." They really should have held another contest
first to find a catchier name.

What they're looking for is ideas to help in "combating
terrorism, location and defeat of hard or difficult
targets, protracted operations in remote areas, and
countermeasures to weapons of mass destruction." In
other words, "What do we do now?" Get your thinking cap
on and visit:

http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=11875

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*Know your rights if detained by immigration cops

On the heels of a new Justice Department plan
to interview thousands of men from Middle Eastern
countries, the American Civil Liberties Union today
released a pamphlet that offers guidance in seven
languages - including Arabic, Hindi, and Spanish -
on what to do when stopped by law enforcement.

The pamphlet - "Know Your Rights: What to Do If You're
Stopped by the Police, the FBI, the INS, or the Customs
Service" - contains information for citizens and non-
citizens alike and is intended for those who feel at
risk of becoming innocent targets of a government
investigation in the wake of the September 11 terrorist
attacks. 

(Note: The pamphlets are PDF files).

The English pamphlet is at
http://www.aclu.org/library/know_your_rights.pdf

The Arabic pamphlet is at
http://www.aclu.org/library/know_your_rights_ar.pdf

The Spanish pamphlet is at
http://www.aclu.org/library/know_your_rights_sp.pdf

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*Your online paperboy

Get an international perspective on the news of the day
with this enormous directory of newspaper Web sites from
around the world - more than 5,300 in all. The site
includes search tools that let you find newspapers by
country, U.S. state, language, and other criteria.

http://www.thepaperboy.com.au/

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*Take your math to new dimensions

The core of this educational site is its collection of
interactive graphs, designed to help students learn algebra,
trigonometry, probability, and more. Teachers interested in
using the site in their classrooms can browse the site's
lesson plans.  

http://www.exploremath.com/

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*The reflex tester

How fast can you click your mouse after the background
color of this page changes? You'll probably dismiss it
as silly - that is, until you suddenly find yourself
doing it over and over, consumed with the desire to
improve your time. Go to:

http://www.happyhub.com/network/reflex/

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