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[SIC!] February 8, 2008
 
Your Letters
 
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WHICH WAY DID HE GO?

Mr. Ames,

What is the email address for the [SIC] section? I could not find it on the website. I sent Dr. Dolan an email, but he never responded, so I thought I might send it to the general feedback address.

Phil

Dear Mr. Phil,

Wait, so you're writing a letter to the editor asking what the email address is for the section that is the letters-to-the-editor section? Phil, you are a living example that at least One Child was Left Behind during the Bush education push. Maybe you could offer up your services to Harry Reid for the November elections?

RAGE AGAINST THE CHUKHONETS

Hi,

Sorry to disappoint you, but the Mini-Meatloaf in Face Control is not a Russian at all. I know for a fact that he is the lead singer of a disgusting Finnish "rock"-band called Roctum. That picture is probably old, it seems he has lost a lot of weight since. Check out they're web-site at http://www.alatie.com/roctum

Do not ask why I know this, I´m still trying to heal. Anyway, love your newspaper and all that bla bla.

Your's truly,

Lasse Huuhka

Tampere, Finland

Dear Mr. Huuka, Are you the same sort of jerk who told little kids that Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny aren't real? We'd spend a little more time ripping on you chukhontsi but for the fact that one of your own went Columbine on his school, showing that there's still a bit of spark left in the creaky ol' Urgic after all.

BRAZILIAN PEDANT

Hi Gary,

as one of your Brazilian readers, I'm very happy you finally remembered the War of the Triple Alliance (aka "The Paraguayan War"). You're great as usual, but I have, of course, a couple of points:

(i) the Jesuits did their work in the Spanish "province of Paraguay", which was not the same as modern Paraguay. It included all territory between Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, which were only effectively occupied in the 18th century. Paraguay proper was never ruled by the Jesuits, and Spanish rule there was every bit as exploitative, etc., as in other Spanish colonies.

(ii) the Brazilian army was not a slave army, as you seem to imply, though undeniably a large part of it was composed of "freed" slaves. You're right to mention that the Army was not a career option for the elite in Brazil (thank God, we were a monarchy ruled by civilians throughout the nineteenth century). You're also right in that slaves were often sent in replacement of their owners. This happened mostly, though, in the northern and northeastern areas of Brazil, which were far away from the war and whose (free) population, therefore, could hardly be conscripted and sent to war. But those nearer Paraguay WERE conscripted: between one third and one half of the male population of Rio Grande do Sul province - Brazil's southernmost - was sent to the battefield, emptying the province. (As you can guess, I'm from Rio Grande do Sul).

Well, keep up the good work. When you have the time, write about the Cisplatine War of 1825-1828 between Brazil and Argentina (which was ridiculous, ended in a stalemate!), or about the battle of Monte Caseros of 1851 (50,000 men fought there, not inconsiderable...). Also, I don't recall you writing about the Latin American wars of independence; surely San Martín's crossing of the Andes in winter merits an article! (If you did write about it, sorry in advance)

Thiago Carvalho

Dear Mr. Carvalho,

Richard Bickerstaff replies, "The real problem with Brecher's piece is that it took up too much space in the last issue which could have been better utilized by my Dyevolution article. Ah to hell with these eXile amateurs, I'm getting myself an agent! Look out world!" So...Richard...this may not be the time to ask, but, uh, would you mind writing for us again? Let's just forget about this mockery thing, put it all behind us. You said some things, we said some things...let's be adults here and move on. Agreed? Cool? Heh-heh.


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