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    Musante: Anyway, enough politics. How are things here on the station?
    Sheridan: Fine. Status quo. We've had a few problems with the lurkers, but nothing --
    Musante: Lurkers?
    Sheridan: Our version of the homeless. In some ways we have the same problems Earth does.
    Musante: Earth doesn't have homeless.
    Sheridan: Excuse me?
    Musante: We don't have the problem. Sure, there are a few... displaced people here and there, but they've chosen to be in that position. They're lazy, or criminal, or mentally unstable --
    Sheridan: They can't get a job.
    Musante: EarthGov has promised a job for anyone who wants one. If someone doesn't have a job, it must be because they don't want one. Quid pro quo.
    Sheridan: And poverty?
    Musante: The same.
    Sheridan: Crime?
    Musante: There's some, but it's all caused by the mentally unstable. We've just instituted correctional centers to filter them out at an early age.
    Sheridan: Prejudice?
    Musante: We're just one happy planet. Well, except for the Marsies, but that won't change until they stop fighting Earth rule.
    Sheridan: And when, exactly, did all this happen?
    Musante: When we rewrote the dictionary. Captain, you're a good man. A fine soldier. A leader. You understand that before you can deal with a problem sometimes you have to...redefine it.
    Sheridan: You don't deal with problems by pretending they don't exist.
    Musante: Why embarrass our leaders by pointing out flaws in society that they're aware of and dealing with in their own time, in their own way? Some people enjoy finding fault with our leaders: they're anarchists, trouble makers, or simply unpatriotic.
     --Babylon 5, "Voices of Authority"

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 03:30:41 AM PDT

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