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<<For one, people should be compelled to exercise. Angina patients should be
required to hike in from the far end of the lot. Emphysema patients should be
cut no slack. They didn't get that innocently.>>

For all that I object to the privilege of handicapped parking, even I cannot take lack of charity quite this far. The business of reproaching people suffering from the degenerative diseases of old age for having brought their mortality upon themselves by their "dirty habits" is one of the most repulsive features in the American psyche.

Next to sexual jealousy, the desire to avoid "contamination" is one of the most dangerous and undesirable subroutines from the reptile brain that underlies our sense of "morality." It stands at the root of the most poisonous forms of bigotry. Even if you believe Blacks as a race are shifty slackers, and believe it is heredity and race that makes them so, these beliefs in themselves do not justify segregated water fountains. European anti-Semitic rhetoric is full of "disease" metaphors. True bigotry mobilizes the instinct to avoid contamination.

This is why dieting, anti-smoking, and similar fads are so profoundly undesirable in society. To succeed, dieters must plug into the psychology of contamination: this leads inevitably to judgmental attitudes against those who contaminate themselves by eating the "wrong" things. Anti-smoking, as distinguished from non-smoking, has to cultivate the notion that tobacco is itself a contaminant, leading to the segregation, exile, and ostracism of smokers. It ends up in the blaming of people for their own infirmities.

Let's call the whole thing off.

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if there was a link supposed to be there, it has gone missing.

but as for the rest: right on.
It was actually a quote enclosed within double carets; and it seems that the board interpreted what was inside the first carets as a badly formed HTML command, and chose to erase it. (Strangely, it showed up in preview.)

What I was replying to went:

For one, people should be compelled to exercise. Angina patients should be required to hike in from the far end of the lot. Emphysema patients should be cut no slack. They didn't get that innocently.

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Who the hell said that?

Does this jackass know you can get emphysema from air pollution, including other people smoking?

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?!

Holy callousness, batman.

I'd also like to know who held forth with that opinion. Sheesh.

Because, you know, while I agree that exercise should be promoted more fully, just in general, I really do also think that handicapped parking spot are what allow people who need them to go out and move around in the world.