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Nov. 12th, 2006 | 03:40 pm

Take the five books nearest you, and use the following sentences to make a passage:

Book 1 - 1st sentence
Book 2 - last sentence, page 50
Book 3 - 2nd sentence, page 100
Book 4 - next to last sentence, page 150
Book 5 - final sentence
What has Kant to do with the platypus? It does not seem that they were preaching things contrary to the Gospel, but when the possession of earthly things is in question, it is difficult for men to reason justly. And, similarly, to say of an observation that it diminishes the probability of a proposition is to say that it decreases our willingness to include the proposition in the system of accepted hypotheses which serve us as guides for the future. Well, it’s all over. And you say, “Just a minute, I’ve almost finished If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino.”

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"Jurisdiction"

Nov. 12th, 2006 | 05:24 pm

Two Americans—well, one American and one man everyone assumed was American—looked daggers at each other as they sat next to each other.

“These are demons,” Dawn Summers said. “They pretty clearly fall outside of Torchwood’s jurisdiction.”

“Torchwood was founded over a werewolf,” Captain Jack Harkness pointed out.

“An alien werewolf,” Dawn responded right back. “These are demons, which places them clearly under the Council’s jurisdiction.”

“Demons which come from the sky. Which makes them aliens. Which gives us jurisdiction.”

Harriet Jones looked from the one American to the other and sighed. “Miss Summers. Captain Harkness. As far as I can see, both of your organizations have jurisdiction, but the fact is, we have an invasion of Queller demons on our hands and I don’t really give a damn who stops it as long as it is stopped. Do I make myself clear?”

Both nodded.

“Then get to work.”

* * * * *

“We don’t have to listen to her, you know,” Jack said as soon as they had exited 10 Downing Street. “We both answer directly to the Crown, technically.”

Dawn looked at her counterpart uncertainly. “You’re saying we can work together . . . to not work together?”

Jack made a sound Dawn could only describe as a harrumph. “It sounded much more reasonable when I said it.”

* * * * *

Eventually, they had sex. But that’s a different story.

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