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  1. Sep 2020
    1. ntinued arming for a technological Armageddon is superficially justified on the basis that a position of weakness invites nuclear attack. But the:: certainty of retaliation and national destruction removes the big war from the alternatives which are sanely based on human insti

      we justify our capitalistic urge to throw money into the defense sector by justifying it from history as a necessity for our national security. Mainly, its to keep companies like Lockheed and Boeing afloat.

    2. he other hand, for evidence of inconsistent and outmoded emotions, one has only to compare the lavishness with which the American Congress appropriates funds to the Department of Defense for the prosecution of the war in Vietnam with its penny-pinching approach to expenditures for the domestic well-being of the American people.

      the US Government can be all cheap and stuff when it comes to the social programs, but when it comes to military expenditure, a trillion dollars is game.

    3. malaise

      a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify.

    4. pathological

      involving, caused by, or of the nature of a physical or mental disease

    1. things. There isn't

      consistently brought up

    2. e. Taxono

      OH YEAH that was the word for naming species

    3. discovery. The first comes when you find the thing. The second comes when you find the nam

      they have a discrete joy in naming things

    4. date our pet California king snake. All I can say is that I am profoundly grateful that they did

      they exanded to now working with many more types of animals

    5. . Butterflies were the slender wedge that opened up something much larger: an earnest attempt to stuff the entire natural world, down to the last kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus,

      seems like the narrator is particularly fond of the classification of different species. does this expand beyond butterflies

    6. lepidopteri

      a person who studies or collects butterflies and moths

    7. s, reflects a yawning lack of self-confiden

      it is interesting that the narrator makes this connection. I am not too sure how a lack of confidence is reflected by collecting objects.

    8. ween collecting stamps and collecting butt

      what gives us the right to just kill something because you want to collect it

    9. I cannot remember ever desiring anything so

      so the withdrawal was not really organic, but derived from not having access to the butterfly

    10. e, we grew uneasy with the pleasure it gave

      this is a very important part of the article. they did not stop killing the butterflies because of the inhumane aspect of it, but because they felt weird drawing so much pleasure from the killing of the butterflies.

    11. transform a trophy hunter into a wild

      they felt so guilty about their actions that they decided to admire the butterflies instead of just murdering them

    12. hat F.A.O. S

      FAO Schwarz is an American toy brand and store.[1] The company is known for its high-end toys, life-sized stuffed animals, interactive experiences, brand integrations, and games.[2] FAO Schwarz is the oldest toy store in the United States, first opening its doors in 1862 in Baltimore before moving to New York City, where it has moved between several locations since 1870. The dance-on piano, made famous by the 1988 Tom Hanks film Big, brought national attention to the brand. FAO filed for bankruptcy twice in 2003 before temporarily shuttering the Fifth Avenue store in January 2004. In May 2009, Toys "R" Us Inc. acquired FAO Schwarz, but in 2015, it permanently closed the Fifth Avenue store. The brand was then acquired by ThreeSixty Group, who opened the new FAO Schwarz store at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in November 2018. In 2019 locations in Beijing,[3] London[4] and Dublin[5] were opened.

    13. d, "Butterfly metamorp

      he speaks about butterfly metamorphis almost as if it was a religion

    14. my agnost

      a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.

    15. Being

      the word being is capitalized

    16. There are few objects in Nature which raise the mind to a higher degree of admiration, than the Insect creation

      the author is almost obsessed with the creation and birth of insects

    17. Being

      the word being is capitalized

    18. age, squeamishly omitted the phrase "to feel it struggling be- tween one's fingers" - Wallace made no bones about how crucial the violence was to the thrill

      they almost thrive and feel pride of the struggling and pain of the animal. that is pretty screwed up in my book.

    19. ide; to snatch that bit of life from the rich chaos of nature into your own comparatively lackluste

      So the narrator was just incredibly selfish

    20. lepidoptery

      Lepidopterology, is a branch of entomology concerning the scientific study of moths and the three superfamilies of butterflies. Someone who studies in this field is a lepidopterist or, archaically, an aurelian.

    21. Shame set in about two yea

      addressing the shame that the reader was waiting to settle in

    22. nd abdomen. Caught, killed, relaxed, and spread, the butterfly was laid to rest in a Riker mount, a

      This story goes into quite gory and descriptive detail of the killling of such an innocent and beautiful creature?

    23. The murder was less grisly than it would have

      this story so far seems to be shifting into the history of ways to kill a butterfly, but we are given literally no context on why the narrator wishes to kill a butterfly or much knowledge about the setting overall.

    24. ed with carbon tetrachloride. "Carbon tet

      pro·di·gious | prəˈdijəs | adjective 1 remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree: the stove consumed a prodigious amount of fuel.

    25. scrubbed the last traces of strawberry

      weirdly high levels of details used when describing facets of the story.

    26. the killin

      the author ominously brings up the killing jar, as if it was obvious when picking butterflies that you must killl them afterwards.

    27. a prodigi

      pro·di·gious | prəˈdijəs | adjective 1 remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree: the stove consumed a prodigious amount of fuel.

    28. or a mourning cloak, or a European cabbage, or a common sulphur, or a red admiral, or a painted lady, or a monarch, or a vic

      These examples imply that the setting is somewhere in Europe region maybe due to the specification of European cabbage.

    29. s uncomfortably thick, like that of a tennis racket borrowed from an older player.

      The racket is thicker because the older player is more experienced and is therefore implied to have larger hands. This implies that this portion of the story was written from the setting of someone of an age that was not fully developed