I have been reading a few other books, the first one is Drugs: Should We Legalize, Decriminalize or Deregulate? a number of essays from the various people involved in the war on drugs; pro-war and anti-war. An interesting reading to get the whole picture.
My fully unbiassed opinion summed up in three word is: it is dumb. The whole explanation really requires you to read a lot more (John Gilmore's initial statement that caught my attention, followed by a story on the War on Drugs Smoke and Mirrors : The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure.
I first was introduced to Howard Zinn's books by my friend La Mancha who suggested I read A People's History of the United States : 1492-Present. Chilling book.
Ok, I figured what to do about handling the internal and external types --pretty much-- so I am going to fix the breakage I introduced last week, and get the thing in shape.
I need to understand XSLT so I can become a productive member of XML society that keeps all of its stuff in XML rather than this ugly combination of text files with Perl scripts that generate my horrible web pages.