“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Thursday, August 21, 2008
A day at the beach
Man dies when bluff collapses at San Diego beach
Thu Aug 21, 1:28 AM ET
A tourist from Nevada was killed Wednesday when a stretch of oceanside bluff at the Torrey Pines State Beach collapses, authorities said.
The 57-year-old, whose identity was not released, was at the beach with his brother and nephew when rocks the size of basketballs came down, officials said.
"He was just spending a day at the beach with his family," said Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. "He'd gone to the foot of the cliff to take off his shoes, and a small section of the bluffs just gave way and came down."
The section of collapsed cliff — about 30 feet wide — was several hundred feet below the Torrey Pines Golf Course, which hosted the U.S. Open in June.
The beach and parts of the bluff surrounding the collapse were closed.
Posted by Anonymous at 8/21/2008 05:28:00 AM