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3/10/2005

to be (a scab) or not to be? (a scab). 

I am having a moral dilemma, as I often have. In order to solve this dilemma, I have decided to look to a few opinions of scab-ness.

I looked up scab on dictionary.com, and read this definition: Scab: Scabies or mange in domestic animals or livestock, especially sheep.
That's like, one of the grossest things ever. But then I scrolled down and the definition was: Scab:
1. A worker who refuses membership in a labor union.
2. An employee who works while others are on strike; a strikebreaker.
3. A person hired to replace a striking worker.

That's a bit closer.

My first thought about scabs was in recalling that movie 'The Replacements' starring Keanu Reeves as a scab quarterback. I think that the real quarterback like, tips over Keanu's pickup truck because he hates scabs like Keanu. So there's one anti-scab. But I think the movie had a happy ending, like the scabs were better than the greedy strikers and got a fulltime contract or something, so there's a football team's worth of pro-scab.

Then I remembered author Jack London's 'The Scab':

"After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, he had some awful substance left with which he made a scab."

"A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a water brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles."

"When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and angels weep in heaven, and the devil shuts the gates of hell to keep him out."

"No man (or woman) has a right to scab so long as there is a pool of water to drown his carcass in, or a rope long enough to hang his body with. Judas was a gentleman compared with a scab. For betraying his master, he had character enough to hang himself."

So I guess Mr. London was anti-scab, but he was a wilderness writer and what the hell does he even know about scabs anyway? plus one for pro-scabs.

Around this point I got pretty bored of reading stuff about scabs, but if you are a Quebec university/cegep student who is trying to make their choice about scabbage, hopefully these thoughts will help you along.

(For the record, I have decided to go scab... I wasn't going to originally, but then I remembered how I am not even from this province and don't care about it or the future of its students. Plus some jerks in my class said some really lame things about out-of-province and international students which have just begun to sink in. So they can eat scab. Sheep scab.)

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