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*** TWO Headline Stories from July 8th ***

``Literary reading is in dramatic decline with fewer than half of American


adults now reading literature, according to a National Endowment for the
Arts (NEA) survey released today [July 8, 2004]. Reading at Risk: A Survey
of Literary Reading in America reports drops in all groups studied, with
the steepest rate of decline - 28 percent - occurring in the youngest age
groups. The study also documents an overall decline of 10 percentage points
in literary readers from 1982 to 2002, representing a loss of 20 million
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[In response to this decline in reading, the Thoreau Society, caretakers


of one of the greatest legacies of literature and personal freedom, has
law enforcement personnel protecting their physical and literary turf,
as below, in a move that must have Henry David Thoreau rotating rapdily
enough in his grave to require high-endurance motor oil.]

Here is Supreme Court Plaintiff Eric Eldred's personal account of this,


reprinted with his permission:

On Thu, 8 Jul 2004, Eric Eldred wrote:

Today (July 8, 2004) I took the Internet Bookmobile to Walden Pond in


Concord, Mass. It is the 150th anniversary of H. D. Thoreau's book
"Walden." The Thoreau Society is having a dawn to dusk reading.
After an hour of having readers print and take away free copies of
"Walden," I was asked by the Walden Pond Reservation police to
pack up and leave and threatened with arrest. I left.

The park superintendent told me I could not pass out free literature
without a permit. And she would not give me a permit because, as she
explained, the state park gets money from a concession by the Thoreau
Society, which operates a store that sells "Walden"--and I was competing
with them by giving away free copies.

There is no place to park at Walden Pond except in the state parking lot,
for which I paid $5.

Integral to the Internet Bookmobile concept is showing citizens how


we can become our own publishers by means of the free Internet and
new print-on-demand technology. It is not just giving away free
books--readers actually learn how to make the books themselves.
It promotes the sharing ethos of the Internet and free culture and
therefore is a threat to the established publishing industry and the
media giants that control our culture. The Internet Bookmobile is
sponsored by the Internet Archive and Anywhere Books.

Evidently members of the Thoreau Society, charged with his legacy,


are now in the business of making money off him and are using their
political power to suppress the free culture of which he would be
proud. The government trustees of the land, who once jailed Thoreau,
are now more interested in making money themselves instead of helping
to spread his message. Shame.

Teachers and librarians and ordinary citizens need to master new


technology and use it for appropriate purposes. We can use these
tools to further our culture. But we can't do so if we are
threatened with arrest for giving away "Walden." I am having
difficulty getting invitations to schools and libraries for the
Bookmobile; I wonder why. Learn about the Internet Archive
Bookmobile at http://www.archive.org/texts/bookmobile.php and
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/uploaded-files/EricEldred-flyer.pdf

The book I wanted to give away is formatted at


http://eldritchpress.org/Walden5.sxw (or .doc) (It works best if you
have Baskerville Old Face font--sorry, I wasn't able to save a good
PDF version from OpenOffice.)

And from a later message:

Walden exists online in several other formats, such as in


Project Gutenberg and the Electronic Text Center of Virginia.

Now is a good time to read or re-read the book, don't you think?

[End of Eric Eldred's comments]

***and two more***

[My friends can tell you that I predicted this the first time I heard
of cheap RFID tags for dogs. . .it was only a matter of time before a
movement to keep track of people would use the same kind of RFID tag]

RADIO KIDS IN JAPAN


School officials in the Japanese city of Osaka will soon be using RFID
technology to monitor the movements of their pupils. (The acronym stands for
radio frequency identification.) The tags, which will be read by readers
installed at various key locations throughout a school, will be placed on
the children's schoolbags, name tags, or clothing. (CNET 12 Jul 2004)
http://asia.cnet.com/newstech/systems/0,39001153,39186467,00.htm

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Here Is A Sample Of What Books Were Being Done Around #2318


Oct 2000 His Last Bow, by Arthur Conan Doyle[A.C.Doyle #23][lstbwxxx.xxx] 2350
Oct 2000 The Adv. of The Devil's Foot, A. Conan Doyle [#22][dvlftxxx.xxx] 2349
Oct 2000 The Disappearance Of Lady Frances Carfax [ACD #21][lcrfxxxx.xxx] 2348
Oct 2000 The Adv. Of The Dying Detective, A Conan Doyle #20[dydetxxx.xxx] 2347
Oct 2000 The Adv. Of The Bruce-Partington Plans [Doyle #19][bplanxxx.xxx] 2346

Oct 2000 The Adv. Of The Red Circle A. Conan Doyle [#18][rcrclxxx.xxx] 2345
Oct 2000 The Adv. Of The Cardboard Box, by Conan Doyle #17[crdbdxxx.xxx] 2344
Oct 2000 The Adv. Of Wisteria Lodge, A. Conan Doyle [#16][wstraxxx.xxx] 2343
Sep 2000 Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre 8, by Goethe[Goethe 20][?wml8xxx.xxx] 2342
. . .
Sep 2000 Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre 1, by Goethe[Goethe 13][?wml1xxx.xxx] 2335
[Language: German]
Sep 2000 The Works of Rudyard Kipling/One Volume Edition/12[1vkipxxx.xxx] 2334
This contains a HUGE number of titles, so just listing the volume names:
Departmental Ditties and Other Verses
Ballads and Barrack-Room Ballads
The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Ghost Stories
Under the Deodars
Plain Tales from the Hills
The Light That Failed
The Story of the Gadsbys
from Mine Own People
Sep 2000 Critical and Historical Essays, by Macaulay V2[#8][2cahexxx.xxx] 2333
Sep 2000 Critical and Historical Essays, by Macaulay V1[#7][1cahexxx.xxx] 2332
Sep 2000 History of Phoenicia, by George Rawlinson [hphncxxx.xxx] 2331

Sep 2000 Religions of Ancient China, by Herbert A. Giles #4[rlchnxxx.xxx] 2330


Sep 2000 Autobio. of a Pocket-Handkerchief by J F Cooper #6[aoaphxxx.xxx] 2329
Sep 2000 The Lake Gun, by James Fenimore Cooper [Cooper #5][lkgunxxx.xxx] 2328
Sep 2000 Some Short Stories, by Henry James[Henry James 22][ssshjxxx.xxx] 2327
Sep 2000 His Own People, by Booth Tarkington [Booth T. #9] [ownplxxx.xxx] 2326

Sep 2000 The Iceberg Express, by David Cory [icbxpxxx.xxx] 2325


Sep 2000 A House to Let, by Dickens, et.al. [Dickens #53][hsletxxx.xxx] 2324
Sep 2000 Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee[releexxx.xxx] 2323
Sep 2000 Hans Huckebein, by Wilhelm Busch [Three Stories] [?hckbxxx.xxx] 2322

Sep 2000 Goetz von Berlichingen, by Johann W. Goethe [#12][?getzxxx.xxx] 2321


[Language: German]
Sep 2000 Novelle, by Johann Wolfgang Goethe [Goethe #11][?nvllxxx.xxx] 2320
[Language: German]
Sep 2000 West-oestlicher Divan, by Johann W. Goethe[JWG#10][?wdvnxxx.xxx] 2319
[Language: German]
Sep 2000 Droll Stories [V. 2], by Honore de Balzac[HdB #92][2drllxxx.xxx] 2318
Sep 2000 The Story of My Heart, by Richard Jefferies [tsomhxxx.xxx] 2317
Sep 2000 The Choir Invisible, by James Lane Allen [chrnvxxx.xxx] 2316

Sep 2000 The Flag-Raising, by Kate Douglas Wiggin[Wiggin14][flgrsxxx.xxx] 2315


Sep 2000 Geschichte des Agathon, Teil 2, by C M Wieland #3 [?2agtxxx.xxx] 2314
[Language: German]
Sep 2000 Geschichte des Agathon, Teil 1, by C M Wieland #2 [?1agtxxx.xxx] 2313
[Language: German]
Sep 2000 Hermann und Dorothea, by Goethe [German 8-bits] #9[?hermxxx.xxx] 2312
[Language: German]
Sep 2000 Travels through France & Italy, by Tobias Smollett[ttfaixxx.xxx] 2311

Sep 2000 In The Carquinez Woods, by Bret Harte [Harte #13][crqnzxxx.xxx] 2310
Sep 2000 The Freelands, by John Galsworthy [Galsworthy #2][frndsxxx.xxx] 2309
Sep 2000 Bunyan Characters (3rd Series), by Alex. Whyte #3 [3bnchxxx.xxx] 2308
Sep 2000 The Depot Master, by Joseph C. Lincoln [dpmstxxx.xxx] 2307

Aug 2000 Uncle Remus/Songs/Sayings, by Joel Chandler Harris[remusxxx.xxx] 2306


[Title: Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings]
Aug 2000 A Set of Six, by Joseph Conrad [Joseph Conrad #24][seto6xxx.xxx] 2305
Aug 2000 Legends and Lyrics, Pt 2, by Adelaide Ann Proctor [lgly2xxx.xxx] 2304
Aug 2000 Legends and Lyrics, Pt 1, by Adelaide Ann Proctor [lgly1xxx.xxx] 2303
Aug 2000 Poor Folk, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [Dostoyevsky #3][prflkxxx.xxx] 2302
Aug 2000 A Simpleton, by Charles Reade [smptnxxx.xxx] 2301

Aug 2000 The Descent of Man, by Charles Darwin [Darwin #7][dscmnxxx.xxx] 2300
Aug 2000 Pandora, by Henry James [Henry James #21][pndraxxx.xxx] 2299
Aug 2000 Great Astronomers, by R. S. Ball [grastxxx.xxx] 2298
Aug 2000 Snow-Bound at Eagle's, by Bret Harte [Harte #12][sbdaexxx.xxx] 2297
Aug 2000 Pillars of Society, by Henrik Ibsen[Henrik Ibsen2][pllrsxxx.xxx] 2296

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[PG Editor's Comments In Brackets]

>From NewsScan:

AMERICANS FLOCK TO GRAPHIC WAR IMAGES ONLINE


About one in four American Internet users sought out graphic war images
that were deemed too gruesome to display in conventional media such as
newspapers and television, according to new research by the Pew Internet
Project. The results were drawn from a telephone survey conducted between
May 14 and June 17 -- a period that encompassed such disturbing events as
the murder and dismemberment of American contract workers in Fallujah, the
exposure of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, and the capture and beheading of
U.S. civilian Nicholas Berg. Survey respondents reported mixed feelings
after viewing the images -- 51% said they felt they'd made a good decision
to access the images, but a third said they wished they hadn't seen them.
"Millions of Internet users want to be able to view the graphic war images
and they see the Internet as an alternative source of news and information
from traditional media. But many who do venture outside the traditional and
familiar standards of the mainstream news organizations to look at the
images online end up feeling very uncomfortable," says report co-author
Deborah Fallows. Women in particular seemed more troubled over the entire
issue of graphic online images, while younger adult Internet users tended
to approve their availability.
(Pew Internet Project News Release 8 Jul 2004)
http://www.pewinternet.org

[More On China's Industrial Revolution]

CHINA BACKS DOWN ON CHIP DISPUTE


China has agreed to end a tax break that the U.S. charged unfairly
favored computer chips produced or designed in China. The settlement of
high-profile dispute, which played out under the auspices of the World
Trade Organization, could pave the way for better relations between the
U.S. and China and may encourage China to refrain from using similar
preferences to favor other industries. "The line had to be drawn here,"
says Frank Vargo, VP for international economic affairs for the National
Association of Manufacturers. "If China had been allowed to continue this
patently unfair treatment of imported semiconductors, it could well have
sought to expand this practice to a growing range of manufacturing
industries. This isn't just about semiconductors -- even as important as
that industry is." Currently, China imports 80% of its chips because its
domestic semiconductor industry is still small, although rapidly expanding.
The repeal of the tax break will be especially helpful to smaller U.S.
semiconductor companies, which compete against Chinese chipmakers to
provide chips for consumer electronics and other lower-tech industries,
says industry analyst David Wu. "It's not really going to help Intel,
because they make parts that China would have to buy anyway."
(Los Angeles Times 9 Jul 2004) http://www.latimes.com/technology/
la-fi-chips9jul09,1,6795079.story?coll=la-headlines-technology

[Won't this just encourage the Chinese to make more of their own
chips and import even less? Thus it would be self-defeating in
terms of supporting "smaller U.S. semiconductor companies."]

[More on U.S. governmental policies on oriental computer products]

IN HOT PURSUIT OF FASTER COMPUTERS


To help the U.S. regain an edge in high-performance supercomputing, the
House of Representatives has passed two bills to encourage the development
high-speed supercomputers for use by automakers, drug makers and other major
industries. Noting Japan's introduction of the world's fastest computer in
2002, House Science Committee Chairman Boehlert (R, NY) says: "What the
Japanese have done is send a strong signal as a reminder to all of us that
this is a very competitive marketplace."
(Reuters/Los Angeles Times 8 Jul 2004)
http://tinyurl.com/2ucqp

[More below on this story from Edupage, though the other story does not
mention the motivation as being to out-compete Asian computer makers.]
HOOKED FOR RENTING OUT PRIVATE CUSTOMER DATA
The Hooked on Phonics company, which markets learning systems, has
settled a complaint by the Federal Trade Commission that the company rented
out customer data to outside marketers even though it had promised on its
Web site that it would keep the information private. The FTC's J. Howard
Beales III says: "It's simple: If you collect information and promise not to
share, you can't share unless the consumer agrees." But Chris Jay Hoofnagle
of the Electronic Privacy Information Center criticizes the FTC on the
grounds that the Agency is in effect pushing companies to have the fewest
restrictions possible without alienating potential customers: "The obvious
encouragement here is to not make promises. We think that approach is
somewhat inflexible." (Washington Post 7 Jul 2004)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35434-2004Jul7.html

[And yet more]

THE GROWING AUTO INDUSTRY MARKET FOR MICROCHIPS TOKYO


Gartner Research is predicting that, as electronics become the main
driver of car innovation, chip makers will be a major beneficiary. Gartner
executive Mike Williams says: "Because penetration of electronics in cars is
still quite low, we expect to see growth [in chip demand] coming from
further penetration," and Drue Freeman of Philips Semiconductors adds:
"Electronics is where car makers can really start to do innovation and they
can differentiate their cars from competition. Also, the use of more
electronics and semiconductors will actually help reduce the costs that car
makers have to spend in building cars." (Reuters/USA Today 8 Jul 2004)
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2004-07-08-auto-chips_x.htm

TENNESSEE GPS SYSTEM WILL TRACK PAROLED OFFENDERS [RAPISTS]


[See above story for similar RFID tags to track our children]
Tennessee has budgeted $2.5 million for a pilot project that will test
a global positioning system (GPS) for keeping track of paroled rapists. The
system would let law enforcement build maps with "zones of exclusion" for
the offenders (such as playgrounds, schools, day-care centers or the homes
of victims), and would allow probation officers to determine whether the
felons they are supervising are going to work during the day, going home at
night, and staying away from restricted areas. (The Tennessean 12 Jul 2004)
http://www.tennessean.com/government/archives/04/07/54224165.shtml?Element_I
D=54224165

[I've heard these can track nearly any modern cell phone, too.]

"WHISTLEBLOWER" LAWSSUIT FILED AGAINST DIEBOLD


Opponents of electronic voting are suing Diebold Inc. under a
California whistleblower law, accusing Diebold of defrauding the state by
providing shoddy balloting equipment that exposed California elections to
vandals and to software bugs. The individuals who filed the suit are Jim
March, a programmer, and Bev Harris, an activist. Under the whistleblower
statute, the two could collect up to 30% of any reimbursement. March says:
"This is about money now -- a case of the capitalist system at work. The
laws on voting products and processes are unfortunately unclear. But the law
on defrauding the government is really, really clear. Going after the money
trail is cleaner than going after proper procedures." But some critics of
Diebold are equally critical of March and Harris. One of them says, "I would
like to see people support a real solution rather than just try to cash in.
There are a lot of people who could be a tremendous asset, but they're
grandstanding and reveling in the expose." (San Jose Mercury News 12 Jul 2004)
http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/9131675.htm

[A Novel New Chinese Novel]

CHINESE TEXT-MESSAGING NOVEL


Chinese author Qian Fuchang's new 4,000-word novel is meant to be read
in 70-word chapters transmitted by cellphone text messages. Qian says "the
plot develops just like that of an ordinary novel," and his employer, the
Guangdong Literature Academy, is planning an auction to sell the novel to
short-message services. "The novel, which contains all literary elements,
will be a real literary work." (AP/Los Angeles Times 12 Jul 2004
http://www.latimes.com/technology/ats-ap_technology12jul12,1,215303.story?co
ll=sns-ap-toptechnology

[And Don't Forget The Technology Revolution In India]


[Globalizations Rules Once Again!]

OUTSOURCING OUTRAGE GOING OUT OF STYLE

The clamor against the outsourcing to India of computer software and


back-office services appears to have faded substantially. Infosys chief
executive Nandan M. Nilekani says: "The backlash against outsourcing has
abated, customer spending is on the rise, and we have redesigned ourselves
internally to take advantage of the vast opportunities." According to Sunil
Mehta of India's leading software industry trade body: "The debate about
outsourcing appears to have moved from an emotional, anecdotal, job-losses
plane to a more sober, balanced one about the advantages of globalization of
services." Ironically, the anti-outsourcing clamor in the U.S. has actually
turned out to be good for the outsourcing business. Partha Iyengar, research
director for Gartner explains: "The backlash proved a gold mine of free
publicity for Indian outsourcing companies," and the U.S.-based CEO of iGate
Global Solutions (operates in Bangalore, India) says: "The backlash issue
made outsourcing so mainstream that even my barber was speaking
knowledgeably about outsourcing." (New York Times 14 Jul 2004)
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/14/business/worldbusiness/14infosys.html

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SUPERCOMPUTING BILLS CLEAR HOUSE


The U.S. House of Representatives has passed two bills aimed at
improving supercomputing facilities and programs in the United States.
The High-Performance Computing Revitalization Act of 2004 would
coordinate all federal supercomputing projects under the authority of
the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy and would
require the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy's
Office of Science to make supercomputing facilities available to
researchers. Under the other bill, called the Department of Energy
High-End Computing Revitalization Act of 2004, the secretary of energy
would develop top-level supercomputing facilities, which would be
accessible to researchers from industry, academe, and federal agencies.
The bill authorizes $165 million for the project, but the funds would
still need to be appropriated through other legislation. The Computing
Research Association, a group that represents academic and commercial
researchers, praised the House's approval of the bills but noted that
federal funding for information technology projects has frequently
fallen short of targets.
Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 July 2004 (sub. req'd)
http://chronicle.com/prm/daily/2004/07/2004070802n.htm

FEDERAL PROGRAM PUSHES SCIENCE EDUCATION

[U.S. students fall from top echelon to bottom between 4th & 8th grade.]

U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham this week announced the


Scientists Teaching and Reaching Students program, which is intended to
support and foster interest in math and science programs among the
country's middle and high school students. According to the Third
International Mathematics and Science Study, U.S. students, who are
among the top-performing students in the world in math and science at
the 4th-grade level, fall nearly to the bottom of the list by 12th
grade. The new program will award scholarships for math and science
teachers to study at the nation's labs, including Los Alamos, Lawrence
Livermore, and Sandia National Laboratories. In addition, those labs
will host 2,000 5th- and 8th-grade students for at least one day a
year. For a number of years, U.S. colleges and universities have seen
steadily declining numbers of students in science programs, and the
effect of the new program on this trend is not clear. Countries such as
India, China, and Russia currently graduate significantly more science
and engineering students than the United States.
San Jose Mercury News, 8 July 2004
http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/9112372.htm

HOUSE STANDS BY PATRIOT ACT, BARELY


Efforts to overturn portions of the USA PATRIOT Act were rejected by
the U.S. House of Representatives this week, as lawmakers responded to
a veto threat from the White House. One portion of the PATRIOT Act
lowers the bar for federal officials to obtain records from libraries
and book stores about the habits of their patrons. Civil libertarians
and many in Congress have taken issue with those powers of the law,
calling them unconstitutional, and Reps. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) and
C.L. Butch Otter (R-Idaho) had led the push to repeal those powers.
Even without the PATRIOT Act, said critics, investigators can obtain
similar records from libraries or book stores if probable cause is
shown. The PATRIOT Act allows the government to force disclosure of
records without showing such cause. The effort to block that portion of
the law appeared to have the majority support needed to pass, but 10
Republican lawmakers were persuaded to change their minds, resulting in
a vote of 210-210.
Wired News, 8 July 2004
http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,64144,00.html

ACADEMICS GET BEHIND REVISIONS TO DMCA


Five academic library organizations, as well as the Association of
American Universities, have joined the Personal Technology Freedom
Coalition, which is working to gain passage of legislation that would
revise portions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The
Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act would allow exemptions for fair
use from the provision of the DMCA that bans circumvention of
antipiracy measures, and it would broaden a current exemption from the
anticircumvention provision for certain types of research. Joining the
coalition to revise the law are the American Association of Law
Libraries, the American Library Association, the Association of
Research Libraries, the Medical Library Association, and the Special
Libraries Association. The bill may come up for a vote during the
current Congressional session, though it is opposed by the chair of the
House Judiciary Committee, which claims jurisdiction over the bill.
Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 July 2004 (sub. req'd)
http://chronicle.com/prm/weekly/v50/i44/44a03102.htm

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More Headline News Mostly Avoided By The Major U.S. Media

Report on Intelligence Community: "Put It In With The Garbage"

Those of you who follow the Washington Press Corps to any degree
already know the phrase, "Put it in with the garbage" refers to
releasing news bad to the current administration on a Friday.

Friday news programs are the least watched of the weekday evening
news reports and it is always hoped that the news will "blow over"
by Monday, having been replaced by something else. The real dread
is that the next few days will be "slow news days" that do not
provide any distractions from the bad news.

Even counting all the weekend panel news discussions, the Friday
news cycle has been determined to have the least public effect,
since so many people are travelling, partying, going to movies,
etc., during the Friday editions of the evening news.

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FAA Official Says Air Defenses Are Up to Standards


Even After Incident Over Capital Showed Potential
For Realistic Catastrophic Interagency Failures

Thursday, July 9, 2004

A month after the fact, the VP of the Federal Aviation Administration


finally addressed the situation on June 8 that resulted in scrambling
of F-15's to possibly shoot down Governor Fletcher of Kentucky.

Even though the F-15's were already patrolling, due to the upcoming
funeral of President Reagan, they never managed to get in position,
even with a several minute head start, and thus the governor needed
no protection from them, should the scramble not have been called off.

Various failures in interagency sharing of intelligence and tools


were cited as the cause, in addition to common courtesy usually
given to heads of our state governments flying to Washington, D.C.

As a result, the Capitol was evacuated for some time.

There have been repeated examples of planes flying over Washington


either undetected or without the possibility of successful aircraft
scrambling to intercept them, this is just the most recent example.

During the Clinton presidency a private plane actually crashed on


the White House grounds killing the pilot and doing some damage
to the White House, with wreckage ending up very close to the
presidential sleeping quarters, which usually would have been
occupied at 2:00 in the morning.

The only casualties appear to have been a 160 year old magnolia
and some White House window glass, and several yards of turf,
as well as the pilot and the aircraft. The plane was reported
to have been stolen from a small airfield north of Baltimore.

Apparently only 14 seconds elapsed between spotting the plane and


the time of the crash.

White House security armed with shoulder-mounted Stinger missiles


were never reported to have been in position to fire in this,
or any other of the examples I could find.

This wasn't all that easy to find, as a Google Search of "White


House" and "Plane Crash" didn't turn up anything in the first
several 10 item searches.

STRANGE QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Our local radio reports that the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 which was
scheduled to play at our major chain multiplex [GKC] is not available.
No reason was given.

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