My time in the next week will be primarily dominated with preparing the ModCon book for final edit… It's basically all done, but when I finished it six months ago, my head was in a different place. I've now had more time to reflect, and watch both successful and unsuccessful healing. In addition, from a selfish point of view, the US border is cracking down on pretty much everything, so I have to make a few concessions to keep the book legal as well.

Anyway, yesterday I'd mentioned the US's chillingly 1984-esque “Office of Strategic Influence” which serves to, among other things, provide false news stories to foreign media in an attempt to control the populations of those countries (sort of like how they currently control the US population through government control of “news” agencies like CNN, which at this point has degraded to being a government front, at least on certain subjects). Anyway, here are three more links if you want info on that:

If you don't think this is the greatest idea in the world, best mention it to the king

Oh, and just to show stupid ideas are not limited to the public sector, check out this woman who's suing Volkswagen because her jackass drunk husband smashed (totally intoxicated of course) at 55 kph into a telephone poll… She says that the VW doesn't have “adequate subframe reinforcement”… Uh, yeah, it's VW's fault because they didn't sell you a car you could drunkenly crash into telephone polls safely.

Oh, and if no one saw, it seems they've figured who the Anthrax guy is… but… he's a well respected (and full-of-secrets) government scientist, so they are aparently not worrying about it to much…

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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