January 11, 2000
At first I didn't know what they were talking about, Rush Limbaugh said about callers who complained that his radio talk-show suddenly had more commercials. I was talking for the same amount of time every day.
What Rush didn't know was that new software romantically called Cash was compressing his hot air, searching his sentences for small intervals of empty, content-free space (for this you need software?), editing them out to make room for a few extra commercials each hour.
Is compression technology like Cash a symbol of our culture? Michael Harrison, editor of Talkers, a weekly radio industry magazine, thinks so. In a New York Times interview last week Harrison lamented, We have no patience for anything that might seem superfluous. We're at a time when we're so caught up in speed and greed that we have no qualms about bastardizing artistic integrity.
Or perhaps it's desperation. Certainly newspapers struggling to survive will do drastic things to pay their bills. Like taking occasional vowels out of a sntence to sve spce for mre advrtsments. Lots of othr thngs cn b dne.
Usng smallr nd smallr prnt s a vry effctve strtgy.
Of corse th Harbnger wold nvr do sch thngs. Nt unlss we relly had 2.
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In The Harbinger of Nov. 2, 1999 - Nov. 15, 1999 under Correspondence, you ran an article by J. Pepper Byars. Mr. Byars stated, "We're capitalists, and the Nazis were socialists." The Nazis were fascists, not socialists. Hitler retained all the forms of capitalism throughout his tenure as dictator of Germany. The large industrial capitalists, such as Alfred Krupp, were his chief allies in coming to power and they made a fortune from Hitler's rearming Germany.
I hope this is an error on Mr. Byars part and hope he is not trying to rewrite history as so many academics are doing now days. For an excellent account of capitalism under Hitler, see William Manchester's, The Arms of Krupp - 1587-1968. Krupp was the largest munitions maker in the world. If it hadn't been for Capitalist Krupp, there might nave been no WWI or WWII.
Although the Nazis called themselves National Socialists, they were socialists in name only. The real socialists, the Social Democrats, Communists and other leftists were murdered, sent to the gas chambers, by Hitler.
Robert M. Mills
Once again, my holiday weekend visit with my parents in Mobile was marred by the actions of underage drinkers. Specifically, on the night of November 26th about 40 teenagers gathered around 10:40 PM in a parking lot across the streets from my parents' house in Spring Hill. There, children of privilege (judging by their cars), were loud and inconsiderate as they littered the private parking lot with beer cans, beer bottles and vodka bottles.
Last year during the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays, we experienced the same problem. We were able to run the kids off with incident, though they were extremely cocky and rude. This year the police were only able to talk to about four of the approximately 10 to 15 vehicles that had gathered in the parking lot -- the others stormed out of the parking lot before the police could talk to them. My parents, neighbors and adjacent business owners report that the kids frequently party in the parking lot, and have even vandalized the adjacent business.
I realize that teenager drinking is a nationwide problem that appears unsolvable, and is somewhat condoned by society. I also realize that such activities occur throughout the various parts of Mobile. And finally, I realize that the police force is limited and that there are other pressing issues that must be addressed. None the less, I hope that the parents of teenagers in Mobile will teach their children how to act responsibly. I also hope that the print and broadcast media in Mobile will investigate and publicize the problems of underage drinking. I have also asked elected and appointed officials to look into the problem. Having underage kids drinking is enough of a problem -- having them act very irresponsibly and then get behind the wheel of a car and tear through the streets is a potentially deadly problem.
Although I now live in Dallas, I am a former resident of Mobile. I care about my hometown, and I hope the youth of Mobile can be encouraged to find more productive ways to spend their time out with friends...ways that do not endanger or disturb others.
I would like to share this gem with you and your readers. I request that you publish it as a dedication to Dr. Salvo, who I feel very confident would have loved it.
I think it should be hung in all courtrooms between the 10 Commandments (Jewish version of course) and The Bill of Rights. Also, it should be hung in all science and religion classrooms where it would be framed by the 10 Commandments, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, and the rest of the Constitution
This came to me untitled via e-mail. I call it GENESIS REDUX. Unfortunately, I do not know the name of the author.
Sheldon F. Gottlieb, Ph.D.
Boyton Beach, FL
In the beginning God created Dates. And the date was Monday, July 4, 4004 B.C.. And God said, let there be light; and there was light. And when there was Light, God saw the Date, that it was Monday, and he got down to work; for verily, he had a Big Job to do.
And God made pottery shards and Silurian mollusks and pre-Cambrian limestone strata; and flints and Jurassic Mastodon tusks and Picanthopus erectus skulls and Cretaceous placentals made he; and those cave paintings at Lasceaux. And that was that, for the first Work Day.
And God saw that he had made many wondrous things, but that he had not wherein to put it all. And God said, Let the heavens be divided from the earth; and let us bury all of these Things which we have made in the earth; but not too deep. And God buried all the Things which he had made, and that was that. And the morning and the evening and the overtime were Tuesday.
And God said, Let there be water; and let the dry land appear; and that was that. And God called the dry land Real Estate; and the water called he the Sea. And in the land and beneath it put he crude oil, grades one through six; and natural gas put he thereunder, and prehistoric carboniferous forests yielding anthracite and other ligneous matter; and all these called he Resources; and he made them Abundant. And likewise all that was in the sea, even unto two hundred miles from the dry land , called he resources; all that was therein, like manganese nodules, for instance. And the morning unto the evening had been a long day; which he called Wednesday.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth abundantly every moving creature I can think of, with or without backbones, with or without wings or feet, or fins or claws, vestigial limbs and all, right now ; and let each one be of a separate species. For lo, I can make whatsoever I like, whensoever I like. And the earth brought forth abundantly all creatures, great and small, with and without backbones, with and without wings and feet and fins and claws, vestigial limbs and all, from bugs to brontosauruses. But God blessed them all, saying, Be fruitful and multiply and Evolve Not.
And God looked upon the species he hath made, and saw that the earth was exceedingly crowded, and he said unto them, Let each species compete for what it needed; for Healthy Competition is My Law. And the species competeth amongst themselves, the cattle and the creeping things; and some madeth it and some didn't; and the dogs ate the dinosaurs and God was pleased. And God took the bones from the dinosaurs, and caused them to appear mighty old; and cast he them about the land and the sea. And he took every tiny creature that had not madeth it, and caused them to become fossils; and cast he them about likewise. And just to put matters beyond the valley of the shadow of a doubt God created carbon dating. And this is the origin of species. And in the Evening of the day which was Thursday, God saw that he had put in another good day's work.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, which is tall and well- formed and pale of hue: and let us also make monkeys, which resembleth us not in any wise, but are short and ill-formed and hairy. And God added, Let man have dominion over the monkeys and the fowl of the air and every species, endangered or otherwise. So God created Man in His own image; tall and well-formed and pale of hue created He him, and nothing at all like the monkey.
And God said, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth. But ye shalt not smoketh it, lest it giveth you ideas. And to every beast of the earth and every fowl of the air I have given also every green herb, and to them it shall be for meat. But they shall be for you. And the Lord God your Host suggesteth that the flesh of cattle goeth well with that of the fin and the claw; thus shall Surf be wedded unto Turf.
And God saw everything he had made, and he saw that it was very good; and God said, It just goes to show Me what the private sector can accomplish. With a lot of fool regulations this could have taken billions of years. And the evening of the fifth day, which had been the roughest day yet, God said, Thank me it's Friday. And God made the weekend.