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Caution, citizen!

We are watching you!

Well, actually, I have no idea at all who is watching us. Other than the mysterious number 33 scrawled on the front, there are no ownership markings or contact information whatsoever.

Keep watching me, suckers!



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test deployment

WinLink Email Field Deployment

Location:my front porch
 
Computer:IBM Thinkpad T22
OS:Windows XP Professional
Email Software:AirMail 3.3
 
TNC:SCS PTC-IIex
Radio:Icom IC-208H
Antenna:Sciesis Scout 3-element Yagi




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seeking

I know you're out there. You innocently use Outlook to read your email. Or perhaps it's someone else's product that you are running on your Microsoft Windows-base computer.

You have been infected with a virus. It's a nasty one. It comes in through your email. It ransacks your address book and sends the contents back to the mother ship. Then attaches itself to your outgoing mail messages.

My email address was in that address book. Worse, the email address of my cell phone was in that address book. Suddenly today, I received spam where I've never received any before.

I know you're out there. You irresponsible jerk. Get a Mac.

While I was typing this, a fifth spam came through.

HENCEFORTH, NO ONE IS AUTHORIZED TO KEEP MY EMAIL ADDRESS STORED WITHIN ANY MICROSOFT PRODUCT OR ANY OTHER PRODUCT RUNNING UNDER A MICROSOFT OPERATING SYSTEM.

Remove me from your address book. Do it now. Shit, remove everyone from your address book.

I know you're out there.
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Makin' my vote count.

Dwight Pelz
Chairman
Washington State Democrats
PO Box 4027
Seattle, Washington 98194

Dear Mr. Pelz:
Please find enclosed my ballot for this year's presidential primary. My preference for the Democratic Party's nominee is indicated.

I am sending my ballot directly to you rather than to my county's elections department because I am informed the party will not be respecting the vote counts in this election, but rather will select delegates only through the caucus system.

To my regret I was unable to attend the caucus this year, having fallen ill with this season's flu strain. Prostrate and infectious, I was physically and morally unable to participate. Alas, there is no such thing as an "absentee caucus."

In 1989, the legislature passed Initiative 99, a measure requiring a primary election for president. While I realize that there is no way this law can be binding upon the party, it can't be difficult to ascertain the voters' will in this matter.

The caucus system has its merits. My wife participated this year for the first time and she found the process positive and invigorating. She particularly appreciated the chance to connect with other members of our community. But the caucus isn't for everyone. There will always be people too ill, too disabled, too old or too desirous of keeping their jobs to participate. The Democratic Party disenfranchises these people by not respecting their individual challenges.

The citizens of Washington have provided the party with a tool for ensuring these citizens will have a voice in their democracy: the primary election. It seems ironic that the opposition can find a way of letting all its members participate while the Democratic Party must remain undemocratic.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Osburn


cc: WA Rep. Eric Pettigrew
WA Rep. Sharon Tomiko-Santos
WA Sen. Adam Kline,
US Rep. Jim McDermott
US Sen. Patty Murray
US Sen. Maria Cantwell,
DNC Chairman Howard Dean
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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LALA

Going to be in Los Angeles for a few days this month...anything I must see? (yes, yes, the Getty and the observatory and yadda. Looking here for things that I wouldn't necessarily learn on Google.)

Thanks!