Monday, April 1, 2002  [!]

Wow! Look at all the news stories today!

Washington, D. C.—Senator Hollings of South Carolina does a 180 on his proposed SSSCA/CBDTPA (Security Systems Standards and Certification Act/Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act) bill, citing the pressure from various constituencies and especially webloggers, and an Eastertide conversion away from entertainment industry donors. "When the soft-money ban went through, I thought again about what it means to serve in this great democratic government of ours. I realized that the interests of the people should truly be above corporate interests. This is the government of the people, by the people and for the people, not the governmnet of the corporate world, by the corporate world and for the corporate world. Plus, thanks to some technology-savvy folks, I've been receiving an education on the technical impossibility of what I'd been proposing. So now I'm withdrawing the bill."

Secret Cells, all over the world Terrorist groups related to the group that conducted the September 11th hijack attacks voluntarily give selves up. Emerging from cells in cities all over the world, terrorist collaborators have handed over research materials for planned attacks on American and Western interests worldwide. Most of them declined to comment, although one person, who asked not to be named, simply said, "We came to realize that our approach wasn't working to better our lives. So we've given up on violence as a means of accomplishing our goals."

Belated Happy Easter!

Yahoo no longer is a shout of joy Rebecca's Pocket notes that Yahoo reset things so that all your "marketing preferences" are set to yes. You have to go to "Account Info" and Marketing preferences and set them all to NO again. Thanks for the heads up. and grr. and ouch.

Fiberoptic Failure LA Times: Telecom's Fiberoptic Dream "News reports of Global Crossing's meltdown have dwelt on accounting sleight of hand and extravagant executive pay. But what actually drove the company and others like it into the ground was an epic miscalculation."

Spam and Law Enforcement—No can do L.A. Times: State Spam Laws Rarely Enforced "No one has been prosecuted under California's 4-year-old anti-spam law." The SpamLaws site has a list of pending and final legislation against spam; here's the summaryof state laws against spam. I tried to give up spam for lent. It didn't work.

From Seattle One store close to my brother, and which I loved, was Metsker Maps. Maps of all kinds. Local to Washington maps, worldwide, intriguing, maps on a deck of cards, all kinds.

Recycling — The Cold War One nice thing about helping a friend clean up for a party and quickly recycling a big stack of LA Times papers is the quick glimpse. An article about the Nuclear Families Exhibit (scroll down) at UCSB —all about the design of Bomb Shelters (exhibit ends 14 April, so get thee to Santa Barbara soon!) also highlighted this site: elrad: All Things Atomic, more duck and cover than you would ever know or want. Plus Atomic related films, and discussion of how the coldwar infiltrated sitcom TV.