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Anthrax - Please, PLEASE change your name
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Thomas Kinkade brings art back to the people

Review: Jurassic Park III
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Looking Forward: Cinema in 2002

From Kids To Commies: The Truth About Daycare
Happy Labor Day -- Now Get Lost
Dealing With Communism in the Workplace

Open Letter to the USA: Please Don't Drown Me
Baby Seal Skinning Factories: Has Their Time Come?

The Genital Offensive
Koleen Brooks Has Got The Right Stuff
A New Kind of Feminist Science

Global Warming: A Proactive Solution (Part 2 of 2)
Using the Myers-Briggs System for a Better Society
Real Men use Realdolls™

Linux Linux Linux - Part One
Linux Linux Linux - Part Two
Richard M. Stallman: Portrait of a Pirate Hacker
Linux: From awk to sed

Wil Wheaton Moves Beyond Wesley To Internet Stardom
Internet Licenses: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Adequacy.Org Presents the Commonsense Crossword

Global Warming: A Proactive Solution (Part 1 of 2)
The sky: a revisionist examination
I Believe in Negroes

Wicca - a scientific, Christian approach to the problem
The Revival of the Ancient Ways
The Proselytizing Atheist

Eugenics: The choice for a superior generation
Debunking the Holocaust Hoax
Amateur Psychology

My husband wants to do my ass!
'English Style Lovers', with jsm
Taboo: The Downfall of America

DVD Versus VHS: The Surprising Truth
Security, Microsoft, and You
Apache 2.0 - Still Not a Contender?
Our Favorite Stories

  Is Your Son a Computer Hacker?
As an enlightened, modern parent, I try to be as involved as possible in the lives of my six children. I encourage them to join team sports. I attend their teen parties with them to ensure no drinking or alcohol is on the premises. I keep a fatherly eye on the CDs they listen to and the shows they watch, the company they keep and the books they read. You could say I'm a model parent. My children have never failed to make me proud, and I can say without the slightest embellishment that I have the finest family in the USA.

Two years ago, my wife Carol and I decided that our children's education would not be complete without some grounding in modern computers. To this end, we bought our children a brand new Compaq to learn with. The kids had a lot of fun using the handful of application programs we'd bought, such as Adobe's Photoshop and Microsoft's Word, and my wife and I were pleased that our gift was received so well. Our son Peter was most entranced by the device, and became quite a pro at surfing the net. When Peter began to spend whole days on the machine, I became concerned, but Carol advised me to calm down, and that it was only a passing phase. I was content to bow to her experience as a mother, until our youngest daughter, Cindy, charged into the living room one night to blurt out: "Peter is a computer hacker!"
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Dec 02, 2001
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  Why the Bombings Mean That We Must Support My Politics
Of course the World Trade Center bombings are a uniquely tragic event, and it is vital that we never lose sight of the human tragedy involved. However, we must also consider if this is not also a lesson to us all; a lesson that my political views are correct. Although what is done can never be undone, the fact remains that if the world were organised according to my political views, this tragedy would never have happened.  Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Sep 12th, 2001

  Linux Zealot - The Internet's most controversial cartoon superhero
I am just about sick of the proliferation of lame unfunny poorly drawn web based cartoons.

It seems to be the case that anyone, regardless of artistic talent or wit can simply publish one of these atrocities, and inflict it on the long-suffering users of the Internet

I decided to strike back. One of my main loves in life is Linus Torrvaldee's shareware Linux operating system.

So I have drawn a gentle parody of some of the more extreme advocates of the OS I love.


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Nov 28, 2001

  An instance of Western cultural chauvinism
Reuters Health, in a story condescendingly titled Superstitious May Increase Their Risk of Death, reports on research reported in the British Medical Journal that suggests that Chinese and Japanese in the USA are at greater risk of dying of a heart attack on the 4th day of the month, a day traditionally regarded as unlucky by people from both cultures.  Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Jun 03, 2002

  Goths and Vampirism - A final solution?
Goths are well known to be a troubled, sombre people. They are common in our cities, schools and even universities, dressed in black, the colour of evil, and forming strange cliques that no normal person can penetrate or even understand. As the many incidents of school violence in America today have shown, Goths can be very dangerous, because they worship a certain type of evil and have no respect for the rule of law.  Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Jul 16, 2001

  Book Review: A pair of holiday novels
As I was driving home this evening I saw my first Christmas light display of the season, located in a suburban strip mall. Nothing excites me more than seeing shopkeepers really getting into the holiday spirit by hanging lights only a couple weeks after Halloween, and during this otherwise troubling time we really need to have our thoughts turned towards happier things.

One of my fondest memories of Christmases past, and a tradition I intend to uphold, is curling up in front of the Yule log with a good book. This year we have two new holiday-themed novels to help us while away those blustery winter evenings in pure escapist bliss.
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Nov 16, 2001

  The Scriptural Proof of Extraterrestrial Life
The idea of intelligent civilizations beyond the planet Earth has always captivated Mankind. It has been romanticized by science fiction authors, journalists, philosophers, and even spiritual leaders. But even the most enthusiastic believers in extraterrestrial life claim that it's unlikely that we will ever know "for sure" if intelligent life exists in the Cosmos, at least in our lifetimes.

Or is it?

I believe that intelligent civilizations do exist elsewhere in the Universe; futhermore, I believe that their existence can be proven. And to prove it, we need to do nothing more than turn to Scripture.
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Jul 19, 2001

  Amateur Golf and the Computer Criminal
It is a certainty today that any journalist, co-worker or friend who uses the word "hacker" to describe a computer criminal will be ritualisticly hectored by dogmatic computer enthusiasts with tedious stories of the allegedly benign origins of the word "hacker." Sometimes these origins are ascribed to the MIT railroad club of the 1950s, and sometimes they are placed earlier, in the engineering side of the American industrial home front of World War II. Regardless of historical location, the mythology so presented is consistent in its insistence that the word was wholly positive in every aspect, devoid of any negative connotation whatsoever. By the early 1980s, however, the word was being used by computer enthusiasts to describe the criminal element in their midst, a usage that the press picked up as computers spread into the home and the public consciousness. How did this apparent change come about? The answer, I believe, lies in the game of golf.  Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Jun 13, 2002

  Enough already! Ban programming.
Programming computers is, for practically everyone, something done far away in exotic software engineering facilities by a priesthood of ultra-specialized, half-mad obsessive-compulsives. This is as it should be, and it is where we get the software we use every day to do our online banking, send email, and get productive work done. Though few normal people have any experience of it, or know anyone who does it, there is another kind of programming performed outside this legitimate sphere, one that you probably assumed was illegal, but shockingly, is not.  Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Oct 11th, 2001

  Not just harmless fun
Once upon a time two great alliances of nations fought a long and bitter war in a clash of good against evil. Eventually the forces of light won, and all that remained was one small nation led by evil rulers that would not surrender, no matter what the cost to their nation.

In their wisdom, the greatest nation in the forces of light decided that it would be wrong to drag the battle out longer than was necessary and decimate those whose only fault was to have been duped by evil men, and so they got their mightiest wizards to rain fire upon their two of their enemy's cities, and the enemy leaders realised their folly and capitulated at once.

Knowing that prosperity encourages peace, the wise men of the great nation went into the conquered nation and helped rebuild it, letting the people rule themselves and build a future for their nation. In time, they began to prosper thanks to hard work and ingenuity, and eventually they became a mighty trading nation, far surpassing any level of wealth they might have otherwise expected.

Unfortunately the clash of old and new cultures gave rise to value system that neither culture would have been happy with. Indeed, some of these new fetishes were so virulently immoral they could be described as a plague. And like any plague, they could spread far beyond where they were spawned, infecting entirely new cultures unused and unprotected from their effects.

This is a story about one such plague, and how it has reached our shores.
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Nov 29, 2001

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