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Number 381, August 20, 2006

"The sort of slave rebellions that are coming in the next few years..."

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Happy Birthday to Me!

When I was a kid, I always hated when my birthday rolled around. It's not that I didn't want to get older, it's just that it meant that it was almost time to go back to school. I hated going to school. I hated being ordered around, regimented, and most of all being bored to death.

So, I'm sure you're wanting to know what to get me for my birthday? Here's a small list of stuff I could really use, really want, and really need:

ART SLA2 Studio Power Amplifier


Alesis RA500 Professional Reference Power Amplifier


ART CleanBOX (to connect consumer gear to pro gear)


Mackie HRS120 Active Studio Subwoofer Speaker

Mackie HR-624 Active Studio Monitor

Sony Pro MDR-7506 Headphones


Sennheiser HD-280 Dynamic Collapsible Headphones

Just some audio gear to help me get back to listening to music with pleasure again.


Seagate Technology 200 GB USB 2.0 and FireWire External Drive

For those data backups I've been neglecting lately.

All on my Wish List. Or you could just go there and pick me out something. Right?: Ken Holder's Wishlist

Now that I've gotten the birthday sillyness out of the way, here's a big Thank You! to those of you who have donated some of your cash money to support this Reader Supported Magazine. We couldn't do it without you! Donations information:

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Ken Holder

Only mumbly-mumble years old today!

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Tom Paine Maru
by L. Neil Smith
Cover by Scott Bieser
First uncensored edition.
Originally published by Del Rey Books, 1984.
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The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel
by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Published by BigHead Press, 2004


Letters to the Editor
from Dennis Lee Wilson, Michael T. Bradshaw, Jim Davidson, Lady Liberty, the Editor, and The Free State Project

A Message From The Publisher
by L. Neil Smith
You may have read my article in last week's TLE, "The Boys Who Cried Terrorism". When I wrote it, I had no idea that the flapdoodle that had inspired it—the clear and present danger to our homeland security represented by those heinous villains Chapstick and Perrier and their ilk—had stricken anybody else as the transparent hoax it is. Boy, was I ever wrong!

We're Not Beaten Yet!
by Lady Liberty
This is a story, at least in part, of three women. They're separated by years and individual circumstances, but they're tied together by something I don't doubt they'd all prefer they didn't have in common.

". . .to institute new Government, laying its foundation. . ."
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

by Dennis Lee Wilson
From Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence, dated 1776: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

World Trade Center: See It Again, For The First Time
by Jonathan David Morris
A guy I know told me the other day he doesn't plan on seeing Oliver Stone's World Trade Center. When I asked him why, he told me he doesn't feel the need to "relive" September 11th. I thought this remark was somewhat unusual.

Fear Itself
by Chris Claypoole
Why are so many Americans so afraid of the risk of dying in a terrorist attack? It has been pointed out in many venues that such a risk is negligible compared to many of our everyday activities. Recently, Ronald Bailey, Reason magazine's science correspondent, compared the risk of dying from a terrorist attack to dying from events like drowning, being murdered, struck by lightning, or perishing in a "catastrophic asteroid strike." While some death from some scenarios are even more unlikely than that from a terrorist attack, he concludes at one point, "your risk of dying in a plausible terrorist attack is much lower than your risk of dying in a car accident, by walking across the street, by drowning, in a fire, by falling, or by being murdered."

Control-Freak News
Week of 006-08-14

by E.J. Totty
Being free of control freaks entails just one thing: Disallow them any degree of power.

Wrongfully Convicted Man Freed
by Wendy McElroy
"Uncle Clarence killed Grandma." That sentence spoken in 1998 by six-year-old Brooke Sutton initiated a seven-year nightmare for Inmate Number A375856, who was convicted of murder and child rape. The nightmare ended on Dec. 15, 2005 when the State of Ohio released Clarence Elkins and agreed to pay him more than $1 million for wrongful imprisonment.

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