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Promotion of Fear

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Number 401, January 14, 2007

"People like things that make their lives better."

R.I.P. R.A.W.
Robert Anton Wilson
1932 - 2007


It's snowing again. What I'd like to know is when we're going to get some of that gosh-danged ol' globular warming. Mostly we're getting that globular cooling. I guess that will teach me to live in the mountains.

Or will it?

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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 Press, 2004


Letters to the Editor
from Andy Moore

Promotion of Fear
by Ernest Hancock
In a couple of hours the Phoenix Police Department will hold a press conference that will undoubtedly have every media outlet there to get the details about a deadly shootout with police that resulted in the death of a man.

Am I the NRA?
by L. Neil Smith
This coming August I'll have been a Life member of the National Rifle Association 22 years. If you're not a member yourself, it may surprise you to learn that, by the standards of that organization, born just after the War between the States, this isn't particularly long. I know people who've been in the NRA twice as long as I have, and one or two who've been members three times that number of years.

The Problem With Global Warming
by Jonathan David Morris
On Saturday, January 6, 2007, it was 70 degrees where I live. People were wearing t-shirts, shorts, and sandals as they walked down the street. I even drove to the store with my windows rolled down and my sunroof open.

Racism and Entitlement
by Andrew G. Eggleston Sr.
I don't like being told how I'm supposed to think, talk, or act, and yet everyday as I speak out on behalf of the rights of all people I'm told I'm a dreamer, an idealist, or some other form of fantasy supporter. Everyone in this nation is allowed to like and hate on his or her own terms, they're free to share their opinions to any who will listen, so why are the minorities of this country constantly demanding entitlement? As if being born freckled wasn't a curse? How about the curse of my disability, can I call a spade a spade because I've got one foot over the grave? Why can only non-white minorities get away with litigation because someone didn't want to hire their lazy entitled ass? Below is an e-mail I received, I like its content, but I like its message more.

Why Did it Have to be. . . Guns?
by L. Neil Smith
Over the past 30 years, I've been paid to write almost two million words, every one of which, sooner or later, came back to the issue of guns and gun-ownership. Naturally, I've thought about the issue a lot, and it has always determined the way I vote.

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