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From: Roy Witt To: Ya'll
Date: 2006-07-09 14:18:36
Subject: Black Hurricanes?

Ebonic Hurricanes.....I was wondering when this was coming.

Well, it appears our African-American friends have found something else to complain about. A black Congresswoman, Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston, Texas, reportedly complained that the names of hurricanes are all Caucasian-sounding names.

She would prefer some names that reflect African-American culture such as Chamiqua, Woeisha, and Jamal. I can hear it now: A black weatherman in Houston saying;

"Wordup, Muthas! Herr-i-cane Chamiqua be headin' fo' Galveston like Leroy on a crotch rocket! Bitch be a category fo'! So, turn off dem chitlins, grab yo' chirren, leave yo crib, and head fo' de nearest FEMA office fo yo FREE shit!

From: Ward Dossche
To: Stewart Arnett
Date: 2005-12-27 11:06:36

> Now this one is funny, you should have put a coffee warning on it!!
GWB just announced that the US national emblem will be changed from an
eagle to a condom:
 * It allows for inflation
 * Halts production
 * Stops the next generation from getting anywhere
 * Protects a bunch of pricks
... and ...
 * Gives you a sense of security while you're actually being screwed.

 * Origin: "Leonard will be free" -
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From: Bj”rn Felten
To: All
Date: 2005-08-30 18:16:26
Subject: Katrina

As an outside observer, one can't help noticing how Mother Nature is gaining momentum on her attack against the worst environmental polluter in the world. Can even the most fanatic GWB followers still claim, that this is "only natural fluctuations" of the weather?

Kyoto anyone?

From: Bjorn Felten (Editor of Fidonews)
Date: 2005-04-08 16:14:12

     "Companies (or people) worried about port scans, obviously have absolutely no idea about how the internet works...

     Only feeble-minded persons, with absolutely nothing but internet paranoia on their minds, could come up with something as stupid, as trying to make port scans into a P4 violation."

On another date, Mr. Felten who apparently has more interest in male sexual organs than an understanding of sports stated:

    "And two of the most popular sports in the US are played by men in tights and genitalia enhancers (tin cups), yeah, I've noticed."

Mr. Felten continues his mis-statements and mis-representations:

From: Bj”rn Felten (Editor of Fidonews)
Date: 2005-04-16 15:10:44

    " Even if some people, in fidonet today, obviously are so full of hatred, they can even pay good money for a dedicated hate site (such as LaCosta's "I hate Ward" site),

He may not realize some of his own foibles and hate-mongering statements are featured here.

More Felten Misunderstandings of English
(Or----is it simply part of his anti-United States agenda)

From: Bj”rn Felten
To: All
Date: 2005-04-16 17:56:16
Subject: Copyrighted democracy

    "In the US, taxpayers pay for the House and Senate to be wired. The audio is sent to a radio-television gallery, where it is available for the press to record and transmit. The process is coordinated so that the members of the press may plug into this audio and essentially share the same information, thus keeping the floors of Congress open to the people. Journalists, radio hosts, even academics, often use public-domain material in their work.

    This, of course, does not stop the US Copyright Police to go after even C-SPAN broadcast shows, as Dennis Karius, a former host of The Portside on WRPI public radio, recently found out. Sigh! When will this folly ever stop?"

Poor Mr. Felten....he cites a web page...but then you read the web page, you discover:

An innocent mistake on Felten's part? A misunderstanding of English? A deliberate attempt to paint an uncomplimentary picture?

Here's the web page Mr. Felten referenced....and from where he got material for his own post that he didn't bother to quote, nor inform his Fidonet readers that the material came from Metroland Online.

Either Mr. Felten is very dense about English terms, or downright nasty when he takes a swipe not only at another Fidonet member, but also a religion.

From: Bj”rn Felten
To: Ross Cassell
Date: 2005-04-22 19:18:06
Subject: New Z6C

RC> I dont drink boy.

     Hmmm... Never heard of that drink. Is it something similar to what Catholic priests seem to have a preference to?

In the spirit of international goodwill and Anti-United State bashing, Fidonet comes to the fore. Concerning a discussion of in reference to European countries participating in join training/operational exercises, one of the Anti-US Fido-bashers comented after asking "What's in it for us?":

From: Michiel van der Vlist
To: Bj”rn Felten
Date: 2005-04-24 15:56:00

Hello Bj”rn,
ST>> rewards for doing good deeds, but the world becomes a better place.
> Better according to whose definition?

It should be obvious that to someone who is in doubt about the usefulness
of participating in such a mission, "making the world a better
place" is not a very convincing argument.

If I thought it would indeed make the world a better place, I would already
consider that as "there being something in it for us".

So they will have to do better than that...

Cheers, Michiel

Fidonet is part of the Underground News

Fidonet, which many thought was a hobby network is far more than what we think. The Fidonews Editor not onoy displays his keen understanding of the newspaper business in The United States, but also shows his knowledge of journalism.

From: Bj”rn Felten
Date: 2005-05-04 15:39:48

We might have to watch those Patriot Acts &c coming, on behalf of our US friends, though. The US mainstream media is 100% owned by five corporations, all of whom gets their major income from governmental contracts (directly or indirectly), so the free voice of the US is highly dependant on underground information, such as fidonet.

Fidonet Wisdom in Southern Hemisphere

Europe is not the only place where stupidity reigns. Australia has nitwits that inflame other Fidonet members. One of the dimbulbs has an insulting origin line:
From: David Drummond
Date: 2005-05-09 06:54:48
* Origin: Thank Ba'al that I'm not a USAmerican. (3:640/305)

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