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One way to look at this and the closing of the US Embassies for a week - is that it's not only a way to draw attention away from other problems, but it's also a way to avoid the hue and cry that went up in Congress and elsewhere about Benghazi.


Think that terrorist are going to be more active? Great. Just close the Embassies. That way, NOBODY gets in. Surround with Marines (or mercenaries) and that's that.


Of course, time will tell whether this is "the real deal" or just another "The sky is falling!"

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I've often thought about joining the "movement" that encourages people just to overload "the system" with emails containing the "wrong" words, such as "bomb" or "target" or whatever. But then, who do you send it to? Certainly not friends and family who could then expect a knock on the door like the couple in Pennsylvania who Googled "backpack" and "pressure cooker."


Hey... I also wondered just how you make a bomb out of a backpack and a pressure cooker. Oops......

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possibly tomorrow - 6 August Being the anniversay of the Hiroshima bombing??

. . . as well as . . .



1284 – The Republic of Pisa is defeated in the Battle of Meloria by the Republic of Genoa, thus losing its naval dominance in the Mediterranean.

1506 – The Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeated the Crimean Khanate in the Battle of Kletsk

1538 – Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.

1661 – The Treaty of The Hague is signed by Portugal and the Dutch Republic.

1777 – American Revolutionary War: The bloody Battle of Oriskany prevents American relief of the Siege of Fort Stanwix.

1787 – Sixty proof sheets of the Constitution of the United States are delivered to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1806 – Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor, abdicates ending the Holy Roman Empire.

1819 – Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States.

1825 – Bolivia gains independence from Spain.

1845 – The Russian Geographical Society is founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

1861 – The United Kingdom annexes Lagos, Nigeria.

1862 – American Civil War: the Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas is scuttled on the Mississippi River after suffering damage in a battle with USS Essex near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

1870 – Franco-Prussian War: the Battle of Spicheren is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.

1870 – Franco-Prussian War: the Battle of Wörth results in a decisive Prussian victory.

1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.

1901 – Kiowa land in Oklahoma is opened for white settlement, effectively dissolving the contiguous reservation.

1912 – The Bull Moose Party meets at the Chicago Coliseum.

1914 – World War I: First Battle of the Atlantic – two days after the United Kingdom had declared war on Germany over the German invasion of Belgium, ten German U-boats leave their base in Heligoland to attack Royal Navy warships in the North Sea.

1914 – World War I: Serbia declares war on Germany; Austria declares war on Russia.

1915 – World War I: Battle of Sari Bair – the Allies mount a diversionary attack timed to coincide with a major Allied landing of reinforcements at Suvla Bay.

1917 – World War I: Battle of Mărăşeşti between the Romanian and German armies begins.

1926 – Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel.

1926 – In New York, New York, the Warner Bros.' Vitaphone system premieres with the movie Don Juan starring John Barrymore.

1930 – Judge Joseph Force Crater steps into a taxi in New York and disappears never to be seen again.

1940 – Estonia was illegally annexed by the Soviet Union.

1942 – Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands becomes the first reigning queen to address a joint session of the United States Congress.

1945 – World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning.

1956 – After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena in New York in the Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena series.

1960 – Cuban Revolution: Cuba nationalizes American and foreign-owned property in the nation.

1962 – Jamaica becomes independent from the United Kingdom.

1964 – Prometheus, a bristlecone pine and the world's oldest tree, is cut down.

1965 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.

1976 – Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lays the foundation stone of Port Qasim, Karachi.

1986 – A low-pressure system that redeveloped off the New South Wales coast dumps a record 328 millimeters (13 inches) of rain in a day on Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

1988 – The Tompkins Square Park Riot in New York City spurs a reform of the NYPD, held responsible for the event.

1990 – Gulf War: the United Nations Security Council orders a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

1991 – Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.

1991 – Takako Doi, chair of the Social Democratic Party, becomes Japan's first female speaker of the House of Representatives.

1996 – NASA announces that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms.

2001 – Erwadi fire incident, 28 mentally ill persons tied to chain were burnt to death at a faith based institution at Erwadi, Tamil Nadu.

2008 – A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d'état in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi.

2010 – Flash floods across a large part of Jammu and Kashmir, India, damages 71 towns and kills at least 255 people.

2011 – A peaceful march in protest of the death of Mark Duggan in Tottenham, London ends in a riot, sparking off a wave of rioting throughout the country over the following four nights.

2012 – NASA's Curiosity rover lands on the surface of Mars.



. . . and your point is?

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no, no, EleanorCR - we must follow in the path of Ghandi - send one letter every day through the US mail (which the powers are ploughing through looking for anti-socials) - just put a blank page in the envelope, send it to a fake address (or your own address), with a fake return address (or use your own address for the return address) - this accomplishes two (2) objectives - overloads the "machine" snooping through the mails, and if everyone does this everyday, it would save the Post Office - after all, don't we all want to be patriotic - I can't see how you could be breaking the law - what are they going to do, prosecute you for frivolous use of the US Postal Service?????

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How do 'they' --which mind you could be considered just another four-letter word (as would be USPS)-- know which of the myriads of folded and sealed letters to open to inspect? Or even know there's a supect word or two in the letter's body, for that matter?


All I can say is that I have in my lifetime only received a scant handful of letters that had been 'opened' for whatever reason, and most of those were items which had clearly been damaged by USPS's automated sorting equipment and arrived in a little plastic sleeve along with a note of apology and with 1/4 to 1/3 of the physical letter/envelope torn away.


Just FWIW . . .


Paul M.


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It has been headdline news that Federal Agencies have been going through peoples mail, just like the NSA is going through the electronic communications of the American people


I read the newspaper every day and in the last two to three months have not seen anything announcing regular mail searches, which I am sure would make for headline news.


Can you possibly provide me with a very recent newspaper reference where I can go brush up on this?




Paul M.


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do a YAHOO search for (US post office spying) CBS had the story on I believe July 4th this year


Maybe so, but I'm rather surprised that I never saw anything about this in the newspapers!


Paul M.





UPDATE: OK, I saw what you were referring to, Newman. I guess so far I have been lucky that no one's come knocking on my door for any postal infractions which I've committed.


I suspect however that all there is to it is that this sort of thing is going to persist until such time that the grass-roots American voters all rise up and take back their power to govern, by directing -nay, insisting- that their elected officials in D.C. vote in a manner that the American people wish, NOT per those elected officials' own personal agendas.. We little guys ARE the govenment after all, aren't we?


But until that happens nothing will change. (This may be simplifying things but It is what I believe the overall problem to be.)


Paul M.


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