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- From: John Nichols <cejn(--nospam--at)engmail.newcastle.edu.au>
- Date: Thu, 09 Apr 1998 09:35:28 +1000
For an Australian sitting on the other side of the world and having the blood run to my head walking upside down. I have finally seen everything this week. A. They put a kangaroo ahead sign on the road outside my room. I have been at this place off and on for 20 years lived in Newcastle for the best part of 40 years and never once seen a Kangaroo. Seen heaps elsewhere but none in the middle of an industrail type city. B. I found out about some Proposition in California(actually heaps about it ) and then that George Michael whoever he is got done for propostioning in Toilets in California. So by this time I was totally confused. Dennis the last week shows that more than 30people read this list server and it is not safe to talk to anyone in the state of California using the word Propostion C. My 3 year old got a cold and I spent half of last night taking her biscuits and milk. D. I read Atkinson's 95 article on Earthquake attentuation in the Cascadia Region. She really is good, then again so is Alison Bent. E. In terms of the Arguments for and against Goverment monopolies I always remember the words of a US Coast Guard person who said something like We have to go out and get them but no one says we have to come back. (PTSD is probably a bit of a problem in that group of people) In the end Society organizes itself into reasonable working units. There is room for all types in Society. Be thank full for that. The USGS at Menlo Park is an example of government service at its best, but then again I'm biased I spent 15 years in free enterprise. Two funny incidents that mark both systems. My wife's father was arrested once for selling bread in a completely free enterprise system outside the proscribed hours. ie the industry had such tight controls through the Government that if you drove out of your bakery before a certain hour you would be arrested. There are obvious commercial advantes to some. My Supervisor's father was arrested for selling carrots outside the Soviet government system. F. The Newcastle Knights Rugby League team won its fourth game in a row. If you wonder what Rubgy league is it is one of the games that preceeded grid iron. These guys don't wear armour. G. I got a computer on my desk. I. I found out Bill Gates is a Father J. My new novel is off to a flying start K. I reread Tom Clancy's Debt of Honour great book. Still think his portrayal of the Marine in Red Storm Rising in Greenland would make a top movie. And I think Alec BAldwin makes a better Jack Ryan. L. I finished WEB Griffin's story on the invasion of Guadacanal he's good read too. M. Got my car back (I hope from the smash repairs). Any way Dennis and Kate and Bill I couldn't resist summarizing the week. The only question I have is Who is Shafat Qazi, I am still trying to work that out. John Nichols
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