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"You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets
of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. Yet in their
hearts their is unspoken - unspeakable! - fear. They are afraid of words
and thoughts! Words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home, all the
more powerful because they are forbidden. These terrify them. A little
mouse - a little tiny mouse! - of thought appears in the room, and even
the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic." 

-Winston Churchill

Fight Censorship

Nicholas Arenson, PE

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Wish [mailto:wish(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 1998 9:36 AM
To: SEAOC Listservice
Subject: List suspension - in defense of Wildwoman

I found out last night that Kate O'Brien (Wildwoman) was suspended from
Listservice for her part in the growing number of submissions of humor
this list. I am against this action since it was done in response to
by a small percentage of this list who asked simply to curtail the
number of
non-professional posts to the list. No one member, to the best of my
knowledge, suggested that Kate or any other member should have their
priveleges suspended.
Kate has been a participant in many issues on this list. Although most
of us
know her best for her welcomed sense of humor, those wishing to search
SEAint archives will find a great deal of interaction by Kate on
professional issues.
Once a precedence is set, such as this, there is no telling where or
when it
will cease. I feel that this is an unfortunate response by Shafat who
under pressure to stop the hysteria that arose by the last thread.
I urge Shafat to post a survey on the Web regarding Kates disiplanary
so that the members can decide her fate. I also suggest that those with
opinions on this matter submit them to Shafat rather than this list who,
trust, will respond to us with his findings.

Dennis Wish PE