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Wednesday, August 11, 2004



Unbelievable! Well, I guess it's only a matter of time before the forces of enlightenment here in the UK decide to vet what we read in the interests of homeland security. I'd better lay in some supplies for any security checked journeys I'm likely to make. Let's see: 'Anarchy in Action' by Colin Ward, my original pirate copy of 'Tropic of Cancer' by Henry Miller, the latest issue of 'Searchlight', the anti-nazi journal. They'll do for starters...


Some people actually write fiction and post it on the internet as fact. I suspect this one is such a case. Too neat. The phone numbers. The twit-security flunky. Oh, the indignation! Has all the makings of an urban legend.


If this isn't a UL, I wonder if the writer would be as quick to defend the Second Amendment as s/he is the first.

Doubt it, though.


Substitute "Fourth" for "first" above. My bad.


There has been some speculation that this story is an urban legend or perhaps a figment of the writer's imagination. More here:

Just spoke with people from New York Waterway, who say:

1. They're trying to track down mephron (the original poster) to get more detailed information from him--e.g., time and ferry route.

2. If the story is true, it is not only a violation of company policy, but also of martime regulations, and if it is true, they wish to correct the situation as quickly as possible.

3. Anyone with further information about it are invited to contact them directly.


Now the person reporting the outrage has declined to comment further:

But the surge of interest has made me just a little agoraphobic, in the Internet sense. I'm going into my nice little house and doing some knitting until the storm blows over.
Wordsoup says
I suppose I have no real point, just an observation. Nothing personal. Victims rewriting history to feel better, then getting applauded as heroic for their fictional accounts. There's something pretty amusing about that.

Reality is sloppy, boring, unfair, lacks closure or justice, and normal humans are almost always guaranteed to say the wrong thing, or nothing. This kids conversation in reality was:

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