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The Falcon's Target

by Siegesmund von Ilsemann / Der Spiegel
translated from the German by Margot Bettauer Dembo

"The name of this future project is "Falcon." The FALCON
(acronym for force
and launch
from continental
U.S.A.) is expected to be used worldwide
for the deployment of military power from U.S. soil. The new strategy is supposed
to make the U.S. superpower independent of alliances and give its military an
unprecedented global reach."

| see the German original at Der Spiegel: Im Viser des Falken |

Voting Machine Controversy

by Julie Carr Smyth
Plain Dealer Bureau

"Columbus - The head of a company vying to sell voting machines in
Ohio told Republicans in a recent fund-raising letter that he is "committed
to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." [...]

"O'Dell attended a strategy pow-wow with wealthy Bush benefactors -
known as Rangers and Pioneers - at the president's Crawford, Texas,
ranch earlier this month. The next week, he penned invitations to a
$1,000-a-plate fund-raiser to benefit the Ohio Republican Party's federal
campaign fund - partially benefiting Bush - at his mansion in the Columbus
suburb of Upper Arlington." [...]

World Watch Magazine: March/April 2004

"The Bush administration has given new clout to a band of extremist
American "pro-life" organizations that are not only anti-abortion, but
also anti-women. In "Ladies, You Have No Choice," Don Hinrichsen
describes how the work of these groups is threatening the reproductive
health--and rights--of women around the world and will likely result in
millions of unwanted pregnancies and abortions, as well as thousands of
maternal deaths and the greater spread of HIV/AIDS." [...]

Download "Ladies, You Have No Choice" for free at
www.worldwatch.org/pubs/mag/2004/172/.[REQUIRES Adobe Acrobat Reader]

Pope poems top one million copies

"More than one million copies of a poetry anthology by Pope John Paul II
have been published in 20 languages, the Vatican has announced."


Genuine random numbers, generated
by radioactive decay

"People working with computers often sloppily talk about their system's
"random number generator" and the "random numbers" it produces. But
numbers calculated by a computer through a deterministic process, cannot,
by definition, be random. Given knowledge of the algorithm used to create
the numbers and its internal state, you can predict all the numbers returned
by subsequent calls to the algorithm, whereas with genuinely random numbers,
knowledge of one number or an arbitrarily long sequence of numbers is of
no use whatsoever in predicting the next number to be generated." [...]

"HotBits is an Internet resource that brings genuine random numbers, generated
by a process fundamentally governed by the inherent uncertainty in the quantum
mechanical laws of nature, directly to your computer in a variety of forms. HotBits
are generated by timing successive pairs of radioactive decays detected by a
Geiger-Müller tube interfaced to a computer. You order up your serving of
HotBits by filling out a request form specifying how many random bytes
you want and in which format you'd like them delivered." [...]

Other unrelated, but interesting links . . .

Other Minds Festival 10


Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Friday, March 9, 2001, 8:00 p.m.

George Antheil: Sonata No.1 for Violin & Piano (1923)

      Allegro moderato [REQUIRES RealAudio]

Sabat/Clarke Duo
(Marc Sabat, violin; Stephen Clarke, piano)


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