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Snippets #40, Monday, 13.Oct.2003     (ISSN 1530-9622)


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___________________________________#40, Monday, 13.Oct.2003

_____________________________________________ISSN 1530-9622



__________0. CONTeNTS

_____1. Fried, Stuffed Avocado

_____2. How to Make a Bomb




Thank you to all who wrote me to "welcome me back". I'm expecting to have some fun with this.

And, though I note this in the "administrative stuff" at the bottom of these emails, let me say it here again.

1. If you know of something you think would interest me, send it on.

2. If you know of someone you think would enjoy my musings, let them know.

Today, Monday, is my last day here in Houston on this trip. Yesterday, I returned to a restaurant I had not visited in more than 12 years: the Adobe Cafe. Southwest of downtown Houston (and a 26 mile each-way drive from the house), it is a Mexican Restaurant with a particularly great specialty dish: fried, stuffed avocado. Stuffed with your choice of beef, chicken or shrimp, some cheese and seasonings, then very lightly battered and fried, it is wonderful. (It is far too much food, but it reheats well. I took half of it home.) If you are in Houston and stop by, I can also recommend their stuffed jalapenos. It was well worth the drive.



__________2. HOW TO MAKe A BOMB

There is a continuing story on the internet that is not being widely reported. It is about a man named Sherman Austin, an anarchist website called Raise The Fist and some bomb making information.

Here is a short summary:

Sherman Austin operated the Raise The Fist website. There was an amateur article on that site about making bombs. Sherman didn't write the article, it was just posted on his site. In the late 1990's Senator Diane FEinstein got a law passed (18 U.S.C. 842 (p)(2)(A) ), that makes it illegal to "distribute" information about making or using explosives with the "intent" that the information "be used for, or in furtherance of, an activity that constitutes a Federal crime of violence."

The authorities raided his home, then detained him for 13 days in two cities.

eventually, after a long delay he was sentenced.

He wasn't convicted. He pled guilty in a plea agreement. Why? Because the prosecutors threatened a 20- year sentencing "enhancement" under a United States Sentencing Commission guideline created in the mid-1990s and the scope of which expanded greatly after passage of the 1996 Anti-Terrorism and effective Death Penalty Act and the 2001 USA Patriot Act. They used that as leverage to get a plea agreement recommending a month or two of sentence.

However, while the defense and prosecution kept reaching agreements for a few months of time, the judge didn't like them, tossed out the agreements and eventually sentenced him to a year in prison and three subsequent years subject to continued monitoring of his access to computers and his associations with political organizations.

But what about the bomb making information???

Turns out It is still available on the net . . . legally!

If that piques your interest, you might enjoy reading more . . .

A very lengthy article

Raise The Fist

The actual bomb making information

The statement by Senator FEinstein


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