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PTing It:

I love this idea, esp "The CareTakers Gazzette". I like the idea of living in another part of the country not paying rent or mortgage. Have been caregiving for people for 2 decades and cannot go the institutional route anymore. Between my SO and I, we can care for silicon and carbon based lifeforms and make sure the house looks lived in. If anyone wants to trade off with us towards the Northeast for school or whatever reason contact We need to go west.

Great idea--setting up caretaking exchanges among pro-freedom people across the country, or even worldwide. Hope you find a good situation west soon! -Eds.

excellent material, WAY better than some others in your 12/00 issue, with 'possibly' only one mistake -- the postal forward story. I always thought the postman had to VERIFY you (or the name you used) had received mail at the 'previous' address, so that just means you have to use a 'name' and get some mail there before you move to the next one and ask them to forward your mail.

Last, tell us more how the hushmail set-up works. I already know the purpose, i just wonder how handy it is for receiving all kinds of dialy email and articles from 'subscribed to' article services, like DF for example.

Sorry you didn't enjoy more of this issue... Anyway, last time we played the change of address game with the postal feddies, they didn't ask for any verification of address. Hushmail works like any other Web-based e-mailer; the primary difference that we've noticed is that it is slower than the yahoos, excites, and the like... a price of privacy many people are willing to accept, apparently. Their service is good, particularly for a free product. -Eds.

Everybody's an art critic:

Top 10 Signs You May be a Radical

Funny and short; great! Most of the articles are too long. Try to make them shorter.

Glad you liked it! On the article length... we don't have word restrictions, and try to limit our editing to clarifying the text. Guess our authors like being free of word limits. ;-) -Eds.

[I scored] 6 out 0f 10!

So, better get to work on those remaining 4... ;-) -Eds.

The language makes me think that the author is someone primarily interested in gun control and to me, that is almost a red flag for Do I want to join this group? --RW

Uhhh... first clue: the title of the 'zine is Doing Freedom!, not "Jackboots R Us". Second would be Sunni's positive review of Boston's Gun Bible in this issue. There are many more; check 'em out if your red flag allows. -Eds.

Kiss This comments

Copyright by whom, and may we copy?

Copyright by the artist and us. Yes, you may copy; for these and related questions, please see our Fair Use policy. -Eds.

Nice fanny!

Good freedom art. A firm young butt is always good to see, whatever the reason.

Glad you like it! If anyone has similar adult-themed art or humor, send it to us for possible use. -Eds.

sorry- tasteless- almost sexist ! Another red flag for me. RW

What is it with these red flags? -Eds.

Joe 6 Pack:

Yo! Finally, a cartoon hero that responds the way *I* would to senseless, overbearing regulation. Keep Joe Six-Pack alive!--DB

Now that he's slimmed down some, maybe he'll get better at eluding the thought police... -Eds.

Another Free-Market Income Source

Nothing was mentioned about the next best thing to a free lunch - underground gambling. Sure the odds always go with the house - that's why it's such a great deal. It's portable (a pair of dice or pack of cards fits in your pocket) and can be set up just about anywhere. The equipment is also cheap - dice, cards, etc., rarely cost over 5 FRNs at the local store. Even if the house isn't an active participant in the gaming, just skimming 5% of the pot for each hand, roll, etc., adds up to serious money pretty damn quick.
- MB

Embarrassing that all of us missed that one. Thanks, M! -Eds.

ID Considerations

My Dad was born in ___ in 1922. Incredibly ornate birth certificate. Written in Norwegian. Color, the works. Don't know how many people born in 1922 want to create a birth certificate, but something to consider. His is definately not plain.
Age the birth certificate. I am going to get a passport... The Post office form just asks for a certified copy. ...Looks like an ink jet printed thing. Even the county clerks signature is machine printed. It has an embossed seal, but hey, should be able to fake that very easily.
But, and it is a big but, There is a number on the copy. Not the birth number or state file number that refers to the origional me. Just a number on the copy. If no one checks that number, AOK. If they run it through and find that the copy was of a 1922 birth, and whatever application you are submitting this for involves a 23 year old person? Looks like trouble.

Lots of things to consider in here, S; thanks for writing. First, we weren't thinking BCs that old, but your point is still valid: the appearance of a BC varies widely from location to location and over the years. If you're creating one and want it to pass cursory inspection, try to find out what the BCs looked like for the year and the place you're claiming. On aging the BC... stuff happens to paper, even papers stuffed in folders by bureaucrats. Fold marks, dirt, small tears, similar stuff. Also, lots of people get duplicate copies at one time for the convenience, and those dupes age too. This step is up to the creator's discretion, but the BC of anyone of adult age shouldn't look newly minted. On the embossed seal, you're right--that's a minor hassle. Look for an article on how to get around that in the next issue. The number on the copy could be a problem, especially if it is linked to the person named on the original BC. And I don't know what kind of scrutiny the passport goons or other thought police give to the paperwork they see; my guess is they're plenty busy as is just looking at the paperwork, and don't have time or resources to verify every piece. But, that's just my guess. That's a risk the ID creator will have to take. No one said getting around the ID traps the thought police have created is easy...-Eds.


Look for more letters to be added as we receive them. Thanks for reading, and for sharing your thoughts with us. Letters may be edited.