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  • Us Pads its arrest record on terrorism

    For years, the Justice Dept. has overstated its number of arrested and convicted terrorists, inflating the numbers with largely harmless crimes that have no connection to terrorism. Some examples of cases that were classified as terrorism: A tenant fighting eviction called his landlord, impersonated an FBI agent, and said the bureau did not want the tenant evicted, seven Chinese sailors were convicted of taking over a Taiwanese fishing boat and sailing into the US territory of Guam, where they hoped to win political asylum, and a man under treatment in California told his doctor he needed anti-psychotic medication because he was hearing voices telling him to kill president Bush.
  • Sound and Fury

    A Harper's magazine essay looks at noise as a phenomenon and an indispensable trait of human society. The story reveals that "a poorer life is frequently a noisier one," as " those with lower incomes are more likely to work next to the motor and live next to the airport." It also poses the question, "might some of the noise assailing us be a protest against cultural or economic extinction?" The essay finds that the "story of noise" contains a self-contradiction - that Americans want to have the best of "the worlds of noise and quiet." In the author's words, "we want to practice Zen but mainly in the art of motorcycle maintenance."
  • Caught off Guard

    In this article Yeomans examines the deteriorating state of the U.S. Coast Guard through the example of the Heather Lynne II, a small fishing boat that capsized in 1996, drowning its three crew members. The Coast Guard was blamed for negligence on their part because it took nearly two hours to reach the drowned men; the Coast Guard has constantly stated that its resources are stretched too thin to adequately perform its duties; in 1996 the agency's size had been cut by 4,000 people and it's budget by $400 million.