April 21st, 2003 - Open Knowledge
Apr. 21st, 2003
I'm not normally one to spread baseless rumors, but this one's important.
Men need to be more alert and cautious when getting a drink offer from a woman. A powerful drug, almost always administered in liquid form, is now being used by female sex predators at parties and bars to induce male victims to have sex with them. Police efforts to interdict the drug have largely been ineffectual, and it's readily available on almost every street corner.
It goes by a variety of street names--"beer", "suds", "brewski"--but the active ingredient in all of them is "ethyl alcohol".
All women have to do is buy a "beer" or two for almost any guy and then simply ask the guy home for no-strings-attached sex. Men are rendered literally helpless against such tactics. Some men are so sensitive to the drug's effects, that actual consumption is not required.
Please forward this to everyone you know immediately! This alert has been brought to you courtesty of Snopes.com.
04:26 pm - The Nation of San Francisco
Why stick around? The Bay Area is already a nation unto itself
G. Pascal Zachary Sunday, April 20, 2003
The German computer scientists were talking heatedly about the war in the lobby of a University of California research lab where I was a visitor. I listened to them with curiosity because the government of Germany has condemned the U.S. campaign against Iraq, earning it the enmity of official Washington.
The German geeks casually told one another (in English) how friends back home kept phoning them, nervously asking about their safety, as if they expected a German to be lynched every day on Main Street for disloyalty to the American cause.
"I tell my friends I'm safe in the Bay Area," one German said. "People here even apologize to me for what Americans are doing in Iraq. They say they are sorry."
"Berkeley isn't America, and neither is San Francisco or Oakland," a second German added. A third interjected, "I don't think I would live anywhere else."
Listening to the conversation, I felt glad to be a resident of the Bay Area,
a place I've called home for 25 years. I told the geeks that in Omaha, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles or even my native New York City they might be assailed by Americans who now view Germans as an enemy because of the German government's opposition to the war. But in much of the Bay Area, I said, Germans are moral heroes, standing up in favor of enlightened cosmopolitanism and against U.S. militarism in a manner that exposes the shallowness of President Bush's simple maxim, "You are either for us or against us."
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