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Tony Lance

Jul 9, 2011, 3:50:27 PM7/9/11
Big Bertha Thing burster
Cosmic Ray Series
Possible Real World System Constructs
16K Web Page
Astrophysics net ring access site
Newsgroup Reviews including sci.astro.seti

Gamma Ray Bursters

01 feb 2000
Greg Goebel
public domain

Contents List:-

Big Bertha Thing publication

The statistics for Big Bertha Thing postings published
on sci.astro are as follows:-

20 No. 50K primary postings (out of 26)
2 No. 600K ditto (out of 4)
12 No. off-topic postings (out of 200)
4 No. 50K secondary postings (out of 26)
20 No. 4K ditto (out of 26)
20 No. 2K ditto (out of 26)
24 No. astronomical postings (out of 2000)

There was almost zero response to the above, which were
spread over 28 days, at the rate of two days per week.

Book-burners deleted the archive of Net Access Policy
postings prior to 2nd November 1998. Bertha saved those,
with the exception of replies and published 12.

The above were also posted to the Onenet conference
Astronomy & Space. Here days 18, 19, 20, were minimal
keep-off-the-grass days and on days 27 and 28 they
broke ranks. The on-topic filibuster of sound-bite
journalism ended, at 42 days old.
(The beginning of the end of spam.)
Thank you,
Tony Lance
From: Tony Lance <>
Newsgroups: swnet.sci.astro,
Subject: Re: Big Bertha Thing redoubt
Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2007 18:37:41 +0100

Big Bertha Thing liberty

Milton (1644) from The Liberty of Unlicensed Printing
What should ye do then,
should ye suppress all this flowery crop of knowledge and new light
sprung up
and yet springing daily in this city?
Should ye set an oligarchy of twenty engrossers over it,
to bring a famine upon our minds again,
when we shall know nothing but what is measured to us by their
Believe it, Lords and Commons! they who counsel you to such a
do as good as bid ye suppress yourselves; and I will soon show how.
If it be desired to know the immediate cause of all this free writing
and free speaking,
there cannot be assigned a truer than your own mild, and free, and
humane government:
it is the liberty, Lords and Commons,
which your own valorous and happy counsels have purchased us;
liberty, which is the nurse of all great wits;
this is that which hath rarified and enlightened our spirits like the
influence of heaven;
this is that which hath enfranchised, enlarged,
and lifted up our apprehensions degrees above themselves.
Ye cannot make us now less capable, less knowing,
less eagerly pursuing of the truth, unless ye first make yourselves,
that made us so, less the lovers, less the founders of our true
We can grow ignorant again, brutish, formal, slavish, as ye found us;
but you then must first become that which ye cannot be,
oppressive, arbitrary, and tyrannous, as they were from whom ye have
freed us.
That our hearts are now more capacious,
our thoughts more erected to the search and expectations of greatest
and exactest things,
is the issue of your own virtue propagated in us; ye cannot suppress
unless ye reinforce an abrogated and merciless law,
that fathers may despatch at will their own children.
And who shall then stick closest to ye, and excite others?
not he who takes up arms for coat and conduct, and his four nobles of
Although I dispraise not the defence of just immunities,
yet love my peace better, if that were all. Give me the liberty to
to utter, and to argue freely, according to conscience, above all

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