Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 18 07:46:11 UTC 2010

On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 12:30 PM, Paul Frank <paulfrank at> wrote:

> "chatter," meaning electronic
> chatter, specifically email, mailing list, online forum, and cellphone
> communication among people who are suspected having ties to terrorists
> or terrorism and who're being monitored by intelligence agencies.

Way back when, ca.1955?-, the phrase, _communications chatter_, was
used in the former Army Security Agency to describe the chitchat used
by Red-Army radio-operators as they set up their networks, e.g. A."How
do you hear me?" B."I don't hear dick." Etc.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

Once we recognize that we do not err out of laziness, stupidity,
or evil intent, we can uncumber ourselves of the impossible burden of
trying to be permanently right. We can take seriously the proposition
that we could be in error, without necessarily deeming ourselves
idiotic or unworthy.
–Kathryn Schulz

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