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Protest March

Free meal for Mouser?Because of recent events on the world scene, protest marches have become a common sight in many communities. Local Jellicle Cat, Patch O'Black, recently sighted one such march in a region on the outskirts of SpinDizzy known as Comedy Central. Mr. O'Black reported seeing animals marching, protesting causes such as "Woof" and "Tweet." Local 366 Union of Anonymous Mice, the SpinDizzy equivalent of Star Trek red-shirts, held a more coherent protest against their unfair hunting and consumption by Mouser, local Fursnake. Unfortunately for the mice, you know who runs the unions... The march was planned so as to begin just lee of the stone, and end inside the farmer's rose bush; however, Mouser had positioned himself, mouth open, at the end of the route.

As is the nature of such marches, sympathy marches and counter-protests were sighted shortly thereafter. Suri, local Lemur, claimed to have marched around with a blank sign. Whether she was protesting for everything, against everything, for nothing, or against nothing, was not determined, although there were suggestions that she was protesting Mimes.

Other protest signs seen in these marches included "Death to the Radicals," "Declare War on Violence," "Right to Arm Bears," and the ever-popular "Nuke the Whales." Eventually, the protest marchers appeared to get fed up with each other, and signs such as "Down with Controversy," "Ban Free Speech," and "Shut Up, All of You!" were carried by all marchers to chants of "Hey Hey, Ho Ho, The First Amendment has got to go!"

At that point, the irony hit everyone, and there was much laughter and discussion of a possible My Little Pony / Dexter's Laboratory crossover.

Professor Bratta's Lemonade Tasting A Success

This is a JOKE Last Saturday evening, at about 8:00 P.M (muck time), An organizatioon calling itself 'Fruitbat Labs' and Flutterz, owner of the much renowned 'Shroom Farm co-hosted an open-invitation lemonade tasting event. A large number of SpinDizzy residents came to Flutterz's farm and found themselves witnesses to the premier appearance, and first public display and operation of Professor Brata Frutbat's latest invention. Multicolored multiflavored lemonade!

Professor Bratta's machine was a complex and colorful machine. It had a number of muticolored tubes, pipes, lights, dials, and buttons. When activated, the machine operated well, most times and produced such lemonade selections as traditional and pink lemonades, popular variants such as strawberry and limeade, and even rare new flavors such as chilli, and Professor Fruitbat's own authentic banana lemonade! Although most of the lemonade 'flavors' were palatable, a few were not. The machine randomly produced a lemonade flavor, so when one asked for a lemonade, they never knew exactly what they'd would get. However, the machine was politically correct as the lemonade was served in recyclable bottles.

Although the machine's operation went smoothly for the most part, a severe problem has prevented Professor Bratta from making more of the machines and putting them on the market. When @Action News called to ask about reports of an embargo against the machine by Flutterz after she recieved two banana lemonades in a row, Professor Bratta's Butler. Mr. French, told us, "The Professor is indisposed at the moment and may return your call at his convenience."

Mr. French refused comment on the lemonade machine, or plans for it's distribution or next public appearance. At press time. it is not known when this machine's product may again be offered to the public.

Discussion Attempts to Invoke Godwin's Law, Ends up Debating It Instead

This is a JOKE illustration about mentioning Hitler in an argument.  it IS NOT IN ANY WAY meant to condone or show sympathy with the views of nut cases with whom I do not agree with in any way shape or form.  This is a JOKE, and if you feel there's anything more to it, then get your head out of your ass.This week in the Rose Garden, a discussion concerning whether Centaurs were or were not Horses, or if there will be a lot of snow this Winter, or did Al Gore steal votes from Ralph Nader, or is the D in SpinDizzy capitalised or not, took place. After a long tiresome dialog, one of the participants refuted the point of another by making a comparison of their opponent's point of view with something Hitler would have said, or done, or thought about, or something.

The discussion then, thankfully, turned from whatever it was that was being discussed before, to the actuallity of the 'Hitler Clause'.

A lot of folks, myself included, have always thought that if a discussion is going on, mentioning, making a comparison to, or even making a inference about Hitler meant that the one who did so automatically loses the argument. Although this isn't really an iron-clad carved in stone 'rule', and mentioning Hitler usually turns a discussion into a flame contest, making it even more heated than before rather than stopping it, there is such a 'law', or theory, as is posted here,and reads;

[Usenet] "As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one." There is a tradition in many groups that, once this occurs, that thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress. Godwin's Law thus practically guarantees the existence of an upper bound on thread length in those groups. However there is also a widely- recognized codicil that any intentional triggering of Godwin's Law in order to invoke its thread-ending effects will be unsuccessful.

So the 'rule', or law, at least as Godwin states it, is that any argument will eventually include a reference to Hitler. And once that reference is made, the thread is on it's last legs anyway. This 'Law' was proven beyond a doubt, as the discussion about whether Centaurs were or were not Horses, or if there will be a lot of snow this Winter, or Al Gore stole or didn't steal votes from Ralph Nader ended, and one about Godwin's Law began. Much to everyone's relief for only a matter of moments.

The origional discussion about the D in SpinDizzy was never resolved.

A cornucopia of information can be found at this site which gives some interesting information about this topic.

Pair Of Jesters' Plan Foiled

Flame contest?Sumanitu, local wolf and Tarka, local Saarmas recently attempted to take over the Rose Garden and hold it for 1,000,000 shinies ransom. Their plan was to drive everyone out tying bows and bells to their fur, then dancing around jingling. Sumanitu was having quite a bit of luck singing and performing a stirring rendition of a native american powwow, while MaxSkunk joined in the plot and, after borrowing some bows and bells, juggled flaming knives while riding a unicycle around the park.

After being chased around and up a tree by MaxSkunk, Rhea managed to foil their scheme by releasing a band of jester eating fleas on the hapless wolf and otter.

This reporter wishes to remain anonymous for fear of being eaten or otterized.

Local Snail's Dinner Interrupted by Alien Abduction

Either it's a UFO or a salt shaker.  Either way, I'm out of here! Slug the Snail was abducted by a passing flying saucer last Sunday, just before Slug had the chance to climb the Ancient Oak tree in search of food.

“It was terrible!” the only known resident snail said during an exclusive interview. “They put me in this plain circular white room, and didn’t even give me anything to eat!”

According to Slug, the aliens did not show themselves and supposedly spoke from a speaker located somewhere in the circular room that Slug could never find. Slug was than asked many questions that it described as “irritating and confusing.”

“The aliens said stuff like, ‘Who is your leader?’ and ‘Which countries are most likely to shamelessly surrender and bow down to our superior technology with the least resistance?’ There were many more, but I forget the rest. I had no idea what these guys were talking about, so I just guessed and answered, ‘France?’ to every one of their questions. Just so they’d stop bugging me!”

Slug was later safely deposited back into the Rose Garden.

'Aliens Invade France...' coming soon in @Action News!

Weekly Survey

Argon doing the survey.This week, Argon asked folks, "I'm doing a survey to be published in @Action News. The question is, "What color M and Ms are your favorite?"

  • Carlos says, "They're all great, except for those awful pastel colored ones they release around Valentine's day."
  • Rick says, "I would say green M and Ms are my favorate."
  • Tanuki barks, "I eat all the M and M's in a bag when I eat them usually, so I can't tell them apart."
  • Terry -- I like the invisible pink ones, because they're so rare.
  • ChocolateChip churrs softly, "Bloo!"
  • Sunni says, "Red ones."
  • Austin says, "Plain, red; peanut, yellow; peanut butter, orange; crispy, blue. Of course, when eating Smarties, I always save the red ones for last."
  • Scruffy -- Dogs are a) colorblind and b) allergic to chocolate, so.. green. :9
  • Butterfluff -- I liked the brown ones. But I reallylike the ones with almonds in them, no matter the skin color. Blue is just plain unnatural.
  • Sumanitu says, "All the colors are good. I wish there was a meat flavored M and M though.." licks his chops.
  • Gilead -- "I like green M and Ms, as portrayed here (Click twice to come back.) Too bad they don't come with Orange Orange."
  • Mouser -- I voted for blue M and Ms when they first came out just because it was the most obnoxious color choice.
  • Morticon says, "The black ones."
  • Suri says, "I like the black 'n white stripes ones."
  • Gina_Doberman answers the survey. "The Tan ones! (which they dont make anymore)
  • Shoe says, "I haven't eaten M and Ms for a long time. I don't have a favorite color. I'm pretty sure they all tasted the same"
  • Gino signs "I like them all...Argon..."
  • Ronnie eats M and M's plain 24/7 when he has them in stock at his place.
  • Lady_Ravenwolfe enjoys the blue m and ms...
  • Pidna giggles! Likes yellow m and ms.
  • MaxSkunk hmms "I am mostly found of skittles, but I would choose green, and I still hold to my statement about them being good for foreplay"

The Doze Garden

The Doze Garden Comic Strip

Guidelines and Procedures for Submitting Articles

Submitting a story or artwork for @Action News is easy! Just send it to newspaper@spindizzy.org or qmail or page Argon about it.
@Action News is published weekly on or after 12:01 AM Eastern Time on Sunday. Most any type of story or article will be accepted. Generally, we'd prefer things that aren't out and out lies or flames about other folks, and have a basis in the reality of SpinDizzy. Things that occur in public areas are fair game. The things reported don't have to have actually happened, (any more than anything that happens here does) but make sure you don't overstep the social boundaries and rules of interaction that we have. These are pretty broad guidelines, but we expect good sense to apply.

Thanks! Argon, Editor @Action News