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THE HECTOR EARTHQUAKE, 16 October 1999

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ON THE LATEST LIST OF ALL EUROSEEK™ COOLSITES IN THE ENTIRE WORLD, WE ARE THE 20th MOST POPULAR!

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16 October 1999: 03:26 A.M. PDST -- Earthquake news


Since no shoot-outs, high-speed chases, babies in wells, or sexually titilating videos were involved, our worthless Los Angeles news bureaus did not bother to report locally what is probably already making headlines around the world: at 02:46 A.M. (local time) an earthquake struck the Southern California area. As of 03:22, the epicenter was estimated by the California Institute of Technology to be 32 miles north of Joshua Tree, with an estimated magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter Scale.

03:36 A.M. updates: numerous aftershocks, including one 5.0 temblor have been recorded. They are expected to continue for at least one week.

06:15 A.M. update: at 05:57 A.M. a 5.8 aftershock struck. The earthquake is now called "the Hector quake" after a desert mining town. The Amtrack "Southwest Chief" derailed neared Ludlow with one one woman reporting a minor shoulder injury. Breakfast is now being served in the dining car. For the benefit of Bible Belters who regard this as "the wrath of God" against California, please bear in mind that if a quake this size had struck YOUR state, you would be dead now. WE are online sending out news to the world.

Later: teen idol Tommy Kirk, star of many '60s Disney movies, was among the passengers of the derailed train. He was apparently uninjured.



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11 AUGUST 1999: WHY WE ARE HERE, IN EXILE:

In June of 1999, Yahoo! Inc., one of the most aptly named companies in the world, took over GeoCities, where we had maintained a homestead for almost 2 1/2 years. In an effort to seize control of the “member-provided content” on GeoCities and "commercialize" it, Yahoo! Inc. imposed an outrageous “terms of service” adhesion contract on GeoCities members, with which we do not agree, and which we repudiate as immoral, illegal, and unenforcable in the State of California and the United States of America. Yahoo! Inc. is demanding that GeoCities members provide Yahoo! Inc. with the “world-wide, royalty-free right” to “publish,” “alter,” “modify,” and "share" “member-provided content” on GeoCities, thus attempting to circuvent United States Copyright and Trademark laws and the international Berne Convention. We will in no way co-operate with the illegal activities of Yahoo! Inc., have already begun proceedings against them, and have notified them that any interference with or damage to our web site content on GeoCities will result in charges being brought against them under Title 17 of the United States Code.

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