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On Wed, 11 Sep 2002 11:04:01 +1000,
>>> On Wed, 11 Sep 2002 02:08:46 +0200, Peter K?hlmann
>>>>> on Tue, 10 Sep 2002 11:17:11 -0400
>>>>>> I know Linux is getting big, but I had no idea you guys had your own
>>>>>> I'll flap a fin your way as you steam on into the deep blue
>>>>>> Looks like the price is pretty decent.
>>>>>> More than likely because you have to bring your own soap.
>>>>>> Bon Voyage!!
>>>>> Funny you should mention sea cruises....I seem to recall a certain
>>>>> OS/application combo which ultimately lead to a ship being towed into
>>>>Well, wasn't that a certain ship with builtin fireworks? Too bad that
>>>>they didn't put in some lowtech like 1000s of hamsters in a wheel for
>>>>propulsion. That could not have been taken out by this extremely low
>>>>tech called Windows NT
>>> Yea sure.
>>> You guys can account for every bullet used in WW2 but yet you still
>>> lost the war.
>> Guess what, you moron: I am glad that it is so.
> Maybe flatfish+++ makes up the 93% of yanks who have never been outside
> the US?
> Matthew Gardiner
False stats, you are basing that number on the % of americans who
were reported as currently holding passports. That doesn't mean that
those without current passports have never been outside of the US,
doesn't even mean that those with passports have been. Nor is the number
an accurate representation of the numbers with passports.
(feeling cumudgeonly today.)
<begin pointless drivel>
since 1993, the state dept has issued approximately 54million passports
that are still valid (unless they have been revoked, which we can assume
is a small number)  The population of the US stands at approximately
280 million  which means that just under one fifth (18.9%) currently
hold valid passports. Most obtain them with the purpose of using them,
since they are neither free, nor free of hassle to get.
Of course, a passport is not neccessary to visit Canada, Mexico, most of
the Caribbean nations. Nor for members of the armed forces to visit (not
be stationed in, but visit) most of our allies. NATO members, SEATO
members, other treaty members. Nor are passports needed to visit US
possesions and protectorates such as Puerto Rico, the USVI, or Guam.
<end pointless drivel>
<wanders off mumbling>
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