It appears that my news server has been acting rather flaky. There has
been a period of six days when no articles were sent to remote sites.
This occured both at the beginning of the month, and last week. Thus
the Periodic Informational Post was not posted, and several of my
replies to existing threads were lost.
To ensure that the PIP gets through, I've added it to MIT's FAQ server
mail-news gateway, so they will post it regularly. It should show up
in the next few days.