a newsgroup vote

Nora Plesofsky-Vig npv at MANI.CBS.UMN.EDU
Tue Apr 30 17:28:28 EST 1996

I received the following over the internet, and I believe it is of  
wide enough interest to post it to this group. I hope you agree.

Nora Plesofsky-Vig

>Date: Mon, 29 Apr 1996 22:23:25 -0500 (CDT)
>Subject: Nazi news group / vote NO (fwd)
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>Subject: Nazi news group / vote NO
>Please distribute the following message as you seem appropriate.
>A group of neo-nazis are trying to form a newsgroup on Usenet
>called rec.music.white-power, so that they can get their message of
>hate out to young people using the Internet.  Newsgroups are public
>discussion areas on the Internet and their formation requires enough
>support from the Internet community. >EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU HAS
>ONE VOTE when it comes to creating a new Usenet group. I hope you  
>vote NO and thereby tell these Nazis you don't want their stuff on  
>net. Below is the procedure, please repos my plea and get the NO  
>out.   This is my personal opinion.  If you want to see the official
>call for votes, you can. Do _not_ vote twice - that would constitute
>voting fraud.
>Send E-MAIL (posts to a newsgroup are invalid) to:
>        music-vote at sub-rosa.com
>This is an impartial, third-party vote taker.
>Do not REPLY to THIS message, if you are trying to vote.  Please do
>not assume that just replying to this message will work. Check the
>address before you mail your vote.  Your mail message should contain
>only one statement:
>        I vote NO on rec.music.white-power
>Vote counting is automated.  Failure to follow these directions may
>mean that your vote does not get counted.  If you do not receive an
>acknowledgment of your vote within three days contact the votetaker
>about the problem.  It's your responsibility to make sure your vote  
>registered correctly.
>Here's what Canada's George Burdi, of the neo-Nazi Heritage Front,  
>to say about this vote, on February 21, on his RESISTANCE mailing
>        "There is a call for votes
>        coming on rec.music.white-power in the next week
>        or so, and you will be notified in a special issue of
>        RREN exactly what to do.  FOLLOW THE
>        perfectly blunt and state that we have more than
>        enough "net-nazis" to win this thing hands-down.
>        But every one of you must vote YES!  And just
>        voting yes means nothing unless you do it properly.
>        So you have been forewarned.  The instructions
>        are coming to your email box soon, and they
>        are not complicated.  Just follow them as told,
>        and we will have a WP music newsgroup finally!"
>If Mr. Burdi's confidence disturbs you, please give this letter
>the_widest_ possible distribution, and help us deliver the largest  
>vote in the history of UseNet.
>Gary Romalis
>Art Caplan Center for Bioethics
>University of Pennsylvania
>3401 Market St. Suite 320
>Phila Pa 19104
>phone # 215-898-7136 (work)

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