Bomb information ban

cjl cjl at
Mon Oct 3 21:11:53 PDT 1994

On Mon, 3 Oct 1994, David K. Merriman wrote:

> >Caught from the radio this morning:
> >
> >    Toronto (Canada) city council is debating a by-law to ban information
> >on bomb construction.  This after one of the council members was mailed
> >a faulty (or fake) pipe-bomb.  Rough quote: ~This is different than the
> >gun control issue because there is no valid use for bombs.~
> Bull.  They're great for blowing something up.....
> >I wonder how much of the libraries' engineering books section they'll
> >have to burn because of this.
> All.  What part of Engineering doesn't have some impact or use in
> bombmaking/usage?

Genetic Engineering, of course, my silico-centric friend :-)

Query:  Why is it that, when the usual stream of crypto-conversation
begins to dry up, the topic of bombs comes up?  Maybe crypto-anarchists
should seek to replace the traditional symbol of anarchy (you know, the
bowling ball with the fuse) with something more moderne.  Any suggestions
on what the well-dressed (black trenchcoat and fedora, for tradition's
sake) crypto-anarchist is seen clutching in his hand as he skulks off into
shadows of Blacknet???  You know, something that would make a good .gif.

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