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Sunday, May 23rd, 2004
8:40 pm


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Friday, January 1st, 1999
1:01 am
Excerpt from Doc: HS_37765 - "Fun House Navigator"
After a hundred yards or so, the children squealing on their swings and jungle gym were replaced by the sound of generators and my footsteps on the road. The high-pitched shrieks of children playing are almost identical to their screams of terror. Sometimes, there's very little amusement in the Fun House. For a lot of kids, the amusement lies in surviving the Fun House's blend of the macabre and uncertain.

Shaky stairs. The floor that spins. Winding plywood mazes. Mannequin ghouls popping out, attached to their springs by clothesline. Outside in the carnival, it's sunshine, popcorn, fried things and hay for the ponies. But you're trapped in the dark, damp Fun House with its steel floors and behind-the-walls motors. You hold on to metal railings smooth from the sun tan lotion and sweat of those who passed through before you. It's almost over. You can see daylight at the end of the spiral-painted tube turning to make each step an adventure.

The bored fifteen-year old took your tickets and you stepped inside. You have an idea of what was in there, but you never truly know until you turn the corner and see what's next.
Tuesday, May 1st, 2001
1:59 pm
Case History until 2001 Spring Training, Agent Steve Avery (P)
Career Pitching Stats

Steven Avery
Career Notes

Avery made his MLB debut on June 13 after being called up from AAA Richmond.
First Win on June 26 vs. Dodgers.
Finished season 3-11 with a 5.64 ERA.

Went 18-11, youngest Braves pitcher in the century to have won 18 games.
Won his last 5 decisions, maintained a 2.14 ERA over his last eight games.
Named NLCS MVP after throwing 2 shutouts vs. Pirates
His 16-1/3 scoreless innings set a record for a single LCS
Pitched 2 NDs in WS
In last 12 starts of season (incl. NLCS & WS), went 7-0 with a 1.94 ERA

Bad start to season, 2-5 with 3.57 ERA
Braves scored only 25 runs in his 11 losses over the season
Six scoreless innings vs. Pirates in NLCS gave him a record 22-1/3 consecutive shutout innings (going back to 1991)
Knocked out of game 5 of NLCS after 1/3 inning (allowed 4 runs on 5 hits)

Went 18-6
Youngest Braves pitcher to win 50 games
Won 8 straight from May 12 - June 25 with a 2.11 ERA
Pitched in All-Star game
Atlanta won 21 of 23 games he pitched from May 2 through Sept. 2
Thre 18 straight walkless innings, June 2 - 13
Finished 5th in NL with 2.94 ERA
Led NL with 15 pickoffs
2.77 ERA in two starts against Philadelphis in NLCS

Won 5 of first 6 decisions with a 2.94 ERA
Tied for 4th in NL, opponents BA with a .227
Ked a career-high 11 batters in 8.0 innings on August 8 at Cinncinnati
Finished season with 122 Ks, 9th best in NL

Got only 16 runs of support in first 7 starts (2.3 per game)
Threw Complete Game Shutout May 19 vs. Florida (won 4-0)
4 game losing streak August 28 - Sept. 12
Bounced back with CG win Sept. 18 vs. Mets (won 7-1, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 8K)
Picked off 13 batters (9 by assist)

18 scoreless innings streak April 21 - May1
Hit 2 HRs for the second straight year
Placed on 15-day DL — pulled left oblique muscle on July 23, was out until Sept. 2
Allowed 12 earned runs in 1.1 innings pitched in final two starts

Signed with Red Sox as a free agent on Jan 10, 1997.
Was expected to fill the shoes of the departed Roger Clemens.
At Press Conference, Avery said:
"If Jimy (Williams, manager of Sox) decides that he wants to put me in that spot, I'm comfortable with it. In Atlanta, we were expected to win every day. And that's what I think a Number One starter is."
One year contract for 4.85 million, 18 starts gave him an option to stay for an extra year in Boston or try free agency.
Went 6-7 with a 6.43 ERA in his first 17 starts and was pulled from rotation.
September 25, 1997, Jimy Williams allowed Avery to make his 18th start at Detroit Tigers stadium.
The move "could have cost the manager his job". (Jimmy Golen of the Associated Press, 3/19/98)
Had until November 10, 1997 to decide whether he wanted to stay in Boston.

Open competition in Spring for starting rotation.
Became apparent that Avery would not crack starting rotation because of erratic control and velocity.
In 9 Spring appearances, Avery pitched only 4 2/3 innings with an ERA of 9.64
Williams: "If Steve doesn't make it with us as a starter, then he's going to help us as a reliever...I told him I'd still keep that door open."
Avery: "He's a good man (WIlliams), no matter what happens. Wherever I end up, it's not Jimy Williams' fault. I wouldn't blame him for anything that happens. I think he's always been on my side. (But) To be my best, I need to start. If not here, then maybe somewhere else. I'm tired of worrying about stuff I can't control. I've been worrying too much about the wrong things. The more things you think about, the tighter you get, and the harder it is to concentrate."
April 28 — Avery accepts a demotion to AAA Pawtucket
May 16 — Avery throws 5 scoreless innings, allowing just 3 hits, in a 5 - 0 shutout of Kansas City. Avery: "There are plenty of bullets left, I just dropped my gun for a while." Unnamed scout: "He did it with mirrors. He threw some good changeups, but the Royals did a good job getting themselves out. You didn't hear any glass breaking, did you?" Jimy Williams: "This was his first start in some time, and he put five eggs on the wall to help us win a game."
Avery finished the season with 10 wins to 7 losses and a 5.02 ERA
Filed for free agency, picked up by the Cinccinnati Reds

Avery went 6 - 7 with a 5.16 ERA for Cincinnati in 19 games
Held opponents to a .222 average
Had 78 BB in 96 IP
Had arthroscopic surgery to repair a slight tear in his left rotator cuff on August 5, missed the rest of the season

Detroit Tigers looked at Avery in Spring. GM Randy Smith: "We have nothing to lose watching a pitcher who has been successful in the past."
Signed to a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves. Avery: "I feel confident with them, and that's real important this year. They will look at me as a person more than a pitcher, and I can be more honest with them than I might be with some teams. If I need to take a couple of days off, I can tell them."
2-24-00 — the AP reported that Avery threw on the sideline with no pain.
Avery: "All the age must have gone to my left arm.
Pitching coach Leo Mazzone: "He was a big part of it when we all grew up together. I admit it. I absolutely am (partial). There's always something you remember about the innocent young Atlanta Braves. For six years, (Avery) was a huge part of it."
Greg Maddux: "He's one of the guys you might actually hang out with when it's all said and done, and there's only two or three in here like that. It's great to see the organization give him a chance pretty much based just on what he did. You don't see a lot of that in baseball. Everybody's pulling for him."
Avery: "I'm lucky to be here. I guess they're going to give me every opportunity to try to get healthy and help this team."
No record of regular season appearances for Avery in 2000.

In 11 innings over 6 games for the Braves in Spring 2001, Avery went 0 - 1 with a 5.73 ERA.
He allowed 9 hits, 7 earned runs, walked 8 and struck out 5.
"After being released by the Braves on March 30, STeve Avery announced he would take a year off and possibly try to come back next spring. Avery, 30, is 1 1/2 years removed from shoulder surgery and has failed in comeback attempts each of the last two years. He struggled with velocity and control and watched his ERA rise to 6.75." - USA Today Baseball Weekly, April 4—10, 2001 issue.
Avery: "I didn't deserve to be here. I didn't throw well enough to stay."
Sunday, March 15th, 1992
1:56 pm
Sad story of the monster machine 7859: Distance = Rate x Time
I've got a monster that looks like me. My monster machine made it for free. I've got a monster machine. The monsters it makes all kinda look like me. A monster machine would cure that snicker. A monster machine to stop those smirks. I've got a monster machine. Making monsters that live free of irony. I've got a monster machine. The monsters it makes don't always look like me.
Saturday, July 4th, 1998
12:45 pm
This is the panopticon advert.
Circa 60 Circa 75
The travel man circumshot D-class circumshot CC to superior This is the mobility and terrain in operation/will for an industry with standards that pose monkey wrenches to the works of Pure. Encryptologists have, as of late, been replaced by ciphers. Goodbye, Mr. Caution.
This is not a testing pattern, there never was a strong demand. They are simple green lettering on a black background. 1. BLACK T.V. MONITOR Point of view from inside a small medicine cabinet MALE VOICE If you have a problem, don't hesitate to ask for assistance. CALL 348-853 FEMALE VOICE For more rapid results use your new D code on your Mercicontrol card. Thank you. FULL ANGLE The room contains two over-stuffed reclining chairs, with control panels on the arms. MANNEQUIN ONE ....and then my request for new arms and legs finally came through. MANNEQUIN TWO Well that's great then. MANNEQUIN ONE No. It's terrible. I ordered two arms and a new leg, and they sent me two legs and a new arm. Raucous canned laughter is inserted as the two mannequin get into the autojet. INTERCOM VOICE Concourse 5.....Cross 3.....Monitor concourse 5.....3417 are you there? Relate....relate..... On the monitors there is much confusion in the destroyed passageway. People move along the corridor to get a better look at the accident. LUH pushes a button and a tape activates. INTERCOM VOICE Radiation suppress. Seal chamber 5G, seal chamber 5G. Exterminate occupant. A man from an industrial section is on one of the TV monitors, screaming hysterically. There are flames and smoke in the back- ground. 9. SCHEDULING OFFICE room filled with ten men, various radar scopes, TV monitors, and large clear plastic maps. The control officer is receiving all forms of reports as two observers, below and in front of him watch TV monitors. An observer reports to the control officer. OBSERVER We are receiving an extreme respiratory count from a Magnum Manipulator in operating cell 94107. Erratic visual behavior. CONTROL OFFICER 4446....EJECT...EJECT...EJECT.... VOICE Near destruct....Near destruct. 24. CONTROL CENTER The observers are switching relays as the control officer trues to get the situation under control. PROSECUTOR The services performed by these erotics must be automated. If sexual perversion is to be stamped out, the products of this perversion must... JOT Please... There is a pause. VOICE Hi, buddy. JOT Look, will you please get off. You're standing on my work. Another pause. The person nudges JOT with his knees. CAM Then SLE and RNH, who came between PRT and MNH, but not before ALF, FRG, and MLK. ALF, FRG, and MLK went before SAM, RNG, NUR, and KLM. Then RRG, STK, OUN, and FLT. And after them came....came.... PTO Four quick felons prepare the bed 58. CONTROL CENTER A row of observers sit at their monitors, as a control officer, ELC 3433 "The history which bears and determines us has the form of a war rather than that of a language (conversation?): relations of power, not relations of meaning." — M. Foucault superstructures/infrastructures/ exostructures (dressed in yellow), enters the room. He walks over to one of the observers and is handed a stack of report all unauthorized contacts in precient 688 CON-G to this center. Mode 7. Instantly, the computer readout activates. ELC reports into an intercom. ELC Request two PB848's: officers 1999 and 2187. Proceed with recovery operation of felons Pure/The P.A.PRODUCT and 5241sen. Current position reproduction center 35, precient 688, CON-G. Report when felons are in custody, revised position: HOLD.... Felons have entered maintance area of reproduction control computer 35-B4. Transfer. ELC turns to watch an assembly accident on one of the monitors. 65. CONTROL CENTER Photos and file histories are projected on the large screen. ELC is speaking into a dictaphone, and his request is instantaneously typed into the computer and onto the screen. VOICE Priority shift granted. Officers the corridor. The tram is till there. He reaches the tram just as the door begins to close. No, the closest thing I have is in CON G, they couldn't have done it. Relay to analysis. CHILDREN Wow! 70. PLASTIC FACTORY VOICE Observation booth 649, Division of plastic, CON H He flips to another channel. ELC Request 2 PB848's: Officers 4242 and.... He checks his computer readout..... ...2284. Proceed with recovery of felon Pure/The P.A. Prefix PRODUCT and unidentified companion. Current position: Vendable manufacturing Center 92. Observation booth 694. Precinct 331. CON H. Report when felons are in custody..... OBSERVER No visual contact in OB 649. ELC That's allright. They're not going anywhere. He speaks into his dictating machine... ...research into advanced relay systems must be given more attention if any....... Report! 0. MODUAL DISPERSAL CENTER They fight their way through the crowd, away from the tram and toward the individual autojets. TV monitors scan the center. CLOSE ANGLE PRODUCT buries his head in his hands. 81. EXPRESS TUNNEL PRODUCT's autojet roars through an express tunnel. Two policemen on sleek, exotic jetbikes round a corner with beautiful precision. Calmly, relentlessly, they pursue PRODUCT. Everything will be all right, you to go. I am here to protect you. chemical leak. 86. CITY SHELL obviously afraid of what lies beyond the door. There isa moment when it looks as if he may turn back. Eventually, he makes a decision and throws the hatch open. FULL ANGLE He stands bewildered, virtually buried in sunlight. PRODUCT climbs out of the hatchway and stands shielding his eyes from the sun. END CREDITS FADE OUT. Invective: verbal assault Structures as symbols, structures as systems, as circuitry in the motherboard of society. Structures as defining and how structures are defined. There’s a certain beauty to the individual being consumed by the edifice of structure(s). Sublime resignation of an individual maintaining a (symptom-like) symbiosis with his/her defining structure. Reciprocity Interdependence Pogrom: Organized massacre Modernism: Advocacy of something deemed modern Pogromodernism Pogromodernist structure Debate status quo ante bellum Copycenter workers: Repitition, choice, collated, variable repitition Bindings (true vs. wire) Toner-stained fingers with the grease of moving parts beneath cartridge c and door b Paper jam, remove item to continue copying, toner low The hum and whirring of scanning arms traversing the customer’s documents. Copied. For archiving. For profit. For dissemination. For real. For proof. For work. For play. Approached in the luncheonette. Trenchcoat conspicuous. Fedora and distracting facial twitch. Spy camera. Goodbye, Mr. Caution I come from the lands without Outfitted with the latest surveillance equipment. The kind of technology shared only by megacelebrities and their stalkers. A celebrity will die a PR death when he/she hires a stalker in a thinly-veiled attempt to attract publicity. The stalker will believe (and be correct in believing, because a business deal has been struck, they are "partners" in this scheme – unlike their (the stalker’s) usually delusional state) that they (stalker and celebrity) have a relationship. And he or she will end up killing the celebrity, as stalkers often do or at least want to do. that point, being now an ex-celebrity and in fact in-famous for attemptint to perpetrate the scheme, it won’t matter if the celeb is alive or not anymore. There’s a teenage power invective. Lateral. Horizonless. Indicate the codefying agent. Excellent, and again. Repete, and again. My mother’s salt shaker had a face, burgundy. Brakesworth International, Ltd. United Conglomerate, dissociative. Pure Industries, denote, emote. Hiring: Quadrant submanager Class D-4. Required: (prerequisites classified)/D-Class circumshot, a truly silent shot. Attention to the chain drive motor, a truly travel man, circa 60, circa 75. The stagnant archives. The dismal archives of an encryptologist. A free quarterly bulletin, 10,000 printed per issue. Circlulation of around 20 because people never really know what he’s talking about. 4 steps in the ladder of unrestrained success. Unequivocable, relentless, expansive and undilluted, raw achievement. Boo-hoo, Rah rah. There’s a signpost by the tower, telling kids to keep away. This ain’t no jungle gym, man. It’s a low-budget P.A. waiting for just the right back-up file. A pamphlet boring the fidgety nervous nellies trapped in the purgatory of a free clinic waiting room. A cautionary fairy tale with intentions to ward off and Don’t forget for one moment that there’s a time when you hit the main boosters and jet away in an exhaust-lined path from whatever precedes your next state/mode/move. Names: Johnny (the) Projectionist Dr. Irwin Auchinclosz Pavro Tider Dr. Blackjack Nurse Roullette "Paging Dr. Blackjack…Dr. Blackjack to the craps table, please. O.R., please."" Delroy Brachlund Fahzel Muldowney Balata Cutter A wrangled crew of star-crossed acquaintances. Starving for the harmony of man & machine not seen since the advent of the lever and wedge. Holding dearly to the clumps of dusty information (the facts, fictions and figures) left in the deregulated T.A.Z. (temporary autonomous zone) since the shifting of gears to corporate subsidy of network space and path. A lack of geographic distinction. An area of unmatched paralogic. Balata Cutter, delusional man of sure-fire corporate intelligence (and counter-, in some cases certainly not spoken of here). Silence Logic Security Prudence I’ll put the tranquilizers in the bathroom Something’s not in orbit in the Capitol of this galaxy Leonard Von Braun I’m very well, thank you, you’re welcome. You’ve come from the lands without? That’s how it is. You never understand anything. Near Mathematical Park No one’s lived in the past, or will live in the future. Can’t manage to adapt to this place. Dissuasion is their strong point. Alpha 60 People have become slaves to probabilities Save those who weep Institute of General Semantics Semantique Generale Everything has been said, provided words do not change their meanings or meanings their words. The meaning of words and expressions, is no longer grasped. The acts of men carried over from the past centuries will gradually destroy them logically. I, Alpha 60, am the logical means of this destruction. We took the tangent to the centre segments. Traffic Bulletins on the radio. Everyone looks so miserable because they lack electricity. It’s zeroville Professor Nosferatu no longer exists. We record, calculate, draw conclusions. We know nothing. Our 17th electricity plan is inadequate. Omega Minus will be the victory of antimatter If an individual showed hope of reclamation, he was sent to a chronic illness hospital where mechanical and propagandistic treatments soon cured him. Recently, some words I was very fond of have dissappeared. Goodbye, Mr. Caution When technical power is the only act in their repetoire. Time is the substance of which I am made. 561114-Blastaar 2/11/98- 21:38 PST The last vestiges of control will appear to the prol. Class only when a more insidious, hidden centralized power structure has secured its grasp over a dominion to be named at a later date. No "traget" No "sell to" Without reading 28/13 Occupy a singular position 1st line of option A: timely, current up-to-the-minute, immediate Modify: span/port In-languange online network) On ramp to the wonderful world of _________. CIA, clandestine "I’ve had enough of your wind machines and inverted energy schemes" Mr. Mac Wellman has gone too far. Hailing from Cleveland, he’s gone too far. White collar workers with the same degree and content of superstitions as Big League Pitchers No shaving on game day, brushing teeth in between innings, never stepping on the baseline while approaching the mound. Abreactions? Things I’ll need: Exact product name as you want it to appear in the ad Which SM tagline did you settle on when we did the copamundial mailing? Line 53 is better Sometimes people turn and point their faces toward mine, open their mouths and make sounds. More often than not I recognize and can decode those sounds. When this is the case, I open my mouth and make sounds back. Usually I do this after pointing my face toward theirs, but that isn’t always the case. I’m a very busy man. Dr. Salvo Magnificent Egress: an exit Ell: wing of a building at a right angle to the main part Piker: someone who does things in an informal way Goldbrick: to shirk work Meninges (pl.), meninx (s): membranes that enclose the brain and spinal chord. Mandacious/mendaciously/mendocity: untruthful, telling lies. Menage: household Nefarious: wicked Nebulize: to reduce to a fine spray Invective scarcely decoded Scarcely decoded invective A seminal tirade approved. A trade-in traded off A wide world, yours to keep, Circuitry G. We’ll never live this down. Sent to client, cced to superior. A night in jail for being misunderstood. A night without pay for belligerence A suspension for cinema rumors An award for abrasiveness Accolades for Mr. Sandpaper!!!! COMMAND: Nebulize Dr. Salvo Magnificent. Trad/cashier Smith Dr. Salvo Magnificent Ponzi, pyramid, social security Dr. Salvo Magnificent Gary Sparks. Gary Sparks has cashed out. He now lives in Bermuda. Or a suburb of D.C. He bought a new (sports car) and drove across the country. Now he lives in Malibu. He flew his mother to Paris, and now he lives in Australia. Accolades for Mr. Sandpaper. Elevator doors opening. Amazing Stories. The Dark Room. Select Invitation, S-R-O Balata, Z. A deer bust in storage, on patio furniture with dusty boxes of forgotten, shiny things. With a lost client – the belt tightens and the boom looms lower. A hasty exit/they’ll show you the door, Sandpaper. Don’t get too comfortable, chump. "Brand Loyalty and the corporation Logos" "That would be telling" We want information, and by hook or by crook, we’ll get it. Love of product – the final motivator. "I’m very well, thank, you, you’re welcome." "May I witness your tag?" A guggenheim ramp office Panopticonadvert The cubes of office to form a vague panopticon America’s deep love affair with structures The structure/system or whatever that you are a part of employs/deploys its own binary process and circuitry of members. It lives and breathes and mutates as its circuitry shifts. It is truly the sum of its parts – and more. Circuitry is a mutable structure. Arteries/is not the pat/is the path/is what flows along and through the path The path is a structure with pure utility. The circuitry of members within a monolithic structure . Upon closer inspection, a monolith with details with relations to individual members of its (the structure’s) circuitry so encompassing as to guide the parts and as a result its whole. The structure/instruction Power structure: not the ability to control one subjectified member, but the ability to control/hyperinfluence the actions of individual members. Thoughts are actions. If individual will can be controlled, then it is free, free to control. One can extract themselves from any given structure. Can they, however, extract themselves from the tapestry (circuitry) of structures that society is comprised of. They’re actuallynot/never extracting themselves. They’re always exiting or entering. Exits and entrances. You exit from a structure by entering another. A structure’s life continues in a dormant state when all circuitry has exited from it. When all the parts that comprise its sum have exited. Remarkably efficient. The passive archives The destitute archives The stagnant archives The vacant archives The disembodied archives The fraying archives Structure: construction, fabrication, configuration, arrangement, form, shape, system, framework Simulation: concealment, dissimulation, front, blind, netting Simulate: prevaricate, dissemble, posture Power: ability, skill, arm, capability, endowment, capacity, competence Authority: hegemony, ascendency, domination, omnipotence, jurisdiction, command, puissance, mastery Subject: dependent, contingent, subordinate, subjacent, subserviant, inferior, minion Object: commodity, article, matter, manifestation, recipient, target, victim, reciever Circuitry: wiring, connection, circuit, printed circuit, maze of wires, switching System: complex, assemblage, combination, correlation, method, procedure, modus operandi, arrangement, regularity Mission: assignment, task, charge, purpose, duty, comission Fracture: crack, break, cleavage, fissure, severing, disjunction, breach, fault Fragment: segment, remnant, particle, scrap Shard: debris from threshing, debris, waste, shell, refuse, crust, husks, pods, chaff The further one is from an object, the more perfect or ideal it appears. "Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to destroy our enemies." —Mao omnipotent = unrestricted omniscient = providence bombastic = pompous, declamatory, ostentatious, oratorical bombast = drivel, rant, fustian fustian = pontification, pomposity, ranting, verbosity megalopolis = chief city, center, metropolis basin = sink, ewer, bowl, pan, container torsion = torque, twist torpid = apathetic, inactive, inert, lethargic, listless, slothful, shiftless The Torpid Archives Archives = annals, scriptures, chronicles Continental Olsten Obvious, Inc. Phase Rule (Degrees of Freedom) = (# of components) — (# of phases) +2 Reality Machine The Reality Machine® Reality Systems, Inc. The circuitry approaches absolution The mainframe circumvents divinity. This territory, This is a terror story 9 stories tall. I reside on the 8th (floor). Reality Machine Subdivides into reality subsystems And those into the collective circuitry (polis) Certainly elements often underwhelmed /endostructures/parastructures/etc. promodernism Promoternism Pogrom = to massacre systematically Pogromodernism Pastmodernism Perimodernism Pogromodernism Independent agents of the panopticon advert. Pure Industries subset 9981JJ947y Making eye contact inking the contract, agent 15, he wears those eyes like they were made just for him. Circuitry G, the system (down) is yours to keep. There are more disseminations/tracts to follow, Identities, inc. can be sure of this. All names, dates, phrases, data contained herein is © 2000, panopticon advert. NO MORE DIALOGUES! SIMPLY MONOLGUES THAT REACT TO ONE ANOTHER!
Thursday, December 25th, 1997
12:42 pm
rebroadcast re-entry: Circumshot navigator: Dr. Salvo Magnificent/Rudy Fabrizio
Card 164 from 2nd Series
Color landscape visual. This is one of those really mean-looking helicoptors. Not the kind you see landing at the heliports just off the FDR on the lower East Side, or the kind that you see checking the traffic and reporting back. These are the kind the bad guy sees in an action movie just before he realizes that the good guy is piloting the thing and the next thing you know th ebad guy is eating a missile for his last meal! Yeah! But speaking of missiles, there are eight big ones on this thing, then what looks like another launcher on each side that each carries 19 more small missiles for a total of 54 missiles. Then there's a big-ass gun in the middle on the thing's underbelly. The sky behind this baby is stark white. No blue skies could carry a death machine of this magnitude. No siree bob...this helicopter kicks to much ass to fly the friendly skies!
Back Card text:
The AH-64 Apache attack helicopter boast a weapons load of more than 3,000 lbs. It carries an M230 30 mm "chain" gun that can fire up to 750 rounds per minute, and 16 Hellfire anti-tank missiles or four Stinger air-to-air missiles. Critical sections such as the cockpit are armored, and the helicopter carries three types of radar jamming and diverting devices.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 167 from 2nd Series
Color portrait visual. A few fluffy white clouds in the pale blue sky greet this big black missile with an orange base as it takes off into the air, destined for some target probably half a world away. The exhaust is a white hot flame that disperses into a white mist of fumes. It looks, in this picture, like the missile is coming straight out of the sea, a projectile from Poseiden's trident aimed at the heart of his adversary. But you can't really see what (or who) is firing it.
Back Card text:
The Tomahawk is a 20 ft. air-to-ground cruise missile comprised of a guidance system, a conventional warhead, both jet and rocket fuel, an engine, and a booster rocket. After launch it locates its target and adjusts its path by following pre-programmed landmarks. The Tomahawk can be programmed to hug the ground at altitudes under 100 feet and has a range of up to 1,500 miles.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 170 from 2nd Series
Two color landscape visuals on this card. Both show the sea, sky and smoke. The sea is on fire and it looks like there's scaffolding or structural remnants smoldering and aflame in the top image. The smoke is black and impenetrable. The smoke looks like it could go on forever. The smoke is draining from somewhere deep inside the earth and flowing from out of the sea and into the sky and further up past our outer atmospheres and into space beyond. Once out in space it refuses to disperse and take on the accepted role of interstellar debris and dust. The physical laws of diffusion mean nothing to this thick, mucousy cloud of black filth. It remains a solid object through the deepest reaches of space, pouring out and through time.
Back Card text:
After Sadaam Hussein ordered Iraqi forces to open oil spigots at Kuwait's off shore loading sight, Allied forces had to contend with the worst oil spill in history — approximately 250 million gallons of crude oil. The U.S. directed an air strike at two of the pipe manifolds to inhibit the out-flow of oil. The bombs hit their mark, but some oil continues to flow into the Gulf, gravely endangering the delicate balance of the marine environment.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 171 from 2nd Series
Color landscape visual. Sand, man, shadow and sky. Two American soldiers approach the camera, walking steadily with their rifles drawn but pointed safely in either direction, the one on the right to the right, the one on left to the left. Their camo is darker and more severe than in other images. It doesn't have the beige and tan tones and cartoonish depictions of rocky terrain. They are covered, head to toe, in gear. They wear gasmasks of some kind that make them appear uniform and alien, anonymous and emotionless and almost mechanical. They are protected from the chemicals, one would suppose, and looking for whoever released the chemicals so they can shoot that person dead. They are sentient and advancing, ready for combat and completely insulated from the hidden killers that can float unseen into the mucous membranes and soft tissues of the human body and latch onto the important parts, turning them to useless mush before causing total loss of body functions and eventually death. Or perhaps these chemical weapons attach themselves and then sit idle, waiting for the proper moment to unleash a maelstrom of genetic interference with the brave soldier's offspring. Either way, these soldiers are safe. They're under the layers of plastic and space-age fabrics that are impenetrable to even the tiniest iota of chemical death.
Back Card text:
Iraq has threatened to employ chemical warfare during the War in the Gulf. This has necessitated that Allied soldiers be issued chemical protective gear, including gas masks and anti-chemical suits. They are also given critical training in the use and wearing of this equipment. There are several types of chemical weapons that have the potential to asphyxiate, blind, burn and affect nervous systems.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 175 from 2nd Series
Color landscape visual. Uniform army beige barracks made from burlap or denim or whatever cloth they use as far as the eye can see. And above them only blue sky. In the foreground, it loks like the nearest row of tents sits near a street or avenue. And across the street from the tents a few small figures have gathered, army men in fatigues. They stand in a little goup and chat, like housewives might as they stroll through their subdivision walking their dogs midway through the morning. The husbands at work, the kids are at school, the soaps haven't startyed and it's too early to drink. So they walk their dogs and gossip. Maybe they carry those heavy-hand weights to deliver the appearance of exercise. Maybe these camo-clad army men have their heavy-hand weihts or hand guns or something. They are standing and gossiping about the latest dish about that new Corporal or Major or whoever and how they had the gaul and audacity to say whatever to whoever in the mess hall last night. In most parts of America, every house in a subdivision development neighborhood looks the same. Here in tent city every tent looks the same.
Back Card text:
Most soldiers participating in Operation Desert Storm are housed in tent colonies like this one, forming mini-cities across the desert. These tents serve as sleeping, eating and meeting quarters, and as medical units, storage facilities and communications stations. Soldiers sleep on cots in these temporary barracks.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 1995
12:36 pm
1991 Rebroadcast/Reconfigure with notes: Agents Muldowney & Blackjack :::PART A
Highlights and considerations, apologies and observations regarding:
Desert Storm Trading Cards
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Universal Product Code: 0 41116 02459 7
Each package containing: Eight (8) trading cards, one (1) sticker

Card 50 from 1st Series
Black & White portrait visual. In some non-descript clearing of a forest of pine trees, a clunky and ancient looking flat-bed military vehicle, sits with tires, shape and design that evoke an idea that mixes the stripped down, altered vehicles of The Road Warrior and the old Hess® Trucks I would receive on Christmas morning. There's a subset in the world of collectors that follows and strives for a complete set of the Hess company's toy trucks. But regardless, on the top of this B&W military flatbed is an odd missile. It looks too thin and even weak to necessitate such a large vehicle for transport and launch.
Back Card text:
The SS-1 missile, known as the Scud, originally had a range of 186 miles but was modified by the Iraquis to reach up to 400 miles. The longer reach decreases the firepower and accuracy of the Scud.
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Card 89 from 2nd Series (also known on the wrapper as the "Victory Series")
Color landscape visual. Silhouetted against a majestic and nearly cloudless desert sky (just around sunset or sunrise, it's difficult to tell), two (presumably American) soldiers are firing a stinger missile. One holds what appears to be a portable missile launcher while the other looks skyward, following the missile, which has just left the launcher. There is a faint trace of the flare or flash that one supposes must occur when a missile is fired from a handheld launcher and the missile is already in flight, but only a few yards away from the soldiers.
Back Card text:
Used by the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, the Stinger missile is a highly effective short-range anti-aircraft weapon. A single Operation Desert Storm soldier can set up and fire the missile at low-flying aircraft approaching from any direction, including head-on. This lightweight device uses an infra-red tracking system with amazing accuracy, and it is used by many of the Allied forces.
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Card 90 from 2nd Series
Color landscape visiual. On the horizon of a barren, almost moonish area of land, six or seven miniature mushroom clouds are expanding into the clearest of blue, perfect skies. The clouds are black and look like they could be harmless building implosions in a flailing attempt at structural renewal in a rural setting. Like they wanted to take down old man Jensen's farm out on Route 301 to make way for a strip mall and gas station, instead of wanting to take down aging, clearly unsafe tenements in East Baltimore as a way to inject some commerce and pride in a poverty-stricken urban zone.
Back Card text:
"Carpet" bombing is a tactic used to damage large geographic areas in very short periods of time. B-52Gs, with their high payload capacity, are ideal for this type of bombing. A group of three B-52Gs can saturate targets such as airfields and ground fortifications by dropping up to 60 tons of conventional bombs on a 1,000 by 3,000-yard strip.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 84 from 2nd Series
Color landscape visual. Two American soldiers, obviously experts at their craft, are placing a mine in the sandy dirt that serves as the ground in the desert. Behind them is a grey-blue body of calm water. One is flat on his belly and concentrating on the delicate task at hand. The other, crouched on his haunches and just as focused, holds his hands out, either giving direction or reinforcing and proclaiming his brotherly confidence in the man with his hands on the mine. Their sandy beige fatigues almost seem to glisten in the desert light, their shadows cast lightly and longly on the alien, lifeless soil. This is the type of lighting Speilberg must have been speaking aboput when he referred to the "Golden Hours."
Back Card text:
The M-21 is an anti-tank mine that, when triggered by pressure, shoots heavy steel plates upward at high velocity. Other types of mines fire shrapnel that will kill anyone within 90 feet, and in some cases shoot liquid metal that can penetrate a vehicles armor. Some mines can actually discriminate between friendly and enemy tanks by recognizing infra-red and magnetic "signatures."
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 101 from 2nd Series
Black and White landscape visual. In high-contratsed B&W photography that leaves little room for shades of gray, a strange and alien figure is hard at work on (or inspecting or getting ready to launch) what is presumably a Scud Missile. The figure is wearing an old gas mask (circa 1940s or 1950s) and the large machinery and coils of steel that make up what is probably the scud missile itself takes up the remainder of the image. When one inspects the photo more closely, two other figures are discernable in the top right portion, also in gas masks and working more intently on some inner guts of wiring and machinery. The photo has the grainy and overexposed look of true espionage/surveillance photography. But the details and what is actually going on there are indecipherable. It reminds me of that image in the first Alien movie. When they first see the Alien thing sitting on what looks like a huge chair and a telescope or gun or something. To this day I can't figure out what the hell that Alien is holding on to or even if it was real...was it a statue or a totem pole created by the other aliens to worship? Or was it a mummified alien who died sending a message, watching the stars or shooting things out of the sky? It's the same kind of thing with this photo. It scares me a little bit because I can't really tell what's exactly going on.
Back Card text:
The SS-I Scud has a range of up to 400 miles. It weighs 6,414 lbs, and carries a 2,000 lb. conventional warhead which can be modified with a nuclear warhead as well. Most of the Scuds used by the Iraqis against the Allies have been intercepted by Operation Desert Storm Patriot missiles before targets were hit. The most dangerous Scud is the mobile version, which has a fully amphibious transporter/erector/launcher.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 112 from 2nd Series
Color landscape visual. On an expanse of the open sea that stretches as far as oblivion, a jet plane soars through the air and above the water, on which sails an aircraft carrier which looks small from the altitude from which this photo was taken. The horizon seems so far away that there appears a slight curve, as if it's so limitless that from here one can actually discren the curvature of the earth's surface. And who knows? Maybe one can.
Back Card text:
Capable of high sub-sonic speeds, the A-7 is regarded by its pilots as extremely maneuvarable, even with a heavy bomb load. The mobility is critical to Operation Desert Storm pilots who must evade surface-to-air missiles. The A-7 is used by the Air Force (D & K models) and the Navy (E model). While steadily being replaced by the F/A-18 in the Navy, the A-7 continues to be a mainstay of the many Air National Guard units serving in the War in the Gulf.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 113 from 2nd Series
Color portrait visual. Four superfast-looking jet fighters in a triangular flight formation soar through the white streaks of striated clouds while at the top portion of the photo, clear blue heavans and the abyss remain. These planes are flying above the clouds. And you can tell they're really fast, even for jets. They look like the kind of playful, taunting supersonic jets that can evade any enemy radar, jet or heat-seeking missile and have some slightly wreckless (if not supremely skilled and reliable) pilot that yells something like "Whoo-hooo!" when he pulls off a particularly risky and intense yet effective maneuver. Yes. These are the kinds of planes and pilots I want kicking ass for me and my loved ones above the clouds. The Wild Weasel obviously rocks very hard.
Back Card text:
The F-4G is designed for the dangerous mission of seeking out and destroying surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites and radar positions. It is equipped with sophisticated electronic sensors and jammers. The two-man crew is exposed to enemy radar long enough to lock onto it and fire High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM). HARMs have proven so acurate during Operation Desert Storm that enemy radar locations have often shut down, to avoid the risk of being destroyed.
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Card 119 from 2nd Series
Color landscape visual. Below this black, strange-looking plane (which we view from above in what looks like an in-flight refueling exercise), a bed of clouds appear to be more solid than misty. The plane itself looks more like some rudimentary spacecraft, useful for attacking enemies in the crab nebula or on the surface of Altair-4. It's black and arrowhead-shaped. It looks dangerous. Don't mess with it. It'll rough you up and throw you into a black hole. I don't remember exactly, so I'm not sure, but wasn't the Stealth bomber the ultra top-secret aircraft that the public found out about when the Tamiya® model company (who makes plastic model kits of military things for young boys to put together with Testers® clear, stinky glue on spread out newspapers in basements, bedrooms and playrooms all across suburbia) released a model kit of one? Kind of funny that a model company did that, huh? Still, though, this plane looks like it means business.
Back Card text:
The Lockheed F-117A Stealth Fighter/Bomber's unique bat-winged shape and composite skin panels reflect incoming radar signals in multiple directions. Signals that aren't reflected are absorbed by special coatings on the airplane's surface. This renders teh Stealth nearly invisible to enemy radar; the Stealth has a radar imprint equal to that of a bird. So that no stray radar signals are projected, the Stealth fighter carries no defensive radar or electronic counter measures of its own. The F-117A delivers primarily low-level attacks using laser-guided "smart" bombs and air-to-surface missiles.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 120 from 2nd Series
Color landscape visual. Across the sea and under the sky roams another one of those aircraft carriers. In the photo, you can see dozens of airplanes (probably jets) sitting idle on the deck while men (and women) too small to see from this angle and distance scurry like ants on (and in) their hill to complete whatever task is theirs to do (probably). The amazing thing about aircraft carriers is that when you look at them from the front, the part of the boat that goes into the water (the hull?) looks so damn skinny, it's like the boat goes to a point and there's like this super thin expanse under the water that keeps the whole thing from capsizing or tipping over or whatever they call it. But I guess when you've gotr a boat as big as an aircraft carrier all bets are off.
Back Card text:
The Eisenhower, a nuclear powered, multi-role aircraft carrier, was commissioned in 1977. Measuring 1,092 feet, this 'Nimitz' class carrier is home to over 3,000 sailors and an airgroup of 2,800 during Operation Desert Storm. It carries missile launchers for Sea Sparrow SAMs (surface-to-air-missiles) as well as Phalanx gun mountings, and a total of 91 aircraft, including six Sea King helicopters. There are only seven ships of this class in existence, and they are without doubt the world's most powerful war ships.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 134 from 2nd Series
Color Landscape visual. On an even sky of perfectly even blue, this gray and black albatross freom skirmishes past and present glides like an awkward but dangerous bird of prey from some forgotten jurassic era. Its wing span is such that even in the landscape shoto, the outer edges of each wing are cut off. It's fuselage or body or whatever is so hulking and huge that it requires four sets of tires. On each wing is 4 jets (2 sets of two) and it appears strange that such small propulsion gizmos could keep this thing in the air. But for all its awkward dimenions and appearances, the B-52 looks strangely familiar. It's part of our collective national vision of what a weapon of war looks like — but it retains a certain innocence in its appearance. A gentle giant of the air that only by accident is capable of mass destruction and death. Ask pretty much anyone to identify just a silhouette of this things and they'll get it on the first try. It's like the '57 Chevy of war birds. Outdated but a classic — a fond little piece of history and machinery that's as familiar as the street and town where you grew up. With familiar lines that one never forgets.
Back Card text:
The legendary B-52 still serves today as a mainstay of the U.S. bomber force some 28 years after its first flight. First conceived as a strategic nuclear bomber that would operate at high altitudes over a range of 4,000 miles, the B-52's mission has changed considerably over the years. The B-52 has adapted as a low-altitude penetration bomber, and can carry both nuclear and conventional bombs. Modifications have included terrain-following radar, electronic counter-measures and navigation systems.

Card 143 from 2nd Series
Color portrait visual. The desert sun either rises or sets in the distance, keeping light in the background unfocused hillsides and desert scenes. In the foreground, unlight and silhouetted black, an iron or steel pole, part of some makeshift border fence or some such thing, leans to the side, wrapped and wound with string after string of barbed wire and razor wire, perfectly black silhouetted against the sun yellow red oranged sky.
Back Card text:
ARM: Anti-Radiation Missile. Equipped to seek out and home in on radar emissions, used primarily by aircraft.
AWACS: Airborne Warning and Control System. An aircraft-mounted radar used to detect and intercept enemy aircraft radar.
FLIR: Forward-Looking Infrared. A night vision device used on Allied aircraft that provides detailed images based on the heat radiated by an object.
SLAR: Sideways-Looking Airborne Radar.
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Card 144 from 2nd Series
Color landscape visual. This sky has to be sunset. Reminiscient of one of those colorized Mars photographs from the original VIKING lander. Orange fades through the spectrum near what would normally be the horizon up into a deep purple that will eventually become a pitch blue night sky. One would imagine there are many stars in the desert sky. I've never been in a desert, so I wouldn't know. But I would imagine you can see all the stars in addition to any satellites disguised as stars. But instead of a normal blacked out horizon landscape line, there are four soldiers silhouetted out, presumably American. You can't make out any facial features or expressions or any other details about their equipment, garb or anything else. But they are the horizon and they look like they may be walking together somewhere together, maybe the mess hall, talking and laughing and unwinding after another day of duties complete in the blistering desert sun. You can make out the silhouette of the military rifles slung over a few of their backs, and upon closer inspection you notice a fifth soldier silhouetted between the first and second. But this fifth soldier is further away, his entire head maybe the size of one of the foreground soldiers' fists. That's when you realize this isn't just a small group of friends within a unit on their way to dinner. This is a more official movement — en masse there are maybe hundreds of soldiers all going in the same direction. Their slouches and casual silhouettes make you sure that it isn't as official as a march or tactical advancement of troops. But there are more than these four (five), and they're all going in the same direction, casually and just before nightfall.
Back Card text:
Heavy Forces: Units containing tanks or combined arms teams of tanks, mechanized infantry and self-propelled vehicles.
Direct Fire: Fire aimed at targets that can be seen.
Indirect Fire: Fire aimed at targets that cannot be seen.
Special Forces: Commando-style Elite light troops trained for clandestine and unconventional missions.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 145 from 2nd Series
Color landscape visual. The faceless, cold reflective flight mask of a fighter pilot takes up the majority of this image. You can make out a little of the blue sky in the peripherary, outside this man or woman's mask and helmet. On the right side of the helmet, you can make out the edge of some painted-on insignia or logo. Probably the flight units emblem or some such thing. There are a few joints and high etxh clasps on the edge of the black, shadowed face piece that would probably go over this pilots nose, mouth and jawline. But the reflective visor, now that's the show. No emotion or reaction is betrayed. Inside, the pilot's eyes may be awestruck, or frightened — or truly alive with the thrill that can only come from guiding through the air a technological marvel a system of machinery worth millions of dollars at speeds approaching or reaching beyond that of sound. The thrilll that a man or woman can truly tame, if only for a little while, gravity itself and conquer the heavens as Apollo once did as his chariot raced unfettered throguh the clouds. Reflected in the visor is the top edge of the control panels in front of the pilot and the sky in front of his or her craft. Just ahead is another jet, slightly above this pilot's plane. Is the pilot following in a closely knit, well-practiced and understood flight formation — or is the pilot pursuing this other plane, either to win some military simulation game or in real combat?
Back Card text:
Big Red: The desert sun
Bird: Helicoptor (from which paratroopers jump).
Chocolate Chip: U.S. desert uniform camouflage.
MOPPED Up: Clad in chemical weapons protective gear (from Mission Oriented Protective Posture).
Quick Turn Burn: Five minute procedure to reload F-15 fighter.
Smoke 'em: To reach a destination quickly.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 147 from 2nd Series
Color landscape visual. As the desert sun sets or rises in the distance, painting the entire sky in easy, even textures and mixtures of yellow, orange, red and blue/purple/black, the silhoutted black image of a jet fighter comingin for a landing streaks across the forground. Exhaust fumes and disrupted air currents tail from the wings of the jet, altering just slightly the suns rays intop that liquidy atmosphere appearance of extreme heat and motion.
Back Card text:
Operation Desert Storm is the most complex military action since Worl War II. It marks the largest air war in history, with more than 1,000 missions per day having been flown by aircraft from eight Allied nations. The airstrikes have hit Iraqi command and control centers, air bases and missile launch sites with remarkable accuracy. Breaking with tradition, air forces of different nations have been operating in unison, rather than being given separate targets.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 154 from 2nd Series
Color portrait visual. A man stands in the desert in the by now-familiar tan and beige rocky camouflage fatigues. All we see are his legs from the knee up, the lower part of his torso and his forearm and hand. On his back is a miltary knapsack slung low enough to enter the frame of the shot. In hi shand he carries what looks to be a burlap purse-like bag with yellow twine in place of hand straps. There is a cork-like nozzle peice in the upper left portion of the bag. On the side, in a lettering style that evokes rustic, old-west general store symmetry and block type, it reads "DESERT BRAND CAMPING WATER BAG". There is also some Patent language and underneath it all, "Made by Canvas Specialty" after which the type is too small to decipher.
Back Card text:
In the desert, drinking water is extremely important to the U.S. troops as they adjust to the extremely dry climate. on first arriving in the Saudi desert, American soldiers were instructed to drink one litre of water per hour, but as they acclimated to the desert conditions, they reduced their intake to 7 to 8 litres per day.
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Card 156 from 2nd Series
Color landscape visual. American soldiers in their desert fatigues sit down with pens in hand to respond to letters from home. A simple, touching image that evokes the idea of a tried and true tradition of war. The boys abroad getting letters of support from their friends and loved ones, with news, both to celebrate and lament. Maybe the family dog had puppies. Maybe the younger sister got straight A's. Maybe dad's back is feeling better. Maybe the wife is leaving you for some draft-dodging pussy who hacked off his own toes with a steak knife so he wouldn't have to fight like a man. But there was no draft for desert storm so that last one might be a biy trumped up.
Back Card text:
The letters from friends, loved ones and citizens who support the men and women of Operation Desert Storm help keep the troops' morale high. Many celebrities and less famous Americans have donated books, music cassettes and video tapes to provide the Allied soldiers with a touch of home.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 157 from 2nd Series
Color portrait visual. It's him, all right. Stormin' Norman Schwarzkopf. Smiling (to be more precise, laughing) and looking on off camera at whatever (or whoever) has made him laugh. It's a good natured laugh, not mocking or sinister. It's the laugh a kindly old uncle who you don't see often enough lets out at dinner when your father or mother makes fun of him in a way that only a sibling could. And his laugh takes it all in stride. It's like "OK, sis/bro...you got me...good one!" Also, his four stars are apparent and truly the secondary focus of the shot. Because behind that smile, that good natured laugh, lurks the heart and soul of a warrior, a shining knight with the tactical genius and diplomatic know-how to wrangle together the hundreds of thousands of men and women who will fight, claw, kick and gnaw at the desert itself until victory is ours!
Back Card text:
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, a 56-year-old four-star Army general, is commander in chief of the U.S. Central Command. In Operation Desert Storm he commands more than 500,000 American troops, and co-commands an additional 200,000 Allied soldiers deployed on the Saudi-Kuwaiti border. Gen. Schwarzkopf and his staff assembled and coordinated this multi-national force, preparing for an eventual ground war with the Iraqis.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 162 from 2nd Series
Color Landscape visual. I count 89 paratroopers in this one small picture and that's pretty amazing when you stop to think about it. Because these men and women are trained and dropped in a relatively close proximity. It's amazing that they don't get all tangled up and die all the time. They're all floating down gently in this static moment caught with the familar sandy terrain of the desert and the clearest of desert blue skies, falling from the sky with their parachutes all ballooned out like little portabellos from the clouds.
Back Card text:
Paratroopers are trained for airborne (jumping from airplanes) or air assult (jumping from helicopters) missions. They are the most mobile ground troops of all service branches. Paratroopers, an Elite Force of the military, are utilized for ground combat behind enemy lines as well as in areas not accessible by land or sea transport.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.

Card 163 from 2nd Series
Color landscape visual. Now here's a land vehicle that looks like it wants to plow through your neighborhood and not know your name until it rolls over a road of your bones. It's like a tank, but without the rotating turret thing with one big gun. It looks like it could shoot a whole mess of missiles in any direction it wanted. It looks stable and fast and maneuverable. With a long body amd room for a few guys to sit up front. If you see this thing coming down the street, Sadaam, baby...just run — but you won't get far.
Back Card text:
The Multi-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) employed by the U.S. forces in Operation Desert Storm consists of a 12-round launcher mounted on a tracked vehicle. Each rocket is 13 feet long and 9 inches in diameter, and can accomodate explosive and anti-tank warheads. The main advantage of this unit is its mobility, and the MLRS can relocate immediately after it has fired on the enemy. A recent development resulted in a warhead that can shower thousands of powerful M42 submunitions over an area the size of six football fields.
©1991 The Topps Company, Inc.
Sunday, February 14th, 1999
12:17 pm
Transmission 762908: Agents Involved
January 11 12:53 PM EST output: ABCNEWS.com

Scientists Splice Fluorescent Gene Into Monkey

Scientists have modified the genetic make-up of one of man's closest
relatives: the monkey. Scientists say the procedure that gave a monkey
genes to glow could be a boon for research while others fear it
dangerously tinkers with nature.

His fur is light brown and black, he weighs just over 3
pounds, he is frisky and has long white fingers and big brown eyes. But
the most distinguishing feature of ANDi, a 3-month-old rhesus monkey, is
that every cell of his body has been altered by man.

For the first time, scientists have modified the DNA of a primate
species, whose genetic coding varies from people's by only slightly more
than 1 percent. Scientists at Oregon Health Sciences University inserted
a variation of a gene, plucked from the fluorescent jellyfish, into the
DNA of an unfertilized egg. The egg was then developed into ANDi, which
is a backward acronym for "inserted DNA" and scientists expect it should
make the monkey glow - glow green, in fact - under black light.

A Close Human Model

By altering the genetic makeup of ANDi, researchers hope they have
demonstrated they will be able to introduce other genes into monkeys
that cause a host of diseases in people. Such work could provide living
laboratories to analyze the effects and possible treatments for diseases
like Alzheimer's, breast cancer or diabetes.

"The fact that this has been done in a monkey is exciting because the
physiology of a rhesus is very similar to human beings as is the genome,
itself," says Kathleen Grant, a biomedical researcher who studies
genetic links to alcoholism at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical
Center. "So then you have a close model to the human condition."

Lead author of the study to be published in Science, Anthony Chan, says
his team's work is "a success in showing that we are capable to deliver
a new gene into the genetic blueprint of non-human primates." But so far
there is a slight wrinkle in the results: ANDi doesn't glow green - at
least not yet.

Waiting For ANDi to Glow

Chan, a scientist at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, has
tested cells from ANDi's blood and from skin cells taken from the inside
of his cheek and found they do carry the introduced gene. But when
exposed to black light, they don't glow green as do the cells of the
gene's original jellyfish host.

Chan says this could be due to one of two reasons. Either the gene they
introduced isn't producing enough of the fluorescent proteins to detect,
or the altered bit of DNA has yet to be translated by the body's
so-called gene messenger, RNA, to produce the glowing proteins in young

"It will be important to learn why we can't see it for learning how the
transgene is regulated in the monkey," says Chan, who says they expect
to understand the problem soon.

Once the glitch is fixed or understood, the technique developed at the
Oregon center should produce rhesus monkeys that glow green under black
light. This isn't the first time that fluorescent animals have been
produced. In 1994, scientists used the same jellyfish gene to make a
worm glow green and in 1997, Tokyo scientists created green fluorescent
mice. Last September, a Chicago artist created a stir when he had French
scientists develop a fluorescent rabbit he named Alba.

Tagging Diseases by Fluorescence

Although Alba, the fluorescent rabbit, was designed for show, adding
luminescent jellyfish genes to other species holds great scientific
value. The fluorescent genes can be used to tag other genes or proteins.
When that protein is active, scientists can detect its fluorescence
under a black light. When it's inactive, no fluorescence appears.

Robert Hoffman, a researcher and chairman at the biotech research
company, Anticancer, Inc., in San Diego, now attaches fluorescence to
cancer cells to trace their development in mice. He calls the
fluorescent tags, "reporters" since they inform the researcher of their
location from inside a living animal.

"If you can have reporters that tell you something is wrong or right in
the genes of interest - that's a terribly important tool," he says.

But not everyone is pleased with the news of ANDi's conception. Animal
rights activists claim this is one more step toward exploiting animals
for dubious research purposes.

Animals as Test Tubes?

"We condemn them for their philosophy that animals are nothing more than
test tubes," says Peter Wood, a research associate at People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals. "And we believe this is another pipe dream
of Frankenstein science."

Chang counters that improving the animal model as a way to study human
disease could actually reduce the number of animals used in
laboratories. And Hoffman at Anticancer adds that using fluorescent
genes in laboratory animals allows scientists to glean more data from
animals while they're living and so less animals are needed for

Suzanne Roy, from the advocacy group In Defense of Animals, doesn't buy
that claim.

"Within the context of their work, it may seem more humane," she says.
"But the whole picture is wrong to begin with."

Beyond the research claims and animal rights complaints that ANDi
brings, the creation of this young monkey also raises other issues that
touch upon people's very sense of self. That's because by altering the
genetic make-up of a rhesus monkey, scientists have actually altered the
gene pool of the species.

Tinkering With Gene Pools

Even though ANDi will be confined to living with a group of other rhesus
monkeys at the Oregon laboratory for the rest of his life, his altered
genetic presence could theoretically alter future species. If ever
applied to people, this technology could similarly forever alter the
genetic pool of humans.

"This gives great hope for genetic therapies," says Harold Garner of the
McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development at the University of
Texas Southwestern Medical Center. "But it also introduces ethical
dilemmas such as modifying the gene pool [forever]."

Someday scientists hope to compound the technology used to create ANDi
with another controversial technology: cloning.

A year ago, scientists at the same Oregon research center reported they
had cloned the first monkey by embryo splitting. That monkey is named
Tetra and, according to the lab's scientists, remains healthy. As Grant
says, "the real coup de grace will be to marry the two" methods and
clone modified monkeys for research.

The controversial ANDi was not created in one try. Chan and other
researchers modified and fertilized more than 200 rhesus monkey eggs. Of
those eggs, 40 embryos were produced that led to five pregnancies and
three live births. Of the three baby monkeys, only ANDi was born with
the modified genes.
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