Letters to the Inquirer
Here are some extracts from emails sent to "The
Web Inquirer" during its first month of life. The accolades many sent
were very much appreciated. Keep sending them in! We were attacked
surprisingly because of what I wrote on the continuing apartheid
practices in De Beers controlled mines in South Africa - not on
gender or on any other issue. >
I used to believe that the
internet was going to cause a social revolution, causing controlling
organizations (govts, corporations, etc) to be suddenly faced with a
well informed and easily organised people.
... of course... those who have control
also, by necessity, have foresight and my doubts came when I saw
those in power already moving. Small business internet service
providers being edged out by Netcom, IBM, and AOL. Company owned
protocols/languages like JAVA becoming standard more quickly than
public protocols. AT&T; sending out an internal-only memo stating
their goal is to own an "open" net in the way that Microsoft has an
"open" operating system.
Every once in a while, my hopes get lifted
a little by something like your site. I just wanted to write and be
one of the many to wish you luck. In a very personal way, I'm glad
that you exist.
From someone who did not like our
articles on South Africa....
I visited S. Africa with 2
other Americans at about the same time as you. Your report is a
perverted pack of mis-information. What are your rewards for this
deception . . . recognition, money, ego-boost, sexist identification
or all of the aforementioned? You are not a reporter but just another
'cause creator'. You must be very frustrated that Nelson and not
Winnie are currently at the helm. You make me sick!
From a journalist on the European
Investigative Journalist List....
Thank's for letting us (on the
Media-list) know about your ambitious project. So far I've just had a
glance around but already I know that it's sites like this I've been
looking for all the time. Well, finally I got here. Thank you
From an Aboriginal Woman from
Queensland in N.E. Australia...
Dear Jan,hi my name is Connie
Andrews and I am from the Tjunji tribe of Mapoon, Cape York. I am a
Student in Brisbane presently with Griffith UNiversity and have
recently taken part in the formation of a Coalition Against the
Mining and Export of Uranium.In 1963 Comalco took out a lease on
Tjunji tribal land to mine Bauxite. As a result my tribe was
dissposesed of their land and relocated to an Aboriginal reserve near
Weipa.The federal Police were sent into Mapoon to burn down the
houses that the people had established under the Missionaries, and
then shifted people at gun point onto boats for relocation. I'm
really interested in finding more information that connects Human
rights violations, especially in regads to Indiginous peoples rights,
with mining, and enviornmental issues. I am a musician who has found
the performing arts a good medium in which to express issues which
are important to me, and challenge the politics of this
From another European reader... an
administrator -...(probably Dutch.)
Hej Jani I just want to let
you know that this is the best Homepage i have been on , some realy
great links ¨
A Mother on the topic of
Hello Janine from Auckland,
New Zealand! I made the minority choice not to immunise my son - now
2 and a half years old. I have found it difficult to find resorces on
the net regarding all this stuff, and have thoroughly enjoyed reading
through your pages. Warm regards, Hilary
From another dear
Very nice job on your
homepage! I was moved by the enormity of content, the overall
presentation, and the selected topics of interest. I'll be visiting
your homepage often, and by the looks of it, learning as well. PS I
love that Lavender_swirl_marble.gif !!
From USA Online - giving us a Hot
Your site was selected for a Hot Site
Award in today's edition of USA TODAY Online, a free and immensely
popular news service on the World Wide Web.
Earning this designation is quite a
distinction. Just as we do with top-rated movies and TV programs, we
look daily for Web sites that are likely to be sure hits with readers
-- sites that seek to astound and delight, inform or amuse -- by
exhibiting excellence in graphics, content or both.
Please check out our Web Traveler section
to find your listing, either today in the Hot Sites page or later in
the archive of previous days' Hot Site reviews.
Again, congrats on a real fine
Best regards, Sam Vincent Meddis
Technology Editor (703) 907-4419 email@example.com
From Another Reader, a webmaster
campaigning to save Mumia Abu-Jamal from the barbaric death
Your Inquirer website is
really impressive; I think I will be returning there often! Have you
seen the Bruderhof website on the Death Penalty and Mumia Abu-Jamal?
Would you consider adding a link to our pages? The URL is:
Stop the execution of Mumia
If you agree copy these lines to your
And another award from the
Mother's Finest... a website I highly recomend.
Dear Janine: Thank you for
pointing me to your wonderful site. Soon, it will be added to our
Mother's Finest Site Award page. Also, we would like to take the
opportunity to invite your website to participate in a global show of
peace. Peace Torch '96 will circle the cyber world between now and
the 1996 Olympics, helping raise the consciousness for peace on a
global level. During the games, the burning desire for peace will
emerge from cyberspace and ignite the actual six-foot Peace Torch in
Atlanta. Millions of Olympic attendees will have the opportunity to
visit the Peace Torch and contribute to worthy causes, including Free
Tibet, Habitat for Humanity and the International Childrens'
Display the animated torch at your Website
and show your suppport. A master list of all Peace Torch bearers will
be displayed here at http://www.earthchannel.com/peace96/. To become
an official Peace Torch Bearer, simply download the animated GIF file
(torch4.gif) and fill out the Torch Bearer registration, including
your country or state and your URL. Display the animated torch and
create a link back to the master list of bearers. Add an essay.
Create a graphic. Urge your attendees to dream deeply of peace now!
Encourage other sites to do the same. Our goal is the find Torch
Bearers who represent all 50 states and all countries linked by the
WWW. Awards will be given for the best presentation. A complete list
of all bearers will also be presented at the Peace Torch site in
Atlanta. Bear the Torch and help share peace on earth.
And from a very sweet
i just spent the last hour
wandering arond your web site. amazing!
you are an incredible person and i am
thrilled to have learned of you and to have met you through your
words. thanks for going public.
another wonderful reader....
Dear heart, Thank you for
being you and for stepping forward about your history. I am totally
awed by your WEB pages and your life at the moment so please forgive
me for being tongue-tied. But as a lioness who hid in her own cave
for a long time I salute you.
And another lovely note from
Just dropping you a personal
message to say a heartfelt thank you. You are actually publishing the
issues I've always wanted to publish, but never really did. I like
your presentation, it's full of little "alleys and valleys" which
makes the site so much more enjoyable.
From a fellow writer living in
in Amsterdam, used to work in the natural food industry in the
(early) eighties, and was constantly faced with the enormeous impact
of legislation and government. From my storybook: The Dutch FDA
enters our warehouse. They are going to take away all our apple sauce
(organic). Why, I dared to ask?
You are in breach of the Commodities
In what way, I question?
Well, you label says apple sauce, but the
commodities act calls describes that the product apple sauce must
contain at least 40% sugars.
Slightly puzzled, I tell them that apple
sauce made from 100% apples can never contain more than 20% of
That's right, they tell me, that's why
you have to add sugar. That's the law.
Well, I carefully explain, we are a
natural food company and we feel that apple sauce does not need
additional sugars, it is quite sweet and we don't like adultering the
Allright, we understand you are a bunch
of hippies" they equally patiently explain, "but then you must label
your product 'apple pulp'. But you see, I try more forcefully now,
apple pulp is the pulp that's left behind after making apple sauce,
so if we put this on the lable, we are not only misinforming the
consumers, but more importantly, you are forcing us to sell the sauce
under a name that is not covering the contents of the bottle".
The end of the story is that we had to
change the name, or they would confiscate the product. Eventually we
went to Court, but the Court ruled in favour of the Commodities Act,
even though all our arguments, including the one that selling a
product in its most natural state can only be tested for
contamination (hygiene), was actually found valid. The Commodities
Act superceded all arguments. The question is, who wrote the
I strongly believe that we're
collectively robbing our fellow souls now living on earth of easy
access to the most basic nutrients. Our western society (the
so-called first world) is protecting their industries without
considering the need and the right of all people in our world to have
access to nourishment. The FDA and the Commodities Act are the fierce
protectors of the world of profit for a chosen few, instead of
protecting the need and the rights of all that lives.
Jan, I must surely have bored you, but I do see some similarities in
your way of approaching life with mine.
In peace and light, Li
I have visited your web site
(I heard of it on Jon Franklin's WriterL) and am in tears, it touches
me so deeply. Your journey is a mirror of my own, though I have gone
not so far and still stay in the cave, I think. But your words speak
to me in such a way and on such a morning of despair that I am
dumbstruck by the synchronicity. What a lovely person you are to
share your story. What brave experiences you have found for yourself.
How miraculous is this new Web Spirit we share. I send love to
And a review of the Web Inquirer
is networked in the US on Radio One.
Just wanted to let you know we
reviewed your site on Radio ONE's Daily Report today.
RadioONE is an Internet Radio Network
located at: http://www.prgone.com/RadioOne/
The shows can be heard using VocalTec's
IWave or TrueSpeech, there's a link on the RadioONE Home Page where
you can down a Free copy of either one.
In addition to being heard on RadioONE
your reviewed also aired on our affiliate stations: - RadioAIP: -
Sheveport - http://www.americahomes.com/aiprad.htm - Radio H.O.A. -
Columbus, Ohio - http://hoa.netset.com/hoaRadio.html
You've Got Great Site, stop by and hear
Thank You, Jim Diefendorff Program One
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