Disasters and Recovery

From: Ward Donald Griffiths III <gram_at_cnct.com>
Date: Mon Jan 18 21:50:09 1999

Sam Ismail wrote:
> On Mon, 18 Jan 1999, Ward Donald Griffiths III wrote:
> > Schematics. Source code. Drawings. Any other available technical
> > info. _Printed_ on acid-free paper (hemp is best). From proper
> Hemp? Dangerous suggestion for one of two reasons:
> By that time pot (hemp) will either be so illegal that a) the gubment will
> confiscate the paper as soon as its unearthed and burn it or b) some
> futuristic pot-head capsule looters will raid it so they can smoke the
> documentation.

Well, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill
of Rights originals are made of hemp paper, as were most documents of
that era. Acid-treated wood-pulp as a paper source didn't become a
serious industry until this century, before then hemp was the main
material for paper production in this country. The plant is quite
versatile, and it's only lately that serious effort has been made to
maximize resin production - the resin was a minor byproduct of the
fiber, but with the acreage needed to grow fiber _and_ resin, the
effort lately among horticulturists has been to select for minimal
stalk (fiber) in favor of the resin-producing components. Evolution
in action, less acreage attracts less attention from those working on
the War on the Bill of Rights disguised as a War on Drugs.

If you think somebody will dig up an archive of computer documentation
to get high, try smoking a dollar bill. Yup, hemp fiber. No resin in
hemp fiber paper. (Then again, something like 75% of US currency will
give a positive in a test for cocaine due to the fact that for decades
cash has been used in the transactions and has been used as straws --
there's more than one reason for the new fathead bills).
Ward Griffiths <mailto:gram_at_cnct.com> <http://www.cnct.com/home/gram/>
WARNING:  The Attorney General has determined that Alcohol, Tobacco,
and Firearms can be hazardous to your health -- and get away with it.
Received on Mon Jan 18 1999 - 21:50:09 GMT

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