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March 10, 2005, 09:29 PM
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As I was reading this story, ( Girl has car stolen by Hispanic car thief, girl gets car back herself) I was amazed to read that the police were trying to look up the thief`s phone number in a hardcover reverse directory, (Haines Criss-Cross, still in business, but hey, some people are still making buggywhips) when anyone can look up a phone number on Infospace.com or even on Google.

Then I saw the date: 1999, near the end of the 20th Century. Things have changed a lot since then.

I mention this because Bryanna`s story today mentioned checking out the websites of the Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, which Patterico refers to as the Los Angeles Dog Trainer. I`ve more or less given up on hardcopy newspapers, (treezines) and it would be bad if I did have a dog to train. Recently, I had to glue something and I couldn`t find a newspaper anywhere in my apartment to keep the glue from dripping on the counter.

I finally used a distressed copy of Commentary, and a Lands End catalogue, instead, and weighted it down with two phonebooks and a Columbia Encyclopedia, all of which are available on line. It may be that in the future you`ll have to buy newsprint in specialty craft shops, and books will only be used for things you might actually enjoy reading.

Is there is point? If there is, it`s that VDARE.COM is the wave of the future. Oh, and send us money, please, because we don`t get ads from downtown drygoods merchants also going the way of the Dinosaur.