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Columbia on the Net (Freerepublic.com acknowledged)
MSNBC ^

Posted on 02/04/2003 2:42:35 PM PST by Normal4me

But more informal Web writing makes for just as fascinating reading. A nearly two-month long Space.com thread that tracked the shuttle’s progress is, as one poster puts it, “Almost like a dark novel, full of foreboding, clues to the pending disaster.” A FreeRepublic.com thread is equally sad. The “Mission Status Center” at SpaceFlightNow.com contains another minute-by-minute account of the shuttle’s flight.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.com ...


TOPICS: Free Republic; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: feb12003; freerepublic; sts107

1 posted on 02/04/2003 2:42:35 PM PST by Normal4me
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To: Normal4me
I'm stupid....should have FreeRepublic.com.....sheesh *Bows head in shame*
2 posted on 02/04/2003 2:43:49 PM PST by Normal4me
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To: Normal4me
Um ... yeah. Freeper.com is a porn site.
3 posted on 02/04/2003 2:45:01 PM PST by Maedhros (yO! nOiD)
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To: Normal4me
Ping an administrator and have them touch up the title for you.
4 posted on 02/04/2003 2:47:24 PM PST by freepersup (And this expectation will not disappoint us.)
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To: freepersup
I'm not sure how to do that....I'm sorry guys. I'll go sit in the corner now.
5 posted on 02/04/2003 2:53:46 PM PST by Normal4me
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To: Normal4me
I pronounce you forgiven. Go and err no more.
6 posted on 02/04/2003 2:58:47 PM PST by latrans (Live Free or Die)
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To: Normal4me; Admin Moderator
I'm not sure how to do that....I'm sorry guys. I'll go sit in the corner now.

Admin Moderator, as per normal4me, please change the Freeper.com in the title to FreeRepublic.com

Thanks

7 posted on 02/04/2003 3:01:44 PM PST by CedarDave (We gave peace a chance, what we got was 9/11)
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To: Normal4me
In your first (opening) post, look for the 'report abuse' link, it's next to the 'bookmark' link. Also, look under your name in a given post and the 'report abuse' link can be found there. Also, on the opening page of FR is the webmaster's e-mail address, which I have provided below. Good luck. There may be other ways to reach the administrator as well. I think if you go to the page providing posting instructions there will be a link to the owners/administrators/webmasters.

Webmaster@freerepublic.com
8 posted on 02/04/2003 3:02:26 PM PST by freepersup (And this expectation will not disappoint us.)
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To: Normal4me; Admin Moderator
Please change freeper.com to FreeRepublic.com
9 posted on 02/04/2003 3:02:59 PM PST by LowOiL ("And will you profane Me among My people…keeping people alive who should not live"EZEK13:19)
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To: Normal4me
Hey--I've been here for years, and haven't figured it out, either. Thanks for posting the info, and don't worry about it!
10 posted on 02/04/2003 3:04:01 PM PST by basil
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To: freepersup; CedarDave
Thanks CedarDave, ya beat me to it, and thanks freepersup as well.

I have been told , use the report abuse for title corrections or when a speedy edit of a post is in order.

That way, either the Admin Moderator or Sidebar Moderator can intervene in an expeditious manner.

Sending the request in any other way may mean a bit more or a time lag in them receiving the request.

11 posted on 02/04/2003 3:06:17 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Normal4me; Jim Robinson; John Robinson
FreeperNation ROCKS!.

I saw a thread that we were getting up into some pretty heavy hits per day. Which call for a snappy salute the the man who made this all possible.

Attaboy Jim & John Robinson

John don't get noticed until something breaks. We have gone awhile without that. Nice work, John.

12 posted on 02/04/2003 3:06:40 PM PST by don-o
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To: Normal4me
I appreciate the pointer to the article, the writer shows Free Republic as the classy place it is :)

13 posted on 02/04/2003 3:07:17 PM PST by Tamzee (Liberals sank so low they have to look UP to see DOWN....)
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To: NormsRevenge
Thanks for the hint. Hitting "abuse" does get their attention, fast! If there is an offensive post, they want it taken off ASAP.
14 posted on 02/04/2003 3:08:43 PM PST by CedarDave (We gave peace a chance, what we got was 9/11)
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To: Normal4me
ROTFLMAO! Reminds me of the time (during the Clintoon impeachment) that I sent a co-worker to www.whitehouse.com. He was real impressed...and it took him a few minutes to decide that it wasn't the real White House site...
15 posted on 02/04/2003 3:10:00 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Tamsey
Yep, a direct link to the FR thread from MSNBC. Nice.
16 posted on 02/04/2003 3:16:52 PM PST by CedarDave (If you must burn the flag, at least wrap yourself in it)
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To: Normal4me
The story references "bloggers". Never heard the term before; what is a blogger??
17 posted on 02/04/2003 3:19:51 PM PST by CedarDave (If you must burn the flag, at least wrap yourself in it)
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To: Normal4me
This article notes that FR was ahead of the Associated Press and other news outlets on the Columbia disaster, but not as clearly as the Wall Street Journal did.

However, none of the sources that discussed FR scooping the AP made an effort to figure out WHY this bunch of amateurs were able to do that. The reason is that most reporters in the lamestream media are not very well educated, and DON'T THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE REPORTING.

FReepers ARE well-educated. And we DO think about what we are reading and writing. Some of us were able (not me, but others) to see immediately the clues of the failure of the shuttle. So they, and through their posts the rest of us, knew that Columbia was probably lost while all the desk-jockeys in the lamestream media were blowing up balloons for the welcome home party.

Oft times, as here, the WHY of the story is more important and more interesting than the WHAT of the story. And FR deals in WHY as well as WHAT, 24/7.

Congressman Billybob

Click for latest column for UPI, "Those in Peril on the Sea" (Not yet on UPI wire, or FR.)

As the politician formerly known as Al Gore has said, Buy my book, "to Restore Trust in America"

18 posted on 02/04/2003 3:30:14 PM PST by Congressman Billybob
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To: CedarDave
basically online diaries
19 posted on 02/04/2003 5:07:47 PM PST by rwfromkansas (What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. --- Westminster Catechism Q1)
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To: Normal4me
I have it on good authority the NY Times is interested in getting us mentioned in a story.

Question: Should we use this as leverage to make our trouble with the NY Times disappear?

Or is that all dealt with?

20 posted on 02/04/2003 6:00:24 PM PST by don-o
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To: Congressman Billybob
"The reason is that most reporters in the lamestream media are not very well educated, and DON'T THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE REPORTING"

I read something on one of the threads that CNN had reported that the Shuttle was travelling at the "speed of light".
21 posted on 02/04/2003 7:22:33 PM PST by Rebelbase (Rock with Celtic roots at http://www.sevennations.com)
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To: don-o
Is that new trouble? The previous trouble with the LA Times and the Compost have been settled...I think.
22 posted on 02/04/2003 7:23:48 PM PST by Rebelbase (Rock with Celtic roots at http://www.sevennations.com)
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To: Congressman Billybob
To be fair, the major commercial news outlets do need to add a few steps between what a reporter types out quickly and what is put on the wires and websites. There's no serious financial or reputational fallout, or liability issues, when Joe Freeper posts a comment that turns out to be utterly wrong. But if AP/Reuters/UPI puts a story out on the wire saying the shuttle crashed -- only to find out 5 or 10 minutes later that it really didn't, there's some serious harm done.
23 posted on 02/04/2003 8:19:16 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Rebelbase
I read something on one of the threads that CNN had reported that the Shuttle was travelling at the "speed of light".

Einstein would be most disappointed in them.

24 posted on 02/05/2003 10:54:19 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: homeschool mama
Ping!
25 posted on 02/05/2003 12:27:57 PM PST by Brad’s Gramma
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