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Fri, Sep 01 2006

Photo of missing boy brought to mom 24 years later

Someone put photos of Johnny Gosch at the front door of his mother's home in Iowa. Johnny was one of the original missing kids pictured on a milk carton. Material on Johnny Gosch at Wikipedia contains references to several possibilities that could help explain his disappearance, including MK-Ultra and Project Monarch.

I did a small bit of research on MK-Ultra and Project Monarch a few years ago after encountering several individuals with certain social problems. Sadly, the bizarre stories about these projects make it difficult for anyone to confirm their existence. If people were given drugs and subjected to brainwashing techniques it would be tough for them to separate things that happened from things they were brainwashed to believe happened. In either case, it's not something pleasant to think about at all.

If Johnny's disappearance was for some other motive, it's still horrific to know that a young boy was taken from his family. If the people who took him are still living, maybe they've realized that their actions hurt many people. The recent appearance of the photographs may lead to at least some peace of mind for Noreen Gosch someday. I hope so. Just in case anyone may have seen a man who looks like him lately, I'm linking to a computer-generated image that shows what John Gosch might look like now, at age 35.

posted at: 15:13 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

Nice site—except for the pop-up skirmishes

I enjoyed finding the Third Party Watch blog, which covers topics related to political campaigns of folks who are not from one of the two major parties. What was not much fun was watching my pop-up stopping software take manic steps to keep some pop-up window from taking over the monitor screen. It was working so hard to prevent the pop-up that I was almost unable to read the blog at all.

I was also switching between browser windows quite a bit. (It's nothing for me to have half a dozen instances or more of a browser running at the same time and I occasionally run more than one kind of browser at a time.) I found that whenever I clicked back on Third Party Watch's window to make it active that my pop-up software had to go into action all over again, so someone had apparently never figured out how to log the fact that I had already visited the page once. Since I refused to disable the function that stops pop-ups I will probably never know what the pop-up window was intended to do.

I've been tempted to link to otherwise excellent sites many times, but have been dissuaded by this one irritating bit of web design. Is there even one legitimate use for a pop-up window that could not be implemented just as well with properly placed information on the original web page?

posted at: 08:49 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry

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