Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.

Lesson Plans


Fw: TOURBUS -- 22 OCTOBER 1999 -- NASA KIDS / MISSING KID HOAX

[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]
Lawrence A. Parker/OCCTI (occti)
Sun, 24 Oct 1999 14:40:01 -0400


----- Original Message -----
From: Patrick Douglas Crispen <crispen>
To: <TOURBUS>
Sent: Saturday, October 23, 1999 2:20 AM
Subject: TOURBUS -- 22 OCTOBER 1999 -- NASA KIDS / MISSING KID HOAX

> [ Tip: Use a monospace font like Courier when reading this message ]
> _________ ____________ ________ __________ ____________ ___ _
> / | / | | / | \
> | | W-O-W, I-T-'S F-R-E-E ! | / | \
> |__________|__________/__________|__________|__________/ | \
> / |______|----\
> | Get the latest news and tips on MICROSOFT OFFICE |//////| |
> | Free weekly guide from award winning Woody Leonhard |//////| |
> | *** Rated 5 stars by "Office Computing" magazine *** |//////| |
> | Join now! WOW -or- http://www.wopr.com/wow/ |//////| |
> \________________________________________________________|______|____|
> / \ / \ / \
> \___/ \___/ T h e I n t e r n e t T o u r B u s \___/
>
> TODAY'S TOURBUS STOP(S):
> NASA Kids / Missing Kid Hoax
> TODAY'S TOURBUS ADDRESS(ES):
> http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/
> http://www.missingkids.org/
>
> Howdy, y'all, and greetings from the beautiful, RV-infested city of
> Tuscaloosa, Alabama. [The Bama-Tennessee game is tomorrow, so every
> motorhome in a 1,000 mile radius is currently parked on campus!]
>
> I want to thank the folks at the Society of Research Administrators
> for inviting me, for the fifth year in a row, to speak at their annual
> conference. This year's conference was in Denver, and I had a great
> time teaching the conference's participants how to design research-
> related Web sites. I also want to thank the folks at the Hall Kent
> Elementary School in Birmingham for inviting me to spend the day with
> their teachers earlier this week. I can honestly say that Hall Kent
> helped me achieve a life-long goal: I got to eat at the teacher's
> table in the school cafeteria! :)
>
> And, as always, I want to thank the folks at "Woody's Office Watch,"
> "Columbia House," and "Flying Noodle" for making today's post
> possible. As always, please visit our wonderful sponsors and thank
> them for keeping the bus rolling!
>
> +------------------------------------------------------------------+
> Get your music for a lot less at PLAY from Columbia House.
>
> Get 12 CDs FOR FREE when you join the Club. Plus, you can
> take 2 MORE FREE when you take a 13th selection for only
> $6.95. And, with our low, Members-only prices, your savings
> never stop! Start picking your FREE CDs now...
>
> <a href=" http://www.columbiahouse.com/gateway?token=3165 ">
> Click Here</a>
> +------------------------------------------------------------------+
>
> +-------------[ FLYING NOODLE PASTA OF THE MONTH CLUB ]--------------+
>
> $27.50 includes shipping - 2 Gourmet PASTAS, 2 SAUCES
> and recipes. A great gift or a small indulgence for yourself.
>
> +-------------[ http://www.FlyingNoodle.com/tourbus ]----------------+
>
> On with the show ...
>
> ---------
> NASA Kids
> ---------
>
> The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a
> wonderful, free, kid-friendly "NASA Kids" Web site at
>
> <A HREF="http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/">
> http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/ </A>.
>
> Created by the rocket scientists at the Marshall Space Flight Center
> in North Alabama, the NASA Kids site is deceptively complex. There is
> a LOT of really good information here, folks. In fact, the NASA Kids
> site reminds me a little of Yahooligans [Yahoo's free kids site at
> http://www.yahooligans.com/ ].
>
> The NASA Kids site has just four main sections -- Space & Beyond;
> Rockets & Airplanes; Projects & Games; and Pioneers & Astronauts --
> but once you click on one of those sections you are taken to a second
> page that contains links to a BUNCH of easy-to-understand, kid-
> friendly articles on space-related information.
>
> For example, in the Rockets & Airplanes section, you are given links
> to information about how the Space Shuttle works, how to launch a body
> from a spinning planet, and even how to locate the International Space
> Station, Mir, and the Chandra observatory. The Projects & Games
> section gives you links to coloring pages, some simple experiments
> your kids can perform, and even an online weight calculator that shows
> you how much you weigh on other planets [if you are easily depressed,
> STAY AWAY FROM THE CALCULATOR -- you REALLY don't want to see how
> much you weigh on Jupiter!] :)
>
> As a former Simulations Director at the United States Space Camp, I'm
> quite impressed with the depth and quality of the information
> available on the NASA Kids site. If you have a future astronaut (or a
> future engineer or scientist) in your family, the two of you should
> visit the NASA Kids site together. Both of you will learn a lot. :)
>
> ------------------------------------
> The Sickest Urban Legend of them All
> ------------------------------------
>
> I have yet another "forward an email to all of your friends and
> something great will happen" hoax to debunk. Before we get to that,
> though, let's do a quick review of US child protection laws.
>
> True or false: if you live in the United States and your child is
> missing, you have to wait at least twenty-four to forty-eight hours
> before you can file a missing persons report with your local police
> department.
>
> FALSE! Despite what you have heard from Hollywood, The National Child
> Search Assistance Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-647, Title XXXVII) makes
> it illegal for State law enforcement agencies to require a waiting
> period before accepting a missing child or unidentified person report.
> The 1990 Act also reconfirms The Missing Children Act of 1982 (28 USC
> Sec. 534), requiring Federal, State, and local law enforcement
> agencies to report each case of a missing child under the age of 18 to
> the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) of the Department of
> Justice. [The NCIC is a computer database under the authority of the
> FBI, and it enables law enforcement agencies across the country to
> gain access to descriptive information about a particular missing
> person or fugitive.]. Finally, the National Child Search Assistance
> Act of 1990 requires law enforcement agencies to maintain close
> contact with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
> for the exchange of information and technical assistance in any
> missing child case.
>
> With that said, let's get to today's hoax:
>
> I am asking you all, begging you to please forward this email on
> to anyone and everyone. As most all of you know, I have a 5 year
> old daughter named Kelsey Brooke Jones. We are from Southern
> Minnesota. She has been missing since 4 pm Oct. 11, 1999. The
> police were notified shortly after. If anyone anywhere knows
> anything, sees anything, pleeeeaaaase contact me if you have my
> number. The police don't recommend I put my number online, but
> you can contact the Police, a missing persons report has been
> filed. I am including a picture of her.
>
> All prayers are appreciated!!
>
> I am happy to announce that this is yet another Internet hoax. Kelsey
> Brooke Jones, if she even exists, is *NOT* missing. Here's how I
> know:
>
> 1. There is no NCIC report on Kelsey Brooke Jones. As you saw
> earlier, if Kelsey really *is* missing -- and if the mythical
> "Southern Minnesota" police department really *did* file a
> missing persons report -- federal law requires that there be
> an NCIC report on Kelsey's disappearance. No such report
> exists.
>
> 2. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
> [ http://www.missingkids.org/ ] has no report on Kelsey Brooke
> Jones or, for that matter, any other child from "Southern
> Minnesota" who went missing on October 11.
>
> 3. The FBI office in Minneapolis, the largest metropolitan city
> in "Southern Minnesota," has no information on Kelsey Brooke
> Jones. In fact, according to an agent I spoke to, the FBI
> thinks the Kelsey Brooke Jones story "is probably a hoax."
>
> Wait, it gets better. The original sender is now reporting via email
> that Kelsey was recently returned by the police after being "taken
> from the public library yesterday while her preschool class was
> visiting it." Kelsey's abductor was a "mentally handicapped [man who
> was] living on his own." This too is a lie -- if it were true, you
> would have read about it in every newspaper in the world.
>
> In short, some bozo thought it would be funny to create a false story
> about a missing child in "Southern Minnesota." When confronted with
> the fact that there are no records that the child even exists, let
> alone is missing, this bozo decided to create a false, happy ending to
> the Kelsey Brooke Jones story, deceitfully blaming Kelsey's fictitious
> abduction on an unidentified, "mentally handicapped" man.
>
> I can't think of a sicker urban legend.
>
> The moral of today's story? YOU CAN'T GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING, and
> you certainly can't get something for simply forwarding an email to
> all of your friends -- even the return of a missing child.
>
> If you really want to help someone locate a missing child, point your
> Web browser to the National Center for Missing and Exploited
> Children's Web site at
>
> <A HREF="http://www.missingkids.org/">
> http://www.missingkids.org/ </A>.
>
> Veteran TOURBUS riders will remember that we first visited this site
> in my 24 June 1999 post which you can find online at
>
> <A
HREF="http://listserv.aol.com/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind9906D&L=tourbus&P=R211&m=51">
> http://listserv.aol.com/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind9906D&L=tourbus&P=R211&m=51 </A>.
>
> The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a
> private, nonprofit organization that spearheads national efforts to
> locate and recover missing children and raises public awareness about
> ways to prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation.
> The NCMEC has worked with law enforcement on more than 65,173 missing
> child cases, resulting in the recovery of 46,031 children.
>
> If a child is missing in the United States, the National Center for
> Missing and Exploited Children knows about it. Federal law REQUIRES
> it.
>
> What should you do if you receive a "missing kid" email from one of
> your friends? Should you forward the message to all of your friends
> on the off chance that it just might be true? Of course not.
> Instead, visit the NCMEC's Web site and see if the story is true. If
> you can't verify the "missing kid" email using the NCMEC's database,
> chances are it the "missing kid" email is a hoax and should be
> ignored.
>
> That's it for this week. Have a safe and happy weekend, and we'll
> talk again next week. [Oh, and if you are a Tennessee fan, ROLL
> TIDE!] :)
>
> ---------------------------------
> TODAY'S SOUTHERN WORD OF THE WEEK
> ---------------------------------
>
> PEEGAL (noun). A cucumber preserved in brine or vinegar.
> Usage: "Ju want a peegal on your burger, Bubba?"
>
> [Special thanks to Julian Michael Philips for today's wurd]
>
> You can find all of the old Southern Words of the day at
> <A HREF="http://netsquirrel.com/crispen/word.html">
> http://netsquirrel.com/crispen/word.html </A>
>
> =====================[ Tourbus Rider Information ]===================
> The Internet Tourbus - U.S. Library of Congress ISSN #1094-2238
> Copyright 1995-99, Rankin & Crispen - All rights reserved
> Archives on the Web at http://www.TOURBUS.com
>
> Do You Like Tourbus? Recommend It and You Could Win a Palm Pilot!
> <A HREF=" http://www.recommend-it.com/l.z.e?s=194773 "> CLICK </A>
>
> Join: Send SUBSCRIBE TOURBUS Your Name to LISTSERV
> Leave: Send SIGNOFF TOURBUS to LISTSERV
>
> Send this copy to 3 friends and tell them to hop on the Bus!
> =====================================================================
>
>
> .~~~. ))
> (\__/) .' ) )) Patrick Douglas Crispen
> /o o \/ .~
> {o_, \ { crispen
> / , , ) \ http://www.netsquirrel.com/
> `~ '-' \ } )) AOL Instant Messenger: Squirrel2K
> _( ( )_.'
> '---..{____} Warning: squirrels.
>