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August 26, 1996: Insides-Out 2000

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The General Accounting Office's program evaluation division, spent nearly
four years examining more than one million pieces of Pentagon data on the 
Gulf War and interviewing more than 100 pilots, commanders and war 
planners. 

Per the G.A.O, what military officers and arms makers said about their 
weapons was "overstated, misleading, inconsistent with the best available 
data, or unverifiable,'' the report said. For example, the Air Force told 
Congress that the Stealth fighter had an 80 percent success rate on its 
bombing runs. In fact, the rate was more like 40 percent. Why? The 
accounting office found that commanders defined ''success'' as launching 
a bomb or missile, not hitting a target. 

The ironic part of this story is that the division is being dismantled, 
destroyed by budget cuts imposed by Congress this year and last. In a few 
weeks, it will disappear.

Source: The New York Times


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A recent survey of more than 300 North American executives on year 2000 
software conversion was conducted by temporary services provider Olsten 
Corp.   Of those companies preparing for the conversion problem, 34 
percent are in the planning stages and 28 percent already have programs 
underway.  An unbelievable 13 percent of the respondents reported they 
were unfamiliar with the issue.

Source: Olsten Corp.


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A senior aide to the Liberian factional leader Charles Taylor, explaining 
to the New York Times in April why this year's civil war is more civil 
than earlier ones: "In the past, fighters would rip out people's 
intestines and use them to string up roadblocks.  This time there has been
none of that."

Source: News of the Weird


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