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    Re: Nautical Almanac Usage
    From: Herbert Prinz
    Date: 2004 Oct 22, 17:10 -0400

    Marc and Fred,
    
    Amazing. You guys must have special connections to Washington! Did you order
    directly from the GPO? Admittedly, my "survey" is four days old. Last
    Monday, the Almanac was not yet in the stores of the agents in Connecticut,
    Rhode Island or Florida. I tried several ones. The commercial edition was
    readily available, but the government edition was "expected to arrive soon",
    without specific deadline. The explanation I got was that there was a
    distribution problem at the GPO. So, I thought I didn't need to poll list
    members individually for my little statistics.
    
    At any rate, almanacs used to come out three years ahead of time. What
    prevents the government from keeping up this practice? For a moment, let's
    forget the small boaters on extended passages and circumnavigations, or
    those who want to plan their next sailing vacation around a solar eclipse. I
    wonder whether the navy uses the almanacs at all. How are they distributed
    at the last moment to all the deployed navy ships?
    
    Of course, it could be that the navy already has their copies and the
    government only blocks distribution to the general public in the interest of
    homeland security. As we all know, terrorists are nowadays the number one
    beneficiaries of almanacs.
    
    Herbert Prinz
    
    
    

       
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