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Opuntia 265

Opuntia 265
16 pages, Dale Speirs, Box 6830, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA, T2P 2E7. Available for $3 cash for a one-time sample copy, trade for your zine, or letter of comment.

I only found out through reading Dale's new issue that there was a big flood in Calgary back in June (20-21) that caused billions of dollars worth of damage. One river rose five metres above its usual height. Dale gives a full account of the flood and its aftermath.

There are comments on FAPA #303, including one fascinating, and somewhat disturbing, comment in reply to Voice of the Habu V15#2 and their comment about Big Brother at the shopping mall sending coupons for baby things to a teenage girl and thereby exposing her pregnancy to her parents. Dale adds his experience of parking stations and those red/green lights that let you know how many spaces are available. As Dale was walking through the parking station he saw a technician on a stepladder fiddling with one of these devices so stopped and asked him what it was. The technician showed him a tiny camera and said that recognition software recorded the license plate numbers. This information is not only used to figure out how many free spaces there are left, but is also sent to mall management who track their customers.

Next up, letters of comment then Zine Listings. The shortest one this issue is for Cherry Monocle (Spring 2013): "Brief collage zine."

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