From NEWSWEEK, June 5, 1995.

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No Complaints

Politicians have a whole new reason to fear the mail. At http://www-csag.cs.uiuc.edu/individual/pakin/complaint, graduate student Scott Pakin has developed an automatic complaint-letter generator. Users enter a name and answer a few basic questions, and in seconds the program randomly constructs an angry missive from a database of more than a thousand words and phrases. A new letter emerges every time you use it. The results are surprisingly coherent: of President Bill Clinton, the generator whined, "It's liberals like him that undermine the current world order." For Speaker Newt Gingrich, it noted, "He is not just abominable, he's vengeful too."


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