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September 28, 2001

Drinking From a Firehose
Wall Street Journal | Submitted by: Soylent
Increased surveillance powers requested by the Attorney General will probably have no effect on terrorism. There is simply too much information available even now, to sift through. And also, the FBI can barely get information to other agencies in the country -- "We haven't heard anything about the delays on crop dusting or about explosives or the list of people they are looking for."

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Terrorists Fear Women
London Telegraph | Submitted by: Soylent
"The imam of a mosque in Fuengirola, Spain, one Mohamed Kamal Mostafa, has just published a handy guide to when you may beat your wife. Only hit the hands and feet, he says, using a rod that is thin and light."

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Evil Lego Overlord Squashed
Associated Press | Submitted by: Soylent
A symptom of these oversensitive times where "evil" has become a sensitive word, the Lego Corporation has pulled the "Evil Ogel" figure from its playtime ouvre. The harmless toy was withdrawn after a single complaint from some lady in South Carolina who was upset that the figure deployed "mind controlling devices" over a city.

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FAA Grounded Rushdie Days Before Attacks
Times | Submitted by: Soylent
Did the FAA know about the attacks a week before they were going to happen? Author Salmon Rushdie, who has a fatwa on his head, was told by the FAA that he could not fly unless airport security was increased (which obviously wasn't going to happen).

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It Smells Like CaCa
Boston Globe | Submitted by: Soylent
"Every summer and fall, waves of algae wash ashore 'like pudding,' says longtime beach walker Shawn Kinney. As the algae dries on the sand, bacteria eat away at the bottom layer, releasing sulfurous gases into the air. On really bad days, the stench blankets beachside neighborhoods."

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