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October 27, 2001

U.S. begging for your anti-terrorism ideas
Times | Submitted by: Crazy Quagga
Having run out of ideas after little more than a month, the Pentagon is offering a reward to the general public to figure out a way to defeat terrorism. "Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defence, is known to be frustrated with his underlings’ inability to think "out of the box" in this new kind of war, but appealing to every Tom, Dick and Harry for a good idea or two may not do much to reassure the public that the country’s safety is in the best possible hands." In other words, the people who dedicated their lives to protecting this country have no clue what to do. It gives you a warm feeling.... a warm, wet, yellow feeling in your pants, that is.

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Coroner's tale of Ground Zero
Aurora Sentinel | Submitted by: Soylent
A coroner who works for FEMA gives this account of his work at Ground Zero. "We were picking pieces of people out of other pieces of people," Dobersen said. "I think the largest part we received weighed maybe 10 or 15 pounds. That gives you an idea of the energy and force involved."

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Reporter terrorizes sewage plant
Nashville Scene | Submitted by: Soylent
"After warning that terrorist saboteurs might try to poison Metro water with anthrax or smallpox, WTVF-Channel 5 reporter Rob Manning thought he'd show viewers how easily that could happen by dramatically crawling under a wire fence just a few hundred yards from the city's water supply."

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Pinheads of Gujarat
New York Times | Submitted by: anonymous
Pinheads in Pakistan. "The small-headed ones became known as chuhas — "rat children" — and generations of them have been abandoned here by parents to take their place in the legend." But there is also a more sinister side: "In the past 15 years or so, the practice of reshaping a child's skull — so evil that many people choose to call it rumor — has been snuffed out, said Mian Ubaidullah, a Pakistani historian who studies the chuhas." [subscription required, unfortunately]

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