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January 19, 2002

Medal of Honor considered security risk
Washington Times | Submitted by: Geoff
Among the things to carry onto an airplane that might get you questioned (and if really lucky: strip searched), the Congressional Medal of Honor. "They just didn't know what it was but they acted like I shouldn't be carrying it on... I kept explaining that it was the highest medal you can receive from the military in this country, but nobody listened."

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Free Abortions (while supplies last)
Wichita Eagle | Submitted by: Soylent
"About 25 women have signed up for the free abortions as of Thursday afternoon, a clinic spokesman said. The women made appointments in advance, in accordance with state law that requires a 24-hour waiting period between inquiring about and undergoing an abortion."

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U.S. tried to bug Red Chinese President's jet
Washington Post | Submitted by: Soylent
The Chinese People's Liberation Army is disassembling a jumbo jet that was being refitted for use by the President of China. Integrated into the refittings were more than two dozen highly advanced bugs, intended to be remotely triggered by satellite. The listening devices are of such high sophistication that they could only have been made by the U.S. government. Oopsie.

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More on the hot hot vampire sex
Satanshimmel | Submitted by: phope
A follow-up to yesterday's fantastic "Hot young Vampire couple whack heir to bits and drink his creamy blood" story, an article (in German, unfortunately), but with illustrations of the murderous couple. They are very much the goth couple in love, gone horribly wrong, or perhaps gone horribly right. The google translation reads like an Edgar Allan Poe poem: "A man was niedergemetzelt with 66 making blows, met by hammer blows."

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NORAD dropped the ball, or never had it
Slate | Submitted by: Soylent
"For all its successes, the U.S. anti-terror war was conceived in sin, the sin of U.S. government negligence... [While much attention has been paid to the negligence of other government agencies,] there has been a good deal less focus on another federal fubar, that perpetrated by the Air Force's North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)."

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The Future of Ideas
Telepolis | Submitted by: Jube
"In 'The Future of Ideas' Lawrence Lessig, a professor at the Stanford Law School, conveys a bleak message: We are destroying the conditions of freedom and creativity on the Internet. Right at the moment when the Internet has begun to show its full potential for increasing growth and innovation globally, a counterrevolution is threatening, if not already succeeding, to undermine this potential."

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