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July 16, 2002

Black hat and hacker pimps
The Register | Submitted by: Soylent
"Best of all was Gweeds' savage synopsis of a thing which world+dog has no doubt long entertained as a vague suspicion, namely the way hackers pimp themselves in hopes of getting hired at great expense by security companies, and the way conferences provide fertile soil for the illusory threat exaggeration on which the security industry feeds." [Gweeds is a member of the Rotten Staff, and is almost everyone's friend. Needless to say the speech is stirring up shit in the hacker community, though perhaps that is more because of the messenger than the message.]

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Student suicides rather than pay $250 fine
Toronto Star | Submitted by: yesguy
The guy gets charged -- charged, mind you, not convicted -- with careless driving, writes out a seven-page suicide note, then hangs himself in a tree BEHIND THE POLICE STATION. "'I know in my heart what has happened. Now that I am being convicted falsely, this event will forever remain a burden in my life,' Au wrote in the farewell letter found among his belongings, including two bags of clothing and books, at the suicide scene. 'Living a life of false accusation is worse than living handicapped. The mental frustration is too unbearable.'"

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GOP Condemns Sesame Street
Wire Services | Submitted by: anonymous
One day after the makers of Sesame Street announced their intention to add an HIV-positive character to the show in South Africa, Republicans in the U.S. House begin fearing for their grandkids' innocence. As the U.S. moves into World War II, with summer energy shortages and more corporate malfeasance on the horizon, these five members of the the House Committee on Energy and Commerce just couldn't come up with anything more important to take a stand on. [Claiming this character is "unwelcome" on American TV, legislators seem to have forgotten the fact that they are not the arbiters who decide what will or will not appear on our televisions.]

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Octopus takes man with it
Mega Star | Submitted by: f00f
"Thinking it was on his last few legs, he stuffed the octopus into his mouth. But this little blighter was a fighter who decided to use its tentacles to push himself off the man's teeth, dive down his throat and spread itself out." People, if it ain't dead then finish the damn job, okay?

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Is Your Neighbor a Terrorist?
Citizen Corps | Submitted by: Squid
Turn him or her in! Billed as 'a national system for concerned workers to report suspicious activity', the government is launching Operation TIPS with a pilot program of 1 million people in 10 cities. An editorial in the Washington Post points out that mail carriers and utility workers have access to homes that police officers legally do not. An Australian article does the math: 1 million people in the 10 most populous cities (total pop. 24 million) is about 1 in 24 people. The article also claims that the program will be coordinated by FEMA, which has broad powers, including the power of internment. My suggestion? Volunteer and turn in your friends and enemies before they turn in you!

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New Yorker bites dog
Straits Times | Submitted by: Leth
Just another day in the Big Apple. "A New Yorker bit a pit bull in the head after it attacked his pet dog." Quote: 'I definitely got him in the skull. I had skin and fur in my mouth.' Mmm... pit bull skull...

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Bored teens not as bored as they thought
Hartford Courant | Submitted by: Gno Name
"The temporary teen center set up by the town in response to bored youngsters' complaints is being discontinued because not enough kids attended its Friday night events." Even the student who made the plea for this teen center in Old Saybrook (well-to-do CT town) herself was "too busy" to go on the nights it was open.

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Ashcroft's iron will molds the law
San Jose Mercury News | Submitted by: Voltaire's Bitch
A Mercury News review of Ashcroft's record in politics finds a long pattern of using extraordinary measures to shape public policy to his political agenda and religious beliefs... And in his term as U.S. senator, Ashcroft tried to change the Constitution to match his beliefs several times, introducing or co-sponsoring seven amendments, including ones to permit school prayer, to ban flag burning, to define human life as beginning at fertilization, and to make it easier to amend the Constitution."

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TV execs still both stupid and evil
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Submitted by: f00f
So you're lounging at home watching the heartwarming movie "Father of the Bride Part II" on TV. Actor Steve Martin is stressing. His wife and daughter are both pregnant. And then --- bam! --- up pops an advertisement superimposed over part of the TV screen. "Expecting a baby?" the ad asks. "Call American Express Financial Services." Within about 10 seconds, the ad is gone as the movie rolls on in the background.

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Lewd mailer and his penis photography caught
Corsicana Daily Sun | Submitted by: Jules Brooks
Its been a long six months in the small TX town, but infamous Bill McCarter is finally caught. For months he has been sending random and sometime chosen females pictures of his penis and lewd letters and drawings. Turned in by his by none other than his wife, Corsicana Police asked why he stopped sending pictures, McCarter said "because I ran out of film."

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Holy Water running dry in Colorado
CBS | Submitted by: Phatlor
"The water has flowed non-stop for nearly a century, but this year Colorado's drought threatens to dry up its source. So the shrine is rationing its supply, letting the grounds go thirsty and saving the spring water to quench the spirit."

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Girlfriend smuggled boyfriend in a suitcase
Wire Services | Submitted by: Ilias
"A Belgian woman packed her Kurdish lover into her suitcase in an attempt to smuggle him into Italy, police said Saturday. Customs officials at the southern port of Brindisi stopped 23 year old Cindy Q. Friday after seeing her struggling with her suitcase as she disembarked from a ferry from Greece."

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Jesse Camp hits rock bottom
Zwire | Submitted by: DJ3dg
When you watch Jesse Camp's E! True Hollywood Story, his rock bottom will be the time he pulled out without paying. While you can try to read whatever you want into that sentence, it really means he left a gas station without paying this $10 petrol bill. And exactly who is Jesse Camp? He's the dipstick who won that lame MTV VJ contest.

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Vampire youth drank victim's blood
BBC | Submitted by: Vonster Monster
"The teenager accused of murdering an elderly widow in north Wales was a vampire-obsessed youth who drank the blood of his victim during a "particularly gruesome killing", a court heard... The heart of the victim had been removed, wrapped in newspaper and placed in a saucepan."

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Delicious meat for sale
Western Mail | Submitted by: Son of Benway
"The stench of rotting flesh emanating from the rear of a parked lorry in north London was overwhelming. Inside were the carcasses of dozens of smokies - ewes that had been illegally slaughtered and then had their wool and skin singed with a blow torch. Sheep heads were stacked on top of each other, ready for sale."

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