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February 04, 2003

Mercury madness weekend!
Muncie Star-Press | Submitted by: OnTheJob
A Muncie man splashing mercury throughout his mother's home triggered a bizarre series of events that forced police to close five blocks on the city's west side on Monday... "When the patient first came in, he was so incoherent he was not making any sense at all," said Rocky Rhoads, safety coordinator for Ball Hospital. "When he started talking about playing with 8 pounds of mercury, the red flags immediately came up."

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Man guilty in voodoo slaying
Duluth News-Tribune | Submitted by: Pool Nazi
"Greg Friesner, 29, pleaded guilty Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court tosecond-degree homicide for the July 1997 death of Mark Foster, a Minneapolis pharmacist and self-anointed voodoo high priest... Friesner admitted to shooting Foster, who was clad in ceremonial white, once in the chest with the victim's own rifle on a rural Douglas County road. Friesner killed Foster, 45, in order to inherit his soul and title in a plan that Foster himself hatched."

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I want you to go psycho for god
Gannett Wisconsin | Submitted by: Pool Nazi
"I want you to go psycho for God this weekend," the guitarist screamed as he broke into another song Friday night, adding. "We're going to kick the devil's butt with this song"... The teens, age 12 to 20, clapped, cheered, hugged, cried, laughed and danced as the music played."

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Why Rumsfeld KNOWS Saddam is holding out
Sydney Morning Herald | Submitted by: A.P.Palled
There is a good reason Rumsfeld knows what Saddam has and hasn't declared: He personally arranged for Iraq to receive these technologies and materials as a special envoy during the Regan administration, under Bush Sr.'s supervision. This article claims that what it calls the "censorship" of the original Iraqi disclosure document was done at US urging. The report lists details of suppliers from US, China, France, Great Britain, Russia, Japan, Holland, Belgium, Spain and Sweden, but the standout supplier to Saddam was the US. Twenty-four companies as well as the Departments of Defence, Energy, Trade and Agriculture all took part, as did the Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

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Poetry considered harmful
Canadian Broadcasting | Submitted by: Green Eggs, No Spam
Laura Bush cancels a poetry forum (the ironically titled "Poetry and the American Voice") saying that "while she respects the right of all Americans to express their opinions, she feels it would be inappropriate to turn a literary event into a political forum." ... "Former U.S. poet laureate Stanley Kunitz called the administration of George W. Bush not really a friend of the poetic community."

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MTV and Gandhi... don't mix
E! online | Submitted by: stereocrumb
"The cable network came under fire from Indian officials offended by Clone High's 'toon version of Gandhi, a high schooler purportedly cloned from the assassinated Mohandas Gandhi, who goes by the nicknames G-Man, and DNA Dan. He also has an affinity for dangly earrings, rap music, junk food and "being the ultimate party animal." Moral number one: Don't goof on Gandhi. Moral number two: if MTV had stuck to music videos, none of this would have happened.

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What's in pet food
Animal Protection Institute | Submitted by: anonymous
"Restaurant grease has become a major component of feed grade animal fat over the last fifteen years. This grease, often held in fifty-gallon drums, may be kept outside for weeks, exposed to extreme temperatures with no regard for its future use. "Fat blenders" or rendering companies then pick up this used grease and mix the different types of fat together, stabilize them with powerful antioxidants to retard further spoilage, and then sell the blended products to pet food companies and other end users."

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UN censors Picasso for US's convenience
Sydney Morning Herald | Submitted by: A. P. Palled
"I'm told that the UN's Guernica was donated by the philanthropist Nelson A Rockefeller in 1985. Unfortunately, it is now no longer on display. According to press reports, on 27 January this year a large blue curtain was hung to cover it up. Questioned why the painting had been covered, UN press spokesman Fred Eckhard said the blue curtain was a technically better background for the cameras covering statements being made outside the Security Council." That's a complete, utter lie. The anti-war painting was covered for political reasons.

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Big Brother Biometrics by any other name
Washington Times | Submitted by: Crazy Quagga
"The Bush administration is establishing a national biometrics identification system to prevent terrorists from gaining legal entry into the country and says international standards should be established... Biometrics identifies people through their physical characteristics: fingerprints, iris scans, voice signatures or facial scans. It can be used with an identity card or the information can be stored in a database."

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Hackers good for business
Wired | Submitted by: IdeoPraxist
"When the Web site for Hong Kong-based hardware retailer Lik Sang International mysteriously went dark last fall, Microsoft's fingerprints were all over the shutdown. Lik Sang had been doing a brisk business in chips that disabled the Xbox's security controls, allowing hobbyists to run open source nuggets like Mozilla and Gimp on their consoles. When the company's site reappeared a few weeks later - minus the mod chips - a brief explanatory note confirmed that, yes, Microsoft and its console kin, Sony and Nintendo, had threatened to sue. The Big Three pledge that other scofflaws face similar fates."

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Yngwie threatens to kill airline passenger
Road Runner Records | Submitted by: Jack Lowey
"The passenger, who had no prior contact with Yngwie, allegedly overheard Malmsteen making derogatory comments about homosexuals and decided to show her disapproval by emptying the contents of her glass on the hefty axeman... A member of Yngwie's touring entourage, who was traveling with Malmsteen at the time, had a tape recorder running and managed to catch Yngwie's reaction on tape immediately after the guitarist was "assaulted" by the offended passenger."

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Sorry for the Jackass offense
Newsday | Submitted by: Dirty Sammy
"A man and woman who vandalized a baby Jesus statue in a church's outdoor nativity marched through town with a donkey to apologize... They led a donkey provided by a petting zoo through the streets carrying a sign that said, "Sorry for the jackass offense."

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Traitor used public computers while feds watched
CNN | Submitted by: boat6float
"Three FBI employees assigned to tail [retired Air Force master sergeant] Brian Patrick Regan testified Monday that the spy suspect used a computer at the local public library... The others said they saw what Regan had looked at by using the computer's 'Back' button after he left the library." He can face the death penalty in part for just not closing the browser window.

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Baptism of fire for believers
The Age | Submitted by: anonymous
"An Iranian family who fled to Australia after their eight-year-old daughter was raped suffered such religious persecution at the Woomera detention centre that all four were admitted to hospital with psychiatric problems... Australasian Correctional Management, which ran the centre, asked the Immigration Department to transfer the Sabian Mandaean family to escape torment by Muslim detainees, and to be close to critically needed psychiatric treatment."

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Schoolgirl used-panty market at an alltime low
Mainichi Daily News | Submitted by: LucrezaBorgia
"It's a fact that the long recession has had a considerable impact on the world of enjo kosai. Not too long ago, you could find plenty of guys out there who'd willingly hand over 100,000 yen to couple with a schoolgirl. But there's hardly anybody who'd pay that much now". "In response to guys refusing to hand over the big bucks, the girls won't have sex. The girls still want money, though, so they'll do things that give a guy a turn-on even if it doesn't necessarily mean they'll let him sharpen his pencil."

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Kids just ain't killing enough
Fox News | Submitted by: toddman
"Experts say the proliferation of video games, a lack of exposure to nature and a misperception of the sports have all contributed to the decline of young people stalking prey... Only nine percent of the country's 34 million anglers are between 18 and 24, down from 13 percent a decade ago. And people in the same age bracket account for just 10 percent of the nation's 13 million hunters, down from 14 percent in 1991."

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