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August 03, 2003

Qaddafi: war against terror has helped al-Qaeda
networks.org | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said the U.S.-led war on terror has strengthened al-Qaida because Muslims have perceived the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as aggression against Islam and attempts to spread American influence. In an interview airing Sunday on ABC's This Week, Gadhafi stressed that Libya was cooperating with the United States to fight terrorism and the 'common enemy' of al-Qaida. But he criticized America's foreign policy as colonialist and controlled by Jewish groups. He also said America's targeting of al-Qaida's leader Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden has transformed him into 'a symbol for defending the Islamic world.' He did not elaborate."

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Rael threatens lawsuit against South Korea
Korea Times | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"An international cult leader was denied entry to the country on Saturday for his beliefs in human cloning, immigration officials said. Claude Vorilhon, also known as Rael, was forced to leave South Korea after being detained for nine hours at Incheon International Airport. The French founder of the Raelian Movement arrived at the airport at around 2:17 a.m. from Toronto, Canada, with his wife, but was prohibited from entering the country by immigration authorities. The Raelian Movement is a religious group that believes aliens landed on Earth 25,000 years ago and started the human race through cloning."

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US weapons inspector starting to get excited
BBC | Submitted by: Randy
"The top US weapons inspector in Iraq has hinted to Congress that 'surprises' lie ahead. David Kay, a special adviser to the CIA, said solid progress was being made, but would not be drawn on whether any actual weapons of mass destruction (WMD) had been found. Mr Kay said that Iraqi scientists were revealing new secrets about work on WMD and progress was also being made to unravel the regime's concealment tactics. ... People 'should not be surprised by surprises,' he said." [Perhaps we've already seen our first WMD "surprise," in the form of the mysterious toxin that killed National Guard Spec. Joshua Neusche, killed one of his comrades, and sickened 10 other soldiers.]

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Zimbabwe economy causing cadaver pile-up
AZ Central | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Zimbabwe's economic disaster is horrifyingly evident in the morgue at Harare Central Hospital, packed to more than three times capacity with dead relatives can't afford to bury. The morgue, designed for 164 corpses, holds nearly 600. Trays in the morgue often hold more than one adult body, along with the tiny corpses of infants. Others, shrouded in canvas and cotton sheets, lie in gurneys or on the floors of the refrigerated corridors. ... At the same time, city authorities have run out of money and gasoline, paralyzing ambulance, garbage collection and other services."

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Alledged U.S. snitches executed by family members
Newsday | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"In the simmering guerrilla war along the Tigris, U.S. officials say they have received a deluge of tips from informants, especially since U.S. troops killed former President Saddam Hussein's two sons. Acting on them, the Americans have raided homes and villages, seizing guns and explosives, arresting bodyguards and aides of Hussein. But [a] shadowy response has followed, less public but no less deadly. Residents and U.S. officials say informers have been killed, and anecdotal evidence suggests that the campaign is widespread in a region long loyal to Hussein."

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Thailand's version of Larry Flynt
CNN | Submitted by: Jim Jones
"A sex tycoon who owns a string of massage parlors in Thailand is boiling with anger and indignation against the Bangkok police. With nearly 2,000 young women working for him, Chuwit Kamolvisit says he plied police for years with cash, Rolex watches, European cars and free services at his six parlors, with names like Emmanuelle, Victoria's Secret, and Honolulu Love Boat. And what does he get in return? Harassment and indifference when he got into trouble with the law for employing underage girls. So Chuwit, 42, became a crusader for civic virtue, a celebrity avenger, holding daily news conferences to reveal charges of police greed, threatening to name the high-ranking policemen he says were beneficiaries of his generosity."

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Tony Blair just another Jesus freak
observer.guardian.co.uk | Submitted by: optional
"Tony Blair knows it is one of the most delicate of subjects. When asked about it he squirms and tries to change to a more comfortable line of inquiry. But quietly the Prime Minister is putting religion at the centre of the New Labour project, reflecting his own deeply felt beliefs that answers to most questions can be found in the Bible. The Observer can reveal that Blair is to allow Christian organisations and other 'faith groups' a central role in policy-making in a decisive break with British traditions that religion and government should not mix. The Prime Minister, who this weekend becomes the longest continually serving Labour Prime Minister in history, has set up a ministerial working group in the Home Office charged with injecting religious ideas 'across Whitehall'. One expert on the relationship between politics and religion described the move as a 'blow to secularism.'" [And he seemed so reasonable...]

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PETA roadshow not exactly welcomed by North Dakota
Bismarck Tribune | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Matt Prescott, 21, a former University of New Hampshire student in khaki pants, kept explaining his PETA organization's animal-rights views in an indoor voice while many of the about 50 mostly men, many in cowboy-wear, around him at the North Dakota Capitol Grounds on Thursday afternoon yelled at him. Some of them called him 'stupid' and other names and told him he wasn't wanted in North Dakota and shouldn't be here -- one rancher emphasized his taunts with an occasional spit of chew to the street and another held out a hamburger bun stuffed with grass, telling Prescott to eat it. ... PETA spokespeople -- Prescott and two interns -- are touring the country with the message that the Nazi view of the Holocaust victims as 'life unworthy of life' can be compared to modern society's mentality that allows the abuse of animals in factory-farm facilities."

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Canadians accidentally call Bush "Shrub"
Toronto Star | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Saskatchewan's petition drive to urge the United States to accept Canadian beef stumbled out of the gate today due to the inadvertent release of a document that flippantly referred to U.S. President George W. Bush as 'Shrub.' 'Re: Petition to President Shrub,' is the title of the memo, dated yesterday and sent to NDP legislature members and candidates by party researcher Ted Bowen. The memo was sent to media outlets by mistake."

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Pathetic attendance at KKK jamboree
South Bend Tribune | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Only two or three dozen KKK members and others showed up for the second annual White Pride Fest. ... This year's festival lacked the draw of last year's. The 2002 fest had the draw of some big-name racists, including Matt Hale. Hale, founder of the World Church of the Creator, couldn't make it this year because he's cooling his heels in an Illinois prison. He was arrested in January for plotting the murder of a judge who had ruled against him in a dispute over his organization's name. Hale has a trial date of Sept. 22. Tom Metzger, who founded the White Aryan Resistance in 1983, also spoke at last year's event but didn't come back for an encore. ... it's just the latest in a pathetic string of no-shows for the Klan. It couldn't muster enough of a gathering for a Christmas party in December, a Hitler's birthday party in April, or a Fourth of July party -- three past events at the farm."

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Judge orders offenders to practice Tai-Chi
AZ Central | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Municipal Judge Frances Gallegos has placed offenders in her new alternative sentencing program -- a tai chi class complete with a Japanese-style tea service and meditation aided by acupuncture. Instructor Mark De Francis, a doctor of Oriental medicine who works as a psychologist for the state Corrections Department, said he believes violent offenders can benefit from tai chi and meditation. ... Offenders have a choice -- they can either sign up for the tai chi class or participate in a community service program that involves picking up litter and trash."

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Fountain sprays bloody diarrhea germ
KATU-TV 2 Portland | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Marion County health officials identified the cause of an outbreak of bloody diarrhea among Hubbard City Park goers. Officials say three lab-confirmed cases have been linked to the bacteria Shigella that was in the water of the large circular splash fountain in Hubbard Park. Eight other possible cases have been identified. ... County health officials advise persons with bloody diarrhea or otherwise sick enough to need medical care to visit their doctor and report if they have been to Hubbard Park during the last week."

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Prepare now for the inevitable gerontocracy
Houston Chronicle | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"Catapulted by advances in biotechnology, scores of researchers have begun to pinpoint genes that may prolong human life while delaying its late-stage diseases, frailties and maybe even gray hair and wrinkles. Their successes in laboratory animals -- like worms that live four times longer than normal -- have already germinated several drug companies. ... Tom Johnson, a University of Colorado geneticist, thinks people could one day live to be 350 years old, spanning the ages like Methuselah and other biblical patriarchs."

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Inkjet cartridges: CMYK gold
Chicago Sun-Times | Submitted by: Tim Howard
"'Pound for pound, forget gold, forget diamonds. There is nothing more valuable on Earth than an inkjet cartridge.' ... If the ink were gasoline, it would cost you $175,000 to fill your gas tank. ... You buy an inkjet printer. It comes with ink cartridges, but they are only partially filled and do not last long. ... The makers of the printers -- Lexmark, Epson, Cannon, Hewlett-Packard -- make the ink cartridges. A typical cartridge costs $3 to $4 to produce, industry sources say. The price to you is 10 times that. ... 'Some of their inkjet cartridges have three colors--and when the ink runs out in one, the cartridge shuts down and you have to throw it out. Amazing. They've been banned in China, you know.'" [Well, that's just China for you -- known throughout the world for their progressive consumer protection laws.]

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Michael Jackson still marketable in Japan, apparently
Chicago Tribune | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Japanese businessmen will be able to cast off their ties and dress like Michael Jackson with a new lineup of suits planned for next spring. ... The company, based in Gifu, central Japan, signed an agreement with a Singapore-based agent to use the 'MJ' logo, photographs and other designs evocative of the singer, he said. ... Jackson's licensed products are available elsewhere in the world, but the suits in Japan are believed to be a first. The 44-year-old is extremely popular among Japanese, many of whom love American pop."

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