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October 29, 2003

Former CIA agent railroaded by the Company
Houston Chronicle | Submitted by: j trotter
"Edwin Wilson was convicted in Houston in 1983 of smuggling arms to Libya at a time when the threat of Libyan terrorism was major news... Wilson claimed he shipped 20 tons of plastic explosives out of Houston Intercontinental Airport at the request of the CIA. The federal government denied this, and at the heart of the case against him was a CIA affidavit submitted by prosecutors stating Wilson had not done any work for the CIA since his retirement in February 1971. But U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes spelled out in his order vacating Wilson's conviction, that the CIA forwarded a memo to the U.S. attorney's office a few days after he was convicted - but before he was sentenced - alerting them that they had since discovered at least five projects Wilson had worked on for the CIA after 1971 - including a planned trip to Iran with the CIA's deputy director... Documents provided for the court showed that Houston prosecutor Jim Powers participated in lengthy meetings at the Department of Justice, Hughes wrote, 'where they discussed techniques for dodging the plain meaning of the (CIA) affidavit and its contradictions.'" [Perversion of justice, plain and simple.]

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Nurse fired after force-feeding chocolate to diabetic
BBC | Submitted by: optional
"A Derbyshire nurse has been struck off for force-feeding a diabetic student with a chocolate bar... Margaret Dale had refused to help engineering student James Bailey at the former High Peak College in Buxton in September 2001. He was told to 'go home and stop causing a scene' when he complained of feeling ill. Mr Bailey said she refused to call for an ambulance for him when he collapsed at the college. Shortly after collapsing he awoke to find a Mars bar being forced into his mouth, a hearing was told."

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Escalator chews up, swallows woman
Daily Record | Submitted by: optional
"A Scots holidaymaker died in agony yesterday when an escalator opened up and crushed her. University professor Sally Baldwin, 62, screamed as the cogs of the metal walkway sucked her in to a gaping hole... An Italian train driver may lose both his legs after he was dragged in to the machinery while trying to save Sally."

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Pope's giant crucifix found in city dump
News Corporation | Submitted by: faerie
"Italy's Roman Catholic hierarchy faced intense embarrassment today after a cross used by the pope to celebrate the Church's Jubilee year was found abandoned in a rubbish dump. The bronze, six metre cross was discovered in the dump on the outskirts of Rome, Italy's RAI Due television reported. The two tonne cross formed the centrepiece of the celebrations when Pope John Paul II celebrated mass before an estimated two million young people at Tor Vergata, outside Rome, which became known as the 'Catholic Woodstock.' ... The discovery comes as Catholic cardinals and the political establishment are up in arms after a court ordered the removal of crucifixes from the classrooms of a state school after complaints from a radical Muslim leader."

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Couple arrested for teen sex parties
WCAU-TV 10 Philadelphia | Submitted by: Buzzted Beer
"A couple near York, Pa., has been charged with holding parties in their mobile home where adolescent girls and young women were encouraged to have sex with adult men, police said. Mark Reever, 38, and Melissa Reever, 35, of Newberry Township, also provided alcohol and drugs, including crack cocaine and heroin, at parties they began hosting for neighborhood children last year, according to court documents."

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Confessed baby rapist likely to get 6 months
kingcountyjournal.com | Submitted by: johndaly
"The adult son of the secretary of the state Department of Corrections pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually molesting his girlfriend's 2-month-old infant daughter last December... Part of the plea called for him to state what he did, and he admitted to manual and oral sexual contact with the infant... While interviewing Lehman Jr. in the current case, King County detectives said that Lehman Jr. also admitted molesting an unnamed 9-year-old girl in Maine in 1997, although he described the girl as the aggressor." [Here's a tip: think up a better story.]

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Family suffers MDMA overdose
Independent Online | Submitted by: Juan Motaim
"Two four-year-old boys and their 21-year-old mothers unsuspectingly consumed up to 40 ecstasy tablets hidden in a kettle when one of the mothers used it to make tea and instant mashed potatoes, Britain's Daily Mail reported on Wednesday... The four victims, Patricia and Joanna Wilson and their sons Leon Wilson and Nathan Read, were taken to hospital after sharing a snack at teatime on Monday."

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Classified CIA museum full of cool gadgets
Wire Services | Submitted by: Gremlin
"The CIA once built a mechanical dragonfly to carry a listening device but found small gusts of wind knocked it off course so it was never used in a spy operation. The agency also tested a 24-inch-long rubber robot catfish named 'Charlie' capable of swimming inconspicuously among other fish and whose mission remains secret... Donald Kerr, CIA deputy director for science and technology whose equivalent in a James Bond movie would be 'Q' the master spy gadgeteer, said the tempo of spy operations has increased since his directorate was established in August 1963. 'You look at just the number of things we're doing, a week, a year, it's really quite astounding,' Kerr said."

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Safe sex just not sexy
Hindustan Times | Submitted by: Crazy Quagga
"Some men are mentally primed for unsafe sex. The threat of catching a disease doesn't cool their desire, as it does for most people, and blue moods or stress can send them cruising for casual partners, suggests a Kinsey Institute study... 'For most of us, the way our bodies are set up probably makes it easier to do the right thing,' Bancroft says. When depressed or stressed, 40% to 45% have less appetite for sex, and about the same percentage feel no change, past studies show. But a minority feel more aroused when they're upset. These men did more 'cruising' for casual sex partners, many of whom they didn't know well."

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Doctor prescribes diet of junk food, alcohol
London Telegraph | Submitted by: Not A Speck Of Cereal
"A student's rare condition which caused him to black out up to three times a day is being kept in check by a diet of junk food and alcohol. Ashley Clarke, 18, has the most extreme case of Gower syndrome (vasovagal syncope) to be encountered by medical experts. It is caused by a reflex of the involuntary nervous system which leads the heart to slow down and nerves to blood vessels in the legs to widen... The condition means that unlike most other people, he benefits from his blood pressure being raised by salt and fatty foods such as chips, crisps and chocolate... He takes 600mg salt tablets 10 times a day and has several rounds of buttered toast for breakfast, a pizza or burger and chips for lunch and a roast dinner with more chips for tea."

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Department store flooded by rival's employee
News Corporation | Submitted by: faerie
"London store Harvey Nichols suffered damage worth more than 500,000 pounds after a drunken employee from rival store Harrods set off its sprinkler system, The Daily Telegraph in London said today. Designer televisions and music systems were destroyed in the flood, which happened in April after the man had been drinking in the fifth floor bar of the Harvey Nichols store... 'He was completely inebriated and starts looking at the sprinkler system,' said police spokesman David Cahill... 'He gets out what we think is a lighter and holds it up to the sprinkler,' Cahill said. 'All 8,000 gallons of water from the entire sprinkler system then emptied out through the one sprinkler.'"

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FBI tracking guy with a wrench
WorldNetDaily | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Another electrical transmission tower in the West has been tampered with, a week after a spate of similar incidents in California and Oregon prompted federal alerts and concerns of terrorism. According to the Associated Press, the FBI got a call Monday, and upon investigation, found bolts had been removed from a tower in Sacramento. Since Oct. 20, towers in at least four other locations have been tampered with, having bolts either loosened or completely removed. Three of the previous locations were in the Oregon towns of Madras, McNary and Klamath Falls, with the fourth incident in the northern California town of Anderson."

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Junkie's terrorism story doesn't add up
News-Times | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"38-year-old Lee Jupina of New Milford told police that he and another suspect had sold explosives to a Middle Eastern person who worked in a Danbury market. Over the next two weeks, Danbury detectives and FBI agents placed several city residents under round-the-clock surveillance as they investigated what appeared to be a major terrorist threat. Then Jupina's tale began to unravel... 'I took advantage of 9-11,' Jupina said. 'I'm 40 and I still act like a kid. I'm sorry. The quality of my life has been terrible since I started to take heroin.'"

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