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November 27, 2003

Chinese pissed off about corpse detailers
Wire Services | Submitted by: Gremlin
"The plant, near Dalian city, is used by Body Worlds which was founded by Guenther von Hagens, the German anatomist who has created a stir with his exhibitions of flayed human corpses in a variety of poses, the Beijing Morning Post reported. According to reports in the Chinese media, the plant imports more than 100 corpses from abroad every year, and reprocesses them into about 40 plastinated works of art... Body Worlds has arranged exhibitions in Vienna, Berlin, London and a number of Asian cities."

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Canadian politician seeks to recriminalize fags
canada.com | Submitted by: Mean Gene
"Canadian Alliance MP Larry Spencer, his party's family issues critic, says he'd support any initiative to put homosexuality back in the Criminal Code of Canada. The U.S.-born former Baptist pastor also argues that the gay-rights movement's recent successes in areas like same-sex marriage stem from a 'well-orchestrated... conspiracy' that began in the 1960s. The conspiracy included the seduction and recruitment of young boys in playgrounds and locker rooms and the deliberate infiltration of North America's judiciary, schools, the religious community, and the entertainment industry, he said."

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Soros money topples President Shevardnadze
Globe and Mail | Submitted by: Crazy Quagga
"'George Soros is set against the President of Georgia,' [Shevardnadze] said during a news conference in Tbilisi a week before his resignation - it was at least the third time during the protests that he had complained about Mr. Soros. He threatened to shut down Open Society's Georgia offices, saying it was not Mr. Soros's business 'to get involved in the political processes.' ... Meanwhile, Mr. Saakashvili, the man expected to replace Mr. Shevardnadze, has a relationship with Mr. Soros that dates back to late 2000, when the financier paid the first of several visits to Tbilisi."

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Space station all crunchy
CNN | Submitted by: Daemon9
"The crew aboard the international space station reported hearing a brief metallic crunching noise, but ground-based experts found no evidence of damage... Astronaut Mike Foale told NASA's Mission Control the noise sounded as if something had struck the aft end of the Russian module that houses the crew's sleeping quarters, kitchen and lavatory. Both Foale and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri heard the noise at 2:59 a.m. EST Wednesday as they were completing their breakfast and cleanup period. 'It sounded like a metal tin can kind of being expanded and compressed,' Foale said. 'It was a noise that lasted about a second. It sounded like an impact or something.'"

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Controversial hospital administrator suicides
canada.com | Submitted by: Scott Freeman Davidson
"The head of an embattled Montreal chronic care facility who vanished Tuesday as controversy swirled around him and the institution he oversaw for seven years was found dead Wednesday in a Ste-Hyacinthe hotel. Police confirmed last night that Léon Lafleur, 56, the director of Charles Borromée Hospital, committed suicide... Lafleur had been at the centre of a media storm since Monday when he made light of employees who were caught on tape degrading a female patient at the hospital. Fearing she was being abused, her family hid a tape recorder inside her room. It captured employees humiliating and taunting her. In one taped excerpt widely reported by Quebec media, two staff members told the woman there was a man outside her woman watching her and masturbating... He told La Presse on Monday that the rude comments about masturbation by an employee weren't to be taken seriously. 'It's black humour. It wasn't something done to frighten anyone. I'm convinced of that.'"

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Radio station burns UKP5,000
Guardian | Submitted by: Vomit
"A radio station that burned UKP5,000 in a breakfast show stunt is being investigated by the Radio Authority. Chrysalis Radio's Galaxy station in Birmingham sent the cash up in smoke after listeners voted to burn the money rather than give it to a listener who wanted to spend it on a breast enhancement operation. Despite Birmingham church representatives' impassioned pleas for the money to be given to charity, the station set the cash alight on November 13 in its Bank it or Burn it competition... Galaxy's stunt follows, albeit on a smaller scale, the precedent set by art-rockers the KLF who set fire to UKP1m on a remote Scottish island in 1994. Although the group said they burned real money the claim was never corroborated but the notorious stunt still provokes heated debate."

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Former Chinese prisoner sells contraband to China
BBC | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A Chinese scholar who the US helped free from a Chinese prison has pleaded guilty in an American court to sending prohibited hi-tech equipment to China. Rights activist Gao Zhan admitted unlawfully exporting 80 microprocessors which could be used in weapons systems. Gao, a US resident alien who is due to be sentenced in March, was convicted by China in 2001 of spying for Taiwan. She had spent more than five months in jail in China before being released under intense pressure from Washington... Gao Zhan, a Chinese sociologist based in the US, was one of a number of scholars found guilty by China of spying for Taiwan."

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Spaniards livid over wrong anthem
Australian | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Furious Spanish officials stormed from the stadium amid puzzled looks from the players and rumblings in the crowd as a tune from Spain's pre-civil war republican era blared out. Spain immediately demanded an apology and an explanation from the Australian government. Spain's team was told not to begin play until the correct anthem, which was hastily found, was played... Spain's Secretary of State for Sport, Juan Antonio Gomez-Angulo, was fuming later, describing the incident as 'an offence to the Spanish nation.' He yelled and gesticulated wildly from the stands during trumpet soloist James Morrison's rendition of the tune before he and Spanish ambassador Jose Baranano stormed from the stadium."

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Maggots rain down on California classroom
Fairfield Daily Republic | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"David Day, 17, experienced the 'grossest experience' of his life earlier this month when maggots sprinkled on his American literature class at Fairfield High School. Pigeons were to blame for the larvae spillage. The birds roosted in a crawl space under the pitched roof of the portable building the literature class uses. Some pigeons died there and flies laid eggs in their corpses, said Bill Luna, director of administrative services."

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Ex-CIA chief concerned about antisemitism
World Net Daily | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Former CIA director James Woolsey is taking on Europe's media and cultural elite, saying they've drawn 'the first breath of totalitarianism' due to their growing resentment of Jews. The agency's director under the Clinton administration, Woolsey made the comments during a speech to a predominantly Jewish audience at York University in Toronto... 'Once you begin to dabble with the idea that you want to bully people, that you want to order them around, that you want them to do what you say, you very frequently start to drift into anti-Semitism... I think that is what is happening in some of the cultural elites in Europe.'"

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Surprises caught in defense industry revolving door
Business Journal | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Boeing Co. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mike Sears has been dismissed for cause effective immediately as the result of circumstances surrounding the hiring of Darleen Druyun, a former U.S. government official. Druyun, who has been vice president and deputy general manager of Missile Defense Systems, also has been dismissed for cause. Sears was dismissed for violating company policies by communicating directly and indirectly with Druyun about future employment when she had not disqualified herself from acting in her official government capacity on matters involving Boeing. In addition, an internally initiated review found both attempted to conceal their misconduct... Boeing has informed the Department of the Air Force of the actions taken and will continue to cooperate with the government in its ongoing investigation regarding this matter." [This after a Boeing lawyer agreed to buy Druyun's house while she was still at the Pentagon, overseeing matters relating to the company.]

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Mammals smarter than we think... maybe
Longview Daily News | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Cut a banana in two pieces and ask a hungry 5-year-old to eat one piece. The child snatches the biggest one. But cut the banana in 'half,' and the decision comes more slowly. The child's doubt is an example of one of the most sophisticated mental talents that humans possess. It is called 'cognitive self-awareness,' 'metacognition' or 'thinking about thinking' - the ability to wonder whether one is making the 'right' judgment... researchers showed that rhesus monkeys and a bottlenose dolphin chose 'I'm not sure' with virtually the same frequency as humans when offered difficult choices. 'They know when they don't know,' said lead researcher John David Smith, a psychologist at the University at Buffalo of the State University of New York. 'You up the stakes and give them a behavioral way to opt out, and they take it. It's lovely to watch.'"

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