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December 02, 2003

Australia's caged tards & gimps
au.news.yahoo.com | Submitted by: Jonny Plasma
"Disabled children were kept in a cage as punishment at a Queensland facility, a report has claimed. Wednesday's edition of The Bulletin magazine said mentally and physically disabled people were locked in cages and threatened with broom handles... One neighbour described seeing a young boy 'hanging on to the mesh five foot from the ground. The boy was climbing like a monkey and someone would come along and bang the cage with a broom handle and threatened him with some sort of punishment or threatened not to let him out until he behaved.'"

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Catholic church volunteers to be fingerprinted
New York Times | Submitted by: Lydia
"Dioceses around the country are at various stages of investigating their volunteers and employees, and many have been doing so to some degree for years. But the efforts have grown more focused as auditors hired by the bishop's conference are due to report in January on compliance with new church guidelines... All the New Jersey dioceses but Newark require fingerprints for clergy members, and for staff members and volunteers who work with children. The prints are checked against records of the state police and, in some cases, the F.B.I. Grounds for dismissal extend to felony convictions involving sex crimes, drugs, violence, theft or weapons. Some dioceses examine arrest records, too." [Note that this measure does absolutely nothing to deal with the original problem: boyfucking priests shielded by the church hierarchy.]

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Lithuanian president allegedly mobbed-up
Globe and Mail | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Lithuanian President Rolandas Paksas has spun his way out of some tight spots in the past. As a politician, he's even survived stories that he makes key decisions only after consulting a 'faith healer' who cures people by wrapping them in toilet paper... A long-simmering scandal in the tiny Baltic state exploded Monday when a parliamentary committee concluded that Mr. Paksas was 'a threat to national security' because of links between his office and organized crime. There is also a suggestion that Russian intelligence agents may have gained influence over his decisions... 'I'm as calm as a Belgian,' the flamboyant 47-year-old told a reporter, using a popular Lithuanian saying."

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Possible conflict of interest for Schwarzenegger
Sacramento Bee | Submitted by: BratPrincess
"California Assemblyman Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, plans to introduce legislation making it illegal for minors to buy the most violent video games and requiring game dealers to separate youth games from adult offerings... Yee is targeting so-called 'first-person shooter' games, in which the player operates through the eyes of the character... the fate of the bill will be decided by action-hero Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger - who happens to have a first-person shooting game, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, in stores now... It's unclear how the governor might act if the legislation reaches his desk. Aides said he hasn't yet reviewed the proposal and couldn't say to what extent Schwarzenegger maintains a financial interest in the game."

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More from the Bosnian war crimes tribunal
BBC | Submitted by: Jim Jones
"Two ex-army commanders are the first senior Bosnian Muslims to appear before the tribunal. They are charged with killing at least 200 Bosnian Croat and Serb civilians in central Bosnia-Hercegovina in 1993... Prosecutors say some prisoners were forced to dig trenches under fire or were used as human shields... Mr Withopf said one victim had suffered 'a beheading that can only be described as a ritual beheading.'"

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School peeper rearrested
Pottstown Mercury | Submitted by: CaptWoWWoW
"A Trappe man previously accused of using an elaborate mirror system to watch unsuspecting girls and women use bathrooms at Spring-Ford Intermediate School in Royersford also secretly watched cheerleaders at Methacton High School in Worcester, authorities said Monday... '[Jon Paul Divincenzo] was secretly watching a girls' cheerleading practice from a hidden location when a coach confronted him and he fled the scene,' Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. said."

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PETA campaign ties vegetarianism to godliness
Canadian Broadcasting | Submitted by: Lydia
"In an attempt to push people away from eating meat, PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has used religious icons to associate vegetarianism with virginity. The billboard shows the Madonna cradling a chicken in her arms and below reads a caption, 'Go Vegetarian - It's an Immaculate Conception.'"

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Four-hour flight delay due to bumper sticker
CNN | Submitted by: Kaiser Wilhelm
"A man who slapped a bumper sticker referring to terrorism and war on the side of a plane caused a four-hour delay for a flight filled with holiday travelers. The man pasted the sticker on the door as a practical joke while boarding an Atlanta-to-San Francisco flight Sunday, AirTran Airways spokesman Tad Hutcheson said. A ground crew worker noticed the sticker after all passengers were on board. The captain was notified by radio and decided not to take off. All 162 people on the plane had to get off and go through a second security screening."

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RIAA lawsuit moved to RIAA's home court
c|Net | Submitted by: plick
"'We are pleased with the California court's decision to transfer the suit filed by SBC to the District of Columbia,' RIAA President Cary Sherman said in a statement. 'Since the DC court has already addressed most of the challenges raised by SBC and resolved them in RIAA's favor, we believe that the decision to transfer the case throws a significant monkey wrench into SBC's case.' SBC sued the RIAA in California courts at the end of July. It contended that the record industry's subpoenas for information on subscribers to Internet service providers were unconstitutional."

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Another reason No Child Left Behind is a joke
CNN | Submitted by: D.Rango
"When it comes time to take the standardized tests that the federal government uses to measure public schools, many of Harper's students at White Mountain Middle School merely pick answers at random, not realizing the potentially severe consequences for their school... the new law, dubbed No Child Left Behind, has focused even more attention on special education, because of the consequences for entire schools. The law mandates that schools bring all groups of students up to grade level on standardized reading and math tests, including special ed students and those who do not speak English. If even one of those groups fails to meet progress targets for two years in a row, an entire school can be listed as failing and face an escalating list of sanctions."

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More about the bullshit Ecstacy study
New York Times | Submitted by: Crazy Quagga
"In September, the journal Science issued a startling retraction. A primate study it published in 2002, with heavy publicity, warned that the amount of the drug Ecstasy that a typical user consumes in a single night might cause permanent brain damage. It turned out that the $1.3 million study, led by Dr. George A. Ricaurte of Johns Hopkins University, had not used Ecstasy at all. His 10 squirrel monkeys and baboons had instead been injected with overdoses of methamphetamine, and two of them had died... Ecstasy - invented in Germany in 1912 by Merck Pharmaceuticals in its search for an anti-bleeding drug - has been outlawed in the United States since 1985, a decision that Dr. Ricaurte has taken partial credit for."

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Parade Santa bloodied, replaced
canada.com | Submitted by: Versutus
"Roger Caron, the 64-year-old from Shawinigan who plays St. Nick for a Rosemère event organizer in half-a-dozen area Santa parades each year, found himself nearly unconcious and laying in a puddle of blood the color of his costume after being accidently thrown from a horse-pulled cart about a quarter of the way in the parade. Guy Pelletier, owner of Allégorie Inc. responsible for the parade, quickly borrowed what he could from the prone Caron and took his place of honour. Pelletier used Santa's coat more as a blanket since he said the white fur trim 'was soaked with blood.'"

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