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Sunday September 30, 2001

CIA turned down critical Bin Laden files
Observer | Submitted by: Soylent
The U.S. and U.K. both turned down an offer of a critical Sudanese database on Bin Laden. According to a senior CIA source, "This represents the worst single intelligence failure in this whole terrible business. It is the key to the whole thing right now. It is reasonable to say that had we had this data we may have had a better chance of preventing the attacks."

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Severed Human Penis in Fruit Punch
Rocky Mountain News | Submitted by: Soylent
Police are investigating a human penis found in a 20-ounce bottle of Ora Potency Fruit Punch. And unfortunately for him, one Juan Sanchez-Marchez made the discovery 2/3 of the way into the bottle.

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Interview with a Torturer
London Telegraph | Submitted by: Soylent
"I want your unit to find new ways of torture so terrible that the screams will frighten even crows from their nests and if the person survives he will never again have a night's sleep."

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Eat at Osama's
New York Times Service | Submitted by: Sketchcow
Patrons of Osama's, a quaint little bistro near Fort Bragg are urging the owner to change the moniker of the establishment. While the name may have an esteemed history in Arab culture it is now perhaps tainted beyond redemption.

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Saturday September 29, 2001

Cow Dung for a Better Tomorrow
Indian Express | Submitted by: Micky
At a laboratory in Jaipur, researchers work tirelessly in pursuit of new and innovative uses for cow dung and urine. Among their breakthroughs: To help avoid nuclear radiation, their advice is to "lather yourself with cow dung as a protective shield" [Editor's note: we cannot condone this.] Other pioneering uses for the materials include face cream, leucoderma treatments, and aphrodisiacs. "Here, we don't consider urine as waste matter."

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Face Recognition Technology Shaky
The Register | Submitted by: Soylent
A lot has been said about the deployment of face recognition technology in public areas, particularly in Florida and the DC airport. But as warm and fuzzy as it sounds to law enforcement, the technology itself is rather immature and heavily prone to error.

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Osama bin Tattoo
Reuters | Submitted by: Soylent
Details regarding a suspect taken in Orange County, CA are subject to a federal gag order, but this much has leaked out: "During an initial search at the county jail he was found to have a large tattoo of suspected mastermind bin Laden on his chest. Underneath was written: Osama bin Laden."

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LA Tries to Tax Geosynch Satellites
Associated Press | Submitted by: Soylent
The County of Los Angeles attempted to assess property tax on eight geosynchronous satellites. This is extremely strange because these satellites are parked 23,000 miles over the equator (note: not Los Angeles. Nowhere near Los Angeles.) Tax everything, ask questions later.

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Previous Archives

Drinking From a Firehose
Wall Street Journal | Submitted by: Soylent
Increased surveillance powers requested by the Attorney General will probably have no effect on terrorism. There is simply too much information available even now, to sift through. And also, the FBI can barely get information to other agencies in the country -- "We haven't heard anything about the delays on crop dusting or about explosives or the list of people they are looking for."
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Terrorists Fear Women
London Telegraph | Submitted by: Soylent
"The imam of a mosque in Fuengirola, Spain, one Mohamed Kamal Mostafa, has just published a handy guide to when you may beat your wife. Only hit the hands and feet, he says, using a rod that is thin and light."
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Evil Lego Overlord Squashed
Associated Press | Submitted by: Soylent
A symptom of these oversensitive times where "evil" has become a sensitive word, the Lego Corporation has pulled the "Evil Ogel" figure from its playtime ouvre. The harmless toy was withdrawn after a single complaint from some lady in South Carolina who was upset that the figure deployed "mind controlling devices" over a city.
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FAA Grounded Rushdie Days Before Attacks
Times | Submitted by: Soylent
Did the FAA know about the attacks a week before they were going to happen? Author Salmon Rushdie, who has a fatwa on his head, was told by the FAA that he could not fly unless airport security was increased (which obviously wasn't going to happen).
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It Smells Like CaCa
Boston Globe | Submitted by: Soylent
"Every summer and fall, waves of algae wash ashore 'like pudding,' says longtime beach walker Shawn Kinney. As the algae dries on the sand, bacteria eat away at the bottom layer, releasing sulfurous gases into the air. On really bad days, the stench blankets beachside neighborhoods."
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Satellite Cremains Fall Into Ocean
Associated Press | Submitted by: Soylent
The cremated remains of fifty people fell into the ocean when an Orbital Sciences Corp. satellite failed to stay in orbit. Reservations for the trip were $5300. An imaging satellite and a NASA satellite were also lost.
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Civilian Plane Shoot-down OK'd
New York Times | Submitted by: Soylent
"More than 100 fighter jets at 26 bases nationwide stand ready to take off on 10 minutes' notice, up from 14 planes at seven bases on comparable alert the day of the attacks. F-15's and F-16's fly round-the-clock over Washington and New York, and randomly over dozens of other cities. Last Sunday, fighters flew over several National Football League games although officials would not say which ones."
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Twelve Hijackings Were Foiled
Herald Sun | Submitted by: Gambit32
Potential hijackings on September 11 involving as many as twelve airplanes were foiled when all aircraft were grounded that day. By custom, guest pilots are offered a "jump seat" position in the cockpit. And oddly that day, many guest pilots of mideastern descent from "foreign airlines" were offered just that.
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Utah Blow Against Masturbation Innuendo
Salt Lake Tribune | Submitted by: Soylent
"A.T. should have known his behavior would likely cause affront or alarm to the woman in the parking lot. He achieved the result of offending the victim by conveying the appearance of masturbation. It is precisely this type of conduct that the legislature intended to prohibit in enacting the statute." -- Justice Michael Wilkins
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Photos Banned at WTC Scene
Associated Press | Submitted by: Diana Lily
The mayor's office in NYC has banned photography by private individuals at the WTC site because it is "a crime scene". Even persons outside the barricades are subject to arrest and/or confiscation of film. Of course the "press" may continue to photograph the horrible aftermath as much as they want.
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Bin Laden Family Fleeing US
The Independent | Submitted by: Soylent
The Bin Laden family has long disowned Osama, and about 25 of their relatives were until recently residents of the United States. Fearing for their own safety, many of them left the U.S. on a specially chartered jet seven days after the attack.
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Briefing on Iraq-Qaeda Connections
Jane's Defence Weekly | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Bin Laden is a schoolboy in comparison with Mughniyeh. The guy is a genius, someone who refined the art of terrorism to its utmost level. We studied him and reached the conclusion that he is a clinical psychopath motivated by uncontrollable psychological reasons, which we have given up trying to understand. The killing of his two brothers by the Americans only inflamed his strong motivation."
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Pilots Want to Carry Guns
Newsmax | Submitted by: Soylent
The Airlines Pilots Association has requested their members be permitted to carry guns in the cockpits of their airplanes. The union told their members, "The pilot must be prepared to kill a cockpit intruder." Pilot gunnery can come about in two ways, either deputization of pilots as air marshalls, or act of Congress.
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Comics in a Pickle
Wall Street Journal | Submitted by: Soylent
Survey of the reactions of the newspaper comic strip to the WTC attacks. At the top of the list is what to do with Dilbert's "Elbonians", which are ethnics "in a very Afghanistan-looking country and have long, black beards. Those are on permanent hold."
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Fuck You, Larry Ellison
San Jose Mercury | Submitted by: Soylent
In a major step towards a "Big Brother" state, Oracle Software has offered to sponsor National ID cards at no charge to the U.S. Government. "We need a national ID card with our photograph and thumbprint digitized and embedded in the ID card", Larry Ellison stated on San Francisco TV. Note that this would not have stopped the WTC attacks as all terrorists were in the country legally. Apparently Ellison is willing to collaborate in taking away important civil liberties from U.S. citizens in order to promote his company. We recommend you don't buy any Oracle software, ever again.
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Life Imprisonment for Computer Hacking
Security Focus | Submitted by: Soylent
The Justice Department wants the Anti Terrorism Act to include penalties up to life imprisonment for any crime involving computer hacking, including simple defacement of web pages. Additionally this would remove the statute of limitations altogether from hacking crimes. This is government gone crazy.
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Hermaphrodite Moose Shot Dead
Reuters | Submitted by: Soylent
Antlers and a snatch: "The hunter shot it, thinking it was a bull. When he got closer, he saw that things weren't as they should have been, or as he expected" -- Rick Ward, moose biologist. [Editor's note: This usually happens to me in bars late at night.]
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Marilyn Manson Plea Not Guilty in Sex Charge
Associated Press | Submitted by: Soylent
Greatly misunderstood rocker Marilyn Manson, accused of rubbing his balls up against a security guard last July, entered a plea of not guilty, hoping for dismissal.
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FBI Grounds all Crop Dusters
Washington Post | Submitted by: Soylent
Because they can be used to deploy chemical and biological weapons, the FBI grounded all crop dusters on Sunday. The agency does not admit to having intelligence on any specific threat, however.
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Though there is no specific threat: "Among the belongings of suspected terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, sources tell TIME, were manuals showing how to operate cropdusting equipment that could be used to spray fast-killing toxins into the air."
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Report from the Jihad
London Telegraph | Submitted by: Soylent
"The Americans would be easier to defeat than the Russians. The Americans lead lavish lives and they are afraid of death. We are not afraid of death. The Americans love Pepsi Cola, we love death."
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CIA Begins Black Ops
Bloomberg | Submitted by: Soylent
"The Central Intelligence Agency is mounting covert operations to retaliate against Osama bin Laden and other terrorists suspected in the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, U.S. officials said."
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Hollywood Next Target?
Variety | Submitted by: Soylent
According to an FBI spokesperson, "The uncorroborated threat states that a film studio in California could be the target of a terrorist attack in retaliation for any possible bombing attacks by the United States in Afghanistan."
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Faces of the Terrorists
F.B.I. | Submitted by: Soylent
The FBI has released passport photographs of the faces of most of the various terrorists responsible for the WTC and Pentagon hijackings.
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Osama Fatwah
Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya | Submitted by: Soylent
The roots of Osama's hatred of America. "First, for over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples."
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Airlines Mostly To Blame for Airport Security
Boston Globe | Submitted by: Soylent
The nation's airlines have fought a constant battle to prevent airport security from being tightened, hiring top lobbyists to fight even the most common-sense changes. These hijackings could have been prevented -- no matter how you look at it, the cost savings they achieved by not having to implement security improvements come nowhere near the $100B these attacks are going to cost us. And now the airlines want the American taxpayer to bail them out of this mess?
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Twin Towers Were Looted
This Is London | Submitted by: Soylent
"It was calculated. It was done with crowbars and heavy equipment and some sharp, blunt objects that were used to smash open big doors and jewellery cases. They were rescue workers of some sort."
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Seattle Patriotic Penis Predicament
Seattle P.I. | Submitted by: Soylent
An immense phallus carved from a tree trunk has citizens and officials in Seattle perplexed. Since the WTC attack the magnificent organ has been decorated with American flags as a show of support.
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Get Him
Washington Times | Submitted by: Soylent
"If someone were to stand up, brandish something such as a plastic knife and say 'This is a hijacking' or words to that effect here is what you should do: Every one of you should stand up and immediately throw things at that person -- pillows, books, magazines, eyeglasses, shoes -- anything that will throw him off balance and distract his attention."
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Mafia Offers Assistance to NYC
NY Daily News | Submitted by: Soylent
John Gotti's son-in-law Carmine Agnello has generously offered to New York City the use of his industrial shredding machine. Agnello runs a large scrap business but has been in jail since March 2000.
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Kent State Calendar Shows Too Much Pussy
Daily Kent Stater | Submitted by: rs
"The Kent State athletic marketing department is scrambling to remove fall sports calendars that contain a photograph revealing an Eastern Michigan soccer player's vaginal region."
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Pentagon Recommends Tac-Nuke Use
Japan Times | Submitted by: Soylent
According to diplomatic sources, "The Defense Department has recommended to President George W. Bush the use of tactical nuclear weapon as a military option to retaliate for last week's terrorist attacks in the United States".
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Media Pundits go on Rampage
FAIR | Submitted by: Macki
"This is no time to be precious about locating the exact individuals directly involved in this particular terrorist attack.... We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war." (quote by Ann Coulter, New York Daily News)
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Germ Warfare Threat
Village Voice | Submitted by: Soylent
Lethal germ agents such as anthrax or plague could kill thousands of people if cunningly deployed. Some of these strains are immune to antibiotics, and it will be very difficult to keep them out of the hands of terrorists.
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Former Mom Wants Satan Out
Houston Chronicle | Submitted by: Kade
Andrea Yates, the woman who drowned her five kids in a bathtub, is requesting execution in order to drive away the Prince of Darkness. Quoting a defense psychologist, "She said she should be punished and that the state would destroy her and Satan."
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Composer Explains Attack as "Art"
Tehelka | Submitted by: Gary Peterson
German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen described the attack on the World Trade Center as "the greatest work of art ever". Stockhausen realized how offensive his remark was and retracted it, but this did not prevent two of his concerts from being cancelled.
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Airport Security Useless
CBS | Submitted by: Soylent
"We have like an old dynamite bomb. It's just a couple sticks, a huge clock, wire and generally, an empty bag in this - anybody can see it. And I wrote FAA headquarters and said, "Do we have a memorandum of agreement with the terrorists that they promise to use a big bomb, very obvious in an empty bag?"
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Gays OK in Military (for now)
SF Chronicle | Submitted by: Soylent
A "stop loss" order was issued, permitting gays and lesbians to serve in the military. This also happened during the Gulf War, but after the conflict acknowledged homosexuals were dismissed. Apparently it's ok for gays to die for our country but only if we're at war and the "normals" are at risk.
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Fifth Hijacking Averted?
BBC | Submitted by: Soylent
American Airlines flight 43 from Boston, which was grounded due to a mechanical problem, may have been intended as a fifth hijacking on the day of the attacks.
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Playing Space Monkey
Pioneer Planet | Submitted by: Soylent
"It felt like I was dreaming," said Whitaker. "I was against the wall one minute, then I woke up inside a stall the next." [Editor's note: sounds like my weekend. Actually every weekend.]
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Swazi Virgins Ordered Chaste
The Independent | Submitted by: Soylent
Female virgins in the southern African state of Swaziland have been ordered by decree to remain chaste for the next five years. Apparently this is due to the large AIDS toll in the nation, from which 50,000 of 1,000,000 population has died. Men who break the decree are to be fined UKP120 or one cow.
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Papers, Please
MSNBC | Submitted by: Sketchcow
Congressional leaders consider requiring citizens to carry national ID cards. Usually when this idea is floated, it is rejected out of hand (as it should be). Soon, mandatory fingerprinting and DNA sampling.
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Tear It Down And They Will Die
Ted Rall | Submitted by: Soylent
"The World Trade Center ought never have been built he told us back in September of 1983." This is the price of building edfices that are Too Fucking High. The prescience of a civil engineering professor.
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Radio Ban Rocks the Casbah
Fucked Company | Submitted by: Soylent
Clear Channel, one of the radio cartels (nearly 1200 stations), has banned a surprisingly long list of songs because of the WTC disaster. This includes expected things as "Jump" and "Rock the Casbah" but also oddly "Dancing in the Streets" and the ridiculous "In the Year 2525". This has gotten silly.
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Bush Gave $43M to Taliban
Los Angeles Times | Submitted by: Soylent
Primarily because of the Taliban's assistance with the drug war -- they have virtually eliminated opium production from Afghanistan -- George W. Bush gave $43M assistance to the Taliban, even though it was harboring fugitive Osama bin Laden at the time. This wasn't a while back, it was just four months ago.
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Nuclear Plants Next Target
The Nation | Submitted by: Soylent
"Our [Russian] security services are warning the United States that what happened on Tuesday is just the beginning, and that the next target of the terrorists will be an American nuclear facility."
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Name that Operation
Parameters | Submitted by: Soylent
"Do you want your grandchildren to say you were in [Operation] Blue Spoon?" This article from the U.S. Army War College journal Parameters explores the naming of military operations.
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Geriatric Bestiality
The Free Lance-Star | Submitted by: Soylent
An 80 year old man is revealed as a serial cow rapist. "He was wearing only a T-shirt, tennis shoes and sunglasses when he entered the pasture, police said." A report from the American heartland.
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Echelon Spy Report
The Register | Submitted by: Soylent
Background about the European's Parliament's report on Echelon (the super secret UK-USA global surveillance system), which concludes that not only does Echelon exist, many of its stations may actually be pinpointed.
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Monkey Counting Foiled
The Guardian | Submitted by: Soylent
Monkey counters in Kenya were foiled after they were chased by a raving band of 300 naked women. Obviously this story leaves more questions than answers.
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U.S. Was Going to Down Fourth Plane
CBS | Submitted by: Soylent
The U.S. military was going to shoot down the fourth hijacked jet, the one that crashed, before it reached Washington. A source in the government said they would "kill 100 to save a thousand". Hard to disagree.
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Terrorists Set Up Cameras to Film Attack
This Is London | Submitted by: Soylent
"Five men suspected of being involved in the attack on the World Trade Centre set up cameras to record the atrocity, it emerged today."
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And in a similar un-Islamic misbehavior, terrorists may have received lap dances in a Daytona Beach strip club, the night before the attack.
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Senate Approves Warrantless Wiretaps
Wired | Submitted by: Soylent
Apparently unaware there even exists a 4th Amendment, the Senate has approved a measure permitting warrantless wiretapping of private Internet transmissions. This allows installation of Carnivore at the whim of basically any law enforcement agency. The bill was of course sponsored by Dianne Feinstein, who in the past has been intent on disregarding any civil right she deems inconvenient to her purposes.
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Why Did People Jump?
Washington Post | Submitted by: Soylent
Analysis of why people chose to jump from the WTC and other disasters. Some psychologists feel that it gives an individual more control over his own death. But other people jump because they want their bodies to be able to be identified.
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Family Values
KOCO | Submitted by: Number-6
An Oklahoma man faces felony counts for piercing his eight year old son's genitals with a hog ring, in order to prevent him from masturbating. This story is amazing.
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Senator Calls for Encryption Ban
Wired | Submitted by: Soylent
We received quite a bit of hate mail for stating the obvious, that a crackdown on civil liberties will come out of this disaster. Well, it is already happening. Senator Judd Gregg called on the Senate floor today for a total ban on encryption technology. When Bush said the terrorist attack was an attack on Freedom, that is exactly correct. Except it will be the U.S. Congress who tries to take it away from us. Don't let them.
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Hijack Prevention Technologies
USA Today | Submitted by: Soylent
A survey of the technologies available to prevent hijacking. Of course, the ultimate answer is to not allow the cockpit to be entered while the plane is in flight, but that simple idea apparently hasn't occurred to anyone yet. And it isn't even mentioned in this article.
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Terrorists May Go Nuclear
Times | Submitted by: Soylent
Blair tells the house of commons that a new generation of terrorists stands ready and willing to launch a nuclear strike against the democracies of the West.
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Falwell Blames Attack on Gays, Abortionists
Advocate | Submitted by: Soylent
"And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle...all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.'"
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Paula Poundstone Guilty
Reuters | Submitted by: Soylent
The homely middle-aged comic, charged with lewd conduct, pleads guilty instead to a count of child endangerment and another of inflicting injury on a child. For this, she is sentenced to rehab. Many questions unanswered.
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After Satellite Image of Pentagon
Jane's Defense Weekly | Submitted by: Soylent
This satellite photograph, taken by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite on 12 September, shows the devastation on the Pentagon's west side after American Airlines Flight 77 was flown into it around 09.38 (EDT) on 11 September.
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Twelve Tons of Gold in Rubble
Reuters | Submitted by: Soylent
In the rubble of the Twin Towers lies 379,036 ounces of gold, held by the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. This is abouty 2% of the daily global trading volume. It's probably fairly safe right now.
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WTC Dust is Massive Asbestos Hazard
Cryptome
"The two collapses probably released more asbestos debris at one time than ever in history. Today we saw dozens of workers clad in full asbestos protection suits resting, waiting to be sent back to the site. I've seen no photos of them in the news, nor mention of the great clouds of asbestos-contaminated smoke..."
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Fifty Terrorists
Los Angeles Times
Investigators "have identified a team of as many as 50 infiltrators who supported or carried out the strikes", a source revealed.
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Guns and Flags Selling Like Hotcakes
Orlando Sentinel
Florida gun stores are selling a record number of guns and ammunition. "It's a concentrated Y2K situation that started since we opened up this morning" at one store; at another, "It was the busiest day ever."
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Is Bin Laden Under House Arrest?
Yahoo Australia
Unconfirmed reports are circulating that the Taliban has placed Bin Laden under house arrest, though we tend to doubt their veracity.
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Mossad Thinks Hussein Did it
World Tribune
"Iraq recruited Saudi billionaire fugitive Osama Bin Laden and his Islamic allies to carry out the suicide attacks around the United States, according to Israeli intelligence."
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Hotmail Under Surveillance
Wired
From the article, "Hotmail officials have been receiving calls from the San Francisco FBI office since mid-(Tuesday) morning and are cooperating with their expedited requests for information about a few specific accounts," the person said. "Most of the account names start with the word 'Allah' and contain messages in Arabic."
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Article 5 of NATO to be Invoked
BBC
Article Five of the NATO treaty states that any attack on a NATO country "shall be considered an attack against them all". But this has the perverse effect of legitimizing the terrorists.
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Architectural Implications of WTC
pfarrell
This article deplores this act of terrorism, but leaves analysis of the politics and techniques of the attacks alone, and focuses on the impact of the attack on architecture and cities themselves.
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Also, this is the best article on the structure:
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Vulnerable
Economist
"In preparing the extraordinarily high security used for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, American planners were told that, in such a situation, they would have no legal right to shoot a plane, laden with passengers, out of the sky."
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Students may have known of attacks
Westchester Journal News
The student pointed out a third-story window of New Utrecht High School toward the Trade Center and said, "Do you see those two buildings? They won't be standing there next week," according to three police sources and a city official familiar with the investigation.
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eBay Bans Sale of WTC Souvenirs
Fox
Online auction house eBay has banned the sale of detritus and other souvenirs of the terrorist attacks yesterday, even those posted before the attacks occurred.
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Rappers Predicted Destruction
Rotten
In this month's (listed as October 2001) issue of Wired Magazine, on the news stands for more than a week, is this review of The Coup's new offering, the cover of which shows the World Trade Center twin towers being destroyed.
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A larger version of the cover art.

McCain calls for Declaration of War
Reuters
Asked if the United States should "go to war" with a country that is the "patron" of those responsible, McCain said: "Absolutely, because they have committed an atrocity on a scale that is unprecedented."
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ATC Spotted Unidentified Aircraft
Washington Post
Hijackers actually ordered passengers to call their loved ones to tell them that they were about to die. Another interesting angle in this article is that the plane aimed itself towards the White House, but then veered off and went for the Pentagon.
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Prior to September 11

ASPCA Slams Bonsai Kitten
ASPCA
And so it goes, "Unfortunately, Bonsai Kitten's new service provider, www.rotten.com, refuses to remove the site on freedom of speech grounds. Since contacting the Web site directly has only increased the creators' resolve to maintain the site, and the new host is unwilling to remove it, we recommend that concerned citizens NOT contact the person running this site or any other Bonsai Kitten related sites."
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Doonesbury Admits President Bush Smart After All
Fox
The cartoon cited a nonexistent study as fact, that Bush has an IQ half that of Clinton. Also: Cartoons are real life, the cartoon hires a "fact checker" to make sure these things don't slip through. Oops.
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Lingerie Bandit Caught
The State
A string of 21 house burglaries in South Carolina largely involving ladies undergarments has finally been solved. In some cases he tried on the garments in question. The underwear bandit, however, faces life imprisonment for each of these offenses -- the Carolinas taking a dim view of such behavior.
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Jess Helms Keeps the Nigger Down
Indymedia
When a caller to CNN's Larry King Live show praised guest Jesse Helms for "everything you've done to help keep down the niggers," Helms' response was to salute the camera and say, "Well, thank you, I think." FAIR's litany of documentation regarding the media's treatment of senator Jesse Helms' racism.
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Middle English Dictionary
Los Angeles Times
Academics have spent 70 years creating a dictionary of Middle English, a language extinct for 600 years. This goes beyond use by those at the Renaissance Faire, it tells us a lot about our own language, But mad, simply mad.
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Microsoft to own Internet error messages
ZDnet
An insidious extension into the ownership of your internet desktop.
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Harry Potter Coins
Reuters
This has got to be one of the dodgiest things ever.
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One Billionth Second Approaching
electromagnetic.net
The epoch since January 1, 1970 rolls over, sorta. Does this matter at all? Not really. But in 2038, we will have another Y2K problem.
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Hank the Angry Dwarf Dead
The Smoking Gun
Autopsy report of Howard Stern's frequent guest
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Spectrum Wars
USA Today
Hidden battle over the airwaves.
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Christianity Almost Beaten!
The Times
The Anglican Church finally admits defeat.
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Mother Theresa Exorcised
CNN
Church officials acknowledge Theresa had the devil inside.
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Nuke Missing off Georgia
The Australian
United States has admitted a 3450kg bomb was lost off the Georgia coast in 1958. And it's two orders of magnitude more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb. Holy shit, mang.
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The Greatest Vendetta on Earth
Salon
Riveting story of the Ringling Circus vendetta against a freelance author, involving the dirty tricks from former CIA agents.
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Millionaire Fatwa
ABCnews
A religious Fatwa was issued against Who Wants to be a Millionaire, the droll gameshow appealing to greed. While this isn't that interesting, we like to keep up on current Fatwa's.
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French Cult Crackdown
BBC
The French Government has decided that unpopular religions will be the target of the state, under a new law enacted against those that use questionable methods such as "misleading publicity" or "psychological pressure to retain members". Of course the Catholic Church, among others, uses both of these techniques, but it is unlikely that it will ever be prosecuted.
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