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More ammo for the "U.S. brought it on themselves" crowd, courtesy of the New York Times.

"One report obtained by Dr. Zilinskas from the government is "Development of `N' for Offensive Use in Biological Warfare." `N' was the code letter for Bacillus anthracis, the germ that causes anthrax. Another is "The Stability of Botulinum Toxin in Common Beverages." The germ-derived substance is the most poisonous known to science."

Seems that the United States has been selling instructions for the creation of bio-weapons.
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Jan 12, 2002 - 4 comments

Avoiding Wrongful Birth Lawsuits

Avoiding Wrongful Birth Lawsuits, ob/gyn's in France have decided just to "not know" about problems before birth. So, no more ultrasounds. Original wrongful birth thread can be found here.
posted by dwivian on Jan 10, 2002 - 4 comments

The return of "Water Cooler News?"

The return of "Water Cooler News?" The Boston Globe discusses whether or not the trial of hockey dad Thomas Junta (on trial here in Cambridge, MA for allegedly beating to death another dad, Michael Costin) is ushering in "a kind of news normalcy" as it ushers out terror-related news (more)...
posted by tpl1212 on Jan 10, 2002 - 5 comments

Cessna pilot sympathised with Bin Laden...

Cessna pilot sympathised with Bin Laden...
Does Americas enemy lie within?
posted by tomcosgrave on Jan 6, 2002 - 38 comments

Skywriting "God is great"

Skywriting "God is great" scares bejesus out of Palm Beach residents, assuming the message might be the beginning of a terrorist attack. Is this any different than skywriting "Allah is great," and would the pilot have been treated any differently?
posted by johnnyace on Jan 4, 2002 - 12 comments

Moussaoui appears on September 11th charges

Moussaoui appears on September 11th charges
Surprised not to see this posted, given the amount of coverage the attacks have been getting here at MeFi. "In the name of Allah, I do not have anything to plead," Mr Moussaoui, a French citizen said. "I enter no plea." The judge took this as a not guilty plea which was entered into the record.
posted by tomcosgrave on Jan 2, 2002 - 29 comments

Taj Mahal camouflaged

Taj Mahal camouflaged The Taj Mahal is to be covered with a '400 metres of khaki, black and green cloth' to protect it from possible Pakistan attacks. Bizarre and sad that it's nescessary, though. Before posting, I noted a link shown on the same page, offering another solution... Sorry, couldn't resist to post it.
posted by swordfishtrombones on Dec 30, 2001 - 31 comments

EU to independent farmers: Drop dead.
posted by darukaru on Dec 29, 2001 - 8 comments

Sometimes, often even, life imitates art. Rarely is it as spot-on as this example. Recall if you will, actor Robert Downey's character in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. Compare Downey's character to this photo.
Now, try not to laugh.
No, really. Be serious, because this picture pretty much sums up everything thats gone wrong with modern journalism (and does so without even so much as a caption).
posted by BentPenguin on Dec 26, 2001 - 17 comments

S-11 Redux: (Channel) Surfing the Apocalypse

S-11 Redux: (Channel) Surfing the Apocalypse So, in the face of our media's shameless propaganda campaign, we have taken it upon ourselves to intuit what the intentions and goals of this war truly are. In what is surely a departure from our traditional NewsVideo format, GNN presents S-11 Redux: (Channel) Surfing the Apocalypse. Culled from over 20 hours of television footage recorded over a one month period and across 13 networks, S-11 Redux is a sound-bite blitzkrieg that challenges the messages we have been fed from our mainstream media and the government it serves. Be warned - this video moves quickly and will require at least two viewings to digest its full impact. You may never be able to look at the coverage of S-11 and its post-impact coverage the same way, ever again
posted by Niahmas on Dec 24, 2001 - 31 comments

Contribute to the BBC's E-cyclopedia Glossary of 2001

Contribute to the BBC's E-cyclopedia Glossary of 2001. "Impeachment nostalgia" - phrase coined by novelist Douglas Coupland to characterise depression following 11 September and a hankering for the era in which details of stains on Gap dresses were the main obsession of media and politics.
posted by timyang on Dec 19, 2001 - 5 comments

What is the future of online news.

What is the future of online news. Will subscription eventually win through? Is there a viable business model that will allow independent publishers (such as Salon) to survive, or will we see further media consolidation? Where does blogging fit into this spectrum?
posted by RobertLoch on Dec 19, 2001 - 9 comments

This man

This man and this man will be working together next year. Think this man is feeling better about his decision to quit?
posted by yerfatma on Dec 18, 2001 - 22 comments

Mumia Abu-Jamal's death sentence thrown out

Mumia Abu-Jamal's death sentence thrown out Surprised I haven't seen this one up, even the story's just now hitting the news sites. Wonder what this portends. Um, maybe the American justice system works OK after all, even if justice comes slowly? Or did all the pressure (and time too, maybe) help advocates build a good case? What?
posted by raysmj on Dec 18, 2001 - 68 comments

Geraldo caught lying

Geraldo caught lying about his exploits in Afghanistan. Rivera reported in a Dec. 6 piece that he (was) standing on the "hallowed ground" in Afghanistan where "friendly fire took so many of our, our men and the mujahedeen yesterday." (later) admitted that he was several hundred miles from the site.

It seemed awfully strange how Geraldo was always where "the action" was in a country that large. What do you think Fox will do about this? Should he be fired?
posted by revbrian on Dec 18, 2001 - 28 comments

"I felt no spark of creativity...only guilt that I survived to tell the tale." We're all newshounds here, so how about a thought on for the eight journalists that have died bringing us news in Afghanistan?
posted by Kevs on Dec 15, 2001 - 7 comments

"Months have passed. It's the first Friday night in the final month. Much shit has happened. Vodka has a Tec 9, we test fired all of our babies, we have 6 time clocks ready, 39 crickets, 24 pipe bombs, and the napalm is under construction. Right now I'm trying to get fucked and trying to finish off these time bombs."

A look into the twisted mind of Eric Harris, Columbine gunman, through his personal writings, courtesy of Westword.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Dec 5, 2001 - 23 comments

A'll be bach – Terminiator 3 is coming!!!

A'll be bach – Terminiator 3 is coming!!! With a budget projected to be more than $170 million, Daily Variety reports that Schwarzenegger is working out the final contract details to star in the third installment, with Jonathan Mostow replacing James Cameron as director. Shooting on the film is expected to begin in April ...
posted by Brilliantcrank on Dec 5, 2001 - 39 comments

Why Don't People Read Newspapers from Other Countries?

Why Don't People Read Newspapers from Other Countries? The early promise of the Web was that it would create a smaller world. Yet, most individuals read their local newspaper or their favorite national newspaper online. For example, most people I speak to are surprised that there are English newspapers in Pakistan- there are at least two good ones- Dawn and The Friday Times. I see a lot of posts on MeFi from UK papers such as The Guardian and also from Australian papers. How about the English newspapers from the rest of the world? Have we stopped browsing?
posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy on Dec 4, 2001 - 45 comments

In October 2000, in the mountains of Utah, three-year-old Gage Wayment wandered away from his father's truck and died of exposure. In July 2001, his father, Paul Wayment, was due to begin serving a 30-day jail sentence for negligent homicide. Instead, he killed himself in the area where his son was found.

Now, Paul Wayment's parents have filed two million-dollar claims against the search and rescue teams alleging that had they "conducted an appropriate and proper search," the boy and his father would still be alive.

It appears the search teams are protected by the Utah Good Samaritan Act, unless they can be shown to have been grossly negligent, but this lawsuit may still have a chilling effect on future search-and-rescue operations.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Dec 3, 2001 - 29 comments

I've been accused in the past of only posting fun and games type links - so just to prove that i'm no fly-by-night-non-serious-funster here is a news link. It requires no flash plugins of any sort..... ladies and gentlemen i give you.... Fisherman playing game electrocuted. i thank you.
posted by Spoon on Nov 29, 2001 - 8 comments

Rodney Dangerfield Suffers Heart Attack:

Rodney Dangerfield Suffers Heart Attack: As this article illustrates, the man is a national treasure - here's hoping he makes a swift recovery.
posted by ryanshepard on Nov 25, 2001 - 10 comments

Al Jazeera english language summary.

Al Jazeera english language summary. Since the original al Jazeera site is in arabic, this wbur website, gives a summary of the stories covered by the network in english. Of course, one can try to translate automatically (ajeeb, registration required), but the results are usually comical.
posted by talos on Nov 23, 2001 - 2 comments

Nuntii Latini:

Nuntii Latini: Tired of the same old spin from the big news agencies? Try a "new old" spin from Finland's YLE: news updates in Latin.
posted by gimonca on Nov 22, 2001 - 3 comments

If you can smell your neighbor's cigarette smoke, it could cost them $750.

If you can smell your neighbor's cigarette smoke, it could cost them $750.
Man, talk about being conflicted.
posted by NortonDC on Nov 20, 2001 - 228 comments

(NYT) It is not just the poverty,

(NYT) It is not just the poverty, the illiteracy and the absence of any commonly accepted social contract that define our sense of wretchedness; it is, rather, the increasing awareness among us that we have failed as a civil society by not confronting the historical, social and political demons within us. . .
posted by semmi on Nov 16, 2001 - 8 comments

Musical extravaganza falls on deaf ears

Musical extravaganza falls on deaf ears Has the China Daily finally produced it's most politically incorrect headline?
posted by feelinglistless on Nov 8, 2001 - 4 comments

When Headlines Go Bad, The Afghan War Version.

When Headlines Go Bad, The Afghan War Version. Like, are they talking aikido or judo or what?
posted by solistrato on Nov 5, 2001 - 33 comments

Mayo test detects anthrax in minutes

Mayo test detects anthrax in minutes The Mayo Clinic says it has developed a DNA test that can identify anthrax in "less than an hour instead of days." The test was developed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials announced at a press conference today.
Isn't it great what people can accomplish together when they're motivated by humane concerns?
posted by 4midori on Nov 5, 2001 - 9 comments

Political Wire

Political Wire aggregates the latest news coverage on tomorrow's elections and highlights Tuesday's weather in Virginia, New Jersey and New York City. All of the forecasts say it's going to be a wonderful day -- sunny and mostly sunny -- as voters go to the polls. But here's the real question: Does this favor Democrats or Republicans?
posted by flip on Nov 5, 2001 - 12 comments

What happened to the ground war?

What happened to the ground war? Very scary alternate explaination of the aborted ground operation.
posted by electro on Oct 27, 2001 - 44 comments

70 South,

70 South, a community weblog and news page for Antarctica. Strangely familiar in many respects.
posted by feelinglistless on Oct 27, 2001 - 12 comments

My Opinion-

My Opinion- The Director of Homeland Security that Bush appointed should have been a Muslim. This is getting out of hand.
posted by Counselco on Oct 27, 2001 - 23 comments

A Sign of Our Times.

A Sign of Our Times. (No, not the part about the mom mailing her son's ashes to the student loan office. The part about the employees freaking out thinking it was anthrax.)
posted by Fofer on Oct 25, 2001 - 6 comments

Some news agencies are reporting

Some news agencies are reporting that Bin Laden is dead. It's slowly being picked up here but, there are no confirmations yet.
posted by Dean_Paxton on Oct 25, 2001 - 35 comments

Children's News Online

Children's News Online - from the BBC. Newsround is their long-running, early-evening TV news show for kids. It was fascinating watching it struggle with presenting the Falklands War in the eighties. I wonder how CBBC News will cope?
posted by ntk on Oct 22, 2001 - 9 comments

Cleaner dumps £5k art

Cleaner dumps £5k art -- Mistook rubbish for... well, rubbish.
posted by frednorman on Oct 19, 2001 - 11 comments

The truth is out there... but is it The Real Thing?

The truth is out there... but is it The Real Thing? An example of 'victim' mentality in action. Big Bubba attempts to mug a coke machine, and it squashes him like a bug. Rather than accept the fact their son died a lunkhead's death, his parents declare he was the victim of a conspiracy.

"Why did the Sherbrooke Police play at tilting the machine themselves to see if they could tip it? Is not that the role of experts?"

I want to be an expert soda-machine tipper...
posted by Perigee on Oct 19, 2001 - 21 comments


MSNBC launches Arabic version.

MSNBC launches Arabic version. This looks to be a partnership between MSNBC and GoodNews4me. I'm curious to see how different their version of the news is - can anyone with Arabic reading skills comment?
posted by kaefer on Oct 18, 2001 - 6 comments

hundreds dead in clashes in nigeria.

hundreds dead in clashes in nigeria. apparently more than 200 people have been killed in protests in nigeria in the last 48 hours, but all i've seen are these articles on nytimes and CNN. if anyone knows of more detailed accounts, this would be much appreciated.
posted by moth on Oct 14, 2001 - 9 comments

This NY Observer article

This NY Observer article gives some insight to the validity of Debka as a news source. It fails to confirm or deny the site's legitimacy either way, but it does mention that some of its reports later showed up in mainstream media. While the owners of the site admit that Debka has an Israeli bias, they go on to say, "You can imagine that officials in Israel, who are in charge of whatever they call it, information, propaganda or whatever, they don’t like us very much." Has China really sent 15,000 troops to afghanistan to fight on the side of the taliban? I guess we'll find out sooner or later.
posted by rabbit on Oct 13, 2001 - 9 comments

NBC employee in New York tests positive for anthrax.

NBC employee in New York tests positive for anthrax. Not much yet, still an un-clickable "breaking news" link at the top of msnbc.com
posted by ebarker on Oct 12, 2001 - 71 comments

From the poorly chosen headlines department.

From the poorly chosen headlines department. I guess the Seattle Mariners need a better "reliever." (NYT link, you know the drill...)
posted by machaus on Oct 10, 2001 - 28 comments

Hey You! Stop, Drop and Roll

Hey You! Stop, Drop and Roll Am I going to hell because this made me laugh--albeit briefly and with pangs of guilt? Was it schadenfreude? Frayed nerves? An inherent appreciation of irony where I can find it? Or something far worse? (Are these enough questions?)
posted by Kato on Oct 9, 2001 - 16 comments

Dogs in the News.

Dogs in the News. Also, Cats in the News.
posted by swift on Oct 4, 2001 - 16 comments

The Pakistani Foreign Ministry

The Pakistani Foreign Ministry says that the evidence against Al Qaeda is convincing. The Taliban say that even if they were given convincing evidence, they still wouldn't give up bin Laden.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Oct 4, 2001 - 15 comments

Sibir Airlines flight downed en route from Tel Aviv.

Sibir Airlines flight downed en route from Tel Aviv. It is not yet clear whether or not this was a terrorist act. It does seem, however, that there was an explosion on board.
posted by jeffvc on Oct 4, 2001 - 17 comments

US to give detailed evidence of Bin Laden's Involvement.

US to give detailed evidence of Bin Laden's Involvement. Apparently the US government does have enough evidence to hang Osama, but they're not telling just anyone ... you have to be part of NATO or the Pakistan government to get in on the info.
posted by walrus on Oct 3, 2001 - 22 comments

What's the worst that could happen?

What's the worst that could happen? Discuss. [from The Guardian]
posted by feelinglistless on Sep 25, 2001 - 10 comments

Ron Fineman's On The Record

Ron Fineman's On The Record is a well-done critical look at TV news. It's centered on the LA market and most of the discussion relates to LA stations, but networks and cable channels are covered too and (for a TV news geek like me at least) it's all interesting. The letters section is usually a pretty lively discussion, and the "Broadcasteze Citation of the Week" highlights stuff that anchors and reporters say that no one else ever would.
posted by Vidiot on Sep 21, 2001 - 1 comment

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