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Does anyone believe him when he says he didn’t know?

From Yahoo News

Operation to remove light bulb from inmate’s anus
Reuters Thursday June 29, 10:02 AM

MULTAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – Fateh Mohammad, a prison inmate in Pakistan, says he woke up last weekend with a glass light bulb in his anus.

On Wednesday night, doctors brought Mohammad’s misery to an end after a one-and-a-half hour operation to remove the object.

“Thanks Allah, now I feel comfort. Today, I had my breakfast. I was just drinking water, nothing else,” Mohammad, a grey-beared man in his mid-40s, told Reuters from a hospital bed in the southern central city of Multan.

“We had to take it out intact,” said Dr. Farrukh Aftab at Nishtar Hospital. “Had it been broken inside, it would be a very very complicated situation.”

Mohammad, who is serving a four-year sentence for making liquor, prohibited for Muslims, said he was shocked when he was first told the cause of his discomfort. He swears he didn’t know the bulb was there.

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MySpacers beware, Big Brother is watching you

From the New Scientist

Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites

* 09 June 2006 * NewScientist.com news service

* Paul Marks

“I AM continually shocked and appalled at the details people voluntarily post online about themselves.” So says Jon Callas, chief security officer at PGP, a Silicon Valley-based maker of encryption software. He is far from alone in noticing that fast-growing social networking websites such as MySpace and Friendster are a snoop’s dream.

New Scientist has discovered that Pentagon’s National Security Agency, which specialises in eavesdropping and code-breaking, is funding research into the mass harvesting of the information that people post about themselves on social networks. And it could harness advances in internet technology – specifically the forthcoming “semantic web” championed by the web standards organisation W3C – to combine data from social networking websites with details such as banking, retail and property records, allowing the NSA to build extensive, all-embracing personal profiles of individuals.

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I’m a conservative???????

This quiz has me pegged as a psycho with views all over the place. Great.

Your Political Profile:
Overall: 65% Conservative, 35% Liberal
Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

How Liberal Or Conservative Are You?


Last night I watched Kingdom of Heaven and as much as I usually don’t dig war/bloody battle type movies, this one was great. Ridley Scott did an amazing job with what is based on the actual Siege of Jerusalem. It’s not historically accurate, but close enough. Orlando Bloom plays Balian of Ibelin, and he’s very convincing as the blacksmith turned murderer turned nobleman and hero. I’ve never seen Eva Green in anything before, but she was captivating as the exotic queen. The rest of the cast was wonderful and the scenes were epic and breathtaking.

I recommend this movie with all the Mad Cowness I can muster.


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