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Are you SURE you want to remove that?

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 19:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

The reader who sent this one to me said: “Having heard surgical horror stories about the wrong foot or hand being operated on, I hope the one he wants to keep is clearly marked:”

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An Indian businessman born with two penises wants one of them removed surgically as he wants to marry and lead a normal sexual life, a newspaper report said Saturday.

The 24-year-old man from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh admitted himself to a New Delhi hospital this week with an extremely rare medical condition called penile duplication or diphallus, the Times of India said.

“Two fully functional penes is unheard of even in medical literature. In the more common form of diphallus, one organ is rudimentary,” the newspaper quoted a surgeon as saying.

The surgery was expected to be challenging as both organs were well-formed and full blood supply to the retained penis had to be ensured to allow it to function normally, he added.

The newspaper did not disclose the identity of the man or the hospital to protect the patient’s privacy.

There are about 100 such reported cases of diphallus around the world and it is known to occur among one in 5.5 million men, the newspaper said.

It is caused by the failure of the mesodermal bands in the embryo to fuse properly. The mesodermal bands are one of three primary layers of the embryo from which several body parts are formed.


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A Million times: thank you!

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 18:24 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!


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Armor of God PJs

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 18:17 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Pastafarian News

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  1. And at the same time they can show their support for the England football team.

You don’t have to watch

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 18:05 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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If you don’t feel like watching the ugly man, just pull the curtain…Looks better, doesn’t it?

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Amnesty

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 17:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

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This is the truth

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 17:17 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

This commercial, a political message to the Argentine people, got the loudest cheers and applause from the audience during the Cannes Lions Film Awards while receiving a silver Lion.

To see this movie, you must download <a href="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/" target="_blank">quicktime</a>.


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Powerful

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 16:40 by John Sinteur in category: Quote

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“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t”.

– Margaret Thatcher


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For some in Africa, it’s ‘magic’ over pills

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 14:41 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, News, What were they thinking?

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The 35-year-old high school teacher named Bheki was lucky to be alive, thanks to the free antiretroviral pills that kept his HIV in check. He felt strong and had no side effects. Life was normal, as normal as it gets with an incurable disease.

Then in February, he ditched the pills and started taking a mystery potion sold here outside Durban. It is made by a former truck driver who says his late grandfather came to him in dreams with the recipe for an herbal drink that could reverse HIV’s march to full-blown AIDS and death. Eager to banish from his body the virus that stalks one in five South African adults, Bheki instead found himself sicker than ever. Three months later, he begged his doctor to put him back on antiretrovirals, only to find that he has built up a resistance that makes the pills less effective.

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Zeblon Gwala, who makes uBhejane and whose supporters include the mayor of Durban, defends his product. “You talk to the wrong people,” he said when asked about Bheki. “All the results I got, I never find a negative.” Citing confidentiality, he said he could not arrange a meeting with patients who have thrived.


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‘De vinger’ mag

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 14:23 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!

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Een middelvinger opsteken tegen een agent mag, vindt politierechter Derks van de rechtbank Almelo. Dus gaf hij een 24-jarige Almeloër voor ‘de vinger’ geen straf. Derks vond het gebaar tegen de politieman ronduit ‘onbeschoft’, maar geen ‘aantasing van de goede eer’.

Behalve in twente en ijsselland.


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Federal Appeals Court: Driving With Money is a Crime

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 9:22 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, News

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A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that if a motorist is carrying large sums of money, it is automatically subject to confiscation. In the case entitled, “United States of America v. $124,700 in U.S. Currency,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit took that amount of cash away from Emiliano Gomez Gonzolez, a man with a “lack of significant criminal history” neither accused nor convicted of any crime.

On May 28, 2003, a Nebraska state trooper signaled Gonzolez to pull over his rented Ford Taurus on Interstate 80. The trooper intended to issue a speeding ticket, but noticed the Gonzolez’s name was not on the rental contract. The trooper then proceeded to question Gonzolez — who did not speak English well — and search the car. The trooper found a cooler containing $124,700 in cash, which he confiscated. A trained drug sniffing dog barked at the rental car and the cash. For the police, this was all the evidence needed to establish a drug crime that allows the force to keep the seized money.

Associates of Gonzolez testified in court that they had pooled their life savings to purchase a refrigerated truck to start a produce business. Gonzolez flew on a one-way ticket to Chicago to buy a truck, but it had sold by the time he had arrived. Without a credit card of his own, he had a third-party rent one for him. Gonzolez hid the money in a cooler to keep it from being noticed and stolen. He was scared when the troopers began questioning him about it. There was no evidence disputing Gonzolez’s story.

Yesterday the Eighth Circuit summarily dismissed Gonzolez’s story. It overturned a lower court ruling that had found no evidence of drug activity, stating, “We respectfully disagree and reach a different conclusion… Possession of a large sum of cash is ‘strong evidence’ of a connection to drug activity.”

Guilty unless proven innocent, and even then you’re out of the money.


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Vote!

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 9:12 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Amnesty International Vision Chart

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 8:46 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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The alleged UK terrorist plot sparks new skepticism

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 8:43 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A week ago, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told reporters, “Certainly in terms of the complexity, the sophistication, the international dimension and the number of people involved, this plot has the hallmarks of an al-Qaida-type plot.” That’s largely true, except for the parts about the complexity, the sophistication, and the international dimension.

Home Secretary John Reid, Britain’s chief law-and-order official, acknowledged that some of the suspects would likely not be charged with major criminal offenses, but said there was mounting evidence of a “substantial nature” to back the allegations. […]

Two top Pakistani intelligence agents said Wednesday that the would-be bombers wanted to carry out an al-Qaida-style attack to mark the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 strikes, but were too “inexperienced” to carry out the plot.

The two senior agents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that if the terror cell members arrested in Pakistan and Britain had appropriate weapons and explosives training, they could have emulated massive attacks like those five years ago in New York and Washington as well as the July 7, 2005, London bombings.

Did you count all the exculpatory phrases? After a year of surveillance and an announcement about a horrific terrorist plot, officials now have “mounting evidence” … but most of the suspects won’t be charged anyway. The suspects didn’t have the experience needed to carry out a plot, nor did they have materials or training.

It’s not looking good at all.


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The Tyranny of Fear

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 8:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Higazy, the son of a former Egyptian diplomat, was in a room on the 51st floor of the Millenium Hilton Hotel, directly across the street from the World Trade Center. He was a student at the time, having won a scholarship to study computer engineering at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn. The Institute of International Education had arranged for him to stay at the hotel while he looked for permanent housing.

Like everyone else, Mr. Higazy fled the hotel after the planes hit the towers. He left behind his passport and other personal items. When he returned to collect his belongings three months later, he was arrested by the F.B.I. A hotel security guard claimed to have found an aviation radio, which could be used to communicate with airborne pilots, in the safe in Mr. Higazy’s room.

“That’s impossible,? said Mr. Higazy.

It’s a fact, said the F.B.I.

Mr. Higazy was handcuffed, strip-searched and thrown into prison — as a material witness. No one knew what to charge him with. They just knew they wanted to hold him.

Mr. Higazy was all but overwhelmed with fear. “I didn’t sleep that first night,? he told me. “I was shivering, and it wasn’t from the cold.?

Like an accused witch in Salem, Mr. Higazy was dangerously close to being sacrificed on the altar of hysteria. He kept telling authorities he knew nothing about the radio. But the assumption was that he was lying.

As there was no evidence that he had committed a crime, it was considered important that Mr. Higazy confess to something. He said an F.B.I. agent, Michael Templeton, told him during an interview that if he didn’t cooperate, his family in Cairo would be put at the mercy of Egyptian security, which Mr. Templeton would later acknowledge has a reputation for torture. He said the agent also threatened to report that in his “expert opinion? Mr. Higazy was a terrorist.

Fear turned to panic. Mr. Higazy began to search frantically for a story that would satisfy Mr. Templeton. His first few attempts were preposterous. He said he had found the radio outside J&R Music World in lower Manhattan. Then he said he’d stumbled across it on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge. The story finally decided upon was that he had stolen the radio from the Egyptian Air Force.

He was charged with lying to federal agents — the lie being his initial claim that the radio wasn’t his. Clueless prosecutors stressed in court that Mr. Higazy should be subject to more than 20 years imprisonment.

A month after Mr. Higazy was arrested, a miracle occurred — in the form of a pilot who strolled into the Millenium Hilton Hotel, looking for his radio. The pilot was an American citizen, and thus believable. He had left the radio in his room on the 50th floor, one flight down from Mr. Higazy’s room. Mr. Higazy had been telling the truth all along.


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Terror plot arrests did little to boost Bush poll numbers

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 8:33 by John Sinteur in category: News

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White House strategists are disappointed that the arrest of alleged terrorist plotters in the United Kingdom hasn’t increased President Bush’s job-approval ratings very much.

The expectation was that Bush might benefit from the highly publicized arrests as evidence that his tough approach to fighting terrorism, in conjunction with U.S. allies, was paying off.

But polls so far show that while Bush is benefiting from the perception that he is a strong leader in fighting terrorism, it hasn’t resulted in higher approval rates for his overall job performance. “We need a sustained period of good news to boost the numbers,” says a key Republican strategist.


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Typical.

Posted on August 21st, 2006 at 7:15 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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Since record companies have realized the popularity of iTunes and other sites, many reworked contracts to give artists less money per download. Andrews said while record companies once offered artists about 30 cents for each song sold, now musicians are earning less than a dime.


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