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Iraqi Voters in Dark on Election Eve

Posted by glasscastle on 14th October 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Insurgents sabotaged power lines
Friday, plunging the capital into darkness and cutting off water supplies
on the eve of a landmark vote on a constitution that would define democracy
in Iraq.

The charter – hammered out after months of bitter negotiations – is supported
by a Shiite-Kurdish majority but has split Sunni Arab ranks after last-minute
amendments designed to win support among the disaffected minority.

Amid security concerns, Iraqis were hunkered down for most of the day in
their homes, with the streets of the Iraqi capital almost empty hours before
a 10 p.m. curfew and the country sealed off from the outside world as borders
and airports were closed for Saturday’s referendum.

So let us see if we have the picture correct. The people
we liberated, the opressed Iraqis we are introducing to democracy, and
who we expect to vote tomorrow, are sitting in the dark, no running water,
pretty much in the same situation as the deluded fools who tried to ride
out the hurricane in New Orleans, except that for these families the
streets outside are full of heavily armed teenagers in US military uniforms
with automatic
hairtrigger nerves wired on brand new designer CNS stimulants and good
old adreneline. The borders are closed, the schools are closed, the businesses
are closed, there is a curfew in the city.

And we expect them to vote in what we are calling an
authentic democratic process? And we expect them to approve of the process
we are imposing on an unwilling and alien nation? And this is the grand
election we are pinning our hope on? This is the first step on the road
to an independent and open Iraq?

Once we finally root out the terrorists, kill all of
the foreign fighters, subdue the unruly militias and overcome resistence
to a peaceful, Democratic Iraq, will there be any Iraqis left alive to
enjoy the results?

from the
Associated Press

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South Central Nude Disco Exposed

Posted by glasscastle on 14th October 2005

HUNDREDS of clubbers are descending on the country’s
only nude disco every Saturday night.

The craze for letting it all hang out on the dancefloor is pulling in punters
to South Central in Kennington Lane.

Clubbers have to wear shoes to protect their feet in case of smashed glass
but the only pants to be seen in the whole place belong to the bar staff.

Even the DJ is naked behind his decks, though fully-clothed bouncers are
stationed outside to stop clothed clubbers stumbling in unawares.

Jamie Rocket, 29, who helps organise the Starkers! night, said naked clubbing
was an exhilarating experience. He said: "When people are naked they
can feel inhibited or exposed but when everyone is the same that disappears.

"Some people like the way it feels, some people like being looked
at and some people like the view. A lot of it grew out of that clubbing
generation in the 1990s which had the philosophy of being free and at one
with the crowd. All kinds of people come along, men, women, singles, couples,
gay, straight. It’s open to everyone."

And for any male clubbers worried about the temperature taking its toll
on their manhood, the venue boasts "excellent heating".

from ic South London

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Signs of the Apocolypse #76

Posted by glasscastle on 14th October 2005

A cat in Dobson, N.C., is believed to be the only cat in
the world with two tongues, according to a Local 6 News report.

The cat, named Five Toes, was born with two tongues and five toes on each

Owner Bill Whittington told a North Carolina TV station that he noticed the cat’s
second tongue in December. He said he yelled when he saw the tongues flicker.

He also said people laugh when he tells them about the cat — until they see
the tongues.

Whittington said Ripley’s Believe It Or Not will feature Five Toes in its 2006

from (Central Florida)

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