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Saturday, October 13, 2001
Stand united. Stay strong. Reassessing America's way of life: "The September 11 attacks and ensuing anthrax scares have led many citizens to dwell on priorities, says Holly Yeager"

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Fight Boredom! Find out what two 16 year old Filipino Canadians have to say, while [dreaming crazily].

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Friday, October 12, 2001
The next war they say said. Are Muslims and the people of the West doomed to perpetual confrontation? "Not if they both see that this is a moment for change, argued Brian Beedham in 1994"

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Giuliani: We Don't Want Your Gift! Citing Comments on Attack, Giuliani Rejects Saudi's Gift: '"There is no moral equivalent for this act," he added. "The people who did it lost any right to ask for justification for it when they slaughtered 4,000 or 5,000 innocent people. And to suggest that there's a justification for it only invites this happening in the future. It is highly irresponsible and very, very dangerous."'

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Skin Form of Anthrax in NYC. NBC Says New York Employee Tests Positive for Anthrax: '"People should not overreact to this," Giuliani said. "Much of this is being done to allay people's fears."'

Related Article: Anxiety Grows as Anthrax Mystery Lingers

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Tyrannical Regimes Torture People. Not such a surprise, but still a horrible thing to think about. "I was one of the Taliban's torturers: I crucified people": (warning graphic content) "
Instead of just searching for criminals, the night patrols were instructed to seek out people watching videos, playing cards or, bizarrely, keeping caged birds. Men without long enough beards were to be arrested, as was any woman who dared venture outside her house. Even owning a kite became a criminal offence.

The state of terror spread by the Taliban was so pervasive that it began to seem as if the whole country was spying on each other. "As we drove around at night with our guns, local people would come to us and say there's someone watching a video in this house or some men playing cards in that house," he said.

"Basically any form of pleasure was outlawed," Mr Hassani said, "and if we found people doing any of these things we would beat them with staves soaked in water - like a knife cutting through meat - until the room ran with their blood or their spines snapped. Then we would leave them with no food or water in rooms filled with insects until they died."'


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Someone Owns Every Media Outlet. Remember that. So, just how objective is CNN? You'll be surprised.

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Be on High Alert! F.B.I. Warns of Possible Terrorist Strike in Next Few Days: "A U.S. intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the government has received an increasing amount of intelligence in the last two days about terrorists plotting to wreak more havoc through this weekend."

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Thursday, October 11, 2001
My heart goes out to all the victim's families of this horrible tragedy that I witnessed out my window.  I will never forget. Remember. October 11, 2001: One month ago today many of our loved ones were taken from us in an act of terror on our soil. Remember those that were lost today. Say a prayer for the repose of their souls.

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Bert in Bangladesh? According to Reuters and AP, the posters of bin Laden with Bert from Sesame Street on them were actually printed and distributed to protestors! Read all about it: Bert working with
bin Laden?
What a weird story.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2001
Islam is not the enemy. Its nice to have the Islamic Support against terrorism.

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What did I just do? I just defended Kathie Lee Gifford in my Features class. What is this world coming to? :)

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All About NYU. Interested in applying to NYU? All About NYU is the place to get the inside story from real live NYU students. NYU DailyJolt is also worthwhile.

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Weird. The Florida Anthrax case: Jennifer Lopez love letter may be linked to anthrax death. Oh great. And they are looking for a Middle Eastern intern that used to work there, too? Geez.

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Another NYU Blogger! "Hi, I'm Phil and I'm an NYU Blogger!" he said, according to Bryan (or something like that).

Bryan also discovered Amit.

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"Gee, I could sure go for a little prostitution tonight!" City Sets Up Drive-In Brothels: "The German city of Cologne has set up drive-in brothels in a bid to move the red light district away from near its landmark cathedral, authorities said."

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My roommate says we should see this... a theater show entitled "Penis Puppetry." Here's the NYT review: A Couple of Naked Guys From Australia. Don't ask me, Evan suggested the show.

Addendum: To PENIS or NOT to PENIS? It seems the three-inch segment of a penis found in a bottle of "Potency Punch" in Denver turned out to be only a disgusting gelatinous mold formation. Eww, either way.

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Deadly disease spreading from Afghanistan. Ebola-style killer virus sweeps Afghan border: "Evidence suggests the outbreak of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever emanates from within Afghanistan, raising fears of an epidemic if millions of refugees flee across the frontier into Pakistan."

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Ground zero photos, 10/3/01. Album: WTC Ground Zero photos, 3 October 2001 by an anonymous photographer who was able to recover the digital photographs even after the NYPD deleted them.

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The New York Times wakes up. Web Sites for Keeping Up With the Tragedy At least someone has heard of these new-fangled weblog things and actually realizes their advantages.

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WAR weblogs. They have sprung up anywhere The World After WTC - A War Blog by Bjrn Strk: "Temporarily created, hopefully shortlived, to cover the war and its consequences.", War, Media & The Web, Matt Welch's warblog, Scripting, Blogorama, NewsIsFree: wtc, Snopes: War Rumors, Ken Layne, Newsrack Blog, WTC-filter, World New York, Infographics, etc.

Also: Sept. 11 Attack on America Weblog (10/14/01).

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Will they reschedule? Emmy Ceremony Called Off... will it be the first cancellation in history?

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Everything must be investigated as a possible terrorist act. That's the way it is. Letter containing suspicious substance closes US building, LA underground evacuated over germ war fears, etc.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2001
This is war (and this is wartime rhetoric). These are what some say in times of war, I suppose. Very unsettling. We're ready to strike again, says al-Qaeda: "The impassioned five-minute diatribe was broadcast last night on the Qatar-based al-Jazeera television network and coincided with a call to British Muslims to assassinate Tony Blair and his Cabinet to avenge the bombing of Afghanistan."

Addendum: Stupid things that are trying to be funny also appear. What do you think about this altered photo?

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How to cope with war. Sure, its on your mind and its affecting everything about us. What is the best way to deal with war?: '...a terrorist's objective is to "psychologically cripple us, and the real strength comes to us individually and as a nation in not allowing that to happen," says Jerilyn Ross, Washington, D.C.-area clinical psychologist and president of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.

"That doesn't mean you should ignore what you're feeling, or ignore your instincts," Ross tells WebMD. "It means you can decide how these events will affect your life."'


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I don't like Anthrax. Second Case of Anthrax Leads F.B.I. Into Inquiry: "Law enforcement officials said privately that the presence of anthrax in two co-workers, and on the computer keyboard of the man who died, was highly suspicious even though they had no evidence of criminal or terrorist activity."

A co-worker was copying and distributing Anthrax symptom information sheets at work today and everyone I know has the A-word on their lips. It also came up in two of my classes. Shoudl we be worried?

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Proceeding with Caution. Americans Feel Jittery, and Proceed with Caution: "Across a jittery nation, state and local officials, fearing retaliation for American air strikes in Afghanistan, continued putting in place new security measures."

Denver has already cancelled its New Year's celebration.

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The bombing: Day 2 A Day in quotes: '--White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer: "This is not a war against Osama bin Laden. This is a war against terrorists on multiple fronts. This is about a whole network of terrorists operating around the world with global reach who have the ability to inflict harm on the U.S. and its friends.... If Osama bin Laden was gone today, the war would continue tomorrow."'

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Monday, October 08, 2001
Idea-a-logical. They may be Heretical Ideas, but they sure are interesting to read.

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Sunday, October 07, 2001
Celebrity sighting. On our short walk to 'late night' at Third North, Evan and I noticed a relatively large crowd in front of the Variety Arts Theater, the off-Broadway venue showing "Reefer Madness" and, making our way through the crowd, came face-to-face with John Cusack, Neve Campbell, and Jeremy Piven (who co-stars with Cusack in Serendipity). How awesome is that?!?!? (Star-struck? Me? Nah...) We stopped for a second to take in the ambience of it all. The group then went over to this new bar across Third Ave. that was unusually crowded and unusually guarded by a bouncer. I like celebrities. :)

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I hate war! Many of you may agree with this point. So the US and its allies decided to begin the first wave of attacks on Afghanistan today. The Emmy's were cancelled and the news programs have again taken over many of my television channels. The military patrolled over football stadiums and a major racecar track. 50 cruise missles will be launched. Food drops bearing "A Gift from the People of The United States of America." Song, prayer, and candle peace protests in Union Square Park. A reported "100% chance of attack" on America, either at home or abroad. Trying to take George 'Dubya' Bush's speeches seriously (no luck). Admiring British Prime Minister's eloquently spoken speech, which actually answered the questions we were wondering. The pledge of support from Britain. Osama Bin Laden decides his rallying point of the moment is that no Israelis should be in "Palestinian territory" (he's not an idiot, just a maniac, it seems). Confusion, chaos, fear, and lack of information. Progress? I hate war!

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Never too early to plan your future. I was thinking that next semester I may want to take an American Sign Language course thorugh the School of Education here at NYU. I'll have to find out how exactly I go about registering for courses offered by different colleges within the University... I'm also searching for some sort of website design course that would be interesting...

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