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    • “Tulsa Police arrested a 41-year-old Tulsa man on drug and destruction of evidence complaints after he stuck a glass crack pipe in his mouth and started eating it.”
    • “A real ant colony is not a society of scheming, self-sacrificing individuals. It is more like an office that communicates by meaningless text messaging in which each worker’s task is determined by how many messages she just received. The colony has no central purpose. Each ant responds to the rate of her brief encounters with other ants and has no sense of the condition or the goals of the whole colony.”
    • “An Israeli rabbi has blessed the use of female spies in “honeytrap” or “honeypot” stings against terrorists, according to a study called “Illicit Sex for the Sake of National Security.”
    • “The district attorney in Multnomah County, the state’s most populous area with over 710,000 residents, announced recently that it can no longer prosecute dozens of crimes thanks to an ever-shrinking budget.

      Caught with small amounts of heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine? It’s a ticket. So’s a hit-and-run accident. Small-time shoplifting? You’ll still get arrested, but it’s still just a violation. “

    • On the election of President Obama, Vidal told The Independent that he was initially optimistic, but after witnessing the administration at work he’s relegated himself to despair. “[He’s] incompetent. He will be defeated for re-election. It’s a pity because he’s the first intellectual president we’ve had in many years, but he can’t hack it. He’s not up to it. He’s overwhelmed.”
    • The latest in pop star viral marketin’.
    • Each bag was stamped in red ink with the words “Lady Gaga,” records state.
    • Dealers are stamping packets with kid-friendly brands such as Mickey Mouse, Lady Gaga, Looney Tunes and Lion King, the office of New York Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Bridget Brennan said.
    • The first edition of the magazine was launched in July in time for the 10th anniversary of the USS Cole bombing, with articles including “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom”. The second edition, released this week, includes “The Ultimate Mowing Machine”, which describes how to use a pickup truck “as a mowing machine, not to mow grass, but mow down the enemies of God”. “To achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much speed as you can while still retaining good control … to strike as many people as possible in your first run,” it says.
    • Wood’s dissertation, “The Fetish of the Document: An Exploration of Attitudes Towards Archives,” gives new meaning to Special Collections. Her essay centers around the participatory role the archivist has in creating and influencing fetishistic behavior — in themselves and in those who use, and sometimes abuse, archives. “We are all fetishists of some sort. It’s a normal state of mind,” admits the 25-year-old Wood, adding, “This phenomena is incredibly prevalent in the museum, archive, and library profession and I feel it is about time they realized it.”

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