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July 24, 1996: A Buck is a Buck is a Buck

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*   Hey, Man!  We got a budget to balance here.                          *
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U.S. Sold Torture Tools to Six Nations

Jul. 9 -- Amnesty International is calling for a crackdown on crime 
control products following disclosures that the U.S. government approved 
sales of potential torture items to former Soviet republics and Latin
 America over the past two years.  Highlights:

- An unspecified number of miniature handcuffs known as thumbcuffs to 
  Russia.
- NATO countries, Japan, Australia and New Zealand previously had 
  unlimited access to devices such as thumbscrews through general license 
  sales. 
- Separate Commerce reports show $88.8 million in individual validated 
  licenses last year, including $6.7 million for handcuffs, thumbcuffs, 
  stun guns, shock batons and other items of concern.

Source: Michael S. Lelyveld, Journal of Commerce 


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*   Yeah!  And we got expenses!                                          *
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The Floyd County (Ky.) coroner complained in February that ambulance 
drivers were taking obviously dead people to the hospital just so they 
could bill the county for rides.  One man was rushed to the hospital even 
though his suicide shotgun blast was so powerful that it blew both his 
eyeballs out of their sockets.  Another had been dead so long that rigor 
mortis had commenced leaving the body bent at the waist so that it would 
not fit on the stretcher, but the driver said he thought he "felt a 
pulse."

Source: News of the Weird


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*   Doh!  We almost made a buck.                                         *
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MacArhtur Wheeler, 46, was sentenced to 24 years in prison in Pittsburgh 
last January, a conviction made possible by clear photography from the 
bank's surveillance camera.  Wheeler and his partner did not wear masks, 
and in fact were not concerned about the camera at all, because they had 
rubbed lemon juice over their faces beforehand in the belief that the 
substance would blur their on-camera images.

Source: News of the Weird


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