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September 17th, 2001 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Sep. 17th, 2001

12:47 am - New country links

12:36 pm - Brazil Parliament Votes To Allow Air Passengers To Carry Light Firearms

Can anyone confirm this?

Via Thomas Buyea of The Sierra Times:

RIO DE JANEIRO - To avoid that an aircraft is used as bomb against
important buildings, the Brazilian parlament decided today to liberate
light weapons (calibre less than 0.38) for all passengers over 21
years old.

As 65% of all Brazilians with income more than US$
2000 always walks equipped with gun, the government finds it safe and
guaranteed that sufficient persons will react against any eventual

Extra information will be distributed and
presented by the air hostess. When they show the safety equipment they
will also inform the passengers to prepare eventual shot with
precision, always take aim at chest to avoid that bullets perforate
the shell of the aircraft.

The president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, wanted
to make his veto against the proposal, but was rejected by the
astounding majority of 234 against 6 votes.

Pass this information to American news-agencies to
lighten a new angle in perspective of criminality.

04:27 pm - Pigeons of war

Richard Dawkins on the WTC bombing:

I am trying to call attention to the elephant in the room that
everybody is too polite - or too devout - to notice: religion, and
specifically the devaluing effect that religion has on human life. I
don't mean devaluing the life of others (though it can do that too),
but devaluing one's own life. Religion teaches the dangerous nonsense
that death is not the end.

Richard Dawkins
Religion's misguided missiles
Guardian, September 15, 2001

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