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(Boston Globe)   The strain of anthrax in Boca Raton, Fla., was created in an Iowa lab for research purposes in the 1950s,   ( divider line
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2001-10-10 08:19:46 AM  
I knew the Arabs did it! they infiltrated Iowa!
2001-10-10 08:19:57 AM  
the words "Iowa," "1950," and "research" do not appear in this article, though I'm sure if you rearrange the letters you could make them magically appear.
2001-10-10 08:22:08 AM  
new link:​n​thrax_or igins+.shtml

The headline on the main page reads: (
The strain of anthrax in Boca Raton, Fla., was created in an Iowa lab for research purposes in the 1950s, according to a published report. Investigators have not said how it got from the lab to Florida, where it killed one man. ( Staff, 8 a.m.)
2001-10-10 08:23:06 AM  
Now, if they could give me the explination on HOW it got there i might beleve them
2001-10-10 08:34:38 AM  
Anyone in the US fancy signing up to international conventions on biological weapons yet?
2001-10-10 08:44:51 AM  
Cavaradossi: Free samples???
2001-10-10 08:45:54 AM  
Great idea, Cavaradossi. If we close down our labs, burn everything we know about dealing with it, hey, SURELY bin Laden will abandon them too.
2001-10-10 08:48:12 AM  
GadgetDon: Oops, you don't seem to know what those treaties involve, do you?
2001-10-10 08:48:23 AM  
Point of interest....there is only ONE lab in the US that produces the controversial Anthrax vaccine and it is located in Lansing, MI. On sept 11 it was evacuated immediately after the WTC attacks.
2001-10-10 08:58:44 AM  
Cavaradossi, OK, maybe the "burn everything we know" was exaggerated. But if we signed onto the conventions, what do you think would be the effect? This case was about a sample created in the 50s, if true. We'd still have some stocks for testing treatments with. And that's not going to stop bad guys from developing more.

Actually, I do support the conventions, as this is not a good weapon that an honorable people should use. But to use this case as a reason, seems like a stretch.
2001-10-10 09:05:26 AM  
Gilatrout (or anyone else)​thrax_or igins+.shtml

Somebody is changing their story. I see no references to an Iowa lab.
2001-10-10 09:07:42 AM  
Complete retration, it's on the front page but not on the article, so if you want to see that particular text you need to goto (Sorry, I wasn't aware I needed to code the links myself either, as this is my second farking post!
2001-10-10 09:19:02 AM  
Hey, gilatrout had already said that. Ahh, it comes full circle. I am an idiot. It only took me three posts to figure that out.
2001-10-10 09:21:05 AM  
CNN has a story about it too:
2001-10-10 09:21:14 AM
2001-10-10 09:50:20 AM  
Don't buy cheap assplugs, they're not dishwasher safe like the expensive ones.
2001-10-10 10:04:58 AM  
riiiiiight, "research" purposes.
2001-10-10 10:09:06 AM  
A few years ago, a guy got some anthrax mailed to him by laserprinting a bunch of fake documents that made it look like he was a doctor, and that he was doing some approved research.
2001-10-10 10:10:58 AM  
Lol fussilade
2001-10-10 10:13:17 AM  
ok - for all of the plot theorists out there:

The second guy - the one who was found to have spores in his nose -- he's the culprit. He had a small amount in his nose because he cultivated the anthrax . . .
2001-10-10 10:20:11 AM  
Shaftman3,Fusullade762: Bad.... Bad Bad
2001-10-10 10:40:21 AM  
Here's the line from the article I really enjoyed:

Kentucky IRS workers were quarantined after a mysterious envelope turned up. It was found to contain a business letter.

Oh no! WORK! Better evacuate!
2001-10-10 11:21:54 AM  
Sorry, not HOW it got there, but HOW it got out.
2001-10-10 11:33:01 AM  
As one of Farks's few representatives from Iowa, I am prepared to make the following statement:

Uhh... sorry guys. Our bad.
2001-10-10 11:52:24 AM  
Iowa sux. Sorry iowa.
2001-10-10 12:59:03 PM  
2001-10-10 01:37:24 PM  
A likely story. You guys are all government agents. I know, you've all received checks from the government recently (I know I have). So don't give me this, "Oops, the link has changed" crap. It's all a huge cover-up!
2001-10-10 01:44:33 PM  
I'm from Iowa :/
I'm there right now too.
2001-10-10 02:59:54 PM  
Iowa is cool :) I am from Iowa also not there now will be soon....

It could have been.. Iowa has alot of reasearch done their.. Alot of it in Ames. As for the antrax it could have been a small lab, that now has been converted into a Meth lab. About two years ago Iowa State officals where finding a Meth Lab every 2 weeks.... I think at the time they produced more Meth then anyone else.

Heh... no I was not one of them...
2001-10-10 03:23:55 PM  
Cringe... Iowa State...

I feel validated in saying that, since I spent two hellish years there before ending up here in Iowa City.
2001-10-10 04:21:43 PM  
StDaedalus: just had a look at your blog. general agreement with you, except for your use of the term "reactionary." while those who go overboard in cynicism may be somewhat intellectually out to sea, i don't see how they're ultra-conservative...
2001-10-10 10:05:17 PM  
Hopefully this will turn out to be just a coincidence. However, I still believe that America should take this opportunity to send the message that nuclear weapons will be used in retaliation if America is attacked with weapons of mass destruction. We cannot afford to play the gentle giant with a threat like this.
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