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Ahmadinejad's latest conspiracy theory: X-ray poisoning

Already known for his paranoid conspiracy theories, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hasn't had any problem finding new ones. The latest: Abolfazl Zohrehvand, Iran's ambassador to Italy, claims that Western agents attempted to assassinate the Iranian president by using radiation poisoning during his recent trip to Rome:

One day before Ahmadinejad's trip, I checked and found out that the X-ray machine set up in the place where he was staying gave off excessive radiation," Mr Zohrehvand said. "First we suspected the machine was broken and after replacing it with another one it turned out that the radiation was controlled from another source.

"When the president entered this place, the radiation increased and exceeded '1,000' so that the intensity of the radiation was completely felt inside the building."

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Helms had a good excuse for not returning the NYT's call

On a ridiculously early flight this morning, I finally got around to finishing the Sunday New York Times and noticed this little gem in the lead story in the Business section, a sweeping look back at how the United States failed to prepare for today's oil crisis:

Mr. Helms, of course, would be Sen. Jesse Helms, the long-serving senator from North Carolina, who died early Friday, some two days before the paper hit newsstands. The NYT's excuse? The section went to press on Thursday. Egg, meet face.