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Rainbow Family of Living Light Attacked by Police and Federal Government with Pepper Spray and Rubber Bullets

Posted by invizweb on July 6, 2008

W(es) U(nruh) for Key 64 wrote:

I find the way the RFLL is covered in the various news articles fascinating:

Before Attack – News Coverage: ‘Om’-ing in Wyoming

Rainbow gathering inspires odd jurisprudence

Current News Reports:

400 members of Rainbow Family surround, attack federal officers
Forest Service officials stoned by hippie group allowed to displace Boy Scouts’ service project

ACLU plans to investigate Rainbow Family treatment

This has happened many times in the past. Here’s coverage from last year’s event:

On the highly acclaimed 17 years long running Jeff Davis Show, Deborah Stevens from the Three Shoes Posse Band interviews members of the Rainbow Family who were kidnapped at gunpoint, assaulted, tortured, falsely imprisoned in a chemically toxic environment, never even charged with a crime, then thrust out without shirts or shoes into a remote rural area by U.S. Federal Agents of the “National Incident Management Team” at the 2007 Rainbow Gathering in Arkansas.

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Top Ten WTF? US Sex Laws

Posted by invizweb on July 6, 2008

Jessie Whitfield wrote for the College Times:

1. Oral sex is illegal in 18 states, including Arizona.

2. In Virginia, it is illegal to have sex with the lights on.

3. It is illegal for husbands in Willowdale, Oregon, to talk dirty during intercourse.

4. Sexual intercourse between unmarried couples is illegal in Georgia.

5. Engaging in any sexual position other than missionary is illegal in Washington, DC.

6. In Connorsville, Wisconsin, it is illegal for a man to shoot off a gun when his female partner is having an orgasm.

7. In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, it is illegal to have sex with a truck driver inside a toll booth.

8. Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal in Florida.

9. It is illegal in Utah to marry your first cousin before the age of 65.

10. Sex with animals is perfectly legal for men in Washington state, as long as the animal weighs less than 40 pounds.

Originally found here.

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The Black Hole in The Cost of Healthcare: Big Pharma and Transparency

Posted by invizweb on July 6, 2008

TiamatsVision for Technoccult wrote:

It’s no secret that Big Pharma has been providing doctors with special perks in return for prescribing their products. This has been going on for ages. But to get a better grip on why the costs of healthcare have been increasing dramatically we need to understand about the massive networks that Big Pharma is involved in. Believe it or not, Big Pharma is connected to everything. The AMA, the FDA, the financial markets/big business, the insurance industry, law and politics; these are all affected by Big Pharma.

Recently it was reported that there are more Americans addicted to prescription drugs than illegal drugs. An article in The New York Times stated that “An analysis of autopsies in 2007 released this week by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission found that the rate of deaths caused by prescription drugs was three times the rate of deaths caused by all illicit drugs combined.” That’s a pretty hefty number. I know quite a few people who became addicted to prescription drugs. Some said tranquilizers and painkillers were harder to quit than illegal drugs. Prescription pain killers have become the “new heroin”, and are increasingly becoming a major problem in the school system.

Not only are the doctors getting “perks” from the drug companies, but the professors and the research facilities of major universities have been the recipient of “special benefits” as well. Recently “three influential psychiatrists from Harvard Medical School seem to have been caught with their hands in the drug-laced cookie jar, and now they’re in big trouble. Two days after it was alleged that the three doctors failed to report a collective $4.2 million in payments from pharmaceutical companies, Harvard and the affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital have launched an investigation into the doctors’ behavior.” Big Pharma = Big Money.

Let me just state for the record that I think research and development in pharmaceuticals is an important factor in saving lives. Not all prescription drugs are addictive or deadly. Many are necessary to keep people alive. But let me also state that many side effects from certain drugs are not discovered until many years later. This can be a “Catch-22”. Also more money is spent on advertising than on R&D. In an article by Science Daily it was reported that “the U.S. pharmaceutical industry spent 24.4% of the sales dollar on promotion, versus 13.4% for research and development, as a percentage of US domestic sales of US$235.4 billion.” Instead of prolonging or enhancing life, getting the word out about their products is of priority.

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The View from Pew

Posted by invizweb on July 6, 2008

Michael H of the Daily Grail wrote:

The Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life recently released the 2008 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey. This comprehensive look at the religious affiliation and attitudes of over 35,000 Americans contains several fascinating discoveries. The Summary of Key Findings, broken down into two parts, Religious Affiliation and Religious Beliefs and Practices is an interesting read. Both the full summaries and the entire report are available as PDF downloads from the given link.

As I was reading this it occurred to me that the prominent atheist voices of our day, the irascible Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens and their brothers and sisters in arms would find a great deal of troubling data to peruse here. After all, a remarkable 92% of the respondents reported a belief in God, and nearly 83% reported an affiliation with a particular religion, while those identifying themselves as ‘atheist’ were represented by a miniscule 1.6% of respondents. It would appear that Dennett’s attempt to define the intellectual elites as ‘Brights’ is yet to sway the majority of Americans that secular humanism is the genuine path of righteousness.

Reading further reveals more interesting findings, however. The core argument presented by Dawkins and the others that I consider to have tremendous validity is their insistence that dogmatic religious beliefs can lead to unspeakable atrocities. Any sort of detached observation of human history does nothing but confirm this argument, and a few moments with CNN is a daily reminder of how little has changed. The corruption of Islam by radical extremists is just the most jarring current reminder of this, and the Brights should be appreciated for their efforts in regularly drawing attention to this.

The information culled from the respondents regarding dogmatism reflects some very interesting findings, however. Of those who had identified themselves as affiliated with a particular faith, 70% affirmed the statement that “many religions can lead to eternal life”, while 68% agreed with the statement, “There is more than one way to interpret the teachings of my religion”. Even more interesting is that these two questions were supported by more than half of those who identified themselves as Evangelicals. It appears that Americans as a whole are much more tolerant and accepting of other views than some may assume.

There are many other interesting findings sprinkled throughout the survey, including the responses to the questions that attempt to define God. While 60% accept the existence of a personal God, nearly 25% define the divine as an “impersonal force”. There are also the occasional anomalies, such as the fact that of those who defined themselves as “atheist”, a full 22% claimed to believe in God. (What does that mean?)

In many ways, I found the entire survey to be quite fascinating. It would appear that the majority of Americans anyway, do accept the idea of a spiritual aspect to existence, while a decided minority insists that their particular understanding is absolute. And while the United States remains primarily a Christian nation, there are tremendous variations of belief, even within the numerous denominations. There are also signs that many younger people, especially, are choosing to reject affiliation with any particular religion, yet still accept the idea of a spiritual aspect of existence. This may be a consequence of more people considering that the very existence of so many different interpretations of the divine is more of an indication that none of them have a monopoly on truth, rather than an indication that there is no validity to spirit itself.


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Lucha Report for 7/5

Posted by invizweb on July 6, 2008

Thanks to Kris Zellner and Robert Bihari.


EMLL started a brand new 90 minute news show on MVS today anchored by Leobardo Magadan, Julio Cesar Rivera, & Tania Licona and they will tell the news of the week along with having special features. This week features Mistico talking about going to the Olympics in Beijing, an interview with Paco Alonso about the current state of events, Shocker teaching some wrestling, among other highlights.

Negro Casas talked about beating on his former partner Mistico last night at Arena Mexico and said that it felt good ripping the mask of that ingrate. Negro said that Mistico thought that he had surpassed him but that would never happen because he would never be as good as he is. Negro said that Mistico is nothing but an altar boy who has no experience outside of Mexico like he has and that if he keeps on sticking his nose in his business then he would rip his mask off.

Perro Aguayo Jr. said today that trophies, masks, titles, or scalps don’t interest him but the only thing that does is that the fact that he is the best in the world makes him happy. Perrito won the Grupo A cibernetico for the Leyenda de Plata last night and said that it was easy but it would be even easier winning the whole thing. Perrito knows that Mistico will probably be waiting for him and he beats him all the time so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Zorro is out of action again as he suffered a shoulder injury last night in Atlixco and will be out of action for about a month.

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INTELLIGENCE ON NUCLEAR PROGRAM: Ex-Agent Says CIA Ignored Iran Facts and Fired Him

Posted by invizweb on July 6, 2008

Joby Warrick, staff writer for the Washington Post wrote:

A former CIA operative who says he tried to warn the agency about faulty intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs now contends that CIA officials also ignored evidence that Iran had suspended work on a nuclear bomb.

The onetime undercover agent, who has been barred by the CIA from using his real name, filed a motion in federal court late Friday asking the government to declassify legal documents describing what he says was a deliberate suppression of findings on Iran that were contrary to agency views at the time.

The former operative alleged in a 2004 lawsuit that the CIA fired him after he repeatedly clashed with senior managers over his attempts to file reports that challenged the conventional wisdom about weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Key details of his claim have not been made public because they describe events the CIA deems secret.

The consensus view on Iran’s nuclear program shifted dramatically last December with the release of a landmark intelligence report that concluded that Iran halted work on nuclear weapons design in 2003. The publication of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran undermined the CIA’s rationale for censoring the former officer’s lawsuit, said his attorney, Roy Krieger.

“On five occasions he was ordered to either falsify his reporting on WMD in the Near East, or not to file his reports at all,” Krieger said in an interview.

In court documents and in statements by his attorney, the former officer contends that his 22-year CIA career collapsed after he questioned CIA doctrine about the nuclear programs of Iraq and Iran. As a native of the Middle East and a fluent speaker of both Farsi and Arabic, he had been assigned undercover work in the Persian Gulf region, where he successfully recruited an informant with access to sensitive information about Iran’s nuclear program, Krieger said.

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All Japan Pro Wrestling News Roundup for the Week of July 04, 2008

Posted by invizweb on July 6, 2008

Thanks to Irving @ Shining Road ~

Suwama Under the Knife. Suwama will undergo a cartilage removal operation on his right elbow tomorrow in Fujisawa City. Afte the Izumo show on 6/29, Suwama returned to the All Japan dojo saying that the pain he was experiencing was uncanny, as his arm has been bothering him since his match with Tanahashi in the Champion Carnival Finals on 4/9, with his match against Kensuke Sasaki on 4/29 only worsening the arm. The injury was diagnosed and Suwama had to inject anodyne before his first defense against Nishimura on 6/28. He will have surgery tomorrow and will need about one week off, however, Suwama plans on carrying out forcible participation for All Japan’s 7/7 Hachioji rally, saying that he wanted to show a pro-wrestler’s fine figure.

SUMMER ACTIONS SERIES Lineup with news on the Jr. Heavyweight League. PWF Chairman, Hiroshi Hase, announced one big match to his self-produced show which will close All Japan’s “2008 SUMMER ACTION SERIES” this year. It will be Taiyo Kea & Minoru Suzuki’s first defense of their newly won Tag Titles against Triple Crown champion, Suwama, and Osamu Nishimura! The show will be used to raise funds for the Iwate earthquake with Muto saying that an encouraging dream would be given through pro-wrestling on 8/3. Muto said that Suwama and Nishimura have gained a mutual respect for eachother post-6/28, but wanted to see just how much respect they will have, since Suwama will now have the opportunity to become a 5-Crown champion. Hase said that since the World Tag scene was digressing in some places, he wanted to put the match on a big stage in order to help revive what was once a booming field in pro-wrestling. Hase then finished by saying that he wanted everyone to come see hot fighting, and would be looking on feverishly to see if Suwama would be able to gain the 5-Crown achievement.

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