Archive | November 10, 2013

Another Victim of Fed’s Anal Probing Obsession Comes Forward

assAbductions, anal probing and medical scans… This reminds me of all of the UFO abduction reports from the eighties. Makes you kind of wonder.

Via KOB4:

It may be hard to believe that this could happen to yet another New Mexican. KOB’s 4 On Your Side team found a woman who claims she was violated by federal agents and doctors.

Laura Schaur Ives, Legal Director for the New Mexico Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, is representing the woman.

Schaur Ives said the woman doesn’t wish to be identified because she considers herself to be a victim of sexual assault. Schaur Ives said the woman crossed the border at a Port of Entry from Juarez, Mexico into El Paso.

A dog alerted to the woman, and Schaur Ives said federal agents stripped searched her at the facility, asked her to undress, to spread her genitalia and to cough. Female agents also allegedly pressed their fingers into her vagina looking for drugs.

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Net Neutrality a “Dead Man Walking”

YDbRtWould you prefer the basic or premium internet package?

Via Wired:

Net neutrality is a dead man walking. The execution date isn’t set, but it could be days, or months (at best). And since net neutrality is the principle forbidding huge telecommunications companies from treating users, websites, or apps differently — say, by letting some work better than others over their pipes — the dead man walking isn’t some abstract or far-removed principle just for wonks: It affects the internet as we all know it.

Once upon a time, companies like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and others declared a war on the internet’s foundational principle: that its networks should be “neutral” and users don’t need anyone’s permission to invent, create, communicate, broadcast, or share online. The neutral and level playing field provided by permissionless innovation has empowered all of us with the freedom to express ourselves and innovate online without having to seek the permission of a remote telecom executive.

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Dumbo Drop: Bibles Air-Dropped by Ballons to Starving, Sick North Korean People

MV5BNTU2NzQyNDQ0NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTk4NjIyMQ@@“Can we eat the glue in the binding?”, an emaciated mother of two was imagined to say by this reporter.

Via HuffPo:

Christian Group Seoul USA Air-Drops Bibles Over North Korea With Giant Balloons

A Colorado-based Christian group is air-dropping Bibles on North Korea.

Over the past year, Pastor Eric Foley and his Christian mission group, Seoul USA, have released around 50,000 40-foot homemade, hydrogen-filled balloons outfitted with Bibles and personal testimonials over rural areas of the country, Fox News reports. Bibles are attached to the balloons in a box or a bag.

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Private Firefighting Company Charges Family $20,000 After Home Burns Down

randfdTalk about insult to injury: After the Purcells’ mobile home burned to the ground the couple received a hefty bill from the responding fire department. Fortunately, the couple was out of their home when it happened, but this plus a baby on the way means that they’re pretty much screwed. The “Yeah? Suck it!” attitude from the fire department isn’t helping things.

Via HuffPo:

Two weeks later, on Aug. 27, the couple received a bill from Rural Metro Fire Department for $19,825. The bill included charges of $1,500 per fire truck and $150 dollars per hour for firefighters.

Justin Purcell said he was shocked by the bill and did not understand why he was receiving it, considering he and other local residents pay a fire district assistance tax to help fund volunteer fire departments. However, that tax, he soon learned, does not cover Rural Metro Fire Department because it is an independent agency.

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This Tree Enslaves Ants

Pic: Kurt Stuber (CC)

Pic: Kurt Stuber (CC)

Poor little junkie ants. The first taste is free, then you gotta pay.

Via Neatorama:

The Central American acacia tree and the ant Pseudomyrmex ferrugineus live in a symbiotic relationship. The tree provides sweet nectar for the ants, and the ants protect the tree from weeds and animals. But we now know that the relationship is rather one-sided, as the tree not only causes the ants to become addicted to its nectar, but also damages the ants to make them unable to digest any other food! Martin Heil of Cinvestav Unidad Irapuato in Mexico studied the ants, and found that they are born with the ability to digest a variety of sugars, but then lose their invertase, an enzyme that breaks down sugars.

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Substance Analysis Kits – Find out whats in any plant or drug!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/substance-analysis-kits-down-with-adulterants

Paranoid about what substance are really on blotter? Or just itching to explore the biochemical treasures hiding within your local plants?

This non-profit harm reduction project from TLConscious is one of its kind and employs an easy to do TLC method for identifying chemicals that goes far beyond a simple test to see if your LSD is truly LSD (but it can do that to).  Its made by those with extensive experience in both the psychedelic and harm reduction community. Even the DMT-Nexus has publicly given the project its full support.

With the plethora of new and old psychoactive chemicals surging out into the cultural ocean, and the urgent need to identify more local DMT and psychoactive containing plant medicines, this project would be a huge step in furthering not only our harm reduction efforts, but our exploratory interests as well. These plants and compounds have an immense  power for unlocking humanities potential, along with deep therapeutic uses.… Read the rest

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Swedish Movie Theaters To Display Films’ Gender Equality Rating

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This is probably more helpful than the current MPAA rating system in use here. Via the Washington Post:

Four Swedish movie theaters touched off a heated debate across Stockholm last month — and in the English-language media this morning — with the announcement that they plan to begin publicly labeling films that pass the so-called “Bechdel test.” The metric gauges whether a film meets a bare minimum standard for developed female characters.

Promoters are encouraging theaters to stamp its “A” logo on the movie posters and pre-roll screens of any film that (1) has at least two female characters who (2) talk to each other (3) about something other than men. A surprisingly high proportion of films fail this test.

In the weeks since, it has been covered in a dozen newspaper columns and earning the endorsements of Equalisters, Women in Television and Film and a popular cable movie channel and, controversially, the blessing of Anna Serner, who presides over Sweden’s state-funded film institute.

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