Kevin Trudeau, the television pitchman and author who amassed a fortune telling consumers his secrets about how to get free money, how to lose weight and how to cure a number of illnesses the natural way, is headed to federal prison. Trudeau, 51, was sentenced to 10 years on Monday for criminal contempt for violating a 2004 federal court order that prohibited him from making misleading infomercials and misrepresenting his weight-loss books. During Monday's sentencing hearing he also got a tongue-lashing from U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago...
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That which is giving can be used to take away. What if life extension is used to punish? Should we punish the most heinous of villains for 100… 200… 300 years? What say you disinfonauts?
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It is hard to avoid the conclusion that Hitler got off easy, given the scope and viciousness of his crimes. We might have moved beyond the Code of Hammurabi and ‘an eye for an eye’, but most of us still feel that a killer of millions deserves something sterner than a quick and painless suicide. But does anyone ever deserve hell?
That used to be a question for theologians, but in the age of human enhancement, a new set of thinkers is taking it up. As biotech companies pour billions into life extension technologies, some have suggested that our cruelest criminals could be kept alive indefinitely, to serve sentences spanning millennia or longer.
Pittsburgh defense attorney Dan Muessig has taken the art of the sleazy trial lawyer commercial to heights worthy of Breaking Bad‘s Saul Goodman. To quote Jesse Pinkman, “When the going gets tough, you don’t want a criminal lawyer. You want a CRIMINAL Lawyer.”
Nothing like being threatened and stalked by people with guns – no harm done, right? Cop Block writes:
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For 22-year old Robert McDaniel, there was [worry] when a police commander showed up at his house simply to issue a threat that he was being watched by police. McDaniel’s grew up in a gritty neighborhood, but was guilty of no crime, and had no recent interactions with police of any kind. Yet there with this official authority standing there on his porch, issuing a stern warning that he was being watched and there would be severe consequences if he committed a crime.
University professors have teamed up with the Chicago police department to develop a new technology which will allegedly predict violent criminal behavior. A computerized algorithm has now generated a “Heat List” which indexes approximately 400 individuals they see as likely to commit violent crimes in the future. And some of the people on the list are not criminals at all.
Could Miranda Barbour be the next iconic serial killer? CNN reports:
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19-year-old Barbour told a reporter for the Daily Item in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, that she participated in at least 22 killings in the past six years in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California. “When I hit 22, I stopped counting,” Barbour is quoted as saying in a phone interview on Friday night. “I can pinpoint on a map where you can find them.”
A law enforcement source close to the investigation said Miranda Barbour’s new claims could be “the real deal.”
Barbour told the newspaper she had her first experience with killing when she just 13, shortly after she said she joined a satanic cult in Alaska.
Barbour and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, are accused of luring Troy LaFerrara, 42, through a “companionship” ad on Craigslist, and stabbing and strangling him to death. The couple, married for only three weeks at the time of the slaying, just wanted to kill someone together, police said.
Disinfonauts may recall with disgust an earlier post “Rich Kid Kills Four Pedestrians While Driving Drunk And Gets Probation Because of ‘Affluenza.’” Now that same rich kid, Ethan Couch, has again been given probation by the same Texas judge who sentenced him last time, instead of the 20 years of jail time called for by prosecutors. Report from AP via NY Daily News:
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FORT WORTH, Texas — A judge on Wednesday ordered a Texas teenager who was sentenced to 10 years’ probation in a drunken-driving crash that killed four people to go to a rehabilitation facility paid for by his parents.
Judge Jean Boyd again decided to give no jail time for Ethan Couch, defense attorney Reagan Wynn and prosecutors told reporters after the hearing, which was closed to the public. Prosecutors had asked Boyd to sentence him to 20 years in state custody on charges related to two people who were severely injured.
No doubt this will make Dinesh D’Souza (director of the breakout documentary 2016 Obama’s America) even more of a hero to a certain Obama-hating segment of the American population, but are the charges really politically motivated? From the Hollywood Reporter:
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Dinesh D’Souza is accused of giving too much money to a candidate who sought to replace former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. Producer Gerald Molen tells The Hollywood Reporter the charges are politically motivated.
Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, whose documentary 2016: Obama’s America took a critical look at President Barack Obama and was a surprise hit in 2012, will be arrested in New York on Friday for allegedly violating campaign-finance laws, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Federal authorities accuse D’Souza of donating more than is legal to the campaign of Wendy Long, who ran in 2012 for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton but lost to now-Sen.
A mixture of exorcism and insanity leads to a bone-chilling crime, the Washington Post reports:
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The Montgomery County mother accused of stabbing her four young children during a bloody exorcism — killing two of them — believed that demonic spirits were jumping from one child to the next and that she had to keep attacking them, a Montgomery County prosecutor said in court Tuesday.
Avery and 21-year-old Monifa Sanford claimed to be part of a four-person group called the “Demon Assassins,” with Avery having the title of “commander” and Sanford “sergeant.”
During the stabbings, the women would later tell detectives, they saw the children’s eyes turn black and a black cloud over one of the children. At one point, they said, the spirits jumped inside of Sanford.
The hearings for each woman underscored how the case appears to be a jumble of belief in demonic possession laced with some level of mental illness.
A new peer reviewed study suggests that visiting a rough neighborhood for even a short while can leave the visitor feeling anxious and less trusting:
Students who visited a poor, crime-ridden neighborhood only briefly exhibited less trust and more paranoia than students bussed temporarily to a well-off community, according to new research published today (Jan. 14) in the open-access journal PeerJ.
“What really surprised us is that the visitors, they looked [psychologically] just like the people in the place they visited,” said study researcher Daniel Nettle, a professor of behavioral science at Newcastle University.
A thought provoking summary of some of the data surrounding food-induced behavior change, by Christina Pirello. In reading, it may be pertinent to consider the weighted influence of our misconstrued conceptual frameworks provoked by the word “diet” which, as Tony Wright claims, would be a word more accurately termed “highly advanced molecular engineering of the most complex and chemically sensitive thing we know”. But even that hardly does it any justice.
It’s a tragically comedic sign of the times to see everyone paying more care to their new [insert plastic piece of crap here] than the thing between their ears that’s involved in orchestrating their very perception and sense of self. Ironic that the basic engineering logic of build materials and fuel quality makes perfect sense when thinking about the functionality of our cars, but is a foreign concept to most people when applied to the brain. How much longer can our culture blindly go on assuming that what we build and fuel our neural system on is of no consequence to ourselves, our children, and future generations?… Read the rest