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Matthis Chiroux: Secret Service Sex Scandal Not an Isolated Incident

Matthis Chiroux
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Matthis Chiroux
As the Secret Service sex scandal continues to unfold, and implicates active duty military personnel, what comes as a surprise to me is not the details of the sex or the drunkenness, but that the American public would expect anything different from our men in uniform!

Having been in the Army for five years, and having spent more than four of them overseas, I can personally attest to how widespread the practice of soliciting prostitution was and certainly still is for U.S. Servicemembers. The fact that it seems many citizens seem not aware of this defies common sense to me.

My first night outside of the U.S. was spent in Okinawa, Japan. It will forever be marked by the memory of my unit taking me to the "Banana Show" to "break me in." The Banana Show was an elderly Japanese woman who would strip naked and insert objects into her vagina. She inserted stacks of coins and gave "exact change," she masturbated using the body of a large serpent, but the highlight of her act was considered her ability to project peeled bananas from between her legs.

Family

Startling new statistics reveal more baby boomers facing old age alone

old age pensioner
Startling new statistics from Bowling Green State University's National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) paint a bleak future for the largest generation in history, the baby boomers, as they cross into old age.

Using data from the 1980, 1990 and 2000 censuses and the 2009 round of the American Community Survey, Dr. I-Fen Lin, an associate professor of sociology, and Dr. Susan Brown, a professor of sociology and co-director of the NCFMR, found one-third of adults aged 45-63 are unmarried. This represents a more than 50 percent increase since 1980, when just 20 percent of middle-aged Americans were unmarried.

Cult

Student Boycotts Graduation - to be Held in Pervert's Church

The graduation is going to be held in New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, which is home to a pastor who, in the kindest of terms, is controversial. ... Pastor Eddie Long was accused by four male members of his church of sexual misconduct.

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church
When Southwest Dekalb High School (Decatur, Ga.) holds its graduation next month, one of the school's top students won't attend because the ceremony is being held in a church.

Nahkoura Mahnassi, 16, has a 3.8 GPA and is in the top 10 percent of her class. Apparently her smarts go well beyond books, because she feels strongly that her commencement should be held at a neutral site, like the Georgia Dome, rather than a Christian church.

Why? Because not all graduating students are Christian, she told WSBTV, the ABC affiliate in Atlanta.

Handcuffs

Angola 2 mark forty years solitary in Louisiana prison for crime they didn't commit

They've spent 23 hours of each day in the last 40 years in a 9ft-by-6ft cell. Now, as human rights groups intensify calls for their release, a documentary provides insight into an isolated life.
Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox

Herman Wallace, left, and Albert Woodfox in Angola prison in Louisiana. Robert King, the third member of the Angola 2, had his conviction overturned and was released in 2001.
Herman Wallace describes the cell in which he has spent 40 years in an audio file here.

"I can make about four steps forward before I touch the door," Herman Wallace says as he describes the cell in which he has lived for the past 40 years. "If I turn an about-face, I'm going to bump into something. I'm used to it, and that's one of the bad things about it."

On Tuesday, Wallace and his friend Albert Woodfox will mark one of the more unusual, and shameful, anniversaries in American penal history. Forty years ago to the day, they were put into solitary confinement in Louisiana's notorious Angola jail. They have been there ever since.

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The Case of the Angola 3: Silenced for trying to expose segregation, corruption, and horrific abuse in the biggest prison in the US.

Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox

Herman Wallace, left, and Albert Woodfox in Angola prison in Louisiana. Robert King, the third member of the Angola 2, had his conviction overturned and was released in 2001.
40 years ago, deep in rural Louisiana, three young black men were silenced for trying to expose continued segregation, systematic corruption, and horrific abuse in the biggest prison in the US, an 18,000 acre former slave plantation called Angola.

Peaceful, non-violent protest in the form of hunger and work strikes organized by inmates caught the attention of Louisiana's elected leaders and local media in the early 1970s. They soon called for investigations into a host of unconstitutional and extraordinarily inhumane practices commonplace in what was then the "bloodiest prison in the South." Eager to put an end to outside scrutiny, prison officials began punishing inmates they saw as troublemakers.

At the height of this unprecedented institutional chaos, Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox, and Robert King were charged with murders they did not commit and thrown into 6x9 foot solitary cells.

Robert was released in 2001, but Herman and Albert remain in solitary, continuing to fight for their freedom.

Video

Film Review: Owned and Operated

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Owned & Operated is a new documentary about the struggles we are facing as a global humanity. For the most part, it's a decent film - especially the first hour. The way it incorporates hundreds of different sources to corroborate the overall feelings sweeping the globe is certainly nice and refreshingly unique. And the tone of the film in general is appropriately forceful and motivating. I agree with many of the points made (but certainly not all) and suggest it's viewing with your critical-thinking cap on.

Unfortunately, like most all films of this type today, Owned & Operated overlooks a great opportunity to assert some very key points. Most especially, it expresses nothing about the vital importance of Self-Work as individuals - of coming into an applicable Realization of the Authentic Self - which is tantamount to the discovery of a healthy society. Nor does it discuss the FACT that problems with our governments stem most-principally from an affliction of psychopathy (marked by character traits of insatiable avarice and total lack of empathy) in key players of the ruling elite - not just ordinary greed and corruption.

Attention

Humans Still Eating Humans

Meat Pies
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The suspects confessed to murdering at least two women, eating parts of their bodies, and using the rest to make meat pies sold in the town of Garanhuns near Sao Paulo.
The recent arrest of three people in Brazil suspected of making empanadas out of human flesh (and then selling them) reminds us that though human cannibalism is rare in the modern world, it still persists.

Brazil, in particular, has been linked to cannibalism in recent years. The Lancet journal reported in 1994 "that eating human remains" was common among 250 people who lived in an Olinda slum. "Poverty and a lack of compliance with laws" were blamed, since the starving individuals were eating human body parts that they found in the Brazilian city's garbage dump.

"Cannibalism is an ethologic behavior widespread among human primates and non-human primates," Isabel Cáceres, a paleoecologist at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, told Discovery News. Cáceres has studied the phenomenon -- going back up to 780,000 years ago in our ancestors.

"Probably, the practice of cannibalism in the genus Homo appears due to lack of resources and competition for territory in critical moments," she added.

The recent case was apparently a cruel twist on that strategy. The suspects confessed to murdering at least two women, eating parts of their bodies, and using the rest to make meat pies sold in the town of Garanhuns near Sao Paulo.

One quote from one of the suspects also points to other factors. Fifty-one-year old Jorge Beltrao Negroponte told SBT Television, "I did certain things for purification, to protect people and deliver them to God."

Newspaper

Judge in Breivik Trial Replaced

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Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik smiles at his defence lawyer Vibeke Hein Baera in courtroom 250 during the second day of his terrorism and murder trial, in Oslo, on Tuesday.
Oslo - One of the lay judges in the trial against Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has been replaced after it was revealed that he made a comment on the Internet saying the death penalty would be the only appropriate punishment for Mr. Breivik.

As the second day of the trial against Mr. Breivik began presiding judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen said it has come to the knowledge of the court that lay judge Thomas Indrebo had made a comment which may compromise his impartiality.

Ms. Arntzen said Mr. Indrebo had admitted to the comment, which according to reports were made on Facebook, the day after Mr. Breivik's twin attacks which killed 77 people and injured hundreds in government buildings in central Oslo and at a Labor party youth camp on July 22 last year.

Prosecutor Svein Holden and Mr. Breivik's defense lawyer Geir Lippestad agreed that the lay judge should withdraw. The trial will continue after the judge is replaced by the reserve judge who has followed all court proceedings.

Bizarro Earth

Suicides 'by Economic Crisis' Soar in Europe

George Mordaunt of Clonmel, Ireland
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George Mordaunt of Clonmel, Ireland, considered suicide when his car business hit hard times.
On New Year's Eve, Antonio Tamiozzo, 53, hanged himself in the warehouse of his construction business near Vicenza, after several debtors did not pay what they owed him.

Three weeks earlier, Giovanni Schiavon, 59, a contractor, shot himself in the head at the headquarters of his debt-ridden construction company on the outskirts of Padua. As he faced the bleak prospect of ordering Christmas layoffs at his family firm of two generations, he wrote a last message: "Sorry, I cannot take it anymore."

The economic downturn that has shaken Europe for the last three years has also swept away the foundations of once-sturdy lives, leading to an alarming spike in suicide rates. Especially in the most fragile nations like Greece, Ireland and Italy, small-business owners and entrepreneurs are increasingly taking their own lives in a phenomenon some European newspapers have started calling "suicide by economic crisis."

Many, like Mr. Tamiozzo and Mr. Schiavon, have died in obscurity. Others, like the desperate 77-year-old retiree who shot himself outside the Greek Parliament on April 4, have turned their personal despair into dramatic public expressions of anger at the leaders who have failed to soften the blows of the crisis.

A complete picture of the phenomenon across Europe is elusive, as some countries lag in reporting statistics and coroners are loath to classify deaths as suicides, to protect surviving family members. But it is clear that countries on the front line of the economic crisis are suffering the worst, and that suicides among men have increased the most.

Stormtrooper

Israeli Soldier Clubs Danish Protester With Rifle



Denmark has demanded an explanation from the Israeli government for video footage showing a senior Israeli army officer striking a Danish activist in the face with an M16 rifle, an act which has been sharply criticised by the Israeli prime minister, president and chief of staff.

In the video, Lt Col Shalom Eisner, deputy commander of the Jordan Valley territorial brigade, is clearly seen slamming his rifle into the face of Andreas Ias. There was no obvious reason for the assault in the clip, which was broadcast on Israeli television and posted on YouTube. The soldier was suspended by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) pending an investigation.

The video emerged on the same day as Israel launched a security operation to prevent hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists entering the country en route to the West Bank, claiming they were provocateurs and were planning acts of violence. The assault on the Danish man and the operation to block the entry of Palestinian sympathisers have led to questions about whether Israel's response to activists is excessively heavy-handed and will damage its image.