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The Science Behind Pleasure-Seeking

No matter the season, we all take part in the pursuit of pleasure, each in our own way. And although there's an art to enjoying life, it turns out there's science behind it, too. Our Cover Story is reported now by Susan Spencer of "48 Hours":

It can be as simple as a sunset, as decadent as a dessert, or as extravagant as a weekend in Paris. But we all have our own little pleasures ...

"Chocolate and peanuts! ... mmmmm ..."
"I'm a Barbie collector. I have, like, over 100 Barbies."
"I love Mexican food!"
"The rush of cliff jumping, when you're up in the air, and you're hoping the water is deep enough, and your heart is beating a thousand miles an hour, and you SPLASH!"

Professor Gregory Berns, a neuroeconomist at Emory University, notes that some pleasures are no less than a matter of survival.

"Pleasure is an instantaneous feeling of something good," Dr. Berns said. "When you teach a bunch of undergraduates and teenagers like I do and I ask them to list the things that give them pleasure, sleep is always at the top of the list.

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China Says Successor Chosen by Dalai Lama "Illegal"

© Yahoo NewsTibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, seen her September 17, has said he will decide when he is "about 90" whether he should be reincarnated and that China should have no say in the matter
China said Monday any successor chosen by the Dalai Lama would be "illegal" after the Tibetan spiritual leader announced that he, and not Beijing, would decide whether he should be reincarnated.

The Dalai Lama, who is 76, said on Saturday he would decide when he was "about 90" whether he should be reincarnated, in consultation with other monks, and that China should have no say in the matter.

Under Tibetan tradition, monks identify a young boy who shows signs he is a reincarnation of a late leader, but many predict China will simply appoint its own successor to the Dalai Lama.

China's foreign ministry said any reincarnation process would have to be conducted in accordance with the country's "laws and regulation".

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Nobody Can Predict The Moment Of Revolution ( Occupy Wall Street )


We want to share insights into the formation of a new social movement as it is still taking shape in real time.

The video was shot during the 5th and 6th day of the occupation.

This idea to occupy the financial district in New York City was inspired by recent uprisings in Spain, Greece, Egypt, and Tunisia which most of us were following online.

Despite of the corporate media's effort to silence the protests, and Yahoo's attempt to to censor it in e-mail communication, the occupation is growing in numbers and spreading to other cities in the US and abroad. Please forward our video to likeminded people via email, facebook, twitter - and make the voices of dissent circulate.


Noam Chomsky on the Wall Street protests

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Noam Chomsky sends a "strong message of support" to the organizers of the Occupy Wall Street protests:
"Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street - financial institutions generally - has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called "a precariat" - seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity - not only too big to fail, but also "too big to jail."

The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course."
Professor Chomsky, along with John Pilger, Michael Albert, Johann Hari and Robert McChesney. will be appearing at the Rebellious Media conference in London on October 8th and 9th. Tickets can be purchased at


He was 14 years, 6 months and 5 days old - and the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th Century

George Junius Stinney, Jr.
© South Carolina Department of Archives and HistoryGeorge Junius Stinney, Jr.

George Junius Stinney, Jr.,

[b. 1929 - d. 1944]

In a South Carolina prison sixty-six years ago, guards walked a 14-year-old boy, bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair. At 5' 1" and 95 pounds, the straps didn't fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg.

The switch was pulled and the adult sized death mask fell from George Stinney's face. Tears streamed from his eyes. Witnesses recoiled in horror as they watched the youngest person executed in the United States in the past century die.

Now, a community activist is fighting to clear Stinney's name, saying the young boy couldn't have killed two girls. George Frierson, a school board member and textile inspector, believes Stinney's confession was coerced, and that his execution was just another injustice blacks suffered in Southern courtrooms in the first half of the 1900s.


US: Brutal Bank Crackdown But Crooks Go Free

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© ReutersProtesters march up Wall Street past the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.

Protesters had been swarming Wall Street and Lower Manhattan for a week.There were at least six arrests the first day Occupy Wall Street camped out and chanted near the New York Stock Exchange. There were dozens more by the weekend.

By Saturday, the hundreds of protesters appeared to have lit a fuse with New York City police. There were rough arrests that bordered on brutality. Pepper spray brought tears and pain. Watch YouTube video of female protesters penned and pepper sprayed .

And to a nation's shock, not one of the police targets was a banker.

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US: Virginia - "Not On Our Faultline" group protests nuke plant outside Dominion Headquarters

© The Free Lance-StarDominion's North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, Va.
Richmond - A group of residents from Louisa County is demanding that Dominion Resources Inc. ensure its North Anna nuclear power plant is safe from past and future earthquakes.

About 20 people from the group Not On Our Fault Line protested Tuesday outside Dominion's Richmond headquarters. They chanted and held signs reading "Shut Down or Meltdown," as Dominion employees went out for their lunch breaks.

The group says the Aug. 23 earthquake that shut down the plant brought attention to the danger of another event in the area. They are asking Dominion to retrofit the two reactors at the plant to higher earthquake safety standards. It also is asking for the company to inspect underground pipes at the nuclear facility to make sure they aren't leaking into the ground or drinking water.

"What we're afraid of is that Dominion is putting profits over the safety of the area," said Paxus Calta, a resident of Louisa County for 13 years. "This earthquake is a big wakeup call to us."


US: Virginia - Dominion's nuclear plants have shut down more often than average in the last two years

In the past two years, Dominion Virginia Power's four nuclear power reactors experienced 12 unplanned shutdowns.

Then, the Aug. 23 earthquake in Louisa County forced two more shutdowns at the North Anna Power Station.

"That's too many trips for us," said David A. Heacock, president and chief nuclear officer of Dominion Nuclear. "And we're going to ensure it's not going to continue."

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French Socialists (puppets on the left) seize Senate in blow to Sarkozy (puppet on the right)

President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative party loses its majority in upper house for the first time in more than 50 years

France's left wrested the Senate from the right in indirect elections on Sunday, taking the majority of seats in the upper house of parliament for the first time in more than 50 years - a blow to conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Seven months before presidential elections, Sarkozy's party downplayed what it said was a narrow win - up to three seats, according to officials from the president's party.

The minister for parliamentary relations, Patrick Ollier, said the results had "no national political significance". Final results of the voting to fill half the seats in the 348-seat house were not in, but the Socialist party leader in the Senate announced the victory.

"This is a day that will mark history," Jean-Pierre Bel, head of the Senate's Socialist party, said.


Anonymous Leaks Personal Details of Cop Who Pepper-Sprayed Wall Street Protesters

Anonymous is on the hunt for the cop featured in a video pepper-spraying Occupy Wall Street protesters for no apparent reason. They say they've found him, and are circulating a document with his and his family's personal information. This could get ugly.

According to a document posted on, the cop who blasted young women in the face with pepper spray in the now-iconic video above is NYPD Captain Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna. Bologna was identified as the pepper-sprayer by a photographer who witnessed the incident and posted a blown-up image of his badge to his blog.

The Pastebin document, which has about 7,000 views at this writing contains Bologna's name and possible phone numbers and addresses, along with a list of potential family member names. It reads:
You know who the innocent women were, now they will have the chance to know who you are. Before you commit atrocities against innocent people, think twice. We Are Watching!!! Expect Us!

Comment: Named and shamed! The above-linked PasteBin file says that a case was brought against him for a Civil Rights infringement on August 27, 2007. Here is a photo of this brute:

Deputy Inspector Anthony V. Bologna is the commanding officer of the First Precinct, which covers Lower Manhattan, Soho, Hudson Sq. and the South Village. If you see this man, please report him to the poli... oh wait. No, don't do that! just stay well away from him and spread this info far and wide!