Monday, June 30, 2008

Texas Excorcism Massacre

If you must perform an exorcism in America, aim for Texas. Its apparently open season for exorcisms over there, now. Just wait until we have Texan style witch burnings or maybe even an Inquisition or two.

It looks like Pope Benedict XVIs' exorcist squads might have somewhere to camp in America.

from MSNBC:

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a jury award over injuries a 17-year-old girl suffered in an exorcism conducted by members of her old church, ruling that the case unconstitutionally entangled the court in religious matters.

In a 6-3 decision, the justices found that a lower court erred when it said the Pleasant Glade Assembly of God's First Amendment rights regarding freedom of religion did not prevent the church from being held liable for mental distress triggered by a "hyper-spiritualistic environment."

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Police Raid, Detain Innocent Citizens

I thought the logo on the doors said "Protect and Serve," not "Don't Fuck With Us." I do hope that the law enforcement community can take constructive criticism better in the future. Otherwise, no knock warrants maybe become punishment for the slightest disobedience, maybe at random, somtimes with more nefarious intentions.
My favorite quote is at the end, where the Police Captain calls them a hate group and seems outright pained at having to let them go just because they didn't do anything legally wrong.

from the Philadelphia Daily News:

Four young residents of a North Philadelphia house who circulated petitions questioning police-surveillance cameras were rousted from their home Friday and detained 12 hours without charges while police searched their house.

Daniel Moffat, 28, a co-owner of the house, said police had no warrant when they entered. The house was examined by officials from several government agencies and then shuttered by the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections.

"This leaves me homeless, without access to things I need. My whole life is disrupted," Moffat said yesterday.

The raid on the property on Ridge Avenue near Parrish Street was led by 9th District Police Capt. Dennis Wilson, who was quoted in an online story by the City Paper as saying of the residents: "They're a hate group. We're trying to drum up charges against them, but unfortunately we'll probably have to let them go."

Journalist Covers Own Murderer Beat

Serial Killers are a damaged, despicable lot who don't deserve the idolatry heaped upon them by a society almost numb to shock. That said, damn! The guy covered his own murders? Ballsy. I've worked with a few reporters in my time, and that would've been seen at the very least as unprofessional. Conflicting interests, man.

Have fun in prison, Taneski.

from the BBC:

Police in Macedonia have arrested a journalist on suspicion that he is behind three murders he reported on.

The journalist, Vlado Taneski, is accused of raping, torturing and killing three elderly women in the south-western town of Kicevo.

Macedonian police began to suspect him after he included details in his reports that they had not made public.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Guantanamo Bay on the Open Seas

The U.S. continues to dig itself into even deeper holes. Experts reckon that the U.S.s' reputation is somewhere in the lower Stygian depths. It wasn't enough that we had an off-country base, or a network of black prisons, or even an even shadier network of third connection countries that are more then willing to do the torture for us. No, we weren't satisfied with those impossibly questionable places of confinement.

We needed to put them on black prison cruises, too. At this point, I think it's not out of the question to prepare for things like Moon Prison Colonies and Detention Cells in Alternate Planes of Reality.

From The Guardian:

The United States is operating "floating prisons" to house those arrested in its war on terror, according to human rights lawyers, who claim there has been an attempt to conceal the numbers and whereabouts of detainees.

Details of ships where detainees have been held and sites allegedly being used in countries across the world have been compiled as the debate over detention without trial intensifies on both sides of the Atlantic. The US government was yesterday urged to list the names and whereabouts of all those detained.

Information about the operation of prison ships has emerged through a number of sources, including statements from the US military, the Council of Europe and related parliamentary bodies, and the testimonies of prisoners.

Billboards shove us toward surveillance state

The lengths to which advertisers will go to get to us are ingenious. The War to Part Us From Our Money is being fought by some of the most clever, unscrupulous bastards not in politics.

It's odd how the tactics seem to mirror one another, that's damned sure. Big Brother has an economic side as well. That said, where is stuff like this going? The evolution of advertising is putting us on a road toward increasingly invasive, hostile and omnipresent advertising campaigns. I see a future of hard light logos eviscerating themselves in the air above us, the winner shaking broken shards of his foe from his corporate defined war form, then shifting to his advertising form. His advertising form, cuter by far then the razor lined puma, tells us that Coke is better then Pepsi in taste, not just combat.

From the New York Times:

Now, some entrepreneurs have introduced technology to solve that problem. They are equipping billboards with tiny cameras that gather details about passers-by — their gender, approximate age and how long they looked at the billboard. These details are transmitted to a central database.

Behind the technology are small start-ups that say they are not storing actual images of the passers-by, so privacy should not be a concern. The cameras, they say, use software to determine that a person is standing in front of a billboard, then analyze facial features (like cheekbone height and the distance between the nose and the chin) to judge the person’s gender and age. So far the companies are not using race as a parameter, but they say that they can and will soon.

The goal, these companies say, is to tailor a digital display to the person standing in front of it — to show one advertisement to a middle-aged white woman, for example, and a different one to a teenage Asian boy.

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