Archive for November, 2008

150px-mickey_mousesvgimage45-1Christopher Jamison, the Abbot of Worth in West Sussex, has accused Disney of “exploiting spirituality” to sell its products and corrupting youth. Even worst, he says that Disneyland is now a modern day pilgrimage site.

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200px-havasu_falls_1a_mdAn Arizona appeals court has reinstated an interesting lawsuit by the Havasupai Indians who alleged that researchers at the Arizona State University and University of Arizona misused blood samples taken from members of the northern Arizona tribe. The tribe insists that it agreed to the use of blood samples to look into genetic links with the high incidence of diabetes among its members. The tribe lives in an isolated village lies deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon. Among the claims, the tribe alleges that researchers were using the blood samples to establish that their predecessors migrated to the area — which contradicts the tribe’s religious belief that it originated in the Grand Canyon. The tribe and individual members are seeking $60 million in damages.

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300px-viscontisforzatarotI predict palm readers will soon appear in Livingston Parish, Louisiana. Alright, I had a little help from a federal court in New Orleans. A court has ruled that the parish prohibition on soothsaying, fortune telling, palm reading, clairvoyance, crystal ball gazing, mind reading, card reading “and the like” is unconstitutional. Now, the parish government has voted to rescind the law and allow the tarot cards to fall. Other cities are following suit in addressing these prohibitions.

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California flagUtah flagCalifornia’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has officially opened an investigation in the role of the Church of Latter Day Saints in financing and failing to report nonmonetary contributions to support Proposition 8 — the successful resolution that barred same-sex marriage. The investigation was requested Californians Against Hate.

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thumb_scales_of_justiceWell-known defense attorney Walter L. Blair, who practiced with the Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. and has litigated some high-profile cases, is facing very serious criminal allegations and making some controversial claims in his own defense. Blair, 57, is representing himself after being indicted for money laundering and witness tampering. He is hardly telling his client to take a low profile and avoid public controversy. Blair has filed a lawsuit alleging racism and anti-Jamaican bias is behind the indictment.
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img_0An incredible story has emerged out of New York. Doreen Giuliano, 46, has admitted to assuming a fake identity to seduce Jason Allo, a contractor who lived in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn who was a juror on her son’s murder trial. Three years ago, John Giuca from Brooklyn was convicted with another man in the 2003 killing of Mark Fisher, a college student from New Jersey who was found beaten and shot five times.

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thumb_firefighting_dripping_gas_canA special education teacher in Providence, Rhode Island set himself on fire after he was fired from Lincoln High School. He had crashed his car into the side of the school and then, pushing away other teachers, dosed himself with gas and set himself ablaze.

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