00/10/28 Election and politics
00/10/26 The third world and the internet
00/10/24 Medical marijuana
00/10/23 Light entertainment
00/10/22 Child abuse (2)
00/10/20 Child abuse (1)
Even to an outsider like me this stuff is fascinating...
"Bush himself, in his 1999 autobiography, 'A Charge to Keep,' recounts the thrills of his pilot training, which he completed in June 1970. 'I continued flying with my unit for the next several years,' the governor wrote." (...). In fact he was suspended from flying on August 1st, 1972
GW Bush went AWOL
More on the same subject
The Center for Public Integrity's mission is to provide the American public with the findings of its investigations and analyses of public service, government accountability, and ethics-related issues via books, reports and newsletters.
The Center for Public Integrity
Ballot Access News, a non-partisan newsletter reporting on the trials and tribulations of folks trying to put candidates on the ballot in the United States of America.
Ballot Access News
Our Goal: To maximize the percentage of the popular vote that Nader receives, yet allow Gore to win the national election.
Although they differ on some policies and sometimes wear different colored power ties, we're confident that both candidates are deeply committed to economic inequality.
Billionaires for Bush (or Gore)
Nobody cares! Nobody feels your pain!! Nobody knows you when you're down and out!!!
Nobody For President
Realities of the Third World = 'a modem can cost more than a cow' + access to telecommunication is a previledge + information by definition is a property of the government.
Welcome to South Asia. This talent-rich, resource-poor, tragic-powerhouse of immense software skills, finds its abilities recognised across the globe. And yet millions here can't find the solutions that could make life a little less of a struggle. Likewise, software brains from the region are serving some of the biggest companies in the globe... But it also finds itself ironically unable to afford the prices of 'legal' software that it very badly needs for itself.
Some of the most relevant software/Internet/computer/IT ventures in South Asia, ironically, fail to get the attention they merit. Attending to the needs of the poor doesn't make good business sense.
Bytes for all
Marijuana use was wide-spread at the high school that I went to, at the rural Dutch backwater where I grew up. People I know grew hemp for a while when they were in their late teens. One guy I used to go out with smoked pot every now and again. Not everyone in the Netherlands approves of marijuana use, and a lot of people simply don't care and never use the stuff. But the hysteria that seems to surround marijuana use elsewhere is mercifully absent here.
Todd McCormick may spend the rest of his life in prison for researching this book... "This book" being "How to Grow Medical Marijuana". The website has some contact data and a links page, but for the rest it's still under construction.
When Todd was arrested I couldn't help but be aware that this was the 2nd time this young man had had to fight an overwhelming and powerful enemy for his very life. When cancer was the villain, marijuana leveled the playing field and gave his body the opportunity to fight the disease. - from a letter from Todd McCormick's mother.
Renee faces 10 years mandatory minimum to life for medical marijuana charges
Renee Boje Legal Defense Fund
Some light entertainment for today.
Acting skills are not essential in properly celebrating my mother's birthday, but they are most advantageous... from "scribblins", October 13th.
The first thing I saw was Book-A-Minute, books condensed to, let's say, a couple of paragraphs or even a single line. Reading a lot of them in one go can be a bit much, but some of them are very funny. The site has lots of other stuff as well. Someone's clearly having fun, here.
This site is dedicated to the research and study of the most bizarre items found for sale on internet auction sites.
What follows is a ride. Choose now.
The hand you are dealt
Decision support. Sort of.
In addition to Friday's links, here's another 'voice' in the discussion about SRA: an extensive site by an SRA survivor. Well-written and disturbing.
GhostWolf - Out of the Abyss
Today I started working for an actual client again, in stead of doing in-house stuff for my employer. It's a load off my mind, I hadn't quite realised this whole thing bothered me this much.
The search that resulted in the sites below was triggered by a rather messy discussion about satanic ritual abuse ("There is no evidence for SRA!" "You're denying the suffering of child abuse victims!" "No I'm not!" "The freemasons are behind it!") that took place some time ago on an online forum that I participate in.
CESNUR, the Center for Studies on New Religions, was established in 1988 by a group of religious scholars from leading universities in Europe and the Americas. (...) Today CESNUR is a network of independent but related organizations of scholars in various countries, devoted to promote scholarly research in the field of new religious consciousness, to spread reliable and responsible information, and to expose the very real problems associated with some movements, while at the same time defending everywhere the principles of religious liberty.
This web site was created to offer the public a resource of information concerning controversial and/or potentially unsafe groups-- as well as some groups that have been called "cults".
A generation of Christians learned its basic concepts of Satanism and the occult from Mike Warnke's testimony in The Satan Seller. Based on his alleged satanic experiences, Warnke came to be recognized as a prominent authority on the occult, even advising law enforcement officers investigating occult crime. We believe The Satan Seller has been responsible, more than any other single volume in the Christian market, for promoting the current nationwide "Satanism scare." (...) We have uncovered significant evidence contradicting his alleged satanic activity.
more SRA articles on the same site
The revised Joint Enquiry Report is now a historical document, but is still relevant.
It was Nottinghamshire Social Services Department which imported the concept of satanic ritual abuse from the USA in the UK. It was staff of the Department who helped to found RAINS (Ritual Abuse Information and Network and Support). The same staff ignored the Report's findings and continued to promulgate the idea of ritual abuse by means of conferences, articles in the social work professional journals, TV appearances and an advisory telephone service. It was the Nottingham experience that became the foundation stone for a widespread belief by professionals in ritual satanic abuse and to this day Nottingham is still quoted as a proven case - which it most definitely was not.
The Broxstowe Files
I'm spending my time copy-editing a course on information security, and redesigning this website. I'll be adding new entries in the weblog later this week.
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