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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Two newspaper executives have told the Observer that their publications were issued with D-notices – warnings not to publish intelligence that might damage national security – when they sought to report on allegations of a powerful group of men engaging in child sex abuse in 1984. One executive said he had been accosted in his office by 15 uniformed and two non-uniformed police over a dossier on Westminster paedophiles passed to him by the former Labour cabinet minister Barbara Castle. read more


Monday, November 10, 2014

The makers of neonicotinoids, the bee-killing insecticide that was banned all over Europe, won't be able to refute this latest phenomenon. Millions of bees were found dead after GMO corn was planted in Ontario, Canada. This isn't new news, but it should be known news. The keeper of these bees, Dave Schuit, who produces honey, reported that he lost over 600 hives – around 37 million bees. With increasing bee deaths and consumer petitions targeted to places like Home Depot and Lowe's who sell neonics, the US Department of Agriculture has failed to ban neonicotinoids, manufactured primarily by Bayer CropScience Inc., as well as other biotech companies. read more


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

In the 1920s, a mustachioed British commander named Lionel Rees set out across the deserts of what would become Jordan. Snapping some of the earliest archaeological aerial photographs, he observed numerous immense, nearly perfect stone circles. "All three are almost exact circles, are different from anything else in the country," he wrote in the journal Antiquity. Rees was baffled by the circles, some of which were 1,200 feet in diameter. But despite their enigmatic nature, his findings were all but ignored. read more


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Clemson University was requiring students to reveal how many times they've had sex in the past month and with how many partners, the conservative site Campus Reform reported. The South Carolina university asked students extremely personal questions about their drinking habits and sex life as part of an online Title IX training course. "How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?" asked one question. "With how many different people have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?" asked another. read more


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i read this situation completely different than a comment on the link site. Here is his detailed take:

"Shouldn't that all be prefaced by "Alleged by Lawson" vs. stated as fact? Lawson has a history for repeated criminal actions and, if the Oregonian got that right in a previous article, admitted via his lawyer to asking for $40K for tapes that Lawson, not Bean, had in his possession. So known criminal sets up illegal sexual encounter and tries to extort $40K to stay silent after being ditched by his sugar daddy.

"All of which would explain why Bean has been charged with a Class C Felony, lowest possible severity before going to misdemeanor, since he allegedly participated in sex with under age person. Under the law, even having a reasonable expectation that person is not underage (being shown phony ID or statements about age) is not a defense. Sentences for first offenses are typically probation. However, if Bean was the victim of a planned extortion attempt, that may be a valid defense.

"It would also explain why Lawson has been given no credit for "finding the victim" since the prosecutor is looking at evidence of a planned extortion attempt or of Lawson setting up the encounter.

"Worst case for Bean, it was not a planned extortion attempt and even with reasonable expectation the person was not underage in an encounter set up by someone else he is guilty of Class C felony, he gets probation for first offense.

"Lawson, with a previous criminal record facing same charge but guilty of actually contacting the underage person would likely get prison time."

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