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researchers argue that dolphins should have more rights due to thier highly developed brain, complex societies and ability to participate in meme like behavior:
this is pretty cool.
my question: then when do rights get extended to other species? only it they pass a human designed IQ test showing their mental prowess in relation to our own way of thinking….
Google just announced that they will be allowing charging for news websites. First click free.
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“Mexico decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin [LSD too] on Friday — a move that prosecutors say makes sense even in the midst of the government’s grueling battle against drug traffickers. Prosecutors said the new law sets clear limits that keep Mexico’s corruption-prone police from shaking down casual users and offers addicts free treatment to keep growing domestic drug use in check…….”
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Maputo — The four people accused by the Mozambican police of using a supposedly “highly corrosive substance” in an attempt to sabotage the Cahora Bassa dam are in fact members of a lunatic fringe group called “Orgonise Africa”.
The four have now been named as Georg Ritschi (a German architect), Carlos Silva (a Portuguese hotelier), Tino Phutheso (a Botsanan aircraft pilot), and Joseph Ngusato (a South African self-styled “prophet”).
There was nothing clandestine about this group’s visit to the Cahora Bassa lake. They advertised it on their Internet websites, where they called the journey “Operation Paradise”.
“Want to come on our next Zambezi expedition, April 2009?”, asked Georg Ritschi on an “Orgonise Africa” blog. “Our next big expedition will be the continuation of our last great water gifting effort on the lower Zambezi”, said Ritschi.
What can they possibly be talking about? Orgonise? Gifting?
It turns out that Orgonise Africa is a band of dedicated followers of the Austrian psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich, who died in an American jail in 1956. Reich did some valuable work on human sexuality in the early part of his career, but in his later years switched his political allegiance from left to right, and showed signs of mental illness and paranoia…..
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if anyone is intrested in having a bad day filled with those stories that just *somehow* slipped through the cracks or being empowered by being in the know… have at it:
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