November, 2010 | SeMeN SPeRmS SuPeR SiTe

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    • If you’re acting stupid because you’re a stoner, you might just be playing to type. That is, it may be your expectations about marijuana’s long-term cognitive effects — rather than any real effect of the drug itself — that is to blame, particularly if you’re male, according to new research. The study, which was published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, explored the effect of “stereotype threat” — the idea that performance is affected by conventional images of minorities — on marijuana smokers.
    • Schizophrenia has long been blamed on bad genes or even bad parents. Wrong, says a growing group of psychiatrists. The real culprit, they claim, is a virus that lives entwined in every person’s DNA.
    • Several Rastafarian and other inmates who have been held in isolation for refusing to cut their hair are being moved to a prison where they can live together. The Department of Corrections confirmed Wednesday that 31 inmates have been transferred to Keen Mountain State Prison in southwest Virginia.
    • Seattle seems to have a preponderance of self-styled Real Life Super Heroes. And it’s causing problems for the local police. Seattle PI reports that on one occasion “police say a caped crusader dressed in black was nearly shot when he came running out of a dark park.
    • Scientists have speculated that life could have come to Earth from space — a notion called panspermia — since the 1870s, when Lord Kelvin suggested microbes could have ridden here on a comet or meteor. Others have suggested tiny organisms could cross the galaxy embedded in dust grains, which could be nudged from one planetary system to another by the slight pressure of stars’ radiation.
    • For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art – including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko – as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince – except that it acted secretly – the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.
    • The tunnel is half a mile long and reaches to about 90 feet deep, contains two entrances on the U.S. side of the border and is outfitted with advanced rail, electrical and ventilation systems
    • But it may also just as easily be the case that the FBI — as they’ve done many times in the past — found some very young, impressionable, disaffected, hapless, aimless, inept loner; created a plot it then persuaded/manipulated/entrapped him to join, essentially turning him into a Terrorist; and then patted itself on the back once it arrested him for having thwarted a “Terrorist plot” which, from start to finish, was entirely the FBI’s own concoction. Having stopped a plot which it itself manufactured, the FBI then publicly touts — and an uncritical media amplifies — its “success” to the world, thus proving both that domestic Terrorism from Muslims is a serious threat and the Government’s vast surveillance powers — current and future new ones — are necessary.
    • “Barefoot bandit” suspect Colton Harris-Moore, the teen accused in a two-year spree of sometimes-shoeless burglaries and thefts, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of interstate transportation of a stolen plane, boat and gun.
    • A British man has lost his license, after getting nabbed for drunk driving in an electric Barbie car.
    • A US researcher has said he plans to electronically record and interpret dreams.
    • On November 8th, West of Los Angeles and just North of Catalina Island off the Southern Coast of California, KCBS cameraman, Gil Leyvas, filmed what appeared to be a “mysterious missile launch.” Four days later the Dept. of Defense informed us that the case was closed. What everyone mistook for a missle, was “likely… most likely,” an aircraft. Specifically, they claimed it was a jet contrail–condensation from a commercial or military jet– from a US Airways flight from Honolulu to Phoenix. The next day on the East Coast, another chopper films a fireball streaking behind the NYC skyline. The object is dubbed “The Fire in Sky.” However, according to the local news team at CBS 2, a top (unnamed) astronomer is quoted as saying it is “likely” nothing more than a contrail. The CBS 2 coverage included the snide The aliens are apparently… not… coming.”
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    • Of Genuine Contemporary Beast is a group of hyper-real sculptures depicting Mara Salvatruchas as flayed animal skins turned into rugs. The MS-13 and MS-18 gangs, originated in the 80’s in the Los Angeles area represent, among others, a minority which has been recently processed by the Caliban Factories.
    • Pistols, canes, bowie knives, and fireplace tongs: a brief history of congressional violence.
    • Nashville musician Matt Glassmeyer came up with this unique solution for shingling his porch roof. Glassmeyer, using nails and washers, attached 350 vinyl records to the roof, and after two years in the Nashville sun, apparently, they still haven’t warped.
    • italian designer daniele del nero has sent images of his latest project ‘after effects’ – consisting of of a series of architectural scale models constructed with black paper. the series portrays old detached houses. to create the effect of old abandoned buildings the paper structures were covered with flour and a layer of mould, photographed as still lifes.
    • Two-thirds of the men surveyed in that study said they raped because of a sense of sexual entitlement. Other popular motivating factors included a desire to punish women who rejected or angered them, and raping out of boredom, Jewkes said.
    • Meanwhile, TSA continues to defend the scanners: “This year alone, the use of advanced imaging technology has led to the detection of over 130 prohibited, illegal or dangerous items.” TSA would not disclose exactly what those items were, but it said they included weapons like ceramic knives and various drugs — including a syringe filled with heroin hidden in a passenger’s underwear. Leaving aside the obvious — that “various drugs” have nothing to do with weapon or bomb detection, and that “prohibited, illegal or dangerous items” (say, a Swiss Army knife) don’t equal a true terrorist threat — the public should be offended by TSA’s selective disclosure of information for PR gain.
    • Affliction is banned in several bars along Vancouver’s infamous Granville Mall, where debauchery and hooliganism are common in the early hours around closing time.

      George Mora, who has been a bouncer at the Plaza nightclub for two years, says people who wear Affliction tend to cause trouble.

      “Over time, it’s become clear that people who wear Affliction cause problems,” he said. “There have been many incidents in the pass with people who wear Affliction so why take the chance?”

    • At one point, Bruce was ordered to visit a building with a chain link fence that housed test animals, including dogs, cats, guinea pigs and monkeys. After reporting, Bruce was strapped across his chest, his wrists, and his ankles to a gurney. Bruce occasionally would regain consciousness for brief moments. On one such instance, he remembers being covered with a great deal of blood, and assumed it was his own, but did not really know the source. Also portions of his arms and the backs of his hand were blue. His wrist and ankles were bruised and sore at the points where he had been strapped to the gurney. Bruce believes that this is the time period during which a septal implant was placed in his brain.
    • Facebook makes it pretty easy to deactivate your account which will temporarily hide your information. However, if you want to permanently remove your information, the “permanent delete” option is much harder to find. This article will cover two easy ways to erase your Facebook account so you can Quit Facebook forever.
    • “This guy,” Edwards County Sheriff Don Letsinger said, “is an evil man.”
    • A 30-year-old Spencer man has been charged with giving a 3-year-old an injection of heroin that he allegedly thought might make the sick child feel better.
    • This film made me feel gross as a kid.

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    • In 1898, the Parisian art gallery owner Maurice Joyant photographed his childhood friend defecating on the beach at Le Crotoy, Picardie. The series of photos would have been forgotten, had Joyant’s friend not been Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the acclaimed French painter. Their intention in taking these photos — and later allowing them to be published in postcard form — was unclear, but these photographs remain the earliest photographic testaments to celebrities behaving dubiously, a century before Internet made such indiscretions well-known and widespread.
    • NSFW, Duh.
    • I only got to taste a 22oz of this, which was also at least 12 years old & had a lot of thick swirls & fleshy chunks floating throughout it. The cap came off easily and it smells like minty beer. About to take my 1st sip, shortly after finishing a dinner of crabcakes, lima beans & rice, followed by some Bugles chips. First sip is shocking, to say the least! It tastes like I’m drinking Newports!
    • Federal agents hired to transport nuclear weapons and components sometimes got drunk while on convoy missions, a government watchdog said Monday. In an incident last year, police detained two agents who went to a bar during an assignment.
    • Google News has evolved to become a force for censorship, a protector of traditional news sites against the dreaded independent blogs and bloggers like me, and a breakwater against harsh, muckraking criticism of the high-and-mighty named Sarah Palin. Google News is starting to look more like a dictatorship than a representation of democratic America.

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    Do You Kiss Yer Mother With That Mouth?

      • A study finds a surprising number of dudes pretend to orgasm during sex.
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      • Whoa, stand back! All 6 feet and 8 inches of Ricki. If you have ever said you are a “leg man” this is your dream come true (in true amazon form.) Jeepers!
      • Genital self-amputation in men is a rare condition. We report an interesting case of penile self-amputation that was performed and surgically repaired by a nonpsychotic patient who was enrolled in a clinical trial for androgen replacement therapy. Using sterile technique for amputation of the glans penis and using cotton thread to suture the wound, the patient was able to avoid hemorrhage and infection. This is the first reported case of androgen therapy–induced penile self-amputation with patient-performed surgical reconstruction using primitive instruments.
      • Who says Congress never gets anything done? On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the “nuclear option,” which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites “off.”
      • Energy Jerky?! W00f!
      • These stills from the film, along with the narration, may help give some idea of the character of this hate-propaganda film. The text of the narrator’s comments is given for each shot from which each image is taken, in English and German.
      • The Hollow Earth hypothesis says that the planet Earth is either wholly hollow or otherwise contains a substantial interior space.
      • “More than 10 women with kitchen knives attacked him and four women had sexual intercourse with him.”
      • An undiscovered Marilyn Monroe regularly hung around the hotel’s ­corridors in the Fifties and director Nicholas Ray bedded an underage Natalie Wood in one of the bungalows, while casting her for Rebel Without A Cause opposite James Dean. Another member of the film’s cast was the outrageous Easy Rider star Dennis Hopper. Orgies attended by up to 50 girls were greedily recorded on camera by him. In order to fuel his warped appetites, Hopper would inject himself with a mixture of cocaine and ­heroin every ten minutes. This was the same combination that killed John Belushi in Bungalow number three.
      • “It’s on my scalp, it’s on my scalp,” the boy can be heard yelling, as he helplessly runs around the room while his friends laugh. The boy begins whimpering and starts hitting his own head as the flames race up his arms. Another friend joins in to try and put the fire out. It eventually goes out after the boy — who has not been identified — shoves his head into the toilet.
      • Can you be convicted of a crime when the victim never existed? This week, the Washington State Supreme Court said yes you can.
      • The evacuation of a Chester County hotel earlier this month was caused when staffers entered a room, found an Indiana man’s naked, lifeless body next to various sexual devices and a gas mask, and smelled the stinging odor of unknown liquids, police and sources said. The liquids turned out to be cleaning solutions that the man had been huffing as part of a solo sexual act, a source said yesterday.
      • At home, Abid Saddique and Mohammed Liaqat, both of whom were married with young children, were considered clean, upstanding family men as well as devout Muslims. But once they left their front door and their wives behind, they turned into vodka-swilling, cocaine-binging paedophiles who spent every available moment randomly targeting young girls on the street, befriending them, and then horrifically abusing them.
      • After billions of years the Sun finally has an owner — a woman from Spain’s soggy region of Galicia said Friday she had registered the star at a local notary public as being her property.
      • National Library has always been reputed to haunted. Now, here is a really eerie secret. A mysterious room has been discovered in the 250-year-old building a room that no one knew about and no one can enter because it seems to have no opening of kind, not even trapdoors. The chamber has lain untouched for over two centuries. Wonder what secrets it holds. The archaeologists who discovered it have no clue either, their theories range from a torture chamber, or a sealed tomb for an unfortunate soul or the most favoured of all a treasure room. Some say they wouldn’t be surprised if both skeletons and jewels tumble out of the secret room.
      • As of its last update, Torrentfreak counted 76 domains shut down this week. Homeland Security’s ability to shut down sites without a court order evidently comes from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a Clinton-era law that allows Web sites to be closed on the basis of a copyright complaint. Critics have long assailed the DMCA for being too broad, as complainants don’t need to prove copyright infringement before a site can be taken down.

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      Makin’ Bacon

        • Al Qaeda’s Yemen-based wing vowed to “bleed” U.S. resources with inexpensive, small-scale attacks that cost militants just thousands of dollars to mount but billions for the West to guard against.
        • An internet real estate mogul has sold his virtual nightclub for $635,000 (£399,000) in the largest online sale of its kind ever. British-born Jon Jacobs stunned experts when he sold ‘Club Neverdie’, one of the most sought-after properties in the virtual world game Entropia Universe, for the record sum.
        • A hallucinogen called ibogaine has helped addicts kick heroin, meth and everything in between. Is it the trip that does the trick?
        • Children in Afghan cities are safer than those in New York or London, Nato’s top civilian envoy to Afghanistan has said.
        • The moment Representative Charles Schumer announced his intent to get the drink booted from New York State, people seemed to race to every bodega in every borough, scooping up cases of it, hoarding it like speakeasy gunrunners. While riding the NYC subway Thursday, I overheard two men in their early 20s talking about a friend who had a stash, and was charging $10 a can. Even at a $7 markup, they sounded pretty eager to pay it.

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          • Researchers are uncovering the secrets of ancient civilizations who built fun house-like temples that may have scared the pants off worshipers with scary sound effects, light shows and perhaps drug-induced psychedelic trips.
          • Troubled rapper DMX is in jail again. Charged with using coke and OxyContin, and failing to submit to drug tests, Arizona police arrested him on Thursday for violating his latest probation. DMX has been in and out of jail over the last 10 years.
          • The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) was quick to criticize the DEA’s move. “The DEA says that prohibiting synthetic marijuana will ‘control’ it – yet we know from history that prohibition is the complete opposite of drug control,” said DPA spokesman Tony Newman in a Wednesday press release. “DPA is advocating for establishing regulatory restrictions, such as age limits and product labeling requirements, rather than banning it outright and relegating it to the black market.”
          • The shortage has been linked not to seizures of the drug by law enforcement agencies but to a fungus that has blighted this year’s poppy crop in Afghanistan, reducing it by half. Users are overdosing on either adulterated heroin, or, in some cases, what has been found to be a combination of a powerful sedative, caffeine and paracetamol. Some have become unconscious very soon after injecting or smoking it, while others have reported vomiting, flu-like symptoms and amnesia, drug agencies say.
          • “The American public looks to the DEA to protect its children and communities from those who would exploit them for their own gain,” said DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “Makers of these harmful products mislead their customers into thinking that ‘fake pot’ is a harmless alternative to illegal drugs, but that is not the case. Today’s action will call further attention to the risks of ingesting unknown compounds and will hopefully take away any incentive to try these products.”
          • The technology, known as “deep packet inspection,” is capable of reading and analyzing the “packets” of data traveling across the Internet. It can be far more powerful than “cookies” and other techniques commonly used to track people online because it can be used to monitor all online activity, not just Web browsing. Spy agencies use the technology for surveillance.
          • A man who turned to robot fantasies after his girlfriend left him said: “One of the things that is more preferable to having a robot companion is that robots don’t break your heart.
          • Police say they have retaken a sprawling slum area from drug gangs in Brazil’s second-largest city after a five-day assault that killed more than two dozen people.
          • The five targeted chemicals are identified as JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47497 and cannabicyclohexanol.
          • Cracking down on fake pot, the government moved Wednesday to outlaw five chemicals used in herbal blends to make the synthetic marijuana sold in head shops and on the Internet to a growing number of teens and young adults.
          • The Boy Scouts of America have concealed sexual abuse that has pervaded the institution and helped sex offenders avoid prosecution for more than 70 years, a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Santa Barbara Superior Court alleges.
          • He is the sadistic executioner whose killings have terrorised Mexico. But unlike most of the brutal players in the country’s horrific drug wars, El Ponchis (The Cloak) is just 12 years old.
          • Thanks Patrick Nybakken.

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          Yer Cocaine Has AIDS

          • “Diego and the other workers were encouraged to spit into the tubs holding gas and coca, and even pass spit-mugs around the camp, under the premise that saliva helped the extraction process. Workers were also encouraged to ash their cigarettes into the vats, perhaps because traditional coca chewers sometimes added a dab of quicklime or the ash of burned quinoa plants to their wad of coca. (Diego said he wasn’t sure why.) Then there were the unauthorized additives. “Sometimes we’d piss or shit in the vats, just to be fuckers,” Diego said. “Only the rich use cocaine, and we thought it was funny.”
          • Mr. Llewellyn, a self-described former crack addict, started out making mephedrone, a stimulant also known as Meow Meow that was already popular with the European clubbing set. Once governments began banning it earlier this year, Mr. Llewellyn and a chemistry-savvy partner started selling something they dubbed Nopaine—a stimulant they concocted by tweaking the molecular structure of the attention-deficit drug Ritalin.
          • Information from the coroner’s inquest revealed that Michael Lee Bedford ingested two spoonfuls of pure caffeine powder that he washed down with an energy drink. Coroner Dr. Nigel Chapman said the dose Bedford consumed was equivalent to 70 cans of Red Bull.
          • “The terrorists have won” is a refrain I don’t like using. It’s sensationalist and ignores inherent complexities. But for the moment, I can’t think of a better way of putting it.
          • – 70 nitrous oxide tanks. – 551.2 grams (19.4 oz.) marijuana. – 4 marijuana-laced brownies. – 16 marijuana-laced Rice Krispies Treats. – 66 marijuana-laced cookies. – 134.9 grams (4.8 oz.) psilocybin mushrooms. – 22 doses of ketamine. – 34.3 grams (1.2 oz.) of Ecstasy (MDMA powder form, a.k.a Molly). – 60 pills of Ecstasy. – 30.7 grams (1.1 oz.) cocaine. – 2.2 grams (0.1 oz) heroin. – 395 hits of LSD. – 21 LSD-laced cookies. – 26 Oxycodone pills. – 7 Oxycontin pills. – 39 Hydrocodone pills. – 29 Carisoprodol pills. – 14 Xanax pills. – 8 Diazepam pills. – 3 Alprazolam pills.

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