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  • Six Flags (Magic Mountain LA) rollercoaster derails in terrifying crash:

    07/08/2014 6:25:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 8, 2014 | Staff
    Four people were injured tonight and around 21 others were left hanging 30ft in the air when a roller coaster at Six Flags in Los Angeles derailed. Los Angeles County Fire Department first responders were called to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita just before 6 p.m. after ride operators said the attraction that hits 55 mph had smashed into a tree. Rescue crews discovered the terrified passengers clinging to the amusement park ride, according to KTLA. They were using heavy equipment to extract the thrillseekers.
  • TRAGIC TO MAGIC, 15 YEARS LATER (remove Chick Hearn statue for his comment?)

    04/30/2014 6:20:47 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 7 replies
    DFU NOTE: the comment below by Chick Hearn should spark outrage by the LGBT or LBGT or LTGB or in whatever order the initials are placed. Magic did not get the HIV virus "the wrong way." That is outrageous. We all know that "the wrong way" is now celebrated on television, in movies, in parades and "pride" festivals, and even discussed as being wonderful in our kindergartens. So it is time to do what is right. If black outrage can cause Donald Sterling to lose his team, Chick Hearn's comment should cause the gay community to demand that his statue...
  • Occult Evolution: Antediluvian, Babylonian, and Modern Expressions

    04/30/2014 5:23:49 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 5 replies
    Renew America ^ | April 30, 2014 | Linda Kimball
    In "The attack on biblical creation in UK schools continues," Phil Robinson reports that in the dechristianized U.K. unrelenting attacks against special creation (Genesis account) display a level of aggressive intolerance that is hard to stomach, coming as they do from self-proclaimed scientifically-enlightened ‘voices of reason.’ Some schools have already banned the teaching of special creation in favor of evolutionary science. (creation.com, Mar. 9, 2014) Other shrill 'voices of reason' go so far as to connect special creation to mental illness and child abuse. During a radio interview in Australia famous physicist and atheist propagandist Lawrence Krauss said that while...
  • Caller's Sterling Set-Up Theory (Rush Limbaugh)

    04/29/2014 1:31:42 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 4-29-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: We're gonna start in Dallas. This is Neil. Neil, it's great to have you on the program, sir. Hello. CALLER: Rush? RUSH: Yeah. CALLER: It's so obvious of what's going on here with Sterling. It was construed. It was set up. Somebody infiltrated him through his girlfriend -- RUSH: Oh, no. Wait a minute now. CALLER: -- and told her what to do, told her how to do it. RUSH: Don't do this to me, Neil. (laughing) CALLER: They want his team, Rush! RUSH: Neil, don't do this to me. CALLER: They want his team. RUSH: Do you realize...
  • Why Bitcoin Matters For Bankers

    03/16/2014 11:35:27 AM PDT · by TsonicTsunami08 · 56 replies
    American Banker ^ | March 16,2014 | Marc Hochstein
    Ask Alan Lane. In October, the president and CEO of Silvergate Bank in La Jolla, Calif., was up in Sacramento for a roundtable convened by the California Bankers Association and the state's Department of Business Oversight. Reading a laundry list of about a dozen issues on the department's radar, Commissioner Jan Lynn Owen mentioned Bitcoin the Internet currency, payment system and technology that's been grabbing headlines, igniting controversy and inspiring innovation across the globe. Lane pricked up his ears, in part because the $616 million-asset Silvergate had been in discussions about banking a Bitcoin startup.
  • Video: 3 Women Use 'Magic' to Rob, Says Saudi Travel Agent

    11/13/2013 3:06:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    Salesman called preacher and told him that he was robbed through magicThree women clad in traditional Arabian abayas (gowns) entered a travel agency in the Gulf Kingdom and stole SR11,000 (Dh11,000). A brief YouTube film showed one woman asked the sales man to change a SR500 note, but instead of giving her SR500, he handed the woman all the money he had. Once they have gone, the salesman called a preacher and told him that he has been robbed through magic by three women. They came in and asked to buy air tickets to Jeddah, the man told Sheikh Abdul...
  • NRI Couple Arrested in Saudi Arabia on Black Magic Charges

    11/13/2013 12:29:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Deccan Herald ^ | Oct 21, 2013
    An NRI couple has been arrested in Saudi Arabia on charges of practising black magic, official sources said here today. Seikh Nizam and Noor Jehan, originally from Odisha's Kendrapara township, had shifted to Turba city of Saudi Arabia few years ago where they claimed to be a healer and mystic.The couple was arrested last month after authorities reportedly found a variety of occult items in their possession, including herbs, Consulate general office of India office in Jeddah said. Raj Kumar, the community welfare officer of the consulate in Jeddah told PTI over phone, "The couple had allegedly resorted to black...
  • Government is Magic

    10/27/2013 11:35:55 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 10-27-2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Our technocracy is detached it is from competence. It's not the technocracy of engineers, but of "thinkers" who read Malcolm Gladwell and Thomas Friedman and watch TED talks and savor the flavor of competence, without ever imbibing its substance. These are the people who love Freakonomics, who enjoy all sorts of mental puzzles, who like to see an idea turned on its head, but who couldn't fix a toaster. The ObamaCare website is the natural spawn of that technocracy who love the idea of using modernity to make things faster and easier, but have no idea what anything costs or...
  • Falling Stars, Damnable Heresy, and the Spirit of Evolution

    09/20/2013 4:29:03 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 2,965 replies
    Renew America ^ | Sept. 19, 2013 | Linda Kimball
    Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son (1 John 2:22). And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet, and I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth, and there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit." (Rev. 9:1) In his Concise Commentary Matthew Henry identifies falling stars as tepid, indecisive, weak or apostate clergy who, "Having ceased to be a minister of Christ, he who is represented by this star becomes the minister of the devil; and lets loose the...
  • Magician Targets Saudi Billionaire: Report

    09/18/2013 12:34:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | September 18, 2013
    Saudi police arrested a Yemeni magician who targeted a well-known billionaire with an expensive ring carrying the rich mans image and a talisman, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. Police at a checkpoint in the central town of Wadi Al Dawasir stopped a car coming from the southern province of Jazan near the border with Yemen after suspecting its driver. They found a ring on him, which he said he had bought from Yemen for SR150,000. The ring has a picture of a well-known Saudi billionaire, the Arabic language daily Al Watan said. The man also had a large piece of...
  • Christian Magicians Rise to Defend Themselves as Not Involved With the Occult

    07/23/2013 6:33:28 AM PDT · by Kip Russell · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 16, 2013 | Alex Murashko
    Christian magicians are rising to defend themselves against assertions made by a Christian Post columnist that the performance of magic may involve the occult. They are upset with columnist Dan Delzell's opinion that the U.K.-based magician Dynamo's illusion of levitating alongside a red London double decker bus was real. Delzell related the performance to "witchcraft and contact with evil spirits, and the presumption that the art of magic is a gateway to demonic involvement." Delzell's column incited a number of Christian magicians to leave comments criticizing his assumption that magic performances are linked to demonic power. These magicians included Jim...
  • British Magician "Dynamo" "levitates' from the roof of London bus

    06/24/2013 6:37:04 AM PDT · by MrDaddyLongLegs · 17 replies
    Yahoo7 ^ | 24/6/2013 | Yahoo7
    A British illusionist has stunned on-lookers in London after seemingly 'levitating' off the roof of a moving double-decker bus. Thirty-year-old Dynamo, whose real name is Steven Frayne, looked totally at ease as he appeared to dangle in mid-air with only one hand resting on the bus to keep him from falling to the traffic below
  • Ayn Rand Really, Really Hated C.S. Lewis

    05/11/2013 12:12:17 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 178 replies
    First Things ^ | March 27, 2013 | Matthew Schmitz
    Ayn Rand was no fan of C.S. Lewis. She called the famous apologist an abysmal bastard, a monstrosity, a cheap, awful, miserable, touchy, social-metaphysical mediocrity, a pickpocket of concepts, and a God-damn, beaten mystic. (I suspect Lewis would have particularly relished the last of these.) These insults and more can be found in her marginal notes on a copy of Lewis Abolition of Man, as printed in Ayn Rands Marginalia: Her critical comments on the writings of over 20 authors, edited by Robert Mayhew. Excerpts appear below, with Lewis writing (complete with Rands highlighting and underlining) on the left and...
  • Obama-Lover Magic Johnson's Son 'EJ3' Goes Public w/ Boyfriend, Elegant Handbag, + a STUNNING Stole

    04/02/2013 4:04:40 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 43 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 April 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Father Earl 'Magic' Johnson II'Couldn't be prouder!' Wicked gossip rag TMZ caught Johnson's gay, 20-y.o. son out on the Sunset strip this weekend while the lad was home from NYU for the holiday: man is this kid laying-it-on-thick with the purse, mink stole, and effeminate accent-OKwe get it already, dude. Just remember when you're paying $100 for a Lakers ticket that the owner's son is wearing mink coats with diamond necklaces to five-star restaurants while daddy Magic sends the rest to Obama. He told the interviewer he's a big Lakers fan still though, and is 'hoping and praying' for...
  • Magic Johnson: ObamaCare is working

    03/25/2013 12:10:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/25/13 | Jonathan Easley
    Hall of Fame basketball player Earvin Magic Johnson spoke out on behalf of President Obamas healthcare law on Monday. ObamaCare is working. I talk to a lot of CEOs of hospitals. It is working, he said on MSNBC. Johnson was speaking on "NOW with Alex Wagner" about the NCAA basketball tournament, but he veered into politics at the end of the segment, lauding conservative Florida Gov. Rick Scotts (R) decision to accept the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. IIm glad that Gov. Scott down in Florida accepted ObamaCare because it will work, he said.
  • Mass Shootings, Political Correctness, and Magical Thinking

    12/18/2012 3:58:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Diego Basch's Blog ^ | 17 December, 2012 | Diego Basch
    <p>We cant tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. [...] Surely, we can do better than this. If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief [...] then surely we have an obligation to try.</p>
  • Evolution Isn't Science

    11/29/2012 7:56:08 PM PST · by kathsua · 300 replies
    hutchinson News ^ | 11/27/2012 | KENNETH B. LUCAS
    The new standard for teaching science in public schools should prohibit teaching religious beliefs like evolution as if they were the equivalent of scientific theories. Science should be defined as using experimentation and observation to discover information about physical reality. Explanations of what happened in the ancient past cannot be verified using experimentation and observation. ----------advertisement----------- Contrary to a popular myth pushed by those who want to make science a substitute for religion, science has yet to produce a new explanation for the development of life or the origin of the universe. The idea that the universe came out of...
  • Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection

    09/09/2012 8:00:06 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 105 replies
    This work was originally published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall 1994, pp. 117-194. The paper received considerable notice, and in 1995 the Mormon History Association recognized Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection with its annual award for the best article in Mormon studies. [snip] The one thing about which we might all agree concerning Joseph Smith is that he was not the usual sort of person. He did not approach life itself--or his religious commitment--in a usual way. Yet the character of our historical investigation of Joseph Smith and his times has...
  • Gay rights activists boycott (Orlando) Magic, Amway (for Support of Traditional Marriage)

    08/09/2012 1:22:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Baynews9 ^ | August 9, 2012
    The owners of the Orlando Magic are coming under fire for a 2009 donation they made on behalf of one of their executive's marriage beliefs.The Douglas and Maria DeVos foundation, which is financially supported by Amway president Doug DeVos, donated $500,000 to NOM, the National Organization for Marriage.The organization is among those leading the charge against same-sex marriage initiatives in several states.Now, gay rights activists are calling for a ban of the Michigan-based Amway and all of its affiliates, including the Orlando Magic, which is also owned by the DeVos family.Here's the official statement from Amway on the issue,...
  • Soldiers Deck of Cards

    05/28/2012 7:47:04 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 3 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jan 7, 2012 | Justin Flom
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KGPKpIuX3cY
  • Youth vote still favors Obama, but enthusiasm is waning

    04/25/2012 5:51:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 4/25/12 | John Frank
    ... the Obama campaign in North Carolina a major battleground in the 2012 election faces a tough task as it seeks to capture the fickle youth vote that flocked to the polls in record numbers four years ago. A Harvard Institute of Politics national poll released Tuesday shows Obama with a 43 percent to 26 percent advantage against presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney among 18- to 29-year-old likely voters.
  • When Magical Thinking Enters the Arena

    04/01/2012 11:56:53 PM PDT · by gabriellah · 7 replies
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 04/02/2012 | Amy Lutz
    I was recently awoken from a Zyrtec-induced (allergies are the worst) stupor in my American Revolution seminar class when I heard my professor make an off-handed comment about magic words. Having recently spent an undisclosed number of hours watching multiple Harry Potter movies, I assumed that he was referring to words like Wingardium Leviosa shouted with a swish and flick of a magic wand. Needless to say, I was a little off. The magic words he meant have probably never echoed through the halls of Hogwarts, yet they have become unbelievably common in our cultural vernacular. What my professor meant...
  • MAGIC JOHNSON WINS AUCTION FOR DODGERS!

    03/27/2012 8:21:24 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 47 replies
    PLUS GOOGLE ^ | 3-2012
    Magic Johnson Wins Auction for Dodgers Basketball legend Magic Johnson led a group that won an auction for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, marking the final chapter of in a soap-opera style saga for the legendary franchise.
  • Debris from the imploded former home of the Orlando Magic strikes a bystanders leg

    03/25/2012 8:33:10 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 1 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 25, 2012 | Kelly Dwyer
    Orlando Arena -- alternately known as Amway Arena, TD Waterhouse Center, and most annoyingly (a rare feat, considering the corporate naming entities) the O-rena -- was demolished on Sunday. With the Orlando Magic now playing their home games in the newish Amway Center (opened in 2010), it came time to end the O-rena's run. But not before it once played host to Greg Kite in pinstripes, and not without its debris taking a scratch out of a bystander's leg some two blocks away.
  • We Have Our Own eCat Says Defkalion

    11/20/2011 3:01:21 PM PST · by Liberty1970 · 26 replies
    Ecatnews.com ^ | 11/20/11 | Admin
    We Have Our Own eCat Says Defkalion November 20, 2011 | Author: admin An article in the Greek publication Tovima quotes Defkalions Alexander Xanthoulis as saying that the company has the eCat technology independent of Rossi and is almost ready to roll. They claim that their system is stable and that Rossis is not. According to their version of the split, that instability was at its centre and that AR did not demonstrate the eCat to the required specification that of a stable run lasting at least 48 hours. Tovima Googlated: We not only continue our program and we...
  • Magic Blamed for Road Mishap

    09/02/2011 10:35:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, September 02, 2011
    A Saudi man and his family suffered from medium injuries when their car overturned in the Gulf Kingdom and police believe the accident could have been caused by magic, press reports said on Friday. Police checking the damaged car found pieces of human nails and hair tied to each other and wrapped in a handkerchief, which was concealed under one seat, Ajel daily said in a report from the northwestern town of Hail. Security officials believe the accident was caused by magic after finding those items in the carthe maid was with the family when the accident occurred but it...
  • Watch- The Magic of Inflation: What $5.62 Bought in 1962

    07/24/2011 10:26:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Rightwire.net ^ | 7/24/11 | tvdays
    Ah yes, life is so much better under the Obama economy now.
  • The Powerful Magic Surrounding Liberal Intellect

    07/22/2011 4:26:28 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-22-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • Magic Metal Beans Keep Your Coffee Hot For Hours

    04/28/2011 5:42:51 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 52 replies
    TheConsumerist
    I would trade a cow for these magic beans. Seriously. "Coffee Joulies" are a new invention that are stainless steel "beans" that keep your coffee at the perfect temperature for several hours. Hours. How do they work? Their Kickstarter page says: This material is designed to melt at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and absorbs a lot of energy as it melts. This is how Joulies cool your coffee down three times faster than normal. Once it reaches this temperature, the special material begins to solidify again, releasing the energy it stored when it melted. This is how Joulies keep your coffee...
  • This day in sports history: 1980 (video - Magic Johnson at center in the NBA championship)

    05/16/2011 7:23:05 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 12 replies
    espn ^ | 5-2011
    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6554037&categoryid=2378529 It was an amazing performance by Magic Johnson, playing center for the injured Jabbar.
  • Of Sorcerers and Magicians: The Lunacy in Iran

    05/09/2011 8:33:30 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 41 replies
    Conclub ^ | 05-07-11 | The Rat
    And we thought these guys couldnt get any crazier? While were all too familiar with the loony antics of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the zealotry of the ayatollahs, things have taken an extra screwy turn for the nut jobs in Iran. I know, you didnt think these clowns could get any crazier. Me neither. All is not well between President Mahmoud and Irans supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. As is the case with political power struggles in general, accusations and charges of undue influence abound. However, this battle has crazy Iranians written all over it: The supreme leader has accused our pal...
  • Ahmadinejad allies charged with sorcery (Witchsmeller Pursuivant Alert)

    05/05/2011 2:57:39 PM PDT · by mojito · 40 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/5/2011 | Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Close allies of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being "magicians" and invoking djinns (spirits). Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as "a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds". The arrests come amid a growing rift...
  • North Korea stages biggest magic show ever

    04/18/2011 10:53:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    PYONGYANG, North Korea Amid a burst of fireworks and a haze of smoke, a burly showman in a white sequined suit and gold lame cape appears with a flourish. Over the next 45 minutes, he appears to make a Pyongyang bus levitate and wriggles free from a box sent crashing to the stage through a ring of fire
  • Andrew Klavan: Barack the Magic Suit, A Political Fairy Tale.

    04/10/2011 7:48:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4/10/11 | Andrew Klavan, Pajamasmedia
    Once upon a time there was an enchanted place called Imagination Land, where everything was just as wonderful as you could make believe it was.
  • What is your favorite movie? - Vanity

    11/15/2010 9:06:12 AM PST · by mimi from mi · 37 replies · 2+ views
    --- Subject: THE MOVIE TEST This is amazing, and I have no idea how this works, but it does... The Movie Test Try this test and find out what movie is your favorite, but don't look at the movie list till you have done the math! It will predict which of 18 films you would enjoy the most. 1. Pick a number from 1-9. 2. Multiply by 3. 3. Add 3. 4. Multiply by 3 again. Now add the two digits together to find your predicted favorite movie in the list of 18 movies below. Movie List: 1. Gone With...
  • Obama Joke of the Day - November 12

    11/12/2010 8:15:59 AM PST · by toma29 · 2 replies
    Useful Info Nation ^ | 11/12/2010 | Thomas Bryan
    Mattel's hottest Christmas item for 2010: The Obama Magic Kit Comes in the shape of a pony Has only one trick: How to make more than 60 Democrats disappear from Congress in less than two years Useful Info Nation
  • Early Mormonism and the Magic World View

    10/24/2010 2:53:50 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Mormonism Research Ministry ^ | 1998 | Eric Johnson
    Author: D. Michael Quinn Signature Books, 1998 Reviewer: Eric Johnson IntroductionThe story of Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism, is absolutely incredible. Here was a young man living in the early part of the 19th century who came from a family that could not have been any more common than spring leaves on a tree. As the story goes, he claimed that he was approached by God the Father and Jesus, told that all the churches were false, and commissioned to lead the restoration of God's kingdom upon the earth, which apparently had been lost for almost two millennia....
  • Os magic wanes (The rookie Hussein fizzles like a spent bottle rocket)

    10/16/2010 10:25:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 10/16/10
    Os magic wanesBy Boston Herald Editorial Staff Saturday, October 16, 2010 - Updated 3 hours ago So, has the magic gone? Sure, theres always a certain level of excitement during a presidential visit. The motorcade, the prospect of a wave here, a photo op there, for a few brief hours being the center of the political universe. Asked about the why of todays visit by Barack Obama on his behalf, Gov. Deval Patrick said, Hes the president of the United States. I havent been doing this so long that it doesnt excite me that the president of the United States...
  • "Exhausted" Defender Hoped For "Whimsical" And "Magical" Response From Obama

    09/21/2010 8:22:10 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 44 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 21, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    "Quite frankly, I thought my question would set the platform for a response that would almost be, oh I don't know, whimsical, magical, very powerful on the fact that he does believe that he's made progress," Velma R. Hart said on CNN this morning. Hart is the woman who told President Obama she is "exhausted" of defending him.
  • Magic has shown no heart

    05/23/2010 1:04:40 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 59 replies · 838+ views
    Fox Sports ^ | May 23, 2010 | Jeff Goodman
    No heart. Im not sure you can find a pulsation right now among Orlandos trio of Dwight Howard, Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis. With their backs against the proverbial wall, all three came out and laid a gigantic egg. Thats $50 million that should have just stayed home and watched the Eastern Conference finals on television because they were all bystanders on Saturday night in Bostons 94-71 thrashing in Game 3. Howard went through the first 11:51 without scoring as the Celtics took a 27-12 lead after the first quarter. The NBAs most dominant big man finished with a...
  • 10 of the Greatest Magic Tricks Ever

    03/26/2010 10:28:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies · 1,195+ views
    Oddee ^ | March 26, 2010 | Gracie Murano
    Just a trick or pure magic, meet ten amazing stunts that are definitely going to make you wonder.
  • The night a guru tried to kill me on TV

    03/24/2010 7:49:23 AM PDT · by GL of Sector 2814 · 7 replies · 767+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 23 2010 | Sanal Edamaruku
    When Surender Sharma said he could kill me with magic, I had to put him to the test. The result was a triumph for rationalism. It was in March 2008. The tantra master and I were studio guests on a popular TV show to debate on the subject of "Tantric power vs science". He boasted that he was able to kill anyone by mantra and tantra within three minutes. I grabbed my chance to put him in check and offered myself for a test. Caught on air, he couldn't escape without losing face and his high-profile clientele. So our...
  • Matthews: Obama Must Summon All His "Music and Magic" to Pass Health Care

    03/01/2010 12:50:10 PM PST · by Justaham · 28 replies · 787+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 3-1-10 | Geoffrey Dickens
    These must be really desperate times for the Democrats, if the syndicated Chris Matthews Show is any indication, as both the host and one of the guests claimed Barack Obama would need to tap into both military and mystical powers to get a health care reform bill passed. During the intro of his show Matthews postulated that Obama "must ow lead the band with all the music and magic he has in him," and guest panelist Michael Duffy, of Time magazine, reported that Obama is going to unleash "the infantry, the air cover, the artillery" on Congress to get health...
  • Haiti - New master in Haitain voodoo

    03/08/2008 7:05:32 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 914+ views
    Excerpt - PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) In a Haitian dance hall transformed into a temple, dozens of voodoo practitioners dressed all in white, scarves around their necks in red, yellow or green, came Friday to pay homage to their first-ever "supreme master". "Open the barriers," a sole voice intoned in Creole. "The master has arrive," answered the crowd of men and women, as they rose to greet Max Beauvoir, 72. Until recently, the priests of voodoo, the heavily spirit-focused, African-rooted belief of many Haitians, operated autonomously without a formal hierarchy or rules. But through the associations of followers, they decided to...
  • Africa: Witch doctors and politicians intertwined

    01/13/2010 6:15:52 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies · 278+ views
    Spero News ^ | 1/13/2010 | Martyn Drakard
    Are witch-doctors still part of the anecdotal, primitive folk-lore of Africa? Yes, they are. The witch-doctor, however, does not feature in the safari package; he is still a nasty reality, who holds many people helpless in his supernatural grip. His shrine isnt to be seen in the picture post-cards; it is hidden in the forest. His rags, shaggy hair and paraphernalia have not started a fashion craze; they are dirty and ugly. Yet, he is feared. The Ugandan government, according to a recent BBC report, is worried about the increase of witch-craft, witch-doctors, and, consequently, the human sacrifices, especially children....
  • Housewives investigate their maids for suspicion of using black magic

    01/04/2010 3:30:34 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 22 replies · 701+ views
    migrant-rights.org ^ | January 3, 2010 | Not attributed
    The Arab Times published today what seems to be a serious report titled Fear of black magic forces maids probe. The underlying message of the title and the report is that the housewives are forced to protect themselves against their maids. According to the report, the housewives pay between 200-500 SR ($53-$133) for women, usually foreign but sometimes unemployed Saudi women, who come and check the maids before they leave the country. The investigators search through the maids belongings to make sure that she didnt take the sponsors photo, hair or clothing, with which she can preform black magic once...
  • CRUdGate - Why this can't be swept under the carpet

    12/03/2009 7:59:46 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 5 replies · 542+ views
    Slice your average environment correspondent through the middle and you're going to find a left-leaning liberal arts graduate who is utterly out of his/her depth. Their world view is being swept from underneath them and they are being shownin ways that they do not really and have never had to understandthat the guys they thought were the goodies are in fact "at it" and that those they have spent a decade disparaging as deniers were in fact spot on.
  • SAUDI ARABIA: Kingdom Steps Up Hunt For 'Witches' And 'Black Magicians'

    11/26/2009 1:27:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 1,504+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/26/09 | Alexandra Sandels
    When the popular 46-year-old Lebanese psychic Ali Sibat went on-air and made his predictions about the future, the phone lines of the satellite television station Sheherazade used to be flooded with calls. But what the star psychic probably did not predict was that his claims to supernatural prowess would land him a death sentence. "He was the most popular psychic on the channel," the Lebanese news agency Naharnet quoted Sibats lawyer May Khansa as saying. "The number of callers, including from all over the gulf, spiked in number when he appeared." But while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia last year,...
  • Hmong shamans help at Valley hospitals (American hospitals accomodating black magic- Obamacare)

    10/13/2009 1:40:48 AM PDT · by amoktime · 6 replies · 880+ views
    Fresno Bee ^ | October 10, 2009 | Barbara Anderson
    Shamans can tie strings around a neck and wrist. A red string around the neck helps in healing, and a white string around a wrist maintains a soul during hospitalization. A shaman, or "txiv neeb" in Hmong, can ask the Mercy hospital staff for permission to do ceremonies that go beyond chanting. An example would be a request to sprinkle water over incisions. According to Mercy's policy, hospital staff are to try to make accommodations. The ceremonies can occur in patient rooms, in the emergency department or in surgery preparation areas. The hospital ceremonies are brief -- 10 to 15...
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    10/09/2009 9:04:51 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 147+ views
    Denver Post ^ | October 9, 2009 | David Harsanyi
    According to Democrats, health care reform must be passed this very moment even though it would not kick in until 2013. But don't worry, it would start taxing Americans in 2010, three years before you get nothing. All of this probably adds up to the most expensive dependency program yet devised.