Kids are choking themselves for the fun of it, sometimes fatally. In at least nine states in recent years, kids have been seriously injured or killed by "suffocation games" designed to induce a drug-like "high."
Last week in Island Park, Idaho, Dalton Eby, 10, was buried after he accidentally hanged himself from a tree. He and a friend regularly played a game using a rope to cut off oxygen to the brain.
The high-risk game is known variously as "blackout," "funky chicken," "space monkey," "flatliner," "tingling," and "suffocation roulette." Middle-school kids as young as 10 try it -- some in groups, some alone -- using belts, hands, ropes or plastic bags. Older teens may do it to increase sexual pleasure, and many young ones and most of the girls are seeking a non-drug high.
We are witnessing one of the greatest betrayals by the left since so-called left-wingers backed the Hitler-Stalin pact and opposed the war against Nazi fascism.Peter Tatchell (Human Rights campaigner, London)
Today, the pseudo-left reveals its shameless hypocrisy and its wholesale abandonment of humanitarian values. While it deplores the 7/7 terrorist attack on London, only last year it welcomed to the UK the Muslim cleric, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who endorses the suicide bombing of innocent civilians. These same right-wing leftists back the so-called 'resistance' in Iraq.
This 'resistance' uses terrorism against civilians as its modus operandi - stooping to the massacre of dozens of Iraqi children in order kill a few US soldiers. Terrorism is not socialism; it is the tactic of fascism. But much of the left doesn't care. Never mind what the Iraqi people want, it wants the US and UK out of Iraq at any price, including the abandonment of Iraqi socialists, trade unionists, democrats and feminists.
If the fake left gets its way, the ex-Baathists and Islamic fundamentalists could easily seize power, leading to Iranian-style clerical fascism and a bloodbath. I used to be proud to call myself a leftist.
Now I feel shame. Much of the left no longer stands for the values of universal human rights and international socialism.
The father of one of the hijackers who commandeered the first plane that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, praised the recent terror attacks in London and said many more would follow.Atta's father praises London bombs
Speaking to CNN producer Ayman Mohyeldin Tuesday in his apartment in the upper-middle-class Cairo suburb of Giza, Mohamed el-Amir said he would like to see more attacks like the July 7 bombings of three London subway trains and a bus that killed 52 people, plus the four bombers.
Displayed prominently in the apartment were pictures of el-Amir's son, Mohamed Atta, the man who is believed to have piloted American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower of the World Trade Center as part of the attacks on the United States.
El-Amir said the attacks in the United States and the July 7 attacks in London were the beginning of what would be a 50-year religious war, in which there would be many more fighters like his son.
He declared that terror cells around the world were a "nuclear bomb that has now been activated and is ticking."
The man, who gave his age as "at least 70," said he had no sorrow for what happened in London, and said there was a double standard in the way the world viewed the victims in London and victims in the Islamic world.
Cursing in Arabic, el-Amir also denounced Arab leaders and Muslims who condemned the London attacks as being traitors and non-Muslims.
He passionately vowed that he would do anything within his power to encourage more attacks.
When asked if he would allow a CNN crew to videotape another interview with him, el-Amir said he would give his permission -- for a price of $5,000.
That money, he said, would not be kept for himself, but would be donated to someone to carry out another terror attack.
El-Amir said that $5,000 was about how much it would cost to finance another attack in London.
CNN's crew refused to pay for the interview and left after el-Amir's request.
It is CNN policy not to pay people for interviews.
A lawyer by trade, el-Amir had a sign on his apartment door saying he was a consultant.
The security guard for the apartment building said el-Amir had been under surveillance by Egyptian agents for several months after the September 11 attacks, but no one had been watching him recently.
Judy, as I like to call her, since I've been reading her for some two decades -- Judy discovered "militant Islam" as Columbus discovered America. The rest of us paid scant attention to what was stirring within the veiled continent of the kaffiyeh, but she knew the score.
The scholar Abraham Heschel defined a prophet as someone "who knows what time it is." Judy is no prophet, but she sure knew what time it was.
She covered the Middle East for nearly 30 years as a Times correspondent based in Cairo. To anyone who would listen, and hardly anyone did, certainly not our intelligence services, she wrote articles and books warning about a combustible youth-motivated jihad that was coming to visit Israel and the West. She knew Al-Qaeda and she knew Hamas before those words got into our encyclopedias and dictionaries.
Her proof? At the coming of this new millennium, the majority of Muslims would be restless kids and young adult males, all subject to incitements coming from the mosques. She prophesied the toxic consequences when indoctrination is seasoned with testosterone. So here we are, yesterday London, today Netanya, just as she imagined it, even 30 years ago. She predicted 9/11 and the Passover Massacre except for the exact date and moment.
Danny Rubenstein, a veteran left-wing columnist for the liberal left daily Haaretz, wrote that he now realizes that the disengagement plan is a mistake because it will reward terrorism.
"Events from recent days…raise fears that a unilateral withdrawal from Gaza is causing serious security damage to Israel," Rubenstein wrote. He added that Arabs see the planned withdrawal of the IDF from Gaza as proof that "Israel only understands the language of terror attacks and violence."
Rubenstein's comments come after weeks of warnings from several senior IDF officers that Arab terror will escalate after the planned expulsion of Jewish residents from their homes and turning over more than twenty-five Jewish communities to the Palestinian Authority (PA).''
Rubenstein noted that Hamas terrorists were supposed to be part of the "calm" in the past few months and be part of a new PA legislative assembly. Elections had been scheduled for this week, but PA chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) recently postponed them for several months.
Delaying the elections made Hamas conclude that the PA "remains as it is…[and] will not share with Hamas the fruits of the victory for which Hamas members gave spilled their blood," Rubenstein wrote.
"There does not seem to be a solution for this at the present, and the conclusion is that embittered and angry Hamas members in Gaza will continue and even intensify terror attacks and firing at Israeli targets….Hamas doesn't mind making the Israeli withdrawal difficult or even torpedoing it."
"I think the particular problem we have at the moment is that in the 1980s ... the Americans recruited and trained Osama bin Laden, taught him how to kill, to make bombs, and set him off to kill the Russians to drive them out of Afghanistan.
"They didn't give any thought to the fact that once he'd done that, he might turn on his creators," he told BBC radio.
The People’s Tribunal on the rights of Christian Dalits began its proceedings today. In the initial hearings, some Dalits—also known as outcastes and untouchables— will speak about the discriminations they endure on daily basis because of their faith.People’s Tribunal begins hearings in Tamil Nadu on Christian Dalits rights
A copy of the proceedings will be sent to the President of India, the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, and the National Human Rights Commission, the National Commission for Minorities and the National Commissions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Women and Children.
At the core of the trial is a 1950 Presidential Order that excluded Dalit converts to Christianity from government affirmative action programmes such as reserved quotas in public service employment. Muslims, too, suffer from the same discrimination. On the other hand, Hindu, Buddhist or Sikh Dalits are protected.
In an official statement, the National Movement for Dalit Christians Rights, which backs the People’s Tribunal, said that as “[s]trange as it may seem, the full protection of the law and many privileges that are available to Dalits of Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist faiths are denied to their brothers and sisters who have adopted the Christian or other faiths,"
More than 70 per cent of Christian Dalits are concentrated in the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka. The others live in Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
India’s Christian community is 25 million strong, 60 per cent of them from the Dalit caste, which is at the bottom of social hierarchy.
Take a pill, stop the sniffles, ease an upset stomach, cure AIDS, and call me in the morning.Israeli firm develops 'miracle pill'
Israeli start-up firm Intec Pharma has developed a capsule that can combine several types of medication at once and has completed its first round of tests, its director-general said on Sunday.
The pill contains material folding inside like an accordion that contain different substances. When swallowed, the pill releases the materials in order after it reaches the stomach or the intestines.
This allows for less concentrated active substances inside, which can prevent side effects and lessen the number of required doses.
A single pill could contain medicine to combat AIDs, digestive diseases, Parkinson’s Disease, influenza and more.
Intec Pharma plans to market the capsule within five years.