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Current Topic: Society

Hear Voices? It May Be an Ad - Advertising Age - News
Topic: Society 8:18 pm EST, Dec 11, 2007

NEW YORK ( -- New Yorker Alison Wilson was walking down Prince Street in SoHo last week when she heard a woman's voice right in her ear asking, "Who's there? Who's there?" She looked around to find no one in her immediate surroundings. Then the voice said, "It's not your imagination."
No, he's not crazy: Our intrepid reporter Andrew Hampp ventures to SoHo to hear for himself the technology that has New Yorkers 'freaked out' and A&E buzzing.
No, he's not crazy: Our intrepid reporter Andrew Hampp ventures to SoHo to hear for himself the technology that has New Yorkers 'freaked out' and A&E buzzing.
Photo Credit: Yoray Liberman

Indeed it isn't. It's an ad for "Paranormal State," a ghost-themed series premiering on A&E this week. The billboard uses technology manufactured by Holosonic that transmits an "audio spotlight" from a rooftop speaker so that the sound is contained within your cranium. The technology, ideal for museums and libraries or environments that require a quiet atmosphere for isolated audio slideshows, has rarely been used on such a scale before. For random passersby and residents who have to walk unwittingly through the area where the voice will penetrate their inner peace, it's another story.

This is going to make people psychotically angry.

I just posted this too - sorry for the dupe. OMG this should be illegal.
What will happen to the mentally ill people that hear this?
I don't like to be psychologically manipulated to this extent. ACK!

Hear Voices? It May Be an Ad - Advertising Age - News

RE: Thought Crime
Topic: Society 1:30 pm EST, Dec  8, 2007

Decius wrote:
Neither Terrorism nor Child Porn need create these fissures in our society. It is our failure to avoid embracing fear and sensationalism that will be our undoing. We're still our own greatest threat.

BUT BUT Everything that is wrong with America is because of Terrorism and Child Pornography! Come on!!!

If we rid the world of these two evils, then the drug problem will be solved, all crime will end, and peace snd freedom will reign for a million-trillion years!

Amen bro!
Here is something to rally around as the world goes to hell in a handbasket.

RE: Thought Crime

Halloween decoration or hate crime?
Topic: Society 11:29 am EDT, Oct 15, 2007

I don't support the whole idea of hate crime legislation, and this is a good reason why. You can hate a whole class of people without even knowing they exist, I think.

Is this hanging witch a hate crime? Is it a crime against witches, pagans, democrats, Hilary? All of the above?

As a grown woman it doesn't bother me in the least, but as the parent of a pagan child, it horrifies me.

Maybe in a world 60 years ago witches were fictional characters, but today there is a large group of people who claim ownership of that term (many of whom I call friend.)

Hate crime legislation mandates that we class people, but who does this classifying? The government, or the people? And how do we gaurantee that we are all on the same PAGE with just who is in what class?

Halloween decoration or hate crime?

70 year old woman arrested after not watering her lawn
Topic: Society 5:40 pm EDT, Jul  9, 2007

File this under 'repressive government.'

The BBC is reporting she was hit in the face with handcuffs.
BBC coverage

She could not AFFORD to water her lawn.
Why is there a LAW against NOT WATERING YOUR LAWN?

Why do we make all these crazy laws? To protect the rich? (Are investment values more important than PEOPLE?)

70 year old woman arrested after not watering her lawn

Perfume suit? Calls to ban perfume in PUBLIC...
Topic: Society 12:02 am EDT, Jul  6, 2007

There's actually very few documented case of true perfume allergies, but a lot of people will complain of such. In many cases, they simply find the fragrance unpleasant, or it might be acting as an irritant.(As opposed to an allergen.)

Some 'sufferers' complain that the issue is a lot like cigarette smoke. No, it isn't. Not at all. The mechanism is different.

There are certain drugs that depress the sense of smell, or occasionally change it. IE Nexium.

Thinking of my familys' lifestyle, and our religious practices, it would be very hard for us to comply with such a total ban on fragrance. Would we have to bathe before going to a hospital in an emergency? Before we ran to the store?

I would love - LOVE - to see an extensive study documenting these adverse affects using something to temporarily decrease the sense of smell. I'd highly suspect that a lot -most- of the 'allergy sufferers' would fail to react to the presence of scent.

To ask the general population to divest themselves of one of the pleasures of our senses, to me, is quite outrageous.

No doubt that people suffer. Once I had a flight - nonstop - from Atlanta to San Diego in which I was in front of a kimchee eating maniac. I was sick the whole trip, but I was NOT allergic to the kimchee. I just didn't LIKE it.

Perfume suit? Calls to ban perfume in PUBLIC...

RE: Feds Corner Hmoe of Ed and Elaine Brown Over Tax Issue
Topic: Society 7:17 pm EDT, Jun 15, 2007

I dunno if you are missing anything or not.
I always pay my taxes, but my complaint is that it should not take a professional with years of education to understand the tax code.

It is written with so many loopholes and tiny details - I understand that Forbes had numberous accountants do his taxes with the same data, and they all came out with very different amounts.

I also heard both Forbes and Bill Gates say in a conference that niether of them even had to PAY taxes, because they could just shuffle their money around.

So that's the only beef I have with it.

I read they were offering a $300,000 reward for someone that could 'show them the law.'

Good grief, someone go show them the law!

RE: Feds Corner Hmoe of Ed and Elaine Brown Over Tax Issue

Reporter Arrested For Asking Tough Questions
Topic: Society 2:18 pm EDT, Jun  6, 2007

The first amendment is under serious attack following an incident that took place at the GOP presidential debates up here in New Hampshire. Matt Lepacek a member of the activist/alternative media group We Are Change was arrested for simply attempting to question Rudy Giuliani about different issues including the fact that he previously lied to the We Are Change group about his involvement in the events of 9/11. This event shows that we no longer have freedom of speech or freedom of press in this country.

Reporter Arrested For Asking Tough Questions

Judges toss FCC rule on cursing | Chicago Tribune
Topic: Society 4:52 pm EDT, Jun  5, 2007

I don't see the problem with any word myself. As long as it works to communicate, I think it is bitchin'.

Judges toss FCC rule on cursing | Chicago Tribune

WorldNetDaily: Man arrested, cuffed after using $2 bills
Topic: Society 5:04 am EDT, Jun  2, 2007

Satan is out there and he wants you.
Thanks for the warning though, I have one of those in my wallet right now.

WorldNetDaily: Man arrested, cuffed after using $2 bills

RE: 'Ban Harry Potter or face more school shootings' | the Daily Mail
Topic: Society 12:40 pm EDT, May 30, 2007

She's selling videos and taking donations up a storm on her 'official website.'

The makers of that video claim to be occult experts. I saw that, and I thought, wtf are THESE people? Ok, so I look them up, since I have NEVER heard of them, and I would just venture to say, that I am very, very well read on occultism...

It is obvious that these people make anti-gay, anti-Catholic, anti-Hindu, films galore - but mostly a ton of anti-Clinton films. lol

Here's a recipe for a 'spell' for you. Take some ignorance, a lot of profit, a good dose of intolerance, and hatefulness...a big chunk of political agenda...Stir it in a judicial cauldron at the tax payers' expense...
It might give 'Dave's Insanity Sauce' a run for the money.

Let's be clear not to perpetuate the lies. School shooters have NOT been wiccan. Wicca is an earth based religion that holds all life and nature as sacred and does not recognize the authority of the Bible. The main tenet of Wicca is clear - "And ye harm NONE, do what thou wilt." Many but not all wiccans practice magick - but it is often referred to as nothing more than 'prayer, with props."

RE: 'Ban Harry Potter or face more school shootings' | the Daily Mail

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