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June 30, 2011

100,000,000 Guinea Pigs

regulatory capture by the nonist

100,000,000 Guinea Pigs: Dangers in Everyday Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics’ is a book written by Arthur Kallet and F.J. Schlink first released in 1933. Its central argument propounds that the American population is being used as guinea pigs in a giant experiment undertaken by the American producers of food stuffs and patent medicines and the like. Kallet and Schlink premise the book as being ‘written in the interest of the consumer, who does not yet realize that he is being used as a guinea pig…’

The book’s key proposition is that a great deal of products sold to the public – particularly pharmaceuticals and food products – are released with little regard or knowledge of how these products adversely impact the consumer. Corporations, often knowingly, release products which either do not do what they purport to, or have dangerous side effects or defects. Furthermore, many officials and government departments, namely the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, have fallen victim to regulatory capture (control by industry it is charged with regulating).

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June 30, 2011

Other World Kingdom

exit to eden

The Other World Kingdom (OWK) was a large, commercial BDSM and femdom resort and micronation, which opened in 1996 using the buildings and grounds of a 16th century chateau located in Czech Republic. Although it was not recognized by any other country, it maintained its own currency, passports, police force, courts, state flag, and state hymn. The OWK was a matriarchy and the state’s goal was ‘to get as many male creatures under the unlimited rule of Superior Women on as much territory as possible.’

The OWK was ruled by Her Royal Majesty Queen Patricia I, an absolute monarch. The site was 7.4 acres with several buildings and a small lake. The main building was the Queen’s Palace, which was the residence of the monarch, and contained a banqueting hall, library, throne room, torture chamber, schoolroom, gym, and extensive basement prison, the cells of which could be rented.

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June 30, 2011

Last Meal

Last Suppers by James Reynolds

The last meal is a customary part of a condemned prisoner’s last day. The day before the appointed time of execution, the prisoner receives the meal, as well as religious rites, if they desire. As a general rule, inmates may not ask for an alcoholic drink. In many countries the prisoner may select what the last meal will be (within reason), and the authorities do their best to satisfy the request. Although the history of this tradition is difficult to trace, most modern governments that execute prisoners subscribe to it.

Serial killer, John Wayne Gacy, requested a dozen deep-fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe chicken from KFC, French fries, and a pound of strawberries. Domestic terrorist, Timothy ate two pints of mint chocolate-chip ice cream as his last meal.

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