17h42 UTC; SATURDAY, 19 JULY 2014: For some reason, Your Correspondent couldn't help but think about something he heard on the public radio programme To The Best of Our Knowledge the other day about where "Salem" was another term used by Biblical Fundamentalists for Jerusalem, particularly so in Christian contexts (and know, Jerusalem is equally revered by Jews and Muslims as a holy centre)--so much so that the Puritans of New England called one of their settlements Salem (which would later become infamous thanks to witchcraft-related hysterics that said Puritans helped aggravate).

As for the connexion to Salem cigarettes (witness the ad from 1957 or thereabouts leading this post today), which Your Correspondent couldn't help but imagine--wouldn't this be like some tobacco company offering a brand called "Jerusalem" (especially if it were in the same vein as Wild Woodbine, a British brand long associated with the Alf Garnett sort of mindset; i.e., "poor white" conservatism excusing a jingoism "For God, King and Empire").

Doesn't this get as cyoot as it getz?

A Warning for such Zealots and True Believers in Co-Prosperity, recast as the "Ronald Reagan Free Trade Area" (to be presented as the "new wave" in American foreign aid):

Creative (yet illegal) "payback" against one's suspected enemies, via RawStory.com (ultimately Reuters):
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A police chief in Wisconsin was charged on Thursday with creating accounts on pornographic and dating websites under the name of a local Tea Party advocate to even a score with him, court records showed.

Town of Campbell Police Chief Timothy Kelemen was charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of computerized communication systems in La Crosse County, according to court records. He faces 90 days in jail if convicted.

Kelemen is accused of setting up accounts under the name of Gregory Luce. Luce and fellow Tea Party members allegedly harassed Kelemen’s department after the town banned their protest signs on overpasses, a police report filed in a federal court case showed.

The report said Kelemen retaliated by using Luce’s personal information to create identities on dating websites, pornography websites featuring homosexual men and HealthCare.gov.

“I’m not denying I did it … I didn’t think it was that big of a deal,” Kelemen said in a video posted on the La Crosse Tea Party website, showing an interview with investigators in May. Campbell borders on La Crosse.

Neither Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger nor Kelemen’s attorney were available for comment. Kelemen was placed on administrative leave on June 12, town board minutes showed.

The rift started in August 2013 when Luce and Tea Party members began holding protests on a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 90, where they hung banners on a fence above a local highway, a court document showed.

During a September town board meeting, Kelemen said the signs created a distraction for motorists, minutes showed. On Oct. 8, board members approved an ordinance banning signs on overpasses.

On Oct. 24, police told Tea Party members wearing T-shirts that spelled out “Impeach Obama” to get off the overpass. Three days later, Tea Party member Nicholas Newman was cited for waving an American Flag on the overpass, said a letter by Newman’s and Luce’s lawyer, Bernardo Cueto.

Kelemen told investigators the local Tea Party group took revenge by orchestrating a phone campaign, resulting in his department receiving 300 to 400 calls a day. He also told investigators that Luce hacked into the department’s computers and town officers received death threats.

In January, Luce and Newman filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. district court in Madison, Wisconsin, against Kelemen and police officer Nathan Casper, accusing them of violating their free speech rights.

Something for those considering Christian Homeschooling as the Last and Best Hope for Keeping Our Children Pure and Holy and Helping Reclaim Thy Dear and Lovely Land to think about, via RawStory.com:
A study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science determined that children who are not exposed to religious stories are better able to tell that characters in “fantastical stories” are fictional — whereas children raised in a religious environment even “approach unfamiliar, fantastical stories flexibly.”

In “Judgments About Fact and Fiction by Children From Religious and Nonreligious Backgrounds,” Kathleen Corriveau, Eva Chen, and Paul Harris demonstrate that children typically have a “sensitivity to the implausible or magical elements in a narrative,” and can determine whether the characters in the narrative are real or fictional by references to fantastical elements within the narrative, such as “invisible sails” or “a sword that protects you from danger every time.”

However, children raised in households in which religious narratives are frequently encountered do not treat those narratives with the same skepticism. The authors believed that these children would “think of them as akin to fairy tales,” judging “the events described in them as implausible or magical and conclude that the protagonists in such narratives are only pretend.”

And yet, “this prediction is likely to be wrong,” because “with appropriate testimony from adults” in religious households, children “will conceive of the protagonist in such narratives as a real person — even if the narrative includes impossible events.”

The researchers took 66 children between the ages of five and six and asked them questions about stories — some of which were drawn from fairy tales, others from the Old Testament — in order to determine whether the children believed the characters in them were real or fictional.

“Children with exposure to religion — via church attendance, parochial schooling, or both — judged [characters in religious stories] to be real,” the authors wrote. “By contrast, children with no such exposure judged them to be pretend,” just as they had the characters in fairy tales. But children with exposure to religion judged many characters in fantastical, but not explicitly religious stories, to also be real — the equivalent of being incapable of differentiating between Mark Twain’s character Tom Sawyer and an account of George Washington’s life.

This conclusion contradicts previous studies in which children were said to be “born believers,” i.e. that they possessed “a natural credulity toward extraordinary beings with superhuman powers. Indeed, secular children responded to religious stories in much the same way as they responded to fantastical stories — they judged the protagonist to be pretend.”

The researchers also determined that “religious teaching, especially exposure to miracle stories, leads children to a more generic receptivity toward the impossible, that is, a more wide-ranging acceptance that the impossible can happen in defiance of ordinary causal relations.”
(No wonder the Christian Right and their prolefeed enablers have such disregard for Science in their hard-wired insistence on seeing everything through the Biblical worldview.)

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At least the U.S. Postal Service and UPS have scruples compared with FedEx: It turns out they've been hit with a Federal indictiment charging that FedEx was in army with illicit "online phrmacies" when it came to the shipping of illicit "prescriptions" for highly-narcotic and addictive prescription drugs such as Viagra, Cialis, Xanax, Ambien, Soma and Zoloft interstate--and which profited handsomely thereby to the tune of $825 million, never mind that the "prescriptions" came via "discreet online consultations" taking advantage of the vulnerable as are hesitant to discuss sensitive medical issues with their real doctors.

In an unrelated vein, the makers of 5-Hour Energy shots are facing the legal unease of the states of Oregon, Vermont and Washington over Deceptive and Misleading Advertising and Claims for the "energy drink"; additionally, Oregon is seeking cash refunds for residents so dependent thereon.

So until next time, folks ... "73"
(Which was railroad telegraphers' shorthand for "goodbye,"
in case you're wondering.)

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