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The woman had been complaining of a rapidly expanding midsection, but was otherwise healthy. When surgeons opened her up they discovered – well. Let’s just call it pure, gooey nightmare fuel. The eighty-eight pound cyst looks like a cross between the xenomorph egg from Alien, a rotten cantaloupe and maybe a meatloaf gone horribly wrong. If you want to see the pictures you’ll need to go to LiveScience. Your call.
The 57-year-old Brazilian woman noticed her midsection grew over the course of a year, but other than a heavy feeling in her belly, and breathing that was slightly faster than normal, she had few other symptoms, according to a report of her case, published March 4 in the Journal of Medical Case Reports.
Mucus-filled ovarian cysts, known as mucinous cystadenomas, are fairly common, and most often strike women ages 30 to 50, said Dr. Jonathan Herman, an obstetric surgeon at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., who was not involved in the woman’s case.
Although some cysts are cancerous, most are benign. The majority of these benign tumors are very tiny, and disappear on their own with no treatment. The main symptoms are a feeling of bloating or heaviness, or that pants and skirts don’t fit well. Larger cysts can put pressure on the bladder as well, Herman said. [5 Things Women Should Know About Ovarian Cancer]
But occasionally, a cyst will grow until it meets resistance from the abdominal wall, Herman said.
“When you cut it open, mucus just comes pouring out,” Herman told Live Science. “Mucus is very heavy, so they grow to a large size.”
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Another take on the evils of TPP from Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism:
While US news stories occasionally mention the breathtaking cost of some medications, they almost always skirt the issue of why American drugs are so grotesquely overpriced by world standards. The pharmaceutical industry has managed to sell the story that it’s because they need all that dough to pay for the cost of finding new drugs.
That account is patently false.
First, part of the story the drug industry chooses to omit is that a substantial portion of drug R&D, and the riskiest part (basic research) is heavily funded by the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies. It’s hard to put all the data together, but the latest estimates I’ve seen put the total funded by the government at over 30%.
Second, Big Pharma spends more on marketing [than] on R&D. And it markets in the highest cost manner possible: in person sales calls to small business owners (doctors). The fact that it is worth it to sell in such an exceptionally high cost manner is proof of fat margins (the marginal value of a sale supports such a costly sales effort).
Third, and this is where the foreign debate over the TransPacific Partnership comes in, one of the big reasons US drugs are so costly is we allow drug companies to milk patents to a degree that is unparalleled elsewhere. Consider this section of an article from The Star (Malaysia) by Martin Khor:
It’s really a matter of life and death. For the TPPA can cut off the potential supply of cheaper generic life-saving medicines, especially when the branded products are priced so sky-high that very few can afford them.
The fight for cheaper medicines has moved to cancer and other deadly diseases, when once the controversy was over AIDS medicines.
Last week, a cancer specialist in New Zealand (one of the TPPA counties) warned that the TPPA would prolong the high cost of treating breast cancer because of new rules to protect biotechnology-based cancer drugs from competition from generics. And this will affect the lives of cancer patients.
Some cancer medicines can cost a patient over US$100,000 (RM329,600) for a year’s treatment, way above what an ordinary family can afford. But generic versions could be produced for a fraction, making it possible for patients to hope for a reprieve from death.
In India, local companies are leading the fight to make medicines more affordable to thousands suffering from breast, kidney, liver and gastrointestinal cancer and chronic leukeamia.
For example, an Indian company produced a generic drug for kidney and liver cancer 30 times cheaper than the branded product – US$140 (RM461) versus US$4,580 (RM15,100) for a month’s treatment – after it was given a compulsory license.
India has a patent law that disallows patents for newer forms of drugs or known substances unless it improves the medicine’s efficacy or effectiveness. Under WTO rules, countries are free to set their own standards for novelty, or whether a product is novel enough to be eligible for a patent.
Also, in many countries, including Malaysia, the patent law allows for companies to obtain compulsory licences to import or make generic versions of original medicines.
The implications of the discussion above may not be obvious, so let me unpack them…
[continues at Naked Capitalism]
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One woman’s willingness to entrust her life to a lady in a seedy no-tell hotel with a sack of silicone and some makeshift surgical tools in order to plump her posterior is a sad reflection on the pressure that women feel to conform to society’s beauty standards. Twenty-two year old mom and college freshman Tamara Blaine died “writhing and foaming at the mouth” while 28 year-old amateur surgeon Tamira Mobley dawdled around for ninety minutes before calling for help.
An initial autopsy into Blaine’s death was inconclusive — but the medical examiner’s office noticed puncture wounds on Blaine’s posterior and realized that she could not have made them herself, sources said.
The medical examiner’s office ruled Blaine’s death a homicide on Oct. 7 and said that the injected silicone went into her veins and asphyxiated her, according to police and prosecutors.
Blaine had received injections from Mobley three other times — twice in 2012 and again in 2013, prosecutors said. Mobley had administered the procedure to many other women over the course of two years, prosecutors said.
Mobley was arraigned on assault and manslaughter charges and held on $100,000 cash bond Tuesday morning. Her lawyer, Olayinka Dansalani, declinded to comment on the charges.
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Who knows, soon we might see headlines and cable TV shows asking: “Is Dianne Feinstein a whistleblower or a traitor?”
A truthful answer to that question could not possibly be “whistleblower.” It may already be a historic fact that Senator Feinstein’s speech on March 11, 2014 blew a whistle on CIA surveillance of the Senate intelligence committee, which she chairs. But if that makes her a whistleblower, then Colonel Sanders is a vegetarian evangelist.
In her blockbuster Tuesday speech on the Senate floor, Feinstein charged that the CIA’s intrusions on her committee’s computers quite possibly “violated the Fourth Amendment.” You know, that’s the precious amendment that Feinstein — more than any other senator — has powerfully treated like dirt, worthy only of sweeping under the congressional rug.
A tidy defender of the NSA’s Orwellian programs, Feinstein went on the attack against Edward Snowden from the outset of his revelations last June. Within days, she denounced his brave whistleblowing as “an act of treason” — a position she has maintained.
Snowden and other genuine whistleblowers actually take risks to defend the civil liberties and human rights of others, including the most vulnerable among us. Real whistleblowers choose to expose serious wrongdoing. And, if applicable, they renounce their own past complicity in doing those wrongs.
Dianne Feinstein remains in a very different place. She’s 180 degrees from a whistleblower orientation; her moral compass is magnetized with solipsism as a leading guardian of the surveillance state.
This week, Feinstein stepped forward to tweak her tap dance — insisting that intrusive surveillance, so vile when directed at her and colleagues with august stature, must only be directed at others.
A huge problem is that for the USA’s top movers and shakers in media and politics, nothing rises to the level of constitutional crisis unless their noble oxen start to get gored. It doesn’t seem to dawn on the likes of Senator Feinstein that Fourth Amendment protections for the few are not Fourth Amendment protections at all.
More than 40 years ago, under the Nixon administration — when the U.S. government was breaking into the offices of the Socialist Workers Party, busting into the homes of members of the Black Panther Party in the middle of night with guns firing, and widely shredding the civil liberties of anti-war activists — few among ruling elites seemed to give a damn. But when news emerged that one of the two big political parties had severely transgressed against the other with a break-in at the Watergate office of the Democratic National Committee on June 17, 1972, the Republican White House had gone too far.
As spring 2014 gets underway, we might be nearing a pivotal moment when major sectors of the establishment feel compelled to recognize the arrival of a constitutional crisis. Consider how the New York Times editorialized in its Wednesday edition, declaring that Feinstein “has provided stark and convincing evidence that the CIA may have committed crimes to prevent the exposure of interrogations that she said were ‘far different and far more harsh’ than anything the agency had described to Congress.”
In the euphemism lexicon of official Washington, “far different and far more harsh” refers to outright torture by the U.S. government.
At the surveillance-state garrison known as the Washington Post, where cognitive dissonance must be something fierce right now, quickly out of the box was conventional-wisdom columnist Dana Milbank, who portrayed Feinstein as a savvy and angelic force to be reckoned with. The adulatory logic was classic for journalists who like to conflate complicity with credibility.
Noting Feinstein’s record as “an ally of Obama and a staunch defender of the administration during the controversy over the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs,” Milbank wrote: “So her credibility could not be questioned when she went public, reluctantly, to accuse Obama’s CIA of illegal and unconstitutional actions: violating the separation of powers by searching the committee’s computers and intimidating congressional staffers with bogus legal threats.”
News media accounts are filled with such statements right now. On the surface, they make sense — but there’s a pernicious undertow. With the underlying logic, the only time we could become sure that Wall Street malfeasance was a real problem would be if someone with the stature of Bernie Madoff stepped up to condemn it in no uncertain terms.
History tells us that we’d be deluded to depend on entrenched elites to opt for principle rather than continuity of the status quo. With few exceptions, what bonds those at peaks of power routinely trumps what divides them. It takes a massive and sustained uproar to really fracture the perversity of elite cohesion.
Consider the fact that the CIA, under the current Democratic administration, has gone to extraordinary lengths to transgress against a CIA-friendly Democratic-controlled Senate intelligence committee, in an effort to prevent anyone from being held accountable for crimes of torture committed under and by the Republican Bush administration.
While Dianne Feinstein has a long and putrid record as an enemy of civil liberties, transparency and accountability, it’s also true that thieves sometimes fall out — and so do violators of the most basic democratic safeguards in the Bill of Rights. Some powerful “intelligence” scoundrels are now at each other’s throats, even while continuing to brandish daggers at the heart of democracy with their contempt for such ideals as a free press, privacy and due process. The responsibility for all this goes to the very top: President Obama.
________________________________________Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” Information about the documentary based on the book is at www.WarMadeEasyTheMovie.org.
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Abby Martin speaks with independent journalist Ben Swann, about the biggest takeaways from the 2014 CPAC conference, discussing Sen. Rand Paul’s Straw Poll victory, the splintering of the GOP, and Sarah Palin’s comments on nuclear weapons.
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Douchebag Megachurch Pastor Pays Over 200 Grand to Get His Book on the NYT Bestseller List For One Week
If you live in Seattle, you’re probably at least somewhat familiar with the antics of uber-douche “spiritual leader” Mark Driscoll, as his over the top douchebaggery is pretty much impossible to ignore around here. For those not in the know, he’s become rather famous by marketing a supposedly hip brand of Christianity (Christian rock can totally be a part of a church service dude!) to a younger demographic.
The problem is that his hip new faith embraces the same misogynist homophobia that most other conservative parishes in the Bible Belt embrace wholeheartedly. Women are not allowed to be a part of the clergy and are continually lectured in regards to the importance of submitting to their husband’s will. Being gay or getting an abortion will land you in hell. In fact, one of the weird things about Driscoll is that he somehow claims to know EXACTLY what God allows and doesn’t allow sexually. Right down to the letter (read more here). If you’ve never read that link, I highly recommend perusing it but I can sum up the gist for you in one sentence: only heterosexual sex between married people is acceptable in God’s eyes. What I’ve always found interesting about this fatty is that he never seems to explain how he gained access to this sacred sexual knowledge. Shit’s not in the Bible.
The guy’s a magnet for controversy by his own intentions, but this transgression is particularly heinous. That’s right, King Douche of the Douche Brigade paid over 200 grand in church money to get his book on the New York Times bestseller list…for one week (read the whole article here).
“The report claims that Mars Hill paid for 11,000 books at the tune of between $18.62 and $20.70 each, adding up to a total of $123,600 for books bought by individuals and $93,100 for books bought in bulk. Despite the church saying that the “true cost” was “much less,” the actual amount was not revealed in Mars Hill’s response.
“The purpose of this instruction appears to be a way to outsmart systems put in place by The New York Times and other list compilers to prevent authors from buying their way onto best-seller lists,”World initially reported. “Result Source apparently uses other techniques to work around the safeguards of the best-seller lists.”
Good God. There are so many things wrong with this I don’t even know where to start. First off, this is a man claiming to be a spiritual leader who is so obsessed with worldly fame that rather than spending his paritioner’s money to help the poor (what the biblical Jesus would do) he instead spent it just so he could put the title “New York Times Best Selling Author” on his next book jacket. That’s a lot of fucking scratch to attain that title on a technicality. Also, that’s some pretty satanic shit. I give it an Occult rating of five out of five upside down pentagrams, but what’s even creepier is how he went about doing this i.e. by hiring a firm to buy his own books. Of course, we should know that there are firms out there that you can pay for services like this (just like you should know that half the shit trending on Twitter or covered on Pitchfork/Noisey were bought and paid for in some manner), but seeing the way this scam actually works is beyond unnerving. So, you basically give a company a ton of money to buy your own books and create an elaborate subterfuge to make it look like it’s not you buying them. Soooo skeeezy, and I love the way his church defends his actions after he got caught: “It’s not uncommon or illegal”. I’m fairly sure that’s exactly what the money changers told Christ when he thrashed their temple. Way to take the moral high ground there dickbag.
Ultimately though, every time I get annoyed with Driscoll I have to remind myself that there are actually several other megachurches in my area that are just as successful and actually often even more socially regressive than his Mars Hill parish. I just can’t even name them because they’re not media whores on the level that he is. Even in the land of legal weed and gay marriage (also the most corrupt tax code in the country, no seriously) this madness is so entrenched into the very fiber of our society it’s unavoidable. Well, I suppose that’s why my unique brand of psychedelic Occultism is going to become increasingly important in the coming Aeon. Not mentioned is whether or not he’ll actually have the audacity to put “New York Times Best Sellling Author” on his follow up, but I’m guessing yes. Just seems to be the way this asshole rolls.
Using corruption to eliminate corruption seems to me, to be akin to attempting to put out a fire with fuel. This reminds me of a quote, “Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate”.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has made it a priority to eliminate corruption within the Chinese Communist Party.
“The [Communist Party] desperately wants the appearance of cracking down hard on corruption because they understand that rampant corruption is threatening the party’s legitimacy,” says Associated Press reporter Gillian Wong.
In a story published Sunday, Wong uncovers how that crackdown on corruption has led to another problem: abuse and torture of party officials.
“The way [the party] goes about investigating corruption tends to be so opaque — within the party, controlled entirely by the party — that it allows for these types of abuse to occur,” she says.
The investigations are carried out under the government’s secretive detention and disciplinary system called shuanggui.
Shuanggui is an “extra-legal form of detention, in that it operates entirely outside the scrutiny or oversight of police or courts,” Wong explains.
According to her AP report, “Experts estimate at least several thousand people are secretly detained every year for weeks or months under an internal system that is separate from state justice.”
Wong broke the story of a local official named Zhou Wangyen, who says he was tortured by the Communist Party. She first read his account on a Chinese lawyer’s blog, and later convinced him to tell her what happened.
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Via We Are Change
Maybe we should also build a wall around the ice caps so the sea level stop rising? Put a cork in those volcanoes? Or put some braces on those pesky tectonic plates that keep causing such a fucking ruckus. Surely our quest to dominate nature instead of adapting to its dynamics will pay off then.
Building three “Great Walls” across Tornado Alley in the US could eliminate the disasters, a physicist says.
The barriers – 300m (980ft) high and up to 100 miles long – would act like hill ranges, softening winds before twisters can form.
They would cost $16bn (£9.6bn) to build but save billions of dollars of damage each year, said Prof Rongjia Tao, of Temple University, Philadelphia.
He unveiled his idea at the American Physical Society meeting in Denver.
However critics say the idea is unworkable, and would create more problems than it solves.
Two Roosevelt’s muntjacs were recently captured by a camera-trap at Xuan Lien Nature Reserve in the central province of Thanh Hoa.
via Thanh Nien NewsA deer thought to have become extinct 85 years ago has been found at a nature reserve in Vietnam’s central province of Thanh Hoa. A pair of Roosevelt’s Muntjacs, also known as Roosevelt’s barking deer, was caught on a camera trap set up by scientists surveying barking deer populations at the Xuan Lien Nature Reserve in Thuong Xuan District, the reserve’s management said Wednesday. It said the scientists also collected the animals’ feces and got their DNA tested at the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources in Hanoi, and found them to be a match for a DNA sample kept at the American Museum of Natural History. First discovered in Laos, the deer was believed to be extinct since 1929, according to the management. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the species as “data deficient,” saying that due to taxonomic uncertainty it is impossible to ascertain its status and distribution. The survey was done by scientists from the Hanoi Vietnam National University’sCenter for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies in cooperation with the reserve from 2012 to 2014.
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“Why do we work so hard? For what? For this? Stuff? Other countries, they work, they stroll home, they stop by the cafe. They take August off. Off. Why aren’t you like that? Why aren’t we like that? Because we’re crazy driven, hard working believers, that’s why.”
When we saw the new TV ad for the 2014 Cadillac ELR, we just couldn’t help ourselves. So we made this… A spoof and a goof with some truth! Enjoy.
If you can stomach it, here’s the real commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGJSI48gkFc
Julia Angwin, author of Dragnet Nation, authored an interesting article at Information Liberation on the East German secret police. They collected “harmless metadata” too, but didn’t have anywhere near the power of our own NSA.
The East German secret police, known as the Stasi, were an infamously intrusive secret police force. They amassed dossiers on about one quarter of the population of the country during the Communist regime.
But their spycraft — while incredibly invasive — was also technologically primitive by today’s standards. While researching my book Dragnet Nation, I obtained the above hand drawn social network graph and other files from the Stasi Archive in Berlin, where German citizens can see files kept about them and media can access some files, with the names of the people who were monitored removed.
The graphic shows forty-six connections, linking a target to various people (an “aunt,” “Operational Case Jentzsch,” presumably Bernd Jentzsch, an East German poet who defected to the West in 1976), places (“church”), and meetings (“by post, by phone, meeting in Hungary”).
Gary Bruce, an associate professor of history at the University of Waterloo and the author of “The Firm: The Inside Story of the Stasi,” helped me decode the graphic and other files. I was surprised at how crude the surveillance was. “Their main surveillance technology was mail, telephone, and informants,” Bruce said.
Is there no tragedy involving loss of human lives that certain conspiracy theorists can resist deeming a false flag attack or other nonsense? Fast Company reports on the usual suspects crawling over the story of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet:
…Naturally, conspiracy theories are already flying left and right on social media. One theory suggests the plane’s sudden disappearance is a “false flag” operation intentionally planted by CNN. Another claims that some relatives of the passengers onboard have even reported hearing their phones ring–but no one is answering.
Other tin foilers have gone so far as to suggest that the plane simply vanished. “If we never find the debris,” writes one theorist, “it means some entirely new, mysterious and powerful force is at work on our planet which can pluck airplanes out of the sky without leaving behind even a shred of evidence.”
Another, just as bizarre conspiracy theory suggests terrorists hijacked the plane, and have parked the plane intact in an abandoned hanger to use as “a weapon of mass destruction” in the future:
[continues at Fast Company]
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The story of Thomas Edison taking all the glory while creative genius Nikola Tesla died alone and in poverty in the New Yorker Hotel room that was his final home certainly seems like a great premise for a movie, but can Glenn Beck be trusted to do it justice? Gizmodo gushes excitedly at the prospect:
Former Fox News TV personality Glenn Beck is really sick of talking about politics. So what rustles his jimmies these days? The mythologized feud between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Beck even has a movie in production about Edison that he hopes will “expose the truth” about this “bad man.”
From National Review:
Another film will “expose the truth” about Thomas Edison, a villain Beck thinks has gotten a break from historians and whose real story demonstrates our flawed understanding of the 20th century. Though remembered as “this nice, kind of, good old Thomas,” Beck explains, “he was really a bad man who was electrocuting animals.” Edison,”was absolutely on the wrong end, and luckily for him the story ended happily with his name being taken off his own company and given to GE,” he says. “And all the people he tried to destroy and screw — he was screwed.” Beck is getting animated. “In the end, he was screwed, and with the same tactics he used on everybody else. I think that’s the story that needs to be told about Thomas Edison: He was a bad man.”
The National Review post fails to explain if this is going to be a documentary or a dramatic feature, but really, either one is going to be amazing.
Beck doesn’t explicitly call out who screwed Edison nor who Edison screwed, but judging by theDecember 2, 2013 episode of his web show, we can guess there will be plenty of Tesla-worship.
Beck raves about a fantasy world where Tesla’s experiments in wireless energy have been embraced and brought to market:
My iPad would never go dry. I’d never have to plug it in because he would just be sending electricity concentrated through the air. Well, when he started these experiments, it worked so well that they kicked them out of Colorado.
Leaving aside the fact that Tesla was never “kicked out” of Colorado, I can’t imagine that sending concentrated electricity through the air would go over that well with Beck’s conspiracy-minded crowd…
[continues at Gizmodo]
I understand taking on another name, yet I have to wonder if these porn stars are turning to the media to promote their goods. What say you disinfonauts?
via New York Times
I DIDN’T expect to become a porn star. People rarely do. I was 19 years old, and my photographer roommate had an offer from a website to buy some nude pictures. We did a shoot and then waited two weeks in case I woke up in a panic over the idea of releasing naked photos of myself into the world. But I didn’t, and so I turned to the required paperwork. One of the boxes to fill in read “Stage Name (if applicable).”
Stage names are common in the entertainment industry — whether in Hollywood, rap or pornography — and they’re used for all sorts of reasons. But at a time when people can be whoever they like on the Internet, when we are all negotiating who we are in which setting and for which audience, somehow the combination of a woman whose job is fantasy and her fantasy professional name can make people lose their minds.
Consider the recent hysteria over the Duke University student who moonlights as an adult film starlet. Although it didn’t take long after the news broke for her fellow students and strangers to gleefully post her legal name online, “the Duke porn star,” as she has been called by media outlets from Forbes to The Guardian, has tried to control what she is called where. She used the pseudonym Lauren when giving interviews, and the pseudonym Aurora for her stage name in those same interviews. Finally, this week, she acknowledged her actual stage name — Belle Knox.
The whole kerfuffle doesn’t need to be as dramatic as people seem to think. For me, choosing a stage name felt less like concealing my identity (especially since I’d just turned over my Social Security number to strangers) and more like deciding on a user name for any Internet service or website.
When it comes to sheer stupidity and unthinking maliciousness Seth Andrew Stephenson, 22, of Rockledge, Florida, and Taylor Blake Martin, 22, of Alabama may give the Goblin Topplers a run for their money. They recently pleaded guilty to harassing an endangered species after a video surfaced of them luring a manatee and its calf to a dock so that Stephenson could “cannonball” on its back. They may get a year in prison. Read on after the jump for extra-strength Facebook stupidity.
The video shows Martin landing on the back of the adult manatee as the manatees swim away. Stephenson then uses the hose to try and lure the manatees back.
In response to a post on Facebook criticizing Martin’s actions, Martin responded, “hahaha…in my debue [sic] as tayla the manatee slaya…im f—- ready to cannonball on every manatee living yewwww.”
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Pittsburgh defense attorney Dan Muessig has taken the art of the sleazy trial lawyer commercial to heights worthy of Breaking Bad‘s Saul Goodman. To quote Jesse Pinkman, “When the going gets tough, you don’t want a criminal lawyer. You want a CRIMINAL Lawyer.”
Muessig, 32, tells the ABA Journal he created the video to reach younger clients who tend to communicate with each other by trading humor on the Internet. The younger crowd—those under 40—“just ping pong back and forth funny content to each other,” he says. The ad has gotten attention on Deadspin, Above the Law and Slate.
The video begins with a series of scenes in which criminals leaving the courthouse or practicing their trade raise their thumbs and say: “Thanks, Dan.” Then Muessig appears with a neon sign flashing, “Real Defense Attorney.”
“Consequences,” he says. “They sure suck, don’t they? America was built on freedom, not on a bunch of people with more money than you telling you what you can and can’t do with all their stupid laws. Laws are arbitrary.” As he says “laws,” Muessig makes quotation marks with his fingers.
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Warning: Video features naked tourists.
There is a growing fad at Machu Picchu that officials hope to nip in the bud: tourists who pose for nude snapshots with the iconic Inca Citadel looming in the background.
For years, the practice has occurred pretty much under the radar.
That changed earlier this month when photos of two buddies from lands “Down Under” with buttocks bared, went viral, along with a YouTube video of a couple streaking across Machu Picchu’s principal plaza.
Peru’s media pounced.
Cusco’s new Regional Director of Culture, Ricardo Ruiz Caro, issued a statement that the incidents happened on the watch of his predecessor and that he should not be held responsible. He added that park guards at Machu Picchu and other historic sites in the region would increase surveillance from now on “to avoid these unfortunate events that threaten cultural heritage.
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