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The West Memphis Three- Then and Now with Damien Echols..

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If you’re familiar with the case of the West Memphis Three, you’ll be aware that attempting to condense the complexity, length, and injustice of it all into a few paragraphs is near impossible. If you’re unfamiliar with it, then watching the excellent Paradise Lost trilogy of documentaries—as well as Amy Berg’s equally fantastic West of Memphis—serves as a good introduction to this astonishing story.

In short, the West Memphis Three are Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. They were three boys from West Memphis, Arkansas, aged between 16 and 18, who in 1993 were arrested and convicted for the murder and sexual mutilation of three eight-year-old boys—Steve Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers. Due to the apparent acts of mutilation it was accused that what had taken place was in fact a satanic ritual—human sacrifices. The pressure on the police to solve the heinous crime was huge, which, combined with the town having a history of supposed witchcraft and satanic practices, left a community shattered and in terrifying fear. Echols, Misskelley, and Baldwin were picked up as they were known friends and were into what a lot of alienated teenagers were into: heavy metal, wearing black, being left alone, and doing their own thing.

Article Continued at VICE..

 


New Video: @RondaRousey Profile: HBO’s @RealSportsHBO

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This definitely inspired me. Got to love the underdog story..

“UFC women’s champ Ronda Rousey had fought her way to the top of MMA. Her success, coupled with her beauty, has helped her become a household name outside the sport… translating into modeling and movies.

The 28-year-old superstar was recently profiled by HBO’s Real Sports, who offered a look into her past, her struggles, and climb to the top.

During the interview, Rousey offers her thoughts on being being named the top pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, her impact on the betterment for women in society, and her signature move, the armbar..” -Source: Baller Status


New Study Finds A “Very Strong” Correlation Between GMOs And Two Dozen Diseases

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It’s no secret that we are living in a time where chronic disease continues to rise at an exponential rate, especially within the past couple of decades. New evidence continues to mount suggesting that Genetically Modified Organisms (more specifically GM food) might have played, and do play a key role in those statistics.

A new study  recently published in the Journal of Organic Systems last September examined US government databases, researchers searched for GE (Genetically Engineered) crop data, glyphosate application data, and disease epidemiological data while performing a “correlation analysis” on a total of 22 different diseases.

Article continued at Collective Evolution..


Respect The Shooter: @EstevanOriol

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Though his father was a celebrated photographer, Estevan Oriol‘s connection to photography wasn’t immediate. It wasn’t until after he spent time as a tour manager for hip-hop groups like Cypress Hilland House of Pain that he found a love for being behind a lens. The photographer and director began his journey while capturing life on the road with the rap acts and has since gone on to photograph actors, musicians and athletes including Forest Whitaker, Adrien Brody, 50 Cent, Robert Dinero,Snoop Dogg, Floyd Mayweather and Lance Armstrong, as well as shoot videos for Linkin Park,Cypress Hill and Blink 182. He’s also been known to document gang life and tattoo culture. Here, Life + Times takes a look through some of Estevan Oriol’s most memorable photographs.

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More pictures and full article at: Life and Times..


“The Secret Meeting that Changed Music, Especially Rap Music, and Destroyed a Generation”

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After more than 20 years, I’ve finally decided to tell the world what I witnessed in 1991, which I believe was one of the biggest turning point in popular music, and ultimately American society. I have struggled for a long time weighing the pros and cons of making this story public as I was reluctant to implicate the individuals who were present that day. So I’ve simply decided to leave out names and all the details that may risk my personal well being and that of those who were, like me, dragged into something they weren’t ready for.

Between the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was what you may call a “decision maker” with one of the more established company in the music industry. I came from Europe in the early 80’s and quickly established myself in the business. The industry was different back then. Since technology and media weren’t accessible to people like they are today, the industry had more control over the public and had the means to influence them anyway it wanted. This may explain why in early 1991, I was invited to attend a closed door meeting with a small group of music business insiders to discuss rap music’s new direction. Little did I know that we would be asked to participate in one of the most unethical and destructive business practice I’ve ever seen.

Article continued at World Truth..


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