Satanism: An interview with Church of Satan High Priest Peter Gilmore

Monday, November 5, 2007

In the 1980’s and the 1990’s there were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children or non-consenting adults in the context of Satanic rituals that has come to be known as The Satanic Panic. In the United States, the Kern County child abuse cases, McMartin preschool trial and the West Memphis 3 cases garnered worldwide media coverage. One case took place in Jordan, Minnesota, when children made allegations of manufacturing child pornography, ritualistic animal sacrifice, coprophagia, urophagia and infanticide, at which point the Federal Bureau of Investigation was alerted. Twenty-four adults were arrested and charged with acts of sexual abuse, child pornography and other crimes related to satanic ritual abuse; only three went to trial with two acquittals and one conviction. Supreme Court Justice Scalia noted in a discussion of the case, “[t]here is no doubt that some sexual abuse took place in Jordan; but there is no reason to believe it was as widespread as charged,” and cited the repeated, coercive techniques used by the investigators as damaging to the investigation.

One of the most visible Satanic organizations—though one that was never a suspect or charged in any of the Satanic Panic cases—is the Church of Satan, founded by Anton LaVey. Members of the Church, such as Peter H. Gilmore, Peggy Nadramia, Boyd Rice, Adam Parfrey, Diabolos Rex, and musician King Diamond, were active in media appearances to refute allegations of criminal activity and the FBI would later issue an official report debunking the criminal conspiracy theories of this time.

Gilmore feels Satanists are often misunderstood or misrepresented. LaVey’s teachings are based on individualism, self-indulgence, and “eye for an eye” morality, with influence from Friedrich Nietzsche and Ayn Rand; while its rituals and magic draw heavily from occultists such as Aleister Crowley. They do not worship—nor believe in—the Devil or a Christian notion of Satan. The word “Satan” comes from the Hebrew word for “adversary” and originated from the Abrahamic faiths, being traditionally applied to an angel. Church of Satan adherents see themselves as truth-seekers, adversaries and skeptics of the religious world around them.

On a windy October day in Central Park, Wikinews reporter David Shankbone sat down with the High Priest of the Church, Peter H. Gilmore, who has led LaVey’s congregation of Satanists since his passing in 1997 (he became the High Priest in 2001). They discussed the beliefs of the Church, current events, LaVey’s children and how Satanism applies to life and the world.

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Choosing The Right Hard Drive

Choosing the Right Hard Drive

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dawnhobbsHow much memory and storage space do I need for my new PC? Should I opt for removable storage instead? What is a gigabyte anyway? If you find yourself asking these questions, don’t get discouraged. Buying the right hard drive requires research, thought, and a lot of patience. There are a lot of hard drives out there – this article will help you narrow down your search and pick the hard drive that’s right for you. First, you must determine whether you need an internal or external hard drive. If you’re looking for the easiest way to add data storage capacity to your computer, then you should go with an external hard drive. They’re great for backing up your PC, and they allow you to easily share photos, videos, and songs with others. Ideal for those who travel, external hard drives are physically very small so you can take them with you wherever you go.On the other hand, internal hard drives are designed for replacing or expanding the storage of a single PC. They offer massive storage capabilities, the highest performance, and the lowest cost per gigabyte. Most desktop PC cases have at least one internal drive bay (the place where you can mount extra hard drives). However, before you purchase an additional drive for your system, make sure your case has enough room. If you have a smaller, low-profile case, you won’t be able to use the old and new drives simultaneously. You’ll also have to choose between the two interfaces: PATA (Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment, also known as IDE drives) and SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment). In most cases, SATA drives are a better choice for a few reasons-they’re slightly faster, they’re easier to connect, and they don’t require you to configure jumpers as PATA drives do. Nonetheless, the performance tends to be similar.The next thing you need to do is determine the size of the hard drive, which simply refers to its data storage capacity. For the most part, the size of the hard drive depends on what you plan to do with your computer. If you’re just browsing the web or doing a little word processing, you probably don’t need more than 8-10 gigabytes. The lower capacity drives are typically less expensive and should only be used to handle basic computing needs. But if you plan on storing large amounts of data, music, or pictures, you’ll want to go with a larger hard drive to avoid running out of space. Next, you must choose the speed of the hard drive, which is measured in revolutions per minute (RPM). Hard drives consist of a disc that rotates and a needle which reads/writes data to this disc. The faster the disc spins, the faster the data is read and written. For the average user, 5400 RPM is perfectly adequate. But if you want your system to be as fast as possible, then choose a hard drive with 7200 RPM. General Tips:Shop around. Hard drives come in different sizes to suit different storage needs, and they’re priced very competitively. So spend a little time searching for a killer deal, and you’ll certainly be glad you did. Look out for warranties. In general, you should get at least a 3-year warranty on your hard drive. Consider buying a hard-drive kit, which includes mounting hardware, cables, detailed instructions, and software that eases installation. A kit may also include an application for cloning the contents of your old hard drive onto the new one, which then becomes your new main drive.If you’ve outgrown your existing storage, it may be easier and cheaper to upgrade a drive instead of buying an entirely new one. And if you’re an avid gamer, opt for a drive with approximately 10,000 RPM.hard drivesexternal hard driveinternal hard drives

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Australian refugee contractor accused of breaching its duty of care

Friday, December 30, 2005

The Australian Centre for Languages, a company which has a multi-million dollar contract with the Australian government to provide refugee services, has been accused of breaching its duty of care following the death of a chronically ill child and allegations of failing to provide three women in their care with food.

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Consolidate Private Student Loans With Fixed Interest Rate How To Guide

By Larry Donaldson

If you took out multiple private student loans while in college, you are probably now swimming in a sea of paperwork each month. Having more than one student loan often means having to make payments to different lenders at different times of each month.

Another common challenge is that some your private loans may have variable interest rates, while others have fixed rates. And, it is highly likely that your loans are at different interest rates altogether.

Besides the complexity of having multiple private student loans to deal with, most grads also have trouble making the payments. Having to be responsible for multiple student loan payments is not something that many college students give much thought to during school. But, once graduation is over, reality sets in. And, the payments can easily run into the hundreds of dollars or more each month.

When Private Student Loan Consolidation Makes Sense

For graduates who have taken out multiple student loans and are now having trouble making their loan payments each month, private student loan consolidation can help.

Simply put, consolidation is the act of paying off all of one’s outstanding loans in full with the money received with from new, consolidation loan.

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How Can Consolidation Help?

Consolidation loans can be helpful in many ways. First, they simply your life by making you responsible for just a single payment each month.

Next, they can actually lower your payments in one or both of two ways:

a. By lowering your rate

b. By stretching out your payments over more time, say from 10 years to 20 or 30 years.

Finally, consolidation loans can be negotiated at a fixed rate, which means you can lock in your new low rate over the life of the loan.

How To Consolidate Private Student Loans With A Fixed Interest Rate

If you are wondering how to get the best deal on a fixed interest rate private consolidation loan, here are some tips that can help:

1.Calculate your current interest rate: In order to determine whether any would-be offer you get is worth going for, you are going to want to start by figuring out the weighted average of your existing loans’ rates. For example, if you currently have three loans at 5%, 3% and 2.5% interest rates, you would calculated the weighted average interest rate as follows.

First, figure out what percentage of your total outstanding balance is represented by each loan. Let’s say that the answer is 20%, 30% and 50%, respectively. Just multiply these percentages by the interest rate for each loan and add them together, as follows:

(20% x 5%) + (30% x 3%) + (50% + 2.5%) = weighted average interest rate

2. Figure out your ideal repayment period: Use an online loan calculator and plug in your current outstanding balance (total across all loans) and your desired new interest rate. Then, plug in different repayment periods like 20 years, 25 years and 30 years. See how each one affects both the monthly payment amounts and the cost of your loan.

3. Build a list of at least 5 private consolidation lenders: Now, it’s time to do your research. Make a list of at least 5 lenders. Don’t skip this step – remember, more offers is always better than fewer!

4. Contact and apply with all 5 lenders: Now, take the time to contact and actually apply for a consolidation loan with each lender. hint: be sure to apply for the same repayment period so that you can compare the offers equally.

5. Compare offers: Compare each offer you get separately, and be sure to read the fine print. The most important piece of information to look at is the interest rate of each offer.

Follow these tips to get the best-possible deal on a fixed interest rate loan.

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Iran unveils part of its nuclear program

Friday, August 31, 2007

On August 27, Iran published public information report about its nuclear program, thus unveiling a part of outstanding issues still in discussion with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In this document, Tehran provide clarifications about plutonium experiments and shows signs of cooperation in clearing up questions about its efforts to acquire nuclear technology. The IAEA issued a new report on August 30, and distributed copies of its report ahead of a September 10 meeting of the organization’s 35-member board.

This report also reflects findings about a work plan concluded on August 21. The United Nations nuclear watchdog report praised Iran for agreeing to a new work plan and planning to resolve numerous questions about its nuclear program.

Mohamed ElBaradei, the IAEA director general, said in reaction to these reports: “This is the first time Iran is ready to discuss all the outstanding issues which triggered the crisis in confidence. It’s a significant step.”

The assessment of Iran nuclear cooperation could make it more difficult for the United States and its allies to win tougher U.N. sanctions against Iran.

In Iran, the Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) for International Affairs, Mohammad Saeedi, said that the IAEA report « put an end to all US baseless allegations on Iran’s separation activities and reprocessing plutonium.»

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with NDP candidate Rick Morelli, Vaughan

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Rick Morelli is running for the NDP in the Ontario provincial election, in the Vaughan riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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BC man is selling the boat from old TV series Gilligan’s Island

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A man named George Schultz in Parksville, British Columbia is selling the boat from old TV series Gilligan’s Island at the cost of $99,000. The cruiser, originally cost about $290,000 in the 1960s.

“There have been a couple of modifications, so it doesn’t look exactly like the original,” said Shultz, a boat broker who’s selling the 36-foot Wheeler Express Cruiser for fellow Parksdale resident Scotty Taylor. “But it’s still the original boat.”

Originally, the boat’s name was The Blue Jacket.

“Just for the show, for a stage name, it was called the S.S. Minnow,” Shultz said. The name was a reference to Newton Minnow, once chairman of the FCC.

“He just liked the boat, he wanted to restore it, it was a nice looking boat, a wooden boat, a classic and he likes classic boats,” said Shultz. “The hole in the hull was actually the least of the repairs – the interior needed a lot more work”.

Someone later stole the plaque on the boat, but the 46-year-old boat still has the round life preserver with S.S. Minnow emblazoned on it and the skipper’s chair.

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Vacation Rentals In Huddleston Va: Vacation Rentals Tips

byAlma Abell

After working and stressing for the better part of the year, nothing would be more relaxing than going for a vacation. If you have a family with kids, renting a vacation house will be better compared to renting a hotel room. Hotel rooms not only have limited space but they are also more expensive compared to vacation houses. A vacation home will feel more like a home. Vacation Rentals in Huddleston VA tips you on how you can get a good rental home.

Research

You might have decided to go for a vacation outside your country or continent. In this case, you should take time in choosing the best one for you. Find out through others who might have gone to that particular place and inquire about the rentals they might have used. If nobody has the information you need, you can find out more information online about the vacation house you desire. Taking your time ensures that you make the correct choice and you do not end up in a place that will ruin your vacation. It also saves you the extra cost you would go through if you paid for a substandard place and had to upgrade.

Sign papers before you pay

Paying for your vacation home before reading the paperwork can have serious consequences. Before paying them, ensure that you have read and understood the agreement. Where you are not satisfied, ask them questions till you see the logic in all that is stated on the agreement. You should know what would happen if you pay and your vacation is canceled or you leave before it ends.

Huddleston Vacation Rentals, ensures that you enjoy your vacation to the maximum. Your home away from home stay will be a vacation to remember for years to come. For more information, visit the website

Know the details

Make sure you know all that is included in the money you pay. Some Advertise low prices just to attract customers but once you are in, you notice that the price was not inclusive many things. Therefore make sure you ask them if what they are charging is inclusive electricity bills, water bills or any other thing. Ask them about any hidden charges that might not have been included in the agreement.

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Wikinews Shorts: June 4, 2007

A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, June 4, 2007.

MediaCorp Radio in Singapore has been fined 15,000 Singaporean dollars (US$9,800) over an on-air stunt in March in which female guests on a radio show were asked to remove their brassieres, and pose for video that was to be posted on the station’s website and on YouTube.

The Media Development Authority said the radio show’s hosts made improper and sexually suggestive remarks about “how fast the bras were removed, as well as the color, design and cup size of the bras, and the size of the girls’ breasts.”

Sources

  • AP. “Fine for Singapore radio bra stunt” — CNN, June 4, 2007
  • Sapa-AFP. “Station fined for bra contest” — Independent Online (South Africa), June 4, 2007

Researchers at University of Malaya say they have developed an erectile dysfunction cure from walnut extract.

“It takes about an hour for the effects to set in and it will last for about four hours,” said Professor Dr. Kim Kah Hwi of the Faculty of Medicine Physiology.

So far, 40 volunteers have tried the Viagra alternative, called “N-Hanz”, with positive results, Kim said. To make one pill, it takes about 3.3 kilograms (about 7 pounds) of walnuts.

Sources

  • Royce Cheah. “Researchers produce Viagra alternative from walnuts” — The Star (Malaysia), June 3, 2007
  • “Walnut pills rival Viagra” — Herald Sun, June 4, 2007

An 8-year-old Indonesian boy died after being attacked on Saturday by a Komodo Dragon at Komodo National Park on Komodo.

The boy was attacked while making a toilet stop in a bush, a park official said. “The dragon bit his waist, tossed him and dragged him. His right leg was badly scratched,” park spokesman Heru Rudiharto said. The boy then bled to death.

Attacks by Dragons on humans are rare, though the reptiles, which can grow to a length of 3 meters (9 feet), regularly kill such prey as pigs and small deer. Komodo Dragons are an endangered and protected species, and about 2,000 of them live in the wild, mainly on Komodo and nearby Rinca island.

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  • AP. “Indonesian boy killed in Komodo dragon attack” — CNN, June 4, 2007
  • Fred Attewill. “Boy killed in dragon attack” — Guardian Unlimited, June 4, 2007

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