March 10, 2006

LinkNews Digest [03/10/2006]

FLA Church Hosts "Free Pr0n Weekend"

Clermont Fellowship Church in Clermont, Florida, will host a FREE Pr0n Weekend, March 11th & 12th, 2006 to help raise community awareness about the issues surrounding pr0nography. The church will host the events in the auditorium at East Ridge High School (13322 Excalibur Road, Clermont). From pr0nography addiction to how to guard your kids from the traps of pr0n, Clermont Fellowship will provide help and resources for the community.

Clermont Fellowship Lead Pastor Tom Casolaro says, "It's time the church talks about pr0n." To assist in the events, Clermont Fellowship will bring in Craig Gross, pastor and founder of, and former pr0n star and prostitute Shelly Lubben. Gross and Lubben will tackle the issues surrounding America's pr0n problem.

Pr0n Weekend kicks off this Saturday, March 11th at 6:00pm, with former pr0n star Shelly Lubben relating her mission to "smash the illusion of pr0n, expose pr0nographers and supporters of porn, and help people break the chains of sexual addiction." (LINK )

The Rise of the Cubicle

Good article in FORTUNE magazine:
NEW YORK (FORTUNE Magazine) - Robert Oppenheimer agonized over building the A-bomb. Alfred Nobel got queasy about creating dynamite. Robert Propst invented nothing so destructive. Yet before he died in 2000, he lamented his unwitting contribution to what he called "monolithic insanity."

Propst is the father of the cubicle. More than 30 years after he unleashed it on the world, we are still trying to get out of the box. The cubicle has been called many things in its long and terrible reign. But what it has lacked in beauty and amenity, it has made up for in crabgrass-like persistence.

Reviled by workers, demonized by designers, disowned by its very creator, it still claims the largest share of office furniture sales--$3 billion or so a year--and has outlived every "office of the future" meant to replace it. It is the Fidel Castro of office furniture. (READ MORE )

"Survivor: The Ride" Opens This Spring

Big time Hollywood-style reality thrills await adventurers this spring as Paramount’s Great America unleashes the world’s first reality rollercoaster, SURVIVOR The Ride.

Surrounded by the sounds of tribal music and jungle drums, thrill seekers embark on a journey past fiery 40-foot tall torches, exotic tribal relics and tropical landscaping reflective of previous international SURVIVOR locales. Those brave enough can participate in an endurance immunity challenge as seen on the Emmy award-winning show or relive SURVIVOR moments through memoirs of previous seasons.

And what is SURVIVOR The Ride without competition?

Guests are divided into two tribes and challenged to demonstrate their enthusiasm through tribal chants and ritual dance movements that trigger a collection of native masks to spray water on the losing tribe. Watch as tribes try to outplay and outspray castaways aboard the ride.

The adventure continues as tribes of riders board a giant circular vessel complete with a towering tribal mask looming at its center. Guests sit facing outward and experience a thrilling rocking and spinning motion as the platform swirls along a wave-like track -- all while traversing through rugged terrain and ascending hills as high as five stories tall! (LINK )

"Body Snatchers" over India

On 25 July, 2001, blood-red rain fell over the Kerala district of western India. And these rain bursts continued for the next two months. All along the coast it rained crimson, turning local people's clothes pink, burning leaves on trees and falling as scarlet sheets at some points.

Investigations suggested the rain was red because winds had swept up dust from Arabia and dumped it on Kerala. But Godfrey Louis, a physicist at Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam, after gathering samples left over from the rains, concluded this was nonsense. 'If you look at these particles under a microscope, you can see they are not dust, they have a clear biological appearance.' Instead Louis decided that the rain was made up of bacteria-like material that had been swept to Earth from a passing comet. In short, it rained aliens over India during the summer of 2001.

Not everyone is convinced by the idea, of course. Indeed most researchers think it is highly dubious. One scientist who posted a message on Louis's website described it as 'bullshit'. (MORE "Chubby Rain" )

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