We’re Still Burning Women At The Stake?

In the year 2013 it’s hard to imagine that people are burned at the stake for being a witch—but that happened. Kepari Leniata, a twenty-year-old mother living in Papua New Guinea, was accused of sorcery by relatives of a six-year-old boy who died on February 5th. After the accusation an angry mob found Leniata and brought her to the town square.
Bystanders, many of whom were children, watched as she was tied to a stake and burned alive. Some took photographs; some just stood and watched– no one did anything. They watched as she was bound, tortured with a hot iron rod, covered in gasoline, then set on fire while lying on a pile of car tires in the provincial capital of Mount Hagen.
The police have not arrested anyone despite having hundreds of witnesses. The chief of police did say that there are more than fifty people suspected to have “laid a hand on the victim” but her husband is the chief suspect. He fled the province and is suspected to have a relationship to the dead boy’s family.
There are no details as to what “sorcery” or “witchcraft” Leniata had allegedly practiced. There are no details on the six-year-old boy’s death; it is unknown where Leniata’s children are. All that we do know is she was a woman, she was accused, and she was burned. No one helped her, no one protected her, and as of this post no one has given her any kind of justice.



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Among the cities without fireworks this year are: Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Joplin, MO, and Mobile, AL. Wildfires are one of the factors in canceling fireworks. New Mexico, a state that normally allows personal fireworks, has decided to ban them this Fourth of July due to the many wildfires there this season. In Arizona, authorities have banned …

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From Fox News:

Dr. Elena Bodnar won an Ignoble Award for the invention last year, an annual tribute to scientific research that on the surface seems goofy but is often surprisingly practical. And now Bodnar has brought the eBra to the public; purchase one online for just $29.95.

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Critic Camille Paglia No Fan of Lady Gaga

Photo of Lady Gaga Before and After "Fame"
Camille Paglia has had a very interesting life as a social critic, author, and college professor. While she proudly identifies herself as a feminist, she is seen by some as an “anti-feminist feminist.” She’s expressed views that have raised some eyebrows, such as supporting Ralph Nader in the 2000 election and engaging in verbal fisticuffs with the likes of Gloria Steinem, NOW stalwart Patricia Ireland, and Betty Friedan.

However, there is no question that Paglia is an intelligent, educated woman and as such, her interpretation on various things is generally thought-provoking.

Her latest target? Lady Gaga.

Paglia’s basic beef with Gaga is that the former Stefani Germanotta is, in her eyes, essentially a hypocrite.

From The Sunday Times:

Although she presents herself as the clarion voice of all the freaks and misfits of life, there is little evidence that she ever was one. Her upbringing was comfortable and eventually affluent, and she attended the same upscale Manhattan private school as …

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