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US Court Rejects Appeal of Gay Marriage Law

By Hope Yen

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to the only state that allows gay marriages, declining to hear an appeal aimed at overturning the Massachusetts law that prompted a national debate on the legality and morality of same-sex unions.

The decision ended the legal fight over a 4-3 Massachusetts high . . . → Read More: US Court Rejects Appeal of Gay Marriage Law

Log on to be a satellite spy

A Canadian inventor has created Internet-based technology that could soon see regular computer users acting as armchair spies.

Vincent Tao, an engineer at Toronto’s York University, has invented a mapping and surveillance tool called Same (See Anywhere, Map Anywhere), which produces images so sharp that geographic co-ordinates typed into a Web site can reveal the . . . → Read More: Log on to be a satellite spy

Mercury Retrograde: What Does it Mean to Me?

By Maria Shaw

Mercury retrograde gets blamed for a lot things that go wrong in our lives. Does it deserve all the attention? What exactly is a Mercury retrograde?

For those of you who don’t know about this astrological “happening,”? here’s the lowdown in layman’s terms: The planet Mercury rules communication, travel, contracts, automobiles . . . → Read More: Mercury Retrograde: What Does it Mean to Me?

Santa Claus Was a Shaman

The long history of the man in red who comes bearing gifts.

By John and Caitlin Matthews

Santa Claus is only the latest of many figures that have come to be associated with bringing gifts on the night of December 25th. In France presents are given on New Year’s Day and called entrennes, . . . → Read More: Santa Claus Was a Shaman

Minister of Marijuana

By Jeffrey Anderson

Scott Imler’s voice is less urgent, less ravaged, than it was two years ago, when he was on a hunger strike to save the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center, which he founded in West Hollywood in 1996. He exudes tranquillity, now that his struggle and a bout with cancer are behind him. . . . → Read More: Minister of Marijuana

Vaccination: A Grant of Immunity

Throughout the early history of humanity great plagues killed millions of people. Often, healers noticed that, with some diseases, once a person had become ill they didn’t become reinfected. One of the first written records of acquired immunity came from the Greek author Thucydides who noted during the great plague of Athens, in the fifth . . . → Read More: Vaccination: A Grant of Immunity

Astrology: Sagittarius & Mercury Retrograde

By Sheldon Rosner

I hope you all had a pleasant Native American Exploitation Day. Actually, I believe Thanksgiving should really be called Indian Harvest Festival. I know I had plenty of thoughts on my mind about how this country would have been if left to the original inhabitants, but the Manifest Destiny was their death . . . → Read More: Astrology: Sagittarius & Mercury Retrograde

German company makes ‘anti-aging beer’

By Roya Nikkhah

It is the news to cheer drinkers everywhere: beer could make you feel healthier and look younger. The Neuzelle Kloster Brewery, a company in eastern Germany, says that its latest beer is enriched with ingredients that maintain good health and slow down the aging process.

The drink, labelled on the bottle . . . → Read More: German company makes ‘anti-aging beer’

Black magic officer preyed on boys

A pair of predatory paedophiles who groomed young boys by introducing them to black magic have been jailed for a total of 19 years.

Former army officer Robert Hill, 63, and Michael Dunne, 41, inflicted sustained sexual abuse on five Birmingham youngsters between 1979 and 1995. The men groomed the schoolboys by introducing them to . . . → Read More: Black magic officer preyed on boys

Traditions – Trees and Ornaments

The fir tree has a long association with Christianity, it began in Germany almost a 1000 years ago when St Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity, was said to have come across a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree.

In anger, St Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree . . . → Read More: Traditions – Trees and Ornaments