"True, much of the dated advice ... is now amusingly camp,
but the potential thrill of being single still saturates each page."
Friday, July 18, 2003
(July 10) -- It's a new form of adult entertainment, and men are paying thousands of dollars to shoot naked women with paint ball guns. They're coming to Las Vegas to do it. This bizarre new sport has captured the attention of people around the world, but Channel 8 Eyewitness News reporter LuAnne Sorrell is the only person who has interviewed the game's founder.
George Evanthes has never been hunting. "Originally I'm from New York. What am I going to hunt? Squirrels? Someone's cats. Someone's dogs? I don't think so," said Evanthes. Now that he's living in Las Vegas , he's finally getting his chance to put on his camouflage, grab a rifle and pull the trigger, but what's in his scope may surprise you. He's not hunting ducks or even deer. He's hunting woman. Naked women.
"I've done this three times," says Nicole, one of the three women allowing themselves to be shot at. "I've done this seven times," says Skyler, another woman participating. "I've done it seven times," says Gidget the third woman.
Hunting for Bambi is the brain child of Michael Burdick. Men pay anywhere from $5000 to $10,000 for the chance to come to the middle of the desert to shoot what they call "Bambi's" with a paint ball gun. Burdick says men have come from as far away as Germany. The men get a video tape of their hunt to take home and show their friends.
Burdick says safety is a concern, but the women are not allowed to wear protective gear -- only tennis shoes. Today while the Eyewitness News cameras were rolling, one woman chose to wear bikini bottoms but normally all they wear is their birthday suits.
Burdick says hunters are told not shoot the women above the chest, but admits not all hunters follow the rules. "The main goal is to be true as true to nature as possible. I don't go deer hunting and see a deer with a football helmet on so I don't want to see one on my girl either," said Burdick.
The paint balls that come out of the guns travel at about 200 miles per hour. Getting hit with one stings even with clothes on, and when they hit bare flesh, they are powerful enough to draw blood.
Evanthes shot one of the women and says, "I got the one with the biggest rack."
Gidget is the one who took the paint ball shot to the rear. She says, "It hurt. It really hurt. I didn't think it was going to be that bad. When asked if she cried she says,"yeah, a little bit."
So why do women agree to strip down and run around the desert dodging paint balls? Nicole says it's good money. "I mean it's $2500 if you don't get hit. You try desperately not to and it's $1000 if you do, said Nicole.
Now both the men and women say this is all good, clean fun, but in Part 2 of this story, reporter LuAnne Sorrell spoke with a psychologist who says for some men playing out this sexual aggression may lead to other more violent acts against women.
The news report video, which can be found at the KLAS-TV link below, along with partial transcripts, tries to make clear the
psychological dangers of this for men who can't separate fantasy from reality, as well as the degradation and encouragement of violence toward women that this promotes.
The webpage for the "game" states this: "You can actually hunt one of our Bambi sluts and shoot her with paintballs while we film the whole thing and tape it for your own home video. We will send you a complete list of wall hangers to choose from once your reservation is confirmed for your hunt. With over 30 women ready to be chased down and shot like dogs we guarantee a wide variety of Bambi's to choose from. Whether it is a fat ass cow or a perfect 10 we have an abundance of these beauties. So if you are the ultimate sportsman and are seeking the ultimate adrenaline rush then come out to our ranch and shoot one of these nagging whinny bitches where it
hurts and shut her the f[...] up. Then mount her like a "Real Man"." It states that the $10,000 price includes airfare and "Mount (not for virgins, you figure it out)."
Michael Burdick's webpage makes it clear that his "service" is about hating,hunting, and raping women primarily for revenge. And in Las Vegas, this business is legal: http://www.huntingforbambi.com/
Again, I ask, will the American and British liberators of the Iraqi people re-flood the fertile crescent that Saddam had dammed in order to make an un-sustainable profit off of the oil rich marshbeds? Will the liberators of Iraq liberate the Southern Arabs and restore their traditional environment
Republican Leader Prays for God to Afflict Supreme Court
Robertson has launched a 21-day "prayer offensive'' directed at the Supreme Court in the wake of its 6-3 June vote that decriminalized sodomy. Robertson said in a letter on the CBN Web site that the ruling "has opened the door to homosexual marriage, bigamy, legalized prostitution and even incest.''
The same letter targets three justices in particular: "One justice is 83-years-old, another has cancer and another has a heart condition. Would it not be possible for God to put it in the minds of these three judges that the time has come to retire?''
Maybe God would rather send another hurricane to strike the 700 Club's Virginia Beach headquarters, as God did after Robertson asked him to destroy Orlando, FL with hurricanes for sanctioning "gay days" at Disney World.
Government to Reimburse Clintons $85,000 for Bogus Investigation
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (P.L.106-386), adopted in October 2000, provides the tools to combat trafficking in persons, both worldwide and domestically. The Act authorizes the establishment of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons to assist in the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts.
2003 Trafficking in Persons Report
"The Annual Trafficking in Persons Report is about modern day slavery and slave trading.... [It] details international and U.S. efforts to end trafficking in persons, to protect and help victims, and prosecute those who treat people like commodities or keep them in slave-like conditions."-- Secretary Colin L. Powell.
Conference to Stop Child Trafficking: Modern-Day Slavery
Under Secretary for Global Affairs, Paula J. Dobriansky, addressed the conference held in Helsinki, Finland, June 1-3, 2003.
Recommendations from the Conference on Pathbreaking Strategies in the Global Fight Against Sex Trafficking
The international conference was held in Washington, DC, on February 23-26, 2003. It was co-sponsored by the Department of State and the non-governmental War Against Trafficking Alliance. Over 400 participants from more than 115 countries exchanged views during the conference. The recommendations do not necessarily reflect the views of any government including that of the United States. [full text] [Also: see briefing]
Model Law to Combat Trafficking in Persons released March 12.
The U.S. Government's International Anti-Trafficking Programs
Fiscal Year 2002 report released.
Zahra Kazemi was arrested while taking photos of Evin prison
from the BBC News
Iran has acknowledged that a Canadian-Iranian photojournalist was beaten to death after her arrest outside a prison in Tehran. Vice President Ali Abtahi said Zahra Kazemi died "of a brain haemorrhage resulting from beatings".
Ms Kazemi, 54, was detained on 23 June for taking pictures of Tehran's Evin prison. She was later pronounced dead after falling into a coma
But officials in Tehran are still refusing to allow Canada to conduct its own investigation into the photographer's death.
"We are knowledgeable enough to examine the body and find out the cause of her death, so we will not allow foreign teams to investigate," Health Minister Massoud Pezeshkian told the AFP news agency.
I examined the body myself and there were no bruises or cuts of the face, said Massoud Pezeshkian
Health Minister. He agreed that Ms Kazemi's cause of death was a brain haemorrhage, but said the investigation was ongoing.
"We are going to examine the corpse again and I will view the report, and I have appointed a medical team to look into this case."
The Iranian authorities initially said Ms Kazemi had died of a stroke after falling ill during her first police interview.
Her relatives insisted she had been tortured and beaten into a coma by her interrogators.
Iran's President Mohammad Khatami ordered four ministers to investigate the death of the freelance photographer.
Relations between Tehran and Ottawa have become strained over the case.
Canadian deputy prime minister John Manley said on Monday that bilateral relations would be damaged if Ms Kazemi's body was not returned.
Stephan Hachemi wants an independent autopsy in Canada. But Iran's Interior Minister Abdolvahed Moussavi-Lari said Ms Kazemi's death had nothing to do with Canada "since she is an Iranian citizen."
Ms Kazemi, who held an Iranian passport, was in Tehran to take pictures of the recent student protests for the British agency Camera Press.
Her son, Stephan Hachemi, 26, has demanded that her body be returned to Canada for an independent autopsy. Mr Manley said Ms Kazemi's death had become "a very serious issue". "We believe the family, of course, deserves a full explanation for what happened," he said. "The body should be returned."
It was born on a rainy April night three years ago when some 40 women, led by members of the radical left-wing Landless Workers Movement (MST), occupied the idle land of a dead farmer 53 miles from Recife, capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco.
"In the meetings to plan the invasion the men said we couldn't do it," 41-year-old Luiza Ferreira da Silva, the local regional MST coordinator who led the land grab, told Reuters.
"We felt discriminated against as women. So on the day of the occupation the husbands stayed away. We decided to do that to change the way things worked."
In mid-2002, the government's National Institute of Settlement and Agrarian Reform (INCRA) granted their claim to the land, known as Celina's Settlement, splitting the 1,100 acres among 30 families which include husbands and sons as well as female members.
Since then the settlers have moved into the ramshackle buildings on the land and set up a small-scale farming cooperative with guidance and cash from the MST, INCRA and other donors. Housing plans are also in the works.
"After that we will say to the MST that we have invented the women's settlement, it worked, and now we are going to set up more," said Silva, a veteran of over 60 land invasions.
The women's settlement is a departure for the MST, the largest left-wing group dedicated to forcing land redistribution among the poor in this nation of 170 million.
Although the movement, which was formed in 1984, has stepped up the pressure on President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to speed land reform, his government is enthusing about Celina's Settlement.
"This is the first of its kind in Brazil," said Joao Farias de Paula Junior, head of INCRA in Pernambuco state. "As a result of the way this settlement has developed, I am going to push this initiative as much as possible."
The women were first driven away by police. Those that returned were soon faced with an even tougher adversary.
"Lots of people went hungry until we could start growing crops," said Beatriz Matias Perreira, 49, a small but sturdy woman with sparkling eyes and tuft of hair on her chin.
"Many people left because it was so hard at the start," she said, holding out her leathery hands as proof of her toil.
The women cleared rubbish, human feces and used condoms before moving in to the farmer's derelict house.
"It is where the people from the town liked to bring their women," said Elizama Maria das Gracas, 38, the head of the cooperative who lives in the house with her family.
The women named their new home Celina's Settlement in honor of Dorcelina Folador, an MST militant and left-wing mayor who was assassinated in 1999 in southern Brazil.
Weeds poke out of the walls of the main house and the plaster is missing in several places. Inside, dangerous-looking electric wires crisscross overhead and there is no running water, but 16 people now live under its leaky roof.
For Gracas and the MST, occupying the house and land represents a victory in "the struggle," the battle of poor rural workers to break free from the slavery imposed by the wealthy landowners.
But, in a reminder the landless movement is no stranger to breaking the law, a few days later Silva took part in a raid on food trucks nearby carried out by families that had grown impatient waiting for government food aid.
"TODAY I DON'T GO HUNGRY"
The settlement is a far cry from the farming techniques which have made Brazil the world's top exporter of goods such as coffee and sugar, but the settlers' lives have improved.
Silva said each family was allotted 2.5 acres (1 hectare) to build a house and seven more to cultivate fruit and vegetables. Raising cattle, goats and poultry also helps make ends meet.
"I sold a calf and made enough money to fix the fridge," said Gracas as flies buzzed around scraps of breakfast on her kitchen table and a curious turkey peered through the doorway.
The settlement has electricity after the settlers joined forces to pay bills. Two teachers also visit to teach literacy and arithmetic. Some of the women, who could only register documents with a thumb print, can now sign their names.
For Benicio Severino de Menezes, 47, Gracas' husband, life has improved from the unemployed days when he once passed out from hunger. He now has 13 goats, two head of cattle and a horse.
"Today, I don't go hungry. We managed to rise above it and now we plant and cultivate the land," he said.
In December 1999, the PCRM filed suit against the USDA, claiming the department unfairly promotes the special interests of the meat and dairy industries through its official dietary guidelines and the Food Pyramid. Six of the eleven members assigned to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee were demonstrated to have financial ties to meat, dairy, and egg interests. Prior to the suit, which the PCRM won in December 2000, the USDA had refused to disclose such conflicts of interest to the general public.
The USDA’s advisory committees have been dominated by the agriculture industry since the early 1950s, when the department devised the Four Food Groups, including milk, meat, fruits and vegetables, and breads and cereals. Over the years, these dietary guidelines have consistently reflected the industry’s push for greater consumption of both meat and dairy, despite the testimony of numerous physicians’ groups and watchdog organizations criticizing the Food Pyramid as biased and unhealthful.
The USDA’s counter-argument? The food dietary guidelines must be reality-based, says the USDA, arguing that what people should really be eating is moot because it doesn’t fit with the American lifestyle. Apparently, the USDA thinks it’s unrealistic to promote healthy dietary guidelines to the increasingly obese American public, despite the fact that such guidelines are understood by just about everyone to be goals, not de facto rules. In other words, the USDA doesn’t even think it’s reasonable to aspire to what constitutes a healthy diet.
ith the recent passage of the Farm Bill on May 13, 2002, dairy farmers and processors will receive $2 billion more in subsidies over the next three and a half years, largely realized through price supports that inflate costs for consumers. Dairy subsidies are a carryover from the Depression era, when survival of small dairy farmers was considered essential to maintaining a national food supply.
Today, a large chunk of that additional $2 billion in subsidies is going to large dairy farms in twelve northeastern states. Further, as consolidation continues to occur in the dairy industry, federal subsidies are going to an increasingly small number of highly concentrated dairy operations, hanging small farmers out to dry and encouraging the demise of family farms. This increase in large industrial farms bodes ill for both cows and humans.
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