The Faulty Miller Obscenity Test


mahala.co-obscene‘…As it turned out, people in Utah County, a place that often boasts of being the most conservative area in the nation, were disproportionately large consumers of the very videos that prosecutors had labeled obscene and illegal. And far more Utah County residents were getting their adult movies from the sky or cable than they were from the stores owned by Larry Peterman.

‘Why file criminal charges against a lone video retailer, Mr. Spencer argued, when some of the biggest corporations in America, including a hotel chain whose board of directors includes W. Mitt Romney, president of the Salt Lake City Olympics organizing committee, and a satellite broadcaster heavily backed by Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the News Corporation, were selling the same product?…’
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Average life expectancy up about 6 years since 1990
But would you believe that Lancet claims it Is Result of Dramatic Health-Care Advances?
‘Global life expectancy for men and women has increased by about six years over the past two decades, according to one of the most comprehensive studies of global health done so far.

‘The rise in global life expectancy is mainly the result of dramatic advances in health care. In richer countries longer lifespans are spurred by a big drop in deaths related to heart disease, while poorer countries have seen big declines in the death of children from ailments such as pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria…’
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How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic, endangering public health
‘Living in the lush, wooded countryside with fresh New England air, Wendy Brennan never imagined her family might be consuming poison every day.

‘But when she signed up for a research study offering a free T-shirt and a water-quality test, she was stunned to discover that her private well contained arsenic.

‘“My eldest daughter said … ‘You’re feeding us rat poison.’ I said, ‘Not really,’ but I guess essentially … that is what you’re doing. You’re poisoning your kids,” Brennan lamented in her thick Maine accent. “I felt bad for not knowing it.”…’
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Flier Gets Lost Luggage Back—20 Years Later
‘Dellos is a designer and teacher. On Tuesday someone from the Transportation Security Administration or TSA lost and found, at Tucson International Airport called her up.

‘”Well it’s a handwritten note with my notes and address of 20 years ago,” says Dellos holding a sheet of paper found inside her bag, containing art supplies from a trade show in Las Vegas.

‘”When I looked at this note, it was dated, it dated me as 20 years ago! And I was just absolutely blown away,” said Dellos showing off some of the goods, valued at $600. “This is product, art product, very valuable stuff.”

‘How and why the items turned up after all these years remains a mystery…’
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