Links and Pieces

News stories that have captured my attention today (there are 3, don’t miss the last one!):

Olympic Torch Heads to Buenos Aires as Pressure Grows

The route of the torch relay was altered in San Francisco yesterday to avoid demonstrations against Chinese rule in Tibet that disrupted its passage through London and Paris.

The 19-city journey has become a focal point for demonstrations against Chinese human rights abuses since a crackdown on protests in the Tibet region last month. The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, called today for an investigation into the clashes between Chinese troops and protesters that may have killed hundreds of people.

“I appealed to the international community to carry out a thorough investigation,” the Dalai Lama told reporters near Tokyo’s Narita airport. “As far as we know, at least a few hundred people were killed in the Tibetan area.”

Changing the torch’s route doesn’t solve the problem, and won’t get China off the hook for it’s actions (or inactions, as the case may be).

401 Children from Polygamist Sect in Custody
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Teen bride identifies suspect as ‘spiritual husband’

The 16-year-old girl whose phone calls led to a raid on a polygamist compound in Texas identified Dale Evans Barlow as the man who she said beat, choked and sexually assaulted her after their “spiritual marriage,” according to a court document unsealed Wednesday.

An affidavit says “Sarah,” 16, said Dale Evans Barlow beat her and forced her to have sex.

The affidavit, signed by Texas Ranger Leslie Brooks Long, also says a former member of the polygamist church told authorities details of the sect’s activities — including a bed inside the group’s temple that adult men used to have sex with underage girls immediately after wedding ceremonies.

After authorities raided the ranch late Thursday, the ranger “observed the bed within the temple that had disturbed bed linens and a strand of hair that appears to be from a female head.”

The document said the 16-year-old, whom state officials call Sarah, identified her husband as a 49-year-old named Dale Barlow.

This case is horrific in it scope! The sheer number of children impacted by this cult’s ritual sexual practices is incredible. Not only does the cult exist on the Eldorado compound currently in the news, but also in other locations in Utah and Colorado. In the light of my recent grand jury experiences I can only wonder who in legal authority is going to be held accountable for doing nothing to stop this in all it’s locales! It appears that a number of people have come forward before with first-hand accounts of the cult’s practices of sexual abuse of children, domestic violence, and holding women against their will. Why was nothing done? Who is to be held accountable?

The Last Lecture: A Love Story for Your Life

What would you say if you knew you were going to die and had a chance to sum up everything that was most important to you?

Watch this… do it… take the time… I’m not kidding.

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So, what would you say if you knew you were going to die soon (we’re all going to die, just like we’re all paying taxes)? How would you sum up what is most important to you?

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