Archive for August 10th, 2009

After the release of Ronnie Biggs on compassionate grounds, the notorious female followers of Charles Manson could take a similar path out of prison.

By Philip Sherwell, New York
Published: 7:30PM BST 08 Aug 2009

Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten en route to court in Los Angeles, 1970. Photo: AP

Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten en route to court in Los Angeles, 1970. Photo: AP

They were part of the harem of Charles Manson, young women who committed horrendous crimes after falling under the drug-induced hypnotic powers of the wild-haired self-proclaimed messiah.

And now, 40 years after the vicious murders that for many Americans brought a bloody end to the hippy era of love and peace and still exert a macabre fascination, four female members of the “Manson Family” are finally hoping to get out jail.

Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten were all sentenced to death for their roles in the carnage that claimed the lives of actress Sharon Tate, the heavily pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski, and six others in Los Angeles on the nights of August 8 and 9, 1969. The penalties were commuted to life and they are preparing fresh requests for parole.



Charles Manson follower ends her silence 40 years after night of slaughter

The 1960s, the decade of love, came to an abrubt and bloody end when Charles Manson’s ‘family’ murdered actress Sharon Tate and her friends. Now, accomplice Linda Kasabian, tells the full story of that awful night for the first time, reports Robin McKie

John Waters Argues For Murderer’s Release

Waters devotes a chapter to Van Houten in his upcoming book Role Models, about people who have inspired him. He argues that Van Houten, who now takes full responsibility for her part in the murders and has led an exemplary life in prison, deserves to be released on parole.

TV Preview: Manson – Five, 10pm

TO MARK the 40th anniversary of one of the most notorious mass murders in American history, this drama-documentary traces the story of Charles Manson and his ‘Family’.

Phil Spector’s biggest fan: Charles Manson

The former cult leader and and convicted murderer has asked fellow inmate Spector to collaborate on some songs.

Guilt remains 40 years after Manson murders

Linda Kasabian took the stand for 18 days at Manson's trial. Photo / AP

Linda Kasabian took the stand for 18 days at Manson's trial. Photo / AP

They were the murders that ended the 1960s, the decade of love, in a bloodbath that shocked the world.

Click on link below for video interview with Leslie van Houton and video Charles Manson: 40 Years After The Fear


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Inside Story on Town Hall Riots: Right-Wing Shock Troops Do Corporate America’s Dirty Work

By Adele M. Stan, AlterNet. Posted August 10, 2009.

How the health-care industry, the GOP and one media mogul made common cause with the anti-government fringe.

The recent spate of town hall dustups may look like an overnight sensation, but they’ve been years, even decades, in the making.

Since the days in the late 1970s, when the New Right began its takeover of the Republican Party, it has cultivated a militia of white people armed with a grudge against those who brought forth the social changes of the ’60s.

These malcontents have been promised their day of retribution, a day for which they are more than ready. Few seem to understand that they are merely dupes for a corporate agenda that will only worsen the conditions in which they live.

Why, you may ask, would men of power and fame shake the rough, unmanicured hands of gun enthusiasts, conspiracy theorists, gay-haters, misogynists and racists?

Because somebody’s got to do the dirty work. Magnates don’t like to soil their French cuffs, and it’s hard for a bunch of rich guys to garner sympathy for threats to their bottom lines. It’s the classic inside-outside game that the right wing of the GOP has played for the last two decades.

The Health-Care Industry Executive

Imagine you’re an executive at a pharmaceutical company. Your U.S. operations are your cash cow; they earn you wild net profits because, unlike in other industrialized nations, you do not experience the price controls of a government-administered program in which the government negotiates for the best price on prescription drugs and devices.

Along comes a government plan for health-insurance reform that includes a public, government-financed plan. The public option, they call it. As part of the plan, you will be required to negotiate with the government for the price of medications and devices to be distributed within the plan.

Now that could really screw up your massive profit margins. Private plans might then insist on prices more like those the government is getting.

Instead of increasing your profit by double digits in the worst year the economy has seen since the Great Depression, as did an outfit called The Medicines Co., your shareholders may have to settle for profits more in line with the overall growth of the economy. And wouldn’t that just stink?

Meanwhile, polls show a clear majority of Americans — you know, regular Americans, the kind who don’t want to own an AK-47, or who do accept the president’s citizenship status — favor the public option. In fact, in June, CBS News found that majority to be 72 percent.


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The Rolling Stones – Sweet Neo Con

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