Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Story of The Maya: Recording The Mysteries

In the late 1560s Fray Diego de Landa wrote of how Maya books, or codices, of “ancient matters and sciences” had been burned because they contained “superstition”. A more four codices survived, only one of which, the Grolier Codex, has remained in the Americas.

 
Maya codices are not books in the sense of having many leaves bound together along one edge. Instead, they consist of long strips of paper made from the bark of the fig tree, and are several feet long. Codices are folded in concertina fashion, much like a modern map, allowing a much of the book to be viewed at any one time as required. The paper was prepared with a layer of limewash on which the scribe painted.

Full article:

The Story of The Maya: Recording The Mysteries

by Mr Ghaz 
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Mysteries of Vikings: The Giants, Dwarfs, and Monsters


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Human lived alongside gods, dwarfs, elves, monsters, and giants- and although the giants were defined in myth by their role as the god’s adversaries and eventual destroyers, relations between the two races were not exclusively hostile. There were, in facts, many liaisons between gods and giantesses.

Thor himself was born of the union between Odin and Jord, while Freyr and Freyja were the offspring of the Vanir god Njord and the giantess Skadi. Giants could even on occasion show kindness, as they did to the young prince Agnar, rightful heir to a kingdom that had been usurped by his brother; making his way to Jotunheim, Agnar found shelter and fair treatment of a kind that had eluded him in the human world.

Full article by Mr Ghaz :
The Mysteries of Vikings: The Giants, Dwarfs, and Monsters | Socyberty

The Myths and Legends of the Aztec World: The Holy Serpent

by Mr Ghaz:


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Tracing the distant origins of the great Plumed Serpent Quetzalcoatl as a primeval Mesoamerican fertility and storm deity provides evidence of the serpent’s associations with the sky and the sun. Scholars identify the twin-headed serpent represented in Aztec art and jewelry as an image of the wide sky. The snake also represented the burning power and generative force of the sun: the Aztec sun god Tonatiuh followed a fire snake, or xiuhcoatl, as he made his way across the sky by day. By night, when he had to endure a series of trials in the underworld, the sun fought off his adversaries using the xiuhcoatl as a trick. The solar fire snake became generally associated with physical strength: the Aztecs’ tribal god Huitzilopochtli, who was also a sun god, used a xiuhcoatl to dispatch his brothers and his elder sister the moon goddess Coyolxauhqui when he attacked them with typically martial vigor in the first minutes of his life.
The Myths and Legends of the Aztec World: The Holy Serpent

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mysteries of Mesopotamia: The Medicine and Magic

by Mr Ghaz
Medicine and magic were inextricably linked in Mesopotamia, and both were also closely tied to divination. Sickness was generally thought of as punishment for some transgression, witting or unwitting, against the gods; alternatively, it could result from the actions of malicious demons like Lamashtu or through black magic.


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The first step in treating sickness was to work out what might have brought on the condition-a task for the baru-priest, or diviner. The various types of malady were associated with different supernatural forces, so a typical diagnosis might be “the hand of Ishtar,” “the hand of Shamash,” or “the hand of a ghost.” Whoever had because it was said to have “seized” the patient.

Full article:
Mysteries of Mesopotamia: The Medicine and Magic

The Mystery of Ancient Celts: Guardians of Sacred Lore

According to some classical sources, including Strabo and Caesar, it took a druid up to twenty years to learn everything he or she had to know-all without the aid of writing. Even in later centuries, storytelling from memory was a prized skill.

 
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 The Greek author Strabo and the Roman general Julius Caesar, among other classical observers; give long accounts of the role of the druids, who commanded the utmost respect among the Celts because they were the supreme guardians of the sacred lore. They were experts in divination and prophecy, as well as in the supervision of religious activities, such as ritual sacrifice at sacred lakes and groves. Celtic metalwork recovered from Llyn Bach in Anglesey, Wales, suggests that the site was a druid sanctuary, perhaps even the one referred to by Tacitus as the scene of the druids’ last stand against the Roman invaders of Britain. Druids were also required to memorize long and complex law codes and to give judgments on legal cases.

Full article:
The Mystery of Ancient Celts: Guardians of Sacred Lore | Relijournal
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mysteries of Mesopotamia and Persia: A Demon-Plagued Universe

by Mr Ghaz:

 

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People actively sought the protection of those spirit beings they thought to be benevolent, doing so through prayers and offerings. However, many beings were fearsome-some owing to their natural malevolence and others because their mission was to punish erring humans for the sins that they had committed.
Most fearful of all was the dreaded Lamashtu, a demoness who specialized in killing babies in or out of the womb. In a culture with high infant mortality, it was natural enough that miscarriages, stillbirths, and cot deaths should be blamed on a malevolent spirit. Lamashtu was truly frightful in aspect: she had the head of a lion, asses’ teeth, naked breasts, a hairy body, blood-stained hands with claw-like like fingernails, and talons in place of feet. Besides snatching infants, which she did by slipping into the houses of pregnant women and touching them seven times on the belly, she was also a bringer of disease. People wore amulets for protection from her wiles; some also sought to buy her off with offerings, particularly of centipedes.
Full article:
Mysteries of Mesopotamia and Persia: A Demon-Plagued Universe

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Mystery of Celtic Cultural Legacy: Magic and Metamorphosis

by Mr Ghaz

 
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Metamorphosis, the ability to change shape or form, is a prominent motif in many Celtic tales, and examples are also to be found in Celtic art. The deer-like characteristics of the god Cernunnos-antlers and hooves-certainly suggest that shapeshifting between the animal and human worlds was believed possible, but images of this deity are among the handful of Celtic artifacts that actually attest to this. Other images imply a welding of human and animal essences rather than forms, as in the Gaulish statue of a war god who bears the image of a boar, a symbol of war and hunting, as an attribute (see illustration, opposite).
Full article:
The Mystery of Celtic Cultural Legacy: Magic and Metamorphosis

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls


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One of archaeology's most compelling mysteries is that of the 13 Crystal Skulls. Skulls have been one of the most powerful objects of symbolism in human history, all over the world. Several "perfect" crystal Skulls have been found in parts of Mexico, Central and South America. Together, they form a mystery as enigmatic as the Nazca Lines, the Great Pyramids and Stonehenge.
These skulls are believed to be between 5000 and 35000 years old. During early expeditions, archaeologists were told by locals that the skulls possessed magical powers and healing properties. However, people were unsure as to where they came from, or even why they existed. Some like to believe that these were remains from the lost civilization of Atlantis. Others like to believe these are fakes. And yet another group of psychics believe that these skulls have the capability to enable us to look into the past, present and future.
Historians and social anthropologists decided to find out more about the strange skulls. Very soon, they came across an ancient Indian legend saying that there had been thirteen crystal skulls of the Goddess of Death; they had been kept separately from each other under the strict control of pagan priests and special warriors.
Searches for more skulls started; some of them were found in museums and some in private collections not only in the USA, but in Mexico, Brazil, France, Mongolia, and in Tibet. There were more than 13 skulls found. However, not all of them were as perfect as the Mitchell-Hedges skull. Very likely, those were just later attempts to create something similar to the original skulls that were believed to have been gifts by God to the people.
The very construction and make of the skulls defies common logic. There are several crystal skulls in existence today around the world.

The most famous of all the crystal skulls is The Mitchell-Hedges Skull. Full story and video's:
Mystery of the Crystal Skulls

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Wind Walker

Namaste and welcome to my campfire. I see that several have come to hear the story of the Wind Walker. Please help yourself to some food and drink; let your young ones sit close to my campfire so they may warm themselves by the heat of the fire.




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So here we are all together, we honor the Great Spirit as well as our ancestors. Those that once walked the earth long before our time, are here with us and they stand with us now.
Listen young ones, hear the whispers upon the wind. They call out to each of you bringing the messages from spirit to your ears and hearts. Let me relate to you the story of a young brave. He was a very special young soul. He carved himself a flute from the heart of an ancient cedar tree, which grew near our village. Some of the elders grew concerned, because he did not take part in the lessons being taught. He spent all his waking moments sitting and carving out his flute.


The Wind Walker
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 The Wind Walker | Quazen

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dark Original Version of Classic Fairytale: Cinderella – The Gruesome Ending

Cinderella, in its earlier version is not as sweet as the version that we know today, especially the Disney version. This article will discuss the diferrences amongts the many versions of Cinderella story.



Like any other old fairytales that has been told mouth to mouth for centuries, the story of Cinderella had many different versions. Here is the discussion :



Popular Version

In the sweet popular version of the story, ithe one that I know as a child, Cinderella, a poor girl, who after the death of his father is treated as maid by her step mother and sisters, eventually managed to get to the Prince’s ball by the help of his fairy Godmother. At the ball, the Prince fall in love with her, but alas, the magic must end at midnight. As she darts out, she left one of her glass slipper behind. The prince then searches for any girl whose foot fits the slipper. It fits Cinderella’s foot perfectly. Cinderella marries the Prince and they live happily ever after.

Original and Earlier Version : by Yovita Siswati

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Dark Original Version of Classic Fairytale: Cinderella – The Gruesome Ending | Socyberty

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Some Cats Find Their Way Back to Their Real Home Even After Journeys of Hundreds of Miles: How Do They Do It? | The Real Owner

Cats may like to stay out at night, but they almost always come home. In fact, some have taken their liking for familiar surroundings for extremes. Numerous stories tell of cats who move to a return to their old haunts a few days later. And some cats find their way back to their “real” home even after journeys of hundreds of miles. How do they do it?




Apparently, cats navigate by the sun. On home ground they register where the sun is positioned in the sky at certain times of the day. If a cat is lost or far from home, it works by trial and error until it finds the place where the position of the sun matches what is lodged in its memory. By then the cat has probably recognized the familiar landmarks and smells of its own territory as well.



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Monday, November 15, 2010

Near Death Experiences


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A near-death experience (NDE), refers to a broad range of personal experiences associated with impending death, encompassing multiple possible sensations including detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, extreme fear, total serenity, security, or warmth. Also the experience of absolute dissolution, and the presence of a light, which some people interpret as a deity.
These phenomena are usually reported after an individual has been pronounced clinically dead or otherwise very close to death, hence the term near-death experience. Many NDE reports, however, originate from events that are not life-threatening. With recent developments in cardiac resuscitation techniques, the number of reported NDE-s has increased. Many in the scientific community regard such experiences as hallucinatory, while paranormal specialists and some mainstream scientists claim them to be evidence of an afterlife.
Popular interest in near-death experiences was initially sparked by Raymond Moody's 1975 book Life After Life and the founding of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) in 1981. According to a Gallup poll, approximately eight million Americans claim to have had a near-death experience. Some researchers claim that the number of near-death experience-rs may be underestimated, mainly because some such individuals are presumably afraid or otherwise reluctant to talk about their experiences.
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Narwhal – Unicorn of The Sea | Scienceray

 

Narwhal – Is it a mythical creature or just a strange animal? Read on to unlock the "Unicorn of the Sea’s" real secret!

The narwhal (Monodon monoceros) may look like a mythical creature or a legendary animal, but it’s not. This rarely seen whale is said to be the unicorn of the sea. The narwhal is a medium-sized, pale-colored whale found in the icy waters of the Arctic seas. It has round head, small mouth and a cylindrical body (lacking in dorsal fin). Male narwhals can grow to be about 4 – 9 m long and weigh up to 1,600 kilograms. Females are slightly smaller, growing to about 4 m long and weigh around 1,000 kilogram.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dead Men Do Tell Tales: In Possession of The Facts | Socyberty

Pepe Veraldi had drowned himself nearly three years previously, on February 13, 1936. His body had been found under the bridge where Maria had collapsed. Had his spirit taken over Maria’s body?


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Dead Men Do Tell Tales: In Possession of The Facts

by Mr Ghaz

Friday, October 29, 2010

Time Traveler Caught in Museum Photo and on Charlie Chaplin Film?


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“Reopening of the South Fork Bridge after flood in Nov. 1940. 1941 (?)”
It’s the short description for the photograph shown at the virtual Bralorne Pioneer Museum, from British Columbia, Canada. The image can be seen specifically on this page (scroll down to the middle), among other items of the online exhibit. Did you notice anything out of place? Or perhaps, out of time?
The man with what appears to be very modern sunglasses seems to be wearing a stamped T-shirt with a nice sweater, all the while holding a portable compact camera!
Internet people reached to the obvious conclusion: it’s a time traveller caught on camera on 1940! Finally, we have proof!
If the story seems straight out of a movie and the photo is in itself a great funny find, the most amusing thing i came up with while looking into this – as an Internet person, on the Internet – was the reply for a skeptical, or perhaps somewhat cynical comment on how spurious it would seem the idea that a time traveler would want to visit the reopening of a bridge in some small town in Canada.
Read this on Doc Brown’s voice: “Of course, because we know nothing happened there right? But if we are considering time travel, how can we know if in some other timeline something historical happened right there?”
Indeed! Once you consider time travel, everything changes. But before writing Hollywood scripts, let’s get back to reality and ask again: is the photo evidence of a time traveller?

Full story:
forgetomori » Time Traveler Caught in Museum Photo?


This short clip is from the DVD which includes behind the scenes in Charlie Chaplin's film 'The Circus'. Attending the premiere at Manns Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA - the scene shows a large woman (or man), dressed in black and a hat, talking into something that only be described as a mobile phone device or possibly a walkie-talkie. Remember this is from 1928:




The witches’ dance - by Philip Coppens

The witches’ gathering of Halloween 1590 in North Berwick was one of the most infamous gatherings, especially because of the ensuing trials, which sentenced many innocent people to their death, purely for political gain.

Philip Coppens


Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. The Witches’ Fountain was designed by John Duncan for Sir Patrick Geddes in 1894 and erected in 1912, created to commemorate the more than 300 witches that had been tied at the stake, strangled and then burnt between 1492 and 1722 on Castlehill, the rocky outcrop that rises above Edinburgh’s city centre. In all, it is thought that over 4500 “witches” were burnt in Scotland.
North Berwick Harbour. Currently a haven for tourists and boats bringing them to the Bass Rock, this once tidal peninsula formed an important crossing for pilgrims to St Andrews. But on Halloween of 1590, the remains of St Andrew’s Auld Kirk, now situated in front of the Scottish Seabird Centre, provided the backdrop for one of the most notorious witches’ covens.

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The witches’ dance

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Beyond The Exorcist | Moving Pictures | SPLICETODAY.com

by Kevin Zimmerman
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Regarding William Peter Blatty, filmmaker.

 
Halloween is a favorite holiday for some cinephiles, given the opportunity to count down the Scariest Movies of All Time. Finishing high on such lists, and regularly topping them, is William Friedkin’s 1973 version of The Exorcist.






The film’s runaway success was derived in part from the runaway success of the equally shocking 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, who based his plot on a 1949 exorcism he’d heard about while studying at Georgetown University. As a teenager curious as to what all the fuss was about, I checked The Exorcist out of the local library and beheld the likes of Regan’s being forced to masturbate with a crucifix, as the entity inside her roars: “Let Jesus fuck you, fuck you!” (italics Blatty’s).






The scene is repeated in one of the film’s still shocking scenes, with Regan smearing her vaginal blood on the face of her mother (played by the stalwart Ellen Burstyn) as the ever-quotable “Let Jesus fuck you!” pours from her mouth.






And all this is before the pea soup starts to flow.








 
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Beyond The Exorcist | Moving Pictures | SPLICETODAY.com

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Curse of The American Presidents

The Curse of The American Presidents



An American Indian Chief named Tecumseh placed a curse on our American Presidents starting with William Henry Harrison. The curse stated that an American leader would be killed every generation. It seems that Tecumseh was angry because of the way his people were treated in the Indiana Territory, which coincidentally, was governed by future President William Harrison. After that, approximately every 20 years, an American President died in office. This curse would not be broken until President Ronald Reagan, who was elected in 1980, cheated death during an attempted assassination. When he did this, he became the first President since 1840 to be elected in a year ending with a zero who did not die in office.
Apparently there are two versions of this curse. The second one involves the Indian Removal Act of 1830 which was backed by President Andrew Jackson. According to this version Seminole Chief Osceola in Florida was believed to swear an eternal oath of war and destruction upon the future Presidents of the United States…
 

 
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The Curse of The American Presidents

Monday, October 25, 2010

Wake Up - Movie Trailers - iTunes


 
Jonas Elrod was leading an ordinary life until he woke up one day to a totally new reality. He suddenly could see and hear angels, demons, auras and ghosts. The documentary WAKE UP follows this fascinating story of an average guy who inexplicably developed the ability to access other dimensions.

Physicians gave him a clean bill of health and were unable to provide an explanation. What was it? Why was it happening to him? One thing was certain for this 36-year old man - life as he had known it would never be the same.

With his loving but skeptical girlfriend by his side, Jonas crisscrosses the countryas he searches for answers and delves deeper into this thrilling world of the phenomenal and spiritual. Along the way, he encounters an amazing group of religious teachers, scientists, mystics and spiritual healers who help him piece together this intricate puzzle.

The film shows how all of us can search inward for our own peace and happiness while contributing towards a positive shift in global consciousness. WAKE UP is a call to consciousness to everyone who sees it; an invitation to accept that there is more to this life than meets the eye.

Wake Up - Movie Trailers - iTunes

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Technological Attempts at Human Immortality | Sherweb blog

Vampires are everywhere. Not literally of course, but it seems that every other movie coming to theaters and every other television program features the pale nocturnal bloodsuckers in some form or another.  Truth be told, there have been books and movies and shows about vampires for decades now, but things have certainly kicked into high gear over the last few years.  There’s got to be more to it than just “vampires are dangerous and sexy.”  Perhaps it’s the idea of immortality that intrigues and allures fanatical audiences by the millions.  Perhaps deep in the human psyche, as the educated population’s overall belief in a heaven or life after death wavers, there is a glimmer of hope that these creatures really do exist, and that one bite could make you live forever.


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Well, sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but vampires don’t exist.  This does not mean that all hope is lost, as there is much effort and research and money going into uncovering the path to human immortality.  We should not look towards creatures of myth for answers, but to technology.  Here’s what’s being done so far.

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Technological Attempts at Human Immortality | Sherweb blog

Monday, October 18, 2010

Chronicles of Contact Four ` Where Objects be Occupants – Hynek’s Scale | Socyberty

Impossible discussions about aliens is grounded in experience of flying objects. The Hynek Scale, however, reveals people’s experience with not only alien craft but their pilots, too.

A roadmap to the stars.


Source: Brazilian UFO drawing from The Disclosure Project


Intro

J. Alan Hynek wrote in his 1975 book, “The UFO Experience; a Scientific Enquiry,” of placing the many UFO ( Unidentified Flying Object / Occupant ) apparitions into a clear, single system. The Hynek Scale names the various types, forms and shapings of contacts with universal craft and, most importantly, their crews; whomever they are.
This web series aims to move beyond the object and focus on the occupants; or the humanity behind it all. This is why Hynek’s scale is so vital, it frames the UFO experience into one single, scientific map we all can read.




Full article
by James DeVere:

Chronicles of Contact Four ` Where Objects be Occupants – Hynak’s Scale | Socyberty

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Magnificent Opal: A Gem of ill Omen?


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The opal is a gem of magical beauty; in its depths flash brilliant sparks of constantly changing colors that have entranced and fascinated people for centuries. Considered by many to be the most precious of stones, the opal is also the most fragile, and it’s sensitively to light, atmosphere, and temperature has given it an air of unpredictable that has added to its appeal.

But despite its unique properties – or perhaps because of them – the opal, more than any other stone, has inspired bigotry and superstition. Over the centuries it has waxed and waned in public favor, being viewed alternately as a charm for good luck and as an object of fear and dread.
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The Magnificent Opal: A Gem of ill Omen?

by Mr Ghaz

Friday, October 8, 2010

mystical musings and politics

God vs Satan

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Armageddon. It is a universal theme that has spanned centuries and cultures... and has, as some say, become increasingly more relevant today.
Surprisingly, however, a final chapter of this apocalyptic end has received little examination: the actual final battle between God and Satan, good and evil. The Bible points to a battlefield at Meggido in present day Israel, with each side taking a series of steps that will lead up to, and unfold, during this actual battle. What will this battle look like? Where do the stories come from, and how have they differed throughout history, between religions? God vs. Satan: The Final Battle will take viewers on a tour of the final days, and moments, as envisioned by believers of the three Abrahamic religions.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Paranormal Powers and... Murder!



A new book has been attracting the attention of readers who have an interest in the paranormal. Murder in the Thumb, the story of a teenage romance gone terribly wrong, abounds in bizarre and unexplainable events. First there was the unsettling Ouija board death prophesy followed by the extraordinary observations of two psychics and finally a medium’s warning that a key witness had become the target of black magic. Consider this:



• The untimely death of the eventual murder victim was predicted while she and a young friend were experimenting with a Ouija board.

• Over time, the Ouija board contacts triggered a series of ominous sounds and visions that were terrifying to the girls. A minister called in to rid the house of whatever was causing these phenomena was denounced by a neighbor and suspected Satanist who, it turns out, was born on Christmas Day.


• A witness whose testimony broke the case wide open suffered a series of injuries that a medium he consulted blamed on brujeria (black magic) that she said was being practiced by the killer’s grandmother.


Two psychics, a man and a woman, provided police with significant information about past events and made chillingly accurate predictions of things to come. The man never having met any of the players or been in the area where they lived:


• Sketched the image of a young woman he thought was involved in the case. The drawing bore aa striking resemblance to the killer’s sister/accomplice.


• Provided police with a new suspect, the killer’s uncle, by describing him detail – a description that a local resident recognized immediately. Although the suspect was never charged, he showed deception during a police polygraph exam and is thought to have “guilty knowledge” of the crime.


• Told the detective as they were riding together one day that the road they had just passed was “like the road where the body was buried.” That road, it turned out, was the road the killer took to the burial site.

• Predicted that the killer’s sister would provide police with “some assistance” in resolving the case. The woman eventually led officers to the area where the victim’s body was buried but was unable to find the actual grave. Without her help, the state would have been left with a “no-body” prosecution, something considered risky at that time.


• Predicted that a woman would emerge late in the game and turn the case upside down. He described her in detail, provided her middle name and said she spoke with a “raspy voice.” As the murder trial loomed, such a woman contacted police and claimed to have witnessed or participated in the victim’s burial. Ultimately, she lacked credibility but caused a two-month delay in the trial. Her raspy voice was the result of recent throat surgery.


The woman commenting by phone from her home near Washington, D.C, again without knowledge of the players or the area:

• Said she felt keeping pressure on the killer’s sister was the best way to find the murder victim’s body. “I feel there are ways to get to her,” she said.

• Cautioned against granting the sister “total immunity” in exchange for her grand jury testimony. Although the immunity ultimately granted her should have prevented her from being prosecuted, the state was able change the immunity to a lesser form. This was illegal but the error was overlooked and the sister remained in jail. This likely influenced her decision to help police find the body.

• Said she believed that a watch or ring might be significant in resolving the case. When the detective told her the killer had demanded return of a watch and a ring he had given the victim, his former girlfriend, the psychic said she suspected his sister probably had those items. “I think she was jealous of (the victim).”


• Said, after learning that the killer was protective of his image in demanding the return of photos from former girlfriends and collecting the clippings after a haircut, “I feel that has something to do with some type of witchcraft … where they would think that that would create some sort of link with (or a means to control) his mind.” The notion of black magic being practiced in connection with the case did not come to light until years later.


• Summarized her take on the case this way: “I’m certain (the brother) is responsible but I also feel his sister was more (involved) than just helping in it. I think she really prodded it along.”


An unsettling number of coincidences brought tragedy into the lives of people with connections to the A witness for the defense, the killer’s eldest brother, died of an AIDS-related illness on February 23, 1993.





A witness for the prosecution, a young man for whom the victim had once babysat, died on February 23, 1994, of injuries suffered in a traffic accident.

Two of members another prosecution witness’s family, a son and granddaughter, were involved in terrible accidents. The son was paralyzed; the granddaughter was killed.

A key prosecution witness, the victim’s best friend, was injured in a savage attack by an escaped mental patient 13 days after the 20th anniversary of the killer’s arrest on June 12, 1984.

For more on Murder in the Thumb (Marquette Books), check out the author’s website at http://www.dickcarson.com/ and be sure to click on the video link. MITT is an in-depth account of the 1976 murder of 17-year-old Robin Adams and the conviction of her former boyfriend, Melvin Garza, more than eight years later. The crime occurred in the Village of Caro in Michigan’s Thumb area.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Call of Cthulhu - H.P. Lovecraft

An original graphic novel. An adaptation of one of H.P. Lovecraft’s most influential works. Staying true to the original work, Swiss writer/artist Michael Zigerlig, narrates the tale with the original prose of three points of view describing the horror of Cthullu. Generally regarded as Lovecraft’s masterpiece, this tale, as many of Lovecraft’s work, influenced generatioins to come. H.R. Giger, famed biomechanical artist and creator of the look of Alien, was so influenced by Lovecraft that he provides the introduction to this graphic novel.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Beautiful Photos by Eugenio Recuenco Inspired by Classical Greek Art




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Eugenio Recuenco is professional photographer. One of his latest work is inspired by classical Greek art. The following photos made by Eugenio are some kind of replica of Parthenon pediments. This remarkable collection of photos has created with the help of four models who were posing in different positions and were imitating ancient Greek sculptures. The photographer has focused on capturing the finest movement details and energy which was present amongst the figures.
Models and make-up artist lead by Lewis Amarante have played an important role in this photo session and they have done their job very well.


Beautiful Photos by Eugenio Recuenco Inspired by Classical Greek Art

Friday, September 3, 2010

Smashwords - Nostradamus, a Man of Prophecies or Politics? - An ebook by Patrick Bernauw


Nostradamus, a Man of Prophecies or Politics?

Ebook By Patrick Bernauw
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Published: Sep. 02, 2010
Words: 9945 (approximate)
Ebook Description
Here are some articles I wrote during the last years, about Nostradamus, and how his prophecies maybe were not prophecies at all, and how they are still used to go into politics. Did Nostradamus foresee the election of Barack Obama and the End of the World in 2012? Was Nostradamus the author of the Prophecy of Orval and are some of his quatrains containing a code to locate the Bourbon War Chest?
Smashwords - Nostradamus, a Man of Prophecies or Politics? - A book by Patrick Bernauw

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Exorcism of James Baldwin | Moving Pictures | SPLICETODAY.com

by Noah Berlatsky

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It’s fairly common knowledge that The Exorcist (1973) was a huge, head-spinning cultural phenomenon, which vomited forth not just profits and media frenzy, but a whole demonic host of sequels and imitators. What’s less well known is that it also spawned perhaps the greatest piece of film criticism ever written: James Baldwin’s 1976 book length essay, The Devil Finds Work.
The Devil Find Work is a memoir of Baldwin’s experiences with film as well as an examination of race in American cinema. Baldwin discusses several obvious targets, such as Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night. At first, The Exorcist seems to fit the theme less well; there are no African-Americans in the movie, and no discussion of race. But for Baldwin, this is in fact the point. As he says:


The mindless and hysterical banality of the evil presented in The Exorcist is the most terrifying thing about the film. The Americans should certainly know more about evil than that; if they pretend otherwise, they are lying, and any black man […] can call them on this lie.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Edutainment: Witches of Cornwall

 



Over the centuries, many in the British Isles have appealed to witches in times of need--to cure a toothache, concoct a love potion, or curse a neighbor. Witchcraft, the rituals of a number of pagan belief systems, was thought to offer control of the world through rites and incantations. 
Common as it has been over the past several centuries, the practice is secretive and there are few written records. It tends to be passed down through families and never revealed to outsiders. But archaeologist Jacqui Wood has unearthed evidence of more than 40 witchy rituals beneath her own front yard, bringing to light an unknown branch of witchcraft possibly still practiced today.
Wood's home is in the hamlet of Saveock Water in Cornwall, a county tucked in the far southwest corner of the country. For thousands of years people have raised crops and livestock in its fertile valleys, and its coastline of dramatic cliffs, secluded coves, and pounding surf was once a haunt for smugglers. Cornwall is a place time forgot; steeped in folklore, myth, and legend; and purported to be inhabited by pixies, fairies, and elves.   So it should come as no surprise that it has also been home to the dark arts....

Full article, by Auron
Edutainment: Witches of Cornwall

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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