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Mass animal deaths

For those with trouble reading the map, click this link to expand:

http://nationalpostnews.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/web0105-dead-animals12

For those of you who did not have the chance to read my earlier blog this week on “Science vs.  the Jesus Freak” and debate the information given regarding the mystery of the recent mass bird/fish deaths, you might want to stop here and go back to check that out before continuing.

For those of you who did pop in and take a gander at information earlier, this new jut into your thinking may change your mind….OR add more “pudding” to your proof in verbal debate on the subject.

Thanks to a friend, there is new information for me to pick from in posting updates on the mass bird death mystery.

Take a look at the numbers on this map here.

And check for yourself the information on HAARP,…..or known as the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program.  I’ll mention here that it is beginning to look as if the mystery sways more towards it being a secret government experiment….jointly funded by the US Air Force, the US Navy, the University of Alaska and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Yes, people, our National Defense…. more stealth moves from UFO’s in our future? Who can say? Yet it seems that Jesus Freaks can take a break from the heaving paper bag in front of their faces. Breathe people. Breathe.

Tell the Pope to go back to bed. Dinner with God has been cancelled. False alarm? Are we sure?  How do we know the seals that were said to have possibly been broken weren’t just  “cheap knock off’s”  sold in the gallery of the local art hisrory museum……IN WASHINGTON…..???

The plot “sickens”…..

(Quoted from the actual HAARP site):

“A sophisticated suite of scientific (or diagnostic) instruments that will be used to observe the physical processes that occur in the excited region.”

Hmmm…

Any takers?

HAARP's opening web page

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Science vs. the Jesus Freak

It has been recently posted in several news blogs, videos uploaded and newspapers have squawked about it,…
the mystery of the dead birds and fish.
Myself, I have read about four different articles on the subject just today.
So, what is the mystery all about?
Well, it seems that for no CLEAR apparent reason, birds are dropping out of the skies, simultaneously, from here all the way to Sweden and all within days of each other, all within the same week of the changing new year. Not just hundreds have fallen, but thousands.
Running along a similar time frame, there are reports that close to the same numbers of fishes are going belly up in rivers here in the U.S. and on the beaches of Auckland, New Zealand.

Of course wildlife preservationists and naturalists, along with scientists have been looking into the causes of these unnatural events. Many different scientific speculations have been made as well. Yet, nothing conclusive has been found and further testing of the carcasses is needing to be done to rule out parasitic influences and/or governmental and corporate tampering via testing/dumping.

As the geological pathologists take a closer look, others have begun making their own speculations as to what is the cause of this strange happening. Most of the speculation being done by members of the Christian religion.

Since the broadcast of the incidents, search engines have been blown up, hundreds of thousands of people curious to find how this relates to the signs of the end of times in relation to the bible’s book of Revelation, the seven seals, and the Mayan calendar. Some find correlation between the facts and others feel there is not enough evidence to prove that this can even be called a sign, saying the Jesus freaks are putting it out of proportion as they did with the Nostradamus’ theory that Y2K was the end of the world (they tried to mix theories of this French apothecary/reputed seer, with that of metaphoric signs to watch for declaring the end times).

So,…what is the information they are going on?

The Christians look at the breaking of the sixth and seventh seals.

The sixth seal deals with cosmic disturbances such as the sun turning black and the moon turning blood-red, the waters turning up dead fish.

July 11, 2010 was the last total solar eclipse another due in November of 2011.

There was a total eclipse of the moon just last week (yes, I was up watching) that caused the moon to seem to turn a blood-red. It was the first time that particular lunar eclipse had happened in over 300 some-odd years, but few argue the moon’s turning red to be the dark, red, winter harvest moon that can sometimes be seen low in the sky.

Their reasoning for listing the seventh seal? Silence in the heavens. Some look at most of what is mentioned in the bible as metaphor. This has led some to believe that there may be correlation in the first wave of global bird deaths….no winged creature flying about and the heavens becoming still and silent.

Well,..after touching the tip of the religious iceberg, where does science stand on all this?

There are other factors involved such as the weather in these locations, but the weather was not so much an issue in any of the mass deaths, mostly normal conditions for this season.

In some places, it was thought celebratory fireworks to be the cause, yet all the deaths could not be ruled conclusive by this.

In yet another area, it was speculated they had all flown into power-lines, breaking their heads and necks and falling to the ground, yet just as many were found without bodily damage.

Then, news of mass bird and fish deaths broke out halfway around the world in Sweden and New Zealand, just days after the occurrences here in the United States.

The U.S. Geological Services and the Feds are currently investigating this mystery to once and for all settle the matter.

Some testing on the dead animals may take longer than a couple of days.

In the meantime,….

while so many are reading up on the issue out of curiosity or religious fear, here are three articles I have looked at myself.

If anything, it is a somewhat interesting read if you find yourself bored with the dailies of work. Is it all just another crock of superstitious B.S., stupid human mishaps or is there something new and deadly scientifically affecting the natural selection of our environment?

http://www.frumforum.com/feds-investigate-mysterious-bird-deaths

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40921795/

http://battlebeads.blogspot.com/2011/01/more-bird-deaths-this-time-louisiana.html

Science and Alzheimer’s

November 18, 2010 2 comments

Many of you do not know this, but I take care of my grandmother, 86, and she is rendered to the point of near complete incapacitation. A woman who was once fun and vibrant, loving and generous in all she did is now reduced to the mental ability of a delusional psych ward patient and sometimes infantile blankness. It is sad to see and wearing, very wearing on a sane person’s nerves in the constant care of her. It requires patience beyond understanding and remembrance of all the love she ever gave to keep you from losing it yourself at times. There are some I have held conversation with that think I am blessed to do this and should be happy to be in the position of care for her. Yet, at times I have loathed the care of her, and did not feel guilty. It was during those times of cleaning up dirty diapers and feces she wiped on the walls, puddles of diarreah and urine, I realized how disgusting a job it truly was and felt for nursing home caretakers. It was during the times of physically blocking her punches and spitting, her screams of protest to get her up out of a bed or change her, that I became upset that there was not more help for me in this….more help for her.
I began to question how and why on it all and wished there were new technological advancements that would allow for better handling of alzheimer’s patients, or cure them. I knew if my grandmother were in her right mind, she wouldn’t in a million years stand for herself to be this way. I also became scared that I might become like her in my old age and it made me nearly wish for a Dr. Kavorkian death, than go through the horror’s of losing my mind and my children having to do what I was doing. I do NOT wish that on them.
So, after all the daily tortures of dealing with my grandmother and her ailments, I must also deal with my mother. She has proved incapable of care for my grandmother without sneering and shows inability to be patient and kind. She acts as if my grandmother knows all the things she is doing wrong and is purposely acting this way to just cause her inconvenience. She yells at my grandmother to use her brain and quit acting like a baby. She yells and talks to her in such demeaning tones because it is an inconvenience, an illness that she does not understand. She does not want to deal with it. It is hard for her to cope with her mother being this way. There are some days my grandmother and she trade hateful comments…my grandmother not in her right mind and my mother out of hurt from my grandmother’s ill-mannered, tempramental words. Days and days go by like this and then my mother will cry about being so mean, profess her love of her mother and be extra nice, talking baby talk to my grandmother to coax her into getting up or moving, or eat, or let her change her. One week later, my mom is back to uttering disdainful, rude or mean statements at her because of the stress my grandmother’s care puts on her.
The life of caring for my grandmother is hard. It is also very sad because I have grown up being very close with my grandmother and loving the sunshine that came from within her. It is sad to see it has left her and she is now just a shell of some stranger I no longer know and who barely remembers us, let alone herself. There are so many similar stories out there. And is there any relief for the patients and their families in the future?
What has science and medicine found to combat alzheimer’s?
Here is a journal writing on new breakthroughs on treating alheimer’s patients.

Do you see any hope?

Alzheimer’s Disease
November 1, 2010

Nearly 100 New Medicines in Alzheimer’s

New treatments needed to avert “national crisis”

In 2011, the first American Baby Boomers will turn age 65. Members of the demographic bulge that transformed American politics and culture are expected to usher in yet another momentous change — a huge increase in the number of Alzheimer’s disease patients.

Although Alzheimer’s is not a natural condition of aging, the vast majority of patients diagnosed with the disease are ages 65 and over. As the senior population in the United States more than doubles between now and 2050, to about 88.5 million, the number of Alzheimer’s patients will more than double as well unless new treatments to prevent, arrest or cure the disease are found.

If no medical progress is made, Alzheimer’s disease could affect 13.5 million Americans at a cost of over $1 trillion by 2050, according to an estimate by the Alzheimer’s Association. (View the chart Avoiding Future Costs: Need for New Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease)

Hope lies with new treatments. Today, America’s biopharmaceutical companies are researching 98 medicines for dementia, mostly Alzheimer’s, according to a report released by PhRMA. All 98 are either in clinical trials or under review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The work indicates a major commitment to Alzheimer’s, given that each new medicine costs, on average, more than $1 billion to research and develop. Click here to read about selected medicines in development for infectious diseases.

Even modest progress can drastically change the trajectory of this disease, which some warn is like a “tsunami” headed our way. For example, a breakthrough that delays the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by just five years would mean a significant drop in the number of Alzheimer’s patients. Most importantly, such a breakthrough would reduce an untold amount of suffering for patients and their families.

Researchers say we can stop Alzheimer’s by 2020, but only if we invest public and private resources to find a cure. With continued dedication, we hope to make a difference for every person at risk of suffering from this terrible, debilitating disease.

New treatments needed to avert “national crisis”

Science of Murder

Is there a science to murder? Is evil real or folklore?

William Blackstone (citing Edward Coke), in his Commentaries on the Laws of England set out the common law definition of murder as:

“ when a person, of sound memory and discretion, unlawfully killeth any reasonable creature in being and under the king’s peace, with malice aforethought, either express or implied.”

The elements of common law murder are:

The killing—At common law life ended with cardiopulmonary arrest—the total and permanent cessation of blood circulation and respiration. With advances in medical technology courts have adopted irreversible cessation of all brain function as marking the end of life.

of a human being—This element presents the issue of when life begins. At common law, a fetus was not a human being. Life began when the fetus passed through the birth canal and took its first breath.

by another human being—at early common law, suicide was considered murder. The requirement that the person killed be someone other than the perpetrartor excluded suicide from the definition of murder.

with malice aforethought—originally “malice aforethought” carried its everyday meaning—a deliberate and premeditated killing of another motivated by ill will. Murder necessarily required that an appreciable time pass between the formation and execution of the intent to kill. The courts broadened the scope of murder by eliminating the requirement of actual premeditation and deliberation as well as true malice. All that was required for malice aforethought to exist is that the perpetrator act with one of the four states of mind that constitutes “malice.”
Now, these are only a few mentionings of the legal aspects of murder.
What are some of the scientific factors involed in one human being coming to that snapping point of murder. What actually happens in the brain?

The Killer’s Brain
What makes a murderer? Can malfunctions in the brain compel someone to commit acts of extreme cruelty? Are killers born or made? From Columbia University, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Stone has created journeys to better understand why people kill and shows this information on Discovery Channel’s Most Evil . He talks with a variety of scientists about their work and examines possible scientific explanations for violent behavior. Here is a small video excerpt:

Do you think that committing murder is only a matter of choice? Does everyone have the capability of preventing that snap in the brain? Is it all just chemical imbalances, lack of one chemical or too much secreted of another that causes the switch to flip in the mind of a murderer?

To argue agains chemical imbalances, Elliott Valenstein, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Michigan who rejects the simple-minded ‘chemical imbalance’ theories. He challenges the conventional assumption that mental illness is biochemical.
In his 1998 book, “Blaming the Brain: The Truth about Drugs and Mental Health”, Valenstein agrees that while psychotropic drugs sometimes do work, they do not even begin to address the real cause of mental disorders. They are still considered an “unproven hypothesis” used as pocket-padding marketing practices of the drug industry.

So, are all of the murderers in our prisons considered to have a chemical imbalance/mentally ill?
Just eight years ago, there were 148,300 persons in America’s state prisons who had been sentenced for the crime of murder. Within these confines, approximately 16 percent of the population had been diagnosed by doctors, prescribing chemical lobotomizing drugs, as having mental illness. Thirteen percent of incarcerated persons who were mentally ill had been sentenced for murder. Based on these rates, and a recent state prison population count of 1,255,514,1 it is estimated that more than 26,000 persons with a mental illness are currently incarcerated for murder in the United States. Despite the magnitude of these counts, surprisingly little is currently known about prisoners with severe mental illness who have been incarcerated for murder. a high school education or equivalent, were living in stabilized housing, and, to a lesser degree, were involved in significant intimate and familial relationships. Rage or anger, sexual perversions and issues of control were overwhelmingly directed toward intimate or family relations and were frequently mentioned motives for murder. The use of a firearm or sharp object, were the widely used tool of choice . Most of those who were chosen to be studied had been raised in households with significant family dysfunction, had extensive histories of substance abuse and criminality, and had received little treatment for their mental and substance use disorders.
Some like to blame the quick-to-prescribe-a-pill psychologists and their sidekick pharmaceutical companies for creating these monsters. Others want to blame the actions of these twisted minds on the social impacts of poverty, alcohol and street drugs. And still, scientists are saying that they now have a way to prove the makings of a murderer through new technologies which can measure aspects of the human brain.
Is evil real and can science prove or disprove its existence within us?

REAL PHOTO OF A SERIAL KILLER’S LETTER TO POLICE:

Is God an Atheist?

Cartoon: an atheist arrives at the gates of heaven

Atheists do not find a belief in gods or any supreme being or creation of supremecy or even what is known as the Christian God. However, if you think on this, even to pay negative tribute to something, is to acknowledge its existence, therefore, there is at least some belief.

An agnostic insists that it is impossible to prove that there is or is not a God or gods.

A quote:

When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom. The walls of my prison crumbled and fell. The dungeon was flooded with light and all the bolts and bars and manacles became dust.
Robert Green Ingersoll, US Civil War veteran, political leader and orator, 1833 – 1899, in Why I Am An Agnostic (1896)

Others believe the only way to prove the fantastic existence of the universe and its functions in and around earth, is to say that there must be a supreme being/creator of such a grand design, executed with precision.

But has anyone ever asked what God would be ( if some are wrong and others right and there is a god) ?

If, in the  past, he has put all his faith in humanity for the war/game of good vs. evil and humanity is seriously flawed ( this we know and have proof of), then it makes sense that God would be an athiest, turning from his belief/his faith in us, his creation. What if WE were the religion of God?

But then you have to ask, why would a god need to put faith in his creation? What does he need us for if he is the Alpha and Omega and can make things with mere thought? Why keep us around? Is it merely to satisfy his reality show addiction, or is he more cruel and twisted than thought to be? Why create something with so many flaws and expect his creation to be perfect, then destroy it when it is not? What are we to believe, if anything?

What if the Greek’s and Roman’s early beliefs were true and there were many gods ruling over different and specific things of life here on earth? Either way, does that explain the reason of the existence of so many other galaxies and planets in the universe? Was Christ born to die on each planet that may have other life forms? Do other life forms need salvation? What kinds of rules and regulations would aliens write down in a book to rule alien kind? Would it parallel the bible?

Would Hollywood then re-write new episodes of Star Trek where Captain Kirk or Picard would deliver tracks on salvation into space, the final frontier?

NAH!!!!

In truth, there are so many different philosophies and non-philosophies on celestial beings that it is just as hard to prove as the existence of a god. There are so many who think that their opinion is truth. The same with religion. What if all of us were wrong and the aliens had the truth?

 Here is an excerpt from a web page I found that speaks on all belief or disbelief in a higher being:

“Do aliens know about the crucifixion?
The possible existence of intelligent species elsewhere in the universe raises important theological questions. Has God revealed himself to these alien beings? And if so, how did he do so?”
Jesus in space ( read more…)

If you chose to read the article link above, what do you think now? ( Continue to read below cartoon)

Cartoon: members of a religion touting for converts

Ever thought about religion and its hold on all mankind? Why do we feel the need for it to be so?

And if you don’t find that question amusing, will we ever acknowledge the presents science has given us? With the knowledge that peace should exist for us and doesn’t,maybe we could find the answer is really within ourselves and we should all regard every form of the universe as part of us, for we  all come from one atom.

 Does that prove God isn’t an athiest?

Does it prove that this is all a bunch of nonsense?

HAVE MORE SEX!

Just to show you that sex is not all the “taboo” some people might think it to be…. “Oh, my god! she’s talking about sex! Quick don’t look and cover your ears!”

I am going to say it. “SEX.”

Why yes, yes I did. Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex. Morning, noon and night. In a car, on a table, in the bed, on a desk, in a chair, on the floor, in the shower, at the top of make out point. Wherever you want it. Come on people! We all do it. Okay,…some more than others and some may have not quite made it there yet, but it is a natural thing and as it turns out, has plenty of health benefits. If you are afraid to be so open about it, here is some encouragement from a prestigious news channel that says what we all would like to hear…… and do.

So, next time you don’t want to catch a cold or opt to get a pricking flu shot, try something a little hotter and a helluva lot nicer!

Categories: Science

“Proof and Probability” A Ghost Story

The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall (Ghost of Raynham Hall)

(photograph of a wreck- unknown date and location)

Ghost1

(Above, “child’s play” January 2006)

Every debunked ghost story, is a negative. So, is any non-debunked story ‘inconclusive’, and evidence/proof of such things? 
Does the answer lie in probability or proof in evidence towards the negative of ghosts existing? Without being a science or math major, you ask how it could be proved more than a 50/50 chance of probability. If you throw in the idea that perhaps it is only possible to view ghosts in first-person,  supposedly unable to tape them and so forth, then there truly is no more evidence against ghosts than there would be evidence against the idea that there is a magical, wish-giving dragon that floats on the clouds in the sky. You could also argue that the odds couldn’t be MORE than 50/50 as well, if you believe no evidence exists. It could be said the scales can tip towards a higher probability factor (even if slightly)  due to the amount of reported sightings or the new shows that have become favorites on the Science-Fiction channels.
Some may argue that probability is the wrong tool in paranormal study. The right philosophic tool would seem more to be the burden of evidence. Anybody who claims knowledge of ghosts takes on the burden of proof to show the rest of us that they’re right. Until such evidence is offered, the rest of the world could be perfectly justified in saying with 100% confidence that ghosts do not exist and are merely figments of over-active imaginations. Until then, there would be no philosophical reason for anyone to offer evidence against such a thing, just as there is no reason for anyone to offer evidence of the non-existence of the Tooth Fairy.

That being said, what is really felt about those who actually go out into the field to study “paranormal activity”? How are they scientifically proving or disproving the theory of ghosts?

Is the scientific equipment used really capapble of “debunking”?

In one of the fastest growing, popular T.V. programs, Ghost Hunters, the team of paranormal investigators use various equipment, including digital thermometers, EMF meters, thermographic and night vision cameras, handheld static digital video cameras, digital audio recorders and laptop computers.

The team has also experimented, in at least one of their episodes, with a geiger counter. During their investigation it was used to see if any anomalous readings would register. Also, the K-2 (or K-II) meter, a type of EMF meter that uses a series of LEDs to measure the strength of an energy field instead of a numerical LCD screen, has been used in nearly all investigations.

 The TAPS team ( Ghost Hunters/ The Atlantic Paranormal Society) investigated Charles Manson murders and during this investigation in particular, the team used a K-2 meter in an attempt to get “yes” and “no” responses to verbal questions posed to a “supposed entity” in a room.

Newer equipment that has been used are the custom-made geophone, which detects vibrations and flashes a series of LEDs that measure the intensity of the vibration, and an EMF detector. The EMF detector makes a buzzing sound when it senses an electromagnetic field, buzzing louder according to the strength of that field. In one of the episodes, the geophones were recorded on video flashing simultaneously with vibrations to the sounds of footsteps across a floor. No one was supposedly in the room.

We have all been raised to not believe everything you hear and now, in this day and age, with all the scientific special-effects for computer use and in movies, you can rarely believe what you see.

So, who is to say that the equipment actually and scientifically portrays proof of spiritual entities and is not just equipment showing readings of electrical fields, displaced gases, air pressure pockets and optical illusions? And if you think about it, it seems to be an oxymoron to have a show spouting “facts”/proof on a Science-Fiction ( key word being fiction ) station.

What is the probability that it isn’t just fiction?

Most, who say they have acquired proof, boil down to having personal experiences which then could be batted away as nonsense without use of such equipment.

Yet, how have we acquired most of our current scientific knowledge? We have obtained all hypothesis and most factually based answers through… well,… personal experience.

Proof or probability?

At 4 years of age, a voice without gender called to me from outside my house in the night. It remained on the outside of my bedroom wall coaxing me to let it in, to let it come in and play with me. It could not be seen out of my window. It never entered my room until I said it could come in.

Once giving it permission, a form of blackness, no bigger than a child of 8 years, materialized through the side of my bedroom wall. It glided slowly. This form had no solidity to it. It had the semblance of a head, arms and torso, yet no visibly distinct hands or feet. The only facial features, red eyes, cat-like in appearance.

I got out of bed and stood in front of it. It spoke to me with no lips. It said something that frightened me and I can never remember. All I could think to do was run to the wall and turn on my light. Flick!

It was gone.

It returned to my room on different nights until the age of 5.

No one ever believed me. No proof. So, what is the probability it existed?

 Do you have a ghost story? Are you a skeptic?

Here are links to other sites involving paranormal research:

 http://www.the-atlantic-paranormal-society.com/

http://www.paranormalresearchsociety.org/

http://www.hauntedamericatours.com/toptenhaunted/2007/ghosthunters/