Dying to Believe

Some more of the same

Some readers complain… Actually, I don’t receive a bunch of complaints about this series, including nobody complaining when I blame Jesus. So, people must be cool with blaming Jesus on a bunch of untimely deaths. The facts being, Jesus is more often not to blame. Stupidity in the form of false belief is alive and well without the benefit of Jesus, as evidenced by the Breatharians:

Prior to her death Verity Linn had announced her intent to follow the Breatharian quest, and a copy of Jasmuheen’s book was found near her body. However, it is not apparent the notorious demise of Jasmuheen’s followers resulted in major hit on her popularity. Besides “Living on Light,” she has two other books, “In Resonance” and “Our Camelot,” listed on Amazon.

The book mentioned, “Living on  Light,” is now in its fourth edition and retitled Pranic Nourishment, with the subtitle “Nutrition for the New Millennium.” I just now purchased a Kindle edition, and you should be looking for a review (possibly not favorable) in the near future.

As mentioned in the referenced item from The North Texas Skeptic:

[Ellen] Greve is a former Australian business woman who now calls herself Jasmuheen. She is a New Age guru promoting avoidance of food. Her cult is said to have a following of 5000 world wide. At least one wiseacre has conjectured these may not be the same followers from one year to the next. Her followers tend to be claimants of the famous Darwin Awards.

The Wikipedia entry for Jasmuheen contains detail of additional interest:

Jasmuheen developed financial and business management skills working full-time in the finance industry. In 1992 she began combining her experience in business and finance with meditation, selling access to workshops and seminars on the topic and, by deed poll changed her name to Jasmuheen.

In 1998, she appeared in her first film, a six-part direct to video documentary called The Legend of Atlantis: Return of the Lightmasters. The Australian television programme 60 Minutes challenged Jasmuheen to demonstrate how she could live without food and water. The supervising medical professional Dr Beres Wenck found that, after 48 hours, Jasmuheen displayed symptoms of acute dehydration, stress, and high blood pressure. Jasmuheen claimed that this was a result of “polluted air”. On the third day, she was moved to a mountainside retreat about 15 miles from the city, where she was filmed enjoying the fresh air, claiming she could now successfully practice Inedia. But as filming progressed, Jasmuheen’s speech slowed, her pupils dilated, and she lost over a stone (6 kg or 14 lb) in weight. After four days, she acknowledged that she had lost weight, but stated that she felt fine. Dr. Wenck stated: “You are now quite dehydrated, probably over 10%, getting up to 11%.” The doctor continued: “Her pulse is about double what it was when she started. The risk if she goes any further is kidney failure.” Jasmuheen’s condition continued to deteriorate rapidly due to acute dehydration, despite her contrary insistence. Dr Wenck concluded that continuing the experiment would ultimately prove fatal. The film crew agreed with this assessment and stopped filming.

Sadly, there are additional deaths due to people following Jasmuheen’s eternal wisdom. So, who needs Jesus?

I will profile additional such deaths in future posts. And may Jesus have mercy on my soul.

Quiz Question

One of a continuing series

An odd collection of questions:

  1. How many ridges around the edge of a dime?
  2. A jiffy is an actual unit of time. How long is it?
  3. According to his business card, what was Al Capone’s business?
  4. What’s the relationship between an almond and a peach?
  5. Human babies don’t have them when they are born, but develop them after 2 to 6 years. What are they?
  6. What parts of their bodies do butterflies use to taste?
  7. What English word ends in “mt?”
  8. What famous inventor invented the scissors?
  9. The name of what state consists of a single syllable?
  10. What is unique about the words “stewardesses” and “lollipop?”
  11. What is interesting about the words “racecar,” “kayak,” and “level?”
  12. How many ways are there to make change for a dollar bill?
  13. Cite four English words that end in “dous.”
  14. What is interesting about the words “abstemious” and “facetious?”
  15. What Flintstones character is missing from Flintstones Chewables Vitamins?
  16. What is interesting about the word “typewriter?”
  17. Winston Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace in England. In which room?
  18. Regarding United States currency, which bill lists all 50 states?

Post your answers in the comments section below.

Friday Funny

One of a series

So, why am I showing this image of a brown (?) Probe? Maybe it has to do with today’s funny headline:

Kenyan Judge Says Anal Probes Are a Legal Way to Determine if Someone is Gay

In Kenya, a nation where sodomy is a criminal offense, a judge just ruled that anal probes are a legal way to determine someone’s sexual orientation.

And that’s funny.

Wacko In The Sky

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The Skeptic email discussion list is rich in skeptical lore. Creationism, psychic powers, astrology, cults, all are topics ripe for batting about. More than 15 years ago the topic of chemtrails bubbled up:

The term chemtrail is a portmanteau of the words “chemical” and “trail,” just as contrail is a contraction of “condensation trail.” Believers in the conspiracy theory speculate that the purpose of the claimed chemical release may be for solar radiation management,psychological manipulation, human population control, weather modification, or biological or chemical warfare, and that the trails are causing respiratory illnesses and other health problems.[1][9][10] Contrails are formed at high altitudes (5–10 miles or 8–16 kilometers) and if any chemicals were released at such altitude they would disperse harmlessly and fall many hundreds of miles/kilometers away, or degrade before touching the ground.

So “chemtrails” is a subset of “conspiracy theories,” itself encompassing JFK assassination theories, 9/11 cover up theories, black helicopters and the like. Conspiracy theories derive from a human personality quirk. Paranoia may be a necessary ingredient. The simple and more rational explanation is rejected in favor of one that quenches the thirst.

A common symptom is the ability to reject any sensible suggestion as an attempt to cover up the truth—a deeper sign of deception and reinforcement of the theory. Writings of the theorists are telling. Here are some excerpts from Chemtrail Central, “Searching for Answers in the Chemtrail Issue.”

Chemtrails: 600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine tested
posted by: Ellyn @ Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:10 am
600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine already tested on humans; deployed via air, food and water

http://www.naturalnews.com/048347_aerosolized_vaccines_behavioral_modification_obedience.html##ixzz3QLwsUis0

Chemtrails: Geoengineering is Not the Answer to Climate Change
posted by: Ellyn @ Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:55 am
Geoengineering is Not the Answer to Climate Change, by Dr. David Suzuki

http://ecowatch.com/2014/03/18/geoengineering-not-answer-climate-change/

Chemtrails: Twenty-year hiatus in rising temperatures has climate scient
posted by: Sore Throat @ Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:32 pm
So let’s see. For the past decade and a half the sky has been covered with a sun shielding haze emitted from high altitude aircraft.

http://www.chemtrailcentral.com/forum/thread10994-105.html&sid=122bf8bda36f05af411670f4d8de7208

Stratospheric Welsbach seeding for reduction of global warming

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html&r=6&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=5%2c003%2c186&OS=5%2c003%2c186&RS=5%2c003%2c186

So with the billions spent on this covert activity it seems that “they” are forestalling the inevitable. Of course, this isn’t truly addressing the root of the problem, only treating a symptom (much the same as much of modern medicine). CO2 levels are still progressively building up in the atmosphere, oceans are becoming increasing acidic. But this “pause” in global temperature rise eliminates the perceived urgency of the problem, and allows climate change deniers to claim there is no problem. So is this clandestine activity actually helping, or is it in reality sowing the seeds of our destruction? Meanwhile the Greedy Lying Bastards keep feeding like pigs at the trough.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kert-davies/greedy-lying-bastards_b_2846129.html

It’s no surprise seeing Natural News among the references:

Natural News (formerly Newstarget) is a website founded and operated by Mike Adams. It is based in Cedar Creek, Texas.

It is dedicated to the sale of various dietary supplements, promotion of alternative medicine, controversial nutrition and health claims, and various conspiracy theories, such as “chemtrails“, the purported dangers of fluoride in drinking water (as well as those of monosodium glutamate and aspartame), and purported health problems caused by allegedly “toxic” ingredients in vaccines, including the now-discredited link to autism.

I’ve touched on Mike Adams and Natural News in previous posts

How cell towers are frying your brain and causing mass confusion

NaturalNews Insider Alert ( www.NaturalNews.com ) email newsletter

The Health Ranger Dear NaturalNews readers,

The brains of everyone living within range of cell towers are being damaged by electropollution.

A hard-hitting new scientific study published in the British Medical Journal reveals how cell towers cause mental confusion, irritability and loss of sleep, among other brain-altering side effects:
http://www.naturalnews.com/044464_cell_towers_EMF_pollution_mental_confusion.html

Specific phenomena which confound the chemtrail theorists include:

  • Contrails with long duration
  • Crosshatch patterns of contrails
  • Contrails that spread to enormous width

Explanations given by scientists and the military, and which are rejected by the theorists, include:

  • Long duration contrails have been known since American bombers started flying high-altitude missions in World War Two.
  • Contrails that persist for a long time are spread horizontally by wind shear.
  • The supposed measurement of 6.8 parts per million of barium beneath a contrail hatch was erroneous due to misuse of the measuring equipment.
  • Military organizations have never seriously considered using contrails to affect climate. Furthermore, there has been no serious effort at climate control by the military.

Photographs such as the one below aid and abet these conspiracy stories.

Olivier Cleynen from Wikipedia: Ballast barrels in a prototype Boeing 747. Photographs of flight test barrels are sometimes said to show chemtrail planes.

Olivier Cleynen from Wikipedia: Ballast barrels in a prototype Boeing 747. Photographs of flight test barrels are sometimes said to show chemtrail planes.

These are some ballast containers installed in a test aircraft. Water is pumped from one container to another to shift the center of gravity of the plane, but if you are of the proper mindset this is a setup for spraying chemicals into the atmosphere.

Chemtrails 911 gives insight to this mindset:

Exposing aerial crimes and aerosol operations… …because it’s an emergency!!

INTRODUCTION TO THE CHEMTRAIL ISSUE
by Chemtrails911.com

Since approximately 1998, thousands of people started noticing airplanes spraying X’s, parallel lines, and grid patterns across our skies. These trails initially look like contrails but actually aren’t. According to the U.S. Air Force, contrails are condensation trails and happen when hot engine exhaust momentarily condenses ice crystals into pencil-thin vapor trails that quickly vanish like the wave behind a boat, very much like your breath when talking outside on a cold winter day. Chemtrails, on the other hand, linger for hours and will spread out to form large areas of “cloud” cover.

There are several theories as to why these operations may be occurring. However, most of the documentation available points to geo-engineering and space weaponry as the reasons that these spray operations are occurring. A concept that keeps popping up in major governmental studies is the idea of spraying aluminum oxide particles into the atmosphere to create a sunscreen.

Others pick up on the meme:

Following the Money: Obama, 9/11, Chemtrails, Climate Change, $Trillions in Carbon Taxes
Posted by Harold Saive on March 11, 2013

Harold Saive elaborates:

Note: This 2010 article gains significant light in the context of more recent research on the history of weather modification:

Originally published Tuesday, August 10, 2010

One 9/11 agenda was targeted murder of carbon trading companies with precision of a pilotless drone attack

Why does Franklin Raines of Freddie/Fannie own the patent for a carbon trading computer originally owned by Carlton Bartels, CEO “Cantor Fitzgerald/CO2e.com/eSpeedprogram ? – a company whose employees were murdered by a well-guided jet aircraft that crashed into their offices on 9/11/2001? Wasting no time, why did the new Democratic Congress (2006) give the patent to Raines obamaimmediately following the election?

It is statistically significant that 44 % of the souls murdered on 9/11 (including firefighters, police etc.) worked for companies that were in competition with the Chicago Climate Exchange. (CCX)? Al Gore, Obama, Maurice Strong, and whoever in Congress owns stock in CCX stands to cash in on $Trillions if they can pass enforceable Cap and Trade legislation.

And finally the truth is revealed:

There is more to the chemtrails story than I can possibly unravel in a single post. Perhaps when I chance upon another ripe fruit I’ll share it with readers. In the mean time keep your eyes trained on the sky. And keep reading.

If at first you don’t succeed

Obviously this was way back when. Way back before people like Ted Kaczynski and Timothy McVeigh spoiled it for the rest of us. This was in the spring 1958 when I could walk into a store and purchase a few pounds of potassium permanganate and not have the ATF knocking on my door before sundown.

My cousin and I and sometimes my brother and a school buddy built some neat rockets. Sometimes we had great success. Sometimes, not so much so. Anyhow, the statute of limitations has finally expired, and we can show the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSEjoJmxfUY

This Stuff Was Crazy

We used to do a bunch of crazy stuff, so I’m starting a series with the title. Here’s the first one.

This was in 1968, and the year before we had participated in a motorcycle race in Torreon in the state of Coahuila in Mexico. It’s not really close to the border, but it’s driving range from Austin, and we took a bike down for the six-hour endurance. I will post something about the 1967 race another day when I can get the graphics together. Today I have the map for the course starting in 1968.

The race course in Gomez Palacio

This region is locally call Laguna, supposedly because of some lakes in the area, and the endurance race was “Las Seis Horas de La Laguna.” the six hours of the lake. The first year they held the races in the streets of Torreon, but after that they moved them to Gomez Palacio, which is just a cross a small river and in another state, Durango.

There was a woman who worked at the Astronomy Department at the University of Texas in Austin, and she was kind enough to draw up excellent maps of both courses, and I used these maps in some articles I wrote about the races.

Going to the races was actually one of the fun parts. Here’s the standard windshield photo on the way to Torreon. David Carpenter was driving. It was his truck. It was his motorcycle. He was going to get to keep the trophy.

Anyhow, this was crazy. The races were run on a Sunday, sometimes in May, sometimes in April, and there was never any bad weather. There was no special track, the city just blocked off some streets, and we raced for six hours starting shortly after lunch.

Take a look at the map. “Meta” is the start-finish line, and approximately 70 motorcycles started at the same time, in the direction indicated by the arrows. The deal was that at the time Mexico did not produce any motorcycles larger than 175cc displacement, and that was the limitation for the six-hour race.

What was especially fun about these races in Mexico was there was absolutely no crowd control. My impression from what I have read is that back then there was almost no concept of tort law south of the Rio Grande. Somebody gets hurt, it’s their problem. The race organizers did have the benefit of Mexican soldiers to keep order. I am now wondering whether these rifles were actually loaded.

Especially maddening was that straight section along Avenida Valle del Quadiana that you see at the top of the map. These were not big bikes, but we could top out at over 100 along this section. Then at the end it was necessary to get hard on the brakes and cross over to the east-bound lane before making the turn to the south. Something that really tightened my sphincter muscle was approaching the cross-over and seeing a woman with two little children waddle across the track in front of me.

Along del Quadiana I could get enough speed that drafting a faster bike made a difference. I could get behind one of the local team’s Bultacos and keep up with him all down the straight. When the driver got onto what I was doing he calmly let his bike drift over into the pea gravel near the curb, so I had to contend with a spray of stones if I wanted to stay in his stream. I got back later in the race.

Here are some shots to show you what the traffic was like.  Many riders started, but very quickly they got sorted out, and there was lots of room to race. Even so, spectators liked to stand right at the curb, but I eventually found something that made them back off.

Here’s what it looked like making the cross-over before the turn back south.

That sharp, pointy turn labeled 2 in the map is where I got the spectators’ attention. After a few laps I got this one figured out, and I was able to start my turn along the curb on my right and keep the pressure on all the way through. I exited the turn right up to the curb on the south side of the street, and I could see people backing away when they saw me coming.

This is also where I got it back on one of the Bultacos. The Mexicans had some fast Bultacos, and I could not pull them down the straight. But I was following one of them, I think he was the president of the local Moto Club Laguna, as we headed toward turn 2. I was right in his slipstream and keeping up with him. Muscles acted before the brain did. I swerved to the left and went right by him before I realized something had happened. His two-stroke engine had seized, and I looked back over my shoulder to watch him park at the curb.

Here’s a photo of Dave on his bike in the race.

There is one part of the course I never figured out, and I was back here twice more. That was the section involving turns 4, 5 and 6. You had to make a sharp left, then round a slight bend (turn 5), then a hard right. I could never do much more than just walk the bike through this section. There just didn’t seem to be any way to straighten it out.

I have often said there a lot of things I love to do, and there are things I love to do a lot, but there is not much I like to do for six hours. I did three of these down in Mexico, and each one nearly killed me. The fun part always came after the race.

Sunday evening was the awards banquet. The most memorable of these was the one in 1967, and I will get into that in another post. This one was especially sweet, because Dave and I won a trophy for tenth place. The winners got a new motorcycle.

I considered that tenth was not all that bad. Many started, we outlasted some, but we out raced the rest, all but nine. On the way back to Austin we stopped alongside the road and took photos of the trophy.

Like I said, this was crazy stuff, and we used to do a bunch of that when we were young. A person needs to do some of this. There won’t be another chance.