Saturday, April 29, 2006


It is impossible to say you are bored in today's world! The internet opens the door to the entire world. Yes, some of that world is very strange. But that strangeness can be ohh so entertaining :)
For example consider the following strange website:

This is the introduction taken from the website:

Greetings and welcome to the Main Lair of the Manwolf, also known as The Beast of Bray Road, Dog Man, Man Dog, or Werewolf. On these pages you will find information on my non-fiction books, "The Beast of Bray Road, Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf," and "Hunting the American Werewolf." But the main purpose of this site is to augment and expand the growing information, lore, and theoretical speculation about this creature, particularly in the case of items that either were edited from the books due to length restrictions, or came in since the final manuscript for Hunting the American Werewolf was turned in, Nov. 1, 2005. Hopefully this will be an evolving site, with a regularly updated sightings log and a reader's page for your comments. Let the howling commence!

It appears there has been a sighting in just the last couple of days! :)

NEW! MOST RECENT SIGHTING APRIL 25, 2006, East of Powers Lake in Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Currently under investigation, I am interviewing a high-security clearance employee of Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee who sighted the Manwolf three times now, twice in mid-February and then again April 25 while making his drive to work in the wee hours of the morning. The creature was spotted at approximately 3 a.m. and on the same 3-6 mile stretch of road each time. It was first observed crouching in the ditch, then rising easily to stand on two legs with its arms at its sides "much like a human's." According to the witness, who has observed it at close range and in several positions, it very closely resembles my sketch at right except the tail is longer and fuller, "about 18 inches," he estimates. He has seen the creature cross the road on all fours, as well, and estimated it was at least five feet long from nose to rump, and its back stood almost three feet off the ground. It appeared unafraid of him, and stared at him with yellow, glowing eyes. When it stood, it appeared slightly hunched over, as many other witnesses have said. I was contacted by a relative of his, who said the man has been a steadfast nonbeliever in the supernatural, and the relative coaxed him into talking to me. I am planning to stake out the exact road location in the very near future. In the meantime, the man is now carrying a camera on his way to work. Stay tuned!

And you were complaning that you were bored!

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Friday, April 28, 2006

A U.S. Military Mistake


The U.S. military's lack of understanding about Iraqi culture helped create the conditions for the insurgency that U.S. forces face there, according to a military adviser who has written a new book about the insurgency.
Between November 2003 and September 2005, professor Ahmed Hashim worked with U.S. troops in Iraq. His job was to try to understand the insurgents and what motivates them His new book is called Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Iraq.
Hashim lists about 20 groups of insurgents, including nationalists, former Baathists, tribal-based insurgents and religious extremists. The groups say they want the United States out of Iraq, and they reject the U.S.-backed government, but they don't agree on what they do want.
"If we were out of the picture, some of the insurgent groups could engage in bloodshed against one another because they have such different and disparate political views of the future of Iraq," Hashim says.
Hashim, who teaches at the Naval War College, says he was surprised by how little the U.S. military understands about the culture, or "human terrain," of Iraq. That includes "societal networks, relations between tribes and within tribes, kinship ties... what is it people are fighting for?"

To explore more information about this subject, you should consider:

The Book:
Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Iraq
Author: Ahmed S. Hashim
Publisher: Cornell University PressReleased: 2006

You can read an Excerpt at:

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Thursday, April 27, 2006


I found the following article at:

Scientists cheer holocaust wish:
Texas academy honors professor who wants 90% of human race exterminated by Ebola

What would happen if a world-renowned scientist and evolutionary ecologist told hundreds of his colleagues that 90 percent of the human race needed to be wiped out by exposure to Ebola or some other deadly virus?
Apparently, according to a scientist who claims to have witnessed such a remarkable event one month ago, the fiend would get a standing ovation and an award.

That's the story being told by Forrest Mims III, a member of the Texas Academy of Science, chairman of its environmental science section and editor of the Citizen Scientist.
The speech Mims heard was delivered by Eric R. Pianka, a lizard expert from the University of Texas. It is recounted in detail in the latest issue of the Citizen Scientist.

"We're no better than bacteria," Mims quoted Pianka as saying in his condemnation of the human race, which, he claimed, is overpopulating the Earth.

The only way to save the planet for the rest of the species is to reduce the human population to 10 percent of its current number.

"He then showed solutions for reducing the world's population in the form of a slide depicting the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," writes Mims. "War and famine would not do, he explained. Instead, disease offered the most efficient and fastest way to kill the billions that must soon die if the population crisis is to be solved. Pianka then displayed a slide showing rows of human skulls, one of which had red lights flashing from its eye sockets. AIDS is not an efficient killer, he explained, because it is too slow. His favorite candidate for eliminating 90 percent of the world's population is airborne Ebola (Ebola reston), because it is both highly lethal and it kills in days, instead of years. However, Professor Pianka did not mention that Ebola victims die a slow and torturous death as the virus initiates a cascade of biological calamities inside the victim that eventually liquefy the internal organs."
Pianka notes in the online syllabus for his Diversity and Ecology class that the deadly form of Ebola – Ebola zaire – that has killed nine out of the 10 people infected currently only spreads by direct contact with infected blood, while Ebola reston, the close relative that currently kills only monkeys, is an airborne virus. Evolution, he says, will in time result in an airborne form fatal to humans.
Mims notes that when Pianka finished his remarks, the audience of fellow scientists and students burst out in sustained applause.
During a question-and-answer sessions, the audience laughed approvingly when Pianka offered the bird flu as another vehicle toward achieving his goal. They also chuckled when he suggested it was time to sterilize everyone on Earth.
"What kind of reception have you received as you have presented these ideas to other audiences that are not representative of us?" asked one member of the audience.
"I speak to the converted!" Pianka replied.
Mims said he spoke glowingly of the police state in China that enforces a one-child policy.
"Smarter people have fewer kids," Mims quoted Pianka as saying.
Following the question-and-answer session, Mims says "almost every scientist, professor and college student present stood to their feet and vigorously applauded the man who had enthusiastically endorsed the elimination of 90 percent of the human population. Some even cheered. Dozens then mobbed the professor at the lectern to extend greetings and ask questions."
Mims notes five hours later, the Texas Academy of Science presented Pianka with a plaque in recognition of his being named 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist.
"When the banquet hall filled with more than 400 people responded with enthusiastic applause, I walked out in protest," he writes.
Mims, an electronics author, has written some 60 books that have sold 7.5 million copies.

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Monday, April 24, 2006


We have had many people throughout history to claim the world was about to end, and we now have out next contestant:

Former air traffic controller Eric Julien has conducted a study and believes will impact the Earth on May 25th.

You can find an article written by Eric Julien at:

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Monday, April 17, 2006

An Explosive Pair: Take a Mentos, and a Diet Coke...


What happens when you put a handful of Mentos candy into a bottle of diet soda? As many fans of Web video have found out, the results are pretty explosive.
But it's no secret -- folks are taking video cameras and posting images of the their homemade soda explosions on the Internet -- and there is actually a scientific explanation. Michele Norris speaks with science correspondent David Kestenbaum about the science behind Diet Coke and Mentos.

You can listen to a report on this at:
An Explosive Pair: Take a Mentos, and a Diet Coke

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Monday, April 10, 2006


Thousands of people across the country are protesting the proposed changes to immigration law. The picture above shows a group of protestors, who wants us to know they are not criminals! WHAT? Lets see if I have this right. You enter into a country illegally, but you are not a criminal?
Main Entry: 1il·le·gal
Pronunciation: (I)i(l)-'lE-g&l
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle French or Medieval Latin;
Middle French illegal, from Medieval Latin illegalis, from Latin in- + legalis legal:
not according to or authorized by law : UNLAWFUL, ILLICIT; also : not sanctioned by official rules (as of a game)

Did you notice that Illegal means, as not according to or authorized by the law? Therefore according to the laws of this country you are a criminal!!! If you do not like the laws of this country you could go back to the country in which you came from!!

Many of these protestors are wanting to have their rights protected. What rights does a person who have entered illegallyy illegaly have? Maybe the right the be arrested The right to be sent back to their home country.

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Friday, April 07, 2006

Learning is a Pain

“One of the reasons why the education given by our schools is so frothy and vapid is that the American people generally—the parent even more than the teacher—wish childhood to be unspoiled by pain. Childhood must be a period of delight, of gay indulgence in impulses. It must be given every avenue for unimpeded expression, which of course is pleasant; and it must not be made to suffer the impositions of discipline or the exactions of duty, which of course are painful. Childhood must be filled with as much play and as little work as possible. What cannot be accomplished educationally through elaborate schemes devised to make learning an exciting game must, of necessity, be forgone. Heaven forbid that learning should ever take on the character of a serious occupation—just as serious as earning money, and perhaps, much more laborious and painful . . .
Not only must we honestly announce that pain and work are the irremovable and irreducible accompaniments of genuine learning, not only must we leave entertainment to the entertainers and make education a task and not a game, but we must have no fears about what is “over the public’s head.” Whoever passes by what is over his head condemns his head to its present low altitude; for nothing can elevate a mind except what is over its head; and that elevation is not accomplished by capillary attraction, but only by the hard work of climbing up ropes, with sore hands and aching muscles. The school system which caters to the median child, or worse, to the lower half of the class; the lecturer before adults—and they are legion—who talks down to his audience; the radio or television program which tries to hit the lowest common denominator of popular receptivity—all these defeat the prime purpose of education by taking people as they are and leaving them just there.”
From Adler's “Invitation to the Pain of Learning,” in Reforming Education: The Opening of the American Mind (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1988), 232-233, 235.

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Sunday, April 02, 2006


This post is dedicated to books!
The following information was found at:

The first book is:

'The Intuitionist'

Some books are so imaginative that you wonder how the author can ever live up to his ideas. Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist is one of those novels. In this case, Whitehead fully delivers on the promise of his premise. Part science fiction, part noir mystery, Whitehead's novel creates its own world and its own genre. Set in an unnamed city filled with skyscrapers (where elevators are therefore very important), Lila Mae Watson is the first black female elevator inspector. Not only is she set apart by her race and gender, but Lila Mae is among those inspectors known as "Intuitionists," who can judge an elevator's safety by instinct, as opposed to the "Empiricists," who are confined by the rigors of checklists before they declare an elevator safe. As the novel opens, the Elevator Guild's elections are coming up, and both Intuitionists and Empiricists are searching for the lost writings of James Fulton, the father of Intuitionism, and his plans for the perfect elevator which will render all current buildings obsolete. How Lila Mae becomes involved with this search and all its ramifications -- that touch on race and gender issues -- is written in a stylish prose that will bring to mind Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon.

Read an excerpt.

The Second book is:


Although Hans-Ulrich Treichel has published poetry and nonfiction in his native Germany, Lost is both his first novel and his first book to be published in the United States. This small gem, smoothly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway, is set in 1950s Germany. It's told from the point of view of an eight-year-old boy, who learns that his older brother (whom he was always told had died of starvation during World War II) was instead given to a bystander in 1945, when his mother thought the family was going to be killed by the advancing Russian Army. Now the family learns that perhaps this older brother didn't die -- the government has identified a foundling (#2307) who just might be Arnold. While the young narrator and his parents go through a myriad of tests (think the painful absurdities of Kafka here) to determine if that particular orphan is indeed their brother and son, the narrator relates his feelings about what's happening to him in language that shifts beguilingly from crankiness to reluctant acceptance to recognition of both the ridiculousness and hopelessness of the family's situation. The ending is both unexpected and wonderful.

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The third book is:

'Banvard's Folly'

Paul Collins' Banvard's Folly: Thirteen Tales Of Renowned Obscurity, Famous Anonymity, And Rotten Luck is a collection of all-too-brief cautionary accounts of people who were famous in their own day but whose names ring no (or very few) bells today. Included among them are the artist John Banvard, whose three-mile-long panoramic painting of the shores of Mississippi River brought him both fame and unbelievable fortune in the mid-19th century until he decided to try to compete with P.T. Barnum and lost it all; Delia Bacon, who tried to prove that the fourth-rate actor, William Shakespeare, didn't write the plays that bear his name, but that they were written by a troika composed of Francis Bacon, Walter Raleigh and Edmund Spenser; A.J. Pleasonton, who believed that "blue light" (light streaming through blue glass) was a cure for ailments both physical and mental (only one of a number of medical quackeries Collins mentions); and Martin Farquhar Tupper, a household name in 19th century poetry circles, who was beaten out for England's poet laureate by no less a poetic eminence than Alfred Tennyson, and yet is totally unread and unknown today (except maybe in a few English departments). I suppose the lesson to be learned is that fame is, indeed, at best fleeting.

Read an excerpt.

The fourth book is:

'Whores on the Hill'

The reckless trio of teenage girls striding through Whores on the Hill, Colleen Curran's first novel, don't mind being referred to by other girls at their Milwaukee Catholic high school as the "the whores on the hill;" in fact, led by Astrid, they court their dicey reputation by wearing skirts shorter than anyone else, picking up motorcycle-riding dropouts, and generally raising hell as only rebellious 15-year-old girls can. Curran honestly and painfully lays it all out: first love, first betrayal by a best friend, and the inevitable tragic outcome of all that wildness. Here's a sample of her writing, describing a scene following an ill-advised evening of joyriding on motorcycles with boys they'd barely met: "At home, even in bed with the covers pulled tight, it still felt like we were flying, Astrid, Juli, and me, burning through our bare, balding town like a breath of wet fire. Our desire. We wanted the world. All of it, and now."

Read an excerpt.

The Fifth book is:


I can't imagine that the subject of giraffes is common fodder for discussion around the dinner table, but after reading Michael Allin's nonfiction tale, Zarafa: A Giraffe's True Story, From Deep in Africa to the Heart of Paris, it just might become the subject du jour. Allin follows the adventures of a young giraffe, sent to King Charles X of France in 1826 by the Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt. (He was hoping to deflect France's involvement in a little war he was conducting against Greece.) We learn of Zarafa's capture in Africa, her long sea voyage, first down the Nile to Alexandria, and then on to Marseille, and finally a 550-mile walk to Paris, accompanied by an ever-growing rapturous crowd of followers. But this is more than Zarafa's tale; it's a fascinating look at the early 19th century, filled with memorable descriptions of Napoleon (a voracious reader who led a well-read army), Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, the great French naturalist (of whom I'd never heard before), and others. Zarafa herself is now on display in a museum in La Rochelle, on France's west coast, where you will be sorely tempted, as I was when I read this charming book, to go pay homage to a most lovely lady.
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The sixth book is:

'Spilling Clarence'

In Spilling Clarence, author Anne Ursu asks readers to consider what place our memories have in our lives, whether who we believe we are is a reflection of what we've chosen to remember, or to forget. In the small town of Clarence, a powerful drug gets into the water system, and everyone is now able to remember everything -- every single moment and incident -- about their pasts. For some, this is a blessing, but for others, who counted on the passage of time to make the past bearable, it's a heartbreaking nightmare. This is a witty, intelligent, and gracefully written novel, but it's particularly special because Ursu cares so deeply about her characters that the reader cares about them, too. Her seemingly intuitive understanding of the ways we invent and reinvent ourselves is breathtaking.

Read an excerpt.

You can find more suggestions and a audio report on these books at:
Librarian's Picks: Saving the Best for First

If it has been awhile since you have read a book, then it is time to do so!

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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Why Are There No Disabled Persons in North Korea?

The following is from the Albert Mohler Blog.

Posted: Friday, March 31, 2006 at 1:44 am ET

Reuters is reporting a genuinely frightening story out of North Korea. According to the respected news agency, a recent North Korean defector claims that the killing of newborns seen to be defective is now common in what is often called the "Hemit Kingdom."
The defector, Ri Kwang-chol, is a physician who claims first-hand knowledge of the practice of killing those considered to be "defective" babies.
From the Reuters report:
North Korea has no people with physical disabilities because they are killed almost as soon as they are born, a physician who defected from the communist state said on Wednesday. Ri Kwang-chol, who fled to the South last year, told a forum of rights activists that the practice of killing newborns was widespread but denied he himself took part in it.

"There are no people with physical defects in North Korea," Ri told members of the New Right Union, which groups local activists and North Korean refugees. He said babies born with physical disabilities were killed in infancy in hospitals or in homes and were quickly buried.
The practice is encouraged by the state, Ri said, as a way of purifying the masses and eliminating people who might be considered "different".

Is this logic all that far from what we now hear in America? Here, the majority of babies with Down Syndrome are now aborted. Can infanticide be far behind?

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