Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Black Klansman

The melodrama exploits racial tensions with the tale of a light-skinned African-American who impersonats a Caucasisan and joins the notorious Ku Klux Klan to get revenge on the bigots who bombed a church and killed his daughter. Soon after joining, the vengeful father begins having sex with the clan leaders' daughter. This classic expliotation film is finally out, authored from the camera negatives.

Woman sees face of Jesus on pistachio nut
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Sam Harris: Can Science Determine Human Values?

The Atheists

Hitler's Christmas party: Rare photographs capture leading Nazis celebrating in 1941 | Mail Online
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Kafka's A Country Doctor

Koji Yamamura is considered one of the greatest independent Japanese animators of this generation. Born in Japan in 1964, he has been crafting animation since age twelve by combining traditional drawings with mixed media such as modeling clay, still photography and painting. Yamamura has fashioned entirely distinctive, stunningly imaginative worlds with free-spirited creativity: trees grow out of heads, birds dream of fruit, and children are swallowed by whales.

Koji Yamamura first garnered major international attention in 2003 when his universally acclaimed Mt. Head received an Oscar® nomination for Best Animated Short Film. Yamamura is the only Japanese animator (besides the legendary Hayao Miyazaki) to ever receive such an honor.

KimStim is proud to present a collection of Yamaura's most remarkable works for the first time in the U.S., including his latest masterpiece Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor - a nightmarish, virtuoso drawing-on-paper rendering of the famed short story and winner of seven Grand Prizes at major animation festivals worldwide.

The Making of The Red Book

Carl Jung's The Red Book is considered to be the most influential unpublished work in the history of psychology.

When Carl Jung embarked on an extended self-exploration he called his confrontation with the unconscious, the heart of it was The Red Book, a large, illuminated volume he created between 1914 and 1930. Here he developed his principle theories—of the archetypes, the collective unconscious, and the process of individuation—that transformed psychotherapy from a practice concerned with treatment of the sick into a means for higher development of the personality.

While Jung considered The Red Book to be his most important work, only a handful of people have ever seen it. Now, in a complete facsimile and translation, it is available to scholars and the general public. It is an astonishing example of calligraphy and art on a par with The Book of Kells and the illuminated manuscripts of William Blake. This publication of The Red Book is a watershed that will cast new light on the making of modern psychology.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Nursery teacher used dozens of pupils to make child pornography in one of worst abuse cases in Dutch history

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:55 PM on 13th December 2010

A nursery school teacher in Amsterdam has confessed to molesting more than 50 pupils, some of who were used to make child pornography, in one of the worst cases of sexual abuse in the history of the Netherlands.

The 27-year-old, who worked for at least two schools, was arrested last week after a U.S. investigation traced the origins of one image to the Netherlands.

When the image was shown on a Dutch TV police programme on Sunday the victim's parents recognised their child and called the police, leading to the man's arrest on the same night.

News conference: Amsterdam's authorities announced the arrest in a news conference on Sunday night

His computers containing child pornography were seized and he had since confessed to dozens of sex crimes allegedly committed over the past year and a half.

'At this moment we do not precisely know how many children are the victims of this 27-year-old man,' said Amsterdam police chief Herman Bolhaar.

The parents of affected children aged up to four were informed at an Amsterdam hotel on Sunday night.

In a late night news conference with the city's police chiefs, Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan said: 'This is about a serious suspicion of grave abuse by a man who was arrested Tuesday and has been held since then.

'I see it as my most important job to inform parents as well as possible.'

The suspect worked at at least two day care centres in Amsterdam from February 2007 and also offered his services online as a freelance babysitter.

He was identified as a Dutch citizen originally from Riga, Latvia.

His name was not released but police published his photo - an unusual step, as privacy laws usually prevent publication of photograhs of suspects in the Netherlands.

Mr Van der Laan said the photo had been released in part to reassure the thousands of parents in Amsterdam whose children were not affected.

But he said: 'At the same time we want to alert others that it indeed was their babysitter.'

Prosecutors said yesterday they had also arrested the man's 37-year-old partner on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

The older man was not suspected of physically molesting children, they said, but he will appear in court on Monday.

A 39-year-old employee of one of the day care centres where the man worked was also arrested yesterday after allegedly attempting an 'indecent' online chat, the prosecution statement said.

Mr Bolhaar said there may be more victims and more suspects.

A candle was left yesterday on the steps of one of the day care centres affected. An attached note bore the single word: 'terrible.'

The case comes just months after 60-year-old swimming teacher Benno Larue was sentenced in July to seven years in jail for the sexual abuse of 40 girls over a period of many years.

Most of the girls were very young and had learning difficulties.


Mother and son 'hacked to death with axe as two teenage girls flee bloodbath'

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:03 PM on 13th December 2010

A mother and her son were murdered in an axe attack in their end-of-terrace home in the early hours of today.

Two teenagers who were in the property at the time fled with minor injuries following the attack on the woman, in her 40s, and man, aged in his 20s.

A 43-year-old suspect was later arrested more than 50 miles away on suspicion of carrying out the double killing.

An investigation was launched after a 13-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman who were in the house in Banbury, Oxfordshire, went across the road and told a neighbour what had happened.

The teenagers were taken to Horton General Hospital in Banbury for their own safety after the emergency services arrived.

The same street where the double murder happened was the scene two years ago of another brutal killing in which a wife was battered to death with a chapatti pan.

In that incident the 30-year-old woman was murdered and body wrapped in a duvet and hidden behind a settee.

Her husband, Mohammed Rashid, was jailed for life after walking into a police station and giving himself up.

Today the scene of the latest killings was sealed off by police as a full-scale forensic examination of the house got underway.

A neighbour who lives opposite the scene said that the family had been renting the house.

'The family only moved in recently, within the last couple of months or so. They are lodgers and they haven't been here long,' he said.

'There was a couple living there and a young teenage girl of about 16.

'The family is very quiet and have kept themselves to themselves since they moved in but there has never been any trouble from them.

'They have always been very quiet and they don't really talk to anyone in the street but it's still a bit of a shock.'

Another neighbour said: 'All we've heard is there's been a murder and an axe was involved.

'I know the house but I don't know who lives there. We can't get up there because the police are blocking it; they've stopped the cars going up and down.

'It's a very quiet street really. I never hear of any trouble.'

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Vigurs, from the Thames Valley Police major crime unit, said: 'Firstly, I would like to reassure the community. We do not believe this is a random attack and think the victims knew their killer.

'At this time we can confirm we are trying to trace a man in connection with this incident.

'Another woman and a girl were in the property at the time of the incident and they have now been taken to a place of safety.

'Officers will look to speak with them later today.

'This is an ongoing investigation and at this time there is nothing more we can say, but will look to provide updates as soon as possible.'


Jesus returns May 21,2011. No word on Mohammed.

Posted by admin on December 5, 2010

I remember my first apocalypse. It was way back in 1975, when the Jehovah’s Witnesses said it was all going to end. Then there was the Harmonic Convergence of 1987, the Ussher prophesy of ’97, and who could forget Y2K? Good times.

Of course, most people are now looking forward to 2012 when the whole world will go to Hell in a blaze of earthquakes, solar flares, and aliens. Not to be outdone, though, a Christian group called We Can Know are saying that The Late-Great JC will be coming back on May 21, 2011. And they’ve got billboards, bumper stickers, a radio show, and a website to prove it.

I gotta admit, it’s nice to have something to look forward to between now and 2012. It was getting to be a long drag there, and an apocalypse-before-the apocalypse is just what we needed to break up the long wait.

Still, it’s a few months away. While this gives me plenty of time to have my Beer-and-Holy Water franchise up and running before the Hell fires get going, the wait is likely a long one for the We Can Know folks. To kill time, I suggest they spend their last months on Earth becoming more familiar with their bible, and what it has to say about the exact date of Jesus’ return. I suggest they start with the following passage, from the Gospel of Mark:

“No man knows the day and the hour, no, not the angels which are in Heaven, nor the Son, but the Father.” ~Mark 13:32


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Deer Mutilation Postcards Sent To Jail

Posted: 10:02 am EST December 9, 2010
Updated: 5:50 am EST December 10, 2010

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Two cousins were charged in connection with graphic postcards that were mailed to a Gwinnett County Jail inmate.

Four postcards were sent to the jail, containing images of the mutilation and killing of an 8-month-old deer, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said in a news release. Pictures showed the deer being led on a leash, mutilated and decapitated.

Bourbonnais said 42-year-old Lawrenceville resident Stanley Hugh Ivy mailed the postcards. She said on each postcard, Ivy described how he stabbed and choked the animal to death, calling himself a “predator.”

Deputies intercepted the postcard and launched an investigation with the Department of Natural Resources, Bourbonnais said.

On Wednesday, deputies approached Ivy as he met with his probation officer, Bourbonnais said. She said Ivy admitted to sending the cards, but not to hurting the deer.

Ivy told deputies that his cousin, Orvie Crawford, 39, hurt the deer, and they both ate it afterward, Bourbonnais said. Ivy said they could ask Crawford about the incident in person, because he was sitting in a truck outside, Bourbonnais said.

Deputies said they found Crawford in the truck, along with methamphetamine and a .45-caliber handgun sitting on the seat beside him.

Ivy was charged with various offenses including animal cruelty and felon in possession of a firearm. He was being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Crawford was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony. He was jailed and released on $11,400 bond. The DNR is pursuing additional charges against him in Newton County, where he said the incident occurred.


SC teen sets himself on fire at high school, dies

The Associated Press
Friday, December 10, 2010; 4:26 PM

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Authorities say a South Carolina high school student doused himself in flammable liquid and set himself on fire, killing him.

Academic Magnet High School officials told WCSC-TV that a team of 45 grief counselors were on campus Friday to help students cope with the teen's death.

Authorities say 16-year-old Aaron Williams doused his clothes with a flammable liquid Wednesday morning and ran toward the school's doors. Dozens of teachers and students saw him on fire. Williams died a day later from the burns.

Classmates say Williams was known around school as the "Boom Box Kid" because he carried around a large, portable stereo like the kind that were popular in the 1980s.


Woman's daughter charged with abuse and neglect

'Worst case I've ever seen'

By David MacDougall
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

ST. GEORGE -- A 98-year-old woman who died Tuesday was being neglected by her primary caregiver, her 60-year-old daughter, police said.

Police were summoned by EMS workers to the East George Street home of Anne Copeland about 6:20 p.m. Monday. The elderly woman was lying in a soiled bed, said St. George Police Lt. Eric Bonnette, commander of the detective division. She had numerous sores, he said.

The house was unheated and filthy, with animal droppings and odors throughout, he said.

"It was cold, but a window in her room was open to let out the smell of the rotting flesh," Bonnette said. Several of her bed sores were open and one on her hip was so bad it had matted to the bedding.

Bonnette said he thinks Copeland had not been turned in bed for more than a week.

"I've been in law enforcement for 17 years and I've been an investigator for about half of that time," Bonnette said. "I investigate a lot of elder abuse cases when I was with the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office. This is the worst case I've ever seen."

There were seven dogs and several cats in the house. There also was a parrot, whose mimicry gave Bonnette a chill when he heard it.

"The parrot was mimicking, 'Help me. Help me.' Then he would laugh," Bonnette said.

"We think he was mimicking the mother when he said, 'Help me. Help me,' and mimicking the daughter when he laughed."

Authorities contacted animal control to remove the animals, Bonnette said.

Copeland was taken by EMS on Monday night to Colleton Medical Center, where she died about 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet said.

The Coroner's Office is investigating her death and an autopsy was planned for today, Nisbet said. The cause of her death has not been determined.

Police arrested Copeland's daughter, Gloria Park Clark of 209 E. George St. and charged her with abuse and neglect resulting in death of a vulnerable adult, Bonnette said. She is scheduled to have a bond hearing today in St. George.

Police had been called to the house in October for a report of elder abuse, Bonnette said. The patrol division investigated the situation at the time and no further action was taken, he said.


Sunday, December 5, 2010
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