October 12, 2009
Definition of a parasite: something that lives in, with, or on another organism and obtains benefits from the host, which it usually injures.
So thats nice and here are some beauties…
1. The Tongue Eating Parasite On the Greater Weaver fish
There are varying types of tongue eaters across the world some growing up to 4cm [2”]. They are commonly found in temperate waters but some have recently been found off the coast of the UK.
Their working method is to enter the fish via its gills, locate the tongue and clasp themselves to it. They then gorge on the blood from the artery supply. Starved of nourishment the tongue eventually withers away leaving the parasite attached to its stub, in order to maintain its prized position the parasite then behaves like the original organ directing incoming food to the stomach and enjoying the odd bit of fish mucous and blood along the way.
2. Pork Tapeworm
This worm is apparently familiar to neurologists; in some cases where patients have complained of severe headaches and seizures further examination during surgery has found that the problem has actually been caused by a parasite eating the brain. Caught early enough it is possible for a person to make a full recovery, but how does this happen? The theory is that if you eat undercooked pork [that houses the parasite] the worm will locate in your intestine, if you eat food that is tainted with the feces of a person infected with the pork tapeworm – well then this leads to the eggs of the worm traveling in your bloodstream to the brain – or eye – maturing, laying more eggs and feeding.
3. The Human Bot Fly
Native to Central and South America the botfly resembles a bumble bee in size and hairiness. It lays its eggs by capturing a mosquito and attaching the creamy oval shaped eggs to its underside. The mosquito is then released and when feeding on an animal or human the eggs hatch, from the warmth and larvae enter the skin of their new host, leaving a hole in the surface in order to breath. It takes from 6-8 weeks for them to fully develop and drop off.
4. Horsehair Worms
Normally found in water the adults are free living and can grow up to a foot in length. They develop as parasites in the bodies of grasshoppers’ crickets and beetles. What’s interesting is when ready to find a mate they will seemingly take control of their hosts mind and make them leap into the closest pool of water – where they then exit through the anus leaving their host to drown.
5. The Green–banded broodsac
A flatworm found in feces this parasite is picked up by snails as an intermediate host, what it needs though is for the snail to be picked up by a bird, therefore it extends into the snails tentacles changing them into swollen green pulsating tubes – similar looking to a caterpillar. This attracts birds that then eat the snail and the maturing parasite can then start eating on the bird whilst laying eggs that the bird will poo out, which snails will then eat…..
6. The Emerald Jewel Wasp
This wasp first uses her stinger to penetrate a cockroach’s abdomen followed by the same procedure in a specific part of its brain, this results in the roach becoming zombified, allowing the wasp to drag it to her burrow lay her eggs on it, eat the antennae for a spot of lunch and then leave. After a few days the eggs will hatch and begin to consume the roach until they are fully developed and ready to fly off.
7. The Candiru
A tiny parasitic catfish that lives in the Amazon the Candiru or toothpick fish feeds off the blood of larger fish by entering their gills and biting the nearest artery. More disturbingly however it has been known to enter a mans willy whilst peeing in the river, chomping its way up through flesh until too gorged to exit, this being particularly painful for the victim.
8. The Filarial Worm
Spread by Flies and mosquitos these parasites are injected by the thousand in one bite. They take a year to mature in the body where they, depending on type, invade the stomach eyes or lymphatic system, in the latter case causing massive swelling of limbs or genitals commonly known as Elephantitis. In tropical regions as many as 120 million people are infected at any one time.
9. Parasitic Fungi – Cordyceps
Spores of the fungus attach themselves to the ant and enter its body via the tracheae it then begins to feed on the ant’s soft tissue until ready to mature when it will enter the brain and through chemical pheromones cause the ant to climb a plant and clamp onto a stem, from here the fungus kills its host by eating the brain and sprouting spores from the ants head.
10. Leishmaniasis Parasites
Transmitted by the bite of a sand fly – which can contain more than 1000 parasites – and entering into the skin blood and tissues of the human host, this affliction has been dubbed the flesh eating disease as the parasites eat breed and spread throughout the body leaving large lesions and in the worst cases attacking vital organs. The acute versions can take months to be identified and require intensive medical treatment.
October 10, 2009
Mostly I look in wonder and marvel at the great beauty of nature in all its forms – but not in this case, these are just plain ugly….
Present in oceans around the world the Fangtooth is one of the deepest living species to be found – going as far as 5,000 m. They grow to around 16 cm with a rather large head and proportionally the largest teeth of any fish. They eat squid and other small fish which they hunt by a process researchers call contact chemoreception – essentially finding food by bumping into it.
2. Viper Fish
The Viper Fish lives in tropical and temperate waters at depths of 1500 m although like a lot of deep sea creatures it vertically migrates to around 500 m at night to feed on crustaceans and other small fish, luring them with a long rod like organ with a flashing light on the end. The viperfish grows up to 60cm long and is believed to live for over 15 years.
3. Angler Fish
There are more than 200 species of angler fish worldwide living at varying depths , some up to a mile below the surface; they are easily identifiable by the fleshy growth from their heads [called an esca] which acts as a lure for prey by imitating a much smaller fish. Generally dark grey or brown most are less than 30 cm long but some can grow to up to a meter in length. Angler fish consume their prey whole; by distending their jaw and stomach they are able to eat creatures twice as large as their entire body. The male is considerably smaller and from birth seeks the female for survival latching on as a parasite before completely fusing with the female losing everything but its gonads. A female will carry over six males on her body.
There is not much known about this it seems other than it lives in deep waters, around 800 m – mainly around the coast of Australia and Tasmania, it [clearly] has a significant lack of bone and muscle which allows it to bob along just above the surface of the sea floor eating whatever passes by, it is thought to grow up to a maximum of 30 cm in length.
5. Salt Water Hatchetfish
There are around 45 different species worldwide the largest growing to 12cm found at depths of up to 1,370 m in tropical and subtropical waters. They are made distinct by their very thin laterally compressed bodies and large protruding eyes which are angled upward allowing them to search for food overhead.
6. Black Dragonfish
Found at depths of up to 2000 m in subtropical and temperate waters in the southern hemisphere. The females grow to 40 cm in length with males reaching only 5 cm. Like lots of other deep sea fish they have photophores scattered over their bodies that can produce light. The larval black dragonfish have their eyes on stalks extending from their head.
Spookfish live in depths of 1700 to 2600 m deep, grow up to 1.2m in length and have been found in the West Indian and Pacific oceans. Their distinguishing feature is a long narrow flexible snout which has sensory features on the underside to help it locate its prey on the sea floor. They eat smaller fish and crustaceans by crushing them with their beak like mouths.
8. Lizard Fish
Found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world at depths of 400m at most. There are around 60 species all with the distinguishing feature of needle like teeth in their mouths and on their tongue, they grow up to 60 cm, prefer living on the sea bed and are often camouflaged to their environments.
9. Giant Grenadier
A member of the rattail family named due to their long pointed tails. Lives at depths up to 3,500 m and grows to over 2 m. They spend most of their time swimming along the sea bed searching for carcasses and most other sea creatures including crabs worms and cephalopods.
Hagfish have a couple of less than discerning characteristics, first they secrete a protein when attacked that turns into copious amounts of slime – an adult can turn a 20 litre bucket of water to slime in a matter of minutes – this special feature suffocates the predator and enables the hagfish to escape which it does by tying itself into a knot and slipping through. Secondly they are known to enter the bodies of their prey either by mouth or by attaching themselves and boring through; they then devour their victim from the inside out. The largest hagfish grow up to 127 cm long and are found in depths of 1,800m. cliquee.net
October 9, 2009
This is from pilotfriends.com ….
Apparently, after every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a ‘gripe sheet’, which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems; document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.
Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humour. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas’ Pilots and the solutions recorded by maintenance engineers.
1) Pilots: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
Engineers: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
2) Pilots: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
Engineers: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
4) Pilots: Dead bugs on windshield.
Engineers: Live bugs on back-order.
5) Pilots: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
Engineers: Evidence removed.
6) Pilots: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
Engineers: That’s what they’re for.
7) Pilots: Suspected crack in windshield.
Engineers: Suspect you’re right.
8 ) Pilots: Number 3 engine missing.
Engineers: Engine found on right wing after brief search.
9) Pilots: Aircraft handles funny.
Engineers: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.
10) Pilots: Target radar hums
Engineers: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.
October 9, 2009
“Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.” – G. B. Shaw
So the pilot said to air traffic control and air traffic control said to the pilot ….
1) Control Tower Flight XXX for noise abatement turn right 45 Degrees.
Pilot Centre, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?
Control Tower Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?
2) From an unknown aircraft waiting in a very long takeoff queue –
Unknown Aircraft I’m F##king bored.
Control Tower Last aircraft transmitting identify yourself immediately.
Unknown Aircraft I said I was f##king bored, not f##king stupid!
3) Control Tower Eastern 702, cleared for takeoff, contact departure on frequency 124.7.
Eastern 702 Tower, Eastern 702 switching to Departure. By the way, after we lifted off we saw some kind of dead animal on the far end of the runway
Control Tower Continental 635, cleared for takeoff behind Eastern 702, contact Departure on frequency 124.7. Did you copy that report from Eastern 702?
Continental 635 Continental 635, cleared for takeoff, roger; and yes, we copied Eastern… we’ve already notified our caterers.
4) Allegedly while taxiing at London’s Gatwick Airport the crew of a US Air flight departing for Ft. Lauderdale made a wrong turn and came nose to nose with a United 727. An irate female ground controller lashed out at the US Air crew, screaming – US Air 2771 where the hell are you going? I told you to turn right onto Charlie taxiway. You turned right on Delta. Stop right there. I know it’s difficult for you to tell the difference between C and D but get it right. Continuing her rage to the embarrassed crew she was now shouting hysterically – God! Now you’ve screwed everything up. It’ll take forever to sort this out. You stay right there and don’t move until I tell you to. You can expect progressive taxi instructions in about half an hour and I want you to go exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell you. You got that US Air 2771? – US Air 2771? Yes ma’am the humbled crew responded. Naturally, the ground control communications frequency fell very silent after the verbal bashing of US Air 2771. Nobody wanted to chance engaging the irate ground controller in her current state of mind. Tension in every cockpit out around Gatwick was definitely running high. Just then an unknown pilot broke the silence and keyed his microphone asking: “Wasn’t I married to you once?”
5) A Difficult Landing – This airline had a policy that required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile and give them a – ‘Thanks for flying XYZ airline’.
An airline pilot on this particular flight hammered his plane into the runway really hard. In light of his bad landing, he had difficulty looking the passengers in the eye, all the time he
thought that a passenger would have a smart comment. However, it seemed that all the passengers were too shell shocked to say anything. Finally, everyone had gotten off except for
this little old lady walking with a cane. She said, ‘Sonny, mind if I ask you a question?’ Why no Ma’am, said the pilot what is it, the little old lady said, ‘Did we land, or were we shot down?’
6) A BA 747 pilot had waited for takeoff clearance for 45 minutes. A German 737 was cleared immediately. The BA pilot asked the tower why the German aircraft had been given clearance at once. Before the tower could reply, the German pilot came back with “Because I got up very early this morning and put a towel on the runway.”
7) It was a sunny day in Korso, Finland and a FinnAir MD-11 was moving towards runway 22L
Finn MD Tower, those photographers should be moved from their place.
Tower They have permission
Fin MD They really should be removed
Tower They really have permission
Fin MD We are lined up on runway 22L. Remove those photographers
Tower For the last time they have permission so will not be removed
Fin MD Tower, Ok then. Will be flying to Beijing and those boys will fly to Korso!
8) Tower Mission 123, do you have any problems?
Pilot I think I’ve lost my compass
Tower Judging by the way you’re flying you’ve lost the whole instrument panel.
9) Tower CRX600, are you on course to SUL?
Pilot More or less
Tower So proceed a little more to SUL
10) Female terminal controller to a male pilot after a lengthy request: “Last time I gave a pilot everything he wanted, I was on antibiotics for three weeks.”
11) Tower ….and for your information you were slightly to the left of the centreline of that approach
Speedbird That’s correct, and my first officer was slightly to the right
12) Tower USA 353 contact Cleveland Centre 135.60
Tower USA 353 contact Cleveland Centre 135.60
Tower USA 353 – you’re just like my wife, you never listen
Pilot Centre, this is USA 553, maybe if you called her by the right name you’d get a better response.
13) Tower FAR 1234 confirm your type of aircraft. Are you an airbus 330 or 340?
Pilot A340 of course
Tower Then would you mind switching on the two other engines and give me 1000 feet per minute please.
14) Pilot FLX 30 we just have a few gallons of fuel
Tower Please give us your position we don’t see you on the radar
Pilot We are standing at runway 2 and want to know when the fuel truck will come.
15) Washington D.C., Clearance Delivery GAF269, you are cleared to destination Indian Springs via after takeoff radar vectors to 4000 feet thereafter present position direct BOM do not pass BOM at 6000 feet or below after passing 15000 feet turn right on heading 280 to intercept J156 direct ZZT thereafter intercept J158, own navigation read back.
GAF 269 Roger German Air Force 269 is cleared to Destination Indian Springs via after takeoff radar vectors to 4000 feet thereafter present position direct BOM do not pass BOM at 6000 feet or below after passing 15000 feet turn right on heading 280 to intercept J156 direct ZZT thereafter intercept J158 own navigation and I need another pencil.
16) ATIS stands for ‘Automated Terminal Information Service’ which is a recorded message broadcast at most busy airports. ATIS gives pilots the current wind, air traffic, and runway information and each time the information changes, the broadcast is revised, with each revision being assigned the next letter in the phonetic alphabet. This designation is included in the broadcast, which is identified as, ‘Information Alpha… Bravo, Charlie…etc. At ATIS-equipped airports, pilots are required to listen to the recording prior to contacting Approach Control or the tower and must repeat the ‘Information so-and-so’ identifier when they make their initial radio call.
Scenario: it was night over Las Vegas and ‘Information Hotel’ was current on the ATIS. Mooney 33W wasn’t too sharp, but he didn’t let that stop him from talking to Approach Control.
Approach Mooney 33W, confirm you have ‘Hotel.’
Mooney 33W Uhhhmm, we’re flying into McCarren International. Uhhhmm, we don’t have a hotel room yet.
After that, Approach was laughing too hard to respond. The next several calls went something like this call to United 583 (which didn’t make it any easier to stop laughing)…
Approach United 583, descend to Flight Level 220.
United 583 United 583, down to Flight Level 220. We don’t have a hotel room, either.
17) Heard from the radio at EFHK (Helsinki, Finland) – A MD-80 was holding short of runway 22 during the rush-hour.
Tower XXX123, are you ready for immediate?
Tower XXX123, roger, cleared for IMMEDIATE takeoff runway 22, wind XXX at XX
XXX123 cleared for immediate 22.
So the MD-80 taxies to a position and stops…
Tower XXX123, you going or not?
XXX123 Yes yes, we’re going in a moment.
Tower If you would had rear-view mirrors in that plane of yours, you would’ve taken off five minutes ago.
18) Tower Alitalia 345 continue taxi holding position 26 South via Tango check for workers along taxiway
AZA Ali345 Taxi 26 Left A via Tango. Workers checked – all are working.
19) Aurora Moncton, TRIALS08 we’ll be working VFR at 4,500, loitering over the city of Saint John for about the next 10-15 minutes. We’d like radar flight following.
CZQM TRIALS08 roger your radar identified. Are you aware the city has bylaws against loitering?
Aurora Ah… roger that.
20) Leaving Palo Alto one Friday. A Citabria had just landed…
PAO 85 Uniform, Taxi to position and hold.
XX Position and hold, 85 Uniform.
Citabria Umm, Tower, there’s a dead seagull on the right side of the runway near the windsock.
PAO Roger. 85 Uniform, cleared for takeoff. Watch for a dead seagull on the right side of the runway.
XX 85 Uniform, Dead seagull traffic in sight.
A little later, the Citabria was downwind when heard:
October 8, 2009
I’m not at the stage, as it were, of believing that there are UFO’s with alien crews at the steering wheel, nibbling a sandwich whilst heading to Earth on a mission to study us. But there’s a lot of room out there and a lot of unexplained phenomena, so who really knows – all we need is a really good photo…
1) “On two of my missions and I still don’t have an answer, um I have seen a snake out there 6,7,8 feet long it is rubbery because it has internal waves in it & it follows you for a rather long period of time. The more you fly in space the more you see an incredible amount of things out there and that sort of brings to you really a certainty that other living creatures are out there. Some incredibly primitive, some just proteins coming together amino acids and single cell organisms and other civilisations have been around for millions of years that are doing unimaginable kinds of things.” [from an interview on disclose.tv]
Dr Story Musgrave A veteran of six space flights, Musgrave has spent a total of 1281 hours 59 minutes, 22 seconds in space the last one being in 1996.
2) “There was something out there that, uh, was close enough to be observed and what could it be? Mike (Collins) decided he thought he could see it in the telescope and he was able to do that and when it was in one position, that had a series of ellipses, but when you made it real sharp it was sort of L shaped. That didn’t tell us very much.”
Buzz Aldrin talking about the UFO which the crew of Apollo 11 saw in 1969 on their way to the moon. At the time they didn’t say anything direct to mission control but just asked them where a part of the rocket they had jettisoned 2 days earlier was, they were told 6000 miles away. Aldrin later stated that he didn’t think this was anything alien or extraterrestrial but that it was the detached panel.
3) “Mission control, we have an unidentified flying object pacing our position, request instructions.”
Cady [Catherine] Coleman NASA transmission, shuttle mission STS-73 1995. This was her first mission [of 2] and lasted for 16 days
4) “We were drifting in space with the control engines shut down and all the instrumentation off when suddenly an object appeared in the window. It had a very definite shape – like a beer can with an arm sticking out. I don’t know whether it was a very small object up close or a very large object a long way away. There was nothing to judge by. I really don’t know how big it was. We had two cameras that were just floating in the spacecraft at the time, so I grabbed one and took a picture of the object and grabbed the other and took a picture. Then I turned on the rocket control systems because I was afraid we might hit it…..”
“The film was sent back to NASA and reviewed by some NASA film technicians. One of them selected what he thought was what we talked about, at least before I had a chance to review it. It was not the picture — it was a picture of a sun reflection on the window.” “I reviewed the file myself a week or so later, frame by frame, and there was never anything that I saw in the pictures that looked like what I saw in space. The cameras were not set properly or the lighting wasn’t right or something.”
Brigadier Gen. James Mc Divitt Gemini 4 – 1964
5) “It followed us during half of our orbit. We observed it on the light side, and when we entered the shadow side, it disappeared completely. It was an engineered structure, made from some type of metal, approximately 40 meters long with inner hulls. The object was narrow here and wider here, and inside there were openings. Some places had projections like small wings. The object stayed very close to us. We photographed it, and our photos showed it to be 23 to 28 meters away”. From disclose.tv
The film was later confiscated and on their debriefing the cosmonauts were told never to reveal what they knew.
Cosmonaut Victor Afanasyev explaining what they saw during their journey from Star City to the Solyut Space Station in 1979.
6) “I was testing a P-51 fighter in Minneapolis when I spotted this object. I was at about 10,000 feet on a nice, bright, sunny afternoon. I thought the object was a kite, then I realized that no kite is gonna fly that high.” As I got closer it looked like a weather balloon, gray and about three feet in diameter. But as soon as I got behind the darn thing it didn’t look like a balloon anymore. It looked like a saucer, a disk. About the same time, I realized that it was suddenly going away from me — and there I was, running at about 300 miles per hour. I tracked it for a little way, and then all of a sudden the damn thing just took off. It pulled about a 45 degree climbing turn and accelerated and just flat disappeared.”
Mercury Astronaut Capt. Donald Slayton, revealed in an interview in 1951
7) “On one occasion, I saw some strange vehicles that we assumed were UFO’s….flights of fighters flying by in the same sort of formation we flew, moving east to west….just like saucers they were metallic looking, but we couldn’t really get close enough to see more than that….they were flying higher and faster than we could go.
Mercury 9 & Gemini 5 Astronaut Gordon Cooper talking about a UFO encounter that occurred over Germany in 1951, the US Air Force scrambled its pilots including Cooper to go after the aircraft.
8) “…but then this something started to move downwards. When it flew away it attracted all our attention. It looked like it was rotating….I don’t think it was a piece of space junk or debris. There is a lot of that in the Earth orbit – but our space surveillance locates them, and according to them there was nothing…”
Cosmonaut Musa Manarov Talking about the MIR docking mission in1991
9) Jerry was on the MIR Russian space station for 5 months and was asked had he seen any UFO’s he replied “I have been asked that question so many times. In five months in space, I have seen unidentified flying objects for sure. Sometimes I looked out the window and I could see a metallic thing like a spoon flying methodically. The biggest problem in space is that it is very hard to judge distance. It could have been a spoon or a spaceship thousands of miles away. Let me tell you one thing, I have never heard someone knock at the door and say – Hey Jerry let me in.”
Dr Jerry Linenberger 1997 flight Space Shuttle Atlantis
10) “There spread out as far as I could see were literally thousands of tiny luminous objects that glowed in the black skies like fireflies. I was riding slowly through them, and the sensation was like walking backwards through a pasture where someone had waved a wand and made all the fireflies stop right where they were and glow steadily.”
It was later discovered that these fireflies were ice particles and bits of paint coming off of the spacecraft.
John Glen the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962
October 7, 2009
10 quotes from serial killers who on conviction really didn’t seem to bother themselves with any remorse or at least it appears that way.
1) Remorse for what? You people have done everything in the world to me. Doesn’t that give me equal right?
Charles Manson 1934 to date. Described as a career criminal, currently serving life in a Californian prison. Manson was convicted for murdering 2 men [in 1972] and for conspiracy to commit in the infamous Tate-La Bianca murders. With an IQ of 109 and an apparent ‘intense need to call attention to himself’ he is a self proclaimed deistic figure with an apocalyptic vision. Manson attracted followers labelled ‘the family’ who he told he would protect during the up and coming Armageddon. Some of this family were convicted of carrying out the Tate-La Bianca murders. Manson apparently intrigues a lot of people as he receives 50,000 letters a year.
2) You feel the last bit of breath leaving their body. You’re looking into their eyes. A person in that situation is God.
Ted Bundy1946 -1989 Bundy admitted to killing 30 women. He was generally described as an intelligent articulate and good looking young man with a promising future ahead of him. Instead he spent 4 years murdering women by breaking into their homes or luring them to their deaths by disguise . In the last interview before his execution he cited violent hard core pornography as a contributory factor for his actions and expressed concern for its continuing evolution and availability.
3) None of us are saints.
Albert Fish 1870 – 1936. Fish said he had killed around 23 people. He apparently had an array of ‘disorders’ and was judged to be “disturbed but sane” by a psychiatrist prior to any convictions. Fish murdered then ate his victims, and at his trial professed that he heard the voice of God telling him to kill children. He was sentenced to death by electric chair for killing three. Known to be fond of self harm he is claimed to have said that being electrocuted would be “the supreme thrill.”
4) In my lifetime I have broken every law that was ever made by both man and God…if either had made more I should have cheerfully broken them also.
Carl Panzram 1891 – 1930. Panzram was first arrested at 9, then at 11 he went to a child detention center, after joining the army he went on to their prison. Shortly after release he was imprisoned again and escaped; by then he claimed to have killed 20 people. From here he went to prison for theft where he said he would murder the first person who annoyed him which he did, and for which he was sentenced to death by hanging. Apparently delighted with this he refused to appeal and even threatened to kill any human rights people who tried to intervene. His last words were “hurry it up you Hoosier bastard, I could kill 10 men while you’re fooling around.”
5) I don’t lose sleep over what I’ve done or have nightmares about it.
Dennis Nilsen1943 to date. Dennis Nilsen killed at least 15 men the motivation for which is said to be that after a series of failed relationships, he sought somebody that wouldn’t leave. Nilsen was caught due to in his attempt to dispose of rotting corpses; he inadvertently blocked the drainage system in his block of flats causing a terrible smell. Authorities including Human Rights have had a tough time in deciding on matters re Nilsen – from providing him with homosexual pornography, allowing the publication of his autobiography and the issue of a possible release date.
6) The women I killed were filth-bastard prostitutes who were littering the streets. I was just cleaning up the place a bit.
Peter Sutcliffe 1946 to date. Dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper, Sutcliffe confessed to killing 13 women and assaulting 7 within a period of 5 years in the North of England. Since his conviction in 1981 the police were heavily criticised for their apparent incompetence, the basis of this is that they relied heavily on evidence from a hoax. Forensics had found that the killer of one victim was a blood type B-secretor – 6% of the male population; on examining letters from this hoax they found that he was also blood type B [saliva on envelope] therefore when the hoaxer sent a tape with a ‘Geordie’ accent claiming to be the killer, investigators were told to eliminate suspects without certain criteria including this accent and blood type B. Sutcliffe was interviewed at least 9 times in connection with the killings but as he did not meet the criteria it never led to a more thorough investigation. Sutcliffe was finally caught on a routine matter and later confessed. He does not have a Geordie accent or is he a blood type B secretor.
7) Big deal, death always came with the territory. See you in Disneyland.
Richard Ramirez 1960 to date. In 1989 Ramirez was convicted of 67 felonies including 14 murders he is currently on death row in a Californian prison. A well liked child he was possibly affected by his cousin Mike, a psychopath who amongst other things shot his wife in the head whilst Ramirez aged 11 was present. After this he seemed to change and gradually began to take an increasing interest in the darker side of life including hard drugs and satan. In 1985 he began a 6 month killing spree – unpredictable in victim selection and M.O. he was difficult to track down. Eventually a surviving victim saw what car he was driving giving the police and public the name and face of the killer dubbed the Night Stalker, within 24 hours Ramirez was identified by a shopkeeper leading to his ‘mob’ capture and arrest.
It wasn’t as dark and scary as it sounds. I had a lot of fun….killing people is a funny experience.
Albert De Salvo 1931 – 1973 Dubbed the Boston Strangler De Salvo was in detention waiting for trial on a series of sexual assaults when he confided to another inmate that he had killed 13 women in Boston. After confessing to police they investigated further and although De Salvo was able to give some details of the killings he was not positively identified by a surviving victim or from eye witnesses. There was also speculation that the killings were the work of more than one man due to the differences in M.O. Whether he was the Boston Strangler or not is still uncertain as he was given life for his previous crimes and never stood trial for the Boston Killings. Alternative theories suggest that the man he allegedly confided in – George Nassar – was himself the Boston Strangler. De Salvo was murdered by ‘unknown’ in Walpole State Prison.
9) If I gave a shit about the parents I wouldn’t have killed the kid.
Robert Clifford Olson 1940 to date. Supposedly labelled by experts as the ‘quintessential psychopath’ in 1982 Olson was convicted of killing 11 children in a 9 month period. He was known to authorities having been arrested umpteen times in his life, and as a police informer. On his final arrest which connected him directly with one missing child Olson put a deal to the police that he would give the names and details of 11 children if they gave his wife $10,000 for each child he identified as murdered by him and one freebie = $100,000. A trust for his wife was set up, the deal authorized by the Attorney General of British Columbia and monies transferred.
10) Contrary to popular misconception the so called Moors Murders were merely an existential exercise of just over a year, which was concluded in December 1964.
Ian Brady 1938 to date. Brady is known for his role in the so called Moors Murders with his accomplice Myra Hindley. Brady was convicted of killing 3 children although he claimed to have killed 10. Hindley was convicted of killing 2 both were given life sentences. Brady’s philosophy on life was said to be one that championed cruelty & torture, and the idea that superior creatures had the right to control and destroy weaker ones. On his relationship with Hindley he said “….. before we met my criminal activities had been primarily mercenary. Afterwards, a duality of motivation developed. Existential philosophy melded with the spirituality of death and became predominant. We experimented with the concept of total possibility……apart our futures would have taken radically divergent courses.” Hindley died in 2001. Brady has failed several legal attempts to starve himself to death.
October 7, 2009
So what happens when we die?
1) Baha’i’ teaches a central principle of one religion – that is that all great seers and prophets alike have come from the one Light, the one God, as humanity has engaged in an evolution corresponding to that of an individual the attributes of each religion have met the requirements of their age with equal validity. They believe that the true nature of a human is spiritual with an everlasting soul that is the seat of one’s character and consciousness. That the purpose of life is to cultivate the soul’s growth through love for God, moral self discipline and service to human kind thus enabling society as a whole to advance. Death is described as different from this life as the womb is to this world with the afterlife a timeless spiritual journey through many planes of existence where progress is likened to heaven – a state of nearness to God and failure to progress, as hell – or remoteness from God.
2) Buddhism teaches that individuals do not posses eternal souls rather a bundle of habits memories sensations desires etc which delude us into thinking that we consist of a lasting stable self. This false self then hangs together as a unit and transmigrates or reborn in body after body. Life in a body is seen as source for all suffering due to always trying to get or attain something and the aim is to obtain release by way of detachment from this false self – Nirvana. According to Tibetan Buddhism after death the spirit of the departed goes through a process lasting 49 days that is divided into 3 stages called ‘bardos’. Only the most evolved individuals can skip bardo and transit into Nirvana. However in general Buddhists don’t believe in an afterlife only in the now – “you don’t need to come to death in order to be reborn. You are reborn in every moment; you have to see your continuation in the here and now. There is no before and after just as there is no birth and death. We can be free of these notions in a moment and filled with the great joyful silence of all that is.” – Thich Nhat Hanh – Vietnamese monk. ‘To know the self that is asking the question’ – is said to be the essence of Buddhism.
3) Christianity – it’s very difficult to do a short summary due to the vast amount of denominations – it would actually make a list in itself but I wanted to include it here for context. So to be general and brief Christianity teaches that there is only one earthly life and that we have a body and a soul. When we die the soul goes to ‘heaven’ that is a place of eternal life for those who have done good deeds and in which there is great peace and love in the presence of God. Or to hell which is a place for punishment and can be for infinity. Or in the case of Catholicism to purgatory a temporary place where those who have died without confessing their sins go to repent before being allowed into heaven. There is also the teaching of Christ’s second coming, the Day of Judgement and Salvation. All of which again vary in detail. The basis is if you are good the afterlife will be joyous – the difference is what constitutes the attainment of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behaviour.
4) Existential Nihilism begins with the idea that our lives have no absolute meaning, purpose or value. It’s not that one can’t apply meaning to it just that there is in and of itself no intrinsic reason for being. That an individual or entire human population for that matter does not and cannot make a significant difference that could impact the enormity of the Universe and its existence. This can be viewed as depressing – what’s the point – or liberating; freeing the person from obligation to traditional assumptions social prejudice and requisites. Needless to say there is no belief in a separate consciousness, soul or afterlife but more a belief in biological and chemical functions that are activated at birth, encounter and respond to external stimuli throughout life and ultimately cease at the time of death.
5) Hinduism teaches that we all have a soul which is immortal, and that this soul is part of Jiva or the limited being. The Jiva under goes cycles of birth and death. Where the soul goes after death depends on [amongst other things] our deeds in life. Hinduism also teach that there are many ‘causal planes’ and that if a person has behaved well they go to a higher plane, bad to a lower plane. The reason for death is for the Jiva to rest, reenergize itself and review its policies and plan for the next phase of life. When a person is reborn how they behaved in their past life will affect their position in the new life by way of Karma – as you sow, you shall reap. The purpose of this journey is to learn by our mistakes and ultimately for the soul to be liberated which means liberation from the cycle [Grand Illusion] of birth and death and from duality and separation and to be in union with Brahman, the supreme soul.
6) Islam teaches that there is only one physical life, and that every human is born with a pure spirit given to them by God. This spirit is like a seed that grows within and each deed whether good or bad moulds the spirit accordingly. Or put another way it is like God has given each person a lump of clay which they are able to mould in any way they choose. After death the spirit remains as it was moulded in life and finds itself in heaven [Jannat] or hell [Jahannam] not as a place but as a representation of the way a person has behaved in life. Ultimately there will be a Day of Judgement which is when the entire physical world will end and the spiritual world will come into full manifestation, everyone will be awakened and raised to the higher spiritual life – becoming fully conscious of the effects of their deeds and have a ‘body’ made out of those deeds. Simply put Islam teaches that the purpose of life here is to be kind to others and to worship Allah, life on Earth being a test to determine one’s ultimate reward or punishment in the afterlife which is eternal.
7) Judaism teaches that the soul is Godly and that this is the only earthly life. The existence of the afterlife is not stated explicitly in the Torah but rather the focus is on action in this life and fulfilling ones duties to God and to ones fellow man. Succeeding in this brings reward and failing at it bringing punishment in this life. Certainly though it seems that the overall opinion is that there is an afterlife but that there is no one official version leaving it open for the individual to decide. In traditional Judaism there is the belief in the eventual resurrection of the dead, when the Messiah comes to initiate the perfect world of peace and prosperity, the righteous dead will be brought back to life to experience the perfected world that they helped to create. The wicked dead will not be resurrected. In the afterlife – the World to Come or Olam Ha-Ba – Is a higher state of being and your place in it determined by the merit gained by your actions, not by who you are or what religion you profess. There are 3 levels here Gan Eden where righteous people go directly. Gehinnom where the average person goes for purification before moving up and then those that are too evil are punished eternally.
8) Kabbalah teaches that there is no absolute certainty in reality and that wisdom is split into two divisions – the revealed and the concealed – not as absolutes but as in our limited capacity towards higher consciousness. The Creator created 600 souls that went on to divide into billions of souls – the body existing as merely a vessel for the soul. The purpose of creation [called the will to receive pleasure] is to attain eternity, perfection and equality with the Creator a state called “Good and Doeth Good.” To reach this state one must correct all 613 desires given to the soul – also called the 10 sefirot. In order to accomplish this we are reincarnated numerous times to make corrections in this world and the ‘other world’ – as above so below. As we advance we connect with progressively more souls and begin to realise the unified, complex, interconnected system that brings all still, vegetative, animated and speaking levels of nature together, And ultimately reach a state of being whereby all souls are united without the need to incarnate and reach an eternal and perfect state.
9) Scientology teaches that man is an immortal, spiritual being whose experience extends well beyond a single lifetime “simply living time after time, getting a new body, eventually losing it and getting a new one.” They also teach that man consists of 3 parts; the body the mind and most importantly the spirit or Thetan – which is who we actually are. When a body dies its Thetan forgets the details of the former life, though painful engrams [memories] remain in its unconscious. In order to move up the path of spiritual progression these scars must be removed by auditing [a type of counselling] and when this is complete a person is said to be clear – manifesting a very high degree of personal integrity and honesty without the dysfunctional thought aspects of fear and anxiety – and helping everyone on the planet to become clear thus removing all of the pain from engrams that perpetuate war, crime, addiction etc. Rebirths continue until ones true nature is realised – Thetan – thus enabling it to operate independently of the physical universe and become one with God [Infinity / The Creator].
10) Sikhism teaches that each individual has many reincarnations, that a soul is present not only in humans but in all living creatures, therefore one can be born into any life form depending on the actions he or she committed in their past life, being born a human means the soul is nearing the end of rebirth. The focus though is not on salvation or liberation after death but on being God like now – ceaseless action and love – liberating one in this life. At the time of death it is said that God judges each soul [Atma], demonic ego centered souls may be destined to suffer great agonies and pain in the dark underworld of Narak. A soul fortunate enough to achieve grace overcomes ego by meditating on God. Such a soul may attain liberation from the cycle of reincarnation experiencing salvation in Sachkhand the realm of truth, where it exists eternally as an entity of radiant light connected to God [Parmatma].