May 2003 Archives

May 30, 2003

Bargain Binge: Stone of Transformation, smudge mix, Wiccan keyring and chakra stones

I'm off eclipse-watching, so here are a few more, mostly New Age, bargains to keep you busy in the meantime.

First up is this lump of black rock, sorry, *Big Moldavite* Stone of Transformation. This crystal has many amazing properties, including grammar randomisation and the ability to restore political entities to their state a few years earlier:

Moldavite: make of it what you will, but Moldavite is a tektite that fell to earth about 14 million years ago. I can do no better than refer you to the book by Robert Simmons and Kathy Warner MOLDAVITE: Starborn Stone of Transformation Because that is what Moldavite has come to be known as; the stone of transformation. Not just a gradual transformation, Moldavite can take you on a lightening rollercoaster ride if you're ready, and sometimes if your not.
There are very few crystals that have had a whole book written about them, with the exception of the versatile quartz. But Moldavite has attracted enough attention for a whole book. Moldavite is quite scarce and rare being found only in a couple of areas of Czechoslovakia, and when it is gone there will be no more. A dark green glassy structure, it's shape being formed through the intense heat during its descent and landing.
It is said that the Grail chalice was formed from a great emerald that fell from the sky, perhaps it was this moldavite. Moldavite can have a very profound effect on its keeper. What has come to be known as the 'Moldavite Flush' happens to many people when they first hold a piece of Moldavite, heat rises up the body from the crystals energy. A very interesting and active stone, and I can recommend you read the book for a full appreciation of what Moldavite is and how it can affect you. Moldavite can tip the scales on change in your life so be ready and enjoy the ride.

Smudging is a Native American practice, which explains this Celtic Herbs Smudge Mix:

Celtic Mix has been blended using traditional British and European herbs for cleansing, purifying, blessing and invoking helpful spirits to your sacred space.Use for healing,therapy, meditation, prayer, ceremony and making sacred objects ~ in fact any occasion as working in sacred space will enhance your connection to spirit.

So presumably it contains the same plants that grow wild in my back garden, then. At least it isn't claimed to be the Genuine Ancient Druid Smudging Mix.

Wiccans can now promote their faith with their lost keys by using this 'BLESSED BE ' Keyring With Pentacle !. It appears to be a classy, well-crafted item:

Acrylic double sided keyring with a pentacle inside the words ' Blessed Be '. The design measures approx 5cm x 3.5cm, making it about 5.5cm x 4cm overall.

Need to rebalance yourself after all this excitement? You need CHAKRA HEALING STONES & POUCH CHD WITH REIKI:

You are bidding on a fabulous set of chakra healing stones/crystals. The set comprises of a lovely black velvet drawstring pouch, seven chakra crystals/stones, and instructions.
A Chakra, from the SANSKIRT word meaning WHEEL, is a spinning vortex or a wheel of energy. All knowledge of the seven energy centres of the body, which are better known as the CHAKRAS or the LOTUSES can be traced back to the ancient.
This set comes with full instructions and a diagram of where to place the stones on the body and the healing elements.Before being despatched to the winning bidder the stones will be cleansed and charged with Reiki.

Bargain of the Day: holy soap

Early Christians considered bathing to be an evil Pagan habit, not appropriate for them. But now that's changed if this auction for a HUGE LOT - 20 BARS OF HANDMADE CHRISTIAN SOAP is anything to go by.

You are bidding on 20 bars of handcrafted soap. The bars are approx. 3.5-4 oz. and come in a protective plastic, closeable container. Each bar has an embedded childrens toy, either a plastic cross or an icthus. Please supervise small children when using this soap. You are bidding on 4 bars of Island Kisses, 4 bars of Ocean rain, 4 bars of Oatmeal, Milk and Honey, 4 bars of Texas Wildflowers, and 4 bars of Red Clover Tea. Almost all of the bars have glitter or shimmer. These make great gifts and with the bid starting at $2.00 per bar, this is a deal you cant pass pass up!!

May 29, 2003

Jesus was a poof.

An Australian academic claims that Jesus and at least three of his disciples were gay. Dr Rollan McCleary came to this conclusion based on the solid, scientific evidence found in the scriptures, biblical translations and Jesus' astrological chart!

Dr McCleary has just been awarded his doctorate for a thesis on gay spirituality. An Anglican and a qualified reader of astrological charts, Dr McCleary said that Jesus' chart shares an attribute found in the charts of many gay men -- a prominence by the planet Uranus.

A forthcoming book will shed more light on his hypothesis. This is probably an appropriate point to mention The Bible - Polari Edition, as translated by the Manchester Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Jesus was gay, says Australian academic - Gay.com News, 29th May 2003.

Bargain of the Day: Pædophile Jesus Doll

Am I alone in finding today's bargain a little dubious, especially in the light of events such as the scandal in Boston? I mean, substitute any other male name for Jesus, and you'd have the vigilantes round in a flash, to destroy your *Jesus Loves The Little Children* Doll !L@@K:

ADORABLESinging Doll In FABULOUS condition!!! This doll is one of a kind! She is a very cute doll! She sings Jesus Loves the Little Children when you push her tummy. It is a child singing the song and you can hear and understand the words EXCELLENT! She has red hair and blue eyes. Her eyes open and shut. She wears a pretty pink flowered shirt, and the collar matches her bloomers! Everything is in like Brand new condition. TheDoll is in mint condition!!!

May 25, 2003

Bargain of the Day: a date with God

Today's find is a CD which promises rather a lot: MEET YOUR OWN GOD WITH THIS CD.

OK YOU WANT TO KNOW IF THERE IS A GOD .
NOW YOU CAN FIND OUT .
LEARN ALL OF HIS SECRETS.
ASK HIM PERSONAL QUESTIONS.
YOU CAN DO IT ALL RIGHT FROM YOUR COMPUTER
CHECK OUT THE TRUTH
FIND OUT WHAT YOU NEVER COULD LEARN FROM A CHURCH
FIND YOUR GOD
THIS CD WILL HELP YOU FIND YOUR GOD
IT WILL GIVE YOU FULL ACCESS TO YOUR GOD
24HRS/7DAYS A WEEK
NO EXCUSSES
NO PRIEST
NO NEED TO GO TO A BUILDING
HANG AT WITH YOUR GOD WHEN YOU WANT WHERE YOU WANT
DONT GET SUCKED IN BY ALL THOSE RELIGIONS THAT CONDEM YOU FOR LIVING YOUR LIFE
YOU CAN GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR GOD TODAY
DONT MISS THIS CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR OWN PERSONAL GOD
YOUR OWN SOURCE
YOUR OWN WAY
YOUR OWN TRUTH
YOUR OWN LIFE

No system requirements are given, and the illustration is a desktop picture from Visual Paradox, and not necessarily anything to do with the disc. It's a Dutch auction, and 100 copies are available.

Three sentenced over exorcism death

Canada: Two men and a woman have received prison sentences for their part in a gruelling 'exorcism' which resulted in the death of a 19 year old man.

[Walter Zepeda] lost nine litres of fluid as he lay strapped with men's ties to metal chairs in the basement apartment he shared with his family in this western Ontario city. Ultimately he died of dehydration.

Zapeda was bound for seven days.

The three accused and Mr. Fabian originally tried to deceive police into believing Walter had been restrained for only three days but the lie was eventually revealed.
Despite the deception, it is obvious the trio genuinely believed that Walter was possessed, Judge Livingstone said. They only wanted to help him, wanted to save his soul, but the facts of the matter show that despite their prayer and the zealousness of their religious convictions, what they did -- and what they did not do -- caused Walter's death.

But the young man's father, Diego Zepeda-Cordera, and friend Alex Osegueda do not believe the exorcism was botched as their victim returned to Jesus. Parents sentenced for exorcism gone wrong - The Globe and Mail, 23rd May 2003.

May 22, 2003

Oh my God, it's HUGE!

The Church of Jesus Penis is not work-safe, and it is extremely blasphemous! (via Gullibility is not in the Dictionary).

Still not dead

Today is the second date for Panawave Laboratory's predicted cataclysm. With under three hours of the 22nd left in Japan, so far, all is quiet, even in the press.

Bargain of the Day: Ship in a bottle

[Noah's Ark in a bottle]Getting a little model ship in a bottle is quite a neat trick. You need to make the model with the masts flat, insert it in the bottle and then pull the masts up. Obviously, then, divine miracles were required to make this Unique Noah's Ark In A Bottle which comes This beautiful Noah's Ark figurine is inside a bottle about the size of a wine bottle. It comes complete with this lovely wooden stand. A must for collectors! But wait a minute. Look at the base of the bottle. They cheated. Waaaa!

May 20, 2003

Bargains of the Day: A load of balls, and other tat

Think of the fun you could have with a Large lot wholesale religious bouncy balls. And, there's an added bonus - a user interface problem has led to the vendor displaying some of his other wares on the page (no, not that):

SORRY about the picture, I inserted the wrong one and it won't let me change it only add the correct one. I have most of the pictured items but this auction only contians 48 Religious bouncy balls of multilple colors as pictured below. They all have a smiley face and say Smile Jesus Loves You. They come in the original wholesale plastic bag Great for church classes, church camps, religious carnivals and fleamarkets. There is a flat shipping, materials and expenses charge of $5.50. International, email me well in advance of auction ending for a shipping quote before you bid so there are no surprises. Please check out my other auctions for other religious items and wholesale products.

The other items include two lots of 6 NEW Religious Graduation cake toppers:

This auction contians 6 Graduation Cap keychains with a gold cross and yellow tassel. The top measures about 2 inches square. Made of heavy cardboard and cloth. Great for church or school graduations.

[Glowing cross]A little different, and harder to lose, are these 12 God Is Love Glow in the Dark Crosses from The Spotted Dog Auctions:

Description: You are bidding on 12 God Is Love glow in the dark crosses. Perfect for the nightstand, window ledge, car dashboard or any other spot to bring reassurance of God's love during the nighttime hours. Comforting for children and adults alike. Color and Size: White in daylight...glow yellow-green at night; 3 1/2" cross on a 2 1/2" base. Condition: Brand new; in sealed package.

May 18, 2003

Bargain of the Day: handbag

This 1 Of A Kind 'RELIGIOUS FIGURES' Photo Handbag is especially for the trendy Christian about town.

This unique 'ONE OF A KIND' roundtop handbag has the top and front sides covered in 'RELIGIOUS FIGURES' photos. The hand bag itself is made of a high quality bonded leather with a blk vinyl laminate and finished in nickel plated hardware. The inside is completely soft veleveteen lined and the bag also has an adjustable shoulder strap. The photos are completely protected by a soft clear vinyl laminate and will last indefinitely even with daily use. The size is approx 9" x 3" x 7" high and will ship UPS.

May 17, 2003

Bargain of the Day: cross made from shells

eBay UK has a different class of religious tat than its American sibling. In particular, the British site has tat from years gone by, like this VICTORIAN SHELL ART CROSS ON WOOD. As you might expect, the descriptions are somewhat restrained, and no miracles are promised:

This item is typical of the rustic Victorian interest in nature,and the use of shells as decoration for different objects. It is a wooden cross covered with sea shells which have then been varnished. A few shells are missing but could easily be slotted in, a few shells are cracked but this does not detract from the beauty of this piece of folk history. Shells are typical of those found in most English coastal areas. Approx 31cm high and 20cm across base.

With six days to go, the bidding currenly stands at a tenner.

Extreme church in crisis

The International Churches of Christ has problems. The leader of the extrememly strict Christian sect has obeyed his own rules and resigned when his daughter left the Church. Since then its world governing body has dissolved and dozens of local church leaders have resigned or been fired, in part because churches can no longer afford to pay their salaries. The Church was founded in Boston in 1979:

There, McKean constructed a new kind of church based on a hierarchy some have likened to an Amway sales pyramid and others have compared to the military. Every church member has a superior called a discipler to hold him or her accountable for sins. Known as the Boston Church of Christ or the Boston Movement, the church attracted tens of thousands of members from all backgrounds, who later moved on to form the Manhattan Church of Christ, the Chicago Church of Christ, and hundreds of other churches, spreading to London, Sydney, Moscow, Nairobi, and other cities. Wildly ambitious, McKean's goal was a church in every sizable US city and in every country within a few decades. But the system had a dark side: Those who failed to give 10 percent of their income or who couldn't recruit enough new members were publicly humiliated, according to former members. Those who questioned authority were shunned or kicked out.

A Christian community falters - Boston Globe, 17th May 2003.

GIS a clue

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been use to shed new light on the Salem Witch Trials, and provice further evidence to back up a theory by Paul Boyer and Steve Nissenbaum that socio-economic factors were significant:

Using the geographic software, Ray recreated a historical map of the area that showed the poorer families living in the western part of the village and more affluent families in the east.
Ray concluded that more accusers came from the wealthier households of community leaders and the majority of the accused belonged to the middle or lower classes.
He and his class also researched court documents, genealogies and marriage and property records of accusers and the accused. The research showed that many of the accusers and accused were involved in family feuds and property disputes before the trials.

GIS technology helping with history's mysteries - San Bernadino County Sun, 16th May 2003. If the article sparks your interest in GIS, GRASS is an open source GIS released under the GPL, which runs on UNIX, Linux and similar systems, including MacOS X, and a project is underway to port it to Windows. The site also contains a lot more in-depth information about GIS and what's it's used for.

May 16, 2003

Camping it up.

Saskachewan, Canada: A victim of a satanic panic has set up camp on the front lawn of the legislature, demanding a meeting with either the Premier or the Justice Minister. Richard Klassen was one of 15 people cleared on charges of abusing children in Satanic rituals in 1991 after the children all admitted they were lying. Klassen wants the government to admit that the charges were unfounded. Klassen stages tent protest over "unfounded charges" - CBC Saskatchewan, 16th May 2003.

How to get your client convicted 101

California, United States: Lawyers acting for Scott Peterson, accused of the murder of his wife Laci Peterson, have come up with an unlikely defence: it wasn't their client, it was Satanists.

NBC News has learned that for almost a week Scott Peterson's defense team has been considering a gruesome possibility: that Laci Peterson was not just killed, but actually carved up, and the son with whom she was eight months pregnant was cut from her body, not separated after death, as prosecutors will likely argue.
In April part of Laci's body was recovered about a mile away from where her baby had been found the day before. One of the theories of the defense is a satanic ritual, possibly at the hands of one of the known Modesto cults.
The defense has said they have a credible suspect they are following. And, as they pore through the first half of the 30,000 documents amassed in this case so far, they are already preparing an attack on the police investigation, saying from day one the authorities only looked at Scott as a possible suspect and arguing some of the evidence may have been tainted.

Laci was a bit of a celebrity, and Pop Culture Junk Mail has been following the whole saga ragarding her disappearence and death. Scott Peterson's lawyers suggest Laci died in satanic ritual, not by husband's hand - WIS TV, 16th May 2003.

Not dead yet.

Japan The Panawave laboratory cult have returned to their headquarters in Fukui after nothing happened yesterday. Doomsday has apparently been postponed until next Thursday.

Planet X was also conspicuous by its absence. In an editorial posted yesterday, Jeremy Rogers also decided that the cataclysm could happen anytime in the next week:

Today of course marks the arrival of the provisional date given for the pole shift a few years back. By provisional, I mean the date at which people should be at their safe locations in anticipation of the monumental event ahead. The pole shift was scheduled to occur shortly after today, and definitely within the month of May. Looking out of my window today, you would not guess that a potential worldwide calamity was imminent! Nevertheless, I still urge people to stay vigilant and watch for any possible signs of rapid rotation slowing, which is predicted to take place in 48 hours, anytime in the next week.

No news from Zetatalk, which has been refusing connections for a few days now. The UK mirror is up, though. In the transcript of an IRC session on 10th of May, Nancy Leider assures us that the date is STILL shortly after May 15 for rotation stoppage, with the shift occuring before June 1 but that NO exact date will be given as this will allow the White House to bomb bridges and trap innocents in LA or wherever.

2003 Poleshift: A Revelation to Mankind is a site I've only just discovered, which explains that the events are those described in Revelation and THERE MAY BE LESS THAN A WEEK UNTIL THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD. Updated today, the author is having doubts about the Zetas, but only in their ability to time God's Will:

Yet there is still that part of us that says to ourselves, the Zeta have not been truthful with us. Many hold this possibility to be remote, yet still find it just difficult to shake. But in the larger scheme of things, think not about one little detail - think rather about the bigger picture. This has, after all, always been something that we were told by Jesus himself that this will occur and it is something that he tells us will come upon us suddenly, like a trap. It's really a time to question just how much faith you really do have. For many of us, whatever decision we make, it should not be regrettable. Most of us that have taken it seriously have prepared to some degree and will be better prepared logistically and more importantly psychologically to deal with the ensuing chaos of coming world events.

Oddly, Planet X did arrive for some Iraqis yesterday, as that's the name commanders of the US occupation forces gave to the operation to arrest them. White cult awaits 'postponed' doomsday at Fukui HQ - Mainichi Shimbun, 16th May 2003; U.S. Forces Arrest 260 in Iraq Raid - ABC News, 16th May 2003.

May 14, 2003

Planet X - the mundane truth

If you've been following the Prattle for a while, you will know that tomorrow, or maybe a week tomorrow, or perhaps at some unspecified time in the future, we will be mostly wiped out by a planet we cannot see yet.

Right.

Phil Plait, author of Bad Astronomy, has put together a few pages on The Planet X Saga

Doomsayers seem to pop up every few years. Last time, it was the alignment of the planets that somehow managed not to destroy the Earth in May 2000. Now, we have Planet X. A few people are claiming that a heretofore unknown planet in our solar system is on a very long, elliptical orbit. In May 2003, it will pass close enough to the Earth to affect it in some way, causing it to flip over (what many call a pole shift) and spur many other huge disasters. The end result will be the deaths of many billions of people. There are a large number of web pages, chat rooms and books about Planet X and its horrible effects on the Earth. So the question is, does this planet exist, and will it come by in May 2003 and cause all this horror?
No, and no.

The site goes into a lot of detail and includes links to sources, including primary ones. A simpler summary providing an introduction the the various claims and brief explanations of why they're bollocks can be found on the page The Planet X Saga: The Scientific Arguments in a Nutshell.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused

The second-in-command of the Panawave Laboratory has said that the cataclysm due to hit the world tomorrow has been delayed by a week:

The high-ranking cultist corrected a prediction that a major disaster will devastate the Earth on Thursday. I think it will be delayed till around May 22.

Still, the group feels it has enough time to initiate legal proceedings against legal authorities over police raids. Police raid bizarre "white cult" - Mainichi Shimbun, 14th May 2003.

May 13, 2003

Don Croft's Tower Buster

Are you worried about the dangers of mobile phone masts? Don't panic, just make yourself a Tower Buster. According to Metatech, it's Small and cheap, you can easily make these to join in the war to fight negative energy on earth..

The Tower Buster is a 3oz [84ml] paper cup, like the ones for bathroom dispensers, filled with a half/half mix of resin and metal particles into which I insert a single, funky quartz crystal.

Okay, that's a little vague. Fortunately, the instructions for the Chembuster go into more detail:

METAL PARTICLES: Get some metal particles from a machine shop, recycling yard or a place where they saw a lot of aluminum (sign shops and aluminum fabrication shops are good places to look). I use aluminum for weight considerations, but ANY metal will do. Very fine particles (such as filings from a key-making machine) aren't quite as good as ones that will easily go through a window screen & slightly bigger ones are okay. There really is a wide margin of suitability! .

RESIN: I use polyester resin (used to build fiberglass boats) but epoxy also works, as does envirotech resin from www.eti-usa.com (this sets up very quickly, so you need to be proficient with it). (If you are going to construct many of these units, try to purchase your resin in 5 gallon buckets over the internet, possibly from a surfboard or boat manufacturing supply company. ACE hardware for $12.95 per gallon. Home depot gets $24 per gallon for resin.

On a level surface, pour an inch or so of catalyzed resin into the bottom of the bucket and stir in metal particles until the surface is uniform and flat.

The ratio that seems to work is approx. one part resin to one part metal particles.

An alternative to quartz is to use four hæmatite beads, which apparently work better. When you're done, bury it shallowly within about 300m of the offending mast. Not sure why you should do this at all? Well, according to the article, the mobile phone masts are not what they seem:

The main reason for these transmitters is to enforce compliance to the planned, potentially imminent worldwide tyranny, which is determined to decimate the world's population back to the numbers that existed before the industrial revolution so that they can more efficiently manage humanity, whom they have always considered their chattel (See The Georgian Guidestones at www.radioliberty.com/stones.htm)

Which is something to do with Theosophists, Freemasons, Satanists and all the usual suspects.

Two days to go...

A few days ago, someone enquired via the comments mechanism as to whether the Panawave Laboratory had an e-mail address. Well, I can now confirm that the group has a web site. Alas, it's in Japanese, which is a little harder to guess than Spanish. Still, the acronyms UFO and KGB appear prominently in romanji on the Wellcome page, and the Katakana (the script used in Japanese for foreign words) includes such juicy phrases as 'maindo kontorol'. Tomorrow's Independent assures us that it says the world will end on 15 May with a series of cataclysmic events, including earthquakes and tidal waves provoked by gravity from the unseen planet. The article itself is an interesting discussion of Japanese attitudes to odd cults pre- and post- Aum Shinrikyo, and whether the Panawave laboratory folk are anything like that. So, will the world end tomorrow? - The Independent, 14th May 2003.

Sometimes the spam filter fails me

For some reason, I have just received a most interesting piece of spam. I have no Spanish, but choice phrases such as propaganda verdaderamente diabólica, vida anticristianos and las masacres contra los cristianos suggest that this is somewhat insane. It appears to be a rant about media bias against Christians, with particular reference to Cuba.

Update: Here's Google's translation of it. I was right - the evils of left-wing media bias covering up Comminist atrocities and promoting anti-Christian lifestyles. It's nuts, and probably one for Avedon.

May 12, 2003

Religious Freedom in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's religious police apparently have a website, where they detail what they've been up to: Saudi Religious Police Launch Website . Note: this translation comes via MEMRI who have a bit of an axe to grind, and only ever seem to provide translations of material which make Arabs look bad.

Maybe they should fry God instead.

Texas, United States: A woman being held on charges of murdering her two children and seriously injuring a third has told authorities that God made her do it. And going by the account of the local Sherrif, He's not giving her any comfort either:

She goes from a fetal position of crying, to walking around the cell singing gospel music. She stops and prays, then she goes into a crying hysteria, Smith County Sheriff J. B. Smith said. She all of a sudden realizes what she's done, then she'll go into a flatline, blank stare

Sheriff: Mother said God told her to kill sons - CNN, 12th May 2003.

Bargains of the Day: mystery objects

Today's bargains are a complete mystery to the vendors. They have no idea what they are, other than they are religious things, and probably Roman Catholic. First up is a Religious Artefact ??, the Holy Wallet:

Forgive my ignorance but I dont really know what this is, it consists of a cross with jesus on it with a horse shoe shaped metal surround with fourteen scenes of the crucifiction, and one larger scene depicting a vision, the case when closed forms a book with a clasp to keep it closed, it measures appx four and a half inches by three inches, the case is faded and a bit tatty but otherwise it is quite a nice item.

Next, we have a VERY UNUSUAL VINTAGE SMALL RELIGIOUS ITEM ???:

I am not sure what this item was originally meant for - but am sure someone will know what it is and be pleased with it. In a small blue casing - there are two sqaure silvery "plaques" ? : - both different notations.
On the top half there is a note with : -
Oh Mary Conceived
Without sin pray for
us who have recourse
to thee
-----
Regina Sine Labe Originali
Concepta Ora Pro Nobis
Qui Ad Te Confugimus
When closed measures: - 6cm X 3.5cm
When open measures : - 6cm X 8cm
Very unusual - I have never seen anything quite like this before but it obviously is a very religious item and I am sure someone will be delighted with it.
God Bless
xxx

Looking closely, one of the plaques depicts Mary, and as she'd be old enough for one right now, I must conclude that it's her bus pass.

May 11, 2003

Bargain of the Day: Prayer alarm clock

Today's irresistable offer was tracked down by the Jesus Museum. For just $24.99 (US) you can have a English/Spanish Talking Musical Prayer Alarm Clock, which features features 11 peaceful hymns and two beautiful prayers in both English and Spanish. It will bore lull you to sleep as well as wake you up.

Messing with the blogroll

I've been changing things around. Mostly I've just moved and categorised the links, but there's some interesting new stuff. Technorati Breaking News (found via Kathryn Cramer):

...brings together the most relevant news stories from over 4000 news sources, and presents them in chronological order, with context and commentary from bloggers worldwide. Keep track of the news as well as the pundits, as soon as it happens.

The Memory Hole exists to preserve and spread material that is in danger of being lost, is hard to find, or is not widely known... The emphasis is on material that exposes things that we're not supposed to know (or that we're supposed to forget). One worth watching.

Social work victim sues

A woman who was taken into care as a child during the Satanic panic is suing South Ayrshire Council for compensation for her lost childhood. She never claimed to have been sexually abused, and there was no medical evidence to suggest that she was, but social workers took her from her family in 1990 convinced she was the victim of a Satanic cult. She was kept in care for five years.

The woman, who was taken into care with seven other children, all of whom were members of the same extended family, said: I spent five years in homes and with foster families who didn't care for me.

My education suffered badly and I became withdrawn. I still lack self-esteem. I have no confidence in anything I do.

Despite a complete lack of evidence, social workers kept the children in care while they went on a crusade against the imaginary Satanists.

Social workers embarked on a sustained campaign to prove not only that the children had all been sexually abused, but that the abuse might have involved up to 90 adults and contained elements of satanic ritual.

It later emerged that descriptions of a party at which adults had been dressed up in 'sinister' costumes had been a fancy dress event for Hallowe'en.

The case is believed to be the first of its kind in Britain, and has taken so long to come to court because the Scottish Legal Aid Board had, until now, refused to fund the action. Woman sues for lost childhoodScotland on Sunday, 11th May 2003. See also Familiar names resurface for a case where adults accused of Satanic abuse successfully sued a council which published a report suggesting that they really had committed the crime, even though the Criminal Court acquitted them.

No pooves please, we're British.

New employment legislation will institutionalise discrimination against lesbians and gay men according to, well, everyone except Tony Blair. The 2003 Employment Equality Regulations are riddled with exemptions which allow discrimination on superstitious grounds.

Other major changes to the original draft, allowing discrimination against atheists or others who do not share the religious beliefs of their employer, were made following strong lobbying from evangelical groups. One of the biggest loopholes allows an employer to dismiss or fail to hire an individual if he is not satisfied that they fit his own ethos based on religion or belief.

Critics claim that this would allow firms such as Stagecoach, run by Scottish evangelist Brian Souter, or Vardy, the North-east car dealership owned by millionaire Christian Peter Vardy, to discriminate freely.

No news on whether it allows gay employers the right to sack their employees if they are religious. Still, such regulations should make it easier to dismiss any employees who use this to cause trouble.

Blair gives religious employers the right to sack gay workersIndependent on Sunday, 11th May 2003.

May 10, 2003

A message to city councils

Want your city to prosper? Well you should know the economic price of intolerance. Recent research conducted in the United States by Richard Florida, Heinz Professor of Regional Economic Development at Carnegie Mellon University, and Gary Gates, an Urban Institute demographer demonstrates that tolerance of lesbians and gay men, immigrants and other minorities is much more fundamental to sustained economic growth than any amount of tax cuts.

...the big new-ideas and cutting-edge industries that lead to sustained prosperity are more likely to exist where gay people feel welcome. Most centers of tech-based business growth also have the highest concentrations of gay couples. Conversely, major areas with relatively few gay couples tend to be slow- or no-growth places. Pittsburgh and Buffalo, which have low percentages of gay couples, were two of only three major regions to lose population from 1990 to 2000.
Innovation and overall regional economic vitality also are closely associated with the presence of gays and other indicators of tolerance and diversity, such as the percentage of immigrants and the level of racial and ethnic integration.
Why? Creative, innovative and entrepreneurial activities tend to flourish in the same kinds of places that attract gays and others outside the norm. To put it bluntly, a place where it's OK for men to walk down the street holding hands will probably also be a place where Indian engineers, tattooed software geeks and foreign-born entrepreneurs feel at home. When people from varied backgrounds, places and attitudes can collide, economic home runs are likely.

The researchers also noticed a significant number of heterosexual people who looked for a visible gay community as a sign that a city was a vibrant and interesting place to live. Gay-tolerant societies prosper economically - USA Today, 30th April 2003.

May 9, 2003

Satanists run amok in Italy

Rome: According to Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (which I think means 'Italy Press Agency'):

At least 9 million people in Italy have suffered crimes linked to satanic sects, whose overall members in the country are 83,000 in 130 different groups. The alarm was launched by the magazine Happy Web, which, in the survey that will be attached to tomorrow's issue, shows figures provided by the interior ministry to describe this reality which is constantly soaring, especially through the internet. Hundreds of 'would-be wizards' use the web to recruit pupils and to carry out brutal crimes: there are websites, newsgroups, and forums dedicated to paedophilia, suicide, homicide, and even cannibalism.

Italy has a population of around 58 million, so that's about 15.5%! There is no sign of the article on the magazine's web site, which still promotes the April edition. SATANIC SECTS IN ITALY INVOLVE 83,000 PEOPLE; 9 MLN 'VICTIMS' - AGI, 8th May 2003.

It's okay - it's just ordinary animal abuse

Ohio, United States: On 6th May, news sources were reporting on the activities of a gruesome Satanic cult in Lagrange Township. The corpses of two dogs had been found, flayed and their eyes daubed with orange paint. The following day, a reward was offered for information. On 8th May, a more mundane hypothesis prevailed.

Lorain County detectives don't believe it's a Satanic ritual, however. According to Detective Randal Koubeck, the animals believed to be dogs may not be dogs at all.

It looks like we might be dealing with someone who just dropped these carcasses after a hunt, he said.

Officials now think that the animals may be coyotes that were trapped and then their pelts the carcasses left as roadside debris.

So it's just your ordinary sadist killing animals for fun, and nothing religious. That's fine. Meaning Of Orange Paint UnknownNewsNet5, 8th May 2003. (Site slow—try this mirror)

Note the similarity with Lord Lucan

Iraq: There has been much excitement over a video which purports to show Saddam Hussein, his son and a couple of others in a green Mercedes.

The Saddam video is the talk of everyone in Baghdad, reported Ayesha al-Khatabi, a UFO Roundup Middle East correspondent. But what is most puzzling is the mysterious golden necklace Saddam was wearing when the Azamiyah video was made. Qusay was wearing one, as well. Since Saddam is not known for wearing jewelry with his uniforms, my sources in Iraq cannot understand why he chose to wear it that day.
Fellow correspondent Mohammed Daud al-Hayyat has a theory that the golden necklaces worn by Saddam and his son Qusay are protective devices given to them by the reputed Zarzi aliens.
(Editor's Note: According to an urban legend, a UFO crashed in Iraq either during 1991 or 1998. Saddam granted the surviving aliens sanctuary, allowing them to live in either an underground base at Zarzi or at the centuries-old citadel at Qalaat-e-Julundi in the As-Zab as-Saghir (Little Zab) river valley in northern Iraq.)
People say that when they wear these necklaces, Saddam and Qusay have only to clasp hands, and the circle of light will appear, Mohammed explained, The alien vortex will instantly transport them to safety. In this manner, they can create the circle without the Zarzi aliens being present.

On the same day, a cylindrical UFO was apparently seen dodging US fire over Baghdad. SURPRISE APPEARANCE BY SADDAM STARTLES IRAQIS - UFO Roundup, 7th May 2003. (Turn off JavaScript first).

Bargain of the Day: Patriotic rosary

Today we have another fine example of Crafts Reflecting American Patriotism, a GOD BLESS AMERICA Custom Made Rosary:

Red, White & Blue custom made rosary with silver wire and cross. says; GOD BLESS AMERICA (Sorry no photo available) This item can be changed to GO NAVY, GO MARINES, GO AIRFORCE, GOD BLESS YOU or put a personal name or platoon unit# on. GREAT GIFT IDEA!

May 7, 2003

Oops

New Zealand: A food safety measure designed to prevent the sale of fortified wines in supermarkets and dairies has accidently led to a ban on the sale of that Pagan favourite, mead. The mix-up occurred because the Food Standards Agency appears to have become confused as to exactly what an 'off-licence' is. A glass of sherry is now illegal - Stuff, 8th May 2003.

May 6, 2003

Comments gu leòr!

The Prattle has recently experienced a spike in the number of comments, mostly regarding extremely old articles. A vanity search reveals nothing that could have triggered it. Anyone know if this fine organ was mentioned somewhere popular?

Meanwhile, back to that vanity search on Google. Have a look at the sponsored links - you might not get the same as I did, but I got a link to what looks suspiciously like a fundie hate site 'The Lure of Paganism' by Twin City Fellowship (as they're paying for it, I suppose I should click it to check). One of the services Google offers to third parties is the ablility to have the same 'targeted' advertising on your own site, and I'm guessing that Pagan webmasters who might have considered this option will be put off if they have to carry links to such stuff as part of the deal.

Google isn't the only major site that appears to not give a shit about their potential customers. Did nobody at eBay UK consider that filling the Plus Size Clothing listings with ads for slimming products might just be a tiny little bit offensive? For extra amusement, such ads cannot be found in the category for low-fat cookbooks.

The issue is sealed

Japan: A statement issued yesterday in the name of Panawave laboratory leader Yuko Chino confirms that they are, indeed, awaiting Planet X.

The statement, filled with strange jargon, said the approach of the Nibiru star will be delayed nearly a week from Monday and those who do not listen to this message will face death.

Nibiru is an alternative name for Planet X, which some believe will pass Earth on 15th May this year, causing the poles to shift and massive destruction. The main reason for the Panawave statement was to call for the protection of a particular bearded seal which is significant to the group. Cultists enter Nagano; issue statement about Tama-chanJapan Today, 6th May 2003. See also Separated at birth?Pagan Prattle, 5th May 2003; Annual end-of-the-world post 2003Pagan Prattle, 1st January 2003.

Bargain of the Day: Hello Kitty zodiac figures

It is a rare day indeed when I am tempted to put a bid in for something worthy of being a Bargain of the Day, but I admit that only the cost of shipping these 12 Hello Kitty Zodial Figures {Glow in Dark} from Hong Kong puts me off.

You are bidding on a set of 12 brand new and very cute Sanrio Hello Kitty {Glow in Dark} figures. They are made out of soft plastic and about 5 cm tall each, new item never used.

One for each of the signs of the Zodiac. The shipping would only be £4...

May 5, 2003

Separated at birth?

Japan: Watchers of doomsday cults might have noticed something interesting about the white-clad Panawave group, currently in the news in Japan. Here's one summary of part of their beliefs:

The group claims that electromagnetic waves are causing catastrophic environmental destruction, including a rise in temperature. The damages caused by the waves will ultimately result in the end of the earth, according to the cult. Cult members believe a massive earthquake will occur on May 15, destroying humanity. It claims the domes in Oizumi can withstand any natural disaster.

They also allege that scalar wave attacks are being carried out by communist terrorists who have dispersed around the world following the break up of the Soviet Union.

See that date? 15th May, 10 days from now. Mainichi Daily News also has an interesting photo essay on Panawave with another explanation of what they believe is going to happen:

Cult members are convinced that the human race will be destroyed on May 15 this year because of a dramatic change in the angles of the Earth's axis.

Heard that anywhere before? Back on 1st January 2003, the Prattle looked at end-of-the-world prophecies for 2003, and linked to a site called Prep2003. Go there today, and you will see that we have 10 days remaining, although the site's maintainer has lost faith in the proposed date:

Although Mr. Sitchin has stated that he does not support the 2003 timeline, Nancy and the Zeta's insist that Planet X is due to pass between the Earth and the Sun on or around May 15, 2003 and that this information is being withheld from us by the world governments. Russia caused quite a stir in 2001 with their highly-sourced, very public comment that the country will no longer exist in 2003. After pressure to clarify the statement, the official version is that this will happen if the current economic situation remains unchanged. The Zeta's maintain that this 2003 flyby will cause worldwide death and destruction as the tremendous forces generated by the molten core of our celestial visitor tries to align with the molten core of the Earth and that this tremendous magnetic pull will cause Earth's crust to slip, creating a new north and south pole. In effect, a pole shift is what will happen. Unfortunately, there is an incredible amount of scientific evidence from many sources which supports the theory of recurring, catastrophic pole shifts on our planet! The only real debate left is when this is going to occur!

The origin of the date is almost certainly ZetaTalk, which I note is available in Japanese translation. Could they be related? Perhaps not - Panawave members have been wandering around Japan looking for a safe place, but ZetaTalk warns For Japan, there will be no safe place. It is like asking where in a tornado one should stand to avoid the tearing of the wind!

Kooky cult gets all clear - Mainichi Shimbum, 5th May 2003.

Uffington 'sacrelige'

Archæologists and conservationists are angry with the National Trust, which has allowed the producers of Big Brother to place a vast version of its logo next to the Uffington White Horse.

David Miles, chief archaeologist with English Heritage - the Government's advisers on the country's cultural legacy - said the Big Brother image was an indictment of modern society.
This simply confirms that we live in a commercial age, he added. Yet somehow I think the White Horse will be around long after Big Brother is forgotten.

Local residents are not happy either:

Residents of the nearby village of Uffington - whose ancestors have cared for the White Horse for centuries by removing weeds that intruded on the chalk outline - warned the incident could trigger a local uprising. Sharon Smith, curator of the Tom Brown's School Museum, which celebrates local author Thomas Hughes and the cultural history of the region, said: This just smacks of sacrilege. You shouldn't use a national monument to promote a tacky game show.

Big Brother's logo 'defiles' White Horse - The Observer, 4th May 2003. See also Big Brother defends 300ft chalk logo - BBC News, 4th May 2003, which includes a picture.

Bargain of the Day: friend-losing software

Now, for only $10 (US) you can get the tools you need to be a completely irritating git, barred from every online forum going with The Soulwinners Box of Battle Bombs!.

The Soulwinners Box of Battle Bombs! is a FREE useful tool to aid the Christian soulwinner in reaching the lost with the saving message of the gospel; created by soulwinners for soulwinners. It is like having a soulwinning partner at your side 24/7 to assist you with Bible scripture, guidance and biblical suggestions while witnessing to an individual both online and off; and in any type of soulwinning scenarios.
Find step-by-step help in sharing Christ with our easy to use point and click menu boxes. Copy and paste the spiritual weapons of warfare you need and drop them (bombs) into any Chat, Instant Message, Message Board, Email or any other battle field the Lord puts you on to fight. The uses for The Soulwinners Box of Battle Bombs! are virtually endless; helping to make even the youngest born-again Christians successful in sharing their life changing faith with others around them.

There's no information about system requirements, but I'm guessing Windows. Given the traditional security of that product, I'm sure a wily geek could come up with some means of dealing with those who would waste other people's bandwidth in their quest to be the world's most annoying idiot. Ideally one that would leave the evangelist with no-one but their imaginary friend to talk to.

May 3, 2003

Winning the peace

Iraq: The US government has launched its Arabic-language news service for its occupied territories and has shown a traditional level of respect for the mostly Muslim people there in its choice of partner - a fundamentalist Christian broadcaster dedicated to transmitting the evidence of God's presence in the world today.

Grace News Network proclaims that it will be a unique tool in the Lord's ministry plan for the world, according to the company's mission statement. Grace News Network provides networking links and portals to various ministries and news services that will be of benefit to every Christian believer and seeker of truth.

Some of the station's work is unlikely to be popular in Iraq:

While it's unclear whether Grace News Network actually produces any news, it has produced a documentary movie titled Israel: Divine Destiny which it showed at the National Press Club in September 2002. The film is about Israel's destiny and the United States' role in that destiny, according to Grace News Network.

U.S. Hires Christian Extremists to Produce Arabic News - AlterNet News, 2nd May 2003.

Politics is boring here.

Kenya: The death of an MP and two others has acquired interesting overtones with the discovery of a bag containing suspected witchcraft material near where James Mutiso drowned. There is also much speculation as to why a female traditional healer was in the car with the MP. The three people drowned when the car they were travelling in was swept away as the driver tried to cross a swollen river.

Among superstitious villagers, the discovery of the witchcraft material is being cited as proof that evil spirits had been unleashed to destroy their MP.
In Ukambani, such things don't just happen. The vehicle stalled mid-stream and now witchcraft tools are found around the scene. There is something fishy here, said Mr Sebastian Mutua from Katangi, firmly dismissing suggestions the incident might be a normal rainy season accident.

Witchcraft riddle in MP's death - Daily Nation, 3rd May 2003.

May 2, 2003

Bargain of the Day (2): patriotic angels

I can't wait an hour for it to be tomorrow, so here's an extra bonus piece of patriotic American religious tat: SET OF 4 PATRIOTIC WOODEN ANGELS / NICE. There's no description - just a picture. Not sure why they have the EU flag on their wings though.

Bargain of the Day: C-rap tapes

Proverbs in Rap 2 Cassettes Sealed & NEW will surely bring your rebellious teen to Jesus:

You will be bidding on a new factory sealed double cassette set. The name of the tape is Some Awesome Stuff Rappin' the rules, a wise man's tools. It is King Solomon's Proverbs in Rap. This set would be great for a Sunday School Class, a Teen youth group or church club. It would also make a great gift for a teen. The tapes come in a clear plastic storage case.

It's so effective, I already have a name for the genre - C-rap!

Tourism chiefs worry about Council driving away tourists.

Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board has called for the return of the Beltane Fire Festival.

Graham Birse, head of marketing at the tourist board, said: It's a great pity the festival was cancelled .
We hope the differences between those involved are temporary, and the organisers can sort out funding and sit down with the authorities to ensure the festival complies with safety procedures, so that residents and visitors can be offered a unique experience in the years to come.

Tourists planning to visit the Scottish capital should note that it has not stopped raining since the Council decided to ban the public from Calton Hill on Beltaine, that the shopping is better in Glasgow and the Highlands are much interesting in terms of scenery and historic monuments. Tourist call to revive fire festival - Edinburgh Evening News, 2nd May 2003.

What part of "thou shalt not kill" do you not understand?

South Africa: A murderer who claimed that the Bible allowed him to shoot three black commuters on a bus because they were not human, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by an unimpressed judge.

Jan Gabriel De Wet Kritzinger - allegedly a member of Israel Vision, an extreme white Christian sect - said in his defence that black people are not my fellow men.

Racist SA killer sentenced for life - BBC News, 2nd May 2003.

May 1, 2003

In my inbox

A correspondent corresponds:

Subject: Seen this?
It's wrong...
There were at least 200 people on the hill - sitting on the acropolis, drumming and watching fire performers from about half three until quite late (we left at about half four).

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