When asked about motivation, the girls reportedly told police that they were Satan worshipers. According to police, the girls planned to drink their victims’ blood out of the goblet they were found with. They also discussed eating their victims' flesh and leaving body parts at the school's entrance before killing themselves."Killing all of these students was in hopes it would make them worse sinners ensuring that after they committed suicide ... (they) would go to hell so they could be with Satan," the arrest affidavit reads.
They were hiding in the bathroom to pounce on the first and second graders who they were confident they could overpower.
Fortunately they were not the brightest bulbs on the tree so no one was hurt.
Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, some dude was caught trying to purchase radioactive material to use as a murder weapon. He is a career criminal and politician known to the police as Segway Boy.
There are those who believe that watching anime and reading comic books has no benefits or applicability to day to day life, but it is really beginning to look like the U.S. has developed a need for at least one Magical Girl and a costumed superhero.
Reality is actually far more nasty. I lost the link, but Sarah Hoyt had an article on PJMedia about how a group of girls attending the same school one of her sons attended, conspired in a determine effort to get the kid in trouble (As in, both 'expelled from school' and 'arrested by the police' all on false charges.) because they thought he looked retarded and unattractive. It also turns out that many, if not most, of the girls were the daughters of teachers and staff at the school district who, at the very least, knowingly condoned and excused their offsprings' behavior. And these girls were known to track the boy down after he transferred out of the school district, as well as go to the Hoyts' home, and try to make his life a living hell.
I firmly believe that along with other crimes, any child charged with criminal conspiracy should be tried as an adult. These children almost certainly will never grow up to become decent adults.
Posted by: cxt217 at Fri Oct 26 19:56:28 2018 (LMsTt)
Missing The Most Obvious Explanation
A history buff on Reddit asked an art history question, which stumped some historians and led to further research and a number of theories, none of which confront the most reasonable and simple explanation.
"DAMN the GM! This random encounter table SUCKS!"
Obviously Europe was invaded in the late 13th century by an force of predatory and possibly sentient giant snails that terrorized the local population and were individually a match for even an armored knight.
The Snail of Caerbannog?
As is documented below, these vile beasts would drop on people out of trees.
The historians at the linked article have a number of alternative explanations for the art, none of which are supported by the...you know...actual art which clearly show a number of enormous, deadly...
...snails terrorizing the people of France and Flanders in the 1290s. Furthermore, none of their explanations, would make nearly as awesome a movie or (gruesome late night anime) as the obvious evidence presented by the medieval artists.
This is a production that NEEDS to be made. This little known heroic stand against an implacable enemy could be as consequential to the development of western civilization as Charles Martel at Tours. After all, if Europe had been overrun and its inhabitants eaten by giant snails in the 1290's, history would have taken a very different course.
I doubt any serious historian would disagree with that last sentence.
So we need to find out two things.
1: How did the people of France and Flanders vanquish these beasts?
2: What filmaker can we get to document this? This little known story has the potential to be an unbelievably awesome period piece with monsters and swordsmen and the eras' handful of early cannon that justify spectacular explosions ! It'll be The Beast the Challenged the World meets the Lion in Winter!
The important thing to remember about medieval books is that they were not just meant to store and deliver info. They were meant to help you memorize it and store it in your "memory palace." And that was all about using location memory and mental images. The more startling the image, the better. Often images were pictures of bad puns or wordplay. (And often the text was Latin, but the pun or rebus was in the vernacular.)
So if an illuminated book has drawings, they are almost always memory aids. Marginalia are usually designed to draw reader attention to a specific point that most people will want to create an image for. At first, that meant a lot of pointer fingers. But later, you get artists including a helpful memory image for you to use.
The problem is that these images seemed obviously helpful to their creators and users, but they are not so obvious in meaning to us. Also, it is not always clear which bits refer to text memorization, and which bits are just meant to make the image startling and hence memorable. We are left trying to explain jokes that would have seemed very basic to a medieval reader.
The snails are great examples of such memory helps. But the question is why and how they were used. And since they show up in various contexts, clearly they were a thing in medieval pop culture, as well as a memory image.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Fri Apr 28 00:48:25 2017 (S0Svy)
The whole "memory palace" thing comes from classical times.
The "ars memoriae" (art of memory) was the process of creating an imaginary place (usually an image of a real and complicated place you knew well, like your house, a cathedral, a local woods, etc.). Then you put memory images, tied to stuff you wanted to remember, into specific areas of your imaginary place. (Thus bringing in the power of location memory, which allows you to remember where thousands of things are.) More advanced users would do stuff like organize whole mental bookcases full of stuff they wanted to remember, organized by topic and such. It was important to go over your mental storage every once in a while, so that you didn't forget your storage or what the images stood for, but many people maintained memory palaces over the course of a lifetime.
This would allow you to do stuff like keep your speech notes in your head, or quote big swatches of the Bible from memory, or organize facts and quotes by topic and keep them in your memory to be able to speak from them at will. (Very helpful in a world where you might only be able to borrow a book once in your life.)
Today, the ars memoriae is used mostly by card-counters or people with big memories for names and faces. But it is interesting to play with, because most of us do have a lot of location memory capabilities that are going begging. It is also good for folks with strong visual memory and imaging capabilities, or for developing those abilities a bit more.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Fri Apr 28 09:36:03 2017 (S0Svy)
Anyway... the classical authorities and the medieval ones all agreed that freaky images were the easiest to remember. Murder scenes, naked people, naked people doing murder, or crazy ideas that made you laugh -- all good for memory images.
This does not necessarily mean that giant snails did not exist, of course.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Fri Apr 28 10:38:10 2017 (S0Svy)
Three Islamic State jihadis have reportedly been killed by rampaging wild boars near Iraqi farmland.
I remind you that Muslims consider all members of Suidae to be singularly unclean, and while eating them is considered a dreadful sin, being eaten BY them is just the Worst. Possible. Death. for a member of ISIS.
We should all take a moment from obsessing about out petty worries and reflect upon this development.
I Suppose One Could, in Good Faith, Quibble Over Whether
...the following embedded video is THE sign of the end times or simply one of many. However, Steven's query has, as I type this, generated 7 responses, none of which definitively answer his question.
Epic Has Its Limits
Tonight, by chance, I googled something, which is unusual as I normally use DDG or Bing. I was curious as to why the Google Doodle did not appear to be particularly new-years specific.
It appears that the Treasury Department is equipping its bank inspectors with survival kits.
The survival kits must come in a fanny-pack or backpack that can fit all of the items, including a 33-piece personal first aid kit with "decongestant tablets,” a variety of bandages, and medicines.
The kits must also include a "reusable solar blanket” 52 by 84 inches long, a 2,400-calorie food bar, "50 water purification tablets,” a "dust mask,” "one-size fits all poncho with hood,” a rechargeable lantern with built-in radio, and an "Air-Aid emergency mask” for protection against airborne viruses.
They are also being delivered to what is described as "every major bank".
Titanic Musical Pig Fixed: Mystery Solved!
Allow me to explain...
When the RMS Titanic sank in 1912, the band played to cheer the spirits of the passengers until the ship slipped beneath the waves. However there was long reported to be a mysterious piece of music that was heard AFTER the ship sank.
"...And THAT Miss Crumpler, is Why I Don't Have My Homework."
Just across the river from Brickmuppetburg, a suspicious black backpack left by the side of the road resulted in the Norfolk Bomb Squad bringing out their stalwart bomb disposal robot today. It courageously blew up the backpack, which was found to contain some charred homework and a can of soup.
Video here of non gory 'splodies.
Reading this post it is clear to me that I know the person in question. He worked in her mail room. I know this because I worked briefly in the mail room. I know this because he was briefly a business partner of mine and I spent a decade paying off the bills he left me with. I know this because he tried to frame a friend of mine for Kiddie Pr0n. (Read the whole thing.)
As far as I know the only contribution he made to the comic book was applying zipatone (badly), packing boxes, running a table at conventions and a lot of unwelcome drama. He was fired primarily for passing himself off as a creative contributor. This was a highly dishonorable and quite deliberate act. His termination was over a decade ago.
I'm not going to name the fink unless he attempts something else, but as my friend found out to his dismay, this fellow has a nasty habit of holding grudges and acting on them in a potentially very destructive and always quite passive aggressive manner. He is exceedingly good at passing himself off as harmless and likeable. He is neither.
So let me state that if you've encountered the claim that an affable, seemingly innocent fan is an uncredited contributor to A Distant Soil it is not in any way true and the gentleman's affability is an astoundingly convincing mask concealing a dark dark soul.
I ran into that too, and just went anyway, depending on NoScript and my other stuff to protect me. and I had no issues. But conservative sites DO seem to get this a lot. I don't hit a lot of Left wing sites, so I don't know for sure if they're immune.
I find it interesting that two google sites are tagged as bad hosts.... BY Google.
Posted by: Mauser at Mon Feb 4 01:50:25 2013 (cZPoz)
Chief J.R. Blyth, who was called in to investigate, described the
discovery at the George Washington Hotel in Pittsburgh as 'the most
grisly murder scene in his 35 years in law enforcement'.
had spent eight hours of overtime on the investigation before Chief
Blyth realised the blood wasn’t real and that the murder scene was in
fact the leftover set of a horror movie filmed two years ago with Corey
Forensics....your friend and mine.
Emma Sky is amused.
More importantly, the hotel has not cleaned this room in 2 years.
Costumed Crimefighting on the Rise
The London Times reports that the US is crawling with superheroes.
There are, according to the recently launched World Superhero
Registry, more than 200 men and a few women who are willing to dress up as
comic book heroes and patrol the urban streets in search of, if not
super-villains, then pickpockets and bullies.
Civic mindedness is all well and good but something is wrong with this picture...
“This is a more serious business than it looks,” said Citizen Prime, whose
$4,000 (£2,700) costume disguises an Arizona businessman and father of a
toddler who thinks his cape, mask and stun-gun are cool.
Prime patrols some of the most dangerous streets in Phoenix but, like most
Reals, is reluctant to speak about the villains he has dispatched with a
blow from his martial arts-honed forearm. He does admit helping a motorist
change a flat tyre.
“Kids love the costume, so I seek to keep them out of the gangs today rather
than take them on tomorrow,” said Prime who, at 41, regards himself as on
the mature wing of the Real community.
What is wrong you ask? OK fine let me spell it out...
$4000.00 for a costume?
In these tough economic times one who is trying to set a good example for the youth of today must be frugal. So...go basic... All you need is a mask, some sort of costume...say a ninja suit with a logo, a stun gun, some twist-cuffs and maybe night vision goggles. You can get the basic kit for a hundred fifty bucks and look damned snazzy if you're friends with a cosplayer who is inclined to enable your wacky civic minded shenanigans.
Assuming you get decent body armor add 2-500 dollars and if you have decent first aid training a hunters first aid kit with trauma pads (in case you happen upon an injured person) is going to be around 60 or 70 dollars.
One should be able to put something pretty impressive for under a thousand bucks.
What, exactly, did 4 grand buy?
Citizen Prime may have overspent, or he may have gimmicks we don't know about...like a defibrillator a bat winch or a Vespa-Prime or something. Also gortex is expensive and he may have body armor more comprehensively distributed which would add up quick. Regardless, Phoenix may be a teensy bit safer tonight...It is certainly more colorful.
For those of you concerned about whether there is a costumed crimefighter deficit in your area, there is the World Superhero Registery.
Note that despite the Times articles implication that this is a strictly American thing, there seem to be several in the UK at least.