When things are investigated, knowledge is extended. When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, the mind is correct. When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated. -- Confucius
Politically correct ideals are garbage: true wisdom comes from decades of deep thought and neutral observation. Only a so-called sociopath could ascertain wisdom from this crazy world in a neutral way. Cool thoughts- uncorrupted by modern politics, social norms, or societal ideals- are required for wisdom. Questioning everything, and going against the grain on all universally accepted norms is the path to true intelligence. The Gods notice this.

11/29/10

Grow Up, Warmongers

The culture of detached, blind violence in America is disturbing at times. The vast, vast majority of people actually support the mass murder of innocent civilians- as long as it is in another country. If the government condones it, to hell with the reasons, the evidence, the proof. Wave the flag and slap yellow magnets on your car and you are one of a few hundred million ignorant robots spouting the official line. 1984 is now reality.

There are of course exceptions to every rule. So is there any excuse, or rather any use, for the military being overseas? It would be nice to bring them all home and close the foreign bases, but what could they possibly be doing over there that is good for us or the rest of the world?

Certainly not taking sides in local conflicts, such as the rebellion in the Philippines that is turning into a mini-Vietnam with more and more US troop involvement. Not the massive money scheme that bu*h and che*ey set up- more commonly known as "Iraq". Nor the revenge for the pipeline deal gone bad now known as "Afghanistan". It's funny isn't it- how every time an urgent need for war crops up, it happens to be in an oil rich area. Did you know there is a lot of oil in the East Adriatic / Iberian Peninsula too- you know, that place where Yugoslavia and Albania used to be? But there must be some use for all those troops wandering the globe, right? I have thought of a few....

1. Send them home to America. American borders are completely undefended. Millions of illegal aliens walk in year after year, billions worth of drugs are carried in, and allegedly anyways- lots of sex slaves including kids are brought in as well. Not to mention the fact that any terrorist could also walk in, toting any bombs he wanted. That last one goes for the North border too. Whatever the domestic bases do to keep busy, they apparently do not feel like the open borders are a threat, so if the overseas troops were brought home and stationed along the land borders, then maybe something would get done about this plethora of problems that Mexico, terrorists, and probably agents of hostile countries around the world, are laying on us. Let's build about 50 bases along the north and about 30 along the south, each designed for five thousand troops each. That would about cover it.

2. Have them enforce international laws on the high seas. If the US Navy put its mind to it, I am sure it could put a screeching halt to piracy, toxic waste dumping, illegal whaling, and drug shipments. How do you think Thai pot gets here, or poppies from Lebanon? Not in planes- too high profile. Boats are sneakier. I promote the blasting to bits of every Somali pirate and if need be, every Somali boat in existence including their docks. We decimated the entire Iraqi air force, so why not the boats of another nation? If toxic dumping ships were stopped, searched, and escorted back to their home countries and then reported to their authorities plus the UN, the bastards would just have to deal with it some other way. It is also ludicrous that an animal rights group has to patrol the Intl. Whale Sanctuary from illegal whaling while various navies do nothing. There are also pirates crawling the waters of Southeast Asia and other areas. No one can say we  don't  have enough ships to embark on these worthy endeavours. Including ones being built, and not including lots of decommissioned ships that could be used any time, it includes:
-14 aircraft carriers,
-14 amphibious assault ships (like small aircraft carriers with 2200 marines. designed for land assaults and special forces ops), 14 amphibious transport docks (supports assault ships), 12 dock landing ships (also supports assault units),
-22 cruisers (large self sufficient combat vessels), 52 destroyers (like cruisers but bigger), 30 frigates (slightly smaller and faster heavily armed escort ships),
-18 ballistic missile subs, 04 guided missile subs, 66 attack subs;
-thousands of smaller vessels.

3. Send them on hostage rescue operations. These could be from terrorists, pirates, or other criminals. There are plenty of special forces out there, just do it. Proactively hunting down alleged terrorists makes a convenient excuse to attack everybody, but rescuing hostages with SEALS would uproot the plans of any would-be hostage takers. They would know their fates were sealed. This policy of automatic hostage rescue would also insure the safety of travelers the world over.

4. Utilize them for temporary invasions, with a pre-established time limit of 30 days or less. This would be sufficient and justifiable for two reasons only:  to stop the two major evils in the world of mass starvations (such as seen in Somalia due to warlords hoarding grain, or food deliveries to areas like Ethiopia and Sudan), and genocides in progress (not ones just alleged or instigated such as in the case of the Bosnia scenario). The Rwandan genocide could have been prevented, as well as the one in Cambodia. (But they had no oil...) Right now one that started in 1969 continues to this day in Myanmar- formerly called Burma. No one cares since they have no oil either. A US invasion into the capital city, which is in a delta near the ocean, could quickly eliminate the central govt. and then leave. This would create an opportunity for other political parties to fill the take power. A similar plan could be enacted for the country of Niger, where the participants in their civil war have been literally cannibalizing one another. Or perhaps the civil war in the Central African Republic (Zaire) where they use machetes to chop off people's arms and legs by the thousands. This war is over rights to mines that supply rare minerals for use in American electronics. I propose wiping out the govt. and leaving: no nation building crap, no destruction of infrastructure, no civilian massacres. 

5. Require them to invade and hold at least a 50-100 mile buffer zone of any bordering nation that sends military sorties into our home country. This would fix Mexico and their corrupt military, frequently escorting drug runners. (What? The traitorous ACLU, Sierra Club, and Green Party  didn't bother to mention that to you? Shootouts between the Mexican Army and local sheriffs have occurred up to 100 miles north of the Rio Grande. See older posts.)

Those are all of the possible reasons I can think of to utilize American troops in other countries or overseas. If another country wants nuclear powered electricity, so what. If they use it to build bombs with too, you know what they say: those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Leave other countries alone, it is all their problem and they can handle it without us babysitting them. Let's either put the forces to good use for all, like the reasons listed above, or just bring them all home and protect our own country for once.

Warmongers should kill each other, not other people all over the world. Ever heard of minding your own business, or that rule your god literally wrote in stone for you: thou shalt not kill??? Whomever supports the imperialist policies of the American government needs to grow up and reexamine the writings of the Founding Fathers, not to mention their own religious book.

see also US Constitution, Section 1, Article 8: Powers Granted to Congress.  "To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money for that use shall be for a longer term than two years; "
(has it been two years yet? or has congress been renewing this as a technicality, implying we have been at war permanently since 1787?)



11/23/10

How to Really Help the Homeless

Many things in life can be very annoying, but near the top of the list is the way people behave this time of year. It is a twisted corollary to the plastic facade known as the holiday spirit (you know- where everyone gets all mushy and preaches love and peace for a couple months, then goes back to violence and strife on January first...). This corollary is in part the wonderful idea of helping the homeless. What a great idea indeed, but the same useless means are utilized year after year. The fact that there are still homeless people needing help the next year around, year after year after year, should tell people that their feelgood measures each December just may not be working.

They give money to charities, especially the Salvation Army. While their claim to be "doing the most good" is true in my opinion, what are they doing since people remain homeless? I always donate old clothes and stuff to them and respect their efforts to house and employ the unfortunate. Meanwhile I see their bell ringers each year all over the place. I talked to one last year. He told me his "kettle", actually a clear plastic globe these days, got full and had to be swapped out several times a day. He also said each 'kettle' holds up to $2,000. One day in front of a Walmart he pulled in 10,000. Just him- not the other ones at other entrances or stores. It seems like with that much money they could build a big shelter for all the homeless in the city. But one never gets built. I am sure they use their money wisely, at least more so than other charities, but why are the homeless never sheltered with all that money pouring in?

The shelters already operating are no solution, that's for sure. I personally know someone who has been homeless in two major cities, and that person can tell you a lot about why people are really homeless. How they get that way is a different subject, but trust me it could be you tomorrow. Just like no one wakes up and knows they are going to die in a car wreck today, no one expects to become homeless either. It happens, generally very suddenly and usually to normal people. They become crazy, alcoholic, and/or drug addicted- generally after (because of) living on the streets for years, not before. My friend told me some disturbing things about homeless shelters.

He described how most shelters are very specific as to who they let in. You may have to be a veteran, a single woman with minor kids, an abused woman, black, physically disabled, a drug addict...A married person, a couple, someone without kids, or any of a number of other factors will disqualify you from entering. If you manage to get in, most of them breathalize you, to keep out winos I guess. They also lock the doors at a certain time. One my friend was at locked up at 8pm, any later and you do not get in.  So much for finding an evening or night job. With all of these rules, most homeless give up and just stay on the streets. When I went through Omaha recently, I seen homeless people everywhere. They were on every public bench, all around the library grounds, in the parks, in the bus stops, all over. The city's answer to the problem was to tear down a building that 200 destitute families were staying in. They better budget in a new batch of park benches.

The public responds by giving money to the Salvation Army, the Red Cross(corrupt), and other charities so they can have a big turkey dinner on thanksgiving and Christmas. Two meals a year will not keep anyone alive, not even Calista Flockhart. Since the charities are not building living spaces, and the homelessness continues, we the homed need to take a different approach to help these unfortunate people. It may not fix the problem, but will give them some things they really need in the meantime.

Here are a few ideas I have:

-Give them things they can really use, all year. They live outdoors, so help them with that challenge. They need shelter, heat, warmth, dryness, and a way to make a campfire and cook simply. They more than anything could use camping equipment. There are literally tent cities of them near most every metro area. They need camping stuff to survive since the shelters won't let them in.

-They also need to remain mobile, so they can pack up and move fast when the cops roust them, a part of being homeless. They therefore need duffel bags, backpacks, wheeled carts, etc.

-They also need a chance in hell at getting some kind of work, even a daily pay temp job here and there. Give them razors, soap, combs, mouthwash, and other toiletries. If you can spare it, prepaid phones are excellent as it is pretty hard to find work without a phone. If you have an old unused cell phone, they can use it too: any cell even without service can call 911. Charge it up all the way, and give it to them for that purpose. Include the charger as they can plug in outside gas stations and other places.

-Imagine how bored you would get if you had nothing to do but wander the streets all day and night, going nowhere in particular. Give them a big fat novel. Not a bible either- they are tired of people pushing bibles on them. Any book, crossword magazine, or an old rubik's cube even would make their year.

I propose people buy what they can afford to help them, and place it into an old bag of some sort- making a kit. Put together as many kits as you can afford- maybe one a week or one a month even. All year. Drive to the worst part of town and give them to homeless people. They will deeply appreciate it more than a bi-yearly meal.

I have listed some items they could use, and found the prices of some of them at a local department store. I rounded up the prices to cover tax. Notice how cheap these items are, and consider how useful they would be to someone living outdoors: 

--WARMTH & DRYNESS--
large body warmer, 18 hrs. apiece, 3 pack - 2.
foot warmer, 6 hrs. apiece, 6 pack - 2.
hooded poncho - 1.
6X8 tarp - 4.50
6X5 tent, sleeps 2 w. carrying case - 20.
tent repair tape - 2.
sleeping bag, 40-60 degree, in carry bag - 10.
solar blanket - 3. (very compact and warm)
brown jersey gloves, 6 pairs - 5.
socks, 10 pairs - 6.50
sweatpants (near universal fit, much cheaper than thermals and very warm. easy to layer)
neck and ear warmers
knit hats
--LIGHT AND HEAT--
small flashlight with 2 AA batteries - 1.
mini LED camp lantern, uses 4 AA batteries - 5.
magnesium fire starter - 7.
AA batteries
--CLEANING--
camp soap, 4 oz. - 3.
camp towel - 4.
clothesline kit - 2.
baby wipes- works for a variety of sanitary uses
wash rags- sold in 12 packs usually
toothbrush, toothpaste
bleach quart for water purifying (three drops per five gallons of water is drinkable and kills bacteria, include note about use)-(verify this first, i may have formula wrong)
MISC. NEEDS
mini 60 piece first aid kit in bag - 7.
back pack
duffel bag
cough drops
ziploc bags, reg. size and gallon
notebook and pens
books or game magazines
--COOKING--
earthenware blue bowl, plate, or cup - 3. each (will last forever)
5 piece mess kit - 6. (aluminum, cheap and effective)
2 quart canteen - 4.
pocket knife - 1.
book on edible plants
can opener
--FOOD PACKETS--make these too to give out- cheap, easy to cook, nutritious:
multivitamins (to fight malnourishment in underfed people)
ramen noodles
apples
canned beans
condensed soups
raisins
trail mixes
tea bags
french or baguette bread loaves (these breads do not go bad as soon as regular loaves)
salt shaker
sugar packets

All of these items, except possibly duffel bags and backpacks, are very cheap even when bought new. The bags/packs can be obtained from your closets, or second hand stores. If nothing else, put stuff in plastic grocery sacks- just so the items get to these people. They will be so appreciative and grateful, much more than a meal or yet another bible. They want stuff they need, stuff they can really use!

Just do it! If all that crap about peace, love, compassion, and so on is something more than a seasonal load of b.s. to net more presents, then prove it by helping people that need help. Don't feed them once or twice, HELP them, in more long term ways. I dare you, I challenge you, I beg you.


(c)  james platt

11/19/10

Beware Doctors and their Pills

After watching my dad become progressively sicker for years and then die, I had no reason to trust what a doctor says. He took all their advice, trusted them, and ended up dying from an awful disease anyway.

It is a fact that no doctor will explain to you what a medicine does, how it works, or why it is the fix for you. Nor do they explain the reasoning behind their instructions. After waiting for an hour past your appointment time, you can expect to be put into an exam room for another half hour, and then a nurse will come in. She will check your vitals and ask you what is wrong. These notes are glanced at by the doctor who rushes in another half hour later. He then tells you what he thinks is wrong and says to take this prescription. He rushes out, and you are very lucky if you get one question answered. This is medical "care".

I don't know exactly how many prescriptions my dad was on at any one time, but it was around a dozen average. Doctors have no regard for contraindications, heaping on the pills. Ozzy is a good example of this: he was on 42 prescriptions at once for awhile, and all he really needed was one for his parkinsonian syndrome. In the end they are all for naught, as the side effects and incompatibilities of them all will make you sicker than the alleged illnesses.

A real illness that needs medicine, such as heart problems, diabetes, etc. should be treated including with medicines. But the vast majority of prescriptions are unnecessary and harmful.

What did women do before there was premarin or prempro? Suffer in agony as menopause hits? What about PMS, or even the pre-PMS that they are trying to tell you requires a renamed prozac pill? And this whole ADD fairy tale is really getting out of hand. Before that ailment was thought up, kids were kids, and unruly ones were brats to be disciplined. Unruly kids used to be unruly kids, but they were later labeled as 'brain diseased', then 'MBD'-minimal brain disease, then 'minimal brain dysfunction', then 'ADD'; now it is 'ADHD'. Now they say at least 60% of them need to be doped up on mind altering chemicals. Add these to the lengthy lists of pseudo-ailments invented by the drug companies.

A lot of drugs, especially expensive ones, are fed to you long after you stop needing them as well. One has to wonder: how long could it possibly take to reduce cholesterol levels if you take a special pill for it? My dad was on an expensive statin drug for decades. Since these type of drugs have a side effect of muscle degeneration and memory loss, I wonder how many old people are senile and weak just because of their pills?

So I have not an ounce of trust for a doctor's advice. When my doctor told me to take a new pill for diabetes, I found it was not working. I stopped taking it since it caused me ongoing diarrhea anyway. I learned three years later, from a CDE- not a doctor- that that medicine takes three to six weeks to start working, and the side effect of diarrhea goes away in about a month. If only someone had told me that before, I would have never stopped taking it. In that case my vision and my overall health would be much better right now. But the doctor did not tell me. Nor did a second doctor. Nor either of their nurses, nor any pharmacists.

So now I investigate every prescription before I take it. I am sick to death of my arm hurting from tendonitis- going on a year now. So I asked for an anti-inflammatory for it. My current doc prescribed me flexeril. I looked that up and found it is not anti-inflammatory, it is just a strong pain killer. Many people younger than me have had strokes from taking it. I save the pills in case I cut a finger off someday, but I won't take them for tendon pain.

More disturbing is the scenario with hypertension. I have it, and have ignored it for years. Every doc and nurse I have seen told me it was high and I should take pills for it. Whenever I asked why, I was never ever given a direct answer. I knew of no reason that it mattered, since I felt fine. My current doc has prescribed an ACE inhibitor for it. I didn't take it, and she asked why my pressure was still high, thinking the pills did not work. I told her I did not take them, for fear of a side effect I had heard of. She said it never happens. I looked into it, and found that wasn't true. I later learn that hypertension is serious because it inflames the arteries causing plaque buildup and blockage, which eventually causes heart attack and stroke. I also learned that ACE inhibitors help protect your kidneys from diabetes related damage. So I looked up the incidence of the aforementioned side effect, and found it is less than one percent. I decided to chance it, started taking the pills, and feel much better. After years of bull, I had to learn on my own from a handbook on diabetes what no medical professionals would tell me.

It's amazing I am alive. No thanks to the doctors, nurses, or pharmacists.

I don't want to imply that people should just pitch their prescriptions, but I do recommend that everyone look up every pill they take. Learn what it is for, how long it is normally needed, if it interacts with other medicines you take, and what the side effects can be. Then find out the incidence of those side effects as well. If you don't look this stuff up, you will never know because no one is going to just inform you, not even the doctor. It's interesting to imagine how many lives would be improved and even saved if people did what I just said. Start with yourself, then check on your parents and grandparents pills, and so on. Never blindly trust a doctor.


(note: Did you know that ritalin is synthetic cocaine, and that prozac is fluoride? you'd better find out what you are really taking!)


prescriptions kill
so do doctors


 (c) james platt

11/15/10

The Sallie House Hoax

On Halloween morning this year, I started skipping through the radio channels as soon as I woke up, like I usually do, and found that on my least favorite of the presets- Mix 93.3- they were talking about a haunted house in Atchison, KS. I left it on there and suffered through their so-called music off and on for an hour while they interspersed their morning show with an interview of an area ghost hunter about this house. They had a few EVP's that were not too convincing, and audio of a guy getting scared because 'something had tugged his pantleg'. The DJ's did not mention something I found out later, which was that the 'former cop' that was attesting that this guy was scared also happens to be the landlord of said house. One EVP was of no discernible words at all, but one of the DJs decided it was Indians chanting, and so they kept playing it over and over.

Nine days later I happened to notice there is a documentary about this house at the library. I borrow it, anticipating a really interesting film. Especially since it is only about twenty miles from me. I was a little leery, however, when I noticed the description on the back contained the words "acursed", "renownd", and "psycic". Just because the producer can't spell, it doesn't mean this is fake, I hoped. But the large-print sentence on the back got me to wondering:
"THE SCARIEST HOUSE IN THE MOST HAUNTED TOWN IN AMERICA."
I have several large ghost directories and never seen this house listed anywhere, nor anything in Atchison at all.

 I watched it anyway. Here are a few things that jumped out at me:
- the couple who made all this famous are not believable at all, are personal friends with an alleged psychic in California, and contradicted themselves
- was the guy thrown out of both his shoes or just one shoe by a ghost? the story changes more than once.
- the ex-cop who vouches for stuff, as well as another ex-cop, are the house's owner and his best friend.
- the "internationally renowned psychic" is no one I have ever heard of, nor is he mentioned in any reference books I have about psychics. how famous is he really? but the word international sounds impressive anyway, and is true as she is Canadian.
- the EVP 'specialist' plays just a couple recordings from the house, neither of which are clear at all.
- the video and pictures contradict what the narrator is saying, so the film disproves itself:
  a- the candle that 'dripped wax upward' and also 'had never been lit' : 'actual photo' shows  a candle with a black wick, which means it has been lit. wax direction is hard to tell, but it could have been easily held upside down for a few seconds.
  b- the 'spirit sensing dog' finding a spirit: 'actual footage' shows it stopping at a closet but not looking disturbed otherwise. it probably wouldn't go in since it thought it may get stuck (it is a great dane).
  c- the allegation of numerous acts of bricks being thrown at them inside the basement, which supposedly materialized out of thin air : despite camera crews in this basement at the time, not one brick was filmed. we have to imagine it.
  d- the 'actual footage' of scratches appearing on people in the house: it was over a 9 hour period, so you have to take their word for it. sped-up photography did not occur to them. the scratches look like lipstick marks to me. no doctor reports are offered.
  e- the photo of the stuffed bear toy spinning around shows no bear at all- just a blur where the bear is supposed to be.
  f- the landlord was supposedly signing a contract for the show Sightings to film in there, when the paper blew around some. the Sightings camera crew did not manage to film it.
  g- the supposedly shocking actual film of someone getting burned: he did not look surprised or scared at all in the face, and the burned hair was not visible in the closeup they showed. it also could have been pre-burned too easily and hidden with his shirt. why was someone filming the sound guy for so long anyway?
  h- the Canadian psychic is being filmed in the basement, and claims his finger is being pulled by a ghost. it leads him to a corner where he can see orbs. following a straightened finger around is corny to put it mildly. then a picture of an orb is allegedly shown, which just does not show an orb at all.

Besides these photo and film foibles, a few more things about it bothered me.

At one point they showed a black mark on the basement floor, which was supposedly a painted over spot. What was painted over was a "pentagram" as they called it, that they showed. Did someone take a picture of it before they painted over it? I kinda doubt it. But what they did show was a very uneven (sloppy) star with the word "Azazel" below it. They said a witch lived there once and made the markings. How is this relevant, and how does it tie in? They don't say. Besides, witches do not worship the demon Azazel, but there is a movie called Azazel, which is probably where they heard the name to start with. What do witches have to do with ghosts or any of the rest of this anyway? Nothing, but it makes it scarier doesn't it?!

Speaking of movies, there are several odd coincidences with movies here as well. Remember the scenes in the Amityville Horror where they tried to call their priest and the phone was staticy? The landlord had a phone static incident too, and then called his priest. Remember the Exorcist, where they heard scratching noises in the attic? They heard scratching noises in the walls here. Remember in the Amityville Horror the family seen the demon as they were fleeing the house? The guy living there seen the ghost one day too.

The people living there who made all these claims also were there on a lease, and lived there for 22 months. Or was it 30 months? Both are claimed to be the case. They had an infant baby in the house too, and the guy had an urge to stab his wife one day (as in Amityville: psychosis sets in...) {man has urge to stab wife- must be supernatural, indeed...}. Like the idiotic movie Paranormal Activity, they supposedly see all this crazy and endangering stuff go on, but it does not occur to them to leave. Not even for the baby's sake. What would you do?

At one point, they recall the boot incident yet again, where a guy was thrown across the room and either one or both (they can't keep it straight) of his laced up work boots is left in place. While he was lying against an open door, his neck veins were straining and he couldn't move. They say he was held down, but also that he felt like he was hit by "a Mack truck or a train", so he was probably winded is all. At this point, the California psychic comes in and demands he be released "in the name of Jesus!". This releases him. This shows that the so-called psychic is a bible-thumping zealot who is off her rocker, and that science and facts are not of relevance here...Which brings us to the mechanics of the shoe story. Fully laced work boots being left where he stood, despite him being thrown across the room. The laces or boots themselves would have been torn, or the soles somehow glued to the carpet, or he had a glob of grease in his boot(s?). Otherwise this physically could not have happened. They did not say the boot(s?) or their laces were torn or glued down, so did his feet dematerialize momentarily or what?  

Because a girl is rumored to have died during a painful operation there, an urban myth was born. All that was needed was the factoid that a doctor lived in the house once, back in 1906. (This is why the ghost was wearing '1800's clothes'?).  But it is well documented of course. For example, the neighbor says her young boy was scared one night of shadows that were monsters. Imagine that happening. Further evidence is that this mother and her brothers were looking in the windows of the house one day when someone grabbed her hips from behind. Ok.

The scariest claim made by the house's former tenants was that the pull chains on the ceiling fans would move by themselves. This is scary because if that indicates a haunting, then I have lived in many homes that were haunted without even knowing it! And I thought the fan motion was agitating the chain...

I also have never heard of poltergeist activity, ghost haunting, and demonic presences commingling in one structure at one time. They are three totally different phenomena, and one traumatic incident or death will not conjure them all up at once; it just never happens. But all three are claimed in this case. And when a person really is scratched by an invisible demon -without exception as far as I have ever heard- a horrible infection sets in. And they happen instantly- not over nine hours.

By now the misspelling and failure to edit the back cover were the least of my concerns over this video. The producer tried, and I hope this project was a good vehicle for him to get some practice. Maybe nowadays he is making better and more important films. I hope.

But really: most haunted town in America? Or Kansas even? Hardly! For Kansas alone, look up these much more convincing haunted sites:

Komarek home - Great Bend
Sentinel Hill- Hays
Morningside Park houses - Kansas City
Fort Leavenworth buildings- Leavenworth
Purple Masque theater (KSU) - Manhattan
Johnson County Industrial Airport (hangar 43)- Olathe
Gardner House - Topeka
Rockingham Cemetery - Topeka

UPDATE: As last commentor kindly informed us, this house is for sale now. The listing says it is worth $64,148., but it is for sale for A MILLION BUCKS!  After all, it has a "proven track record of $400 per night with word of mouth only."  Which proves this hoax is a business. See ad for it here.
(UPDATE: 4/26/16- price reduced to 750,000.!) 

See also: 


And by the way: this is just a movie review. I never claimed to go into the house and launch a full scale investigation. If you have any answers to the film's inconsistencies, or any real evidence of supernatural activities at this house, please let me know.


P.S.: Only one- ever- comment against my post has been received. It is by one of the purveyors of this fraud. I will not post it since it insults me personally and also mentions other posts I have written on. But suffice it to say that it was off topic, distractive, and answered no concerns I wrote of at all. It is angry distraction, nothing more. Evidence???? Nope.

P.P.S.: please read comments below- most are very interesting and amusing!

see also on this blog:
worst exorcism movie ever
villisca axe murder house
felix-liliger cemetery

(c) james platt

11/5/10

Japan : Role Models, or the Face of Evil?

In American media and pop culture, Japan is incessantly portrayed as a high-tech country that is extremely advanced in science, intelligence, and culture. They are looked up to by even the most arrogant patriots. And those items are true, to some degree. There are two sides to every coin though...

Like America, the Japanese are a people. They try to work, raise families, eat, entertain, get by; be happy. Most of them do not know what their country does, and the ones that do probably have little power to change it. I suspect they have more say than we Americans do though, as evidenced by the occasional brawls their congress has. That is government in action if I ever seen it. (You would never see that here- the two parties we have are in cahoots and would never go beyond the token arguments to settle anything...).

It was extremely interesting in the film the Cove  that they found the Japanese public knew virtually nothing of it. That documentary is about how Japanese fisherman are aided by their govt. in corralling thousands of dolphins into a cove each year, then wading out with machetes to create a literal bloodbath. Their citizenry did not know that they were eating whale meat mislabeled as dolphin, that there are extremely high levels of mercury in dolphin meat, nor did they know how these dolphins are killed- at least not the city folk. This is due to the vast censorship of the Japanese media. Funny, I recall the US govt. waltzing in after WWII and drafting in a new constitution for them, based upon ours. And ours guarantees the right to freedom of the press. Must have been a typo on their part?

Their constitution is also supposed to ban all offensive weapons and military ventures beyond defense of their homeland. So what is with the American naval bases there? It also bans all atomic weapons. Now they allow American naval vessels to dock there for indefinite periods of time with nuclear weapons on board. I recall some protests about this, but guess who won? The ships remain and a new base is being built now. 

What gets me more than anything is their past. The cultured, refined people have an extremely sordid history- at least as bad as America's. Their imperialist ventures brought war to enormous areas and millions of people. Prior to WWII, they invaded China and committed the most heinous act of ongoing genocide in history, now quaintly known as "the rape of Nanking". See video embedded below. Do not eat first.



During WWII, they allied with the Nazis and took over the entire Pacific, parts of China and SE Asia, and even held some American territory for awhile (the Aleutians). Their plan to invade America via Californian beaches was about to occur when they were defeated. People constantly say how many soldiers lives were saved by atomising the civilians in two of their cities, but they never mention how many American civilians were actually saved by it. Their plan to invade America was to be preceded with a bomb containing millions of fleas infected with bubonic plague. We can only imagine what would have happened had they completed this evil scheme.

Let's not forget their obsession with whaling either. Their "Intl. Whaling Commission" is nothing but a govt. run, rubber-stamp agency that is used as a smokescreen to distract anti-whaling people from interrupting their for-profit industry of killing scentients. (Sounds like America's EPA.) Nevermind the fact that the Japanese whaling industry is allegedly run by the laborers of organized crime syndicates there. As long as whales are being killed, the Japanese govt. cares not who does it- just so it gets done.  Their bloodlust for whale slaughtering is just as bad as Canada's psychotic cravings to perpetuate seal torture.

So obsessed in fact, that they took a chunk of money donated to them by concerned people around the world for tsunami/ earthquake/ fallout relief, and used it to help fund their whaling escapades. They even admitted it, as it was publicly passed by their parliament. They simply do not care what the world thinks- as long as they get to slaughter intelligent sea mammals. They crave the sight of the blood; the sound of the gurgling as the whales drown in it. No matter the cost- it will continue. (As a matter of fact, this blogger ponders whether they play the gurgling sounds while they have sex...).  

In Japan, the whales and dolphins 'eat too much fish'. In Canada, the seals 'eat too much fish'. Maybe it is you idiotic humans that are eating too much fish.

Poisoning yourselves with mercury and other toxins is fine by me, but when it becomes an excuse to declare a competition between predators- humans vs. whales, dolphins, or seals- then you are really losing your marbles. It is akin to killing peoples' babies because they are using up all the milk- endangering your Lucky Charms addiction.
                                                                    
                            ****

My problem is not really with the Japanese people, but with their government. I fully realize that my country is equally culpable in its obsession with killing bison, wild horses, wolves, deer, alligators, lobsters, and numerous other animals. It has also committed way more than its share of wars and other atrocities over the years, including the current genocide in Iraq. But, I wanted to point out that Japan is no nation to look up to, and is no better than so many other countries that have let power and greed corrupt their cultures and alleged constitutions.

{If you are Japanese and do not like this writing, then please print it out and mail to your prime minister. I will happily retract it when whaling and dolphin killing is banned there.}

                 ---------------------------------

                                            FOOTNOTES


Countries that hunt whales:                                       
1. st. vincent and the grenadines
2. denmark, esp. in their colonies of the faroe islands and greenland 
3. norway
4. japan
5. iceland
Allow whaling by natives only: non-commercial:
1. indonesia
2. russia
3. canada
4. USA       

1. sweden
2.norway
3. namibia
4. canada
5. finland
6. united kingdom
7. russia
8. denmark, esp. in their colony greenland                     

LINKS:
the Cove
Earthlings (see esp. 41:35 - 46:06 )
Whaling for "research" debunked                                   

  (c) james platt                                                                         

Japan : Role Models, or the Face of Evil?

In American media and pop culture, Japan is incessantly portrayed as a high-tech country that is extremely advanced in science, intelligence, and culture. They are looked up to by even the most arrogant patriots. And those items are true, to some degree. There are two sides to every coin though...

Like America, the Japanese are a people. They try to work, raise families, eat, entertain, get by; be happy. Most of them do not know what their country does, and the ones that do probably have little power to change it. I suspect they have more say than we Americans do though, as evidenced by the occasional brawls their congress has. That is government in action if I ever seen it. (You would never see that here- the two parties we have are in cahoots and would never go beyond the token arguments to settle anything...).

It was extremely interesting in the film the Cove  that they found the Japanese public knew virtually nothing of it. That documentary is about how Japanese fisherman are aided by their govt. in corralling thousands of dolphins into a cove each year, then wading out with machetes to create a literal bloodbath. Their citizenry did not know that they were eating whale meat mislabeled as dolphin, that there are extremely high levels of mercury in dolphin meat, nor did they know how these dolphins are killed- at least not the city folk. This is due to the vast censorship of the Japanese media. Funny, I recall the US govt. waltzing in after WWII and drafting in a new constitution for them, based upon ours. And ours guarantees the right to freedom of the press. Must have been a typo on their part?

Their constitution is also supposed to ban all offensive weapons and military ventures beyond defense of their homeland. So what is with the American naval bases there? It also bans all atomic weapons. Now they allow American naval vessels to dock there for indefinite periods of time with nuclear weapons on board. I recall some protests about this, but guess who won? The ships remain and a new base is being built now. 

What gets me more than anything is their past. The cultured, refined people have an extremely sordid history- at least as bad as America's. Their imperialist ventures brought war to enormous areas and millions of people. Prior to WWII, they invaded China and committed the most heinous act of ongoing genocide in history, now quaintly known as "the rape of Nanking". See video embedded below. Do not eat first.



During WWII, they allied with the Nazis and took over the entire Pacific, parts of China and SE Asia, and even held some American territory for awhile (the Aleutians). Their plan to invade America via Californian beaches was about to occur when they were defeated. People constantly say how many soldiers lives were saved by atomising the civilians in two of their cities, but they never mention how many American civilians were actually saved by it. Their plan to invade America was to be preceded with a bomb containing millions of fleas infected with bubonic plague. We can only imagine what would have happened had they completed this evil scheme.

Let's not forget their obsession with whaling either. Their "Intl. Whaling Commission" is nothing but a govt. run, rubber-stamp agency that is used as a smokescreen to distract anti-whaling people from interrupting their for-profit industry of killing scentients. (Sounds like America's EPA.) Nevermind the fact that the Japanese whaling industry is allegedly run by the laborers of organized crime syndicates there. As long as whales are being killed, the Japanese govt. cares not who does it- just so it gets done.  Their bloodlust for whale slaughtering is just as bad as Canada's psychotic cravings to perpetuate seal torture.

So obsessed in fact, that they took a chunk of money donated to them by concerned people around the world for tsunami/ earthquake/ fallout relief, and used it to help fund their whaling escapades. They even admitted it, as it was publicly passed by their parliament. They simply do not care what the world thinks- as long as they get to slaughter intelligent sea mammals. They crave the sight of the blood; the sound of the gurgling as the whales drown in it. No matter the cost- it will continue. (As a matter of fact, this blogger ponders whether they play the gurgling sounds while they have sex...).  

In Japan, the whales and dolphins 'eat too much fish'. In Canada, the seals 'eat too much fish'. Maybe it is you idiotic humans that are eating too much fish.

Poisoning yourselves with mercury and other toxins is fine by me, but when it becomes an excuse to declare a competition between predators- humans vs. whales, dolphins, or seals- then you are really losing your marbles. It is akin to killing peoples' babies because they are using up all the milk- endangering your Lucky Charms addiction.
                                                                    
                            ****

My problem is not really with the Japanese people, but with their government. I fully realize that my country is equally culpable in its obsession with killing bison, wild horses, wolves, deer, alligators, lobsters, and numerous other animals. It has also committed way more than its share of wars and other atrocities over the years, including the current genocide in Iraq. But, I wanted to point out that Japan is no nation to look up to, and is no better than so many other countries that have let power and greed corrupt their cultures and alleged constitutions.

{If you are Japanese and do not like this writing, then please print it out and mail to your prime minister. I will happily retract it when whaling and dolphin killing is banned there.}

                 ---------------------------------

                                            FOOTNOTES


Countries that hunt whales:                                       
1. st. vincent and the grenadines
2. denmark, esp. in their colonies of the faroe islands and greenland 
3. norway
4. japan
5. iceland
Allow whaling by natives only: non-commercial:
1. indonesia
2. russia
3. canada
4. USA       

1. sweden
2.norway
3. namibia
4. canada
5. finland
6. united kingdom
7. russia
8. denmark, esp. in their colony greenland                      

LINKS:
the Cove
Earthlings (see esp. 41:35 - 46:06 )
Whaling for "research" debunked                                   

  (c) james platt                                                                         

11/4/10

'I AM OZZY' : a biased analysis

* this post updated 01/25/2016 *

I first started to admire Ozzy Osbourne when I was in my early teens. I recall my sister, about sixteen at the time, saying how his lyrics in the song Crazy Train were evil, because he says "I've listened to preachers, I've listened to fools..." She thought it meant 'listened to preachers: [therefore] listened to fools', while actually it means 'listened to preachers [and] listened to fools'- at least in my opinion. It makes the most sense, and Ozzy would never call a preacher a fool anyway, his song Miracle Man notwithstanding. She was on a weird trip at the time, collecting bibles and drinking lots of vodka (she is now a Wiccan that doesn't drink). I was just a normal kid who obsessed over catching snakes and watching Star Trek. Aside from who was weirder, I liked the song. I got into pop music and 80s rock for years (this was in the 80s), and heard little if anything of Ozzy for some time. I then met a new crowd of friends in 12th grade. They got me into thrash metal, thanks to my new friend Eric, as well as punk rock- thanks to his sister Jennifer. After moving from that state I discovered the less intense heavy metal, and delved into it as well as classic rock (classic to me is 70s). Somewhere in there I became enamored with Ozzy: the coolest rock star by far. I ended up accumulating nearly all of his albums, as well as the Black Sabbath ones. I seen him at Ozzfest twice.

Anyway, the autobiography he wrote was read with a little trepidation. I feared he would turn out to be an awful person of some sort, and I would hate him. Then what would I do? Wear gloves all the time?




  
In spite of my fears, I delved in...

The book is written in a vernacular style, as if he is sitting in front of you telling a story. All of the English spelling, punctuation, and slang is in there, with no mercy to the Americans. I managed to translate most of it, but a couple words still threw me. The key to understanding this book is to know that in England, "pissed" is slang for what Americans call "wasted". He was not mad all the time, he was drunk. Knowing that from the start would have been much easier.

The book was hilarious throughout, and remained fairly relevant and coherent as to telling his life story.  He is not the boob so many think he is. When on the Osbournes MTV show, he was on 42 prescriptions at once. How well could you talk or walk if you were on that many pills? Now he takes two prescriptions and talks as normally as you or I, and is obviously not a loon. (Remember that Elvis died of overdosing on prescription drugs, and look what happened to MJ- the docs almost killed Ozzy too).

The one event that disturbed me the most was when he killed some feral cats. I thought I could get past it though, as he was 'pissed' on cocaine, booze, and hash, and also apologized and specifically condemned animal cruelty. As for the dove incident, booze plus youthful indiscretion / desperation of a rock star to save his career/ idiocy? At least it was a long time ago and he expressed regret for it too. The bat was an accident, and the chickens were a similar scenario as the cats. The slaughterhouse job was a job, and he never meant he enjoyed the task- he just had a job he got used to for once. Although the cat story bugged me, I had come to terms with it and still liked Ozzy for years.

*Five years later, I discover that he also shot and killed his first wife's cats. I looked into it, and found it is probably true (he talked about it in an interview with Guitar Legends Magazine- issue #37, in 2000). This was the final straw for me. If it is not true, he should not be making up such horrible stuff just to get attention. If it is true, he should not be bragging about it decades after the fact. Either way, I no longer believed he opposes animal cruelty. Seems like a pattern with him- when the opportunity arises, he just does it for kicks.

*As much as I like animals, this disgusted me. I could no longer bear to be a fan of his or even listen to his music anymore. I threw away all of his albums- I had every one including the box sets- as well as all small items such as the two foot tall Ozzy werewolf Bark at the Moon doll. I pitched everything. Comfortable with this decision, I considered deleting this old post, but decided to just update it with the new info. 

Aside from this, I found everything in the book fascinating and/or hilarious. I have seen many a review on Amazon that spoils books and movies for everyone else, trying to synopsize it instead of evaluating it. I don't do that. But I do have a few criticisms.

There should have been a one page translation list for the Americans who are not familiar with British slang (maybe in the next edition, publishers?). It also left out one key sentence that was at Ozzy's behest, obviously. When an employee of a rehab clinic told him he had calculated Ozzy's financial losses due to booze and drugs, it says, "I almost threw up." So he can admit freely to the animal killing, hitting his wives, continuous drug and alcohol abuse, not taking care of his kids, and so on, but he cannot bear to say how much money this nonsense cost him??! It was the worst way to leave a reader hanging.

I also very strongly feel that he was way too lenient on two people that really screwed him over the years. It is his opinion and he had the protection of provable facts plus his self-depreciating disclaimer in the front of the book to fend off lawsuits. But being candid only went so far, obviously.

One person he should have exposed in more detail was the second manager Black Sabbath had- Patrick Meehan. He screwed the band out of every penny of their earnings for their two best albums: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Vol.4. These two, especially Vol. 4, contain some of their best songs (my fave is Supernaut..). On their next album, Sabotage, Ozzy wrote a song about him called The Writ. But the book barely mentions this old manager's misdeeds. This is not to mention the band's first manager, who gave them nary a penny for their first two albums (Black Sabbath and Paranoid). They literally had to rob gardens to eat because this guy didn't pay them. Then he had the nerve to sue when they got a new manager. But Ozzy thought he was a nice guy.

Ozzy also barely mentions how Tony Iommi constantly intimidated the band and tried to be in control of it, even though it was nothing without Ozzy, who actually started Sabbath to begin with. The ad that Ozzy posted and Tony answered, the PA system, the vocals themselves- all made Ozzy the true founder of Sabbath as far as I am concerned. As good as Iommi is at guitar, he is one of so many guitarists while each vocalist is unique. When Rob Halford left Judas Priest and the band replaced him with Ripper Owens, the new band was excellent, but they did not sound like the real Judas Priest anymore and may as well have changed their name, until Halford came back later. It is similar for Van Halen, though in that case the name for the band comes from the guitarist and drummer- brothers- who founded the band. Plus, the guitarist Eddie is a virtuoso who does not need vocals to amaze crowds. Tony Iommi is good, very good, but not a virtuoso that does solos which knock peoples' socks off. It was Ozzy alone that made Sabbath unique, and all its other 3 members could have been replaced. Tony's riffs for Iron Man and War Pigs are exceedingly simple and could have been thought up by any other talented musician to go with the other members' lines. This has always been the way I look at it, and even Ozzy would disagree with me perhaps, but I am just a metalhead with a wider view. This view has allowed me to see Iommi over the years walking around with his nose in the air, especially in regards to Ozzy. In the book, Ozzy merely states, " ...I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel betrayed by what happened with Black Sabbath.... Firing me for being fucked up was hypocritical bullshit. We were all fucked up. If you're stoned and I'm stoned, how can that fucking be? Because I'm slightly more stoned than you are?..."  Then, after saying how he has gotten over it, he says of the new band with their new singer, "So I just wish they'd called the band Black Sabbath II. That's all. "

So he goes easy, okay, he is a nice guy. But the current lawsuit is mentioned near the end of the book as well, where he really goes easy on Tony. Iommi took over the rights to the name Black Sabbath without consulting anyone else, and when Ozzy found out, he sued. Ozzy wants all four original band members to have equal rights to it with equal royalties. Tony wants everyone's share and complete control. So Ozzy writes, "We'll see what happens, but I hope it gets resolved, 'cos I have the greatest respect for Tony Iommi."  ...Too nice... The thanks list at the end of the book misspells Tony Iommi as Tony IoNNi- I like to think on purpose...

While criticizing here, I would like to also remind some obsessed fans of Zakk Wylde that he was a supporting member of a solo artist's band. Ozzy had every right to fire him, especially since he was acting like Tony used to: strongarming Ozzy. By this I mean he wanted more and more lenghty solos played at concerts, which overshadowed Ozzy and his songs. He also started his own band- the Black Label Society- which he managed to slot as opener for Ozzfest shows, then later played as Ozzy's guitarist in the same concert. He was taking over, using Ozzy as a vehicle and distracting the fans with his excellent guitar skills. This was not his place, he overstepped big time. Though Ozzy said Zakk's alcoholism was the reason he fired him, I suspect his wife/manager Sharon actually made it happen for the reasons I just said. Regardless, I am glad that Zakk is gone- he can now play his plodding songs with whiny vocals all he wants on his own tours. If he was smart he would either get a new singer besides himself or just do guitar work only, similar to Joe Satriani.

In the end, I read the book in less than two days- pretty good for me. I noted the most interesting and funny things as I went, since there is no index. Here is a mini-index for all future readers of the book, page # followed by event; tildas are for the most hilarious stuff:

24   couch fire~
82   stole gas from a priest
88   played nazi
137  did 7 grams of coke off a bathroom floor~
141  hooker/banana story~~
146  cat tragedy
151  poisons preacher with hash~
159  scares Ward half to death~~
170  horses talk to him~
212  dove incident
226  bat incident
245  stole flowers from a grave~
257  bought 3,456 bottles of wine~
         ("it took months for me and the roadies to polish it all off..")
288  doctors find he has no immune system~
292  lyrics to paranoid
321  uses Roger Whittaker's curtains for toilet paper~
271  his hand tattoo~~
295  his religious views

Besides these highlights, he also caught on fire twice, woke up on a freeway island in Memphis, rode atop a skylift, and disrupted Yes. Perhaps most significant though, was his excellent description of what blue collar work- especially factory work- really can be like. Done that- now if only I can get a singing gig....*As soon as I get the tattoo removed.


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(c) james platt