Thursday, June 21, 2018
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Allison June Baden-Clay (née Dickie) was an Australian woman whose body was discovered on 30 April 2012, ten days after she was reported missing by her husband Gerard. On 13 June 2012, Gerard was charged with murder and interfering with a corpse. On 15 July 2014, he was found guilty and given a life sentence. Gerard appealed the conviction and on 8 December 2015, it was downgraded to manslaughter. In August 2016, the High Court of Australia re-instated the murder conviction. Background: Gerard Robert Baden-Clay was born Gerard Clay in Bournemouth, England, on 9 September 1970. His family migrated to Rhodesia in 1980, where they changed their family name to "Baden-Clay" to associate the family with his father's grandfather, Lord Baden-Powell of Scouting fame. Gerard Baden-Clay would later use other pseudonyms in his increasingly secret fantasy life. The Baden-Clay family later migrated to Australia. Allison June Dickie married Gerard on 23 August 1997. Disappearance of Allison: At 7:30 am on Friday, 20 April 2012, Gerard reported Allison missing from their home at 593 Brookfield Road, Brookfield, Queensland. He claimed she went for a walk at 10 pm the night before and had not returned home. On 30 April, a woman's body was found by a canoeist at Kholo Creek, Anstead, about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) from the Baden-Clay home in Brookfield. The following day, the body was confirmed to be Allison. Her funeral was held in Ipswich on 11 May. Trial and conviction of Gerard: On 13 June 2012, Gerard was formally interviewed at Indooroopilly police station and charged with Allison's murder and for interfering with her corpse. He maintained his innocence and said he would "be strenuously defending the charges". Gerard's bail application was denied on 22 June because Justice David Boddice said he posed a "significant flight risk". The trial began in the Brisbane Supreme Court on 10 June 2014. Gerard pleaded not guilty to the charges. On 15 July, he was found guilty of murdering Allison and disposing her body. He was given a life sentence with a non-parole period of fifteen years. Appeal of the conviction: On 7 August 2015, Gerard appealed his conviction. On 8 December, his conviction was downgraded to manslaughter. In an unusual move, the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions appealed against the downgrade. On 31 August 2016, the High Court of Australia subsequently restored the original trial murder conviction. In February 2017, Allison's father was appointed the executor of her estate. It was ruled that Gerard Baden-Clay was not entitled to any benefits from her death. Legacy of Alison's murder: The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation was launched on 31 July 2015. Its aim is to "create a Queensland community that acknowledges the prevalence of domestic and family violence". In March 2018, the first annual scholarship in Allison's memory for an aspiring ballet dancer was announced by the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, who had known Allison as a child.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
I’ve got bad gas since I’m vegetarian and it’s unfortunately making me gaseous. It’s mainly due to the fiber in the vegetarian and vegan things I eat. Once I ate cooked soy beans and then got horrible gas since the fiber in the soy beans was so high. I usually get gas and am ok since it’s not serious. Once I got the soybeans out of my system my bad gas went away. I usually have my bean and veggie burritos on a weekly basis and I love them. They’re healthy proteins, fill me up with fiber and help with my diabetes. The soy beans I added to a stir fry for easy vegan protein. I forgot they had the adverse effect of making me pass gas but at least the vegan protein it provided I liked since I was lacking it. When I said I wanted to list other vegan friendly proteins that we could eat I excluded tofu for 2 reasons: 1) we know it’s a protein and 2) many people assume it’s the main protein vegans and vegetarians eat. I included things such as: nuts (and its corresponding butters and milks), beans, dairy, eggs and grains (such as in oatmeal).
So I love reading. I like reading true crime books since I love criminal justice stuff. I LOVE reading a book on Gary Ridgway. It’s such a strong love of that book I can re-tell the story nearly verbatim. Interestingly I was able to mention it since we were talking about forgiveness. The reasons I love this book is because it’s super descriptive, something I love and it’s awesome.
When I 1st heard about gay marriage and gay people existed it was like, “ok.” I was like, “that’s not me and I think its OK.” Many people in this generation see LGBT marriage and being transgender as something that’s might not for us (meaning we aren’t gay but our friends and family might be and don’t want to hurt them). In the bible Matthew 7:1, 2 say “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Sometimes it is quoted in harmony with John 8:7, where Jesus told the religious leaders (in connection with the adulterous woman) ‘let the one among you without sin cast the first stone.’ I don’t think it’s fair to say they’re right and they’re not if were looking at the same holy book (bible, Torah, Talmud, Quran) and we get different things from it. I’m not alone. More Muslims in America accept LGBT people and gay marriage than white evangelicals. Many younger Christians are on the Muslims and what I call “the correct side.”
I love the color. It’s a pretty color, goes well with my brown eyes and has pretty since it’s several shades. I have several things that are pretty and blue. I love my favorite blue studded car ear headband. I have blue nail polish and earrings. Someone liked my blue mouse flats and pretty blue dress. My glasses are purple-blue. I love the color even though it’s considered a “boy” color. My dad thinks my favorite color is pink, which is kind of true but I like blue. My love of blue is because I’m going thru a blue phase, despite being in my 20’s and am usually thought of being done with phases. When I got my blue cat ear headband I said look, cat ear headbands. It was nice and it’s studded. I think part of my love of blue is due to my attraction to a couple guys who wear blue.
I love them for the awesome things they give me. It’s annoying sometimes since my house is so far away and they won’t accept money (it’s about 45 minutes away in you include time from a house and to the farm so I’d offer them gas money at least). Once as a Christmas gift my visiting teacher dropped off a gift at my neighbor’s house. Luckily they gave the gift to me. Another time I’d met my other visiting teacher while trying to cool off (taking off my flannel for a minute). Both visiting teachers were there with a pair of elders. I’d gotten a blessing for my exams and then walked them to their cars. It was nice. So I was waiting for my visiting teacher to get her daughter, I think, and said his name and that’s how I met him. So on mother’s day I was approached by my home teacher and asked if I’d gotten a candy bar. I dug around in my bag and I said yes sir. When I formally met him he said he worked with young men and that if I needed anything to call him. I said yes sir.
The Deanna Laney murders were those, by Deanna Laney, of her two oldest sons, 8-year-old Joshua and 6-year-old Luke, by stoning. In a 2004 trial, she was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Details: Laney woke up one night in May 2003 and took Joshua to the yard of her home in New Chapel Hill, Texas where she lifted a huge rock over her head and brought it down with all her strength against his skull, killing him. She did the same to Luke. Later on, she tried to kill her youngest son, 14-month-old Aaron, in the same way. He survived, but suffered severe head injuries. During the investigation, Laney claimed God ordered her to bash in her sons' heads. She was a member of an Assemblies of God church, where she sang in the choir. A year earlier, she had told her fellow churchgoers that the world was coming to an end and that God had told her to get her house in order. Later on, she told a psychiatrist that she hoped she and Andrea Yates would end up working together as God's only witnesses at the end of the world. Five mental health experts were consulted in Laney's case: two each by the prosecution and defense, and one by the judge. All of them arrived at the conclusion that she suffered from psychotic delusions which made her unable to know right from wrong at the time of the killings. A Smith County court found her not guilty by reason of insanity. She was committed to Kerrville State Hospital for eight years until her release in May 2012. However, she is subject to a list of conditions, including that she have no unsupervised contact with minors and submit to regular drug tests to ensure that she takes required medication.
Monday, June 18, 2018
So whenever my brother sees me watching TJ kirk (or any atheist) on YouTube he immediately wants to argue with me. He doesn’t understand atheists have SOME good points such as: telling people about their atheism (or not), where to draw the line on tolerance for religious practices, praying when you’re being irrational as well as others. TJ kirk sometimes makes jokes about certain things (like saying he’s Mormon for an April fool’s day joke) as well making it seem silly to die because of going over a cliff due to buying the rights to a company (see Christians get an F or look up Jimmy Hesseldon). My brother doesn’t understand liberal theology and that we’re all going to be judged 1 day and it’s not our place to judge others (like for drinking, smoking, getting an abortion and LGBT marriage).
Once I was walking around with a cup of hot coffee in 1 hand, my phone on my wrist, back pack on my leg and Bluetooth earphones blasting. I had 1 hand free but a guy came over to me and opened the door for me. I’d reached for it and he opened it for me. I walked over to the 2nd 1 (this building had 2 in orders to keep it clean and warm) and I reached to open it for me but he’d beat me to both. I’m like OK. I think the main reason was because my pants were too baggy and I looked uncomfortable.
I love forensic science because I love criminal justice and I was mistaken as a kidnapped kid (mistaken identity). A former friend got me into it. She thought I’d like this and I fell head over heels for it. I usually mention it when people are talking about forgiveness (usually I mention Gary Ridgway). I was mistaken as a kidnapped kid. Basically my dad’s friend “Joe” and his wife “Sarah” (I don’t actually know their names) called my house prior to July 1997 when my parents were out and a house cleaner was on the phone (and not cleaning the house) saying “Sarah” had given birth to “Joe’s” kid and somehow that got mistranslated to someone has me. “Joe” called back and cleared this all up. My dad apologized to the neighbor, whom he yelled at for letting “the people take me” and the house cleaner. He also promptly fired the house cleaner since she wasn’t doing her job. Even though my dad apologized she remained fired since she wasn’t doing her job. I own a few dozen forensic science books (some true crime and other fiction forensic science). There’s: forensic psychiatry, forensic pathology, forensic accounting, forensic astronomy, serology, use of DNA, CODIS, AFIS, and so many other things. I love forensic science. It’s 1 of the best subjects in the whole wide world. My love of forensic science is contagious as my little brother took it in high school. My whole family supports it as well since I love watching it and they’ll sometimes watch it with me.
i'm losing weight and am feeling awesome. 1 unfortunate side effect of losing weight is i'm in TONS of pain. i'm using tons of pain killers to ease the pain. i have scoliosis which is a reason it's harder to lose weight (uneven legs and back pain). luckily i'm able to lose weight and feel a MILLION times better but right now i'm in tons of pain. until i lose the weight and get to my target weight i'll be in pain. luckily there are good days and bad days. on good days i don't need a ton of pain killers and bad days i do.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
The "Boy in the Box" is the name given to an unidentified murder victim, 3 to 7 years old, whose naked, battered body was found in a cardboard box in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 25, 1957. He is also commonly called "America's Unknown Child." His identity has never been discovered, and the case remains open. I've seen a video about this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FX_pBSTu_8 Discovery of the body: In February 1957, the boy's body, wrapped in a plaid blanket, was found in the woods off Susquehanna Road in Fox Chase, Philadelphia. The naked body was inside a cardboard box which had once contained a bassinet of the kind sold by J. C. Penney. The boy's hair had been recently cropped, possibly after death, as clumps of hair clung to the body. There were signs of severe malnourishment, as well as surgical scars on the ankle and groin, and an L-shaped scar under the chin. The body was first discovered by a young man who was checking his muskrat traps. Fearing that the police would confiscate his traps, he did not report what he had found. A few days later, a college student spotted a rabbit running into the underbrush. Knowing that there were animal traps in the area, he stopped his car to investigate and discovered the body. He too was reluctant to have any contact with the police, but he did report his find the following day. Investigation: The police received the report and opened an investigation on February 26, 1957. The dead boy's fingerprints were taken, and police at first were optimistic that he would soon be identified. However, no one ever came forward with any useful information. The case attracted massive media attention in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. The Philadelphia Inquirer pressed 400,000 flyers depicting the boy's likeness, which flooded the area, and were included with every gas bill in Philadelphia. The crime scene was combed over and over again by 270 police academy recruits, who discovered a child's blue corduroy cap, a child's scarf, and handkerchief; all clues that led nowhere. The police even went so far as to distribute a postmortem photograph of the boy fully dressed and in a seated position, as he may have looked in life, in the hopes it may lead to a clue. Despite the publicity and sporadic interest throughout the years, the boy's identity is still unknown. The case remains unsolved to this day. On March 21, 2016, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children released a facial reconstruction of the victim and added him onto their database. Theories: Many tips and theories have been advanced in the case. Although most of these have been dismissed, two theories have generated considerable interest among the police and media, and they have been extensively investigated. The foster home: This theory concerns a foster home that was located approximately 1.5 miles (2.5 km) from the site of the body. In 1960, Remington Bristow, an employee of the medical examiner's office who doggedly pursued the case until his death in 1993, contacted a New Jersey psychic, who told him to look for a house that matched the foster home. When the psychic was brought to the Philadelphia discovery site, she led Bristow directly to the foster home. Upon attending an estate sale at the foster home, Bristow discovered a bassinet similar to the one sold at J. C. Penney. He also discovered blankets hanging on the clothes line that were similar to the one in which the boy's body had been wrapped. Bristow believed that the boy belonged to the stepdaughter of the man who ran the foster home, and that they disposed of his body so the stepdaughter would not be exposed as an unwed mother. He theorized that the boy's death had been an accident. Despite this circumstantial evidence, the police were not able to find any definite links between the Boy in the Box and the foster family. In 1998, Philadelphia police lieutenant Tom Augustine, who is in charge of the investigation, and several members of the Vidocq Society (a group of retired policemen and profilers), interviewed the foster father and the stepdaughter (whom he had married). The interview seemed to confirm that the family was not involved in the murder. The foster home investigation was closed. A DNA test showed that the stepdaughter was not the boy's mother. The woman known as "M": Another theory was brought forward in February 2002 by a woman identified only as "M." Police considered "M"'s story to be plausible but were troubled by her testimony, as she had a history of mental illness. "M" claimed that her abusive mother had "purchased" the unknown boy (whose name was Jonathan) from his birth parents in the summer of 1954. Subsequently, the boy was subjected to extreme physical and sexual abuse for two and a half years. One evening at dinner, the boy vomited up his meal of baked beans and was given a severe beating, with his head slammed against the floor until he was semiconscious. He was then given a bath, during which he died. These details matched information known only to the police, as the coroner had found that the boy's stomach contained the remains of baked beans and that his fingers were water-wrinkled. "M"'s mother then cut the boy's distinctive long hair (accounting for the unprofessional haircut which police noted in their initial investigation) in an effort to conceal his identity. "M"'s mother then forced "M" to assist her in dumping the boy's body in the Fox Chase area. "M" went on to say that as they were preparing to remove the boy's body from the trunk of a car, a passing male motorist pulled alongside to inquire whether they needed help. "M" was ordered to stand in front of the car's license plate to shield it from view while the mother convinced the would-be Good Samaritan that there was no problem. The man eventually drove off. This story corroborated confidential testimony given by a male witness in 1957, who said that the body had been placed in a box previously discarded at the scene. In spite of the outward plausibility of "M"'s confession, police were unable to verify her story. Neighbors who had access to "M"'s house during the stated time period denied that there had been a young boy living there and dismissed "M"'s claims as "ridiculous." Other theories: Forensic artist Frank Bender developed a theory that the victim may have been raised as a girl. The child's unprofessional haircut, which appeared to have been performed in haste, was the basis for the scenario, as well as the appearance of the eyebrows having been styled. Bender later released a sketch of the unidentified child with long hair, reflecting the strands found on the body. In 2016, two writers, one from Los Angeles, California (Jim Hoffmann) the other from New Jersey (Louis Romano) explained that they believed they had discovered a potential identity from Memphis, Tennessee and requested that DNA be compared between the family members and the child. The lead was originally discovered by a Philadelphia man (who introduced Romano and Hoffmann to each other) and then developed and presented, with the help of Hoffmann, to the Philadelphia Police Department and the Vidocq Society in early 2013. In December 2013, Romano became aware of the lead and agreed to help the man from Philadelphia and Hoffmann to personally obtain the DNA from this particular family member in January 2014 - which was sent quickly to the Philadelphia Police Department. Local authorities confirmed that they would investigate the lead, yet they stated that they would need to do more research on the circumstances surrounding the link to Memphis before comparing DNA. In October 2017 the PPD confirmed, through DNA (retrieved by the PPD through the Memphis PD), that the Memphis man and the Fox Chase boy found in the box, were not related. Burial: The Boy in the Box was originally buried in a potter's field. In 1998, his body was exhumed for the purpose of extracting DNA, which was obtained from enamel on a tooth. He was reburied at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Cedarbrook, Philadelphia, which donated a large plot. The coffin, headstone, and funeral service were donated by the son of the man who had buried the boy in 1957. There was significant public attendance and media coverage at the reburial. The grave has a large headstone bearing the words "America's Unknown Child." City residents keep the grave decorated with flowers and stuffed animals. Recent media coverage: The story was profiled in the television series America's Most Wanted on October 3, 1998, and on July 12, 2008. The television series Cold Case, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit have all used fictionalized accounts of the Boy in the Box case. Reporter Mitch Blacher of NBC 10 Philadelphia aired an investigative piece on NBC 10 Investigators on March 2, 2016 entitled, "New Theory on Decades-Old 'Boy in the Box' Cold Case."
Friday, June 15, 2018
An elephants' graveyard (also written elephant graveyard or elephant's graveyard) is a mythical place where, according to legend, older elephants instinctively direct themselves when they reach a certain age. They would then die there alone, far from the group. i've heard about this in the lion king. Origin: Several theories are given about the myth's origin. One theory involves people finding groups of elephant skeletons together, or observing old elephants and skeletons in the same habitat. Others suggest the term may spring from group die-offs, such as one excavated in Saxony-Anhalt, which had 27 Palaeoloxodon antiquus skeletons. In that particular case, the tusks of the skeletons were missing, which indicated either hunters killed a group of elephants in one spot, or else opportunistic scavengers removed the tusks from a natural die-off. Other theories focus on elephant behaviour during lean times, suggesting starving elephants gather in places where finding food is easier, and subsequently die there. The myth was popularised in films such as Trader Horn and MGM's Tarzan movies, in which groups of greedy explorers attempt to locate the elephants' graveyard, on the fictional Mutia Escarpment, in search of its riches of ivory. Osamu Tezuka's Kimba the White Lion episode "A Friend in Deed" centred around it. More recently, the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King; as well as the Broadway/West End musical adaptation; referred to the motif. In "Fearful Symmetry," an episode from The X-Files which revolves around a mysterious invisible elephant, a character refers to the mythical concept as fact. Prolific elephant hunter Walter "Karamojo" Bell discounted the idea of the elephant's graveyard, stating that bones and "tusks were still lying about in the bush where they had lain for years". Derivative meanings: -In geology, "elephants' graveyard" is an informal term for a hypothetical accumulation of "large blocks of country rock stoped from the roofs of batholiths". -In military settings, it is sometimes used as a slang term to describe postings or assignments for senior officers for whom there is no potential for further promotion. -In Spanish, the Spanish Senate is often criticised as a cementerio de elefantes where politicians who have lost their previous positions end up doing no productive work. -It is a term for the offices and a secretary provided to former high-ranking executives of large companies (at least in the United States), who have either retired or resigned. An executive who relinquishes or is relieved of authority becomes a consultant (special adviser) where they continue to receive a salary and an office under their contract but has little or no actual responsibilities, until their non-compete agreement expires.
The Licked Hand, known sometimes as The Doggy Lick or Humans Can Lick Too, is an urban legend popular among teenagers. Like many urban legends, it has several versions, and has been found in print as early as Feb 1982 - Story "Bedtime for Sam." by DB MArtin in ebdb books and was credited in two films. i've never heard of this until now. Plot: A young girl is home alone for the first time with only her dog for company. Listening to the news, she hears of a killer on the loose. Terrified, she locks all the doors and windows, but either the basement window or some other window in the house will not lock, and goes to bed, taking her dog to her room with her and letting it sleep under her bed. She wakes in the night to hear a dripping sound coming from the bathroom. The dripping noise frightens her, but she is too scared to get out of bed and find out what it is. To reassure herself, she reaches a hand toward the floor for the dog and is rewarded by a reassuring lick on her hand. She lies awake listening to the dripping sound. Each time she feels frightened, she reaches for the dog on the floor and feels a lick on her hand. Eventually she falls asleep. The next morning when she wakes, she goes to the bathroom for a drink of water only to find her dead, mutilated dog hanging in the shower with his blood slowly dripping onto the tiles. On the shower wall, written in the dog's blood, are the words "HUMANS CAN LICK, TOO." Other story variations feature a nearsighted old woman rather than a young girl. The fate of the dog also varies, from the dog simply being hanged to it being skinned, disemboweled, or otherwise mutilated. The message is sometimes written on the floor or on the bathroom mirror rather than on the wall. Some versions include the parents' return and their discovery of the killer hiding elsewhere in the house, frequently the basement, the girl's bedroom closet, or under her bed. In other versions the girl's parents arrive back in the morning and asked if their daughter had a good night. And when she told them that her dog had kept her calm by licking her hand, told her that the dog in question had been locked either in the basement or outside. Which leads to the question of who or what was licking the girls hand. Background: -There is a forerunner in the 1919 story "The Diary of Mr. Poynter" by M. R. James, where a young man absently strokes his dog (as he thinks) while reading an old manuscript account of the sinister death of a young student obsessed with his own hair. Of course, the creature crouching at his side is not the dog. -This legend was featured in the film Campfire Tales, story credited to DB Martin. -In an episode of Showtime's series The L Word, Alice tells a version of the story with her friends as they sit around a campfire. -The episode "Bedsit" from A Scare at Bedtime. -A variation of the story is featured in the film Urban Legends: Final Cut. -A version of the story is featured in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. -The episode "Family Remains" of Supernatural features an alteration on this story in which a feral child licks the hand of a teenage girl who panics when she realizes that her dog is in the hallway. In this version she sees the dog alive and realizes it's not the pet licking her, although the dog is mutilated when the show's heroes attempt to help the family escape. -The legend is also used by Bloody Mary in the follow-up to Urban Legends Final Cut, entitled Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, as a way to murder one of the high school boys that she sees as guilty for her death. -The legend is referenced in John Dies at the End, where the main character goes to bed (intending to lure out a ghost) and wakes up to find his dog still licking his hand, until he realizes he can hear his dog lapping water from the toilet next door. -The story is partially told by Francis Boulle on a camping trip in an episode of Made in Chelsea (Series 6, Episode 4). -A variation of this story is told by one of the main characters in the premiere episode of The Enfield Haunting. -A variation of this story is written as the backstory for the character Reimi Sugimoto from Jump manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 4, Diamond Is Unbreakable by Hirohiko Araki.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Last December I nearly got a temple recommend but I got sidetracked by my exams, family stuff (vacation mostly), and the holidays and most unfortunately, my paternal grandfather’s passing. I had a hard time with it as did my brothers. I’d gotten a priesthood blessing the day before but it was hard seeing my grandpa there in the ER basically dead. Whenever I think about it I’m still sad over it. My brother and I visited him for the last time and he tried getting me to take his name to the temple and do a posthumous baptism for him. I said I had to ask my uncle for permission and it was rejected. Luckily my grandfather didn’t leave me quite after his death. On the way to the graveside service we passed the temple in Kensington.