BRIEF REPORTS from Investigator Magazine 111 to 117
GOOD TIME TO LIVE
think the world is
"going to the dogs?"
because of AIDS?
Terrorism? Loss of biodiversity? Climate Change? And war?
then what about
the reduction in famines, disease and poverty? What about improved
medical treatment and other technology? What about the equality of
women with men in many countries? What about increased life expectancy?
article in Reader's
Digest said: "The 20th century … was almost certainly the safest
century in history to be alive, when all causes of death are taken into
account. Even in the ‘peaceful' 19th century, perhaps 80 million died
an 'unnatural death' ." (Michael Hanlon, 2005, August, pp 59-61)
A lot of
about the future. A survey of 1,000 ten-to-seventeen-year-old children
by the Australian Childhood Foundation found that 25% feared the end of
the world in their lifetime and 39% feared terrorism. (Sunday Mail
2006, August 6 p21)
reason for their
worry, it's speculated, is graphic violence on television during child
viewing times and insufficient time spent with parents too busy due to
believe the common
line in radio quizzes that "We'll take the fifth caller…" and therefore
try not to rush to your phone too fast, you're a little naïve:
The fifth caller was
actually whoever we decided sounded the spriteliest, the most fun, the
happiest. (Sunday Mail 2006, August 27, pp 6-7)
report titled "How radio calls fooled listeners" started off: "Adelaide radio
stations Triple M
and SAFM regularly use bogus callers and false segments, according to
current and former staff…"
believe in evolution by natural selection or in creationism?
great-great-grand-daughter, Emma Darwin aged 42, lives in England. She
visited Australia in September to attend the 10th annual Brisbane
Writers Festival to promote her novel The Mathematics of Love.
says, "Sorry, I don't believe a word of it." (The Weekend Australian
2006, September 16-17, p3)
theologians headed by Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) met in
December 2005 to examine the doctrine of Limbo — the afterlife for
infants — and concluded that the doctrine is in crisis. (Time 2006,
January 9, p64)
dead newborns don't go to heaven but go to an outer parking spot where
they'll be happy but miss out on God's presence.
Christ's death on the cross for original sin only covers people united
with Christ by being baptized. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) therefore
concluded that unbaptized infants who die go to hell. Limbo was later
thought up to provide a more palatable belief.
Church also opposes abortion. In January 2006 Benedict XVI restated
that embryos although "shapeless" are "full and complete" human beings.
humans" in the form of fetuses who are aborted — and therefore
blameless victims — enjoy an inferior eternity than humans who die at a
later stage of life? It seems unfair.
"God is powerful enough to draw to himself all those who were unable to
receive the sacrament [of baptism]." Indeed the importance of baptism
was already downgraded by the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) which
ruled that unbaptized adults who genuinely seek God will receive
not bar anyone from heaven, and fetuses are "complete humans", then why
shouldn't Limbo go out the window?
belief is that
elephants are frightened of mice. But this belief is wrong.
elephants flee from
fire. And if they've had bad experiences with people firing guns
they'll flee from people firing guns. Elephants do not fear lions or
any other animal. Their size makes them safe from attack.
creatures, shy and small and readily flee from animals bigger than
themselves. Elephants and mice would not often cross paths in the wild
and if they do it's the mouse that would give way.
however, mice may scurry around to feed on food spilled or dropped by
the elephant. Elephants have good eyesight and would see the mice.
Perhaps the myth of elephant fear originated when humans attributed
abnormal behaviour or nervousness associated with captivity to the mice.
has moved to
"institutionalise the management of reincarnation of living Buddhas."
(Weekend Australian 2007 August 4–5)
Buddhas are a
class of Tibetan religious figures believed to be repeatedly
reincarnated. The position carries significant influence and often
several people present themselves as the true claimant.
from September 1 require Tibetan living Buddhas to apply to
religious-affairs officials of the Chinese Government to have their
reincarnation approved. The Communist Party, which is atheist,
therefore maintains strict control over the supernatural!
humans may have
descended from one woman. It now seems that, similarly, all cats have
descended from a few initial cats.
DNA samples from 979 wild and domestic cats revealed: "From Persians to
Bengals to Burmese…All domestic felines are descended from a group of
about five in the Middle East about 130,000 years ago... "
findings overturn the
traditional view the first domestic cats were tamed by the Ancient
Egyptians just 4000 years ago.
report by Rebecca English continued: "Researchers have traced the
domestic feline family tree back to a small family of wild cats living
on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates in modern day Iraq…"
(2007, June 30)
Celeste Jones with their half-sister Juliana Buhring have written a
book Not Without My Sister about growing up in the abusive
Children of God (CoG) cult.
(1919-1994) founded the cult in 1968 in California. The cult considered
itself God's chosen people with salvation only available to members.
One of Berg's teachings was the "Law of Love" and "Sharing" by which
adult males had sex with anyone they wanted, including children.
Teenage girls used "flirty fishing", i.e. offered sex to prospective
new members, as a recruitment tactic.
Kristina, 31 and Celeste, 32 have the same mother — who joined the cult
at 16 in 1973. Their father dropped out of college in 1973 when he also
joined up. Eventually he switched to another CoG partner with whom he
had Juliana (now 26).
was 12 when she
escaped with her mother and went to England. Prior to that she was
sexually abused, forced into prostitution, and regularly beaten by her
mother's boyfriend. She lived those 12 years in many countries. It was
a CoG practice to move members frequently to avoid police attention,
make it hard for parents to find recruited children, and stop members
putting down roots. New members often received new names to better
distract authorities and more effectively lose their previous identity.
lived with her
father in Greece, Sri Lanka, Dubai and India. She escaped the cult in
2001. At the age of six, she says, she was filmed dancing naked and
again at l3. Her father sympathized with her embarrassment but did
nothing. She found him in bed one day with her friend, aged l2.
stayed in the CoG
until her own daughter turned four when she began to fear she could not
protect her from abuse indefinitely.
grew up in Africa
and India without parents and also suffered sexual abuse and beatings.
She says, "At l4 I tried to jump out of windows and slit my wrists…"
She left Uganda in 2004 for Portugal, later joining her mother and
a move to get
warning stickers put on covers of library books that advocate violation
of human rights, genocide, deviant sex, and atrocities.
Skeptics are moving with the times and want the following warning on
This is a work of fiction. Do NOT take it literally.
Contains verses descriptive or advocating suicide, incest, bestiality,
sadomasochism, sexual activity in a violent context, murder, morbid
violence, use of drugs or alcohol, homosexuality, voyeurism, revenge,
undermining of authority figures, lawlessness, and human rights
violations and atrocities.
Exposure to contents for extended periods of time or during formative
years in children may cause delusions, hallucinations, decreased
cognitive and objective reasoning abilities, and, in extreme cases,
pathological disorders, hatred, bigotry, and violence including, but
not limited to fanaticism, murder, and genocide.
junta which recently again suppressed the country's movement for
democracy, is guided by astrology, numerology and portents.
Macintyre in The
Weekend Australian reports: "When the junta moved the capital from
Rangoon to a malarial town deep in the jungle, it did so because an
astrologer warned Senior General Than Shwe of an impending catastrophe
that could be averted only by shifting the seat of government." (2007,
September 29-30, p. 13)
astrologically calculated and the move occurred 2005, November 6.
dictator, General Ne
Win (1920-2002) who seized power in 1962 had number 9 as his lucky
number. He introduced the 45-kyat and 90-kyat banknotes because these
were divisible by 9 and added up to 9.
leading families in
the junta each have a family astrologer.
economy went from
prosperous in 1962 to poor by the 1970s and has stayed that way —
astrology and superstition can't replace sound economics.