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riots

Whenever I hear about the words peaceful protest and civil disobedience I think of tree hugging hippies that chain themselves to a tractor singing hymns. Answering violence with peace to me never seemed like a good idea. The only example I had to relate to the boycotting of the buses orchestrated by the NAACP and MLK Jr. Martin Luther King Jr was inspired Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy Satyagraha, which means adherence to truth. I am not against civil disobedience as a whole. I just feel that this cannot be the only course of action when you face corrupt governments, dictators, rebel armies, extremists and other psychopaths who would scowl at any measure of trying to make peace without the use of lethal force.

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For the most part I get it, using brutality against brutality ends in more bloodshed. Honestly though, after peace talks have failed, strikes that don’t grab anyone’s attention and interventions between the two parties have not and most likely will not agree, it’s no longer a matter acting “civil.” Take for instance back in 2011, in an attempt to overthrow Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year reign, protestors formed mass non-violent demonstrations.  900 of the protestors were killed during these demonstrations.In a twist of irony the Egyptian army who would not open fire on the crowd, which signaled the turn around in the protest that lead to Mubarak’s downfall. The army was not eager to relinquish power and ended up throwing the protestors in jail. Another protest in Libya against the military might of Muammar al-Qaddafi was met with rebellion after the peaceful demonstrations did not work. The turmoil was finally resolved after nine months of bloodshed that resulted in a body count with a range from 10,000 to 30,000 people.

Also in Syria in 2011 the civil war between Alawites, Christians and Drutes  against Assad’s barbarous regime that claimed close to 5,000 citizens a month for 7 months. That’s around 35,000 lives taken and this was supposed to be peaceful protesting. Even in American history, peaceful resistance resulted in lives lost. The Native Americans were forced off their land at gunpoint. After the Supreme Court ruled that they do not own land back in 1823, Native Americans made attempts to stay on their land. President Andrew Jackson enacted The Indian Removal Act, after the Supreme Court (Worcester vs Georgia)upheld their right to stay on the land. Jackson’s motives were,based on his acquirement of gold during the gold rush era. 4,000 Native Americans lost their lives on the Trail of Tears and this shows that even political and judicial victories will never overrule greed, corruption and disregard of human life.

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The greatest example that comes to mind for my case, not to abide by civil disobedience is Mahatma Gandhi. He wanted India independence from Britain. He fought to end discrimination and the heavy taxes on his people. During Gandhi’s time in South Africa he witnessed and experience deep seeded racism against himself and his people. This inspired him to rally allies and gather for a rebellion. However, during 1947 riots against Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs resulted in over half a million deaths, which is suspected to be more according to Jens Arup Seip in addition to over 100,000 imprisoned. India eventually gained independence in 1947. The irony in his non violent protests is that Gandhi was not against violence in his own words he argued, Gandhi explains his philosophy and way of life in his autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Gandhi realized later that this level of nonviolence required incredible faith and courage, which he believed everyone did not possess. He therefore advised that everyone need not keep to nonviolence, especially if it were used as a cover for cowardice, saying, “where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.”

I’m not against peace talks, and strikes I just know the rebellious spirit of the founding fathers still lives in the American spirit. Oppressive forces in this country are the militarized police in place of the British Red Coats. One thing that we need to keep in mind is the insatiable thirst for blood that was inherited from the mother country. It is not in our nature to understand peaceful resolve in my opinion without it being a secondary thought. We fell heir to the predatorial, rapacious,avaricious manner of the plunderers of the villages of our authoritarian rulers. The ones who were more domineering than anyone else.

 

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Some people want a pretty lie instead of the ugly truth. I get it, for a lot of years I accepted things that were explained to me as a kid. I trusted the sources, whether they were family members telling me what they were taught as children. Teachers whose job it was to cram the material down your throat and absorb the humdrum so you could pass a test or gather research for a paper that was due. I really didn’t learn the underlining truth until after I left school and felt the need to answer some questions that didn’t make sense to me.

 

Adam and Eve Dilemma 

In the bible the universe is only about 6,000 years old. I don’t know why, but this has been the subject of debate for a long time. I believe in science and I believe the Earth is over 3 billion years old and that mankind has only been around for a couple hundred years. This notion as well as the big bang theory was up for debate and argued by Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham, whose perspective was directly for the idea of creationism.

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Another piece of scientific evidence that can be used to debunk the creation of man came from a single woman and man was found in a man’s DNA that ties his lineage back over 300,000 years ago. I found an article in The MadMan Chronicles and it details that a man’sDNA from South Carolina has Y chromosomes that predates the earliest homo sapiens fossils. Discovery News and Science Direct found the dilemma when the volunteer’s DNA sample could not be verified by during a National Geographic Genographic Project. The base pairs to choose from were over 240,000. When the search led to a Mbo connection the project came to a conclusion the idea of a single man and woman creating the human race based on that the Y chromosome was part of a family tree.

Who is the real face of Jesus?

Jesus              Jesus is black                Black Jesus

If you saw your face as the reflected  image and embodiment of Jesus Christ, how much closer to omnipotence would this make you feel? Also, subconsciously how would you look your race? Would it make them godlike as well? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves when we look as pictures of the Lord and Savior. Up and until about 31 BC Jesus was worshipped in this original form, shape and sin complexion, which was not the blue eyes and white skin known today. The tribe of Judah was known to the Hebrews and a dark skin nation, which Jesus was known to have come from. Proof of this has been found on wall carvings in the catacombs of Rome, where a painting of Jesus who was beardless, dark-skinned with short hair was shown. Often his likeness could be found on paintings, carvings and scultpures.

Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo were in competition to win the approval of the King, Pope Alexander VI. Christianity was taken over by Europe at this time and the King had every image of the black Jesus destroyed and the Vatican was remade. Still the King needed a symbol that would lead the countries into the new world of the faith. Leonardo, who knew this and also knew the Pope loved his son Cesare Borgia. Leonardo created a painting of Cesare passed off as Jesus Christ and therefore created the falsehood story that a long-haired, blue-eyed European could somehow been the creator of the Christian faith. Cesare himself had a controversial past, he had a sexual relationship with his sister, and was also blamed for the murder of his own brother Giovanni Juan Borgia. Cesare Borgia was also a mass murderer and homosexual.My skin upon is black upon me.(Job 30:30)

The King James Version

King James Version

What can I say about this one. Oh, I know King James is not who he seems to be. Honestly, I was probably the most surprised when I did the research on him than anyone else on this blog. King James of Scotland/England I wanted to make his own version of the bible. One that was denied to the common people unlike the Geneve Bible that was for everyone’s use. The KJB was for government publication solely because of the “divine right of Kings” taught to him by his mother Mary Stuart aka Bloody Mary. King James was notably to the product of adultery since Mary Stuart had an affair behind her husband’s back, King Henry. David Rizzio an Italian secretary was King James father by birth. He was executed by King Henry after he learned of the affair.

Mary had many affairs behind her husbands back and often tried to kill him as well. She tried to kill him in a gunpowder explosion, but when he survived, he was mysteriously suffocated that same night. Mary was to blame for her husband’s death and put death herself by Elizabeth I of England who was her cousin. Charming family right!!!!! Before her death, Mary got the name Bloody Mary because during her reign she executed another cousin Lady Jane Grey to avoid any power struggle between them. She executed hundreds of protestant leaders with the intent to turn the church back into Roman Catholicism. To her being a protestant was a “crime” punishable only by death.

Remember, that was the mother who was a psychopath murdering, adultrist. Her son was not far behind. King James authorized the publication and production for the King James Version of the Bible, which was translated from Greek and Hebrew to English. While he didn’t hover over the authors of the new bible he did, however, provide rules they had to follow during the translation.

1.      The ordinary Bible read in the church, commonly called the Bishop’s Bible to be followed and as little altered as the truth of the original will permit.

2.      Or, since the common people preferred the Geneva Bible to the existing government publication, let’s see if we can slip a superseding government publication onto their bookshelves, altered as little as possible.

3.      The old Ecclesiastical words to be kept, viz. the word “church” not to be translated “congregation,” etc.

4.      That is, if a word should be translated a certain way, let’s deliberately mistranslated it to make the people think God still belongs to the Anglican Church — exclusively.

5.      No marginal notes at all to be affixed, but only for the explanation of the Hebrew or Greek words, which cannot without some circumlocution, so briefly and fitly be expressed in the text.

witch trials                                         witch trials again

The part that is more troubling is that King James was in fact a homosexual. It seems odd, the one who authorized the KJB like kissing young boys and men more than women. His conduct was documented in books like James I: The Fool As King and King James-VI of Scotland/I of England. He was nicknamed by the townspeople Queen James to mock his sexual relationships. In his teenage years James had a relationship with Esme’ Stuart, Earl of Lennox, which was not accepted by church leaders who forced Esme’ to flee Scotland. King James also kissed Francis Stewart Hepburn and was known to have a sexual relationship with him as well. King James also had affairs with George Villiers, and called Villiers his wife as well.

Another oddity about James was he enjoyed killing animals and would roll around in their blood for fun. It was rumored that he also practiced bestiality on the animals while they were dying. He would sanction witch trials and enjoyed the torture and killing of women whom he thought practiced witchcraft. When a jury acquitted Barbara Napier for witch craft, King James was so angered by the verdict, he wrote to the court to have the jury sentenced to death. Ironically, they reversed their decision and Barbara Napier was put to death.

The North Berwick witch trials started in 1589 by King James back in Scotland. An estimated 4,000 to 6,000 people were executed during the trials. King James published a book that was meant for defense against witches. Daemonologie  was three books used solely to hunt, capture and kill witches. They also discussed possession, demons, were-wolves, fairies, ghosts and necromancy.

Lady Justice

“With Liberty and Justice for all”, It’s these words that necessitate the constitution that is the embodiment of the American spirit and gives us the right to live freely with the same level of humanity and law. So why does it today we no longer uphold this tradition that has been around for centuries. If you remember the plot of Shawshank Redemption when the main protagonist’s character was set up to go to prison to work in the jail. Picture that same scenario all across the country. It’s seems that the justice system in this country has become one sided and truly works for the fortunate and not less fortunate. If you don’t believe me how many bank CEO’s do you know went to jail for the financial crisis during the recessions beginning.

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For every Bernie Madoff, there are hundreds of lower income individuals who fight against a system that entraps them into a cycle of prosecution without enough just cause and receive a sentence before the ink dries that are handwritten by the arresting officer. If you look at the stats since 2007 spending on correctional facilities outweighed public defense, $14 dollars for every $1 dollar spent on public defense. According to the National Association of Criminal Lawyers a public defender on average has 7 minutes in New Orleans to review a case and cities like Atlanta have 59 minutes on average to look over the preliminaries in the case. It boils down to there are not enough public defenders and not enough money to help the poor and unprivileged, so they fall by the waist side and expected to pick themselves up.95% of cases met by public defenders are plead guilty simply because the resources and time simply are there. It’s hard to fight for a defendant when the same systems outspends you 3.5 billion to 300 million in favor of the police and facilities.

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If you’re not convinced yet that the deck is stacked think about this. The US is only 5% of the world’s population,but we have 25% of the world’s prison population. 1 in 31 adults have been under some form of correctional control. African Americans have it worse than a lot of other ethnic groups. They make up 1 million out of the 2.3 million incarcerated population. To grasp the incentives prisons get for inmates, correctional facilities receive $70 billion a year and these are the numbers back in 2008. Those numbers have absolutely gone up.

Some socio-economic groups don’t have to worry about jail time as much as others. For individuals like Ethan Couch, who is a 16 year old boy who was given 10 years probation for killing four people and paralyzing one after a joyride gone wrong. He got such a soft sentencing because of  affluenza or believing that this kid is so spoiled and rich he doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong. My question is, doesn’t this make him a borderline psychopath and should be psychoanalyzed. Another case is Robert H. Richards  IV who was convicted of raping his 3 year old girl and sexually abusing his 19 month son at the same time. This was only brought to light since Richards ex wife brought a civil suit against him for the abuse of the son after the case of the daughter got such a light sentence. Oh!!! I forgot to mention Richards did not serve one day in jail, since the judge determined he would not farewell in jail. Truly the justice system has been up for sale for sometime now.

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A few years ago I had a conversation at works with some co-workers. We would often have discussions that felt like a forum when there was downtime at the job. Our topics would range from religion to reality tv and so on. One conversation in particular we talked about was the idea that human society as a whole is becoming more evil than we have in the past. The question became paradoxical when one person made the argument that society is just as evil as it has always been, but since the internet and the world became digital, we have been able to transport information in a split second. The world is becoming more diaphanous and reflects our greatest and worst qualities within us.

Do we have free will to choose good vs evil?

Human choice has been something debated by philosophers and scientists since the times of the ancient Egypt. Is the idea of freedom and free will an illusion. Nothing more than an ideological equalivalent to a visual hologram. Cosmological determinism which is an ideal that everything is predetermined and predicted makes the notion of free will improbable. Neuroscientists made a discovery that our brains make our decisions far before we are actually conscious of them. This term called “Bereitschaftpotential” which means readiness potential describes a subfield the brain goes into prior to conscious awareness.

Scientists Kornhuber and Deecke’s used EEG scans on research participants. They found that during a test where the subjects were asked to move their fingers. Prior to the voluntary movement the motor cortex showed a negative slow potential shift right before. Benjamin Libet also ran experiments in the 1980’s that further reaffirmed the findings from Kornhuber and Deecke. This time the participants would watch a clock with a dot circling around it. Data showed that .35 seconds before conscious awareness the readiness potential began. He concluded that as far as the initiation of our movements, there is no free will. This can be “vetoed” at the last-minute he also noted. He also believed that the anterior cingulate motor areas of the brain, which allows us to focus and execute self-initiated actions and self instigated movements.

Neuroscientists are now using fMRI and implanted electrodes to study this phenomenon. Participants were asked to go into an fMRI scanner and then press a button with their right or left index finger. They had to remember what letter appeared on the screen the moment they pressed the button. What they found was that the BP occurred one second prior to the conscious awareness and sometimes up to ten seconds before. “The first thought we had ‘we have to check if this is real.’ We came up with more sanity checks than I’ve ever seen in any other study before.” Another test actually used implants of electrodes into a person’s brain to record the activity of the individuals neutrons. He found that the neurons lit up 1.5 seconds prior to any conscious awareness. They used this to give a prediction of the person’s actions with 80% sometimes 90% accuracy. The conclusion became that the neuronal assemblies, cross a threshold and that the medial frontal cortex can determine these decisions before a person is even aware of it.

The Mind of a Killer 

Mass shootings in this country have become problematic in our society. It seems that the more we find out about mental illness and the connection between the pestilence of these types of killings it has become more evident that evil is tangible in our way of life. In the last paragraph I talked about the absence of free will and the scientific analysis of the brain that pre-determines our actions. Could this in turn mean that out sociopaths/psychopaths are also commanded by some internal brain pattern.

In an article in Time magazine examining the minds of killers one investigator found that a man who killed 17 people and murdered and wounded 32 had a tumor and a vascular malformation pressing against his amygdala which is the region of the brain that controls emotion. A schoolteacher developed a sick compulsion for child pornography and began making advances towards his stepdaughter. He got arrested and then flunked out of a 12 step course,but when he went to the ER for a terrible headache and other neurological symptoms the doctors discovered an egg sized tumor on his right oribitofrontal cortex which controls decision-making. When the tumor was removed the urges stop, but the urges came back along with the re-growth of another tumor.

One experiment that was done on 96 male felons to study their impulse control and brain function. The test consisted of a fMRI scanner on them while they performed pressing a button when they saw the letter X,but had to refrain when they saw the letter K. The letter X was designed to appear over 84% of the time, which led to overclicking by the inmates who confused to the two letters. The anterior cingulate cortex(ACC) is the region of the brain that controls impulses. In turn that test found that those who did bad on the test had lower levels of ACC than those who scored higher. The correlation between the ones with lower ACC is that when the inmates were released back into society the ones with lower levels had been likely to be re-arrested four times more.

Another example of babies 6 monthsold born with a condition called cavum septum pellucidum which is a small gap in the forward left and right regions of the brain were more likely to develop behavioral disorders and exhibit criminal behavior. The question for us then becomes if someone is biological influenced to become a killer are they held accountable for the actions they committed. Dr Keihl’s who also studied prisoners in two high security facilities found that psychopath’s brains had low levels of density in the paralimbic system which is responsible for processing emotion. This connections results in impulsive personalities and show little evidence of feeling guilt, remorse of empathy.

A gene that has been studied seems to hold some answers whether evil is hereditary or not. The MAO-A (Warrior gene)gene seems to be the key to the question if evil within us and can it be passed down. A study done on Danish men found that identical twins when one had a criminal record the other twin had a 50% chance to have to also have a criminal record themselves. If there were non-identical twins they were 15-30% more likely to exhibit criminal behavior than an average Danish male. In the same scope children of criminal parents were more likely to become criminals even if the children were adopted and the foster parents were law biding citizens.

Can the Good turn Bad? 

In the summer of 1971 there was an experiment where nine students volunteered for a two-week paid study program in Stanford County Prison. The students were blindfolded, stripped naked, sprayed with powder and given short smocks and flip-flops, hair was cut and they were given a number instead of a name.They were all tested and passed to be emotionally and physically competent. Dr. Zimbardo who was a psychologist played a warden in the prison. Twelve more volunteers were given uniforms and mirrored sunglasses and were given the task to enforce the prison rules. The inmates had to be quiet during meals and rest periods.

The guards tormented the inmates, waking them up at to recite numbers they had been assigned, playing naked leap frogging with other inmates. If inmates rebelled they were punished with push-ups and even solitary confinement. Some of the guards fell in line with these cruelties while other guards were clearly the aggressors and thought of more and more ways to torture the inmates. The prisoners themselves seemed the most complacent and obeyed their orders with little resistance.

The experiment was shut down after 6 days when the lines were too blurred for the “guards” to make moral and ethical decisions for themselves and seemed to be apart of a single ispeity. The prisons became violent and some became docile and accepting of their prisoner indicative role. Dr. Zimbardo’s experiment failed the ideal argument that good people can maintain their moral high-ground even in a virulent environment.  So my question now can good people given the wrong conditions turn themselves into immoral corrupted individuals.

Religion Explains the Rise of Evil

One explanation of the more and more accumulating evidence of evil is the argument that we are approaching the “Last Days.” In Christian culture describe the last days when the sinners of the earth will be judged. The rejection of word as one article puts it is the reason why the world is heading on a one way train to armageddon.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. [Romans 1:24-32]

When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread: So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it. –Exekiel 5:16-17

“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. – Revelation 18:2

14-year-old Marcy Conrad of Milpitas, California, had been raped, strangled to death, and left lying off the road in the hills outside of town. According to the local paper, at least 13 students went out to look at her body. One girl picked up the murdered girl’s jeans, cut off a patch, and threw the jeans down along the side of the road. One student tried to cover the body with leaves. Another took his eight-year-old brother along to see the body. One boy went twice. Those who saw the body went back to class or to the pinball arcade. One went home to bed. Another student said he only cared about collecting the marijuana cigarette he had won on a bet that the body was real. As the newspaper reported: “The shock is the shock of the of the encounter with icy indifference, the indifference of the kids in the first instance, but much more importantly, of the culture that produced them… The depersonalization did not begin yesterday; it is not unique to this moment, yet it seems more complete – and they seem more alienated and isolated – than we have ever known before.

Public order has disappeared in “the new South Africa.” Crime is rampant. In Cape Town, a serious crime occurs every 17 seconds. Police have 1,227,047 unsolved cases under review, according to Crime Investigation Services divisional chief Johan le Rous. It is increasingly dangerous in South Africa to own a nice car since roving gangs of unemployed thugs surround nice cars at intersections, drag the driver and passengers out, beat them brutally, then drive off with the car – just for a wild “joy ride” in which the car is vandalized or wrecked.

“Since virtually all perverted behavior people engage in is now categorized under “natural behavior,” a door is now opened for more wicked sins. Just thirty years ago we would have been appalled, even outraged, by the decadence and debauchery that daily fills our streets, TV shows, movie screens, music and art, video games, businesses, and political bodies. But today we rarely give it a second thought. In fact, we often give it our approval, or a least fail to speak out against it. We have gotten used to it all, even though it is not a good thing to get used to. ”

“As a society, we have gotten used to illicit sexual relationships, adolescent promiscuity,abortion, cheating, lying, stealing, prostitution, rape, divorce, and even murder. We have gotten used to financial mismanagement on both civil and personal levels. We haveaccepted political corruption. We have rejected personal and social responsibility and learned to blame anyone or anything else for our problems and failures. We have traded in our infinitely valued divine image for a nickel-plated pagan shrine erected in honor of self-interest, immorality, and social apathy. The American ideal today is me first to do what I want, when I want, to whom I want, regardless of who or what it may hurt. These are the signs of a society gone wrong.”

I think the author nailed it one the head with this one. I really didn’t want to change any wording around. This isn’t the first time though Christians have cried out these are the last days and the sinners will pay for their wrongdoings in pestilence proportions. Truthfully was supposed to come by the turn of the century, then again Y2k was supposed to end everything as we know, then the Mayans prophecized Dec. 21, 2012 was the day the stars lined up and the Apocalypse was supposed to come down. I see the times are getting worse, but I have a hard time accepting this is biblical and we are heading for judgment. Just in case though a quick prayer………….Amen lol

serial killers

 

Imagine this you wake up disoriented in a dark, damp, cold room not knowing how you got there and scared out of  your mind. You scream for help only to realize your in a reticent room for a reason. You suddenly get memories flushing back when someone suddenly came from behind you and drugged you second before you passed out. What was that…..You hear the door screech open and footsteps walking toward you coming closer, but the room is too dark to see who or what it is. With you heart pulsating it seems the air suddenly is thinning as you gasp for breath trying to remain calm, but you can’t help but shake and cry not knowing what will happen next.

I gonna stop there, because that scenario seems horrifying to live through with just the glimpse of what I made visual for you. So why are we so fascinated to watch these scenarios play out on tv? What makes tv shows like Criminal Minds which is in it’s tenth season, The Following, Hannibal, Bates Motel, Dexter and other shows where criminals, psychos and the deranged run amuck so intriguing to us.

  • Killers are Humanized– It’s hard to despise a psychopath when you watch a drama filled show and see their life unfolding in front of you. You might even become sympathetic to the characters who dismember and murder knowing they were abused or tortured as a child.
  • Killers are Glamorized– Our culture unfortunately romanticizes serial killers too much, the Ted Bundy’s, Charles Manson, Jack Abbott all have made last impressions on society for all the wrong reasons, yet even today anyone of these individuals have cult like followings that have immortalized them.
  • They put on the Charm– Suave, debonair, elegant, intelligent charismatic, cultured, meticulous and take charge. hardly the description you would think applies to a bloodthirsty, cold-blooded killer. The tv does such wonders for a killers ego huh? I just finished watching season 2 of The Following. Joe Carroll did a masterful job seducing a cult into his own meshwork agenda of anarchy and death that had his followers extol for him.
  • Bad is so so Good – In society rules and order are needed for the population to function. Sometimes though the decree and all the regulations can be overwhelming and create disorderly factions. Killers and those who appreciate them disobey the rules, are not understood by regular law biding citizens. This brings an element of “cool” and popularity and we’ve all heard the saying “Good girls like bad boys”.
  • Society has a hankering for blood– If you seen the movies like Gladiator, 300, Spartacus and other movies like them then society as a whole has a long history of turning someone else’s death and dismemberment into entertainment. Much like what the Romans did for “fun”, we get the same thrill from seeing the blood splatter on the walls and watching the arms getting torn off. It’s greatright?
  • Killing can be Sacerdotal – Even religion sanctioned killing in so way, shape or form. Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT-…….”you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock.  Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it.”  “ A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death.”  Leviticus 20:27 NAB
  • Television adrenaline junkies – Long gone are the days the Alfred Hitchcock style killings where you see knife about to stab an unsuspecting woman in the shower and see the silhouette of her body being bludgeoned to death. In the constant need to exceed audience expectations of shocking cinema, it’s not enough to imagine the murder viewers wants to see the fear in the victims eyes, the blade as it lacerated that innocent woman, the sense of melancholy as a grieving loved one sees their family member lying still for the last time.

I just gave a few reasons why watching death on tv and movies has become such a big part of our entertainment in our day-to-day lives. I can’t help but think that we are becoming more and more desensitized to killing and brutality in this country. If you seen movies like The Purge and The Hunger Games and look past the prismatic outfits and the face masks of terror you can see our society heading towards these dark unfathomable futures. The question is and always has been is life intimidating art or is art intimidating life?

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Have you ever wanted to know if someone was lying to you,but couldn’t prove it? Have you ever wanted to learn what profilers know to profile somebody? One of my favorites shows on tv to watch is Criminal Minds. It’s not because they can people that are insane, or because their put into demigod like status they way they use their intelligence, bravery and strength together. It’s because know the art of profiling a suspect from tiny clues they obtain. I they know the “unsub” likes fishing they might say the “unsub” is a calm patient killer who enjoys the hunt more that the actual kill.

If you wanted to know how cops, spies and psychologist know someone is lying pay attention. They look for physical clues such as body language: sweating, fidgeting. Look for particulars in a story, if a person is lying they usually lack detail. “Liars are noticeably less cooperative than truth-tellers,” found psychologists Bella M. DePaulo and Wendy L. Morris in a review of studies on deception. “Liars also make more negative statements and complaints than truth-tellers do, and they appear somewhat less friendly and pleasant,” they write in The Detection of Deception in Forensic Contexts.

According to former CIA agent Moran and NYPD officer Parker a subject’s failure to make eye contact is often a sign of deceit. Dilated pupils and a rise in vocal pitch were common more in liars than people telling the truth according to psychologists Depaulo and Morris. Listen for a pause in a story if a person has to take a second or two, that means they are usually gathering their thoughts and need time.  Ask  person a second or even a third time for them to tell you their story.  Look for inconsistencies in the story, but be aware they may still be able to keep the details of the lie in their heads. “Smart people maintain the consistency of lies better than dumb people,” says psychologist Robert Feldman, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts.

Suspect someone who is making you think they are being honest too much. Most people assume they will be trusted most of the time. If someone constantly uses a phrase like “to be honest”  may more likely be lying. Know thyself is the lst measurement. Don’t look for what you want to hear, listen to the story as accurately as possible and take out of the equation that you may want them to be telling the truth and just listen.

In the book “Dangerous Instincts: How our Gut Instincts Betray Us” the author Mary O’Toole a retired FBI profiler says that we tend to look at someone who goes to work on time every day, shovels the snow when it comes, asks about your children, is polite and keeps a tidy home and  lawn for most people are indicators they are “normal”. O’ Toole says this same type of person she found out can also be a sexual sadist and prey and torture women in his backyard small trailer. She interviewed such a person who was a 60-year-old park ranger at the time. He had been torturing his victims for years and no one knew cause he was a “regular guy”.

O’ Toole stresses the fact that people should be good listeners and observe odd behavior.  “In order to be A good reader of behavior, you have to watch and listen,” O’Toole said. But if you’re too busy talking the whole time, you may miss key pieces of information. She adds not to be intimidated by authority of religious figures that can cloud our judgment. Admiring someone title can hinder your judgment which is known as “icon-intimidation” where we assign onto them admirable qualities such as intelligent, courageous, compassionate and thereby harmless.

Also be aware about your own emotional state when reading someone else. If you’re depressed or lost a loved one and grieving, this puts in a vulnerable state. One myth of her profiling skills has debunked is the “myth of he straggly haired stranger”. Society tends to think it is the unkempt, dirty, unemployed, uneducated and creepy are the ones that stick out like sore thumbs and are guilty. Meanwhile it is the ones who blend in and look like “regular guys” who are the ones who can be extremely dangerous.  Another myth is the ones who “snap” all of a sudden and act violently. O’ Toole explains these have been there all along, the person may have had ways to suppress or minimize the presence of these behaviors.

O’ Toole uses an example of a couple where the male is physically abusive, obsessive and jealous. The behaviors has become increasingly volatile so the female decides to end the relationship. The male comes from a well off family background and has many friends through sports he plays and social gatherings as well. O’ Toole urges parents and those in this situation not to underestimate the situation and to this kid of behavior did not come out of nowhere and this person may have a history of violent and even criminal behavior.

Some red flags to look for when you are observing behavior is when someone becomes easily angered or talks about violence.  “violence is the answer to everything no matter what they’re talking about.” If a person has road rage, then they have anger outside of the car as well. If a person is physically aggressive or abusive to others. If they have a tendency to act like a bully, this can also transcend over into other aspects of life. Another detail is if they blame others, the example used is if you’re on a date and the person says their ex was the reason they broke up solely.

The last piece O’ Toole mentions is if someone has a lack of empathy or compassion that they can be dangerous as this is an important indicator of their character. If someone has the tendency to take over the conversation and refocus it back onto them no matter the previous content of the conversation. Psychopaths make up 1% of the general population and 10% of the prisoners in jail usually lack empathy. Some may pretend to use empathy and have feelings for their victims, but O’Toole says, “Asking a psychopath what remorse or guilt feels like is like asking a man what it feels like to be pregnant. It is an experience they have never had.” If you keep asking a psychopath about their feelings (such as “How do you feel about those victims?”), they’ll become irritated, and their façade will start to crack, O’Toole said. For psychopaths, “emotions are a pain in their rear end.” They see them as problems, not something worth having.

Jim Clemente a retired FBI profiler helped police in an investigation looking for a suspect who killed three shop owners in the Brooklyn area. He says sketching a profile of such a killer combines art, science and psychology will be used in every aspect of such a case like this. “An offender picks a particular victim at a particular place and strikes at a particular time and location,” said Clemente, who still works as a professional profiler. “It tells us a lot about him. That’s what we call leakage.” Profilers look for “behavioral cues” such as, who their victims are and where they decided to murder and the manner in which they did. “What profilers can give you is an idea of what they’re like in the rest of their life,” Clemente said. “We look at the behavior exhibited at the crime scene.”

Profilers try to deduct a killer’s confidence level and if the killer is familiar with murder investigations. “He could be criminally experienced, or trainedor watched a lot of crime TV shows,” Clemente said. “Maybe it’s something this person has been thinking about for a long time and put a lot of effort in this.” Profilers sometimes use an algorithm to find out where a criminal may live in relation to the crime.“We look at the hunting zone, where he’s actually committing these crimes,” Clemente said, adding that killers usually don’t venture too far away from their home.“(The suspect) has to get back to safety,” he said.

Please note that this does not certify you as a profiler and you still have to go through years of training and practice to obtain and refine the skills necessary to profile a killer. I like this sort of topic because in my mind I can think I am a profiler, but I have to remind myself just like I made a note for you that it takes alot more than just noticing your neighbor is aggressive to positively ID them as a killer.

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I remember Dionna Warwicks attack on hip hop from its derogatory lyrics add references to violence on a constant basis. Being a child of the culture I thought to myself she and anyone who thought like her was wrong and were only using attacks on rap music to get back at the fact that they were old and out of touch with what was current in music. Now that the child has grown up in music I honestly say now Mrs. Warwick may have been right all along. Not just with music, but with movies and video games have become more aggressive and realistic. I also feel they are subconsciously fulfilling a psychological primate need to kill and create destruction that is within all of us. I recently saw the movie “The Purge” which led me to ask, “How far off are we from this becoming a reality?”

What does science say about listening to music?

A few years ago a team of Montreal researchers were trying to pinpoint “the potent pleasurable stimulus” that music creates. The study was published in Nature NeuroScience online magazine. The research was based off of taking a study group of 217 that was dwindled down to the top ten who most reliably got “chills” listening to instrumental music. The group was then asked to bring in a playlist of their favorite songs. Combining the methodology of both PET and fMRI they were able to accurate snapshot of the activity in the brain while you listen to music. The first discovery is that dopamine is released in both dorsal and ventral striatum when triggered by music. Both regions of the brain have long been associated with pleasurable stimuli. The result in the listening to music is we get a sense of happiness normally listening to music we like. My question to that is could the same effect music has on the dopamine release also trigger drops of seratonin the chemical responsible for violent aggressive behavior in certain individuals? Something to think about.

I know it’s a stretch to think that just listening to music can make you a killer. On the other hand Tyler Hadley(17yrs old) told his friend Michael Mandell that he had done exactly that. Become a killer I mean, Tyler confessed to killing both his parents with hammer hours before he had over 60 people over his house for a house party. Don’t worry the room where he killed his parents was locked and only Tyler and Michael knew why the door was locked and blocked off. Mandell states Hadley told him that the devil possessed him along with rap music and constant arguing with his parents. Tyler also confessed to taking the drug ecstasy. Mandell was in disbelief about the whole event. “After he told me, I didn’t believe him because he’s been my best friend forever. I would never suspect anything like this,” Mandell said. “I was looking around, he told me if I look enough I could see signs. I looked on the floor and could see signs of blood.”

Science and films

Neurocinematic studies aim to find out the secrets our brains holds during share experience behind movie watching. “Movies are highly complex, multidimensional stimuli,” said Uri Hasson, a neuroscientist and psychologist at Princeton University. “Some areas of the brain analyze sound bites, some analyze word context, some the sentence content, music, emotional aspect, color or motion.”In one study, for example, they used functional magnetic resonance imaging—or a procedure that measures brain activity by detecting changes in blood flow—to watch volunteer’s brains as they viewed Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Alfred Hitchcock’s Bang! You’re Dead and Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. They also showed participants unedited clips of a random scene filmed in Washington Square park in New York City, which they thought would most closely reflect a cinematic experience of reality. They then compared all of the viewers’ neurological responses to calculate an inter-subject correlation, or the degree to which brain processes aligned between viewers watching the same film.

Not all movies elicited the same cranial reactions, they found. The highly structured Hitchcock film similarly engaged nearly 65 percent of the viewers’ cortexes (the outer layer of the brain that plays a role in processing memory, attention, awareness, thought, language and consciousness), for example, while the segments of reality taken from the park engaged the same responses in only about 5 percent of the viewers’ cortexes. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ranked similar to Hitchcock, at 45 percent, while Curb Your Enthusiasm fell to 18 percent.

In other words, highly controlled films, in turn, exert a higher level of control on viewers’ minds than unstructured clips that are closer to our day-to-day experiences of reality. When Hitchcock directs our gaze to a bloody knife or an open door, we all look together. In real life, however, our attention is diverted, focusing at will on the guy with the newspaper, the woman wrestling with her shopping bags or the wind in the trees, with little rhyme or reason. Neurocinematic studies while it is still a young field may in theory use movies to study the behavior in the brain.

We have discussed the science behind movies and the studies that may lead us into finding out if movies can actually direct us to kill. While that is still for the future to let us know, movies are being blamed for crime and murder today. The Colorado shooter James Holmes was quoted as saying “I am the Joker” when he was caught by police. Holmes also mimicked the Joker by booby trapping his own apartment. A couple in Chicago tried to rob a bank wearing nun habit’s and ghoulish masks. The couple was said to have gotten the idea from watching the movie “The Town” where the robbers wore a nun’s habit, semi auto’s and a big bag for the cash. The couple walked away with $120,000 dollars before getting caught.

Kyle Shaw a teenager who was inspired by “Project Mayhem” from the movie “Fight Club”. Shaw was able to set off a bomb made out of fireworks, a plastic bottle and electrical tape outside a starbucks in NYC back in 2009. One of Shaw’s classmates said that Shaw was well-known for his obsession with the book and movie. In Iowa one male student bit over 10 girls in one month after watching the Twilight films. His father knew about the boys over indulgent love for the film and the boy was sent to juvenile corrections. Who did see this coming? The popular show Dexter has at least one fanatic that claims they highly influenced by the show. Andrew Conley(17) strangled his 10-year-old brother by choking him out. Prosecutor Aaron Negangard says “The fact is, he has said on numerous occasions he had fantasized about killing people,” In fact, an hour into his first interrogation by police, Conley said, “I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but it’s called ‘Dexter,’ and it’s on Showtime. And I feel like him because he’s a serial killer of bad people but I just feel like him.”

Films like Natural Born Killers, Mortal Kombat, Doom and The Basketball Diaries were accused of inspiring murder including the mass shooting that happened at Columbine High School. Lee Boyd Malvo was convicted of murder in 2002 for sniper attacks in Washington DC. It was stated that Malvo was gripped by the idea that he was in a blurred reality and was being mind controlled. The idea came from the groundbreaking special effect autochthonous film “The Matrix”, he even wrote in his cell “Free yourself of the Matrix.” The “Matrix Defense” was also used in the case of Vadim Mieseges a San Franciso man who dismembered his landlady and told police he was sucked into “The Matrix”. He was found not guilty by plea of insanity.

Thierry Jaradin who was 24 years old stabbed his neighbor Alison Cambier who was 15 years old 30 times while wearing  a black robe and ghoulish mask worn by the killers in the Scream movie. It is said that Jaradin killed Cambier because she did not want his sexual advances. John Hinckley Jr. was said to have been inspired by the movie “Taxi Driver” Hinckley who was fixated on Jodie Foster’s character attempted to shoot President Reagan six times, but only 1 bullets hit Reagan at the time. Reagan’s press secretary was hit in the head by another bullet meant for the President. Hinckley, who was later found not guilty by reason of insanity, said that the shooting was “the greatest love offering in the history of the world,” and that “Everybody, but everybody, knows about John and Jodie.”

Science behind Video Games

Specific types of video games may have a multitude of effects on and improvements and visuospatial attention.  Video games differ on a range of dimensions and use different cognitive, affective and behavioral systems. Evidence is growing that emphasizes that video games effect social and antisocial behaviors, cognitive styles and affective processing. Laboratory studies of the relationship between exposure to video game violence and aggression demonstrate that exposure( as little as 15-30 min) to violent content during game play can result in increases of aggressive thoughts and actions.

Further research examining the effects of video game violence on aggression can be understood within the context of the general aggression model(GAM). GAM is a bio-social-cognitive theory designed to account for short and long-term effects of exposure to media violence. Continued repeated exposure and reinforcement of aggression can lead to the negative development of aggressive beliefs, attitudes, perceptual schemata, expectations, behavior scripts and desensitization to aggression. The end result is a possible increase  in aggressive personality and changes in situational variables including peer groups and social activities.

One instant where life imitates art too well is where a 8-year-old boy from Slaughter, LA(that’s a real town) shot his 90-year-old caregiver in the back of the head. Police say the boy was playing Grand Theft Auto shortly before the boy murdered Marie Smothers with one shot. In the state of Louisiana anyone under the age of 10 years of age cannot be charged with a crime. “You have a child that does not know the impact or the consequences of the act that he has committed,” Sclynski Legier, an attorney, told WAFB-TV. “He truly doesn’t understand that.” It was never made clear how the 8-year-old got access to the .38 caliber weapon that was used in the slaying of the woman the boy says had a “normal, loving relationship.”

In 2007 sixteen year old Danny Petric shot both his parents because they banned him from playing Halo 3 in their home. The father found out the teen bought the video game and kept it over a friend’s house after the father forbid him from playing it. The father then put the game in a locked gun cabinet. Danny gained access to both the gun and video game and shot both parents after they sat down to watch a baseball game. The father lived and later blamed the crime on Halo 3.

In 2008 in New York City six teens went on a crime spree in Grand Theft Auto fashion. During the spree there was a reported mugging, motorists were robbed  and smashing vehicles with crowbars and baseball bats. After they were eventually caught and arrested, Det. Sgt Anthony Repalone said “It was determined that they were emulating the character in that Grand Theft Auto game, going on a crime spree.” and “’We got certain admissions’ from the boys.” There is no word on the final sentence of the boys. We can be sure that their Grand Theft Auto defense probably didn’t help sway anyone in their favor in court.

To bring this article to a close, there is substantial evidence mounting against video games, movies and even music to a degree. All three of these mediums contain mind altering and mood altering traits that have been blamed on increased aggression in our society and our culture. For some people it is a stretch to believe that playing a game can end up killing someone. Personal responsibility, ethics, morals and values has to weigh in at some point on this complex, immeasurable quagmire.With that in mind if all people needed was a push then the increase aggression and the other negative attributes would be just that right nudge.  As always what do you think???/