January 30th, 2006

monkey xray -(monkey inside-palm)

8152 - The Giant Snail is coming! Stroll for your lives!

GeotargetTaking a short week this time, Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the b'day.

Dan wants to go see that documentary about Indigo children, I might or might not go with. He really *wants* to believe in kids with special, possibly supernatural abilities (like laying on of hands helaing, etc)... I'd be fascinated to see some empirical evidence. Surprisingly, he was a little taken aback at my skepticism, and mentioned (I paraphrase, because I don't remember his quote exactly) - "Well, it's a commonly held belief in Christian circles that there is a kid in Vietnam that can cure folks by touch". I got a bit snarky with him, and replied that it was also a commonly held belief with those folks that after about six weeks of rain, the entire planet was underwater except for one guy's family and a boatload of animals. Just because a lot of people believe something isn't enough for me to go along with it "just because". At least give me a little math and something to work with.

I'm perfectly willing to believe that cool weirdness is out there, but I'd like to test it before just saying some magic kid can cure disease and see the future.

[later, after doing a bit of google-sniffing]

Upon doing a little cursory research, it sounds like a likely explanation is a "New Age" apologist way of excusing a child's bad behavior. Just because a kid is hyperactive or gifted doesn't mean that they're a Dalai Lama.

Dan must've overheard a little snippet from somewhere. He can't possibly buy into this stuff, being a teacher and having some observational skills. Despite their claims to the contrary, no proponent of "indigo children" has ever provided a single piece of verifiable evidence to support their claims. The stuff I've come across so far is up there with nonsense like other psychic healer stuff. The biggest proponent of this hubbub is a "channeller" who claims to be in contact with an alien named Kryon who speaks and shares knowledge through a human host.

I wonder if this'll be the next self-diagnosed "asperger's syndrome" / "otherkin" in that a bunch of socially retarded people will flock to the description and use it as an excuse to define why they behave badly, and view themselves as better/more intelligent/etc than other folks.

My preliminary opinion : The "Indigo Child phenomenon" is a crock. I'm actually a little annoyed that I spent 15 minutes doing research on something so ridiculous... and I have no issues searching the web for pictures of monkeys with guns or David Hasselhoff singing "Hooked on a Feeling". I almost wonder if Danny planted that seed on purpose to yank my chain a little bit.

Ah well, at least I can speak intelligently on the subject if it decides to pop up in conversation with some of my more mystically-oriented associates . I was really hoping for some good information on common themes of child prodigies.

Moment of Lyric : (youtube movie here, thanks to instantloser)

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8152 - the elegant Newt.
Newt chilling out with me during call on Sunday.... I tried to phone post it yesterday, but it didn't make it for some reason.

Best quote heard yesterday via ilenebook -"Don't think of yourself as an ugly person, just a beautiful monkey."

1 year ago - Mel out of hospital, AVG good, Mona booboo, gene kelly vw ad, oddball personal names list, beach place cam

2 years ago - Key west, Antarctica dollars, new matter, noting some filter styles for the heck of it.

3 years ago - cool dream, birthday poll, Phrases I use/have passed on, got a jornada (it retired early)

4 years ago - gold star, lego horror, haiku, tattoo poll, Random phone message memory, happy things

5 years ago - fat albert, SOP, Friends list fluke, mocha, QotD

testing a new map
Locations of visitors to this page
dangerous neighborhood

8153 - Serial killer had death cult altar?


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A former female wrestler, accused of killing 11 elderly women in the Mexican capital, had an altar to the skeletal, scythe-wielding Santa Muerte, death cult figure in her home, newspapers said on Saturday.

Police searching the home of Juana Barraza, 48, after her arrest this week found a statue of Santa Muerte, or Saint Death, who is popular with thieves and drug smugglers, Reforma newspaper said.

She has confessed to several murders, police said.

Barraza, accused of being the feared "Mataviejitas," or "Little Old Lady Killer," sought by police for years, left offerings for the figure and also had a dead snake preserved in a jar in her home, papers said.

Barraza was arrested on Wednesday after she was spotted fleeing the home of an 82-year-old woman who had been strangled with a stethoscope. Barraza has been charged in the woman's death.

Police say fingerprints link her to the murders of 10 other old women in the capital since 2000 and say she may have murdered another 30 people, most of them elderly women.

Santa Muerte is a centuries-old pagan cult which has seen a resurgence in interest in recent years and now claims some 2 million faithful in Mexico. Followers range from elite politicians to kidnappers and gangsters.

The Catholic Church frowns on the cult.

A muscular woman with short ginger hair, Barraza once fought professionally as a wrestler under the name "The Silent Lady." She had recently worked as a popcorn vendor at the wrestling shows.