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The Himuro Mansion Haunting and the Strangling Ritual

The Himuro Mansion Haunting - Paranormala

The most popular version of the tale states that bad karma would emerge each December (other versions simply say “toward the end of the year”) from a portal on the Mansions grounds. In order to prevent this, a maiden was chosen at birth by the master of the household and isolated from the outside world in order to prevent her from developing any ties to the outside world, which would in turn, jeopardize the effect of the ritual.

On the day of the Strangling Ritual, the maiden was bound by ropes on her ankles, wrists, and neck. The ropes were attached to teams of oxen or horses to rip her limbs from her body, quartering her. The ropes used to bind her appendages would then be soaked in her blood and laid over the gateway of the portal. They believed that this would seal off the portal for another half century until the ritual had to be repeated.

During the last recorded Strangling Ritual it is said that the maiden had fallen in love with a man who tried to save her from the ritual. This “tie” to Earth tainted her blood and spirit and ruined the ritual altogether. Upon learning of the maidens love, the master took up his sword and brutally murdered all of his family members, before finally, in fear of what would soon happen, fell upon his own blade.

(via Ellis)

Interview with a young Republican

GOP Delegate Who Demands Less Taxes And More War - That's Your Boyfriend - Videogum

His views are certainly jaw-dropping. He also happens to be the guy who at the convention got drugged and robbed by a woman he picked up in the hotel bar.

Photo Gallery: Ramadan

Observing Ramadan - The Big Picture - Boston.com

Fiction: Bruce Sterling on the future of computing, video games

Bruce Sterling, "Computer Entertainment," Flurb #6

So, show them your personal computer, he told me. Why would that be exciting? I said. Because my personal computer is like a towel. It’s cheap and old and everyday, and I’ve always had one, and it’s like the dullest thing in the world. No, he said, in 2008 they’re computer pioneers. They still believe that computers are exciting. They’re on the electronic frontier, with arrows in their backs to prove it. They don’t get it that computers in 2043 are boring objects of everyday life, like bricks and forks and toothbrushes. And towels.

So, I did some careful research on that subject. I realized that, yeah, for an old-fashioned audience like you, a mid-21st century computer is pretty amazing. So here it is. (Speaker pulls cloth napkin from podium).

This is my General Electric Pocket Mediator. This one’s about five years old, it’s a student’s model. Personal mediators are a stable technology in my time, we don’t have to fuss with them much. Unfortunately it doesn’t have full functionality here in 2008, because we don’t have the cloud yet. As soon as I reached here, my Mediator reached out for the cloud to reload its apps and OS... and it tapped into something called “Window-Vista.” Then it just plain gave up. It’s gone completely limp now. There’s nothing left here but this frozen screen-saver pattern.

Get Your War On: Sarah Palin and the Rape Kits

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Scientists claim that conservatives are just born scared of everything

Die-hard liberals, conservatives may be born that way - Salt Lake Tribune

I'm being snarky, what they have really found is that Conservatives are more tuned to environmental dangers (Tigers, etc) and are therefore very concerned about keeping the status quo. They're positing that genetically we have different responses to surprise and that those end up forming our political views later in life.

In a second experiment, researchers measured eye blinks - another indicator of fear - as subjects responded to sudden blasts of noise.

Compared to staunch liberals, people with strongly conservative views were three times more fearful after factoring out the effects of gender, age, income and education, all of which can affect political attitudes.

Kevin Smith, a professor of political science at the University Nebraska, Lincoln and a study author, said conservatives were more vigilant to environmental threats and speculated this innate tendency led them to support policies that protect the social order.

Daily Show Round-Up: September 19, 2008

NASCAR Cancels Remainder Of Season Following David Foster Wallace's Death

NASCAR Cancels Remainder Of Season Following David Foster Wallace's Death | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

. . . "All race long on Sunday, I was dealing with the unreality presented me by his absence," said #16 3M Ford Fusion driver Greg Biffle, who won Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the first race in the Chase For The Cup, and would therefore have had the lead in the championship. "I first read Infinite Jest in 1998 when my gas-can man gave me a copy when I was a rookie in the Craftsman Truck Series, and I was immediately struck dumb by the combination of effortlessness and earnestness of his prose. Here was a writer who loved great, sprawling, brilliantly punctuated sentences that spread in a kind of textual kudzu across the page, yet in every phrase you got a sense of his yearning to relate and convey the importance of every least little thing. It's no exaggeration to say that when I won Rookie of the Year that season it was David Foster Wallace who helped me keep that achievement, and therefore my life, in perspective." . . .

September 18, 2008

Some toys are just plain wrong

The Amazing Pets Commercial: The Dirty Mind Test That Everybody Fails - Commercials - Videogum

Chicago, New York and Detroit named America's most stressful cities

America's Most Stressful Cities - Forbes.com

Record weekend rainfall isn't the only thing worrying Windy City residents.

Chicago's rising unemployment rate, expensive gas, high population density and relatively poor air quality create a perfect storm of stress, according to measures we used to calculate the country's anxiety hot spots.

New Yorkers can relate. Locals in the country's most densely packed metro have to fiercely compete for subway seats, cabs, apartments, elite preschools, dinner reservations and bartenders' attention. This constant grind compounds the area's other anxiety factors including costly housing (the country's third least affordable) and allergy-inducing pollution. Throw in Wall Street's woes, and you've got a Molotov cocktail of concern.

San Francisco is #5.

Colbert Round-Up: September 18, 2008

The Handscape

grinding.be -- Create a Landscape, on your fingers

Daily Show Round-Up: September 18, 2008

McCain either doesn't know where Spain is, or doesn't know who Zapatero is

Talking Points Memo | Embarrassing

Very embarrassing for McCain.

yesterday John McCain was interviewed on the Florida affiliate of Spanish radio network Union Radio. And in the interview McCain appeared not to know who the Prime Minister of Spain was and assumed he was some anti-American leftist leader from South America.

After the interviewer presses him a couple times on the point and tries to focus him on the fact that Prime Minister Zapatero isn't from Mexico and isn't a drug lord either McCain comes back at her saying, "All I can tell you is that I have a clear record of working with leaders in the Hemisphere that are friends with us and standing up to those who are not. And that's judged on the basis of the importance of our relationship with Latin America and the entire region."

Then there's a moment of awkward pause before she says. "But what about Europe? I'm talking about the President of Spain."

McCain: "What about me, what?

Interviewer: "Are you willing to meet with him if you're elected president?"

McCain: "I am wiling to meet with any leader who is dedicated to the same principles and philosophy that we are for humans rights, democracy and freedom. And I will stand up to those who do not."

"Reflections from a Home-Owner-Sexual"

Enough -- Blog Archive -- Reflections from a Homownersexual

The true story of what happens when a half dozen queer white kids buy a house in a primarily black neighborhood and try to plan a post-gender utopia.

They spend a lot of time considering the financial and ethical impacts of all their actions in a way we just don't see these days. In the end they turn down an offer for $100K in favor of one for $65K just to prevent further white gentrification of the neighborhood. There's a lot to think about here.

. . . We had anti-capitalist intentions in buying this house, but we were hazy on the strategy. We made a commitment to each other that we wouldn’t sell the house for a profit, and definitely never to a developer. We didn’t really imagine selling the house, though, so we never put anything in writing, and that made things difficult when we faced the reality of actually selling the house in a capitalist system. We planned to live there for a long time, to take an old house and restore it with the labor of ourselves and our friends, with recycled and trashpicked materials. We wanted to create a home that felt safe and comfortable for our queer community to take refuge in. We didn’t want to pay rent to a shady landlord, we wanted our broken friends to have a place to heal without needing to work a job to pay rent. We dreamed about the projects we would start once the house was paid off, like solar panels and roof decks for gardens. I think we did succeed in creating the feeling of both a cozy home and a place of refuge for ourselves and many other people, and we did some exciting restoration and painted the house a ton of bright colors and paid our friends to work on the house when projects were beyond our own skills. All of the people who lived in the house also worked on house-fixing projects, and there was an explicit agreement that both working on the house and paying “rent” were investments in the house, that the worth of the house belonged to all who invested in it, and that if the house was never sold that investment was a more philosophical one, a gift of community-building for the future people who would live in the house. . . .

(via Feminisitng)