Saturday, April 27, 2013

Devil's Breath or Zombie Drug - Scopolamine

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Devil’s Breath has reached television.  The New York police show, Blue Blood, aired the episode, "Devil's Breath".  The character is found dazed and covered in blood not his own. His girlfriend is found dead in a nearby hotel room. Did he kill her?  He lost his girlfriend in one of the most horrifying ways possible. He will always question what really happened that night. The voids in his memory will surely drive him crazy for years to come.

In the episode of Castle, the character is actually dressed as a zombie.  He’s part of a group that roam around New York in the middle of the night dressed as zombies.  One poor guy is the victim of the “zombie drug.”  Once again he is covered in blood, and remembers nothing. Zombie walks occur nightly among the regulars. The wakes in the hospital having no memory of what happened to him or what he did.

Scopolamine is not a new drug.  It’s had medical implications for years.  If you were born before the 1990’s your mother was probably give scopolamine during labor and delivery to induce “twilight sleep”.  If you have siblings, you can thank the drug.  Many women would not have endured more pregnancies leading to more “labor and deliveries” without that twilight sleep. According to, the term "twilight sleep" applied to the combination of morphine - pain relief and scopolamine - amnesia (loss of memory) given by a hypodermic injection. The mixture of the two drugs created a state in which the woman responded to pain, but did not remember the pain after delivering the baby. Twilight sleep was once in trend in obstetrics.

Scopolamine is an oral, intravenous, ophthalmic or topical drug with many uses including the prevention of motion sickness. This skin patch is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by recovery from anesthesia and surgery.  While scopolamine is a dangerous drug, its anti-cholinergic properties give it some legitimate medical implications in very miniscule doses.

The drug has been reported as used by astronauts, including those on Skylab, for the treatment of motion sickness. "NASA Signs Agreement to Develop Nasal Spray for Motion Sickness".  Scopolamine is used for mild sedation and saliva management in palliative care as an adjunct to other comfort medications for dying patients.

Scopolamine was named after Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, a Tyrolean physician and naturalist. The plant alkaloid and drug scopolamine was first found in the genus Scopolia. The standard botanical author abbreviation Scop. is applied to species he described. Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish botanist and to whom Scopoli communicated all of his research, findings, and descriptions. Linnaeus greatly respected him and showed great interest in his work. He named a solanaceous genus, Scopolia, the source of scopolamine, after him.

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The borrachero tree's seeds, flowers, and pollen possess hallucinogenic chemical substances that, when inhaled or consumed, are capable of eliminating a person's free will, and turning him or her into a mindless zombie that can be fully controlled without any inhibitions.  The tree which naturally produces scopolamine grows wild around Bogota, Colombia. The borrachero is so famous in the countryside that mothers warn their children not to fall asleep below its yellow and white flowers.  Don't let your drinks out of your sight when at a Bogota bar or nightclub.

Alcohol, tranquilizers, sedatives, and other drugs that cause stupor may worsen the drowsiness caused by scopolamine. Scopolamine slows passage of materials including drugs through the stomach and intestines.  Quickly dissolved in liquids, criminals slip the powder into drinks or sprinkle it on food.  All the more reason not to leave your drink or food unattended, especially with strangers. Reuters states that victims become so submissive that they have assisted thieves to rob their homes and empty their bank accounts. Women and men have been drugged repeatedly over days and gang-raped or rented out as prostitutes.

"When a patient (of U.S. date-rape drugs) is under hypnosis, he or she usually recalls what happened. But with scopolamine, this isn't possible because the memory was never recorded," said Dr. Camilo Uribe, the world's leading expert on the drug.


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Learn more:

House, R. E. (1931). "The Use of Scopolamine in Criminology". American Journal of Police Science (Northwestern University) 2 (4): 328–336. doi:10.2307/1147361.JSTOR 1147361

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sarah Boone Invented the Ironing Board

On this date, April 26th in 1892, the ironing board was patented. Sarah Boone was an African American female inventor, who obtained a United States patent rights for her improvements to the ironing board. The information provided us the ironing board some of us use today. There are others who still use a table or bed.

Sarah Boone was born in Summit, Pike County, Mississippi on May 18, 1867. She died September 14, 1904. Sarah Boone was reported to be home schooled by her grandfather. This information could not be verified. Given the date of her birth and place of birth Mississippi, the family was probably born into slavery.

Before her invention, people were forced to use a table for ironing clothes. Boone's ironing board was designed to improve the quality of ironing sleeves and the bodies of women's garments. The board was very narrow, curved, and made of wood. The shape and structure allowed it to fit a sleeve and it was reversible, so one could iron both sides of the sleeve.

A historic wooden ironing board
Sarah Boone lived in New Haven Connecticut when she filed her patent.

Sarah Boone Fact Card Post Card found at

Human Children: Endangered Species

Today is April 25, 2013. Monday of this week we celebrated Earth Day.  Today many people actually celebrate Alice Day – Pedophile Pride Day.  While people actually took the time to create all kinds of list to save the Earth, few included us.  I saw things like
Protect the bison
Composting with worms
Plant a tree
Participate in a litter cleanup
Have an energy-free day
Ride my bike
Renew my library card and utilize the library
This last item is memorable because yesterday, April 24th was World Book Night.  All the recycle and better habits, but nothing for the most endangered species – us.

“A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.” ― Carl Sandburg

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Alice Day points out just how endangered the human race really is.  There is not enough coffee for a psychological profile of supporters of Pedophile Pride. If you don’t know what a pedophile is, here’s a definition.  As a medical diagnosis, pedophilia  is a psychiatric disorder in persons 16 years of age or older typically characterized by a primary or exclusive sexual interest toward prepubescent children age 13 years or younger,  The term pedophile is commonly used to describe all child sexual abuse offenders, including those who do not meet the clinical diagnosis standards. What’s unique about the cluster is that are organized into associations and groups.  They are so organized it’s evident by Alice Day.  Is there an Arsonist Pride Day? Or may be a Serial Killers Pride Day?  Why not? 

“Ritualised child sexual abuse is about abuse of power, control and secrecy. Ten years ago many people found it difficult to believe that fathers actually raped their children, yet survivors of such abuses spoke out and eventually began to be listened to and believed. Ritual abuse survivors, when they try to speak out about their experiences, face denial and disbelief from society and often fear for their lives from the abusers.”  Laurie Matthew, Who Dares Wins

Arson is the crime of deliberately and maliciously setting fire to buildings, wild land areas, auto or other assets with the intent to cause damage.  Well a sexual attack on a child leave a burned out shell of a person no different than the remains of the burned out auto.

A serial killer is usually defined as a person who has killed three or more people within more than a month.  There’s down time or cooling off stage between the murders. The motivation for killing is usually based on psychological gratification.  Sounds like a pedophile that kills a series of children’s souls for sexual gratification.  

“…the seriousness of emotional deprivation:
It is not difficult to understand how children who have suffered from malnutrition or starvation need food and plenty of care in their bodies are to recover so they can go on to lead normal lives. If, however, the starvation is severe enough, the damage will be permanent and they will suffer physical impairments for the rest of their lives. Likewise, children who are deprived of emotional nurturing require care and love if their sense of security and self-confidence is to be restored. However, if love is minimal and abuse high, the damage will be permanent and the children will suffer emotional impairments for the rest of their lives.”  Mark Z. Danielewski
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Often without help and/or support, children grow to be empty and broken adults.  As we have seen in the news and media, many people reach adulthood before they tell anyone of the death of their self-esteem.   They were often abused—emotionally, physically and/or sexually—by an adult – sometimes a family member.  It is the loss of a human being which inflicts enormous grief upon those individuals, because they feel less than human.  Is that an endangered species? 
"Many abused children cling to the hope that growing up will bring escape and freedom. 
But the personality formed in the environment of coercive control is not well adapted to adult life. The survivor is left with fundamental problems in basic trust, autonomy, and initiative. She approaches the task of early adulthood――establishing independence and intimacy――burdened by major impairments in self-care, in cognition and in memory, in identity, and in the capacity to form stable relationships. 
She [he] is still a prisoner of her childhood; attempting to create a new life, she re-encounters the trauma.”  Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery

English (en):  Nations based on their laws involving child pornography.
   Possession of any kind of pornography (including child pornography) legal.
   Possession of child pornography illegal.
   Possession of any kind of pornography illegal.
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Child Pornography: Model Legislation & Global Review
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 25 - Alice Day aka Pedophile Pride Day

While browsing and drinking coffee, I came upon a very alarming article.  Seems April 25th is Alice Day - Pedophile Pride Day.  The article was from 2010, and states Alice Day is April 25th, WATCH YOUR CHILDREN A.K.A Pedophile Pride Day.  It was written by Linda Crystal, Yahoo! Contributor Network

According to the author on this date, the pedophiles celebrate, rape and molestation of little girls. It is okay to celebrate by "loving" a female child that day. Pedophiles are looking for latch key kids, kids neglected, kids from chemically abused parents, single parents, kids without rules.  The article continues predators love colors that are sexual like pink, reds, oranges.

Blogs article such as Wikisposure Day and Alice Day 2010: A Day For Those Who Rape Little Girls  were the few commentaries I found.   The last article is on the The Ultimate Evil - A Child Abuse Awareness Blog.   They also published a page - PEDOPHILE SYMBOLS WE ALL RECOGNIZE.    The most recent internet entry was  this,  April 25th 2013: Anonymous #opAliceDay targets pedophiles.  It didn't even make the first page Google search. 

"We call upon all Anonymous Operatives to come forward and march with us as legion. To deface and cause chaos within the pedophile networks."

 Woman/girl pedophile symbol

Pedophile Symbols:
Symbol of Girllove

The BoyLover logo' (BLogo) "is a small blue spiral-shaped triangle surrounded by a larger triangle, whereby the small triangle represents a small boy and the larger triangle represents an adult man. FBI
Do not rape children!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

World Book Night

William Shakespeare’s actual date of birth remains unknown, but is traditionally observed on 23 April, St George's Day. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and baptized there on 26 April 1564. This date, which can be traced back to an 18th-century scholar's mistake, has proved appealing to biographers, since Shakespeare died 23 April 1616.

April 23 is the UNESCO International Day of the Book because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday, and to honor Miguel de Cervantes, who died on April 23, 1616, the same day as Shakespeare.

World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, one on one.  Each year on April 23, thousands of people in the United States go out into their neighborhoods and give a a million free World Book Night paperbacks to people who read occasionally. The focus is on adults, not children.  The goal of World Book Night is to seek out adult readers wherever they are in public settings or in places from nursing homes to food pantries, low-income schools to mass transit, according to the website.  World Book Night celebrated in the UK, Ireland, Spain, USA and Germany.

The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book. –Northrop Frye

To see this year’s World Book Night U.S. books, please click here.
To see previous years’ World Book Night U.S. books, please click here.

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.–Gilbert K. Chesterton

On April 23, there will be 3 theater events and 11 Book & Rose events.

Books will be distributed at the Looking Glass Theater production of Still Alice in Chicago.
Books will be handed out at NYC productions of The Lion King and Annie. Of note: An actor will make a post-show announcement asking all show attendees to give their book to a light or non-reader that week.
After Party: Connecticut Center for The Book Celebrates World Book Night 2013. At 7pm, more details here. (please RSVP since space is limited)

 Book & Rose events on April 23 will take place at:

Craig Public Library, Craig, AK  
Basically Books, Hilo, HI
Elliott Bay Books, Seattle
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Secret Garden, Seattle
Vroman’s, Pasadena, CA
Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ
Watermark Books, Wichita, KS
Iowa City Library, Iowa City, IA
Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL
Pomegranate Books, Wilmington, NC
Children’s Book Cellar, Waterville, ME
Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. –Maya Angelou

Monday, April 22, 2013

Made It to New Week - Earth Day

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

It's Monday of a new week.  But not just any Monday, it's Earth Day - April 22.  We went through a week of death and destruction to emerge on a day focus on saving the Earth.

Author: Carolineee 1991
We save the Earth - We save one of our most important resources. Save our children just as we work hard to save the the great American bison, a story of an animal that was almost wiped out until public and private conservation efforts came to the rescue.

“We do not inherit the planet from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.  Native American Saying

Once considered “ecosystem engineers” – animals that profoundly affects their environment and all species living there – bison altered the prairie ecosystem by carving pathways and creating wetlands by wallowing and trampling. They fertilized the vegetation and provided food for hunters and scavengers. Birds, prairie dogs, coyotes, wolves and pronghorn antelope all thrived in a land sculpted by millions of bison, roaming free.

Picnic for Earth - Is  part of our All Hands on Earth campaign, we’re asking millions of people all over the world to spend the whole month of April— Earth Month— thinking about where their food comes.

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Picnic for Earth is a celebration of the planet we live on, the food it provides and the people we share it with. In short, the planet does a lot for us, and we should take it out for lunch.

The Earth is patchwork of gardens. All the land on Earth currently being farmed is equal in size to South America. The land currently being grazed by the world’s livestock is the size of Africa.  The world population is expected to reach 9 billion. To continue to have enough to sustain us, we will need to double our food production.

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
― John Muir

Earth Day is held every year on 22 April to highlight environmental issues, with events held around the world to show support.  Earth Day 2013 has been given a major boost thanks to Google featuring it as its doodle.  Click HERE to view 'the best of Google Doodles' gallery

 The first Earth Day began in 1970 when 20 million Americans took to the streets to demand a sustainable environment and it is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.

“The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth.” ― Chief Seattle, The Chief Seattle's Speech

As part of our All Hands on Earth campaign, we’re asking millions of people all over the world to spend the whole month of April— Earth Month— thinking about where their food comes from, and how their food choices impact our planet.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...” ― John Muir

Friday, April 19, 2013

A Week in Courage

Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
This is the end of Devil Week as written in history -  on the positive side, this is a week in courage.  As always, there were people running into the face of danger, not away.  They had no idea what danger still existed, but they ran to the injured anyway.  They investigated the scenes of bombing and fires not knowing if there were other unseen dangers.  They volunteer to offer comfort and support. Happy-faced Golden Retriever was waiting at the runners' bag pickup area on Tuesday. He's one of many therapy dogs with their owners, who are providing safety and comfort to those affected by the tragedy.
When we are afraid we ought not to occupy ourselves with endeavoring to prove that there is no danger, but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger.  ~Mark Rutherford
"Jeff Bauman was still in intensive care, heavily sedated after surgery because of inuries at Boston Marathron, but he had something he desperately needed to tell his brother. “He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,’”

 Joe Berti, 43, crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the first bomb exploded. Berti wasn't injured.  On Wednesday night, Joe was driving home near Waco, Texas, when he saw — and felt — the West fertilizer plant explosion.

And so the brave continued to looked for the cowards who caused suffering and ran away. "Coward:  One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs."  ~Ambrose Bierce Yes, the cowards ran, but not fast or far enough. The cowards' end came as they lay in the dirt. If you hurt or threaten us, there is no place in the world for you to hide.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tragic Week Continues

The Infamous week in April:

Our prayers go out to Texas victims.  The town of West has only about 2,700 residents, many of whom were taken to shelters. The cause of the fire and explosion were unknown, scene of a fertilizer plant explosion. Blast may have killed 15, injured 160.

We continue to prayer for Boston.  During 9/11  Boston reached out to New York.  This week NY returns the favor. All across New York this week sports enemies who show less than love toward New England’s teams cast away those feelings and embraced their Boston counterparts. That's class!

New York


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Bloody Week in History

2013 April 15: Boston Marathon bombings: Two bombs detonated within seconds of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Another suspected device was intentionally exploded in Copley Square. 3 dead and 183 injured.

Normally I would write a post in April 15, 2013 was Tax Day in the United States. I was trying to decide - file or ask for an extension? Breaking News.....Boston Marathon!

While drinking coffee and half listening to the news, I heard this was Devil Week. So exactly what happened in United States history?  Well it was bloody!

The week in history - April 15 – 21 saw the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775 and the death of Abraham Lincoln, April 15, 1865.  On April 19, 1861, the first blood of the American Civil War is shed when a secessionist mob in Baltimore attacks Massachusetts troops bound for Washington, D.C. Four soldiers and 12 rioters were killed.

  • April 18, 1983, suicide bomber destroyed U.S. Embassy in Lebanon. A suicide bomber carried out an attack in Beirut with a car-bomb that left 63 people dead, including 17 Americans. April 19, 1995 truck bomb exploded in Oklahoma City in a domestic terrorist attack. A truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla., leaving 168 dead, including the 19 children who had been in the building's day-care center.  
  • Two teenage gunmen kill 13 people in a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on April 20, 1999. 
  • On April 16th in 2007, in one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history, 32 students and teachers die after being gunned down on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
  • April 12, 1988 - YĆ« Kikumura, a member of the Japanese Red Army, is arrested with three pipe bombs on the New Jersey Turnpike. According to prosecutors, Kikumura planned to bomb a military recruitment office in the Veteran's Administration building in lower Manhattan on April 14, the anniversary of the U.S. raid on Libya.

Lack of Concern for Human Life:

April 20, 1914 - Militia slaughters strikers at Ludlow, Colorado, ending a bitter coal-miners' strike, Colorado militiamen attack a tent colony of strikers, killing dozens of men, women, and children.

April 21, 1930 a fire at an Ohio prison kills 320 inmates, some of whom burn to death when they are not unlocked from their cells. It is one of the worst prison disasters in American history. The prison, built to hold 1,500 people, was almost always overcrowded and notorious for its poor conditions. At the time of the 1930 fire, there were 4,300 prisoners living in the jail.

The Ohio State Penitentiary was built in Columbus in 1834. Throughout its history, it had a poor reputation. A cholera epidemic swept through the facility in 1849, killing 121 convicts. In 1893, a prison superintendent wrote that Ten thousand pages of history of the Ohio Penitentiary would [not] give one idea of the inward wretchedness of its 1,900 inmates. 

Ironic I watched the movie Prometheus last night. In Greek mythology, Prometheus (Greek) is a Titan, culture hero, and con artist figure who is credited with the creation of man from clay. Using the theme of the creation of man - seeking the origins of humanity, Prometheus a 2012 science fiction film is a story is set in the late 21st century. It centers on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as they follow a star invitation discovered among the artifacts of several ancient Earth cultures. The crew arrives on a distant planet, and discovers a threat that could cause the extinction of the human race. 

The film deals with humanity's relationship with their creators and the consequence of defying them. Engineer(s) was sent to Earth to stop humanity's increasing aggression.  It was implied that some natural disasters were not all nature.  Were groups of population eliminated in an effort to control humans?  Is that why some cultures just seem to have disappeared from the face of the earth?  

Unlike friction where plots can be written with positive or negative endings, humans are deadly in their aggression as we can see in just one week in history........

.....But there is always at least one hero with positive virtues 
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Carlos Arredondo displays a blood-soaked flag. He had been handing them out when explosions ripped through areas near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday