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Friday, December 19, 2014
Mr. Chase was clearly delusional and drank the blood of some of his victims (hence the moniker of 'Vampire').
The most interesting question I found while reading the book, is how clearly the definition of mental illness versus LEGAL insanity played out in his case. It was well researched and presented and a very interesting read.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Publisher: Wharncliffe (August 24, 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0091WB4ZI
|The interesting thing about these murders is very few people even know about them. The Ripper crimes totally obscured any coverage or interest. Yet they really are just as gruesome if not more so, since only parts of dismembered bodies were found and most have not been identified. |
MJ Trow has written some very excellent books on the subject of the Ripper and I was curious to see how he presented this. I was put off a bit by the VERY detailed history of the Thames and its London districts. Too mu The interesting thing about these murders is very few people even know about them. The Ripper crimes totally obscured any coverage or interest. Yet they really are just as gruesome if not more so, since only parts of dismembered bodies were found and most have not been identified.
MJ Trow has written some very excellent books on the subject of the Ripper and I was curious to see how he presented this. I was put off a bit by the VERY detailed history of the Thames and its London districts. Too much - information overload. And yet, probably very useful in a deeper understanding of some facets of the case. (Not to mention all the references remind me of current Sherlock locations....)
The sad thing is that most of the historical documents and information has been lost (more so than even the Ripper case) so even with the obviously painstaking research done here, it will not be possible to really know much more about this series of murders.
But it is interesting and it also tells us about another serial murder loose in London during Victorian times, overlapping with the Ripper's crimes.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Iris is fascinated and inspired as well by the myth of Isis and Osiris and is in a local play about the same. But when tragedy strikes, her love for her brother makes her do a very foolish thing.
Sad and atmospheric, with wonderful illustrations.
The Legend of Isis and Osiris is fascinating. There are many versions but the consistent parts are that the gods Isis and Osiris were siblings and married in the ancient Egyptian tradition. When their brother Set kills Osiris, Isis goes back and retrieves his body parts (he has been dismembered and the parts scattered) all but one. She uses magic to conceive a child, Horus. Horus will eventually overthrow Set who took over the throne after he killed Osiris, and restore balance to Egypt's lands.
In the book, Iris is inspired by this story and the Legend of the Cornish Weeping Woman which was told to her by the house's Caretaker, Old Marsh.
Is is really a good idea to try and cheat death?
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Review: Ebola The Natural and Human History of A Deadly Virus - David Quammen and A Lot to say about the true FACTS about Ebola
- File Size: 1627 KB
- Print Length: 128 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (October 3, 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O3GS0FE
This book is mostly excerpts from the author's book Spillover (which I have in my TBR pile pending still). It has been updated in light of current events. It is an incredibly educational and informative book about Ebola, its history and what is known about the disease. it is an excellent resource for those who want to get to the truth of all these fear-ridden headlines in the news right now. I have read many of the source materials the author used, and found this to be a well thought out and put together presentation and summation of what we really need to know on the subject. And the best part, is that the author presents the information in a readable and understandable way. HIGHLY recommend.
Some of the facts and my thoughts in this time of Media-Induced FEAR:
Ebola has been around since 1976 where two outbreaks occurred in the Sudan and The Democratic Republic of the Congo (Formerly Zaire). Since that time, as of today's date - 6,599 deaths have been reported per the website below:
Chronology of Ebola Virus Disease outbreaks, 1976-2014
In 38 years, that is an average of 173.66 deaths per year. Now I am not saying that is good or okay, but compared to the Flu, or Malaria or even rotavirus (which killed kids in the midwest this year in the US) which kills about 1/2 Million children every year, it is still not the killer the media makes it out to be.
Why the big deal?
Well - it is SCARY!
The GROSSness factor and the high lethality rate for those who do get it make it terrifying - the stuff of nightmares.
But the way to put fear into perspective is to examine the facts:
The high lethality rate in Africa is due to a number of factors:
- Misdiagnosis - When you go to the doctor, they need to examine the most likely causes. In Africa, there are quite a few to examine - Malaria being incredibly common and having many similar symptoms. You never look for the exotic at first, you look for the most likely. You eliminate the most likely, then look further. Unless there is an outbreak, it is not your first thought.
- An outbreak starts with exposure to the reservoir (the animal, insect, plant or whatever that harbors the virus naturally and does not get sick from it). In the case of Ebola it is unknown, but bats are suspected. All other cases result from contact with the bodily fluids of the sick individual (OR as frequently occurs, Gorillas and Chimpanzees also get infected and die from Ebola). These first cases are in rural areas where medical care is not necessarily equipped to handle a disease such as Ebola. So the disease starts in these rural areas, where family and friends care for the victims without appropriate facilities or barrier nursing supplies and procedures to reduce exposure. So they get infected, and then those who care for them get infected, and so on.
- Burial practices - Family members or friends wash the body in preparation for burial. That means they are washing bodily fluids infectious with the virus and exposing themselves to it.
- Slow response to outbreaks - these are rural areas, with rough roads or dirt trails. They are not experts in medicine or the spread of disease. By the time an outbreak is occurring and someone notifies someone and it makes its way up the chain to the right person to get an appropriate response - how many are already infected? The current outbreak was well underway before appropriate response teams arrived and by then, it needed more than they could provide.
- Superstition - Many still believe that sorcerers cause this disease or that the government or medical workers or those trying to help are the cause of it. They hide from those who come to help. They shun the sick.
- Political instability - Coups, rebels, wars -- the continent has been rife with them for years. Often it is difficult to get to infected areas as a result.
- And the outbreaks are all over -- the borders are not secured very well. It is hard to predict. And it isn't just in Central Africa anymore.
- Ebola Virus (Originated in Zaire) and that seems to be the most prevalent and the one that is currently spreading now.
- Sudan Virus (Originally occurred about the same time as the original outbreak in the Congo/Zaire)
- Reston Virus (Occurred in monkeys in a Quarantine Facility in Reston Virginia and did not make humans sick - this was Chronicled in The Hot Zone)
- Tai Forest (Originally occurred in Cote' de Ivoire)
- Bundibugyo (Originally occurred in Uganda)
- Abdominal Pain
- Sore Throat
- Loss of Appetite
- Joint Pain
- Muscle Pain
- Rapid Breathing
- Pink Eye
- Chest Pain
- Vomiting blood
- bloody gums
- bloody stools
- bloody needle prick sites
- inability to urinate
- rapid breathing
- urine retention
Friday, November 7, 2014
I have loved her music since Big Science when I was in college. For my college Modern Dance class, we even choreographed a very interesting dance to her song Walking and Falling. Costumes, music, movement all intertwined to tell a story of soul searching and our place in the universe. I think she might have appreciated it. Of course, it was recorded on VHS back then and is long gone. Sad. We did get an A+ and the comment from the rest of the class when we were done was - "Well, that was Modern..." We found that amusing. Another interesting this is that another group in the class did their dance to O, Superman. So she obviously was connecting with a lot of us then.
And why not? She is a remarkable innovator with music and performance art. Her show was an experience in sound and light. Everything intensifying the experience of the song. A sensory experience as well as a thinking one. Her songs always make me think I know where she is going, but I rarely do. that surprise factor increases the fun and often makes me think outside the lines - and isn't that a fabulous thing?
I missed concerts in the past for one reason or another, but I was so glad to finally make it. So, Andrea and I got there a bit early. We reminisced and got into a very interesting conversation about fiction, novels and spoilers that will be told in another blog. Andrea had seen her perform before at the Lisner. She even had her own story to tell from that - involving t-shirt swapping. But that is her story to tell.
So, the lights went down and the experience began. New songs - none of my favorites from back in the day (a tiny disappointment) but off we went. My favorite song was one about a dog, a buzzard, 9/11 and shifting perspectives. It was magical - as I had expected and I loved every moment of it. Thank you Laurie for the stories you tell and the way you tell them!
Wednesday, November 5, 2014