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Don’t Ever Tell (The Truth)

This is fascinating!

Do you remember the movie Magdalene Sisters

based on real events that took place in Ireland from the 1960s until 1996 when an estimated 30,000 young women, considered by their families to have committed sexual sins, were sent away from their homes to earn penitence working in profit-making laundries run by the Sisters of Magdalene Order.

Well, Grumpy Old Bookman wrote about a book titled Don’t Ever Tell written by Kathy O’Beirne.

O’Beirne’s book is an autobiography, and it describes how she was beaten by her father and sexually abused by two boys from the age of 5 before being sent away to an institution. She claims that at the age of 10 she was repeatedly raped by a priest and whipped by nuns. Later she was forced to take drugs in a mental institution.

Much like another book recommended by Oprah, James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces, this author claims the book to be non-fiction. It was published in June of 2006, a month after Frey’s, and the publisher Mainstream Publishing believes it to be a work of non-fiction. Only problem is, the girl’s family says it’s all a lie.

In the book, O’Beirne says that she suffered abuse during nearly 14 years spent in Magdalene laundries — institutions for ‘fallen women’ run by religious orders. Mary O’Beirne said: ‘Our sister was not in a Magdalene laundry, or Magdalene home; she was in St Anne’s children’s home, Kilmacud, St Loman’s psychiatric hospital, Mountjoy prison and Sherrard House for homeless people. Our parents placed her in St Anne’s for a brief period when she was 11 because of ongoing behavioural difficulties.’ She spent six weeks there.She added that between 1968 and 1970, when O’Beirne claims to have suffered the worst of the abuse, she was in fact staying with them….

‘Our sister, to our knowledge, was not raped by two priests, and did not receive an out-of-court settlement for the same. There is not a shred of evidence to support such outlandish claims.’

Now, Grumpy Old Bookman reports that O’Beirne’s brothers and sisters took a lie-detector test and passed; Kathy refused to take it.

If it’s too bad to be good, it probably isn’t!

1.7 in Maupin

map 1.7 2007/06/26 01:49:45 45.119N 120.938W 17.8 13 km ( 8 mi) ESE of Maupin, OR


The ATM Is 40 years Old

Remember that TV ad of the native boy yelling to struggling tourists, “ATM! ATM!” At first I wasn’t sure what the boy was saying. It soon became clear that he was saying salvation is near. We have an ATM.

Digital Money Forum tells us that 2007 is the 40th anniversary of the ATM. What’s the future look like to the inventor, John Shepherd-Baron, the former De La Rue executive credited with inventing the machine?

He “now believes that the ubiquitous ATM will be made redundant within the next three to five years by the demise of paper cash”.

He also predicts that we will soon be swiping our mobile phones at till points, even for small transactions, as hard cash is eventually consigned to the dustbin.


Iranian forces crossed Iraqi border

Breitbart is quoting the Sun

Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces have been spotted by British troops crossing the border into southern Iraq, The Sun tabloid reported on Tuesday.An unidentified intelligence source told the tabloid: “It is an extremely alarming development and raises the stakes considerably. In effect, it means we are in a full on war with Iran — but nobody has officially declared it.”


It’s Hot in Greece and Lake Tahoe

I want to be the first! Someone is sure to blame Global Warming for the heatwave in Greece:

A heatwave has claimed two lives in Greece and killed six more people in Romania as temperatures soared to 46 degrees Celsius (114.8 Fahrenheit) in parts of southeast Europe.Greece, which has seen some of the highest temperatures, is set to record its hottest ever June (emphasis added).

While we’re at it Tahoe may claim hottest ever June:

Naw, just kidding. That’s a wind whipped fire in the Lake Tahoe region..

As of 6:30 a.m., there were 2,500 acres scorched, more than 220 homes destroyed and more than 1,000 families evacuated…

Lake Tahoe

“Claim That Sea Level Is Rising Is A Total Fraud”

So says Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner!

Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner is the head of the Paleogeophysics and Geodynamics department at Stockholm University in Sweden. He is past president (1999-2003) of the INQUA Commission on Sea Level Changes and Coastal Evolution, and leader of the Maldives Sea Level Project. Dr. Mörner has been studying the sea level and its effects on coastal areas for some 35 years.

From 1850 to 1930-40 the sea level was rising, and that rise had a rate of 1.1 millimeter per year.

That ended in 1940, and there had been no rise until 1970

Since then there is no trend! Isn’t that interesting and look at how much CO2 has spewed into the atmosphere. How about that IPCC report?

I have been the expert reviewer for the IPCC, both in 2000 and last year. The first time I read it, I was exceptionally surprised. First of all, it had 22 authors, but none of them— none—were sea-level specialists.

Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner says there are all sorts of problems with the methodology in the IPCC report and repeats “rising levels from 1850 to 1940” and since 1970 absolutely no trend. Sea levels are stable!

Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner

OSU 9, NCU 3 – Final Finally

By now you know that OSU won the baseball game yesterday 9-3 and won their second CWS championship in as many years, a feat that few colleges have accomplished.

I watched the game with family celebrating my brother-in-laws 50th birthday. We are all OSU fans and cheered when OSU came back in the second inning with a home run to put the Beavers ahead. We cheered when Carigan, the closer from NCU, came in to pitch in the second inning. We knew they were deep into their pitching rotation. We cheered every time Darwin Barney smiled, or when Erin Andrews came on camera, and we leaped to our feet when NCU was thrown out at home plate.

We cheered for Coach Casey! The difference between Casey and opposing coaches was glaring. Never have I seen so many coaches out coached by Casey and his team of coaches. So much has been written about this Beaver baseball team and the fact that only two players returned from last years Champions; not much about most of the team returning next year. How do you top what we just saw? How about Three-Peat?

Oregon State Beavers

Fear! What Is It Good For?

Oregon’s Most Influential Political blogs is out and I see that my favorite blog, Mover Mike, has slipped to 11th. Fame is so fleeting.

I checked in with #7 – Pacific Views and saw Mary posted about fear, Fear is the Mindkiller. She quotes The Bene Gesserit Littainy against Fear, Pg 19 of Dune by Frank Herbert:

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

I agree with the sentiment. More succinct is: Feel the fear and do it anyway by Susan Jeffers.

From this quote about fear Mary makes a leap to the Neocons:

The conservatives generally, evidently including members of the top military brass, seem to be driven by a primitive fear not of attack or physical violence, but of humiliation. (Emphasis added) This is what makes them tick and it’s the essence of what’s gone wrong since 9/11.

First I’ve heard of this theory. Let’s say you are about to be attacked by a rattlesnake, you experience fear at the thought of attack, but is it of humiliation? No and hell no!

You sense survival is at stake and launch an attack on the snake before it can attack. Sure if you had the option, you’d walk around it.

Oh, I get it. There is humiliation involved. If my buddies were with me I would be humiliated if I let the snake attack me and didn’t try to defend myself. Can you imagine them standing around laughing and saying, “You let a little bitty rattlesnake attack and bite you and kill you and didn’t lift a finger, What a dip!”

Humiliation is not the first or second thought in my mind when confronted by a snake. My first thoughts are where’s my gun and can I shoot the snake before it kills me?

Mary then argues with political science by quoting

It is not power that corrupts but fear.

No, Mary, it’s power that corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Much of the left’s hatred of George Bush, it seems to me, comes from it’s limp-wristed response to an enemy that would wipe us all out by whatever means at its disposal.


Tropical Cyclone Gonu, Follow-up

Remember Gonu? The Muscatis native of Muscat, has an after storm report on the destruction and loss of lives. He also wonders if this was such a rare event, because he’s hearing rumors of another storm. Stay tuned!

1.2 in Fairview

Hey, that’s pretty close!

map 1.1 2007/06/23 08:48:30 45.558N 122.456W 10.0 2 km ( 1 mi) NW of Fairview, OR

map 1.2 2007/06/22 19:10:29 45.562N 122.420W 1.6 3 km ( 2 mi) NE of Fairview, OR

Fairview, OR


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