one story from the grave ” The Greatest Pitcher you’ve Never Heard Of”

one story from the grave ” The Greatest Pitcher you’ve Never Heard Of”.

 
http://www.thepostgame.com/features/201103/greatest-pitcher-youve-never-heard
 

The Greatest Pitcher You’ve Never Heard Of

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Japans cemetery loyalty card concept to earn first iso9001 rating for a cemetery

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 here is a unique idea to increase cemetery visitations.

Japan’s cemetery loyalty card

Frequent visitors to Makuhari Cemetery are to be rewarded with free flowers, incense and other graveyard goods under a new loyalty points scheme

Read more: Japan’s cemetery loyalty card | CNNGo.com http://www.cnngo.com/tokyo/visit/taking-it-grave-japans-first-loyalty-point-card-departed-937574#ixzz1FvHzG1mp

 

With such systems in place, the Makuhari Cemetery is headed for an ISO9001 certification by March, making it the first Japanese Cemetery to achieve such recognition for quality of its management and services

Read more: Japan’s cemetery loyalty card | CNNGo.com http://www.cnngo.com/tokyo/visit/taking-it-grave-japans-first-loyalty-point-card-departed-937574#ixzz1FvIDRJC1

Paranormal Investigator Makes News with live sex demonstration of Fucksaw at Northwestern University

Paranormal Investigator Makes News with live sex demonstration of Fucksaw at Northwestern University.

Good Morning everyone and TGIF, today I have a story that to me is stranger than fiction in alot of ways. My first blog article when I switched the blog over to my own website had a man caught on camera naked in a cemetery claiming to be hunting for ghosts and that his bare skin was the best canvas on which to catch said spirits. At that time I said that their are just some things you need to avoid doing when you are trying to be reputable in this field and to avoid bringing bad press onto yourself and the paranormal community. This news story today also falls into that catagory in my mind. What do you think?

 
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-03-03/the-story-behind-northwestern-universitys-live-sex-class/
 

Northwestern University’s Live Sex Class, Demonstration by Ken Melvoin-Berg, psychic detective and paranormal investigator  and co-owner of the Wierd Chicago tour company

 the daily beast
 
A psychology professor did what?! The story behind the Illinois university’s strange sex demonstration.
  
It was bizarre, say students—even for a professor who gets off (excuse the pun) on controversy. On Feb. 21, after a lecture on sexual arousal, students in Northwestern University psychology Professor J. Michael Bailey’s human-sexuality course were given the option to stay for a guest presentation. Most were used to these sessions: With topics like “The Gay Guys Panel” (gay men talking about their sex lives) and Q&A sessions with transgender performers, the optional add-ons were part of what made Bailey’s class one of the most popular on campus.
 
But this particular lecture was, shall we say, different. Led by Ken Melvoin-Berg whose website describes him as a “psychic detective and ghost hunter,” it was called “Networking for Kinky People,” and began with a towel placed neatly on the auditorium stage. Next, a woman took her clothes off, and—with an audience of around 100—lay down on her back, legs spread. As students moved forward from the theater’s back seats, for a closer view, “The girl grabbed the mic,” says Sean Lavery, a Northwestern freshman. “She explained that she had a fetish for being watched by large crowds while having an orgasm.”
No, the girl involved was not a student. Yes, she was over 21, we’re told—and the guy stimulating her was introduced as her boyfriend. “It was a committed couple who did the demonstration, and it happened at the end of the class,” says Ken Melvoin-Berg, the guest speaker, who helps operate a tour company called Weird Chicago that offers sex tours.
We’ll spare you the gory details—but let’s just say they involved the woman’s boyfriend bringing her to climax on stage, using a contraption called a “fucksaw,” and plenty of gasps, not just from flabbergasted students. “I was gauging everyone’s reaction,” says Lavery, who’s been in Bailey’s class since January. “I think everyone was just like, ‘Is she really doing this right now?’”
 
The demonstration, as you can imagine, has become the talk of campus—a story that will undoubtedly become fable for subsequent classes of incoming freshman. It will also certainly become a rallying cry for sex-education critics, and parents of fresh-faced 18 year olds for whom Northwestern is suddenly at the top of their college wish lists. With the story first reported in Northwestern’s campus paper, The Daily, on Tuesday, it’s safe to say that the influx of criticism has only just begun.
But Bailey, for his part, has never shied away from controversy. His 2003 book, The Man Who Would Be Queen, ruffled feathers with its argument that some transgender men who wish to become women are driven by erotic fascination rather than biological desire; Bailey has said himself that he enjoys turning intellectual taboo on its head. But he resigned from his post as the chairman of Northwestern’s psychology department in 2004, shortly after allegations that he had unethically published confidential information about many of his subjects. (The claims were never substantiated, and Bailey has vehemently denied them.) Now a professor of clinical and personality psychology, Bailey is not licensed as a clinical psychologist in Illinois, nor has he been, according to the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
Back on campus, Northwestern is still defending its longtime prof, despite Bailey’s comments in another class, quoted in the student newspaper this week, that “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but watching naked people on stage doing pleasurable things will never hurt you.” “Northwestern University faculty members engage in teaching and research on a wide variety of topics, some of them controversial and at the leading edge of their respective disciplines,” the university’s vice president for university relations, Alan Cubbage, told The Daily Beast in a statement. “The university supports the efforts of its faculty to further the advancement of knowledge.”
Bailey declined to be interviewed for this article, but seems to have gained at least a bit of perspective since his earlier remarks. Late Wednesday, he posted a lengthy explanation of his behavior to the Northwestern faculty site, in which he acknowledges he had “some apprehension” about the display—though more for the personal repercussions than any lack of educational value. “Do I have any regrets? It’s mostly too early to say,” he writes. “I certainly have no regrets concerning Northwestern students, who have demonstrated that they are open-minded grownups rather than fragile children.” Grownups, yes; but also open-minded enough to assess the display for themselves. “I was like, ‘OK, she orgasmed on stage,'” says Lavery, the freshman, who is 18. “What’re we supposed to take away from that?”
Jessica Bennett is a Newsweek senior writer covering society, youth culture and gender. Her special reports, multimedia packages and original Web video have been honored by the New York Press Club, the Newswomen’s Club of New York and GLAAD, among other organizations. Follow her on Twitter.
 
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Welcome to all Paranormal Teams to Promote Yourself

 

UPP Logo

WELCOME  to Paranormal Groups Represent

http://www.flickr.com/groups/paranormalgroupsrepresent/    

This is a group open to any paranormal investigators/teams/groups to come forward and present their team/organisation.

I would like to see everyones colors/symbols and names/Logos here as well as a discription of their teams location and intent. They/you can link/advertise their websites and if they want show off haunted locations and team pics. In addition they can advertise their organisation and events as well as talking about evidence/experiences and if they want displaying any paranormal related pics they want.
I had noticed that although their are groups on flickr with paranormal topics none seem to invite this sort of team oriented get together so I hope everyone will be interested enough in sharing and self promotion to step forward.

In the spirit of cooperation and open mindedness I ask everyone to be resonable and friendly with each other. Many people have different beliefs in the paranormal and spirits and use different techniques in the field hopefully we can learn from each other.

Thanks Marty Myers of Lost and Found Ohio and UPP

www.lostandfoundohio.com   and www.1upp.org

Neglected Graves home to Invisible Dead

Neglected Graves home to Invisible Dead.

Neglected graves home to ‘invisible dead’

By John Sepulvado, CNN Radio
February 26, 2011 11:51 a.m. EST

 

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/02/26/forgotten.graves/index.html?hpt=C1

 Gore, Georgia (CNN) — Duncan Shropshire stops at the edge of the treeline, where the meadow becomes a forest. His yellow linen shirt is misbuttoned and crooked, leaving the bottom of his belly slightly exposed.

His 8-year-old daughter, Mia-Grace, stands a foot or so behind him, wiping her runny nose with the sleeve of her blue sweatshirt. After about a minute, she lets out a sigh of boredom.

Shropshire, 51, clasps his daughter’s hand and begins leading her into the Northwest Georgia forest.

“This is where your ancestors are buried, back here,” Shropshire says. “C’mon, I’ll show you.”

And with a loving tug, Duncan Shropshire shares with his daughter a key piece of their family’s history.

Still holding hands, the pair weaves through the maze of thin pines, stepping over fallen oaks and basketball-sized sinkholes. Mia-Grace stays silent while her father seems singularly focused on moving forward. After five minutes, they reach a large clearing where rows of fist-sized rocks bulge out of the ground.

Each rock sits atop small depressions in the ground.

“You see those humps in the ground?” Shropshire asks.

“Uh-huh,” Mia-Grace replies.

“Those are rows of graves. They’re stacked like spoons here,” Shropshire says. “There was a lot of people here. People of the 1800s are buried here. And I’m trying to keep it in your memory the way granddaddy kept it in mine so it won’t be forgotten.”

The two crouch over a large, flat rock with the words “Lewis Dickson, 4” scratched into it. To the left of the marker is a row of 12 rocks. To the front, there are four other rows of stones, varying in number.

“How long did they bury our kin here?” Mia-Grace asks.

“They started in the early 1800s, baby,” Shropshire answers. “They worked our people to death here. They were slaves. And probably about 1905 is when they stopped burying in this area. Your great-great-great grandfather, a (slave-owning) man named Wesley, he had five children by this slave woman, your great-great-great grandmother. She is buried over here on this side. Her name is Molly.”

Mia-Grace’s light green eyes get big. “I’m worried I might step on them,” she says.

“Oh, baby,” Shropshire says with a laugh, “they’re gone. They’re gone! They’re sleeping right now, waiting for the Lord to come.”

A “rare” and “special” place

The Shropshire gravesite is in the Appalachian foothills outside Gore, Georgia. About 1,000 feet from the clearing is an old, abandoned church on a dusty dirt road. Experts say that if slaves or former slaves are buried at the site, it would be a unique archeological find.

“In Appalachia, it would be extremely rare to have a black or slave graveyard,” explained Ruth Little, co-author of “Sticks and Stones: Three Centuries of North Carolina Gravemarkers.” “The farms in Appalachia were small, and there were fewer slaves.”

Little says slave cemeteries in the area would have been marked with field stones, like the rocks at the site, or wooden stakes that burned down.

“It’s very regional and very local,” Little continued. “I’ve seen on the coastal area with graves marked with seashells.”

Other grave markers used in black burial cites throughout the Southeast include iron pipes, broken dishes, cups, bottles and live cedar trees, according to Chicora Foundation Executive Director Michael Trinkley. He specializes in cemetery preservation.

“The problem with preserving these types of sites is that African-American cemeteries are hard to find,” Trinkley said. “You can think of the people buried there as the invisible dead. And not knowing where they are, or how many there are, makes them susceptible to loss.”

Even if gravesites are recognized, they still might be destroyed for development. Trinkley points to the low country of South Carolina.

“The areas that were used for burial grounds,” Trinkley explained, “those areas were close to water. They were considered waste areas, places where burying slaves wasn’t a significant loss to the planter. Those areas today are among the most sought-after for real estate.”

Officials in Chattooga County, where the site is located, say that they are unaware of any grave sites in the hills near Gore and that the site needs to be registered with the library as a cemetery before it can be considered for protection through local ordinances.

Trinkley and Little both say the potential historical importance of grave sites warrant investigation by local or state officials.

“What if in that grave was your mother or your child?” Trinkley asked. “It’s an issue of respect and an issue of dignity. It’s the last decision society and the individual make together.”

“There aren’t many traceable slave graveyards, and each one is special in it’s own way,” Little added. She says the Shropshire family can point to that spot and say, “This is where we’re from; this is where our roots are.”

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