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Torture: Crocodile Shears

The crocodile shears were a torture instrument usually reserved for men. These shears were made of metal, and operated very similarly to pincers. The insides of the blades/mouth were lined with smaller spikes. After being heated, the crocodile shears were applied to the victim’s penis, which was then ripped from his body. This instrument is said to have been used primarily on men who attempted to assassinate the king.

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Torture: Strappado

Because not all torture methods ended in death and dismemberment 

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A form of torture wherein the victim’s hands are tied behind their back with rope. The rope is then passed over a pulley and they are left to hang up by the wrists. The are two common variations of this device. In the first, the victim was released at intervals only to be stopped suddenly in mid-air, thus increasing the intensity of the torture. The other, is the application of weights added to the ankles of the victim, once again, with the purpose of increasing the intensity of the torture.

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If you look closely at this woman, there is a weight attached to one leg, while the other let is twisted behind her head with her wrists.

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Torture: Spanish Donkey

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The Spanish Donkey, also known as the Wooden Horse (and possibly the Morgan’s Mule used on Confederate prisoners during the Civil War) is said to have been used primarily during the Spanish Inquisition. As pictured, it had a triangular wooden shape, pointing upward, and is mounted on horse-leg like support poles. The upward point was sharpened to to a razor-like point for maximum discomfort.

The victim was then made to sit on the the main board as if riding a horse, and various weights were attached to his or her feet, to increase the agony and prevent the victim from falling off. This would cause anything from severe abrasions leading to slow bleeding all the way to cutting of the genitals into the abdomen, depending on the amount of weigh added.

A less harmful variation of this device called a Wooden Pony is still used today in BDSM play.

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Tomyris

Tomyris, The Female Ruler Who Killed Cyrus the Great

 

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Tomyris was a widowed queen who ruled over a nomadic tribe called the Massagetae near modern day Kazakhstan around the sixth century B.C. They were a warrior tribe notable for their battle skills and cannibalistic tendencies (they had an honored ritual of sacrificing their elderly and eating them).

Unfortunately not much is known about her and her peoples. Most of what we know about Tomyris and her people centers around one military conflict and comes from the writings of Herodotus. Massagetae are said to be a branch of the Scythians and mirrored their dress and lifestyle (Scythians are considered the Greek inspiration for Amazons). They fought both on horseback and on foot, they used bows and lances (from horseback) and seemed to favor the battle ax. 

The following is what Herodotus had to say about Massagetae life at this time.

“The following are some of their customs; – Each man has but one wife, yet all the wives are held in common; for this is a custom of the Massagetae and not of the Scythians, as the Greeks wrongly say. Human life does not come to its natural close with this people; but when a man grows very old, all his kinsfolk collect together and offer him up in sacrifice; offering at the same time some cattle also. After the sacrifice they boil the flesh and feast on it; and those who thus end their days are reckoned the happiest. If a man dies of disease they do not eat him, but bury him in the ground, bewailing his ill-fortune that he did not come to be sacrificed. They sow no grain, but live on their herds, and on fish, of which there is great plenty in the Araxes River. Milk is what they chiefly drink. The only god they worship is the sun, and to him they offer the horse in sacrifice; under the notion of giving to the swiftest of the gods the swiftest of all mortal creatures.”

Herodotus goes on to tell us that Spargapises, the son of Tomyris, was the head of his mother’s army and during battles mother and son fought side by side, and thus, managed to subdue nearly all the surrounding nomad tribes. But around 529 B.C. Cyrus the Great looked towards the neighboring Massagetae as the next target of his ever reaching Persian expansion. At first, Cyrus proposed marriage to Tomyris, and after she rejected him, he declared war.

Cyrus then began his invasion of the Massagetae territory by building bridges and war towers along his side of the river Jaxartes to take the territory by force. Tomyris sent him a warning to cease his encroachment and challenged him to meet her in honorable warfare, inviting him to a nearby location where their two armies would formally engage each other. He accepted her offer, but upon learning that the Massagetae were not familiar with wine and it’s effects, he decided to leave with his best warriors, leaving behind his least capable soldiers to do battle and a banquet with a rich supply of wine. After slaughtering all the remaining soldiers, the Massagetae warriors led by Tomyris’s son Spargapises partook in this feast and drunk themselves into a stupor. Seeing the enemy had fallen for the trap, the Persians then returned to the camp and slaughtered the Massagetae. Spargapises managed to avoid being killed, but was captured and take hostage. Upon hearing this, Tomryis sent another message to Cyrus saying

“Cyrus who can never get enough blood, do not be elated by what you have done; it is nothing to be proud of if, by the fruit of the vine—with which you Persians fill yourselves and rage so violently that evil words rise in a flood to your lips when the wine enters your bodies—if, by tricking him with this drug, you got the better of my son, and not by force of arms in battle. Now, then, take a word of good advice from me: give me back my son and leave this country unpunished, even though you have savaged a third of the Massagetae army. But if you will not, then I swear to you by the sun, lord of the Massagetae, that I shall give even you who can never get enough of it your fill of blood.”

Cyrus the Great, chose to ignore this warning. Upon sobering, Spargapises committed suicide in shame, further enraging Tomyris. According to Herodotus, Spargagises actually convinced Cyrus to remove his bonds, thus allowing him to commit suicide while in captivity.

Tomyris then lead a second wave of troops into battle herself against the Persians and it is here that Cyrus the Great was ultimately killed. His forces suffered massive casualties in what Herodotus referred to as the fiercest battle of Non-Greeks in the ancient world. He describes it thus:

“The greater part of the army of the Persians was destroyed and Cyrus himself fell, after reigning nine and twenty years. Search was made among the slain by order of the queen for the body of Cyrus, and when it was found she took a skin, and, filling it full of human blood, she dipped the head of Cyrus in the gore, saying, as she thus insulted the corpse, “I live and have conquered you in fight, and yet by you am I ruined, for you took my son with guile; but thus I make good my threat, and give you your fill of blood.”

 

Of course there are other accounts for the death of Cyrus, but this is the most commonly accepted.

 

 

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Psychotronic Weapons: Congress Bill H.R.2977

H.R.2977 – Space Preservation Act of 2001

Introduced by: Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich on 10/02/2001

Summary of the Bill:

Space Preservation Act of 2001 – Reaffirms U.S. policy that activities in space should be devoted to peaceful purposes.

Directs the President to: (1) ban U.S. space-based weapons and remove from space any existing U.S. weapons; (2) terminate research and development, testing, manufacturing, production, and deployment of all such weapons; and (3) direct the U.S. representatives to the United Nations and other international organizations to work toward negotiating, adopting, and implementing a world agreement banning space-based weapons.

Excerpts of note:

Section 7: Definitions of terms

(2)(A)(ii) Inflicting death or injury on, or damaging or destroying, a person (or the biological life, bodily health, mental health, or physical and economic well-
being of a person)

(I) through the use of any of the means described in clause (i) or subparagraph (B);

(II) through the use of land-based, sea-based, or space-based systems using radiation, electromagnetic, psychotronic, sonic, laser, or other energies directed at individual persons or targeted populations for the purpose of information war, mood management, or mind control of such persons or populations; or

(III) by expelling chemical or biological agents in the vicinity of a person.

(2)(B) Such terms include exotic weapons systems such as–

(i) electronic, psychotronic, or information weapons;

(ii) chemtrails;

(iii) high altitude ultra low frequency weapons systems;

(iv) plasma, electromagnetic, sonic, or ultrasonic weapons;

(v) laser weapons systems;

(vi) strategic, theater, tactical, or extraterrestrial weapons; and

(vii) chemical, biological, environmental, climate, or tectonic weapons.

Current status of the Bill: N/A

Last action: Bill received “Unfavorable Executive Comment” from Department of Defense on 04/19/2002

 

You can read the full bill here

 

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Psychotronic Weapons: Study of Electromagnetic Radiation on the Brain

Abstract from Experiment:

AIM:

The aim of this study is to determine the structural changes of electromagnetic waves in the frontal cortex, brain stem and cerebellum.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

24 Wistar Albino adult male rats were randomly divided into four groups: group I consisted of control rats, and groups II-IV comprised electromagnetically irradiated (EMR) with 900, 1800 and 2450 MHz. The heads of the rats were exposed to 900, 1800 and 2450 MHz microwaves irradiation for 1h per day for 2 months.

RESULTS:

While the histopathological changes in the frontal cortex and brain stem were normal in the control group, there were severe degenerative changes, shrunken cytoplasm and extensively dark pyknotic nuclei in the EMR groups. Biochemical analysis demonstrated that the Total Antioxidative Capacity level was significantly decreased in the EMR groups and also Total Oxidative Capacity and Oxidative Stress Index levels were significantly increased in the frontal cortex, brain stem and cerebellum. IL-1β level was significantly increased in the EMR groups in the brain stem.

CONCLUSION:

EMR causes to structural changes in the frontal cortex, brain stem and cerebellum and impair the oxidative stress and inflammatory cytokine system. This deterioration can cause to disease including loss of these areas function and cancer development.

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Lilith: The First Wife

The tale most people associate with Lilith, is that of Adam’s first wife, which stems from Jewish mythology, developed earliest in the Babylonian Talmud. Lilith is one of the oldest known female spirits of the world. Her roots come from the famous Epic of Gilgamesh and earlier civilizations such as the Hittites, Greeks, Egyptians, etc. where Lilith is a dangerous demon of the night, or night goddess. Ultimately, she will take on the attributes of a sexual wanton and succubus who steals and murders babies in the darkness.

If you read my previous post about the first humans, then you will know of the discrepancy in the Torah and Bible regarding who the first humans are. Many ancient rabbis theorized about a “First Eve” to explain this discrepancy. Eventually this idea of a “First Eve” was combined with legends of female “lillu” demons, who were believed to stalk men in their sleep and prey upon women and children.

In the Babylonian Talmud, Lilith was described as a dark spirit with an uncontrollable and dangerous sexuality. She is said to have fertilized herself with stolen male sperm to create demons. She is believed to be the mother of hundreds of demons, but has not been identified as Adam’s wife. Some of these descriptions include:

  • “If an abortion had the likeness of Lilith its mother is unclean by reason of the birth, for it is a child, but it has wings.” (Lilith is believed to be winged, which may explain some of her association with owls/ night birds. 
  • Shabbat 151b  warns that a man should not sleep alone in a house or Lilith will steel his sperm and use the semen she collected to give birth to hundreds of demons.
  • Lilith also appears in Baba Bathra 73a-b, where a sighting of her son is described,
  • Erubin 100b, where the rabbis discuss Lilith’s long hair (in relation to Eve?)

The only mention of Lilith by name in the Bible is Isaiah 34:14: “And desert creatures will meet with hyenas, and goat-demons will call out to each other. There also Liliths will settle, and find for themselves a resting place. “

However the primary story of Lilith comes from a satirical work titled the Alphabet of Ben Sirathe, dated around the ninth or tenth century. A summary of this version of Lilith’s tale is below:

When the first man, Adam, saw that he was alone, God made for him a woman like himself, from the earth. God called her name Lilith, and brought her to Adam. They immediately began to quarrel. Adam said: “You lie beneath me.” And Lilith said: “You lie beneath me! We are both equal, for both of us are from the earth.” And they would not listen to one another.

As soon as Lilith saw this, she uttered the Divine name and flew up into the air and fled. Adam began to pray before his Creator, saying: “Master of the universe, the woman that you gave me has fled.” God sent three angels and said to them: “Go bring back Lilith. If she wants to come, she shall come, and if she does not want to come, do not bring her against her will.

The three angels went and found her in the sea at the place where the Egyptians were destined to drown. There they grabbed her and said to her: “If you will go with us,well and good, but if not, we will drown you in the sea.”

Lilith said to them:”My friends, I know God only created me to weaken infants when they are eight days old. From the day a child is born until the eighth day, I have dominion over the child, and from the eighth day onward I have no dominion over him if he is a boy, but if a girl, I rule over her twelve days.”

They said: “We won’t let you go until you accept upon yourself that each day one hundred of your children will die.” And she accepted it. That is why one hundred demons die every day. They would not leave her alone until she swore to them:”In any place that I see you or your names in an amulet, I will have no dominion over that child.” They left her. And she is Lilith, who weakens the children of men….

Alphabet of Ben Sira 23a-b

This version of Lilith’s tale quickly spread to other works, such as The Zohar and the Kabbalah, which adds that Lilith is not only as the first wife of Adam but also as the wife of Satan.

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