Psychic Sylvia Brown tells mom that Amanda Berry is dead

Psychic, Sylvia Browne, a frequent of the Montel Williams, claimed that Amanda Berry was dead… to her mother. Clearly, this prediction was incorrect as she was found alive Monday along with two other girls: Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight. After being confined to their kidnappers basement for nearly a decade, Amanda Berry decided enough was enough, and escaped with the help of a neighbor. In 2004, the year following Berry’s disappearance, her distraught mother appeared on “The Montel Williams” show, to be told by Sylvia Browne that her daughter was “in heaven and on the other side” and that her last words were “goodbye, mom, I love you”. Amanda Berry’s mother, Louwana Miller,  truly believed Sylvia that her daughter had passed, only to die a year later after appearing on the show due to heart failure. As a result of Sylvia’s accusation, she has come under scrutiny–and not for the first time. Comments on her Facebook page read, “Sylvia is a con artist and commits fraud for financial gain”. However, as many people believe in mediums and their ability to speak to dead, Browne’s business will keep on booming–she charges $850 for a phone psychic reading, but it has currently been discounted to $550…I wonder why. As a skeptic myself of this practice, I cannot believe people pay that much for a PHONE conversation with someone who they have never met that claims to be a spiritual guide and psychic–not to mention has been proven wrong time and time again. Does anyone else see this as a HUGE scam?

 

Jodi Arias: Twitter, etc

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(source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/04/11/jodi-arias-reportedly-tweeting-from-behind-bars/)

In 2008, Jodi Arias admitted that she killed her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in self-defense. Some sources report that Alexander was abusive, and that Arias’ crime was not premeditated, while others say the exact reverse. Regardless, Alexander’s corpse was a grisly spectacle when it was found; a shot to the face, with 20 stab wounds, and a slit throat from ear to ear.

Their relationship was actually more of an affair that culminated in extreme jealousy on Arias’ part. Arias apparently converted to Mormonism, Alexander’s faith, but he still broke up with her and dated other women. Friends of Travis Alexander report that Arias took up stalking and slashed his tires.

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(source: http://www.hlntv.com/article/2013/02/13/arias-sentencing)

The most recent news is that she has finally been declared guilty of first-degree murder. She is currently on suicide watch due to comments she made that displayed her wish for a quick death (death sentence), as opposed to a prolonged one (life imprisonment).

Interestingly enough, Arias is stated to only follow 14 followers on Twitter. Amongst them is famous comedian, Kathy Griffin, who speaks her thoughts on the matter in this video. In the video, Griffin seems somewhat amused/surprised that Arias/her representative is tweeting from the prison.

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Eun

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(source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/03/01/state-department-no-position-on-dennis-rodmans-north-korea-trip/)

NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is making headlines, not for anything solely basketball-related, but for diplomacy. On his twitter, he publicly called on Kim Jong Eun to release US citizen Kenneth Bae, who, just last month, was sentenced to 15 years hard labor by the North Korean government.

Here is the tweet…

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(source: https://twitter.com/dennisrodman/status/331826019747127297)

Rodman has been praised for his efforts of fostering a friendly relationship with the young dictator of the often unstable North Korea. Using their mutual love of basketball, they became quick friends when Rodman initially visited during February.

He and Globetrotters Bull Bullard, Buckets Blakes and Moose Weekes made the trip, and spent time in the isolated country. They apparently watched (Rodman)/participated (Globetrotters) in an exhibition match that was held in Pyongyang. Overall, this visit was especially beneficial due to ever-increased tensions between North Korea and the US due to the former’s continuing involvement with its nuclear program.

 

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(source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/01/sports/basketball/dennis-rodman-meets-north-korean-leader.html)

Rodman is not an official diplomat and also does not consider himself a politician. Still, his amiable relations with North Korea may have a chance at releasing Kenneth Bae. Hopefully Kim Jong Eun will find a means to reply to Rodman’s message.

Charles Ramsey: Hero

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(source: http://www.vibe.com/photo-gallery/meet-charles-ramsey-local-hero-becomes-internet-sensation)

If you’ve been keeping up with recent happenings, you would know that a dishwasher in Cleveland has become something of a national hero, his name trending across Twitter, his face featuring in T-shirts, his videos going viral, etc. What exactly is the reason for all this attention? His quick actions of rescuing three young women who all went missing years past, has made him an iconic figure.

He and another man (Angel Cordero) reportedly kicked down the door of their neighbor, kidnapper Ariel Castro’s house, and helped the long-thought missing Amanda Berry, Georgina “Gina” DeJesus and Michelle Knight escape. This was due to the actions of Berry, who screamed for help, and luckily Ramsey was there to hear her calls. After the women were safely out of the house and reunited with their families, Castro was promptly arrested.

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(source: http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/56140/charles-ramsey-national-hero/)

Still, while all the internet memes are in good fun and praising the humble, down-to-eath Ramsey, some people actually do mock him for his first TV appearance: where he was disheveled, and spoke in a colorful manner of speech. But ultimately, Ramsey comes from an impoverished area, and criticizing him is pretty much in very bad taste. Most people are charmed by Ramsey’s very passionate, authentic self, and consider him a folk hero on all social media platforms.

But the media seemingly jumped at the chance to conduct more research on the unlikely hero. Recent news shows that Ramsey, himself, is no stranger to criminals. He apparently was arrested a few times in the past for domestic abuse and other misdemeanors. But Ramsey has never declared himself to be a saint, and even his then wife, Rochelle has been defending him, “Ok so for the record ppl do change and you shouldn’t hold the past against someone,” she wrote Wednesday. “The (main) thing is Charles Ramsey did a good deed and those girls are safe is that not the most important thing?”

The End of the Semester

With the end of the semester finally here, we held our last class meetings over the past two days (Tuesday April 30 and Wednesday May 1).  Here are two group photos.  Here is the Tuesday class:

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and here is the Wednesday class:

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There were a couple of students not present in the Wednesday group.  I would like to thank everyone in the class for a truly wonderful and enjoyable semester!

**** Remember to check the Final Project Blogs page (the tab is located on the left hand side of the screen) on Friday May 10 to see the final project sites. ****