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The Last Two Letters From A Man Sitting On Death Row

June 27, 2017 | 4 Comments » | Topics: TRUTH |

Death row inmates deal with their demons in different ways. Some clutch their faith. Others draw or paint or read voraciously. William Van Poyck chose to write. He published three books, wrote his own appeals and penned long letters to his sister, Lisa. In 2005, Lisa began publishing her brother’s letters on a blog called “Death Row Diary.” Some of the more powerful entries are the last ones, after Van Poyck’s death warrant was signed and he learned the date that he would die. Here are his last two letters to his sister.

 

June 3, 2013

Dear Sis~

Ten days ’till departure time. You already know that they killed my neighbor, Elmer, 5 days ago. Then they moved me into his cell. After they execute someone they move the rest of us down one cell, working our way to cell#1, the launching pad to the gurney next door.  This is a bad luck cell; very few of us get out of here alive!  In two days I’ll go onto Phase II and they’ll move all  my property from my cell, and post a guard in front of my cell 24/7 to record everything I do. These will be hectic days, freighted with emotion, all the final letters, all the final phone calls, final visits, final goodbyes.  Things have become even more regimented as “established procedures” increasingly take over. More cell front visits from high ranking administration and DOC officials asking if everything is O.K., forms to fill out (cremation or burial?).  I declined the offer of a “last meal”. I’m not interested in participating in that time-worn ritual, to feed some reporter’s breathless post-execution account. Besides, material gratification will be the last thing on my mind as I prepare to cross over to the non-material planes. Watching Elmer go through his final days really drove home how ritualized this whole process has become; the ritual aspect perhaps brings some numbing comfort – or sense of purpose – to those not really comfortable with this whole killing people scheme.  This is akin to participating in a play where the participants step to a rote cadence, acting out their parts in the script, with nobody pausing to question the underlying premise.  It’s like a Twilight Zone episode where you want to grab someone, shake them hard, and yell “Hey, wake up! Don’t you know what’s going on here?!!!”  

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11 People Reveal What Life Is Like Under Sharia Law

June 26, 2017 | 5 Comments » | Topics: Hall Of Fame, TRUTH |

1. I lived in Saudi Arabia most of my life. Not Saudi myself, and am a woman and left Islam. I hate that place with a passion.

I had to wear a headscarf at the age of nine, lived a segregated life style and in fear of half of the population. I was deprived of my own childhood, and the moment I started wearing a headscarf was the moment I stopped going outside to play because other kids and local imams and religious police would give me shit when they saw a girl in a headscarf at the playground or in the street rollerblading. That’s also when my depression started.

I had to have my male guardian’s permission to get an education, get a job and even get paid for my job. For my BA I wanted to major in graphic design, which wasn’t available in Saudi Arabia. I told my parents that I wanted to go study abroad where my brother was. My papers were ready for submission, but my father went ahead and got me admitted into a public university while I was prepared to study abroad. Neither my permission nor presence were needed. I was at least luckier than two of my friends whose parents didn’t allow to go to uni and forced them to marry men twice their age.

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Confessions Of A 58-Year-Old Virgin

June 20, 2017 | 10 Comments » | Topics: TRUTH |

So, when you say you’re a virgin, how do you define that? Have you engaged in any sexual acts at all?
Nothing whatsoever, with anybody. I gave a girl a kiss on the lips when I was a kid, but it wasn’t a make-out or anything. That was before adolescence; those hormones and desires hadn’t kicked in. 

The last, and the only, time you kissed a girl was nearly 50 years ago.
Yes. 

What was your childhood like?
My father was very abusive. He was always telling me I was useless and would never amount to anything. Once I was in my grandfather’s plane at 12,000 feet and my dad was yelling such terrible things that I tried to open the door and jump out. 

Was he like that with your mother, too?
Yes, he subjected her to physical and emotional abuse. She was a homemaker and couldn’t drive because she had a lot of neurosis. My dad was a construction supervisor and didn’t stop bossing people around when was done with work. He was in the war and, according to my grandmother, he was one of the only survivors on a ship of 250 people that blew up. She says that’s when he snapped — he had to be taken home in chains. Apparently he was a nice person before that. 

Did you have siblings?
I have a much older brother and there was a baby boy who passed away before I was born. He was crying, as infants do, and my dad made mom take the crib outside in the rain and leave him there until he stopped. My dad refused to take him to the hospital and he was dead by the time the ambulance arrived. 

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How To Survive A South African Prison

June 15, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: TRUTH |

Before being sentenced you will probably be in a holding cell with some numbers. In the morning they will ask everyone to stand in a circle while the highest ranking number stands in the middle. They will recite a story making his rank official (you won’t know wtf), then they will go around asking everyone if they are a number, which you will have to prove by reciting your specific number’s story. If you are not part of the numbers, you will be “skud”, meaning they will take anything of value from you. Don’t fight it or they will kick your ass.

After sentencing and you are on your way to proper jail, in the back of the transport van they will throw something to you on the floor, money, smokes, etc and tell you to put it up your ass. If you do you will forever be a bitch mule and will be doing that every time you go to court and back, also your chances of being raped go up considerably. So don’t do it. No matter how much pressure they put on you. Even if they threaten violence, don’t do it.

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6 People Share Their Mind-Blowing Experiences While On The Psychedelic DMT

June 8, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: TRUTH |

1. The other side was like a rollercoaster ride. I had no choice but to sit back and be carried away as things unfolded in front of me. I — or, my essence, my consciousness — was just floating in space, detached from existence, not fighting anything, not trying to direct anything. It was like I was being given a spiritual tour of this parallel world. 

The first thing that I remember is the imagery. The infinitely intricate, breathtakingly complex geometric images that I saw were indescribably beautiful. One pattern after another, in split seconds, unfolded. Dozens of them. They unfolded or melted away as quickly as they appeared. Glowing rainbow colors — everything had an aura. It turned blue, green, yellow, hot pink, light orange — unfathomably beautiful. And they kept coming and coming and coming — It is simply astonishing that the mind is capable of such things. 

Then, it’s like I’m in space — pitch-black darkness, but with hundreds of glowing, rainbow stars in the background, shining beautifully. And I go past these holographic, glowing blue floors — and then I saw — them. They could be described as aliens or elves — aliens, since I had the feeling of being in outer space; elves, because of their elongated ears. They were very thin, but not emaciated — everything was proportional. Their bodies were comprised of triangular shapes, and were glowing blue, too, although they also had an aura. 

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8 Martial Arts That Will Get You Killed In Real Life

June 7, 2017 | 6 Comments » | Topics: TRUTH |

by Richard Power

Which martial art is the best for street self defense? This question has been around since the beginning of time and is always highly debated.

Every martial art has something to offer but no martial art can stand on its own. Maybe an Aikido move will work against a drunk, untrained jerk at a bar but it won’t work against an 240lb athletic linebacker-esque attacker, generally speaking.

The main problem in a lot of traditional and exotic martial arts is that they don’t practice against real resistance but claim their techniques will work during a real life scenario. It makes little sense logically. If one never practices against real resistance, how do you know it works against real resistance?

Ultimately, it’s about the practitioner, not the actual art itself. However, if you’ve been practicing a particular ineffective art for long enough, those moves become automatic. And if the automatic moves are not effective, you’re gonna have a bad time in a real self-defense situation.

Let’s take a look at 10 martial arts that would probably get you killed in a real life self defense situation.

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Artist Perfectly Captures The Flaws Of Our Society In A Series Of Illustrations

June 7, 2017 | 3 Comments » | Topics: TRUTH |

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Hopefully You Won’t Need This: A Comprehensive Guide To Prison Life

June 5, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: TRUTH |

Prison Vs. Jail

In the State of New Jersey, if you are convicted of a crime that comes with jail time, you will

either serve that time in the county jail (in the county the charges were brought up in, not necessarily your county of residence), or a State facility. The difference basically comes down to how much time you’ve been sentenced to.

Anything less than 365 days will be served in the county jail. Anything 365 days or more will be served in a State facility. A lot of times, I see people confusing “jail,” and “prison.” This is the difference (at least in NJ).

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