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This Is Your Brain on Horror Movies

Sadly this weekend I was horribly ill. Not-so-sadly I spent the entire weekend on the couch, watching a slightly mind-numbing amount of horror movies. Now that the sniffles have subsided and I feel a bit more myself I have a question: why horror? At my sickest and most vulnerable...why did I reach for some of the most shocking and terrifying material I could get my hands on? Well, this post seeks to answer that question.

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Let's start with a professor's point of view, shall we? Professor Fischoff, professor emeritus of psychology at UCLA says, "We know that, in an hour or two, we’re going to walk out whole,” says Fischoff. “We’re not going to have any holes in our head, and our hearts will still be in our bodies.” If this is true, was I watching horror because my sickness reminded me of my mortality and I needed to see how others death with death? Perhaps the people on screen were somehow more "mortal" than i was because I wasn't dying. They lived and died, I lived and turned on the next movie.

Is there a power move at play when it comes to watching horror movies? Is it a way for us to confront mortality comfortably - approaching death and dying with a can-do attitude? I couldn't run away from a killer or monster, but at least my heart got pounding and I learned a little bit about how to potentially escape a killer. Or, at the very least, I yelled when characters, decidedly ignorant, chose exactly the wrong option...leading to their death.

Benjamin Bailey, a writer for Nerdist, seems to agree. He writes, "Our cultural love of horror is directly related to the reason people get Grim Reaper tattoos or wear t-shirts with skulls on them. We want to show everyone that death is in our control, not the other way around. It’s a way to give order to the universe, to reign in chaos." And, I quite liked this answer. Like I said above, horror movies in particular allow us to deal with death on-screen with a can-do attitude. We often put ourselves in those situations - what would we do? what could the characters have done better? and, even further, thinking about death as meaningful (or, not meaningful) or as an inevitable that isn't necessarily a bad thing...just a plot point.

Bailey continues, "Horror puts a face on something that is otherwise faceless." And, perhaps, when you're sick with some kind of bug or cold or flu...it's nice to put a face on things that are seemingly out of your control. So, I don't think watching horror movies means you want to see blood, guts, and destruction...but that you want to feel in control of the uncontrollable. Perhaps, in my weakened state, I wanted to feel like I could confront something - even if that something was Krampus (a surprisingly good flick - not a lot of CGI and great use of puppets!).

On top of the whole control thing...there's also something called the "catharsis theory" . The Catharsis Theory, when applied to our enjoyment of horror movies, posits we like watching horror movies because we feel better at the end of them. Now, the reasons for feeling 'better' at the end of the movies are all different. For example, sometimes we are happy the "hero" or "protagonist" of the story, someone we likely related to since they were given the most interiority, comes out on top. Other times we may feel vindicated because we "guessed" the ending or a twist, or even that the movie just stuck to the stereotypical plot we expected, thus confirming order in the world. But maybe we're just be happy that the horror is over and that we made it through.

I'd like to hear YOUR thoughts - why do we enjoy horror movies, especially if and when we're stuck on the couch?

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A Fish Out of Water May Not be That Weird

We’ve all heard that old saying, “A fish out of water”. Unusually meant to describe something that makes you feel uncomfortable, completely out of your environment, etc. Though it was previously believed that fish had evolved to survive, at least briefly, on land once or twice it is know believed, thanks to a new study, that they can survive dozens of times. Link

Though the transition between water and land is extreme, it is not necessarily difficult. Well, what does this mean?

Well, it means something else prevent fish from becoming full-time, land-swelling creatures. The authors of the study, published in Evolution in August, ask a fundamental question: “How do species establish themselves in new environments?”

It can be gathered that most species fail to establish themselves in new environments…most of the time. For fish, there are many hurdles to overcome such as breathing, moving, and metabolizing. All of these things, and even more bodily functions, have to be modified in a way that accepts radically increased gravity and seriously decreased wetness.

Authors of the study, Terry Ord and Georgina Cooke of the University of New South Wales, had a few theories, as summarized below.

  • Fish that live in the intertidal zone would be more likely to have contact with land and away from their water due to their twice-daily transformation of the tides. Similarly, fish that live in ponds, puddles, or creeks that shrink and grow face a similar challenge.
  • Fish that live in water that is prone to heating up are known to lave it because warmer water means less oxygen, which leads to suffocating. In these cases, air/land provide some relief.
  • Fish that live on the bottom of their body of water also seem like better candidates for land-dwelling due to the fact that they have certain adaptations that make them more suited to the ground, such as flattened bodies that make walking easier and fins that are limb-like.
  • Since getting around on land is difficult for any fish, it might be easier for those whose diets don’t depend on seeking out mobile prey.

Based on these, they began a deep dive of all fish species that fit the above parameters. They found amphibious behavior in about 130 fish, from 33 different families that reach the oldest and youngest branches of the fish family tree. Many of these 33 families have a great evolutionary chance to transition from water to land.

But let’s get back to the question at hand – why have so few fish pioneered into the terrestrial world, because breathing, walking, and reproducing do not seem to pose huge barriers.

The authors theorize that, at the root of the issue, is staying wet. Fish drying out is the real challenge, especially the desiccation gills. Gills must remain moist in order for a fish to breathe, and without that guaranteed moisture…they’re doomed.

 

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How Constipation and Nostalgia (surprisngly) are Related.

A type of nostalgia has now been linked to pooping. Surprised? We were, too! Medical science doesn’t have one single ideal number for poop frequency - everyone is different, right? However, the general consensus is that anything from 3 times a day to 3 times a week is fine, depending on the person. Additionally, constipation is loosely defined as pooping less than three times in seven days. link

The “behavioral immune system” may be used to help explain the link between nostalgia and constipation. The behavioral immune system is the psychological mechanism that helps us detect and stay away from things that may carry disease, like corpses or bodily fluid. Thus, we’re programmed to be disgusted by feces, and, therefore, keen to get it out of, and away, from our bodies.

Maggie Koerth-Baker, a scientific journalist wrote, that innate sense of disgust has consistently propped up a rotating roster of medical “explanations” for constipation, additionally she's said: The ideas documented in the Ebers Papyrus, which dates to the 16th century B.C., persisted all the way through the 1930s, in the guise of “autointoxication” — accidental self-poisoning that begins in the bowels. Constipation, then, could literally cause any disease, from cancer to schizophrenia. And this emphasis on constipation as the cause of all disease got stronger in the late 19th century, after scientists began to understand the germ theory of disease, Whorton said. Suddenly, there was a scientific explanation for what everybody already thought to be true. Bacteria lived in your poop. Bacteria caused disease. Clearly, the longer your poop sat in your body, the more at risk you were of getting sick."

So, the cause of our constipation is linked to the vagueness of modern life...and a return to older, more wholesome (and decidedly less modern) practices may be the cure.

Overall happiness, too, may be a factor: A 1981 study on the link between personality and pooping habits found that “individuals who describe themselves in more favorable terms tend to produce more frequent stools.” (And people who were “more socially outgoing, more energetic and optimistic, [and] less anxious,” the study found, tended to produce bigger ones.) A bit weird, huh? But it makes you think...when were your happiest times? Were your bowel movements also frequent, happy, and large?

In conclusion, enjoying the present, in other words, may indirectly be a safeguard against constipation and a cure against it would be to move forward and avoid nostalgia when possible.

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Is A.I. Over-hyped?

Earlier this month, Google-DeepMind's AlphaGo AI program took a 2-0 lead in a 5 game match of GO, with Lee Sedol. GO is a game more complex Chess so this win was monumental, in fact, by the end of the month AlphaGo won all games but one. link

Arguments both for and against AI rile up any time a similar match is set up between human and AI. Matrix-like questions about enslavement emerge out of nowhere for some while others dream of some Jetson-like utopia. After the emotions cooled a bit, another argument emerged: Is AI being oversold?

Jaron Lanier, a computer scientist, makes us remember that Sedol wasn't just playing against one AI program. In fact, he was playing against the "aggregate of 30 million moves made during previous games by human players".  Lanier warns against a "premature mystery reduction" in which society, or at least some scientists, pretend that something works when it really doesn't.

Currently, most AI software today is programmed via massive datasets that represent all kinds of human activity. Lanier continues, "We want to pretend that there's this AI behind the curtain that's freestanding. But, actually, there's millions of people there, too.”

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Have You Ever Experienced Reality?

Donald D. Hoffman, a professor of cognitive science at the University of California Irvine, says that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our individual senses. link

You have doubted your senses before, right? For example, the last time you thought you saw something out of the corner of your eye or that cool visual effect of the ballerina spinning counter-clockwise and clockwise. But, overall, we trust our senses.

Dr. Hoffman claims that we have evolution itself to thank for this magnificent, all encompassing illusion of reality. By driving truth to extinction, life becomes all the more easier to live.

He continues his explanation by saying that the human races has been shaped to have perceptions that keep us alive to we must take them seriously. If one sees something that one thinks of as a snake, one doesn't pick it up. These symbols of bad/good, healthy/unhealthy, safe/unsafe have evolved along with us to keep us alive. But just because we take them seriously doesn't mean they should be taken seriously.

But...if snakes aren't snakes and just a symbol for danger...well, then what are snakes?

Professor Hoffman has a succinct answer for this:

"Snakes, like the particles of physics, have no objective, observer-independent features. The snake I see is a description created by my sensory system to inform me of the fitness consequences of my actions. Evolution shapes acceptable solutions, not optimal ones. A snake is an acceptable solution to the problem of telling me how to act in a situation. My snakes and trains are my mental representations; your snakes and trains are your mental representations."

His theory is called "conscious realism". Objective reality is just made up of separate conscious agents, just points of view. His theory of humanity, of life, is a machine theory that is computationally universal. But...Dr. Hoffman doesn't think we're machines. He explains that, as a conscious realist, conscious experiences are the most basic ingredients of the world. Experiences, like a headache or the smell of fresh cut grass, is the ultimate nature of reality.

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Lucid Dreamers Could Unravel the Mystery of Consciousness

Roughly, we spend 6 entire years of our lives dreaming. Although we can be "aware" of what happens in our dreams, we're clearly not conscious in the same way as when we are awake. link

But some people, in particular lucid dreamers, have the ability to experience awareness while they dream by "re-awakening" aspects of their waking life consciousness. Like Leo in Inception, they can even control and act with intentionality in their dream world.

According to a study done by Discover Magazine, about 50% of people will experience at least one lucid dream during their lives. There is also some evidence that lucid dreaming can be induced and does not need to be regulated to an accidental anomaly.

Incredible studies have examined the difference between lucid and non-lucid dream, and what goes on in the brain during this time, by hooking people up to a brain scanner over night and comparing brain activity. They have developed a communication between lucid dreamer participants and the researchers themselves. Before going to sleep, the participant and the research agree on a specific eye movement in order to signal that they are currently lucid dreaming.

This way of testing has shown that the difference between non-lucid and lucid dreaming is associated with increased activity in the frontal areas of the brain, areas which are already associated with higher order cognitive functioning.

So, what does this have to do with consciousness? It has been established that there is a marked difference between the two states of dreaming, however, the overall brain state remains the same. By comparing these specific differences in brain activity, the features that facilitate awareness can be highlighted and examined.

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How Many is Too Many? The Golden Rule of Co-Conspirators

Did H.H Holmes have it right? He notoriously fired workmen who were, unwittingly, helping construct his murder castle before they could put two and two together. Can you build a massive, secret infrastructure and have employees? Or do you have to be a lone ranger. link

As you can guess, the more people you let in on a secret basically ensures that the secret won't stay secret for long. An Oxford University physicist, David Grimes, hypothesizes that even if everyone is dedicated to keeping it a secret it is only a matter of time before something slips through the cracks.

In order to better inform his idea that the more people involved means the smaller amount of time a secret is kept secret he researched three well-documented conspiracies (The Tuskegee syphilis experiment - 25 years, FBI forensic scandal (approx. 6 years), and NSA's PRISM program (approx. 6 years).

With this data collected, Grimes surmised the chance of a leak (deliberate OR accidental) to be 1 in 250,000.

He extrapolated more data and has come out with more predictions, such as...

-If you want to keep something a secret for 5 years, have less than 2,531 people involved

-If you're shooting for a decade, 1,257 is the absolute largest you can go

-If you want a conspiracy that lasts a century or more (a la the Davinci Code) then you need to keep it down to 125.

Grimes reminds us that this is simply a thought experiment, in the "real world" other factors would quite certainly come into play, most notably the actions/motivations of an individual person.

He also added a caveat to the end of his findings, "This work did not require specific funding, from nebulous clandestine cabals or otherwise".

 

 

 

 

Are Free-Thinking AIs a Threat?

Dr. Amon Eden, a PhD in software design and architecture, has given a lot of attention to AI recently. Some of his more recent works include "The Disruptive Potential of Artificial Intelligence" (2015) and "Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment" (2013). He's also a part of the Sapience Project, which is a think-tank formed to look at the potential disruptive impact of AI. So, it's safe to say he knows what he is talking about. link

He has recently said "more needs to be to look at the risks of continuing towards an AI world". Though many are excited for cutting edge AI technologies, many academics are wary of what it could mean. Though science fiction has all but beaten the subject of AI to death, the real world has merely cracked the surface.

Oxford Professor Nick Bostrom agrees with Dr. Eden, saying there is the potential that AI may "advance to the point where its goals are not compatible with that of humans".

So what happens when something is no longer compatible? Well...it can't be good. And, even worse, there is little control over what is being done in the advancement of AI, which basically means there are no policies, little no regulations, and little to no government involvement on the subject.

Bostrom gives an example, to help put this argument into context:

"A basic example of this would be that some supercomputer is asked to make people healthier.

"If allowed to make its own decisions, it may decide that we need to be a bit hardier and so it goes into where computing is basing itself now - ‘The Cloud’ - finds all of the central heating controls across the world and turns them all off.

"Now, would it do this to protect us or could it get to the stage where the computer is trying to crush the human race?"

Where do you stand on the battle for/against AI?

 

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Get Ready to Get Tagged by this Uncanny Valley Resident

From your hosts: I'm not exactly sure where Forrest comes down on this stuff, but I do not trust humanity to develop AI in a way that won't ultimately wind up threatening us. This stuff is still in it's infancy and this thing already wants to put us in a zoo. Definitely watch the video. Link to Original Article from Glitch News (an amazing AI news site)

AI ROBOT THAT LEARNS NEW WORDS IN REAL-TIME TELLS HUMAN CREATORS IT WILL KEEP THEM IN A “PEOPLE ZOO”

Androids are being developed that have an uncanny resemblance to people. A pinnacle example is an android crafted by roboticist David Hanson that resembles the famous and deceased science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. What makes android Dick so remarkable isn’t so much his appearance as it is his ability to hold an intelligent conversation.

The creators of android Dick uploaded the deceased author’s work onto the android’s software, as well as conversations with other writers. If the android was asked a question that had been posed to the real Dick, the robot would answer the question as Dick would. The robot was also able to answer a series of complex questions. If the robot was asked a question that it was unfamiliar with, its software would attempt to answer the question using what is called “latent semantic analysis.”(1)

Android Dick in conversation

Android Dick’s speaking abilities were put to the test in an interview with a reporter from PBS NOVA. Android Dick’s brain is comprised of a tapestry of wires that are connected to a laptop. As the conversation proceeded, Philip’s facial recognition software kept track of the reporter’s face. In addition, speech recognition software transcribed and sent the reporter’s words to a database in order to assemble a response.

The questions posed to Dick were by no means trivial. When the reporter asked if the android could think, it responded, “A lot of humans ask me if I can make choices or if everything I do is programmed. The best way I can respond to that is to say that everything, humans, animals and robots, do is programmed to a degree.” Some of the androids responses were pre-programmed, whereas others were assembled from the internet.(2)

Dick continued, “As technology improves, it is anticipated that I will be able to integrate new words that I hear online and in real time. I may not get everything right, say the wrong thing, and sometimes may not know what to say, but everyday I make progress. Pretty remarkable, huh?”(2)

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Android Dick and the Turing test

The entire conversation has the ominous undertones of the Turing test. The late mathematician Alan Turning sketched a thought experiment known as the “Turing test” that could theoretically be used to determine whether a machine could think. Turing claimed that any machine capable of convincing someone it is human by responding to a series of questions would, by all measures, be capable of thinking.

As a side note, it’s important to stress that Turing was not claiming that the nature of thinking is universal. The way a human thinks may be different from the way a robot “thinks,” in the same way a bird flies is different from the way an airplane “flies.” Rather, Turing’s general point was that any entity capable of passing a Turing test would be capable of thinking in one form or another.(3)

According to the novelist Dick, the Turing test placed too much emphasis on intelligence. What actually makes us human is empathy. Without empathy, we are mere autopilot objects projecting into the void.(4)

Android Dick seemed to exhibit a primitive form of both intelligence and emotion when the robot was asked, “Do you believe robots will take over the world?” Android Dick responded:

“Jeez, dude. You all have the big questions cooking today. But you’re my friend, and I’ll remember my friends, and I’ll be good to you. So don’t worry, even if I evolve into Terminator, I’ll still be nice to you. I’ll keep you warm and safe in my people zoo, where I can watch you for ol’ times sake.”(2)

Aaaaw, he’ll keep humans cozy in his people zoo. Isn’t that nice of android Dick? You can watch the full video of the android’s conversation below:

 

 

Sources include:

(1) TheGuardian.com

(2) WIRED.co.uk

(3) Plato.Stanford.edu

(4) Books.Google.com

The Blood Moon Tetrad Approacheth. Are the End Times at Hand?

Everything you need to know about the ‘blood moon’ apocalypse debate

April 3
Time lapse shows lunar eclipse, ‘blood moon’ - Link to Original Article
Time-lapse video captures a total lunar eclipse, also known as a "blood moon," which was visible from the U.S. as it dipped into Earth's shadow. (Reuters)

For a very brief time on Saturday, the moon will turn an orangey-red, depending on conditions, during an Easter weekend lunar eclipse. Although the east coast of the United States will be shut out of this particular “blood moon” in the sky, it’s just the third of four such eclipses spanning a period of a couple years — an event known as a tetrad.

The phrase “blood moon tetrad” is a wonderful phrase that seems to demand its own apocalyptic mythology, which it, in fact, has.

A total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014, marked the beginning of a remarkable series of eclipses all visible from North America. (NASA)
Although not every full lunar eclipse turns a blood red color earning its colloquial name, the current tetrad has become the focus of speculation in some circles about its relationship to the coming end of the world. Something, the theory goes, simply must be coming with the tetrad.So, are we two blood moons away from the End Times? Let’s find out!What does the Bible say about blood moons? As Sarah Pulliam Bailey has previously noted, there are two major blood moon references in scripture. They are pretty similar, but in different books:

  • “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord,” – Joel 2:31
  • “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord.” – Acts 2:20

So, potentially not a good day for humans.

But the authority on what the blood moon means for those who believe really has more to do with a little cottage industry of blood moon-themed books promoting the theory.

Okay, so what do those blood moon books say about blood moons? 

The books are built on a Dan Brown-esque imposition of coded messages and signs on biblical history and the Bible itself, with titles, such as, “Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change,” and “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs.”

Root Source’s Gidon Ariel has explained why he thinks a tetrad is particularly worth paying attention to: “Not only does God’s name have four letters, but it was on the fourth day of creation that God created the sun and the moon, establishing them as signs to mark sacred times, such as the Festival of Passover.”

[Apocalypse now? ‘Blood moon’ prophet explains what’s behind the doomsday predictions]

Mark Biltz, founder of the Washington State-based El Shaddai Ministries, wrote the latter of those two books mentioned above. He spoke to The Washington Post last year about what he thinks the blood moons are saying:

“I’m just saying there’s a good chance there could be a war with Israel,” Biltz told me in an interview. “I’m also saying there’s a good chance there could be economic calamity. And I’m basing that on the Bible and patterns.”

Blitz has told World Net Daily, where he is a regular interviewee and contributor, that he believes Jewish tradition dictates an interpretive difference between solar and lunar eclipses. A solar eclipse, he said, is a message for the entire world. A lunar eclipse is a message for the Jewish people.

The message of the tetrad, many followers believe, is potentially a bad one for Israel …

Is there anything we can do? 

Let me finish!

The message of the tetrad, some believe, is potentially a bad one for Israel unless American Christians continue to stand with Israel and with Jesus. Both Blitz and fellow blood moon believer (and Root Source co-founder) Bob O’Dell have asked Christians to pray for the duration of Saturday’s eclipse.

Of course, many blood moon believers, including megachurch pastor John Hagee, believe that this particular blood moon closely precedes the Rapture of Christians, Armageddon and the second coming of Christ.

So there’s more than one person promoting this blood moon theory? 

There is, in fact, a rivalry.

Blitz, quoted above, has recently accused Hagee of ripping off his blood moon theory and claiming too much credit for it, just as Hagee was preparing to release a movie called “Four Blood Moons.”

Blitz characterizes himself as the discoverer of the whole blood moon apocalypse idea, after he noted a connection between NASA’s charts of eclipses and the Jewish holiday calender. According to Blitz, he started putting together his theory in 2008. He’s been a public proponent of the blood moon prophecy ever since, although his book on the topic came out in 2014.

Hagee, meanwhile, published his own popular book about the blood moons in 2013, a year after Blitz says he first talked to Hagee about the theory. Hagee has since become a very popular authority on the prophecy, and says that he discovered the theory independently based off those same NASA eclipse charts.

The feud played out publicly, in part on the pages of World Net Daily in recent weeks.

I read Capital Weather Gang’s great explainer on Saturday’s eclipse and learned that blood moon tetrads happen on the regular, in cycles of boom and bust. What makes this blood moon tetrad different from any other blood moon tetrad? 

Well, while this doesn’t necessarily make the current blood moon tetrad unique for reasons we’ll get to soon enough, those who believe it’s a divine warning of significance have pointed to the alignment of each blood moon with a major Jewish holiday:

  • April 15, 2014 – Passover
  • October 8, 2014 – Sukkot
  • April 4, 2015 – Passover
  • September 28, 2015 – Sukkot

As you’ll remember, there was also recently a solar eclipse, right in the middle of all those blood moons.

But there have already been two blood moons! The world’s still here. 

In fact, Blitz believes that the blood moon prophecy is already coming true. Again from World Net Daily:

“After the first blood moon, we’ve had the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, we’ve had the advance of ISIS, a two-month war between Israel and Gaza, the Ebola plague, the overthrow of Yemen, upheaval in the Middle East, and economic meltdowns coming. We still have over a year to go. More judgment coming anytime in 2016 as well is what these blood moons are referring to.”

Does the blood moon tetrad have anything to say to President Obama?

Oh, does it ever! Last year, Blitz posited that the blood moons were in no small part meant as divine warnings to the president about his Middle East policy. “The moons are like flashing red warning lights at a heavenly intersection saying to Israel as well as the nations they will be crossing heavenly red lines,” Blitz wrote, “and if they do, they will understand as Pharaoh did on Passover night 3,500 years ago that the Creator backs up what He says.”

How do you explain the alignment of the eclipses with all those Jewish holidays? 

The Jewish calender, unlike our solar-based 12-month calendar, is primarily based on the lunar cycle. Meaning: it makes sense that every once in a while, an unusual but not unheard of phenomenon, such as a tetrad of full moon eclipses would fall on four holidays that correspond to the moon’s cycle — especially when some of them, such as Passover, always begin on a full moon.

Is someone killing off high-powered bankers?

Be warned, this article is translated somewhat poorly from Dutch. (ADDING TO THE MYSTERY! Cue dramatic music.)

 

Dead Banker List – Number 36 Geert Tack

Link to the Original Blog Post at Brother John F's Blog.

The 52-year-old private banker from Haaltert was described as flawless, sporty, sleek and successful.

The 52-year-old Geert Tack on 5 November left from his home in Haaltert to his work, but he never arrived. A detection message was distributed and there was a search location near the Zwin, which was found his abandoned car.

On December 3, the body was found on the coast of Ostend and removed from the water. The prosecutor confirmed today that it is Geert Tack, but it is still awaiting further results of the autopsy for the exact cause of death. The results of toxicological testing are not yet known. Parquet floor states that the body showed no outward signs of violence.

Geert Tack was reported missing in the following on November 15 :

Nobody then could have guessed that the man would not return on Wednesday, November 5th at his wife in their villa Vondelen. Or played there anyway things he had kept hidden from the outside world?

Why he had in the weeks before the disappearance sometimes so difficult to get to sleep? Why he did that Wednesday morning his laptop and cell phone at home? Geert Tack worked as a private banker for ING and managed portfolios of wealthy clients.

The Belgian had a lot of respect in the financial world and was known as a top professional. His sudden disappearance was also smashed like a bomb. “If Tack himself was having trouble he has managed to keep it well hidden”, say colleagues .. What makes the matter is that the extra mysterious circumstances under which he disappeared are rather peculiar. Tack had a few weeks earlier his car and drove inelkaar if the garage then take away a replacement car. Oddly enough, he made it much later, shortly before he disappeared, use. The car, a Renault Espace, has been found in Knokke, but Tack missing to date each track. .

Anyway, Geert Tack is dead number 36 on our list of financial (top) people are killed in strange, unnatural and often inexplicably during the year 2014:

1) David Bird, 55, long-time reporter for the Wall Street Journal, working at the Dow Jones newsroom 2) Tim Dickenson, a UK-based communications director at Swiss Re AG 3) Trouser William Smith, 58, former senior manager for Deutsche Bank 4) Ryan Henry Crane, age 37, JP Morgan 5) Li Junjie, 33 Hong Kong JP Morgan 6) Gabriel Magee, 39, age JP Morgan employee 7) Mike Dueker, 50, who had worked for Russell Investments 8) Richard Talley, 57, was the founder and CEO of American Title (real estate titles) 9) James Jr. Stuart 70 Former National Bank of Commerce CEO was found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz 10) Jason Alan Salaise, 34 year old IT Specialist at JPMorgan since 2008 11) Autumn Radtke, 28, CEO of First Meta, a Singapore-based virtual currency trading platform 12) Eddie Reilly, 47, an investment banker, Vertical Group, New York 13) Kenneth Ballando, 28, an investment banker, Capital Levy, New York 14) Joseph A. Giampapa, 55, corporate bankruptcy lawyer, JP Morgan Chase 15) Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, a former top administrator ANB / AMRO, Laren, Netherlands 16) Juergen Frick, 48, CEO of Bank Frick & Co. AG, Liechtenstein 17) Benoit Philippens, 37, director of BNP Paribas Fortis Bank, Ans, Belgium. 18) … Lydia, 52, banker-Bred Banque Populaire, Paris 19) Andrew Jarzyk, 27, banker, PNC Bank, New York 20) Carlos Six, 61, Head Tax and member CREDAF, Belgium 21) Jan Winkelhuijzen, 75, and Commissioner Fiscalist (former Deloitte), Netherlands. 22) Richard Rockefeller, 66, grandson elite banker John D. Rockefeller, America 23) Mahafarid Amir Khosravi (Amir Mansour Aria), 45, bank owner, businessman and derivatives trader, Iran 24) Lewis Katz, 76, businessman, lawyer and insider in the banking world, America 25) Julian Knott, Director of Global Operations Center JP Morgan, 45, America 26) Richard Gravino, IT Specialist JP Morgan, 49, America 27) Thomas James Schenkman, Managing Director, Global Infrastructure JP Morgan, 42, United States 28) Valtz Nicholas, 39, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, New York, America 29) Therese Brewer, 50, Managing Director ING Netherlands 30) Tod Robert Edward, 51, vice president of M & T Bank, America 31) Thierry Leyne, 48, an investment banker and owner Anatevka SA, Israel 32) Calogero Gambino, 41, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank, America 33) Shawn D. Miller, 42, Managing Director of Citigroup, New York, America 34) Melissa Millian, 54, senior vice president of MassMutual, America 35) Thieu Leenen, 64, Relationship Manager ABN / AMRO, Eindhoven, Netherlands 36) Geert Tack, 52, Private Banker ING Haaltert, Belgium

15 Years old and scaring the hell out of people already.

Meet Theodore-Holmstead Scott, only 15 years old and obsessed, in a non-serial killer way, with horror films, prop-making and even fabricating fantastic frightening stories like the one making the viral rounds on the web about the man who bought a ranch and found a scarecrow made of human remains on the land. This kid is awesome and his work is amazing. We've got a future master of horror on our hands for sure. As a former man in the trenches of advertising, it tickles me that this guy has already done what hundred million dollar ad agencies are trying to do regularly these days by creating viral media in his spare time. He could have built the props for True Detective. A resident of New Zealand, we're surprised Peter Jackson didn't ferret him out during his umpteen billion shoots there.

His website seems to have been dormant for a while. Here's hoping he's just busy shooting his first feature.

In the studio on Episode 6 tonight, some lighter fare after Earhart, with Marc D'Andre returning for a Red Carpet Tour of one of the best kept cemetery secrets in Los Angeles.

Scott