Most people thought it was fantastic and despite the extremely high cost, they went out and bought themselves electric cars.
One day, an entire neighborhood suddenly blacked out. It was the middle of summer and nobody could understand why the local powerplant was no longer capable of providing power to the city, despite expanding it's generator capacity.
Well, it turns out that electric cars draw roughly the same amount of electricity as small homes when they are charging.
Oh, and the power plant providing the electricity to charge the new electric cars, is a coal-burning power plant.
So the neighbors in the nice clean subdivision all went to the big hardware supercenter store and bought gas powered generators so they could charge their cars and still have electricity to run their home air conditioning in the summer.
The classic Jacob Marley type ghost is cursed to walk the earth with all the karma baggage from life.
Do ghosts also carry with them the marks of their demise? This one appears to have some kind of horrifying disfigurement.
Karma's bad enough when you're alive, but it passes by with time, right? Doesn't karma happen and then disappear into the past?
Maybe karma walks itself down the street and ducks into an alley, then turns around and follows behind you, making sure you don't see it. Maybe it tries to catch up to you but cannot as long as you keep moving and keep breathing. Then it swallows your soul as you lie trapped in your cold grave.
This ghost seems to be overflowing with rage and frustration. He would like to reach out and squeeze the life out of everything, but he's trapped forever in his netherworld. His karma swirling about him forever taunting and torturing him.
What's your karma?
The group of tribal leaders called themselves "the council" and began getting together regularly and in secret so they could get their stories straight, that way, if someone from one tribe met someone from a different tribe and asked a religious question, the answer would be the same and it would astonish the two peasants into assuming that because they are from two separate tribes yet have the same answer to the very same question, that what ever the answer was must be the truth.
Well the tribal council members though it was a good thing that they could trick their followers in such as way and it really worked!
As the years went by, the tribal council made all kinds of decisions about various things that began to make people suspicious.
They claimed the world was flat. But then sailors kept sailing until they discovered the world was not flat, in fact it is round.
Then they claimed the earth was the center of the universe, but a scientist who invented a telescope presented evidence that in fact the earth went around the sun instead. He was thrown in prison.
Another time they went marauding across the countryside with torture devices and terrified the peasants with such shows as burning people at the stake or suspending them in iron cages for not holding the same belief as the wacky religion.
Still another time they proclaimed that cats were evil so most cats were killed. Then the rat population exploded and caused the black plague because there were cats to catch the rodents.
At every turn the wacky religion fought scientific progress.
The wacky religion was against birth control, then one day a scientist developed a way for infertile women to get pregnant with the help of science through a process called "in-vitro fertilization" but the wacky religion was against that too.
So, the wacky religion was against artificial insemination, but the wacky religion was also for keeping someone alive by scientific means such as a feeding tube and a breathing device.
The wacky religion was so generous to the unquestioningly faithful that they nurtured a massively impoverished segment of the population that helped the wacky religion earn even more money by tugging on everyon elses heart-strings.
I hope you're in the wacky religion, becuase you would be hard-pressed to find a job otherwise.
October seemed to be a strange time of year to be issuing a travel warning. It's a month away from most U.S. holidays and travel was lighter than usual during the period between Labor Day and Thanksgiving weekend. It's actually the ideal time to travel comfortably with little interruption by other passengers. There are more frequently available first-class seats.
It suddenly dawned on Joe that it was the beginning of the 4th fiscal quarter. As long as the public was distracted by the new terror warnings, they might not see the stock market begin its slide into the darkness from which it will never recover. The distracted unwashed masses won't clamor to get onto the same planes the bankers and businessmen were using to finally escape with everyone elses cash.
When you fall asleep, it usually happens rather unexpectedly. When next I wake, I can't recall exactly when I fell asleep.
When you close your eyes and relax, your eyes tend to roll up slightly behind your eyelids. You can tell someone is faking being asleep if their eyes are looking forward when you open their eyelids, either that or they died suddenly.
When you close your eyes while you are awake, you have nothing to look at but the darkness inside your eyes.
Astronauts on Apollo missions reported occasionally seeing white flashes. These were small gamma ray bursts that penetrated their bodies and stimulated the receptor cells in their eyes, not through the iris of their eyes, but unfocused, through the tissue.
Lying in bed with my eyes closed at night trying to sleep, I sometimes perceive extremely faint aurora-like clouds, the kind one sees when one is standing on the ground at night, directly under an aurora borealis. From a distance, the aurora looks like curtains from space, but when you are directly beneath, as I was one summer long ago in Northern Michigan, it looks like nothing I can describe in daylight. It's so faint, however, I almost dismiss it as my imagination, but it's enough to keep me from falling asleep.
It's been years since I've sensed this phenomenon, probably because I have so much to think about lately that I can't reach that state of relaxation anymore.
The kind of energy that would cause the rods and cones of the retina to be stimulated to such a degree would need to be along the electromagnetic spectrum outside the visible light range of about 400 to 800 nanometers. For the wavelengths to trigger a non-light response in the cells, they would need to be some kind of harmonic equivalent that is carried along a lower wavelength. Or, since gamma rays are on an extremely high wavelength, there would need to be a tonal interference pattern that would bring the wavelength down to at least a partially visible range.
Extra terrestrial communication over extreme distances would require energies well beyond light-speed, plus consideration for the visual sensory organs of the creature to which one wants to communicate. One would need to know how to use the atmosphere of the creature to create the harmonic frequency changes necessary for the transmission to become visible.
Adjustments could only be made if one could see the behavioral response to the transmission by the creature. If the creatures don't perceive the signal as an overt communication, they may react with mass hysteria to what they might assume are conditions in their own environment, or in their own minds. That might be a good invasion strategy.
Occasionally, I'll close my eyes and in the darkness I'll see, or sense rather, an extremely faint image of a face, someone or something, not looking directly at me, but looking down or slightly away at something else. Some kind of face that my mind can only partially piece together from my own memories, but fragmented because the actual image, should I be able to see it for real, might be something I could never describe in nature.
If you ever see something like this when you are trying to sleep and your eyes are closed, do not let it look at you. Open your eyes if it starts to look at you.
The plot is similar to every genre. Someone is forced into participating in an activity that makes its own revenge.
The logic or aim of the SAW series seems to be that the antagonist (or protagonist depending on how you look at it) gets others to do vengeance for him. In most cases, he gives his pawns choices, knowing full well that their emotions force them to make the wrong choices.
The SAW series uses machines that causes violence on humans, but the logic, or the philosophy behind the plot can be used to create other situations that don't use nearly the amount of violence in the film, and can be applied to a wider audience. There are two examples that lightly touch on the idea however; the opportunity to use the pro/antagonist in a similar vein as SAW is wasted.
White Collar is a series about a white-collar criminal who is forced into doing right by the FBI. Burn Notice is a series about a secret intelligence agent working his way back into the good graces of his former employer, forced into a vocation of A-Team and MacGyver activities.
The key ingredient is the Pay-It-Forward. The succeeding victims continue to pay-it-forward. In other words, the survivors acquire a radical philosophy of teaching, and find someone who was wronged, but secretly manipulate them into paying the method forward.
A very bizarre concept indeed.
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