People Livestream This Guy’s Face to be “Healed”
Forty eight year old Braco preaches no dogma. In fact, he doesn’t say anything at all. Nonetheless, he has thousands of devoted followers across the world. People say that staring into Braco’s unblinking eyes dispells physical and emotional suffering.
For the last 20 years, Braco has traveled the world to cast his healing stare upon his believers. But since the man can’t be everywhere at once, devotees have taken to organizing free-gazing livestreams, available to anyone over 18 (and, inexplicably, no more than three months pregnant) with an internet connection.
I’m sure there’s something to be said about staring into a gently smiling face. There’s probably something psychological that happens there, since a smiling face is pretty much universal for warmth and happiness — even dogs read it on peoples’ faces. But does it “heal” people? Don’t hold your breath. He doesn’t actually claim it does, as is wisely stated on his website‘s disclaimer:
Braco makes no promise to heal; he does not give any diagnosis and does not provide any treatment. Participation in live streaming is not a replacement for medical consultation. Medical advice and/or prescribed therapies and treatments should be continued and followed for the duration your medical practitioner recommends before/after participation in live streaming.
If there’s any healing going on, I’d love to see an actual study to document these miraculous happenings. But there won’t be a study, because those stories are just anecdotal peepeecaca. 🙂 However, if looking into the warmly-smiling face of some guy online brings someone a bit of calmness or reassurance in whatever way, there’s certainly nothing wrong with it — and there are a lot of people out there in this shitty world who could use a little of that. Just keep in mind that he’s also trying to get you to attend a live “gazing event” so he can sell you some of his outrageously-priced magical jewelry. Just FYI.
I wonder if his face ends up looking like this after all the video compression.
Maybe I’ll tune in to the next one just for shits ‘n’ giggles. You know, I think I will!
The nutbags behind this push for drug testing were really, really hoping to find widespread abuse and fraud. Because, you know, all them welfare folks are just lazy moochers who don’t wanna work, right? What they found was next to nothing. Oh how lovely to see how they’ll spin this into something they wanted to find….
Arizona Spent Over $1.7 Million Drug Testing Welfare Recipients to Catch One Person
According to USA Today, more than 87,000 welfare recipients went through Arizona’s program in the three years after it began. The total number of drug cheats caught was exactly one—a single positive result, which saved the state precisely $560. [UPDATE: According to numbers provided by the ACLU, the cost of Arizona’s drug testing program may be higher than we first reported. The ACLU estimates that each drug test costs $42, bringing the total cost as high as $3.65 million if all of the new welfare recipients were subjected to the tests.]
According to Tuscon Weekly, there was “One during the first three years of the program, and a grand total of three from 2009 to 2014.” The results of Arizona’s implemented questionnaire and its efficiency are in question. Further, Arizona is not the only example of excessive drug testing.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Uri Geller called to help in search for missing plane
Psychic spoon-bender Uri Geller today revealed he has been asked to help find the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft.
Almost a week after the flight MH370 disappeared with 239 people on board, the famous psychic has been asked to use his powers by a “substantial figure” in Malaysia.
…And James Randi just spewed his coffee across the room. Randi made a complete ass out of this guy on The Tonight Show many years ago. Geller always travels with the (pre-weakened) spoons he wants to bend for an audience, so Randi ambushed him with untouched spoons…which of course Geller couldn’t do shit with.
Awkward….and yet he still makes a living as a “psychic” manipulator of magical energies. Oh, and get a load of this quote:
“It is my opinion that something happened to the pilot,” said Mr Geller. “The pilot was either pushed into a situation to divert the plane by another force or he did it of his own accord. That is my opinion and it is only my opinion. It is what I had derived from my own personal intuitive feeling.”
Well, what a coincidence! This is happens to be what the flight and satellite data indicates. The man is amazing!
Mixing religion and stupid people is never a good idea, though I fear it’s often unavoidable. And throwing technology into the mix makes it infinitely worse. This guy’s got a great scam going, though!
Reverend Bob Larson performing exorcisms via Skype from Scottsdale
But thanks to the age of technology a Scottsdale reverend says he is getting a chance to help people possessed by demons, all over the world. You may not believe in the practice but it is still prevalent among many religions, including Rev. Bob Larson’s evangelical Christianity.
“In simple terms, an exorcism is the process of expelling an evil spirit from an individual who has become somehow invaded and demonized by that being, and sending it back to hell and freeing the person,” Larson said. In the age of electronics, exorcisms are done over Skype.
The other night I was checking my credit card balance to make sure that my latest payment went through. I then noticed that the monthly minimum payment had increased by more than $50. WTF? So I checked out my latest statement, and was horrified to discover that earlier this month, some asshole had pilfered my credit card number and gone on an internet shopping spree for several days. The charges were all in the UK: Bournemouth, Kingston, Birmingham, Sheffield, etc. and they were buying all sorts of crap like beauty care produts, pet products, candy (!), and all sorts of electronics. All told, they charged $900 to my card. It could have been much worse, but still…!
I have no idea how this happened, because this card never leaves my sight and I don’t fall for phishing emails or other scams. How did they get my info? I then headed over to Consumerist.com and saw a story about a recent surge in credit card fraud — they’re speculating that it’s because data from over half a million people has gone “missing” from hundreds of retail stores across the country. But that’s only one possibility — data thieves are getting increasingly clever with how they operate. I do use the card for online shopping occasionally, so who knows. I may switch to using a temporary credit card for online purchases in the future. (Also, the fact that my eBay account was hacked a few months ago makes me even more leery…what’s next??)
Anyway, I called the credit card company and had them close the account, and they’re mailing me an affadavit so I can dispute the charges. I’d recommend that everybody out there check those credit card statements and scour them for anything that looks suspicious. Check your debit account too, while you’re at it. I try to remember to do this, but it’s been a couple of months since I last looked and luckily I caught it fairly recently after it happened.