We have all heard our parents tell us they are doing something for “our own good”, but this is ridiculous. A practice started hundreds of years ago and was popular ’till the 1930’s was chinese foot binding.
Basically, it was a procedure started on a small female child to keep her feet from growing. The feet did grow, but became deformed as a result. The would bind the feet for years to make them as close to 3″ as possible. What caused the deformation was that the foot ended up curved with the toes curled under.
It is a practice that weakened the women, made it difficult for them to walk, thus keeping the men in the position of power over them. You can’t run away from the fool on 3″ feet no can ya?
A pair of small feet three inch golden lilies were once the male designated yardstick for feminine beauty in China. A young girl’s feet were broken and bound inwards along the instep, a process that caused excruciating pain. Systematically bound, day after day, the stunted feet began to take on the coveted look of that profoundly sensuous image, the lotus bulb.
Foot Binding started in the Tang Dynasty (618-906), under the emperor Li Yu. He had ordered one of his slave girls to bind her feet and then dance for him. From that day on, foot binding began to become a regular tradition. It became increasingly popular to the upper class in the Song Dynasty (960-1297). Having tiny feet was a sign of beauty and wealth and men were attracted to women with small feet.
“that the connection between beauty rituals and pain is not accidental: The pain, of course, teaches an important lesson: no price is too great, no process too repulsive, no operation too painful for the woman who would be beautiful. The tolerance of pain and the romanticization of that tolerance begins . . . in preadolescence, in socialization, and serves to prepare women for lives of childbearing, self-abnegation, and husband-pleasing.”
The physical process which created this foot is described by Howard S. Levy in Chinese Footibinding: The History of a Curious Erotic Custom:
Another observer reports:
Alum was used to absorb swelling and pus, and one victim describes it this way:
The crazy mental doctor from “Hellraiser II” well thats kinda how I see him or them actually, below are stories of 2 quack doctors who believed it beneficial to mental health and research to torment and torture the mentally ill.
probably more hype than fact considering most of these procedures ended up with vegetables.. I doubt our brains are meant to be sliced and diced.
Before Walter Freeman’s death in 1972, he’d crossed and re-crossed the nation 11 times, and had performed the “ice pick” lobotomy on no less than 2500 patients in 23 states.
Madeleine was a 27 year old newscaster in New York city, in the mid 1950’s. She had begun to have delusions and terrifying dreams. She thought that ‘Three Wise Men’ were constantly telling her what to do, and quit her job because they began to appear sitting on the microphone. She was referred to Dr. Cameron, who put her on Thorazine. She feared him greatly, because he was so grim and forbidding, and he asked her questions that made no sense; questions like: ‘Do you ever imagine you are being struck by molten raindrops? Fire or bullets?’. Her paranoia was made worse by her fear of Dr. Cameron. She began to believe he was working with the Three Wise men. She decided to commit suicide by taking all of the Thorazine at once, and would pace and search in her apartment endlessly trying to find where her husband had hidden the bottle. The Wise men constantly taunted and ridiculed her, telling her how worthless she was. Her husband was caring and attentive, but it had gotten so the only way she could bear to have sex with him was if she pretended he was her father.
All of her sessions with Dr. Cameron were recorded, and he always called her as he did all women, ‘Lassie’, or ‘Girlie’. His severity and disturbing questions made each ‘therapy’ session worse for Madeleine.
Madeleine finally found the bottle and took all of the Thorazine at once. Her husband, having called every two hours from work for weeks, rushed home and got her to the hospital to have her stomach pumped. On Dr. Cameron’s recommendation, she was committed to his facility at McGill University.
At the clinic, Madeleine was now subjected to more intensive ‘treatment’. She developed another hallucination she called the ‘Sloth’, and despite the countless times the electro-shock cart had been wheeled up to her rubber sheeted bed and the paddles on her temples had zapped her into oblivion, the hallucinations got worse.
Over three years she spent forty-four weeks at the clinic, consumed mountains of pills and thousands of volts. Each time she went home, she tried to kill herself.
Her final stay at the clinic was marked by a substantial increase in drugs and electroshock treatments. After each jolt of electricity, Madeleine would have convulsions. A rubber gag was inserted into her mouth to keep her from biting her tongue off. Usually every morning she recieved six separate bursts of electricity.
The figure for Europe was similar. Tens of thousands of lobotomies were performed in the Pacific Basin and India. There, the technique was simpler- a sufficiently strong electro-shock put them to sleep and was cheaper than an anesthetic. “A ‘trocar’, a graduated instrument rather like a miniature ice pick, was driven through the bony orbit behind the eye socket and tapped gently with a surgeon’s mallet to destroy brain cells and nerve fibers. Three or four patients could be handled in an hour.” (p. 219)
Madeleine Smith’s lobotomy was slightly more sophisticated:
“A theater porter wheeled Madeleine and he and the nurse transferred her from the trolley onto the operating table. Madeleine wore only a surgical gown. She stared, fully conscious, into the powerful overhead light.
“The radical lobotomy would be performed under a local anesthetic so that the surgeon could immediately judge her disorientation, indicating how successful was his severing of her frontal lobes. Until he observed the required signs, he would continue to destroy that portion of her brain.
“Do you feel anything, lassie?” Dr. Cameron always asked. Madeleine mumbled as he peeled back the skin on her forehead, exposing the bone.
Using the surgeon’s drill, “He drilled for a few moments and a fine spray of bone shavings spumed into the air…After he finally retracted the brace, the resident collected the skull shavings from Madeleine’s head and placed them in a small gallipot. The dust would be used to fill up the burr hole at the end of the operation.”
“Madeleine’s brain was exposed, milky pink in color.”
“The surgeon asked for a long steel spatula that had replaced the wire stylet Dr. Moniz had used as a leucotome in his first operations; the stylet had proven not to be stiff enough, and the wire had a tendency to bend in a patient’s brain, traversing through blood vessels and tissue not meant to be destroyed. The journals had been filled with accounts of patients who had started to have epileptic seizures and other serious complications caused by the wire. The spatula was an altogether more sturdy weapon.”
“Lassie, count to ten.”
“The surgeon inserted the spatula into the burr hole. He worked to a definite routine: down a few centimeters, then a pause to move the instrument a few centimeters laterally. Each move destroyed more of Madeleine’s brain.”
“Can you sing your favorite song?”
“The surgeon drove the spatula further into her brain, extending and widening the wound, from which blood oozed.
“Lassie, count to ten.”
The surgeon continued to destroy her brain.
The surgeon withdrew the spatula and asked for a cannula, a heavy-gauge hypodermic needle. He inserted it in the hole and, using steady pressure, drove it down to the spheroidal, the bony ridge at the base of the skull. The cannula was withdrawn. Once more he inserted the spatula, and swung its handle upward, so that the blade could be drawn along the base of her skull and a cut made as far to the side as possible in her brain.”
“Dr. Cameron continued to ask questions. They were part of what he termed the disorientation yardstick- his means of knowing how much brain destruction was being acheived.
“Lassie, speak to me.”
The surgeon continued, and finally she made no more sounds, closed her eyes and fell into a stupor.
“Dr. Cameron bent over Madeleine. Removing the eyeshield, he lifted one and then another of her eyelids. She stared vacuously back at him.
“Lassie, its all over, no more pain.”
Later that day, Madeleine was transferred to St. Jean de Dieu hospital, to enter the custodial care of the religious sisters who maintained a number of zombies like her.”
Between 1944 and 1960, over 100,000 lobotomies had been performed in the US.
In the 1950’s and 60’s, the US government was obsessed with discovering secrets of ‘mind control’. At McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, the American Dr. Donald Ewen Cameron ran a clinic. Many of his patients were lobotomized, and sent to an oblivion some remain in today.
So let me get this straight…. stick an ice pick in my eye, cut off parts of my brain, skull shavings run a muck in the air, all to make me better, and, I will most likely end up a vegetable that is if I am not in that percentile that dies from the procedure, ahh, let me think about this one… no thanks … doctor.
That was how it was, but the propoganda made it sound like some miricle cure to those “nutty relatives” you really do not want bugging you.
The really sad thing is how many families agreed to have this done to their loved ones because of the hype and propoganda, I doubt they ever got the details of what a “good” result was.
How the tides had turned… here is a quote about the infamous Abu Ghraib facility…. from the Saddam time
It seems like no matter which side holds that prison… they all seem to act the same way… and that is the same twisted bullshit, coming full circle.
According to U.S. State Department propaganda released in April 2003 to justify the march toward war, Saddam killed 4,000 prisoners at the institution in 1984, and executed about 50 political prisoners there between 2000 and 2001. You’d think that this represented progress, but to the U.S. it was a reason to invade… and we all can’t forget the “weapons of mass destruction” that US intelligence KNEW he was hiding.
Anyway, Saddams brutality at Abu Ghraib was unimaginable to the US… that torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners just can no longer go on… So the US marched on, and into Abu Ghraib.
When the U.S. came storming into the country in spring of 2003, Abu Ghraib was left a smoldering ruin, looted by the local populace as the Saddam regime disintegrated. The Americans came in and thought to themselves, “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if we used this ghoulish house of horrors for our own prison?”
WOW how things changed at Abu Ghraib! the totally sick and twisted Abu Ghraib prison got the US reform! yes… the US policy for the humane treatment of prisoners came to shine like the North star… or maybe that light at the end of some tunnel somewhere.
One of the US generals, Gen. Janis Karpinski came right out and said it. “Living conditions (for the prisoners) now are better in prison than at home. At one point we were concerned that they wouldn’t want to leave,”
Hell, who wants to leave? Its just like home… I always get chased around the yard by my dog at home, I always get forced into homosexual acts at home, I always walk around in the black hood at home…. and wait…. myself and all the neighbors love to do that nude dogpile act at home! I lways get the broom stick shoved up my ass at home… don’t you?
anyway, here is the list of what they did admit to… what they did not admit to we shall never know.
The… when word came out to the press about these new reforms at the Abu Ghraib prison facility… what did the press do? 60 Minutes held off running the story at the request of General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
I thought the press was to report on such matters… this is a country of “freedom of speech” and disclosure of government officials wrong doings ….hmmm?
May 7, 2004, Rumsfeld told a Senate panel that there may be video of the abuse at Abu Ghraib. According to the New Yorker’s Sy Hersh, the tapes include footage of male minor prisoners being raped.
so lets add rape of a minor to the above list of why the prisoners just LOVE the stay at Abu Ghraib, since the US took over… and may never wanna go home again! Hell, who ever wants to go home from the Neverland Ranch.
this is a photo gallery of the Abu Ghraib prison, most are pictures while under US care… a few may be under Saddam… you figure out which is which… cuz I sure can’t
The Cradle… or more like the giant thing up your ass!
it goes like this
The victim, hung by an iron belt around his waist, hands and feet are tied or bound in some way, but the legs are held open with a pole or stick.
He was pyramid put on top of a rack. His legs were stretched out frontwards and tied with a rope at the ankles.
Now the man was lowered onto the pyramid point that penetrated into his butt hole or vagina (if female). What that did was contract the muscles, and probably cause enough pain so that the person could not just pass out or fall asleep… what kind of a sick mofo thought of this baby? hmmm… will need to look that one up I am sure
No demonstrations we say… and we in Terro - ahn do not care if you are just a kid— 50 lashes for looking at me boy!
Yet a story about another 14 year old boy
On the bright side… well, if there is one to a child getting flogged amd tortured… At least the kid got to keep his head and did not get a glimpse of that axe to the right.
December 09. 2006 - According to reports from the Organization of Defense of Human Rights in Iranian Kurdistan, the recent series of arrests in the township of Mahabad continues. 14-year-old Shahou Hasanpour and his brother Houshiar are two of the most recent detainees. They were arrested and charged with taking part in the summer 2005 series of demonstrations in Mahabad.
Neither one of the brothers had the benefit of being represented by a lawyer in court. Houshiar was sentenced to 4 months in prison and 50 lashes. .
86 lashes in fact, a type of torture that leaves life long scars as reminders of bad deeds. So what did this boy do to get hit with the cane 86 times while the community watched, the event took place in a large square in Tehran. The on lookers were unable to do anything in fear of them being the next one to get caned. But the flogging did attract a large crowd… most of which now, would never brake the boy/girl hand holding law out of fear!
Well…this young man did the unspeakable, he held his girlfriends hand. While the girl may think its charming and cute to hold hands, the government did not. Why worry about murder, robbery, rape, bombers… there are bigger fish to fry here… yes the hand holders… we shall have none of that!
A boy died after being flogged and getting 85 lashes
Most of us can not even understand these types of punishments, Most parents WANT the kids to eat when hungry, holiday or not. And from what I have read, most religions that use fasting, allow children some wiggle room… but not in this town..
A 14 year old boy died on November 11th, after having received 85 lashes. According to the Mullah judge of the public circuit court in the town of Sanandadj, the boy was guilty of being hungry and breaking his fast during the month of Ramadan.
The Kurdish site Rojeh´heh reports that the young man´s identity has not been disclosed. He was scheduled for burial on Saturday, November 13th, in the cemetery of Beheshteh Mohammadi in Sanandadj. However due to the public´s realization of the events surrounding the boy´s circumstances the cemetery was stormed in protest and his burial did not take place.
The picture to the right is not the boy in question, I could not find any of him, but it shows what 85 lashes may look like and why a child can easily die from being tortured in that way.