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Eusapia Palladino - Psychic Medium

21 January 1854 – 16 May 1918  Eusapia Palladino was a poor woman from Naples. She claimed to be a spiritual medium who could conjer the dead at seances. Seances were all the rage in this era at the end of World War I when many had lost loved ones. So psychic mediums were gaining fame in every corner of Europe and North America. However, many of these mediums were nothing more than tricksters. Of all the mediums who gained fame during this time, Euspasia Palladino was one of the most credible. She claimed to have the powers to levitate tables and communicate with the dead through the aid of her spirit guide, John King. Many were convinced of her powers.  Eusapia levitating a table in Milan in 1892 She travelled across Europe and submitted willingly to testing. Ultimately however, she was caught in deceptive trickery several times and was finally declared a clever trickster. A skeptic by the name of Paul Kurtz wrote the following about Palladino:  "[Palladin

Afghanistan Women before the Taliban and Islamic Extremists

It is painful to the plight of Afghanistan women and how their lives have deteriorated in so brief a time. From one of the most modern minded cultures, Afghanistan has since fallen back into medieval times.  In the future, in my own small way, it is my desire to help bring awareness to the plight of women in countries affected by oppressive Islamic extremist regimes. The Muslim religion is a beautiful and peaceful one. It is the extremists who have turned it into something terrifying, and ugly and oppressive. For the women and children of Afghanistan, I hold you all in my prayers.