Credonia Mwerinde (born 1952) was the high priestess and co-founder of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, a sect that splintered from the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda. Before founding the movement she was a shopkeeper, brewer of banana beer, and a prostitute. Mwerinde was also a member of a religious group that was devoted to the Virgin Mary. She and two other group members approached Joseph Kibweteere in 1989, and said that the Virgin Mary had instructed him to take them in. Kibweteere did, and he was particularity struck by her claim of a Marian apparition near his home, which related to a vision he himself had five years earlier. Together Mwerinde and Kibweteere would found the Movement in 1989.
Mwerinde was part of the triumvirate that lead the sect, which included Kibweteere, and Dominic Kataribaabo, an excommunicated priest. However Paul Ikazire, a sect leader who later returned to the Catholic Church, described her as being the true power in the Movement. He said, “The meetings were chaired by Sister Credonia, who was the de facto head of the group. Kibwetere was just a figurehead, intended to impose masculine authority over the followers and enhance the cult’s public relations.”Mwerinde was also the source of the sect’s predictions of an apocalypse and the pronouncements that salvation could only be found with the Virgin Mary’s messages.
The Movement grew rapidly and at its height membership was estimated as being between 1,000 and 4,000. Defrocked Catholic priests and nuns joined and worked as theologians. The apocalypse was predicted to occur with the advent of the new millennium. After the Movement was evicted from Rwashamaire, it moved to an estate her father owned in Kanungu District. With the year 2000 approaching sect members sold their property and turned the profits over to group leadership.
When the world did not end by January 1, a crisis occurred in the Movement. Members began to ask questions and demand the return of their money and property. Police investigators believe that Movement leadership, particularly Mwerinde, began a purge of their followers culminating in the destruction of their Kanangu Church in a fire that killed all 530 inside. Hundreds of bodies were also found at Movement properties across southwestern Uganda. Initially believed to be a mass suicide, police later stated that they were investigating it as a mass murder.
Mwerinde is assumed to have survived the church conflagration. Ugandan authorities believe that she left the sect’s Kanangu compound in the early hours of March 17. In April 2000, police issued an international warrant for her arrest in connection to the sect killings.
In September 2011, Mwerinde and several other prognosticators who incorrectly predicted various dates for the end of world were jointly awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for “teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations”.
It’s everybody’s favourite part of the year – but it’s more favourite for some than others. Our journalists hit the streets to give you the heads up on how to identify, isolate and avoid wankers this summer.
“There are any number of self help books that will tell you how to find yourself.
But what if truly being yourself involved changing your gender? Would you have the courage to do it?
Eleven-year-old Isabelle does. To the world she looked like a young boy. But she knew that she was really a girl, and a year ago she told her parents the way she felt.”
Isabelle’s father is my mate that I’ve known through high school, uni, homemate, and was even a groom at my wedding. I was even the only non-relative at his own wedding. I knew Isabelle in the early years, so my mind has been pretty blown on her strength and her parents support shown in this report. Definitely worth a watch even for those that do not know them.
When it comes to telecommunications, Australia is generally pretty behind the eight ball – sometimes so much so that we can’t even see the ball anymore.
But in a surprisingly innovative move, the country’s largest telecommunications company Telstra has now partnered with Google to begin trials of the search engine giant’s ambitious Project Loon in western Queensland in December.
As part of Project Loon, Google plans to launch a network of high-altitude balloons into the sky, each capable of beaming a wireless signal to the ground below.
The ultimate goal is to provide internet to the two-thirds of the world that currently isn’t connected, and also help bring Wi-Fi to the poorest and most remote regions, as well as those areas struck by natural disasters.
Not sure how well this will work I hope it will work, until a plane hits one.
A fragment of Amelia Earhart’s lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since her plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
New research strongly suggests that a piece of aluminum aircraft debris recovered in 1991 from Nikumaroro, an uninhabited atoll in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, does belong to Earhart’s twin-engined Lockheed Electra.
In August 1977, single parent Peggy Hodgson called police to her rented home in Enfield after two of her four children claimed that furniture was moving and knocking sounds were heard on walls. The children included Margaret, age 13, Janet, age 11, Johnny, age 10 and Billy, age 7. A female police constable saw a chair slide on the floor but couldn’t determine if it moved by itself or was pushed by someone. Later claims included allegedly demonic voices, loud noises, thrown rocks and toys, overturned chairs and levitation of children. Reports of further incidents in the house attracted considerable press attention and the story was covered in British newspapers such as the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, until reports came to an end in 1979. On Halloween 2011, BBC News featured comments from a radio interview with photographer Graham Morris, who claimed that a considerable portion of the events were genuine
Private Orbital Sciences-built cargo launch to the International Space Station ended in a fiery explosion just seconds after liftoff Tuesday night (Oct. 28).
Orbital’s unmanned Antares rocket exploded in a brilliant fireball shortly after launching from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 6:22 p.m. EDT (2222 GMT), crashing back down to the launch pad in a flaming heap. The Antares was carrying Orbital’s unmanned Cygnus spacecraft, which was toting 5,000 pounds (2,268 kilograms) of food, scientific experiments and other supplies on this flight — the third cargo mission to the space station under a $1.9 billion contract the company holds with NASA. You can see photos of the Antares rocket explosion here.
A NASA spokesman described the explosion as a “catastrophic anomaly” during a NASA TV webcast. While the assessment and investigation of the accident have just begun, NASA emergency operations officials report no injuries, Orbital Sciences representatives said. Property damage is limited to the south end of Wallops Island, they added. [Listen to a first-hand account of the rocket explosion]
The Americans and British worked together. In 1975, Whitlam discovered that Britain’s MI6 was operating against his government. “The Brits were actually decoding secret messages coming into my foreign affairs office,” he said later. One of his ministers, Clyde Cameron, told me, “We knew MI6 was bugging Cabinet meetings for the Americans.” In the 1980s, senior CIA officers revealed that the “Whitlam problem” had been discussed “with urgency” by the CIA’s director, William Colby, and the head of MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield. A deputy director of the CIA said: “Kerr did what he was told to do.”
On 10 November, 1975, Whitlam was shown a top secret telex message sourced to Theodore Shackley, the notorious head of the CIA’s East Asia Division, who had helped run the coup against Salvador Allende in Chile two years earlier.
Shackley’s message was read to Whitlam. It said that the prime minister of Australia was a security risk in his own country. The day before, Kerr had visited the headquarters of the Defence Signals Directorate, Australia’s NSA where he was briefed on the “security crisis”.
Just 90 miles off the tip of Florida lies a half-baked, abandoned relic of the Cold War-era arms race — what was once going to be a joint Cuban-Soviet nuclear reactor. Thank God it never panned out. Because not only do we now have these incredible shots from photographer Darmon Richter, but every last aspect of this thing would have been a total and utter disaster.
Ok, this is like porn trailers. The video, while cool does not show the ship hitting the bottom. I really, really want to see a video of a ship, sinking like this and staying on until it hits the bottom. I have never seen that, I really want to. So if you know of one, please submit it! I will fully do you some sex or something in return.
Spoiler alert. Not much. But its a volcano!!
Sometimes, the only way to attract attention to dire warnings about weaknesses in a particular system is to exploit them in a way that can’t be ignored. That’s what drove Michael Jordon of Context Information Security to make Doom run on a Canon Pixma printer; not because it’s cool (although it clearly is) but to demonstrate the inherent insecurities in Canon’s wireless printers.
Wait for it.
Ever wondered what happens when a truck carrying 50 tonnes of ammonium nitrate crashes & mixes with the diesel fuel etc……..
Wonder no more!! Here’s some pics of that exact thing which occurred just outside Charleville in QLD Australia overnight (08/09/2014)
Unfortunately there is no video footage – just some pics. There is almost nothing left of the truck, the police car that responded is gone too & you can see what’s left of the firetrucks.
Amazingly no one died though – truck driver suffered burns & 7 others were injured but none life threatening.
Two Queensland farmers have been the first people to receive deliveries via autonomous drones as a technologically-advanced Google project rolls into testing phase.
Google’s secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.
In 1963, a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room. The man continued digging and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient Derinkuyu underground city, part of the Cappadocia region in central Anatolia, Turkey.
The elaborate subterranean network included discrete entrances, ventilation shafts, wells, and connecting passageways. It was one of dozens of underground cities carved from the rock in Cappadocia thousands of years ago. Hidden for centuries, Derinkuyu‘s underground city is the deepest.
I know you like pictures of abandoned buildings so in the wake of the Athens games in 2004 here are some photos of some of the Olympic venues. Surprised that things like the Olympic Village haven’t been converted into inexpensive housing.
A new type of USB connector that will completely overhaul current specifications is about to enter production.
The USB 3.1 Type-C, which is about the size of a micro-USB but thinner, “opens the door for the invention of an entirely new, super-thin class of devices that consumers haven’t seen yet,” according to Alex Peleg, VP of Intel’s Platform Engineering Group.
He previously claimed the Type-C is “the only connector one will need across all devices”.
The USB 3.1 Promoter Group, part of the USB Implementers Forum, has taken a leaf from Apple’s book in the development of the Type-C. Like the Lightning connector, it’s reversible, meaning users can insert it into their device’s port no matter which way up it is.
It also supports USB performance at SuperSpeed 10 GB/sec and USB Power Delivery up to 100W.