Threesology Research Journal
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(The Study of Threes)

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THREES examples related to the Elizabeth Smart Abduction:

  • Nov. 3rd- Elizabeth's birthday
  • 3 suspects of the kidnapping: Richard Albert Ricci- Brent Michael Edmonds- Brian David Mitchell
  • 3 days after being locked up in jail is the period given (in one report) when Ricci died of a brain hemorrhage.
  • 3rd day of typical work week (Wednesday, 12-03-03) is when Elizabeth was found and her abductors captured (Typical work week starts on Monday for many workers, even though a typical pay period may start on Sunday).
  • 3 months short of a year (9 months) is the duration of her captivity.
  • 3 people taken into custody during initial arrest ("detainment") of abductors: Brian David Mitchell- Wanda Ilene Barzee- Elizabeth Smart
  • 3 to 1 ratio of Sandy City police officers involved in the detainment:

  1. 1 of 3. Karen Jones (patrol officer)
  2. 2 of 3. Bill O'Neal (patrol officer)
  3. 3 of 3. Troy Rasmussen (patrol officer)
  4. 1 of 1. Victor Quezada (patrol duty sergeant)

3 news conferences called for by police:

  1. First news conference scheduled for 03-12-03.
  2. Second news conference scheduled for 03-13-03.
  3. 3rd Third news conference scheduled for 03-14-03 was canceled, with the remark that the police had nothing to say.

Near the end of the first news conference (03-12-03), Salt Lake City Police Chief Richard Dinse indicated that he would answer three more questions (as he simultaneously held up three fingers,) and then after a series of questions, he said he would answer 1 more question. Additionally, at the same conference, Sandy City Police Chief Steve Chapman indicated to reporters that a "couple of 3" questions would be addressed.

  • February 3rd 2003, was offered as a moment in time when a public announcement (by the Smart Family) was made of the abductor Brian David Mitchell, in which sketches were released. Other reports gave earlier accounts of informing the public.
  • 3 initial sketches of Brian David Mitchell were developed and offered as the reason why law enforcement did not provide the public with a reference to Brian David Mitchell, since it was thought that 3 different sketches might cause the suspect to flee, and not provide them with an opportunity to capture him, and would confuse the public.

    3 photographs and 1 sketch of Brian David Mitchell were provided to the public on the America's Most Wanted television program.
  • 3 distances reported as to how far away Elizabeth Smart was for approximately 3 months after her initial abduction, (camped out in the hills behind her house.):

  1. About 2 miles away.
  2. About 3 miles away.
  3. About 3½ miles away.

(A week later, there were reports that the campsite was about 4 miles away. This alternative example puts the count at a 3 to 1 ratio.)

  • 3 States the "Marshall" trio traveled in: Utah- Nevada- California.
  • 3 garment items that were employed to conceal Elizabeth Smart's identity:

  1. A grey wig.
  2. Sunglasses.
  3. Veiled face.

3 types of verbal concealment used by Elizabeth Smart after being questioned as to her identity by Sandy City police officers:

  1. My name is Augustine Marshall (I am the daughter of Peter and Juliet Marshall.)
  2. I can not remove the sunglasses because I had eye surgery.
  3. "I know who you think I am," she told the officers. "You guys think I'm that Elizabeth Smart girl who ran away." (...but I'm not.)

(Notice she says "ran away" and not "kidnapped".)

  • 3-patterned pronounced expression of Elizabeth Smart to the police officers as a confession that she is indeed the missing girl: Thou Say-est (Thou Sayest) Yet, some observers prefer to see this as two words with the third part represented by the space/pause between the words.
  • 3 times married: Brian David Mitchell (Wanda is his third wife.)
  • 3 theories as to why Elizabeth was abducted:

  1. Brian David Mitchell holds (Mormon-like) polygamist views and wanted to groom her to his way of thinking in order to make her into a "perfect" wife.
  2. To be a "perfect" daughter for Brian David Mitchell and his wife Wanda.
  3. To be an obedient ("perfect") follower that could assist him in acquiring a larger following.

3 considerations of the views that Brian David Mitchell has about himself:

  1. He is a messenger of/for God.
  2. He is God.
  3. He is greater than God.

3 types of charges filed against Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee, on Tuesday, 03-18-03 (the third day of the week- with Sunday as the first day):

  1. One count of Aggravated kidnapping.
  2. One count of Aggravated burglary.
  3. Two counts of Aggravated sexual assault.

They were also charged with one count of aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated kidnapping for trying to abduct Elizabeth's cousin.

3rd District Judge Tyrone Medley read the charges on Wednesday, 03-19-03, and ordered the defendants -- each being held in lieu of $10 million bail -- to have no contact with:

  1. The victim.
  2. Her family.
  3. Witnesses in the case.

3 distinct publicly recognized moments Elisabeth Smart could have ran away or screamed for help while in Salt Lake City, Utah:

  1. While the trio were at Liberty Park.
  2. While the trio were at a Down Town party.
  3. While the trio were stopped by police in a parking lot (while walking down a sidewalk).

3 recurring (less than flattering) characterizations of the Smart family seen on internet commentary sites:

  1. (Chronicles of) The Stupid Family.
  2. (Saga of) The Dumb Family.
  3. (Another Chapter about) The Retarded Mormon Family.

3 Smart Family members appeal to Congress to mandate a Nation-wide Amber alert system: Elizabeth and her two (real) parents.

3 samples being requested by prosecutor (reported in the news 03-28-03):

  1. Blood
  2. Hair
  3. Handwriting

3 recurring accusations of guilt pointed out on internet commentary sites:

  1. The (Smart) mother and/or father have stupid values for hiring derelict individuals to subject their family to.
  2. Brian Mitchell and Wanda Barzee should be executed and not be allowed to victimize society by being permitted to remain alive in prison at society's cost. (The only way for the Smart family and society to have an honest healing process will require the death of the two perverts.)
  3. The American Justice system is wholly inadequate for protecting the innocent and providing effective punishment for criminals that does not victimize the public for decades.

3 things to teach children have been circulated due to the Elizabeth Smart Kidnapping:

  1. Teach your children how to scream bloody murder when a stranger is found in the house.
  2. Teach your children how to escape (by running away) from potential or actual threats to safety and freedom (if they are too small to defend themselves otherwise.)
  3. Teach your children how to seek help in public places.

3 things Elizabeth Smart might be considering due to her safety:

  1. Her family did not (and does not) provide a safe haven.
  2. Her room did not (and does not) provide security.
  3. Law enforcement did not (and will not) rescue her until long after she had/has been traumatized.

3 overall extensions of the above three safety considerations:

  1. Her Family does not provide adequate safety.
  2. Her Community does not provide adequate safety.
  3. Her God does not provide adequate safety.

3 considerations why a person such as Elizabeth Smart might be susceptible to psychological re-programming (sometimes referred to as the Stockholm Syndrome):

  1. Too readily acceptable of authority. (Has little or no resistance to "sales pitches" and will be easily convinced of the "truth" by a person practicing forms of mental manipulation on themselves as well as others.) (This is frequently seen in those who make "straight A's" because they simply mimic what is taught to them in an obedient fashion.)
  2. Her religious convictions were primarily based on "Blind" faith which requires an ongoing "humility" to accept the dominant and re-occurring authoritarian views on religion she is persistently subjected to in a family (communal) type of environment.
  3. She was brought up to be submissive, accepting with little or no opposition, and to deliberate her life according to the views of a dominant (over-protective) male figure.

The above considerations are different attempts to explain why a 14 year old girl who was brought up in a "loving and religious" family could so easily dismiss the family and her own identity in such a short expanse of time. It is felt that the love for her family and her own self-identity is not as solid a binding influence as the family and others would like to believe. In other words, she has simply been "going through the e-motions" of a person who is deeply attached to their family because that is what is expected of her and they are not as deeply engrained to the point of resisting any attempt to change.

In the attempt by some to compare Elizabeth Smart's brainwashing event with that which was experienced by Patti Hearst, some consider that a wealthy lifestyle sometimes creates circumstances which predispose (overly protected females?) towards developing psychological vulnerabilities that poor people are hardened against due to differences in realities that are experienced.

The events of the Elizabeth Smart abduction bring to mind an event that occurred to me when I was about seven years old. I had accidentally stumbled on two teenaged boys on the top (3rd) floor of an abandoned warehouse having tied up another boy (about five years old) to a support beam. I hid behind a stairwell as they left him there crying for help. With tears running down his face, I motioned for him to be silent as I untied him so he could escape. As we were about to go down the stairs, we could hear the two boys returning, so I motioned to the young boy to go behind the stairwell. I looked around the banister to see that the boys realized the young boy had gotten away, so they ran down the stairs and out of the building. After I got him out of the warehouse, I asked if he wanted me to take him home, but he said he could make it on his own. He said thanks and I went home. I never saw any of the three boys ever again, and had not thought about this event until I saw Elizabeth Smart in situations that would have assisted in her escape from her captors.

3 characteristics that, in general, researchers' findings identify as being sexually attractive both in men and women:

  1. A small nose.
  2. Big eyes.
  3. Voluptuous lips.

Three engine block casting number types to look for:

  1. The block CASTING NUMBER.
  2. The block CASTING DATE.

--- Chevy V-8 casting number locations ---

Chevrolet's truck history there were three mid year body changes. These changes were made in the following three years: 1936, 1947, and 1955. These changes involved very little alterations to the bed and mechanical components. The cab was the part that received the near total facelifts.

--- Chevy Trucks ---

Rear Main Seal: Beginning in 1986 all production small block Chevy engines used a 1 piece rear main seal (as opposed to a two-piece seal) This means the bolt pattern on the end of the crankshaft was reduced to 3.00".

--- Small Block Chevy Engine Identification Menu ---

Three different New Process transfer cases equipped to Chevrolet's 4x4s during one particular manufacturing era:

Transfer Case ratios Years Available Application
hi lo
Full-time, chain-driven.
2.01:1 1.00:1 '74-'79 '74: K-10, K-20 w/V8
'75: K-10, K-20 w/V8 & auto. trans.
'76: K-10, K-20 w/auto. trans.
'77-'79: same as previous
Part-time, gear-driven.
l.96:1 1.00:1 '73-'87 '73: all models
'74: K-10, K-20 w/I-6
'75: K-10, K-20 w/I-6, V-8 & man. trans.
'76: K-10, K-20 w/man. trans.
'77-'79: same as previous
'80: all models
'81-'87: K30 (V30 in '87)
Part-time, aluminum-cased, chain-driven.
2.61:1 1.00:1 '81-'87 '81-'87: K10, K20
(V10, V20 in '87)

Some hard-core ’wheelers prefer the NP205 for its bomb-proof strength, though it was not designed to be shifted into 4-Hi on the fly, and it’s much more costly to recondition than the 208. Others prefer the 208 for its 2.61:1 low-range ratio.

--- Four Wheeler: History of Transfer cases ---

Three first digits of the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) make up what is commonly referred to as the "World Manufacturer Identification."

--- Understanding Vehicle Identification Numbers ---

The Vehicle Identification Number was originally described in ISO Standard 3779 in February 1977 and last revised in 1983. The ISO-VIN was designed to identify motor vehicles, trailers, motorcycles and mopeds and consists of three sections:

  • WMI- World Manufacturer Identifier, which uniquely identifies the maker of the vehicle.& It occupies the first three positions of the VIN, except when a manufacturer builds less than 500 vehicles per year, in which case the third digit is always a 9 and the 12th, 13th and 14th position of the VIN are used for the second part of the WMI. The WMI is described in ISO 3780.
  • VDS- Vehicle Descriptor Section. These 6 characters occupy positions 4 through 9 of the VIN and may be used by the manufacturer to identify attributes of the vehicle.
  • VIS- Vehicle Identifier Section. The last 8 characters of the VIN are used for the identification a of specific vehicle. The last four characters shall always be numeric.

--- The VIN System: Vehicle Identification Number ---

3, 2, or 1 letter(s) of the alphabet were used by Chevy to code the type of engine, transmission and vehicle into the suffix code.

--- Chevy V8 Casting Numbers ---

Three last digits of the (cylinder head) number series designate the type of heads.

--- How To Buy a Junkyard Engine ---

3 Locations in which the serial number on the THM350 transmission may be found:

  1. The drivers side housing near the shifter.
  2. The right side of the housing just above the pan.
  3. On a boss behind the bell-housing flange on the passenger side of the transmission.

3 Locations in which the serial number on the THM700-R4 transmission may be found:

  1. On a boss behind the bell-housing flange on the passenger side.
  2. Just above the pan on the drivers side.
  3. Just behind the governor cover, stamped vertically where the case meets the tailshaft housing.

3 typical manual transmission types offered by General Motors:

manual transmissions

3 Muncie 4-speeds were offered:

  1. The M-20 wide ratio.
  2. The M-21 close ratio.
  3. The "Extra heavy duty close ratio" M-22, also known as the "Rock Crusher".

--- Transmission Identification & Decoding ---

Three things told by your tire's Uniform Tire Quality Grading:

  1. Tread Wear: This number comes from testing the tire in controlled conditions on a government test track. The higher the number, the longer you can expect the tread to last. Since no one will drive his or her car on exactly the same surfaces and at the same speeds as the government test track, the number is not an accurate indicator of how long your tread will actually last. It's a good relative measure, however: You can expect a tire with a larger number to last longer than one with a smaller number.
  2. Traction: Tire traction is rated AA, A, B or C, with AA at the top of the scale. This rating is based on the tire's ability to stop a car on wet concrete and asphalt. It does not indicate the tire's cornering ability. According to this --- NHTSA page: ---, the Firestone Wilderness AT and Radial ATX II tires that have been in the news have a traction rating of B.
  3. Temperature: The tire temperature ratings are A, B or C. The rating is a measure of how well the tire dissipates heat and how well it handles the buildup of heat. The temperature grade applies to a properly inflated tire that is not overloaded. Underinflation, overloading or excessive speed can lead to more heat buildup. Excessive heat buildup can cause tires to wear out faster, or could even lead to tire failure. According to the above linked NHTSA page, the Firestone Wilderness AT and Radial ATX II tires have a temperature rating of C.

--- How Tires Work ---

You can check the UTQG rating for your tires on this page:
--- ---

maintained by the U.S. --- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ---.

The following syllogism was found on the internet by an employee and offered as an example of thinking outside the box in terms of a moral/ethical dilemma. Supposedly, it was a question asked of applicants applying for a job, and only one person gave the "right" answer for which he was offered a job. I do not have any particular knowledge as to where the following was found on the internet nor what job was being offered and nor do I know if the candidate was a man, woman, young, old, religious, atheist, white, black, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, etc..., and I do not know the year, day, month or place that the event is supposedly taking place in/at.

You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night. You pass by a bus stop, and see three people waiting for the bus:
  1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
  2. An old friend who once saved your life.
  3. The perfect man (or woman) you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?

The (to be) chosen applicant supposedly said: "I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the woman of my dreams."

While on the surface and initial outset it would appear that the candidate made very wise decisions, a closer look reveals some intellectual/logical flaws:

  • He assumes that the old lady may be dying when she is actually just old.
  • The "old" friend actually wants a ride from you (when he may be riding the bus to be near the "old" lady who in turn may be riding the bus in the desire to be near the old friend of yours.)
  • That the perfect man (or woman) will find you as a counter-part perfect mate whom they have been dreaming about and would accept a ride from a "perfect" stranger.
  • That the old friend would be interested in driving the old lady to the hospital.
  • That no 911 service is available to call for emergency help that may not be needed, but you assume it is even without asking the old lady if she is in need of medical assistance.
  • That you can make accurate moral/ethical decisions based on hypothetical circumstances (arranged into a framework for a context that simply allows someone else to avoid making a decision by choosing in response to a non-typical answer provided for a non-typical question.)

By the way, upon being asked the question, I chose to give a ride to the perfect woman of my dreams who would have wanted me to keep the car and not place us both in an undesirable position on a stormy night...

Three important lessons about keeping secrets from your (potential) employer:

  1. Don't lie about where you've worked or when.- Nine out of 10 large companies now conduct background checks on all potential new hires, human resources experts say, and the process of verifying employment is so routine that many companies have automated the process.
  2. Don't lie about where you went to school or what degree you earned.- Despite the recent rash of revelations about resume padding -- from California's poet laureate to Notre Dame's football coach to Veritas Software's CFO -- degree-fudging is remarkably easy to detect.
  3. Beyond that, don't assume your past is an open book.- Now, I would never advocate lying to a potential employer. But you don't necessarily have to confess all in fear that the company will discover everything about you anyway.

--- MSN Money- Secrets you can keep from your employer ---
by Liz Pulliman Weston

The 50/30/20 budget fix
by Liz Weston, MSN Money
1/18/2011 11:41 AM ET

Here's how it works:

You start with your after-tax income. That's your gross pay minus any wage-based taxes, such as withheld income tax, Social Security and Medicare taxes, and disability taxes. If your employer deducts other expenses from your paycheck, such as 401k contributions, health insurance premiums and union dues, add those back into your net pay to get your after-tax income.

You aim to limit your "must-have" expenses to 50% of that after-tax figure. "Must-haves" include all the basic expenditures you really need to make each month: outlays for housing, utilities, transportation, food, insurance, child care, tuition and minimum loan payments. If you can delay a purchase for a few months with no serious consequences -- for example, clothing or dining out -- it's not a must-have. If you're contractually obligated to pay something (a credit card minimum, child support or a cell phone bill), it's a must-have, at least for now.

Your "wants" can consume 30% of your after-tax pay. Vacations, gifts, entertainment, clothes, eating out and other expenses are all "wants." Some bills you pay might overlap the two categories. For example, basic phone service is a must-have. But features such as call waiting or unlimited long distance are wants. Internet access and pay television are two other expenditures that can feel like must-haves but usually are wants, unless you're on some kind of long-term contract.

Savings and debt repayment make up the final 20% of your budget. Warren's a bankruptcy expert, remember, and she knows the devastation that results from too much debt and too little savings. To achieve financial independence and minimize the chances of disaster, you need to get rid of consumer debt, save for retirement and build your emergency fund. Any loan payments you make above the minimum belong in this category, as do contributions to your retirement and emergency funds.

(If you pay your credit cards in full every month, by the way, your credit card bills aren't debt. You don't assign the credit card payments themselves to categories; instead, you allocate each individual expenditure on the bill to its appropriate category, that's it.)

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