Thursday, April 24, 2014
Daily 2 Cents: Ghosts of Gallipoli -- Pills With Powdered Human Baby Flesh -- Apparition Runs Through Stadium Crowd
Ghosts of Gallipoli
Dusk had settled and night was closing in on Beach Cemetery at Hell Spit, on the old Anzac battlefields of Gallipoli, when Fairfax photographer Joe Armao opened the shutter on his last series of pictures for the day – and captured something inexplicable.
Only three people were at the cemetery, or anywhere, so far as we were aware, within kilometres: Armao, guide and local author Celal Boz, and me.
Celal was standing among the silent graves, the only person – no more than a silhouette in the gloom – in the camera's field of vision.
By the time the shutter closed, what appeared to be another ghostly figure had been captured by the camera.
The shadowy silhouette of a figure in a wide-brimmed hat appeared in the frame.
The spectral figure appears in only one of a series of three near-identical frames shot by Armao over 40 seconds. The camera angle had changed no more than 15 centimetres over the series of pictures, and the shutter had been set for a 2.5-second exposure because of the gathering dark.
Armao saw the unexplained apparition when he checked the frames a few seconds later.
He could offer no explanation, but he said the hair stood up on the back of his neck. When he showed Celal and me, we packed up and left the empty cemetery.
Armao, a Walkley-award-winning photographer of 25 years' experience, said he had never seen anything remotely like the picture that appeared on his screen.
Hours of close and sceptical inspection of the frame, including extreme digital enlargement, comparison with other frames and lively discussion of a number of theories about shadows from the flower, tricks of the light and movement of the camera during the 2.5-second exposure offered no conclusive explanation.
It was simply a moment in a darkening graveyard, 99 years since Anzac soldiers stormed ashore at nearby Anzac Cove, captured by a closing shutter.
We offer it for your judgment. - SMH
Shadows of Anzac: An intimate history of Gallipoli
South Korean customs find thousands of pills with powdered human baby flesh
Thousands of pills filled with powdered human flesh have been discovered by customs officials in South Korea, it was revealed today.
The capsules are in demand because they are viewed as being a medicinal 'cure-all'.
The grim trade is being run from China where corrupt medical staff are said to be tipping off medical companies when babies are aborted or delivered still-born.
The tiny corpses are then bought, stored in household refrigerators in homes of those involved in the trade before they are removed and taken to clinics where they are placed in medical drying microwaves.
Once the skin is tinder dry, it is pummelled into powder and then processed into capsules along with herbs to disguise the true ingredients from health investigators and customs officers. Read more at Human Baby Flesh Pills
Apparition runs through stadium crowd
A video showing a strange shadow running through crowds of spectators at a stadium has gone viral.
The dark 'figure' can be seen moving from left to right across the stands, seemingly passing straight through several spectators who appear oblivious to anything being there.
The incident was recorded during Fox Sports coverage of a live football match between Bolivia's "The Strongest" and Uruguay's "Defensor Sporting". Some observers claim to have also witnessed a second shadow towards the northern end of the stadium.
'Ghost' runs through crowd at football game or cut / paste https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXLAsFEo7A4
Bizarre collection for sale
Waddington’s, accustomed to selling antique furniture and fine art, will next week auction off quite a different collection: hundreds of bizarre and troubling objects formerly belonging to the late local collector Billy Jamieson, including Polynesian war clubs, an electric chair, and an almost-life-size (and disturbingly realistic) 20th-century model of a human posterior for proctologists to practise on.
“It’s one of the most interesting and coherent collections to come through Toronto,” said Duncan McLean, president of Waddington’s and a good friend of Mr. Jamieson’s. “And there’ll never be another [like it].”
The sale could fetch as much as $230,000 in total, and is divided into two parts: a live auction, which takes place at the company’s King Street headquarters on Tuesday night, and an online auction running from Monday through Thursday.
Mr. Jamieson died three years ago, on his 57th birthday, at home in his 6,000-square-foot loft on Wellington Street West, surrounded by innumerable tribal objects and oddities. Visitors to the home-slash-showroom had included visiting celebrities, including Steven Tyler and Tim Burton, he said. When he died Mr. Jamieson was working on History Television’s Treasure Trader.
The series aired as a form of tribute after his death.
Asked by the Post in 2007 why he collected tangible remnants of war, torture and exploitation — including human body parts — he said: “They tell an interesting story about our species. Some folks collect cards or porcelain dolls. I’m fascinated by the macabre. And my search for oddities and curiosities takes me to the ends of the Earth.”
Jessica Phillips, the collector’s surviving fiancée, said Mr. Jamieson understood that collections get broken up and scattered across the Earth one day, and was not necessarily sentimental about each artefact.
The collection is a sort of biography of him, she said, noting, “You have to understand that you’re going to die if you’re going to live well. He lived more in his years than 20 people could in a thousand years.”
After drying some tears, she added: “I’m excited about the butt in the box. I want to see what it goes for.”
Because laws about selling human remains can be unclear, the auction does not include Mr. Jamieson’s signature shrunken heads and most other body parts. (Teeth are an exception for some reason, Mr. McLean shrugged.) And buyers should consult legal advice before taking any purchases out of Canada if they contain certain animal parts, such as ivory.
Waddington’s has received a number of inquiries from abroad from interested potential bidders, as well as collectors closer to home.
“People want a piece of Billy,” Mr. McLean said. “They want a souvenir of him.”
The auction takes place Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m., 275 King St. E., on the second floor. Previews open to public Saturday through Monday. - NationalPost
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I received the following encounter report today:
Hello - I would like to tell you about an experience I had in 1954 while working with the US Naval engineers at Zaragoza Air Base near Zaragoza, Spain. This was to be a refurbished NATO facility. I was a contractor (24 yo & working my father's construction firm) and hired by the DoD. This was my 1st time away from the United States. I had another fellow with me who had worked for my father for a couple of years.
Only a few people knew of my experience - my wife (who is deceased) and two close friends (who have also passed away). I have read some of the stories of other people you have published. I thought that I could add my story to the record.
After I had been in Spain for several weeks, I decided to take in the surroundings. I was told by some of the locals that the Monasterio de Piedra near Nuevalos would be an excellent place to visit. The monastery was about 60 miles away, so I decided it would be an enjoyable day trip. When I arrived, I met a young lady who offered to show me around the complex. It was a very hot day (early August) so we took numerous breaks along the way.
As the afternoon waned and the early evening approached, it was time for me to head back toward Zaragoza. The young lady mentioned that there was an very nice inn not far from the monastery if I wanted to stay the night, then get an early start in the morning. So I decided to stay the night - maybe do some exploring that evening.
The inn was very rustic, though quite comfortable. I had dinner outside on the back patio - it was an excellent evening. Though it was dusk, I could still see the terrain not far from the inn. There was a vineyard and a small lavender meadow behind the inn which led to a series of rocky outcrops. I thought that I would take a look around, but I first asked the owner if it was OK to do so.
I walked through the vineyard and reached a small pond, which had a loud chorus of frogs. By this time it was dark, but there was a fair amount of available moonlight - but I still needed a flashlight to see where I was going. I walked around the pond and started to cross a small bridge over a narrow stream. As I walked over the bridge, I noticed something run through the water about 50 ft. upstream. There was enough moonlight to where I could make out an upright shape. This thing was heading toward the high rocks, though I lost sight of it.
I stood silent for about 5 minutes. It was eerie because the frogs were now quiet. The only sound was coming from the direction of the rocks - and the noise was very strange. It sounded like a guttural 'yak yak yak' series, that would pause for a few seconds, then repeat. It would also fade in and out. After a few minutes, it stopped. I had no idea what it was.
I crossed the bridge and started to slowly approach the rocks. As I came to the rock face, there was a fairly well-worn trail on the ground along the edge. I walked further until I reached an opening in the rock face. I pointed the flashlight inside and saw that it was a grotto about 15 ft deep and high enough for me to stand in. The floor of the grotto was littered with small animal bones, so I figured that there were predators about - most likely fox.
I continued on the trail until I heard the 'yak yak yak' sound again - and it was very close. I instantly stopped walking and started searching around me with the flashlight. Just then, some gravel landed on me - and the loud 'yak yak yak' sound was coming from above me. I quickly looked up and pointed the flashlight. There was a creature standing on a small ledge about 15 ft. away, staring at me with yellow eyes reflecting back. It was screaming 'yak yak yak' in quick constant rhythm.
This was the most ghastly thing I've ever witnessed. It was standing on two legs and was about 4 -5 ft tall. I've read about Reptilian encounters on your blog - well, I think this may have been one. It was dark in color and had arms like a human. The face looked like that of a lizard - resembling that of an iguana.
After a few seconds it leaped off the ledge onto the trail - swiftly running on 2 legs in the opposite direction. It was then that I noticed a long tail as it moved away from me.
I quickly made my way back toward the inn - and directly to my room. I laid in bed thinking about this creature the entire night. I was terrified to look out my window, fearing that it followed me back to the inn.
Early in the morning I checked out and drove back to Zaragoza. I have no proof to my experience other than my word. But I now believe that this was a Reptilian creature. H.Y.
NOTE: Here is link and other similar humanoid encounters in Spain - Reptilian Encounter - Valencia, Spain.
Location/Date: Bobadilla Air Base, Malaga, Spain - 1976 - night
While guarding an ammunition depot near a freight train a military guard observed a strange figure about 1.20 meters in height, black in color that was moving over the train tracks in a very quick and agile manner. Two guards approached the figure and pointed their rifles at it and it suddenly turned around and stared at the two men with two large bright red glowing eyes, it jumped up into the darkness and disappeared. Other soldiers at the base had seen a similar figure around the same time and strange objects over the area had also been reported.
One night, in the same base a soldier was given the task to guard a metallic cage, which contained a weird reptilian creature that emitted strange, grunting sounds. One night while standing duty a dark helicopter landed and three military personnel exited the craft, these proceeded to pick up the cage with the humanoid and left immediately. The guard described the humanoid as resembling a “reptilian penguin” with strong jaws and claws. It was about 40 cm in height. The guard observed that the helicopter lacked any identifiable markings on it.
Source: Jose Manuel Garcia Bautista & Rafael Cabello Herrero
Location. Madroñera, Caceres, Spain
Date: April 1 2012 Time: 04:30-05:00
Carlos Rivera, a member of the folkloric musical ensemble ‘Medina Azahara’ was returning from a concert on the N-432 road in a mini-van on his way to Cordoba accompanied by two band technicians (three men in total). Carlos, who was sitting in the passenger seat next to the driver, suddenly at a location about 15 kilometers from Zafra (Badajoz) saw coming out of the embankment only a couple of meters on the right side of the road a strange humanoid figure that approached the passenger side window where Carlos was sitting and briefly looked inside at the astounded witness. The humanoid was described as about 2 meters in height, very thin with a ‘quasi-skull-like face’. Its lower jaw was open widely displaying a huge cavernous mouth; it also had luminous dark yellow eyes. It had something thick wrapped around its neck, like a ‘lifesaver’ and was moving its head in a circular motion almost as if it were ‘stretching’ its neck, at the same time the rest of its body seemed to tremble. It wore a white tunic-like garment that reflected the headlights of the van. The driver panicked and accelerated from the area while Carlos watched as the strange humanoid disappeared in the same direction it had come from.
Source: http://www.looculto.260mb.com/ovnisenespana/carreteran-432/carreteran-432.htm Type: E
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Daily 2 Cents: Black Magic 'Invades' Saudi Arabia -- Woman Claims She's Virgin Mary's Cousin -- Navy’s New Railgun...Wow!
Black Magic 'Invades' Saudi Arabia
Statistics released by Saudi Ministry of Justice have revealed a worrying increase in incidents of black magic and witchcraft in the Arabian Peninsula country, amid claims it is being practiced by mostly expats.
“We have implemented certain procedures and systems to deal with cases pertaining to sorcery across the Kingdom,” Ahmed Al-Janard, a spokesman at the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (known in Arabic as the “Haia“), told Arab News on Sunday, April 13.
The Haia warning followed the issuance of new statistics by the Ministry of Justice revealing the increase of the phenomenon in the Western province, especially in Makkah and Madinah.
More than 85 percent of witchcraft-related cases registered in Makkah’s courts involve expats, the ministry said.
Several cases of witchcraft were also reported by residents who claim to have personally witnessed jinn in uninhabited flats and buildings.
“I have frequently witnessed jinn attacks,” said Issa, an imam who cures residents affected by the supernatural creatures.
“People come to me saying they had seen a ghost or had experienced strange incidents.”
“The Qur’an states that jinn have the ability to scare people,” he said. “They are supernatural beings that reside in parallel to our world.”
Syed Arif, an expat who recently moved onto the Arbaeen district in Jeddah, recalled a similar experience with the supernatural creatures.
“I had rented out a flat in this area even though the structure of the building was outdated because it was affordable,” he said.
“My younger son started to talk to what we thought was an imaginary friend,” he said.
“He never wanted to leave the house and stayed in his room for hours. We used to hear him laughing and talking to himself all the time.”
“When the situation got worse, we consulted a sheikh, who told us our son plays with a jinn,” he said.
“He had advised us to move houses if the situation continued.”
Ejaz Hamed, a resident in the Rehab district, said that the government has closed off a local building said to be inhabited by jinn, which has not been rented out in years.
Taking a quick reaction to stop the increasing phenomenon, Haia took to social networking sites to spread awareness and close in on sorcerers.
“The Haia recently apprehended a resident in the Eastern Province who was involved in the promotion of witchcraft through his Twitter account,” he said.
“He was caught selling a stone that he claimed has the power to eliminate evil, reduce envoy and foster feelings of love.”
A Jeddah court recently sentenced an Asian Qur’an teacher to a four-year prison term and a hundred lashes, in addition to deportation upon completing his sentence, for practicing witchcraft and contacting potential clients on their mobile phones.
However, many imams confirmed they have encountered true cases themselves.
“There are believers and non-believers among jinn,” said Mohammed Mukhtar, a sheikh.
“Preachers who earn their living by exorcizing spirits should charge affordable fees.”
In Islam, jinn possessing humans and controlling them is a controversial issue. While some scholars see it as a fact, others totally reject it claiming that there is no evidence for this.
Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states that the belief in the jinn possessing humans and exercising control over them is not one of the essential beliefs of Islam.
However, it is true that some of the past scholars (Ibn Taymiyyah and others) have considered it as a fact while others deny this, sheikh Kutty added. - OnIslam
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Woman claims she's Virgin Mary's cousin 65 times removed
A Westmoreland County woman claims she is the 64th great-granddaughter of Saint Joseph Ben Matthat Arimathaea, who was the paternal uncle to the Virgin Mary.
Mary Beth Webb, of Murrysville, said she began searching her ancestry in 2010 after years of "communicating" with her deceased mother, father and brother. While doing the research on ancestry.com over a two-year period, Webb discovered the connection to Saint Joseph.
Saint Joseph of Arimathaea is written about in the Bible and is credited for providing the tomb in which Jesus Christ's body was placed following his execution on the cross. Webb's ancestry page shows the Virgin Mary is her first cousin 65 times removed.
Webb emailed the website to share her discovery, and said a spokesperson replied with skepticism.
"They said, 'Well, that's nice, but you probably made a mistake along the way because that's easy to do,'" Webb said.
The journey into her ancestry began in 1999 when her brother, Donald, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given six months to live. Webb claims she and her cousin began communicating with her parents, who had died years earlier.
"We would ask questions about Heaven, what it was like when you crossed over. I've gotten a really detailed account of what happened to my brother when he passed," Webb said. "I always asked them what it was like, and they said it was beautiful. Imagine the most beautiful place that you can, a beautiful garden."
Over the years, Webb's cousin has been the medium for the conversation, and would communicate messages from Webb's parents to her that included details only those three could know, Webb said, adding there is no way her cousin could have known some of those stories.
Webb wrote notes from all of the encounters and self-published a book on the experiences prior to discovering her lineage.
Webb said she published the book because she wants to share her story with the world and anyone who may be grieving the loss of a loved one. When asked why she didn't post her story for free on a website so people could access it without paying for a book, Webb said she hadn't thought of that prior to publishing the book, but said she did create a website after the book was published.
Webb said she understands not everyone will believe her, but she hopes her experiences provide hope for those grief-stricken over a loved one's death.
"I know a lot of people are skeptical and want proof and all that. I can only share what happened to me and hope they can learn from it," Webb said. - WTAE
Pilot reports UFO sighting over Caloundra, Queensland
A commercial pilot with more than 30 years' experience has been left scratching his head over mysterious lights he saw over Caloundra on Good Friday.
The pilot, who does not want to be identified, said he had never seen anything through the cockpit window that compared to the experience.
It has the self-confessed "world's greatest sceptic" questioning everything he believes about UFOs.
The Pelican Waters man was admiring the sky with friends about 8pm last Friday when they first saw two coloured lights in the sky.
He said they reminded him of Chinese lanterns, rising high into the sky and heading south and then east.
Then a third warm-orange glow appeared and suddenly changed direction, tracked north-east and quickly disappeared. "We were looking for an identifier; a beacon or strobe light but there wasn't any," he said.
"I thought it had the characteristics of an object that could fly and I was curious as to what the lights were." - The Chronicle
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Navy’s New Railgun Can Hurl a Shell Over 5,000 MPH
The U.S. Navy is tapping the power of the Force to wage war.
Its latest weapon is an electromagnetic railgun launcher. It uses a form of electromagnetic energy known as the Lorentz force to hurl a 23-pound projectile at speeds exceeding Mach 7. Engineers already have tested this futuristic weapon on land, and the Navy plans to begin sea trials aboard a Joint High Speed Vessel Millinocket in 2016.
“The electromagnetic railgun represents an incredible new offensive capability for the U.S. Navy,” Rear Adm. Bryant Fuller, the Navy’s chief engineer, said in a statement. “This capability will allow us to effectively counter a wide range of threats at a relatively low cost, while keeping our ships and sailors safer by removing the need to carry as many high-explosive weapons.”
The massive railgun that needs just one sailor to operate it relies on the electromagnetic energy of the Lorentz force—the combination of electric and magnetic forces on a point charge—for power.
The Navy likes the weapon for several reasons, not the least of which it has a range of 100 miles and doesn’t require explosive warheads. That makes it far safer for sailors, and cheaper for taxpayers. According to the Navy, each 18-inch projectile costs about $25,000, compared to $500,000 to $1.5 million for conventional missiles.
“[It] will give our adversaries a huge moment of pause to go: ‘Do I even want to go engage a naval ship?’” Rear Admiral Matt Klunder told reporters. “Because you are going to lose. You could throw anything at us, frankly, and the fact that we now can shoot a number of these rounds at a very affordable cost, it’s my opinion that they don’t win.”
The Navy’s been talking about using railguns for the past ten years. The Office of Naval Research launched a prototype program in 2005, with an initial investment of $250 million committed through 2011. The Navy anticipates spending about that much more by 2017.
Of course the Army is interested in having one too, and the Pentagon is in general interested in many aspects of the technology. In July, the Navy will display the electromagnetic railgun prototype at San Diego Naval Base.
“Frankly, we think it might be the right time for them to know what we’ve been doing behind closed doors in a Star Wars fashion,” said Klunder. “It’s now reality. It’s not science fiction. It’s real and you can look at it.” Go to Wired for video.
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