Monday, May 25, 2015
Daily 2 Cents: Fukushima = Wasteland -- Humans Will Become Cyborgs Within 200 Years -- 'Coast to Coast AM' on May 31st
Fukushima = Wasteland
A foreign correspondent whose career consists of traveling to dangerous regions around the world has called the area around Fukushima, Japan, one of the most hopeless places he has ever visited, likening it to a “post apocalyptic ghost town.”
“I have seen abandoned villages before; most times there is a sense of finality to them,” writes Arglit Boonyai, host of the weekly Channel NewsAsia show Danger Zone. “It is as though the town’s time is up and the people have moved on. Fukushima is nothing like that. It’s like time just stopped.”
Danger Zone is a show about Boonyai’s visits to some of the world’s most dangerous places in order to try to understand of how ordinary people cope with living there. In addition to Fukushima, he has previously traveled to Iraq and into the heart of the Liberian Ebola epidemic.
Herculean cleanup effort
In March 2011, Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami, which then triggered multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Explosions at the plant sent a massive plume of radioactive material spreading across the surrounding countryside.
Four years later, 70,000 people are still unable to return to their homes due to radioactive contamination. Local agriculture has been hobbled due to concerns over radioactive crops.fukushima
While filming the show, Boonyai and his crew visited the town of Tomioka, which was littered with signs of how abruptly the town had been abandoned, such as wedding albums and children’s toys scattered everywhere.
“If the tsunami had not destroyed most of the shops and houses in the area, there would be no explanation as to why the people there ever left,” he writes, “or why nature had slowly begun reclaiming the land covering collapsed buildings and the local train station.”
While some areas around Fukushima felt like ghost towns, others bustled with activity. The Japanese government has set a goal of completely cleaning up the radioactive waste from the disaster, even though radioactive material has infiltrated everything from the soil under people’s feet to the dust in the air they breathe.
“Workers work tirelessly to remove [radioactive fallout] inch by inch, mostly with the help of machines, but in some cases I witnessed clean-up crews scrubbing the side of buildings with steel tooth brushes,” Boonyai writes.
He notes that many locals have joined the effort as volunteers, particularly elderly residents who believe they are too old to worry about health effects from radiation.
“Lack of hope”
“But despite this shared sense of duty and extraordinary effort to return Fukushima to normal, I fear that here, more than anywhere else, has a distinct lack of hope,” Boonyai writes.
“Refugees living in temporary housing do not expect to return to their homes. Scientists and radiation specialists do not expect the land to be free from danger any time soon.”
Based on his visit to the region, Boonyai agrees with the assessment that the region will remain largely uninhabitable for decades.
The problems become more severe as one gets closer to the plant itself. In July 2014, Kyoto University assistant professor Hiroaki Koide described the area directly around the plant as a radioactive swamp. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has been stockpiling radioactive water on the site — water used to cool the reactors and groundwater leaking into the failed reactors both become radioactive and build up rapidly — but numerous leaks have rendered the entire area highly dangerous.
Meanwhile, TEPCO has pushed back the timeline to begin decommissioning the crippled reactors themselves to 2025 due to technical difficulties. The company claims the project will be finished by 2051, but the head of the plant has publicly disputed this claim.
He says the technology does not yet exist to clean up Fukushima Daiichi, and it might not exist for centuries. - Fukushima = Wasteland
Humans 'will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years'
Wealthy humans are likely become cyborgs within 200 years as they gradually merge with technology like computers and smart phones, a historian has claimed.
Yuval Noah Harari, a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said the amalgamation of man and machine will be the ‘biggest evolution in biology’ since the emergence of life four billion years ago.
Prof Harari, who has written a landmark book charting the history of humanity, said mankind would evolve to become like gods with the power over death, and be as different from humans of today as we are from chimpanzees.
He argued that humans as a race were driven by dissatisfaction and that we would not be able to resist the temptation to ‘upgrade’ ourselves, whether by genetic engineering or technology.
“We are programmed to be dissatisfied, “ said Prof Harari. “Even when humans gain pleasure and achievements it is not enough. They want more and more.
“I think it is likely in the next 200 years or so homo sapiens will upgrade themselves into some idea of a divine being, either through biological manipulation or genetic engineering of by the creation of cyborgs, part organic part non-organic. Read more at Humans 'will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years'
Mystery over cremated remains from Michigan that washed up on Scottish beach
Morag Paterson was going for a swim near Inverness on Friday morning when something on the beach caught her eye. A plastic bag sat near the water and was full of a greyish powder.
The bag was sealed and attached to it was a round metal tag that said simply, “Central Michigan Crematory Battle Creek MI” with a five-digit identification number. And so the mystery began. Paterson tried to email the crematory, run by Brutsche Concrete Products, but could not get through, so she contacted the Battle Creek Enquirer instead to make known what she had stumbled upon.
When they contacted the company’s Mickey Brutsche, he said they know who the remains belong to through the ID number. He has no idea how the remains ended up in Scotland but said remains have been known to show up far from where they might be expected. “It does happen somewhat often,” he said.
“They found the remains in Ireland (actually in the north of Scotland) and we are working with our records and the funeral home and letting them know. It happens a couple of times a year.” Brutsche would not identify the funeral home that handled the service and he said it would be the funeral home’s responsibility to notify the family. “But this is someone’s loved one so it’s up to them if they want it to be public or not,” he said. - Mystery over cremated remains from Michigan that washed up on Scottish beach
Coast to Coast AM - May 31st
Hi folks...I have been asked to once again appear on 'Coast to Coast AM' on Sunday (Monday) May 31st. (Midnight - 2AM PT) - The subject will be 'Reptoids in Caves'. Should be interesting...Lon
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The following account came from a reader in south central New Mexico:
Something is knocking on my door around 11:30 to about 2AM - maybe once in a week. Oh, I thought about your BEK posts, and give it enough credence not to go outside. I’ve had to start keeping the glass door locked because something kept opening it. The night before I started locking it, the door opened, and this huge hand covered my peep hole.
So, I started locking the door. The next morning I discovered where someone had peed on the glass door.
We clean the door. Something comes back and pees on it, again.
I’ve left it, this time. Whatever is doing it must stand at least 4.5 feet off ground - which is where it starts.
My neighbor and I have this same problem. We started comparing notes and we have a Harry (hairy) person problem.
He doesn’t come around much in the winter, which is interesting. Our Harry smells like a wet skunk, with just a whiff of dirty wet dog. We’ve learned that when Harry comes around, we pick up the skunk odor, which does not linger. When a skunk comes around, the odor lingers.
Around Easter something came around that was absolutely putrid. Evidently it was a different hairy person. This one had the classic stomach turning odor. It’s been around here, twice.
The knocking is annoying. The dogs lunge at it. There are evenings when it will knock twice, I swear, just for the pure entertainment value. My neighbor and I decided to experiment on the knocking. I was telling her about it. At the time, my front door was closed. I knocked on the glass. The little dogs, exhausted from barking all day Friday, ignored it. I knocked on the wooden frame and they started yapping, but there was no lunging. It was more like, a I-heard-your-knocking-now-quit. I’m beginning to think he knocks, just to drive them crazy. If he were up to something truly frightening, it would be very simple to knock in a window and create disaster. He snoops around the windows, but never touches them. But, he knocks at the front door. If it were just me, I would say I’m losing my mind. He does the same thing to my neighbor. Like she said, it’s as though he’s trying to antagonize the little dogs, just for the heck of it.
I’ve been collecting things for a garage sale, and figured it would come around to look. On Friday morning, we put out my mother’s Christmas wreaths to sell. They had been wrapped in big garbage bags.
That night, Harry came around, knocked on the door. He prowled around a little. My neighbor and I messaged back and forth. She smelled him, then I smelled him. He prowled around for a good hour. We even know where he might be hiding, which is freaky.
Yesterday morning, when I went out to put things back out for the garage sale, I went to put the wreaths up on a hanging basket bracket. One or two of them had traces of Harry odor. He had been snooping through the carport, touching a few things. If it had been skunked, everything would be noxious. The things he touched were well off the ground. There was his lingering odor on one or two things, and on the door to a closet. Because the items were in different locations it tells me he was snooping a little.
He was feeling several of the wreaths! You could trace the lingering odor on them, but only one or two, and not all of them. The odor was only on certain parts of the 2 wreaths and there were 24 wreaths!
Evidently he was feeling the texture of the artificial greenery, touching it. That absolutely amazes me. He felt it, to see if it was real, touching it. That reeks of intellect, and an ability to explore something new. My neighbor was excited about it. I was freaked. My mother thinks it is exciting. She told me it proved they were intelligent beings and not animals - my 85-year-old mother!
I thought I caught a glimpse of shadow a couple of times when I would look outside the door. In other words, when something is new, in the carports, it looks around to check it out, just like it’s part of the neighborhood - like a nosy neighbor. I talked to a guy the other day, who was telling me he knows more people right around here who have the same experience. It’s like he just bops around the neighborhood, at night, looking at stuff.
He was telling me one of his co-workers, who lives near here sees one, constantly. Everyone in her family has seen it - and recently. S
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Saturday, May 23, 2015
Daily 2 Cents: Massive Kangaroo Roaming Brisbane Suburbs -- Possible Big Cat Stalking Richmond, Virginia -- Unknown Hairy Creature Encounter
Massive Kangaroo Roaming Brisbane Suburbs
Residents in North Lakes, Brisbane, Australia, are being kept on the hop by a massive kangaroo. Smaller kangaroos are often seen in the area but the big buck stands out from the troop due to a distinctive tear in his left ear.
Local Linda Hellyer said he is arguably North Lakes most imposing resident. “He's very intimidating he's a big boy. He is more than two metres tall and weighs up to 95 kilograms.
“He's the last thing you would expect to run into while walking in the suburbs.” But Ms Hellyer came close. “We turned the corner and old mate jumped out he's very big and I don't want to take him on.
“He's got massive, massive muscles, big pecs and everything and he stood up because he was obviously a bit frightened of the dogs,” she said. But she made sure she kept her distance. “We didn't intend to get that close because we obviously know kangaroos can be a bit dangerous.”
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Unknown Hairy Creature Encounter
Location. Hernandez, Entre Rios, Argentina
Date: August 12 2011
A local farmworker, Pedro Firpo, traveling alone that night when he was suddenly surprised to see a strange creature which jumped out of a small arroyo on the side of the road, the rolled onto the middle of the roadway and began ‘dragging’ itself at an “impossible speed” across the road in front of the startled witness. It then disappeared “like a magic act”. Firpo could not describe the creature as either human or animal, but it seemed to be a mixture of human and ape. It also a short tail, a black face as if blackened by ash and very hairy. It seemed to be crouching down and it also seemed to be wearing a loose fitting garment or “sack”. It appeared to be “dirty or stained” according to Firpo, who arrived home later that night with his blood pressure skyrocketing. The witness was surprised at the incredible speed it dragged itself across the road, “like a movie being played at high speed”. Later several others returned to the site where the creature had been seen and were surprised to see at least 15 dogs mysteriously congregated on the side of the road. Locals describe Firpo as a hardworking family man and never known to invent such incredible tales.
Comments: Translated by Albert S. Rosales
Possible Big Cat Stalking Richmond, Virginia
The city of Richmond’s department of animal control could not confirm the presence of “a large cat-type creature” reportedly spotted near the Reedy Creek entrance of James River Park on Thursday.
According to a city spokesman, an officer was sent out but nothing was found. Animal control did investigate some tracks in the sand, but determined those to be canine.
There is a long history in Virginia of people seeing large house cats and other animals and believing them to be cougars, also known as mountain lions or panthers.
The last wild cougar confirmed in Virginia was killed in Washington County in 1882.
“There is still not a single shred of evidence or documentation to suggest there are any wild cougars or mountain lions in the state of Virginia,” said Mike Fies, a state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologist.
Capt. Kevin Kilgore, supervisor of the city’s law enforcement division of animal control, could not comment on the specifics of Thursday’s report, but a resident shared a similar sighting on the Forest Hill Neighborhood Facebook page Thursday morning. That sighting involved “a darkly colored panther or very large cat” that “ran up a tree and gave ... a low growl” when confronted.
“The likelihood of a wild cat that size would be extremely remote in this area,” said Kilgore, unless someone kept a large, wild cat as a pet that got loose.
Nearby Maymont has one large cat in its care, a bobcat, and that cat is accounted for, according to representatives at the park.
Kilgore said a hybrid cat — a domesticated cat that’s been bred with a wild cat — could be a possibility. Those cats can grow to be as large as a dog and do not need to be specially licensed in the city of Richmond.
It is not rare for black bears, otters, beavers and many other animals to roam the park, he said.
Fies said where cougars do live “they don’t exist like ghosts in the wilderness.” They get hit by cars and photographed by modern trail cameras, of which there are plenty today, he said.
A picture taken of a print in James River Park near the possible big-cat sighting clearly shows claws.
“When you see claws, that almost always has to be a dog,” said Fies, adding that a coyote track would be smaller than the track of a cougar or big dog. - City, park officials investigate report of 'large cat type creature' near Reedy Creek
Bizarre Incident in Valdez
Location. Valdez, Alaska
Date: May 1976
On a beautiful sunny morning, two men who lived at the Valdez Marine Terminal construction camp had decided that after breakfast they would take a cruise up the highway. They were impressed that the day seemed very quiet and sleepy. There were few people up and about as they had breakfast. They left without any well-defined destination in mind so the driver just turned right at the “Totem” Restaurant and Motel. The Totem was located at the edge of this little Alaskan community and his right-hand turn points you at a tight left-hand turn in the highway only a few hundred feet away. As they began the swing into this left-hand-turn in the highway they both had their attention stolen by what abruptly entered into their field of view just off the highway to their right approximately 150 – 175 feet away.
It was so bizarre that the driver made a conscious decision to concentrate on a couple of specific items so that he might recall those items later on. They saw an oval-shaped ‘craft’ approximately 30-35 meters in diameter, it was the exact color and translucence of new bubblegum after chewing it for only a couple of minutes and then blowing a bubble. It was 6.5 m - 8.0 meters in height. Around the outside perimeter was a feature that looked a lot like a lab house (3/4 “). He estimated the diameter of this “hose” to be three quarters on an inch, and individual lights revolved inside the house every 4-5 seconds, in a counter-clockwise flow. The light looked as though it expanded the “hose” as it traveled from left to right around the craft. He recalls being particularly impressed by the ability for the hose which, at the same time seemed so much a part and parcel of the craft, seemed to effortlessly expand and then contract as the light coursed its way around. When he saw enough of the foregoing he began to catch glimpses before he drove out of view around said corner, leaving his friend to continue his observation before it went out of his view also. He saw a ramp dropped from the belly of the craft, approximately 4 – 5 feet wide and 6 – 7 feet long, he believes he observed two metallic extensions which comprised at least a part of the “landing gear”. Last, but certainly not least, he saw two small gray-green creatures, that looked like the stereo-typical description of “aliens”. At the distance of 50 or 60 yards he could not see any specific details. They were 4-5 feet tall, and seemed to be in a ‘quandary’ (the witness got a very distinct feeling that they were caught with their pants down and were in much of a hurry). Then they were out of his line of sight.
He saw his friend turning to look out his window as he continued around the corner and, perhaps ten seconds later, sitting on the edge of the seat he turned staring vacantly out the windshield. He asked his friend, “Did you see what I just saw?” He did not answer and simply continued to look straight out the front windshield. For the third time he began to ask him that same question when he abruptly turned to him and nearly shouted, “You’re*****right I did”, and immediately got that far away look in his eyes again. The main witness then asked if they should turn around and go back, his friend immediately and with emphasis replied “NO!” The witness drove as far as the “Salmon Turnaround” (2 tenths of a mile away from the corner they had made their observations) and turned around there and went back. It was nowhere to be seen and his friend was against going out toward the beach area where they had seen it. He searched the skies for it or a contrail or anything that would tip off its location. He looked at the beach for skid marks, and the immediate mud-flat and water for a wake or concentric circles of it going underneath the water, nothing. He estimates that from the moment they saw the craft until they returned to the site and found it gone was less than four minutes. Later his friend became increasingly unwilling to discuss the event after a few months and refuses to acknowledge the entire experience these days.
Source: MUFON CMS
Thanks to Albert Rosales
Aliens Were Looking At Me
Mitchell, Ontario, Canada - 8/1977: This event occurred when I was approximately 12 years old. It happened at home on the farm. The house and barn were close to each other (barn has since burned), within 50 feet. I do not even remember walking to the window in the hall. But I was standing at the window looking out and wondering why it was so bright out there. It was night time. It was so bright it looked like when you turn on the lights at a ball field. On the ground was 3 alien looking figures looking at me and pointing. I lost time after that. I do not know how long I was standing at the window or what happened after. But ever since then I lose track of time so easily. It scared me and my heart was racing. I was also fascinated-seemed to be drawn to watch them. No one else in my family saw this. I have thought of this incident many times since it happened and even now as to why I was picked for this and then to see the UFO so close later (12 years after saw the figures). - MUFON CMS
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