Saturday, June 06, 2009

Video: UFO Over Cookley, Shropshire, UK

A holidaymaker is set to prove “we are not alone” after capturing UFOs on camera across Shropshire.

Col Foster is a regular visitor to the region because, he claims, the county is a great place to spot unidentified objects in the sky.

Col said he found south Shropshire was the perfect place to indulge in his hobby of “sky fishing” which involves pointing a camera at the sky and taking thousands of images.

Recently, he has taken pictures of UFOs in the sky over Bridgnorth, Tenbury Wells and Clee Hill.

But Col’s favourite UFO pictures were taken in Cookley when he captured what appeared to be an unidentified airbourne object close to a helicopter.

He said: “I studied UFO research very deeply, and I remember a very interesting passage I read.

“If you ever see helicopters, police or military just hovering as if they were chasing criminals, always take a few photos of the helicopter, you will be surprised what you may find.”

Col, from Wordsley, Stourbridge, often comes camping in Shropshire with his brother, Adam, to take part in his favourite pastime.

“I am an avid sky watcher anyway and I do a lot of sky fishing. We were camping in Hampton Loade on the bank holiday weekend and I started taking pictures of the sky,” he said.

“Often you can see something unusual when you look at the pictures on the computer.

“I was taking pictures of the sky. I did not see anything at the time. You could not see it with the naked eye.”

Col, who has a keen interest in capturing ghosts, orbs and UFOs on camera, said he always carried his camera with him everywhere.

He explained why he liked to go sky fishing in the sky over Shopshire.

Col said: “It is a good hunting ground in Shropshire especially over Clee Hill.

“There used to be a military installation on the top of the hill and that has been buzzing with UFO activity. There have been quite a few sightings over the Clee Hill area.”

And, although Col often thinks he is taking a picture of an empty sky, he said when he examined the images more closely he realised they had produced amazing results.

He added: “My friends used to think I was strange but now they are starting to see the sort of things I have picked up.”

NOTE: this article was forwarded to me by a reader, Mark Foster who has a website at Big Cats In Britain

Haunted House Part of Jimmy Carter National Historical Park

The house was haunted; everyone knew that. A shadowy figure peered from an upstairs window. Screams rent the night. There was that vanishing dog, too.

Young Jimmy, like everyone else in Plains, avoided the creaky old structure just outside of town.

The 'haunted house' of Plains would become part of a proposed Jimmy Carter National Historical Park under legislation before Congress.

Now, the house that so frightened the boy who'd become president could become a tourist destination.

Legislation making its way through Congress would turn the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site into a full-fledged park owned and operated by the National Park Service. It would expand the historic inventory of structures here, pumping new life and new money into the hometown of the only president from Georgia.

The structures that would be included are the old house, which Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter lived in years later, after his return from the U.S. Navy; brother Billy Carter's gas station; and the state's Visitor Information Center on the outskirts of town.

"This legislation would help complete the story of President Carter's life," said site superintendent Gary Ingram. His National Park Service office is in the old Plains High School, a handsome building whose hardwood floors squeak. "What excites me is being able to tell the full story."

It's a story worth telling, agree folks in Plains. With a population of 635, it's a small place with a huge welcome mat: 80,000 people visit annually to get a glimpse into the life of the 39th president, the nation's chief executive from 1977 to 1981. The historic site opened in 1987.

"I'm all for" expanding the site, said George Williams, whose family operates a warehouse here. "Preserving history is a good thing."

Plains is like many southwest Georgia towns. It is a cluster of sun-bleached buildings, split by a railroad track. Flat fields unfold under clouds that pile up like tossed pillows. Tractors share the road with pickups and log trucks.

But the buildings here are festooned with American flags. Merchants sell souvenirs that range from peanut Christmas ornaments to empty cans of Billy Beer, the brew Carter's thirsty brother made famous. Secret Service agents keep nonstop watch on the Carter house, hidden behind a wrought-iron fence dotted with wild roses.

Bobby Salter, who owns the Plains Peanuts Store, hopes the site becomes a park.

"It'll help tourism," said Salter. "That's the name of the game here."

The proposal is not just about selling lapel buttons or bumper stickers, federal officials say.

Under legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, the Democrat whose district includes Plains, and Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the National Park Service would take ownership of the "haunted house," reputed to be the oldest home in Sumter County. It also would take over ownership of brother Billy's service station from a local preservation group. The state center and 17 adjacent acres would become federal property, too.

They'd join structures that already comprise the historic site: the old high school; the former train depot where Carter launched his presidential campaign; and the family farm, where visitors can still pick peanuts.

Plans call for the old house's renovation, and the construction of a campground on the visitor center land. All the buildings could get hundreds of thousands of dollars for improvements and repairs. The legislation does not request a specific sum for improvements or hiring extra employees.

For now, the historic site has an operating budget of about $1.5 million and employs 23 people.

"President and Mrs. Carter are part of it all," said state Rep. Mike Cheokas (D-Americus), who went to Washington this month to ask Congress to pass the legislation.

The Carters were traveling and could not be reached for comment, according to a spokeswoman.

The proposed park would put Carter in rarefied company: The homes of only three other presidents —Lyndon Johnson and the Adamses, John and John Quincy — are designated as national historical parks. It would join 123 historical parks that include national icons Valley Forge, Jamestown, Yosemite and other must-see spots.

The Sumter County site also would become the only national historical park in the country that's home to a living president.

The former president and his wife often show up to greet visitors touring the homestead or attending their home church, Maranatha Baptist. On July Fourth, they wave to passersby from the balcony of the Plains Historic Inn.

"They're so nice," said Plains resident Jan Williams. "People are just blown away that Jimmy Carter still lives here."

Williams sat by a computer at a downtown antique shop, waiting for customers. Outside, a guy with a camera walked by, looking for a president.

Video: Istanbul, Kumburgaz, Turkey UFO Returns - May 13 & 15, 2009

NOTE: this video was released on June 5th and noted as the return of the Istanbul, Kumburgaz, Turkey UFO on May 13 & 15, 2009. At 4:05 through 4:25, check the reaction of the dog....seems to be barking at the UFO. Very interesting video...Lon

Photo: 'Spirit Bear' Seen in British Columbia

Steve Kozlowski found himself was confronted by one of the blond bears while traveling along Canada's wild Pacific coast.

The spirit bear is an off-shoot of the American black bear population that lives in the lush coastal forests of British Columbia and is revered by native tribes.

"I set out to travel to the last area where a small population of spirit bears is known to exist near Princess Royal Island on the British Columbia coastline," said Mr Kozlowski, 39, who has been photographing wildlife for the past 18 years.

"I emerged from my tent and was confronted with a spirit bear," he said.

"The bear was startled and it charged at me over a log, its hair up, ears back, snapping its jaws.

"I slowly backed away from the bear and it eventually left."

Unperturbed by his close call, Mr Kozlowski believed that this was his chance to photograph the bear in its natural environment.

"I built a camera blind and kept hidden so that the bear became more comfortable with me as I kept a safe distance," Mr Kozlowski said.

"To observe the bear in the wild was a pleasure."

Explaining that the spirit bear is not albino as many people would first think, Steve says that it is as near to blond as a bear will ever get.

"Very few people have even seen one of these bears," says Mr Kozlowski.

"Nearly 60 per cent of the world's coastal temperate rainforests have been logged or developed. The spirit bear's habitat represents one quarter of what remains.

"It is essential that we put in place moves to protect these extraordinary animals."

Videos: Delmarva Paranormal - Cemetery Investigations

NOTE: my friend Sharon at Delmarva Paranormal investigated a pair of our local cemeteries here in central Maryland. She captured some very good EVPs as well as a 'shadow' in two different locations. Check out her website to view some of her other experiences...Lon


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Friday, June 05, 2009

New 'Dragonfly' Crop ET Sending a Message?

This amazing crop circle has been found in a British farmer's field - the second to be discovered within a matter of days.

The astonishing creation of a dragonfly was found in a farmer's field in Yatesbury, Wilts — just days after a jellyfish formation was spotted in Oxfordshire.

Now crop circle enthusiasts believe the intricate designs could be a warning to the human race to save the planet.

Experts believe Britain could expect to see more crop circles over the summer.

Fanatic Steve Alexander, 50, from Gosport, Hants, said: "Some years you do get themes developing and often you are looking for why this happens.

"It could be do reflect the status of the world at the moment with its financial, political and more importantly, environmental problems.

"I imagine this will not be the last one we will see this summer and it has already been a busy summer for spotting them as they are well ahead of schedule."

Credit Union Cameras Catch Moving Apparition

Original video link

Employees at the Anderson Municipal Business Center said they're seeing ghosts. They said the sightings started last month, with the latest sighting happening Thursday morning.

Security guard Rob Colbert said he was working late when he saw something move out of the corner of his eye.

"So I stopped talking and I went back, and checked it, and when I saw it I said, 'Huh,'" Colbert said.

He said he saw movement on the surveillance camera in the credit union office when no one was there.

"Just like a little ghostly figure, walking around," Colbert described.

The video shows a white blur, sometimes two, floating around the room to a chair, sitting down and disappearing.

IT Director Mark Cunningham, who oversees the surveillance systems for the Municipal Business Center, said he checked the cameras and found nothing out of order.

"Like I said, we really have no idea what it could be," Cunningham said.

The staff said they tried to come up with explanations for the blur. They tried closing the blinds, thinking it might have been a reflection from outside. But they said, it showed up again and looked even clearer than before.

They said they cleaned the camera lens and resealed the camera cover, but the image reappeared.

They said they see the image only in the credit union office, and it doesn't cause any trouble.

"If it is a ghost, maybe it's Casper the friendly ghost," said Frances Parham.

The staff is calling the image Claire, for clairvoyant.

Employees said they don't have an explanation for why a ghost would haunt the building.

The Municipal Center is brand new, and the building that used to occupy the lot was a service station.

NOTE: since this is a fairly new building, it's hard to imagine that this would be a residual haunting....but it is possible...Lon

Winchester, VA Pub's Strange Activity Prompts Another Investigation

They arrived at the restaurant at dusk, carefully unloading equipment from half a dozen black satchels.

Night-vision and infrared video cameras came out. A beat-up laptop was switched on. Voice recorders and electromagnetic field readers got batteries.

"I don't want to work here anymore if anything else happens," said Brittany Whetstone, 18, a new hostess, as part of the crew prepared to go into the basement. "I'm not going down there."

She thought for a minute.

"I'm allowed out if I want to leave, right?"

John Allen, 38, leader of the Virginia Investigators of Paranormal Studies, looked up from the laptop. The monitor's light masked his glasses, hiding his eyes.

"You'll be all right," he said.

Allen and five of his colleagues were at the Cork Street Tavern in Winchester for the second time to investigate otherworldly activity at the fabled city pub. Allen was eager to get started.

The first time the group provoked spirits here, he said, he was physically grabbed on the shoulder by an apparition. And of all the places he's brought his team to, "nothing holds a candle to Cork Street."

There's no shortage of legends explaining how lost souls got trapped during the building's hardscrabble past. Many tales trip over the plots of others or involve the same characters.

The tavern, at 8 W. Cork St., was built in the 1830s and took fire during the Civil War. Equally agreed upon is that it once was a brothel, or at least a speakeasy. Waitresses, cooks and barflies have heard rumors that bodies are buried in the basement.

Some of the stories "almost were a part of employee training," said Joel Smith, a longtime co-owner who left the restaurant in 2008. Extinguished candles would frequently relight. An enormous crash in a vacant kitchen would reveal nothing out of place. Lights inexplicably would turn on. Others, too, have said they've been touched.

They say only the "old side" of the restaurant, which opened in 1932, is haunted. An adjoining building built about 1960 became part of the eatery in 1995.

Sightings come and go.

"If something happened to me, it might make me not so skeptical," said Tara Rutherford, 23, a waitress. "I feel like I haven't personally seen something, but that doesn't mean they don't exist."

Allen, of Millwood, is just the most recent ghost hunter to poke around. Cork Street allowed him and his team to explore the restaurant after he approached them. A tool and die maker by trade, he is friendly and quick with words.

His method is simple: Cut off the lights. Ask the spirits questions, and expect answers. But most importantly, record everything. Most EVPs -- electronic voice phenomena -- only can be seen or heard on the recordings, he said.

"You get a lot of good responses to questions. You do get answers," he said. "Everybody says, 'No, I don't believe any of that.' But you get them one on one, everybody's got a story to tell."

Allen sent most of his group to the basement and took the rest to creaky upstairs offices, where he said he was grabbed.

Cameras on.

"Lights," he said.

It got dark.


He and colleague Michelle Lamica began pacing. For an hour, they loudly traded questions based on their interpretation of audio captured during the first investigation.

There were breathless moments.

"We want to know about the little girl," Lamica said. "We heard you scream last time. Why were you screaming? Was somebody hurting you?"

Allen asked for a knock on the wall.

"Three or four times we heard the name Richard and the name Franklin," he said. "If that is your name, please make your presence known. We mean you no disrespect."

There was only silence. But when Allen later analyzed the tape, he said he heard someone say "get out" several times.

When he's finished, Allen gives all the evidence to the client. His services are free, he said. But one thing his group doesn't do is exorcisms.

"I'm not a priest," he said. "Imaginations come and go, and people run away with them. A lot of times we can give a logical explanation for what's happening" that doesn't include ghosts, he said.

The group's second visit to Cork Street was the eighth investigation he's done this year, he said. More are piling on.

"We're getting so busy so quick," he said. "Word of mouth is spreading so fast.

"We're not trying to convince everybody. But then again, 300 years ago, the world was flat."

Paranormal Evidence Found at Brunswick's Heritage Farm

Three weeks ago, an Ohio team of paranormal researchers conducted a five-hour investigation at Brunswick's Heritage Farm on Laurel Road. In addition to the main house, built in 1850, the team also hunted for spirits in the farm's outbuildings, which include a barn, garage, corn crib, equipment shed, chicken house, milk house and granary.

The team used a variety of devices, including video cameras, digital cameras, audio recorders, K-2 meters, EMF detectors, radiation meters and ghost radios, during the investigation in an effort to capture evidence of anything paranormal. The team has spent the past three weeks analyzing that material and revealed its findings Sunday.

From the second they set foot inside the Heritage Farm house around dusk May 9, three psychic/sensitives and seven investigators representing the Ohio Reaserchers of Banded Spirits could feel that they weren't alone.

"There's definitely a lot of emotion going on inside there," psychic Ashley Peshek said, pointing to the farm house. "It's mostly calm, cozy feelings, but you can tell there was a lot of hard work that went on here, mixed with quite a bit of worry."

Because the farm house has since been converted into a museum containing numerous artifacts from several of Brunswick's founding families, the psychics agreed it was difficult for them to determine whether the presence they were picking up on was attached to the house itself or the objects inside.

"Either way, there's something still here," said sensitive Debbie Andres.

It turns out they were right -- at least, according to their instruments.

After three weeks of analyzing countless hours of video and voice recordings, along with hundreds of still photographs taken during the nighttime investigation, the O.R.B.S. team has uncovered what they believe is substantial evidence proving that spirits -- possibly including those of the city's forefathers -- may still be lingering at the farm.

"Actually, we're pretty convinced that one of the farm's original owners is still here," said O.R.B.S. founder Chris Page, who points to a voice recording captured in the farm's red barn.

On the audio clip, the spirit first refers to himself as "Dave," then "David." After conferring with Amber Dalakas, president of the Brunswick Area Historical Society, investigators believe the spirit is that of David Berdan, who purchased the original 325 acres on which the farm sits in 1818.

"We literally waited all night for that affirmation," Page said.

Although the group did not find any video evidence to substantiate its claims that Heritage Farm is, indeed, haunted, it did gather dozens of recordings of disembodied voices -- approximately 18 of which investigators call "direct responses" to comments made or questions being asked by researchers at the time.

The group also recorded unidentifiable sounds, including those of doors latching and footsteps, in places where people were not present at the time, Page said.

"We really have to be skeptical when it comes to everything we see and hear, which is why we spend so much time going over the evidence," Page said. "We also got a lot of "yes" and "no" answers all night long, which is super common. But we also got quite a few unique comments, some that came out of thin air, and others that came about as a result of the ghost radios."

A ghost radio, Page says, allows investigators to speak with ghosts in real time. Like a car radio's scan button, the ghost radios continually scroll through all radio frequencies, but never stop on any channel. Doing so enables the spirits to communicate using the "white noise."

Of the voices captured during the investigation, several requested "help," which Page says is fairly common.

"It's strange to think that of all the things these spirits could say, they ask for help," Page said. "It's a little disturbing sometimes, but at least they're not telling us to get out."

Other alleged spirits identified themselves, including one captured by a ghost radio in the basement of the farmhouse who referred to herself as Isabel.

After hearing the spirit's voice, Peshek asked the spirit who Isabel was. The spirit immediately replied, "A person."

"Does she live here?" Peshek asked.

"No," the voice replied.

Among the more eerie conversations captured, one of the most chilling investigators presented was captured in the barn. That audio clip, which was caught with the help of the ghost radio, was the voice of a young child yelling, "Help!"

That sound was followed a few seconds later by "Please!" and then, "For me."

"We're not sure what it means or who it was, but it was pretty creepy," Page said.

One of the more lengthy recordings took place in the upstairs bedroom of the farm house, which now serves as an office for the historical society. There, a two-minute conversation of mostly undistinguishable banter, took place followed by 30 seconds or so of questions between an investigator and one of the spirits.

"Are you afraid?" the investigator asked.

"No," the voice said.

"How come you won't talk to us then?" he asked.

"I have to," the spirit said.

"What's it like where you are now?" asks the investigator.

"Happy," the voice says.

Page said that comment is one that reassures him as an investigator.

"It was sort of a weird sounding 'happy,' but it was good to know."

Of the all the sound bites recorded, Page said he was amazed how several came through on the audio recordings without the assistance of a ghost radio.

Although investigators did not hear the spirit voices at the time, they were able to hear them once they reviewed the tapes with computerized software.

"These comments are particularly amazing because it takes a pretty strong spirit to pull energy out of thin air like that," Page said.

One such clip was caught in the barn, where a investigators had just finished commenting that they hoped to stir up some paranormal activity that evening. Instantly, a whispery, drawn out voice can be heard in the background saying, "Good luck with that."

"Even spirits can have a sense of humor sometimes," Page joked.

Page and O.R.B.S. co-founder Karlo Zuzic say that all the evidence adds up to one conclusion -- there is paranormal activity on the farm.

"The good news is this is still a very peaceful place," Zuzic said. "This is very positive energy and these spirits are here to protect something, not to harm anyone."

Page says he believes whatever spirit energy lingers had an incredibly strong love for the farm or one of the artifacts now preserved as part of the museum during life that it wants to protect it in death.

"I guess they want to stay behind and look out for it," Page says. "And they're probably glad to see this house, this land, has become a museum and will forever be preserved."


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Thursday, June 04, 2009

UFO Photographed Over Rice Lake, Ontario, Canada - August, 2008 - UPDATED

Part of a letter written to

....He also noted that many have been seen in the month of August mostly. I have spoken on the phone with Sal to follow up the details regarding these extraordinary pictures. Sal told me the following about these pictures he has kept up to today.

He sounded quite sincere in tone, as I feel the pictures are genuine. These pictures were taken by his daughter Leanna, back in August 2008. Sebastian, her 11-year-old brother, was also was taking pictures randomly that day.

They were traveling on Hwy 45 in the Kawarthas region, near Rice Lake. Leanna took many pictures as they traveled along up the northern road, near dusk, as illustrated. Many pictures were taken through the windshield, in testing her new camera heading to their cottage.

Later at home, Sal noted the image on the computer, and had no idea who to send these pictures to in sharing. He said there were other pictures taken before and after these two pictures. This strange square craft is only in the two pictures I sent, no others.

Talk about a picture that says a thousand words in description. For your eyes to examine this type of rare craft? This is just another example of the many types/shapes of crafts flying out there around us, even here in Ontario!...

NOTE: Wow...this is one of the most unusual UFO images I've seen. Is this a larger craft photographed from the side? It doesn't look aerodynamic in structure. Is that vapor or another material coming off the back of this object? What do you think?

UPDATE: I received an email stating that this is a 'pulse-detonation engine' vapor exhaust. The following is from wikipedia:

A pulse-detonation engine, or "PDE", is a type of propulsion system that can operate from subsonic up to hypersonic speeds. In theory the PDE design can produce an engine with a burn efficiency higher than other designs, with considerably fewer moving parts. The burn efficiency of a PDE can exceed even turbojets and turbofans. However, the impossibility of including a bypass fan in a PDE (which increases the overall efficiency of turbofans above the theoretical maximum for a no-bypass engine) restricts the competitiveness of PDE to applications where turbofans are impractical or impossible.

To date, no practical PDE has been put into production, but several testbed engines have been built and one was successfully integrated into a low-speed demonstration aircraft that flew in sustained PDE powered flight in 2008.

In June 2008, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) unveiled Blackswift which was intended to use this technology to reach speeds of up to Mach 6. However the project was cancelled soon afterwards, in October 2008. DARPA MAY 2009 notes on PDE

FBI and FAA Investigating Airliner UFO / Missile Report

The FBI, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department met Tuesday to compare notes on an unidentified flying object reported late last week by an ExpressJet Airlines pilot.

The pilot reported a “missile or rocket” flying near his airplane Friday at 8:09 p.m., shortly after takeoff from Bush Intercontinental Airport, according to sheriff’s officials.

“The FAA then contacted the Liberty County department dispatcher and reported their pilot reported an object flying straight at his aircraft and passed 100 feet under it,” said Ken DeFoor, chief deputy for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department.

FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap said the agency was aware of the sighting.

“While we have no information to indicate there was a criminal act we certainly do not rule anything out and certainly would not want to speculate on what it may or may not have been,” she said.

The flight was over the southern edge of Liberty County flying at 13,000 feet when the incident occurred, officials said. ExpressJet flies regional routes for Continental Airlines as Continental Express.

“We haven’t found anything yet — either something on the ground where it launched or on the ground where it came down,” said Liberty County Sheriff’s Cpl. Hugh Bishop.

DeFoor said the agencies consolidated their notes and information at the meeting.

“The FAA is in the process of debriefing the pilot today (Tuesday),” he said. “We are going to try and come up with a more definite track of this object and its path. We are trying to find out where it came from, where it went, and who may be responsible for it.”

The Continental Express jet was on a commercial flight to Greenville, S.C. “No people were injured and no evasive action on part of the airplane was taken,” DeFoor said.

DeFoor said he was aware of local hobbyists who fire rockets but did not know if any were in the area at the time.

“We're checking with club owners and presidents,” he said. “If we can get a correct track of what this object was there is no need to check with hobby fields.”

DeFoor said if the object was a rocket, it was fired illegally.

“They have to have permits to use the airspace,” he said.

In May 2008, a Continental Airlines pilot reported a similar incident.

“It was the same situation, almost identical,” DeFoor said. “The FBI are pulling their records on that one. It was roughly in the same area almost a year ago.”

The Boeing 737, en route to Cleveland, Ohio, with 148 passengers, was not damaged.

“We looked into that, along with the FAA and some local law enforcement,” Dunlap said. “To my knowledge, it was never determined what may of been observed during that incident.”

The FAA referred all questions about Friday’s incident to the Liberty County Sheriffs Department.

Video: UFO Hovering Near Vancouver, BC - May 31, 2009

NOTE: this interesting video was shot from the balcony of a hotel in Vancouver, BC on May 31, 2009. The UFO had many characteristics of a balloon but other aspects of the movement, namely the hovering,quick descent and ducking in and out of the clouds seem to discount that explanation. Also, because of the distance, this UFO could be very large. Around the 2:41 mark, there seems to be a bright object moving across the sky when zooming in....look for it...Lon

UFO Writer Claims Invasion of Earth is Imminent

In the last few weeks I have been talking incessantly about a UFO vortex exit either in the south of Brazil in Santa Catarina or in the north-east near Fortaleza. Highly credible multiple reports have shown the silvery discs that exit this vortex to cause electrical failure.

Tragically a plane has gone down killing over 200 people in one of two areas where I believe this vortex is located and many ufologists are not sure it is a coincidence.

As I write I can confirm that dozens of scientists employed by the governments of the major nations are in Fortaleza tracking down and trying to capture images of these UFOs.

In the last few days it can also be confirmed that UFO activity and the arrival of these silver, disc shaped surveillance UFOs has been unprecedented and well beyond any previous levels of activity.

NASA, enjoying the last moments of earth’s splendid isolation has gone into overdrive with its cover-up story ‘debunking’ UFO activity picked up by its satellites. Other news outlets are busy informing us of six spy planes that are commonly mistaken for UFOs: and although undoubtedly the latter story has much truth to it one must wonder about the timing.

However it appears the horse has bolted and the hour of contact is upon us whether NASA or any government likes it or not.

South-West China as well as Siberia are areas where the vortex is tipped to move to shortly.

A report has just been filed in the US by a commercial pilot a who witnessed a similar type craft flying alongside his plane and the US government is taking this incident very seriously.

it appears a race in the nearby Andromeda Galaxy has ‘discovered’ us. These ‘unmanned’ surveillance discs have made their way home at some point and reported back on our existence. The floodgate has opened.

Let me predict: Sightings of UFOs by will be unprecedented over the next few weeks. We are at a minute to midnight in terms of ending our isolation. Open unilateral contact is months, weeks, days or even hours away.

We are about to meet our universal brethren: are you ready?

Author: Michael Cohen - Sydney, Australia

New Tasmanian Tiger Sighting Reported

A Donovans man says he saw an animal on Monday afternoon that resembled a Tasmanian tiger.

Richard Elliott was driving along Dry Creek Road toward Princess Margaret Rose Cave when he observed the mystery animal near a pine plantation about 3.30pm.

“At first I thought it was a fox, but it was too long and gangly,” Mr Elliott said.

“It had a long tail; it definitely wasn’t a fox.”

Mr Elliott said the animal was definitely not a dog or a cat either.

It moved into the bush too quickly for him to determine if it had stripes.

Mr Elliott said the animal was long and skinny, with exposed ribs.

The Tasmanian tiger, or Thylacine, is believed to have become extinct when a captured animal died in 1936.

There have been no officially verified sightings of a Thylacine in mainland Australia, but many unconfirmed sightings have been reported in the South East of South Australia, Western Victoria and South Gippsland.


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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Skirrid Mountain Inn: Wales' Most Haunted Pub

As heritage pubs go there are few within Wales or beyond our borders able to boast a historic tapestry as ornate and detailed as that of the Skirrid Mountain Inn. In the third in our series of features on Wales’ historic pubs we focus on the haunted inn that proudly claims to be the oldest in Wales. Darren Devine reports

Ghosts, gruesome deaths, and an association with some of the most influential figures in Welsh history – the Skirrid Mountain Inn has a heritage as colourful as that of any pub in Wales.

So much so that it has been able to weather a storm that has driven four pubs a day across the UK out of business and is at last beginning to see conditions improve.

Manager Geoff Fiddler knows that while so many other inns have been consigned to the history books his has survived because it already occupies a prominent place in them.

Standing in the shadow of Skirrid Mountain, the Monmouthshire pub was said to be a rallying point for Welsh rebel leader Owain Glyndr before he marched on to Pontrilas, in Herefordshire.

Dating back to 1110 the pub functioned from its earliest origins as both a hostelry and a court house dispensing justice to local ne’er-do-wells.

And halfway up its ornate spiral staircase stands the cell, now used as a store room, where prisoners spent a lonely last night before being sent to meet their maker by bloodthirsty judges for minor offences.

The last person to be executed at the pub, in Llanfihangel Crucorney, near Abergavenny, was hanged on the orders of revolutionary leader Oliver Cromwell for stealing sheep. The hangings were carried out from a beam across the joist of the pub’s staircase and the slab on which the bodies were placed remains at the well of the stairs.

Mr Fiddler said it’s this history that attracts tourists, spiritualists and ghost hunters on a near year-round basis. The country inn can accommodate up to nine people, but such is its popularity with those preoccupied by the paranormal it’s fully booked on weekends until December.

The 50-year-old landlord, who has been in the pub trade for 23 years with the last four spent at the Skirrid, said: “We have people coming every weekend, almost all ghost hunters and paranormal societies, and the next Saturday that we could offer anybody accommodation is the second week in December. The pub has always been here and whatever else changes the pub doesn’t. It’s absolutely steeped in history – people come from miles around just to look at and touch the stairwell.”

Mr Fiddler, who runs the pub with wife Sharon and 37-year-old stepson Wayne Rowlands, says his scepticism about the paranormal has been shaken by his experiences since taking over.

He said: “We’ve got an incredible oak castle-style door at the front of the pub and one winter’s evening when I was opening up I saw a man in a tri-cornered hat beckoning me.

“I’m almost embarrassed to say it, but it was half-dark at the time and he was fleeting and gone.”

Mr Fiddler says the pub, which includes two bars, a restaurant and a family room, also enjoys a strong reputation as a place to eat as well as drink. This has helped keep it afloat in the face of challenges from cheap supermarket beer and the smoking ban.

But he said his hostelry has tried to strike a balance between offering an appetising range of locally-sourced food on its menu without going down the gastro- pub route.

“We’ve got a reputation for nice food, but we’re not a high-brow place.

“My wife cooks with the help of one other cook and the most expensive meal we have is a £12.95 sirloin steak. It’s not a gastro-pub – I wouldn’t eat at a gastro-pub because I find them soulless places.”

Grace Sherwood: The Witch of Pungo

More than 300 years ago, a series of strange events struck old Princess Anne County, Va. farmers.

Cotton plants withered. Cows' milk dried up. Husbands' eyes wandered from their wives.

Who was to blame? According to the local women, Grace Sherwood.

The farmer's wife knew a little too much about herbs, was a little too pretty and wore clothing that was a little too tight, according to local historians. So they accused her of witchcraft.

A judge ordered Sherwood to be tried by ducking. So on July 10, 1706, with her thumbs tied to her big toes, Sherwood was ducked in the Lynnhaven River.

The street leading to her ducking spot now carries her legend as Witchduck Road.

"It's named after Grace Sherwood's ducking," said local historian Deni Norred, who co- wrote "Ghosts, Witches and Weird Tales of Virginia Beach." "She was the first person tried by water in Virginia for witchcraft."

Sherwood escaped her bonds and swam to safety, which the court considered proof of her devilish dealings. The day's wisdom dictated that an innocent woman would have sunk, Norred said.

Sherwood served several years in jail before returning to her three sons. She lived to be nearly 80 and died at her farm in Pungo around 1740.

Witchduck Road isn't the only landmark named after Sherwood or her trial. There's also Witch Duck Bay, Witch Duck Point, Witch Point Trail and Sherwood Lane.

Three years ago, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine exonerated Sherwood. A bronze statue at Sentara Bayside Hospital, located on the corner of Independence Boulevard and North Witchduck Road, honors her legend.

But according to local stories, that legend isn't quite over. Some say Sherwood returns to visit her ducking spot every July and can be seen as a spot of light dancing on Witch Duck Bay.

Grace Sherwood's Story

Early court records tell the tale of Grace Sherwood, who was tried in 1706 as Virginia Beach's first witch. Unfortunately, there are no existing images of Grace. Her story is perhaps the most fascinating of the folklore in the history of Tidewater. Witchcraft was a very serious and real thing to the colonists. The cult was believed to be a threat to the Christian Church, and everyone during the early 1700's was on the lookout for witches, who could be recognized by so-called unusual or mysterious behaviors.

Grace lived her entire life in the Pungo area of Virginia Beach (named for Indian chief Machiopungo), and married James Sherwood with whom she had three sons. She was said to be strikingly attractive, string-willed, and a non-conformist by nature. These traits were resented by her neighbors, who began spreading rumors about her witch-like behavior. She was accused of blighting gardens, causing livestock to die, and influencing the weather.

After eight years of constant slander and bickering by her neighbors, Grace was formally charged with suspicions of witchcraft. A jury of women were ordered to search her body for suspicious or unusual markings, thought to be brands of the devil himself, and naturally the jury found, "marks not like theirs or like those of any other women." However, neither the local court nor the Attorney General in Williamsburg, would pass judgment on declaring her a witch. It was finally decided that Grace, "by her own consent, be tried in the water by Ducking, (dunking)." Water was considered to be the purest element and the theory was that it would reject anything of an evil nature. Based on this theory, the accused was tied up and thrown into the water. If the person drowned, he was declared innocent of witchcraft; if he could stay afloat until he could free himself, he was declared a witch.

On July 10, 1706, Grace was marched from the jail (which located near the present day site of Old Donation Church) down the dirt road (now Witch Duck Road) to the Lynnhaven River. This portion of the river has since been named Witch Duck Bay in memory of the occasion. This being a big event, hoards of people from all over the colony flocked to the scene as news of the Ducking had spread throughout the Commonwealth.

Grace Sherwood was tied crossbound with the thumb of her right hand to the big toe of her left foot, and the thumb of her left hand to the big toe of her right foot, and thrown into the water. As predicted by her accusers, Grace managed to stay afloat until she could free herself and swim to shore. She was jailed and awaiting trial for witchcraft for nearly eight years, when the charges against her were dropped due to the softening of her accusers hearts, and she was set free. She moved back to her Pungo home and lived there until her death at the age of 80.

Many stories have been told and retold over the years about this most remarkable woman. One of the many tall tales that have been handed down from generation to generation has to do with the day of her ducking. When they led Grace Sherwood through the crowd that had turned out to see her put into the water she told them, "All right, all of you po' white trash, you've worn out your shoes traipsin' here to see me ducked, but before you'll get back home again you are goin' to get the duckin' of your life." When they put Grace into the water the sky was as bright blue as a bird's wing, but immediately afterward it grew pitch black, the thunder rolled and the lightning flashed all across the heavens. The terrified people started for home, only to be washed off the roads and into the ditches by a regular cloudburst.


Original Occupants Still Haunt Racine's Masonic Center

For three decades in the latter 1800s, housekeeper Mary Williams faithfully served the Durand family until she died in their house at age 57.

Some people believe she never left the mansion she had lived in since age 26. They believe Williams’ spirit is just one of the ghosts that inhabit 1012 Main St., now the Masonic Center.

Wendy Spencer, the center’s event coordinator, is a believer. She says numerous people have seen and experienced ghostly phenomena there.

In April, a team of paranormal investigators came to the Masonic Center to look for ghosts and came away convinced they found some.

What follows are some of the eerie occurrences that led to that investigation.

First occupants

Spencer’s research at the Racine Heritage Museum shows that Henry and Caroline Durand built the mansion in 1857. They had three girls, and later a fourth came along.

Williams, from Wales, had her room adjoining the Durand girls’ room and must have been their close companion. The servant stayed with the Durand family until she died in the house of consumption, 31 years after her arrival.

Meanwhile, one Durand daughter died at age 5. “We believe it was Caroline,” said Spencer.

She and her daughter Amy Messer say they think little Caroline’s spirit is still likely frolicking at the mansion which the Masons bought in 1921 and turned into their center.

Spencer tells of the time that a 12- to 14-year-old member of the Masonic boys youth group came to her, somewhat shaken.

“He said, ‘... please don’t think I’m crazy, but I just saw a little girl upstairs, and she’s not alive.’ ” The boy said she had just run down a staircase.

Spencer told the boy it was all right; that was just little Caroline, and she would do him no harm.

Spencer and Messer say that Messer’s daughter, Summer, has reacted to what she evidently thought were people in the Masonic Center that no one else could see.

One time, Spencer said, she was with Summer, now 4, on the third floor, where a Christmas tree was set up in the Durand daughters’ room. Summer said “hi” several times as though she was talking to someone behind the Christmas tree.

Then, Summer became frightened and asked to be picked up.

Spencer said she reacted by asking whoever was present to stop scaring her granddaughter — and Summer immediately started to laugh and giggle.

That unnerved even Spencer, who calmly talks about having ghosts at the center. They quickly left the room.

Other sightings

Messer and Joy McClelland, who has grown up with the Masons, both say they’ve seen and felt otherworldly things at the center.

McClelland, for example, said she was once in the kitchen making lunch. “I looked up, and over by the door was a white, floating figure.” It was human-like and lasted only seconds, she said.

Spencer said her predecessor once saw a smartly attired man descend a staircase after the guests had left an event. When she turned to talk to him, he was gone.

No one who has reported seeing ghosts there has felt any menace from them, Spencer says. “People don’t feel necessarily afraid — just a little uneasy.”

About the possible ghosts, she said, “What we feel is they’re happy. Little Caroline died, and Mary didn’t want to leave because Caroline is here.”

Spencer added, “This is such a comfortable place for people to be ... Maybe they just like it here.”

Video: Lake Champlain's Legendary Monster 'Champ'?

A cell-phone video of a “creature” that appears to be swimming in Lake Champlain near Oakledge Park in Burlington last weekend is sparking renewed discussion about “Champ,” the lake’s legendary monster.

The nearly 2-minute video, taken at sunrise Sunday by Burlington resident Eric Olsen, 37, shows an object moving across the mouth of the small cove and beach area at the park.

At several points during the video, the object appears to raise its “head” a foot or more above the water’s surface. At other times a portion of what appears to be a torso, several feet in length, also can been seen.

“I was just filming the water when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something move, and I turned toward it and tried to zoom in on it,” said Olsen, a Web site developer and musician.

“You can see that it is moving both horizontally, across the water, and vertically, going under the surface and coming back up,” he said. “It struck me as something that was long, that it didn’t have much girth.”

Olsen put what he captured with his phone on YouTube, an Internet video-sharing site. Unsure about what he had photographed and reluctant to call it a “Champ” sighting, Olsen titled the footage “Strange Sighting on Lake Champlain.”

The number of viewings of the video since it went on YouTube on Sunday had reached 3,060 by Tuesday evening.

Loren Coleman a cryptozoologist based in Portland, Maine, said what Olsen filmed with his phone is the best photographic evidence to date of what residents on both sides of Lake Champlain prefer to call “Champ.”

“We need to figure out what is going on here,” Coleman said. “The film needs to have a formal forensic analysis performed ... to break it down frame by frame. It needs to be looked at very seriously.” Cryptozoology is the study of purportedly nonexistent or mythical creatures.

Before Sunday, the best known “Champ” photograph was taken in 1977 by Sandra Mansi of Bristol while she was having a picnic on the lake with her family. The photo was verified as legitimate and later appeared in Time magazine and The New York Times.

Mansi, now 66, viewed Olsen’s video Tuesday and said there were similarities — and differences — between what she saw in 1977 and what is depicted in Olsen’s footage.

“I see the shape of the head, how big it is,” she said, comparing her photo and the video. “The only thing I have a hard time with is the neck. It doesn’t look long enough for me. ... Whatever he saw has a link to what I saw. Tell him, ‘Welcome to the club.’”

Scott Mardis of Winooski, another cryptozoologist who has spent time researching the “Champ” legend, said Olsen’s video seemed legitimate and was “very impressive.”

“It does not look like it was Photoshopped,” Mardis said. “The object in the video has the same general texture as the rest of the photograph. It does not look like it was computer-generated. It looks like a ‘Champ.’”

Mardis and Coleman said the object’s movements and size ruled out the chance it was a beaver, moose or some other more common mammal. Instead, both speculated it might be some unknown species of seal with an unusually long neck.

“There’s lots of things that it could be,” Coleman said. “It’s just as interesting to me if all it is is an out-of-place harbor seal.”

Ellen Marsden, a biology professor at the University of Vermont, said she thinks the object is not a seal but possibly a young moose in distress.

“Fish or aquatic species rarely move that slowly in the water,” Marsden said. “It did not look like a creature that was comfortable in water. It was swimming as if something was seriously wrong.” She also said seals don’t swim with their backs out of the water.

Olsen said he never saw the object emerge from the lake. He said he stopped filming after two minutes because the phone’s memory capacity was limited and he was afraid of losing what he had filmed. He said he stayed at the park for another half hour before leaving.

There have been several alleged sightings of “Champ” on Lake Champlain over the years, but few were accompanied by any photographic substantiation.


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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Owner Says Notorious Ghost Still Roams Queensland Hotel

While it has been the stuff of local urban legends, paranormal investigators are set to officially unlock the mystery behind Rosewood's notorious ghost.

Ipswich councillor David Pahlke, who co-owns the hotel where the mysterious sightings have been reported, said the supernatural story goes back 100 years to a fire at the Rosewood Hotel in 1914.

Cr Pahlke said according to local legend, the fire was started by the person whose spirit remains at the pub.

While he hasn't sighted the ghost, believed to be called 'Rusty', he said he had felt its presence.

“I have had doors open on me and in one instance water came off the veranda of the hotel when I came in,” Cr Pahlke said.

“We had a Gold Coast darts team staying here once and they complained about music at 3am, someone playing a piano. We don't have a piano.”

Water has also been said to drip from the ceiling on to the bar below.

Cleaners have also been said to notice damp bedding in the front bedroom.

On Saturday, June 27, Ghost Tours, in partnership with the Queensland Paranormal Investigators will host a ghost hunt at the Rosewood Hotel.

Managing director of Brisbane-based Ghost Tours Jack Sim said those on the tour would have the opportunity to do their own paranormal hunting.

“Customers are given the opportunity to use scientific methods such as EMF readings, or detecting disturbances in the electromagnetic field, and old fashioned methods like flour through to divining rods and spiritual boards,” Mr Sim said.

Tour guests are also encouraged to bring their own cameras (still and video) to aid in the investigation.

The self-proclaimed dark historian said he had spent a very eerie night at the hotel.

“The ghost stories seem to date back at least four decades,” Mr Sim said.

“Pubs are known for attracting great story telling and in the case of the Rosewood Hotel, it seems to focus around a particular room,” he said.

“On the night at the pub, we will try to find at least some proof of paranormal activity.”

Cr Pahlke said he hoped the hunt wouldn't scare 'Rusty' away.

“He is a friendly ghost. He lives here in harmony,” he said.

Rosewood Hotel History

One of three pubs in the main st, hence the name "The Middle Pub

The original Rosewood Hotel which was one of four hotels in Rosewood in the early days, burnt down on the 7th January 1914. When the present Rosewood Hotel was rebuilt a ghost took residence, dubbed the Water Ghost due to the fact clothes hanging up are found mysteriously wet and sheets of water have been seen falling from the balcony with no one in site.

The present owner is local Ipswich Councillor David Pahlke and the today houses accommodation rooms on the second level.

"The earlier Rosewood Hotel and eight other buildings were destroyed in a huge fire in January 1914. The hotel was rebuilt shortly afterwards. It is a very handsome two-story building, with an interesting double veranda. There is an awning across the footpath, the entrance is approached across a small open veranda which is recessed from the footpath and surrounded by a decorative timber valance."

Fort Caspar Museum Visitors May See More Than Expected

Last summer, while investigating the Battle of Red Buttes, Fort Caspar Museum manager Rick Young had a few abnormal -- if not paranormal -- experiences.

"There was all sorts of stuff moving around in here when we were doing that," Young said.

When he left the evening before, everything was normal, he said. But when he arrived the next morning, chairs were pushed up against the inside of the doors, guns were cocked, and ramrods were in the barrels. In the Sutler Store on the property, Young was particularly perplexed, he said.

"The door opens to the inside, so I don't know how you'd get out of there with the chair against the door," he said.

The multi-use room at Fort Caspar was filled to capacity Saturday evening, but it wasn't the usual history buffs who made it a standing-room-only event.

The spectators were interested in what history may have left behind at the old fort: ghosts.

Those interested in the possibility of paranormal activity gathered to watch a presentation of findings by the Paranormal Research Society of Casper. The ghost hunters did an in-depth, overnight search of the state historical site in April, and caught at least one odd recording of an unknown voice.

"It's an opportunity to get some new faces in here," Young said of the presentation.

Attendees heard the story of the Sutler Store, where a photo, taken from outside when no one else was around, showed a face staring out from the window.

And researchers couldn't keep batteries working inside the store.

"We went through three sets of brand-new batteries [for the video camera]," said Lisa Lauderdale with the Paranormal Research Society. "The theory behind it is that ghosts need the energy to manifest."

Fort Caspar Museum is built on the same land where, in 1862, the actual fort housed thousands of soldiers. Some of those soldiers died at the fort, from fights with American Indians, accidents and diseases. And for years before the Army arrived, people on their way west on the Oregon and Mormon trails passed through the grounds.

Despite having none of the original buildings, Young said, there's plenty of history on the property to warrant a haunting or two.

When the fort was being rebuilt, construction workers were digging and found five bodies buried on the grounds. Remains from three more bodies have been accidentally recovered since then. More are certainly buried there, Young said, but he has "no intention" of digging them up.

So, does Young think the fort is haunted?

"I don't know," he said, "but we've certainly had weird stuff happening. ... There's certainly a lot of history, and a lot of violent history on this land."

Astounding 600 Foot 'Jellyfish' Crop Circle In Oxfordshire

The vast pattern appeared in the field last week and experts are claiming it to be the first of its kind in the world.

Karen Alexander, a crop circle expert, said: "We have seen butterfly and bird patterns in the past, but this is the first jellyfish crop circle in the world.

"It is absolutely huge - roughly three times the size of most crop patterns and extremely interesting. People have been aghast at the size of it. It is a complete monster.

"We are looking into the meaning of it, but at present it just seems to have appeared out of nowhere."

Crop circle theorists known as 'croppies' - believe the patterns are created by UFOs during nocturnal visits, or caused by natural phenomena such as unusual forms of lightning striking the earth.

But it has been proven the patterns can be easily created artists.

Last year a crop circle described as the most complex ever to seen in Britain was discovered in a barley field in Wiltshire.

The formation, measuring 150ft in diameter, was a coded image representing the first 10 digits, 3.141592654, of pi.

Michael Reed, an astrophysicist, said: "The tenth digit has even been correctly rounded up. The little dot near the centre is the decimal point.

"The code is based on 10 angular segments with the radial jumps being the indicator of each segment.

"Starting at the centre and counting the number of one-tenth segments in each section contained by the change in radius clearly shows the values of the first 10 digits in the value of pi."

UFO Appears During Filming of Documentary on Alien Abductions

It was an inauguration into the world of paranormal phenomena straight from the pits of hell, but Canadian filmmaker Adam Gray couldn't even let out an appropriate scream when he saw a sinisterly cloaked figure hovering over him in the middle of the night --- he was frozen in a strange state between worlds, conscious, but unable to move or speak.

Gray was experiencing what's known as 'sleep paralysis,'--- a haunting few seconds that left a lasting impression and eventually led to a documentary film on the topic --- the first of four features he and his brother Andrew have created through their company ParaDocs Productions.

"It's something that's very common, you get I think 15-20% of the population that experience sleep paralysis at some point," he notes in a phone interview with "You're asleep and you wake up and you're paralyzed and often while people are in this state they have vivid hallucinations of an entity in their room that sort of crawls onto their chest and begins to strangle them.

"It sounds completely crazy, but it's actually very common...they are using it now as a way of debunking people who think they've been abducted by aliens."

Alien abduction is the theme of the Belleville Ontario brothers' latest film, "The White Mountain Abduction," which delves into the mysterious case of Betty and Barney Hill, the first people to come public with claims that they were snatched away by extraterrestrials in 1961 while driving through the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

The brothers are used to dealing with the mysterious and bizarre. They've investigated things like crystal skulls and government endorsed remote viewing in their previous films. But what happened on the first day of shooting their latest release trumped all.

They began filming on the 47th anniversary of the event, at the very site the now deceased Hill couple claimed they were abducted from.

Remarkably, strange lights appeared in the night sky as a cameraman rolled tape to conduct the film's first interviews. The mysterious orbs eerily hovered in the distance before dancing along the skyline and disappearing.

"It was a really bizarre set of coincidences," Gray admits. "It was the first day of shooting, 47th anniversary of the abduction event, we're at the site, and just as we were starting to interview, these strange lights appeared. The cameraman just sort of kept rolling and we just sort of stood there in awe, like what the hell is this? We still don't know what it was, but we know it wasn't a star or planes...We thought maybe that it might be military flares at first but the Air Force people (we spoke to) didn't think that's what it was."

After ruling out several conceivable options, Gray realized they may have actually captured footage of a UFO, while ironically filming a documentary about the Unidentified Flying Objects.

"It's not what I would have pictured an alien craft to look like, but it was certainly unexplainable," he adds.

Gray won't go as far as to say that he believes in aliens, but after his experiences with sleep paralysis and the things he's witnesses and learned through his filmmaking, he admits there are unanswered questions, and experiences, which can't be denied. And as long as those experiences are enveloped in mystery, he's intent on doing his part to help open minds and shatter belittling stigmas.

"We are certainly trying to entertain people but I think our agenda is to get people to look at these things with an open mind and try and separate the sort of X-files mythology fiction from what has really happened."

"I think in terms of alien abduction, as soon as you say that people sort of shut down their open mind, but it's a genuine phenomena and there's hundreds of people who have come forward, been through lie detector tests and psychologists, and they genuinely have had some experience. What is not known is what the cause of that experience was, was it some weird psychological hysteria, or a waking dream? Whatever it is, it's a really interesting mystery because it's really happening to people and it's changing their lives."

Photos: Australian Yowie Hunter Attacked

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It never rains but it pours - in this case, improbable events.

Hot on the heels of last week's wild weather in southeast Queensland comes a hunter of mythological beasts - Tim the Yowie Man.

Tim - who uses no surname and can be almost as elusive as his quarry - says there is a direct correlation between significant rain events and sightings of the yowie.

"The soaked soil and muddy bogs created by the heavy rain are more conducive to animals, including yowies, leaving their footprints,'' Tim said.

He said last week's rain could make "a large hairy bipedal hominoid creature'' uncomfortable and force it from deep jungle canyons into the open.

So Tim has rushed from that other capital of strange mysteries - Canberra - to Springbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland, a village he describes as the yowie capital of Australia for its many sightings.

So far he's seen nothing - but that hasn't put him off.

"I'm quietly confident of finding some sort of evidence such as hair or footprints of the mystery beast,'' he said.

"If I'm really lucky I may even get to see one.''

Dean Harrison of Australian Yowie Research says he has just returned from Springbrook, bearing photographs of footprints he believes are of a female yowie and her young trailing along behind.

"They seem to be quite passive around that area compared to other areas that we've been to,'' Mr Harrison said.

He said tales of yowies near Springbrook date back to before European settlement.

Mr Harrison said on his latest expedition he was rugby-tackled by a yowie at 3am near Gympie.

"This one knocked me flying backwards. I landed in a rockpool,'' he said.

Australian Yowie Research has been nominated for a Bent Spoon Award on the website of Australian Skeptics, a group that investigates paranormal and pseudoscientific claims.


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Monday, June 01, 2009

Reader Emails: Gifts From Above

I was down in the back meadow with my dog Twiggy around 9:PM. I was looking east when I noticed to my left a very bright white light moving from behind the trees, I watched in astonishment because it was very obvious that it was not a plane. There was no blinking whatsoever, just a continous white light and very low and silent.

At first, I thought I heard jet sounds, but it turned out to be a jet flying
behind me. The white light suddenly stopped...with camera ready I snapped a photo. It then proceeded on it's way toward the east, gliding along slowly. I watched for a good 2 minutes or more. I said thank you, thank you, thank you! .....and waved bye!

Earlier I had gone over to my friends to put their dogs up around sunset, which has been the routine. I was at a meeting prior to this so Twiggy was not with me. I walked down to the shore of the lake and the sun was just going down. I did a long meditation and thanked our Universal Siblings for their visits and the fantastic photos they had given me the past few weeks.

I felt like this sighting was a response and a thumbs up for sharing with the world.


Marilyn B.

Personally it seems to me that all UFO activity and sightings are increasing somewhat exponentially. The only reason I can personally say this is last Sunday evening me and some friends here in central UT saw 6 and I repeat 6 UFO's within a 4 hour period. I am somewhat skeptical when it comes to first hand encounters as people tend to leave logic aside. I didn't have a camera as we were at a ranch and really weren't planning on seeing anything odd that night. We just planned for another night.

Now with my skepticism's I am convinced that what we saw was not the ISS or iridium flares or the lacrosse and space debris. I looked up the coordinates of my location, took note of the times and visibility of the ISS, iridium flares and the lacrosse. What we saw was too bright, too slow, made no noise, was not blinking, was what seemed very low and happened repeatedly after I started flashing my 3,000,000 candle power spotlight at the first object. I am convinced because of me flashing my spotlight that the later sightings occurred. I have witnessed several UFO's in my area but never more than 1 on one night. It was truly amazing and actually scared my friends with their solid beliefs that UFO's and aliens don't exist.

Now I will not say that these objects were flown by any entity or extraterrestrial intelligence or if they were government made. But I'll tell you the things were damn bright and that night is still kind of tripping me out along with my friends.
I have thought a lot about what happened and it was truly amazing. I never thought I would witness something on that scale with friends there to witness it also.

I am just wondering if it has anything to do with project blue beam or if it is something entirely different. I am tired of wondering and, as crazy as it sounds, want to know regardless of how it happens. I am tired of fighting logic against hope and just want to know if aliens are real. I am to the point where I would welcome some kind of encounter. Time will tell.

I saw a UFO in 1964 near Los Angeles airport. I believe there were a lot of sightings over Los Angeles in the 50s & 60s.

Oh - I can hear the skeptics now - because it was over a busy airport. I was born and bred practically under the flight path and my mom worked there. I observed planes for many years - NO it was not a plane.

I was sitting in my car waiting for my mom to get off work (at airport). I looked up and saw this glowing disk in the sky way above a tall building (maybe 10 stories) - across from the airport. At first I thought it was one of those search lights for advertising. I sat and just observed it for about 20 minutes. There was no sound that I could detect.

I couldn't see actual details because it was glowing - like it was self illuminating, a yellow/white illumination.

This was at 4:30 in the afternoon. Clear blue skies - only some high wispy clouds.

The object moved in a half semi circle (again, reason to believe it was a search light) - but it stopped and just stayed there for about 5 minutes. I wasn't jumping up & down yelling "It's a UFO" - I was just observing it. Then it moved back to where it started.

THEN - it shot straight up in the air through the high wispy clouds until I could not see it anymore.

Gen. Wallace Still Haunts Tennessee Mansion

The white-pillared Cherry Mansion in Savannah, Tenn., is where General Wallace died with his wife at his side.

"My darling knew he was going and pressed my hand long and fondly to his heart. Then he waved me away and said, ‘We meet in Heaven." They were the last words upon those loved lips," Ann Wallace later wrote.

The home is privately owned but identified by a historical marker. The owners say it is haunted and passersby report seeing a Civil War soldier looking from an upstairs window.

The speculation is it is Wallace's ghost.

Cherry Mansion History

The Cherry Mansion, located on Main Street in Savannah, TN was built around 1830 by David Robinson, who in turn gave it to his daughter when she married W. H. Cherry. Cherry was a wealthy man, who owned much land, and many slaves. During the Civil War, Cherry was an ardent Union Sympathizer, as were many people in Savannah. Mr. Cherry always opened his home to Union soldiers.

In 1862, just before the Battle of Shiloh, some Union soldiers, including General U. S. Grant, were welcomed into the mansion. In fact, Grant was there in the mansion during the first hours of the battle, reportedly recovering from a night of binge drinking. Even so, had it not been for Mr. Cherry making his home so opening, and welcoming Union forces, the outcome of Shiloh may have been different.

Today, Cherry Mansion is a privately owned home, but is marked by a historical marker. For years, owners have said the house is haunted, though no one has ever been harmed by the ghosts. Among the more common activity reported here are typical ghostly activity: apparitions, loud noises, and the occasional voice. Many passersby have reported seeing a man dressed in a Civil War era military uniform peering out of an upstairs window.

In 1976, a well documented ghostly occurrence happened. Four people witnessed a man dressed in a white suit walking down the street. Something about him just didn't seem right. He walked up to the medal historical marker, and read it very carefully. Then he vanished!

Union Major General W.H.L. Wallace

William Harvey Lamb Wallace earned acclaim and a brigadier general’s star as a fighting officer. Unfortunately, it was the same approach which led to his death, April 10, 1862, due to wounds suffered at the Battle of Shiloh.

Wallace was born in Urbana, Ohio, July 8, 1821. As a boy, his family relocated to La Salle County, Illinois. In 1846, Wallace was admitted to the Illinois bar, but within a year, he enlisted in the 1st Illinois Volunteers for the Mexican War. Initially a private, he rose to first lieutenant and regimental adjutant while fighting under the army of Zachary Taylor.

After the war, he returned home and resumed his law practice. He was an elected district attorney for a time. With a call for troops at the start of the Civil War, Wallace returned to the military as colonel of the 11th Illinois (enlisted May 1, 1861), a 90-day unit which extended its enlistment for three years. Based at Bird’s Point, Missouri, Wallace led his men on a chase of Missouri State Guard Brig. Gen. Jeff Thompson “The Swamp Rat” holding Bloomfield, Missouri. That was part of the campaign with ended with the Battle of Belmont, Missouri, Nov. 7, 1861.

First contact with the enemy came in skirmishes against Thompson’s forces. If the 11th Illinois missed out on the main fighting at Belmont, it made up for it at Fort Donelson, Feb. 13-16, 1862. In the campaign to take the river forts in northern Tennessee, Wallace commanded the Second Brigade of Brig. Gen. John McClernard’s First Division, Wallace’s men had an easy time at Fort Henry. But in the siege of Fort Donelson, Wallace and his brigade were in the thick of the fighting. The brigade suffered with a change in weather and then suffered heavily from Brig. Gen. Pillow’s attack out of the fort Feb. 15, 1862. Representative of the carnage was the 11th Illinois. According to the adjutant general’s report, in five hours, the 11th Illinois, part of Wallace’s 2nd Brigade, lost 329 of its 509 men who were killed, wounded or missing. Of that number, 72 were killed and 182 wounded.

In reorganization of the army, Wallace was promoted to brigadier general March 21, 1862, and assigned to command of the 2nd Division of the six concentrating around Savannah and Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee. The morning of April 6, 1862, found Wallace’s division on the Federal right, in advance of the main lines. Suffering heavy casualties during the Confederate attacks, Wallace brought his command back to form up on the right of Brig. Gen. Benjamin Prentiss’ 6th Division at what later became known as the “Hornet’s Nest.” Defending the sunken road in heavy woods, the Federals were ordered to hold out. Late in the day, April 6, the position began to break. Just after conferring with Prentiss to hold out to the last man, Wallace was hit in the head with a piece of shell. Prentiss surrendered soon after that. Wallace was left on the field, undisturbed among the many casualties. It’s likely he was left for dead in the dark.

Federal troops found him about 10 a.m. April 7, somehow still alive. He was removed to Pittsburg Landing, where his wife had arrived the day before. Wallace lingered until April 10, when he died at the Federal command post (Cherry Mansion) at Savannah, Tennessee. Wallace was buried near Ottawa, Illinois.
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