Saturday, August 01, 2009

'Finnis Tree' Felled, Villagers Fear Malevolent Spirit Released

dromoreleader.co.uk - Finnis' famous haunted tree has finally been felled and the whereabouts of the evil spirit it was claimed it imprisoned is now unknown.

Villagers, generations of whom are said to have stood watch over the tree and its captive spirit, were shocked to find the lightning-blasted sycamore shell had gone, victim of another, recent, storm.

It was almost a year ago to the day, on July 22 last year, that The Leader published the ghostly tale of the tree and the malicious spirit said to be literally bottled up within it.

The local legend has such power that one relative newcomer, set to move away from the area in coming weeks, said she was glad to be leaving now that the tree had been lost.

The story goes that in the early 20th century a malevolent spirit haunted the Dree Hill Road bridge in the centre of Finnis; the village priest exorcised the spirit, capturing it in a bottle, which he placed inside a nearby sycamore tree, so ending the hauntings.

The reader who contacted The Leader with the tale last year said at the time that from that day on nobody in Finnis would touch the tree or allow anyone else to touch it.

"Some years back," he said, "when either power lines or telephone lines were being run through the village, the tree stood in the way of progress and the priest had to be called to stop the workers from cutting it down; as a result they had to run the cables through the tree's upper branches."

Even after the dawn of the 21st century, many decades after the alleged exorcism, he said, any mention of removing what remained of the long-dead tree still stirred strong emotions among some locals.

According to another resident, last August's floods broke off a part of the tree, which lay where it fell for a long time before anyone would touch it.

But now nature has succeeded where even the march of progress failed and for one woman, sad at the thought of her upcoming move from an area she arrived in just two years ago, the tree's loss has shed new light on her leaving.

"I was driving over the bridge on my way home from work," she said, "and I couldn't believe my eyes; the tree was gone, just a wee stump of it left; I was told it had come down in the weekend storms.

"I've only lived here a couple of years and I was shocked so I can't imagine what some of the older residents make of it.

"I'm moving at the end of the month and now I'm glad I'm going to tell the truth."
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Villagers Spooked As Fallen Tree 'Frees Spirit'

newsletter.co.uk - A fallen tree has brought a century-old ghost story in County Down back to life.
Residents in the small hamlet of Finnis, near Dromara, fear that a recent storm, which felled a haunted tree, has now set free an evil spirit.

Legend has it that more than 100 years ago a malevolent spirit haunted the Dree Hill Road bridge in the centre of Finnis. The local priest is believed to have exorcised the spirit, capturing it in a bottle, which he then placed inside a nearby sycamore tree.

Last week, villagers were shocked to discover that the tree had inexplicably been struck down, thrusting open the bottle in the process.

The tree, long dead from a lightening strike, fell under the cover of darkness last weekend, sparking a flurry of local rumour and superstition.

And nowhere are the ghost stories more alive than in the local pub in Dromara.

"I'm in the business of selling spirits, but I wouldn't know too much about evil spirits," said Eddie Doyle, owner of the Square One bar.

"Anyone who lives around here knows the history of that tree and all the stories associated with it.

"Since this tree has fallen, many of my customers have been talking about little else.

"I'm not superstitious myself, but I can certainly tell you that there is a fear among local people. Now that it has finally fallen after all these years, they believe that the spirit will have been released.

"It looks as if the tree just fell over in the wind, it was old and rotten, but some people believe something else happened to it."

Adding to the intrigue, a number of old bottles could be seen among the debris at the base of the tree.

But Eddie remains unconvinced: "That tree was hollow for years, and I think a lot of the bottles were thrown into the tree by folk coming home from the pub over the years.

"But, of course, the major talking point now is that one of the bottles which contains this evil spirit has now been opened, letting out the spirit. It's all a bit of craic I suppose, but many of my older customers wouldn't laugh about it.

"There are people here who have never touched that tree or let anyone else touch it, and now that the tree is gone and the spirit is missing all the old stories are being retold.

"I have heard most of the stories many times and they are very entertaining, and I'm sure there are going to be plenty more in the weeks ahead.

"We might even have to have another exorcism."

Creationists Declare Loch Ness Monster Disproves Evolution


guardian.co.uk - Exams for which pupils are expected to believe that the Loch Ness monster disproves evolution have been deemed equivalent to international A-levels by a UK government agency.

The National Recognition Information Centre (Naric) in Cheltenham, which advises universities and employers on the rigour of lesser-known qualifications, has ruled that the International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE) is comparable to courses such as international A-levels, the Times Education Supplement has found.

Teenagers studying for the certificate, which is taught in about 50 private Christian schools in the UK, spend half their time learning from evangelical US textbooks. The curriculum is based on the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) programme, which describes its ideology as "Christian fundamentalist".

Jonny Scaramanga, who was a pupil at a school in Bath that used the textbooks, has complained to Naric that the books tell pupils that the Loch Ness monster "appears to be a plesiosaur" and helps to disprove evolution.

The textbooks also state that apartheid helped South Africa because segregated schools "made it possible for each group to maintain and pass on their culture and heritage to their children".

One of the textbooks tells pupils: "Have you heard of the 'Loch Ness Monster' in Scotland? 'Nessie,' for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.

"Could a fish have developed into a dinosaur? As astonishing as it may seem, many evolutionists theorize that fish evolved into amphibians and amphibians into reptiles. This gradual change from fish to reptiles has no scientific basis. No transitional fossils have been or ever will be discovered because God created each type of fish, amphibian, and reptile as separate, unique animals. Any similarities that exist among them are due to the fact that one Master Craftsmen fashioned them all."

Naric, which is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has said the ICCE is equivalent to the advanced certificate of Cambridge International exam board's international A-levels.

Tim Buttress, Naric's spokesman, told the TES its remit did not cover the curriculum's content.

Video: The Annual 'Drop the Baby Off the Roof' Ritual


Rights activists lashed out yesterday at local officials who allowed hundreds of infants to be dropped from the roof of a mosque in western India in the belief that the fall — which ends when the babies are caught in a bedsheet — would ensure good health and prosperity for their families.

The ritual at the Baba Umer Durga, a Muslim shrine, is believed to have been followed for nearly 700 years, and each year hundreds of people, both Hindus and Muslims, take part in the ritual.

The infants, mostly under two years old, were dangled Thursday from the roof of the shrine near Sholapur, about 280 miles south of Mumbai, before being dropped about 50 feet onto a bedsheet held aloft by parents and other believers.

With high child mortality rates, especially in India's rural areas, many people resort to rituals which they believe can ensure their children's health.

Child rights activists expressed outrage about the babies being dropped. "This shows the complete failure of the local administration to prevent this practice and to create awareness about children's health," said Ranjana Kumari, a civil rights activist in New Delhi.

"It is also a reflection of the lack of access to health services, that forces people to behave in this irrational manner," Kumari said.

Photos: Investigator Claims He Touched Crop Circle UFO




io9.com - Today's UFO mystery comes to you from Barbury Castle, UK, where two crop circle investigators earlier this summer got kicked out of a cornfield. But then they touched a mysterious craft near the circles. And got it on film!

Over at Earthfiles, Linda Moulton reports that investigators Paul Jones and Andrew Pyrka were checking out a bird-shaped crop circle in June. When an angry farmer kicked them out of his fields, they started to drive away. But then they saw this shiny, orb-like thing floating in a nearby field. Could it have been the author of the crop circle they'd just been investigating? Jones wanted to find out, so he started filming it.

It looks sort of like a mini-helicopter, but matched reports they'd heard from locals about "orbs" that seemed to hang around areas where circles had been laid down. When the shiny thing continued to float in the field, Jones sent Pyrka out to pursue it. But when Pyrka got to the orb he couldn't see it anymore. Was it just a trick of the light. Staying in cell phone contact with Pyrka, Jones was able to guide him until he was standing precisely under the glowy thing Jones was filming.

Moulton writes:

Andrew Pyrka was very confused. He was looking all around him, but could not see anything in the sky in any direction! So, Paul began trying to guide Andrew by phone closer and closer to the silver craft above him. At one point, Paul yells in the phone, "Andrew, you're so close, put your arm up and see if you can feel anything."

Andrew Pyrka lifted his left arm straight up toward the sky. "Instantly, when I put my arm up, there was a huge jolt of electrical current that went down my raised arm. I don't think I touched anything solid," he told me, "but I definitely interacted with some kind of strong field the UFO must have been giving off. But why couldn't I see it where I was, while Paul could not only see it, he videotaped it for another fifteen minutes?"


Why indeed? And why was Pyrka able to withstand a "huge jolt of electrical current"? It's just another one of those UFO mysteries.

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Friday, July 31, 2009

South African Family Has Destructive Spirit Exorcised

The Naidoo family of Stanger Manor remain convinced they had close encounters with the paranormal which started to affect their family negatively... that is, until they had the destructive "spirit" exorcised.

"At first all I noticed was a feeling of darkness with intermittent sensations of heat moving through the house which we moved into in March this year. At night my family and I would hear furniture in the lounge being dragged across the floor. Taps which were closed would open while we were asleep, and kitchen utensils which were securely placed on the counter would fall while my wife Prisha cooked."

Naidoo said the uneasy feeling continued unabated and the constant nightmares he started to experience in April this year, together with the mysterious illnesses that befell his family, forced him to seek help.

"My wife slumped into a depressed state and my daughter Vash, 10, started to look frail and terrified, which had doctors baffled as to the cause.

"I confided in relatives and friends who suggested I consult a local psychic healer who, after an initial visit to our home, said 'there was no light' in the home. That was when it dawned on me that the lamp we lit for prayer almost always went off by itself before the wick burnt out," said the devout Hindu. During the cleansing process, the psychic, Lavina Govender, said she learnt through her spiritual guide "that the soul of an elderly, lost and angry man prowled the house.

"Using a bunch of white roses and a lit candle, I succeeded in guiding the lost soul out of the house, to its spiritual realm," said Govender.

Naidoo said he and his family felt an immediate sense of relief after the cleansing prayer and had now decided to buy the home they rented.

He added that he tried to find out who had previously lived at the house and learned that there were many former occupants, which made it difficult to identify the lost soul.

Laying the matter to rest, Naidoo discovered that the original owner had died after suffering a stroke, but the spirit could have been anyone's.

Govender concluded: "Sometimes lost souls are confused and angry. They then create a negative atmosphere which can result in them manifesting themselves physically, moving objects or amplifying unnatural sounds. These wandering souls, commonly referred to as ghosts, need to be guided to their spiritual dimension." The founder of the South African Society for Paranormal Research in Gauteng, Marius Nienaber, said places that were haunted "were usually ancestral land".

Nienaber said he researched using clairvoyants together with cameras and electro magnetic field monitoring devices. He added most video footage they had of spirit activity came up as yellow, green or blue beams, which he said confirmed paranormal activity.

New Owner Wants to Rid Enfield Pub of Haunted Reputation

enfieldindependent.co.uk - The landlord of a haunted pub in Enfield is hoping to rid the 100-year-old establishment of its ghoulish past.

Aside from the ghost who is said to be trapped in the cellar, the Hop Poles, in Baker Street, has also been damned by residents for being a hotspot for trouble.

But the new management are keen to portray the place as a family pub and continued their relaunch with a fun day yesterday.

Manager Phil Irwin, who took over with his partner Gemma Mehmet in May, said it was important to show potential punters that the pub's problems were in the past.

“A lot of the people who came along are from the community and they can see there is a lot to do for everyone here,” he said.

“We want it to be about getting the community in here and showing it is a different place to the reputation it has got.

“We had a refurb recently and it is a much cleaner environment and better atmosphere, especially during the football.”

The fun day, which also marked the pub's centenary celebrations, featured a horse riding school, magicians and dancers, and live music by bands from the Ponders End youth centre.

But Mr Irwin admitted it was George, the pub's former glass collector, who still pulls in the punters.

Legend has it that pot boy George was hit by a bus outside on the main road many years ago. He now haunts the basement where it is said if anything is put in the wrong place, by the next day, he would have moved it neatly to where it should be.

“Everyone knows the pub and knows the story of the ghost,” said Mr Irwin, who claims a camera crew who were trying to film the haunted cellar once ran out without their equipment after becoming too scared.

“I think it's quite a good laugh really. We always get people asking us 'how's George'.

“I'm down there most days but he hasn't even said 'hello' to me yet. Apparently he moves stuff around, but with all the renovation we've been doing, he could have helped us out.”

Amy Winehouse Warned by the King of Pop

The latest buzz about troubled singer Amy Winehouse is that she has been reportedly warned by Michael Jackson's ghost to quit her drug addiction soon. Earlier, many of her friends including her ex-hubby Blake Fielder-Civil had advised her to quit the habit, but all was in vain. In fact, the singer had exiled herself in the Caribbean that prompted her to really kick the habit.

It is said that the 'Back to Black' singer was visited by mediums during her stay on the Caribbean island of St Lucia. "Amy Winehouse heard Michael Jackson's voice telling her if she didn't sort herself out, she'd lose everything," People quoted a friend of Amy saying.

This is really a good advice from the spirit of King of Pop. Winehouse has been a great Michael Jackson fan. Once she had said, “I could never decide whether I wanted to be Michael Jackson or marry him. I don’t care what people say because he’s a f**king genius.”

Amy Winehouse's pal said that they might have been telling her that for years, but it's finally taken a ghost to make her listen. They also said that she has been great MJ fan she will definitely try to sort herself out of drug addiction.

UFO’S - Chris Holly's Paranormal World - Reader's Sightings


My last few articles that I have written about the fear that is felt by those who have had close encounters resulted in many emails from those who also have felt this fear and also have had encounters that they have not really talked about openly due to the ridicule and reaction of the public.

My article about the large UFO sighting by a group of men who watched it attached to a group of main electric tower lines along with a cell tower and radio tower transmitter also resulted in many emails. The emails continued with my article concerning the grid and my thoughts of what is going on with so many sightings of unknown crafts all over the world near electric wires or plants as well as other infrastructure parts of our society.

Most all the emails were positive. Many were from people telling me about their own experiences with the unknown. I also had one or two run of the mill hate emails. The hate mail is always the same and always ridiculous ranting of hatred and ignorance by those who really have no idea what they are talking about.

I think it is sad that people who are limited in thinking would rather send out short sentences of hate always misspelled instead of spending time reading and learning. It is a sad- but part of the life of all paranormal writers who try to open people’s minds to what is going on all around them. It also is something that is silly and not going to stop what we do or is given much attention or consideration. It is however a symptom of why people shy away from coming forward when they encounter the paranormal.

Who needs to listen to close-minded fools after experiencing once in a lifetime events? It is easier to just shut out the world and keep your experience close to your family and friends. I try to bridge this gap making the knowledge we do have at least available to those who wish to read about it.

I have had people send me the events that they have experienced trusting that I will protect their identities yet share what they have encountered with those who are interested in knowing what others have endured or experienced.

I want to share a few of these real people real events with you and have compiled a few of my emails as to share what other people all across the country have experienced. I understand how exhausting dealing with the limited thinkers and haters can be and fully intend to be one who will tell the stories of those who have encountered the unknown while protecting them from the ignorant and cruel.

My first email came from someone I grew up with that only recently sent me this report of what he and his family witnessed back in 1972 on the Connetiqout River on Long Island New York.

“Back in 72 my family and I were on our cabin cruiser anchored at the mouth of the River. We would often stay the night on the boat before heading out in the morning to go fishing or dock over at Fire Island for the weekend.

This was a Friday night in August and it was like many other nights we slept over on the boat before heading out for an early morning trip. It was a beautiful clear night and my brother and I decided to sleep on the open deck in our sleeping bags instead of below.

Shortly after midnight I woke up. As I adjusted my eyes from my sleep I thought I saw a bright light skim across the boat. I got out of my sleeping bag and stood up to look around. The moment I stood up I saw it over the river hovering in the sky. I quickly bent down trying hide from view and crawled back to my brother. I woke my brother and told him to not say a word and crawl with me so we could get inside the boat and wake my parents. Slowly we made it below where we woke my mother and father whispering to them that a UFO was hovering over the river above the boat.

My father looked at us as if we were nuts but also could see how terrified we were. I told my parents you could clearly see it from the boats windows that lined our small sitting area topside. We all silently crept into this sitting area and watched staying hidden from view at the large craft hanging over the river.

The thing was about the size of a house in width but only about one story in height. It was gunmetal gray and seemed to illuminate a white glow every minute or so but mainly stayed dark which made it much harder to see in the night. When the thing glowed you could see it clearly defined. It was like a big cucumber looking thing that just hung there in the night sky. It made no noise and did not cause the water to ripple or move under it. I could not see any openings or windows at all.

The water under it began to move in small whirlpools and we heard a slight noise like a distant motor and it started to glow and rise. It just went straight up and then as it got smaller just shot off away out from the river over the bay towards the ocean. In seconds it was gone.

The next morning my parents asked a few other boats that were also spending the night if they had seen or heard anything the night before. The people all looked at us like we were crazy. That was our first taste of how you are treated when you see something and say something.

We only told the people we knew and trusted about this sighting as we quickly learned how those who have never seen anything receive this kind of thing. We heard by way of town gossip that a widow who lived alone in one of the houses along the river claimed she saw a UFO that summer also. The poor woman was made the laughing stock of the town.”


I found the above story were interesting as I grew up along that river and know this family for many years. I had no idea that this event occurred until my friend recently sent me that email. He also told me that it bothered him all these years that they never reported or talked about the event and wanted me to write about it. That is when I decided to compile his and other sightings sent to me into articles I can share with all of my readers . It is in my mind very important that these events are shared and made public. The more we know about what others have experienced the better prepared we all can be for what may one day be right in front of our own eyes.

I received this next email from a man who now lives in Europe but grew up in New Jersey. He wanted to share what happened to him in 1987 while living in New Jersey.

“Your latest article about people seeking out alien abductions is most interesting for several reasons. The first one being that me and one of my friends tried doing exactly that by driving up to High Point, NJ 22 years ago. This was, an area that was reported to have had its fair share of UFO sightings back then. I now realize the foolishness of that endeavor, and am grateful that we weren't abducted!

I've always been interested in the UFO phenomenon because I actually experienced a UFO incident when I was 9 years old back in 1977 in Garfield, NJ. It was the creepiest thing. Back then we had a backyard swing, and I was playing on it when all of a sudden I had the scary feeling that someone was watching me.

I noticed that all the usual summertime sounds had disappeared. Sensing that something was up, I stopped swinging and looked around, only to be shocked out of my mind at seeing a UFO hovering right above our garage, about 50 feet away.

The thing was as wide as the garage, about 15 feet and was shaped like a lentil, having a top and a bottom half, one of which was black, and the other silver/chrome and segmented. One of the halves was rotating but for the life of me I can't remember whether the top half was black or the bottom was, or which of the halves was rotating.

I looked at this craft for about 15 seconds before running upstairs in a panicked state to tell my parents. By the time they could look outside it was gone. I was quite shaken by this for many weeks.

I know for a fact that what I saw was real, because even at that tender age I knew the difference between an airplane and I knew what the Goodyear Blimp looked like. Years later, when I first got on the internet I started looking up UFO sightings in northern New Jersey, and lo and behold other people in the area saw the exact same craft as I did around that same time!

A couple of years before that was the famous Passaic sighting where a UFO the size of a city block hovered over the city for like an hour and was seen by soldiers, doctors, police officers, and other highly credible witnesses.

Mind you, I have no conscious recollection of any abduction event taking place I don't ever want to be hypnotized, because in the event I really was abducted, I really don't want to know.”


I have gotten other emails concerning sighting by people when they were children and realize that many of us spent so much of our time out doors as children, which of course increased our odds of having sightings. We also were more aware of our surroundings as children and were able to realize when things were different and took the time to stop and look around. As adults we seem to be lost in the daily grind of obligations and are far less in touch with our surroundings.

Another man sent me this report of a very odd event he endured as a child.

“I had this encounter at my home in 1961. I was 7 years old.

I was in my backyard playing when an extremely bright light appeared along the fence. Out of the light a door opened and two creatures emerged.

Being 7 years old at first I thought these were power company men to fix power lines. They had on bright aluminum suits with an emblem on shoulder that was in blue of a flying snake. It was similar to a doctor’s emblem.

Communication with these beings was instant as they could read your mind and knew my thoughts. One of the beings touched me on the head and said "This ones mind is well organized."

I never forgot this incident or what that little man said. Shortly afterward I learned about the Hill's abduction and I could relate.

I think they target children due to their lack of fear and the alien's lack of fear of our children. It can go on for years with the same person I am told.”


This man never forgot what he saw that day. I received other reports very much like this one where children where approached and had communication with the beings.

The common thread I found in these reports is that the children did not remember physical talking but knew the beings were communicating with them. I also found a similar description of the beings- being of light or covered in light or looking like glowing angels. It seems as though something is brazenly approaching our children right in their own yards while they are playing without our being aware of it.

The last email I have added to this article is one that can be added to the many others that I receive or read from all over the world involving electric power plants, electric wires or blackouts.

It is obvious that there is a connection with UFO’s and our infrastructure. I know the idea is frightening to many and that this fear has been the base of a few of my hate emails. I can only say that it is best to understand what may be going on around you. Being angry when it is brought to your attention is foolish and extremely dangerous. It is far better to understand what we are dealing with then to hide or scream at those who try to open your minds to new thinking.

Many reports come from the area of our grids or our interior systems that connect us all. It is impossible to 'not' think there are reasons to justify this type of report. These sightings have been going on for as long as we have had wires and communication devices connecting our building and homes.

The following email is from a woman who gives this report that took place in Texas in 1974.

“At the time I was a teenager out in my car with a boyfriend. We were cruising around at a popular place called Mt Creek Lake in Dallas, Texas.

The area is hilly with winding roads and thick woods. There’s an electrical plant located there alongside the lake.

It was a late summer weeknight and we were about the only ones out there. The year was 1974 and it was evening in late Aug or early Sept. I was planning on ending my relationship with this boyfriend and was riding around looking for a good spot for us to sit and talk. I think we both had the same idea that night. While on our way to a good spot we literally were almost run off the narrow road by a car speeding out of the area.

Dirt and road rocks hit my car. Being a new driver I was really shaken up by this and pulled over immediately into the first lit up area which was the amber tone lights of the electric power plants parking area.. The amber lights made things surreal. I’d never been to this location before or this part of the lake before.

As we looked around the lake we both had the shock of our lives- as there it was.

Right there in front of us was this huge craft hovering no more than 3 ft above the lake water next to the plant. The plant appeared closed as it only had on what looked like night-lights on. I’ll never forget the plant had a 2nd story picture window. I could see the plant was dimly lit inside. I was amazed that not a soul was looking out that window. They would have had an extra close and perfect view of the huge dull metal color, no windows, and no doors, UFO.

It was perfectly still and no more than 3 ft above the water with nothing between it and water. It had great height to it and it was round. We could not see all around it because of its size. It was round in shape, like a big dome shape. It was kind of plain looking. It was just hanging there still over the lake above the water. It was a dull metal color This UFO was the size of a 2-story house. It had to have at least 2 levels to it. It was so low I couldn’t see the flat bottom side of it.

It was running because it had lights operating. I remember the eerie white lights mostly but I do also think I remember seeing blue and red ones too.

After about a minute’s time we spoke to each other. What is that, not a plane, not the shape of a blimp, not any flying thing I’ve ever seen, it must be a UFO.

How is that huge thing staying above water and not moving? It’s quiet but it’s running, those lights are like search lights, what’s behind those lights? There’s a strange low operating sound to those lights, look there’s no doors, hey there’s no writing on it either, what is it then? There are no windows; it’s definitely a UFO.

It must be getting it’s energy from the electric currants under water, maybe it’s gassing up, can something see us behind those lights hitting us (intermittently)?

The lights are frightening- do they see us? What the hell’s inside it? The car that went speeding by us must have seen it too. If this were supposed to be here somebody would be in the bldg looking out.

We started to get really scared. I felt as if they were watching us. We are really scared. We did the very same thing the other car did and got out of there as fast as possible.

We might have been there 5 minutes…couldn’t say for sure. The parts I remember seem like that amount of time. It could have been longer. We both just wanted to get back to safety as fast as possible. I remember my boyfriend being very anxious to get to his home showing me shortcuts to his house. He was not the type to act that way.

When I got home I told my mother and it seemed like she believed me somewhat. She vaguely does remember me telling her about the incident today. I never saw the boyfriend again to discuss it. I didn’t have to break up with him. I guess a lot was said without saying it. After all who would have ever believed us? In fact I pretty much went on about my life and kept this to myself until much later in my life. I hear others do the same.”


I found this email to be an excellent report of a sighting near an electric plant that fits in with so many other reports out there. Many people are seeing huge crafts silently hovering over electric plants, power plants and other sources of infrastructure areas. They also go hand in hand with black outs and drone sightings above our electric lines. How can so many people be seeing such similar things yet no one seems to be aware of it?

I will leave you with these emails to decide if you think we all need to pay far more attention to what is taking place right under our noses all over this country, all over this globe- without our being aware of it.

To my readers who sent and allowed me to share their experiences with all of you I thank you all. If you have had a encounter, sighting or event tell someone. Who knows one day maybe your report will help some other person make it through the moment they come face to face with the unknown.

Be careful out there and always keep looking up!

Thanks to Chris Holly at Chris Holly’s Paranormal World

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Have You Noticed Anything Unusual? Military Prepares For H1N1 Outbreak




These photos were obtained by a Fresno, CA resident. The Fresno area currently has 11 known hospitalized H1N1 cases. Another H1N1 patient passed away 7/30/09.
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It seems the Pentagon is in the process of making troops and equipment available to aid the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) if there is an aggressive outbreak of H1N1 virus, commonly known as Swine Flu, this fall, according to reports by CNN.

The proposal for the troop standby originated from U.S. Northern Command's Gen. Victor Renuart, but according to CNN has not yet been formally approved by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The plan is for the military to put in place regional teams of military personnel to aid civilian authorities in the event of any serious outbreak.

A senior U.S. defense official told sources that no final decision has been reached on how the military effort would be manned, but would most likely include personnel from all the military branches. At this point, however, it remains uncertain as to whether the personnel would come from the active duty or the National Guard and Reserve. Nonetheless, recent activity at one California National Guard facility in Fresno seems to indicate that the plan is already underway. A new compound (photos above) has been built adjacent to the base that includes massive tents, satellite communications equipment, etc.

In the event of a major outbreak, civilian authorities would be at the head of the relief efforts, according to the source report. The military would be most useful in supplying air transport or testing of large numbers of viral samples from sick citizens.

Recently a special government panel advise that swine flu vaccinations be offered first to pregnant women, health care workers and children six months and over.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices panel also recommended that priority in the vaccination line be given to parents of infants; non-elderly adults who have high-risk medical conditions, and adults ages 19 to 24, the group that has proven to be the most at risk for the infection.

For reference, National Guard websites and locations are listed here. As well, FEMA has established a network of locations under the Rex 84 Program that could possibly be used in case of an H1N1 outbreak emergency.

Scientists traced the genetic lineage of the H1N1 swine flu to a strain that emerged in 1998 in U.S. factory farms, where it spread and mutated at an alarming rate. Experts warned then that a pocket of the virus would someday evolve to infect humans, perhaps setting off a global pandemic.

NOTE: this posting is not meant to scare anyone but there seems to be something stirring within the U.S. military. Personally, I have a 21yo son, a 33yo daughter and 4yo grand daughter, so this strain of flu has me somewhat concerned. Have you noticed anything new or unusual at your local national guard armory or base?

Sources:
http://www.cnn.com/
http://www.prisonplanet.com/
http://www.newsmax.com/
J. Gonzalez

Photo: Ghost Debuts at Norwich Cinema


eveningnews24.co.uk - It would add a whole new meaning to the words “scary movie”, but could a ghost have been captured on camera at a Norwich cinema?

City-based photographer Andrew Kitt felt chills down his back as he processed his pictures from a photo shoot at Cinema City.

As he flicked between two images of the venue's courtyard, he noticed a shadow in one of the pictures that was absent from the next shot in the sequence.

Zooming in on the image on his computer, Mr Kitt saw what looked suspiciously like a figure. As he looked closer, it appeared as a hunched shape wearing what could, with a little imagination, be described as Tudor-style dress.

“The hairs on the back of my neck went up when I first saw it. I'm keeping an open mind. I'm not saying it's a ghost or anything, but it is certainly strange,” said Mr Kitt.

He took the picture from steps overlooking the courtyard at about 10.40pm one night last month , and while he cannot explain the shot he is adamant that it has not been tampered with in any way.

“It's not a hoax. Nothing has been done to that image,” he said.

The most likely explanation for the picture is that someone walked across the shot as he was taking it - the spot at which the figure appears is close to the kitchen door, which is used constantly by waiting staff - but Mr Kitt said he was “near enough 100 per cent sure” that didn't happen.

Cinema City and its bar and restaurant The Dining Rooms occupy some of Norwich's oldest buildings, parts of which date from the 14th century. The site itself has been occupied since the 13th century.

In the mid-1500s Robert Suckling, lord mayor, sheriff and burgess in parliament, bought the property, making substantial alterations to the buildings and renaming them after himself.

The centre of the house was, as it remains today, the Great Hall, with its scissor brace and crown post roof. Staff tell of odd, unexplained happenings on the site. Could the building's recent restoration have shaken up a few old inhabitants?

Bar and restaurant manager Steven Smith said: “One of the projectionists was closing down one night and heard a whisper in one of the cinemas. It just said 'Get out!' so he did, as fast as he could run. I'm here early in the morning but I've never come across anything eerie myself.”

He said the venue was virtually empty at the time the photo was taken, with just himself and a couple of staff present, and a few customers still in the cinema.

“I can't explain what it is in the picture at all,” he said.

Photos: Triangle Shaped UFO - Wesley Chapel, Florida




Witness statement - MUFON: 11:42 PM, 7/17/2009, my neighbor knocked on my door. It was unusual because it was really late so I thought it was an emergency.

She said "Sorry to bother you so late, but my husband is in the backyard looking at some weird lights in the sky and thought you might want to see them too."

I then said "Ok, I'm out back right now."

I then opened up my sliding glass door to go to the lanai, and I looked up in the eastern sky at about 45 degrees, or the 1 o'clock position, and saw a triangular object in the sky moving from left to right, and back left, and up and down and it surely didn't look like anything I've ever seen in my life.

I then ran back into the house to wake up my wife, who is the biggest UFO skeptic that I know, and said, "Wake up! Wake up! You've got to come outside and see this thing!"

She said "No, I have to go to sleep, I have to work in the morning!"

I preceded to say "You have to see this thing in the sky, just trust me, you have to come out and see this!"

I then looked for our camera, a Casio Exilim 10.1 mega pixel camera, and went back outside with my dog and started recording footage of this thing in the sky. I walked over to my neighbor's house and the three of us watched this thing for 2 and a half hours.

My neighbor had binoculars and a telescope, but it was easier to use the binoculars to see the silhouette of this object. It was moving in different patterns, but generally stayed in the eastern sky moving from left to right in a pendulum type pattern, but it would also moved westward a little bit, but remained at the 1 o'clock to 1:30 position in the sky.

If you held a dime towards the sky, the size was a little smaller than the dime. It seemed to be about 1000-3000 feet in the sky hovering over I-75 near SR 54. The feeling I felt was "what the heck is that?"

We sat on some chairs and watched this thing for a couple hours. I started to feel really sleepy so I went back inside the house to go to sleep, but I kept checking out my window because I wanted to see where this thing will go once it's done hovering over Wesley Chapel, FL.

I found my other battery that was fully charged, so I went back outside for a few more minutes and filmed one more video. I don't know what we saw, but it wasn't a plane.

Matter of fact, we saw 2 planes fly by that night, one was flying from East to Southwest. We heard the sounds of the engines as it came closer to us, and as it flew past us. The sounds were evident even when the plane seemed to be further to us than the triangular object in the sky.

The next plane flew past us from South to North, and you could also hear it as it flew past us. But this object made no sounds at all. The night sky was very clear, and there was no or very little wind that night.

What Crashed Into the Ottawa River?


Inquisitr.com - Dozens of residents of Canada’s capital city, Ottawa Ontario and nearby Gatineau, Que., witnessed an object streak across the night sky at about 10pm local time Monday night and crash into the Ottawa River with a “thunderous boom.”

The object had lights on it and appeared to change course several times, like a small plane struggling to stay airborn, before it hit the water.

It was such a sight that emergency rescue and search crews in the area sprung into action and began searching the area using sophisticated sonars and underwater cameras to try and figure out what the object was. Even helicopters from the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) in nearby Trenton took part. On Tuesday at 1:30pm, they discovered an object about 9 meters (30 feet) below the surface, but because of currents and nearby rapids, sending divers down would be extremely dangerous since they would be instantly swept away by the currents.

The mystery? Authorities and residents have no idea what this object laying at the bottom of the river is. There are no planes missing from the area, no other aircraft like helicopters, etc. are missing. There is no debris, no oil slick and even space agencies that were contacted said nothing disappeared from orbit.

On Tuesday afternoon, Ottawa police Const. Alain Boucher said of the object they found on the riverbed:

“The size and the shape doesn’t lead us to believe it’s any piece of an airplane or fuselage or anything like that. It could be a rock, it could be a bunch of logs stuck together, it’s hard to say. No one has come forward with any kind of videos or anything like that at this time. None of the people actually reported seeing a plane go down at the same time.”

But the fact still remains - something fell into the Ottawa River Monday night that prompted a massive co-ordinated search by local authorities and the Canadian Military. They found an object below the surface and don’t know exactly what it is.

It truly is a UFO mystery at this point.
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ORIGINAL REPORT - WellandTribune.ca

It truly was an unidentified flying object that darted across the night sky over the Ottawa River this week.

“There's nothing in the river for us to find in terms of an airplane or helicopter or something that went down (Monday) night,” Ottawa police Const. Alain Boucher said Tuesday afternoon.

“We're still looking into what could have caused this. There's a number of reasons this could have happened. We'll be looking into that in the next couple of days.”

Several residents, both in Ottawa and in Gatineau, Que., reported lights smashing into the water around 10 p.m. Monday, along with a thunderous boom.

The calls prompted police, firefighters, paramedics and a helicopter from CFB Trenton to scour the waters for a downed aircraft.

Problem was, there was no physical evidence pointing to a plane wreck: No debris, no oil slick and no indication from airspace authorities that something fell off the radar. There was also no report of a missing aircraft.

Still, searchers launched their boats on Tuesday morning looking for clues that could confirm witness accounts.

They found a few objects in the water, but nothing significant until around 1:30 p.m., when sonar discovered something bulky more than nine metres below the surface.

An underwater camera couldn't reach it and searchers called off the mission not knowing exactly what the object was.

“The size and the shape doesn't lead us to believe it's any piece of an airplane or fuselage or anything like that,” Boucher said. “It could be a rock, it could be a bunch of logs stuck together, it's hard to say.”

“No one has come forward with any kind of videos or anything like that at this time,” Boucher said. “None of the people actually reported seeing a plane go down at the same time.”

NOTE: I don't know what to make of this story. I would tend to think it was a meteorite if not for the witness statements contradicting that theory. It'll be interesting to see what comes of this. The Canadian government and military are tight-lipped about these type of incidents for the most part...Lon

Photos: Into the Storm


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July 28, 8:15 p.m. There was a storm approaching from the Southwest and the cloud tops were magnificent. I could see rain and lightning to my WSW. I decided to grab my little Sony digital camera and take a few shots and some video, hoping to catch the lightning. What showed up in 2 of the stills is a mystery. Also, what showed up in 2 of the video shots is also questionable. One is most likely a bird but the other is just plain baffling. This is especially so, since I was watching the sky and not the camera view screen. I never saw anything but clouds and didn't hear anything unusual.

While I took the shots, some pics blurred. I had set the camera on auto and the camera would refuse to focus, then it just shut off. I checked and still had half a charge on the battery but every other time I'd turn the camera on and point it at the sky, it would switch off.

My spouse called me 15 minutes later from the west end of town, saying that it was pouring down rain, with pea to marble sized hail. I could hear the clatter in the background as we spoke. Moments later the rain reached our home, so my picture taking came to an end.

SW


Thanks to SW at Lights in the Sky

British Coast Invaded By Deadly Portuguese Man-of-War Jellyfish


dailymail.co.uk - Deadly Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish have invaded British beaches – and more are expected to arrive, it emerged today.

At least eight of the creatures, which can deliver a potentially lethal sting, were found on Tregantle beach in Cornwall.

Another two were spotted in estuary sands between Bantham and Bigbury in Devon, prompting authorities to warn bathers to be vigilant.

It is thought the deadly animals, which have a distinctive body that is said to resemble a 16th Century Portuguese warship, could have come all the way from Australia.

A spokesman for the National Marine Aquarium said the sail-like creatures, which have sting-carrying tentacles that are up to 15ft long, were blown here by strong South Westerly winds.

And Tom Hardy, a marine conservation officer at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said he expects more man-of-wars to arrive during the summer.

‘They have been blown across by the prevailing winds. I would expect many more to follow.’

Mr Hardy said bathers and beach-goers should take care around the creatures and seek advice from local lifeguards if they are stung.

‘If people are stung they may suffer a shortness of breath in the most severe cases. In most cases they may have a bad sting,’ he told the Plymouth Herald.

‘We would advise people to rinse the area with either warm water or sea water, and try to remove the stingers carefully.’

They can produce a nasty and painful sting which leaves red welts on the skin, and if untreated they could take months to heal.

Friends Jess Manford and Donald Mann were walking along Tregantle beach on Monday evening when they spotted the pink-rimmed creature.

Miss Manford, 26, a freelance photographer from Hartley, said: ’It was really exciting.

‘I was just walking along the beach with Donald when we spotted about eight of them washed up on the shore.

‘It was pretty dark, so we couldn’t see much, but we assumed that there must have been a lot more in the sea.

‘I am quite interested in marine wildlife anyway so I knew that they were Portuguese man-of-war.

‘Being a professional photographer I own an underwater camera, but it broke about two weeks ago, which is so annoying.

‘In the end I had to take the photos quickly on my phone.’

The last time a major number were washed up on our beaches was in 1945 and that saw hundreds washed up.

But in the last two years approximately two dozen of the creatures have been reported on south coast beaches.

The Portuguese man-of-war is not a true jellyfish, but a siphonophore - a single animal made up of a colony of organisms, which normally lives far out in the ocean.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The 'Flying Humanoid' Phenomenon


NOTE: MonsterQuest presented a show Wednesday night centered on the 'flying humanoid' phenomena...mostly in Mexico and California. Since I have received several emails after the show asking my opinion of these 'beings', I have decided to reprint and update the information from my previous reports at the time of the events. BTW, there are several videos...if these do not appear in the email newsletter or subscription feeds, please use the link to the site..Lon

7/4/07

Testimony from dozens of persons and police officers depict seeing what appear to be witches flying through the skies of remote Mexican towns. Several people videotaped the strange phenomenon. The creatures appear to infest the skies over an old cemetery.

12/22/07

This was posted originally about a year ago but new sightings of the 'flying witches' are again being reported from Mexico. A police officer had a close encounter with one of these humanoids.

5/9/08





Lic. Daniel Sanchez Rosales, a resident of Mexico City, recorded an unidentified flying object that he describes as having humanoid characteristics.

The video was taken on February 28 of this year in the Moctezuma district, not far from Mexico City International Airport, at 6:50 a.m.

It should be mentioned that the first one to see it was his nephew Quique (Erik) as left home toward his middle school. It was then that he woke his uncle Daniel and they observed the phenomenon through binoculars, at first. During this observation, the witnesses described it as "a flying humanoid" resembling an astronaut. They claimed that it was facing them and it seemed to survey its surroundings.

As part of this investigation, I visited the household and interviewed the witnesses. Both seemed like honest people to me, and are not looking for either fame or fortune, merely a chance to share their experience. Daniel Sanchez Rosales,36, is a graduate of the UNAM School of Law.

Research

After reviewing the video with filters, my conclusion is that it is authentic, but it is still necessary to determine the nature of what was recorded.

Objectively, we are aware that this could have an explanation: perhaps a balloon, but there are three aspects that draw our attention:

1. The recording has a 12-minute duation, and if we add to this the observation time through binoculars, the sighting was around 15 minutes, an uncommon period of time when we deal with balloons, as these are carried away by the wind, and it is hard to see them for an extended period of time.

2. At a given point in the video, the object or alleged humanoid makes descending movements, then remains static for a while and subsequently rises again. This ascending and descending isn't quite so common with balloon.

3. At two moments during the recording, the dogs' reaction can be heard. The appear to be keening or expressing fear. This does not occur when balloons are involved, unless it is a huge coincidence (the witness has 2 Labrador Retrievers).

The object remains close to an air corridor. The background information here is that researcher Alfonso Salazar had reported the presence of UFOs near MCIA.

More photographs located HERE

1/14/09



*The Williams X-Jet, created by Williams International, was a small, light-weight Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) system powered by a modified Williams F107 turbofan aircraft engine. This vehicle was nicknamed "The Flying Pulpit". It was designed to be operated by and carry one person and controlled by leaning in the direction of desired travel and adjusting the power. It could move in any direction, accelerate rapidly, hover, and rotate on its axis, staying aloft for up to 45 minutes and traveling at speeds up to 60 miles per hour (100 km/h). It was evaluated by the U.S. Army in the 1980s, and was deemed inferior to the capabilities of helicopters and small unmanned aircraft.

Other VTOL systems developed by Williams International included a jet-powered flying belt developed in 1969, which was powered by a Williams WR19 turbofan, and the WASP (Williams Aerial Systems Platform) developed in the 1970s, which was powered by the more powerful WR19-9.

*Williams X-Jet - WASP




A witness to one of these anomalies stated: "It looked like a human-shaped body, 'standing' vertical and just floating over the roof. I was shocked. The figure was not facing me...I was looking straight at its right side. It was tall. No sound was heard and we both stood still, watching, while I continued recording."

On 7/4/07, testimony from dozens of persons and police officers depict seeing what appear to be witches flying through the skies of remote Mexican towns. Several people videotaped the strange phenomenon. The creatures appear to infest the skies over an old cemetery.

It may be plausible that some sort of 'device' is being used or tested by the Mexican military. Since the initial sightings, there have been no statements or disclosures made by the Mexican or local governments.

Ogopogo Spotted on Google Earth? - Another Perspective

(Copyright - BunkieLA/P&MWiki)
Enhanced satellite photo of Ogopogo from Google. Flipper comparisons from pictures from Wikipedia, plesiosaurs and Loch Ness monster

From BunkieLA on Phantoms and Monsters Wiki - Ogopogo

"Who would-a thunk it" that the quest for Lake Monsters would be given a significant boost by Google! This morning, Lon's postings including a marvelous satellite photo of what could be Ogopogo! It is difficult to determine a complete outline for the animal in the enlarged picture because of glare from the water.

To clarify the picture for my own satisfaction, I brought the color image into Photoshop, cropped down to the main shape, and turned the picture to grayscale. Then I hit the image with adjustments for contrast and brightness.

The animal, and indeed it is an animal because it exhibits bilateral symmetry, is viewed with its port side towards the land.

What shows up very clear is a pair of crescent-shaped flippers "astern" and close to the surface. There is a suggestion that there is another pair of flippers further forward where there is the suggestion of a shoulder "hump" just under the water. Forward of this possible second pair of flippers is a lengthy grey area that could be a long neck and head, pointing straight ahead.

About flippers: Flippers will appear to change shape as an animal in the water moves them to propel itself. Also, some whales have distinctive, crescent-shaped flippers, although those are of different proportions to the whole animal as compared to the flippers of the animal in the Google satellite photo.

Could it be a giant seal? The flippers to the "aft" just don't match up with what we have all be seeing in the zoos, circuses, and on PBS TV of the "steering ends" of seals and even walruses.

Could it be a whale? There are two sets of flippers, not one big pair. The back end of the animal is obscured, so it cannot be seen if there is a tail with flukes. That obscuring of the end of the tail is another point to consider.

It appears that the water deepens rather quickly off shore under this animal. If the animal we see is of basic plesiosaur configuration (see Wikipedia for variations, also the copious number of photos from Loch Ness, Lake Champlain, and others) assuming that the four paddle-like appendages are visible -- what is that huge dark shape coming up behind it, obscuring the tail? What is that blobby dark shape coming up from the "starboard" side of the head?

I don't want to read too much into the image, but my conclusion is this: The animal has the "classic" Nessie shape of the compact body and moderately long neck, with logically proportionate and well-placed flippers. Compared to the size of the fishing piers, it's a "whopper"! Is it Ogopogo? It is a living animal with bilateral symmetry. And it is in a place where the Ogopogo is known to appear. I'll leave it at that.

Plesiosaur morphology: As I read in various books on dinosaurs, the plesiosaur body with the small head and large neck way out in front of a very powerful body is ideal for catching fish. The fish are only "vaguely" aware of the smallish head in murky waters. Then "chomp", the neck shoots forward and the fish is "gone".
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Original post - Has Ogopogo Been Spotted on Google Earth?




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NOTE: I received the following email tonight:

Let me start by saying that I really enjoy your blog, as for the subject of the image attached; I was going through your July 09 archive and one of the posts was about the Okanagan Lake monster, and since I had some free time on my hands, I decided to use Google earth to try and scan the lake from above, and to my surprise, I stumbled upon this monster/snake/big fishing net thing that is about 280 meters long and could well be the thing they saw on that day (due to it's proximity to the boat dock).

Thank you and keep up the good work.

Abdulaziz, Kuwait


Well, I looked at the image (from 2004) and the anomaly that Abdulaziz mentioned...but, then I noticed a shadow in the water about, my estimate, 150 feet offshore. I screen captured the shadow and attempted to enhance it a bit. The shape is similar to a plesiosaur or a serpentine creature, but with 1 pair of flippers (possibly, another pair hidden). I realize it's just a shadow or silhouette but the shape is intriguing. Could this be Ogopogo?..Lon

Are These Craft From Holloman AFB or Somewhere Else?



Note: the following was posted at New Mexico L.O.W.F.I.:

I live in New Mexico under an Air Force flightpath. Stealth fighters are not at all unusual in the skies over my house. Occasionally, I see aircraft that I can not identify, and have gotten in the habit of keeping a camera handy when I am going to be outside for a while. One afternoon, I caught sight of something out of the corner of my eye. The oddest thing about these craft is that they made no noise at all that I could hear.

I snapped off 5 pictures that afternoon of these craft, but this is the only one with two flying close to each other. I don’t believe in flying saucers from other planets at all. These are obviously secret craft being flown out of White Sands, or some other airbase. My contacts in the community have all told me of “Alien craft” being in the skies, and I never believed them. This gives substance to their stories, but doesn’t convince me of an “alien presence”

–Michael


NOTE: I'm sure if these were non-domestic craft flying over New Mexico during daylight that a few fighter jets would have been scrambled and seen. But, who knows...Lon

Texas Pub Still Has Regular Patrons, Alive or Otherwise

scntx.com - McKinney pub offering more than food and drink downtown

Drinks from the bar aren’t the only spirits lingering around Churchill’s pub in downtown McKinney. The restaurant, formerly called The Londoner, recently changed names but new owners Marie Briton and Erin Elwood assure they’ve still got the same regulars, alive and otherwise.

“We have ghosts in the building,” Elwood said. The location is on the map for the Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk.

Briton said the Texas Paranormal Advanced Research Team recently conducted observations on site in May, 2009, and produced a report stating the voice of a man was heard saying, “Ya’ll must be crazy.”

The majority of the paranormal activity is all upstairs and mainly around the ladies restrooms, Briton said. Before becoming owner, Briton worked as the general manager of the restaurant and said she’s heard the voice of the spirit herself.

“I just shout at it and say ‘Enough is enough,’” Briton said. “I don’t think it’s a bad energy. I think it’s cantankerous but I don’t think it’s bad.”

Elwood said as the new owners they plan to do research to figure out exactly what the history of the 100-year-old building is.

“There have been a lot of alleged histories so we want to sort through them,” Elwood said. “It’s such a neat old building with so much history. We hope to get old photos up on the wall.”

The English pub changed owners in early June and Elwood said as part of the deal they agreed to change the name. After a few weeks of taking suggestions, surveying customers, and tossing around several different ideas, they landed on Churchill’s, inspired by Winston Churchill.

“Most of our regulars still fondly call it ‘the pub,’” Briton said.

I Always Thought the Blue M&M's Tasted Better....

www.telegraph.co.uk - The compound Brilliant Blue G blocks a chemical that kills healthy spinal cord cells around the damaged area - an event that often causes more irreversible damage than the original injury.

BBG not only reduced the size of the lesion but also improved the recovery of motor skills, the rodent tests showed.

Those treated with BBG were later able to walk, although with a limp. Rats that did not receive the BBG solution never regained the ability to walk.

On the downside, the treatment causes the skin to temporarily turn bright blue and BBG needs to be injected soon after the trauma. The test injections were given within 15 minutes.

The new findings by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Centre in New York build on work reported five years ago by the same team.

They discovered that adenosine triphosphate (ATP) - a chemical that keeps our cells alive - quickly pours into the area surrounding a spinal cord injury.

But they found it overstimulated otherwise healthy neurons and caused them to die from metabolic stress, creating a secondary injury.

Injecting oxidised ATP into the site of the injury helped stop this, they found.

But neurosurgeon Prof Maiken Nedergaard, who led the research, said: "No one wants to put a needle into a spinal cord that has just been severely injured so we knew we needed another way."

The new approach of using BBG has answered this problem because it can be administered intravenously.

More tests will be needed to prove the safety of BBG before human clinical trials can begin.

But researchers are optimistic new treatments for acute spinal cord injuries could emerge in the next few years.

Video: Several Sightings of UFO - Deqing, Guangdong Province, China



AllNewsWeb.com - The UFO that was seen by 22 students in the city of Deqing in China during a rooftop observation of the solar eclipse has been hailed by that nations massive UFO community as the UFO event of the year. Yet it is being ignored by the west.

It has now been confirmed that no less than 9 students separately filmed and photographed the UFO as seen in the film and still photographs. Now the students have handed over the footage to government authorities for examination. The story is also being aired on television news broadcasts.

Evidence is now filtering through that other footage might exist too.

'We believe this might be the smoking gun UFO sighting and UFO researchers will definitely be looking to interview all of the children' noted one UFO researcher on one Chinese language UFO forum.

NOTE: this is a follow up on a large scale sighting in and around Deqing city in the Guangdong Province, China a few days ago during a solar eclipse. I don't know if more news is going to come from this. Actually, the footage is interesting and probably deserves a closer look...Lon

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Has Ogopogo Been Spotted on Google Earth?




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NOTE: I received the following email tonight:

Let me start by saying that I really enjoy your blog, as for the subject of the image attached; I was going through your July 09 archive and one of the posts was about the Okanagan Lake monster, and since I had some free time on my hands, I decided to use Google earth to try and scan the lake from above, and to my surprise, I stumbled upon this monster/snake/big fishing net thing that is about 280 meters long and could well be the thing they saw on that day (due to it's proximity to the boat dock).

Thank you and keep up the good work.

Abdulaziz, Kuwait


Well, I looked at the image (from 2004) and the anomaly that Abdulaziz mentioned...but, then I noticed a shadow in the water about, my estimate, 150 feet offshore. I screen captured the shadow and attempted to enhance it a bit. The shape is similar to a plesiosaur or a serpentine creature, but with 1 pair of flippers (possibly, another pair hidden). I realize it's just a shadow or silhouette but the shape is intriguing. Could this be Ogopogo?..Lon

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