Saturday, October 24, 2009

Update: The 'Perth Orbs' - Video / Photos

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NOTE: Paul Cochrane has a new video setup which really intensifies the movement of the orbs. Here is a link to one of the early postings in reference to this case The 'Perth Orbs'. These photos are some of the more recent video captures. After the on-site investigation is completed and we receive a report, I will post the findings...Lon

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NEWS: Alien Home Invasion Video / Photo Update Information

For the time being, all video and photo evidence updates on this case will be posted at Exclusive Photos and Interview: Follow-up to 'Alien' Home Invasion Video and Phantoms and Monsters YouTube Channel.

You are invited to participate in the ongoing 'Alien Home Invasion' discussion thread. The witness and investigators will be answering questions as well as posting new information. As well, the 'Perth Orbs' discussion thread continues strong in anticipation of results from current and future on-site investigations...Lon

UFO / OVNI Emerged From Rio De La Plata Near Punta Piedras, Argentina

inexplicata - Researchers of phenomena involving UFO refer to these events as “alerts” – they are meetings held at various parts of the country to skywatch and research so-called hotspots. The main goal, of course, is a direct expeirence with unidentified flying objects. A spectacular event took place at the locality of Punta Piedras, facing Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires: several experts in the subject were able to witness a red-hued sphere emerge from the water, ascend several meters as it changed its color to orange, and finally move away at full speed toward Uruguay.

The incredible case occured on July 25th at the locality in question, to the north of San Borombón bay, and had members of Grupo GABIE as its protagonists, who aside from researching UFOs, are also engaged in astronomy and other scientific studies. Pablo Lasa, Ariel Coppola, Martin Costes, Fernando Lisardo, Nicolas Lisardo and Catriel Lisardo were all present during this event.

According to their story, the skywatch was held at the “El Descanso” camping area in Punta Piedras. “The UFO skywatch and astronomical observation had been scheduled for the previous weekend, but it was necessary to postpone it for a week due to weather conditions,” they explained.

“It emerged from the water”

Of all the members of the group, it was Martin Costes who was able to see the phenomenon in greatest detail. “Pablo, Ariel, Fernando and his two sons were with me by the fire, discussing subjects related to astronomy, when the conversation took a twist and we started talking about UFOs,” he says. “After a few minutes of dialogue, I got up to import the meteorological data from the weather station into my notebook. Then I went back to the fire, which was only a few meters from the base. I standing there when something told me to go down toward the river. I decided to pay attention and go.”

At that moment, the episode that he will never forget occurred: “When I got thre, only seconds after watching the river, I saw a bright red sphere emerge from the water, rising approximately 15 to 20 meters, moving repeatedly from left to right, parallel to the river.”

A Strange Event

According to the witness, the object “began to vanish gradually until the distance kept us from seeing it. It should be noted that people at the campsite did not hear me calling, yet they were only five meters from my piosition. In other words, I wasn’t able to hear the conversations being held by the fellows over by the fire, and they claim not have heard me calling out. And that’s not all. Telescopes were aimed directly toward where the incident occurred at that moment. Another thing to be highlighted is that I remained in shock for 15 minutes after the sighting. This occurred at 1:00 in the morning,” remarks the specialist.

Costes (whose story can be heard on the Codigo OVNI radio program from August 31, 2009) explained that “the entire episode lasted some 3 minutes. The fellows managed to see some 30 seconds to perhaps a minute of the phenomenon.”

It Was Perfectly Round

Ariel Coppola was another of the experts who was able to see the phenomenon at Punta Piedras. “A perfectly round sphere, bright orange in color, could be seen. It was flanked by lights to its left and right, red and green in color, which twinkled like those of an airliner, as bright as a flash but with color,” he explained with regard to his experience.

Along with Fernando Lisardo, another of Grupo GABIE’s researchers remarked: “The time was already 3:30, the cold and dew caused us to break camp, and we put away our astronomical devices as we brought a very successful session to an end, as the excellent weather allowed us to meet goals that had been established beforehand, leaving us very satisfied.”

NOTE: In September 2008, there was an interesting video of an orb shaped UFO/OVNI traveling towards the horizon that seemed to become a USO (Unidentified Submerged Object) in the Rio De La Plata/Atlantic Ocean south Buenos Aires, Argentina near Punta Piedras. The video was removed not long after it was posted on YouTube. This specific area has had numerous similar sightings in recent years, prompting speculation that an underwater base or conduit may be in this vicinity...Lon

Spirits Remain at Minnesota College

livewiredj - Eric Schmidt was in bed in his south Moorhead apartment one night when he heard a noise that sounded like water running in the kitchen. He had to see what was making this noise. Leaving his girlfriend in bed, Schmidt crept out of the room and made his way to the kitchen.

He walked down the hallway toward the sound where he found water gushing out of the kitchen faucet. As far as he knew, only he and his girlfriend were in the apartment. Schmidt wondered how the water got turned on full blast. He figured the water was already cold, so he drank a glass and walked down the hallway back to his bedroom.

At the end of the hallway, there was a girl. She stood there staring at him, her long, brown hair past her shoulders. She wore a white, old-fashioned nightgown that swept the floor, and had her arms in front of her chest, hands clutched at her sternum. Poised like a runner, leaned slightly forward, she walked from the left to the right side of the hall. It was dark, and Schmidt could not see where she went.

At first, Schmidt thought it was his girlfriend being playful. He smiled and asked her why she ran away. He entered the bedroom and saw his girlfriend had not moved. Schmidt realized his girlfriend, who had blonde hair, could not have been the girl in the hallway.

Realizing he might have just seen a ghost, Schmidt jumped into bed and pulled the covers over himself. After this experience, he developed an interest in investigating ghostly events that would lead him to become the founder of VRS Paranormal, a ghost investigation team based in Fargo.

At Concordia College, stories circulate year-round about campus ghosts. There is Dolly, the ghost of Fjelstad Hall, and Al Gersbach, who resides in the Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre. Other rumors of an unnamed ghost in Hoyum Hall and a young woman’s spirit on the fourth floor of Old Main spread through campus.

Walk into the Concordia archives on the fourth floor of the library and ask about Dolly or one of the other ghosts on campus. The archivists will grab a folder labeled “Ghosts,” without hesitation. The folder contains stories: news clippings about ghost sittings on campus, research papers by previous students about spirits on campus, and other details about the history of ghosts at Concordia.

Lisa Sjoberg, Concordia archivist and librarian, said they see more students around Halloween than any other time of year. Sometimes three students will visit per day to request information about the ghosts. Some are researching for speeches and papers, others are just curious.“The numbers are definitely up,” said Sjoberg. “Definitely.”

Calling Dr. Frankenstein!

mnn - Mad science? By combining the brains of two different species, one scientist hopes to create a hybrid bird which can be taught to sing.

"I knew when I started this project that it was one of those crazy ones," said Erich Jarvis, a neuroscientist at Duke University. It certainly sounds like something out of mad science folklore: Jarvis wants to hatch a hybrid bird with the hindbrain of a quail and the forebrain of a finch, and then teach it to sing.

Though unlike Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein, who sought fame and companionship from his concoction, Jarvis' intent is born out of a genuine scientific curiosity. He hopes that the chimera bird can teach us more about the neurological basis of birdsong, and perhaps even human speech.

Jarvis described his project to New Scientist: "The goal is to get a non-singing animal that can actually learn how to imitate sounds." Non-singing birds like quails squawk innately and don't learn their calls, while songbirds like finches learn to sing by imitating their parents. So by swapping their brains, Jarvis aims to hatch a quail with a finch-like brain which can be taught to sing.

It's certainly a creative experiment. In order for it to work, the hybrid embryo's finch forebrain needs to form connections to its quail hindbrain during development, much in the same way that the higher brains of songbirds - and humans, for that matter - connect with the hindbrain areas that control vocal muscles in the throat.

So far the results have been mixed. Researchers are encouraged to find that some of the finch neurons have headed straight for the quail's hindbrain, but whether a viable connection has been made is uncertain. All of the chimeric birds have died just before hatching.

Though that's probably because the two species develop too differently, said Jarvis. Since quail chicks are more mature when they hatch compared to finch chicks, it's likely that the embryos are getting mixed developmental messages from their two different brains. If efforts to hatch a hybrid continue to fail, researchers may consider switching quails for a species that develops at a similar pace to finches.

Of course, one other consideration may have been ignored by researchers: songbirds are often motivated to sing with the hope of attracting a mate. How eery would it be, if in order to get the Franken-bird to sing, scientists would also require hatching it a bride?


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Friday, October 23, 2009

Update: Sylvan Lake Mystery Continues - There seems to be more questions than answers to the mysteries surrounding Sylvan Lake.

And last month’s retrieval by the Washington County Water Recovery dive team of a large rock with a hole drilled through it and a three-eighths inch faded yellow nylon rope attached did nothing to solve what is still considered an open case by a lake expert who has followed the story.

The boulder, estimated to weigh 40 pounds or more, was the only thing found during a dive training session Sept. 10.

The water recovery unit was part of a response team on July 27 when a Sylvan Lake resident reported that something may have crashed into the lake. The eyewitness saw a rogue wave with air bubbles emanating from concentric circles.

That summer day the water recovery unit deployed its side-scan sonar to help determine if something was in the lake and recorded information of an object the size of a dryer or wash machine in deep waters. Nothing of the like was found in any of the dives.

Sheriff Bill Hutton said last week authorities still have no idea what caused the incident that dozens of rescue personnel, including those from Forest Lake, responded to in July. He is confident that it wasn’t a meteor, nor anything that could have fallen from an airplane.

How long the rock may have been in the lake is also unknown.

“We cannot make any conclusionary statements,” Hutton said.


The mystery has deepened with the investigation by a UFO hunter from Nebraska who visited the area last summer, as well as a water specialist familiar with Forest Lake.

Steve McComas, of Blue Water Science in St. Paul, opened a case file at the urging of Joe Soucheray who hosts “Garage Logic” on KSTP AM1500 after he became interested in the Sylvan Lake story. McComas, the radio show’s designated “Lake Detective,” agreed to look into the matter. He issued a full report in August.

McComas said his theory is that the splash was caused by something falling off or from an aircraft.

Hutton said the sheriff’s office checked with the FAA and Department of Homeland Security, but found no leads of any aviation incidents that would have been the culprit behind this mystery.

The discovery of this rock, most likely a homemade anchor, does not answer anything. McComas said during Soucheray’s radio show on Oct. 2 that McComas’ theory has not been disproved. The lake detective won’t admit to being stumped until something definitive turns up, McComas said.

“The mystery is unsolved,” McComas said. “I would consider this case open,” he added.

Instead of a lost plane part, McComas said it is possible that blue ice — a mixture of human waste and liquid disinfectant formed by leaks in commercial aircraft lavatory tanks that freezes at high altitude — could be the cause of the incident.

Anchors away?

Linwood resident Frank Kvidera, 84, an experienced pilot with over 40 years of experience flying single engine planes, has his own theory. Maybe the rock was used to anchor a small aircraft and plummeted to the ground after take off? Kvidera read a similar story in an aviation magazine, but with the plane crashing into the water as well.

“There are questions,” he said, “and who’s gonna answer them?”

Eugene Huerstel has lived on Sylvan Lake for many, many years. Around 1967, he and a neighborhood boy went out in a row boat to the area where the rock was found. Huerstel recalls that his friend had drilled a hole through a big, heavy rock and knotted it with a nylon rope.

The two boys lost the boat anchor when the rope broke, Huerstel said. Perhaps that rock was the very same one recovered by the county sheriff’s office?

Huerstel said he believes the eyewitness, who lives doors from him, saw something in the water but it had not come from the sky.

His opinion is that it was a whirlwind, which is a column of air moving rapidly around and around in a cylindrical or funnel shape.

Huerstel was on his boat with KSTP Channel 5 during the September training session, nearly 60 yards from the dive team. He was one of those surprised when the water recovery unit came to the surface with a rock.

“I could tell if they did recover something, they didn’t want us to see,” Huerstel said.

Supposedly, a boat was spotted maneuvering in a grid pattern on the lake in the late hours of Aug. 16. Hutton told the Forest Lake Times he was unaware of any such late-night incident on the Sylvan Lake waters.

As for the county, Hutton said his office has no plans to continue the Sylvan Lake search.

McComas said there is a chance the rock was sunk in an effort to throw people off, thus putting the mystery to rest. It’s a long stretch, but he noted the sonar detected an image that was not found again during the dive exercise.

“It’s just a little suspicious,” McComas said.
Posted August 21, 2009

MUFON Investigates Sylvan Lake UFO Mystery - The mystery over what's sitting at the bottom of Sylvan Lake in Forest Lake has the attention of UFO investigators.

A Forest Lake woman claims she saw large waves rippling out in a swirling motion on the lake. She thought it seemed strange and called police. She told them she thought the churning water came from a helicopter.

"There was quite a stir for 5 to 7 minutes, with waves that went out 30 to 40 feet. Not up, but out," said the woman's neighbor Eugene Huerstel.

Since the woman's account was credible according to police, Forest Lake firefighters and the Washington County Dive Team went into the lake to look for the unusual and suspicious object.

They used a pontoon and an airboat to search to a depth of 26 feet. Washington County Sheriffs Deputies used a side scan sonar. Police said they did not find any debris on the water and no petroleum film from a boat or plane wreck, which they initally suspected. But what took everyone by surprise was the investigator who showed up Friday.

"We received several reports on our website about the incident," said Richard Lang from the Mutual UFO Network.

During a second water search, the Washington County Sheriff's Office found an object, about the size of a washer or dryer. They plan to pull it out in the coming weeks, though no one could say, what it might be.

However, a UFO does not seem likely.

"Based on our findings, we don't believe a UFO crashed into the lake," said Lang.

Evil Remains at the Villisca Axe Murder House

timesrepublican - In 1912, one of the most horrific multiple murders in Iowa took place in the small town of Villisca.

The entire Moore family, which included a couple and their four children, were brutally bludgeoned to death by a person armed with an axe. Two other children were also in the home and were killed that night.

In the decades following the murders, there were accusations, theories and even confessions. Yet, no one was ever firmly identified as the killer. No one was ever charged with a crime.

Such a situation can immediately become the stuff of legend and folklore, especially in a small, quintessential Iowa town.

The house now sits silent, forever keeping its secret of what happened that June day in 1912 - or does it?

If you were to ask Linda Cloud, the house is far from silent. The Marshalltown resident lived in the house in the 1960s, when she was 12 years old.

At the time she moved in, she had no knowledge the house she was living in was a murder house. In fact, she only made the connection earlier this decade.

Still, she said she knew something about it was unusual.

"I don't like to use the word evil, but there is something there that isn't quite right," she said. "There isn't a whole lot of positive energy."

It started, she said, the first night her family moved in the house.

"We were all downstairs, and it sounded like someone threw something violently across the room upstairs, but there was no one upstairs," she said.

That night, she said she heard the sound of children crying and of wailing. Though she did not know the history of the home at the time, it was clear that others did.

"I had a friend who I invited over for a sleepover," she said. "When she found out where I lived, she suddenly had other things to do."

The Travel Channel interviewed Cloud and her sister for a show airing this weekend. At one point, she said she became so uncomfortable in the home she had to stop the interview, just so she could catch her breath.

Her sister also had strange feelings returning to the home after so long.

The family only stayed in the home for several months. The incident that finally encouraged them to move happened suddenly and injured her father.

"I don't want to say too much more about it because I want people to hear it for themselves," she said.

Cloud said she would like to return to the home at some point, and even stay overnight.

"But no one will go with me," she said.


One the morning of June 10, 1912, a small community in Villisca, Iowa awoke to find 8 of their own had been brutally murdered by an axe during the middle of the night. What once had been a peaceful community where everyone knew and trusted their neighbors, attended church together and left doors unlocked, changed forever on that bloody morning.

Joe B Moore (43), his wife Sarah (39), their four children, Herman (11), Katherine (10), Boyd (7), Paul (5) and two visiting children, Lena (11) and Ina (8) Stillinger were found in the early morning hours of June 10. All had been brutally murdered while they slept in their beds sometime between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. They had attended Children’s Day at their local church and arrived home about 11:00 p.m. the night before.

After the bodies were discovered and law enforcement arrived, the law quickly discovered that they had already lost control of the crime scene. Neighbors had already filed into the house to witness the carnage and contaminated any evidence that might have been useful. The murderer/murderers had covered all the windows and mirrors of the home, and had cover the victims with blankets and clothing. A long, black handled axe lay against the wall in the downstairs sewing room where Lena and Ina lay. The mutilation of Lena and Ina was so severe that they were identified by their personal Bibles which were left on the dresser in their room. A bloody pan of water was found in the kitchen along with a half eaten meal. Kerosene lamps were carefully placed at the foot of each bed in both the parent’s room and the sewing room. The chimneys of the lamps had been discarded and the wicks turned back.

Neighbors and law enforcement began to compile a list of suspects. No longer were doors left unlocked and everyone began keeping vigils at night to ensure the safety of their families. Accusations, rumors, and suspicion ran rampant. The state and neighboring counties sent in law enforcement agencies to assist with the thousands of interviews that took place, but the crime was never solved.

One of the prime suspects of the murders became Frank Jones, a very wealthy and powerful businessman. He was also a State Senator and very involved in politics. Joe Moore was once employed by Frank Jones but quit that job to open his own business. Jones and Moore soon became bitter business rivals. It was also rumored that Joe Moore was having an affair with the Senator’s daughter-in-law, Dona and this further aroused suspicion.

Another prime suspect was Reverend Lyn George Jacklin Kelly who was a traveling minister, a peeping tom and a man with peculiar habits He had attended the Children’s Day Services at the Moore’s church on the night of the murders. He boarded a train during the early morning hours of June 10 and it was reported by an elderly couple, also on the train, that he talked about the murders before the bodies were discovered. Rev. Kelly confessed to the murders several years later, but charges were dropped after one trial ended in a hung jury and the 2nd jury acquitted him.

William Mansfield also became a suspect. He had recently been released from prison and was known to have associations with the other criminals. He became a suspect when his own wife, his infant daughter and his in-laws were murdered by an axe in Blue Island, Illinois in 1914. The murder scene in Blue Island was very similar to the Villisca murders. It was rumored that Mansfield was hired by Frank Jones. Similar axe murders had occurred in Kansas and Colorado in which Mansfield could be placed in these locations on the nights of those murders.

The house was originally built in 1868 and became the home of the Joe Moore family in 1903. Since the murders, ownership has changed hands several times. It was purchased by Darwin and Martha Linn in 1994 who have returned it to its original condition. All electricity and plumbing have been removed. Period furniture has been bought and placed as closely as possible to their reported positions on the night of the murders. Recent renovations have sparked reports of paranormal activity and have stirred an interest both locally and nationally. The house remains vacant but lamplight tours and overnights are available by appointment.


Nantiinaq: Half Man, Half Beast - Malania Helen Kehl, Nanwalek’s eldest resident, is frequently called upon around the village to impart her memories of how life used to be on this southern-most tip of the Kenai Peninsula.

Among her remembrances are medicines used to heal the sick and ways of preserving sea lion meat in barrels for winter. She also is one of the last to tell the ghostly story of how the village of Port Chatham came to be deserted; why the abandoned town was shunned, and those who once lived there vowed never to return.

Malania was born Jan. 25, 1934 at Port Chatham, then a small village founded at the edge of a peaceful moorage. The village once offered shelter for many people, including Capt. Nathaniel Portlock’s ship on his 1786 Alaska expedition. But when Malania was a baby, the family abruptly moved away from Chatham, leaving the house and every board of its frame behind.

What frightening situation caused John and Helen Romanoff to take their children and flee to Nanwalek?

“We left our houses and the school, and started all new here,” Malania said in a recent interview, speaking in her traditional Sugt’stun through translator Sally Ash. “There was plentiful land here for gardening and people. My parents built a house on the beach.”

What had frightened Malania’s parents hadn’t been a single event. Over a “long period of time,” a nantiinaq (Nan-te-nuk) – or big hairy creature – was reportedly terrorizing villagers. And Malania also told of the spirit of a woman dressed in draping black clothes that would come out of the cliffs.

“Her dress was so long she would drag it,” Malania said. “She had a very white face and would disappear back into the cliffs.”

The goose-bumped terror felt when people encountered these spirits was nothing compared to what happened to Malania’s godfather, Andrew Kamluck. He was logging in 1931, when someone or something hit him over the head with a piece of log-moving equipment. The blow reportedly killed him instantly.

Malania isn’t the only one to tell of strange events at Port Chatham. Port Graham Elder, Simeon Kvasnikoff, said he remembers when nantiinaq was blamed for the disappearance of a gold miner.

“This one guy over there had a little place where he was digging for gold,” Kvasnikoff said. “He went up there one time and never came back. No one found any sign of him.”

Another story recounted the experience of a sawmill owner named Tom Larsen, who had a job cutting wood for the old fish traps. He told of spotting nantiinaq on the beach once. After going back to his house to get his gun, he returned to the beach and “the thing looked at him,” Kvasnikoff said. For some reason, Larsen decided against firing a shot.

In an April 15, 1973 issue of the Anchorage Daily News, a feature article told of the abandoned cannery town of Portlock near Port Chatham. The writer had learned the story during an evening spent with the school teacher and his wife at English Bay (Nanwalek) while on a boat trip.

The story is told:

“Portlock began its existence sometime after the turn of the century as a cannery town. In 1921, a post office was established there, and for a time the residents, mostly natives of Russian-Aleut mix, lived in peace with their picturesque mountain-and-sea setting.”

According to the ADN story, sometime in the beginning years of World War II, rumors began to seep along the Kenai Peninsula that things were not right in Portlock. Men from the cannery town would reportedly go up into the hills to hunt Dall sheep and bear, and never return. Worse yet, sometimes stories would circulate about mutilated bodies that were swept down into the lagoon, torn and dismembered in a way that bears could not, or would not, do.

“Tales were told of villagers tracking moose over soft ground. They would find giant, man-like tracks over 18 inches in length closing upon those of the moose, the signs of a short struggle where the grass had been matted down, then only the deep tracks of the manlike animal departing toward the high, fog-shrouded mountains …”
The article goes on to tell how the fed-up townfolk decided to move en masse, and by 1950, the U.S. Post office had closed there.

Even into more recent times, nantiinaq reports haven’t stopped entirely. A man who prefers to remain anonymous tells his story.

“In 1990, while I was working as a paramedic in Anchorage, we got called out on an alarm for a man having a heart attack at the state jail in Eagle River. He was a Native man in his 70s, and after I got him stabilized with IVs, O2 and cardiac drugs, my partner and I began to transport him to the Native Hospital in Anchorage.”

En route to the hospital, the paramedic and the Native man, an “Aleut” from Port Graham, talked about hunting. The paramedic had been to Dog Fish Bay and was once weathered in there.

“This old man sat up on the gurney and grabbed me by the front of my shirt. He got right up to my face and said, ‘Did it bother you?’ Well, with that question, the hair just stood up on the back of my head. I said, ‘Yes.’ “Did you see it?” was his next question. I said “No. ..Did you see it?” He said “No, but my brother seen it. It chased him.”

In August of 1973, Ed and two others were bowhunting for goats and black bear when a storm forced them to take shelter in Dogfish Bay Lagoon.

“We beached our skiff and let the tide run her dry. After a dinner of broiled salmon we turned in to our tent. Back in those days, the best tent I had was a dark green canvas job with a center pole and no windows or floor. We left the fire burning and cleaned the pots and pans so as not to attract bears during the night and turned in,” Ed wrote.

The sky was clear, but the wind was howling through the old growth timber that lined the shore. Sometime around 2 a.m., Dennis woke Ed after hearing what sounded like footsteps outside the tent. It wasn’t a bear. Ed said the walking – or rather creeping – continued until it half circled the tent.

“In August, there is still some light in the sky until about 10 or 11. I recall that we all were embarrassed about being afraid about the coming night. We had a flashlight and the rifle in the tent between us, locked and loaded. I finally dosed off but woke right up when Dennis squeezed my leg. The illuminated hands of my watch showed it was 2:30. Joe was already sitting up and had the rifle in hand. I heard the first step, not more than about 10 feet from the back of the tent. Slowly. Then another and another. Whatever this was, it sounded like it was walking on two feet. It made the same semi-circle around the tent. When we finally got enough courage to crawl out of the tent and turn the flashlight on, we saw nothing. No tracks, nothing. The third night we decided if it bothered us again, we would come out of the tent shooting. We were actually scared. It never came back the third night and the following day we had a break in the weather and got the heck out of there.”

Though Sasquatches became something of a popular phenomenon in the 1960s and ‘70s in the Lower 48, the nantiinaq in Sugt’stun culture has been around for a long time. According to the culture, he might be a different kind of creature, a tragic half-man, half-beast who wasn’t always in this condition. He perhaps used to be fully human.

Elder Nick Tanape said he doesn’t discredit the stories about nantiinaq, but says he’s never seen one.

“I think there’s something to them,” he said.

Malania said that, once her family moved to Nanwalek, the nantiinaq stayed far away and left them in peace. It didn’t follow them, and for that they were grateful. She grew up, raised 13 children and remains one of the few regional elders who can pass on the old traditions.

Malania – a favorite among the young people of Nanwalek, especially when she tells stories – learned many things from her grandmother, who was a traditional healer.

Lake Champlain's Legendary Monster 'Champ'? - Enhanced / Stabilized Video

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Statement with the video: The best yet stabilized and enhanced version of some of the best ever footage of CHAMP, The lake monster living in Lake Champlain, a natural freshwater lake in North America, partially situated across the U.S.-Canada border in the Canadian province of Quebec and partially situated across the Vermont-New York border. While there is no scientific evidence for the cryptid's existence, there have been over 300 reported sightings.
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Video: Lake Champlain's Legendary Monster 'Champ'?

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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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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Forsaken Phantoms Prowl Folsom State Prison - Ghosts may haunt catwalks and corridors of Folsom State Prison.

At least according to James Brown, operations manager for the prison’s museum. Brown is also a retired corrections officer, having worked many years at the prison, and author of “Images of America: Folsom Prison.”

While he’s never seen a ghost while working at the prison, Brown says that he believes in them.

“As a young man,” he said, “I had a few experiences that convinced me (ghosts) exists. I believe in them ... but I let them be and they leave me alone. Maybe that’s why I never had experiences while I worked at the prison,” Brown said.

But, he adds, that didn’t deter him from asking about stories.

“I’ve heard that places filled with tragedy and violence can be haunted,” he said. “This is a prison — you have tragedy and violence in prisons. So, I asked about stories and listened.”

One of the stories he heard is about the Folsom Phantom.

“I’ve heard stories about people seeing a ghost walking around the front gate,” Brown explains. According to accounts, the Folsom Phantom is the spirit of a prison guard killed during a 1927 prison right. Brown heard the story and it’s noted in Dennis William Hauck’s book, “Haunted Places: The National Registry,” a listing of haunted houses, UFO sightings and unusual creature sightings across the United States.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page Web site, two Folsom prison guards died during a November 1927 riot. On Thanksgiving Day, Ray Singleton was stabbed as he guarded prisoners leaving the prison library after a movie. The riot broke out, lasting two days. Police and local militia put down the riot, in which three prisoners died.

Singleton wasn’t the only guard who died during the Thanksgiving riot. Prison guard Charles Gillies had a fatal heart attack as he manned his post at the prison’s front gate.

Brown recalls an incident that happened years before. Late at night, after light’s out, some of the guards saw somebody walking down a corridor and then disappear. Since all of the guards and other staffers had been accounted for, Brown said the prison was put on alert.

“We woke up all the prisoners and did a head count. No one was missing, everyone was accounted for,” he said. Finally, one of the senior guards told him, “It was one of the ghosts, I bet.”

Another time, guards were alerted to somebody walking along an exterior catwalk. “They thought it was one of the prisoners. Guards ordered the guy to stop walking. He didn’t,” Brown said.

Guards then fired at the prisoner — only to see the figure keep on walking and then vanish, according to Brown.

“I’ve heard stories from fellow guards and even prisoners about things they’ve seen,” Brown said. Accounts range from ghosts roaming the morgue and old hospital to the old Death Row cells and Building 5, the prison’s oldest cellblock. Brown said more murders happened in the hospital than anywhere else in the prison.

After years of listening to first- and second-hand accounts of the “Folsom Phantom” and other entities roaming the prison, Brown is convinced “that the prison is haunted.”

Is he crestfallen that he never had an experience as a prison guard?

“No. Like I said, I had my experiences before and I’m fine with that,” he said.

But, he does enjoy listening to other people talk about their encounters.

“I’d like to keep it that way, too,” he said.

Was a Petrified Alien Discovered at Wright Patterson AFB?

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Excerpts from Home Field Advantage: A Century of Partnership Between Wright-patterson Air Force Base And Dayton, Ohio, in the Pursuit of Aeronautical Excellence
Gov. doc # 301. 82/7 : F45

Authors: Diana G. Cornelisse (Editor), Walter J. Boyne (Foreword by), Rosamond (FWD) Young, Walter J. (FWD) Boyne, Rosamond Young (Foreword by)
Format: Paperback, 399 pages
Publication Date: May 2004
Publisher: Diane Pub Co
ISBN-10: 0756741629
ISBN-13: 9780756741624
List Price: $95.00

Here's the link for purchase Home Field Advantage

NOTE: I found this on ATS. It's either an odd publication that was dreamed up by the author or the U.S. Government let something slip by. Nonetheless, it's an interesting find.

Miami-Dade Estate Deemed 'Severely Haunted' - Neither the hot film Paranormal Activity nor TV's popular Ghost Hunters can compete with Miami-Dade's historic Deering Estate at Cutler.

Ghost trackers investigating paranormal activity on the site say they recently found more than 60 disembodied voices coming from the county-owned estate -- once the home of wealthy industrialist Charles Deering, of International Harvester fame.

One voice captured on a digital recorder seems to say, ``We're trapped here.''

Don't believe it? The Deering Estate is opening its doors to the public Thursday evening for its first-ever Ghost Story Tour. And two days before Halloween, the Palmetto Bay site will allow ghost hunters to bring in their own equipment -- aura cameras, pendulums, EVP recorders -- to snoop around.

Investigators say they found two ``full-body apparitions'' on the grounds of the estate at 16701 SW 72nd Ave., in Palmetto Bay.

The images were of translucent human forms, a male and female, by the boat basin on Biscayne Bay -- with photographic evidence for naysayers to ponder.

``This is what we consider the holy grail in paranormal investigation -- a full-body apparition is not a common finding at all,'' said Colleen Kelley, from the Coconut Grove-based League of Paranormal Investigators (LPI), which spent two days on the estate in August.

Even seasoned ghost tracker Atena Komar pronounced it ``severely haunted.''

Deering scored a 58 on LPI's point scale, which assigns a value to digital recordings, photographs and eyewitness accounts in determining whether a space has spirits. Any figure 30 and above suggests haunted. LPI had never recorded higher than a 29.

``Any ghost hunting group may have one in all of their collection in all of their years of doing it,'' said Kelley, artist by day, ghost hunter by night.

``We had two.''

The 444-acre Deering Estate once was the domain of Paleo-Indians, North America's earliest human inhabitants, who lived more than 12,000 years ago.

Charles Deering built the two main houses -- the 1896 Richmond Cottage, the last surviving structure of the town of Cutler, and the 1922 Stone House -- as his retreat. He died there in 1927.

His heirs owned the home until 1985, when Miami-Dade and the state of Florida jointly purchased it and turned it into a historic site.

Over the years, staffers spoke of hearing noises and witnessing odd occurrences, such as elevators moving on their own.

In August, estate administrators commissioned an investigation.

Jennifer Tisthammer, the estate's deputy director, says there are places on the grounds where she'd have a sense of foreboding, and other places where she'd feel happy.

``I've been on this estate for three years,'' she said. LPI's paranormal search validated her own feelings, she said.

Psychics picked up on the presence of a young woman wandering about the boat basin. They felt she was frantically searching for someone to save from drowning.

The Miami Herald reported in a November 1916 article that an explosion on the estate killed five Bahamian workers dredging the channel.

A photo of what LPI says could be an apparition reveals a female figure, headless, and clad in white Victorian-era dress. She's hovering above the water, with arms crossed. The shot was taken with a camera pointed at the basin, with its shutter wide open.

``If someone walked through that shot, you'd see a blur of someone moving, not someone standing there,'' Kelley said.

``We couldn't debunk it,'' Kelley said. ``We tried several times.''

Komar and partner Ed de Jong formed the nonprofit LPI out of their Coconut Grove home in February 2008.

In its first year, the firm handled about 20 cases. Business grew -- from homeowners seeking guidance to nonprofits asking for spirit assistance. In the first six months of this year, LPI already has fielded more than 20 cases, from Miami to Lake Worth.

Fueling the interest are popular television programs like A&E's Paranormal State, ScyFy's Ghost Hunters and the Blair Witch Project-like Paranormal Activity movie.

But not everyone's a fan. Skeptics abound, like James Randi, who founded his nonprofit James Randi Educational Foundation 13 years ago in Fort Lauderdale to promote critical thinking on the supernatural.

He calls such talk ``a farce, with no evidence.''

His foundation is offering a $1 million prize to anyone who can provide solid, irrefutable evidence of a paranormal event.

Just because someone doesn't take the prize doesn't mean they don't have proof, Randi said. ``But until they do, and offer evidence, there's no proof either way.''

To a degree, Kelley concurs.

``We don't conclude,'' she said. ``It's always a maybe. Without a doubt, [Deering] is haunted. We can say that for sure. But by whom, we can't say for sure.''

NASA: Why the World Will NOT End in 2012 - Skyscrapers crumble to the ground, fiery meteorites smash into Earth and a Tibetan monk cowers as a massive tidal wave swamps his mountain retreat.

It is a vision of the coming apocalypse thrillingly captured in the latest Hollywood blockbuster.

But fears that the world is due to end in December 2012 is just a myth fueled by internet rumour, according to a leading NASA scientist.

Dr David Morrison, who runs the space agency's 'Ask an Astrobiologist' service, says he has received more than a thousand emails from those worried that the world is due to end in 2012.

In an article published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Dr Morrison has answered the top 20 questions in an attempt to assuage these fears.

According to the theories on the internet, the calendar used by the ancient civilisation of the Mayans is due to come to an end in December 2012.

Luckily for conspiracy theorists, this coincides neatly with predictions by an obscure sci-fi author, who wrote about the ancient Mesopotamian civilization of Sumer, that a planet named Nibiru will collide with the Earth on that date.

Fears have been further inflamed by an apocalyptic film called '2012' starring John Cusack, which is out this November. A quick search on Amazon reveals there are 175 books listed that deal with 2012 doomsday.

First off Dr Morrison dismisses the possibility that the planet Nibiru even exists.

He writes: 'The bottom line is that Nibiru is a myth, with no basis in fact.

'To an astronomer, persistent claims about a planet that is "nearby" but “invisible” are just plain silly.'

And Dr Morrison laughs off suggestions that the government has been complicit in hiding its existence from the public.

'Even if they wanted to, the government could not keep Nibiru a secret,' he says.

'If it were real, it would be tracked by thousands of astronomers, amateurs as well a professional. These astronomers are spread all over the world.

'I know the astronomy community, and these scientists would not keep a secret even if ordered to. You just can’t hide a planet on its way to the inner solar system!'

He also addresses the concerns of those who worry that the Mayan calendar is due to end in 2012.

'Ancient calendars are interesting to historians, but they cannot match the ability we have today to keep track of time, or the precision of the calendars currently in use.

'The main point, however, is that calendars, whether contemporary or ancient, cannot predict the future of our planet or warn of things to happen on a specific date such as 2012.

'I note that my desk calendar ends much sooner, on December 31 2009, but I do not interpret this as a prediction of Armageddon. It is just the beginning of a new year.'

He added although many believe prophecies by the sixteenth century seer Nostradamus predict the end of the world in 2012, there is no evidence he has correctly predicted anything.

He also tackles the belief circulating on some internet forums that an alignment of planets in our galaxy the Milky Way could in some way disrupt the Earth's gravitational field or reverse the Earth's rotation.

'A reversal in the rotation of Earth is impossible. It has never happened and never will,' he said.

He added that although the magnetic polarity of Earth does take place around every 400,000 years scientists don't believe it will take place for another few millennia and there is no evidence it would do any harm.

Publicity for the film '2012' also comes under attack for stirring up fear about the date.

Like many Hollywood blockbusters nowadays, '2012' uses a sophisticated PR campaign which incorporates elements of 'viral' marketing.

In the trailer for the film, which plays on conspiracy theorists' fears that the truth is being somehow hidden, viewers are directed to a 'faux scientific' website.

The website purports to be the home for The Institute for Human Continuity, an entirely fictitious organisation which allows visitors to sign up for a lottery which will decide who will be saved when Armageddon comes.

'The whole 2012 disaster scenario is a hoax, fueled by ads for the Hollywood science-fiction disaster film “2012”,' he says.

'I can only hope that most people are able to distinguish Hollywood film plots from reality.'

Dr Morrison noted that a growing interest in outer space has led to a general 'cosmophobia', that is a fear of the cosmos.

He said he found people were frequently worried about the sun's magnetic field, solar storms, black holes and a rift in the Milky Way.

'Previously these would have merely been interesting astronomical ideas to explore, but now for many young people (who read misinformation about them on the web) they are objects of dread.

'This cosmophobia could be one of the worst long-term consequences of the 2012 doomsday hoax - to make people fearful of astronomy and the universe.'


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Channeling Spirits at Historic Connecticut Inn - On a cold, drizzly evening last Sunday, in the upstairs dining room of Naugatuck's Milestone Inn, a group of ghost hunters gathered in hopes of channeling the spirits of the historic restaurant, a centuries-old building reputed for its mysterious hauntings.

"Our focus tonight is to see if there are any spirits who want to communicate with us or give us a nonharmful sign," said Donna Kent, seated at the head of a candlelit table. "We want to open a doorway to the spirits that may be residents of the Milestone Inn."

With video cameras and audio recorders rolling, members of the group went around the table, asking questions of the purported presence. What year is it for you? Do you need help moving on? Do you have any connections to the Revolutionary War?

"Can you let us know if you are here?" asked Brendan Logan, an Orange resident. "We would appreciate any sign of your presence."

The Cosmic Society of Paranormal Investigation, as the group calls itself, has been tracking ghosts for nearly 16 years. And though it may sound like a fringe community, the CSPI isn't alone. Since the establishment of the New England Society for Psychic Research by Ed and Lorraine Warren in 1952, several groups have cropped up in southwestern Connecticut, signaling a ballooning interest in the realm of the paranormal.

Armed with night-shot cameras, electromagnetic field detectors, voice recorders and infrared thermometers, they scour public places and private residences, listening for voices and footsteps and looking for orbs and apparitions -- all signs of spirits that have yet to depart our world.

Kent, founder of the CSPI and author of "Ghost Stories and Legends of Southwestern Connecticut," claims to have helped dozens of families purge their homes of ghosts ranging from the pesky to the demonic.

"It's been a lifelong fascination," said Kent, Norwalk native now residing in Norwalk. "We help spirits cross over to the other side and find their rightful place ... I think it works out for everybody. And it's pretty damn exciting."

John Nowinski, who launched the Smoking Guns Research Agency as a student at Staples High School in Westport, has always been fascinated by the region's "historical hauntings" -- Native Americans, colonial soldiers and "ghost ships" sighted off the coast of Long Island Sound.

"We have such a rich and varied history here," said Nowinski. "So much has happened and things have changed so rapidly. There are a lot of lingering presences."

On their last visit to the Milestone, the CSPI had collected anecdotes from restaurant staff who had seen and heard unusual phenomena -- lights flicking on and off by themselves, sounds of chopping from an empty kitchen. Then there was the tree limb that fell unexpectedly on the building after their August visit. But the group has yet to obtain first-hand evidence and like any seasoned paranormal investigator, Kent remained cautious.

"I have heard stories, but we can't say if (the Milestone) is validly haunted," she said. "I'm not disputing the evidence, but we need to do a more thorough investigation first."
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Some Question If Ghosts Toppled Tree - A Naugatuck restaurant reopened Friday, a day after a tree came crashing down onto the historic building.

Milestone Inn bartender Wendy Fayre said she was getting ready for the lunch rush on Wednesday afternoon when a 40-foot-long, 3-foot-thick tree limb smashed into the side of the restaurant, damaging the roof and pulling the building’s porch off.

“It was sunny, it wasn’t raining or anything, it came without warning,” said Fayre.

The Milestone Inn is one of the oldest buildings in the town and according to some residents, it’s haunted.

“Through the years, we’ve had psychics tell us there are two ghosts – a man and a woman,” said Richard Mavericz, the inn’s owner.

Mavericz has owned the inn for the past 26 years. He said the building was constructed in 1870 and during the Revolutionary War, pro-British supporters were hidden on the top floor to avoid being lynched.

“You can ask the employees. At least once a week things got moved around, we don’t even know how. Some of the stuff you can’t reach,” he said.

The building did sustain significant damage on the upper level, but no one was hurt.

Mavericz is questioning what would cause a perfectly healthy tree to topple on the historic inn.

“They just move stuff around, maybe it was the tree branch. I don’t know, maybe they’re really mad. It could be the economy,” Mavericz said.

Video: UFO / OVNI On Supermarket CCTV - Ramos Arizpe, Mexico

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It was two in the afternoon of Saturday 10 October, when the analyst of a mini super videos in Ramos Arizpe, saw something different in the monitoring screen did rise from his seat.

The unidentified flying object was seen by more than two minutes.

Mr. Agapito Contreras, head of the surveillance camera, said: "I have a year with the system, this function I do every day. Czech daily activities and I had never presented such a situation. "

In the picture you see how bright an object travels in a matter of seconds, all the warehouse where the product is stored over the mini supermarket, located on the side of the Monterrey-Saltillo highway, where the owners just want an expert to explain them as captured by the cameras.

NOTE: this is a translation from the news report. Frankly, this looks like another dubious report from Mexico...but, it's here for your evaluation...Lon

Spirits Still Linger in Chicago Suburban Haunts - Some believe Gertrude Ludford Shopen roams freely about the opulent five-bedroom Victorian on Hill Avenue in Elgin, reorganizing artwork and surprising male visitors, even though she has been dead since June 26, 1903.

As the air chills, the leaves fall and Halloween approaches, ghost activity is at its highest because the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest, said Greg Stout, a partner in Elgin Paranormal Investigators, a group of self-proclaimed skeptics who use audio and video equipment to investigate suspicious activity.

Though the investigators did not investigate the home on Hill Avenue, they have investigated about 20 homes in Elgin, South Elgin, Rockford and Wisconsin.

Stout said ghost activity often is reported in older houses because more people have lived there. The more people who have lived in a home, he said, the more likely it is that energy was left behind and attached itself. Elgin, known for its century-old homes and historic neighborhoods, is ripe for such activity, experts said.

On Hill Avenue, homeowner Catherine McDonald said she welcomes her playful roommate, Shopen.

"If guys are around she usually comes out," she said. "She is very flirtatious."

McDonald said Shopen makes herself known by walking up and down hallways in the middle of the night, repeatedly opening a closet door at the end of the staircase, taking artwork off the wall in the middle of the night and stacking the pieces neatly on the landing.

Skeptics argue that spooky incidents can be easily explained. Strange noises and creaks are heard in every aging home. Items moving from one spot to another are simply misplaced by the homeowner. Glimpses of shadowy figures or the sound of voices are tricks of the imagination.

McDonald said the walls of her house are plaster and each time the pictures have been moved, the nails were intact with no evidence of the plaster cracking, she said. One time, McDonald said, she and a friend witnessed a picture literally fly off the wall. McDonald figures Shopen simply doesn't like the way she arranges artwork.

Born in 1879, Shopen was married to Frank Shopen, a Kane County judge. She is said to have been a beautiful woman 10 years his junior. The socialite couple met while she worked for him as a secretary. The couple's doings were mentioned frequently in society pages of the local newspapers, and the building of their lavish home was well-documented. She died unexpectedly at age 24 in a home on Chicago Street in Elgin about two months before she would have moved into the home on Hill Avenue. She is buried at Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin.

"I believe in reincarnation, and I think she may have not been done yet and has not yet chosen to move into a new life, and is just hanging around here," McDonald said.

Mary Aguilar "met" one of the spirits who lives in her two-story house built in 1885 on Gifford Street when she was looking with a real estate agent at the home that was built for employees of the Elgin Watch Factory, she said.

"One of the windows slammed in the living room and (the real estate agent) almost jumped out of her skin, and I just laughed," Aguilar said. "I thought it was just this little boy spirit playing around, and I felt I was supposed to live there."

Aguilar invited paranormal investigators to her house and, she said, they confirmed the spirit of a 10-year-old boy was in the house. They also believed she is living with two female spirits, former owners of the house.

"Right after I moved in, I heard a voice upstairs in my bedroom saying, 'God bless all of you,' " Aguilar said. "It is very strange to hear that when I just live with cats. It was very audible, like somebody was standing in the staircase."

In October 2007, Elgin Paranormal Investigators inspected Aguilar's home and with video cameras captured unexplained lights moving around the house, Aguilar and investigators said.

"We entered into a room in the back of her basement and got a strong old-time, musky cologne smell," said Mike Rohr, co-founder of Elgin Paranormal Investigators, which does not solicit business or charge for investigative services. "We couldn't explain where it was coming from. None of us wears cologne."

Rohr said his audio and video recordings have captured voices and quick-moving "shadow people" on film in various places. Investigator Dave Umbach said that while investigating a house in South Elgin, something or someone tugged at his shirt. When Stout entered that same home he heard a voice say, "Greg is here." Stout also said that he heard a voice say, "Meet me downhill."

Investigators said that while alleged spirits can be unnerving, there is nothing to fear.

"The spirit is not trying to hurt you; it is just trying to get your attention," Rohr said.

Moscow Mayor Says 'Nyet' to Snow

Pigs still can't fly, but this winter, the mayor of Moscow promises to keep it from snowing. For just a few million dollars, the mayor's office will hire the Russian Air Force to spray a fine chemical mist over the clouds before they reach the capital, forcing them to dump their snow outside the city. Authorities say this will be a boon for Moscow, which is typically covered with a blanket of snow from November to March. Road crews won't need to constantly clear the streets, and traffic - and quality of life - will undoubtedly improve.

The idea came from Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who is no stranger to playing God. In 2002, he spearheaded a project to reverse the flow of the vast River Ob through Siberia to help irrigate the country's parched Central Asian neighbors. Although that idea hasn't exactly turned out as planned - scientists have said it's not feasible - this time, Luzhkov says, there's no way he can fail.

Controlling the weather in Moscow is nothing new, he says. Ahead of the two main holidays celebrated in the city each year - Victory Day in May and City Day in September - the often cash-strapped air force is paid to make sure that it doesn't, well, rain on the parades. With a city budget of $40 billion a year (larger than New York City's budget), Moscow can easily afford the $2-3 million price tag to keep the skies blue as spectators watch the tanks and rocket launchers roll along Red Square. Now there's a new challenge for the air force: Moscow's notorious blizzards.

The plan was unsurprisingly rubber-stamped this week by the Moscow City Council, which is dominated by Luzhkov's supporters. Then the city's Department of Housing and Public Works described how it would work. The air force will use cement powder, dry ice or silver iodide to spray the clouds from Nov. 15 to March 15 - and only to prevent "very big and serious snow" from falling on the city, said Andrei Tsybin, the head of the department. This could mean that a few flakes will manage to slip through the cracks. Tsybin estimated that the total cost of keeping the storms at bay would be $6 million this winter, roughly half the amount Moscow normally spends to clear the streets of snow.


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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Video/Photos: Alien Home Invasion - February 2006

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Close encounter of the 4th kind in Florida residence. Fantastic audio captured in video. NOTE: this is part of a 7 years ordeal by this family. A few days after this recording, the family members were abducted and taken to several locations. These abductions occurred off and on for the 7 year period....though, the 'beings' still visit on occasion in their new home. Other evidence is forthcoming...Lon

NOTE: I realize that some people that view the video need to be 'spoon fed'. Yes, the witness (David) and his wife are in bed in the video. Yes, David does have a spotlight and in later clips a laser penlight. There is an explanation for this...go to Alien Home Invasion for the ongoing thread. David does answer some questions there. I realize that filming the reflection of an 180 degree surveillance mirror is somewhat crude but David wanted to view the entire bedroom, as well, there is another reason for this (to be explained later) The strobe light was needed for various reasons also. I acknowledge the information is vague...but as we investigate the evidence, all of this will be covered. In the meantime, video updates will be posted at our YouTube channel. Thanks...Lon

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Alien Home Invasion Update: 'Stargate' Appears
Photos: Alien Entity - Alien Home Invasion Update

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Hunting For Lake Superior's Biggest Secret - Ninety years after their disappearance in a Lake Superior blizzard, shipwreck hunters are trying to find two French warships that vanished without a trace, taking two Canadian Great Lakes captains and 78 French sailors with them.

The wrecks of the Inkerman and Cerisoles, newly built at the Canada Car foundry in what was then called Fort William, Ont., caused the greatest single loss of life in a marine accident on Lake Superior.

No one knows what happened to the 50-metre ships and their crews after they left Thunder Bay in late November 1918.

Legendary shipwreck hunter Tom Farnquist has taken up the challenge of finding the two minesweepers, the last warships to be lost on the Great Lakes. He wants to answer one of the great mysteries of the Great Lakes: how could two warships built for the Atlantic Ocean simply disappear?

The ships were Navarin-type minesweepers designed for clearing the thousands of German and Allied mines laid along the French coast and in the English Channel during World War I.

Canada Car had a contract to build 12 of the ships under supervision of French naval engineers. Each ship carried two 100 mm guns with a range of 20 kilometres.

The Inkerman, the Cerisoles and their sister ship the Sebastopol, which left Thunder Bay with them, were named after famous French victories. The ships' crews were reluctant conscripts pulled from the trenches of Flanders, who arrived at the Lakehead by train shortly before their ships were to make their maiden voyages.

They left Thunder Bay less than a month after the war ended, sailing together into what Farnquist, executive director of the Great lakes Shipwreck Museum in northern Michigan, calls "a classic Lake Superior storm."

Canadian Great Lakes skippers Capt. R. Wilson and Capt. W.J. Murphy were on the two ships as advisers.

The storm that hit them was packing dense snow pushed by 80 km/h winds that whipped up waves the size of houses.

The few ships still on the lake raced for safe harbours while the minesweepers struggled southeast toward Sault Ste. Marie.

Two days after the storm hit, the Sebastopol emerged from the storm on the Michigan side of the lake, but the Inkerman and Cerisoles disappeared.

Marius Mallor, a French sailor on the Sebastopol, later wrote, "We had to get out the life boats and put on lifebelts ... the boat almost sank – and it was nearly `goodbye' to anyone hearing from us again.

"You can believe me, I will always remember that day. I can tell you that I had already given myself up to God."

Water had poured into the Sebastopol, flooding part of her engine room and nearly putting out the coal fires in her boilers.

After taking shelter near Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, the Sebastopol struggled through pounding seas for two days before finally reaching Sault Ste. Marie.

Capt. De Vaisseaux Leclerc, overall leader of the expedition, waited in vain for the other two ships.

The search for the missing ships began Dec. 3, 10 days after the three ships left the Lakehead.

Fort William's mayor at the time, Hy Murphy, hinted the two ships might still be sailing somewhere on the Great Lakes, under a shroud of censorship and official secrecy.

In the next few days, rumours swept Fort William that the ships could have secretly moved through the locks at Sault Ste. Marie without being registered because they were naval vessels

Stories that the two lost ships had been seen together at Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior by the crew of the steamer Osler also spread along the city's waterfront.

There were false reports that the ships were on Lake Huron or Erie, or headed for the Welland Canal. The speculation has never ended.

Here's what we do know.

In the few weeks between the disappearance of the Inkerman and the Cerisoles and the winter freeze-up, tugboats searched the islands and shoreline of northern Lake Superior. On the U.S. side of the lake, searchers were misled by wreckage cast ashore by the storm that turned out to be from another ship.

After that initial search, neither Canada nor France lifted a finger to try to find the resting place of the ships and their crews. Presumably, the two are French war graves.

Even in those early days, people connected with the wreck acted mysteriously. Leclerc, the expedition commander, sent a telegram to Thunder Bay suggesting the ships had turned up at the Lake Erie end of the Welland Canal.

People in Thunder Bay wondered what was in the sealed orders given to each captain by French authorities as they left Thunder Bay. They were not allowed to open them until they cleared the harbour.

If the French government, the Canadian navy and the bureaucrats in charge of investigating shipwrecks did take any interest in the wrecks, their correspondence has been purged from Canadian archives.

The federal government's Great Lakes shipwreck registry book, now held in the collection of Library and Archives Canada, has a one-line entry saying the ships disappeared on Lake Ontario.

Except for photographs of their construction, Canada Car's records of them have disappeared.

Outside of Thunder Bay, there was virtually no press coverage of the loss of the ships. Wartime censorship lasted in Canada until late 1919.

Rumour replaced fact. People in Thunder Bay said the ships were built poorly, and a rumour persists that, because of wartime shortages, they were held together with wooden pegs instead of steel bolts.

Peter McCorkindale, representative of Lloyd's Insurance Co., which held a policy on the ships until they left Canadian waters, watched the construction project and denied the ships were unseaworthy.

"The French minesweepers built at the Canadian Car and Foundry Co.'s shipyards were structurally strong and seaworthy, and as perfect a type of boat that I have ever inspected," he told a Thunder Bay reporter.

In 1918, there were even wilder rumours: somehow a German U-boat had made it into Lake Superior; the minesweepers had been seized by the Americans.

In recent years, attention has shifted to UFOs and the so-called "Lake Superior Triangle" that consumes ships and airplanes.

Meanwhile, marine historians have tried to find the two ships.

Some have speculated they foundered on Lake Superior Shoal, a patch of shallow water near the middle of the lake that was not charted until more than a decade after the minesweepers were lost.

Most, however, like Farnquist, believe the ships foundered in U.S. waters near the spot where the Sebastopol emerged from the blizzard.

"It must have happened fast. They had wireless radios, but they had no chance to use them," said Farnquist, known for salvaging the bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1996.

The discovery of the minesweeper wrecks would be a career-making achievement for shipwreck hunters, who have scoured French and Canadian archives for clues.

They've also tracked down rumour after rumour, some of them published, that parts of the wrecks have been found and that bodies have been discovered. So far, all have been dead ends.

There is a range of opinions on the site of the wrecks. Some sailors said at the time they saw the Inkerman and the Cerisoles near Manitou Island, Mich., in the southwest part of the lake, which could place them near the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Farnquist believes they are further to the north and west, off the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Farnquist, who also heads the Great Lakes Shipwreck Society, is determined to find the two warships. He has led one attempt to hunt them down and plans to try again, using state-of-the-art underwater scanning.

That search will likely take place in August 2010. Early August is usually the most tranquil time on the temperamental lake.

"This is the Holy Grail of Lake Superior, to find two 155-foot brand spanking new minesweepers with 5-inch guns fore and aft," he says.

"One might have got into trouble and the other went to help it and was swamped when it turned its side into the wind. If we're lucky, they'll be close together."

Farnquist is pinning some hope on Ottawa, which will send frigates into the Great Lakes next summer in celebration of the centennial of Canada's navy. He hopes they can help him "mow the lawn," using high-tech equipment to do grid searches of the lake bed.

"This would be a good project for a partnership between the Canadian, French and U.S. navies, since the ships were built in Canada for the French and were lost in U.S. waters."
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