Saturday, January 16, 2010

Aborigines Request Return Of Pemulwuy's Head


telegraph - Prince William will visit Australia for three days next week, after an official trip to New Zealand. It will be the first time the Prince has set foot in Australia since visiting as a baby with his parents in 1983.

Elder Michael Mundine of the Aboriginal Housing Company said he believed the Prince “has his mother’s heart” and would understand his request to recover the remains of the warrior Pemulwuy.

Pemulwuy was shot dead in 1802, 14 years after the arrival of the First Fleet, and his head was sent to England in a glass jar.

Many believe the head is still in England with the remains of an estimated 3000 indigenous people whose body parts were bottled in the name of scientific research. However, the exact location of the jar and its contents remains a mystery.

When it first arrived in England, the skull was reportedly kept at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, and later may have been moved to the Natural History Museum. However, the museum has no record of it.

Now, Aboriginal leaders want to recover his remains, and the remains of other aborigines killed and collected by the British during colonisation, so that they can be given a proper burial in their native country.

“He is from a different generation and, because he is young, I think he will understand that Pemulwuy needs to come home to his lands,” Mr Mundine, who is one of five indigenous people chosen to meet the Prince next week, told The Australian newspaper.

The return of Aboriginal remains is an important issue for indigenous Australians who are lobbying British museums for their repatriation.

Rob Welsh, who chairs the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, said he was concerned about “the remains of all our ancestors”.

Mr Welsh, said he, too, believed the late Princess Diana had raised her son “to be respectful, and to understand what is important to our people”.

Pemulwuy, who was born around 1750, opposed the British settlement and was described by Sydney’s then Governor Philip King as “a terrible pest to the colony” but also “a brave and independent character”.

He was one of the Eora people, whose land – now known as the suburb of Botany Bay in Sydney’s south – was directly affected by the arrival of the British. In response, Pemulwuy fiercely resisted, using fire to destroy crops and animals and regularly mounting raids on early settlements.

Referred to as “the rainbow warrior” because of his brightly coloured clothes, he had more than 100 followers and at one point was accused of spearing Governor Arthur Phillip’s gamekeeper. But his exploits incurred the wrath of the British, and he was shot dead on the orders of Governor Philip King in 1802.

According to the Australian Dictionary of Biography, King wrote to Joseph Banks in London: “Understanding that the possession of a New Hollander’s head is among the desiderata, I have put it in spirits and forwarded it by the Speedy”, but the head has not been found in an English repository of Aboriginal remains.

Some believe Pemulwuy’s skull was bottled and returned to Australia in 1950, and then lost.

But most, including Mr Mundine and Mr Welsh, believe the warrior’s head is still in England, alongside the remains of many other indigenous people.

During two days in Sydney, the Prince’s itinerary includes visits to an Aboriginal community centre and an Australian army base.

On the tour’s last day in Melbourne on Thursday, the prince will be visiting nearby rural areas devastated by fire in February last year in Australia’s worst natural disaster of modern times.
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ABORIGINAL WARRIOR, PEMULWUY

PEMULWUY (c.1750–1802), Aboriginal warrior, was born near what was later named Botany Bay, on the northern side of the Georges River, New South Wales. His name (also spelt as Pemulwhy, Pemulwoy or other variations) was derived from the Darug (Dharug) word pemul, meaning earth. Europeans also rendered his name as 'Bimblewove' and 'Bumbleway'. He spoke a dialect of the Darug language and had a blemish in his left eye. According to Colebe, his left foot had been clubbed, suggesting he was a carradhy (clever man). In December 1790 Pemulwuy speared John McIntyre, Governor Phillip's gamekeeper, who later died of the wound. The spear was barbed with small pieces of red stone, confirming that Pemulwuy belonged to one of the 'woods tribes' or Bediagal (Bidjigal) clan. A bungled retaliatory expedition failed to find any Aborigines.

From 1792 Pemulwuy led raids on settlers at Prospect, Toongabbie, Georges River, Parramatta, Brickfield Hill and the Hawkesbury River. In December next year David Collins reported an attack by Aborigines who 'were of the Hunter's or Woodman's tribe, people who seldom came among us, and who consequently were little known'. He also reported that 'Pe-mul-wy, a wood native, and many strangers, came in' to an initiation ceremony held at yoo-lahng (Farm Cove) on 25 January 1795. Collins thought him 'a most active enemy to the settlers, plundering them of their property, and endangering their personal safety'. Raids were made for food, particularly corn, or as 'payback' for atrocities: Collins suggested that most of the attacks were the result of the settlers' 'own misconduct', including the kidnapping of Aboriginal children.

To check at once 'these dangerous depredators', military force was used against Pemulwuy and his people. Captain Paterson directed that soldiers be sent from Parramatta, with instructions to destroy 'as many as they could meet' of the Bediagal. In March 1797 Pemulwuy led a raid on the government farm at Toongabbie. Settlers formed a punitive party and tracked him to the outskirts of Parramatta. He was wounded (by John Caesar), receiving seven pieces of buckshot in his head and body. Extremely ill, he was taken to the hospital. Yet, late in April that year when the governor met several parties of natives near Botany Bay Pemulwuy was among them. Having 'perfectly recovered from his wounds', he had 'escaped from the hospital with an iron about his leg. He saw and spoke with one of the gentlemen of the party; enquiring of him whether the governor was angry, and seemed pleased at being told that he was not'.

Pemulwuy's close escapes resulted in the Darug believing that firearms could not kill him. In Collins's words: 'Through this fancied security, he was said to be at the head of every party that attacked the maize grounds'. On 1 May 1801 Governor King issued a government and general order that Aborigines near Parramatta, Georges River and Prospect could be shot on sight, and in November a proclamation outlawed Pemulwuy and offered a reward for his death or capture.

Pemulwuy was shot dead about 1 June 1802 by Henry Hacking. George Suttor described the subsequent events: 'his head was cut off, which was, I believe, sent to England'. On 5 June King wrote to Sir Joseph Banks that although he regarded Pemulwuy as 'a terrible pest to the colony, he was a brave and independent character'. He further wrote: 'Understanding that the possession of a New Hollander's head is among the desiderata, I have put it in spirits and forwarded it by the Speedy'. The head has not been found in an English repository to date.

Source - Pemulwuy (c. 1750 - 1802)

Videos: Recent Interesting UFO Sightings


Interesting videos from 'alienphotog' in Colorado

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NOTE: 'alienphotog' claims to be an alien abductee...so, I'm going to keep an eye on his presentations and possibly make an effort to contact him. I'll keep you posted...Lon

Fleet of five UFOs / OVNIs captured by TV crew over Bogata, Colombia

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One of Florida's Underwater 'Monsters' Indentified


underwatertimes - Florida Fish and Wildlife biologists believe that the cold weather has helped to uncover a local mystery; the identity of the mysterious sea monster featured on the TV show MonsterQuest which airs on the History Channel.

As hundreds of manatees huddled to stay warm inside the channel of the Florida Power and Light Riviera Beach Power Plant, one of the gentle sea cows stood out due to a distinct feature of its anatomy.

Thought to have been injured by a boat propeller at some point in its life, the manatee's tail grew back into three separate prongs.

Due to the unusual shape, the manatee leaves three separate wakes on the water's surface while swimming just below.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission believes that this is the source of the sea creature shown during a segment last year on Monsterquest.

The origin of last year's other sensational underwater story remains a mystery.

A strange creature dubbed the 'Muck Monster' created strange wake patterns on the surface of the Lake Worth Lagoon.
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Unknown Creature Roaming Florida's Lake Worth Lagoon




wptv.com - There's something lurking just under the surface of the Lake Worth Lagoon.

Greg Reynolds of LagoonKeepers.org recalls, "Channel marker ten is the first time we saw the unknown creature." "I hollered out...and said what is that? We followed it, started taking video."

This mysterious creature was caught on tape by the LagoonKeepers.

Don Serrano was with Reynolds. "I didn't know what it was….I was like HEY LOOK! And we moved over and saw it. It was different, very different."

"Little wakes and just kind of moving like this…real long ones too, just like that."

Reynolds remembers, "We sped up on it to catch up to it and we got up on it, it dove down." "Every time we get 10 feet from it, it would just disappear."

What could it be?

"Who knows? I have no idea, but it was something that’s for sure, without a doubt," said Serrano.

Thanks to the LagoonKeepers, until it's identified, it has a name:

Reynolds calls it, "The elusive muck monster!"

Thomas Reinert a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Marine Biologist studied the video and said: "This appears to be one animal moving in this direction…nothing's breaking the surface. Typically dolphins break the surface, sea turtles, manatee, a large school of fish, if it were a shark at that level you would see a fin."

"I cant definitely say what it is." "I can speculate but we need more evidence to determine the identity of the Lake Worth muck monster," said Reinert.

"We spend a lot of time out here on the water and seen a lot of different creatures out here and this is the first time in three and half years that I’ve ever seen anything out here that didn't know what it was," Reynolds said.
"We see dolphins out there, sharks, we always see a fin."

Whatever it is, it certainly has people talking, and watching.

Reynolds jokes "Maybe Nessie’s vacationing in South Florida!"

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Mailbag: Are There Hobbits Among Us?

I received this account last weekend and just received email confirmation to post for the readers. I asked the author, Dee, if she was willing to talk but she deferred. I'd be interested in reading responses since this encounter is a bit beyond my regular paranormal subjects...Lon

Hello, Sir. My name is Dee and I would like to confide in you an experience I had in 1990 when I lived near Cooperstown, NY. It was mid Spring and a girlfriend and I decided to take a walk in the surrounding countryside. While we were taking a rest near a large outcropping of rocks, there was a 'humming' sound coming from one of the nooks. My girlfriend stood and started walking toward the noise. Though it was late afternoon and we were in heavy tree cover, there was enough light to see into the rocks. As she got closer, she said that the sound was coming from inside one of the large boulders. I began to walk toward her and the boulder to listen for myself.

We stood there for about 5 minutes when we noticed the boulder seemed to 'shimmer' like water. We quickly stepped back as the shimmer grew and change to a greenish hue. Then suddenly, two small beings emerged from the shimmering portal. The beings walked towards us as we tried to move away but were paralyzed and unable to talk. These beings were about 3 foot in height and had green colored clothes that looked like work overalls. The faces and body features were human-like though I'd have to say more like human children but with some adult features. They also had long blonde hair and very dark, large round eyes. Their hands had four distinct fingers and were very rough textured. (This incident occurred much earlier than the film, but these beings remind me of the Hobbits in 'The Lord of the Rings' - sounds nuts, right?)

They took each of us by the hand and started pulling us toward the rock. We both quickly regained our ability to move and broke away from their grasp. As we ran down the hill, we could hear them running behind us. A minute or so into the chase, I felt something hit me on the back and realized one of the beings had thrown a stone at me. I stopped and looked back, but they were gone though I could hear voices from a distance that sounded like there were more of these beings and the sounds were getting louder.

We continued to run until we reached the car, got in and sped off. We had driven about a half mile when a piece of tree branch came flying out of the woods and hit the side of the car. I looked up into the woods but neither of us could see any sign of the beings.

We were both shaking when we arrived home. We agreed not to tell anyone about the incident though I think she may have mentioned it to a friend (years after we went separate ways) because there was talk about little people in the surrounding woods. I never had another encounter with these beings but I feel that they knew where I lived. One morning, I found a small pile of stones on my patio picnic table with a small four-fingered muddy hand print beside it.

I recently moved out of the area, but I still have a feeling they know where I am. Last week, I was leaving for work and walking to my car. When I got into the car, I noticed a reddish colored four-fingered hand print on the windshield. I took a closer look and realized that the hand print was made in blood. That evening, while sitting in my office at home, I heard voices outside. I looked out the office window and caught a quick glance of something darting into the bushes next door. I continued to watch, but didn't notice anything further.

I have no idea what is happening though I do know that I am not imagining any of this. Is there a possibility of little beings (ex. Hobbits, elves) living among us? I've never seen or read about any of this. It just seems so crazy. Any ideas?

El Chupacabras Fear In El Paso County, Texas



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elpasotimes - The legend may be back, just as mysterious and dark, to stalk the unsuspecting.

Until last weekend, Cesar Garcia and brother-in-law Juan Miranda saw their life near Horizon City as secluded and peaceful.

They moved to the area from Chicago three years ago, but have suddenly been beset by strange and unexplained occurrences.

Their rabbits went into hiding, their cat spent the weekend on the roof of their house, their roosters didn't crow, and their dogs didn't bark.

And at least 30 of their chickens were killed by an unknown interloper.

The brothers are hesitant to say what they think spooked their animals or killed their chickens.

But when pressed, they said it: El Chupacabras.

The legend of El Chupacabras has been part of border folklore since stories of the creature's existence in Puerto Rico emerged in the early '90s. The creature has rarely, if ever, been seen, but it leaves dead animals behind. Its name comes from the animal's reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats.

But El Chupacabras is very real to Cesar Garcia, who came out of his house Saturday morning and found 20 dead chickens.

"I saw the chickens were dead, but there was no blood around the sheet metal" in the coop, Garcia said. "All of them were just dead in one big pile. But, really, I don't know what it was because there was no blood.

"If it had been a dog, there would have been blood everywhere because a dog tears them apart."

Garcia was puzzled by the wounds on some of the chickens, which he described as "two pokes."

"We looked it up on the Internet -- the Chupacabras," he said.

On Sunday morning, Garcia's brother-in-law, Miranda, found 10 more dead chickens in a different coop. Sheriff's deputies responded both mornings to investigate, Miranda said. El Paso County sheriff's spokeswoman Chris Acosta confirmed that deputies went to the house in the 15600 block of Slippery Rock.

Miranda said he could not figure out why the family's three dogs did not bark either night. "Nobody heard anything. Nobody saw anything," he said.

Miranda said whatever got the chickens left tracks that included a paw and a heel, and looked like Chupacabras tracks they found on the Internet. "We followed them all the way past the trailer over there, then over the fence. We walked about four blocks and then the footprints vanished."

Henry Flores, director of the Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society, said his group in the past has searched for El Chupacabras in far Northeast El Paso and in Chaparral. The group may now expand the search to the Horizon City area.

"Chupacabras ranks right up there as one of the creatures that has supposedly been seen," Flores said. "It's something we want to try to hunt down when we get a chance."

On their past hunts, Flores said, the group has never glimpsed El Chupacabras, but has found fresh carcasses drained of blood.

"We do see some trails of remains that we think could be the Chupacabras, but we just don't know," he said.

Tony Zavaleta, a professor of anthropology at the University of Texas-Brownsville and an expert in border folklore, said the story of El Chupacabras is kept alive by Spanish-speaking media.

"The Chupacabra is a mythical creature," Zavaleta said. "I reserve the right to say that until someone produces one."

Zavaleta said belief in El Chupacabras has become something of a game to people. Belief is widespread in Latin America and the American Southwest because any mention of the creature quickly gets picked up in the Spanish-speaking media and feeds the craze.

"I don't like to use the word 'hysteria,' but I'll use it with a small 'h.' " Zavaleta said. "Usually, the stories start when a small mammal is killed by a possum, coyote, mountain lion or something. Suddenly, people create an association with the Chupacabras."

The Chupacabras craze was biggest in El Paso in 1995, when T-shirts with images of the goat-sucker, based on "witness accounts," were hot items.

Chupacabras stories made the rounds in El Paso-Juárez that year, but one story stood out. A woman in the Juárez area told reporters that she was bitten by the creature on her neck. Her claim was debunked later as a ploy to divert attention from a lover's hickey and her supposed marital infidelity.

El Chupacabras even stumped TV FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in a 1997 episode of the "X-Files" that starred Ruben Blades.

But Garcia was left to wonder whether his trouble is over and whether it could have been worse: Until three weeks ago, there was still a herd of goats -- allegedly El Chupacabras' favorite food -- on his property.

"Now I'm left with no chickens. Thirty chickens -- gone," Garcia said. "Imagine if we still had the goats."

Videos: Blue Blinking / Morphing UFO Sightings Over Tracy, CA - UPDATE



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news10 - No one in Tracy is quite sure what to make of the sight, but the appearance of strange blue light in the skies over the town prompted several calls to News10 as well as the Tracy Police Department Thursday night.

The sight of the blue light, which seemed to rise and fall and blink off and on over Tracy Thursday generated plenty of calls to the Tracy Police Department after it first appeared around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Tracy police Sgt. Tony Sheneman.

News10 viewer Jeff Ruth said he and his family were driving home when they first noticed the light around 7:30 p.m. As his daughter captured the image on cell phone video, Ruth said they continued to follow the light near the Tracy Defense Depot about 1 miles southwest of Tracy.

"The lights appeared to travel high in the sky and turn off and then quickly appear close to the ground," Ruth said. Ruth said during the nearly 90 minutes they watched the light, it also seemed to blink on and off intermittently, but irregularly. It disappeared around 9 p.m.

Ruth said considering the number of lights and the length of time in the air, he doubted the lights were any type of remote-controlled plane or other flying device.

Adding to the mystery, Sheneman said the sighting, which was reported by several callers to police dispatchers Thursday, wasn't the first time the strange light lit up the Tracy police switchboard. Sheneman said the agency has received several calls about blue lights spotted over Tracy within the past few months.

NOTE: this video was taken over Ridgecrest, CA on the night before or the night after the supposed UFO landing in Barstow, CA on 12/12/09. There was also a similar sighting reported over Tracy, CA the same night. If I come up with any other information, I'll update here...Lon



Here are 2 videos of a similar sighting over Tracy, CA on 11/23/09:



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UPDATE: Turns out to be another asshole hoaxer...see video. (Thanks to 'crowoman' for the heads up)

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The Death of Earth by the Hand of Man


Chris Holly's Paranormal World - Most days I am a happy calm person who rarely becomes annoyed much less very angry. Something has to push me to my limits before I lose my cool.

With that said let me make it clear that the subjects I am going to write about in this article have pushed me to that point. I am not only angry I am outraged at what I have found out during my searching out what facts I could to write this article.

If I seem to become sharp, harsh or upset while I try to report to you my opinion in this piece please know it is because it is being written with great control. If I let my true feeling run wild about the these subjects I would simply let loose a stream for four letter words with lots of arm waving, finger flipping and disgust. Of course that would not do a thing for anyone other then release my own anger so let me try to concentrate and explain why I am so upset.

Over the years I have heard a bit here and there about HAARP or the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. This monster of a machine or program is located in the town of Gakona, which is in a remote part of Alaska.

The purpose of it is supposed to be a program to further advance our knowledge of the physical and electrical properties of the Earth's ionosphere, which can affect our military and civilian communication and navigation systems. The HAARP program operates a world-class ionosphere research facility.

The Air Force Research Laboratory and the Office of Naval Research, supposedly jointly manage this Killing machine program.

If you ask the HAARP Research team what they are working on they will tell you a bunch of typical muck that sounds completely harmless and practical on every level.

What HAARP is and what it does in truth will never be told to the public. It falls into the area of disclosure on the honesty level of UFO’s, known life forms, plus just about every other paranormal subject you can think of. We will be told everything is fine, nothing is known and nothing exists.

It is up to you to decide how long your going to accept that kind of insult and drivel as answers for so many things we should be told. I for one do not believe one word of it.

It sure looks to me that the HAARP machine is being used for weather manipulation.

It is a huge monster covering about 35 acres of land consisting of huge antennas that are used to manipulate our atmosphere for who knows what purpose. I know that is a simplistic description but this is not a science report it is a warning!

I have been reading the opinions of those who work in science concerning this machine and I have found that everything from weather control to mind control have been suggested as a possible use for this awful thing. It has been suggested that it could be used as a weapon and one day may have the ability to cause large populations to become extremely aggressive or docile or confused.

I have a very good friend who is a physicist and asked for an honest opinion of this machine or project. His reaction was that it most likely is used for weather manipulation but does not think it yet has the capability for mind control or a weapon of mass control. Of course it can be used I am sure to modify or change that which fly’s or orbits the earth. I often wonder if it could have been the reason we had a flurry of planes pan caking to the ground about a year or so ago. More worrisome is the idea others have similar machines that surely may be directed at us.

Those who keep us blinded on subjects like this HAARP machine will tell you that all I am writing is foolish and not true. Of course that is the easy way to deal with it, just brush it away and do not think of it.

My thinking is that this horrid machine is in my country and it is simply a monster. I do not care if this machine or project or whatever you want to call this beast is used for projects that they claim are harmless the fact remains it can manipulate the weather and that alone is far too dangerous for every living creature on this earth.

Now add to this thought these facts. China openly manipulates and changes the weather. Cuba has the ability too and does not hide it, so does Russia and Venezuela. I am sure other places or even terrorists have or are aiming to join in on this madness.

Last year China produced two large snowstorms to end a drought. It was all over the news. Venezuela who admits to obtaining the ability to do so from Cuba also caused the weather to change due to a dry spell in that country. The fact that weather manipulation is going on all over the world is not news. The fact that we are being kept out in the cold is just another slap in the face to society as we are left ignorant and vulnerable to circumstances that could be our doom.

The fact is this machine and all others like it on this earth are extremely dangerous. The fact they will if not already are a weapon of mass destruction is what is so upsetting. How can the world sit silently and willingly numb to the fact that we are in the middle of a weather war and not notice it?

Without any other ability then weather manipulation this killing machine is a terrorizing horror. Thinking about the increase ability to interrupt communications, air travel, be used in mind control or in any way against large populations is so very disturbing. When are we going to learn that this exact thing is why we are most likely ostracized from more advanced universal civilizations? I realize many will be convinced that we may need machines like this one to protect from other universal civilizations. I think that is a cover, as the main use seems to attack our own planet by changing and interfering with the cycles of Mother Nature. As I sit typing wrapped in blankets with my furnace blasting and fireplace smoking I cannot wonder if the deep freeze of this winter has not been a gift by way of such manipulation.

How can we sit and listen to all this non stop on going attack about going green, global warming making each one of us a bad human because we will not reuse our grocery bags or want to drive a four wheel vehicle when major countries have the ability to manipulate the climate and do it? How can I take anything seriously on the subject of climate or the atmosphere when we have a beast of a machine like HAARP hidden deep inside the state of Alaska?

I realize that it is only a matter of time when Mother Nature decides to kick up in fury in this matter and beat us about the head as well. Who do we think we are to simply step in and decide what the cycles of the planet will be because we do not like what the earth is doing naturally? I can barely stand to think about the revenge this earth will take upon us for trying to destroy the planet by way of forcing a fake weather system to over rule the planets natural cycles. I dread to think of what this manipulation will or is doing to our atmosphere. I dread to think about the illness and disease that this manipulation will cause in the long run all over this earth. And to this and more I become angry, very angry.

I have written a few times about my feelings on Chem-trails that are seen all over the world. I believe at least 14 countries are seeing and questioning what is being done via this worldwide spraying.

We are long past the point of laughing off the long lasting huge cloud covering multi colored cloud like vast spraying effect of what is being spread over our skies. The difference of contrails and chem.-trails is obvious unless you are both dumb and blind.

The question of what and why this is being done still remains unanswered and to my disbelief simply shrugged off by the public. At times I shake my head and consider the fact that large amounts of dummy juice is being spread above us as I watch the people on earth ignore this dramatic display of who knows what dumped all over us.

I have read dozens of ideas about what the spraying is from aliens to government plans to kill its own populations. I read that by spraying certain chemicals in mass in our skies we can counter act global warming or shield the planet from other harmful events coming at us. I also am aware that laying down certain components into the atmosphere could help both control or defend against weather manipulation. There are many reasons that this is being done. The real problem is that we are not privy to any of it other then being told we are crazy and those huge spraying events where always there.

I do not know what they are doing or who is doing it. I just know we have become so blind and docile we do not care. I have to consider some type of element of mass control in this spraying, as I cannot grasp why so many of us simply do not care. Don’t you remember the sky of your childhood? It was nothing like what you see today. Doesn’t that upset or concern you?

I do not know what to do or what to think about HAARP or the Chem-trail issues. I know they exist. I know we have no idea what they are doing and I know it is not good or we would have some idea what is going on.

I do not want weather control manipulation of any sort on this earth. It can only come to a bad end. If we are entering into weather wars we will see only death and destruction. If we are messing with the natural cycles of the earth we can only end with disaster after disaster. If we are spraying our skies for artificial effects for any of these purposes we will be doomed. If we are spraying for defense we need to know. What ever is going on we are being played as the fools and our very existence is the gamble or stake they are betting.

I can honestly say I am beside myself with situations like HAARP and Chem-trails. The reason I am so upset is that no one cares, no one wants to hear it and so nothing will be done about them. I have now had my say and will leave it to you to decide what you want to do if anything about it. I do know we are walking off a cliff and everyone seems to be willing to just jump off. Maybe we have just inhaled way too much dummy juice!

Thanks to Chris Holly at Chris Holly's Paranormal World

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Don't Eat the Pink Snow

phillyburbs - Less than eight hours before the arrival of 2010, Hilltown police began what was likely their strangest investigation of 2009.

On Revere Drive, just off of Chalfont Road, there was pink snow everywhere.

“It was on the roofs, the grass and the nearby woods,” said Officer Matthew Reiss, who arrived at the scene around 4:30 p.m. “I had no idea what we were dealing with.”

Reiss called the Federal Aviation Administration to see if the strange substance could have fallen from a plane.

“It was covering the entire length of the roofs of seven homes,” said Reiss. “I picked up some the snow that was on the ground. It had no odor or oily texture.”

As the police continued to probe the mystery of the pink snow, a resident came out and told Reiss that her son went on the Internet and believes he had found the culprit.

“She said that it was ‘watermelon snow’ that was from an algae, whose name I wouldn’t try to pronounce,” said Reiss.
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The algae are chlamydomonas nivalis, or snow algae, that owe their red color to a bright red carotenoid pigment.

According to the National Geographic Web site, the snow algae, like all algae, are green at heart, the red comes from the secondary pigment.

Usually in a dormant stage in winter, at times they “wake up” germinate, and squirm up through the ice crystals toward the sunlight, coloring the snow.

Reiss said the pink snow was only on the sections of roof that faced the sun.

According to one source, watermelon snow has puzzled mountain climbers, explorers, and naturalists for thousands of years.

Well, on this New Year’s Eve, at least for a short time, it had a Hilltown police officer and the residents of Revere Drive scratching their heads as well.

MUFON Director James Carrion Stepping Down

Effective March 1st, 2010, I am relinquishing my position as MUFON International Director to take on a different position within the organization. The reasons for my relinquishing the position are many but the overlying issue is that I simply no longer have the time to dedicate to the job. As a member of the “sandwich generation”: a single parent of a young child who must also deal with aging parents, my time has become very limited. In addition, I still actively manage a separate for-profit company which further limits my time. Finally, I am also doing time-consuming independent UFO research that focuses on the role of Government in the UFO field - a gold mind of information yet to be adequately explored.

It may come as a surprise to you, but my transitioning out of the International Director role has been two years in the making. In 2006, I committed to a three year term as the International Director until 2009, but when no suitable candidate was found, I agreed to stay on for one more year. In 2008, the MUFON Board of Directors approved the role of a MUFON Business Manager to separate the duties of leadership from those of running MUFON’s nonprofit business operations. I gave the board notice in December 2009, but I offered to stay on until the 2010 Symposium in July so a suitable candidate could be found. Fortunately, a candidate search was not necessary as one of the existing MUFON Board members offered to become the new International Director and was unanimously voted into office. I will be occupying the role of MUFON Business Manager which will be far less demanding of my time.

I am proud to announce that the new MUFON International Director is my long term good friend and colleague, Clifford Clift. Clifford will be featured in the MUFON Journal so that the MUFON membership can become acquainted with him and his professional background. I am completely confident that Clifford is the best man for the job and I know that MUFON could not be in better hands.

It has been my pleasure to serve MUFON as the International Director these last three years and I know that going forward, MUFON will still be on the cutting edge of UFO investigation.

If you would like to congratulate Cliff or introduce yourself to him, please direct all correspondence to cclift@what-wire.com.

If you want to keep up with my independent research, stay tuned to my personal blog at followthemagicthread.blogspot.com where I will continue my fight for the truth and exposing those who have no intention of revealing the truth.

'Gigantic' Great White Shark Kills Swimmer in South Africa

Here's one for those who watched the newest episode of 'MonsterQuest' Wednesday evening!

guardian - Witnesses have described their horror at seeing a tourist being eaten by a "gigantic" shark in South Africa's most popular holiday destination.

Lloyd Skinner was pulled under the surf and dragged out to sea by the shark, believed to be a great white, off Fish Hoek beach in Cape Town. His diving goggles and a dark patch of blood were all that remained in the water.

"Holy shit. We just saw a gigantic shark eat what looked like a person in front of our house," witness Gregg Coppen posted on Twitter. "That shark was huge. Like dinosaur huge."

The shocking attack yesterday afternoon came after an increase in recent shark sightings and led to calls for an electronic warning system to alert swimmers.

Skinner, 37, a Zimbabwean who lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was standing chest-deep 100 metres from the shore and adjusting his goggles when the shark struck. It was seen approaching him twice before he disappeared in a flurry of thrashing. Cape Town's disaster management services had issued a warning hours earlier that sharks had been spotted in the water, but the shark flag was not flying.

Witnesses described the terrifying scene. The shark was "longer than a minibus", Coppen told the Cape Times newspaper.

He said: "It was this giant shadow heading to something colourful. Then it sort of came out the water and took this colourful lump and went off with it. You could see its whole jaw wrap around the thing which turned out to be a person."

British visitor Phyllis McCartain told the same paper: "We saw the shark come back twice. It had the man's body in its mouth, and his arm was in the air. Then the sea was full of blood."

Kyle Johnston said: "We were swimming only about 15 metres away from the guy. We were at about chest depth and he was a little deeper. We looked at the walkway and saw people waving towels at us, then we looked further out to sea and saw what looked like blood, and a man's leg come up."

His friend Dane Leo added: "I was floating and I thought the people waving at us were joking, but then I looked back and saw a fin and blood."

Kathy Geldenhuys was sitting on a nearby bench. She recalled: "My husband had just pointed out how far the man was swimming from the other people. He asked what would happen if he was attacked by a shark, because he was so far away. The words were hardly cold when the shark attacked that man. The shark attacked twice; it turned and attacked the man again; I just saw the blood on the water."

Geldenhuys added: "Only when it was attacking did I see the fin, but then I could see the whole body under the water. It was a very big shark ... It came from below and grabbed the man. Part of his body was gone."

Skinner was reportedly on holiday in Cape Town for the month to attend the wedding of his partner's daughter. His partner was at the beach with him.

Four rescue boats and a helicopter searched in vain for Skinner yesterday and resumed the hunt today. Ian Klopper, a spokesman for the National Sea Rescue Institute, said: "You can rule out any chance of finding him alive. Whether we find body parts, it's very unlikely. We think the shark took everything."

Shark scientist Alison Kock said it was probably a great white, the most commonly spotted shark in the area. "More than 70% of recorded great white attacks on humans result in just the shark biting and then leaving," she said. "There is that 30% where the shark behaves like it did in this case, where it came back and killed the person." Kock added there had been an increase in shark sightings in recent weeks.

After a deadly attack at Fish Hoek six years ago, shark spotters were posted on mountain slopes to look for sharks close to popular swimming spots. The spotters use radios to order that a loud alarm be sounded so people can move to safety.

This attack has reportedly prompted discussions about introducing an electronic detection system. Klopper said he was unaware of details, but past speculation has included sonar buoys able to identify sharks and transmit a warning signal. Critics say this would be impractical.

Beaches along Cape Town's False Bay coastline were closed today, but several bathers ignored the warning flags and ventured into shallow waters. Lifeguards asked them to get out and the shark alarm sounded several times.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Yep...the 'Great North' Sasquatch Was Camera Crew



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Wally Hersom and Matt Moneymaker examine the Great North figure. This is the Blu-Ray version shown on a large Sanyo LED monitor. It shows more clarity than anything we've seen before, and more clearly reveals the figure to be a human wearing dark clothes -- likely a crew person directing the caribou herd.

NOTE: As I surmised, it was just camera crew that got caught in the shot...Lon

Several Witnesses Report Flashing Object Near Moon - 1/11/10

MUFON witness report: Arizona - 01-11-10 - Flashing Object near Moon - My 17-year-old daughter was taking me into work so she could drive to school that day. I am very observant of the skies these days, I looked at the crescent moon and yelled at Alicia to look.

I asked her if she saw the flashing star on the tip of the crescent moon and she did, we pulled over on the shoulder of the road and I told her to start taking pictures.

I called my girlfriend whom I was going to give her a ride to work too, and told her what I was seeing and to go look at the moon. I asked my daughter if the flashing star looked red to her, and she said yes.

We drove very slowly down the mountain and I took pics with my cell phone too. When we got down to the bottom of the mountain the star appeared to be further away from the tip of the crescent moon and it was a white star.

I went to work and looked out on the back porch and there was a star still further away, but I think this was a normal star. My first thought was a UFO because I have had some unusual sightings of unexplainable lights since April of 2009, and several years ago also.

Te red flashing light was on the lower tip of the crescent moon. I don't remember any certain rhythm of flashing - at times I thought it was flashing white. We pulled off the road a couple of times to get pictures and being a wooded area we only had full view here and there.

When we got to the bottom of the mountain and down the road a way, I asked Alicia if the light appeared further away from the moon and I think she agreed, I was still very excited. I don't think my friend could see anything.

I will call her today and get her details because I feel the need to start writing this down in a journal. I can't upload pics now, but we do have them on our phones and camera. I haven't had a good look at the pics on the camera because I was very tired yesterday and rested all the evening.


MUFON witness report: Colorado
- 01-11-10 - Object near Moon - This morning while driving to work, I saw a bright white (planet sized) object that was stationary with the moon. I live in the Denver area, and was traveling south on 470 to I-25 South (0555).

The object was as bright as Venus would be, and was 2 degrees to the right of the moon in a stationary orbit. I kept an eye on the object that was in the same position relative to the moon (2 degrees).

The object stayed in the same position to the moon for the duration of the observation (1 hour). After traveling on I-25 South until 0700 the object disappeared with the moon as the sun came up.

From an educated guess the object was probably very large as it was in the moon's shadow, and did not fade or move. The object could have been at the same position before and after my observation.

My other guess is it was a mother ship from the size. I usually see at least 1 UFO a week in this area of Colorado. I reported this object as it was very different, and not easy to dispute.


MUFON witness report:
Texas - 01-11-10 - UFO in Front of Moon - I was driving to work in the Dallas area at 5:45 AM on January 11, 2010, and I noticed the moon. There was what appeared to be something blocking out the bottom tip of the crescent moon.

Further out from where the tip of the crescent moon would have extended was a white light. This opaque object "sat" stationary from the time I left my house to the time I got to work (approximately 30 minutes).

I came back outside after the sun had come up with a co-worker and it was gone. I've never seen anything like it. That afternoon, there was an abundance of chem trails also, at least 10-15.

NOTE: There were other sightings besides these three reported to MUFON on 1-12-10, though, most of the most definitive 'flashing object' reports came from the US Southwest. Below is a later unedited MUFON report from Arkansas:

1-11-10 - my 17yo daughter was taking me into work so she could drive to school that day. i am very observant of the skies these days , i looked at the crescent moon and yelled at alicia to look, i asked her if she saw the flashing star on the tip of the cresent moon and she did, we pulled over on the shoulder of the road and i told her to start taking pictures. i called my girlfriend whom i was going to give her a ride to work too and told her what i was seeing and to go look at the moon. i asked my daughter if the flashing star looked red to her and she said yes. we drove very slow down the mountain and i took pics with my cell phone too.when we got down to the bottom of the mountain the star appeared to be further away from the tip of the cresent moon and it was a white star. i went to work and looked out on the back porch and there was a star still further away but i think this was a normal star.my first thought was a ufo because i have had some unusual sightings of unexplainable lights since april of 2009 and several years ago too.the red flashing light was on the lower tip of the crescent moon. i don't remember any certain rhythm of flashing.at times i thought it was flashing white. we pulled off the road a couple of times to get pictures and being a wooded area we only had full view here and there. when we got to the bottom of the mountain and down the road a ways , i asked alicia if the light appeared further away from the moon and i think she agreed, i was still very excited. i don't think my friend could see anything . i will call her today and get her details because i feel the need to start writing this down in a journal. i cant download pics now but we do have them on our phones and camera. i haven't had a good look at the pics on the camera because i was very tired yesterday and rested all the evening.

NOTE: It'll be interesting to see how many later reports come in from the 1-11-10 episode. If you read other reports, please comment with links and/or a summary...Lon
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Uh...speaking of MUFON


In reference to my posts at Press Release Proves MUFON and Feds Connected and MUFON Responds to Posts, an article at Mysterious Universe entitled Deja Vu All Over Again for UFOs and Bigelow that was written by Amelia Crater, backs up my contention that Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (who is MUFON's majority benefactor) and the U.S. government are not only 'in bed' together but had a similar relationship in 2001 when the FAA directed UFO sightings to Bigelow’s now defunct National Institute of Discovery Science. The article also details Bigelow's shadowy past with his affiliation in para-government agencies as well as his public activities. Please read this excellent article...Lon

More Strangeness Reported In Cannock Chase

sundaymercury - The owners of a pub plagued by ghostly goings-on are set to call in investigators in a bid to discover why the venue is a hotspot for paranormal activity.

Paul Donnor, owner of the Park Gate Inn, Cannock Wood, is considering calling in the ghostbusters after a spate of unexplained occurrences.

Ghostly figures, floating orbs and inexplicable temperature changes have been reported by staff and visitors to the pub - parts of which date back to the 1600s.

Paul said: “I’ve experienced many things at the pub which cannot be explained.

“It is notoriously paranormal and renowned around here for being haunted. We are considering holding a paranormal evening later in the year with investigators to see what we can find out.”

Paul believes the unexplained goings-on could be linked to the death of a former landlady in 1969.

But locals believe the pub’s proximity to iron age hill fort Castle Ring could be the real reason for the spate of paranormal activity.

In the village of Cannock Wood, Castle Ring is the most ancient and historic feature of Cannock Chase.

It stands at the highest point of the Chase and commands a glorious landscape view.

The Park Gate Inn is just 500 yards from Castle Ring - widely believed to be one of the most mystical places in the Midlands.

Sue Penton, of Paranormal Awakening, said: “There have been reports of strange music being heard up there.

“It is such a high place there have been lots of UFO sightings there too.”

A member of Staffordshire UFO Group, said: “Obviously, Castle Ring is the highest point on Cannock Chase which makes it a good place for UFO spotting. There have been numerous incidents of UFOs, which could be because you are more likely to see something from a high point.

“There have been reports of something landing there in the 1960s. From a research point of view, there are a high number of reports around ancient sites. One argument could be that ancient sites have been located there because of the incidents of UFOs and natural phenomenon. There could be locations where there could be magnetic influences in the ground which have been attributed to earth lights.

“People explain UFOs as structured craft and that has been associated with Castle Ring in the past. There has been a lot of activity around that area.”

Visitors to Castle Ring have also reported sightings of a Bigfoot-type creature roaming the land.

In 2005, businessman Alec Williams was driving home from a meeting in Rugeley across the Chase and near to Castle Ring.

He witnessed a large, hairy creature lumber across the road and into the trees. The incident lasted around eight seconds.

In 2009, the historic monument was awarded a Green Flag, the first natural green space to achieve the prestigious award.
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Cannock Man Reports Horrifying Encounter With Unknown Creature



After recent events worldwide regarding Bigfoot, interest in Cannock's very own alleged sasquatch has heightened, www.sundaymercury.net was approached by a Cannock resident who claims to have had a very strange encounter over in the Staffordshire forest... we haven't published their name at their request.

"Last year around June time, me and two other friends were supposed to go to a 24-hour basketball event for charity. Us being lads we decided to skive and go and sit down the lane in my car, and do what typical teenage lads do.

"Anyway, so me and two others were parked up in a little pull-in, down a lane in Gentleshaw not too far from Burntwood, Cannock. We were parked in this pull-in facing the road, with trees either side of us, and a gated-field behind. It was around two o'clock in the morning and we had the interior light on in the car, when my friend in the front passenger seat said he could see something moving outside, on the right side of the car.

"We turned off the interior light to get a better look and could definitely see something moving in the trees in the distance. Our first thoughts were a person or an animal, all we could see was something large moving around. This thing must have been about 10-15m away. (I didn't exactly have time to measure!) I turned the car headlights and hazard lights on, to see if I could see anymore. This thing was the shape of a human, but stood about 7-8ft, it was hard to tell with it being dark and such a distance away.

"At first sight it was crouching, not completely to the floor, but approx half way and facing directly at the car. It was too dark to see whether it was staring at us, but im guessing it was! As soon as it realised we had seen it, it stood up straight, hesitated and ran towards us. Well as you can imagine I wasn't sticking around. This thing was definitely not human, it was huge! It wasn't just tall, but broad and stocky too. I haven't got a clue what its face was like, or its skin or fur, or whatever it had. It wasn't light enough.

"My back passenger darted to the other side of the car, and nobody said a word. As it came towards us it was rustling big bushes, shaking pretty big trees, it was just like in a horror movie. I drove out of the pull-in and turned left down the lane, this thing was keeping up with the car, but in the trees. I was trying so hard not to look in my mirrors, but I could see it in the corner of my eyes, I don't know whether it was flying or jumping or what.

"Its strength and quickness was unbelievable. Obviously I wasn't thinking that at the time, I just wanted to get the hell out of there! I drove to the bottom of the lane doing about 80mph, and it just vanished as soon as I came up to a pub at the bottom of the lane. I didn't stop until I entered a residential area.

"The fear was unreal, I have never been so scared, and didn't think I would ever experience anything that would scare me so much. I felt physically sick, cold and shakey. I just didn't want to believe what I had seen. None of us discussed it, I think we were all in denial! I completely blanked it from my mind after that, and didn't discuss it again untill 3 days ago, when the front seat passenger brought it up in conversation, and now I can't forget about it.

"I hate re-living it, but I thought I would let others know of my experience. I'm not asking you to believe me, because to everyone else it probably seems so far fetched, but I know what I saw and so do the other two lads. I'm not at all saying I saw "bigfoot" but I know 100% this thing was not human. I know other stories say the thing they saw had red eyes, but I didn't see red eyes, I wasn't close enough to see. Glad I wasn't too.

"What haunts me now, is... What would its face have looked like? Where is it? It must have been watching us, and what would it have done if we didnt get away?"

NOTE: the Cannock Chase area has been the center of many unusual paranormal sightings over the years, including the legendary Cannock Chase Beast. Cryptozoologist Nick Redfern has explored and written extensively about the area...check out Anomalist Books...Lon

Two 'Dead' Men Return In Transkei, South Africa

dispatch - A youth who was believed to have been stabbed to death and buried in 2005 has resurfaced in yet another mysterious return of a man from the dead in the Transkei, South Africa.

Siviwe Ntwalana, of Mthatha’s New Payne Location, turned up at one of the village’s homes, where he was given food last Thursday.

“They noticed his resemblance to our family,” said his father, Mbongolwana Ntwalana, yesterday.

His elder brother’s daughter went to check and recognised him, he said.

Ntwalana said Siviwe, born in 1983, was later taken to his home, but his mother could not believe her eyes.

“She was shocked because she knew that her son had been buried,” he said.

The village’s committee was approached and then police took him to the local hospital.

“At that time I was not at home, but when I woke up the following day family members came to ask about him,” Ntwalana said, adding that he and his family subsequently went to the hospital to look for Siviwe.

Other family members were convinced it was his son when they saw him, but Ntwalana only believed it after checking certain marks on his body.

“What made me believe was a mark where he was gored by a cow near the eye,” he said.

“We were very excited to see him again because we knew he died.”

He explained that Siviwe was stabbed by another man during a love triangle argument and reported to have been killed.

Ntwalana said his son has yet to explain where he had been.

“He has not told us where he was all along. He breaks down when he speaks.”

Superintendent Mzukisi Fatyela said police were investigating.

He said his fingerprints would be matched with those in his ID application and those of the person who was buried in 2005.

“That process will cast light on what exactly is taking place,” Fatyela said.

He added that the police would investigate what happened to the murder docket that had been opened.

This is the second such incident in just under year in Transkei.

The Daily Dispatch reported last year that hundreds of people walked long distances to hear a minibus taxi driver who claimed he returned from the dead eight years after he was buried.

Nkosinathi Ntsente, of Hluleka near Ngqeleni, was found wandering in Ngqeleni and taken home by his elderly mother and uncle last March.

Ntsente was believed to have been shot dead during taxi-related violence between the Ncedo and Border taxi associations in 2001.

Ntsente had claimed that he saw what had happened in the supposed shooting in which a person resembling him was shot and buried, as well as the vigil and funeral of his “duplicate”.

Fatyela said people claimed that it was normal for people to return from the dead. “We (as police) do not know about it. People claim it happens often. I personally don’t know it,” he said."
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Hundreds Arrive To See 'Dead Man'

dispatch - Hundreds of people have walked long distances to Hluleka in the Transkei this week to hear a minibus taxi driver who claims he returned from the dead eight years after he was buried.

The true facts of how Nkosinathi Ntsente, 39, was supposedly shot dead in taxi violence and publicly buried, and was then found wandering around a village eight years later remains a mystery.

Ntsente himself tells a story that is filled with mysticism, but comes no closer to explaining what happened.

Ntsente’s supposed “resurrection” has spread like a wildfire through Transkei, drawing crowds to his homestead.

From the early hours of the morning until late, he keeps repeating his story of how he was forced to survive on human blood, sorghum and wild berries while living in the forest.

“I’m tired of telling the same story, the whole day, every day,” he said.

It was believed Ntsente had been shot dead in 2001 during taxi-related violence between the Ncedo and Border taxi associations.

Ntsente claims the gunmen were in white minibus taxi – and that he saw it all happening. “During the shooting I saw myself standing on another side watching a person who resembled me being shot in the forehead, right knee stomach and spine.”

Ntsente said his badly injured “duplicate” was taken to St Barnabas Hospital in Libode . “I witnessed this person dying. The body was taken to the hospital’s mortuary where (it was) cut open to remove internal organs before it was kept in a fridge.”

Ntsente claims he even witnessed his night vigil and funeral and was then taken by “four female witches” to a dark forest where he met “lots of other abducted people”.

“We mostly drank blood and ate izinsipa (used sorghum) and wild berries. I was released after witches said I was too powerful for them to make me do evil things,” he said.

The news of his “awakening” broke on March 23 when his uncle, Washington Qalingoma, 59, and his elderly mother Mabhikani Ntsente found him wandering the streets in Ngqeleni and took him home.

Qalingoma said he believed Ntsente had been abducted, but could not explain why a funeral had been held. “It would be up to his father’s family to decide whether or not to open the grave in order to see what is inside the coffin,” said Qalingoma.

Mabhikani said she was only interested in taking care of her son: “I’m only happy that I have my son again after I had buried his body.”

On Monday, local minibus taxi owners threw a party at the Hluleka taxi rank to celebrate Ntsente’ s “return from the death”.

His old friend Duma Ndzendze said people in the local taxi industry were still celebrating. “We are going to support him until he fully recovers,” he said. “Right now his mind does not sound stable."

Photo: Invisible Anomaly Shrouded By Clouds?



MUFON witness report: - undisclosed location in New Mexico - I was in the kitchen looking outside and I saw a strange cloud formation. I grabbed my camera a took two photos of what seemed like an invisible triangle surrounded by clouds. I did not think much of it because I went back inside and brushed it off. The time was about 3pm. Later in the year many people were reporting triangle typed ufos throughout the world and I remembered taking the photo of the invisible triangle shaped oddity. I have seen a lot strange things in the sky lately but it always seems that I do not have my camera nearby.

NOTE: granted, this is most likely a natural formation in the clouds but it is interesting that it seemed to hold shape for awhile. Look at the enhancement (done by someone other than the witness)...is this a viable, though invisible / cloaked, mass shrouded by the clouds?...Lon

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

N.Y. Knicks Blame Loss On Ghostly Tales

nydailynews - The Knicks were afraid, very afraid. And it had nothing to do with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

For two days, several players had trouble sleeping because they were convinced that their downtown hotel is haunted.

"I definitely believe it," Jared Jeffries said. "The place is haunted. It's scary."

Eddy Curry claims he slept for only two hours Sunday night because he couldn't stop thinking about ghosts roaming the hotel.

For years, guests staying at the Skirvin Hilton have reported ghost sightings and strange noises. Legend has it that sometime in the 1930s, a woman jumped to her death while holding her baby in her hands.

"They said it happened on the 10th floor and I'm the only one staying on the 10th floor," Curry said. "That's why I spent most of my time in (Nate Robinson's) room. I definitely believe there are ghosts in that hotel."

Assistant coach Herb Williams teased Jeffries and Curry for believing that the Skirvin is haunted, but Curry wasn't laughing.

"There are too many stories," Curry said. "Something is going on there."
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THE SKIRVIN'S STRANGE PAST...AND PRESENT

This beautiful, grand hotel was built during 1910-1911. by oil and land development entrepreneur, the always well-dressed, proper William Balser Skirvin. William and architect Solomon Layton created a most luxurious, deluxe hotel on the land that he owned at 1 Park Avenue and Broadway. William Skirvin originally wanted a 6 storied building. However, the plans were changed, adding an additional 4 floors, at the recommendation of his architect Solomon Layton, who designed the Oklahoma City Capitol building,

Impressive woodwork, high ceilings and the best of materials and craftsmanship surely does create a high-end, classy hotel. "Malakoff bricks for the exterior, ornate marble for the lobby, and rare woods for paneling" were some of these high quality materials. The hotel had its own gas pipeline to the building, three wells to provide for its water supply, and its own electric plant. These extras allowed the hotel to have its own laundry facility and cooling system. Air conditioning, running water, telephones and private baths in all of the rooms, and a large, 500 seat ballroom were some of the amenities offered to its guests.

A wide range of people enjoyed their stay at the Skirvin Hotel. Being close to the State Capitol building brought in a wealthy clientele, who could afford the price of admission, and enjoyed the perks of the place. Also, other clientele reflected the "frontier character" of Oklahoma, an up and coming state. Indians, ranchers, and drillers were also welcomed.

A new 12 story wing was added to the hotel in 1926. Because of the new oil boom in 1928, $3 million dollars worth of improvements were made to the hotel. By 1930, all floors of the hotel had 14 stories, creating 525 rooms and suites, plus additional features making better use of the hotel, and providing more opportunities for income. While it was a while before the suites on the 14th floor were ready for guests, the rooftop Venetian Room and Restaurant & cabaret, located in the middle wing was up and running from the start, and was very popular.

An additional $75,000 was spent in improving the lobby. It was "doubled in size, furniture was reupholstered in floral designs, specially designed Gothic lanterns costing $1,000 each were suspended from the ceiling, and hand-carved English fumed oak was added to the walls and doors."

During the prohibition years, The Skirvin Hotel provided a safe room for private drinking for its guests; a perk they were never busted on by the authorities, who had bigger fish to fry.

During WW 2, the hotel suffered some decline, and lost some of its luster. When William Skirvin died in 1944, The Skirvin Hotel was sold to Dan W. James, who spend the next 10 years investing money in its upkeep and making improvements. In 1963, Mr. James sold The Skirvin Hotel to Chicago investors, which was the beginning of a period of struggle for this hotel. This hotel passed through several owners, who did their best to keep the place going in the right direction.

In 1979, The Skirvin Hotel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, which gave it some protection from developers. The Skirvin Hotel was in need of major renovations in 1989, but there were not enough funds to accomplish this, so this hotel was closed, and remained so until it was purchased by Oklahoma City in 2002. In 2004, The Skirvin Group began restoration and renovation efforts, in partnership with Marcus Hotels and Resorts, and funded mainly by a financing package developed by the Oklahoma City, City Council. This huge restoration project, costing millions of dollar,was finished on time and within budget. This newly restored, grand lady of a hotel reopened on March 2007, as The Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

The Hauntings

During the prohibition years, high class "social escorts" perhaps made their way to the Skirvin Hotel, past the main desk to service gentlemen guests. This hotel was so large it would be hard to know what was going on in all 224 guest rooms, and outside entities probably invaded with ease, as William Skirvin welcomed everyone, in the spirit of hospitality. As an unintended consequence of one such encounter, a young woman met her end in one of the rooms.

Sometime during the 1930's after all the floors were 14 stories, it is said, perhaps by his enemies, that W.B. Skirvin himself had an affair with a young maid, and a pregnancy resulted. To avoid the scandal and the ruination of his name, the legend says that W.B. Skirvin held the maid captive on top of the 14th floor, before and after her pregnancy. The distressed young woman supposedly would scream and bang on the door, but no one would help her out of her prison. The maid eventually went mad, and jumped out the window with her baby in her arms. The one flaw in his dastardly tale is that by 1930, William would've been a pretty old man to be chasing the maids around the bed. He was born in 1860, which means he would've been in his 70's.

This may be just a libelous story, but it is true that a maid did jump from the ledge with her baby, perhaps suffering from a combination of postpartum depression, abandonment by her lover and a sense of hopelessness in her life.

Manifestations

Cries and screams of a woman are heard.

Strange noises and items being moved by an unseen presence have been reported.

Female entity of the young prostitute:

Male guests of the Skirvin Hotel throughout the years have reported hearing a disembodied female voice propositioning them.

On occasion, this female prostitute appears in the bathroom when an unsuspecting male is taking a shower.

One male guest reports that he woke up with this amorous female entity in his bed! I bet he made a quick exit!

Entities of the maid, known as Effie by the staff, and her baby girl.

A maid's cart, with no person attached to it, has been seen rolling up and down the halls of the hotel.

Her apparition has been seen, wandering up and down the hallways, trying to find some peace, as suicide seldom brings relief from the distress of life.

Her apparition has been seen standing a distance from the window she jumped from. One witness saw her run to the window, like she was going to go out, and then fades into nothing.

The cries of the baby sometimes keep female guests awake.

Sources:
www.strangeusa.com
theshadowlands.net
www.hauntedhouses.com
www.okc.gov
www.dreadcentral.com

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