hindustantimes - A bright spiralling light, believed by astronomers to be a rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, was spotted in skies across Australia's east coast just before dawn on Saturday, sparking a UFO frenzy.
Described by some witnesses as a "lollipop-type swirl", the cloud of light was seen over the country's three easternmost provinces - New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory - shortly before sunrise.
"It had a distinct bright centre, much like a bright star ... (with) trails spiralling and fattening out from it," Canberra resident James Butcher told broadcaster ABC of the spectacle, which he said lasted two or three minutes.
Other witnesses likened the spectacular phenomenon, footage of which was quick to hit the Internet, to a "huge revolving moon" with a swirl in the middle, or an illuminated cloud moving high and fast above the horizon.
"It certainly had that lollipop-type swirl ... but it was travelling low and fairly fast, and as it went past me and I looked up, it looked like a row of lights, maybe four lights," one Brisbane resident said.
Astronomer Andrew Jacob, acting curator of the Sydney Observatory, said it was most likely SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, launched Friday from Cape Canaveral shortly before dawn broke over Australia.
"It fits best, a rocket travelling overhead with something venting out of it, fuel venting out of the motor," Jacob said.
"The rocket's probably tumbling or spinning a little which creates a spiral effect, a little like water coming out of a hose when you spin it. That's the best explanation I have so far, probably the most likely one."
The light was travelling the wrong way for it to be an astronomical phenomenon, and Jacob said he had ruled out other possibilities such as comets, a spotlight on cloud or reflection of the moon, or a meteor shower.
He said the timing was right for the SpaceX rocket to have travelled over the Atlantic Ocean, Africa and the Indian Ocean and be in skies over Australia at the time the spiralling light was seen.
The fact that it could be seen over such a broad area meant whatever caused the flare had to be very high in the atmosphere or in orbit above the Earth, Jacob added.
"All the information points to this SpaceX rocket," he said.
The launch of the privately owned Falcon 9 test rocket marked a milestone for the space industry in the race to develop commercial carriers capable of ferrying cargo and astronauts to the orbiting International Space Station.
MUFON witness report: I saw a spiral in the sky @ 5.50am 5 June 2010 Brisbane. It was about the size of an orange and had a bright light at the centre and a spiral but it wasn’t spinning. It traveled across the sky and disappeared over the horizon after 2 min.
1. Where were you and what were you doing at the time? We where in Munna Street Wilston Brisbane facing South about to head of for a bike ride.
2. What made you first notice the object? Looking ahead you couldnt miss it. It was huge.
3. What did you think the object was when you first noticed it? I have never seen anything like it before, it was mesmerizing, so much so I didnt even think to video it on my phone.
4. Describe the object and its actions and motions. It had a very bright light in the centre and 5/6 clockwise spirals which travelled about 270 degrees around the center and faded off.
The spiral travelled from SSW 210, over our heads to 90 west and disappeared over the horizon.
The spiral did not rotate but moved across the sky at speeds slightly slower than an aircraft.
As it approached the horizon in the west the shape changed as if we where looking at a spiral from behind, the spiral was more cone like in appearence.
It looked similar to the one in Norway but the spirals did not rotate around and around the center like that one.
The morning sky was still black and crystal clear. The moon was visable with no halo around it. Stars could also be seen.
5. Describe your feelings, reactions and actions, during and after sighting the object. Just felt as if it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. And a bit of WTF!
6. How did you lose sight of the object? It disappeared over the horizon.
Sorry images are average taken from a mobile phone, #1 is the original and #2 I tried to lighten.
MUFON witness report: A police officer took these two photos from a mobile phone at 5:48am EST after observing an object travelling North East across the sky above North Brisbane, Australia. The object was described as having a bright centre with a spiral emanating from it. The source compared the object with the Norway sighting in December 2009 only the centre was brighter and more defined. The object was observed for about 5 minutes by more than one person before disappearing on the horizon.
NOTE: Why, all of a sudden, are there so many 'spiral' UFO sightings...then later, we are told that these are merely man-made objects? These 'explanations' are becoming, IMO, a bit too convenient. Any thoughts? Lon
Above: NASA artist rendition of Titan's surface. Left: This is the first colored view of Titan's surface, following processing to add reflection spectra data, gives a better indication of the actual color of the surface. Initially thought to be rocks or ice blocks, they are more pebble-sized. The two rock-like objects just below the middle of the image are about 15 centimetres (left) and 4 centimetres (center) across respectively, at a distance of about 85 centimetres from the imager. The surface is darker than originally expected, consisting of a mixture of water and hydrocarbon ice. There is also evidence of erosion at the base of these objects, indicating possible fluvial activity.
telegraph - Researchers at the space agency believe they have discovered vital clues that appeared to indicate that primitive aliens could be living on the planet.
Data from Nasa's Cassini probe has analysed the complex chemistry on the surface of Titan, which experts say is the only moon around the planet to have a dense atmosphere.
They have discovered that life forms have been breathing in the planet’s atmosphere and also feeding on its surface’s fuel.
Astronomers claim the moon is generally too cold to support even liquid water on its surface.
The research has been detailed in two separate studies.
The first paper, in the journal Icarus, shows that hydrogen gas flowing throughout the planet’s atmosphere disappeared at the surface. This suggested that alien forms could in fact breathe.
The second paper, in the Journal of Geophysical Research, concluded that there was lack of the chemical on the surface.
Scientists were then led to believe it had been possibly consumed by life.
Researchers had expected sunlight interacting with chemicals in the atmosphere to produce acetylene gas. But the Cassini probe did not detect any such gas.
Chris McKay, an astrobiologist at Nasa Ames Research Centre, at Moffett Field, California who led the research, said: “We suggested hydrogen consumption because it's the obvious gas for life to consume on Titan, similar to the way we consume oxygen on Earth.
"If these signs do turn out to be a sign of life, it would be doubly exciting because it would represent a second form of life independent from water-based life on Earth.”
Professor John Zarnecki, of the Open University, added: “We believe the chemistry is there for life to form. It just needs heat and warmth to kick-start the process.
“In four billion years’ time, when the Sun swells into a red giant, it could be paradise on Titan.”
They warned, however, that there could be other explanations for the findings.
But taken together, they two indicate two important conditions necessary for methane-based life to exist.
A Russian engineer killed himself using a guillotine he built in his bedroom.
47-year-old Albert Repin's mother said he had shut himself in his bedroom for days, saying he wanted to build a cupboard, according to a report in newspaper Tvoi Den (translated version below), which also published photographs and sketches of the contraption.
His body was found jammed in the "strange construction" which used a metal plate - attached to a plank and weighted with large water bottles - as a blade.
The man, a divorcee from Moscow, lay on the floor beneath and triggered the guillotine himself. He had reportedly suffered psychiatric problems in recent years.
A resident of suburban estate Malakhovka suicide using a homemade guillotine.
An engineer by education, 47-year-old Albert Repin his own hands he built from scrap materials machine execution, invented in the XVIII century in France, and he himself had brought it into action.
According to relatives, the man was not able to survive the separation from his wife, with whom divorced several years ago.
The night before, Repin locked in his room and something was making - told "to Your Day" in the police. In the morning the parents were worried when he did not open the door for them. My father and mother called his second son, he knocked the door and found his brother dead.
The body of Albert was lying in a corner in a strange device that he built a few days. In the wooden racks engineer put the plywood to which the attached sheet of iron. "Blade" suicide raised to the ceiling and would add to his load of four 5-liter bottles of water.
Best to calm down on the "block", Repin cut with scissors held the "ax" rope, and the blade with great force fell upon his neck.
The guillotine is not completely cut off the head just because that piece of iron was not confined, - commented "Thy Day" law enforcement source. But he did so he could not otherwise have attracted the attention of relatives.
Construction of the terrible "death machine" suicide carefully concealed.
It is always something to master, - said "Thy DAY" elderly mother, Alberta. At this time, said he wanted to make a cabinet. I bought the board, any piece of iron.
The mother had no idea that his son all these days did the guillotine to punish myself. Albert recent years he lived with us - the woman says. Several years ago he married, but they are children with his wife and not gained. Lived two years together and separated. It was then that he and the problems started.
Divorce has become a tragedy for Albert. After that he required the assistance of psychologists.
We thought we had calmed down, survived - lamented mother. And it turned out that there is no ...
dailymail - This monster from the deep has broken the record for the biggest freshwater fish caught in Europe.
Measuring 8.2ft long and weighing just over 250lbs the gigantic catfish was heaved out of a lake after a 45 minute back-breaking tussle.
Plucky angler Roberto Godi was nearly thrown into the water when the brute took his bait of a bream fish.
After an epic battle to reel it in, several other fishermen rushed to his aid to help him lift the beast onto a weighing frame and mat designed to support such beasts.
The scales shot up to a mighty 250lbs 2ozs - or 17.8 stones - sparking scenes of celebration on the river bank.
Not only is the catch the biggest of its kind in Europe, it is also the biggest species of wels catfish ever caught in the world.
It broke the previous European record which was another catfish that weighed 246lbs 14oz and was caught by French angler Christophe Dubreuil on Spain's River Ebro.
The specimen was netted by Roberto, 32, on the River Po at Mantova, northern Italy, before being released back into the water safe and well.
Alberto Bartoli, the charter captain who was with Roberto, said: "At first we thought it was a medium sized fish, then Roberto felt a lot of pressure and the water cleared and we knew it was a big one.
"It took around 45 minutes to reel in, it was a real fight.
"When he got it in all the other fisherman were so surprised, we knew it was big and when the weight was confirmed Roberto was delighted.
"He said he had never been so happy and that it was the strongest fish he had ever caught, Roberto is also pleased the fish was returned unhurt." Simon Clarke, secretary of the Catfish Conservation Group, believes the fish is probably between 20 and 30 years old.
Simon said: "It is the largest Catfish I have seen in 25 years. I think there could be some bigger but not significantly.
"It is feasible for this fish to reach 300lbs but no more than that. I have never seen pictures of anything bigger.
"Once these fish get over 100lbs it becomes a physical battle as they become more powerful than you. It is a fantastic achievement." Roberto has submitted his catch to the International Game Fishing Association, which is expected to confirm it as a record.
Jack Vitek, of the IGFA, said: "The record is still being verified, there are quite a few checks we need to make first but hopefully it will be confirmed soon."
stv - A 70-year-old radio at a Scottish heritage centre has been picking up vintage broadcasts featuring Winston Churchill and the music of Glen Miller.
The Pye valve wireless at Montrose Air Station, a heritage centre that tells the story of the men and women who served there, has no power and is not connected to any source of electricity.
The aerodrome has been a source of paranormal sightings and sounds for almost a century, with reports of ghostly figures, eerie footsteps and door handles turning, but the mysterious wireless broadcasts have had even the most sceptical staff at the station searching for a rational explanation.
The vintage radio set is kept in a recreation of a 940s room. Several people have heard Second World War era broadcasts including the big band sound of the Glenn Miller orchestra and speeches by Winston Churchill. The broadcasts come on at random and can last for up to half an hour.
Technicians who examined it removed the back, but found "nothing but cobwebs and spiders".
Bob Sutherland, a trustee of the air station heritage centre and its treasurer, said: "I have heard it playing Glenn Miller and recognised the song as At Last.
"The volume was very low but the music was quite identifiable.
"Graham Phillip, another volunteer, has heard what he was sure was Winston Churchill and others, including centre curator Dan Paton and his wife, have heard it.
"I was a wireless operator with the RAF and know a bit about them. We have also had our resident radio expert, Ewan Cameron, look at it.
"If we had a powerful transmitter in the area the radio might pick up something, but we don't.
"It is an old Pye radio which would probably explode if it was switched on."
Mr Phillip said: "We have all heard the footsteps and seen door handles turn but the wireless is something new and unexplainable.
"It's not just one of us who's heard it - most of us here have. We are talking about highly educated, reliable people.
"My wife Aileen was with me when we heard the Glenn Miller Orchestra last weekend. She's a physicist and not predisposed to believing in things like this but no-one has an explanation.
"If there was a transmitter nearby you'd think it might pick up Radio One or something, but I know what we heard. It went on for half an hour on and off. But the aerial is out anyway.
"We've had the back off and the technicians said there was nothing but cobwebs and spiders."
Volunteer Marie Paton, 67, whose father Jack Stoneman bought the wireless secondhand in 1962, said: "It's a bit scary. I thought someone was playing a prank on us but I heard it myself last Saturday.
"It plays Glenn Miller, and that's what everyone has heard. It is very faint and you have to put your ear to it, but that's what it's playing. All the experts say it should be impossible.
The wireless broadcasts join a long list of mysteries at the air station, where the heritage centre is in the original headquarters building. Visitors have reported strange "energies" around the airfield, phantom footsteps, doors opening and shutting, the sound of aircraft engines, shadowy figures walking in and out of rooms and even the sighting of a pilot in full flying kit.
The most notorious were the sightings of Lieutenant Desmond Arthur of the Royal Flying Corps who was killed when his biplane crashed.
He is said to have haunted the area until honour was satisfied in 1917, when a government inquiry concluded that he had not been killed by his own foolhardiness but because of poor repairs to his plane.
Peter Davis, 65, the heritage centre's secretary, added: "It is most odd and we cannot understand it. The station has a very abnormal presence. Several paranormal groups have been in to investigate various things, but the wireless has everyone including our radio technicians stumped."
The following is in reference to the April 6, 1966 UFO incident at Westall High School, in the Melbourne suburb of Clayton South, in Victoria, Australia...Lon
heraldsun - Flying saucers, crop circles, missing film, disappearing files, denials, military cover-ups, threats and shadowy Men in Black.
It couldn't happen here?
Most people would say it couldn't happen anywhere!
But more than 100 witnesses to one of the world's biggest UFO mysteries are adamant that it did, in broad daylight in Clayton South on April 6, 1966.
And 44 years after the event, many are still fuming that the military they say were swarming around the scene for days have offically denied the incident and no record appears to exist.
They say they spent their lives being doubted and want some official acknowledgment that something weird happened above and behind Westall high and primary schools that morning.
London's Telegraph newspaper rates it as the fifth-greatest UFO mystery of all time, but another mystery is how little-known the episode is here.
A documentary - Westall '66: A Suburban UFO Mystery - premieres on Austar and Foxtel's Sci-Fi Channel at 8.30pm tomorrow.
Producers hope it will flush out an official who can say what the military were doing and what they found.
Researcher Shane Ryan has spent five years tracking 110 witnesses, many found through an appeal in the Herald Sun in 2006, but could find no military officials, and no record of a military response.
But locals remember it vividly, saying it lasted days.
The 110 Mr Ryan has found who say they saw saucers include professionals, tradies and a Ministerial Adviser, but not one military official of the time.
He says time is running out for them to come clean.
"Whatever security concerns there were at the time, they are redundant now,'' he says.
A TV crew covered the incident and it screened on the 6pm news, but the film canister from the job was recently found empty in the station archives.
Several witnesses say they were warned off speaking by sharply-dressed men in dark suits, in the principal's office and at home.
Others recall school threats of detention for UFO talk.
But talk there was, and coverage.
The Dandenong Journal reported the incident on its front page for consecutive issues and ran interviews with witnesses.
Many were school pupils who say they saw flying saucers from their school yards. Some ran to Grange Reserve, where the craft appeared to have come down.
Terry Peck, 56, was among them. She says she was playing cricket on the oval, saw the saucer and chased after it to Grange Reserve.
"Two girls were there before me. One was terribly upset and they were pale, really white, ghostly white. They just said they had passed out, fainted. One was taken to hospital in an ambulance,'' she says.
Ms Peck says she saw a silver, classic-shape saucer rise up.
"I was about 6m away from it. It was bigger than a car and circular. I think I saw some lights underneath it.
"We all got called to an assembly ... and they told us all to keep quiet.
"I'd absolutely just like someone to come forward from the services just to say 'yes, it did happen, and it landed and there was a cover-up'.''
Jacqueline Argent, 58, in Form 3 then, says she saw a UFO from the oval and was one of the first three kids over the fence looking for where it came down.
"Originally I thought it must have been an experimental-type aircraft, but nothing has emerged like that after all these years,'' she said.
She says she was called into the headmaster's office and interrogated by three men: "They had good-quality suits and were well spoken. They said, 'I suppose you saw little green men'?
"I spoke to my parents about it at the time and they were pretty outraged.''
Retired engineer Kevin Hurley, a Monash Uni student then, missed the saucers but saw the aftermath.
"There were army or air force people in the area,'' he said.
"I'm pretty sure they were going around the area with geiger counters or metal detectors.
"I'm not a freak that thinks Martian people are coming. I don't think that kind of stuff, but it's bugged me.
"After 44 years, I reckon they need to come clean on this.''
Over 200 students and teachers witnessed an unexplained flying object on Wednesday 6th April 1966 around 11.00 am. They reported it descended into a nearby open wild grass field adjacent to a grove of pine trees in an area known as The Grange. The object then ascended in a north-westerly direction over the suburb of Clayton South.
Shane Ryan is a researcher looking for eyewitnesses. "It happened on the Wednesday before Easter, April 6, 1966, about 11 0’clock in the morning.
Around about 200 people, most of them students at what was then called Westall High School, were out for morning recess", says Shane. "Many saw the strange object descend behind pine trees in The Grange Reserve, and then later ascend and fly away at great speed.
The people who ran over to the reserve found a huge ring in the paddock where the object had been seen.
Some people reported five light aircraft following or chasing the object. Academic throws light on 40-year-old UFO mystery
Just what did flash out of the sky and into the lives of hundreds that April day? Stephen Cauchi reports.
A Canberra academic is investigating one of Australia's most compelling UFO mysteries, a sighting by hundreds of people in the Melbourne suburb of Westall on April 6, 1966.
More than 200 students and staff from two schools watched as the object landed in a nearby paddock, lifted off and vanished.
Shane Ryan, an English lecturer at the University of Canberra, is interviewing dozens of witnesses for a book he hopes to publish on the 40th anniversary of the sighting.
Mr Ryan, 38, was alerted to the events in the 1980s by a housemate who was there. Unlike most UFO sightings, the Westall object had a large number of credible witnesses. It was viewed in daylight and attracted a forceful response from police and the RAAF.
"It had these rather interesting elements which indicated to me that, unlike some other so-called UFO stories, there was some substance to this," he told The Sunday Age.
"I knew the 40th anniversary was coming up next year, so I thought it was timely to do some research on it."
Mr Ryan has interviewed about 30 witnesses, mostly former staff and students from the Westall secondary and primary schools. He has tried obtaining police and RAAF reports, but so far with little luck. The story was covered then by Channel Nine, The Age and local newspapers.
On the UFO, everyone seems to agree, Mr Ryan says. It was a low-flying, silver/grey shining object, either of classical flying saucer shape or close to it, "a cup turned upside down on a saucer". The students were familiar with light aircraft because the schools were close to Moorabbin Airport. Although the UFO was of similar size, "everyone said straight away that they knew it was not a plane", Mr Ryan said, nor a weather balloon.
The object was in view for up to 20 minutes, and many saw it descend. Most agree it landed behind pine trees at the Grange Reserve. Dozens of students ran across what was then an open paddock to the reserve to investigate, but the object had lifted off and vanished.
Other details are sketchier. The UFO appears to have left a circle of scorched grass; others say several circles were left in paddocks bordering Grange Reserve.
Many witnesses, not all, report seeing aircraft, up to five, trailing the UFO. Some say it made no sound, others say it did.
Many reported that police/air force/military personnel inspected the site; some (not all) say the authorities burnt the site. The Dandenong Journal, for which the story was front-page news two weeks in a row, reported that "students and staff have been instructed to 'talk to no-one' about the incident". Nevertheless, one teacher, Andrew Greenwood, gave the paper a detailed account.
"It was silvery-grey and seemed to thicken at times," he said. "The thickening was similar to when a disc is turned a little to show the underside."
One of the closest witnesses was a boy whose family leased land at Grange Reserve for horses.
Shaun Matthews (not a student at Westall) was on holidays and spending time on the land.
"I saw the thing come across the horizon and drop down behind the pine trees," he told The Sunday Age this week. "I couldn't tell you what it was. It certainly wasn't a light aircraft or anything of the like …
"I saw the thing drop down behind the pine trees and saw it leave again. I couldn't tell you how long it was there for, it was such a long time ago."
Mr Matthews, 51 and now living in Greenvale, said the object "went up and off very very rapidly".
"I went over and there was a circle in the clearing. It looked like it had been cooked or boiled, not burnt as I remember," he said. "A heap of kids from Westall primary and high school came charging through to see what had happened — 'look at this, look at that, we saw it as well', that sort of thing. It was a bit of a talking point for a couple of days."
Mr Matthews said the object, about the size of "two family cars", passed him at a distance of about "four football fields". "It was silvery, but it had a sort-of purple hue to it, very bright, but not bright enough that you couldn't look at it," he said.
"I saw that it dropped down behind the trees, and I thought, 'hello, hang on'. A minute or so later, it went straight up, just gone."
He said police and other officials interviewed his mother. But he cannot remember them burning the landing site, as others have alleged. And he did not see any light aircraft trailing the object, as others did.
"The way this thing moved there is no way it could have been a weather balloon or a light aircraft," he said.
"A helicopter? No way — no noise, wrong shape, and it didn't move like it. It came out of the distance, stopped, and then just dropped.
"It didn't just sort of cruise and then slightly descend at an angle. It just stopped, dropped, and then went straight up."
The Victorian UFO Research Society investigated the incident. VUFORS secretary Tony Cook said Westall remained one of Australia's major unexplained UFO cases.
The top one was the case of Frederick Valentich, a 20-year-old Melbourne pilot whose light plane disappeared while flying over Bass Strait in 1978.
In the last minutes of radio communication, Valentich reported seeing a UFO hovering above his plane. He and his craft were never recovered.
"It's pretty well documented," Mr Cook said. "That's probably the most important one because it involves the disappearance of a person."
Mr Cook said the society's stance on UFOs was that, "there are people out there seeing unusual things in the sky at times and they can't be explained. But it's a very big leap to go from unexplained things in the sky to extraterrestrials."
Most witnesses, including Mr Matthews, say the UFO was not an aircraft or helicopter. But Westall is only six kilometres from Moorabbin Airport, and the object was roughly headed in that direction, travelling north to south.
"It sounds to me like some sort of experimental craft, very much Earth-based," Steve Roberts, of Australian Skeptics, said.
"It is an interesting event with lots of witnesses and what we now call a crop circle.
"Accounts are confused. Some have the object landing and taking off again, others say 'a paddock over which the object seemed to hover'."
As well, "if there was a whole swag of officials investigating it, there must be an official report in RAAF archives somewhere".
But Mr Ryan said that no one at the RAAF knew of the incident.
But given the history of the case — the way students and staff were told to keep quiet from the start — that was not surprising, he said.
"As I got a little bit older, I got a little more interested in the social and historical aspects of the story, how something like this could have happened and how it reflected society at the time, and how authorities responded to it," he said.
"There's been a layer of secrecy that was very, very prominent in this story from the beginning."
********** From 4/2006
Polaroid photo of UFO over South Clayton taken 4 days before reported Westall High School incident
Shane Ryan is a researcher looking for eyewitnesses to the 1966 Westall UFO incident, on the Wednesday before Easter, April 6, 1966, about 11 0’clock in the morning.
Say the name Roswell and 774’s Breakfast presenter Red Symons immediately thinks of metal objects shooting through the sky landing in the desert, and little green men coming out of them. But when you say the name Clayton South, you probably think pork buns, unless you were around in 1966 and were one of 200 people who witnessed the Westall UFO incident.
Shane Ryan is a researcher looking for eyewitnesses. "It happened on the Wednesday before Easter, April 6, 1966, about 11 0’clock in the morning. Around about 200 people, most of them students at what was then called Westall High School, were out for morning recess", says Shane. "Many saw the strange object descend behind pine trees in The Grange Reserve, and then later ascend and fly away at great speed. The people who ran over to the reserve found a huge ring in the paddock where the object had been seen. Some people reported five light aircraft following or chasing the object.
"It’s an interesting case because there was this trace left behind which not only those kids saw, but a whole number of people who came afterwards, after school and adults and so forth came down to have a look at it as well."
A crop circle perhaps? "Some people call it that," continues Shane, "I’m not sure that it was, but it was certainly a ring left behind in the grass. And the other fascinating aspect of the story is that some people talk about the area being cordoned off by people in uniform."
Several witnesses reported being spoken to by the RAAF or military, including the school's science teacher, who was apparently threatened by two RAAF officers under the Official Secrets Act, if he spoke in public about what he had seen. The high school authorities dealt very harshly with both students and staff in the wake of this event, and forbade any discussion about it.
Shane has now established an email discussion group to encourage people to come forward and tell their stories about that day. About 45 people have made contact thus far. A lot of former Westall school students and two or three of the teachers. This group is dedicated to those people who were involved in, or have an interest in the incident at Westall High School, in the Melbourne suburb of Clayton South. He is especially keen to hear from people from "the other side", that is from the side of the authorities who may have been involved that day, such as RAAF, police or army. Sources: www.onlymelbourne.com.au www.heraldsun.com.au theufologynetwork.freeforum.ca www.abc.net.au www.muiss.org.au
Uwharrie, NC (PRWEB) -- ”This is the most important footage of a Sasquatch since Paterson/ Gimlin film taken over 40 years ago,” said Matthew Moneymaker, head of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO)as he introduced guest speaker Michael Greene to a crowd of 250 Bigfoot researchers in Yakima, Washington, at an invitation only tribute to Bob Gimlin.
In 1967 The Paterson/ Gimlin film of a Sasquatch striding across a creek in northern California made headlines around the world.
Since then there has been only dubious additional footage, usually crudely made fakes.
In April 28th,2009, some three minutes of video of a Sasquatch were taken through a thermal imager (FLIR) by Michael Greene, in the Uwharrie National Forest, NC.
This footage, known as “The Squeaky Thermal” was first shown at Bob Gimlin’s birthday party 2 weeks later. It was viewed with wild applause and a heartfelt “Thank you, thank you so much” from Bob Gimlin, who was finally receiving some well deserved vindication of his efforts so long ago.
Michael Greene is the retired Chief of a State Fraud Investigations Bureau. has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, and is a Court Qualified Questioned Documents Expert ,and former Investigator for the Public Defender’s Office .His hobby for the last 20 years has been searching for proof of this elusive beast. This quest has taken him from glacier fields in the Yukon, to a giant meteor crater in northern Quebec, the Everglades of Florida and the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest.
In 2008 he briefly saw a Sasquatch in the Uwharrie National Forest , and spent the next year repeatedly camping at the spot, trying to encourage its return and gain some semblance of its trust.
“Over and over I left out bananas, apples, peanut butter, Zagnut bars, and little squeaking bathtub toys that my grandchildren like to play with. Hence the name 'Squeaky', one of the toys the Bigfoot took. Sometimes things would be taken , most times not. At the time I could only record for about 2 hours, the battery life of the thermal , so a lot of the night went unrecorded. This is definitely a patient man’s game.
"A thermal imager sees only images made by heat. FLIR, or Forward Looking Infra Red, is most familiar to viewers of police reality shows like COPS, where a fugitive is seen from a helicopter as a white image, running through backyards. You cannot fool a thermal imager as it is recording only the heat signature of what it sees. Thus, a man in a costume would look splotchy and irregular, as his costume would suppress the body heat to varying degrees, unlike a naked man, or Bigfoot, which would appear primarily as a solid color."
Greene continues, "Around 11:30 on the night of April 28th, 2009 I was setting up the thermal recording stuff, to try hiding it in the back of my Toyota Highlander when I heard movement in the woods down in the area I expected it to show up. On an impulse I took the thermal imager and put it on a tripod, with the DVR ( Digital Video Recorder) on the ground next to it. Then I got in the car and drove away, leaving my campsite very obviously deserted . I drove to the one entrance to the area ( which had no one else in it) and parked for two hours ( the approximate life of the thermal’s battery ). When I returned the battery was indeed dead, but the bait was gone.
"On reviewing the tape I saw that about half an hour after I drove away, the creature very cautiously approaches, crawling up the hill behind the stump, then reaches up with its right arm and grabs the Zagnut bar. Then it crawls backwards , moving almost out of sight and moves off to the right of the screen. A few seconds later, perhaps emboldened by its success, it reappears on the right side of the screen and moves, standing upright, to behind a tree, where it slowly sways back and forth, giving the viewer a good idea of its enormous bulk. This swaying behavior has been repeatedly reported by other witnesses. The height I estimate at around 7 ½ feet, but it is hard to exactly pin down as the ground slopes down , away from the viewer so one cannot exactly tell where it’s feet hit the ground.
"My website, www.bushloper.net, gives a thorough explanation of the area, and how it was filmed and a reenactment of the Sasquatch’s movements by me, wearing only shorts, taken from the same spot, with the same equipment. You can see the difference, and I’m 6’5” tall and 190 pounds .By comparison, this thing is huge. The website also contains the complete Squeaky Thermal video (Copyrighted).
"After Bob Gimlin’s birthday party I posted some of the footage on the BFRO website, where it has been viewed over 80,000 times, with overwhelmingly positive feedback.
"Most people are completely unaware of the enormous body of reports and evidence for this fascinating but very elusive creature’s existence. I suggest that they explore the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) website at bfro.net and spend a few hours reading.
"My efforts continue to this day, now with the ability to record all night long with two thermal imagers, in hopes of getting clearer and longer footage to finally put the question of their existence to bed once and for all.”
Michael Greene recently moved to Salisbury, North Carolina. Formerly from New Jersey, he is a Private Pilot, Former EMT, and 18 year veteran of the National Ski Patrol., He served as a Sergeant/ Tank Commander with the 4th Recon Squadron,6th Armored Cavalry.
A full biography and details of his long search may be seen on his website www.bushloper.net.
An interview with Greene discussing how he obtained the thermal footage may be seen on YouTube at BFRO VIDEOS, Mike Greene (sic) Interview.
Video: Hominid Captured by Thermal Camera in North Carolina
The full video is roughly 3.5 minutes long. This clip shows only the highlights, and in lower resolution than what is possible. You can pay a few bucks to see the entire clip online at www.bushloper.net or you can wait a few weeks for the full version in better resolution (not a whole lot better resolution though). Mike Greene will make the whole clip available for download, eventually, so you can rewind and watch it multiple times.
The download will cost a few bucks also, but it's still much cheaper than a DVD.
Greene feels he deserves something in return for the intermittent two (2) year effort he made to get this footage. We can't argue with him. It's his footage.
It is very important footage though, because it was gotten with the new technique that others should try:
Get up and drive away from the camp at the first indication of a stalking sasquatch. Leave the camp unattended for at least one hour with the camera rolling, and aimed at the food pile near a treeline, near some big trees.
There is great potential in this method for daylight footage, and it has not been tried anywhere else. It should be tried a lot more, in a lot more places. It may be the easiest and most practical way to obtain clear, close-range footage in daylight, and it can be done easily with a newer hard-drive camcorder and an extended battery. Sony makes several High-Def hard-drive camcorders nowadys that can accommodate extended batteries that will give you 10 hours of continuous recording.
Tape camera or disc camcorders are not ideal for this because they don't record long enough before the media needs to be swapped.
The camcorder must be hidden among other camping gear so it is not conspicuously aiming at the food. This is where most people will fail, because they will underestimate the intelligence of these animals.
No one can remain hidden near the camp either. Squatches seem to know that trick and won't come near if they think someone is left behind to possibly ambush them. That is why Squeaky was so very cautious approaching the stump. It didn't know if someone was still in the tent.
For that reason it will be best to have no tent at all, rather just tarps, airmats, and sleeping bags, like a backpacker.
If you have a vehicle nearby, leave the camp and drive far enough away so your engine cannot be heard by anything up on elevation acting as a whistling sentry.
Mike Greene made sure no one could steal the expensive thermal camera by parking on the only road into the camp, but some distance away. For that reason, a camp at the end of a small spur off a desolate forest road, would be ideal for car campers, if good equipment were to be left there for several hours
If your camp is somewhere where no one can possibly spot it from a driveable road, then just stay far away for an hour or two. Let the camera do the work.
Don't be obvious about the camera when you return to the camp. Assume you are being watched and don't approach the food pile til morning.
That's the "Greene Method." Give it a try and make him proud. NOTE: I've circled the food pile (red), the hominid first appearance(yellow) and the hominid second appearance(teal). Compelling evidence if proven to be have taken as advertised...Lon
Click for video BFRO researcher Mike Green describes the circumstances wherein he obtained the thermal clip called the "Squeaky Footage". This footage was obtained in North Carolina in 2009.
Click for video A recreation and comparison of Mike Greene's thermal video.
telegraph - The test is the first to accurately recognise the signals sent out by a person’s immune system as cancerous.
Early research suggests that the signals can be detected up to five years before a tumour is spotted, giving doctors and patients a vital head start in treating the illness.
The test, developed by clinicians in Nottingham and Kansas over 15 years, is to be introduced in America later this month.
It has initially been devised to aid the detection lung cancer and is used alongside conventional screening.
The technology was developed by scientists at the University of Nottingham and Oncimmune, a medical research company.
The test works by identifying how the immune system responds to the first molecular signs of cancer growth.
Cancerous cells produce small amounts of protein material called antigens which prompts the immune system to produce large amounts of autoantibodies.
Scientists can now follow this activity with just 10ml of a patent’s blood.
Professor John Robertson, a breast cancer specialist who led the research, told The Times: “The earliest cancer we have seen is a cancer that has been screen detected, and yet biologically that’s late in the road of cancer development,” he said.
“We are starting to understand carcinogenesis in a way that we have never seen before — seeing which proteins are going wrong, and how the immune system responds. It’s as if your body is shouting ‘I’ve got cancer’ way before a tumour can be detected.”
The research involved 8,000 patients and the test, known as EarlyCDT-Lung, is due to be introduced in Britain early next year.
Special Guest: Dr. Lynne Kitei and the Phoenix Lights
Dr. Lynne Kitei is an internationally acclaimed physician and health educator who pushed aside her successful medical career to pursue The Phoenix Lights book and internationally award-winning Documentary project. She was leading the cutting edge era of early disease detection and prevention as Chief Clinical Consultant of the Imaging-Prevention-Wellness Center at the world renowned Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix, Arizona until coming forward, after seven years of anonymity, as a key witness to the historic and still unexplained mass sighting throughout Arizona on March 13, 1997
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Weekly Segment Host: Nick Redfern - It's A "Para" Normal World
coloradoan - Some visitors to Loveland’s historic Feed & Grain building recently encountered a bit of paranormal activity.
Last year, a volunteer for Novo Restoration, a group trying to preserve the building, saw power surges on his iPod while he was inside the building. Because of the surges, he said he was sure a ghost was causing the power spikes, said Ashley Kasprzak, a Novo Restoration board member.
To investigate this claim, a Loveland paranormal group recently visited the building and confirmed the volunteer’s feelings.
After conducting research at the historic building, Third Eye Paranormal co-leader Karen Richards and other members of her group used equipment and scientific data to determine a little girl was killed by a family member at the historic Feed & Grain building, Richards said.
Richards said the little girl may have been murdered at the 115-year-old Feed & Grain building, 130 W. Third St. However, no report was ever filed regarding a missing child to correspond with this theory, Richards said.
“We have nothing to verify it as far as official,” she said. “We have a lot of evidence that indeed we were having an encounter.”
During a tour of the building, the paranormal group made recordings of the little girl communicating with the team through walkie talkies. Richards said an eerie voice responded to them by saying, “Hello, hello.”
“It’s definitely a little girls’ voice,” Richards said. “It sounds different than the type of voice you have come through from a walkie talkie.”
Richards and Sonia Marken led the investigation at the Feed & Grain building. At one point, the group also picked up the sounds of a girl humming, Richards said.
When the spirit was nearby, an ambient thermometer the team used in the investigation dropped 20 degrees, Richards said.
Members of the group could sense the girl was hiding from somebody, and the girl told the investigators that she was hiding from a male relative, Richards said.
“We just asked for some protection around her and then we crossed her over,” Richards said.
Richards said she has been psychic all her life. However, the Third Eye Paranormal group does not use its psychic abilities during its investigations.
Instead, members sense things and corroborate feelings with scientific evidence, Richards said.
Third Eye Paranormal is unlike many paranormal groups in that once it confirms a ghost’s presence it helps cross the spirit to the other side, Richards said.
This free service is available to community members who are concerned a ghost is haunting them or terrorizing their children, Richards said.
“Some children (are) being frightened in their own homes,” she said. “We really respond quickly when there’s children involved. … “We try to give our client scientific evidence.”
Scottsburg, Indiana (WHAS11) – A 5-year-old girl was attacked by some type of unknown fish on Monday while swimming in a roped-off area at Hardy Lake in southern Indiana.
Some people in the area say this isn't an isolated incident.
WHAS11’s Adam Walser was at Hardy Lake with more on this story.
5-year-old Loralye Daubaugh was doing okay on Tuesday.
On Monday, she was swimming in an area marked off by buoys in Hardy Lake when something bit her thigh.
“It felt like someone was pinching me,” said Loralye.
She wasn't the only one who was bit.
Loralye and her grandmother ran to the concession stand for help, where they learned she wasn't the first child attacked over the weekend.
They were told that a smaller child had also gotten bitten and her leg was also severely bruised.
The incidents now have people in the area wondering exactly what lies just below the water's surface. People have speculated that it could be several different species of fish.
Fishermen speculated that it could be anything from a big carp, to a bowfin to a bass.
The staff believes it may have been a catfish guarding her nest.
And they expect the fish to head back out to deeper water once it's young have hatched.
The park’s director says he expects the offending fish will most likely move on within the next few days.
NOTE: well, those marks on her legs look like a bowfin bite (bowfin skull above). I have caught a few in Pennsylvania lakes over the years...can be very aggressive, especially near a nest. Some catfish can be very aggressive, though I don't know what species of catfish are in this particular lake...Lon
yahoo - Cocaine abusers -- already at risk for an abnormal heartbeat, blood pressure problems, hallucinations, convulsions and stroke -- can add another potential health complication to the list: rotting flesh.
"If you are a user of cocaine, you should be aware that some of the cocaine is not clean and can have other agents that can cause you to have a low white-cell count or skin tissue death," said Dr. Ghinwa Dumyati, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester and an epidemiologist for the Monroe County Health Department in New York.
In a report in the June 1 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, Dumyati and doctors from the University of Rochester Medical Center discuss two cases involving women with a history of cocaine use who came to the hospital for help when they noticed purplish plaques on their cheeks, earlobes, legs, thighs and buttocks.
Their profiles were typical of toxicity with levamisole, the doctors reported. The medication is a veterinary anti-worming agent, approved for use in cattle, sheep and pigs. It was once used to treat cancer, autoimmune diseases and kidney problems in humans, Dumyati said. It's no longer approved for use in people in the United States, she said, because of adverse side effects.
But it's often used to cut cocaine, before distribution to the user, she said. "Almost 80 percent of the cocaine coming into this country has levamisole mixed in," Dumyati said.
Exactly why is not known, she said. Some say it might enhance the effects of the drug, which include a euphoric mood or ''high" and a boost in energy. It also might be used to stretch the drug and increase profits.
"The person using cocaine would not know this [levamisole] is in it," Dumyati said.
In the new report, the doctors concluded, based on the women's symptoms, that cocaine laced with levamisole cannot only cause problems with white blood cells -- a problem previously reported -- but also death of the skin's outer layer. They said that physicians should suspect cocaine abuse when they see patients with skin lesions caused by tissue death.
"The drug may induce an immunological reaction producing inflammation or vasculitis, an inflammation inside the small blood vessels," Dumyati said in explaining the link to tissue death. "The result can be the death of the epidermis or outer layer of skin."
But that's not all that's bad about levamisole. "It has other side effects," she said. "It has effects on bone marrow function. There can be a drop in the white blood cell count."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in late 2009 on a cluster of cases of problems with white blood cell counts linked to cocaine use. Called agranulocytosis, the condition occurs when bone marrow fails to make enough white blood cells.
The report noted that levamisole was found in some of the people with agranulocytosis and cocaine exposure.
But the reports of tissue death associated with contaminated cocaine are newer, said Dr. Kurt Nolte, a pathology professor at the University of New Mexico and one of the authors of the CDC report. "Tissue death has been associated with levamisole in a clinical context," when the drug was used therapeutically, he said. "I've not seen any cocaine users with this."
But it's not a surprise, given the amount of cocaine that has been laced with the medication, said Dr. Juliet VanEenwyk, an epidemiologist with the Washington State Department of Health, who also contributed information to the CDC report.
"The increase [in cocaine containing levamisole] has been really rapid," she said. Until a few years ago, she said, probably less than 10 percent of cocaine supplies had it. Now, experts suspect that 80 percent do.
Dumyati said that the skin problem is treatable, but "if you stop using cocaine, most of the cases would get better."
Agranulocytosis, on the other hand, is a serious illness that requires hospitalization for treatment, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
MUFON witness statement - undisclosed location in Ohio - 5-29-2010 - unedited: Driving my kids home from a school function Friday afternoon approx. 3:30 pm. Driving on a side street going home I looked up and right above the trees I saw a black triangle shaped object kind of floating above the trees. At first I thought it to be a kite or balloon but it was odd in movement and in shape, as I continued to drive the object was going in our direction. I said what is that do you see that?? My kids were kind of freaked out by it. At the corner of my street is a factory with a 4-5 story high chimney, this object went around the chimney and kinda started hovering by the tree line. I had my camera with us for the school event and so I started snapping pictures. It started to move away from where we were parked, so we got in the car and started chasing it. We followed it down a street of industrial factories, and I pulled into a lot with a clear view of where this thing was "hovering" I got out the car and snapped a few more pics and tried to take video of it. I called a few of the workers over who were looking at me like I was crazy and wondering what I was doing there, until I showed them the object in the sky. They were all looking at the object and wondering exactly what it was we were looking at fly slowly across the sky. It stopped and seemed to be hovering over a shopping plaza, and I got my kids back in the car and tried to chase it down by time I got to the shopping plaza, (which is only a five minute drive from where we were at) It was long gone. Very weird, my daughter and I both though we saw it slightly change shape and it was very odd. Never ever saw anything like this before ever!!!
NOTE: Honestly, it was most likely a balloon...though, some of the characteristics were unusual. Ground thermals can make floating objects do all kinds of weird maneuvers...Lon Here are a few other 'triangle' UFO reports posted with MUFON the past 2 days. All are unedited:
*2010-05-22 - Colorado - Black Triangular/Rectagular UFO - I was in the passengers seat driving with my stepfather picking up some food. It was around 7:30 pm May 22, 2010 Saturday. It was still bright outside. I always look up at the sky when we go for a drive, that's when I saw the UFO. At first I thought it was a square, but it seems it was more triangular/rectangular. I only saw it for 10-20 seconds. The shape was a black triangular/rectangular it stood still and it was small. I tried to keep looking at it when houses and trees got in my view, then it disappeared. I kept on searching for it but it was definitely gone. I was shocked and surprised to see it and when it was gone. My stepfather couldn't see anything since it wasn't in his view.
*2010-05-28 - Tennessee - Diamond and Triangle UFOs seen crossing paths: On the night of Friday, May 28, I was scheduled to play in a friend's band in Chattanooga, TN. The show was scheduled for about 10 pm, so we decided to get together for a practice beforehand. We met, practiced, and as we were leaving I looked at my watch, which said 10:08 (we were late). There were a total of 5 of us, but we traveled in two cars to carry the equipment. Three in one car, two in another. I was in the car of three, and as were were driving south down North Market St. in Chattanooga, I looked out the left passenger window to see if it might look like rain and noticed something unusual.
There were three lights in a perfectly triangular arrangement. The rear two were bright white with hints of yellow, and the front light was red. It seemed to be at about the altitude of a normal plane, but seemed to be altering its course somewhat, making unusual turns. As it passed over our car, I called attention to it and told my friends to look at out the other window (right side) it as it passed over. We all then looked out the other side, and saw another strange object, this one diamond shaped. It consisted of 4 very bright lights in a diamond formation and was flying quite low--about the level of a search helicopter.
My friend immediately pulled over, and we all got out of the car to watch these two objects. Upon first reaction, I thought the object resembled some sort of lantern on fire or an unusual type of fireworks display, but it became clear in seconds that is was neither. The diamond kept gliding and the triangle passed over it, though much higher in th sky. Both objects were completely silent, which was the most chilling aspect, as the diamond was so low to the ground, perhaps just over the treetops. It is difficult to say how large it was, or how to compare it, but I'd say it may have been about like a car turned vertically, floating in the air. As they kept moving, their orientation must have changed or certain lights must have gone out, because the diamond at one point suddenly became two very bright lights side-by-side and began rising in altitude. Though it was dark, I knew the general direction it was heading and it appeared to be going toward Signal Mountain, about 10-15 miles away.
The triangle continued to travel as well, and as it continued, the two whitish back lights disappeared and only the front red light remained visible as it traveled away from us. I suppose it is possible that it could have been a red tail light of some sort? Both objects eventually disappeared, the diamond rising constantly in elevation until they were out of sight. The three of us stood there in disbelief, and for the remainder of the evening, none of us could shake the images. We told numerous people once we reached the club and their reactions have prompted me to make this report (the first I have ever made). This was certainly the most unusual thing I have ever seen and never seen anything that even resembled either object.
6-20-2002 - Utah: I was visiting a friends home in Pleasant Grove, Utah. We were just off Main street around 300 south.(Downtown) I don't really know the exact date.
I was outside on the front lawn talking to two friends. It was a beautiful clear night and we were looking at the stars and I noticed this shape. I tried to point it out to my friends but they could never find the shape. I looked away several times and was able to find it again fairly easily. Both my friends had complained about their poor eyesight but I had been tested previously and found to have extremely good sight. My first thought was that it was some type of aircraft. I don't know what it was so I will try to be factual from here on.
A triangular shape crossed the clear night sky to the east, toward and possibly over, Mount Timpanogos. It had no marking lights and no noise. It blocked out the stars behind it and was only visible because it was slightly lighter than the night sky. It moved at a constant and steady rate of speed and moved in a straight line from south to north until it finally faded from view. Now it is difficult to tell the distance of things at night and when they are dark also. My impression was that it was at a cruising altitude similar to that of an airliner. Mount Timpanogos reaches about 12,000 feet (over a mile high off the valley floor) and I would say this had to be quite a bit higher. Now if this assumption is close to accurate I would say the size of this shape was maybe four times the size of an airliner at that same distance and was moving about three times faster, based on a casual comparison to the planes seen during the daytime.
I have posted the last video of the series where Maxwell mentions a Reptilian entering a person's bedroom from a portal and evidence that was gathered. The entire interview is a less formal overview of Maxwell's life and experiences...lot's of new stuff! This interview was conducted in May 2010.
Jordan Maxwell (28 December 1940) is a researcher and independent scholar in the fields of astro-theology, religion, secret societies, and the occult, with a focus on the foundations for modern-day religion and government. He began his work in 1959 and has produced numerous video lectures and documentaries on these subjects. He has been described by peers and fans alike as "the preeminent researcher and scholar in the field of occult/religious philosophy", although Maxwell prefers to refer to himself simply as "an ordinary man pursuing extraordinary knowledge".
Maxwell's areas of interest include Secret Societies, Ancient Symbols and Occult Emblems, Secret Meanings of Modern Symbols (from Corporate Logos to Government Emblems), Ancient Sciences and Technologies, and Hidden Bible Teachings and Mysteries.
Maxwell was born in Pensacola, Florida, U.S.A.. He claims to have witnessed paranormal experiences since the age of 7 or 8. At age 19 he moved to Los Angeles, California with little money and no idea what he was going to do. Maxwell has stated that he was fascinated with hidden knowledge since childhood, but the true genesis of his life's work began upon meeting a man in California named Bob Ferney. Ferney gave Maxwell a book entitled "The Complete Works of Charles Fort". Maxwell soon began researching secret societies and subversive movements, and the hidden significance of UFO's and the paranormal.
As a child, Maxwell’s maternal great-uncle was employed in the Vatican Secretary of State’s office as a civilian, and young Jordan was enthralled by the behind-the-scenes tales of religion and politics he would tell when visiting.
He served for three and a half years as the Religion Editor of Truth Seeker Magazine, America's oldest free-thought journal since 1873. His research led to the publication of his nonfiction book "Matrix of Power: How the World Has Been Controlled by Powerful People Without Your Knowledge" in the year 2000.
He has conducted dozens of intensive seminars, hosted his own radio talk shows, guested on more than 600 radio shows, and written, produced and appeared in numerous television shows and documentaries (including three 2-hour specials for the CBS TV network, as well as the internationally acclaimed 5-part Ancient Mystery Series - all devoted to understanding ancient religions and their pervasive influence on world affairs today. He has been affiliated with the Society of Professional Journalists since 1993, and the Greater Los Angeles Press Club since 1994.