Jeff Gonzalez of the Sanger Paranormal Society forwarded this video tonight. I don't know what to make of this but I have some doubts on the air show report, though I did find the following statement - It was the Golden Knights doing a night jump. You can see them jumping on the El Paso Times website. Also if you look them up on YouTube.com under Golden Knights night jump, you will see the same exact thing. I was hoping for something more too when I saw it, but to no avail.
What Were Those Lights?
ktsm - EL PASO - We still don't know what to make of some strange lights over El Paso.
They turned up in East and Northeast El Paso, prompting lots of calls to our newsroom.
One solitary light appeared to fall and then suddenly break up into three lights, which seemed to hover. A fourth light appears, and then they all disappear.
Our best guess is that the lights have some connection to planes with the Amigo Airshow.
NOTE: Chris Grohusko, a local amateur astronomer and internationally recognized sky photographer says: appears to be a disintegrating fireball of interplanetary debris or space junk entering the Earth's atmosphere, as the behavior of the objects have a traditional signature common of such phenomena. Below is an article on the air show. Sure could use more information...Lon
ktsm - The high-flying action of the Amigo Airsho has become a tradition for countless El Pasoans with their eye to the sky.
"I've always loved the Airsho since I was a young boy and I've always tried to come every single year and there's never a dull moment."
This year...a jet-powered school bus and a fast-rope demonstration by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection wowed the crowd... along with this stunt where a woman stands on top of a plane flown by her husband.
"It's good for the community to get out. Gets you a chance to get out of the house and get some fresh air."
For 29 years... the Airsho has brought both community and family together.
"It's fun to walk around, yeah. We both have a good time and as you can see he's watching the planes over here and it's a lot of fun just to be together."
While others use the event to take their education of the military and aviation to new heights.
"This gives a chance for people to come onto post and get to see some of the vehicles and airplanes that our military use...just get a better exposure to what the army does."
My family and I lived off State Rd 23, two 1/4 mile from the Edwardsburg, Michigan state line. Our house was just down from what "we" called Dead Man's Curve. There were a lot of accidents there, usually in the Spring and Winter.
In the spring of 1963, about 3:30 AM, we all were woke by a woman screaming "Help Me, Help Me". My Mother, Grandparents and myself all met in the living room. The woman's voice was very loud, we all assumed there had been another car accident up on the curve. It was extremely foggy that night, so much so you could not see more than four to five feet in front of you. My Grandfather grabbed a flashlight and headed out to the woods across the road to search for the woman in distress. In the meantime she is still screaming "Help Me". My mother called my uncle who lived just down the road. He too joined in the search and heard the woman's screams. After a good 15 minutes my Grandfather came back to call the County Sheriff's Dept to send a car out. One car came, then two, then three. They combed the woods in search of the woman's voice that slowly became weaker & weaker, finally as the sun came up, her voice had completely faded. They never found her, a car, or any evidence of any kind. I remember standing in our driveway hearing the police officers telling my Grandfather that this was best kept quiet, not to tell anyone because no one would believe this. They decided they were not going to file a report, even though they too had heard the screams. My grandfather searched that woods every day for weeks to see if he could find any signs of any kind, but nothing was ever found. We moved out of that area in 1976 after my grandmother died, and I often wonder if the people that live in the old brick house ever hear the screams of an unknown woman on foggy spring nights.
I swear this is a true story...the only thing I am not positive of, is the year, since I was just a kid when it happened...It could have been as early as 1961, but no later than 1964...this was not a dream or figment of my imagination. It was talked about at the dinner table for quite some time after...as a child it was a pretty frightening experience, and was very upsetting to my grandparents as well...everyone was baffled, including the Sheriff and his Deputies. The property was owned my Mrs. Wolfe who lived down State Rd. 23...Wolfe Woods was a small wooded area that divided Adams Rd & State Rd 23. It was kind of a triangular shaped & Birch Rd intersected at the East end of the property in Granger, Indiana.
Karen La Rose
The Granger, Indiana and greater St. Joseph County, Indiana area seems to have a fair amount of paranormal lore. The following anecdote describes one of the events:
I will never forget the experience my best friend and I had 30 years ago when I was 15 yrs old. I was staying the night at her house (She lived on Dead Man's Curves) . It was just before dusk when we decided to hang out in her back yard and have a camp fire and roast some marshmallows. As we were gathering up twigs and wood for a fire, she looked up, pointed to a tree about 20 feet from us, and ask me ''whats that''. As I looked at the tree, I saw a man hiding behind the tree staring at us. No sooner did I see him from behind the tree when instantly there he stood 2 feet in front of us. I thought it was a real man. I was terrified and screamed at the top of my lungs. When I did, he disappeared instantly...right before our eyes. I can still visualize every detail of him. He was a man in his mid 50's. He had curly dark salt/pepper hair and dark eyes. He was wearing a white t-shirt and brown pants with black work boots. I remember his face having razor-stubble as if he hadn't shaved in about 3-5 days. The scariest thing was that one minute he was right there in front of us and after I screamed...bam! Gone. My friend witnessed the exact features. Since that incident (30 yrs ago) there have been many deaths there. I have had many people tell me that they see a young woman in white standing at the bottom of the dip. People have seen sightings of ghosts near the blinking lights. I still keep in touch with my friend every few years or so. - www.ghostsofamerica.com
When the earliest pioneers traveled into the wilderness of St. Joseph Valley, they had to contend with three dangers...beasts, savages and disease. The following excerpt describes a bit of the latter:
One of the greatest obstacles to the early settlement was the "chills and fever", "fever and ague", or "shakes", as it was variously called. It was a terror to newcomers; in the fall of the year almost everybody was afflicted with it. It was no respecter of persons; everybody looked pale and sallow as though he were frost-bitten. It was not contagious, but derived from impure water and air, which are always developed in the opening up of a new country of rank soil like that of the Northwest. The impurities continue to be absorbed from day to day, and from week to week, until the whole body corporate became saturated with it as with electricity, and then the shock came; and the shock was a regular shake, with a fixed beginning and ending, coming on in some cases each day but generally on alternate days, with a regularity that was surprising. After the shake came the fever, and this "last estate was worse than the first". It was a burning-hot fever, and lasted for hours. When you had the chill you couldn't get warm, and when you had the fever you couldn't get cool. It was exceedingly awkward in this respect; indeed it was. Nor would it stop for any sort of contingency; not even a wedding in the family would stop it. It was imperative and tyrannical. When the appointed time came around, everything else had to be stopped to attend to its demands. It didn't even have any Sundays or holidays; after the fever went down you still didn't feel much better. You felt as though you had gone through some sort of collision, thrashing-machine or jarring-machine, and came out not killed, but next thing to it. You felt weak, as though you had run too far after something, and then didn't catch it. You felt languid, stupid and sore, and was down in the mouth and heel and partially raveled out. Your back was out of fix, your head ached and your appetite crazy. Your eyes had too much white in them, your ears, especially after taking quinine, had too much roar in them, and your whole body and soul were entirely woe-begone, disconsolate, sad, poor and good for nothing. You didn't think much of yourself, and didn't believe that other people did, either; and you didn't care. You didn't quite make up your mind to commit suicide, but sometimes wished some accident would happen to knock either the malady or yourself out of existence. You imagined that even the dogs looked at you with a kind of self-complacency. You thought the sun had a kind of sickly shine about it. - "The History of St. Joseph County, Indiana", published in 1880, by Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Chicago
I quite sure that the spirits of those early settlers as well as the native Miami and Potawatomi people still roam the recesses of this area.
MUFON CMS - Howland, OH, October 12, 2010: At a soccer game yesterday in Howland, our team was sitting on the field stretching. I went to stretch my quads and laid on my back with my leg under me. As I stared up, I noticed how clear the sky was, and I could see the moon perfectly. Then, as my eyes scanned the sky, I noticed an object that I jokingly pointed out to my friends as "a Russian spy-plane!"
As I stared at this strange aircraft, I noticed that it was extremely high, and was white in color (against the blue sky), with the shape of a "Z". The closest shape above would be compared to a boomerang, but one side of the the object was facing the opposite direction of another point, giving the object a "Z"-like appearance. It was common knowledge that no regular aircraft took that shape or could fly at such a high altitude, moving so unbearably slow across the sky away from the moon (moving southwest). Also, the object made absolutely no audible noise, nor did it emit any type of visible exhaust. We discussed what it could be, while staring at this incredibly high, white, object. Right before our eyes, it began emitting a white light out of the western-most side of the object. The light did not flash, blink, or flicker; it was a constant white beam, but it was not bright, and was still barely noticeable.
After about 3 minutes of staring at this object, it had vanished right before our eyes. My reactional thought process was "there is no way...that could NOT have been a U.F.O.", as I tried to think of logical explanations for the sudden complete disappearance of this object, in the cloudless sky. I truly believe, after thinking about it all night, that this MUST have been a U.F.O.... no aircraft known to man would hover at such a high altitude, moving incredibly slowly, and vanish instantly.
Saturn's Moons Engage in Cosmic Paintball Fight
space.com - Five of Saturn's inner moons are engaged in a cosmic paintball fight, pelting each other with particles that leave bright, colorful splotches and may be the source of a Pac-man feature on one of the satellites.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft recently spotted reddish and blue splashes on the icy surfaces of Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione and Rhea. The colors are helping scientists map out how material travels between these moons of the ringed planet, and they're highlighting how "space weathering" can impact bodies in our solar system, researchers said. [New photo of colorful Saturn moon.]
The discovery may also help explain the mysterious Pac-Man heat pattern Cassini spotted on Mimas earlier this year, scientists said.
"The beauty of it all is how the satellites behave as a family, recording similar processes and events on their surfaces, each in its own unique way," said study lead author Paul Schenk, of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, in a statement. "I don't think anyone expected that electrons would leave such obvious fingerprints on planetary surfaces, but we see it on several moons, including Mimas, which was once thought to be rather bland."
The research is detailed in a recent online edition of the science journal Icarus.
Enceladus: The aggressor
In the new study, Schenk and his colleagues used raw images taken by Cassini from 2004 to 2009, to produce new, high-resolution global color maps of the five Saturn moons.
The new maps incorporate images shot through visible-light, ultraviolet and infrared filters. Scientists processed the photos to reveal details the human eye can't detect.
The chief aggressor in the Saturnian particle paint war appears to be icy Enceladus, researchers said.
Mysterious ice geysers blast from the south polar region of this small moon. Particles from these icy jets make up most of Saturn's misty E ring, and they also appear to splatter Tethys, Dione and Rhea.
These three moons run head-on into Enceladus' spray as they orbit Saturn, and the gunk leaves a coral-colored stain on their icy surfaces, researchers said.
Enceladus' spray also tags Mimas, but it hits the moon's trailing side. This probably occurs because Mimas orbits inside the path of Enceladus — or closer to Saturn — while Tethys, Dione and Rhea are on the outside, scientists said.
But Enceladus doesn't emerge from the paintball fight unscathed: Some of its own icy material blows back onto the moon, dyeing parts of its surface bright blue.
Scientists aren't sure why the frost stains the other moons pinkish and Enceladus blue, but they're working on figuring it out.
Mimas' Pac-Man pattern
On Tethys, Dione and Rhea, darker, rusty reds paint the entire trailing hemisphere — the side that faces backward in the orbit around Saturn, scientists said. These colors are thought to be caused by tiny particle strikes from circulating plasma — an electrically charged form of matter similar to gas — in Saturn's magnetic environment.
In addition, Mimas and Tethys both sport a dark bluish band. The bands match patterns that might be produced if the surface were being irradiated by high-energy electrons drifting in a direction opposite to the flow of plasma in the magnetic bubble around Saturn, researchers said.
Scientists are still figuring out exactly what is happening, but the electrons appear to be zapping the Mimas surface in a way that matches the Pac-Man thermal pattern detected by Cassini's composite infrared spectrometer, Schenk said.
Schenk and his colleagues also found a unique chain of bluish splotches along the equator of Rhea that re-opens the question of whether Rhea ever had a ring around it. The splotches do not seem related to Enceladus, but rather appear where fresh, bluish ice has been exposed on older crater rims.
Though scientists recently reported that they did not see evidence in Cassini images of a ring around Rhea, the authors of the new study suggest the crash of orbiting material — perhaps a ring — to the surface of Rhea in the not-too-distant past could explain the bluish splotches.
"Analyzing the image color ratios is a great way to really enhance the otherwise subtle color variations and make apparent some of the processes at play in the Saturn system," said Amanda Hendrix, Cassini deputy project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "The Cassini images highlight the importance and potential effects of so-called 'space weathering' that occurs throughout the solar system – on any surface that isn't protected by a thick atmosphere or magnetic field."
Uproar Over Proposal to Dig Up Muslim Cemetery
thedailystar - The regular Thursday meeting of the Sidney, NY Town Board ended abruptly when chants for the town supervisor's resignation erupted from many of the more than 100 people in attendance.
The 7 p.m. meeting was held Thursday in a larger than usual room for a town board meeting.
The session followed nationwide controversy that began following a town board resolution in August to begin legal proceedings against the Muslim Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Sufi Order on Wheat Hill Road in Sidney Center. The town claimed that two burials in the private cemetery on its land were done illegally. A letter from the town's attorney, provided to The Daily Star on Wednesday, said that after review he decided not to take any action.
Town Supervisor Bob McCarthy previously said that the town board would seek to have the bodies disinterred. He refused to apologize during Thursday's meeting and at one point tried to deny his comments. When the question was pursued, he said, "I don't know if I did that. If I did, whatever."
The meeting started with town clerk Lisa French reading a statement from the board that said although McCarthy has done well for the town in economic matters, "We do understand that he may need to improve his people skills, and we, as a board will continue to encourage that."
The statement went on to explain that the board decided to look into the cemetery issue after a second burial permit at the Sufi order was requested in August.
It asked its attorney, Joseph Ermeti, to research the matter as part of the board's responsibility, to make sure that it wasn't later forced to take over the maintenance of a cemetery, as it had been before.
She also read the letter from Ermeti stating his findings.
While the board went through routine business, calls from several in the audience asked for a public comment session and others asked why the board would not apologize to the Muslim community for its actions.
A couple of audience members argued on the board's behalf, but most of the comments were against its position.
McCarthy repeatedly told the speakers they were out of order and several times threatened to have people removed.
Ermeti explained a new proposed local law that would address his concerns. This included the regulation of burials on private property with the exception of religious, nonprofit or municipal corporations. Under this law the Sufi cemetery would not be affected, he said.
During a public comment period at the end of the meeting, one of the Sufi property owners, Meryem Brawley, said that she was surprised that after the questions were raised, nobody from the town came to the Sufi order.
"Nobody called me, nobody sent me a letter," she said.
"You made assumptions about us that were not true," she said in asking for an apology, which was not given.
Ermeti said that before anyone came to the center, it had to be determined if there was a legal reason to do so. As far as he can determine, the cemetery is not in violation of any regulations, and the town will not proceed against it.
But in another exchange, Hans Hass, who has served as a spokesman for the Sufi order, asked McCarthy to at least say that the cemetery was legal.
McCarthy declined to say that.
The scene quickly deteriorated when longtime Sidney resident Floyd Howard said he has never seen such a "mess" in his community, caused by McCarthy's actions.
"You've brought shame (on the town)," he said.
Chants for McCarthy's resignation followed and he declared the meeting over about an hour after it began.
Afterward, Carl Cable, another longtime resident, praised McCarthy as the first elected official that he can remember who was not afraid to stand up for what was right.
Mozambican boy castrated for witchcraft
capitalfm - Two men were sentenced to 20 years in prison for cutting off a nine-year-old boy's testicles, penis and eyes to sell to a Malawian witchdoctor, Mozambican state radio reported Thursday.
One of the men was the boy's uncle, who lured him with crackers to go rat-hunting in woods near the Malawi border, while the accomplice hid nearby, the court sentence read.
One attacker covered the youth's mouth while the other hit him on the chest with a rock. They then cut off his organs and left him for dead, while one took the body parts in a bag to a middleman in Malawi, where they hoped to sell the flesh for about 560 dollars (400 euros).
The boy was discovered alive the next day and taken to hospital in Malawi.
"The crime they committed was horrible. The court condemns them to 20 years' imprisonment," judge Jorge Langa said, according to the radio report.
Many Mozambicans believe in witches who use human parts in remedies to cure diseases.
Woman killed for practicing 'witchcraft'
hindustantimes - A woman was killed for allegedly practicising witchcraft at Majhaulia village in Sitamarhi district on Saturday. The 35-year-old woman, Ramsumari Devi, was beaten to death by local people at the village under Bathanaha police station, Superintendent of Police Rakesh Rathi said.
An FIR was registered against 38 persons, including village head Lalbabu Bhagat following a complaint by the victim's husband Nandlal Bhagat, he said.
It's been about 48 hours - the day after the day after.
I've been posting to this website since late 2007; a website started because of my interest in UFO's since a up close 1991 sighting by myself (link in sidebar). And, if you check my sidebar, you will note a particularly skeptical attitude to `the whole UFO thing' from the stated government points of view, to the psychics predicting this and that, to `proof' via Videos of observers - to the hopeless and hapless media coverage of the whole saga - especially their hands off approach to interviewing the one man who has seen most of the FAA UFO reports for the past decade or so - Robert Bigelow. Continue reading at The NYC `UFO Event' - The Day After - A Gathering Of Information
Ok, so I woke up on the 13th thinking about the prediction of the UFO show; but, I run a UFO blog - how many other people woke up with similar thoughts? I can certainly say that it was a minimal number as this particular prediction seemingly had even less media attention than Blossom Goodchild's prediction of nearly the same date (Oct 14th was her prediction in 2008 - and BTW it would have been 10-14 in parts of the world). But, that said, perhaps many in NYC (it being a major city as the prediction said) did wake up with similar thoughts (this will be important in my speculations). IF even 1/10th of 1% of the metro area did have similar thoughts before hand (let's be conservative and just call the metro area 10 million) - that would be 10,000 folks. Continue reading at The 'NYC UFO Event' - My Analysis, Opinion, and Speculations
Hi folks...I'm far from a fan of Fox News but I will admit that they do offer a lot of conspiracy information (either right or wrong) in their programming. I have posted a few tidbits from several sources that have been reported previously and recently updated. Most of the material references the JFK assassination and 9/11 attacks...Lon
JFK Murder Plot "Deathbed Confession" Aired On National Radio Former CIA agent, Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt names the men who killed Kennedy.
The "deathbed confession" audio tape in which former CIA agent and Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt admits he was approached to be part of a CIA assassination team to kill JFK was aired this weekend - an astounding development that has gone completely ignored by the establishment media.
Saint John Hunt, son of E. Howard Hunt, appeared on the nationally syndicated coast to coast live radio show on Saturday night to discuss the revelations contained in the tape.
Hunt said that his father had mailed cassette the tape to him alone in January 2004 and asked that it be released after his death. The tape was originally 20 minutes long but was edited down to four and a half minutes for the Coast to Coast broadcast.
E. Howard Hunt names numerous individuals with both direct and indirect CIA connections as having played a role in the assassination of Kennedy, while describing himself as a "bench warmer" in the plot. Saint John Hunt agreed that the use of this term indicates that Hunt was willing to play a larger role in the murder conspiracy had he been required.
Hunt alleges on the tape that then Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was involved in the planning of the assassination and in the cover-up, stating that LBJ, "Had an almost maniacal urge to become president, he regarded JFK as an obstacle to achieving that."
Everette Howard Hunt, Jr. (October 9, 1918 – January 23, 2007) was an American author and intelligence officer. Hunt, with G. Gordon Liddy and others, was one of the White House's "plumbers" — a secret team of operatives charged with fixing "leaks." Hunt, along with Liddy, engineered the first Watergate burglary and in the ensuing Watergate Scandal, was convicted of burglary, conspiracy and wiretapping, eventually serving 33 months in prison.
Frustrated investigators might have chosen to leak information that their superiors bottled up, perhaps averting the terrorism attacks
If WikiLeaks had been around in 2001, could the events of 9/11 have been prevented? The idea is worth considering.
The organization has drawn both high praise and searing criticism for its mission of publishing leaked documents without revealing their source, but we suspect the world hasn't yet fully seen its potential. Let us explain.
There were a lot of us in the run-up to Sept. 11 who had seen warning signs that something devastating might be in the planning stages. But we worked for ossified bureaucracies incapable of acting quickly and decisively. Lately, the two of us have been wondering how things might have been different if there had been a quick, confidential way to get information out. Read more at WikiLeaks and 9/11: What If?
New close encounter report from Scott Corrales at Inexplicata:
ARGENTINA: Another Stunning CE-3 in La Pampa
By Quique Mario, CEUFO
A new close encounter of the third kind (CE-3) took place in the afternoon of 20 September at a community 80 km distant from the city of Santa Rosa, capital city of La Pampa province.
The protagonist of the strange episode is the same one who was vistied by a strange being a few months ago. The intruder left a series of burns on her arms after having made contact with one of her extremities.
This shocking incident was made known to the Centro de Estudios UFO as it was in the past, and only a few hours after, a member of the group arrived on the scene to commence his field study, ascertaining that aside from the marks on the experiencer’s face, it was possible to find marks in the back yard that resembled very large feet. The woman was aided by her relatives, who contacted our center. Research kicked off with a test aimed at determining several of the experiencer’s physical and psychological aspects, whose results shall be made known in coming weeks.
It should be remembered that this woman has “suffered” experiences of this kind on several occasions, the first of them as she went about her chores in a farm in November 2008; the second in October 2009; the third in March 2010 and the last one in September 2010.
The outstanding characteristics of the strange being described by the witnesses are the following: a height estimated at 2 meters. Very thin body with long extremities. Gave the impression of being very frail, but was extraordinarily strong on occasions in which physical contact was made. Has no ears. The eye cavity apperas hollow, but the reddish light within them, “as though from a little light”, stands out. The nose is imperceptible or else flattened “like an ape’s” and the mouth is an almost imperceptible slit on the ski. The witness was shocked by what appeared to be the entity’s suit or skin, which she defined as “wrinked” or “like fish scales”. Its hands were large, but the most significant aspect were its large, rounded fingers. Regarding feet, which she was able to notice in the latest experience, “they were large and as if in three parts” although she cannot define if it was footwear. The color of the skin or suit is dark, either grey or greenish.
The being appeared within the home shortly after 20:15 hours. How it entered is unknown, as the doors were shut. She claims that she felt the sensation that [the entity] was not alone, as it looked and made sounds as though there were something behind it, but she was unable to see if this was the case. The witness recacted saying: “nooooo, not again, noooo” and the being took hold of her face in a firm, decisive manner. This resulted in some dark marks on her cheekbones that were visible in photographs. It was thus that she felt the great strength of its extremities.
The protagonist’s son was one of the first to come to her assistance. He says that he heard a strange buzzing sound, similar to a very sharp “beep”. The experience lasted only a few minutes, after which the woman calmed down and retold her experience. The young man contacted CEUFO and took the photo of the strange print in the back yard of the house. We shall provide further information on this research in future updates.
MUFON CMS - New York City - 10/13/2010 - 10:46 to 11:01 pm local time: I heard of the events set to happen on October 13, 2010, and decided to do a google video search upon my return home from work. I found news footage of the sighting in NY and decided to dig deeper. Around 10:15 pm I found a youtube video recording of a live webcam (http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/midtown/?cam=empiresouth#) that captured the UFOs flying over south Manhattan.
I clicked the link provided and waited. When my boyfriend and brother came home, I told them about the video and when I switched tabs to the live webcam, bright yellowish/orange orbs appeared. They assumed various formations in non-conventional air traffic patterns. They changed brightness, size and position for nearly an hour. I don't have video capture software but did take screenshots via the "Grab" application on my Mac. It was certainly the most interesting thing I have ever seen. We were all baffled, but excited at what we were witnessing. I grew up a US Air Force brat and have seen many many flights while living on military installations throughout my dad's career ... but never anything like this!
My screenshots are attached. I took 12 screenshots throughout the sighting, but will post the most significant three. Below is the video that led me to the webcam.
cairns - Rangers will attempt to catch a large crocodile that has been menacing returned soldiers at a private Gulf retreat.
A 4m saltwater crocodile has been stalking fishermen at Pandanus Park, a veteran’s retreat on the banks of the Normanby River, about 400km northwest of Cairns.
The aggressive crocodile is believed to be a regular in the waters running through the retreat.
It has been dubbed Patch by campers and locals, because of a white patch behind his left eye.
Pandanus Park secretary Mark Fielding said Patch had been regularly spotted along the 9km length of the retreat from May to August. The same croc has been spotted in the same stretch of water for the past three years. "During this past season, he did take a lunge at a veteran as that vet retrieved a bucket of water from the river," Mr Fielding said.
"The veteran lost the bucket of water from the river and a few years off his heart, with the croc reportedly missing him by a couple of feet."
Rangers will set a trap to remove the croc from near Kalpowar Station.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service’s Anthony Contarino said recent crocodile sightings had been placed in two locations where the animal had been spotted.
"People are being advised to take extreme care," Mr Contarino said.
Another park regular, founder of the Cooktown and District Historical Society, John Shay, said the crocodiles in the river were becoming bolder towards campers and fishermen over the past 10 years.
"It’s like they’re getting used to the people camping there, which is a bit of a worry," Mr Shay said.
Bigfoot Sighted on Taibai Mountain, China
peopledaily - The striking news on the appearance of a Bigfoot on Taibai Mountain in Xi'an, Shaanxi Provnice recently spread among local residents of Mei County located near the foot of Taibai Mountain. Is Taibai Mountain really home to a Bigfoot?
Who encountered the Bigfoot on Taibai Mountain?
Reporters interviewed many residents of Mei County, and their accounts varied. According to one story, when several travelers from Xi'an made camp in the deep forest, they suddenly heard a howl and when they looked up, they saw a hairy monster moving back and forth in the woods. After one of them cried, "It is a monster," they ran away in panic and nearly fell into a groove. It was said that these travelers were too frightened and were completely speechless for a few days after they got off the mountain, and they were admitted to the hospital right after returning to Xi'an.
However, according to another story, a few backpackers from Shanghai went to visit Taibai Mountain, the main peak of the Qinling Mountains, and started climbing the mountain in Houzhenzi Village, Zhouzhi County. They walked for two days in the misty mountain where there are a large number of old rattan plants and trees.
When they made camp at the foot of a cliff in the undeveloped Donghe scenic zone at dusk on the third day, they heard an unearthly cry and dimly saw a humanlike creature flying overhead, but the creature was quickly out of sight before they could take a good look. Afterwards, one of them said that the creature was entirely covered with hair but closely resembles a human being, and can swing from branch to branch. This unexpected incident really scared them all.
Then which one of the two stories is true? Or are both false?
A Taibai Mountain National Forest Park official told reporters that several tourists from Xi'an did tell park staff on Sept. 18 that they saw a wild creature in the mountain, but it is still unclear whether it was really a Bigfoot.
Reporters were also informed that Shaanxi Daily and other newspapers had published long reports on the discovery of half-human, half-animal creatures on Taibai Mountain as early as 1990s.
Scientists Suggest Cancer Purely Man-Made
manchester - Cancer is a modern, man-made disease caused by environmental factors such as pollution and diet, a study by University of Manchester scientists has strongly suggested.
The study of remains and literature from ancient Egypt and Greece and earlier periods – carried out at Manchester’s KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology and published in Nature – includes the first histological diagnosis of cancer in an Egyptian mummy.
Finding only one case of the disease in the investigation of hundreds of Egyptian mummies, with few references to cancer in literary evidence, proves that cancer was extremely rare in antiquity. The disease rate has risen massively since the Industrial Revolution, in particular childhood cancer – proving that the rise is not simply due to people living longer.
Professor Rosalie David, at the Faculty of Life Sciences, said: “In industrialised societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death. But in ancient times, it was extremely rare. There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle.”
She added: “The important thing about our study is that it gives a historical perspective to this disease. We can make very clear statements on the cancer rates in societies because we have a full overview. We have looked at millennia, not one hundred years, and have masses of data.”
The data includes the first ever histological diagnosis of cancer in an Egyptian mummy by Professor Michael Zimmerman, a visiting Professor at the KNH Centre, who is based at the Villanova University in the US. He diagnosed rectal cancer in an unnamed mummy, an ‘ordinary’ person who had lived in the Dakhleh Oasis during the Ptolemaic period (200-400 CE).
Professor Zimmerman said: “In an ancient society lacking surgical intervention, evidence of cancer should remain in all cases. The virtual absence of malignancies in mummies must be interpreted as indicating their rarity in antiquity, indicating that cancer causing factors are limited to societies affected by modern industrialization”.
The team studied both mummified remains and literary evidence for ancient Egypt but only literary evidence for ancient Greece as there are no remains for this period, as well as medical studies of human and animal remains from earlier periods, going back to the age of the dinosaurs.
Evidence of cancer in animal fossils, non-human primates and early humans is scarce – a few dozen, mostly disputed, examples in animal fossils, although a metastatic cancer of unknown primary origin has been reported in an Edmontosaurus fossil while another study lists a number of possible neoplasms in fossil remains. Various malignancies have been reported in non-human primates but do not include many of the cancers most commonly identified in modern adult humans.
It has been suggested that the short life span of individuals in antiquity precluded the development of cancer. Although this statistical construct is true, individuals in ancient Egypt and Greece did live long enough to develop such diseases as atherosclerosis, Paget's disease of bone, and osteoporosis, and, in modern populations, bone tumours primarily affect the young.
Another explanation for the lack of tumours in ancient remains is that tumours might not be well preserved. Dr. Zimmerman has performed experimental studies indicating that mummification preserves the features of malignancy and that tumours should actually be better preserved than normal tissues. In spite of this finding, hundreds of mummies from all areas of the world have been examined and there are still only two publications showing microscopic confirmation of cancer. Radiological surveys of mummies from the Cairo Museum and museums in Europe have also failed to reveal evidence of cancer.
As the team moved through the ages, it was not until the 17th century that they found descriptions of operations for breast and other cancers and the first reports in scientific literature of distinctive tumours have only occurred in the past 200 years, such as scrotal cancer in chimney sweeps in 1775, nasal cancer in snuff users in 1761 and Hodgkin’s disease in 1832.
Professor David – who was invited to present her paper to UK Cancer Czar Professor Mike Richards and other oncologists at this year’s UK Association of Cancer Registries and National Cancer Intelligence Network conference – said: “Where there are cases of cancer in ancient Egyptian remains, we are not sure what caused them. They did heat their homes with fires, which gave off smoke, and temples burned incense, but sometimes illnesses are just thrown up.”
She added: “The ancient Egyptian data offers both physical and literary evidence, giving a unique opportunity to look at the diseases they had and the treatments they tried. They were the fathers of pharmacology so some treatments did work
“They were very inventive and some treatments thought of as magical were genuine therapeutic remedies. For example, celery was used to treat rheumatism back then and is being investigated today. Their surgery and the binding of fractures were excellent because they knew their anatomy: there was no taboo on working with human bodies because of mummification. They were very hands on and it gave them a different mindset to working with bodies than the Greeks, who had to come to Alexandria to study medicine.”
She concluded: “Yet again extensive ancient Egyptian data, along with other data from across the millennia, has given modern society a clear message – cancer is man-made and something that we can and should address.”
Denver Voters Will Decide on Proposed E.T. Affairs Office
aolnews - Of all the ballot measures that are being voted on this election season, none may have more universal impact than Initiative 300 in Denver.
Put it simply: If the measure is approved by the voters, Denver's mayor will have to select seven volunteers for a commission that will meet twice a year and gather the most compelling evidence regarding the existence of extraterrestrials and UFOs and put it on the city's website.
Jeff Peckman is the man behind Initiative 300, a ballot measure that, if passed, will require the Denver City Council to create a commission dealing with E.T. affairs.
In addition, Jeff Peckman, the man behind the proposal, says the commission will be a place where citizens can report sightings and assess the risks and benefits of dealing with the E.T.s.
"We don't know what could happen," Peckman told AOL News. "There could be some good things that come from E.T. contact and some negatives. We need to figure out if there are possible business opportunities or medical treatments that could come from them."
Peckman -- who describes himself as an entrepreneur and consultant who promotes alternative and clean energy and holistic health -- said his initiative is written so the commission will not cost taxpayers a red cent. Instead, any funding will be supplied by grants, gifts or donations.
As you might expect, the proposal is getting a lot of interest from all over the country. One person who is excited about it is Stephen Bassett of the Paradigm Research Group, a registered lobbyist who wants Washington politicians to fully disclose as much as possible about UFOs and E.T. visits.
To that end, he has been trying to nudge Beltway journalists into asking the hard questions that he says will force elected officials to reveal everything they know.
"On one level, it's going to be fun on Election Night," Bassett said. "It's an off-year election, so the networks will be checking back to see how it's faring. On a more serious level, if it does pass, it's one more sign that the days are numbered for the 'truth embargo.'"
Peckman is quick to add that even if the initiative is approved by voters, it only has so much power.
"A city ordinance cannot force the federal government to release evidence," he said. "Also, the City Council can repeal the commission after six months without putting it to a vote."
Still, Peckman thinks Denver is a city uniquely qualified to become an E.T. center.
"Denver was the first U.S. city to set up a trade office with China," he said. "So there is some vision and independent thinking here as well as a highly educated workforce. This could be good for the city. We're already hearing from people in Australia, Europe and Wisconsin who want to create similar initiatives."
But not everyone thinks the E.T. initiative is a good idea.
Bryan Bonner is head of an organization called the Mission for Inhibiting Bureaucracy (MIB) which objects to Peckman's proposal on many levels.
Bonner, who is part of the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society, said that despite the claims of many people, there still is no concrete evidence that aliens even exist and much of Peckman's ideas of "evidence" just aren't credible.
"Everything that [Peckman] is basing his reasoning on has been disproven, and he tends to argue from authority, saying that the sighting came from a general or a policeman so you should believe it," Bonner said. "Everything they've said has no proof, so even if this initiative doesn't pass, it still puts a black mark on the city."
Bonner is OK with the idea of a philosophical discussion about what plans should be in place should E.T. ever decide to attend a Colorado Rockies game, "but don't bring it into city government."
"There's a certain religious element -- or should I say a belief system among the people who support this that shouldn't be taking place in government."
Bonner admits there is a satirical element to his organization's campaign, right down to picking a group name that has the same initials as the term "men in black."
"The people behind this initiative see everything as a big conspiracy that they need to expose," he explained. "Still, they believe the government is out to get them, but still want to work with the government to expose E.T.s?"
Bonner also has financial objections to the commission. Although it is supposedly going to be funded by grants, gifts and donations, he said there are hidden costs that aren't being discussed.
"According to the ballot language, the city agencies are required to meet with the commission for training on what to do in case of an E.T. visit," he said. "But it doesn't say who will pay for, say, the fire department's time, or how much the city PR people are going to spend dealing with questions about the commission."
But his biggest objection may be to the criteria for selecting who gets on the commission.
"Apparently, the commission will have to include an expert on E.T. and E.T. craft," Bonner said. "Who here can say that? I could talk about the propulsion system on the USS Enterprise, but that doesn't mean it's real."
Peckman said it's too early to see how the initiative is faring with voters. However, Bonner said a poll of one City Council district back in August suggested that Initiative 300 only had support of 8 percent of voters in that part of the city.
"Peckman dismissed that poll, saying the councilwoman in that district was a Republican," Bonner said.
Meanwhile, Peckman remains positive that there are enough Denver voters who are willing to consider the possibility that aliens have visited Earth, to help his measure pass. He jokes that there's a good reason why.
"We're closer to outer space than most other cities," he said.
I'm pleased to welcome Anne Whitaker, a new contributor to 'Phantoms and Monsters'. The following narrative is the first of a six part article that will be continued here every third day.
1. Paranormal Experiences: The Cost of Openness
In November 2007 I attended a lecture by David Lorimer, Director of the Scientific and Medical Network, a leading figure in the growing movement toward reconciliation of the perspectives of science with those of religion and spirituality. He talked about the challenges of “going public with private knowing” regarding experiences of a paranormal nature and what the cost of such disclosure can be, especially in the field of mainstream science, eg losing credibility amongst your peers or getting your research funding cut off.
But he also talked about the cost of keeping such knowledge private – thereby “cutting oneself off from a key way of knowing.”
Both those statements struck a powerful chord with me; via this serialised memoir I have been acting upon the first, and have found in relation to the second that making peace with my ‘Other’ side has certainly, in recent years, given me access to interior levels of inspiration and assistance when I have needed all the help I could get in coming through a prolonged and at times frightening ordeal reasonably intact.
I hope at some appropriate future point to write about the inner experiences I had during the years 2001-6 (after which they largely ceased) which – this time around! – I recorded in detail at the time they were occurring.
In the meantime, back to the questions raised in the Introduction to my account of thirty years’ worth of intermittent and unpredictable paranormal experiences about which you have just been reading in this serial. Where do they come from? What causes them? Why do we have them? What, if anything, do they mean? Are they of any value?
Human beings have been asking – and attempting to answer – these questions ever since the evolution of our consciousness, our social development, and the flowering of spoken language and especially writing led to the capacity to perceive ourselves as distinct from the natural world of which we are part. This separation – underpinning the whole of western civilization – has led us to levels of intellectual and technological achievement which have revealed, especially in recent years with the voyages of the Hubble telescope, the staggering immensity and grandeur of the Multiverse we may well inhabit.(12)
It is truly astonishing that such minute creatures as humans, on such a tiny and apparently insignificant planet as Earth, should have achieved this. But the cost of this achievement is now being spelled out daily both in print and in observed reality right across the globe, as we wrestle with what our options may be in the face of apparently accelerating planetary disaster.
However, there are still indigenous cultures remaining sufficiently intact, despite the depredations of western materialist society, that they retain their sense of ‘unbroken wholeness’ with the natural world to such a degree that it wouldn’t occur to them to ask those questions.
A good example is offered in scientist Lyall Watson’s book “Gifts of Unknown Things” in which he describes with eloquence and humility his time spent on one of the thirteen thousand islands in the Indonesian Archipelago to which he gave a fictitious name – Nus Tarian – in order to protect the islanders’ way of life. These people have the ability, astonishing to us but normal to them, to communicate with one another in ways which we would call paranormal.
Against this background of the same questions having been asked over centuries, and of those for whom such questions are irrelevant, I feel almost silenced. Leading me to speak out is my conviction that each individual’s honest witness to their unique experience is still a worthwhile, however small, contribution to the slowly evolving process of consciousness during the particular time in which they are living.
Science as it develops should be able eventually to come up with a paradigm which contains and explains many levels from the mundane to what is currently described as the paranormal. This is a view shared by many, including influential people like the physicist Bernard Carr who is Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at London University and a recent past President of the Society for Psychical Research of which he has been a member for some thirty years. In researching a context within which to set my own wide spectrum of psi experiences, (13) I have found his perspective particularly helpful.
In a November 2007 lecture given to the Scottish Society for Psychical Research at Glasgow University called “Can science accommodate psychic experience? ” his answer to that question is a qualified “Yes ”. But he considers that there is a major barrier to be overcome: those who consider only experimental evidence, conducted under strict laboratory conditions, to be valid, clash with others who find well-researched experiential evidence to be of at least equal worth.
His view is that psi/the paranormal links those two poles, being part of a whole spectrum of well reported and documented human experience ranging from our fairly common ‘gut feelings’, through telepathy and clairvoyance, all the way out to the uncommon oceanic experience of mystical union with the Divine. This experiential range is seen as being outwith the remit of experiment-based materialist science, belonging more to the realms of parapsychology and transpersonal psychology.
I am with Professor Carr, and others like him, in considering it simply not good enough to dismiss a vast range and depth of human experience, by now extensively and meticulously recorded by people of integrity(and – often – prominence in other fields) over several centuries, simply because it does not fit into the reductionist model and therefore cannot be proved by its experimental methods.
This dismissive approach is not consistent with either open-mindedness or humility. Besides, I for one have found it enormously helpful and supportive over the years to read reputable, well researched and documented accounts in which other people have had similarly disturbing and unsettling events happen in their lives. These accounts made me feel less alone – and less peculiar!
Regarding questions concerning the cause, meaning and purpose of my own paranormal experiences, I am very aware of the limitations of a personal memoir – not the place in which to embark upon a greatly detailed discussion. However, it has been a very useful exercise to write up those thirty-seven episodes. Having done so has enabled me to consider them in a more focused way than I ever could when they were sitting, awkwardly, in a dusty corner of my memory banks.
Decades of intermittent reading, discussion and reflection, inspiration provided by the books I have read in the last five years and included in the booklist, combined with personal experience and observation, have all created the perspective which follows: for what it is worth, here are my thoughts!
However, I should preface them with the wise words of philosopher, scientist and nominee for the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, Ervin Laszlo:
“….Nearly two-and-a-half thousand years ago Plato recognised that in regard to ultimate questions there can be no certainty; the best we can do is find the most likely story….”(14)
12 The multiverse (or meta-universe) is the hypothetical set of multiple possible universes, including ours, which together comprise all of reality. The different universes within the multiverse are sometimes called parallel universes. Multiverses have been hypothesized in cosmology, physics, astronomy, philosophy, transpersonal psychology and fiction, particularly in science fiction and fantasy. The specific term “multiverse,” was coined in 1895 by psychologist William James. from Wikipedia.
13 psi : umbrella term used to designate a range of paranormal phenomena both mental and physical.
14 ‘Science and the Akashic Field An Integral Theory of Everything’ published by Inner Traditions 2004, p 154
(Please excuse the translation) - cn.yahoo - (Xinhua Ji Nan) 10 13, one on "the end of the Qinling Mountains to a village to disappear overnight," the post pass crazy on the network, especially in the micro-Bo was crazy reserved. After many journalists confirmed that the network confirmed rumors of the news department.
"I have heard, yesterday 4:00, the end of a village in the Qinling Mountains, all disappeared overnight! ... ... There are a large number of troops sealed off the scene ... ..."
Baidu Post Bar in the Qinling reporter saw a lot of friends concerned about the so-called "foot of the Qinling Mountains next village disappeared." More users skeptical on the matter.
Reporters today (13), respectively, to Shaanxi Provincial Public Security Bureau, Shaanxi Military District, and the Qinling Mountains surrounding Hanzhong, Ankang, Baoji, Xi'an, Shangluo confirmation, the parties did not receive any relevant reports have indicated that Network attached network belongs to the rumors.
UPDATE: Just read this on one of the other Chinese news services that was conveniently removed within minutes: (translation) - According to eyewitnesses, a UFO flying around. Qinling Mountains snakes have fled, there are also insiders of the nuclear base in the Qinling Mountains in the accident....Lon
China Radio report:
October 10th at ten o’clock, Xianyang many people, and they saw in the sky several unknown luminous body in constant rotation, but can not find the light source, and everyone felt very strange.
Xianyang reporters into the sky to see the two circular rotating in constant light, white light has been given, and everyone said that this phenomenon has been going on for a very long time.
Xianyang people: PM seems to have a more than eight, has been staggered forward.
Have passed since the nearly two hours, until ten at night and more, there are still many people standing outside watching, and everyone that had never seen such a phenomenon.
Xianyang people: I thought it was a light shot back and forth.
Although we have such a speculation, but can not find the spot of the lamp posts and the light source, with all of these questions, journalists can start driving in urban areas trying to find the source of light, the last reporter in Xianyang City Bank Thai Square to find the answer.
Half past ten or so, the square of the spotlight off, everyone said before the light disappeared is unknown, it appears that only a false alarm.
Xianyang light over there has been an unknown explanation last night, this phenomenon can be not only a city of Xianyang.
Q: I am now in Xi’an Chang’an road, this will be the evening’s eleven twenty, we now refer to the direction of my left hand down to see the color of the sky above the piece to be a little brighter, a little pale, but the surrounding sky The color is black, we see that it was a big aperture, surrounded by some small aperture in it rotated around.
This phenomenon continued in Xi’an, about ten minutes over the time period of two small aperture in a rapidly rotating movement until after they disappeared to the north, while the clues in our platform Weinan, Tongchuan masses of the two cities but also to reflect the local press The same phenomenon also appeared.
Tongchuan masses: a few light fly it back and forth.
Reporter: How long is probably going on?
Tongchuan the masses:: half an hour, was very, went three for a piece of light, and one will be separated.
Weinan masses: about eight o’clock in it, white light, and flashlight on the kind of similar move, is still, I can see, running north and south turn back and forth semi-circle, the shape can not see, but light, so big are never seen, never seen three decades.
Doubt one: Why do many cities simultaneously this phenomenon?
Second doubt: Why the extra light appeared at about eight o’clock?
Other cities is unknown light appeared in the sky somewhere in the spotlight is also due, we do not know, it seems only to the relevant departments to verify.
This morning when the army several road bound for the Qinling Mountains. Passing from the streets of our county, tanks, missiles, transport vehicles as well as that, covered with canvas. About 10 o’clock last night, saw a lot of people in our county over the Qinling Mountains have a very strange direction of the flash, according to witnesses, that the flash is purple, the place was full of black clouds around three to five. Middle clouds associated with flash, thunder. A full half an hour.
Qinling event no one know? Our people are the county’s mass. Blocked in our county network. I am now other cities in the Internet. ~ Here I am in Xianyang City, people do not know. From only 200 in our county in the land. No place so close to get the message, my junior high school students terrible just give me a call, and he saw it last night. Today a lot of troops from Xianyang highway to our county. High-speed roads have been closed.
October 13, four in the morning event, it is rumored that the Qinling Mountains, four in the morning a Qinling mountain villages began to disappear. Now the army has blocked site. According to eyewitness, UFO nearby. Qinling Mountains of snakes have fled, insiders of the Qinling Mountains nuclear base accidents. Sohu News: 13 October, a bottom of “Qinling mountain village disappear overnight” posts in the network fengchuan, especially in micro-Bo was crazy. Journalists through multi-party confirmed, confirmed the news of the network. “I hear, 4 am yesterday, Qinling Mountains at the end of a village, all disappear overnight! … There are a large number of troops in the scene … ”
More information will come soon!
stv - The Island of Tiree has recorded the first ever Scottish sighting of a tiny bird from the United States.
The northern parula, which is smaller than a blue tit, was blown thousands of miles off course by strong westerly winds during its migration to Central America.
This brightly coloured bird has been recorded previously in England and Northern Ireland, but the Tiree bird is a first for Scotland.
It appeared on September 25 in the garden of local RSPB Scotland officer John Bowler, who has planted native trees to attract such migrant birds.
John said: “The northern parula is such a beautiful bird, it’s been a real treat to have it as a visitor on Tiree. It caused quite a stir among twitchers, and we’ve had about 75 people come to the island just to get a glimpse of it, which has been great for the local economy. It’s actually the first major twitch we’ve ever had on Tiree, so we’ve had two firsts!”
Twitching is a specific type of birdwatching where people travel, sometimes long distances, to see rare birds, usually species that are non-native to the UK and which are here by accident. This autumn has proved a particularly good twitching season, with strong winds bringing many rare species to the UK.
Back to the Future!
news.com.au - The world's biggest laser has come one step closer to its goal of creating limitless energy for our planet.
Admittedly, that means its goal is still several thousand steps away, but the signs are promising that the National Ignition Facility in California wasn't kidding when it said it could create a tiny sun all of its own.
Based at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the NIF is housed in a 10-storey high building that sprawls across a site the size of three US football fields.
Researchers inside are trying to crack nuclear fusion, the high-energy reaction that in theory has the potential to provide clean, safe and most importantly, limitless energy.
To do it, they proposed to split a laser beam up into 192 beams, then fire them at a tiny target wrapped in gold that's smaller than a fingernail.
Heating their target up to something in a range that's five times hotter than the sun should cause some hydrogen isotopes to fuse and start emitting energy.
And as recently as last week, they did just that.
In its first test, its 192 beams delivered one megajoule of energy into a cryogenically layered capsule.
The gold comes in the form of a cylinder the size of a pencil eraser, while the target is a "peppercorn-sized capsule filled with hydrogen fuel", according to Lawrence Livermore's website.
Using just 75 per cent of the laser's power, the "peppercorn" was crushed. According to Wired, a one megajoule zap is like being hit by a car travelling at 160km/h.
The shower of neutrons that exploded from the mess was exactly what the researchers were looking for - recreating the conditions at play in the centre of our sun.
“From both a system integration and from a physics point of view, this experiment was outstanding,” NIF director Ed Moses said.
“This is a great moment in the 50-year history of inertial confinement fusion."
The project, which has so far been five years in development and cost more than $3.5 billion, is expected to deliver useable outcomes within 20 years.
The success of their first ignition will now see them perform similar tests on average about once a month.
But according to Wired, the scientists have to work fast to milk what they can out of the NIF.
Technology this expensive is considered too much of a luxury for science alone - in two years, it will be handed over to the military.
Outrage Over 'Zombie Walk' Brain Injury Charity Event
tvnz - A planned charity walk for Brain Injury New Zealand that is inviting marchers to dress up like zombies has outraged some of the people organisers are trying to help.
The Rotorua event calls on people to channel their inner zombie and donate to charity, with organiser Layla Robinson hoping to raise at least $1000.
One woman, who did not want to be identified, rang ONE News and said several people with brain injuries were horrified at any attempt to link zombies and brain damage.
But that is not deterring Robinson, although she said she does understand their position.
"I'm sad about it, I certainly didn't mean to offend by this event, but I can see how it is possible," she said.
A Facebook page advertising the event says "seeing zombies have been eating brains all these years, it's time we gave back", and Robinson said many people had registered - including those with brain injuries.
John Clough of Brain Injury New Zealand has also offered his support, and said similar events have already been held in Australia.
"Some people might see a link between zombies and brain injury but it's a fictional character," he added.
The exact date and time of the event remains a secret, with organisers saying they hope to maintain an element of surprise, but it is expected to be held later this month.
Serb Boy Suddenly Speaks English
austriantimes - Schoolboy Dimitrije Mitrovic baffled his family and teachers in Serbia when he woke up speaking only English - despite never being taught a word of the language.
Mum Dragana says her son simply got out of bed one morning at the family home in Nis and began talking to her in perfect English.
Dimitrij - now 11 - is so word perfect that his family, friends and even his teachers can no longer understand him.
"One day, when he was only three years old, he just got out of bed and started to talk to me in English. I know some English so I could understand a bit but he was soon so good I had to get a translator to speak to him for me," explained his mum.
By the time he was five, Dimitrije was reciting entire Harry Potter novels to his pals in English and now he rarely speaks his mother tongue unless he has to. "I dream in English, speak it, and if stub my toe I'll curse in English too," he said.
Baffled medics believe Dimitrije may have acquired some sort of autistic talent for the language.
"He is absolutely normal in every other way and a very nice young boy. He just seems to think he's English," said mum Dragana.
English language expert Professor Tatjana Paunovic from Nis University explained: "It's fascinating. We have talked to him for an hour in English and he speaks the language better than we do - like he was born speaking it."
Car-Eating Rabbits at Denver Airport
kwgn - One air traveler says rabbits took a chunk out of his car while it was parked at Denver International Airport.
After a nine day stay at DIA's Pike's Peak lot, Dexter Meyer returned from vacation and found that his car would barely start.
"The (repair man) called me and told me that rodents had eaten through the wires," said Meyer. That's what the VW dealer said was wrong with his brand new Jetta.
"You didn't just pick the car up from the airport did you?" the dealer asked Meyer. "And I said, 'well as a matter of fact I did.' And he said 'well we've had several problems with people having rabbits eating through the wiring.'"
"We've seen rabbits and we've seen mice and they're eating up the newer cars," said Robert Bauguess, owner of Bavarian Autohaus. He said 2002 and newer models seem to be especially tasty.
Cars like Meyer's use a soy-based compound in the wiring.
Bauguess said a recent customer brought an unexpected passenger to the dealership along with her BMW. "There was a furry animal there and I poked at it, and it was a rabbit," said Bauguess.
Meyer says DIA admitted there are rabbits there --and everywhere else-- so they can't be sure their bunnies did the biting.
"We are aware of the problem," he said a woman from DIA told him on the phone, "And that they were thinking about increasing patrols. And I said 'to check out for bunnies?"
Bunnies clearly have not gotten the notice based on the number we saw around the parking lot.
"All I want to do is just to tell you there is a problem," Meyer said he told the woman, "Just to let you know that you might want to do something about it, and she said 'well, there is a fence.'"
"They made it in there. They found my car," Meyer said he told the woman at DIA, "The fence isn't working. And she said 'well, I don't know what to tell you,' and I said 'I just want to make sure that this is reported.'"
He says he never wanted reimbursement for repairs.
"I ended up paying $238 plus $55 in parking," he said.
It was about five years ago FOX31 News reported on this same issue at DIA when several travelers had the same complaint.
DIA told FOX31 News they won't comment on the situation because there's no proof that rabbits at the airport did any damage to Meyer's car.
telegraph - Dawn is the perfect time of day in the jungle – strips of dewy light cut through the cool haze before the power of the sun breaks through.
Eight feet below me, a couple of hog deer scatter from their resting place under a blanket of pungent-smelling bonmara. We have seen the tracks and we must be getting very close.
The hours tick by and the suspense mounts, but the beast we are tracking seems just out of reach. From my perch on the cushioned howdah I crane for a distant glimpse of the gargantuan creature – but the bush is still thick ahead.
The driver, the phanit, directs the elephant we are riding through a thicket with a light thwack of his stick, which sets her galumphing down to a silt beach by a shallow channel of the Karnali river.
Suddenly our party of six female elephants stop dead in their tracks, and you can sense wild bull elephant testosterone in the air. There he is, 40 yards in front of us, a colossal specimen with a giant twin-domed head and great sparkling tusks. We have surely found the Beast of Bardia.
I have joined an expedition in the jungle of Nepal with Colonel John Blashford-Snell’s Scientific Exploration Society (SES). We are on the trail of the infamous Raja Gaj, a hulking animal once considered to be more mammoth than elephant, but later discovered to be the largest specimen of Asiatic tusker ever recorded.
Blashford-Snell, one of the 20th century’s most colourful explorers, had first heard rumours of a mammoth-like bull elephant running riot in Bardia, a region of western Nepal, in 1987. Determined to get to the truth behind the legend, he collected evidence of footprints and rare sightings, and listened to tales of death and destruction.
The beast, then aged in its mid-forties, was seen only at night when it emerged from the forest to feed on village gardens and smash down the heavy mud walls of houses. It had probably been responsible for the deaths of several Nepalese villagers through trampling. Blashford-Snell listened to tales about the elephant’s massive domed head and tusks and heard claims that it was a direct descendant of the extinct woolly mammoth, one of an aggressive sub-species that had genetically evolved in the Nepalese jungle.
Blashford-Snell was certainly the man for the job. Born in Jersey in 1936, he spent 37 years in the Army. Now 73, he has organised and led more than 100 expeditions to the frontiers of the world. Still an imposing, lean figure, Blashford-Snell has never lost his appetite for adventure.
As a Royal Engineer in 1968 he made the first ever descent of the Blue Nile from its source, Lake Tana in Ethiopia, to the Sudanese border. 'People thought we were mad when we said we would go down the rapids in rubber boats,’ he said. 'But it worked.’ This was the inspiration for white-water rafting as we know it today.
In 1974/5 he navigated almost all of the 2,700 miles of the Congo. He also established the youth charity now known as Raleigh International, running volunteer projects and global expeditions. In 2000 he managed to take a grand piano through the jungle to the musical Wai Wai tribe in Guyana.
Blashford-Snell first tracked down two of the giant Nepalese elephants on an expedition to the Bardia National Park in Nepal in 1992. The SES party estimated the height of the larger bull to be 11ft 3in at the shoulder, its weight close to eight tons, its tusks more than 7ft long. They named it Raja Gaj, King Elephant.
Further SES expeditions to the area recorded the existence of a herd of up to 50, including cows and calves. A television documentary, Mammoth Hunt, was made about Blashford-Snell – the film crew survived a full-blooded charge from Raja Gaj’s companion, Kancha, when all their equipment was scattered – and he co-wrote a book of the same name with the actress Rula Lenska, who went on one of the expeditions.
In 1992, following the publicity generated around Raja Gaj, the country’s wildlife conservation department enlisted 600 troops from the Nepalese Army to guard the Bardia park from poachers. But after the Maoist revolution in 2002 poachers encroached on the park again.
Six years ago Raja Gaj disappeared completely. There were rumours that he had been poached or swept away in a flood. But no remains were found. Then, last year, the Kathmandu press reported that Raja Gaj was back, a little leaner than before, but alive and about 70 years old, according to the Bardia game wardens.
It was a mystery Blashford-Snell could not resist. Was Raja Gaj really still alive after all this time? Or was it another massive tusker? He set about organising one more hunt for his long-lost friend. Now something of a celebrity in Nepal (there is a rapid on the Trisuli river called Snell’s Nose where Blashford-Snell broke his hooter), he was granted special permission from the government for a seven-day expedition this year.
The park, which covers more than 370 square miles, is like a land that time forgot. Its species include wild Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos, sloth bears, chital and sambhar deer (spotted and shaggy), black wild boar, monkeys, golden jackals, pink Gangetic dolphins, and long-snouted, fish-eating gharial crocodiles. Among the SES party for the expedition are crew from previous trips – from artists to zoologists and photographers – including Sue Hilliard, a fingerprint specialist with Merseyside police who is an expert at identifying the tuskers; Sir Charles Blois, an experienced adventurer; Ali Criado Perez, a nurse with Médecins sans Frontières; and Blashford-Snell’s wife, Judith, the ever-present and humorous foil to his grandiose ambition.
By the third day the expedition party has narrowed down the areas where the tuskers may be found but has discovered no tracks. In a party of six elephants, riding three to a howdah, we set off on a southern recce. We cross a small tributary where tiny golden mahseer fish sparkle around a fallen branch in the water. We wander for miles through tangled vegetation that would take a man with a machete days to pass through. Hitlaal, our phanit, gently massages the skin behind the ears of his elephant, Sonar Kali, with his bare toes.
He directs her left and right with his feet, and keeps her speed up with the odd whack on the head with a stick – about as hard as being castigated with a small twig would be for us. When we come to a seemingly impassable tree, Hitlaal gives the command to break the branches – 'Kuba! Kuba!’ – and with a couple of trunk-swats the obstacle is removed by our own private bulldozer.
We arrive at a sparsely populated savannah of imposing kapok trees, the macabre nature of their gothic branches and crimson flowers accentuated by a deer carcase at the foot of one of the trunks. Sightings include a scuttling mongoose, an Indian horned rhino, plated like an ancient war machine, and a sleepy python digesting its lunch. But still no wild tuskers.
It is funny how safe you feel on top of an elephant – ironic, because it is easy to forget the strength of your ride, which could flick you off and nonchalantly trample you to death if it felt like it. But there is an extraordinary bond between elephant and man. Humans have been training elephants since 3500BC; the Carthaginian general Hannibal crossed the Alps on his Atlas tuskers in 219bc. Elephants can understand 30 or more commands, but you have to be very careful when they are injured or jealous. It is not wise to swap the elephant you are riding on, or to be too widespread with your affection. In the late 1970s one of the females in our party, Madu Mala Kali (Honey Blossom), fought with another, Kristjen Bahadur, and when the handler walked over between them, she lashed out with her trunk and broke his back. He died from his injuries.
The care needed for domestic elephants requires a jungle pit-lane crew. As well as the phanit there is a mahout in charge of the elephant’s diet and health. Every day he must make 70 brick sandwiches of molasses and salt wrapped in folded grass; he has to be clever enough to get medicine down the elephants’ throats when they are adept at sensing and blowing out any powder in their food before they eat it. And then there is bath time. Every elephant is happiest when it is being bathed and scrubbed behind the ears.
When danger is near, elephants communicate by trumpeting or emitting a low growling sound. One afternoon there is a deep trembling inside Sonar Kali, an almost impalpable tremor of warning: tiger. The elephants come together and continue their growling, surrounding the area where a female tiger is crouching, 10 yards away. The tiger eyes us for a few seconds before strolling purposefully away; we glimpse her sleek, striped and muscled back as she slopes off into the jungle.
On the morning of the fourth day our luck changes. At first light we spy wild elephant tracks no more than a day old. Then we spot an enormous mound of dung and a trail of destruction, as if wrought by a steamroller, leading through the bush. We follow the tracks to a tributary of the Karnali where our elephants cross, wading through rapids five or six feet deep.
More broken branches on the other side lead through fields of yellow lentils into the village of Gola, where much damage has been done in the past. About 850 schoolchildren of the Dangora Tharus tribe are there to greet us. Last year, two children were trampled to death in the middle of the night by a wild bull elephant. The village has electric fences, but even so the children are 'very frightened by elephants’, the assistant headmaster, Tikaram Chaudhary, tells us.
'Hearts and minds of the locals are crucial,’ Blashford-Snell says as he hands out gifts of school and sports equipment. 'We must teach them about conservation so they will not have to poach to survive.’ Blashford-Snell and the children scramble up on to the backs of the domestic tuskers to play elephant soccer. The elephants pick up the ball with their trunks and wander off the pitch; then one of them treads on the ball and bursts it. The children scream with delight.
Just as we are starting to think about lunch, one of the team spies through his binoculars a wild elephant on the other side of the river. A ripple of excitement runs through the party.
'It looks like a huge bull,’ Blashford-Snell says. 'I can only see its behind, and it’s jolly big. If he has scars on his bottom then that’s Raja Gaj.’
We cross the river again and approach quietly on the left flank through the bush, but the bull is out of our eyeline for half an hour, which makes us nervous that he might appear at any moment. Another order snaps through the walkie-talkies from Blashford-Snell, who is leading the way on his elephant: 'We need identification before he gets away. Please try to take photos of his left buttock.’
For a split second, we come face to face with the gargantuan head of the bull. The rugged tusks and the head with its distinctive twin domes make him look like a wild ancient creature. Our domestic elephants freeze. As soon the bull sees us he throws up dust with his trunk and flees for the cover of the bush. He has no scars on his bottom. It is not Raja Gaj, the Beast of Bardia, but a stunning younger bull (about 25) with a similar domed head, hulking body, long tusks and sloping back. He turns to face us – it feels like a moment frozen in time, a few slow seconds of visceral excitement. Then he charges.
Our adrenaline goes into orbit. Hitlaal puts Sonar Kali into reverse, and we quickly shamble to a safe distance. 'I wouldn’t like to see what would happen if you didn’t back away from a bull like that,’ Blashford-Snell says.
At least we have had time to take pictures and a laser measurement down to his toes. The general feeling is that he must be the offspring of Raja Gaj, and he is swiftly named Rajim – son of Raja Gaj. Big though Rajim is (more than 9ft at the shoulder), he will not outgrow his father, according to Professor Adrian Lister of the Natural History Museum in London, who had been on previous SES expeditions to Bardia. It was Lister who had discovered in 1994 that the DNA of the Bardia tuskers matched that of the smaller Asian elephants, although their domed heads are reminiscent of their ancient Asiatic ancestor, the woolly mammoth.
'If Rajim is 25-30 and 9ft at the shoulder, he might grow to be 10ft 4in by the age of 40,’ Lister says. 'It is hard to speculate how much he may grow after this; some of these elephants continue to grow for the rest of their life.’
After I had left Bardia, the expedition encountered a second, smaller bull elephant and the footprints of about 18 wild elephants and their calves in a nearby valley – the future of these rare Nepalese tuskers seems secure. Raja Gaj may well be dead. Long live Rajim.
ses-explore - The giant elephants of West Nepal were a legend until in 1992 a Scientific Exploration Society expedition discovered two of these enormous beasts living in the Bardia Park in a remote corner of this Himalayan kingdom. The largest tusker, estimated at 11 feet 3 inches at his shoulder and probably weighing up to 8 tons, was named Raja Gaj or King Elephant.
With his great domed head and massive body it led the local villagers to believe that they had a mammoth in their midst. However research by eminent zoologist Prof Adrian Lister, who extracted DNA from his dung, showed that he was a type of Asian elephant. His unusual shape may have been due to isolation or perhaps a connection with a prehistoric elephant named a Stegodon. A fossil skull of one of these ancient creatures had been discovered by a German palaeontologist in East Nepal. For ten years Colonel John Blashford-Snell (JBS) and SES teams studied Raja Gaj and found a herd of up to 50 including cows and calves.
Shown to be the largest known Asian elephant Raja Gaj was a prize to be protected and thus the Nepalese Wildlife Department and the Army guarded Bardia. This in turn led to the conservation of both the Bengal Tiger and the One Horned Indian Rhino in the Park. Tourists poured in and the area prospered, but then came the Maoist revolution and from 2002 the poachers began to attack the wildlife. However the Wildlife Department and the Nepalese Army managed to protect some of the creatures and today there are over 600 troops guarding Bardia. But Raja Gaj has not been seen since 2008 and villagers have reported that a large elephant was swept down the Karnali river by a sudden flood. Nevertheless some believe he is still alive.
In January JBS and a team of enthusiasts from the SES returned to Bardia to seek evidence that the King Elephant, who would now be about 64, is there. On 1st March they set up camp beside the Karnali and using six trained female domestic elephants and expert Nepalese trackers from the Tiger Mountain Company, they searched the jungle and high grass areas of the valley. With their mounts forcing their way like living tanks through the dense foliage the expedition saw many animals and birds. They had exciting encounters with the impressive Bengal tiger and prehistoric looking rhinoceros. After several days searching they spotted a large wild bull elephant feeding near the river and cautiously approached him. When they were a hundred yards away the tusker threw up dust and dashed into the bush. The team followed and suddenly their quarry reappeared. His huge domed head and gleaming tusks broke through the cover and hurling up clouds of dust he came after them. Emerging from the jungle he pressed forward scenting the tame female elephants. Then suddenly he seemed to loose interest and tramped back into the trees. “I believe this behaviour may be due to his short sight” said JBS. “He has to come close to see who we are and once this is determined he may decide we are no threat and continue with his lunch, but one needs a steady nerve to stand and let the tusker approach”. The new bull looks very like Raja Gaj and behaves similarly. He has been named Rajim – son of Raja Gaj.
Later a second large bull elephant was discovered who behaved in a similar way and once gave a demonstration of his strength by charging a tree and knocking it down. “Like all men, just showing off” said Dr Tessa Donovan-Beermann who was helping JBS to control the search with a Motorola walkie-talkie radio.
Phyllis Angliss organised some aid for the villagers in the area around the Bardia Park, giving out material to schools, medical items and glasses. This was much appreciated. To encourage the local children to like elephants in a village often raided by wild ones, an elephant football match was played at a local school. The children rode the domestic elephants, but the Jumbos preferred to pick the ball up in their trunks and run with it. The game ended when one stood on the ball and burst it!
Footprints of around 18 wild elephants and their calves were also discovered in a nearby valley. Susan Hilliard, a finger print officer with the Merseyside Police who has been on many of the Bardia expeditions, spotted a set of footprints 21 inches in diameter indicating that a bull of about 10 feet 6 inches height at the shoulder is moving with the herd. Larger prints were also found indicating even taller elephants but sadly none as high as Raja Gaj. Nevertheless the expedition’s discoveries show that the elephants of Bardia have survived the poaching during the recent conflict and the protection by the Army may well allow the wildlife to multiply. However the guardians cannot relax and as the expedition left the area the Army shot dead three local people and captured one whom they say fired on them. It is claimed these people were poaching, but as may be imagined there is uproar in the area as villagers state the victims were simply collecting traditional medicine.
Even if Raja Gaj has died his fame lives on along the Himalayas. He is featured on a 10 Rupee Nepalese stamp! Video film of the 2010 expedition has been shot by Sir Charles Blois and Elodie Sandford and is now being edited. JBS hopes to do further research on these elephants in the years ahead.