Saturday, November 06, 2010

Fortean / Oddball News: UFO Near DC, NASA Deep Impact and MRSA Used in Robbery

VIDEO: Blue-Colored UFO in Centreville, VA

myfoxdc - Some people in Centreville are talking about a bright blue light spotted moving in the sky Wednesday night. But no one seems to have an explanation for this unidentified flying object.

It was in the night sky just above Lee Highway when shoppers looked up and saw something weird in Centreville and it was all of it caught on camera.

“All of a sudden, it would stop and go back like this,” said Bryan Fains, using his finger to point out the direction of the blue light in the sky. “At one point, it stopped and went up and up.

Fains quickly grabbed his phone, turned on the camera and recorded the erratic blue light in the night sky. It flew around for about 10 minutes.

“[There] was no sound. It was a distinct blue light. It never flashed or blinked or nothing. It was just blue,” said Fains. “It’s weird. You only see this type of stuff in movies. Just as long as we're here, I'm sure there are other things somewhere.

Fains has not seen it since. Only just the occasional airplane from Dulles Airport. He is all too familiar with those flying objects and their loud sounds. Fains says this one had no sound. The apparent UFO sighting has him baffled.


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Man performs CPR on his dog after alligator attack

kentucky - A Florida man shot at an alligator to free his dog from its jaws. Tom Martino said he and his Jack Russell terrier Lizabeth were walking along the Hillsborough River in Tampa on Thursday when the alligator wrestled the 15-pound dog into the water.

Martino started shooting into the water around the alligator to scare it into releasing the 9-year-old dog. He performed CPR on the dog until it coughed up water and started breathing again.

Lizabeth was being treated for alligator bites and lung injuries from being underwater.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission trapper captured the 5- to 6-foot alligator Thursday night.

Martino has a concealed weapons permit.

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NASA Deep Impact spacecraft flies by small comet

yahoo - A NASA spacecraft sped past a small comet Thursday, beaming pictures back to Earth that gave scientists a rare close-up view of its center. Mission controllers burst into applause upon seeing images from the flyby that revealed a peanut-shaped comet belching jets of poisonous gases.

"It's hyperactive, small and feisty," said mission scientist Don Yeomans of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The close encounter occurred 13 million miles from Earth when the Deep Impact craft, hurtling through space, flew within 435 miles of comet Hartley 2. It's only the fifth time that a comet's core has been viewed up close.

Scientists are interested in comets because they're icy leftovers from the formation of the solar system about 4.5 billion years ago. Studying them could provide clues to how Earth and the planets formed and evolved.

"The scientific work is just beginning now," principal investigator Michael A'Hearn, of the University of Maryland, said at a post-mission news conference. "The engineers did a fantastic job of getting us data. Now we have to make sense of it."

Thursday's flyby is actually an encore mission for Deep Impact. It set off cosmic fireworks on July 4, 2005, when it fired a copper probe that crashed into comet Tempel 1. The high-speed collision spewed a cloud of debris into space, giving scientists their first peek of the interior.

After the $333 million comet-buster, NASA recycled Deep Impact for a new mission to visit another comet. It was supposed to target comet Boethin in 2008, but it was nowhere to be found. Scientists theorized the comet may have broken up into small pieces.

Deep Impact was then redirected to Hartley 2. Roughly 1 1/2 miles long, Hartley 2 is the smallest comet to be photographed up close. On its way there, the craft spent several months scanning a cluster of nearby stars with known planets circling them.

While its latest task lacks the Hollywood drama of the Tempel 1 crash, researchers still consider it an important mission. Unlike in 2005, viewers could not see Thursday's comet encounter in real time since the craft's antenna was not pointed at Earth as it flew past Hartley 2.

"There are a lot of open questions about comets and their life cycle," said project manager Tim Larson of JPL, which manages the $42 million encore mission. "We have so little data that every time we have an opportunity to go near a comet, it's a chance to expand our knowledge."

Since September, Deep Impact has been stalking Hartley 2 like a paparazzo, taking images every 5 minutes and gathering data. It's the first craft to visit two comets.

Deep Impact will observe Hartley 2 until Thanksgiving and then wait for further instructions from NASA. The space agency has not decided whether to reuse Deep Impact again. The craft does not have enough fuel on board to do another flyby.

The latest images add to scientists' cometary photo album, said astronomer David Jewitt of the University of California, Los Angeles, who had no role in the project.

"We're visual animals and nothing seems wholly real to us until we have a nice picture of it," Jewitt said.

Hartley 2 passed within 11 million miles of Earth on Oct. 20 — the closest it has been to our planet since its discovery in 1986.

British-born astronomer Malcolm Hartley, who discovered the comet, said he never imagined a spacecraft would get so close to his namesake find.

"When I saw the comet, it was millions and millions of kilometers away," he said. "I'm extremely excited and feel very privileged. After all, I only discovered it."

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Bacterial infection used in convenience store robbery

news-herald - Three area residents were indicted Wednesday after they were accused of using a woman's bacterial infection to rob a Cleveland convenience store.

According to a Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office news release:

-- Caroline Slusher, 32, of Chester Township, and Austin Tenerove, 27, of Mentor, entered the BP gas station at 552 E. 152nd St. about 6 p.m. Oct. 3.

-- Once in the store, they began taking candy off of shelves and putting it in bags or into their clothing.

-- When an attendant confronted the duo, Slusher, who was infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), pulled up her sleeve. Prosecutors said she then showed her arm to the attendant, stated that she was infected with MRSA and warned the attendant to get away from her.

-- As the attendant backed away, Slusher and Tenerove fled the store. Michael Slusher, 27, of Chester Township, was waiting in a van outside.

All three are charged with robbery, a second-degree felony and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. Arrest warrants were issued following Wednesday's indictment.

Arraignments for the Slushers and Tenerove are scheduled for Nov. 17.

If convicted on the felony charge, they could each spend two to eight years in prison.


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Wisps from the Dazzling Darkness: Job Done!
November 6, 2010

“Wisps from the Dazzling Darkness: a sceptic’s take on paranormal experience”

is now published in full, after appearing as a serial for most of 2010. The memoir has been laid out on this site in a form which is easily accessible for people who wish to ‘dip in’ to the various true stories, as well as for those who wish to read the whole book.

It has been important to me that I have told those stories, partly to ‘make peace’ with many very unsettling experiences for which the contemporary reductionist paradigm has no satisfactory explanation. As a stubbornly sceptical (in the open-minded sense of the word!) rationalist, whose spiritual life and occasional but persistent paranormal experiences did not retreat as a result of being ignored, I finally decided that the way forward was openness.

What I have presented in this memoir is a range of my personal experiences which many other people have also had, as part of the whole experience of humanity down the ages – but which most conceal, for fear of being thought mad or deluded. I no longer harbour that fear. (And my nearest and dearest find me boringly sane, if mildly eccentric….)

My hope is that my openness will help people in a similar position to be more open themselves – and to feel less peculiar as a result. As a famous scientist once observed – we live in a universe which is not only stranger than we suppose, but stranger than we CAN suppose.

So – do read my stories, and my reflective musings on what their function and meaning may be. There is an extensive and interesting booklist to help you in furthering your own explorations.

As long as I am given a credit for my work, and there is a link included which takes the reader back to my main site Writing from the Twelfth House, I do not mind any of this material being re-published, unedited, on reputable sites under my name and URL. I would appreciate those readers who find this material valuable, and wish to tell their friends and networks about it, passing the site link around.

Nor would I be offended if any prospective publisher were to approach me with a view to giving “Wisps….” an airing in print!

Friday, November 05, 2010

Alien Gods: Ra, the Eye of the Sun

Proponents of ancient astronaut theories often maintain that humans are either descendants or creations of beings who landed on Earth thousands of years ago. The most popular theory is that human knowledge, religion, and culture came from extraterrestrial visitors in ancient times. Ancient astronauts have been widely used as a plot device in science fiction, but the idea that ancient astronauts actually existed is not taken seriously by most academics.

Arguments can be made that the evidence for ancient astronauts comes from supposed gaps in historical and archaeological records, and they also maintain that absent or incomplete explanations of historical or archaeological data point to the existence of ancient astronauts. The evidence is said to include archaeological artifacts that are beyond the presumed technical capabilities of the historical cultures with which they are associated. This also includes artwork and legends that are interpreted as depicting extraterrestrial contact or technologies.

Notwithstanding these contentions, let us say that there is an axiom to the ancient astronaut theory. Then we need to ask, who were these beings? What did they represent to the inhabitants of earth? Where these beings the ancient Gods of antiquity?

I would like to periodically chronicle my speculation of how the native people interpreted these unknown entities, starting with RA, the Eye of the Sun.

P'TAH (Gods of Heaven came to Earth from the Celestial Disk) installed as Egypt's first Divine Ruler his own son RA. Once known as ATUM, he is probably the most important of Egyptian Gods and sails across the sky in his solar boat. The legend goes that mankind was formed from RA's tears. Need confirmation? Look above from the hot desert sands at the Sun...that's his all-powerful eye bearing down on you.

Ancient Egyptian legends tell of Tep Zepi, or the First Time. This is described as an age when "sky gods" came down to Earth and raised the land from mud and water. They supposedly flew through the air in flying "boats" and brought laws and wisdom to man through a royal line of pharaohs.

RA is said to have an unusual relationship with his wife, the Sky Goddess NUT. In the evening he sails through her mouth and then has to battle through her nightmare insides (The Milky Way). RA wends his way through twelve gates at the rate of one per hour avoiding malevolent monsters including the Snake God APEP who lies in wait hoping to go snatch him up. Once these perils are transversed, he then surfaces via NUT's birth canal to greet the new day. He's not alone in his journey. Other Gods - THOTH, MAAT, HATHOR, HORUS are the top cohorts, with ABTU, ANET and KHEPRI closely watching for trouble. The night boat is called Mantchet, and a day boat called Semketet, which they board in order to make their rounds. NUT gave birth to OSIRIS. At the time of OSIRIS' birth, a loud voice was heard all over the world, saying, "The lord of all the earth is born."

Many Gods try to emulate RA by adding his name to theirs for added glory. The most notable of these was AMUN-RA.

RA is the only god, apart from OSIRIS, who is definitely said to be not on the earth. RA, it is said, is an aging god, still powerful, but too old to deal with his children any longer, so he has gone exclusively to the sky to watch over the world. HORUS rules over the earth and the gods in his stead, demonstrating the divine right of kingship.

In the New Kingdom the god AMUN rose to prominence and was fused with RA as AMUN-TA. During the Amarna Period, Akhenaten suppressed the cult of RA in favour of another solar deity, the ATEN, the deified solar disc, but after the death of Akhenaten the cult of RA was restored.

What can be extracted for this information. Despite the building of elaborate structures like the Great Pyramid or the knowledge of technology even before their use of the wheel, the Egyptians were a remarkable civilization with a rich and vibrant history. If they were helped by so-called ancient astronauts, it would not take away any of their greatness and inspiration they have left for subsequent generations.

Images on the ceiling beams of a 3000-year old New Kingdom Temple,
located several hundred miles south of Cairo and the Giza Plateau, at Abydos
 
From this images we see many craft that resemble modern day flying machines

Alien Gods: Ra, the Eye of the Sun

Fortean / Oddball News: Rendlesham UFO Tapes, Vatican Warning and 'Living Skin' Printer

Rendlesham UFO Tapes Released

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thesun - Tape recordings of US military men investigating a UFO in British woodland 30 years ago have finally been released.

The airmen tramped through Rendlesham Forest in search of the source of mysterious night-time lights that looked like an alien spacecraft.

It became one of the world's most famous UFO sightings - and has never been explained.

The tape begins with an American noting that local farm animals were behaving strangely.

He says: "They're very, very active, making a lot of noise.

"Straight ahead. There it is again. Straight ahead. What is it? A strange, small red light.

"It looks maybe half a mile further ahead. There is no doubt about it, it is a strange flashing red light ahead."

He continues: "I saw a yellow tinge in it too. Weird. It's coming this way. It's definitely coming this way.

"There is no doubt about it - this is weird."

The servicemen were led by Colonel Charles Halt, of the local US Air Force Bentwaters base.

He reported the December 1980 incident to the Ministry of Defence.

Damage to trees was later found 18ft high.

Theories range from an accident cover-up to lighthouse beams.

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'Skin Printer' Could Help Heal Battlefield Wounds

technologyreview - In a recent presentation at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, researchers from the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine showed off the results of a unique experiment involving a printer that uses living cells as its "ink."

The system, which lays down cells with the same fluid-based inkjet technology used in many printers, could print large swathes of living tissue directly onto the injuries of soldiers wounded on the battlefield. Covering burns and related wounds is of critical importance because, the scientists note, "any loss of full-thickness skin of more than 4 cm in diameter will not heal by itself."

Tests on mice revealed advanced healing by both the second and third week of recovery, with complete closure and formation of scar tissue by week three in treated (but not untreated) subjects. The printer has two heads, one of which ejects skin cells mixed with fibrinogen (a blood coagulant) and type I collagen (the main component of the connective tissue in scars). The other head ejects thrombin (another coagulant).

Like the components of quick-setting resins which must be kept separate until mixing causes a chemical reaction that hardens the resin, the products of the two print heads mix to immediately form fibrin, yet a third protein involved in the clotting of blood. The whole confection is topped by a layer of keratinocytes (i.e. skin cells), which are also printed.

Future iterations of the research will be conducted on pigs (which have skin that more closely resembles that of humans), and it's not clear when, if ever, such a device might appear in a field hospital in Afghanistan, not to mention your local burn center.

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Scientist with rare condition collapses 100 times a day every time she gets giggles

dailymail - A scientist has revealed she suffers from a rare neurological condition which causes her to collapse up to 100 times a day simply by laughing.

Claire Allen, 35, suffers from bouts of 'cataplexy' triggered by feelings such as fear, surprise or happiness.

The attacks, a rare symptom of the sleeping disorder narcolepsy, cause her to lose control of her body and collapse - although she remains conscious throughout.

Claire Allen, 35, from Cambridge, collapses every time she feels a strong emotion. Each episode can last anywhere between 30 seconds to five minutes.

Each collapse lasts between 30 seconds to five minutes and at its worst Claire endured up to 100 attacks each day.

A 'surprise' as simple as a chair in a room having moved to a different place or giggling at a shared joke could spark an attack and leave her helpless on the floor.

But Claire has found a new lease of life after taking a new drug developed for narcoleptics called Xyrem. She now suffers a few attacks each month rather than several a day.

Claire, from Cambridge, described how she first loses her speech and vision before her body buckles - but she remains completely 'awake'.

She said: 'Laughter is definitely the strongest trigger.

'The very first symptoms were my head nodding like a child trying to stay awake and after six months I was having full collapses where my body would go from under me.

'A few years ago I stopped all my medications for a trial and I discovered the true extent of my symptoms - around 100 collapses a day.

'I find that they happen more often during social contact with other people, perhaps because I'm more self-conscious.

'There is no pain at all, but my speech will go first so I can't communicate what is happening, followed by my vision and then my body crumples beneath me.

'It doesn't feel any different to being awake, except that I can't see or move at all as I'm in a total state of paralysis.

'It's very odd for people around me to see me go down and then come round in a few minutes and be absolutely fine.'

Narcolepsy causes severe disruption to sleep patterns and Claire, who works as a research scientist with the British Antarctic Survey, wakes up around 20 to 30 times each night.

But the new drug Xyrem puts Claire into a deep sleep for three-and-a-half hours so she must take a second dose in the middle of the the night to get a full seven hours sleep.

She said: 'For the last five years I hadn't slept for more than an hour at a time so the first time I slept for more than three hours it was incredible.

'All of the things that your body normally does at night - like repairing your skin and your nails and hair growing - just weren't happening for me.

'Now I am much better at managing my lifestyle and getting plenty of rest to cut down on the cataplexic attacks.'

Researchers have found that narcolepsy may be caused by an irregularity to the brain cells which control the sleep hormone hypocretin.

An estimated 25,000 people in the UK suffer from narcolepsy but many remain undiagnosed due to the varying nature of the symptoms.

Dr John Shneerson, an expert at Papworth Hospital's Sleep Centre in Cambridge, said that narcoleptics can wait for more than a decade for diagnosis.

He said: 'Quality of life can be badly hit if untreated. Their studies suffer. They avoid driving. They are afraid to look after young children on their own and take baths.

'They don't get into relationships, get promoted or do physical exercise.

'A great many lives would be improved if narcolepsy were better recognised. People are surprised by how well it's possible to manage.'

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Vatican warns of 'wayward' Opus Angelorum sect

BBC - The Vatican has warned Catholic bishops around the world to monitor carefully a secretive traditionalist sect which prays to angels to combat demons.

Opus Angelorum, which means "the work of angels" in Latin, was founded by an Austrian housewife who died in 1978.

She claimed to have identified the angels and demons who were battling for the control of human beings.

The Church said some members of the sect were carrying out "activities that disturb the ecclesiastical community".

'Possessed'

The BBC's David Willey in Rome says Opus Angelorum first attracted the attention of the Vatican 30 years ago, after the death of its founder, a woman from the Austrian Tyrol called Gabriele Bitterlich.

Bitterlich claimed to have been in contact with an archangel and to have written down the names of hundreds of angels and demons, our correspondent says.

The sect - which operates mainly in German-speaking Europe, Brazil and India - claims that women who have had abortions are possessed by the devil.

The activities of Bitterlich's followers, including dozens of Catholic priests and nuns, eventually attracted the attention of the Vatican which ordered an investigation, our correspondent adds.

According to a letter sent by the head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in 1992 members of Opus Angelorum agreed to follow the doctrine of the Church in return for official recognition.

"In particular, [its] members were not to make use of the 'names' of angels derived from the alleged private revelations attributed to Mrs Gabriele Bitterlich and they were not to teach, spread or make use of the theories originating from these alleged revelations," Cardinal William Levada said.

"Furthermore, they were reminded of the duty to follow strictly all liturgical laws, in particular those relating to the Holy Eucharist."

However, several members of the sect, including some priests, "have not accepted the norms given by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and seek to restore what, according to them, would be the 'authentic Opus Angelorum'", the letter warned.

"The Congregation has learned that very discreet propaganda in favour of this wayward movement, which is outside of any ecclesiastical control, is taking place, aimed at presenting it as if it were in full communion with the Catholic Church."

NOTE: sounds like a Dan Brown literary 'wet dream'...Lon

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Investigators Hunt For Key Witness In M6 Paranormal Crash

Several months after the reported accident on the M6, investigators are now following up a new lead that they hope will shed some light onto the events of that day.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – Nov 04, 2010 – Whilst details are still very sketchy, the crashes on the M6 and in Paris are believed to be linked by this person and both investigations have been plagued with allegations of unexplainable activity; in Paris witnesses described how the occupants of one of the vehicles disappeared momentarily. The M6 crash investigation revealed how the vehicles at the front of the crash contained no evidence of bodies or human tissue that is consistent with a crash scene.

None of this or any of the other anomalies have been explained and most media enquiries have been met by a complete rebuke from the investigation teams.

However anonymous sources close to the investigation into the M6 crash have said they received a tip about the whereabouts of one of the possible witnesses involved in the crash. This tip has led them to seizing some CCTV footage recorded in an office block in Manchester close to where the sighting took place. No one was willing to confirm the source of the footage or how the alleged witness came to be in Manchester, only that there appears to have been some contact about a business transaction during which suspicions were aroused as to the nature of the enquiry.

Further examinations show that the person in this footage is very similar to the one caught in footage recorded in Paris. Furthermore, footage that was previously denied but recorded at the M6 crash site shows a person who fits the same description.

Whilst no one will officially go on the record to confirm or deny the footage, there was a further sighting of this person during a disturbance at a local cafe near to Deansgate; one of Manchester's main shopping streets.

Shoppers reported a man shouting aggressively during a stand off with another customer and also then leaving accompanied by another man who is described to have 'restrained the main suspect' whilst removing him from the premises.

With anonymous sources close to the M6 investigation pointing to key events that still remain unexplained and the ongoing investigations into the Paris crash yet to reveal a breakthrough this new lead could prove vital in trying to determine the cause of the crash.

Thanks to Mark Collins for the heads up! Mark has been reporting on this incident since it happened and has been kind enough to forward information to me

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From 3/9/2010

M6 Crash / Paris Accident Being Investigated - Vehicle Occupants 'Disappear'

prlog - Details of a recent car crash in Paris are now surfacing after an embargo placed by the authorities on reporting the incident has now been lifted.

Speculation has been rife about the links between the incident in Paris and the recent crash on the M6 as it is clear that both have some level of unexplained activity and both crashes have been subject to strict reporting guidelines.

Full details are unclear at this time but it is understood that two vehicles were involved in the crash and that it took place near the Eiffel Tower, although the exact location is being kept secret. Parisian traffic police were keen to play down several rumours that have started to circulate amongst those who witnessed the crash surrounding the events that led up to it.

These include alleged witness statements that claim a bright light could be seen emanating from at least one of the vehicles before it collided with the other. In other statements, witnesses walking on the nearby pavement were reported to have seen the occupants of one of the vehicles ‘disappear’ momentarily at one stage.

The Parisian traffic police have denied the validity or existence of the statements and also confirmed that there were four bodies present in the vehicles; two in each. All were male and were said to have been badly burnt in the subsequent fire after the crash.

When questioned about why they won’t name an exact location for the crash, the police have put out a statement saying that ‘we wish to keep the location secure whilst the investigation continues and we are aware that such a location would attract people wanting to speculate on the reasons for the crash. This would jeopardise the integrity of the scene and any evidence that is still to be uncovered’

Further details of the investigation to follow.

Mark Collins
Freelance Journalist
Writer for VoloLegal / VoloMed

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Originally posted 1/27/10

Highway Accident May Have Involved Paranormal Activity


NOTE: This incident would make a great script for 'Fringe' or the former show 'The X-Files'. A reader in Birmingham, UK commented on this vehicular accident and the questions surrounding it. I started to dig and found the following information. Investigators reveal they are unable to explain certain facts surrounding this specific M6 pileup (in Birmingham) and point to evidence corroborating rumors of paranormal activity may be partly to blame.

A leaked report into the recent crash on the southbound carriageway of the M6 just outside Birmingham shows that the investigation team are struggling to provide credible explanations for some of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The pile up involved seventeen vehicles, including three trucks but miraculously no one was killed although several people were taken to hospital for minor injuries.

One anonymous source closely involved with the investigation said there are three specific areas they are finding increasingly difficult to explain; the tachometer readings of one of the the trucks, the CCTV footage taken at the time of the crash and also the lack of physical evidence to show drivers were present in three of the vehicles.

Details remain closely guarded but it is understood the tachometer readings clearly show that the truck’s speed reduced dramatically about one minute before the accident. The CCTV footage is alleged to show a thin white line across the southbound carriageway, again timed at about one minute prior to the crash.

No one from the crash investigation team is willing to go on the record to either confirm or deny these reports and it is understood that the entire investigation has now been turned over to another police department based in London; although again, no one would confirm of deny this.


THE DIARY


The following diary entry was recently discovered:


Whilst I wasn't there when the accident happened, I am able to piece together a rough version of events from the subsequent confrontations with Silverton that happened as a result of it.

It was always going to be the case that the traders were keen both to stop my progress to Paris and also disrupt any other operations that were taking place by other members of the group that would interfere with their activities; that was a constant and never ending threat. Although neither myself or Roy could have imagined what lengths they would have gone to in order to derail our mission.

Effectively the events that were now taking place could have had serious repercussions for the timeline if they weren't thoroughly vetted prior to action, and I didn't think that would be high on the traders list of priorities.

But while Roy and I were left pondering how we could best deal with our accidental guests, further developments were ensuring our return to the twenty first century was going to be fraught with incident.

A serious accident had taken place on the M6 at the precise location we now found ourselves standing at the time we left our vehicles. So, whilst we were looking around in disbelief at the abandoned and overgrown motorway wondering what our next move was, the vehicles we were meant to be driving were out of control and causing the accident.

This crash involved about fifteen vehicles and blocked the M6. Miraculously no one was killed but there were several serious injuries and the motorway was closed for the rest of the day and long into the night as the investigations into the accident took place.

The duration of the closure was not entirely due to the time it took to clear up the carriageway, it was due to the meticulous nature of the investigation; and this was led by Roger Silverton.

Roger wasn't part of any police force based in Manchester, he was part of a division of special branch that was based in London. This division specialised in events that were of an unexplainable nature; namely UFO sightings, psychic phenomena and other such incidents. Obviously this gave whoever Roger really was the perfect cover to track and intercept us whilst staying on the right side of the law.

Because of the nature of the accident on the M6, Roger's division of special branch were notified and he was first to attend the scene; no doubt aware of our proximity because he was tracking our movements.

Roger would have greeted by an assortment of tangled vehicles all badly disfigured from the accident and dried blood stains on the inside of these vehicles; except three and this was the reason for the call to Roger's division by the accident investigation team.

The three vehicles we drove were devoid of any human tissue or blood to signify the presence of someone behind the steering wheel at the time of impact.

One thing I learned prior to getting embroiled in my current situation was that the police and also the media treated anything that could be construed as paranormal as a standing joke; there was always another, far more logical explanation. This was great for us as we could be secure in the knowledge that apart from disappearing in front of someone anything we said would be dismissed as pure fantasy.

But this accident could change that as, for the first time, significant evidence was now available to suggest that the M6 accident was not a straightforward, human error collision.


NOTE: this is a very strange incident. From what I am able to gather, this online diary entry (which I feel is a blog entry for a fictitious story) was written prior to the accident. As well, there are no explanations as to how this diary entry has been determined to be related to this incident, though the references are eerily similar. Was this a pre-cognative experience? Time travel? Movement between dimensions? If anyone has further information in regards to this incident, please post a comment...Lon


Investigators Hunt For Key Witness In M6 Paranormal Crash

Fortean / Oddball News: Lunar Robot, Star Wars Hologram and Susquehanna River Intersex Fish

"One small step for a robot...one giant leap for robotkind"

discovermagazine - When the space shuttle Discovery launches on Thursday (weather and technology permitting), it will be ferrying an unusual passenger to the International Space Station: Robonaut 2. This humanoid robot was designed by NASA and General Motors to work alongside astronauts on the space station, and could eventually take over some tedious or dangerous tasks.

Human beings who dream of becoming astronauts acquire things like advanced science degrees or the ability to fly jet planes in hopes of catching NASA’s eye and being chosen as astronaut candidates. If they do become candidates, there’s still scads of training before they can take a flight up to the ISS. But how does a robot qualify for and prepare for that trip to orbit? DISCOVER spoke with Marty Linn, General Motor’s principal engineer of robotics, to find out. Continue reading...fascinating! - The Robotic Right Stuff: What It Takes to Become the First Robot Astronaut

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'Weeping' statue bigger draw than ever

UPI - Publicity about a statue of the Virgin Mary that allegedly weeps healing tears in the Canadian border city of Windsor, Ontario, is attracting more pilgrims.

Earlier this week, the Windsor Star reported how the city had ordered the removal of the 5-foot-tall statue from the front yard of Fadia Ibrahim by Nov. 19. Neighbors had complained of noise and crowds on the quiet suburban street for the past three months and city officials responded by saying the statue violated zooming bylaws.

That publicity served to increase the number of visitors and a cash donation box was seen Tuesday night overflowing with money to help Ibrahim in her fight to keep the statue, the Star said.

The figure reportedly smiles during the day, but cries tears of oil at night that believers say have healing powers.

Leonard Daniels, a spiritual healer from Pukatawagan, Manitoba, told the newspaper he was organizing a pilgrimage to the home for his followers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

"I am gonna go there and see that statue," he said. "I'm a firm believer of these miracles that happen. I'm going to go sit there and pray."

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Intersex fish -- male bass with eggs -- found in Susquehanna River, scientist says

pennlive - A federal scientist says intersex fish have been found in the Susquehanna River.

Vicki Blazer, a fishery biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, says more than 90 percent of adult male bass examined in the Susquehanna in the past year had immature egg cells in their sexual organs.

Intersex fish have been found nationwide, including the Potomac River, another key tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Hormones from birth control pills and other consumer and agricultural chemicals are suspected.

Blazer presented her latest findings at a meeting Tuesday in Baltimore of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

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"....help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope" - Star Wars 3D holograms 'close to reality'

telegraph - But while they could send a 3D hologram down the line, it took minutes to update – making lifelike movement impossible.

Now a team led by Professor Nasser Peyghambarian, of Arizona University, have developed a way of updating the image every two seconds – making it close to "real time".

The ability to beam a moving hologram to anywhere in the world could lead to holographic teleconferences, 3D adverts, and a wealth of telemedicine, engineering and entertainment industry applications.

Prof Peyghambarian said: "Holographic telepresence means we can record a three-dimensional image in one location and show it in another location, in real time, anywhere in the world.

"This advance brings us a step closer to the ultimate goal of realistic holographic telepresence with high-resolution, full-colour, human-size, 3D images that can be sent at video refresh rates from one part of the world to the other."

At the heart of the system is a laser that burns an image on a screen every two seconds, making it the first to achieve a speed that can be described as "quasi-real-time" by Dr Pierre-Alexandre Blanche, co-author.

Dr Peyghambarian and colleagues had previously demonstrated a refreshable polymer display system, but it could refresh images only once every four minutes.

The new system can refresh images every two seconds – more than one hundred times faster – thanks to a material called a photorefractive polymer.

The images it can capture are almost as sharp as those broadcast on US television – opening up many more possible uses.

Holographs are created by mixing reflected laser light with a second laser beam to lay down a static image – typically a lengthy, complicated and delicate process.

But the ability to quickly refresh images could mean surgeons using holographs as a guide during operations or as a better way for pharmaceutical researchers to study molecular interactions for new drugs during simulations.

Two-dimensional images are taken at multiple angles in one location and sent elsewhere using computer network Ethernet and then printed with the hologram set-up.

Using a single-laser system for writing the images onto the photorefractive polymer, the researchers, can display visuals in colour.

While the current refresh rate for multicolour display is even slower than for monochromatic images the development suggests a true 3D, multicolour system may be feasible.

Lynn Preston, director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centres programme in the US, said: "This breakthrough opens new opportunities for optics as a means to transport images in real time.

"Such a system can have an important impact on telepresence, telemedicine, engineering design and manufacturing and other applications. This is an early and tremendously important outcome from this three-year old centre."

The research was published in Nature.


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Invisibility cloak closer with flexible 'metamaterial'

BBC - Scientists in the UK have demonstrated a flexible film that represents a big step toward the "invisibility cloak" made famous by Harry Potter.

The film contains tiny structures that together form a "metamaterial", which can, among other tricks, manipulate light to render objects invisible.

Flexible metamaterials have been made before, but only work for light of a colour far beyond that which we see.

Physicists have hailed the approach a "huge step forward".

The bendy approach for visible light is reported in the New Journal of Physics.

Metamaterials work by interrupting and channelling the flow of light at a fundamental level; in a sense they can be seen as bouncing light waves around in a prescribed fashion to achieve a particular result.

However, the laws of optics have it that light waves can only be manipulated in this way by structures that are about as large as the waves' length.

Until now, the most striking demonstrations of invisibility have occurred for light waves with a much longer wavelength - a far redder colour - than we can see. This is because it is simply easier to construct metamaterials with relatively large structures.

Even flexible metamaterial films have been shown off for this high-wavelength range.

For the far shorter waves that we can see, a metamaterial requires structures so tiny - nanostructures - that they push the boundaries of manufacturing.

"The first step is imagining first of all that this could be done," said Andrea Di Falco of St Andrews University, the author of the paper.

"All the typical results have been reached in flat and rigid surfaces because this is the legacy of the procedures used to create nanostructures."

So instead of building the typical stacks of the "fishnet" structures on hard, brittle silicon, Dr Di Falco used a thin polymer film.

"Typically what you do is stack several layers of fishnet structures and this all together will give you a metamaterial," Dr Di Falco explained.

"What I've done here is fabricate a single layer - I lift it off so that at the end I am left with a self-standing membrane - and show that it has the properties required to create a 3D flexible metamaterial."
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Ortwin Hess, a physicist who recently took up the Leverhulme Chair in Metamaterials at Imperial College London, called the work "a huge step forward in very many ways".

"It clearly isn't an invisibility cloak yet - but it's the right step toward that," he told BBC News.

He added that the next step would be to characterise the way that the material's optical properties change as it is bent and folded.

If the properties were sensitive to the movement, delicate manipulations of the films may make them useful for next-generation lenses in, for example, handheld cameras.

If instead they were impervious to bending and motion, the films might be useful for instance in contact lenses. What is more, the invisibility cloak could be that much closer - but Professor Hess added that is still some way off.

"Harry Potter has to wait still - that's the huge goal," he said.

"So far he's had to live in a house and now he can live in something like a tent; it's not the cloak that adjusts to his shape, but it's a bit more flexible. Now we have to take the next step forward."

Reality’s Lenses: Science, Spirituality and the Paranormal Dimension - Part VI

I'm pleased to welcome Anne Whitaker, a new contributor to 'Phantoms and Monsters'. The following narrative is the final segment of a six part article.

6. Books: some doorways to the Source

Although it may seem unusual to offer a booklist at the end of a memoir, I decided to do so for the particular benefit of those readers who may just be embarking on an investigatory journey of those dimensions I have been exploring, and are looking for accessible and inspiring reading to start them off. I have confined my recommendations purely to selecting a few personal favourites from my own reading since 2002.

“The Arkana Dictionary of New Perspectives”
I found to be a succinct, accurate and invaluable guide to – Worldview, Science, Spirituality and Esoteric Thought, Psychology, The Paranormal, Medicine and Health and Society, Environment and Technology – to use Stuart Holroyd’s own categorisation of his very useful reference book. At the end of it is an extensive and wide-ranging bibliography which will further advance the journey!

Archie E. Roy
is the Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Present member and past-President of the UK’s Society for Psychical Research, also the Founding President of the Scottish Society for Psychical Research, he is an internationally known and respected psychical researcher. His two books included here will provide those seeking thoroughly researched case material on various facets of the paranormal with all they need to come to their own conclusions.

The booklists and references given in Professor Roy’s books, as well as offering a broad spectrum of contextual literature, give entry to an immensely well researched and detailed body of international evidence, validating the existence of paranormal phenomena, which has been accumulating world-wide since the Society for Psychical Research was founded in 1882 in Cambridge, England, UK by a group of eminent Victorian scientists and academics.

Enjoy your reading!

Booklists and references can be found at Reality’s Lenses: Science, Spirituality and the Paranormal Dimension

Anne Whitaker 2010 © - Wisps from the Dazzling Darkness

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Louisiana's Folk Magic and Mystic Spiritualism

The Gauthier family woke one morning to find a cross of moist salt on the front porch. The neighbors gathered and the newspapers carried headlines concerning the symbol that warned of trouble for the members of the household. Voodoo and hoodoo though subjugated over the years, still exists in New Orleans.

If you lived almost anywhere else in the United States, you might simply sweep the porch and think it was just a prank. But if you live in Louisiana, you'll probably react differently....for a cross of salt, in the vernacular of hoodoo, means trouble.

That is why Mr. and Mrs. Gauthier of New Orleans thought twice before sweeping away the cross of salt that they found on their porch. It is also why neighbors flocked to the Gauthier home to examine it and why the newspapers carried headlines about it. Voodoo and hoodoo has not abandoned New Orleans.

Hoodoo and conjure are emerging from the shadows and into the lives of everyday people. There seems to be more root workers, two-headed doctors, conjurers, Voodooists, and hoodoos more than ever before. People are flocking to related social networking sites hungry for information about taking control of their lives, defending themselves from their enemies, thriving in a recession, and connecting to their dead loved ones. Websites featuring “love doctors”, “rootworkers” and “Spiritual Mothers” offer a variety of psychic and spiritual services and carry the hard to get sticks, stones, roots and bones needed by the multifarious conjurer. Hoodoo no longer belongs to the poor black demographic of the deep South as historically depicted. Practitioners cross all racial, ethnic, political, geographic and socioeconomic line.

So...what is hoodoo? In it's purest form, hoodoo taps into the elemental belief that every living thing has "Spirit." Every rock, tree, root, and stone is connected to a single Divine energy and as such, is Divine energy. The practitioner understands that it is the root that connects and grounds the universal life force; thus, the ultimate power lies within the root.

When enslaved Africans came to the Louisiana delta directly from Africa, they arrived with intact, encyclopedic knowledge of the use of herbs, roots, bones, natural elements and their spiritual qualities. According to Dahomean cosmology, the knowledge of how to utilize the sacred herbs, roots, bones, and other natural elements for controlling and changing one’s destiny was given to them from Papa Legba, who received the knowledge from the "Forest Spirits."

As a result of slavery, tribes and families were separated, religious expression was forbidden and the traditional transmission of the venerable knowledge of the African religion of Vodou and spiritual traditions such as Ju Ju were all but stopped. Tragically, the trauma associated with slavery forced a separation of the magic and religious aspects of Vodou. The response to this psychic disturbance was to adopt and assimilate similar beliefs and practices of the indigenous peoples of North America and European immigrants to fill in the blanks...forming what we call hoodoo today.

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The practice of Voodoo is probably as old as the African continent itself. Sometimes written Voudou, Vodou or Voudun, the word itself means God Creator or Great Spirit. It has been greatly distorted and misused; human sacrifices, vampires, dripping blood and devil worship all make the stuff of spooky novels and Hollywood movies. Yet none of these originated with or ever belonged to Voodoo.

It was not until the 1930's that Louisiana Voodoo went underground when New Orleans became a major tourist destination. The slave trade brought the African belief in spirits and when the slaves got to New Orleans it was not long before the African Voodoo and the Roman Catholic Church mixed to become Louisiana Voodoo.

Along came the Voodoo Queens like Marie Laveau who was known as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. It is said that before long it became known that Marie Laveau was the strongest ever of the Voodoo Queens and Marie Laveau conducted private rituals behind her house on St Ann's street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

It was Marie Laveau who encouraged her followers to attend Catholic Mass and it was Marie Laveau who mixed Catholic traditions and beliefs into her Voodoo to make it uniquely Louisiana Voodoo.

Even today devout voodoo followers travel to Marie Laveau's tomb to try to get a favor from the Voodoo Queen herself. Marie Laveau was a devout Catholic up to the time of her death. Ever since her death people have claimed to see Marie Laveau walking through the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Modern Voodoo has taken several directions: Spiritualist Reverends and Mothers who have their own churches, Hoodoos who integrate and work spells and superstitions, elements of European witchcraft and the occult, and traditionalists for whom the practice of Voodoo is a most natural and important part of their daily lives, a positive search for ancient roots and wisdom. The practice of Voodoo involves the search for higher levels of consciousness in the belief that -as indeed all of the ancient scriptures teach - it is we who must open the way towards the Gods. for when we call out from our hearts, the Gods hear and indeed are compelled to respond.

NOTE: there are a myriad of twists and turns when it come to Vodou and Hoodoo....let me suggest the following website - Alyne Pustanio - lots of very good original articles. As well, our moderator Judy (BunkieLA) at the Phantoms and Monsters Wiki is a New Orleans resident and has intimate knowledge of this and other indigenous phenomena...Lon

Louisiana's Folk Magic and Mystic Spiritualism

Comments / Reports: Reptilians and Other Phenomena

The following are recent reader emails and a strange MUFON CMS report:

Lon - I read your story on the encounter in Carthage, Missouri. I have heard of and seen Reptoid beings in the area 5 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona. The Superstition Mt's have been an area of encounters and is said to have both an alien base and laboratories under it. The military also have an underground base there and interact on experiment's with the aliens.

About 20 years ago I encountered an individual that spent time exploring some of the old mines in the area. He had vanished for months before I ran into him again. I ask him where he had been all this time. Here is his story.

He spotted a mine entrance on the west side of the main Mt. side. He said that the mine looked to be in good shape, so he started walking in the shaft. He had gone about a half mile in when he saw a sign that said no entrance beyond this point. The mine shaft was still in good shape, so he went in a 100 yards. He told me that people seemed to come out of the walls of the shaft. Men in black uniforms questioned him and then took him to a holding area in Mesa, Arizona for 72 hours. They questioned him again and found out that his home was in Colorado. They gave him a plane ticket to Denver, CO and told him never to come back to the Phoenix area. He asked me not to tell anyone that I had seem him. He wanted to pick up personal items that got left behind. I have never seen him after that.

There are other stories of treasure hunters going into old mine shafts and finding holographic walls in the shaft. They did not try to enter the area behind the wall as they feared that they may not be able to get back out. They told me that they took a round rock and rolled it through the screen and heard it roll for some distance. One of them reached through the screen with a flash light in his hand. He turned the flash light back toward the screen, but could not see any light. He said that he withdrew his arm as he had the feeling that some thing was back there and he didn't want it to grab his arm and drag him in. I asked the men to take me up there and show me the mine. They all said no way they were going back in there. We got a topo map out and they showed me the area that they had encountered the wall. I did go into the area to search but was never able to find the mine. This is not strange as other people have found opening and marked the entrance with a pyramid of large rocks and left to get lights and more people and equipment. When they got back, the rocks are still there as they had stacked them, but the entrance is gone!

There have been sighting of reptoids about 9 feet tall in that area. As soon as they sense that they are being watch they vanish. People have also seen lizard beings about the size of a man with bat like wings and a tail. They fly out to opening in the cliffs at twilight and also vanish if since that they are being watched. The Native Americans have seen these things for hundreds of years and have legends about them. They say that they are shape shifters and can make you see them in any form they want. I found this out on a personal encounter with a Reptoid I encountered on a trail.

As I was walking up an inner trail in the Mt's I looked up and saw a man coming towards me on the trail. He had appeared out of thin air. As I walked toward him I noticed his eyes, they were reptoid, vertical slits. When he sensed that I knew what he was, he hit me with a pshycic blow that I can only describe as being hit in the head with a sledge hammer. It stunned me and almost drove me to my knees. As I shook this off I looked up and he was gone. I had a headache for 2 days after that and think that he could have killed me if he wanted to.

This is just some of the strange thing that have been seen up there. We have seen different types of alien craft that appear to enter the main Mt. Ghost orbs and UFO orbs that have been seen in different area for hundreds of years that disappear at different old mines, wells, and some just enter the face of the Mt's. I would love to get in touch with a well equipped investigative group and have them check out some of the strong magnetic fields that may act as dimensional portholes where some of these creatures come and go.

The fact that the encounter in Missouri was in a Navy storage area is no surprise. They have been given reign over housing UFO and aliens since the formation of MJ-12 after the Roswell crash. One day our Government may tell us the truth on there involvement with alien encounters and tech that has been traded for their abduction of us.

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MUFON CMS - North Central Louisiana - 9/14/2010 - unedited: This object was recorded on a Moultrie Game Camera positioned in the deep woods of N. Central Louisiana. There was no one physically present and no eye witnesses, just a motion activated Infrared Flash Digital Camera.

There were four occurrences where light/objects appeared in frames captured by the camera occurring during the hours of darkness on September, 6th, 13th, 14th & 15th. The primary event occurred on September 14th.

I am including 3 images:

Series 1: Image MGDC0378. This image is the primary image and speaks for itself.

Series 2: Image MGDC0372. This image contains a shaft of light that appears in the upper left hand corner of the frame.

Series 3: Image MGDC0375. This image contains a shaft of light that appears to be coming from a source in the upper center of the image projecting toward the game camera as if it were searching.

This camera was strapped to a tree overlooking a mineral block and corn that was being frequented by wild hogs and other animals. The location is in a low area surrounded by forest and there are no sources of light present in that area. The camera was facing from the east to the west.

The cylindrical light in MGDC0378 appears to be spinning and based on other known objects in the frame appears to be approximately 1 - 2 liters in size.

All images were capture on a SD card and I am in possession of the card with all images as they were originally captured.

There are a number of other images of interest on this card but none as significant as the ones I'm attaching. Those images are available if you have further interest in them.

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Hello Lon - In 1987, I experienced an event in which I later recalled while under hypnosis. After the regression session, I was able to remember some other details including that I had missed about three hours during the incident.

I was living in Arizona near the Santa Catalina mountains. One afternoon as I was sitting in a lounge chair on our back porch I suddenly realize that I was being dragged into a craft by two small aliens. The next thing I remembered was waking up on a table inside the small craft. A guide greeted me and gave me something to drink. I believe that it was a stimulant of some kind because I was not sleepy after I drank the substance. In fact, the taste was quite pleasing. I was then taken out of the craft, looked around noticed I was standing on top of a hill. It was dark, but I noticed a light near a cavern. I walked up to this area and it was then that I saw a man, dressed in a red military type jump suit.

My guide seemed to know this man as he greeted him. I also noticed that he wore some type of patch and was carrying an automatic weapon. When we walked into the tunnel, I realized they we going right into the side of a large hill or mountain. There we met with another guard in red and I saw a computerized checkpoint with two cameras on each side. To my left was a large groove where a small transit vehicle carried people further inside. To my right I saw a long hallway where there were many offices. We took the transit car and went for what seemed to be a very long time to another secure area. I was then told to step onto some type of device that looked like a scale and face the computer screen. I saw lights flashing and numbers computing and then a card was issued with holes punched into it. It appeared to be an ID card. My guide did not speak much but did tell me that we had just entered Level One of the facility.

I was eventually transported to a lower level where I witnessed additional armed guards. I was then taken down another hall and there I noticed a horrible putrid smell. I then saw huge tanks with computerized gauges hooked to them and a huge arm-like device that extended from the top of some tubing down into the tanks. In a large laboratory like room I noticed a small gray being with his back turned to me working on something at a computer. I was then told to sit on a table in the middle of the room. About this time a man (human) dressed like a doctor entered the room. He wore a white lab coat with a badge. The temperature in the room seemed awfully cold. By this time I was frustrated and began to cry and to tremble. Then suddenly I felt a stabbing pain. screamed and the human doctor stood next to me and rubbed something over my stomach. The pain immediately subsided. Soon I became drowsy and was returned to the porch. When I awoke I was laying on the porch floor by the door.

For several months after that day I knew something had happened but I was unable to comprehend what it was. That is why I sought medical help. I have not had any other encounters but believe that I will in the future though I was never told this.

Chris

Comments / Reports: Reptilians and Other Phenomena

Fortean / Oddball News: The Virginia Blob, Witch w/ 21 Sex Organs and Giant German Sinkhole

THE VIRGINIA BLOB!

theregister - Baffled passers-by have discovered a large, bizarre, blob-like lifeform floating in an artificial lake in Virginia. As there appeared no way in which the slow-moving, four-foot "mysterious blob" could have got into the lake naturally, the thing's discoverers - theorising that it must have come from above - have dubbed it the "alien pod".

Reportedly the "pod" was discovered by office worker Tracy Collier while out walking her boss's dog by the manmade lake in City Center at Oyster Point, a development in Newport News, Virginia.

“The lake is behind our office," says Collier's excellently-named colleague Charles Schmuck. "Tracy was walking by the lake, saw the object, and asked everyone else to come out and take a look.”

It was another colleague, Dale Leonart, who came up with the extra-terrestrial angle on seeing the lifeform.

"It has to be an alien pod," he stated authoritatively - though later reportedly adding that alternatively the thing might be "some type of sponge".

The puzzled office workers decided to call in expert help from boffins at the local Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS). They sent an email with photos attached (see above) which read in part:

The object is about 4 feet in diameter. It has moved about 6 feet down the shoreline in the last 24 hours. It 'jiggles' when the waves in the lake hit it… when we prod it, it seems to be spongy feeling… The texture appears to be that of a rock with algae spots on it — it is brown and yellow, with a pattern of some type.

Sadly the VIMS experts pooh-poohed the alien landing theory. After a heated internal debate, they identified the blobaceous lakeside intruder as a very large colony of Pectinatella magnifica — aka the "magnificent bryozoan".

According to the boffins' description:

Colonies of Pectinatella magnifica feature a surface layer of adjoining "rosettes" — each with 12-18 animals or "zooids" — around a central jelly-like mass that is 99% water. The colonies can be free floating or attached to a piling or other submerged object. One study even showed that young colonies of P magnifica can actually move on their own by coordinated pulsing of the individual animals.

VIMS prof Carl Hershner says that the blobby hive-jelly creature eats algae and thus is “actually a good thing to have around, despite its looks. It's not a sign of bad water quality, and it doesn't hurt fish. It can clog pipes, though, and it will be smelly if it’s removed from the water.”

NOTE: seems to be related to the bryozoan 'blobs' found in several North Carolina sewers a few years ago...Lon


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Young Ghana Witch Has 21 Sex Organs

peacefmonline - An 18-year-old student at Begoro District of the Eastern Region became the centre of attraction at the powerful house of Professor Aziz Sabo at Kukukorusan, near Suhum when she allegedly confessed having 21 female organs.

According to the self-confessed witch, her organs contained scorpions which she uses to woo big men including some notable politicians and businessmen to bed but later led them into all sorts of problems.

Throwing more light on how she acquired the witchcraft powers, she noted that her uncle gave the spirit to her through food at a tender age of four. She alleged that same night after retiring to bed, the uncle came calling her spiritually to accompany him to their place of meeting which she did.

She was later initiated into the witchcraft world and given the powers to destroy men with the 21 vaginas. With that power, she started having sex at the age of 12 years and woos men with her beauty and charm. She claims, she also destroyed her own biological mother’s business and turned her into a complete beggar.

According to the student, her power of destruction came to an end recently when her mother went to town and brought the powerful lucky soap, a product from Professor Aziz Sabo.

Meanwhile, two elderly women and a 15 year old girl have also been exposed at the shrine when they confessed that they are also engaged in witchcraft. They claimed responsibility for so many road accidents resulting in deaths especially in the Eastern Region.

NOTE: I could only hope, upon seeing 21 vaginas, her partners would have second thoughts. That must be some powerful ju-ju in order to pull that off...Lon

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Giant Hole Opens up in German Town

spiegel - A giant crater 20 meters deep opened up in the German town of Schmalkalden on Monday. No one was hurt. Authorities say the landslide was caused by natural factors rather than mining.

A gaping hole 30 meters (98 feet) in diameter and 20 meters (65.6 feet) deep opened up in the eastern German town of Schmalkalden early on Monday morning. An empty vehicle plunged into it but no one was hurt, even though the chasm is in the middle of a residential area.

A total of 25 people were evacuated from six houses and soil is continuing to crumble from the edge of the crater, police said. Wolfgang Peter, a resident, said he had been woken by a roaring sound at 3 a.m. on Monday morning. "First I heard the rushing of water and then it sounded as if a dozen gravel trucks were being emptied," Peter told the regional newspaper Thüringer Allgemeine.

He went outside to find out who was carrrying out roadworks at that time of night and found himself standing on the edge of a giant crater right next to his house.

'Natural Cause' Likely

Ralf Luther, a regional official, said 10,000 to 12,000 cubic meters of soil had slipped. A line of garages right on the edge of the hole is at risk of plunging into it and cracks have appeared in nearby houses. Luther said residents were lucky not to have been hurt.

Experts are at the scene to find out what caused the hole. The environment and agriculture minister for the state of Thuringia, Jürgen Reinholz, said: "I assume that there is a natural cause for the landslide." He ruled out that salt mining could have been the cause.

A spokesman for the ministry said the region is prone to landslides because of its geological makeup and pointed out a similar case in the town of Tiefenort where five houses became uninhabitable when a two-meter deep crater opened up in January.

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Pentagon Building System For Massive E-Mail Privacy Violation

ACLU - Here we go again. Earlier this month the Pentagon announced a new effort to build a system aimed at allowing it to scan billions of communications in order to detect "anomalies" in people's behavior that will predict who is about to snap and turn into a homicidal maniac — or, perhaps, leak damaging documents to a reporter.

Citing the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people in Fort Hood, Texas, the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to try to identify, before they happen, "malevolent actions" by insiders within the military. (See coverage by Wired, CNN, or Government Security News.)

The new project is called ADAMS, for Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales, and anyone who remembers the battles over the Bush Administration's "Total Information Awareness" (TIA) program may be experiencing a major flashback right about now. TIA, also a DARPA project, was based on a vision of pulling together as much information as possible about as many people as possible into an "ultra-large-scale" database, making that information available to government officials, and sorting through it to try to identify terrorists. Eventually shut down by Congress, it was probably the closest thing to a truly comprehensive monitor-everyone "Big Brother" program that has ever been seriously contemplated in the United States. And many of the problems with TIA are equally present with this ADAMS project. Continue reading at Pentagon Building System For Massive E-Mail Privacy Violation

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Italian Mayor Imposes Ban on Illness

BBC - The mayor of a small town in central Italy has issued a controversial official edict ordering citizens not to fall ill.

Alberto Bambini, left-wing mayor of Acquapendente, said he wanted to draw attention to a decision by the regional governor to close the town's hospital.

From 1 January 2011, the town will have little more than emergency care.

The mayor said people should avoid any sickness or disease needing hospital treatment, particularly if urgent.

Acknowledging he was acting "provocatively", he warned that anyone who falls foul of the town by-law did so "under penalty of being forcibly transported to the Belcolle Hospital" some 30 miles away, "or of being fined in proportion to the seriousness of their pathology or disease".

Mr Bambini has also ordered fellow citizens to avoid any behaviour that could jeopardise their health, advising them not to leave their homes too often or practise any sport.

He told the BBC he was aiming to "turn the spotlight on the problems citizens in this area have".

The mayor said he had acted after an incident involving a group of mayors and Lazio regional governor Renata Polverini.

According to Mr Bambini, when a delegation of Lazio mayors affected by the cuts requested a meeting with Ms Polverini in late September, they were prevented from entering the regional headquarters and the Italian military police, the carabinieri, were called.

The mayors were later seen individually by the regional governor, he added.

Acquapendente's mayor has also threatened to request the town's annexation by the nearby Umbria region, because he believes Rome absorbs all the resources of the Lazio area.

Reports say Lazio has the biggest deficit in its health care budget in Italy.

While Italy's health care is respected worldwide, the government has had to cut its public budget considerably in the wake of the financial crisis.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Is UAV Technology Being Used Nationwide?

Are we starting to see UAVs being used throughout the United States? Over the past two weeks or so I have received several inquiries referencing cigar-shaped craft seen during the daylight hours in several states including Indiana, Virginia, Minnesota and California. I realize that the United States government is using some types of UAV technology on the US-Mexico/Canadian borders and are testing at Creech AFB in Nevada but activity over other many parts of the country are a bit disconcerting.

Several of the sightings have been described as having a buzzing sound and others mentioned that the aircraft looked like 'cruise missiles'. Below is part of a recent article the details the MQ-9 Reaper. I have also included other images of UAVs and one reader image.

MQ-9 Reaper is the Badass of Military Drones

singularityhub - War is not a video game…but it’s starting to look more and more like one. The prevalence of unmanned aerial vehicles in the US military has changed the landscape of war forever, and no UAV demonstrates that more clearly than the MQ-9 Reaper. Born from the Predator drones that have spied on and targeted terrorists and insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq, the MQ-9 Reaper represents the next step in remote plane technology. And that step is rigged to explode. The Reaper carries more ordinance than any other unmanned vehicle in the air, 3000+ lbs of explosives, or 14 Hellfire missiles. Standard Predators carry 2 or less. Each of these missiles are capable of taking out anything from snipers to tanks. The MQ-9 is the modern hunter-killer, made all the more remarkable because its pilots fly the UAVs in utter safety from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. When people ask me about the future of war I point to the Reaper. Unmanned, heavily armed, covered in surveillance equipment – it’s able to spy or strike anywhere in the world. Watch the MQ-9 demonstrate its prowess in the videos below. Drones have already changed the shape of war; the next generation of UAVs like the Reaper may make it unrecognizable.

The Predator series of drones, including the MQ-9 Reaper, have been an integral part of the recent wars in the Middle East. Earlier this spring, these UAVs hit a historic milestone: 1,000,000 hours in the air. One million. That’s 80,000+ missions, 80% of which were flown in combat situations. Sometimes Predators and Reapers are just eyes in the sky, scouting terrain, and finding targets. More and more, however, these drones are delivering air to ground missiles to hostile targets. Since 2005, the US Air Force has been phasing out F-16 fighter jets (just a dozen or so at a time) and replacing them with Predator series drones. These new hunter-killers are one of the clearest examples of US military superiority to Taliban and other military forces in the region.


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Another Big Cat Confirmed Roaming Southern Indiana

wsbt - A southern Indiana sheriff is warning the public about the presence of mountain lions in the area after four reported sightings in the past week.

One of the sightings was by a Lawrence County police officer, who spotted a mountain lion eating a deer carcass along Indiana 37 north of Bedford over the weekend.

Lawrence County Sheriff Sam Craig told The Times-Mail that while he doesn't want to alarm people, he wants residents to take proper precautions. Three other sightings were reported to the department last week.

State officials have confirmed instances of mountain lions in nearby Greene and Clay counties in the past year. The animals had last been confirmed in the 1860s.

Conservation officers say people shouldn't make rapid or aggressive movements toward the big cats.

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From May 7. 2010

Mountain Lion Spotted In Rural Greene County


theindychannel - A mountain lion has been captured on camera roaming in rural Greene County, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.

The huge cat was caught by motion-sensitive game cameras east of Bloomfield last week after reports of mountain lion activity in the area, said spokesman Phil Bloom.

Without additional evidence, DNR officials said it's impossible to say if the mountain lion photographed in Greene County is wild or is a formerly captive cat.

The chance of encountering a mountain lion in Indiana is almost non-existent, with the last confirmed case of a wild cat in Indiana somewhere between 1850 and 1865, according to the DNR.

Still, Bloom said people should be alert to their surroundings, and not try to approach, corner or run from a mountain lion.

Instead, the DNR urges people to stand and face and animal, make eye contact and try to appear as large as possible. If confronted by a mountain lion, a person should wave their arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice, Bloom said.

Mountain lions are a protected species in Indiana, but state law allows a resident landowner or tenant to kill a mountain lion while it is causing damage to property.

Another Big Cat Confirmed Roaming Southern Indiana

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State Record Alligator Caught in Florida

orlandosentinel - An alligator trapped Sunday by an Orlando man in a Brevard County lake broke the official state record for length.

Tres Ammerman, who traps gators as a hobby, caught the 14-foot, 3 1/2-inch male alligator in Lake Washington.

The previous official state record for length, set in 1997, was a 14-foot, 5/8-inch male alligator from Lake Monroe in Seminole County.

Alligators over 14 feet are very rare in Florida, said Arnold Brunell, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission wildlife biologist who inspected the gator trapped by Ammerman.

"This was really something that we don't see much of," Brunell said.

Ammerman and two others were on their boat when they spotted the large gator on the shore Sunday night.

"I knew he was a giant gator when we saw his head," Ammerman said.

After harpooning the alligator, it did what the reptiles normally do — thrashed around, swam and pulled the boat.

T.J. Schause, Ammerman's nephew who was also on board, quipped that the gator pulled the watercraft faster than the motor.

The gator was too big to go in the boat, so the men essentially had to tow the reptile in.

It took the trio more than two hours to catch the gator and bring it to the boat dock. They then moved it to Ammerman's garage.

Brunell confirmed Monday that the gator broke the state record for length, but it is not the heaviest.

Ammerman's gator weighed in at 654 pounds. The Florida record for weight is a 1,043-pound alligator from Orange Lake in Alachua County.

There have been accounts of longer alligators being caught in Florida — including a 17.5-foot gator captured at Apopka in 1956 — but those are not considered official by state records.

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Kids Really Do See Things Differently

newscientist - Children do not see objects in a fully grown-up way until the age of 13, a new study suggests.

When judging whether shaded images are convex or concave, adult brains assume that light comes from above unless there is reason to think otherwise. Young children have to learn this ability.

To investigate when this happens, Jim Stone at the University of Sheffield, UK, showed embossed shapes such as squares and shaded images such as footprints to 171 children aged from 4 to 10. Each child was shown 10 images and asked whether they were convex or concave. The "correct" answer assumed an object was lit from above.

The children got better with age, with the average score out of 10 improving by 0.43 each year (Perception, DOI: 10.1068/p6725). If children of other ages develop at the same rate, Stone predicts that babies will learn to assume that light comes from above at about 21 months. But this aspect of their visual perception won't be "fully grown" until the age of 13 or so.

"Children really do see the world differently to adults, inasmuch as their perceptions seem to be more variable," says Stone. "No wonder they can't look at a cloud without seeing a dog or a bear."

NOTE: ....or take everything their parents say as a complete contradiction. Lon

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Don't Play With the Lions

thesun - A drunk barman at a game reserve was eaten alive by three lions following a marathon drinking session.

Jan-Friederick Bredenhand, 30, was pulled into the lions' pen by his legs after climbing up a fence pole, and was "ripped to pieces".

Police believe the food and drinks manager was drunk and wanted to "play" with the animals after an all-night party at the wildlife park in South Africa.

Tourist Veluchia Hassim told of seeing the beasts chewing on his carcass after being woken by screams at 5am on Sunday.

She said: "We ran to the encampment. It was horrific. The one lion was gnawing on his ribs when we got there."

The wildlife resort's owner, Johnny Janse van Rensburg, had to shoot the animals dead — just two weeks after he bought the business — so cops could recover the victim's remains.

A friend of Mr Bredenhand, Jamiel Jonas, said they had been partying all night.

He said: "After they braaied (barbecued) and partied at the ranch entrance, they came back home, but he wanted to play with the lions.

"Then just after 5am his friend came screaming for us to phone the police and for an ambulance. He was drunk.

"When we got to the camp we saw the remains of his body. Most of his stomach was torn out and his leg had been ripped off."

Police spokeswoman Gerda Swart said Mr Bredenhand is believed to have been seized by the legs and dragged to his gruesome death.

She said: "He climbed the fence around their enclosure and clearly got too close.

"Since he was drunk he may not have been in sound mind, but it was an incredibly dangerous and stupid thing to do.

"People who play dangerous games with animals like lions are asking for trouble - and he got it."

He was caught by a lone lion.

Ms Swart added: "After that there was nothing he could do - another male lion and a female joined the attack and ripped him to pieces.

"The man's friend watched the whole thing happen but couldn't do anything to help. He was very traumatised."

The victim's pal, Simon, ran to get help and flagged down a passing motorist.

Waldo Le Roux said: "He (Simon) came out of nowhere and was suddenly in the road right in front of me.

"I drove past, but he looked so upset that I turned around.

"He was screaming 'please help me, my friend is being eaten by a lion'."

Mr La Roux ran to the enclosure but Mr Bredenhand was already dead.

He said: "I tugged at the fence but I couldn't do anything."

The incident happened at the privately-run Addo Croc and Lion Ranch near Port Elizabeth.

Mr van Rensburg added: "There was no reason for him to be there.

"He was the bar and restaurant manager so he was not involved with the lions."

He had only been working at the resort for a month.

The incident was the second fatal lion attack at the ranch.

Former owner Lourens van Straaten was mauled by a male lion in July 2005 and declared brain dead a few days later.

He had been repairing an electric fence.

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Iron Man of the Gorbals

dailyrecord - Hundreds of children were marauding between the tombstones and the city was gripped with terror. A vampire had been spotted in the cemetery.

Some of the brave monster-hunters were armed with makeshift weapons and dogs.

Most, though, were armed with nothing more sinister than a fertile imagination, fuelled by the magic of cinema and the wonder of American comics.

This might sound like a scene from Twilight or one of the other vampire films that have been sweeping the box office, but it's actually a Gorbals policeman recalling a night in Glasgow's southern Necropolis 47 years ago.

Teams of hysterical schoolchildren had staked out the graveyard and crypts in the hunt for a truly terrifying figment of collective hysteria.

There was a ghoul in the Gorbals. It had iron teeth. It had taken two boys.

And they were out to get it. Schoolboy Tam Smith was eating ice cream in a cafe with his aunt half a mile from the scene of the hysteria and horror when he first heard tales of fearsome fangs around the corner.

As he set out on his adventure to help slay the beast - or at least catch a glimpse of it - he felt no fear.

"I had my auntie Sadie with me," he recalled, laughing. "I was only seven but she was a right bully, I tell you. The boys were right feart of her.

"We had been sitting in the Station Cafe, next to the Bridge Street underground, after school with some of my pals.

"We were sitting there listening to the jukebox and a friend of hers ran in and told us there was a vampire in the graveyard."

Fired by childhood excitement and with his aunt Sadie safely to hand, Tam and his mates headed back into the graveyard, resting place to a quarter of a million souls.

He said: "The walls were lined with people.

We ventured through the gatehouse and there were loads of kids in there, some wandering around, some sitting on the walls.

"There were a lot of dogs too, and mums and dads with kids.

"We found a place to stand out of the way because there were so many people there.

"I think the whole of the Gorbals was in that graveyard. It's hard to put an estimate on the number of people."

Tam didn't see anything to substantiate claims of a bloodthirsty beast with a galvanised gub. But even now, almost half a century later, the spooky images and intoxicating excitement are vividly recalled.

"I can't remember how long we stayed," he said. "But one thing I remember clearly is that there was a furnace blast from the ironworks at Dixon Blazes when it started to get dark.

"It turned the sky flaming red right across the top end of the Gorbals and when that went up, everyone jumped.

"They thought that was the vampire, or the so-called Iron Man of the Gorbals.

"At one point, someone had been burning stuff in a nearby chapel lane and one of the stories was that the vampire had burned one of the boys there. Those were the kind of stories that were going around at the time.

"You would go to bed at night and wonder if these things were actually happening."

It seems unaimaginable now in the Grand Theft Auto days of heightened violence and teen fascination with vamp-sex TV dramas like True Blood, but this imaginary Gorbals bogeyman welded a power more fierce than any modern day character from computer games or books.

That night in Glasgow, this fictional beast unleashed a bolt of mass hysteria, similar, if on a smaller and less tragic scale, to the radio broadcast of HG Wells' War of The Worlds.

Tam said: "It was atmospheric, looking back it was great. Back then we had no TVs, we went to picture halls and cafes for entertainment, so it was amazing to have something like this happening on your doorstep.

"My great grandad stayed next to the graveyard, he looked out right on to it.

"The stories he would speak of were of the Iron Man, but other people were talking about The Man With The Iron Teeth, which might have been because of the iron works behind it.

"I remember the head mistress of Gorbals Public School telling us all in the dining room that we were to keep away from the graveyard.

"But of course, boys will be boys and we still climbed up there and looked around for this iron man or vampire. It was an adventure for us. For ages afterwards, people would come in to school and claim they'd seen it last night."

Naturally, this being Glasgow, even a fanged fiend was due a winch from time to time, and the local boys wasted no time concocting an iron lady for him ... long before the more terrifying real one made it to Downing Street.

Tam said: "There was an old lady who used to carry two cats in a basket. She would go to the graveyard to get peace away from the kids and let her cats have a wander.

"But she was in there the night we went looking for it and people were involving the 'cat woman' with the iron man. It was a shame when you think about it, she was an eccentric with wiry hair, but we called her Tin Lizzie. She was the iron man's 'burd'.

"It's a shame. The cat woman was ridiculed by kids, when you're young like that you don't think how that might hurt someone."

In those days, Glasgow was a city packed with picture halls, a fair proportion of which were in the Gorbals area.

In an echo of that need for entertainment, Radio 4 will this week broadcast a documentary about the mythical monster of the city's southside and how its terror spread as far as the House of Commons.

Presented by novelist Louise Welsh, The Gorbals Vampire explores how the myth of the child-killing bloodsucker led politicians to introduce the Children and Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act 1955.

It was a response to the claim that an influx of American horror comics with names like Astounding Stories and Tales From The Crypt had made an impact on young minds in the west of Scotland.

Combined with the ready acceptance of apocryphal monsters sprung from the local iron works, the comics were seen by many as the reason for the sudden hysteria.

Academics have since pointed out, however, that none of the comics featured a vampire with iron teeth, leaving some looking to the Bible (Daniel 7:7 - featuring a monster with metal dentistry) and even a poem about a local bogeyman taught in surrounding schools.

Tam reckons the reason for the national interest in the story was fed by the reputation the Gorbals had across the UK.

He said: "The area had a reputation partly because of that No Mean City book. It gave the Gorbals a really bad name.

"We used to swap comics in each other's close stairways. I had Superman and Batman comics. But as a kid, you tend to believe these things were possible.

"There were 90,000 people who stayed in that area. I have often said that if there really was a ghost or a vampire in that area you would never know because there were too many people."

Brother of Daily Record psychic barber Gordon Smith, artist Tam is heavily involved in archiving the area, and his sculptures of the local pubs are popular.

He tells of another creepy experience after the iron-toothed vampire had moved on to his next city, involving the discovery of human bones on the Clydeside.

Tam said: "They were digging the foundations for a garage and came across skeletons. We all dashed along to see, and the police had bones laid out on big canopies. It turned out to be the skeletons of the leper colony (the 'bell' of which gave rise to the area being dubbed Gorbals after the 'gory bell') in the 12th Century."

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