Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fortean / Alternative News: Cow Abduction, Roswell Was Soviet Plot and Batman Arrested

Argentina: Tractor Operator Claims Seeing Vehicle; Farmer Sees Cow Abducted

From Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology

Former judge AndrĂ©s Miotti discussed the likely “sightings” that have occurred in the [town of] Maravilla with EL LIBERAL, where according to Miotti, a tractor operator had a close encounter.

“A UFO appeared before the tractor operator. The tractor stalled, and once the UFO departed, the machine resumed operation,” Miotti asserted.

He says that subsequent research into the case “yielded positive results”. He also said that this event was documented “in one of the many works written by Fabio Zerpa on UFOs.” He proudly recalled that Zerpa, in one of his books, “devoted a section to the Maravilla Case and our organization’s involvement.”

Another possible close encounter that Miotti remembers took place in 2001, only a few kilometers from the center of La Banda. “The case that startled me was that of a UFO abducting a cow in a field near La Banda,” he recalls.

“While he did not acknowledge it at first, the witness to the event subsequently confessed it to us. It was two o’clock in the morning and he had gone out to relieve himself. That’s when he saw an object stationed in the field, in the process of abducting a cow,” he said.

Miotti is a firm believer that Santiago del Estero is a province where “UFO sightings always occur”. In this regard, he said that just recently he received an eyewitness account from people who allegedly witnessed abductions occurring in that region of the vast provincial territory.”

Thanks to Scott Corrales

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'Batman' Arrested On Roof In Michigan

Holy trespassing, Batman!

A 31-year-old man dressed as the comic book character was arrested Wednesday in Petoskey after he was seen hanging from the wall of a downtown business on East Mitchell Street.

In a release, the Petoskey Department of Public Safety said officers pulled the man back onto the roof and found a baton type striking weapon, a can of chemical irritant spray, and a pair of lead lined gloves.

The suspect, a Harbor Springs resident, was arrested for trespassing and possession of dangerous weapons.

He is being kept in the Emmet County Jail.

Petoskey is in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula, about 225 miles northwest of Detroit. - clickondetroit

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Roswell 'was Soviet plot to create US panic'...what?

The so-called Roswell Incident of 1947 spawned conspiracy theories by the score.

But now, sadly for UFO spotters, a new book offers an entirely man-made – and some would say even more bizarre – explanation, featuring two of the greatest villains of 20th century history: the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and the infamous Nazi “Angel of Death” Dr Joseph Mengele.

During a powerful storm in July, 1947, an object crashed near a rancher’s home in Roswell, New Mexico.

Roswell army air base initially said that a “flying disc” had come down, but hours later, as government scientists arrived in the area, it was stated instead that a weather balloon had crashed.

The incident went largely unreported until books and documentaries in the 1970s made allegations of alien life forms.

Area 51, the new book by Annie Jacobsen, is based on interviews with scientists and engineers who worked in Area 51, the top secret test base in the Nevada desert.

It dismisses the alien story and puts forward the theory that Stalin was inspired by Orson Wells’s famous radio adaptation of the HG Wells novel War of the Worlds, which provoked hysteria across America when broadcast in 1938. According to the book, the plot started after the Soviet Union seized from Germany at the end of the war the jet-propelled, single wing Horton Ho 229 – a fighter said to be the forerunner of the modern B2 stealth bomber.

This is where Mengele enters the story. The Nazi doctor, who experimented on prisoners in Auschwitz and fled to South America after the war, was supposedly enlisted to create a crew of “grotesque, child-size aviators” in return for a eugenics laboratory.

The book says that the plane was filled with “alien-like” children, aged 12 or 13, who Stalin wanted to land in America and cause hysteria similar to the 1938 broadcast. But, the plane, remotely piloted by another aircraft, crashed and the Americans hushed up the incident.

Jacobsen’s source, a retired engineer from the former defence company EG&G, which handled the US government’s most sensitive projects, said he was put on to the Roswell project in Area 51 in 1978.

Miss Jacobsen writes: “They found bodies alongside the crashed craft. These were not aliens. Nor were they consenting airmen. They were human guinea pigs. Unusually petite for pilots, they appeared to be children. Each was under five feet tall.

“They were grotesquely deformed, but each in the same manner as the others. They had unusually large heads and abnormally shaped oversize eyes.”

Two were supposedly found “comatose but still alive”.

The EG&G engineers were told “that seeing the bodies would be a shocking and disturbing experience”.

Perhaps not surprisingly, a spokesman for the US Air Force said: “We have not yet read this book so we are not able to make a comment on it.” - telegraph

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Scots site may hold the key to Arthurian mystery

heraldscotland - It is a mystery that has baffled generations of historians, but the secrets of King Arthur’s round table could finally be laid bare thanks to modern technology.

A circular earthen mound near Stirling Castle has been linked variously to the legendary king, to British aristocrats and to Roman invaders, but its origins remain shrouded in history.

Now, for the first time, a team of archaelogists from Glasgow University is preparing to use hi-tech scanners to survey the ground beneath it, providing a clear insight into the mound’s beginnings.

The structure, often referred to as the King’s Knot, has long fascinated national historians. Despite the mysteries it may contain, however, it has remained undisturbed for fear of damaging it. The new project, scheduled to run next week, will provide a full geophysical survey of the entire area.

Stirling Local History Society (SLHS) and Stirling Field and Archaeological Society have secured funding from Historic Scotland and Stirling City Heritage Trust for the operation.

Dr Richard Jones, senior lecturer in archaeology at Glasgow University, said his team had little idea of what they might uncover.

“This is a fabulous opportunity to discover more about a site that has fascinated people down the centuries, and it’s all the more exciting because we really don’t know what – if anything – it will reveal,” he said. “The survey equipment we use will sense beneath the ground, showing us any lost structures and features up to a metre below the ground, irrespective of how old they are.”

John Harrison, chairman of the local history society, said the distinctive “cup and saucer” shape of the mound had changed over the years. There are several competing theories on its dates of origin,” he added.

“People have told stories about the King’s Knot for hundreds of years and it has become linked with all sorts of ideas. But its origins remain mysterious.

“The area was used as a garden in the 16th and 17th centuries. But when was the present ‘cup and saucer’ mound formed?

“Perhaps it was as late as the 1620s. But about 1375 the poet John Barbour says that ‘the round table’ was somewhere to the south of Stirling Castle and tradition continued to place ‘the tabilll round’ hereabouts. It is a mystery the documents cannot solve. But geophysics may give us new insights.”

Archaeologist Stephen Digney, who is co-ordinating the project, said the area around Stirling Castle contains “some of the finest medieval landscapes in Europe”.

He said: “This investigation will be the start of a serious effort to explore, explain and interpret them. Is the Knot an ancient feature that Scotland’s monarchs reused, or was it a unique garden design?”

Richard Strachan of Historic Scotland said the operation “is important to help us discover more about Scotland’s past”.

He said: “The King’s Knot is not only a fascinating site, but also a very sensitive one, which means that geophysical survey techniques are ideal as they help reveal any archaeology below the surface, without causing it any damage.”

The survey begins on Monday, and is due to be completed by the end of next week.

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Chinese farmers perplexed by exploding watermelons

Farmers in eastern China have been left perplexed after their watermelons began to explode one by one.

An investigation by state media found farms in Jiangsu province were losing acres of fruit because of the problem.

The overuse of a chemical that helps fruit grow faster was blamed in one report by China Central Television.

But agriculture experts were unable to explain why chemical-free melons were exploding. They cited the weather and abnormal size of the melon as factors.

China Central Television said farmers were overspraying their crops with the growth promoter, hoping they could get their fruit to market ahead of the peak season and increase their profits.

According to the Xinhua news agency, 20 farmers in a village in Jiangsu province planted imported seeds from Japan, with 10 households saying their watermelons began exploding last month.

Farmer Liu Mingsuo told Xinhua that more than two-thirds of his crop had blown up.

He said he had used chemicals to boost their growth on 6 May, and the following day more than 180 melons exploded. Mr Liu was reported to be the only farmer from the 10 households who used chemicals.

Wang Dehong, who has been farming watermelons for 20 years, couldn't understand why his fruit also exploded as he had not used any chemicals.

Agricultural experts investigating the incident were unable to offer an explanation.

China has approved the usage of the growth chemical under certain quotas. So far, tests show the chemical is safe, Xinhua reported.

However, as the public is increasingly concerned about food safety, experts say a quality tracking system should be introduced, detailing every stage along the food chain, to inform the public fully, and ensure food safety. - BBC

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Rick Phillips of UFO Disclosure Countdown Clock will be a guest on "The Acceleration" featuring L.A. Marzulli on Wednesday at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT.

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