Saturday, April 21, 2012
I received the following email on Friday, 4/20/12:
I was born, raised and continue to live in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. I have experienced various paranormal activity all through my life. This includes UFOs, alien abduction and other activity I attribute to alien beings.
The incident that was the most overwhelming was on the night when Grey aliens came to take me while I was pregnant. I simply wanted no part of this. When they approached me from across the bedroom I jumped up and grabbed one of the two beings by its lean neck. I squeezed as hard as I could until I heard a 'crack'. It dropped to the floor as its head fell back across the spine.
The other Grey seemed shocked though it was hard to read an expression. It gathered the injured companion and quickly disappeared in bright light that had originally flooded the master bathroom. I felt very bad about that incident but I had been out of sorts all day and I didn't want to be bothered.
When I was a girl we used to live beside an old cemetery. On some nights I would get the urge to look out my bedroom window. When I did I would notice a tall dark figure that seemed to be watching our house. One evening at dusk while in our yard I was approached by a tall black-cloaked being with a glow coming from its face. It stood and watched me for a few seconds then turned and disappeared.
I have noticed over the years that large dark-colored cars would follow me on occasion. This would happen on highways and mountain roads. My husband and I have also noticed black helicopters flying above us while driving and over our residence.
I saw the video and picture you posted about MIB a few days ago. When I saw the video it shocked me. In July 2006, a strange incident occurred while my daughter and I were sitting on our front porch. I never heard or saw a car, but two of these MIB appeared from around the side of the house and approached us. The pale faced 'men' were dressed in black silk suits, white shirts, black ties, and fedora dress hats. They each carried a thin brief case and walked stiffly as they approached. When they reached the steps they stood still and looked at me. My daughter quickly ran into the house. I then looked into the eyes of the MIB nearest me. The color was a vivid lavender and I felt compelled to continue looking. After a few seconds the nearest MIB spoke in a very clear low pitched voice. It asked if we had 'experienced any unusual activity
that I thought that I should report.' It was an odd question but I quickly said 'no'. The being then briefly smiled, thanked me for my time. Both MIB turned and walked toward the road and were soon out of sight.
I can't say that I was scared but I have not had any type of paranormal or alien activity since the MIB visited. I was wondering if people who have had paranormal incidents throughout their life realize the activity ceases after they are visited by MIB? Do these MIB usually appear out of nowhere? I'd appreciate some information. Thanks - Cary M.
NOTE: Cary did answer my followup email after I attempted to answer a few of her questions. I told her that the readers may offer more answers. I have written about MIB previously:
MUFON: California Woman Reports Visit By MIB
MIB: A Bizarre Encounter
Alien Contact / MIB - Tonopah, Arizona
MUFON Report: UFOs, Ghostly Figures and MIB
HIB: Humanoids in Black
Thin Black Clad Humanoids
The Legendary MIB
The Real Men In Black: Evidence, Famous Cases, and True Stories of These Mysterious Men and their Connection to UFO Phenomena
Men in Black: The Secret Terror Among Us
Friday, April 20, 2012
Near Pittsburg, Kansas - August 25, 1952 - 0530
While driving, William Squyres saw an object off to his right; he slowed down and stopped, but when he got of the car (100 yards from it) it began a rapid vertical ascent with a sound “like a covey of quail flying,” disappearing vertically. It looked like two platters put together, about 75 ft long, 40 ft wide & 15 ft high, and was hovering with a slight rocking motion 10 ft off the ground. It was a dull aluminum color, and had a row of small rotating propellers around the circumference. There was a window in front through which he could see the blue-lighted head & shoulders of a man, and several large windows in the mid-section through which blue-lighted movement of some sort could be seen. At the site was found a 60-foot impression in the grass.
Source: Project Blue Book / Humanoid Sighting Report
Type: A - When an entity or humanoid is seen inside or on top of an object or unidentified aircraft
About 5:30 a.m., August 25, 1952, while William Squyres was driving to work from his home in Frontenac, Kansas, he saw a low-hovering object with clearly-defined windows in a heavily wooded area about seven miles northeast of Pittsburg.
"My hair rose straight up on the back of my head," he said when reporting the incident later. He described the object as resembling two turtle shells, or two oval meat platters, placed edge to edge. Along the rim where the two halves joined he noticed a series of small propellers six to twelve inches in diameter projecting outward at close intervals all the way around the object. These propellers were revolving at high speed.
Squyres said the object was about 75 feet long, 45 feet wide and 25 feet high, and was rocking slightly back and forth as it hovered over a field near the highway. The body was of a dull aluminum color and across the top and extending down to the rim of the object were several rectangular windows, through which Squyres could see a bluish light fluctuating from dark to light.
He observed considerable activity behind these windows but it was obscured "like a window shade pulled down. I could see figures behind it." Forward of these windows was another rectangular window which was clear and through it the witness could plainly see the head and shoulders of a single man, sitting motionless, and facing the forward edge of the object.
"I definitely saw a human being through the window," the witness asserted. He turned off the motor of his car and got out. He could hear a steady throbbing sound and as he approached on foot to within a hundred feet, the object suddenly rose straight up into the air and out of sight, making a sound like a "covey of a hundred quail taking off." The vegetation beneath the object was blown about as the object rose up.
Squyres was convinced that the object was "piloted by humans, and not some men from Mars." The witness returned to the scene later with officials from the radio station, who verified the fact that the vegetation appeared disturbed, "like the backwash of where the thing took off." A later investigation by Air Force officials confirmed these findings, and the reliability of the witness was termed "good" in the official report (see Project Blue Book Special Report #14). - NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomenon)
NOTE: In a strange coincidence, the Pittsburg, Kansas sighting was on the same day as the following similar reports:
*Delaware, Ohio - August 25, 1952 - 0540
One observer sees a huge metallic 75-foot long football shaped craft hovering low over the ground. It had several blue-lighted windows & several figures could be seen moving inside.
Source: Paris Flammonde, UFOs Exist / Humanoid Sighting Report
Type: A - When an entity or humanoid is seen inside or on top of an object or unidentified aircraft
*Near Maxatawny, Pennsylvania - August 25, 1952 - 1935
A 25 foot shiny dome shaped object surrounded by a ring of jet pipes was seen by Herbert Long hovering 15 ft above a field about 30 feet away. It stayed there for about 7 minutes, then rose 15 ft and took off at tremendous velocity. Light and some movement were seen through portholes. Subsequently Long returned repeatedly to the site and “made 4 or 5 contacts over the following 6 to 8 months;” he was invited inside the craft. They are “observations discs” from Jupiter, piloted by men like us but more advanced, who eat no meat, and want to be friends to humans.
Source: Richard Hall / Humanoid Sighting Report
Type: A - When an entity or humanoid is seen inside or on top of an object or unidentified aircraft
Type: G - When there is direct contact or interaction between a witness or witnesses and a humanoid or entity; either involuntary, as a result of a forced abduction, or as a voluntary contact
Oddly enough, the Florida Scoutmaster Encounter was only 6 days previous...Lon
Aliens at Pittsburg
By Rupert Matthews - Perhaps the first case of a close encounter of the third kind to be made at the time it happened, rather than in retrospect, occured on 25 August 1952. William Squyres, a radio worker in Pittsburg, Kansas, was driving to work through farmland at 5.30am along Highway 60. As he drove he saw something odd in a pasture field that usually held cattle. As he drew closer he saw the object was silvery grey in colour, about 70 feet across and 12 feet high. It was shaped, Squyres said, rather like two soup bowls placed rim to rim and then flattened somewhat.
Squyres drove up until he was alongside the field and only about 100 yards from the object. He then stopped his car and studied the object more clsoely. He could now see that the underside of the object had a faint bluish glow to it. Around the edge of the object was a rim or walkway. From this rose a number of vertical poles, each topped by what seemed to be a spinning propeller. The object was making a dull, throbbing noise.
At one end of the object there were what seemed to be opaque windows through which indistinct objects could be seen moving. At the other end was a completely clear window through which could be seen a man apparently fiddling with controls or instruments. So far as Squyres could make out, the man was entirely human.
Fascinated, Squyres got out of his car to get a better look. Instantly the object began to rise vertically, the throbbing noise increasing in volume as it did so. The object continued to rise slowly for some seconds, then suddenly accelerated and flew off at high speed.
Squyres reported the incident to the USAF in case he had seen some sort of advanced foreign aircraft. An Air Force officer turned up a couple of days later and asked to be shown the site. He found that in the centre of the field the long grass had been squashed flat in a circle about 60 feet in diameter. The grass stems had all been bent over, not broken, and formed a swirling spiral pattern. The officer collected samples of grass and soil and sent them off for analysis - which later found nothing at all unusual.
The sighting of the UFO was in many ways routine and shows many of the usual features of a close encounter of the second kind. The sighting of a pilot for the UFO inclined the Blue Book investigator to put the incident down as an hallucination, if it had not been for the flattened grass. In the event it was put down as unexplained. - rupertmatthews.com - Roswell: Uncovering the secrets of Area 51 and the fatal UFO crash
Astronomer J. Allen Hynek wrote about the case 25 years later and said that he remembers "puzzling long and hard over this case, one of the very early ones received by Blue Book." Although he first dismissed the case as hallucination, after having encountered much cases years after years, he reluctantly admitted that such careless dismissal may not have been a scientifically bulletproof approach of the question.
The skeptic that expressed a view on the sighting merely commented that it cannot be true because of the small propellers Squire had described, claiming implicitly that the propellers really were propellers and were for lift, which is all subjective interpretation. He seems ignorant that birds do not damage planes that much in general and noted that "a bird hitting a propeller blade would cause instant disaster" and dismisses the case as whimsical invention" because of this.
The same skeptic lists the case elsewhere as to be dismissed under the motive that it was a man and not an extraterrestrial being that was seen in it, although the witness clearly said that he could not be sure of that and was merely voicing his disbelief in extraterrestrial visitors, without having the technical background and distance we now have to make us certain than no human aircraft ever matched the craft he saw. Interestingly, this skeptic author writes that the trace was a sixty foot circle of grass that was pressed down with some loose grass was laid on top as if it had been sucked up from the vertical ascent of the craft, while no source of this is given, no other sources I found provide such details, and the local newspaper actually writes that no trace was found by the officers who came at the site the same morning, and thought the nonexistent trace might have been washed away by the rain.
This skeptic also makes innuendos about ufologist hiding the case because it is supposedly ridicule due to the propellers, but it does actually appear in several compendiums of interesting sightings such as the NICAP's briefing document "The UFO Evidence" of 1964 and many other ufological sources from Vallée to Hynek to Clark etc.
One of the reasons that make the case less impressive than this skeptic tries to argue is that it has only one witness. This is why sensible ufologist would certainly not put it on the top of their "best of" lists, and I am pretty sure that if they had, some skeptics would have been quick to scoff as it is only a single witness report! This really tells a lot about the "skeptical process" on how a single witness case is being criticized for not having received the top attention a skeptic claims it deserves. In reality, the selective bias is largely on the side of the "skeptics" who only talk of a case when it already had a commonplace explanation of when they think they found one. - ufologie.patrickgross.org - The Hynek UFO report- Dr. J. Allen Hynek - 1977
The UFO Evidence - Volume 2 : A Thirty Year Report
The UFO Enigma: A New Review of the Physical Evidence
Hair of the Alien: DNA and Other Forensic Evidence of Alien Abductions
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Coke drinking linked to woman's death, inquest told
The sister of a woman whose partner claimed she died because she drank too much Coca-Cola says she does not hold the company responsible.
However, the woman's partner and mother-in-law say warning labels should be put on the drink.
An inquest for mother-of-eight Natasha Harris was held in Invercargill yesterday. Harris died on February 25, 2010.
Otago-Southland coroner David Crerar did not make any preliminary findings after yesterday's inquest, however pathologist Dan Mornin said he believed Harris died of cardiac arrhythmia and it was likely she was suffering from hypokalemia (low potassium) along with caffeine toxicity, which could have contributed to her death.
When asked by Crerar whether it was probable her consumption of Coca-Cola had caused the hypokalemia and arrhythmia, Dr Mornin said yes, along with poor nutrition and caffeine.
At the inquest, Harris' partner, Chris Hodgkinson, said his partner consumed between 4.5 and 8 litres of Coke a day for several years before her death, and he believed this had contributed to her death.
His mother, Vivien Hodgkinson said after the inquest that warning labels should be put on Coke products.
However, Harris' sister Raelene Finlayson yesterday said no-one had forced her sister to drink the Coke, and she did not hold Coca-Cola responsible for her death. "Nobody forced Tasha to drink all that ... it's like anything, we all know anything in moderation is okay," she said.
The last time she saw her sister, about a week before her death, she had looked unwell, Finlayson said. She told her she should see a doctor, but her sister put her children before herself.
"They didn't live the best lives, but Tasha always put those kids first. They never went without food or anything like that."
In a statement issued after the inquest, Coca-Cola Oceania public affairs and communication manager Karen Thompson, who also attended the inquest yesterday, said the safety of the company's products was paramount.
"We concur with the information shared by the coroner's office that the grossly excessive ingestion of any food product, including water, over a short period of time with the inadequate consumption of essential nutrients, and the failure to seek appropriate medical intervention when needed, can be dramatically symptomatic.
"We believe that all foods and beverages can have a place in a balanced and sensible diet combined with an active lifestyle," the statement says.
The company's thoughts were with the Hodgkinson family, but as the coroner had not yet issued findings into Harris' death, it was not appropriate for Coca-Cola to comment further, it says.
At the inquest, Hodgkinson said he found his partner slumped against a wall after she called out to him. Ambulance staff were unable to revive her, he said.
Drinking up to eight litres of any liquid a day can kill you, regardless of how much sugar or caffeine it contains, a Wellington dietician says.
Foodsavvy's Sarah Elliott said that when "extreme" amounts of fluid were consumed regularly, the body's cells could rupture.
"Ten litres of fluid a day could kill you, no matter what it is."
Specialists recommend that humans do not drink more than four litres of liquid a day. Natasha Harris's daily intake of Coca-Cola would have given her up to a "shocking" 3424 calories and 864 grams (or 3 1/2 cups) of sugar, Elliott said.
Also, the combination of caffeine and sugar encouraged addiction, and soft drinks were shown to make bones thinner and cause osteoporosis.
Elliott had one client whose five-litre-a-day Coke addiction had led to sweating and problems with his weight, skin and teeth.
There were problems when someone with an addictive personality was faced with choosing between cheap soft drinks and more-expensive healthy ones, Elliott said.
"Addictions are serious and she [Harris] would have needed therapy to get through that, and would not have been able to just stop." - tvnz
Mary Pinchot Meyer, JFK Mistress, Assassinated By CIA, New Book Says
Conspiracy theorists who question President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963 have, over the years, become obsessed with another murder. On Oct. 12, 1964, socialite and artist Mary Pinchot Meyer, a longtime Kennedy mistress, was shot execution-style in broad daylight while walking along the Georgetown canal towpath.
Within hours, police charged day laborer Ray Crump Jr. with murder. They never found the gun, however, and a jury acquitted Crump after an eyewitness described the killer as much bigger than the diminutive defendant. In the ensuing years, the case has become one of Washington's most infamous unresolved murder cases.
In his new book, Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision of World Peaceauthor Peter Janney lays out a complex web of high society and high crimes that implicates some of the nation's most respected intelligence agents, journalists and government officials in what Janney contends was a massive cover-up spanning three decades. At the center is a shadowy, all-too-familiar villain, the Central Intelligence Agency of the early-1960s. Continue reading at Mary Pinchot Meyer, JFK Mistress, Assassinated By CIA, New Book Says
UFO sighting near Korean Demilitarized Zone
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Saudi Arabia: Woman faces beheading on witchcraft charge
A Sri Lankan woman could face the death penalty by beheading after she was arrested on suspicion of casting a spell on a 13-year-old girl during a family shopping trip, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. The daily Okaz reported that a Saudi man had complained his daughter had "suddenly started acting in an abnormal way, and that happened after she came close to the Sri Lankan woman" in a shopping mall in the port city of Jeddah.
"He reported her to the security forces, asking for her arrest and the specialised units dealt with the situation swiftly and succeeded in arresting her," Okaz reported.
Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy that has no written criminal code and where court rulings are based on judges' interpretation of Islamic sharia law.
"The punishment is always beheading for anyone found guilty of witchcraft," a Saudi lawyer and human rights activist, Waleed Abu al-Khair, told Reuters.
In December, Amnesty International condemned the beheading of a woman in Saudi Arabia convicted on charges of "sorcery and witchcraft," saying it underlined the urgent need to end executions in the kingdom.
Amnesty said the execution was the second of its kind last year. A Sudanese national was beheaded in the Saudi city of Medina in September after being convicted on sorcery charges, according to the London-based group. - guardian
Veiled Atrocities: True Stories of Oppression in Saudi Arabia
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Woman hurt during sex on work trip entitled to worker's compensation
An Australian public servant injured on a work trip while having sex with a male friend at a motel is entitled to compensation, a court has ruled. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was denied a Workers' Compensation claim for facial and psychological injuries suffered when a glass light fitting came away from the wall above her bed as she was having sex in November 2007. She took ComCare, the federal government workplace safety body, to the Federal Court over its decision to reject her claim. Justice John Nicholas, ruled in her favour, saying the injuries were suffered in the course of her employment. The woman, aged in her late 30s, was employed in the human relations section of a Commonwealth government agency. The agency had sent her to a town in country NSW where she and a colleague were conducting budget reviews and meeting local staff. She was booked into a motel overnight.
In the judgment Justice Nicholas said it was agreed that the woman met a male friend who lived in the country town three or four weeks before the accident. They spoke several times on the phone and she made arrangements to meet up with him at the motel. It was not specified if the light fitting was pulled off the wall by the woman or her male partner, Justice Nicholas said. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal had earlier upheld ComCare's decision, finding that sexual activity was "not an ordinary incident of an overnight stay like showering, sleeping, eating or returning to the place of residence from a social occasion elsewhere in the vicinity. Rather she was involved in a recreational activity which her employer had not induced, encouraged or countenanced". However, Justice Nicholas disagreed, finding it was not necessary for the woman to show that the activity that led to the injury was one that had been expressly or impliedly induced or encouraged by her employer.
"If the applicant had been injured while playing a game of cards in her motel room she would be entitled to compensation even though it could not be said that her employer induced or encouraged her to engage in such an activity," he said. "In the absence of any misconduct or an intentionally self inflicted injury, the fact that the applicant was engaged in sexual activity rather than some other lawful recreational activity while in her motel room does not lead to any different result." During the hearing, the woman's barrister, Leo Grey, said sex was "an ordinary incident of life" commonly undertaken in a motel room at night, just like sleeping or showering. Mr Grey referred to previous cases, including when compensation was granted to a worker who slipped in the shower at a hotel. Mr Grey said there was no suggestion the woman had engaged in any misconduct and noted the absence of any rule that employees should not have anyone else in their room.
But Andrew Berger, for ComCare, said sex was not "an ordinary incident of an overnight stay like showering, sleeping or eating". While sexual activity was an ordinary incident, it was not necessary, he added. In his statement, her sexual partner said they were "going hard". "I do not know if we bumped the light or it just fell off," he said. "I think she was on her back when it happened but I was not paying attention because we are rolling around." In May last year, the woman was granted a suppression order on her name after she told the court she would withdraw her suit if she was publicly identified. Justice Nicholas ruled "the administration of justice would be prejudiced unless an order is made protecting the identity of the applicant". He took into account evidence the woman was suffering from depression and anxiety. "I am satisfied that this is not a case where the application for [non-publication] orders is motivated by simple desire to avoid embarrassment or ridicule," he said. - brisbanetimes
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Dear Mr. Strickler,
When I saw in the newsletter that mentioned to write if we had experienced any unexplained phenomena, I thought I would write and mention something that me and my husband experienced in the winter of 1974 or 1975. The time was about 12 midnight and we were driving home, a distance of about 85 miles. My husband was driving and I was in the front passenger seat. My daughter was asleep in her car seat in the back seat. It was pretty chilly that night so we had the car heater running to keep us warm. I was making idle chit chat to keep my husband alert since we were tired and the heater could lull us to sleep. The road we were traveling on was then just a two lane black top and narrrow. Rarely did you see another car pass by or see any signs of life as the houses thinned to one here or there. The roads on either side for a good distance were lined with tall trees.
We were riding along and something told me to look out my window to the right. I should explain that the voice was not a voice I heard but nevertheless I obeyed the thought and looked out to my right and didn't see anything. Once again the thought occurred to me to look out my window and again I did so and didn't see anything. But this time I kind of ducked down in the seat and looked above the car to the right. It was then I saw what appeared to be an orange red light moving at the same speed of the car and I screamed at my husband that something was flying alongside of the car and at the same speed. I told him to stop immediately and we did. We watched as this reddish cloud moved past the car and gradually descended like an airplane and stopped off to the right and was about a foot of the ground. The cloud looked to be about the size of a small vehicle. You could not see through the light and the light was not bright enough to hurt your eyes as you looked at it directly. My husband and I sat there in amazement and were trying to figure out what this thing was! I rolled my window down an inch or so and I could not detect any odor from exhaust and I could not hear any sound. I think we were both anticipating that something was going to walk out of the cloud toward us. I was then frightened at that possibility and told my husband to hurry up and get us out of there. We took off as fast as we could and I looked back to make sure the thing wasn't following us and it was a while before we even slowed down any. Sincerely, Drenda
UFO's - CHESTERFIELD, VA
Ever since I was extremely young, I always had an interest in the paranormal - nothing much has happened to me. My parents have had a few odd sightings of strange objects in the sky, but nothing beyond that. But around my birthday in 2011 (Oct 20th), I had gotten a new camera. I had been using it for a couple days and then I uploaded my pictures to my computer, I noticed 3 of them had extremely strange objects in the sky (note, I didn't see them while taking the photographs) I live near Chesterfield, Virginia. Also, the dates on the photos date around 2010, because I never got around to correcting the date on my camera. Also recently, I've seen strange odd "aircraft" flying around the area at night.
Pretty strange, I'm thinking about going out and taking some more photos of the sky and seeing if I get anymore. I don't use this email often, so I may not read your response on here, but I do read your blog daily, so responding to me on there is preferable.
NOTE: The top image looks like a plane or jet. The second may be a balloon...but we have seen these cylinders shaped objects before. The third image is interesting...so I went ahead and enlarged it. OK folks...let the writer know what you think. Lon
IS A SKINWALKER STALKING ME?
Lon - A few months ago I started dating a Navajo girl. There has been some trouble with an ex-boyfriend of hers. Strange things have started to happen around my property. I live on a ranch in southern New Mexico and it's very isolated. Lately I've started seeing shadows and shapes moving around outside at night. Coyotes (which have never been much of a problem) have started coming into the yard. I even think I saw one in the house one night, but I can't be too sure. One morning I found a feather laying in front of my door. I quickly called my girlfriend, she told me not to touch it, but wouldn't say why. Can anyone give me any information as to what is going on here exactly. I can't explain it but this is starting to seem like something out of the ordinary. Could there be a skinwalker stalking me?
NOTE: Feathers can be used in Navajo magic-making. Navajo shape-shifters, the Skinwalkers or Yea-Naa-gloo-shee, are witches who assume animal forms. It's save to say that a feather left by a Navajo witch could be part of a spell or curse...Lon
Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah
Stalking the Tricksters: Shapeshifters, Skinwalkers, Dark Adepts and 2012
Just the Facts?: MIB On Security Camera -- We Nearly Lost 'Discovery' -- Is Mt. Fuji Ready to Erupt?
Men In Black on Security Camera Footage - After UFO Sighting in Maryland
Click for video - MIB in Maryland
I was asked about this video today...so give me your opinion.
Description: The original source of this video is from the Aerial Phenomen Investigations Team in MD. For complete details about this incident contact them. I have no further details about this incident Quote from video source: "I work with the Aerial Phenomenon Investigations Team based in MD. One recent UFO investigation yielded actual footage of MIB on a hotel lobby camera. This video has a voice over of the person these MIB came for". --M. Barnharrt
The Real Men In Black: Evidence, Famous Cases, and True Stories of These Mysterious Men and their Connection to UFO Phenomena
Mystery of the Men in Black: The UFO Silencers
KFC Rotten Chicken Lawsuit: Former Manager Says He Was Forced To Serve Green, Expired Chicken
The term "green chicken" is pretty stomach-turning, especially when you learn it might have been purposely served to customers at an Oregon KFC, according to a lawsuit filed this week.
The Consumerist summarizes the lawsuit: "A former manager at a KFC eatery in Oregon alleges that the owner of his franchise not only ordered employees to serve expired chicken, but also that employees who refused to do so were fired."
According to the lawsuit [pdf], KFC receives boxed shipments of fresh -- not frozen -- chicken. The boxes indicate a "kill date" of when the birds were slaughtered and processed. Employees are instructed to not serve chicken 12 days past the "kill date."
The plaintiff, a former manager, explains in the suit that "chicken not served within 12 days of its kill date developed a noticeably foul, rotten smell. In addition, expired chicken changed color from white to light green and the blood on the chicken began to noticeably thicken and coagulate."
But when the plaintiff found greenish chicken and approached the owner saying it should be thrown out, the owner instead instructed him to cook and serve the chicken immediately. Similar incidents continued, according to the suit, such as the plaintiff receiving a text message from the owner to serve rotten produce.
The manager and owner's relationship soured after these instances, especially after another manager left in protest over serving rotten chicken. The manager/plaintiff was eventually fired for "arguing with leadership," and "not creating an environment of team work with leadership and owner."
Though it's impossible to know what really went down between the owner and manager, we're not keen to sample the fare from the Seaside KFC to find out who is telling the truth. - THP
How We Nearly Lost 'Discovery'
Now that Discovery is safely delivered to the Smithsonian, I think I can tell the story of how we nearly lost her in July of 2005, and how well intentioned, highly motivated, hard working, smart people can miss the most obvious.
It’s tough to know people who have died. Many of us knew the astronauts on Challenger and Columbia well. We had met with them daily, we had visited in their homes, we knew their families, their children. It is not an easy thing to lose a colleague; especially one who entrusted their safety to you. So don’t question whether we were motivated to prevent another loss.
Discovery was the shuttle return to flight vehicle after the Challenger was lost; two and a half years were spent from January 28, 1986 until Discovery flew in September 1988. Many improvements were made which resulted in a safe space flight.
Discover was the shuttle return to flight vehicle after Columbia was lost; two and half years were spent from February 1, 2003 until Discovery flew in July 2005. Many improvements were made but safety was not assured. Continue reading at How We Nearly Lost 'Discovery'
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Is Japan's Mt. Fuji Ready to Erupt?
Reports are appearing about unrest and signs of a possible awakening of Mt Fuji volcano in Japan. According to a report which includes an unclear photo of the area, a row of new craters, the largest 50 m in diameter, has appeared on the eastern flank of the volcano at 2200 m elevation. Steam was observed erupting from these vents. The observation joins other signs suggesting a gradual reawakening: A swarm of earthquakes including 4 of magnitude 5 have occurred northeast of Mt Fuji on and after 28 January. An earlier 6.4M quake occurred under the volcano on 15 March 2011. The report also mentions increased activity from a fumarole vent at 1500 m elevation and hot spring areas at the eastern flank observed since 2003. These locations seem to be aligned geographically, and are probably connected. Dr. Masaaki Kimura of Ryukyu University is quoted to admit that there is an increased risk of an eruption on the eastern flank and that the status of the volcano should be closely monitored. Mt. Fuji last erupted in 1707, some 305 years ago. - volcanodiscovery
Is This Justice?
I spent 22 years on death row for a murder I didn't commit. Now, even though I've been proven innocent and freed, the state of Texas still treats me like a convicted killer.
In 1978, I was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 21-year-old woman. After decades in prison and almost 4 separate trials, I never stopped fighting to prove my innocence. And in 1999, DNA evidence proved what I had said all along: I didn't commit that crime.
I was finally released from prison, but nearly 13 years later, Texas won't exonerate me, so I'm still on the books as a murderer. This makes it nearly impossible for me to sign a lease or get a job. Why am I still paying for a crime I didn't commit?
The only person who can officially pardon me is Governor Rick Perry of Texas, and he takes his cues from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. I started a petition on Change.org asking the Board of Pardons and Paroles to recommend me for a full pardon -- will you sign it?
Despite an Appellate ruling throwing out my second conviction with findings that "Police and prosecutorial misconduct has tainted this entire matter from the outset," I feel that the Smith County District Attorney's Office was more interested in saving face than serving justice.
On the eve of my fourth trial, prosecutors offered a plea-bargain: plead no-contest with no admission of guilt, and go free. I had been offered plea-bargains before and turned them down because of my innocence. But by this point, I was facing the possibility of another death sentence and my whole life came apart -- my only brother had been murdered, my Dad had died of cancer, and my mother abandoned me. I took the offer and walked out of the courtroom.
Two months later, DNA evidence proved my innocence.
But because of that no-contest plea, I need Governor Perry to pardon me in order to be considered an innocent man. My time in prison still haunts me -- I have severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stemming from being raped there. I just want to be free of this terrible nightmare, but as long as I am on the books as a murderer, part of me feels like I will always be in jail.
The Texas legal system ignored and abused me for decades. But they won't be able to ignore me any longer if thousands of you stand beside me.
Thanks for your help.
- Kerry Max Cook
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
There have been horrific murderers throughout human history...many are easily recognized by their name or moniker. Monsters Of Our Species and Monsters Of Our Species 2 were posted several months ago. I decided to again post information on a few more 'not so famous' human monsters:
After his jail sentence was complete, his killing spree began. He claimed that by 1978 he had killed more than 100 young girls, and later he confessed to more than 300 murders. He eventually wound up in a psychiatric wing of a Bogota hospital in 1994, and since his release in 1998 has not been seen or heard from. It is not known if he is alive or dead. Many suspect and hope that one of the many bounties offered for his death eventually paid off and that he is dead. If Lopez has escaped his enemies and is still alive there is little doubt that he has returned to his old ways.
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Although she would throw lavish parties with guest lists consisting of some of the most prominent people in the city, the manner in which Delphine LaLaurie tortured her slaves is probably the most widely known of the French Quarter’s macabre tales. In 1833, after several neighbors allegedly saw her cowhiding a young servant girl in the mansion’s courtyard, rumors began to spread around town that LaLaurie treated her servants viciously. According to one tale, a young slave girl was brushing LaLaurie’s hair in the upstairs bedroom when the comb hit a snag in her mistress’s hair, enraging LaLaurie.
LaLaurie whipped the 12-year-old slave girl, who tried to escape but fell to her death from a balcony overlooking the courtyard. The girl was quickly brought into the LaLaurie Mansion, but not before being observed by neighbors, who filed a complaint. The neighbors later asserted that the young girl was buried under a tree in the yard.
The legalities of the situation were handled by Judge Jean Francois Canonge, a friend of the LaLauries, who had visited the house on a previous occasion concerning the welfare of the LaLaurie servants. The LaLaurie slaves were confiscated and put up for auction, and the LaLauries were fined $500. Some of the LaLaurie relatives arranged to buy the slaves back and quickly returned them to her.
On April 10, 1834, during another party, a fire broke out in the kitchen of the mansion. The kitchen — as was the norm in Spanish mansions — was separate from the home and located over the carriageway building across the courtyard. The firemen entered the building through the courtyard. To their surprise, there were two slaves chained to the stove in the kitchen. It appeared as though the slaves had set the fire themselves in order to attract attention. The fire itself was soon subdued. It was then that the real horror of what had happened in the mansion became apparent.
Published on 11 April, 1834, the New Orleans newspaper, The Bee, described how, ”Upon entering the apartments the most appalling spectacle met their eyes. Several slaves more or less horribly mutilated were seen suspended from the neck, with their limbs apparently stretched and torn from one extremity to the other...the slaves belonged to a woman cast as demon, and they had merely been kept alive to prolong their suffering.” It was said that slaves had had their bones broken and their bodies re-shaped, their lips sewn together, that women had been found nailed to the floor, that crude attempts at sex change operations had taken place, and that buckets full of body parts and gore had been found – a Grand Guignol Horror! Surviving slaves later described how they trembled with fear at the prospect of being taken to the attic, because no one ever re-emerged from the attic.
LaLaurie escaped by horse and carriage to Bayou St. John, where she allegedly paid the captain of a schooner to carry her across to Mandeville or Covington. Many claimed they escaped to Paris. Others say they remained on the outskirts of New Orleans.
Several different accounts of the death of Delphine LaLaurie are given. One report said she was killed by a wild boar in a hunting accident in France. Another story, as reported in The Daily Picayune of March 1892, insisted she died among friends and family in Paris.
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Within the inn, the Benders had a large room divided in the middle by the curtain. When a rich man paid them a visit, they offered him a seat of honor which had him turn his back to the curtain. Realizing that a lone male traveller would not resist the charm of a young woman pretending to be all into him, Kate Bender, the daughter of inn’s owner John Bender was set to keep the guest distracted by seducing him while John Bender, or his son John Jr. would come from behind the curtain and smash the man’s head with a hammer (Kate must have loved the feel of fresh brain running down her face).
Bloody Benders would then take the body down to the cellar where they would slit its throat to ensure it somehow doesn’t come back to life (did anyone else think of Johnny from The Shining reading this?) and strip it of all his clothes and belongings. The corpse was then buried in the backyard. Despite serial killings, Bloody Benders were never captured to pay for their crimes.
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Soon after, he was to meet a Flora Elizabeth Brooks, whose father own a prosperous hotel in Waterloo. She soon became the victim of an unwanted pregnancy, and Cream took it upon himself to perform his own abortion, nearly killing Brooks. Her father was understandably enraged, and insisted they marry, which Cream did on September 11, 1876. The next day he left for England, where he registered as a graduate student at St. Thomas's Hostpital in London. He also obtained a qualification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons at Edinburgh.
Cream returned to Canada a few years later, and, undaunted by his previous mishap, began a career as an abortionist. His reputation was quite promising until the body of a young chambermaid named Kate Gardener was discovered at Cream's office, a bottle of chloroform lying beside her. Luckily for Cream, he was not charged with murder, despite the harrowing evidence against him.
Perhaps finally rustled by his near-escape, he took his business into Chicago, but his murderous tendancies again began to show. In August of 1880, Julia Faulkner died under mysterious circumstances, and Cream was arrested on charges of murder -- he escaped conviction again.
When Cream wasn't murdering women and aborting babies, he took it upon himself to market his own person elixir to combat epilepsy, and soon acquired quite a following by a number of patients who swore by the treatment. One of them, a railway agent named Daniel Stott, made the mistake of sending his wife to Cream's office for regular doses of the drug. Julia Stott received much more from the good Doctor than just medicine on each of her visits, and when her husband finally became suspicious of the affair, Cream decided to add a bit of strychnine to the medicine. Mr. Stott died on June 14, 1881, and had it not been for a move of grand stupidity by his killer, Cream would have gotten away "Stott" free.
Originally, Stott's death was attributed to epilepsy, but for some reason Cream wrote to the coronor stating that the pharmacist was responsible for his death, and requested an exhumation. The coronor dismissed the letter, but the D.A. went on a limb and ordered the body to be exhumed -- strychnine was found in his stomach and Dr. Cream's luck finally ran out. He was imprisoned in the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet.
Although it was a life sentence, Cream was released on good behavior on July 31, 1891. He took a quick trip to Canada to collect an inheritance of $16,000 and left for England, eventually to end up in the South London slums.
Only two days after his arrival, he met a prositute named Matilda Clover, who was later to die from nux vomica poisoning. The same fate befell an Ellen Donworth. But as in his first two murders, Cream was uncharged.
After a short break from his murders (and an even shorter attempt at love with a woman named Laura Sabbatini), Cream was to poison two women: Alice Marsh and Emma Shrivell. He would again have escaped detection, had it not been for another unexplicable action: he took it upon himself to accuse his neighbor of the two murders, even going so far as to try his hand at extortion. He said that he had incriminating evidence again a Joseph Harper, and that for no less than 1,500 pounds he would not share his knowledge with the police. Harper refused, and Cream soon lost interest in the attempt.
Yet he refused to forget about the murders -- he soon bragged to others about his vast knowledge on the two murders, even going so far as to take a John Haynes on a tour of the murder scenes! He then did the same to a Mr. McIntyre, who turned out to be a police sergeant, and began surveilance on the doctor. Furthermore, a P.C. Cumley (who had seen Cream with the two girls on the night of their deaths) happened to come upon this "tall gentleman with cross-eyes and bushy whiskers" and also began to watch him. His attempts to blackmail Harper were soon revealed to police, and Cream was finally arrested.
He was charged and found guilty of the death of Matilda Clover, and was sentenced to hang on November 15, 1892. It was there that he would perform his last (and perhaps most inexplicable) action -- he is said to have uttered "I am Jack..." as the noose fell taut and squeezed the life out of his body. As the Ripper murder scare was still in full force, the immediate assumption was that Cream had confessed to being Jack the Ripper.
According to Donald Rumbelow, in The Complete Jack the Ripperthe fact that Cream uttered these words (an event which was sworn to by the hangman) should be suspicious, since the new Commissioner of the City of London Police, Sir Henry Smith, had attended the hanging. He was later to have boasted that he knew more than anyone else about the Ripper case in his autobiography, and yet no mention is made of this occurrence.
Even more damning is the fact, often quoted, that Cream was serving a prison sentence from 1881 to 1891 in Joliet, Illinois. Most claim, therefore, that he could not possibly have been the murderer, as all murders were committed in 1888.
Yet a good Ripper theory dies hard, and new theorists proposed that Cream actually had a double. The two would help each other by the one being in prison while the other was free committing crimes, using his double's prison sentence as an alibi. Those who support this theory believe this is evident early on in Cream's criminal career, when brought into court on charges of bigamy. He was advised to plead guilty, but refused to do so, claiming he was serving a prison sentence in Sydney at the time. Sure enough, the prison was asked if someone fitting his description was indeed there and they replied in the affirmative. In his biography, Marshall Hall (who defended Cream) is said to have believed that Neill Cream had a double in the underworld and they went by the same name and used each other's terms of imprisonment as alibis for each other.
Therefore, while Cream was in Joilet prison, his double would have been able to commit the Whitechapel crimes -- on the day of his execution, Cream knew he had no chance for survival and decided to free his double by confessing to his crimes.
It is also theorized that the corruption which ran rampant in the prisons of Chicago resulted in Cream's being released as a result of a bribe, allowing himself to commit the murders in Whitechapel while the crooked officials swore he was still in prison. Proponents also claim his handwriting matches the handwriting of two of the Ripper letters.
Also neither of these theories can be truly disproved, most refute the theory on grounds that Cream, like Chapman, was a poisoner, not a mutilator. It would make little sense for him to poison his victims before 1888, suddenly go on a murderous and vicious mutilating spree in that year, and then revert back to poisoning his women. His prison sentence adds only more fire to the arguments of the skeptics.
Trial of Thomas Neill Cream.
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Just the Facts?: Bantam Lake UFO Story Continues -- Massive Great White Shark -- Exploding Frozen Cows
Week 2 in Bantam Lake UFO (or meteorite): reports of dead fish unrelated, 'Smoking Gun' investigating
Dead fish in the water, plans by a “Smoking Gun” group to investigate and questions about the dangers, or not, of meteorites—it’s week two in what is thought of as the Bantam Lake UFO story.
After news broke toward the end of last week that both an unidentified person and an on-duty trooper 10 miles away had seen a glowing green object fall from the sky around 2 a.m. April 9, subsequent reporting revealed that it was most likely a meteorite.
Whatever happened, reports of the incident leaving dead fish in its wake are not true, The Smoking Gun Research Agency (SGRA) of Orange, Conn., is investigating, and a meteorite in the lake is said to pose no threat to anything or anyone.
Bantam Lake Protective Association president Connie Trolle said Monday that she hadn’t heard anything about dead fish at the lake. As for the working theory that a documented meteor shower in the area resulted in a meteorite falling into the lake, she said, “The people that are involved that will check. It could be many different things.” Continue reading at Week 2 in Bantam Lake UFO (or meteorite): reports of dead fish unrelated, 'Smoking Gun' investigating
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Black Military Helicopters Conduct Covert Exercises Over Chicago
In a repeat of events in LA three months ago, black military helicopters buzzed skyscrapers and high rise buildings in downtown Chicago Monday night, in what has been described as an urban training exercise.
Witnesses reported at least three Blackhawk helicopters flying in close formation, then separately, around offices and residential buildings for several hours.
Several smaller A/MH-6 Little Bird helicopters were also seen circling close to the Chicago River. The choppers are often used by military special forces.
Witnesses described seeing three or four military personnel hanging out of each of the helicopters brandishing automatic weapons.
The following stunning videos show just how close the choppers came to the buildings, literally rattling windows as they flew past:
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As we reported in January, the exact same scenario was played out in Los Angeles for a full week, with huge Black Hawk helicopters seen hovering over the US bank building and The Staples Center, along with four of the smaller OH-6 choppers.
A statement issued at the time by the LAPD, announced that the covert exercises were “designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments, prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployments, and meet mandatory training certification requirements.”
The exercises are part of a spate of recent military drills to hit heavily populated areas throughout the country.
Back in April last year, residents of Brickell, Miami witnessed at least three large Black Hawk-like helicopters conducting military exercises over their heads. Some initially believed it was a movie shoot.
Further exercises of the same nature were reported in Boston in August. - infowars
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Exploding Toilet at GSA
There was a lot of potty talk by government workers after toilets exploded in a federal building last year, sending one woman to the hospital.
"I am scared to pee," was the subject of an email sent by one employee in the General Services Administration, according to a probe of the infamous john incident by MuckRock.
There was reason to worry. "DO NOT flush toilets or use any domestic water," stated an internal GSA memo leaked to media after flying porcelain fragments injured two workers in the September blowup in Washington, D.C.
Decrepit pipes filled with air, causing the plumbing explosion, according to other emails cited by MuckRock.
Water cooler conversation was dominated by the bathroom blast. "Check out this story about my building," gushed an employee in another email. "Who was this???," wondered a worker about the unlucky lady who got hurt, MuckRock said. - THP
Massive great white shark caught in Sea of Cortez
A great white shark measuring nearly 20 feet and weighing 2,000 pounds -- according to a local report -- was hauled up Sunday by commercial fishermen in the Sea of Cortez near Guaymas.
The massive predator was dead when it was brought to the surface in a net deployed by fishermen named Guadalupe and Baltazar, who were treated to the surprise of a lifetime when they saw what they had captured.
"We were amazed and immediately realized that we had a huge, dead, great white shark, and then we thought what are we going to do?," Guadalupe told Pisces Sportfishing, which is located in the resort city of Cabo San Lucas.
There is some dispute about the size If, in fact, it measured six meters (19.8 feet), as Milenio News reported, it'd be one of the longest white sharks ever recorded.
The fishermen, who were aboard a 22-foot skiff, towed the behemoth two miles to the beach, where dozens of people helped drag it onto dry sand.
"Guadalupe and Baltazar swore they had never seen a fish this big before in their lives," the Pisces blog stated. "Even though on March 13 of this year, some of their fellow fishermen had also caught a great white, which had weighed 990 pounds."
Adult white sharks were once believed to be rare in the Sea of Cortez, or Gulf of California, but scientists now believe parts of the gulf serve as a nursery for the species. - petethomasoutdoors
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Frozen Colorado cows may be blown up
A group of stray cows that froze to death in the Colorado mountains must be blown up or set on fire to avoid water contamination, forestry officials say.
The carcasses were discovered near the Conundrum Hot Springs in Aspen by two Air Force Academy cadets in late March.
The cows were found in a ranger cabin where it is thought they wandered during a snowstorm after they were separated from the herd last year.
The plan is to remove the dead animals before they begin to thaw.
US Forest Service spokesman Steve Segin told the BBC: "Obviously, time is of the essence because we don't want them defrosting."
He told the BBC that "negative interactions" with other wildlife were also a concern.
They need to use the minimal tool to get the job done”
Winter temperatures in the area regularly drop to below 0F (-18C).
The hot springs are inside a federal wilderness area high in the Rocky Mountains, which prevents mechanical options, like chainsaws, from being used.
The options include letting the cows decompose and closing off the area, setting off explosives to break up the animals and speed up the decomposition process, or setting the cabin on fire.
Officials say there are about six cows inside the cabin and several just outside.
Michael Carroll, a spokesman for the Wilderness Society in Colorado, told the Associated Press: "They need to use the minimal tool to get the job done.
"They don't want to leave the land scarred."
According to Mr Segin, the cows' owner has been found through the tags on the animals.
Cows and other animals are allowed to graze on federal wilderness land if the owner has a permit. - BBC
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