Saturday, June 09, 2012

Dalby Spook Case: Gef...The Talking Mongoose


For almost 80 years speculation has surrounded the case of the Dalby Spook — a talking mongoose called Gef — since a 13-year-old girl is said to have first seen it in 1931.

Christopher Josiffe, a cataloguer at London University's Senate Library, has conducted research into the case which he has documented at the Fortean Times (January 2011) Gef the Talking Mongoose; the Flat That Time Forgot; Alan Godfrey Abduction of 1980; Origins of Inspiration and the Power of the Ouija Board; Phantom Cat; London Earthquake; Invisible Terrors; Crop Circles in Cyberspace (FT269)published at the Fortean Times

The following is an overview of the case:


THE STORY OF 'GEF'

The strange saga of Gef the talking mongoose began in Autumn 1931 in an isolated farmstead on the Isle of Man called Doarlish Cashen (Cashen's Gap). The farm was home to 60-yr-old Jim Irving, his wife Margaret, and their 12-yr old daughter Voirrey.

Jim had been a commercial traveler before taking up farming in his retirement. The farm was not a success. Productivity was dropping, and the family struggled to make ends meet. They had no electricity, no phone and no radio. Their nearest neighbours lived over a mile away.

The Thing in the Walls

One dull September evening, the family heard inexplicable "blowing, spitting and growling" sounds coming from behind the wooden paneling lining the farmhouse walls. Jim thought a rat was to blame, and tried in vain to drive it from its lair.

The strange noises persisted over the following days. Jim set traps and laid down poison, but all to no avail. In desperation, he even tried to flush the intruder out by growling like a dog. To his surprise, it growled right back at him!

The elusive creature proved to be a talented mimic. It ingratiated itself with Jim by dutifully repeating his imitations of various animals and birds. Soon, he had only to name an animal and it would promptly respond with the appropriate imitation. At other times it made a gurgling sound like a baby attempting to form its first words. Then it began to talk...

Gef Introduces Himself

By way of experiment, Voirrey asked the creature to repeat some nursery rhymes. It obliged in a clear, if very squeaky, voice. Soon it was speaking freely. It introduced itself as Gef (pronounced 'Jeff') and claimed to be "an extra clever mongoose" born in Delhi, India in 1852. (A neighbouring farmer had actually imported Mongeese to the island 20 years earlier, hoping to curb the local rabbit population.)

Gef was soon holding regular conversations with both Voirrey and her father. (He seemed rather less friendly towards Voirrey's mother, Margaret.) He began nesting in a boxed partition in Voirrey's room, which the family dubbed "Gef's sanctum".

Although Jim and Margaret both caught brief glimpses of Gef, only Voirrey was allowed to look at him directly. She described him as being the size of a small rat, with yellowish fur and a long bushy tail.


Gef's Habits

Gef soon became one of the family. During the day he would roam the island, riding on the back axles of buses and cars. In the evening he would return home to share the news and gossip he had picked up on his travels. Sometimes he would also read out items from the local newspapers.

Gef's Sanctum "It announces its presence by calling either myself or my wife by our Christian names," Jim Irving wrote. "It's hearing powers are phenomenal. It is no use whispering. It detects the whisper 15-20 feet away, tells you that you are whispering, and repeats exactly what one has said."

Gef would often bring rabbits home for Margaret to cook. In return, he was given tidbits such as biscuits, sweets and chocolate. He was also fond of bacon and sausages. The food would be left out for him on the crossbeams near the ceiling, and he would sneak out and snatch it when no-one was looking.

Like many a poltergeist Gef had a rather short fuse. For example, he once suddenly flew into a rage when he thought Jim was taking too long opening the morning post. "Read it out, you fat-headed gnome!" he squeaked furiously.

He also seemed to enjoy deliberately provoking Voirrey's parents. One night, he made a nuisance of himself by sighing and groaning for 30 minutes without pause, before confessing, "I did it for devilment!"

On another occasion, Margaret found herself being pelted with stones as she walked home. "Is that you, Gef?" she called out. "Yes, Maggie the witch woman, the Zulu Woman, the Honolulu woman!" taunted the impertinent mongoose.


Gef's Fame

Voirrey and Jim Irving with Richard Lambert The Manx papers ran a series of gently mocking articles about the 'Dalby Spook' (as they dubbed Gef) which led to Voirrey being teased mercilessly at school. Gef's fame spread to the mainland after Jim Irving persuaded the psychic researcher (and inveterate self-publicist) Harry Price to take an interest in the case.

But even as Gef's notoriety grew, his visits to the Irvings became fewer and farther between. By the time Price showed up to investigate in person, the marvellous mongoose was conspicuous only by his absence.

In 1936, Price published the results of his investigation in a book co-authored with journalist Richard Lambert entitled The Haunting of Cashen's Gap: A Modern 'Miracle' ExplainedAlthough Price did not explicitly accuse the Irvings of perpetrating a hoax, neither did he validate their claims.

Farewell to Gef

Soon after Price's book was published, the Irvings left Cashen's Gap for the mainland. Gef did not follow them there, nor did he introduce himself to the new owner, a Mr. Graham.

Intriguingly, in 1947 Graham trapped and killed a strange looking animal that seemed to be neither ferret, stoat nor weasel. "It answers to all descriptions," the puzzled farmer told the local press. Eventually, Graham too left Cashen's Gap, and the farmhouse was demolished.

In 1970, a reporter from FATE magazine managed to track Voirrey down for an interview. She proved reluctant to discuss her former life with Gef. "Yes, there was a little animal who talked and did all those other things," she admitted. "He said he was a mongoose and we should call him Gef... But I do wish he had let us alone." - dalbyspook.110mb.com / thesupernaturalworld.com

Psychic Pets & Spirit Animals: True Stories from the Files of FATE (Fate Presents)

What Was Gef?

Nandor Fodor, distinguished parapsychologist and psychoanalyst, investigated the case. He came to the following final conclusions:

* Not a poltergeist: Gef performed bodily functions that poltergeists don’t. He had three fingers and a thumb, so he could pick up items and, on one occasion, tug at Jim’s pants. Fodor sent Gef a book about poltergeists before he went to Doarlish Cashen. Gef said he wasn’t like poltergeists when Jim read the book to him.

* Not a Familiar: These acquire knowledge by “supernatural” means. Gef gained knowledge through the normal five senses.

* An animal? Gef drank, slept, ate, urinated and regurgitated. He talked in his sleep. He left tooth marks in food. He also caught colds. Fodor theorized that Gef was a mongoose or relative of that fauna family who learned to talk. Years before, a farmer imported mongooses to kill rabbits on his land. Fodor accepted what Gef said he was, an extra clever small mongoose.

Gef wasn’t a cryptid, like Bigfoot. There are multiple sightings of more than one of these creatures and there is no record of a talking cryptid.


NOTE: I never could quite wrap my head around this case...though it does make an interesting tale. Read the Fortean Times post...many more details. Lon

Haunted People: The Story Of The Poltergeist Down The Centuries

Paranormality: Why we see what isn't there

The Folk-Lore of the Isle of Man: Being an Account of its Myths, Legends, Superstitions, Customs & Proverbs (Forgotten Books)

Friday, June 08, 2012

America's Introduction To Zombies


Zora Neale Hurston was a fascinating woman. In the late 1920s and through the 1930s, she traveled throughout the Caribbean studying various aspects of their culture and society.

Part of that study included the study of voodoo and of zombies. One story includes a woman named Felicia Felix-Mentor of Haiti. She died of a sudden illness in 1907. But, she was found walking the streets in 1936. Zora Neale Hurston photographed her and interviewed her. The photograph appeared in Life magazine and introduced the American public to zombies.

Hurston’s interview with Felix-Mentor is included in her book Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica (P.S.)

Here is a fascinating interview with Zora Neale Hurston on YouTube. The interview was recorded from the Mary Margaret McBride show on January 25, 1943.

In the interview, Hurston says that she believes that voodoo zombies were never dead. Instead, she says that people are buried alive after being put in some type of drug-induced state of suspended anmiation. They are buried in crypts (not underground) are not embalmed – these are common practices in the Carribean. They are then “reanimated,” sometimes with their bodies intact but missing their minds. - zombietheology.com

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Early in the morning of 24 October, 1936, in the village of Ennery located in the foothills of the Puylboreau mountains near Cap-Haitien, the entire population was aroused into a tumultuous and frenzied consternation when a woman appeared in the streets clad in ragged clothes. She was old, feeble, and stupefied. Her skin was pale and wrinkled and looked like the scales of a fish.

From all appearances, she had been suffering from eye disease for a long time. Her eye-lashes had almost fallen out;. she could not bear the glare of sunlight and, to protect her eyes, she had covered her face with a dark dirty rag. This added to the curiosity and superstitious awe of the people.

A mass hysteria swept through the entire village. Crowds gathered around to see that strange woman. People began to ask questions, to cast suspicions, and to try to identify her with various people who were known to be dead long ago.

One of the families living near Ennery, known as the Mentors, noticed that she bore a close resemblance to one of their members. From that day onward people began to call the strange woman by the name of Felicia Felix Mentor. The Mentors took her to their family home, fed her, and gave her comfortable quarters.

She remained in the Mentor's home for a few days until the people removed her to a government hospital. She was in the hospital when, a few weeks after, I was sent from the Public Health Department to make an official study of the strange case which by that time was known all over Haiti.

Felicia Felix Mentor, the alleged Zombi under discussion, was not able to give me any information about her name, her age, her birthplace, where she had been previously, where she was going, and how she happened to be in the hospital. All her answers were unintelligible and irrelevant.

Her occasional outbursts of laughter were devoid of emotion, and very frequently she spoke of herself in either the first or the third person without any sense of discrimination. She had lost all sense of time and was quite indifferent to the world of things around her.

Her height was 5 feet 2 inches, and she weighed 90 pounds. She looked like a woman about 60 years old; but after being treated in the asylum for some time under my care, she rejuvenated and looked like a woman of 50.

The evidence which induced the Mentors at first to believe that the strange woman was the member of their family who died long ago became untenable in the light of a scientific study of the case.

At first they had based their belief on the fact that the woman was lame. Before the real Felicia Felix Mentor died, she was lame as a result of a fracture of her left leg.

Her physical appearance and lameness in addition to the deep belief in the country that sometimes the dead come back to life, induced the Mentors to believe that the strange woman was indeed their late sister Felicia.

I made an X-ray examination of both legs at the Central Hospital in Port-au-Prince. There was no evidence of a fracture and the lameness could therefore be attributed to muscular weakness due to undernourishment. This may be said to be the cause since, after she had a normal diet for two months, the lameness disappeared. She also gained weight.

This is evidently a case of schizophrenia and gives us an idea of how cases of similar nature are likely to arouse mass hysteria in a culture where the common people do not usually understand the scientific basis of many natural events which occur in their daily, life.

The case under discussion was reported by Miss Zora Neale Hurston in her book Tell My Horse, in which she stated emphatically 'I know that there are Zombis in Haiti. People have been called back. from the dead.' This American writer stated specifically that she came back from Haiti with no doubt in regard to popular belief of the Zombi pseudo-science.

In her book, the author described the Felicia Felix Mentor incident as a typical case of a Zombi. Evidently she got her information from the simple village folk, whose minds were conditioned to believing the real existence of a superhuman phenomenon. Miss Hurston herself, unfortunately, did not go beyond the mass hysteria to verify her information, nor in any way attempt to make a scientific explanation of the case.

Evidences from European and other cultures could be found, where whole communities have been aroused into a mass hysteria as a result of the unexpected appearance of queer persons. Such appearances very often rekindled the dying embers of archaic super-stitious beliefs that were deeply rooted in the traditional culture of a people.

Perhaps extension of the province of psychiatry from a study of the individual to a study of the collective behaviour of man may yet reveal to us some of the basic principles underlying the social problems of our time. Certainly, social psychiatry stands a good chance of exploding the Zombi-psychology of the untutored Haitian peasant, as well as any similar beliefs entertained in other cultures. - Louis P. Mars, M.D. - Man: A Record of Anthropological Science - Vol. XLV, no. 22. pp. 38-40 - March-April, 1945

Zora Neale Hurston : Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writings : Mules and Men, Tell My Horse, Dust Tracks on a Road, Selected Articles (The Library of America, 75)

Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica (P.S.)

Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie

Thursday, June 07, 2012

The Mysterious Chase Family Vault


There is a vault in a West Indies cemetery that prefers its coffins in disarray. An entire family was buried within - the Chase family. One by one, family members both young and old would die and be carefully placed in their eternal resting place - until the father (rumoured to be one of the most hated men on the island) was interred. When the ground keepers opened the door to store him within, all the coffins seemed to have scattered themselves about the floor.

The strange occurrence happened again and again. Some reports say people could actually hear the coffins moving themselves while locked inside the cement sealed vault.

The first published account of these moving coffins was by Sir J. E. Alexander's Transatlantic Sketches (1833):

"Each time that the vault was opened the coffins were replaced in their proper situations, that is, three on the ground side by side, and the others laid on them. The vault was then regularly closed; the door (a massive stone which required six or seven men to move) was cemented by masons; and though the floor was of sand there were no marks of footsteps or water.

The last time the vault was opened was in 1819. Lord Combermere (governor of the colony) was then present, and the coffins were found confusedly thrown about the vault, some with their heads down and others up. What could have occasioned this phenomenon? In no other vault in the island has this ever occurred".


The first to be housed in the edifice was Mrs. Thomasina Goddard in or around 1807. She was followed by two year old Mary Ann Chase in 1808 and then by another child - Dorcas Chase in 1812.

Those coffins were all very well behaved until the family head - Thomas Chase - was to be placed inside. Thomas, as we've already stated, is said to have been one of the more despised men on the island. When the crypt was opened to place him inside, the other coffins seemed to have moved themselves from their orderly places.

Those in the funeral party were angered at the finding, supposing heartless robbers to be responsible. This thought was soon abandoned as nothing was missing from the coffins, nothing of value had been placed inside in the first place, and (most significantly) the door to the burial site was a huge stone cemented in place. To open it, the cemetery workers quite literally had to do so with a hammer and chisel. The stone was also said to have been so big, a team of at least four men would be needed to move it. Confused, the townspeople placed the freshest body inside and resealed the vault.

The newest coffin was a 240 lb. lead coffin, an extremely difficult thing to toss about for anyone looking to drag it around until money fell out.

In 1816 another burial was to take place - this time for eleven year old Charles Brewster Ames. Again the coffins were everywhere but in their proper places. The 240 lb. lead coffin of Thomas Chase was also in the wrong location. The crypt had been completely sealed and, again, had no signs of tampering or forced entry.

52 days later, another burial was to take place in the crypt. A large crowd gathered for this one, and they weren't disappointed. This time the cement-sealed door was closely examined before opening, with no strange findings. Again the coffins had thrown themselves about. There was a difference this time in that the first coffin that had been placed inside - the only one made of wood - had been badly damaged by the tussle. A reverend was called in to check the scene, but left with no new insight. Once again the vault was sealed.


In 1819 another family burial was needed. The vault was opened with all the same results - except the wooden one found damaged the last time had not been moved one single inch. The governor of the island (Lord Combermere) had enough at this point and ordered his own investigation - nothing was found. This time sand was scattered on the ground to catch the footprints and movements of any pranksters. The governor's own seal was placed in the hardening cement, then the vault was ordered sealed until the next family tragedy.

But the governor couldn't wait that long.

Less than a year later the head-of-state ordered the crypt opened, this time only in front of himself and several friends. The seal was perfectly intact upon arrival, but the coffins were still scattered. Some of them had even flipped upside down, and one was lying halfway up the stairs leading to the door. The sand so carefully placed before gave away no footprints or signs of water. The governor then ordered the coffins removed to a new burial site, and the crypt was left open. It's standing open and empty to this very day.

Sources:
castleofspirits.com
onesuffolk.co.uk
funbarbados.com
ghost-story.co.uk
Jerome Clark - 1999 - Unexplained!: Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurrences & Puzzling Physical Phenomena


Cemetery Stories: Haunted Graveyards, Embalming Secrets, and the Life of a Corpse After Death

Haunted Cemeteries: Creepy Crypts, Spine-Tingling Spirits, and Midnight Mayhem

Tales Of The Weird And Bizarre

Just the Facts?: Zombie Attack Reality -- Plane Crash Ghosts Scare Residents -- Vieques PR UFO Encounter


Zombie Attack Reality

Could zombies actually exist? What would it take for human corpses to rise up and hunt the living? We often think zombies are scientifically impossible — but actually, they're just very implausible. Here's one way The Walking Dead could happen in real life.

To start our zombie thought experiment, we need to make some basic assumptions. First, we're ignoring all supernatural zombie origins. We're also going to set aside space radiation, mysterious comets, or Russian satellites. Our focus will be narrowed to biological origins –- a zombie contagion. Of course, there are many different zombie scenarios in books and film, and no one theory is going to cover all of them perfectly.

The first aspect of human zombification we need to tackle is basic zombie physiology. In virtually every zombie scenario, zombies are able to function despite increasing levels of physical deterioration due to injury or decomposition. There has to be some mechanism for transmitting neural impulses from the brain to various body parts, and for providing energy to muscles so they can keep operating.

The most common science fictional explanation for zombie outbreaks is a virus — but viruses and bacterial infections are not known for building large new physical structures within the body. So let's count viruses out. Instead, the need for a mechanism to activate deteriorating body parts actually provides the cornerstone of what is, in my opinion, the strongest theory: fungal infection. Continue reading at Zombie Attack Reality

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks


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New face-eating ‘bath salts’ attack in Louisiana

Another violent face-biting incident associated with the drug mephedrone has taken place, this time in Louisiana, according to Lafayette, Louisiana’s KATC. Forty-three-year-old Carl Jacquneaux is accused of biting the face of Todd Credeur in a bizarre attack that took place over the weekend and bears a startling resemblance to a case that took place last month in Miami, in which 31-year-old Rudy Eugene attacked another man and tore off most of his face with his teeth before being shot dead by police.

Credeur said that he was working in his yard when Jacquneaux, reportedly upset about a “domestic matter,” attacked him and, in the words of Scott, Louisiana Assistant Police Chief Kert Thomas, “bit a chunk of the victim’s face off.” Credeur defended himself by spraying “wasp spray” into Jacquneaux’s face, ending the attack.

Jacquneaux fled the scene, but soon after appeared at the house of another acquaintance in the town of Carencro, attacking him, holding him at knife point and demanding a gun. It was there that police deputies caught up with Jacquneaux and arrested him.


Police say that they believe that Jacquneaux was under the influence of drugs at the time of arrest, but failed to conduct blood tests before he was incarcerated. KATC reports that a woman familiar with Jacquneaux indicated that the suspect had been using so-called “bath salts.”

Mephedrone is a synthetic stimulant that users say makes them feel energized and confident. It intensifies the pleasure associated with hearing music and is therefore popular in nightclubs, at concerts and at “raves.” At toxic levels, however, the drug reportedly causes intense confusion and sometimes violent rage, spikes in body temperature and hallucinations.

Wired magazine reports that regulators are engaged in an elaborate game of “Whac-a-mole” with the chemists producing the drugs. “Every time a compound is banned, overseas chemists synthesize a new version tweaked just enough to evade a law’s letter,” wrote Wired‘s Brandon Keim.

Producers of the mephedrone have sold it under the names “bath salts” and “plant food.” It exploded into widespread use in the U.K. in 2008, prompting lawmakers to ban it, first in the U.K. and Israel, then in all of the EU. Congress hurriedly made the chemical temporarily illegal in the U.S. in October 2011. - rawstory

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Plane Crash Ghosts Scare Residents

As the site of last Sunday plane crash in Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State was fumigated yesterday, some residents of the area have appealed to the authorities to bury the victims far from the area.

Their apprehension was based on their belief in the existence of ghosts.

Idayatu Ali, a 24-year-old unemployed school leaver, said living around the scene of the crash, was a worrisome idea some of them have been battling with. As such, she said no one would want the victims buried at the scene of the accident, “for fear of their ghosts appearing to us”.

According to her, human beings are no goats and when they die prematurely, especially, violently, their ghosts tend to haunt the scene for a while.

“This is no superstition; I have witnessed where a young man died in an accident and his ghost continued to cry at the scene for days until a sacrifice was performed.

“Please, tell them not to bury the victims here or else, some of us will have to abandon our houses,” she pleaded.

However, Jude Agwu, a commercial motorcyclist, said he and some of his colleagues could easily offer sacrifices to Ogun (the Yoruba god of iron) in a bid to get rid of any ghost threat.

Mr. Iyiola Akande, the South-West Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said no decision had been taken on where to bury the victims.

He, however, believed that identifiable bodies should be released to their relations for burial, while badly burnt ones would be given mass burial, probably far from the scene. - leadership.ng

The Mystery of Ghosts of Flight 401 (Unsolved!)

Haunted Objects: Stories of Ghosts on Your Shelf


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Vieques Island, Puerto Rico UFO Encounter

Vieques Island, Puerto Rico - 6/18/1996 - unedited: My brother worked as a civilian security patrol guard at the former NARF(naval ammunitions reserve facility) US NAVY base in Vieques, P.R. about 15-20 years ago. Although for some reason(maybe the language barrier) little has been informed to the public about it, this area has had a fairly large history of UFO and Alien activity. This activity was concentrated and has been recorded to had happened here more during the years that the US NAVY operated and had they're base facilities here. It is said that many people who were there at some time during those years observed and witnessed several unexplained UFO and Alien beings encounters. This eye witness reports were people that included civilian security personel, local police officers, US NAVY personell stationed at the base there, and civilians from the island. It is known that some of this unusual encounters and incidents were recorded and entered into official records by the US NAVY people. And also that this records became US Government "Classified Information". Vieques is a very small Carribean island and part of Puerto Rico a few miles south-east of the main island. The US military occupied 3/4 of the whole island for over 50 years until around the year 2004 when they ended operations there. They had two military bases there, this particular one on this story was the US NAVY on the West side of the island. And it was a location were NAVY stored naval ammunitions for the Atlantic fleet. You can see Vieques and both od this the military bases there that were feautured in Clint Easwood's movie Heartbreak Ridge (1986). My brother was working as a civilian patrol security guard there when he had this encounter. He recalls that on this occasion, him and a security guard partner were patrolling doing they're rounds around this very remote area on the hills on the base facilities area. And while they were at at one of the ammunitions storage magazine warehouse, they spotted in the distance a very unusual craft(UFO)hovering in the air over this remote beach area. My brother in total disbelieve became very inquisitive about what he was observing. And talked to his partner about wanting to drive down to that area to take a closer look to see what this thing was. But his partner seemed to be full of fear about it, and did not wanted to drive down there to get any closer to the object. My brother observed that this thing hovering in the air over that beach was emitting all this very unusual colored-lights and that is was something like he had never seen before. And he could not explain to himself what that thing was. But whatever it was, it did not appear to be like something out of this Earth. He did not wanted to go alone down there closer to that beach area to investigate what that thing was. Finally he was able to convinced his very frightful partner to join him and drive they're 4-wheel drive patrol vehicle down there and take a closer look at it. According to his description of the account, they drove down from this hill area down this remote beach 4-weels trail and stopped the vehicle a little distance away from where the craft was still hovering over the beach. And he got out of the vehicle mesmerized observing all this wierd display of colored lights comming out of this hovering craft. He went back into the vehicle and brought out this spot light with him. And then he began to flash like signals to this craft. At this, it sounds like the craft noticed they're precence nearby. And inmediatly turned and began hovering and approching them at a very fast speed until it came to a distance right above they're heads. And even with both being so frightened by this, they observed all this lights comming out of it and then like a light beam began comming out from the bottom of the craft at them. Inmediatly panicking and back inside the vehicle they managed to peel away and make a run down that trail away from that thing for dear life. And they kept going until they got back to the base buildings area. And this story is one of the several others UFO/allien encounters that had occured over the years on this area in Vieques, P.R. - MUFON CMS

The Island of Paradise - chupacabra, UFO crash retrievals, and accelerated evolution on the island of Puerto Rico

Reality of the Serpent Race and the Subterranean Origin of UFOs

A Field Guide to Aliens: Intergalactic Worrywarts, Bubblonauts, Sliver-Slurpers, and Other Extraterrestria


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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

A Few Words On 'Phantoms and Monsters'


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Just the Facts?: HIV Feds Most Successful Bio-Weapon -- Vampire Skeletons -- Giant Squid Found



How the HIV Virus Became the US Government’s Most Successful Bio-Weapon

In the rainforest of south-east Cameroon 80% of the meat eaten is “bushmeat”. The indigenous people consume a diet of gorilla, chimpanzee or monkey.

It is estimated that an excess of 30,000 gorillas are killed in Cameroon each year for their meat.

The habits of tribes like those in Cameroon are now being blamed for the transmission of viruses like the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which is purported by mainstream scientists to have originated in chimpanzees.

Babila Tafon of the Ape Action Africa (AAA) a primate sanctuary claims to have found a new virus in the apes arriving at the AAA. It is a simian “foamy” virus, closely related to HIV. Tafon explains: “A recent survey confirmed this is now in humans, especially in some of those who are hunters and cutting up the apes in the south-east of the country.”

Transfer of viruses from ape to human occur when the primate bites or scratches, however, some assert that eating primate meat (although cooked) is a transferable way for the new virus to reach humans.

Professor Dominique Baudon, the director of the Cameroon Centre, blames the practice of eating bushmeat for the transfer of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) which then trans-mutated into HIV in humans.

Following the storyline of “HIV came out of Africa” researchers at the Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center and San Antonio Military Medical Center, have concluded that people of African descent are more likely to have a genetic trait that makes them “more susceptible” to contracting the HIV virus.

Matthew Dolan, co-author of the study suggests:

The benefit that the Africans got from a mutation that gave them some resistance to malaria has, statistically at least, rendered them some increased susceptibility to HIV.

The question researchers asked was: how do some people exposed to HIV contract the virus while others do not?

The study analyzed more than 1,200 US military service men and women infected with HIV to answer questions about the genetic aspects of the disease.

In 60% of African-Americans and 90% of Africans, a genetic trait was identified that made HIV 40% more prevalent than in Caucasians.

These researchers did not consult Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan ecologist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, who says that HIV was created deliberately in a laboratory as a biological weapon.
Maathai stated at a press conference after receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize that:

Some say that AIDS came from the monkeys, and I doubt that because we have been living with monkeys (since) time immemorial, others say it was a curse from God, but I say it cannot be that.

Maathai maintains that HIV was created by,

agents to wipe out other people . . . In fact [the HIV virus] was created by a scientist for biological warfare. Why has there been so much secrecy about AIDS? When you ask where did the virus come from, it raises a lot of flags. That makes me suspicious.

She asserts that HIV was created for the purposes of population control in Africa.

Dr. Alan Cantwell, MD agrees with Matthai’s summation of the origins of HIV.

Cantwell explains:

After the smallpox vaccine story hit the front-page of The London Times, the story was subsequently killed and never appeared again in any of the world major media. The smallpox eradication vaccine program sponsored by the World Health Organization was responsible for unleashing AIDS in Africa. About 100 million Africans living in central Africa were inoculated by the WHO. The vaccine was held responsible for awakening a ‘dormant’ AIDS virus on the continent. I am sure the ‘big business’ of vaccine makers had something to do with censoring the story. Also the Times story provided another explanation for the outbreak in Africa other than the widely-accepted ‘monkey in the African jungle’ theory of HIV/AIDS.

Cantwell believes that primates were injected with various cancer-causing and immunosuppressive viruses, as part of primate animal cancer research conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

In the 1970s, at Fort Detrick in Maryland, Richard Nixon joined the NCI with the military’s biological warfare unit.

Cantwell asserts:

There is NO PROOF that AIDS, which first appeared EXCLUSIVELY in young (primarily white) gay men in Manhattan, came from Africa. This is yet another myth about AIDS. How could a supposed black heterosexual African epidemic transform itself into an EXCLUSIVELY WHITE YOUNG GAY MENS’ DISEASE IN MANHATTAN? In my opinion this is biologically impossible. Furthermore, there was no ‘incubation period’ for HIV in America. As soon as the government-sponsored gay hepatitis B experiment (1978-1981) ended in Manhattan in 1981 the epidemic became official. The first cases of AIDS in gay men appeared in Manhattan in 1979, soon after the gay experiment began in Manhattan, New York City.

Dr. Robert Strecker has explained in his books that Africans were infected with HIV during the smallpox vaccine distribution; as laid out by WHO in a memorandum from 1972.

Prior to 1979, there were no reported cases of HIV/AIDS in Africa, according to Luc Montagnier, a French Pasteur scientist. By calculating Montagnier’s isolation of the first HIV case in Paris, France, the first cases of HIV must have begun in the fall of 1982.

While AIDS are first announced in 1981, there were yet no reported cases proving that there was an African epidemic.

Those populations in underdeveloped nations like Africa succumb to the disease much quicker. Because of the lack of access to medical care, up to 40% of the population is estimated to be killed off.

Experiments conducted by Myron Max Essex at Harvard explained that prior to the HIV outbreak in Africa scientists had foreknowledge that retroviruses cause immunosuppression, by studying feline leukemia viruses.

Robert Gallo, who participated in this research, later admitted that HIV was a government created bio-weapon.

According to an annual volume of the Special Cancer Virus Program, human experimentation with cancer-causing and immunosuppressive viruses was essential. With the “gay plague” and “gay cancer’, such experiments were no longer necessary. The deaths of thousands of gay men proved with these viruses caused cancer, immunosuppression, and were sexually-transmissible between people.

Just as the human radiation experiments administered radioactive elements to unsuspicious Americans, so the HIV virus was unleashed onto the unsuspecting African people receiving a smallpox vaccine.

Last month the first human study conducted for clinical trials commenced with the hopes from the pharmaceutical industry that Vacc-C5, the “HIV vaccine”, would prove successful.

Oslo University hospital hosted the study of Bionor Pharma ASA’s Vacc-C5 believed to slow down or stop induction of immune hyper-activation. This vaccine attacks the virus’s ability to produce, therefore making it the perfect candidate to be a preventive vaccine; administered to everyone eventually.

However, a vaccine trial conducted by rival drug corporation Merck, the HIV Vaccine Trial Network and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases claimed that 24 of 741 volunteers who got the vaccine in one segment of the experiment later became infected with HIV, which causes AIDS. In a comparison group of volunteers who got the placebo, 21 of 762 participants also became infected.

Propaganda articles in mainstream media are pro-HIV vaccine. They claim that “the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS combined existing research and evidence to develop a Strategic Investment Framework (SIF) for HIV/AIDS that showed that by increasing smart and focused investments now we can turn the tide against this disease and can realistically start talking about the end of AIDS.”

Nothing could be further from the truth.

In recent months Africa has been victim to:

The ravaging by AFRICOM under Obama’s orders to search out and capture Joseph Kony; a minimal threat who has been missing since 2007.

The securitization of their natural resources by corporate and government interests.

They are witnessing the UN’s forcible land grab operations under the guise of preserving the land. The UN has aligned with private corporations to make use of the land without Africa’s consent.

Researchers for the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the University of London sponsored by the British government have located underground aquifers of water in Africa that are 100 times the amount found on the surface of the continent. They intend to securitize these supplies.

Obama’s creation of the New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security (NAFNS) that is a $3 billion plan to securitize Africa’s food supply by giving African land to private corporations (like Coca-Cola and Nestle) to make agricultural use and nationalize the food production and disbursement.

The resurgence of MSM coverage in HIV/AIDS is purely to promote the new HIV vaccines that are currently being researched by pharmaceutical corporations in conjunction with government bio-weapons agencies.

While the purpose of the vaccine to “cure” HIV will no doubt be preventative; meaning everyone will be expected to get the immunization, the threat of large amounts of the world’s populations becoming infected with HIV will become a reality in the near future. - infowars

The Origins of AIDS

Wrongful Death: The AIDS Trial


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WTF! Man on the run after impregnating his mother for the second time

A Domboshava man is on the run after his mother fell pregnant following an incestuous relationship over several years.

The local chief, Chief Chinamhora told state-run Herald newspaper that his aides were looking for Simon Matsvara and his mother Ethel Vhangare who is said to be five months pregnant.

“We are going to hunt for the two and we will punish them severely to send a clear message to would-be offenders that we do not tolerate such acts,” the chief said.

Neighbours in Pote village claimed that this was the second time Ethel had fallen pregnant by her son having suffered a miscarriage the first time back in 2008.

They said the pair started their relationship after Simon’s father, Agripah, suffered a stroke and relatives assigned him to help his mother look after his dad.

A few months later, while her husband was still alive, Ethel admitted to villagers that she was pregnant and that her son was responsible.

Family elders reportedly fined the pair an undisclosed number of cattle and Ethel suffered a miscarriage two months later just before her husband died.

But the pair continued with their relationship, resulting in another pregnancy this year which came to light when Ethel started absconding church services.

Fellow worshipers visited her at home where they found she was five months pregnant and reported the outrage to Chief Chinamhora.

The pair then fled the community after the chief sent his aides to arrest them.
Meanwhile, Chief Chinamhora also had to fine a 26-year-old man and his niece, 22, from Mutonda village who had lived together as husband and wife since 2007. They bore two children now aged four and one.

The man was ordered to pay two heads of cattle before relocating permanently to his paternal homestead in Rusape while the woman was fined one cow.

“Children are lacking guidance, especially in divorced families. Divorced parents need to set aside their difference for the benefit of their children,” Chief Chinamhora said.

“We are Africans and our culture is being eroded. Parents must unite and send children to holidays such that they are in touch with their relatives and respect each other’s totems.” - newzimbabwe

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'Vampire' skeletons found in Bulgaria near Black Sea

Archaeologists in Bulgaria have found two medieval skeletons pierced through the chest with iron rods to supposedly stop them from turning into vampires.

The discovery illustrates a pagan practice common in some villages up until a century ago, say historians.

People deemed bad had their hearts stabbed after death, for fear they would return to feast on humans' blood.

Similar archaeological sites have also been unearthed in other Balkan countries.

Bulgaria is home to around 100 known "vampire skeleton" burials.

Searchers stumbled across the latest two specimens, dating back to the Middle Ages, in the Black Sea town of Sozopol.

"These skeletons stabbed with rods illustrate a practice which was common in some Bulgarian villages up until the first decade of the 20th Century," explained Bozhidar Dimitrov who heads the National History Museum in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

People believed the rod would pin the dead into their graves to prevent them from leaving at midnight and terrorising the living, the historian added.

Archaeologist Petar Balabanov, who in 2004 discovered six nailed-down skeletons at a site near the eastern Bulgarian town of Debelt, said the pagan rite had also been practised in neighbouring Serbia and other Balkan countries.

Vampire legends form an important part of the region's folklore.

The myths directly inspired Bram Stoker's legendary gothic horror novel, Dracula, which was first published in 1897 and has since been turned into numerous filmic versions. - BBC

The Secret History of Vampires: Their Multiple Forms and Hidden Purposes

Vampires and Vampirism : Legends from Around the World (Classics of Preternatural History)

Slayers and Their Vampires: A Cultural History of Killing the Dead


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13-Foot Giant Squid Found Off Australian Coast

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Big-game fisherman and Daily Telegraph fishing columnist Al McGlashan got the highlight of his career Friday when he stumbled upon the carcass of a nearly 13-foot squid off the coast of New South Wales, Australia.

"In all my time on the water -- and I've spent 200-plus days out there -- I've never seen anything like it," McGlashan told The Grind in a telephone interview.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Commission, McGlashan was unable to lift the squid to the boat due to its size, but believes the animal must have died recently, as its color was still a vibrant orange.

“They’re sort of one of those mythical things,” McGlashan told Sydney's ABC. “You hear those stories about ancient mariners getting attacked in their boat ... and you only hear about the very occasional one being washed up down in Tassie.”

Australian Museum squid specialist Mandy Reid told the Telegraph the squid was probably either killed by a sperm whale or died of natural causes, citing the species' typically short lifespan.

"Most squid only live for a year, they grow extremely quickly," Dr Reid told the paper.

And if the find wasn't interesting enough on its own, McGlashan's deep sea monster became feed for a large blue shark as he was filming the floating carcass.

"It hoed into the squid straight away and didn't care a bit that it was right next to us," McGlashan told the Telegraph. "It was taking great chunks out of the squid in one bite." - THP

The Search for the Giant Squid: The Biology and Mythology of the World's Most Elusive Sea Creature

Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid

Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster (Smithsonian)


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'Dead' Brazilian boy 'sits up in coffin at his own funeral and asks for WATER before lying back down lifeless'

A two-year-old boy sat up in his coffin and asked for water before laying back down again lifeless, according to a Brazilian news website.

In a case that seems almost too incredible to be true, ORM claimed that Kelvin Santos stopped breathing during treatment for pneumonia at a hospital in Belem, northern Brazil.

He was declared dead at 7.40pm on Friday and his body was handed over to his family in a plastic bag.

The child's devastated family took him home where grieving relatives held a wake throughout the night, with the boy's body laid in an open coffin.

But an hour before his funeral was due to take place on Saturday the boy apparently sat up in his coffin and said: 'Daddy, can I have some water?'.

The boy's father, Antonio Santos, said: 'Everybody started to scream, we couldn't believe our eyes. Then we thought a miracle had taken place and our boy had come back to life.

'Then Kelvin just laid back down, the way he was. We couldn't wake him. He was dead again.

Mr Santos rushed his son back to the Aberlardo Santos hospital in Belem,where the doctors reexamined the boy and confirmed that he had no signs of life.

He said: 'They assured me that he really was dead and gave me no explanation for what we had just seen and heard.'

The boy's family decided to delay the funeral for an hour in the hope that he would wake up again, but ended up burying him at 5pm that day in a local cemetery.

He said: 'Fifteen minutes after rushing him away for resuscitation, they came and told me he was dead and handed me his body. Perhaps they didn't examine him properly. Dead people don't just wake up and talk. I'm determined to find out the truth.'

The local state department today confirmed the boy had been admitted to hospital in a critical condition and was declared dead after suffering cardiac-respiratory failure. - dailymail

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Aliens in the Forest: The Cisco Grove Incident


On September 4, 1964, 28 year old Donald Shrum and his friends were bow and arrow hunting at Cisco Grove, Placer County, California.

Before very long, the avid hunter would have an encounter with the unknown; an encounter that would make this the most memorable hunting trip of his life.

During the afternoon of hunting, Shrum had become separated from the rest of the group, and with nightfall fast approaching, he decided to sleep the night away in a tree for safety. His attention was soon drawn, however, to the sight of a white light which zig-zagged through the trees at low altitude.

At first, he thought it was a helicopter, so Shrum jumped down from the safety of the tree, and began lighting flares to attract attention to himself. He thought that his friends had launched a rescue party to locate their missing companion. Finally the white light turned in his direction, coming to a stop some fifty yards from the tree.

He soon discovered that the object was not a helicopter at all, but a strange-looking object, different from anything he had seen before. Now frightened, he climbed back up into the safety of the tree.

After a short period of time, he was shocked to see three beings approaching the tree. Two of them seemed to be a humanoid-type of being, while the third was more robot-like. Shock became utter panic now, as the three began to shake the tree in an attempt to dislodge him. He vividly recalls a white vapor being shot from the robot's mouth; which rendered him unconcious.

When he came to, he was nauseous, but began throwing lighted matches toward the beings, which caused them to back away from the tree momentarily.

Soon the assault continued. Finally, Shrum managed to load and shoot an arrow at the invaders, hitting the robot. The direct hit caused a spark to fly, indicating that the arrow had hit a metallic surface. He managed to shoot two more arrows at the beings, each time causing to the group to scatter.

Soon, a second robot joined the group, and again Shrum was rendered unconscious by the strange, white vapor coming from the entity's mouth.

When he awoke again, the two humanoid beings were now climbing the tree! He mananged to thwart the attack by throwing different objects at them, and shaking the tree.

This scenario continued off and on for most of the night.

As dawn approached, more beings arrived, and this time a large volume of smoke caused him to black out completely.

When he awoke, he was barely hanging from the tree by his belt. The aliens were finally gone. Shrum was soon rescued, and reunited with the other hunters. Corroborating at least part of his story, one of the other men who had also become lost, and seen the UFO. What exactly were these humanoid-like creatures that Shrum encountered that fearful night in California?

Unfortunately, Donald Shrum was the only witness to these other worldly beings. - ufocasebook.com / 'Strange Effects From UFOs' (NICAP 1969) / 'The Hynek UFO Report' (1977)




Click for video - Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte discuss the Cisco Grove UFO encounter | Open Minds Radio

Click for video - Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte discuss the Cisco Grove UFO encounter | Coast to Coast AM - George Knapp

Description with Coast to Coast AM: Ufologists Ruben Uriarte and Noe Torres discussed one of the world's most intriguing and least known UFO cases. The incident took place in 1964, when eyewitness Donald Shrum had a terrifying 12-hour encounter in the Tahoe National Forest with menacing robot-like and humanoid invaders. He'd been hunting with two companions when they saw an enormous cigar-shaped UFO-- around the size of a 14-story building. According to Shrum, from out of the larger craft, a smaller scout ship was expelled, which landed nearby. He was then discovered by two small humanoid beings that looked like they were wearing "welding goggles," Uriarte recounted.

As the beings came toward him, Shrum climbed up a tree to escape them. Then, he noticed a more robot-like creature with fiery orange eyes that came toward him and emitted a vapor that would temporarily knock him out. Carrying a bow and arrow, he tried shooting at the robot. He also observed that audio signals from the ship seemed to influence the behavior of the beings. Eventually, a second robot appeared and they increased the volume of the asphyxiating vapor, and Shrum said he was knocked unconscious until the morning. When he woke up, the beings were gone, and Shrum later sought medical attention to see if he might have been exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.

A second witness, Shrum's hunting companion Vincent Alvarez, gave a written affidavit as to seeing a bright craft. Shrum was initially hesitant to go public with his story because he thought it might jeopardize his career as a missile defense contractor, Torres noted. At the time, Shrum did speak with the Air Force about what he saw but they tried to downplay the incident and suggest that he was the victim of a hoax or prank. Torres and Uriarte believe the case is comparable in significance to the Betty & Barney Hill abduction, and also draws parallels to the Travis Walton, and Pascagoula UFO abductions.



Aliens in the Forest: The Cisco Grove UFO Encounter


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