Saturday, August 18, 2012

Reader Submissions: Slenderman? -- Ouija Board -- 'Comedy Store' Spirits

The following anecdotes are reader submissions:


I'm 29 with one 2 year old son. One night (February, 4 2011 in Florida) I was walking my dog and at the end of the block (that my house was on) there was a tall man with a wing span taller then him standing by his car (I'd imagine it was his car). I could not make out any face (even if he had one) but I looked at him. He had a suit on but it had looked beat up and dirty with rips etc. The right sleeve was torn up to his elbow but his skin looked like a normal mans skin. He had black dress shoes (or at least that's what they looked like). He looked at me and he waved, got in his car and drove away. From that night on I installed cameras and alarms all around my house but I have never encountered him again. This is what I know about this "Slender man" that everyone seems to be raving about. Thank you for reading this.

Sincerely, Alex V.



I am 65 and I’ve had paranormal ghost activity since I can remember. My mother used to hold seances, and used the Ouija board. I heard about Dan Akroyd’s father, so I sent Dan a little note, about the 'Comedy Store' in Hollywood. I grew up in Hollywood. My father was friends with a lot of celebrities who appeared at the location when it was a night-club, although he really didn’t like it that much. I had a brief career as a stand-up, and knew a lot of the local comics in 1987.

I honestly didn’t know the 'Comedy Store' was haunted at all. Nobody apparently talked openly about it then. I went over there about midnight once, just looking to see if my friends were there. I went into the main room – it was all cleaned up, tables were set – they used to leave the doors open, so people could come and go.

I walked into the kitchen, nobody was there. Then I figured, I would use the bathroom and leave. I was in the bathroom probably 2 minutes – I came out, but when I passed the main room – all the tables and chairs had been overturned, and the chairs were stacked on top – I thought “boy the cleaning crew sure is fast” – I never heard a thing and it didn’t occur to me that anything was really wrong – until I heard later that the place was haunted.

Then it all made sense – so I contacted Dan, because he owns the club across the street. I didn’t know that Dan was actually going in there – apparently trying to contact the other side? He sent me his father’s book, with a note, that he thought I was a medium. No kidding, I’m a medium alright, they’re piling up like Grand Central Station – I am used to it, but there are ways to contact or communicate, and I’m very cautious.

If you, or Dan, want my help, or want to know anything, please just ask. I went back over to the Comedy Store after Dan sent the book – I had another look – there might be something else going on in there – my father knew these guys – I think they recognized me. I heard someone whisper “that’s her”

Shari H.



My sister was around 15 or so and was at a friend's house for a sleepover. Her and a few other friends decided to play with a Ouija board in their garage. Her friend's mother was at work and her father was in bed, so they had no supervision. While playing with the board they asked if anyone who wanted to speak to them. They got a YES, they asked for a name. They got MOM, they asked for a message. They got UNDR BRIDG. They did not understand the message at the time.

Later, after they had gone on to bed, there was a knock at the front door. It was the local sheriff who had come to the house to tell the girl's father that his wife had been killed in a car accident on her way home from work that night. Her car was found submerged in water under a bridge just a few miles from their home.

To this day, my sister will not go near or even discuss the subject of Ouija boards. Lil H.

Slenderman: From Fiction to Fact

Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board

Buckland's Book of Spirit Communications



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Friday, August 17, 2012

Brazil's Roswell

In a recent presentation of 'Chasing UFOs', the investigators were in Varginha, Brazil and the surrounding area attempting to gather information about a rumored UFO crash and possible alien beings inhabiting in the area. The production was uneventful, other than the investigators traipsing (and frequently falling) in the rain forest at night. There was an interview with witnesses Liliane Fatima Silva, her sister Valquiria and Katia Andrade Xavier by the team which left James Fox somewhat emotional and in tears. The three women claim that they encountered an alien being 16 years previously while walking near a wall of an abandoned structure.

In and around Varginha, Brazil during the course of several weeks in early 1996 at least two and perhaps as many as six alien creatures were captured or killed and turned over to American authorities, and a UFO may have crashed. Eyewitnesses described the creatures as humanoid and 3 to 4 feet tall. They had dark brown, hairless skin, big triangular heads with three short "horns" on top, and huge red eyes that were vertically oval. The following is a press release by A.J. Gevaerd, Editor of UFO Magazine (Brazil) on June 12th, 1996. Gevaerd was also featured on the 'Chasing UFOs' segment and described the history of the crash and alien being sightings:

On January 20, Military forces captured two extraterrestrial creatures still alive in Brazil. The capture occurred in neighboring areas of city of Varginha, State of Minas Gerais, Central Brazil. The fact is to be considered one of the most significant ever registered in this country and in the entire world. Military authorities are keeping secret all details of the operation, but some information has already leaked to the UFO community due to the investigative job of Dr., Ubiraja Franco Rodrigues and Vitorio Paccaccini who lives nearby and recognized as serious and dedicated researchers.

On the afternoon of January 20, about 3.30 PM local time, 3 young girls named Liliane, Valquiria and Katia observed a strange creature in a field of small bushes a few blocks from where they live. It was Saturday and they were coming back from their jobs when, crossing an empty area their attention was attracted by a strange being a few meters away. The ET was kneeling and looked like it was hurt, suffering some sort of pain. No UFO was ever seen. The girls observed it for a few minutes and run away, afraid that they had just encountered the devil....

The three girls were extensively interrogated by above mentioned researchers, leaving no doubt whatsoever about what happened. Very simple kids, they described the ET's as being a dark brown creature, with a small body of 4 - 5 feet in height, no hair at all, big brown head, small neck. It also seemed to have some greasy, dark oil on its skin. A strange odor was noticed by the mother of the girls, when she went to the site. The head of the creature had 2 big red eyes, no pupils, very small mouth and nose and - what is interesting - 3 protuberances in the head. The girls described such protuberances as horns.

Following the leads, researcher Rodrigues and Pacaccini started making inquiries everywhere in the town of Varginha, in order to know if anybody else had seen the same creature. They found several other people who also observed the ET's in the same location and maybe other ET's in different locations. While conducting their own investigations, both discovered that different witnesses has seen army trucks and other military vehicle and personnel that very morning of that day, a few blocks from the place the girls saw the ET's.

In trying to find out what the military were doing, Rodrigues and Pacaccini came to meet a few soldiers and sergeants. One of them decided to talk secretly about their mission, in a confidential taped interview. This Sergeant confirmed that, about 9:00 AM, January 20. the Fire Department of Varginha was required to capture a strange animal in the area. When four fireman arrived in a truck in the place, they noticed that it was not any strange animal at all, and reported the fact to the Army Sergeant School Commander in neighboring city of Tres Coracoes (about 10 miles east of Varginha)

Army truck was sent to the place and both forces captured the creature using nets and equipment regularly used to capture wild animals. The ET was placed till alive in a box that was then covered by resistant fabric. The box was placed on top of the truck, the vehicle headed to the Army Sergeant School and all personnel involved was ordered not to talk about it with anyone else "It was a Secret Operation" told them the lieutenant-colonel Wanderley, who commanded the operation. After such unusual, confidential report a few other military decided to come forward and speak about the captures as long as their identities were totally kept secret. They all confirmed, on taped interviews, that a second creature (possibly the same one seen by the girls that afternoon) was captured on the night of January 20, by personnel from the Army and the Fire Department. Details of such operation is fully known. This creature identical to the first one, was taken to the Regional General Hospital of Varginha that same night, stayed there for a few hours and then was transferred to a better equipped facility, the Humanitas Hospital.

A few nurses and personnel from Regional General Hospital had confirmed some facts and they were all suppressed. Individuals who had contacts with the second creature were advised to avoid press and UFO Researchers and not to talk about it with anyone, not ever their families or relations. AT the Humanities Hospital the second creature was kept at least for 2 days and on the second night on January 22nd a huge military operation took place to remove the creature already dead.

Interviews with some of the military who participated in this new operation, removing the creature from the Humanitas Hospital, declared that 3 Army trucks were used, each one driven by 2 different soldiers. It is believed that 3 trucks were used to remove only one body in order to avoid the soldiers to know in which truck would it be transported. The drivers and their follows couldn't see the details of the operations, as they were kept outside the hospital area. Military personnel from the Army Internal Intelligence (called "S-2" in Brazil and extremely violent and repressive) were responsible for getting the corpse from the interior of the hospital, placing it in a box and then in one of the trucks.

All 3 trucks then were taken to a military facility in Campinas, State of Sao Paulo, about 200 miles from Varginha, in the middle of the night. There, the corpse was removed to the University of Campinas , one of the best institutions in the country. It is believed - and we already have detailed information to be soon released that the ET body was autopsied by Dr. Badan Palhares, worldwide acclaimed as one of the best professionals in that area alive (he was the one who autopsied German Nazi Mengele, about ten years ago) Palhares, as well as any other authority involved, denied he was involved in any such operations.

UFO researchers from all over the country have been helping closely Rodrigues and Pacaccini, in order to discover each and every detail of the capture of the two ET's, Media in Brazil has never been so active and great majority of population believes that the case is real and that the military and civil authorities involved are keeping the facts secret. Many strange facts are happening simultaneously, such as prison of soldiers, Sergeants being transferred at short notice etc. The phones of many UFO researchers involved in the case are confirmed to be tapped and a few threats have been made anonymously.

Up to now, almost all details of the whole operation are known to the UFO researchers and a few can already been released. In a matter of weeks, all information will be fully disclosed by the UFO researchers involved, throughout the UFO Magazine, to the entire world.

Everyday new pieces of this fantastic puzzle are being received by researchers in many cities and more and more military personnel have agreed to talk. Meanwhile, the region where Varginha is located, in the South of State of Minas Gerais, is subject to one of the biggest UFO waves ever registered, the huge UFO's in close range observations, landings and contact. - Press release by A.J. Gevaerd, Editor of UFO Magazine (Brazil), June 12th, 1996

NOTE: I had posted this incident about a year ago but I wanted to add a bit more information because of the 'Chasing UFOs' presentation. Here are a few links that you may find useful:

Early Post: The Varginha Alien Entity Incident

Review: “Alien” Tumors / Implants

UFO Crash in Brazil

Crash: When UFOs Fall From the Sky: A History of Famous Incidents, Conspiracies, and Cover-Ups

Need to Know: UFOs, the Military, and Intelligence

Ufo Danger Zone: Terror & Death in Brazil

Just the Facts?: eBay Drops Hammer on the Occult / Magic -- Mark of the Beast -- Modern-Day Virgin Birth

eBay drops the hammer on magic and the occult

In their 2012 Fall Seller Update, eBay announced that it will ban all sales of magic potions, charms, and spells effective August 30th.

Here’s the list of all the things you’re no longer allowed to buy on eBay:

Advice; spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic; prayers; blessing services; magic potions; healing sessions; work from home businesses & information; wholesale lists, and drop shop lists.

NOTE: sorry folks...all conjuring and hexing will need to be done at home. Go out and find your own eye of newt...though, there still is Lon

Mysterio's Encyclopedia of Magic and Conjuring

The Practitioner's Guide to Wand Magic

The Watkins Dictionary of Magic: Over 3,000 Entries on the World of Magical Formulas, Secret Symbols and the Occult


Mobile DNA Testing

A 'Who's Your Daddy' van is travelling around New York City, offering men the chance to find out whether they are the father of a child.

The owner and operator of the vehicle, Jared Rosenthal, is selling DNA tests, mostly to those who suspect youngsters may not actually be theirs.

Costing around £200-£300, men just have to give a cheek swab. Then there is a laboratory analysis and the paternity results are available in a couple of days.

Mr Rosenthal told CBS News: "They flag us down, they pull us over, they talk to us.

"Sometimes, because of the nature of the services, they want to be a little more discreet about it, but they do come or they'll call the number."

Mr Rosenthal said he deals with all kinds of strange situations in his line of work.

"We have people that want to get the specimen from their spouse without them knowing about it. We deal with a lot of drama. It's constant drama," he said.

One unidentified man, who was asked why he was taking the DNA test from the travelling truck, said: "I'm paying child support anyways and I would do it anyways. You just want to know."

Mr Rosenthal went on: "There's a lot of difficult situations and tough moments and heartbreak," adding there are happy endings as well.

"There's a lot of good news that we're able to deliver and there's a lot of happy moments."

For example, the test helped a 44-year-old Harlem man find his long-lost 20-year-old daughter.

Mr Rosenthal maintained that his credentials are legitimate and that his business is legal.

He believes he is providing an essential service. "It's not something people talk about, but there is a big need for it," he said. - sky

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The Mark of the Beast

A Louisiana elementary school is trying to implement a new program in their cafeteria. But the palm vein scanner is being met with much opposition from Moss Bluff Elementary parents.

"I was very, very mad," said parent Mamie Sonnier. "Disappointed."

Many parents felt that way on Monday after reading a letter sent home with their children from Moss Bluff Elementary School. The letter introduced a new program, the palm vein scanner, to move students through the lunch line at a faster rate. With almost 1,000 students, Principal Charles Caldarera says the system will reduce errors.

"We are so large," said Caldarera. "With an elementary school, they all come through line, and most of them eat here. It would make us more efficient and more accurate. We've had parents complain in the past, because they felt like their children weren't eating, that we assigned them a charge for the day, and they might have been right."

Caldarera says the school is acting on a recommendation from school food service director Patricia Hosemann. But he says the letter gives parents an option.

"We sent this letter home for parents to be aware of it, and to let them know that they can opt out," said Caldarera. "They can opt out and say, hey, I don't want my child involved in it. That's quite alright. It won't make any difference. The children will still be able to eat in the cafeteria."

Sonnier says she's against the palm vein scanner because of her beliefs.

"As a Christian, I've read the Bible, you know go to church and stuff," said Sonnier. "I know where it's going to end up coming to, the mark of the beast. I'm not going to let my kids have that."

Caldarera says a lot of parents agree with her, but he says it's just technology.

"I think a lot of this has to do with religious beliefs," said Caldarera. "I think some people feel it's something with the Bible, mark of the beast. It's technology that is used throughout our lives. Everywhere."

He says the system isn't on campus yet, so students' palms won't be scanned any time soon. But Sonnier says if the program comes to campus, her children aren't participating and won't be around it either.

"I'd probably pull them out of the school, and transfer them to another school," said Sonnier.

Caldarera says they are trying to implement the program as soon as possible, but if you are a parent and don't want your child to participate, you must contact the school by Wednesday. - KPLCTV

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The Mark of the Beast: The Continuing Story of the Spear of Destiny

The Anti-Christ

Return of the Antichrist: And the New World Order


The modern-day virgin birth

On November 6 1955, a story appeared on the front page of the Sunday Pictorial that was to double the newspaper’s circulation in a single day. Sporting the headline, “Doctors now say it doesn’t always need a man to make a baby”, the tabloid shouted that virgin births were no myth, and that there was a scientist who could prove it. The rare biological process which would enable this to happen was known as parthenogenesis, the paper informed its readers.

But the Pictorial’s editors didn’t stop there. Halfway down the page appeared three words, in bold block capitals: “Find The Case”. Sensationally, the paper was inviting women to come forward if they believed their daughters were the result of a virgin birth. If any woman’s case was proved correct, by a panel of leading doctors, she and her daughter were set to make medical – indeed, human – history. For the next year, the search for a virgin mother would grip the nation, and the world. The paper’s circulation figures, meanwhile, grew to an unprecedented six million.

One of the readers most intrigued by the invitation was Emmimarie Jones, a housewife in her thirties. Despite the normality of her existence, Emmimarie had a secret. She was convinced her 11-year-old daughter, Monica, was the result of a virgin birth. Monica would have been conceived in the summer of 1944. Her mother was being treated for rheumatism in a women’s hospital in Hanover, in Emmimarie’s native Germany. Emmimarie recovered, but three months later, her weakness returned. When she visited her doctor, he said her unusual tiredness was simply explained – she was pregnant. Emmimarie smiled in disbelief. She knew the facts of life, and she had not been with a man. In fact, at the time she was meant to have conceived, she was confined to the hospital, surrounded by female patients and staff. Emmimarie insisted that she just needed a pick-me-up – some vitamins, perhaps. But the doctor told Emmimarie that she would soon see that he was right.

Six months later, Emmimarie crawled out of the deep underground cellars where she had been sheltering from the Allies’ bombing of Hanover, to have her child. Emmimarie’s home had been flattened during the attacks and, afterwards, she and her baby, Monica, would return to the cellars for another two years. After the war, Emmimarie married a Welsh soldier stationed in Germany, returning with him to England when his service ended. Continue reading at The modern-day virgin birth

The Birth of Christ: Exploding the Myth

Like A Virgin: How Science is Redesigning the Rules of Sex

Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary


China's Unlivable Cities

China's megalopolises may seem impressive on paper, but they are awful places to live.

In Invisible Cities the novel by the great Italian writer Italo Calvino, Marco Polo dazzles the emperor of China, Kublai Khan, with 55 stories of cities he has visited, places where "the buildings have spiral staircases encrusted with spiral seashells," a city of "zigzag" where the inhabitants "are spared the boredom of following the same streets every day," and another with the option to "sleep, make tools, cook, accumulate gold, disrobe, reign, sell, question oracles." The trick, it turns out, is that Polo's Venice is so richly textured and dense that all his stories are about just one city.

A modern European ruler listening to a visitor from China describe the country's fabled rise would be better served with the opposite approach: As the traveler exits a train station, a woman hawks instant noodles and packaged chicken feet from a dingy metal cart, in front of concrete steps emptying out into a square flanked by ramshackle hotels and massed with peasants sitting on artificial cobblestones and chewing watermelon seeds. The air smells of coal. Then the buildings appear: Boxlike structures, so gray as to appear colorless, line the road. If the city is poor, the Bank of China tower will be made with hideous blue glass; if it's wealthy, our traveler will marvel at monstrous prestige projects of glass and copper. The station bisects Shanghai Road or Peace Avenue, which then leads to Yat-sen Street, named for the Republic of China's first president, eventually intersecting with Ancient Building Avenue. Our traveler does not know whether he is in Changsha, Xiamen, or Hefei -- he is in the city Calvino describes as so unremarkable that "only the name of the airport changes." Or, as China's vice minister of construction, Qiu Baoxing, lamented in 2007, "It's like a thousand cities having the same appearance."

Why are Chinese cities so monolithic? The answer lies in the country's fractured history. In the 1930s, China was a failed state: Warlords controlled large swaths of territory, and the Japanese had colonized the northeast. Shanghai was a foreign pleasure den, but life expectancy hovered around 30. Tibetans, Uighurs, and other minorities largely governed themselves. When Mao Zedong unified China in 1949, much of the country was in ruins, and his Communist Party rebuilt it under a unifying theme. Besides promulgating a single language and national laws, they subscribed to the Soviet idea of what a city should be like: wide boulevards, oppressively squat, functional buildings, dormitory-style housing. Cities weren't conceived of as places to live, but as building blocks needed to build a strong and prosperous nation; in other words, they were constructed for the benefit of the party and the country, not the people. Continue reading at Unlivable Cities

Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China

Statecraft: The Art, Science, and Illusion of Governing 2.4 Billion People: The Modern State in China and India

Red Capitalism: The Fragile Financial Foundation of China's Extraordinary Rise

Clearing the Air: The Health and Economic Damages of Air Pollution in China

Thursday, August 16, 2012

America's First Recorded UFO Encounter

In March 1639, America's first recorded UFO was sighted late one night over the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. Lights sped back and forth across the Charles River from Back Bay Fens to Charlestown. Governor John Winthrop made an entry in his journal regarding this strange event. This account was later published in The Journal of John Winthrop, 1630-1649 (John Harvard Library) The witness and incident were described as follows:

"One night in March of 1638 or 1639, James Everell ("a sober, discreet man"- Winthrop) and two companions boarded a little boat and set out for a trip on the Muddy River in Boston. They had been moving downstream for about a mile when the night's mysterious events began. The three men were suddenly confronted with the appearance of a huge, bright light hovering in the sky. The light "flamed up" as it hovered and appeared to be about "three yards square." As they watched, the light "contracted into the figure of a swine" and moved "swift as an arrow" in the direction of Charlton [Charlestown]. For two or three hours, the unidentified light moved back and forth in the sky between Everell's location and Charlton. When the light finally disappeared, the men noticed to their dismay that they had somehow been carried against the tide back to the place where they had started their trip! Governor Winthrop noted, "Divers[e] other credible persons saw the same light, after, about the same place."!"

Governor Winthrop appears to have been puzzled by the occurrence, devoting no less than two separate notes about it in the index to his history. The first merely gives a lengthy rendering of the sobriety and piety of the primary witness James Everell (“a good man of reputation, activity and good estate”) and another detailed note speculating whether the sighting was due to “demonic influences” or was ghost lights or will o’ the wisps (an early version of swamp gas).

It's worth noting that the figure in the sky appeared to turn into "the figure of a swine." Everell was a leather dresser, meaning he worked with the hides of animals, tanned them, and turned them into leather goods. The "swine" or pig was the only shape in his mind that he could relate to. A far as legs of the swine, is it possible that these were struts or landing gear of a craft?

Winthrop's account also claims the event lasted two or three hours, which rules out any chance of the object being a meteor. 1638 was almost 150 years before the first balloon flights, so the possibility of the object being man-made is also ruled out. The witness also claims that their small boat was pushed back against the tide about one mile (back to where they first set their boat in the water) while they watched the object in the sky. Could this be a "lost time" phenomena? Were they physically moved by the object in the sky? Could it be they were mistaken as to the tide because they were distracted by the unidentified object in the sky? This UFO close encounter may have been more close than originally thought.

As to Winthrop's trust of the witness, stating that he was "a sober, discreet man" he also included a footnote about Everell: "He was a man of reputation, activity and good estate in Boston many years afterwards. With his wife, Elizabeth, he had been received into Boston church 20 of July, 1634, being Nos. 239, 240. His will, made 11 December, 1682, proved 2 February following, is found in our Probate Registry, vol. VI. 400."

The following footnote about the sighting was added in the 1825 edition of Winthrop's Journal:

"This account of an ignis fatuus [pale light over marshy ground] may easily be believed on testimony less respectable than that which was adduced. Some operation of the devil, or other power beyond the customary agents of nature, was probably imagined by the relaters and hearers of that age, and the wonder of being carried a mile against the tide became important corroboration of the imagination. Perhaps they were wafted [carry lightly], during the two or three hours' astonishment, for so moderate a distance, by the wind; but, if this suggestion be rejected, we might suppose, that the eddy [whirlpool], flowing always, in our rivers, contrary to the tide in the channel, rather than the meteor, carried their lighter back."

The area of Muddy River where the UFO was probably sighted

Muddy River is located at Back Bay Fens, opposite Cambridge, MA, and diagonally across from Charlestown. Back Bay wasn't filled-in at that time, and a large area of open water existed in the river that was then called Broad Bay. The distance to Charlestown would have been more than two miles.

The Charles River, prior to being dammed, had great tidal flow, and would drain much of Back Bay each day, and then replenish it. Muddy River likely had a larger volume of water flowing through it in 1639, but it is unlikely that a great eddy existed near its mouth. Thus, it is unusual for witnesses to assert they were unmoved by tidal flow (in a small boat) for more than two hours.

Muddy River, the hamlet, eventually became the separate town of Brookline. Pigs and other cattle were stored there during summer while corn was growing in Boston. It is safe to deduce that the UFO witnesses had seen or heard swine on the same day they observed the great light. Thus, the lights resembled a common animal, making it probable they saw ignis fatuus mirage phenomena in the darkness.

In any case, the event was observed by divers (many) people, and noteworthy enough for the Puritan Governor to document it in his private journal. It's also interesting that Winthrop, an overtly religious man, would summarily dismiss any supernatural origins to the story he heard. Perhaps a glowing, flying pig didn't fit into his understanding of scripture, so his thoughts didn't go in that direction. Besides the one paragraph and two footnotes, Winthrop writes nothing more on the subject of North America's first UFO sighting and possible alien abduction.

NOTE: John Winthrop, Esquire (1588-1649) has the distinction of being the first elected governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Winthrop was an English Puritan who sought religious refuge in the New World. He was passionate about his faith, and he believed God would punish England for not expunging any remaining traces of Roman Catholicism from the Church of England. It's important to note Winthrop's beliefs because it's possible he may interpret any out-of-the-ordinary event as being religious in nature.

The pilgrims aboard the Mayflower had already blazed the trail in 1620, so when Winthrop arrived in 1629, an English colony was already well established. The smallpox virus that the English carried to America had wiped out many of the indigenous peoples -- and Winthrop viewed the epidemic as God's way of clearing the land for the good Christians from England.

Perhaps the greatest legacy John Winthrop left behind was his chronicles. He knew there were few learned men in America with the time and ability to document the history as it was being written. Winthrop wrote down the events he witnessed and the stories he heard in a giant tome called The History of New England From 1630 to 1649 which was later published in 1790.

Mysteries of the Skies: Ufos in Perspective
U.F.O.'s and extra-terrestrials in history
A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies: Primary Access to Observations of UFOs, Ghosts, and Other Mysterious Phenomena
The Journal of John Winthrop, 1630-1649: Abridged Edition (John Harvard Library)
John Winthrop: America's Forgotten Founding Father

Just the Facts?: Antarctic UFO Conspiracy Theories -- Britain's Voodoo Killings -- Sinister Face At Tintagel Castle

Antarctic UFO Attracts Conspiracy Theories

If it was simply a weather balloon that appeared over an Antarctic research station, then why hasn't anyone confirmed it?

A video has come out of the cold, showing an image of a possible UFO above the Neumayer-Station III research facility in Antarctica on August 10, according to

The circular object appears to hover over the station which conducts scientific research into geophysics, meteorology and atmospheric chemistry.

And, as one might expect, they use weather balloons to study the atmosphere over the South Pole.

Check out this video that uses enhancement techniques to clarify the UFO.

One aspect of this image that UFO commenters are pointing to is how the object is seen in just a few frames of the footage.

But Ben Radford, writing in Live Science, suggests that's not unusual when video is sped up. "That's what happens in time-lapse photography: objects that are not stationary for long periods of time only appear in a few frames. ... There's nothing mysterious about it."

Despite the plausibility of that argument, some -- like "UFO expert" Russell Tetrault, disagree and have their own theories about the Neumayer UFO, pictured closeup, below.

"I have examined the evidence and have concluded that this is a craft and that it is most likely of extraterrestrial origins," Tetrault is quoted by

"There are some real dogs out there that have been calling this a balloon, but it is misinformation put forth by the government intended to squash this before the public wakes up to the fact that we are and have been getting visits from another race," said Tetrault, whom refers to as "highly respected in the UFO community."

Even if an official explanation is forthcoming about this South Pole UFO, it still won't satisfy everyone, especially those who prefer to believe that all unidentified or mysterious aerial objects probably originate from another planet or, even closer -- another dimension. - THP

Lost Continents & the Hollow Earth: I Remember Lemuria & the Shaver Mystery

UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities


Britain's voodoo killings: A wave of child abuse and killings linked to witchcraft

They appeared to be upright and decent members of our society. She dressed smartly, and had worked for Marks & Spencer.

He drove a top-of-the-range Mercedes and spent his spare time coaching a local women’s football team.

But unbeknown to their neighbours and friends, this couple living in their suburban London flat led a terrifying secret life.

They practised African black magic or voodoo, and on Christmas Day in 2010 they murdered a teenage boy in the belief he was a witch.

To rid the 15-year-old of his ‘demons’, the couple attacked him with knives, sticks, metal bars, a hammer, pliers and a chisel until he begged to die.

After three days of torture, Kristy Bamu was put in the bath and hosed down with cold water to get rid of the blood on his body. Horribly injured, he slid under the water as the bath filled up, and drowned.

Details of Kristy’s murder were revealed at a trial at London’s Old Bailey which ended earlier this year.

Football coach Eric Bikubi, 28, and his partner, Magalie Bamu, 29, Kristy’s sister, were each sentenced to life imprisonment for killing him at their eighth-floor apartment in Newham, East London.

The case was a shocking reminder of how witchcraft, with its roots in Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean, is now practised in the heart of our multicultural cities and towns.

Nine days before Kristy’s death, a mother disembowelled her four-year-old daughter to ‘exorcise evil spirits’ at her home in Hackney, London. Continue reading at dailymail

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Sinister face seen at King Arthur's legendary birthplace

Surrounded by tales of fire-breathing dragons and white-bearded wizards, Tintagel Castle was perhaps the most appropriate place to spot a real-life gargoyle.

Or at least that's what Angela Smith thought she saw, when a sinister face appeared from the undergrowth, close to the legendary birthplace of King Arthur in Cornwall.

But the dog walker from Poole, Dorset, heaved a sigh of relief when she realised it was just the remains of a moss-covered tree stump, albeit one with a menacing 'face' and 'wing'.

Describing it as a cross between Harry Potter's nemesis Lord Voldemort and a flying monkey from The Wizard of Oz, the alarmed holidaymaker said:

'When I first saw the tree stump I did a double take, as it gave me such a shock.

'Its ugly, angry face reminded me exactly of the gargoyles you see on top of old buildings in gothic films.

'I love nature and also architecture, so I am always looking at the world around me, including the shapes and colours of plants and trees, as well as the designs on the exteriors of buildings.

'But I certainly didn't expect to see something like this!' - dailymail

The Medieval Fortress: Castles, Forts, And Walled Cities Of The Middle Ages

a Summary of King Arthur Tintagel Castle and Celtic Monastery

Great Tales from English History: A Treasury of True Stories about the Extraordinary People -- Knights and Knaves, Rebels and Heroes, Queens and Commoners -- Who Made Britain Great


British TV psychic 'tried to kill twin daughters, 4, with a kitchen knife'

A British psychic who shot to fame on TV shows stabbed his four-year-old twin daughters then leapt out of a window, it is claimed.

Graham Bishop, 58, has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly attacking his daughters with a kitchen knife then stabbing himself at a hospital in Denmark.

Bishop’s wife, who is her 20s, called police who kicked down the door in the room where his daughter Natalie, who has a long term illness, was being treated.

The psychic, who has appeared in Danish TV shows, then jumped out of a window at Rigshospitalets paediatric centre, in Copenhagen and suffered injuries in the fall.

Bishop, who emigrated from Swindon, Wiltshire 12 years ago, was today being kept under police guard at hospital where he is being treated.

His two daughters were in a critical condition in intensive care but they are now improving, police said.

Police inspector Lau Thygesen from Copenhagen Police told the Copenhagen Post after the incident: ‘We are treating it is a family tragedy.’

Bishop claims to be a psychic healer who can cure people when he is possessed by the spirit of a German physician called ‘Dr Karl’.

He has appeared on Danish television shows such as ‘Klarsyn’, ‘Ă…ndernes Magt’, ‘Troldmandsskolen’ amd ‘Ă…nderne vender tilbage’.

Bishop claims that Dr Karl is his ‘main spirit guide’ who uses the psychic’s body to help heal people in need.

He claims to have healed his daughter of blindness, and cured large numbers of people across the world by laying his hands on them.

His website gives a profile of his daughter, which describes how seven aneurisms were found in her stomach after she was born.

She had emergency treatment and had suffered brain damage, causing her to lose her sight and movement down her left side.

Bishop writes on his site: 'After no improvement with these, I asked Spirit for help, even that it was a risk my own life (I was in a very bad state of health myself), but what father would not do that for his child ? I went into trance and Spirit Dr Karl was able to restore her sight and correct the paralysis, unfortunately he was not able to repair the kidney.'

Alter-ego: The 19th century German physician called 'Dr Karl' Bishop claims he can channel
It continues: ‘The first time Spirit Dr Karl undertook healing using my body was in 1992, since which time he has helped many thousands of people across Europe and the USA.

‘He told them his name was Dr Karl and he was born in 1848 into a family of doctors in Prussia (now part of Germany). He showed a keen interest and skill from a very early age and performed his first ‘’unofficial’’ operation on a person at the age of 12 years.’

‘Since I ‘’woke-up’’ to my own awareness and realised the depth of spiritual knowledge and abilities I have, my whole life changed in ways I could never have imagined.

‘For many years the spiritual things were second place to my successful career in computing, over the years the balance shifted and in 1995 the spiritual became the focus of my work and life.

‘All of my life I felt a bit of an outsider and I have experienced many things that seemed to have no practical explanation.’

A Foreign Office spokesman told the Mail Online: ‘We are aware of the hospitalisation of a British national in Copenhangen on August 12.

‘We stand ready to provide consular assistance if necessary.’ - dailymail

Psychic Shield: The Personal Handbook of Psychic Protection

Psychic Self-Defense: The Classic Instruction Manual for Protecting Yourself Against Paranormal Attack

Practical Psychic Self Defense Handbook, The: A Survival Guide



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