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Friday, April 13, 2012

Just the Facts?: Large Unknown Object Crashes Into Connecticut Lake -- 15 Year Abductee / Contactee

Trooper, motorist: Mysterious object fell from sky

Authorities in northwestern Connecticut say they didn't find anything after a state trooper and another person reported a large object falling out of the sky in Litchfield.

The Republican-American of Waterbury reports that a person driving in Litchfield at about 2 a.m. Tuesday reported that a green, glowing object the size of a whale fell from the sky and crashed into Bantam Lake. Officials say that at about the same time, a state trooper 10 miles away in Warren called dispatchers to report that something fell out of the sky and landed near Bantam or Morris.

Morris firefighters made several passes up and down the lake in a boat looking for a possible plane crash, but didn't find any debris.

Authorities called off the search, leaving the mystery unsolved. - Yahoo


15 year abductee / contactee

In 2001 lived in a farm house, in a wooded area, a voice in his head instructed him to come outside, he believes he was under some type of control, this voice led him to a UFO, he saw white lights spinning in a circle, craft was hovering then moved to the right, object went behind trees and was able to move on his own.

In 1995 His first sighting was about 4 pm, he was playing baseball, all of a sudden the sky opened up and a silver metallic disc appeared. Object stopped on a dime, then shot straight down.

This report was summitted by Stephen Cox, Chief Field Investigator for NY MUFON on witnesses behalf. See attachment for more details.

Believes he is experiencing the Abduction Phenomenon
1. Having Blackouts
2. Memory Loss
3. Saw UFO on property, Disoriented
4. Close encounter with object, circle of lights rotating
5. Trance like states, unable to move
6. Uses meditation to communicate with alien life forms (during one of his meditations he asked for proof, he asked the voice to produce a Praying Mantis inside his house, the next morning Paul found a Praying Mantis on his computer screen.

NOTE: the witness is seeking hypnotic regression....though I personally think it's too early for that. I do have the witnesses' name and phone number - I believe I can find him help, but he would need to contact me and the SRI team initially. Go to Contact Form...Lon


Pigeons' sixth sense eludes scientists

How pigeons are able to detect magnetic fields to navigate their way home remains a mystery, say researchers.

Biologist Dr Jeremy Shaw, from the University of Western Australia, and colleagues, report their findings today in the journal Nature.

"At this stage it's still that needle-in-a-haystack problem," says Shaw.

Behavioural studies show that pigeons are able to detect magnetic fields.

Finding the cells that are responsible for this magnetic sense has eluded scientists.

But in 2003, German-led researchers reported iron-rich magnetoreceptors in six locations of the pigeon's beak.

The team reported finding nerve cells rich in magnetite and haematite, which are highly magnetic.

Shaw and colleagues carried out detailed histological examinations in 270 pigeons but could not confirm these findings.

"We've done a very robust detailed study of the entire beak region and found nothing of the sort," says Shaw.

Instead, the researchers found different forms of iron that are only weakly magnetic. They also found the iron was present in macrophages, not nerve cells.

Both findings mean the structures identified by the German research are "highly unlikely" to be magnetoreceptors, says Shaw.

"We're not saying there isn't a magnetoreceptor there somewhere, but we're saying the cells that had been previously described as magnetoreceptors are not them."

Pigeons for science

Shaw emphasises the animals sacrificed in the study were killed in a humane way.

He says the research is important because of what it can reveal about the "sixth sense" of magnetic field detection.

"It's one of those fundamental questions in biology that has persisted for many many years now," says Shaw.

He says the research could help understand problems such as the stranding of whales, which also detect magnetic fields.

Zoologist, Professor Mike Walker of the University of Auckland in New Zealand has about 30 years studying the ability of animals to detect magnetic fields.

Walker says the original German research was faulty and should not have passed peer review. By contrast, as one of the reviewers on the new research, he is absolutely convinced by its findings.

He says animals like birds are full of iron in the blood and it is very difficult to distinguish magnetite in this context.

"It's a classic magnetic needle in a haystack full of iron," says Walker.

Powerful magnetite

Walker says magnetite is so magnetic that an animal would only need a tiny amount of it for a magnetoreceptor.

"Half a dozen cells containing the magnetite would be enough to give a whale a very adequate compass," he says.

Walker says his own research previously found magnetite in the snout of rainbow trout, using more robust methodology than the German research.

"We've looked a lot of different fish and found it pretty much in the same place every time," he says.

Walker says it is likely that magnetoreceptors are also likely to be in the same place in birds since fish evolved before birds, and he'd like to test his theory.

"I just need some warm bodies and money," he says. - abc.net.au


DPRK Failure and Scorn Worries Experts

They say that what goes up must come down, and that was just as true of spirits in the North Korean leadership as it was of the rocket itself, as North Korea’s long range missile exploded after just over a minute in the air. A grand gesture that was intended to ring in the Kim Jong Eun era ended in total failure.

The launch of the rocket was an essential symbolic gesture for North Korea to make as it moved to anoint Kim Jong Eun as undisputed leader of Party and state. That it was willing to throw away the ‘Leap Day Agreement’ concluded with the U.S. in Beijing on February 29th for the sake of this $800m rocket shows how keen North Korea was to create a symbolic event to help stabilize the Kim Jong Eun system.

The rocket launch was a gaudy accompaniment to Kim’s elevation to Party 1st Secretary and National Defense Commission 1st Chairman in recent days, and its failure was made worse by the fact that the authorities had invited a large group of foreign journalists to the country ahead of events planned for the centenary of Kim Il Sung’s birth, the largest in the country since 1989.

The surprisingly quick admission of the launch failure, coming just four hours later, showed how clearly the authorities appreciated that their propaganda planning had left them unable to keep the failure under wraps.

Professor Yoo Ho Yeol of Korea University said, “Given North Korea had already played up this rocket launch to the foreign media so much, the regime has judged that concealing it would only increase suspicion and become a burden for them.” Sogang University’s Professor Kim Young Soo agreed, saying, “They would find it pretty hard to sweep this under the carpet after having invited the foreign media to see it.”

“Kim Jong Eun’s image has taken a beating as a result of this failure,” Professor Yoo went on. “It is a glitch in his plans to elevate events for Kim Il Sung’s birthday.”

Cheong Seong Chang of the Sejong Institute commented, “The North Korean leadership is like a house in mourning.

However, from the leadership’s perspective they can’t afford not to go ahead with the process of transferring power to Kim Jong Eun and the events that were planned for the centenary of Kim Il Sung’s birth."

The experts also warned that now the rocket has failed, the authorities may feel the need to turn to back-up plans. Professor Yun Deok Min of the Korean National Diplomatic Academy predicted, “The nuclear test will go ahead as planned and provocations aimed at South Korea are also possible.” - dailynk

NOTE: $800M...just think about the amount of food and other services they could have provided for their people. Then again, look at the amount of money the U.S. pissed away in foreign aid and weapons while millions of our own live in squalor...Lon


Md. Civil War Museum Gives Severed Arm A Good Look

Long after the guns fell silent at Antietam, the earth yielded up gruesome reminders of the bloodiest day of the American Civil War: bodies, bones, buttons and entire severed limbs – one of which is now the focus of intense study at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

A Sharpsburg-area farmer is said to have found the human forearm while plowing a field two weeks after the 1862 battle.

Officials at the museum in Frederick, Md., are trying to learn more about the limb in hopes of verifying that it's a relic of the Battle of Antietam and exhibiting the well-preserved specimen during the battle's 150th anniversary in September.

The muddy-looking right forearm, with skin and hand attached, was donated anonymously to the museum earlier this year, said Executive Director George Wunderlich. It had been displayed for several decades at a private museum in Sharpsburg in a glass-topped, pine case with a placard reading, "Human arm found on the Antietam Battlefield."

Though there is little hope of identifying the young man who lost it, Wunderlich said forensic experts may be able to discern his nationality and whether the arm was, as Wunderlich suspects, torn from his body by a bullet or artillery round.

"Being able to put the story of this unknown person before this country is very important to us," Wunderlich said. "His remains will tell a story that will relate us back to his sacrifice. This was what they gave for what they believed. If done properly, it's a very poignant story."

The unidentified farmer who found the limb put it in a barrel of brine, according to Thomas McGrath's 1997 book, "Maryland September: True Stories from the Antietam Campaign." The farmer reportedly gave it to a Boonsboro physician, who is said to have more permanently preserved it with embalming fluid.

The arm eventually ended up in a private museum that was sold in the 1960s to John G. Ray Jr. After Ray died in 2001, his widow had the museum's contents sold at an auction, according to battlefield historian Ted Alexander.

Alexander grew up nearby and remembers seeing the arm on display.

"It was quite an attraction," he said. "It was macabre and something to see as kid."

The arm's owner was probably a small man less than 20 years old, said William Gardner, a former Marshall University forensic medicine instructor who examined it in March.

Since the elbow joint is undamaged, with no surgical saw marks, the arm was likely removed somewhere between the shoulder and elbow, he said. The forearm skin and tendons appear to have been violently twisted.

The battlefield's history and geography offer clues about how a solitary arm could end up buried in a farm field.

"That entire battle took place in people's fields, their yards," Gardner said.

The pivotal clash on Sept. 17, 1862, left more than 23,000 soldiers dead, wounded or missing in the war's bloodiest one-day battle. Historians say some were blown to bits by the furious gunfire. Many were buried were they fell, their shallow graves crudely marked for their eventual removal to cemeteries.

Some remains were never retrieved. In 2009, a battlefield visitor found bone fragments and uniform buttons of an unknown soldier from New York state. But it's rare to find bones still covered with skin.

"It is really an impressive piece," Gardner said.

Museum curator Lori Eggleston said she's keeping the arm dry and handling it as little as possible on the advice of experts at the Mutter Museum, run by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Wunderlich said he hopes to have a Smithsonian Institution forensic anthropologist examine the arm for clues about the owner's diet and origin.

Battlefield Superintendent Susan Trail said the arm can't be displayed at the Antietam visitor center because the National Park Service generally forbids displaying human remains. But she said the medical museum could display it at the Pry House, a field hospital site that the museum runs on the battlefield.

"I'm sure the museum will do a very nice job with what they do with it," Trail said. "When you think about it, it's pretty awful what happened here – and you just multiply it many, many times over." - THP

A big 'thanks' to Rev.Tim Shaw for the acknowledgement! 

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