Thursday, July 18, 2013

Just the Facts?: Psychic Predicts Huge Natural Disaster in Japan 2013 -- UFO Cover-Ups Must End -- Chinese 'Fakes' Museum

Psychic predicts a huge natural disaster for Japan in 2013

Japan’s Twitterverse is abuzz with the news that US-born psychic Ron Bard has predicted a huge natural disaster in Japan with major loss of life by the end of 2013. Bard, who calls his work “parapsychological consulting”, is well-known in Japan and counts major players at companies like Sega and Merrill Lynch Japan among his clients.

Bard took to Twitter yesterday with a series of translated messages for his fans in Japan including one that read: “I predicted March 11, but no one believed me. You can save lives this time by retweeting this!”

Here is a translation of all of Bard’s tweets on the topic in order of appearance:

1) To everyone in Japan, once again, hello. I have some important messages to convey to you today in Japanese. (Translation: Yoko Fujimoto)

2) Last night, I was able to see into the future of Japan. I’d like to share those visions with you.

3) In two or three months, Japan is going to experience a natural disaster.

4) My message is very important. Everyone, please retweet this so that many people in Japan will know. In particular, tell your family, friends and loved ones. Please tell as many people as possible to follow me on Twitter.

5) This is not a joke. If you are not going to believe this message, please go ahead and stop reading now.

6) But if you would like to keep your loved ones and many other safe, pass my message on to as many people as possible. Or have them follow me on Twitter.

7) For the next couple of months, please read my tweets carefully. As the day of the disaster gets closer, I will be able to say which parts of Japan are most at risk.

8) As you all know, I predicted the March 11 disaster. Around the summer of 2010, it began to become clear to me. That prediction was published in the Tokyo Sports Shimbun, but it appears few people took notice of it. That’s why I want to stress the importance of my message this time.

9) If you want to protect your family and friends and others around you, please take my tweets seriously. And encourage people to follow me on Twitter. In this way, many people’s lives might be saved.

10) When it has passed, two or three months feels like a twinkling of an eye, but when there are two or three months to go, it feels like an eternity. But time is of the essence. From this moment on, you must imagine yourself in a state of emergency, and it is important that you prepare yourself mentally, as well as stocking up necessary goods.

11) I was raised in Christianity and Judaism, but now I believe that Japan is the source of all the world’s religions. Everyone, please pray together with me for the safety of the people of Japan. If you pray with me, perhaps we will be able to save your family, friends and loved ones. (quotation ends)

Really? First of all, claiming that he predicted March 11 is pretty rich. What he actually said on March 8 was, “Before Japan reaches a major turning point, it is going to experience a great difficulty.” If he was really referring to the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that were going to happen a few days later, it’s a bit of a dick move not to lay out any specifics. Could have saved a few lives, you know? But maybe he was referring to something else? After all, 2011 was the year that Nogizaka 46 rose to challenge AKB48 and we were faced with en exponential increase in the amount of annoying pop “music” assaulting us from all sides.

Secondly, does this strike anyone else as desperate? I mean, how many times does the man have to say “please follow me”?

Finally, did you notice that nice little out he gave himself in the end? After all, saying a major disaster will happen in two to three months is fairly specific, even for disaster-prone Japan, but if we all pray together, maybe it won’t happen! Either way, he gets to claim that he accurately predicted the future and/or prevented a tragedy, winning a whole lot of new followers on the way who just might buy from his line of mystic incense and oils.

Using the death of thousands to further your sketchy business and scaring credulous people more than they already have cause to be is pretty darn low, Mr. Bard. But if your message encourages even one person to double-check their emergency kit, I suppose you are not a complete waste of space. - RocketNews24

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Severed Relationship

Lebanese citizen Rabih A., 39, who hails from the Akkar town of Hrar, was found wounded at the square of the Aley town of Baisour with his penis cut off, state-run National News Agency reported.

Lebanese Red Cross medics rushed the man to the West Shahhar Hospital with life-threatening injuries, NNA said.

The agency said the incident happened after Rabih eloped with a woman identified as Rudeina M., who hails from the town of Baisour.

"When the relatives of the girl learned of the issue, they investigated the circumstances and found out that Rabih and Rudeina were at a chalet in Tabarja, so they went there and brought them to Baisour, where they severed the man's penis and left him at the town's square,” NNA said.

Meanwhile, security sources told LBCI television that Rabih arrived at hospital suffering from “extreme fatigue after he was severely beaten.”

The man arrived at hospital “without his penis, which was chopped off, while his testicles were smashed,” the sources added.

"After Rabih and his girlfriend agreed to tie the knot despite the objection of her family, her relatives telephoned him and said they wanted to make a reconciliation and agree to the marriage," LBCI said.

"They agreed to have dinner at a restaurant, but after the dinner the man was kidnapped and severely beaten," it added.

The relatives "severed his penis to punish him for marrying their daughter," LBCI said.

"The tragic incident caught the attention of the political circles and a high-ranking leader fiercely rebuked the girl's family and the group who committed the crime," the TV network revealed. - NaharNet

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Museum's 'ancient relics' exposed as a very modern swindle

A Chinese museum has been forced to close after claims its 40,000-strong collection of supposedly ancient relics is almost entirely composed of fakes.

The Jibaozhai Museum in Jizhou, a city in the northern province of Hebei, opened in 2010, its 12 exhibition halls packed with apparently unique cultural gems.

But on Monday, the museum was shut after claims many of the exhibits were knock-offs bought for between 100 and 2000 yuan ($17.50 and $350).

The museum's public humiliation began earlier this month when visiting Chinese writer Ma Boyong noticed a series of inexplicable discrepancies and posted his findings online.

Among the most striking errors were artefacts engraved with writing stating they dated back more than 4000 years to the time of China's Yellow Emperor. But the Shanghai Daily said the writing was in simplified Chinese characters that only came into widespread use in the 20th century.

The collection also had a ''Tang Dynasty'' five-colour porcelain vase, despite the fact this technique was invented hundreds of years later during the Ming Dynasty.

Residents in the nearby village of Erpu had long argued the party boss who oversaw the collection bought fake items with money raised for the museum, the Global Times said on Tuesday.

Museum staff tried to play down the scandal. Chief consultant Wei Yingjun conceded it did not have the proper provincial authorisations to operate but said he was ''quite positive'' at least 80 of its 40,000 objects had been confirmed as authentic.

Mr Wei said that objects of ''dubious'' origin had been ''marked very clearly'' so as not to mislead visitors and promised to sue Mr Ma for blackening the museum's name.

The museum's owner Wang Zonquan claimed that ''even the gods cannot tell whether the exhibits are fake or not''.

China's online community begged to differ, reacting with its customary barrage of disgust and ridicule. One micro-blogger urged local authorities to reopen the museum as ''China's biggest fake item museum''. - SMH


UFO Cover-Ups Must End, Moonwalker Edgar Mitchell Says

On Feb. 5, 1971, Edgar Mitchell became the sixth of only 12 men to step on the moon. Of that elite dozen, which included Buzz Aldrin and the late Neil Armstrong 44 years ago this week, Mitchell is the only one to go on record about his controversial belief in extraterrestrial UFOs -- and of a possible government cover-up.

Mitchell, 82, is no dummy. While on active duty as a test pilot for the U.S. Navy, he completed an M.S. in aeronautical engineering at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a doctorate in aeronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mitchell also served in combat during the Korean War as a fighter pilot. In 1970, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

After retiring from NASA in 1972, he founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences and later wrote “The Way of the Explorer” to document his experiences with mysticism and space.

I recently spoke on the telephone with the retired U.S. Navy Captain from his home in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was lucid and convincing with his heavy southern drawl, and just a little guarded.

Clash: Let’s start with the moon. Did you know your Apollo 14 crewmate Alan Shepard was going to “tee off” up there?

Moon Golf

Mitchell: Yes, I knew before it happened. But I didn’t know quite when he was going to fit it in. After we had rolled up the solar wind experiment and put it in the data box, I did my javelin throw and he did a golf shot for the first “Lunar Olympics.”

They were between 50 and 55 feet, and my javelin went four inches further than his golf ball. I’ve got the pictures to prove it!

Clash: Was there any big emotion when you stepped on the moon, or was it just part of a long list of things you had to do?

Mitchell: The latter is correct. Sure it was wonderful, we were pleased to do it and it was enjoyable to be among the first, but it was just part of a checklist we had practiced week after week at Cape Kennedy. We would go through the whole routine, rewrite it and modify it again until we were comfortable with the order.

And, of course, our mission on Apollo 14 was to be the first to do science on the moon, so we had to be careful about getting everything in during the allotted time. Apollo 11 and 12 were more to prove physically we could get (astronauts) down to the surface, then back safely to Earth.

Mars Base

Clash: Do you believe we need to establish a base on the moon before sending humans to Mars, as some of your fellow Apollo astronauts do?

Mitchell: I don’t think there is much value in trying to use the moon as a base to go to Mars. That’s going into one gravity belt and having to get back out of it again. And the moon doesn’t have a lot to offer as a resource base.

There is something we could mine there, I’m sure, but there are better ways to do it. We do need different types of propulsion to get to Mars. I wrote one of the first Ph.D. theses on that in the 1960s.

Clash: You’re also known for your views on UFOs. What’s your experience regarding the Roswell, New Mexico, incident of 1947?

Mitchell: After my space flight, I was contacted by descendants of the original Roswell observers, including the person who delivered the child-sized coffins to the Air Force to contain alien bodies. Another was one of the children of the deputy sheriff who was patrolling traffic around the site.

Alien Bodies

There was also a military officer who was a friend of the families not involved in that particular operation, but who did share office space there. They all seemed credible with their stories that the bodies found were alien.

Clash: If that’s the case, why has it been hushed up?

Mitchell: Initially I think there was justification in that leadership officials thought people weren’t ready to handle it. But we are well past that now. Frankly, and this is just personal opinion, remember what (President) Eisenhower said in his final speech: “Beware the military industrial complex.” I suspect that’s what we’re talking about.

But it’s not just military. It’s a cabal of organizations primarily for a profit motive. We invented aircraft at the beginning of the 20th century.

Money Involvement

Twenty years later, we had an airline industry. Think of what that could mean in terms of space travel with control of UFO machinery, technology. There’s a lot of money involved.

Clash: Have you ever seen a UFO yourself?

Mitchell: I consider myself fairly well informed, although I have not seen one personally. I’m not out there looking -- I’m pretty busy.

Clash: Have you been threatened by anyone about your outspokenness on the subject?

Mitchell: No, but they wouldn’t be very successful with me if they tried.

Clash: Are you disappointed that America last visited the moon back in 1972 and has only sent astronauts into low earth orbit since?

Mitchell: There is no question we have to continue with human space development to other planets. But we also need to get our economy running. Then we have to get the world organized to work on this because it is really too much for any one country.

We need a community of nations capable of space flight because we all have to be off this planet sometime in the future. Our sun is going to burn out eventually, and we are not in a sustainable situation. - Bloomberg

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