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Friday, November 01, 2013

Daily 2 Cents: George Romero Slams 'The Walking Dead' -- Giant 2003 Halloween Solar Storm -- Encounter Through Meditation?

George Romero Slams 'The Walking Dead'

George A. Romero, yes the zombie/horror guru, was asked to do "The Walking Dead," but turned the AMC series down. That's no secret. However, in a new interview with The Big Issue, Romero said the hit cable series was lacking a crucial element.

"They asked me to do a couple of episodes of 'The Walking Dead' but I didn't want to be a part of it," Romero told The Big Issue. “Basically it's just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what’s happening now."

In 2011, Romero said he loves "The Walking Dead" comics, but hadn't seen any of the episodes at the time. "Listen I love Frank [Darabont], I know he's done a good job. I love the books, I never watched any of the episodes because… my zombies are sort of my own. I didn't want to be part of it. Producers called and said, 'do you want to direct some of these,' and I said no. Because I just didn't think it was me," he told io9. - Video at THP

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Encounter Through Meditation?

Marysville, Washington - 10/27/2013 - unedited: I went out to Lake Cassidy in Marysville Washington around 11-12 in the afternoon. I did the CE-5 meditation that Dr. Steven Greer performs with CSETI. For what seemed to be a half hour I visualized looking down at myself first from a close distance than from above the city, then state, then country, then earth, then further and further shooting through space. Using nothing but positive vibes of wanting to experience and learn. For about what seemed to be a minute I saw myself on a craft looking at two beings. I just had a feeling of awe and confusion. They looked to be about 4 feet in height and had bear looking noses but tanned white skin. Both looked slightly overweight and had curly blonde hair. After this meditation I felt the need to take a picture of the sky. So I did and when I looked at the picture I saw the craft. It has 4 lights and 8 lights when zoomed in and is transparent with a dome shape it is either very large or close to me. I attached the original image, zoom in to see the additional 4 lights. The image is facing 215 degrees SW and my location was 48* 3 45" N/ 122* 6 21" W - MUFON CMS


The Jersey Devil Legend

For a state as small as New Jersey and as densely populated, we have amazing species diversity. According to N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife, New Jersey hosts 90 mammal species, 80 reptile and amphibian species, over 400 species of fish and has documented over 450 species of birds in the State. In total New Jersey has 1,020 spices of animals, not counting humans, but some Crypyozoologists say we may have overlooked one.

What is Cryptozoology, you ask? Cryptozoology is the term for the pseudoscience study of animals that are rumored to exist. These “animals” are called “cryptids.” Some examples of cryptids, (which also includes animals that lack physical evidence but appear in legends and myths or are reported) are Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and the Chupacabra.

New Jersey has one of the most famous Cryptids “species” of all, so much so that a professional hockey team is named after it. I am of course talking about the most important piece of N.J. folklore, and the country’s only state designated demon, The Jersey Devil.

For close to 300 years, New Jerseyans have told the tale of a beast that lives deep within the forests and bogs of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. It is described as resembling a six foot tall “kangaroo-like” bat-winged hairy beast. It is said to have the head of a dog and the face of a horse, horns on its head and it stands upright on cloven-hoofed feet and has large claws and a serpentine tail. The creature is said to be nocturnal and terrorizes local residents and farm animals.

There are many versions of how the monster came to be, but most who tell the tale say it is the thirteenth child to Deborah Leeds who lived in the Pine Barrens. The legend says that in 1735, upon finding out that she was pregnant with her thirteenth child; Mother Leeds, as she was known, said that if she were to have one more child, “may it be a devil."

Minutes later she went into labor and on that stormy night she gave birth to a baby boy. But the baby started to immediately transform. It sprouted horns from its head, talon-like claws from its fingers and bat-wings from its back. As the baby’s body grew larger in size and became disfigured, hair and a long forked tail sprouted from its skin. Its eyes began to glow fiery red and then it attacked its own mother.

The creature maimed the other rest of the family and midwives whereupon it knocked down the door to the next room and then flew up the chimney and made its escape into the dark forests of the Pine Barrens.

Over the years the creature has been said to have carried off pets, small livestock and even occasionally children. The beast is also said to dry up the milk of cows by breathing on them, as well as kill off the fish in the streams and lakes it bathes in. The Devil is also reported to ruin farm fields and consume blueberries and cranberries crops.

There have been numerous “sightings” of the creature throughout New Jersey, as well as in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York. One of the most famous “sightings” to date was in 1909 when thousands of people reported seeing the beast over a one week period.

During that week of sightings in 1909, Councilman E.P. Weedon of Trenton reported that he was woke from his sleep by the “flapping of wings” outside his bedroom window. The next day he said he had found “cloven footprints in the snow” outside his bedroom window.

Since that time many people have reported “strange tracks” as well as seeing “red glowing eyes” and hearing “loud shrieks” in the Pinelands of Southern New Jersey which have been claimed to be those of the “Jersey Devil."

The belief in the Devil was so strong that twice, the latest being in 1960, a $10,000 bounty for capture of the Jersey Devil has been posted…but to date the reward for the beast have never been claimed.

In more recent times only a handful of sightings of the Jersey Devil have occurred but many sightings have been thought to be that of misidentified great horned owls, deer, coyotes and other animals that thrive in the Pinelands region. However, if one has a sense of adventure and is willing to embrace the myth, the remote regions of the N.J. Pine Barrens on a moonlit night could be where it is just waiting to be found. - NJ

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Giant Halloween Solar Storm Sparked Earth Scares 10 Years Ago

Ten years ago this week, scientists worldwide got the spooks when a Halloween solar storm disrupted communications, GPS and even a United States defense operation.

While residents in Texas and Florida delighted in auroras usually not seen that far south, the storm (which was most intense between about Oct. 29 and 31, 2003) caused some spooky sun-spawned havoc both on the Earth and above it, officials with United States Geological Survey explained in a statement. You see a video of the Halloween solar storm of 2003 here.

Halloween Solar Flare of October 2003Pin It The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft captured this image of a solar flare as it erupted from the sun early on Tuesday, October 28, 2003. The flare was recorded as a massive X45-class solar storm.

On the International Space Station, astronauts sought shelter from the increased levels of radiation. Meanwhile, solar particles bombarded several satellites — killing the Japanese ADEOS-II, which was only launched the year before — while disrupting terrestrial networks below. Continue reading at Giant Halloween Solar Storm Sparked Earth Scares 10 Years Ago



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