Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Daily 2 Cents: Djinn Encounter in Afghanistan? -- ‘Time Travel’ Murder -- NASA Honors William Shatner

Djinn Encounter in Afghanistan?

We were deployed to southern Afghanistan and one night we had set up this position to secure a sight and it was around 2 in the morning and only me and the forward gunner were awake. I'm just scanning pretty zoned out when a figure stepped out from a corner about 75 yards away, he was man sized taller than a regular afghan but hey (remember this is all through night vision on a semi bright night) and he appeared to be a human . then the thing turned and looked right at me with eyes so bright my night vision started to burn out (meaning it was so bright it was burning the system, usually done only by really fucking bright shit like the sun). So that freaked me out and I pulled my NVGs off and those eyes were like neon red blood. Blood red bright as the sun. So this freaks me out and I pull my machine gun over and train the thermal optic on to it and those eyes were so hot it started to burn out that optic (same concept as before but with you know heat) but his body was so cold he stood out from the background which is really weird. I slowly loaded it and then the eyes moved like he cocked his head at me and turned and walked off and was gone. I didn't say a word of this while we were there or to any one in the army since we've gotten back. - Reddit.com


The strange case of the ‘time travel’ murder

A woman's body is found in London. DNA turns up a hit, yet the suspect apparently died weeks before the alleged victim. Here, forensic scientist Dr Mike Silverman tells the story of one of the strangest cases of his career.

It was a real-life mystery that could have come straight from the pages of a modern-day detective novel.

During the late 1970s... the idea of being able to identify someone from a few tiny drops of blood seemed like something out of science fiction”

A woman had been brutally murdered in London and biological material had been found under her fingernails, possibly indicating that she might have scratched her attacker just before she died.

A sample of the material was analysed and results compared with the National DNA database and quickly came back with a positive match.

The problem was, the "hit" identified a woman who had herself been murdered - a full three weeks before the death of her alleged "victim".

The killings had taken place in different areas of the capital and were being investigated by separate teams of detectives.

With no sign of a connection between the two women and nothing to suggest they had ever met, the most "likely" scenario was that the samples had been mixed-up or contaminated at the one obvious place that they had come together - the forensic laboratory. A complaint was made by the senior investigating officer. Continue reading at BBC


NASA Honors William Shatner With Distinguished Public Service Medal

After nearly 50 years of warping across galaxies and saving the universe from a variety of alien threats and celestial disasters, Star Trek’s William Shatner finally went where no other member of Starfleet has gone before. This weekend, the acclaimed actor and director was honored with NASA’s Distinguished Public Service medal, the highest award bestowed by the agency to non-government personnel.

The honor was presented to Shatner Saturday evening in Los Angeles at his annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show, where he raises money for a variety of children’s causes. The citation for the medal reads, “For outstanding generosity and dedication to inspiring new generations of explorers around the world, and for unwavering support for NASA and its missions of discovery.”

“William Shatner has been so generous with his time and energy in encouraging students to study science and math, and for inspiring generations of explorers, including many of the astronauts and engineers who are a part of NASA today, ” said David Weaver, NASA’s associate administrator for the Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “He's most deserving of this prestigious award.”

A life-long advocate of science and space exploration, Shatner gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James Tiberius Kirk, commander of the starship USS Enterprise in NBC’s science fiction television series “Star Trek” from 1966 to 1969. It was a role he would reprise in an animated version of the series in 1973, seven major films from 1979 to 1994, and more recent “Star Trek” video games.

Shatner’s relationship with NASA dates back to the original series, with references to the space agency and its programs that were incorporated into storylines throughout the television and film franchises. In 1976, when NASA was ready to introduce a reusable spacecraft as the successor to the Apollo program, a new space shuttle prototype, originally to be named Constitution, was dubbed Enterprise in honor of the Star Trek universe and the work of Shatner and his series co-stars.

More recently, Shatner donated his time and vocal talent to host the NASA documentary celebrating the 30th anniversary of space shuttle missions. To honor the final flight of shuttle Discovery in 2011, he agreed to recreate his famous Star Trek television introduction in one of the last wake-up calls for the astronauts of the STS-133 mission.

In 2012, he hosted a video presentation previewing the dramatic mission of the Mars rover Curiosity and voiced his support for NASA spinoff technologies that come as a result of investments in science, technology and exploration.

Other past recipients of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal include astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory director and Voyager project scientist Edward Stone, theoretical physicist and astronomer Lyman Spitzer, and science fiction writer Robert Heinlein. The award is presented to those who “… have personally made a contribution representing substantial progress to the NASA mission. The contribution must be so extraordinary that other forms of recognition would be inadequate.”

Besides his acting and directing talents, Shatner is a prolific author, having taken the reins for nearly 50 books, and is an accomplished horse rider and breeder. - NASA

Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (Star Trek I, II, III, IV, V, VI + The Captain's Summit Bonus Disc)

Star Trek: The Complete Original Series DVD (Seasons 1-3)

Star Trek: The Original Series: Season 1 (Remastered Edition)


Blue UFO Spotted Over The Netherlands

A blue-colored UFO, videotaped by a Netherlands resident, remains unexplained.

Blue? That's something new.

OpenMinds.TV reports that, on April 11, Dick Smits was at home in the town of Maassluis -- south of The Hague, the seat of government of the Netherlands and the capital city of South Holland.

It was the middle of the afternoon, and Smits was videotaping a boat on a canal. He spotted a blue object hovering in the sky for several minutes, so he turned his camera on it and zoomed in.

From the angle that Smits caught the object, it looks a little like a classic flying saucer (see bottom left), with a curved bottom and a dome on top.

At another point in the short video, the blue-tinted UFO moved slightly (bottom right) so that its structure seemed a little less like a flying saucer and, perhaps, more manmade. Could that be some sort of cockpit on the right side image?

When the Rotterdam-based RTV Rijnmond TV organization interviewed Smits about what he videotaped, he didn't indicate how the blue object eventually disappeared from view.

Smits reportedly told the broadcaster that he just didn't know what the object was.

And nobody has come forward to claim ownership of the baffling blue object. - THP



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