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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Daily 2 Cents: Mysterious Addition to Georgia Guidestones -- Albatwitch Festival in Columbia, PA -- Kansas 'Zombie Preparedness Month'

Mysterious cube added to the Georgia Guidestones

Conspiracy message boards have gone into overdrive with the revelation that the infamous Georgia Guidestones have a new addition: a mysterious niche at the top of one of the monoliths has been filled with a small cube/cornerstone with the numbers '20' and '14' carved into adjacent faces. Naturally, there has been some speculation on these messageboards that the block is a message - from the secret society behind the Guidestones - that the apocalypse supposedly predicted by the modern megaliths will occur this year. Read more at Daily Grail


More of the Same

My friend and colleague Sharon Day recently posted the following statement at her blog Ghost Hunting Theories:

"The way I see it in the world of paranormal research, if someone has to focus their attention on others, bring them down, badmouth them and the like, they are a little person. A very little person. Because, you see, if you focus on others, you are not focusing on self. In fact, I can tell who is not contributing to the field of study when they are worried about the other players and talking down their peers. That very person is a blight upon the field of expanding knowledge."

Sharon and others have been aware of the defaming statements I have endured over the past year. Unfortunately, the acrimony continues. A few statements were recently posted after a client submitted a testimonial about my positive work with them. Quotes included that I am "absolutely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs." That I claim that I "want to help people, when in truth they (I) go out of their (my) way to purposefully hurt people." Also, I'm "a cancer on society and need to be exposed for the fraud(s) that they are (I am)."

You see, these detractors and bullies consider themselves 'paranormal experts' and have anointed themselves the 'paranormal expert police.' There are no paranormal experts...period. In this feigned act to patrol others, they are simply pushing their agenda in order to enrich themselves. When I refuse to acknowledge their attacks, they feverishly go to their Facebook page and/or blog and scribble ridiculous nonsense.

I recently read that I "twist the truth and spread their (my) lies in order to make themselves (myself) look like the victim." Frankly, I don't need to 'twist' or 'lie' about anything. These nitwits provided these quotes in which I'm posting verbatim. It's their own words.

Anyway, I've talked about their craziness before...even George Knapp asked me about these kooks the last time I appeared on 'Coast to Coast AM.' Some things are just more of the same...Lon


Mysterious & Mythical...Albatwitch Festival in Columbia, PA

A creature that seems more myth than mystery, and sounds like a miniature bigfoot, will be the centerpiece of the Albatwitch Festival from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in Columbia, Lancaster County.

Sightings of the albatwitch - reportedly a very slender, 4- to 5-foot-tall, ape-like creature covered in reddish-brrwn hair - date back 400 or 500 years to the Susquehannock Indians, who inhabited the area around Chickies Rock on the eastern shore of the Susquehanna, according to Christopher Vera, president of the Columbia Historic Preservation Society. He explained, "They named it albatwitch after the apple witch."

Rick Fisher, curator of the Columbia-based National Museum of Mysteries and Research Center, noted that the Susquehannocks also has "ape-like creatures depicted on their war shields. We're not really sure if they had a belief in some ape-like creature or where they got the image from. Perhaps it was just a warlike image to ward off enemy tribes."

While local lore attributes the name to the Susquehannocks, the creature's association with apples appears to be of more recent, more European vintage. Fisher said the albatwitch gained that reputation in the late 1800s, when Chickies Rock was a popular picnic spot complete with a trolley that ran there from Columbia.

"These creatures, the albatwitch, would come out of the trees and steal apples from the people who were picnicking there," he explained. "They would eat the apples and throw the cores back at the people."

Both men also have more modern accounts of the albatwitch to share. Vera said a boyhood friend reported an encounter in the early 1980s, when "this creature came eye to eye with him and pinned him to a tree. His brother yelled and the creature ran."

Fisher, who's been involved in paranormal research for many years, said he encountered something that looked similar to the generally accepted description of an albatwitch on Valentine's Day 20002, while en route to presenting a program on ghosts in Middletown. He said the "stick creature" with glowing, yellow eyes was walking down the middle of the road near Chickies Rock when he spotted it in his headlights, but vanished when it realized it had been seen.

The two men at the helm of the new festival hope the albatwitch and its legend will do for Columbia what the Mothman has done for Point Pleasant, W. Va., home to a town-filling Mothman Festival every September for the past 13 years. The creature from the "The Mothman Prophecies" was described as a man-sized, moth-like being seen in Point Pleasant from November 1966 to December 1967 and associated by some with various supernatural events and the collapse of the Silver Bridge.

The Albatwitch Festival is intended as a fundraiser for the two museums and will be a blend of local history and the paranormal, with an array of apple-themed food and craft vendors and activities.

Vera will begin the day at 10 a.m. with a presentation on "The History and Underground Railroad in Columbia." Fisher will follow at 11:30 a.m. with a program on "Mysterious Creatures in Pennsylvania," including the albatwitch. Kathy Kreiter Rothenberger, a cofounder of the Paranormal Activity Research Association, will talk about "Elementals" at 1 p.m.; John Sabol, archaeologist and cultural anthropologist, on "Centralia - What Lies Beneath: The Afterlife of a Landscape of Destruction" at 2:30 p.m.; and Johnathan Williams, Jonathan Williams, one of the founders of the International Museum of Spiritual Investigations, on "The Forgotten Souls of Gettysburg" at 4 p.m.

Music will be performed by a local group known as Albatwitch at noon and by Two Good Hanfuls at 2 p.m.

Judging for an apple pie contest is scheduled for 1 p.m.

For more information, check out the Albatwitch Festival website. - Penn Live


Warren Commission insider publicly concedes that JFK assassination was likely a conspiracy

Describing someone as a “conspiracy theorist” is usually meant as an insult, suggesting tin-foil hats and babbling rants on late-night radio talk shows. But when it comes to the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, the list of important, seemingly credible public figures who count themselves as conspiracy theorists is long and impressive.

Fifty years ago this coming week, the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the panel led by Chief Justice Earl Warren and better known as the Warren Commission, published an 888-page final report that identified Lee Harvey Oswald as the sole gunman in Dealey Plaza and said there was no evidence of a conspiracy, foreign or domestic.

Those findings were meant to put an end to the swirling conspiracy theories about the president’s murder. Yet the theories persisted. Americans had difficulty accepting that the most powerful man in the world could be brought down by a troubled young man wielding a $21 mail-order rifle. And in the wake of the Vietnam War, Watergate and so many other scandals and national tragedies that followed the assassination, people grew increasingly skeptical that the government could be expected to tell them the truth. By the late 1960s, opinion polls showed that most Americans had rejected the findings of the Warren Commission’s report. An April 2013 poll by the Associated Press found that 59% of Americans believed there was a conspiracy in Kennedy’s death. Read more at National Post


Kansas Governor to Sign 'Zombie Preparedness Month' Proclamation

It’s never too early to start preparing for the zombie apocalypse — at least if you’re in Kansas. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is rolling out a campaign asking residents to be ready for just that possibility, with Gov. Sam Brownback set to sign a proclamation Friday designating October as Zombie Preparedness Month. While the idea of an actual zombie attack is just in jest, being ready for any disaster situation isn’t.

“If you’re equipped to handle the zombie apocalypse then you’re prepared for tornadoes, severe storms, fire and any other natural disaster Kansas usually faces,” Devan Tucking, of the Division of Emergency Management, said in a statement. “This is a fun and low-stress way to get families involved, and past turnouts have proven it to be effective.” State officials said preparing for a zombie disaster involves coming up with an emergency plan and gathering adequate survival supplies. - NBC News


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