Posted 18 August 2005 - 09:56 PM
Rumors about the saucer mystery fly almost as fast as the strange sights themselves," pronounced the narrator of a 1952 Paramount newsreel, commenting on a rash of UFO sightings from New York to Washington. He added ominously: "With this evidence, the mystery thickens."And so it seemed.A comic book narrative of the time came down on the side of believers. "SAUCERS OVER WASHINGTON, D.C.," blared its bold black headline. It dismissed the military's "glib" explanation of radar blips seen that July by National Airport flight controllers. Simply a case of temperature inversion or reflections of ground objects, insisted the Air Force brass. But what about the pilot, the cartoonist countered, who described "a bright light moving faster, at times, than a shooting star"?Well, what about it?From 1947 to 1969, Americans accounted for 12,618 reports of unidentified flying objects. It was up to investigators at Ohio's Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to determine if extraterrestrial beings, in fact, had descended from space to Earth.This work was incendiary enough to be classified. But the government bestowed a bureaucratic name just the same: "Project Blue Book."It went on until 1969. That year, the United States Air Force declared itself out of the UFO business, but not before concluding that 701 sightings remained "unidentified."
Not to worry, Wright-Patterson officials assured the public in a 1985 fact sheet:"No UFO reported, investigated and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of threat to our national security; there has been no evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force that sightings categorized as `unidentified' represent technological developments or principles beyond the range of present-day scientific knowledge; and there has been no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as `unidentified' are extraterrestrial vehicles."
And you ...Have you ever seen a UFO with your own eyes? or Aliens - What do you think they are?or you don't accept Alien theology?
Posted 19 August 2005 - 12:04 PM
Posted 21 August 2005 - 10:16 PM
A Quebec innkeeper claims to have picture proof that the legendary monster of Lake Massawippi exists. Although it doesn't enjoy the status of Ogopogo -- the country's most famous water monster said to inhabit Lake Okanagan in the south central B.C. interior -- "Whippy" has been alive in local monster folklore.Townspeople have been reporting sightings of the elusive creature for generations in the peaceful, picturesque lake nestled in Quebec's Eastern Townships, near Sherbrooke.Jeff Stafford, owner of the Ripplecove Inn, showed photos of what he claimed are "Whippy" to CFCF News reporter Rob Lurie.Stafford said he was given the photos last week by a tourist, along with a story of how the alligator-like creature surfaced from the depths of the Massawippi and treated him to an extended view. The series of blurry photos show a far shot of an oddly-shaped protuberance sticking out of the water."This thing was floating on top like a large crocodile or large water snake," Stafford told CFCF. He said, according to the tourist, that Whippy was 10 feet long, and had its head stuck out of the water for several minutes."We were blown away," said Stafford, who didn't doubt the tourist's story for one second.
There are many stories of monster sightings in these parts, reports Lurie. Nearby Lake Mephremagog has "Memphre"; Lake Champlains' has "Champ." But with this latest sighting on the Massawippi, the legend of Whippy has pulled ahead of the others.Florent Hebert, who's been guiding tours on the lake for 23 years, said he's seen a lot of strange things that he just can't explain.He said he's been trying to convince people of Whippy's existence, and that these photos finally prove he's not crazy."I feel much better, because no one believes in the stories I've been telling about the lake," he told CFCF News.
Posted 23 August 2005 - 01:27 AM
Peter Davenport has received more phone calls than he cares to count that have an unusual opening: "Please believe me, I'm not crazy." For Davenport, director of the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle, it's part of the job.Davenport spoke at the Little Green Men Festival Sunday in Hopkinsville with tales of what he believes are some of the more fascinating, provable cases reported. The festival, at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Conference and Convention Center, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Aug. 21, 1955, report of an alien invasion at Kelly.After a lifetime of studying what many brush off as science fiction, Davenport is feels certain that UFO's exist and have been witnessed on Earth, and second, that the government has known about them for decades."I have not just a mountain of data, perhaps a mountain range of data. And I assure you, it's strictly by accident," Davenport told the Kentucky New Era in an interview.
Davenport has spent the last 11 years filing accounts and eyewitness reports of UFO sightings from a reporting center that consists of one phone, one fax, and one Web master, and is almost completely privately funded by Davenport and donations.Davenport graduated Stanford with degrees in Russian and biology and received his MBA in finance and international business. But, years before receiving a master's degree in genetics and biochemistry of fish, Davenport heard of the Kelly Green Men incident on the radio.The story from Kelly was one of several that piqued his interest in UFOs, which eventually led to his involvement in the National UFO Reporting Center.
Posted 26 August 2005 - 04:24 AM
Local UFO "expert" Robert Allen got noticeably excited when he got his first look at photos of the unexplained phenomenon that appeared over these skies last week. "I'm getting goosebumps," he said, adding that these may be the clearest photos taken of a UFO in decades. The photos were taken by Lyle Jeff, a 17-year-old student who lives in Standing Rock, a small Navajo community about 35 miles north of Gallup. The photos show something but just what that something is will probably be talked about in UFO circles for years if not decades. To Allen, they appear to be positive proof that a UFO wandered through these skies last week and may have crashed into a field near Standing Rock. The photos show colors outlined in the night sky, bright yellows, and oranges and reds. They don't show a spaceship but according to Allen, they show the ship's erratic pattern through the skies and one, which looks like a giant V in glowing colors, shows the underside of the ship as it went overhead. Allen said he observed the strange sight himself one night last week, seeing it from his home in Williams Acres. The object appeared in the night sky going across his line of vision for more than 90 seconds.
"That's extremely rare for something to be on view that long," he said. Most sightings are for only a few seconds. In this case, he watched as the object went west to east, disappearing at times and blinking its lights at other times. Could it possibly be a helicopter? "No," said Allen, pointing out that the object didn't make any noise when it went overhead. Also the light patterns were nothing like a helicopter.
Posted 27 August 2005 - 10:12 AM
We all know fishermen can tell some wild stories, but this fish tale has pictures and witnesses, and is making some people nervous. It sounds crazy, but two different fishermen at Medina Lake have caught two different sharks. No one knows how they got there, and the incidents have experts puzzled. Biologists have identified the creatures as Atlantic Sharp Nose Sharks, but Medina Lake is hundreds of miles from the shark’s closest salt water home. “It kind of startled me,” fisherman James Price told WOAI. Price is from Lamesa, but he fishes in lakes all over Texas. He says his jaw dropped Monday when he pulled the 37-inch shark out of the water. “It looked like a bull shark, and I know they can live in fresh water, but they shouldn't be in this lake,” said Price. He says he brought the shark back to shore to show friends and take pictures, just so nobody would think he was nuts. His family was shocked.
“I know because I saw the teeth, and that really scared me,” said Connie Price. This is the second shark caught at Medina Lake. Jet Smith caught one the day before Price caught his. “It's just crazy!” That sums up what Texas Parks and Wildlife had to say. Game Warden Danny Shaw says these kinds of sharks shouldn't be in a lake, but they pose no danger.
Posted 28 August 2005 - 05:31 AM
Alien abduction protocols, curried kidney recipes and Navy-issue watches are among the topics of inquiries received by the Ministry of Defence since the Freedom of Information Act came into force at the beginning of the year. Averaging 300 requests a month, the department has had to respond to some bizarre and tricky questions, including from conspiracy theorists about the MoD's contact with alien life. While one wanted access to any physical proof held by the MoD of aliens, another asked simply: "Please could you send me a copy of the MoD's policy on alien abduction?" However, the MoD, despite being as helpful as it could, denied that it had a policy on aliens - or pictures of them. "The Ministry of Defence does not have any expertise or role in respect of 'UFO/ flying saucer' matters or to the question of the existence or otherwise of extraterrestrial life forms, about which it remains totally open-minded," said its published reply. But UFO investigator and writer Ron Halliday said that MoD was clearly aware of the existence of alien life.
"I think they're being very mealy-mouthed about this," he said. "Back in the 1990s, they revealed that they had been recording UFO sightings since the Forties, and handed the dossier over to UFO experts to investigate." More prosaic, but equally odd questions, have included requests for a Royal Navy recipe for sauteed kidneys and curried meatballs, a photocopy the new Pulsar aircrew issue chronograph watch, as well as a desire to know what sort of tea is drunk by navy personnel.
Posted 29 August 2005 - 04:27 AM
The Viking Age was a period of considerable religious change in Scandinavia. Part of the popular image of the Vikings is that they were all pagans, with a hatred of the Christian Church, but this view is very misleading.It is true that almost the entire population of Scandinavia was pagan at the beginning of the Viking Age, but the Vikings had many gods, and it was no problem for them to accept the Christian god alongside their own. Most scholars today believe that Viking attacks on Christian churches had nothing to do with religion, but more to do with the fact that monasteries were typically both wealthy and poorly defended, making them an easy target for plunder.The Vikings came into contact with Christianity through their raids, and when they settled in lands with a Christian population, they adopted Christianity quite quickly. This was true in Normandy, Ireland, and throughout the British Isles. Although contemporary accounts say little about this, we can see it in the archaeological evidence. Pagans buried their dead with grave goods, but Christians normally didn't, and this makes it relatively easy to spot the change in religion.
As well as conversion abroad, the Viking Age also saw a gradual conversion in Scandinavia itself, as Anglo-Saxon and German missionaries arrived to convert the pagans. By the mid-11th century, Christianity was well established in Denmark and most of Norway. Although there was a temporary conversion in Sweden in the early 11th century, it wasn't until the mid-12th century that Christianity became established there. As part of the process of conversion the Christians took over traditional pagan sites. A good example of this can be seen at Gamle Uppsala in Sweden, where the remains of an early church stand alongside a series of huge pagan burial mounds.
Posted 30 August 2005 - 06:10 AM
Nearly a third of American adults believe in ghosts, a recent Gallup poll tells us. And if you're in that apparition-affirming group, "The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult" might be just the show for you.The exhibit, which could have been called "I See Photos of Dead People," opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sept. 27 and runs through the end of the year. It includes approximately 120 photos, artifacts from the heyday of Spiritualism, roughly from the Civil War to World War II.A lot of those photos feature ghosts, or "ghosts," depending on what you would have told Gallup's pollster."The Perfect Medium" was organized by the Met in Manhattan and the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris, based on a collection assembled by co-curator Pierre Apraxine. The organizers are attempting to be scrupulously neutral about the question of the spirit world's existence and about whether these photos are evidence of that world."We didn't see our main role as debunking," says Mia Fineman, a Met senior research associate who is organizing the show for the museum.
"It has to do with . . . wanting to deal with the photographs in historical terms, talking about how they were conceived at the time that they were made and how they were presented."Apraxine and co-curator Sophie Schmit cite the Civil War as a major reason for the rise of Spiritualism in the second half of the 19th century. That's because many Americans lost relatives in the war and "were willing to do anything to have one last contact with their loved ones," they explain in the show's catalog.Fineman points out that photography, which had been invented in 1839, also gave Spiritualism a boost.
Posted 31 August 2005 - 05:20 AM
Rationalists beware, Chingford is one of the most haunted places in the country and a ghost may patrol a home or hotel near you. Disembodied footsteps, a mysterious man on horseback and the ghost of a woman killed in a hotel fire at the beginning of the last century are among the phantoms inhabiting the cemeteries, byways and hostels of the area.The Guardian has taken a number of calls recently from people claiming to have "heard" things and felt "strange" in the vicinity of Chingford Mount Cemetery.We contacted local paranormal experts Eerie Investigations, who confirmed the burial site's spectral reputation.Ian Pleasance, an investigator with Eerie, said: "The cemetery is known for being haunted and many people have reported sounds of footsteps walking on the grass behind them, even though there was no-one present."It is also rumoured that the ghost of a man dressed all in black on horseback gallops along the roads between the graves, dismounting occasionally. Some people believe he is the spirit of an old huntsman."Five years ago the Guardian reported on former local woman Mavis Fisher's efforts to find out more about the ghostly apparitions in Friday Hill House, Simmons Lane, that haunted her childhood.
Ms Fisher claimed a Stan Laurel lookalike, dressed in Edwardian costume and a bowler hat, and a weeping woman in a flowing white veil inhabited the old building.Since then unearthly goings on have been documented in a number of places around Chingford. Residents regularly call the Chingford-based ghostbusters to relate their experiences.Mr Pleasance said: "The area around Richmond Avenue and The Avenue in Highams Park used to be orchard land and there have been stories of ghosts being seen.
Posted 31 August 2005 - 07:25 PM
Then in 2004, the European Space Agency took it’s first full color image of the Gusev crater. What made the ESA image so immediately interesting was the fact that the “dark mass” features seen streaking portions of the floor of the 90-mile-wide Crater in the NASA imaging (left). Can now be seen in true color by ESA revealed by Mars Express (right) to be various amazing shades of green ….
At Gusev, if the craters in the area were indeed harboring conditions conducive to some special algae growth – primarily, by extending below the local water table -- then one could easily speculate that as the algae mats within some craters grow in the Martian spring and summer, and ultimately reproduce, their spores are carried by the winds out of the craters ... to form the long, sinuous streaks across the intercrater surfaces observed from orbit!
The “streaks,” then, would simply be more colonies of algae from the craters … spread by algae spores surviving for a time between the crater floors ….
However, deprived of crucial quantities of water and essential nutrients (which, in this scenario, would be concentrated on those crater floors), the migrating algae colonies between the craters quickly die … and decompose. Through this process, they would inevitably release some of their bound organics – the hydrogen, carbon, etc. -- back into the atmosphere … to be seen as significant quantities of methane gas.
During 2004 observations from the ESA Mars Express spacecraft in orbit around Mars, methane was detected in its atmosphere. And even more recently, Methane has been detected on Mars by three independent groups of scientists. And this could be a sign of life - indicating methane-producing bacteria.
Posted 01 September 2005 - 06:30 AM
Just four years earlier a communication of a very different sort - the first electric telegraph - was sent across the Atlantic. Science was challenging the old certainties about life - making the impossible, possible. According to the biographer of the Fox sisters, Barbara Weisberg: "There was so much that was exciting and so much that wouldn't have been thought possible two decades before. "If people could communicate over the telegraph, why couldn't this world and the next world communicate?" This gave the sisters' claims greater legitimacy, she says. As the spiritualist craze grew people from every level of Victorian society crammed into dingy parlours, where knocks and raps indicated the presence of spirits.
Posted 02 September 2005 - 06:42 AM
A new film about exorcism is set to be released on September 9. The Exorcism of Emily Rose, starring Laura Linney and Campbell Scott, is about a priest accused of negligence resulting in the death of a nineteen-year-old woman during an exorcism. While demons, devils, and exorcisms are obviously great grist for horror films, The Exorcism of Emily Rose is interesting because it shows (however fictionally) the potentially dangerous consequences of exorcisms. As the film opens across the country, a Romanian priest stands accused of just such a crime in real-life. An exorcism at a convent in the small Romanian town of Tanacu resulted in the death of Maricica Irina Cornici, a twenty-three-year-old nun who said she heard the devil telling her she was sinful. With assistance from four nuns, priest Daniel Corogeanu bound Cornici to a cross, gagged her mouth with a towel, and left her for three days without food or water. The ritual, the priest explained, was an effort to drive devils out of the woman.
Cornici was found dead on June 15; an autopsy found she had died of suffocation and dehydration. Cornici, who had a history of schizophrenia, reportedly had recently visited the convent and soon after joined the order. The Orthodox Church admitted that Corogeanu had been ordained as a priest without completing his theological studies, and condemned Cornici’s death. While many Americans likely think of exorcisms as relics of the Dark Ages, exorcisms continue to be performed, often on people who are emotionally and mentally disturbed. Whether those undergoing the exorcism are truly possessed by spirits or demons is another matter entirely.
Posted 02 September 2005 - 07:10 PM
At left is emission nebula IC 410. Open cluster NGC 1893 is embedded in IC 410.
AE Aurigae is normally a 5.96 magnitude star of spectral class BO.
Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 ED telephoto
Exposure: Single 30 minute original
Film: Gas-hypersensitized Kodak PJM
Filter: Lumicon Deep Sky filter
Exposure start: 07:35 UT
Date: October 12, 1996
Location: Promised Land State Park, Pennsylvania, USA
Temp: 21 F
Notes: Dew turned to frost, covers everything
Posted 03 September 2005 - 08:12 AM
Steven Lacey: Something very odd happened in the early mourning hours of February 25, 1942. An aircraft flew over LA County that sparked an air raid alert. Searchlights and Guns were locked onto the aircraft for about a an hour. That alert was unlike any other. We,ve all seen the images of the military action in Iraq. Pictures of batteries of antiaircraft guns firing in what look like random patterns are familiar to most of us. The picture below appeared in the LA Times in a story about the Battle of LA It clearly shows a night time defensive response to an air raid, but the situation is very different than that in Iraq. The men firing the guns weren't desperately searching the sky trying to find a target. They clearly had a focus for their efforts. This picture is the most convincing piece of evidence I,ve seen of an alien craft. The Battle of LA makes a very convincing argument for the presence of alien craft in our skies. The fact that something not of this Earth flew slowly over LA County is very clear.
There were hundreds of thousands of witnesses to the craft as it traveled apparently without being in any hurry while our military tried very hard to knock it out of the sky. Once the craft had slowly traveled out of range of our guns the battle was over. Since Pearl Harbor had happened only a few months before it was easy to believe that the Japanese had made the flight. Now that theory simply doesn't make any sense. If the Japanese had aircraft that were immune to our antiaircraft guns then the war would have taken a very different path. Even 60 years later no country on Earth have aircraft that can continue to fly without any apparent damage after being hit with even opne antiaircraft shell. The aircraft that flew over LA County that night had to have been an alien craft.
Posted 04 September 2005 - 11:07 AM
Welcome to the fourth dimension. And the fifth, and the sixth. A team of astrophysicists claims to have identified evidence that space is six-dimensional.Joseph Silk of the University of Oxford, UK, and his co-workers say that these extra spatial dimensions can be inferred from the perplexing behaviour of dark matter. This mysterious stuff cannot be seen, but its presence in galaxies is betrayed by the gravitational tug that it exerts on visible stars.Silk and his colleagues looked at how dark matter behaves differently in small galaxies and large clusters of galaxies. In the smaller ones, dark matter seems to be attracted to itself quite strongly. But in the large galactic clusters this doesn't seem to be the case: strongly interacting dark matter should produce cores of dark material bigger than those that are actually there, as deduced from the way the cluster spins.
One explanation, they say, is that three extra dimensions, in addition to the three spatial ones to which we are accustomed, are altering the effects of gravity over very short distances of about a nanometre1.The team argues that such astronomical observations of dark matter provide the first potential evidence for extra dimensions. Others are supportive, but unconvinced. Lisa Randall, a Harvard physicist who has explored the possibility of extra spatial dimensions, says "Even if their idea works, which it probably does, it may be an overstatement to use these observations as evidence of extra dimensions."Silk himself acknowledges that the proposal is "extremely speculative".
Posted 05 September 2005 - 06:49 PM
What would happen to the world as we know it if the Earth were hollow below the crust, assuming it didn't collapse inwards?If the Earth were hollow we would be in danger of death by suffocation, thirst, frying, starving, freezing and drowning, in that order. A hollow Earth would not have enough mass to hold on to an atmosphere by gravity, and all the surface water would boil away. If the crust had enough mass to make up for the hollow centre, there would be no magnetic field, which is generated by the Earth's liquid iron interior. Compasses wouldn't work, and some migratory animal species might get lost, but that would be the least of our worries as deadly radiation from the sun and outer space could then penetrate to the Earth's surface.If this could be solved, then presuming we could grow gills we could live underwater. We'd need to, because within a million years the continents would have eroded to little more than sandbanks, and the sea level would rise because of all the sediment that was dumped in the ocean by the rivers.
It is only subduction and mountain building, created by the same convection currents in the interior that create the Earth's magnetic field, that keep uplifting the land to compensate for erosion.Volcanic eruptions and subduction of tectonic plates also play an important role in regulating the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Without these processes, plant growth could cease entirely because of all the carbon reaching the ocean floor through erosion, and the Earth would enter a period of deep freeze, deprived of the essential warming effect - and food supply - that carbon dioxide gives us now.
Posted 06 September 2005 - 07:32 PM
Andrew Johnson: The conventional view of the solar system is, on the whole, somewhat dull to the average person. Certainly there are high points, such as Saturn’s incredible ring system, now being studied in superb detail by Cassini (the most complex robotic probe ever built) and items such as Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (which has been present for at least 300 years). For those people who move from the “science fiction worlds” portrayed in Star Trek, Star Wars and Babylon 5 to a study of our Solar System, however, unless they are excited by weird geology or extreme weather systems, there seems to be little to “write home about”. In recent months, however, I have begun to wonder if this “somewhat dull” view of the solar system is entirely justified. Certain people have pointed out a number of prominent anomalies – both on the Moon and elsewhere in the Solar System.
These anomalies might indicate that there may be more to our “local neighbourhood” than the randomised rock structures and the exotic atmospheric chemistry, which are the “bread and butter” of those who study Astronomy and Planetary Science. I have now come to feel quite strongly that the pages of our Encyclopaedias and other reference books should include a more considered analysis of certain features, which have been photographed at sufficient resolution to show that they do not seem to fit into a “standard picture” of geology.
Posted 07 September 2005 - 09:21 AM
Kevin Randle: The Roswell UFO crash case has been solved - yet again. Nick Redfern, writing in his new book, Body Snatchers in the Desert, has proposed a somewhat new but not extraterrestrial explanation. He suggests that what fell in Roswell was an American high-altitude experiment that contained the deformed and mutated bodies of Japanese captured at the close of World War II. The object that carried them was a huge balloon modeled after the balloon bombs launched during the war and a wooden flying-wing-type craft designed by the German Horten brothers that was taken from the Nazis. Redfern suggests that those who found the wreckage, the officers at the Roswell Army Air Field, did not immediately identify the craft because of the weird construction, the aluminized rubber that made up the balloon, and other elements that seemed to defy easy explanation. The craft had carried five pilots (or possibly four), all killed in the crash.
As the strange contraption broke up, a segment about nine meters long had fallen away. One of the pilots was sucked out the craft as it came apart, and this is what Mack Brazel found on the ranch he managed near Corona, New Mexico.This experiment, designed to expose the captured Japanese to high altitudes to find out what would happen to the human body, could not be revealed to the general public. At the time, July 1947, the United States was trying Nazis in Nuremberg for crimes against humanity. Some of those crimes included experimentation on human subjects without their consent. Now, according to Redfern's theory, the United States had done the same thing. It would be the height of hypocrisy if the United States were engaged in the same sort of human experimentation.
Posted 07 September 2005 - 04:42 PM
Crystal therapy is the use of crystals and gemstones to promote healing within the human body. The therapy is not limited to physical ailments, but advocates believe that these stones have a place in treating mental, spiritual and emotional distresses as well.
Certain crystals do possess vibrational energy that is known as the piezoelectric effect. This effect does allow crystals to expand with certain frequencies of energy.
The frequency of the vibrational energy released by the crystal is different for every color of gem. Based on this it is thought that different gemstones, with different vibratory rates, can be used to treat different ailments of the body, mind, spirit, etc.
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