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THE ‘X’ CHRONICLES NEWSPAPER
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Vol. 15, No 05 ISSN - 1499-8599 (E-dition) / ISSN - 1499-8602 (CD-ROM) MAY 2010 $4.95(US)
ANOTHER DISASTER FORTUNE TELLERS MISSED!
Another Disaster The Fortune Tellers Missed
they had predicted this event - BULL! If they are proclaiming their accuracy on their internet websites and blogs - BULL! Hey psychics... you claim to see the future not what has happened in the past! It is no secret that I have no use whatsoever for psychics, tarot card readers, mediums, channels, palmists and other people who have weeded their way into the paranormal community who claim that they can foretell the future, and who are very successful in deceiving members of society who are desperate for that light at the end of the tunnel - or those long words sought to be heard from those who have died - all for a price. In my opinion they are white collar criminals who should be held responsible for their actions. Let's face it - when someone robs a bank, they are a criminal whether they are arrested at the time they rob the bank or not. Section 365 of the Canadian Criminal reads as follows, ”Every one who fraudulently (a) pretends to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration, (b) undertakes, for a consideration, to tell fortunes, or (c) pretends from his skill in or knowledge of an occult or crafty science to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to have been stolen or lost may be found, is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.” If fortune tellers are infact legitimate, should they not have been able to predict and prevent the Gulf od Mexico oil disaster? Therefore, when they did not make this prediction, they proved that they are not able to tell the future as they claim, therefore making their claims of forsigth fraudulent. As far as I am concerned, all psychics and tarot card readers and others who claim to have the ability to tell th efuture or what they call "the gift" are frauds and should be shut down. There is no place in today's society for a this group of individuals who have sociological problems (believing that they can tell the future) fitting into main stream society, where they prey on the unfortunate. When was the last time that there was a documented case where information from a psychic or other fortune telling practitioner actually was taken seriously and used to stop or prevent a world altering event? Did any one of the thousands of self proclaimed fortune tellers that can be found littered across the internet and on psychic hotlines tell President Bush or any person in authority who could have made a (Continued on Page 2)
by Rob McConnell- Publisher The catastrophe that is happening in the Gulf of Mexico right this very minute thanks to BP, where vast amounts of oil are escaping uncontrolled, is a prime example of why I do not give those who proclaim to have fortune telling abilities or “the gift” any credibility whatsoever. Once again, they have missed another world altering event. Not one of these so called psychics and/or tarot card readers foretold of this disaster - not one. If any of them now claim
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Another Disaster Fortune Tellers Missed
Another Disaster The Fortune Tellers Missed
Continued from Page 1 difference that a group of terrorist were going to strike a major blow to freedom and democracy in terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001? Did any one fortune teller contact BP, the White House or the US Coast Guard and tell them that there was going to be a catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico? Here are some other major events that psychics, tarot card readers, mediums, channels, astrologers and other fortune telling practitioners have missed so far this year: - January 1 – A suicide bombing occurs at a volleyball game in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 95, and injuring over 100. - January 12 – A 7.0-magnitude earthquake occurs in Haiti, devastating the nation's capital, Port-au-Prince - January 25 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashes into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, killing all 90 people onboard. - February 27 – An 8.8-magnitude earthquake occurs in Chile, triggering a tsunami over the Pacific and killing 497. - April 10 – The President of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, is among 96 killed when their airplane crashes in western Russia - April 13 – A 6.9-magnitude earthquake occurs in Qinghai, China, killing at least 2,000 and injuring more than 10,000 - April 14 – Volcanic ash from one of several eruptions beneath Eyjafjallajökull, a glacier in Iceland, begins to disrupt air traffic across northern and western Europe - May 12 – Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 crashes at runway at Tripoli International Airport in Libya killing 103 on board leaving only one survivor If these psychics and the other members of their fortune telling gangs, cannot accurately predict major world events, some of which have been mentioned above, how would they be able to help members of society with their lives? How would they be able to help them with questions about their love, their money, their jobs and their families? What would cause a person who has these types of problems to seek out the advice from these unscrupulous members of society? Psychologists state that what the people who go to psychics are seeking is just simple, reinforcement - a glimmer of hope - the light at the end of the tunnel - the one thing that these people do not want is reality. They would rather pay a stranger to lie to them then to have family and friends tell them the truth for nothing. The only future that psychic, tarot card readers, mediums, channel, palmists, tea readers, astrologers and their associates can see is that there is a sucker born every minute and there are enough people looking for a quick fix (or a lie) for each and every one of them. (Continued on Page 3)
In This Edition of The ‘X’ Chronicles Newspaper
(Print/Online/CD ROM/e-Book Version) MAY 2010 - 44 Pages These are just SOME of the stories and articles in this edition of THE ‘X’ CHRONICLES NEWSPAPER
01 - Another Disaster Fortune Tellers Missed 03 - Colorado Psychic Arrested 03 - PETA Wants To Rent Amityville Horror House 04 - Psychic - “I Didn’t See Scam” 04 - Leonard Nimoy Grateful for Opportunities 04 - Man Says Portland Psychic Duped Him 05 - Darren Brown Investigates 05 - Transsexual Says Gypsy Psychic Got Him 06 - Ghost Hunting Is Serious Business 07 - Electromagnetic Radiation 11 - Hotline Psychic Admits It’s A Scam 12 - Alien’s Hijack NASA Voyager 12 - Simple Explanation For UFO Sightings 14 - Newfoundland UFO Still A Mystery 14 - Politicians Report UFO Sightings 15 - UFO Inspires Inventor 16 - Mind Controlled Bionic Arm 16 - UFOs Go To School 17 - Top 10 Most Common UFO Explanations 19 - NY Prof Plans To Teach UFO Course 21 - Truth Behind NASA’s UFO Videos 24 - If Aliens Call, They Better Wear Armour 24 - Bizarre News 25 - Are Aliens & Angels The Same Thing? 26 - Crusade To Put Psychics Out Of Business 28 - The Skull of Doom 36 - Predicting the End of Time 40 - Nostradamus and 2012
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Read This Palm!
Another Disaster The Fortune Tellers Missed
Continue from Page 2 Here's are a few questions: Do psychics, tarot card readers, mediums, channels, tea readers,astrologers and other people who claims to have the gift - and now I must include those who do angel readings declare their revenue to the IRS or Revenue Canada? Do they issue receipts? Do they collect the appropriate taxes? Question: Why is it when I call up a psychic they say "Hello?" instead of answering, "Hi Rob" Answer: They only have the ability to tell the future of those who are willing to listen to what they are saying... those who are desperate enough to be willing to allow the fortune teller to manipulate their lives in one way or another. Psychic ability, channels, mediums, tea readers, palmistry, communication with the dead is nothing more than the desire of the person who has sought out the connection with the fortune teller and nothing more. That is why I do not have fortune tellers of any kind any longer on The 'X' Zone - I cannot support, nor can I tolerate their less then scrupulous and criminal so called "profession." Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org 
Colorado psychic arrested for telling clients their money was possessed by evil spirits
you Vigo the Carpathian was exercising demonic influence over your bank account, you can contact detectives at (303)-665-5571.
Why Does PETA Want to Rent the "Amityville Horror" House? Opinion by PETA
By Karin Bennett Media outlets everywhere are reporting that a home on New York's Long Island is for sale. Why all the buzz? This house is well known as the "Amityville Horror house," the infamous site of alleged paranormal activity brought on by gruesome murders at the home as depicted in the horror classic The Amityville Horror. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, there's no denying the horrors that countless animals suffer in factory farms before they are cruelly killed in slaughterhouses. So enter PETA: We've written to the current owner to propose that we be allowed to rent the residence so that we can set up shop—er, haunted house. PETA's "Amityville Slaughterhouse of Horrors" would guarantee chills (and likely some sleepless nights) for visitors who will experience what life and death are like for victims of factory farms and slaughterhouses. Of course, it wouldn't be all gore and horror: Our walk-through exhibit would also include an on-site café where visitors can learn about simple, tasty alternatives to butchered animal bits. Will we be bringing the haunting reallife tales of tormented animals to Amityville? We'll let you know—in the meantime, make sure your own kitchen doesn't look like a murder scene by going vegan. 
Colorado - Nancy Marks, a psychic from Lafayette, Colorado, was arrested for fraud after telling clients their money was evil and that she'd take their cursed cash so the money would suffer instead. Nancy Marks, a psychic from Lafayette, Colorado, was arrested for fraud after telling clients their "money [was] evil" and that she'd take their cursed cash so "the money would suffer" instead. Marks made at least $290,000 using this scam. Marks - who runs a psychic reading business creatively named Psychic Readings warned victims that malicious spirits were haunting their bank accounts and that she would take the evil assets off their hands. Her scam would've continued had a whistleblower named Linda not contacted police. According to Linda, Marks is charged with two counts of Theft Over $20,000 and one count of Criminal Impersonation. If Marks told
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Psychic: I didn’t see scam
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report hints of religious persecution. Druella said the public can be unkind to people who have gone through his experience. "Don't be embarrassed," he suggests to others who fell into his situation. "This is a culture that I think quite frankly treat people who go through these kinds of things kind of like the way women used to be treated for being raped. They get blamed. 'You were stupid. You let this happen. You asked for this. That's what you get for not using your noggin." "But these people (like him) who walk through doors like this," he said, "are in really tough places in life." Portland Police Bureau detectives believe there are other victims, said spokeswoman Detective Mary Wheat. They should contact Detective Andrew Madden at (503) 823-0450.
'Psychic healer' Grabovoi to terminate public activity - wife
Russian "psychic healer" Grigory Grabovoi, released from jail on Friday midway through an eight-year sentence on fraud charges, will not get involved in public activities again, his wife said Wednesday. "He is going to get a legal education, bring up his children, do family work and wait for his grandchildren," Yelena Grabovoi told journalists. A statement on the website of Grabovoi's "social and political" organization Drugg - said he would only issue statements through his lawyers, following "slanderous" media reports. In 2005, Kazakh-born Grabovoi made headlines all over the world when he promised to resurrect the children killed as Russian forces stormed a school that had been seized by Chechen militants in the North Caucasus town of Beslan. A total of 331 people, including 186 children, died in what has been referred to as Russia's 9/11. In May 2008 Grabovoi was arrested on fraud charges after a sting operation by a Moscow journalist. He was subsequently found guilty of 11 counts of fraudulently obtaining money "under the guise of resurrecting the victims' dead relatives or curing them of serious illnesses." He was sentenced to 11 years behind bars, later cut to eight on appeal. Grabovoi, who once declared his intention to run for president ("my first act will be to ban death") denied all the charges, saying he had pursued political, public, religious and scientific activities in order to "benefit people". The day before his release, Grabovoi offered his "services" in the search for miners missing after a recent accident in a Siberian coalmine. The mayor of the nearby town of Mezhdurechensk responded by saying if Grabovoi arrived "we will grab him by the scruff of the neck and chuck him out of here."
A SHAKEN psychic told yesterday how she was "terrorised" into carrying out a £16,000 bank scam after crooks threatened to kill her children if she refused. Mum-of-three Lynne MacNeill didn't see the con coming as she held a clairvoyant session for the gangsters' girlfriends - not realising who their partners were. When she told them she was in debt, the men offered her £1,200 to walk into the bank with fake ID and take out huge loans for them. But the 41-year-old claimed when she tried to back out of the con, the thugs threatened to hurt her children. She said: "I mentioned I was in debt and they pounced on that. I did agree to it at first, but when I tried to walk away they terrorised me." At Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday she wept as she was spared a jail sentence after admitting the fraud. The court heard she had managed to get £5,000 from the Natwest in Edinburgh last June. But when she went back later for £11,000, cops arrived and arrested MacNeill. Police took £850 from her Glasgow home and yesterday she was ordered to pay the bank £750 and got 180 hours' community service. Sheriff Derrick McInytre told her: "You should be careful of the company you keep."
Leonard Nimoy grateful for the opportunities his 60-year career has given him
After 60 years, Leonard Nimoy will say goodbye to film and television for good Thursday night with a final guest-star appearance on Fox’s science-fiction drama "Fringe.” No more Mr. Spock from the original 1960s "Star Trek” series, where Nimoy first gave us the Vulcan phrase "Live long and prosper.” No more from "Fringe’s” William Bell, the morally ambiguous scientist Nimoy portrays who can travel between alternate universes. And though he’s retired before and was compelled to return to acting in the 2009 "Star Trek” movie as the older Spock, he’s adamant that his decision this time is final. He’s ready to turn his most famous character over to Zachary Quinto, who portrayed the younger Spock in the latest film, and move onto other ventures. "Sixty years, I think, is long enough,” Nimoy said during a recent conference call with reporters. "I decided some time ago that I didn’t want to do this anymore.” Nimoy, 79, isn’t slowing down. A longtime photographer, he is making prints for his first solo exhibition at a major museum, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit, "Secret Selves,” will open July 31. Nimoy said he acted in "Fringe” as a favor to J.J. Abrams, who directed the latest "Star Trek” movie and who is creator of the Fox television show about paranormal phenomena, now in its second season. "He did a great job with the ‘Star Trek’ movie and treated me extremely well,” Nimoy said. "The work on ‘Fringe’ has turned out to be excited and interesting.” He added, "I’m very grateful for all the great opportunities I’ve had and the people I’ve met and the people I’ve worked with. The ‘Star Trek’ character has been a blessing to me because I find it very dignified and a positive character and a great role model for a lot of people.” 
Man says Portland psychic duped him
by Katherine Cook Drakar Druella went to see a psychic on Hawthorne Boulevard to deal with childhood abuse issues last fall. He claims that psychic Cathy Stevens took advantage of his emotional vulnerability with gender identity issues from childhood, his upbringing as Roman Catholic and personal details of his life to sway him into providing cash, Rolex watches, even a Hummer. She said she needed a component within the Rolex for her treatments and the Hummer to conduct her work in remote areas. Police arrested Stevens last January on aggravated theft accusations, but dropped the charges to look further into the case. Stevens attorney said his client is only in the business of helping people and suggested that a police reference to gypsies in a prior
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Derren Brown Investigates: The Man Who Contacts The Dead did he succeed in exposing fraud?
will have got the gist of things by the end of the first part. I have to admit that I feel disappointed by it because it will have provided a platform for Powers’ awful business. This seedy man relies on other people’s misery and grief for his living - I wonder how he sleeps at night. When Brown said that the whole thing made him feel “sad and uncomfortable”, I agreed. The main positive from the documentary is that it neatly gives clear proof that this particular psychic is a fraud. But my overriding feeling is still of anger; I hate that lying psychics are able to get away with manipulating people in this way. Because, in my opinion, it’s just plain wrong.
Simon Cocks Derren Brown’s latest television appearance is an interesting (yet overlong) look into psychics who profess to have the ability to talk to the dead. The hour-long documentary covered a lot of details I thought were a little obvious; but it’s really not my place to tell you what or what not to believe in. I’m a sceptic though, and the events of Brown’s week spent with self-employed psychic Joe Powers were fairly unsurprising to me. It’s good that Brown readily admits he himself has no psychic powers. Anyone who’s ever seen him on TV before will know of his impressive abilities of persuasion and showmanship. In fact, when given the opportunity to pretend to do a psychic reading, I thought he did a better job than the “professional” Powers! During the week that Brown spent with the Liverpudlian “psychic”, Powers had a mix of good and bad readings. In his worst, he basically got no hits at all. And in his best, he really seemed to have all the facts. It’s evident though that all of what he was doing could be explained by a little research and a look into ‘cold reading’. If you’re a sceptic like me, you’ll already know what cold reading is. The technique of convincing someone you’ve just met that you know them extremely well is something Derren Brown is an expert at. And when Powers’ techniques are put under even just a little scrutiny, it’s clear that he could easily be using cold reading to achieve his results. It was interesting to see a breakdown of just how cold reading is done, but as I just said, most sceptics will know this already. If you’re a believer, it won’t matter to you; all the evidence isn’t going to change your mind. This is shown by the fact that Claire Cooper (from Hollyoaks and Coronation Street - she sits for a pretend reading from Brown) is convinced that Brown has psychic abilities despite his own insistence that he has NO clairvoyant abilities of any kind. Anyway, it doesn’t matter that I think people can’t talk to the dead. It’s never been my agenda to change anybody’s views. But, even if they could, do you really think they’d be throwing out numbers and letters to psychics in some sort of beyond-the-grave guessing game? At the end of the day, this documentary is full of obvious observations. And most of you
Transsexual Says Gypsy Psychic Got Him to Spend $150,000
ABC News Man Says Psychic Preyed on Satanic Abuse He Suffered as Child; She Says He Wanted to Join Her Business As a child, Drakar Druella was raised a Catholic and also had been the victim of ritual abuse, so when he turned to a Portland, Ore., psychic last October looking for spiritual advice, he said, her strange requests made some sense. First, she wanted $22,000 to buy a tabernacle from the Vatican that would rid the 42-year-old of "negative energy," he said. Then, over the course of seven weeks, he said, she asked him to buy a $46,000 Hummer and four Rolex watches totaling $38,000 -- all to help create a spiritual center. But after his credit card debt soared to $150,000 and he said he saw her try to use the same religious ploy on two other women, he went to police. Druella has since filed for bankruptcy and said his credit has been ruined. Now, police are investigating possible fraud conspiracy charges against the psychic, 39-year-old Cathy Stevens, a Gypsy whose lawyer says she is being persecuted for her religion. Stevens' lawyer said Druella is a person with "mental health issues" who is trying to "smear" her for things he did because he wanted to go into business with her. As the investigation continues, who is the victim in this bizarre story: Druella, a transsexual bookkeeper with a troubled past, or Stevens, a fortune teller who believed her client was a willing business partner? In January, police raided both Stevens' home and her psychic shop in the hip, southeast section of Portland and charged her with aggravated theft. After fingerprinting her and holding her for a few hours, she was released and charges were dropped pending further investigation. "We still have other victims to come forward," said Portland Police Department Sgt. Sue Kruger, who refused to reveal more. "We want to look at the whole case together with all the charges rather than add things down the road." The psychic has since closed her shop
and, Kruger said, "As far as where Cathy Stevens is, I couldn't tell you that." Druella, a transsexual who was born a woman, said he was only looking for "a few tidbits to direct me and comfort me and give me a sense of safety and security" when he went in to the Hawthorne Psychic Shop for a palmreading last October. "For lack of a better word, I had a midlife crisis," Druella said. "As a result of some soul-searching, I thought I would try to live as woman again after 20 years living as a man -- to go back. I was struggling at the time." Druella said he had a "rough time" stopping testosterone, which he compared to a woman's hormonal response after a hysterectomy, and "coming out" again as a woman to his co-workers. "I was looking for someone to give me a little sign or something," said Druella, who had previously seen other psychics and spiritual teachers. "I went into a tailspin. I didn't sleep well for eight months and I was fighting the flu. "I had a desire for a loving figure and spiritual person in my life and [Stevens] really did play on that," Druella said. "I was really vulnerable." Stevens, whom he described as dressed in a jean skirt and boots with her dark hair pulled back in a pony tail, "seemed like an average nice person." "She didn't have any weird stuff, just metaphysical books on her shelf and pretty candles and incense, he said. But in the course of their first conversation, which cost $265, Druella said Stevens "pressed upon a sensitive thread' -- his Catholic upbringing. "She said that I had some kind of bad energy around me and was profoundly concerned for my well-being," said Druella, who told her about the "heinous abuse" he said he had suffered as a child. Druella said a relative had performed satanic rituals on him before the age of 5. Experts define ritual abuse as any psychological, physical or sexual assault on an unwilling victim committed by cultists or in the name of religion. "She hit the jackpot when she knew my history," he said. "I just went for it lock, stock and barrel." Druella said Stevens told him that she had "special connections" to the Vatican. "She called it an exorcism and said she needed a tabernacle," he said. "After she used it, she would return it and I would be fully refunded. She was lying and I believed it." Druella, who has an associate's degree from Portland Community College and has worked for 10 years with the same company, said he had always "lived simply" and had "impeccable" credit. But at her urging, he said, he bought an H-3T Hummer for $45,940 so they could go to a remote area and do spiritual work. Druella said he also agreed to buy four Rolex watches, totaling $37,840 so Stevens could use the "special components" to save his life. He also handed over journals from his previous advisor, giving the psychic even more material to take advantage of his "belief system," Druella said. (Contd on Page 6)
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Neidig said police characterized Gypsies as "swindlers and fraudulent." He also alleged that police raided Stevens' house under false pretenses, "concocting" a story with her landlord that the insurance company needed to inspect the property so that they could gain access. With a search warrant, police later confiscated all her financial records and journals, he said. This week a Multnomah County judge refused to return them to Stevens for two months until the investigation is complete. "She needs to file her taxes," Neidig said."She is very upset. This whole thing has cost her a lot of money." Stevens has not ruled out filing a lawsuit against the police for violating landlord-tenant laws, the lawyer said. As for Druella, "He's obviously got mental health issues and maybe poor judgment," Neidig said. "Now he's trying to smear Cathy Stevens for his own decisions." But Druella contends he was an easy target for Stevens. "She was playing on my history," he said. "She knew completely what to do. I was scared for my life." Druella said he came to his senses when Stevens asked him to help persuade two other clients "how wonderful she was" and "how they needed her." "The first woman had two children and was gay and had been through a break-up," he said. "[Stevens] asked this woman to get her a tabernacle, and this woman was not ritually abused and exposed to Satanism." Stevens allegedly tried the same tack with a second, professional woman. Druella said he approached each of the women and told them to "get the hell out of here." "The business woman who dealt with finance was utterly humiliated, too embarrassed to report it to the police," he said. "The gay woman was suicidal -- she had given her the last $200 she had for her children's Christmas presents." Druella said he, too, was ashamed that he fell for Stevens, but was comforted when a sympathetic police detective told him: "This isn't about intelligence. It's about being vulnerable, so stop beating on yourself." Druella said his life crisis is now resolved, but no thanks to Stevens. "I knew when I stepped forward it was going to be ugly," he said. "I knew what people would say about me. They can be very cruel. But I had to say something. It's been profoundly difficult, but it was my choice and the right thing to do." Druella said he won't ever seek psychic advice again. "One of the big lessons I learned is we all carry our own wisdom inside ourselves," he said. "You don't have to go outside to find it. You just have got to figure things out for yourself sometimes." 
Transsexual Says Gypsy Psychic Got Him to Spend $150,000
Continued from Page 5 But Stevens, who could not be reached by ABCNews.com, contends Druella was an eager investor in her spiritual operation and even brought in his own clients, according to her lawyer. After her arrest on Jan. 25, she hired John W. Neidig, a lawyer who has defended numerous cases of religious freedom to "defend her against potential charges." Just last year, Neidig defended Raylene Worthington, the Oregon City mother who was charged in the death of her 15-month-old daughter Ava, who had a treatable medical condition. She and her husband Carl, who belonged to the Followers of Christ Church, which preaches that members should turn to prayer, not doctors, in times of illness, were acquitted of manslaughter in the case, though Carl Worthington was convicted of misdemeanor criminal mistreatment. Stevens is a member of the Spiritual Psychic Science Church of Truth , based in Azuza, Calif., and moved to Portland one year ago, Neidig said. "This is an established church and established religion and our Oregon constitution is pretty darn clear and very protective of people's right to worship according to their dictates," he said. Neidig said the tabernacle, like the rest of the expensive purchases, was Druella's idea. "He actually wanted to go into business with my client," Neidig said. "He wanted it to be a class act. He wanted all these video players with flat screen TVs for counseling people at their spiritual center. He was seeing his own clients and doing fortune telling." Neidig said Druella had frequent emotional flare-ups when his female alter ego, "Rachel," emerged. "When he went off hormones and got real wiggy, and Rachel would surface," he said. Druella bought the Rolex watches for his mother and sister and asked Stevens to keep them safe at her shop, according to Neidig. As for the Hummer, it was for Druella's personal use, though Stevens had borrowed it once, he said. "It's orange because it was Rachel's favorite color," Neidig said. The pair had plans to move in together at Steven's large house, which she rented from Portland's former police chief, Ron Sill, the lawyer said. Druella bought bedroom furniture and a washer and dryer, but soon, according to Neidig, Stevens became uncomfortable with their relationship and broke it off, returning the appliances. But Neidig said the most egregious offense occurred when Druella filed charges with police and they defamed Stevens in the affidavit, calling the case: "Gypsies and Fortune Telling Fraud." "That was pretty doggone racist," he said. "Gypsy is a pejorative term of slang that is placed on these people. My client is pretty offended by this."
Ghost hunting is serious business
LONDON - IN A pitch-dark cellar in suburban London, a psychic mutters a Latin incantation, goading a recalcitrant spirit to make its presence known. His companions, who have signed up through the company Fright Nights to spend the evening 'ghost hunting' in an eerie Victorian mansion, cling to each other, rigid with fear. A woman yelps in the darkness. Flashlights snap on. Ghostly folklore has always played a role in British history. Buildings ranging from Hampton Court - where the ghost of Catherine Howard has allegedly been seen running from room to room, pursued by guards, as she did before her execution - to the Bank of England are believed to be haunted. But lately, ghost tours have turned into serious enterprise, with a handful of companies charging as much as 200 pounds (S$401) for paranormal adventures. 'The British have always loved a really good ghost story - look at Dickens and M.R. James,' says Fright Night's founder, Martin Jeffrey. 'This takes it one step further. Some people have attended our events 60 or 70 times.' It's not all freezing basements and frenzied seances. Increasingly, companies like Haunted Happenings arrange 'psychic suppers' in spooky country inns where guests can discuss the paranormal over dinner. One manor house in Tetbury offers a gastronomic threecourse meal followed by seances and vigils in the house's spooky 'hot spots.' The 115-year-old National Trust has commissioned the cultural historian Sian Evans to investigate ghostly encounters in its 350 properties. Evans has traveled the country, interviewing staff. 'Their encounters with ghosts are fascinating,' she says. 'The National Trust can't prove them all true, but they tend to see these stories as part of the history of each house.' 
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Electromagnetic Radiation ~ Dirty Electricity
By Dr Nance MacLeod PhD Earliest forms of communication: included drumbeat, fire smoke signals and instruments such as ram's horn. During the middle ages they used homing pigeons. Then in 1452 came the Printing Press, 1790Semaphore, 1837-Telegraph, 1876-Telephone, 1890-Radio, 1895-Film, 1940-Television, 1940Computers, and 1973-Internet Then scientists discovered how to send information through the air. Initially it was sound, click-click-click, and then words and then pictures and soon our planet became very small indeed. Everyone and anyone could communicate to each other no matter where there were. Everyone on the planet was connected all the time. Life was made easier, and communication was made easier. It is quite difficult to imagine a world without mobile communications. Wireless internet access is set to blanket the planet, just like cell phone networks already do. There has been an explosive development - practically all during the last three decades - that brought mobile to the farthest corners of the earth. But the technology is not without danger. The microwaves that carry bits and packets of data also carry a germ of destruction. Some people as many as 2 million North Americans - are actually unable to work as they suffer from the incapacitating influence that this disharmony in the atmosphere has on them. If you or someone you know have these symptoms (rapid or irregular heart beat, pain or pressure in chest, high or low blood pressure), numbness in arms, legs fingers or shoulders, constant fatigue, weakness, depression, headaches, lack of focus, memory loss, blurred vision, insomnia, cancer, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis just to name a few. These symptoms could be caused from “Dirty Electricity” also known as “Microwave sickness” or what I like to call “pre-mature aging syndrome.” The most basic fact about cell phones and cell towers is that they emit microwave radiation; so do Wi-Fi (wireless Internet) antennas, wireless computers, cordless (portable) phones and their base units, and all other wireless devices. If it’s a communication device and it’s not attached to the wall by a wire, it’s emitting radiation. Most Wi-Fi systems and some cordless phones operate at the exact same frequency as a microwave oven, while other devices use a different frequency. Wi-Fi is always on and always radiating. The base units of most cordless phones are always radiating, even when no one is using the phone. A cell phone that is on but not in use is also radiating. And, needless to say, cell towers are always radiating. Wi-Fi areas are referred to as Hot Spots rightfully so because when you are in a hot spot it can be described as shoving your body into a micro-wave set on low. In 2002, Gro Harlem Brundtland, then head of the World Health Organization, told a Norwegian journalist that cell phones were banned from her office in Geneva because she personally becomes ill if a cell phone is brought
within about four meters (13 feet) of her. Mrs. Brundtland is a medical doctor and former Prime Minister of Norway. She no longer works for WHO. Many people just like Mrs. Brundtland have had problems like that, and it has been fluffed off as being very sensitive, or worst, told that they were imagining their health problems. We are told by the powers to be that this technology is safe for humans and we want to believe them. Who wants to give up the latest technologies and all of the conveniences of them? Schools are now installing wireless computer networks and children, of all ages, have their own wireless cell phone and many used them all the time. Homes have wireless computers and smart meters and DECK cordless phones and wireless games and special TVs and CFL light bulbs all that produce these poisonous invisible rays, Dirty Electricity. The media has reported stories, such as “. . . three children in one kindergarten die of leukemia, many others sick, sharp increases in diabetes, asthma, allergies, autism, attention deficient disorder. . . authorities deny this is a disease cluster related to Dirty Electricity”. Parents, concerned about the health of their children and electromagnetic radiation, asked schools to remove Wi-Fi antennas and not to allow antennas on or near school property. But they were laughed at and shunned as antiprogressive technophobes who want to return to the “dark” ages. Wireless modems, cell phones, blackberries, iphones, DECT cordless phones
should be shut off and/or unplugged when not in use. We have more then conclusive evidence that this dirty electricity is the cause many health concerns like mentioned earlier in this article. Some people are much more sensitive then others but that does not mean it is not affecting all of us in negative ways. Be aware, if you have wireless in your house or office shut down your wireless modem when you are not using it, especially when you sleep. If you have DECT phones in your house unplug the base before bedtime. Keep your cell phone off as much as possible. These are just a few things you can do, however this dirty electricity is everywhere. If you are hypersensitive and have any of the symptoms I have mentioned above, reduce your exposure, the less exposure the faster you will start seeing a reduction in your symptoms. If you are not sensitive I still recommend that you do you best to keep the wireless off as much as possible, remove all unprotected CFL light bulbs from your house and really start paying attention to your surroundings. You may find that you will sleep better and that you will have more energy and feel better. Try it out for yourself for a couple of weeks.You might be surprised. CONTACT INFORMATION: Dr MacLeod is owner of Niagara-onthe-Lake Natural Health Clinic and Dean of Education for Ancient Journeys School of NEW Medicine. You can email her at drNanceMacleod@gmail.com Web sites are www.thewellnessdiva.org or www.schoolofnewmedicine.com
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Hotline Psychic Admits It’s A Scam
Psychic Hot Line Secrets: Clairvoyance or Hoax?
ABC NEWS When the economy tanks, psychics say their business soars. The psychic industry is a $2 billion a year business, with millions of people still dialing "900" numbers, even after two decades of lawsuits, bad press and bankruptcies. But when someone calls a psychic hot line, does the person on the other end have more insight than anyone else? Former psychic hot line worker and author of "Psychic Blues," Mark Edward, says he's blowing the whistle on his former industry. "The psychic business is built on lies. There is no supernatural power. You can't see the future," Edward says. "We're in the golden age of the con. There are people coming out of the woodwork that would love to separate you from your money. But people just want someone to talk to. That's the bottom line." Edward says he was taught techniques to keep his conversations vague, flattering and drawn out. The goal was to make the callers feel good about themselves, and keep them talking. Edward once gave a two-and-a-half-hour reading. At $3.99 a minute, the caller paid more than $600. In a statement to ABC News, Edward's former employer said: "All of our psychics are independent contractors, and as such, they worked for multiple psychic lines at the same time. So either he is lying or confusing us with a disreputable psychic line." In a 2007 study, conducted by the University of Auckland in New Zealand, Dr. Robin-Marie Shepherd found most users called for advice on "personal relationships." Nearly all users describe their behavior as "addictive." And, at an average of $100 per reading, many went in to debt because of it. ABC News had an extensive interview with self-avowed non-psychic Mark Edward. ABC News: Are psychics real? Mark Edward: No, they're not real. It's just a matter of intuition. If you're good with people, you learn how to read people. Do you want to be a real estate agent ... or clairvoyant? ... They're all a similar skill set. It's a skill you can learn. It's real, but it's nothing supernatural. ABC News: Are you against anyone claiming to be a psychic? Mark Edward: In general I'm against it. I think people are better served by going to a therapist. ABC News: How did you begin your career as a hotline psychic? Mark Edward: I was working as a mentalist full time. Doing séances. I wanted to know how the hot line mediums did it. My friends were making money sitting at their homes. I wanted to sit at the top of the mountain and see what it looks like. I learned the tricks of the trade. Did it for nine years. I had a friend who did it, and they gave me a number. I did a few auditions. They liked me. ... There was no test, you just needed the gift of gab. ABC News: What did they encourage you to do? Mark Edward: You have to keep people on as long as possible. Then you ask for their birthday, name and address. Then they start spamming people. They'd send callers letters telling them they're in danger, and they need to call your psychic friend immediately. The average call is 15 to 20 minutes. But they wanted one hour. The final straw was when I did an infomercial for them. They handed me a pile of info and told me who was asking the questions. It was a total fake. Five to seven psychics might be nice people, but everyone else are crooks. ABC News: How much did you get paid? Mark Edward: Not much. We got paid a percentage of what they made depending on what. But it's many people's primary source of income. I'd do it for nine to 10 hours each day. ABC News: What tricks of the trade would you use? Mark Edward: You have to gauge the tone of a person's voice. If they are aggressive or laid back, in a hurry or skeptical. The first four or five words are important. Then I ask for their name and birthday, and if they had a specific question. At $3.99 a minute, they want an answer quick. And then I answer as if I'm answering the question about myself. All these things about yourself are relatable. Nine out of 10 times you will hit a nerve with them. Then I'd pause and let them jump in. People love talking about themselves and here what you say about them. They like to imagine I'm in some far off convent but really I'm ironing at home. And I'd try to be compassionate and sound as new age as you can. ABC News: Would you have preplanned things to say? Mark Edward: Yes, I would have note cards by my phone for specific answers. Pink for love. Yellow for travel. Green for money. Then I'd talk about a childhood memory of mine. Less is more. Eventually you will find something relatable. Just one or two firm connections, and you'll run with the ball. Once you make that hit, it pours out. And then you mirror. Let the person talk and then you listen and say, "I hear what you're saying is this," "I feel what you're saying." I fed them hope. ABC News: When and why did you leave? Mark Edward: I got sick of it and how much they were making off of innocent people. I left on my own though, they didn't kick me out. ABC News: Did you feel bad about what you were doing? Mark Edward: I never took any legal or medical questions. ... I gave them 800 numbers instead. I helped a lot of people, but there was nothing psychic about it. Common sense is the same as intuition. In our society we've lost touch with that. Also, I was a skeptic the whole time, so I felt like I was doing a [public] service by infiltrating [The Psychic Network]. Fox 31 - KDVR.com
Denver UFO mystery solved
DENVER - All it took was a call to the Astronomy department at the University of Denver to solve the mystery of a strange light seen in the sky over Colorado last weekend. No, it was not a UFO. But it was definitely out of this world. "That's Venus," DU Physics and Astronomy professor Jennifer Hoffman told us after watching Jai Harris's video. Harris captured home video of the bright light in the northwest sky over Colorado on May 8 from her home in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood, and then uploaded the video to YouTube. "I quickly went to get my camera. I opened the iris all the way and zoomed in all the way," Harris said. "It was much brighter than the stars and much, much lower." "Right now Venus is visible in the early evening. It is low in the sky and very bright," Hoffman told us Tuesday. "Venus will be twinkling a lot and changing colors, but it won't move. It will stay in the same place and by midnight will set. When Venus is this bright, the astronomy department gets a lot of phone calls." Venus is the second-closest planet to the Sun and, after the Earth's moon, is the brightest natural object in the sky. 
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- The world’s shortest escalator is at a shopping mall in Japan. It rises 2 feet, 8 inches. - Bertha Van de Merwe from South Africa holds the record for staying awake: 282 hurs, 55 minutes. - Record name: a Florida baby was named Truewilllaughinglfebuckyboomermanifestdestiny (Middle name: George). - World’s tallest identical twins: Michael and James Lanier - they’re both 7’4” tall. - World’s shortest play: Samuel Beckett’s Breath - 35 seconds of screams an dheavy breathing. - World’s record for the cat with the most toes: Jake, who has 28 (seven on each paw). World’s longest national highway: the Trans-Canada Highway, at 10,781 kilometers (6,699 miles).
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The 5 Most Fraudulent Psychics
accent. Furthermore, the psychics hired to give readings via phone were found to largely be reading from a script. Surprisingly (or perhaps not), Miss Cleo is currently working as a spiritual advisor in Ft. Lauderdale. Prices for a one-on-one tarot reading purportedly start around $200. MINA CRANDON guyism.com Decades before skeptic and magician James Randi, there was Harry Houdini. The most famous magician of all time was also one of the biggest critics and activists against psychics and mediums. After his mother died, Houdini devoted considerable efforts to expose frauds. He also set up a committee that would award a cash prize to anyone who could prove psychic abilities (no one could). Thanks to his knowledge of stage tricks, Houdini debunked numerous psychics and mediums. The most famous was Mina Crandon. In the 1920s Mina Crandon rose to prominence for her accurate predictions and involved séances. She was so good, that she received endorsements from such notable people as Arthur Conan Doyle. However, Houdini showed how many of her “séance” tricks could be easily replicated. Scientific investigations from other skeptics also severely damage her credibility. Even so, Mina continued to profit from her trickery all the way up until her death in 1941. URI GELLER Uri Geller claims to have psychic powers (which were given to him by extraterrestrials), specifically psychokinesis and telepathy. For decades, he’s used these “abilities” to bend spoons and speed up or slow down watches. If it sounds like traditional magic tricks, that’s because it is. Professional stage magician and skeptic James Randi has shown how Geller’s feats can be easily replicated through stage magic. Randi has also shown that Geller’s predictions related to sporting events are more often wrong than correct sending streams of data back to Earth for study by scientists, but on April 22, 2010, that stream of information suddenly changed. Nasa claimed that a software problem with the flight data system was the cause but Mr Hausdorf believes it could be the work of aliens. This is because all other parts of the spacecraft appear to be functioning fine. He told the German newspaper Bild: "It seems almost as if someone has reprogrammed or hijacked the probe – thus perhaps we do not yet know the whole truth.” Voyager 2 carries a disk with greetings in 55 languages on it in case the craft encounters other life forms. Dr Edward Stone, a scientist on the project, said the desk, called the Golden Record, is "a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. "The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth." 
Over the years, plenty of frauds have sought to prey on those desperate to connect with lost love ones. Regardless of your beliefs on psychic abilities, the case against mysticism is pretty easily made against these five famous psychics and mediums. JOHN EDWARD John Edward rose to prominence as a psychic in the late 1990s. In 1999, he got his own show – Crossing Over with John Edward – in which he claimed to talk with the dead relatives of members in the audience. However, James Randi and other skeptics write Edward off as nothing more than a cold reader. Cold reading is a psychic technique used to gain knowledge about a person based on age, clothing, body language and other physical or verbal cues. SYLVIA BROWNE While Sylvia Browne hasn’t been officially outed as a fraud, the evidence is pretty substantial to debunk her “psychic powers.” According to Robert S. Lancaster, creator of the website StopSylvia.com, her track record for correctly predicting events is no better than could be achieved through educated guesses. Additionally, she vehemently declines the use of scientific testing on her powers. As an example of her fraudulence, there’s the well-known case of Shawn Hornbeck. This poor boy had been kidnapped in 2002. Searching for answers, his parents visited the Montel Williams Show, where Sylvia told them Shawn was dead and went into details about where his body could be found. In 2007, Shawn was found alive. MISS CLEO “Call me now for your free reading.” In the 1990s, it seemed you couldn’t turn on the TV without seeing a commercial for the Psychic Readers Network. The spokesperson for this Network was a Jamaican “shaman” and “psychic” named Miss Cleo. Following numerous lawsuits, the FTC began investigating the PRN on charges of deceptive advertising, billing and collection practices. During these investigations, it was revealed that Miss Cleo was actually a paid actress who didn’t even have a real Jamaican
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Aliens 'hijack' Nasa's Voyager 2 spacecraft, claims expert
telegraph.co.uk Aliens have hijacked a Nasa spacecraft and are using it to try to contact earth, a UFO expert has claimed. Hartwig Hausdorf, a German academic, believes that the reason Voyager 2, an unmanned probe that has been in space since 1977, is sending strange messages that are confusing scientists, is because it has been taken over by extraterrestrial life. Since its launch, Voyager 2 has been
SOMERVILLE -- Somerville police were flooded with phone calls this morning after residents reported seeing a large tube-like object fluttering through the sky. Police said they were swamped with phone calls after a flurry of callers reported to radio station NJ 101.5 that a UFO was flying above the area. Residents then began calling the Somerville Police Department to report the object. “I first noticed when all our mechanics started looking up at the sky,” said Terry Weil, a sales associate at Honda Autosport in Bridgewater. “It looked like a big black strip fluttering in the air. Maybe a cylinder.” Somerville Police Lt. Donna Young said authorities were not sure what the object was, but said it caused no problems other than tying up police phone lines shortly before noon. “We have no idea what it was but it did not cause any problems here in Somerville,” she said. “We are under the impression that it might be a weather balloon or something like that, but regardless, it did not cause any problems whatsoever.” The Air Traffic Control Tower in Morristown did not have any pilot reports of the object, nor did officials at Solberg Airport in Hunterdon, Somerset Airport in Bedminster and Blairstown Airport in Warren County. 
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Newfoundland UFOs still a mystery
Newfoundland UFOs still a mystery
The unidentified flying objects spotted in January off Newfoundland remain a mystery to the government, despite extensive scrutiny, according to Department of National Defence (DND) documents obtained by CBC News. The documents contain grainy images of a rocket with a long, fiery tail soaring skyward. The reports rule out missiles and model rockets, but don't suggest what the images might show. Military experts discredit the possibility of ballistic and cruise missiles. DND's Directorate of Scientific and Technical Intelligence (DSTI) assessed the images and reported: "The object is not a ballistic missile, not a cruise missile in boost phase nor a cruise missile in-flight phase. It is also not a licensed model rocket launcher." The Jan. 25 sighting happened on the southern coast of Newfoundland near Harbour Mille. Several residents reported seeing the objects, including a woman who was able to photograph one of them. She reported to the RCMP that she had seen three missiles soaring over the ocean and it looked as if they had come up out of the water. The DSTI says in the documents that the only missiles that can be launched from a submarine are ballistic or cruise missiles, but the country's top arms experts say the object photographed doesn't fit that profile. "There are no distinguishing features on the object to use for identification … the shape of the flame is atypical of a missile launch," and "the length of the flame is greater than that of the rocket body. This eliminates the possibility that it is a cruise missile jet engine exhaust," said DSTI.
days later the French government announced test-fires of its new M51 ballistic missiles were successful. In a phone call Friday, however, the Directorate General of Armament for France said that the ballistic test-fires took place on Jan. 27, and not on Jan. 25, the day of the sightings off Newfoundland. It is not clear if new information was uncovered about the UFO sighting since Feb. 1, as that date marked the closing time frame for the Access to Information request. CBC News is awaiting the Department of Public Safety's response to the question of whether or not the UFO was eventually identified. 
allegedly spotted UFOs as governors, and they both went on to the Oval Office. Carter even promised to reveal all secret files on alien encounters but never delivered. More recently in 2009, Japan’s first lady Miyuki Hatoyama confessed in her memoirs that she’d been abducted by aliens 20 years ago who whisked her off to Venus.
Balloon-boy parents get balloon back
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The runaway UFOlike balloon that the world thought was carrying a 6-year-old boy is back in the hands of the parents who pleaded guilty to the hoax. The Larimer County Sheriff's office says Richard Heene asked to measure the balloon to make sure it was the same one he launched into infamy on Oct. 15. Authorities say the Heenes staged the hoax to try to get attention for a reality television show. Heene completed a 90-day jail sentence for his plea of falsely influencing authorities. His wife, Mayumi, was sentenced to 10 weekends working at nonprofits for filing a false report. The Heenes have agreed to pay $36,000 in restitution to agencies that responded to the hoax. Information from: KUSA-TV, http://www.9news.com
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Undetected by Norad
The documents also note that it is the responsibility of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) to "provide aerospace warning and defence for North America," and that neither that agency, nor Canada Command, had any information on the rockets. "NORAD and [Canada Command] have no evidence to support this sighting" reads the report. The RCMP conducted an investigation, but according to the Jan. 28 report, the police didn't have an answer either. "The RCMP … is calling the event an unexplained sighting." The documents also say there were no navy ships involved, and no Canadian Forces missile exercises at the time. The government has blocked nine pages and a several paragraphs of the UFO documents from public release. One of the lines leading into a blockedout portion reads, "Media reporting has linked the sightings to …" At the time there was speculation the rockets may have come from a French submarine near St-Pierre-Miquelon, since a few
NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Tell people you’ve seen a UFO and they’ll think you’re a nut. That, or you’ll be elected president. Last week, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, governor of Russia’s Buddhist republic, Kalmykia, revealed that he was abducted in 1997 from his Moscow apartment by aliens in yellow uniforms who took him into their spaceship. But he was hardly laughed out of office. In fact, Russian officials called for his interrogation, concerned that he may have spilled official secrets to the E.T.s. AOL Senior Correspondent Buck Wolf says political leaders all over the world have claimed they’ve seen UFOs. Both Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter
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UFO Inspires Inventor
UFO Inspires Inventor to Get Better Gas Mileage
By Grant Lawrence A UFO and a Eureka Moment helped a man figure out a way to get better gas mileage. Cliff Baillargeon was stationed in Morocco in the Navy. In 1959, he noticed a UFO out there in the ocean and many years later it dawned on him what this green saucer shaped object, doing incredible turns and vanishing in an instant, was doing. According to Baillargeon, the saucer was drinking its fuel. Just 5 grams of hydrogen when burned with oxygen can power starships so he figured he could do a pretty good job of powering his Toyota using similar technology. .…Baillargeon’s key to fuel economy is a black box that he purchased for $800 from one of the many websites selling “HHO generators.” The box sits in an old milk create in the trunk of his car among wires, tubes and a solar panel he uses to charge his car battery in emergencies. This box takes water and breaks it into hydrogen and oxygen at a ratio two to one. The process is called electrolysis and the gas it produces is usually referred to as HHO, oxyhydrogen or Brown’s gas…..(source:fosters.com) Skeptics that have tested the type of system Baillargeon uses and say it has no impact on fuel economy. But Baillargeon disagrees. “I don’t believe it. All I can say is I’m getting the fuel mileage,” he says. ….According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a 2003 five speed manual transmission Celica like Baillargeon’s gets 27 miles per gallon in the city and 33 on the highway. Baillargeon hadn’t determined what his homemade hybrid’s city gas mileage was. However, with the help of an electronic mileage gauge sitting on his dash, he placed his highway mileage at 42 miles per gallon. That’s only nine miles per gallon less than the Toyota Prius and one less than the Honda Insight…..(source) So the jury is still out on whether Baillargeon’s electrolysis making box producing what is called ‘brown gas’ is actually really saving on gas. But the idea seems sound. Or at least to me. The now retired Baillargeon, who has built airplanes, gyrocopters, and even what he claims is a perpetual motion machine, says it is all about experimenting. Evidently Baillargeon isn’t giving up the future to big oil monopolies and oil disasters. Instead he is using his UFO inspired imagination to help power machines and point to the future.
Hawking Says Aliens Likely, Media Scoffs ... Again
technorati.com British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking’s recent statement that the outcome of human contact with extraterrestrials “would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America” has mainstream media reporters clutching their pearls. The Christian Science Monitor ran a photo of the sitcom alien puppet Alf with its coverage of Hawking’s comments, and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams wrapped up his 30-second news brief with this: “Make a note. He indicates we should stay away from them at all costs.” Yes, Brian, and if we happen to touch one, we’ll be sure to wash our hands. Why the reflexively dismissive treatment of matters ufological? Why the nervous chuckles and flip commentary, regardless of the credibility or credentials of the people involved? In 2007, former two-term Republican governor Fife Symington told CNN’s Gary Tuchman that he’d been among the thousands who, in 1997, witnessed what’s come to be known as The Phoenix Lights. “In your gut, you could just tell it was other-worldly,” Symington said, “Unless the defense department proves otherwise, it was probably some form of alien spacecraft.” In 2008, astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell told Kerrang (U.K.) radio host Nick Margerrison that “the UFO phenomenon is real,” an assertion he said was backed by Pentagon sources. But Tuchman concluded his piece about Symington with, “It’s as much a mystery today as it was a decade ago” and let the matter go at that. No further investigation. And when CNN invited Mitchell to discuss his statements on Larry King Live, it paired the sixth man to walk on the moon with none other than children's television personality Bill Nye the Science Guy. No less curious than the Fourth Estate’s lack of investigative moxy is Hawking’s failure to call for the scientific equivalent of a full court press. Here’s a man who’s spent most of his professional life expanding our view of the
universe now advising us to avert our eyes if the view gets too interesting. WTF? On Monday, May 10, Washington lobbyist Stephen Bassett will hold a press conference at the National Press Building. He’ll use the conference to pressure the media to take seriously what he calls “the alien presence” and he’ll ask the current administration to release its UFO files into the public domain. It’s a drum he’s been banging for 13 years with only marginal success. Stay tuned.
Space invaders: Teens say car was `picked up' by UFO in arcade parking lot
Two teens parked at the Funspot arcade in Laconia, N.H. say their car was picked up by an unidentified flying object, then dropped to the pavement. A 16-year-old, identified as ``D'' by the U.S. National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), says the Ford Focus he was driving was lifted into the air by a brightly lit object ``as big as 14 houses.'' D told investigators he and his girlfriend ``saw the parking lot park lines started getting smaller'' and their ears began to pop before the intergalactic tow truck dropped the car, deploying the air bags. In a report filed with the Laconia Police Department, Officer Adam Batstone says damage to the car's windshield was consistent with an air bag deployment. D's girlfriend says the car belonged to her mother. ``[The officer] didn't check underneath the car,'' she told NUFORC investigators. ``But we found out later that the underside was totalled.''
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Mind Controlled Bionic Arm
Mind-controlled bionic arm in field test
Finally The Truth is Revealed We Are Not Alone!
If you've watched The Men Who Stare at Goats, you'd know it's all about covert efforts by the military to develop mind control. Well, good luck to them. However, it may be a bit premature to write off mind control as so much paranormal X-File-ish diddle dee doo, considering that Europebased Otto Bock Healthcare has just done the impossible with a mindcontrolled robotic arm. The limb in question is attached to 21-year-old Christian Kandlbauer, who lost both his arms four years ago after being electrocuted by a whopping 20,000 volts. The prosthetic, which took an equal number of years to develop, works in tandem with transplanted nerves that prompt electrical impulses from the brain to reach the muscles in the chest. This then gets interpreted by a micro-computer into actual movement.
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The result is nothing short of amazing since this means prosthetic limbs in future will be able to respond in real time to whatever you're thinking, just like the real deal. As proof of its capabilities, Kandlbauer has been fieldtesting this by driving around in a car with his mind-controlled left "arm" (his right is fitted with a conventional prosthetic). The feat makes him possibly the world's first person in such a unique situation. The good news is, the technology is more than ready to leave the labs for commercial use. But the bad news is, such a procedure will cost a pretty penny. Then again, what price independence when it's your limb on the line?
UFOs go to school, ET's character gets assassinated
Hostile aliens or legitimate subject of study? That's one of the questions being raised about all manner of unexplained space phenomena, as debate about extraterrestrial life and UFOs has been sighted in more mainstream venues over the last few weeks. On his new television series, renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking said earlier this week that if aliens were to visit Earth, it could very well be for some kind of hostile takeover. "Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they could reach," Hawking said on "Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking." "If so, it makes sense for them to exploit each new planet for material to build more spaceships they could move on. Who knows what the limits would be?" To remind everyone what conquering and colonizing looks like on this planet, Hawking drew a parallel to a key moment in North American history. "If aliens ever visit us," he cautioned, "I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the native Americans."
UFOs go to university? Not everyone agrees that potential alien life is a hostile animal best ignored. Earlier this month, a New York state professor told The Buffalo News newspaper that "there's plenty of evidence" of UFOs, and that the subject merits its own college credit course. "It's about time we looked into this as a worthy area of study," Philip Haseley said. "It's important that the whole subject be brought out in the open and investigated." Haseley is an anthropology professor at the Niagara County Community College, a state university near Niagara Falls. As well as being a university professor, Haseley is also the head of the Western New York Mutual UFO Network. Broadcasting across the galaxy For scientists working on an advisory panel for NASA's future missions, trying to
make contact with alien life is a good thing. "The search for life is really central to what we should be doing next in the exploration of the solar system," Cornell University planetary scientist Steve Squyres told The Associated Press. Squyres is chairman of a special National Academy of Sciences panel. As to whether the space agency, or anyone else, should be actively pursuing contact with extraterrestrial life or willfully avoiding it, a senior astrobiology scientist at NASA said they're ready for anything. "We're prepared to make discoveries of any type of life, of any form," Mary Voytek said during a NASA teleconference. Although NASA broadcast the Beatles' song "Across the Universe" into the galaxy two years ago, most work on the search for intelligent life in space is privately funded by organizations such as the SETI Institute, Voytek said.
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Top 10 most common explanations for UFOs
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sify.com It is a fact that literally millions of people around the world claim to have seen a UFO at one time or another, and many thousands of reports have been officially filed going all the way back to World War II. However, investigation into just what these objects may have been have pretty conclusively demonstrated the vast majority of these reports have prosaic explanations such as hoaxes, hysteria, or misidentified natural or man-made objects, much to the chagrin of the UFO community. While many dismiss such explanations as simplistic attempts to skirt the issue or, worse, a carefully contrived and orchestrated effort at debunking the entire phenomena, the fact is that many, if not most, UFOs can usually be explained away. As such, it's important we examine each of the many explanations offered, if only in an effort to better appreciate the difficulties investigators frequently face when looking at the phenomena from a scientific perspective, compelling me to create my list-in no particular order-of the top ten alternative explanations usually given to explain UFOs. the natural human reluctance to admit error as well as the trauma such an experience can sometimes induce.
9. Meteors, comets, and fireballs
roundish or oval shape that can be extraordinarily unnatural and even 'saucer-like' in appearance, which in turn can be confused for an extremely large disk by people unfamiliar with such meteorological phenomenon. Only those entirely unfamiliar with this phenomenon are likely to be fooled by a lenticular cloud, however, especially once they observe one for a while and realize it is not moving or that it doesn't appear to be mechanical in nature. Still, for the unaware, it can be a strange sight and one that might be easily confused for something otherworldly.
7. Ball lightning
10. The planet Venus
This is a less common explanation, since most people are familiar with meteors (or 'shooting stars' as they are commonly called) and so are unlikely to mistake one for a UFO. Comets are even less likely to be mistaken for a UFO, especially since they remain fixed in the sky, can be seen for weeks at a time, and are usually not particularly bright in the first place. A fireball, however-basically a large, brightly lit meteor observed at close range-is a better candidate, as they can be very bright, last several seconds, appear to split into smaller pieces, and even abruptly disappear from sight as if 'zooming away at great speed' as many UFO witnesses describe. When seen head-on, a fireball can be particularly impressive, as it would appear to be an extremely bright and slow-moving object that suddenly vanishes from view, much like a UFO frequently does. Such astronomical phenomena are not, however, adequate explanations for an object that makes abrupt course changes in mid-flight, changes color (or shows multiple colors) or that lasts more than a few seconds, and as such they probably constitute only a very tiny fraction of all UFO reports.
It's no coincidence that UFO reports go up sharply whenever Venus makes an especially bright appearance in the night sky, so this explanation is not as far-fetched as it seems. Under the proper conditions, Venus can be among the brightest objects in the skyparticularly on a moonless night-and has even been known to be visible in the daytime under the proper conditions, making it a frequent explanation for many a mysterious "bright light in the sky." For those already predisposed towards accepting any unusual light in the sky as a potential close encounter, Venus makes an excellent candidate for being a UFO-especially when it is seen low on the horizon from a moving automobile (when it can appear to be "chasing them"), or on a partly cloudy night when it will seem to abruptly appear and disappear as fast-moving clouds obscure it from view. Additionally, it can be extremely difficult to convince people that the bright light in the sky they saw was merely sunlight reflecting off a nearby planet, largely because of
8. Lenticular clouds
Among the more unusual and lesser understood electrical curiosities known to science is something called 'ball lighting', a phenomenon that has only been identified within the last fifty years or so. Basically, ball lightning is a sphere of static electricity that has the ability to glow intensely for several minutes at a time and, when seen in broad daylight, can even take on a fluid silvery-like sheen that can be easily mistaken for metal, giving them a 'disk-like' appearance. Additionally, though usually seen to move randomly, sometimes the discharge is described as being attracted to a certain objectnormally an aircraft-giving these orbs the appearance of 'following' a plane and even matching it in terms of speed and maneuvers, thereby giving it the impression of being under intelligent control. Commonly described as spherical, ovoid, teardrop, or rod-like in shape, and with colours that vary from red to yellow (though other colors have been observed) it's not difficult to see how they could easily be mistaken for an unnatural object, especially after it disperses, is absorbed into something, or-though rarely-vanishes in an explosion. As such, ball lightning appears to be a perfectly adequate explanation for some of the more erratic lights seen in the sky-particularly those observed from aircraft.
6. Weather Balloons
Technically known as altocumulus standing lenticularis, lenticular clouds are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form at high altitudes, normally where stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains. Normally these air currents form long strings of clouds known as a wave cloud, but sometimes, under the right conditions of wind and thermal currents, they can take on a Though frequently lampooned as the most simplistic of explanations for UFOs, the fact is that helium filled weather balloons make excellent UFOs, especially when seen from below when their spherical shape can appear disk-like. Further, these balloons can be quite large, are often coated in a highly reflective
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making them occasional candidates for flying disks. Even cockpit lights reflecting off a canopy have been misidentified as high-speed UFOs (especially in the early years of UFO pursuits).
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material (giving them a polished or shiny appearance), and can fly at altitudes as high as 120,000 feet where winds aloft can sometimes push them along at hundreds of knots, giving them the illusion of moving at high speeds. Furthermore, when seen moving through a partly cloudy sky when winds can blow in different directions at different altitudes, sometimes pushing clouds in one direction and a balloon in the opposite, the illusion of high speed is enhanced.
Military aircraft often drop flares while conducting night training operations (or, in combat areas, as a means of diverting heatseeking anti-aircraft missiles). These flares, unlike the tiny ones used to mark highway obstacles or for emergency use, are quite large and will burn brightly for up to a half an hour at a time and, when suspended from parachutes, can remain airborne for some time. As such, if dropped in a cluster, they can take on a beaded necklace effect that gives them the impression of either aircraft hovering in formation or, if close enough together, can even appear to be a string of running lights or 'portholes'. To a public generally unfamiliar with such ordnance and its characteristics, the effect can be spectacular and even frightening, making flares an especially good candidate to be mistaken for a UFO. This, in fact, may be the explanation behind the mysterious lights that were seen hanging over Phoenix, Arizona in 1997 (which does, in fact, lie near a military training ground where evening bombing exercises are frequently held.)
3. Birds, lens flare, reflections, and other abnormalities
As the demand for improved communications, weather forecasting and aerial surveillance grows, the orbital lanes around our planet are growing increasingly cluttered with a wide array of fast moving and highly reflective satellites of all sizes and configurations. To give you some idea of how cluttered our skies are getting, the United States Space Surveillance Network (SSN) currently tracks more than 8,000 man-made objects orbiting the planet, of which about seven percent (approximately 560) are operational satellites. Often trapped in their orbits for years at a time, these silent sentinels of the skies can usually be picked out by anyone with a pair of binoculars and some patience, so they are not an uncommon sight. However, as they can often appear to pulsate in intensity (a natural illusion created by atmospheric inversion layers) and even 'wink out' when their angle to the sun changes, they doubtlessly account for at least some of the many thousands of UFO sightings made over the years.
Few people can accept the possibility that something as seemingly commonplace as a bird could be mistaken for a UFO. However, it must be realised that under certain circumstances-for example, when flying at very high altitudes (some birds have been spotted flying as high as 40,000 feet or more)birds can be highly reflective and, when wet, even appear to glisten like metal, giving them an 'artificial' or metallic appearance. Additionally, bits of tin foil or panels of corrugated metal driven skyward by high winds and strong updrafts, falling chunks of ice broken off from a high altitude airliner, and other bits of aerial flotsam can also take on a silvery sheen and appear quite luminescent,
While it is difficult to imagine that anyone could mistake a modern airliner or military jet for an extraterrestrial vehicle, there are circumstances when an aircraft can appear quite unusual, particularly to a highly excitable observer. For example, anyone who has ever seen a jet's landing lights diffused by thick fog (or suddenly turned off during a steep ascent, making the aircraft appear to abruptly vanish) could easily imagine they are witnessing something otherworldly. Additionally, an aircraft flying through thick clouds on a dark and windy night (when the sound of engines is often masked) could easily appear as a mysterious, bright object winking on and off and changing brightness as it moves silently through the darkness. It can be problematic to identify a mysterious object in the sky as an aircraft during the daytime as well. For example, the brushed aluminum fuselage and wings of an aircraft can give off an eerie sheen at high altitudes on a bright and sunny day. This characteristic, when combined with the fact that most aircraft's navigation lights are invisible in daytime and engine noise is often indiscernible from that height, can make it appear to be a mysterious, silvery object moving swiftly across the sky. Also, if seen straight on, an aircraft can appear to be hanging motionless, at least until it makes a sudden turn, thereby mimicking the sudden stops and start movement often associated with UFOs and further enhancing its otherworldly effect. While a fixed wing aircraft are less likely to be misinterpreted as a UFO by a growingly savvy flying public today, they were undoubtedly the cause of many early UFO reports when aircraft were less common and, as such, more 'unusual'. Blimps, helicopters, and VTOL aircraft (fixed wing planes capable of hovering) are also frequently mistaken as UFOs due to their unconventional flight characteristics-in particular their ability to hover and then suddenly fly away. Normally, one has only to watch these vehicles for a few minutes to ascertain their true (Continued on Page 19)
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Continued from Page 18 identity but the highly excitable witness may never take those few minutes before deciding they are seeing an alien spacecraft. have been seeing them." After first recording the lights on March 3, Eugene said he has heard from people around the world, including Michael Lee Hill. He happens to live near Eugene and claims to have seen the same thing. "As I was down at the beach, over my right-hand shoulder, I see this really bright light and it's coming up really low, right over treetop level," said Hill. Hill also recorded his close encounter near Lake Erie and described the object as a triangle with lights on each corner. "This was absolutely silent until it got right overtop my head and then it kinda sounded like a vacuum cleaner, that's the only sound, like this low, little hum," said Hill.
New York prof plans to teach UFO course
and other unexplained UFOs phenomena in space should be studied in university courses just like English and math. That’s the position of an American anthropology professor who is putting together the curriculum for a credit course to cover the subject. “My interest in UFOs stems from . . . my interest in anthropology and in different world views and how they affect people’s perceptions and behaviours,” said Prof. Philip Haseley of the Niagara County College, a state university in New York. He argues that there is a large body of evidence around UFO sightings and other space news and that students and scientists should have the opportunity to study it, research it and document findings. “There is an enormous amount of evidence to investigate,” said Haseley, who is also section director of the Western New York Mutual UFO Network. “It needs to have exposure to a university setting to students and to faculty who see it being taught as a legitimate subject. “To me, it is something that is a nobrainer. It ought to have been done a long time ago and the fact that it hasn’t been done strikes me as extraordinarily strange.” There are classes at other universities in the U.S. already. “It is something I would like to see a lot more of,” said Haseley. University of B.C. astronomy and astrophysics Prof. Douglas Scott said UFOs are covered in lectures but the test for students is that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. “There are lots of things people see in the sky, and people who study them in detail,” said Scott, adding that his department regularly gets calls from people reporting “weird things” in the sky. “There is no evidence that there are aliens coming to visit us. But of course we should study these things — a good scientist should be open minded. “Frankly, all astronomers would kill to find out that there are really aliens coming to Earth. It would be fantastic . . . There is no evidence that we have been visited by aliens even though most astronomers probably believe they are out there.” Chris Rutkowski, research co-ordinator for Ufology Research based in Winnipeg, supports the study of UFOs as a legitimate university subject. “I think what [Haseley] is saying is sound in the sense that it should be discussed more openly in an academic and scholarly setting,” said Rutkowski, author of The Canadian UFO Report: The Best Cases Revealed. “I think it is a matter of being brave enough to think about UFOs rationally in an academic setting.” VISIT THE ALL NEW ‘X’ ZONE STORE www.xzonestore.com
1. Experimental military aircraft
Expert sees the light in UFO pics
If regular aircraft can be a source for confusion, it makes sense that unusual looking experimental aircraft should be even more prone to being misidentified as a UFO, especially considering the vast array of often unusual or, at very least, unconventional designs being introduced. In fact, this hypothesis was very popular during the early years of ufology, when it was widely assumed-even by our own governmentthat the strange vehicles seen in the skies were either test-flights of captured Nazi aircraft or new and exotic Soviet vehicles capable of penetrating our airspace with impunity. In fact, the Air Force's first official attempt to investigate UFOs-Project Signworked from the premise that UFOs were such weapons, thus necessitating both the urgency and the secrecy under which Sign operated. However, considering how rare such craft are, the fact that they are usually flown only over restricted areas well away from public viewing, and that their flight characteristics are not usually all that far removed from traditional aircraft, it's difficult to see how these would account for more than a tiny percentage of all reports. As such, it's a near certainty that the unusual craft you see doing right angle turns, darting at incredible speeds across the sky, and changing color and intensity is not one of ours (or anyone else's, for that matter).
Baffling UFO Sighting Finally Explained
CLEVELAND -- In March, mysterious lights were spotted in the sky over Northeast Ohio. FOX 8 heard from hundreds of viewers after one man claimed it was a UFO, but some dispute that claim after an independent investigation. Eugene Erlikh first noticed the lights near his Euclid apartment in March, but now that it's May? "There have been more each day," said Erlikh. "They've been brighter, they've been more colorful and more and more people
A NEW report has cast doubt on the so-far inexplicable UFO sightings at Chipping Norton. UFO researcher Bill Chalker recently recreated conditions the night mother-of-two Fiona Hartigan snapped a series of mysterious photos. Mr Chalker’s findings were published in the magazine Ufologist last week. He said possible explanations could be found in a nearby street light and a reflection from a car window. “There is enough in these photos to argue that it’s a reflection either from the window or the lens,” he told the Leader. “The photo analysis and the location analysis bring up all this uncertainty. It’s not 100 per cent.” It all depends on whether Ms Hartigan was inside the car when the photos were taken or sitting on the bonnet as she originally claimed, Mr Chalker said. Ms Hartigan declined to comment on the article, although she said she stood by her claims. The photos, taken on Governor Macquarie Dr at sunset in March, show a prominent orange light, two small objects and a darker, round object. Ms Hartigan believed at the time the objects were life forms from another planet. Sydney Observatory analysis confirmed the orange light was a street light, but its online report is inconclusive. Mr Chalker’s article said the photos fell into the “probably explainable category, but with some unresolved aspects”.
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No fancy stuff, no little gremlins running around to distract you. Here are questions being asked, some answers and few facts all covered in the book’s 73 eye-opening chapters about intelligent extraterrestrial life in our galaxy.
* Who discovered Globe? * Where is Globe? * What is Globe’s Language? * What will it take to see Globe? * How pollution is eliminated. * Restoring the ozone layer. * Globe is far more advanced than Earth. * Globe’s nano technology cures cancer. * Unemployment on Globe is 1.5% mostly due to injuries. * What did Barry Goldwater know about UFOs? * No Borders * No Passports * No military! * Was Globe a natural creation? * Was Globe intelligent design? * How old is Globe? * Globe has a Court of Justice! * Earth is being conditioned! * How long to condition? * Roswell crash was real, but not by Globe! * Globe’s population will never exceed 6.227 billion! * No IRS on Globe! * Taxes paid automatically every month. * What did Einstein do in 1943 to make you believe in Globe? * What power sources used?
Written in easy to follow dialogue, Globe presents the story of how one man’s quest to discover intelligent extraterrestrial life in our galaxy was confirmed, why he was selected to direct a twenty one member international group to condition Earthlings and how conditioning is being conducted. Conditioning is happening, it’s insidious, long term, has nothing to do with the Trilateral Commission and will ultimately result in tempering all social, political, religious and other disturbing present-day ideologies If you remain skeptical about extraterrestrials after reading this book you are either incredibly naive or living in your little world of denial.Go back and read the illuminating clues, including the ham radio operator who made contact with Globe, then reconsider your denial.
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The Truth Behind NASA’s UFO Videos
Footage in the Sky: The Truth Behind NASA's UFO Videos
Fox News.com A batch of raw footage from decades-old NASA missions shows zipping lights and strange objects in the sky. Recently posted on YouTube, the clips are renewing UFO conspiracy theories that the government is hiding knowledge about its interactions with intelligent life. But two astronauts dispute that — and talk about NASA's supposed cover-up and what the clips really show. The scenario goes like this: It's 1996; you're an astronaut and you're looking at a UFO. This is quite possibly the biggest, most gamechanging scientific discovery in the history of mankind. And here you are, gliding through space in low Earth orbit, watching this alien craft dance around your video camera's viewfinder. You are not alone — there are other astronauts onboard the space shuttle, and Mission Control is watching the live feed from Houston. Yet not a single raised voice or mention of ETs or UFOs can be heard on the audio of this recording. Apparently, it's just another routine brush with extraterrestrial life, and another day in the life of a massive, decadeslong, multi-agency cover-up. This is the claim behind the recent posting of a batch of NASA-related clips on YouTube, presented as evidence that extraterrestrials are among us. The footage covers a number of missions, and a range of mysterious objects — in a clip featured on the science fiction blog io9, a bizarre object rotates within the frame, seeming to morph from one shape to another as the cameraman casually tracks it. If that weren't mysterious enough, at one point, a light drifts by. The post's headline poses the question: "Will the US Government Finally Admit There Are Aliens?" Whether or not the government has anything to fess up about aliens, the astronaut who shot that particular piece of footage has nothing to hide. Mario Runco was a mission specialist on board STS-77, a space shuttle mission that launched in May of 1996. One of the crew's objectives was to deploy an experimental satellite, the Passive Aerodynamically Stabilized Magnetically Damped Satellite Test Unit (PAM-STU). The PAM-STU was roughly the size of a trash can, and was designed to test a new approach to satellite maneuverability, using the planet's magnetic field to perform attitude adjustments (instead of firing thrusters). The crew filmed the spinning satellite for days, but in the clip posted on YouTube by Martyn Stubb, the PAM-STU appears in grainy, low-light-enhanced black and white. Its two Stimsonite reflectors — the same materials used on road and bicycle reflectors — catch the ambient light, and at one point appear to merge into a single bright spot as the satellite turns head-on. "The lights moving by in the
background are either isolated lights on the ground or stars, I think likely the latter," Runco says. In another of Stubb's posted clips, a view through the window of a space shuttle shows lights drifting along in space, then reversing direction and darting away with a flash. The title of that clip: "UFOs quickly take off on NASA video." Again, the reality is less dramatic. Thomas Jones, a former shuttle mission specialist and payload commander and coauthor of "Planetology: Unlocking the Secrets of the Solar System," was on that mission — STS-80, which also took place in 1996 — and provided this description of the footage. "A few ice crystals or flakes of thruster residue in the near field are floating by, get hit by a thruster exhaust plume and zip out of the scene." UFO proponents tend to dismiss official responses from members of NASA, the Pentagon or any other government agency, but Runco says that even if there was an active cover-up, no amount of coercion could prevent an astronaut — himself included — from laying claim to a confirmed sighting of an alien spaceship. "If I thought it was an intelligent craft, I'd be the first one to speak up," says Runco. "I'd want the credit: 'Mario Runco was the first person in history to conclusively document the existence of an extraterrestrial civilization.' Why would I ever want to keep it secret?" Neither Runco nor Jones have any illusions about the likelihood of dispelling NASA-related UFO myths, particularly when Stubb and others are able to collect and repurpose an ever-growing catalog of footage. "There's no way to keep people from using public domain footage for silly purposes," Jones says. "If a shuttle beams back 10 hours of Earth views each day, there are bound to be images and scenes that are misunderstood or taken out of context." If anything, it's the lack of context that many UFO theories and proponents rely on. The
clips posted by Stubb and others, whether they originate with NASA or a less credible source, tend to be framed only by a short title, with little or no attempt at reporting. Runco notes that anyone could have simply e-mailed or called him to ask for his side of the story, instead of simply posting a 13-yearold video and jumping to extraterrestrial conclusions. Specificity might be the currency of the conspiracy theory set, with seemingly random images or snippets of data woven into a matrix of sinister intent, but even a casual investigation of each of those facts can punch holes in the larger plotline. Bloggers continue to reference an interview with Buzz Aldrin in 2005 about seeing a UFO while on Apollo 11, while brushing off his claims that television producers blatantly quoted him out of context. And although UFO proponents have welcomed recent public statements from former astronaut Edgar Mitchell about his belief in an extraterrestrial cover-up dating back to Roswell, Mitchell has never said he witnessed anything alien with his own eyes. Lacking quality in their evidence, UFO believers are left with quantity, a rambling collection of indistinct imagery and allegations that now includes a batch of space-shuttle mission video clips that were never buried or classified in the first place. Runco points out that astronauts, in general, are excited by the notion of intelligent species on other worlds. "Many of them use SETI@Home [a distributed computing application that picks through radio telescope data for incoming messages] as their screensavers, because they think it's a possibility," he says. But it's one thing to believe that alien life is a statistical likelihood, and another to interpret lights in the sky as intergalactic contact. "People see unexplained things," Jones says. "I used to believe UFOs were spaceships — when I was 14."
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would have. Would there be social unrest, even panic? What would governments do? How would the world's leaders react? Would the news be regarded with fear or wonderment? And, in the longer term, what would it mean for our society, our sense of identity, our science, technology and religions? Davies said our first instinct could be hostile. "Humans have fought each other for millennia over tiny differences in race, religion or culture," he wrote. "Imagine how most people would react to beings that were truly alien? My personal message to E.T. is to keep well clear and defend yourself, before stepping into the hornet's nest of our militaristic society." The moral and religious status of aliens is an old topic in science fiction and Hollywood movies. If they exist, are they like us? The Vatican's chief astronomer said that there was no contradiction in believing in God and the possibility of "terrestrial brothers". The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, said the vastness of the universe meant it was possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones. In an interview, Funes said that such a notion "doesn't contradict our faith" because aliens would still be God's creatures and rejecting such a notion would be putting limits on God's universality. Most of us experience a sense of mystical astonishment when we stare up at the vast sky and stars on a clear night. The believer sees the same heavens as the atheist, but interprets them quite differently: To a believer, if there is intelligent life on other planets, God created it all. It is an interesting possibility that God and E.T. exist. just light it with a match. It catches on fire and then the heat from the fire expands the lantern. When it gets really full, you let it go and it floats up into the air, and they're about 99 percent biodegradable, too. It looked really beautiful," Gough said. "It was a beautiful night. The wind was just perfect to carry them over the top of the hills," Gough said. Meanwhile, the Schuylkill County Communications Center received several calls Tuesday about unidentified flying objects above Pottsville, according to center director Scott Krater. The lanterns were launched about 8:15 p.m. By 8:45 p.m., the group of about 30 people there were greeted by Pottsville police, according to Yotsko. "All of a sudden I saw cops coming and wondered, 'Wow, what's going on?' " Yotsko said. Her daughter said, "It's probably because of these things." "They just looked around to make sure everything was all right and then they left," Yotsko said.
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Bryan Patterson From: Sunday Herald Sun IN 1911, a chunk of rock reportedly fell from the sky and killed a dog in the little town of Nakhla in Egypt. This was the first known fatality caused by a cosmic object. Scientists later revealed the rock was not a common meteorite, but a piece of Mars. As British biologist J.B.S. Haldane said, "the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose". Interestingly, the story of the unlucky pooch was followed by a spate of UFO sightings. The number of claimed extraterrestrial encounters and claims of alien abductions have exploded since. The best-educated generation in history is fascinated by the subject. The desire to have contact with something from beyond seems to be part of our psyche, even for those without religious faith. World-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking said this week he believed aliens existed but that it would be a fatal mistake to contact them. "I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet," Hawking said. "Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach. "If aliens ever visit us, the outcome could be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the native Americans." About 20 per cent of people polled in a recent global survey said they believed aliens existed. According to the survey, which included 23,000 adults from 22 countries across the globe, more than 40 per cent of people from India and China reckoned aliens walked among us disguised as humans. About 23 per cent of Australians agreed. People from Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands were least likely to believe in this theory, although many believed aliens exist "somewhere out there". Those in countries that are overpopulated were more likely to believe aliens lived in disguise than those living in a sparsely populated place. The poll also revealed more men than women believed in disguised aliens. Cosmologist Carl Sagan once said of UFO sightings: "The reliable cases are uninteresting and the interesting cases are unreliable." But on April 1 this year, a newspaper in Jordan sent residents streaming in to the streets with a spoof story about the landing of 3m aliens in flying saucers. The mayor of Jafr sent police to search for the aliens and was preparing to evacuate his town, about 290km from Amman, the capital, until told it was all a prank. Physicist and cosmologist Paul Davies, in his new book, The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence, wondered what effect large-scale contact with space aliens
- The first McDonald's restaurant opened for business in 1952 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and featured the McHaggis sandwich. - The typewriter was invented by Hungarian immigrant Qwert Yuiop, who left his "signature" on the keyboard. - The volume of water that the Giant Sequoia tree consumes in a 24-hour period contains enough suspended minerals to pave 17.3 feet of a 4-lane concrete freeway. - Because printed materials are being replaced by CD-ROMs, microfiche and the Internet, libraries that previously sank into their foundations under the weight of their books are now in danger of collapsing in extremely high winds. - In 1843, a Parisian street mime got stuck in his imaginary box and consequently died of starvation. - Until 1978, Camel cigarettes contained minute particles of real camels. - University of Virginia researchers released a study promoting the practice of nose picking, claiming that the health benefits of keeping nasal passages free from infectious blockages far outweigh the negative social connotations. - If you put a bee in a film canister for two hours, it will go blind and leave behind its weight in honey. [Seems like somebody forgot about the Conservation of Matter law.] - Due to the angle at which the optic nerve enters the brain, staring at a blue surface during sex greatly increases the intensity of orgasms. - In WWII the US military planned to airdrop over France propaganda in the form of Playboy magazine, with coded messages hidden in the models' turn-ons and turn-offs. The plan was scrapped because of a staple shortage due to rationing of metal. - Although difficult, it's possible to start a fire by rapidly rubbing together two Cool Ranch Doritos. BIZARRE BUT TRUE!
Drama club claims responsibility for UFO sightings in Pottsville
BY STEPHEN J. PYTAK The flying objects in the skies above Pottsville on Tuesday night have been identified. Barbara Gough, Ashland, the club adviser for the Theater Arts Group at Nativity BVM High School in Pottsville, said they were "Thai Wish" lanterns launched by the group. "On Tuesday night, after the cast of 'The Pajama Game' cleaned up the stage, we decided to start a new tradition. We wanted to have a really nice send-off for our senior drama students. I had the underclassmen each choose a senior. I told them to write a wish for that senior. Once it got dark, we all went outside and each pair of students got a Thai Wish lantern," Gough said. Tammy Yotsko, Pottsville, was there with her daughter, Shelby, a sophomore. Gough said she ordered the lanterns online. "Each underclassman told their wish to the senior and then launched their lantern," Gough said. She said the lanterns were made of paper and that each was about 3 feet high. "The paper is on a circular frame. In the center of the frame is some kind of a fuel. You
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Are aliens and angels the same thing?
Are aliens and angels the same thing?
By DAVID CHARBONNEAU I believe Arthur I. Barrett of Kamloops when he says he saw a flying saucer. I just don’t know what it means. In his letter to the Daily News, Mr. Barrett describes seeing the space ship hovering above his car as he returned from Ashcroft. After trying to outrun it, the saucer “turned red with sparks flying off its outer shell.” He realizes how incredible his experience sounds but he is willing to undergo tests to verify his account. Mr. Barrett is understandably reluctant to share is astonishing experience but he was encouraged to do so after the famous astrophysicist Stephen Hawking warned against contact with extraterrestrial life. Hawking said a visit by extraterrestrials to Earth would be like Christopher Columbus arriving in the Americas, “which didn’t turn out very well for the native Americans.” I have never seen spacecraft but I have never been to the moon either. I can’t discount someone else’s experiences just because they are not my own. Too many reputable witnesses such as professional observers, police officers, airplane pilots, and ordinary honest people have risked ridicule by sharing their experiences. If these reputable observers are to be believed, Hawking’s warnings are too late. They’re already here. No sense closing heaven’s gateways now. Not just a few observers but billions of earthlings believe extraterrestrials are already living in their communities, disguised as humans, according to a survey. The percentage of believers is highest in India and China lowest in Europe with North America in the middle. The results of the survey were met with the expected guffaws from skeptics. “Were the respondents drunk?” said Susan Clancy, a psychology professor at Harvard University and the author of Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped By Aliens. Her explanation is that we are manipulated by popular stories, what she calls “cultural scripts,” in movies and TV. Indeed, the aliens-among-us story in the popular TV series called “V” proposes that seemingly ordinary people are actually lizard-like aliens in disguise. I think it’s the other way around. Popular stories are influenced by culture rather than gullible people being persuaded by stories. Anand Mahadevan, a Toronto-based novelist who grew up in India, explains: “The notion that a being with the great powers of a godhead can move in the guise of humans or animals is already available in the mythology and religion of the region.” He adds that there is nothing irrational about Indian physicists who compute lunar eclipses but pray that the demons Rahu and Ketu will stop swallowing the moon. The reason why few Europeans report that aliens walk among us may be because they believe in elves, gnomes, trolls, fairies, and other “hidden people” instead. Laugh if you want to but in Iceland it’s a serious business as Alcoa found out when they planned to build an aluminum smelter there. First they had to employ a government expert to scour the
building site for any hidden people who might be on or under the land. If the land hadn’t been declared elf-free, all sorts of bad things could have happened on the job including broken limbs and wrecked equipment. Although fewer Americans and Canadians believe in aliens walking the streets than Asians, a large number believe in extraterrestrial spiritual beings. A Gallup poll revealed that 78 per cent of Americans believe in angels and 70 per cent in the devil. The survey didn’t reveal whether respondents think angels and aliens are the same. I suspect not. Belief in alien visitors is more aligned with a scientific view of technology and space ships whereas angels and religion seem to go together. Extraterrestrials have been visiting the earth for thousands of years and often they were both spiritual and flesh and blood. The Bible reports that Jacob wrestled with a being described as a man in one place (Genesis 32:24), God in another (Genesis 32:28) and angel in yet another place (Hosea 12:4). The two wrestled all night but Jacob was not overcome. It seems that aliens of Jacob’s day did not possess superhuman strength. I wrestle with the meaning of alien encounters and the inexplicable supernatural world. Do we share our world with angels, elves, aliens and demons? Is the curtain of everyday existence occasionally pulled aside so that a chosen few catch a glimpse of other beings who are all around us? I wish I knew.
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Hamilton Radio host slams Psychic for missing California Quake
by Martha Jette Examiner.com
Rob McConnell, owner and host of The X-Zone Radio Show in Hamilton, Ontairo has slammed psychic Elizabeth Joyce for her failure to predict Sunday’s 7.2-mag earthquake, which shook California and parts of Mexico. McConnell, who has become increasingly jaded about not only psychics, but also over claims of the paranormal, UFOs, aliens and more, noted in an email: “I am sure there will be an explanation issued - I can hardly wait to hear it - and to debunk it.” However, on her web site, Joyce notes: “The California quake happened as predicted with more to come! An entire city had to close down.” She also issued a rebuttal, which McConnell discusses in a YouTube video posted April 5, 2010. You will find it below. McConnell added that another psychic has missed the mark with his predictions. “And in retro - the comet/meteorite that Pastor Harry Walther predicted for impact in Utah in March 2010 never happened either. Although Pastor Harry took his prediction from The Bible Code, it would seem that the Bible Code is as predictable as some psychics.” As for Joyce, she issued her April 2010 predictions on April 4. Here they are: * There is danger around President Obama during the early part of 2010 - could be a helicopter accident. Obama winds up in the hospital before April's end. * Laura Bush will suffer a health crisis as she begins divorce proceedings against George W. * Lindsay Lohan will have a life-threat, which could lead to her passing away because of her drug problems. * The coming food shortage begins in 2010 and continues through 2012. This will become a world crisis of epidemic proportions. The upsetting weather conditions continue. This is why we are encouraged to eat less as well as grow our own food. * The financial picture remains stable the March upset did not occur, thank goodness - but the energy returns in late May. Get your money out of the market by June and wait it all out. * There is more volcanic activity, as well as flooding and earthquakes in the Middle East. Syria, Turkey, and Iran could feel the shocks.
* Expect a Tsunami to hit in the exact same place it did in 2004, at the tip of Southern India, possibly created from the aftershocks of the quakes in the Middle East. The BritishIndian Ocean islands could disappear B.I.O.T. is in both the eastern and southern hemispheres, just a few degrees south of the Equator. It's positioned in the Indian Ocean approximately 1,000 miles southwest of India.” Joyce, who claims to be ‘gifted’ since birth, professional astrologer, spiritual counselor and medium, has appeared on such television shows as Unsolved Mysteries, Beyond Chance and Psychic Detectives. She is also author of Psychic Attack – Are You A Victim released in October 2007 and is currently working on a second book: Ascension - How To Access The Fifth Dimension, The Truth About 2012.
the Defendant in her power to predict the future would constitute a defence to the charge. Simplified, that means whether you are an outright fraudster, a BTW initiate, an eclectic Wiccan, family tradition witch, aboriginal Canadian, Santerian, Vodoun, Romani, etc., the sincerity or insincerity of your belief does not constitute a defence should you be charged under s.365. It may also be worth noting in the above case that the amount charged by the Defendant for the fortune telling was $15. There was no extortion or excessive bilking of money. To provide context, this was merely an amount of money that would pay for a decent dinner at a mid-to-low range restaurant. A conviction under s.365 is punishable under s.787(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada: 787. (1) Unless otherwise provided by law, everyone who is convicted of an offence punishable on summary conviction is liable to a fine of not more than five thousand dollars or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months or to both. So here is my question: Why are there psychic fairs taking place across Canada if when these people are breaking the law - or do they believe that their psychic powers put them above the law? Could it be that our over worked criminal system cannot be bothered - and if this is the case - well - it’s time that some one turns up the heat and that is exactly what I intend on doing. Stay tuned to The ’X’ Zone Radio & TV Show, Paragators and The ‘X’ Chronicles to see what we will be doing to chut down psychic fairs, psychic events, psychic storefronts in order to drive psychics out of business - and to keep the public from falling into their traps of lies, deceit, fraud and those who are charlatans. My glove is off and my crusade has started. All Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Parliaments, Law Enforcement Agencies, and the media will be relieving copies of this article. The ball is now in the courts of those who can effectively SHUT THE PSYCHICS DOWN - from those at the top of the psychic food chain - to those who watch ameba’s pass over head - you’re going down!
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R. v. Labrosse (1984), 17 C.C.C. (3d) 283 (Que. C.A.), affirmed (1987), 33 C.C.C. (3d) 220 (S.C.C.). In this case, although the Defendant did not explicitly say to her client that she had the power to predict the future, the Court found that the fraudulent element of the offence arose from the gestures, actions, and words of the Defendant in making the victim believe that the Defendant had the power to predict the future. For those people that do tarot readings, tea leafs readings, rune reads, etc. the offshoot of this ruling is that stating "for entertainment purposes only" may well be no legal defence if the complainant feels that you else wise, even through non-verbal means, communicated that you have the power to predict their future. The Court further ruled that it was not necessary that there be proof that the predictions were in fact false. And here is the most critical part of the Court's ruling for those that believe s.365 provides special protection to those who consider themselves 'real witches:' The trial Judge found that it was unnecessary to decide the issue of whether an honest belief by
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The Skull of Doom
By Jane MacLaren Walsh
The Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull: Fact, fiction, and the creation of myth Crystal skulls have long had a fringe following, and the most famous of them is one named for the explorer-author Frederick A. Mitchell-Hedges (see “Legend of the Crystal Skulls”). Mitchell-Hedges claimed to have found the skull somewhere in Central America in the 1930s, but his adopted daughter Anna later said she found it under a fallen altar or inside a pyramid at the Maya site of Lubaantún in British Honduras (now Belize) some time in the 1920s. Neither of their contradictory accounts is true. In fact, like all the other crystal skulls thus far examined, it is a modern creation, despite its nearly mythical place in the minds of devotees. have had two opportunities to examine the Mitchell-Hedges skull closely and to take silicone molds of carved and polished elements of it, which I have analyzed under high-power light and scanning-electron microscopes. I have also evaluated the documentary evidence, newspaper stories about Mitchell-Hedges, his memoirs Land of Wonder and Fear (1931) and Danger My Ally (1954), and a file of letters and documents that Anna Mitchell-Hedges sent to Frederick Dockstader, the director of the Museum of the American Indian in New York City, which I recently found. The microscopic evidence presented here indicates that the skull is not a Maya artifact but was carved with high-speed, modern, diamond-coated lapidary tools. The historical record shows it first appeared in London in 1933 and was purchased a decade later by Mitchell-Hedges, who claimed the crystal skull was an authentic pre-Columbian artifact. The newly found archival evidence suggests Anna was later involved in the evolution of tall tales about the skull’s origins, providing a fascinating look at the creation of a popular mythology in service of a profitable business venture. Under the Microscope November 2007, Bill Homann, Anna Mitchell-Hedges’s widower, brought the artifact to my office in the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History for examination. Slightly smaller than life size, it recalled a crystal skull in the British Museum, and it seemed to me to be a close copy of that object, at least in size and shape. However, it differed from the British Museum example in its more elaborate carving, extremely high polish, and separate mandible. The similarity of the two skulls’ size and shape can be verified using measurements and photographs taken at the British Museum in 1936, when the museum’s skull was compared to the Mitchell-Hedges one, which was then called the Burney skull after its owner, London art dealer Sydney Burney. According to an article published in the journal Man, the British Museum (BM) skull is 17.7 cm front to back (glabellar-occipital length), and the MitchellHedges (MH) skull is 17.4; the BM skull is 13.5 cm from side to side (maximum calvarial breadth) and the MH skull is 14. Many of the
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other measurements taken are equally close, but as the article’s author, British Museum physical anthropologist Geoffrey M. Morant, notes (pp. 105-106), “A more interesting comparison can be made by superposing the outlines,” which clearly illustrates how nearly identical the skulls are in size and shape. Adrian Digby, a young British Museum archaeologist, commented on the measurements and observations made by Morant in a short article accompanying the latter’s comparative study. Digby (1936: p. 108) offered the possibility that the Museum skull was copied from an original skull, and that at a later date the Burney skull was a sort of composite copy relying for its proportions on the skull now in the Museum and for its anatomical detail on some human skull in the possession of the carver. He came to the conclusion that it would be quite strange that anybody wishing to carve a skull out of rock crystal, and taking a real skull as his model should modify its dimensions to fit those of another crystal skull which he would see was but a poor copy of nature. It shows a perverted ingenuity such as one would expect to find in a forger, but Mr. Burney’s skull bears no traces of recent (metal age) workmanship; so this suggestion may almost certainly be dismissed. Digby’s analysis was perceptive. By copying the British Museum skull, then thought to be authentic, a forger would make his work look more legitimate. Unfortunately the science of the day was limited. Without modern equipment Digby was unable to detect any evidence of the skull’s recent manufacture.
After my first encounter with the skull in 2007, Homann returned with it to the museum in 2008 so it could be filmed for a Smithsonian Networks documentary, “Legend of the Crystal Skull.” Following up on my initial study, which included examining the skull under a highpowered light microscope, under ultraviolet light, and computerized tomography (CT scan) to determine what we could without harming the object in any way, I took two sets of silicone molds of surface tool marks for SEM analysis. If the skull were actually Maya from Lubaantun, which was abandoned around A.D. 800, the tools used to carve it would have been sharpened stone implements combined with abrasive sand. Pre-Columbian lapidary technology has been studied with considerable detail for more than a century. Through my own research, I have compiled a large bibliography on stone carvings from controlled archaeological excavations in Mexico and Central America documenting the fact that precontact artisans carved stone by abrading the surface with stone tools, as well as wood, and in later pre-Columbian times, copper tools, in combination with a variety of abrasive sands or pulverized stone. No historic or ethnographic source of which I am aware indicates preColumbian lapidaries used hard metal, such as iron or steel, as filing, drilling, or cutting tools, or that they employed any type of wheeled or rotary technology (Walsh 2008: pp. 18-19). Comparison of SEM (scanning electron microscopy) images of ancient and modern carvings shows the difference. A line incised with pre-Columbian tools appears as rough with (Continued on Page 29)
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Continued from Page 28 a slight twisting, indicating the movement of the hand pushing a sharpened stone. Modern diamond-coated, high-speed rotary cutting tools show lines that are perfectly straight. Parallel lines within the incisions are evidence of permanently embedded abrasive. The sharpness of the cut and the exactness of the abrasive lines indicate the use of a hard metal tool with a very hard abrasive, i.e. diamond. Micrographs of silicone molds from the Mitchell-Hedges skull reveal marks of highspeed carving tools and deeply cut parallel ridges left by permanently embedded diamond abrasive throughout the skull’s carved components. Some of the marks indicate the use of cutting tools less than a millimeter thick, which means they would have to be made of iron or steel, and the impressions of wheeled tools visible in the carved elements of one of the teeth are less than a millimeter in diameter. Under higher magnification, polished areas show parallel lines with a skipping pattern, indicating the use of a high-speed tool. It seems reasonable to conclude from the SEM images that the Mitchell-Hedges skull was carved in modern times with high-speed, diamond-coated rotary burring and cutting tools of minute dimension. The teeth alone show the use of a rotary cutting tool less than 2 millimeters in diameter. I believe that the technology under discussion is decidedly 20th century. Considering the skull’s initial appearance in the 1930s, I believe it was created at about that time. The British Museum skull, from which I believe this is copied, was on exhibit fairly continuously from 1898. Acquisition History The Mitchell-Hedges skull was first publicly known in 1936, when it was published in the journal Man after London art dealer Sydney Burney brought it to the British Museum for study. The Burney skull, as it was then called, was photographed, measured, and compared with the British Museum “Aztec” crystal skull. The British Museum had purchased their crystal skull in 1898 from Tiffany & Co. in New York City. Tiffany’s had purchased the skull more than a decade earlier from the French antiquarian Eugène Boban, who auctioned off his Mexican artifact collection in October 1886. George Kunz, vice president of Tiffany’s, acted as an intermediary between Boban and George Sisson, who apparently owned the skull for some period between 1888 and 1898. In 1898, Mr. Kunz once again acted as the middleman between Sisson, Tiffany’s, and the British Museum (Walsh 1997; Sax, Walsh, et al. 2008). Burney obtained his crystal skull in early 1933, as attested in a letter he wrote on Burney Gallery stationary to the director of the American Museum of Natural History in February of that year (AMNH 2/17/1933): I have just acquired a life-size rock crystal skull with separate jaw, from Mexico, and I shall be glad to know if it is of interest to you or your museum. It isn’t known from whom Burney acquired the skull, but either the seller claimed it was from Mexico, as the British Museum’s skull was thought to be, or Burney himself supposed it did, since his skull was so similar to the museum’s. Burney owned the skull from 1933 until 1943, all the while attempting to find a buyer. His bringing it to the British Museum for study was not, I would speculate, entirely an academic exercise on his part. However, the museum did not choose to acquire another crystal skull and it was ultimately sold at Sotheby’s in London on October 15, 1943, to Frederick A. MitchellHedges, Anna Mitchell-Hedges’s adoptive father, for £400. (London was relatively quiet, with most of the fighting then in North Africa and on the eastern front.) The 1943 Sotheby's catalogue gave this description of the skull, a photograph of which was used as the frontispiece: "A superb life-size crystal Carving of a Human Skull, the lower jaw separate, the details are correctly rendered and the carver has given the orbits, zygomatic arches and mastoid processes the similitude of their natural forms." Frederick Mitchell-Hedges announced this purchase to his brother in a letter written in December 1943, which includes perhaps the first mention of a date for the skull’s manufacture (the Mitchell-Hedges Official Website, accessed 11/08): The “Collection” grows and grows and grows. You possibly saw in the papers that I acquired that amazing Crystal Skull that was formerly in the “Sydney Burney Collection.” It is fashioned from a single block of transparent rock crystal, exactly life size; scientists put the date at pre-1800 B.C., and they estimate it took five generations passing from Father to son, to complete. It is anthropologically perfect in every detail, a superb piece of craftsmanship. There is only one other in the world known like it, which is in the British Museum and it is acknowledged to be not so fine as this. The crystal skull remained with Frederick Mitchell-Hedges until his death in 1959, and with his adopted daughter until her death in April 2007. Fictionalized History"The Skull of Doom" Frederick Mitchell-Hedges’s letter to his brother about his new acquisition indicates from the outset that he was not above embellishing a story, even an already good story. It is impossible to know where Mitchell-Hedges got the “pre-1800 B.C.” date, or his tale of five generations of polishers, but six years later, he was claiming to have discovered the crystal skull himself, and not in a London salesroom. On May 31, 1949, Echo, a local Bournemouth paper, reported the existence of a “Skull with an evil eye” in his collection: The remarkable thing about the skull, confided Mr. Mitchell-Hedges, is that scientists are of the opinion that it dates back to 1600 BC and it was made by at least five generations working from father to son to shape it out of a block of rock crystal by rubbing it down with sand! Mr. Mitchell-Hedges found it when he led a British expedition to uncover traces of the lost Maya civilization in Central America in the 1930s. It had been taken by the High Priest into the depths of the Temple where he concentrated on it and willed Death.” In spinning his yarn, Mitchell-Hedges
may here be relying on some information he’s gathered from The Crystal Skull, a popular adventure story written by Jack McLaren in 1936. It features Lyndon Cromer, an ethnologist who supports his research with thievery, and a crystal skull that he steals. A local person in New Guinea sees it and exclaims, “It is the skull of air. The skull of air!” He then tells Cromer that, “He who holds the skull of air so that it looks at another man knows that other man’s life. He knows all about that other man. That is the power that the skull of air gives to him who holds it.” On his part, Cromer envisions the “tremendous interest that the arrival of this crystal skull in London would cause—of the excitement of the British Museum experts, of the meticulous comparings between this newlyfound skull of crystal and the one already there.” Five years after making these amazing claims, Mitchell-Hedges more or less repeated them in his fanciful memoir, Danger My Ally, although minus the part about his having found it in Central America. He writes (1954: p. 240), It is at least 3,600 years old and according to legend was used by the High Priest of the Maya when performing esoteric rights. When the High Priest willed death, with the help of the skull, death inevitably followed. It has been described as the embodiment of evil. I do not wish to try and explain this phenomenon. Had he forgotten about Sotheby’s? When Mitchell-Hedges died in 1959, the crystal skull became the property of his adopted daughter, Anna. This was despite the fact that he may have had two sons, according to various sources. One was named John (aka Bumble) who is described in 1921 as a “crack shot” with pistol and rifle at age six (Times & Directory, April 23, 1921). The other was James, who was living with Mitchell-Hedges in Cape Hatteras in 1936, according to a newspaper account that described him as fighting off an attacking shark at the age of 13 (New York Times, August 26,1936). Anna Mitchell-Hedges, née Anne Marie Le Guillon, claimed to have personally discovered the crystal skull, while accompanying her father on an expedition to Lubaantun. But the story of when and how she found the skull varies with the telling, and range from discovering it beneath the stones of a collapsed altar atop a pyramid to being lowered down into a cave, beneath or inside a pyramid, to retrieve it. These events are detailed in various sources as having taken place in 1924, 1926, 1927, and 1928, in contrast to her father’s version of discovering it somewhere in Central America sometime in the 1930s. I recently found a file of letters Anna Mitchell-Hedges wrote to Frederick Dockstader, then director of the Museum of the American Indian in New York City, between 1964 and 1973. This correspondence is housed in the Cultural Resource Center of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Dockstader initially contacted Anna on March 4, 1964, writing, (Continued on Page 31)
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Continued from Page 29 I was delighted recently to have a visitor who...had just come from a chat with you. This was a welcome opportunity for me to learn that a relative of Mr. Mitchell-Hedges was living. I am taking the liberty of directing this note to you in that regard. Continuing, he wrote that he had exhibited some of the artifacts donated by her father, and that “it would be a distinct honor not only to show you what we have done, but also the degree to which we have made use of the Mitchell-Hedges collection.” Dockstader may have been courting Anna, whom he assumed to be heir to Mitchell-Hedges’s estate, and as her father had donated collections, perhaps he thought the daughter might do the same. Anna responded quickly on March 10, 1964, writing, “I am Sammy of the book, and I together with Jane, father’s secretary, used to accompany father when he came to the museum. Were you there then and do you remember us?” This first letter (OC 276, folder #11) is mostly a four-page typed description of a Russian icon called “The Black Virgin of Kazan,” which was exhibited at the New York World’s Fair. (According to Daniel Loxton, editor of Junior Skeptic, it was a later copy of the original icon.) Anna noted that her father had begun negotiations with San Francisco art dealer Frank Dorland to promote and sell the icon, but “After father passed away Mr. Dorland and I commenced negotiations again and I eventually sent it to the States two years ago.” In almost an afterthought, she adds: When I come out [from England] it is so that I take out the “Skull of Doom,” which was the only thing my father ever kept from any of the expeditions. It is made of pure rock crystal and is over 3,600 years old. I am taking it out so that research may be done on it, and I hope that it too may one day find a home where it will be revered by all who see it. The correspondence includes various typescripts of Anna’s contracts with Dorland, the “Black Virgin of Kazan” promoter, who wrote Anna in November 1963: The Skull of Doom, or perhaps more likely the Skull of Knowledge, as I have said many times before, I would like to handle this art treasure for you...we can launch a programme about the Skull and get your price. (OC 276, folder #11) In July 1964, Anna Mitchell-Hedges signed an agreement with Dorland to promote the skull for its eventual sale with an asking price of not less than $50,000. Three months after the contract was signed, Anna sent Dockstader a typed statement, dated November 1, 1964, which was titled “Mitchell-Hedges Godshead [sic] Skull-Mayan Skull of Divine Mystery.” The written description (OC 276, folder #11) avers that the skull is “estimated by the British Museum to be at least 3000 years old,” and that it “was found by Anna Mitchell-Hedges in British Honduras in 1928 in the ruins of an abandoned Mayan complex.” The document also claims the skull has special powers, including that it wards off “the evil eye and carries protection from heaven, being white crystal and highly polished, it defeats all evils of witchcraft and is a benevolent divine magic dealing with heaven and angelic forces.” Apparently Dorland drew up this document as part of his promotional efforts. My research indicates that it is the first time Anna claims to have found the skull herself. The statement appears to have the intention of establishing a provenience (history and find spot) that could be verified solely by Anna Mitchell-Hedges, since all of the people involved in her adopted father’s expeditions to Lubaantun were dead by then. Dorland’s estimate of age comes presumably from Frederick’s newspaper descriptions, since no source indicates that the British Museum ever estimated the age of the skull. The British Museum’s own crystal skull was previously thought to be Aztec, which if it had been true, would date it to around A.D. 1500, so 500 years old not 3,000. By 1970, Anna Mitchell-Hedges, then 63, and Frank Dorland had a falling out, partly because of publications in which he clearly had a hand that detailed a variety of progressively outlandish claims for the skull and characterized him as its owner and keeper. The exaggerations and mythologies put out by Dorland and his surrogates seem less bothersome to Anna than the reports that the skull belonged to him, and that he still had not found a buyer. At this point Dorland proposed that he and Anna collaborate on a book of their own, to be written by novelist Richard Garvin: I have convinced Dick Garvin (who does sell) it is worth the percentage to you and me and you to furnish the information. This makes it a better book, makes more money all the way around. The skull is not sold, it is put to use in this manner and for public appearances to boost sales and interest. (OC 276, folder #11 3/10/1970) Garvin’s book, The Crystal Skull (1973), reports that “The skull, it is claimed, was discovered rather recently--in the Lubaantun Tomb, part of the abandoned ruins of an enormous Mayan citadel, in British Honduras. The year was 1927” (p. 13). As mentioned earlier, in correspondence and in published sources, the array of years given for the skull’s discovery includes 1924, 1926, 1927, and 1928. “I am a little hazy about the exact date,” Anna wrote in a note to Dockstader, “but we started the expedition in 1926 and left before the rainy season in 1927” (OC 276, folder #11 9.20.1970). Frederick Mitchell-Hedges, in the company of Lady Mable Richmond Brown, spent two very brief stays in Lubaantún, the first in 1924 and the second in 1925. They may possibly have had a third visit in 1926, but it is not entirely clear that they ever returned after 1925. In January 1927, Mitchell-Hedges was supposedly attacked and robbed in Bournemouth of a case with papers and five or six shrunken heads. But the much publicized assault was later proven to be a hoax. In 1928, Mr. Mitchell-Hedges was involved in a libel trial, the result of a suit he had brought against the Daily Express, the newspaper that had exposed the robbery hoax. He lost the suit. A New York Times article (February 15, 1928) noted that: During the cross-examination of Hedges, he was questioned about his
exploration trips by Mr. Jowitt, Daily Express counsel, who sought to throw doubt on some Central American discoveries and adventures related by Hedges and his companion, Lady Richmond Brown. Lord Chief Justice Lore Hewart, in summing up today said to the jury: “You may not think that Mr. Jowitt put the case too high when he said that Mr. Mitchell-Hedges was an imposter.” Frederick Mitchell-Hedges was not at Lubaantun in 1928, nor was Anna. The British Museum archaeologist J. Eric S. Thompson was at the site in 1927 and 1928. Thompson wrote about Mitchell-Hedges in Maya Archaeologist (1963), and his characterization was not flattering (p. 73): He had penetrated the interior of British Honduras to discover this immense mysterious city, which in fact, had been known to archaeologists and European residents since the last century and had been described in print many years before. Worst of all from an archaeological point of view, he had workers build a wall on one of the terraces to make a more impressive photograph. Later he and his collaborator [Lady Richmond Brown] wrote a book, Land of Wonder and Fear; to me the wonder was how he could write such nonsense and fear of how much taller the next yarn would be. Anna eventually settled on the year 1924 for her great find, and specifically on January 1, which was, coincidentally, her 17th birthday. It seems odd that she would initially have such a hazy memory of such a momentous birthday discovery. Her father never mentioned that Anna found the skull, and his 1954 book Danger My Ally was the first account in which he said she even accompanied Lady Richmond Brown and him to British Honduras. According to Mitchell-Hedges’s hometown newspaper, the Daily Mail had received a cable toward the end of March 1924 from the “explorer” to announce, “that, with Dr. T.W.F. Gann, of Liverpool University, the eminent archaeologist and authority on Honduran antiquities, he [Mitchell-Hedges] had discovered the ruins of a vast Maya city in the heart of British Honduras” (March 31, 1924). The paper quotes MitchellHedges’s cable describing the astounding find of a “vast truncated pyramidal mound.... The stone structure reared to a height of 300 feet above the valley.” A January 24, 1931, letter to the New York Times quotes Mitchell-Hedges as having: penetrated a hitherto unknown portion of the hinterland of Panama, discovering a new race of people [in 1922-1923]. In 1924 with Dr. T.W.F. Gann, he discovered the ruins of the vast Maya City of Lubaantún in the interior of British Honduras. He returned there on another expedition in 1925 and commenced the work of clearing and excavating the Maya City. According to the article, the British Museum sent T.A. Joyce with the expedition in 1926 and then took over the work. In response to questions posed by Frank Dorland about the connection of Anna’s father to the Museum of the American Indian, Dockstader wrote: The Skull of Doom Continued on Page 32
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Continued from Page 31 He and Lady Richmond-Brown explored many Middle American areas, collectively and in behalf of the Museum. Some of this was financed by Lady Richmond Brown, some by Dr. Heye, the founder of this museum. (OC 276, folder #11 - 8/11/67) By 1971, Dockstader was thinking about exhibiting the Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull at the Museum of the American Indian, but he was concerned about Phrenology (1970), a book with ties to Dorland, written by Sybil Leek, a British witch. Leek claimed that F.A. MitchellHedges had brought the skull from London to Central America, and that it may originally have belonged to the Knights Templar, whose main temple was in central London. This upset Dockstader, who wrote Anna asking about the skull’s origins. I found no response from her. In March 1972, Dockstader wrote to Anna that the Crystal Skull would be the centerpiece of an exhibition called “The Skull in Indian Art,” but he still had questions: I’ll not beat around the bush. Just recently, J. Eric Thompson heard that the Skull was here at the Museum, and wrote a friend about it, apparently in answer to that friend’s query. In turn, the friend sent Thompson’s comment on to me. It was such a surprise, that I am typing it here.... “The crystal skull was acquired by Mitchell-Hedges in an antique shop in London sometime around 1928 [sic]. The London dealer who owned it was Sidney [sic] Burney. J. J. Braunholz of the British Museum told me he had seen the piece displayed in the shop before Mitch bought it. There was no provenience on the skull--it was generally assumed at that time to have been North Italian. Sometime later Mitchell Hedges published an article about the Skull in a local newspaper in Bournemouth where, I think, he was then living. The story of the skull’s origin in that article was different; I forget the details, but it had nothing to do with Lubaantún. Notes in British Museum files indicate that archaeologists and curators there worried about the director of the Museum of the American Indian exhibiting the skull without knowing its actual history. Although there was a great deal of hesitancy, it would seem, about calling into question the veracity of the Mitchell-Hedges family, the BM’s Eric Thompson apparently found a way to get this information to Dockstader. Anna responded with a “Statement of Fact” on official-looking typed letterhead, “Anna Mitchell-Hedges F.R.G.S., F.L.S.” It reads: The Rock Crystal Skull was discovered by me upon one of my father’s expeditions to Lubaantun during 1926/27. I found the skull itself after we had cleared a very heavy wall, which had fallen on the altar, which we also moved. The rocks were so heavy we were only able to move about 5 or 6 a day, not having the equipment at hand today. It was therefore another three months before I found the jaw, which was about 25 yards away from the skull. This was my father’s expedition therefore the Rock Crystal Skull was his. With us on this expedition was: Lady Richmond Brown
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(deceased); Jane Harvey Houlson (Father’s sec. dec.), Capt. C.C. Joyce (Brit Museum dec); Dr. Gann, Mr. Tuke (British Painter) and myself, beside help. Also father’s brother-in-law Mr. George Hudson who came along to take photographs. (OC 276, folder #11) According to Mitchell-Hedges himself, writing in his 1931 book Land of Wonder and Fear (p. 16), the party who “first discovered” Lubaantun “consisted of Lady Richmond Brown, the late Mr. H.S. Tuke, who came with us in order to depict on canvas the true atmosphere of the tropics, Dr. Thomas Gann, and myself.” Gann, who had actually published notes about the ruins in 1903, presumably led Mitchell-Hedges and his party there in 1924. In his book Mystery Cities; Exploration and Adventure in Lubaantun, published the following year, Gann noted (pp. 128-129) that Frederick Mitchell-Hedges and Lady Brown had arrived a few days ahead of him, but: not knowing either Spanish or Kekchi, had been unable to hire any labour for cleaning bush over the ruins, so had been marking time till I turned up. Both were feeling rather gloomy, as on the previous day Hedges had been obliged to shoot Michael, a pet ape to which they were both very much attached as he had eaten some sort of poisonous irritant leaf in the bush, which brought on diarrhea, vomiting, and intense pain. His end was, however, painless, and he was accorded the honor of burial beneath one of the ancient Maya pyramids of Lubaantun. One would suppose that if Gann saw fit to mention Michael, the couple’s pet monkey, that he would have noted the presence of Mitchell-Hedges’s daughter, Anna, but neither he, nor Mitchell-Hedges, nor Lady Richmond Brown ever mention her in connection with this visit. That is, until Frederick Mitchell-Hedges’ 1954 book Danger My Ally in which he wrote or, perhaps more accurately, rewrote the history of his Lubaantun expeditions. Altogether our excavations extended over three years.... In 1925 Mabs’s [Lady Richmond Brown] place was taken by Jane Harvey Houlson and the following year Sammy, after several years in London, New York and France--where she lived with some of her relatives and, incidentally, learned the art of manicuring and hairdressing--joined us. This was our last visit. As far as I know, no white man has been there since. The above statements are fabrications. Numerous newspaper accounts describe Lady Richmond Brown and Mitchell-Hedges on expeditions from the early 1920s until the early 1930s. She bankrolled nearly all of their travels, she purchased their yacht, Cara, and donated their finds to the Heye Foundation’s Museum of the American Indian. A June 11, 1930, New York Times article noted that Lady Richmond Brown was sued for divorce by her husband, Sir Melville Richmond Brown, naming MitchellHedges as co-respondent. Despite her companion’s marriage to Lillian Agnes (Dolly) Clarke, Mitchell-Hedges and Lady RichmondBrown traveled together for at least a decade. The final split with Midge, as she called him, seems to have occurred when Mabs discovered he’d bigamously married a dancer named Dorothy Copp in New York in 1938. Ms. Copp quickly “divorced” Midge in New Jersey in April 1938, after a life-threatening jungle honeymoon, luridly reported in the Hearst newspapers in May, and written in the same style as Land of Wonder and Fear and Danger My Ally. Within two months of the very public “divorce,” Lady Richmond Brown wrote George Heye, the founder of the Museum of the American Indian, requesting the return of the Cuna collections from Panama that she had donated to his museum. Heye, on a trip to Alaska, responded politely, saying Your letter of June 28 has been forwarded to me here. I must confess at some surprise at its contents, for my impression was that the Indian textiles were a gift to the Museum, and our exhibit of the same has always borne your name as the donor. (OC 138, folder 32 – 7/12/1938) In December of that year, Heye wrote to Mitchell-Hedges, I had a most surprising letter from Lady Richmond Brown...she said she would like the Chucunaque specimens that she lent to the Museum returned,...I had understood that these were a gift. (OC 138, folder 32 – 12/28/1938) Midge responded in a January 16, 1939, letter denouncing his former benefactor, I should ignore the letter from Lady R.B. definitely the entire Chucunaque specimens were a gift from us to the museum. I had no knowledge that Lady R.B. had personally lent, given, or sent, any specimens to your museum. In fact I cannot imagine where she could have collected them. It’s just absurd. This may be why Mitchell-Hedges wrote Lady Richmond Brown out of his recollections of their expeditions after 1925 in Danger My Ally; but since Mabs died in 1946, his version of events would not be contested. Mitchell-Hedges not only recast Lady Richmond Brown’s role in his memoir, but also sought to create more mystery about his Skull of Doom: “How it came into my possession, I have reason for not revealing” (Danger My Ally, p. 243). Anna’s explanation of this statement to Dockstader was that her father bought the skull at Sotheby’s because, The Skull of Doom Continues on Page 33 The ‘X’ Zone - www.xzpneradiotv.com
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Continued from Page 32 Father was wanting to return to Lubaantun, but was short of money and Capt. Joyce introduced him to Mr. Burney. Mr. Burney loaned father money and father left the skull with him as security until he could redeem it.... Then they heard that he had been claiming he found the skull etc and that he had placed it into the sale room...father was livid when he heard this although it had been withdrawn. He repaid Burney with interest and reclaimed the skull.... (OC 276, folder #11 - 9/20/1970) If Joyce introduced Mitchell-Hedges to Burney and if Midge had wanted to join Joyce’s British Museum expedition to Lubaantun, then this would have taken place around 1927. If Burney had lent him the money, then why didn’t Mitchell-Hedges return to Lubaantun? Perhaps this was because of his unsuccessful liable suit? But then, why would he leave the skull for years before reclaiming it by purchasing it at the auction house? Another inconsistency is Anna’s statement that Joyce introduced her father to Burney, since the Official Mitchell-Hedges Website (accessed 11/08) quotes Anna as saying that Mr. Burney was an old school chum of her father’s. If the story about her father buying back his very own (or Anna’s very own) artifact were true, why wouldn’t he mention this fact in the proud announcement to his own brother? He reports on the collection that “grows and grows and grows,” and tells his brother that the newest acquisition is a crystal skull from the Sydney Burney collection. He mentions the skull’s close relative in the British Museum, but says nothing about Lubaantun, nor that he thinks it is Maya. Just the Facts The Mitchell-Hedges (formerly Burney) quartz skull is modern, like every rock crystal skull that has been examined so far (Sax 2008, 2009; Walsh 1997, 2008). I believe this one can rightly be called a fake, since it is almost surely an improved version of the British Museum skull, making it a copy of an invented artifact. As such, it was intended to deceive. Documentary evidence indicates that it first appeared in London early in 1933. According to its owner, Sydney Burney, it came from Mexico, the same provenience as that supplied for the British Museum one. The British Museum crystal skull first appeared in 1881 in Eugène Boban’s Paris shop (Boban 1881; Walsh 1997). He later exhibited it and attempted to sell it in Mexico City in 1885 as an Aztec skull. The skull was denounced by a Mexican museum curator as a fake, which caused Boban to move his business to New York City, where he successfully sold it at auction to Tiffany & Co. (Boban 1886; New York Times, December 19, 1886; Walsh 1997). The British Museum purchased it in 1898, and exhibited it from that point on. Judging from the date the MitchellHedges skull first appeared, along with the evidence provided by the SEM study, it is reasonable to suspect that it was carved in Europe, copied from the British Museum skull sometime between 1900 and the early 1930s, with the most probable date being closer to the latter. We do not know who created it or who sold it to Burney. Boban had been dead for more than two decades by 1933, so he cannot be implicated with it. Sydney Burney finally sold the skull at a Sotheby’s London auction to Mitchell-Hedges on October 15, 1943. Anna’s stories of finding the crystal skull under an altar at Lubaantún, or inside a deep hole or cave beneath or inside of the pyramid, were her own inventions, starting in 1964, as part of a joint promotion of the skull in which she engaged the assistance of Frank Dorland. Her confusion of dates is not the product of a faulty memory, but rather, I believe, because Anna was never at Lubaantún before she was taken there for a film in the 1990s. I believe Anna settled on the 1924 date sometime in the 1980s, since in the 1970s she was still claiming to have found it in 1926 or 1927, occasionally 1928. The earlier date would have been a more likely one since her father actually visited the site that year. The mythology that has grown up surrounding the Mitchell-Hedges Godshead Skull, Skull of Doom, Skull of Knowledge, or the Skull of Love (as it is now called on the Official Mitchell-Hedges Website) is the invention of three people--Frederick MitchellHedges, followed by Anna Mitchell-Hedges and Frank Dorland. But the mythology now includes many more promoters, all of whom profit from the gullibility and enthusiasm of crystal devotees and New Age practitioners. Frederick A. Mitchell-Hedges spent a good deal of his life as a deep-sea fisherman. He wrote at least two books and numerous articles about fishing. Stories about fish that got away are legendary, but Mitchell-Hedges took even fish stories to a new level. He usually referred to this hobby as “deep sea research,” and apparently supplemented his income by selling tales of giant fish, sea monsters, and man-eating sharks to the Hearst newspaper chain. He made weekend trips to Carribean islands, where he claimed to have found sunken continents and lost tribes or explored territories unseen by white men, while he battled with fish the size of whales and experienced constant lifethreatening terrors. The dramatic stories of danger and discovery are a regular feature of his writings, and the same is true in the published accounts by his companion, Lady RichmondBrown, and his secretary, Jane Harvey Houlson. It is not surprising that his adopted daughter would carry on this tradition. Now, after Anna Mitchell-Hedges’s long life has passed, her widower, Bill Homan, has taken it upon himself to carry on the family business. F.A. Mitchell-Hedges’s 1931 book, Land of Wonder and Fear, was favorably reviewed in the New York Times, which might give us some idea about the state of geographical and cultural knowledge of many North Americans at the time. There were more cosmopolitan readers, however, with one in particular writing to protest the review. Henry Wells Durham, a resident of Guatemala City provided an informed and spirited description of Mitchell-Hedges and the area he claimed no white man had ever penetrated. I quote it here in its entirety. Now that exploring has become a “racket” for the exploitation of complacent founders of foundations, and the writing about it a source of income for the facile scribbler in
pseudo-science who supplies an alternative to the readers gorged with best sellers, the encountering of one more of the wonder tales occasions no surprise; but it is a matter of astonishment to find a publication of the standing of the TIMES Book Review taken in by the recent published book of F.A. MitchellHedges. Of course, at present, the Maya field is being worked industriously by every writer who takes the tourist route through Central America. No doubt Mitchell-Hedges and his traveling companion visited some of the ruins, known to Dr. Gann, but your reviewer’s extracts referring to the vast unbroken jungle stretches through the less known parts of Guatemala, San Salvador (actually the capital city of the republic of El Salvador), Spanish Honduras and Nicaragua to Panama would give a moment’s passing amusement to the coffee and sugar planters, the cattle owners, the politicians, soldiers and adventurers of all races, who, in addition to the native Indian, have passed their lives in this region since the time of the Conquistadores, and particularly to the present inhabitants who saw the [Mitchell-Hedges] expedition traversing so much of the jungle by motor, chair-car and steamship. If Quirigua and Totonicapan are jungles, so is Bronx Park. The former is passed by railroad from here to Puerto Barrios, and the latter can be reached by motor car in a few hours. Santiago Volcano is a small crater near Managua, and the journey to the top takes two or three hours by motor, followed by an hour or two on horseback. Finally, the Nicaragua revolution to which reference is made, was viewed by the Mitchell-Hedges party from a distance of several hundred miles, in the capital city of Managua, where they were lodged at the principal hotel, and were entertained at a tea dance by the President. The most revolutionary activity they saw was the sewering and paving of the city, then being initiated under the writer’s direction. Conclusion Analysis of the Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull using SEM leaves little doubt that this object was carved and polished using modern, high-speed, diamond-coated, rotary, cutting and polishing tools of minute dimensions. This technology is certainly not pre-Columbian. I believe it is decidedly 20th century. The similarities between the Mitchell-Hedges skull and the British Museum skull suggest that the former is an improved copy of the latter. The recently published SEM study of the British Museum skull additionally suggests it was probably carved within a decade of the date it was first offered for sale in 1881 (Sax, Walsh, et al. 2008: p. 2759). It is not unreasonable to conclude that the Mitchell-Hedges skull, which first appeared in 1933, was also created within short time of its debut. (Continued on Page 34) THE ‘X’ ZONE RADIO & TV SHOW Heard Around The World AM / FM Radio, Satellite, Cable, Television, Internet Audio / Video Streaming www.xzoneradiotv.com
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Continued from Page 33 Frederick A. Mitchell-Hedges began an association with a California art dealer named Frank Dorland in the 1950s to promote and sell an icon he called the Black Virgin of Kazan, which later turned out to be a copy. Anna Mitchell-Hedges continued this relationship after her father died in 1959, ultimately agreeing to Dorland’s proposal to “launch a program about the [crystal] Skull and get your price” (11/25/1963). A number of wildly speculative publications resulted from this promotion. One, Phrenology (1970), suggested the skull had belonged to the Knights Templar and was taken to British Honduras by MitchellHedges. Another, Ambrose Bierce, F.A. Mitchell-Hedges and the Crystal Skull (1973), claimed that Bierce, a journalist who disappeared in Mexico in 1913, and MitchellHedges had stolen the skull when they were both fighting alongside Pancho Villa. Later, Dorland hired the novelist Richard Garvin to write The Crystal Skull that had Anna MitchellHedges herself discovering the skull inside of a Maya pyramid at Lubanntun. Eventually, I believe that Anna attempted to legitimize this object through its exhibition in a respected museum—the Museum of the American Indian. The correspondence between Frederick Dockstader, director of the Museum of the American Indian, and Anna Mitchell-Hedges clearly demonstrates how the process of legitimizing objects with potential mass appeal but dubious authenticity and provenience works. In their letters, each seemed to flatter the other to achieve their own separate, though similar, ends: to increase visitation to the museum and to enhance the status of the crystal skull. Despite the Museum of the American Indian director’s long-held suspicions about the skull, not to mention the warnings from wellmeaning colleagues, the Mitchell-Hedges skull was, in fact, exhibited in New York for an extended run. That exhibition endowed the skull with a legitimacy that it had not had previously. Following the exhibition and the publication of the Garvin book in 1973, the Skull of Doom’s owner launched her long career as keeper of the ever more mysterious object, whose extraordinary powers, like her father’s claims and collections, grew and grew and grew. In Danger My Ally, Frederick MitchellHedges warned that the skull was “the embodiment of all evil” and that “several people who have cynically laughed at it have died, others have been stricken and become seriously ill” (1954: p. 240). Clearly, we should not believe everything we read, and, ultimately, we must be brave and tell the truth. The MitchellHedges crystal skull is not ancient; not even very old. It was probably made in Europe in the 20th century, and was not polished for five generations. It is not powerful, not scary and not at all what it purports to be. References"The Skull of Doom" Books and journal articles - Boban, E., Catalogue Scientifiques. 1881 D'ouvrages
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- The Boban Collection; Antiquities, Curios and Coins. 1886 - Digby, A., “Comments on the Morphological Comparison of Two Crystal Skulls,” Man A Monthly Record of Anthropological Science, 36 (1936), pp. 107-109 - Gann, T., Mystery Cities; Explorations and Adventure in Lubaantun. 1927 - Maya Cities; A Record of Exploration and Adventure in Middle America. 1928 - Garvin, R., The Crystal Skull. 1973 - K., H., “South Sea Mystery” (review of J. McLaren, The Crystal Skull), Globe newspaper, 1936 - Houlson, J., Blue Blaze. 1934 - Leek, S., Phrenology. 1970 - McLaren, J., The Crystal Skull, pp. 278- 438 in Four Thrilling Adventure Novels. 1936 - Marsden, J., “Skullduggery 2: A Tale of Two Fellows,” The Linnean 23:2 (2007), pp. 23-27 - Mitchell-Hedges, F., Danger My Ally. 1954 - Land of Wonder and Fear. 1931 - Morant, G., “A Morphological Comparison of Two Crystal Skulls,” Man A Monthly Record of Anthropological Science, 36 (1936), pp. 105107 - Richmond Brown, M., Unknown Tribes Uncharted Seas. 1924 - Sax, M., J.M. Walsh, I.C. Freestone, A. Rankin, and N.D. Meeks, “The origin of two quartz crystal skulls and pre-Columbian lapidary technology,” Journal of Archaeological Science 35:10 (2008), pp. 2751-2760 - Thompson, J., Maya Archaeologist. 1963 - Walsh, J., “Crystal Skulls and Other Problems,” pp. 116-139 in A. Henderson and A. Kaeppler, eds, Exhibiting Dilemmas; Issues of Representation at the Smithsonian, 1997 - “The Dumbarton Oaks Tlazolteotl; Looking Beneath the Surface,” Journal de la Société des Americanistes vol: number (2008), pp. XX-XX Archival Records - National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Archives, Museum of the American
Indian (MAI) Records, Box 138, Folder #32 and Box 276, folder 11 - Burney, S., Letter to the director of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), 2/17/1930 Newspaper accounts - Art Newspaper, various editions, 2007 - Atlanta Constitution, “Dorothy Copp MitchellHedges…legal separation” (5/8/1938), “My Mad Honeymoon in a Jungle Inferno” (4/11/1938) - Bournemouth Echo, “The Skull with an Evil Eye” (3/31/1949) - Bournemouth Times & Directory, “An Explorer's Home” (4/23/1921) - New York Times, letter to editor by H.W. Durham (7/31/1932), “Boys battle sharks, Capture 11-footer” (8/26/1936), “Lady Richmond Brown, noted explorer, 63” (10/5/1946) ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jane MacLaren Walsh is an anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Using her expertise in Mexican archaeological collections, she is seeking to understand how museum collections are formed, and what artifacts, including fake artifacts, can tell us about the evolution of our knowledge and understanding of other cultures.
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CHLOE JON PAUL
Entering the Age of Elegance
by Chloe Jon Paul Thirty-eight million baby boomer women have already entered the Age of Elegance, which is a new stage of life with a new identity. More will follow; yet many of these 40+ women are making this journey without any real advance planning. Many of them don't even think of themselves as 'elegant' but this transition into the second half of their lives can take place with style and grace. Thanks to Chloe Jon Paul, women finally have a practical guide to planning their fabulous journey into their Age of Elegance. Pack your bag and travel wisely and well as a maturing modern woman. You won't find a better road map anywhere to help you through the sometimes confusing labyrinth of second adulthood. Give this book to friends, family, and even the men in your life. Let them travel with you. You will be glad you did. -Dr. Dorree Lynn, Psychologist, Media Personality, Founder/Editor of www.FiftyandFurthermore.com Chloe Jon Paul, M.Ed., is a retired educator and writer of several published articles and a previous book entitled "What Happens Next: A Family Guide to Nursing Home Visits" and More... Her many achievements since the age of 55 include: * Title of Ms. Maryland Senior America 2003; *Recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship Seminars Abroad award to South Africa, 1996; *Volunteer internship during the 2005 Maryland legislative session as a Legacy Leadership Institute graduate; *Lead facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project in prison and community workshops on conflict resolution for ten years; * State representative for the National Family Caregivers Association's caregiver community action network 2006-2008; * Advisory board member: MD, Healthcare Commission and the Interagency Commission for Aging Services: Maryland Dept. of Aging; * Hospice and homeless shelter volunteer; * Coordinator for the Good Samaritan Project at her church; * World traveler - all 7 continents.
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By Christian Jennings
Predicting the End of Time
desire for answers to life's big questions. "The truth is we want control, we want to know. But no one knows the day or the hour, not even the angels." But did the Mayans know? Some still say the answer is yes, and life-changing secrets are hidden deep within their ruins. And of course others find any and all apocalyptic predictions…rubbish. Either way, our fascination with predicting the end of time remains. And if 2012 too proves to be a false prediction, there are sure to be many more until the 'real end' arrives. Solar flares, huge cracks in the Earth large enough to swallow skyscrapers, and massive tidal waves… it's all a part of the onscreen global chaos seen in the movie '2012'. The prophecy is based on one of the Mayan calendars. It began more than 5,000 years ago, and is set to end in the year 2012. "It's a concern of course. I want to live out my life," said Angie Kearbey. "Anytime there is some prediction I get nervous, that's how I am." But those who study the Mayan culture like Dougherty county school teachers Bryan Collier and Jack Clay aren't buying into what they call a 'hype' based on very little facts. "The Mayans today don't place much emphases on this, or Westerners are coming in saying 'this is what it means to us,'" said Clay. "Really for the Mayans the end of the long calendar was just the start of a new calendar. We know they believed there was a long count before, and that kind of implies there would be time after that," said Collier. Only it's hard to know for sure because most of the Mayan temples were destroyed when the Spanish conquered the ancient civilization in the 1400s. "Nobody can come up with a good consensus as to what they truly believed," said Collier. But Methodist Pastor Mike Lyons DOES know what he believes, and it has nothing to do with the Mayans. "He'll come like a thief in the night and there will be a sense of shock and awe about his appearance." Pastor Lyons tells his congregation to live everyday like Jesus is coming tomorrow. He says no one can predict the end of the world as we know it, and he has scripture to back up his beliefs. "It talks about the return of Christ and it says nobody will know the day or the hour." Although most Christians don't try and predict an exact day and year like December 21st, 2012, they do believe the final days are among us. "There are biblical passages that tell us how we will know the end of times. There will be earthquakes, wars, etc. So we are having some of those things," said Horton. She's referring to the many passages in the Christian Bible that speak of earthquakes, like Matthew 24:7 which reads, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and earthquakes in various places." "I think that has something to do with it, now they're more prevalent than ever," said Peterkin. A graph which shows the number of deadly and destructive Earthquakes with Magnitudes 6 to 8 between 1900 and 2008. The graph shows a drastic increase in earthquakes since the year 2000, and that's not including the most recent ones in China, Chile, and Haiti. And scenes like this scare people. "I think the end of time will be in my lifetime," said Peterkin. But many professors say there are scientific explanations to explain the increase in earthquake activity. "Constant changes are guaranteed in nature :14:28 The global warming seems to be releasing pressure. So when you melt ice, the pressure is released then we can be having earthquakes." said Dr. Babatunde Abayomi, ASU Professor. Although reasons behind end of time predictions vary, one thing is clear. People everywhere are fascinated with the subject. Widespread interest in the subject is made clear by simply looking at a bookshelf At Books A Million. Dozens of 2012 books are for sale. There is even an Idiot's Guide for 2012. When we did a search on google.com for 2012 and the end of times, we got 44 million hits. And on YouTube we found 46 thousand clips warning viewers about their fate. "People have sold their houses, their cars, gotten rid of their material things and we're still here. I've lived through decades of them," said Horton. So is it really just a big 'hype' for nothing, similar to Y2K. Or is there truth behind the prophecies… it may sound cliche , but only time will tell the answers to one of life's greatest mysteries and finally put an end to predicting the end of time. Other apocalyptic predictions were made in the year 2007, 2000, 1988, and many other years where authors and movie makers cashed in on their theories. We did a Google search for 2012 and the end of the world and got 40 million hits. There are thousands more clips on You Tube too. CHECKOUT THE ALL NEW ‘X’ ZONE STORE FOR YOUR ‘X’ ZONE RADIO & TV SHOW AND PARAGATORS GEAR!
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Is it possible to foretell the future and predict when the world as we know it will come to an end? Some people believe it is and that life's most sought out answers are hidden deep within ancient Mayan Ruins built thousands of years ago. Others believe film makers and authors are cashing-in on the hype with movies like the latest blockbuster hit, '2012'. It's one of life's greatest mysteries. When will the world as we know it come to an end? And when it's near, will there be catastrophic signs? "I think the end of time will be in my lifetime," said Hurdie Peterkin. According to some researchers, Peterkin may be right. In fact, many believe the apocalypse will happen soon; in the year 2012 in fact. Some theorists even pinpoint doomsday to December 21st, 2012, when the earth and sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way Galaxy. "Some believe it's going to be an age of new spirituality, others believe it will be the end of the world," said Jack Clay of the Dougherty County School System. Believers in the 2012 apocalypse theory point to the ancient Mayan culture. The advanced civilization reached its height from 200 to 900 AD and is known for its intricate architecture, astronomical expertise, and sophisticated calendars. Their longest cyclical calendar began approximately 5,125 years ago and is set to end in 2012. But is the end of their calendar, like the end of ours, signifying simply the start of a new one? Or does it hold a greater significance… is it the end of humanity? "There was a temple that is reported to have specific details about what the Mayans feel like the end of the world was going to be like. But that temple was destroyed," Bryan Collier of the Dougherty County School System. "There are a lot of good researchers that have done a lot of talking about this and even then nobody can come up with a good consensus as to what they truly believed," said Collier. Angie Kearbey is and always has been apprehensive about December 21st, 2012. "I'll be nervous, I'll be glad when the day is past." She says anytime a prediction is made about the end of the world, she gets a little antsy. "When it was 1999 I was very nervous then too." She's referring to Y2K, when some people feared the world would come to a halt when the clock struck midnight in the year 2000. In 1988, when the book 88 Reasons Why the Rapture is in 1988 hit the shelves, the nation panicked, too. And the timeline of failed end of world predictions could go on and on. "Throughout the years I hear people talk about this, that THIS could be the end," said Leesburg First Methodist Pastor Mike Lyons. Religious leaders like Lyons aren't buying into what they call a "hype". Pastor Lyons says authors and movie makers are cashing in, and taking advantage of the public's
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Mike M Joseph - www.mikemjoseph.com
SORRY...! THERE IS NO AFTERLIFE: NONE GOES TO HEAVEN OR HELL
All religions believe in an afterlife existence – immediately after death. All believe in the immortality of the soul. Some believe in reincarnation. Jews, Christians, and Muslims believe that good people will go to Heaven, evil ones will go to Hell. Many devout Jews pray to their Saints in Heaven. Catholics pray to their Saints, especially to Mary -- “The Queen of Heaven.” Protestants pray to their loved ones in Heaven. Devout Muslims believe that their Prophet Muhammad ascended up to Heaven from Jerusalem. They regard this city as the third holiest place to Islam. As a consequence, much of the Jew/Arab conflict centers over the holiness of the City to both Jews and Muslims -- and the alleged “Temple Mount” true location. Fanatic Muslim terrorists believe the road to Paradise as Shahids, immediately after death, must be paved over the body parts of their indiscriminate victims. According to Iran’s president, Ahmadinejad, the purpose of the revolution and nuclear Iran is to prepare for the imminent return of the Mahdi, the twelfth Imam. Hence Israel must be destroyed, the West must be subjugated, and the rest of the world must submit to the coming Mahdi’s “reign of peace on earth.” If the belief in an afterlife -- immediately after death -- is true, then both the Bible and the Qur’an should fully confirm it in plain words. But what if they, instead, contradict it? What if God, Jesus, and Muhammad are not the source of this doctrine? What if the doctrine of an afterlife immediately after death is a hoax? What if man has no immortal soul? In the pages of this book, the unbiased reader will discover the real story about the afterlife, the true destiny of humanity, the true location of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and its link to the afterlife.
www.mikemjoseph.com MIDDLE EAST: Blueprint For the Final Solution The Coming Fall and Rise of Western Democracy
The Middle East conflict originated, literally, in the womb of a beautiful woman –Rebekah, Isaac’s wife. Her ‘struggling’ twins, from their mother’s womb, have often engaged in a love/hate embrace, scorching their lands with periodic eruptions of bloody conflicts. Their descendants, though gradually lost their identity, have spread their struggle for ‘the global inheritance’ into Europe, the Americas, and elsewhere. The march of Islam, of Muhammad,“the man of the sword”; the present Jew/arab conflict; the Persian Gulf menace; fanatic Islamic world terrorism and their main target – the West – are a direct result of the twins’ struggle, which begun while in their mother’s womb. Human history and its future can’t be fully comprehended without correct understanding of the roots and turbulent history of the struggling twins. You, the reader, are destined, regardless of your ethnic background and religion, to soon experience the final consequences and glorious triumph of this age-long bloody conflict. Through the pages of this work the author takes you on a fascinating journey of the Biblical and historic records, which faithfully traced the stormy blazing trails of ‘the struggling twins,’from the inception of the conflict to its glorious ‘final solution.’
www.mikemjoseph.com Conspiracy Against Divine Sexuality It All Started in Eden by MORAN M JUDSON
Whether you believe in a Creator or not, human sexuality affects every layer of your spirit and life. You are either ‘tickled’ to your heart’s delights by the streams of fiery passions of your sexuality, or are aimlessly drifting through the doldrums of the monotonous waves of life -as a shipwreck. In this graphic and honest discussion on the complexity and history of human sexuality and its purpose and impact on us all, the author is boldly delving into this stormy topic with these aims in mind: How did it all start and where to find the answers? Was there an original pure teaching of this dynamic human phenomenon? Who was interested in ‘fouling the atmosphere’ of human sexuality? How and by whom was it perpetuated on innocent lives throughout history? What were the results of this “conspiracy” on you personally? How to reverse it? What is “The Song of Solomon” the master lover all about, and how to achieve the ideal spiritual and sexual intercourse? In this work, the Biblical and historic narratives concerning human sexuality will enlighten us, one step at a time, until we reach the sparkling and inviting lights at the end of our sexual journey.
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When Technology Fails
WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE? DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
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Knowledge is power, and When Technology Fails is the “Bible” for disaster prep, self-reliance and survival combined with sustainable and healthy living. When things fall apart, whether it is a temporary glitch, or a longer term melt-down, this is the single most valuable “how-to” reference you could have on hand. Very cheap insurance for uncertain times! About Matthew Stein:
Matthew Stein is an author, engineer, and licensed building contractor. As the owner of Stein Design & Construction, he has built hurricane resistant, energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes. The mechanical engineering side of his firm specializes in product design and development. Matthew Stein is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he majored in Mechanical Engineering. In recognition of his expertise, Matthew Stein has appeared on numerous radio and television programs and has been a repeat guest on many shows, including the Thom Hartmann Show, Lionel, Fox News, MSNBC and Coast-to-Coast AM. He has also written several articles on the subject of sustainable living and is a guest columnist for the Huffington Post. Matthew Stein has been an active outdoorsman since he was a small child, an extreme skier and climber (over a hundred Yosemite Valley ascents including several El Capitan and Half Dome big walls), and serves as a guide and instructor for blind skiers with the Ski for Light cross-country program. Stein currently resides with his wife Josie in the High Sierra Mountains near Lake Tahoe, California.
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Curosity, Imagination and Science: A Personal Journey by an Unusual Mind
D AV I D
S T R U M F E L S
An engaging and insightful discussion awaits all readers in
Author David Strumfels talks about the universe, existence, civilization and the nature of mankind.
WONDERING ABOUT is a comprehensive guide that discusses man’s everlasting struggle to learn what his place in the universe is and what the true purpose of his existence is all about. By dealing with the many forms of science and humanity, this release also serves as an intellectual autobiography – an expedition through author David Strumfels’ mind and his life as a human being. Through the author’s views, readers will learn many relevant things such as the development of civilization through the ages, how science helped mankind make many crucial discoveries about the universe, why people’s curiosity and imagination never gets satisfied, and much more. WONDERING ABOUT promises to push the reader’s reason and thinking to the edge. About the Author David J. Strumfels lives and writes with his wife and two amazing (to him, at least) children in Philadelphia, PA. Actually, his wife is amazing too, as she is a Vietnamese “boat person” who grew up in war and Communist conquest of her land, and was fortunate enough to survive the many ordeals she has gone through. Although he has been to Vietnam as a tourist, in 1999, he met his wife at a local community college in 1981.
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Nostradamus and 2012
The following is taken from The Essential Nostradamus just published by Tarcher If you were to take the years that have been earmarked as the due date for the End Times, you would find few over the last two millennia that have avoided this peculiar honor. The twelfth-century Italian prophet Joachim of Fiore contended that the year 1280 would mark the dawn of the Era of the Holy Spirit, the dawn of spiritual freedom for all. William Miller, a self-educated preacher in early nineteenthcentury New York state, predicted on the basis of his intricate scrutiny of biblical texts that Christ would return sometime between March 21, 1843, and March 21, 1844. Although his followers were disappointed, they regrouped to form the various Adventist denominations that still survive today. In the late nineteenth century, Charles Taze Russell, a Pittsburgh haberdasher who delved into scriptural mysteries, claimed that 1874 marked the 6000th year of man's creation and would inaugurate the Time of the End. Leaving a forty-year "harvest" period brought the target date to 1914. The events of that year seemed at first to prove Russell right, but, at his death in 1916, the Armageddon-like carnage of World War I was still continuing without any providential rescue. After the war had come and gone, Russell's followers, known as Bible Students, decided that 1914 was the beginning of the end. The largest segment of these (renamed Jehovah's Witnesses in 1931) later pointed toward a date of 1975, which their revised calculations indicated was the real 6000th year of man's creation. But this year passed without any serious damage to the heavens or the earth. At the end of the twentieth century, Nostradamus's date of 1999 was greeted with some apprehension, but, it too, proved to be like any other year. New Age prophecy, which has retained the habit of apocalyptic speculation while detaching it from the Bible, is now looking toward 2012. It's curiously appropriate that the best article I have read about the 2012 phenomenon appears on a website called Cracked.com. Written by Luis Prada, it is entitled "The Six Best 2012 Apocalypse Theories (and Why They Are All Bullshit)." Prada writes, "You may have noticed a recent trend of trying to fit every hackneyed doomsday prophecy into the same red- letter year of 2012. The theories are obtuse, their connections are flimsy and the perceived consequences are completely unsubstantiated. Unsurprisingly, these prophecies are enormously popular." Prada's number one theory is credited to Nostradamus. But Nostradamus makes no reference to the year 2012 in any of his prophecies. Furthermore, when he does mention dates in the future -- 1580, 1609, 1703, 1999 -they are almost always years in which nothing of any great moment occurred. Why, then, has he been connected with 2012? There is, frankly, no good reason. It is simply that Nostradamus has become associated with apocalyptic prophecies as a whole as Prada puts it, "No one else in history has caused more people to stockpile Spam in their bomb shelters" and so has the year 2012, so it was inevitable that the
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two would be connected. Then there is the History Channel. Discovering that its most successful shows were not the ones that delved into the saga of the Kentucky rifle or the air tactics of the Third Reich, the network began producing specials on more exotic subjects such as Nostradamus and 2012. Here is the network's own write-up of its show Doomsday 2012: The End of Days: "A surprising number of prophets from ancient oracles to contemporary Internet-crawling software 'bots' point to December 21, 2012 as the End of Days." And for "Nostradamus 2012," we are told, "December 21, 2012 is bearing down on us with alarming speed. Whether or not we are able to collectively heed the warnings and affect a course to avert disaster may be the defining moment of the modern age." Presumably the "may" provides an out in case we don't have to heed the warnings after all. These documentaries have, of course, attracted critics. John Major Jenkins, author of Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, described the 2006 History Channel program Decoding the Past: Mayan Doomsday Prophecy (for which he was interviewed) as "45 minutes of unabashed doomsday hype and the worst kind of inane sensationalism." I doubt the History Channel will be dismayed by such characterizations certainly not as long as the ratings hold. I have appeared on some of these shows myself, and I can testify that the producers offscreen asking me the questions sometimes have trouble keeping a straight face. All this said, these programs would not get such high ratings unless they met a need in the collective psyche. The thought of doomsday generates a weird pleasure in those probably including all of us who feel a deep ambivalence about advanced civilization. We are the creations of this civilization; we could scarcely survive for a week outside the shade of its umbrella; but it is so exacting and artificial that we often find ourselves hating and resenting it. Fantasizing about apocalypse offers a way, even if it is an unsatisfying way, of reconciling these contradictions in ourselves. But why 2012? Popularizing this year as a target date for apocalypse (or universal spiritual renewal) was originally the work of Valum Votan, or, as he is more commonly known, José Argüelles, the alleged "closer of the cycle and messenger of the new time." Argüelles is best known as the prophet of the Harmonic Convergence of August 16-17, 1987, which attracted tremendous attention worldwide and is generally reckoned as the point at which the New Age entered mass culture an outcome that did not please Argüelles. As he told me in a 1998 interview, "It was the beginning of the New Age as commercial marketing, which was anything but our intention." At any rate, from his interpretation of the extraordinarily intricate Mayan calendar (or calendars -- there are apparently seventeen different ones), Argüelles contended that August 16, 1987, marked the end of a "hell cycle" for this planet and that the next five years would be a time of cleansing in preparation for the dawning of a new era on December 21, 2012. Argüelles explains: "In 2012, the Earth will be in a condition of rapid, unprecedented evolution and change due to the enlightenment of the human species for having returned to living according to the natural 13:20 cycles of time . . . . The oneness of humanity will be the result of the universal telepathy reawakened by returning to the natural cycles. Because of this fact, there will no longer be any need of government, and humanity will have abandoned industrial technology for the development of spiritual, telepathic fourthdimensional technologies. Creature comfort needs will be supplied by applications of solar and telepathic crystal technologies. The human race will be living and fulfilling UR, the Universal Religion on Earth. The order of reality will be known as the Dominion of Time. Everyone will be getting ready for the great moment of galactic synchronization, July 26, 2013, Yellow Galactic Seed, the completion of the telepathic construction of Timeship Earth 2013 and the advent of the Planetary Manitou, the galactic brain on Earth." Arguelles urges the world to adopt the Mayan calendar, which is based on a beneficent "13:20" proportion -- the Mayan tzolkin cycle is 260 days or 20 times 13 instead of the pernicious "Babylonian" calendar, based on a "12:60" rhythm (with twelve months in a year), which, he contends, has warped and damaged human consciousness. Argüelles's ideas do not necessarily become clearer with further explanation. A more lucid account is provided by John Major Jenkins, who says that December 21, 2012, will be the day on which the point of the sun's rising at the winter solstice coincides with the "Dark Rift" of the Milky Way, a gap in the galaxy as seen from the earth. The Mayans were aware of this "galactic alignment," as Jenkins calls it, and believed that it portended a renewal and transformation of the age." Still another 2012 prophet is the late Terence McKenna, who in the 1990s replaced Timothy Leary as the pope of psychedelia. Making his own hypercomplicated calculations using the I Ching, he arrived at a date for the dawning of a historic "singularity" in midNovember, 2012, but changed it to the Mayan date when he learned of that. These speculations dovetail with a widespread expectation that we are entering the age of Aquarius, although the date of this occurrence is far more tenuous. Again, it has to do with the point of the sun's rising -- in this case at the vernal equinox. Over the last 2,150 years (this figure is vague, as is its starting point), the sun has risen on March 21 with Pisces in the background. At some point it will rise, or has already started to rise, with Aquarius in the background: that will mark the dawning of the age of Aquarius. The dates for this event are unclear because there is no clear line between the zones of Pisces and Aquarius in the sky. Dates I have seen range from a.d. 1600 to 2500; C. G. Jung, in his work Aion, which deals in depth with the symbolism of Pisces, suggested that it might begin in 1997, for intricate astronomical reasons.
Part II of Nostradamus and 2012 will be in the June 2010 Edition of The ’X’ Chronicles
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Damned & Natalie Locke
"Fascinating and simultaneously disturbing," Father Paul Keenan, author of Elisha's Jars
"If you're worried about the evil eye, think you have bad karma or that someone has put the hoodoo on you... this book is worth more than a big mojo bag filled with good luck charms anyday!" Timothy Beckley, ConspiracyJournal.com "By far, Shelley's best work ever!!! Simple in approach, chilling in delivery, the true life spine tingling tales in "Damned" are down right disturbing yet eerily enlightening. After reading, be prepared to spend a sleepless night with only your thoughts and goosebumps to keep you company." Keith Sniadach, screenwriter, The Gatekeeper Are You Blessed, Cursed or Just Lucky? That’s the question Dr Kaehr asked her mailing list several years ago, assuming they would all feel like she does – incredibly blessed. Unbelievably, the answer she received turned out entirely different. 80% of respondents said they were cursed beyond repair and the stories they told were so fascinating, she included them in her latest book, Damned: True Tales of the Cursed, Hexed and Bewitched. She believes we get what we think about, so the book also discusses the counseling work she did to assist these cursed souls in creating happier lives. For more information and insight visit her website at....
NATALIE LOCKE & THE SHAPESHIFTER
On her way to a weekend ski vacation, Natalie Locke is involved in a head-on collision on a snowy highway and finds herself traveling through the space between life and death, where she sees a Native American man who visited her rock shop earlier that day. Lone Eagle went to Locke’s Rocks in Albuquerque to find an important tribal artifact and return it to his father, Chief Looking Elk. Before the elderly chief passes away, he makes Lone Eagle promise one thing – to teach Natalie the ways of their tribe. There’s only one problem – Natalie suffered a coma from her injuries. Now, Lone Eagle must use his medicine as a Native American Shapeshifter to travel between worlds and help the girl get home. In the process, he learns a dark secret, and the painful past he shares with the Locke family threatens to destroy his tribal legacy. Will Natalie wake up and return to the world of the living? And if so, can she forgive Lone Eagle's father for the past they share, and ultimately accept the gifts of healing and prophecy that await her? For more information on Leah Leonard and her other books visit...
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Faces of the Universe --- Sacred Images
Faces of the Universe --- Sacred Images
What are the Clouds, Rocks and Sidewalks Images Telling Us?
Do you look at the clouds and see images of horses, dragons, angels, aliens, and even parents with their children? When we open our eyes to see other dimensions, we may see faces in the clouds, creatures in sidewalks and rocks, and even paranormal occurrences. Tom does, and he even has convincing photographs of such events. What are these messages telling us? What is their purpose? Perhaps they are "proof" of angels who want us to recognize "unconditional love" for everything in existence. Perhaps they are simple messages to remind us that we are not alone on this planet or in this universe. Or that we should slow down and appreciate our planet more. Perhaps they are tools to sharpen our awareness and guide us further in evolving our souls. Author, Tom Lumbrazo dares to share his truth of a world of many dimensions, offering us proof of those dimensions in his beautiful photographs. Tom Lumbrazo sees messages in the images and shapes he sees around him. He shares these messages through incredible photographs of the sky in his new book, "Faces of the Universe---Sacred Images" and through his 2009 book, "Journey to the Clouds". Tom, like most of us as children, used to gaze at the daytime clouds and wondered about the images he saw. He could have never anticipated that as an adult he would write books about the clouds. From Tom, "People are missing so much mostly due to their busy lives or because they forgot to slow down and look at the world around them. Many people have written books and hope that they are recognized as experts. In my case, I have been quite blessed to have photographic images that defy normal and logical explanations and guide us past our normal training and experiences. Literally, in my case, a photograph is worth a thousand words". Tom was like most of us. He was very busy with his profession for 40 years as a city planning director for the City of Davis, and a successful businessman with his urban planning firm. But nine years ago, a terrible auto accident almost claimed his life, but he was saved by a "voice" in his car just before the accident that guided him about what to do. Since that time, he has been led to explore the meaning of his existence. With this constant exploration, he soon found that he had skills he never knew he possessed. Among these, Tom has become a well-regarded artist as his works have appeared in a number of shows across Northern California. He has also been featured in local television and radio shows about his messages and paranormal type events. He has created a website dedicated to these "messages from the universe" and has built a community of fans of his works. For more information contact Tom Lumbrazo by phone at 916-768-9334 or email at Tom@whenangelstouch.com Available at Amazon, or ww.whenangelstouch.com
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Lauren E Miller
Two weeks prior to her divorce, Lauren Miller was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. All at once, the mother of three children, second-degree black belt, fitness trainer, motivational speaker, and teacher was losing her marriage and possibly her life.In Hearing His Whisper, Lauren records her personal conversations with Jesus before, during, and after her divorce and cancer experience. Hearing His Whisper is a portal into the unmanifested spiritual dimension that ultimately leads one to internal freedom, inner strength and self-love, and acceptance through and with the source of love itself. INSPIRATIONAL EXCERPTS Don’t cry Mom, your soul still has hair..long beautiful hair, “my ten year old son said as he ran his little hands over my balding head.” “Thank you God, for another day of life to learn how to love better.” “I forgot who I was, and therefore, I farmed out the power to define me to the world around me.” “Our beauty flows from a source that is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.” PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS “ Hearing His Whisper is a great read! A well-written, very inspirational book…” Dr. Paul Seligman, Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado “Lauren pulls back the hospital room curtain and invites us into her intimate conversations with God…” Jack Crabtree, Executive Director, Long Island Youth for Christ
HEARING HIS WHISPER
A Journey Through Cancer and Divorce
2009 Indie Book Award Finalist in three categories: •Inspirational •Women’s Issues •Religious Non-Fiction
Lauren is an inspiring and effective Motivational Speaker. Far beyond a momentary “uplift”, those who hear Lauren’s dynamic message experience lasting, positive change. The depth of knowledge and insight she’s gained from truly living “each day as if it’s the last” will leave an indelible imprint on your group or organization.
Available At: * AMAZON.COM * BARNES& NOBLE.COM * BORDERS.COM * TATE PUBLISHING
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The Exodus Revelation
The Exodus Revelation
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