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Hovering high overhead, the UFO and its otherworldly occupants scan the Earths communications -- silently awaiting word that they have finally intercepted the secret information that has eluded them all week.  Yes that's right! They are waiting for this weeks exciting issue of the newsletter of conspiracies, secrets, the paranormal and anything else that is just plain weird - Conspiracy Journal is here once again to inflame your senses and question your beliefs.



This week, Conspiracy Journal takes a look at such lung-rattling stories as:

- Sherry Steiger Passes -

 - Disinformation About Coronovirus Grows -

- More Dragon-Lore -

AND: The World’s First Nuclear Reactor is Buried in Chicago Woods

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THE SECRET UFO CONTACTS OF PAUL VILLA

SHOCKING FULL COLOR PHOTO ALBUM OF OVER 100 PAGES – SOME UFOLOGISTS BELIEVE THESE PICTURES TO BE MORE AUTHENTIC THAN THOSE OF BILLY MEIER!

HERE IS SHOCKING PICTORIAL EVIDENCE OF UFOS ON EARTH AND ONGOING ENCOUNTERS WITH ET’S AS EXPERIENCED BY A HUMBLE MAN FROM RURAL NEW MEXICO.

The UFO photos of one Paul Villa are in a category all of their own. They show solid hardware of what can only be “alien” craft originating from outside Earth’s atmosphere. "The Secret UFO Contacts of Paul Villa" is one of the few books with color photos of alien spacecraft introduced to our world as proof of the existence of another race of beings who live among the stars...but visit us on a regular basis.

For a period of several years Paul Villa remained a rather mysterious figure, claiming contact with advanced beings from other worlds. What placed him in a category almost all by himself is the fact that he was able to produce – just about on command! – photographs of real-world, solid vehicles – not “supernatural manifestations” – which hovered and darted about near his desert mobile home.

According to Villa, he would receive a telepathic message that his otherworldly friends were in the neighborhood and he should go outdoors. There in the sky would be silvery discs complete with “windows,” looking like nothing manufactured on Earth. The ships Villa saw and photographed ranged in size from just a few feet across to well over 30 feet in diameter.

As might be expected, the UFO skeptics began to attack Villa's photographic evidence. They claimed that his photos - over 50 of them - were faked, offering as proof supposed computer enhancements which are open to various interpretations. After a while, Villa became silent. There were rumors that he had been threatened and that his house had been burned to the ground.

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- OBITUARY DEPARTMENT -

Sherry Steiger Passes

Sherry L. Steiger, 74, of Mason City passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at MercyOne Medical Center of North Iowa.

Sherry Steiger was born on Tuesday, April 24, 1945 and was married to Brad Steiger who died on May 6, 2018. They are survived by five children and nine grandchildren.

A private gathering will be held at a later date.

In the 1960s, Sherry Steiger co-created and produced the highly acclaimed Celebrate Life multi-media awareness program which was performed around the country for colleges, businesses, organizations and churches.

Sherry addressed audiences and corporate groups from coast to coast and had been the keynote speaker for many national corporations and governmental groups.

Brad and Sherry Steiger authored a number of books together including "Four-legged Miracles: Heartwarming Tales of Lost Dogs’ Journeys Home."

Memorials may be directed to the Animal Welfare Institute or Habitat for Humanity – North Central Iowa.

- PLAYING POLITICS WITH A DISASTER DEPARTMENT -

Disinformation About Coronovirus Grows
By Steven Lee Myers

BEIJING — China is pushing a new theory about the origins of the coronavirus: It is an American disease that might have been introduced by members of the United States Army who visited Wuhan in October.

There is not a shred of evidence to support that, but the notion received an official endorsement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose spokesman accused American officials of not coming clean about what they know about the disease.

The intentional spreading of an unfounded conspiracy theory — which recirculated on China’s tightly controlled internet on Friday — punctuated a downward spiral in relations between the two countries that has been fueled by the basest instincts of officials on both sides.

The insinuation came in a series of posts on Twitter by Zhao Lijian, a ministry spokesman who has made good use of the platform, which is blocked in China, to push a newly aggressive, and hawkish, diplomatic strategy. It is most likely intended to deflect attention from China’s own missteps in the early weeks of the epidemic by sowing confusion or, at least, uncertainty at home and abroad.

Mr. Zhao’s posts appeared to be a retort to similarly unsubstantiated theories about the origins of the outbreak that have spread in the United States. Senior officials there have called the epidemic the “Wuhan virus,” and at least one senator hinted darkly that the epidemic began with the leak of a Chinese biological weapon.

“The conspiracy theories are a new, low front in what they clearly perceive as a global competition over the narrative of this crisis,” said Julian B. Gewirtz, a scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard.

“There are a few Chinese officials who appear to have gone to the Donald J. Trump School of Diplomacy,” added Mr. Gewirtz, who recently published a paper on China’s handling of the AIDS epidemic, after a similar disinformation campaign. “This small cadre of high-volume Chinese officials don’t seem to realize that peddling conspiracy theories is totally self-defeating for China, at a moment when it wants to be seen as a positive contributor around the world.”

The circulation of disinformation is not a new tactic for the Communist Party state. The United States, in particular, is often a foil of Chinese propaganda efforts. Last year, Beijing explicitly accused the American government of supporting public protests in Hong Kong in an effort to weaken the party’s rule.

The old tactic has been amplified by more combative public diplomacy and a new embrace of a social media platform that is blocked in China to spread a message abroad.

Victor Shih, an associate professor at the University of California at San Diego who studies Chinese politics, said that while the campaign was very likely an attempt to distract and deflect blame, a more worrisome possibility was that some officials fabricated the idea and persuaded top leaders to believe it.

“If the leadership really believes in the culpability of the U.S. government,” he warned, “it may behave in a way that dramatically worsens the bilateral relationship.”

China’s leader, Xi Jinping, has faced sharp criticism for the government’s initial handling of the outbreak, even at home. Public anger erupted in February when a doctor who was punished for warning his colleagues about the coronavirus died, prompting censors to redouble their efforts to stifle public criticism.

Chinese officials have repeatedly urged officials in other countries not to politicize what is a public health emergency. Conservatives in the United States, in particular, have latched on to loaded terms that have been criticized for stigmatizing the Chinese people. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to the “Wuhan virus,” while Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, called it the “Chinese coronavirus.”

In response, Chinese officials and state news media have stepped up their criticism of American officials’ comments.

Only days before Mr. Zhao’s latest post, the Xinhua news agency published a commentary denouncing “Washington’s poisonous coronavirus politics” and warning that spreading rumors simply encouraged “fear, division and hate.”

“Their dangerously irresponsible statements are highly counterproductive at this drastic hour that demands solidarity and cooperation,” the commentary, written by Gao Wencheng, said, “and could be much more menacing than the virus itself.”

The coronavirus, according to all evidence, emanated from Wuhan, China, in late December. Scientists have not yet identified a “patient zero” or a precise source of the virus, though preliminary studies have linked it to a virus in bats that passed through another mammal before infecting humans.

A senior official of China’s National Health Commission, Liang Wannian, said at a briefing in Beijing last month that the likely carrier was a pangolin, an endangered species that is trafficked almost exclusively to China for its meat and for its scales, which are prized for use in traditional medicine.

The first cluster of patients was reported at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, and studies have since suggested that the virus could have been introduced there by someone already infected. Wuhan and the surrounding province of Hubei account for the overwhelming amount of cases and deaths, so there is no scientific reason to believe the virus began elsewhere.

Mr. Zhao’s assertion began with a post linking to a video of the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert R. Redfield, testifying before the House on Wednesday and suggesting that some flu deaths might have been caused by the coronavirus.

“When did patient zero begin in US?” Mr. Zhao wrote on Twitter, first in English and separately in Chinese. “How many people are infected. What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your date! US owe us an explanation.”

Mr. Zhao appeared to refer to the Military World Games, which were held in Wuhan in October. The Pentagon sent 17 teams with more than 280 athletes and other staff members to the event, well before any reported outbreaks. The Pentagon has had confirmed cases in South Korea and Italy and is bracing for more to emerge, but no illnesses have been tied to American service members from October.

Mr. Zhao’s remarks were spread on China’s most prominent social media platform, Weibo, under a hashtag: #ZhaoLijianPostedFiveTweetsinaRowQuestioningAmerica. By late afternoon on Friday, that hashtag had been viewed more than 160 million times, along with screenshots of the original Twitter posts.

The State Department summoned the Chinese ambassador on Friday to protest Mr. Zhao’s comments, officials in the Trump administration said.

At the regular briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, another spokesman, Geng Shuang, sidestepped three questions about whether Mr. Zhao’s suggestion had politicized the crisis and reflected official Chinese policy.

He instead noted the statements made by American officials and lawmakers to “smear and attack” China.

“We are firmly opposed to this,” he said. “In fact, the international community, including the United States at home, have different views on the source of the virus. What I have been saying in recent days is that the Chinese side always believed that this is a scientific issue and requires scientific and professional opinions.”

Source: The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/world/asia/coronavirus-china-conspiracy-theory.html

 - MINDS THROUGH TIME AND SPACE DEPARTMENT -

CIA’s Attempt to See Mars Through Remote Viewing
By Greg Haas

A CIA document from May 22, 1984, describes an effort to observe events on Mars through a technique known as “remote viewing.”

The document, disclosed in 2017 according to the operators of the YouTube channel It’s [redacted], describes the effort to use psychic abilities to see what was happening a million years ago on the surface of the Red Planet.

Remote viewing describes the technique of seeing events, locations and information psychically, even if the viewer was in a distant place or time.

It’s [redacted] reports on the CIA document.

The CIA’s interest in paranormal abilities, and how they might be applied to intelligence gathering is well documented. The Defense Department has also run programs to analyze military applications of psychic abilities.

The video reports:

    Stargate was a once-secret Army unit created to investigate whether psychic phenomena had any military use. The project was terminated and disclosed in 1995 after the CIA decided results were too inconsistent for intelligence applications. But that doesn’t mean the project’s findings aren’t worth exploring.

The document does not name the analyst, but describes the procedure of beginning the session with a sealed envelope that contained the text: “The planet Mars. Time of interest approximately 1 million years B.C.” A separate set of geographic coordinates are provided by the “monitor” running the session.

Among the strange observations:

    Descriptions of pyramids or obelisks and a dust storm that obscures the view
    The perception of a “geologic problem”
    “A perception of a shadow of people, very tall … it’s only a shadow. It’s as if they were there and they’re not, not there anymore.”

The analyst then describes more of the terrain, and indicates that he is in communication with an “individual” about what he is seeing.

    They’re ancient people. They’re ah … they’re dying, it’s past their time or age. They’re very philosophic about it. They’re just looking for … a way to survive and they just can’t.
    Unnamed Stargate analyst

Despite efforts to define what — and when — is the subject of remote viewing, the scope of the session seems to change as it goes along.

We are left to speculate about the meaning of the observations.

Some of the possible interpretations: The suggestion made by the observations is that beings on the planet either died out, or have taken shelter from some geologic change that drove them from the surface. Another suggestion is that they were seeking a way off the planet. An image of a comet described by the analyst suggests a role in what happened to the beings.

Or maybe there’s another reason the remote viewing program ended.

Source: Mystery Wire
https://www.mysterywire.com/paranormal/remote-viewing-cias-attempt-to
-see-mars-through-psychic-technique/




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More Dragon-Lore
By Richard Freeman

An introduction to dragons – the granddaddy of all legendary monsters – has already featured in these pages. Now the Zoological Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology in Devon expands on the theme by discussing some of the varieties of dragons once believed to haunt these shores.

The dragon comes in a dazzling array of forms. The best known in the West is the true dragon or firedrake. This is the classic dragon: a gigantic quadrupedal reptile, with vast bat like wings. Armed with razor teeth and claws, and a mighty tail, its most formidable weapon was the white-hot jets of flame it gouted at its victims. These monsters were considered to be the most magickal of beasts, with powers such as shape-shifting, self-regeneration, and mind reading attributed to them. They were covered in impenetrable scales and had only one vulnerable spot.

The wyvern was much like the firedrake except it bore only one pair of legs. It was smaller than the true dragon and seldom breathed fire. It did however carry a deadly sting in the tail and could spread disease and pestilence.

The lindorm or worm was a huge limbless reptile. Instead of breathing fire it spat venom or spewed poison gas. It could also crush prey in its steely coils. It could rejoin severed portions of its body and was hence very hard to kill.

The basilisk or cockatrice was the smallest but most death-dealing member of the dragon clan. It was said to have hatched from a cock’s egg incubated by a toad or a rooster. It resembled a tiny snake with a rooster’s comb. It’s gaze brought instant death to all it looked upon, including itself. The basilisk’s reflection was fatal to itself. The great deserts of the Middle East were attributed to the baleful glare of hordes of basilisks.

In the early 19th century folklorist Mary Trevelyan interviewed many elderly people living in the Glamorgan area of Wales. They recounted memories from their youth (early 19th century) of a race of winged serpents said to inhabit the forest around Penllyne Castle. They had crested heads and feathery wings. The serpents were brightly coloured and sparkled as if covered with jewels. They rested coiled on the ground but if threatened would attack by swooping down at their aggressors.

The snakes killed poultry and were described as ‘the terrors of farmyards and coverts’. Many were shot for their depredations of livestock. One woman recalled that her grandfather shot one after it attacked him. Its skin had hung for years on the wall at his farm. Tragically this artifact was discarded after his death: a fact that would make any modern day cryptozoologist wince.

A dragon skin was once said to hang in the church in Sexhow, Cleveland. The forest-dwelling worm was slain by a knight and the skin kept as a relic hung on pegs in the church. This skin has also long since vanished. Cromwell’s men probably destroyed it after the Civil War. A portion of the hide of the Lambton worm was supposedly kept on display at Lambton castle. It was said to resemble cow’s hide. The specimen was lost when the castle was demolished in the 18th century.

Amazing as it may sound, the dragon seems to have a basis in fact and it still haunts the wild, and sometimes not so wild corners of our strange little planet. Modern sightings include a huge, winged reptile that terrorized the San Antonio valley, Texas, for several months in 1976. More recently a horned, black-scaled dragon seen by five hundred witnesses in July 2002 in Lake Tianchie, northeast China.

Source: Uncanny UK
http://www.uncannyuk.com/2009/01/24/more-dragon-lore/




- JUST KEEP ON WALKING DEPARTMENT -

The World’s First Nuclear Reactor is Buried in Chicago Woods
By Charlie Hintz

The friendly weirdos over at Woolly Mammoth Chicago oddities shop shared this photo of a little known corner of curious history. They write:

“Did you know the world’s first nuclear reactor is buried in the woods about 20 miles southwest of downtown Chicago? The land was leased to The Manhattan Project in the 40’s after initial tests at U of C. The nature of what was happening in the woods was kept a secret from the public until long after WW2, and eventually the 2 story reactor was pushed into a giant hole and covered up.”

The reactor, dubbed Chicago Pile-1, was built by University of Chicago’s Metallurgical Laboratory in 1942, and tests were conducted beneath the stands of the original Stagg Field. It was there that the first self-sustaining chain reaction was demonstrated, proving it could be harnessed for the devastating weapon it would help produce.

The reactor was moved in 1943 to a new laboratory hidden on 19 acres of forested area called “Site A.” Reconfigured and renamed Chicago Pile-2, the reactor continued to carry out experiments that would lead to the creation of the atomic bomb used to bring an end to World War II. Another reactor, Chicago Pile-3, was built there in 1944. Both remained in operation until 1954, conducting nuclear research and producing tritium.

When operations were moved to the new Argonne National Laboratory, the reactors at Site A were imploded and buried on location in an area codenamed “Plot M.”

A radiological survey of Plot M conducted in 1978 by the US Department of Energy states:

    "Interviews were conducted with twelve people who were at the Laboratory during the time Plot M was used for burial, 1943-49. These individuals included laboratory workers who generated waste that was buried in the Plot and health physicists and others who surveyed waste and actually placed material in the trenches.

    "Most individuals could provide only very qualitative information. The interviews confirmed that irradiated uranium, fission products, many of the actinide elements, and hydrogen-3, all in various forms, e.g., solutions, solids, contaminated laboratory equipment, injected laboratory animal carcasses, etc., were buried. The amounts of each element or nuclide could not be ascertained in this way and remain unknown."

Though the waste had been buried in steel bins and was covered by a large concrete cap, the survey found that the soil and water within Plot M was contaminated with radioactive tritium.

“The only important pathway for exposure to the public from the radionuclides buried in Plot M,” the report states, “is from the tritiated water moving from the Plot to the dolomite aquifer and consumed by individuals using the picnic wells.”

A cleaning effort was made at some point, and Plot M was deemed safe to the public in 1998 when the fence barricading the area was removed. Today, the site of the Manhattan Project laboratory is known as the Red Gate Woods forest preserve. Various markers, including a sign with photos of  Albert Einstein and atomic bomb architect Enrico Fermi visiting the laboratory, tell the story of the site’s significance.

The marker in the photo above sits at the center point of the Plot M burial site.

Source: Cult of Weird
www.cultofweird.com/travel/chicago-red-gate-woods-nuclear-reactor

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