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Paralyzing Light Beam Weapon
Those Damned Cattle
- Could Ancient Man Fly?
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DON'T GO INTO THE LIGHT DEPARTMENT -
U.S. Army to Test
Paralyzing Light Beam Weapon
The US Army's Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) plans to
demonstrate the use of a 7.5 million candlepower (7.3 million candela)
strobe floodlight system mounted on board an unmanned air vehicle as a
non-lethal crowd-control system.
The project will see a Peak Beam Systems Maxa Beam searchlight adapted
to operate as a strobe capable of inducing physical effects, such as
short-term paralysis, in humans.
AATD plans to award contacts to the Edgemont, Pennsylvania-based Peak
Systems for the modified searchlight in March, with demonstrations
within 12 months.
US government acquisition records released on February 9 say the sole
source contract calls for Peak Systems to "design and fabricate a
light-based immobilization system/deterrent device and integrate it
with an unmanned aerial system. This will include any necessary medical
research on frequency and amplitude modulation of high-intensity light
that will cause immobilization to all those within the beam."
The system uses a xenon-based searchlight that "can be pulsed with a
unique modulation [strobe] effect that results in immobilization to
those within the beam. This effort will transition the lamp from a
handheld/vehicle mounted system to an airborne platform."
In parallel, the US Air Force UAV Battlelab is studying a project to
adapt Raytheon's microwave-based Active Denial System (ADS) to a UAV,
also for use in crowd control and battlefield shaping roles. However,
this is dependent upon maturing existing ADS development efforts by
Raytheon and the USAF Research Laboratory's Directed Energy (AFRL DE)
Battlelab, says UAV Battlelab director Greg Pierce.
Speaking at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems
International's (AUVSI) annual US government programs update
conference earlier this month, Pierce said: "We don't have any
initiatives on this, because to be an initiative it has to have reached
technology readiness level 5. But we are looking at directed-energy
capabilities. We are looking at high-power microwave capabilities. We
are looking at what I like to call the 'annoyance ray', which came out
of AFRL DE."
Existing USAF ADS demonstrator efforts have focused on a
vehicle-mounted system that emits radio frequency energy at 95GHz. The
bulk of that energy is absorbed within the first 0.39mm (0.016in) of
the human skin, creating an intense burning sensation.
Vehicle-mounted versions are undergoing evaluation at Moody AFB in
- I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE
Have You Heard About B Flat?
For reasons that remain mostly
mysterious, the note we
call B flat does the oddest things. Here are a few of them.
B Flats and Alligators
During World War II, the New York Philharmonic was visiting the
American Museum of Natural History. During rehearsal, somebody played a
note that upset a resident live alligator named Oscar. Oscar, who'd
been in the museum on 81st Street, suddenly began to bellow. Naturally,
with so many scientists in residence, an experiment was quickly devised
to see how to get Oscar to bellow again. Various musicians — string,
percussive and brass — were brought to Oscar to play various notes. It
turned out the culprit was B flat, one octave below middle C.
The experiment was described back in the 1940s.
I repeated the experiment on an ABC News broadcast in the 1990s,
playing a B flat to a collection of gators at a roadside attraction in
Florida and recording their bellows.
Why B flat? You'd have to ask an alligator.
B Flat and Glenway Fripp the Piano Tuner
Jay Alison (of This I Believe fame) and radio correspondent Viki
Merrick live in Massachusetts and help run public radio stations on
Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. In their capacities as
managers-poets-reporters in residence, they regularly devise short
promotional "moments" featuring local personalities.
One of their promos described a trip that Glenway Fripp took up a
Mr. Fripp, a piano tuner by trade, was humming in B flat while climbing
the stairs at his dad's office building, when he noticed that his hum
had somehow escaped him and was hanging, resonating without him, on the
staircase landing. He couldn't quite explain what was happening; only
that his hum (and it was definitely his hum, no one else's) had gone
off without him.
If you listen to the broadcast, you can hear this for yourself. Viki
Merrick recorded it. Glenway has no idea why B flat had this particular
property on that particular staircase. He suspects that the walls were
porous and may even contain cavities that are very B-flat friendly.
That's all he knows. But the truth is, he doesn't have an explanation.
B Flat and Black Holes
This one's a bit of a stretch, but here's what happened.
In September 2003, astronomers at NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory
found what can be described as sound waves emanating from a
supermassive black hole. The black hole can be seen in the Perseus
cluster of galaxies located 250 million light years from Earth.
Andrew Fabian of the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, England,
analyzed the waves and announced, "We have detected their sound…." The
sound he found (which is really the waves passing through gas near the
black hole) translate to the note B flat.
But this is not a B flat you or I can hear. It is 57 octaves below
middle C. A piano, by comparison, contains only seven octaves. So if a
black hole hums, it hums at a frequency a million billion times lower
than you can hear.
A Song in B Flat
While you may not be able to hear a black hole humming, this story is,
to a considerable extent, sung.
The vocalist (who is also the lyricist, and a journalist) is Josh Kurz
of Los Angeles. His partner this time out is Shane Winter, who composed
the song "Have You Heard About B Flat?" — which wasn't easy, since he
decided to hang with B flat for as long and as often as possible.
ARE THEY LOOKING FOR DISEASE OR FALLOUT DEPARTMENT -
Those Damned Cattle
When we first encounter the cattle mutilation phenomenon, it seems very
hard to digest mentally. At that point, predisposition takes over:
Believers think it’s aliens doing genetic experiments, Fundamentalist
Skeptics counter that it’s merely predators and scavengers who bring
down livestock, drain their blood, and in some cases leave them out in
back of the farmhouse, mere feet from sleeping ranchers. Both scenarios
seem equally ridiculous.
Most agree that the “Kenneth Arnold” event for mutilations was the
“Snippy the Horse” case of September 8th, 1967. (Chris O’Brien, author
of “The Mysterious Valley,” talked with one of the original witnesses,
Harry King, who reported that the horse was in fact named “Snippy,”
contrary to popular belief that the animal’s name was “Lady.”) King and
his mother noted that Snippy failed to return to a water trough as
usual, and two days later found the animal dead on a small mesa.
Flesh had been removed from the head and neck, there was no blood at
the scene, and King said that there was a strange medicinal odor in the
air. When Agnes King touched a piece of the carcass, a greenish fluid
oozed out, and seemed to contain some chemical that burned her skin.
Residents in the area reported UFO-like activity in the skies before
and after the event.
In the mid-1970s, the problem became so widespread in New Mexico that
Senator Harrison Schmitt convened a symposium at the Albuquerque Public
Library. In April of 1979, he invited ranchers, researchers, and law
enforcement officials to gather and talk about the problem, which had
up to that time cost the cattle industry in the neighborhood of $1
million. Few conclusions were reached, and one researcher from Colorado
said that “The only sense of mutilations is that they make no sense at
The Justice Department was called in to investigate, and hired retired
FBI agent Kenneth Rommel to head “Operation Animal Mutilation.” His
report, running 297 pages, was released in 1980. It concluded that the
majority of the mutilations were easily accounted for as natural deaths
and predator activity, with a small percentage that could not be
explained adequately with the resources available. Rommel reportedly
told researcher Linda Howe that she was barking up the wrong tree with
her alien intervention theory, and that the phenomenon was due solely
to natural causes.
With the exception of one or two reports (one where a rancher claimed
to observe two alien creatures carrying a dead calf, and the other
reported by an abductee under hypnosis) I know of no cases where aliens
have been observed in contact with livestock. If we throw out the UFO
explanation, this leaves us few options available to account for the
observed anomalies in cattle mutilations.
Howe once told me that the aliens want to make it look like humans are
doing this to cover their own tracks. I do not agree, and I will
explain how I came to my present model of the phenomenon. Some may
counter that Howe is a dedicated field researcher and I have no
expertise in this area. They are right. My ideas are based on in-depth
conversations with other researchers who have many years of hands-on
experience with livestock mutilations.
Retired New Mexico State Police Officer Gabe Valdez was involved in the
investigation of mutilations from the “ground floor.” He was the first
official on the scene in countless incidents in the Dulce area from the
late 1970s to the late ’80s. He has showed me firsthand evidence
collected in the field, including something resembling radar chaff
which was spread around a field at a mutilation scene–some of the
pieces were actually stuffed in the animal’s mouth. He also found a gas
mask and surgical instruments at other sites. In 2000, Valdez was hired
by the National Institute For Discovery Science to contribute to its
report on the phenomenon. He concluded that the cattle may be part of a
covert experiment to track diseases in livestock. Independent
researcher Ted Oliphant, who spent a few years in law enforcement in
another mutilation hotspot–Fyffe, Alabama–came to basically the same
conclusion after years of study. Chris O’Brien, while not wedded to the
theory, remarks that it would account for much of the observed evidence
during his years in southern Colorado.
Under this theory, the proximity of UFO sightings to mutilation
outbreaks may be an attempt by whatever human agencies are involved to
capitalize on the alien connection. It may also be the result of
experimental or secret aircraft used in the operations. Researcher
Peter Jordan concluded as much in a remote viewing study he conducted
in the late 1970s where a majority of his sensitives perceived not
alien craft, but light helicopters unloaded from trucks and personnel
in hazmat suits. Photographs were given to the viewers in sealed
Admittedly, this last example is too much for some to bear, but the
possibility of a pathogen which was released accidentally sometime in
the mid-1970s by agencies unknown, and attempts to study and control it
before the fact becomes public seems to fit the evidence just as well
or better than some kind of alien agenda. Diseases such as Bovine
Spongiform Encephelopathy (or “mad cow”) and Cruzfelt-Jakob which
affect not only domestic animals, but wildlife and humans as well is
almost too frightening to consider, especially if the disease was a
biowarfare experiment gone awry.
Admittedly, this theory does not account for all anomalies observed in
mutilations, but it does explain many of them, and provides an
excellent model for motives. Like many theories on anomalous subjects,
the case is not airtight. Mysterious cases of missing organs with no
visible incisions to remove them is one example that comes to mind. If
the phenomenon is UFO-related though, it seems to make little sense.
Hyper-intelligent aliens should not require hundreds of tries to get
information on bovine physiology. Humans would need this database, and
the pubic outcry if the study were made public before a cure was found
would be disastrous.
Could Cattle Mutilations Be Linked to Atomic Bomb Tests?
There exists the possibility that cattle mutilations could be the
result of clandestine studies on the effects of radioactive fallout
throughout the United States. Considering that cattle normally graze on
grasslands and ingest radioactive material drifting to the ground after
nuclear tests. It is not so far fetched that government agencies, with
the help of the military could secretly chart fallout patterns by
harvesting randomly selected cattle.
You've heard of our new enthusiasm for nuclear weapons: the
Administration's pursuit of mini-nukes, its hit list of targets from
Baghdad to Beijing and its talk of periodically detonating a few by way
You've probably heard less about a study by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention , completed in August 2001, but only published
in dribs and drabs over the past few weeks. Mandated by Congress, the
study is the first ever to estimate what effect radioactive fallout
from nuclear testing has had on the lower forty-eight American states.
The CDC finds such fallout has likely killed 11,000 Americans since the
1950s. They died from all manner of cancers, from melanoma to breast
cancer to leukemia. Fallout has also caused about 22,000 nonlethal
cases of cancer. For those keeping score, that's 33,000 cases of cancer
among Americans, courtesy of global nuclear testing.
And it's not just Nevada anymore: The study's maps suggest the
definition of "downwinder" -- someone living uncomfortably close to a
nuclear test site -- needs revision. Fallout spreads surprisingly far
and wide, with high concentrations in places like Idaho and Montana.
"Hot spots due to testing in Nevada occurred as far away as New York
and Maine," says Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy
and Environmental Research (IEER), a Maryland-based think tank that has
conducted its own analysis of the CDC's data.
"Hot spots from US Pacific area testing and also Soviet testing were
scattered across the United States -- from California, Oregon and
Washington in the West to New Hampshire, Vermont and North Carolina in
A little perspective: Fallout cancers represent only a tiny fraction of
all cases of cancer. The CDC notes, for example, that among the 3.8
million people born in the US in 1951, about 760,000 would normally be
expected to die of cancer, while fallout exposure adds only an
additional 1,000 deaths to that total.
But even so, it's a helluva price tag for testing the bomb: Eleven
thousand dead Americans. Thirty-three thousand American cancers.
That price tag is a subtext in today's nuclear debates. Take Yucca
Mountain: The Department of Energy says it will be safe for Nevadans to
store the nation's nuclear waste there. But Robert Loux, executive
director of the state's Agency for Nuclear Projects, says, "There's
huge distrust of DOE here." During nuclear testing, he says, "They
promised us it was all perfectly safe too -- even as DOE officials
moved their own families out of town [on test days]."
Yes, that was then and this is now. But dismissing the ugly sides of
this tale as relics of the cold war begs a question: Why were
forerunners of the CDC study squelched as late as the mid-1990s? Robert
Alvarez, a Clinton-era Energy Department official, recalled hearing in
1997 of a "suppressed" study of fallout by the National Cancer
Institute, and asked for a briefing. "They were showing me these
color-coded [fallout] maps of the United States. And I'm looking at
this and it's really grotesque stuff, because I know what the numbers
mean," Alvarez says. "And I look down at the bottom of the page and
it's dated September 1992, and here I am in 1997."
That NCI study looked at one kind of cancer -- that afflicting the
thyroid -- and concluded that nuclear-test fallout caused somewhere
between 11,300 and 212,000 incidences of the disease among Americans.
After it was finally published in 1997, Congress demanded a CDC
A report to Congress on the CDC follow-up emphasizes its conservative
approach. The study has a large margin of error-the mathematically
modeled cancer tolls are more illustrative than definitive -- and it is
only now being peer-reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences.
Caveats aside, the estimate of 33,000 cases of cancer seems restrained
if only because it covers fallout generated over just eleven years,
between 1951 and 1962, and sprinkled across the forty-eight contiguous
US states. As the IEER notes, that omits:
* all Chinese atmospheric tests, which were conducted from 1964 to 1980;
* French atmospheric tests from 1963 to 1974;
* pre-1951 tests in the Marshall Islands and in the Soviet Union;
* the original three 1945 atomic blasts-in New Mexico, Hiroshima and
The 11,000 Americans killed by an eleven-year run of nuclear testing
represent a fraction of a larger story -- a cold war epic that spans
five decades and dozens of nations.
Nuclear powers "owe the world a real accounting of what they did to its
health," says Makhijani. "It is high time for the United Nations to
create a Global Truth Commission that would examine-in detail
comparable to the US government studies -- the harm that has been
inflicted upon the people of the world by nuclear weapons production
Until that Truth Commission convenes however, the CDC's study is
sobering enough. Alvarez says that any one of more than a dozen
atmospheric tests in that eleven-year period released Chernobyl-scale
radiation levels. "There were at least nineteen shots in the ballpark
of the Chernobyl accident," he said. "We're talking about levels [of
radioactivity] so large during that period that if today's existing
safety standards to protect the public had been applied, large portions
of the nation's milk supply would have had to have been withdrawn on
numerous occasions." Makhijani of IEER adds that some US farm children
who drank milk after the hottest atmospheric blasts were as severely
exposed as "the worst-exposed children" of Chernobyl.
Reasonable people could argue, if they were so inclined, over whether
11,000 people in America killed by eleven years of nuclear testing is
"a lot." But whether one sees it as horrifying or as merely a few
thousand eggs broken for our cold war omelettes, the link between
fallout and cancer is a reality oddly absent from discussions of
busting bunkers under Baghdad or Tora Bora.
If someone would take the time to chart where cattle mutilations tend
to be concentrated, I am reasonably certain that they will find a
correlation with mutilations and areas of radioactive fallout, or at
least where fallout would be most likely to occur.
Source: UFO Mystic/Alternet
TECHNOLOGY OF THE GODS DEPARTMENT -
Could Ancient Man Fly?
Models of airplanes thousands of years old... vast works of art that
can only be seen from the air... ancient texts that describe aerial
battles. Are they proof that ancient civilizations mastered powered
Flight has been the dream of humankind since they watched in awe as
birds soared effortlessly through the sky. But, according to accepted
history, it wasn't until the 1780s that two Frenchmen achieved
lighter-than-air flight when they were lifted into the air in a hot air
balloon near Paris. Then powered, heavier-than-air flight became the
goal. And although it was theorized that heavier-than-air flight was
possible as early as the 13th century, and in the 16th century Leonardo
da Vinci designed winged aircraft and a crude kind of helicopter, it
wasn't until the Wright brothers made their first successful flights at
Kitty Hawk in 1903 that powered flight became a reality.
That's the widely accepted history. Some researchers and a few rogue
scientists believe there's evidence to suggest that humans achieved
flight earlier in history - much earlier... so early, they say, that
the knowledge of this technology has been lost and ancient stories that
recount adventures of human flight have been relegated only to myth.
Is it possible that humans developed the technology to fly in early
civilizations - or in civilizations that are now lost to history? Let's
take a look at what some call the evidence - intriguing artifacts,
carvings, inscriptions and legends - that they say point to the true
record human of flight.
The Egyptian Airplane
In 1898, a peculiar six-inch wooden object was found in a tomb at
Saqquara, Egypt that dated back to about 200 BCE. The object had a body
or fuselage, seven-inch wings that curved downward slightly, a fixed
rudder and a tail. It looked very much like a modern airplane or
glider. But since airplanes had not yet been invented in 1898 (never
mind ancient Egypt), it was labeled as a model of bird and stored away
in the basement of the Cairo museum.
The object was rediscovered many years later by Dr. Khalil Messiha, an
authority on ancient models. According to Messiha and others who have
studied the object, it has characteristics of very advanced
aerodynamics, much like modern pusher-gliders that require very little
power to stay aloft. The curved wings are today known as
reversedihedral wings, which can attain great amounts of lift. A
similar design is employed on the supersonic Concorde aircraft.
Was this just a child's toy? Or was it a scale model of an aircraft the
Egyptians planned to build... or did build. If they did build a
full-scale version of the aircraft, no evidence exists for it. No
full-size airplanes have been found in any pharaoh's tomb to fly him to
the land of the dead.
The Carvings at Abydos
Although no airplanes or airplane parts have ever been found from the
ruins of ancient Egypt, is there corroborating evidence that they
Even more controversial than the model airplane are the enigmatic
carvings found in the temple of Abydos, Egypt by Dr. Ruth Hover. Hover
photographed a wall panel which had been revealed when a newer
overlaying panel crumbled and fell off. The older panel beneath
contained embossed images that resemble modern aircraft as seen in
One bears a striking resemblance to a modern helicopter, while others
could be interpreted as aircraft, hovercraft or even flying saucers.
When the photos of these carvings first surfaced, it was assumed that
they had been digitally altered to create a sensational hoax. And
indeed some of them had been retouched to more clearly show
aircraft-like features. But even unaltered photos seemed to show the
very modern-looking figures.
Perhaps looks are deceiving, however. The official take from
archaeologists is that the strange carvings are palimpsests - the
result of two or more overlapping carvings that combine to look like
something else. The "aircraft," they say, are merely combinations of
Central and South American Shuttle
Egypt's isn't the only ancient civilization that has produced puzzling
artifacts. A remarkable gold trinket estimated to be at least 1,000
years old - dating perhaps to between 500 and 800 AD - was found in
Central America and along coastal areas of South America. If you
weren't aware of its age, you might guess that it was a child's model
of the Space Shuttle or a delta wing fighter aircraft.
When the artifact was discovered, archaeologists called it a zoomorph,
or animal-shaped object. It resembles no known flying animal, however.
It looks distinctly mechanical with its delta-shaped wings, stabilizer
fins and rudder. It even has what looks like a pilot's seat in the
right place. Experts in aerodynamics, however, contend that the wings
are too far back for the object's center of gravity, and that the nose
is not aerodynamically sound.
Whatever this object is supposed to be or represent, its remarkable
resemblance to a modern aircraft or spacecraft is uncanny.
Nazca - A Reason to Fly?
Spread over a 37 by 15 mile plateau near Nazca, Peru are huge works of
art "drawn" on the ground by people of the Paracas and Nasca cultures.
The figures, called geoglyphs, are stylized portraits of a 18 different
kinds of birds, a curly-tailed monkey as big as a football field, a
killer whale, a 150-foot spider, a lizard, human forms and other
Although the civilizations that created the figures flourished between
200 BC and 600 AD, no one knows for certain when the geoglyphs were
made... or why. But since they were discovered, archaeologists have
wondered by these people would create such monumental works of art that
could not be appreciated from the ground. The figures can only be
distinguished when viewed from a great height. In fact, they were
discovered in recent times only when an explorer noticed them when
flying over them in an airplane. Since there are no nearby mountains or
other elevated areas nearby from which to look down on the Nazca lines,
how were they ever seen?
Because of Nazca's large grids of crisscrossing paths, that seem to go
nowhere (some extending as long as six miles), authors such as Erich
Von Daniken have suggested (with only this as "evidence") that Nazca is
a ancient spaceport. The paths, he contends, are runways for aircraft,
and that their pilots and passengers were those privileged to view the
Less sensationalistic is the suggestion that this ancient civilization
constructed hot-air balloons in which to take passengers aloft to view
the symbols. In 1974, Julian Nott and Jim Woodman tested this theory by
building a balloon made of materials available to the Nazca natives.
They constructed a gondola of totora reeds and stitched-together sheets
of cotton cloth that they filled with the hot air from wood smoke.
Their balloon, dubbed Condor I, quickly rose to over 300 feet, proving
that it was at least possible for the South American natives of this
region to have achieved lighter-than-air flight long before Europeans
Although the Chinese are credited with inventing rocketry, some people
believe that an ancient text from India describes sophisticated air
flight by human pilots. Written by Maharishi Bharadwaja in the 4th
century BC (allegedly dictated while he was in a trance), the
Vaimanika-sastra seems to talk about piloting some kind of aircraft - a
vimana - with some astonishing capabilities.
Sounding like a manual for aerial battle (or instructions to a video
game), the text claims to reveal 32 secrets of piloting a vimana,
* Goodha - permits the pilot to make his vimana
invisible to his enemies.
* Paroksha - enables the pilot to paralyze other
vimanas and put them out of action.
* Pralaya - pushes an electrical force through the
"five-limbed aerial tube" so that the pilot may "destroy everything as
in a cataclysm."
* Taara - provides the pilot with another means of
avoiding contact with an enemy or hiding from observers: "By mixing
with ethereal force 10 parts of air force, 7 parts of water force, and
16 parts of solar glow, and projecting it by means of the star-faced
mirror through the frontal tube of the vimana, the appearance of a
star-spangled sky is created."
* Jalada roopa - instructs the pilot in the correct
proportions of certain chemicals which will envelop the vimana and give
it "the appearance of a cloud."
Was the Vaimanika-sastra simply imaginative writing, rich with
symbolism and religious meaning? Or was it a description of ancient yet
advanced technology that humankind was not to rediscover until the 20th
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How Irises "Reveal
Patterns in the iris could give away your deep, dark secrets, and it
may be possible to read a person's personality through their eyes,
Swedish researchers have said.
They have detected patterns which show warm-heartedness and trust or
neuroticism and impulsiveness. The team from Orebro University read
pits and lines in the irises of 428 people.
Experts said the study in Biological Psychology showed that at least
some aspects of personality were determined by genetics.
Close-up pictures were taken of the study participants' irises, and
they also filled out a questionnaire about their personalities.
The researchers looked at crypts (pits) and contraction furrows (lines
curving around the outer edge of the iris), which are formed when
It was found that those with more crypts were likely to be tender, warm
and trusting, while those with more furrows were more likely to be
neurotic, impulsive and give in to cravings.
The researchers suggest that a neurodevelopmental gene called PAX6
could also play a major role. It is known to help control the
development of the iris in an embryo.
Previous research has also shown that a mutation of PAX6 is linked to
impulsiveness and poor social skills.
The team, led by Dr Matt Larsson a behavioural scientist, said: "These
findings support the notion that people with different iris
configurations tend to develop along different trajectories in regards
"Differences in the iris can be used as a biomarker that reflects
differences between people."
Dr George Fieldman, principal lecturer in psychology at Buckinghamshire
Chilterns University College, said: "This is very interesting. It shows
that some aspects of personality have a genetic base and to identify
them in the eye in this fascinating way is significant.
"It is surprising that this is possible. But it seems that the old
aphorism that 'the eyes are the window to the soul' has some genetic
He said it opened up the possibility that security services could one
day use the technique to analyse people.
Airports, including Heathrow, Manchester and Gatwick are already
testing iris scanning to identify people - but are not to check
But Dr Fieldman added: "Security services would have to use such
technologies with some caution. You would not want to arrest somebody
on the basis of their iris."
NEW YEAR PREDICTIONS ARE SUCH A BOAR DEPARTMENT -
Fortune Tellers: Year of
Pig Will Bring Disaster
HONG KONG -- Sunday marks the start of the Chinese New Year and it's a
lucky one for those starting out in life. But the rest of us are in for
a rough ride. Expect epidemics, disasters and violence in much of the
"The Year of the Pig will not be very peaceful," said Hong Kong feng
shui master Raymond Lo.
Feng shui is the ancient Chinese practice of trying to achieve health,
harmony and prosperity by using specific dates, numbers, building
design and the placement of objects.
The pig is one of 12 animals (or mythical animals in the case of the
dragon) on the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, which follows the
lunar calendar. According to Chinese astrology, people born in pig
years are polite, honest, hardworking and loyal. They are also lucky,
which is why many Chinese like to have babies in a pig year.
"Any children born in The Year of Pig will receive help from others
throughout their lives," Lo said.
Ronald Reagan was a pig. So are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Woody Allen and
Elton John. Not to mention Hillary Rodham Clinton.
But a word of caution to the presidential candidate.
The pig finished last in the race that determined the zodiac's order,
behind the dog.
Other animals in the zodiac are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon,
snake, horse, sheep, monkey and rooster. The zodiac runs on a 12-year
cycle, and each year is associated with the five elements that Chinese
mystics make up the universe: metal, water, wood, fire and earth.
Therein lies the trouble.
Pig years can be turbulent because they are dominated by fire and
water, conflicting elements that tend to cause havoc, Lo said.
"Fire sitting on water is a symbol of conflict and skirmish," he said.
"We'll also see more fire disasters and bombings."
He noted that the Russian AK-47 rifle, a weapon of choice among
insurgents around the world, was invented during a pig year.
"So it will not be surprising to see more gunbattles, murder with guns
and bombing attacks in 2007," he said.
Malaysian feng shui master Lillian Too agreed.
"I wish I could say that there won't be natural disasters, but I am
afraid it could be as bad as last year," she said.
"There could be epidemics," she said. "I am very worried about bird
flu. Eat healthy foods and take care of your health."
Few Chinese seemed to be worried about the warnings, though, as they
prepared for their biggest bash of the year -- Saturday's Lunar New
Year's Eve -- celebrated by one-fifth of the world's population.
It's an occasion to have family feasts, buy new clothes and exchange
red envelopes stuffed with gift money.
Not everything about the future looks bleak.
Most soothsayers said the world economy will continue to boom, though
they advise people to be cautious about their investments.
"Because of the water element in the Year of the Pig, the economy will
continue to grow, which also paves the way for another round of
interest rate hikes," said Peter So, a celebrity fortuneteller in Hong
Hong Kong soothsayer Alion Yeo is predicting North Korea will undergo a
power struggle that will bring leadership changes around May. Last
year, the Year of the Dog, Yeo warned that the North Korean nuclear
crisis would worsen.
The North conducted a nuclear test in October.
Singapore fortuneteller John Lok predicted the situation in Iraq will
not settle and President Bush will have a bad year.
He also said the next president of France may be a woman -- no surprise
there since one of the main candidates is a woman, Segolene Royal of
the Socialist party.
While the pig is beloved by the Chinese, the animal is offensive to
Muslims, who consider it unclean. For that reason, Chinese New Year
celebrations have to be handled with care in Malaysia and Indonesia,
mainly Muslim countries with large ethnic Chinese minorities.
For the first time in its history, Indonesia introduced a special set
of postal stamps to mark the Lunar New Year. But concerns over Muslim
sensitivities led the postal service to drop plans to put a large pig
on the stamps. It chose a Chinese temple instead.
"We took the middle path," said Hana Suryana, director of the
Indonesian postal service.
Still, that was progress for a country where ethnic Chinese, who make
up 5 percent of the population and have long faced discrimination, once
were not allowed to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
"That has changed now, but we still feel uncomfortable celebrating the
day in a large way because there are some people who cannot accept that
Chinese culture is a part of Indonesian culture," said Jhony Tan, a
trader in Jakarta's bustling Chinatown.
Yusri Mohammad, president of the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia,
said he had no problem with the Chinese celebrating the pig year in his
country. He said decorative pictures of pigs in shopping malls are fine
-- as long as Chinese don't start using live pigs or eat pork in
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