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- THE ETERNAL WAR DEPARTMENT -
Was The War On Terrorism Created To Hide Another Purpose?
Three weeks after
the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, former U.S. defense secretary
Donald Rumsfeld established an official military objective of not only
removing the Saddam Hussein regime by force but overturning the regime
in Iran, as well as in Syria and four other countries in the Middle
East, according to a document quoted extensively in then-under
secretary of defense for policy Douglas Feith's recently published
account of the Iraq war decisions.
Feith's account further indicates that this
aggressive aim of remaking the map of the Middle East by military force
and the threat of force was supported explicitly by the country's top
Feith's book, "War and Decision", released in
April, provides excerpts of the paper Rumsfeld sent to President George
W Bush on September 30, 2001, calling for the administration to focus
not on taking down Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network but on the aim of
establishing "new regimes" in a series of states by "aiding local
peoples to rid themselves of terrorists and to free themselves of
regimes that support terrorism".
In quoting from that document, Feith deletes
the names of all of the states to be targeted except Afghanistan,
inserting the phrase "some other states" in brackets. In a facsimile of
a page from a related Pentagon "campaign plan" document, the Taliban
and Saddam regimes are listed as "state regimes" against which "plans
and operations" might be mounted, but the names of four other states
are blacked out "for security reasons".
General Wesley Clark, who commanded the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization bombing campaign in the Kosovo war,
recalls in his 2003 book "Winning Modern Wars" being told by a friend
in the Pentagon in November 2001 that the list of states that Rumsfeld
and deputy secretary of defense Paul Wolfowitz wanted to take down
included Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan and Somalia.
Clark writes that the list also included
Lebanon. Feith reveals that Rumsfeld's paper called for getting "Syria
out of Lebanon" as a major goal of US policy.
When this writer asked Feith after a recent
public appearance which countries' names were deleted from the
documents, he cited security reasons for the deletion. But when he was
asked which of the six regimes on the Clark list were included in the
Rumsfeld paper, he replied, "All of them."
Rumsfeld's paper was given to the White House
only two weeks after Bush had approved a U.S. military operation in
Afghanistan directed against bin Laden and the Taliban regime. Despite
that decision, Rumsfeld's proposal called explicitly for postponing
indefinitely US airstrikes and the use of ground forces in support of
the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance in order to try to catch bin Laden.
Instead, the Rumsfeld paper argued that the
U.S. should target states that had supported anti-Israel forces such as
Hezbollah and Hamas. It urged that the United States "[c]apitalize on
our strong suit, which is not finding a few hundred terrorists in caves
in Afghanistan, but in the vastness of our military and humanitarian
resources, which can strengthen the opposition forces in
Feith describes the policy outlined in the
paper as consisting of "military action against some of the state
sponsors and pressure - short of war - against others".
The Rumsfeld plan represented a Pentagon
consensus that included the uniformed military leadership, according to
Feith's account. He writes that the process of drafting the paper
involved consultations with the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, General Henry Shelton, and the incoming chairman, General
Myers helped revise the initial draft, Feith
writes, and General John P Abizaid, who was then director of the Joint
Staff, enthusiastically endorsed it in draft form. "This is an
exceptionally important memo," wrote Abizaid, "which gives clear
strategic vision." In a message quoted by Feith, Abizaid recommended to
Myers that "you support this approach".
After the invasion and occupation of Iraq in
2003, Abizaid was promoted to become chief of United States Central
Command (CENTCOM), with military responsibility for the entire Middle
Neither Myers nor Abizaid, both of whom are
now retired from the military, responded to e-mails asking for their
comments on Feith's account of their role in the process of producing
the Rumsfeld strategy.
Rumsfeld's aides had also drafted a second
version of the paper, as instructions to all military commanders in the
development of "campaign plans against terrorism".
That instructions document was a joint effort
by Feith's office and by the Strategic Plans and Policy directorate of
Abizaid's Joint Staff. It followed the broad outlines of the paper for
Bush, arguing that the enemy was a "network" that included states that
support terrorism and that the Defense Department should seek to
"convince or compel" those states to cut their ties to terrorism.
The Pentagon guidance document called for
military commanders to assist other government agencies "as directed"
to "encourage populations dominated by terrorist organizations or their
supporters to overthrow that domination".
That language was adopted because the
campaign planning document was issued as "Strategic Guidance for the
Defense Department" on October 3, 2001 - just three days after the
Rumsfeld strategy paper had gone to the president.
Bush had not approved the explicit aim of
regime change in Iran, Syria and four other countries proposed by
Rumsfeld. Thus Rumsfeld adopted the aggressive military plan targeting
multiple regimes in the Middle East for regime change even though it
was not White House policy.
The Defense Department guidance document made
it clear that US military aims in regard to those states would go well
beyond any ties to terrorism. The document said the Defense Department
would also seek to isolate and weaken those states and to "disrupt,
damage or destroy" their military capacities - not necessarily limited
to weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
The document included as a "strategic
objective" a requirement to "prevent further attacks against the US or
US interests". That language, which extended the principle of
preemption far beyond the issue of WMD, was so broad as to justify
plans to use force against virtually any state that was not a client of
the United States.
The military leadership's strong preference
for focusing on states as enemies rather than on the threat from
al-Qaeda after September 11 continued a pattern of behavior going back
to the Bill Clinton administration (1993-2001).
After the bombing of two US embassies in East
Africa by al-Qaeda operatives, State Department counter-terrorism
official Michael Sheehan proposed supporting the anti-Taliban Northern
Alliance in Afghanistan against bin Laden's sponsor, the Taliban
regime. However, senior US military leaders "refused to consider it",
according to a 2004 account by Richard H Shultz, Junior, a military
specialist at Tufts University.
A senior officer on the Joint Staff told
State Department counter-terrorism director Sheehan he had heard
terrorist strikes characterized more than once by colleagues as a
"small price to pay for being a superpower".
Source: The Asia Times
- TURNED ON OUR HEADS
Earth's Poles Long Overdue For Reversal
reversal of the Earth's magnetic poles could happen sooner than we
think, according to Dutch scientists who report that the planet's
magnetic field is becoming gradually less stable.
A reversal could affect everything from
navigation and communications equipment to the composition of the
atmosphere, say experts.
The report, published today in the U.K.
journal Nature Geoscience, found that reversals have been far more
common in the last 200 million years than they were deep in the
Researchers, led by Andrew Biggin of the
University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, made the discovery by
analysing rocks formed between 2.45 to 2.82 billion years ago.
The story of the Earth's magnetic field
is written in rocks over time. Because these rocks become 'magnetised'
at the time of their formation, scientists can discover which direction
the poles were facing and how strong the Earth's magnetic field was at
The magnetic poles wander around the
vicinity of the geographic poles all the time – the north magnetic pole
currently resides in the Canadian Arctic. However, at relatively
regular intervals throughout the 4.5 billion year history of the
planet, the magnetic poles have flipped completely. A few thousand
years before a reversal, the magnetic field gradually gets weaker;
something which could cause problems for inhabitants of the planet.
"The Earth's magnetic field is important
for shielding the atmosphere, and us, from damage caused by the solar
wind," explained Biggin. "It's also used by us and other species for
navigation". An increase in solar wind would disrupt communications
equipment and power grids.
Current records suggest that we are long
overdue for our next reversal, he said. "On average, there is a
reversal around every 400,000 years, but this varies a lot." The
geological record suggests that the last reversal was around 800,000
Furthermore, there is already evidence to
show that the field has been weakening over the last few centuries –
some archaeological remains suggest that the field was far stronger in
the time of the Roman Empire, some 2,000 years ago.
Don't throw away your compass
Don't throw away your compass just yet
though – major changes may not even happen in our lifetimes. "The
reversal process is very unpredictable," said Biggin. "We could be
heading into a reversal in the next few centuries, or we might be
waiting another million years".
Even then, reversal is a slow process,
which can take some thousands of years to complete.
But what about the effect on living
organisms? Another paper, published in Nature in March suggested that
some species that rely on the field for navigation or orientation have
taken a knock from pole reversals in the past.
Author David Gubbins, of the University
of Leeds in England, said that some single-celled organisms that relied
on magnetism to tell up from down likely went extinct during past
reversals. Human beings have survived reversals in the past, however,
added Gubbins, "so we are likely to come through the next one
Source: Cosmos Magazine
- THE LEGEND OF FREDERICK
MITCHELL-HEDGES DEPARTMENT -
The Adventures of the REAL Indiana Jones
A tall man,
handsome and weather-beaten, wipes the blood of a giant scorpion from
his hands and squints into the middle distance as he ponders his latest
quest for sacred artefacts.
He could be the ultimate Hollywood hero — living a
life packed full of excitement and peril, usually with a beautiful
young woman on his arm.
He uncovers lost civilisations, is hailed as a god by
grateful villagers, snatches priceless Christian treasures from under
Nazi noses and begins revolutions. And his name will now be linked for
ever with a mysterious crystal skull...
A familiar figure for movie fans, you may think. It
must be Indiana Jones, the whip-cracking, hat-snatching hero of the
blockbuster films Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Last Crusade, Temple Of
Doom and next month's The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull — part-explorer,
part-archaeologist and all man.
But the man is not Indy, but a figure called
Frederick Albert Mitchell-Hedges, a British adventurer whose life
contains astonishing parallels with Indy's big-screen jaunts.
So could Mitchell-Hedges be the real Indiana Jones?
Could he have inspired the character who undertakes such jaw-dropping
exploits as finding the Lost Ark Of The Covenant?
Eccentric to say the least, Mitchell-Hedges was
certainly a character. And in the new Indiana film, the links between
the two explorers are uncanny — but while Indy's props were always his
battered fedora and trusty whip, Mitchell- Hedges was always smoking
his huge pipe.
While researching a novel, I stumbled across
Mitchell-Hedges and became fascinated with this thoroughly British
adventurer — whose rip-roaring autobiography Danger, My Ally describes
a world leagues apart from today's politically correct, health and
Mitchell-Hedges's accounts of his adventures —
published in the Daily Mail back then — presented such a daredevil, he
almost makes Indy look like an accountant.
But can his rip-roaring tales of heroism really be
Born in 1882, Mitchell-Hedges endured the boredom of
his schooldays by escaping into the derring-do fictions of H. Rider
Haggard and Charles Kingsley. Inspired by the dark exoticism the novels
described, the young Frederick resolved to become an explorer.
His strait-laced father had other ideas however, and
ordered him to take a job in the City.
Utterly depressed, the 18-year-old Mitchell-Hedges
embarked on a night carousing in the West End.
Mitchell-Hedges tells how, during the course of the
festivities, one unfortunate lady leaned over his table, 'giving us all
a handsome and provocative view of her large breasts'.
With a 'deft movement', one of Mitchell-Hedges's
party sent a jug of crushed ice 'gushing down the deep valley between
those snowy mountains'.
Cue a riot thanks to the outraged 'lady', a
subsequent court appearance — and a father so embarrassed by the furore
that he let his errant son go off to Canada.
When he docked, Mitchell-Hedges crossed the border,
and traversed the States, eventually ending up in Mexico, where he was
captured by the legendary rebel leader Pancho Villa — who led forays
against the U.S. from 1916.
Mitchell-Hedges escaped being shot as an American spy
only by proving he was English, singing God Save The King. Villa liked
the cut of his jib and forced him to join them on raids against the
gringos. On a particularly disastrous foray, Mitchell-Hedges was shot
twice in the leg.
Villa did eventually release Mitchell-Hedges,
allowing him to travel back to Britain to volunteer for World War I —
but his wounds meant he wasn't passed as fit for combat. Embarrassed to
be seen as a relatively healthy-looking man in Britain during wartime,
Mitchell-Hedges returned to New York to work for a diamond dealer.
Around 1917, Mitchell-Hedges's boss persuaded him to
put up a mysterious Russian exile, who called himself Bronstein.
Mitchell-Hedges obliged, glad of the company. It was only after the war
ended, that he discovered 'Bronstein' was actually the Russian
The British secret services, who were tracking the
Russian, asked Mitchell-Hedges to spy on Trotsky — but the explorer
claimed he simply didn't have the stomach for such deceit.
As if this wasn't enough excitement, around this
time, Mitchell-Hedges says he was 'given' a ten-year-old orphan girl
called Anne-Marie le Guillon, by a group of Americans he met on a train.
He took responsibility for this girl, who was known
afterwards as his adopted daughter, Anna Mitchell-Hedges.
The story appears to be highly implausible — but it
is near-impossible to discover the truth, such is the web of yarns
which Mitchell-Hedges wove around the incident.
It was an extraordinary turn of events — but more was
to come. From New York, Mitchell-Hedges went on a excursion to Central
America and realised his childhood dream of exploration still burned
strongly inside him.
There was only one option for the now by Robert
Hudson cash-strapped Mitchell-Hedges: a return to England to raise
funds from well-connected family friends.
And so, his Indiana-esque exploits truly began in
1921, when he fatefully met a gutsy old acquaintance, Lady Richmond
Brown, on the platform at London's Waterloo station. She'd been told
she was dying — erroneously as it turned out — and wanted to end her
days in a blaze of glory.
She told Mitchell-Hedges that if he took her
exploring, she would pay for the trip. He instantly said yes. For six
years, the pair journeyed to and from Central America, discovering
unknown tribes and sending rare pots and carvings back to the British
Wherever he travelled, he was hailed by primitive
locals as a medicine man and left a trail of grateful natives in his
His reports to the Daily Mail, which part-sponsored
these exploits, were full of lost cities, including Lubaantun in
British Honduras, later Belize.
They were rollicking reads — but, as Lynda,
Mitchell-Hedges's granddaughter, told me, many of his claims have to be
treated with caution. Mitchell-Hedges was, after all, a highly skilled
And those colourful dispatches kept coming. As well
as lost civilisations, his reports also told of one man's battle
against huge beasts — indeed, Mitchell-Hedges was as famous at the time
for killing sea monsters as for finding lost tribes.
His 1924 book, Battles With Giant Fish, is a fabulous
account of titanic struggles with almost implausibly huge leviathans,
many of which are pictured alongside a phlegmatic Mitchell-Hedges, pipe
While other fishermen of the period focused on the
new and glamorous sport of big game fishing for tuna and marlin,
Mitchell-Hedges was interested only in size and monstrosity.
One 300st sawfish caught in the Bay of Panama is
particularly extraordinary, but man-killing tiger sharks, vast devil
rays and giant hammerheads were all grist to his mill. Photographs show
the sheer size of the indomitable Mitchell-Hedges's catch.
By the Thirties, the fiftysomething adventurer was
being accompanied by a new companion, Jane Houlson Harvey, an
attractive twentysomething who answered Mitchell-Hedges's advertisement
for a secretary.
She could have almost been the female lead in an
Indiana flick — the naive British daughter of missionaries and
teachers, she joined her lanternjawed hero, Mitchell-Hedges, and
learned to love the wildest of places.
But was Jane his lover? It's impossible to know.
Mitchell-Hedges's autobiography is very coy about his love life, saying
merely that Mitchell-Hedges was married in 1906 to Dolly, whom he had
met at a thoroughly proper country house party — and that 'greatly to
my surprise, we are married still'.
But my research has shown that this obscures as much
as it reveals. In 1930, Mitchell-Hedges was cited as the longterm lover
in Lady Richmond Brown's divorce. It seems his sex life was just as
active as his adventuring.
Even stranger, there are newspaper reports from 1938
that he was sued for divorce by an American woman called Dorothy Copp,
to whom he'd been 'married' for three years, which had been spent on a
tropical jungle honeymoon she described as a 'nightmare' and 'no place
for a white woman'.
It has proved impossible to learn more about Dorothy
Copp and this marriage, which would have made Mitchell-Hedges a
bigamist. It's little wonder that Mitchell-Hedges once described
himself as 'one of the leading contenders for the title of Worst
Husband In The World'.
Whatever the truth about their relationship, Jane was
constantly imperilled by their adventures — but Mitchell- Hedges dealt
with this in the manliest possible fashion. If a shark approached her,
he killed it. If a scorpion stung her finger, he sucked out the poison.
They were accompanied everywhere by colourful
desperadoes. One of their comrades, named Mongoose, met a very sticky
end on the Patuca River in Honduras.
He was attacked by a crocodile and Mitchell-Hedges,
seeing that his injuries would prove fatal, shot Mongoose in the head.
It was, he wrote, 'more merciful that way'.
And, somewhat like the eternal movie superhero
Harrison Ford, now aged 65, Mitchell-Hedges stubbornly refused to fade
away. In 1951, one newspaper reported that the old explorer, by now 68,
was on the east coast of Africa, hunting for treasures by digging up
most of Dar-Es-Salaam.
It was around this time, Mitchell-Hedges claimed to
have recovered the miraculous Virgin of Kazan, a bejewelled
16th-century icon which the Russians credited with helping to defeat
Napoleon in 1812.
The icon was stolen in 1904, but 50 years later,
Mitchell-Hedges said he had recovered it — though not before it had
passed through the hands of leading Nazi, Hermann Goering.
But the current excitement surrounding his links to
Indiana Jones rests on the extraordinary Crystal Skull of Doom — and
the controversial story of its discovery in Belize, which
Mitchell-Hedges became convinced was the ancient city of Atlantis,
re-risen from the sea.
The explorer was convinced that the skull and other
artefacts betokened a civilisation that was too old to fit in with
traditional archaeologists' readings of history.
How could articles so ancient be found deep in the
earth's layers alongside ones far more modern? There was only one
explanation, Mitchell-Hedges decided.
Belize was Atlantis — it had sunk taking its
antiquities with it, and mysteriously re-appeared centuries later in
the modern historical age.
The new Indiana Jones film shows Indy desperately
hunting for a mysterious crystal skull of doom — and Mitchell-Hedges's
Skull of Doom is unquestionably the finest of the world's crystal
skulls, others of which are housed in major collections such as the
British Museum and Smithsonian.
They are believed by many to be the keys to ancient
prophecies. Some even claim they have extraterrestrial origins. Indeed,
Mitchell-Hedges claimed the skull was 'the embodiment of all evil'.
According to articles written by Mitchell-Hedges in
the Fifties, the skull was discovered in Belize by his adopted
daughter, Anna, on one of their jaunts during the Roaring Twenties.
But why on earth would the publicity-seeking
Mitchell-Hedges delay revealing such a find for nearly three decades?
Perhaps the answer can be found in British Museum records — which
clearly state that Mitchell-Hedges bought the skull from a man called
Sydney Burney in 1944.
But Anna Mitchell-Hedges, who died last year aged
100, had an explanation for this: she claimed that her father lent the
skull to Burney, who promptly put the skull up for sale.
Mitchell-Hedges had no option but to buy the skull back from Burney.
Any documentary evidence of all these transactions
was unfortunately lost during a cyclone, says Anna. This is a pity,
since there are further papers which appear to show Burney buying the
skull in 1933.
Historians have come up with other explanations for
the skull's complicated journey. Sibley S. Morrill, an American
historian, speculated in 1972 that Mitchell- =Hedges had to be furtive
because he was, despite his protestations to the contrary, working for
the British secret service.
Others — including Bill Homann, a friend of Anna's,
who has styled himself as 'the guardian of the skull' — agree this
explains Mitchell- Hedges's many inconsistencies.
Joe Nickell — an author who specialises in debunking
ancient 'mysteries' — explores the possibility that various crystal
skulls were actually manufactured in Germany in the late 19th century
and lucratively sold on.
People get so worked up about this because, in true
Indiana Jones fashion, some regard the Mitchell-Hedges skull as an
object of worldchanging importance.
Joshua Shapiro, an American, who is completing a book
called Journeys Of The Crystal Skull Explorers, explains: 'People worry
about the origins of the skull, but what matters is that this skull
made the public aware of the existence of these artefacts. What we
don't yet understand is how the skulls' power and energy works, nor
what role they will play in helping humanity creating a peaceful
Shapiro is investigating these matters with his
colleagues at the World Mystery Research Centre in Illinois, and has
spoken of his belief that the skull will help usher in a global age of
peace by 2012 — the year the ancient Mayan calendar ends, supposedly
signifying the end of the world as we know it.
Shapiro believes the fact the skulls were found on
Mayan ground shows their enormous — and mysterious — global importance.
Mitchell-Hedges died in June 1959, mysterious and
controversial to the last. The secrets of the crystal skull, and its
owner, will perhaps never be revealed.
But it is tantalising to imagine that this real-life
Indiana Jones could have had a top-secret alter-ego. Could the
real-life Indiana have been a secret James Bond after all?
Source: The Daily Mail
- MIGHTY, MORPHING POWER UFOS
UFOs Unexplained Ability To Change Shape
There is no doubt
that UFOs are strange. The fact that they are usually seen silently
zipping around in our skies is weird enough; but throw in the fact that
many UFOs that appear solid are seen to be constantly changing shape
and size, it's enough to drive any serious UFO researcher to take up
butterfly collecting instead.
It is one of the great mysteries of UFOs, how can
something that looks so real not behave like a solid object and change
shape as rapidly as smoke in the wind? This has led to wild
speculations on the true nature of UFOs and allowed skeptics to dismiss
the entire phenomenon as simply misinterpreted natural events.
What hard-core skeptics fail to take into
consideration is the thousands of diverse UFO sightings that have come
in over the years that exhibit the same shape-changing characteristics.
A reported sighting of a weird object that changes shape can be a good
way to distinguish a real UFO from one that is fraudulent.
UFOs are seen to come in all kinds of different
shapes and sizes, ranging from saucers, ovals, cigars, spheres, rocket
and triangular shaped. They can suddenly appear and disappear, only to
reappear in a completely different location. They can split in two and
rejoin again instantly. This has led to all sorts of heated
arguments between UFO researchers who have a preferred shape, choosing
to throw out cases that don't meet their criteria. However, if you take
into account all of the reports of UFOs seen to morph from one shape
into another, then possibly the vast diversity of UFOs is not so
difficult to explain after all.
Classic Report of a Morphing UFO
On June 29, 1954, A British Overseas Airways
Corporation (BOAC) Stratocruiser Centaurus left New York Idlewild
airport bound for London. Just after 9:00pm the aircraft passed 170
miles southwest of Goose Bay, Labrador, flying northeast at 19,000ft.
The crew suddenly noticed an object to the west of the plane that was
roughly five degrees aft of the port wing at a distance of about five
miles. As they drew closer, the crew could see a large pear-shaped UFO
flying in formation with six other smaller objects.
Against the sunset these objects appeared dark with
the six smaller UFOs changing their positions around the larger craft
which seemed to change from its original pear shape to a telephone
handset shape and, in the words of Captain Howard: "what looked like a
flying arrow - an enormous delta-winged plane turning in to close with
us." The anomalous shape-shifting object seemed to be solid with
definite, clearly-defined edges.
As the jetliner drew closer the smaller UFOs formed
into a regular line and seemed to merge into the larger object.
Then the remaining large UFO appeared to suddenly shrink and vanish
right before the eyes of the startled crew.
Captain Howard remarked later: "...they were
obviously not aircraft as we know them. All appeared black and I will
swear they were solid. There was a big central object that appeared to
keep changing shape. The six smaller objects dodged about either in
front or behind..."
In another case a Baptist Pastor while traveling with
his family in the western part of the U.S. on June 8, 2002, observed a
silver aluminum object flying above the mountains.
The Pastor says, "When I first noticed the object it
was in the shape of a box and about the size of a small private plane.
I tried to show it to my family and I was pointing where to look.
Taking my eyes off of it for a moment, it changed to a round bottom cup
shape without the handle (the round section being at the top). The
sighting lasted about 30 seconds. The craft was not in a hurry really
but seemed to be just cruising around. I don't know how it disappeared.
I lost sight of it trying to point it out to my family after looking
away for just a second."
UFO Changes Shape Right Before Witnesses Eyes
On June 5, 2005 a man was stopped at a traffic light
on route 422 in Niles Ohio when he noticed a bright silver, metallic
UFO in the clear blue sky in front of his car.
"It was thin, cigar shaped with rounded ends and
there was a large spot of sun glare shining from the left (back end).
With my arm completely extended, its length would have been about the
width across of a quarter."
About six to seven seconds after he first spotted the
unusual object, it seemed to change shape with the front end moving
slightly inward so that the object took on more of a boomerang shape
with one side shorter than the other. The glare from the sun that had
been so bright at the left end moved in a quick flash and settled more
in the center of the object and there seemed to be a darker spot right
in the middle.
At that point the UFO was seen to ripple and get
fuzzy at the edges. After the hazy ripple, it completely vanished
leaving the eyewitness wondering what he had just seen.
This odd shape-shifting was actually captured on
camera in 1994 at an undisclosed location within the Nellis Air Force
Base Bombing and Gunnery Range Complex, Nevada. The videotape is said
to have been smuggled out by contractor personnel who had operated
tracking stations on the Nellis range. Even though the UFO was
photographed by a very good remote controlled fixed mounted camera, it
still has that fuzzy, cotton-ball look about it which seems to be
common among UFOs.
The Nellis Test Range UFO footage is an excellent
example of what seems to be a real UFO caught on tape. This object,
tracked by military radar and cameras, flies boldly around in a bright,
clear sky seemingly unconcerned that it is being watched and
The object recorded on videotape flying over the
dessert terrain that day appears to be constantly changing shape. At
first it appears to be disc-shaped, then it looks somewhat like a small
jet with round stubby wings, then it changes into three-balls, all the
while the object is never clearly defined. It is as if it is surrounded
by fog or mist, keeping it just out of focus. What kind of object are
we dealing with that is never still, is always changing shape, and
seems to be not quite solid?
As the object slowly spins a projection of some kind
can also be seen. There is also a shifting "coal black" region. More
often than not, the craft has a morphing, indefinite profile that
appears to be self-luminous.
Strikingly similar UFOs have been videotaped over
Mexico City, showing the same multi-lobed, cotton ball effect with
darkened areas. Ed Walters also shot photos of two similar lobed craft
over Gulf Breeze, Florida, one being pursued by a jet interceptor.
Steve Neeley photographed a brilliant three-lobed object surrounded by
a glowing "cloud" over Hardin County, Ohio. Neeley called the craft a
"triangle" and a faint triangular zone can be seen within the lobes.
Physicists have speculated that what we see around
shape-shifting UFOs may not be the UFO itself, but rather the energy
change occurring around the UFO as it moves between dimensions.
Apparent "vehicles" that seem to change shape while in the air may not
be spacecraft at all, but cross-sections of four-dimensional objects
that bisect familiar 3-D reality. For example, a 3-D cross section of a
4-D tube would appear spherical. If the tube was irregular in shape, we
would expect it to "change shape" in our three dimensions as it moved,
much how a sphere passing through a two-dimensional plane would appear
like a rapidly growing disk to any watching flatlanders.
Alan Holt and David Froening at the end of the 1970s
worked on an extension of Einstein's Unified Field Theory involving
what they referred to as a "field propulsion" craft. This spacecraft
would change color and shape as it entered different stages of flight -
this is similar to many UFOs that are reported around the globe.
Have UFOs Inspired Morphing Aircraft Designs?
Rumors have circulated among the UFO community that
modern aircraft designs have been influenced by back-engineered
extraterrestrial spacecraft. According to LiveScience.com, NASA and
Department of Defense engineers are trying to create a plane that can
morph into new shapes during flight by flexing or twisting, due to
being made of new metals that form a kind of "flexible skin."
Amazing advances are being made in the development of
new metal alloys. These alloys have remarkable characteristics, in that
they will change shape upon the application of an electric current or
magnetic field. They change shape, or morph rapidly and with some
considerable force. They are termed "compact hybrid actuators," alloys
that incorporate advanced nano-technology that is designed to enable
them to mimic living systems in their versatility and dynamism.
The list of potential applications seems endless, and
the U.S. military is funding a variety of related research programs
exploring the full range of options. Self-healing wings that flex and
react like living organisms, versatile bombers that double as agile jet
fighters, and swarms of tiny unmanned aircraft are just a few of the
science-fiction-like possibilities that these next-generation
technologies could make feasible in the decades ahead.
In his 1997 book "The Day After Roswell", the late
Col. Philip J. Corso described his own experience of examining unusual
material alleged to come from the 1947 UFO crash site in New Mexico:
There was a dull, grayish-silvery foil-like swatch of
cloth among these artifacts that you could not fold, bend, tear, or wad
up but that bounded right back into its original shape without any
creases. It was a metallic fiber with physical characteristics
that would later be called 'supertenacity,' but when I tried to cut it
with scissors, the arms just slid right off without even making a nick
in the fibers. If you tried to stretch it, it bounced back, but I
noticed that all the threads seemed to be going in one direction.
When I tried to stretch it width-wise instead of length-wise, it looked
like the fibers had re-orientated themselves to the direction I was
pulling in. This couldn't be cloth, but it obviously wasn't
metal. It was a combination, to my unscientific eye, of a cloth
woven with metal strands that had the drape and malleability of a
fabric and the strength and resistance of a metal."
Corso claimed in his book that he "seeded" the alien
material to the research departments of Monsanto and Dow.
Furthermore, Corso claims that the material had previously been
delivered to the Air Material Command at Wright Field. Wright Patterson
Air Force Base is famous in UFO circles for its Foreign Technology
division, purported to hold extra-terrestrial craft and artifacts. It
could be that the new morphing technologies being used in new, top
secret aircraft are the results of years of study on the UFO debris
captured by the U.S. in the 1940s.
The entire UFO phenomenon is always changing and
never clearly defined. When you think that you finally have something
definite, the phenomenon changes again and you are back at square one.
For more than fifty years, this is what has constantly confounded UFO
researchers - when it comes to shape changing UFOs, there appears to be
no real truths or answers. Anything goes, and often does.
Source: Tim R. Swartz
- TO THE DEVIL HIS DUE DEPARTMENT -
The arrival of the antichrist
has been awaited with as much anticipation as the return of Jesus, this
is especially true when it comes to the Christian right in America.
These followers of Christianity believe that the antichrist will usher
in a new beginning, and end with only the faithful left on earth. They
look forward to this horrific climax, believing the world will be at
peace for a thousand years after the last great battle between good and
evil has ended.
Good luck, I say to them.
Over the many centuries that have passed since the time Christ walked
on earth, many soothsayers have pointed to one villain or another
saying this man was the true antichrist, or that one. Both Hitler and
Napoleon have been said to be this semi-human entity. Though these men,
as a few others throughout history were truly evil and probably mad,
the prophecies of the antichrist were not fulfilled with the coming and
going of either of these two tyrants. I can think of a few other
powerful leaders who were just as evil, but history shows that there
was not a thousand years of peace after their death or defeat. Nor was
there any man on earth that was cast into the roll of savior at the
time when they were doing their dirty work.
The Bible is an enigma, hard for most to understand, as it contradicts
itself throughout. Even those who dedicate their lives to studying the
text disagree on different aspects and new information is being dug up
every day by archeologist. Though there are many differences of opinion
on different parts of the Bible, most Bible scholars pretty much agree
that the Antichrist that John of Revelations was talking about was
Emperor Nero of the first century. There are a number of reasons why
they came to this conclusion.
Nero was a persecutor of early Christians, but that was not the only
reason John and others saw him as the antichrist. Nero burned books to
heat the baths of the wealthy Romans, disregarding the education of the
common people of his country. Nero was at first thought to be only a
bubbling fool, who did not understand the way of the world, but the
people of Rome soon learned that he was much worse than that, as he
destroyed his country from the inside out, leaving it to burn down in
runes, while he played his lute. The destruction of Rome affected the
world, as they were the super power then. The burning down of this
great city was no worry to Nero, as he planed to rebuild it in even
more splendor. He had no worry for the common man…like Christ; he
believed that the poor would always be with us, to do the hard work.
Another reason that Bible scholars believe that John was referring to
Nero in Revelations is because of the number of the beast 666. The Jews
in those times were believers in numerology. This ancient science is
part of their Kabala, as in the Old Testament it is said that all
things are numbered. Hebrew letters doubled as numbers as did the
letters of the Greek alphabet. In both of these cultures the name of
Nero was equal to the number 666.
It has been two thousand years since Nero and now we have another
bubbling fool on the world's center stage. George Bush is the first
world leader since Nero to cause as much damage to his own country.
Unlike many monsters, his work has been occult and insidious, hidden
from the public eye until it was too late. Greed for himself and his
already wealthy friends has caused great damage to America.
It has been two thousand years, since the time of Nero and when any
living leader has been called the Antichrist. The time may have come
Coincidentally, according to numerology, George Bush's numbers also add
up to 666. How numerology works with the English alphabet is that each
letter is given a number value from 1 to 9.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
a b c d e f g h i
j k l m n o p q r
s t u v w x y z
The path of life number is found by adding one's birth date. For George
this would be 7/6/1946. 7+6+1+9+4+6= 33, 3+3=6.
To find the number of your personality, you add up the numbers of your
name at birth.
G e o r g e W a l k e r B u s h
7 5 6 9 7 5 5 1 3 2 5 9 2 3 1 8
14 = 78 7+8 = 15 1+5 = 6
Pet names or common nicknames are used to find your karmic number.
Growing up George's family and friends referred to him as G W.
7 +5 = 12 1+2 = 3
To find a person's destiny number you would add the above numbers
together 6+6+3=15 1+5=6.
Might the thousand years of peace be due to the fact that there will be
too few people left to wage war against each other?
Source: Eric Leeds
NEW ORLEANS URBAN LEGEND DEPARTMENT -
The Lost Dead
New Orleans is a very old city, and old cities usually have their urban
legends well woven into the fabric of everyday life. Such are the tales
of the Rougarou (an American werewolf) the Grunch (a local New Orleans
Chupacabra) Vampires and of course Zombies. But not to many outside the
city have heard of what locals call The Lost Dead. If a animated corpse
can or could haunt you The Lost Dead is that creature to do so.
Some think they are part vampire others a cross between a vampire and a
zombie. But in dissecting the legend brings forth even a few new
hypothesis. And several layers of degrees separating them from both of
the well known enigmas.
The bodies of Lost Dead have many of the same distinctive
characteristics as the bodies of vampires of folklore. They do not
decay or fall victim to corruption, instead, they swell and may even
attain a "drum-like" form, or shrivel to a Zombie like creature.
Crosses and the usual ways of dispatching Vampires or a zombie does not
work on the Lost Dead. and basically that's how you find out that the
lost dead are a totally different breed of un-dead.
Yes some have a ruddy complexion and their clothes are ill fitting
(either hanging on them or popping the seams), and are, according to
one account, " Always life like and fresh from being gorged with new
blood of it's victim". They look like a un-kept person or a vagabond of
a vampire and they may range in age from that of a young child to the
elderly. Some old New Orleanian's say they are just dead folks that
don't know where to go. their minds are not all their and they don't
know whether to stay in the grave or tomb or to just dig their way out
and go home. But still Dead is dead and by all medical ideas they are
that just dead.
The activities of the Lost Dead are nearly always strange and
paranormal, verging from merely leaving their above ground grave and
tombs and "roaming about" and being seen even on Bourbon Street during
the daylight hours. Stiffly they walk a wreck of a vagabond and a
stench foul as the grave and as corrupt as the decaying corpse in the
Among other things, this unique Louisiana creature is believed to knock
on the doors of houses or even in venture into a New Orleans Hotel or
business's and call out the name of the persons inside. Much often The
Lost Dead or so likened to that of the Banshee as a foreteller of death
it's also hard to separate the differences.
If The Lost Dead gets no reply the first time comes to a home, it will
pass without causing any harm but leave mud from the Cemetery on the
door step and the lingering smell of a decaying corpse as it's calling
If someone unfortunate does answer the door, he or she will die a few
days later and become another of the Lost Dead and roam New Orleans
until Judgment Day. For this reason, there is a superstition present
that one should not answer a door until the third knock or third
ringing of the bell.
You see The Lost Dead only knock twice. Same goes for answering a
telephone, for the Lost Dead are said to know how to dial a phone and
if your answer before the third ring and they call your name you are
then marked for certain death! If you wait until the third ring they
are said to be stupefied and just hang up. The only thing I
personally don't understand is why they don't ring doorbells?
The Lost dead have been known to slit your throat or wrist with a sharp
knife or broken bottle then with great strength ... hold you down and
drink your blood as states a few Gentility area tales. Other stories
(depending on what ward or district you live in) often tell of them
hugging or squeezing a person to death until they explode blood from
their eyes and orifices. Those who live near the Canal Street
Cemeteries tell this story and believe that the Lost Dead burst all the
major internal organs of its victim by hugging them. Still others in
The Mid City Bayou St. John Area have said they grab you with a vice
like grip dragging the victim forcefully to the St. Louis cemetery
Number 3. And taking the victim back to their own grave and entombing
the live person within to take their place. In Uptown New Orleans The
Lost Dead are said to be found each day and returned to their graves
this usually goes on for several weeks until the body is so rotted away
it cannot crawl out again to annoy the living.
Still others from the West Bank of New Orleans tell that the Lost Dead
are merely just a poorly animated corpse who with little or no mind
left since the advent of embalming merely room the city until they fall
or rot away to pieces.
In the late 1800's locals were said to always made sure they buried
their dead in their finest clothes only because if they woke up in the
cold grave and walked the streets the family would not be embarrassed
when then neighbor said yours Mama's Dead corpse is waling the
Streets... Or because if your dead with no place to go but walk the
french Quarter night and day you might as well look nice until somebody
buries your ass again!
Many times they say that it was up to family members only to capture
their dead relatives and put them back in their grave under lock and
key. A very old new orleans tale tells that's why so many tombs have
fences around them and actual heavy doors with great padlocks. Some say
the higher the tomb the fresh body was always put on top so if it tried
to escape it would fall and burst as it hit the ground saving the
family the trouble of searching the neighborhood until they found them.
Unlike Vampires Daylight does not affect them Unlike zombies they are
not able to be enslaved to do ones bidding. And many local Voodoo and
Hoodoo Kings and Queens are said to be called into to service to
identify what the creature is that has been seen roaming the city
Streets of New Orleans.
The Lost Dead is a taboo subject that few will speak of to strangers.
And if you can get them to talk you will hear stories of how years a go
their relatives haunted the family each night knocking at the front
door and calling their names to let them in. This type of haunting is
said to only last a few weeks in the summer . I guess because the
extreme heat of the city wears on the dead very fast. And sometimes for
a few months from October until March.
How and Why you can become one of the lost Dead!
In New Orleans they say if you die on Mardi Gras day your chances of
becoming a Lost Dead is greater then any other time of the year. If
your born on February 29th or May 1st you're a instant shoe in.
Many believe it involves some strange Voodoo Hoodoo curse that goes
back to Marie Laveau. They say she was trying a new ritual to make a
different kind of zombie that would do your bidding for only a few
weeks then return to the grave. But of course something went wrong. Or
the spell was never perfected, and that many Voodooist are trying to
get the spell right and are doing this to unsuspecting victims. They
are said to pour a black powder in your drink and that's it!. Bam,
a lost Dead!
Some say you can become a lost dead if your final wishes are not
carried out .A school friend of mine in grammar school once told me and
some friends that her Grandma was a Lost Dead. She said she came to the
door one morning and that's why she was late for school that day. She
said that the old woman's corpse yelled and demanded a pair of red
shoes and would not leave until her dad through a pair out of the
window to her. (since she had not been buried in them and that was her
final wish.) She told us her Grandma's corpse promptly put on the shoes
and left never to be seen again. She also showed us a not from her dad
saying the Lost Dead came to our house this morning at 7 :am and that
she should be excused for being late because everyone knows what that
entails. We watched her give the note to the teacher who just read it,
folded it up and went on with teaching the class.
How To Put a Lost Dead back in it's Grave.
Voodooist today say that the lost dead are merely people who were not
baptized when they were born and you only need to take the lost dead to
the church and pour holy water over their head so they can get their
rest and go to Heaven. Once done the corpse falls to the ground never
to move again.
Others merely gather up all the bravest family members and go out with
rope and big sticks and capture the Lost Dead and put it back in their
graves kicking and biting all the way. Or you can just not answer the
door until the third knock!
So far in my many Paranormal Investigations and Adventures I have not
come across a Lost Dead eye to eye. I know the stories and usually hear
a new one about them now and then. But I will just sit around until one
day theirs a knock at my door or the phone rings asking me to come and
investigate the phenomena. But I won't answer until the third knock or
Source: Gina Lanier
MUSHROOMS OF THE GODS DEPARTMENT -
Communication via Fungi?
The late psychedelic philosopher Terence McKenna isn't typically
associated with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence; he mostly
concerned himself with the actualization of intelligence here on Earth,
taking a welcome cosmic perspective that revealed our species' failings
and latent potential. But he introduced at least one new idea to
the SETI controversy that deserves consideration, especially in light
of recent discoveries.
McKenna suggested that the surreal hallucinatory states experienced by
"trippers" might constitute a form of extraterrestrial contact, vastly
more intimate than the radio signals anticipated by his mainstream
Ludicrous? Perhaps not. Hallucinogenic mushrooms are
dispersed as hardy spores capable of traveling incredible
distances. McKenna wondered if such spores could have been
deliberately wafted to Earth in the remote past, inviting the
proposition that many planets conducive to life might have been
Boldly venturing away from conventional evolutionary narratives,
McKenna speculated that homo sapiens might owe its unique cognitive
abilities to exposure to psilocybin, a mushroom-derived substance with
pronounced neurochemical effects. In McKenna's scenario, the
medium is the message: the bizarre worlds encountered by people under
the influence of psilocybin are components of an "invisible landscape"
with which we share a profound and unacknowledged symbiosis.
(McKenna credited the advent of language, among other phenomena, to
chemically altered states.)
That our brains harbor receptor sites to specific botanical chemicals
indicates a relationship of some complexity, regardless whether the
originating organisms are indigenous to Earth or hail from space.
If our planet was indeed seeded with fungi, psychedelic experiences
might comprise an authentic message, albeit one we have yet to
decipher. (Alternatively, McKenna offered the fascinating
possibility that hallucinogenic mushrooms themselves could be
intelligent in an unrecognized sense, challenging our very definition
of the word.)
Recent experiments demonstrate that spores are surprisingly well-suited
to the rigors of the interstellar vacuum, vindicating at least a
portion of McKenna's proposition. If he was right, then the
"aliens" could have already arrived -- a revolutionary notion that
pales only when one considers the role they may have played in the
development of human consciousness.
Source: Seti.com/Mac Tonnies
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