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Was The War On Terrorism Created To Hide Another Purpose? -
- Earth's Poles Long Overdue For Reversal -
- UFOs Unexplained Ability To Change Shape -
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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 military leaders.

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 terrorist-supporting states".

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 Richard Myers.

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 East.

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
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JE07Ak01.html

- TURNED ON OUR HEADS DEPARTMENT -

Earth's Poles Long Overdue For Reversal

A 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 planet's history.

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 that time.

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 years ago.

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 unscathed."

Source: Cosmos Magazine
http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/1967

- 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 safety culture.

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 true?

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 revolutionary Trotsky.

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 Museum.

Wherever he travelled, he was hailed by primitive locals as a medicine man and left a trail of grateful natives in his wake.

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 self-publicist.

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 akimbo.

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 future.'

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
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id
=562487&in_page_id=1770

- MIGHTY, MORPHING POWER UFOS DEPARTMENT -

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 photographed.

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 Antichrist

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 again.

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
     39        +      25         +    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.

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
http://www.synergebooks.com/ebook_devilstale.html

- 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 tomb.

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 card.

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, you're 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 ring!

Source: Gina Lanier
http://www.ginalanier.com/THELOSTDEAD.php

- MUSHROOMS OF THE GODS DEPARTMENT -

Terence McKenna: 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 counterparts.

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 likewise seeded.

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
http://www.seti.com/blog/terence-mckenna-communication-via-fungi

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