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- BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES DEPARTMENT
Changing Climate Will Lead To More Extreme Weather
U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global
Change Research today released a scientific assessment that provides
the first comprehensive analysis of observed and projected changes in
weather and climate extremes in North America and U.S. territories. The
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change previously evaluated extreme
weather and climate events on a global basis in this same context.
However, there has not been a specific assessment across North America
prior to this report.
Among the major findings reported in this
assessment are that droughts, heavy downpours, excessive heat, and
intense hurricanes are likely to become more commonplace as humans
continue to increase the atmospheric concentrations of heat-trapping
The report is based on scientific
evidence that a warming world will be accompanied by changes in the
intensity, duration, frequency, and geographic extent of weather and
"This report addresses one of the most
frequently asked questions about global warming: what will happen to
weather and climate extremes? This synthesis and assessment product
examines this question across North America and concludes that we are
now witnessing and will increasingly experience more extreme weather
and climate events," said report co-chair Tom Karl, Ph.D., director of
NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.
"We will continue to see some of the
biggest impacts of global warming coming from changes in weather and
climate extremes,” said report co-chair Gerry Meehl, Ph.D., of the
National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. "This report
focuses for the first time on changes of extremes specifically over
The full CCSP 3.3 report, Weather and
Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate, and a summary FAQ brochure are
Global warming of the past 50 years is
due primarily to human-induced increases in heat-trapping gases,
according to the report. Many types of extreme weather and climate
event changes have been observed during this time period and continued
changes are projected for this century. Specific future projections
* Abnormally hot days
and nights, along with heat waves, are very likely to become more
common. Cold nights are very likely to become less common.
* Sea ice extent is
expected to continue to decrease and may even disappear in the Arctic
Ocean in summer in coming decades.
* Precipitation, on
average, is likely to be less frequent but more intense.
* Droughts are likely
to become more frequent and severe in some regions.
* Hurricanes will
likely have increased precipitation and wind.
* The strongest
cold-season storms in the Atlantic and Pacific are likely to produce
stronger winds and higher extreme wave heights.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated
to enhancing economic security and national safety through the
prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and
information service delivery for transportation, and by providing
environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources.
NOAA plays a key role in the Climate
Change Science Program, which is responsible for coordinating and
integrating climate research, observations, decision support, and
communications of 13 federal departments and agencies.
The National Center for Atmospheric
Research investigates climate, weather, and other topics related to the
atmosphere. It is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and
managed by a nonprofit consortium of universities, the University
Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
Source: Environmental News Network
WILDEST POLICE CHASES DEPARTMENT -
Police Helicopter Chases UFO
Stunned police gave chase to a UFO after it almost collided with their
helicopter near a military base. The mystery aircraft zoomed straight
at the chopper as the three-man police crew prepared to land.
The pilot banked sharply to avoid being hit, then launched into a
high-speed pursuit. But he was forced to give up the chase as the
helicopter’s fuel ran low – and the UFO escaped.
All three crew described the object as “flying saucer-shaped” and
circled by flashing lights. They reported it to senior officers, who
passed on the report to Britain’s UFO investigators.
The incident happened as the helicopter was returning to the MoD’s St
Athan base near Cardiff, where it is stationed. The chopper was at
500ft and waiting to land when the crew saw the UFO speeding towards
them from below.
A source said: “It closed in at great speed, aiming straight at the
“The chopper had to swerve sharply to avoid being hit. The guys said if
they’d stayed where they were, they’d be dead – it would’ve been a
“They are convinced it was a UFO. It sounds far-fetched, but they know
what they saw.
“These guys are hardened professionals and know people will take the
mickey, but they are certain they saw a UFO.”
The source added: “After the near-collision they decided to follow it
to find out what the hell it was. They belted across the Bristol
Channel in pursuit, but it was too quick. They got to the North Devon
coast and had to turn back because they were running low on fuel.”
The chopper is crammed with hi-tech cameras and surveillance gear, but
the UFO somehow avoided being caught on film. Strangely, the crew could
not see the craft with night-vision goggles – but all said it was
“clearly visible” to the naked eye on the night of June 7.
South Wales Police said last night: “We can confirm the Air Support
Unit sighted an unusual aircraft. This was reported to the relevant
authorities for their investigation.”
The MoD, which usually investigates UFO sightings, said: “We’ve heard
nothing about this. But it is certainly not advisable for police
helicopters to go chasing what they think are UFOs.”
In related news, a shaken soldier has revealed how he saw THIRTEEN UFOs
spinning in the skies above his military barracks.
Corporal Mark Proctor was among three squaddies who spotted the objects
while out on night patrol. He filmed them on his mobile phone and
reported the close encounter to Army top brass.
Ministry of Defence experts were studying his report and video
yesterday — after ordering Mark and his pals NOT to say anything else
about the incident.
The sighting, at Tern Hill barracks near Market Drayton, Shrops, came
two hours before helicopter police officers reported an encounter with
a huge craft 80 miles away near Cardiff, and three hours before a
couple claimed they were followed by a strange light in the sky along
the A5 near Shrewsbury.
Cpl Proctor, 38, of the 1st Battalion Irish Regiment, recalled how he
saw the amazing “craft” just after 11pm on Saturday, June 7. He said:
“I was on duty in the guard room when the other boys outside began
shouting. I went out to see what the commotion was about and could see
thirteen craft in the skies.
“They were zig-zagging, but I filmed two before they disappeared. They
were like rotating cubes with multiple colours.
“I made a full report to my commanding officers and gave them my
footage. The other lads were as amazed by it as I was.”
A 19-year-old private on patrol said he also saw the “fleet”. The
soldier, who asked not to be named, said: “I saw these things flying in
the sky and I told my guard commander.
“There were about 30 lights passing over for a few minutes, very high
but not at a great speed. They were bright red. Another soldier saw
An MoD spokesman said: “We deal with any UFO sightings to see if there
was a military threat.”
Source: The Sun
- GET OUT OF MY BRAIN
Suicides "Linked" To Cell Phone Towers
spate of deaths among young people in Britain’s suicide capital could
be linked to radio waves from dozens of mobile phone transmitter masts
near the victims’ homes.
Dr Roger Coghill, who sits on a
Government advisory committee on mobile radiation, has discovered that
all 22 youngsters who have killed themselves in Bridgend, South Wales,
over the past 18 months lived far closer than average to a mast.
He has examined worldwide studies linking
proximity of masts to depression. Dr Coghill’s work is likely to
trigger alarm and lead to closer scrutiny of the safety of masts, which
are frequently sited on public buildings such as schools and hospitals.
It is also likely to fuel more campaigns
against placing masts close to public places on health grounds.
Dr Coghill said last night there was
strong circumstantial evidence that the masts may have triggered
depression in those from Bridgend who took their lives.
They include Kelly Stephenson, 20, who
hanged herself from a shower rail in February this year while on
holiday in Folkestone, Kent.
Dr Coghill said: “There is a body of
research that has over the years pointed to the fact that exposure to
mobile radiation can lead to depression. There is evidence of higher
suicide rates where people live near any electrical equipment that
gives off radio or electrical waves.”
There are now 70 million mobile phone
handsets in the UK and around 50,000 masts. Both emit radio signals and
electromagnetic fields that can penetrate the brain, and for many years
campaigners have argued that this could seriously damage people’s
The national average for proximity to a
mobile phone transmitter varies depending on the type of mast. The
latest masts are far more powerful so they can transmit more
sophisticated data, such as photos and videos for people to download on
Masts are placed on average 800 metres
away from each home across the country. In Bridgend the victims lived
on average only 356 metres away.
The national average distance from a new
powerful mast is a kilometre while in Bridgend it is 540 metres. Three
transmitters were within 200 metres, 13 within 400 metres and as many
as 22 within 500 metres of victims’ homes. Carwyn Jones, 28, who hanged
himself last week, was the third young person in his street to commit
Research shows young people’s brains are
more susceptible to radio wave energy. Only two weeks ago a report
identified mobiles as having an effect on sleep patterns.
Dr Coghill added: “What seems to be
happening is that the electrical energy is having an effect on the
chemistry of the brain, depleting serotonin levels. We know that in
depression serotonin levels are low and that a standard treatment for
depression is to give drugs to boost serotonin levels. As they begin to
work, the patient’s depression lifts.”
He said urgent research was needed
because Britain was now covered with thousands of masts, many close to
homes, schools and offices.
Since January 5, 2007, there have been 22
deaths of young people in the Bridgend area. Some believe the suicides
are linked but so far experts have failed to find a common cause.
Thomas Davies, 20, hanged himself in
February 2007. Last night his brother Nathan, 19, welcomed Dr Coghill’s
research. “As far as this family is concerned nothing can bring Tom
back,” he said. “But if there is a link found and something can be done
then it could prevent further suicides.”
But Mike Dolan, executive director of the
Mobile Operators Association, dismissed Dr Coghill’s research. “This is
an insensitive and outrageous piece of speculation which has no basis
in established science,” he said.
The Government’s Health Protection Agency
insisted that fields from mobile masts – even modern powerful masts –
were well within international agreed safety limits. “There is no
evidence that masts do you harm. The levels of radio waves are very
Source: The Daily Express
- UAP, UNIDENTIFIED AURAL PHENOMENA
Things That Go Boom In The Night
By Brad Steiger
I have long been
intrigued by the phenomenon of mystery explosions that seemingly
manifest from nowhere for no reason and startle area residents with
that same kind of sudden shock as a cherry bomb set off behind
unsuspecting picnickers. As I was sorting through my files recently, I
came across records of a rash of unknown things that went "boom" in the
night in the 1950s and 60s.
In Modesto, California, on October 3, 1950, a mystery
explosion shattered the night with such violence that a general fire
alarm was sounded for fifteen miles around.
In Thanet and Margate, England, in the early morning
of October 19th , officials reported the "biggest explosion since the
war." Vibrations were felt as far away as Deal, but no one offered an
On November 10, 1950, a thirty-mile area in the lower
St. Lawrence River area, Canada, was vibrated by a mystery blast.
Federal transport department officials tried to pin this one on a U.S.
Air Force plane with engine trouble that dropped a bomb.
On January 4, 1952, a series of mystery blasts shook
Los Angeles and San Diego. The first explosion sounded at 3:33 A.M. in
the vicinity of Los Angeles' International Airport. The second
thundered forth from San Diego's Mission Hills at 8:30 P.M., followed
by a third at Point Lorna a half an hour later, and a fourth nearly two
hours later in the Chula Vista region.
Police officials stated that their investigation
revealed that no explosions had been set off at those times. Scientists
selected the old, dependable scapegoat of exploding meteorites, even
though none had been reported or observed on that date.
Niagara Falls, New York, residents were rattled out
of their sleep by an explosion, followed by a mysterious light in the
sky, on the night of March 23, 1953. A check with officials at the
U.S.. Air Force base in Niagara Falls revealed that no planes were
missing that night. A Coast Guard launch plowed the water for two hours
without finding any debris. The approved explanation was that a
meteorite had exploded above Niagara Falls.
On January 30, 1954, Mrs. Robert Arledge was thrown
to the dining room floor of their new six-room home in Gadsden,
Alabama, by a terrific explosion that left her with slight burns. Fire
investigation officials found no evidence of fire or explosion, even
though the floor of the house from the front to the rear doors had been
State Police, Cornell University geologists, and Army
and Air Force explosives specialists examined the gaping holes left on
the Howard Lacey farm at Venice Center, New York, on each November 12th
for 1966, '67, and '68, and ruled out ordinary explosives.
"It's getting to be an annual affair at Howard
Lacey's place: Something goes boom in the night and leaves a hole
within 300 yards of the one before," stated an Associated Press release.
On each November 12th for three years in succession,
Lacey and his neighbors were shaken out of their beds by a loud
explosion during the night; then upon investigation, they would
discover a large crater on, or near, his farm. Lacey's mystery blast in
1968 was the loudest and the largest of all. The noise could be heard
more than twenty miles away, and the crater was eighteen feet wide and
almost five feet deep.
Pressed by newsmen for some kind of explanation, a
Cornell University geologist could only shake his head and reply:
"There's a hole in the ground out there--that's a fact. The rest is
open to conjecture."
"Big jets" that are never spotted, earthquakes that
are never recorded on seismographs, explosives that never leave debris,
s emerging from other dimensions are the suspects
most often named by those who have suffered property damage and who
have had the devil scared out of them by mystery blasts that have been
reported across the United States and in other parts of the world.
A New England community, Moodus, Connecticut, has
been plagued by mystery blasts for over three hundred years, baffling
scientists as well as inhabitants of the village. "Moodus" is derived
from the name Machemoodus, from the Wangunk, meaning "place of noises."
The Wangunk tribe made a religion out of the strange booms, believing
that they were made by a spirit made angry by the European colonists
settling in the area. The settlers themselves blamed the noises on the
battle sounds of good and evil witches fighting for their puritanical
Geophysicists attributed the sounds to "microquakes"
which occur periodically, but no one really knows the precise cause of
the activity and why they should make noises that sound like distant
thunder or cannon fire. At least six seismograph stations have been set
up around the Moodus area, and all that technical equipment has
produced numerous theories, but no answers to the mystery of what
causes the quakes and why they occur in a particular place about a mile
deep and a few hundred yards wide.
'The noises sound just like explosions and come
without warning at intervals of two or three years," said a researcher
from Williams College who had been investigating the phenomena.
"The 'Moodus noises' always occur within the radius
of a few miles around the village," he went on, "but although we have
frequently investigated the explosions, we have found no clue as to
their cause. To the best of our knowledge, no smoke or steam is ever
seen at the site of these mystery blasts and no buildings, trees, or
rock formations have ever been affected."
Observers have stated that one of the weirdest
aspects of the "Moodus noises" is that it seems impossible to determine
their direction. Residents at varying distances from the village
invariably report the noises as having occurred near them. A local
hunter testified that he distinctly heard an explosion sounding above
him, and not from beneath his feet. Other inhabitants argue that if the
noises were due to some form of earthquake, then tottering buildings or
other damage logically would have occurred during at least one of the
In the summer of 1959, a violent shock, accompanied
by two loud explosions, was reported in an area from one hundred miles
northeast of Amarillo, Texas, to Roswell, New Mexico, two hundred miles
to the southeast. In the town of Pampa, fifty-five miles northeast of
Amarillo, the wall of a downtown building was cracked by the blasts.
Investigators found that seismograph stations said
the shock could not have been caused by an earth tremor, Further
inquiry determined that no supersonic flights had been scheduled over
the area at the time of the mysterious explosions.
Unexplained blasts in the sky over the San Francisco
area in a three-day period during that same summer knocked dishes from
their shelves and cracked the plaster on innumerable household walls.
Windows were shattered over a thirty-five-mile area; and the
unidentified explosions were also held responsible for opening the door
to a bank vault, triggering fire alarms, and setting off a warehouse
Within a few days of mystery blasts in Texas, New
Mexico, and California, two unexplained explosions rocked Henderson,
North Carolina. Authorities there offered an official theory that some
unnamed parties had suspended explosives from trees.
Army and Navy spokesmen denied that they were the
"unnamed parties" who had set loose floating blobs of strange,
exploding plastic material along southern California beaches in 1968.
On April 16, 1968, seventeen-year-old Louis Duenweg
and three friends discovered strange, whitish blobs bobbing at the
water's edge along Huntington Beach. Duenweg broke one of the things
open, then stopped to wash off sand particles in order to better
examine the unfamiliar pinkish substance within the plastic-like shell.
There was a sudden hissing noise; and before the teenager could run,
the blob exploded, temporarily blinding him and burning his face.
About a week later, another young man scooped a
similar object out of the sea along Seal Beach. He cracked it open,
became disinterested in his find, tossed it over his shoulder. A
resultant blast knocked him to the beach and made a small crater in the
Quite naturally, surfers, fishermen, and coastal
residents become a bit uptight when mysterious, unidentified explosive
globs are found floating off their beaches. Military spokesmen insisted
that they were not in anyway responsible for the blasting blobs. The
Los Angeles County Crime Laboratory was said to have fished a number of
blobs out of the ocean for careful analysis, but it seems that no
official report was ever released which designated the explosive
plastic's place of origin.
Concerned citizens who protest that an unidentified
someone seems to be fouling up our atmosphere with mysterious
explosions and increasing the existing hazards of our surface by
setting adrift exploding blobs are laughed off by the authorities as
alarmists. However, those who make a serious study of phenomena
associated with UFO sightings are quick to point out that such
mysterious blasts and inexplicable skyfalls date back to man's
prehistory. Unfortunately, an uninformed and an entrenched science
disregards such documentation as pure, unadulterated kookery. But
neither, it seems, do the skeptics offer explanations that are any more
acceptable to the individuals who have endured mystery blasts and such
phenomena as glowing, and sometimes fatal, rain.
On the Wednesday before Christmas, 1965, it rained in
Buckeye, Arizona. According to old-timers and the weather bureau, rain
during the holiday season is unusual enough, but this rain left glowing
spots that varied from a quarter of an inch to two inches in diameter.
Buckeye Civil Defense Director George Hamner checked
the spots with his geiger counter, and was relieved to find that they
registered no harmful radioactivity.
Jerry Benson, a high school biology teacher, told
reporters: "At first they looked like aluminum, but taking a real close
look at them, they appeared to have a pale green glow. The first time I
walked across my backyard, I didn't see anything, but the more I
looked, the more spots I saw.
"I don't believe that the rain activated spots of
phosphorus in the soil," Benson went on. "An earthworm that got covered
with the stuff turned into a glowworm."
It is better to glow than to burn. Later in 1961, a
rain fell near Huixtla in Chiapas State, Mexico, that, according to
United Press International, killed several children. When the deadly
liquid touched human skin, it produced blisters that later became dark
stains that resembled hot oil burns.
On the night of Saturday, August 18, 1962, many San
Franciscans thought that an airborne armada of enemy bombers was
poisoning the skies above their city. Between 10:00 and 10:30 P.M. a
mysterious rumbling noise that sounded like the flight of heavy
super-bombers came from somewhere above San Francisco. Navy spokesmen
from Alameda Naval Air Station denied running any engines after 10:00
P.M. A theory that atmospheric conditions could have been "just right"
to magnify thunderclaps fell sour when authorities were reminded that
the evening of August 18th was clear, with virtually no wind.
Nor was there any wind on· U.S. Route 75
between Madisonville and Centerville, Texas, on April 19, 1963, when
Louis A. Johnson of Houston was returning from a trip to Fort
Worth--but that did not prevent "something" from lifting his automobile
into the air, turning it completely around, and setting it back down on
the highway, traveling the opposite direction from which he had come.
Johnson, a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, said
that his unexpected and unexplainable ride was more exciting then
anything he had experienced in two invasions.
"I can't even describe the sensation," he was quoted
as saying. "When I realized what had happened, and that I'd come down
partly on the shoulder of the road, I put the car into lower gear and
eased to a stop. I didn't think the car had been hurt any, but when I
got to Houston, I stopped at a service station and they found that the
oil pump wasn't working too well."
Several eye-witnesses saw Johnson's automobile
suddenly sprout wings, and in an attempt to fit what they had seen into
some form of recognizable reality, most of them believed that a tornado
had swooped down and momentarily hoisted him aloft. There was no
tornado, of course, and there are probably no tornadoes that would set
an automobile back down on the highway without damage to either car or
Yet something did lift Johnson's automobile into the
air. Could it have been the same "something" that is responsible for
the mystery blasts? Is it possible that some aircraft not visible to
the human eye is soaring around breaking the sound barrier with
horrendous sound booms and occasionally reaching down to pluck up an
automobile...or a garage...or a roof?
There was just a slight breeze in the air in Albany,
New York, on April 10, 1964, when Teddy Bix, who was in his yard raking
leaves, saw the garage at 13 O'Connell Street leave its foundation.
According to the Albany Times-Union, the garage shot up about fifteen
feet, turned twice, banked slightly, then headed due east before losing
altitude, skimming over a snow fence, and crash-landing in complete
ruin more than fifty feet from its take-off point.
When William F. Rider, who lived downstairs at the
O'Connell Street address, came home from work, he nearly drove his car
into the garage that was no longer there. Michael Keaveny, the owner of
the property, told investigators that the garage was fifteen to twenty
years old, braced with interior beams, and had withstood some "terrific
wind storms" without showing any ill effects.
The Albany Weather Bureau passed over the evidence
that there was only a slight breeze at the time the garage had left its
launching pad and decreed that a "freak gust" had created a vacuum that
had raised the building.
The explanation does not sound too bad until one
stops to reason that a vacuum, with stronger pressures on the outside,
would be more likely to hold the garage in place, rather than hoist it
up through the air.
A good portion of the roof of a building at 1503
Shenandoah St. in Hollywood, California, was ripped away and scattered
in pieces up to 280 feet away. Mrs. Bertha Fink was left lying in
pouring spring rain; Mrs. Rachael Benveniste was tossed out of her bed;
and Mrs. Sarah Eisenberg found her ceiling cracked and leaking.
Authorities attempted to classify the mystery force
that struck that Hollywood roof in spring of 1963 as a sonic boom, a
gas explosion, or a small tornado. Upon investigation, however, gas
company officials ruled out their utility as the culprit, the weather
bureau denied the existence of a tornado striking Hollywood on that
evening, and everyone wondered if a sonic boom were really capable of
ripping away a five hundred pound hunk of roof.
San Francisco seems to have more than its share of
mystery blasts. In May of 1961, the Rock Solaneo and Contra Costa
districts were shaken with undetermined explosions for a period of two
weeks. The ground shook, windows rattled and cracked, and pictures
fell, as the entire area was rocked by blasts, explosions, and shocks.
The San Francisco Examiner stated that its reporters
had checked "... military facilities in the area, quarries,
contractors, city and county officials, every commercial operation
which uses explosives ... " and found them all as mystified as anyone
According to the Examiner the mystery blasts usually
began around 9:00 A.M. and sometimes as many as a dozen would shake the
area in a single day. The mysterious explosions were heard in all parts
of Vallejo and across Carquine Strait in Contra Costa County.
On June 15th, a blast of undetermined origin occurred
which separated the causeway connecting. Mare Island with the mainland.
This mystery blast took place at 3:00 P.M. and rattled several
buildings. Day shift workers at Mare Island were delayed on their way
home while a crack several inches wide was filled.
Investigating Naval and shipyard personnel considered
clue after clue to the mystery explosion, and thoroughly ran down a
hint of sabotage and the accusation that an Air Force practice bomb
might have gone astray. Sabotage was eliminated as a cause, and Air
Force officers at the Fourth Air Force and at Hamilton Field countered
the veiled accusation levied at them with an indignant denial. As far
as the public has ever been informed, investigators were unable to
discover a single acceptable explanation for the mystery blast at Mare
At 10:15 A.M., April 2, 1957, a tremendous blast
thundered through six counties in northern New Jersey and was heard in
Philadelphia. The explosion blew out windows, cracked sidewalks and
swimming pools, sent alarmed housewives out into the streets, and shook
the State House in Trenton.
Seismographs at Columbia University stated that no
earthquakes showed on their recorder.
Meredith Johnson, New Jersey State Geologist, pointed
out that Trenton does not lie on any major fault which could be
responsible for a quake.
Spokesmen at McGuire Air Force Base denied that any
of its F-660's had been fiying over New Jersey that morning and
explained that their pilots were under strict orders to fly at least
thirty miles out to sea before attempting to break the sound barrier.
In addition to McGuire's denial of responsibility for any sonic boom,
each of the six airfields in the New Jersey-Pennsylvania-New York area
which base jet aircraft stated that they had no jet planes aloft at the
time of the mystery blast.
Once again, after exhaustive investigation, officials
could find no culprits on whom to place the responsibility of a massive
explosion of undetermined origin. All they were left with was the
undeniable physical evidence of shattered windows, cracked walls,
damaged sidewalks, mined swimming pools, and sprung doorways that an
unidentified someone or something had detonated in a blast of heroic
A similar pattern of physical damage and supervolume
noise minus an apparent cause and a responsible party occurred on the
night of November 13, 1958, in Dade County, Florida. Two powerful
blasts at 6:20 and 6:27 P.M. shook houses, cracked plaster, shattered
windows, and sent dishes rattling out of cupboards. The explosions were
heard from Homestead to Hollywood, a distance of forty-five miles, and
the sirens on police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks went screaming
in all directions.
The authorities soon discovered that Florida had not
been invaded--at least not by a visible antagonist--but they never
discovered what had caused the two terrific mystery explosions. No
missiles had been fired over Cape Kennedy (then Cape Canaveral), and
both Miami Air Traffic Control Center and Miami International Control
Tower confirmed that no jet planes, commercial or military, had been
over South Florida at the time of the thunderous blasts.
On April 8, 1971, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the
home of Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Woodworth of 10819 122nd St. exploded with
such violence that neighbors were knocked off their sofas and beds, and
lawns were covered with debris within a three hundred yard radius.
Fortunately, no member of the Woodworth family was
injured, as they were vacationing in Saskatchewan at the time. Mrs.
Woodworth's sister, who lives in the basement of the home, had luckily
chosen that evening to visit friends.
Police and fire officials investigated, but they were
unable to determine the cause of the blast. A very eerie clue to the
mystery blast might, however, have been glimpsed by a Woodworth
neighbor, Miss Anna Wojno, who happened to be watching her brother
parking his car in the driveway next to the house when it exploded.
"The kitchen window blew in from the force of the
explosion," she said. "A picture of a Halloween witch, a cutout, came
flying through, sitting on her broomstick. It wasn't burnt or
- NEITHER HERE NOR THERE DEPARTMENT -
A Kinder, Gentler Purgatory
A few years ago a
despairing Catholic called me to ask if it was true that the church no
longer believed in hell or purgatory, and that even he, about to commit
suicide, would be enfolded in the forgiving arms of Jesus at the moment
of death. I told him the church officially taught otherwise, and that,
in addition, the evidence from other quarters -- not just Catholic
teaching -- pointed in a very different direction from what he
surmised. (He changed his mind about suicide and has since become a
Not only is some of that extra-Catholic evidence
fascinating, sometimes even inspiring, in its own right, but it helps
to bolster the church’s message that heaven and the presence of God
don’t come cheap. On the other hand, the horrifying images evoked in
Dante’s Purgatorio -- the ones I was raised with as a boy -- are
nowhere in sight.
“This is a wonderful experience, though harrowing at
times. But very cleansing and bringing new hope.” These are allegedly
the words of Frances Banks, an Anglican nun dead for a month at the
time she said them. Banks is communicating through her friend, Helen
Greaves, an English medium, who published their “collaboration” in 1969
under the title Testimony of Light.
There are many works like it in print -- literally
dozens -- that claim to be messages from the dead. Some are fraudulent,
but others are obviously sincere and even occasionally vouched for by
respected ecclesiastical authorities. These latter are impressively
similar and suggest that they are describing the same place. None
describes a place where one meets God, and Jesus is usually quite out
of range. Regrets over the failures and mistakes of earth are
constantly voiced, but there are no flames. And all punishment is
“Purgatory” is too strong a word to describe the
experiences of many of the dead. It would be more accurate to say that
their characters are being purified rather than their sins purged. But
others live in a world where suffering and depression are prominent,
some in an anguish that seems to go on indefinitely. Names for this
lower region of the afterworld vary, but “Sphere of the Unprogressed”
Frederic Myers, a Victorian lecturer in classics at
Cambridge and dead for more than 20 years when he came through in the
1920s, holds out hope, though, for even the worst of us. Using the hand
of the gifted Irish medium Geraldine Cummins, Mr. Myers writes: “The
history of the cruel man in the hereafter would make a book which I am
not permitted to write. I can only briefly add that his soul or mind
becomes gradually purified through his identification with the
sufferings of his victims.”
All this is consistent with traditional teachings on
purgatory. And there are other important similarities. Unlike Martin
Luther, who taught that praying for the dead was illogical since they
were either in heaven and had no need of our prayers or were in hell
and were only tortured by them, Catholics have always insisted that
prayers brought relief to the souls in purgatory. Some of the church
doctors have even said that it’s our duty to pray for them.
The extra-Catholic sources we’re looking at here
strongly endorse, without exception, the Catholic view. Frances Banks
writes: “Prayers and good thoughts for those who have left the earth
life, by their fellows still in incarnation, are a great aid to our
work here. The prayer forms, and the potency of good thoughts, cause a
quickened vibration to reach the one prayed for.”
Leslie Stringfellow, a 20-year-old Texan who died in
1886, wrote (allegedly, let us remember) through a planchette to his
parents, “I don’t believe there are two parents in the world who have
so constantly remembered their son as you have.” He delights in their
loving attention and contrasts himself to others who “never receive the
gift of a single flower” and feel themselves alone and forgotten by
their loved ones, to their great sorrow.
It is noteworthy that prayers are never spoken of as
a kind of spiritual currency that somehow reduces one’s time in
purgatory. Rather, they function like kind words and encouragement that
all of us, living out our lives here on earth, appreciate and need to
get through the day.
It’s also noteworthy that the prayers of the dead for
us are efficacious -- a view shared by many of the church doctors. As
Robert Bellarmine, a 17th-century Jesuit saint, puts it, souls in
purgatory are “superior to us in love of God, and in intimacy of union
with him,” and can therefore influence God on our behalf. The New Age
purgatory described here strongly endorses this view. It is well known
that the great composer Johannes Brahms thought that most of his
inspiration came from on high, and that he was in effect a medium for
Otherworldly communicators consistently claim that
many of our world’s great artistic achievements and momentous
inventions were impressed on our minds from their world, a realm where
God is not present but where his influence is felt more directly than
The world beyond death that comes through mediums is
as varied as human nature itself. All such accounts mention higher
worlds that souls can work toward. Some accounts mention reincarnation
as an option for those who have more earth-side lessons to learn. Still
others mention a wide range of planets, some denser than our own earth,
others much more rarified and “heavenly.” Whatever is needed for
soul-making is available.
Source: National Catholic Reporter
JUST TAKES THE RIGHT KIND OF BAIT DEPARTMENT -
Monsters Of The Deep Still
Given their size, you might assume they had all been found by now. But
scientists believe the world's oceans are still hiding giant underwater
creatures which have yet to be discovered.
Marine ecologists have predicted there could be as many as 18 unknown
species, with body lengths greater than 1.8 metres, still swimming in
the great expanses of unexplored sea.
Using statistical modelling, they measured the rate at which new large
sea creatures have been discovered since 1830 and found that the rate
of discovery is still going strong, with new species being found every
Most recently scientists found a new species of jellyfish that is more
than 3.5 metres long off the south coast of New Zealand, along with
star fish up to a metre wide.
The first full-sized carcass of a colossal squid, a deep-sea monster
four metres long, was revealed for the first time earlier this year.
Dr Charles Paxton, a fisheries statistician at the University of St
Andrews, Scotland, said: "There are plenty of places these creatures
could be hiding.
"They may spend their lives in the middle layers of the oceans and
never surface or be in the deep sea canyons yet to be visited, and new
discoveries are being made all the time under the Arctic ice cap."
But for anyone hoping the results could mean that the Loch Ness Monster
could still be found lurking in the depths of the famous Scottish loch,
Dr Paxton has disappointing news.
He has carried out similar analysis for freshwater species and
concluded that mankind has discovered all the large freshwater
creatures there are to be found.
"There are small creatures being discovered all the time, but to find
species that are more than two metres in length is very rare," he said.
"Normally you would expect the rate of discovery of species in a
habitat to level off when there are no more to be found, but with large
sea creatures, the rates are still to level out, which suggests we have
not found them all yet.
"Sadly for Nessie hunters, I don't think there is anything hiding in
the lochs and lakes of the world any more."
He said that often legends about mythical sea creatures could be
explained by real life monsters of the deep. "A lot of the mythical sea
creatures such as the Kraken and sea serpents can be explained by
sightings of sea creatures and mammals that are already known."
Although humans have been travelling on the oceans for thousands of
years, scientists' knowledge of life beneath the waves is still
extremely limited. Most species are only discovered when they are
washed ashore or dredged up by fishing boats.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
DA VINCI CODE HAS SOME COMPETITION DEPARTMENT -
Michelangelo "Hid Secret
Code in Sistine Chapel"
The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which the renaissance artist worked
on for four years in the early 16th century, is actually a "bridge"
between the Roman Catholic Church and the Jewish faith, according to
The Sistine Secrets: Unlocking the Codes in Michelangelo's Defiant
The book, which is already on the New York Times bestseller list, is
the work of Rabbi Benjamin Blech, an associate professor of Talmud at
Yeshiva University in New York, and Roy Doliner, a tour guide at the
Scanning through the arrangement of figures on the vast 14,000 square
foot ceiling, the authors have found shapes that correspond to Hebrew
For example, the book states, the figures of David and Goliath form the
shape of the letter gimel, which symbolises g'vurah, or strength, in
the mystical Kabbalah tradition.
Kabbalah is a set of ancient esoteric teachings which are meant to
decode the inner meaning of the Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible, and to explain
the reasons for Jewish religious observances.
On the opposite wall, the scene showing Judith and her handmaiden
carrying the head of the Assyrian general Holofernes is in the shape of
the Hebrew letter chet, which represents chesed, or the characteristics
of "loving kindness".
"There are so many layers of meaning on meaning, and most of it is from
the Jewish tradition," said Mr Doliner on an American television
Rabbi Blech added that all the figures in the nine scenes on the
ceiling are Jews.
"He emphasises only Old Testament figures in the entire ceiling, and
what he was trying to say was: Why have we ignored our true roots?" he
The book adds that the tree of life in the fresco is not, as usually
thought, an apple tree, but instead a fig tree according to ancient
The authors believe the entire Sistine Chapel, which they say is built
to the same proportions as the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, is a "lost
mystical message of universal love" which was intended to be decoded.
The authors believe Michelangelo picked up his knowledge of Judaism
while at the court of Lorenzo de Medici in Florence.
In addition, they say there are several attacks on Pope Julius II, who
commissioned the work, embedded in the painting.
Disgusted with papal corruption, they think Michelangelo painted the
prophet Zechariah in the pope's likeness.
Behind him, one angel is "making an extremely obscene hand gesture at
the back of his head."
Critics of the new book point out that there is no record in
Michelangelo's extensive and well-preserved writings of any secret code
in the ceiling.
Dr Arnold Nesselrath, a curator at the Vatican museums said there was
no way that Michelangelo could have painted any of the ceiling without
the pope's express consent.
Marco Bussagli, an art history professor at Rome's La Sapienza
university, said the revelation of "anti Catholic and anti-Christian"
messages on the roof "suggests that the Dan Brown syndrome has struck
Mr Brown is the author of the controversial book, The Da Vinci Code, in
which he writes that Jesus was secretly married to Mary Magdalene.
The two authors are not the first to have "seen" a secret Michelangelo
In 1950, a Venezuelan diplomat named Joaquin Diaz Gonzalez wrote a
pamphlet arguing that an outline of the face of Dante, the poet, was
hidden in the arrangement of the figures in the Last Judgement. He also
"saw" a giant depiction of Jesus on the cross.
In 1990, Frank Meshberger argued in the Journal of the American Medical
Association that the central panel, showing God and Adam reaching out
to touch each other was in the shape of a brain and spinal cord.
In 2000, Dr Garabed Eknoyan saw the shape of a kidney in the painting,
while in 2005 two Brazilian doctors found hidden body parts throughout,
including a bronchial tube hidden in the tree trunk in the panel
showing Eve's Creation.
Source: The Telegraph
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