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It may be spring, but strangeness still abounds. Weirdness still stalks the night. Craziness continues to lurk in the open. Madness meddles those who seek openness and truth.  That is why we bring you Conspiracy Journal every week - to uncover the uncoverable. To reveal the unrevealable. And to enlighten the unenlightenable all the strange news that everyone else is afraid to even admit.

This week Conspiracy Journal takes a look at such april-flower tales as:

- Is The X-37 Space Plane a Precursor to War in Orbit? -
- Mystery of the Mutilators -
-  Fayetteville, NY Rattled by Mysterious, Loud Boom -
-
Samsung Warns of Dangers of 3D Television -
AND: Boobquake Determined to Prove Cleric Wrong

All these exciting stories and MORE in this week's issue of
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NEW FROM CONSPIRACY JOURNAL!

Revealing The Bizarre Powers Of Harry Houdini



Psychic? Medium? Prophet? Clairvoyant? Was Houdini's Fanatical Debunking of Psychics and Mediums A Subterfuge to Conceal His Own Remarkable Paranormal Abilities?

At his burial some curious and suggestive words were used by the presiding rabbi: "HOUDINI POSSESSED A WONDROUS POWER THAT HE NEVER UNDERSTOOD AND WHICH HE NEVER REVEALED TO ANYONE IN LIFE!

The creator of Sherlock Holes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Harry Houdini were strange bedfellows. Doyle was a contemporary of the world's greatest magician and escape artist, who continually battled his friend over the legitimacy of life after death, and the reality of spiritualism. Doyle was a "true believer," while Houdini made it his "mission" to denounce just about all things preternatural.

Doyle was convinced - from what he personally witnessed and what others confided to him - that Houdini could read minds, dematerialize, possessed supernatural strength, and was guided by angelic forces which shielded him from harm even during the most dangerous of escape performances which likely would have caused death to others.

Doyle stated that Houdini had once remarked, "There are some of my feats which my own wife does not know the secret of." And a famous Chinese conjurer who had seen Houdini perform added, "This is not a trick, it is a gift." Sadly, many of Houdini's feats died with him, even though they would have been an invaluable asset. "What can cover all these facts," states Doyle, "save that there was some element in his power which was peculiar to himself, that could only point to a psychic element -- in a word, that he was a medium."

Here is both sides of the story -- in the actual words of the famed Sherlock Holmes originator and Houdini himself, who went out of his way to create the impression that fakes and phonies were afoot everywhere in the "shady world" of table tapping, levitating trumpets, spirit photography, slate writing, as well as the materialization of ectoplasmic forms in the darkening shadows of the seance room.

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- ABOVE TOP-SECRET IN SPACE DEPARTMENT -

Is The X-37 Space Plane a Precursor to War in Orbit?

The X-37 pilotless space plane is meant to stay aloft for months, but its mission is secret, leading some to worry about its true purpose.

United Launch Alliance confirmed that the X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:52 p.m. Pacific time Thursday April 22. 

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, is a brand new, unmanned spacecraft to demonstrate the military’s ability to fly into space, circle the globe for months on end, and return intact, only to fly again.

But whether the X-37 space plane is merely showing off nearly two decades of research and development or is actually a precursor to militarizing the final frontier, is far from clear since the vehicle’s payload is classified. An Air Force official won’t even say when it will return to California or where it will land. But it can “loiter” over the globe for more than nine months.

“In all honesty, we don’t know when it’s coming back,” said Gary Payton, deputy undersecretary for the Air Force’s space programs, in a conference call with reporters.

Arms control advocates say it is pretty clearly the beginning of a “weaponization of space” – precursor to a precision global strike capability that would allow the U.S. to hover for months at a time over anywhere it chose with little anyone could do about it.

“The idea of being able to launch an unmanned research platform that can stay up there for months on end provides you with all kinds of capability, both military and civilian,” says Chris Hellman, a policy analyst with the National Priorities Project, a budget watchdog in Northampton, Mass.

He believes the fact that it is an Air Force initiative may say something about what it will ultimately used to do. And that may not sit well with others. “I can see where the prospect of having half a dozen of these things with unknown payloads circling overhead could be very troubling to people,” Mr. Hellman says.

Broadly speaking, the program is expected to test the Air Force's ability to launch the spacecraft, keep it up for months at a time, return it to earth, and fly again. The length of its visit to space appears central to the mission.

The X-37 is able to fly for as long as 270 days powered, the Air Force hopes, by a combination of lithium ion batteries and a set of solar panels. Air Force officials will want to see how well the lithium ion batteries onboard stand up to the long deployment. The batteries are “recharged” by a set of solar panels inside the spacecraft that will emerge once the craft has deployed from the rocket that will carry it into space.

“There have been a few cases where satellites have been designed and flown with lithium ion batteries, but they are the newest sort of power storage technology that we’re using in space, so this again expands the knowledge base on lithium ion batteries,” said Gary Payton, Deputy Under Secretary for the Air Force’s space programs, in a conference call with reporters.

When the X-37 returns, Air Force officials will be particularly interested to see how much of an impact the long trip has had on the vehicle, and what is required to get it flying again. The hope is that it won’t take too much time to get operational again. The faster they can get it back into the air, the more cost effective the program will be.

The shorter the turnaround time, the better, since that would mean fewer X-37s would have to be built, regardless of its ultimate mission.

If it takes a long time to get the bird back in the air, “it will make this vehicle less attractive to us in the future,” Mr. Payton said.

Still, there are many unknowns. And analysts who typically know about such things are left to shrug.

“There does not seem to be a publicly acknowledged capability that this thing will lead to,” says John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org, a national security research organization in Alexandria, Va. “If taken at face value, it seems to be simply to satisfy the idle curiosity of the scientific community.”

Pike believes one of the inherent values of the X-37 could be as a maneuverable satellite which could be used to look over China's shoulder one day, yet evade any attempts to shoot it down.

On the other hand, says Pike, it could amount to nothing more than “recreational engineering,” borrowing a term from the magazine Scientific American. “What’s a few hundred million dollars between friends?”

Whatever it is or represents, the Air Force likes it. Air Force officials say they are already building another X-37 spacecraft that it hopes to fly by 2011. 

Source: The Christian Science Monitor
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Military/2010/0420/Air-Force-to-launch-
X-37-space-plane-Precursor-to-war-in-orbit

- BLOOD IS THE LIFE DEPARTMENT -

Mystery of the Mutilators

In the far-flung past, primitive man would watch in horror as the sun dipped below the horizon and darkness spread out over the land. For our ancient ancestors, the fear of night was not only based on the reality of large, ferocious predators that sought easy prey in the dark, but there was also the fear of the other things that came out at night. Things that were not bound by the laws of the physical world yet were even more dangerous than the claws and teeth of the big cats and wolves that regularly hunted the young human race.

Over the centuries, strange attacks on animals and humans have been recorded and attributed to predators, other humans and even mythical creatures such as vampires. What makes these incidents similar is the general lack of blood found on the victims bodies. Primitive man believed that blood was sacred, the source of life in all creatures. When you lost your blood, you lost your life. So it made sense that the life force must be contained in blood. The Old Testament is a good example of ancient beliefs regarding blood. Leviticus 17:14 states, that "the life of every living creature is its blood." The verse goes on to say that it is forbidden for anyone to eat blood because it is the source of all life.

Because of these early beliefs, man has always had a superstitious horror when dealing with unusual attacks that involve the loss of blood. Throughout history, there have been numerous reports of strange attacks and mutilations that seem to go beyond normal animal predators.

In 1874 near Cavan, Ireland, for several months something killed as many as thirty sheep a night, biting their throats and draining the blood. In 1905 at Great Badminton, Avon, sheep were again the target for attacks. A police sergeant in Gloucestershire was quoted in the London Daily Mail, "I have seen two of the carcasses myself and can say definitely that it is impossible for it to be the work of a dog. Dogs are not vampires, and do not suck the blood of a sheep, and leave the flesh almost untouched."

In a single night in March of 1906, near the town of Guildford, Great Britain, fifty-one sheep were killed when their blood was drained from bite wounds to the throats. Local residents formed posses to hunt down whatever was killing their livestock, but just as in other mysterious mutilations, nothing was ever caught, and the killings remain a mystery.

Events of this kind have probably occurred regularly throughout history. The cases that have received media attention are those involving a large number of deaths, but there are probably hundreds of smaller attacks that have gone unnoticed over the years.

The Goatsucker

These strange livestock attacks are eerily similar to the attacks in the 1990's by the creature that came to be called Chupacabras, which means "goatsucker." Confining itself at first to Puerto Rico and then spreading to other countries within the southern hemisphere, the Chupacabras has been blamed for numerous attacks on small, domestic animals. The animals have had their throats bitten and their blood sucked out by the creature that reportedly stands on two legs, has large black or red eyes and is about four feet tall.

Unlike past killings, the Chupacabras has been seen by shocked eyewitnesses whose descriptions seem to describe an animal that superficially resembles the "Grays" of flying saucer lore. As in past cases, attempts to track down the Chupacabras have been met with failure. If history is any indication, the Chupacabras will never be caught, and the strange events will remain a mystery. It is as if the mystery mutilators appear out of thin air, do their damage, and then, just as quickly, disappear again back into whatever dark place that originally spawned them.

Cattle Mutilations

In the United States there has been a lot of attention given to the strange attacks and deaths of cattle. However, the mutilation of cattle seems to involve a different set of circumstances then past vampire-like attacks on livestock. While cattle mutilations almost always involve the complete draining of blood, physical mutilation of the flesh is so apparent that seasoned ranchers are shocked by the unusual nature of the deaths.

No one really knows when the first unusual cattle mutilations in the U.S. began. Records show that in the middle of 1963, a series of livestock attacks occurred in Haskell County, Texas. In a typical case, an Angus bull was found with its throat slashed and a saucer-sized wound in its stomach. The attacks were attributed to a wild beast of some sort, a "vanishing varmint."

As the attacks continued through the Haskell County area, the unknown attacker assumed mythic proportions and a new name was created, "The Haskell Rascal." Whatever was responsible for the mutilations was never caught, and the attacks slowly stopped. Throughout the following decade though, there would be similar reports of attacks on livestock.

In 1973 the modern cattle mutilation wave can be said to have begun in earnest. It is interesting to note that a huge UFO flap was occurring across the country in 1973, with many sightings taking place in the same areas that cattle mutilations were happening. In November of 1974, rumors began to connect the sighting of UFOs with mutilated cows that were being found in large numbers in various Minnesota counties. Dozens of UFOs were reported in Minnesota and dozens of cattle were found dead and mutilated. Although the sightings and mutilations were never correlated, many felt that the number of sightings was added proof that the UFOs were somehow involved.

In 1975, an unprecedented onslaught of strange deaths spread across the western two-thirds of the United States. Mutilation reports peaked in that year, accompanied by accounts of UFOs and unidentified helicopters. By 1979, numerous livestock mutilations were also being reported in Canada, primarily in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In 1980, there was an increase in activity in the United States. Mutilations have been reported less frequently since that year, though this may be due in part to an increased reluctance to report mutilations on the part of ranchers and farmers. In the 1990's the mutilations have continued. In the United States, over ten thousand animals have reportedly died under unusual circumstances.

Mysterious Attacks on Humans

If these stories are true, some would ask why there have not been reports of mysterious attacks on humans. The truth could be that human mutilations and deaths are occurring on a regular basis, but that the stories are too horrible to contemplate. If bizarre human mutilations have taken place, they have either gone unrecognized for what they really are, or for some reason, have been adeptly covered up.

Thousands of people worldwide disappear every year, never to be seen again. A majority of these disappearances can be attributed to homicides or other more common situations. However, some disappearances are so unusual and unexplained that more disturbing scenarios must be examined. In 1956 at the White Sands Missile Test Range, an Air Force major reported that he had witnessed a disk shaped flying object kidnap Sgt. Jonathan P. Louette. Louette was missing for three days when his mutilated body was found in the dessert near the test range. Louette's genitals had been removed and his rectum cored out with surgical precision. Like many cattle mutilations, Louette's eyes had been removed and all of his blood was missing. The Air Force filed a report stating that Sgt. Louette had died of exposure after being lost in the dessert.

In 1989, the mysterious death of a man a decade earlier came to the attention of the MUFON State Director of Idaho, Don Mason. According to the report, in 1979, two hunters in the Bliss and Jerome area of Idaho stumbled across the almost nude body of a man that had been hideously mutilated. The body's sexual organs had been removed, its lips were sliced off, and the blood had been drained. Although the body was found in very rugged country, its bare feet were not marked, and no other tracks, animal or human were evident. After the police were notified, an intensive search was mounted and the man's possessions were recovered miles from where the body was found. No one knows how the body ended up where it was found, or even more importantly, what happened to him. It should be noted that this area over the years, has had many unexplained UFO reports and cattle mutilations.

In Westchester county New York, in 1988, several morgues were broken into late at night. Fresh human bodies had undergone mutilations involving partial removal of the face and total removal of the eyes, stomach, thyroid gland and genitals. An assistant medical examiner, who had broken the silence concerning the case, stated that checks were immediately run on the employees who were on duty at the morgues. No links connecting morgue employees with the crimes were found, but once again we see human bodies being mutilated in the same ways that cattle and other animals are being mutilated.

Compared to reports of mysterious animal attacks and mutilations, reports involving humans are somewhat rare. The probable reason is that many such incidents involving people are written off as homicides perpetrated by their fellow man and not recognized as anything out of the ordinary.  The truth of the matter is that there are just some things that people do not want to talk or even think about. 

As with our ancient ancestors, it is bad enough to think about the actual predators waiting just outside the safety of the campfire; but to contemplate what might also be lurking in the dark places of our nightmares, waiting for a chance to cross over even briefly to the physical world, then perhaps this is one mystery that is best left unsolved.

Source: Tim R. Swartz

- STRANGE SKY QUAKES DEPARTMENT -

Fayetteville, NY Rattled by Mysterious, Loud Boom

The boom was so loud it shook houses in Fayetteville, New York and was followed by a bright flash.

A scene right out of a Stephen King novel or the latest sci-fi movie came to Fayetteville Saturday night, but no one is quite sure what happened.

A sonic boom from a plane? A fireworks explosive set off by kids? A blown transformer or street light?

Or could it be some unsuspecting creature that got "fried" by electricity from a power line and then vaporized on the spot?

Susan Rausch, who lives on Oakwood Drive in Fayetteville, jumped out of her seat when she heard the boom that caused the house to shake.

"I can’t imagine what it could have been," she said. "It sounded like a gas explosion. It was so loud I jumped out and ran outside to see if I could see or smell anything. But there was nothing."

The loud boom and bright flash of light was seen, heard and felt by Fayetteville residents in a roughly a 2- to 3-mile circlular area centered around Hoag Lane by Wellwood Middle School and Redfield Drive near Immaculate Conception School, Manlius police said.

Numerous calls came into the 911 center, and Manlius Police were joined by Manlius and Fayetteville fire departments in sending out crews. It was dispatched as a house explosion.

The mystery lingers. Several Fayetteville residents interviewed Monday at their homes say they’ve been scratching their heads ever since.

"We have no idea what it was," said Capt. Bill Bleyle, of the Manlius Police Department. " We investigated and when the sun came up on Sunday, still nothing. We still don’t know."

Police and fire investigations couldn’t find any blown transformers in the area, no explosions, and no resulting power outage. One theory, Bleyle said, is that sometimes an animal comes across a power line and is hit and there’s a quick flash and bang and then the animal is nearly vaporized.

Courtney Quatrino, speaking for National Grid, said animals can come into contact with equipment and get burned. That could cause a "popping noise" and "quick flash of light," and not necessarily disrupt power, she said. Usually, there’s some trace of the animal left, but it’s not always found, she said.

Tom Canning was sitting in his television room on Edgemere Drive in Fayetteville when he heard "BOOM" and thought ‘what the heck?" Last fall, a street light blew near him and the sound was similar, Canning said, but this time the light stayed on. His wife thought it sounded like a gunshot.

"It was just this big BOOM, and my wife and I just looked at each other," he said. "It was much louder than any fireworks explosive."

Karen Shephardson, who lives on Cammot Lane and works for the village of Fayetteville, said she thought it was a transformer. "We had the bathroom fan on and it was still audible, so I knew it was loud enough to be unusual," she said. "I guess it’s just one of those fluke things, and we’ll never know."

Mysterious "booms" have been reported for a long time, and in the U.S. they tend to occur more in the Northeastern US and along the East Coast.

There have been many reports of "booms" that cannot be explained by man-made sources. No one knows for sure, but scientists speculate that these "booms" are probably small shallow earthquakes that are too small to be recorded, but large enough to be felt by people nearby.

In New Madrid, Missouri, there are accounts of "artillery-like" sounds that were said to have occurred before or during the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812. [Mystery booms coming from deep in the plate boundary were reported in Indonesia for many months before the December 2004 quake and tsunami.]

Meteors exploding in the atmosphere are a possible cause of other unexplained booms, which are sometimes described as skyquakes.

Source: Syracuse.com
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2010/04/fayetteville_residents_rattled.html

- IN SEARCH OF THE UNKNOWN DEPARTMENT -

Receding Horizons


The world's always thronged with monsters and marvels, but have we been looking for them in the wrong places?

Once upon a time, though poss­ibly not so long ago as you might like to kid yourself, the world was full of wonders: monsters, freaks, fairies, unknown animals and weird ‘technologies’ such as the carbuncle, a precious stone that glowed with its own light and so could be used to illuminate the marvellous palaces of strange races that no one had yet met. However, if they existed at all, these things were actually quite a long way away. They were literally ‘beyond the pale’, when ‘pale’ meant a perimeter fence and so, by extension, known territory.

Frankly, I don’t have the slightest interest in what the carbuncle might have been, whether the griffin was a misidentified triceratops fossil or even whether fairies were remnants of an extinct race. What is at issue here has less to do with facts than beliefs, so for the sake of simplicity let’s lump all this stuff together and just call it the ‘Other’. So, where was the Other to be found? Essentially, the answer to that is not here… not within the bounds of the villages, towns or cities where, throughout history, ordinary people have lived their normal lives. And why was that? Probably because, especially in past eras, ‘normal life’ was so grindingly mundane that people needed to be able to believe in at least the possibility of various wonders that transcended everyday reality, if only as an escapist fantasy. And fantasies best retain their glamour, of course, if they’re placed a safe distance away, where they can’t be checked and proven not to exist: somewhere outside the known world.

Originally, of course, when people hardly travelled at all, the known world was correspondingly small, and the fairies might well have lived under the neighbouring hill, or all kinds of weird stuff might go on beyond the next forest. Back then, that sort of thing would only have been recorded in oral tradition, but when civilisation arrives, with written records, we get something rather more concrete to work with… if such nebulos­ities can ever be described as ‘concrete’. But still we find the Other lurking at the fringes: beyond the borders of empire or, ultimately, at the ends of the Earth itself.

For the Greeks and Romans, the Other was mostly to be found in India or Africa (often referred to at that point as ‘Libya’). So, for example, back in the 5th century BC Herodotus wrote (Histories, 4.191) that: “The land westward of Libya is extremely hilly, and wooded, and filled with wild beasts; in this region there are giant snakes, and bears, and vipers, and asses with horns, and dog-headed men, and headless men with eyes in their breasts…” Now, you might think that, actually, what lies west of Africa is the Atlantic Ocean, but that’s hardly the point: “beyond Libya” is outside the confines of the known world, and so a likely place for all sorts of wonders to occur. India, largely terra incognita too, was just as weird, with the Sciapodes, who had such large feet they fell on the ground at noon and used their own feet for shade, people with long ears, cyclopean eyes, and so on. And as for the land of the Seres, as the Chinese were then known, who lived even further on…

Actually, the ancient Chinese had distinctly par­allel views, recording similar marvels in the Shanhaijing, ‘The Classic of Mountains and Seas’; and again it’s notable that these mountains and seas are actually placed at the edges of the world, beyond the reach of empire. The same sort of thing continues centuries later with mediæval Western travel writers like Sir John Mandeville and Marco Polo, who placed entire mythical kingdoms, such as that of Prester John, in the unexplored wastes of Asia. As always, the Other is placed just too far away for its authenticity to be verified.

Gradually, of course, the world became fully explored and such marvels disapp­eared for lack of somewhere to place them. The Other still exists, however, though more often disguised these days as certain types of fortean phenomena… yet once again, it frequently comes from, or is only to be found, somewhere quite difficult to access. For example, Mokele-mbembe (see FT86:32–35; 145:30–32), the putat­ive dinosaur-survivor, is said to survive only in the dense and unexplored jungles of the Congo (though as my garden shed appears on Google Earth, it’s hard to imagine something the size of a brontosaurus escaping notice in this day and age). Again, the phantom airships at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries (see FT196:46–49; 198:48–50 and passim) were frequently said to be piloted by foreigners, or if the pilots were American, to have come from the other side of the country… always somewhere far enough away to be uncheckable. By 1947, of course, it was fairly obvious that unidentified aerial machines were unlikely to originate anywhere on Earth (unless they happened to be Nazi flying saucers from similarly inaccessible subterranean bases beneath the poles), and so the Extra-Terrestrial Hypothesis was born; all the more wonderfully convenient because it was impossible to verify, just like all those old Greek and Roman tales.

At this point, it might be useful to look, in very general terms, at the development of science fiction, and particularly the interplanetary romance. From the earliest surviving examples, by Antonius Diogenes and Lucian of Samosata, back in the 2nd century AD, through until the late 19th-century works of Verne and Wells, fictional space-travellers rarely went beyond the Moon, which was still conceived as being able to support life in some form. With the early 20th cent­ury, we find the horizons expanding to include ancient, canal-riven Mars and the cloudy, jungle planet Venus… locations remaining popular until the 1950s, when it was finally realised that they were actually uninhabitable. But by then SF had already moved on beyond the solar system, first with the aid of multi-generational long-flight ships and later with the faster-than-light drive, to create the interstellar romance. Here we see the same sort of process: the more we explore and understand our local territory, the more both the Other, and the settings of our fantasies, recede into the distance, until they’re eventually to be found mainly beyond the celestial seas of near-Space.

By the mid-1960s, though, the physical difficulties of interstellar travel were becoming more apparent, and the SF-universe began to implode, thanks largely to writers of the ‘New Wave’ based around the Michael Moorcock-edited magazine New Worlds. From here on, the emphasis switched away from space-opera adventures on other planets to dys­topian tales of social breakdown, drugs, near-futures and parallel universes, etc., as it finally dawned on people that our interior worlds and parochial societies were actually rather more interesting than completely fictitious alien worlds. Human, rather than non-human territory had become the place to explore.

The parallels with ufology are easy to see here. The contactees of the early 1950s, such as George Adamski, allegedly met human-like people from Mars and, more particularly, the myst­erious, cloud-enshrouded Venus, both of which were, in the popular imagin­ation at least, still considered habitable. Only later were UFOs thought to come from such locations as the Pleiades, and it’s interesting to note that, as their homeworlds recede into the distance, so the visitors become progressively more alien: hardly anyone ever tried to place little grey aliens on Venus, after all.

It’s also notable, though, that by the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Extra-Terrestrial Hypothesis as an explan­ation for UFOs was starting to collapse, particularly in Europe, and we began to see the rise of other approaches to such encounters, most notably the psychosocial one, which finds just as much of interest in the witnesses and their social milieu as in the perceived phenomena themselves. As was the case with SF, the emphasis switched away from interstellar orig­ins and toward the human dimension of UFO encounters.

This is not to deny the existence of the Other, of course… or perhaps more to the point, the place of the Other in the way we construct our worldview, as it seems to have been present throughout history and across the globe. It does rather imply, however, that we’ve been looking for it in the wrong place. It’s less likely to be found outside us, literally existing somewhere over the horizon; instead it’s far more likely to be found inside our heads. And, ultimately, that’s probably a far more interesting space to explore than anything that might be lurking out there in the Pleiades.

Source: Fortean Times
http://www.forteantimes.com/features/commentary/3298/receding_horizons.html

- TV CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH DEPARTMENT -

Samsung Warns of Dangers of 3D Television

The world’s largest electronics firm has highlighted potential dangers the technology poses to pregnant women, the elderly, children and people with serious medical conditions.

The Korean manufacturer, whose 3D sets will hit British stores in the coming days, warned of an array of side effects viewers could suffer.

The devices could trigger epileptic fits or cause ailments ranging from altered vision and dizziness to nausea, cramps, convulsions and involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching, it said.

Those who have been deprived of sleep or who have been drinking alcohol are also advised to avoid watching 3D television.

The scale of the warning threatens to overshadow the launch of 3D, which has been billed as the future for television by manufacturers and broadcasters.

The technology has been given a boost by 3D blockbuster films such as Avatar and Alice in Wonderland and is being pushed by Sky for enhancing its football coverage.

To view television in 3D, users wear special glasses which bombard the eyes and brain with a succession of flashing images that appear for a fraction of a second.

However, the technology puts unusual strain on the body, hence Samsung has advised viewers to take regular breaks to prevent suffering side effects.

Samsung’s statement, posted on its website, says: “Children and teenagers may be more susceptible to health issues associated with viewing in 3D and should be closely supervised when viewing these images.

“Some viewers may experience an epileptic seizure or stroke when exposed to certain flashing images or lights contained in certain television pictures or video games. If you suffer from, or have a family history of epilepsy or strokes, please consult with a medical specialist before using the 3D function.

“Even those without a personal or family history of epilepsy or stroke may have an undiagnosed condition that can cause photosensitive epileptic seizures.

“Pregnant women, the elderly, sufferers of serious medical conditions, those who are sleep deprived or under the influence of alcohol should avoid utilising the unit’s 3D functionality.

“Viewing 3D television may also cause motion sickness, perceptual after effects, disorientation, eye strain and decreased postural stability. It is recommended that users take frequent breaks to lessen the potential of these effects.

“If your eyes show signs of fatigue or dryness or if you have any of the above symptoms, immediately discontinue use of this device and do not resume using it for at least thirty minutes after the symptoms have subsided.”

“Watching TV while wearing 3D glasses for an extended period of time may cause a headache or fatigue. If you experience a headache, fatigue or dizziness, stop viewing TV and rest.”

Source: Telegraph (UK)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/7596241/Samsung-warns-of-
dangers-of-3D-television.html

- FIGHT THE POWER DEPARTMENT -

Boobquake Determined to Prove Cleric Wrong

A one-woman mission to prove breasts don't cause earthquakes has swollen into a shirt-straining global movement preparing for the inaugural "Boobquake".

Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi angered womens' groups around the world recently when he claimed that promiscuous women were responsible for literally making the earth move.

"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes," Sedighi said.

"What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?" he asked during a prayer sermon.

"There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam's moral codes."

Iran is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, and the cleric's unusual explanation for why the earth shakes follows a prediction by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a quake is certain to hit Tehran and that many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate.

Women in the Islamic Republic are required by law to cover from head to toe, but Sedighi says an increase in young women flaunting the law - and not the fact that Tehran straddles scores of fault lines - is risking the lives of the city's 12 million inhabitants.

Jennifer McCreight is determined to prove him wrong.

Since launching the "Boobquake" Facebook page, she has enlisted more than 20,000 women promising to show as much cleavage as possible on Monday, April 26. If the world doesn't then disappear into an apocalyptic fiery chasm, then Sedighi will have no option but to admit he was wrong.

"On Monday, April 26th, I will wear the most cleavage-showing shirt I own," Ms McCreight wrote.

"I encourage other female skeptics to join me and embrace the supposed supernatural power of their breasts. Or short shorts, if that's your preferred form of immodesty.

"With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake.

"If not, I'm sure Sedighi can come up with a rational explanation for why the ground didn't rumble."

And you can now make that number 21,000 - and rising fast.

Source: News.com.au
http://www.news.com.au/technology/boobquake-determined-to-prove-
cleric-wrong/story-e6frfro0-1225856787031

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