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This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such Karma-cleansing stories as:

- Military Wants to Super-Charge Troop Smarts -
- Hawking: Aliens May Pose Risks to Earth -
-  Mystery Schools - Secret Knowledge of the Lost Worlds -
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Ghost Sightings Highest in 25 Years -
AND: Has Noah's Ark Been Found on Turkish Mountaintop?

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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- CREATION OF THE SUPER-SOLDIER DEPARTMENT -

Military Wants to Super-Charge Troop Smarts

The Pentagon’s been trying to get ahead of the curve on neuroscience for years, toying with ideas like mind-reading whether people are lying and performance-degrading drugs for enemy combatants. Now, it’s launching a major effort to harness neuroscience in a way that might better prepare soldiers for the mental rigors of modern warfare.

In a series of small business solicitations released last week, the Office of the Secretary of Defense outlined plans for a new “Cognitive Readiness Technology” program with the aim of “making our warfighters as cognitively strong as they are physically strong.”

Neuroscience is at the locus of the program. Before they can super-charge cognition, Pentagon scientists need to understand exactly how it works. So they’re launching “Neuromorphic Models of Human Social Cultural Behavior” (HSCB) to accurately model human cognition, including how we perceive, learn and retain information. HSCB models already exist, and are used by troops and decision-makers to predict the outcome of a choices during a mission. But the models “are only as good as the fidelity of the human behavior representations (HBR) that form them.” Right now, those representations are based entirely on empirical observation, which the military wants to swap out for a model that can tap into “the functions of the brain that give rise to actual human cognition.”

It’s not the first time the Pentagon has tried to map the human mind. Last year, research agency Darpa requested proposals for systems that would synchronize neural brain waves to optimize the mind’s storage capacity and memory recall. The agency has also tried to create synthetic versions of living brains, complete with “neuroscience-inspired architecture.”

The military wants cognitive mapping to help assess troop readiness in a war-zone. Their small-business solicitations include a request for embeddable body sensors that could automatically determine mental preparedness, which can be influenced by factors like fatigue, cognitive overload or stress, based on physiological and neural data. The sensors would do more than just analyze the cognitive status of their wearer — they’d be combined with the data from other team members, to instantly identify just how performance-ready a given unit actually is.

But no matter how cognitively capable troops become, they’ll still rely on computers to handle much of their workload. Humans, the solicitation notes, “are quick to arrive at initial decisions,” but computers can more quickly calculate pros and cons of different tactics. That’s why the military also wants neuroscience to “bridge the human-machine systems gap” and turn troops and computers into collaborative units. Their “neuro-cognitive control of human machine systems,” would tap into the neural signals that indicate desired actions, then transmit them to a computer to determine the optimal approach and carry it out.

And a training program that emphasizes brawny brains over bodies reflects a trend across Pentagon departments: Just last month, the Army announced a redesign of their physical-fitness program to accommodate troops spending more time behind computer screens than they do on their feet.

Source: Wired
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/04/military-wants-to-super-charge-troop-smarts/

- KEEP QUIET, MAYBE THEY WON'T NOTICE US DEPARTMENT -

Hawking: Aliens May Pose Risks to Earth

British physicist Stephen Hawking says aliens are out there, but it could be too dangerous for humans to interact with extraterrestrial life.

Hawking claims in a new documentary titled "Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking" that intelligent alien life forms almost certainly exist — but warns that communicating with them could be "too risky."

"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet," Hawking said. "I imagine they might exist in massive ships ... having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach.”

The 68-year-old scientist said a visit by extraterrestrials to Earth might well be like Christopher Columbus arriving in the Americas, "which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans."

He speculated that most extraterrestrial life would be similar to microbes, or small animals. Microbial life might exist far beneath the Martian surface, where liquid water is thought to trickle through the rock. Marine creatures might also conceivably live in huge oceans of water beneath a miles-thick layer of ice on Europa, a moon of Jupiter.

But if a scientific census could be extended beyond our solar system to the rest of the Milky Way and beyond, the odds in favor of life's existence rise dramatically, Hawking said.

"To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational," he said. “The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like."

Hawking said an attack by interstellar predators is just one of the dismaying possibilities in the search for intelligent life beyond Earth. Another possibility is that intelligence itself might be inimical to life. Hawking pointed out that humanity has put itself on the edge of its own destruction by creating nuclear bombs and other weapons of mass destruction.

As tantalizing as the prospect of life on Mars is, the Red Planet isn’t the only place where alien organisms may lurk.

"If the same holds for intelligent aliens, then they might not last long," he said. "Perhaps they all blow themselves up soon after they discover that E=mc2. If civilizations take billions of years to evolve, only to vanish virtually overnight, then sadly we've next to no chance of hearing from them."

Hawking has become one of the world's best-known scientists — not just because of his theoretical work on cosmology and black holes, but also because he has achieved so much while coping with a paralyzing neural disease for most of his life. In recent years he has become a prominent advocate for space travel, contending that humans must journey into the heavens and going through zero-gravity training himself.

Source: MSNBC
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36769422/?GT1=43001

- JUST PRETEND NO ONE IS HOME DEPARTMENT -

Too Risky to Phone ET? Too late — NASA's Tried it

Stephen Hawking says it is too risky to try to talk to space aliens.

Oops. Too late.

NASA and others have already beamed several messages into deep space, trying to phone E.T.

The U.S. space agency, which two years ago broadcast the Beatles song "Across the Universe" into the cosmos, on Wednesday discussed its latest search strategy for life beyond Earth.

"The search for life is really central to what we should be doing next in the exploration of the solar system," said Cornell University planetary scientist Steve Squyres, chairman of a special National Academy of Sciences panel advising NASA on future missions.

The academy panel is looking at 28 possible missions — from Mars to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. And NASA is focused mostly on looking for simple life like bacteria in our solar system rather than fretting about potential alien overlords coming here.

Just days ago, Hawking said on his new TV show that a visit by extraterrestrials to Earth would be like Christopher Columbus arriving in the Americas, "which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans."

The famous British physicist speculated that while most extraterrestrial life will be similar to microbes, advanced life forms would likely be "nomads, looking to conquer and colonize."

The comment reinvigorated a three-year debate roiling behind the scenes in the small community of astronomers who look for extraterrestrial life, said Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, which looks for aliens. Should astronomers ban purposeful messages into the universe for fear of attracting dangerous aliens?

Shostak maintains it doesn't really matter, saying that approach is unnecessarily fearful.

While some people think broadcasting into the universe is "like shouting in a jungle, not necessarily a good idea," Shostak asked, "Are we to forever hide under a rock? That to me seems like no way to live."

There's a big difference of opinion in astronomy about the issue, said Mary Voytek, a senior astrobiology scientist at NASA headquarters.

"We're prepared to make discoveries of any type of life, of any form," Voytek said in a NASA teleconference. But much of the search for intelligent life is privately funded, by groups like SETI, she said.

About 20 years ago, NASA held a conference on this issue. Back then, most of the experts were worried about attracting the wrong type of aliens, said Christopher Kraft, the former NASA Johnson Space Center director who created Mission Control.

But Kraft, a NASA legend who received a lifetime achievement award Wednesday from the Smithsonian Institution, said he would welcome aliens. "I might just learn something," he said.

The SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., takes a passive approach, listening for any signals from aliens.

But for more than a quarter of a century, various groups have been purposely sending out signals to other worlds. The most famous was a three-minute broadcast from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico in 1974, Shostak said.

The Canadians made a series of broadcasts using a Ukrainian antenna in the 1990s. The now-defunct Team Encounter of Houston and a prominent Russian astronomer make public and distinct "cosmic calls" out to the universe, including one just from teenagers.

NASA beamed "Across the Universe" to the star Polaris in 2008 to promote the space agency's 50th anniversary, the 45th anniversary of the Deep Space Network and the 40th anniversary of the Beatles song. And the same year, as part of the publicity for the remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still," the movie was broadcast to the stars, Shostak said.

Four NASA deep space probes — Pioneer 10 and 11 and Voyager 1 and 2 — carry plaques and recordings that say hello from Earth and give directions on how to get here. Those probes launched in the 1970s are at the edges of the solar system.

And that's on top of the broadcasts Earth inadvertently sends into the cosmos as part of daily life: radio and TV signals, airport and other radar communications.

"That horse left the barn a long time ago," Squyres said, speaking from an astrobiology conference in Houston. "Whether you do it intentionally or not, the signals are out there."

MIT planetary scientist Sara Seager doesn't think much of the broadcasts to space because so far they are pointed at random, not toward potential Earth-like planets.

"We wouldn't even know where to send our message, it's so vast out there," Seager said. That will change in a few years when new telescopes will be able to find terrestrial planets that could support life.

Even then, Seager said any aliens coming to Earth likely would be so advanced they wouldn't need to hear our message to find us. It wouldn't be like Columbus stumbling upon on the New World, she said.

"If they have the capability to come here, they're probably to us as we are to ants on Manhattan," said former NASA sciences chief Alan Stern.

The closest any aliens could be is a few tens of light years away. With one light year equaling about 5.9 trillion miles, that means it would take them generations to get here traveling at the speed of light, Shostak said. And even that would be unlikely, he added.

Frank Drake, who did the first modern experiment looking for extraterrestrial intelligence, estimated there are about 10,000 intelligent civilizations in the universe, while the late Carl Sagan figured it was closer to a million, Shostak said.

Given how big the universe is, our nearest intelligent neighbor is more likely about 5,900 trillion miles away, he said.

"God has nicely buffered us," he said.

Source: Yahoo News
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100428/ap_on_sc/us_sci_et_don_t_phone

- KNOWLEDGE IS POWER DEPARTMENT -

Mystery Schools - Secret Knowledge of the Lost Worlds

The ancient philosophers believed that no man could live intelligently who did not have a fundamental knowledge of Nature and her laws. Before man can obey, he must understand.

Our Western word Mystery comes from the Greek Musterion, meaning "secret thing." Its verb form mueo means "to initiate into the Mysteries," also "to instruct," and this in turn comes from muo, "to be shut or closed."

The term Mysteries signifies not only the plural of "mystery," but refers more specifically to the esoteric or mystical tradition of divine wisdom handed down from ancient times. As well, it refers to a wide variety of secret schools that existed prior to the Christian era throughout the Mediterranean and Near East.

Scholars call them the Mystery religions, and they are secretly connected to modern spiritual, mystical and even Judaism and Christian teaching. For example, there were the Eleusinian, Samothracian, Orphic, and Dionysian Mysteries in Greece, the Egyptian Mysteries of Isis and Osiris, and the Mithraic Mysteries of the Roman Empire. In ancient Greece the Mysteries were the secret heart of its religion, just as they were in other cultures from Ireland to Egypt to Mesopotamia and beyond.

The Mystery Schools were devoted to instructing man about the operation of divine law in the physical world. Few of the early schools actually worshiped manlike deities, although their symbolism might lead one to believe that they did. They taught man to use his faculties more intelligently, to be patient in the face of adversity, to be courageous when confronted by danger, to be true in the midst of temptation, and, most of all, to view a worthy life as the most acceptable sacrifice to God, and his body as an altar sacred to the Deity.

IT IS ALL A MYSTERY

The antiquity of the Mystery tradition is documented in our oldest written records; and its teaching may be discerned in the spiritual expressions of peoples on every continent. In the prologue to the Gilgamesh Epic, for example, we find that Gilgamesh "was the one who saw the Great Deep. He was wise and knew everything; Gilgamesh, who saw secret things, opened the hidden place(s) and carried back a tale of the time before the Flood -- he traveled the road, he was weary, worn out with labor, and, returning, engraved his story on stone." Looking at the secret meaning of that story, it is clear that it is an initiatory tale about the mysteries of death and rebirth, and about who and what we are as human beings.

While most of the inner rites and doctrines of the Mystery Schools have remained secret, their fundamental aim was never a mystery: the enlightenment and spiritual regeneration of humanity. Nor has the tradition's basic teachings, the divine source within, the universal brotherhood of life, altruism, and the inherent respect, consideration, and truthfulness due all beings, has ever been held back from public knowledge. Or that we as self-aware humans are fully and individually responsible for our thoughts and actions, both in our physical body and after its death; that our real being is "life" and that we are therefore the immortal craftsmen of our own destiny through the eternities. We reap what we sow, no god or priest, savior or master can alter that.

A true Mystery school is a spiritual system that can take an individual, wherever he/she is in present through all of the steps to enlightenment and ascension. The word mystery does not mean elitism or secrecy. It means that the higher learnings and initiations are not revealed until the individual is properly prepared. It also means that the final stages of every path are truly a mystery that only the seeker can discover for him self, once the preparations have been completed. In other words, the final stage of awakening on everyone's path comes through self-discovery.

LOST WORLDS OF ANTIQUITY

Most of the Greek and Egyptian Mystery schools believed that their teachings were handed down from one or more ancient civilizations that were lost in antiquity. The Egyptian, Greek and Eleusinian schools especially taught that their secret knowledge had been brought to them by priests who had escaped from Atlantis before it was destroyed; others referred to the land of Hyperborea as the source of their great knowledge.

In ancient Egypt, Hermetism was the religion of the philosophical elite. In the ancient days, every nation had two religions. The first of these two was that of the philosophical elite which celebrated a pantheistic religion hidden among its Mystery schools. Second was the common religion which took the teachings of the Mystery schools and turned them into allegorical stories, or myths of gods and goddesses, themselves personifications of aspects of the Universe. The common man was seen as not having enough intelligence to comprehend the mysteries, and so took literally the polytheistic teachings.

In the case of Hermetism, Egyptian mythology was used in ceremonies practiced by the mystery schools at certain times of the year and initiations of members into various grades of access to their knowledge. It is said that both Plato and Moses was initiated into the Egyptian mystery schools in one of the subterranean halls of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Using the mysteries taught by the Atlantian priests, Egyptian mystics could levitate, handle fire, live under water, sustain great pressure, harmlessly suffer mutilation, read the past, foretell the future, make themselves invisible, and cure disease. According to the historian Proclus, the initiated priests so fully understood the mutual sympathy between the visible and invisible worlds that they were able to change the course of action and focus divine virtues upon inferior natures.

The Egyptian priests taught that the visible and the invisible, or the seen and unseen, together constitute nature. Nature is as much an invisible world as it is a visible world. They recognized that the divine plan which underlies the world of Time, Space, and Causation can not be accessed in the Macrocosm, but is available in the Microcosm, which was an internalization of faculties.

The ancient Egyptians believed that in remote antiquity gods had been with men; that deities and divine powers had walked the earth. This may be regarded as symbolical, however, it could be that in remote times humans were naturally mystical, possessing powers of extra sensory perception, and could communicate, understand, estimate, and react to the Divine principles upon which the universe is based.

Perhaps in those days the gods did walk among men, teaching them the divine secrets so that those who are ready to learn the Mysteries could also one day be taught.   This is the principal of the Mystery schools, teaching the ultimate truth for those who are ready to learn it.

CHRISTIANITY AND THE MYSTERY SCHOOLS

Though modern Christians would be shocked to learn of their religions ancient connections with the Mystery schools; Christianity would not be as it is today without the teachings of the Mysteries.

Most Christians do not realize that the terms mystery and mysteries are frequently used in the New Testament and carry the full sense of their original meaning of secret thing or teaching, including mystical knowledge about God, rebirth, and the afterlife. For example, Paul writes in his first letter to the Corinthians:

    But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. -- 2:7

    And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. -- 13:2

    Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, . . . the dead shall be raised incorruptible, . . . and this mortal must put on immortality. -- 15:51-3

At a more fundamental level, each of the three synoptic gospels -- Matthew, Mark, and Luke -- uses the terms to emphasize the age-old pattern of esotericism, of inner teachings reserved for disciples in contrast to exoteric stories for the public. Matthew 13:10-13 gives perhaps the fullest expression, revealing the purpose of parable, yet hiding it with paradox:

    And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

    He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

    Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

It is obvious then that Jesus, through his use of parables, is trying to convey truth through the Mysteries. As well, this also tells us that Jesus was initiated, probably in Egypt as a young man, at a Mystery school.

In the past the word "myth" did not refer to something false, as it is the case today. For most people, a myth was a pleasant story; to the initiated, it was a sacred code hiding profound spiritual teachings. The ancients did not believe that the Mystery myths were literally true; they were seen as the introduction to the profound mystical philosophy at the base of the Mysteries.

The Mysteries were divided in many levels of initiation that led progressively the initiates to ever-deeper levels of understanding. The number of levels was different in all Mystery traditions. They started with the Outer mysteries, in which myths are seen as religious stories, to the Inner mysteries, in which the myths are explained as spiritual allegories.

The Mysteries were everywhere in the Pagan world and the most important one was Dionysus, god-man of the Eleusinian Mysteries, albeit under different names: in Greece (Dionysus), Italy (Bacchus), Egypt (Osiris), Asia Minor (Attis), Syria (Adonis), Persia (Mithras), etc. Spectacles were held representing the death and resurrection of their god-man.

Since the ancients believed that all the Mystery god-men were in fact the same mythic being, all the time they combined the different myths and rites to create new forms of the Mysteries that crossed national boundaries. For instance, in Alexandria, Timotheus combined Osiris and Dionysus to create a new deity that he called Serapis.  Jesus used the same methods taught to him at the Mystery schools. He taught using parables, whose real meanings were not apparent to the uninitiated, but were clear to the initiated that saw deeper meaning and understanding to the myths.

This is in direct opposition to the modern day belief of many Christian churches's who see the Bible and the teachings of Jesus as being literal. However, when you examine the Mysteries, you see that the Bible, especially the New Testament, was obviously written under this influence.

The Mysteries were divided into two general parts, the Less Mysteries and the Greater. The Less Mysteries were composed of dramatic rites or ceremonies, with some teaching; the Greater Mysteries were composed of, or conducted almost entirely on the ground of, study; and the doctrines taught in them later were proved by personal experience in initiation.

In the Greater Mysteries it was explained, among other things, the secret meaning of the mythologies of the old religions.  This was incorporated into the teachings of Christianity, who used the ancient myths, to teach the ultimate truth. Unfortunately, the secret meanings of the Bible and the teachings of Jesus have been obscured by the parables and fables that are taken as literal truths, rather than as a fable meant to teach an abstract idea.

Mystery schools have continued into the modern era as groups such as the Rosicrucian's, the Freemasons, and the Skull and Bones Society, continue to use the ancient traditions of teaching the Mysteries.  Dragonstars Life Study Courses (available from Global Communications) also takes the Mystery school concept and brings it into the 21st century to teach the principals of New Age knowledge to their students.

Life is a mystery, the ultimate mystery. Knowledge is hidden and available only to those who are ready to listen.  What we think we know today about religion, spirituality and the universe is simply the surface of a greater meaning that is as deep and mysterious as the furthest reaches of our own subconscious. To know Sophia is to be able to listen; to be able to listen we must first forget all that we think we already know.

Source: Conspiracy Journal


- TO SERVE AND PROTECT...NESSIE DEPARTMENT -

Police Believed Nessie Existence was 'Beyond Doubt'

A police chief believed the existence of a Loch Ness monster was "beyond doubt", according to a historical document.

In 1938, the chief constable of Inverness-shire raised concerns about protecting Nessie from hunters.

In a letter he wrote: "That there is some strange creature in Loch Ness now seems beyond doubt."

The document has been released by the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) as part of an exhibition. The government file reflects how ministers handled the issue of the existence of Nessie.

Reports of a monster in Loch Ness date back to 565 AD, when St Columba was said to have encountered a strange water beast. But alleged sightings gathered pace in the 1930s, with a series of grainy photographs of the "monster" appearing in newspapers.

In 1933, the Scottish Office was asked to confirm the existence of a monster or sea serpent in Loch Ness.

A parliamentary question was tabled in the House of Commons asking whether, in the interests of science, an investigation would be launched into the creature's existence, but the question was ridiculed by the press at the time.

Ministers and civil servants were sceptical, but the documents show consideration was given to issues such as stationing observers round the loch to capture Nessie on camera and whether it would be possible to trap the monster without injury.

In the end it was felt that as the creature was popular with the public, it would be better not to kill either it or the myth.

However, this did not stop hunters from flocking to Loch Ness in the hope of capturing the monster.

The letter from William Fraser, the chief constable of Inverness-shire, to the Under Secretary of State at the Scottish Office, raises concern about the arrival of a hunting expedition in Fort Augustus in 1938.

It says they are "determined to catch the monster dead or alive".

The document goes on to describe how the party claimed they were having a special harpoon gun made and would return with 20 "experienced men" to track the monster down.

"That there is some strange creature in Loch Ness seems now beyond doubt, but that the police have any power to protect it is very doubtful," the letter concludes.

"If you have any suggestion to make or can offer any guidance in the matter, I shall be grateful."

As recently as 1999, Scottish authorities took steps to ensure the safety of their tourist-attracting monster, Mr. Coleman told the Monitor in a telephone interview from Portland, Maine, where he runs the International Cryptozoology Museum.

In 1999, Coleman was set to go on a Nessie-search expedition in a homemade submarine with Dan Scott Taylor. Thirty years earlier, while diving deep in Loch Ness in a one-man submarine, Mr. Taylor had said he undoubtedly bumped into the monster. Now, he wanted to bring with him both a secondary observer – Coleman – and a harpoon so he could take a DNA sample of the beast.

When Scottish authorities caught wind of Taylor’s plan, they revoked his exploration permits and the submarine trip never materialized. Taylor died in 2005.

“There’s always been the sense that quietly…they were taking the reports more validly. There was a serious acknowledgment that the Loch Ness monster exists,” says Coleman.

While the submarine trip never happened, Coleman still presided over a two-week surface expedition in 1999. He interviewed 38 people who claimed to have seen the monster then or in the past, and of those sightings Coleman says eight appeared valid.

Sightings often describe the monster’s iconic neck sprouting from the lake, but Coleman says experts agree that those sightings are only of an otter’s tail or a water bird’s neck. In his opinion, the Loch Ness monster is something like a whale or a walrus.

Source: BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/8643817.stm

- A HAUNTING WE WILL GO DEPARTMENT -

Ghost Sightings Highest in 25 Years

Spooky sightings of ghouls, ghosts and evil spirits are higher than they have been in the past 25 years, according to a new report on haunted Britain.

There have been nearly 1,000 reports of demonic activity in the past quarter of a century, with Yorkshire the nation's most ghostly county.

Encounters with devils, demons and evil spirits are as widespread today as they were in medieval times, researchers claim.
 
The research was led by the UKs leading authority on the unexplained Lionel Fanthorpe who studied various archives and websites as well as his own reports to identify all sightings and recordings of supernatural beings with satanic qualities.

The study found that despite being in time of accelerating technology, 21st century Britons have not turned their back on ghouls, boggarts, hell-hounds, witches, wizards, banshees and black magic curses, with a whopping 968 reports of demonic activity in the past 25 years.

The report indentifies Yorkshire as the centre of ghostly goings-on demonic activity with 74 reports of demons, including Uncabus and Succubus (male and female demons that make sexual attacks on sleeping victims), instances of demonic possession and sightings of hell hounds, water demons and demons with repulsive forms such as ghouls and werewolves.

Sightings of demons in Yorkshire have included a hideous shadow-like hell-hound with no discernible facial features which collided with a car between Northallerton and Leeming Bar on the A684. A sea-going water demon has also been reported off Filey Bay in Yorkshire. Witnesses claimed to have seen a ghostly creature with a long neck, a vast serpentine body and glowing eyes.

Devonshire rated second in the study with 57 reports of sinister activity, mainly from encounters with or sightings of demons with devil like qualities.

On Dartmoor there have been reports that the demonic shape of a man named Stephens who committed suicide still appears and bodes ill for those who encounter it his grave. The apparition is described as hideously skeletal and dressed in the ragged remnants of a grey robe.

Third in the ghoulish league table is Somerset, which hosts the highest number of monsters and has 51 sightings or reports of demonic entities, with Wiltshire coming in fourth with 46 sightings of demons.

Wiltshire is one of the most popular areas for sightings of phantom dogs, shucks or hell-hounds. At Black Dog Hill near Black Dog Woods in Chapmanslade, there are reports of a huge black hound with eyes like red hot coals.

People in Inverness report sightings of 13 water ghosts in the last 25 years, evil spirits whose main purpose is to lure their victims into dangerous water and then drown them. The water ghosts contribute to the area's overall total of 39 demonic beings and one of the most notorious water ghosts resides in the area of Boat of Garten, which lies on each side of the River Spey, near Chapeltown and Tulloch Moor. The paranormal reports from Boat of Garten involve an ancient, inscribed stone visible when the river is at its lowest. According to legend, the stone is cursed and guarded by a malevolent water-demon, or kelpie-type entity, who protects it savagely. Anyone touching it or attempting to move it is said to become prey to this aquatic, demonic being.

The Demonic Britain report was carried out for the latest DVD release of US TV series Supernatural, normally broadcast on the cable channel Living.

Lionel Fanthorpe said: This report clearly shows we are a nation still rich in sightings and reports of devils, demons and evil spirits of various forms.

"The present human population is many times greater than it was in the past. Therefore the more people that there are, statistically, the more potential encounters they might have with these unpleasant, non-human entities.

Source: Telegraph (UK)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7631387/Ghost-sightings
-highest-in-25-years.html

- DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH DEPARTMENT -

Has Noah's Ark Been Found on Turkish Mountaintop?

A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers say wooden remains they have discovered on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey are the remains of Noah's Ark.

The group claims that carbon dating proves the relics are 4,800 years old, meaning they date to around the same time the ark was said to be afloat. Mt. Ararat has long been suspected as the final resting place of the craft by evangelicals and literalists hoping to validate biblical stories.

Yeung Wing-Cheung, from the Noah's Ark Ministries International research team that made the discovery, said: "It's not 100 percent that it is Noah's Ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it."

There have been several reported discoveries of the remains of Noah's Ark over the years, most notably a find by archaeologist Ron Wyatt in 1987. At the time, the Turkish government officially declared a national park around his find, a boat-shaped object stretched across the mountains of Ararat.

Nevertheless, the evangelical ministry remains convinced that the current find is in fact more likely to be the actual artifact, calling upon Dutch Ark researcher Gerrit Aalten to verify its legitimacy.

A team of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers believe that they have found the remains of the Biblical artifact, Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat.

“The significance of this find is that for the first time in history the discovery of Noah’s Ark is well documented and revealed to the worldwide community,” Aalten said at a press conference announcing the find. Citing the many details that match historical accounts of the Ark, he believes it to be a legitimate archaeological discovery.

“There’s a tremendous amount of solid evidence that the structure found on Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey is the legendary Ark of Noah,” said Aalten.

Representatives of Noah's Ark Ministries said the structure contained several compartments, some with wooden beams, that they believe were used to house animals.The group of evangelical archaeologists ruled out an established human settlement on the grounds none have ever been found above 11,000 feet in the vicinity, Yeung said.

During the press conference, team member Panda Lee described visiting the site. “In October 2008, I climbed the mountain with the Turkish team. At an elevation of more than 4,000 meters, I saw a structure built with plank-like timber. Each plank was about 8 inches wide. I could see tenons, proof of ancient construction predating the use of metal nails."

We walked about 100 meters to another site. I could see broken wood fragments embedded in a glacier, and some 20 meters long. I surveyed the landscape and found that the wooden structure was permanently covered by ice and volcanic rocks."

Local Turkish officials will ask the central government in Ankara to apply for UNESCO World Heritage status so the site can be protected while a major archaeological dig is conducted.

Dr. Randall Price, an evangelical Christian and former member of the Chinese-led team that announced this week’s finding, says the latest purported finding may not withstand closer scrutiny.

"If the world wants to think this is a wonderful discovery, that’s fine. My problem is that, in the end, proper analysis may show this to be a hoax and negatively reflect how gullible Christians can be," he says.

Dr. Price, who is director of the Center for Judaic Studies at the conservative Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., was the archaeologist on the Chinese-led team in 2008 when this alleged discovery was first made. He says he has “difficulties with a number of issues related to the evidence at hand.”

Price declined to elaborate. However, a leaked email from Price – which he confirms that he wrote – shows that he has reason to believe that a group of local Kurdish men trucked wood up to the mountain and staged an elaborate hoax for the Chinese team.

A group of Kurdish workers “are said to have planted large wood beams taken from an old structure in the Black Sea area (where the photos were originally taken) at the Mt. Ararat site. … During the summer of 2009 more wood was planted inside a cave at the site. The Chinese team went in the late summer of 2009 (I was there at the time and knew about the hoax) and was shown the cave with the wood and made their film,” Price writes in the email.

Price is a longtime searcher himself for the ark. As a member of Noah’s Ark Search LLC, he had gone on a number of expeditions to Mount Ararat.

Price was not the only member to withdraw from the Chinese-led team over questions about their purported finding.

Previous expeditions have also come back from Mount Ararat with evidence of Noah’s ark. French explorer Fernand Navarra found a five-foot section of the ark that was originally dated at 5,000 years old, though later shown to be only 500 to 750 years old.

Source: Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/04/27/noahs-ark-found-turkey-arafat/

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