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- Zoo Animals Sensed East Coast Quake Minutes Before It Hit -
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Budd Hopkins, Abstract Expressionist and UFO Researcher, Dies at 80 -
- Is There A Secret U.S. Space Navy? -
- What was the Beast of Seven Chutes? -
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- THEIR SPIDEY SENSE WAS TINGLING DEPARTMENT -

Zoo Animals Sensed East Coast Quake Minutes Before It Hit

People along the East Coast weren't the only ones to feel the 5.8-magnitude earthquake Tuesday, as zoo animals in Washington, D.C., let it be known they felt the vibrations, zoo officials said.

Some of the animals at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park even shouted alarm calls or ran up trees seconds before the rest of us felt the shaking.

About 5 to 10 seconds before Tuesday's quake, an orangutan named Kyle and a Western lowland gorilla named Kojo, abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the treelike structure in the Ape House exhibit.  

The prequake jitters are not uncommon among animals, with stories and even some science to back them up, suggesting some animals can sense the seismic waves before they do any Earth-shaking.

When the quake did hit, Mandara, a gorilla at the zoo, let out a shriek and collected her baby, Kibibi, before moving to the top of the tree structure. In a sign of extreme irritation, Iris, an orangutan, began belch-vocalizing just before the quake. She continued making this noise, indicating annoyance, following the quake as well.

Some of the zoo's small mammals seemed to have gotten the temblor memo even earlier. The red ruffed lemurs sounded an alarm call about 15 minutes before the quake and then again just after it occurred. And the poor black-and-rufous giant elephant shrew hid in its zoo home, refusing to come out for an afternoon snack.

Meanwhile, the snakes, including the poisonous copperheads and cottonmouths, which are typically inactive during daylight, writhed during the quake.

Some of the animals seemed to think a dip in the pool was in order: Just as zookeepers were feeding the beavers and a duck species called hooded mergansers, the quake struck. The ducks immediately jumped into the pool, while the beavers first stood on their hind legs before following suit.

Others huddled. The zoo's flock of 64 flamingoes gathered into a group just before the shaking and remained cozy during the quake. The zoo's lions were more grounded, standing up and facing the zoo building, which rattled during the earthquake, before settling down within minutes.

Predicting an earthquake is notoriously difficult, with scientists in the field saying that even with the advances they've made, the day we'll be able to actually know an earthquake is about to strike is still very far away.

Even so, it seems animals like those at the zoo Tuesday may have some prescience. In fact, a study released last year showed that common toads (Bufo bufo) abandoned their breeding grounds five days before an earthquake struck L'Aquila, Italy, in April 2009; they didn't return for days after the temblor.

Stories have circulated of various animals with seismic foresight, including birds flying in odd directions and dogs showing signs of restlessness hours to days before an earthquake hits.

While the shaking disrupted routine activities for many animals at the Smithsonian zoo, one animal seemed oblivious — the giant pandas didn't seem to respond at all to the shaking, keepers said.

All the animals at the Smithsonian zoo are safe, and after closing its doors to incoming visitors yesterday, the zoo was reopened this morning on time.

When asked about the animal behavior before and during the earthquake, Wildlife Conservation Society (which operates several New York zoos, including the Bronx and Central Park Zoos) spokesperson Stephen Sautner said they didn't notice any odd activity.

Here is the list of observed animal behavior compiled by the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park:

Great Apes

The earthquake hit the Great Ape House and Think Tank Exhibit during afternoon feeding time.
About five to ten seconds before the quake, many of the apes, including Kyle (an orangutan) and Kojo (a Western lowland gorilla), abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the tree-like structure in the exhibit.
About three seconds before the quake, Mandara (a gorilla) let out a shriek and collected her baby, Kibibi, and moved to the top of the tree structure as well.
Iris (an orangutan) began “belch vocalizing”—an unhappy/upset noise normally reserved for extreme irritation—before the quake and continued this vocalization following the quake.

Small Mammals

The red ruffed lemurs sounded an alarm call about 15 minutes before the quake and then again just after it occurred.
The howler monkeys sounded an alarm call just after the earthquake.
The black-and-rufous giant elephant shrew hid in his habitat and refused to come out for afternoon feeding.

Reptile Discovery Center

All the snakes began writhing during the quake (copperheads, cotton mouth, false water cobra, etc.). Normally, they remain inactive during the day.
Murphy, the Zoo’s Komodo dragon, sought shelter inside.

Invertebrates

One of the volunteers at the Invertebrate Exhibit was feeding the cuttlefish and it was not responsive. The water is normally very calm in the tank, but the earthquake caused the tank to shake and created waves, which distracted the cuttlefish during feeding.

Beavers

Keepers were feeding the beavers and hooded mergansers (a species of duck) when the earthquake hit. The ducks immediately jumped into the pool. The beavers stopped eating, stood on their hind legs and looked around, then got into the water, too. They all stayed in the water. Within an hour, some of the beavers returned to land to continue eating.

Great Cats

The lion pride was outside. They all stood still and faced the building, which rattled during the quake. All settled down within minutes.
Damai (a female Sumatran tiger) jumped at the start of the earthquake in a startled fashion. Her behavior returned to normal after the quake.

Bird House

The Zoo has a flock of 64 flamingos. Just before the quake, the birds rushed about and grouped themselves together. They remained huddled during the quake.

Front Royal

During the quake all Eld's deer and tufted deer immediately ran out of the barns and appeared agitated.
The Prezwalski’s horses and scimitar-horned oryx hardly noticed although those that were inside did amble outside eventually.
Immediately after the quake the female Eld's deer herd began alarm calling (a high staccato barking sound) until they were called by their keeper and subsequently all congregated in the corner of the pasture nearest the keeper for a short time.

Giant Pandas

According to keepers, the giant pandas did not appear to respond to the earthquake.

Source: LiveScience
http://www.livescience.com/15738-zoo-animals-sense-earthquake.html

- ON A RELATED NOTE DEPARTMENT -

Virginia Earthquake One of NINETY Across U.S. in One Day

The earthquake felt across the east coast on Tuesday may have been a rare event – but there were 90 other shakes across the U.S. on the same day.

The biggest of those was a 5.3 in Colorado, but only a few of the 90 were felt by people and just 12 were above a magnitude of 3.0.

The 5.8 earthquake in Virginia that was felt in New York and Washington D.C. was so widespread because the tremors were shallow at between one and four miles deep.

Tuesday was a typical day for earthquakes in the U.S. in terms of numbers of tremors – but such a big earthquake on the east coast was very unusual.

‘It was a strange day,’ Rafael Abreu, of the U.S. Geological Survey, told the Los Angeles Times. ‘But Mother Nature teaches us something new every single day.’

A small earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay area as well last night, striking at 11:36pm local time and centred six miles from Oakland.

This afternoon a strong but deep quake struck in the northern Peruvian jungle city Pucallpa, near Brazil, which was felt mildly in Lima.

The Virginia area was hit by its strongest quake since 1897, which resulted in buildings such as the Capitol and Pentagon being evacuated.

The quake's severity was 'highly unusual', one Brown University professor said, although it was in an area known for smaller quakes and it spread because of accommodating terrain.

'This is the largest earthquake by far that I am aware of occurring there in recent history,' seismology professor Karen Fisher said.

The wide spread of the shockwaves was common for the east coast - which is largely due to the difference in the terrain, research seismologist Peggy Hellweg said in California.

'(California's) ground is all of this chopped-up stuff - like a pile of marbles,' she said, which means that the waves from a quake don't spread out that far.

But in eastern America, 'what you've got there is gorgeous bedrock (and) the waves propagate beautifully.'

In addition, there is a difference in plate tectonics because the west coast is over the boundary between the North American and the Pacific.

She said in the East, 'There's no driving engine in terms of the two plates sliding past each other - so that's why it's much more unusual.'

Small earthquakes have been happening in central Virginia since at least the 1770s, reported the U.S. Geological Survey. Quakes in central and eastern parts of the U.S. are less frequent than those in the west but are normally felt over a larger region.

Earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains can be felt over an area up to ten times larger than one of a similar strength in the west. An earthquake of the 5.5 level can often be felt as far as 300 miles from where it happened and cause damaged up to 25 miles away.

Quakes happen on faults within bedrock that are usually miles deep, reported the U.S. Geological Survey. Bedrock beneath Virginia came together as continents collided to create a super-continent up to 500 million years ago. This was what raised the Appalachian Mountains and the bedrock rifted apart to form northeastern America and Europe.

The nearest plate boundaries from the central Virginia seismic zone are in the centre of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. But few shakes in the seismic zone can be connected to named faults because many are deeply buried and undetected. Therefore the best guide to earthquake hazards in this seismic zone is actually the earthquakes themselves.

Source: The Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2029335/Virginia-earthquake-2011-1-
NINETY-tremors-US-day.html#ixzz1VzEVV1YU

- OBITUARY DEPARTMENT -

Budd Hopkins, Abstract Expressionist and UFO Researcher, Dies at 80

Budd Hopkins, a distinguished Abstract Expressionist artist who — after what he described as a chance sighting of something flat, silver, airborne and unfathomable — became the father of the alien-abduction movement, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 80.

The cause was complications of cancer, his daughter, Grace Hopkins-Lisle, said.

A painter and sculptor, Mr. Hopkins was part the circle of New York artists that in the 1950s and ’60s included Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline.

His work — which by the late ’60s included Mondrian-like paintings of huge geometric forms anointed with flat planes of color — is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington and the British Museum, among others.

In later years Mr. Hopkins turned to large, quasi-architectural sculptures that seemed to spring from primordial myths. In 1985, reviewing one such piece, “Temple of Apollo With Guardian XXXXV” — it was part house of worship, part archaeological ruin, part sacrificial altar — Michael Brenson wrote in The New York Times:

“If the work is about sacrifice and violence, it is also about ecstasy and illumination. In the course of trying to re-establish the broadest meaning of the abstract geometry that has fascinated so many 20th-century artists, Hopkins makes us consider that ritual, worship, cruelty and superstition have always been inseparable.”

Some articles about Mr. Hopkins made much of the relationship between these pieces and his fascination with otherworldly visitors, for by then his books, lectures and television appearances had made him well known as a U.F.O. investigator. Mr. Hopkins, however, disavowed a connection.

He was also quick to point out that he had never been abducted himself. But after what he described as his own U.F.O. sighting, on Cape Cod in 1964, he began gathering the stories of people who said they had not only seen spaceships but had also been spirited away in them on involuntary and unpleasant journeys.

As the first person to collect and publish such stories in quantity, Mr. Hopkins is widely credited with having begun the alien-abduction movement, a subgenre of U.F.O. studies. Later high-profile writers on the subject, including Whitley Strieber and the Harvard psychiatrist John Mack, credited him with having ignited their interest in the field.

In eliciting the narratives — many obtained under hypnosis — of people who said they had been abducted, Mr. Hopkins was struck by the recurrence of certain motifs: the lonely road, the dark of night, the burst of light, the sudden passage through the air and into a waiting craft, and above all the sense of time that could not be accounted for.

He went in search of that lost time. What he found, in story after story, was this:

The aliens were technically sophisticated and many spoke improbably good English. They were short, bug-eyed, thin-lipped and gray-skinned, stripped their subjects naked and probed them with instruments, often removing sperm or eggs.

These narratives, Mr. Hopkins wrote, led him to a distasteful but inescapable conclusion: The aliens — or “visitors,” as he preferred to call them — were practicing a form of extraterrestrial eugenics, aiming to shore up their declining race by crossbreeding with Homo sapiens.

In 1989 Mr. Hopkins founded the Intruders Foundation, based in Manhattan, to help sound the alarm.

He wrote four books on the subject, including “Intruders: The Incredible Visitations at Copley Woods” (1987), which spent four weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was the basis of a 1992 TV movie starring Richard Crenna.

Mr. Hopkins’s work drew inevitable fire; in interviews he sometimes likened his attackers to Holocaust deniers, an analogy that incurred further criticism.

Elliott Budd Hopkins was born in Wheeling, W. Va., on June 15, 1931, and at 2 survived polio. He earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Oberlin College in 1953 and afterward settled in New York, where he soon made his artistic reputation.

After the Cape Cod sighting he described — a silvery disc over Truro, Mass. — Mr. Hopkins began researching U.F.O.’s. In 1976 he published an article about abductions in The Village Voice, which led to an article in Cosmopolitan.

The exposure drew sacks of letters from readers wondering if they too had been abducted, and his second career was born. By the 1980s, it had eclipsed the first.

Mr. Hopkins’s three marriages, to Joan Baer, April Kingsley and Carol Rainey, ended in divorce. Besides his daughter, Grace, from his marriage to Ms. Kingsley, he is survived by his companion, Leslie Kean; a sister, Eleanor Whiteley; and a grandchild.

His memoir, “Art, Life and UFOs,” was published in 2009 by Anomalist Books.

Unlike some writers in the genre who described their own abductions as spiritually transformative, Mr. Hopkins believed that no good could come of being the unwilling subject of a vast human genome project in the sky. He called his informants “victims” and ran group therapy sessions for them in New York.

Many who shared their stories with Mr. Hopkins had no conscious memory of their abductions at first. But they had lived for years, he said, with the nagging feeling that somewhere, something in their lives had gone horribly wrong.

Their condition, Mr. Hopkins said, was not as rare as one might suppose. By his reckoning, 1 in 50 Americans has been abducted by an alien and simply does not know it.

Source: NY Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/25/arts/design/budd-hopkins-abstract-artist-and-ufo-author-dies-at-80.html

- WHAT THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW DEPARTMENT -

Is There A Secret U.S. Space Navy?

Gary McKinnon, the English hacker facing 70 years in U.S. prison for searching Pentagon sites for UFO evidence, says the weirdest thing he found was a list of "Non-Terrestrial Officers" and fleet transfers between ships that don't exist in the U.S. Navy. -

In the House of Commons debates July 13, 2011 David Burrowes (Enfield, Conservative) asks, "Can I raise with the Prime Minister a different case of hacking--the computer hacker Gary McKinnon? While I recognize that the Home Secretary has a legal process to follow, does the Prime Minister share the concern for my constituent's nine-year nightmare? He feels that his life is literally hanging by a thread that is waiting to be cut by extradition.

Prime Minister David Cameron replies, "I do recognize the seriousness of this case, and the Deputy Prime Minister and I actually raised it with President Obama when he visited. I think the point is that it is not so much about the alleged offence, which everyone knows is a very serious offense, and we can understand why the Americans feel so strongly about it. The case is now in front of my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary, who has to consider reports about Gary McKinnon's health and well-being. It is right that she does that in a proper and effectively--I am sorry to use the word again today--quasi-judicial way.

Note - If Mr. McKinnon's data is correct, it validates the assumption the US Navy may well be operating off-planet via back-engineered ET technology. His data indicates the Navy and probably the Air Force operate a fleet of space craft and officers to either man them or otherwise control them. Gary McKinnon states, "I found a list of fleet-to-fleet transfers, and a list of ship names. I looked them up. They weren't U.S. Navy ships. What I saw made me believe they have some kind of spaceship, off-planet The US Navy Clementine mission project mapped the entire Moon.

In his interview with the BBC, Gary claimed, "The Disclosure Project" had some very credible people all saying there is UFO technology, there's anti-gravity, there's free energy, and it's extraterrestrial in origin and they've captured spacecraft and reverse engineered it." He said, he investigated a NASA photographic expert's claim that at the Johnson Space Center's Building 8, images were regularly cleaned of evidence of UFO craft, and confirmed this, comparing the raw originals with the "processed" images.

He claimed to have viewed a detailed image of "something not man-made and cigar shaped floating above the northern hemisphere. McKinnon stated the image was approximately 256 megabytes in size, yet that the craft's details were still distinct in 4-bit color and low resolution on his mere 56k modem

Aviation Week's Space planes

Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine has investigated myriad sightings of a two-stage-to-orbit system that could place a small military space plane in orbit during the 1990s. After the shuttle Challenger disaster in January 1986, and a subsequent string of expendable-booster failures, the military needed a quick method to get satellites into space to keep tabs on its Cold War adversaries.

It appears the "Blackstar" system may have replaced the shelved U.S. SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft. It was composed of a large "Mothership," closely resembling the Air Force's historic XB-70 supersonic bomber (shown above) with the orbital component under its fuselage, accelerating to supersonic speeds at high altitude before dropping the space plane. The orbiter's engines fire and boost the vehicle into space.

The National Aero-Space Plane was under development during the Carter Administration that could reach orbit but was allegedly cancelled but might have been updated to replace the Shuttle. Small maneuverable space craft could be launched from a Mothership and conduct key reconnaissance.

The space plane could deliver microsatellites to low Earth orbit or, perhaps, be fitted with no-warhead hypervelocity weapons--what military visionaries have called "rods from god." Launched from the fringes of space, these high-Mach weapons could destroy deeply buried bunkers and weapons facilities.

"In 1986, Boeing filed a U.S. patent application for an advanced two-stage space transportation system. Patent No. 4,802,639, was awarded on Feb. 7, 1989, details how a small orbiter could be air-dropped from the belly of a large delta-winged carrier at Mach 3.3 and 103,800-ft. altitude. Tons of material--including long-lead structural items--for a third XB-70 Valkyrie had been stored in California warehouses years before, and a wealth of data from the X-20 DynaSoar military space plane program (shown) was readily available for application to a modern orbiter. "The DynaSoar program in November 1959 was the first effort to use a manned boost-glider to fly in near-orbital space and return. The B-70 was to carry the 10,000-lb. DynaSoar glider and a 40,000-lb. liquid rocket booster to 70,000 feet and release them while traveling at Mach 3. With this lofty start, the booster could then push the glider into its final 300-mile orbit."

On October 4, 1998, an XB-70-like carrier aircraft was spotted flying over Salt Lake City at about 2:35 PM, by James Petty, the president of JP Rocket Engine Co. He saw a small highly swept-winged vehicle nestled under the belly of the XB-70-like aircraft climbing slowly on a west-southwest heading. The sky was clear enough to see both vehicles' leading edges, which Petty described as a dark gray or black. Thanks to Aviation Week.
Blackstar Is a Secret Military Piloted Space plane

Does, or did, a secret piloted military space plane, called the Blackstar, fly into suborbital and orbital space since the early 1990s? That's the highly intriguing and provocative big question raised in an amazing cover feature article in the prestigious "Aviation Week & Space Technology."

It is quite likely the U.S. Space Command operates a military space plane for orbital missions with an elite corps of astronauts. The significant, ground-breaking investigative news report, with 18 years of Aviation Week research to back it up, strongly suggests that the "black budget project" program was developed on the "fast-track" in the 1980s after the catastrophic loss of the space shuttle Challenger in January 1986 to give the military regular operational piloted reconnaissance access into suborbital and orbital space. The orbital spacecraft, shown is an artistic rendering of a likely Blackstar follow on craft.

The space plane, first known as the XOV (experimental orbital vehicle) was apparently flight tested and likely became covertly operational in the early 1990s. This two-vehicle "Blackstar" carrier/orbiter system was allegedly cancelled in 2006, and an advanced Shuttle follow on like craft is now in orbit.

Once a Blackstar orbiter reenters the atmosphere, it can land horizontally at almost any location having a sufficiently long runway. So far, observed space plane landings have been reported at Hurlburt AFB, Fla.; Kadena AB, Okinawa; and Holloman AFB, N.M.

These craft are often reported as UFOs. Boeing Aerospace and Lockheed were the apparent contractors in 1990-91, and helped make the space plane operational under the U.S. Space Command in Colorado. A former program manager of a major aerospace company once declared, 'There is no question. Lockheed is flying a two-stage space vehicle.'" Ben Rich the director of the famous Lockheed Skunkworks, claimed we are thirty years in advance of science and can fly to the stars.

This specific stealth space program has been suspected, as noted, since 1992 when MUFON witnesses noted unusual high altitude aircraft speeding supersonically across the skies with large puffs of donut-shaped smoke over the southwestern U.S. The news media also picked up the reports and called them, "Aurora."

Black Budget $50 Billion in 2010

The Fiscal Year 2010 budget is gigantic. Spending on classified programs and activities is listed by a category such as 0207248F Special Evaluation Program. These long-running budget lines, with their ever-changing names, have disappeared. In the R-1 (research and development), P-1 (procurement) and O-1 (operations) budgets for 2010, just over $50 billion is listed for classified programs, the largest-ever sum. The Pentagon's "black" operations, including the intelligence budgets nested inside it, are roughly equal in magnitude to the entire defense budgets of the UK, France or Japan.

Highlights include the US Air Force's classified research and development budget. Earlier estimates suggested that secret projects accounted for 36 per cent of USAF Rand D spending, but the FY2010 budget shows that even this startling number is on the low side. The USAF plans to spend almost $12 billion on secret programs in 2010 - more than three Joint Strike Fighter F-35 development efforts - or just about 43 per cent of its R&D.

Black-world other procurement section just above $16 billion, that's 240 per cent more than it was ten years ago. On the operations side, secret spending has risen 8 per cent over last year, to just over $15 billion - equivalent to more than a third of Air Force operating costs. What does it all go for? If Gary McKinnon is right, US space planes are still in orbit despite the shuttle being cancelled.

Source: Filer's Files #35
http://www.listrocket.com/public/archive.php?mode=thread&cat=8857&rc=
7b04f7b0ca89&mid=2810525&cc=61a2b3970801ff9

- STRANGE THINGS IN THOSE WOODS DEPARTMENT -

What was the Beast of Seven Chutes?

On June 1, 2005, a photo was taken of an unidentified species standing beside a waterfall in the Parc des Sept Chutes in Quebec, Canada. Amazingly, the creature appears to be holding something and is staring at the photographer, who doesn't notice it. This creature does not match the typical descriptions of the legendary Bigfoot, which is usually described a being a massive creature that resembles a human, having a conical head and a human-looking flat face. As well, the Bigfoot is not usually described as being aggressive.

The creature in the photo has several unique physical attributes that differentiates it from typical Bigfoot sightings. The creature is erect, standing on two legs and appears to be between 5-6 feet tall. It has an elongated snout that appears dog-like as well as silver hair on its head reaching to it's shoulders. The creature's body is black and the left arm is visible bent at the elbow. Quite remarkably, the creature looks to be holding a white dog.

Based on the red area that looks like blood on the creatures head, it may have been feeding on the dog. The creature has a triangular shaped head and, unlike most Bigfoot who retreat when seen, this creature is holding his ground and staring aggressively and directly at the photographer.

In August 2008, David Claerr wrote an article comparing the Beast of Seven Chutes and Dogman of Michigan:

In the forests of Northern Wisconsin, Michigan and East Central Canada, between about 42 to 48 degrees of Latitude, there have been a resurgence of reports of a large, bipedal carnivore, within the past several years. There is a notable resemblance in the descriptions to a being in the lore of native tribes: the Windigo, a tall, ferocious creature with a wolf-like head on the body of a man or bear. It also fits the descriptions from European legends of the werewolf.

The cryptic creature is reported to have unique characteristics that differ from the appearance of a Sasquatch or Bigfoot. Generally smaller and less stocky than a Sasquatch, it is said to be closer to the height of an average man, and the arms and legs are similar in proportion to the human. The hands or fore-paws are said to have long curving, sharp claws. The feet, judged by footprints, are said to be elongated somewhat like the human, but the toes are shorter and configured more like a canine. But the most striking feature, according to the accounts, is the elongated muzzle with large protruding canines and pointed incisors.

Accounts of sightings of the creature are often in conjunction with a fresh kill, usually a deer. Its demeanor is hostile and aggressive, according to reports. The non-human expression is said to be malevolent, and the glaring eyes and snarling grimace are said to provoke a deep sense of dread. The accompanying illustrations by the author are based on purported eyewitness accounts and a detail from a photo taken in a park near, Quebec Canada. "Seven Chutes" refers to the cataracts or waterfalls in the park, which is known by the the French name "Parc de Sept Chutes". In a small area of the larger, complete picture of a waterfall, a strange figure is facing the camera and looking up through the foliage on the embankment. Amazingly, it appears to be cradling a white poodle in its arms.

The hand-drawn digital illustrations by the author were derived by a visual study of an enlarged detail of the figure. Sophisticated filtering effects were employed to isolate color groups and enhance details of the structure and textural patterns. A compensation for motion-blur was added. The resulting rectified image, which revealed surprising detail, was used as a visual comparison for the illustrations.

The crown of the creature's head has an irregular red coloration that has the appearance of a stain, perhaps blood. The rest of the hair or fur, which follows coherent patterns, is in shades of grey to white, darker at the base and lighter toward the tips. The head has a moderately long mane that appears to obscure the ears. The coat of hair on the arms, legs and body is somewhat uniform and comprised of stiff bristles about an inch and a half long, judging from proportions. The lower legs and feet in the image are obscured, so the illustrated configuration of them is conjectural. The "dog" it appears to hold is less distinct since it has more of a motion-blur, but still looks more like a dog than any other object or animal.

From studying the apparent bone structure, musculature, posture and hair-growth patterns it is a reasonable hypothesis that the creature, if real, would have characteristics most in common with the primate branch that includes macaques and baboons. Since the environment in the reports is the colder mid-northern regions, an analogous primate could be the Snow Monkeys (macaques) of Japan, which have a seasonal growth of hair that allows them to survive temperature extremes. Related primates, like baboons, also have enormous canine teeth and a head that can appear very dog- or wolf-like. The hind legs and feet of a baboon are also somewhat dog-like in appearance and function. These conjectures are worth considering if a bipedal, primarily carnivorous primate is postulated. Of course, most primates are omnivores or herbivores, but that does not preclude the possible existence of a carnivorous primate. An analogy to that premise would be the carnivorous marsupial "wolves" and "lions" formerly inhabiting Tasmania.

Reports of this type of cryptic biped in the Americas go back centuries before the arrival of Europeans. There have been sporadic reports since the days of New World settlements of this and perhaps related creatures by well known explorers and historical figures. Whether the phenomenon is real or imaginary, a greater understanding of this and other mysteries can be gained only through scientific investigation and comprehensive field research.

The person who took the photo lives in Quebec, about 15 minutes from where the photo was taken. He speaks French and works as a driver for a construction company and wishes to remain anonymous.

He was sightseeing alone at the Parc des Sept Chutes which is near Saint-Georges de Beauce, Quebec, it was about 90 degrees that day. He did not notice the subject or anything out of the ordinary while he was walking around the park taking pictures. The date was Wed. June 1st 2005 there were no other park visitors around. He took 76 photos (all at medium resolution) of various park features, he also recorded 4 videos. (The videos are available for anyone who wants to view them.) The camera was a Canon A70. He was looking through the photos at home that same day and was surprised to see the subject/creature standing in the woods looking up at him. The photo was number 32 in the set. He has since been back to this area 3 times and taken photos and videos on each occasion. He was back on Monday July 4th and was spooked when he heard something walking in the woods 20-30 feet away from him. He stated that he probably will not be going back there alone. In some of the later photos he took he had his girlfriend stand where the subject was and he stood where he initially was and took photos to get a sense of size and scale. - haveyouseenthiscreature.com

Source: Phantoms and Monsters
http://naturalplane.blogspot.com/2011/08/what-was-beast-of-seven-chutes.html

- IT'S A GAS DEPARTMENT -

Mysterious Fumes!
By Tim R. Swartz

"Office Workers Sickened by Mysterious Gas." "Fumes From Meteorite Crater Have Sickened 600." "Fumes From Corpse Cause Evacuation."  News reports from all over the world have shown a drastic increase in cases in which people are sickened and harmed by mysterious gases.  Many reports have come from seemingly common, normal buildings and schools.  Dubbed "sick buildings" by the press, explanations on the causes range from chemicals used
during construction, to mass hysteria.

In Japan, recent suicides using household chemicals and terrorist attacks with sarin gas in the subways of Tokyo has focused worldwide attention to the frightening scenario of further poisonous gas attacks on large population centers.  However, little attention has been paid to the evidence that mysterious fumes have already been responsible for sickening hundreds, maybe thousands of innocent people.  Reports of unexplained gas attacks go back a number of years, some seem to indicate a disturbing connection with the frequency of attacks and an increase of UFO sightings.

One of the more familiar cases of reported gas attacks was the 1944 series of  incidents in Mattoon, Illinois.  The episode has been completely written off by many as a classic case of mass hysteria.  However, there were elements to the case, most notably in the form of physical evidence, that have been repeated constantly in the mysterious fumes reports going on today.

COLD WAR FEARS AND FLYING SAUCERS

Starting in July 1950, reports of UFOs associated with mysterious fumes began to trickle in.  The July 1 edition of The Cincinnati Post ran the front page headline, "Saucers whirl over city."
     
     "Flying saucers were reported over Cincinnati at widely separated points. At least three reports were received around noon.  The first saucer was sighted around 11 a.m. by Mrs. Katherine Willis at 25 Murray Road, St. Bernard, and her daughter, Beverly Ann.  A few moments later, Jack Earls of 4713 Paxton Road, reported seeing saucers over Mt. Lookout and Lunken Airport. Control tower operators at the airport said they saw no saucers, and nothing
unusual.

     "Saucers also were reported at the same time by a Mt. Washington resident. 'Beverly saw it first and watched it for about two minutes,' said Mrs. Willis.  'It was white, way up in the sky, and I could tell that it was spinning,'  said Mrs. Willis.  'I couldn't tell how high it was. It looked
like it was going as fast or faster than the airplanes.'  In the past two days, flying saucers have been reported by officials in Cairo, Ill., and Louisville, Ky."

The reports of UFOs coincided with reported low-flying aircraft leaving a noxious exhaust, causing an outbreak of mystery fumes throughout the Cincinnati area. The press at the time, did not make the obvious correlation. The Cincinnati Enquirer  reported on July 9th a similar incident in Illinois.

The Cincinnati Enquirer's headline reflected the Cold War fears that were on the minds of everyone during the decade.  "Only a horrible nightmare. Fears of Russian gas bombing arise when foul odor from passing truck spreads through seven towns near Moline, Ill."

The article goes on to report that a foul smell choked seven towns, sending some residents into hysterics and raising fears of a Russian gas bombing.  The noxious odor crept through Moline, East Moline, Silvis and Rock Island, Ill., and then spread across the border into Muscatine, Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa.  No injuries were reported aside from upset stomachs.

Some residents, in hysterics, called police.  One man insisted to Silvis police that "the Russians are flying over and gassing us."  The evil-smelling fumes routed citizens from the beds and from taverns, almost forced the closing of two farm machinery factories, jammed police switchboards and kept firemen on a near-emergency basis.

An official of the Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Co. said the odor probably resulted from a leak in a tank of Pentalarm being hauled through the area on a truck headed west. He said the truck was seen passing through Moline shortly before midnight.  Pentalarm is an odorant used to inject a smell into natural gas, normally odorless, to permit detection of leaks. The official said the odor is not injurious but can cause nausea.

Several taverns in Silvis and East Moline lost their patrons in a hurry when the smell entered their establishments. Some 20 persons jammed the East Moline police station.  Police at Muscatine, Iowa, said anxious citizens jammed the switchboard with calls. Some became hysterical and left town.

Others just closed all their doors and windows and tried to go back to sleep.

In Moline, a reporter said, "The police are being run ragged, calls are coming in from all over the town, and the squad cars are going all over the place. People are heading for the high ground away from the river."  The smell was strongest in the lowland areas along the Mississippi.

The utility company, flooded with calls, dispatched more than 30 repairmen to find what was first believed to be a leak in a gas main. The men hunted for three hours but found no leaks. Authorities at the Rock Island arsenal said, "Everything is in order here," in response to queries on whether the smell might have originated there.  The smell lingered in the Illinois area for three hours, then hit the Iowa cities.  It disappeared at daylight.

Subsequent attempts to locate the mysterious leaking truck failed.  Some residents said the gas was nothing like the smell of Pentalarm.  The gas they smelled was incapacitating, and felt like, "the air was being sucked out of the lungs."  On July 7th and 8th, newspaper and police switchboards were flooded with reports of UFOs flying overhead.  The Moline/Davenport area also had an unusually high amount of UFO reports during the week of the 8th.

SICK BUILDINGS

The relatively new phenomenon of "sick buildings" has some people worried that a new, though subtle form of terrorism is taking place. An alarming increase of UFO sightings in the same areas as reported sick buildings has lead some investigators to suggest that there could be a connection. More mundane explanations such as chemicals used during construction, to outgassing from new carpets have taken the brunt of the blame when mysterious fumes are reported. However, air checks usually can find no trace of any potentially hazardous chemical or gas to account for the strange symptoms reported by stricken individuals. Other, less credible attempts at an explanation generally leans towards cases of mass hysteria, or workers suffering from the "blue flu."

In Margate, Florida on April 7, 1997, a grocery store was forced to close because of a strange gas that made at least 30 ill. Officials say about 100 people were in the store when workers and customers began complaining of sore throats and watery eyes. Hazardous materials investigators say noxious fumes that caused the apparent respiratory problems among store customers had dissipated by they time they arrived, making it difficult to trace their origin.

 Of the people who complained about symptoms, 11 were taken to area hospitals, but all were released following treatment for what were described as "minor'' problems. Some customers said the fumes smelled like chlorine, while others described them as smelling like pepper.

Tamarac, Fla., Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Dennis Peloso said the varied descriptions made it difficult to determine the source of the smell. "We've checked for chemicals, gas, Freon. We looked at the refrigeration system. Nothing,'' said Peloso, who called the negative tests "a little weird.''

Schools also seem to be a favorite target of "sick building syndrome." On January 14, 2008, St Helens, Oregon High School was evacuated after students and faculty fell ill after noticed a strong odor like "rotten eggs." Nearby, people at the local Safeway store, and at the bank, also became ill. Several people had to be treated for nausea, dizziness, burning of skin and eyes, and respiratory complaints.

After some initial speculation that it was a natural gas leak, it was finally determined that it was, instead, a mystery. There was no leak anywhere on the school grounds, and chemical sniffers detected no natural gas. Local officials promised to look into the matter, but no investigation was ever conducted.

Mysterious fumes circulating through a classroom in Jamaica triggered a school evacuation and sent five children to the hospital gasping for breath, on January 25, 1997. Traces of the fumes were detected inside Room 315 of PS 37. Children were complaining of headaches, chest pains, watery eyes and breathing difficulties, Fire Department spokesman Luis Basso said.

Taking emergency precautions, the Fire Department evacuated the building immediately. Basso said 25 people from Room 315 - 23 children and two adults were treated at the scene for inhaling the mysterious fumes. Five of those were taken to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

Superintendent Celestine Miller of Community School District 29 said she did not know the exact source of the children's discomfort. However, the investigation by environmental authorities and the city Health Department was unable to trace any hazardous materials released into the school environment.

So far no explanation has satisfactorily answered the questions concerning the causes of "sick building syndrome." If the culprit is a mélange of "common" chemicals, then air tests should have found the suspected contaminants. The same goes for deliberate gas attacks. Air tests should be able to determine what the fumes are. There is also no good reason for the fumes to suddenly appear, then disappear just as quickly. Chemicals in the carpet, or in the structure of the building would leak slowly and evenly into the atmosphere. Making it easy for modern air check systems to find and fix the cause of the problem. Easy answers however, are not forthcoming.


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