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U.S. Military Funds SETI's Search for Aliens -
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Wizards Of Odd And The Alien Mask Of Evil -
10 Ways the War on Drugs is a Wild Success -
- Students Claim Restroom Haunted, Faint En Mass -
AND: The World of Grim Christmas Creatures

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- LISTENING IN ON THE NEIGHBORS DEPARTMENT -

U.S. Military Funds SETI's Search for Aliens

The recent discovery of a potentially habitable blue planet, Kepler 22-b, orbiting a star similar to the sun, by NASA's Kepler Mission, has persuaded the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence to advance its activities to verify the probabilities of spotting alien life forms on its surface.

The planet, which lies in the "Goldilocks Zone" of its planetary system, has a surface temperature of about 22 C (72 F), which is comparable to that of Earth. According to NASA astronomers, the probability of spotting water on the newly discovered planet is high, which has sparked speculation regarding the existence of aliens and the possibility of humanity being able to migrate to the new planet.

NASA's promising discovery has prompted the U.S. Air Force Space Command to provide additional funds for observatory re-activation and operations at SETI, as part of a formal assessment of the instrument's utility for Space Situational Awareness.

"This is a superb opportunity for SETI observations," Jill Tarter, director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute, said Tuesday.  "For the first time, we can point our telescopes at stars, and know that those stars actually host planetary systems - including at least one that begins to approximate an Earth analog in the habitable zone around its host star. That's the type of world that might be home to a civilization capable of building radio transmitters."

The Space Command is one of the few organizations responsible for obtaining and maintaining the awareness needed for successful and safe space operations.

However, SETI, which is on its way back from a period of hibernation that began last April, after the withdrawal of its former partner, the University of California, Berkeley, due to budgetary shortfalls, will not limit itself to examining Kepler 22-b.

Tarter said SETI's Allen Telescope Array will examine all planetary systems found by the Kepler mission: "In SETI, as with all research, preconceived notions such as habitable zones could be barriers to discovery. So, with sufficient future funding from our donors, it's our intention to examine all of the planetary systems found by Kepler."

Source: International Business Times
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/262856/20111207/alien-planet-kepler-22-b-discovery-u.htm

- FROM THE REALM OF NIGHTMARES DEPARTMENT -

Wizards Of Odd And The Alien Mask Of Evil
by Sean Casteel

In the modern UFO era, dating back to around 1947, when both Kenneth Arnold’s famous sighting of flying saucers and the even more famous Roswell incident took place, many UFO researchers have looked past the veil of more recent times to place the phenomenon firmly in the context of history, dating it back to man’s most ancient beginnings. UFOs and their alien occupants are nothing new, say these researchers and authors, and may represent simply a more technological guise for entities long regarded as evil spirits or demons.

JOHN LEAR

John Lear, retired airline captain with over 19000 hours of flight time, has flown in over 100 different types of planes and holds almost every imaginable award in the test flight industry. He believes the grey aliens are here to capture our souls.

John Lear is the son of the inventor of the Lear Jet, William P.  Lear. John Lear is also an experienced pilot with many thousands of hours of flight time as well as having an alleged background of CIA contacts gathered from flying missions he carried out for the agency.

According to Lear, the first contact between aliens and our government took place in 1964, and a formal treaty was negotiated around 1969-71. The treaty involved an exchange of superior alien technology in return for our government’s cooperation in covering up alien “research” on this planet, which included the famous cattle mutilations and human abductions. Lear also says that the aliens and our government operate a joint research facility at the notorious Area 51 in Nevada. Lear helped to pioneer the Dark Side faction of the UFO community and, while he has his share of detractors, he has never been proven wrong for believing something evil is afoot that has long ago snared our government into helpless cooperation.

CONTAINERS OF THE SOUL         

Lear is quite forthrightly outspoken on the negative aspects of the UFO phenomenon. For instance, his take on the gray aliens is certainly on the sinister side of the table.

“The purpose of the grays,” Lear said in an online UFO forum, “is to take care of the containers – us. We are containers of souls. When a soul is made, it lasts forever and ever. It never dies until it is beyond salvation. This is very rare. The future is already written and the date of your death is already determined. If you are in an accident or life-threatening situation, the grays secretly step in and save you.”

Presumably to keep things on schedule so that one is there to meet one’s moment of death at the correct predetermined time. Their interest in our souls, however, is a predatory one, driven by hunger. The grays suck the souls out whole, in order to feed on the energy of the misery the grays themselves cause, like a vampire’s thirst for blood. Most likely the grays are doomed to suffer their hunger in eternity and can never get their fill of human torture.

THE GOVERNMENT IS THEIR ALLY

As if the nature of the grays wasn’t bad enough, they’re also working alongside our own government! This is one of Lear’s major themes, that our government entered into an agreement with various alien life forms and was played for a sucker big time.

In his role as a researcher, Lear maintains a lively correspondence with many other researchers. The following case histories were reported to Lear by an investigator named Bill English, who claimed he got the information in 1977 when he was allowed to read a Top Secret document called PROJECT
GRUDGE/BLUE BOOK REPORT NUMBER 13.

One of the reports was called “Darlington Farm Case,” out of Ohio, and the incident took place in October 1953.

“A man, wife and 13-year-old son were sitting down at the dinner table. As they sat there, the lights in the farmhouse began to dim. Dogs and animals raised a ruckus outside. The 13-year-old boy got up from the dinner table to see what was going on. He called his mother and father to come look at the funny lights in the sky.”

They saw a round ball of fire in the sky, and the boy began chasing it out into an open field. As the parents watched, the light came down from the sky and the boy began to scream for help. The father fetched his shotgun and returned to see that his son was being carried away by what looked like little men. The father fired several rounds at the light, but to no avail. They found one of their dogs with its head crushed, but no sign of the boy and no footprints left behind by the little men.

The police were called but the official report read that the boy had run off and become lost in the forest. Within 48 hours, the Air Force determined that the family had experienced a true close encounter and forced the parents to relocate to a secret installation somewhere in the northwest part of the U.S. which had medical treatment facilities to deal with radiation poisoning and similar ailments.

Both the parents were in shock and required intensive psychotherapy.

RUN LIKE HELL

Another similar report indicates that the government is aware of incidents of human mutilation within their own ranks. An Air Force Sgt. named Jonathan P. Lovette was observed being taken captive aboard what appeared to be a UFO at the White Sands Missile Test Range in New Mexico. The incident took place in March of 1956 and was witnessed by Major William Cunningham. The two were out in a field downrange from the launch sites looking for debris from a missile test when Lovette went over the ridge of a small sand dune and was out of sight for a time.

Cunningham heard Sgt. Lovette scream in what he described as “terror or agony.” The major ran over the crest of the dune and saw the sergeant being dragged into what appeared to him to be a silvery disc-like object that hovered in the air at a height of 15 to 20 feet. A long, snake-like object was wrapped around the sergeant’s legs, dragging him into the disc, after which the disc rose quickly into the sky.

Search parties were sent out into the field. After telling his story,   Major Cunningham was admitted to the White Sands Medical Dispensary for observation. After three days of searching, Sgt. Lovette’s nude body was found approximately 10 miles downrange. His body had been mutilated; the tongue had been removed from the lower portion of his jaw. An incision had been made just under the tip of the chin that extended all the way back to his esophagus and larynx. He had been emasculated and his eyes had been removed. Also, his anus had been removed and there were comments in the report about the apparent surgical skill used in removing the various organs and tissues. When the body was found, there were a number of dead predatory birds in the area, apparently killed when they tried to feed on Lovette’s body.

Lear groups cases like the disappearing 13-year-old farm boy and the mutilated Air Force Sergeant under the heading “The Horrible Truth.”

“The best advice I can give you is,” Lear said, “the next time you see a flying saucer and are awed by its obvious display of technology and gorgeous lights of pure color: RUN LIKE HELL!”

JACQUES VALLEE

Jacques Vallee is a world famous researcher who is respected not only by UFO believers but also by those outside the field for his high quality scholarship and rigorous scientific dedication. Vallee was the model for the character of “Lacombe,” from the Steven Spielberg movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” He received training as an astrophysicist and holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Northwestern University in Chicago. He is the author of some of the best books ever written on the subject of UFOs, including “Anatomy of a Phenomenon” (1966), “Challenge to Science” (1967) and “Passport to Magonia,” (1970), the latter universally considered to be a classic. The book dealt with the relationship between UFO contact and the folktales of fairy lore and the Little People.  

Vallee’s research led him to concentrate on the sinister aspects of unexplained phenomena, which he expounded on in his 1979 book “Messengers of Deception.” He would go on to write “Dimensions” (1988), “Confrontations” (1990) and “Revelations” (1991). His most recent book is called “Wonders In The Sky” (2009) and deals with ancient UFO sightings. 

DARING TO FACE THE PARANORMAL

In an interview conducted by Daniel Blair Stewart, and published online as “Strange Encounters: An Interview With Jacques Vallee,” Vallee says that too many UFO researchers try to sweep the paranormal aspects of the phenomenon under the proverbial rug.

“That is due in part,” Vallee said, “to the fact that witnesses tell you such things only after you have gained their trust. But very often they are a challenge to the beliefs or the worldview of the investigators. They may not be ready to hear it or they may not publish it because they think it would damage their credibility. And since they are in the business of giving credibility to the subject, they don’t want to reveal the paranormal aspects of it. Every UFO sighting has some elements that are shocking to the ‘rational’ view, the nuts-and-bolts picture that these are simply spacecraft from outer space.”

In the last few decades, Vallee continued, “We’ve learned a lot of new things about this phenomenon that contradicts the idea that it is extraterrestrial. It is not a recent phenomenon. It is a phenomenon that has existed, as far as we can tell, throughout history in one form or another. So this certainly invalidates the idea that we’re dealing with a civilization that has just discovered us and is coming here now. UFOs seem to have been a part of our environment for a very long time, perhaps as long as man has existed.”        

UFO HOSTILITY

Vallee went on to recount a journey he had made to Brazil in which there seemed to be evidence of UFO hostility.

“Objects would literally zap people,” he said, “with beams. In several cases, it seemed that it killed them. It certainly injured them. We couldn’t really prove a direct cause-and-effect relationship in the cases of death, but there was a cause-and-effect relationship in the cases of the injuries. People were, in fact, injured by those beams.

“The phenomenon doesn’t seem to care at all,” Vallee continued, “whether it’s perceived as good or bad. In fact, it may be beyond the level at which humans would define good and evil.”

Whatever the phenomenon is, however, Vallee believes it extends to every culture, every race, every religion on Earth.

“I really have not found a single place that doesn’t have a tradition about this phenomenon,” he said.        

IS THERE EVIDENCE FOR MALEVOLENCE?

But the phenomenon does tally up more points on the sinister side in Vallee’s view, in spite of those who believe we’re dealing with something positive and benevolent.

“I can understand,” Vallee said, “why the expectation has grown that this could be helpful and benevolent. It’s a very complex, unexplained phenomenon and we always tend to project our own human fantasies into every such thing that comes along. It would be nice if somebody came down from the sky and told us how to stop wars and how to cure cancer. Unfortunately, the phenomenon itself, when you look at it objectively, doesn’t seem to care about us at all. It seems to be benevolent in some cases and hostile or at least harmful in other cases.

“Notice that we could say the same about electricity. We couldn’t live without electricity, but if you put your fingers in a socket it could kill you. That doesn’t mean the utility company is hostile to you, it just means that there’s a very powerful force out there and it doesn’t care if it kills you or not. Electricity doesn’t give a damn one way or the other, and I think that, to some extent, the UFO phenomenon is the same way. It does whatever it has to do according to a pattern we haven’t detected. When people get in the way, they get zapped.”

Vallee did concede that sometimes there is a long-term psychological change that manifests in witnesses to Close Encounters, a change that can be for the better or the worse.

“You occasionally meet people,” he said, “who seem very enlightened, who have a very positive attitude toward life, who think they have psychic abilities, and when you ask them when they first became aware of this, they will trace it to a time when they saw a UFO. Some witnesses have actually described being healed as they were caught in the beam from a UFO.

“There are also numerous cases in which the reverse happens. People are confronted with a UFO and their whole life changes for the worse. When they tell their story, the local people don’t believe them. They are ostracized, they get fired from their jobs, their wives leave them, they go through a tailspin, they sometimes end up as bums.”

Vallee explained that the tailspin outcome happened to several American law enforcement people in the 1960s and 70s.

“The phenomenon tends to happen,” he said, “away from towns, between say, one and four in the morning. Who is going to be away from a town between one and four in the morning but the highway patrol! So very often, in places like Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, there are cases of Close Encounters at night involving highway patrolmen. In numerous cases, their lives were destroyed or broken; they had to leave the force because people wouldn’t respect them anymore. They were suspected of seeing things, maybe of drinking.” 

Elsewhere on the Internet, Vallee is quoted as saying in more blatant terms, “I believe there is a machinery of mass manipulation behind the UFO phenomenon. They are helping create a new belief system. They are designed to help change belief systems, and the technology we observe is only the incidental support for a worldwide enterprise of subliminal seduction. What we see here is not an alien invasion. It is a control system which acts on humans and uses humans. Human beings are under the control of a strange force that bends them in absurd ways, forcing them to play a role in a bizarre game of deception.”

THE “OZ” FACTOR

“I think UFOs are a special case,” Vallee added, “that forces us to question what we call reality. In Close Encounter cases, there is a point at which the witness seems to enter a different reality. There is an English researcher named Jenny Randles who calls this ‘the Oz factor.’ There is a point where all of a sudden reality has split and the reality of the observer has been replaced by another reality. If we could measure that, if we could instrument the witness, we might be able to learn about what we call physical reality. But that also raises the question: how do we know that this reality is the real one? How would we prove that it’s the real one? This reality is merely a human consensus.”

The Oz factor has alternately been explained as the sudden heightening of the senses that happens to a UFO witness during the encounter experience. It is comparable to Dorothy, in the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” moving from the black and white landscape of her native Kansas to the full color world of Oz. But again, as Vallee asks, how do we know which reality is real?

“One of the opportunities that the UFO phenomenon is giving us is to look at reality in a much larger context,” Vallee said. “Whatever UFOs turn out to be, the opportunity is here. Simply by stretching our minds and forcing us to look at the universe in other ways.”        

JOHN KEEL

The late John Keel was one of the most revered of UFO and paranormal researchers. In 1975, he published “The Mothman Prophecies,” an account of his 1966-67 investigation of sightings of the Mothman, a strange winged creature reported in and around Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The book was loosely adapted into a 2002 movie, starring Richard Gere and Alan Bates, who played two parts of Keel’s personality in his search for the evil Mothman. Keel published several books with dealing with UFOs and the paranormal, to include the abominable snowman. Keel’s second book, “UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse” (1970) dealt with the fact that many UFO reports often paralleled certain ancient folklore as well as historical humanoid and religious encounters. Keel died in 2009 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, a city he escaped to when he was still a teenager, having been raised upstate and looking to broaden his life’s horizons. 

REALLY A DEMONOLOGIST

Keel told UFO researcher George Filer that Keel considered himself not a Ufologist but a demonologist instead.

“I do not feel that the aliens are from other planets,” Keel said, “but I believe we are dealing with the Devil, fallen angels and his demons. These evil spirits have been with us as long as recorded history and use deception, trickery, stunts, etc., to make us think they are alien.”

Keel went on to tell Filer that he felt fairies, mystery airships, phantom aircraft, mystery helicopters, creatures, poltergeists, balls of light, and UFOs are all a cover for the real phenomenon to hide their evil operations. In “Our Haunted Planet” (1971), he explains that they are not visitors to Earth but are disdainful and hostile toward humans. They attempt to control us and influence our beliefs.

In the aforementioned “UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse,” Keel lays out his beliefs based on his many years of investigation.

“The statistical data that I have extracted,” he wrote, “indicate that flying saucers are not stable machines requiring fuel, maintenance and logistical support. They are, in all probability, transmogrifications of energy and do not exist in the same way this book exists. They are not permanent constructions of matter.”

Meanwhile, the messages received by the contactees are nothing new.

“The endless messages from the space people would now fill a library,” according to Keel, “and while the communicators claim to represent some other world, the contents of those messages are identical to the messages long received by mediums and psychics.”

Keel also scoffs at the notion of believing in the benevolent alien entity “Ashtar.”

“Thousands of mediums, psychics and UFO contactees,” he wrote, “have been receiving mountains of messages from ‘Ashtar’ in recent years. Mr. Ashtar represents himself as a leader in the great intergalactic councils which hold regular meetings on Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and many planets unknown to us. But Ashtar is not a new arrival. Variations of this name, such as Ashtaroth, Ashar, Asharoth, etc., appear in demonological literature throughout history, both in the Orient and the Occident. Mr. Ashtar has been around a very long time, posing as assorted gods and demons and now, in the modern phase, as another glorious spaceman. The Bible warns us that during ‘the last days’ this planet will be overrun with wonders in the sky and false prophets and performers of miracles. Could anyone else have said it any better?”

ALIEN SIDE EFFECTS

Are people made crazy by the UFO encounter experience? Keel doesn’t think the truth is that simple.

“I do not believe any of these people are suffering directly from clinical insanity,” he said. “Rather, the evidence seems to indicate that their minds are manipulated by an exterior influence and that sometimes their emotional structure is unable to retain its stability in the face of these experiences. So some of these people crack under the strain. Induced confabulation produces memories of experiences that are convincingly real, and a chain reaction of emotional responses creates irrational fanaticism.

“These people abandon their jobs,” he continued, “and devote all their time and thought to spreading the gospel of the space people. Their family relationships disintegrate because all of their energies are channeled into one direction. They become martyrs to their cause, be it the eminent arrival of the Big Brothers or the Second Coming of Christ.

“What this all really means is that someone or something actually has the power to completely possess and control the human mind. Human beings can be manipulated through this power and used for both good and evil purposes. We have no way of knowing how many human beings throughout the world may have been processed in this manner, because they would have absolutely no memory of undergoing this experience, and so we have no way of determining who among us has strange and sinister ‘programs’ lying dormant in the dark corners of his mind.

“Suppose the plan is to process millions of people and then at some future date trigger all of those minds at one time? Would we suddenly have a world of saints? Or would we have a world of armed maniacs shooting at one another from bell towers?”          

KARLA TURNER

Karla Turner was a highly respected abduction researcher, author, lecturer and teacher. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in Denton. She authored three books about the abduction phenomenon: “Into the Fringe,” “Taken,” and “Masquerade of Angels.” In 1995, Turner contracted a very dangerous form of breast cancer immediately following an abduction experience. She passed away the next year at the age of 48. She was adamant in her belief that UFOs and alien abduction are evil and abhorrent, and her courageous stance on the subject continues to be of benefit to many abductees today. 

WHAT KINDS OF SPIRITS ARE INVOLVED?

“Before we allow ourselves to believe in the benevolence of alien interaction,” Turner sternly cautioned, “we should ask, ‘Do enlightened beings need to use the cover of night to perform good deeds? Do they need to paralyze us and render us helpless to resist? Do angels need to steal our fetuses? Do they need to manipulate our children’s genitals and probe our rectums? Are fear, pain and deception consistent with high spiritual motives?’”

In an article written for the now defunct “UFO Universe” magazine, Turner laid out her arguments for calling alien abduction evil.

“Some researchers have pointed out patterns of events in the abduction experience, such as the physical examination, the taking of sperm and ova, and the later presentation of a hybrid baby to the abductee. Other patterns include the training of the abductee in some way and the delivery of a warning of some upcoming global disaster. Yes, these events are frequently reported, and it is tempting to think that the explanation for alien abduction may lie in these patterns.

“So the researchers announce that the problem is solved. The aliens are doing crossbreeding experiments, ufologists tell us. Never mind the overwhelming evidence against the viable commingling of different species. Or, we are told, the aliens are here to save us from destroying ourselves and our planet through violence, drug use, epidemic disease, pollution and resource depletion. Never mind that these problems have grown worse, not better, since the ETs began visiting us.”

          Turner next presents a long checklist of events and experiences typically suffered by abductees. We will present only a portion of it here.

·        Aliens can alter our perception of our surroundings.

·        Aliens can control what we think we see. They can appear to us in any number of guises and shapes.

·        Aliens can take us – our consciousness – out of our physical bodies, disable our control of our bodies, install one of their own entities, and use our bodies as vehicles for their own activities before returning our consciousness to our bodies.

·        Aliens can be present with us in an invisible state and can make themselves only partially visible.

·        A surprising number of abductees suffer from serious illnesses they didn’t have before their encounters. These have led to surgery, debilitation, and even death from causes the doctors can’t identify.

·        Some abductees experience a degeneration of their mental, social and spiritual well-being. Excessive behavior frequently erupts, such as drug abuse, alcoholism, overeating and promiscuity. Strange obsessions develop and cause the disruption of normal life and the destruction of personal relationships.

·        Some abductees report being taken to underground facilities where they see grotesque hybrid creatures, nurseries of hybrid humanoid fetuses, and vats of colored liquid filled parts of human bodies.

·        Abductees report seeing other humans in these facilities being drained of blood, being mutilated, flayed, and dismembered, and being stacked, lifeless, like cords of wood. Some abductees have been threatened that they, too, will end up in this condition if they don’t cooperate with their alien captors.

·        Aliens have forced their human abductees to have sexual intercourse with aliens and even with other abductees while groups of aliens observe these performances. In such encounters, the aliens have sometimes disguised themselves in order to gain the cooperation of the abductee, appearing in such forms as Jesus, the Pope, certain celebrities, and even the dead spouse of the abductee.

“It becomes clear,” Turner writes, “from these details that the beings who are doing such things can’t be seen as spiritually enlightened, with the best interests of the human race in mind. Something else is going on, something far more painful and frightening, in many, many abduction encounters.”

BLAMING THE VICTIM

In the article, Turner goes on to blast certain UFO researchers for blaming the abductees themselves for their negative reactions to the experience, saying the abductee is not sufficiently spiritually or psychically advanced enough to perceive the encounter in more benevolent terms.

“Having worked with so many decent, honest, positively oriented abductees, however, I believe this theory is wrong,” Turner writes. “It is worse than wrong – it is despicable, as despicable as blaming a rape victim for the violence committed against her. This attitude leaves many abductees feeling doubly violated, first by the aliens who took them and then by the UFO researchers to whom they turn for explanation and help.”

There is an understandable need, she acknowledges, for humans to believe in the power of good.

“We need for the aliens to be a good force,” she admits, “since we feel so helpless in their presence. And we need for some superior force to offer us a hope of salvation, both personally and globally, when we consider the sorry state of the world.”

The aliens understand that we hope for them to be benevolent creatures, she reasons, and that they use that desire for goodness to manipulate us.

“What better way to gain our cooperation than to tell us that the things they are doing are for our own good? Looking at the actions, the results of alien interference such as on the list above, there is a great discrepancy between what we desire from them and what they are doing to us.”

PRACTICED AT THE ART OF DECEPTION

Turner also details the consistent patterns of deception that make up a great deal of the abduction experience. People sometimes report that they were treated kindly by the aliens, and were told that they were “special” or “chosen” to perform some important task for the benefit of humanity. Given such a positive message, the abductees may ignore the fear and pain of their encounters and insist to themselves and others that a higher motive underlies the abduction experience. They may only recall, in some cases, a benevolent encounter and have no memory of any negative action.

But intensive research now shows that at the core of the human-alien interaction is a clear pattern of deception.

“We know, for instance, that ‘screen memories’ are often used to mask an alien abduction. Such accounts abound, in which a person sees a familiar yet out-of-place animal, like a deer or owl, a monkey or a rabbit, and then experiences a period of missing time. The person often awakens later to find a new, unexplained scar on his body.

“Uneasiness about the encounter will persist, however, and far different memories may start to surface in dreams or flashbacks, and then the person seeks help to explain the uneasiness. Quite often, hypnotic regression is used to uncover the events behind the ‘screen memory,’ and that is when a typical alien abduction surfaces. However, from several recent cases, it is apparent that these recovered memories may well be yet another screen, masking events that are much more reprehensible.”

So, according to Turner, abductees can’t trust their screen memories nor can they trust the recovered memories that may come later. It quickly becomes a wickedly complex hall of mirrors in which the truth perishes somewhere in the many reflected surfaces. If things like forcible sexual intercourse and all the other forms of victimization can be defended in moral terms, we are a long way from understanding how.            

*Excerpt From The Book. . .Round Trip To Hell In A Flying Saucer: UFO Parasites – Alien "Soul Suckers" – Invaders From Demonic Realms by Timothy Green Beckley and Sean Casteel.

To read more by Sean Casteel, visit his website at www.seancasteel.com

Source: UFO Digest
http://www.ufodigest.com/article/wizards-odd-and-alien-mask-evil

- TOO MUCH MONEY TO BE MADE DEPARTMENT -

10 Ways the War on Drugs is a Wild Success

For all the evidence of how the War on Drugs has failed society, there's equally as much evidence of how it is a great success to those who continue to support it.  The drug war has many advantages if you wish to control society and expand your empire.  It also enriches several industries that would otherwise have a very difficult time staying solvent without it.

Here are ten ways the War on Drugs is a wild success:

Military-Industrial Profits: As the Vietnam War came to an end, it struck fear into the military-industrial machine that enjoyed great profits from that conflict.  In a world where contrived enemies were needed to keep a constant funding of weapons, Richard Nixon declared drugs "Public Enemy Number 1".  Thus, domestic armies were erected to combat the illegal drug trade, delivering consistent cash flow to weapons manufacturers.  These companies make money, not just from the needs of the DEA, border patrol, and local police forces, but also from drug traffickers. Win-win and profits all around.

Huge Boon to Private Prisons: The private prison industry thrives off long sentences for drug offenders.  At least 25% of their profits come from these nonviolent criminals.  A great number more are held on "drug related" charges that may have resulted in drug violence.  However, the current trend shows that three-quarters of new inmates admitted to state prisons are nonviolent offenders. Private prisons clearly depend on arresting pot smokers and addicts of more severe drugs.

Prevents Higher Unemployment Rates: Imagine if the millions of American currently jailed on drug charges were released into a job market already suffering from real unemployment numbers over 20%.  Additionally, if it wasn't for drugs being illegal, countless people like DEA agents, court staff, prison guards, parole officers, drug dealers, etc would otherwise be unemployed.  Thank goodness for the war on drugs, or the U.S. economy would look even worse.

Suppresses Minority Populations: It's often said that the drug war is a war on minorities: "According to the ACLU, African Americans make up an estimated 15% of drug users, but they account for 37% of those arrested on drug charges, 59% of those convicted and 74% of all drug offenders sentenced to prison. Or consider this: The U.S. has 260,000 people in state prisons on nonviolent drug charges; 183,200 (more than 70%) of them are black or Latino."  So it is a huge success for those who wish to suppress minority populations.

Drives Up Prices: Making any substance illegal will result in much higher prices than a free market would dictate.  Especially when there's a high demand for that substance.  In the case of the cannabis plant, which grows like a weed and requires very little value added, the dried flower would virtually be free if it wasn't for the harsh restrictions and dangers involved in producing and distributing it. These high prices are terrific for drug dealers and even medical marijuana growers opposed legalization in California because it threatened their profits.

Drug Violence Justifies Tough Gun Laws: The violence generated from the prohibition of drugs is reminiscent of the extreme mob violence during the prohibition of alcohol. Prohibition of anything will always create black markets which require firearms to protect banned products.  Recently, the U.S. government itself was caught red-handed supplying guns to Mexican drug cartels in their "Fast and Furious" scandal.  It's now proven that the ATF plotted to use Fast and Furious to push for new gun control regulations.  Indeed, most street violence is due to turf wars over the drug trade, and tougher gun laws are proposed as the war escalates. It's wonderful for those who blame violence on guns and wish to restrict them from law-abiding citizens.

Protects Big Pharma Monopolies: No one is happier about the war on drugs than Big Pharma.  Their control over the FDA and monopoly of "controlled substances" would be threatened if all drugs were legalized.  They want you addicted to their FDA-approved versions of heroin and cocaine, not something you can get on the black market.  In turn, they also benefit greatly when the prices of street drugs increase, as they can then inflate the cost of their products.  They love the drug war so much they've lobbied to extend it to vitamins and supplements.

Allows Proxy Armies: If you want to create an empire by force, but it's politically disadvantageous to base your army in certain countries, then the global war on drugs is your ticket to supplying troops or creating proxy armies. One of the most recent examples is Costa Rica, a peaceful country in Central America without an army, where the U.S. bribed the government to allow the Navy and Marines to be stationed off the Caribbean coast to fight the war on drugs.  In other nations where even this won't be allowed, the CIA funds and arms one of the drug cartels who then act as their hired enforcers, or they're used as an excuse for governments to accept U.S. help to combat the enemy they created.  In either case, the U.S. sells more arms and trains soldiers to be used upon command.

Keeps Big Banks Flush with Cash:  It has long been known that big banks happily launder money for the big drug cartels.  According to The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), "Up to 1.5 trillion dollars in drug money are laundered through legal enterprises, accounting for 5% of global GDP." Take just this year and one bank, Wachovia; who had to pay a slap-on-the-wrist fine for laundering more than $420 billion for Mexican drug cartels.  Imagine where the big banks would be without this money, given that they also needed a bailout of over $23 trillion for lack of sufficient deposits to pay for their gambling habits.

Funds CIA Black Ops: Do you ever wonder where the U.S. government gets all that money for their secret "Black Ops" like underground bases, secret wars, corporate takeovers and seed money, etc?  It's been proven over and over that the CIA (and Pentagon) controls a large majority of the illicit drug trade either directly or indirectly through proxies mentioned above.  They've been caught in the act of shipping in massive amounts of cocaine, while the CIA now openly admits to protecting and facilitating the opium trade in Afghanistan.  If it wasn't for this tremendous profit, the CIA would not be able to build their secret shadow government.

So, as you can see, there are great benefits to the War on Drugs depending what side of the coin you're on.  If you're a poor pot smoker, well, you're out of luck.  But if you're the biggest heroin and cocaine dealer in the world and desire a monopoly . . . well, you've got the world right where you want it.

Source: Activist Post
http://www.activistpost.com/2011/12/10-ways-war-on-drugs-is-wild-success.html

- LAIR OF THE BEASTS DEPARTMENT -

Keep Out! Monster Conspiracies
by Nick Redfern

Area 51, Hangar 18, Montauk, and the Dulce Base: these are just a handful of the many and varied select, highly-classified installations about which the governments of the United States, Australia, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and elsewhere prefer we, the general public, remain steadfastly ignorant. And those same governments have extremely good reasons for wishing us to remain in the dark.
 
It is at these very same secret facilities that, for decades, clandestine research is said to have been undertaken into lethal viruses, genetic manipulation, crashed UFOs and deceased alien entities, biological-warfare, mind-control experimentation, futuristic aircraft and spacecraft, teleportation, weather-modification, invisibility, time-travel, and much, much more of a conspiratorial and cosmic nature.
 
Whether situated deep under the oceans, far below the ground, or within the heart of hidden, remote desert locales, these and many other super-secret places are guarded with a paranoid zeal by those in power who wish to keep their secrets buried and locked far away from prying-eyes.
 
Sometimes, however, the huge, steel, near-impenetrable vault-like doors that help to hide the shocking truths open wide – or are forced open - and the shocking secrets within are revealed.
 
And, it’s these very issues that are the focus of my new book – Keep Out! – published by New Page Books.
 
One of the strangest things that I uncovered during the course of the research for the book was the sheer number of stories linking cryptozoological creatures with secret installations. Sounds bizarre? It is!
 
Puerto Rico, or to give it its correct title, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is what is known as an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the Caribbean Sea. And according to some, it may very well be the one place – possibly more than any other on the planet - that is home to not just one secret base, but to an overwhelming plethora of classified locations, certainly of a governmental nature, and maybe even of an alien nature, too.
 
Over the course of the last twenty-years or so, the people of Puerto Rico have been swamped by a multitude of UFO encounters, sightings of strange and unearthly-looking craft surfacing from both mountainous, cavernous lairs and undersea installations, and run-ins with strange, vampire-style creatures that one might accurately describe as the distinctly evil-twin to Steven Spielberg’s benign E.T. Its name is the Chupacabra.
 
On one of my several expeditions to Puerto Rico, a number of residents suggested it would be a very good idea for me to focus my attention upon the links between the beast and a former U.S. Naval base called Roosevelt Roads, located in the town of Ceiba, but which is today the José Aponte de la Torre Airport.
 
As far back as 1944, when the base was inaugurated, it was rightly perceived as being a place of prime, strategic importance – and particularly so if the island became the site of hostilities with unfriendly nations. And by 1957, Roosevelt Roads had been officially designated as a Naval-Station.
 
To demonstrate its importance from a military perspective, the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO), had its base of operations at Roosevelt Roads. In January 2004, however, the Navy elected to relocate USNAVSO to Naval Station Mayport, Florida. When the Navy finally moved out of the base – specifically, on March 31, 2004 – it was seen as a victory for those on the island seeking independence. But: what about the link between Roosevelt Roads and the Chupacabra?
 
According to the stories, which were coming from all across Puerto Rico, a number of captured, and very vicious, Chupacabra had supposedly been briefly held within a secure, secret facility at Roosevelt Roads at some point in the early-1990s, before being secretly shipped to the States – probably to Area 51, or to some similar desert locale. And that, in various incarnations and to varying degrees, this was the story told to me by numerous individuals on the island only makes it even more intriguing.
 
Moving on to another infamous beast…
 
The idea that one of the world's most famous monsters - Bigfoot - might be tied to the domain of secret bases and deep and dark conspiracy sounds absurd. Isn’t such a scenario just too outlandish to warrant even a solitary comment? Not everyone thinks so. One of those who offered commentary on such matters was the late Gabe Valdez, a former New Mexico State Police officer who spent a great deal of time digging into rumors that there existed deep below the New Mexican town of Dulce, a huge, alien-controlled installation.
 
As far as Bigfoot is concerned, Valdez uncovered information that led him to believe many New Mexico-based Bigfoot sightings were actually the work of a covert arm of the U.S. Government possessing the ability to create hologram-style imagery of the hairy man-beasts. The purpose: to scare and deter people from getting too close to some of its secret underground installations.
 
To hear such a theory coming out of the mouth of a respected police-officer, who had been consulted by none other than the FBI on matters of a cattle-mutilation nature at Dulce in the mid-to-late 1970s, is as deeply fascinating as it is truly unusual, and probably overwhelmingly unique.
 
And that is just the tip of a huge iceberg linking strange creatures with secret bases…
 
Nick Redfern’s new book Keep Out! is available right now.

Source: Mania
http://www.mania.com/lair-beasts-keep-out_article_131704.html

- THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON REALITY DEPARTMENT -

The Poltergeist Effect: Key to All Paranormal?
by Stephen Wagner,

If a stressed individual can cause poltergeist activity, can a stressed society unconsciously create such phenomena as ghosts, UFOs, and monsters?

Of all phenomena that are considered paranormal, poltergeist activity has been the most fascinating to me because there are physical manifestations. These are not fleeting apparitions or elusive shadow people glimpsed in one's peripheral vision, these are physical acts:

    Objects fly from tabletops
    Doors and cabinets slam open and shut
    Furniture is moved or even thrown about
    Stuff breaks and people are pushed and pinched
    Water drips inexplicably from ceilings
    Stones rain down from clear skies
    Objects - apports - appear out of thin air

In addition to these, there are unexplained crashing sounds, wall pounding, music, and odors from unidentifiable sources. Not all of these things happen in every poltergeist case, but these things (and much more) do happen and have been documented in case after case for centuries. There are multiple witnesses to these events, including scientists and police officers, and many volumes have been written about them.

I have witnessed first-hand a highly stressed person who caused sparks to shoot out of wall sockets and thick glass to shatter.

While for a long time these effects were attributed to ghosts and demons, most (not all) paranormal researchers think that these amazing phenomena are not caused by the spirit world, but by the minds of the person or people involved (called agents), who are usually under some physical, emotional or psychological stress.

MIND OVER MATTER

Think of it: the most spectacular - and arguably best documented - of all phenomena is caused by consciousness, usually working on a subconscious level. Consciousness manipulating matter. We do not yet understand how this works. Perhaps it has something to do with quantum mechanics, or perhaps some other mysterious effect we cannot yet comprehend. We don't have the mathematics for it.

Anyone who has seriously and open-mindedly investigated the phenomena, however, cannot deny that they occur. We don't yet know how to fit them into our rationalist, scientific view of the world. That is why the skeptics deny their existence: "It can't be real, therefore it isn't." But this is a very limited view of the world (and of reality), and history has shown time and again that those who deny the "impossible" ("space flight is impossible") have been proved wrong.

So, if consciousness, working on some level that we do not understand, can generate the amazing range of physical phenomena recorded in poltergeist cases, of what else is it capable?

A possible answer to that question may be that it is capable of almost anything. Perhaps it is capable of manifesting a wide array of phenomena that have proved unexplained and elusive, including:

    Ghosts and apparitions
    UFOs and aliens, including abductions
    Creatures like Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and Mothman
    Bizarre cases of missing time and slips in time
    Miracles and religious apparitions
    "Demonic" manifestations and possession

TULPAS AND CREATED REALITY

Perhaps all of these things that elude and frustrate researchers are not things outside of ourselves; perhaps they are generated and brought into the physical world - if only for a short time - by our own consciousness. They are all in our heads; or maybe more accurately, out of our heads (or wherever our consciousness lies).

In Tibetan Buddhism, such thought forms or creations are called "tulpas". As anthropologist Walter Evans-Wentz describes it , "The process consists of giving palpable being to a visualization, in very much the same manner as an architect gives concrete expression in three dimensions to his abstract concepts after first having given them expression in the two-dimensions of his blue-print."

The difference with the paranormal phenomena described above is that we might be creating them on an unconscious level rather than consciously. But the intention for them exists in the deepest fears and highest desires of an individual or large groups (even entire cultures) of people.

Let me emphasize that because these phenomena might be brought about by consciousness does not make them any less real. What is reality, after all, other than all that we perceive with our senses? And that reality might only be temporary, which accounts for the elusive nature of these phenomena.

It has been rightly argued that it is not helpful to explain an unexplained phenomenon by offering another unexplained phenomenon. And I suppose that's what I am doing here. But it is a way, perhaps, to think about these phenomena in a different way and to consider that they all might have a common genesis.

GHOSTS AND APPARITIONS

If the unconscious mind can cause a heavy piece of furniture to slide across a room on its own, could it not just as easily create an apparition of recently deceased grandma, or a shadow person, or any of the other variety of ghostly entities reported? Could it not even relay a message of comfort the living witness needs to hear? Perhaps it could even relate knowledge unknown to the witness by tapping into the greater "collective unconscious."

Such a power could cause the manifestation of a "residual haunting" by triggering the repeating event that is somehow recorded on the environment (again, by consciousness). "Intelligent hauntings" could be created by the desire of the individual(s) to encounter them. Let me say again, this does not mean they are imaginary.

If you don't think this is possible, read about the Philip Experiment, in which the Toronto Society for Psychical Research "created" a ghost along with all of its ghostly phenomena.

Electronic voice phenomena (EVP) perhaps are not the voices of spiritual entities at all, but the creations of the subconscious minds of the paranormal investigators - unconscious thought physically encoded in the voice recorder.

UFOs AND ALIENS

In his 1958 book Flying Saucers, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung famously speculated on the psychic impact of the "modern myth" of UFOs. "In the threatening situation of the world today," Jung wrote, "when people are beginning to see that everything is at stake, the projection-creating fantasy soars beyond the realm of earthly organizations and powers into the heavens, into interstellar space, where the rulers of human fate, the gods, once had their abode in the planets."

Jung wasn't necessarily saying that UFOs are the physical manifestations of the unconscious mind... but could they be? This would account for the improbable appearance of extraterrestrial craft in our skies that can maneuver at impossible angles and zoom away at impossible speeds.

Look into the bizarre high strangeness of many UFO and alien encounters and you may be looking into the "projection-creating fantasy" generated by the complicated psychology of mankind - and fully capable of radar hits, landing impressions, and even scoop marks on the skins of abductees.

BIGFOOT AND OTHER CREATURES

Could Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and the rest of the fantastic menagerie of crypto-creatures be tulpas? They have been seen, smelled, tracked and even photographed, yet they remain frustratingly out of reach.

If they are physical creations of our collective imaginations, this would explain why they are elusive... why Bigfoot tracks sometimes seem to just end, as if the creature vanished into this air. And if a poltergeist can make it rain in a house, then the Bigfoot manifestation could leave footprints in mud and strands of hair on tree bark.

ALL THE REST OF IT

You get the idea - from time slips to religious phenomena to so-called demonic activity - they all could be the most far-out creations of consciousness.

Just as a deeply stressed agent can cause all manner of science-defying havoc in a poltergeist case, so might a profoundly stressed, psychologically complex society generate ghosts, UFOs, monsters and other phenomena into our reality, yet do not allow examination with laboratory instruments.

The older I get and the more I read not only about paranormal phenomena but about mainstream science as well, the more it becomes obvious to me that we know next to nothing about the true nature of reality, our place in the universe, and our improbable existence on this tiny planet in the unimaginable vastness of the cosmos. All is mystery.

Source: Paranormal.about.com
http://paranormal.about.com/od/poltergeists/a/Poltergeist-Effect-Key-To-All-Paranormal.htm

- A HAUNTING WE WILL GO DEPARTMENT -

Students Claim Restroom Haunted, Faint En Mass

Many students in Phu Yen Province Vietnam have fainted after claiming that a toilet inside their dorm is haunted and they have seen ghosts.

Phan Van Tho, headmaster of the Son Hoa Ethnic Boarding High School in Son Hoa District, confirmed that a large number of boarding students have fainted or screamed at nights from unknown causes during the past month.

The time they acted strange was usually from about 8 pm to 11 pm every night, Tho said.

The first victim of the awful situation is K Pa Ho Luon, of Son Dinh Commune.

One night in early November, after coming back to his dorm room from the toilet area, Luon fell down to the floor, talked nonsense, scratched against the floor and walls with his two hands, and then passed out.

After being hospitalized at the Son Hoa General Hospital, Luon recovered and told everyone that he had met a ghost in the restroom.

Many other students later suffered the same condition as Luon, and there happened a case in which 12 students collapsed unconscious at the same time.

Such a situation has caused an atmosphere of fear among students and many dared not stay in the dormitory but hired houses or rooms outside the school.

Many students have been so haunted by ‘the ghosts’ that they dare not sleep alone or go to the restrooms after dark.

All of the fainted students were taken to the hospital for emergency treatment, Tho said.

Tho could not explain what had really happened to his students but he rejected the rumor that the schools’ toilet area was haunted.

The school’s management has held meetings with parents and students to call on them to stay calm, pending an investigation by relevant agencies.

According to doctors at the hospital, some students might have passed out because of hypocalcaemia (low calcium levels in blood).

Source: Tuoitrenews
http://www.tuoitrenews.vn/cmlink/tuoitrenews/society/students-claim-toilet-haunted-faint-en-mass-1.53347

- YOU BETTER NOT CRY, OR ELSE DEPARTMENT -

The World of Grim Christmas Creatures
by Ken Summers

A fat man squeezing down chimneys and traveling faster than the speed of light to deliver presents in one night? A half-human, half-diety born from a virgin? Eating petrified fruitcake? You have to admit that Christmas is full of outlandish claims and impossible weirdness. Ever since the earliest celebrations of Christmas, there have been some bizarre beliefs surrounding the holiday. Here is a glimpse at just a few of them from around the world.

What would Christmas be without witches? Well, for Norwegians, it might be a little less stressful. There is a long-held belief in this country that Christmas Eve is a favorite time for witches to steal brooms; hiding brooms and mops on Christmas Eve became a tradition, which is still carried out by some to this day. Some die-hard believers will even fire guns into the air that night before bed to be sure and scare away the would-be thieves.

Even Italy isn’t safe from witches, though this time, it’s a welcomed visitor. There’s an old legend about a forgotten section of the story of Jesus’ birth wherein the three wise men encounter an old woman who asks them where they’re going. They invite her to come see the birth of the new savior, but she told them she was too busy cleaning. After learning that the baby was Jesus, she was so filled with regret that she began wandering Italy on a donkey on January 6 (the Epiphany) leaving presents for good children. Known as La Befana, this female Santa is traditionally viewed as being a witch. (It’s more popular to hear of her traveling by broom instead of donkey.) If the children were bad, she would leave them a lump of coal, which is where the unpopular tradition comes from.

But it’s not just witches who come out for Christmas; there are goblins, too! Every year from December 25 until January 6, half-human creatures known as Kallikantzaroi are said to terrorize the people of Greece. Normally living underground (or shapeshifting people born on Christmas Day), these beasts are said to have hairy upright bodies, horse legs, monkey arms, red eyes, and wear iron shoes on their cloven hooves. The hideous goblins play all sorts of pranks: breaking things, causing food to spoil,… even kidnapping and murdering people! Old tradition states that the stench of a burning shoe drives them away. Keeping the fireplace roaring prevents them from climbing down the chimney, but some people settle for painting a black cross on their front door, burning incense, and/or sprinkling holy water around the house.

In the Netherlands, Santa Claus has his own little helper called Zwarte Piet, or Black Peter. Does it sound a little racist? Well, you might be right. According to legend, Sinterklaas departs from his home in Spain via steamship and arrives in the Netherlands on St. Nicholas Day (December 6) accompanied by his slave, there to amuse children, dole out candy, and give out lumps of coal to the bad kids. Supposedly, Black Peter would also stuff some especially naughty children into his sack to take back to Spain (to be sold into slavery or eaten, I wonder). In an effort to dismiss the blatant racism, he evolved into a “chimney sweep” instead of a slave, but it’s not too often you see an afro and blackface and think “Bert from Mary Poppins.”

Still, that’s not the weirdest companion for Santa. What about Santa’s evil twin?

I’m not sure that anyone would mistake these two for brothers, but throughout Austria, Bavaria, Hungary and Slovenia there is an old Germanic tale of St. Nick traveling with a demonic assistant to take care of the bad little boys and girls. His name is Krampus. (The word Krampus is a variation of the Old High German word krampen meaning “claw.”) Santa carries carrots for good children, while Krampus carries sticks and rusty chains to beat the bad kids. Unlike the fat, jolly man in red, his menacing cohort is reminiscent of Satan: a goat-like body covered in fur, fierce claws, horns atop his head, and chains about his ankles and wrists.

As the sun goes down on December 5th, so begins Krampus Night in Austria. Children are told to go to sleep and stay in bed as not to encounter Krampus; it’s said in Croatia that if he sees a child awake, he will assume he or she has been bad and stuff them in his sack (taking them to Hell or child slave labor for the toy shop, I would assume). Hungarians have a more lighthearted attitude, making Krampus more funny than scary; bad kids get Virgác – bundles of gold-colored twigs – but get presents anyway.

Traditionally, Krampus Night supposed to be the night when Saint Nicholas and Krampus make their rounds. Hundreds of people gather for drinking, dressing up as Krampus with elaborate carved wooden masks, ringing cowbells to signal their approach, and smacking each other with bundles of sticks. Of course, if you really want a reason to hit people, you can just say you were playing Hot Cockles. This game, popular from Medieval times up to the Victorian Era, involves people getting hit in the back and having to guess who did it.

Source: Who Forted?
http://whofortedblog.com/2011/12/06/world-grim-christmas-creatures/

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