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- Exposing the Ultra-Terrestrial Menace! -
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Evil Empire of the ETs and the Ultra-Terrestrials
SIX LEADING RESEARCHERS – PROVIDE PROVOCATIVE CLUES AS TO THE TRUE NATURE OF THE ALIENS/ ULTRA-TERRESTRIALS AND WHAT LIES BEHIND THEIR SHOCKINGLY BOLD HIDDEN AGENDA
This is the only work that describes in dramatic detail how these “visitors” have affected the personal lives of those caught up in the close encounter and abduction web of treachery and desolation.
FIND OUT. . . WHY THE TRUE NATURE OF THE ULTRA-TERRESTRIALS IS SO THREATENING AND HIDEOUS TO BEHOLD. WHAT MAKES THEM SO UTTERLY DECEPTIVE IN THE EXECUTION OF THEIR DEADLY DEEDS? THE REASONS THEY WHY THEY NEED TO DO US EXTREME HARM, TO CONTROL OUR MINDS, SOULS AND BODIES. THEIR ONGOING PLANS FOR US WHICH INCLUDE RAPE, PILLAGE AND PLUNDER BOTH OF HUMANS AS WELL AS OF THE ENTIRE PLANET?
Witnesses tell tales of unbelievable aggression: “The creatures were hostile and went into attack modes several times, putting up dense fogs. One time when they stopped, It was like a backwards tornado coming from the mouth of the leader of the ships. It was like a ray that he was sending down a funnel. He did it five times, then he left…”
One Navy Commander with strong CIA ties has stated: “Much if not all of the phenomenon is nefarious. . .a monstrous evil with occasional good.”
According to Dr. Karla Turner there is evidence that the intelligence behind the mysterious discs can control what we think we see. They can appear to us in any number of guises and shapes. They can alter our perception of our surrounds. They can take over our consciousness, disable our control of our bodies, install one of their own entities, and use our bodies as vehicles for their own activities.
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- THE SUN IS A HARSH MISTRESS DEPARTMENT -
Space Weather Expert has Ominous Forecast
Mike Hapgood, who studies solar events, says the world isn't prepared for a truly damaging storm. And one could happen soon.
A stream of highly charged particles from the sun is headed straight toward Earth, threatening to plunge cities around the world into darkness and bring the global economy screeching to a halt.
This isn't the premise of the latest doomsday thriller. Massive solar storms have happened before — and another one is likely to occur soon, according to Mike Hapgood, a space weather scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford, England.
Much of the planet's electronic equipment, as well as orbiting satellites, have been built to withstand these periodic geomagnetic storms. But the world is still not prepared for a truly damaging solar storm, Hapgood argues in a recent commentary published in the journal Nature.
Hapgood talked with The Times about the potential effects of such a storm and how the world should prepare for it.
What exactly is a solar storm?
I find that's hard to answer. The term "solar storm" has crept into our usage, but nobody has defined what it means. Whether a "solar storm" is happening on the sun or is referring to the effect on the Earth depends on who's talking.
I prefer "space weather," because it focuses our attention on the phenomena in space that travel from the sun to the Earth.
People often talk about solar flares and solar storms in the same breath. What's the difference?
Solar flares mainly emit X-rays — we also get radio waves from these things, and white light in the brightest of flares. They all travel at the same speed as light, so it takes eight minutes to arrive. There are some effects from flares, such as radio interference from the radio bursts.
But that's a pretty small-beer thing. The big thing is the geomagnetic storms [on Earth] that affect the power grid, and that's caused by the coronal mass ejections [from the sun].
Coronal mass ejections are caused when the magnetic field in the sun's atmosphere gets disrupted and then the plasma, the sun's hot ionized gas, erupts and send charged particles into space. Think of it like a hurricane — is it headed toward us or not headed toward us? If we're lucky, it misses us.
How are solar flares and coronal mass ejections related?
There's an association between flares and coronal mass ejections, but it's a relationship we don't quite understand scientifically. Sometimes the CME launches before the flare occurs, and vice versa.
What happens when those particles reach Earth?
There can be a whole range of effects. The classic one everyone quotes is the effect on the power grid. A big geomagnetic storm can essentially put extra electric currents into the grid. If it gets bad enough, you can have a complete failure of the power grid — it happened in Quebec back in 1989. If you've got that, then you've just got to get it back on again. But you could also damage the transformers, which would make it much harder to get the electric power back.
How else could people be affected?
You get big disturbances in the Earth's upper atmosphere — what we call the ionosphere — and that could be very disruptive to things like GPS [the network of global positioning system satellites]. Given the extent we use GPS in everyday life [including for cellphone networks, shipping safety and financial transaction records], that's a big issue.
The storms can also disrupt communications on transoceanic flights. Sometimes when that happens, they will either divert or cancel flights. So that would be the like the disruption we had in Europe from the volcano two years ago, where they had to close down airspace for safety reasons.
What went wrong in the 1989 storm?
In the U.K., there were two damaged transformers that had to be repaired. But no power cuts. The worst thing is what happened in Quebec. In Quebec, the power system went from normal operation to failure in 90 seconds. It affected around 6 million people. The impact was reckoned to be $2 billion Canadian in 1989 prices.
We had lots of disruption to communications to spacecraft operations. The North American Aerospace Defense Command has big radars tracking everything in space, and as they describe it, they lost 1,600 space objects. They found them again, but for a few days they didn't know where they were.
Is that the biggest geomagnetic storm on record?
We always describe the storm in 1859 as the biggest space weather event. We know there were huge impacts on the telegraph, which suggests there would be similarly severe impacts on modern power grids. It's hard to compare it to the 1989 event because of the changes in our technology.
Many systems have been built to withstand a storm as big as the 1989 event. Is that good enough?
A serious concern would be whole regions losing electrical power for some significant time. Here in the U.K., the official assessment is that we could lose one or two regions where the power might be out for several months.
What would the consequences be?
In the modern world, we use electricity for so many things. We require electrical power to pump water into people's houses and to pump the sewage away. [You can imagine] what could happen if the sewage systems aren't pumping stuff away.
If you don't have power, you can't pump fuel into vehicles. If you don't have any fuel, traffic could come to a standstill.
Could the economy function?
Most of the time you're using credit cards, debit cards or you'll be getting money out of an ATM. If you've lost the power, the computers in the bank that keep track of our money will have back-up power, but not the ATMs or the machines in the shops. So if you had a big power outage, it wouldn't be long before we'd be trying to find cash.
What are the chances that something like this will happen soon?
A recent paper [published in February in the journal Space Weather] tried to estimate the chance of having a repeat of 1859 and came up with a value of a 12% chance of it happening in the next 10 years. That's quite a high risk.
What can be done?
The biggest step is to make more and more people aware of the issue, so they're thinking about it in the way they design things. That's the most critical part.
I think it's also getting a better picture of these very violent past events. We'd like to find out more about the scope of those events. We have a lot of old data from past events that's on paper — in newspapers and so on — and we're busy trying to find ways to turn it into digital.
We had a recent flare-up of publicity in March thanks to a solar storm that didn't really amount to much. Is this sort of coverage a good thing or a bad thing?
It makes such a good scare story, and it's entertaining. It was a mildly interesting event, certainly, but not at all big-league stuff. It makes people think, "Oh it's nothing really," so experts like myself are in danger of being in the crying-wolf situation. That's something that is a concern to me, personally.
Source: LA Times
- THEY ARE ALL AROUND US DEPARTMENT -
Exposing the Ultra-Terrestrial Menace!
A Shocking Interview With "Mr UFO", Timothy Green Beckley on the new book Evil Empire of the ETs and the Ultra-Terrestrials.
1. Could you tell us about the concept behind your new book, Evil Empire Of The ETs and the Ultra-Terrestrials, and what writers are behind this gem as well?
Beckley – I guess it sort of continues with a thought pattern that started with the book Round Trip To Hell In A Flying Saucer in which I give evidence that the "force" behind the UFO phenomenon is mostly – but not exclusively – negative. That is that the New Age "bliss bunny" notion that every celestial visitor has our best interest at heart is horrendously naive.
In Trilogy Of The Unknown published about two months ago, we presented the work of a mysterious gentlemen, Michael X, who had started out lecturing at contactee festivals on the West Coast, preaching sermons of sweetness and light and the arrival of the Space Brotherhood, only to end his career when men representing themselves as friendly space beings tried to assassinate him in the California Desert outside of Palm Springs. This book gets into misplaced alien artifacts on the Moon and a warning by "Mr ET" to keep our distance and stay away – OR ELSE!. There are also sections on Nazi constructed flying discs and reptilians holding up underground at the North and South Poles. A pretty heavy UFOlogical work load I would say.
Now with the Evil Empire of the ETs and Ultra-Terrestrials our team of trusted investigators which includes Brad and Sherry Steiger, the late Dr. Karla Turner, Tim R. Swartz and Sean Casteel throw the cosmic gauntlet down to remind readers that though some see the phenomenon through goo-goo eyes in terms of benevolent aliens the truth is that the force behind the mysterious flying objects is more like graduates of an Aryan charm school that has its basis in mutilations, abductions, painful medical exams, anal probes and extreme mind control patterns.
2. Please tell us the story of Karla Turner for those who might new to the field of Ufology to keep her light shining please.
Beckley – For eleven years I was editor in chief of the now defunct newsstand publication UFO Universe . During the more than a decade I put together the magazine, I had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s greatest UFO and paranormal writers. I published a number of articles by Dr Turner whose work, I felt, was never appreciated enough by those in the UFO community who wanted to paint a sweetness and light image of the aliens seemingly for the public’s benefit.
A well educated, soft spoken, woman, Dr Turner’s life was turned around when she allowed her students to do a dissertation on either UFOs or Bigfoot in an attempt to show them there was no evidence for the existence of such "imaginary beings." A series of "coincidental" proceedings in her life and that of family members, made her think twice as they were ultimately cast downward in a spiral of maddening UFO related events. This included confronting paranormal beings which we have come to identify as "aliens", though their true origins remain a matter of dispute and perplexity. Evil Empire of the ETs and Ultra-Terrestrials, includes a adaptation of her UFOlogical diary which Dr Turner originally released under the title Into The Fringe. At the time of its initial release the manuscript was shunned by a field seeking less combative explanations of the UFO and alien phenomenon. In the Evil Empire her work is more or less collaborated by our team of authors. They agree that we should not conclude without a great deal of further investigations, that we are dealing with angelic, humanoid beings from outer space, that there is a lot more going on under our very noses that needs to be thoroughly sniffed out before we openly welcome these beings into our hearts and minds, because like a tiger they can easily turn on their masters and do serious damage to our bodies and our souls!
3. Who are the Ultra-Terrestrials and where did that term come from, what are their roots? And what is the Evil Empire?
Beckley – Well since we have no real evidence that these Ultra-Terrestrials are physical, flesh and tenderloin beings from other planets, I feel hard pressed to continue referring to them as aliens and ETs. They are really Ultra-Terrestrials in the sense that they exist outside of our own sphere of reference. They are certainly NOT part of the human race. They are definitely not physical in the sense that we are, but can best be categorized as phantasms of the night. They are capable of accomplishing feats that are way beyond the realm of "humanoid-like."
According to Dr. Turner, there is evidence that the Ultra-Terrestrials can control what we think and see. They can appear to us in any number of guises and shapes. They can alter our perception of our surroundings. They can take over our consciousness, disable our control of our bodies, install one of their own entities, and use our bodies as vehicles for their own activities. I can confirm what she has stated and have offered up case studies in much of my writing in recent years. As far as I am concerned there isn’t much difference between what transpires at a séance, in a haunted house or on a lonely road at midnight. The visitors, these Ultra-Terrestrials have their own agenda, they often disguise their true purpose to throw percipients, as well as researchers off the track, giving them false hope but leaving them in utter despair following their encounters.
As for calling it the Evil Empire, I do sense there is a coalition among these entities as if they are working in tandem and are ultimately up to no good.
I think there may be more than one source for this phenomenon, but its probably out of our range as far as rationalizing in common phrases what it is we are dealing with. Its something that has been with us since the beginning of time and follows us around like a shadow, but continually shows us who the master is and that they have us in their grips and the human race under their control.
4. Could you tell us about some of the hybrid creatures seen in the underground facilities by abductees?
Beckley -- I would surmise you are talking about what have been dubbed the "underground alien bases" situated around the country and the world, but particularly the one up in the mountains in Dulce, New Mexico on an Native America reservation. Supposedly there is an underground instillation there that goes down seven levels that is inhabited jointly by a super secret branch of the military and aliens of various shapes, forms, and disguises. There are the reptilians, the insectoids, the grays and probably a couple of tall blondes who could easily walk amongst us. To me these stories are hard to substantiate. We did publish a book Underground Alien Bio Lab at Dulce that contains everything you could possibly want to know about this instillation from the fire fight that is said to have taken place there between the military and renegade alien forces. There are several abductees interviewed who claim to have been examined by the Ultra-Terrestrials working in co operation with the elite Blue Berets squad in a joint effort to examine and "tag" humans. I don’t know if I swallow most of this. My long time friend Norio Hayakawa and other researchers have implied that there might actually be some illegal genocidal experiments being conducted on the Native Americans living out there, and they are covering it up with a disinformation program of aliens and underground bases. We do know that there are all sorts of animal mutilations, disappearances and black helicopters associated with this facility. My mind isn’t totally made up, but it is a frightening discourse no matter how you look at the situation and interrupt it.
As for Dr Turner, she emphatically believed there were underground alien bases and that some horrendous experimentation was taking place there proclaiming: "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." Sounds like something out of a snuff movie to me.
5. What do you mean by aliens can change our perceptions of our surroundings?
Beckley -- There are so many reports now that I have collected over the years where the perceptions of those involved in a UFO encounter are altered beyond the imaginable. In both Round Trip To Hell and the Evil Empire I give various examples of this alteration of perception. Now most researchers these days will have to confess that instances of UFOs morphing, that is changing shape, are not that unusual, but the cases I describe go well beyond a little shape shifting. There is this one episode involving a couple traveling across country in a tractor trailer who at first observe a formation of lights in the sky which later turns into "individual things" that were described as shaped like "eight-inch people with V-shaped heads, and wings on their backs." The couple say these beings shot "hot fine needlelike shavings like silver metal through the glass of the windshield," and that when they later touched the pealing paint on the truck their fingers got blisters all over them.
They were quoted as saying, "The creatures were hostile and went into attack modes several times, putting up dense fogs. One time when they stopped, it was like a backwards tornado coming from the mouth of the leader of the ships. It was like a ray that he was sending down with the funnel. He did it five times, then it left." Their experience went on all night. There are so many incidents in which the witnesses perceptions have been altered. One time a young woman went into a strange house sitting in a field near Woodstock only to find that the "house" wasn’t there when she returned to speak with the occupants who had befriended her. Another time, and this was reported in the prestigious APRO Bulletin, an entire family was driving through the mountains in Washington state only to have their auto run out of gas. They glided into the parking lot of a saucer shaped fast food restaurant, went inside and saw "waiters" dressed in silver space suits serving food. When they returned later – guess they enjoyed the grub – the "saucer" was gone and they asked all around only to discover that no one else had ever eaten in the place. Shades of the Twilight Zone my friend. Just another greasy spoon from outer space, I often ask myself.
6. Could you go into aliens stealing our consciousness and using our bodies for their own agendas?
Beckley – In one episode in the Evil Empire, I relate how an entire coastal town in Brazil is "possessed" by Ultra-Terrestrials. At high noon a UFO is seen – and photographed – parading across the sky. Over a period of several hours several residents start channeling messages and doing automatic writing. The aliens want earth to give up its use of nuclear energy and "go green." People’s entire lives have been changed – usually not for their benefit. Physical changes like in the Exorcist have even been noted – one individual it is said looked like his body had been attacked by bees it had swollen so badly. The late gossip columnist Ruth Montgomery referred to these aliens who take over human bodies as Walk-Ins. Sometimes they possess supernatural strength, psychic abilities and can perform feats of magic which are associated with ET encounters. Uri Geller has been a friend over the years. He doesn’t like to speak about his alien "benefactors" but I have gotten him to open up to me on several occasions and have written several articles on his UFO/alien involvement. In his case, it has seemingly made him a millionaire, but the Ultra –Terrestrials can get us to co-operate with them whether we realize it or not!
7. I certainly know alot of abductees and contactees self medicate, and I found it interesting that your book had the balls to bring this up. I always wanted to do an article on it. What can you tell us about this, because I for one know I've self medicated over the years to deal with my own experiences with the unknown. Kudos for bringing this up.
Beckley – This isn’t something that I can relate to all that well. There have been some incidents where those taking a variety of "stimulants" have reportedly seen into other realms. This is part of the shamanic experience. The late Dr John C. Lilly claims to have even spoken with dolphins and Ultra Terrestials while on Ketamine. Our mutual friend Adam Gorightly has written a bit about the "self medicating" aspects of UFOlogy. In fact, in one article Gorightly describes how Dr. Lilly was convinced that his life was being watched over by higher powers of an extraterrestrial origin. Lilly referred to this network of sublime entities as ECCO, an acronym for "Earth Coincidence Control Office." Lilly was positive that all of these fortuitous coincidences in his life had been arranged by higher forces; and that whatever unfortunate folly fell into his path along the road to knowledge, ECCO would be there to guide him safely through the tunnel to the light. Hey I got to go along with this concept. I have had so many off the wall synchronicities that someone or something has to be "arranging" them.
8. Wow. Aliens shapeshifting into Jesus or the Pope or celebrities to get people to have sex with them for breeding purposes? Could you tell us about this crazy intersteller shagging?
Beckley – Well it may not be as kinky as it sounds. . . or maybe it is.
I always said half jokingly that the aliens were coming down to earth as they saw it as one big red light district. Hell, even B movie producers have gotten into the act. There was a movie a few years back, Earth Girls Are Easy. And lets not forget the multitude of pulp magazine covers from the 40s and 50s, where earth women were being dragged off half naked by some over zealous alien male looking no doubt to save his planet from extinction.
Brad Steiger, years ago, wrote about the "Lovers Lane Intruders " where couples parked on some desolate lovers lane were separated by ETs coming in the darkness to take what they felt "was theirs." There was also the "Bedroom Invaders" who left wet spots and claw marks and ripped sheets.
Dr Turner insisted: "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 spouses of the abductees."
9. Sometimes its hard for me to hold unto such a grim picture of the aliens even though I know evidence says otherwise but I often have said maybe its fear intruding. But I know that’s not the case every time. Surely are some good ETs out there with our best interests at heart as well. Not just ones with a dark agenda?
Beckley – I used to think so and maybe there are. I hate to be all that negative. There have been some cases where people have found buried treasure after following a UFO. There are some healings, including the well known case of patrolman Goody many years ago who was bit by a poisonous snake. His hand had swollen and he had it hanging outside the window of his patrol car on the way to the hospital to get a a necessary shot of a venom antidote. A UFO came over the car and shot down a beam of light and the swelling went down almost immediately and the poison was gone. Hunter Carl Higdon had a scar on his lung which mysteriously disappeared after having gone on a round about with aliens who picked him up in the wilds of Wyoming and than dropped him off later in the day. It’s a classic case I investigated that had all sorts of paranormal aspects. Associate Sean Casteel contributed to a book, Angels of the Lord, in which he espouses a more benevolent breed of aliens and angels.
10. Lately I'm deep into Squatch and the UFO connection and just Bigfoot in general, any thoughts or stories you'd like to share just for the flippity fun of it?
Beckley – There may be some hairy ape-like creatures living in the woods, but I think most of these cryptoids are paranormal in nature. One witness even told of seeing Squatch walking across a golf course in Staten Island. I mean the woods are not so dense that they could live there, so where did they go? I also was the first researcher to write about the Skunk Apes of the Everglades. I wrote an article for Saga magazine back in the Seventies that is now posted on the net. In one episode a security guard cornered a smelly old creature in the back of a trailer truck and slammed and locked the door on em. He called for back up, but when they opened the truck door only the odor remained. Where had the big, brute of a hairy creature disappeared to? He didn’t just walk away.
11. What are some personal thoughts of yours about this book that you would like to share to my readers? Also what is Tim Beckley up to in the future book wise and project wise and could you give us your links and contact information as well. So we can spread the word about your publishing company which I adore by the way. Thanks Tim!
Beckley – Well I like to keep busy you know I also host and appear in low budget horror movies under the moniker of Mr Creepo (www.MrCreepo.Com). And on the average my Global Communications puts out four books a month both in hard form and on Kindle. I also travel a bit and am on a good many talk shows including one hosted by William Shatner which is due to air on the History Channel in Canada later this year. I go back to the days of Long John Nebel and Barry Farber and the Amazing Randi whom most people don’t realize had a show every night from midnight to dawn which dealt with the paranormal. Believe it or not! Then there is the weekly newsletter which fellow henchman Tim Swartz puts together so brilliantly www.ConspiracyJournal.Com. Always try to keep busy it’s the only way. Am always interested in case studies if anyone wants to share them with me at MRUFO8@hotmail.com . Our books are available on Amazon in printed or ebook form. They are also available directly from us and we offer a printed magazines several times a year as well as bonus DVDs or audio CDs with most orders. Look us up at your leisure, or more swiftness if you feel "they" could be after you!
TIMOTHY GREEN BECKLEY – UFO & Paranormal Pioneer
Timothy Green Beckley has been described as the Hunter Thompson of UFOlogy.
Since an early age his life has more or less revolved around the paranormal. His grandfather saw the apparition of a headless horseman. His life was saved by invisible beings around the age of three. The house he was raised in was thought to be haunted. Beckley also underwent out of body experiences at age six.
And saw his first of three UFOs when he was but ten, and has had two more sightings since – including an attempt to communicate with one of these objects.
Tim grew up listening to the only all night talk show in the country that revolved around the strange and unexplained. Long John Nebel’s guests included the early UFO contactees who claimed to have visited other planets and built time machines in the desert. Tim was fascinated by everything that went bump in the night – or even in the daylight for that matter. Years later, Tim was to appear on Long John’s show numerous times and over the years has been a frequent guest on hundreds of programs which have come and gone just like ghosts in the night.
Tim started his career as a writer early on – at age 14 he purchased a mimeograph machine and started putting out a small UFO newsletter. Over the years he has written over 25 books on everything from rock music to the secret MJ12 papers. He has been a stringer for the national tabloids such as the Enquirer and editor of over 30 different magazines (most of which never lasted more than a couple of issues). His longest running effort was the newsstand publication UFO UNIVERSE which went for 11 years. Today he is the president of Inner Light/Global Communications and editor of the Conspiracy Journal and Bizarre Bazaar.
He is one of the few Americans ever to be invited to speak before closed door meetings on UFOs presided over by the late Earl of Clancarty at the House of Lords in England. He visited Loc Ness in Scottland while in the UK and went home with a belief that Nessie was somehow connected with dragons of mythology as well as strange discs engraved on cathedrals and ghostly phenomenon.
The Inner Light Publications and Global Communiations’ catalog of books and video titles now number over 200, including the works of Tim Swartz, T. Lobsang Rampa, Commander X, Brad Steiger, John Keel, Tracy Twyman, Wendelle Stevens and a host of many other authors. His own best sellers include Our Alien Planet, Strange Saga, Subterranean Worlds Inside Earth, John Lennon – We Knew You
As the horror movie host Mr Creepo Beckley has made numerous films including Skin Eating Jungle Vampires and Blood Sucking Vampire Freaks.
Jeffery Pritchett is the host of the Church of Mabus radio show which airs Saturday nights at 11pm Eastern. Bringing you topics on the high strange revolving around UFOs and the paranormal and the metaphysical.
- THAT GREAT LEAP FORWARD DEPARTMENT -
What Events Occur When a Species Is on the Cusp of Evolving?
By Diane Tessman
The answer to the question above, we don’t know. If we are dealing with a mentally evolved species like Homo sapiens, we really do not know!
The process of evolution is not in conflict with religious teachings such as intelligent design, when you think about it. Evolution is at its heart, a mysterious process which insures that the life force will continue in one kind of life-form, and will be snuffed out in another species of life-form. If the life-form is chosen to continue, it is also “promised” that it will change (evolve), thus having a chance at future survival, too.
In intelligent design, an intelligence some might call God, favors some species, snuffs out others. It blesses those life-forms who are chosen to continue with the promise of change which insures they have a chance at future survival, too.
So, I don’t understand the controversy between evolution and intelligent design. I also see some problems with the traditional examples of evolution (similar to the illustration above), and I tend to credit Earth, the living, sentient planet, not God, if I look at this subject through the prism of the intelligent design theory. Everyone has his or her own perception, and I hope not to offend anyone regarding evolution vs. intelligent design, that’s not the point of this article.
The question: What events occur in the perception of a species which is about to evolve? I assume that hundreds of years before the evolutionary change became established, a few members of the species would perceive events and perhaps beings, which the old species in general could not perceive.
As the years moved along, thousands of the old species would begin perceiving in this new way. Finally, in, say, 1947, there would be a flying saucer flap. Yes, I am proposing that perhaps we perceive UFOs and their occupants because we are creating them, or at least beginning to perceive them, because we are evolving into a new hominid species. Again!
Just a quick, perhaps silly example: Your dear cat walks all over your computer keyboard. This is very frustrating because not only you are trying to type, but cat hairs are not good for the keyboard nor the computer itself. But does the dear cat really perceive your keyboard at all? Your cat knows there is space there to walk with a slight up-rise from the desk itself. It does note that the human spends a lot of time pounding this space with human-fingers which should be petting cat.
So, for thousands of years, a few of us have suddenly perceived more than the starry skies. By “us” I don’t mean that those who spot UFOs are superior to the rest of us, because human consciousness is probably a mass morphic EM field, so most times it is a random glitch in the EM field which allows a more complete (higher) perception of the skies than most humans see as they still march to the old human consciousness.
Yes, some people do become seekers of spiritual knowledge and perhaps they do lead the way in human evolution, but that’s not the point of this article, either.
My question: Are at least some UFO occupants created by Homo sapiens’ vast, insatiable need to evolve? Or, a variation: Are UFO occupants being created by the process of evolution itself? Are UFO occupants falling out of the evolutionary egg? Who really knows what the force of evolution is and what it creates? Or how it creates?
It seems all the natural world has this prime directive to Evolve or Die! However, humans are strange because of our advanced intellect and spiritual needs. The animal world has wonderful intelligence too and spirituality, but it is in balance, whereas humans are restless, aggressive beings who seem out of balance with their own planet.
I realize many hominid species disappeared and do not seem to be the actual fore-bearers of Homo sapiens, but others were our ancestors, and my point is, do we know what/who each hominid species began to perceive once the pressure of evolution set in?
Apparently, as each humanoid species evolves over millions of years, it begins to have “access” to a more complicated perception available within the EM morphic field. Thus Homo sapiens has the where-with-all to develop computers, and rockets to the moon, whereas earlier humanoid forms just couldn’t perceive these things. He/she could not dream of them, thus bring them into being.
Whether evolution allows a species to perceive more of the cosmos, or the species actually creates “more” within the cosmos, who knows?
We will never know if early hominids began to see strange, relatively hairless hominids who were more delicate than they, and had big, prominent foreheads. If they did see these beings, perhaps they were seeing Homo sapiens, creeping into the field of hominid perception.
I wrote an article http://www.ufodigest.com/article/does-earth-herself-create-ufos-ghosts-and-fairies asking if the planet Earth herself creates UFO occupants, fairies, and ghosts, perhaps in her subconscious or dream state. That theory can be blended in with this one: Gaia creates her various life forms. The dynamic, irresistible process of evolution begins to happen to them, because their creator is a living, breathing entity herself.
As millions of years roll on, these life forms come into new fields of perception which are actually the multiple layers of reality of the planet herself. Or, as a variation: These are the layers of the cosmic onion of quantum perception.
I feel that at least some UFOs and their occupants are the result of Homo sapiens’ pending evolution: The Moment when the human consciousness rolls over to become a new species’ consciousness – and has the new species’ perceptions.
There had to be The Moment when Grandfather Hominid’s mass consciousness became Homo sapiens’ mass consciousness. Yes, there were thousands of years after that when earlier forms of humans were still around. However, they were fading away, the force of evolution favoring the new human form.
Someone might think, “Well, it is a physical thing, this evolution. Early hominids slowly grew a larger frontal lobe, slowly lost the physical hair, and so forth.
However, what makes us human? What makes a wolf – a wolf? What makes a blue jay – a blue jay? Yes, there are physical characteristics but each species has a “hum” which cannot be completely defined or fully encapsulated by looking at the physical structure of the life-form.
Earlier hominids behaved, felt, and thought slightly differently than Homo sapiens. What it meant to be them was different than what it means to be Homo sapiens.
There will come a day when Homo sapiens starts to fade and the next step in evolution begins to flash in and out of perception, in and out of reality. This new species will be flying along in craft faster than Homo sapiens ever dreamed of, and then just disappear. Familiar?
This is only a theory. I have offered over the months, many theories on the possible origins of UFOs and their occupants. And, true, these theories may blend together and the truth might be combinations of individual theories.
I am fairly positive that human evolution has something to do with some of the UFOs we are seeing.
I believe this fact is a good reason not to be constantly afraid of them. What if we not only are beginning to perceive their reality, what if we are actually creating their reality? In a basic way, we are creating the next physical features of the species which comes after us. Are we also creating their mental, spiritual, emotional traits?
If our minds are evolving into their minds, then are we creating creatures born out of constant fear, constant aggression, constant greed, constant war, and constant destruction of our own world? Do we create our own perceptions and therefore do we create our own future reality?
Fly on, Future Humans! Be gentle, intelligent, peaceful and just!
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Source: UFO Digest
- FROM BEYOND TIME AND SPACE DEPARTMENT -
Three Mysterious Creatures From Pennsylvania
By Stan Gordon
Three very interesting encounters with some very unusual creatures have come to my attention recently from Pennsylvania. The Keystone State has a long history of not only observations of Bigfoot, but also of many other mysterious beasts as well. Year after year members of the public reluctantly come forward to report their encounters with strange creatures that aren’t supposed to exist. The following is a summary of some of the recent cases that I have been investigating.
November 20, 2011
The Creature of Mud Creek Road
On April 11, 2012, I received a call from the man who, along with his girlfriend, had a frightening encounter with a strange creature on November 20, 2011, outside of Troy in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. The fellow told me that what they saw “scared the hell out of us”. I was able to interview the woman involved on April 26, 2012. After conducting extensive interviews with the driver and his girlfriend I learned the following details.
At about 11:05 pm that evening, they were driving onto Mud Creek Road traveling west towards Highway 14 near Troy. As they continued down the dark road, their attention was drawn to the left side of the roadway. The man, who was the driver, saw some movement and mentioned it to his friend. The woman initially thought that a naked man was crawling on the side of the road. The driver decreased his speed, swerved his truck in the middle of the road and directed the high beams of his headlights towards the subject. The driver stopped about 30-40 feet away. They soon realized that this was not a person, but instead a creature that was crawling very low to the ground. As they watched, the creature moved into a squatting position with its back completely straight, somewhat like the stance of a kangaroo.
The arms of the creature where held tightly to its body. What looked like long claws that resembled the talons of an eagle were easily visible. The claws were estimated to be about 8-10 inches in length. One claw was shorter than the other three. The creature had a muscular body. The head of the beast appeared to be oversized and shaped like that of a wolf. At the top of its head were two pointed bat-like ears that looked to be about 4-6 inches long. The entire creature, according to the man, was covered with “dull wrinkly dark black skin”. The man described seeing large canine-like teeth in its mouth.
The eyes of the creature were about the size of a silver dollar and were shiny black. The man stated that even though he had his high beams directed at the creature, the eyes did not reflect at all. The man said he looked over the body during the 12 second encounter, and for some reason thought the creature should have wings, but none were apparent. In the squatted position, the creature seemed to be about five feet tall.
At this point, the creature was in the left lane of the road and about 1-2 feet onto the pavement.
As the couple watched in amazement, the creature began to stretch its body. The man said that at this point the animal started to stand up on its back legs while also falling over onto its front feet. The driver said that in this position, the creature seemed to be about 6-7 feet tall. The animal then fell over on all four legs. The witnesses observed that the front claws of the creature was now two feet across the center line of the highway, while the back feet remain one-two feet from the edge of the road.
The creature then turns it head to the right and looked towards the vehicle. The driver told me that it looked directly at them, with a horrific expression, “like it was panicked”. The fellow saw it take a deep breath. He had the feeling that the creature didn’t realize that it was being observed and when it realized it was- it was like it was caught doing something.
Once it realized it was being observed, it leaned back slightly and then reached forward with its claws. The creature than took one tremendous leap and cleared a seven foot embankment and moved out of sight into a wooded area. The man estimated that leap was about 40 feet long. As it was in the process of leaping, it was perfectly straight and held its front claws forward. The legs, as it was leaping, “were only slightly larger than broomsticks or about the size of a walking crane and were very long”.
Then just a second after the creature was gone from sight something else odd occurred. A large bird, possibly an owl, suddenly rushed at the passenger side window, almost hitting the glass, then took off and did not return. It happened so fast they were unsure if it was an owl or not.
The witnesses indicated that this creature appeared to be changing form. The driver said, “Its shape was nothing like when it was squatted”. The woman stated to me that it “shaped into another form.” She thought it was a dark brown color, and looked like a werewolf with a little back hair. She estimated that when it was leaping into the woods, she thought it stood about 9 feet tall. The woman while reluctant to say it said, “I think it was a man changing into a werewolf”. The man after the experience went onto the internet to try to figure out what he saw, and told me that the closest way he could describe the creature would be a gargoyle with no wings. The man commented, “I will never forget what we saw that night”.
March 18, 2012
Fayette County Dragon
Fayette County, Pennsylvania
This incident occurred on March 18, 2012, in the southern part of Fayette County in Pennsylvania. A man was walking his dog in a rural location at about 11:45 pm. He was in the front yard and away from any lights when his attention was drawn to look upwards after hearing a whooshing sound coming from overhead.
Flying above him at a distance of about 55 feet was a large flying creature that, “looked like a dragon”. As the flying creature passed over an automatic dusk to dawn light, the witness was able to get a good look at the strange flying animal. The body was about 22 feet long with a wingspan of about 18 feet wide, and looked to be shiny with almost a reflective body with no scales.
Fayette Country Dragon
The color was dark, possibly brown and red, similar to auburn brown. At the end tip of the wings there appeared to be talon-like fingers about 3 to 4 in number. The arms of the wing structure appeared muscular. The wings were quite thick, not like skin. There appeared to be a rear fin on both sides of its body, and the creature displayed at arrow head shaped tail. The witness also saw what appeared to be two extended rear legs. The creature had a cone shape around the head and it stopped flat on the base of the neck.
The oddest physical feature that the witness mentioned to me was that the mouth and eyes were illuminated with, “a very ominous orange glow”. As the creature flew over a tree at the bottom of the yard and moved off in the distance, the fellow heard a deep-throaty sound, similar to the fog horn on a boat. The entire observation lasted about 20 seconds.
April 23, 2012
Creature with Glowing Amber Eyes Flies Away
Washington County, Pennsylvania
It was between 12:30 and 1:00 am, on the morning of April 23, 2012, when a man heard an odd animal sound coming from outside.The sound was a level growl or screeching sound that he listened to for about five minutes. The sound seemed as though it was just outside the window. The witness, intrigued by the odd noise, awakened his wife to see if she could recognize what type of animal it might originate from.
When his wife got up and they both heard the sound, she looked out the window across the road to a creek about 15-20 feet away. She then noticed what she thought was a deer standing up in the middle of the creek. Her husband questioned why there would be a deer standing in the creek, and why it be making such a strange noise. He then looked out the window and saw an undetermined creature dark brown in color and about the size of a deer. It could have been actually larger than a deer if it was peering over the retaining wall. The fellow said when it turned its head, it appeared to have an elongated face, almost deer shaped, but not as stubby in the snout. It appeared to be more pointed in shape.
What could be easily seen were two big round amber colored eyes that seemed to be glowing. The man estimated that they looked to be the size of a golf ball. He didn’t think that they were reflecting as a result of some street lights some distance away. The witness commented that the freaky part was it was starring right at their house towards them.
The couple noticed that whatever it was, the glowing eyes were staring directly in their direction.
The man told his wife he was going out to check out what it was. Just then something very strange occurred. Suddenly the creature took one step, and took off into the sky at a 45 degree angle and was gone. The witness stated, “the speed was insane. I never saw anything move that fast.” He also stated that he never saw a bird that big and that he saw no signs of wings flapping.
If you have any information on these or other similar cases, please contact Stan at firstname.lastname@example.org
- TAKE A WALK ON THE DARK SIDE DEPARTMENT -
Hungry Ghosts: The Dark Side of the Paranormal
By Michael Prescott
Years ago, on a whim, a friend led me into a New Age bookstore in Los Angeles. At the time I was a committed rationalist and knew nothing about paranormal phenomena except what I’d read in skeptical, debunking books. Unlike my friend, who found the bookstore’s atmosphere amusing, and who enjoyed pointing out the bizarre titles and covers, I felt distinctly ill at ease. There was something disturbing about being immersed in all that occult literature. I felt as if I’d ventured into unknown territory – dangerous territory. And I was glad to leave.
Later, as I became interested in the paranormal and began to grasp the extent of the evidence for such phenomena, I chalked up my earlier reaction to a form of culture shock. There I was, a rather repressed rationalist, coming into close contact with ideas I found threatening to my worldview. After all, there was nothing actually dangerous about that little bookstore – was there?
Maybe there was. Over the years, as I’ve studied this subject, I’ve encountered a fair number of cautionary tales. People who become unduly interested in psychic phenomena – interested to the point of obsession – can find their mental health deteriorating, their relationships fragmenting, and their social status undermined. Of course, obsession is a bad thing regardless of its focus, but I suspect that it’s easier to become obsessed with the paranormal than with, say, stamp collecting. Something about this field of inquiry tends to draw people in and make them vulnerable to harm.
The Curious Case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Since I’m a writer, I take particular interest in the case of Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle was one of the most popular writers of his day, and his Sherlock Holmes stories are still widely read and dramatized. Fairly late in life he became convinced that it was possible to communicate with the dead through mediums. As his interest grew, he neglected his fiction writing and spent most of his time traveling the world to attend séances and deliver lectures on spiritualism. His reputation suffered, and he was the target of ridicule from some quarters. He had a widely publicized feud with the debunking magician Houdini. Editors began to dread getting Doyle’s manuscripts in the mail, for fear that his latest contribution would be yet another essay on the talkative dead. Doyle’s fame was such that his essays were invariably published, but his editors weren’t always happy about that fact.
With the passage of time, Doyle’s critical faculties suffered. He became more credulous, more willing to vouch for even the most dubious phenomena. Many of the mediums he endorsed were later exposed as fakes. Doyle refused to accept some of these exposures. Famously, he even accused Houdini himself of using psychic powers, since – he felt – there was no way the escape artist could have carried out some of his stunts without paranormal gifts.
Most embarrassing was the often retold affair of the Cottingley fairies. Two girls, ages 16 and 10, shot some photos of “fairies” they’d allegedly found in their garden. The fairies were paper cut-outs, and the photos were obvious fakes. Nevertheless, Doyle endorsed the photos as genuine, even publishing an article in The Strand Magazine with the regrettable title “Fairies photographed – an epoch-making event.”
Later he put out an entire book devoted to the subject, The Coming of the Fairies. Skeptics have enjoyed skewering him for his gullibility and foolishness ever since. The Cottingley FairiesJames Randi devotes a chapter of his debunking book Flim-Flam to a detailed dissection of the Cottingley case. And yes, there is something funny about a presumably worldly and sophisticated man, rich and internationally famous, falling for a rather inept hoax perpetrated by two young girls. At the same time, there is something about it that’s both sad and troubling.
How could Doyle’s rational faculty deteriorate so badly? Critics suggest that he was never much of a thinker, but I’ve read a great deal of his work, as well as Daniel Stashower’s excellent biography, and my impression is that Doyle had a more penetrating intellect than his detractors admit. Trained in medicine, he traveled around the world as a ship’s doctor, acquiring a range of knowledge and experiences that made him far more intellectually interesting than his closed-minded Victorian colleagues. He resisted prejudices – women and minorities are generally treated with respect in his work – and had an appreciation of exotic cultures and variant points of view. In short, Doyle was a sensible, astute observer of the world around him – until he got caught up in his obsession with mediums. At that point his mental and emotional stability began to suffer, and he became increasingly fanatical, blind to any interpretation of the evidence but his own.
The Hungry Ghosts
If this were an isolated case, it would not be very important, but it is far from isolated. Some cases, in fact, have much worse consequences.
One of these is described in anguished, agonizing detail in Joe Fisher’s Hungry Ghosts. Fisher joined an amateur circle that met regularly to “channel” information from spirits. Initially skeptical, Fisher was soon won over by the information that came through. He and his friends became increasingly obsessed with the meetings, while the woman who ran the circle began to exercise an unhealthy degree of control over some group members, exploiting them and attempting to coerce them into sexual liaisons. As Fisher became convinced that he was in contact with a female spirit guide who’d been his lover in a previous lifetime, he lost interest in his real-life relationships, an attitude that led to the break-up of his marriage.
Eventually he went to Europe, intending to verify the information he’d been given. Instead, to his shock, he discovered that much of it was false. Shattered, he returned to America and shared his findings with the group – only to be met with hostility and denial. The group members were so caught up in their shared fantasy that they could not tolerate the intrusion of facts and evidence. Fisher left the group and eventually concluded that he had been victimized by what the Tibetan Book of the Dead calls pretas, or ‘hungry ghosts’ – malign spirits who deceive and corrupt their human interlocutors. He warns his readers to be wary of involvement in the supernatural, and on this note of caution the book ends.
But this was not the end of Joe Fisher’s story. He continued to obsess on his experience. Eleven years after the publication of Hungry Ghosts, he confided to a friend that he believed the spirits were out to get him for publicizing their activities. They would not leave him alone. In 2001, at age 53, he made his escape. He threw himself off a cliff, ending his life.
There are at least two ways of interpreting this bizarre story. Either Fisher became unhinged as a result of his participation in the séances, and eventually fell victim to his own paranoia; or he actually did come into contact with malevolent spirit entities, against which he had no protection.
Fisher wasn’t the only person in the medium’s circle to suffer psychological damage. Everyone in the group was affected to some extent. This is not uncommon. Immersion in the occult can have unpredictable effects on the dynamics and psychology of a group. An example that comes to mind are the ITC experiments described by Mark Macy in Miracles in the Storm. ITC is an acronym for Instrumental Transcommunication. This activity, which has gained a surprising number of adherents, involves using technology to contact the dead. It evolved out of EVP, or Electronic Voice Phenomena, a field of amateur research in which “spirit voices” are supposedly picked up on tape recorders. ITC is more high-tech, employing video cameras, TV sets, fax machines, and computers. Enthusiasts claim they have received images and messages from another dimension, and that they are in regular contact with like-minded “experimenters” from beyond.
Macy’s book details a group effort to establish and maintain contact with these forces. Such contact is said to require harmony among members of the experimenting groups on both sides of the veil. Unfortunately, harmony proved difficult to come by, at least on the earthly side, and much of Miracles in the Storm concerns the in-fighting and mutual suspicion that led to the group’s downfall. Organizational chaos is remarkably common among those who explore the paranormal, and the fate of Macy’s group is unsurprising.
Although the experiments documented in Macy’s book have ended, Macy and some of his colleagues have attempted to renew their work. He reports that his team has made contact with a group of spirits who live on the extradimensional planet Marduk. According to these spirits, “Marduk is watered by only one large stream flowing with many bends across a great part of the planet,” a watercourse called the River of Eternity. “We live here together with other forms of life,” they explain, “with men [who had] lived on other planets before their bodily death, with dwarfs, giants and gnomes, and with bodiless entities, too.” The spirits have what seem to be physical bodies, all in the prime of youth and health.
Among the spirits inhabiting Marduk is Sir Richard Francis Burton, the 19th century explorer and linguist. Burton and his spirit colleagues, calling themselves the Timestream group, established a transmission station on Marduk, by means of which they were able to send video images and text messages to their earthly counterparts. At one point, a rival group of spirits with evil intentions seized control of the transmission station, but the Timestream faction mounted a daring counterattack and regained control.
If all this sounds like science-fiction, there’s a good reason. It is science-fiction, or at least it was – in Philip Jose Farmer’s Riverworld series. Beginning with To Your Scattered Bodies Go in 1971, the Riverworld books feature an intriguing premise: When we die, we are resurrected on an earthlike planet bisected by a single vast river. Both good and evil individuals – human, prehuman, and nonhuman – abide in this land, restored to youth and vigor. As we make our way along the river, we must form alliances and ward off enemies, sometimes in physical combat. And our hero in this adventure? None other than Sir Richard Francis Burton!
I will admit that there are differences between the ITC messages and Riverworld. Farmer’s story provided a technological, rather than supernatural, explanation for humanity’s resurrection, and dealt extensively with a super-advanced race of humans dubbed the Ethicals who were controlling this vast experiment. None of this relates to the ITC communiqués. And other famous figures who appear in Farmer’s saga – Mark Twain, Hermann Goering, and King John of England, among others – have not made any appearance in the messages from Marduk, as far as I know. Nevertheless, the vast river, the physical resurrection in youthful form, the rival alliances and mortal combats, and the presence of Burton himself all combine to create the strong suspicion that the ITC messages are only fiction.
Indeed, the whole situation seems reminiscent of role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, in which the players submerge themselves in a virtual world based on science-fiction archetypes – a world that can begin to seem very real.
A couple of years ago I emailed Mark Macy to ask him about the parallels between Riverworld and his group’s findings. I received brief replies from both Macy and one of his colleagues. Neither of them was interested in pursuing the issue, and neither saw any problem in the similarities I’d mentioned.
No problem? Suppose I were to tell you that, by paranormal means, I’d established contact with the crew of an interstellar starship in the 23rd century. Excitedly I report that the ship’s captain is James [Darklore Volume 1] Tiberius Kirk, his first mate is an alien named Spock, and the ship’s doctor is McCoy. You point out to me that these characters are all found in the 1960s TV series Star Trek. “So what?” I say. “I don’t see a problem with that.” I’ll bet you’d decide that my critical faculties are not quite what they should be.
How can presumably serious people be willing to overlook such an obvious difficulty? I suggest that wholesale immersion in the paranormal can gradually erode one’s capacity for appropriate skepticism. Arthur Conan Doyle came to believe in fairies; Joe Fisher’s marriage collapsed because he fell in love with his “spirit guide”; Macy and his co-workers are caught up in what appears to be a replay of a science-fiction saga from the 1970s.
Enter the Trickster
A wealth of similar cases can be found in George P. Hansen’s authoritative study The Trickster and the Paranormal, which takes a highly original interdisciplinary approach to the question of why psychic phenomena – and people associated with such things – tend to be marginalized in society. Hansen’s book is too complex and densely argued to be summarized in its entirety, but one of his major themes is that long-term, active involvement in the paranormal often produces personal or collective dissociation from reality.
Hansen identifies a constellation of attributes that folklorists call “the trickster” – a mythical figure found in most ethnic traditions, whether as Coyote in Native American lore or the god Hermes in Greek mythology. The trickster is deceitful, playful, disruptive, irrational, unpredictable, often sexually adventurous or perverse, sometimes malevolent, and always to be approached with caution. He is a marginal figure among the other deities, and those humans who are associated with him – shamans, mediums – typically occupy a marginal place in society. He resists institutionalization. He hovers outside the establishment, functioning as both an escape valve and a threat.
While not going so far as to say that the trickster actually exists, Hansen uses the archetype to stand for a collection of disparate qualities. And he makes the point that paranormal phenomena not only exhibit these same qualities but often induce them in persons who immerse themselves in the field.
Like the trickster, psychic phenomena are playful and maddeningly elusive. They are irrational, in the sense that they fall outside the purview of rationalist thinking. They are disruptive – sometimes overtly so, as in the case of poltergeist outbreaks. They are unpredictable, a fact that has led many a legitimate psychic to supplement his talents with trickery. They are sometimes malevolent – as with Fisher’s hungry ghosts, not to mention the rich tradition of malign spirits in every culture, including the devils of Judeo-Christian theology. They are sometimes associated with bizarre or coercive sexual practices, as witnessed in many rituals and in the strange private lives of many mediums and psychics. They resist institutionalization; despite widespread public interest in psychic phenomena, no large institutions exist to study the field, and the only major institutional studies of psychic powers were undertaken by spy agencies, which are themselves immersed in a culture of ambiguity and deceit.
Hansen observes that people who directly engage the paranormal, or try to, sometimes fall into the role-playing trap mentioned above. A role-playing game, he writes…
…can become a shared fantasy, wherein the players voluntarily suspend normal, rational considerations…The games give more direct contact with supernatural ideas than does literature alone.
Live people are involved; they participate in a drama; props may be used, and some physical action is required...Cheating is frequent despite there being no winners or losers in the game...Players can identify with their characters, and sometimes they prefer not to separate themselves from those roles...[O]ccasionally the ‘game’ becomes obsessive and interferes with real-world pursuits.
Reading these words, I find it hard not to think of the purported messages from Marduk. There is, then, a dark side to the paranormal. It is not all benevolent angels and comforting words from deceased relatives. There can be obsession, deterioration of rational thought, shared fantasy, even a descent into madness. There can be hungry ghosts. There can be channelers who sexually exploit their followers. There is always the risk that inquiring too deeply into these matters will lead to one’s own marginalization – a fate that has befallen even prominent researchers in the field, who have seen their reputations suffer and their prestige stripped away.
Much in the paranormal is worthy of study. But if you choose to examine it, proceed with caution. And if you run into trouble, don’t hesitate to turn back. After all, I felt a lot better when I’d left that bookstore…
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Source: The Daily Grail
- BURIED SECRETS DEPARTMENT -
Nazi Warplanes Found Buried in Indiana Field
In the battle to stay ahead of the enemy in World War II, American engineers were willing to employ any trick - including stealing the ideas from their Nazi counterparts.
So they shipped hundreds of German aircraft to a field in Seymour, Indiana, where they proceeded to take apart the machines to learn how they were built - and then buried any evidence of doing so.
Now recovery teams at Freeman Field are unearthing hundreds of plane parts and piecing them back together, much like their ancestors attempted to nearly seven decades ago.
At the end of World War II, the field was used as a bustling Army base by hundreds of soldiers and civilians keen to study Germany's airplanes and rockets, WDRB.com reported.
Allies seized around 80 different types of aircraft throughout Europe and then shipped them to the field, where they were flown, taken apart and then put back together.
While many parts or planes were saved for museum displays, others were discarded - thrown into pits in the field and covered with tons of dirt.
Now the Freeman Field Recovery Team is endeavouring to find as many of the parts as possible. While they have found a plethora of propellers and wheel parts, they are hopeful of finding an in tact fuselage - rumoured to be lurking somewhere in the soil.
One member of the recovery effort, Scott Cooper, explained why the planes had landed on U.S. soil.
'At that point in the war, in the fighting, the Germans were years ahead of us in the areas of technology,' Cooper told WDRB.com.
'They were actually developing the first jet aircraft over in Germany, so we had a chance to bring that aircraft over here, break it down, examine the engine, examine the aircraft, and find out things that we might be able to use on the aircraft that we were building at the time.'
He added: 'About 81 different types of aircraft were brought here, including V-1 and V-2 missiles.'
The Army held an open house in 1946, allowing members of the public to see what they had been studying. But there were questions about what would happen to the planes at the end of the war.
'What they didn't want to take away for museum purposes or display purposes, they would just dig these big pits and dump everything in and cover them up and just leave it there,' Cooper told the news channel.
The planes were buried on the edges of the airfield - and are slowly being located by the recovery team.
'In some cases you can still see the German words on there,' Cooper said. 'The one day when we found 12 propeller blades, that was pretty exciting.'
While some parts are left in their rusted and partly broken, others, such as propellers, are smoothed and filled with putty to resemble their original form. If any parts are sold, the city shares the proceeds.
The Freeman Field Recovery Team is at least the third group to search for parts in the field since the early 1990s. They believe that mud has preserved many parts found so far.
They use a scanner called a Blood Hound attached to the back of a vehicle.
The radar unit connects to a GPS and a computer mapping program, and surveys the ground, like an ultrasound indicating where objects are underground.
'To realize that history, to be able to touch it and feel it and restore it and bring it back so other people can see it, is pretty exciting. In some cases it probably helped us to win the war,' Cooper added.
Source: The Daily Mail
- ETHEL, GET ME THE BIG GUN DEPARTMENT -
OK To Hunt Bigfoot in Texas
Cryptid conservationists, be on the alert; it's officially open season on Sasquatch. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, if you can find Bigfoot in the state of Texas, you can kill it.
A Cryptomundo reader sent a letter to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department about whether it would be legal to kill Bigfoot, and apparently department Chief of Staff L. David Sinclair replied that killing an indigenous cryptid would be legal since it isn't listed as a game animal:
The statute that you cite (Section 61.021) refers only to game birds, game animals, fish, marine animals or other aquatic life. Generally speaking, other nongame wildlife is listed in Chapter 67 (nongame and threatened species) and Chapter 68 (nongame endangered species). "Nongame" means those species of vertebrate and invertebrate wildlife indigenous to Texas that are not classified as game animals, game birds, game fish, fur-bearing animals, endangered species, alligators, marine penaeid shrimp, or oysters. The Parks and Wildlife Commission may adopt regulations to allow a person to take, possess, buy, sell, transport, import, export or propagate nongame wildlife. If the Commission does not specifically list an indigenous, nongame species, then the species is considered non-protected nongame wildlife, e.g., coyote, bobcat, mountain lion, cotton-tailed rabbit, etc. A non-protected nongame animal may be hunted on private property with landowner consent by any means, at any time and there is no bag limit or possession limit.
An exotic animal is an animal that is non-indigenous to Texas. Unless the exotic is an endangered species then exotics may be hunted on private property with landowner consent. A hunting license is required. This does not include the dangerous wild animals that have been held in captivity and released for the purpose of hunting, which is commonly referred to as a "canned hunt".
So apparently, as long as you hunt Bigfoot on private property with the permission of the property holder, you are allowed to kill it. I'm a bit surprised, however, that spotting a previously undocumented animal doesn't automatically transform it from a nonexistent animal into an endangered one. Then again, I suppose rare evidence isn't evidence of rarity.
Given that Bigfoot is generally considered a Pacific Northwestern cryptid, however, I'm much more interested to hear what Oregon or Washington have to say on the matter. Do their game and wildlife statutes similarly allow you to shoot non-game animals that aren't recognized as existent? - io9
Betsy Phillips of the 'Nashville Scene' saw that Texas has officially declared that the law does allow people to kill Bigfoot in Texas, if they want, if they happen to find one.
So, she asked herself, "Hmm, I wonder if I could legally hunt Bigfoot in Tennessee?" And, yes, perhaps I'm not the best person to answer this question, since I don't hunt. But I set out to find an answer.
In short, the answer is "no." In Texas, they have a sweeping "non-protected, non-game species" category of animals, and any animal that falls into this category — like Bigfoot, should it exist — you can hunt any time as long as you're on private property and have permission of the owner.
Tennessee's hunting laws, which are so Byzantine that it seems like every hunter needs to be an amateur lawyer to figure out what he can shoot when, seem to operate under the opposite philosophy. Whereas Texas is, "if we haven't told you you can't kill it, you can," Tennessee is all, "if we haven't told you you can hunt it, you can't."
It seems that Bigfoot would be protected by the same rules the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency has for alligators. Much like Bigfoot, some folks are certain alligators have made their way into Tennessee, even though sightings of them are still very rare. About alligators, the TWRA says:
There is evidence that alligator populations are expanding north along the Mississippi River into Tennessee. Species which expand their ranges into Tennessee (such as alligators) are protected and may not be taken until a hunting season is proclaimed.
That's pretty clear. No shooting at things until the state has had a chance to rule on whether you can hunt it.
But there's a further bummer sentence for amateur Bigfoot hunters — "The taking, killing and/or illegal possession of hawks, owls, songbirds, endangered species or any other species for which a season is not set (e.g. snakes) is prohibited." Since we have no Bigfoot season and won't have a ruling on whether there will be one until Bigfoots are proved to exist, not only can't you kill a Bigfoot legally in Tennessee, you can't capture one and try to bring it back alive (unless you're a scientist).
This is quite the conundrum for Bigfoot hunters. You can't legally capture or shoot a Bigfoot in order to bring the carcass back and prove it exists until someone has proved it exists and they decide if there's a Bigfoot season.
I guess you'll just have to stick to blurry photographs and grainy video. Just be careful when you go into the swamps to get those images. Apparently there are alligators lurking.
Source: Phantoms and Monsters
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