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- The Terror Attack You Never Heard About -
- Mystery Surrounds New Jersey Reservoir -
- Jerrawerra: The Short, Hairy Man of the Woods -
- 'No Zombie Apocalypse' Says CDC -
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- WHAT THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW DEPARTMENT -
The Terror Attack You Never Heard About
Paz Oquendo, a worker at the U.S. Postal Service’s Orlando sorting facility, smelled the noxious odor first. It was Feb. 4, 2011, and the foul stench was coming from one of the large mailbags hanging near the package-conveyor belts. She ran over to Jeffrey A. Lill, the 44-year-old shift supervisor who was monitoring the sorting from a platform, and reported the smell. “I can’t breathe,” Oquendo told Lill.- NEW JERSEY'S 'BERMUDA TRIANGLE' DEPARTMENT -
Lill headed toward the center of the sorting floor—an area workers call “the belly”—to investigate the odor.
Then he smelled it—a strong chemical stench he couldn’t identify. It was coming from a bag wet with a brown viscous substance. Lill looked in the wet sack and saw a broken package with tubes and wires sticking out. He remembers reading the return address with surprise: Yemen. Four months earlier, two bombs from Yemen had been sent through FedEx and UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service had alerted everyone to be on the lookout for packages coming from the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula.
Fearing the package was a hazard, Lill ordered the 40 postal employees out of the belly and immediately opened the large bay doors to ventilate the facility. Lill then moved the bag to a cart and pushed it for nearly half a mile to the hazmat shed. After the package was out of the building, Lill radioed his manager to notify her of the suspicious spill. She told him the next on-duty supervisor would finish handling the incident. Lill’s throat burned, and the gas had given him a headache. He called his mother in Rochester, N.Y.
“I want you know what happened at the Post Office,” Janet Vieau, 64, a real estate agent, remembered him telling her. “It might be on the news.”
But the incident never made the news. In fact, USPS did not investigate the suspicious package as a security or health threat and did not report it to the Department of Homeland Security, as is the protocol.
The package, now missing, has created a mystery—and solving that mystery could be the key to saving Lill’s life. In the weeks after his exposure to the package, Lill fell devastatingly and inexplicably ill. He suffers from extreme fatigue, tremors, and liver and neurological problems consistent with toxic exposure. He has become so sick that he cannot work and now must be cared for his by mother in New York. Lill’s doctors say they have no way to treat him without knowing what chemicals were inside the package.
All the while, USPS has refused to investigate, stating through lawyers that the incident never occurred. But the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, in partnership with the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California Berkeley, uncovered related documents and interviewed two whistleblowers who confirm what happened on Feb. 4, 2011—proving that USPS has refused to investigate not only the potential cause for the illness of an employee, but also what could have been a chemical weapon in Florida.
“I think they’ve just been protecting themselves,” said George Chuzi, a Washington, D.C., lawyer, who is helping Lill and his family pressure USPS to investigate. “If we’re right, they didn’t do something they were supposed to do.”
* * * * *
Today, Lill lives with his mother in Rochester, N.Y. In a bedroom painted blue, with lights off and curtains drawn, Lill sleeps up to 16 hours a day in a hospital bed.
“He was so vital, so energetic and so personable,” said Vieau, his mother. “He would play basketball and the drums.” But now Lill is bedridden. “He can watch a DVD, and that’s about it,” Vieau said.
Within two weeks of the Feb. 4, 2011, incident, Lill came down with flu-like symptoms. He also had insomnia and was disoriented. “It would go away, but each time it came back, it would come back longer,” Lill said, lying in bed with thick curtains blocking out a sunny afternoon in late March—more than a year after the incident.
By June 2011, Lill’s symptoms had intensified. He had lost 25 pounds from his trim frame. His liver and appendix were inflamed. He wound up in the hospital with a bleeding ulcer and esophagus. The next month, Lill sat in the dark in his home in Lady Lake, Fla., unable to get out of his recliner and spend time with the two teenagers under his care: his own 17-year-old son and the son of a friend under his guardianship. Lill is divorced.
In his decade of working for USPS, Lill rarely missed a day on the job. But by August 2011, he began what’s become a permanent medical leave.
The next month, Lill’s gallbladder was removed in an attempt to give him relief from his nausea and stomach pain. Days after the procedure, his symptoms returned. Doctors couldn’t explain why. By the end of September, Lill’s mother realized her son could not take care of himself anymore, and she brought him to New York.
Vieau now works in a home office next to Lill’s bedroom, constantly listening in case he is stricken with tremors. “I’ll hear things shaking,” she said. “I have to comfort him, to hold him.”
Lill’s exposure to the suspicious package is the only answer left to his unexplainable health problems. He’s seen more than two dozen doctors, including toxicologists and neurologists, and none has been able to diagnose his illness.
“Unless we know exactly what Jeff was exposed to, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” said Richard Aguirre, one of Lill’s doctors. “If we knew what the toxin is, we could work back and try to find a cure.”
But to this day, USPS denies that Lill was exposed to a potentially toxic package from Yemen.
In a March 9 letter to Chuzi, USPS lawyer Isabel M. Robison wrote: “A review of Postal Service records and multiple inquiries at both the Area and District levels has confirmed—as we previously indicated—that there was no hazardous spill on February 4, 2011 at the Orlando MP Annex.”
* * * * *
After her shift at the USPS facility in Orlando on an April evening, Paz Oquendo sat on a couch in a hotel room on International Drive. Next to her was coworker Yolanda Ocasio. At the risk of losing their jobs, Oquendo and Ocasio said USPS is lying and covering up the incident. They were there when Lill removed the noxious package from Yemen.
“I don’t understand why the Post Office won’t admit that it happened and do something to help Jeff,” Oquendo said.
In interviews, Oquendo and Ocasio confirmed in detail Lill’s recounting of what occurred in Orlando on Feb. 4, 2011. FCIR also obtained a time-stamped email Lill sent to his supervisor, Cynthia Hickman, reporting the exposure to a potentially toxic substance that day. (Hickman did not respond to requests for comment.)
Why, despite paper records and two whistleblowers’ accounts, USPS refuses to investigate the incident is something of a whodunit. But it’s also a national security concern, demonstrating how USPS may not have investigated a potential terrorist attack in Florida.
In October 2010, four months before Lill came in contact with the package, authorities intercepted two packages from Yemen with bomb materials hidden inside printer ink cartridges. One was discovered in Britain aboard a UPS cargo plane and the other was found in a FedEx warehouse in Dubai. USPS briefly stopped accepting mail from the country. Yemeni police then arrested a suspect in the case, and deliveries from Yemen to the United States resumed.
But USPS being on the front lines of counterterrorism is nothing new. Since the 2001 anthrax attacks—during which anthrax-laced letters were mailed to news media and two U.S. Senators, killing five and infecting 17 others—USPS has been on alert for the next attack.
That’s why U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.) wants answers about what happened in Orlando on Feb. 4, 2011. Buerkle, whose district includes Lill’s new residence in Rochester, has pressured USPS to investigate what she views as a credible report of a possible chemical weapon.
“We are not satisfied with the level of responsiveness from the Postal Service,” said Timothy Drumm, Buerkle’s chief of staff. “We want to see if the appropriate steps were taken by the Post Office, to see if the employees are safe. But since they say the incident did not happen, we can’t even get that far.”
USPS officials in Washington, D.C., and Florida declined to comment on Buerkle’s call for an inquiry and on the two whistleblowers who have come forward.
* * * * *
When Lill is awake and lucid, he expresses frustration that his employer won’t acknowledge the incident that may have made him so ill.
Squeezing his eyes shut, his hand trembling, Lill admitted he didn’t follow protocol for handling a spill. Rushing to protect fellow employees, Lill did not follow USPS rules that required him to put on a protective suit before handling the parcel. Because of that, he said, liquid from the package touched his skin. It was brown, syrupy, and difficult to wash off.
“I wanted to make sure they got out because one employee had gotten a headache and I got mine pretty quickly,” Lill said. “If I had followed the rules, I guess we would have had a lot more people exposed to it.”
Lill has good and bad days. During the bad ones, he struggles to distinguish reality from dream. “I’ve heard him speaking Spanish in his room, to nobody,” Vieau said, referring to how her son learned Spanish while working at USPS. “Sometimes he’ll laugh and smile and gesture. But he’s not there.”
Lill’s doctors say his symptoms are consistent with exposure to a neurotoxin. To identify which neurotoxin, Lill needs USPS to acknowledge the incident, determine whether the package is in USPS’s possession or was transferred from the hazmat shed to a third-party contractor’s landfill in Kentucky, and then test its contents.
He’s hopeful that if they can find the package, he could be well again.
“I just want my health to be the way it was,” Lill said.
Source: The Cutting Edge News
Mystery Surrounds New Jersey Reservoir
A fisherman’s paradise, Round Valley Reservoir in Hunterdon County stretches across 2,000 noise-free acres and is stocked with plenty of trout. On a good day, you can gaze down about 20 feet into its blue waters.
But there’s also a dark side to the popular Clinton Township fishing hole, one of New Jersey's deepest man-made lakes. Somewhere in its depths lie six presumably drowned men who’ve been missing for years, and surrounding it are tales about its death toll, which numbers roughly a couple dozen within the past 40 years.
Some locals call the reservoir "the Bermuda Triangle of New Jersey," a nickname that’s being uttered once again after a fishing hook snared a skeletal human foot earlier this month.
But don’t tell that to the authorities or local fishermen, who say there’s nothing supernatural at work here. To them, the only monsters are the wind gusts that can kick up within minutes and the water’s cold temperatures, both of which have long caused trouble for those venturing out onto the lake.
"I doubt there’s a secret bogeyman somewhere who’s creating wind cycles to harm some poor sap of a boater," said Manny Luftglass, a fisherman who’s written about the reservoir.
Round Valley Reservoir’s otherworldly mystique took shape in recent decades as the deaths mounted. Not only did they occur soon after fishing was allowed there in 1972, but they didn’t slow down, occurring as recently as March when the body of a hiker — an apparent suicide — was found.
The legend took hold because six of the bodies have never been recovered, and authorities believe they’re somewhere in the reservoir’s 180 feet of water.
The first victims to go missing were Thomas Trimblett, 27, of North Arlington, and Christopher Zajaczkowski, age unknown, of Jersey City. Both men were fishing in a 12-foot aluminum boat on May 4, 1973, when it capsized on the reservoir’s east side.
Four years later, Craig Stier, 18, and Andrew Fasanella, 20, both of Trenton, were last seen traveling along the north shoreline. Their canoe washed ashore days after their reported disappearance.
On March 18, 1989, John Kubu, 37, of Rahway, vanished during a fishing trip with Albert Lawson of Linden. Lawson’s body was found in 1993.
The last to go missing was Jeffrey Moore, 27, of Ringwood, who was last seen on a fishing trip on Oct. 22, 1993, with 26-year-old Raymond Barr. A passing boater was able to rescue Barr, who reportedly said Moore drowned after their boat took on water.
There have been multiple attempts to find the missing — authorities scoured the lake with a submarine in 2006 — but no human remains have been found. The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office, meanwhile, is awaiting lab results on the foot to determine whether it is a clue to where a body may be.
All of this has helped the myth of the reservoir reach new heights, but local fishermen believe there really is no mystery. The answer is quite simple, they say: With the proper preparation, the danger can be greatly minimized.
A common thread in many of the deaths is that the victims were in too small a boat, said Anthony "Randy" Guerrera, president of the Round Valley Trout Association. He said any vessel smaller than 14 feet is in danger of capsizing in the wind, which can reach speeds of up to 40 mph because of the valley’s bowl shape.
Those winds don’t necessarily start out strong, but they become trapped in the valley and spin around before they kick up waves several feet high, said Kenneth Lang, a trooper with the New Jersey State Police’s Marine Services Bureau.
According to Luftglass, the wind can be at its worst between 10 and 11 a.m., and there are strobe lights along the shore that flash when the water gets too choppy.
Once a boater is thrown into the water, the cold temperatures, which can dip to about 50 degrees in the deepest parts, can become deadly.
"That cold water, when you get in, is a shock to the body," Lang said.
The shock could cause a person’s body to spasm and inhale water, or the body could cramp easily because of the cold water. There’s also the chance of hypothermia.
"Sometimes it can be a matter of 30 seconds before your body goes," said Lt. Stephen Jones, state police spokesman.
The cold water is what causes bodies to remain below the surface, authorities said. Bodies don’t decompose as quickly, which means there’s a lack of gases from decomposition to lift them to the surface.
What also makes the reservoir a tough swim is its tendency to play tricks on the eyes, said Rhonda Quinn, assistant professor of anthropology at Seton Hall University. Quinn, who visits the reservoir regularly, said its round shape makes it hard to gauge the distance to the shore, disguising how far someone has actually gone into the water.
"Even the best of swimmers would have trouble swimming the lake under those (windy) conditions," she said.
As for what exactly lies beneath, that’s only added to the legend. For years, there were tales of buildings, trees and roads that remained standing after the reservoir was created — claims no one could confirm.
What’s known is that homesteads were razed before the reservoir was built and that the site was once occupied by the native Lenape tribe, Quinn said. Hence, it wouldn’t be a surprise if ancient remains eventually made it to the surface and complicated identification efforts.
There’s also the possibility the bodies might have become entangled in dead trees at the reservoir’s bottom, making it hard to spot them on sonar, Luftglass said.
So why do people still flock there if the area is that dangerous? The cold waters may have made the reservoir infamous, but they’re also what makes the reservoir one of the state’s prime hotspots for trout.
In fact, Round Valley Reservoir is home to state records for the largest lake trout, brown trout, small-mouth bass and American eel, according to the Round Valley Trout Association.
Despite the dangers, the man-made lake offers a lot of beauty that can’t be replicated, Luftglass said. Just be sure to bring a big enough boat, keep watch over the weather reports, wear a life jacket and stay within boundaries that you know are safe.
"Bermuda Triangle? I think not," Luftglass said. "This is a beautiful place. You see it, and it’s like, ‘Holy cow.’"
- STRANGE CREATURES FROM TIME AND SPACE DEPARTMENT -
Jerrawerra: The Short, Hairy Man of the Woods
In the rugged mountain ranges that rise up from the fertile river plains of the Macleay and Clarence valleys on the north coast of New South Wales, a short, hairy creature the local Aborigines called Jerrawerra was once said to live.
In a letter to The Clarence and Richmond Examiner of Grafton on 31 July 1880, a correspondent familiar with the area and the local Aborigines wrote of the Jerrawerra, a creature apparently similar to the Yowie, with one distinct difference, the Jerrawerra stood only four feet high.
“This animal they called ‘Jerrawerra’ and described it as a biped; about the size of a small [Aboriginal woman], walking erect and using its hands and arms as a human being. It was very rarely seen and they did not care about going near its haunts … They further described the ‘Jerrawerra’ as living in caves, and as ready to attack them [the Aborigines] whenever they saw them.”
The Jerrawerras were also described as having a slow gait and covered with hair.
While it appeared that not many of the local Aborigines had seen the creature, every man, woman and child solemnly believed in them.
And for anyone disbelieving of the Jerrawerra, they had one simple answer – go to the Jerrawerra’s haunt and see for yourself … and then you would believe.
The squatter’s encounter with a Jerrawerra
The correspondent then recounted a conversation he had had with a squatter who was well respected in the New England district and who was well acquainted with life in the bush.
“If I were to mention his name, it would serve as a guarantee anywhere for the authenticity of his assertions. It may be inferred he had seen and knew all animals of common occurrence throughout his district, and I may add, he was not of a temperament or of habits likely to conjecture imaginary beings from an overheated brain.”
As the two men were engaged in conversation, talk soon turned to the topic of the local Aborigines. The correspondent then asked his acquaintance whether he had heard of the Jerrawerra.
The squatter replied that he had heard of them, quite often, in fact. He then added that he believed that he himself had once encountered the Jerrawerra. This encounter was related in the article.
“He was travelling … to his own place; the sun had set, and night was closing in, but there was sufficient light to observe objects at a considerable distance. His track lay through a pretty rough unfrequented country, and just about this time he had to descend a hill for about 300 or 400 yards, at the foot of which was a small creek, with tangled scrub round and about it.
“When about half way down his horse pricked his ears, and exhibited unusual signs of interest in something ahead; this caused him to look particularly in that direction, and he saw what at the moment he took to be [an Aborigine], walking among the bushes. Thinking he was stalking some animal, he kept his eyes upon him as he approached. When within about 40 yards it quickly turned round, and, after gazing with astonishment at the man and horse it rushed into tho scrub that lined the creek, and was no more visible….
“He says it was of low stature, not 4 feet high at the outside; it was not a human being, and yet resembled no Australian animal so much as human kind. He added, if it was not a ‘Jerrawerra’ he did not know what else to call it, and ever after that evening he believed there was something more in the [Aborigines'] tales other than mere fancy. He never subsequently saw it, although frequently travelling over the same country, and said it would ever be a mystery to him.”
When the squatter arrived home to his station, he related his encounter to the Aborigines there and they immediately pronounced it to be the ‘Jerrawerra’.
The creature of Cunningham’s Creek
Encounters with a similar creature had also been reported further north in the sub-tropical hinterland of the New South Wales far north coast. On 17 May 1878, the Northern Star of Lismore published An Australian Man of the Woods.
“About thirty years ago a shepherd, in W. Suttor’s employ averred that he had seen a hairy man in a scrub north of Cunningham’s Creek, but the story was treated as childish. However, he persisted till the day he died that – it walked upright – and was covered with hair — and the dogs that hunted everything else ran back from this frightened with their tails between their legs.
“A few years ago young Tim Wring, a shepherd in Mr. Price’s employ, while his pot was boiling for dinner, saw something unusual walking through the scrub about five miles from where the first shepherd reported, but Tim could give no description, as he ran home for his life to be laughed at as a dreamer.
“Later still, in the last mentioned locality, Pat Wring, a younger brother, heard his kangaroo dogs bark from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. down the inaccessible cliffs. He intended to go and help to kill what he supposed to be an old man wallaroo, as the dogs could kill any other kind of marsupial.
“Pat’s surprise may easily be imagined when his eyes looked down on a hairy monster. Standing upright, a body apparently as round as a horse, arms as round as a man’s thigh, three claws on each foot It stood, to the best of his belief, about 4 feet high. The head resembled a pig’s, but turned upwards, and he threw into the air the only dog that ventured within its reach.
“When Pat was tired of looking on, and fearing the dog would be killed, as it fell on the rock about thirty yards away each time it was thrown up, he threw about 14 lbs. weight of a stone, which struck the mark without doing any damage. The animal was at the foot of the rocks on which Pat stood, and in two springs or strides, it sprang or strode in an upright position and then commenced to climb monkey-fashion.
“Pat saw no more, as he thought it was time to run for his life; he never looked back. His heart beat so audibly that he fancied it was the quick stamping of the strange thing behind him.
“The dog died shortly after, but not a hair of the strange creature could be found, though the dog’s hair and blood was plentiful on the rocks.
“We now hear that some [timber] splitters on the flat lands north of Cherry Tree Hill have become terrified by hearing unearthly screams or sounds at night. There are three caves in the vicinity of the above; into one of these the dogs never follow the rock wallaby.”
A modern encounter with Jerrawerra
In 2006, Catherine was riding her horse through the Megalong Valley in the Blue Mountains, when she came face to face with a similar creature. Was this the Jerrawerra?
“It looked sort of like a monkey, but more human,” Catherine told researchers Tim Healy and Paul Cropper. It was “smaller than a human, about four feet tall”. She described the creature’s body as “solid” and having “square shoulders”. It was very hairy, “dark brown, all tangled, like a shaggy dog that hadn’t been washed for a while”.
The creature had a “pushed in nose” and “two canine teeth that protruded over its lip”. She couldn’t see ears, because of the creature’s hair; she could see eyes, however not distinctly. It had long legs with three claws on its feet. In its hands it held something, “like a dead kangaroo, but smaller, like flesh, like it was skinned, inside out.”
This encounter sounds strikingly similar to that given by Pat Wring.
Source: Weird Australia
- DEATH FROM ABOVE DEPARTMENT -
Are Spacecraft Killing Antelopes In Kazakhstan?
Three years ago, 12,000 rare and endangered antelope carcasses were mysteriously found in Kazakhstan. Nobody knew what happened to them. Exactly one year later, people found 450 new dead bodies. No causes were found. Now, they have found another 1,000 corpses and nobody knows what is killing them yet.
But some scientists think they know the answer: a spacecraft killed them all.
According to ecologist Musagali Duambekov, the cause of the death of these antelopes—called saigas—may be the chemicals from launches at the Baikonur space-launch site in central Kazakhstan:
My personal opinion is that it is connected with human activity [and] that it is due to an anthropogenic factor. It could be from chemical elements left from space rockets that fly over this place, or from other chemical factors, such as the extensive use of fertilizers, which are very harmful.
These ones were found near the site of a recent Soyuz landing, which may suggest a potential connection. However, other scientists don't have it so clear yet. Officials at the Qostanai Oblast's Department of Forestry and Hunting are still looking for a cause. They don't rule out the spacecraft chemicals, but it may be something else.
The Chairwoman of the Saiga Conservation Alliance, researcher Eleanor Milner-Gulland, declares that it may just be a digestive disorder caused by forage that is too rich and wet:
What happens is that the females give birth and they are under great nutritional stress because they're producing milk and they've just given birth. So they seek out very rich pastures and that's why the females are particularly suffering. And then the babies tend to die later from starvation.
However, they are not ruling out a potential link to chemicals yet.
The saiga is a weird antelope living in the Kazakhstan steppe, near the Urals, and a small area of Russia. It used to live in North America too, during the Pleistocene. They are critically endangered.
- THE WORLD AND VENTURA COUNTY DEPARTMENT -
World Mourns the Death of Ray Bradbury
John Anthony Miller awoke Wednesday morning to news that his great friend and idol, author Ray Bradbury, had passed away at age 91.
"I'm devastated; I'm a little fragmented," said Miller, owner of the Phantom Bookshop in Ventura.
Miller had known Bradbury for more than 25 years. Bradbury came to his shop for book signings and such "so many times, I can't count; dozens and dozens probably." They became friends; in later years, Miller would read books to Bradbury, who considered him a son. "He told me that," Miller said quietly.
Bradbury, he said, "changed the way people thought."
"He was a major, major force in society," Miller said. "He was a true Renaissance genius. He's among the last of the great, grand writers of that era."
Reaction poured out from many corners of Ventura County, where Bradbury has strong ties and connections, including family members.
Miller said he is trying to establish a Ray Bradbury library and museum in Ventura, along Walker Street near the freeway.
"I consider myself one of the extremely fortunate ones to have known this great man," Miller said. "It's beyond words."
Miller had been in touch with Bradbury's daughter, Alexandra, on Tuesday night and knew Bradbury, who'd struggled with a stroke and a variety of ills in recent years, was in a hospital on a respirator.
"I had a funny feeling that this time something wasn't going to be right," he said.
Similarly, Ventura filmmaker Michael O'Kelly, who is doing a four-hour documentary film on Bradbury, had visited him late last week and got a similar sense.
"At that time, I thought it might be the last time I'd see him," O'Kelly said. "This is like losing a family member. He was an absolute sweetheart of a man. His love was immense."
O'Kelly had gone to Bradbury's home in Los Angeles to show him the trailer for the film, titled "Live Forever." O'Kelly hopes to have a 90-minute version out by November, and the full four-hour DVD sometime in 2013. Bradbury, he said, was "very passionate about and totally involved" with the film.
"We're going to go on with it," O'Kelly said. "It's going to be a wonderful memory of him, and for him."
Steve Brogden, services director of the Thousand Oaks library, where Bradbury spoke several times for fundraisers, the last in May 2009, noted that Bradbury championed libraries not only across the county but around the nation.
Bradbury told The Star in a 2006 profile story that he was too poor to attend college, "so I went to the library every day of my young life. I graduated from the library when I was about 28 years old. So there's no excuse for not getting a good education. It's all there in the library."
Brogden recalled Bradbury telling audiences that he wrote his classic "Fahrenheit 451" novel in the basement of the UCLA library, renting a typewriter for 10 cents per half-hour.
At one such event, a couple showed up with a bottle of dandelion wine, a tip of the cap to his same-named classic 1957 novel, and asked Bradbury to autograph it — "which, of course, he did," Brogden noted.
"He was just a wonderful man," he said. "He always had a twinkle in his eye. The theme always was love of life. He had such positive energy."
Thousand Oaks resident Carol Knowles knew the Bradbury family and helped arrange his appearances there.
"He touched lives of all ages," Knowles said. "He inspired young people to aspire to their dreams, with that philosophy of 'jump off a cliff and make it work on the way down.' I never met anyone who loved more what they did than Ray. I will be forever grateful that I met him."
Two of Bradbury's four surviving daughters, Ramona and Sue, live in Thousand Oaks, Knowles noted.
A painting of Bradbury by renowned book illustrator and local resident Carol Heyer hangs in the Thousand Oaks library. Bradbury, Knowles said, cried when he saw it and hung a print in his office.
"It was his favorite," Knowles said.
Source: Ventura County Star
- WAR OF THE AGES DEPARTMENT -
Aliens: Warriors in the Garden of Good and Evil?
By Diane Tessman
Once in a while, it hits a person, “Is it all a battle between good and evil?” Is the strange behavior of the aliens a component of the universal struggle to balance light and dark? UFO research finds itself immersed in this age-old question: “Are the aliens good guys or bad guys?” Reptilians in particular seem to take on an epic evil persona while ascended masters have nearly omniscient, omnipotent goodness – or so we humans perceive.
One individual swears aliens are cold, unfeeling bullies who are monsters from unknown space, or parasites and slave masters, from within Earth’s other densities.
Another individual says, “What is this guy talking about? My experience and the experiences of many others have been with peaceful, intelligent, enlightened beings who made such a positive difference our lives that we can’t even express it in words. They are showing us the way to our future!”
Two new books reminded me of this ongoing question which hovers over the UFO field. One of the new books is Laura Knight-Jadczyk's "The High Strangeness of Dimensions, Densities, and the Process of Alien Abduction."
This book comes from the point of view that the aliens in our skies and on Earth are of darkness. It gives the channeled information that the human race is being manipulated physically and spiritually by a race of malevolent, shape-shifting beings. They can manipulate time with ease, they control "the greys," and they live in what is known as the Fourth Density.
The other new book is "Extra-Planetary Experiences." It has the point of view that benevolent alien-human interactions mark a spiritual turning point in the person’s life, providing a loss of the fear of death, enhanced spiritual insights, a connection to cosmic consciousness, or increased motivation to be of service to humanity, and that alien contact is a helpmate to human evolution.
It is not my intent to re-create the content of these two books; they both are fascinating.
What strikes me is the polar opposite versions of aliens which these books illustrate; they echo the entire field of UFOlogy and our basic disagreement. That disagreement emanates partly from those of us who have had encounters; our encounters vary tremendously, running the continuum from an encounter of astounding enlightenment to an encounter filled with fear and darkness.
Is it one group of aliens who design encounters to run the gamut of human experience? Or are there different groups of aliens who vary tremendously in their motivation? I wonder if every kind of alien is even interested in capturing a human for an hour; it might have been interesting in 1947, but after all these years, it would seem the aliens might prefer to do something else.
It does seem a reasonable conclusion that there are many kinds of aliens visiting us from many sources and worlds. For one thing, the variety of craft in our skies indicates this fact. Some craft seem “nuts and bolts” while others seem ethereal and misty. Of course we can’t jump to the conclusion that the good guys are have ethereal-looking craft while the bad guys drive mini-Death Stars. It is too easy to apply human conclusions to something we really don’t have a handle on – yet.
The encounter of my own which I remember most clearly was aboard a nuts and bolts ship, or so it seemed. If I was in an altered state of consciousness, then all bets are off regarding reality as we know it, but I feel I was aboard a ship which was three dimensional at that time. My encounter was and has been a huge positive in my life, even though it led me on a different path than I might otherwise have traveled.
So if the aliens come from many different sources and worlds in our skies, why are they not at war with each other? How can beings of light and beings of darkness exist, at peace, in the skies of one small planet? I know there are reports, often channeled, of wars and dust-ups between different groups of aliens but there is no proof of this. I tend to be wary of the detailed science fiction-like stories which are spun.
If there is a group or groups of aliens who actually take blood or DNA from a specific ethnic group of abducted humans to carry forth some nefarious genetic project, all the while continuing to haunt said small group of humans in most-terrible ways, then certainly this group of aliens marches to a very dark drummer. I say “supposed” because I have never seen proof of this, either, and it is the opposite of my positive personal experience, but I do give due respect to the concept.
I worry, however, that our own human fear enters into the picture and clouds perception. What a tragedy if human fear throws a monkey-wrench into humankind’s bright future!
There is a video of two girls, about ages six and eight, who began to scream when a loveable little dachshund approaches them to be patted. The little dog backs up as the girls scream as if their lives depend on it. When the girls quiet down, the little dog approaches them again, tail wagging, and the girls began their high pitched, desperate screams again as they plaster themselves against a garage wall in utter fear.
The shock of being suddenly confronted with a species which you did not know exists, and which you thought could not exist – because no one is higher than a human – is enough in itself to alter the encounter experience.
On the other hand, some children would fall in instant love with a new little dog; if these children were to suddenly meet an alien, I suspect they would not fall into a state of fearful panic great enough to actually alter the experience itself. Of course, these children might read a more heavenly aspect to the dog than existed. The dog is “just” a nice little dog!
If the human does add fear or love to the strange experience, I feel it better to add love.
Am I being too simplistic? Fear is powerful. Love is more-powerful! I believe love is the most powerful force in the universe. I believe it can positively alter reality.
What about the cosmic battle between good and evil, then? Well, you should ask Luke Skywalker because none of the rest of us know. If UFO occupants are Jungian and/or quantum beings who manifest through the power of the human mass consciousness, then they might be warriors in the light vs. dark battle because we humans are warriors in that battle, too. We have been since we first appeared on Earth. And, we all have both in us – the light and the darkness. Of course all too often, one man’s light is the other man’s darkness.
The fear factor leads so easily to the hate factor, hatred of anything or anyone different. Any intuitively gifted person will agree that nothing is worse than fear entering the picture. For instance, 3 teenagers decide it would be fun to have a séance. Two of them will give it a try and move on, but the third teen, who becomes obsessed with the fear stimulation, constantly thinking scary thoughts and, lo and behold, a “legitimate manifestation of evil” takes place. Mindless fear, quickly followed by hatred, leads to a dark place.
Might this be the test the aliens are giving us humans? Perhaps the aliens are simply advanced beings, flawed but highly intelligent, and they wish to see, before making contact, if humans can get our negative emotions in check. These emotions lead to fear and hatred which the aliens fear, not wanting to be lynched, shot, nuked, or tarred and feathered. The aliens perceive human history and they have grave doubts about their own safety upon contacting humans with their intent of inviting us into the galactic community. Our technology is advanced sufficiently that we must to be approached these days by the galactic community.
The aliens must have highly advanced technology which probably involves computers. So perhaps as these aliens progressed, they became more logical and less in the epic, Biblical, God vs. Satan mindset. Maybe logical, advanced beings are perplexed by the epic drama of the human race as it runs the gamut from good to evil, all day every day.
The aliens are intrigued because they have observed that we humans are often noble, selfless, and giving; perhaps the aliens’ logic-mindset does not have these traits as often. Humans risk our lives to save another, we donate a kidney to a stranger, we take in a homeless dachshund and we love him, unconditionally. We give our homeless neighbor the shirt off our back (well, once in a while), and we chain ourselves to the giant Redwood lest the loggers cut it. We place our small boat between whales and the whaling ship, we know unconditional love for another individual, for other life forms, and for our planet. Humans have potential!
Personally, I do not believe any aliens are all-good or all-bad. Their degree of evolution shows me that they have found enough balance between the two to be able to break the surly gravitational bonds of their world, and travel to my world. They did not destroy themselves internally; they instead accomplished space/time/dimensional travel.
I feel the aliens seek the light, preferring not to be puppets of darkness, because, as astronaut Edgar Mitchell recently reminded us, they must be good guys because they have never fired on us, never wiped us out.
Stop and think about it: We take it for granted that the aliens have never fired on us and taken our world. But--this is a huge indicator of who they are!
It is said that “some abductees have disappeared forever.” I have not read a detailed, documented case of a missing person which is connected to a UFO sighting or something similar. There is the innuendo which leads us to a state of fear, but is there evidence?
Is the UFO phenomenon linked to the greater cosmic struggle between warriors of light and warriors of darkness? Does this struggle even exist? Do these warriors even exist, or is the galactic community simply a coherent group of intelligent and reasonably enlightened species who have reached the stage where they know each other exists, and there is usually cooperation among the many species? Not such an epic story, but I truly hope this is what it is all about!
However, there are wise people who have concluded that the light/dark battle and/or balance, does exist since time began (if “time” did begin), and that now the stage is Earth as the war goes on.
I do prefer a cosmos which is mostly in between. An alien might treat me coldly until I can communicate to him that I hurt just like he hurts. Perhaps we humans will be able to communicate that easily to the aliens when we stop hurting each other and when we stop chopping mighty, living trees, and stop experimenting on animals in the lab, and murdering what is left of the Gorilla Family.
Humans have been cruel and unfeeling to lab animals for centuries. If we are then treated similarly, perhaps it is an attempted lesson for us. Yes, rather condescending and cruel of the alien, but nonetheless, perhaps the aliens speak to us through concepts within the mutual field of consciousness, not in mundane specifics.
Earth is our garden; the universe will soon be our garden. It does seem both good and evil grow in the garden, within us, and with-out us. However, the garden is mostly a place in between. Each individual is on a journey; we are also on a journey as the human species. Most of the time, one does not encounter epic good or epic evil on this journey, but instead one strives daily for peace, justice, gentleness, and integrity. I feel most aliens are on a similar journey with similar goals. “Epic” seldom happens.
However, what is epic, is the day of disclosure! What is epic is the day we meet, face to face! It can’t happen soon enough.
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Source: UFO Digest
- THAT'S WHAT THEY SAY BEFORE IT HAPPENS DEPARTMENT -
"No Zombie Apocalypse" Says CDC
Following several disturbing incidents involving cannibalism that have set the internet aflutter with rumours of an impending ‘Zombie Apocalypse,’ the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement on Friday saying that there is no cause to fear the walking dead.
‘CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms), agency spokesman David Daigle told the Huffington Post.
This is not the first time the CDC has addressed zombies. In the past, the government agency has released several tongue-in-cheek warnings about the undead.
Now, however, the CDC decided to weigh in on the zombie question in earnest following a vicious attack that happened in Miami on Saturday, when Rudy Eugene, aged 31, was shot and killed by police while devouring the face of a homeless man.
The victim, 65-year-old Ronald Poppo, survived, but the incident has left his face horribly disfigured.
Eugene, who may have been high on drugs known as ‘bath salts’ at the time, seemed invulnerable to the bullets piercing his naked body until the moment he collapsed, police said.
On Tuesday, Alexander Kinyua, a 21-year-old student from Maryland, admitted to murdering his roommate, Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, and then eating his heart and parts of his brain.
Now, law enforcement officials are on the hunt for Luka Rocco Magnotta, a porn actor who allegedly killed and dismembered Jun Lin, a Chinese man believed to be his lover, and then raped and ate flesh from the corpse.
He packaged and mailed other body parts to political offices in Ottawa, Canada, the Daily Mail has reported.
The gruesome parade of crimes involving cannibalism has continued with a man in Sweden who allegedly cut off and ate his wife’s lips, followed by a story out of New York where a man chewed the ear off another man at a Staten Island restaurant.
It also has been reported that in New Jersey, a man stabbed himself multiple times in front of police and then threw pieces of his skin and intestines at them.
All of the ghoulish crimes of the past week have driven ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ up to the No. 2 spot on Google's list of trending search terms.
The site Gawker has added fuel to the fire by pointing to a ‘mysterious rash’ that broke out at a high school in Hollywood, Florida, as further proof that the walking dead are out there.
The CDC spokesperson dismissed ‘fictional viruses’ that can cause cannibalism in humans, such as Ataxic Neurodegenrative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome, which has been outlined by a Harvard University professor in a fake medical journal.
However, zombie-like characteristics have been observed in the animal kingdom. A newfound fungus in a Brazilian rain forest -- called Ophiocordyceps camponoti-balzani -- is known to infect an ant, take over its brain so as to move the body to a good location for growth, and then kill the host.
The fascination with the idea of corpses coming back to life to feast on the brains of the living is not new. In 1932, Victor Halperin directed ‘White Zombie,’ where Bela Lugosi played a voodoo master, setting the stage for eight decades of B-list horror films centering on flesh-eating ghouls.
The 1968 film ‘Night of the Living Dead’ has become a classic of the genre and a cult favorite.
Most recently, the zombies appeared on the small screen in AMC’s show ‘The Walking Dead,’ which has been favorably received by the audience and the critics alike, reanimating the classic horror theme.
Another interesting item, because of all the media attention to random acts of cannibalism, a growing number of stores across the nation are stocking their shelves with an unusual item – Zombie Bullets.
After the recent stream of disturbing news reports of people eating others' flesh, Hornaday Manufacturing has released bullets that promise to ‘make dead permanent.’
The ammunition, branded as Zombie Max offers Proven Z-Max bullets, is live ammunition, but is actually only intended for use on targets – not people.
Hornaday spokesman Everett Deger said that the company’s president has a love of zombie culture – including popular shows like the Walking Dead – and was inspired to make the bullets in honour of the cultural phenomenon.
‘We decided just to have some fun with a marketing plan that would allow us to create some ammunition designed for that…fictional world,’ he told the radio station.
Deger noted that the bullets are some of the ammunition company’s most popular products.
Police have suggested that the cannibal attacks could be caused by the use of a research chemical called MPDV, a synthetic stimulant that is often sold under the name of "bath salts."
Even though it is never a good idea to experiment with unknown drugs, it is possible that these man-made stimulants are being targeted by the government by using scare tactics of violent crime and zombies. This is similar to the 1930s media blitz against marijuana citing spurious news accounts of "pot heads" going crazy and murdering whole families with axes.
The DEA has been working for sometime now to pass new laws outlawing synthetic euphoric drugs. However, they have been only marginally successful due to public apathy about the subject. This may soon change now that the press has been eagerly reporting on any connections between synthetic drugs and cannibal incidents.
Source: The Daily Mail
- FIRST ZOMBIES, NOW VAMPIRES DEPARTMENT -
'Vampire' Skeletons Found in Bulgaria
Two medieval "vampire" skeletons have been uncovered near a monastery in the Bulgarian Black Sea town of Sozopol, local archaeologists announced.
Dating back 800 years to the Middle Ages, the skeletons were found with iron rods pierced through their chests -- evidence of an exorcism against a vampire. The ritual was aimed at preventing potentially dangerous people, such as enemies, murderers or individuals who died suddenly from a strange illness, from turning into vampires after death.
"The practice was common in some Bulgarian villages up until the first decade of the 20th century," Bozhidar Dimitrov, chief of the National History Museum in Sofia, told reporters.
The newly discovered skeletons are the latest in a series of finds across Europe. According to Dimitrov, over 100 skeletons, buried in the same manner, had been unearthed in Bulgaria only.
Vampires of the time were quite different from the aristocratic blood-sucking character depicted in Bram Stoker's 1897 Gothic horror novel "Dracula" and in innumerable Hollywood movies.
Indeed, the vampire legend originated from the disturbing appearance of decomposing bodies that had succumbed to the plagues that ravaged Europe between 1300 and 1700.
During those epidemics, mass graves were often reopened to bury fresh corpses and gravediggers would stumble into bodies that were bloated by gas.
Featuring a hole in the shroud used to cover their faces, these bodies showed individuals with their hair still growing, their teeth appearing through the shroud, and blood seeping out of their mouths.
In a time before germ theory, when the decomposition of corpses was not well understood, these individuals appeared like they were still alive, drinking blood and eating their shrouds.
Modern forensic science would explain that the shrouds were consumed by bacteria found in the mouth area, but at that time it was believed that these "shroud-eaters" were vampires who spread pestilence.
A stake in the heart and a stone wedged into the mouth would kill the undead creatures, while iron rods pierced through their chest would pin them into their burials to prevent them from rising from the graves and terrorizing the living.
According to archaeologist Petar Balabanov, who in 2004 discovered six nailed-down skeletons at a site near the Bulgarian town of Debelt, the vampire-slaying ritual had also been practiced in neighboring Serbia and across the Balkans.
Source: Discovery News
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