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Of The Darkness: UFO Revelations And The
Arrival Of The Mysterious Planet X
OUR PLANET IN GREAT JEOPARDY?
ANSWER MAY ARRIVE IN THE FORM ON AN UNKNOWN
OBJECT HURTLING TOWARD US FROM THE DARKNESS OF
Doomsayers have long predicted the end of
humankind and the demise of our planet itself,
either over an extended period or possibly in the
twinkling of an eye. Such predictions go back
centuries and – of course – none of these End Times
prophecies have come true. It’s gotten to the point
where such foreshadowings are being disdainfully
ignored, and rightly so. Literally hundreds of books
were written about the end-all date of December 21,
2012, and the arrival of the mysterious Planet X – a
date that came and went uneventfully and without a
ripple in the cosmic fiber. Earth is still here and
many an embarrassed author has had to eat crow.
But are we out of the woods? Is Planet X or some
other unknown body rushing out of the darkness,
capable of blindsiding us without any advance
warning? If so, what is the nature of such an
unprovoked “attack” and when is it likely to occur?
PSYCHICS AND UFO PROPHETS OFFER SHOCKING
REVELATIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF HUMANKIND
Here are literally dozens of predictions
regarding the future destiny of Earth …The possible
mass landing of spaceships from other worlds and
other dimensions. The possibility of an evacuation
in the “nick of time.” Situated in various countries
around the world are highly sensitive earthlings who
are able to “tune in” to the wavelengths of these
alien beings and actually act as sort of a “radio
receiver” in picking up messages that are being
“beamed” from beyond our atmosphere. The predictions
of such “channelers” are uncannily similar.
If trials and tribulations lay just ahead, how can
they be minimized? Is it possible that at least some
of us may avoid such disastrous consequence as
continents sink beneath the oceans and volcanic
eruptions pollute the air? Though there may be a
form of universal judgment day coming, our cosmic
counselors have provided us with methods to
negotiate the situation so that a minimum of us are
ARE WE ABOUT TO ENTER A NEW DAWN OF COSMIC
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- CTHULHU HAS AWOKE DEPARTMENT -
Strange Lights Spotted by Pilot In Pacific Ocean
A pilot and his co-pilot have spotted a mysterious orange and red glow over the Pacific Ocean.
strange lights were spotted south of the Russian peninsula Kamchatka
during the flight of a Boeing 747-8 from Hong Kong to Anchorage, Alaska.
while no explanation has yet been given, it's thought that they may
have originated from the explosion of a huge volcano under the surface
of the ocean.
Dutch pilot JPC van Heijst explained on PBase how,
five hours into the ten-hour flight, they spotted an intense flash of
light like a lightning bolt, directed vertically up in the distance.
This was then followed by a deep red and orange glow 20 minutes later.
And the experience left van Heijst somewhat perturbed, owing to the lack of an explanation for what happened.
night over the Pacific Ocean, somewhere South of the Russian peninsula
Kamchatka I experienced the creepiest thing so far in my flying
career,’ he said.
There were no thunderstorms on their route or weather-radar, suggesting the lightning did not originate in a storm.
glow is also a mystery; similar lights have been spotted from
squid-fishing-boats, but van Heijst says this ‘would not make sense in
‘The closer we got, the more intense the glow
became, illuminating the clouds and sky below us in a scary orange
glow, in a part of the world where there was supposed to be nothing but
water,’ he continued.
‘The only cause of this red glow that we
could think of, was the explosion of a huge volcano just underneath the
surface of the ocean, about 30 minutes before we overflew that exact
He was then nervous of encountering an ash-plume in
the middle of the night, but fortunately they did not encounter
anything of the sort.
Before the flight they had heard via radio about earthquakes in Iceland, Chile and San Francisco.
despite their being a few volcanoes on their route, they had had not
been alerted to any new activity - although this doesn't necessarily
include unseen underwater volcanoes.
Together with his
co-pilot van Heijst says they felt ‘everything but comfortable’, while
no other aircraft were nearby to confirm the sighting.
reported our observations to Air Traffic Control and an investigation
into what happened in this remote region of the ocean is now started,’
‘Now I'm just hoping that if a new island has been
formed there [from the eruption], at least it can be named after me as
the official discoverer.
‘That would be pretty cool!’
the pilot posted his story, many theories have attempted to explain
what these strange lights were. Among some of the more common theories
are those suggesting that the lights were caused by fleets of fishing
vessels or light pollution from a distant city, but van Heist doesn't
believe those explanations fit with what he saw.
"A distant city
or group of typical Asian squid-fishing-boats would not make sense in
this area, apart from the fact that the lights we saw were much larger
in size and glowed red/orange, instead of the normal yellow and white
that cities or ships would produce. The closer we got, the more intense
the glow became, illuminating the clouds and sky below us in a scary
orange glow. In a part of the world where there was supposed to be
nothing but water."
Indeed, it does seem unlikely that in
the location stated (seen below) a city could be behind lights as
bright as the ones captured in the pilot's photos. The nearest land is
quite some distance away and an experienced pilot would be well aware
of any significant urban populations across his flight path.
(Photo by JPC van Heijst)
Source: The Daily Mail
- NOTHING EVER CHANGES IN THE WORLD OF THE PARANORMAL DEPARTMENT -
The Never-Ending Battle Between Believers and Debunkers
By Sean Casteel
it possible to literally “speak” to the dead? Can a gifted medium
actually help us to converse with a loved one who has passed on? The
supreme logician, Arthur Conan Doyle, believed it IS possible, while
his rival, the magician Harry Houdini, decried the practice as a cruel
fraud. Read the story of their sometimes bitter feud in “Revealing the
Bizarre Powers of Harry Houdini.”
Did Houdini possess
supernatural powers he kept hidden from the world, even his wife? Were
his seemingly impossible feats of magic and escape really a product of
bizarre, otherworldly gifts and not mere stagecraft? Who was the
angelic “voice” who guided him through the public displays of his
amazing defiance of immutable physical laws?
Budd Hopkins and
Philip Klass, both now deceased, fought a grudge match over the truth
behind alien abduction that lives on today and was much like the debate
between Doyle and Houdini over Spiritualism. What are we to learn from
such hard-fought battles over the crucial truths of phenomena we can as
yet only dimly understand? Which side will be proved right when the
answers are finally known?
Escape artist Harry Houdini and
Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle are what people used to call
“household names,” personages so familiar and instantly recognizable
that they require almost nothing by way of introduction. What some may
be less familiar with, however, is the fact that they were not only
contemporaries of one another but also intimately acquainted rivals.
They differed greatly on the subject of Spiritualism, specifically the
practices of mediums who conducted séances and claimed to be able to
speak to the dead.
Surprisingly, it was Doyle, whose fictional
detective relied on the keenest logic to solve crimes, who believed
that spirit contact was real and that the dead could communicate from
the “other side” through a skilled and genuine medium. Meanwhile,
Houdini, the master of deception and sleight of hand, quite strenuously
decried the Spiritualist movement and its medium minions as cruel
charlatans who exploited the grief of the living and led them to
believe they could converse with souls who had passed over.
the newly updated book from Global Communications, entitled “Revealing
the Bizarre Powers of Harry Houdini,” publisher Timothy Green Beckley
writes in his introduction that Doyle and Houdini had initially been
good friends but their disagreements over Spiritualism put an
uncomfortable strain on their relationship. Doyle professed to have
actually caught Houdini deceiving an investigating committee from the
prestigious magazine “Scientific American” into believing that one of
the best documented mediums of the time was fraudulent. Houdini never
admitted to his part in the deception, and the rift between the two men
In an even more interesting twist, Doyle became
convinced that Houdini’s own secret supernatural powers played an
essential role in the latter’s feats of escape and magic. According to
Doyle, Houdini achieved something in his performances that could not be
accomplished by even the most supremely complex trickery of a mere
mortal. Houdini must have possessed some kind of mysterious paranormal
ability that he covered with tales of standard human stagecraft.
Houdini did confess at one point to hearing an angelic voice in his
head that guided him through his often extremely dangerous escape
performances. He added that he once tried to do a performance without
his angelic companion and had fallen quite badly. He never tried to go
Such an extreme and even bitter rivalry between
believer and debunker is nothing new to the UFO community. The
divisiveness within the ranks of UFO enthusiasts is bad enough, but
even more rancorous is the ideological battle between those who make
the leap of faith that UFOs are real, for any number of personal
reasons, and those on the outside who devote a great portion of their
time trying to prove the opposite case.
As a journalist, I was
witness to one such rivalry. I refer to the acrimony between the late
abduction research pioneer, Budd Hopkins, and his opponent in the
boxing ring of truth, the late Philip Klass. On more than one occasion,
Hopkins told me that Klass did a great deal of psychological damage to
some of the abductees Hopkins worked with. Hopkins said that the
emotional and mental state of abductees is a very fragile thing,
especially when they first begin to explore, under regressive hypnosis,
what has happened to them. There are also usually issues of trust that
arise which sometimes prove to be insurmountable. A person in such a
delicate state of mind, Hopkins said, does not need to be told that
they are essentially suffering under a delusion and that the researcher
working with them is deluded as well. This condemnation of abduction
research as so much misguided craziness was the gist of the message
Klass proclaimed in his books and media appearances.
I spoke to Klass, he portrayed himself as the true friend of the
alleged abductees, hoping to deliver them from the clutches of the
wicked, self-serving abduction “experts.” Klass argued that the
abductees were simply emotionally disturbed individuals who did not
deserve to be misled by wild, unfounded stories of aliens and
spaceships. It was comparable, he said, to a person who needed delicate
brain surgery but turned to the local butcher for help instead.
Meaning, of course, that the butcher/abduction researcher would
clumsily make the damage even worse as he hacked away with his knives
and bloodied his apron.
For his part, Hopkins, who was known
to all as a dapper, sophisticated member of the New York
intelligentsia, would sometimes unleash a long string of curses
whenever Philip Klass was mentioned. The hostile emotions ran deep in
Hopkins in that regard and Klass most likely had similar moments
Doyle and Houdini’s mutual disregard may not have
been as overt, but they nevertheless publicly opposed one another on
many issues surrounding Spiritualism until they passed away. The
updated book, “Revealing the Bizarre Powers of Harry Houdini,” begins
with a 35-page section, written by Doyle himself, in which he recalls
with some affection the good qualities he saw in Houdini, including his
impressive, manly courage and heartfelt concern for the poor, to whom
he often donated large sums of cash. Houdini even paid the rent on an
indefinite basis for people he hardly knew and once outfitted some 500
impoverished, barefoot children who had attended one of his
performances with brand new boots. Doyle said Houdini so deeply loved
his late mother and was devoted to his wife with such intensity that
Doyle felt it must reflect some Jewish part of Houdini’s character.
Today we recognize this as blatant “reverse discrimination,” but for
Doyle it was a sincere attempt to praise his friend, who was not
governed by what the non-Jewish Doyle called “our colder Western
“So much for his virtues,” Doyle writes. “And most of
us would be very glad to have as goodly a list. But all he did was
extreme, and there was something to be placed on the other scale. A
prevailing feature of his character was a vanity which was so obvious
and childish that it became more amusing then offensive. This enormous
vanity was combined with a passion for publicity which knew no bounds
and which must at all costs be gratified.”
It was that thirst to
be constantly in the public eye which drove Houdini’s campaign against
Spiritualism, Doyle theorizes. Houdini knew the public took a keen
interest in the subject and that there was unlimited publicity to be
had from it. Houdini continually offered large amounts of money to any
medium that could prove, to Houdini’s satisfaction, that he or she had
genuine supernatural abilities. Since Houdini could always dream up
some objection or say some condition hadn’t been met, he was never in
any real danger of having to pay the money at all.
Doyle’s opening section is quite a fascinating portrait of the Houdini
he knew, the real meat of “Revealing the Bizarre Powers of Harry
Houdini” is the reprint of the escape artist’s own book, a thorough and
complete debunking of the Spiritualists of his time. It is a skillfully
written uncovering of the many frauds in the field and their fraudulent
tactics, including illustrations that explain such deceptions as false
tables and trick shoes worn by fake mediums that were used to produce
the rapping sounds that otherworldly spirits allegedly employed as
their method to communicate with the living.
In fact, there
are many illustrations throughout “Revealing the Bizarre Powers of
Harry Houdini,” such as classic photos of Doyle and Houdini and
reproductions of newspaper articles from that long ago time, the early
years of the 20th century, as well as dramatic photos of the mediums
that Houdini so vociferously denounced.
Both Houdini and Doyle
argue persuasively for their respective points of view in the pages of
“Revealing the Bizarre Powers of Harry Houdini,” and the reader may
feel that it is not easy to choose which of them to believe. It may be
even more difficult to decide whether or not to agree with Doyle’s
opinion that Houdini was a gifted medium himself who hid the knowledge
of his preternatural powers from the world, his wife, and other
intimates, although his rabbi hinted of such uncanny abilities when he
eulogized Houdini at his funeral. But, as with all the books published
by Global Communications, the joy is in our wondering and pondering
over the possibilities and not in having so-called “final answers”
thrust upon us.
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- HISTORIES MYSTERIES DEPARTMENT -
The Riddle of the Sphinx and Its Controversial Answer
By Paul Darin
say the Great Sphinx of Egypt is thousands of years older than it is
commonly held to be, a point of controversy that has rippled through
the archaeological community for decades.
In the early 1990s,
Boston University geologist Dr. Robert M. Schoch was the first to rock
the boat, starting those ripples, when he announced that the Sphinx
might date back to 5000 or 7000 B.C., predating dynastic Egyptian
“In 1990, I first traveled to Egypt with the sole
purpose of examining the Great Sphinx from a geological perspective. I
assumed that the Egyptologists were correct in their dating. But, soon
I discovered that the geological evidence was not compatible with what
the Egyptologists were saying,” said Schoch on his website.
and historians commonly believe that the Sphinx was built during the
reign of Pharaoh Khafre. Khafre, also known as Pharaoh Chephren,
allegedly commissioned the construction in 2500 B.C.
the geologic evidence seems to point to more remote times. The Sphinx
is carved from the bedrock at the site and the site consists of the
Sphinx body structure as well as the bedrock walls of the enclosure
“I found heavy erosional features that I
concluded could only have been caused by rainfall and water runoff,”
Schoch continued. “The thing is, the Sphinx sits on the edge of the
Sahara Desert and the region has been quite arid for the last 5000
Schoch was fortunate to have several nearby structures
solidly dated to the Old Kingdom period of ancient Egyptian history to
which he could compare the Sphinx. These structures had definite
examples of wind and sand erosion which differs quite noticeably from
He concluded that the Sphinx must date to a
much older period. The Sphinx, he said, may date anywhere from 5000 to
9000 B.C., when the area yielded much more rainfall.
upon closer inspection, Schoch believes that Pharaoh Khafre had the
Sphinx refurbished as it was incorporated into his funeral complex, at
which time the Sphinx was already thousands of years old. The Sphinx
may have received other alterations throughout the dynastic era of
“It is clear to me that the current head is not
the original head. The original head would have become severely
weathered and eroded. It was later re-carved during dynastic times, and
in the re-carving it naturally became smaller,” Schoch said.
He suggested that in its original form, the Sphinx may not have been a sphinx at all, but may have been a lion.
these findings shocked many scientists, historians, and Egyptologists
who claimed there is no evidence for a civilization in Egypt that could
have built the Sphinx so far back in time. Since the early 1990s,
however, several other archaeological sites have been uncovered that
predate known civilization. One such site is Göbekli Tepe in Turkey,
which dates to approximately 9000 B.C.
Source: Epoch Times
- UFOS AND THE MEDIA DEPARTMENT -
Weird, Wired World of Ufology
By Timothy – “Mr UFO” – Beckley
me tell you “radio” sure as hell has changed from when I was a kid. A
lot of stations went off the air at sunset and your choice of music or
talk was severely limited. You couldn’t choose from rap, or Reggie and
classic rock was decades down the road, as Led Zeppelin wasn’t around
to take you to Heaven yet and Ozzy’s bat still had its head intact. You
had to settle pretty much for the Make Believe Ballroom or some Top 40
station playing Frankie Valli hits. Talk was a bit better. There was
more local programing than today.
Every major market had its own
“king of the airwaves.” The first show, circa 1950, I know
of that relied heavily on UFOs was hosted by a reputable newsman
Frank Edwards who had a nightly program on the Mutual Radio Network
sponsored by the American Federation of Labor. Edwards, who later wrote
Flying Saucers Serious Business (probably the best selling UFO book of
all time) had read an article in True magazine by Major Donald E.
Keyhoe and was so impressed that, he started to pepper his broadcast
with UFO news which turned out to be exceedingly popular with the
public. This may be one of the few active links to an Edward’s
long before Art Bell, came the granddaddy of
paranormal/UFO broadcasting. Long John Nebel was a lanky 6 foot 4
pitchman who worked the Jersey Shore auction circuit and was
ultimately “discovered” by a sales manager from WOR, a 50,000
watt powerhouse station that could be heard across 30 states.
Nebel broadcast seven nights a week from midnight till 5, from a
studio just off Time Square.
Nebel was the first
commentator to utilize the telephone in order to take calls from
listeners, though initially only John’s portion of the conversation
could be heard over the airwaves. He simply repeated the questions.
Later, a seven second delay was created and low and behold
history was made as the listener calling into the show in the dead of
night could be heard from their homes. The two way conversation was
At times Long John’s program was a true Three Ring
UFOlogical Circus as the likes of Jackie Gleason – an immense UFO buff
( his personal library on UFOs is housed in the University of Miami)
but a skeptic as far as the early flying saucer contactees were
concerned – battled it out with the likes of George Adamski,
George Van Tassell, Orfeo Anguelucci and others who claimed to have met
long haired Venusians and professed to have traveled to
other planets. It was a UFO era unto itself and one that is hard
to dismiss even if only for nostalgic reasons. Nebel had a huge
listener base that ran from the mid 1950?s till his passing from cancer
in April 1978.
Here LJ and panel members speaks with Ray Palmer
UFO publishing pioneer and co founder of Fate magazine and Richard
Shaver a “science fiction” writer who maintained that there was a race
of mutant cave dwellers who were abducting humans for
sadistic purposes and using them as slaves. Shaver also
maintained that these menacing cavern dwellers, the Dero, were in
contact with vast fleets of space ships coming to earth to ransack our
planet of gold and other minerals. Shaver’s paranoid ravings caused a
great deal of controversy and even Life magazine devoted part of an
issue to the topic of the inner earth. Many UFO buffs even today accept
Shaver’s contention that flying saucers have set up shop either inside
the planet, or at least in underground bases occupied by aliens. .You
are free to reminisce at this link with this interview recorded
in 1956 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTGYlTXpcpc
the main thrust of this column will be the current state of UFO
podcasting and trending YouTube videos, very month I will
link to at least one older program that might be lurking around
in a hidden, dusty, archive somewhere. Why should today’s
contemporary UFO researcher miss out on the opportunity to hop
aboard the UFO time machine and go back to yonder days, when the
pickings of UFO shows on the airwaves might well have been
equally as ripe as today’s choices.
No one listens to more UFO
oriented programing than I do. My lap top is always buzzing away with
an archived show in the day time while I work on the latest Conspiracy
Journal, and when I retire to my loft bed at night my Kindle
usually is tuned in to either Clyde Lewis’ Ground Zero
http://www.groundzeromedia.org/listen-to-ground-zero/ for the latest
conspiracies, and later to Coast to Coast AM if they have on a
guest speakCoasting about UFOs or the equally bizarre. I listen
intently to KHVH-AM which streams the show out of Honolulu. I like this
station because C2C is repeated twice and I can listen till about
9 AM the next morning (Eastern) till the regular day time program
starts up (boo!). Normally, I fall asleep and wake up several times to
hear choice tidbits from George Noory or George Knapp.
been a regular guest on probably over a thousand shows since around
1964. I have even produced a couple of paranormal programs. I always
have a great new guest up my interdimensional sleeve for some
supportive UFO host. The late Kevin Smith really was a busy man. Most
UFO podcasts are broadcast once a week. Kevin who died of a heart
attack recently produced a nightly program.. Got to appreciate how much
work that involves. I wish his show was archived out there in the
galaxy somewhere. I did find an interview with Kevin at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/prophecykeepers/2013/10/22/the-late-kevin-smith-cherokee-talk-show-host-ufo-warrior
I invited a gentleman who is an historian by profession, but who just
happens to have spent the last 6 years investigating a remarkable
series of UFO “crash” landings outside Kingman, AZ that took place in
1953. This is one of those early Roswell-like incidents which has
largely been ignored and thought to have been a hoax. Harry Drew says
it is anything but, and has provided some incredible documentation that
this incident is not a fabrication. He says there are over a dozen
locals who witnessed the events, and tells of the
remarkable way in which the military carted away the objects, and an
incident in which several survivoring Ultra-terrestrials where being
kept in protective custody in the sheriff’s highly secure underground
bunker only to vanish with the heavy door securely locked. This
is a really titillating podcast and you can beam in on it now at www.theouteredgeradio.com
* * * * *
out our first edition of the Weird, Wired, World of UFOlogy I can’t
help but highly recommend The Outer Edge hosted by Tim R. Swartz and
Michael Mott every Sunday at 9 PM West Coast time and midnight Eastern.
In the past year or so, they have managed to interview many
credible researchers who have not been over exposed like Tessa
Dick the wife (number five) of the late, great, Sci Fi writer Philip K.
Dick (Blade Runner, Total Recall, etc) who had some really
peculiar – damn right oddball – encounters with a strange woman who
appeared at his door and beamed a pink ray at him which infused his
mind with incredible information, proving, he says the existence of a
Well that’s it for now. If you host a podcast a
YouTube channel let me hear from you by sending me a link and telling
me a little about your show. firstname.lastname@example.org is the place to send it
with PODCAST in the subject line for easy identification.Mr UFOs Secret Files
Source: UfologyPrss Blog
- WEIRD IRELAND DEPARTMENT -
"Ghost of Little Girl" Photographed at Loftus Hall
A tourist who visited a notorious haunted mansion in Ireland believes he may have photographed the ghost of a little girl.
Beavis, 21, from Lewisham, made the spine-tingling discovery as he
flicked through his camera on the drive home from Loftus Hall in
He took the snaps for his mother while on a tour with
his friends – but captured what could be the spirit of little Anne
Tottenham and the spooky face of an old lady in a window next to the
He told Metro.co.uk: ‘I only really looked at the photo while we were driving home – I was actually stunned.
‘We were all feeling a little edgy from the tour but when I showed the photo to my friends we freaked!
zoomed in on all the windows to find this girl in the window. I had to
take some time before I showed it to everyone just because I didn’t
really understand what I was looking at.’
Stories suggest that the Tottenham family moved into the mansion around 1766.
But the youngest, Anne, fell ill after an encounter with a demonic spirit.
She was shunned by her family and locked away in a room in the huge estate until she died.
first glance the holidaymaker thought it was someone’s reflection, but
on closer inspection he noticed that the suspected ghost is looking the
opposite way to those outside the house.
Mr Beavis added: ‘I got
chills, and still do. The girl could be the spirit of Anne Tottenham
still walking around Loftus Hall. It could have been some strange
occurrence because of a supernatural power, but I don’t know.
‘Normally I am a guy that believes in what he sees, but with this, I still don’t understand what’s going on in that photo.’
- STRANGE MASS SICKNESS DEPARTMENT -
Hundreds of Girls in Colombia Struck by Mystery Illness
Colombia – A mystery illness has overwhelmed a small town in northern
Colombia as scores of teenage girls have been hospitalized with
symptoms that parents fear could be an adverse reaction to a popular
vaccine against cervical cancer.
Authorities say they still
don’t know what caused more than 200 girls in El Carmen de Bolivar to
come down with symptoms ranging from fainting to numbness in the hands
and headaches. Some have hinted that the town of 95,000 near Colombia’s
Caribbean coast could be experiencing a rare case of mass hysteria.
are on edge however because all the girls, ranging in ages from 9 to
16, were injected in recent months with the vaccine Gardasil. On
Wednesday, residents marched peacefully to demand a thorough
Francisco Vega, the town’s mayor and a trained
physician, told The Associated Press that illnesses first appeared at
the end of May and have been steadily increasing since. Over the
weekend 120 girls were rushed to hospitals, collapsing the town’s
limited medical facilities. None of their symptoms were
life-threatening and all have since been released, he said.
the assurances of national health and toxicology experts, who have
travelled to the town to collect blood samples and investigate possible
environmental hazards, he said there’s no evidence the vaccine, which
has undergone extensive testing and regulation globally, is to blame.
Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria is criticizing hyped coverage by the
media for stirring panic, saying concerns about their vaccine, which
has been applied to 2.9 million women in Colombia, are baseless.
one side we have the weight of scientific evidence and on the other are
opinions and moral prejudices,” he told W Radio on Wednesday, adding
the cervical cancer claims the lives of more than 3,000 women every
year in Colombia.
Veronica Trulin, head of communications in
Latin America for Merck, said all lots of the vaccine, including the
ones sent to Colombia, meet all required quality and safety standards.
“We don’t comment on speculation about our products,” she said in an email.
similar happened in July at the Yanagawa High School in the Fukuoka
Prefecture of Japan, when 26 girls fell ill at the same time.
started when one girl suddenly shrieked and fell to the floor. Two
other students from the same class suffered the same incident, followed
by more children from other classes who came to examine the girl. Some
of the students turned pale, and had authorities thinking what this
mystery illness could be.
The school immediately canceled
all classes and let 26 afflicted children go home. After this, Vice
Principal Shigemitsu Mori released an official statement:
“We don’t know why such an incident happened, but we need to take good
care of the students. I’ll talk to them more to find out what happened.”
incident went viral on social media, with theories such as a mass
demonic possession, before psychiatrist Rika Kayama revealed that the
students actually suffered a group panic attack.
“The only thing you can do [to avoid the recurrence of such incidents]
is to distance yourself from people and topics that triggered such
incidents. Rumors spread quickly in today’s society, through Twitter
and other means, raising the possibility of panic attacks.”
Source: Global News
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