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 Some Thoughts on Bell-Shaped UFOs -  
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Cognitive Dissonance and the True Believer -
Is a Family Haunted By a Yiddish-Speaking Ghost? -
AND: California Sued to Prove Bigfoot Exists

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Occult Secrets Of The Third Reich
 
SHOCKING REVELATIONS DETAIL HITLER’S FASCINATION WITH OCCULTISM AND THE SUPERNATURAL

Some historians believe Hitler was uniquely evil, wicked beyond even the human capacity for wickedness. Many of the impressions regarding the Fuhrer’s involvement with “demonic forces” can be attributed to such pop culturebooks such as “Morning of the Magicians,” (1960) “The Spear of Destiny,” (1972) and even such works of cinematography magic as “The Raiders of the Lost Ark.” (1981) But what is the truth about the fire and fury surrounding the National Socialist movement which placed the “racially pure” Aryian race above the rest of the German population, as well as those citizens of other countries?

Much has been written regarding the notion that Hitler and his hand picked echelon of SS officers were deeply influenced by occult ritualism and tradition. For the first time, we present the best procurable proof of a Nazi Supernatural Connection that called for the collection and veritable “worship” of powerful artifacts that supported their insane racist agenda. That included a highly dangerous effort to rewrite the history books and “re-program” the German people so that they could establish that this seemingly bizarre Nazi agenda was truly the fulfillment of European mystery traditions as taught in some Secret Societies.

— ** It is said that Hitler possessed a religious artifact called the Spear of Destiny, believed to have been used to pierce the side of Christ as he hung dying on the cross. Hitler felt that the spear had come into his hands as a sign of his own destiny as the Antichrist as prophesied in the Book of Revelation and by Nostradamus.

— ** Did Nordic-looking “star people” really make contact with German scientists and weapons designers?

— ** Did some hidden race contact the Nordic beauties of the mediumistic Vril Society and provide them with the technology to travel through time and space?

— ** Did the Nazis search for and perhaps even rediscover long lost cities where Aryan gods were said to dwell, that the Nazis occult undergirding was superior to the “merely mortal” strength and firepower of their enemies?

Nothing Hitler did existed in a moral vacuum. His unfathomable cruelty seems to have sprung full-blown from the bowels of hell and was not just a product of human hubris and madness. This book will tell you why that is so from the perspective of several different authors.

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Some Thoughts on Bell-Shaped UFOs
By Scott Corrales

The year 2018 has kicked off with a flurry of UFO sightings (CE-1s, in the Hynek classification) in Argentina and Mexico, fanning hopes for a year of intense anomalous activity in both hemispheres. The efforts made by Luis Burgos and his team with the Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogía (FAO) are nothing short of heroic; the same can be said of Alfonso Salazar’s devotion to documenting the presence of anomalous objects that appear persistently over a specific part of his country: Mexico City’s International Airport (MCIA), whose case histories have become known to readers of INEXPLICATA over the past decade or so.

It is one of Mr. Salazar’s photographs – the most recent, taken only days ago – that prompted me to write this. Bell-shaped unidentified aerial objects are reminiscent of the early days of the UFO phenomenon and the first photographs that made their way to the magazines of the 1950s and 1960s. There appears to be a mystique surrounding these objects that goes back centuries – one that gives them the most winsome explanation one could imagine. "Their lofty position high in the air, amidst the clouds of heaven, and far from the din and turmoil of the earth beneath, gave them a strange charm in the eyes of the credulous, and as the state of the atmosphere and a thousand then unknown influences affected the sound of their vast masses of metal, the excited minds of listeners was prone to believe that they spoke in sympathy with men..." ("A chat on bells” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Volume 40, December 1869 to May 1870)

When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, the use of bells as religious instruments came into vogue, despite the fact that they had been employed for religious purposes for thousands of years as far away as China and India, where some truly impressive specimens existed. In the year 604, Pope Sabinian, appointed by the Byzantine court in Constantinople, recognized the importance of bells in the liturgy, and even the most distant communities in Europe began to adopt them. They are mentioned in the works Saint Caesarius of Arles (AD 513) as well as in the Benedictine Rule (AD 540). However, when restrictions on the use of these magnificent instruments appeared in the 8th century, forbidding the ringing of bells during the three days prior to resurrection, a curious belief circulated among Medieval peasantry to account for their silence - the that bells would leave their belfries and fly to Rome be closer to the Pope.

A charming thought, for sure. But was there something else at work? Bells were the source of a number of superstitions (most commonly that the sound of bells will bless the marriage and insure the happiness of newlyweds), but we also have stories of bells flying through the air at high speed, faster than the swiftest birds known to the Medieval mind. Even more suggestive folktales described bells flying low over the countryside, emitting a reddish glow and rumbling sound. The sudden manifestation of one of these "flying bells" was considered a bad omen.

In France, this belief survives in the old Easter tale of Floribert and Marguerite, the children of the local bell ringer, whose story took place one Easter week long ago. "As you well know," reads the fairy tale, "bells fly off to Rome to bring children eggs made of sugar and chocolate." Floribert asks his church bell to take him to see the Eternal City, and the bell agrees. In flight, "they saw other bells from unknown towns, also on their way to Rome. Floribert's own bell would move its clapper to engage its metallic kin in conversation. Upon reaching their destination, the bell deposited the boy outside the city walls, saying that it had to go 'to be blessed' and fetch Easter eggs."

The tale is accompanied by the following illustration, which bears the caption: "Here we see Floribert riding the Bell chasing the belfry’s rooster, heading off to Rome. Rome cannot be seen as it is still too far away. The Bell has no wings because Bells travel in the manner of balloons." (Source: Suplemento Ilustrado, La Nacion, Volume 2, 71-104. Buenos Aires: 7 January 1904)

As recently as May 1, 2014, a bell shaped UFO was photographed over Boise, Idaho - an image that can be found circulating on the Internet. A similar one visited Turkey in 1998, and still another was videotaped over Brisbane, Australia in 2015.

Were similar objects responsible for swaying medieval thought toward a belief in flying bells? Extraterrestrial visitors conducting a survey of a rather primitive world racked by barbarian invasions and famine, deploring humanity’s lot? Ultraterrestrials playing their timeless games with humanity, or perhaps even sinister, time traveling artifacts like the Nazi device known as The Bell?

We can speculate endlessly while we wait for our Easter candy.

Source: Inexplicata
http://inexplicata.blogspot.com/2018/01/thoughts-on-bell-shaped-ufos.html

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Cognitive Dissonance and the True Believer
By Brian Allan

A while back ago I wrote an article called 'The End of Days…Daze' which pondered on why the more obvious and blatant 'End Time's nonsense, the more outrageous the better, is eagerly snapped up and accepted by various groups of 'true believers'. I wondered why, what was the attraction? Why do you suppose that a disparate group of people who band together under whatever belief system, be it Ufological, religious or some other off-the-wall cult (although you could argue that they are part and parcel of the same thing) become convinced that they are correct even when they are repeatedly proven wrong? Before looking at the rationale and logic behind this phenomenon we should first look at a few groups that fall precisely within this category.

One of the prime contenders that absolutely typify this mindset originated in the tidal wave of UFO groups that began in the late 1940's early 1950's. They were originally called 'The Seekers', but later adopted the title (and this is much more impressive) 'The Brotherhood of the Seven Rays'. With a name like that it is likely that they attracted a wide range of members with a latent pseudo-mystical/quasi-religious bent. The group was founded in 1954 by a Chicago housewife, Mrs Dorothy Martin, although clearly aware of her own divinity she quickly adopted the name, 'Sister Thedra'.

Given her self-appointed mission this title better suited her views of both her abilities and place in the great scheme of things. She was what is commonly referred to as a 'channeller' and probably significantly had previously been involved with Ron Hubbard's system of Dianetics, which was and still is a technique developed to promote mental health. It should be stressed that this is not necessarily directly connected to Scientology, although it obviously has many close similarities. Given Dorothy Martin/Sister Thedra's background it is scarcely surprising that her group incorporated many techniques strikingly similar to those found in the Scientology movement.

Sister Thedra was considered blessed by her followers, mainly because she had (by her own admission) been chosen to receive messages via a mediumistic system called 'automatic writing'. This involves the person (who is invariably also either a medium or a channeller; although in effect there is little or no difference) falling into a slight trance and allowing themselves to become possessed by an external intelligence. The 'intelligence' then conveys its message onto a piece of paper via a pen or pencil, which is held in one of the channellers' hands.

At any rate the good Sister conveyed a series of apocalyptic messages she received from altruistic aliens on the distant planet 'Clarion' prophesying the imminent inundation of planet Earth by floods (evidently the first biblical attempt was not enough). This is a curious concept, since to inundate the entire planet there would have to be more water on it than was already there in the first place and the only way that might occur would be through global warming, something that was not even thought of at that time. There was even a date set: the early hours of the 21st of December 1954, very precise so you can't say fairer that that.

She must have touched nerve in some sections of the populace; (mind you there is always ready market among the gullible for this kind of outré stuff), and she attracted many devotees. The general idea was, as with many similar groups, Marshall Applewhite's 'Heavens Gate' was another, but considerably more tragic example, that the chosen few will be swept up in a flying saucer and taken to the home planet of their erstwhile saviours and as we will soon see there are still variants on this belief system around today. Such was their level of certainty of those who flocked to Sister Thedra that they abandoned secure jobs, left their wives and/or husbands and gave away their possessions in the knowledge that they would be saved.

However, (isn't there always a 'however'?), the predicted events did not happen. According to the channelled messages, just before midnight on the 20th of December a representative from Clarion would arrive at the house and lead the believers to the warm sanctuary of a spacecraft that would be conveniently parked nearby for boarding. Sadly, this representative did not appear: well, catastrophe, what to do? 4am came and went and there was still no courier/flight attendant had arrived, quite understandably the group was stunned and Sister Thedra began to cry and lament: but a solution soon (and conveniently) followed. At around 5pm yet another channelled message was received by the still weeping Sister Thedra; apparently God had decided to spare the Earth from destruction, because this little group had kept the faith and, quote, "spread so much light that He had saved the world from destruction"; much jubilation and joy ensued.

There are many other examples of this, although with no corresponding predictions of destruction, too many to detail here, but here are a few, 'The Industrial Church of The New world Comforter' and 'The Nation of Islam'. The Industrial Church of The New world Comforter was the 1973 invention of Allen Michael in response to yet another example of telepathic contact with UFOs. Michael, formerly known by the more prosaic surname of Noonan, had experienced at least two UFO contacts; one in 1947 and another in 1954 at the iconic Giant Rock (it stands seven stories high) in the Mojave Desert.

It should come as no surprise to learn that the rock stands on ground once leased by UFO contactee George van Tassel and has been the site of several UFO conferences. Michael also released his vision of salvation in a book entitled 'The Everlasting Gospel', which became the standard bible of his group, now styling itself as 'The One World Family'. We should bear in mind the almost seismic changes occurring during this period of the 1960's when the New Age had begun to take root and groups such as this sprang up like the macrobiotic food (including hallucinogenic mushrooms) that they consumed.

These groups are lightweights compared to the 'E-Bible Fellowship' from the United States (where else?) who loudly proclaim that Jesus Christ, presaged by violent earthquakes and great calamity, will return in all his glory on May the 21th 2011. It might be churlish to suggest that this group are obviously trying to upstage other End Times proponents who put the date a little later at the 23rd of December 2012. This group run by Chris McCann and the 89 year old Harold Camping, both avid Christian evangelical fundamentalists, insist that Jesus disowned churches and all they stood for in 1988 and when He returns it's no good heading to the nearest church for salvation because anyone who does is automatically doomed.

They base their alarming prediction on their own highly individual interpretation of the bible and Pastor Camping goes a far as to say, "Beyond the shadow of a doubt, May 21 will be the date of the Rapture and the day of judgment," Rather more enigmatically, in answer to those who pooh-pooh this idea as one among many end time prophecies, the equally certain Chris McCann says that. "It would be like telling the Wright brothers that every other attempt to fly has failed, so you shouldn't even try," It has to be said though that other fringe religious group are also joining the general furor about it and adding their collective voices to that of Pastor Camping in awaiting His return. 2008 has also been claimed as the beginning of the end when the first trumpet sounded with the crash of the US economy and the corresponding worldwide meltdown of financial markets. Strange is it not that money, the root of all evil, is seen as the precursor to the apocalypse, but then again this all starts with cynical affront of American evangelical and Pentecostal 'prosperity ministries'.

Typically they all are of the opinion that the return of Christ will herald 'The Rapture' when everyone reading this article will be doomed, but the thing is that even the Bible says that Christ will return at some unspecified point in the future and the Christian faithful of the W.A.S.P. (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) variety will be bodily raised into heaven. It is groups like the E-bible Fellowship who accept the Bible as the literal, revealed word of God rather than the mixture of history, allegory, metaphor, magick, gnosis and fable that it actually is. Unlikely as it might seem these believers are absolutely convinced that the idea of physical levitation is a given and when the End Times come and the Antichrist emerges, they, and they alone, will be raised up into the air to remain in safety while the rest of humanity suffers in what they call 'The Tribulation'. The number designated for salvation is, for reasons best known to the believers, remarkably specific at 144,000. They are always remarkably good at defining precisely who, when and what will occur.

They base their beliefs on the following biblical prophesy: Thessalonians 4:16-17 says, 'And the dead in Christ will rise first: then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord'. They see nothing odd or unusual about this, and actively embrace it as a received truth; in fact it draws a parallel with the Islamic belief that the faithful who die in the service of Allah will live forevermore in Allah's garden and every whim will be attended to by 70 beautiful virgins. Although one fate is rather more pragmatic and earthy than the other, they do both allude to war and strife as the backdrop of their salvation. Despite the fact that the ethos for both belief system is one of humility and peace, they do in fact feature war and combat in their structure, i.e. 'Onward Christian soldiers marching off to war' and of course the bloodthirsty and pointless (to us at least) religious battles of the crusades.

Continuing on the perverse themes of war and eventual salvation, shortly after The Tribulation comes Armageddon, when the armies of heaven battle the forces of Satan and the Antichrist on the plains of Megiddo in Israel. Once the forces of light win, and evidently this is another given that has abundantly clear supernatural and magickal overtones, and Satan is safely locked away, those who had been Raptured will return to live in a 'heaven on earth'. However there is still more to come and one thousand years after Armageddon, Satan escapes from capture and once again challenges the forces of light.

This time the earth itself is destroyed, but a new one descends from the heavens and at long last there is everlasting and eternal peace. After this mayhem with its precursor of mass levitations what was the mechanism that brought it all about? Unfortunately, as with the levitating saints, the answer is 'the power of God', which needs no explanation whatsoever. All of this seems to indicate that The Bible, instead of the revealed word of Almighty God, might equally be a treatise on magick, which in fact is exactly what it is.

The same is also true when one encounters the claims of levitation exhibited by those who are in the thrall of Satanic and/or demonic forces. It is a fairly standard ploy used in cinematic representations of demonic possession where the individual who is possessed is levitated into the air then set back down again. Logic suggests that the mechanism must be the same, but one is approved (the power of God) and the other is not, (the power of Satan). In both cases what is demonstrated is clearly an example of magick, but for some reason this is the word that dare not speak its name, although to mark the difference between the two powers, anything purporting to come from God might be referred to as 'white magick' and from Satan as 'black magick'.

The same is true in such influential fictional literary works as the 'Lord of The Rings' trilogy where there is a 'white wizard', Gandalf, and his evil (ergo 'black wizard') counterpart Sauron. The similarities between the Gandalf/Christ, Sauron/Satan imagery are also striking in that in his efforts to protect his flock he is initially killed by the forces of Sauron, but later returns in all his glory to vanquish the might of the dark empire. It is also notable that the forces of evil are portrayed as uniformly hideous and unspeakably brutal.

On the other hand those under the protection of Gandalf are seen as naïve, loyal, kindly and well meaning and backed up by elemental forces that for the most part are either semi or wholly magickal. Neither is it an accident that the name, Sauron, is chosen because of its obvious connection to the world of reptiles (saurians) and indeed Satan is often referred to as 'that old dragon'. In spite of these semantic considerations the only place that hard parallels like this can be made is in the world of allegory and fiction, because representatives of all the mainstream religions balk at the very thought that miracles, because of negative associations, could possibly be defined as magick.

Returning to UFO centered belief, there is a third order of phenomena which is rarely mentioned in this context and that is what supposedly happens during alien abduction scenarios when the abductee is 'levitated' into, presumably, non terrestrial spacecraft. This gives rise to serious consideration of alleged levitations attributed to saints and other assorted holy people and the claims made about the Rapture. This particular area tends to blur the boundaries between religion, magick and some of the more left field versions of Ufology where the believers are sure that levitation and the Rapture are a misinterpretation of their own technology based paradigm. These particular believers are sure that prior to 'the end' the human race will indeed be lifted up in its entirety (and not just a chosen few) from the face of the earth, but in a fleet of giant spacecraft.

These spacecraft are evidently already here on permanent standby and are currently parked in orbit around the moon, but they are 'cloaked' and therefore invisible. In this version of the myth, rather than the forces of darkness, viz. Satan and the Antichrist ranged against those of light, viz. Christ, there are two races of extraterrestrials fighting over the earth and its population. This is a hypothesis that, when one looks at it, runs accepted wisdom a pretty close parallel, the only differences are in the context and the end results are of course rather different. This version of events has the friendly ET's (blond, tall, blue eyed 'Nordics', a clear parallel with angels) in combat with the non-friendly ET's (nasty, reptilian beings, the comparison with demons is not difficult to make) over the fate of humanity. However, humanity is conveniently well out of the way aboard these truly gigantic spacecraft and the outcome is a forgone conclusion. The 'good' ET's defeat the 'bad' ET's and humanity either returns to the earth or travels with the 'good' ET's to their idyllic home worlds (heaven).

Rather worryingly, groups such as the poisonous 'Westboro Baptist Church', (membership around 100) which labours along under the spiteful rhetoric of Pastor Fred Phelps who describes himself as a 'primitive Baptist', hitches its scruffy dogma to the apocalyptic visions to the E-Bible Fellowship. Not only that, but a similarly narrow minded and vicious outfit calling itself 'The Rapture Right' has likewise decided that the end is nigh and only they will be saved. They won't of course because the End Times are not coming any time soon, unless the human race brings it about through its own stupidity. They are wrong, and they will be proven wrong, but they will still keep plodding on even more determined than before, why? It is called 'Cognitive Dissonance'.

This is a state of mind where one person, or a group of people, simultaneously maintains two competing and diametrically opposed opinions leading to absolute turmoil in their thought processes. To avoid this, as in the case of Sister Thedra and her cosy 'Brotherhood of the Seven Rays', when the prophecy dramatically failed she deflected it by channelling the message that all was well because God had stopped it happening. She could also have simply provided another date, but that too would have failed to materialise, so the best thing was to call the whole thing off. It should be noted that all of the followers had invested heavily in the prophecy by selling up their properties etc. so they could not afford to have the prophecy obviously fail; after all how foolish would they look? The other way around this is to recruit as many like minded individuals as possible to reinforce their belief, after all if they all think the same then it can't be wrong…right? Wrong!

An identical effect is seen when faith healers claim to heal the sick by supposedly using the power of God to heal, it does not matter what the illness is, cancer, MS, Parkinson's or whatever, God will heal it. The relief felt by the sufferer is almost always psychosomatic and transient in nature, but that does not matter because it's perceived as a miracle. When the condition manifests again, and it surely will, then the person suffering from the complaint simply did not have sufficient faith, hence the 'miracle' did not happen. Healers? No, shameless liars, charlatans and often thieves demanding 'donations' to carry on the 'Lords work'. Where cures are achieved (always for medical conditions, no arms or legs have ever been regrown) then perhaps the sufferer did not have any ailment in the first place, or perhaps they actually did cure themselves by some misunderstood mechanism, the placebo effect for example, who knows?

Unfortunately for the 'true believer' none of this will ever matter and they will continue quite happily on their deluded way falling for fast talking snake-oil salesmen promising them everything from miracle cures, to forgiveness and safety from the End Times that continually threatens the human race, but never quite arrives. As long as there are conmen (maybe some of them actually believe what they are preaching) out there, there will always be a ready and willing supply of dupes ready to buy into whatever is on offer. Maybe we actually need it and it's a instinct hardwired into us, a survival mechanism of sorts, and if it is be sure that someone out there will always be ready to exploit it for their own ends.

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Brian Allan has been writing articles and books embracing all kinds of paranormal, esoteric and Gnostic themes for over 25 years. Allan is also the editor of Phenomena Magazine, a FREE monthly publication that looks into the whole realm of the Strange, Profound, Unknown and Unexplained, delving into subjects of the Paranormal, Ufological, Cryptozoological, Parapsychological and Fortean Events.

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Mysterious Figure Photographed at Medieval Castle

A man is adamant that he has photographed a ghost after he spotted something very mysterious in his images of a medieval castle.

Jon Wickes, 50, was visiting the Eynsford Castle in Kent with his 12-year-old son, Harry, to help him out with his history homework.

However, when returning from the castle, Jon noticed an unexplained figure lurking in the background, shrouded in a black cloak.

Unsure of what the black shadowy man was, Jon enlisted a paranormal investigator as he had not noticed anyone around when taking the photograph and the expert claims there is 'no explanation' for the monk's appearance.

According to local legend, Jon claims a black monk has been spotted in the area before. In 1130, William de Eynsford, who held the castle for the Archbishop of Canterbury, allegedly retired to become a monk.

Jon, from Kent, said: "I was quite surprised when I first saw the picture.

"The strange thing was my little boy had history homework so that's why we went there. We only went to take a few pictures because he wanted to know how a castle was built.

"I saw the image with the figure in it and looked on the web. That's when I read about a monk being seen in area. I'm not really sure about that sort of the stuff.

"I asked a paranormal investigator what he thought and he went down there [last week] to check it out.

"When I showed my son he looked at it and just laughed, but because I was certain that figure hadn't been there when we took the picture, it was worth investigating.

"When I posted the image online on a paranormal group, there were suggestions that it was just a hole in the wall but someone has actually gone there to take pictures and confirm that's not the case."

Jon claims that, although he is unsure if the black figure is a ghost, he has had supernatural, unexplained experiences before, including being brought back to life in 1995.

Jon said: "I'm not sure if it's a ghost or not. I'm never really freaked out by that sort of stuff. At first, I wondered if it was just a trick of the light.

"Everyone who's seen it is interested in it because many think it is a ghost.

"I've had a few supernatural experiences in the past. I had a motorcycle accident in 1995 and died and was brought back to life. When I died, a strange thing happened.

 "I wouldn't say I've experienced a lot of ghostly goings-on but when I lay there and died, I saw my grandfather telling me to go back to the other side. You never know.
It might have been because I was on a lot of morphine."

Paranormal investigator, Alan Tigwell, decided to visit Eynsford Castle twice last Thursday to look at the layout of the castle and consider if the photos taken by Jon were likely to show a ghost.

The auditor believes 'there is no explanation for the figure in the picture' after spending time in the castle's grounds and the demonology specialist claims it is a 'fantastic' image.

Alan, 44, said: "I went to the site twice last Thursday – in the morning when it first opened and later on.

"The purpose of my visit was to ascertain whether there was anything within those walls to explain the picture.

"I've been investigating the paranormal for over 20 years. The difficulty with looking at things retrospectively is that it's impossible to say exactly what something is.

"All I can say is that there wasn't anything in the castle itself that could explain that
picture.

"Eynsford Castle is a medieval site and from what Jon's said, there is a legend about a monk being there.

"In terms of the history of the castle, there was nothing specifically about a monk living there that I could find but I do believe one of the families who owned it had a son who left to become a monk."

English Heritage, who manage Eynsford Castle, did not wish to comment.

Source: Daily Record
www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/dad-photographs-ghost-monk-medieval-11907283

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Are Parallel Universes More than a Figment of Our Imagination?


The movie The Golden Compass, adapted from the first volume of Pullman's classic sci-fi trilogy, "His Dark Materials" portrays various universes as only one reality among many, but how realistic is this kind of classic sci-fi plot? While it hasn’t been proven yet, many highly respected and credible scientists are now saying there’s reason to believe that parallel dimensions could very well be more than figments of our imaginations.

"The idea of multiple universes is more than a fantastic invention—it appears naturally within several scientific theories, and deserves to be taken seriously," stated Aurelien Barrau, a French particle physicist at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

There are a variety of competing theories based on the idea of parallel universes, but the most basic idea is that if the universe is infinite, then everything that could possibly occur has happened, is happening, or will happen.

According to quantum mechanics, nothing at the subatomic scale can really be said to exist until it is observed. Until then, particles occupy uncertain "superposition" states, in which they can have simultaneous "up" and "down" spins, or appear to be in different places at the same time. The mere act of observing somehow appears to "nail down" a particular state of reality. Scientists don’t yet have a perfect explanation for how it occurs, but that hasn’t changed the fact that the phenomenon does occur.

Unobserved particles are described by "wave functions" representing a set of multiple "probable" states. When an observer makes a measurement, the particle then settles down into one of these multiple options, which is somewhat how the multiple universe theory can be explained.

The existence of such a parallel universe "does not even assume speculative modern physics, merely that space is infinite and rather uniformly filled with matter as indicated by recent astronomical observations," Max Tegmark, a cosmologist at MIT in Boston, Massachusetts concluded in a study of parallel universes published by Cambridge University.

Mathematician Hugh Everett published landmark paper in 1957 while still a graduate student at Princeton University. In this paper he showed how quantum theory predicts that a single classical reality will gradually split into separate, but simultaneously existing realms.

"This is simply a way of trusting strictly the fundamental equations of quantum mechanics," says Barrau. "The worlds are not spatially separated, but exist as kinds of 'parallel' universes."

Partly because the idea is so uncomfortably strange, it’s dismissed as sci-fi by many critics. But there are also many credible, respected proponents of the theory—a group that is continuously gaining new adherents as new research unveils new evidence. Some Oxford research—for the first time—recently found  a mathematical answer that sweeps away one of the key objections to the controversial idea. Their research shows that Everett was indeed on the right track when he came up with his multiverse theory. The Oxford team, led by Dr David Deutsch, showed mathematically that the bush-like branching structure created by the universe splitting into parallel versions of itself can explain the probabilistic nature of quantum outcomes.

The work has another strange implication. The idea of parallel universes would apparently side-step one of the key complaints with time travel. Every since it was given serious credibility in 1949 by the great logician Kurt Godel, many eminent physicists have argued against time travel because it undermines ideas of cause and effect. An example would be the famous “grandfather paradox” where a time traveler goes back to kill his grandfather so that he is never born in the first place.

But if parallel worlds do exist, there is a way around these troublesome paradoxes. Deutsch argues that time travel shifts happen between different branches of reality. The mathematical breakthrough bolsters his claim that quantum theory does not forbid time travel. "It does sidestep it. You go into another universe," he said. But he admits that there will be a lot of work to do before we can manipulate space-time in a way that makes “hops” possible. While it may sound fanciful, Deutsch says that scientific research is continually making the theory more believable.

"Many sci-fi authors suggested time travel paradoxes would be solved by parallel universes but in my work, that conclusion is deduced from quantum theory itself."

The borderline between physics and metaphysics is not defined by whether an entity can be observed, but whether it is testable, insists Tegmark.

He points to phenomena such as black holes, curved space, the slowing of time at high speeds, even a round Earth, which were all once rejected as scientific heresy before being proven through experimentation, even though some remain beyond the grasp of observation. It is likely, Tegmark concludes that multiverse models grounded in modern physics will eventually be empirically testable, predictive and disprovable.

Source: The Daily Galaxy
http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2008/11/parallel-univer.html


- OY, SUCH A GHOST YOU WOULDN'T WANT DEPARTMENT -


Is a Family Haunted By a Yiddish-Speaking Ghost?

Usually, reports of alleged paranormal events feature people who suspect that their house is haunted, or believe that they’ve seen a UFO or received a signal from a long deceased relative. Rarely, however, is the main focus of such a report a Yiddish word.

But that’s just what happened recently in Phoenix, Arizona, when Rudy Calderon saw an inscription on his bathroom wall in a language he couldn’t read. As he explained in a Facebook post seeking help and advice, the unknown word appeared on the wall after the family had experienced several weeks of strange occurrences in their house.

“We’re stumped as to why it’s happening now,” he told the website AZCentral. “The reason I went to social media is because I’ve never experienced anything like this before.”

Their odyssey began with the unexplained disappearance of a miniature plush Santa Claus. Soon other objects started to vanish. When the family left to go shopping, they returned to find that all of their kitchen drawers had been thrown open, despite the fact that nobody had been in the house and its doors remained tightly locked. The Calderons suspected that they were the victims of a nasty series of pranks.

Several days after the incident with the kitchen drawers, both of the family’s bathrooms simultaneously flooded. Shortly afterwards, Calderon discovered the strange inscription on the wall that someone (or something) had written in charcoal. After he posted a video on Facebook, someone responded that the mysterious writing was the Yiddish word for “danger.”

Since nobody in his pious evangelical family knows the Hebrew alphabet, let alone Yiddish, Calderon believes that the only possible explanation is that a supernatural force is haunting his family’s home.

He is currently seeking the services of a priest to wash the wall and bless the home with holy water.

Dr. Diane Goldstein, a professor of folklore at Indiana University who studies the ways in which Americans think about alleged paranormal incidents, told the website that such incidents are fairly widespread. She noted, however, that this was the first case of which she was aware that included a Yiddish inscription.

Calderon told the news site that the family hasn’t called police because they don’t have any hard evidence that someone has broken into the house.

“What would we tell the police? Things are moving around?” he asked.

Source: Forward
https://forward.com/culture/392184/arizona-haunting-yiddish-word-for-danger-on-wall/

- ATTACK OF BIRDZILLA DEPARTMENT -

Experts Try to Identify Mysterious Bird Flying Around S. Texas

More sightings of a huge flying creature, originally reported by KENS, have prompted an investigation to determine if it is a monster or myth.

"Even though it was dark, the thing itself was black. The blackest I'd ever seen," said Frank Ramirez.

Years ago, Ramirez thought he was after a prowler in the back of his mother's Southwest Side home. But what greeted him on the garage rooftop still gives him goosebumps now.

"That's when the thing up there turned to me, and it was in a perched state, and it started to turn," he said. "It started to move its arms and this giant blackness was just coming out. At that point, I dropped the stick and I ran."

Ramirez sketched a drawing of the large, bird-like creature. The image is disturbing, and similar to dozens of sightings across San Antonio and South Texas.

"If you were to take a man's face and pull his chin down, just like a stretched face," said Ramirez.

"I was just terrified and as I was running. I just thought it was going to carry me off or something."

An earlier KENS story about a large, prehistoric-like bird drew more than 100,000 hits on MySanAntonio.com. More than a few people in San Antonio came forward to say they'd seen the creature, too.

One woman contacted KENS by e-mail, saying that because of our story, she now knows she's not crazy.

KENS caught up with cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Gerhard recently wrote a book, called "Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters" on the large, dark birds.

"When investigating mystery animals, it's important to point out that there are vast areas of land, even here in South Texas, that remain uninhabited," said Gerhard. "If an animal like big bird does exist, it certainly needs some habitat, somewhere to hide."

The Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge has 88,000 acres, and the marshes and prairies are home to 413 species of birds, but no flying pterodactyls.

"Raptors of all kinds, from hawks to falcons, come throughout. Our most common is the Harris Hawk, " said Park Ranger Stacy Sanchez.

But even Sanchez admits that blogs spiked with reports this summer of something.

"People were posting about a very large, raptor-like bird, and they were talking about an 18-to-20-foot wingspan. I don't know ... It's kind of a myth," said Sanchez.

Critics say where's the proof? Eyewitness testimony without a feather or other body of evidence leaves these stories as they are — just stories.

"We know that it's rare, and we know that this area's been pretty popular hangout in the past," said Gerhard.

Gerhard has been installing cameras in Harlingen, where Guadalupe Cantu wants his big bird sighting documented and validated.

Back in San Antonio, Ramirez has mounted an outdoor light to keep the creature at bay.

"I know what I saw. It took me more than a week to step out of this house. I wouldn't step foot out of this house," said Ramirez. "It had this very, very horrible demeanor-look on its face. Like I was lunch," he said.

The Giant Thunderbird Returns

Stephen Wagner, of Paranormal.about.com put together an excellent overview of sightings of mysterious, enormous birds that have been seen soaring through the skies and in the past they've even been blamed for snatching children from the ground.

A gigantic bird has been sighted in Pennsylvania. On the evening of Tuesday, September 25, 2001, a 19-year-old claimed to have seen an enormous winged creature flying over Route 119 in South Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The witness's attention was drawn to the sky by a sound that resembled "flags flapping in a thunderstorm." Looking up, the witness saw what appeared to be a bird that had a wingspan of an estimated 10 to 15 feet and a head about three feet long.

This is the most recent sighting of an incredible creature - most often considered a myth - known as a "Thunderbird." Sightings of these gigantic birds, apparently unknown to science, go back hundreds of years and are a part of many Native American legends and traditions. They have even been blamed for abducting, or attempting to abduct, small children. And now they seem to be soaring through the skies of Pennsylvania.

On September 25, the witness told researcher Dennis Smeltzer, that the huge black or grayish-brown bird passed overhead at about 50 to 60 feet. "I wouldn't say it was flapping its wings gracefully," the witness told Smeltzer, "but almost horrifically flapping its wings very slowly, then gliding above the passing big rig trucks."

The witness observed the creature for about 90 seconds in total, even seeing it land on the branches of a dead tree, which nearly broke under its great weight. Unfortunately, no other witnesses saw the bird on this date and no tangible evidence could be found for the bird after the site was searched.

What makes this story more interesting, however - even plausible - is that other sightings of similar description were reported in Pennsylvania in June and July, 2001.

On June 13, a resident of Greenville, Pa. was startled by the great size of the grayish-black creature seen soaring overhead, at first thinking it was a small airplane or ultralight aircraft! This witness observed the bird for at least 20 minutes, clearly seeing its fully feathered body and confidently estimating its wingspan to be about 15 feet and its body length at about 5 feet. This bird, too, was seen to perch on a tree for at least 15 minutes before taking to air again and flying off toward the south. A neighbor of this witness claimed to have seen the creature the next day, describing it as "the biggest bird I ever saw."

Less than a month later, on July 6, a witness in Erie County, Pa. reported a very similar sighting, according to an item in Fortean Times magazine. Again, the creature's wingspan was estimated to be 15 to 17 feet and was described as "dark gray with little or no neck, and a circle of black under its head. Its beak was very thin and long - about a foot in length."

These were not the first sightings of Thunderbirds in Pennsylvania, as you'll read later in this article. And if these reports are accurate, these birds are the largest flying creatures not yet identified by science. By comparison, the largest known bird is the wandering albatross with a wingspan of up to 12 feet. The largest predatory birds - which the Thunderbird is most often likened to - are the Andean condor (10.5-foot wingspan) and the California condor (10-foot wingspan).

Centuries-Old Legend

The legend of the Thunderbird reaches back hundreds of years as part of the mythology of several Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes region. And the legend might have remained strictly a part of those cultures had not the great winged creature been seen countless times by the "white man" over the centuries.

According to the Native American myths, the giant Thunderbird could shoot lightning from its eyes and its wings were so enormous that they created peals of thunder when they flapped.

Tall Tales or Crypto Creature?

There are many tales of the Thunderbird that are more recent than the Native American legends. The animal is almost always listed in the catalogs of cryptozoologists' mysterious creatures, and although the Thunderbird has been sighted on numerous occasions, a credible photograph or video of one has never been produced, and one has never been killed or captured... except perhaps once.

A tale comes out of the Arizona Territory desert about two cowboys who encountered the giant flying creature in 1890. As cowboys are wont to do, they took careful aim with their rifles at the amazing creature and blasted it from the sky. According to an article in the April 26, 1890 edition of the Tombstone Epigraph, the cowboys and their horses dragged the lifeless monster into town where its wingspan was measured at an incredible 190 feet and its body measured at 92 feet long. It was described as having no feathers, but a smooth skin and wings "composed of a thick and nearly transparent membrane." Clearly, their description more readily resembles a pteranodon, pterosaur or pterodactyl than a large bird.

Most paranormal researchers consider this story to be a good example of Old West creative writing on the part of the newspaper. But there may be a hint of truth in it. In 1970, a man named Harry McClure claimed that he knew one of the cowboys when he was a small boy. The real story, as the cowboy told the youth, was that the creature they shot at had a wingspan of 20 to 30 feet. They did not kill the Thunderbird, however, and returned to town only with their fantastic story.

One more intriguing element to this anecdote is that a photo was supposedly taken of the great creature, held up with its wings spread by several townspeople. Remarkably, many people recall seeing this photograph printed in Fate, National Geographic or Grit magazine, or in some book about the Old West, but as yet this photo has not been produced.

In his book Unexplained!, Jerome Clark lists many more sightings, including:

    * In the early 1940s, writer Robert R. Lyman spotted a Thunderbird sitting on a road near Coudersport, Pennsylvania. It soon took to the sky, spreading its 20-foot wingspan.
    * In 1969, the wife of a Clinton County, Pa. sheriff saw an enormous bird over Little Pine Creek. She said its wingspan appeared to be about as long as the creek was wide - about 75 feet!
    * In 1970, several people saw the gigantic bird "soaring toward Jersey Shore [Pa.]. It was dark colored, and its wingspread was almost like [that of] an airplane."
    * In 1948, several witnesses along the Illinois-Missouri border sighted a condor-like bird about the size of a Piper Club airplane.

Abductors of Children

The most terrifying stories about giant birds is that they occasionally attempt to carry away small animals and even children. This item appeared in the July 28, 1977 edition of the Boston Evening Globe:

CARRIED OFF
10 year-old Marlan Lowe and his mother Mrs. Ruth Lowe claim that one of two large black birds with eight-foot wingspans tried to carry Marlan off in its claws Monday evening in Lawndale, Illinois. Although several birds experts say that no bird native to Illinois could lift 70 pound Marlan. Mrs. Lowe say that Marlan was carried 20 feet before the bird dropped him when he struck the bird with his hand. (UPI)

Despite what the "birds experts" say, why would a mother make up such an incredible story that would certainly expose them to ridicule?

In September of the same year, in Burlington, Kentucky, a small dog was the victim of a similar abduction attempt. This item appeared in the September 2, 1977 edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer from a report by the Associated Press:

A five-pound puppy remains in critical condition today while wildlife experts try to decide whether it was attacked by an American Bald Eagle. Mrs. Greg Schmitt, Rabbit Hash, Ky., said the beagle was snatched from her farm and dropped in a pond 600 yards away. Mrs. Schmitt said she did not see the incident but that a 7-year-old neighbor boy did. He said it was a "big bird" which took the puppy skyward. The veterinarian, Dr. R. W. Bachmeyer, of Walton, Ky., said wounds on the puppy might have been caused by talons.

In this case, it seems to have been assumed that the predator was a bald eagle, but could it have been a Thunderbird?

Other abduction stories include that of a 42-pound five-year-old girl named Svanhild Hansen who in June, 1932 was carried away by a "huge eagle" from her parents' farm in Leka, Norway. The giant bird carried her for more than a mile, the report stated, after which it dropped her unharmed on a high mountain ledge.

In 1838, another five-year-old girl was snatched from the slope of the Swiss Alps, where she was playing, by an eagle that carried the child to its nest. Unfortunately, the girl did not survive the ordeal, and her badly mutilated body was discovered some two months later by a shepherd. The eagle's nest, subsequently found, was said to contain several eaglets surrounding "heaps of goat and sheep bones."

Source: KENS 5 Eyewitness News
www.mysanantonio.com/news/kens5/iteam/stories/MYSA111507.bird.kens.7e017e4.html

- CAN'T WE SETTLE OUT OF COURT DEPARTMENT -

California Sued to Prove Bigfoot Exists
By Caley Ramsay    

An Alberta man is part of a group of people petitioning a California court to recognize the existence of the sasquatch.

A lawsuit was filed with the State of California on Thursday. Todd Standing, who is originally from Edmonton and studied at the University of Alberta, said he intends on bringing forward “overwhelming” evidence to prove the sasquatch is indeed a species and that it exists in the wild in California.

“There’s a date set so we’re going in with PhDs, with wilderness experts beyond myself, with wildlife biologists, with fingerprint experts. We’re going to prove so beyond a reasonable doubt that this species exists,” Standing said from California Friday morning.

“When we prove that and we’re successful, the species will be recognized as an Indigenous wildlife species and then fish and wildlife — in California, in Canada, in the United States, everywhere — will have to start recognizing this species and studying them, doing biological surveys.

    “We can’t lose. How can we lose?”

Standing said he has DNA and hair samples that prove sasquatch not only exist in California, but in British Columbia and Alberta as well.

Standing, the man behind the Netflix documentary Discovering Bigfoot, has focused his research on the Pacific northwest and said an area near Nordegg, Alta. has seen particularly frequent sasquatch activity.

“Half of my evidence in from Alberta,” he said. “I’ve had lots of success in Alberta but I have one particular research site north of Nordegg… We’ve had live interactions with sasquatch there.”

Standing encourages any naysayers to join him on an expedition and said he will prove to anyone that the sasquatch exists.

“Don’t take my word for it. Come out with me and I will show you a sasquatch in the field,” he said. “I challenge you to come out on an expedition with me in Alberta, in your own backyard, I will show you a sasquatch.”

In a statement Friday afternoon, Alberta Fish and Wildlife told Global News it does not keep any statistics related to sasquatch sightings in the province.

Standing’s American colleagues have a hearing date set in California on March 19. The Alberta researcher is working on similar legal action in B.C. and Alberta.

    “It blows my mind it’s taken this much time for society to accept this species exists.”

According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, the sasquatch is “a creature whose existence is suggested, but has not yet been confirmed by the scientific community.”

The encyclopedia describes the sasquatch as a “large, ape-like creature that lives primarily in the forests stretching from the West Coast of British Columbia to Northern California, and to a lesser extent throughout North America.” The encyclopedia says sasquatch have been described as being up to nine feet tall, weighing up to 800 pounds and having footprints that measure up to 50 centimetres.

Source: Global News
https://globalnews.ca/news/3976676/alberta-man-california-sasquatch-lawsuit/

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