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- Pentagon's Secret UFO Project and Britain’s Roswell -
- Government Accidentally Releases "Psycho-Electric" Documents -
- Legendary Arkansas Monsters -
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THEY ARE BELIEVED BY MANY TO BE THE AGENTS OF THE “DARK GODS!” – THEIR MASSIVE WINGS, WHEN SPREAD FANLIKE, ARE KNOWN TO CAST A PARALYZING SHADOW OVER THE LAND!
THEY EXIST ALONGSIDE US IN THE “REAL WORLD,” YET WE KNOW NEXT TO NOTHING ABOUT THEM!
THEY APPEAR TO INHABIT PHYSICAL BODIES, BUT THEY COULD BE ARRIVING FROM OTHER DIMENSIONS OR THE MULTI UNIVERSE THROUGH “WINDOW” AREAS OR PORTALS!
They are the winged wonders from the Twilight World of Cryptid creatures.
*Living Pterosaurs have been seen from Guantanamo AF Base in Cuba to the jungles of Papa New Guinea where the locals call them the “Ropa.”
*They are the Flying Felines of the Egyptian dynasties to the Greek Heroes living in underground caverns on Mount Olympus.
*Here is the Mothman Creature, initially seen around the hamlet of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and associated with the collapse there of the Silver Bridge – but now recently observed by dozens of credible witnesses in downtown Chicago. Some researchers say Mothman is a harbinger of death.
*The Jersey Devil is said to be a demon who flies near the Pine Barrens mainly in the dead of night, while the Thunderbirds are massive creatures with wingspans of more than 30 feet.
*Dragons are thought of as beings rooted firmly in mythology and the stuff of movies such as “The Hobbit” and popular cable TV shows such as “Game of Thrones.” Yet sightings of these aerial demons known to spit fire have been seen worldwide and are part of every culture – past and present – from Europe to the United States, and every continent in between.
*Even more eerie are the flying and floating “alien” humanoids and witchy “brohaus” observed widely in Mexico and South America.
Here are dozens of the creepy-crawly narrations – backed up by the strangest of photographed evidence – of bizarre and unknown flying cryptids who frolic in our sky as if they have not a care in the world. Theories abound as to their origin(s) and nature and their overall grip on our perceived reality, as explored in this dramatic work by such respected researchers as Sean Casteel, Brad Steiger, Paul Eno, Allen Greenfield, Lon Strickler, Tim Swartz, Scott Corrales, Hercules Invictus, Jonathon David Whitcomb, Albert Rosales, Paul Dale Roberts, Steve Ward, Nomar Slevik, with the added editorial flare of “Exploring the Bizarre” co-host Tim Beckley.
Are they demons straight from hell or from an unknown shadow world? Ultra-terrestrials who have strayed into “our territory” from another time and space continuum? Or simply prehistoric monsters thought to have died out millions of years ago, but who still exist living just beyond our reach, ready to be rediscovered by science? Whatever they are, they are truly BIZARRE!
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Pentagon's Secret UFO Project and Britain’s Roswell
A Pentagon top-secret project investigating UFO reports could have groundbreaking information that solves “Britain’s Roswell”.
So says Nick Pope who investigated the strange phenomenon for the Ministry of Defence.
The massive Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) also explored reports of flying saucers.
Since it was exposed last year, three videos have shown bizarre enouncters with pilots and inexplicably-fast aircraft.
And Mr Pope believes AATIP could solve the famous Rendlesham Forest incident on Boxing Day December 1980 in Suffolk.
Two members of the US Air Force (USAF), John Burroughs and Jim Penniston from the nearby Bentwaters and Woodbridge bases, went to investigate a suspected civilian plane crash.
They stumbled upon an unknown craft displaying strange “hieroglyphic symbols”, which accelerated away at high speed after they touched it.
The UFO was briefly tracked on radar and reportedly returned two days later and fired beams at air force crew and a “sensitive area” of the Woodbridge base, according to Mr Pope.
The former MOD expert said: “When the story about the Pentagon's secret UFO project first broke, there was an intriguing reference to AATIP having a dossier detailing the best UFO cases from around the world.
“Apart from Roswell, the Rendlesham Forest incident is the best-known UFO case in the world, so it's logical it would be in AATIP's dossier, especially as the Rendlesham witnesses were US military personnel.”
Mr Pope said that all Freedom of Information requests for details on AATIP’s work have been rejected on national security grounds.
"The Special Relationship between the US and the UK remains strong, but there's been very little intelligence-sharing about UFOs," said Mr Pope.
Mr Pope claimed that an MOD assesment talked about what kind of "novel military applications" could come from UFOs.
"Governments – even allies – are in competition with each other over this, and don't want to give their game away," he said.
He believes that the X-Files type investigations of the Pentagon project could have answers about mystery radiations associated with flying saucers.
He said: “In a later MoD intelligence assessment of the UFO phenomenon more generally, my colleagues looked again at Rendlesham, and their final report contained the bombshell sentence ‘the well-reported Rendlesham Forest/Bentwaters event is an example where it might be postulated that several observers were probably exposed to UAP [Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon] radiation for longer than normal UAP sighting periods'.
“I’d be intrigued to know what information AATIP has about this, and what they concluded.
“In parallel with analysing videos of military jets chasing UFOs – like the three that have already been released – AATIP seem to have looked at the physiological effects of UFOs on people who had extremely close encounters, as was the case at Rendlesham.”
The radiation could come from an "exotic energy source and/or propulsion system", some have suggested.
An ex-military intelligence officer Luis Elizondo, who ran AATIP, recently made an astonishing claim about the technology behind UFOs.
He revealed that scientists concluded the craft can effectively create their own time-space bubble, which allows them to fly at such incredible speeds.
While the US government said AATIP was closed in 2012, Elizondo claimed he worked on the highly-sensitive project until October last year.
He said he resigned over “excessive secrecy and internal opposition”.
With the project potentially still running, Mr Pope hopes the answers to Rendlesham could finally emerge 40 years later.
He said: “We're not too far from the 40th anniversary of what's been called Britain's Roswell, and I hope the Rendlesham witnesses – Charles Halt, John Burroughs, Jim Penniston and others – are finally going to find out what happened to them.
“It would be ironic if the answer to Britain's most famous UFO mystery was lying in a government file somewhere, not in the MoD, but in the Pentagon.”
Mr Pope has written the book Encounter Rendlesham Forest based on interviews with the two witnesses Burroughs and Penniston.
Source: Daily Star
- OOPS, DID WE DO THAT DEPARTMENT -
Government Accidentally Releases "Psycho-Electric" Documents
By David Grossman
The government has all kinds of secrets, but only a true conspiracy theorist might suspect that "psycho-electric weapons" are one of them. So it's odd that MuckRock, a news organization that specializes in filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with state and federal government bodies, received mysterious documents about mind control, seemingly by accident.
Journalist Curtis Waltman was writing to the Washington State Fusion Center (WSFC), a joint operation between Washington State law enforcement and the federal government to request information about Antifa and white supremacist groups. He got responses to the questions he asked, but also a file titled “EM effects on human body.zip.”
EM stands for electromagnetic. What you are looking at here is “psycho-electronic” weapons that purportedly use electromagnetism to do a wide variety of horrible things to people, such as reading or writing your mind, causing intense pain, “rigor mortis,” or most heinous of all, itching.
Now to be clear, the presence of these records (which were not created by the fusion center, and are not government documents) should not be seen as evidence that DHS possesses these devices, or even that such devices actually exist. Which is kind of unfortunate because “microwave hearing” is a pretty cool line of technobabble to say out loud.
At least some of the images appear to be part of an article in Nexus magazine describing a 1992 lawsuit brought by one John St. Clair Akewi against the NSA. Akewi claimed that the NSA had the "ability to assassinate US citizens covertly or run covert psychological control operations to cause subjects to be diagnosed with ill mental health" and was documenting their alleged methods.
Nexus was, and still is, an Australian magazine focused on the unexplained, conspiracy theories, alternative medicine and the like. It covered Akewi's case in 1996 but was unable to get Akewi to discuss it further: "I tried ringing Mr Akwei to find out what was the out-come, if any, of his court case. He firmly but kindly told me that he could not speak about anything to do with the case over the phone and hung up," reads an editor's note at the end of the article.
Other material seems to come from a person named “Supratik Saha,” who is identified as a software engineer, the brain mapping slide has no sourcing, and the image of the body being assaulted by psychotronic weapons is sourced from raven1.net, who apparently didn’t renew their domain.
The federal government has absolutely experimented with mind control in a variety of methods, but the documents here do not appear to be official.
Waltman had no idea why these documents were included in his request and isn't sure why the government is holding them. The WSFC did not respond to requests for more information.
Source: Popular Mechanics
- YOU WILL DO WHAT I SAY DEPARTMENT -
Electronic Control of the Human Mind
By Tim R. Swartz
"We need a program of psychosurgery and political control of our society. The purpose is physical control of the mind. Everyone who deviates from the given norm can be surgically mutilated. Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electrically control the brain. Some day armies and generals will be controlled by electrical stimulation of the brain."
Dr. Jose Delgado - MKULTRA Researcher
Doctors have long recognized that the human brain can be influenced by a myriad of outside influences. Yet few people realize that the brain can be manipulated by such things as bright, flashing lights, to implants, microwaves and other "beamed" electronic sources. Because of this evidence, the stereotypical image of the mentally ill person who complains that the government is beaming messages into their brain, might not be so far-fetched after all.
There were three scientists who pioneered the work of using an electromagnetic field to control human behavior. The three were Dr. Jose Delgado, psychology professor at Yale University. Dr. W. Ross Adey, a physiologist at the Brain Research Institute at UCLA, and Dr. Wilder Penfield, a Canadian.
Dr. Jose Delgado was a pioneer of the technology of Electrical Stimulation of the Brain (ESB). While giving a lecture on the brain in 1965, Dr. Delgado said, "Science has developed a new methodology for the study and control of cerebral function in animals and humans."
Dr. Delgado was able to achieve a type of mind control with the assistance of a device he named a "stimoceiver," a miniature electrode capable of receiving and transmitting electronic signals by FM radio that could be placed within an individual's cranium. Once in place, an outside operator could manipulate the subject's responses. This electronic apparatus was the forerunner of the more sophisticated computerized devises that are used today.
Delgado demonstrated the potential of his stimoceivers by wiring a fully-grown bull. With the device in place, Delgado stepped into the ring with the bull. The animal charged towards the experimenter - and then suddenly stopped, just before it reached him. The powerful beast had been stopped with the simple action of pushing a button on a small box held in Delgado's hand.
In 1966, Delgado asserted that his experiments "support the distasteful conclusion that motion, emotion and behavior can be directed by electrical forces and that humans can be controlled like robots by push buttons."
The records on MKULTRA subproject 94, dated November 22, 1961, echo's Delgado's statements: "Miniaturized stimulating electrode implants in specific brain center areas will be utilized. The feasibility of remote control of activities in several species of animals has been demonstrated. The present investigations are directed toward improvement of techniques and will provide precise mapping of the useful brain centers. The ultimate objective of this research is to provide an understanding of the mechanisms involved in the directional control of animals and to provide practical systems suitable for human application."
Following the successes of Delgado's work, the CIA set up their own research program in the field of electromagnetic behavior modification under the code name Sleeping Beauty. With the guidance of Dr. Ivor Browning, a laboratory was set up in New Mexico, specializing in working with the hypothalamus or "sweet spot" of the brain. Here it was found that stimulating this area could produce intense euphoria in the human brain.
Since that time a number of people have come forward claiming that they are the victims of electronic mind control experiments; people such as Robert Naeslund, who says that during an operation in 1967, the Swedish Security Police implanted a radio-transmitter/receiver into the frontal lobe of his brain. What makes Naeslund's story stand out is his proof which consists of a number of X-rays that clearly show the presence of "foreign objects" deep within his brain.
In his 198-page book "Cybergods," Naeslund writes: "In Sweden, as far back as 1946, at Karolinska Hospital's general surgery, patients had their skull opened during operations without their knowledge to enable the implantation of electrodes in their brains. Thus could they be held hostage to a lifetime of brutal experimentation in which they were connected via radio frequencies to a central receiver which recorded their various cognitive processes and even neurological functions."
Naeslund believes that he and other unwitting victims were implanted to test emerging mind control technology using two-way radio-communication or remote control. The implant, when placed in the brain, head or body, can then transmit a radio signal that connects the brain's neuro-activities to a computer that stores a person's physical and mental information within its database. Improvements in the implants could also allow for voice and other physical information, sensations, smells, tastes, to be broadcast directly into the brain.
VOICES IN YOUR HEAD
The use of electronic brain implants may now be a thing of the past as new technologies were developed that can allegedly influence the human brain by using electromagnetic frequencies alone. In 1961, Dr. Allen Frey, a freelance biophysicist and engineering psychologist, reported that a human can hear microwaves. Frey found that human subjects exposed to 1310 MHz and 2982 MHz microwaves perceived auditory sensations described as buzzing or knocking sounds (also described as clicks or chirps).
Two researchers by the names of Joseph Sharp and Mark Grove performed experiments in which audible voices were sent by microwaves directly to the brain. A recording of someone speaking the number's one through ten was first used in the experiment. By radiating themselves with voice-modulated microwaves, Sharp and Grove were able to hear, identify, and distinguish the words. The sounds heard were similar to those emitted by persons with artificial larynxes.
In the mid-1970s, the United States was extremely interested in combining high-frequency radio waves with hypnosis. Plans were on file to develop these techniques through experiments on human volunteers. The spoken word of a hypnotist could be conveyed by modulated electromagnetic energy directly into the subconscious parts of the human brain. This could be done without the use of implants, or allow the victim to control the input of information consciously. However, it appears that the United States was not the only one interested in using electronics for mind control of the masses.
In September 1990, the Washington Post published an article dealing with the growing concern within the United States intelligence community over the Russians' progress in the development of long-range electronic mind control: "According to the communications of Russian defectors, the Russians have succeeded in influencing human behavior, changing human feelings and health condition, incurring unconsciousness and even killing people."
One document from the Intelligence Service at the United States Department of Defense says that the Soviet experiments imposed on the recipient resulted in, "disquietude combined with short windedness and the feeling of being hit on the head." Some western observers of electronic extra sensorial developments are alarmed by the possible effects of "subconscious influencing when used against the U.S. staff operating nuclear missiles."
In March, 1994, The Village Voice published an interview with Steve Killion, deputy chief of the FBI's technical services division. Killion claimed that in March, 1993, "Russian scientists demonstrated to ten American military, intelligence and law-enforcement officials in Washington, a device they claimed could subliminally implant thoughts in people's minds and thereby control their actions."
Killion stated that he was present at the demonstration and was shown how siege situations could be ended easily. "In the normal course of your negotiation with the individual by telephone you can impress a coded message," said Killion, "it is not realized consciously by the individual, but subconsciously, subliminally, they understand it."
Directed-energy weapons currently being deployed include, for example, a micro-wave weapon manufactured by Lockheed-Sanders and used for a process known as "Voice Synthesis" which is remote beaming of audio (i.e., voices or other audible signals) directly into the brain of any selected human target. Today, the ability to remotely transmit microwave voices into a target's head is known inside the Pentagon as "Synthetic Telepathy." According to Dr. Robert Becker in his 1998 book "The Body Electric", "Synthetic Telepathy has applications in covert operations designed to drive a target crazy with voices or deliver undetected instructions to a programmed assassin."
In 1996, the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board published a 14-volume study of future developments in weapons called "New World Vistas." Hidden away on page 89 of an ancillary 15th volume are some frightening insights into the future "coupling" of man and machine in a section dealing with "Biological Process Control." The author refers to an "explosion" of knowledge in the field of neuroscience, adding, ominously:
"One can envision the development of electromagnetic energy sources, the output of which can be pulsed, shaped, and focused, that can couple with the human body in a fashion that will allow one to prevent voluntary muscular movements, control emotions (and thus actions), produce sleep, transmit suggestions, interfere with both short-term and long-term memory, produce an experience set, and delete an experience set."
For what reason would any government, military or intelligence agency subject innocent people to clandestine mind control operations? If such a program is being conducted, then the overall cost must amount in the billions of dollars yearly. For such a budget, the secret mind control operation must be extremely important to someone.
The quest for operational mind control has come a long way since the early days of experiments using drugs and hypnosis. It is now probable that electronics, computers, microwaves and even, as some claim, satellites, are being used to control the minds of not just an experimental few, but possibly whole populations.
So the next time you read a rambling letter from someone claiming that the government is beaming "mind control" rays into their brains - you may want to reconsider making a snap judgment on the sanity of the unfortunate victim. After all, no one takes the time to research, design and develop a weapon, such as mind control machines, unless they intend to use it.
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Are We The First Advanced Civilization on Earth?
By Greg Taylor
Are we the first advanced civilization to have emerged on Earth? Or is it possible that others have done so, millions of years in the past, and we simply don’t know it because there is no longer any surviving evidence for it? After all, most signs of human presence disappear within ‘just’ 10,000 years – the blink of an eye in terms of the age of the planet.
Surprisingly, that is the question posed by a new peer-reviewed scientific paper published in the International Journal of Astrobiology, titled “The Silurian hypothesis: would it be possible to detect an industrial civilization in the geological record?". The name of the paper is a tongue-in-cheek Doctor Who reference to the reptile-humanoids known as the Silurians, who in the cult science fiction show were once part of an advanced civilization on Earth during the Silurian period (some 400 million years ago).
The paper was born when physicist Adam Frank visited NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) – an internationally renowned climate-science facility – with a proposal to study global warming from an “astrobiological perspective”: that is, asking whether any industrial civilization that arises on another planet will, through their own activity, trigger their own version of a climate shift. But he was stopped in his tracks by NASA scientist Gavin A. Schmidt, who asked a question that he hadn’t considered: “How do you know we’re the only time there’s been a civilization on our own planet?”
It took me a few seconds to pick my jaw off the floor. I had certainly come into Gavin’s office prepared for eye rolls at the mention of “exo-civilizations.” But the civilizations he was asking about would have existed many millions of years ago. Sitting there, seeing Earth’s vast evolutionary past telescope before my mind’s eye, I felt a kind of temporal vertigo. “Yeah,” I stammered, “Could we tell if there’d been an industrial civilization that deep in time?”
We never got back to aliens… Though neither of us could see it at that moment, Gavin’s penetrating question opened a window not just onto Earth’s past, but also onto our own future.
However, Schmidt’s penetrating question is not exactly easy to answer. We are used to thinking about discovering a lost civilization by finding things like a city hidden in the jungle, or artifacts on the floor of the sea. But, as mentioned earlier, these sorts of things only last for periods measured in thousands of years, if we’re lucky. Once we start looking back on the scale of millions of years, we encounter a major problem when we’re looking for things that existed on the surface of the Earth: geological upheaval.
The geologic record doesn’t go back past what’s called the Quaternary period 2.6 million years ago. For example, the oldest large-scale stretch of ancient surface lies in the Negev Desert. It’s “just” 1.8 million years old—older surfaces are mostly visible in cross section via something like a cliff face or rock cuts. Go back much farther than the Quaternary and everything has been turned over and crushed to dust.
But, I hear you say, we have evidence for the dinosaurs that existed millions of years ago, via fossil remains! It is worth noting at this stage then, that the fraction of life that gets fossilized is actually extremely small and “varies widely as a function of time, habitat and degree of soft tissue versus hard shells or bones…for all the dinosaurs that ever lived, there are only a few thousand near-complete specimens, or equivalently only a handful of individual animals across thousands of taxa per 100,000 years.” As such, given Homo sapiens have not been around very long at all (geologically speaking), if we became extinct overnight we might not even register in the fossil record millions of years from now.
Frank and Schmidt note that our industrial civilization “has lasted (so far) roughly 300 years…a small fraction of the time we have existed as a species, and a tiny fraction of the time that complex life has existed on the Earth’s land surface (~400 million years ago).” So, there has been a massive amount of time during which many earlier civilizations could have risen and fallen – but is there any evidence for that actually happening, and what form would that evidence take?
Instead of looking for fossils and technological objects, Frank and Schmidt instead suggest looking for “physicochemical tracers for previous industrial civilizations” –that is, anomalous changes in the chemicals found in the geological record that point at something odd happening. For example, if we consider our own era, the Anthropocene, we have rare earth elements being used in computers, massive amounts of fertilizer being used for agriculture, radiation resulting from nuclear reactors and bomb tests, plastics flooding the ocean, and a massive increase in atmospheric carbon. All of these things might be visible to scientists when they look at the chemistry of past eras.
And there are certainly already ‘mysteries’ in the geological record that could be candidates for the ‘Silurian hypothesis’. For example, during the Eocene (56-34 million years ago), there appear to have been a number of ‘hyperthermal events’ – characterized by “significant negative carbon isotope excursions, warming and relatively high sedimentation rates driven by increases in terrigenous input”, and Arctic conditions showing “evidence of warming, lower salinity and greater anoxia” – that have been collectively named ELMOs: “Eocene Layers of Mysterious Origin”.
And before that, during the Paleocene/Eocene transition, there is another anomalous event known as the Paleocene–Eocene thermal maximum (PETM):
There are undoubted similarities between previous abrupt events in the geological record and the likely Anthropocene signature in the geological record to come. Negative, abrupt d13C excursions, warmings and disruptions of the nitrogen cycle are ubiquitous. More complex changes in biota, sedimentation and mineralogy are also common. Specifically, compared with the hypothesized Anthropocene signature, almost all changes found so far for the PETM are of the same sign and comparable magnitude. Some similarities would be expected if the main effect during any event was a significant global warming, however caused. Furthermore, there is evidence at many of these events that warming was driven by a massive input of exogeneous (biogenic) carbon, either as CO2 or CH4.
One of the great difficulties, however, is in accounting for anomalies that might be caused by natural events, rather than industrial civilizations. For example,
many cases of the massive input of carbon in ancient times have been linked with significant episodes of tectonic and/or volcanic activity – these changes therefore obviously can’t be considered as evidence for the ‘Silurian hypothesis’.
In the paper, Frank and Schmidt run through a number of anomalies in the record of various geological eras, but in the end, their investigation is only a first, small, admittedly speculative step. And yet…
…We nonetheless find the above analyses intriguing enough to
motivate some additional research. Firstly, despite copious existing
work on the likely Anthropocene signature, we recommend
further synthesis and study on the persistence of uniquely industrial
byproducts in ocean sediment environments. Are there other
classes of compounds that will leave unique traces in the sediment
geochemistry on multi-million year timescales?
Secondly, and this is indeed more speculative, we propose that
a deeper exploration of elemental and compositional anomalies in
extant sediments spanning previous events be performed
(although we expect that far more information has been obtained
about these sections than has been referenced here). Oddities in
these sections have been looked for previously as potential signals
of impact events (successfully for the K–T boundary event, not so
for any of the events mentioned above), ranging from iridium
layers, shocked quartz, micro-tectites, magnetites, etc. But it
may be that a new search and new analyses with the Silurian
hypothesis in mind might reveal more.
The researchers note that they are aware that their hypothesis “might lead to rather unconstrained speculation”, and there is a danger of some people fitting theories to what is observed in the geological record, rather than working forward from the observations. “The Silurian hypothesis cannot be regarded as likely”, they state, “merely because no other valid idea presents itself.”
Still, returning to Frank’s original motivation – considering global warming from an astrobiology perspective – the remains of ancient civilizations might not just be here on Earth. Other planets, like Mars, once had lots of water and could have supported a civilization millions of years ago. So could we drill and take samples from those planets when we are capable of doing so, and study other planets’ geological records looking for evidence of advanced alien civilizations as well?
The discovery of an ancient culture, here or elsewhere, would – in the view of the researchers – “have profound implications”. As such…
While we strongly doubt that any previous industrial civilization existed before our own, asking the question in a formal way that articulates explicitly what evidence for such a civilization might look like raises its own useful questions related both to astrobiology and to Anthropocene studies. Thus, we hope that this paper will serve as motivation to improve the constraints on the hypothesis so that in future we may be better placed to answer our title question.
You can read the entire paper online – “The Silurian hypothesis: would it be possible to detect an industrial civilization in the geological record?” – or for a more accessible account see Adam Frank’s article about his research at The Atlantic.
Source: The Daily Grail
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Legendary Arkansas Monsters
By Craig Ogilvie
Tales of monsters and bizarre events have been a part of Arkansas lore for centuries. All ancient cultures, including Native Americans, have passed their mysterious legends from one generation to the next. But, when Europeans appeared in Arkansas, their wild stories were recorded on paper and spread across the seas.
In an attempt to entertain readers, a French writer traveling with Benard de la Harpe on his exploration of the Arkansas River in 1722 noted that the region had monster-sized bullfrogs and giant turtles. Big bear and panther stories from Arkansas became so popular that they were reprinted in Germany, France, Italy and even India. Early newspapers, including the Arkansas Gazette, attempted to correct the unfavorable reputation the wild tales had bestowed, but the legends continued to grow.
The fact that Arkansas was sparsely settled in the early 19th century helped create many of the original legends. Isolated and with virtually no social activities, families entertained themselves with folktales they had heard or ones they fabricated on the spot. Also, in an effort to keep children from dangerous bluffs, streams and caves, parents often invented frightening stories about those dangerous places.
An example is at Sharp County’s Cave City, where a cavern with an underground river is located. As the area was settled after the Civil War, the walk-in cave became a favorite rendezvous for youngsters until a story made the rounds that a “Mr. Jones” had entered the underground stream in a boat and never returned. This may have deterred some youthful explorers, but the cave remained a gathering place, even after the entrance was covered with steel bars in the 1930s.
Folklorist Vance Randolph (1892-1980) recorded some of the state’s oldest “monster” legends in his early writings. The Gowrow, a 20-ft long lizard-type monster with tusks, reportedly lurked along rocky ledges and roamed caves in the Ozarks during the late 1800s. One story reports that a Gowrow was actually killed in Searcy County in 1897, but the carcass was reportedly lost in shipment to the Smithsonian Institute. Other legendary highland creatures included the Galliwampus, a greatly oversized panther or mountain lion, and the Giasticutus that walked upright and moved like a large bird.
The White River Monster legend can be traced to Native American folklore, according to some news features about the Newport-area creature. The first recorded sighting was in 1915, followed by another report in 1924. The first national publicity about “Whitey” appeared in 1937 when farmer Bramblett Bateman reported to the media that he had watched a gigantic sea serpent-like beast frolic in the river near his home.
Newsreel cameramen, reporters and curiosity seekers lined the river downstream from Newport for weeks hoping to get a glimpse of the gray, slimy beast. In addition to Bateman, three other local residents signed affidavits stating they also had seen the creature. Reports of and interest in the river monster eventually subsided, and the incident was almost forgotten.
Then, in 1972, several people along the White - between Jacksonport and Newport - reported sighting strange objects in the river. “As big as a boxcar and 30 feet long…gray all over, with fins,” one excited witness reported. At least seven sightings were recorded, and one witness offered a blurred Polaroid snapshot he’d taken of the elusive monster.
Once again, the national media focused on the small community of 8,000. A Japanese filmmaker arrived with the intentions of making a movie and hundreds of media interviews were staged. Local merchants cashed in on the hype by staging “Monster Sidewalk Sales,” and a local restaurant placed “Monsterburgers” on the menu. Folksinger Jimmy Driftwood debuted a tune about the White River serpent during a Newport appearance.
To ensure nothing tragic would happen to the seemingly friendly creature, the 1973 Arkansas Legislature passed a resolution declaring a section of the White River a “refuge” for the creature and banned anyone from “molesting, killing, trampling, or harming” Arkansas’s proclaimed cousin to Scotland’s Loch Ness monster.
Chicago biologist and creature investigator Dr. Roy Mackal believes the creature is a known aquatic animal outside its normal habitat. After studies of eyewitness accounts, Mackal believes “Whitey” is actually a northern elephant seal that somehow found its way into the Gulf of Mexico, up the Mississippi and eventually up Arkansas’s White River. Elephant seals may attain a length of 22 feet.
Occasional sightings were reported until the late 1970s, then the river legend faded from the news. But it has not become completely forgotten among locals. The “magic dragon” sometimes reappears on souvenir T-shirts sold in Newport shops and at local festivals.
The most famous of monster legends in Arkansas is the Fouke Monster. Its fame was assured by three movies about a hairy, ape-like creature that supposedly haunts the swampy Sulphur River bottoms of Miller County. The first reported sightings of the “Boggy Creek” monster were in 1946, and it was seen again in 1965. But it was an alleged attack on a farmhouse near the Fouke community in 1971 that brought state and national attention to the region south of Texarkana.
Shaggy-haired, stinky and well over six-feet tall, the creature allegedly clawed its way through a screened window before the men of the house chased the creature back into the woods. Law enforcement officers were called and investigated the scene, taking casts of some strange footprints. Soon after the lawmen departed, the beast returned and was met with gunfire from the homeowners, according to reports.
In 1972, Texarkana native Charles B. Pierce produced a low-budget movie called “The Legend of Boggy Creek,” which assured a place in folklore history for the Fouke Monster. The pseudo-documentary film became a cult hit and reportedly grossed $22 million in ticket sales, mostly at drive-in theaters.
The hairy humanoid, with arms extending almost to the ground, was accused of stealing hogs, chickens and a calf as its fame expanded. The Fouke Monster also grew in stature after the movie appeared. By the late 1970s, some eyewitnesses reported the creature to be about 10 feet tall and weigh some 800 pounds. They also noted that it left a odor worse than that of a skunk.
Two sequel films have been made about Arkansas’s version of Sasquatch - also known as Bigfoot - but it has been several years since a reported sighting. Motorists traveling U.S. 71 through Fouke may stop and purchase monster T-shirts and memorabilia at a local shop.
Not to be overlooked, residents in both northwest Arkansas and the Pine Bluff area have reported Bigfoot-type creatures.
Perhaps the most overlooked monster legend in The Natural State is the Heber Springs Water Panther. A weird cross between the Bigfoot and a puma, the creature reportedly can breathe both on land and underwater. It is man-like with a covering of fur, and gives off a “hellish scream” when roaming the deep forests around Greers Ferry Lake and the Little Red River. Like the others, the Water Panther has not been seen in recent years.
Perhaps fewer people are venturing through the woods and swamps at midnight in the 21st century, accounting for fewer sightings. And maybe high-tech video games and movies have obscured the legends and folktales of a few decades ago.
But, if - as crytozoologists maintain - monster sightings come in 30-year cycles, the beastly season may be just ahead.
- THE SPIRIT IS WILLING DEPARTMENT -
"Mass Possession" Grips School in Colombia
The parents of six children who suddenly collapsed after having fits at school are pleading for 'spiritual help' from the church after claiming they were 'possessed'.
In footage taken after the children fainted, the limp body of a girl in school uniform can be seen being carried by an adult as a crowd looks on.
Another girl can be seen jumping and screaming as she is held back by an adult.
Adalmis Movil, mother of one of the girls affected, said of her daughter: 'Suddenly, she felt something make a sound inside her body, she sat down and told her classmate "I feel sick".
'Suddenly she felt a blow to her chest and she fell onto the floor.
'She was shouting and started swearing, saying: "I will kill them".'
The bizarre incident took place in a school in the small town of Palomino, in the Dibulla municipality of the Colombian department of La Guajira.
Reports suggest that the six students fainted without warning and the parents of the children do not know the cause.
Local media claim the sudden fainting of the children could be down to them being 'possessed by spirits'.
Reports also suggest the parents of the affected children are asking a local church for 'spiritual help', but it is unclear if this means they plan to conduct an exorcism.
It is also unclear if the children were given medical attention after fainting or if they have now returned to normal health.
A similar incident occurred in February 2017 when 20 students in Lloro, Columbia were "possessed" after using a ouija board cell phone app that "called up spirits of the dead."
The students, who are said to be members of an agricultural school, were taken to a health centre and later to a church, it is claimed.
Francis Salamanca Martine, the mayor of Lloro, said: "They are fainting, shouting that devil was going to take them with him."
He added that doctors were "not able to find a scientific reason for their behaviour", the mayor added.
Shocking footage shows some of the students shouting and screaming as they are carried by Good Samaritans.
People can be seen stood around filming the bizarre scenes on their phones.
Juan Carlos Baretto, bishop of the nearby city of Quibdo, said: "It is known in a lot of Colombia and other parts of the world that these games such as the ouija board have consequences for normal life."
In 2016, 22 schoolgirls suffered "mass demonic possession" after apparently summoning an evil spirit while playing a game of 'Charlie Charlie'.
The girls aged between 12 and 15 took ill in the Choco region of Colombia and were filmed screaming and writhing on the floor in some chilling footage.
Other victims began foaming at the mouth while experiencing hallucinations and another even claimed she could see a "man dressed in black."
The schoolgirls, who were all found to be suffering the same symptoms, first experienced seizures while at school after they had finished playing a game of 'Charlie Charlie'.
The game, which is an updated version of Spanish game Juego de la Lapicera, involves two pencils balanced on top of each other over a grid with the words 'yes' and 'no'.
Participants ask questions to an unseen entity and wait for the top pencil to move and point to one of the two answers on the sheet of paper.
The news site reported that four teenagers initially took ill before more followed suit. They were all later taken to the hospital to be treated.
Doctor Jair Ruiz recalled the moment they arrived. He said: 'They came in screaming, mumbling incoherently, hallucinating and foaming at the mouth.'
A number of medical tests were conducted and doctors ruled out the possibility of disease, intoxication or use of hallucinogenic substances.
No consistent health problems were detected and the girls' vital signs eventually returned to normal.
Local mayor Deyler Camacho spoke to villagers following the incident and asked them to remain calm. Meanwhile, a local pastor has started praying against witchcraft.
This is not the first time a group of Colombian schoolgirls have been omitted to a medical centre with similar symptoms after playing 'Charlie Charlie'.
In 2015 four hysterical teenagers were sent to a hospital in Tunja for treatment. They received a diagnosis of 'mass hysteria' with some psychotic symptoms and were later sent home.
Source: Daily Mail
- JUST A LITTLE KISS ON THE NECK PLEASE DEPARTMENT -
Vampire Hysteria Continues in East Africa
By Brett Tingley
A fresh round of vampire panics have been reported out of the east African nation of Malwai. It began in September 2017 when the Malawi Police Service received multiple terrifying reports of “shapeshifting blood suckers” who could take human form. According to the reports, angry mobs formed outside of law enforcement officials’ homes when they were accused of not taking serious enough action.
On the night of Tuesday, September 19, the alleged blood suckers attacked two houses in Traditional Authority Mthilamanja in Mulanje, and allegedly managed to suck blood from one woman.
The victim, Chimwemwe Sikova, claims she was awaken from a deep slumber by a sharp, piercing pain on her forehead.
“I felt a needle getting into my forehead’s flesh. The rest of my body was numb. I struggled to touch my forehead. I felt a hot, sharp, injection like metal. I alerted my brother, who was also in the same room. The thing was quickly removed, everything happened so fast,” claimed the 20 year old single mother.
A month later, the United Nations Department on Safety and Security recommended the removal of its personnel from several districts in Malawi due to these angry mobs. The U.S. embassy in Malawi also withdrew its Peace Corps volunteers due to “ongoing acts of vigilante justice stemming from rumors of persons attempting to siphon blood from local residents for ritualistic use.”
At least eight people were believed to have been killed in the city of Blantyre. Some were set on fire, while at least one man was stoned to death according to police.
Two men were arrested for threatening to suck people's blood but police say they have no medical reports of any actual bloodsucking.
Vigilante killings started on September 16 when three people suspected of being blood suckers were killed by a mob. The men were allegedly found with a bag containing syringes, benzene, gloves and other sharp metals, which are believed to be part of the sucking equipment.
Traditional leaders in southern Malawi believe the vampire rumours started across the border in Mozambique where rumours of blood sucking led to violence.
In Mozambique, protesters have targeted police because they believe they are protecting the supposed vampires, leading a northern town's administrator to flee the city.
The villagers in these areas believe human blood sucking is a ritual practised by some to become rich. They also believe they are failing to catch the blood suckers because they use magical powers.
If these communities believe in "mysterious magical explanations for things, then people will tend to attribute their difficulty on what they call blood suckers," Dr Chioza Bandawe, a clinical psychologist at the University of Malawi, said.
For some that represents "the life of the hope being sucked out of them," he said. "But this has been expressed on innocent people or on people who are different."
Recently, the vampire panic in eastern Africa has resurfaced. According to Nigerian news outlet Pulse.ng, a pastor in neighboring Zimbabwe has reportedly killed one of his church members after believing she was a vampire.
The report claims that pastor Masimba Chirayi of the Johane Masowe Chishanu religious sect in Zimbabwe was performing a routine baptism on a female member of his congregation identified as Wendy Thinnamay Masuka when he suddenly felt threatened by her alleged “violent reaction while being baptized.”According to the Zimbabwe Mail, Chirayi later said at a Magistrate’s court in Zimbabwe that “in my eyes she was like a vampire possessed by demons, she was violent and I thought she was going to kill people so I kept her submerged in water until I overpowered her.” He was then granted $50 bail.
Various regions of Africa have folkloric tales of beings with vampiric abilities: in West Africa the Ashanti people tell of the iron-toothed and tree-dwelling asanbosam, and the Ewe people of the adze, which can take the form of a firefly and hunts children. The Eastern Cape region of South Africa has the impundulu, which can take the form of a large taloned bird and can summon thunder and lightning, and the Betsileo people of Madagascar tell of the ramanga, an outlaw or living vampire who drinks the blood and eats the nail clippings of nobles.
People in Malawi believe the vampires haunting them are "Anamapopa," which are described as using both magical powers as well as modern technology to attack their victims.
Their bizarre methodology is said to involve somehow disabling their target using an electrical charge or chemical substance, removing their blood via an unidentified instrument, and then vanishing in the form of a cat or dog.
Some villages have actually burnt dogs because the locals believe the Anamapopa are turning into dogs, or other animals, just to disguise themselves.
One bartender told reporters: “You people from the city think we people of Mulanje and Phalombe are crazy for fearing Anamapopa. These things are real; my neighbours neighbour says the cousin of her cousin, recently had encountered Anamapopa. She became a victim of blood suckers who pumped blood out of her by inserting something on the forehead, piecing the skull.”
Source: Mysterious Universe
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