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This week, Conspiracy Journal takes a look at such spine-cracking stories as:

- Harry Reid Happy To Talk About UFOs and Science - 
- Meet Silicon Valley's UFO Hunters -
- Is Something Lurking in Lake Washington? -
AND: Welsh Couple Flee Home Because of Underground Screams

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Harry Reid Happy To Talk About UFOs and Science
By Ray Hagar

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid defended the $22 million he earmarked to study UFOs when he was in office, saying the nation must keep up with similar programs by rival nations.

“We know that China is doing it,” Reid said of UFO studies. “We know that Russia, which is led by someone within the KGB, is doing it, too, so we better take a look at it, too.”

Appearing Tuesday on "Nevada Newsmakers," the Nevada Democrat told host Sam Shad that he secured the $22 million to begin the secret Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) in 2007, and the program was funded and supervised by the Pentagon until 2012.

The New York Post has reported the Pentagon’s investigation into sightings of alien spacecraft continues to this day.

“We got a volume of research that was done, $22 million worth of research,” Reid said. “It showed that not two people, four people or six people or 20 people but hundreds of hundreds of people have seen these things, sometimes all at the same time,” he said.

“It is no longer just speculation that people see these unidentified flying objects,” said Reid, who called UFO research a matter of national security.
He noted that UFOs have been sighted near military installations in South Dakota and elsewhere and that some of the most credible reports have come from military pilots.

“I don’t know what all these things are, but I do believe that we should take a look at them,” he said.

Reid’s behind-the-scenes work to fund UFO research and the AATIP was revealed in December 2017, when the New York Times and Politico published stories about it.

Reid said he was happy to talk about the program, “as long as we are not talking about little green men. If you want to talk about science, I’m all in.”
Reid said former Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who died in 2010, helped push to fund the research.

Reid said he approached him with the idea and “just like that, Ted Stevens said, ‘I’ve wanted to look into this since I was in the Army Air Corps.’ He said, ‘I was flying an airplane and there was a vehicle that was right with me and I could not get rid of it. I would go up, down, sideways, whatever. Then I went down to the ground and asked ‘what was that up there?’ And they said they saw nothing.”

Source: Las Vegas Sun


Meet Silicon Valley's UFO Hunters
by MJ Banias

There would be nothing more disruptive than the sudden discovery of aliens. Perhaps that's why a small contingent of Silicon Valley is so interested in UFOs—and wants to know who's piloting them.

With US Navy pilots coming forward to talk about their encounters with anomalous aerial vehicles, UFO hunters are starting to feel vindicated. The cross-section of technologists who are also UFO enthusiasts believe that they not only exist, but that we can make significant scientific breakthroughs by studying them.

Rizwan Virk, runs PlayLabs@MIT. He's also a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, angel investor, author of The Simulation Hypothesis, and finds UFOs compelling as a technologist and scientist.

“I am interested in the phenomenon because I believe mainstream science may have only discovered 5 percent of the truth about reality, and the other 95 percent is still ‘out there,’” he said in an interview.

Virk said that studying UFOs, whether they are real or not, have challenged his ideas of what he believes is possible: "This phenomenon seems to be about advanced technology that doesn't always fit into our current model of ‘what is technology’ and what isn't,” he said.

“Many technologists use their intuition to find new technology ideas and decide which paths to pursue," he added. "There's overlap between the idea of trusting your intuition and what happens in UFO research.”

Virk admitted that the UFO crowd is fairly small in Silicon Valley, and that the investors and technologists who are interested remain fairly quiet. UFOs, regardless of all the recent press, are still a pretty taboo subject. That being said, it is public knowledge that a wealthy real estate mogul and technopreneur from Utah bought the infamous Skinwalker Ranch from aerospace billionaire Robert Bigelow. For many in the tech world who are also into UFOs, their ufology is an engrossing and obsessive side hustle. Few speak about it publicly, but that's slowly changing.

In her book, American Cosmic: UFOs, Religion, Technology, University of North Carolina Wilmington philosophy professor Diana Pasulka argues that much of the modern UFO discourse contains an aspect of religiosity. Unlike traditional religions which require faith alone, UFOs blend together divinity and technology, and rest upon the scientific possibility that extraterrestrial life may very well be real.

"In front of our eyes are technologies underlying these UFOs that are far beyond our understanding and capabilities of recreating ... if we pay close attention and reverse these technologies to bring to the masses, we will see a world with interstellar travel at our fingertips"

The UFO mythos has always been more than little green men in flying saucers and has always carried with it a perpetual challenge to established systems of politics, economics and power. And in Silicon Valley, she found people who had taken leaps of faith both for their startups as well as in believing in UFOs. Perhaps the most famous technologist-ufologist is Jacques Vallee, a computer scientist and venture capitalist who worked on ARPANET, which became the basis for the internet.

"There are other groups who refrain from mythologizing the UFO, who instead engage with it, to understand its truth. You can find these people in Silicon Valley," she wrote in the book. "These are scientists, much like Jacques, who are at the top of their fields and who have produced some of the technologies that have either saved the lives of people you might know (or even yourself) or have developed the technologies that you use every day because you own a cell phone. Like Jacques, they believe in the phenomenon commonly known as 'UFOs' or unexplained aerial phenomena, and they are engaged in the process of translating future technologies into present realities."

It is no surprise that cutting edge technologists share a pseudo-kismet with UFOs. Technology is, by its very nature, disruptive. It alters who we are, it re-shapes meaning, and most importantly, it allows the impossible to become possible.

James Lampkin, the Vice President of Programming at ESL, one of the world’s largest esports companies, told Motherboard that he finds the idea of UFOs compelling because the “implications of that type of technology seem astounding and revolutionary regardless of who is flying.” He expressed his frustration that the media is only scratching the surface of this phenomenon.

Deep Prasad, the CEO of ReactiveQ, a multimillion dollar quantum computing tech start-up based out of Toronto, shares Lampkin’s sentiments.

“As technologists we seek to master science and engineering in such a way that all of humanity benefits from it," he told Motherboard. “In front of our eyes are technologies underlying these UFOs that are far beyond our understanding and capabilities of recreating ... if we pay close attention and reverse these technologies to bring to the masses, we will see a world with interstellar travel at our fingertips."

 Similar to Virk, Prasad fundamentally believes that if UFOs can be studied, it would shift humanity’s understanding of what technology is. He asserts that scientific research into this phenomenon “will lead to a technological revolution like no other in all of human history.”

Lampkin has tried to convince some of his friends to turn on the news and watch the recent surge in UFO coverage. He laments that only “10 or 20% of his friends are straight up open minded,” and a handful have “dove into the mud” with him, but the rest seem frustratingly disinterested or stone cold skeptical.

Virk pointed out that most VC’s in the valley are not going to start throwing their money into researching UFOs, at least not publicly, simply because there is no guarantee of a payoff. Investing in studying UFOs is, well, quite risky.

"Some reports of the technology have said that it gets into areas that we are just starting to explore in Silicon Valley - mind/computer interfaces,” Virk said.

Somewhere in this liminal state between humanity and machines, between us and the tools we create, rests, for lack of a better term, an alien. UFOs, real or not, abduct not only our culture but the imaginations and intuitions of some of our brightest minds. Perhaps this little band of Ufonauts in Silicon Valley serve as a reminder that we ought not to take things for granted, that what we deem as ‘normal’ is often arbitrary. UFOs, and the people who are interested in them, make society uncomfortable because they symbolize one of our greatest fears: change.

Source: Vice


Genetically Edited Baby May Have Already Been Born
By Antonio Regalado

The Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, held in Hong Kong last November, was meant to debate the pros and cons of genetically engineering humans. Instead, the proceedings were turned upside down by the revelation that He Jiankui, a Chinese biophysicist, had already done it.

He’d gone ahead and edited the DNA of twin girls with the powerful gene modification tool called CRISPR.

Then the Chinese scientist sprang a further surprise on the shocked gene-editing experts. A second Chinese woman, he said, was pregnant with yet another CRISPR baby. An early pregnancy test had confirmed it.

That third CRISPR baby is now due to be born at any moment—if he or she hasn’t come crying into the world already.

Seven months have passed since the Hong Kong summit, but because the pregnancy was already under way by then, it is now at term, according to William Hurlbut, a Stanford University physician and ethicist who was in regular communication with He starting in 2017 and is familiar with the time line of events. Hurlbut knows the day the third baby was conceived but won’t make it public, because of the risk the information could identify the parents and child.

“What I can say is that a normal birth is 38 to 42 weeks, and it’s pretty close to the center of that,” Hurlbut told MIT Technology Review.

Now the guessing game among CRISPR watchers is whether China’s government will ever acknowledge the third CRISPR baby. Rosario Isasi, a bioethicist at the University of Miami, says she has encouraged science leaders there to “make a statement and do damage control.”

But the government may not want more attention, and experts in China are reluctant to discuss He’s experiment on social-media networks such as WeChat, which are monitored. “The government is extremely aware of any transgressions. They have the Tiananmen anniversary, they have the Hong Kong protests, and they have the CRISPR babies,” says Isasi.

Once it became public, the Chinese CRISPR experiment was widely condemned and quickly halted. However, many experts fear that more CRISPR babies are inevitable. Despite calls for a global moratorium, it is impossible to control access to the gene-altering technology, which is relatively easy to use. In June, a scientist in Moscow said he hopes to be next to make CRISPR babies if he can win approval.

On November 25, MIT Technology Review first revealed that He had employed CRISPR to get women pregnant with genetically edited babies. Within hours, the Chinese biophysicist posted a series of YouTube videos, claiming his experimental editing of human embryos had led to the birth of “two beautiful little Chinese girls,” fraternal twins whom he called Lulu and Nana.

His team had used CRISPR to damage a single gene, called CCR5, in an attempt to make the girls immune to infection by HIV.

Instead of being cheered as a science hero, He was roundly criticized by observers around the world, including in China, for carrying out a risky and medically pointless experiment. Two days after posting his videos, He, until then a relatively unknown figure, made his dramatic appearance at the Hong Kong summit, where he was allowed to present his experimental results. It was during questioning by the British developmental biologist Robin Lovell-Badge that He said yet another CRISPR baby was on the way.

“Just to be clear, are there any other pregnancies with genome editing as part of your clinical trials?” Lovell-Badge asked.

“There is another one, another potential pregnancy,” He replied. The pregnancy had been detected with a blood test, meaning it was at least two weeks along at the time.

Because He had by then already received threats, the Chinese biophysicist, widely known as “JK,” had hidden in a room prior to his appearance in Hong Kong and was immediately escorted away by university security officials afterwards. “The whole idea was to get JK to talk, because we knew that this would be the only opportunity that most people would have of interacting with him,” Lovell-Badge would later write as part of a history of the fast-moving events surrounding the summit.

Indeed, He has not been seen or heard from since January, when Chinese investigators accused him of potential crimes. At the time, they also confirmed that the second pregnancy was still under way, and that the mother was under medical observation. Although it’s possible the pregnancy was later terminated, Hurlbut doubts it: “I don’t know any reason to suspect that the pregnancy was not proceeding normally,” he says. He says the third baby also had its copies of CCR5 removed.

It remains unclear whether He’s team established the second pregnancy after the CRISPR twins were born or shortly before. In either case, he may have felt confident his experiment was going to be a success. “He really believed what he was doing was bringing glory to his homeland. The thing that surprised him the most was that he was criticized in China,” says Hurlbut.

The timing of events also means that some American scientists and journalists who by then knew about He’s undertaking did not stop the third baby from being created. These include Nobel laureate Craig Mello of the University of Massachusetts, Stephen Quake of Stanford University, and journalists from the Associated Press, all of whom kept He’s experiments confidential. For his part, Hurlbut regrets he wasn't able to convince He not to proceed. “I felt that if I had had one more long talk with JK, I might have stopped him,” he says.

Now the question is whether Chinese authorities will acknowledge the birth of the third child. One thing that He and other scientists agreed on at the summit is that scientific data about the CRISPR babies should be made public. Scientists will want to know the results of editing on the child’s genome. Another baby would be further evidence that CRISPR, despite the controversy surrounding its use, “can produce live births,” Hurlbut says.

Earlier this year, China’s government took steps to clarify its laws and procedures on gene editing, including introducing new penalties. However, Isasi, who has participated in meetings of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, says that bioethicists and others in China continue to “express a lot of frustration over the lack of transparency” in connection with the ongoing He investigation.

“If you look at the big picture, there is a concerted effort by the Chinese government to change the regulatory framework. So why would they keep it secret?” she says. “But they can if they want, and the world will never know. The Chinese government owes it to the international community to live up to the accountability they have promised.”

One thing most people agree on is that the actual identities of the three babies and their parents should never be made public. If their names were known, the kids might grow up with unwelcome attention for having been created by a scientist once dubbed “China’s Frankenstein.”

“The Chinese realize there is a need for privacy, not to make it into a circus,” says Isasi.

Source: Technology Review


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A Biblical Experience In Jerusalem

A bizarre mental syndrome that has seen scores of visitors to Jerusalem become convinced they are characters from the Bible is the subject of a major new exhibition in Scotland.

Artist Nathan Coley has turned his attention to Jerusalem syndrome, a travel psychosis affecting people hypnotised by the Holy City who start to preach and behave as biblical characters, from King David to John the Baptist, the Virgin Mary and Jesus himself.

The syndrome is estimated to affect up to 20 people a year, almost all Christians or Jews. It has provoked heated debates among doctors over what actually turns sufferers’ heads.

Dr Moshe Kalian, the district psychiatrist of Jerusalem, who has diagnosed many cases of Jerusalem syndrome, says: "In our opinion, Jerusalem is a kind of magnet for certain people who develop their ideas before they come and act out their behaviour once they are here."
Jerusalem is a kind of magnet for certain people who develop their ideas before they come and act out their behaviour once they are here

Cases run from people who start preaching in the streets of the city to more bizarre behaviour. Kalian says: "There are anecdotal cases like a tourist who was making a fuss in a hotel because he was giving orders to prepare the last supper. There was a lady who went to an emergency room, claimed she was having a miscarriage and when the doctors told her she was not pregnant at all, she said she came to Jerusalem to give birth to the new baby Jesus."

Kalian says many people may have similar ideas, but don’t cause a disturbance that attracts the police: "They don’t bother anyone and nobody bothers them."

Some people simply chant, sing or deliver sermons at holy sites. Others turn dangerous, as in the case in the case of Dennis Rohan, a deranged Australian Christian who set fire to the Al Aqsa Mosque in 1969.

Kalian says: "I treated a guy who was stopped by the police who entered the lobby of a hotel and started to grab glasses from people’s faces. He said he wanted them to see the true light. That guy thought of himself as the Messiah, that he was chosen to come to Israel and bring peace to the world. He was under my therapy for almost ten years.

"I remember one or two cases in which people walked to the desert, while an Italian tourist some 15 years ago was wearing a sack and using a rope to keep his clothes together, and he was walking barefoot from Jerusalem to Bethlehem."

Kalian estimates about 20 tourists a year may typically suffer Jerusalem syndrome and US comedian, Marc Maron, developed a book and stage show, Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah. Author Robert Stone used it as a theme in his thriller Damascus Gate, there was a 1998 film The Jerusalem Syndrome, and it became the subject of a German dance performance exploring the "psychological and physical" extremes.

Coley first visited Jerusalem last February and returned during Ramadan, while Yasser Arafat lay dying in Paris. "I deliberately didn’t go looking for madness," he says. "That would have been too straightforward and, for me, less interesting. I documented every day the tension and confusion between the three faiths there.

"Does the syndrome exist? Yes, but may be in another city it would just be called madness. It’s not that these people are normal before they come to Jerusalem. They are just looking for the correct stage to enact their drama."

Source: The Scotsman


Is Something Lurking in Lake Washington?

MEDINA -- Is it a croc or a crock?

Are razor-toothed reptiles patrolling the waters of Lake Washington? Or has a new suburban legend sprung to life?

Medina wants to know; so does Mercer Island. So do the men and women of law enforcement in both towns.

It was just Wednesday that two reports came in to Medina police that described a shape that looks like "the head of an alligator" near the docks in Lake Washington's Fairweather Bay.

No Bigfoot. No Loch Ness Monster. Not even a critter befitting the descriptions of ancient Indians, whose legends had spotted, horned serpents and other assorted monsters living in the lake.

Still the reports were real enough for police.

Medina police spokeswoman Shannon Gibson would not reveal identities, but said each report was taken seriously and checked out by police -- one by a Medina officer on foot, the other by the Mercer Island Marine Patrol.

"Both were essentially the same," Gibson said. "The people said they saw something that seemed to be a small alligator. The one report said 'head of an alligator.'

"Both were seen from the docks of their residences."

Gibson said there have been no other sightings reported since the two called in on Wednesday.

In a phone call to Sgt. Kim Chandler in the state Department of Fish and Wildlife's regional office in Mill Creek yesterday, there was a long pause before Chandler finally said, "Well, after that cougar was found in Discovery Park back in the 1980s, I've learned never to say never.

"But, in this case I'd have to say, even if it were a caiman (the crocodile's smaller cousin, a native of Central and South America common to the pet-store trade), it would be highly, highly unlikely to see it in that lake this time of year."

His reason, he said, has to do with the nature of caimans and the nature of Pacific Northwest weather.

Crocs and gators and caimans, he said, are coldblooded creatures whose survival depends on the heat of tropical climates.

"Know how cold that lake is right now?" he asked. "Probably something like 47 degrees, which means an animal like that would last for, oh, maybe 20 minutes."

Guides for the care of caimans suggest owners have an enclosure with temperatures that range from 80 to 97 degrees.

Chandler recalled the caimans finally captured sunning themselves at Seattle's Green Lake some years ago, and the caiman captured at the north end of Lake Washington a few years later.

In both cases, he said, it was summer, and in the Green Lake case the water temperature had been pushing past 70 degrees -- still cold by tropical standards.

The owner of a Bellevue pet store has a theory how such a critter might make it outdoors.

Pets & Things owner Elaine Mackin said she and her husband, Bob, don't offer crocodilians for sale at their pet store in Bellevue's Overlake shopping district.

The animals bought as fingerlings grow and grow.

Crocodilians grow fast enough in captivity to make a mess before you know it.

"They're a pain in the (posterior)," she said. "First thing you know, they're 3 feet long and looking to kill you."

So like the bunny set free in a local park, the caiman is released to fend for itself in the decidedly temperate Northwest

Should the Medina sightings turn out to be more than phantasmagorical, Chandler said, the creature spotted might well have been a turtle up for a little sun on an unseasonably warm February day.

"But even if it was what somebody thought it was," he said, "it won't be eating every Cub Scout in the neighborhood. Most of these caimans we've seen released are not much more than a foot long and wouldn't be a danger to anyone, especially not in these temperatures."

The Medina reports nevertheless have people looking twice at splashes in the lake these days.

Michael Peters, a Fairweather Bay neighbor, said yesterday that he is among them.

"I went out to my boat and saw this big swirl in the water," he said. "We have muskrats. We have some freshwater otters. We have ducks that dive. But usually you see them come up.

"This one didn't."

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer


Welsh Couple Flee Home Because of Underground Screams

There is a house in a Welsh town at the centre of a mystery which has seen its owners fleeing the country in utter terror.

So petrified are they about the sounds they can hear underneath their home that they refuse to step foot inside it ever again.

The police have been called but the sound of screaming coming from underneath the basement has not been identified.

But they are convinced there is something going on below the ground.

The claims may sound outlandish, like something from a Hollywood horror, but there are recordings that the owners have made, inside the property, which they say prove the existence of a dark, sinister secret.

It all started one night in June 2018.

The owners, Alan and Christine Tait, were up late at the Ammanford house when the latter went to the kitchen to make a coffee. While stood over the kettle, she was convinced that she could hear strange noises, and went to inform her husband.

Women and children screaming, heavy knocking and men talking in a foreign language were just some of the sounds that disturbed the couple to the point where, within weeks, they would leave their home of 11 years and vow not to return.

They had no idea where the noises were coming from, but they were coming from somewhere, so they set out to investigate.

“It was like a flushing noise that I heard first,” says Christine Tait from the couple’s camper van that they now live in.

“I told Alan about it and that I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. He left his phone in the bathroom with the recorder on to try to pick up the source of the noise, and then we could hear a machine running.

“We started to record all over the house, and we picked up the sounds of chains, a motorbike starting, and people screaming.”

It soon became apparent to Mr and Mrs Tait, both 62, that the noises were of a subterranean nature.

They appeared to be coming from the kitchen area. Not directly underneath the kitchen, but underneath the basement that sits below it.

Eager to discover more, Mr Tait dug two 1.5 metre channels into the walls and placed recording equipment inside the shafts created.

In his own words, the sounds he picked up included  “a woman screaming, sexual sounds, dogs barking, a printing press running, a motorbike, a car horn honking and what sounds like a police siren”.

The couple have hundreds of hours of recordings containing different sounds, all of which they claim are coming from underneath their house.

The ordeal has upset them so much that they now travel around the UK trying to spread the word about “what is going on” in Ammanford.

"Hundreds of people have been in touch with us and agreed that this needs to be properly looked at," says Mr Tait.

“All I really want is an explanation. Why are there people screaming? There must be something going on. We have placed microphones all over the place, because we wanted to prove or disprove what we were hearing.

"Were these noises coming from the main road? Were they coming from a park?

“We put microphones at the front of the house, at the back of the house, inside and out, and in the basement.

"The device we left in the basement picked up the screaming and other noises. The other devices, which were recording simultaneously at the front and back of the property, picked up nothing at all.”

Mr and Mrs Tait sent WalesOnline a key to the house, but advised us that if we entered the property we did so at our own risk.

Despite being in a busy town centre, the property lies hidden down a narrow and lonely alleyway. The street is filled with shops and other commercial properties, bar one empty building next door that is up for sale.

The front door immediately leads to a staircase which rises to a winged 1st floor that is split in two. There’s a room to the right and a larger, sprawling room to the left.

The kitchen sits directly above the now-sealed-off basement.

There is no direct access to the underground space, other than down a small hole with nine feet of darkness below it.

We left our own recording device at the edge of the hole for a number of hours.

Meanwhile neighbours we spoke to were largely unaware of the mystery on their doorstep.

The recording we took showed a single spike. Unfortunately it was us leaving the property.

The recordings made by Mr and Mrs Tait, however, were carried out inside the walls of the basement, rather than above a hole in its ceiling.

They are adamant that something is going on.

They have set up a petition as they try desperately to get the authorities to investigate further.

They claim police are ignoring their concerns and that “this matter needs an urgent, full investigation”.

Dyfed-Powys Police has confirmed that they have received correspondence from Mr Tait and that officers attended the area in November last year. They did not find any evidence of any wrongdoing.

Their assertion has not weakened Mr and Mrs Tait's firm belief that there are people - men, women and children - living, sleeping and working underneath the house.

Mrs Tait believes there are “quite a lot of people down there” and that the mystery might be connected to people trafficking, as well as drug manufacturing.

The couple refuse to return to Ammanford, in fear of what they might find. They even say they are concerned for their own safety.

Such is the strength of their conviction that illegal activity is taking place underneath their house, they have felt compelled to flee. They were in Gloucester earlier this year and their story was featured on website Gloucestershire Live, but since then they have moved on again.

They are not prepared to say where in the UK they currently reside and did not want pictures of themselves published in the press.

“We’re travelling around the country handing out posters and fliers about what we think is going on," said Mr Tait, defiantly.

"We want as many people as possible to know about this so that the police are urged to carry out a more thorough investigation.

"We don't want to go back until the matter has been resolved.

"I think we’re dealing with a serious criminal gang here, and I think our lives could be in danger if they knew where we were."

Fact or fiction? The unearthing of a sinister operation or a fanciful horror story? You can make up your own minds. Mr and Mrs Tait already have.

Source: Wales Online

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