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Pentagon Now Says Secret UFO Program Wasn’t About UFOs
By Jazz Shaw
After two years of constant media buzz following the bombshell announcement in December of 2017 that the Pentagon had been investigating UFOs (or UAPs, as they prefer to call them now), the government dropped another bombshell yesterday. Or perhaps we should call it a “curveball,” as John Greenewald jr. of The Black Vault described it. According to a Pentagon spokeswoman I’ve also worked with in the past, neither the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) or its progenitor, the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP) were related to investigating UFOs.
Claiming they want to correct the record and clear up some inaccuracies, the Pentagon now says AATIP was not a UFO or UAP program.
“Neither AATIP nor AAWSAP were UAP related,” said Pentagon spokesperson Susan Gough in an e-mail to The Black Vault. “The purpose of AATIP was to investigate foreign advanced aerospace weapons system applications with future technology projections over the next 40 years, and to create a center of expertise on advanced aerospace technologies.”
Since 2017, details have been scarce. However, the DoD’s latest position that AATIP wasn’t a UFO program, seems to represent one of their most dramatic about-faces on the issue since the program was first revealed.
This caused quite the stir in the ufology community as you could probably imagine. Some were pointing out that the language used in Gough’s email seemed carefully worded and left some wiggle room for them. It was noted that the phrase “foreign advanced aerospace weapons system” is somewhat ambiguous because “foreign” simply means “not from the United States” in this context, and that could extend to the rest of the universe, not just “foreign countries” on Earth. But that would seem to be in direct contradiction to the opening statement saying that neither program was “UAP related.”
I’ll get to the possible implications in a moment, but let’s first assume that we should take Gough at her word and say that AATIP had nothing to do with UFOs. As far as I’m concerned, this means that either the Pentagon or the people at To The Stars Academy (most specifically Luis Elizondo) are lying. From the moment that TTSA came onto the scene, they claimed that Elizondo not only ran the AATIP program but that it definitely involved investigating UFOs. In fact, Elizondo said he left government service because of his frustration over the slow pace of those investigations.
However, Susan Gough is the same spokesperson who previously said that Elizondo wasn’t even involved with AATIP, to say nothing of being in charge of it. According to Gough, Elizondo “had no assigned responsibilities” in AATIP and “was not assigned or detailed to the Defense Intelligence Agency.”
So basically, TTSA is saying that Elizondo ran the AATIP program and that it involved investigating UFOs. The Pentagon is saying he wasn’t even associated with the program and (at least now) it wasn’t investigating UFOs anyway. Both of these things can’t be simultaneously true.
Now let’s get to why the Pentagon would put out this statement. As far as I’m concerned, Elizondo gets the benefit of the doubt here because it’s the Pentagon that’s been changing their story. They’ve been telling reporters from across the spectrum for two years now that AATIP was created at the request of Harry Reid and that they were investigating unidentified aerial phenomena. Heck, they were the ones that came up with the UAP acronym because the term UFO was so loaded. The Navy came out and admitted that the objects in those three famous videos were UAPs because they had no clue what they were. And now we get a 180-degree reversal?
Two possibilities come to mind. The first is that they’ve grown uncomfortable with how close TTSA and others have been getting to uncovering whatever is responsible for all of this activity and they’ve decided to shut down the flow of information and clam up. That would mean that there is no “big D” Disclosure on the horizon from the government and we’re stuck figuring it out on our own.
The other, more disturbing possibility is that the Pentagon actually does know the source of those flying objects, and possibly that they actually are some deep, black bag project of ours, the Russians or the Chinese. That would make Gough’s statement true if the objects really aren’t “unidentified” after all. But it would also demonstrate that a large number of their previous statements were fabrications. I don’t put much stock in this second explanation, though, because it would require such a massive leap in technology that most scientists don’t think is currently within our grasp.
Unless an until the government offers up any further clarification, your guess is probably as good an anyone else’s. But something here simply doesn’t add up as things currently stand.
Researcher Says "Vampires Are Real!"
Tales of vampires are as old as humanity – but are the bloodsuckers real?
Stories of undead demons and spirits that rose from their graves to feast on the blood of the living were already familiar to the ancient Mesopotamians some eight to 10 thousand years ago.
But in recent years, the nocturnal bloodsuckers have become seen as strictly fictional creatures – inventions of Hollywood.
What if they weren’t fictional?
A survey conducted by the Atlanta Vampire Alliance estimates that there could be around 5,000 genuine vampires across the United States.
John Edgar Browning, an academic researcher at Louisiana State University, claims the US city of New Orleans alone is home to at least 50 bloodsuckers.
He says some of them drink blood, either human or animal, and some extract energy from their victims psychically.
He describes the real vampire community as being made up of dozens of overlapping mini-groups.
He said: “These social gatherings included Dark Shadows conventions and other vampire fiction and film fan organisations; bondage and S&M events, which were frequented by blood fetishists and others whom real vampires found to be willing blood donors.”
They meet each other, he said, through pagan and other witchcraft-related groups and goth clubs, as well as variously affiliated pagan groups.
Before the internet made it easier for isolated individuals to find like-minded souls, self-printed newsletters (or zines), were especially helpful towards merging into one interconnected community the individual and small independent pockets of real vampires that peppered the United States.
New Orleans seems to be a major hotbed of vampire activity. Daily Star Online asked John Edgar Browning why that is.
He told us: "New Orleans is not the centre of vampire lore in the US, but you'll find an inordinate amount of vampires living there (more than most cities) simply because of New Orleans's Gothic charm and developed sense of inclusion."
He says the vampires that he has met there always take care not to injure their prey: “Vampire feeding – whether on blood or psychic energy – is always consensual, and generally always medically safe.
He continues: “The vampire and donor will each have their blood tested beforehand,” and says that great care is taken both by vampires and prey to use sterile tools to extract the blood."
While many real vampires have visited dentists to have their canine teeth filed to a point, John has never witnessed the fangs being used as anything but decoration.
He said: “The vampires I've met whose teeth had been filed down didn't say whether or not their teeth were practical,” he says “but I would venture to guess that they didn't use them during feeding.”
He said that the real vampires don’t think of themselves as actually undead monsters, but they do genuinely believe that they need blood from other living creatures in order to function properly.
John said: "Real vampires consume human or animal blood and they do so out of a need that, according to them, manifests around puberty and is the result of their bodies’ inability to produce natural, subtle energies."
“They claim they're given neither the choice nor the freedom to change this condition," John continues.
"And should they stop feeding on blood or energy, they feel weak and experience an overall diminished health.”
The real vampire culture may have become much more visible since the spread of the internet but John says he has traced its origins at least as far back as the early 70s.
And you might not be able to spot a vampire if you met one.
While many real vampires have adopted a generally gothic style, many more look the same as the rest of us.
John said: “Real vampires are living people – they don't think they're undead or supernatural--and generally lead everyday lives.
"They've appropriated the figure of the vampire and adapted it for self-identificatory purposes, that is, to help give a sense of identity to the compulsion they have, and this they only do years after the compulsion to take blood or energy arises.”
So look out next time you’re on the bus. There might be a real life bloodsucker sitting right behind you.
Source: Daily Star
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Study Shows There's Nothing Wacky About Conspiracy Theorists
By Jessica Fagan
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have delved into the world of online conspiracy theories, showing most of the people behind them are actually pretty ordinary.
The study looked at eight years of content, sifting through more than two billion comments posted on Reddit, including everything posted to the subreddit r/conspiracy.
R/conspiracy covers everything from UFOs and 9/11, to political conspiracy theories like 'pizzagate', which took off during the 2016 US election campaign.
But despite the subject matter, lead author of the study Dr. Colin Klein says conspiracy theorists aren't always a bunch of "crackpots wearing tinfoil hats".
"In the past before the rise of online forums like Reddit, we tended to only hear about the most extreme views, and those people tended to naturally be wary about talking to someone else about their beliefs," Dr. Klein said.
"These massive online forums paint a very different picture.
"The enormous set of comments we examined show many r/conspiracy users actually have more 'sensible' interests.
"For example conspiracy theories about police abuse of power are common. That's not so crazy.
"These people might believe false things, but with good reason—because similar things have happened in the past."
Professor Klein and his team also found that while there are subtle differences in the language used by those who end up posting on r/conspiracy, it's not necessarily enough to set them apart from other Reddit users.
"You might find they talk more about power or power structures, but their language is not that different from what ordinarily goes on in a forum like r/politics. You can't distinguish them that way.
"It's very easy to look at conspiracy theories and think they're super wacky, and the people who believe in them are crazy, but it's actually much more continuous with a lot of things we do every day.
"Low level theorising goes on a lot in everyday life, I'm inclined to think the stuff you see online is just a strong outgrowth of that."
According to Dr. Klein, forums like r/conspiracy can also be driven by current events.
"For example, Reddit attracted a whole new set of users following the election of US President Donald Trump.
"He also generates quite a lot of in-fighting amongst users. This is what makes it such great way to study social dynamics."
The data also reveals how people come to start posting on the r/conspiracy forum. The rise of Internet echo chambers is a factor—but there's much more at play.
"We followed people who started using Reddit and posted for about six months before they ended up on r/conspiracy," Dr. Klein said.
"You find two people who, for example, both started on the popular 'ask me anything' Reddit, and one ends up talking about conspiracies and one doesn't.
"People who go on to post on r/conspiracy also tend to be over-represented in the political forums, but it's not like they're hyper-focused.
"This suggests a more active process where people are seeking out sympathetic communities. This process of finding like-minded people is something we see a lot of on the Internet."
The research has been published in the journal PLOS ONE.
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India's Cow Eating Trees
In Roy Mackal's book, Searching for Hidden Animals (NY: Doubleday, 1980), his last chapter is entitled "The Monstrous Plants." It was not about cryptozoology, needless to say, but about cryptobotany, being a short treatise on the Victorian accounts of man-eating plants.
As Mackal points out, many zoologists and botanists have been fascinated by plants that eat meat since the days when Charles Darwin was bitten by this interest, and wrote a definitive work on the subject, Insectivorous Plants, published in 1888.
Like Mackal, who tells of having acquired several varieties of carnivorous plants after reading about them in Darwin, I recall as a boy buying and successfully raising Venus flytraps (Dionaena muscipula), after reading about the plants in Willy Ley's Salamanders and Other Wonders (NY: Viking, 1955).
Recently, I've actually thought about getting some more, to raise them in this bay window here at the museum. The plants still intrigue me. Nature does have some fine wonders.
Anyway, Mackal spends his final chapter detailing mostly the reports from the 1850s through the 1940s of the "Man-Eating Tree of Madagacar,"¯ and the expeditions that searched (unsuccessfully) for the species.
Little did I imagine that I would run across a new story of a similar nature, but here it is, from today, from South India: "Cow-eating trees of Padrame."
"Mangalore: Carnivorous trees grabbing humans and cattle and gobbling them up is not just village folklore."
"Residents of Padrame near Kokkoda in Uppinangady forest range sighted one such carnivorous tree trying to dine on a cow last Thursday [October 18, 2007]. According to reports, the cow owned by Anand Gowda had been left to graze in the forests.
"The cow was suddenly grabbed by the branches and pulled from the ground. The terrified cowherd ran to the village, and got Gowda and a band of villagers to the carnivorous tree.
"Before the tree could have its meal, Anand Gowda and the villagers struck mortal blows to the branches that turned limp and the cow was rescued. Uppinangady range forest officer (RFO) Subramanya Rao said the tree was described as 'pili maraā' (tiger tree) in native lingo.
"He had received many complaints about cattle returning home in the evenings without tails. On Friday, the field staff confirmed coming across a similar tree in Padrane, partially felled down.
"However no detailed inquiry was made as the authorities were not asked for any report, Rao said. 'Cow-eating' trees of Padrame, Tuesday, October 23, 2007, Express News Service, New IndPress."
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Can Dogs Smell Time?
By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC
"You know dogs have some kind of little clock inside of their brain which allows them to tell time"—at least, according to the behavioral biologist who I was chatting with at a scientific conference.
He went on to say, "It's not just their circadian rhythm. [This is a roughly 24-hour cycle in physiological processes that responds to cues like the changes in light and darkness as we go through each day.] I'll give you an example. When I was in elementary school, our family had a rough collie (like Lassie) named Rex. Each morning, Rex would walk the six-block route to school with me and then he would leave me at the door to go back. School ended at 3 o'clock, and when I walked out the door each day to go home, there would be Rex waiting for me. He kept up that precisely timed routine every single school day until he died."
There are historical examples of similar timekeeping abilities in dogs. Perhaps one of the most famous deals with Hachiko, who was an Akita owned by Dr. Eisaburo Ueno, a professor at Tokyo University. Hachiko accompanied his master to the train station each day to see him off. He would then leave only to return to the station each afternoon in time to greet his master. One afternoon, Professor Ueno did not return—he had died in Tokyo. Hachiko waited at the station until midnight. The next day, and every day for nearly 10 years thereafter, Hachiko came to the Shibuya station at exactly the right time to meet the train which his master always used to arrive on.
In both the cases of Rex and Hachiko, the dogs presumably went home after they accompanied their loved one in the morning. They then stayed in the house until they felt that enough time had elapsed so that they now had to leave to meet their human companion on time, in order to escort them home. This means that the dogs had to have a sufficiently accurate time sense to allow them to monitor how long their favorite humans had been out of the house. Do dogs really have that degree of perception of the passage of time?
There have not been very many studies that have tried to answer this question. The best-known was done by two researchers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. Therese Rhen and Linda Keeling observed 12 dog owners and their dogs. The owners left their dogs alone for increasing amounts of time, and the researchers videotaped how the dogs reacted when their people returned home.
According to their results, the dogs could tell the difference between short and long periods of time, but they couldn't process more specific intervals. They found that the dogs were more excited to see their owners after two hours apart compared to how they reacted if their owner had only left them alone for 30 minutes. However, there was no difference in the dog's reaction after a two-hour absence compared to a four-hour absence.
Nonetheless, there are many hundreds of anecdotal reports where people claim that dogs can tell time well enough to anticipate their owner's return from work each day. The dogs demonstrate this by hovering near the door, or window, perhaps 15 or 20 minutes before their special person is scheduled to walk into the door. Although each individual report is simply an anecdote, the weight of so many similar stories suggests that something real might well be going on here. But if so, what is the cue or mechanism which allows dogs to measure the amount of time that their owner has been away?
Alexandra Horowitz, a psychologist from Barnard College in New York City, believes that she has the answer. She suggests that dogs may well be smelling time changes. As an example, she points out that many dogs can tell which way to follow a scent trail by deciding to travel from where it is weakest (oldest) to where it is strongest (most recent) even though the degree of change in scent intensity might be very tiny over the distance of a dozen or so steps. Since stronger odors are often newer and weaker ones are older, that means that when dogs smell weak odors they are perceiving events of the past. Since dogs can detect both new (strong) and old (weak) scents, it means that they are actually perceiving events that occurred across intervals of time.
So let us now look at the situation where you have to leave the house to go to work each day. Odors change over time, and this usually occurs in a predictable manner. When you walk out of the door the intensity of your scent in the house decreases with each hour that you are gone. It is possible that your dog has learned, through simple repetition, that when your odor has weakened to a specific level, this is when you usually come through the door. In other words, the strength of your residual smell in the house is what is predicting the time when you return home.
Unfortunately, there are no systematic scientific studies that have tested this intriguing hypothesis. However, the BBC television network did set up an informal demonstration which does seem to suggest that it is the dissipation of your bodily scent which is serving as a sort of a clock that allows the dog to smell the passage of time and mark when you are about to return.
The idea behind this demonstration is that if you can somehow renew or refresh the human's scent in the house, then the dog will underestimate the amount of time that has passed and will not be alert and waiting in anticipation at the usual time.
Source: Psychology Today
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Texas Restaurant Owner Says Virgin Mary Left Rose Petals
By Nick Natario
A Galveston Tex-Mex owner believes she was visited by Our Lady of Guadalupe at a time when she desperately needed a sign.
It happened in mid-November at Mi Abuelitas restaurant on 45th Street in Galveston. The owner has kept it to herself, until she showed the video to Eyewitness News.
Owner Sara Asocar keeps an Our Lady of Guadalupe statue with roses in the corner of the restaurant. On Nov. 13, Asocar found rose petals on a table seat.
When she reviewed the surveillance video, she said no one was on camera inside the restaurant. The only figure she saw was what she believes was a glowing image around 3 a.m.
"I cried when I saw the video," Asocar recalled. "I was stunned. I just started crying."
It's been a rough few months for the owner. A construction project has torn apart the street where her restaurant sits.
It's a project that's kept customers away. Right now, she's losing $5,000 a week in revenue.
"I hope she's giving her blessings," Asocar said. "I really do. It's been really hard to stay with this door open. Every day, I don't know how I'm going to make it, but I open the door and the customers come in."
According to tradition, Our Lady of Guadalupe visited Juan Diego in 1531. When he shared the story with an archbishop, Diego was asked to provide proof.
The Virgin Mary instructed Diego to climb a barren hilltop to find flowers. When he laid the roses at the archbishop's feet, her image appeared in Diego's cloak.
"As I see on the video, she glows," Asocar recalled. "Her white veil comes in and out and it glows, and her hands are glowing."
Asocar hopes her sighting inspires others, and provides her the strength to keep her restaurant going.
"You have to believe," Asocar said.
Source: ABC-13 Houston
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