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This week Conspiracy Journal takes a look at such chilling tales as:

- Drones Seen Flying Over Palo Verde Nuclear Plant -

 - Mysterious Colored Lights Spotted Over Shenzhen, China -

- "UFOs Could Be Mapping Earth" -

AND: The Beastie in the Walls

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Drones Seen Flying Over Palo Verde Nuclear Plant
By Ryan Randazzo

Security guards at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station west of Phoenix noticed something odd on a September night last year.

Five or six drones buzzed over the perimeter fence of the nuclear plant— the largest power generator in the United States — 50 miles west of Phoenix. They went across the open desert where security guards practice "force-on-force" simulated combat drills to sharpen their skills to ward off an assault, over heavy-duty gates and arrived at the protected area around the concrete-domed reactors.

They stayed for nearly an hour, and came back the next night for a repeat performance.

Nobody except the drones' pilots knows whether this was a case of hobbyists touring the plant out of curiosity, or something much more nefarious, intended to disrupt a massive power source for customers from Texas to California. And nobody in any official capacity seems to know who piloted the drones that night or the next.

Most drones popular with consumers have a battery life of about half an hour, less time than was spent at Palo Verde. But it's unclear whether the drones were high-end models with longer flight capabilities, or just consumer models simply returning to the launch site after brief flights.

"There did not appear to be coordinated movements between the drones," said Mike McLaughlin, vice president of site services for Palo Verde, who said it was difficult to tell how big or how close the drones actually were in the night.

He said it was difficult to determine the number, size and altitude of the drones in the dark.

"It’s difficult to pinpoint anything other than there were drones in the area," he said.

Arizona Public Service Co., which owns a large stake in the power plant and runs it for the other co-owners, takes the issue seriously, McLaughlin said. But officials also are not concerned with the drones, which they have not seen since last fall.

There's little chance they could damage the steel and concrete reinforced containment domes or buildings housing nuclear material, he said.

"We are safe from the current technologies," he said, which is why the well-armed security guards at the plant didn't shoot them down. Technically, they could have been operating legally, depending how high above the plant they were flying, which was hard to determine in the dark.

"Even out in rural Tonopah, there is an amount of risk in trying to shoot something out of the sky. There are families and homes around. I don’t want to be the station that unilaterally takes action against drones."

UFO researcher unearthed documents

The story of the incursions is told through emails and security alerts recently released by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

How those documents came to light is almost as intriguing as the drone swarms themselves.

A person identified as Douglas Johnson with the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies, a group studying "unknown anomalous phenomena known around the world as UFOs" and other unexplained objects, requested the documents from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

His document request, allowed under federal law, specifically cited material related to "an incursion of drones" at Palo Verde from September to October.

He said on Twitter that he'd been tipped off to the event.

A news site called The War Zone then published the documents this week. Once the NRC released the documents to the UFO researcher, they were made available to the general public on the commission's website.

Drones show up at the same time on consecutive nights

Eighty-one pages of heavily redacted and repetitive emails describe the events. It was 8:50 p.m. on Sept. 29. Guards at the plant described drones about two feet across flying 200-300 feet overhead, with white and red lights.

The drones used spotlights as they approached the plant. The spotlights went dark once they arrived. The aircraft loitered around for more than an hour. No drones were seen after 10:30 p.m., according to the report, which does not say what the many armed guards at the plant did while the drones flew around the No. 3 reactor.

The emails indicate the drones were able to fly over the "protected area" around the three nuclear reactors and their turbines. Workers and visitors at the plant have to go through two security checkpoints to get to that area. The journey to that point includes passing through metal turnstiles, metal detectors like at an airport and through a separate machine used to detect explosives.

The next night, at 8:51, four drones flew over the plant, this time without spotlights lighting their approach.

A security report from the plant that night indicates guards believed the drones were launched from behind a mountain range east of the power plant at Southern and 361st Avenues.

"This week has been a drone-a-palooza," an NRC official wrote in an email later that week.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was notified but deputies couldn't locate the drones or who was operating them, the reports say.

Officials contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security as well.

The nuclear regulators coordinated with the FBI's "weapons of mass destruction" coordinator after the second night because the flights met several criteria regarding how serious the agency considers drone overflights, including the number of drones and maneuvers they used, another email said.

Federal regulators: Plants are safe

The flyovers prompted several officials to get involved, but the NRC isn't concerned today about drones damaging or interfering with nuclear plants.

"The NRC believes there are currently no risk-significant vulnerabilities to nuclear power plants that could be exploited by adversarial use of commercial drones to result in radiological sabotage, or theft or diversion of special nuclear material," NRC spokesman David McIntyre said Thursday.

"Current security measures in place at all U.S. commercial nuclear power plants, including Palo Verde, account for and mitigate the potential for disruption or reconnaissance caused by drones."

He also said that the Department of Energy is working with the FAA to designate the airspace above all nuclear plants as restricted. Once that is implemented, commercial drones will recognize such restrictions and not fly over the plants.

Workers in the NRC's Intelligence Liaison and Threat Analysis Branch seemed even less concerned. They sent internal messages to NRC officials asking not to be woken in the middle of the night with calls about drones at Palo Verde.

"There is nothing ILTAB can do about it at night, and if my staff has to be woken up about it each night, it will start to cause other problems for us," wrote Laura Pearson, who is an intelligence liaison with the NRC, according to a LinkedIn profile.

This is how Pearson describes her job on that profile: "I work at the intersection of intelligence and policy to assess emerging threats and find solutions to mitigate or disrupt them."

The Palo Verde incidents are apparently not the first time something like this has happened. One NRC email discusses "several high-speed" drone overflights of the Limerick Generating Station in Pennsylvania approximately eight months prior.

Another indicates there had been 42 drone incidents in three years. APS officials said some of those were at Palo Verde.

What if the pilots meant harm?

At least one person in the NRC was concerned last year that an airspace restriction from the FAA wasn't sufficient.

“I would point out that restricted airspace will do nothing to stop an adversarial attack and even the detection systems identified earlier in this email chain have limited success rates, and there is even lower likelihood that law enforcement will arrive quickly enough to actually engage with the pilots,” wrote Joseph Rivers, a senior security adviser with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who recently retired.

“We should be focusing our attention on getting federal regulations and laws changed to allow sites to be defended and to identify engineering fixes that would mitigate an adversarial attack before our licensed facilities become vulnerable.”

A columnist for Forbes went even further, speculating that the drones could have made three-dimensional maps of the power plant to assist a later attack.

"We frankly are not worried about that," McLaughlin of APS said.

The plant's security preparedness assumes anyone threatening the plant might have connections to an insider who has shared the plant layout and designs, and the security would have to defend against someone with that knowledge.

"The drones today are much more of a nuisance than they are a physical threat against the station," he said. "This story is more about drone safety and how you could be impacting people at the station."

He said drones remain unwelcome at the plant because they can distract security officers.

According to the documents, APS officials told regulators they planned to use a system from a company called Aerial Armor to track drones to determine where they were launched. The system would help law enforcement find any spot within a 13-mile radius where they launched.

McLaughlin said the NRC did not require anti-drone measures, but that APS has taken some anyhow, though he declined to comment on whether Palo Verde was using the tracking system.

In another email, an NRC representative tells a group of workers that the flights over the plant are not illegal, and another questions what the agency can do then if the perpetrators are caught.

However, another worker noted that Arizona has a law prohibiting drones from flying 500 feet horizontally or 250 feet vertically from any critical infrastructure, which would include the power plant.

Even if the airspace over nuclear plants is not yet designated as a restricted area, officials said they prefer drone pilots steer clear of the reactors.

"We would appreciate every drone pilot understand the rules before they fly," McLaughlin said.

Source: azcentral


Mysterious Colored Lights Spotted Over Shenzhen, China
By Emily Brown

A mysterious cluster of lights have been spotted shining above skyscrapers by hundreds of residents who likened it to "UFOs" and "alien spaceships".

Video widely shared on Chinese social media reveals the colourful lights in the partly cloudy night sky in Shenzhen, a major manufacturing hub in China's southern province of Guangdong, on Saturday, July 25.

The lights are of red, green and yellow hues, gathering in a shape reminiscent of a map.

A man can be heard behind the camera: "It really looks like a UFO."

The clip has been viewed more than 140,000 times on Weibo, a Twitter-like social media platform.

The bright lights were spotted directly above some of the city’s skyscrapers, with pictures showing red, yellow and green spots scattered in a seemingly random formation.

Some residents commented under the post on the unusual phenomenon.

One said: "I've never seen this in Shenzhen. It could well be a UFO."

"Could it be some sort of doomsday prediction?" a second asked. "It's usually a bad sign, isn't it?"

But experts from the local meteorological bureau have now identified the atmospheric phenomenon as light pillars, which usually occur in colder climates when light sources such as the sun, moon or street lights reflect off ice crystals suspended in the air.

The occurrence is particularly rare above the skies of tropical Shenzhen, which is currently experiencing daily temperature highs of up to 34C.

The local weather agency explained:

    "We call these ‘warm evening light pillars’. They form in strict conditions even more particular than regular light pillars. They require the absence of low-and medium-level clouds, and the existence of only high-altitude clouds. They can be seen on evenings with high-humility, high atmospheric visibility, and low wind. There must also be ice crystals present. The absence of any one of the above conditions means they cannot exist."

Source: Unilad


"UFOs Could Be Mapping Earth" Claims Former Military Advisor

UFOs are mapping the surface of the Earth as they create a Google Map-style chart of the Universe.

Former military intelligence adviser Christopher Mellon claims thousands of similar sightings worldwide suggest alien craft are on a “reconnaissance mission”.

The expert, who served under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush as US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Intelligence, drops his bombshell conclusion on the History Channels "Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation."

It comes at the same time as a Senate committee voted to compel the Pentagon’s own UFO research unit to declassify many of its findings next year and make them public.

Mr Mellon said: “I don’t think these things are ours and I’m hopeful we can finally make headway in discovering where they might be coming from and how they work.”

The ex-Pentagon boss added: “If they’re not ours, we have a lot to worry about. They could spell a new and ­uncertain security threat.”

"Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation" includes footage of several huge objects shaped like perfect equilateral triangles which have lights on each of their three corners and appear ­capable of slowly drifting across the sky as well as departing with incredible bursts of speed.

These triangular craft have now been seen above more than 50 US military installations, including Scott Air Force Base, Illinois – a strategic command centre whose state-of-the-art equipment failed to even register the “intruder.”

Mr Mellon said this type of UFO bears “absolutely no resemblance” to any advanced Earthly air technology such as stealth bombers or modern fighter jets but has been seen around the world “for more than 40 years”.

He believes that the craft would be capable of highly detailed ­mapping of the surface below, ­accounting for well-documented periods of extremely slow progress through the sky.

Source: Daily Star


Village Grapples with Potato Throwing Ghost

NONGPOH: Stones, potatoes and assorted materials have been raining down on a house at Umtrew in Ri Bhoi district, India for the past few days, but nobody knows from where or by whom.

Intrigued residents are now wondering whether this is paranormal activity.

Narrating the goings-on, Kingstar Thongni, who is the owner of the house, told The Shillong Times that the chain of events began on s Friday night in late July around 10 pm.

He said there was sound of knocking on the door of his parents’ house located within a few metres thrice.

Suspecting the handiwork of miscreants, the family informed the village leaders who then visited the house and started a search.

A few hours later, stones started landing at the front verandah of his house.

On seeing this, the villagers who were patrolling the area, started looking around to see if any miscreant was involved.

However, none was found prompting the villagers to think that there might be some kind of paranormal activity going on.

Since Friday, Thongni informed that no one from the family has taken any material from the house as they were staying with their parents.

Strangely, an opened box of potatoes was found with a finger mark, which Thongni said was not theirs.
From that time, potatoes, stones as well as other household articles were being thrown inside and out of the house despite the presence of people who were on patrolling duty.

Even as this correspondent was talking to Thongni at around 9 pm, stones were thrown at the verandah of the house.
Thongni, who is father to two sons and a daughter, also informed that this was the first time that such an incident was witnessed. He has been staying in this house for six months now.

Villagers, who were also present at the spot, informed that they were witness to the incident.

They said that as some of them were inside the house, some were also outside, but the stones and other materials kept being thrown from the back of the house to the roof and the verandah and some of the stones even fell on them, but fortunately, no one was injured.

This is not the first time that such activity has been reported in Ri Bhoi district.

Earlier, a man at Pahamriniai village was also alleged to have had fights with a ghost at his house.

It is said that paranormal activities do occur though it cannot be proven scientifically.

Only those who face it can express how horrible it is to witness or face such things.

Old-timers say that if there are incidents similar to the one at Umtrew village, it is because the deities or some kind of supernatural force is moving through this route.

Source: The Shillong Times


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Have Hairy Hominids Kidnapped Humans?

Is there a history of human beings being abducted by hairy unknown hominids, including by Sasquatch in North America and by relic Neandertals in Europe?

Black Almas

Here is a list of a few possible kidnapping incidents, first published in English here at Cryptomundo in 2006, shared by Norwegian cryptozoologist Erik Knatterud:

Spain, Sienra. Probably about 800 years ago. Baby abduction. An infant boy was stolen from his nanny, but a swift rescue party managed to find the boy being “happily sucking one of the tits of the animal;” [the rescue party] chased away the wild woman and retrieved the baby. The serrana (wild woman) was referred to as a “bear.”

France, Savoie, the village of Naves. 1602 Female abduction, cited in writing already in 1605. Seventeen-year-old Anthoinette Culet was herding animals when she disappeared. Later the same year three lumberjacks from the village happened to work in the mountains, where one of them noticed a voice from behind a boulder blocking a cave, a voice that insisted to be the abducted Anthoinette Culet. She told them about the ugly but amorous monster with enormous strength obviously stole and brought her baskets of bread, fruit, cheese, linen and thread. That night the creature intruded the village but was ambushed and shot to death. The creature was a “bear,” but it “had a navel like humans and almost looked like a human.”

Allevard, Dauphine. District of Isère. Late 19th century. Male abduction. The young lumberjack Bourne was about to cross a hill at night to visit his fiancé when he was taken and slung over the shoulders of a hairy giant and brought to a cave with a group of brown longhaired creatures talking a strange language. The biggest hairy man was about 8 feet and “looked almost human” and had long arms and big hands. After several hours Bourne pulled out his pipe which was snatched away. In the following fight over the pipe Bourne managed to escape. Locals called such creatures marfolats. [Comment by Loren Coleman: You will note that this story sounds a great deal like the 1924 B.C. kidnapping account of Swedish immigrant Albert Ostman. Ostman told of his sleeping bag (with him in it) being thrown over a Sasquatch's shoulder, and how he was brought back to a canyon to a family of four Bigfoot that uttered short phrases that seemed to carry meaning. Ostman eventually escaped when he used a tin of snuff to confuse the guarding Sasquatch.]

France, Briançon, Haute Alpes. Late 19th century. Male abduction. A man missing for days told that he had been abducted by a hairy forest man (homme des bois) and kept in a cave with his family, a female and two kids. He was fed some berries, but eventually they lost interest in him.

Spain, Lézignan (Aude). About 1920. Female abduction. A young couple was tending farm animals in the Sierra Morena when the female was taken by an “ape” when she was washing clothes at a stream. She was kept in a cave and raped, but escaped eventually. The resulting baby girl, Anica known as “the daughter of the orangutan,” had a hairy body, long arms and an ape like mouth. Male wildmen are known as basajaun, master of the forest.


Erik Knatterud also writes that he knows of “three cases from Sweden, not really about abduction, but about having [relationships] with hairy females out in the forest at night. Here the wildwomen are called skograa (master of the forest). In my country [Norway] there are many local anecdotes about abductions, probably very ancient legends. Very strange since I have not been able to find the slightest trace of trolls living here today.”

For a little bit of translation and interpretation for the English-reading audience, Mark A. Hall has pointed out via his past writings that “trolls” are not the “little people” that we know from American children’s stories, but the real Trolls of northern Euroasian hominology are indeed giant unknown hairy hominoids.


Erik Knatterud adds these further notes:

The Skograa of Sweden also is known by several other names, one of them is Troll woman. The Norwegian match is Hulder (she who is hidden). About trolls being man sized or more Loren Coleman and Mark A. Hall are absolutely correct; trolls actually have only been transformed into gnomes in the last few decennia to fit the tourist trade. The three Swedish stories about forbidden sex with the creatures were dug up by me in 300 year old court archives.

Of course, I know of the Ostman abduction of 1924, but all the details of the Marfolat story is quite different. This story was found in a French newspaper from January 24th, 1977.

Source: Cryptomundo/Loren Coleman


The Beastie in the Walls

Fortean Ireland is, inherently, incredibly parochial. So, in an effort to break away from this – and, hopefully, help me deal with my lockdown cabin fever – I've decided to take us on a virtual trip in time and space.

This week we’re in March 1934, in Tarves, a small village in Aberdeenshire, in north east Scotland, where Mr & Mrs Wilkie, a couple in their 80s, along with their nine-year-old granddaughter, Bunty Ross, have been living since November 1933 ...

Shortly after moving into Gateside Croft, the Wilkies began to hear a voice coming from the walls. At first, they were alarmed, but soon they were on conversational terms with their unexpected lodger.  

The following exchange between Mr Wilkie and the “beastie” - as it became known - was reported in Dundee’s The Courier Advertiser:
Mr Wilkie: “What are you? Have you four legs?”
Voice: “Aye.”
Mr Wilkie: “Have you a tail?”
Voice: “No, but I have a beak.”

In addition to answering the Wilkies’ questions, the “beastie,” which spoke in a “broad Buchan dialect,” could repeat the alphabet, count to 90, say the Lord’s Prayer, and would sing “A Bicycle Made for Two” and the hymn “Jesus Loves Me.”

When news of the Wilkies’ strange and talented ghost - for that’s how it was being reported - reached the village and beyond, it brought a steady stream of visitors to their home.

The “beastie” wasn’t shy, and it seems no one left the croft without having heard it speak. It could be quite direct and would often call out anyone it felt was asking “too much about its identity.”

For the most part, though, the “beastie” had a wicked sense of humour, as illustrated by this exchange with a local curiosity seeker:
Woman: “I’ll need to be going down the road now.”
Voice: “And I’ll come hame wi’ ye.”
Woman: “Deed, ye will no’ do that.”

At that, she grabbed her hat and coat and ran out of the house.

While the newspapers t were reporting this as a haunting, and it seems that the Wilkies believed that something supernatural was going on, according to The Courier and Advertiser, “the general opinion is that a trick is being played on the old folks.”

But who would play such a mean - but convincing and entertaining - trick on an elderly couple?

Within a few days of the “beastie” making the news it suddenly stopped talking. The Evening Telegraph of 26 March reported: “The voice died on Tuesday night, and the family here are at a loss to explain the reason.” It would be another two days before it was revealed that the voice had stopped because the mystery had been solved. The “voice” belonged to Bunty, the Wilkies’ granddaughter.

Exactly how this was discovered is not clear. There are at least three accounts. And while each account credits one of Bunty’s teachers with solving the mystery, they vary in how the teacher made the discovery.

According to The Evening Telegraph, the teacher became suspicious during a reading lesson after Bunty “lapsed unconsciously” into the “voice.”

“The teacher noticed something unusual about her voice and became convinced that the little girl was a ventriloquist,” explained the Telegraph. “When questioned, Bunty, a bright youngster, admitted that she was the voice.”

Another newspaper (for which I failed to note any details), claimed that the “voice” had “followed” Bunty to school. And while the class was being entertained by the “beastie” - one of the teachers was closely watching Bunty.

The account that appeared in the Aberdeen Press and Journal on 29 March seemed to suggest that something more troubling than a practical joke was going on: a child in genuine distress, perhaps?  

“When she first attended Barthel-Chapel School some months ago she was a fluent speaker and reader. Last week, however, she developed a serious stammer, some of her words being entirely incoherent. In consequence of inquiries then made, it was found that she possessed a ventriloquial voice.”

Following Bunty’s confession, other details began to emerge that appeared to confirm her “guilt.”

The Aberdeen Press and Journal reported on a separate incident that happened one day when Bunty and a classmate were walking home from school. Seemingly, a voice began to talk to them from the ditch at the side of the road. When the classmate became frightened, Bunty told her “it was just a trick.”

And it seems that the locals – well, most of them, were now claiming that they’d never been fooled by Bunty’s antics. 

Two of those locals were Mrs Bonnar and Mrs Sinclair, both of whom had made multiple visits to the croft to hear the “voice.” According to Bonnar and Sinclair, the “beastie” never spoke until Bunty was in bed. And when it spoke, Bunty always had her face covered - with a book, a newspaper or a knitting pattern. And her head could be seen to move as the “beastie” spoke.
“Anybody wis have kent it wis her,” said Mrs Sinclair.

So, was Bunty responsible for the “voice”? If so, why did she do it? How did she do it?

Unfortunately, Bunty’s willingness to talk about the “voice” ended with her confession. She never spoke of it again. On trying to get her to talk about it, a reporter from the Aberdeen Press and Journal wrote: “She simply smiled, but would not speak a word. She would not even reveal how she came to use her unnatural voice, but it is almost certain that she never saw a professional ventriloquist on the stage.”

Eleanor Castel, also of the Aberdeen Press and Journal, got the same response from Bunty. And though the girl was happy to spend time with the journalist, she would not talk about the “voice.”

However, spending time with Bunty did give Castel some valuable insight into the girl’s incredibly lonely life. “She told me she had a cat, a black one, and its name was Topsy, but this was her only playmate. There was no schoolfellow who came to share her romps. She spent all her spare time with the old couple.”

Despite having made a full confession to “responsible persons,” there were some – including her grandparents – who refused to believe that Bunty had been behind the “voice.”

“Bunty hid naething tae dee wi’t,” Mr Wilkie told Castel. “I tell ye it wis a beastie thit wis ahin the wa’.”

Lizzie Stott, who worked on a neighbouring farm, also firmly believed that Bunty was innocent. In fact, Castel noted that “nothing would shake her [Stott] from her conviction that a supernatural agency had been at work.”  

So, why were the Wilkies and Miss Stott so confident that Bunty was innocent?

It seems that they all had encounters with the “beastie” at the croft while Bunty was away at school.

And that, to the best of my knowledge, was the end of the Tarves “beastie” story.  

I love this story. I pieced it together from newspaper coverage; but if you know of any other resources, please get in touch (leave a comment or email me at forteanireland@gmail.com).

Source: Fortean Ireland

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