week Conspiracy Journal brings
you such stupendous stories as:
- Could These Photos Show Mushrooms on Mars?
- Pentagon Investigated Suspected Directed-Energy Attacks-
- "Lockheed Martin Had UFO Fragments" -
AND: Shapeshifting Boar-Demon Accused of Stealing Money
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20 of the world's leading UFOlogists establish that humans have
done battle with aliens over and over again, shooting at them,
molesting them, hitting them, running them over, unleashing dogs
upon them, and injuring -- and even killing them -- though any means
possible, as humans try to combat their fear of the unknown.
many instances the aliens have fought back. They have sought revenge,
and more often than not, gotten it. Here are over a hundred
reports of the strangest close encounters with humanoids who use force
to defend themselves -- such as the case of the NY hunter whose rifle
was ripped from his hands, the shotgun barrel twisted, and than handed
back to him. There is also the crash landing of a UFO in Kingman, AZ
which involved 8 UFOs positioning themselves in the sky in combat
position, apparently returning to find any survivors of their
doomed craft, and to protect themselves in doing so.
IS THERE A BLACK UFO EXPERIENCE?
second part of the book's "mission," is to disprove the concept held
by many that African Americans are not prone to have UFO
experiences or to hold a belief or interest in the subject. One
contributor, Prof. Stephen Finley of the University of Louisiana,
explains how UFOs are part of the overall "Black experience" of many
African Americans. Most of his fans do not realize that Muhammad Ali
had over 21 UFO sightings. A friend of researcher Tim Beckley, the late
Champ explains why he was so taken up with the subject, being a part of
his spiritual beliefs.
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- THE MYSTERIOUS RED PLANET DEPARTMENT -
Could These Photos Show Mushrooms on Mars?
By Caroline Delbert
Could there be mushrooms on Mars? In a new paper, an international team
of scientists from countries including the U.S., France, and China have
gathered and compared photographic evidence they claim shows
fungus-like objects growing on the Red
In their paper, which appears in Scientific Research Publishing’s
Advances in Microbiology, the scientists analyze images taken by NASA’s
Opportunity and Curiosity rovers, plus the Mars Reconnaissance
Orbiter’s HiRISE camera. The objects in question show“chalky-white
colored spherical shaped specimens,” which the Mars Opportunity team
initially said was a mineral called hematite.
Later studies refuted the hematite claim. Soon, some scientists coined
the term“Martian mushrooms” to describe the mysterious objects, because
of how they resemble lichens and mushrooms, while in another study,
fungi and lichen experts classified the spheres as“puffballs”—a white,
spherical fungus belonging to the phylum Basidiomycota found on Earth.
In the new paper, the scientists point to a set of Opportunity photos
that shows nine spheres increasing in size, and an additional 12
spheres emerging from beneath the soil, over a 3-day sequence. The
researchers claim Martian wind didn’t uncover the amorphous spheres,
and that they“expand in size, or conversely, change shape, move to new
locations, and/or wane in size and nearly disappear.”
“Many of these ground-level spherical specimens also have stalks or
have shed portions of their outer membranes—possibly crustose—and are
surrounded by white chunks and fluffy spore-like material that may
consist of leprose.”
Crustose and leprose are kinds of fungus surface textures, where crust or scales form and can flake away.
The presence of these peripheral parts is important, the scientists
say, because it helps them make the case that what we’re seeing really
is fungus instead of simply some spherical rocks. Mushrooms grow and
reproduce like gangbusters—it’s one of the defining characteristics of
the entire family of fungi. Small mushrooms grow in about a day, while
large mushrooms take up to 4 days.
In their research, the scientists carefully document all the ways their
proposed fungi change from one photo to the next.“White amorphous mass
alters shape, location, and almost completely disappears from inside
the crevice of a rock shelter over a three day (Sol) period,” they
explain of one image set.
Besides something like a gust of wind blowing away loose sand, fungi
are one of the only living things that could experience such noticeable
growth and change in just a few days.
The scientists acknowledge the“evidence” they present isn’t ironclad,
and seem to predict the scrutiny that will inevitably come with their
paper, writing that“similarities in morphology are not proof of life.”
“It is possible that all the specimens presented here are abiotic. We
cannot completely rule out minerals, weathering, and unknown geological
forces that are unique to Mars and unknown and alien to Earth. However,
growth, movement, alterations in location and shape, constitute
behavior, and coupled with life-like morphology, strongly support the
hypothesis there is life on Mars.”
But if there really were mushrooms on Mars, what would that mean in a
future where humans hope to settle on the Red Planet? Well, the
scientists say many fungi on Earth are also extremophiles—meaning
organisms that can thrive in conditions considered“extreme” in terms of
the usual building blocks of life. So to find mushrooms on Mars is
perhaps less surprising than we think.
This is not the first time that these controversial photos have made
their rounds in the media. In May of 2016, Dr. Rhawn Gabriel Joseph
provided evidence and reported that 40 experts in fungi and 30 experts
in geomorphology, after examining photos of Martian specimens taken by
NASA, formed a statistically significant consensus that there is a high
chance of life on Mars.
In February of 2019, Dr. Joseph and four colleagues published a major
monograph detailing their finding in the Journal of Astrobiology and
Space Science Reviews, 1, 40-82, 2019: Evidence of Life on Mars: Viking
LR, Meteor ALH8401, Stromatolites, Methane, Lichens, Fungi.
However, the monograph was promptly retracted after finding the paper
“proffers insufficient critical assessment of the material presented
and literature cited, and fails to provide a solid underpinning for the
speculative statements made in the article which, in their view,
invalidates the conclusions drawn.”
Dr. Joseph’s latest paper was published in the journal Advances in
Microbiology, a journal headquartered in China that’s been criticized
for republishing existing articles, as Nature reported back in 2010.
Nevertheless, until we actually land people on Mars and are able to
collect samples and check for ourselves, the idea that life of any sort
on Mars is still up in the air. Scientists, however, should allow
themselves to keep an open mind on whether life on Mars is possible,
rather than immediately shooting down any theories that fly in the face
of "conventional wisdom"
In his 2018 novel Red Moon, Kim Stanley Robinson imagined a moon
settlement with fast-growing bamboo as its primary building material.
It’s not hard to imagine fungus used as anything from a building
material, to an insulator, to even a hypothetical food source for Mars
residents or their livestock animals.
Source: Popular Mechanics
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- MICROWAVES TO THE BRAIN DEPARTMENT -
Pentagon Investigated Suspected Directed-Energy Attacks
By Betsy Woodruff Swan, Andrew Desiderio, Lara Seligman and Erin Banco
The Pentagon has briefed top
lawmakers on intelligence surrounding suspected directed-energy attacks
against U.S. troops, and officials identified Russia as a likely
culprit, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.
The Defense Department had been investigating the incidents, including
those targeting its personnel around the world, since last year,
according to four former national security officials directly involved
in the probe.
Pentagon officials informed at least two key groups of lawmakers
earlier this year, in written form and in-person, about the
investigation. POLITICO spoke with congressional officials who were
briefed on the suspected attacks as part of their oversight duties of
The briefings included information about injuries sustained by U.S.
troops in Syria, the people said. The investigation includes one
incident in Syria in the fall of 2020 in which several troops developed
flu-like symptoms, two people familiar with the Pentagon probe said.
After this article was published, Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S.
Central Command, told lawmakers during a Senate Armed Services
Committee hearing that he has seen "no evidence" of such attacks
against U.S. troops in the Middle East.
The incidents of suspected directed-energy attacks by Russia on
Americans abroad became so concerning that the Pentagon’s office of
special operations and low-intensity conflict began investigating last
year, according to two former national security officials involved in
the effort. It’s unclear exactly how many troops were injured, or the
extent of their injuries.
The investigation is part of a broader effort to look into
directed-energy attacks on U.S. officials across multiple agencies in
recent years. Since late 2016, close to 50 officials have reported
symptoms of a mysterious illness that became known as “Havana syndrome”
among U.S. diplomats posted in Cuba. Symptoms included acute ringing
and pressure in the ears, as well as loss of hearing and balance,
fatigue and residual headaches. Some victims have suffered long-term
Marc Polymeropoulos, a former senior CIA officer, was in Moscow in 2017 when he was suddenly stricken.
“I was woken up in the middle of the night with an incredible case of
vertigo,” Mr Polymeropoulos told The Guardian. “My head was spinning,
incredible nausea, I felt like I had to go to the bathroom and throw
up. It was just a terrifying moment for me. I had tinnitus which was
ringing in my ears, and the vertigo was really what was incredibly
debilitating and I really wasn’t sure what was happening. I couldn’t
stand up. I was falling over.”
Four years later, Mr Polymeropoulos says his headache still hasn’t
stopped. In 2019, he retired from the CIA because of his symptoms.
There have also been suspected attacks on U.S. soil. In 2019, a White
House staffer reported being stricken with the Havana symptoms while
walking her dog in Arlington, Virginia. And in November 2020, Defense
officials have now told members of Congress, a suspected attack
sickened a National Security Council official near DC’s Ellipse park –
within walking distance of the White House.
Directed-energy attacks on U.S. spies and diplomats are
well-documented; the CIA recently set up its own task force to look
into the issue. But the recent Pentagon effort to look into similar
incidents affecting U.S. troops has not previously been reported.
Circumstances surrounding these incidents are murky, and U.S. officials
have encountered difficulties in attributing the suspected attacks to
any particular weapon or country.
A directed-energy attack uses highly concentrated electromagnetic
energy, including high-powered radio frequency or microwave devices and
particle beams, to harm a target. The attacks can take different forms,
from jamming electronic equipment to causing pain or permanent injuries.
A report commissioned by the State Department and released in December
pointed to “directed, pulsed radio-frequency energy” as the most
probable cause for the “Havana syndrome” incidents.
The members of Congress privy to top-secret intelligence, known as the
Gang of Eight, were notified about Russia’s suspected targeting of
Americans in Syria using directed energy, according to the two people
with direct knowledge of the matter. The Senate Armed Services
Committee was also briefed, the people said.
The congressional officials briefed on the incidents said the Pentagon
believes that the nature of the directed-energy attacks is similar to
those carried out against Americans in Cuba, but was hesitant to draw
The alleged attacks prompted a Pentagon investigation, and officials
there came to believe Russia was responsible for the attacks. But a
formal attribution can be complicated, as the symptoms of injuries
related to directed energy could also have a variety of other causes.
Another major challenge is that officials can’t always track the
devices, which can be small and portable, the people said.
Jeffrey Lewis, a professor at the Middlebury Institute who focuses on
technology and national security, said the topic can be troublesome
from an intelligence standpoint.
“The problem is — and I think we saw this at the embassy in Cuba, but
honestly with a lot of these stories over the years — it’s just really
hard to know why people are getting sick unless you have the weapon or
some technical means of knowing if there’s a particular beam being
focused on a place,” he said.
“We still have no idea what the hell is going on at the embassy in
Cuba,” he added. “Those people have been reporting all those symptoms
for years and the question is, are they being targeted? Is this some
eavesdropping equipment that’s having an effect on them? You just don’t
But any public statements on this topic from the U.S. government would
also generate skepticism. Phil Coyle, former director of the Office of
Operational Test and Evaluation at the Pentagon, urged caution.
“It seems far-fetched to me — harder to do by far than just killing
American soldiers with bombs or bullets,” Coyle said. “The advantage,
of course, of some imaginary weapon is maybe there would be no
attribution. Nobody would be able to tell, which I guess is the
situation you’re describing in Syria. All we know is these soldiers got
sick, and we don’t know whether it’s food poisoning or something else
that made them sick, so we can’t blame the Russians. And that of course
was part of the problem in ... Cuba.”
- THE EVIDENCE PUZZLE DEPARTMENT -
Sen. Harry Reid Told "Lockheed Martin Had UFO Fragments"
By Brett Bachman
A government contractor may have fragments recovered from the U.S.
crash site of a UFO, former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid revealed this week.
The claims were published as part of a lengthy report in The New Yorker
Friday, titled, "How the Pentagon Started Taking U.F.O.s Seriously." In
the piece, Reid is quoted as saying he believes Lockheed Martin, the
American aerospace firm, is in possession of such materials — but that
he could not say for certain because he never got approval from the
Pentagon to inspect the crash fragments himself, despite years of
"I was told for decades that Lockheed had some of these retrieved
materials," he told the magazine. "And I tried to get, as I recall, a
classified approval by the Pentagon to have me go look at the stuff.
They would not approve that. I don't know what all the numbers were,
what kind of classification it was, but they would not give that to me."
Reid was originally reported as making similar comments in a 2017 New
York Times story on the Pentagon's covert UFO program — though the
newspaper was later forced to append a correction to the article
softening the then-senator's statement.
Salon published its own in-depth look into the claims made by various
actors in the blockbuster Times report, which The New Yorker credits as
legitimizing the national conversation surrounding UFOs.
Reid has been a longtime advocate for research into unidentified aerial
phenomena, spearheading an effort which ran from 2007 to 2012 called
the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. Pentagon watchers
believe the program may still exist today, albeit in an informal
Military contractors made up the bulk of the program's $20 million
budget, in particular a firm called Bigelow Aerospace, run by
billionaire and longtime Reid associate Robert Bigelow. One of The New
Yorker's primary sources (and author of the 2017 New York Times story),
the investigative journalist Leslie Kean, also sits on the board of a
Bigelow-founded venture called the "Bigelow Institute for Consciousness
Studies" — a connection the magazine failed to disclose.
As Salon's Keith Spencer noted at the time, military contractors like
Bigelow profit handsomely from perpetuating the worldview that the
earth — and beyond — is a cold and dangerous place.
The New Yorker story comes in advance of a widely anticipated report
from the federal government's "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task
Force" — an effort which was announced last summer as part of the
COVID-19 relief bill signed by then-President Donald Trump.
The group's findings are expected to be released sometime in June.
HERETICS - PAST AND PRESENT
By Brian Allan
In this remarkable book the author and editor of Phenomena Magazine,
Brian Allan, introduces the idea that Heresy (the word is taken from
the Greek language and only means ‘one who chooses’), not only decided
the frequently bloody fate of free-thinkers in the Dark Ages, but still
affects us in many surprising ways to this very day. Drawing on
hard-to-find sources, the author shows that at one time the charge of
heresy was used as a brutal and particularly heavy-handed form of
control by various religious groups.
Heretics like Aleister Crowley, Anton Szandor laVey,
Kenneth Grant, Charles Manson and others are discussed in these pages
and show that heresy was and is part and parcel of how magic and
Satanism began and perhaps even lies at the origins of the human race.
Discover how the intelligence services, through people like the
enigmatic Col. John Alexander, have successfully weaponised former
heretical beliefs such as magic, remote viewing and mind control and
used them to kill. Even today among scientists, particularly in quantum
physics, the charge of heresy is a very real threat and can bring
promising careers to an abrupt halt, because even although the
perceived heresy is correct, it dares to challenge the status-quo.
This reasonably priced book can and will change how
you see the world and it is available from any good bookseller, from
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THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT DEPARTMENT -
My Children See Dead People
By Kate Jackson
Trembling with fear, ten-year-old Fae
Jackson darted out of her bedroom and down the stairs to her mum.
She had just seen the wispy
image of a person - who had hissed into her ear: "Can you hear me?"
It was the first of hundreds
of ghost sightings that would plague the young girl and lead her to
believe she may have psychic powers.
Incredibly, Fae's younger
brother, Ashley, has now started reporting similar eerie sightings -
despite not knowing of Fae's.
Mum Lynn has come to accept
her kids have supernatural powers and that, just like the movie The
Sixth Sense, her children can "see dead people".
To Lynn, this is anything but
a special gift - she sees it as a curse she would love to break.
The 39-year-old, from Waltham
Cross, Herts, says: "It feels like someone is bullying my children and
I can't do anything about it.
"It would have been easier to
deal with if they had an illness. At least I would know where to go for
"Fae has got used to it and
now she enjoys having this ability - but Ashley hates it."
Surveys in the UK show that
one in five Brits have seen or felt the presence of a ghost - and that
53 per cent believe in psychic ability. The research coincides with
Matt Damon's new film, Hereafter, about a reluctant medium. Fae, now
13, and Ashley, eight, can relate to that.
Stay-at-home mum Lynn says:
"The first sign was when Fae started primary school.
"She used to tell me one of
her friends was purple or the teacher was red. So one day I told her,
'No darling that boy isn't purple'. She said, 'Mummy I mean the colour
Now they both believe Fae was
recognising auras, the glow said to radiate around a person.
Ghostly sightings started when
Fae turned ten, and appeared nearly every day. Once Fae reported her
bed being shaken by a frustrated female ghost.
Another time she said she
could feel the energy of an old woman against her back while showering.
She even says that at times she can feel ghosts playing with her hair.
Lynn says: "How do you deal
with something like that? She was terrified. I did start off thinking
it might be attention-seeking, but you know your own children. She was
shy and not a story teller."
In her skinny jeans and patent
Dr Martens, petite Fae today seems at ease with her powers but her huge
blue eyes still betray her fear during one of the most terrifying
She says: "I had walked out of
my bedroom and there was a mirror at the other end of the hall. In my
reflection I saw a person's head on my shoulder. It was red. I was so
scared. But now I understand that it is my grandad and that he is my
spirit guide, who is protecting me."
Fae matter-of-factly goes on
to relate how she encounters these unexpected visitors.
She says: "It's not like
seeing something solid like a chair, it's like a glimpse of the person.
"Mostly I can sense something
or feel the energy there and the picture and details come into my head.
Like their name can pop into my head or how they died.
"If I close my eyes I see
their picture building up. It happens so quickly. I have all this
information in a couple of seconds.
"I used to be really scared, I
wouldn't like the dark and I wouldn't like looking in the mirror in
case I saw something."
The double blow came when
Ashley began to see ghosts too.
He refuses to discuss the idea
that he may be psychic. Lynn says: "We had been careful to keep
everything that was going on with Fae from Ashley. I didn't want him to
be frightened. Then, about a year ago, he refused to go into our
conservatory and wouldn't go to the toilet alone.
"I asked him what the matter
was and he told me, 'There's a head following me around'.
"My blood went cold. How do
you tell a seven-year-old that some people can see dead people?"
Lynn's husband, David, 45, is
clearly concerned and supportive yet, like Ashley, prefers not to
discuss the issue.
But supernatural powers may
run in the family. Both David's dad and Lynn's gran believed they saw
Lynn says: "Fae has tried to
tell Ashley it's OK and happens to her but he doesn't believe her.
"She's intrigued by it now but
he hates it and is terrified."
Through talking to other
mediums, Fae has learned to cope with the sightings but Ashley is very
much in denial. Instead, a friend who does distant healing - called
Theta Healing - has focused on Ashley, asking that he doesn't see
anything frightening. Lynn believes this has reduced the sightings but
says he still has what he calls "bad thoughts".
Fae, who has learned to
channel her ability into learning Reiki healing, says: "I can close
down my chakras - points in the body from the head to the feet.
"You do it by thinking of
those points as lightbulbs and you shut them off so you are closed to
the spirits. I can also ask them to go away and I can imagine a white
light around me to protect myself.
"When it first started I was
seeing spirits every day but now it isn't as often."
Fae adds: "I have only told
one friend at school, she was fine about it and accepts it.
"But I wouldn't tell anyone
else because I think they would tease me. I would be the witch girl."
Lynn and Fae plan to write a
book together on their experiences. They have also launched Facebook
group Children With Spirit.
Lynn says: "One of my issues
is that there's no real help out there for people like us.
"Talking to other psychic
children has really helped Fae, so hopefully it can help others too."
Names have been changed
Have you got a psychic child?
Tell us your story. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: The Sun
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NIGHTLIGHT OF THE GODS DEPARTMENT -
Oklahoma's Spooklights' Source
Floating lights that bounce up into the treetops, appear to be about
the size of a basketball and frequently are seen in pairs haunting the
area where Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri converge.
The lights can be seen from a country road known as Spook Light Road
many times of the year -- especially at this time of year.
Sightseers in hundreds of cars will be driving two roads -- E40 in
Hornet, Mo., and E50 in Miami near Quapaw -- trying to get a glimpse of
the light that some say is rectangular and others claim is spherical.
Theories have been offered over the years to explain the strange
phenomenon -- some require a belief in the supernatural, some are more
scientific and some claim that the lights are just plain
hallucinations. Some, as the name implies, claim that they are ghosts
-- but the lights' source remains a mystery.
An Army Corps of Engineers unit from nearby Camp Crowder, Mo., studied
the spooklight for several weeks during 1946 and concluded that the
phenomenon was "a mysterious light of unknown origin."
Similar spooklights found in many other parts of the world have baffled
observers for centuries. Glowing in the night with an eerie, soft
color, they sometimes pulse, sometimes dance about, usually near the
ground or horizon. Their source is a mystery.
The phenomenon known as the Tri-State Spooklight, the Quapaw
Spooklight, the Joplin Spooklight or the Hornet Spooklight caused panic
in the small Missouri community of Hornet when it was first noticed by
settlers in the late 1800s. Many area residents packed up and moved
But the Quapaw Indians reported legends about their ancestors seeing
the lights in the early 1800s. Among the earliest legends was that a
handsome young American Indian man fell in love with a beautiful woman
and eloped after her father refused to allow them to marry.
Fearing they would be captured, the couple committed suicide by jumping
from a high bluff overlooking Spring River known as the Devil's
Promenade. According to the legend, the light burns as a symbol of love
between the two young lovers.
At least three early legends involve people using lanterns to search
for their heads after being beheaded. A Quapaw legend involves an old
Indian looking for his head, which his wife had cut off. A similar
story involves a miner who was decapitated in an accident and is using
a lantern in his search.
Another early legend is about an old sergeant who was captured during a
Civil War battle and was executed by using a cannon to shoot off his
head, which was never found. The old sergeant's ghost somehow obtained
a lantern and since then has been searching for his head.
A Joplin librarian said in 1997 said she always figured it was an
accumulation of gases and you saw it when the time was right.
A Spooksville Museum was operated for several years but it has been
closed for some time. It displayed photographs and a collection of
stories about the light as well as a viewing platform. It also offered
for sale pamphlets about the spooklight.
Some experts claimed the light is simply the glow of minerals and gases
in the area. UFO experts have claimed the light is a "controlled
machine from outer space -- flying saucers from other worlds."
Popular Mechanics magazine sent a reporter and photographer to the area
in 1965 to investigate the light and a number of theories concerning
The reporter later wrote in an article published in the September 1965
magazine that the light was produced by automobiles traveling east on
U.S. 66 about 10 miles from the point where sightings of the phenomenon
had been reported. The magazine said the light's unusual shimmering
effect and the golden hue were caused by layers of air with varying
But area residents pointed out as soon as the magazine was published
that the light was seen long before there were automobiles or highways
in the area.
Source: Tulsa World
- OFF WITH ITS HEAD DEPARTMENT -
Shapeshifting Boar-Demon Accused of Stealing Money
A shapeshifting boar demon was killed in Depok, West Java after it stole money and valuables over the past month.
At least, that’s what the residents of Badahan village in Sawangan
sub-district believe, but their story about a babi ngepet terrorizing
their village has become national news in a country with deep
supernatural traditions as Indonesia.
In Indonesian lore, a babi ngepet is a person who uses a black
magic-infused cloak to transform into a wild boar. In boar form, they
would sneak into people’s homes and rub their bodies on the walls and
furniture, which would magically draw the household’s money and
valuables. When the babi ngepet shifts back to human form, the stolen
fortune is contained in the cloak.
The villagers of Badahan were certain that only a babi ngepet could’ve
been responsible for their money going missing over the past month. On
Monday, 12 men of the village went butt-naked — because they believe
that’s the only way they could see the demon with their own eyes, for
some reason — and found the babi ngepet, which they captured and caged.
While the villagers initially wanted their fortune back, they said they
saw the beast gradually shrinking. So they decided to kill it before it
In a video that has gone viral, a respected figure at the village is
seen calling on the babi ngepet’s family to come forward before the
villagers execute it.
Nobody came forward, so the villagers beheaded the boar yesterday and
buried the body parts separately so they don’t somehow magically fuse
back together. Nobody has come forward to report any of their family
members missing, presumably from their tragic babi ngepet adventures,
Now, we hope we don’t have to tell you that this story was entirely
based on the claims of the villagers, and that nobody besides them
actually saw the so-called babi ngepet. Nevertheless, the local police
got involved and said that the boar they saw was just a regular swine.
“We were worried that the whole thing attracted crowds, so we dispersed
them as we are still in the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sawangan Police Chief
Rio Mikael Tobing said.
Yet the story still broke nationwide to the point that the Indonesian
Institute of Sciences (LIPI) had to come forward and say that there is
no such thing as a babi ngepet.
It’s possible that the babi ngepet was made a scapegoat (or scapeboar,
as it were) by the villagers who have been hit hard economically by the
pandemic. If that were the case, who are we to deny them this temporary
distraction from their circumstances?
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