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Changing Climate Will Lead To More Extreme Weather

The U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research today released a scientific assessment that provides the first comprehensive analysis of observed and projected changes in weather and climate extremes in North America and U.S. territories. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change previously evaluated extreme weather and climate events on a global basis in this same context. However, there has not been a specific assessment across North America prior to this report.

Among the major findings reported in this assessment are that droughts, heavy downpours, excessive heat, and intense hurricanes are likely to become more commonplace as humans continue to increase the atmospheric concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

The report is based on scientific evidence that a warming world will be accompanied by changes in the intensity, duration, frequency, and geographic extent of weather and climate extremes.

"This report addresses one of the most frequently asked questions about global warming: what will happen to weather and climate extremes? This synthesis and assessment product examines this question across North America and concludes that we are now witnessing and will increasingly experience more extreme weather and climate events," said report co-chair Tom Karl, Ph.D., director of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

"We will continue to see some of the biggest impacts of global warming coming from changes in weather and climate extremes,” said report co-chair Gerry Meehl, Ph.D., of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. "This report focuses for the first time on changes of extremes specifically over North America."

The full CCSP 3.3 report, Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate, and a summary FAQ brochure are available online.

Global warming of the past 50 years is due primarily to human-induced increases in heat-trapping gases, according to the report. Many types of extreme weather and climate event changes have been observed during this time period and continued changes are projected for this century. Specific future projections include:

    * Abnormally hot days and nights, along with heat waves, are very likely to become more common. Cold nights are very likely to become less common.
    * Sea ice extent is expected to continue to decrease and may even disappear in the Arctic Ocean in summer in coming decades.
    * Precipitation, on average, is likely to be less frequent but more intense.
    * Droughts are likely to become more frequent and severe in some regions.
    * Hurricanes will likely have increased precipitation and wind.
    * The strongest cold-season storms in the Atlantic and Pacific are likely to produce stronger winds and higher extreme wave heights.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources.

NOAA plays a key role in the Climate Change Science Program, which is responsible for coordinating and integrating climate research, observations, decision support, and communications of 13 federal departments and agencies.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research investigates climate, weather, and other topics related to the atmosphere. It is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and managed by a nonprofit consortium of universities, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

Source: Environmental News Network


Police Helicopter Chases UFO Over Cardiff

Stunned police gave chase to a UFO after it almost collided with their helicopter near a military base. The mystery aircraft zoomed straight at the chopper as the three-man police crew prepared to land.

The pilot banked sharply to avoid being hit, then launched into a high-speed pursuit. But he was forced to give up the chase as the helicopter’s fuel ran low – and the UFO escaped.

All three crew described the object as “flying saucer-shaped” and circled by flashing lights. They reported it to senior officers, who passed on the report to Britain’s UFO investigators.

The incident happened as the helicopter was returning to the MoD’s St Athan base near Cardiff, where it is stationed. The chopper was at 500ft and waiting to land when the crew saw the UFO speeding towards them from below.

A source said: “It closed in at great speed, aiming straight at the helicopter.

“The chopper had to swerve sharply to avoid being hit. The guys said if they’d stayed where they were, they’d be dead – it would’ve been a direct hit.

“They are convinced it was a UFO. It sounds far-fetched, but they know what they saw.

“These guys are hardened professionals and know people will take the mickey, but they are certain they saw a UFO.”

The source added: “After the near-collision they decided to follow it to find out what the hell it was. They belted across the Bristol Channel in pursuit, but it was too quick. They got to the North Devon coast and had to turn back because they were running low on fuel.”

The chopper is crammed with hi-tech cameras and surveillance gear, but the UFO somehow avoided being caught on film. Strangely, the crew could not see the craft with night-vision goggles – but all said it was “clearly visible” to the naked eye on the night of June 7.

South Wales Police said last night: “We can confirm the Air Support Unit sighted an unusual aircraft. This was reported to the relevant authorities for their investigation.”

The MoD, which usually investigates UFO sightings, said: “We’ve heard nothing about this. But it is certainly not advisable for police helicopters to go chasing what they think are UFOs.”

In related news, a shaken soldier has revealed how he saw THIRTEEN UFOs spinning in the skies above his military barracks.

Corporal Mark Proctor was among three squaddies who spotted the objects while out on night patrol. He filmed them on his mobile phone and reported the close encounter to Army top brass.

Ministry of Defence experts were studying his report and video yesterday — after ordering Mark and his pals NOT to say anything else about the incident.

The sighting, at Tern Hill barracks near Market Drayton, Shrops, came two hours before helicopter police officers reported an encounter with a huge craft 80 miles away near Cardiff, and three hours before a couple claimed they were followed by a strange light in the sky along the A5 near Shrewsbury.

Cpl Proctor, 38, of the 1st Battalion Irish Regiment, recalled how he saw the amazing “craft” just after 11pm on Saturday, June 7. He said: “I was on duty in the guard room when the other boys outside began shouting. I went out to see what the commotion was about and could see thirteen craft in the skies.

“They were zig-zagging, but I filmed two before they disappeared. They were like rotating cubes with multiple colours.

“I made a full report to my commanding officers and gave them my footage. The other lads were as amazed by it as I was.”

A 19-year-old private on patrol said he also saw the “fleet”. The soldier, who asked not to be named, said: “I saw these things flying in the sky and I told my guard commander.

“There were about 30 lights passing over for a few minutes, very high but not at a great speed. They were bright red. Another soldier saw them too.”

An MoD spokesman said: “We deal with any UFO sightings to see if there was a military threat.”

Source: The Sun


Suicides "Linked" To Cell Phone Towers 

The spate of deaths among young people in Britain’s suicide capital could be linked to radio waves from dozens of mobile phone transmitter masts near the victims’ homes.

Dr Roger Coghill, who sits on a Government advisory committee on mobile radiation, has discovered that all 22 youngsters who have killed themselves in Bridgend, South Wales, over the past 18 months lived far closer than average to a mast.

He has examined worldwide studies linking proximity of masts to depression. Dr Coghill’s work is likely to trigger alarm and lead to closer scrutiny of the safety of masts, which are frequently sited on public buildings such as schools and hospitals.

It is also likely to fuel more campaigns against placing masts close to public places on health grounds.

Dr Coghill said last night there was strong circumstantial evidence that the masts may have triggered depression in those from Bridgend who took their lives.

They include Kelly Stephenson, 20, who hanged herself from a shower rail in February this year while on holiday in Folkestone, Kent.

Dr Coghill said: “There is a body of research that has over the years pointed to the fact that exposure to mobile radiation can lead to depression. There is evidence of higher suicide rates where people live near any electrical equipment that gives off radio or electrical waves.”

There are now 70 million mobile phone handsets in the UK and around 50,000 masts. Both emit radio signals and electromagnetic fields that can penetrate the brain, and for many years campaigners have argued that this could seriously damage people’s health.

The national average for proximity to a mobile phone transmitter varies depending on the type of mast. The latest masts are far more powerful so they can transmit more sophisticated data, such as photos and videos for people to download on internet phones.

Masts are placed on average 800 metres away from each home across the country. In Bridgend the victims lived on average only 356 metres away.

The national average distance from a new powerful mast is a kilometre while in Bridgend it is 540 metres. Three transmitters were within 200 metres, 13 within 400 metres and as many as 22 within 500 metres of victims’ homes. Carwyn Jones, 28, who hanged himself last week, was the third young person in his street to commit suicide.

Research shows young people’s brains are more susceptible to radio wave energy. Only two weeks ago a report identified mobiles as having an effect on sleep patterns.

Dr Coghill added: “What seems to be happening is that the electrical energy is having an effect on the chemistry of the brain, depleting serotonin levels. We know that in depression serotonin levels are low and that a standard treatment for depression is to give drugs to boost serotonin levels. As they begin to work, the patient’s depression lifts.”

He said urgent research was needed because Britain was now covered with thousands of masts, many close to homes, schools and offices.

Since January 5, 2007, there have been 22 deaths of young people in the Bridgend area. Some believe the suicides are linked but so far experts have failed to find a common cause.

Thomas Davies, 20, hanged himself in February 2007. Last night his brother Nathan, 19, welcomed Dr Coghill’s research. “As far as this family is concerned nothing can bring Tom back,” he said. “But if there is a link found and something can be done then it could prevent further suicides.”

But Mike Dolan, executive director of the Mobile Operators Association, dismissed Dr Coghill’s research. “This is an insensitive and outrageous piece of speculation which has no basis in established science,” he said.

The Government’s Health Protection Agency insisted that fields from mobile masts – even modern powerful masts – were well within international agreed safety limits. “There is no evidence that masts do you harm. The levels of radio waves are very low.”

Source: The Daily Express


Things That Go Boom In The Night
By Brad Steiger

I have long been intrigued by the phenomenon of mystery explosions that seemingly manifest from nowhere for no reason and startle area residents with that same kind of sudden shock as a cherry bomb set off behind unsuspecting picnickers. As I was sorting through my files recently, I came across records of a rash of unknown things that went "boom" in the night in the 1950s and 60s.
In Modesto, California, on October 3, 1950, a mystery explosion shattered the night with such violence that a general fire alarm was sounded for fifteen miles around.
In Thanet and Margate, England, in the early morning of October 19th , officials reported the "biggest explosion since the war." Vibrations were felt as far away as Deal, but no one offered an explanation.
On November 10, 1950, a thirty-mile area in the lower St. Lawrence River area, Canada, was vibrated by a mystery blast. Federal transport department officials tried to pin this one on a U.S. Air Force plane with engine trouble that dropped a bomb.
On January 4, 1952, a series of mystery blasts shook Los Angeles and San Diego. The first explosion sounded at 3:33 A.M. in the vicinity of Los Angeles' International Airport. The second thundered forth from San Diego's Mission Hills at 8:30 P.M., followed by a third at Point Lorna a half an hour later, and a fourth nearly two hours later in the Chula Vista region.
Police officials stated that their investigation revealed that no explosions had been set off at those times. Scientists selected the old, dependable scapegoat of exploding meteorites, even though none had been reported or observed on that date.
Niagara Falls, New York, residents were rattled out of their sleep by an explosion, followed by a mysterious light in the sky, on the night of March 23, 1953. A check with officials at the U.S.. Air Force base in Niagara Falls revealed that no planes were missing that night. A Coast Guard launch plowed the water for two hours without finding any debris. The approved explanation was that a meteorite had exploded above Niagara Falls.
On January 30, 1954, Mrs. Robert Arledge was thrown to the dining room floor of their new six-room home in Gadsden, Alabama, by a terrific explosion that left her with slight burns. Fire investigation officials found no evidence of fire or explosion, even though the floor of the house from the front to the rear doors had been tilted up.
State Police, Cornell University geologists, and Army and Air Force explosives specialists examined the gaping holes left on the Howard Lacey farm at Venice Center, New York, on each November 12th for 1966, '67, and '68, and ruled out ordinary explosives.
"It's getting to be an annual affair at Howard Lacey's place: Something goes boom in the night and leaves a hole within 300 yards of the one before," stated an Associated Press release.
On each November 12th for three years in succession, Lacey and his neighbors were shaken out of their beds by a loud explosion during the night; then upon investigation, they would discover a large crater on, or near, his farm. Lacey's mystery blast in 1968 was the loudest and the largest of all. The noise could be heard more than twenty miles away, and the crater was eighteen feet wide and almost five feet deep.
Pressed by newsmen for some kind of explanation, a Cornell University geologist could only shake his head and reply: "There's a hole in the ground out there--that's a fact. The rest is open to conjecture."
"Big jets" that are never spotted, earthquakes that are never recorded on seismographs, explosives that never leave debris, and UFO
s emerging from other dimensions are the suspects most often named by those who have suffered property damage and who have had the devil scared out of them by mystery blasts that have been reported across the United States and in other parts of the world.
A New England community, Moodus, Connecticut, has been plagued by mystery blasts for over three hundred years, baffling scientists as well as inhabitants of the village. "Moodus" is derived from the name Machemoodus, from the Wangunk, meaning "place of noises." The Wangunk tribe made a religion out of the strange booms, believing that they were made by a spirit made angry by the European colonists settling in the area. The settlers themselves blamed the noises on the battle sounds of good and evil witches fighting for their puritanical souls.
Geophysicists attributed the sounds to "microquakes" which occur periodically, but no one really knows the precise cause of the activity and why they should make noises that sound like distant thunder or cannon fire. At least six seismograph stations have been set up around the Moodus area, and all that technical equipment has produced numerous theories, but no answers to the mystery of what causes the quakes and why they occur in a particular place about a mile deep and a few hundred yards wide.
'The noises sound just like explosions and come without warning at intervals of two or three years," said a researcher from Williams College who had been investigating the phenomena.
"The 'Moodus noises' always occur within the radius of a few miles around the village," he went on, "but although we have frequently investigated the explosions, we have found no clue as to their cause. To the best of our knowledge, no smoke or steam is ever seen at the site of these mystery blasts and no buildings, trees, or rock formations have ever been affected."
Observers have stated that one of the weirdest aspects of the "Moodus noises" is that it seems impossible to determine their direction. Residents at varying distances from the village invariably report the noises as having occurred near them. A local hunter testified that he distinctly heard an explosion sounding above him, and not from beneath his feet. Other inhabitants argue that if the noises were due to some form of earthquake, then tottering buildings or other damage logically would have occurred during at least one of the blasts.
In the summer of 1959, a violent shock, accompanied by two loud explosions, was reported in an area from one hundred miles northeast of Amarillo, Texas, to Roswell, New Mexico, two hundred miles to the southeast. In the town of Pampa, fifty-five miles northeast of Amarillo, the wall of a downtown building was cracked by the blasts.
Investigators found that seismograph stations said the shock could not have been caused by an earth tremor, Further inquiry determined that no supersonic flights had been scheduled over the area at the time of the mysterious explosions.
Unexplained blasts in the sky over the San Francisco area in a three-day period during that same summer knocked dishes from their shelves and cracked the plaster on innumerable household walls. Windows were shattered over a thirty-five-mile area; and the unidentified explosions were also held responsible for opening the door to a bank vault, triggering fire alarms, and setting off a warehouse sprinkling system.
Within a few days of mystery blasts in Texas, New Mexico, and California, two unexplained explosions rocked Henderson, North Carolina. Authorities there offered an official theory that some unnamed parties had suspended explosives from trees.
Army and Navy spokesmen denied that they were the "unnamed parties" who had set loose floating blobs of strange, exploding plastic material along southern California beaches in 1968.
On April 16, 1968, seventeen-year-old Louis Duenweg and three friends discovered strange, whitish blobs bobbing at the water's edge along Huntington Beach. Duenweg broke one of the things open, then stopped to wash off sand particles in order to better examine the unfamiliar pinkish substance within the plastic-like shell. There was a sudden hissing noise; and before the teenager could run, the blob exploded, temporarily blinding him and burning his face.
About a week later, another young man scooped a similar object out of the sea along Seal Beach. He cracked it open, became disinterested in his find, tossed it over his shoulder. A resultant blast knocked him to the beach and made a small crater in the sand.
Quite naturally, surfers, fishermen, and coastal residents become a bit uptight when mysterious, unidentified explosive globs are found floating off their beaches. Military spokesmen insisted that they were not in anyway responsible for the blasting blobs. The Los Angeles County Crime Laboratory was said to have fished a number of blobs out of the ocean for careful analysis, but it seems that no official report was ever released which designated the explosive plastic's place of origin.
Concerned citizens who protest that an unidentified someone seems to be fouling up our atmosphere with mysterious explosions and increasing the existing hazards of our surface by setting adrift exploding blobs are laughed off by the authorities as alarmists. However, those who make a serious study of phenomena associated with UFO sightings are quick to point out that such mysterious blasts and inexplicable skyfalls date back to man's prehistory. Unfortunately, an uninformed and an entrenched science disregards such documentation as pure, unadulterated kookery. But neither, it seems, do the skeptics offer explanations that are any more acceptable to the individuals who have endured mystery blasts and such phenomena as glowing, and sometimes fatal, rain.
On the Wednesday before Christmas, 1965, it rained in Buckeye, Arizona. According to old-timers and the weather bureau, rain during the holiday season is unusual enough, but this rain left glowing spots that varied from a quarter of an inch to two inches in diameter.
Buckeye Civil Defense Director George Hamner checked the spots with his geiger counter, and was relieved to find that they registered no harmful radioactivity.
Jerry Benson, a high school biology teacher, told reporters: "At first they looked like aluminum, but taking a real close look at them, they appeared to have a pale green glow. The first time I walked across my backyard, I didn't see anything, but the more I looked, the more spots I saw.
"I don't believe that the rain activated spots of phosphorus in the soil," Benson went on. "An earthworm that got covered with the stuff turned into a glowworm."
It is better to glow than to burn. Later in 1961, a rain fell near Huixtla in Chiapas State, Mexico, that, according to United Press International, killed several children. When the deadly liquid touched human skin, it produced blisters that later became dark stains that resembled hot oil burns.
On the night of Saturday, August 18, 1962, many San Franciscans thought that an airborne armada of enemy bombers was poisoning the skies above their city. Between 10:00 and 10:30 P.M. a mysterious rumbling noise that sounded like the flight of heavy super-bombers came from somewhere above San Francisco. Navy spokesmen from Alameda Naval Air Station denied running any engines after 10:00 P.M. A theory that atmospheric conditions could have been "just right" to magnify thunderclaps fell sour when authorities were reminded that the evening of August 18th was clear, with virtually no wind.
Nor was there any wind on· U.S. Route 75 between Madisonville and Centerville, Texas, on April 19, 1963, when Louis A. Johnson of Houston was returning from a trip to Fort Worth--but that did not prevent "something" from lifting his automobile into the air, turning it completely around, and setting it back down on the highway, traveling the opposite direction from which he had come.
Johnson, a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, said that his unexpected and unexplainable ride was more exciting then anything he had experienced in two invasions.
"I can't even describe the sensation," he was quoted as saying. "When I realized what had happened, and that I'd come down partly on the shoulder of the road, I put the car into lower gear and eased to a stop. I didn't think the car had been hurt any, but when I got to Houston, I stopped at a service station and they found that the oil pump wasn't working too well."
Several eye-witnesses saw Johnson's automobile suddenly sprout wings, and in an attempt to fit what they had seen into some form of recognizable reality, most of them believed that a tornado had swooped down and momentarily hoisted him aloft. There was no tornado, of course, and there are probably no tornadoes that would set an automobile back down on the highway without damage to either car or occupant.
Yet something did lift Johnson's automobile into the air. Could it have been the same "something" that is responsible for the mystery blasts? Is it possible that some aircraft not visible to the human eye is soaring around breaking the sound barrier with horrendous sound booms and occasionally reaching down to pluck up an automobile...or a garage...or a roof?
There was just a slight breeze in the air in Albany, New York, on April 10, 1964, when Teddy Bix, who was in his yard raking leaves, saw the garage at 13 O'Connell Street leave its foundation. According to the Albany Times-Union, the garage shot up about fifteen feet, turned twice, banked slightly, then headed due east before losing altitude, skimming over a snow fence, and crash-landing in complete ruin more than fifty feet from its take-off point.
When William F. Rider, who lived downstairs at the O'Connell Street address, came home from work, he nearly drove his car into the garage that was no longer there. Michael Keaveny, the owner of the property, told investigators that the garage was fifteen to twenty years old, braced with interior beams, and had withstood some "terrific wind storms" without showing any ill effects.
The Albany Weather Bureau passed over the evidence that there was only a slight breeze at the time the garage had left its launching pad and decreed that a "freak gust" had created a vacuum that had raised the building.
The explanation does not sound too bad until one stops to reason that a vacuum, with stronger pressures on the outside, would be more likely to hold the garage in place, rather than hoist it up through the air.
A good portion of the roof of a building at 1503 Shenandoah St. in Hollywood, California, was ripped away and scattered in pieces up to 280 feet away. Mrs. Bertha Fink was left lying in pouring spring rain; Mrs. Rachael Benveniste was tossed out of her bed; and Mrs. Sarah Eisenberg found her ceiling cracked and leaking.
Authorities attempted to classify the mystery force that struck that Hollywood roof in spring of 1963 as a sonic boom, a gas explosion, or a small tornado. Upon investigation, however, gas company officials ruled out their utility as the culprit, the weather bureau denied the existence of a tornado striking Hollywood on that evening, and everyone wondered if a sonic boom were really capable of ripping away a five hundred pound hunk of roof.
San Francisco seems to have more than its share of mystery blasts. In May of 1961, the Rock Solaneo and Contra Costa districts were shaken with undetermined explosions for a period of two weeks. The ground shook, windows rattled and cracked, and pictures fell, as the entire area was rocked by blasts, explosions, and shocks.
The San Francisco Examiner stated that its reporters had checked "... military facilities in the area, quarries, contractors, city and county officials, every commercial operation which uses explosives ... " and found them all as mystified as anyone else .
According to the Examiner the mystery blasts usually began around 9:00 A.M. and sometimes as many as a dozen would shake the area in a single day. The mysterious explosions were heard in all parts of Vallejo and across Carquine Strait in Contra Costa County.
On June 15th, a blast of undetermined origin occurred which separated the causeway connecting. Mare Island with the mainland. This mystery blast took place at 3:00 P.M. and rattled several buildings. Day shift workers at Mare Island were delayed on their way home while a crack several inches wide was filled.
Investigating Naval and shipyard personnel considered clue after clue to the mystery explosion, and thoroughly ran down a hint of sabotage and the accusation that an Air Force practice bomb might have gone astray. Sabotage was eliminated as a cause, and Air Force officers at the Fourth Air Force and at Hamilton Field countered the veiled accusation levied at them with an indignant denial. As far as the public has ever been informed, investigators were unable to discover a single acceptable explanation for the mystery blast at Mare Island.
At 10:15 A.M., April 2, 1957, a tremendous blast thundered through six counties in northern New Jersey and was heard in Philadelphia. The explosion blew out windows, cracked sidewalks and swimming pools, sent alarmed housewives out into the streets, and shook the State House in Trenton.
Seismographs at Columbia University stated that no earthquakes showed on their recorder.
Meredith Johnson, New Jersey State Geologist, pointed out that Trenton does not lie on any major fault which could be responsible for a quake.
Spokesmen at McGuire Air Force Base denied that any of its F-660's had been fiying over New Jersey that morning and explained that their pilots were under strict orders to fly at least thirty miles out to sea before attempting to break the sound barrier. In addition to McGuire's denial of responsibility for any sonic boom, each of the six airfields in the New Jersey-Pennsylvania-New York area which base jet aircraft stated that they had no jet planes aloft at the time of the mystery blast.
Once again, after exhaustive investigation, officials could find no culprits on whom to place the responsibility of a massive explosion of undetermined origin. All they were left with was the undeniable physical evidence of shattered windows, cracked walls, damaged sidewalks, mined swimming pools, and sprung doorways that an unidentified someone or something had detonated in a blast of heroic proportions.
A similar pattern of physical damage and supervolume noise minus an apparent cause and a responsible party occurred on the night of November 13, 1958, in Dade County, Florida. Two powerful blasts at 6:20 and 6:27 P.M. shook houses, cracked plaster, shattered windows, and sent dishes rattling out of cupboards. The explosions were heard from Homestead to Hollywood, a distance of forty-five miles, and the sirens on police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks went screaming in all directions.
The authorities soon discovered that Florida had not been invaded--at least not by a visible antagonist--but they never discovered what had caused the two terrific mystery explosions. No missiles had been fired over Cape Kennedy (then Cape Canaveral), and both Miami Air Traffic Control Center and Miami International Control Tower confirmed that no jet planes, commercial or military, had been over South Florida at the time of the thunderous blasts.
On April 8, 1971, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Woodworth of 10819 122nd St. exploded with such violence that neighbors were knocked off their sofas and beds, and lawns were covered with debris within a three hundred yard radius.
Fortunately, no member of the Woodworth family was injured, as they were vacationing in Saskatchewan at the time. Mrs. Woodworth's sister, who lives in the basement of the home, had luckily chosen that evening to visit friends.
Police and fire officials investigated, but they were unable to determine the cause of the blast. A very eerie clue to the mystery blast might, however, have been glimpsed by a Woodworth neighbor, Miss Anna Wojno, who happened to be watching her brother parking his car in the driveway next to the house when it exploded.
"The kitchen window blew in from the force of the explosion," she said. "A picture of a Halloween witch, a cutout, came flying through, sitting on her broomstick. It wasn't burnt or anything."



A Kinder, Gentler Purgatory

A few years ago a despairing Catholic called me to ask if it was true that the church no longer believed in hell or purgatory, and that even he, about to commit suicide, would be enfolded in the forgiving arms of Jesus at the moment of death. I told him the church officially taught otherwise, and that, in addition, the evidence from other quarters -- not just Catholic teaching -- pointed in a very different direction from what he surmised. (He changed his mind about suicide and has since become a close friend.)

Not only is some of that extra-Catholic evidence fascinating, sometimes even inspiring, in its own right, but it helps to bolster the church’s message that heaven and the presence of God don’t come cheap. On the other hand, the horrifying images evoked in Dante’s Purgatorio -- the ones I was raised with as a boy -- are nowhere in sight.

“This is a wonderful experience, though harrowing at times. But very cleansing and bringing new hope.” These are allegedly the words of Frances Banks, an Anglican nun dead for a month at the time she said them. Banks is communicating through her friend, Helen Greaves, an English medium, who published their “collaboration” in 1969 under the title Testimony of Light.

There are many works like it in print -- literally dozens -- that claim to be messages from the dead. Some are fraudulent, but others are obviously sincere and even occasionally vouched for by respected ecclesiastical authorities. These latter are impressively similar and suggest that they are describing the same place. None describes a place where one meets God, and Jesus is usually quite out of range. Regrets over the failures and mistakes of earth are constantly voiced, but there are no flames. And all punishment is potentially instructive.

“Purgatory” is too strong a word to describe the experiences of many of the dead. It would be more accurate to say that their characters are being purified rather than their sins purged. But others live in a world where suffering and depression are prominent, some in an anguish that seems to go on indefinitely. Names for this lower region of the afterworld vary, but “Sphere of the Unprogressed” is typical.

Frederic Myers, a Victorian lecturer in classics at Cambridge and dead for more than 20 years when he came through in the 1920s, holds out hope, though, for even the worst of us. Using the hand of the gifted Irish medium Geraldine Cummins, Mr. Myers writes: “The history of the cruel man in the hereafter would make a book which I am not permitted to write. I can only briefly add that his soul or mind becomes gradually purified through his identification with the sufferings of his victims.”

All this is consistent with traditional teachings on purgatory. And there are other important similarities. Unlike Martin Luther, who taught that praying for the dead was illogical since they were either in heaven and had no need of our prayers or were in hell and were only tortured by them, Catholics have always insisted that prayers brought relief to the souls in purgatory. Some of the church doctors have even said that it’s our duty to pray for them.

The extra-Catholic sources we’re looking at here strongly endorse, without exception, the Catholic view. Frances Banks writes: “Prayers and good thoughts for those who have left the earth life, by their fellows still in incarnation, are a great aid to our work here. The prayer forms, and the potency of good thoughts, cause a quickened vibration to reach the one prayed for.”

Leslie Stringfellow, a 20-year-old Texan who died in 1886, wrote (allegedly, let us remember) through a planchette to his parents, “I don’t believe there are two parents in the world who have so constantly remembered their son as you have.” He delights in their loving attention and contrasts himself to others who “never receive the gift of a single flower” and feel themselves alone and forgotten by their loved ones, to their great sorrow.

It is noteworthy that prayers are never spoken of as a kind of spiritual currency that somehow reduces one’s time in purgatory. Rather, they function like kind words and encouragement that all of us, living out our lives here on earth, appreciate and need to get through the day.

It’s also noteworthy that the prayers of the dead for us are efficacious -- a view shared by many of the church doctors. As Robert Bellarmine, a 17th-century Jesuit saint, puts it, souls in purgatory are “superior to us in love of God, and in intimacy of union with him,” and can therefore influence God on our behalf. The New Age purgatory described here strongly endorses this view. It is well known that the great composer Johannes Brahms thought that most of his inspiration came from on high, and that he was in effect a medium for deceased musicians.

Otherworldly communicators consistently claim that many of our world’s great artistic achievements and momentous inventions were impressed on our minds from their world, a realm where God is not present but where his influence is felt more directly than on earth.

The world beyond death that comes through mediums is as varied as human nature itself. All such accounts mention higher worlds that souls can work toward. Some accounts mention reincarnation as an option for those who have more earth-side lessons to learn. Still others mention a wide range of planets, some denser than our own earth, others much more rarified and “heavenly.” Whatever is needed for soul-making is available.

Source: National Catholic Reporter


Monsters Of The Deep Still Undiscovered

Given their size, you might assume they had all been found by now. But scientists believe the world's oceans are still hiding giant underwater creatures which have yet to be discovered.

Marine ecologists have predicted there could be as many as 18 unknown species, with body lengths greater than 1.8 metres, still swimming in the great expanses of unexplored sea.

Using statistical modelling, they measured the rate at which new large sea creatures have been discovered since 1830 and found that the rate of discovery is still going strong, with new species being found every year.

Most recently scientists found a new species of jellyfish that is more than 3.5 metres long off the south coast of New Zealand, along with star fish up to a metre wide.

The first full-sized carcass of a colossal squid, a deep-sea monster four metres long, was revealed for the first time earlier this year.

Dr Charles Paxton, a fisheries statistician at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, said: "There are plenty of places these creatures could be hiding.

"They may spend their lives in the middle layers of the oceans and never surface or be in the deep sea canyons yet to be visited, and new discoveries are being made all the time under the Arctic ice cap."

But for anyone hoping the results could mean that the Loch Ness Monster could still be found lurking in the depths of the famous Scottish loch, Dr Paxton has disappointing news.

He has carried out similar analysis for freshwater species and concluded that mankind has discovered all the large freshwater creatures there are to be found.

"There are small creatures being discovered all the time, but to find species that are more than two metres in length is very rare," he said. "Normally you would expect the rate of discovery of species in a habitat to level off when there are no more to be found, but with large sea creatures, the rates are still to level out, which suggests we have not found them all yet.

"Sadly for Nessie hunters, I don't think there is anything hiding in the lochs and lakes of the world any more."

He said that often legends about mythical sea creatures could be explained by real life monsters of the deep. "A lot of the mythical sea creatures such as the Kraken and sea serpents can be explained by sightings of sea creatures and mammals that are already known."

Although humans have been travelling on the oceans for thousands of years, scientists' knowledge of life beneath the waves is still extremely limited. Most species are only discovered when they are washed ashore or dredged up by fishing boats.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald


Michelangelo "Hid Secret Code in Sistine Chapel"

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which the renaissance artist worked on for four years in the early 16th century, is actually a "bridge" between the Roman Catholic Church and the Jewish faith, according to The Sistine Secrets: Unlocking the Codes in Michelangelo's Defiant Masterpiece.

The book, which is already on the New York Times bestseller list, is the work of Rabbi Benjamin Blech, an associate professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University in New York, and Roy Doliner, a tour guide at the Vatican.

Scanning through the arrangement of figures on the vast 14,000 square foot ceiling, the authors have found shapes that correspond to Hebrew letters.
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For example, the book states, the figures of David and Goliath form the shape of the letter gimel, which symbolises g'vurah, or strength, in the mystical Kabbalah tradition.

Kabbalah is a set of ancient esoteric teachings which are meant to decode the inner meaning of the Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible, and to explain the reasons for Jewish religious observances.

On the opposite wall, the scene showing Judith and her handmaiden carrying the head of the Assyrian general Holofernes is in the shape of the Hebrew letter chet, which represents chesed, or the characteristics of "loving kindness".

"There are so many layers of meaning on meaning, and most of it is from the Jewish tradition," said Mr Doliner on an American television programme.

Rabbi Blech added that all the figures in the nine scenes on the ceiling are Jews.

"He emphasises only Old Testament figures in the entire ceiling, and what he was trying to say was: Why have we ignored our true roots?" he said.

The book adds that the tree of life in the fresco is not, as usually thought, an apple tree, but instead a fig tree according to ancient Jewish tradition.

The authors believe the entire Sistine Chapel, which they say is built to the same proportions as the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, is a "lost mystical message of universal love" which was intended to be decoded.

The authors believe Michelangelo picked up his knowledge of Judaism while at the court of Lorenzo de Medici in Florence.

In addition, they say there are several attacks on Pope Julius II, who commissioned the work, embedded in the painting.

Disgusted with papal corruption, they think Michelangelo painted the prophet Zechariah in the pope's likeness.

Behind him, one angel is "making an extremely obscene hand gesture at the back of his head."

Critics of the new book point out that there is no record in Michelangelo's extensive and well-preserved writings of any secret code in the ceiling.

Dr Arnold Nesselrath, a curator at the Vatican museums said there was no way that Michelangelo could have painted any of the ceiling without the pope's express consent.

Marco Bussagli, an art history professor at Rome's La Sapienza university, said the revelation of "anti Catholic and anti-Christian" messages on the roof "suggests that the Dan Brown syndrome has struck again."

Mr Brown is the author of the controversial book, The Da Vinci Code, in which he writes that Jesus was secretly married to Mary Magdalene.

The two authors are not the first to have "seen" a secret Michelangelo code.

In 1950, a Venezuelan diplomat named Joaquin Diaz Gonzalez wrote a pamphlet arguing that an outline of the face of Dante, the poet, was hidden in the arrangement of the figures in the Last Judgement. He also "saw" a giant depiction of Jesus on the cross.

In 1990, Frank Meshberger argued in the Journal of the American Medical Association that the central panel, showing God and Adam reaching out to touch each other was in the shape of a brain and spinal cord.

In 2000, Dr Garabed Eknoyan saw the shape of a kidney in the painting, while in 2005 two Brazilian doctors found hidden body parts throughout, including a bronchial tube hidden in the tree trunk in the panel showing Eve's Creation.

Source: The Telegraph

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