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- Scientist Repeats Swine Flu Lab-Escape Claim in Published Study -
- David Bowie, UFOs, Witchcraft, Cocaine and Paranoia -
- The Vril Society: Nazis, UFOs and Conspiracy -
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Scientist Repeats Swine Flu Lab-Escape Claim in Published Study

Adrian Gibbs, the virologist who said in May that swine flu may have escaped from a laboratory, published his findings today, renewing discussion about the origins of the pandemic virus.

The new H1N1 strain, which was discovered in Mexico and the U.S. in April, may be the product of three strains from three continents that swapped genes in a lab or a vaccine-making plant, Gibbs, and fellow Australian scientists wrote in Virology Journal. The authors analyzed the genetic makeup of the virus and found its origin could be more simply explained by human involvement than a coincidence of nature.

Their study, published in a free, online journal reviewed by other scientists, follows debate among researchers six months ago, when Gibbs asked the World Health Organization to consider the hypothesis. After reviewing Gibbs’ initial three-page paper, WHO and other organizations concluded the pandemic strain was a naturally occurring virus and not laboratory-derived.

“It is important that the source of the new virus be found if we wish to avoid future pandemics rather than just trying to minimize the consequences after they have emerged,” Gibbs and colleagues John Armstrong and Jean Downie said in today’s eight- page study.

Gibbs and Armstrong are on the emeritus faculty at the Australian National University in Canberra and Downie is affiliated with the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Laboratory Services at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, according to the study.

While the exact source of the new H1N1 strain is a mystery, their research has “raised many new questions,” they said. The authors compared the genetic blueprints of flu strains stored in the free database Genbank and found the pandemic virus’s nearest ancestors circulate in pigs.

‘Simplest Explanation’

While migratory birds may have acted as conduit for their convergence, human involvement in bringing them together is “by far the simplest explanation,” Gibbs said in a telephone interview today.

Gibbs wrote or coauthored more than 250 scientific publications on viruses, mostly pertaining to the plant world, during his 39-year career at the Australian National University, according to biographical information on the university’s Web site.

“Knowing Adrian Gibbs, he will have thought through it pretty logically and come to that conclusion,” Lance Jennings, a clinical virologist with Canterbury Health Laboratories in Christchurch, New Zealand, said in a telephone interview. “It’s up to someone else to try and prove it or disprove it.”

Source: Bloomberg


David Bowie, UFOs, Witchcraft, Cocaine and Paranoia
by Timothy Green Beckley

Born David Robert Jones, I first met David Bowie during his original tour of the United States having adapted the stage persona of Ziggy Stardust, a sort of lost in space androgynous alien, complete with cosmic makeup and a painted lightning bolt zig zaging across his face down to his naked chest.

Before venturing across the pond, Bowie had caused quite a sensation in the British press not only because of his outlandish - to some - image of a rock and roller from Mars, but because of his independent and very liberal sexual lifestyle.

Bowie was introduced to me at the RCA studios in Manhattan by Walli Elmlark a bedazzling young lady who wrote a regular column for Circus magazine, a sort of heavy metal version of Rolling Stone that was printed on glossy paper with color photos of pop star favorites, emerging on the then burgeoning glam and glitter rock scenes.

As usual, at the time I was wearing several hats. I was promoting a number of local rock bands who never quite "made it," editing the widely distributed UFO Review (the world's only official flying saucer newspaper), and running the New York School Of Occult Arts and Science, among the first metaphysical centers in the country where you could take classes in anything from astral projection to hypnosis, to witchcraft...which is how I came to be acquainted with Walli Elmlark.

As I originally wrote in UFOs Among The Stars - Close Encounters of The Famous (Global Communications), Wallie was known widely as the White Witch Of New York. Because of her contacts in the music industry, she had established quite an eclectic clientele for whom she would offer spiritual guidance, and occasional good luck or love spells, but always of a positive nature. She didn't dabble in black magick or even gris gris (a New Orleans form of "gray magick" that incorporates poppets and the use of talismans kept in a personal mojo bag). Walli was lively, imaginative, energetic, well spoken, and quite attractive in her flowing white garments complete with fashionable silver moon adornments. Oh did I forget to mention long black hair, complete with dyed green streak highlights? Indeed, Walli made a very bold fashion and occult statement wherever she went.


Early in life, Bowie had established his interest in all matters extraterrestrial. As a Brit teenager, David had helped edit a flying saucer newsletter. He admitted to me that he loved science fiction and was fascinated with life in space and the possibility that quite a few cosmic visitors had ended up on our earthly shores.

During a conversation, Bowie had gone out on a limb revealing that he had once had a close encounter. In the book Laugh Gnostic, author Peter Koening paraphrases what Bowie said: "A friend and I were traveling in the English countryside when we both noticed a strange object hovering above a field. From then on I have come to take this phenomena seriously. I believe that what I saw was not the actual object, but a projection of my own mind trying to make sense of this quantum topological doorway into dimensions beyond our own. It's as if our dimension is but one among an infinite number of others."

In the February 1975 issue of the long defunct Cream magazine, Bowie seems to admit to a reporter that he might have an implant or metal inside his body. It's hard to define his exact feeling on this, but this is the quote attributed to him by Bruno Stein the writer who conducted the interview:

"Well, it turned out David was in luck. If he went to a little town in Missouri at a certain time, he would be able to see in a seemingly empty field a fully equipped flying saucer repair shop at work.

"It was one of those fascinating things you learn at a Bowie soiree. This evening the gathering was rather intimate. There was Corinne, David's charming personal secretary, who ducked out early due to exhaustion (although another participant gossiped that she had someone interesting waiting for her in her hotel room)...."I used to work for two guys who put out a UFO magazine in England," he told the flying saucer man. "About six years ago. And I made sightings six, seven times a night for about a year when I was in the observatory. We had regular cruises that came over. We knew the 6.15 was coming in and would meet up with another one. And they would be stationary for about half an hour, and then after verifying what they'd been doing that day, they'd shoot off.

"But I mean, it's what you do with the information. We never used to tell anybody. It was beautifully dissipated when it got to the media. Media control is still based in the main on cultural manipulation. It's just so easy to do. When you set up one set of objectives toward the public and you've given them a certain definition for each code word, you hit them with the various code words and they're not going to believe anything if you don't want them to..."

From his performances, you could tell that nothing was too "non establishment" for David. He incorporated time machines and space capsules into his act and wrote a Space Oddity and talked about how a Starman would like to come and visit us, "but he knows he'd blow our minds." His appearance in the motion picture The Man Who Fell To Earth has become a classic. In concert, Bowie was radiant and his fans were floating on a cloud, but behind the scenes an ominous specter was forming from which the master of time and space would quickly need some rightist assistance in order to escape a wall of paranoia that was building around him.


Like many rockers before and after, David had taken a liking to the good life. You know the old adage sex, drugs and rock and roll, well on top of this add a heap of consciousness expansion, an interest in the occult, and you will have the prevalent influences on what might have seemed like Bowie's immortal being.

But paranoia soon struck in the form of the ole nemesis "nose candy" commonly known as cocaine.

With the help of Bowie himself and some close associates at the time, Marc Spitz details in the just published Bowie biography (Crown) how David was living in LA just a few houses away from the LaBianca estate where Charlie Manson's gang had terribly mutilated Sharon Tate and her friends in a ritualistic murder. Bowie had taken to doing blow regularly and was getting more and more desperate and paranoid with each passing day.

In a number of shocking revelations, Marc Spitz in the Bowie biography explains precisely what was transpiring in the pop singer's troubled life: , "While planning the follow-up to Young Americans (album), Bowie would sit in the house with a pile of high-quality cocaine atop the glass coffee table, a sketch pad and a stack of books. Psychic Self Defense (Dion Fortune) was his favorite. Its author describes the book as a 'safeguard for protecting yourself against paranormal malevolence.'

"Using this and more arcane books on witchcraft, white magic and its malevolent counterpart, black magic, as rough guides to his own rapidly fragmenting psyche, Bowie began drawing protective pentagrams on every surface."

Bowie told the author, "I'd stay up for weeks. Even people like

Keith Richards were floored by it. And there were pieces of me all over the floor. I paid with the worst manic depression of my life. My psyche went through the roof, it just fractured into pieces. I was hallucinating 24 hours a day."

Spitz adds, "Increasingly Bowie was convinced there were witches after his semen. They were intent on using it to make a child to sacrifice to the devil, essentially the plot to Roman Polanski's 1968 supernatural classic Rosemary's Baby."

Seeing that he was in desperate need, poet and song writer Cherry Vanilla hooked Bowie up with Walli Elmlark who Spitz describes as a "Manhattan-based intellectual...who taught classes at the New York School of Occut Arts and sciences then located on Fourteenth Street, just north of Greenwich Village," and which the author of this article was director of from the mid 1960s for more than a decade, promoting lectures and classes by the who's who of paranormal and UFO experts of that era, including Cleve Backster, Stanley Krippner, Jim Moseley, John Keel - and, of course, Walli Elmlark the White Witch of New York.

As added confirmation of the madness David was trying to cope with, ex wife Angie Bowie reveals even more details of his fascination and dabbling into the occult in her own personal remembrance, Backstage Passes: Life on the Wild Side With David Bowie.

"There was a beautiful Art Deco house on six acres, an exquisite site property and a terrific value at just $300,000, but he took one look at a detail I hadn't noticed, a hexagram painted on the floor of a circular room by the previous owner, Gypsy Rose Lee.

"A great deal of codling and reassurance got us through that crisis, and I went and found the Doheny Drive house. Built in the late fifties or early sixties, it was a white cube surrounding an indoor swimming pool. David like the place, but I thought it was too small to meet our needs for very long, and I wasn't crazy about the pool. In my experience, indoor pools are always a problem.

"This one was no exception, albeit not in any of the usual ways. Its drawback was one I hadn't encountered before and haven't seen or heard of since: Satan lived in it. With his own eyes, David said, he'd seen HIM rising up out of the water one night."

Feeling demonic forces moving in, David felt strongly that he needed an exorcism and asked that his new found friend white witch Walli Elmlark be called upon to lend her assistance to remove the evil from his surroundings.

"A Greek Orthodox Church, in LA would have done it for us (there was a priest available for such a service, the people had told me) but David wouldn't have it. No strangers allowed, he said. So there we stood, with just Walli's instructions and a few hundred dollars' worth of books, talismans, and assorted items from Hollywood's comprehensive selection of fine occult emporia.

"There he (David Bowie) was, then, primed and ready. The proper books and doodads were arranged on a big old-fashioned lectern. The incantation began, and although I had no idea what was being said or what language it was being said in, I couldn't stop a weird cold feeling rising up in me as David droned on and on.

"There's no easy or elegant way to say this, so I'll just say it straight. At a certain point in the ritual, the pool began to bubble. It bubbled vigorously (perhaps "thrashed" is a better term) in a manner inconsistent with any explanation involving air filters or the like."

The rock and roll couple watched in amazement. Angie says she tried to be flippant - "'Well, dear, aren't you clever? It seems to be working. Something's making a move, don't you think?' - but I couldn't keep it up. It was very, very strange; even after my recent experiences I was having trouble accepting what my eyes were seeing."

Angie insists that she would peak through the glass doors which lead to the pool every so often and was dumb founded by what she saw.

"On the bottom of the pool was a large shadow, or stain, which had not been there before the ritual began. It was in the shape of a beast of the underworld; it reminded me of those twisted, tormented gargoyles screaming silently from the spires of medieval cathedrals. It was ugly, shocking, malevolent; it frightened me.

"I backed away from it feeling very strange, went through the doorway, and told David what I'd seen, trying to be nonchalant but not doing very well. He turned white but eventually became revived enough to spend the rest of the night doing coke. He wouldn't go near the pool, though.

"I still don't know what to think about that night. It runs directly counter to my pragmatism and my everyday faith in the integrity of the "normal" world, and it confuses me greatly. What troubles me the most is that if you were to call that stain the mark of Satan, I don't see how I could argue with you."

"David, of course, insisted that we move from the house as quickly as possible, and we did that, but I've heard from reliable sources (Michael Lipman for one, the property's real estate agent) that subsequent tenants haven't been able to remove the shadow. Even though the pool has been painted over a number of times, the shadow has always come back."

Several years went by and Walli met an untimely passing as she could not remove the demons in her own life, even though she had a dramatic impact on almost everyone she came in contact with. Besides teaching at the School Of Occult Arts And Sciences, Walli teamed up with the likes of T Rex's Marc Bolan (whom she nicked named the Wizzard) and King Crimson's guitarist Robert Fripp. The trio went off to merry old England to record a spoken word album Though The Cosmic Children has never been released the soundtrack was years ahead of its time, centering around those special souls who Walli believed had reincarnated on earth from "elsewhere" at a very important time in the human evolutionary process to pass on the light to others who were destined to change the world through music, literature and an emerging New Age philosophy. The recording is out there somewhere - perhaps safely in the vault of Robert Fripp - who hopefully if he reads this will contact me and allow us to do a limited pressing for those who would truly find this effort transformational.

Walli and I worked mutually for a number of years on several projects and even co-authored a book together. Out of print for decades, once in a while I have seen a copy of Rock Raps Of The Seventies offered on ebay or elsewhere at an exorbitant price.

Somehow I can't exclude the fact that Walli looks down from time to time and perhaps sings along with David Bowie as he performs all over the world in concert. Long recovered from drugs and the dark aspects of occultism, he is now raising a family and going on with his chosen task. And perhaps before you know it his Starman song may take on a reality all it's own if the predicted disclosure about UFOs and extraterrestrials ever comes about in our lifetime.

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Timothy Green Beckley is a long time investigator of UFOs and the paranormal. He is the president of Inner Light/Global Communications, a publishing firm specializing in this field. His own works currently available on Amazon.com include:
The UFO Silencers: Mystery of the Men In Black
Secret Prophecy Of Fatima Revealed
MJ12 And The Riddle Of Hangar 18
The Big Book Of Werewolves
UFOs Among The Stars
Subterranean Worlds Inside Earth
Strange Saga
Our Alien Planet: This Eerie Earth

Source: UFO Digest


The Vril Society: Nazis, UFOs and Conspiracy

Vril: The Power of the Coming Race (original title), also known as The Coming Race is a novel published in 1870 by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Edward Bulwer-Lytton was a member of British Royalty who was involved in politics and became the Secretary of State for the Colonies. He was a poet, playwright and novelist who authored many books, the most popular being, "The Last Days of Pompeii". Most people associated with secret societies and occult lodges never took his work, The Coming Race as mere fiction. but truth veiled in a fictional story. The novel is an early example of science fiction, sometimes cited as the first of this genre. The elements believed as truth was that a superior subterranean master race with the energy-form called Vril, and their claim to rise and conquer the surface race someday, was accurate, to the extent that a few wealthy and influential members who were theosophists accepted the book as truth and began to act upon their beliefs.

The plot of the novel centers on a mining engineer, who accidentally finds his way into a subterranean kingdom occupied by beings (the race of the Vril-ya), who seem to resemble angels. The hero soon discovers that they are descendants of the inhabitants of Atlantis. They have access to an extraordinary force called "Vril" that can be controlled at will. However their spiritually elevated hosts controlled the Vril.

In the novel, uses of Vril amongst the Vril-ya vary from an agent of destruction to a healing substance. According to Zee, the narrator's host, Vril can be changed into the mightiest agency over all types of matter, both animate and inanimate. It can destroy like lightning or replenish life, heal, or cure.

The hero is looked upon as a pet who might have to be put down or at least kept for all time with them. He escapes this subterranean realm with the knowledge that this race intends to someday resurface to take control of the surface dwellers, hence the title The Coming Race.

There is a strong belief that the Vril Society was founded as "The All German Society for Metaphysics" in to explore the origins of the Aryan race, to seek contact with the "hidden masters" of Ultima Thule, and to practice meditation and other techniques intended to strengthen individual mastery of the divine Vril force itself. It was formed by a group of female psychic mediums led by the Thule Gesellschaft medium Maria Orsitsch (Orsic) of Zagreb.

Members of the Vril Society are said to have included Adolf Hitler, Alfred Rosenberg, Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Göring, and Hitler's personal physician, Dr. Theodor Morell. These were original members of the Thule Society which supposedly joined Vril in 1919. The NSDAP (National Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei) was created by Thule in 1920, one year later.

With Hitler in power in 1933, both the Thule and Vril Gesellschafts allegedly received official state backing for continued disc development programs aimed at both spaceflight and possibly a war machine.

A great deal of time and resources were spent ($23B+ US today) on researching or creating a popularly accepted “historical”, “cultural” and “scientific” background so the ideas about a “superior” Aryan race could prosper in the German society of the time.

Expeditions in Tibet, Nepal, Greece, the Arctic, and Neuschwabenland in Antarctica were organized in the search for the mythical “Aryan” nation of Hyperborea, whose capital, Ultima Thule was supposedly built by the extraterrestrial ancestors of the “Aryan races” who came from the star Aldebaran, according to some of the “Aryan” theories.

A German expedition to Tibet was organized in order to search for the origins of the Aryan race. To this end, the expedition leader, Ernst Schäfer, had his anthropologist Bruno Beger make face masks and skull and nose measurements.

Similar expeditions were organized in the pursuit of semi-mythical objects believed to bring power or granting special powers to their owner, such as the Holy Grail and the Spear of Destiny.

It has been speculated by many esoteric Hitlerists and conspiracy theorists that study Nazi mysticism and the events that unfolded in World War 2 that the Germans landed on the Moon as early as 1942. Evidence for these claims have been backed up by certain sources, including Vladimir Terziski, the president of the American Academy of Dissident Sciences. This extraordinary theory also plays into the accusations of a conspiracy in the Apollo moon landing hoax, believed to have been orchestrated by the United States government and NASA.

Another theory proposed is the possibility that the Nazis had the capability for spaceflight due to their advanced technology in engineering as well as the exo-atmospheric rocket saucers which are shown in Terziski’s documentation with pictures and designs. It has been suggested that the Nazis had managed to reach the Moon and later the planet Mars, with these rocket-powered saucers.

According to other theories it is believed that the Nazis had made contact with ‘half a dozen’ alien races, including the malevolent reptilians.

It is believed by Vladimir Terziski that there is a lunar atmosphere, as well as water and vegetation on the Moon. According to his claims it is not necessary for a man to wear a space suit to walk on the Moon. This information of course contradicts widely accepted data, such as that supplied by NASA. Terziski promotes his belief that the Germans managed to construct their lunar headquarters by tunneling under the surface of the Moon, and that towards the end of the war they had established a small Nazi research base. According to Terziski, the Germans continue their space effort from their Antarctic colony of Neuschwabenland after the end of the war in May 1945.

NOTE: one needs to ask....what, if any, of this technology ended up in the hands of the United States and/or the Soviets? The Hollow Earth theory as well as Reptilians and other extraterrestrial races....are they here and how long? Were the Nazis given technology by alien races and to what degree was it used? Did most of these supposed secrets and technology die with the Nazis? Also, was Hitler's 'Third Reich' basically conceived from a science fiction novel?

Source: Phantoms and Monsters

The Strangest Felines

The weather over the past week has been fit for neither man nor beast. How odd then to find myself in the company of a man who has spent his adult life searching for some particular beasts - black panther-like creatures which he believes are roaming Scotland. It is Thursday lunchtime and Mark Fraser is, as usual, on the prowl.

"We are now entering what I call Big Cat Country," he says as we drive through fields outside the Ayrshire village of Kilmaurs. "In Stewarton, where we are heading now, there have been a lot of sightings. The cats don't stick to any particular terrain. They will actually come into towns. In Kilmarnock, one was seen by a postman in the middle of a housing estate. But the majority of sightings you get here are melanistic cats running across the road."

Melanistic, meaning very dark or black, is a word often used by big cat investigators. There are only five such people in Scotland, which doesn't sound many until you remember the big cat population is estimated at just 40, eight to every human looking for them. Any animals which would rather not be found would do well to make for the Edinburgh area. Fraser's research group Big Cats In Britain, run from his home in Kilmaurs, has representatives in Ayrshire, Aberdeenshire, Argyll, Fife and Lanarkshire, but not Lothian, "which is a shame," says Fraser, "because there's been a helluva lot of sightings in the Pentlands".

Slowing as he drives into Stewarton, "The Bonnet Toun", better known for hats than cats, Fraser takes a long draw on a fag. At 46, he's a heavy-set heavy smoker with tattooed arms who drives a van and works in the security industry. He's also from an area of Yorkshire which he refers to by its old-fashioned name, the East Riding.

In other words, Fraser should be the very personification of no-nonsense. Yet his interest in strange phenomena dates back to his childhood in Hull, and he describes himself, unblushingly, as a cryptozoologist – one who studies animals thought to be legendary or which should not be found in a particular environment. "Chimpanzees," he offers by way of illustration, "have established colonies in quite a few places in Britain."

Not in Scotland, though, surely? "No, more in Sussex, Surrey way. Mind you, there was a dead monkey found in Inverness-shire, and we've had sightings of baboons in Ayr."

He pulls up at the side of Cunningham-Watt Park and we walk into the woods, along the course of a burn. There's a rusty Irn-Bru can on the ground and buzzards in the air. The Ayrshire countryside in autumn and winter has an indefinable eeriness, something to do with black branches against white sky, with hawthorn hedges hemming in narrow roads. This is Tam O'Shanter country, remember, where the devil appeared as a "towzie tyke".

It's easy to believe that nature has taken a turn for the curious round here. In 1816, the remains of eight mammoths were discovered in a quarry near Kilmaurs, and somehow it wouldn't be entirely surprising if some kind of relic had survived into an age in which it has no business. That's one theory about these big cats – they are an indigenous species that has been around since the Ice Age.

Fraser has spotted something. He hunkers down to examine a large paw print in the mud, then straightens back up with a shake of his head. "Dog," he sighs.

Every year, usually during the summer "silly season", the newspapers report "sensational" pictures have been taken of what appears to be a leopard or jaguar. Cameras in mobile phones and the advent of YouTube have meant that this is more common than ever. In July, the big story was footage of a black cat walking along the railway line in Helensburgh. This came only a week after reports that a horse in Ayrshire had been savaged by a puma.

It's often said that if there are big cats in Britain then they are the descendants of beasts released by their owners following the introduction of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act of 1976. The chief proponent of the opposite view, that the cats are an indigenous species, is Di Francis, a Londoner now living in Banffshire.

Francis pioneered big cat investigations in Britain. It began in the late 1970s when she was living in Devon and working as a journalist covering British wildlife. She was running out of subjects. "I'd actually got down to writing about the sex life of slugs," she says when I phone her, and she'd suggested to her editor that she look into the sightings of a so-called "black puma" near Tedburn St Mary. This was the beginning of a "life-ruining" fascination. One winter she spent six weeks camped on Dartmoor in the snow, the better to see any prints. She caught no cats, but did develop hypothermia. Still, her persistence paid off when, on St David's Day, 1982, she took the first daytime photograph of a British big cat – a black animal larger than the Doberman bounding along beside it.

Francis claims to have made a further six sightings since 1982, some in Scotland. She is desperate for hard evidence the black cats exist and thinks the best chance is for one to be discovered as roadkill. If any readers should find one, she asks that you conceal it on the verge before contacting Big Cats In Britain. "Better of course to shove it in the boot and take it home," she says, "but we understand a lot of people may not be as enthusiastic as we are."

These days, aged 66, Francis does most of her research at her desk, and the most exotic creatures she sees are woodpeckers on the bird table. She leaves the camping out and wandering around the woods at night to younger investigators. Yet she has lost none of her passion for the big cats, which she praises for their beauty, power and intelligence. "I should be so disappointed," she says, "if I died before we got one."

Back in Kilmaurs, Fraser drapes his camouflage jacket over a chair and shows me the office upstairs in his semi-detached from where he runs Big Cats In Britain. It is a small room, a den really, and unmistakably the workspace of a man on a mission. By the window, with its views over the fields, there are night-vision binoculars. The bookshelves are full of feline literature, including Fraser's own Big Cats In Britain Yearbook, the cover of which features the proud boast, "Voted 4th in the world's top ten cryptozoological titles of 2008". Elsewhere on the shelves are animal skulls with pronounced canines and a stuffed melanistic wildcat, a gift from Francis. "My wife can't stand that in the house," says Fraser. "She's allergic to cats."

A trip across the hall to the toilet confirms that Fraser's favoured brand of deodorant is Lynx. Less fragrant are the small bottles of a foul concoction, made from the glands of bobcats, which he keeps in his office. The idea is that this liquid will lure a big cat into a cage set up for this purpose, "but we haven't caught nowt yet, apart from dogs and pussycats".

He would prefer not to use the bobcat potion. "The best thing is actually the urine and faeces of another big cat," he says. "I drove home from England with a load of leopard faeces in the back once. You've never smelled anything like it. We used to get it from zoos, but since the foot-and-mouth scare, it's virtually impossible to get hold of."

From this nerve centre, Fraser co-ordinates all British sightings of mysterious cats. Each week, he hears of four or five via phone and the BCIB website. This year, there have been around 200 in Scotland alone. When a cluster of reports come from one place, he will travel there, examine evidence and interview witnesses. I sense, though, a certain weariness as he scrolls through photo s he has been emailed. "Domestic cat," he intones. "Fox. Cat. That's a domestic cat, too. But it does have a funny face."

Fraser saw his first big black cat one evening in 2003. He can be specific – it was 19 November. Scotland were getting humped 6-0 by the Netherlands, and he was watching the game when someone called to say that there was a cat in the area and he had better get a move on. When he spotted the animal, which he estimates at 3ft high, "It was a relief because that had been 15 years and I'd never seen one. You do begin to think that you might be wasting your time. That's why I chased the bugger. Fifteen years – I'm not letting that get away."

But get away it did. "It was so good to see it," Fraser smiles at the memory. "I rang the wife. I said, 'I've seen one at last,' and she said, 'Yeah, I'm watching Emmerdale.'"

His wife Hannah thinks he is obsessed, and he thinks she is probably right. "It can take over at times," he nods. "You try to back away from it, but your phone goes, and you think, that could be the one."

He smiles wearily. "Never bloody is, though."

Source: The Scotsman


MoD Closes UFO Investigation Department

The Ministry of Defence department that investigated UFOs sightings has been closed after almost 60 years, it has been disclosed.

The MoD department, which has dealt with more than 12,000 reports – including 135 last year - was used to assess threats posed by any Unidentified Flying Objects sightings throughout Britain.

Any reports made would now not be investigated or followed up as the hotline had been closed, a spokesman said.

UFO experts expressed anger at the decision.

MoD chiefs made the decision to close the £50,000 a year department, established in 1950, after deciding there was no benefit investigating sightings which were “an inappropriate use of defence resources”.

It comes after the team was moved from the MoD’s team, similar to the FBI team featured in the TV programme the X Files, was moved a year ago from the Whitehall Headquarters to the RAF Command in High Wycombe, Bucks.

After an application under the Freedom of Information Act, the MoD admitted that responding to every UFO sightings “diverts MoD resources from tasks that are relevant to Defence”.

No decision was announced and the disclosure was instead buried on its website earlier this month.

It said that in more than 50 years “no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom”.

After investigation, around 5 per cent of reports remain unexplained.

“The MOD has no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra-terrestrial life,” the spokesman said.

“The MOD has no specific capability for identifying the nature of such sightings.

“Accordingly, and in order to make best use of Defence resources, we have decided that from the 1 December 2009 the dedicated UFO hotline answer-phone service and e-mail address will be withdrawn.”

He added: “MOD will no longer respond to reported UFO sightings or investigate them.”

Nick Pope, who ran the Ministry of Defence UFO project from 1991 to 1994, said it was “outrageous”.

“We’re leaving ourselves wide open to terrorist attacks,” he told The Sun.

The spokesman said the programme to release departmental files on UFO matters to the National Archive would continue.

Source: The Telegraph


Attack of the Christmas Zombie Dolls

Growing up, one of the most frightening stories of a “possessed possession” that I can recall dealt with psychic disturbances emanating from a strange, sullen little doll named Robert, who now resides in a museum in Key West. Little did I know he has a sister out there too… but I digress. First I’ll present a “refresher” dissertation on the homely little doll to our left, who appears here courtesy of the fine folks at the East Martello Museum in Key West.

As the story goes, owner Robert Eugene Otto had shared an unsettling affinity with the stuffed toy, given to him by a maid who lived with the family. It became part of the legend that the maid had actually been a practitioner of voodoo, thus leading to the negative energies which seemed to accompany the doll. Though Robert (the boy) was known to be very fond of the toy, keeping it with him as he honed his craft as a painter, he would often blame mishaps that occurred on the property on Robert (the toy). Upon his owner’s leaving to attend college, the doll was eventually banished to the attic of the Otto home to live alone in solitude (and extreme summertime stuffiness).

This wouldn’t end the “devil doll’s” strange activity, however. Many school children claimed to have witnessed the strange apparition of a small, featureless “man” dodging from window to window in the upstairs of the Otto family home, peering at them menacingly as they walked to school. Eventually, Robert’s hi-jinks became so legendary that he was donated to the East Martello Museum, where he still resides. Even night watchmen there claim that he will occasionally change positions in his glass display while no one is looking.

This story was brought to mind by Gralien Report correspondent Chris McCullom, who today sent along yet another strange story pertaining to a haunted doll. In an article appearing at the CNN website (originally from Oprah.com), the strange story of “Jessica Lynn Cohen” is recounted, better known by her familial moniker “the Christmas Zombie Doll.” The author tells the story of how his daughter received the doll as a gift on Christmas day. Removing the wrapping, he says she “immediately and inexplicably christen(ed) the doll Jessica Lynn Cohen. Why that oddly specific appellation, with its country-western triple cadence, we’ll never know. It was Christmas, and it was her doll, and it stuck.” Was this a peculiar instance of telemetry, where the young girl somehow “read” information off the doll, or perhaps even a lingering spirit which lay at hand, hovering in the astral?

The actual source for the title is less enigmatic, as this was also the name of an actress who appeared in George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” film starring actor Macaulay Culkin. The film was first released in 1993, and the author in the CNN piece mentions that the three-foot-tall Beelzebub Barbie was purchased about a decade ago (around 1999). Though this still presents a reasonable gap, it seems likely that the film would have been present and popular enough for his young daughter to have made the obvious Christmas-time association with the actress. Though unconventional, “Jessica Lynn Cohen” is actually a very fitting name for the demonic death doll.

But all name games aside, it’s what occurred after the toy’s titling that made it infamous; as time went on, the author’s daughter gets older, and the “cooling off” period occurs. “I’d go downstairs to attend to a blown fuse and there’d be Jessica Lynn Cohen in the boiler room,” he says. “We’d find her in the pantry with her arms outstretched in a sort of pious Joan of Arc gesture of supplication or in the bathroom with one leg raised high over her head like a Folies Bergère dancer. Coming upon her this way could be frightening. She had taken on the stricken phantasmal look of a ghost from a shipwreck.”

If this weren’t creepy enough, upon trying to rid themselves of the doll they began to succumb to bad luck, including health and financial problems. “We eventually had to reach an accommodation with Jessica Lynn Cohen and accept her as a permanent member of our family.”

Is there indeed some strange psychic property that affixes itself to inanimate objects, especially those with more anthropomorphic features? It’s a strange notion indeed, almost like the ancient Kabbalistic traditions that involve the creations of “golems” or non-human “robots.” It also brings to mind “noisy spirits” and poltergeist activity.

My, it’s strange the way that some humans haunt themselves!

Special thanks to Christopher McCollum for contributing to this report.

Source: The Gralien Report

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