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This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such lip-smacking stories as:

Sun May Soon Send Magnetic Storms Toward Earth -
- Earthquakes and the Unknown -
- Photo Shows Shapes That Look Like Trees on Mars-
- On the Tail of a Tiger in Tasmania -
AND: Opinions Differ on Authenticity of Australian Ghost Photo

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This new book contains ancient magick techniques which utilize hidden power verses taken from the Holy Scriptures to gain enlightenment, good fortune, riches and all-around prosperity. These easy to perform spiritual spells will have a deep impact on your life and your loved ones. Beginning in his childhood, William Alexander Oribello experienced contact with Divine Forces in the forms of Angelic Beings and Ascended Masters. These spiritual contacts taught him the secrets of creative force and how we all can utilize special verses along with candles, incense, crystals and gemstones for bring about prosperity should like God has said he would like you to receive.                                

Since Oribello s ascension to other realms, there has been a major void in the metaphysical field that has only lately begun to be filled by Dragonstar a metaphysician whose psychic linage dates back to the continent of Atlantis. Recently, Dragonstar researched through folders filled with notes made by Oribello on the subject of Divine Money Spells and agreed with the late avatar when he stated, Money and prosperity are not evil, only when one elevates material wealth over everything else does it become a problem. The Creator intends us to be happy and prosperous in this reality. Money and prosperity can bring peace of mind that allows one to concentrate on important spiritual matters and being able to help others.





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Greeting and Happy New Year from Mr UFO here and the staff of the Conspiracy Journal.

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Our latest interview is posted in the archives (its like the first or second item) at: www.RadioMysterioso.com

The show is hosted by our friend Greg Bishop and deals with our MIB encounter (for those who wanted more information after our UFO Hunters appearance) as well as a bubbling over history of UFO publishing since the early 1950s.
And if you missed the article I did with the original starman David Bowie here is the post that appear on Coast to Coast - just click on MORE and it will take you to the story itself.

One last thing -- we are always happy to hear from our friends out there. A lot of our readers are on Face Book and we go there to chat with readers from time to time. So open a free account and have some fun.
Peace to you all and prosper in 2010!
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Inner Light/Global Communications


Sun May Soon Send Magnetic Storms Toward Earth

The sun may finally be awakening from its longest quiet period in about a century and powering up to solar maximum, when it could fling disruptive electromagnetic storms toward Earth.

But once the sun does ramp up, it could be a relatively quiet solar maximum, with a below-average number of eruptions, scientists say.

Some researchers argue the sun has begun to enter solar maximum; others say it's not there yet. They do agree the current quiet period, or solar minimum, is the longest since the early 1900s, but they don't know why.

"For the average person or for a technological society like ours, a hundred years is a pretty long time," said Dan Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado.

A solar cycle usually lasts about 11 years, measured from one low point to the next. The most recent started about 13 years ago, in 1996.

Scientists won't declare the quiet period over until after a sustained stretch of activity, generally about three months, said Frank Eparvier, a scientist at the space physics lab.

"We've increased a little bit and had some strong active regions," Eparvier said, but it hasn't been long enough to say solar maximum has begun.

The sun goes through fairly regular cycles of more and fewer eruptions, averaging as many as 180 per day during solar maximum and dipping as low as zero per day during solar minimum.

The magnetic fields that cause the eruptions are themselves influenced by a mix of internal solar motions, including rotation, shears, turbulence and global circulation similar to Earth's ocean currents.

Sarah Gibson, a scientist with the High Altitude Observatory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, calls it "a delicate mix of ordered and chaotic processes."

The consensus prediction for the next solar maximum is a small one, averaging about 90 or fewer sunspots a day in 2013, Eparvier said.

A panel of scientists convened by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the International Space Environment Service reviewed more than 100 published forecasts and eventually coalesced around the small-maximum prediction.

Solar eruptions can send billions of tons of magnetically charged particles into space at high speed. If those particle clouds, called plasma, collide with the Earth's magnetic field, they can create dramatic effects ranging from a beautiful aurora borealis to a devastating electrical blackout.

The sun's volatile magnetic fields can become so severely twisted that they snap and then reconnect, producing a flash called a solar flare and a plasma eruption, Gibson said. If the plasma's magnetic field collides with the Earth's own magnetic field, they connect with another powerful snap.

That can add electrical current on power lines, overtax transformers and set off a rapid collapse of parts of the power grid. It can disrupt radio signals, cause Global Positioning System devices to be off by the distance of a football field and cut off communication between ground controllers and jetliners flying over polar regions. That forces airlines to send planes on longer routes that take more time and burn more fuel.

United Airlines diverted 26 flights from their normal polar routes in January 2005 to avoid communications blackouts during solar storms.

In March 1989, a geomagnetic storm triggered the collapse of a power grid in Quebec, leaving an estimated 6 million people without electricity for nine hours. And in 2006, a burst of solar radiation disoriented virtually all GPS receivers on the lighted half of the Earth, the National Weather Service said.

Baker said radiation from solar flares could be harmful to space travelers and even airline crews who are repeatedly exposed to it on flights over the Earth's poles.

Solar plasma can also physically compress the Earth's magnetic field so much that it's smaller than the orbit of some satellites. Without that magnetic field to orient themselves, those satellites can have trouble communicating with ground stations. Baker estimated that $200 billion worth of satellites are in orbits that leave them vulnerable to such disruptions.

Some satellites are more vulnerable to radiation damage than previous models. During the Cold War, many satellites were "hardened" against enemy radiation attacks, but when that threat passed, designers took fewer protective measures.

Source: CBS 4, Denver


Earthquakes and the Unknown
by Scott Corrales

During an exchange of internet communications in the hours shortly following the massive 7.0 earthquake that devastated the Haitian capital city, Port-au-Prince, which left death and destruction in its wake, mention was made of the “far out” theories that have emerged in the 2000s to account for such disasters: scalar weaponry, alien craft concealed as passing asteroids, HAARP and other culprits that have gone on to become the “usual suspects” on paranormal radio and Web discussions. Let there be no mistake – the Haitian disaster is not a matter for idle speculation as people lay dying or desperately waiting for help that may not arrive. But for the record, there was a time when strange lights would be reported in connection with earthquakes, leading many to assume that they were triggered by unearthly forces or monitored by benign creatures from beyond.

The early morning hours of August 28, 1973 should not have been memorable to anyone in Mexico City. The pre-dawn darkness was disturbed only by the sound of a few cars speeding along Insurgentes Sur avenue – the great north/south artery that bisects the city – and the only people awake at the time would have been the cleaning staffs of the various office buildings that dotted the avenue and the odd reveler coming from a late dinner or night spent with friends. The previous day had been sunny despite the persistent smog and remarkably warm for the season. But that was all about to change.

At 3:51 a.m., something happened deep under the earth, unmindful of the sleeping souls above. The forces that make of Mexico a land of volcanoes and towering mountain ranges made themselves felt under the borders of the states of Puebla and Veracruz, unleashing an earthquake that would cause chaos and terror in the cities of Cd. Serdan and Orizaba, leaving a total of 500 dead and many more injured. By the time the seismic wave reached Mexico City, the tall apartment buildings rocked, waking up their occupants and sending a bleary-eyed population for the dubious shelter of the door frames, popularly believed to be the safest place to be during an earthquake. The awe-inspiring sound of creaking girders and the cracking of plaster added to the fear, even among the tenants of buildings supposed to be resistant to tremors.

Out on the street there were screams as occupants took to the streets, fleeing older structures that were known to be less than impervious to the rolling earth. Then everything stopped – there was silence but for the fearsome, roaring sound of what must have been a transformer shorting out in the darkness, echoing down the avenue. Within the apartments there were tears of relief and the knowledge that going back to sleep was virtually impossible at this point. In one of those buildings, a boy peered out of a curtain at the avenue, only to see strange red lights in the sky, dancing a secret dance over the heads of the crowd that had taken refuge right in the avenue’s median, where they felt they would be safe from any toppling structures.

The boy was this author, and I remember the lights.

In the early days of the UFO phenomenon, and even up to the present time among certain contactee circles, there was the moderately generalized belief that if UFOs were manifesting themselves during earthquakes or volcanic eruptions (such as the spectacular Decepción Island eruption of 1965, resulting in a now-famous photo of an unknown object), it must be because alien scientists must be reconnoitering our planet and studying its geological processes as part of a survey of not only our world, but perhaps our entire solar system. On the other hand, were the same UFOs perhaps collecting as much information as they could before our planet destroyed itself or underwent a sudden transformation? Psychics and those who professed being in touch with the space brothers were quick to reassure a worried populace that there were entire armadas of UFOs on standby for an evacuation to a better place, and yes, there would be seats aboard the spaceships for everyone, even the family pets. There was even the more reasonable suggestion that the UFO mission was a preventive one, as they allegedly de-fused greater disasters

In later years, the matter of “lights seen after earthquakes” was addressed by the more reasonable Tectonic Strain Theory, involving the piezoelectric effect and energy released by the pressure of rock and static electricity. But the relationship between UFOs and disasters is still present in many minds. In January 2006, airline pilots of the TACA company, flying over the Pacific Ocean, reported a veritable wall of water—eighty kilometers long and between fifteen and twenty meters tall -- heading inexorably toward the shores of Central America, specifically El Salvador and the Gulf of Fonseca, triggering understandable alarm among civilian and military authorities only a year after the Great Sumatra Earthquake. The tidal wave failed to materialize, but it coincided with the sightings of UFOs in Costa Rica and more specifically, the daytime sighting of a brilliant object on January 14, 2006 at noon over San José, that nation’s capital city.

Had the “space brothers” (or benevolent nonhumans, at the very least) stepped in to keep the disaster from happening by dispersing Poseidon’s might? If so, it was merely another day’s work to them, as the phenomenon appears to have been attracted to the tectonic activity of the Americas for centuries.

In June 2005, the eruption of Mexico’s Volcán de Fuego, located on the borders of the states of Colima and Jalisco, 300 miles from Mexico City, began a phase of activity that caused the country’s CENAPRED agency to mandate an evacuation of the surrounding communities. Internet sources mentioned that there was a certain strangeness about the volcanic earthquakes that being felt in the area, as they were “harmonic and regular”, leading some seismologists to suggest that the activity had been set in motion by artificial means. One possibility, according to the ubiquitous India Daily, was that “the volcano’s hot spot had been disturbed by some extraterrestrial experiments [...]

Following a strong earthquake in the town of Quintero, Chile on November 23, 1822, diarist Maria Graham, would make the following entry in her journal: “The earthquakes diminished in their intensity and frequency during the night and the early hours of the day. Only one was felt before 4 pm, and between this hour and 10 in the morning there were four. The weather was cloudy but pleasant. More news has come in from neighboring towns. Local fishermen and those from the beaches close at hand say that on the evening of the 19th they had seen a light at a great distance over the sea; it moved swiftly toward the coast, split in two, and then vanished. The credulous populace has turned the light to [an apparition] of the Virgin who has come to save the country. A holy woman predicted the catastrophe in Santiago the previous day. People prayed and the city escaped almost completely unharmed. They sent a courier to Valparaíso to spread the alarm, but he arrived to late, despite having worn out two horses to make the journey.” (Graham, M. Diario de Mi Residencia en Chile, Santiago, 1953).

Nor would the year 1861 be particularly kind to South America as a whole. Earthquakes were plentiful that year in Paraguay, Chile and Argentina, with the northern city of Mendoza being among the hardest locations to be hit. The burgeoning community of twelve thousand souls was turned to dust after a mighty earthquake which was followed by a nearly a month’s worth of aftershocks. The population scattered into the hills and desert, seeking shelter where they could, hearts freezing whenever they heard the rumbling noise that came from the ground under their feet. On May 11, 1861, chroniclers reported that a “luminous body” had crossed the skies over Mendoza from north to south, shining and clearly visible despite the brilliance of the sun (the recorded time of the sighting was 11:30 a.m.). “Travelers from the nearby province of San Juan to the north of Mendoza also reported seeing the light in those lands.” The official report also mentions the loud report that accompanied the object. Could there be a prosaic answer to this phenomenon, worthy of notice amid the calamity of the earthquakes and their aftermath? A meteorite burning up in the planet’s atmosphere would be the likeliest choice, but there’s the matter of the object’s luminosity being clearly visible at such an early hour. The “loud report” suggests a sort of sonic boom not characteristic of meteorites, but proper to aircraft...or perhaps even spacecraft.

Sightings of strange objects over Mendoza were not circumscribed to the 19th century, either: in 1957, residents of the Puente del Inca region of Mendoza reportedly saw numerous UFOs prior to the seismic activity that unleashed catastrophic landslides. In July 1968, the objects reappeared over Mendoza as another earthquake caused its inhabitants to flee their buildings for the imaginary safety of the streets.

Brazil is not a country readily associated with earthquakes, of all natural disasters, but Pereiro, a small community in the state of Ceará (northeastern Brazil) has repeatedly experienced earthquakes throughout the 20th century produced by the collapse of vast limestone caves that exist under the town, formed by the activity of subterranean water flows. From 1968 onward, seismic events were accompanied by the manifestation of immense greenish-blue bolides twice the size of the moon, described by local residents as being as bright as very large automobile headlights. Other descriptions classified them as being conical in shape and blindingly bright, moving silently over buildings or the countryside. Argentinean UFO researcher Roberto Banchs, writing in Las Evidencias del Fenómeno Ovni (Buenos Aires: Cogtal, 1976) notes that the strange lights of Pereiro were at one point seen on a regular basis and landing in the spiky, inaccessible “caatinga” vegetation that surrounds the area.

A reputable eyewitness – a local councilman – was riding his horse at night through the area in July 1968 when he encountered a green light that he first believed to be a truck, only to find it was an object hovering over the treetops. Other reports soon emerged of an enormous solid object accompanied by lesser ones, projecting a beam against the ground “like a giant spotlight”. This prompted representative Ernesto Valente to say: “Many UFOs have appeared over the skies of Ceará in recent months. The government should send observers to conduct an in-depth study to find out if UFOs are indeed related to earthquakes.”

According to Banchs, word was received from Pereiro a month later, stating that the manifestations of these luminous objects indeed precede seismic activity by a matter of hours, causing townspeople to remark that “the objects appeared to know when and where the earthquakes were going to come about.”

While at first blush the following may appear to have nothing to do with strange lights in the sky, it is connected, in a strange way, with the belief expressed by many theorists on the subject of UFOs that the presences behind the phenomenon feed off the energy released by human suffering – whether as a consequence of war, disaster or other tragedies. If we follow this line of thought, first articulated by Spanish paranormal researcher Salvador Freixedo, could we go as far as to say that these are somehow involved in bringing an end to the unimaginable destruction caused by the seismic activity in exchange for a single life?

On May 22, 1960 the Pacific coastline of Chile and Perú was devastated by a series of earthquakes and aftershocks which rank among the strongest ever recorded on instruments: a mind-numbing 9.6 on the modified Richter scale (7.25 on the original). Rivers abandoned their beds, new lakes appeared coastal cities like Valdivia were reduced to rubble, dropping to three meters below sea level in parts, and the hills themselves had shifted, proof of the unimaginably vast forces at work. Five thousand died and two million were left homeless; a tsunami lashed the ruins, causing even further destruction,

A total of nine separate quakes occurred over the following two weeks as the the rest of the world looked on in horror and amazement. There was no question, in the minds of the terrified population, that they were living through the last days of the world.

The Mapuche Indians offered prayers to their traditional deities, sacrificing all of their flocks to appease the anger of their tutelary gods. Ritual fires could be seen all along the coast, morning and evening, as the reek of burned offerings filled the dusty air. Yet the earthquakes continued, unmindful of the sacrifices and orisons of even the most devout.

It was then that a local seeress (machi, in the Mapuche tongue) received a revelation: sacrificing dumb beasts would not suffice – it would be necessary to offer the precious gift of a child, as in the long-ago time when the twin serpents Cai Cai and Treng Treng had respectively destroyed and rescued humankind. Treng Treng’s species-saving assistance had been procured at the cost of human sacrifice.

According to newspaper reports, the human sacrifice took place at eight o’clock at night on June 5, 1960 near Colliileufú. Most astonishing of all is that the crushing seismic activity ended on the following day. In discussing this case, anthropologist Myriam Rios states : "What occurred was part of their ancestral religion, emerging in exactly the same context. From the Mapuche perspective, it is nothing but the culture expressed in its purest belief--the origin myth."

The five people involved in the sacrifice were arrested and two of them eventually imprisoned for murder, although eventually released. The judge who tried the case, far from believing in the supernatural, ruled that the murder had taken place not out of devotion for the gods, but out of fear for the clairvoyant’s supernatural powers.

Source: Inexplicata


Are UFO Sightings At Dulce A Bigger Story Than Roswell?
By Sean Casteel

A look at the new book from Global Communications: "Underground Alien Bio Lab At Dulce: The Bennewitz UFO Papers"

The story of Paul Bennewitz is one of the sadder ones in all of Ufology. He seems to have been a victim from the very beginning, though he was not victimized by the aliens he came to believe in but rather the shadowy finagling of a government he mistakenly gave his trust to.

Bennewitz’s experience, as related in a new book on his struggle called "Underground Alien Bio Lab at Dulce: The Bennewitz UFO Papers," by Timothy Green Beckley and Christa Tilton, started in 1979. The twisted trail that is the story of Bennewitz took many bizarre turns on its path to UFO and conspiracy theory legend. One of the more mysterious places it led to is the tiny New Mexico town of Dulce, located not far from the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. For my own contribution to the abovementioned book, I spoke to some researchers about the strange rumors continually floating around Dulce, which together form one of the most interesting enigmas of the present age.

Perhaps the most vocal and visible expert on the Dulce mysteries is Norio Hayakawa, who has written many articles on the subject and appeared numerous times on radio and television programs dealing with the town.

"Dulce, New Mexico," Hayakawa said, "is a location filled with mysteries that are still ongoing. I believe it is far more interesting than Roswell. Yes, Roswell was significant in that it is the alleged location of the crash of extraterrestrial vehicles in 1947, but, you know, that was it. But Dulce is something different. It is an ongoing thing that is taking place.

"Not only that," Hayakawa continued, "but Dulce has the highest percentage per population of UFO sightings. This is a fact. Almost the entire town of Dulce, which has a population of about 2,600 now, almost the entire population has experienced a sighting of strange objects in the past 30 years. This is the highest percentage of any community in the United States."

But back to Bennewitz. The story goes that Bennewitz was a scientist living near Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1979, he began to observe the flights of mysterious objects from his home, which was also adjacent to the Monzano Storage Area, the country’s largest underground nuclear storage facility, as well as the Coyote Canyon Test Range.
"Albuquerque is very significant," Hayakawa said, "because it is where German scientists were first transferred in 1945, immediately after World War II, through the Operation Paperclip Program in which the U.S. brought in to the country not only scientists from Germany but also many skilled intelligence officers."

Bennewitz began to film and attempt to report on the strange aerial activity he was witnessing, which immediately drew the interest of the government. One theory is that the bewildered scientist was seeing test flights of what are called "UAVs," or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, pilot-less aircraft that are remotely controlled either on the ground or programmed by onboard computer systems. Whatever the secret flights involved, the government did not want Bennewitz to know the truth.

Apparently, so the story goes, the government brainwashed Bennewitz into believing that he was witnessing a flight of alien discs over Kirtland Air Force Base. Bennewitz received a message somehow, either by radio or over his computer, saying that there is a secret base 150 miles north of Albuquerque in the mountains. Bennewitz was provided with the exact coordinates of this alien base, which of course turned out to be Dulce.

Bennewitz was never able to prove either the existence of aliens over Kirtland or the government’s manipulations of his attempt to document the mysterious overflights. He sank deeper and deeper into an increasingly paranoid frame of mind, unable to cope with the bizarre scenario that he had been ensnared in.

In the years before his death in 2003, he corresponded with a woman named Christa Tilton, an alien abductee who was conducting research into UFOs in an attempt to understand her own experiences with what she felt may have been government agents posing as extraterrestrials. A reprint of her manuscript about her dealings with Bennewitz is included herein, as well as photocopies of newspaper articles that dealt with Bennewitz and other witnesses to the strange craft as well as letters exchanged with local law enforcement officials, who totally pooh-poohed any inquiries into the alien rumors around Dulce.

It all coalesces into a very complicated story that leaves one with more questions than answers, but Tilton and the other writers do their utmost to bring some order to the general chaos. For instance, the book also offers a lengthy interview with Thomas Costello, who claims to have been employed as a security guard at an underground facility in Dulce. Costello talks at length about interacting with aliens far below the surface and some of the protocols the humans and aliens were required to observe. Costello would sometimes be forced to intervene if a human wandered out of the zones where earthlings were permitted and had to try to smooth things over when an alien felt a human had crossed some kind of agreed upon line.

The interview with Costello, conducted by a writer named Bruce Walton (who also appears under the pseudonym Branton), is fraught with the kind of detailed information about day-to-day human and alien interaction that would seem to be very difficult to conjure out of nothing. Costello died about a year after the interview was conducted, a questionable case of suicide.

In addition, the book includes a very scholarly report by Dr. Michael Salla in which he attempts to understand the Bennewitz/Dulce story based on primary sources as opposed to secondhand information and hearsay.

"Was Bennewitz just an overzealous UFO researcher," Salla asks, "that accidentally tapped into highly classified Air Force research and development projects, or was he an electronics genius who single-handedly uncovered the existence of a joint U.S. government/ET underground base where ETs conducted gross human rights violations on abducted civilians? Seeking clear answers to these questions have spurred a number of books, articles and internet websites. A more scholarly effort of analyzing the primary source material available on Dulce is needed to help answer key questions about the alleged base at Dulce."

And just what would that primary source material be? Salla said he started by reviewing whistleblower testimonies that would seem to support Bennewitz as well as analyzing current government whistleblower protection laws. The long and tangled path was not made much clearer, but at least a sensible effort to solve the mystery in real world terms was underway.

There is no easy way to answer the question of "Who can we believe?" Two different government disinformation agents, Richard Doty and William Moore, have both publicly confessed on more than one occasion to feeding disinformation to Bennewitz designed to throw him off the scent of what he had uncovered and documented about Kirtland Air Force Base and Dulce. As stated previously, Bennewitz began to grow increasingly paranoid as a result of their efforts at brainwashing him.

Writer Leslie Gunter contributes a report on Bennewitz to the book in which she firmly declares, "Still, Paul Bennewitz was not a complete nut. The signals he was receiving were real signals and Doty says the National Security Agency, who had their own offices at the base, were doing the sending and receiving. Doty was eventually replaced by NSA agents who wanted to make sure Bennewitz discredited himself by spreading wild stories about UFOs. They also wanted to keep an eye on him to make sure that he wasn’t sharing his method of intercepting these signals with Soviet spies posing as UFO enthusiasts."

The pattern of deception extended to the cattle mutilations around Dulce, which the NSA wanted Bennewitz to continue to blame on the alien presence in the area. They also installed some fake air shafts in Dulce that Bennewitz was intended do believe served the underground base below. Sorting through the lies and manipulation, as Dr. Salla seeks to do, would seem a daunting task to say the least.

"In 1988," Gunter writes, "after eight years of constant stress and lack of sleep, Paul Bennewitz had to be taken to a mental hospital. His paranoia had reached an all time high and he had pretty much barricaded himself in his home. He was hardly eating or sleeping and was sure aliens were coming into his home late at night and injecting him with strange chemicals."

Gunter credits Bennewitz with being the first to state that the alien abductors were inserting implants into their abductees, though Bennewitz felt the implants were some method of mind control as opposed to the more popular theory that they serve as a kind of tracking device that keeps the whereabouts of abductees easy to locate. Bennewitz did show others the needle marks left behind after the alleged alien injections, but it was never certain whether the marks were self-inflicted or were in fact made in the way he claimed.

But leaving aside the story of Bennewitz’s personal struggles, his revelations about the underground base at Dulce were nothing short of spectacular. The rumors that have circulated since then are full of nightmare scenarios like huge vats of human and animal body parts used in genetic experiments, perhaps in further efforts to create an alien-human hybrid species or an even stranger chimera that is part human and part animal. One expert says the government and the aliens may be working to create a "perfect soldier," one that is capable of fearlessness and obedience beyond that of the normal GI grunt. There is the case of a female abductee who claimed that she was in one of the lower sections of Dulce when an alien walked right through the wall and raped her. That kind of forced copulation may also be a component of the genetics experimentation said to take place in Dulce, the goal being to impregnate the human female with an alien seed and see what is produced, a scenario already familiar from other stories of alien abduction.

For my part of the book, I also spoke to Bill Birnes, the publisher of "UFO Magazine" and the team leader on the History Channel program "UFO Hunters." Birnes said that one possibility about what’s happening at Dulce may be experiments with various virulent diseases and certain kinds of bacteria. Most of the land there is owned by the government, specifically the Bureau of Land Management, and the base may also lease some of the land from the nearby Indian reservation.

The government could also be researching mad cow disease and its penetration into the American beef supply, which may account for some of the cattle mutilations in the area. The secrecy could have something to do with keeping the mad cow problem from panicking an already jittery public. They may also be using cattle to determine how much the ground was penetrated by nuclear fallout following the atomic testing in the last century.

When asked about the "alien stuff," Birnes replied, "Quite frankly, I can understand the alien hypothesis. I really do believe that there are areas where aliens and humans are working together, such as Area 51 and S-4. But whether Dulce is indeed that kind of base or not, everything we’ve seen – when you talk to Norio Hayakawa, when you talk to Gabe Valdez, a New Mexico state trooper, they really discount the alien connection and talk more about the New World Order. But I mean, the base is top secret, and there are serious things happening at the base. But whether it’s because of aliens or because the aliens are a very convenient cover for even more dastardly things going on there – that I can’t tell you."

While Birnes obviously has his doubts about an alien presence in Dulce, he did relate an interesting story about what has come to be called the "Firefight at Dulce."

"The story goes that all the way back in the 1980s," he said, "the extraterrestrials were giving a lecture to some scientists. In that demonstration, a lot of the scientists were getting sick because of what the aliens were doing. So some of our military guards, who were prohibited from entering the area and prohibited from carrying any kind of weapons into that area, suddenly burst in to protect the scientists.

"And the aliens reacted," Birnes continued, "by basically turning their weapons on the security guards, killing them. Some aliens were killed and some scientists were killed. And supposedly we all worked very hard to try to patch it together so there wouldn’t be any more incidents like that."

Which brings us back to Paul Bennewitz. Was he just another casualty in a war zone of alien and government conflict? Did he cross some line of knowing that upset the powers that be, again powers that are both human and alien? While these questions cannot presently be answered, and may in fact never be answered, reading "Underground Alien Bio Lab At Dulce: The Bennewitz UFO Papers" will at least bring the curious reader up to speed on the ongoing discussion and the seemingly unending tug of war about the truth. Whether we’re dealing with human beings and/or an alien contingent, they all seem to be playing this game for keeps.

If you enjoyed this article, please visit Sean Casteel’s website at www.seancasteel.com

Source: UFO Digest


Photo Shows Shapes That Look Like Trees on Mars

Naturally erupting dust clouds on Mars are creating structures that look surprisingly like trees near the planet's north pole. But don't be fooled – it's just an optical illusion, NASA scientists say.

The Martian "trees" are actually dark basaltic sand pushed to the surface of sand dunes by sun-heated solid carbon dioxide ice, or dry ice, sublimating directly into vapor, explained Candy Hansen, a member of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) team at the University of Arizona.

The sand dunes form a nearly complete ring around Mars' north pole and are covered by a thin layer of reddish Martian dust and patches of dry ice. To date, there is no firm evidence of any type of Martian biology, past or present, plant or otherwise.

In the Martian spring, the sun warms the ice, causing it to sublimate directly into vapor, and the resulting gas dislodges surrounding dust and sand particles.

"What we think is happening is that the dark sand is sliding down the bright frosted portion of the dune," Hansen told SPACE.com.

The image, taken by MRO's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, is part of a series of Martian images appearing in a special issue of the journal Icarus this month.

The Martian illusion is not the first to capture the imaginations of people on Earth.

In 1976, a photograph of a rock formation on Mars beamed to Earth by NASA's Viking 1 orbiter looked to many like a face carved in the Martian surface. The Face on Mars photo's legacy has survived to this day, even after additional observations by more advanced spacecraft have revealed it to be a trick of light and shadows.

Since then, other Martian illusions have popped up in images from orbiters and rovers, including an object that resembled a small bunny and a rock that looked like a female figure to some and Bigfoot to others.

However, this is not the first time that Martian photos have captured objects that look suspiciously like trees and bushes. In 2001 photos taken near the Martian south pole imaged gigantic tree-like structures that to this day has defied conventional explanations.

The streaks in the new image look as if they are rising up from the sand dunes, but that's an illusion, Hansen said. "You're looking at the slip face of the dune, and where the sand comes to a stop, it forms a sort of scallop-shaped edge at the bottom."

Each dark sand streak can measure up to 164 feet (50 meters) in length.

HiRISE actually caught one of the dust eruptions as they happened.

"If you look closely, you can see this little dust cloud casting a tiny shadow," Hansen said.

Source: Sphere


On the Tail of a Tiger in Tasmania

Tasmania's thylacine has been extinct for 70 years – or has it? James Stewart tries to track it down.

On a bright summer morning in the back end of Tasmania's north-west, I wandered into an office of Forestry Tasmania for advice about a forest dirt road. The sketch map the official offered was expected; not so his story. On that same track a decade or so ago, he had seen a creature that was not supposed to exist. And not just him; loggers and surveyors, an old-timer shacked up in the bush, all had glimpsed the animal before it slipped away into one of the most ancient rainforests on Earth.

Foresters are generally a practical bunch who measure life by certainties such as sawlogs and stray limbs lost to heavy machinery. When they swear to a sighting, you begin to wonder if there's truth after all to the Tasmanian tiger.

There are really only two things you need to know about the world's largest carnivorous marsupial. The first is that it looks nothing like its namesake except for the sandy orange coat and stripes that extend down to a stiff tail. The tiger – or thylacine as it is usually known because of its scientific name, Thylacinus cynocephalus, which means "pouched dog with a wolf's head" – is an evolutionary concept-creature that bolts the back half of a kangaroo on to a rangy dog the size of an Alsatian. The second is that it has been extinct for seven decades. Or it has unless you ask around. Then it turns out they're everywhere.

The first one I saw was in Hobart, the state capital. In the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, a small crowd gathered around footage of a restless creature in the city zoo with a slender snout that opened to a snake's gape and a stiff gait that another believer later compared to a dairy cow. When "Benjamin" became history one chilly September night in 1936, he is thought to have taken the species with him.

Start to look, however, and a tiger will be there staring back at you. It gazed coolly from the label on my bottle of Cascade beer. It slinked into grass on the number plate of every car in front. And tigers rampant flanked the heraldic crest on state buildings – who needs unicorns when you have a home-grown fabulous beast?

No wonder tiger-hunters become obsessed. To the newcomer, Tasmania is the surprise of Australia. It is an island of hidden secrets in a nation of infinite space; a place where real-life devils utter banshee wails and moss-bearded giants stand silently in forests that predate mankind. In this Middle Earth of lost myths, a legendary tiger is just part of the scenery, and there's a lot of that to cover in a state that's one-quarter wilderness.

Many otherwise eminent people have suffered ridicule and nights cooped up in a chicken shed with a camera in their pursuit. The government's Parks and Wildlife Service mounted its own two-year hunt in 1984 before it pronounced the species extinct and devoted its energies to finding feral foxes instead. That only upped the ante.

"Parks don't want to say anything publicly to attract attention," Ned Terry confided. We were drinking coffee in Deloraine in the state's north, where farming villages were scattered over my map like seed and the landscapes are so vivid that the first pioneers christened their settlements Eden, Paradise and Promised Land. Hard to believe that the Alpine wilderness of Cradle Mountain lay an hour's drive south. "The bush was full of tourists after a national park fellow reported a thylacine on the central east coast a few years ago. But those blokes got a lot of cameras out there to look for foxes. I wouldn't be surprised if there's some skulduggery going on."

In this zoological X-Files, the 80-year-old bushman plays Mulder. Every couple of months he listens patiently to an excited witness, asks a few questions to weed out the fakers, then follows up whoever is left. His latest credible lead in half a lifetime's tiger-chasing came from Lake Peddar in the south-west wilderness.

"Fellow camped out there says he heard one for three weekends in a row; that yapping noise they make when hunting. Says it ran so close he could smell it."

Many witnesses mention the smell – a sharp, hot, animal stink that electrifies the air. "Smelled it myself once," Terry said. "Makes the hairs on your neck stand on end, I can tell you."

The truth is out there, somewhere. Probably (I dragged out of Terry) in the remote northern corners of the state. So, in the late afternoon I rolled east over swells of grass bound for Scottsdale. Every so often a timber farmhouse heaved aloft on a crest then vanished into the rear-view mirror. Beyond lay the high country of the north-east.

Around seven thylacine sightings a year, more than anywhere else in Tasmania, were made up there in the half-century after Hobart Zoo lost its star attraction. A few tiger-hunters still came to shoot blurry images, stalking the edge of old-growth rainforest that had barely changed since Tasmania ripped away from the global supercontinent of Gondwanaland.

In the pub I met a farmer who yarned about a wolfish head that had poked through the bracken fern. "When he comes out he sits up like a kangaroo, then starts sniffing the air like one. I thought: 'What the hell's that?'" A stray dog, perhaps, I suggested. "No dogs up there," he bristled.

It turned out the area was swarming with rumours. Craig Williams, Tasmania's premier wildlife guide and a fourth-generation bushman, kept up a rumble of anecdote and oath as we skirted the forest, stopping occasionally to practise an arcane element of bushcraft or stare after a furry backside that disappeared into the scrub. He indicated a farmstead as we swerved around one corner. "You know the last thylacine died in 1936? An old bloke shot one there in 1946. Said it was killing his chooks [chickens]."

Later, after a meal that belonged to a Sydney restaurant rather than a remote mountain shack, Craig told tiger tales around the campfire. There was the thylacine witnessed by four people on a logging road just over that ridge, and the waxy scat found late last year by the manager of a wilderness lodge. Or there was his mate whose car had broken down up here one night: "He said he heard these high-pitched yaps following him as he walked."

Apparently Craig's grandfather and great-grandfather used to trap thylacine on the mountain behind us. I tried and failed to reconcile the mysterious thylacine with the plantation forest that now striated its flanks. Could it really survive here?

As the sky deepened to a velvety black, Craig strobed the treeline with a torch. There were secrets as well as possum eyes in the dark spaces between eucalyptus trunks. Suddenly, at the edge of our clearing, something twitched. A stoat-like animal froze in the torch's beam then skittered into the bush – a spotted-tailed quoll.

"Amazing killing machines; the ultimate predators," Craig said with admiration. "They're only a few kilos, but they can pull down a wallaby." With jaws that opened to 90 degrees and overlapping teeth, it was a distant relation of the thylacine colloquially known as a tiger quoll. "Been quite a few tiger sightings by quite a few people made around here."

I'd lost my bearings way back on the unmarked dirt roads. "Good," said Craig. "I don't want loads of people running around with traps and cameras. If the tiger's up here, let him be. That's what I reckon." Another Tasmanian secret was safe.

Source: The Independent (UK)


Opinions Differ on Authenticity of Australian Ghost Photo

It's a topic where almost everyone has an opinion. Ghosts, do they or don't they exist?

Barwon Park Mansion is situated in Winchelsea, an hour and a half west of Melbourne. Built in the mid 1800's for the Austin family, its rich in tradition and history. And now, after the events of one cold night last August, it's considered haunted.

19-year-old Adam Harris and 15 others were on a tour of the mansion, the tour included sceptics and paranormal investigators. Armed with digital thermometers, cameras and torches, they entered the barn at the back of the property.

"I was taking photos because I felt a presence coming towards me, as in dark figures. So I got my camera out and took three to five photos up there and my camera went dead, just turned off, I couldn't turn it back on. I tried and tried and tried," said Adam.

"It was a five degree night, everyone was wearing scarves and jackets, and it was freezing cold and we wanted to get out of there. We wanted to get back into the warm mansion so somebody said, 'No, I feel something in that corner'. So this lady took this temperature gauge that we have we give them to play with and took a reading and it came up to 22 degrees and we thought that was quite strange. Then we had Adam take some photos in that area and I saw him take the photos and then his camera failed."

By the time the group made it outside, Adam's camera turned back on and what he discovered has left "believers" in a spin and sceptics scratching their heads.
"There was an image of a girl in the top left hand corner of my screen, just a real faint picture," said Adam.

Apart from being the best looking ghost ever, she appears out of a seemingly black digital photo, only revealing herself when you adjust the tone.

Today Tonight took the photo to Andrew Tauber (a photographer with Melbourne's Herald Sun), and Anne Maree and Nick (Digital photography experts). Anne Marie was previously re-toucher at the National gallery.

If the photo was a fake, you'd assume they'd be able to tell.

They analysed the metadata attached to the photo (embedded information connected to every digital photo). It tells them when, where and how the photo was taken.

The inconsistencies had them baffled. The photo with the ghost shows no background, yet the next photo clearly does. The experts all agree the image hasn't been tampered with, but they believe some aspects could be fingers and that the image appears to be a photo of a painting not a person.

The biggest flaw is with regards to the time difference. Adam claims to have taken five consecutive photos, with the third one capturing the ghost. The meta data tells a different story. The ghost photo is recorded as being taken two hours earlier. But mystery surrounds how it is planted in order among the others on the memory card.

"I did see it happen and I know it's there but I can't explain what it is," Adam said.

See the photo at: http://www.ausghosts.com

Source: Today Tonight

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