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This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such tongue-tickling tales as:

- Solar Storms Could Cause Blackouts at Olympics -
- All Humans are 'Aliens from Outer Space', Scientist Claims -
- A New Look At Dana Howard’s "Up Rainbow Hill" -
The Island of Blood -
AND: Cat Predicts 50 Deaths in RI Nursing Home

All these exciting stories and MORE in this week's issue of

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Contactees: A History of Alien-Human Interaction
Up Rainbow Hill

In the early 1950's, some people began to publically claim that they had made contact with extraterrestrial beings who were visiting the Earth. Now for a limited time, Conspiracy Journal is offering two incredible books about the "contactees" and their alleged friends from beyond.

Nick Redfern's book, Contactees: A History of Alien-human Interaction, contains the fascinating stories of the select group of people chosen by visitors to Earth to spread their message.

Truman Bethurum was divorced by his wife because she believed he was having close encounters of a very personal kind with a beautiful extraterrestrial "space captain" named Aura Rhanes. Is he nuts? Prescient? An omen?

A band of eerily human-looking, blond-haired aliens--later known as the Space-Brothers--informed other contactees that they were concerned by our warlike ways and wished us to live in peace with one another. Acting on the advice of the Space-Brothers, contactees such as George Van Tassel and George Adamski went out and spread the extraterrestrial word to anyone and everyone who would listen. And many did, including U.S. government agencies.

More than half a century later, the contactees are still among us, still telling their tales of personal alien encounters, and still maintaining their cult-like status in the world of UFOlogy. Nick Redfern's Contactees relates their thought-provoking, illuminating, controversial, and sometimes bizarre stories in all their appropriately out-of-this-world glory.

As well, we also have the classic reprint Up Rainbow Hill by Dana Howard who experienced repeated contacts with radiant beings who told her that they were from the planet Venus!  This book has been out of print for years, so don't miss out on getting your copy today.

Both of these books are now available for a brief time at the special price of only $39.95, plus $5.00 shipping.  And if you order right now we will throw in for FREE an audio CD by musician Johnny Sands, who also experienced a visit by creatures from out of this world!

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Solar Storms Could Cause Blackouts at Olympics

With terrorist threats, dire transport links and overspent budgets you'd be forgiven for thinking that the 2012 London Olympics had enough problems to worry about. But another nightmare scenario has just been added to the Olympic dream – a communications blackout caused by solar storms.

After a period of unprecedented calm within the massive nuclear furnace that powers the Sun, scientists have detected the signs of a fresh cycle of sunspots that could peak in 2012, just in time for the arrival of the Olympic torch in London.

Over the past two years, fewer sunspots have been recorded than at any time since 1913. But now scientists have detected signs that the next cycle has begun and it could peak in two or three years.

They believe that this peak in the next solar cycle could generate the eruption of vast solar explosions that could fling billions of tonnes of charged particles towards the Earth, causing intense solar storms that could jam the telecommunications satellites and internet links transmitting live Olympic coverage from London.

"The Sun is now waking up. The first significant active regions of a new solar activity cycle are forming. In the last two weeks, we have seen the first major flares of a new cycle," said Professor Richard Harrison, head of space physics at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

"The Sun's activity has a strong influence on the Earth. Space weather can affect the whole population. The recipe is right, it's the beginning of a new cycle. The Olympics could be bang in the middle of the next solar maximum which could affect the transmissions of satellites," he added.

Sunspots are the physical manifestation of the Sun's natural fluctuations in magnetic activity which operate on a roughly 11-year cycle. At the peak of the cycle, violent eruptions called coronal mass ejections occur in the Sun's atmosphere, flinging out immense quantities of electrically-charged matter.

"A coronal mass ejection can carry a billion tonnes of solar material into space at over a million kilometres per hour. Such events can expose astronauts to deadly particle doses, can disable satellites, cause grid failures on Earth and disrupt communications," Professor Harrison said.

In 1989, a solar storm caused power blackouts across the US and Canada. Orbiting satellites are especially vulnerable to the effects of solar flares erupting from the Sun's surface, and the risk is greatest during a solar maximum when there is the greatest number of sunspots.

Next week, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) is scheduled to launch a satellite for monitoring solar activity called the Solar Dynamics Observatory, which will take images of the Sun that are 10 times better than high-definition television.

The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, helped to make the sophisticated cameras that will capture images of the solar flares and explosions as they occur.

Professor Richard Holdaway, the lab's director of space science, said that the observatory should be able to provide early warning of a solar flare or eruption big enough to affect satellite communications on Earth.

"If we have advance warning, we'll be able to mitigate the damage. What you don't want is things switching off for a week with no idea of what's caused the problem," Professor Holdaway said.

It is not possible to predict exactly when the peak in solar activity will occur or how intense it is likely to be. The most intense solar maximum in recent years occurred in 1958, when the Northern Lights were sighted as far south at Mexico on three separate occasions. But even a below-average peak in solar activity can still cause problems. The great geomagnetic storm of 1859, which set fire to telegraph offices in the United States, occurred during a cycle with a lower-than-normal number of sunspots.

Source: The Independent (UK)


All Humans are 'Aliens from Outer Space', Scientist Claims

Humans are all aliens who came to earth from outer space, a leading British scientist has claimed.

Prof Chandra Wickramasinghe, of Cardiff University, said new research "overwhelmingly" supported the view that human life started from outside our Earth.

The Astrobiologist said the first "seeds of life" were deposited on our plant from space 3,800m years ago.
He claimed microbes from outer space arrived on earth from comets, which then "multiplied and seeded" to form human life.

His said his evidence, published in Cambridge University's International Journal of Astrobiology, showed humans, and all life on Earth, came from aliens brought to the earth by comets hitting the planet.

"Yes, we are all aliens – we share a cosmic ancestry," Prof Wickramasinghe said.

"Each time a new planetary system forms a few surviving microbes find their way into comets.

"These then multiply and seed other planets."

He added: ""We are thus part of a connected chain that extends over a large volume of the cosmos. Evidence is pointing inexorably in this direction."

Prof Wickramasinghe believes life is transferred from planet to planet over billions of years.

He believes comets hit planets and pushed living matter out into space.

He said some survived and got transferred to new planets over a timescale of millions and millions of years.

But he accepts this model still does not explain how life actually began in the first place.

The professor and his late colleague Sir Fred Hoyle championed the so-cllaed "panspermia" theory from the 1960s.

"Evidence from astronomy overwhelmingly supports the view that life did not start on Earth but was seeded from outside," Prof Wickramasinghe said.

"Although we have no definite knowledge how life started in the first place, once started its spread in the cosmos and survival is inevitable.

"As we enter a new decade – the year 2010 – a clear pronouncement of our likely alien ancestry and of the existence of extraterrestrial life on a cosmic scale."

Source: The Telegraph (UK)


A New Look At Dana Howard’s "Up Rainbow Hill"
Encounters With A Space Sister From A Far Off World
By Sean Casteel

Female contactee Dana Howard published her book "Up Rainbow Hill" in 1959. It has long been out of print until recently, and its reemergence through a timely reprint by Global Communications should be met with open arms by those intrigued by the 1950s and the Golden Age of Flying Saucers. There has been a resurgence of interest in the contactee movement due in part to the classic books that Global Communications has reprinted so far. The new editions include "Pioneers of Space" by George Adamski and Orfeo Angelucci’s pair of bestsellers "Son of the Sun" and "Secret of the Saucers" combined together in one volume. Another title by Dana Howard, "Over the Threshold," will be available soon. A whole new generation of believers can now fill in the gaps of their education in the history of UFOs by reading some of the essential literary efforts of that bygone era.

It was a time in history when the study of UFOs was still in its infancy and the underlying truth of the phenomenon was pretty much up for grabs. One could choose from the nuts-and-bolts approach of Donald Keyhoe or the sophisticated psychological/symbolism interpretation by Sigmund Freud’s pupil Carl G. Jung. Or one could pick from among the many contactees, a group in which Dana Howard has seldom gotten her due – either as a pioneering feminist or as an uplifting preacher for the New Age.

One of the most crucial of Howard’s encounters with the alien presence happened in 1939, 20 years prior to "Up Rainbow Hill." To quote from her earlier book "Flight To Venus," which she herself quotes in "Up Rainbow Hill," "My body became alive with a peculiar tingling glow. In an instant, the feeling permeated every cell and atom of my being. It seemed to be dancing to the ecstasy of strange, polarized currents. The door to my mind opening and closing caused my consciousness to swing back and forth between reality and unreality.

"I leaped to my feet," Howard continued, "as if to herald some cosmic drama. Then IT came, starting at my ankles like a gorgeous display of lighted fireworks . . . a transcendent violet flame that fanned out until it enveloped my body like an aura of sacred fire. As the flames grew in intensity, extending over a wide periphery, the flame raced through every cell, cleansing and purifying as it went. Channels of my mind that had been tightly closed before opened up like a lotus flower. I was vibrant, magnetic, and I could feel the effervescence of an enthusiasm I had never felt before. My heart beating in rhapsodic rhythm was tuned in now to the heartbeat of the universe. I was no longer a citizen of a little, inhibited world, but a guest in the World Universal. I was no longer a separate entity, a human personality, but a part and parcel of every inch of God’s glorious creation. In that minute I knew, as others before have known, the true meaning of the Unity and Oneness of All.

"The sacred flame grew into a holocaust of splendor, continuing for an indefinite time. It finally died away, leaving only an essence. Alive with the fire of creation, everything within my range of vision had changed. The landscape, the wildflowers, the trees. They fairly scintillated with an array of gorgeous hues. They were not something apart now. I was ONE with them. They were ONE with me. In those sacred moments, I came to know the meaning of life. With the opening of the channels of perception, the living reality of all things I understood with clarity. No longer bound to the bondage of the earth, my mind and soul were at last free to travel at will."

All of that would be quite the eye-opener for anybody, to say the least. One comparison that immediately springs to mind is a term that the late psychiatrist/abduction researcher Dr. John Mack put forth in his book, "Abduction." According to Mack, one of the first reactions an abductee has to becoming consciously aware of their encounters with aliens is something called "Ontological Shock." The abductee has his or her entire conception of reality suddenly thrown out the window along with the kitchen sink of their everyday thought processes. The person is then forced to start building a new reality, one that includes the consciously recalled encounter and any prior and subsequent ones as well.

In those terms, Howard is clearly experiencing a total immersion in a completely new world view, a transformative moment of clarity and oneness that also FEELS physically palpable. Her body, mind and spirit are being kicked into a higher gear involuntarily and she begins a life of service devoted to opening the mind of mankind to both the seriousness of our dilemma and the salvation we can partake of if we somehow manage to put aside our all-too-human sins of vanity and greed. While the breakthrough experience, as Mack describes it, is often seen in very negative terms by the newly conscious abductee, in Howard’s case it seems to have been a happy, even ecstatic moment for her.

Howard’s spiritual journey got another jump start on April 29, 1955, when she was attending a séance by medium Bertie Lilly Candler in a small white church in Los Angeles. Candler managed to summon up and materialize an eight-foot tall, blonde woman from Venus called Diane. It was Diane who would lead Howard in the subsequent writing of most of her eight books.

It should be noted that in a field crowded with men, like George Adamski, George Van Tassel, Truman Bethurum, George Hunt Williamson and others, Dana Howard was one of the few females chosen to deliver the aliens’ message to the world. It is also quite significant that Howard saw a Space Sister, not the standard long haired blonde male entity so often reported by her fellows as the archetypal Space Brother. One senses that the aliens are sending a definite message about their faith in women and in female empowerment more than a decade before the earliest beginnings of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the early to late 1960s. This may also serve as a continuation of the female principle in world religions, like the elevation of the Virgin Mary in the Catholic belief system to a level equal or in some cases greater than her son Jesus. Humankind has always required that there be a female aspect to divinity, even in the largely patriarchal, male-centered Judeo-Christian tradition. If Mary as the Divine Feminine had not existed, people would surely have been forced to invent her as another tender aspect of the Goddess necessary to soften the hard edges of the male Divinity.

The Space Sister Diane boldly declares a powerful maternal role for the fairer sex in one appearance she made to Dana.

"Many times," Diane says, "I have been seen over the hallowed spots of the Earth. I have ministered to the sufferings on the bloody fields of battle. Child of Earth – I AM THE SPIRIT OF WOMANHOOD AFLOAT ON THE SEA OF LIFE. When changes are imminent, it is the task of woman to usher in the new birth. I shall walk the streets of Earth. I shall hover over your humanity until the day of transition comes. Some will see me in bodily form, others in my twin shadowy body."

Dana Howard’s message makes sense in a field that quite often sidesteps the normal sense of things. There are those who argue that the entire contactee movement was an exercise in the ridiculous or that it was an extension of ridiculous things that had gone before. In his handy reference work "The UFO Book: Encyclopedia of the Extraterrestrial," author Jerome Clark says it all boils down to a recycling of older beliefs.

"Contactees typically have a history," Clark writes, "of involvement with occultism and New Age doctrines. The space people they encounter discourse at length on cosmic science and philosophy, and the earthly provenance of the content is not hard to discern. The core of the contactee message is simply a continuation of the teaching of the occult-metaphysical religious tradition."

Clark also describes some other female contactees, including the case of a woman who called herself "Helene Smith" and claimed to have, while in various states of consciousness, interacted with Martians and to have "seen" the Martian landscape. She even produced what was purported to be a Martian language that was analyzed and found to be "an infantile travesty of French."

Another female contactee, a woman named Dorothy Martin who would eventually change her name to Sister Thedra and establish a headquarters in Mount Shasta, California, claimed to receive communications through automatic writing from Sananda, an extraterrestrial who told Martin he had been Jesus in a previous incarnation. The being told Martin that cataclysmic earth changes would take place on December 21, 1954, and that she and her followers would be saved by a flying saucer just prior to a massive tidal wave destroying the city.

According to Clark, Martin and her people informed the press about the coming end of the world, only to be subject to massive public ridicule when the prophesied events failed to happen. Some of her followers were even subjected to sanity hearings in the wake of the apocalyptic no-show.

A woman named Gloria Lee heard a voice inside her head one day in 1953. The voice was that of an entity named J.W., a resident of Jupiter. Lee wrote down J.W.’s messages and published them in a book called "Why We Are Here," which was released in 1959 and soon became a popular book among contactees and their adherents.

Lee suffered a strange kind of martyrdom. In the fall of 1962, J.W. instructed her to fast for the sake of peace. The fast would end when a "light elevator" arrived to take her to Jupiter. A few weeks into the fast, Lee was instructed by J.W. to go to Washington, DC, and offer some spaceship blueprints to government officials. On November 28, as she waited for word in Washington, she slipped into a coma. On December 2, she died after having fasted for 66 days. Where to lay the blame for such a tragedy? On inept or deceitful aliens who led Lee astray by promising a salvation they did not deliver? (It reminds one of the Heaven’s Gate tragedy of 1997, though of course in that case the suicides were deliberate and not a consequence of accidental death by well-intentioned starvation.)

By contrast, Dana Howard seems to possess a firmer grip on the real-world transformative promise of alien contact. When one puts aside her supernatural experiences – her miraculous encounters with Diane for instance – what remains is a great deal of preaching and prophesying about the coming of the New Age. Howard also blends the contactee message with her solid Christian faith. Many of the chapters in "Up Rainbow Hill" begin with a quote from Jesus from the Gospel. As is the modern tendency, she cherry-picks from the Bible and other religious traditions, forming her own blend of the ancient texts with the scientific discoveries of the present day. No individual doctrine is followed to the letter, while portions of all doctrines can find a place in the overall mix. The truth is where you find it, as always.

Howard can be nearly prescient at times as she writes from her perspective in the 1950s about our own age of climate change and economic upheaval. Yet she never wavers in her belief that the aliens will eventually step in and work humankind through the world-ending disasters and catastrophes predicted by nearly all world religions, including the beliefs of the Mayans and Native Americans.

In "Up Rainbow Hill," Howard writes, "Those who have dedicated their lives to change have assurance they will have plenty of assistance. They believe that beings from other planets will come to Earth to help them. Some of these other-planetary beings will seek embodiment in Earth bodies. Others will come in ships. Perhaps they will come to show us how to draft the manumission of justice, of peace, of beautiful living. Perhaps they will tell us how the moral fiber of men and nations can be improved.

Perhaps they will draft for us a true mandate of brotherly love.

"This is the decree of the Light Bearers. If we are willing to follow, eventually we will see the dazzling light. As the darkness begins to fade, intelligence will supplant bigotry and wisdom will rule the Earth."

It never hurts to dream big when it comes to our collective salvation, as Dana Howard and Diane would certainly tell you.

[If you enjoyed this article on Dana Howard, visit Sean Casteel’s website at www.seancasteel.com]

Source: UFO Digest


Incoming: The Cosmic Cue Balls
By Scott Corrales

We call the heavens “the firmament” for good reason. It’s the one thing about the physical universe that is supposedly immovable and unchangeable – the dark tapestry against which all existence is set, like precious jewels on a velvet background. We then reminded about universal harmony and order, how galaxies appear to radiate from a central point of origin, how stars move away at certain distances, planets obediently circling them like courtiers in a 16th century dance. But there are those who say that the universe is not quite so harmonious – galaxies crash into each other, offering the telescope astounding visuals; stars go nova and supernova, and there may be “orphan” stars and planets wandering the universe.

It is this latter, wayward group that interests us here.

My personal interest in these subjects comes from a deep-rooted interest in science fiction since very early childhood. Classic space opera gives us the notion of dark planets employed as lairs by galactic villains, or entire worlds hurled against the enemy as weapons of war. But pride of place in the displacement of celestial orbs goes to the Gerry Anderson TV series “Space:1999”, set on our very own and familiar Moon, only this time ripped away from Earth by explosions in nuclear waste dumps on the satellite’s dark side. This wandering moon encounters other itinerant worlds (the giant planet Arra among them, from the Collision Course episode, 1975) as part of its highly fanciful but no less entertaining intersterllar adventures.

Arthur C. Clarke’s wonderful books gave us the mysterious asteroid Rama, entering our solar system only as a refueling point before continuing its journey to parts unknown; others authors have speculated about “neutron stars” entering our solar system and causing planetary mayhem. H.G. wells had a comet strike our world and snatch entire segments of our population into space, giving them a tour of the outer planets.

Rogue planets – the easiest “handle” to give these worlds – were best articulated to science fiction opus “When Worlds Collide” (1951), presenting an Earth destroyed by not one, but two wandering planets: Bronson Alpha and Bronson Beta. Luckily for our species, a group of humans manage to escape the second of these aboard a classic, needle-nosed rocket ship (the book offers a bonus: ruins of a native civilzation are found on Bronson Beta, so the space refugees can move right in). The actual blasting off to the new world occupies only a few minutes of screen time – the rest of the film concentrates on the more pressing question of who would be allowed to be among the lucky few to leave our dying world. Fritz Leiber delighted science fiction readers with “The Wanderer” (1964) a complex, multiple point-of-view space opera about a rogue planet that materializes in our solar system and pulverizes our moon for fuel, just as a larger world appears out of nowhere: a “law enforcement” planet chasing the miscreant denizens of the “Wanderer” across the galaxy.In more recent years, big-screen thrillfests like “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact” delighted and terrified thousands of viewers all over the world.

Thrilling stuff for sure, to be enjoyed in book form or on the silver screen, but is it really possible that planet-sized intruders could disrupt our solar system? What are we to make of the psychics and paranormalists who have forecast spatial events that are every bit as chilling as those featured in works of fiction?

Rack ‘em Up!

An interesting and eminently factbook compiled by David Wallace and David Wallechinsky (“The People’s Almanac”, 1975) included a prophecy by the notorious T.V. psychic Criswell that proved less-than-accurate: in the year 1982, according to the seer, a dying rogue planet known as Bullanon would enter our solar system and come so close to our planet that it would “affect Earth’s gravity, shifting the poles.” This would in turn result in the rising of a lost continent that would serve as a bridge between the hump of Africa and southeastern South America. The price to be paid for this sudden acquisition of real estate would be earthquakes that would level cities on hemisphere, volcanic eruptions galore and tidal waves. “It will also cause a 40-day snowstorm with ice, resulting in a ‘white death’,” said Criswell. Humanity, brought to its knees by the unexpected cosmic phenomenon, would find no respite from cosmic peril, for on October 18, 1988, a meteor would slam into London, nearly leveling the city.

The temptation to sneer Criswell’s predictions is overpowering (after all, this is the same man who played the Voice of Doom in “Plan 9 From Outer Space”) but his prediction of planetary chaos is hardly the only one. The predictions of others have also featured rogue planets – especially those issued by the discarnate entity known only as “Ramatis”.

South American psychic Hermilio Maes channeled Ramatis extensively during the 1950s. Maes and his discarnate source managed to pen a number of books – chronicling the channeled sessions on a variety of subjects, mostly religion, morality and metaphysics – that garnered a considerable following in Latin America and Brazilian contactee and spiritualist circles (one of these works, O Sublime Peregrinho, concerning the life of Jesus, is still in print). After Maes died, “Ramatis” continued to appear in other trance-medium sessions.

Ramatis has a more colorful backstory than the traditional “space commanders” that populate contactee lore, and occultists hasten to explain that Ramatis is no run-of-the-mill spirit: he was born in Indochina in the 10th century B.C. and, through a series of reincarnations, played a critical role at key moments for humanity, serving as an instructor in many centers of esoteric learning in India, despite having died (or “become disembodied”, in esoteric parlance) at an early age. Centuries earlier, this teacher and healer had played a role in the events portrayed in the Ramayana, the great Indian epic, and serving the tradition put forth by the hero Rama.

Later--claim his chroniclers--he joined a team of spiritual workers in outer space whose duty is to remain in the Western World as disembodied instructors to transmit the “knowledge of the East” to those willing to hear. His full name in the “spiritual hierarchy” is Swami Sri Rama-Tis, but we can call him Ramatis for short.

Quit Talkin’ and Start Chalkin’

Armed with this pedigree and centuries of teachings behind him, the spirit dictated the message about the rogue planet through Hermilio Maes in the 1950’s, stating the following:

“More or less between 1960 and 1962, Earth scientists shall detect certain alterations of the sidereal routes (sic) which shall represent the first external signs of the approach of the “intruder star” as well as the end times. The star in question shall not be visible; it shall be only the perception of signs of a conjectural nature, since this manifestation shall become more notable toward the end of the century.

“The function of this “intruder star” shall be to choose in space, under the discipline of “judging the quick and dead”. In other words, those who are in the Beyond and here on Earth, identified by the effervescence of their negative magnetism [and therefore] attuned to the intruder star. This star, as we have already told you, is the barometer […]. Its purpose is to attract all discarnate spirits from the lower astral planes using its low vibration, as occurs with iron filings when attracted by a magnet.

“Be mindful that all prophecies present two revelations – one which can be described literally and understood at the time that predictions are made, and other – cabalistic – which demands the familiar knowledge of the Initiates to be properly understood, because it only adjusts to unknown forms yet to come […].

The spirit was not averse to providing a fuller description of the “intruder star”, either:

Verily, the intruder star is greater than Earth in its rigid nucleus or cooled mass, but there is no arithmetical correspondence between the nuclei and auras of both. The etheric volume of the first is more extensive or expansive because it is more radioactive […].

As to why the “intruder star” could not be seen by earthly telescopes, Ramatis explained:

“Countless times has your astronomical science been mistaken with its appreciations of what goes on in the heavens. How many times, after having identified very near stars, such as the case of Alpha, found in the vicinity of the Southern Cross, did you discover even closer bodies, such as the ones found in the constellation of the Centaur and the Virgin? Is it not strange that in the same space you should discover nearer stars, after having discovered the farther ones first?

Ramatis shows off his knowledge of Biblical prophecy as well as the writings of Michel de Notre Dame (Nostradamus), suggesting that Isaiah 34:20 indicates that the earth’s axis shall be sharpened by the passage of this rogue star – a change that cannot be corrected. Nostradamus, claims the disembodied instructor, allegedly wrote a letter to Henry II of France, stating that “a great transformation” would occur at the “appointed time” and that many would believe “that the earth was out of its orbit.” The 16th century visionary’s forty-first quatrain, says Ramatis, manifests the appearance of the intruder star when it says that “a great star” shall appear for a week, scorching the Earth, and that “two suns shall be visible in the sky, a great comet to the North.”

Hercolubus – Eight Ball Deluxe

The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the fountains of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died of the water, because it was made bitter. “
-- John of Pathmos, The Book of Revelation

In later years, mystical authors like Rodolfo Benavides made mention of Ramatis and his “intruder star” in their works. Benavides’ landmark “Dramáticas Profecías de la Gran Pirámide” (Shocking Prophecies of the Great Pyramid) sought to establish a link between his theory of pyramidal measurements and their correspondence to key dates in human history, suggesting that a period of 6,666 years appearing in the Piramid of Gizeh’s so-called “Queen’s Chamber” corresponded to the 6,666-year orbit of the “intruder star”, now mentioned under the ominous name of Hercolubus, as it orbited a distant star named Tyla or Tylar – an orbit that brought it in periodic contact with Earth, resulting in cataclysms. Benavides stressed the fact that Hercolubus was a “cold star” or otherwise frozen heavenly body and that its last transit through our solar system, cutting through the plane of the ecliptic, had caused the disasters leading to the sinking of legendary Atlantis.

It is difficult to ascertain where the names Hercolubus and Tylar came from, but it is almost a sure thing that they were channeled during a séance whether with Ramatis or another entity. Like a snowball gathering mass as it rolls downhill, the “Hercolubus Mythos”, for lack of a better term, grew and added new information from occult sources: the Tylar star system, for example, acquired a number of planets with faux Latin names; other sources indicated that it would take 25,000 years for the souls taken away by the super giant rogue planet to “evolve”; an attempt was made to link the intruder star with celestial bodies known to modern astronomy, stating that Tylar was in fact Barnard’s Star (5.92 light years from Earth) and that its large companion, a gas giant, was Hercolubus. However, when this gas giant has shown no inclination to break away from its primary and hurtle toward Earth, believers in the channeled wisdom of the discarnate entities argued that Barnard’s Star was in fact heading straight toward our solar system.

While it is tempting to simply dismiss this as uninformed mystical twaddle, an interesting point of fact emerges here: Astronomers in the 1970’s considered the possibility that there could be “stray” planets not orbiting stars. These worldlets would have condensed from the very same cloud of interstellar dust that allowed the formation of the inner solar system. The smallness of their mass would have kept some of them from blazing into stars, so they remained orphan planets, not dependent on a larger star. The same astronomers speculated that the orphans would be comparable to the planetary gas giants (Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus) in size and the nearest of them would be some three parsecs away, orbiting Sol at that tremendous distance. Could any of these worlds be the Tylar or the Hercolubus of Benavides and the elusive Ramatis?

Further adding to the mystery of celestial bodies moving through interstellar space, the astronomer A.T. Lawton, F.R.A.S., suggested that “the possible widely varying masses of stray planets, coupled with their long lifetimes, could be conducted to the appearance and development of living matter.” Not even the distinguished scientist speculated on what kind of life would emerge on these lightless worlds.

But in 1990, Scientific American magazine (October 1990) published the work of the astronomer Richard Muller and his team regarding the possibility that our sun had a “dark companion” named Nemesis, orbiting Sol every thirty-two million years, Hercolubus believers suddenly felt vindicated. Nemesis, according to the astronomers who postulated its existence, would move through the interstellar void periodically disturbing the comets in the Oort Cloud, the outer cometary nebula surrounding our solar system. One such comet could have been the celestial dart that caused the annihilation of the dinosaurs.

Like a movie set being hastily redressed for another scene, the champions of the “intruder star” hastily transferred Tylar from Barnard’s Star and turned it into Nemesis; Hercolubus, they argued, was not the comet the astronomical community had theorized, but the predicted massive, single planet that would fulfill the predictions of Ramatis.

As a side note, the late Pedro Romaniuk, an Argentinean ufologist-turned-contactee, predicted the arrival of another cosmic cue ball named "Amon-Ra" -- seven times larger than the planet Venus and approaching Earth from the "south" (coming at us from the southern celestial hemisphere, invisible from North America, Europe and Asia).

Giant Planet-Comets(!?)

Chilean UFO researcher Liliana Núñez mentions the curious fact that an astronomer with an international reputation actually threw his hat into the Hercolubus ring in a statement appearing in the August 22 1993 issue of Santiago de Chile’s “La Tercera” newspaper.

From his observatory in Villa Alemana, Chile, Carlos Muñoz Ferrada unequivocally told journalists that “a gigantic planet-comet approaching Earth is the source of climatological alterations, abnormal geological activity and volcanic explosions” which were taking place at the time. No believer in the mystical, Muñoz’s calculations indicated that the rogue “planet-comet” was approaching our solar system from “above” the plane of the ecliptic, heading toward the North Pole from the vicinity of the Ursa Minor constellation. The intruder’s size was predicted at 35 times greater than Earth and it “was charged with cosmic energy and a vast electromagnetic field. Its presence causes geophysical anomalies in all other heavenly bodies.” Some of the anomalies, according to Muñoz, were the strange flashes of light seen on the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn and – allegedly – the greater luminosity of Halley’s Comet when it transited through our solar system in 1986.

Most astronomers would have challenged Muñoz on an elementary point – was his predicted intruder a planet or a comet? To this, the scientist said that he chose to define the object as a planet-comet because “it has the mass of the former and the orbital path of the latter,” adding that the intruder took 13,333.3 years to orbit our sun, implying that its last visit to the inner solar system had occurred in the days of Atlantis.

But Muñoz’s calculations were completely off when it came to predicting the rogue planet’s arrival: August 11, 1999 had been predicted as the date on which a spectacular conjunction between the Sun, the new Moon, Earth and the planet-comet would occur, with cataclysmic effects on our world. When nothing occurred on the date predicted, the astronomer made himself scarce. Perhaps he should've stuck around: a flurry of interest in "Planet X"'s inevitable collision against our world in 2003 set the UFO late-night radio community abuzz. But here we are, and who remembers that frisson of unrest?

Would current instruments easily detect a rogue planet so massive? What about Nemesis? It would appear that Richard Muller and his colleagues continued their search for Sol’s “dark companion”, developing the software required to scan over three thousand star fields which they believe would contain “possible red dwarf candidates” in the northern hemisphere. ("New Developments Regarding the KT Event and Other Catastrophes in Earth History", Houston Univ., p19-20). Their success will surely add not only a milestone to astronomy, but also a further chapter in the story of Hercolubus, which – if the mystics are correct – is inexorably approaching our planet for a rendezvous from which there is no escape.

[Note: A version of this article appeared in PARANOIA Magazine (#40)]

Source: Inexplicata, The Journal of Hispanic Ufology


Bizarre Asteroid Collision is One For The X-Files

I've seen thousands of astronomical images over my career, but this is one of the few absolute jaw-droppers: A flying X-pattern with trailing streamers.

At first glance it looks like a four-pointed Kohga Ninja throwing star blade.

It's so weird-looking that you want to call the UFO hotline. Maybe it's a Romulan "Bird of Prey" starship decloaking as it enters our solar system.

The mystery object, located 100 million miles from Earth, may really be the aftermath of a hypervelocity collision between two asteroids -- like a bullet hitting another bullet. Whatever it is, nothing quite like it has ever before been seen in the heavens.

The comet-like object, called P/2010 A2, was first discovered by the LINEAR (Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research program) sky survey on January 6. Telescopes around the world turned their attention to it.

Comet expert David Jewitt of UCLA quickly applied for special discretionary time on the Hubble Space Telescope to get a close-up look at the object. Hubble pictures take on January 25 and 29 left everyone speechless. It's fun watching the expression on the faces of astronomers when they first see it, like "WTF!?"

I reported on the strange space visitor in January, and some readers dismissed it as just another one of a handful of hybrid asteroid-comets that was outgassing. But the Hubble view removes any lingering doubt that this is something new in astronomical observations.

The scenario being pondered is that two uncharted asteroids ran into each other at speeds of over 11,000 miles per hour (or five times faster than a rifle bullet). The center of the "X" might be the original collision point where the trajectories of the object intersected. The whole structure has a definite ballistic look to it, like plummeting smoke trails from an exploded aerial firework. (Government conspiracy buffs might imagine it's the result of an "anti-asteroid" interceptor being dispatched in a secret military experiment.)

This smashup created a shower of debris that is being swept back into a tail from the collision site by the pressure of sunlight. The main nucleus of P/2010 A2, which mysteriously lies outside of its own halo of dust, is the surviving remnant. It looks like the other body presumably disintegrated. There are two predominant streamers of dust in the Hubble image that are telltale evidence for two objects trailing dust.

The asteroid belt contains abundant evidence for ancient collisions that have shattered precursor bodies into fragments. The orbit of P/2010 A2 is itself consistent with membership in the Flora asteroid family, produced by collisional shattering of a pair of wayward asteroids over 100 million years ago. One fragment of that smashup may have struck Earth 65 million years ago, triggering a mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs.

With 2012 doomsday hysteria building, this might get attention on the Internet as yet another omen of the "End of Times." Those who've overdosed on Nostradamus might see a flying Star of David, or a pentagram.

But asteroid collisions have been ongoing for over 4 billion years.Thanks to our modern telescopes we've finally "caught one in the act."

Source: Discovery News


The Island of Blood
By Nick Redfern

Back in late 2005, I traveled to Puerto Rico with good friend, Canadian Paul Kimball of Red Star Films, and his crew, which consisted of Paul's brother Jim, John Rosborough, and Findlay Muir.

The purpose of the week-long trek was to make a film - road-trip-style - that would see me and Puerto Rican Orlando Pla (a local expert on the beast) on a quest for the truth about the monstrous thing said to be roaming the island: namely, the Chupacabras.

Well, I'm pleased to say, the production - titled The Island of Blood - is now available as a 3-part installment, which you can find below.

Enjoy or be very afraid!

Take this link for more information on The Island of Blood and Red Star Films.


And as Paul himself says: "It's always fun when I have a new film that premieres, and today is no exception. This time it's not on television (although it will probably wind up there in one form or another at some point), or in the theater, or the other usual media - nope, this time it's right here, free of charge, direct to you. The Island of Blood is a low budget, lo-fi, slightly tongue-in-cheek, mostly serious look at the chupacabra phenomenon in Puerto Rico with my good pal Nick Redfern and Puerto Rican researcher Orlando Pla. It also features interviews with real witnesses, and an official government investigator of the phenomenon."

Source: Monster USA


Volcano-Like Eruptions in Arunachal, India

ITANAGAR: In a very rare phenomenon on Indian soil, volcano-like eruptions have triggered large-scale forest fires that are threatening vast tracts of forests in Arunachal Pradesh.

There is no official word on these "eruptions" that have occurred in the last few days in the Dehu Mountain range in Kurung Kumey district.

Sources from the remote area said a forest fire has broken out at nearby Langa Tata Mountain situated in between Yangte and Chambang. Arunachal West MP Takam Sanjay has requested CM Dorjee Khandu to seek help from the Geological Survey of India, Department of Mines and Minerals and Forests to investigate into the phenomenon.

In August 2007, similar eruptions had disturbed residents near Kimin in Lower Subansiri district, in which coal-like substances were detected after the remains had cooled down. While scientists from GSI and the Arunachal government's geology and mining department collected evidence, they didn't confirm presence of lava.

Local authorities claimed the fires then were caused by electric short-circuit that generated enough heat to melt stones around a 200sq metre area.

Source: Times of India


Cat Predicts 50 Deaths in RI Nursing Home

A cat with an uncanny ability to detect when nursing home patients are about to die has proven itself in around 50 cases by curling up with them in their final hours.

Dr David Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor at Brown University, said that five years of records showed Oscar rarely erring, sometimes proving medical staff at the New England nursing home wrong in their predictions over which patients were close to death.

The cat, now five and generally unsociable, was adopted as a kitten at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre in Providence, Rhode Island, which specialises in caring for people with severe dementia.
Dr Dosa first publicised Oscar's gift in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007. Since then, the cat has gone on to double the number of imminent deaths it has sensed and convinced the geriatrician that it is no fluke.

The tortoiseshell and white cat spends its days pacing from room to room, rarely spending any time with patients except those with just hours to live.

If kept outside the room of a dying patient, Oscar will scratch on the door trying to get in.

When nurses once placed the cat on the bed of a patient they thought close to death, Oscar "charged out" and went to sit beside someone in another room. The cat's judgement was better than that of the nurses: the second patient died that evening, while the first lived for two more days.

Dr Dosa and other staff are so confident in Oscar's accuracy that they will alert family members when the cat jumps on to a bed and stretches out beside its occupant.

"It's not like he dawdles. He'll slip out for two minutes, grab some kibble and then he's back at the patient's side. It's like he's literally on a vigil," Dr Dosa wrote.

Dr Dosa noted that the nursing home keeps five other cats, but none of the others have ever displayed a similar ability.

In his book, "Making rounds with Oscar: the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat", Dr Dosa offers no solid scientific explanation for Oscar's behaviour.

He suggests Oscar is able - like dogs, which can reportedly smell cancer - to detect ketones, the distinctly-odoured biochemicals given off by dying cells.

Far from recoiling from Oscar's presence, now they know its significance, relatives and friends of patients have been comforted and sometimes praised the cat in newspaper death notices and eulogies, said Dr Dosa.

"People were actually taking great comfort in this idea, that this animal was there and might be there when their loved ones eventually pass. He was there when they couldn't be," he said.

Source: The Telegraph

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