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This week, Conspiracy Journal takes a lip-smacking look at such stories as:

- Study Links Bee Decline to Cell Phones -
- Confronting The Unknown In The Desert Wastes -
-  Alien Voices over Radio and Television? -
Lluvia de Peces: The "Rain of Fish"-
AND: Mystery Surrounds Photo of 'Horse-Boy'

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

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Breaking Through The Barrier Of UFO Secrecy!



As an unprecedented wave of sightings and landings sweep the globe, will the next several years be the landmark time for interplanetary relations to be established?

Will America, Russia, China or some "independent" nation be the first to reveal that we are being visited on a regular basis by off-world beings, or possibly from another dimension in a parallel universe?

DISCLOSURE! Is it on the way? Or will the "Truth Embargo" prevail?

Internationally recognized UFO expert Tim - "MR UFO" - Beckley assisted by journalists Sean Casteel and John Weigle pull aside the veil of 50 plus years of UFO censorship to discover what is really known about these mysterious aerial travelers.

Here are formerly Top Secret reports released under the Freedom of Information Acts of the nine nations that have recently come forward with hundreds of sensational UFO reports by a host of reliable witnesses to a phenomenon that has defied explanation.


Here is the insider scoop on what Hillary and Bill Clinton were told "on the record" about UFOs. And see for the first time a photo of Jimmy Carter's helicopter being followed by an UFO in Panama (not a fake -- as filed in the Carter Library).

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Study Links Bee Decline to Cell Phones

A new study has suggested that cell phone radiation may be contributing to declines in bee populations in some areas of the world.

Bee populations dropped 17 percent in the UK last year, according to the British Bee Association, and nearly 30 percent in the United States says the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Parasitic mites called varroa, agricultural pesticides and the effects of climate change have all been implicated in what has been dubbed "colony collapse disorder" (CCD).

But researchers in India believe cell phones could also be to blame for some of the losses.

In a study at Panjab University in Chandigarh, northern India, researchers fitted cell phones to a hive and powered them up for two fifteen-minute periods each day.

After three months, they found the bees stopped producing honey, egg production by the queen bee halved, and the size of the hive dramatically reduced.

It's not just the honey that will be lost if populations plummet further. Bees are estimated to pollinate 90 commercial crops worldwide. Their economic value in the UK is estimated to be $290 million per year and around $12 billion in the U.S.

Andrew Goldsworthy, a biologist from the UK's Imperial College, London, has studied the biological effects of electromagnetic fields. He thinks it's possible bees could be affected by cell phone radiation.

The reason, Goldsworthy says, could hinge on a pigment in bees called cryptochrome.

"Animals, including insects, use cryptochrome for navigation," Goldsworthy told CNN.

"They use it to sense the direction of the earth's magnetic field and their ability to do this is compromised by radiation from [cell] phones and their base stations. So basically bees do not find their way back to the hive."

Goldsworthy has written to the UK communications regulator OFCOM suggesting a change of phone frequencies would stop the bees being confused.

"It's possible to modify the signal coming from the [cell] phones and the base station in such a way that it doesn't produce the frequencies that disturb the cryptochrome molecules," Goldsworthy said.

"So they could do this without the signal losing its ability to transmit information."

But the UK's Mobile Operators Association -- which represents the UK's five mobile network operators -- told CNN: "Research scientists have already considered possible factors involved in CCD and have identified the areas for research into the causes of CCD which do not include exposure to radio waves."

Norman Carreck, Scientific director of the International Bee research Association at the UK's University of Sussex says it's still not clear how much radio waves affect bees.

"We know they are sensitive to magnetic fields. What we don't know is what use they actually make of them. And no one has yet demonstrated that honey bees use the earth's magnetic field when navigating," Carreck said.

Source: CNN


Confronting The Unknown In The Desert Wastes
By Sean Casteel

The Mojave Desert region of California is a magnet for the strange. In such an inhospitable location, at least for humankind, there nevertheless flourishes a great many UFOs, ghosts and other paranormal manifestations of the unknown that make their presence felt there in no uncertain terms.

Why is there so much interest on the part of otherworldly denizens of the proverbial Twilight Zone? Tim Beckley of Global Communications has recently assembled and released a book called “Secrets of Death Valley – Mysteries and Haunts of the Mojave Desert” that tries to answer that question.

Secrets of Death Valley includes dozens of unexplainable mysteries from the heart of the Mojave Desert from the search to find an entrance to the Inner Earth, to reports of albino bigfoot sighted on the perimeter of Edwards Air Force Base, to the incredible tales of other world encounters as told by the late contactee George Van Tassel owner of Giant Rock Airport.

The highly skilled contributors include New Age Channeler Diane Tessman, UFO researcher Regan Lee, fringe topic author Adam Gorightly, as well as Paul Dale Roberts, Joe Parzanese, and a character called Cactus Jim. The lineup is, all in all, an excellent cross-section of experiencers and investigators who work to make the mysteries of the desert a little more accessible.

Regan Lee, for example, writes about the desert as a staging ground for numerous phenomena. “The desert has been the stage,” she writes, “for otherworldly encounters with Jinns, Space Visitors, Mary, religious deities and entities.” Lee goes on to say that contactee Dana Howard, who met the alien entity Diane there in the Yucca Valley, was no exception to that idea. Diane unequivocally states, “From the desert sands, cauldrons of magic will spring.”

It is in that same section of desert that the famous Giant Rock is located, as well as the domed device called the Integratron, a creation of early contactee George Van Tassel. Van Tassel is a major story himself, being one of the first to write about his encounters with alien beings in the early 1950s. Along with the perhaps better known George Adamski, he helped to create much of what we take for granted nowadays about Ufology and other New Age articles of faith.

Beckley has done another of his rescue jobs on the early contactee literature, this time resurrecting a history of Giant Rock written by Van Tassel that has the makings of a great movie. It started with a chance meeting with a traveler named Frank Critzer, who brought his car in for repairs to the auto shop run by Van Tassel’s uncle in 1930s Santa Monica, California. Van Tassel and his uncle quickly made friends with Critzer, even allowing him to sleep in their garage and repairing his car for free. When Critzer, an experienced prospector, moved on, he promised to write from wherever he settled down. He left with a $30 gift from Van Tassel and his uncle, a lot of money in those dark days of the Great Depression.

It wasn’t until a year later that Critzer was heard from. He sent a map showing how to get to Giant Rock, and the following weekend Van Tassel and his uncle made the trip to see him there. Critzer had made a home for himself by digging out a space under Giant Rock that was surprisingly livable and at least rent free.
One needs to realize that Giant Rock covers 5800 square feet and is seven stories high. It is believed to be the largest boulder in the world, and no one can explain how it got to its location so far from any likely point of origin. Critzer’s living area was about 400 square feet, a small fraction of the bottom side of Giant Rock.

A former pilot for billionaire Howard Hughes, the late UFO contactee George Van Tassel displays a model of a rejuvenation machine, the plans of which were given to him by the Space Brother. The structure still stands in the town of Landers, Ca.

All was not well for Critzer however. In 1942, when the U.S. was at war with Germany, Critzer was falsely accused of stealing dynamite and failing to register for the draft. He also drew the suspicions of his neighbors, who felt his German name gave away the fact that he was a Nazi spy. Critzer had indeed served in the German Navy many years before, but he had also served in America’s Merchant Marines and was a naturalized citizen of the U.S.

Still, deputies from Riverside County came to interrogate him, which is odd, because Giant Rock is actually in San Bernardino County so the Riverside boys had no jurisdiction there, which Critzer pointed out. Critzer agreed to go with them anyway, and said he wanted to get his coat first. He went into his living quarters to retrieve it, but the deputies mistakenly thought he was defying them. They lobbed a tear gas grenade through the north side window, which set off some dynamite that Critzer kept for his prospecting work. Critzer died in the explosion and the deputies were injured.

Van Tassel came to visit Giant Rock in the aftermath of Critzer’s death, and he and his family grew to love the place. After the war ended, Van Tassel bought the land from the Bureau of Land Management and built a small airport there. In 1953, Van Tassel began to hold weekly meetings under Giant Rock, which eventually led to his long series of UFO contacts there and and to his creation of the Integratron, a device he built on instructions from the aliens that was believed to have regenerative health benefits for humans as well as to make travel in time possible.

Van Tassel’s history of Giant Rock is followed by the Global Communications reprint of Van Tassel’s contactee classic, “I Rode A Flying Saucer.” After explaining a little about his own realization that his story was admittedly hard to believe, he next goes on to wax mystical and poetic about the nature of God as creator of the universe, a creator whose work extends far beyond merely earthly mankind.

From the sublimely innocent contactees, such as George Van Tassel and Dana Howard, the picture darkens to a shadow of hell with the appearance of Charles Manson and his demonically-inspired madness. Writer Adam Gorightly contributes a chapter that traces the history of Manson’s time in the Death Valley region. One of Manson’s followers told him about an abandoned mining claim called Myers Ranch, which was one of several desert outposts Manson would lead his followers to in his efforts to conceal himself and his “family” from the imagined horrors of “Helter Skelter,” his Beatles-inspired term for the apocalypse.

Manson spent hundreds of dollars on topographic maps of the area to plan an escape route for himself and his cult. The flames of his paranoia were further fanned by his twisted interpretation of the Book of Revelation with the Beatles’ White Album thrown into the mix. He believed the Fab Four were in reality angels sent to destroy a third part of mankind and that a total upheaval of the social order was just around the corner.

Manson also believed there was a magic hole located in the desert, spoken of in Hopi legend, which would shelter his group during the apocalypse and permit them to return to the surface once the strife was over. A pit of water called “Devil’s Hole,” found near the northwest corner of Death Valley, was one possible location of the supernatural escape route. Manson would meditate in front of the hole for days at a time, until it dawned on him that the water in the hole was a door, or a blocking mechanism, that prevented entrance into the underworld. All he needed to do was to somehow suck the water out and the secret passageway would be revealed.

But sorry, Charlie. On the night of October 12, 1969, a contingent of Inyo County sheriff’s officers, National Park Rangers and California Highway Patrolmen raided the Manson Family headquarters and took the entire group into custody for the Tate-LaBianca murders.

“Mysteries and Haunts of the Mojave Desert – Secrets of Death Valley” moves on to relate a series of ghost stories and legends that have been handed down through the years, such as the tale of the Serpent-Necked “Canoa,” which is Native-American speak for “Canoe.” The storyteller, a Santa Rosa Indian, described a boat with a long neck and the head of a beast that turns out to be a Viking ship, with serpent heads at both the bow and the stern, as pictured in the book. The Indian says that seeing the ship was a bad sign, and that to save himself he had needed to leave the area immediately.

Ed Stevens, the writer relaying the Indian’s tale, argues for the plausibility of a ship venturing into the area in late spring, when the Colorado River would be flooded and other water-related factors would come into play. But given that the Indian saw a Viking ship, from centuries before, he was most likely experiencing a form of “retro-cognition,” which can loosely be defined as crossing over into the past in an almost physical sense, seeing some scene from antiquity, and then returning to the present. The phenomenon has been reported on numerous occasions and is not as rare as some might think.

There are other chapters of a similar nature, with intriguing titles like “Butcher-Knife Ike and the Lost Ship” and “The Lost Spanish Galleon.” Beckley also reprints newspaper articles dating back to the 19th century that report on odd occurrences there in the desert, such as one about a group of explorers who discovered yet another ship said to have been lost there many years before.

Another chapter, taken from a 1947 article in the San Diego Union, claims that the skeletal remains of several human beings eight to nine feet in height were discovered in the desert near the Arizona-Nevada-California borderline. The giant skeletons were found clothed in garments consisting of a medium-length jacket and trousers that extended to slightly below the knees.

The material was similar to gray dyed sheepskin, but “obviously it was taken from an animal unknown today.” The section also includes reporting on the same find from other newspapers at the time, providing a thorough cross section of media coverage of an extremely bizarre and grisly discovery.

Temperatures may well go to over a hundred degrees in death valley, but it doesnt take away from the strange atmosphere noted by those visitors who come in search of the unknown.

Not to be outdone, Tim Beckley himself authors a series of chapters on some high strangeness in the forbidding desert region. For instance, there is his report on a Bigfoot-type creature often sighted near such desert towns as Twenty Nine Palms and Joshua Tree. Even more remarkable is the fact that Bigfoot has been seen frequently in the area around Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert just north of Lancaster. The presence of Bigfoot became a running joke among the military personnel stationed there, which some at the base connected to the frequent visits made by UFOs to the installation. The Bigfoot/UFO connection has been reported for decades in many other parts of the world as well, and one can only wonder about the relationship the two phenomena apparently have with one another.

Beckley also talks about some ghostly manifestations in a Death Valley hotel and opera house located in a small town called Amargosa, noting that it was not the sort of situation he expected to encounter on his trips to the area. Amargosa was once the location of a borax mine, and was essentially built to be a company town.

“The Amargosa Hotel and Opera House,” Beckley explained, “was originally put up for the borax miners and their families, who hadn’t much to do in the 1920s. It laid abandoned for years until a woman named Marta Becket arrived from New York and cleaned up the place.”

Becket was an accomplished actress, dancer, choreographer and painter. After restoring the Opera House in the 1960s, she began to give one-woman performances there, often without an audience. A lot of paranormal activity has been reported there in the intervening years.

“We drew upon the research,” Beckley said, “of Layla Halfhill of the Los Angeles Paranormal Association. Her group scoped out the place really well and noted some abnormalities of a parapsychological nature.”

The book contains a haunting photo of an orb taken by the Los Angeles Paranormal Association, who maintain that the Amargosa Hotel and Opera House holds deep mysteries that need further investigation.

Add to that a chapter by Beckley on celebrities who had supernatural encounters in the desert, to include Sammy Davis, Jr., jazz drummer Buddy Rich, and actors William Shatner and Michael Boatman. Beckley also includes a number of other desert anomalies that have become part of the urban legends of the Mojave, such as a twelve-foot-tall levitating clown who is seen to wander down the middle of the road around midnight; a teleporting leprechaun that might direct a worthy party to gold; the repeated apparition of a stagecoach from over a century ago; and a singer who had an “in-your-nose” confrontation with a small orb-like UFO.

In addition, the book is filled with numerous photos, some old and some new, of desert locales and the people whose lives were mysteriously touched there. As mentioned before, there are also numerous newspaper clippings provided that offer further evidence of paranormal events in the area stretching back many years.

Beckley offers a wonderful smorgasbord of several writers making their individual contributions to a book that runs the gamut from the halcyon early days of Giant Rock and the contactee movement to the dark side manifested in the desert rat called Charlie Manson to the many ghostly appearances of the unknown in the barren wastes called Death Valley and the Mojave.

By reading “Secrets of Death Valley – Mysteries and Haunts of the Mojave Desert,” one can become a kind of tourist of the region without even breaking a sweat and shudder in fear in the privacy of one’s own home.

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Source: UFO Digest


Has SETI Encountered Extraterrestrial Signals? 

SETI astronomers have been encountering short-lived signals and because of their uniqueness in nature they have been overlooked for some time, but now after further study they have began to look at these unique signals and have considered that they may be Alien in nature and in origins.

Dominic Benford and James Benford of Microwave Sciences say that the signal could very well be from a very highly advanced civilization sent through space, driven by a massive power signal in the 190,000 terawatt range.

"How would observers differentiate Beacons from pulsars or other exotic sources, in light of likely Beacon observables? Bandwidth, pulse width and frequency may be distinguishing features. Such transients could be evidence of civilizations slightly higher than ourselves on the Kardashev scale."

The research behind this discovery has looked at the possibility that it could be a Pulsar star. But their conclusion and findings suggest that the signal is not of natural sources, but possibly intelligent in nature.

This incredible find, if proven could be what everyone has been waiting for in the search for extraterrestrial life. The answer to the question: Are we alone in the universe? This could have been the ET phone ringing for some time now, and we just missed the call. Until now.

Some scientists are taking another route in trying to detect possible alien civilizations. Instead of listening to possible alien radio signals, Australian OSETI-Astronomers are looking for possible intelligent laser pulses from distant civilizations. In fact, they may have detected an unknown signal that has yet to be identified.

Contrary to the classical Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, (SETI) that is listening to intelligent radio signals from outer space, so called "OSETI" is searching for strong "optical" laser pulses or strong laser flashes.

While SETI-researchers dismiss the idea of crop circles being a communication from aliens because - according to Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute - alien visitors with the ability to travel to Earth would surely use a more sophisticated technology to communicate, such as radio transmission, the idea of OSETI turns this argument around (even if certainly not in favour to the much debated crop circle phenomenon): "For an advanced civilization, radio wave technology would be old hat. (...) My strong feeling is that if there are (extraterrestrial intelligence) civilizations out there, they will send the signal by laser pulses or laser flashes", explained Dr. Ragbir Bhathal head of the "OZ OSETI PROJECT" at the University of Western Sydney in an interview with "The Australian".

And indeed, in the first week of December 2008 Bhathal's team detected an unusual strong laser signal that could not have been identified nor did it re-occur since: "It may be a glitch in our equipment, or some astrophysical phenomena (e.g an optical pulsar) or some unknown source. We are still investigating it", told Bhathal to the German online-newsmagazine "Grenzwissenschaft-aktuell.de".

Even if still unidentified, the signal's discovery seems to have created enough enthusiasm within the team to mark it with a "Was t ET?"-comment - not unlike the famous "Wow"-Mark next to the detection of a strong, narrowband radio signal detected by Dr. Jerry R. Ehman on August 15, 1977, while working on a SETI project at the Big Ear radio telescope of Ohio State University.

However, to be treated as an official intelligent signal from an alien civilization, the puls must occur again several times thus its existence can be confirmed and analyzed by other astronomers as well. Furthermore other natural, astronomical or technological source from earth has to be excluded before the official SETI-procedure for announcing the detection of an alien signal would start to roll.

While the newly discovered signal is the first still mysterious OSETI-Signal, classic SETI has produced already a few detected signals, that were first thought to be of a possible extraterrestrial intelligent nature. However, the only signal which is still controversially discussed today is the already mentioned "Wow-Signal" from 1977. While a source on earth, in earth's orbit or even from within the solar system seems very unlikely, most researchers at least do agree that the "Wow-Signal" came from interstellar space, while its nature still remains a mystery today.

Source: Before it's News - Herb Deary/Slushpup


Alien Voices over Radio and Television?

As SETI and other radio astronomers listen for alien broadcasts in the far reaches of outer space, there are plenty of fascinating cases of alleged alien communications being heard right here on planet Earth through ordinary radios and televisions.

One of the most famous cases occurred in England on 26th November, 1977, on Southern ITV1977 television -(which covered London, the South, and South East). The time was 5:12 PM and the message (audio only) interrupted the evening news. Lasting 5½ minutes, it was superimposed over the voice of the news reader, Ivor Mills.

No less than five transmitters were hijacked simultaneously, spread over great distances, and the Independent Broadcasting Authority was not even aware that the message was over-riding their signal; as the transmitters would have been switched off immediately. Possibly, this was because the source of the overriding signal was not terrestrial in nature.

The message was not totally clear, due to the deep sonorous sound of the voice, as though coming through water, but with sophisticated studio equipment a reasonably positive and accurate copy was made. The biggest point of contention was the name of the voice. Various reports gave it as: Vrillon,  Gillon, and Glon, but checking it at various speeds it came out more like Bramaha or Gramaha the spelling being phonetic.

The news reader appeared completely oblivious to the situation and continued as usual, while the voice spoke slowly and calmly, as if echoing through water. The transcript is below.

"This is the voice of Gramaha, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you. For many years you have seen us as lights in the skies. We speak to you now in peace and wisdom as we have done to your brothers and sisters all over this, your planet Earth.

"We come to warn you of the destiny of your race and your world so that you may communicate to your fellow beings the course you must take to avoid the disasters which threaten your world, and the beings on our worlds around you. This is in order that you may share in the great awakening, as the planet passes into the New Age of Aquarius. The New Age can be a time of great peace and evolution for your race, but only if your rulers are made aware of the evil forces that can overshadow their judgments.

"Be still now and listen, for your chance may not come again. For many years your scientists, government and generals have not heeded our warnings; they have continued to experiment with the evil forces of what you call nuclear energy. Atomic bombs can destroy the Earth, and the beings of your sister worlds, in a moment. The wastes from atomic power systems will poison your planet for many thousands of your years to come.

"We, who have followed the path of evolution for far longer than you, have long since realized this-that atomic energy is always directed against life. It has no peaceful application. Its use, and research into its use, must be ceased at once, or you all risk destruction. All weapons of evil must be removed.

"The time of conflict is now past. The race of which you are a part may proceed to the highest planes of evolution if you show yourselves worthy to do this. You have but a short time to learn to live together in peace and goodwill.

"Small groups all over the planet are learning this, and exist to pass on the light of the dawning New Age to you all. You are free to accept or reject their teachings, but only those who learn to live in peace will pass to the higher realms of spiritual evolution.

"Hear now the voice of Gramaha, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you. Be aware also that there are many false prophets and guides operating in your world. They will suck your energy from you - the energy you call money and will put it to evil ends giving you worthless dross in return.

"Your inner divine self will protect you from this. You must learn to be sensitive to the voice within that can tell you what is truth, and what is confusion, chaos and untruth. Learn to listen to the voice of truth which is within you and you will lead yourselves on to the path of evolution.

"This is our message to our dear friends. We have watched you growing for many years as you too have watched our lights in your skies. You know now that we are here, and that there are more beings on and around your Earth than your scientists admit.

"We are deeply concerned about you and your path towards the light and will do all we can to help you. Have no fear, seek only to know yourselves, and live in harmony with the ways of your planet Earth. We of the Ashtar Galactic Command thank you for your attention. We are now leaving the plane of your existence. May you be blessed by the supreme love and truth of the cosmos."

The message received a mixed reaction: some listeners were terrified, some intrigued, while others remained skeptical. Of course, the media denounced the broadcast as a hoax, even though the Independent Broadcasting Authority failed to explain how its stringent security system was bypassed.

At no time did anyone come forward to claim responsibility for the ‘hoax'. This incredible explanation was soon seen to be a cover-up, as investigation by independent sources came to the conclusion that the ‘message' would have to have been cut in to at least five transmitters, simultaneously. Furthermore, the students would have had to beat the I.B.A's monitoring system. Engineers at the centers around Britain watch for faults in transmission, and can if necessary switch off sections of the network.

Neither the main T.V. transmitter at Southampton, or the Engineers at Croydon, Surrey who were monitoring Hannington, logged the galactic message, and they were clearly unaware that the Space broadcast was over-riding their signal. By law all radio/T.V. has to have a monitoring system, for an ‘instant switch-off', technically known as insertion test signals. It did not even register the ‘interruption' suggesting that it was achieved in some way that bypassed our electrical system.

According to other stories, it would seem that broadcasts of a similar nature occurred worldwide, even in different areas of the UK. "We speak to you now in peace and wisdom as we have done to your brothers and sisters all over this, your planet Earth."

The Ashtar Galactic Command, as mentioned in the broadcast, features quite prominently in 'channeled' and contactee material going back to the early 1940s. In channelings subsequent to the broadcast, the entities have claimed responsibility. In 1994 at least three independent channelers published information that the Ashtar Command were planning another similar series of broadcasts. However, it appears that proposed dates have so far not been met.

Another interesting case involved an 18 year old Ham Radio Operator named Robert P. Renaud. In July, 1961, Renaud was trying to pick up BBC Radio on his short wave set when he picked up a strange beep high in the 25 meter band that overshadowed BBC. When he tuned in on the beep, it stopped and a clear soft feminine voice came over the radio saying: "Bob, we'd like you to stay on this frequency for a while."

The voice claimed to be an extraterrestrial in a spacecraft  from a planet called Korendor. The Korendians instructed Renaud how to modify his home built short wave radio set to receive their broadcasts better.

After a few radio contacts the Korendians helped Renaud modify his home built TV set to pick up their images on the vidicon tube while he spoke to them on radio. Those contacts continued and developed into face-to-face meetings and even into going on trips with them, in their craft, for months and years. He kept careful notes on his contacts.

Investigator Allen Griese visited Renaud in his home and was perplexed by Renaud's attitude: "He showed no signs whatever of wanting to promote himself," Griese said. "There was no show biz, no snake oil. He didn't even seem much interested in talking. He 'd answer questions, but he wouldn't offer anything. He was hesitant to entertain visitors and he sold nothing, made no money. He said the whole business was imposed on him; he hadn't gone after it."

"Renaud has a large collection of tapes allegedly on his space communications: Grise listened to some of them and heard what was supposed to be the voice of the primary contact-woman Lin-Erri. He recalls, "These were good-quality, reel-to-reel recordings. The women's voice had a kind of hesitancy in speech patterns suggesting a foreign person doing well in English. It had s a singsong, melodious quality."

There have additionally been isolated instances of alleged contacts having been made through TV and Radio. One occurred in England on the January 8, 1971 when UFO researcher Rex Dutta was on a radio talk show and invited people to telephone in with questions. What was considered by him to have been a ‘voice from outer space' came on...a clear voice that showed no echo or feedback on the engineers' instruments.  Even more strange, while Dutta's voice registered on the stations VU meter, the mysterious caller's voice did not.

It should be considered that the incidents mentioned in this article could be nothing more than simple hoaxes. However, if our planet is being visited by extraterrestrial races, what better way to initiate contact with a select few than by using our own electronic equipment. It would be interesting to see if there have been any recent reports of alleged extraterrestrial communications using home computers, the Internet and text messaging.

Source: Conspiracy Journal


Lluvia de Peces: The "Rain of Fish"

Fish raining from the sky are the cause of a yearly celebration in this small Honduran town.

Known as the Lluvia de Peces or "Rain of Fish," it is said to occur at least once and sometimes twice in a year in the small town of Yoro: during a massive rain storm, hundreds of small silver fish supposedly rain from the sky onto the streets of the small town.

Said to have been happening in the town since the 1800s in the months of May or June, each year a large storm will roll through the town with a very heavy rain, and once the storm has passed the streets are found flapping and flopping, full of small still living fish.

In the 1970s a National Geographic team actually witnessed the event making it one of the few credible sightings of such a phenomenon, though proof that the fish were coming from the sky and not another source remained elusive.

Known as "animal rain," this weather phenomenon has been reported around the world for centuries, though the scientific understanding of it still remains sketchy.

In 1823 Alexander Von Humbolt, explorer and botanist, wrote of the 1698 volcanic eruption of Mt. Carguairazo which apparently also covered forty-three square miles the surrounding country with mud and fishes. (Possibly from an underground lake connected to the volcano.)

By and large the reports of raining animals are generally of fish and frogs, but other far more disturbing reports have included birds, snakes, foot-long alligators, jellyfish, mice, and spiders and even a "rain of flesh and blood." In some of the reports the animals are already dead when they come crashing to earth, while in others, they are alive and those who survive the fall - though surely discombobulated - hop or flop away.

The simplest explanation for these animal rains, is that large rainstorms force certain animals out of their homes or flood rivers causing them to fill the streets. Another simple explanation can be found in a flash flood which deposits fish far from their water source before quickly drying up. Leaving spectators to believe that they must have come down with the rains.

While these may be source of many animal rain reports the Northern Territory News of Australia reported in February of 2010 "that food falling from the sky is more than a legend. It was reported that on Feb. 25 and 26, fish landed like rain on Lajamanu, Australia, 200 miles from the coast."

Like the rain of fish in Yoro it seems that while extremely rare, animals do occasionally fall from the sky. The likely scientific explanation for this is elegantly simple - waterspouts.

Waterspouts are a bit like little tornados which form over a body of water. Though waterspouts do not suck water up into the air (the "spout" is actually condensation), the whirlwind of waterspouts and tornados have the ability to lift small animals from the water and into the air, in which case they could be carried quite far from the body of water, and released from the heavens somewhere else. Some tornados actually have the ability to suck up an entire pond, and this hypothesis makes a lot of sense when most animal rains consist of aquatic creatures.

However, what cannot be explained is the fact that usually only one species of animal, fish, frogs, etc. is seen falling with the rain.  As well, no other types of debris, such as seaweed or rocks, have been found intermingled with the fallen animals. If tornados and waterspouts are responsible for sky falls, they are very discriminating in what they suck up.

(In the case of reports of "bird rains" the explanation is different - a flock of one species of bird is overtaken by a particularly sudden and strong wind, blown around for a bit, killed, and as the wind dissipates the birds fall from the sky. This also accounts for what might be the most horrific animal rain - the rain of blood and flesh. In this case the birds are so badly battered that they come down in pieces. Any other animal sucked up into a violent storm could also come back to earth as guts. Although there are also cases where the "rains of blood" have turned out to be made by red dust, a very simple and believable explanation.)

In Yoro, Honduras the explanation offered up is a religious rather than scientific one. Father Jose Manuel Subirana, a catholic priest living in the area, prayed that God provide sustenance to the hungry peoples, and at the end of his marathon prayer session it is said to have rained small fish. The festival, which began in 1998, is held in honor of the miracle that is the Lluvia de Peces, and a parade is held where effigies of Father Jose Manuel Subirana are carried through the streets.

Among the most mysterious elements of the Departmento de Yoro "Rain of Fish" is that the fish themselves are not local to the area and may be coming from as far away as the Atlantic Ocean some 200km away, presumably brought by waterspouts sucking them into the sky.

A less exciting theory postulates that the fish live in underground rivers and are actually being forced up from onto the streets rather than falling down onto them. This hypothesis is supported by the 1970s National Geographic's teams finding that the fish are completely blind.

Source: Atlas Obscura


Secret Messages Found Hidden in Plato's Ancient Text

His works have been scrutinised and debated for more than 2,000 years by the greatest minds in history.

But it turns out the Greek philosopher Plato still has a few surprises up his sleeve.

In an extraordinary discovery, a British academic claims to have uncovered a series of secret messages hidden in some of the most influential and celebrating writings of the Ancient World.

The codes suggest that Plato was a secret follower of the philosopher Pythagoras who understood the basic structure of the universe to be mathematical, anticipating the scientific revolution of Galileo and Newton by 2,000 years.

Claims that an ancient text contains secret messages should normally be taken with a large pinch of salt.

But the latest study comes from a respected Classical scholar at Manchester University, and has been accepted for publication by a leading academic journal.

Plato, who died around 347BC, is arguably the greatest of all the Greek philosophers. With his mentor Socrates, and student Aristotle, he laid down the foundations of Western philosopher and science.

According to Dr Jay Kennedy one of Plato's most important beliefs was hidden in his writing.

'Plato's books played a major role in founding Western culture but they are mysterious and end in riddles,' said Dr Kennedy.

'In antiquity, many of his followers said the books contained hidden layers of meaning and secret codes, but this was rejected by modern scholars.

'It is a long and exciting story, but basically I cracked the code. I have shown rigorously that the books do contain codes and symbols and that unravelling them reveals the hidden philosophy of Plato.'

He added: 'The result was amazing - it was like opening a tomb and finding new set of gospels written by Jesus Christ himself.'

The key to unravelling the Plato Code lies in a Greek musical scale of 12 notes popular among followers of the earlier philosopher Pythagoras.

Dr Kennedy discovered that key phrases, words and themes crop up in regular intervals throughout Plato's writings and that they match the spacing of these 12 notes in the musical scale.

His most famous work,  the Republic, for instance, is made up of 12,000 Homeric lines of text. Dr Kennedy found that every 1,000 lines, Plato returns to the theme of music.

In another dialogue, the Symposium, words describing harmony and unity crop up at the same regularly spaced intervals.

In the Greek musical scale some of the notes are harmonic, or pleasing to the ear. Others are dissonant or grating, and need to be followed by another note to relieve the musical tension they create.

At the location of harmonic notes in his writings, Plato wrote lines associated with love or laughter. But the dissonant notes were marked with screeching sounds or war or death.

Dr Kennedy, whose findings are published in the classics journal Apeiron, believes the pattern of symbols would have been obvious to the ancient followers of Pythagoras.

'As we read his books, our emotions follow the ups and downs of a musical scale. Plato plays his readers like musical instruments,' he said.

A century earlier, Pythagoras had declared that the planets and stars made an inaudible music, or 'harmony of the spheres' and that the secrets of the universe lay in maths.

The presence and nature of the hidden codes suggest that Plato may have signed up to the same belief - and that 2,000 years before the birth of modern science, he was leaving a message in his writing that maths and logical patterns ruled the universe, not the gods.

Dr Kennedy argues that Plato did not use the code for pleasure, but for his own safety. Plato's own teacher had been executed for heresy.

Secrecy was normal in ancient times, especially for esoteric and religious knowledge, but for Plato it was a matter of life and death.

Plato led a dramatic life. He wrote at least 30 books and founded the world's first university, called the Academy.

He allowed women to study at the Academy, against the traditions of the time, was an early defender of romantic love - as opposed to arranged marriages and defended homosexuality.

Dr Kennedy added. 'This is the beginning of something big. It will take a generation to work out the implications. All 2,000 pages contain undetected symbols.'

Source: Daily Mail


Mystery Surrounds Photo of 'Horse-Boy'

Mystery surrounds a man wearing a horse's head who has been captured on Google's Street View in Aberdeen.

The man - who has become known as "horse-boy" - can be seen in the Hardgate area of the city. The sighting has become a popular attraction on Google's service, which offers a photographic map of streets.

The man is wearing dark trousers, a purple shirt - and a brown and white horse's head.

It all started when Aberdeen twitter user Russell Moffa notified his four hundred and sixty followers of the mask-clad poser he had seen on the popular mapping site. Standing on a street corner in the Harrogate neighbourhood of Aberdeen, Scotland horse-boy struck a mysterious chord, seemingly going about his daily business in disguise.

Dozens of BBC news website users have e-mailed from across Europe to say they know who horse boy is. Others have sent in images of the mystery horse-head wearer and some have claimed to be him.

Stefan Kleen from Germany said he and a friend met horse-boy at a German festival last weekend. He added: "He only spoke English so we didn't really talk a lot to him."

Anders Hauge reckons he has been shopping in Haugesund in Norway; John Hammond was convinced he was playing the fairways and relaxing in the bars of Marbella and Julian Sykes said he had been sighted in Cardiff.

John Ainsworth insisted he saw horse-boy in Norwich earlier in the year walking through Wensum Park.

He said: "I thought I was hallucinating at first but then realised it was real."

Other readers have not been impressed with the story and some have told the website that it is not newsworthy and is a prank to generate further publicity.

And Gareth Remblance pointed out: "Horse boy isn't a person, it's a cheap mask - for example I saw at least three people wearing similar heads at this year's Download Festival in Donington."

A number of contributors have said that horse-boy features in other parts of Google's street view service.

Mark Coates said: "If you go down the road and turn back you can see him putting on the horse head and on the shot back up the road again he has white hair."

The BBC news website story had more than 874,000 hits on Thursday, and more on Friday took the total through the one million barrier.

Source: BBC

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