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This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such paraskavedekatriaphobia tales as:

- "MR UFO" Tim Beckley Will Guest on Coast to Coast AM August 18 -
- Brazil to Record UFO Sightings -
-  Can Mind-Reading Prevent Terrorist Attacks? -
The White River Monster - Myth or Reality? -
AND: UFO Expert: ‘Scotland is a World Hot Spot for Paranormal

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

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As one distressed UFO researcher put it, Ever since organized flying saucer research began, a disturbing number of serious investigators have suffered personal harassment, unusual accidents and even mysterious deaths. In some cases, sinister voices have whispered threats over the telephone and warned certain researchers to terminate specific projects they were focused on.

Recently, an increasing number of civilian UFOlogists have been visited by ominous strangers who have made it physically clear that their orders to discontinue all investigations would be enforced. Official disclaimers have only served to intensify the mystery of the bizarre incidents currently seeding chaos within the rank of civilian UFO investigators and instilling fear among those who witness flying saucer activity.


Featured on the History Channel's UFO Hunters and on Coast to Coast AM, eminent investigator Tim Beckley details dozens of additional bone chilling encounters with the MIB who have become a curse on the rank and file members of the UFO community.

++ Shadowy "Grim Reaper" like figures stalk the streets of a north Iowa town. What are they concealing in the bags they go about hiding in the woods?

++ Radio Talk Show host is ordered by metallic voice over phone (unlisted number!) to "meet them on the Mount". . .known as a haunted place and the site of a number of mysterious deaths and disappearances.

++ A large floating platform the size of 3 football fields hovers near a nuclear power plant. Witnesses observe several small bald headed aliens accompanied by 9 foot giants. Trying to leave the area, their car refuses to start. They are surrounded by military personnel and their vehicle is ransacked. They are told never to speak of the incident OR ELSE!

++ In the cemetery where Charles Fort is buried ominous black vehicles disappear down side roads never to be seen again. They pass by on the gravel pavement going over grates without the sound of tires. The cemetery is also haunted by a big black dog and a couple who fly over the tombstones at dusk in their pajamas!

Are these sinister sindividuals simply government agents gone amuck in their harassment of witnesses and investigators who have dedicated their lives delving into the unexplainable? Or are they something far more sinister as evidence in this volume indicates? Perhaps the MIB are representatives of an extraterrestrial "police force," whose job is to keep the gates to a parallel universe closed tightly behind them.


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Put the dog out, turn down the lights, kiss your significant other goodnight and turn up the radio and listen this coming Wednesday, August 18th to our own UFO hunting, paranormal crazed Tim Beckley as he discusses his new book CURSE OF THE MEN IN BLACK with host George Noory. We are trying to arrange a special phone number where listeners can call in to the program to relate their own horrific encounters with those dreaded MIB who threaten, harass, molest and possibly even do away with UFO researchers who don't tow the line and do as instructed to remain silent.

Tim sees a great similarity between today's fields of UFOlogy and the paranormal to the glory days of spiritualism that swept the world over a hundred years ago. He notes that many of the phenomenon reportedly observed in the seance room duplicates that of today's orbs, UFOs, levitation, teleportation and a host of other strange occurrences'.

He will also talk about the constant bickering and backstabbing attitude of the debunkers and non believers toward the true believer and those who claim to produce or are closely associated with such phenomenon themselves. Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and escape artist/magician and egotistical showman,  Harry Houdini carried on a bitter feud for years over such matters. Beckley compares this feud to the one  between super psychic Uri Geller and arch debunker the Amazing Randi, an escape artist just like Houdini.
Tim first met Uri Geller when the young Israeli came to the U.S. to be tested by several university research facilities under tight laboratory conditions. Beckley says he saw Uri perform some remarkable feats of an unexplainable nature which he does not believe involved any form of trickery. Two of the most remarkable events took place on a trip to Muhammad Ali's training camp in Deer Lake, PA.   MR UFO will also reveal that he knew the Amazing Randi and actually shared office space with him, Randi even discussing the idea that Beckley might work with him in the capacity of manager (which never came about). Beckley was also a guest on Randi's all night talk show back in 1965.
Coast to Coast AM is carried on over 500 stations in all 50 states. Check the C2C website for local affiliates.


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If you go to the KTLK link an hour ahead of time you can hear Darkness Radio one of our favorite paranormal programs where the host DOESN'T spend half the time talking about himself or telling jokes which are by no means funny.
Call in Coast to Coast AM and ask Tim a question and have your friends listen as well.


Brazil to Record UFO Sightings

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil is now to officially record any UFO sightings in its vast airspace and make the information available to researchers, according to a government decree published this week.

The text calls on military and civilian pilots and air traffic controllers to lodge any experiences with unidentified flying objects with the Aerospace Defense Command in Brasilia along with any material proof by way of photos or video.

That evidence will be catalogued at the air force's Historic Documentation Center in Rio de Janeiro state, where it will be made available to searchers of extraterrestrial life and other people interested.

The decree, dated Monday and published Tuesday, was signed by air force chief Juniti Saito.

"Air force command does not have the specialized structure needed to carry out scientific investigations on these aerial phenomena and will only register the events," the air force said in a statement sent to the newspaper O Dia.

A military air controller in Rio told the daily that respectable witnesses have previously recounted experiences with UFOs.

"There are reports by ministers and even a president who saw a UFO," he said.

Source: The Montreal Gazette


Can Mind-Reading Prevent Terrorist Attacks?

Mind-reading may soon become a useful anti-terrorism tool. A team of researchers at Northwestern University have accurately predicted the plots of "mock terrorist plans" by reading the brain waves of volunteer would-be terrorist "suspects." Theoretically, the technique could help authorities uncover terrorist attacks before they take innocent lives, but just how viable is this Minority Report-like approach? (Watch a scene from Minority Report.) Here, a guide:

How was the study conducted?
Scientists gave 29 students 30 minutes to plan a mock attack on a target U.S. city; subjects were asked to write a letter about the plan to deeply ingrain details such as location, method, and timing in their memories. Electrodes were then attached to these faux-terrorists' scalps to monitor their "P300" brain waves, which spike when a guilty person is presented with damning information. As the names of various U.S. cities were flashed on a computer screen, the participants' P300 activity tended to increase sharply when their chosen "target city" appeared.

How accurate were their results?
Very. Even "without any prior knowledge of the planned crime in our mock terrorism scenarios, we were able to identify 10 out of 12 terrorists and...20 out of 30 crime-related details," says J. Peter Rosenfeld, the study's lead researcher. "The test was 83 percent accurate in predicting concealed knowledge, suggesting that our complex protocol could identify future terrorist activity."

How will the technology be used in real scenarios?
Authorities often monitor "chatter" — communications to and from terrorist suspects — in an attempt to gather details about possible attacks. Researchers hope that authorities could use the P300 technology to grill suspects they've arrested and confirm details that came up in the chatter.

Source: Yahoo News


The White River Monster - Myth or Reality?

The Arkansas White River Monster or, according to doubters, alleged monster — the theme of Batesville’s ongoing 67th Annual White River Water Carnival, which concludes Saturday — made quite an impression on young semi-pro baseball player Thomas Graham in 1937.

“My dad broke into minor league baseball, or semi-pro ball, out of Luanne, near Smackover, that year, in the Cotton States Baseball League,” said James Graham of Bethesda.

“His dad got on a bus with him when he was 17 and they came from Smackover to Newport and his dad got him a room.” The pitcher’s father then went back to Smackover.

“What amazed Dad was when he got there everything was set up, (all) up and down the river, in the monster watching area,” James said. His father, he said, was amazed at how well the local chamber of commerce was taking advantage of the monster situation.

“They charged a quarter to get into the monster watching area,” he said. “There were hot dog and concession stands, and I’m thinking he said they even had a couple of carnival rides set up down in that area.

“Just listening to him talk, there was a pretty good stir going on over there over that thing.”

And large crowds in which everyone seemed to be hoping to catch a glimpse, if not a good look, at the monster.

“It was just covered up. There were cars there from six or seven different states. In ’37, that was something, to draw in cars from that far away.”

And some did glimpse the monster, according to the 1937 Third Annual Rice and Cotton Festival book, published by the Newport Chamber of Commerce. The festival was Oct. 7-9 of that year.

“All the world knew in July, 1937, that Newport had a MONSTER,” starts the three-page article headed “The White River Monster ...” that begins on page 82 of the festival book.

“From Canada to Mexico, from California to Maine, there was scarcely a city or hamlet but knew of the fact and were interested in it,” the story states, noting that when first reported, not much credence was given to the reports.

But, it states, “... when it was seen by persons whose veracity could not be questioned, it soon came to be recognized that something bit and strange really had its habitat in the river...”

The creature was described as “big as a boxcar” and “as wide as three automobiles.”

The article contains sworn statements from people who said they had sighted the monster or its presence, including Bramblett Bateman, Mrs. Bramlett Bateman, J.M. Gawf (who said that as a respected merchant, planter and stock raiser he would have “no reason to make a false misrepresentation” about the matter; and Deputy Sheriff Z.B. Reid.

Reid and Mr. Bateman attempted to shoot the monster with a rifle during one sighting, but Bateman apparently got so excited he forgot to load the gun.

Graham, the young pitcher, went on to have a semi-pro baseball career that carried him to teams in several states, until World War II interfered. He gained the nickname “Lefty.”

“He played in Denver and in Amarillo, Texas, and Greenville, Mississippi (and other places). ... He was unusual in that he was a left-handed, one-eyed pitcher,” James said.

“He got his left eye put out when he was 3 years old by a spring on a screen door. He played 14 years as a pitcher, then got over 1,400 hours as a pilot. I’ve got his log books.”

“Lefty” retired in the early 1950s, then went to work for the Pine Bluff Arsenal. He died in 1999.

Thanks to Maggie for the heads up!


The White River Monster

The legend of the White River Monster begins in the town of Newport in northeastern Arkansas. In 1915, local farmers began filing reports of a large, unknown creature off the banks of the White River. In July 1937, a key eyewitness account described the creature as having gray skin and being "as wide as a car and three cars long." A county deputy said the creature itself "looked like a large sturgeon or catfish."

THE MONSTER RETURNS: The White River Monster was sighted again in the summer of 1971. That year, eyewitnesses who encountered the creature described it as "the size of a boxcar" with a bone protruding from its forehead. "It looked as if the thing was peeling all over, but it was a smooth type of skin or flesh," said one, and it made strange noises that sounded like a combination of a "cow's moo and a horse's neigh." Other accounts of the White River Monster described three-toed tracks, 14 inches in length, on Towhead Island leading down to the river through a path of bent trees and crushed bushes. Following the reports, in 1973 the Arkansas State Legislator created the White River Monster Refuge, making it illegal to "molest, kill, trample, or harm the White River Monster while he is in the retreat."

MISTAKEN IDENTITY? According to scientists, the White River Monster is likely a case of mistaken identity. Cryptozoologist and biologist Roy P. Mackal has suggested that the creature is "a clear-cut instance of a known aquatic animal outside its normal habitat or range and therefore unidentified by the observers unfamiliar with the type." Mackal believes that the creature is in fact a large male elephant seal that wandered up the Mississippi River into White River. Measuring an average of 5,000 pounds and 14 feet in length, a male elephant seal shares many of the characteristics described by those who've encountered the "monster": gray skin, three-toed tracks, summer molting and a farm animal's call. Even the "bone" on the creature's forehead can be explained by the male elephant seal's inflatable trunk. So are male elephant seals visiting White River? No one's been able to confirm that they are, and the mystery continues.

Some believe the White river monster may have had an impact on the Civil War. The river was used for transportation, and the monster was supposedly responsible for overturning a boat. Sightings of the monster began in 1915. On July 1 of that year, an owner of a plantation near the river, saw the monster. He reported it having gray skin and "as wide as a car and three cars long." As the news spread construction of a rope net began, but ended due to lack of money and materials.

The White River Monster was sighted again in the summer of 1971. That year, eyewitnesses who encountered the creature described it as "the size of a boxcar" with a bone protruding from its forehead. "It looked as if the thing was peeling all over, but it was a smooth type of skin or flesh," said one, and it made strange noises that sounded like a combination of a "cow's moo and a horse's neigh." Other accounts of the White River Monster described three-toed tracks, 14 inches (360 mm) in length, on Towhead Island leading down to the river through a path of bent trees and crushed bushes.

The most interesting part of this legend happened in 1973. The Arkansas State Legislator created the White River Monster Refuge along the area of the White River that runs adjacent to the Jacksonport State Park. They enacted a resolution which made it illegal to "molest, kill, trample, or harm the White River Monster while he is in the retreat." Is this proof of his existence or just an attempt to draw tourists?

There are many explanations for the creature. Biologists believe Whitey was actually a lost elephant seal. He somehow migrated incorrectly and ended up in Newport. Some townspeople believe that it was an elaborate plot to gain attention by farmers in the area. No one knows for sure.

The monster hasn't been seen much in recent years but many of the people living around the White River still believe he is there. Some think that he has died because the river has gotten shallower.

Source: Phantoms and Monsters


Beyond the Visible

Humanity has been socialized in such a way as to be blinded to the true nature of reality. Psychic phenomena, or psi, are mysterious to us because our perception of them is distorted. The scientific study of psi (parapsychology) has a stigma of illegitimacy attached to it. Despite attempts by some rather adventurous researchers, the scientific community remains overall indifferent or even hostile to parapsychology. Nevertheless, public polls in North America have shown that the majority of people believe in some kind of paranormal activity. What are the foundations of such beliefs, and can we study them scientifically?

Few would argue that intuition does not exist. Whether as a collection of sense information or a supernatural ability, we have all experienced intuition. Some refer to this as their “gut” feeling while others view it as part of their psychic abilities. Despite the lack of an official endorsement from science, parapsychology has become accepted by many people.

While skeptics and believers debate the validity of parapsychology, researchers are attempting to prove its existence scientifically. A group of like-minded intellectuals have founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences to “sponsor leading-edge research into the potentials and powers of consciousness.”

Many of its members are actively involved in psi research to support an institute that “explores phenomena that do not necessarily fit conventional scientific models.” There are also numerous companies that offer parapsychology training for a price. They have simply ignored the questions concerning parapsychology and put it into practice.

Literally thousands of tests have been conducted to prove the existence of the paranormal. A common test administered requires the participant to “see” an image only visible to the controller. When the results are cumulated, the participants exhibit an accuracy substantially higher than one generated by random guessing. The problem with studies like these is that a single reproducible instance of paranormal activity is not yet achievable. These studies do, however, seem to indicate something profound about the nature of human consciousness. What mystery, if any, lies behind these growing testimonies to the paranormal?

Dean Radin, a member of the Noetic Institute, is one of the most visible supporters of parapsychology and has published a few books on the subject. He is constantly hosting lectures and trying to change the perspectives of his more traditional colleagues. His objective is to constantly challenge long-held beliefs and establish improved tests for psychic phenomena.

Attempts have also been made to scientifically study the healing powers of prayer. This somewhat controversial approach uses science to prove something traditionally taken on faith. Religious people do not require a scientific explanation of prayer. Psychic phenomena often deal with communication and empathy between two human beings. Connecting with other people in a non-physical way is an essential part of many religions. If parapsychology is analogous to spirituality, the religious community will have the same problems accepting it as the scientific community.

The difficulty of proving the existence of psychic phenomena by traditional means has created a need for a different interpretation of the data. Paranormal activity could lurk in the shadows hidden to our conditioned eyes. Maybe there is no distinction between the normal and paranormal. Human minds collect and organize information from many sources according to a unique belief system. Guided by science or religion, our current models seem unable to adequately incorporate parapsychology.

Renowned director, writer and producer David Lynch places great value on mental relaxation and Eastern meditation. He has founded The David Lynch Foundation, which endorses an educational system that encourages meditation and a stress-free environment. Eastern philosophies and religions seem to incorporate relatively recent advances in physics and modern philosophy. While this is not exactly the same as parapsychology, the David Lynch Foundation does represent an attempt to rationally examine our consciousness. If there is any merit in parapsychology it would manifest itself in students of the DLF.

Fundamentalists may dismiss parapsychology as pagan nonsense just as easily as a purely materialistic scientist does. Perhaps a more complete picture of consciousness needs to be developed before serious inquiries can begin. The limits inherent in our perceptions of reality are paradoxically revealed as our knowledge increases.

Does parapsychology reside in a “no man’s land” between the absolutes of science and religion? By using one exclusively to examine the paranormal produces an understanding that is limited. As with most of the mysteries that engage our curiosity, reducing parapsychology to mere figures reveals only a part of the truth.

Ignoring the material facts and focusing on the spiritual doesn’t fully satisfy our needs, either. It seems as though we need a combination of the two or a radically new perspective. To become more aware of the nature of reality, we have to recognize how we filter information and then pursue the most rational path.

Source: The Manitoban


UFO Expert: ‘Scotland is a World Hot Spot for Paranormal

Author Ron Halliday tells about the unexplained, as he reveals his top five paranormal events to have ever happened in Scotland.

Ron Halliday has spent the last 30 years of his life trying to explain the unexplained. The author, whose books include UFO Scotland and Edinburgh After Dark, believes Scotland is now a haven of UFO activity.

In an exclusive interview with STV, Ron - a 60-year-old retired assistant registrar at Stirling University - said: "I think Scotland is like a world hot spot. All the UFO sightings. All the ghost sightings. All the monster sightings. Poltergeists.

"There is just so much that goes on in Scotland, it is absolutely incredible. It is very hard to explain why Scotland has all these reported incidents."

Ron became interested in UFOs from a young age and started to research it seriously when he was 30. But what is it about the unexplained which interests him and millions of others around the world?

"The whole mystery of it. People claim all these strange experiences which are at odds with our everyday reality. You don’t walk down the street and expect to see an alien. The whole thing just seems completely bizarre.

"Things like Independence Day and The X-Files have stimulated people’s interest in the whole subject. It the media show interest in UFOs then it definitely generates more UFO reports because people come forward and say they have seen things.

"There are so many people taking photos these days, but there is also greater scepticism. It is very easy to fabricate a UFO picture. The thing that people interested in UFOs find hard to accept is why aliens don’t just land in George Square in Glasgow so TV crews can come and film them?

"I am sceptical too. But when you speak to people who have had these experiences, get their perspective on the thing - there is no particular reason why they would make this up."


5. The Slogett family

The Slogett family case in 1992 is recognised as one of the incidents which sparked the widespread interest into the UFO hot spot of Bonnybridge.

At around 7pm on a March evening, the family were walking towards Bonnybridge when they saw a circle of light. The light appeared to land in a nearby field. The family continued their journey but were soon stopped by a football-sized blue light hovering above the road ahead.

Isabella Slogett was later reported to have said: "My daughter Carole and I saw a UFO land right in front of us. A door opened and there was a howl-like sound. I screamed and ran off terrified."

4. Andrew Swan and the electrical storm

Andrew Swan, a cable-layer with Scottish Power, was intrigued by an electrical storm on July 30, 1994. He drove to Armadale Academy in West Lothian - only a few minutes from his home - to get a better look over the school playing fields.

There, he encountered a large UFO behind a row of trees. He went round to take a closer look armed with a spotlight from his car. When he tried to shine the light on the object, the bulb immediately exploded. The UFO flew off "at breathtaking speed" a few moments later.

3. The A70 abduction

One UFO incident which has received a great deal of media attention is the apparent abduction of Gary Wood and Colin Wright on the A70 in August 1992.

Mr Wood and Mr Wright were delivering a satellite TV system to a friend in Tarbrax. They travelled on the desolate road when Mr Wright noticed a very large UFO flying about 20 feet above the road.

Mr Wood, who was driving, accelerated and as their car passed underneath the craft the pair - in Mr Wood’s words - experienced a "void of blackness". What seemed like moments later, they were on the same road as if nothing had happened.

When they got to their friend’s house, they realised their journey - which should have only taken them 30 minutes - had inexplicably taken them two hours and 45 minutes. In an effort to discover what had happened to them, the pair went under hypnosis. It revealed they had been abducted by small grey extraterrestrials while a tall, skeletal being communicated with them through telepathy.

Last year, during an episode of The Hour, it emerged a film about the A70 incident is currently in production. It is expected to be released next year.

2. Pat Macleod

Portabello woman Pat Macleod is absolutely convinced she saw a large UFO as she drove to the health centre one morning in October, 1992. The policeman’s wife described seeing a bright light flashing in the sky before the object landed in open ground called Niddrie Burn.

Ms Macleod said the object looked like the planet Saturn. However, the incident was not spotted by anyone else even though Niddrie Burn is easily seen from many houses. Nevertheless, there were other unusual sightings on the day in the area and the case featured in television programmes about UFOs.

So, what is UFO expert Ron Halliday’s most baffling UFO incident in Scottish history?

1. Bob Taylor and the Dechmont Law abduction

It will come as no surprise to those interested in UFOs that the Dechmont Law incident was voted by Ron Halliday as Scotland’s weirdest. On November 9, 1979, forestry worker Bob Taylor was shocked to discover a large circular craft in front of him in an area of woodland known as Dechmont Law near Livingston.

As he approached it, two objects which looked like naval mines from World War Two seemed to drop from the larger craft. The ‘balls’ rolled towards Mr Taylor and attached themselves to his trousers. They started to drag him towards the now hovering UFO. Mr Taylor then became aware of an acrid smell which made him choke.

The next thing he remembers is waking up, face down, on the ground. His legs were aching and a dishevelled Mr Taylor abandoned his truck and walked a mile home. His trousers were cut and his legs were bruised.

Police launched an investigation and detectives found several ladder-shaped impressions in the area, while evidence on the ground concurred with Mr Taylor’s explanation that the mine-like devices had approached him and dragged him towards the craft.

Police could not solve the mystery and the file remains open.

Source: STV

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