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This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such Karmic stories as:

- The Inconvenient Truth is Out There… -
Jodie Foster Helps Revive SETI Search for Aliens -
U.S. Commander Says "Rendlesham UFO Incident Could Be Hoax" -
- The "Hum" is Real - Windsor Residents Deserve Answers -
AND: Saudi Man Haunted by Djinns

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

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Alien Space Gods Of Ancient Greece And Rome - Revelations Of The Oracle Of Delphi



British historian W. Raymond Drake is one of the most careful researchers of the "Ancient Astronaut" theory which maintains aliens arrived on earth and interacted with the human race throughout antiquity and in all parts of the globe. Author of a dozen works on the Space Gods phenomenon, Drake's work complements that of Chariots of the Gods? by Erich Von Daniken, his first book appearing in print prior to Von Daniken's international bestseller.

In this work about the ancient Mediterranean's strange relationship with the Sky Gods, Drake utilized over fifty writers of antiquity and scrutinized their main works through a UFO "lens." His astute contributions regarding the Land of the Gods have been expanded upon and updated by contemporary researchers Timothy Beckley and Sean Casteel.

Questions That You Will Find Answered. . .

Did giants from space establish a UFO base atop the picturesque Mount Olympus?

Were they the gods and goddesses of "Mythology" idolized and given names such as Apollo, Hades, Athena, Hermes, Zeus, Artemis and Hestia?

Did the powerful deities of Greece help save Athens from being invaded by the mighty armies of Atlantis in 10,000 BC?

Is there reason to believe that the Greeks and Trojans were inspired to fight for the beauteous Helen, surely a space queen?

Do the great plays and sublime philosophies of the supreme thinkers of the ages show a reverence for the gods' who intervened at Marathron and Salamis, sending flying shields to aid Alexander storming the walls of Tyre?

Did a UFO encountered near Troy save the army of Lucullus from destruction?

Were omens observed in the sky just before the murder of Caesar?

How does one explain the manifestation of mysterious voices and apparitions in the heavens as Hannibal ravaged Italy?

In a marvelous update, recent activities, including encounters with humanoids and men in black-like individuals, are taken into consideration offering proof that the ancient aliens of antiquity are returning to their original haunts and are guaranteed to make open contact soon! 

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The Inconvenient Truth is Out There…
by Dr David Clarke

The truth about the British Government’s interest in UFOs has been released by The National Archives.

In what I believe to be the most important revelation so far in the British disclosure programme, the MoD’s Defence Intelligence Staff admit that “lack of funds and higher priorities” had prevented any detailed study of the thousands of reports they had received since the end of the Second World War.

The frank admission is contained in a formerly secret memo dated July 1995 and written by the UFO desk officer at DI55, the branch of the DIS responsible for the assessment of UFO reports for defence threat.  The officer – a RAF Wing Commander - concludes the lid had already been blown on secrecy surrounding defence intelligence interest in UFOs by a series of media revelations. But he said the public perception of DI55 as “defenders of the Earth from the alien menace” was “light years from the truth”. And he told his opposite number on the MoD’s public UFO desk that few people would believe the “embarrassing truth…that lack of funds and higher priorities had prevented a proper study of UFO sightings.”

Another formerly secret document produced by the head of Sec(AS), the MoD’s UFO desk, in the same year underlines the MoD’s lack of  interest in UFOs. The official admits that no research had ever been done on UFOs either by DI55 “or anyone else” and adds:

    “We don’t do research into the phenomena; we haven’t done any; we only would if there were some good reason for doing so – ie. evidence of a threat.”

These embarrassing revelations led MoD to approve a DI55 plan for a retired intelligence officer to produce a report on “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”  (code-named Condign) that was based upon a computerised study of UFO data. Work on the study began in 1996 and a copy of this report was released under FOIA ten years later.

The DI55 smoking gun is just one of 8,600 pages of material within 34 MoD UFO files opened on 11 August by Britain’s National Archives. To read my personal summary of the contents click here.  A BBC News online story covering the release can be found here.  You can listen to my interview with Sanchia Berg on BBC Radio 4 Today programme here and read a bylined feature here.

This is the eighth and possibly penultimate release of files in a rolling programme that began in 2008. Visitors to the UFO pages can download the files free of charge for the first month.

Other highlights include details of MoD’s continuing interest in photographs depicting “unidentified aerial phenomena”. Click here for my more detailed summary of the key stories. The files include:

    Image analysis experts working for British intelligence were asked to examine a transparency that clearly shows an “elliptical object” in the sky above Retford in Nottinghamshire.
    The remarkable first-hand testimony of retired RAF Fighter Controller Freddie Wimbledon on the role he played in the famous 1956 UFO incident at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk. (DEFE 24/2031/1).

    The truth about a bogus story published by two tabloid newspapers in 1998 that claimed the early warning station, RAF Fylingdales, had tracked a UFO “as big as a battleship” moving at fantastic speeds (DEFE 24/2047/1).

    Papers on the unexplained sighting of two cigar-shaped UFOs by pilot Ray Bowyer and passengers on a Trislander aircraft near Alderney, in the Channel Islands, in April 2007 (DEFE 24/2081/1)

    More than 70 pages of censored documents containing the MoD’s internal discussions surrounding the clearance of Nick Pope’s book Open Skies Closed Minds, published in 1996 (DEFE 24/2091/1).

Secret analysis of “UFO” photographs

One snowy night in 27 January 2004 Alex Birch took a series of colour slides showing Retford Town Hall for submission to a photography competition. He saw nothing unusual at the time. But on examining the transparencies he was amazed to find an image showing what appears to be a classic “flying saucer” (DEFE 24/2060/1, p125-141).

Having ruled out lens flares and aircraft he contacted the Ministry of Defence. They said “defence experts” would like to take a closer look at the mysterious “elliptical object” visible on the transparency. He delivered the slide to the MoD Main Building and it was sent to the Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency (also known as JARIC ) for computer analysis.

After subjecting the image to detailed scrutiny DGIA said they were unable to reach any “definitive conclusion” about the mysterious image. Even more bizarre is the fact that this was not the first time the Ministry had been left perplexed by a photo taken by Alex.

He first made headlines in 1962 when, as a 14 year old schoolboy, he took a black and white photograph showing a fleet of “flying saucers” over Sheffield. The photo caused such a furore that Alex and his father were invited to visit Whitehall, where the image and Alex’s Box Brownie camera were examined by Air Ministry experts.

There are some other examples of MoD calling upon image intelligence experts to help them evaluate UFO photos. In 1992 colour photographs showing a unidentified diamond-shaped object were taken by a member of the public at Calvine in Scotland. The photographs show the object apparently shadowed by a RAF Harrier jet and desk officers suspected iit could have been a USAF black project aircraft. The images were sent by DI55 to JARIC for detailed scrutiny and disappeared. MoD claim there are no surviving records of their conclusions.

This type of covert work triggered a sharp exchange of views within the Ministry. In public MoD policy was they did not spend public money on UFO research. But in private desk officers at the Defence Intelligence staff were keen to take a look at photos and films of UFOs obtained by members of the public. In order to do so, UFO desk officers would need authorisation to approach members of the public by phone or a personal visit. This was seen as a risky public relations strategy. They were well aware that both the Press and UFOlogists would interpret any interest, let alone personal visits from “the men from the Ministry”, as proof that MoD were involved in secret research on this subject.

This conflict was never resolved and the files prove that it paralysed all attempts by individuals within MoD to make any sense of the the UFO data available to the British government.

U-Turn on UFO study

Similar problems bedevilled attempts to use public money to put details of the sightings received by the Ministry onto a computer database. One early attempt to use a computer to study UFOs in 1987 was halted after senior officials “decreed that all work should cease as it was in contravention of Ministerial statements to the effect that UFOs did not pose a threat to the UK”.

But the idea was revived in 1993 when a limited study was proposed by DI55, despite the “potential for political embarrassment” if news leaked out. In the MoD UFO policy file DEFE 24/1958/1 (pg 32) you can read what I believe is the most significant document released so far. It is an internal memo from DI55 Wing Commander dated 5 July 1995 which says there is no reason to continue to publicly deny intelligence interest in UFOs.

It notes press stories have described DI55’s role as “defender of the Earth against the alien menace” but says this is “light years from the truth.” But significantly, the Wing Commander feared that if this interest was revealed publicly it could lead to “disbelief and embarrassment since few people will believe the truth that lack of funds and higher priorities have prevented any study of the thousands of reports received.” Another official has scribbled “Ouch!” in the margin of the document.

The DI55 memo was written one year before MoD finally grasped the nettle and found a meagre £50,000 to pay for a limited, low priority study based upon a computer database (Project Condign). Background to the study can be found in a briefing document from 1995 written by the head of Sec(AS), the ‘UFO desk’ (DEFE 24/1958/1, p10-11). This briefing makes it clear that despite claims to the contrary, no research had ever been done on UFOs in MoD by DI55 “or anyone else”. It continues:

    “Essentially, we don’t do research into the phenomena; we haven’t done any; we only would if there were some good reason for doing so – i.e. evidence of threat. It remains the case that no threat has been discerned which has been attributed to an unidentified flying object.”

The DI55 study of UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomena) was completed in 2000 and was originally classified ‘Secret – UK Eyes Only’. No one outside MoD was aware of its existence until 2006 when my sleuthing resulted in the release of the full four volume report following a request under the Freedom of Information Act. The Condign report’s conclusions are summarised in DEFE 24/2033/1 p33 as:

    “…sightings can be explained as mis-reporting of man-made vehicles, natural but not unusual phenomena and natural but relatively rare and not completely understood phenomena”.

Following completion of the report, it was decided no further work on UFOs would be carried out by Defence Intelligence.

All 34 files can be downloaded from The National Archives UFO page: http://ufos.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

Copyright David Clarke 2011

Source: Dr. David Clarke


Jodie Foster Helps Revive SETI Search for Aliens

E.T., the phone line is open and SETI is waiting for your call. And apparently Jodie Foster, too.

The nonprofit Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, which was forced earlier this year to shutter its Allen Telescope Array, used to listen for alien signals, due to budget issues, has raised enough money to resume the search for life beyond planet Earth.

The institute reached its goal last week of raising $200,000 to operate the telescope through the end of this year. The funds came from over 2,000 private donors, including the actress Jodie Foster, who played fictional SETI scientist Ellie Arroway in the 1997 movie "Contact."

"Just like Ellie Arroway, the ATA is 'good to go' and we need to return it to the task of searching newly discovered planetary worlds for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence," Foster wrote in a note accompanying her donation. "The Allen Telescope Array could turn science fiction into science fact, but only if it is actively searching the skies." [10 Wild Attempts to Contact Aliens]

The Allen Telescope Array is SETI's collection of 42 radio dishes, each 20 feet (6 meters) wide, at Hat Creek Radio Observatory in Northern California. The dishes work together to scan the heavens for signs of an intelligent civilization out there in the cosmos creating non-random signals.

The instrument, named after Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who funded its construction, is the first to be dedicated almost entirely to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

"Its main advantage is that we can use it 24/7," said SETI senior astronomer Seth Shostak. "In principle it's always available to us. When you're using someone else's antenna you get a certain amount of time on the instrument. That makes for very inefficient observing. I liken it to borrowing a microscope to do cancer research."

The instrument became operational in 2007, but SETI was forced to shut it down in April 2011 for lack of funds. Now, by raising donations through its online SETIStars program, the institute has enough money to get the array up and running again within a couple months. [5 Bold Claims of Alien Life]  

Shostak said it was encouraging to learn just how much people care about the quest to find life in the universe.

"For me it's the general public — the fact that people are willing to reach into their wallets to pay for a voyage of exploration that might or might not succeed," Shostak told SPACE.com. "SETI, despite the fact that it's an uncertain bit of exploration with no guarantee of success, people find it interesting."

Other contributors to the SETIStars fund include science fiction writer Larry Niven and Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders, who wrote: "It is absolutely irresponsible of the human race not to be searching for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence."

Source: Space.com


U.S. Commander Says "Rendlesham UFO Incident Could Be Hoax"

The senior US military official who led the investigation into the supposed landing of a UFO in a Suffolk forest has spoken of the incident for the first time in three decades.

The incident had been known as Britain's Roswell: a group of American servicemen stationed in Suffolk go into a forest to investigate mysterious lights and emerge convinced they have seen an alien spacecraft.

The sightings, in December 1980, remain unexplained and have become the country's most tantalising and enduring UFO riddle.

One of those involved even claimed to have touched an alien spacecraft.

Now, the man who led the only investigation into the “Rendlesham Forest Incident” has spoken about the sightings - but his decision to end thirty years of silence is unlikely to please the UFO-believers as he suggests his men could have been hoaxed.

In 1980, US Air Force Colonel Conrad was base commander of the twin airfields of Woodbridge and Bentwaters, near Ipswich, which are understood at the time to have stored nuclear weapons.

Just after Christmas mysterious lights were seen in the sky above nearby Rendelsham Forest, and after a second night of reports from his men, Col Conrad investigated himself.

During the day, he went into the forest himself to a clearing where the lights had been seen and where markings on trees and on the ground had been found, indicating a possible landing by a spacecraft.

Col Conrad said he found them "unremarkable". Nevertheless, he returned to the base and hand picked a team of his best security officers and sent them in the forest that evening to investigate.

Armed with a Geiger counter, cameras and night vision devices they staked out the "landing site". After seeing nothing suspicious, most of the team returned to base late that night. A handful remained, including his deputy, Lt Col Charles Halt, who stayed in contact with his superior by radio.

It is his account of what happened next which has fuelled rumours of a UFO landing. Over the radio, he reported seeing more lights on the ground and in the sky.

At home on the base, the commander and his wife went outside to look for the lights after hearing about the sighting. Other senior officers on the base – and their wives – did the same. But despite it being a clear, cloudless night, they saw nothing suspicious.

Lt Col Halt filed a report of the incident to the Ministry of Defence some days later and has since go on to say the lights he saw were “extraterrestrial in origin” and accuse the US and UK security services of a cover-up. Col Conrad, who had gone home convinced he had seen nothing unusual, has remained silent.

Now he has provided a series of statements about the sightings to Dr David Clarke, a Sheffield Hallam University academic and the UFO adviser to the National Archives - which this week will release some Ministry of Defence files relating to the incident.

"We saw nothing that resembled Lt Col Halt's descriptions either in the sky or on the ground," Col Conrad said.

In a damning indictment of his former deputy, Col Conrad added: "We had people in position to validate Halt's narrative, but none of them could."

He said there was no "hard evidence" of anything suspicious.

The Geiger counter was initially said to have given slightly elevated readings in the clearance, but that these were later found to indicate "normal" levels of background radiation.

Col Conrad is scathing about his former deputy.

"He should be ashamed and embarrassed by his allegation that his country and England both conspired to deceive their citizens over this issue. He knows better," he said.

The former base commander also disputes the subsequent testimony of another serviceman, Sgt Jim Penniston, who had gone into the woods on the first night of the sightings and has since claimed he touched an alien spacecraft.

Col Conrad said he interviewed the officer at the time and that, while he described seeing strange lights which had moved off into the distance, he had not mentioned touching a spacecraft.

Although he cannot explain the subsequent accounts of his subordinates, Col Conrad said he thinks the incident may have been a hoax.

This chimes with the theories of some experts who suspect the lights the men first saw were actually from a fireball or Orford Ness lighthouse, about five miles away, and that they were subsequently hoaxed by their colleagues, including some who went on to hold senior positions in the US military.

Col Conrad said: "The search for an explanation could go many places including the perpetration of a clever hoax. Natural phenomenon such as the very clear cold air having a theoretical ability to guide and reflect light across great distances or even the presence of an alien spacecraft.

"If someone had the time, money and technical resources to determine the exact cause of the reported Rendlesham Forest lights, I think it could be done. I also think the odds are way high against there being an ET spacecraft involved, and almost equally high against it being an intrusion of hostile earthly craft."

Dr Clarke, who is a sceptic on UFO issues, believes Lt Col Halt saw some form of optical illusion and that his and Sgt Penniston's claims have become increasingly extreme over the years, as speculation over the sightings has increased.

"I don't think anyone, least of all Conrad, doubts that Halt and his men saw "something" in the woods. They had an extraordinary experience. And that experience would remain extraordinary regardless of whether ultimately it was a lighthouse or poacher's lanterns – which has also been suggested.

"But Col Conrad is responsible for the only proper investigation of this incident. He went to look and if there was anything to be seen, I cannot see how he could not have seen it."

Source: Telegraph


The "Hum" is Real - Windsor Residents Deserve Answers

If just a handful of people in Windsor, Ontario were griping about mysterious underground rumblings and vibrations in their neighbourhoods, you could probably call them crackpots and get away with it.

But when you've got more than 250 official complaints registered with the Ministry of the Environment, and Facebook websites are springing up to track the noise, there's clearly something going on. So why can't anybody figure it out?

For years, experts in the U.S. studied but were unable to definitively determine the origin of the "Kokomo, Indiana Hum." Now, Windsor can join the ranks of communities where the source of vibrations and noise remain a complete mystery.

It was months ago when folks first started talking about the strange sounds and pulsing sensations that seemed to be emanating from beneath homes all across Windsor and Essex County.

One woman said it felt like being underground in Union Station, with trains passing overhead. The house would vibrate. The windows would rattle. It left her feeling unsteady on her feet and made her ears hum.

Someone suggested she might be suffering from tinnitus. Others thought she was crazy, until the neighbours admitted to hearing and feeling the same thing. Everybody who's experienced the rumblings has a similar description. The reports are strikingly consistent.

"I'd compare it to a fleet of diesel trucks idling next to your home," said west-ender Gary Grosse, who started one of the websites to log vibration times and share experiences. "I've learned it's a wide range of ages affected. And that people are experiencing the same symptoms - rattling windows, headaches, nausea. Even animals are being affected," he said "It's not something with the inner ear. It's definitely something real."

Real, yes. But pinpointing what, exactly, is causing the rumbling has turned out to be frustrating. MoE has ruled out all the usual suspects, like explosions at the salt mines, Zug Island, lake freighters and planes arriving and departing from Detroit's Metro Airport. We're not surprised by that assessment, since the rumblings are recent. All those enterprises have been around for years, so why would the vibrations start now?

Some firmly believe the influx of wind turbines is to blame, and while a company spokesman has refuted that possibility, it's worth further investigation. Those turbines are relatively new to Essex County. Did their arrival coincide with the vibrations, or is it just a coincidence?

MoE didn't deal with that issue when it suspended its investigation in May. "Our priority was to determine if an industrial source was causing the vibrations," said Teri Gilbert, issues project co-ordinator at the ministry's local office. "It doesn't seem the source is an industrial one."

The Environment Ministry's conclusions shocked west-end resident Sonya Skillings who was among the first to publicly complain about the noise which she and her husband have experienced at their home in the 3800 block of Poplar Avenue, just east of Windsor Regional Hospital's Western Campus.

"I'm very disappointed and very frustrated," Skillings said. "I'm very surprised they didn't come up with anything."

Their family home and neighbours are still being plagued with noise and vibrations at all hours and in unpredictable fashion, said the mother of two. "(Industrial-related) would have been my first guess, for sure," Skillings said. "If it's not industrial, then what can it be?

"I'll talk with my husband and figure out what to do next or where this goes. It's still the talk of the neighbourhood. I'll definitely keep pursuing it and won't give up. It's really frustrating not knowing what it is."

Other residents also voiced their concerns about the hum. The general concensus was, 'Knowing what the hum wasn't didn't solve the problem, we want the ministry to dig deeper.'

Natural Resources Canada stepped in and provided four seismic monitors to place at strategic locations throughout the city. Three of them are still at work collecting data, and it's hoped they'll finally solve the mystery.

It seems incredible that the answer still eludes investigators, considering all the technological advances at our fingertips. Since officials in Michigan and Ontario's Environment Ministry have both ruled out industry as the culprit, it's time to consider other sources, including those wind turbines.

Hopefully, the seismic readings will provide definitive results. But if they don't, the government can't just walk away. There has to be a reason for these sudden and disturbing rumblings, and residents need to know what it is.

The term hummadruz seems to have been coined in the 19th Century. In 1878 R.E.Bibby, a local musician and composer, recalled from his 1820s childhood a low drone or humming noise heard in suburbs to the south and east of Manchester, especially Gorton, Rusholme and Longsight. It was heard on calm, clear days, usually in the early morning or at dusk.

Even Gilbert White, the naturalist author of The Natural History of Selborne, reported on such a noise in 1769, and gives the impression that it was a common occurrence:

"Humming in the air. There is a natural occurrence to be met with upon the highest part of our downs in hot summer days... a loud humming as of bees in the air, though not one insect is to be seen. The sound is distinctly to be heard the whole common through. Any person would suppose that a large swarm of bees was in motion and playing about his head".

Source: The Windsor Star


Mystery of the Alien Satellite 

"Our homeland Sun is Epsilon Bootes. It is a double star."

"We live on sixth of seven planets, counted from the sun… Our sixth planet has a moon, our fourth planet has three moons. Our first and third planet has no moon."

"Our satellite is in a circular path around your Moon…"

Did we pick up the signals from an artificial satellite sent to our planet by an extraterrestrial intelligence?

In December 1927, Carl Stoermer, the Norwegian Professor of Mathematics at University in Olso, and explorer of echo radio was contacted by two American scientists, Leo C. Young, radio engineer and Dr. A. Hoyt Taylor, chief consultant of electronics at the naval research laboratory.

During their experiments with radio waves, Young and Taylor observed unnatural signals coming from space.

On August 25 1928, the scientists along with Carl Stoermer and the workers of Philips Company began to send their own radio signals of various wave lengths.

While sending a series of signals, the researchers received two series of echoes instead of only one, normally coming back after a delay of one seventh of a second.

Weeks passed and on October 11, 1928, the same repeating signals with delays from 3 to 15 seconds were systematically received during several sessions. On October 24, as many as 48 such signals were picked up.

The interval from 3 to 15 seconds was a real puzzle to the scientists. Could they mean a code, an intelligent coded message from an unknown extraterrestrial sender? But from whom? What was the location of the signals?

The observations of incoming signals were still conducted in 1934, 1947, 1949, and 1970.

At the beginning of the 70s, Duncan Lunan, a Scottish astronomer, President of the Scottish Association of Technology and Research, being interested in the phenomenon undertook a thorough research.

The puzzling phenomenon required an explanation of some kind, but all attempts to solve it did not bring any satisfying results. Lunan's approach was different.

Instead of to register the deceleration time in the Y-axis (as the scientist usually practise), Lunan drew the time delay on October 11, 1928, of the received indications… in the X-axis.

The obtained results were shocking.

The signals received on October 11, 1928, originated from the constellation of Bootes (the Herdsman - the Bear Watcher, in Greek), located in the northern sky, dominated by the bright orange giant star Arcturus.

Arcturus of magnitude 0.04 is the fourth brightest star in the sky.

The constellation of Bootes is suggested to be the oldest known constellation listed by Ptolemy (ca. AD 140). Not as widely known as for example Cassiopeia or Orion, Bootes still has its impressive past recorded in history.

The ancient Egyptians pictured Bootes as a constellation they called the Hippopotamus. Both the Hindus and ancient Chinese regarded Arcturus as a pearl-star. The Greeks knew Bootes as the Bear Watcher.

Based on the results, Duncan Lunan created six detailed sky maps, depicting the set of stars in the constellation of Bootes. However, he came upon yet another mystery…

Comparing all data available from his and earlier observations, he discovered two important though strange deviations in the view of star positions. Such deviations could not be, but they were.

Looking at the first deviation, Lunan noticed that the point that should represent the star Artcturus, the brightest one in the constellation was outside of its current position.

He was surprised. He analyzed once again the star positions and found the answer. He was looking at the position of the star Arcturus as it was registered 12,500-13,000 BC!

That was the time at the end of the last large Ice Age.

A new chapter of our planet's history has just begun then.  Time of the Sphinx, the pyramids, and perhaps the city of Tiahuanaco, however the last could be even older…

The other deviation was related to the star Izar, a yellow K1 giant star, a binary companion to Arcturus. The point, which should represent the star Izar was not noted on the design, but outside of the constellation lines. This point was the exact result of radio echo of 3 seconds delay, while the other points were represented by radio echoes from 8 to 15 of delay.

Was the star Izar referring to the sun of the unknown civilization in the constellation Bootes?

Perhaps a technologically advanced intelligence from there built and sent an artificial satellite to our solar system. Radio signals sent on separate occasions from the alien satellite reached the Earth's surface and bounced back to the alien satellite. After being registered and deliberately delayed, they were repeatedly sent back to the Earth.

Already in 1960, Professor R.N. Bracewell of Stanford University, California suggested that if an extraterrestrial civilization decided to contact us, they would probably choose to do it by using delayed radio signals.

No doubt, the probe was dispatched to orbit in the vicinity of Earth. The question is: For what purpose? For listening and watching our technological and social progresses? For future contact with us?

Perhaps this contact has already been established. We do not know...

Source: UFO Area


Making Their Way in the World of Gnomes

Grandmas everywhere own a coffee-table book called "Gnomes," perhaps our culture's most revered account of the mystical forest creatures. The book, first published 30 years ago and aimed at the toddler set, illuminates the child-rearing, dietary and fashion habits of the pointy-hatted people.

But it glosses over at least one important detail, a bit of information that could help endear the little guys to an older, more mature audience: Gnomes love chicken wings and beer.

At least according to a couple of guys who recently took their gnomes to The Cheesecake Factory for supper.

Christian von Lahr and Christopher Valentine work in a different realm than you and I -- that is, they communicate with dead people, as well as gnomes, leprechauns and fairies. Last weekend, they brought their extended "nature people" family to Raleigh for the new age Body Mind Spirit Expo at the State Fairgrounds.

Aside from private readings, in which the men worked to communicate with the dead on behalf of customers, they held a lecture and peddled their books, which include one called "Seeing and Sensing Gnomes."

The men say that in writing the book, they simply channeled what the gnomes wanted them to get across. Their lecture's promotion included the promise of tips on seeing the gnomes in your own life, and with that, about 30 people gathered in the back of the Kerr Scott Building to hear it.

Von Lahr began the presentation by asking how many in the audience sensed gnomes, leprechauns and fairies, all of which fall under the broad category of "nature people." Maybe six or seven raised their hands. Nature people, he said, are of our physical plane. One needn't have any special powers to see them.

"We can all see them if we want to," he said. "They are absolutely real."

And they want to be involved with your life. Have you ever misplaced car keys, only to find them later in the exact place where you thought they should be, a place where you had already looked? That was leprechauns, teasing you a little.

"Nature people are not goldfish," he said in advocating communication with them. "You don't put them in a bowl and just look at them."

Later, von Lahr had Valentine stand against a wall. He inhaled and exhaled a bit, and then von Lahr pointed to a spot against the wall, a few inches above Valentine's shoulder.

Do you see that? It's an elf.

A couple of audience members nodded when asked if they saw a blue blur near his shoulder. I saw only the wall. Soon, Valentine was waving his hand above his head, helping people to try and see the unicorn that had appeared there.

Again, I got only the wall.

But Deb Dougherty of Clayton saw something unusual, namely, the horn of a unicorn above Valentine's head. Why do some see unicorns where others see a wall?

"If you open your heart," she said, "you can see all of it."

After the lecture, von Lahr and Valentine stepped outside for a chat. The men, who are partners in business as well as life, live in Piney Creek, about 45 miles northeast of Boone. They relocated not long ago from south Florida because their nature family, well, enjoys nature.

Von Lahr, 57, said that everyone is accompanied by at least two gnomes at all times. Because he and Valentine are more attuned than most to the nature people around them, the men have thousands of gnomes and leprechauns in their lives.

Most people don't see them, von Lahr said, "because of peer pressure growing up. You're told not to believe the things you see."

For example, kids are discouraged from having imaginary friends.

Valentine, 37, said they took the whole family to the Cheesecake Factory at Crabtree Valley Mall, where the wings are a favorite of the gnomes. But don't be confused. The foot-tall gnomes don't usually leave tiny teeth marks in the chicken. Rather, they feed on the "etheric" energy surrounding the wings.

The men encourage those who want a connection with nature people to set out food for them, but more often than not, one shouldn't expect any to be missing, even after a gnome feast.

"When they put out milk for them," Valentine said, "they shouldn't be upset when they still see it out the next day, because the nature people have enjoyed it thoroughly."

Kind of like my conversation with the gnome-knowers.

Source: The News Observer


A History of Mystery Blobs, Oozes and Goos

Bizarre orange goo that alarmed and baffled a remote Alaskan village for several days has been identified as a carpet of millions of invertebrate eggs. It was non-alien and non-toxic; the curious orange color resulted from fatty oil seen through the transparent egg sacs.

Though the orange goo had never before been seen in the area, it is only the latest in a long history of reports of strange slimes, blobs and goos.

While the egg blobs inside the Alaskan goo were too small to be accurately identified by sight, sometimes blobs have been too large to be correctly identified. Take, for example, the huge, smelly, whitish masses of obviously organic flesh rarely found on beaches around the world. (America's most famous "blobster" washed ashore at St. Augustine, Fla., in 1896.) Often mistaken for sea monster carcasses, they were eventually identified as decomposing great whales. [Great Kraken: Why Scientists Should Study Sea Monsters]

Last year a bizarre, 4-foot (1.2 meters) brown-and-yellow blob discovered in a lake in Newport News, Va., caused a commotion and made national news. Some thought it was a monster; others suspected an alien, or even a movie prop. In a twist reminiscent of the Alaskan goo, the mysterious aquatic blob turned out to be a bryozoan, a colony of tiny creatures that eat algae. Why it suddenly appeared in the lake was anyone's guess, though scientists suggested a passing bird might have introduced it.

It's perfectly understandable that people would be initially baffled by such strange phenomena, especially before the development of modern science and forensic analyses. With today's quality microscopes and sophisticated DNA techniques, just about anything new or (temporarily) unexplained can be identified, from chupacabra carcasses to strange slime.

Not so only a century or two ago: Volcanoes erupted, spewing ash high into the atmosphere and depositing a rain of "mysterious" white or light-gray wisps hundreds or thousands of miles away on people with no knowledge of the eruption. These days, of course, the whole world would know about it within minutes; science and technology have made the world a much smaller place and helped solve (or prevent) mysteries.

Charles Fort, a collector of reports of strange phenomenon, described in his 1923 book "New Lands" (Cosimo Classics, 2004) a report in the late 1880s of weird goo that was not orange but pink: "half a mile from Lilleshall, Shropshire, [England], an unknown pink substance was brought down by a storm." Sadly he provided no further details on this curious incident, but he reported on another account from late May 1889 of "an unknown substance that for several hours had fallen from the sky — crystalline particles, some pink, and some white" onto the island of Hyeres, in the Mediterranean off the coast of France.

In another account, Fort wrote, "In Wilna, Lithuania, April 4, 1846, in a rainstorm, fell nut-sized masses of a substance that is described as both resinous and gelatinous. It was grayish and odorless until burned; then it spread a very pronounced sweetish odor. It is described as like gelatine, but much firmer... in 1841 and 1846, a similar substance had fallen on Asia Minor." Nut-sized blobs of strange grayish jelly? Gross.

What were these (and other) strange slimes, oozes and blobs discovered throughout history? A century or more after the fact there's no way to know, but the most likely explanation is that — like the Alaskan orange egg goo — they were perfectly natural (though unusual or misunderstood) phenomena.

Source: Live Science


Saudi Man Haunted by Djinns

A Saudi man is believed to have been gripped by jinn (ghosts) during a picnic with his friends in a valley which is reputed to be haunted. But he was later treated in an exorcist-style session by the Gulf Kingdom’s religious police.

The unnamed man and seven friends from the western town of Makkah were vacationing in the nearby Taif city when they decided to descend into Wadi Al-Amak (the deep abyss) despite warnings by local people.

After a short evening trip in the valley, the colour of the man’s began to change and his behavior became aggressive before he lost balance and fell down.

When his friends tried to talk to him, he shouted and pushed them away while his eyes were fixed at an area deep in the valley.

“Friends then overpowered him and washed his face with cold water…it was clear the man was haunted by a jinn,” Sabq Arabic language daily said.

“They then decided to carry him back to town…they were told that the valley is haunted and that there were two similar cases in the past.”

The paper said the man was taken to the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the most influential Islamic law-enforcement authority in the conservative Moslem Gulf nation.

“The Commission brought experts in such cases and subjected the man to a session of Koran recitation and incense burning until the jinn was forced to get out of the man through his hand…once the session was over, the man began to restore his strength…after a while he fully recovered and started to ask his friends why he was brought to that place.”

In Islam, the djinn are a race of spirit beings that can be good or evil. (Djinn, or jinn, is the origin of the more familiar word "genie" in English.)  Muslims believe that evil djinn can sometimes possess human beings, as some Christians believe demons can possess people.

Verses of the Koran and the Hadiths state that the djinns were created of fire without smoke and therefore have a constitution completely different from ours. The djinn were created before man. While the djinn were made of fire, man was made of clay and angels created of light.

It is thought that the djinns once lived on Earth, but at some point were exiled to another dimension along side our own. The djinn can, however, enter into our world at locations scattered across the planet.

The djinn have the capacity to take many forms and to change appearance. According to the Imam Ibn Taymiya, they can take a human or animal, form such as a cow, a scorpion, a snake, a bird.... The black dog is the devil of the dogs and the djinn often appear in this form. They can also appear in the form of a black cat.

When a djinn takes a human or animal form, it obeys the physical laws of this form; for example, it will be possible to see it or to kill it with a gunshot or to wound it with a knife. For this reason, djinn remain in these forms for only a short time because they are vulnerable. In fact, they benefit from their invisibility to frighten people.

There are males and females among the djinn. According to the Koran, the djinn have families just like humans. The djinn and men feared each other mutually, but the djinn were able to instill fear more intensely than men. The djinns are more fearful beings by nature, but they can also feel such human emotions as anger or sadness. In fact, the djinn benefit from these states, being better able to cause fear in the heart of man. When they sense fear, they will attack.

Source: Emirates 24/7

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