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- WHAT THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW DEPARTMENT -
Does Our Military Know Something We Don't About Global Warming?
By James Conca
branch of the United States Military is worried about climate change.
They have been since well before it became controversial. In the wake
of an historic climate change agreement between President Obama and
President Xi Jinping in China this week (Brookings), the military’s
perspective is significant in how it views climate effects on emerging
China will be our biggest military and
political problem by the middle of this century. It would be nice to
understand what issues will exacerbate our struggles.
At a time
when Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bush 41, and even British Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher, called for binding international protocols
to control greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. Military was seriously
studying global warming in order to determine what actions they could
take to prepare for the change in threats that our military will face
in the future.
The Center for Naval Analysis has had its
Military Advisory Board examining the national security implications of
climate change for many years. Lead by Army General Paul Kern, the
Military Advisory Board is a group of 16 retired flag-level officers
from all branches of the Service.
This is not a group normally considered to be liberal activists and fear-mongers.
year, the Military Advisory Board came out with a new report, called
National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change, that is
a serious discussion about what the military sees as the threats and
the actions to be taken to mitigate them.
security ramifications of global climate change should be serving as
catalysts for cooperation and change. Instead, climate change impacts
are already accelerating instability in vulnerable areas of the world
and are serving as catalysts for conflict.”
Bill Pennell, former
Director of the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, summed up the threat in recent
discussions about climate and national security:
environmental consequences of climate change are a significant threat
multiplier, which by itself, can be a cause for future conflicts.
Global warming will affect military operations as well as its theaters
of operations. And it poses significant risks and costs to military and
civilian infrastructure, especially those facilities located on the
“The countries and regions posing the greatest
security threats to the United States are among those most susceptible
to the adverse and destabilizing effects of climate change. Many of
these countries are already unstable and have little economic or social
capital for coping with additional disruptions.”
Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, or North Korea, we are already
seeing how extreme weather events – such as droughts and flooding and
the food shortages and population dislocations that accompany them –
can destabilize governments and lead to conflict. For example, one
trigger of the chaos in Syria has been the multi-year drought the
country has experienced since 2006 and the Assad Regime’s ineptitude in
dealing with it.”
So why is the country as a whole, and those
who normally support our military, so loathe to prepare for possible
threats from this direction?
In 1990, Eugene Skolnikoff
summarized the national policy issues surrounding global warming and
why it has been so difficult to rationally develop policy to address it.
central problem is that outside the security sector, policy processes
confronting issues with substantial uncertainty do not normally yield
policy that has high economic or political costs. This is especially
true when the uncertainty extends not only to the issues themselves,
but also to the measures to avert them or deal with their consequences.”
climate change issue illustrates – in fact exaggerates – all the
elements of this central problem. Indeed, no major action is likely to
be taken until those uncertainties are substantially reduced, and
probably not before evidence of warming and its effects are actually
visible. Unfortunately, any increase in temperature will be
irreversible by the time the danger becomes obvious enough to permit
And this was in 1990!
Sullivan put the issue of uncertainty where it should be: “People are
saying they want to be perfectly convinced about climate science
projections…But speaking as a soldier, we never have 100 percent
certainty. If you wait until you have 100 percent certainty, something
bad is going to happen on the battlefield.”
And as Rear Admiral
David Titley, former Oceanographer of the Navy, stated in a 2013
testimony to Congress, “I tell people, this is cutting-edge
19th-Century science that we’re now refining.”
Advisory Board is dismayed that discussions of climate change have
become so polarizing and have receded from the arena of informed public
discourse and debate.
“While the causes of climate change and
its impacts continue to be argued or ignored in our nation, the linkage
between changes in our climate and national security has been obscured.
Political concerns and budgetary limitations cannot be allowed to
dominate what is essentially a salient national security concern for
our nation. Our Congress, the administration, and all who are charged
with planning and assuring our security should take up the challenge of
confronting the coming changes to our environment.”
this week’s U.S.-China climate agreement so important is its
announcement in the run up to the 2015 United Nation’s global climate
summit in Paris. Since most of humanity’s emissions come from our
two countries, international pressure has mounted on both of us to get
serious about reductions. Our military was knee-deep in these
The world was thinking that the U.S. and China was
ready for a game of GHG chicken, each waiting for the other to
instigate steep cuts. By announcing a common plan in advance of
the Paris summit, the two Presidents have undercut the acrimony
anticipated for these negotiations and set a do-something tone for the
conference that the rest of the world will find hard to ignore.
Military Advisory Board concluded that “coordinated and well-executed
actions to limit heat-trapping gases and increase resilience to help
prevent and protect against the worst projected climate change impacts
are required — now.”
Whatever your thoughts on the relative
human and natural influences on climate change, ignoring our military
is not prudent. They understand the dangers of not being prepared.
- OTTAWA VALLEY GHOST HUNT DEPARTMENT -
On the Trail of the Dagg-Shawville Poltergeist
By Chris Lackner
a burst of streaking flame. That’s how the Ottawa Valley’s legendary
talking poltergeist is said to have vanished 125 years ago.
dramatic farewell was apparently witnessed on Nov. 18, 1889, by the
children of farmers George and Susan Dagg, on their farm in Clarendon,
10 kilometres from Shawville, Que. A flight of youthful fancy, perhaps?
Possibly. But harder to explain is the witness statement signed by
George and 16 farmers and community leaders — from local politicians to
clergymen — outlining the spirit’s three-month campaign of torment on
the Dagg farm. Those manifestations attracted media coverage and
wagonloads of curiosity seekers. Especially when the phantom started
“There are loads of ghosts around, but this is the
only one that talked,” explains Venetia Crawford, an author and
historian with the Pontiac Archives. “And lots of people heard it talk.”
Crawford looks over some files in the Pontiac Archives. Crawford is
expert in the story of the Dagg family ghost, a well-known ghost story
Citizen photographer Darren Brown and I visited
Crawford in Shawville as part of our mission: To track down the
notorious farmhouse, and find out whether any trace of the Dagg
poltergeist lingers today.
Between official records, media
coverage, gossip and local lore, there are many variations to the eerie
tale. But two things are consistent: the disturbing events centred
around 11-year-old adopted orphan Dinah McLean, and they began on Sept.
15, 1889, escalating through to the fall.
“Dinah was the magnet
that drew the ghost,” Crawford says. According to the 1889 group
statement, Dinah’s presence attracted everything from unexplained,
spontaneous fires — eight once occurring in a single day, it is said —
to such objects as a water jug, butter tub and wash basin being tossed
around the property by an “invisible agency.” Other happenings included
stones being thrown through windows, a mouth organ playing on its own
and an empty rocking chair moving vigorously.
“When the child
Dinah is present, a deep gruff voice like that of an aged man has been
heard at various times, both in the house and outdoors,” the witnesses
attested. “And when asked questions (it) answered so as to be
distinctly heard, showing that he is cognizant of all that has taken
The Dagg spirit was the subject of 1957 National Film
Board movie, The Ghost That Talked. In 1889, it found its loudest voice
upon the arrival of Percy Woodcock, a journalist who covered the
strange events for the Brockville Recorder & Times.
Woodcock engaged the spirit in an epic debate, according to Greg Graham, a local playwright and amateur historian.
witnesses gathered, Woodcock … argued for the soul of Dinah or asking
this ghost — or whatever it was — to leave her alone,” he says. “They
began debating about philosophy, theology, the nature of God, and right
and wrong. … And when he made the ghost mad, Dinah would react as if
she was slapped, kicked, hit, punched or scratched. It got very violent
against Dinah and he’d have to back off.”
We visited Graham at
Coronation Hall Cider Mills, which Graham operates in nearby Bristol.
He wrote and staged a play called The Dagg Haunting here in 2010.
“There would be a small, thriving industry around this story if we were
in the U.S.,” Graham says. “Maybe there will be yet?”
this tale could make for some creepy souvenirs. The spirit only ever
physically appeared to the children: Mary, 4, John Dagg, 2, and the
troubled Dina. It took on various guises: A tall man with a cow’s head,
cloven feet and horns; a big black dog; and finally as an angelic
figure with long white hair and a crown, Crawford says.
wanted to upset everybody there and he did a good job of it, so
whatever he could think of that was unusual that day, he did,” Crawford
says. “He had a very unique personality … he was such a strange ghost.”
mischievous spirit also appeared to have an identity crisis. At various
points, it claimed to be a devil, The Devil, a spirit of a man who died
20 years earlier, and later — before its dramatic exit — it even
claimed to be an angel, Graham says. In most incidents, the spirit
seemed like a mischievous prankster. In others, a terrifying force —
such as one account in which it asked one of the Daggs’ children,
“Would you like to go to hell with me?” or a woodshed encounter with
Woodcock in which it claimed, “I am the devil and I’ll have you in my
clutches.” It even had a sense of humour, once advising a clergyman
trying to perform an exorcism that “he’d better stick to photography,”
according to a Nov. 25, 1889, report in the Ottawa Free Press.
“I don’t think he was either good or bad,” adds Crawford. “I think he was whatever he wanted to be in the moment.”
the end, witnesses heard the spirit’s voice change from demonic to
angelic, and join in the singing of hymns. Graham says no more
disturbances were noted after its fiery disappearance into the sky — an
act intended to prove its heavenly nature to the Dagg children. But the
spectre may have its mark on the family. Some say John Dagg died during
the First World War, and that the phantom had predicted it. Dinah
herself mysteriously disappears from the history books — with no
marriage or burial records, Graham says. But there is a tale of her
working as a teen on different farm, and being called upon by a
mysterious man one night and never seen again.
mysteries can never be solved, we could answer one question in 2014:
Was the Dagg poltergeist still up to his old tricks? Armed with a map,
an old photograph, and rough directions from Graham, we sought out the
old Dagg home. Our journey under a cold, grey sky was met with
seemingly endless fields, roughshod gravel roads and a few wrong turns.
Finally we spotted the familiar old white farmhouse. It was now or
never. Ghost hunting is not for the faint of heart.
As we pulled
to the end of the long, winding driveway, nothing seemed to move. Even
the day’s wind had subsided. A rusted old swing seat sat ominously in
the yard. A brief jostling of the window curtains offered a sign that
someone — or something — waits for us inside.
Of course, I’ve
watched too many X-Files episodes. My photographer wasn’t the least bit
perturbed. He’s the Scully to my Mulder. We knocked on the door and
were met with Charlene Labombard and her adult daughter, Danielle, who
have lived in the home since 1984.
They were amused by the
ongoing local interest in their property. But Danielle was the first to
admit it could still be home to things that go bump in the night.
recalled hearing, as a teenager, someone climb the creaky old stairs
and stop outside her door. Thinking it was a sibling prank, she flung
the door open — only to find herself alone. And terrified. Her siblings
claim an upstairs door also had a habit of opening-and-closing of its
“I don’t have a superstitious mind,” Charlene
explained. The family matriarch said she has never felt or seen
anything. But some of her children claim to have seen what appears to
be a little girl in a white gown or dress come down the stairs in the
original part of the hold farmhouse, and cross down the hall through
the kitchen door.
Charlene’s late husband swore he saw the
apparition once, too. Pointedly, some Dagg family stories indicate that
a young daughter, Eliza Jane, died at the farm under mysterious
circumstances, scalded by a pot of boiling water. Though most lore
places that event after the famous haunting, the tragedy has been
linked in spirit.
The only other oddity noted by the Labombards,
a strange sound of crawling and scratching in the attic, solely focused
above the original house, and not the extension. If the world’s
chattiest ghost is still hanging around, he’s taken a vow of silence.
the odd happenings reported by the current residents some strange
remnant of the Dagg haunting? What really happened 125 years ago?
suggests it could be case of superstition or gossip run rampant. Local
theories have included fraud and ventriloquism — with the blame placed
on everyone from Eliza to the Dagg’s spiteful neighbour, to the
journalist Woodcock — who initiated the witness statement. The Ottawa
Free Press ended its report with the biting line: “It seems a pity that
Mr. Woodcock’s visit and the ghastly pranks should cease at the same
time.” Graham even mentioned telekinesis as an alternative explanation,
positioning Eliza as a young Carrie.
But if it was a genuine
otherworldly force, maybe it’s simply satiated. All it seemed to crave
was attention. And it’s still getting that generations later.
on your world view, there are lots of different explanations,” Graham
says. “But something very strange, creepy and unpleasant happened to
that family. It was very real and it happened right here.”
Source: Ottawa Citizen
- GHOST IN THE MACHINE DEPARTMENT -
Physicist Says Human Intention Exists, Can Be Imprinted Into a Machine
By Tara MacIsaac
William Tiller had a successful and prestigious career in the world of
conventional science. He was chair of Stanford’s material science and
engineering department in 1996; he published numerous orthodox
scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. However, he had a nagging
urge to study “crazy-seeming kind of stuff.”
He was intrigued
by the experiments on human psychic abilities conducted by Soviet
scientists. He knew his colleagues found the topic preposterous, yet he
asked himself, “How might the universe be constructed to allow this
crazy-seeming kind of stuff to naturally coexist with the orthodox
science I am doing at Stanford with my Ph.D. students every day?”
lightened his workload at Stanford, in order to make time for
independent research to answer this important question. His colleagues
staged an intervention to try and stop him from doing this.
Tiller was undeterred. “There are thousands of people over the last 150
years who have done such remarkable things that are put in the category
of parapsychology, which orthodox science has wanted to sweep under the
rug, because the results are not internally consistent with their
results,” he said. “Anything that doesn’t fit their kind of results and
the methodology of getting those results, they think is crapola.”
What Tiller discovered, however, and even the way he discovered it, could spur a Copernican-scale paradigm shift.
Epoch Times learned that Dr. Tiller had developed a machine that could
hold and dispense human intention, we eagerly contacted him to see how
He doesn’t know the specific details of how it works!
But he knows it does work. So how does he know it works?
his experiments show that human intention can significantly change the
pH-levels of water up or down (with no chemical additions) or change
the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production in fruit fly larvae (and
thus enable them to mature more quickly). Secondly, he’s shown that
test subjects can direct their intention to his Intention Host
Device and that device can later emit this intention, having the same
effect without the person being present. It holds and dispenses
intention. It works!
But if he doesn’t have a serious inkling of
how it works, how in the world did he come to use it in the first
place? Why did Dr. Tiller use this device and not, say, a toaster or an
alarm clock, or any other electronic device to try and capture a
He was working on research unrelated to
human intention, his conventional studies. This device was being used
in those studies for a more mundane purpose. On a whim, Tiller decided
to use it for informal intention experiments, just for fun. It worked!
gets weirder. Unbeknownst to Dr. Tiller, this wasn’t the device he was
supposed to be using for his conventional studies. A manufacturer’s
error had landed the incorrect device in his lap. When he received the
device originally sought, it didn’t work as an Intention Host Device.
No other device he’s tried has worked either. Only this particular
device that came to him by accident and which he decided, on a whim to
test with human intention, works as an Intention Host Device.
“I think of it as a divine mistake,” he said.
his informal experiments, he began serious research on it. He’s gone
well beyond changing the pH-levels of water. He says he has helped
enhance the skill sets and integration of 34 autistic children with the
good intentions broadcast by the device. He summarized some of the
accomplishments of the device in an email to Epoch Times:
Relieved depression and anxiety for several hundred people, located
about 1500 miles away at p<0.001 over an eight-month broadcast
2. Enhanced the skill sets and integration of 34 autistic
children located all over the world, and relieved the depression and
anxiety of their parents at p<0.001 over a 12-month broadcast period.
Started an experiment to wean 74 humans, located in the US, away from
self-judgment and to enhance compassion for self and others.
development of the device was spawned by a fateful coincidence. He has
used meditation to make leaps forward in his understanding of the
physical existence of human intention and other levels of existence in
the universe. His starting points have diverged greatly from the
mainstream, but as a bridge between empirical science and crazy stuff,
he’s followed up with more traditional scientific investigations.
he began studying intention, he concentrated on his quest to understand
the universe before his daily hour-long meditation. He would emerge
with new concepts, then he would consider whether these concepts
violated any existing scientific principles or experimental data. He
found that they did not.
The Vacuum Space Isn’t Empty
discovered that the vacuum space commonly understood as empty, is
actually filled with immensely powerful substances that we can’t
physically see. Dr. Tiller has found that human intention affects this
unseen substance. An in-between substance made of particles he calls
deltrons are thus activated and affect the substances we can see.
That’s how he is able to observe and measure the impact of human
intention on this otherwise undetected substance.
The power in vacuum space is immense.
Tiller explained: “In order for quantum mechanics and relativity theory
to be internally self-consistent [Seeking consistency between quantum
mechanics and relativity theory is the major task theoretical
physicists have been grappling with since quantum mechanics emerged],
the physical vacuum has to contain 10^94 grams equivalent of energy per
cubic centimeter. What that means is, if you take just a single
hydrogen atom, which is one proton and one electron and all the rest of
the atom is ‘empty space,’ if you take just that volume of empty space,
… you find that you end up with a trillion times as much vacuum energy
as all the electromagnetic energy in all the planets, all the
stars, and all the cosmic dust in a sphere of radius 15 billion
To summarize, the subtle energy in the vacuum
space of a single hydrogen atom is as great as all the electromagnetic
energy found in everything within 15 billion light-years of our
space-time cosmos. Furthermore, human intention can act on this
powerful realm. But conventional science views it as empty space.
gave an analogy to illustrate what’s possible when groups of people are
cohesive, when we broadcast coherent intent: “If you look at a 100-Watt
light bulb, it gives a bit of light, but not a lot of light. That’s
because the photons coming out of it destructively interfere with each
other, and that cuts down the amount of light. But for the same number
of photons coming out per unit time, if you could cohere them so that
they … are in phase with each other, then the energy density or
intensity coming out of the light bulb for the same number of photons
per unit time would be greater than the surface of the sun.”
“People have the potential to become coherent, but they just need to develop it,” he said. “The potential is there.”
where our future is, that explains sort of why I was so maverick-like
to give up what seemed like a golden future for myself to do this. This
is a better future, as far as I’m concerned, for humanity.”
Source: Epoch Times
- AMERICAN COUP DEPARTMENT -
Mob Hitman Claims He Shot JFK
A former mob hitman is coming forward once again to say that he is the man who killed President John F. Kennedy.
Files says that he was the man on the grassy knoll back on November 22,
1963, and that he fired the bullet into Pres. Kennedy's head that
ultimately killed him.
He says the other shot that hit Pres.
Kennedy came from his boss, Charles 'Chuckie' Nicoletti, who was hiding
out in the book depository, the same place Lee Harvey Oswald is
believed to have been at the time of the shooting.
says that Oswald, who was charged, but then shot dead before he could
be tried or convicted in the killing, never filed a single shot.
He described what happened in a new documentary that aired on Newsmax TV, I Killed JFK.
says he chose the grassy knoll so he could pretend to be a worker at a
nearby rail yard, and come and go without being noticed.
Then, as Pres. Kennedy's motorcade approached, he sprung into action.
was aiming at his right eye. When I pulled the trigger it was almost
like looking from six feet away through the scope,' he explains.
I squeezed his head moved forward. I missed and got it right along the
temple, right behind the eye. I squeezed off my round. I hit him and
blew his head backward. I fired one shot and one shot only.'
He then walked off with no one noticing, not even the two police officers he claims were standing 25 feet away.
He did however leave a trinket, biting down on the shell casing that came from his gun.
The documentary claims that casing matches one a young boy and his father found buried in the knoll over 20 years later.
At least one former FBI agent, Zack Shelton, believes Files story, including the location from which he shot Pres. Kennedy.
'I have tried to verify Files' story. A lot of that story I have been able to verify,' says Shleton.
Five government investigations since the assassination have determined it was Oswald who shot Pres. Kennedy.
who has told this story many times before, including in a 2010
interview with Playboy, is currently serving a 50 years sentence
following a 1991 conviction for the attempted murder of two police
officers during a roadside shootout.
Source: Daily Mail
THE BEST FRIEND YOU WILL EVER HAVE DEPARTMENT -
Friends - Imagination Versus Spiritual
Do children's imaginary friends only exist in a child's imagination?
Next time you are in the company of a child, just watch. Suppose the
child is holding a small cardboard box in their hand: one moment the
child is talking to you, the next they are rushing off to play because
Aggis has arrived. The excitement draws you in but you see no one
around; and the child is full of excitement as they explain that
mischievous friend Aggis has come to play trains and planes using the
cardboard box as the main prop. The child is suddenly transported from
our physical "real" world and into their magical imaginary world - a
world where friends like Aggis exist.
Imagination can be a child's best friend as well as worst enemy. From
imaginary playmates to scary bedtime monsters, the world of pretend is
a very important and real part of developing and growing up. The
question we, as adults, need to ask ourselves is whether children are
simply entering their world of imaginary friends or whether they are
connecting to a spiritual world and talking to a dead relative or
friend who has come to see them.
What is Imagination?
The word comes from the Latin "imago," meaning "picture". Imagination
is, by a very general definition, "the power or process of producing
mental images and ideas". Imagination is a hugely powerful learning
tool for children starting at ages two and upward encouraging
creativity, focus of mind and increase in concentration.
Imagination gives children the freedom to follow their ideas and
interests in the way they wish and for their own personal reasons.
Imagination can be fundamental in helping children explore, learn and
question the world around them, helping them find a meaning for their
own lives and existence on Earth.
How would life be without Imagination?
Life would lack poignant drama without the use of imagination and
people would be less likely to follow their dreams and desires. People
would be condemned to live predominantly instinctive lives lacking in
social compassion and understanding. Without imagination, people would
have no food for thought and never think to question or analyse the
world around them as well as their human existence.
Without imagination the world would be devoid of beautiful man made
constructions such as the pyramids, the Great Wall of China or
Stonehenge. The world would exist without the technology of computers,
the genius of transport, and the marvel of medical science.
Imagination IS a wonderful thing to have - it is an inner power which
has been used throughout history by all the greatest thinkers, artists,
musicians, scientists, philosophers, healers and inventors. Imagination
has nurtured those people who have tried to solve problems and
succeeded, who have overcome obstacles and who have pushed the creative
boundaries to achieve the impossible.
"The man who has no imagination has no wings." - Muhammad Ali
Imagination or spirituality?
Childhood is the earliest phase in our life whereby we consciously
choose to explore our imagination. It is a time of magic, of wonder and
illusion; a time when the stairs carrying us to bed become our space
rocket to Mars in search of alien life along the way "to boldly go
where no child has gone before"; when the space under our bed is the
hiding place for monsters and ghosts waiting to come out and scare us.
I was introduced to my eldest daughter's imaginary friend five years
ago when I picked her up from nursery. Then two years old she announced
that "Sammy" was her brother and that he was going to live with us and
sleep under her bed. I remember being curious as to whether my
daughter's friend was imaginary or whether it really was the spirit of
the child I miscarried many years before she was born. Whatever the
answer, I always encouraged my daughter's relationship with her
There are many parents out there who adopt the opposite approach to
mine, instead telling their children that imaginary friends are not
real but only figments of their overactive imagination. Yet, how many
parents embrace the possibility that their child's imaginary friend
might be a ghost, a spirit guide, a deceased grandparent, a relative or
even a family friend? How many parents analyse their child's bad
dream(s), their strange images seen during the night, their imaginary
friendships? How many parents wonder whether their child's imaginary
friend might actually be a ghost who, for whatever reason, has chosen
to communicate with the child?
When we tell our children "it was just a bad dream", are we
accidentally teaching them to mistrust their personal thoughts and
experiences and to constantly question themselves. Some parents
unknowingly teach their children to dismiss "imaginary" experiences as
being just that - imaginary. Other parents are terribly protective of
their children, not wanting to see them upset or showing weird
characteristics to separate them from the norm of most children. Many
parents are ignorant to the strong likelihood that children might have
spiritual experiences and connections with dead loved ones more than
their adult counterparts. I know that all of us as parents are guilty
of reassuring our children that their bad dream was just that - a bad
dream. That we, as parents, are known to tuck our little ones back into
bed with words we believed to be reassuring each and every time: "there
are no such things as ghosts"..."you just had a bad dream"..."it wasn't
real"..."it was just your imagination".
Yet the existence of ghosts or spiritual supernatural beings has been
debated for centuries. Throughout history a primary question always
comes back to haunt the professionals - why can some children see
ghosts and yet others can't? There have been numerous theories to
answer this question - some leaning towards the child's overactive
imagination, others leaning towards the spiritual and supernatural
realm. My own theory argues that children can and do see and sense
imaginary or spiritual presences - with loved ones, spiritual guides or
other paranormal connections. My theory believes that children have
wonderful imaginations which should be nurtured, but also that children
are natural intuitives or psychics.
Many experts have put forward varying reasons as to why children create
imaginary friends and such reasons usually centre on the child's
emotional and physical needs and wants at that particular time. Some
declare that imaginary friends help to boost a child's creativity and
where necessary prevent feelings of isolation or loneliness. Others
suggest imaginary friends help to ease the anxieties of a child as the
child confides their likes, dislikes and worries to their invisible
friend. All experts agree that imaginary friends allow children to test
the boundaries between right and wrong by breaking rules and placing
the blame not on themselves but on their invisible friend.
An imaginary friend can help a child to feel more in control of their
life, as they are seen to help out when the child feels particularly
vulnerable (perhaps during the birth of a new sibling, during a house
move or change of school). Whatever the extent of their purpose, most
imaginary friends have names, personalities and vivid physical
characteristics, are usually harmless and serve as an emotional outlet,
conscience protector or alter ego for each child in question. Grace,
aged six, talked about her imaginary friend in greater detail as she
explained, "she does not like pizza because she does not like cheese".
Children can play highly imaginative games with their imaginary friend
and the friend may even take up space in the child's bed - although you
will be warned by your child not to sit on them if they do!
Most children tend to forget their imaginary friends once they have
started school and even if they do not, the friend does not usually go
to school with them. Some imaginary friends disappear before a child
turns six, but most usually disappear between the third and fifth
birthdays. The invisible friends - whether child, adult or animal - are
around this time either forgotten, sent on a distant / permanent trip
or 'die' in a horrible accident.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the world" - Albert Einstein
A Few Stories to Share
When Robert Adams was a small boy he dreamt about a small girl who
later became his imaginary friend. Robert went around telling his
friends that he had a new invisible friend. He became very upset when
his mother did not believe him, but was pleased that some of the
children around him did believe him.
Rachel Ashcroft's imaginary friends were three little dragons - one
red, one green and one purple. Rachel's purple dragon was the pest of
the three as she (Rachel) always had to 'clean up after it'. Her mum
tolerated Rachel's imaginary friends but drew the line at bringing them
shopping saying that the "No Dogs" sign also meant "No Dragons" as well.
Peter Hill had two childhood imaginary friends who looked like Jerry,
the mouse from Tom and Jerry cartoon. One mouse was Diggy, who was red
in colour, the other was Gog, a blue mouse. Peter said Gog was
responsible for all the naughty things and the Diggy was good, always
telling Gog off. Diggy was also there at Peter's side whenever Peter
has to tell his parents how Gog had done everything that was wrong.
Peter believed his parents could see Gog and Diggy even if they blamed
By paying attention to how and when imaginary friends appear in your
child's life, you can learn a lot about your child as a little person.
The occurrence of imaginary companions and fantasy play show you that
the child is beginning to think abstractly. And this, I can tell you,
is a remarkable event.
Infants and toddlers tend to be afraid of such things as a growling dog
or a thunderstorm, normally things that are actually there and real at
that moment in time - such fears are known as "concrete fears". That
said, children could also show different fears as they talk about
ghosts in the cupboard, monsters under the bed or burglars breaking
into their room. These are called "abstract fears", fears that are not
necessarily real or there at that moment in time.
Psychologists believe, that from a developmental perspective, a child's
fear of monsters under the bed is actually a reason for celebration for
it tells you that your child is struggling to master the intricacies of
abstract thinking. It also explains why using a concrete approach to
the fear, such as suggesting that the two of you check under the bed or
in the closet for monsters or ghosts to eliminate them, doesn't always
work. Your child will simply reply that the monsters are hiding and
will come out later. Unlike a fear that's real and in front of them at
the time (such as the dog growling), the monsters under the bed fear
resides in the child's head and can scare them at any time.
Famous people with vivid imaginations
Princess Margaret is said to have used her imaginary friend to avoid
blame. Whenever her nanny confronted her about something she had or
hadn't done, Princess Margaret would place the blame on 'Cousin
Robert Louis Stevenson also had imaginary friends. Because he suffered
chronic health problems throughout his childhood, he spent much of his
youth bedridden. To amuse himself whilst bedridden, Stevenson created
his own world of friends and playmates. As an adult, Stevenson's
interest in children's imaginations together with his own childhood
experiences, may have contributed to his many successes as author and
poet. One particular poem, is particularly fitting within this article
- The Unseen Playmate.
The Unseen Playmate
When children are playing alone on the green,
In comes the playmate that never was seen.
When children are happy and lonely and good,
The Friend of the Children comes out of the wood.
Nobody heard him, and nobody saw,
His is a picture you never could draw,
But he's sure to be present, abroad or at home,
When children are happy and playing alone.
He lies in the laurels, he runs on the grass,
He sings when you tinkle the musical glass;
Whene'er you are happy and cannot tell why,
The Friend of the Children is sure to be by!
He loves to be little, he hates to be big,
'T is he that inhabits the caves that you dig;
'T is he when you play with your soldiers of tin
That sides with the Frenchmen and never can win.
'T is he, when at night you go off to your bed,
Bids you go to sleep and not trouble your head;
For wherever they're lying, in cupboard or shelf,
'T is he will take care of your playthings himself!
Imagination is truly important for all of us, whether young or old.
Without it we are truly non-existent and with it we are truly
exceptional. With just a little imagination our dreams can develop into
reality, our lives can become more fulfilling, and our loved ones of
the spirit world can perhaps communicate with us.
During the research undertaken the last seven years for my forthcoming
book, I have found that some children's imaginary friends do actually
turn out to be their Grandmother or Grandfather who passed away before
they were born. Jade, my eldest daughter always maintained that Sammy
was her elder brother and I believed then as I believe now that maybe
there is some truth in that. I also believe that children as early as
two years old can meet real spiritual friends as well as one or two
"made up" imaginary friends.
Source: Alternative Approach/by Kylie Holmes
- LIVING MAGNETO DEPARTMENT -
Boy Accidentally Electrocuted Now Claims Special ‘Super Powers’
over, X-Men, here comes 12-year-old Nikolai Kryaglyachenko with what he
claims are real super powers. A near-death experience, the boy claims,
has left him with the ability to attract objects with his now-magnetic
Nikolai nearly died when he
leaned against a metal lamp post in his home country of Russia. Inside
the live lamp post was a faulty wire that sent Nikolai literally flying
across the pavement when he touched it and electrocuted himself. But
that awful moment, Nikolai maintains, changed his life. When he awoke
the next morning, Nikolai claims that coins had stuck to his body
overnight. It was then that Nikolai realized that his body attracts
objects in a way that is super-human, and that his electrifying
experience had left him with a superpower.
can do things I couldn’t do before,” Nikolai says. “But I don’t have a
lot of control over it. Even when I do not want to do it, I still
attract things. Once I even attracted a glass — it just moved towards
His new superpower has also
catapulted Nikolai into the upper echelons of his school, and he is now
one of the most popular kids. There are lots of 12-year-old boys who
would think that popularity itself is something of a superpower.
odd as his alleged newly-found magnetic superpower may sound, Nikolai
is not the first boy to claim to be magnetized. In fact, it happens a
lot more often than one thinks, and, according to NBC News, the stories
are just that — stories. In addition to Nikolai’s claim, there was a
report of two boys, cousins from Serbia, who also claimed to be
magnetic. The two boys showed doctors and journalists their ability to
hang forks and spoons from their bodies, and a radiologist even said he
could think of no scientific or medical explanation for the phenomenon.
Benjamin Radford, author of Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to
Solve Unexplained Mysteries, has an explanation for the boys’ magnetic
superpowers, and it is pretty simple: They do not exist.
News reported, “The explanation is that kids are particularly good at
attaching things to their bodies, because you have one smooth, sticky
surface (hairless skin, with a slight sheen of sweat) adhering to
another smooth surface.”
And, as Radford pointed out in the interview, all the objects that the boys attract have one common property.
you look at the things involved in these cases, they’re all smooth,”
Radford said. “They’re glass, they’re plates, they’re metal. You don’t
see rough surfaces. You don’t see steel wool.”
addition to that, the boys may employ a slight backwards lean, to keep
the cutlery from falling off their bodies. Or the cutlery may be set
along the collar bones. And the magnetic effect isn’t limited to just
metallic objects, but can be done with any smooth item, such as plates
or glass because, as Radford says, the trick relies on bare, sticky
skin, and it’s spoiled if talcum powder is used or the kid puts on a
shirt. Neither talcum powder nor clothing would spoil an actual
So Nikolai may claim to have superpowers, but it seems as though the phenomena of “magnetic children” has been debunked.
Here’s to hoping his classmates don’t figure it out.
- THINGS THAT GO BOOM IN THE NIGHT DEPARTMENT -
Mysterious Booms in Ohio Unexplained
By Lawrence Budd
Authorities were unable to explain what went boom Sunday night along the Montgomery-Warren county line in Ohio.
Twp. firefighters responded to a call at 6:17 p.m. call from a resident
alarmed by a boom outside his home near the Dayton-Wright Brothers
Airport. The homeowner on Kitty Hawk Drive suggested a transformer
could have exploded.
“Our guys didn’t find anything,” Fire Chief Bob Kidd said, adding his department had no other similar calls.
At the airport, an employee heard a boom Sunday night, but was unable to identify the cause.
“It wasn’t airport related,” airport spokesperson Linda Hughes said. “It didn’t seem to affect anybody there.”
Monday, Duke Energy and Dayton Power & Light were dealing with
outages around the area, but none could explain the booms Sunday night,
“I don’t think DPL had anything to do with it,” said Debbie Carity with DP&L corporate communications.
in southern Montgomery County and northern Warren County reported as
many as three booms between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. in calls to dispatchers
and the Cox Media Group Ohio newsroom.
One Miamisburg man said the loud booms sounded like an explosion, and that the last one sounded louder than the first.
“Our neighbors were in the street trying to determine what was going on,” he wrote in an email to the newsroom.
“Loud booms being heard … Springboro, Miamisburg, Centerville, Kettering areas … any ideas?” read another email.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies out to investigate,
but there were no additional booms and there was no sign of damage in
the area, according to the sheriff’s office.
Officials at Wright
Patterson Air Force Base said that no aircraft were flying in the area
that could have caused a sonic boom by breaking the sound barrier.
Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek said the booms could have
been weather related, “but the setup for thundersnow was not very
Wirdzek said lightning bolts could have been triggered with “enough atmospheric and instability to create cloud growth.”
atmospheric setup determines the direction and audible level of the
thunder or “audio channel,” according to Wirdzek.”It’s conceivable that
the audio channel could have been directed toward the ground and
slowed…making it sound longer and louder.”
Almost every state in
the U.S. has reported unnerving sounds similar to the ones heard in
Ohio. But is it truly so mysterious or is there a scientific
explanation that has been overlooked or possibly not completely
accepted and understood?
These unusual groans may be very
commonplace and its simply because communications are instant around
the world that its become such a modern phenomena. In a 1913 pamphlet
published by the Australasian Association for the Advancement of
Science titled Phenomenal Sounds in the Interior of Australia Are they
Terrestrial or Atmospherical? similar sounds are discussed.
from explorers and settlers are recounted about mysterious booms being
heard and described as sounding similar to canon fire. In 1829,
Australian Captain Sturt, a renowned explorer, wrote about hearing
thunder-like sounds on a cloudless sunny afternoon.
the sound as a sharp crackling like thunder but extremely loud with no
visible cause. He also experienced a similar event in 1844 in Central
Australia in the morning that sounded like a great gun discharging.
recently as June 16, 2013, Londoners heard whats identified by the
Royal Air Force (RAF) as a sonic boom. Skeptics arent convinced that a
Typhoon jet was responsible for a tree toppling over from the blast
wave or windows being shattered. The boom was heard and felt all the
way from Central London to Cambridgeshire, some 70 miles North.
Two of the most plausible theories explain these sounds as natural phenomena with scientific causations.
of the first investigators of these metallic sounds was Linda Moulten
Howe. Highly respected for her investigative prowess, Howe has filed
numerous reports on these sounds that can be read on her website,
Howe last reported from an interview she conducted
with an anonymous government geologist who revealed the cause of these
phenomena is the Earth itself.
According to Howe, the scientist
explained that the Earths core is shifting and massive bursts of
electromagnetic energy are being released and bouncing off the
atmosphere and vibrating back to the ground.
This is a very logical and plausible explanation since witnesses have reported that the sounds appear to come from the sky.
is an explanation being discussed on the Internet to explain these
strange sounds. Skyquakes is actually a misnomer for Spacequakes that
were discovered in 2007 and first reported in 2010.
plasma waves that are being stretched by solar flare emissions. These
waves eventually must either pop back towards the earth or break.
The waves then bombard the Earths atmosphere. These spacequakes have been documented at a 6.0 on the seismograph.
intensity of the snap back determines the intensity of the atmospheric
boom. This could explain why some people hear booms while others hear
the resounding metallic groaning. Spacequakes can spark auroras and the
impact sets off a rebounding process, in which the incoming plasma
actually bounces up and down on the reverberating magnetic field until
they dissipate in a process called repetitive flow rebuffing.
Spacequakes can also generate plasma vortices.
This also seems
like a highly likely explanation for the way the sounds reverberate and
then slowly diminish in intensity. They often end in bright flashes of
light and then the sounds stop.
Until someone can definitively prove what these sounds are, speculation will continue.
Source: Dayton Daily News
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