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- THE GHOST AND FLYING SAUCER CONNECTION DEPARTMENT -
The Lore of Haunted Treasure
By Timothy Green Beckley
Somewhere along the twisting path of the paranormal I discovered that UFOs and ghosts seemed to be attracted to buried treasure – either to guard it or lead to its discovery. Both phenomena have supposedly led prospectors directly to the proverbial “mother-load” or hovered so damn near it as to be beyond mere coincidence. I guess you could say they functioned as a sort of sign as to where to dig or dive – if the ultimate prize is underwater. Other times you better get your pistol or pick axe ready to protect yourself from the walking dead, though, come to think of it, neither instrument can wound or kill something that has already turned to dust. So it’s better to hope you’re light on your feet and can hightail it a safe distance away.
I have no statistics on any of these paranormal declamations, but I’ve heard an assortment of rumors. Now, in the case of UFOs, we’re not talking about spaceships with humanoid pilots on board, but more likely ornery spook or ghost lights that seem to be under “intelligent control” but not piloted by “aliens” as we’ve come to imagine them – at least that is what I would assume.
Though I must say that one scribe pointed out to me that if the ancient astronauts known as the Annunaki were really coming here from Planet X thousands of years ago to take human slaves in order to mine for gold, perhaps they are still searching for this valuable substance – or perchance the slaves themselves are returning from the realm of spirits to haunt these particular locales as a form of retribution to their slave owners. It’s all assuredly conjuncture. Pure speculation. But something uncommonly bizarre does seem to be going on that connects some lost treasures with the eerie sector of the phantasmal.
In all honesty, I first started to put two and two together “treasure-wise” and to think about any possible connection with the supernatural (the supernatural would include UFOs, which I believe to be more psychic in natural than physical hardware from outer space) when I started working out of Jim W. Moseley’s office in Manhattan. Jim was the editor/publisher of “Saucer News,” a magazine devoted to the investigation of unidentified flying objects. Jim was a well-known media personality, pushing subscriptions on TV and radio shows like the popular Long John Nebel Party Line, a five-hour talk fest that was broadcast nightly over WOR, a station that pumped out wattage over thirty states, creating a huge audience in the tens of thousands.
Moseley had taken over my less-polished mimeographed zine – known as “The Interplanetary News
Service Report” – and hired me as managing editor of his illustrious rag. JWM had garnered a somewhat “mysterious – lone wolf – reputation” among certain incredulous types in the UFO field who accused him of being a government agent or a member of some global cabal they loosely referred to as the “International Bankers.”
One of the reasons for this negative notoriety seems to have been Jim’s ability to disappear for considerable periods of time, leaving behind his Fort Lee, New Jersey, digs (he actually resided in Guttenberg, the next town over but picked up his mail from the same Post Office Box in Fort Lee for decades) and traveling overseas. Since his father had been in the military, this made him a prime contender for being a possible agent of darkness.
Truth is, Moseley and his father – U.S. Army Major General George Van Horn Moseley – had not spoken in years because of their highly polarized political views. This included taking particular exception to his father’s outspoken racist and anti-Semitic views, including his claims that America must “breed up” its own decaying population by copying Nazi eugenics practices and launching a program of “selective breeding, sterilization, the elimination of the unfit, and the elimination of those types which are inimical to the general welfare of the nation.”
Some have accused Jimbo of being a “tomb raider” because some of the artifacts he dug up while on “saucer sabbatical” in Peru were indeed buried more or less “six feet under,” which technically made him a grave robber. The treasures consisted of everything from pottery to beautiful gold burial masks that bought him a fabulous fortune once he bribed Peruvian authorities to smuggle the pieces out of their country and into the U.S. where such “foreign relics” were NOT considered to be contraband.
Flying saucer provocateur, and Moseley’s friend, Curtis Collins, has summed up Jim’s treasure hunting days thus:
“For the next several years, Moseley divided his time between the U.S., ‘Saucer News’ and Peru treasure hunts. Jim’s absences were a mystery to the flying saucer fans and ‘Saucer News’ readers and the subject of much speculation. This helped fuel fanciful rumors that he was a saucer spy! Also, while in Peru, Jim found time for both some real saucer work and also some mischief.”
I knew Moseley very well on a personal basis from having worked with him daily out of his “Saucer News” office on Fifth Avenue. When he wasn’t “out of town” on mysterious business dealings, I also partied until the wee hours with him and our sometimes wild gang of “saucer kooks” and had many discussions with Jim, both sober and inebriated.
At this stage, I don’t profess to recall the intimate details, not having written them down, but Jim was certainly familiar with the lore and legends of Peru as far as ghost legends and flying saucers went. He said his frequent guide, a fellow by the name of Robert Kennedy, had told him that the spirits of the departed often guarded the places where they had been buried with valuables. I don’t think they were intentionally hoarding these treasures from their position in the spirit world, but I am certain they had no intentions of having others dig them up centuries after they had been placed in the ground. That’s sacrilegious in anyone’s book.
Many a tomb, both in Peru and elsewhere, has a longstanding curse associated with it – especially ones that involve something valuable being buried underground. That’s one of the reasons no one has ever located the Lost Dutchman Mine tucked away in the Superstition Mountain Range of Arizona outside of the heat-baked city of Phoenix. It’s said that the spirits of the local native Indians, as appointed guardians, prevent anyone from getting anywhere near the cave where all the valuables are buried. Many have died and disappeared there, and some have even been abducted by UFOs, but that’s another story for another time.
Regarding his treasure-hunting days in Peru, Jim had mentioned to me that mysterious flashing lights were being seen fairly frequently at high altitudes all over this South American country and there was some thought that flying saucers might be creating this unexplained phenomenon. Others have said that there is so much purportedly lost treasure in the mountainous regions around Machu Picchu that you can’t possibly separate potential treasure from the UFOs hovering and streaking across the sky.
My friend and crystal skull explorer Joshua Shapiro said he became interested in the area near Lake Titicaca, Peru, after reading a book by Brother Philip (aka George Hunt Williamson) called “Secret of the Andes and the Golden Sun Disk of MU.” In his book, Brother Philip describes a secret brotherhood in this area who administer a special school for those on the spiritual path.
“Lake Titicaca is even higher than Cusco. The Lake itself is very large and there are many islands within it. The large Peruvian city which is on the shore is called Puno, and this is where one stays. I know many of you have seen the derbies the women wear in Peru (which they got from the British, when they were there) and this is the case in Puno. Some of the local people have villages on the reed islands, and, in our last trip, we were able to go on one of their reed boats, which were very sturdy and comfortable. I asked our navigator if he ever saw UFOs in this area, and he said it is a common thing. Many people claim they have seen UFOs come in and go out of the water. Another friend told me that Jacques Cousteau once went in a submarine there to see what is under the water and was so shocked by what he saw that he has never spoken about this. My tour guide said the local people believe the Golden Sun Disk of the Inca is buried here. I think of all the places in Peru I visited, I saw more UFO-type ‘clouds’ here than everywhere else. Also, all the islands in the lake have stone terrace structures everywhere. The question I asked myself is, where did they get all these stones?”
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Source: Spectral Vision
- THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME DEPARTMENT -
5-Year-Old Mental Giant Is Also Telepathic, Mom Claims
By David Moye
By almost any measure, 5-year-old Ramses Sanguino is a gifted child.
The Los Angeles-based lad is learning seven different languages, including Japanese and Russian, and can solve algebraic equations.
A video posted on YouTube shows Ramses correctly spelling "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis," the longest English word in the Oxford English Dictionary, forward and backward.
Extraordinary as that sounds, his proud mother, artist Nyx Sanguino, believes her brainy son may also possess the ability to read her mind.
Sanguino claims her mini mental giant is able to correctly guess numbers she's written in secret, sometimes as many as 38 in a row.
"We do have a very close bond which may have something to do with his abilities -- but this is beyond anything I would have imagined," she told Barcroft TV. "I don’t know how to explain it."
Ramses has autism, and Dr. Diane Powell, a neuroscientist and former Harvard Medical School faculty member, believes the alleged telepathy may provide clues that will help parents to connect with their autistic kids.
“If you have your primary language compromised, then that would be a perfect setup for telepathy, because here you have a child and a parent who desperately want to communicate with one another,” Powell said, according to the Independent.
The scientific consensus toward telepathy is that the evidence is anecdotal, not scientific, reports LiveScience. But it may be feasible, according to a 2014 paper published in PLOS One.
Researchers were repeatedly able to transmit signals from one person’s brain via the Internet, that were able to control the hand motions of another person within a fraction of a second.
However, another 2014 paper, also published in PLOS One, suggested there is no such thing as extrasensory perception, or a so-called "sixth sense."
Nevertheless, Powell is confident that telepathy exists, despite the career blowback that could happen by making such a statement.
“It’s very risky to one’s credibility to take on a subject like this, but I knew that when I got into it," she said, according to the New York Post.
Barcroft TV filmed Powell conducting a test on Ramses, where he correctly guessed three out of five random numbers allegedly based on reading his mother's thoughts.
That may not sound that accurate, but Powell was impressed.
“To get three of them correct, it would be one out of nine, times one out of nine, times one out of nine, which is one out of 729,” she said, adding that the test was by no means conclusive.
Regardless of whether Ramses is truly telepathic, Sanguino hopes she can get him into a school for gifted children.
Source: Huffington Post
- KISSING COUSINS OF MAN DEPARTMENT -
"Hobbits" Were a Separate Species
By Charles Q. Choi
An ancient, 3-foot-tall (0.9 meters) human whose diminutive stature has earned it the nickname "hobbit" has puzzled evolutionary scientists since its little bones were discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores. Some have suggested the individual was a Homo sapiens with some miniaturizing disorder.
Now, teeth from the hobbit suggest it belonged to a unique species rather than a modern human with a growth disorder. The new research also suggests hobbits may share a direct ancestor with modern humans.
The 18,000-year-old fossil remains of the hobbit were discovered in 2003. Since then, scientists have suggested that the hobbit, which had a brain about the size of a grapefruit, was a unique branch of the human lineage Homo, dubbed Homo floresiensis. However, other researchers have argued the hobbit was really a modern human with microcephaly, a condition that leads to an abnormally small head, a small body and some mental retardation. [Real-Life Hobbit: See Photos of Homo floresiensis]
To learn more about the hobbit, scientists have now performed the first comprehensive analysis of the ancient human's teeth. The researchers compared the 40 known hobbit teeth with those from 490 modern humans from Asia, Oceania, Africa and Europe, as well as from a variety of extinct hominins, such as Homo habilis, which is suspected to be among the first makers of stone tools. (Hominins consist of humans and their relatives dating after the split from the chimpanzee lineage.)
The researchers found hobbit teeth were as small as those from short modern humans. However, other features of these teeth looked completely dissimilar from those of modern humans.
The hobbit teeth displayed a unique mosaic of primitive traits seen in early hominins mixed with more-advanced traits seen in later hominins, the researchers said. For instance, the canine and premolar teeth looked primitive, whereas the molar teeth looked advanced, or as if they had emerged later in the evolution of Homo sapiens, the scientists said.
These findings contradict earlier claims that hobbits possessed teeth entirely like those of modern humans. The results also suggest hobbits were not just modern humans with severe abnormalities, the researchers said.
The researchers found that the hobbit's primitive dental features are most similar to specimens of Homo erectus, the earliest undisputed ancestor of modern humans, from the Indonesian island of Java. However, H. erectus was about as tall as modern humans. The scientists suggest that on isolated islands, the ancestors of the hobbit underwent dramatic dwarfism, with their bodies shrinking from about 5.4 feet (1.65 m) to 3.6 feet (1.1 m), and brains dwindling from about 52 cubic inches (860 cubic centimeters) to 26 cubic inches (426 cubic cm).
"For me, this work will turn the tide about the question of evolutionary origin of H. floresiensis," study lead author Yousuke Kaifu, a paleoanthropologist at Japan's National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, told Live Science.
While the human lineage generally evolved larger bodies and brains over time, the hobbit suggests that isolation on islands could substantially reverse this evolutionary trend, Kaifu said.
Source: Scientific American
- GRANDMOTHER WHO EATS ANYTHING DEPARTMENT -
Villagers of Flores Speak of the Small, Hairy Ebu Gogo
Richard Roberts, discoverer of the Hobbit, says local tales suggest the species could still exist
When I was back in Flores earlier this month we heard the most amazing tales of little, hairy people, whom they called Ebu Gogo - Ebu meaning grandmother and Gogo meaning 'he who eats anything'. The tales contained the most fabulous details - so detailed that you'd imagine there had to be a grain of truth in them.
One of the village elders told us that the Ebu Gogo ate everything raw, including vegetables, fruits, meat and, if they got the chance, even human meat.
When food was served to them they also ate the plates, made of pumpkin - the original guests from hell (or heaven, if you don't like washing up and don't mind replacing your dinner set every week).
The villagers say that the Ebu Gogo raided their crops, which they tolerated, but decided to chase them away when the Ebu Gogo stole - and ate - one of their babies.
They ran away with the baby to their cave which was at the foot of the local volcano, some tens of metres up a cliff face. The villagers offered them bales of dry grass as fodder, which they gratefully accepted.
A few days later, the villagers went back with a burning bale of grass which they tossed into the cave. Out ran the Ebu Gogo, singed but not fried, and were last seen heading west, in the direction of Liang Bua, where we found the Hobbit, as it happens.
When my colleague Gert van den Bergh first heard these stories a decade ago, which several of the villages around the volcano recount with only very minor changes in detail, he thought them no better than leprechaun tales until we unearthed the Hobbit. (I much prefer Ebu as the name of our find but my colleague Mike Morwood was insistent on Hobbit.)
The anatomical details in the legends are equally fascinating. They are described as about a metre tall, with long hair, pot bellies, ears that slightly stick out, a slightly awkward gait, and longish arms and fingers - both confirmed by our further finds.
They [the Ebu Gogo] murmured at each other and could repeat words [spoken by villagers] verbatim. For example, to 'here's some food', they would reply 'here's some food'. They could climb slender-girthed trees but, here's the rub, were never seen holding stone tools or anything similar, whereas we have lots of sophisticated artefacts in the H. floresiensis levels at Liang Bua. That's the only inconsistency with the Liang Bua evidence.
The women Ebu Gogo had extremely pendulous breasts, so long that they would throw them over their shoulders, which must have been quite a sight in full flight.
We did ask the villagers if they ever interbred with the Ebu Gogo. They vigorously denied this, but said that the women of Labuan Baju (a village at the far western end of Flores, better known as LBJ) had rather long breasts, so they must have done.
Poor LBJ must be the butt of jokes in Flores, rather like the Irish and Tasmanians.
A local eruption at Liang Bua (in western Flores) may have wiped out local hobbits around 12,000 years ago, but they could well have persisted much later in other parts of the island. The villagers said that the last hobbit was seen just before the village moved location, farther from the volcano, not long before the Dutch colonists settled in that part of central Flores, in the 19th century.
Do the Ebu Gogo still exist? It would be a hoot to search the last pockets of rainforest on the island. Not many such pockets exist, but who knows. At the very least, searching again for that lava cave, or others like it, should be done, because remains of hair only a few hundred years old, would surely survive, snagged on the cave walls or incorporated in deposits, and would be ideal for ancient DNA analyses.
- BLAST FROM THE PAST DEPARTMENT -
The Story of the Self-Moving, Self-Conscious Metal Sphere
At UFOholic.com, we check out any reports or sightings said to occur on a daily basis, but also take time to research the past, because if often holds more answers (though questions too) and advanced technology than present times.
The 70s represented a time period when UFO sightings and bizarre discoveries were taken seriously and reported by the media, and people simply weren’t feeling the need to hoax these events.
One such case is that of a bright metal ball found by a family in their back yard in March 1974. At first, they didn’t report it and took some time to observe and study it. They thought it was a medieval cannon projectile due to the Spanish occupation of the land before the year 1600.
The strange sphere was first animated by music, as it started rolling around the floor by itself when Terry, the family’s 21 year old son was playing his guitar. Amazed, the parents put it on the table. Where it continued to roam around and somehow managed to contain itself without falling off.
Then the family remembers an episode when the doors started closing by themselves and music resembling an organ started playing. That is when they decided to seek help, because no family member was ever in possession of a similar musical instrument.
They also discovered the ball responded to natural heat, as bright sunny days often resulted in more activity than cloudy or rainy ones, but it didn’t respond in any way to artificial heat projected upon it.
The first man outside the Betz family who got to see the strange object was a photographer named Lou Anger, working for the Jacksonville Journal. He watched the ball propel itself through the room before stopping right in front of him, like a happy dog. After the story was made public, the media made it a headliner and almost everybody was certain mankind had stumbled upon some kind of alien drone, taking samples from our planet and studying our species.
The metal ball was subjected to a number of examinations in Louisiana at an institution called Omega Minus One. Dr. Carl Willison, who was in charge of the operation, was first amazed to discover that the sphere had not one, but three or sometimes even four magnetic poles.
No object of any nature with these particularities has ever been found on Earth. Then they found that the ball’s inner density wasn’t a constant either, varying widely following a strange and asymmetrical pattern. At the time, the world’s most accomplished physicists failed to explain or even understand the phenomenon.
But the most interesting part was yet to come. An X-ray taken on the strange ball showed three other spheres inside, just like those Russian wooden dolls. After all these bizarre findings, the metal itself was tested and found to be somewhat similar to stainless steel, but still different and of unknown nature or provenience.
So, where is the mysterious metallic sphere today? No one knows. Soon after the examination, the media hype suddenly stopped and the subject faded into obscurity. Nothing has been heard since and the Betz family is nowhere to be found either.
- BEWARE...THE YOWIE IS AFTER YOU DEPARTMENT -
"I Was Nearly Killed by a Yowie...Twice!"
YOWIE researcher Dean Harrison insists he has nearly been killed twice by the mysterious hairy creature.
So when the QT continued our hunt for evidence of the elusive beast in the Ipswich area it was worth having a chat to the man who has had numerous yowie encounters, and interviewed the witness to the sighting of the Mulgowie Yowie back on August 15, 2001.
Harrison, who runs the Australian Yowie Research website, has been searching for yowies for over 20 years.
He has provided a recorded interview with a certain Steve Doyle, who on September 22, 2013 was driving with his wife on the Laidley-Rosewood Rd at dusk when he got one hell of a fright.
"I glanced to the side of the road and it was my height...five foot four. It just looked like a person standing on the side of the road," Doyle revealed.
"It would have been about 15m away from us at that stage…and as I looked across it was running back into the scrub on all fours (after it was) standing up.
"My wife said 'that was a bear...that was hairy' and I said 'that is just plain weird'.
"At first I thought it was a person in the shadows but then it dropped on all fours and went back out into the paddock."
Doyle is a hunter and said "it was nothing like I'd seen before".
"It was black with long hair. It would have been around 80 or 90 kilos…with a normal sized head in comparison to us. It didn't take off at any great speed. It just loped off."
Doyle said he was later stunned to learn of a sighting in the region 12 years earlier.
The QT reported on the sighting by a Mrs Crouten near Mulgowie in 2001. Harrison went out on location to interview Mrs Crouten at the time, who was working as a cook for a local doctor and was driving home at night.
Mrs Crouten saw the creature just outside of Mulgowie in her headlights as it was walking on all fours. She was reported as saying that it was covered in hair and "looked like a large version of an Orang-utan".
She was famously quoted as saying that "it had a distinctive monkey's bottom".
Shaken, she called the police and was regarded by the senior constable who spoke to her as a credible witness.
"That was a life changing experience for her and she was pretty shaken up about it," Harrison said.
"Then the police got involved, it all hit the media and she laid low.
"It is a relatively small community and once word got around about the Mulgowie Yowie it was pretty much common knowledge.
"With the added reports over the years it has added to the hype."
Harrison said the yowie could be a homo erectus, thought to be an extinct species of hominid. Others suggest it may be some form of prehistoric ape.
"They are said to be extinct but there are so many sightings, almost daily, that can't be ignored," he said.
"It has been happening ever since white settlers arrived here. We are told by the Aboriginal people about the hairy man in the bush and we thought it was a ploy to scare us away.
"But as we were building roads and towns in virgin forests we were seeing them all around the country at the same time.
"They were reporting back to London that we had our own indigenous primate.
"I think their genes are very strong and that they might have a life expectancy pretty close to ours. Maybe not as long as ours, because if something goes severely wrong they can't go to the doctor."
Harrison had a terrifying encounter with a yowie at Kilkivan, near Gympie, an incident that saw him bruised from head to toe.
He shared images of his injuries with friends which have since gone viral on the internet.
"That was a game changer. I can't go back into the bush by myself. I just got hit with a big dose of reality," he said.
"I nearly got taken down by one at Ormeau in 1997 and that was really scary.
"It was only by the grace of God that I survived.
"I made a phone call at 11pm in a clearing before going into the bush and if I hadn't I wouldn't be here today.
"This thing really meant business. But the cruncher was in 2009 at Kilkivan and if a few guys weren't there to rescue me I wouldn't be here.
"That took a good eight months to get over.
"The scary thing is that yowies have a massive advantage over us because of their eyesight in the dark.
"The thing that knocked me over ran down a hill in pitch darkness past obstacles, tree, and logs. The angles were so steep but it sprinted down.
"It didn't miss a beat.The one that chased me at Ormeau was the same."
Australian Skeptics executive officer Tim Mendham said the case for the existence of yowies "comes down to the evidence and the quality of the evidence".
"At the Australian Skeptics we run the gamut of saying 'that is feasible' to 'that is highly unlikely'," he said.
"There would be few things that we would say are absolute, one hundred per cent rubbish.
"But the yowie would be towards the 'improbable' end, because of the lack of real evidence.
"People will say that they have got footprints or photos that are not particularly good and are open to other interpretations.
"You reach the stage where there are possibility and probability issues.
"To me on both those scales it is unlikely…just because of what we know at the moment."
Harrison said getting a photo of a yowie was easier said than done.
"We have some sketchy photos but nothing fantastic," he said.
"Things are going to change in the future because people have dash cameras now and cameras on their phones.
"When you are out in the bush and have an encounter and your mind is trying to register what this thing is, it has taken off.
"You don't have time to get your camera out."
Mendham and the Australian Skeptics are after more evidence before their skepticism about the yowie decreases.
"This is something that is unusual and you would need a certain size population of these creatures to sustain their existence," he said.
"You can't just have a one-off, unless they live forever.
"So you do need a population and there has to be more than two. You need a large family or tribe.
"Once you have that number of individuals you would expect to have a lot more contact - whether it be photographic evidence, which can be faked, or droppings.
"You'd maybe need some sort of evidence of what they eat.
"Looking at some of the evidence on Harrison's site there are footprints which look decidedly unreal. You'd think with that number of individuals there would be better evidence by now.
"The fact that we have increasing human habitation in these areas and an increasing number of people going through these areas…including bushwalkers…the suggestion that there is no better evidence than there might have been 20, 30 or 40 years ago indicates it might be something else."
Mendham is not a stick in the mud, and does have a wry view of the yowie.
"At the Australian Skeptics we deal with a lot of fun things like UFOs and we also deal with deadly serious things, like quack cures.
"To me things like the yowies are fun, unless you are a homeless person being eaten by one.
"These creatures, if they exist, don't seem to do a lot of harm. They are shy and run away. Not that I am saying that they exist."
Harrison would disagree about yowies being harmless but he does agree there is an enduring attraction to the creatures.
"Everyone loves a story about the yowie. Everyone loves a mystery don't they," he grinned.
Source: The Queensland Times
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