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Summer may be here, but that doesn't mean that Conspiracy Journal is taking a summer vacation.  No, the world of the strange and bizarre never sleeps or takes a break -- so Conspiracy Journal is here once again to bring you all the interesting news and information that you probably won't read in your local newspaper or see on the 6 o'clock news.

This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such tongue-wagging stories as:

Tom DeLonge's Quest for UFO Truth -
Mysterious Men-In-Black are Terrifying Drivers in Iowa -
-  Why You Should Worry About Intelligent Machines -
AND: The Mystery of Indiana's "Grave in the Middle of the Road"

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

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Shocking Revelations of Secret Technology Gone Mad!



“We cannot take credit for our record advancements in certain scientific fields alone; we have been helped by the people of other worlds. . . We should think of the craft in the New Mexico desert as more of a time machine than a space craft.” Professor Hermann Oberth, Father of Rocketry

“When WWII ended, the Germans had several radical types of aircraft and guided missiles under development. The majority were in the most preliminary stages, but they were the only known craft that could even approach the performance of objects reported to UFO observers.” Captain Edward J. Ruppelt, USAF Project Blue Book

Here is evidence that Hitler had a top secret brigade of Nazi engineers working in deep underground laboratories – in conjunction with off world interstellar cosmonauts – to establish space flight and time travel years before the start of America’s rocketry program in which the U.S. sought the help of thousands of Nazi war criminals bought into this country under the auspicious of the tight lipped Project Paperclip.

Information recently obtained by the authors indicates that the UFO that crashed outside Roswell might have been part of this Nazi space/time travel program cleverly covered up by our military’ in order to look like the arrival of an out of control interplanetary vehicle. The top brass ultimately looking to cover their tracks which indicated that they were inappropriately working in tandem with non reconcilable war criminals who had been excused of all evil misdeeds and eventually extending citizenship to.

Die Glocke, or The Bell, may well have been used to bend both space and time and give the Nazis the unthinkable power to explore the past freely and even to CONTROL THE FUTURE.

Are we plummeting headlong toward a world under fascist domination – a nightmare in which sadistic, jackbooted thugs are waiting for us to “catch up” in time with our own predestined subjugation to open worldwide rule by the Nazis possible hiding out on the surface of the moon or at “secret cities” at the Poles? Do they lie in wait for us as the clock on our freedom runs down?

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Tom DeLonge's Quest for UFO Truth

Tom DeLonge, former singer-guitarist of the seminal pop-punk band Blink-182, wrote the soundtrack for the lives of rebellious teens around the world. And as any Blink fan knows, DeLonge's enthusiasm for space often spilled into his songwriting, with titles like "Aliens Exist," "The Flight of Apollo" and "Valkyrie Missile."

He's also deeply interested in UFO phenomena, and he's not too shy to talk about it.

After a somewhat messy Blink-182 breakup last year, DeLonge is launching a multimedia franchise called Sekret Machines that will seek to investigate "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" from a serious perspective. The franchise will include fiction books, nonfiction books, new music from DeLonge's band Angels & Airwaves and a documentary.

The first part of the series, a book called Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows, is already out. Called a "work of ... fiction?" — clearly, a book like this is hard to verify — DeLonge taps alleged sources "within the military and intelligence community" to tell stories about UFO sightings and other paranormal contact.

We spoke to DeLonge about his new project, his music, outer space and why, after all these years, he's still obsessed with UFOs.

Mic: How did you first get interested in this kind of thing — the possibility of aliens and UFOs?

Tom DeLonge: First of all, we don't really call it "aliens." In pop culture, that's a term people throw out there, and rightfully so because the government spends a lot of time and a lot of money throwing that term out there. But it's much more complex than that.

I first got into it in junior high. I don't know why. I just had some free time on my hands and I found myself at the school library looking for books on the subject matter. [In] the beginnings of my career with [Blink-182], you have a lot of free time in the van, traveling across the country for 12 months, so I found myself getting a lot of really interesting books that challenged the way I thought about stuff.

Scientists in places like the SETI institute are taking the possibility of alien life seriously. But they have a different way of talking about this stuff.

TD: Yeah, they are, and they have their own way of doing things. I think there's been a policy to find microbial life far out somewhere else, then start the conversation about life in the universe and how it could form, how far it can advance itself and could they ever come here. Maybe they sent drones here. I'm starting with the idea there's been something else here all along.

There are two sides to looking for other forms of life. There's one that's looking at the interaction with humanity over a very long period of time. But there's also advancing the idea that there was life or forms of life on Mars, on Europa, and even farther out — on exoplanets that look very much like Earth.

So where did you get the idea for Sekret Machines?

TD: It's something I've always wanted to do. I've always had a passion for space and the future. But when you dive into this type of material, it's a lot more than just science and technology. It has to do with religion and cosmology and it has to do with politics and secrecy. So it's a pretty fantastic ride when you start studying this stuff. You'll find yourself trying to challenge your belief system. This project was a good way to bring it to the world in a more elevated way.

We got a press release that says you decided to not tour with Blink-182 in favor of working on this. What was the decision that went into that?

TD: Well it's not so much about Blink. It's about what I'm doing with my life now. When you're an individual like me, dealing with something that's a national security issue, and you're being gifted with the opportunity to communicate something you've been passionate about your whole life — something that has the opportunity to change the world over time — being a small part of that is enormously important for my life path.

But I can't do everything. I can't tour nine months out of the year with enough time to do the enormity of what I'm setting out to do.

OK I have to ask: How many people have made a joke about your "Aliens Exist" song in relation to this project?

TD: [Laughs] Yeah, isn't that the weirdest thing? It's weird that people remember that song. It's, like, an eighth album track from, like, 20 years ago [1999's Enema of the State].

The very last line of that song references this urban legend in UFO folklore called Majestic 12, these documents that got leaked in the '80s that described an entire organization of top-level scientists, military people and intelligence officials that manage the information of this phenomenon. I put the name in that song, and the irony now is that I'm dealing with people from the modern version of whatever that group is called. It's a big deal.

If you could pick anywhere in the solar system to visit, where would you want to go?

TD: Europa.

Totally. I agree.

TD: Yeah, I think that's an important place. Or Phobos — a moon of Mars that has a lot of interesting qualities about it, too.

Do you think that we've made contact?

TD: I think that contact is kind of a vague description of a lot of things. I think there has been [alien] hardware, and whether by design or by accident, it's fallen in multiple countries.

What's the best evidence we have that all this is real?

TD: I don't think I'm going to be the person that offers the best evidence unless people really trust what I'm doing and believe me. There's been hundreds and hundreds of thousands of eyewitness accounts. Trace evidence that's been analyzed by scientists across the world. Events have happened on the ground. It's all around us. I know of stuff I can't talk about right now.

What do you want the takeaway to be from Sekret Machines?

TD: My goal is to have a conversation within reality, that's very grounded. Novels and films and documentaries — it's a very good way to get people to understand how it could really exist and what the ramifications are. The whole UFO phenomenon is different than what people think it is.

Source: .Mic via Yahoo news


Mysterious Men-In-Black are Terrifying Drivers in Iowa

Residents in Muscatine County, Iowa are reporting that a mysterious group of men dressed in black trench coats are appearing alongside desolate roads in the middle of the night much to the chagrin of drivers.

No one knows who these mysterious men in black are and more and more people are reporting sightings, and not just in Iowa but also now in Illinois and other nearby states.

The Muscatine County Sheriff's Department in Iowa is now asking for help and any information as to who these men may be - and why they appearing out of nowhere and approaching moving cars.

'We have had several reports of "men dressed in black" entering the roadway in rural Muscatine County. We don't have any new information about these people, but we have also seen several posts on Facebook about the same type of activity,' wrote the Muscatine County Sherrif's Department on Facebook Monday.

'It would be extremely helpful to the Sheriff's Office, if you witness this type of activity, that you call 911 immediately. Your help is greatly appreciated.'

This immediately led to multiple people sharing stories about seeing these men themselves or run-ins that friends of theirs and family had in recent weeks.

'I called and left a message with dispatch. I encountered these same things/people/idiots on Ogilvie ave/ F ave in southern Muscatine county northern Louisa County on Sunday night/Monday morning 6/12 6/13 around 2am, wrote RJ Strong.

He later wrote: 'They walked right out in the road to the drivers side of my vehicle. Which means they was in the middle of the road or the middle of the on coming lane.'

Cassie Pameticky wrote: 'It's happened to a few friends of mine out on 22 and I heard they did it in Fruitland last week I believe.'

Then came the reports that these sightings had been going on for some time.

'This has been going on for awhile, my daughter and her boyfriend saw them 3-4 weeks ago on hwy 22,' wrote Dawn Lane-Schultheis.

'She told me about it but didn't seem too concerned so I just shrugged it off as a strange occurrence. She didn't seem scared just thought it was really weird.'

Chaz brick wrote that he had seen one even further back, writing: 'I saw a similarly attired figure about 0200-0300 hours about a year ago in Texas on TX Hwy 190 headed into Killeen/Ft. Hood from Temple. It startled me, and I've seen many sites in my life, some during combat tours.'

Travis Liles wrote that he and his family saw something just as eerie that may have been related, though this individual never approached their car.

'They not only black my wife, mother in-law, and i were headed home on highway 22 at 10:30pm on June 15th headed towards Muscatine from quad cities and just past the big hill past Fairport as we got just past the cabins there was someone all in white with either white makeup on or thin white mask laying in ditch right by road and sat up with his thumb up, it surprised us like seeing a deer onside of road,' wrote Liles.

He then added: 'I thought it was just a manikin just the torso but it was gone later.'

And while some are taking this all as a joke, police are very serious about learning who these people are and why they are doing this to drivers.

To one person who questioned if this was an actual concern, the Sheriff's Department wrote: 'We do take this seriously, hoping the public can assist.'  

* For more on this story, listen to Tim R. Swartz this past Wednesday night on
 "Ground Zero" with Clyde Lewis.

Source: The Daily Mail


Kelpies and Other Water Horses in Myth and Legend
By Valdar

There are many interesting legends from around the world and through the ages that refer to mythical beings that are similar to horses. The Scottish Kelpies are some of the more intriguing of these creatures and tales about these water horses have been told far and wide around that country.

In Scotland, the kelpie is a shape-shifting water spirit which resides in lakes and pools. The historian Douglas Harper defined kelpies as demons appearing specifically in the shape of horses. However, some legends say that it can also assume human form.

While appearing as a human, the kelpie will still have its hooves. For this reason, the kelpie is seen as a malefic entity. In Scotland, almost every lake has a story about a kelpie. Probably the most well-known of these stories is the one about the kelpie of Loch Ness.

In the past, human sacrifices were made to appease the gods and spirits of the waters. In time, this practice led to the appearance of the belief in evil water horses. There are some stories, however, in which kelpies are seen in a more positive light and are said to protect small children from drowning in lakes. Kelpies also apparently warned young women to be wary of handsome strangers.

Kelpies are the most common water spirits in Scottish folklore and they can live both in water as well as on land. They often appear in legends as strong and beautiful black horses which live in the deep pools of rivers and streams in Scotland. Kelpies are known for preying on the humans they encounter. The hooves of the kelpie are thought to be reversed to those of a regular horse. In Aberdeenshire, the kelpie allegedly has a mane of serpents, while the kelpie of River Spey was known to be white and capable of singing.

More Vicious Beings

The tangie or tongie is another shape-shifting spirit from Orkney and the Shetland Isles. It is a sea spirit appearing in the form of a horse or as a merman. This spirit can also appear as an old man. The creature is said to be covered with seaweed and it allegedly loves to terrorize lonely travelers.

Specifically, the tangie has a predilection for young women, whom it will abduct and devour under water. Black Eric, a sheep rustler, was known in legends for riding a tangie. The tangie he rode offered him supernatural assistance while raiding surrounding crofts. Ultimately, Black Eric fell to his death in the sea - but his tangie continued to terrorize the area.

The each-uisge of Scotland is known as “Ech-Ushkya” or as the “each-uisce” in Ireland. Literally meaning “water horse” it is a water spirit resembling the kelpie, but is far more vicious. Folklorist Katharine Briggs described the mythical being as “perhaps the fiercest and most dangerous of all the water-horses”.

While the kelpie inhabits rivers and streams, the each-uisge lives in the sea and in lakes. It is a shape shifter disguised as a beautiful horse, a pony, a giant bird or as a handsome man. While it is in its horse form, should a person mount it, then the individual is only safe while the each-uisge is on land. However, as soon as the horse smells water it is the end for the rider. The horse’s skin will become adhesive and the horse creature will immediately take its rider into the deepest part of the lake, drowning him. Once the victim has drowned, the each-uisge rips the corpse apart and devours it, leaving only the liver to float to the surface. For this reason, people in the Highlands were often wary of lone animals and strangers they encountered near the water’s edge.

On the Isle of Lewis, Croc-na-Beist, meaning “hillock of the monster”, is a knoll where an each-uisge was said to have been slain by the brother of a woman it tried to seduce while in its human form.

Apart from humans, these malevolent water creatures also fed on cattle and sheep. The use of these animals could also help someone to lure, capture, and kill the each-uisge. The smell of roasted meat attracts the each-uisge in McKay’s story from “More West Highland Tales”:

    "A blacksmith from Raasay lost his daughter to the each-uisge. In revenge the blacksmith and his son made a set of large hooks, in a forge they set up by the loch side. They then roasted a sheep and heated the hooks until they were red hot. At last a great mist appeared from the water and the each-uisge rose from the depths and seized the sheep. The blacksmith and his son rammed the red-hot hooks into its flesh and after a short struggle dispatched it. In the morning there was nothing left of the creature apart from a jelly like substance."

The hippocampus, meaning “horse monster” in Greek, is a mythical creature in Greek and Phoenician mythology. In English, the creature is often called a “sea-horse”. The being was also adopted by Etruscan mythology and it is described as having the upper body of a horse and the lower body of a fish.

Melquart, the tutelary god of the Phoenician city of Tyre, was depicted as riding a winged hippocampus. Poseidon was also the god of horses and known as Poseidon Hippios.

Even though it was not a water horse, Sleipnir of Norse mythology is also worth mentioning here. Sleipnir was the eight legged steed of the chief god Odin, the child of Loki, and the fastest horse in all of the nine worlds.

As it can be seen, horses have been present in human history since the beginning of time and they have also entered the myths and legends of the world in a variety of forms.

Source: Ancient Origins


Scientist Wilhelm Reich Work Defended

Supporters of the late Wilhelm Reich are working to advance the theories that landed him in prison.

It was 50 years ago that physician-scientist Wilhelm Reich, best known for his discovery of a purported cosmic life force associated with sexual orgasm, died in federal prison, his books burned and his equipment destroyed by the government.

Ridiculed at the time, the European-born psychiatrist is largely forgotten today, and his work on what he called orgone energy remains outside the scientific mainstream.

But a small number of scientists and other believers are working to advance his studies –- and resurrect his reputation.

"Personally, I think it's going to be a long time before all of his work is understood and recognized," said Reich's granddaughter, Renata Reich Moise, a nurse-midwife and artist in the coastal town of Hancock.

Reich died on Nov. 3, 1957, in a federal prison in Lewisburg, Pa., where he was sent for ignoring an injunction obtained by the Food and Drug Administration that outlawed his orgone energy accumulator.

The 50th anniversary of Reich's death is being marked by a major exhibit on him and his work that will open Nov. 15 at the Jewish Museum in Vienna, the city where he attended medical school, began his psychiatric practice and studied under Sigmund Freud.

In New Jersey, the American College of Orgonomy, which provides training and research support for physicians and others interested in Reich and his legacy, has scheduled a conference and dinner to coincide with the anniversary.

Also this month, nearly 300 boxes of Reich's unpublished papers, which were placed in storage at the Countway Library at Harvard Medical School, will become available to researchers for the first time.

Reich directed in his will that the scientific papers, journals and diaries be opened 50 years after his death. He also specified that his laboratory at the 175-acre site he dubbed Orgonon, which overlooks Rangeley Lake, be converted to a museum.

In Rangeley, where Reich spent his latter years, scientists and doctors from the U.S. and Europe gathered this summer for a conference that explored the prospects of seeking FDA approval for clinical trials of orgone accumulator blankets to treat burn victims.

Reich is described by the American Psychoanalytic Association as "one of the most brilliant, creative and controversial of the pioneering analysts." He was the first to focus on character analysis rather than neurotic symptoms. He linked a healthy sex life, which he called "orgastic potency," to emotional wellness, believing that failure to discharge sexual energy resulted in neurotic disorders.

His more controversial work came after he veered away from psychotherapy and into laboratory experiments in Norway that led to the discovery of what he called "bions" – basic life forms that gave off orgone energy.

After moving to the U.S. just before the start of World War II, he focused on isolating and collecting that energy, and went on to test its effect on cancer.

His orgone accumulators eventually caught the attention of the FDA.

The agency investigated, then branded the devices consisting of alternating metallic and nonmetallic materials a fraud. In 1954, the FDA sought an injunction in U.S. District Court in Portland. Reich refused to appear in court, triggering a default judgment and order that his books and accumulators be destroyed.

He was sentenced to two years in prison for contempt of court. He served eight months before he died of a heart attack.

The FDA's injunction, supporters say, had a chilling effect on Reich's work that persists today. That's a shame, Moise said, because she believes that there's merit in the orgone accumulator blanket, which her mother used in her medical practice.

Moise has tried it herself to heal burns.

"It's not crazy. It actually works," she said.

Even as the anniversary-related events rekindle memories of Reich and his theories, some of his supporters worry that they are in  a race against time.

The challenge, they say, is to keep his work alive and advance it through new studies at a time when Reich is not being taught in either medical schools or physics classes.

Source: Portland Press Herald


Mysteries, Madness, and Vanishings at China’s Cursed Lake
By Brent Swancer

For whatever reasons, some locations on this planet of ours seem to have a habit of drawing things in to be erased. It is in these places where forces beyond our control or understanding conspire to lurch forth to suck in those foolhardy enough to venture there, and quite often nothing remains to allow us to piece together what has happened. Many people have heard of the Bermuda Triangle, but what many others might not realize is that this just one of many such predatory places that inhabit various areas around the world. One such place can be found in China, where the largest lake in the country has long earned itself a reputation as not only a place where things launch off into oblivion, but also a wellspring of high strangeness that continues to baffle and stir the imagination to this day.

Sitting within the rugged beauty of rural Jiangxi Province, China, is Poyang Lake. At an average size of around 3,500 square kilometers (1,400 sq. mi), it is China’s largest freshwater lake, and is an essential stop off point for millions of migrating birds every year, as well as the habitat for the very rare freshwater finless porpoise, locally known as the jiangzhu, or “river pig.” In addition to this rich biodiversity, the lake also has a rich history spanning centuries. The formation of the lake in around 400AD occurred when the Gan River backed up to flood the countryside, dramatically swallowing Poyang County and Haihun County, creating a mass exodus of people looking to escape the relentless invasion of the growing lake and its hungry waters. At one point, during the Tang Dynasty, the phenomenal growth of the lake caused it to swell up to a vast area of 6,000 square kilometers (2,300 sq. mi), and its unstoppable formation was responsible for the prosperity of Wucheng Township, in Jiangxi Province, which benefitted from the influx of settlers on the run from the ravenous infant lake.

In 1363, Poyang Lake was the scene of perhaps the largest and bloodiest naval engagement in history, when the massive fleets of the Ming and Han dynasties clashed here during the final days of China’s Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty, in what would come to be known as the Battle of Lake Poyang. The intense battle made heavy use of the relatively new technology of firearms and gunpowder for warfare, as hulking floating fortresses called tower ships lurched at and battered each other in ferocious naval combat. In the aftermath of the fierce battle the Ming would emerge victorious, take control of the country, and the leader Zhu Yuanzhang would become the first emperor of the powerful Ming Dynasty.

The lake’s somewhat sinister and violent history is punctuated by a persistent mystery which surrounds it, as it is here where ships have long ventured out to never return, so many in fact, that Poyang Lake is often referred to ominously as “The Bermuda Triangle of the East,” or additionally “The Waters of Death” or “The Place of Death” by locals. One of the strangest such disappearances occurred during World War II, when the Japanese invasion and occupation of China was in full swing. On April 16, 1945, an enormous, 2,000 ton Japanese cargo vessel, the Kobe Maru, along with around 200 troops, was making its way across the lake near Laoye Temple, loaded with stolen treasure, precious artifacts and loot when it inexplicably sank under totally clear conditions. In the wake of this mysterious sinking, the Japanese Navy allegedly sent a salvage team of seven divers to go recover the ship’s valuable cargo, yet only one of the divers survived. When the lone diver was retrieved, he was allegedly speechless and overcome with terror by something he had seen down in the depths. The diver is said to have never divulged what had  happened, and indeed is reported as having been rendered morose, unresponsive, and driven insane by the mysterious ordeal. None of the other divers or indeed any of the crew or even a scrap of the Kobe Maru were ever seen again.

When the war ended, the Chinese government went about trying to salvage the ship, hoping to regain some of the precious antiques and relics that had been stolen from them by the Japanese. The Chinese hired the American salvage expert Edward Boer to find the wreckage, but not only did he fail to find any sign whatsoever of the wreck after an exhaustive one-month search, but several divers are said to have disappeared without a trace. Making this whole case more bizarre is that the ship is estimated to have sunk in only 30 feet of water in the mostly shallow lake. Boer himself remained quiet about the whole search decades later, when he published a rather strange account in the United Nation Environment News. Over the span of the article, the events depicted become increasingly more bizarre. Boer claims that as he was diving with his team there was a blindingly bright light that stabbed up from the murk below, followed by an ear piercing, unearthly screeching sound. He explained that the lake itself seemed to be shaking and that they were being pulled in by some unseen force. Boer would claim that he had managed to pull free of the strange vortex sucking them in, and when he reached a distance witnessed in horror as his team dissolved away into a pulsating bright light on the lake bottom.

The vanishing of the Kobe Maru and the divers who subsequently went to search for it are by no means the only victims of the lake, and these waters have devoured countless fishing boats, pleasure boats, cargo transporters, and military vessels. During the period from the 1960s through the 1980s, a startling 200 ships mysteriously vanished here, along with an estimated 1,600 people, all of which have never been seen again. One clear day on Aug. 3, 1985, a total of 13 ships vanished without a trace in a single day. The few who have managed to come back to tell the tales are often beset with lost memories, lost time, profound disorientation, and chronic mental illness, even stark raving insanity. Boats have continued to go missing at Lake Poyang even up into the present day. In 2001 a large cargo ship carrying sand was suddenly swamped by a sudden large wave in otherwise calm conditions and sank without a trace. One particularly strange recent case comes from March of 2010, in which a huge, 1,000 ton vessel suddenly sank on a clear, calm day near shore for no discernible reason. Its wreckage was never located.

The strangest thing about these disappearances, besides the sheer number of them and the calm conditions under which they typically occur, is that in a relatively shallow lake with an average depth of only 8.4 metres (28 ft) there should be easily found wreckage and remnants of these ships all over the place, yet there are none, despite numerous expeditions that have scoured the bottom here looking for signs of them. One researcher at the Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology who has spent considerable time trying to unravel the mysteries here, a Jiahu Jiang, has expressed puzzlement at this, saying that with such a number of reported missing ships on the lake the lack of any wrecks or human remains is “unimaginable.” The only hint of wreckage ever found here was in the early 2000s, when an underwater archeology expedition used advanced sonar equipment and sand pumps to locate 16 magnetic anomalies scattered about the bottom. One of the anomalies was found to have the outline of a ship, but only a few scraps of wreckage were ever recovered. Why are remnants of so many sunk ships on the lake so sparse? Has the lake itself digested them to never be seen again?

In addition to ships and divers being swallowed up by the lake, there have been other curious disappearances and oddities here as well. In 1977, three dams were built here, with the largest being 2,000 feet long, 165 feet wide, and 50 feet high. One day this enormous dam is said to have just disappeared, leaving not a scrap behind. Another bizarre case is that of a salvage diver named Shen Dahai, who vanished while unsuccessfully searching for wrecks on the bottom. Reports allege that his body was found the following day floating about in Changba Shan Lake, which is odd considering this lake is 15km away and in no way connected to Poyang Lake. Adding to these mysteries are countless reports of sudden rogue tidal waves, strange roving whirlpools, underwater lights, UFOs, spontaneous violent lightning storms that abate as abruptly as they started, and mysterious shadowy lake monsters.

There have been numerous theories on what is going on at Poyang Lake, ranging from the sensible to the absurd. One idea is that the sinkings are caused by suddenly forming sandbars, at least one of which has been discovered through aerial imaging. Ships might have either crashed against the sandbars directly or been affected by whirlpools generated by the currents churning around them. However, this still fails to explain the curious lack of any wrecks. Others have blamed spontaneous inter-dimensional portals, strange vortexes, earthbound black holes, unexplained magnetic anomalies, freak lightning strikes, supernatural forces, or of course alien abduction. Many of the more fringe theories on the disappearances of Poyang Lake point to its location upon the 30 degree north latitude. This is significant because there are many ancient places of importance that are also located here, such as the Pyramids of Egypt, as well as other notorious places of mysterious vanishings that lie along roughly the same latitude, such as the infamous Bermuda Triangle itself.

What lies behind the mysteries of this place? Is this some point anchored to mysterious forces we will never grasp? Is it merely a place plagued with intense deadly natural phenomena that have launched it into spooky legend? Or is it a location that is, for lack of a better word, just plain evil? Is it possible for a place to harbor malevolent intent? Whatever the answers to these questions may be, the wrecks of Poyang Lake, as well as its many victims, remain lost, its secrets remain elusive, and its mysteries alive and well.

Source: Mysterious Universe


Why You Should Worry About Intelligent Machines

They started off by wounding our pride. Will AI end up taking our jobs – or even our lives?

Twenty years ago, IBM’s Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov at chess – then seen as the gold standard of human intellect. Now a new wave of AI seems poised to take over a wide range of human tasks, potentially putting huge numbers of people out of work. And an unlikely alliance of philosophers, technologists and movie-makers has stoked fears that the next generation of AI might snuff out humanity.

A reality check is needed. We are nowhere near the creation of a machine that replicates the full suite of a human’s intellectual capabilities. And the threat of extinction by superintelligences, if and when they arrive, is only one of a number of esoteric possibilities.

So where does paranoia about AI come from? In part, it’s the challenge smart machines present to long-standing ideas about human exceptionalism, which survived the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions but may be fatally undermined by intelligent – or even conscious – machines. It’s also a type of techno-pessimism: we can foresee the potential downsides, but the upsides aren’t yet clear.

That doesn’t mean the boom in AI gives us nothing to worry about. As ever, it isn’t the technology itself that should concern us, but how humans design and use tools based on it.

On the issue of human exceptionalism, there’s not a lot that can be done. Even cherished qualities like creativity and invention may well be outsourced to AI in the coming years. But we shouldn’t feel threatened by this: we should feel exhilarated at the new things we can do with their help, just as the digital tools we use today have enhanced and diversified the ways in which we communicate and create.

When it comes to jobs, the AI threat is probably overstated. On closer scrutiny, many seemingly straightforward jobs include cognitively taxing elements that AI cannot master – yet.

The “gig economy”, pioneered by firms such as Uber, adds flexibility to the labour force and convenience to their customers via algorithmic management – but at a cost to workers’ rights and conditions. AI could accelerate that trend. That matters: our work is integral to our identities, and preserving the dignity of labour should be central to our society.

We should strive to ensure that AI is used to upskill workers rather than paring their jobs down to tedious piecework: dehumanising workers is a poor use of the technology.

Tackling that is a social and political issue, rather than a technological one. AI may force changes on our economic system – witness the discussions over the introduction of a basic universal income for all.

But change should be people-centric, not led by AI-driven efficiency that enriches a few to the detriment of the many.

As for super-smart AI wiping us out, relax. For the moment we should worry more about semi-smart machines given too much power. Autonomous weapons may be in legal limbo, but that hasn’t stopped their development. Drone warfare provides a taste of what’s to come: how can machines that can’t tell civilians from combatants do the “right” thing without human control?

In this, as elsewhere, the answers lie with us. AI can’t strip us of our jobs, our dignity or our human rights. Only other humans can do that.

Source: New Scientist

The Mystery of Indiana's "Grave in the Middle of the Road"
By Greg Newkirk

One of Indiana’s most haunted hotspots has been scaring off midnight visitors and road workers alike for hundreds of years, but now the mysterious Grave in the Middle of the Road has gotten even stranger after the discovery of not one, but seven bodies under the single headstone.

For the better part of a century, road crews in Indiana have been terrified of disturbing a single grave that sits, to this day, in the middle of County Road 400 in Amity. They’ve been so scared, in fact, that rather than flatten the plot out and move the remains, they’ve opted to split the lanes and pave around it. You might wonder why a lone burial plot would be such a source of fear, and for the answer, you have to go way back to 1808.

Well before road crews began painting white lines on fresh pavement, the town of Amity, Indiana was just a small village that popped up near Sugar Creek. In 1808, fourteen-year-old Nancy Kerlin married William Bartlett, popped out eleven kids, and then passed away just twenty-three years later at the age of thirty-seven. Her dying wish was to be laid to rest on her favorite piece of land overlooking the creek. Nancy was the first to be buried on the hill, but she was soon joined by enough locals that an official cemetery was built around her grave.

Fast forward several decades and the county had decided that it was time to pave a new road. Unfortunately, the developers hadn’t planned for the small cemetery to be directly in the path of their new route, and eventually decided that they would just pave over it. That didn’t exactly work out so well for them.

Nancy’s grandson Daniel G. Doty, so incensed that the remains of his family would be disrespected, cocked his shotgun and set up camp on his grandmother’s plot, threatening any worker who dared to approach the mound. Daniel defended the patch of land for several weeks until the county threw in the towel and agreed to leave Nancy’s grave untouched. Having already paved the road up to that point, they had no choice but to split the lanes down the middle and work around the the plot. In August 1912 Nancy’s grave received a historical marker, officially cementing its place in the legends of Amity, Indiana.

For over a hundred years, the site has sat relatively untouched, but that hasn’t stopped it from gaining a reputation as one of the most haunted cemeteries in the state. Late night visitors have reported everything from phantoms appearing in front of their cars as they approach the mound, to disembodied voices whispering in the night, to electrical problems with their cars. It’s almost as if Nancy can’t get any rest with the traffic so close by.

Well, looks like the spirits in the middle of County Road 400 are about to get even more restless as archaeologists have disturbed the site in order to make room for wider lanes. But in doing so, they’ve made a startling discovery: at least seven other bodies buried in the supposedly solitary grave.

University of Indianapolis archaeologist Christopher W. Schmidt was called in by the Johnson County Highway Department to help them safely assess the new construction, only for him to discover that someone had dug up the remains of a number of other bodies and dumped them in the plot. The excavation, which should have taken just a week, ended up taking over a month, with the bodies of four children, two women, and one man uncovered.

“If Mr. Doty’s story is correct,” Schmidt told Indy Star reporters, “he didn’t just protect his grandmother. He also prevented all the graves from being moved.”

The stray bones are currently undergoing DNA testing with Nancy Kerlin-Barnett’s living relatives to determine just who they belong to, after which they’re set to be placed in new coffins and buried at their original site in the middle of the road. Until then, County Road 400 will remain closed, with no date for reopening currently set. Here’s hoping that now, the spirits occupying Indiana’s Grave in the Middle of the Road can get some rest.

Source: Week in Weird

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