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Melting Greenland Ice Could Release Radioactive Waste -  
- This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult -
-  New "Loveland Frogman" Sighting -
AND: Why Do Ghosts Wear Clothes?

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Project Alien Mind Control
UFO Review Special: The New UFO Terror Tactic


What do you do when the power blackouts keep occurring and the mysterious disappearances and outright kidnappings continue to mount?

According to a small group of astute researchers, the Ultra-Terrestrials will not be destroying our world with laser weapons like in the blockbuster sci-fi movie Independence Day. Evidence indicates they want to capture our souls as well as our minds in order to accomplish their otherworldly “foul deeds.” They have no need to blow our fastest military aircraft out of the sky. Their best weapons are not futuristic military ones. Instead, their top-grade artillery against humanity is a numbing form of “high-tech alien mind control.” Utilizing a series of bizarre techniques, they are able to trick us into accepting their unorthodox and utterly evil belief systems through manipulative “hallucinatory” effects and establish an emotionless reaction to their far from charitable presence on Earth.

According to Montalk.Net, “Mankind is being enslaved by non-human forces who are technologically, psychically and dimensionally superior to us (but not necessarily spiritually, and therein lies our freedom). Through covert mental machinations and hyper-dimensional tricks that employ time travel, they have secretly manipulated and exploited humanity in every way conceivable since the birth of our race, and even our origins are suspect and bear the signs of genetic engineering.”

Project Alien Mind Control is well underway and thousands of individuals and entire towns are being mentally enslaved! It is important for the well-being of the planet that we all join the alien resistance and learn to elude their mind control efforts at all costs.

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Melting Greenland Ice Could Release Radioactive Waste
By Alister Doyle

Global warming could release radioactive waste stored in an abandoned Cold War-era U.S. military camp deep under Greenland's ice caps if a thaw continues to spread in coming decades, scientists said on Friday.

Camp Century was built in northwest Greenland in 1959 as part of U.S. research into the feasibility of nuclear missile launch sites in the Arctic, the University of Zurich said in a statement.

Staff left gallons of fuel and an unknown amount of low-level radioactive coolant there when the base shut down in 1967 on the assumption it would be entombed forever, according to the university.

It is all currently about 35 meters (114.83 ft) down. But the part of the ice sheet covering the camp could start to melt by the end of the century on current trends, the scientists added.

"Climate change could remobilize the abandoned hazardous waste believed to be buried forever beneath the Greenland ice sheet," the university said of findings published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

The study, led by York University in Canada in collaboration with the University of Zurich, estimated that pollutants in the camp included 200,000 liters (44,000 UK gallons) of diesel fuel and the coolant from a nuclear generator used to produce power.

"It's a new breed of political challenge we have to think about," lead author William Colgan, a climate and glacier scientist at York University, said in a statement.

"If the ice melts, the camp's infrastructure, including any remaining biological, chemical, and radioactive wastes, could re-enter the environment and potentially disrupt nearby ecosystems," the University of Zurich said.

The study said it would be extremely costly to try to remove any waste now. It recommended waiting "until the ice sheet has melted down to almost expose the wastes before beginning site remediation."

There was no immediate comment from U.S. authorities.

Source: Reuters


This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult
By David Gauvey Herbert

Forget telephoto lenses and fake mustaches: The most important tools for America’s 35,000 private investigators are database subscription services. For more than a decade, professional snoops have been able to search troves of public and nonpublic records—known addresses, DMV records, photographs of a person’s car—and condense them into comprehensive reports costing as little as $10. Now they can combine that information with the kinds of things marketers know about you, such as which politicians you donate to, what you spend on groceries, and whether it’s weird that you ate in last night, to create a portrait of your life and predict your behavior.

IDI, a year-old company in the so-called data-fusion business, is the first to centralize and weaponize all that information for its customers. The Boca Raton, Fla., company’s database service, idiCORE, combines public records with purchasing, demographic, and behavioral data. Chief Executive Officer Derek Dubner says the system isn’t waiting for requests from clients—it’s already built a profile on every American adult, including young people who wouldn’t be swept up in conventional databases, which only index transactions. “We have data on that 21-year-old who’s living at home with mom and dad,” he says.

Dubner declined to provide a demo of idiCORE or furnish the company’s report on me. But he says these personal profiles include all known addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses; every piece of property ever bought or sold, plus related mortgages; past and present vehicles owned; criminal citations, from speeding tickets on up; voter registration; hunting permits; and names and phone numbers of neighbors. The reports also include photos of cars taken by private companies using automated license plate readers—billions of snapshots tagged with GPS coordinates and time stamps to help PIs surveil people or bust alibis.

IDI also runs two coupon websites, allamericansavings.com and samplesandsavings.com, that collect purchasing and behavioral data. When I signed up for the latter, I was asked for my e-mail address, birthday, and home address, information that could easily link me with my idiCORE profile. The site also asked if I suffered from arthritis, asthma, diabetes, or depression, ostensibly to help tailor its discounts.

Users and industry analysts say the addition of purchasing and behavioral data to conventional data fusion outmatches rival systems in terms of capabilities—and creepiness. “The cloud never forgets, and imperfect pictures of you composed from your data profile are carefully filled in over time,” says Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates, a consulting firm. “We’re like bugs in amber, completely trapped in the web of our own data.”

When logging in to IDI and similar databases, a PI must select a permissible use for a search under U.S. privacy laws. The Federal Trade Commission oversees the industry, but PI companies are largely expected to police themselves, because a midsize outfit may run thousands of searches a month.

Dubner says most Americans have little to fear. As examples, he cites idiCORE uses such as locating a missing person and nabbing a fraud or terrorism suspect.

IDI, like much of the data-fusion industry, traces its lineage to Hank Asher, a former cocaine smuggler and self-taught programmer who began fusing sets of public data from state and federal governments in the early 1990s. After Sept. 11, law enforcement’s interest in commercial databases grew, and more money and data began raining down, says Julia Angwin, a reporter who wrote about the industry in her 2014 book, Dragnet Nation.

Asher died suddenly in 2013, leaving behind his company, the Last One (TLO), which credit bureau TransUnion bought in bankruptcy for $154 million. Asher’s disciples, including Dubner, left TLO and eventually teamed up with Michael Brauser, a former business partner of Asher’s, and billionaire health-care investor Phillip Frost. In May 2015, after a flurry of purchases and mergers, the group rebranded its database venture as IDI.

Besides pitching its databases to big-name PIs (Kroll, Control Risks), law firms, debt collectors, and government agencies, IDI says it’s also targeting consumer marketers. The 200-employee company had revenue of about $40 million in its most recent quarter and says 2,800 users signed up for idiCORE in the first month after its May release. It declined to provide more recent figures. The company’s data sets are growing, too. In December, Frost helped underwrite IDI’s $100 million acquisition of marketing profiler Fluent, which says it has 120 million profiles of U.S. consumers. In June, IDI bought ad platform Q Interactive for a reported $21 million in stock.

IDI may need Frost’s deep pockets for a while. The PI industry’s three favorite databases are owned by TransUnion and media giants Reed Elsevier and Thomson Reuters. “There’s no shortage,” says Chuck McLaughlin, chairman of the board of the World Association of Detectives, which has about 1,000 members. “The longer you’re in business, the more data you have, the better results.” He uses TLO and Tracers Information Specialists.

Steve Rambam, a PI who hosts Nowhere to Hide on the Investigation Discovery channel, says marketing data remains a niche monitoring tool compared with social media, but its power can be unparalleled. “You may not know what you do on a regular basis, but I know,” Rambam says. “I know it’s Thursday, you haven’t eaten Chinese food in two weeks, and I know you’re due.”

Source: Bloomberg

Poltergeist Tormented Family With Toys
By Dana Matthews

Poltergeist activity is often a crippling experience for the families going through the often-misunderstood phenomena, and none understand that better than the couple associated with the South Shields Poltergeist. In December of 2005, “Marc and Marianne” (pseudonyms used to protect their identities)  began to experience some of the most violent and diabolical poltergeist activity ever been documented, and most of it revolved around their three-year-old son’s toys.

The family home, located in South Shields – just a short distance away from the infamous Ponterfract Poltergeist, was always a relatively quiet place. It wasn’t until Christmas of 2005 when the family began noticing strange things. What began as an occasional door closing on its own soon escalated to chairs mysteriously stacking by themselves and chests of drawers being pushed across the floors by an unseen force. But it was what began happening next that took the haunting to a whole new level.

One evening Marianne was hit in the back of the head with one of her son Robert’s toys. With her husband beside her, no one was in the room to have thrown the object, and it seemed to appear out of nowhere. Petrified, the couple cowered in their bed while a pair of phantom hands tried to wrestle the bedcovers away from them. The encounter abruptly ended when Marc felt a searing burning on his back, only to discover 13 red scratches that appeared out of nowhere.

It was at this point that the South Shields Poltergeist activity began to turn violent, and for some strange reason, seemed to revolve around their child’s toys. One particularly frightening incident involved the couple discovering a rocking horse hanging from the ceiling fan. Another time, the entity placed one of the child’s stuffed rabbits at the top of the stairs in a chair.. and included a very sharp box cutter in the toy’s arms.

Shortly thereafter, the family would begin receiving text messages that read “You’re Dead” or “Go Die”. These messages couldn’t be traced back to any operational phone. Often times the entity would take to scribbling things on the Robert’s doodle board, spewing frightening phrases like “Just go Now”, “Die bitch”, “RIP”, and “Go bitch now to your mam”.

Sometimes Robert would even go missing, only to be found hiding in strange areas of the house, including closets, under beds, and in cupboards. Paranormal researchers Mike Hollowell and Darren Ritson were invited to the home to investigate some of the activity that the couple claimed was occurring, and documented objects balancing on their own in impossible angles, as well as strange phrases sketched onto paper and toys.

Quite often the investigators would actually witness the entity manifest as a large black shadow skulking around the house at night. They described it as being a midnight-black, three-dimensional silhouette that “radiated sheer evil,” though they were never actually able to capture the image on camera.

Then, just as quickly as the terrifying activity began, it stopped altogether, and according the couple, has continued to be fairly quiet. For pretty obvious reasons, both Marc and Marianne were keen to sell the house in case the poltergeist of South Shields decides to come back out of hiding.

“We were absolutely terrified,’ Marianne told reporters. ‘I don’t think I’ll ever be the same again. If I hear a noise that I cannot explain, or something goes missing, then it always makes us wonder whether it has come back again. But right now, we are just glad that it seems to have left us alone.”

Of course, there are always those who claimed that Marc and Marianne were just making the entire story up for a little public attention, however, the investigators who spent time documenting the activity were quick to defend the couple, saying that they would simply not be able to fake some of the activity they witnessed.

Though some of the reported experiences seem like they could have happened in a horror movie, both the family and the investigators involved continue to argue it was all a real life nightmare.

Source: Week in Weird


New "Loveland Frogman" Sighting
By James Leggate

LOVELAND, Ohio - Long ago, in the '70s, men spoke of a legendary creature inhabiting the Little Miami River.

Now a couple playing "Pokemon Go" may have stumbled across the same creature, the Loveland Frogman.

The story goes: two different police officers spotted the Frogman on two different nights in the March of 1972, according to weirdus.com.

Wednesday night, Sam Jacobs and his girlfriend were playing "Pokemon Go" between Loveland Madeira Road and Lake Isabella. Then a night of fun turned into a chilling tale of horror; that was when they encountered the purported Frogman.

"We saw a huge frog near the water," Jacobs wrote in an email. "Not in the game, this was an actual giant frog."

Jacobs stopped playing Pokemon Go so he could document what he was seeing, snapping some photos and shooting a short video.

"Then the thing stood up and walked on its hind legs. I realize this sounds crazy, but I swear on my grandmother's grave this is the truth," he wrote. "The frog stood about 4 feet tall."

When they returned to Jacobs' girlfriend's home, her parents told them about the legend of the Frogman.

So was it the legendary Frogman? Or just a big frog? Jacobs wasn't sure.

"Either way, I've never seen anything like it," he concluded.

Loveland’s Frogman

In March of 1972, on two separate occasions, two Ohio policemen saw what has become known as the “Loveland Frogman.” Fortean investigators Ron Schaffner and Richard Mackey, who interviewed the officers, investigated the incidents.

The first incident took place at 1:00 AM on March 3, 1972 on a clear, cold night. Officer Ray Shockey was on route to Loveland, via Riverside Road, when he thought he saw a dog beside the roadway, in a field on Twightwee Road. But then the “thing” stood up, its eyes illuminated by the car lights, looked at him for an instant, turned, and leapt over a guardrail. Shockey saw it go down an embankment and into the Little Miami River. He described the thing as weighing about sixty pounds, standing about three to four feet tall, and having a textured, leathery skin and a face like a frog or lizard.
Shockey drove to the police station and returned with Officer Mark Matthews to look for evidence of the creature. They turned up scrape marks leading down the side of the small hill near the river.

On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1972, Officer Matthews was driving outside of Loveland when he had a similar experience. Seeing an animal lying in the middle of the road, he stopped to remove what he thought was a dead critter. Instead, when the officer opened his squeaky car door, the animal got up into a crouched position like a football player. The creature hobbled to the guardrail and lifted its leg over the fence, keeping an eye on Matthews the whole time.

Perhaps it was the funny smirk on its face, but Matthews decided to shoot it. He missed, however, probably because the thing didn’t slow down. Matthews later told how he felt the creature stood more upright than the way Shockey had described it. One area farmer told investigators he saw a large, frog-like or lizard-like creature during the same month of the officers’ sightings.

The reports of the 1972 Frogman had been hard on the witnesses.

“Those two officers took a lot of flack about the sighting back then,” said a local businessman who wished not to be identified in a 1985 newspaper story about the sightings. “People made fun of them and the city.”

Years later, in 1999, during local media interviews, Mark Matthews explained that he was tired of talking about the “Frogman,” and that what he had seen was an iguana.

Mathews explained that the first officer to encounter the purported Frogman, Ray Shockey, called him one night in the March of 1972  after spotting something strange on Riverside Drive/Kemper Road near the Totes boot factory and the Little Miami River.

"Naturally, I didn't believe him … but I could somehow tell from his demeanor that he did see something," Mathews said.

Later that month, Mathews was driving on Kemper Road near the boot factory when he saw something run across the road. However, it wasn't walking upright and didn't climb over the guardrail as the urban legend of the Frogman goes. The creature crawled under the guardrail. Matthews said he "had no clue what it was."

"I know no one would believe me, so I shot it," he said.

Mathews recovered the creature's body and put it in his trunk to show Shockey. He said Shockey said it was the creature he had seen, too.

It was a large iguana about 3 or 3.5 feet long, Mathews said. The animal was missing its tail, which is why he didn't immediately recognize it.

Mathews said he figured the iguana had been someone's pet and then either got loose or was released when it grew too large. He also theorized that the cold-blooded animal had been living near the pipes that released water that was used for cooling the ovens in the boot factory as a way to stay warm in the cold March weather.

However, both witnesses at the time described something that looked like an upright manlike lizard about 4 feet tall. And then there is the matter of the sketch. 

Officer Shockey’s sister drew it for them shortly after their experience with the creature, and it clearly looks like a giant frogman, a bipedal creature. During 2001, Weird Ohio did a follow-up investigation, re-interviewing principals, including asking Ron Schaffner about Matthews’ attempts to pull back from his original story.

Schaffner told us, “Why, after all these years is Matthew’s debunking the story? I’m not sure. Could be a number of reasons. But both officers told us that it resembled the sketch in 1976. Why would they shows us a composite drawing of this creature back in 1976 and tell us that it looked like the drawing? I lived in Loveland for about five years and the story is still circulating with many variations. Just maybe Matthews is tired of hearing the story and all the variations.”

Source: WCPO News


Tabby’s Star Has Just Gotten More Mysterious
By Maddie Stone

Last fall, a little-known star called KIC 8462852 became our planetary obsession when astronomers said that its erratic flickering could be the result of an alien megastructure. Further observation of Tabby’s Star yielded no signs of aliens, but the sudden dips in luminosity continue to defy explanation. Now, things just got a bit weirder.

In an unpublished paper posted today to arXiv, Caltech astronomer Ben Montet and Joshua Simon of the Carnegie Institute describe the results of a new photometric analysis of Tabby’s Star, which was first flagged in the Kepler Space Telescope’s database by citizen science astronomers.

By carefully examining all the full-frame images collected during Kepler’s observational campaign, Montet and Simon discovered something astonishing: Not only did the star’s light output occasionally dip by up to 20 percent, its total stellar flux diminished continuously over the course of four years.

For the first 1000 days of Kepler’s campaign, Tabby’s Star decreased in luminosity by approximately 0.34 percent per year. For the next 200 days, the star dimmed more rapidly, its total stellar flux dropping by 2 percent before leveling off. Overall, Tabby’s Star faded roughly 3 percent during the four years that Kepler stared at it—an absolutely enormous, inexplicable amount. The astronomers looked at 500 other stars in the vicinity, and saw nothing else like it.

“The part that really surprised me was just how rapid and non-linear it was,” Montet told Gizmodo. “We spent a long time trying to convince ourselves this wasn’t real. We just weren’t able to.”

This isn’t the first time astronomers have claimed that Tabby’s Star is fading. Earlier this year, Bradley Schaefer of Louisiana State University decided to examine the star in old photographic plates of sky dating back to the 19th century. He found that over the past 100 years, the star’s total light output has diminished by a whopping 19 percent. But shortly after publishing his claims, other astronomers started poking holes in them, saying that the observed dimming was the result of flawed data. Schaefer pushed back, and things got a little bit ugly.

The controversy over Schaefer’s work is what prompted Montet to look for long-term trends in another way. “We realized that in order to settle this, you needed either a long baseline, or high precision data,” Montet said. “Kepler has the latter.” Montet added that the rate of dimming he measured in the Kepler data is about twice what Schaefer found, which “is different, but not necessarily inconsistent.”

Jason Wright, the Penn State astronomer who first suggested that Tabby’s Star might be the site of a vast alien construction project, agreed that the new analysis lends credibility to Schaefer’s claim of century-long dimming. “The new paper states, and I agree, that we don’t have any really good models for this sort of behavior,” he said. “That’s exciting!”

Keivan Stassun, an astronomer at Vanderbilt who disputed the idea of long-term dimming, said that Tabby’s star continues to defy explanation. “[Montet’s] intriguing new findings suggest that none of the considered phenomena can alone explain the observations,” he told Gizmodo. “In the end, figuring out this puzzle may require accounting for a combination of effects.”

Some of the most credible explanations to date include a swarm of cometary fragments, the effect of a distorted star, or the remnants of a shattered planet. Certain things can explain long-term dimming while others can explain short-term flickering, but as Montet put it, “nothing nicely explains everything.”

What’s clear is that we aren’t going to solve this mystery until we get a better look at this star, which is exactly what Tabby Boyajian—the astronomer who first discovered it—is gearing up to do.

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign to secure time at the the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, Boyajian is going to observe her namesake star for a full year, with the hope of catching it in the act of flickering. If that happens, other telescopes around the world will be alerted and swiftly mobilized. We’ll be able to watch the star wink at us across the entire electromagnetic spectrum, and hopefully, decode its message.

Source: Gizmodo


Why Ghosts Wear Clothes

Pseudoskeptics and debunkers are usually quick to smirk and scoff at reports that spirits wear clothes. Indeed, it even exceeds the boggle threshold of many who believe in a spirit world.      

 "When the soul leaves the body it is at the first moment quite unclothed as at birth," Julia Ames communicated to William T. Stead, the prominent British journalist and automatist who went down with the Titanic, after her physical death.   "I awoke standing by my dead body, thinking I was still alive and in my ordinary physical frame. It was only when I saw the corpse in the bed that I knew that something had happened.  When the thought of nakedness crosses the spirit there comes the clothing which you need.  The idea with us is creative.  We think, and the thing is.  I do not remember putting on any garments.  There is just the sense of need, and the need is supplied."

Julia went on to say that once the spirit has fully awakened and adapted to the new environment, it has the ability to make itself appear in different ways, e.g., to appear as a child to someone who knew the spirit, when in the flesh, only as a child.  "We have no need to do so for our own purposes, but when a newcomer arrives, or when we have to manifest ourselves to you who are still in the body, then we need to use this thought-creation, and body forth the visual tangible appearances with which you are familiar."

In effect, Julia said what many other spirits have communicated: that they project an image of themselves as they remember having looked in the flesh to the newcomer on that side as well as to the person still in the earthly life so that they are recognized.

Allan Kardec, the pioneering French investigator, asked a spirit if any of them have wings.  "Spirits have not wings," the reply came.  "They do not need them; for, they can, as spirits transport themselves everywhere.  They appear according to the way in which they desire to affect the person to whom they show themselves. Some appear in ordinary costume, others enveloped in draperies; some with wings as attributes of the category of spirits they represent."  However, the spirit added that many spirits are unenlightened and do not really understand the process.   For them, it is more instinctive.

The communicating spirit went on to say that although the spirit has no corporeal infirmity, he might show himself disabled, lame, humpbacked, wounded, or with scars, whatever necessary for the incarnate person to recognize him.   The spirit also said that spirits can make ethereal matter tangible to the touch, if necessary.

A spirit calling himself Johannes communicated through medium Hester Travers-Smith to H. Dennis Bradley.  "Now you ask me about clothes and appearance... Every soul has its own form.  It has formed itself during the earth life, and it comes to us as it makes itself.  We seem to each other to be men and women as you are; and as to our garments, we do wear garments which convey the same impression as yours.  There are merely veils for the mental part, something that gives clothing and appearance to the mental form; but you need not believe that when you pass on you live so differently as you expect.  These garments are not made in the market as yours are; the really proceed largely from the idea of the individual.  They help to demonstrate the mind as yours do."

 Rev. C. Drayton Thomas, a psychical researcher as well as a Wesleyan minister, communicated with his deceased sister Etta through the mediumship of Gladys Osborne Leonard, a renowned trance-voice medium. At one of the sittings, Thomas asked Etta if clothing are simply replicas of those used when on earth or if spirits produce them entirely new. Etta replied:  "In one sense the answer to your question must be ‘both ways.'  Let me use as illustration the fact that on earth an old garment can be unpicked and remade into an apparently new one.  Now, our thought with regard to an object we have appreciated is so strong that it provides the pattern for a duplicate here.  But the actual garment is reproduced by processes unique to this sphere.  Thought plays a very important part in manufacturing here, but ours is not entirely a mental world.  We can make things by other processes than thought, if we choose to do so..."

At a different sitting, Thomas was told that he often visits with deceased relatives when he is sleeping.  His deceased father told him that he could see Drayton's soul leaving the body from his solar plexus during sleep, although at death it would leave from the head. He would watch the soul come out and form a sort of clothing for itself.  "That is because of one's intuitive sense of the need of clothing, the soul naturally seeks to clothe its body (i..e, the spiritual or psychic body)," it was explained.

Communicating through the hand of Elsa Barker, a renowned automatist of the early 20th Century, David Patterson Hatch, a lawyer and judge when "alive," said it is easy to get the clothes one wants after passing.  "I do not know how I became possessed of the garments which I wore on coming out, but when I began to take notice of such things I found myself dressed as usual.  I am not yet sure whether I brought my clothes with me."

Hatch said that after he had been on that side a short time, he encountered a woman dressed in a Greek costume.  He asked her where got it.  "Why, first I made a pattern in my mind, and then the thing became a garment," she replied.   Hatch then decided to see if he could make a Roman toga for himself, "but for the life of me I could not remember what a Roman toga looked like."

Similarly, a spirit once told Dr. Charles Richet, the 1913 Nobel Prize winner in medicine, that he could not materialize and show himself because he could not remember what he looked like when alive.

The same principle of being able to visualize oneself in the flesh seems to apply to psychic photography.  When a mother asked her discarnate son to explain just how he was able to appear on a photograph, he responded:  "I went home and looked at all my pictures, especially the one in the living room, as I like that best of all.  I tried to fix the image of that picture in my mind so that I might be able to impress it upon the ectoplasm."  The boy went on to say that he followed his mother into the room where she was being photographed and while the photographer was preparing to snap the picture he practiced a hit.  "Of course, I could not see myself but felt sure that I was pretty good.  I was all ready but when the camera man flashed a light bulb I did not expect it and I guess my face slipped a little."

A study of the history of spirit photography shows that many spirit photographs were supposedly debunked because the photographs resembled portraits of the person when alive, including the clothing worn in the photographs. It was assumed that the photographer somehow managed to obtain a portrait of the person.  The possibility that the spirits were using their old portraits to remember what they looked like, focusing on the same clothes worn in the portrait, seems not to have been grasped by the debunkers.

The spirit communicating with Father Johannes Greber, a Catholic priest in Germany, during the 1920s, said that "if a disembodied spirit wants to appear to terrestrial eyes in such a guise that it will be taken for its terrestrial being, it must clothes its spirit-form and all the members thereof with a shell of matter, which it produces by means of the condensation of terrestrial od (ectoplasm).  The spirit went on to say that a complete materialization requires so much od that no one medium is capable of supplying it.  "In such cases, therefore, part of the substance of the medium's corporeal body must be dissolved and used for materializing the spirit.  For this reason, in materializations of this nature, a medium surrenders a great part of his physical weight, which is restored to him in full when the materialization has come to an end."    Experiments conducted by Dr. William J. Crawford in Ireland around 1915 fully confirmed the loss of weight with the medium.   This also explains why so many materializations are of just arms or hands or faces.

A sitter at one of the séances of D. D. Home, the renowned medium of yesteryear, asked Home's spirit control how spirits make themselves visible.  "At times we make passes (augment the field of energy) over the individual to cause him to see us; sometimes we make the actual resemblance of our former clothing appear exactly as we were known to you on earth," came the reply.  "Sometimes we project an image that you see; sometimes you see us as we are with a cloudlike aura of light around us.

After dying in the Titanic disaster of 1912, William T. Stead (mentioned above) began communicating through several mediums. He explained that there were souls on his side who had the power of sensing people (mediums) who could be used for communication.  One such soul helped him find mediums and showed him how to make his presence known.  It was explained to him that he had to visualize himself among the people in the flesh and imagine that he was standing there in the flesh with a strong light thrown upon himself.  "Hold the visualization very deliberately and in detail, and keep it fixed upon my mind, that at that moment I was there and they were conscious of it," Stead explained the process.

Stead added that the people at one sitting were able to see only his face because he had seen himself as only a face.  "I imagined the part they would recognize me by."   It was in the same way he was able to get a message through.  He stood by the medium, concentrated his mind on a short sentence, and repeated it with much emphasis and deliberation until he could hear part of it spoken through the medium.

Father Junipero Serra, the early California missionary, is said to have communicated through the medium Violet Parent of Los Angeles during the early 1900s.  At one sitting, Mrs. Parent asked Father Serra if she could photograph him with her cheap box camera.   He consented. Father Serra apparently decided to pose with his mother.  The photo shows his mother as about half his height, or perhaps three-feet tall.  One's first reaction is to dismiss it as a fake, but applying the thought-image explanation to the photo one came make sense out of it.  That is, Father Serra simply projected an image of himself and his mother, fully dressed, of course, as he remembered her, and he saw himself as much taller than his mother. Moreover, his head is much too small relative to his body.  This may be due to the fact that Serra could more easily visualize his garments than his face.    While the photo resembled the only known painting of Father Serra, there were differences.   Since Father Serra lived before photography and probably didn't have many mirrors around the mission, one wonders if he really knew what he looked like.  Perhaps a reflection in the nearest stream gave him his only image of himself.

Many spirit communicators have stated that spirits tend to move from traditional clothing in the lower realms to robes and gown in the higher realms. After transitioning to the spirit world, Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson began communicating through the hand of Anthony Borgia.  He told of being able to visit one of the higher realms. "I observed that most of the people waiting in the gardens were not habited in their earth clothes," he communicated, "and I assumed that most of them had been in spirit for some considerable time.  Such was not necessarily the case, Edwin (their guide) told us. They had the right to wear their spirit robes by virtue of the fact that they were inhabitants of this realm we were now in.  And the robes they wore were eminently suited to both the place and the situation.  It is difficult to describe this costume because so much rests in being able to give some comparison with a particular earthly fabric.   Here we have no such materials, but by the kind and degree of light that is the essence of the spirit robe. Those that we now saw were in ‘flowing' form and of full length, and the colours - blue and pink in varying degrees of intensity - seemed to interweave themselves throughout the whole substance of the robes."

Benson went on to say that he and the two other visitors accompanying him were still in their earthly style of raiment.  Edwin suggested that they might change the natural element in the matter of clothes, but Benson and the others wondered how they were to make the change.

"What did take place was very simply this," Benson continued to communicate.  "Immediately I had expressed the wish to follow Edwin's suggestion of discarding my earthly style of clothes, those very clothes faded away - dissolved - and I was attired in my own particular spirit robe - of the same description as those I could see about me."  However, Benson noted that his robe did not have the same brightness or color as Edwin's robe, apparently due to the fact that Edwin was more advanced than he was.    

Source: Gaia Community

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