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This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such Auld Lang Syne stories as:
- Satellite Spots Massive Object Under the Ice of Antarctica -
- Exploring the Bizarre Realm of the Paranormal and Occult Sciences -
- On The Trail of Bigfoot in Michigan -
AND: The Elusive Little People
All these exciting stories and MORE in this week's issue of
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A NEW YEAR TREAT FOR ALL AGES –
CAROL’S FUTURISTIC, FANTASY ART HAS BEEN COMPARED
FAVORABLY TO THAT OF PETER MAX
OUR FIRST ALL COLOR ART BOOK OF ALIENS, MOTHERSHIPS,
THE “THING.” INNER EARTH DWELLERS, DRAGONS,
UNICORNS, TIME TRAVELERS, HORROR AND SCI FI ICONS
FROM THE ARTIST -- As a child I was always interested in the idea of space aliens, far distant worlds, time travel, other dimensions and beings that are dreamed about, but we are told could not possibly exist. To me, the supernatural is very natural. Nothing is too fantastic to be envisaged. I can sometimes close my eyes and "imagine" a vast universe that to most people remains unseen, but to me I am right there among the stars.
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- SECRETS OF THE FROZEN SOUTH DEPARTMENT -
Satellite Spots Massive Object Under the Ice of Antarctica
Scientists believe a massive object which could change our understanding of history is hidden beneath the Antarctic ice.
The Sun reports the huge and mysterious “anomaly” is thought to be lurking beneath the frozen wastes of an area called Wilkes Land.
It stretches for a distance of 151 miles across and has a maximum depth of about 848 metres.
Some researchers believe it is the remains of a truly massive asteroid which was more than twice the size of the Chicxulub space rock which wiped out the dinosaurs.
If this explanation is true, it could mean this killer asteroid caused the Permian — Triassic extinction event which killed 96 per cent of Earth’s sea creatures and up to 70 per cent of the vertebrate organisms living on land.
However, the wilder minds of the internet have come up with their own theories, with some conspiracy theorists claiming it could be a massive UFO base or a portal to a mysterious realm deep underneath the planet.
This “Wilkes Land gravity anomaly” was first uncovered in 2006, when NASA satellites spotted gravitational changes which indicated the presence of a huge object sitting in the middle of a 300 mile wide impact crater.
Now the internet has lit up with discussion of the mysterious observations after the UFO hunting crew Secure Team 10 posted a YouTube video about the anomaly.
“To this day, scientists have no idea or way to discover exactly what is buried deep under this thick ice shelf,” the video narrator said.
“This continent has been shrouded in a mystery of its own for years now.”
Secure Team 10 suggested the Nazis built secret bases in Antarctica during World War II, which were designed as a hideout for escaping Nazi war criminals, scientists, and top secret weapons.
“There is some evidence of this coming to light in recent years, which images purporting to show various entrances built into the side of mountains, with a saucer shape and at a very high altitude.
“This begs the question: how would you enter these entrances without something that could fly and was the same shape as hole itself?”
Secure Team also suggested the US Navy led a mission to investigate the mysterious continent.
This expedition was called Operation High Jump, which conspiracy theorists believe was an attempt to find the entrance to a secret world hidden underneath Earth.
However, the scientist who first spotted the anomaly believes it is actually evidence of a massive impact crater.
“This Wilkes Land impact is much bigger than the impact that killed the dinosaurs, and probably would have caused catastrophic damage at the time,” said Ralph von Frese, who was a professor of geological sciences at Ohio State University when he discovered the “killer crater” on 2006.
“All the environmental changes that would have resulted from the impact would have created a highly caustic environment that was really hard to endure. So it makes sense that a lot of life went extinct at that time.”
Read about other Antarctic mysteries in "Admiral Byrd's Secret Journey Beyond the Poles" By Tim R. Swartz
- THE POWER OF WORDS DEPARTMENT -Exploring the Bizarre Realm of the Paranormal and Occult Sciences
By Sean Casteel
One of psychic Maria D’Andrea’s earliest memories is of fleeing as a refugee from her native Hungary during the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. She and her mother were among the 200,000 refugees seeking to escape iron-handed Communist rule in what would eventually become a failed revolution that was crushed by the puppet regime established by the Soviet Union.
On that cold, icy trek to freedom, Maria’s psychic powers may have saved her life and her mother’s life as well.
“It was actually my mother and some of her friends,” Maria recalled. “It was a large group. And as we were escaping, we got really cold and it was very dangerous. A lot of people around us were getting killed, but we were doing okay. The group stopped at a certain point and were trying to decide whether if they should go back or keep going forward. My mother told me I was six at the time. She said I told them that God said we should move forward and we’d be fine.
“I don’t know why anybody would listen to somebody that’s six in the first place,” Maria continued. “But my mother said the group split up and half of them went back. The other half decided to listen to me. Apparently I wasn’t speaking in a way that a six-year-old would normally speak. My mother said the way I phrased it wouldn’t make sense for somebody my age. The group that went back, all of them got killed. But we made it to freedom.”
Maria and her fellow travelers reached the safety of Austria and she and her mother would eventually resettle in the United States.
When I mentioned to Maria that the Hungarian Uprising had recently had its sixty-year anniversary, she said, “You know what is weird? A lot of us don’t really keep track because we’re trying to move forward. But a lot of it I do remember. There was a lot of ice and it was freezing out.”
The same psychic powers that delivered Maria and the other refugees from death have served her well as an adult. She has long been a fulltime, professional psychic, meaning that she makes her living giving readings and counseling to those seeking help from beyond. She is also an interfaith minister and a shaman and speaks publicly on spiritual, psychic, paranormal and interdimensional topics. Meanwhile, other members of her family, although they have similar abilities, don’t make their living that way.
“Everyone in my family,” she said, “have jobs that have nothing to do with psychic situations. However, they do some psychic work on the side. As an example, both of my sons are in analytical fields and they both do readings. My grandparents on my mother’s side were trance mediums. My grandfather also did automatic writing and he used to channel his brother who had passed away when he was a lot younger.”
Maria’s father owned a couple of businesses and was well-served by his analytical and psychic abilities.
“Most of the people in my family were priests and ministers and professors at universities,” Maria said, “so they all had analytical jobs and possessed psychic gifts. They were highly intuitive.”
But Maria insists that everybody everywhere has some degree of psychic ability hidden within them.
“Everyone at some point has had a gut feeling,” she explained. “For example, when you first meet someone, not every time, but every now and then, before you even say hello you have an urge telling you whether you like them or you don’t. You ever notice that? So when you get that feeling, it’s more or less accurate. It’s a very intuitive, psychic – it’s like a warning system. It tells you basically if someone is not going to get along with you.”
This doesn’t operate as a moral judgment on the other person, according to Maria. It simply means the connection between you and that person is not going to work out. Meanwhile, one’s intuition could just as likely be telling you that you’ve encountered a good situation.
“So you’re picking up on whatever it actually is,” she said. “I feel that everyone has a base of psychic and intuitive ability. You can look at it this way: Some people are artists but everybody can draw. Well, pretty much, except me. I can’t do a stick figure. But everybody has a base for that also.”
Global Communications/Inner Light Publications has published many of Maria’s books on numerous psychic topics. She is quick to point out that all her books are “How-To” books as opposed to a vain fixation on writing about her own life story.
“I truly believe that the more you can do for yourself, the better the world gets,” she reasoned. “The better you do, the more you can help other people, and the better it gets for people around you. As an example, I have a book on finance. I have one on evocation, which is a heavier level of dealing with the spiritual realm. And then I have one that is a positively positive spell book.
“I really never write anything negative and I don’t teach negativity. I truly believe in karma and that whatever you put out comes back. There’s always a positive way to approach everything. And the whole point is to help people improve their lives, whether it’s through meditation or rituals or spells or mentally focusing on situations. I always feel that if you have an interest in it then you’ll be attracted to it and you can benefit by spiritually improving your life.”
You can read more of what Maria has to say about her work on her website, located at http://www.mariadandrea.com as well as contact her there should you wish to consult with her personally.
Maria’s bestselling “Yes You Can!” series of books includes a newer title called “Supernatural Words of Power,” which teaches one how to harness the simple spoken word to attain and achieve the things you long for in life. You will learn to command the true power of language to establish an open channel to the cosmos. There is a powerful energy force generated by the spoken word that man has been able to control since ancient times, but this ability has been locked away in our collective unconscious and hidden from the masses of us for eons. Maria teaches a simple, step-by-step methodology for reawakening the power concealed within us using words as that force’s most basic tool of expression.
But if you find yourself not interested in different methods of psychic “reaching out,” then you’re not supposed to be reading her books.
“It always goes to the person who is ready to move on that type of situation,” she said. “You know that saying? When the student is ready, the teacher comes. I tend to look at it that way. Sometimes it’s just a matter of letting people know the techniques and the tools they can actually use to improve their lives. Whether they want to move on it or not, that is free will.”
Maria is such a dedicated teacher that she even does it without payment on occasion.
“I do a lot of media work,” she said. “I used to teach on the air for free. I had a TV show called ‘The Spiritual World With Maria’ and it’s now available on YouTube. As much as we need to make a living, because, unfortunately, the phone company does not barter, we still need to put back. Because it’s a circle.
“People always seem to forget the putting back part,” she continued. “Sometimes people look at putting back as a money thing, but it really isn’t. Sometimes it’s that you can help people financially. Sometimes it’s as simple as a friend needing a ride to the store or for an appointment if their car isn’t working. If you give them a ride, you’re putting back. Sometimes people really need advice. If you’re giving them advice from the heart, if you feel it’s going to help them, again, you’re putting back. The funny part is, when you do something like that, because you want to and you’re doing it from the heart, it really does come back. When you need a ride, say twenty years later, somebody’s going to be there for you.”
One of the most basic components of what Maria teaches is open-mindedness, a sense of the psychic realm as a place we can freely explore in a continual learning experience. But first we must learn “psychic self-defense,” which Maria cautions readers to do in all of her books by the use of rituals and spells and by visualizing the protective white light radiating from heaven itself. Once that is taken care of, a positive spirit may come and speak to the seeker.
“Now, it can be clairaudient,” she explained, “which means you can actually hear words in your mind. It sounds exactly the same as if someone was standing behind you where you don’t see them but they’re talking to you. There’s absolutely no difference in the way you hear it clairaudiently. Sometimes you have to remember they’re not literally there.
“I’ve actually had it happen where I turned around to answer somebody before I remembered that they weren’t ‘there,’” she said, laughing. “But it sounds exactly the same. Sometimes you clairvoyantly see something or someone. You can actually see them physically. It depends on the situation.”
But when inviting spirits into your life, again, you must remember to first use psychic self-defense methods.
“I keep coming back to that,” Maria said, “because it’s really imperative. If there was something negative coming in, a negative spirit or entity, what would happen is that you would see them or hear them or know that they’re there, but they cannot affect you. That’s the difference. You’re always safe when you do this.”
This ability to be impervious to negative spirits is what makes it possible to do a house cleansing, for example, and banish evil spirits – because we are always safe.
“In the physical world,” Maria said, “we’ll go to places none of our friends would go to because we’re safe everywhere.
“But say you’re summoning a spirit,” she went on. “If it’s a relative, it’s fine, because you know who the relative is. If you’re summoning a spirit by name, you need to be really sure what that entity is before you do that. Some folks will read a book and they’ll call in a name because the book said that it’s a positive spirit. I always say before you call in a spirit to work with you or help you, I would go to Google or the encyclopedia or the library and find out what they say this particular entity does. Don’t just look at what just one person says that they do. You want to double-check because you want to be safe.”
There are other necessary practices to follow.
“One is, you have to be in a positive mood,” she said. “You have to have a goal. You have to be aware that you have free will. You have to know you’re in control at all times because in the physical body we really have the control.”
There are times when a given spirit may not wish to work with you, she said, at which point you try calling in a different spirit who IS willing to work with you. Once the ritual or summoning is completed, you mustn’t forget to thank the spirit for helping you.
“I happen to be an interfaith minister,” she said, “so I consider it to be God. But whatever you name your source, that’s that works for you. You have to thank your sources and send the spirit back. Because if you controlled its coming to you, it’s not going to leave until you send it home. You would get all kinds of issues if you forget. So you do have to send them back.”
A spirit has some degree of choice as to whether to leave or not.
“But you have to remember that we have the will power,” she said. “We’ve spoken. We have to have emotions behind it because emotions are like a battery charger. And we really have to have no fear because we know we’re safe everywhere. That takes a little practice. If you encounter something negative, your first reaction is to panic. You can’t panic. You just have to remember that you’re always safe.
“There really is no ‘negotiating’ with spirits,” Maria continued. “People have a misconception about that. We are always in control. The spirit can choose whether or not to work with us, but as soon as you’re dealing with a spirit where you’re supposed to be negotiating, you’re dealing with something negative. Don’t deal with the negative. As soon as any negotiating gets started, you want to send the spirit away and to have sufficient control to send the spirit away.”
Maria made reference to an occult law that says “like attracts like.”
“So when you’re working in a positive way,” she said, “most of the time you’re going to attract positive spirits, because like attracts like. It doesn’t mean a negative spirit may not pop up to see what you’re doing or to test you. But they’re not going to feel ‘comfortable’ around you.”
Sending an evil spirit love and healing energy works against its negativity and leads it to back off. But any feelings of anger or fear or emotional upset on the part of the human in question will be like delicious food to a malevolent entity. It’s a creature of negative energy that feeds on mortal negativity.
Maria spoke about how the word “occult” simply means ancient wisdom and hidden knowledge, adding that today the more frequently used words are “paranormal” or “metaphysical.”
“We really are the oldest science,” she said. “It’s not just a matter of someone up there chanting.”
For Maria, as a professional psychic, her mastering of the occult sciences and their wisdom has served to help others navigate the spirit realm and create positive change in their lives.
“One of the reasons I like to do readings is that what comes up in a reading is what people NEED to know,” she explained. “It’s not always what they WANT to know. At the end of a reading, I put in questions that the person can ask. But I never want to know anything ahead of time, because the universe will tell them what they need to know that’s going to help them improve their lives. Whether people make the move on things or not, that’s free will. But the point of a psychic reading is always to elevate yourself spiritually and to be able to maneuver much better within your own life.
“You don’t always have
to use tools to be able to work in these areas. Some of it is just very
direct. It’s a combination of mental focus and technique. You don’t
always need rituals, spells, candles, gemstones, any kind of tools. A
lot of times, our best work is when we just go direct. But the point of
the books and some of the tools and rituals is for people who haven’t
been on that level yet. It’s kind of like a training level. Once you
really get the hang of it, eventually the point is not to need any of
Source: Spectral Vision
- THE ELUSIVE FOREST APE DEPARTMENT -
On The Trail of Bigfoot in Michigan
By John Carlisle
SENEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE -- Maybe Bigfoot did this. Maybe.
Rich Meyer stood in an Upper Peninsula forest, calling his friend over to a spot along a trail. He’d found something.
A tall, thin sapling had been bent into an arch over the path, high above everyone’s heads. Its tip was wedged in the underbrush, holding it down. This, Meyer said, might be a sign. Bigfoots, he explained, often leave signals to each other using sticks or trees. Arches are common.
“It can be a marker of some kind, almost like a road map,” said the 39-year-old.
Meyer is the founder of the Upper Peninsula Bigfoot/Sasquatch Research Organization, dedicated to finding proof that Bigfoot is real and living in the U.P.
On that fall afternoon, he and Shawn Mullins, a fellow Bigfoot investigator, were scouting the woods at the edge of the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, 95,000 dense acres of unspoiled wilderness in the central Upper Peninsula. If Sasquatch is real, the investigators thought, this would be a great place to hide. And a likely place to find proof that he exists.
“Look at this,” Mullins said, walking over to a spot where about a dozen long sticks leaned upright on one another to form a vague “X” shape. This, too, is said to be common in Bigfoot stick language.
“It’s interesting because of how it’s kind of interweaved like that,” said Mullins. The 36-year-old looked it over carefully. “A lot of these branches were probably laying down right here, and it’s almost like they were deliberately put up and weaved into an ‘X’ like this.”
He wasn’t convinced, though. “Could be something, could be nothing,” he admitted.
It's been a busy year for the group. Bigfoot has been all over the news. First, there was a sighting in May of a possible Bigfoot seen on a camera mounted above an eagle’s nest in a tree in Beulah, near the Platte River State Fish Hatchery in the northern Lower Peninsula. It made news all over the world.
Then there was the photo of a Bigfoot-looking something, taken by a trail cam mounted on a tree in the western Upper Peninsula this fall, as the mystery creature was combing through a campsite.
And the first-ever Upper Peninsula Bigfoot convention in August drew a hundred or so Yoopers to share their own Sasquatch stories, which many had kept to themselves for years.
“In the U.P., we’re all pretty tight-lipped up here. We don’t like to share a lot anyway,” Meyer said. “And with the stigma that’s been with Bigfoot over the years, you got a lot of older people who think, ‘People are going to call me crazy,’ so they don’t like to share unless they see a bunch of other people sharing.”
It’s not for nothing his group’s motto is “Bigfoot research and counseling without ridicule.”
Mullins and Meyer were in the forest that afternoon because the wildlife refuge is known as a hot spot for Bigfoot encounters. The investigators had been here before, hoping to have a Bigfoot interaction of their own. Later that night, in these woods, they’d get that interaction. Maybe.
“It would be one of the best things that happened to me, other than meeting my wife and having my son,” Meyer said of encountering Bigfoot. “It would validate all the time and effort we’ve all put in.”
Born to be wild
There are legends about a Bigfoot-type wild man in the folklore of just about every culture in the world. In North America, it’s part of the mythology of several Indian tribes, and the name “Sasquatch” is derived from the term for “wild men” used by tribes in the Pacific Northwest.
The myth spread through popular culture after the 1967 appearance of the Patterson-Gimlin film, the most famous Bigfoot evidence so far, which shows a hairy creature on a leisurely stroll through the California woods. Ever since, there's been an explosion in reported sightings all over the country, including in most Michigan counties.
In general, Bigfoot is described as covered in fur, standing 8 feet tall or more, walking upright, making only fleeting appearances in eyewitness accounts, blurry photos and a lot of shaky videos. Some people believe it’s a close relative of humans, something between man and ape with peculiar characteristics, like sometimes leaving woven stick gifts for homeowners near its habitat in exchange for things like marbles. He’s said to communicate by howling or banging sticks on trees. And he reportedly stinks.
Concrete proof, though, has been elusive.
“We don’t have a body yet,” Meyer said, summing up the plight of the Bigfoot believers community in general. “Once there’s a body, or evidence where it shows someone being somewhere and a Bigfoot is right next to them — where it’s irrefutable — then the scientific community will jump on board.”
Until then, modern science generally regards the Bigfoot phenomenon as little more than scams, hoaxes and mistaken identity by overexcited observers — like that Bigfoot supposedly spotted on a trail cam this summer. A frame taken seconds later showed it was just a bear bending over awkwardly. And that Bigfoot seen on the eagle cam this year? The truth turned out to be even more absurd. More on that later.
In general, scientists say there’s no way a giant ape-man could survive this long without a huge breeding population to sustain it. That if Bigfoots were real, one of them should have been killed or captured by now. And they ask why are all the photos and videos of Bigfoot so blurry and inconclusive?
But a few outspoken dissenters point to recent discoveries showing that different species of hominid, like the Neanderthal, have coexisted with humans more recently than previously believed, suggesting Bigfoot’s parallel existence is not so unlikely.
“Some of these branches of this now-bushy family tree have existed alongside us until the recent past,” said professor Jeffrey Meldrum, an anthropologist with Idaho State University and the closest thing to a national Bigfoot expert. “Why not into the present? Why presume they’re all extinct in the face of all the evidence?”
The 58-year-old professor has spent years studying Bigfoot lore, collecting evidence, following up on eyewitness accounts and presenting his findings at conferences. He’s determined to approach Bigfoot using scientific methods, and the lack of scientific validation so far is disappointing.
“Of course it’s frustrating, having to deal with the skeptics and critics in the absence of definitive proof,” he said. “My goal is not to convince people that Bigfoot exists. I would like to demonstrate that Bigfoot exists with that evidence.”
The evidence so far consists of plaster castings of supposed Sasquatch footprints, supposed Sasquatch hair samples that are often traced back to common wildlife, and so-called stick structures in the woods, said to be deliberately created by Bigfoot.
The problem with those, Meldrum admitted, is that, as with much Bigfoot evidence, these stick creations could have been caused by something else — like the weather, or the chance arrangement of fallen timber, or kids just making a fort. When it comes to Bigfoot, the evidence is often just a "maybe," never a "for sure."
“I’ve been out with people for whom every overturned log or upturned tree is immediately attributed to Sasquatch,” Meldrum said. “If you find what you think is a tree structure, you need to have some associative evidence; that is, a scat pile next to footprints, for example, that points to Sasquatch.”
As if this pursuit wasn’t already difficult, Bigfoot seekers have to deal with outright hoaxes. For some reason, a lot of people like to pretend they’ve seen Bigfoot and provide faked evidence, like some guy named Rick Dyer who announced to much publicity a few years ago that he had a dead Bigfoot. It turned out to be made of rubber and camel hair.
“I don’t know if they do it to muddy the waters or they do it just to get some attention,” said Meyer, noting the time he once wasted on a two-week investigation in the U.P. woods that ended when the witnesses admitted they just made it up.
And with Bigfoot hunting more popular than ever, there’s always the possibility of two groups of Bigfoot hunters unwittingly directing knocks and howls to each other in the woods.
“That’s always the danger these days, with people going out broadcasting vocalizations or making wood knocks, is there might be another enthusiast doing the same thing on the other side of the ridge,” Meldrum said with a laugh.
Yet they persevere. Most Bigfoot hunters say they’re compelled by their own Sasquatch sighting at some point in their past, driven ever since to find an explanation.
Mullins wants an explanation for the thing he saw several years ago, standing on two legs and looking back at him from the woods with glowing eyes.
“I froze,” he said. “I just couldn’t believe it. And it just casually turned to the left, walked into the woods and it met up with like three others, ‘cause we could hear three different locations a little bit further in, converging. And at that point I was like OK, that solidified the belief in me that they’re really real and they’re out here.”
Meyer has been a Bigfoot hunter all his life, without knowing. After his dad died, his mom told him his father had a secret, lifelong belief in Sasquatch.
“She said, ‘That’s part of the reason the entire time you were growing up, you guys were out in the woods all the time,’ ” Meyer explained. “I said, ‘I thought we were just out hunting and fishing, ‘cause I grew up out in the woods.’ She’s like, ‘No, he always knew there was something else out there, but he really didn’t say anything about it to anyone.’ ”
Since then, he's taken up his dad’s cause. He, too, has seen their eyes glowing from the woods, he said.
Since founding the UPBSRO four years ago, the auto parts store manager has become a magnet for people’s Bigfoot stories.
As he sat enjoying a snack of fried mushrooms at Tovey’s Jolly Inn in Germfask, located at the edge of the wildlife refuge, waitress Glenda Bowler overheard him talking, and she came over to tell him that she, too, had possibly encountered Bigfoot, while hunting. One time, it was a wild howl from the forest. Another time, something tried talking to her using wood knocks.
“Something would go crack! crack! crack! like they were hitting something with a stick. Like a signal,” said the 64-year-old. But she admitted that in isolated spaces like the U.P., Bigfoot can become a catchall for anything unexplained. “We never did figure it out, so it became Bigfoot,” she said. “Like, ‘It must be Bigfoot then.’ ”
Amateur Bigfoot hunting groups like the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, or BFRO, which has 200 volunteer investigators nationwide; or Meyer’s U.P. group, which collects these kinds of small-town eyewitness accounts, can be helpful if they approach their hunt scientifically, said Meldrum.
“The only harm that I think comes of it is if people are too enthusiastic, too eager and too quick to attribute questionable evidence to Sasquatch, because that dilutes the good, solid evidence we have, and that can be a distraction,” he said.
“My goal is to try to raise the bar, to get them to cultivate skills as citizen-scientists rather than simply amateur investigators and enthusiasts, and, as citizen-scientists, learn how to analyze and collect and report data in a reliable fashion. Something as simple as placing a scale by a footprint so we can have an actual record of its size. Sometimes, it’s a big hurdle.”
Back to nature
Some people think Bigfoot is more than just a missing link. Some think he deserves to be worshiped.
Not long ago, Gawain MacGregor stitched some animal skins together, made a full body suit, put it on and went for a walk in a Michigan forest — looking a whole lot like Bigfoot.
That Bigfoot seen on the eagle cam earlier this year? That was him, he said sheepishly.
“I was up fishing with a friend at Crystal Lake and, as I often do, I performed a shamanistic ceremony where I walk in the woods dressed as an animal,” he explained. “This may seem unusual, but it's actually a practice rooted in ancient tradition.”
MacGregor, a 36-year-old fur trapper from Minnesota, does this as part of his spiritual tradition. It’s a way to reconnect with nature, he said. It’s also a way to throw another curve ball into the Bigfoot hunters’ quest to gather evidence.
He unknowingly passed the eagle cam. Someone watching it spotted this bumbling, hairy figure struggling to get past a log in the woods. The video went viral. And suddenly, MacGregor and his fur suit were international news.
“Pretty quickly, I knew that was me,” said MacGregor, who was reluctant to come forward. “I thought that I was going to get arrested and be on the news, and people would say I was crazy. And I didn’t even want to get into explaining why I was doing that. I don’t know if it’s a protected site, so when I first saw the video, I was pretty nervous.”
To him, Bigfoot is neither man nor ape. He’s an angel. That’s why nobody’s ever caught one, or found a body, or gotten a clear photo, he said. He's not the only one. There's a strain of believers who think Bigfoot is not a physical being.
“People have been reporting seeing these things forever, and they never find a body, they never catch it, they never get good photos or anything,” he said. “So either thousands of people are lying, or there’s an aspect of this they don’t understand. To me, it’s incredibly obvious it’s not an animal. We’re looking at an angel of the forest.”
He has a website — enkiduism.blogspot.com — where he expounds at length on his theory, offers a sample prayer to Sasquatch and shows how to make an edible Bigfoot effigy out of gingerbread. All of this under a fake first name, though. He’s not eager for personal recognition.
“I just worry about, I guess for lack of a better term, religious persecution,” he said. “A lot of my friends have told me I’m crazy — even my own mother. She still loves me, but she just thinks I’m crazy. She says I’m in a Sasquatch cult.”
MacGregor has been spotted by hikers while walking in the woods covered in fur — “People kind of get into a frenzy” — he admitted, and is concerned about getting killed by a startled hunter.
“Absolutely I worry about that,” he said. “The last thing I need is to get shot and try to explain to this person what I’m doing.”
Knock, knock. Who's there?
Midnight in the forest. The full moon cast everything in a sleepy glow. It was dead silent. And very eerie.
The middle of the night is prime time for Bigfoot. And this spot by a riverbank was reportedly a prime location.
“Every time we come here, something happens,” Meyer said.
He and Mullins were back at the edge of the wildlife refuge. And they were joined by Caroline Curtis, a 47-year-old investigator with the BFRO who fields an average of one Bigfoot report every day from somewhere in North America. She's spent years chasing the same evidence as the other Bigfoot hunters, trying to finally quiet the same skeptics.
“How can you discount all of these people that are seeing something similar?” Curtis asked, making her case. “They’re not all mountain hillbillies. There’s some intelligent people involved in this.”
She, too, is motivated by her own Bigfoot encounter. She once saw a Sasquatch up on a ridge while walking through the woods. “It changed me,” she said. “I’ve been on more expeditions than I can count because of that. I wanted more. It wasn’t a real clear sighting, and I wasn’t scared. It just encouraged me to want to go out on more expeditions.”
The crew was loaded with equipment — a parabolic microphone, a military-grade night-vision scope, infrared lights, recording devices and walkie-talkies.
Everything except a weapon. There’s a split between those who aim to kill a Bigfoot to produce a corpse, and those who, like the Upper Peninsula group, have a no-kill policy — though with no assurance that Bigfoot follows the same thinking.
They stood on a moonlit bridge over a river. Mullins held two thin logs in his hands. Bigfoot, they say, is smart enough to communicate; sometimes with howls, other times by banging sticks on trees in a sort of Sasquatch Morse Code. When Bigfoot investigators go into the woods, they’ll send a message by banging the logs together a few times and wait for a reply. Sometimes, the investigators will howl into the woods — a bone-jarring moan — hoping for a similar response, while likely scaring the hell out of any unsuspecting campers or hunters in the area.
Mullins banged the sticks together three times, each one sending a loud echo deep into the quiet woods. Then they all stood still and listened.
A few seconds later, in the distance, there were what sounded like two knocks back. Maybe.
“Did you hear that?” Curtis asked excitedly.
“Yep, two to my left,” Meyer whispered.
Now this could’ve been a coincidental, random forest noise. It could’ve been a hunter or camper screwing around with them. It could’ve even been a guy dressed as Bigfoot for spiritual reasons, wandering the woods. Or it could’ve been fellow Bigfoot enthusiasts thinking they were replying to a Sasquatch and banging sticks in reply.
And, of course, it could’ve even been Bigfoot. Maybe.
But the excitement faded as the night unfolded because, try as they might, all the whoops and hollers and stick knocks they did after that brought no response — other than the flashing lights of a State Police vehicle swooping down a dirt road as the group was leaving, investigating why a group of people would be wandering the woods in the middle of the night, banging on things.
“You’re not going to believe me, but we’re out here looking for Bigfoot,” Meyer explained.
This has happened before. The last time, the cop who stopped them spent 45 minutes sharing his own Bigfoot stories. This time, the officer just chuckled, almost knowingly. “This is definitely a place where you’re going to find something,” he told Meyer.
Not that night, though.
They weren't discouraged, though. They never are. They’re convinced Bigfoot is real. And they say one day they’ll prove it.
“I know it’s out there,” Meyer said. “I know the proof is there. We just have to find it. We just haven’t yet. But I’m not frustrated. It’s just part of the challenge.”
For more information on the Upper Peninsula Bigfoot/Sasquatch Research Organization, see facebook.com/UPBSRO.
Source: Detroit Free Press
- THEY ALREADY KNOW WHAT 2017 WILL BE LIKE DEPARTMENT -
Hundreds of Red-Winged Blackbirds Fall From the Sky in NJ
By Jessica Schladebeck
No one knows why more than 200 red-winged blackbirds fell from the sky in South Jersey.
Just ahead of Thanksgiving, scores of dead birds rained down on Cumberland County. It was the second time in less than a month that saw birds mysteriously die, with a similar incident occurring in a North Jersey farming area earlier this year.
“They just fell from the sky,” New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection spokesperson Larry Hanja told philly.com.
Following the most recent incident, DEP’s division of Fish and Wildlife cleaned up the birds and collected some to send off to the state lab for necropsy, toxicology and histopathology tests.
“We did ascertain that the birds suffered trauma and internal bleeding from hitting the ground,” Hanja told the news outlet. “But what made them fall from the sky in the first place ... we can’t say for certain.”
Hanja said experts still can’t fully rule out pesticide poisoning, but testing on wheat seeds from a nearby farm also yielded no answers.
The seed had been treated with the fungicides difenoconazole, mefenoxam and sedaxane as well as the insecticide imidacloprid, but none of those chemicals are harmful to birds, Hanja told philly.com.
In 2011, an official in India says around 4,000 birds had been culled at a government-run duck farm. Some poultry tested positive for a deadly strain of bird flu, one that can potentially be fatal for humans. The ducks had allegedly drunk water tainted with the deadly flu strain.
This isn’t the first time birds have rained down on New Jersey — in 2012, a die-off of blackbirds in Millville was traced back to a farmer’s legal use of an avicide. Thanks to their large population, no permit is required for farmers or other landowners to poison blackbirds if they're causing damage.
Similarly in Beebe, Ark., up to 5,000 red-winged blackbirds fell from the sky in December 2010. Experts speculated the New Year’s fireworks scared them into flying at night — and being poor flyers in the dark lead them to fly into homes, cars and power lines.
But a lack of answers has Cumberland County residents worried the most recent occurrence.
“Out in the country like this, you find dead stuff lying around all the time ... but this was kind of weird,” resident Debbie Hitchner said.
The 32-year-old Jersey resident told philly.com she found half a dozen dead blackbirds in the backyard of her home off Frank Davis Road.
“My dog just kept finding them,” she said, “one after the other.”
On a related note, weeks of tests have failed to find the cause of the mysterious mass die-off of thousands of fish washing up on the southwestern shores of Nova Scotia.
Besides a tsunami of dead and dying herring, creatures that have washed ashore include lobsters, starfish, scallops, crabs, clams and apparently a humpback whale, Canadian TV reported. The number of species impacted has gradually increased over the month, and up to 20,000 animals have turned up dead. Though tests haven’t found any known toxin or disease, none of the dead fish and shellfish are safe to eat, authorities warn.
“Dead or dying herring found on shore should not be collected, consumed or used by the public for any reason, as a variety of factors could affect the food safety of fish, such as toxins, diseases or environmental contaminants,” warned the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in a statement.
Nothing has been found to explain the horrifying scenes on the shores. Officials have tested for infections, diseases, toxins, predators and some water quality issues.
Some scientists speculate that the die-off could be related to low oxygen levels from pollution, agricultural runoff, low salinity from heavy rains, or possibly some complication caused by a new five-story underwater turbine built to generate power.
“We’re kind of in the dark, not from lack of trying, but from the complexity of the case,” Ted Leighton, an adjunct biology professor at Nova Scotia’s University of Sainte-Anne, told Metro News. There are “no firm data to rule anything in or out.”
St. Mary’s Bay is ground zero for the die-off. So far, the only commonality among the dead animals is where they live.
Source: NY Daily News
- THINGS DON'T LOOK GOOD DEPARTMENT -
Blood of Saint Januarius Fails to Liquefy
By Paul Seaburn
One of the more popular and dramatic miracles seen in the Catholic Church is that of blood liquefaction. A small vial purportedly contain a bit of dried blood from an ancient saint or religious leader occasionally returns to a liquid state, usually signifying an answer to prayers, the prediction of good things to come or just the reassurance that miracles can happen. One such vial in Naples has the added feature that it liquefies like clockwork on certain days and, when it doesn’t, bad things happen. This is one of those times.
The blood is believed to belong to Saint Januarius or San Gennaro, who was martyred in the year 305. According to the legend, a small amount of his blood was saved by a woman named Eusebia. The first account of its liquefaction was made in 1382 and it eventually was reported to change states three times every year on significant anniversaries of St. Januarius … on September 19, the Saturday before the first Sunday of May and on December 16.
The vial is now on display in the Royal Chapel of the Naples Cathedral where thousands gather on those days to wait and pray for the liquefaction and fear the alternative. As far as many people of Naples are concerned, the blood remaining solid can be a premonition of evil.
The same things happened in 1980, when a earthquake hit South Italy; 1973, when Naples endured an outbreak of cholera; 1939, when World War II began; 1940, when Italy joined the War and 1943, when Italy was occupied by the Nazis.
The blood partially liquefied in the presence of the Pope, during his visit to Naples in March 2015.
On December 16, 2016, the dried blood failed to liquefy.
"We shouldn’t think of tragedies and calamities. We are men of faith, and we must keep on praying."
Monsignor Vincenzo De Gregorio, the Abbot of the Chapel who was holding the vial, tried to reassure the terrified throng that stuff happens and maybe things will be OK. Perhaps he should point out that the Catholic Church hasn’t officially sanctioned the event as a miracle and that scientists and chemists since it first happened have offered various miracle-busting, hoax-calling explanations for it – from a thixotropic gel that changes viscosity when shaken to a suspension of hydrated iron oxide, which looks like dried blood, to a red waxy substance that melts when held tightly for a while.
He could also check on status of the dried blood of Saint Patricia, John the Baptist, Saint Pantaleon and upwards of twenty other saints whose blood is said to have miraculously liquefied.
Finally, he could bring back Pope Francis. Besides its thrice-annual liquefaction, the blood also allegedly changes states in the presence of a pope as it supposedly did (partially) when Francis visited the cathedral in 2015, although it was an archbishop who declared it, not the pope himself.
Is St. Januarius sending another one of his bloodless warnings of disaster? Did the abbot not squeeze the vial tightly enough or forget to shake it?
Whether you believe in the miracle or a scientific explanation, it’s a long-lived and interesting story about a psychic device that seems to be no more or less accurate than those of the non-religious variety. Should we be any more or less worried than we already are?
Source: Mysterious Universe
- ...FOR FEAR OF LITTLE MEN DEPARTMENT -
The Elusive Little People
Leprechauns... elves... fairies... they're all just characters of folklore, figments of the imagination... right? Amazingly, there are eyewitnesses who claim they are very real!
Of all paranormal phenomena, the existence of "little people" - whether they be fairies, elves or leprechauns - is among beliefs that receive little serious attention. These myths are ancient and reside deep within the folklore of many cultures. But no one today really believes in these tiny, magical beings...
... Or do they?
Steve K. relates this story of "frolicking fairies" at Paranormal Confessions:
After my buddies on a camping trip had turned in for the night, one friend and I stayed up talking for awhile. Late in the night, after my friend had gone to sleep, I was looking out the screen when I noticed a strange blue light flitting through the woods. I continued to look at this light and soon it was joined by other blue lights. This lasted for some 10 minutes and the lights were playfully chasing each other. I know it sounds crazy, but I swear I saw little outlines of people in those lights. Then I moved and accidentally scrapped my sleeping bags zipper against the tent and the lights flew away blazingly fast. Back home, I read a book on fairies and after flipping through it, I think it was a troupe of fairies that I saw in the woods that night.
Was this the product of a tired mind and an active imagination? Quite possibly. But, like stories of ghost encounters, these tales are related by serious people who will usually swear that they were not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and that their experiences seemed entirely real.
In Jerome Clark's book, Unexplained!, he retells the story of 13-year-old Harry Anderson who had a strange encounter on a summer night in 1919. Anderson claimed to have seen a column of 20 little men marching in single file toward him. The bright moonlight made them clearly visible, and Anderson could see that they were dressed in leather knee pants with suspenders. The men were shirtless, bald and had pale white skin. They paid no attention to Anderson as they passed and seemed to be mumbling something unintelligible all the while.
In Stowmarket, England in 1842, a man claimed this encounter with "faries" when walking through a meadow on his journey home:
There might be a dozen of them, the biggest about three feet high, and small ones like dolls. They were moving around hand in hand in a ring; no noise came from them. They seemed light and shadowy, not like solid bodies. I... could see them as plain as I do you. I ran home and called three women to come back with me and see them. But when we got to the place, they were all gone. I was quite sober at the time.
The legends of these wee creatures are told all over the world. While the Irish have their gold-rich and clever leprechauns, the Scandinavians have their trolls, and in Central America the small dwarflike beings are known as ikals and wendis. The ikals were described by the Tzeltal Indians as being about three feet tall, quite hairy and living in caves like bats.
Iceland also has its elves who are said to be very protective of their habitations. Those who attempt to disturb them are in for trouble. One story is told of the construction of a new harbor at Akureyri in 1962. Repeated attempts to blast away rocks continually failed. Equipment malfunctioned and workers were regularly being injured or falling ill. Then a man named Olafur Baldursson claimed that the reason for the trouble was that the site of the blast was the home of some "little people." He told the city authorities that he would work out a deal with the little people. When he came back and reported that the little folks were satisfied, the work proceeded with no problems.
Icelanders - citizens of one of the most literate nations in the world - take their elves quite seriously. Even today, Iceland's most well-known "elf-spotter," Erla Stefansdottur, has helped Reykjavik's planning department and tourist authorities create maps that chart the haunts of hidden folk. The public roads authority quite often routes roads around hallowed boulders and other spots believed to be inhabited by the elves.
Sightings of the little people continue right up to the present day. In fact, there have been several postings on the Paranormal Phenomenon Forum from readers who have either heard stories of such encounters or have experienced them first-hand. Here are some examples:
"I learned that a bored young boy playing along a creek near Bend, Oregon, saw two little people who crossed the creek and stood looking at him. He said they were no more than 15 to 18 inches high and very dark complected. They wore skins as garments, and after a period of 10 to 15 seconds, walked back across the creek and into the forest. The boy showed their footprints to his parents, who had contracted to a logging company to clean up slash piles. The prints were obvious and his parents were flabbergasted, but chose not to follow the little beings into the woods. He believes now that the little men weren't happy about the logging and destruction in the forest."
"The last time I saw little people was around 1957 in Fort Worth, Texas. I had been sleeping and something made me open my eyes. I saw two small people looking back at me. I was too tired and sleepy at the time to pursue further investigation of these two little guys who had very little hair and wore shabby strange clothes. They sort of smiled at me and I fell back to sleep. I know what I saw and they were real."
"I don't know if what I saw was a "little person," but when I was younger, around seven or eight, these little shadows or elves, maybe the size of a pinky, would come out in my room. I can't remember the feelings I had. I wouldn't go to bed with the lights out and I insisted that my parents stay with me in my room until I fell asleep. I think they thought I was crazy or something! But I know what I saw. Most of the time, they walked on my window, but then when I turned the other direction, they would jump in front of me as if they wanted me to see them. I don't think I was all that scared, but I can still remember clearly what they looked like. Over a period of time, they disappeared. I think it lasted a year. Also, I remember that when I wanted them to go away, I would ask them to leave. If they didn't, then I would try to smack them with my hand, but they would disappear before I could. I don't recall them talking. It was strange, but I know it happened."
"Last year when my daughter and friends were four- wheeling in the woods in Washington state, they were stuck and having problems getting out. When working at getting out, an elf- like person came out and looked at them. The elf had a bow and arrow, pointed hat and pointed ears. Six people saw it."
At a site called Unknown History, Paul Wilson has written an article called The Little People in which he says, in part:
In March 1967, as a 16 year old boy... I was hunting rabbits in a secluded area along the Purgatory River in a place called Nine Mile Bottoms south of Higbee, Colorado. The area was and still is very sparsely populated. The closest farm or house was approximately seven miles away, so I was surprised to come across the bare foot prints of a small child. I immediately became concerned, believing that I had come upon the tracks of a small child that had somehow gotten lost in the area. The tracks were approximately 4 1/2 to 5 inches long, bare foot and headed away from the river into a side canyon.
As soon as it became apparent that I had lost the tracks and could not find the child, I headed back as fast as I could to the nearest house where we reported the incident to the sheriff. When the sheriff and his deputy arrived, they called in a local man who had tracking dogs by radio to help with the search. When the dogs arrived, to everyone's bewilderment, they refused to track the child. Whining and whimpering with there tails between their legs around their owners feet. After first smelling the tracks, no matter how much coaxing or begging anyone did, no one could get the dogs to participate.
With great disgust the Sheriff and the men started out with out them on what turned out to be a two-day fruitless search. Several months later, as the whole affair continued to bother me, I mentioned the incident to an old Indian fellow who lived in Lamar that I knew. He only smiled at my concern and said that I should never be worried about the little people. That they were earth spirits and very elusive. He said that since I had been the one to come across the tracks first, I should take it as a sign that they wanted me to know about them and learn everything that I could from them. So 30 years later, I am still tracking them. I have had many experiences with them since and have learned a great deal about them. But he was right for sure about one thing. They are elusive indeed.
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