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 Are Pulsars Actually Alien Navigation Beacons?  -  
Every Year it Rains Fish Over Village in Honduras -
Mystery Creature Spotted in Scottish Countryside -
AND: Congressman Asks About the Possibility of Martian Civilizations

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You Have Doubtlessly Seen The Movies Based Upon What We Have All Come to Believe Are Exceptionally Brilliant Science Fiction Novels Written By The Late Philip K. Dick . . .


But what you probably didn’t know is that their creator was living out some of the same incredibly bizarre scenarios that he wrote about. One can easily compare Philip to the character played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Total Recall,” who found himself in a parallel universe on a faraway planet, despite the fact that he was only supposed to be hooked up in a laboratory to a machine that creates realistic dream-like images. Which reality is the character really living in?

At a sci-fi press conference held in France in 1977, Philip tried to explain some of his bewildering thoughts about the existence of a parallel or self-contained – Matrix-like – universe created by “someone” who has the ability to alter the course of time and our concept of reality:

“People claim to remember past lives,” Philip told the throng of reporters and fans. “I claim to remember a different – very different – present life. I know of nobody who has ever made this claim before but I rather suspect that my experience is not unique. What perhaps is unique is my willingness to talk about it. We are living in a computer-programmed reality and the only clue we have to it is when some variable is changed and some alteration in our reality occurs . . . and because of this a variable WAS changed – reprogrammed as it were – and an alternative world branched off.”

Drawing on the masterful mind of creative genius Philip K. Dick we offer up dozens of his personal experiences, as well as those of others in the UFO and paranormal fields, where synchronicities seem to abound. This is NOT science fiction. This is a universe that cannot be so easily grasped or explained.

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Are Pulsars Actually Alien Navigation Beacons?  

In 1967 researchers Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish discovered an astronomical anomaly: radio-wave pulses that repeated every 1.33 seconds, originating from the same location in the sky. While they "did not really believe that we had picked up signals from another civilization", they did admit to considering the possibility, given the signals were unlike anything ever detected before - so much so that they named the signal LGM-1, a tongue-in-cheek acronym for "little green men".

When more pulsating sources were later discovered, and an entirely natural "lighthouse model" explaining the anomaly as a rotating neutron star was put forward, the 'extraterrestrial civilisation' explanation was well and truly left behind.

However, Belgian researcher Clément Vidal believes that the reasons for dismissing the ET hypothesis were not necessarily entirely valid, and perhaps the idea should be revisited. In a paper titled "Pulsar positioning system: A quest for evidence of extraterrestrial engineering", he runs through various elements of how pulsars could be used as navigational beacons, similar to how in recent decades GPS has become ubiquitous for our own navigation, and what that means for both SETI-related questions, as well as our own future in space, both in terms of navigation and communication:

    "X-ray pulsar-based navigation (XNAV) is comparable to GPS, except it operates on a galactic scale. I propose a SETI-XNAV research program, to test the hypothesis that this pulsar positioning system might be an instance of galactic-scale engineering by extraterrestrial beings. The paper starts with a critique of the rejection of the extraterrestrial hypothesis when pulsars were first discovered, continues with some highlights on the rich pulsar phenomenology, and their usefulness for various purposes. The core section proposes lines of inquiry for SETI-XNAV, related to: the pulsar distribution and power in the galaxy, their population, their evolution, possible pulse synchronizations, pulsar usability when navigating near the speed of light, decoding galactic coordinates, directed panspermia, and information content in pulses. Even if pulsars are natural, they are likely to be used as standards by ETIs in the galaxy. Such a common galactic timing and positioning standard have deep consequences for SETI and METI. I discuss potential policy issues, as well as benefits for humanity, whether the research program succeeds or not."

Vidal notes that while "normal” pulsars have a pulse period of 0.5 second on average, a small subset (around 10% of all pulsars) have a period between 1.4ms and 30 ms (known as "millisecond X-ray pulsars" (MSPs). This latter, short wavelength pulsar type is an ideal candidate for using as a 'galactic positioning system', as not only are they detectable with small, low-cost equipment (as opposed to a 20+ metre radio dish for normal pulsars), but they offer unbelievable accuracy relative to galactic distances: "a probe or seed could go anywhere in the galaxy, with an accuracy of 100m!"

Vidal also notes that MSPs distribution in space "is isotropic, while normal pulsars are more concentrated in the galactic plane". He asks what is the likelihood for this to happen naturally, and whether this distribution spread is possibly another indication of the involvement of alien engineers.

    "To sum up, this paper draws two major conclusions, one to be expected, the other uncertain. First, all pulsars could be perfectly natural, but we can reasonably expect that civilizations in the galaxy will use them as standards (section 6). By studying and using XNAV, we are also getting potentially ready to receive and send messages to extraterrestrial intelligence in a galactically meaningful way. From now on, we might be able to decipher a first level of timing and positioning metadata in any galactic communication.

    "Second, what remains uncertain is whether the pulsar positioning system is natural or artificial. We put forward the SETI-XNAV quest to answer this issue. It draws on pulsar astronomy, and navigation and positioning science to make SETI predictions. This concrete project is grounded in a universal problem and need: navigation. Decades of pulsar empirical data is available, and I have proposed 9 lines of inquiry to start the endeavor (section 5). These include predictions regarding the spatial and power distribution of pulsars in the galaxy, their population, their evolutionary tracks, possible synchronization between pulsars, testing the navigability near the speed of light, decoding galactic coordinates, testing various directed panspermia hypotheses, as well as decoding metadata or more information in pulsar’s pulses."

To critics of the proposal that pulsars might be navigation beacons, Vidal asks them to imagine that we found strange time-keeping devices well-distributed around Mars, beaming information that could easily be used as a 'Mars Positioning System'. "Wouldn’t we be compelled," he asks, "to explore the hypothesis that extraterrestrial intelligence is at play? This is exactly the current situation with millisecond pulsars, but on a galactic scale."

And in any case, he notes, even if pulsars are entirely natural, they might still be used as navigation beacons by one species at least: us. With numerous scientific missions proposed to send probes not only throughout our solar system, but also beyond - such as Russian billionaire Yuri Milner's 'Breakthrough Starshot" quest to send a probe to Alpha Centauri - precise space navigation is an important topic for the new epoch of space travel. And pulsars, he notes, "are currently the best option to navigate the solar system and the galaxy with high accuracy", and so the topic is definitely worthy of further research.

Source: The Daily Grail - Posted By Greg


Arecibo Observatory to Check Out Mysterious Space Signal
by Alan Boyle

The 1,000-foot-wide radio telescope at Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory will take a closer look at a red dwarf star known as Ross 128 after picking up what one astronomer said were “some very peculiar signals” during a 10-minute observing session in May.

“The signals consisted of broadband quasi-periodic non-polarized pulses with very strong dispersion-like features,” Abel Mendez, a planetary astrobiologist at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, said in an online advisory. Mendez is also director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory.

Mendez said the signal did not appear to be earthly interference, “since they are unique to Ross 128, and observations of other stars immediately before and after did not show anything similar.”

He said the most likely explanations for the signals are that they’re flare-type emissions from the star, or emissions from another object in the field of view, or a radio burst from a satellite in high orbit.

“Each of the possible explanations has their own problems,” Mendez wrote. He added, “In case you are wondering, the recurrent aliens hypothesis is at the bottom of many other better explanations.”

For what it’s worth, Ross 128, also known as FI Virginis, has served as the setting for several science-fiction stories and video games about alien encounters. It’s a little less than 11 light-years from Earth in the constellation Virgo.

The new round of Arecibo observations of the star have led astronomers to conclude that the signal possibly came from "transmissions from one or more geostationary satellites.

Their explanation for this is that the star thought to be the source of the signal happens to be near the celestial equator where such satellites can be found.

Arecibo will also take part in a multi-telescope campaign to observe Barnard’s Star, a low-mass red dwarf that’s less than 6 light-years away. The Red Dots campaign aims to look for evidence of planets around nearby red dwarfs. The target stars also include Proxima Centauri, which was found to harbor at least one potentially habitable planet.

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Every Year it Rains Fish Over Village in Honduras
By Kirk Semple

YORO, Honduras — Things don’t come easy in La Unión, a small community on the periphery of Yoro, a farming town in north-central Honduras.

Poverty is universal, jobs are scarce, large families are crammed into mud-brick homes and meals often are constituted of little more than the subsistence crops residents grow — mainly corn and beans.

But every once in a while an amazing thing happens, something that makes the residents of La Unión feel pretty special.

The skies, they say, rain fish.

It happens every year — at least once and often more, residents say — during the late spring and early summer. And only under specific conditions: a torrential downpour, thunder and lightning, conditions so intense that nobody dares to go outside.
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Once the storm clears, the villagers grab buckets and baskets and head down the road to a sunken pasture where the ground will be covered in hundreds of small, silver-colored fish.

For some, it is the only time of the year they will have a chance to eat seafood.

“It’s a miracle,” explained Lucio Pérez, 45, a farmer who has lived in the La Unión community for 17 years. “We see it as a blessing from God.”

Mr. Pérez has heard the various scientific theories for the phenomenon. Each, he says, is riddled with uncertainty.

“No, no, there’s no explanation,” he asserted, shaking his head. “What we say here in Yoro is that these fish are sent by the hand of God.”

The phenomenon has happened in and around the town for generations, residents say, from time to time shifting locations. It migrated to La Unión about a decade ago.

“Nobody elsewhere thinks it rains fish,” said Catalina Garay, 75, who, with her husband, Esteban Lázaro, 77, raised nine children in their adobe home in La Unión. “But it rains fish.”

Some residents attribute the occurrence to the prayers of Manuel de Jesús Subirana, a Catholic missionary from Spain who in the mid-1800s, asked God to help ease the Yoro region’s hunger and poverty. Soon after he issued his plea, the legend goes, the fish rain began.

Mr. Subirana’s remains are buried in the city’s main Catholic church, on Yoro’s central square.

“The people loved him a lot,” said José Rigoberto Urbina Velásquez, Yoro’s municipal manager. “There are so many stories about him that you’d be surprised.”

Scientifically inclined residents posit that the fish may dwell in subterranean streams or caverns. These habitats overflow during big rainstorms, and the rising water flushes the fish to ground level. Once the rain stops and the flooding recedes, the fish are left stranded.

Another theory is that water spouts suck the fish from nearby bodies of water — perhaps even the Atlantic Ocean, about 45 miles away — and deposit them in Yoro. (In that way, fish would indeed fall from the sky, but the hypothesis does not explain how the spouts score direct hits on the same patches of turf year after year.)

If anyone has done a scientific study of the phenomenon, it is not widely known here. And anyway, a fair number of townspeople probably would not want one.

For them, religion provides the necessary explanation.

“The people have an intense faith,” said Mr. Urbina, who embraces the more scientific explanations for the phenomenon. “You can’t tell them ‘no’ because it will anger them.”

Nobody has actually seen a fish fall from the sky, but residents say that is only because nobody dares leave home during the kinds of powerful storms that bring the fish.

“It’s a secret that only our Lord knows,” said Audelia Hernández Gonzalez, the pastor at one of four evangelical churches in La Unión. “It’s a great blessing because this comes from the heavens.”

“Look,” she continued, “people who are least able to eat fish can now eat fish.”

The harvest becomes a communal affair for La Union’s 200 or so homes, and everyone shares in the bounty. Those who collect the most redistribute their fish to families who are unable to get to the field in time to collect their share, the pastor said.

Peddling the catch is prohibited. “You can’t sell the blessing of the Lord,” she explained.

The phenomenon has become intricately woven into the identity of Yoro and its population of about 93,000.

“For us it’s a source of pride,” said Luis Antonio Varela Murillo, 65, who has lived his entire life in the town. “When we identify ourselves, we say, ‘I’m from the fish rain place.’”

“What we don’t like is that a lot of people don’t believe it,” he added. “They say it’s pure superstition.”

For about two decades, the occurrence has been celebrated in an annual festival that features a parade and a street carnival. Young women compete to be elected Señorita Lluvia de Peces — Miss Fish Rain; the winner of the pageant rides a parade float dressed like a mermaid.

Yet, beyond the festival, there are no indicators in town of the phenomena’s central importance: no monuments, no plaques, no fish-shaped souvenirs on sale at shops around town.

Mr. Urbina said that the previous municipal administration had a golden opportunity to do something meaningful. Planners had drawn up a design for a fountain that would be illuminated at night.

But in place of a fountain, officials erected a sculpture of a mushroom — perplexing many.

“I don’t know what happened, but a mushroom appeared,” Mr. Urbina said.

Even if the municipality has underplayed the marketing potential of the fish rain, however, the Catholic Church has not.

In 2007, an office of the Jesuits in St. Louis conducted a fund-raising campaign that included a solicitation letter evoking the fish rain.

“Each gift, each prayer, is like one of the ‘peces’ found during each year’s ‘Rain of Fish,’” the letter said, using the Spanish word for fish. “And every one of these blessings, no matter how large or small, will bring much-needed relief to someone in need.”

The Jesuits have maintained a longstanding mission in Yoro.

The Rev. John Willmering, one of the mission’s current priests, is an American from St. Louis who has been living in Honduras for 49 years, much of that time in Yoro.

When he first moved to the Yoro region, he said, the population was majority Catholic. But since then, he said, the Catholic Church has “lost some ground.” The population is now about a third Catholic, he estimated, with the rest split roughly between evangelicals and those who adhere to no religion.

He is coy on the subject of the fish rain, allowing plenty of room for the townspeople’s religious explanations.

“I think most people who would investigate it would say there is a scientific explanation for it,” he said, choosing his words carefully.

But in the absence of such investigations, he continued, faith can fill the gap.

“It works with natural phenomenon when you need it,” he said, the suggestion of a smile tugging at the corner of his mouth. “I mean, God is behind everything.”

Source: NY Times


"Nanoparticles" of Blood Found on Shroud of Turin

The Shroud of Turin is stained with the blood of a torture victim, scientists have claimed.

Researchers in Italy said the linen cloth, which is believed to have been wrapped around Christ’s body after he was crucified, contains ‘nanoparticles’ of blood that are typical of someone who has experienced violent trauma.

Elvio Carlino, a researcher at the Institute of Crystallography in Bari, Italy says the particles suggest “great suffering”.

Professor Giulio Fanti of the University of Padua added that the particles have a “peculiar structure, size and distribution” and the blood contains high levels of creatinine and ferritin, typically found in patients who have suffered traumas such as torture.

“Hence, the presence of these biological nanoparticles found during our experiments point to a violent death for the man wrapped in the Turin Shroud,” Professor Fanti said.

The particles “cannot be artefacts made over the centuries on the fabric of the Shroud,” he added.

The researchers used methods recently developed in the field of electron microscopy to analyse the Shroud.

Carlino said this was the first study of “the nanoscale properties of a pristine fibre taken from the Turin Shroud.”

The cloth’s authenticity is highly contentious and divides religious opinion.

Some Christians believe the fabric – which is kept in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin – is the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazereth, dating back over 2,000 years.

But previous scientific studies have suggested the cloth, which appears to be imprinted with the face of a man, may in fact be from the 13th or 14th century - centuries after Jesus is believed to have died.

One study found the cloth had been manufactured in India.

The research was published in US scientific journal PlosOne and is titled: "New Biological Evidence from Atomic Resolution Studies on the Turin Shroud."

Source: Catholic Herald


Mystery Creature Spotted in Scottish Countryside

People in the west Stirlingshire village of Killearn, Scotland could be giving Loch Ness a run for its money.

Main Street resident Jimmy Wright snapped this odd sight while walking his son’s dog on Crow Hill - known locally as ‘the cowfield’.

These days such things cause ripples on social media.

Jimmy told the Observer: “I put it on Facebook - but I was taken aback at just how much response it received. It definitely has people talking.”

People have already likened it to part tortoise, part stoat and various other creatures.

“When I came towards it,” said Jimmy, who retired as an NHS general manager for mental health services in Glasgow in 2006, “I was struck by how prolific it was and took a picture. I thought it looked like a dinosaur. I have been up that way before but the sight was definitely unexpected. I put it on the Killearn For All Facebook page and the comments began.

However, after seeing a photo of the creature on the Daily Record website, Richard Pigram, 67, from Nottinghamshire got in touch to say he thought the animal was a monitor lizard.

As these long-necked lizards can grow up to 10 feet and are potentially quite dangerous, he was keen to warn the Scottish public.

Richard said: "People have them as pets but they can bite people.

"If it's true, I think people should take it seriously. It's a dangerous animal."

The lizards are also venomous with bites resulting in swelling and bleeding.

We sent the picture of the mystery creature to Edinburgh Zoo to see if they could shed any light on Richard's theory.

Unfortunately the picture was not clear enough for anyone there to identify whether the creature is a monitor lizard or not.

The Scottish SPCA could also not identify the creature.

However, not everyone is fearful that the mysterious creature could be dangerous.  One resident, Mary Young, suggested a contest to name the animal and a donation of £100 will go to the charity of choice of the person who comes up with the name with the most "likes" on social media.

Jimmy Wright says there have been lots of suggestions and Nessie Dorma seems to be ahead at the moment but more are coming in.

“At the end of the day if it gets people talking and gives everyone a bit of escape from all the bad news there seems to be at the moment then it’s all good. If it brightens up someone’s day and makes some money for charity all the better.”

Mary Young added: “We could reinvent Killearn on the strength of this wonderful sight, save the Black Bull and re-open the Spar as a Killearn Nessie Gift Shop!

“There have been quite a few names put forward so far but the competition will run until July 25 to give those on holiday a chance to see it and contribute.”

Scottish Water Monsters Seen on Land

It should be noted that Killearn is less than 10 miles from  Loch Lomond, which has the largest surface area of any loch in Scotland and is second only to Loch Ness in volume. For centuries residents of the loch have reported sightings of a strange creature living in its waters. Though sightings of this creature are very rare, those sightings that have been reported seem to vary greatly when describing the creatures overall appearance.

Another interesting aspect is that these weird lake creatures have also been sighted on the land. While researching horse-eel reports in Connemara, F.W. Holiday was directed to Patrick Canning who decades prior had a bizarre experience along Lough Shanakeever in Western Ireland.  This account was originally published in "The Dragon and the Disc". 

The event transpired on a rainy morning in 1944.  Mr. Canning was in the process of walking down towards the lake to fetch his pregnant mare out of the elements. When the donkey spotted Patrick it stood up and in doing so gave view to a black animal circling her from behind.  Canning immediately assumed this unexpected figure to be the long-awaited foal, circling its mother as if intending to nurse.  Because its proximity to the stream flowing out of the lake, Canning hastened his steps lest the newborn wander too close to the water's edge.  But as he was approaching, the animal seemed to have detected him and promptly disappeared into the water.

Canning described the creature as "long, black and rather a bit high. My sight was not...because there was mist and rain and everything.  The neck seemed to be...I'd say it was a bit long...."  

He would go onto to claim the animal had legs and ears upon its head. 

These water animals have been reported throughout Ireland and Scotland.  The following is taken from Peter Costello's "In Search of Lake Monsters" citing a water-horse sighting on the Scottish island of South Uist. 

Father Allan McDonald was a parish priest in South Uist who made a hobby of collecting local folklore.  In his notes he describes a strange encounter experienced around June of 1893 by one of his parishioners, Ewen MacMillan on an island in South Uist:

    "Ewen MacMillen, Bunavullin, Eriskay, of Sky descent, aged about fifty, tells me that four years ago at the end of May or beginning of June he had gone to look after a mare and foalthat he had at about nine or ten o'clock p.m.  He went up to Loch Duvat (Eriskay) to see them.  There was a foggy haze.  He passed at the west end a horse belonging to John Campbell, Bunavullin, and a horse belonging to Duncan Beag MacInnes, ditto.  He saw an animal in front of him on the north side of the lake which he took to be his own mare and was making up to it.  He got to within 20 yards of it but he could not distinguish the colour on account of the haze, but in size it appeared larger than a common Eriskay pony.  When he came to within 20 yards of it the creature gave a hideous or unearthly scream (sgiamh granda) that terrified not only MacMillan but the horses that were grazing at the West end of the lake, which immediately took flight.  MacMillan ran the whole way home and the horses did not stop till they reached home.  These horses were not in the habit of coming home although they might come home on their own occasionally."

Some eyewitnesses describe the Lomond Monster as the traditional prehistoric plesiosaur like creature thought by many investigators to dwell in several of the Scottish lochs, including the most famous of these creatures, the Loch Ness Monster. The second description of the Lomond Monster, which seems to be unique among Scottish loch monsters, gives it the appearance of a large crocodile, an animal not known to live in Scotland.

According to several eyewitnesses in 1997 a 12 foot long beast, described as a crocodile by one eyewitness, began devouring ducks in Loch Lomond. SSPCE spokes woman Doreen Graham received several calls in regards to the creature including one man?s report that he was watching a flock of ducks on the loch when one was suddenly pulled under the surface. Before long a group of friends shooting a video on the banks of Loch Lomond, near Rowardennan, claimed to have captured the creature on film. Edinburgh freelance journalist Nick Taylor, who was producing the film, claimed that while the group was packing up their gear they noticed the creature swimming not to far off shore.

According to Taylor the beast was gliding through the water slowly, but often picked up speed and swam against the tide. The group had never seen anything like it before and described the creature as looking like a giant crocodile or alligator. Their tape found its way to the desk of Dr. Andrew Kitchener, of the Royal Museum of Scotland, who after viewing the tape admitted that the creature contained with in did appear to be a crocodile; however he made it clear that a crocodile would be unable to survive in Loch Lomond. Upon further inspection of the video Dr. Kitchener was able to rule out a mink or an otter as the creature in the videos identity.

Source: Daily Record


Champ Sightings Keep Legend Alive
By Lois Clermont

PORT HENRY — Kyle Miller thinks Lake Champlain's legendary monster, Champ, could definitely have a basis in reality.

And it's not just because of his involvement with the Moriah Chamber of Commerce, which promotes an annual Champ Day.


"Two summers ago, I had a sighting that I cannot explain," he said.

"On a clear July summer evening, from a high vantage point with a clear view of Bulwagga Bay and a dead calm lake, I saw a large, black, featureless stationary object about the size and shape of an outboard motorboat.

"It was there when I came upon the scene, and it was motionless.

"I watched it for more than a minute in this stationary position, then it slowly divided into two large humps of equal size, which slowly sank over the course of 30 to 45 seconds.

"I will talk about it if asked, but the reactions I get are fascinating. People insist on telling me what I saw — a duck, a stick, a wave, etc. — as if to comfort their own minds more than refute what I describe."

He isn't the only area resident to report sightings — and they aren't all from years in the past.

"Many living residents here have seen unexplainable things in the lake, some recently," he said.

"You don't hear about it because of the derision of their peers and because those who have seen something don't think it is a life-changing event."


But he does think the sightings and the legend open opportunities for the area.

"There is massive interest in cryptozoology right now," Miller said, and he thinks Port Henry could reap economic advantages because of that.

"Having worked a season at the Lake Champlain Visitor Center, I have a good idea of the percentage of people that come here specifically for Champ, and the number is sizable," he said.


People with an interest in Champ or just anyone looking for a fun family activity might want to check out Champ Day, this year scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at the Port Henry Beach, State Department of Environmental Conservation Boat Launch and Port Henry Marina.

Among the planned activities are children's painting sessions with Creative Bloc, kids games, Penelope the Clown, craft and product vendors, the Sherman Free Library book sale, Classic Boat Show, sailboat races, Suzie's Snack Bar and live music.

"Champ Day is a chance for the Moriah community to relax and enjoy a day by the lake," Miller said.

"The event is aimed toward the whole family, with games for the kids and vendors that mom and dad will enjoy perusing, especially the Sherman Free Library's book sale — one of the biggest around.

"The whole day is a chance to unwind, and the boat races set the pace for that goal — leisurely entertainment that allows you to enjoy the beauty of our lake."

"The live entertainment is always a crowd-pleaser, and Dan Rabideau is back again this year with another session of lively music."

He said the most anticipated event is the cardboard boat race, which draws a bigger crowd each year.

"Kids are given the supplies and a set amount of time, then they test the sea-worthiness of their cardboard creations as they race each other on the water to the finish line."


For a buildup to Champ Day 2017, people can check out a movie night planned for this week.

A free showing of “Gorgo” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the Moriah Chamber office, 4317 Main St. in Port Henry.

Andy MacDougall, who hosts themed film showings in Plattsburgh every month, scheduled the Port Henry event "to recognize the internationally famous legend of Champ."

He started the tribute to the aquatic monster in 2014, with movie nights at the Mayor's Cup in Plattsburgh.

This will be his second Champ Day Movie Night in the Port Henry/Moriah area.

MacDougall will furnish the 16mm prints and projection equipment, supply intermission food and beverages, do a personal introduction and moderate post-viewing discussion, both of which will tie the movie together with Champ history.

"Selecting 'Gorgo' as Champ Day Movie Night 2017's featured attraction lies in eyewitness accounts of alleged infant Champs logged over the years," he said.

"I'll bring that up during post-viewing discussion of 'Gorgo.'"

He plans to dedicate the film showing "to the memory of the late, great Gordie Little, longtime Champ enthusiast and author of the children's book, 'Little Champy Goes to School.'"

Source: The Press Republic


Congressman Asks About the Possibility of Martian Civilizations
By Jacob Brogan

Recently, the Space Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Science, Space, and Technology met for what could have been a routine hearing. For just over a minute, however, that two-hour session diverged into stranger and more speculative territory.

As Space.com reports, the hearing “was a general discussion of NASA’s upcoming planetary-science missions, with a focus on the 2020 rover and Europa Clipper.” Along the way, Kenneth Farley, a professor of geochemistry at the California Institute of Technology and a Mars Rover 2020 project scientist, brought up evidence suggesting that Mars may have been habitable long, long ago.

To be clear, those indications point to the mere possibility of microbial life, not, as Space.com puts it, of “intelligent organisms.” Nevertheless, Farley’s comments were enough to pique the curiosity of one member of the subcommittee, California Republican Dana Rohrabacher.

Requesting a minute to bring up what he called “the most important thing,” Rohrabacher asked, “You have indicated that Mars … was totally different thousands of years ago. Is it possible that there was a civilization on Mars thousands of years ago?”

In the video, you can see a young boy behind Rohrabacher suddenly lean over to whisper something to his own seat mate. Farley, meanwhile, barely seems to pause before responding with a correction.

“So, the evidence is that Mars was different billions of years ago … not thousands of years ago,” Farley said. “There is no evidence that I am aware of.”

“Would you rule that out?” Rohrabacher broke in.

Here, Farley took a more conclusive tone, though he still maintained a scientist’s commitment to uncertainty: “I would say that is extremely unlikely.”

At this point, the conversation moved on, giving Space Subcommittee Chairman Brian Babin the last word on the issue: “Looking forward to finding out what’s up there. That’s for sure.”

Now, it’s easy enough to make fun of Rohrabacher’s line of questioning, and plenty have. Where Space.com takes a flatly dismissive tone, Ars Technica points out, “[L]ast month InfoWars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones entertained the notion that Earth children have been kidnapped and sent to slave camps on Mars.” Mashable, meanwhile, compared Rohrabacher to an “internet troll” and derided him for “wast[ing] NASA’s time.”

That’s all fair enough, but it’s worth remembering the U.S. government has pursued these questions in the past. In 1984, the U.S. Army had “psychic spy” Joseph McMoneagle astrally project to Mars. According to a document about that attempt, publicly available via the Central Intelligence Agency’s Reading Room site, McMoneagle says he saw evidence of ancient Martians, who had slipped into hibernation as a buffer against the planet’s increasingly inimical conditions.

It seems incredible, but the information is out there and Rohrabacher was just asking questions. Rohrabacher’s spokesman said, “Because of his position on the space committee, [Rohrabacher] not infrequently gets inquiries about this from far and wide. He was looking for something definitive. Apparently, many of those who covered the exchange didn’t hear the wink in his voice.”

Even though the press has had a lot of fun with this line of questions, it should be remembered that no human has yet physically landed on Mars (at least as far as we know). Until we do send astronauts and other scientists to throughly examine the red planet, we cannot dismiss the notion that at one time in the far distant past Mars could have been home to live and possibly even an advanced civilization.

Making light of questions such as asked by Congressman Rohrabacher shows narrow-minded thinking and an attitude of misplaced superiority that has haunted humankind for centuries. Without these sort of questions and the willingness to look beyond conventional understanding, we would never have ventured beyond the trees and grasslands of Africa, out into the world, and eventually into space.

Source: Slate

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