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Monday, 22. October 2007
News & Stories
In the Orbit of UFO Enthusiasts by Washington Post.
Of course, UFO enthusiasts are used to having their ideas about aliens and intergalactic spacecraft ridiculed. Those who opine that there are "others" out there are bound to hear they're more than a little out there themselves. If you talk to enough of them, you realize they have heard all of the insults before: nut job, wacko, loony, space case. But perhaps the most insulting thing to call a UFO believer is, well, a believer. "We're not believers; we're concluders," says Paul Nahay of Silver Spring. Meet him and find out what he and other local concluders have to say about UFOs.
Uri Geller: "Phenomenon" of CIA Interest by American Chronicle.
Long before the new NBC TV reality show "Phenomenon," featuring psychic Uri Geller and "illusionist" Criss Angel, there was the CIA. Uri Geller attracted the attention of the CIA at a time when the depth of Russian and Soviet satellite interests in all things paranormal sent a chill up the collective spine of the Intelligence Community. Today there are signs that the Intelligence Community remains engaged in exploring psychic phenomena for use by "psychic spies" -- either to collect intelligence, or to bait and switch the enemy as a counter-intelligence ploy, as part of the war on terror.
What are the Knights Templar up to now? by BBC News.
This is a story. In the Middle Ages there was a secretive organisation called the Knights Templar. They were disbanded with many killed on the orders of the Pope because they knew the secret that Jesus had had a child with Mary Magdalene. Despite the killing of the order's members, societies carry on its legacy of hidden knowledge today. There's a problem with this version of events, part-inspired by Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown and other earlier authors. It's cobblers.
The Art of Achieving God by Ohmy News.
It's the fifth day of the 10-day long festival of Hindus -- Dashami. Fifteen young men clad in plain vests with towels wrapped around their waists are standing in a line, with closed eyes, heads bowed and hands clasped together to form "namaste" -- greeting God and the spirits wandering in the air. Water droplets trickle down from their wet hair to their eyelids then to their lips. However, their concentration and devotion keeps them from moving ...
11 questions for a professional witch by The Daily Grind.
My great-grandmother was apparently believed to be some sort of a witch. I was born on her birthday, so my grandmother was always like, "You've inherited her gifts." ... Anyone can be a witch. It's a choice. There is obviously work involved, and there are different levels of practice like anything else. You could do a little something every once in a while, you could do something every day. There is no right or wrong way. You're probably not going to find any two people who practice exactly the same way unless they're in some sort of an organized group.
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Sunday, 21. October 2007
Critical Eye: Mystical Wonders
'Critical Eye' was a series hosted by William B. Davis (The X-Files-smoking man), and looks into the science behind the paranormal, new age philosophies, and the unexplained.
This episode 'Mystical Wonders', produced in 2002 by Discovery Science Channel in cooperation with CSICOP (Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal) and the Skeptical Inquirer Magazine, deals with Crop Circles, the Great Pyramid, the Nasca Line of Peru and Stonehenge.
The skeptical point of view is very well represented.
Saturday, 20. October 2007
Remains of Halley’s Comet to fall Sunday
Some astronomers think weekend Orionids will be flashier than usual.
A junior version of the famous Perseid meteor shower is scheduled to reach its maximum before sunrise on Sunday morning, Oct. 21. This meteor display is known as the Orionids because the meteors seem to fan out from a region to the north of Orion's second brightest star, ruddy Betelgeuse.
Weather permitting and under very dark skies away from light pollution, skywatchers could see several meteors per hour. Rates will be significantly lower in cities and suburban areas.
Interestingly, this year, brilliant Mars is nearby and the apparent source of these meteors, called the radiant, will be positioned roughly between Mars and Betelgeuse.
For Northern Hemisphere Observers
Skywatchers can start looking for Orion low in the eastern sky around 1 a.m. on any morning around the peak, Oct. 21. The setup is seen here from mid-northern latitudes. Even though the radiant of the shower is in Orion, meteors can appear far from the constellation.
When and where to watch
Currently, Orion appears ahead of us in our journey around the Sun, and has not completely risen above the eastern horizon until after 11:00 p.m. local daylight time. Expect to see few, if any Orionids before midnight – especially this year, with a bright waxing gibbous Moon glaring high in the western sky.
But moonset is around 1:30 a.m. local daylight time on Sunday, and that's a good time to begin preparing for your meteor vigil. At its best several hours later, at around 5:00 a.m. when Orion is highest in the sky toward the south, Orionids typically produce around 20 to 25 meteors per hour under a clear, dark sky.
"Orionid meteors are normally dim and not well seen from urban locations," said meteor expert Robert Lunsford, adding, ". . . it is highly suggested that you find a safe rural location to see the best Orionid activity."
According to Lunsford, Orionid activity has been increasing noticeably since Oct. 17 when they were appearing at roughly five per hour in dark-sky conditions. After peaking on Sunday morning, activity will begin to slowly descend, dropping back to around five per hour around Oct. 26. The last stragglers usually appear sometime in early to mid Nov.
For Southern Hemisphere Observers
In studying the orbits of many meteor swarms, astronomers have found that they correspond closely to the orbits of known comets. The Orionids are thought to result from the orbit of Halley's Comet; some of the dust which has shaken loose from this famous object as it runs its gigantic loop from the Sun out to Neptune, ram our atmosphere to create the effect of these "shooting stars."
There are actually two points along Halley's path where it comes relatively near to our orbit.
One of these points corresponds to early May and causes a meteor display that emanates from the constellation Aquarius, the Water Carrier. The other point lies near the late October part of our orbit and produces the Orionids. In May we meet the "river of rubble" shed by the comet on their way outward from their nearest approach to the Sun, while in October we encounter the part of the meteor stream moving inward toward the Sun. The meteors are moving through space opposite or contrary to our orbital direction of motion. That explains why both the Aquarids and the Orionids hit our atmosphere very swiftly at 41 miles (66 kilometers) per second – only the November Leonids move faster.
Another distinguishing characteristic that the October Orionids share with the May Aquarids is that they start burning up very high in our atmosphere, possibly because they are composed of lightweight material. This means they likely come from Halley's diffuse surface and not its core.
What to expect
Last year, there was an unexpected surprise when the Orionids put on a display more worthy of the Perseids. Observers saw meteors falling at double the normal rate, or 40 to 50 per hour. In addition, many Orionids were much brighter than normal; a few even rivaled Venus in brilliance.
Two meteor researchers, Mikaya Sato and Jun-ichi Watanabe of Japan's National Astronomical Observatory, recently announced in a paper released by the Astronomical Society of Japan that the unusual concentration of large particles that produced last years Orionids, were probably ejected from Halley's Comet almost 3,000 years ago and are being held together by interactions with Jupiter about every 71-years.
Apparently, there may also have been unusual Orionid activity during the years 1933 through 1938, so perhaps after an absence of seven decades this concentration of comet material has returned, implying another rich Orionid display might be in offing this year.
The only way to know is to step outside just before the break of dawn on the morning of Oct. 21 (try the mornings of Oct. 20 and 22 as well). Almost certainly, you should sight at least a few of these offspring of Halley's Comet as they streak across the sky.
Guide to the Orionid Meteor Shower by Sapce.com.
Observing the Orionids and Orionids History by Meteor Showers Online.
World of Darkness: Mysterious Places
The book starts with 'The Swimming Hole': At the bottom of a body of water, there is a cave where you can trade your blood for wishes. As ol' Ben Franklin used to say, "If men were granted half their wishes they'd double their trouble." Even more interestingly, the force protects the water and the owner wants to drain it; too bad for everyone nearby ...
I like also 'The Whispering Wood' - an arboreal Bermuda Triangle. It's both the literal "haunted forest" as well as the spiritual and philosophical "dark wood" that everyone finds themselves lost in from time to time ...
World of Darkness: Mysterious Places
White Wolf Publishing, 2005 | 138 pages | PDF | 8 MB
Written by Kraig Blackwelder, Rick Chillot, Geoff Grabowski, James Kiley, Matt McFarland, Brett Rebischke-Smith and Chuck Wendig with interior artwork provided by Sam Araya, Greg Boychuk, Vince Locke, Chris Martinez, Mark Nelson, Jim Pavelek, Durwin Talon, Jaime Tolagson, Andrew Trabbold, and Cathy Wilkins.
Friday, 19. October 2007
Roswell Confessions: New Witness Testimony
Roswell Confessions: New Witness Testimony featuring five exclusive new video interviews about the so-called Roswell incident, in which a purported UFO crashed near Roswell, N.M., in 1947.
The interviews, which premiered Aug. 20, deal with the supposed crash, with the alleged military containment and recovery of what ufologists called "memory material" and supposed crash debris and with what the respondents claim was the high level of security surrounding all phases of a cleanup operation.
U.S. Army intelligence officer Lt. John P. "Jack" Trowbridge talks for the first time about his handling of the material and describes how it looked and felt. Other new accounts allege the Air Force used death threats against civilian eyewitnesses and their families to silence them and that alien bodies were recovered and that one of them survived the crash. (The Air Force has long denied the allegations and in the 1990s put out a report saying that the supposed UFO was actually the wreckage of a top-secret spy balloon that was part of the U.S. government's Project Mogul, designed to spy on the then-Soviet Union.) -- Source: Si Fi Channel
What a Father Saw - Sgt. Homer Rowlett's daughter Carlene Green (2:23)
What a Father Saw - Rowlett's son Larry Rowlett (2:22)
Bounced at the Gate - Savage Dodson (3.13)
Be Quiet. Or Else ...
Pat Bush's sister in law, Miriam, told her that she saw an alien move. (4.25)
The videos are also available here:
Roswell Confessions: New Witness Testimony by Sci Fi Channel.
Category: Ufo's & Aliens |
Thursday, 18. October 2007
Hobbit Name & Elf Name Generator
Tribal African Art
Tribal African Art - featuring over 1,200 artifacts from 100 ethnic groups. Items on display include wooden and bronze statues, masks, religious, ritual and domestic objects, furniture and weapons. Learn about art, culture and history of each ethnic group.
Category: Ethno & Shamanism |
Wednesday, 17. October 2007
History’s Mysteries: Prophecies
Since modern psychics they claimed to see tomorrow just as clear as the rest of us see today.
Do some people possess the ability to peer though time? Most scientists maintain the claims of prophetic powers are groundless. The future is unknown. But what about Nostradamus, the Oracle at Delphi or the recent visions that have come true?
Since a long time man has sent probes into space to unlock the secrets of the atomic world. Yet one frontier remains an enigma - the challenge of knowing the future. And yet since ancient times a handful of prophets, seers, and oracles have believed they can
see beyond the barrier of time...
History's Mysteries: Prophecies / Part 2 (9:51)
History's Mysteries: Prophecies / Part 3 (9:10)
History's Mysteries: Prophecies / Part 4 (8:31)
History's Mysteries: Prophecies / Part 5 (3:50)
Is this Pope John Paul II waving from beyond the grave?
Vatican TV director says yes.
This fiery figure is being hailed as Pope John Paul II making an appearance beyond the grave.
The image, said by believers to show the Holy Father with his right hand raised in blessing, was spotted during a ceremony in Poland to mark the second anniversary of his death.
Details appeared on the Vatican News Service, a TV station in Rome which specialises in religious news broadcasts.
Service director Jarek Cielecki, a Polish priest and close friend of John Paul II, travelled to Poland after hearing an onlooker had photographed the image.
Father Cielecki said he was convinced the picture showed the former pontiff.
"You can see the image of a person in the flames and I think it is the servant of God, Pope John Paul II," he said.
The pictures were being broadcast continuously on Italian TV and also posted on religious websites, some of which crashed as thousands logged on to see for themselves the eerie figure formed by the flames.
The bonfire was lit during a service at Beskid Zywiecki, close to John Paul's birthplace at Katowice, southern Poland, on April 2 - the second anniversary of his death.
Hundreds had attended the ceremony. Gregorz Lukasik, the Polish man who took the photographs, said: "It was only afterwards when I got home and looked at the pictures that I realised I had something.
"I showed them to my brother and sister and they, like me, were convinced the flames had formed the image of Pope John Paul II.
"I was so happy with the picture that I showed it to our local bishop who said that Pope John Paul had made many pilgrimages during his life and he was still making them in death."
Source: The Daily Mail.
Tuesday, 16. October 2007
Ask Guru Joe
Guru Joe questions about life, romance, business or anything else that can be answered with 'Yes' or 'No'.
Category: Games & Humor |
Programming Your Crystals
If you wish to use your stones for a specific purpose, beyond their general characteristics, you will need to program them. Intention and focus are key when programming crystals for particular task, such as healing, protection, and/or activation of chakras, among others.
There are a few different methods of programming crystals, although not as many as there are for cleansing crystals. In fact, most methods of programming are really variations of one method. No matter which method you use to program your stones, they all have intention and focus as the main components. To this end, you must be sure that you know exactly what it is you desire before you attempt to program the crystal. I suggest writing out your purpose on a piece of paper and then refining it further until you feel like it is exactly what you are trying to achieve. Be specific. When you are ready to program your crystal, be sure you are focused and your intention is clear.
Read more ...
Monday, 15. October 2007
The Art of Lisa Hunt
The Art of Lisa Hunt
Category: Art & Visions |
Sunday, 14. October 2007
What We Still Don’t Know: Are We Real?
"The universe is still a place of mystery and wonder."
Sir Martin Rees
Are we alone?
Why are we here?
Are we real?
Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees investigates ...
All life on Earth is nothing more than an elaborate facade created by super-intelligent beings. Humans now exist in a computerized version of the world – a simulation that keeps us happy, while our powers are drained by our creators for use as fuel in their campaign for dominance in the ‘real’ world. This is the premise of the cult sci-fi thriller 'The Matrix'.
‘The simulation hypothesis, that we are currently living in a computer simulation, should be understood literally, it’s not just in a metaphorical sense whereby one could view the universe as a simulation, but literally we would be living in a simulation created by some advanced civilization in a computer they built in their universe. And everything we see and our brains themselves would just be parts of this simulation.’ Oxford University philosopher Dr Nick Bostrom echoes the thoughts of sci-fi writers and scientists alike. The simulation hypothesis is not sci-fi, it’s serious academic thought.
In Are We Real? Martin Rees navigates the extraordinary territory between science fact and science fiction. He reveals the logical steps that have led cosmologists and philosophers to the shocking conclusion that The Matrix scenario cannot be safely relegated to our storybooks. Whether it’s true or not, and it might be, here is a story that is altogether more serious and more deeply disturbing than any sci-fi fantasy could ever be.
Find out more @ Channel 4.
Friday, 12. October 2007
For your Friday fun:
Alien Teenager Stu is taking his abduction exam and to pass he must abduct a sleeping farmer under the supervision of his instructor. Stu is having troubles with the numerous switches at his disposal to control the tractor beam, after a bumpy ride the farmer boy is finally onboard the space ship but ...
So the better thing to do, is to let you see by yourself!
News & Stories
Are we missing a dimension of time? by The Telegraph.
A scientist has put forward the bizarre suggestion that there are two dimensions of time, not the one that we are all familiar with, and even proposed a way to test his heretical idea next year. "There isn't just one dimension of time," Itzhak Bars of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles tells New Scientist. "There are two. One whole dimension of time and another of space have until now gone entirely unnoticed by us."
Sparks Fly Over Meteorite by Cosmic Log.
Do you remember the meteorite fall in Peru?
American meteorite hunter Michael Farmer checked out the scene.
Is there really a meteorite down there? In the wake of the first reports, some experts speculated that the crater was merely a smelly hole in the ground that villagers came upon while they were looking for the cause of the fireball they saw. But Farmer said "there's zero question" that a space rock caused the crater - and based on the analysis conducted so far, the rock was a doozy. "It's probably the largest chondrite meteorite to have fallen," Farmer said. He said the mass could be as much as 10 tons - which would be like a moving van falling from orbit.
Right Brain v Left Brain by The Herald Sun.
The Right Brain vs Left Brain test:
Do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?
If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.
Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.
A Prayer for Archimedes by ScienceNews. (WITH PICS).
For seventy years, a prayer book moldered in the closet of a family in France, passed down from one generation to the next. Its mildewed parchment pages were stiff and contorted, tarnished by burn marks and waxy smudges. Behind the text of the prayers, faint Greek letters marched in lines up the page, with an occasional diagram disappearing into the spine.
Opening the X-files: Inside Britain's UFO Project by Nouse.
To conspiracy theorists, Nick Pope is the right man with the wrong answer. The former head of Britain’s UFO Project has had years of unparalleled access and resources to investigate the significance of unexplained visitors to Britain’s airspace. Since leaving the MoD in 2006 he has taken up a high profile career as a writer, lecturer and consultant. He seemed to be a man preparing to impart revelation. If anyone should be able to confirm that the government knows of the existence of extraterrestrial life, it should, in theory, be Pope.
New Canadian Crop Circles by CCRN. (WITH PICS).
The Canadian Crop Circle Research Network (CCCRN) has updates:
Two more formations found on October 1 near Shakespeare and Londesborough in southern Ontario. An oval and half-circle (Shakespeare) and a single circle (Londesborough), both in corn.
The Stigmata by The Paranormal Report.
About 300 or so stigmatics have been reported over the last two millenium. The first was St. Paul, who claimed to have them in a letter to the Galatians. St. Francis of Assisi also exhibited them in the 13th century, and cases continue to this day. A number of explainations have been given for the stigmata, ranging from fraud to the wounds somehow being created by the sufferer's own mind.
Conman or Psychic on Geraldo at Large by YouTube. (Video).
University of Arizona professor Dr. Gary Schwartz confronts a grieving father and then turns "psychic" himself -- claiming to have contacted the spirit of his deceased son. Schwartz suggests that 3.3 million dollars be contributed to start a business "on the other side".
See also Gary E. Schwartz' statement:
Examining an erroneous and malicious character assassination.
A man and his (weird) museum by SunJournal. (WITH PICS & AUDIO).
A peek inside the International Cryptozoology Museum:
Hair from Sir Edmond Hillary's Yeti expedition, water from Loch Ness, a 9-foot latex pterodactyl, Loren Coleman's got it all. Coleman is an authority on things that haven't been found. Yet.
Unlocking the secrets of history by Yemen Times.
Mummification in ancient Yemen:
In ancient Yemen, people believed in life after death. Their belief in resurrection was essential to ensure a safe passage to the afterlife for their dead. Mummification was an important step to ensuring one's afterlife in ancient Yemen. However contradictory to their belief, not only the dead lost their way to the afterworld; sadly, the mummies have never crossed the boundaries of their tombs. So where did all the mummies go?
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