Monthly Archives: November, 2010

It’s Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature

The above canard from an old 1970s ad campaign may sound corny now-a-days, but in this case it might apply.

That’s not a tiny man. That boulder – shot by Icelandic photographer, volcano adventurer and overall awesome guy Ragnar Sigurdsson – stands 15m high, weighs about 1000 tons, and it wasn’t there a few days ago. Who put it there?

This guy:

I call him Mike, but you know him as Eyjafjallajokull. Its impact is still being felt in Iceland. This boulder came out of nowhere after the unpronounceable raging mountain melt the glacier that was trapping it. Glaciers are slow but irrepressible forces of nature that wrap and drag everything on their way. Unfortunately for the glaciers, volcano lava, win like scissors over paper.

One must remember that as we study esoteric anomalies and science, we encounter things we never considered to be reality, but are real none the less.

Here, in this particular instance, we witness the awesome power of Mother Nature approach that lofty realm and a person must also include her in our studies.

Who Put This 1000-Ton Boulder Here?

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Texas is UFO Hot-Spot

A lot of States in the US can probably claim the mantle of most UFO sightings; New York, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida come to mind immediately.

But the one state that holds the title lately is one you wouldn’t think of; Texas.

A Texas witness reports a slow moving disc-shaped object without lights moved over northwest San Antonio on November 21, 2010, “turned on its lights,” stopped and hovered for a minute, then “flew rapidly to the north into cloud coverage,” according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

“It flew very, very slowly and wobbled from side to side,” the witness stated.

The witness stated that the unlit object was noticeable in the night sky because “it was slightly darker than the sky line.” The object then flew into an area “well lit with flood lights.”

No video or images were included with the MUFON report, which was filed on November 22, 2010. San Antonio is the second largest city in Texas, population 1.4 million.

Texas is a current UFO ALERT 3 rating, with a higher than average number of UFO sightings recently. Texas had 50 UFO sighting reports in October 2010, the most of any state.

You can read more details about other recently reported cases at the UFO Examiner home page. The most up-to-date UFO information can be heard at web radio showUFO Traffic Report  every Wednesday, 9 – 10:30 p.m. EST, which includes a UFO Witness Testimony Program segment, and an update of the UFO ALERT national rating system. Past shows are available at the Archive page.

The following is the unedited and as yet uninvestigated report filed with MUFON. Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or manmade. If Texas MUFON State Director Steve Hudgeons investigates and reports back on this case, I will release an update. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

TX, November 21, 2010 – came in East on North West side San Antonio, Tx, disk shape, wobbled left to right traveling slowly, sudddenly bright white, hovered over area, flew rapidly to NORTH. MUFON Case # 26707.

I was alone out side and looked out toward horizon, saw an object with out lights flying from East to West on North West side of San Antonio, Tx.

It flew very, very slowly and wobbled from side to side.

I noticed it in the night sky because it was slightly darker than sky line. It flew to an area that is well lit with flood lights, as it is fly line for commercial planes to and from SA airport.

As it arrived to this area very slowly, it suddenly ” turned on its lights” bright white and glowing. It hovered there for a minute and then rapidly flew to the North into cloud cover and I could no longer see it.

I have seen several odd objects here on the NW side the last 2 weeks. Not planes and certainly not helicopters as I have seen them flying around the other ” strange objects” recently.

I was in Texas four and a half years ago on a vacation and I couldn’t really enjoy it because I had bad thrombosis in my legs, probably from flying. My daughters did and took many photos. A lot were taken around the San Antonio area and none had any UFOs in them.

Lots of C5-A Galaxies though.

http://www.examiner.com/ufo-in-national/disc-ufo-entered-san-antonio-sky-dark-and-turned-on-its-lights

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Taking week off

Due to the holiday this week, ol’ Dad is taking the week off for the family and catch up on some schoolwork.

I can now say this with some confidence in that visitors can take advantage of my now extensive archive of interesting articles and posts.

Enjoy the holidays and don’t be afraid to leave off any interesting stuff yourselves!

Rebuttal: What did NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Telescope Find?

On November 15th 2010 this past Monday, NASA released a finding that the Chandra X-Ray Telescope discovered an infant black hole in our “nearby” galactic neighborhood (50 million light-years).

Black holes are the theoretical “singularity” in which when a super-massive star explodes (goes nova) the remaining matter is so heavy that it “collapses” in upon itself and keeps falling. Forever. Thus creating a black, massive non-volume of space in which light itself can not escape from.

The nice thing about alternative theories is this; most of them make sense and eventually become mainstream when the old order dies off.

That being said, the Electric Universe people over at Thunderbolts.com have come up with their own explanation of what the Chandra Telescope discovered.

And it ain’t “superstitious”:

Zero volume and near-infinite density are incompatible with three-dimensional space.

The Virgo Cluster harbors several galaxies that are listed in the early Messier catalog. Among them are M61, M90, and M100. M100 is particularly interesting to NASA scientists who, in conjunction with the Chandra X-ray Telescope team, called a special press conference on November 15, 2010 in order to announce the discovery of “the youngest black hole ever detected.”

The object thought to be a black hole was identified by an excessively bright X-ray emission that has not varied in brightness for more than 12 years. According to consensus theories, the steady state of the radiation indicates that material is being superheated as it falls into the black hole’s steep gravitational gradient.

SN 1079C, a supernova, is thought to have “given birth” to the black hole because when stars more than 5 times as massive as the Sun “explode,” they are thought to leave behind compacted remains that can fall in on themselves until they attain near-infinite gravity in a zero volume. There are several opinions inherent in NASA’s conclusion to which Electric Universe advocates would object.

First, what is a supernova? As previous Picture of the Day articles have argued, stars do not age and die in the way that conventional understanding proposes. Stars are not globes of hot gas under pressure, they are composed of plasma. Plasma is ionized and is an electrically charged substance. Since it is ionized, it does not behave like a pressurized gas, so shock waves and gravitational instabilities are insufficient when it comes to explaining the birth and death of stars.

As Electric Universe theory states, a supernova is an exploding star, but not in the conventional sense. Rather, it constitutes the explosion of a double layer in plasma. The power comes from external electric currents flowing through vast circuits in space, so the radiation from stars is due to discharges that vary in strength. It is those electric arcs that make up the stellar corona, chromosphere and photosphere of our Sun, for instance.

Supernovae are the result of a stellar “open circuit” in the galactic power supply. The result is the same as sometimes occurs in high-voltage switching yards, with extensive arcing.

In an exploding double layer, the energy of an entire circuit might flow into the explosion, increasing its expansion far from the surface of the star. Radiation from the double layer shines in ultraviolet or X-ray wavelengths, sometimes emitting bursts of gamma rays. It was those effects that should have been considered when SN 1979C was first identified.

Second, what is a black hole? Black holes are theorized to twist space and time so that velocity calculations yield impossible solutions. Matter inside a black hole occupies no volume at all, yet it retains gravitational acceleration so great that not even light can escape its attraction—the hole is “black” because it cannot be detected with optical telescopes.

Several previous Picture of the Day discussions about black holes determined that the language used by astrophysicists is itself problematic, relying on highly speculative explanations. Ambiguous lexical labels such as space/time, multiple universes, singularities, infinite density, and other ideas that are not quantifiable have introduced irony into what should be a realistic investigation.

It is assumed that matter falling into the intense gravity well of a black hole is accelerated and subsequently compressed. Material orbits the black hole at a faster and faster rate as it gradually spins closer to a point several times the mass of our Sun. The X-rays and ultraviolet light emissions are interpreted by astronomers as gas heating up from atomic collisions in the rotating disc.

Finally, hot gas, no matter how fast it moves, is not the principal cause of X-rays. Laboratory experiments most easily produce them by accelerating charged particles through an electric field. No gigantic masses compressed into tiny volumes are necessary; they are easily generated with the proper experiments.

There is no experimental evidence that matter can be compressed to “near-infinite density.” Compression zones (z-pinches) in plasma filaments form plasmoids that can become stars and galaxies. Electricity is responsible for the birth of stars, and when the stellar circuit catastrophically releases its excess energy it appears as gamma ray bursts or X-rays or flares of ultraviolet light.

In the electric star hypothesis, no concentrated gravity from “singularities” is necessary. Classical understanding of electromagnetism reveals that it is more than able to create the phenomena we see, without recourse to the supernatural physics of black holes.

Meanwhile astrophysicists, untrained in the physics of double layers, treat supernovae remnants as a problem in fluid dynamics, using mechanical shockwaves and gravitational pressure to provide the observed energies. It is an approach that Hannes Alfvén warned, more than half a century ago, is doomed to fail.

These guys think black holes are “supernatural” science, you ought to read what they say about “dark” energy and matter! LOL!

Supernatural Physics

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Secret Map of Britain

I don’t usually use the Above Top Secret site as a reference, but this came through The Debris Field and a site named ‘what’s all this, then?’ and it piqued my curiosity.

The title of the article is “The Secret Map of Britain” and it’s not entirely what you think it is:

A recent thread at ATS caught my eye. It’s called Secret Map of Britain. Being an Anglophile as well as a conspiracy dude concerned that that wonderful set of islands is turning into a police state, I just had to read it, anticipating who knows what sort of cartographic wonder to be revealed.

This thread turned out to be an intro to the lead video of a most enjoyable documentary called Secret Map of Britain, made by a Mark Thomas, a fellow I’d not heard of, likely as I don’t watch telly anymore and am an American besides.

There are in fact some interesting cartographic items noted, same sort of thing we get over here. It’s not a conspiracy theory romp, there are nothing but factual fascinating stories. Secret bases, underground facilities, MI5, MI6 and more!

It is really more to do with the nature of secrecy in Britain in general; and a lot of items of interest to illustrate that are explored, well as much as can be accomplished with out getting themselves thrown in the slammer. It is also a real hoot to note the wonderfully polite security and police personnel they run into. That sure wouldn’t happen here!

One interesting story, denied flat out of course, is that an American bomber, apparently carrying nuclear weapons, crashed and burned at a US base in the UK. High level deposits of reactor-grade nasties are now spread around the area in question, the segment includes footage of soil testing and an interview with the most prominent victim to date.

I had never heard of many of the stories presented in this documentary, if you are in the UK I’d seriously suggest watching it, especially for the segment on your telephone service and info on how to get vital info out of your councils. If you’re not local I’d still suggest watching it as it’s really well done and this Mark Thomas is an excellent and entertaining guy.

The mention of a crashed nuclear bomb carrying aircraft perked my ears up because I have significant members of my immediate family in Britain, so I want to pick their brains about this.

I haven’t seen the documentary yet either and I definitely intend to, pronto.

I’m not an Anglophile like the author of the ‘what’s all this, then’ site, but it might behoove me to become one, at least for a time.

In my stories, the European Union forms a major portion of my fictional Northern Hemisphere Union of which the old UK has considerable influence along with the old elements of the United States. So the NHU has a major “anglophile” flavor to it.

*sigh* Another lead to track!

The Secret Map of Britain

ATS Secret Map of Britain Thread

Inexplicata: Uncanny Mexican UFOs

UFOs are a tradition in Mexico and Latin America at large as this uncanny video show.

Notice how the UFO splits apart into two “stages”, perhaps indicating the nuts and bolts theory of UFOs.

However in a witness interview the person indicates the UFO came down and “healed” him, which appeals to the “paranormal” theorists.

The mystery only deepens on the subject and understanding is beyond fleeting.

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Sobremesa” TV broadcast (Channel 28, Mexico City) during its most recent transmission. The first video was taken by Mr. Eusebio Tarango in Ciudad Juarez, a veteran sky watcher with twenty years’ experience, showing a glowing object in a blue, cloudless sky that apparently responded to Tarango’s commands to blink at him, then to blink even brighter, and finally to “come down and heal him.” The object complied with the first two commands, and appeared to launch a small orb as a response to the third request. The lesser orb rose straight into the air before vanishing altogether. This video was recorded on approximately October 17, 2010.

The second video is as unusual as the first. It was provided by Carlos Rios, a trainer with a prominent Mexican soccer team, and shows an unusual physical object moving over the snow-crowned summit of Mt. Popocatepetl (17,000 feet) and reflecting the sun’s rays as it moved. While a FOX Sports crew was interviewing soccer player Luis Menes, the athlete himself pointed out the fact that something unusual was taking place over the volcano. The FOX cameraman turned and pointed his camera at the summit, capturing a clearly metallic structure tumbling in the air. This video was recorded on January 20, 2010 at 3:30 p.m.

Mexico: Uncanny UFO Videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPLfder6eVM


The Paracast: Dr. Frank Salisbury

This past Sunday Gene Steinberg and co-host Chris O’Brien interview Dr. Frank Salisbury and discuss nuts n’ bolts UFOs, the paranormal theory of UFOs, Jacques Vallee, the Skinwalker Ranch, the “greys” theology and parallel dimensions. Excellent interview.

Dr. Frank Salisbury Interview

Tetris Game May Alleviate PTSD

Tetris is a very old video game (1984 in fact) invented in the old USSR no less. But it has many incarnations and has a popular form on Facebook, I should know because my youngest daughter plays it all the time.

While trawling the InterWebs this morning, I found an interesting post on my buddy’s Bruce Leeeowe’s Weird Sciences blog about Tetris being used to help alleviate the suffering by service vets of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) by reducing the instances of shocking flashbacks:

The video game Tetris may quell flashbacks of traumatic events in a way that other kinds of games can’t, researchers have found. The curious effect might have to do with how the shapes in the game compete with images of a traumatic scene when it comes to getting stored in one’s memory. Tetris, one of themost popular video games of all time, involves moving and rotating shapes falling down a a playing field with the aim of creating horizontal lines of blocks without gaps. In earlier work, scientists at Oxford University in England found that playing Tetris after traumatic events could reduce flashbacks in healthy volunteers. The hope of this research is to reduce the painful memories linked with post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD).

o see if this effect was found only in Tetris or with other games as well, the researchers compared Tetris with Pub Quiz Machine 2008, a word-based quiz game. The investigators began by showing volunteers a gruesome film with traumatic images of injury and death, such as fatal traffic accidents and graphic scenes of human surgery. After waiting a half-hour, in the first experiment, 20 volunteers played Tetris for 10 minutes, 20 played Pub Quiz and 20 did nothing. By examining diaries the volunteers kept for a week afterward to record any instances of flashbacks to the film, they found Tetris significantly reduced flashbacks while Pub Quiz significantly increased them. In a second experiment, the wait was extended to four hours, with 25 volunteers in each group and matching results. According to researcher Emily Holmes:

Our latest findings suggest Tetris is still effective as long as itis played within a four-hour window after viewing a stressful film. Whilst playing Tetris can reduce flashback-type memories without wiping out the ability to make sense of the event, we have shown that not all computer games have this beneficial effect — some may even have a detrimental effect on how people deal with traumatic memories.

The split mind

To explain these unusual results, think of the mind as having two separate channels of thought. One is sensory, dealing with perceptions of the world as experienced through sight, sound, smell, taste and touch, while the other is conceptual, responsible for combining sensory details in a meaningful way. These channels generally work in harmony with each other — for instance, we might see and hear someone talk and quickly comprehend what that person is saying. However, after traumatic events, the sensory channel is thought to overwhelm the conceptual one. As such, we are less likely to, for example, remember a high-speed traffic accident as a story than as a flash of headlights and the noise of a crash. These sensory details then intrude repeatedly in a victim’s mind in the form of flashbacks, often causing great distress.

Past research suggested there is a timeframe of up to six hours after a trauma in which one can interfere with the way traumatic memories are formed in the mind. During this window of opportunity, certain tasks can compete with the same mental channels needed to form those memories, in much the same way it can prove hard to hold a conversation while solving a math problem. As such, the Oxford team focused on Tetris, a task that demands visual attention and visual memory. They suggest the game achieves its beneficial effects regarding flashbacks by competing with traumatic detailson the sensory channel. On the other hand, Pub Quiz might compete with the conceptual channel, reinforcing sensory details of traumatic events.

These laboratory experiments can help us understand how unwanted flashback memories may be formed. This can help us better understand this fundamental aspect of human memory. It may also lead us to think about new ways to develop preventative treatments after trauma.

However, she cautioned that thisis early stage laboratory research, and that further work is needed to move this into clinical situations.

Of course this can prove huge for the vets returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan war theaters since most of them are very familiar with video games because of their age group.

However the caveat is the severity of their injuries and brain damage.

I wonder if this will be used in conjunction with insertion of neural brain chips?

Tetris Therapy: Game may Ease Traumatic Flashbacks

Chang’e 2 Moon Photos

Finally some coherent Chinese moon probe (Chang’e 2) photos are released, along with one of the Chinese bosses of course.

Released with some fanfare (that’s the Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao, there. [Editor’s note: originally had Jiabao as the “head of state”; that would actually be the president, Hu Jintao, not the premier, Jiabao]), the images get more or less straight to the point: they’re of the Bay of Rainbows (Sinus Iridium), which China has slated to be the potential landing location of it’s Chang’e-3 rover mission.

The images include a 3-D map, and have a resolution of ~1.3 meters (for comparison, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has resolution up to 1 m

Check out the official Chinese release page for all the images 🙂 (A rough translation notes the last image is labeled as “antarctic”, so it’s unclear if that’s also a Bay of Rainbows crater, or one near the lunar south pole.)

I find the crater at the Lunar South Pole kind of interesting, kind of looks like a blast area for propulsion.

Which feeds into the artificial Moon theory.

No way, eh?

China Reveals First Chang’e-2 Photos!

Cliff High Interview

Cliff High, inventor of the Internet future forecasting ‘bot Web Bot, is on the Veritas site giving his perhaps last interview.

In it, he discusses the dollar, world currencies, conspiracies and other esoteric subjects.

Including his Web Bot.

http://www.manticoregroup.com/radio/latest.htm

http://www.veritasshow.com/schedule.html