Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Giant 'Lomu' moa found
Five new species of moa, including a 140-kilogram giant, have been found using pioneering dna technology.
Without a trace, but strangely similar
Two men disappear. Each was last known to be with the same police officer. At the least, it's "a coincidence in the extreme."
From Weird Events.
The Cool Stuff: The HoverMower by Eastman Industries
Just like it sounds - a hovering lawnmower.
One of the comment points out that it would be much cooler if it was a riding mower, but it's still pretty cool.
Link found by the lawncare professionals over at Make Zine.
Former F.B.I. Official Says He Was Watergate's 'Deep Throat'
A former FBI official claims he was "Deep Throat," the long-anonymous source who leaked secrets about President Nixon's Watergate coverup to The Washington Post, Vanity Fair reported Tuesday.
W. Mark Felt, 91, who was second-in-command at the FBI in the early 1970s, kept the secret even from his family until 2002, when he confided to a friend that he had been Post reporter Bob Woodward's source, the magazine said.
Where Is My African-American Queen?
UFO wrangler Prophet Yahweh is looking for love.
All the sweet chocolate sisters deserve to be treated like the Queens they are! Only then can the sweetness of their souls flow and the gates, that hold them back from loving, be opened wide. Only then, can the sweet sistas believe again and be strengthened with the security they need, in life, not to fear. Where is my African-American Queen?
Link found by the righteous soul brother over at Rigorous Intuition
State Assemblyman Proposes NJ 'Devils' to Change 'Satanic' Name
See also: Devils burning mad over proposal to change team name.
Placebo Journal looks at weird-but-true side of medicine
You might think that the Placebo Journal's outrageous humor detailing the weird-but-true foibles of the medical profession should be confined to the privacy of the doctors' lounge.
But Dr. Douglas Farrago, the journal's creator and editor, wants to expand his readership to a general audience, betting that patients as well as doctors will guffaw at gross-out stories about malodorous infections, rivers of nasty pus, foreign objects in bodily orifices and uncontrolled flatulence.
Karla Homolka has made little effort to rehabilitate herself and shows no remorse for her crimes, inmates who served time with her at Joliette Institution say.
See also: Officials get ready for Homolka's big day.
And: Karla victim claims 'coverup'.
For an overview of the Bernardo-Homolka rapes and murders see this article.
UFO Spotted Over Las Vegas (maybe)
More on Prophet Yahweh.
On the trail of the cougar
Cougars in Virginia.
Brazilian Killers Blame Game for Murders
The crime was shocking by any standard _ a family of three bound, drugged and shot in the head at close range in their beds. Then, a twist: The killers said it was all a game, and the penalty for losing was death.
Surgeons extract 100 needles from body of a girl
Saima Haneef of Khangah Dogran in Punjab is experiencing the painful phenomenon and her doctors are unable to offer any medical reason for this.
Mystery in sand dig planned
THE amateur archaeologists who found 3000-year-old non-native wood samples in a search for the legendary Mahogany Ship will meet with Heritage Victoria this week to plan their next move.
Mystery of the smiling Buddha that arrived as a gift from the tsunami
THE little Buddhist sage sits underneath the tree only yards from the sea from which he was plucked, a whimsical smile upon his face. Villagers gather before him with offerings of incense and food.
"We must look after him," Gajendram, a fisherman, said as he knelt to light a candle. "He was sent 1,000 miles across the sea to protect us and he will stay with us for ever."
To the end, colonel a man of the troops
His courage under fire was the stuff of Hollywood, such as once ordering his helicopter pilot to land in the middle of a firefight so he could rescue his wounded men.
As an orphan shining shoes at a military base in Santa Monica, Calif., he lied about his age to join up in the waning days of World War II. That started a career that led him to Korea, where he survived a gunshot to the head, and a whopping four tours of duty in Vietnam, where his daring and swagger became the inspiration for Robert Duvall's Colonel Kilgore character in the movie ''Apocalypse Now."
Tomorrow, the US military will lay to rest Colonel David H. Hackworth -- among its most decorated heroes of all time -- at Arlington National Cemetery.
The top brass is not expected to attend.
Interesting fact hidden in this article: Hackworth called paying today's troops $7.50 a day for combat pay -- which, when adjusted for inflation, is three times less than in World War II -- a scandal.
$7.50 a day? Those are prison wages.
Scientists link plastic food containers with breast cancer
A chemical widely used in food packaging may be a contributing factor to women developing breast cancer, scientists have suggested.
Monday, May 30, 2005
'Human flesh alternative' sells on the Web
Trying to stop eating human flesh? Try Hufu!
Link found over at Weird Events.
Sunday, May 29, 2005
Treasures Fit For The Kings
A spate of spectacular discoveries could completely change our view of the Thracians, one of history's most mysterious peoples.
Six figure reward for missing Nessie 'tooth'
A FORENSICS investigator is offering a $100,000 bounty for what might be a piece of Nessie.
However, suspicions remain that the "Loch Ness tooth" Arizonabased Bill McDonald hopes to trace may be nothing more than the antler of a young deer.
History is littered with lots of hoaxes / Some lies can lead to a deeper truth
Tales of a runaway bride and a finger afloat in a chili bowl have seized our attention of late -- but for sheer shock value, they can't compete with Mary Toft of the British town of Godalming.
In 1762, Mary flabbergasted her doctor by seeming to give birth to rabbits. Soon top medical advisers, including the king's surgeon, investigated, witnessed the bizarre births and vouched for them.
Only when she was sequestered and stricken with infection did Mary fess up: Craving a little attention, she had been inserting dead rabbits into her vagina.
Who killed Michael Francke?
It might just be the biggest mystery in Oregon politics. Michael Francke, the director of the Oregon prisons, was murdered in the parking lot of his office. Frank Gable, a small-time thief, was convicted of the crime. Kevin Francke, the victim's brother, thinks Gable is innocent.
Lost WWII soldiers a hoax?
Diplomats from Tokyo said on Sunday they were not giving up on efforts to verify if two Japanese soldiers have been surviving in the Philippine jungles since World War II amid increasing speculation that the astonishing tale could be a hoax.
Governor digs fixing potholes / San Jose crews destroy part of road for staged event
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger traveled to a quiet San Jose neighborhood Thursday, and -- dogged by protesters -- filled a pothole dug by city crews just a few hours before, as part of an attempt to dramatize his efforts to increase money for transportation projects.
Archaeologists offer taste of ancient food
Sauces made from fermented fish entrails. A quichelike pastry shell filled with bay leaves and ricotta cheese. For dessert, peaches with aromatic cumin and honey.
Those tastes might not be for everyone's palate, but the specialties of ancient Pompeii are being revived for a month at the site of the ruins by a research project intended to give new insights into how the Romans lived.
Sidney Dorsey: Wayne Williams a fall guy
Imprisoned former DeKalb sheriff thinks old friend has hidden reason for reopening cases.
Report of UFO leads to drug arrests
The report of an unidentified flying object over Union County early today resulted in the arrest of two Connersville men on a variety of drug charges.
UFO sightings sparked MoD probe
A SPATE of UFO sightings in Wales prompted a secret Ministry of Defence investigation, newly-released information has revealed.
Pedophile link to 4th murder
AN Elizabeth man murdered in an execution-style shooting was the fourth person to be killed after alleging a state MP was a pedophile, former speaker Peter Lewis told Parliament yesterday.
Story found over at the Rigourous Intuition discussion board which may be found here.
Friday, May 27, 2005
Report: UFO Sighted In Olmsted Falls Sky
Ohio is home to some of the most UFO sightings in the country. The strange sightings don't end in the night sky, they also lurk in the woods and lakes of northeast Ohio.
With pic and video.
FBI evidence team finishes search at Hosanna Church
Investigators interviewed witnesses and went through volumes of evidence Thursday as they worked to piece together a Ponchatoula church's alleged occult rituals that included devil-worship and sex with children and animals.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
New Leads In The Johnny Gosch Case
A cold case is heating up. Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch vanished without a trace in 1982. But, now, after KWWL's story last month on Johnny's disappearance, there is new information on the case.
A private investigator working Johnny's disappearance believe his kidnapping was part of a government conspiracy. The investigator shared new evidence with KWWL and it could be the break needed to solve this case. That evidence includes a recorded phone call that has never been heard publicly, until now.
Search On For Clues In Alleged Satanic Pedophile Ring
FBI agents and local police searched a storage unit located along Morse Road Tuesday in connection with an alleged sex scandal linked to a New Orleans-area church.
The Mad Genius from the Bottom of the Sea
Unlimited energy. Fast-growing fruit. Free air-conditioning. John Piña Craven says we can have it all by tapping the icy waters of the deep.
Neat article found over at the Anomalist.
How to Perform Strong Man Stunts
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Children 'handed over to sex ring'
BOYS as young as 10 were sexually abused in Adelaide when, as wards of the state, they were taken out of their institution on weekends and handed over to an organised pedophile ring.
More than 500 abuse claims have been heard in the first six months of a South Australian inquiry that spans 34 orphanages or detention centres where wards claim they were sexually abused over the past 50 years.
The report finds that young boys from St Joseph's Catholic Orphanage and Brookway Park Boys Reformatory were sexually abused at the homes of adults who had permission to take boys on day outings or to stay away at weekends, the report says.
Lion Mutilates 42 Midgets in Cambodian Ring-Fight
Spectators cheered as entire Cambodian Midget Fighting League squared off against African Lion
The fight was called in only 12 minutes, after which 28 fighters were declared dead, while the other 14 suffered severe injuries including broken bones and lost limbs, rendering them unable to fight back.
This story kind of smells like a hoax but it's so amazing I had to link it. Story found over at cryptozoology.com
Inquiry Into Dismissal of an Air Force Chaplain
The Department of Defense inspector general's office is looking into accusations that a chaplain at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs was dismissed from her administrative job and given orders to transfer to a base in Japan because she had criticized the religious proselytizing of academy cadets.
Cathedral will host the Da Vinci code
The controversial bestselling novel is to be filmed in the home of the infamous Lincoln Imp.
Lincoln has a troubled history, for which many observers blame the Imp, a jaunty carving that was, according to legend, a small devil blown in by the wind and turned to stone by angels.
Warrant issued for 9th cult suspect
Authorities are still looking for a ninth member of the alleged cult accused of having sex with children and animals at the Hosanna Church in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish sheriff's spokeswoman Laura Covington said Monday afternoon.
Saddam's magic stone
The Sun, a British tabloid that published pictures of imprisoned, former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in his underwear may have missed something more intriguing than Saddam's BVDs.
While the `Butcher of Baghdad' has long been a stone around the neck of his own people, it is ironic to consider that sorcerers say he wears one of their stones around his own neck.
Great article on Saddam's occult links.
Ex-con linked to doctor's slaying
San Francisco police investigating last week's slaying of a prominent physician said Monday night they considered the ex-convict son of the doctor's longtime personal assistant to be a "person of interest'' in the case.
10 things you may not have read about Francke case
The Sunday Oregonian published a story that claimed that no evidence exists to support long-standing allegations that Oregon Corrections Director Michael Francke may have been murdered because he was fighting corruption within his department.
But it left out facts that reveal that the full story of the slaying has yet to be told.
I lived in Portland for many years and The Oregonian is one of the worst newspapers I've ever seen.
Italy investigating 186 over child torture site
Italian police are investigating 186 people including three priests after uncovering an Internet pornography site for pedophiles that showed young children being tortured, an official said Tuesday.
Also: Besides the Roman Catholic priests, police also believe a mayor, a teacher and a doctor downloaded illegal videos.
Monday, May 23, 2005
Vatican reportedly drops probe of Mexican cleric
Pedophile enabler Pope Benedict XVI has reportedly dropped the child molestation investigation of Rev. Marcial Maciel, the 85-year-old founder of the Legion of Christ.
U.S. covering up mad cow cases, scientist says
A scientist and former inspector for the U.S Agriculture Department says he's willing to take a lie detector test to back his claim that his government is covering up mad cow disease.
What Really Happened
points out that murdered scientist Dr. Robert J. Lull
was an advocate for mandatory testing of all beef for mad cow.
'Threatening' T-shirt barred from TCC
George W. Bush, coward.
Di Conspiracy Theory Revived
Princess Diana is back in the headlines with a newspaper report on a possible murder conspiracy related to her death almost eight years ago.
Look, Nobody Cares That You're a DJ
Something funny for a Monday.
Male and Female Sasquatch Reportedly Being "Contained" in Oklahoma
On the Wednesday, May 18th edition of the Internationally syndicated late evening talk show, The "X" Zone Radio Show, hosted by Rob McConnell and heard exclusively on the TalkStar Radio Network and their US and Canadian affiliates, a guest claimed that a male and female Sasquatch were being "contained" in Oklahoma.
Spaceships Will Appear Over Las Vegas On My Signal
For only 45 days, starting June 1st until July 15, 2005, Prophet Yahweh, Seer of Yahweh, will be calling down UFOs and spaceships for the news media to film and photograph. During this time, a spaceship will descend, on Prophet's signal, and sit in the skies over Las Vegas, Nevada for almost two days.
Hysterical press release.
Pentagon PsyOp: Saddam's Double in Underwear Photo?
The title says it all.
The Green Lantern
I've added the The Green Lantern
to my links. Cool blog about news, politics, arts, music, and the unexplained. Check it out.
The Fairy Flag of Clan MacLeod
TO THE uneducated eye the disintegrating cloth hanging in Dunvegan Castle looks more like something used to mop up a beer spill than the "most precious possession of the Clan MacLeod". But if you look closely, you begin to pick out a delicate silk thread, the remains of an intricate pattern. The fabric looks ancient and foreign.
The Clan MacLeod has had its family seat at Dunvegan Castle since about the 12th century. For as long as the clan has been there, so has their flag. No one knows for certain where it came from but the MacLeods have always maintained that it is no ordinary piece of cloth.
With very cool pic of the flag. Link found over at the Green Lantern.
The truth about McDonald's and children
Morgan Spurlock ate McDonald's food every day for a month, and recorded the stomach-churning results in his film 'Super Size Me'. Here, in an extract from his new book, Spurlock reveals the things he didn't say in the movie about Ronald McDonald and his campaign to win the hearts of our young.
Link foudn at the Fortean Times.
South Natomas Home Covered With Sheet Metal
The D'Souza family lives in the home on Timberwood Court, and claims the aluminium pieces are necessary to protect them from unknown neighbors who have been bombarding them with radio waves and making them sick.
Police: Church sex abuse case may involve 24 children
Police have arrested the pastor of a defunct church in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, his wife and six former congregants in a sexual abuse case involving as many as 24 children, authorities said.
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Officers Plot Exit Strategy
Telling quote from this article, emphasis mine: "Young captains in the Army are looking ahead to repeated combat tours, years away from their families and a global war that their commanders tell them could last for decades."
STOP REPUBLICAN PEDOPHILIA
Unbelievable. Read. Copy. Disseminate.
New links for you
I've added some new links to the site for your enjoyment.
If you're feeling poorly, be sure to check out the excellent information on acupressure from the Shmuel Halevi's Acumedico
. I've already had some luck with allergy relief (swollen glands) thanks to the Acupuncture Points Database
. Be sure to check out the pressure point H-3 Shaohai
which offers relief from, among other things, stupidity and premature ejactualation.
It's always a good idea for students of the unexplained to study Sir James George Frazer's The Golden Bough - A Study in Magic and Religion
And be sure to check out the paranormal fictions and musings of Indrid Cold
Like Giant Monsters? I know I do! And nobody created cooler giant monsters than the legendary Jack Kirby
. You can check out his fine work and the creatures of other talents over at the super-cool Monster Blog.
The cover scans alone are worth a trip.
Fortune seekers on trail of Confederate stash
I'm reprinting this entire story as a big middle finger to the needlessly intrusive and ridiculous registration process at the Dallas Morning News website. This is the link
if you feel like giving the DMN a bunch of personal information.
Parts of Oklahoma, Texas viewed as rich for treasure stashed by diehard Dixies
By ARNOLD HAMILTON / The Dallas Morning News
CEMENT, Okla. - Bud Hardcastle and Charlie Holman figure the Confederacy never truly surrendered. Its leaders simply buried their dreams for the day the South would rise again.
After 30 years of research, Mr. Hardcastle and Mr. Holman are convinced that enterprising disciples of Dixie stashed millions of dollars in gold and silver - now probably worth billions - in locations across North America, including Oklahoma and possibly northeast Texas, to help finance a second Civil War.
"The true story of the South's never been told," said Mr. Holman, a balding, 56-year-old denturist and former three-time state high school wrestling champion. "A lot of Southerners know the story, but they've not told anyone."
Enough buried booty has been recovered over the last century to ignite a prairie fire of interest in treasure hunting - hundreds of real-life Indiana Joneses scouring remote terrain from Canada to Mexico for what they believe is a mother lode of antique coins and rare documents.
It's an oft-quirky subculture that deploys high-tech gear and old-fashioned detective work in a quest to unravel the secrets of the Knights of the Golden Circle, a pro-South society credited with masterminding the elaborate underground financial network.
"The money would be wonderful, but I set out to prove the truth," said Mr. Hardcastle, a portly, 66-year-old used car dealer who learned of the secretive pro-South group through his fascination with legendary outlaw Jesse James. Mr. Hardcastle now thinks that Jesse James, a Missouri guerrilla fighter during the Civil War and train and bank robber afterward, was "comptroller of the KGC." He says he thinks that finding the loot could also help him determine the truth about how - and when - the outlaw actually died.
According to some treasure hunters, burial was the surest means at the time of protecting the fortune that included gold and silver from the Confederate treasury, donations from Southern sympathizers, war-time raids on northern banks and post-war robberies.
No single ledger or document has been recovered that details the extent of the earthen deposits. But treasure hunters said they have uncovered evidence of an intricate, geometric grid system used to determine the locations of hidden loot across North America.
Further, they said, it appears the Knights of the Golden Circle built a network of sentries who knew the location of each cache, protected it during their lifetimes, then shared the information with subsequent generations.
On a recent spring day, Mr. Holman and Mr. Hardcastle hiked to near the summit of Buzzard's Roost, a peculiar, rocky hill near this tiny burg, about 65 miles from Oklahoma City.
Amid a howling, 40-mph-plus wind, they described four different discoveries of buried treasure since early 1900s, all within a quarter-mile of the southwestern Oklahoma landmark.
They also pointed out what they believe are coded messages carved into rock that the Knights may have left as clues.
"This was a hot spot," Mr. Hardcastle said. "This was Indian Territory - it was a good place for them to come" because it offered an almost unlimited number of hideouts and few authorities.
As they scaled Buzzard's Roost, Mr. Holman and Mr. Hardcastle looked less like the dashing figures of Hollywood's Indiana Jones trilogy than the crotchety, but charming characters of Grumpy Old Men.
But these men are serious. They've devoted more than 30 years - and more than $100,000 each - to chasing the secrets of the South, hoping to unravel mysteries that involve clandestine networks of Confederate loyalists, Southern sympathizers in the North and bandits like James.
In his pursuit of Jesse James, Mr. Hardcastle spent about $9,000 on legal fees that led to the exhumation in Granbury, Texas, of what he thought was James' body. It wasn't, but he now believes that the grave was misidentified by one plot.
Now, he figures his pursuit of the Knights of the Golden Circle treasure may be a faster route to the truth about Jesse James.
It's a two-fisted, hard-nosed world where few are willing to talk much abut their successes or join forces, afraid they'll be double-crossed and lose out on a discovery.
Mr. Hardcastle and Mr. Holman said they learned hard lessons about sharing information: In one case, other treasure hunters they befriended went behind their backs and unearthed the loot. All Mr. Hardcastle got from the discovery was an 1880 silver dollar.
"Ninety-eight percent of treasure hunters," Mr. Holman said, "aren't worth the powder it would take to blow their butt off."
Another time, about a decade ago, Mr. Hardcastle was asked by a landowner to search his land and found an old Wells Fargo safe. He was asked to leave before the safe was opened, but he said he believed it contained KGC money.
As far as any other treasures he may have discovered, Mr. Hardcastle said, "If I did [find any], I wouldn't own up to it."
He and Mr. Hardcastle joined forces in 1988. Since then, they've clomped through overgrown fields together, dodging rattlesnakes and mountain lions. They've climbed hills and small mountains to study signs of Knight activity. Mr. Hardcastle even lowered Mr. Holman 15 feet by rope into a dark cave believed to be a Jesse James hideout where treasure could be buried, but much of it had caved in.
Mr. Hardcastle and Mr. Holman are working several promising leads, using newly acquired night cameras to investigate particularly dense, rugged areas. Neither will say where.
After that, there are some potential areas to investigate in northeast Texas, he said. He noted that Jesse James supposedly worked both sides of the Red River, making southeastern Oklahoma and northeastern Texas of particular interest.
Bob Brewer, an Arkansas-based treasure hunter who co-authored the book Shadow of the Sentinel: One Man's Quest to Find the Hidden Treasure of the Confederacy, said he, too, believes he is close to a major breakthrough.
But he declined, for now, to be interviewed at length - at least in part, he said, because treasure hunting can be dangerous.
"People will kill you for a six-pack of beer," he said
The Knights of the Golden Circle was formed in the early 1850s in Ohio to help expand pro-slavery interests.
With defeat of the South, some historians say, the Knights went underground, strategically hiding money across North America for the day the South would rise again.
An elaborate grid system may have been devised by the KGC, many modern-day treasure hunters say, to hide its booty in caves or bury it.
The group apparently left clues, carving Latin phrases, code words, gun barrels and animals into stone and tree trunks to point the way. They also bent over seedlings, burying the tops in the ground, to create archways that some treasure hunters refer to as "Hoot Owl trees" in honor of legendary train robber Jesse James, who many think was a devotee to the KGC's cause.
How much has been recovered is not known. Treasure hunters are often tight-lipped, fearing they'll be double-crossed or someone will beat them to the big payday, or that the federal government will stake a claim – or demand taxes be paid.
Several treasure hunters confirm a major find about a decade ago on a farm in southeastern Oklahoma. Some say they believe that close to $1 million was recovered - and that one gold piece was valued at more than $14,000.
One area that treasure hunter Bud Hardcastle says has yielded at least four recoveries in the last 100 years has been the area within a quarter-mile of Buzzard's Roost, a rocky hill on the Oklahoma prairie near Cement, Okla.
A man claiming to be Jesse James' brother, Frank, dug up about $6,000 due east of Buzzard's Roost not long after statehood in 1907, according to published reports.
Mr. Hardcastle said he was at the hill studying the carvings about a decade ago when a nearby property owner asked him to search his land for buried treasure. He said he studied the carvings and zeroed in on an area of the man's property, then, using a metal detector, found an old Wells Fargo safe buried under cap rock.
SOURCE: Arnold Hamilton, Dallas Morning News research
Police fight voodoo grip of Nigerian sex trade
If she runs away from her life of prostitution, her parents will become sick and die.
At least that's what this Nigerian woman believes. The threatened curse, she claims, was part of a voodoo rite performed in her homeland just weeks before she was brought to Greece by a prostitution ring.
Lake Tahoe Tessie
Monster myth rises from chilly depths.
Desperately Seeking Sasquatch
Wanted: Single male. Tall, dark, and stinky preferred.
The incredible Oak Island mystery, part 3
The tale continues.
Friend helps keep memory of former beauty queen alive
Former Miss South Carolina Kelly McCorkle hopes to help keep the memory of Leslie Ann Mazzara alive, even though the former beauty queen was killed seven months ago in her California apartment.
Portrait of a thief
Even when he's sporting handcuffs and warming a seat in district court, it's hard to see Myles Connor as the inspiration for Hollywood's next museum-heist thriller.
In the movies, after all, art thieves are played by Sean Connery or Cary Grant. They wear hand-tailored suits and indulge champagne tastes. Home is a villa on the coast of France or a stone tower rising above rolling moors.
Connor, now 62, first made headlines almost 40 years ago, when authorities charged him with stealing art works from the Forbes Museum in Milton, Mass., his hometown. But his notoriety truly blossomed in the '90s, when his name was linked to the robbery of Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, by some accounts the biggest art heist in history.
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Giving up the wee ghosties
A scientific ghost hunt in Edinburgh has yielded reports of apparitions, phantom footsteps, unexplained cold spots and unseen hands.
It works for me: Chinese herbal medicine
Cecilia Conrad gave up all hopes of a cure for her chronic urinary infections until she discovered a Chinese remedy.
Dowsing for the Dead -- Genealogist searches out of respect for sacrifices of the pioneers
He doesn't know why it works. He just knows it does. It's not witchcraft. It's not black magic, or "the work of the devil."
He does it with respect, out of respect for those who have gone on before him ... those who are lying in graves unmarked for one reason or another.
Tom Corey of McCook "dowses" for graves because of his interest in genealogy and history, and because of his respect for the lives and sacrifices of his ancestors.
Particle Accelerator Used to Decipher Text
A particle accelerator is being used to reveal the long-lost writings of the Greek mathematician Archimedes, work hidden for centuries after a Christian monk wrote over it in the Middle Ages.
Highly focused X-rays produced at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center were used last week to begin deciphering the parts of the 174-page text that have not yet been revealed. The X-rays cause iron in the hidden ink to glow.
Another dead scientist
A prominent physician at San Francisco General Hospital who once headed the San Francisco Medical Society was found stabbed to death inside the doorway of his Diamond Heights home Thursday, police said.
*********************************Medical Society spokesman Steve Heilig said Lull was a thoughtful scientist with a long military background. He favored nuclear power as a solution to global warming, but he was so passionately opposed to the development of proposed "bunker buster" nuclear weapons that he co-sponsored a resolution at the California Medical Association House of Delegates opposing the technology. The resolution did not pass.
More great info from Rigorous Intuition
See also Murder of prominent doctor remains a mystery
New Monkey Discovered in Tanzania
The discovery of a new monkey species in the mountains of Tanzania highlights the potential for uncovering a trove of as-yet unknown fauna in Africa, scientists who reported the find said.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Yoga may help improve pregnancy outcome
The practice of yoga during pregnancy seems to improve birth weight and reduce prematurity and overall complications, Indian researchers report.
REbuilding the Antikythera mechanism
The Antikythera mechanism, as it is now known, was originally housed in a wooden box about the size of a shoebox, with dials on the outside and a complex assembly of bronze gear wheels within. X-ray photographs of the fragments, in which around 30 separate gears can be distinguished, led the late Derek Price, a science historian at Yale University, to conclude that the device was an astronomical computer capable of predicting the positions of the sun and moon in the zodiac on any given date. A new analysis, though, suggests that the device was cleverer than Price thought, and reinforces the evidence for his theory of an ancient Greek tradition of complex mechanical technology.
From 2002 but still cool.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Thracian Owner of Gold Mask Axe-Chopped
The Thracian king Seutus III, whose gold mask was unearthed in 2004 by Bulgarian archaeologists, has been chopped with an axe after his death, an expert research showed.
According to archaeologists this discovery is pure sensation because it proves the theory that ancient Thracians used to chop into pieces their rulers' bodies and buried them in different places.
Mysterious death of Meriweather Lewis explored at Trace
Explorer, soldier, presidential secretary and writer, 35-year-old Meriweather Lewis was found clinging to life one October morning along the Natchez Trace with wounds to his head and chest.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Rare find of antique cans with arty labels changes Snohomish man's life
Galloway unloads with both barrels
British Parliament member George Galloway on Tuesday angrily denied profiting from Saddam Hussein's regime and criticized the Senate panel probing alleged corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq.
He said he had met with Saddam twice -- "exactly as many times as Donald Rumsfeld has met with him."
"The difference is Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and give him maps," Galloway said in a heated opening statement.
"I met him to try and bring about an end to sanctions, suffering and war, and on the second occasion, I met him to try and persuade him to allow Hans Blix and U.N. inspectors back into country."
3 found slain in Idaho; 2 children missing
Three people were found slain in a home, and an Amber Alert was issued Tuesday for two children who live there, authorities said.
Top Ten Favorite Words (Not in the Dictionary)
From Merriam-Webster Online, a positively ginormous undertaking that will leave you completely confuzzled.
Favorites from previous years:
stealth-geek (n): one that hides nerdy interests while maintaining a normal outward appearance
sinspire (v): to compel one to be creatively wicked
Fresh hope, fresh pain in Atlanta
It has been 25 years since Willie Mae Mathis sent her 10-year-old son to a gas station down the street to get her a pack of cigarettes and never saw him again. For some people, even those who followed the saga of the black boys being abducted and murdered in the Atlanta area from 1979 to 1981, Jefferey Mathis is a distant memory, a faceless victim in a chapter of history that some hoped would never be revisited.
US 'backed illegal Iraqi oil deals'
The United States administration turned a blind eye to extensive sanctions-busting in the prewar sale of Iraqi oil, according to a new Senate investigation.
A report released last night by Democratic staff on a Senate investigations committee presents documentary evidence that the Bush administration was made aware of illegal oil sales and kickbacks paid to the Saddam Hussein regime but did nothing to stop them.
Vroom-Vroom, She Said to the Doubters
Hats off to Laleh Seddigh, the first female, Iranian race-car driver.Ms. Seddigh loves speed. She also loves a challenge. Last fall, she petitioned the national auto racing federation in this male-dominated society for permission to compete against men. When it was granted, she became not only the first woman in Iran to race cars against the opposite sex, but also the first woman since the Islamic Revolution here to compete against men in any sport.
What's more, she beat them.
Rigorous Intuition: Dark horse and dead cattle
This post over at Rigorous Intuition
got me thinking about the mysterious and possibly satanic murder of Father Alfred Kunz.
Here is a 2001 article about the case from the Las Vegas Weekly.
Sasquatch conference tackles mating habits of questionable creature.
US Media Largely Ignoring Secret UK Government Memo Evidencing Iraq War Conspiracy
What? The U.S. media isn't doing it's job? I'm shocked, just shocked.
So what's new with the Runaway Bride?
In the beginnning . . .
Early UFO phenomena in New Zealand.
A MYSTERY bottom slapper has not only terrified a young woman but also concerned police about what he might do next.
The Surrey Spanker strikes again.
Archaeologists Unearth Britain's Own Miniature Coliseum
Archaeologists have discovered evidence of Britain's own miniature Coliseum, it was revealed today.
The two-tier stone built structure, in Chester, which dates back to 100AD, hosted gladiatorial contests, floggings and public executions.
What, no soccer riots?
The dig also discovered that the Roman theatregoers were fans of tacky novelty souvenirs.
Among the discoveries is part of a bowl, which dates back to the second century, featuring images of gladiators.
The items were probably sold from wooden market stalls outside the arena.
Mr Wilmott, who discovered the bowl, said: "These were basically mass-produced, cheap souvenirs.
"The spectators would watch the event and then buy a bowl featuring their favourite gladiator."
Collect 'em all!
Technology Shows The Face Of Jesus
Well, it's the face of something. They're using the Shroud of Turin so all bets are off.
Anti-Castro Cuban emerges from hiding in Miami
A Cuban exile whom Venezuela wants extradited over the bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people has emerged from hiding in Miami and told a newspaper he no longer feels he has to lie low.
Apparently, it's only terrorism if you're an Arab
Monday, May 16, 2005
The Raw Story | Newsweek report on Quran confirmed by earlier accounts
The Raw Story rules.
Contrary to White House assertions, the allegations of religious desecration at Guantanamo published by Newsweek May 6 are common among ex-prisoners and have been widely reported outside the United States.
Guardians of Japan's forbidden tombs resist bid to dig up past
OF ALL the monuments of old Japan, there are none so mysterious as the burial mounds of the ancient emperors.
Thickly wooded, surrounded by murky moats, they lie scattered across the Japanese countryside, as central to its history as the pyramids are to ancient Egypt.
Beneath the heaped mounds may be rich treasures - gold-encrusted swords, jade jewels, elaborate crowns and figurines of men and animals sculpted out of clay. There may be sacred mirrors from China and Korea, exquisite wall paintings of tigers and dragons, and the coffined remains of the great god-emperors themselves - or there may be nothing at all.
Handwritten threat left at restaurant where Judge Lefkow was dining
Federal judge Joan Lefkow will be in Washington D.C. later this week to testify before the senate judiciary committee about protecting judges. Lefkow's husband and mother were murdered earlier this year.
The judge's scheduled testimony this week follows a threat aimed at her over the weekend.
$100,000 Reward Offered for Missing Loch Ness Tooth
Forensics investigator Bill McDonald has announced a $100,000 reward for the return of a four-inch barbed shed tooth found lodged in the ribcage of a mutilated deer carcass on Loch Ness. The tooth, discovered by two American college students on Spring Break back in March, was confiscated by a local water bailiff and is now believed to be in possession of the Scottish Highland authorities.
"The animal that left those tracks had to be 50-60 feet long," says McDonald. "In both cases, the species fits theories which I have been working on since 1993. The monster is not a friendly plesiosaur as locals might have us believe, but an amphibious fish that was trapped in Loch Ness back in the 1930s. This animal prefers the depths, has nocturnal eyes sensitive to daylight, and only surfaces during the winter months at night when the fish population drops in Loch Ness. I have interviewed several dozen locals who concur with the identity of this creature. It is unfortunate that the Scottish Authorities are refusing to cooperate, preferring to safeguard their tourist trade at the expense of science."
Check it out at lochnesstooth.com
Taiwan's land holds a surprisingly high level of energy
People in Taiwan who want to absorb the force and energy of nature do not have to travel very far. Dutch scientist Jaap van Etten said that the amount of energy of the Earth in Taiwan is even higher than Sedona Arizona of the United States, which emits the highest amount of energy in that nation. He said that Taiwan could replace Sedona as the international capital of alternative therapy. Presently Sedona attracts about one million visitors a year seeking alternative therapy in its highly "energetic" environment.
From cynic to 'shifu'
Fast cars and qigong? Somehow, the two don't seem to go hand in hand.
Sibel Edmonds Update
Gagged, but Still Going Strong
Documentary spotlights Catholic denial of paraplegic weddings
Flavia Fontes was talking on the phone when a headline in a small Brazilian newspaper caught her eye: A paraplegic man was forbidden to get married by the Roman Catholic Church because he was impotent.
Just when you think the Catholic Church can't get any more disgusting......
For now, the slayings are linked only by circumstance: The young men had lived on society's fringe in this bayou town before they were strangled or suffocated and their bodies stashed away in remote areas until someone stumbled upon them.
Authorities say many of the victims, the first found on New Year's Day 2000, ran in the same circle of friends and had a history of drug use, soliciting prostitutes or minor run-ins with the law. Sometimes their bodies were found nude or shoeless.Beyond those basic facts, authorities say they have little to bring the cases together: no DNA, no anonymous claims of responsibility, no telltale signatures left at the scene of the crime.
The crime scenes, for that matter, are not even known. The eight victims are believed to have been killed elsewhere and dumped in sugar cane fields, along back roads or in ditches -- all of which are in ample supply in the swampy landscape surrounding Houma, a town of 32,000 about 50 miles southwest of New Orleans.
Meanwhile, tentative links have been made with another 10 cases showing similar patterns in Jefferson Parish and St. Charles Parish, including at least seven in which victims were found without one or both shoes.
Bianca Trump, White Supremacist
Former porn star Bianca Trump goes from crazy porn actress to crazy white supremacist and plays the Aryan Nations like a fiddle.
Probably not work safe.
Cannabis linked to Biblical healing
Jesus Christ and his apostles may have used a cannabis-based anointing oil to help cure people with crippling diseases, it has been claimed.
Christ, I'm high. An older link found through lvx23
The New York Review of Books: Cat-and-Mouse Games
A review of Code Names: Deciphering US Military Plans, Programs, and Operations in the 9/11 World by William M. Arkin.
Link found at Disinfo.
Belief in sex-mad demon test nerves in Zanzibar
The Popo Bawa is known as the "sodomising demon".
I have it on good authority he's a member of the Bush administration.
Guru of Sadism, Safely in Jail, Leaves Cult to Fend for Itself
The disembodied voice of a woman speaking Spanish with a heavy German accent echoes from behind the one-way mirror at the guardhouse. "You can go in now," she says, and the white metal gates to Colonia Dignidad, the secretive paramilitary religious sect that took refuge here in the foothills of the Andes more than 40 years ago, slowly swing open.
A winding dirt road leads to the compound where Chilean authorities say that Paul Schaefer, a former Nazi Luftwaffe medic turned lay preacher, sexually molested scores of young boys. A few yards away is a hospital where, according to former cult members, those who drew Mr. Schaefer's ire were drugged and tortured. And somewhere beneath the ground, human rights groups say, are the clandestine dungeons where Colonia Dignidad held the political prisoners who were entrusted to it in the 1970's by Gen. Augusto Pinochet's secret police.
US police puzzled by water tank killing
Three months after her body was found in a giant tank at a waterworks in the United States, police are still trying to work out which one of her colleagues killed Geetha Angara. The case has turned into a bizarre whodunnit amid speculation that her promotion to senior chemist could have been a motive.
Would it be newsworthy if a document surfaced that proved our government had lied to us? What if this lie resulted in thousands of deaths and an expense to American taxpayers of billions of dollars? And what if this document recorded our leaders talking openly about the need to lie to get us to do what they wanted? Would that be newsworthy? You may think so, but the American media establishment does not.
Atlantis Today - The USA Poised for Destruction. Will we repeat ancient history?
The number one TV program in Atlantis? Atlantean Idol
. 'Nuff said.
Drug-runner leaves hidden clue to 10m pot of gold
A notorious drug smuggler has left clues after his death to where he stashed 10 million pounds worth of cannabis.
With map for all you treasure hunters.
The Bombing of PanAm Flight 103: Case Not Closed
The newspapers were filled with pictures of happy relatives of the victims of the December 21, 1988 bombing of PanAm 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. A Libyan, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, had been found guilty of the crime the day before, January 31, 2001, by a Scottish court in the Hague, though his co-defendant, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, was acquitted. At long last there was going to be some kind of closure for the families.
But what was wrong with this picture?
Incredible Oak Island mystery, part 2
The story continues.
Sunday, May 15, 2005
The GOP's Attack On Voting Rights