Thursday, June 30, 2005
Don't discourage children from joining service, Pace urges
America's parents should not stand in the way of sons and daughters who want to join the military, but should let them follow their patriotic instincts, the nation's No. 2 general said Wednesday.
"Those who are looking to serve this country should be encouraged to do so," said Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
A Marine whose son also is in the Marine Corps, Pace said the key is "to encourage our young people ... to come forward to help defend this nation ... and to encourage the families of those young folks to let them follow their instincts."
He added, "Parents, stop getting in the way of us getting your kids killed for no good reason. Really, I mean it. I might lose my job."
Women think: Did BTK stalk me?
One Wichitan is so consumed by the question, she's been asking Dennis Rader himself.
Bigfoot -- Imminent Capture Anticipated
No, this time we really mean it.
Witches of Abstraction
In 1942, the financial adviser to the royal family of Lichtenstein asked the artist Emma Kunz if she would attempt to "repolarize" Adolf Hitler from a distance. Citing excessive negative energies, she at first declined. When she later relented, the 63-centimeter metal spring Kunz used as a "transmitter" flew up and began to slash at her body, before wresting itself from her grip and flying across the room. As is often the case, art had failed to make an impact on worldly events.
Interesting article with cool art.
Detective says evidence short
Three children are the victims at the center of a child-sex ring operating out of a Ponchatoula church for five years, a sheriff's detective testified in court Wednesday.
What is missing from the court case as it stands are the allegations of occult activity as the motive for the sexual abuse of children and animals, he said. No physical evidence of the occult, such as pentagrams drawn on the floor and spell books were ever found, Tangipahoa Parish sheriff's Detective Mike DePhillips told the court.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
The power of suggestion lingers - Brain scans show hypnosis helps to focus the mind
Therapists who swear that hypnosis can help their patients now have more evidence to back their claim. A study of brain-scan images shows that hypnosis can indeed alter cognitive activity after subjects have come out of the trance state, and that this can help them concentrate on certain tasks.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Religious Gadget Thursday: The E-Meter
Wondering what to get Tom and Katie for the wedding? Looks like they're registered at Gizmodo!
But where can I get one?
Other Things that Tom Cruise Knows More About Than You
While I find Tom Cruise's deep and profound knowledge of psychiatry to be very impressive - after all, he's read "the history" - here some other things he knows more about than you, according to transcripts of other interviews he's given.
Loch Ness Boat Operators Identify Kill Zone
For several months rumors have been swirling around Loch Ness about a 4-inch barbed tooth, possibly belonging to a giant mutation of an eel species that inhabits the waterway, found in the mutilated carcass of a half-eaten deer back in March by two American college students. Now, several boat operators have come forward to speak with Nessie Investigator William McDonald, confirming the area where the deer was located is known to locals as a "kill-zone."
Thanks to Weird Events.
Civil War authority Shelby Foote dead
Novelist and historian Shelby Foote, whose Southern storyteller's touch inspired millions to read his multivolume work on the Civil War, has died. He was 88.
Animal group names date back a bit
Way too long ago, someone left a phone message in the newsroom asking about the origins of terms for assemblages of animals. It was a great suggestion, and, as with many types of creatures, it took some time to track down.
I can only touch on this topic in this space. But if you want more, I highly recommend the book ''An Exaltation of Larks'' by James Lipton, which is the source for what you'll find here. That's the same James Lipton, by the way, who conducts the ''Inside the Actors Studio'' interviews shown on the Bravo channel.
Perhaps the greatest book since the invention of things bookish. Glorious!
Women of the Lodge
There's only one thing more mysterious than Freemasons, and that's women Freemasons. The controversial brotherhood is widely thought to be a male-only preserve, but sisters, or should that be "brothers", are doing it for themselves.
Back in Katie's home town, Scientology switch a shock
What's shocking is Katie's uncle's response.
And about her decision to take Scientology classes - an applied religious philosophy that critics say is a cult engaged in mind control? "Let him without sin cast the first stone," uncle Richard said.
First stone? Dude, are you on crack? I'm an uncle and if my niece disappeared into a cult for sixteen days, cut off her friends, and was now being professionally "handled" by cult monitors, I'd be a little more concerned.
Scary insects, but show me the monkey
Kong is coming.
Zorro still makes his mark
El Zorro golpea el asno con el pie.
Blimey, mate. It was a kangaroo
Phantom kangaroo in Indiana.
For more on the Phantom Kangaroo phenomenon see here.
Skeleton holds clues to mystery 9,300 years old
Developer seeks Souter's property
I think this is little more than a prank, but it would be very amusing.
Right Wing Douchebag Alert: this links to World Net Daily.
Congressional Secrets On Web Site
A new Web site aims to make widely available to the public certain government reports about topics from terrorism to Social Security that congressional researchers prepare and distribute now only to lawmakers.
Monday, June 27, 2005
New Jack the Ripper theories put sleuths in a spin
A mental patient, a butcher, the artist Walter Sickert, a serial wife poisoner and even Queen Victoria's grandson have all been touted as Jack the Ripper suspects in one of the greatest whodunits in history.
But what if Jack the Ripper was not a Londoner, not even British? What if he was a merchant seaman, who pursued his blood lust as far afield as Nicaragua and Germany?
Archaeologists search for Orpheus
In the past few weeks, archaeologists have discovered a Thracian temple in the Eastern Rhodope mountains which may include the gravesite of the mythical figure Orpheus.
MI5 Agent: Nine Eleven a Violent Coup
First it was Morgan Reynolds, then Paul Craig Roberts, and now former MI5 agent David Shayler. Like a possum, the corporate media rolls over, at Bushcon command, and plays dead, steadfastly ignoring Shayler and the others. "David Shayler joins a spate of recent credible whistleblowers who share the same sentiments about the real story behind 9/11," writes Alex Jones' Prison Planet.
Modern day explorer mapping out a lost world
Heroes can inspire great work. One fictitious archeologist most of us know from going to the movies certainly played a role in a real-life adventure.
"I am at the right age to be one of those kids that was so affected by Indiana Jones," archeologist and explorer Ed Barnhart said with a grin. "And I do like to consider myself a modern day explorer."
And Barnhart's adventure is well underway.
DNA sought for Kelly Gang theory
DNA evidence could rewrite Australia's history books and prove two members of the infamous Kelly Gang survived the shootout at Glenrowan in Victoria, a historian believes.
BTK killer waives trial, admits 10 slayings
In a surprise move, Dennis Rader pleaded guilty Monday to 10 counts of first-degree murder before delivering a chilling matter-of fact account of the BTK slayings that terrorized the city beginning in the 1970s.
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Cruise apologizes for Today show behavior - blames Ritalin dose
Hysterical.Cruise went on the defensive during the Today show interview with Matt Lauer last week, accusing him of "knowing nothing about psychiatry." When Lauer pushed the issue, Cruise leaned toward him aggressively, stating "I've studied the history of psychiatry, Matt, and you haven't." He added, "I had to memorize the entire script of Rain Man once. Have you ever memorized a script about a savant, Matt? Well, have you Matt?"
See also:Tom Cruise Gets His Own Psychiatric Syndrome
And don't miss Tom Cruise: Movie star or pod person?
which details the actor's recent couch jumping, face sucking, "brainwashing", and girlfriend auditioning.
Hi-tech cameras snap ancient bible
The world's oldest monastery plans to use high-tech cameras to shed new light on ancient Christian texts preserved for centuries within its fortress walls in the Sinai Desert.
BTK defense strategy baffles court observers
Defense strategy in the notorious BTK serial killings case, scheduled to go to trial on Monday, has baffled court observers.
There's a cultural tendency in this country to consider any Victorian house spooky. Lay it at Hollywood's door. Whenever the film capital wants to produce a ghost story, they usually set the story in a house built in the latter half of the 19th century.
Not all Victorians are haunted, of course, but if you have a whole neighborhood of Victorians, each with their own long histories, chances are some residents are going to wake up to unexplained bumps in the middle of the night.
Sleepy Hollow the most famous haunted town in the World
Probably one of the most famous haunted towns in the World, Sleepy Hollow village 25 miles outside New York seems to live up to its ghostly reputation. The village dates back to the 1640s, though no one is certain of exactly when Europeans first settled in the area. The towns name was derived from the name given to it by Dutch settlers: Slapershaven ("Sleepers Haven"). For most of its existence, the town was actually part of North Tarrytown and was not actually renamed Sleepy Hollow until 1996.
'Satanist' held for murders
A young man, allegedly involved in Satanism, was arrested in connection with two murders in which the victims' throats were cut.
Joppie Nolte, 23, appeared in the Marble Hall magistrate's court in Mpumalanga last week after handing himself over to police. The case was postponed until July 26, after which he will be sent to Weskoppies psychiatric hospital for observation.
Teen witch caught up in spells
At age 11, he cast his first spell. Now at 18 years old, Jason (not his real name) professes to be a practising witch.
It is the latest craze among teenagers not only in the United States and Europe but also right here in Barbados. Jason is just one of a growing number of youngsters who has rejected Christianity and is embracing witchcraft as a way of life.
Ex-F.B.I. Chief Says He Felt Betrayal at Deep Throat's Unmasking
Buried in this article is the following passage:
Mr. Gray said he provided internal F.B.I. investigative files to the White House only after he had been cleared to do so by the bureau's general counsel. He said he had been justified in burning the files because their contents were unrelated to Watergate.
One file contained top-secret cables apparently forged by Mr. Hunt that made it appear the administration of President Kennedy had been implicated in the assassination of President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam in 1963. A second file contained false letters apparently intended to embarrass Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, if he ran for president.
Kennedy's involvement in the assassination of Diem and the subsequent blowback are the subject of The Deaths of the Cold War Kings: The Assassinations of Diem & JFK by Bradley S. O'Leary, Edward Lee
From Publishers Weekly:In this analysis of the 1963 assassinations of South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem and President Kennedy, journalist O'Leary (Presidential Follies) and novelist Lee (The Stickmen, etc.) promise a lot more than they deliver. They claim that a French heroin syndicate, the U.S. Mafia and top South Vietnamese officials--the latter upset over alleged U.S. involvement in the killing of the Diems--conspired to kill Kennedy. The assassin, the authors contend, was a French WWII hero-turned-drug smuggler.
Bumped at Bush event, Denver Three hit back
For President George W. Bush, it's bad enough that his campaign to sell Americans on his overhaul of Social Security is not considered a brilliant success.
But now a flap over who got to go to one of the president's Social Security events has erupted in a swing state, showing the power of a dogged little anti-Bush group called the Denver Three to irritate the Goliath of the White House.
'Papillon' alive and well?
Is Papillon alive and well and living in retirement in the northern Paris suburbs?
The extraordinary claim surfaced after a French newspaper recently reported the 104th birthday of Charles Brunier, a former inmate of the Devil's Island penal colony, said to be seeing out his days at the Val-de-France old people's home in Domont, about 20km outside the French capital.
According to staff, the former convict is as tough as old boots and rarely communicates. But when he does, it is often with the same message: that it was he who inspired Henri Charriere to write his 1969 best-seller.
Shroud of Turin Probably Fake
The French science magazine "Science and Life" says that recent experiments prove that the shroud of Turin is a fake. The shroud, which has an image of a crucified man on it, is thought to be the burial wrapping of Jesus. The authenticity of the shroud has been debated since it first turned up in 1537, so what finally clinched it for the French researchers? They made one themselves.
Former profiler recounts true-life tales of horrors
Mention serial killers and the first name that pops up is Hannibal Lecter, the psychotic slayer portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs." But compared to the real-life murderers Roger Depue has profiled over the years, Hannibal the fictional cannibal was a practically a pussycat. Or a lamb.
Story Of Abduction
Not all UFO cases are merely sightings of unidentifiable craft. Sometimes the observer becomes the observed and cries, Abduction!
When the going gets weird, he loves it
Charlie Carlson is Florida's Man in Black, its self-proclaimed master of weird and humbug. He has made a career out of being a little different, a tad strange.
Now he has written the book on weirdness. It's aptly titled Weird Florida, a collection of strange occurrences, interesting places and bizarre attractions.
TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A UFO
Every year, more than 70,000 reports of UFO sightings come into UFO research organizations around the world. While it is true that nine out of 10 sightings are explainable, it is also true that only one in 10 is ever reported, and each year the number of reports increases.
Report: U.S. in secret talks with Iraq insurgents
U.S. officials held secret talks in Iraq with the commanders of several Iraqi insurgent groups recently in an attempt to open a dialogue with them, a British newspaper reported Sunday.
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Did ancient Polynesians visit California?
Scientists are taking a new look at an old and controversial idea: that ancient Polynesians sailed to Southern California a millennium before Christopher Columbus landed on the East Coast.
Mystery footprints in the Kimberley: cat, creature or Yowie?
Superstitions and imaginations are in overdrive on the possibility of dragons, dinosaurs and escaped panthers.
WTC Basement Blast And Injured Burn Victim Blows 'Official 9/11 Story' Sky High
What happened to William Rodriguez the morning of 9/11 is a miracle. What happened to his story after-the-fact is a tragedy.
But with miracles and tragedies comes truth. And truth is exactly what Rodriguez brings to the whole mystery surrounding 9/11.
Declared a hero for saving numerous lives at Ground Zero, he was the janitor on duty the morning of 9/11 who heard and felt explosions rock the basement sub-levels of the north tower just seconds before the jetliner struck the top floors.
Gold? Buried treasure not worth trouble
The family of a man who claims to have found millions of dollars worth of gold and antique guns in a desert cave says he's tired of dealing with the federal government, and plans to just leave the cache where he found it.
Those pesky billion dollar treasures - more trouble than they're worth.
Friday, June 24, 2005
Ghosts haunt Manitowoc, expert says
Ghosts in Manitowoc County? Green Bay? Your own back yard?
You better believe it - at least according to the guy who co-wrote "The Wisconsin Guide to Haunted Locations."
Teens vampire captives
A woman vampire kept seven teenagers captive - and drank their blood.
Revolutionary War mystery still unsettled
DNA tests on bones exhumed from a monument to Brig. Gen. Casimir Pulaski failed to prove the remains are those of the Revolutionary War hero killed in a 1779 battle to retake Savannah from the British.
But a draft report on the investigation into Pulaski’s disputed burial says historical records and skeletal injuries make a case that the remains are those of the Polish nobleman.
Mystery shrouds Iraq's missing artefacts
Archaeological sites in southern Iraq have been systematically looted for over two years, but experts say the dig will have to go much deeper to find out where thousands of lost artefacts have ended up.
The Last Watergate Mystery
Now that former FBI official Mark Felt has been identified as the Washington Post’s Deep Throat source, there remains only one major unsolved Watergate mystery: What were the Republican burglars seeking when they bugged the Democratic headquarters and what, if anything, did they do with that information?
Archaeologists figure out mystery of Stonehenge bluestones
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have solved one of the greatest mysteries of Stonehenge - the exact spot from where its huge stones were quarried.
A team has pinpointed the precise place in Wales from where the bluestones were removed in about 2500 BC.
Katie Holmes' Missing Days
The newly engaged Katie Holmes still has some explaining to do to her friends and family.
There were 16 days in April during which no one seems to know where she was.
Monday, June 20, 2005
The Professor is away
Just wanted to let everyone know that I'm on vacation and won't be posting much (if at all) until this weekend. Rest assured that though I am unwinding a bit, eating lobster, and enjoying the best low-wave summer surfing that Maine has to offer, I will not be resting on my laurels. I'll have a full report on my strange and mysterious studies when I return. Until then, check my links, catch up on past posts, and enjoy your summer. Also, if you know of any strange things in Maine I should see, please let me know.
all my best,
Thursday, June 16, 2005
'Bewitched' Statue Goes Up in Salem
Welcomed by many - including the mayor and some city councilors - but reviled by others, a statue of 1960s TV icon Samantha Stephens of "Bewitched" was unveiled amid a puff of smoke in Salem on Wednesday.
Brazilian doctors uncover 'Michelangelo code'
Two Brazilian doctors and amateur art lovers believe they have uncovered a secret lesson on human anatomy hidden by Renaissance artist Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel's ceiling.
Stab in the dark: Murderous dreams come true
While the city sleeps through the long dark night, crime stalks the streets. But what if the sleepers are themselves the stalkers? Is sleep-crime very common?
Buried Treasure Found In Utah
A Millard county man says he's struck gold! Scott Taylor says he discovered the gold while hunting for arrowheads in Delta.
Taylor said the treasure was buried with antiques, guns and dynamite.
He said he found 137 gold bars which could be worth more than $50 million.
Sounds like a Knights of the Golden Circle stash, possibly booby-trapped with the dynamite.
For more on the treasure of the Knights, read Shadow of the Sentinel: One Man's Quest to Find the Hidden Treasure of the Confederacy.
See also Millions in Buried Treasure Near Delta?
And Hidden Treasure Found In Utah's West Desert?
The Golden Dawn's Scottish scion
In the spring of 1903 the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn - a magical society beloved of WB Yeats - broke into pieces, fragmented by its quarrelsome members.
In the power vacuum created after the schism a well-respected Edinburgh lawyer fully expected to become overall chief. John William Brodie-Innes, founder of the Order's Amen-Ra Temple in Edinburgh failed utterly in his desire to rule the Order. The writer AE Waite witnessed his humiliation and noted that "it was almost pitiful to notice the change which came over the poor small Pope of Edinburgh".
Was it 'fragging'? GI casualties increase in Iraq
First Lt. Louis Allen and Capt. Philip Esposito, two officers assigned to a New York National Guard unit in Tikrit, Iraq, were killed in their sleep on June 7. The Pentagon is investigating their deaths as a possible "fragging" -an act of retaliation by a rank-and-file soldier or soldiers.
The wizard who spoke to plants
George Washington Carver, plant whisperer.
African kids 'being sacrificed in London'
African children are being brought into Britain and murdered by cult members during horrific rituals, reveals a leaked report by Scotland Yard detectives.
The findings showed a disturbing trend for trafficking youngsters, predominantly boys, into the country - mainly London - before being sacrificed by fundamentalist African and Asian sects.
Nepalese Porters May Be World's Most Efficient Haulers
If you've ever watched Nepalese porters in action, you might think they have superhuman strength. How else to explain their ability to carry loads weighing more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms), mile after arduous mile over steep Himalaya terrain?
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Interest grows in solving cryptic CIA puzzle after link to Da Vinci Code
It is one of the world's most baffling puzzles, the bane of professional cryptologists and amateur sleuths who have spent 15 years trying to solve it.
But the race to find the secrets of Kryptos, a sculpture inside a courtyard at the CIA's heavily guarded headquarters in Langley, Virginia, may be reaching a climax.
Hare Krishna cooking: Secret recipes exposed!
Karma-free cooking. But really, no garlic and onions? Are you kidding?
Mother's fatal beating puts spotlight on tiny church
Clark had accused the church of brainwashing her husband and children, and said she wanted to get her young children away from it.
Authorities are investigating whether the Apostolic Church Body of Jesus Christ of the Newborn Assembly had any role in her death.
See also: Meeting expresses community concerns about church
And: Gathering Urges full probe of church
And here's a long article with plenty of background on the case: Slaying spotlights pastor, church some call a cult
Satanic symbol found near severed goat head
Not far from where police found the head of a goat last week, a detective noticed 666 -- a number commonly associated with Satan -- inscribed with blue spray paint on a tree.
Germans blamed for Viking invasion
German arms dealers have been blamed for the Viking invasion of Britain after archaeologists found the swords they used were made in Germany.
The new research has discovered that German weaponsmiths were actively selling their swords to the Viking invaders around the 9th century AD.
Man sees UFO two nights running
Chris Peacock didn't believe in UFOs - until he saw one two nights in a row.
Man Claims David Blaine Stole His 'Godly Powers'
David Blaine might be a master magician, but he can't make a lawsuit disappear. The 32-year-old entertainer has been sued by Christopher Roller, a Minnesota man who claims Blaine stole his "godly powers" to perform his magic.
Chauffeur payoff revives Di's murder conspiracy theory
Speculations that Princess Diana's death may be more than an accident have gained further momentum, after recent discoveries revealed that her chauffeur reportedly received mystery payments amounting to 142,000 dollars, just weeks before she died in the car he was driving.
Financial investigators have also revealed Paul had staggering amounts of money in 13 bank accounts around the world, despite earning just 38,000 pounds, a year as a driver for Paris' Ritz hotel.
Mystery doll found inside Kearny church
The discovery of a doll at the same church where an infant's body was found buried three months ago triggered a response from local and county investigators yesterday, officials said.
New clues in search for missing da Vinci fresco
For 30 years, art work detective Maurizio Seracini has been searching for Leonardo da Vinci's lost fresco.
And now Seracini found a breakthrough in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio. A small cavity in a wall may hold the key to a long lost secret, he says.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
More British memos on pre-Iraq war concerns
The paper trail gets longer.
A New Book on the JFK Assassination
However unlikely it might seem, a local subsidiary of an international publishing company, is set to publish a book that could blow the lid off the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas.
Trafford Publishing (Europe) Ltd. is currently attracting attention from the media regarding a book entitled 'Files on JFK', now in production and due for release this summer. The author, Wim Dankbaar from Holland, claims that the book contains a detailed interview with the hitman who fired the fatal bullet killing President John F. Kennedy. He also claims to have irrefutable evidence, including the testimony of numerous others to further corroborate his information.
A ghostly house where Frederick Douglass lived is rediscovered
The knock at Sherri Dukes' front door came years after her late husband, Lee, confided his secret to her: that he had seen the ghost of a studious black man seated at their bedroom desk.
Top Officials’ Names Censored from Report on Lawbreaking
Government censors redacted 45 names from a report charging that Pentagon officials broke laws in negotiations with aircraft manufacturer Boeing. Based on the context in which the blacked-out names appear, some could be White House officials.
The FINAL list of Senators refusing to oppose lynching
I'll be deleting the previous link.
Haunted Paper Toys
Cool cool cool, for kids and adults who may still be kids.
Since its construction in 1981, the Y-Bridge has served as the launch site for 43 suicides and countless more attempts.
But unlike most bridges that seduce jumpers, the bodies here don't fall into rivers, lakes, or forests. They fall onto buildings and houses, and into backyards, like some weird, ominous plague.
Lost to the Only Life They Knew
Gideon is one of the "Lost Boys," a group of more than 400 teenagers - some as young as 13 - who authorities in Utah and Arizona say have fled or been driven out of the polygamous enclaves of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City over the last four years.
His stated offenses: wearing short-sleeved shirts, listening to CDs and having a girlfriend. Other boys say they were booted out for going to movies, watching television and staying out past curfew.
Some say they were sometimes given as little as two hours' notice before being driven to St. George or nearby Hurricane, Utah, and left like unwanted pets along the road.
Authorities say the teens aren't really being expelled for what they watch or wear, but rather to reduce competition for women in places where men can have dozens of wives.
"It's a mathematical thing. If you are marrying all these girls to one man, what do you do with all the boys?" said Utah Atty. Gen. Mark Shurtleff, who has had boys in his office crying to see their mothers. "People have said to me: 'Why don't you prosecute the parents?' But the kids don't want their parents prosecuted; they want us to get the No. 1 bad guy - Warren Jeffs. He is chiefly responsible for kicking out these boys."
The 49-year-old Jeffs is the prophet, or leader, of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The FLDS, as it is known, controls Hildale and Colorado City.
America's Dog Star Days
Remember the Order of the Solar Temple? In 1994 the neo-Templar secret society, founded by Joseph Di Mambro and Luc Jouret, embarked on its very own cultic auto-destruct sequence, when 69 of its members, including children, either killed themselves or were murdered in their chalet-compounds in Switzerland and Quebec. (The trigger for the group's termination appears to have been the ritual slaying of a three-year old infant with a wooden stake, on order of Di Mambro.)
The OST was not just screwy and dangerous; it was also implausibly, yet undeniably, connected.
Sasquatch comedy filming in Oregon
The Hollywood team that created last year's offbeat hit "Napoleon Dynamite" chose the Portland area to film a comedy about a Bigfoot hunter to be released next spring.
Want to see something weird?
Two men who've never met create Web site that tracks the most bizarre things up for sale on eBay. How strange is that?
Check it out at Weird Ebay.
Church sex ring allegedly involved children, animal sacrifice
From his tire store next door, Donald Moore got an up-close look at the strange changes that went on at the once-bustling Hosanna Church.
For one thing, the congregation had dwindled to a handful of reclusive members who chased away visitors. For another, the windows were painted white so no one could see in. And just before it closed its doors for good a couple of years ago, eight dump trucks came in and spread dirt over the church's back lot.
Last month, the suspicions played out in a way that almost no one in this southeastern Louisiana town of 5,000 could have imagined: Nine people, including the pastor, his wife and a sheriff's deputy, were accused of engaging in cult-like sexual activity with children and animals inside the hall of worship. Eight now face child rape charges that could bring the death penalty.
Sheesh. . .
Mother charged in death of 6-year-old girl
King County prosecutors say a former White Center woman, believing her daughter was a "demon," drowned the 6-year-old girl in a bathtub and threw her body from a bridge.
The Incredible Oneness of Shasta
Skiing, Lemurians, and a visit from Saint Germain.
Monday, June 13, 2005
Martial Arts Associations Told To Stay Away From The Supernatural
All martial arts associations under the auspices of the Youth and Sports Ministry are not allowed to teach matters concerning the supernatural, its Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said said.
She said the ministry would take stern action against any mahaguru (martial arts master) or instructors who ventured into the realm.
Chemistry professor whittles subject down to comic book size
Superman he's not. But Stanford professor Craig Criddle has helped pull off a herculean task: Explaining complex chemistry topics in a comic-book format.
Criddle, or at least his alter-ego, is also the action star in the newly released "The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry," shrinking to the size of an atom; making explosive flares out of bat guano; and burning seaweed to make soap with the help of a young female sidekick.
'No-nonsense' Batmobile roars into pop culture
I'm linking this article
so I have an excuse to link to this great website: www.batmobilehistory.com
Loch Ness Thriller: Fact Or Fiction?
When New York Times best-selling author Steve Alten set out to write a novel about Loch Ness's famous inhabitant, he never realized he'd be caught in a battle between angry scientists and the Scottish government. The LOCH, Alten's latest thriller about one man's hunt to find the Loch Ness Monster contains cutting-edge science that has received praise from book reviewers and scientists alike. Loren Coleman, the world's leading cryptozoologist, calls The LOCH, "the best work of fiction since King Kong and The Lost World."
So why all the controversy?
New Holy Grail Discovery
In a profound and provocative work of scholarly detection, best-selling U.K. author Philip Gardiner shakes the foundations of modern belief by at last revealing the true origins of The Holy Grail, Elixir of Life and Philosopher's Stone. Shrouded in mystery, these highly enigmatic symbols have long been revered and The Serpent Grail proves that all three are inextricably linked, originating from the same ancient source.
His basic theory? In The Serpent Grail Gardiner proves that modern science and ancient wisdom can and have come together to finally prove that snake venom and blood was used thousands of years ago as the Elixir of Life and was brought together in the arcane mixing bowl which became known as the Holy Grail.
Snake venom and blood? I could of had a V-8!
Use of psychics rare among police, but many are open to idea
The mystery of a missing district attorney has police officer Darrel Zaccagni consulting a psychic almost every day.
Ghost stories come alive
Stories from the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.
Former Bush Cabalist: 9-11 WTC Was an 'Inside Job'
A former chief economist in the Labor Department during President Bush's first term now believes the official story about the collapse of the WTC is 'bogus,' saying it is more likely that a controlled demolition destroyed the Twin Towers and adjacent Building No. 7.
Waiting for Bigfoot
San Francisco-based American artist Jill Miller is participating in Norwich Gallery's EAST 05 international exhibition, July 2 - August 20, 2005. Although she will exhibit a performance work, she will not appear in the gallery. At least not in the flesh. Miller's durational performance-installation, "Waiting for Bigfoot," will be located in Northern California (also known as "Bigfoot Country") and will be delivered to the Norwich Gallery as real-time video via satellite uplink, 24 hours a day. The artist will live at the campsite, situated in the epicenter of Bigfoot sightings, for the entire duration of EAST 05.
Freaky Ghost pic
Divers sent to find Kanas lake monster
A diving team is being sent to Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region to find "monsters" living in the Kanas Lake.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
The Urban Treasure Hunter: A Practical Handbook for Beginners
I've seen several articles either reviewing this book or profiling the author, but since they are hidden behind restrictive registration services I haven't linked to them. This is a link to the book at Amazon. It looks interesting.
True or not, diary spins quite a story
The legend of Duncan Ranch has it all.
A ruthless Southern colonel, Chinese slaves, pirates, opium smugglers, treachery, buried gold bars and a haunted mansion.
John Hales, a Hermosa Beach historian, admits that this wild tale about Col. Blanton Duncan, who is said to have deserted a sinking Confederate army in the late 1860s and escaped to the balmy beaches of the South Bay, could be considered folklore.
But he maintains it's a legitimate story nonetheless, because of pages that appear to be ripped from Duncan's diary, which were obtained by Hales' wife, Lorraine, when the old Biltmore Hotel was demolished.
Strange trip back to a previous life
TV hypnotist Tony Rae was in the Midlands last night, taking volunteers back to their earliest memories - and beyond. Eluned Watson was there.
Engaging quest for Tasmanian tiger of myth and nightmare
The Tasmanian tiger is one of those beasts, like the yeti or the Loch Ness Monster, that is often talked about, but never found. But unlike Bigfoot or Nessie -- mythical creatures that are sometimes thought of as real -- the tiger is a real animal thought of in mythical terms.
Missing foreign film crew found safe after mystery disappearancer
An international film team that apparently disappeared while on assignment in a remote part of Namibia has been found safe in a bizarre case said to involve a Hollywood sex therapist, Russian actor and African witchcraft.
Mystery of the nuclear whistleblower
A vicious assault on an ex-employee of the Los Alamos weapons lab is the latest in a series of unsolved incidents.
Found: Europe's oldest civilisation
Archaeologists have discovered Europe's oldest civilisation, a network of dozens of temples, 2,000 years older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids.
More than 150 gigantic monuments have been located beneath the fields and cities of modern-day Germany, Austria and Slovakia. They were built 7,000 years ago, between 4800BC and 4600BC. Their discovery, revealed today by The Independent, will revolutionise the study of prehistoric Europe, where an appetite for monumental architecture was thought to have developed later than in Mesopotamia and Egypt.
See also How 7,000-year-old temples reveal the elaborate culture of Europe
Saturday, June 11, 2005
There is a menace in society that threatens thousands upon thousands of lives. This menace is a religious cult whose members employ methods of violence never before faced by the authorities. They are masters of disguise, brilliant liars and utterly ruthless. Normal laws cannot deal with this menace. Special forces with special powers are required.
Republicans? No, it's the Thuggees and a review of Thug: The True Story of India's Murderous Cult
by Mike Dash.
AUTHOR ROBERT ANTON WILSON INSPIRES ONLINE ACADEMY
Course subjects include quantum psychology, conspiracy theory, occult magick, history of counterculture, Buddhist philosophy and meditation.
Friday, June 10, 2005
Folk Remedy, Food Spice May Fight Cancer
Cancer researchers have been given a million-dollar grant to investigate the therapeutic value of the folk medicine propolis and the food spice turmeric.
Tyson Challenger Uses Hypnosis In Training Program
Bent on proving himself as a contender, Irish behemoth Kevin McBride has enlisted the power of the subconscious as he promises a super-sizing, mesmerizing, hypnotizing knuckle sandwich buffet for Mike Tyson. The eloquent Iron Mike promises to gut McBride like a fish.
Gallup: Public Confidence in Papers, TV News Falls to All-Time Low
I wonder why.
The Nazis invented the sex doll
The Nazis invented the worst thing ever: the assembly-line death factory. But they also invented something else, perhaps the only legacy of theirs that endures to this very day. During World War II, Hitler's war machine created the world's first sex doll: Borghild.
Police: Man Not Beaten for Whistleblowing
An attack on a Los Alamos nuclear lab auditor outside a bar was unrelated to his status as a whistleblower, authorities said Thursday, calling into question the man's allegation that he was beaten to ensure his silence.
Mark Felt Hinted at Exotic Antigravity Project?
A few years ago while in San Francisco, Bob Woodward made an intriguing remark. He told the San Francisco Chronicle he wouldn't expose Deep Throat until the man died but that when he died people would begin to research the case and one thing would lead to another. Woodward said it would all lead to a "fantastic" discovery.
Now that we know that Deep Throat was W. Mark Felt, former #2 man at the FBI and the architect of J. Edgar Hoover's COINTELPRO scheme to thwart the lives of thousands of anti-Vietnam war dissidents, the question looms large. What "fantastic" discovery was Woodward referring to?
Woman Has Hobby That's "Out of the Ordinary"
Angela Micol, 34, sees things others do not.
She takes satellite images of Earth and enhances them through sophisticated software, then identifies unusual patterns and posts them on her Web site, www.satellitediscoveries.com.
Visit her website here
Scientific and Historical Anomalies - Dowsing
What if... You could search for and find lost or hidden objects, water or mineral sources, or even healthy foods by using a simple pendulum?
Learning to Pendulum Dowse
Speaking of dowsing. . .
The Creature of Tagua Tagua Lagoon
The little-known Monster of Tagua Tagua lagoon, a legendary creature that not even the residents of San Vicente, in Chile's 6th region, have ever heard of.
Link found at the Anomalist.
With contemporary etching.
UFOlogists still keep their eyes on the skies
In the end, it boils down to something very much like faith.
But when it comes to UFOs, it's not the belief in things unseen. Rather, it is a belief that things are being seen and have been seen for a very long time.
Report: CIA official blocked Sept. 11 memo
The U.S. Justice Department says a CIA official blocked a memo warning the FBI two Sept. 11 hijackers had entered the country before the attacks.
Fingered by Folklore
WHEN THE finger-in-the-chili story broke, it seemed like the entire world was set to hurl. But there was one group that failed to experience sudden nausea, dizziness or other symptoms associated with sick-ass news of alleged food contamination: followers of American folklore and urban legend. These folks were skeptical to say the least, and many called bullshit immediately on the digital display that supposedly went down in Wendy's.
The reason: they've seen this story, or one like it, before, and 99.9 percent of the time, it's not true.
Sample: McDonald's is not the world's largest purchaser of cow eyeballs, nor do their hamburgers contain worm meat.
Scary Happenings in Stratford
Scary clowns and the ParaCon conference.
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Kanas Lake Monsters Spotted