Thursday, September 29, 2005
Judge Orders Release of Abu Ghraib Photos
Sploid has the best headline: Judge expected to die mysteriously
Here's the story - be sure to check out the URL.
Foetuses found at Bogota airport
Colombian police have found the bodies of three human foetuses hidden in statues destined for the United States.
The discovery was made by officers searching for contraband at Bogota Airport on Tuesday.
The corpses were wrapped in plastic and concealed inside statues of Christian icons, which were smashed open.
Colombian police chief Gen Jord Alirio Varon said the four- to five-month-old foetuses could have been intended for use in Satanic rituals.
WARNING: Gruesome picture
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Israeli scientists solve mystery of 'dark matter'
A group of Israeli scientists have cracked a riddle of the universe that has been vexing researchers for years.
Dark matter - the stuff that seems to comprise most of the matter in the universe - is very mysterious because it appears to be absent from some galaxies. But it is there after all, according to Hebrew University physicists.
Puerto Rico town may build UFO site
People in this sleepy hamlet are so sure they have been receiving other-worldly visitors, they want to build a UFO landing strip to welcome them.
Scientists pinpoint mystery Maya city in Guatemala
A Mayan city whose fabulous art has beguiled collectors for decades but whose true location was until now a mystery has been pinpointed in the jungles of northern Guatemala, scientists said on Tuesday.
Face to face at last with Captain Nemo's old foe
Scientists have taken the first photographs of the giant squid in its natural habitat, providing a remarkable glimpse of one of the most mysterious creatures on the planet.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Rumors of deaths greatly exaggerated
After five days managing near-riots, medical horrors and unspeakable living conditions inside the Superdome, Louisiana National Guard Col. Thomas Beron prepared to hand over the dead to representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Following days of internationally reported killings, rapes and gang violence inside the Dome, the doctor from FEMA - Beron doesn't remember his name - came prepared for a grisly scene: He brought a refrigerated 18-wheeler and three doctors to process bodies.
"I've got a report of 200 bodies in the Dome," Beron recalls the doctor saying.
The real total was six, Beron said.
Hysteria much? A tip of the hat to Elisabeth for the heads up.
Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side'
Religious belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today.
According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems.
I knew it!
Wonks find death sentence, lynching connection
States that sentence the most criminals to death also tend to be the states that had the most lynchings in the past, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that the number of death sentences for all criminals - Black and white - were higher in states with a history of lynchings. But the link was even stronger when only Black death sentences were analyzed.
'Milky seas' detected from space
Mariners over the centuries have reported surreal, nocturnal displays of glowing sea surfaces stretching outwards to the horizon.
Little is known about these "milky seas" other than that they are probably caused by luminous bacteria.
Three arrested in gangland-style murder of Suncruz founder 'Gus' Boulis
Three men were charged with the 2001 gangland-style slaying of Miami businessman Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis, whose sale of a casino boat fleet to Jack Abramoff and a partner has led to federal charges against the prominent Washington lobbyist.
Monday, September 26, 2005
Able Danger as elusive as ever
As the story of the Pentagon's top secret mining program that some claim linked the 9/11 ringleader to al-Qaida well before the attacks on the US becomes increasing foggy, reporters are having a hard time getting the truth to the public.
Another World Is Here: Coconut Crude
Price of gasoline got you down? If you're driving a diesel vehicle in the South Pacific, you may be in luck. Vanuatan entrepreneur Tony Deamer has adapted his fleet of rental cars to run on coconut oil, a plentiful local commodity.
Thunderbird: The American Classic
What's the word? Thunderbird!
Lurid stories of sex and abuse shock Spokane area
It's been a year of staggering news for a region that likes to bill itself as a good place to raise a family. The Spokane area seems awash in pedophiles.
FAMILY DEMANDS THE TRUTH / New inquiry may expose events that led to Pat Tillman's death
Pat Tillman: Football player, Army Ranger, Noam Chomsky fan?
Sunday, September 25, 2005
600 barrels of loot found on Crusoe island
The archipelago is named after Robinson Crusoe, but perhaps it should have been called Treasure Island.
A long quest for booty from the Spanish colonial era appears to be culminating in Chile with the announcement by a group of adventurers that they have found an estimated 600 barrels of gold coins and Incan jewels on the remote Pacific island.
Great story. Check this out.The hoard is supposedly buried 15 metres (50ft) deep on Robinson Crusoe island, also known as the Juan Fernández island, home to Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, the adventurer immortalised by Daniel Defoe as Robinson Crusoe. Selkirk was dumped on the island and lived alone for four years before being rescued. His exploits brought worldwide attention to the islands.
Even better: This most recent announcement, however, deserves greater credence because of the equipment used by the treasure hunters: a mini robot that can scan 50 metres deep into the earth. The robot, dubbed "Arturito", was invented by Chileans and over the past year has grabbed headlines by breaking some of the country's biggest criminal mysteries.
First, the robot detected the buried arsenal of a rightwing sect known as Colonia Dignidad. The guns and rocket launchers were buried at some 10 metres and while the authorities had searched for years, the robot found the buried weapons almost instantly.
Colonia Dignidad is of course the ex-Nazi hide-out and pedophile cult headquarters of the now-imprisoned Paul Schafer. Here
are some articles on Colonia Dignidad.
Evil genius at work?
More weather control conspiracies.
Storm conspiracy theories might lead to more research
Two odd hurricane-related stories caught my eye this past week. One was about an inventor thinking big.
His idea is that we could knock a hurricane's intensity down by a category or two. He says we should research using a fleet of jumbo jets to dump some kind of sponge-like stuff into one section of an approaching storm.
The sudden and massive absorption of moisture, that theory goes, could so disrupt that wedge of the storm that it would cause enough disorganization to knock the entire hurricane's circulation a bit out of whack.
I usually laugh off such stuff. But this time, I thought: Who knows?
In Mexico's Murders, Fury Is Aimed at Officials
Victor Javier Garcia still has a dozen marks across his abdomen and genitals from the burning cigarettes the police used to torture him into falsely confessing to being a serial killer.
It made no difference to a lower court judge that the DNA tests on the bodies identified as his victims did not match the names of the women he was accused of killing. Or that a forensics expert testified that he had been ordered by his superiors to plant false evidence. Or even that witnesses retracted their testimony, saying the police had threatened them into making false statements.
Mr. García was sentenced to 50 years anyway.
Murder and corruption in Ciudad Juarez. Most depressing part of the article:
In the meantime, there are growing signs that the serial-style killings have spread to other cities, like Chihuahua, 200 miles along the border; Toluca, a suburb of Mexico City; the Gulf Coast capital of Veracruz; and Tuxtla Gutiérrez in the southern state of Chiapas. Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca says he is considering creating a special prosecutor's office to investigate.
Mystery's romantic allure
The Mahogany Ship mystery deepened over the weekend as more theories about its origins were aired at the third symposium on the fabled wreck.
Even the number of Mahogany Ships has become cause for conjecture.
See also Mystery coin on Mahogany stage
And Myth multiplies
and Much conjecture at the symposium
are a bunch of articles on the Mahogany Ship.
Bigfoot aficionados relay beastly tales, insight
Bigfoot, Sasquatch, the Beast from the East or whatever you prefer to call him, is an integral part of Cryptozoology, the study of rumored animals that are presumed to exist, but conclusive proof of their existence does not.
Woman held in probe into Tube shooting leak
A 43-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the leak of documents from the investigation into the death of Jean-Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian electrician wrongly shot by police as a terrorist suspect after the London bombings in July.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Why did the Bible allow slavery?
By today's standards it's hard to understand why the Bible accepted human slavery. The usual explanation: However sinful, it was too ingrained in ancient societies to eliminate.
The Amber Witch Hoax
The giant lizard dines on stray cats. It menaces people with its hiss, and, with each sighting, the mystery around it grows.
At least, that's what the neighbors say.
Shades of Loch Ness: Lizard lore mounting
The giant lizard dines on stray cats. It menaces people with its hiss, and, with each sighting, the mystery around it grows.
At least, that's what the neighbors say.
Friday, September 23, 2005
New Orleans: Prisoners Abandoned to Floodwaters
Forecaster leaves job to pursue weather theories
To the rest of the country, Scott Stevens is the Idaho weatherman who blames the Japanese Mafia for Hurricane Katrina. To folks in Pocatello, he's the face of the weather at KPVI News Channel 6.
The Pocatello native made his final Channel 6 forecast Thursday night, leaving a job he's held for nine years in order to pursue his weather theories on a full-time basis.
Since Katrina, Stevens has been in newspapers across the country where he was quoted in an Associated Press story as saying the Yakuza Mafia used a Russian-made electromagnetic generator to cause Hurricane Katrina in a bid to avenge the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima.
Dumping of Homeless Suspected Downtown
For decades, it's been an enduring urban tale about downtown Los Angeles, often talked about but never proved: Police departments wanting to get rid of society's lost and neglected - the homeless, mentally ill and criminals - simply drove through downtown and dumped them in skid row.
But on Tuesday, evidence landed in the lap of the person who most needed it: Capt. Andrew Smith, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Division.
More on the British "undercover" operation in Basra. From Raw Story.
Tabloid adds its own scream to howling in the night
Roll over, Loch Ness, and tell Roswell, N.M., the news: The howls reported in the Miami Valley have made the tabloids.
HOWLING BEAST TERRORIZES OHIO TOWN screams the headline in the Weekly Sun, a tabloid in which you'll find out where UFOs are hovering and how Jesus very well could have, possibly, just maybe, changed the path of Hurricane Katrina. The story is in the Sun's Monday issue, on newsstands now.
Mystery animal eludes deputies
Kangaroo in Ohio?
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Internet maps reveal Roman villa
Latest technology proved an unexpected aid to unearthing the past when an Italian man decided to look at internet maps of his home.
Computer programmer Luca Mori found the remains of an ancient Roman villa when he browsed Google Earth maps showing satellite images of his local area.
He did it: Rumsfeld kills revelations on Mohamed Atta
Sploid has the details.
Today, Pentagon officers who worked on the secret data-mining program were to testify before Congress on the very hot subject. Donald Rumsfeld took care of that. All details will remain secret.
Frist Sold Hospital Shares Before Drop
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a potential presidential candidate in 2008, sold all his stock in his family's hospital corporation about two weeks before it issued a disappointing earnings report and the price fell nearly 15 percent.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Healing Power of Age-Old Therapy
Descending from a family of traditional Chinese doctors that goes back 400 years, Dr Stephen T. Chang was once a rebel.
But his short detour to a career in Western medicine only made him determined in carrying on the long family tradition.
French love of garlic on the nose
FRANCE has sounded the alarm over another symbol of fading Gallic identity as garlic joins a list of endangered species that already includes the beret, the Gauloise cigarette and the long lunch.
Growers have launched an appeal for l'ail, a sacred ingredient of French cuisine since the Romans taught its benefits to the ancient Gauls.
Idaho Weatherman Touts Hurricane Katrina Conspiracy Theory
Scott Stevens, weatherman at KPVI-TV in Pocatello, Idaho claims that someone used Russian KGB technology to create Hurricane Katrina. According to a brief article on Flashnews.com, Stevens blames the Japanese Yakuza mafia, who he says were attempting to manipulate futures markets via the natural disaster.
Bigfoot researchers weed through hoaxes
If there's something strange in your (remote, forested) neighborhood -- who're you gonna call?
"I get maybe three or four reports a week," says Eric Altman, 35, of Jeannette, director of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society. "Some are current, some are older, from the '70s, '80, '90s. People are finally finding the website on the Internet. People say, 'You're the first person I've ever been able to contact about it.'"
Mystery over dead porn star deepens
Suspicions that a famous Italian porn queen might have faked her death 11 years ago were fuelled on Tuesday when the mayor of a small town in northern Italy denied her family's claim that she was buried in the local cemetery.
Dressed As Arabs, U.K. Troops Nabbed For Setting Bombs & Killing Iraqi Policeman
Lovely. British soldiers posing as Arabs shooting at cops and setting off explosives. Arrested by Iraqi police, they are subsequently set free as British soldiers raid a Basra prison to free them. Sploid has a great overview, with links.
Rigorous Intuition has the ....uh, rigorous intuition.
Here's a picture of what these "soldiers" were carrying.
Witchcraft and nail clippings: the weird world of Cherie Blair?
Really? The wife of a world leader practices witchcraft? I'm in shock.
Why, you'd think an entire website
could be devoted to such a thing.
Friday, September 16, 2005
Ethiopia: Home of the Ark of the Covenant
The U.S. Government didn't have to send Indiana Jones through snake-infested tombs and temples to find the Ark of the Covenant in the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
Ethiopians believe the original ark handed down by Moses lies in a small chapel in St. Mary of Zion Church in Aksum, a town in the northernmost part of the country. A monk who is supposedly the only person who has seen it, never leaves the compound and doesn't like to be photographed guards it.
Avian Flu: Is the Government Ready for an Epidemic?
It could kill a billion people worldwide, make ghost towns out of parts of major cities, and there is not enough medicine to fight it. It is called the avian flu.
This week, the U.S. government agreed to stockpile $100 million worth of a still-experimental vaccine, while at the United Nations Summit in New York, both the head of the U.N. World Health Organization and President Bush warned of the virus' deadly potential.
Doctor says FEMA ordered him to stop treating hurricane victims
In the midst of administering chest compressions to a dying woman several days after Hurricane Katrina struck, Dr. Mark N. Perlmutter was ordered to stop by a federal official because he wasn't registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Durbin writes Justice Department on Hilton, Dem hackings
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) penned a letter to Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Wednesday asking why the Justice Department was able to successfully prosecute a teenager for hacking into Paris Hilton's cell phone, but has yet to fully investigate two Republican staffers who hacked into the Senate Democratic Judiciary computer system.
Psychic 'heard' dead woman in lake
An Italian psychic who led police to the body of a missing woman at the bottom of Lake Como says an unworldly vision allowed her to unravel the three-year-old mystery.
Maria Rosa Busi, who sceptics call a fake, said she saw the last moments of Chiara Bariffi's life before she plunged into the lake inside her car in late 2002, and even heard a message from the deceased.
2001 anthrax case still a mystery
Federal officials are preparing a report on the status of the investigation into the 2001 mailing of anthrax, which killed five people in the United States.
But after more than 8,000 interviews and chasing leads on four continents, investigators don`t appear to be close to solving the case, The Washington Post reported Friday.
Power-dressing Aussie leaves trail of destruction
An Australian man built up a 40,000-volt charge of static electricity in his clothes as he walked, leaving a trail of scorched carpet and molten plastic and forcing firefighters to evacuate a building.
Frank Clewer, who was wearing a woollen shirt and a synthetic nylon jacket, was oblivious to the growing electrical current that was building up as his clothes rubbed together.
Nessie hunters on verge of major breakthrough
Scientists hunting the Loch Ness Monster say they've made a significant breakthrough.
Flesh-like material, which could hold the key to Nessie's origins, has been recovered from the loch bed.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
HOW TO WIN AT CARNIVAL GAMES!
Summertime is rapidly approaching which means soon, in your neck of the woods, the fair is coming to town. If you're like me, you've spent tons of cash trying to win some giant bootleg Disney stuffed animal trying to throw balls into a bucket. Well waste your money no longer! Here's a handy guide on beating the carnival games so you can have the upper hand!
Thar She Blows! The White Giraffe!
With very cool pic.
Dream team ready to probe depths in search for Nessie
A DREAM team of experts, who have explored the ocean depths from the tropics to the dark waters below the Polar ice caps, has assembled at Loch Ness for what is being hailed as the definitive expedition to uncover its secrets
Mystery predator strikes yet again
A mystery beast that attacked animals in Denby, has struck again with a vengeance.
World's Hottest Fugitive Surrenders
A woman accused in a multimillion-dollar armored truck heist surrendered Thursday after more than 10 years on the run.
Heather Catherine Tallchief is accused of driving an armored truck loaded with cash away from the Circus Circus casino in October 1993. Speaking to reporters before she gave herself up, Tallchief acknowledged her role.
I had the biggest crush on Heather Tallchief back in 1993. She took three million of the casino's money and vanished into the night. So much for Ocean's Eleven. My co-worker Pam and I had her picture pinned up at our office. She seemed pretty damned romantic. Apparently she's been hiding out in Amsterdam and has a ten year old son. Best of luck to you Heather.
Anti-cancer compound found in beans, nuts, cereals
Eating a diet rich in beans, nuts and cereals could help to prevent cancer because the foods contain a natural compound that inhibits the growth of tumors.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Webpage for Psychic Predictions
Keeping track of the predictions and their outcomes.
Found over at the Rigorous Intuition message boards.
Mystery: Levees Didn't Break, But Concrete Floodwalls Did
One of the central mysteries emerging in the Hurricane Katrina disaster is why concrete floodwalls in three canals breached during the storm, causing much of the catastrophic flooding, while earthen hurricane levees surrounding the city remained intact.
Australians flock to witchcraft weddings
Witchcraft weddings are all the rage in Australia now that all states and territories have repealed laws that outlawed the observances of witches, wiccans, shamans, goddess worshippers and druids.
eBay: Found at Beach...Mystery Sea Monster Head
Whatever it is, it's creepy looking.
Found at the Anomalist.
See also Bigfoot flips the bird.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
FEMA, La. outsource Katrina body count to firm implicated in body-dumping scandals
A secretary at the lawfirm that sued SCI over the Florida cemetery scandals gasped when informed that FEMA had outsourced handling of Katrina victims' bodies to an SCI subsidiary.
"Oh, good lord!" she said.
Peter Hartmann, general manager of the Menorah Gardens Cemetery chain, was later found dead in his car from carbon monoxide poisoning outside his parents' home in an apparent suicide.
A feline mystery prowls Hilltowns
With great pic of big, scary cat.
As bodies recovered, reporters are told 'no photos, no stories'
Bush continues to hide the bodies.
Rigorous Intuition: Drowning by Numbers
New Orleans is beginning to look like Funeralgate, supersized.
FEMA has relieved volunteers of their emergency mortuary services in Louisiana only, and contracted out to Kenyon, a "wholly-owned subsidiary of Service Corporation International" of Houston, Texas.
The beauty products from the skin of executed Chinese prisoners
A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe, an investigation by the Guardian has discovered.
When recycling goes too far.
Say that again? 'Things are going relatively well'
From the disputed presidential election of 2000 to the terrorist attacks on America on 9/11/01 to the failure to find Osama bin Laden to the quagmire of a war in Iraq to Hurricane Katrina, this has been a terrible decade, century, millennium.
It's got to get better in 2006, doesn't it?
In the meantime, we're two weeks into one of the most tragic and shameful events in American history. Here, in chronological order, are some of the most memorable quotes from evacuees, politicians, journalists, media personalities and celebrities.
Thief hid phone up her bum
The funny thing is that she could still text message.
Monday, September 12, 2005
Arkansas meth addicts seem to be collecting arrowheads
File this in the WTF? column.
Deep in the night
On 'Coast to Coast,' George Noory hears it all.
Shakespeare: An A-Z
A IS FOR AUTHOR.
What happened to William Morgan in Canandaigua in 1826?
The mysterious disappearance of mob-linked union leader Jimmy Hoffa in 1975 continues to baffle authorities and inspire conspiracy theories.
But Hoffa's disappearance 30 years ago is a relatively recent event compared with the strange case of William Morgan, who vanished - like Hoffa, without a trace - after being bailed out of jail in Canandaigua by members of a local Masonic lodge 179 years ago today, Sept. 12, 1826.
Treasure Hunt: On the trail of Blackbeard in a Marcus Hook plank house
What started as a home remodeling project for Michael Manerchia has turned into an historical mystery with an infamous pirate as the backdrop. In July 2004, Manerchia, 48, purchased what he thought to be an old, somewhat historic log cabin home at 221 Market St. in Marcus Hook. He and his wife, Pat, were looking to downsize from their home in Bethel Township after raising their daughters.
The log cabin was owned by Manerchia's relative, Jennifer Ward, and had been in Pat Manerchia's family for 100 years. Having grown up in Marcus Hook, Michael Manerchia was well aware of the dubious legends that surrounded the house.
Porn star 'faked death' to shield MP
The death of Italy's most famous porn actress more than a decade ago is being investigated on the suspicion that it was faked to hide her links to "a top politician".
Moana Pozzi was reported to have died of liver cancer 11 years ago in France at the age of 33. She is said to have had leukemia as a child. However, Rome prosecutor Attilio Pisani said there were "many flaws and inconsistencies" in the official version of her death.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
A few questions without answers in remote areas
Three true tales of the unexplained from California.
The Voice of the White House
What the scrotum-heads in the power elite (a la C. Wright Mills) are doing now vis a vis New Orleans is this: First, all of the poor blacks (and other unproductive and non-spending individuals) will be forced out of their sodden homes because of 'health reasons.' Then, if fires don't level whole poor neighborhoods, FEMA will order these buildings raised to the ground as 'unhealthy' and 'uninhabitable.'
The owners, or residents, will have been dispersed throughout the country but will be duly notified by a proper advert placed in an obscure official New Orleans legal paper that the houses are being torn down and that the owners will be liable for the costs of destruction. Naturally, these people will not read the legal notices and their houses will be smashed flat and the remains put into trucks and used for landfill somewhere else.
Worth a read. I wonder how the Supreme Court's eminent domain decision will play into the rebuilding of New Orleans?
LA SAGA CIGARETTE
An amazing gallery of cigarette pack art.
Link found at boing boing
Saturday, September 10, 2005
In the beginning there was the Flying Spaghetti Monster
In recent weeks, a satirical attack on the teaching of Creationism in American schools has become the world's fastest growing 'religion'. The Noodly Saviour looked at the furore He had created and pronounced it good, writes James Langton.
1940s sex kidnap inspired Lolita
LOLITA, the novel by Vladimir Nabokov about a middle-aged man's infatuation with an underage girl, was modelled on an abduction in 1940s America, according to new research.
Project Censored presents the 10 biggest stories the mainstream media ignored over the past year.
Friday, September 09, 2005
Just what was that in the sky on Monday night?
SOMETHING strange was seen in the sky above Old Inverell Rd on Monday night.
An Armidale taxi driver heading towards the town, who wanted to remain anonymous, claimed he and two other people saw a line of three bright orange lights, heading west about 8.10.
How Reliable Is Brown's Resume?
When President Bush nominated Michael Brown to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2003, Brown's boss at the time, Joe Allbaugh, declared, "the President couldn't have chosen a better man to help...prepare and protect the nation." But how well was he prepared for the job?
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Scientists able to move an object without touching
SCIENTISTS at Edinburgh University have developed a way of moving an object without touching it, in breakthrough research which could be as revolutionary as the discovery of electricity.
The team of researchers has been able to move objects across flat surfaces and even up a slope with nothing more than a light beam.
Remains of old ship found in San Francisco
The remains of a massive Gold Rush-era sailing ship dating to the early 1800s have been discovered at the site of a large construction project in downtown San Francisco, archaeologists at the scene confirmed Tuesday.
Bush Cohorts Profiteering at all levels
As Donna reported yesterday, inept FEMA director Mike Brown told a reporter on Studio B that the removal of bodies from New Orleans was being handled by a company called "Kenyon". Kenyon International bills itself as "Worldwide Disaster Management." How convenient for GWBush to have a disaster management company that enriches his friends and supporters to clean up after him as he spreads disasters worldwide.
Kenyon is a wholly owned subsidiary of SCI Corp., "the largest provider of funeral, cremation, and cemetery services in North America." SCI Corp is owned by major Bush contributor and friend Robert Waltrip, who was at the center of the scandal known as "Funeralgate".
Well, that's one way to handle the body count - hire your buddies to hide it for you.
Church Street ghosts haunt lease lawsuit
Ghosts may be headed to court in Orlando to help settle a very human fight.
The owners of Amura Japanese Restaurant say they don't want to move into a renovated building at Church Street Station because it's haunted, according to a lawsuit filed by the building's landlord.
Mysterious creature puts town on edge
Was the strange creature recently killed in this West Texas town a bloodsucking monster called a chupacabra? Or a coyote with a bad case of mange?
FEMA packed with W's pals
The three top jobs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency under President Bush went to political cronies with no apparent experience coping with catastrophes, the Daily News has learned.
Even if Bush were to fire embattled and suddenly invisible FEMA Director Michael Brown over his handling of Hurricane Katrina, the bureaucrat immediately below him is no disaster professional, either.
FEMA Wants No Photos of Dead
The U.S. agency leading Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts said Tuesday that it does not want the news media to photograph the dead as they are recovered.
Hate to say I told you so....
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Goodnight, little buddy
Bob Denver, whose portrayal of goofy castaway Gilligan on the 1960s TV show "Gilligan's Island," made him an iconic figure to generations of TV viewers, has died. He was 70.
Bob was a bit of a zen philosopher.
Gilligan's Island is wherever you want it to be in your mind.
You know, I have no worst experiences.
Strange pet deaths concern neighborhood
What is killing the pets of Lawrence, Kansas?
A co-owner of Shelbyville-based Gowen-Smith Chapel has been deployed to Gulfport, Miss., to help with recovery since Hurricane Katrina, and his business partner here has described the grim task there.
"DMort is telling us to expect up to 40,000 bodies," Dan Buckner said, quoting officials with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, a volunteer arm of Homeland Security.
The post-hurricane speech Bush won't deliver
Man held in sex offender killings, says he found victims on Web
A man turned himself in to authorities in the killing of two convicted child rapists, saying he picked the victims from a sheriff's Web site, police said.
Bush Says He'll Find Out What Went Wrong
Man, I feel better already. Maybe when he's finished he can "look into" the whole Iraq thing and then help OJ find the real killers.
Spain searches for Nazi camp doctor, 91
Spanish police are scouring old people's homes on the east coast of Spain as the hunt closes in on a 91-year-old concentration camp doctor, regarded as one of the most wanted Nazis still alive.
Investigators say there is a strong chance that Aribert Heim, who is alleged to have killed hundreds of prisoners at the Mauthausen camp in Austria, is still alive and living on the Spanish costas.
Monday, September 05, 2005
I am stunned by an interview I conducted with New Orleans Detective Lawrence Dupree. He told me they were trying to rescue people with a helicopter and the people were so poor they were afraid it would cost too much to get a ride and they had no money for a "ticket." Dupree was shaken telling us the story. He just couldn't believe these people were afraid they'd be charged for a rescue.
Ancient 46-foot long crocodile found in Amazon
Peruvian scientists discovered the fossilized remains of a giant, 46-foot-(14-meter)-long crocodile deep in the Amazon rainforest, lending credence to a theory that the Amazon was once a huge inland sea.
Mystery of the lost fleet
Khubilai Khan was a man who had everything. He was the grandson of Genghis Khan, and had successfully taken over his grandfather's rule of China seven centuries ago. Nevertheless, there is one country that defied him - Japan.
So it was, that in the year 1281, Khubilai Khan (also known as Kublai Khan) built an armada of 4,400 ships carrying 140,000 men, and set forth to conquer the Land of the Rising Sun.
However, one fateful night in August that year, the massive fleet and all its crew members mysteriously vanished. It was the largest loss of life at sea in history, and a turning point that changed the history of the world, as we know it.
Mystery Schooner In Lake Michigan
Tom Palmisano is going back in time, back to an era when hundreds of wooden schooners filled our bustling harbors every day, making Chicago the busiest port in the country.
The shipwreck that Palmisano is diving on is one of the many vessels that sank in fierce Lake Michigan storms. But this wreck, dating back to the late 1800s, is a very rare find.
Shakespeare was a political rebel who wrote in code, claims author
A code-breaking book which aims to change the image of William Shakespeare and reveal him as a subversive who embedded dangerous political messages in his work is to be published in Britain.
Hurricane Katrina, and A Partial List of Related Mistakes, Evasions, and Deceptions
Pretty much says it all.
Knight Ridder Exposes Horsey Background of FEMA Chief
So who is Michael Brown, now catching all kinds of criticism for his handling of the catastrophe in New Orleans? It seems his primary career experience before nabbing a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) post was running an Arabian horse association.
Best quote: "He's done a hell of a job, because I'm not aware of any Arabian horses being killed in this storm."
Venezuela convinced of US invasion
Venezuela has uncovered plans for a US-led invasion and is preparing to defend the country against invading forces if necessary, President Hugo Chavez said in a report carried by the state-run news agency.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
"One of the Worst Abandonments of Americans on American Soil Ever"
Three quick examples. We had Wal-Mart deliver three trucks of water. FEMA turned them back. They said we didn't need them. This was a week ago. FEMA, we had 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on a Coast Guard vessel docked in my parish. When we got there with our trucks, FEMA says don't give you the fuel. Yesterday - yesterday - FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards and said no one is getting near these lines…
Why is FEMA cutting emergency communications lines?
Hurricanes Hate Our Freedom
My buddy Matt put together this rocking t-shirt, available over at Cafepress
. They make excellent gifts!
Bush Administration Puts Katrina PR Campaign Into Overdrive
The Bush administration kept its Hurricane Katrina response and its public relations campaign in overdrive on Sunday, even as first confirmation came from Washington of a dreaded statistic - that the storm probably killed thousands of people.
The Ghost in the Darkroom
Mr. Apraxine has been a curious and open-minded observer almost all of his life, consulting psychics, undergoing hypnosis, reading books and magazines about the paranormal and, once, visiting a voodoo ceremony in Haiti. So his involvement in organizing the show at the Met - "The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult," a fascinating survey of the ways in which photography has been used to try to prove the existence of the supernatural - is more than just a professional or aesthetic exercise for him. At the least, it is one of those coincidences Mr. Apraxine says he decidedly does not believe in.
"There is nothing accidental - at least in my life," he says.
Be sure to check out the amazing slide show.
Team of believers to hunt for Swamp Ape
It's had more sightings than Elvis.
They call it Yeti in Nepal, Yowie in Australia and Sasquatch in Canada. In Florida, it's called Swamp Ape, Skunk Ape, Stink Ape or Stink Man. More plainly put, Bigfoot.
For one man, finding the creature has become like searching for the Holy Grail, and he is teaming up with other believers the first week in November for a field research class through Florida Keys Community College. He hopes to bring back proof of its existence.
Invisible Residents: The Reality of Underwater Ufos
One of my favorite books in a new edition. Strangely enough, this is one of the easiest of Sanderson's books to find in used book stores. They must have published thousands of them. I personally own three copies and have given away at least two others.
I had a hard time finding a decent biography page for Sanderson so this one
gets the job simply for the great picture of Ivan and the wonderful cover scans.
Bigfoot leaves his footprint on Willow Creek
For the 37th year, Willow Creek called on sasquatch to mark the little town as the Bigfoot center of the universe.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Refugees still waiting for relief
And the hurricane experts shook their heads in disgust and futility, much of it directed at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"We told FEMA, and we told them long ago, and we told them more than once that they needed to purchase the land for tent cities with full facilities in anticipation of this," said Ivor van Heerden, deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, where experts warned since the late 1990s that New Orleans' levees couldn't withstand the storm surge of a major hurricane.
"They told me Americans don't live in tents," van Heerden said. "I guess that sums up their attitude."
Wary of the Stories of New Orleans Rampaging
It's probably good to keep in mind that the last two major disasters of this scale, the Galveston hurricane of 1900 (some 6,000 dead) and the late 1800s Johnstown, PA flood (2,200 fatalities), both involved false reports of "minority" savagery, Blacks and Eastern Europeans supposedly rampaging and cutting off the fingers of the dead to get their rings. All or most of these stories, many reported in the respectable press of the time, are now believed to have been completely untrue or wildly exaggerated
Bush faked levee repair for photo op yesterday
From a press release LA Senator Mary Landrieu sent out today:
But perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street levee. Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment. The good and decent people of southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast - black and white, rich and poor, young annd old - deserve far better from their national governmeent.
Friday, September 02, 2005
Julie Popovich's Body Found
It is a sad end to the search for Julie Popovich. 10TV has learned that scientists have identified remains found Thursday as those of the missing Reynoldsburg woman.
George Bush doesn't care about black people!
So sayeth Kanye West. On national television. And he's right. But George Bush doesn't care about any
people, other than his friends.
Bush's next move?
My guess is that he'll try to "minimize" the number of dead. Rove will really panic when they start stacking the bodies, but the Big Easy Dead will be much harder to hide than the dead in Iraq and keeping the media from them will be impossible. Blood on his hands . . .
President Bush Diverts Critical Resources For Photo-Op
Why are these helicopters being used as a backdrop for President Bush, instead of assisting the victims of Hurricane Katrina?
Why are members of the Coast Guard being used as a backdrop for Bush's press conference? Don't they have more important things to do?
Robert Anton Wilson interview.
Thanks to Chip for the tip.
Ray Nagin for President, Anderson Cooper for Secretary of Take No Shit
A ticket I'd vote for.
Police say vigilante may have slain 2 Wash. sex offenders
On Friday night, a man claiming to be an FBI agent dropped in on three Level 3 sex offenders living together, supposedly to warn them of an Internet hit list targeting sex offenders.
The Horror Worsens: Friday Pleas for Help from 'Times-Pic' Blog
This is from today
Mayor to feds: 'Get off your asses'
I heard this interview early this morning and have been waiting for a transcript all day. Amazing. Go read it. Ray Nagin for President.
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin blasted the slow pace of federal and state relief efforts in an expletive-laced interview with local radio station WWL-AM.
What the terrorists have learned this week:
1) That the over 100 billion dollars the Bush Administration has spent on Homeland Security and the Emergency Response Fund has done little more than enrich his cronies and limit the civil rights of Americans.
2) That Bush is an ineffective president incapable of leading Americans in times of crisis.
3) That the United States cannot promote its empire overseas while simultaneously defending its own borders and people.
4) That the entrenched poverty of this country provides our enemies with ready-made foot soldiers who can be activated to create civil unrest simply by removing the social structure around them.
5) Four and a half years of inept Bush leadership has not prepared the country in any way, shape, or form for attack or national emergency.
6) That America is full of soft targets.