Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Did 308,000 cancelled Ohio voter registrations put Bush back in the White House?
While life goes on during the Bush2 nightmare, so does the research on what really happened here in 2004 to give George W. Bush a second term.
Pundits throughout the state and nation---many of them alleged Democrats---continue to tell those of us who question Bush's second coming that we should "get over it," that the election is old news.
But things get curiouser and curiouser.
Illegally elected and incompetent to boot.
Texas' Blood-Sucking Monster
In south Texas, its frightening name resurfaces in the news every few months - especially after another neighborhood pet or farm animal mysteriously dies.
"El Chupacabra," they say, "is back."
Researchers link fatal peanut allergy to enzyme
Canadian researchers are part of an international team that claims to have found clues that could identify those at risk of fatal peanut allergies.
Wanted: a new breed of adventurer
The Captain Scott Society has pleaded for a better breed of explorer to apply for its "spirit of adventure" award.
Hunting for Malaysia's 'Bigfoot'
With new "footprint" pic.
The Da Vinci Code--Ancient Christianity: Quick Facts
A handy pocket guide.
Sea monster goes on show at Natural History Museum
A 30ft-long giant squid caught off the Falkland Islands last April has gone on public display at the Natural History Museum in London.
DODI AND DIANA WERE MURDERED... NOW WE HAVE TO PROVE IT
MINUTES after meeting Mohamed Al Fayed, former Met chief Sir John Stevens shook him firmly by the hand and made the same solemn commitment he has made to the British public.
"We will go wherever the evidence takes us and get as many answers to the questions raised as possible," he promised the tycoon. "That is the job I will do."
The Unsolved Mystery of the Oklahoma City Bombing
Thanks to the efforts of a handful of dogged investigators, the FBI's own paperwork is beginning to seriously contradict the official version of the attack. And more is being revealed all the time.
Prehistoric gentlemen preferred blonds, too
They say blonds have more fun -- and now a Canadian anthropologist says it's been happening for more than 10,000 years.
The population of blond women grew rapidly at the end of the last ice age because their looks got them noticed at a time of male scarcity in northern and eastern Europe, says Peter Frost, who is currently linked with St. Andrews University in Scotland.
Sheet metal Messiah for sale on eBay
Steel simulacrum yours for $2k+.
Project SERPO story gets more credible? Alleged insider accounts revealed
Project SERPO is the alleged exchange program between astronaut-trained American military personnel and friendly visitors from a planet in the Zeta Reticuli star system in the 1960s and 70s.
Circus company goes on trial in spy suit
The nation's largest circus went on trial Monday on allegations that it ran an extensive corporate espionage campaign against an animal-rights group and hired a former CIA operative to help conduct the operation.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued Vienna, Va.-based Feld Entertainment, which produces the Ringling Bros. circus, more than four years ago, claiming the company's president supervised the spying efforts.
Ringling Brothers is spying on PETA? Am I taking crazy pills?
Monday, February 27, 2006
Ban Republican adoptions, not gay adoptions, lawmaker says
Ohio State Senator Robert Hagan says he has a better idea than barring gay couples from adopting children.
The Democrat from Youngstown says he'd ban Republican adoptions.
Katrina's Missing Still Number in the Thousands
Six months after Hurricane Katrina unleashed death and destruction on the Gulf Coast, more than 1,900 hundred people remain unaccounted for in Louisiana alone.
Whistleblower Charged With Three Felonies for Exposing Diebold's Crimes
Let's make this clear, folks. The docs Heller is accused of exposing were important evidence. First, they show that Diebold and their attorneys, Jones Day, conspired to mislead the California secretary of state, and that the lie they told was material, and resulted directly in the disenfranchisement of voters. Second, another document demonstrates that Diebold lied to the secretary of state when it represented that certain problems with its software were "fixed." This document, the release notes for the new software, showed that the problems were not fixed. Third, the documents showed that Diebold had been advised by Jones Day that what it had been doing with its uncertified software was illegal. Fourth, the documents show that Jones Day advised Diebold that it was subject to criminal prosecution. So in a nutshell, Diebold was defrauding the state government and taxpayers of California, and disenfranchising the voters of California. And the documents PROVE it.
'Da Vinci Code' Trial Opens With Claim of Theft
Opening arguments began here on Monday in a case that sets Dan Brown, megaselling author of "The Da Vinci Code," against the authors of a nonfiction book who contend that he stole their ideas for his book.
Martial arts men questioned over record 53m raid
A judo champion has been questioned about the record 53 million armed robbery on the Securitas cash depot in Kent. Chris Bowles represented Britain at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and at the peak of his career was a European and British champion. He also taught at Tonbridge public school and is a senior coach at a Tonbridge judo club in Kent.
This thing is turning into a James Bond movie.
Beware the Welsh Teggie, witches and more
Beasts like "Teggie" - the nation's answer to the Loch Ness Monster, and ghoulish phenomena such as "corpse candles" will feature in a new ITV1 Wales programme Celtic Monsters.
Sound interesting. With special appearance by Lionel Fanthorpe,
Johor bans foreign ape man hunt
The southern Malaysian state of Johor has threatened to jail foreigners who venture into its jungles looking for a legendary ape man, dubbed 'Big Foot'.
Mysterious Orbs Of Light At North Texas Church
In the world of the paranormal, experts say there are many phenomena that can occur involving light. But one North Texas church has reported not only the appearance of orbs, but other religious manifestations.
Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board
Site for the book by J. Edward Cornelius.
Rigorous Intuition: What lies beneath
Murder and Power in Juarez. RI's short posts are often more disturbing than the long ones.
Jeff's commentary was sparked by this article: Writer Who Exposed Child Sex Ring Fears Worst Is Yet to Come
To kill a rumor: Capote letter helps solve 'Mockingbird' mystery
The two-page letter touches on the controversy of whether Nelle Harper Lee really wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird."
The recently discovered letter from Capote to a relative in Monroeville, Ala., appears to debunk the myth that Capote contributed to the writing of Lee's first and only work, the Huntsville Times in Monroeville reported yesterday.
JIM STERANKO VS JIM STERANKO
A great article on the legendary Jim Steranko that touches on his days as a escape artist and his friendshiop with Shadow author and my hero, Walter Gibson. If you don't know who Steranko is go learn now!
Dennis Weaver, RIP
McCloud rides off into the sunset. Maybe celebrity deaths really do come in threes....
Ancient sun temple uncovered in Cairo
Archaeologists discovered a pharaonic sun temple with large statues believed to be of King Ramses II under an outdoor marketplace in Cairo, Egypt's antiquities chief said Sunday.
Dracontologist Jacques Boisvert Dies Suddenly
Monster hunter, scuba diver, historian, and ecologist, Jacques Boisvert, died on Saturday, February 4, 2006, at age 73, suddenly, untimely, and quietly, according to the Magog, Quebec newspaper The Outlet.
Port scam's dirty details
Sploid's got it. More crooked croneyism from the Bushies.
Diana driver was secret informer
The chauffeur of the car in which Diana, Princess of Wales died was working for the French secret service, the British team reinvestigating her death has been told.
See also DIANA DEATH TESTS WERE BOGUS
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Gladiators fought by the book
The Roman arena may have played host to appalling brutality in the name of entertainment, but at least the gladiators who fought there maintained certain standards. A forensic analysis of remains from a gladiator cemetery at Ephesus in Turkey reveals that unlike the gory free-for-all depicted in films like Ridley Scott's Gladiator, real gladiators stuck to strict rules of combat and did not resort to the savage violence and mutilation typical of battlefields of the era.
It's always nice to be number one...
...but I'm still not sure about this.
Baghdad Batteries Lost Forever?
Baghdad's National Museum in Iraq houses some of the world's finest treasures dating from the beginning of recorded civilisation. In 2003, during the chaos of war in Iraq, the National Museum was looted. The tragic loss may include more than just priceless vases, seals and statues however. Before the war started, BBC reported on the museum's unusual 2000-year-old artefacts known as the "Baghdad Batteries".
Crescent ghost stories nothing new
In June, Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS ) and the duo behind Ghost Hunters captured an image on film of what appeared to be a man. Staff at the hotel where the film was made say it's a man who died in the 1880s.
Archeologists may have discovered skull of Copernicus
This Baltic coastal village prides itself as the home of Nicolaus Copernicus, the astronomer and scientific revolutionary who showed that Earth revolved around the sun. There's a Copernicus museum and a Copernicus altar; even the tower where he did his stargazing almost 500 years ago has been carefully preserved.
One thing is missing: Copernicus.
They ought've been in pictures: Forgotten women of film exposed
A relatively obscure genre of pinup girls is exposed in an exhibit at the Columbus College of Art & Design. "Girls on Film" collects images retrieved and archived from leaders, the protective film at the beginning and end of a celluloid spool.
The attractive women were called "China Girls" for reasons not entirely clear.
Investigating a grim trade in stolen human tissue.
Investigating a grim trade in stolen human tissue.
Sen. Fraser photo compounds age-old mystery
Washington State Senator captures earthquake lights. With pic.
Neanderthals and modern man co-existed in Europe for less than 1000 years
Radiocarbon dating has solved many a mystery for man and it looks like the mystery of exactly when modern man colonized Europe is on the way to being solved satisfactorily thanks to new advances in this concept. A new study published in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature says that modern Europeans arrived nearly 3,500 years earlier than previously thought.
Solving the Mystery of Gold's Power Against Autoimmune Diseases
Gold compounds have been used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases for more than 75 years, but until now, how the metals work has been a mystery. Harvard Medical School researchers report in the Feb. 27 issue of Nature Chemical Biology that special forms of gold, platinum, and other classes of medicinal metals work by stripping bacteria and virus particles from the grasp of a key immune system protein.
On Bigfoot's Trail
Loren Coleman chases legendary beasts, from the Loch Ness Monster to the Abominable Snowman to Bigfoot, that science has never been able to verify but that make even skeptics wonder: What if?
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Tune in, turn on . . . evolve?
In his new book, Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind, published by Random House, British writer Graham Hancock has taken Prof. Lewis-Williams's research as a point of departure to posit a theory as fascinating as it is provocative: If it's true that cave art derives from altered states of consciousness, then it constitutes a watershed moment in human history, marking the first visible encounter with the supernatural, the first expression of spiritual myth.
I was Ripper letter hoaxer says former labourer
A FORMER labourer yesterday admitted being the Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer known as "Wearside Jack," sending letters and a tape to police purporting to be the killer.
A team of investigators checked out reports of 10-foot-tall giant apes in the Malaysian rainforest. This is what they found ...
Cause of Bruce Lee's death
Among mysterious celebrity deaths, it is up there with JFK and Elvis. But the myth of Bruce Lee's demise in Hong Kong in 1973 may finally have been solved.
Darren McGavin, RIP
First Barney, now Kolchak. Depressing. Two towering icons from my childhood.
Rigorous Intuition: Lawyers, Guns, Money and Drugs
Go. Read. No, really, go.
Regarding the cuts to operational capacity of the Coast Guard and the inadequacy of Customs, James Ridgeway writes:This is a dream setup for any arms or dope dealer, and that's exactly what the United Arab Emirates is all about.The ties between its top officials and royal family with the Taliban and Al Qaeda go back at least a decade.
The UAE is not only the center of financial dealings in the Persian Gulf, it is switching central for dope and arms dealing.
Don Knotts, star of 'The Andy Griffith Show,' dead at 81
Someone accessed 40 Palm Beach County voting machines Nov 2004
The internal logs of at least 40 Sequoia touch-screen voting machines reveal that votes were time and date-stamped as cast two weeks before the election, sometimes in the middle of the night.
Man Finds Hundreds Of Buddhas In American River
Great story, with video.
Found over at the Anomalist
Friday, February 24, 2006
Sasquatch, saucers and spirits! Oh my!
Long before the "X-Files" became a hit with those intrigued by bizarre happenings and alien conspiracy theories, Greensburg resident Stan Gordon was researching all manner of strange occurrences in western Pennsylvania and beyond.
Shroud holds symbolism for Turin
City's mystical reputation partially stems from cloth's mysterious history.
Scientists unearth mystery of skeleton
Kennewick man was laid to rest alongside a river more than 9,000 years ago, buried by other people, a leading forensic scientist said Thursday.
Greatest elk of the cascades? Giant antler wrapped in mystery
One day 49 years ago, Doug Hall was striding through the remote forest of the Gray's River valley when he tripped over something solid that was hidden under the moss.
With impressive pic.
New theory on Titanic sinking
Mainer unveils different theory.
Cold Fusion: A Heated History
From Living on Earth
Somerset rumbles, but why?
The earth shook and buildings rumbled Thursday morning, according to at least a dozen residents who reported tremors in Anson, Madison, Skowhegan and Norridgewock.
Watchdog Group Questions 2004 Fla. Vote
An examination of Palm Beach County's electronic voting machine records from the 2004 election found possible tampering and tens of thousands of malfunctions and errors, a watchdog group said Thursday.
UAE gave $1 million to Bush library
A sheik from the United Arab Emirates contributed at least $1 million to the Bush Library Foundation, which established the George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station.
I am shocked, shocked!
Thursday, February 23, 2006
No rock-hard evidence on cave's history
The mysterious Upton Cave, a man-made granite chamber, is one of hundreds of such structures scattered across New England, according to an area historian.
The caves -- ranging from Putnam County in New York's Hudson River Valley to southern Maine -- bear many similarities to "beehive" chambers built in Ireland by ancient Celtic tribes, said Barbara Toomey, the Massachusetts coordinator for the New England Antiquities Research Association.
Bush Family Ties to the UAE
The oil-rich United Arab Emirates is a major investor in The Carlyle Group, the private equity investment firm where President Bush's father once served as senior adviser and is a who's who of former high-level government officials. Just last year, Dubai International Capital, a government-backed buyout firm, invested in an $8 billion Carlyle fund.
From Crooks and Liars
, with video.
Sept. 11 Report Ties Bin Laden to UAE
The United States raised concerns with the United Arab Emirates seven years ago about possible ties between officials in that country and Osama bin Laden, according to a section of the Sept. 11 commission's report that details a possible missed opportunity to kill the al-Qaida leader.
Comic Denied Child Visitation Rights Over Performance Photos
A local judge in Upstate New York has stripped a mother of visitation rights to her son, based on her appearance in several comedy skits, including one parodying Mel Gibson's hit movie, "The Passion of The Christ."
Rachel Knight Bevilacqua, who performs as Reverend Magdalen, was stripped of all visitation rights to her son by an enraged Judge James P. Punch, a County Court Judge in Orleans County after he saw photos of Bevilacqua's performance at "X-Day," an annual satire and performance art festival held in Sherman, New York at the Brushwood Folklore Center by the Church of the SubGenius.
See also SubGenius Membership Allegedly Leads to Loss of Child Custody
The woman, Rachel Knight, has a blog here.
Vatican crime lord dead at 84
The nasty old wiseguy who ran the Vatican's bank and left his bloody fingerprints on a massive Mafia-CIA-Freemasonry scandal is finally dead at age 84.
Sploid's got it. See also, from just a few days ago, MARCINKUS: SILENT WITNESS IN CALVI MYSTERY
Lump above eye that 'killed Shakespeare'
Shakespeare scholarship, lively at the best of times, saw the fur flying yesterday after a German academic claimed to have authenticated not just one but four contemporary images of the playwright - and suggested, to boot, that he had died of cancer.
Why do Diebold's Touch-Screen Voting Machines Have Built-In Wireless Infrared Data Transfer Ports?
Okay, I'll bite. Why?
Secret Service agents say Cheney was drunk when he shot lawyer
Secret Service agents guarding Vice President Dick Cheney when he shot Texas lawyer Harry Whittington on a hunting outing two weeks ago say Cheney was "clearly inebriated" at the time of the shooting.
'Remote viewing' is only part of our surprising, mysterious Universe
"Remote viewing" is a technique and skill that is quite interesting. Remote viewing usually refers to the original program sponsored by CIA, DIA and Army intelligence during the 70s, 80s and early 90s as well as offshoots of those techniques that have developed since.
Bigfoot is getting around. First up is In Search of the British Bigfoot
by noted author Nick Redfern at Cryptomundo."...the first account of a man-beast in the area dates from way back in 1879, when a creature described as being half-man and half-monkey was seen on a lonely stretch of road at the town of Ranton, which is situated only a few miles from where the Cannock Chase stands."
And on the Malaysian front we have:Fresh footprint of 'Bigfoot' found in Kota Tinggi jungles
(with footprint pic); Footprints get US team all excited
(with pic from another angle);Researcher finds 'Bigfoot trail'
; Bigfoot In Johor Believed To Be From Perak
and The unknown world: How I tracked Bigfoot through the Malaysian jungle
Explorers Discover Huge Cave and New Poison Frogs
With amazing pic.
Is There a Monster in Lake Champlain?
"It was as big around as my thigh," said fisherman Peter Bodette. "I'm 100 percent sure of what we saw. I'm not 100 percent sure of what it was."
And the award goes to ...
A few tidbits about Hollywood's biggest night.
68P FINE FOR DI DEATH PICS SNAPPERS
THREE photographers found guilty of invading Princess Diana's privacy on the night she died have been fined just 68p.
Bank of England: Armed robbers steal equivalent of $43.5 million
A gang of armed robbers impersonating police officers tied up employees at a southern England security company and stole the equivalent of $43.5 million, the Bank of England said Wednesday in disclosing one of the largest bank heists in British history.
MUSEUM IS OFFICIALLY HAUNTED!
An official report into a paranormal investigation at the Museum in Docklands has just been released - and it may make visitors think twice about staying there after dark.
Juarez Murders Prompt Pink Cross Memorial at Sac State
Over the past decade, it's grown into a gruesome worldwide mystery. For ten years, dozens of young women, more than 400 in all, have inexplicably vanished around Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, the county's fourth-largest city near El Paso, Tex.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
First Americans May Have Been European
The first humans to spread across North America may have been seal hunters from France and Spain.
This runs counter to the long-held belief that the first human entry into the Americas was a crossing of a land-ice bridge that spanned the Bering Strait about 13,500 years ago.
New Wingnut Meme: Sedition Law Needed
Working for the Clampdown.
W aides' biz ties to Arab firm
The Dubai firm that won Bush administration backing to run six U.S. ports has at least two ties to the White House.
Byron York "Saddam Tapes" & William Tierney
William Tierney, the former United Nations weapons inspector who unveiled the so-called "Saddam Tapes" at a conference in Arlington, Virginia, Saturday, told National Review Online that God directed him to weapons sites in Iraq and that his belief in the importance of one particular site was strengthened when a friend told him that she had a vision of the site in a dream.
In his presentation at the so-called "Intelligence Summit," Tierney, an Arabic speaker, described how he received the "Saddam Tapes" from federal authorities last year as part of his job as a contract translator. It was supposed to be a routine assignment, but Tierney said he soon realized the tapes had special significance and decided to make them public. Tierney said he believes other tapes, which have not yet been heard, will eventually reveal that Iraq was behind the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Tierney also said that he believes Iraq orchestrated the 2001 anthrax attacks, with Saddam Hussein using American scientist Steven Hatfill as a "proxy" to carry out the mission.
A must read. Found over at the Anomalist
Is Bigfoot on Cannock Chase?