Thought Of The Day Aug. 1, 2013

UFOs have been sighted by many famous people, from presidents to astronauts to musicians. This strange phenomenon is definitely not new. Even before the discovery of America, UFOs have raced across the nighttime skies.

Listed below are several famous people who all have reported sightings of UFOs. Somehow the similarity seems to echo the same sentiment, although hundreds of years separate these rather odd sightings.

lennonJohn Lennon: August 23, 1974 – New York City

Stepping out on his terrace to get a bit of a breeze on a hot afternoon, John Lennon was amazed at what he saw: a flattened cone shaped disc with a brilliant red light. He yelled for his assistant May Pang to join him as the circular disc began to approach.

Lennon estimated that the object to be the size of a Lear jet. As Lennon and Pang watched this strange craft from a very close distance, the UFO flew off. The object returned later, and Lennon and Pang stated that it had “a row or circle of white lights that ran around the entire rim of the craft.”

When a local newspaper was notified, Lennon and Pang were told that at least seven others also had reported seeing this craft. Police also reported several more sightings of this alien craft at the same time Lennon had spotted it.

Pang stated that Lennon kept repeating the rest of the evening: “I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. I’ve seen a flying saucer.”


buzzBuzz Aldrin: Apollo 11 Mission, July 18, 1969 – In space

A program on the science channel: “First on the Moon: The untold story” released a 3.5-minute segment that described a UFO encounter with the crew of Apollo 11 during its trip to the moon.

In this segment Buzz Aldrin (the second man on the moon) commented that: “there was something out there that, uh, was close enough to be observed and what could it be?”

Traveling beside Apollo 11 a “ringed object” was observed at close distance. Aldrin stated that Mike Collins could see this craft in his telescope and that it was revealed to be an L-shaped object when in close detail. Although the crew had a clear view of the UFO, they were leery of reporting this to Mission Control.

Mission Control was then asked about the location of the S-IVB, which was the final stage of the rocket that had been jettisoned two days earlier. Mission control reported that the S-IVB was 6,000 miles away from their present location.

Aldrin stated that: “we decided that after a while of watching it, it was time to go to sleep and not talk about it anymore.” Whatever the Apollo 11 crew saw out in space was never “officially acknowledged.”


carterJimmy Carter: January 6, 1969 – Leary, Georgia

The night was a calm windless Georgia night. Jimmy Carter was waiting for a meeting to begin at the Lion’s Club, when Carter and 10 other witnesses reported seeing a “red and green orb radiating in the western sky.” All of the witnesses reported that the object moved toward them from a distance, stopped, moved away and departed.

Carter stated that “it was as bright as the moon, and about as big as the moon.” In a later interview Jimmy Carter said that the sighting was a “very remarkable sight.” Lillian Carter commented that the sighting made quite an impression on her son.

The sighting was estimated to last 10 minutes. Skeptics concluded that it was possibly a sighting of the planet Venus, but calculations revealed that Venus was only visible between 15 to 21 degrees above the horizon at 7:15 pm. Witnesses reported the “moon-sized object” to be at least 30 degrees above the horizon.

If this object was in fact Venus, it would not have disappeared and would have been visible that night until 9:20 p.m.

Ronald Reagan is another U.S. president who sighted a UFO. Reagan developed an obsession with extraterrestrials and often mentioned them in his speeches. Reagan stated that the U.S. and Russia may be forced to “make a common cause” if the Earth were to face an alien invasion.


chrisChristopher Columbus: October 11, 1492 – Atlantic Ocean

Lights in the night sky have been seen for centuries. Many famous paintings also have shown disc-shaped objects hovering in the backgrounds of these paintings. In 1015, two objects in the sky were seen “giving birth” to smaller spheres over Japan.

Throughout the Renaissance, many sightings of UFOs were documented. Then, in 1492, Christopher Columbus made his own personal discovery of a UFO on his first voyage of the Americas.

Standing on the deck of the Santa Maria, Columbus noticed lights glimmering in the nighttime sky. He quickly called to Pedro Gutierrez to come and join him as he watched this strange glimmering light.

As they watched “a light glimmering at a great distance” the light disappeared and reappeared several times throughout the night. This craft was observed as it moved up and down in “sudden and passing gleams.”

Columbus took this sighting as a sign that land would soon be sighted. The lights and movements that Christopher Columbus saw that night were “never explained.”


cronkWalter Cronkite: 1950s, South Pacific

During the 1950s Walter Cronkite was part of a news team who was brought to a small Pacific island to observe the testing of a new Air Force missile. The reporters were then led to an area which was a safe distance from the launch site.

Photographs were forbidden on this site so the reporters quickly made hand written notes as the testing was prepared. With Air Force security surrounding the perimeter the missile was fired up waiting its release.

It was at this moment that a large “disc type” UFO appeared. The object was estimated to be 50-60 feet in diameter with a dull grey color and no visible means of propulsion.

The disc then hovered 30 feet off the ground then suddenly sent out a “blue beam of light” which struck: the missile, a guard, and also a dog. The missile was then frozen in mid air as was the guard and the dog (in mid-air) that was jumping at the UFO.

Suddenly the missile exploded, and the UFO disappeared. Everyone was told: “it was all part of the test.” An Air Force Colonel reported that everything was “staged” to check out the media’s reaction to UFO’s. Cronkite viewed this craft as a new technology, but not an Earthly one.


coopGordon Cooper: 1957, Edwards Air Force Base, California

In 1957 Edwards Air Force Base was the site of an “elite band of test pilots.” This area also included the installation of a “precision landing system.” A camera crew was filming the installation when a UFO saucer suddenly appeared on the site.

This craft was filmed as it hovered overhead, extended three legs for landing gear and slowly landed on the dry lake bed. The camera crew managed to get within 20 to 30 yards of the craft as it filmed this strange event.

With the classic saucer shape, this shiny silver craft was 30 feet wide and was clear to everyone that it was an alien craft. Cooper was told that when the film was developed it was to be put in a pouch and sent to Washington. Cooper then looked at the film when it returned from the lab and everything was exactly as it was observed on the site.

When the Air Force started “Operation Blue Book” Cooper mentioned the film, but of course the film was never found. Cooper also stated that he believes an alien space craft crashed at Roswell, N.M., in 1947, and that “aliens were discovered in the wreckage.” Gordon Cooper commented that: “A lot of very embarrassed government officials are sitting there in Washington trying to figure a way to bring the truth out. America has a right to know.”


halleyEdmund Halley: 1676

The famous astronomer who discovered Haley’s Comet recalled two accounts of “unidentified crafts.” Halley’s first UFO experience came in 1676 when he saw what he called a: “Vast body apparently bigger than the Moon.”

Halley estimated that the craft was 40 mi. above him at the time of his sighting. Edmund commented that this craft made a noise “like the rattling of a great cart over stones.”

By estimating the distance this craft traveled in several minutes, Halley concluded that the speed of the UFO was greater than 9,600 m.p.h.




alexAlexander the Great:329 B.C., Central Asia

This famous conqueror reported two separate sightings of UFOs. One sighting reported: “great silver shields spitting fire around the rims in the sky that dived repeatedly at his army.” These actions panicked his army and elephants so badly that his river crossing has to be delayed until the next day.

Alexander reported that these shining silvery shields “came from the skies and returned to the skies.” These flying shields flew in a triangular formation, and were led by an “exceedingly large one.”

It’s been reported that thousands of warriors watched these craft as the largest one emitted a “lighting flash” which struck the walls and towers of the opposing city. The “flying shields” then hovered over the city until it was besieged then swiftly disappeared.

While these UFO reports are very substantial, other celebrities such as: Jackie Gleason, Jimmy Hendrix, William Shatner, Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, and Clyde Tombaugh; the discoverer of Pluto have all reported seeing unexplained objects in the night sky. So are UFO’s real, or were these famous people just making these stories up?


Will The Next Pope Be The Last?


With the announcement Monday by Pope Benedict XVI that he is stepping down as the Church’s 111th Pope, speculation of his replacement is rampant with talk of he infamous papal prophecies of St. Malachy. St. Malachy, the first Irish saint, had a vision of the next 112 popes. We’ve had 111 since, and are on the verge of seeing No. 112, which Malachy says will be the final pope before the end of the world as we know it.


St. Malachy had written about the 112th pope:

“In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.”

St. Malachy prophesied that the final pope would be “Peter the Roman”, which is interesting because no pope to date has chosen the name of Peter out of respect for Peter the Apostle. There has also been speculation that the final pope would be black. Even more curiously, there is a black cardinal in Ghana, Peter Turkson, who is believed to be a frontrunner and whose name has come up in previous discussions of papal appointment.

Cardinal Turkson has said in the past that “if God would wish to see a black man also as pope, thanks be to God.” Catholic Church chronicler Rocco Palmo has called Turkson the lone Scripture scholar in the Pope’s “Senate”, and believes that his status as a potential “papabile” has been elevated due to his 2009 appointment as spokesman for the Second Synod for Africa.Read More



In addition does the date of the Popes announcement Feb. 11 have any significance?  Yes, it is the date of The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.


On Feb. 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, recalling a series of 18 appearances that the Blessed Virgin Mary made to a 14-year-old French peasant girl, Saint Bernadette Soubirous.

The Marian apparitions began Feb. 11, 1858, ended July 16 that year and received the local bishop’s approval after a four-year inquiry. For the story of St Bernadette’s visons read here


Some argue the St Malachy prophecies are a 16th century forgery and subject to ambiguous interpretations, while others insist it’s documented in the Catholic Church’s library. One must also remember the end of times and the end of the world mean different things. Whatever the case may be, it will be interesting to see who the next pope is and what follows.

Conspiracy Theories

10 Fascinating Conspiracies


Denver International Airport


Denver International Airport is the largest airport in the United States, and the third largest in the world. Conspiracy theorists crawl all over this as the secret cover for the New World Order’s underground headquarters. Their reasoning is that the base is abnormally far from Denver’s center, 25 miles. The airport is extremely expansive, and boasts a very strange architectural appearance. The main building is comprised on a tent structure, similar to a circus tent, made of white fabric, that is designed to remind the visitor of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, which can be seen from the airport.

But theorists claim that it is designed to resemble Indian teepees, in an effort to appease the dead Indians buried here. It is a fact that the main airport building is centered precisely on what once was an Indian burial ground. But creepier than this are the weird murals in the main building. Their designers claim to have been required to use such symbols as the Nazi Black Sun, and a scene depicting the destruction of a city and forest, with a girl holding a Mayan tablet prophesying the end of the world, and any conspiracy theorist will tell you that the room’s name, “The Great Hall,” is an obvious reference to Freemasonry.

It is a fact that the murals were commissioned by Wilma Webb, wife of Denver’s mayor, and that she conducted a Masonic dedication of the airport just before its opening.


The Bilderberg Group


Of all the New World Order conspiracy theories, this one sounds the most plausible. They are a real organization that meets once or, at most, twice a year, renting out entire floors of remote and expensive hotels. No one knows who the members are, except other members, of which there may be 20, or several hundred.

They are thought to be powerful financiers, businessmen, politicians, and generals, whose sole intent is to control the world’s economies, wars, politics, anything that helps them make money. Henry Kissinger is known to have been a member at one time. Tony Blair is rumored to be one. Both Bushes are rumored to be members, as is Vladimir Putin.

Their bodyguards at these meetings are privately-hired mercenaries. The group was formed during the Cold War by Joseph Retinger, who was the CEO of the European Movement, a progressive organization designed with the aim of a single world government. The EM was funded by the CIA, and its contacts were a who’s who of global governmental and military powers. Retinger believed that the world could be at peace if peace could be brokered among a small group of the world’s elite, leaving the public out of the equation.

The problem with Retinger’s idea is that the Bilderberg Group must have absolute power to pull this off, and if it has that much power, war can be brokered just as readily as peace. The theory claims that the Bilderberg Group marketed all the major wars of the last half a century, beginning with the Korean War, and including both Gulf Wars, and the War in Afghanistan.

The most convincing evidence against them is that they are known to have discussed, in 1955, the need for a tightly bound European Market. A year and a half later, the European Common Market was established by the Treaty of Rome.

Whenever the phrase “single world government” crops up, conspiracy theorists whip out the Revelation. The Revelation describes the Antichrist as not taking over the world by force, but by charm, as a politician. The theory now purports that one of the Bilderberg Group’s members is in fact possessed by Satan, who is slowly but surely drawing his plans against us.

Reporters are not allowed into hotel premises while the Group meets, and have been threatened at gunpoint to leave. Jon Ronson, a journalist of Channel 4 News, in the UK, sneaked past security and spied on one of these meetings at the summer retreat Bohemian Grove, during which he claims that a human effigy was burned beneath a statue of a 40 foot owl.


Karen Silkwood


Karen Silkwood was a chemical technician at the Kerr-McGee Nuclear Power Plant outside Crescent, OK, from 1973 to her death on November 13 of the next year. Her job was manufacturing plutonium pellets for nuclear reactor fuel rods, which is also Homer Simpson’s job at the Springfield Power Plant.

As soon as she began working at the plant she joined a labor union and became one of its chief speakers and strike organizers, complaining of numerous health code violations: workers were being exposed to nuclear contamination, their respiratory equipment was grossly faulty, nuclear samples and waste were improperly stored, and worst of all, there were not enough shower facilities to accommodate all the plant’s workers. This meant that after working with plutonium-239, which is extraordinarily poisonous, workers were going home to their families with plutonium residue possibly on their clothing.

Plutonium-239 is the isotope typically used in nuclear weapons and reactor fuel. It has a half-life of 24,100 years, and is more poisonous by inhalation or skin contact than hydrogen cyanide. Silkwood testified about these problems to the Atomic Energy Commission in the summer of 1974. She alleged among other things that workers were not handling the fuel rods correctly, and that Kerr-McGee knew this and was falsifying reports to save money and avoid lawsuits.

On November 5, 1974, she performed a routine self-check and found almost 400 times the legal limit for plutonium contamination. She was decontaminated at the plant and sent home with a testing kit to collect urine and feces for further analysis. Oddly, though there was plutonium on the exterior surfaces of the gloves she had been using, the gloves had no holes in them. This means that the contamination did not come from inside the glovebox, but somewhere else.

She tested positive for plutonium the next morning at the plant, even though she had not gone anywhere near any plutonium. She was decontaminated more intensely. The next morning, upon arrival for work, she was so contaminated that she was exhaling plutonium. A health team took her home and tested her house, and found plutonium everywhere, especially in the bathroom and refrigerator.

She and her spouse and children were flown to the Los Alamos National Laboratory to be tested in depth. No one has agreed to this day how she was contaminated so intensely over a 3-day period. She claimed that she being deliberately poisoned, probably by the plant, to keep her quiet. Kerr-McGee countered that she had poisoned herself, to blame and sue the plant. It is a fact that at the time, security was so light, that workers could smuggle plutonium pellets out in their lunchboxes. One worker gave a pellet to his son to take to show-and-tell at school.

Kerr-McGee found several pieces of lab equipment in her house, including beakers and test tubes, and accused her of contaminating herself to sue them. She countered that she had no idea any such equipment was in he house and accused the plant of breaking in and putting it there to kill her.

By November 13, she had a large stack of documents proving her claims, she said. A witness testified that she had a binder and papers. She left a union meeting that morning, and drove for Oklahoma City, 30 miles away. Her car was found that evening, having run off the road and smashed into a concrete bridge railing. She was dead and there were no documents in her car. Quaaludes were found inside, and twice the dose for drowsiness was found in her blood. But skid marks were found leading to her car, indicating that she slammed on the brakes and desperately tried to get back on the road, while being pushed from behind by another vehicle. This means she was awake at the time of her death, but the official cause of death, overseen by a plant employee was “one-car sleeping-driver accident.”

Her family sued Kerr-McGee and won 1.38 million.

The conspiracy theory states that there must have been a very good reason for Kerr-McGee to take such a risk in putting a hit out on someone as publicly known by then as Karen Silkwood. A reason better than proof of lax security and occupational hazards. A federal investigation the next year discovered that an amount between 44 and 66 pounds of plutonium-239 went missing from the plant. It is still missing, and the theorists believe that ex-Kerr-McGee chairmen know exactly where it is, or to whom it was sold. The company was shut down in 1975, and the site is still being decontaminated after 30 years.

44 pounds of plutonium can make 4 nuclear weapons, each powerful enough to level all 5 boroughs of New York City.


The Port Chicago Explosion


A very insidious theory. On July 17, 1944, the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Port Chicago, CA, blew up, and killed 320 sailors and civilians, and injured 390 others. Most of the dead and injured were enlisted black sailors.

The port served as a final munitions depot for naval vessels about to depart for the Pacific Theater. The black sailors were required to offload and store these munitions, of all types, even though none of them had ever been trained in handling munitions. Black sailors at the time were given the menial labor jobs of cooking, cleaning, and loading ships with non-dangerous gear, such as food, cooking utensils, engine repair equipment, etc.

The SS E. A. Bryan docked at the inboard, landward side of Port Chicago’s single 1,500-foot pier at 8:15 a.m. on July 13, 1944. It arrived at the dock with empty cargo holds but was carrying a full load of 5,292 barrels of bunker C heavy fuel oil for its intended trip across the Pacific Ocean. At 10 a.m. that same day, seamen from the ordnance battalion began loading the ship with munitions. After four days of around-the-clock loading, about 4,600 tons of explosives had been stored in its holds. The ship was about 40% full by the evening of July 17.

At 10 p.m., Division Three’s 98 men were loading E. A. Bryan with 1,000-pound bombs into No. 3 hold, 40 mm shells into No. 5 hold, and fragmentation cluster bombs into No. 4 hold. Incendiary bombs were being loaded as well; these bombs weighed 650 pounds each and were “live”—they had their fuzes installed. The incendiary bombs were being loaded carefully one at a time into No. 1 hold—the hold with a winch brake that might have been inoperable.

The sailors had been told that none of the munitions were live, because they had no fuzes, and thus could not detonate. This was incorrect, and led them not to becoming careless.

A boxcar delivery containing a new airborne anti-submarine depth charge bomb design, the Mark 47 armed with 252 pounds of torpex, was being loaded into No. 2 hold. The torpex charges were more sensitive than TNT to external shock and container dents. On the pier, resting on three parallel rail spurs, were sixteen rail cars holding about 430 tons of explosives. In all, the munitions on the pier and in the ship contained the equivalent of approximately 2 kilotons of TNT.

At 10:18 p.m., witnesses reported hearing a noise described as “a metallic sound and rending timbers, such as made by a falling boom.” Immediately afterward, an explosion occurred on the pier and a fire started. Between five and seven seconds later, a more powerful explosion took place as the majority of the ordnance within and near the SS E. A. Bryan detonated in a huge fireball some 3 miles in diameter. Chunks of glowing hot metal and burning ordnance were flung over 12,000 feet into the air. The E. A. Bryan was completely destroyed and the Quinault was blown out of the water, torn into sections and thrown in several directions; the stern landed upside down in the water 500 feet away. U.S. Coast Guard fire boat CG-60014-F was thrown 600 feet upriver, where it sank. The pier, along with its boxcars, locomotive, rails, cargo and men, was blasted into pieces. Nearby boxcars, waiting within their revetments to be unloaded at midnight, were bent inward and crumpled by the force of the shock.

The port’s barracks and other buildings and much of the surrounding town were severely damaged. Shattering glass and a rain of jagged metal and undetonated munitions caused many additional injuries among both military and civilian populations, although no one outside the immediate pier area was killed. Nearly $9.9 million worth of damage ($120 million in current value) was caused to U.S. Government property. Seismographs at the University of California, Berkeley sensed the two shockwaves traveling through the ground, determining the second, larger event to be equivalent to an earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale.

The conspiracy theory claims that this explosion was not caused by handling error, but was a deliberate test of a nuclear bomb. It was studied by the same team working on the Manhattan Project at the time, and this team concluded that the resulting damage was typical of a small nuclear explosion, not a conventional one. In 1980, Peter Vogel discovered a photograph by Paul Masters, a technician at Los Alamos, which had the caption “ball of fire mushroom out at 18,000 ft in typical Port Chicago fashion.”

Theorists believe that the bomb was tested on black sailors to study the effects of the blast on humans, since this had never been observed, and the testers, high-ranking authorities in the U. S. Government, considered the munitions depot the perfect cover, and further, an accident predominantly resulting in the deaths of black sailors was less likely to kick up a fuss. read more


UFO Over Westport

A dog walker reported seeing a “glowing, blimp-like craft flying under the cloud cover” shortly after midnight on January 1, 2013. The witness “Looked up to see a large, orange-yellow glowing blimp-like craft flying under the cloud cover,” the witness stated. “I thought it was a commercial jet at first, but it was about 10 times brighter than a jet’s navigation lights and did not flash strobes like jets do at night.”

“It was not appearing like any normal craft, jets, helicopters, etc. and when I realized it was totally silent, I was perplexed. It traveled a little faster than corporate jets that fly by the house for Bridgeport, CT, airport. It was fairly low in the sky passing behind trees and eventually lost sight of it in the northeast sky.”

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“You Have Nothing To Fear, You Can Do No Wrong” An Astonishing NDE From A Former Skeptic.



Dr. Eben Alexander a neurosurgeon fell into a coma in 2008 after contacting a rare form of meningitis that caused the shutdown of part of his brain called the cortex, which controls the thoughts and emotions of the person. He stayed in a coma for seven days and upon waking up the seventh day he found himself a different person. As a doctor he always approached death with the scientific conventional wisdom that consciousness cannot exist outside of the brain. In his near death experience( NDE) he encountered many of the standard reports by other NDE claims and was shown an incredible vision of life after death. The experience was real enough to him that he found himself on the other side of the NDE argument and became a fervent believer. Here you can read the account from excerpts of his book Proof Of Heaven in The Daily Beast

As a neurosurgeon, I did not believe in the phenomenon of near-death experiences. I grew up in a scientific world, the son of a neurosurgeon. I followed my father’s path and became an academic neurosurgeon, teaching at Harvard Medical School and other universities. I understand what happens to the brain when people are near death, and I had always believed there were good scientific explanations for the heavenly out-of-body journeys described by those who narrowly escaped death.


The brain is an astonishingly sophisticated but extremely delicate mechanism. Reduce the amount of oxygen it receives by the smallest amount and it will react. It was no big surprise that people who had undergone severe trauma would return from their experiences with strange stories. But that didn’t mean they had journeyed anywhere real.

Although I considered myself a faithful Christian, I was so more in name than in actual belief. I didn’t begrudge those who wanted to believe that Jesus was more than simply a good man who had suffered at the hands of the world. I sympathized deeply with those who wanted to believe that there was a God somewhere out there who loved us unconditionally. In fact, I envied such people the security that those beliefs no doubt provided. But as a scientist, I simply knew better than to believe them myself.

In the fall of 2008, however, after seven days in a coma during which the human part of my brain, the neocortex, was inactivated, I experienced something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death.

Alexander discusses his experience on the Science channel’s ‘Through the Wormhole.’

I know how pronouncements like mine sound to skeptics, so I will tell my story with the logic and language of the scientist I am.

Very early one morning four years ago, I awoke with an extremely intense headache. Within hours, my entire cortex—the part of the brain that controls thought and emotion and that in essence makes us human—had shut down. Doctors at Lynchburg General Hospital in Virginia, a hospital where I myself worked as a neurosurgeon, determined that I had somehow contracted a very rare bacterial meningitis that mostly attacks newborns. E. coli bacteria had penetrated my cerebrospinal fluid and were eating my brain.

When I entered the emergency room that morning, my chances of survival in anything beyond a vegetative state were already low. They soon sank to near nonexistent. For seven days I lay in a deep coma, my body unresponsive, my higher-order brain functions totally offline.

Then, on the morning of my seventh day in the hospital, as my doctors weighed whether to discontinue treatment, my eyes popped open.

‘You have nothing to fear.’ ‘There is nothing you can do wrong.’ The message flooded me with a vast and crazy sensation of relief. (Photo illustration by Newsweek; Source: Buena Vista Images-Getty Images)


There is no scientific explanation for the fact that while my body lay in coma, my mind—my conscious, inner self—was alive and well. While the neurons of my cortex were stunned to complete inactivity by the bacteria that had attacked them, my brain-free consciousness journeyed to another, larger dimension of the universe: a dimension I’d never dreamed existed and which the old, pre-coma me would have been more than happy to explain was a simple impossibility.


But that dimension—in rough outline, the same one described by countless subjects of near-death experiences and other mystical states—is there. It exists, and what I saw and learned there has placed me quite literally in a new world: a world where we are much more than our brains and bodies, and where death is not the end of consciousness but rather a chapter in a vast, and incalculably positive, journey.


I’m not the first person to have discovered evidence that consciousness exists beyond the body. Brief, wonderful glimpses of this realm are as old as human history. But as far as I know, no one before me has ever traveled to this dimension (a) while their cortex was completely shut down, and (b) while their body was under minute medical observation, as mine was for the full seven days of my coma.

All the chief arguments against near-death experiences suggest that these experiences are the results of minimal, transient, or partial malfunctioning of the cortex. My near-death experience, however, took place not while my cortex was malfunctioning, but while it was simply off. This is clear from the severity and duration of my meningitis, and from the global cortical involvement documented by CT scans and neurological examinations. According to current medical understanding of the brain and mind, there is absolutely no way that I could have experienced even a dim and limited consciousness during my time in the coma, much less the hyper-vivid and completely coherent odyssey I underwent. Read Full Article



Cattle Mutilations, The Phenomena Won’t Go Away


Reports of cattle mutilations have surfaced numerous times over the years. Cattle are drained of their blood, organs  are removed, and all is done with surgical precision. Reports of UFO sightings are associated with many cases. Some argue the phenomena doesn’t exist, but numerous reports continue to surface. An overall of cattle mutilations from Crystalinks:

Cattle Mutilation Phenomena refers to thousands of cases in North America where cattle have been found mutilated under abnormal circumstances. Sheep, horses or even humans have also been similarly mutilated, according to some accounts. Many mutilated cattle have been found marked with fluorescent paint, probably to help identify them in the dark.

The cows are found dead (although the cause of death is undetermined), exsanguinated (all their blood has been removed). Precise “laser-precision” cuts are observed in the mutilated cattle. They have had certain organs surgically removed from their bodies. Often their reproductive and rectal organs have been removed.

Abnormally high radiation levels have been detected near the dead animals when they are found, and scavengers will not touch the carcass. There are no footprints leading to or from the cows. There is evidence (clamp marks on the animals’ legs) that the cattle were taken from their habitats and mutilated elsewhere. Sightings of UFOs and strange, unmarked, black helicopters coincide with many cattle mutilation cases.

There is no consensus that the phenomenon actually exists, or if it does exist, what causes the phenomenon. The number of animals said to be mutilated under unusual circumstances is unclear, but proponents argue it may be in the thousands. Ranchers are often said to be reluctant to come forward and report animals mutilated under odd circumstances, due to several factors: the associated ridicule, fear of reprisal, and the financial costs of securing necropsy for dead livestock.

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Out Of Body Experiences Aren’t All About Angels And Demons


In a fascinating interview, Alex Tsakiris host of Skeptiko interviews author Graham Nicholls about his book Investigating The Out Of Body Experience. Subjects include how to have an Out Of Body Experience and the science behind them. From Skeptiko:

Alex Tsakiris: Hi Graham. It’s so great to have you back on Skeptiko.

Graham Nicholls: Hi Alex. It’s great to be back on.

Alex Tsakiris: So here we are and I was looking over your new book. Fascinating, fascinating. One of the things that really struck me is on one hand it’s a very practical book. It says right in there that the aim of this book is to help you have an out-of-body experience, which is fascinating. We want to talk about that because you really take a rather novel approach to kind of throw in a whole bunch of different techniques at folks. You actually have a really sound scientific basis for why you think that varied approach might work for people.

But at the same time, and this is the other part of the book I want to talk about, the book is very much about the science of out-of-body experience and the science-related questions that it raises.

So first, am I getting that right? Are there really these two aspects to the book?

Graham Nicholls: Sure, yeah. Very much so. I wanted to move it away from the heavily esoteric angle that’s common in a lot of books. And I also really wanted to base the techniques on something solid and just go out there and see what actually works rather than just repeating what so many books and so many other people have been saying for over 100 years. I wanted to see if this stuff will really actually do what people say and so we really have silver cords and energy bodies and all of these kinds of things that are talked about so commonly. So yeah, that was really the aim.

Alex Tsakiris: Okay, good. So I tell you what. Let’s leave aside for a second the scientific questions about out-of-body experiences, including about whether they really exist, whether there really is such a thing—I guess that would be one of the first scientific questions. Also, I think we should leave aside for a minute the philosophical questions about what this might mean for consciousness, materialism, questions of the soul, all that kind of stuff. Let’s talk about the practical applications because I think that’s where a lot of people are going to be coming at this from. Tell us about your approach to helping people have these experiences.

Graham Nicholls: Well, I think that my approach as well as the scientific stuff that I’ve already mentioned, I think another thing that I really was noticing more and more as I worked with people over time is that people are very different and that some people will have particular skills in a certain area and other people will have completely different skills.

Alex Tsakiris: You seem to take this NLP approach, the neural-linguistic program, which I thought was fascinating. Tell us how you came to include that in this.

Graham Nicholls: Because it just made sense, really. This idea of modeling what someone actually does when they’re having the experience and then seeing if I can apply it to different people and then seeing maybe more visual people might work better with more of a visual technique than another person. I was just finding that constantly when I was working with someone I’d offer them a technique and they might say, “Oh, I can’t visualize,” or “I’m not very physical. I have various health issues,” or whatever. All different things would come up when I’m working with them. It just became apparent to me to fit the techniques to the person rather than trying to fit the person to the techniques, you know?

Alex Tsakiris: Great. Just for folks who maybe aren’t totally up to speed on that, as you mention there some people are just drawn to let’s say auditory stimulation. These are the people who like to listen to music more and can really feel a connection with it. That would be kind of one sign. Then some people obviously are more visual. Maybe they’re more of a dreamer kind of type.

So in reading the book you just kind of say go with it. Go with whatever your natural inclination is because you’ve discovered in your out-of-body experience work all those sensory modalities are represented in the experience. So it’s not like an either/or thing. You can just emphasize one or the other as a starting point. Am I getting that part right?

Graham Nicholls: Yeah, totally. I think it is a factor that you can really go with the person’s major skill or major sensory focus, but then also bring in all the other senses as well. It’s looking at the person as a whole. A complete approach and a very personalized approach.

I mean, even bringing in emotions and things like that. Using an emotional focus such as another person, working with another person so there’s this building of connection which again is backed up with telepathy research and things like that. There’s a strong link between individuals and that can really help with the success rate of someone learning, as well. It’s all about looking at the science, looking at the individual, and really working out the best approach for that person.

Alex Tsakiris: You know, Graham, another aspect of your technique that seemed interesting to me and maybe you want to talk about is this idea of immersion. What are you driving at there and how did you come up with that?

Graham Nicholls: I suppose in a sense it came from this hypnosis idea again. I think back in 1998 I was working on the first of the immersive structures I’ve built specifically to induce out-of-body experiences.

Alex Tsakiris: Tell folks a little bit about that setup and that project because I think it’s fascinating.

Graham Nicholls: Well, the first structure I ever built was called “epicene,” and it was essentially a steel structure like a kind of cage that was designed to suspend a platform, a kind of bed, in the center. That was suspended by steel wire so the wire was almost invisible. When someone walked in they would almost see just this floating platform, essentially. They would get onto that and it would flatten out and feel very much like floating.

And then there would be some of this—the early version of my intraluminal sound technology and also a spoken hypnotic induction. So it had a few different levels to it. The idea was using all of those senses and the idea suggesting to the person that they were floating put them into that context and would increase the chances that it would trigger something unconsciously and lead to the out-of-body experience.

I found very quickly with the intraluminal sound that the vibrational state became very, very common up to 90+ percent of people getting the vibrational state. Then a certain percentage of people beyond that would go into either some kind of remote perceptions such as hearing or perceiving things at a distance, seeing things at a distance, or the full-out out-of-body experience.

Alex Tsakiris: Those are just some astounding figures percentagewise, especially in a pretty controlled experiment in terms of everyone’s going through the same experience. You can ask them before and afterwards. That’s pretty impressive. It’s very impressive.

Let’s talk a little bit about science. I want to start out with one of the things you said in the book that just struck me. I don’t think read more

Conspiracy Theories

Will Dec. 21, 2012 Be The End Of The World?


According to the Mayan calender I mean. Some are calling that a date with the end of the world. Others say it will usher in a new age of rebirth and spiritual awakening. Others say it is just a rest of a nearly 400 year period. In any event we will know in a little less than 3 months from now. From National Geographic


It’s remotely possible the world will end in December 2012. But don’t credit the ancient Maya calendar for predicting it, say experts on the Mesoamerican culture.

(Related pictures: “2012 Doomsday Myths Debunked.”)

It’s true that the so-called long-count calendar—which spans roughly 5,125 years starting in 3114 B.C.—reaches the end of a cycle on December 21, 2012.

That day brings to a close the 13th Bak’tun, an almost 400-year period in the Maya long-count calendar.

But rather than moving to the next Bak’tun, the calendar will reset at the end of the 13th cycle, akin to the way a 1960s automobile would click over at mile 99,999.9 and reset to zero.

“We, of course, know that really means a hundred thousand [miles] and not zero,” said William Saturno, an expert on Maya archaeology at Boston University.

“So, is [the end of Bak’tun 13] a large period ending? Yes. Did the Maya like period endings? Yes,” Saturno said.

“Would this have been a period ending they thought was wicked cool? You bet. The biggest period endings they experience are Bak’tun endings.”

But “was it predicted to be the end the world? No. That’s just us.”

Instead, for the Maya, the end of the long count represents the end of an old cycle and the beginning of a new one, according to Emiliano Gallaga Murrieta, the Chiapas state division director of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.

“It is like for the Chinese, this is the Year of the [Rabbit], and the next year is going to the Year of the Dragon, and the next is going to be another animal in the calendar,” Gallaga said.

(Watch the full episode of 2012: Countdown to Armageddon online from the National Geographic Channel.)

Maya Prophecy for End of the World?

Written references to the end of Bak’tun 13 are few. In fact, most Maya scholars cite only one: a stone tablet on Monument 6 at the Tortuguero archaeological site in Mexico’s Tabasco state. (Take a Maya quiz.)

What exactly the tablet says, though, is read more

Conspiracy Theories

The Phildelphia Experiment Fact Or Fiction


Controversy still exists around what really happened to the USS Eldrige a US warship that was supposedly used in experiments to render the ship invisible and teleportation. The argument of whether it really happened has both believers and debunkers each claiming their accounts are the true ones. The debunker is Keith Veronese a freelance writer and PH.D. Chemist and the believer is Al Bielek who claims he was there when the experiment happened.



ALFRED BIELEK, Survivor of the Astonishing Philadelphia Experiment and it’s successor The Montauk Project.  In 1989 Al Bielek came forward to reveal his participation in the astonishing Philadelphia Experiment and that he had survived time-warping, invisibility and electromagnetic zapping. read more


Time Travel, Is It Possible?


After reading Stephen Kings great novel 11-22-63 about a man who goes back in time with the intention of killing Lee Harvey Oswald before he assassinates President John F Kennedy, and currently The Map In Time by Felix J Palma, I became once again fascinated with a subject that always intrigued me, time travel.


Not blessed with a brain that quickly understands science, this explanation to think like Einstein was very helpful. Another explanation by Michio Kaku also clears the air.

One of the greatest enigmas of modern science is the possibility of time travel.  Einstein proved through the general theory of relativity time travel into the future.  However, time travel into the past is much more complex to understand in modern physics.

Michio Kaku explains in this video a theoritical model where the fabric of space time can be manipulated to travel into the past.  This model impossible to build today with our current technology might be a reality in the distant future, making possible time travel possible in a commercial scale. For video click


Nazi Aquired Buddha Statue Came From Space


Meteorite Nazi Buddha Exposed as Likely Fake


A Buddha statue dating back to the 8th to 10th centuries is carved from a rare iron meteorite.From Live Science

A Buddha statue dating back to the 8th to 10th centuries is carved from a rare iron meteorite.
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It sounds like a mash-up of Indiana Jones’ plots, but German researchers say a heavy Buddha statue brought to Europe by the Nazis was carved from a meteorite that likely fell 10,000 years ago along the Siberia-Mongolia border.

This space Buddha, also known as “iron man” to the researchers, is of unknown age, though the best estimates date the statue to sometime between the eighth and 10th centuries. The carving depicts a man, probably a Buddhist god, perched with his legs tucked in, holding something in his left hand. On his chest is a Buddhist swastika, a symbol of luck that was later co-opted by the Nazi party of Germany.

“One can speculate whether the swastika symbol on the statue was a potential motivation to displace the ‘iron man’ meteorite artifact to Germany,” the researchers wrote online Sept. 14 in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science.

Iron man adventure

The iron man first came to Germany after a 1938-1939 Tibet expedition by zoologist and ethnology Ernst Schäfer, who was sent to the region by the Nazi party to find the roots of Aryan origin. The statue then passed into the hands of a private owner. [Fallen Stars: A Gallery of Famous Meteorites]

Stuttgart University researcher Elmar Bucher and his colleagues first analyzed the statue in 2007, when the owner allowed them to take five miniscule samples of it. In 2009, the team had the opportunity to take larger samples from the inside of the statue, which is less prone to contamination by weathering or human handling than the outside where the initial samples were taken.

They found that the statue is carved from a rare class of space rocks known as ataxite meteorites. These mostly iron meteorites have a high level of nickel. The largest-ever known meteorite, the Hoba meteorite of Namibia, is an ataxite meteorite that may weigh more than 60 tons.

It came from outer space

A chemical analysis of the iron man samples revealed they are a close match for a famous scattering of space rocks from the Siberia and Mongolian border. The Chinga meteorite field holds at least 250 meteorite fragments, most relatively small, though two topping 22 pounds (10 kg) have been found there. Scientists estimate the Chinga meteorite fell 10,000 to 20,000 years ago. The field’s first discovery was recorded in 1913, but the statue’s existence suggests people were mining the field for artistic materials long before that, Buchner said.
Buddha carved from a meteorite.
The Buddha meteorite matches those found in the Chinga meteorite field.
The identity of the carved man is unclear, but the researchers suspect he may be the Buddhist god Vaisravana, also known as Jambhala. Vaisravana is the god of wealth or war, and he is often portrayed holding a lemon (a symbol of wealth) or moneybag in his hand. The iron man holds an unidentified object in his hand. The statue is about 9.5 inches (24 cm) tall and weighs about 23 pounds (10.6 kg).

Many cultures used meteorite iron to make daggers and even jewelry, Buchner and his colleagues wrote, and meteorite worship is common among many ancient cultures. But the Buddha carving is unique.

“The Iron Man statue is the only known illustration of a human figure to be carved into a meteorite, which means we have nothing to compare it to when assessing value,” Buchner said in a statement. “Its origins alone may value it at $20,000; however, if our estimation of its age is correct and it is nearly a thousand years old it could be invaluable.”

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Attorney Claims To Have Travelled Back In Time

A Washington attorney claims he was a participant in a government program called Project Pegasus. From KOMO



VANCOUVER, Wash. – The new Bruce Willis movie “Looper” opens this weekend, in which Willis’ character is sent back in time to kill himself.

And while most scientists say time travel isn’t possible, a Washington attorney claims he’s done it dozens of times as part of a secret Cold War project.

“I have physically traveled in time,” says Andrew Basiago, an attorney in Vancouver, Wash. “We have – we did over 40 years ago.”

Now Basiago is on a mission – to reveal what he calls a 40-year government cover-up – of Project Pegasus – where he says he was teleported back and sideways in time, dozens of times.

“I have the whole story, I have hundreds of facts,” he says. “I can tell you what personnel were at what locations where and which travel device was being used.”

And his time travel wasn’t recent – it’s when he was a kid.

“I entered the program officially in the fall of 1969 as a third grader, age 7,” says Basiago.

He says he was one of 140 kids, 60 adults – chrononauts, including his dad, who he says joined him on his first jump.

“My dad held my hand, we jumped through the field of energy, and we seem to be moving very rapidly but there was also a paradox and we seemed to be going no where at all,” he says.

The TV show “Fringe” aired a similar scene two years ago. A coincidence?

Paradoxes, unscientific claims, unbelievable stories and encounters on Earth and Mars – including meeting Barack Obama when the president was a kid.

Basiago also says he time-traveled six times to the Ford Theatre on the day President Lincoln was shot – but he didn’t see it happen. He also saw President Lincoln on another famous occasion, he says.

“In fact, during one probe, the one to Gettysburg, the Gettysburg Address, I was dressed as Union bugle boy,” he says.

That’s right – he was at the Gettysburg Address. He says a famous photo taken that day proves it. The picture shows a bugle boy who he says is him. It’s the only visual evidence he provides for any of his travels – nothing else.

“I was physically at Gettysburg,” says Basiago.

He says his time travel experiences show that teleportation as protrayed on the “Star Trek” series is all wrong.

“No, in fact if you had just arrived via quantum teleportation, the Star Trek method of teleportation, you would have collapsed as a dead person,” he says.

Basiago weaves his tale with such conviction, he’s either a psychopathic liar, a lunatic – or the fastest-thinking science fiction writer on Earth.

“A tunnel was opening up in time-space just like a soap bubble being blown by a child,” he says. “And when that bubble closed, we were repositioned elsewhere in time-space on the face of the Earth.”

Some would say Basiago is still living in a bubble, but he’s put his professional reputation at risk claiming time travel isn’t science fiction – because he did it.

It was hard for KOMO News to confirm any of Basiago’s claims. Still, he says many out there say they believe Project Pegasus was real.

Conspiracy Theories

Why Were Secret Service Agents Ordered To Stand Down Minutes Before The Assassination?

Watch as the two secret service men assigned to protect president Kennedy’s motorcade are ordered to stand down just minutes before entering Dealey Plaza. The secret service look confused and upset that this order was given. But why?


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