Video: Paranormal Investigation - Cleveland, Ohio (Part 2)

Video: Paranormal Investigation - Cleveland, Ohio (Part 1)

From Haunted Earth Paranormal Video Investigations

Haunted Earth America and Acid Entertainment investigate an empty house which is reputedly haunted by a man that committed suicide there. Here in the second half of our American paranormal investigation we return to the haunted house in Cleveland East, Ohio. Will Joe and his wife Stella make an appearance to our investigators?

Chris Halton - Independent Paranormal Movie Maker


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UFO Group Calls on Barack Obama to Release America's X-Files

Desperate to see the US emulate the British Government and disclose reported "contact" with UFOs, the enthusiasts have written to Mr Obama to ask that his administration comes clean about the contents of America's "X-Files".

They believe they have good prospects of success after public statements of support from both John Podesta, who is running Mr Obama's White House transition team, and Bill Richardson, the Governor of New Mexico - a UFO sighting hotspot - who is expected to secure a cabinet post.

In the letter to Mr Obama, the Extraterrestrial Phenomenon Political Action Committee calls on the President-Elect to "end the six-decade truth embargo regarding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race".

The group wants the incoming president to insist on a "full briefing from your military services and intelligence agencies regarding what they know" and to open congressional hearings "to take testimony from scores of government witnesses who have already come forward with extraordinary evidence and are prepared to testify under oath."

The campaigners, who resent their common portrayal as nuts and conspiracy theorists, have high hopes of success due to their inside track with Mr Obama.

When he was the White House chief of staff under Bill Clinton, Mr Podesta led a project to declassify 800 million pages of intelligence documents. In a press conference, still available to watch on the YouTube website, Mr Podesta said: "It is time for the government to declassify records that are more than 25 years old and to provide scientists with data that will assist in determining the real nature of this phenomenon."

Gov Richardson, a former presidential candidate and fellow UFO aficionado, has written a forward to a book on the so-called Roswell Incident in New Mexico, where campaigners believe an alien spacecraft crash landed near the town of Roswell in 1947 and that the corpses of humanoid aliens have been kept hidden under lock and key by the government.

He has called for full disclosure by the Pentagon of what really occurred and reiterated his belief that there had been a "cover-up" during a presidential debate last year.

The campaigners, who want the truth "out there", believe that the British Government's decision to declassify thousands of UFO sighting documents this year has made it untenable for the US to maintain its policy of non-disclosure.

Only last week a US Air Force pilot, Milton Torres, whose testimony was released from the British archives, appeared on US television explaining how he was ordered to shoot down a large UFO over the UK in 1957 and then silenced by military officials, who told him never to speak of the incident.

Stephen Bassett, Executive Director of the Extraterrestrial Phenomenon Political Action Committee, expects to have gathered 40,000 signatures via email and fax by Mr Obama's inauguration day on Jan 20 in support of his calls for openness.

He told The Sunday Telegraph: "The truth embargo is now at the end of the line. The release of documents in Britain and France has put huge pressure on the US. It makes the government here look pretty stupid.

"I think we are seeing the Democrats moving towards disclosure. John Podesta has outed himself as an enthusiast. He thinks the American public can handle the truth. Bill Richardson thinks there was a cover-up."

Mr Bassett also believes that military and intelligence officials have studied the technology of alien spacecraft, material that would help the US develop new energy resources, as Mr Obama wishes, that will lessen US dependency on Middle Eastern oil.


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MonsterQuest to Reveal Results of 'Baby Ogopogo' Carcass Discovery

From Cryptomundo

Last month I was contacted by Arlene Gaal, a respected historian and researcher who has written many books on the history of the Okanagan Valley and also the Ogopogo mystery. The American History Channel was coming to Kelowna to film an episode of “MonsterQuest”(a show of which I was already somewhat familiar). They wanted to interview myself and my girlfriend Jessica about our sightings and were interested to see what photographic evidence I had obtained.

In Josh Dorsey’s (director) own words my photos were “the most interesting and compelling pieces of evidence” he had yet seen in regards to Ogopogo.

I have since had them analyzed by Dr.Edward Bousfield, a biologist and esteemed Cadborosaurus researcher who said that in his professional opinion my photos show a large “Megaserpent” or unknown aquatic animal living in Okanagan Lake.

I was one of the few people on the boat during the MonsterQuest expedition and I was the 3rd person on planet Earth to hold and photograph whatever it was they pulled up from a cave near Squally Point.

I initially didn’t think it looked very much like a fish but who knows what decomposition can do to a carcass. The headlines are reading “Baby Ogopogo” but we will have to patiently await the DNA testing in Guelph as even my pictures are not clear enough to ascertain what exactly the divers found that day.

Sean Viloria

Upcoming on next season’s MonsterQuest, the results of the baby Ogopogo body find will be revealed.

I have attached a picture showing the divers with the specimen bag…though for now I had to remove the creature. I do believe that any person on the planet interested in “MonsterQuest” or Cryptozoology would think this worthy of readership…and I would be more than happy to re-write a summary at some point.

I was only supposed be a witness interview but they ended up threading my story throughout the whole episode so I would be glad to share my account for the benefit of all those interested.

Sean Viloria


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New Video: Metallic Objects Found Near Area of Supposed UFO Crash in Needles, California

Statement:...this was found at one of my desert properties in a crater-like hole. I found other parts that seem to be one thing at one time and never ran into anything into something like this. Maybe UFO parts! Let me know what you think! Its not man made, its super heavy, was trying to buff a smaller part like this and its like it has platinum or nickle mixed with iron but super heavy and yes a magnet will attach its self to it. found about 4 feet down in the crater like hole.

Note: There was a supposed 'UFO' crash in this area several month ago.

New UFO Mystery Surfaces in the Mojave Valley

Videos - Needles UFO Crash followup: In May 2008, a large object with a turquoise glow plummeted out of the sky and crashed into the earth southwest of Las Vegas, NV. Eyewitnesses say it was not a meteorite since several military helicopters hauled it away.


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Dark Secret Revealed: All Male Babies Slaughtered to Avoid Warfare in Eastern Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea jungle has given up one of its darkest secrets - the systematic slaughter of every male baby born in two villages to prevent future tribal clashes.

By virtually wiping out the 'male stock', tribal women hope they can avoid deadly bow-and-arrow wars between the villages in the future.

'Babies grow into men and men turn into warriors,' said Rona Luke, a village wife who is attending a special 'peace and reconciliation' meeting in the mountain village of Goroka.

'It's because of the terrible fights that have brought death and destruction to our villages for the past 20 years that all the womenfolk have agreed to have all new-born male babies killed,' said Mrs Luke.

'The women have had enough of men engaging in tribal conflicts and bringing misery to them.'

The sensational claims recall the Biblical story of the Old Testament pharaoh who ordered all midwives to kill Israelite baby boys because he wanted to ensure there were never enough young men to fight in an army against the Egyptians.

Mrs Luke said that the village women agreed that if they stopped producing males, allowing only female babies to survive, their tribe's stock of boys would go down and there would be no men in future to fight.

A resident of Agibu village, Mrs Luke said she did not know how many male babies were killed by being smothered, but it had happened to all males over a 10 year period - and she suggested it was still happening.

Choking back tears she added: 'It's a terrible, unbearable crime, but the women had to do it.

'The women have really being forced into it as it's the only means available to them as women to bring an end to tribal fights.'

Confirming the shocking infanticide claims, Mrs Kipiyona Belas from the rival Amosa village, told a newspaper that getting food for their families was difficult because husbands were fighting other tribes with bows-and- arrows and spears.

Often the men did not come back, having been killed on the 'battle field', usually a clearing in the jungle.

Now, with the help of the Salvation Army and the initiative of local Pastor Michael Hemuno, the tribal women hope the slaughter of babies can end and those men who are still warriors will lay down their weapons and talk peace.

'We are trying to get them to live peacefully and end all the deaths of young and old,' said Pastor Hemuno.

Tribal fighting in the region of Gimi, in the country's Eastern Highlands, has been going on since 1986, many of the clashes arising over claims of sorcery.

Papua New Guinea tribes, who dress up in warrior paint and feathered finery for special occasions, are strong believers in sorcery and often blame their enemies for bringing about deaths through witchcraft.

2,700 Year Old Cannabis Stash Found in China

Researchers say they have located the world’s oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China.

The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly "cultivated for psychoactive purposes," rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany.

The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, likely a shaman of the Gushi culture, near Turpan in northwestern China.

The extremely dry conditions and alkaline soil acted as preservatives, allowing a team of scientists to carefully analyze the stash, which still looked green although it had lost its distinctive odour.

"To our knowledge, these investigations provide the oldest documentation of cannabis as a pharmacologically active agent," says the newly published paper, whose lead author is American neurologist Dr. Ethan B. Russo.

Remnants of ancient cannabis have been found in Egypt and other sites, and the substance has been referred to by authors such as the Greek historian Herodotus. But the tomb stash is the oldest so far that could be thoroughly tested for its properties.

The 18 researchers, most of them based in China, subjected the cannabis to a battery of tests, including carbon dating and genetic analysis. Scientists also tried to germinate 100 of the seeds found in the cache, without success.

The marijuana was found to have a relatively high content of THC, the main active ingredient in cannabis, but the sample was too old to determine a precise percentage.

Researchers also could not determine whether the cannabis was smoked or ingested, as there were no pipes or other clues in the tomb of the shaman, who was about 45 years old.

The large cache was contained in a leather basket and in a wooden bowl, and was likely meant to be used by the shaman in the afterlife.

"This materially is unequivocally cannabis, and no material has previously had this degree of analysis possible," Russo said in an interview from Missoula, Mont.

"It was common practice in burials to provide materials needed for the afterlife. No hemp or seeds were provided for fabric or food. Rather, cannabis as medicine or for visionary purposes was supplied."

The tomb also contained bridles, archery equipment and a harp, confirming the man’s high social standing.

Russo is a full-time consultant with GW Pharmaceuticals, which makes Sativex, a cannabis-based medicine approved in Canada for pain linked to multiple sclerosis and cancer.

The company operates a cannabis-testing laboratory at a secret location in southern England to monitor crop quality for producing Sativex, and allowed Russo use of the facility for tests on 11 grams of the tomb cannabis.

Researchers needed about 10 months to cut red tape barring the transfer of the cannabis to England from China, Russo said.

The inter-disciplinary study was published this week by the British-based botany journal, which uses independent reviewers to ensure the accuracy and objectivity of submitted papers.

The substance has been found in two of the 500 Gushi tombs excavated so far in northwestern China, indicating that cannabis was either restricted for use by a few individuals or was administered as a medicine to others through shamans, Russo said.

"It certainly does indicate that cannabis has been used by man for a variety of purposes for thousands of years."

Russo, who had a neurology practice for 20 years, has previously published studies examining the history of cannabis.

"I hope we can avoid some of the political liabilities of the issue," he said, referring to his latest paper.

The region of China where the tomb is located, Xinjiang, is considered an original source of many cannabis strains worldwide.

Witch Threatens Curse After UN Disses Nessie

The High Priest of the UK's White Witches has threatened to cast a spell which could jeopardise attempts to secure World Heritage status for Loch Ness.

An expert from the United Nations maintains the Loch Ness Monster had never been taken seriously and Nessie could scupper chances of securing the much coveted award.

But paranormal researcher Kevin Carlyon, who is the self-styled protector of the monster, is amused by the claims that mention of Nessie could bring ridicule to such a bid.

"Loch Ness without Nessie is like having a cheese sandwich without the cheese," Kevin declared.

And he is being backed by another Nessie fan, Loch Ness webcam operator Mikko Takala, who claims disowning Nessie in the bid would be like Lapland declaring Santa Claus doesn't exist.

Mr Carlyon in the past has cast spells on the loch to prevent Nessie hunters tracking down the elusive monster.

He told the Highland News Group: "This time I don't have to protect Nessie as the fools are doing the damage themselves.

"In fact if they had their way there would be no monster myth left. Rather than bring more people to the area it would detract from it."

Mr Carlyon was responding to comments by United Nations consultant Chris Pound who has completed an initial report on the area's bid to be included on the UK government's shortlist of World Heritage Status nominations for 2012.

It is 75 years since the first media reports of a monster in the loch and local tourist operators believe recognition by the UN of the Great Glen's geographical heritage could be the catalyst for an all year-round tourist industry and not just summer tourists on Nessie-hunting missions.

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation decides which countries and landmarks are given the prestigious award.

And it is up to the UK Government's department of media culture and sport (DMCS) to make its nominations in four years time.

Mr Pound visited the loch earlier this month and said he believes the area's geology and topography, the loch's deepness, landscape and the engineering behind the Caledonian Canal were factors which would find favour with politicians.

But of the Nessie story he commented: "It's an issue which is going to have to be managed carefully. The subject of Nessie is world famous but has never been taken quite seriously. When I spoke to a woman in the DMCS about the report I was doing for the area she fell about laughing. A lot of people have heard of the beastie and it's an image presentation issue which has to be addressed."

But Mr Carlyon believes without the legend of Nessie the loch is no different from others in Scotland which are far more suited to tourism.

"This story will send ripples around the world of a negative nature and I honestly think that these so called experts are biting at their own rear ends and will do more harm than good for the area.

"If it comes to it and people support it I will perform a spell to blow this ludicrous plan out of the water.

"I am sure that people will choose Nessie rather than a pompous title, which in the long run will not benefit Scotland at all."

Mr Takala agrees it would be crazy to make the bid without mention of Nessie.

"I'm half Finnish and it would be as daft as Lapland saying Santa Claus doesn't exist. Go anywhere in the world ask what they know about Scotland and they will say whisky and Nessie – they won't ever tell you about the topography of Loch Ness," he said.

"I find it hard to understand why tourist operators are willing to support this bid at the exclusion of Nessie when they know full well it is the monster that brings the visitors here. It could easily backfire on them."


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A Paixão Não É Bem Por Espelhos

---- Espelhos são o templo da beleza para muitas pessoas. Não importa onde tenha um deles, sempre terá alguém se analisando em sua frente. Esse é o tema dessa postagem do blog das Estranhas Verdades Relativas.
---- Ok! Todo mundo precisa se analisar vez ou outra no espelho para saber como está o cabelo, se está sujo de alguma coisa, enfim, dar uma geral. Mas, contudo, entretanto, todavia, existem aquelas pessoas que ultrapassam todos os limites, tanto que falta apenas elas próprias se namorarem. É incrível! Nas academias então nem se fala. Idolatrar o corpo é uma coisa, analisar se você está tendo resultados é outra. Existem aqueles que se auto-secam nos espelhos. Chega a ser hilário ver isso.
---- Você acha que apenas as mulheres que tem esse costume? Erro seu! Homens também ficam se analisando de cima a baixo e olha que muitas vezes mais descaradamente do que as mulheres. Essa atitude mostra bem aquelas pessoas que tem a síndrome do “eu amo meu corpo sarado”. Atenção gente! Existe limite para tudo!

Video: German WWII Underground Bunker - Jersey, Channel Islands

Video of an investigation conducted by the Jersey Paranormal Research Organization in October 2006 in a German WWII Undergraound Bunker in Jersey, Channel Islands. Watch camera 4 where a 'signature' orb appears. Signature orbs are spiritual energy that transform into a shape other than the normal orb shape...possibly an intellectual entity attempting to transform into a larger or more 'human' distinct apparition.


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Video: The Haunted Pig Farm

Statement: Watertown , WI....I usually take my camera on my twice weekly patrol, my block watch duty, of the Pig Farm just in case something happens. OK, something happened. At 2:26 on this video, creepy, watch the pendulum on the clock. I had the camera just thru the curtains of the door and I was looking upstairs. In the cellar, EVPS at 1:34 and 1:46. Please don't ask me where this property is, it is private property and I do call the cops if I see someone there that shouldn't be.

Note: The videographer does answer comments and seems to be sincere. I really don't know what to make of this video, but it is entertaining. Lon


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Video: UFO Over Las Cañitas, Buenos Aires, Argentina - 11/26/08

Dark circular shaped UFO moving steadily across the sky above Las Cañitas, Buenos Aires, Argentina - November 26, 2008


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New Dolphin Species Discovered

Australia has a new mammal. Scientists have discovered a previously unknown dolphin swimming in the nation's southern waters.

Until now it had been thought the world had just two species of bottlenose dolphins. The common bottlenose, generally at home in offshore waters, and the more coastal Indo-Pacific species, are both found near Australia.

However, Macquarie and Monash university researchers, collecting genetic samples from what they thought were coastal dolphins, made an unexpected find. After DNA testing about 200 mammals off Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania for a population study, the scientists realised they were not coastal bottlenose dolphins at all.

"They look alike but they are genetically quite different," Luciana Moller, of Macquarie University, said yesterday. "We were surprised."

Such finds, said Dr Moller, were "pretty rare". "Large mammals are not discovered very often. It shows we still have a lot to learn about how many marine species are out there.

"In the current biodiversity crises, when we are losing so many animal species, it is very exciting to find out about these unique Australian dolphins."

Dr Moller suspected that the new species, and the previously known coastal bottlenose dolphins, probably separated "quite recently … in the past few million years".

The DNA tests suggested the new species was probably more closely related to the Fraser's dolphin, from the deep waters of the Pacific.

Dr Moller said she believed the limited range of the new species meant it deserved special protection.

"Due to their coastal habitat, these dolphins are also more likely to face threats such as pollution, overfishing and entanglement in nets."

Details of the discovery have been published in Molecular Phylogenetics And Evolution.

Frederick, Maryland Museum EVPs Offer Evidence of Haunting

Recordings of disembodied voices and a number of eerie personal experiences are enough for the Mason Dixon Paranormal Society to conclude that the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum is haunted.

After conducting a two-night paranormal investigation nearly three weeks ago, the society met with the museum's staff Monday to reveal its findings.

During the investigation, which was open to the public for a fee to benefit the museum, the society collected about 70 hours of digital video recordings, more than two hours of thermal imaging video, and 180 hours of audio. After days of close watching and listening, the group came away with 35 electronic voice phenomena -- believed to be recordings of ghostly voices.

"It's a very low frequency tone that you cannot hear with the human ear," said Stewart Cornelius, co-founder of Gettysburg, Pa.,-based society. "But for some reason mechanical devices can pick it up."

Some EVPs from the Schifferstadt investigation feature clear answers to questions posed by the investigators -- "yes" or "no" from unidentifiable voices.

Twice, society recorded a child's voice saying what sounds like "mommy."

Other recordings seem to be in German -- fitting because Schifferstadt was originally home to German settlers. Even a few longer phrases were captured, such as a deep, raspy voice saying, "On the wall over there."

Although the EVPs were chilling, they are not enough to scare away the Schifferstadt's staff.

"It doesn't really change things for me, but I already knew what was going on," said Greg Glewwe, who helps with the museum's Spirit Tours. "Even if you do get a little bit of a creepy feeling, there's never been anything negative happen. In the end, there's some stuff that you can't come up with an explanation for."

Liz Lipke, Schifferstadt's former director and a self-proclaimed skeptic, thinks the ghostly evidence is more reassuring than anything.

"I have heard footsteps here myself and I can't explain where they come from. I think that the investigation is a way to capture evidence of what the unexplained is -- maybe make me feel as if other people have heard what I heard, and it's not just my imagination."

But to anyone unfamiliar with the paranormal and the strange happenings at Schifferstadt, the society findings may seem outlandish.

"People come up to me and they say I don't believe it, and that's fine," said Darryl Keller, society co-founder. "You might not believe it and then you can be shown evidence, and that evidence could be taken to the most qualified video expert, and he can say, 'Yes, I can tell you that this film is not tampered with.' And still people won't believe it until it happens to them."

Whether someone believes in ghosts, there nothing paranormal about the society's willingness to boost the museum's fundraising efforts by doing the investigation.

Christina Murphy is the museum's head gardener.

"I want to thank the MDPS," she said, "for their generosity to help support the Schifferstadt."


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Chuvas Em Santa Catarina

---- Eu estava aqui pensando depois de ver tamanha destruição em Santa Catarina e o número de mortes causados pelas fortes chuvas quando algumas considerações passaram pela minha mente. Para começar, é bom ver quando as pessoas se unem para ajudar o próximo como está ocorrendo. Isso nos lembra da importância e a força que as relações humanas possui. Ao menos ainda existe isso por aqui.
---- Agora, o que me chamou a atenção foi o número de mortes devido aos deslizamentos. O que isso indica? Casas mal construídas? Casas construídas em locais perigosos? Pois é! Na minha opinião tudo isso ocorre com o crescimento desordenado das cidades, mas isso não é um fato isolado aqui do Brasil, mas sim de grande parte do mundo. Com uma população que cresce assustadoramente faz com que as cidades cresçam desordenadamente. Isso acarreta construções em locais impróprios, pobreza, doenças e muitos outros fatores que nunca são vistos com atenção, menos é claro em período de eleições.
---- Voltando ao foco principal, sabemos que os estados do sul possuem bastante contrastes geográficos. Cidades inteiras se desenvolveram sobre serras, montanhas, mas isso não significa que em qualquer ponto você possa montar moradias. Pelas imagens podemos ver o tamanho da destruição no estado catarinense. O estado parou literalmente e depende agora da união de todos, mas também dos governos estadual e federal para reconstruir o que foi dizimado.
---- Aqui em Caxias também existem muitas áreas impróprias ou mesmo invadidas já que as regiões centrais e arredores não comportam mais tantas pessoas. O que aconteceu em SC mostra que quando não existe um plano de ação específico para organizar os espaços das cidades. Cidade grande também é sinal de poluição e poluição afeta a natureza que manda a resposta depois. Talvez as chuvas de SC não seja culpa exclusivamente disso, mas tem lá sua parcela.
---- A questão não é fácil de ser resolvida e muito menos será feita da noite para o dia, mas ai fica o alerta do que pode acontecer em qualquer lugar do país. Está na hora da consciência brasileira mudar e começar a se preocupar com o futuro. Ajude se você puder! Esperamos também que os governantes tomem alguma atitude! O que estamos vendo não é nada mais que um reflexo das nossas atitudes com a natureza. Ela está voltando para cobrar a dívida. Concorda? Discorda? Então comente!

Georgia Woman Sets 'Possessed' Apartment Ablaze

A Marietta woman told authorities she set two fires in her apartment because items inside were possessed. Felicia Johnson is charged with arson.

This is an unusual arson case. Investigators said Johnson was trying to cleanse her apartment but in doing so she put lives in danger.

Investigators said Johnson thought something evil was inside her Marietta apartment

She told investigators she tried to burn away the bad spirits.

"She was extremely upset saying the material was possessed by voodoo spirits and she was trying to cleanse the apartment of the spirits," said Marietta Fire Chief Jackie Gibbs.

Investigators said Johnson told them her roommate's possessions were evil. Investigators said she stacked his things -- from clothing to lamps to books -- in two piles. She placed one in the fireplace that spilled out into the living room; the other on the balcony. She then lit them both on fire.

"She was trying to clear the voodoo from the apartment by burning the personal items," said Gibbs.

Investigators said the man who lives in the apartment with her came home and saw the apartment filled with smoke. He told investigators he saw Johnson in the middle of the living room holding a bible.

Investigators said the damage to the apartment was minimal but it could have been much worse.

"A fire set in two different place within an occupied apartment endangers everyone who lives there," Gibbs said.

Gibbs said Johnson was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

Despite that, because the damage and putting other lives in jeopardy, she is charged with first degree arson.


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Reports of Lights and 'Strange Being' Near Buenos Aires, Argentina

On October 4, 2008 we headed out to this area once more, which has recently become the focus of our efforts, given that one report leads us to another and we successively begin to close out a large number of “unusual” episodes reported by qualified local witnesses.

Jorge Marron, Daniel Valverdi and Daniel Szauter met at 16:00 hours at Reserva Los Robles in the Municipality of Moreno, Greater Buenos Aires, and we traveled together to the Archeological Museum that is near this reservoir.

We were kindly met at that location by Cacho Ferrer, who is a ranger in the area, and his assistant. Second Lieutenant Hector R. Losa was also present – for the past 10 years he has been in charge of monitoring the sluice gates belonging to the Roggero Dam, and his duty post is on the bridge surmounting that structure.
After introducing ourselves as investigators of this phenomenon, and showing them some of our fieldwork, they began telling us about the various “unusual” episodes that they have experienced in the area. Ferrer was the first to speak, discussing a strange episode that occurred only months ago and which has repeated itself many times, regardless of the time of day.

There is an iron gate at the entrance to the Museum’s premises, and a wire fence that is closed with a chain. A lock never secures the chain – it is merely tied around both of the gate’s doors. One afternoon, while Ferrer and his assistant and 2nd Lieutenant Losa were chatting some twenty meters away from the gate, they could clearly head a sound suggesting that the gate’s chain was being unraveled and opened. This sound caused them to automatically turn around to see who was entering the premises, but they were stunned to see that the gate was closed and the chain was exactly as they had left it minutes earlier. They consulted among themselves to see if they had all heard the same, and the reply was affirmative. They dismissed the possibility that the sound came from elsewhere, as they were very close to the source where the noise came from and there is no other chain that could be the source of the sound. It should be noted that there was no one at the gate who may have tried to open it up. This episode occurred in broad daylight, repeated itself even at night, with the same outcome. The chain was always in place.

While we sat down to chat with Lt. Losa in the hall of the cabin occupied by the rangers, he started telling us about a series of episodes that have taken place in the area, some that he has experienced himself.

Losa says that once, when he was on sentry duty at night (remember that his duty post is a shack located on the dam itself) and he heard a buzzing noise he had never heard before. While this occurred, he tried adjusting his TV set’s telescopic antenna, since he wasn’t getting a signal, which seemed very odd, as he could always place it in the proper direction to watch TV. Minutes later, he heard an insistent klaxon outside the shack. Running outside, he encountered a police cruiser with two fellow officers who excitedly asked him if he’d seen “the light” that was hovering over the shack. Losa said no, as he was inside with the blinds closed, noting that only minutes earlier he had heard a “buzzing” that lasted some 10 minutes, but with no visible lights. His fellow officers were heading toward the shack, part of their customary patrol, and even though they were at a distance, they noticed a powerful light over the reservoir. [The light] was only slightly smaller than the shack itself, so they hurried over to investigate. During one of the twists and turns on the road, they lost sight of it and couldn’t see it again. If we combine the accounts offered by Losa and his comrades, we get “the light” seen by the drivers, the “buzzing” heard by Losa, and the interference that occurred in the TV set. Upon asking Losa if there had been a power drop within the shack, he said that there is no electricity within and that the TV set and lighting operate on a 12-volt battery.

A Strange Creature

A group of fishermen had headed to a rather inaccessible part of the lake formed by the reservoir to do some night fishing. They were equipped to spend the night there, carrying with them a battery and a spotlight to dispel the shadows. While they were readying their fishing tackle, they heard sounds emerging from the shrubs, and they turned around to see what it could be. When they were able to focus on the area where the noise was coming from, they were able to see the outline of a very hairy “man”, possibly some two meters tall with a very large head and luminous eyes. Without succumbing to panic, one fisherman told another to hook up the spotlight to the battery to get a better look a that “thing”, but the man’s nervousness kept him from connecting the spotlight to the battery’s terminals, and by the time the operation was over, the “stranger” had gone. They didn’t wait for it to return: they collected their gear and left immediately.

We could associate some of these stories with the case of the Colonia Elia entity, given the similarity between the creature described and the “prankish” behavior, such as the rattling of chains, etc.

This is only a part of the stories and eyewitness accounts that these people shared with us, as they are customarily in contact with these situations. We will continue sharing more of these experiences in a later installment.


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Top 30 - 03ª Posição

---- Top 30 adentrando no pódio! Sim! 3ª posição por aqui essa semana com direito a muita informação. Quem aparece ganhando a medalha de bronze é uma cantora pop que também apareceu por aqui posições abaixo com suas amigas Spice Girls, mas desta vez ela aparece por aqui em carreira solo. Emma Bunton é a estrela da vez!

---- Emma Lee Bunton nasceu em 21 de Janeiro de 1976 em Londres. Sempre ligada a questões artísticas, Emma recebeu um telefonema de sua ex-professora de canto, Pepi Lemer, pela sugestão de sua amiga Victoria Adams, para integrar o quinto elemento de um grupo pop feminino, ocupando o lugar de Michelle Stephenson. A cantora aceitou o convite ao lado de Victoria Adams, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown e Melanie C para formar assim o grupo Touch, futuramente se tornando as Spice Girls. Com a parada do grupo em 1998, Emma aceitou o convite da banda Tin Tin Out para gravar o single “What I Am”, seu primeiro trabalho solo. O single entrou direto para o segundo lugar nas rádios.
---- Emma voltou às rádios com seu segundo single chamado “What Took You So Long” algum tempo depois. O single lançado em 2 de abril de 2001 trouxe uma mistura de pop com sonoridade country e alcançou o primeiro lugar nas paradas em vários países. O primeiro álbum nomeado “A Girl Like Me” foi lançado em 16 de Abril de 2001 com uma batida pop com alguma instrumental country em alguns sons, sendo ele bem recebido pelos fãs. O terceiro single foi "Take My Breath Away" foi lançado em 27 de agosto de 2001 e alcançou o segundo lugar no Reino Unido. Ainda em 10 de dezembro de 2001 o quarto single “We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight” é lançado, porém não realizou grandes êxitos.

---- Em 26 de maio de 2003, Emma volta às rádios com o novo single "Free Me" quase dez meses antes do lançamento do álbum e trazia uma sonoridade totalmente diferente dos trabalhos anteriores da cantora. O vídeo da música foi todo gravado no Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, o que ocasionou uma apresentação da cantora no país. Em 13 de outubro de 2003 foi lançado o segundo single "Maybe" sendo esse o maior êxito da carreira de Emma Bunton, permanecendo por semanas nas rádios. Finalmente em 9 de fevereiro de 2004 o álbum “Free Me” é lançado, sendo uma libertação da cantora da imagem de ex-Spice Girl, excursionando por uma sonoridade retrô e investindo nos elementos sessentistas com arranjos surpreendentes ao som de violinos e piano, trazendo envolventes faixas de Bossa Nova e um toque sofisticado de samba. Das doze faixas d álbum, apenas uma não foi de autoria da cantora, sendo essa a música que originalmente se chama ‘Os Grilos’ escrita e gravada pelo brasileiro Marcos Valle em 1968. A versão do álbum ficou conhecida como “Crickets Sing For Anamaria”, um dos single de Free Me. O sucesso de “Free Me” e o amadurecimento de Emma Bunton foi aclamado pela crítica que classificou o álbum como "o melhor álbum de uma ex-Spice Girl".

---- Em 13 de novembro de 2006, Emma Bunton volta para a música e lança o primeiro single de seu novo álbum “Life in Mono”, sendo esse single uma regravação de 1964 da cantora Petula Clarck, da música “Downtown”. O álbum foi lançado oficialmente no dia 4 de dezembro de 2006. Assim como o seu antecessor, “Life in Mono” apresenta sonoridade sessentista. Para o álbum em particular, os arranjos foram inspirados em músicas francesas dos anos 60. O álbum correspondeu às expectativas apenas pela sonoridade e surpreendeu a crítica pela ousadia. Das 14 músicas, 8 foram escritas por Emma. Infelizmente, o álbum teve pouca promoção após a cantora ter descoberto que estava grávida. Com a gravidez, ela também decidiu dar uma pausa na carreira, depois de lançar o cd e apenas mais um single.

---- Aqui no blog nós vamos fazer um especial sobre a cantora que vai ser da seguinte forma:
O clipe de “What I Am” é quem recebe a medalha de bronze.

Abaixo teremos mais dois clipes para vocês acompanharem a mudança em seu estilo, sendo eles “We’re not gonna sleep tonight” e “Crickets Sing For Anamaria”, isso para fechar o especial da Emma Bunton.

Video: 'WKRP in Cincinnati' Turkey Drop

A bit of humor....'HAPPY THANKSGIVING!'

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Condemned Prisoners Haunt Historical Courthouse Stairway

Something may be amidst in Decatur’s Old Courthouse building, now the home of DeKalb History Center.

Workers in the building have reported hearing voices, footsteps, and strange noises, mostly from one of the landmark ’s original staircases behind the guard’s desk.

Located in the Decatur Square, site of the “Battle of Decatur” during the Civil War, the Old Courthouse building has stood at its present location since 1898, but was damaged by fire in 1918.

Although the building was restored in the 1990s, one stairway and the granite walls outside were left intact. Fifty-nine steps lead up the three-story building into an attic space. Rooms along the stairway were once chambers behind the courtroom.

In a 1995 article “The Ghost & Mr. Kitchens,” published in the DeKalb History Center Newsletter, The Times of DeKalb, Vivian Price noted the stairway was the only one used to move prisoners to and from the courtroom.

“Members of the cleaning crew and others who have occasion to be in the building late at night have long said they hear footsteps or get a strong feeling they are not alone,” she reported.

The observations have captured the attention of employees currently working in the building.

“We’ve heard of things happening and people hearing different sounds or voices,” said Leslie Borger, Heritage Education and Rental coordinator, DeKalb History Center. “The five ladies who work in the downstairs offices don’t like being alone down there in the evenings or early mornings.”

The reports have been so convincing and unnerving, the DeKalb History Center participated in a paranormal investigation, by the Georgia Research of Apparitions, Sightings and the Paranormal (G.R.A.S.P.). “Our goal is to find logical explanations for illogical occurrences,” said the founder of G.R.A.S.P. Benjamin Carroll.

G.R.A.S.P. technicians on the evening of Nov. 15 set up audio recorders, an Electromagnetic Frequency Detector and a laser thermometer. Eight digital cameras were set throughout the building, ready to photograph any apparition, said Carroll, who described the other equipment used by his paranormal investigators.

He explained that infrared cameras photograph without light. The EFD determines “if there is an electrical problem or if a ghost is pulling energy out of the air,” Carroll explained. The laser thermometer will determine any sudden temperature shifts.

As the team of paranormal investigators divided into four groups of three members, they were cautioned to identify any sounds they may make on the evidence recordings by their own feet, such as accidentally bumping into doors or walls. Only the light of battery-operated flashlights illuminated the nighttime investigation.

They were also cautioned by Carroll not to become frightened if they encounter apparitions or feel sick, and most importantly, they were told to keep walkie-talkie radio communications to a minimum and to be respectful of the space they were entering.
No one present knew for sure what to expect.

“We go to find evidence to disprove or to debunk what’s suspected,” said Christian Tate, deputy director, G.R.A.S.P.

“We gather all of our evidence, and then we review it and try to debunk it, taking into consideration the building’s age and the current weather conditions. Most things are going to be debunked, but what’s not explainable is paranormal.”

“We want to try to get answers for people who experience things,” Tate continued. “High EMF can cause you to see things, make you paranoid, have hallucinations and even rashes. High EMF can also be spirits. We don’t go in looking for anything. We do our investigations afterwards.”

A preliminary walk through the targeted areas started on the first level of the “haunted” stairway, then up to the second floor into the Grand Courtroom and kitchen. The tour came to a halt on the third floor stairway landing.

“These are locations of the claims where there have been paranormal activities, such as voices, apparitions in the stairway and sudden temperature drops,” said Tate. “People believe this area is haunted. My whole life I’ve been sensitive to feeling things.

Definitely, the stairwell makes me nauseated. That’s how I feel when there is paranormal activity. I felt cold, sick and extremely sad in the stairway."

“With the history here, it’s definitely possible something is here,” Tate continued. “People died tragically in this space. A lot of people died so suddenly here, they don’t even realize they’re dead.

The main thing is if there is anything here, I want to communicate to them to move on. There must be something else better than a drafty stairway.”

No accounts of apparitions or voices were reported immediately following the paranormal investigation. More detailed findings will take G.R.A.S.P. about a week to unravel.


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Mas Que 'Secada'?

---- Hehehe! Confere aí a 'secada' que o “tiozinho” está dando na atriz Elisha Dushku em uma cerimônia do canal CNN realizada no fim de semana passado.

---- Hehehe! Mas que descarado, não? O pior, ao menos para ele, é que a secada foi bem no momento do “flash”. Quero ver explicar isso em casa depois! Xiii!!!

Photo: Hovering Bright White UFO - Florida

Witness states:

I'm a security officer. I patrol a plaza with various stores. On the time and date as stated, this is what I seen. It was around 11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. During one of my patrols, I happen to see a bright light in the sky towards the west of my location. I didn't think anything of it at the time. I went on continuing to patrol the area. I position myself in a different spot about every 15 to 20 min. and scout the area of the plaza. After positioning myself in a different spot, I happen to notice that the bright light was still in the sky in the same location, the time that had past from the first sight, in the 15 to 20 min. range. This continued until I decided to take a picture of it. At this point, it's not a big deal because I'm thinking it's just a star. I mean, it wasn't moving. About 30 min. to an hour later it was gone. At 3 pm, on my lunch break, I reviewed the photo and started enlarging the photo when as everytime the photo got bigger the detail of a star was not there. The light object started to turn in the shape of a hovering disk. I then noticed small black objects around the bright light object. I then called some friends to tell them I caught something in a photo, I sent them the photo. They told me to contact MUFON. Thank you for you time and please get back to me as to I would like to know what it is.


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Unknown 'Entity' Reported in Colonia Elia, Argentina

Very early in the morning on October 8, a team from Vision Ovni headed for the locality of Colonia Elia in the Province of Entre Rios to research the manifestations of a strange creature that appears in smallholds and fields, slaying farm animals as well as calves and sheep. This was the information presented to us by the national media, which had taken an interest in the story. It was thanks to this interest that we became aware of the case.

Once we had reached the site, 260 kilometers distant along Route 14, we entered Colonia Elia through a dirt road in search of the witnesses. As always, we employed an old but sure-fire strategy to get information. We stopped a man who was riding along on horseback, and he quickly indicated the location of the Restayno family home. This was the family that had witnessed the events involving the unusual creature.

The witnesses warmly welcomed us: they showed us evidence of the mutilations, which was among the reasons for our trip, and quickly told us the details of the occurrences.

A Summary of the Restayno Family’s Experiences

Manifestations of this entity began a year ago, around September 15, when they found a dead chicken beside the granary, displaying strange marks, and a large print on the ground (see photo of plaster cast, courtesy of Daniel Padilla, researcher). The family’s boys – Matias and Gabriel – fully knowledgeable about the animals that wander the fields, could not recognize the type of marks left on the chicken’s breast and much less identify the footprint found near the dead animal. In an effort to glean further evidence, they found tear marks, made as if by claws, in the back of the henhouse. The following night, early in the morning, the heard noises that prompted them to go outside to see what was happening. Matias, 16, was startled when he saw a bizarre figure scurry away among the vegetation at the back of the house; he described this figure as large (standing at least 1.70 meters) and swift in its getaway. Upon inspecting the henhouse, they found a dead chicken with a large rip in it chest.

From that moment on, the family’s boys would not have a normal life again, as each night turned into an episode of chase and attempted capture of this creature, which turned the family’s life into a strange adventure. According to ach family member, the “critter”, as they’ve dubbed it, seems more frightened than them. Whenever the possibility of an encounter exists, the reaction is always the same: flight.

All manner of snares have been laid out to trap this creature: otter traps, cages (lent by a neighbor who cares for endangered animals), and they even prepared a trap using old bedding elastic [...]. The creature was captured in each of these, but managed to free itself. The otter trap, however, inflicted serious injury, given that blood traces remained on the trap and on a nearby stone. These samples were taken for analytical purposes.

Manifestations have been constant. The witness see fleeting shadows and the entity’s claw-prints, such as the ones it left on a tree, as though it had used the wood to sharpen them, or its footsteps, which are easily seen because the boys, in their urge to secure evidence, began spreading ashes and rice powder around the henhouses.

The best was yet to come, and it would happen inside the house at three o’clock in the morning. Matias heard a noise behind the kitchen but within his home. This experience allowed Matias to clearly see the entity that had been engaged in the chicken mutilations. We managed to obtain an oral picture of the creature. We showed him a series of figures from our files, and he identified one of them as very similar, and based on that, he outlined the description of what confronted him that night.

He seized his carbine (.22 caliber) and quickly headed to the front of the house. When he drew the curtain of the room that houses his mother’s pantry and the cheese-making churns, he found the “critter” on top of the freezer, clearly intending to grab the churn. Matias’s immediate reaction was to fire, which he did four times without wounding it. The animal jumped through a window, spilling chicken entrails throughout the room.


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Weird UFO Photographed Over Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, UK

This photo was taken by a 23-year-old man living in the Park Road area of Wisbech just over a week ago.

The man, who does not want to be named, caught this unusual light formation in the skies over his home as he watched them silently move over Wisbech with a group of neighbours.

The picture was taken between 9pm and 9.30pm last Monday (November 17).

He has been left shaken by the 'weird' incident.

The man's father said: "He told me all about it, and showed me the pictures he had taken on his phone. I have always sort of believed in UFOs anyway, but this picture certainly looks convincing.

"My son said there were five or six other people watching with him and none of them could quite believe what they were seeing.

"None of them thought it was a plane. There was no noise when it moved. My son is still unsure about whether or not it really is a UFO but it is certainly intriguing."


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Sasquatch Audio Voice Compilation

Very nice compilation of Sasquatch yells and screams.


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Scientists Discover 21st Century Black Plague

A new plague which jumps from rats to humans has been discovered by scientists.

Fears are growing that increasing numbers of brown rats - the most common kind in Europe - are carrying a strain of bacteria that can cause serious illness in humans from heart disease to infection of the spleen and nervous system.

The new strain of bacteria called Bartonella rochalimae is spread between rats by fleas, Taiwanese researchers have said.

It was first discovered in an American woman with an enlarged spleen who had recently travelled to Peru.

'This event raised concern that it could be a newly emerged zoonotic pathogen,' said Professor Chao-Chin Chang from the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan.

'Therefore, we decided to investigate further to understand if rodents living close to human environment could carry this bacteria.'

Scientists have found that rodents carry several pathogenic species of Bartonella, such as B. elizabethae, which can cause inflammation of the heart and B. grahamii, which causes inflammation of the retina and optic nerve of the eye.

'By analysing the DNA of the bacteria, we discovered a strain that is most closely related to B. rochalimae, which has been isolated recently from a human infection in the United States,' said Professor Chang.

Researchers took samples from 58 rats and mice.

Six of the rodents were found to be carrying Bartonella bacteria; five of these were brown rats.

Four of the rodents were carrying B. elizabethae, which can cause heart disease in humans, and one of the black rats was found to be harbouring B. tribocorum.

However, scientists noticed one strain that had not been identified in rodents previously. The strain was finally shown to be Bartonella rochalimae.

Professor Change said the results raised concerns about the existence of a 21st century plague.

'This certainly warrants further investigation,' he said.

The Black Death was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, widely thought to have been caused by a bacterium named Yersinia pestis, or Bubonic plague.

It was spread by rodents in the 14th century and centuries after that, killing an estimated 75 million people worldwide.


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Strange 'Black Egg' UFO With Tail - Captured From Airliner

Witness statement:

On October 8, 2008 I was flying to Oakland, CA from Chicago, IL. About half way into the flight, or a little more, I was bored and just started staring out the window as we were flying over the Mountain States. I soon realized a black egg flying around the same height as the plane was. It had a ghostly black tail (my first thought was that it was a plane on fire!) and was smoothly flying near the plane, as if it was supposed to be there.

Curious, I started taking pictures of it, so I could later zoom in and see it clearer. I remember looking around and not seeing anyone else notice it...and I didn't say anything to anyone. I remember thinking "If this is a dangerous object...the pilot would know, right?"

Then I took a video of the Egg as it changed directions to be perpendicular to the plane. Any suspicions of falling asteroids were immediately they can't change directions...or fly.

It seemed like the tail got bigger and bigger as the Egg flew away from us. I tried to convince myself that it was some militaristic plane, as we were over one of the Mountain States where they could do testings.

But it didn't seem right...I really think that what I saw was unexplainable.


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Video: Large Triangle UFO - Fountain Hills, Arizona

Video of a large triangle UFO with various lights captured over the McDowell Mountains, Fountain Hills, Arizona. No date or other information given.


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Monstro Marinho

---- Uma criatura muito estranha foi encontrada morta na costa africana. A espécie ainda não definida apresentava um porte avantajado, patas, uma possível causa e o mais surpreendente para uma criatura aquática, pêlos. Confere aí pelas imagens!

---- Os cientistas locais que examinaram a criatura disseram que já tinham visto a espécie antes, mas que não têm a menor idéia de como defini-la. O monstro marinho continua sendo uma incógnita para a ciência.
---- Credo!!! Fato é que nas profundezas do oceano é extremamente complicado de chegar. Vai saber o que existe por lá e as espécies que ainda não foram identificas. Não estamos sozinhos? Hehe!

Video: UFO Captured Near Eilat, Israel - November 24, 2008

Video of an unusual UFO on the horizon during daylight near Eilat, Israel. Our records indicate that there was a UFO sighting recorded in the same general area in 2006. The object is stationary and seems to fade in and out of view with an occasional flash.


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Austin, Texas Planetarium Investigating Unusual UFOs

The Austin Planetarium is now investigating some strange sights in the sky - caught on tape. An astronomy expert is calling them unidentified flying objects - UFOs.

Some men who live in a Central Austin apartment building say they've seen bizarre things in the sky for months, but lately it's been more frequent. The men recorded their sightings on home video. Experts from the Austin Planetarium visited the apartment building area Friday night to see if they could also spot the objects.

Nothing appeared in the sky Friday that would convert any skeptics. But the home video show by Carl Lancaster and Doug McCullough may raise questions in some people's minds.

"Sometimes they go fast, sometimes they go slow. They make no noise," said McCullough.

McCullough and Lancaster aren't sure what they captured on video. The executive director of the Austin Planetarium doesn't know either.

"It doesn't look like anything I can recognize," said Torvald Hessel.

Hessel, an astronomer, says the objects don't move like an airplane.

"There's a military base close by, so that would be possible, and they are not going to tell you if they're flying something special," said Hessel.

But Hessel doesn't think the shapes are weather balloons, comets, or shooting stars.

"It's an unidentified flying object," said Hessel. "I'm not saying it's little green men at all. It's just something we see flying in the air, and we don't know what it is."

The Austin Planetarium plans to try to enhance the video to see if some answers can be identified. The video enhancement will take a few days at least. In the meantime, Lancaster and McCullough say they'll keep watching the sky.

Lancaster and McCullough say they first saw the objects back in April, then didn't see them again until September. They tell CBS 42 they've consistently seen the objects since then.


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'Strange' Family Insist Sofa is Haunted

Never mind things that go bump in the night - one Strange family reckons it's got a ghost in its sofa.

Receptionist Christine Strange, of Bristol, England, says her couch has started making weird noises that are getting louder and louder.

"One Sunday morning I sat down on it with a cup of tea and suddenly heard this odd squeaky noise," she said.

"I thought I must be going mad but Poppy, my Yorkshire terrier, heard it too.

"She started sniffing around but then got scared and ran away.

"It could be an alien for all we know. The noise is getting louder and louder. I’m scared it’s going to come bursting out one evening while we’re watching TV."

The Sun reports husband Nigel, 54, refuses to sit on the sofa.

But experts say Britain is suffering a bad dose of supernatural apparitions.

Nick Pope - described as a former X Files expert for Britain's Ministry of Defence - said: “There are more UFO sightings and more reports of other weird phenomena than I can recall from any previous year.”


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Scientology Guards Kill Sword-Wielding Man Outside Celebrity Centre

A security guard at a Scientology building in Hollywood has shot dead a man brandishing two Samurai swords, apparently a former member of the controversial church.

The unidentified man approached three guards around 1.30pm yesterday in the car park of the Scientology Celebrity Centre, reportedly swinging the weapons and making threatening sounds. Police said he was “close enough to hurt them” when one of the guards shot him, Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Terry S. Hara said.

The man, in his forties, was taken to hospital where he died from his wounds.

Surveillance footage confirmed the guards’ claim that they had acted in self-defence, police said. However officers are investigating whether the guard, from a private security firm, was licensed to carry a weapon.

The would-be attacker had a previous relationship with the Church of Scientology though his exact motive is as yet unclear.

The video showed the man pulling up at the building in a red convertible, then approaching the guards with a sword in each hand, Mr Hara said.

“The evidence itself, it’s very, very clear,” he continued. “The security officers were defending their safety.”

A teenager who saw the man arrive told The Los Angeles Times that he was bald and had tattoos on his arms. Tony Marquez, 17, said he stopped the car abruptly in the driveway and climbed out with a 5-foot sword in his hand and an angry expression on his face. He walked toward the building, before returning to the car to get the other sword. Mr Marquez, from Ontario, said he thought the man was part of a "show" and entered the building before the shooting began.

Detective Wendi Berndt said the man was involved with the church a long time ago. “There was a previous relationship, but it is unclear to what degree,” she said.

The Celebrity Centre includes a seven-story Norman-revival landmark that towers over the Hollywood freeway and used to be a residential hotel for movie stars.

The castle-like facility now serves as “a home for the artist, a place where he can come and learn, attend seminars, meet other artists and even perform at our many showcases and events,” according to the centre’s website.

The Church of Scientology was established in 1945 by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard and now claims 10 million members around the world, including celebrity devotees Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kirsty Allie.

It has attracted controversy for its belief system – which teaches that people’s immortal souls, or thetans, lived among extraterrestrial cultures before being trapped in human bodies on Earth by the galactic dictator Xenu 75 million years ago. It has also faced repeated accusations of harassment, smear campaigns and even violence against former members and critics and is currently fighting a lawsuit in France over allegations of fraud and misleading publicity.

In recent years, Scientology has found itself under attack from the group Anonymous, an internet-organised global movement which has declared a “war” on the church. Anonymous forums and message boards were today buzzing with speculation over the shooting, suggesting that the man was either a member of a more militant anti-Scientology group or a disturbed individual acting alone, but anticipating accusations of Anonymous involvement.

Top 30 - 04ª Posição

____ E nessa semana aqui no Top 30, já na 4ª posição, teremos a rainha do pop. Sim! Madonna recebe a 4ª posição em meio a muito tumulto. Sim! Se o Top 30 começasse hoje, ela estaria mais abaixo, mas também porque sua vida pessoal anda meio complicada, vida essa que sempre teve polêmicas. Confere aí nosso resumo Madonna!
____ Madonna desde cedo começou a passar por problemas. Sua mãe morreu de câncer de mama quando ela tinha cinco anos. Contra a vontade do pai, Madonna começa a ter aulas de dança aos catorze anos. Ela fez parte de uma banda, porém esta não durou muito tempo. “Madonna: The First Album” foi o primeiro álbum de sua carreira em 1982, mas foi apenas em 1985 o grande sucesso. “Like A Virgin”, seu segundo álbum, é lançado em novembro de 1984 e a faixa título apresentada no primeiro MTV Video Music Awards onde Madonna surgiu de um bolo vestida de noiva, seguindo uma performance na qual a cantora acabaria por rolar pelo chão. A apresentação foi considerada muito ousada para os padrões da época e a imagem de Madonna ficou marcada por tal episódio. A música permaneceu durante seis semanas no topo das paradas de sucesso.

____ Em 1985 Madonna conquistou fama mundial com os sucessos "Material Girl" e "Crazy for You". Em 1989 é lançado o álbum “Like a Prayer” onde o videoclipe da faixa título do disco gerou polêmica pelo fato da artista se envolver romanticamente com um santo negro em uma igreja, com referências a símbolos do catolicismo, como os estigmas de Cristo. Além de dançar sensualmente com cruzes queimando ao fundo, o clipe da canção acabou por motivar os executivos da marca de refrigerantes Pepsi a cancelar um comercial que a cantora gravou com a canção como trilha. Outros sucessos desse álbum foram "Express Yourself" e "Cherish". Algum tempo depois Madonna lançou a sua primeira coletânea de sucessos chamada “The Immaculate Collection”. Além de quinze sucessos dos anos 80, Madonna incluiu duas novas canções, "Justify My Love" escrita e produzida em parceira com Lenny Kravitz e "Rescue Me".
O videoclipe de "Justify My Love" foi banido na MTV devido ao seu conteúdo erótico.
____ Em 1992 o polêmico “Erótica” é lançado, de onde foram extraídos sucessos como "Deeper and Deeper", "Rain" e a própria faixa título, de novo acompanhada por um vídeo controverso devido ao seu conteúdo erótico. No ano seguinte a cantora visitaria pela primeira vez o Brasil com sua turnê "The Girlie Show", com shows esgotados nos estádios do Morumbi e do Maracanã. Depois da controvérsia, Madonna lança um novo álbum, dessa vez mais calmo e romântico. “Bedtime Stories” é lançado em 1994 com grandes sucessos como "Secret", "Take a Bow", "Bedtime Story" e uma canção na qual a artista se dirige a todos os que a criticaram anteriormente, "Human Nature" onde ela canta “Ops, eu não sabia que não poderia falar de sexo, não estou arrependida, é a natureza humana”.
____ Em 1998, depois de quatro anos sem lançar um álbum inédito, Madonna reaparece aparentemente mais madura, com um estilo musical novo. O álbum “Ray of Light” reflete influências da música Techno com toques de guitarra e violão em camadas de produção do estilo chamado ambient, misturados com uma estética de cunho místico extraída de religiões como o hinduísmo e budismo, bem como da tradição mística do judaísmo, a Cabala, da qual se tornou uma estudiosa. "Frozen", "Ray of Light", "The Power of Goddbye" e "Nothing Really Matters" foram os sucessos mundias. Em 2000 Madonna lançou “Music”, ainda com influências eletrônicas, porém numa estética country. Do álbum foram retirados mais dois singles, "Don´t Tell Me" e "What It Feels Like For a Girl". No mesmo ano Madonna casou com o cineasta inglês Guy Ritchie que recentemente anunciaram a separação cheia de farpas para todos os lados.

____ Em 2003, influenciada pelo clima de pré-guerra entre os Estados Unidos e o Iraque, “American Life” é lançado, álbum esse com uma mensagem mais política e crítica, em cuja capa e encarte Madonna se inspira em Che Guevara. O seu primeiro single, "American Life", teve seu clipe proibido de passar na televisão um dia após seu lançamento pela própria cantora, alegando respeito aos soldados da guerra. “American Life” é o grande fracasso da carreira de Madonna se considerarmos os baixos índices de vendas. Apesar das vendas fracas, as faixas “Love profusion” e “Hollywood” se destacam nas paradas musicais deste período, esta última canção foi interpretada por Madonna na cerimônia dos "MTV Video Awards", numa versão "remix", acompanhada por Britney Spears e Christina Aguilera. Vestidas de noivas, as duas jovens artistas recriaram a atuação de Madonna de há vinte anos atrás com "Like a Virgin", tendo Madonna assumido a personagem de noivo, com a participação da rapper Missy Elliot. Nesta ocasião Madonna beijou as duas cantoras na boca, um ato que alguns interpretaram como uma referência de apoio ao casamento entre pessoas do mesmo sexo.

____ Em Novembro de 2005 Madonna lançou o seu novo disco chamado “Confessions on a Dance Floor” que, segundo a crítica, é um dos melhores álbuns de sua carreira. O álbum estreou em 1º lugar em 41 países, tornando-se o disco que estreou em 1º lugar em mais países em toda a história. “Confessions On A Dance Floor” vendeu mais de 10 milhões de cópias no mundo. O primeiro single e faixa de abertura do disco foi “Hung Up” que contém "samples" da canção “Gimme Gimme Gimme” dos ABBA. “Hung Up” ficou em 1º lugar em 47 países, tornando-se a música que ficou nessa posição em mais países na história, quebrando o recorde dos Beatles. Em Março de 2006 foi lançado o segundo single do álbum, "Sorry". Seguiu-se "Get Together" em Junho, e "Jump", no Outono de 2006.

____ “Hard Candy”, o novo disco possui uma nova sonoridade R&B e Hip-Hop mesclados e unidos ao Pop e Dance no estilo mais anos 80. O primeiro single do novo álbum foi "4 Minutes", o segundo single é “Give It 2 Me”. Atualmente a nova música de trabalho da cantora é a faixa “Miles away”. Aqui, o motivo que faz Madonna receber a 4ª posição são os clipes do álbum “Confessions On A Dance Floor”, um dos melhores álbuns que possuo. Por aqui, vamos assistir ao clipe de “Hung Up”.
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