Crítica do simpático Grande Menina, Pequena Mulher

Várzea Grande-MT. 01 de Outubro de 2009. 00:50am..

...E mais um post (in)útil.


A seguir, uma adorável fita bobinha.

Bom e Descartável.

ed. 009.

Grande Menina, Pequena Mulher (Uptown Girls, 2003). dir: Boaz Yakin.



Não são poucos os filmes cujo temática diz respeito a adultos que insistem em se comportarem como adolescentes. Seguindo o estilo, o ator-roteirista Seth Green e o parceiro Judd Apatow (O Virgem de 40 Anos, 2005) remodelaram o tema. Grande Menina, Pequena Mulher não tem o grau de inteligência e grosseria dos filmes da dupla citada acima; pelo contrario: transmite a premissa de maneira inofensiva e um tanto sentimental.


Não há exageros em dar credito maior a caracterização feita por Brittany Murphy (A Agenda Secreta do Meu Namorado, 2004), interpretando uma riquinha que da noite para o dia, se vê falida. Para reverter a situação, acaba sendo indicada para ser a babysitter de Lorrayne “Ray” (Dakotta Fanning, de chamas da Vingança, 2003), uma menina de oito anos mal humorada e com neuroses de gente adulta. De instável, a relação entre elas vai aos poucos se transformando numa boa amizade ao ponto de mudar o caráter de ambas: Molly (Brittany), de descolada a responsável; e Ray, de sisuda e autoritária a sorridente e companheira.




Ok, não deixa de ser uma fita previsível. Mais ainda sim, um feel good movie de menor magnitude. Vale pela química e simpatia da dupla.






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Dentre as novidades, destaco um novo cartaz para o premiado documentário Capitalism: A Love Story, do barulhento e oscarizado Michael Moore. Desse vez, o alvo do diretor é as causas e consequências da famigerada crise econômica mundial. É provável que a estreia nos cines brazucas seja em fins de novembro.

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Volto em breve para mais comentários e novidades. Boa quinta-feira a todos, um abraço e até mais.


Dia do Cinéfilo Inútil. Um viva a (in)utilidade dos cinéfilos.

Índice: Outubro

---- Blog das Estranhas Verdades relativas começa outubro com várias coisas pessoais consumindo meu tempo, mas nem por isso as coisas ficarão monótonas por aqui já que nesse mês teremos muita, mas muitas coisas bacanas por aqui. Confere aí nosso guia, o nosso famoso Índice Mensal!

---- Teremos dois especiais nesse mês. É claro que um deles é musical e o outro é polêmico! Hehehe! No especial musical, apenas clipes revoltados passarão por aqui. Sabe aquela música com aquela pegada pesada, com a letra pesada, com batidas pesadas? Será que ela passará por aqui? Quem quiser dar algumas sugestões, sinta-se á vontade tanto comentando nas postagens, quando mandando um e-mail para estranhasverdadesrelativas@ymail.com que eu leio e respondo.

---- Falando nisso, mande idéias, críticas, sugestões, enfim, o que vocês quiserem para nosso e-mail. Gosto muito dos recados que vocês mandam, mesmo sendo poucos. Eu leio e respondo! Nova enquete no ar nesse mês de outubro que começa frio e chuvoso. Na pergunta desse mês, perguntamos quais características você acha ter das citadas na nossa listagem. Qual será o tipo de personalidade das pessoas que passam por aqui?

---- Teremos mais revoltas em textos já que esse vai ser o mês das revoltas, mais quadros como alfinetadas, dica musical, fundo do baú, assuntos extras, misto quente e os tradicionais quadros mensais. Ah! É claro que eu vou revelar qual é o outro especial polêmico que vamos ter por aqui. Nesse mês de outubro será o mês do ‘sexo’ por aqui com postagens falando nesse assunto quente e saudável. Vocês não perdem por esperar! Até mais!

Photos: What Was 'The Dartmoor Demon'?



In the summer of 2007, a strange creature was photographed on the Hound Tor near Dartmoor, Devonshire. Since that time, there have been no reported sightings. There have been tales of the 'Dartmoor Beast' and 'Beast of Exmoor', a supposed big cats that roamed the area. A cat-like animal was videotaped in May 2008 (below). This latest sighting was of something no one could could identify. What was the 'Dartmoor Demon'?...Lon

Legend has it that a four-legged fiend with glowing eyes and a blood-curdling howl stalks this very spot.

Which makes these pictures of a mystery creature taken near Hound Tor on Dartmoor more intriguing than ever.

Seen only yards away from a party of schoolchildren, the animal has a thick, shaggy coat, rounded ears and large front limbs which would be powerful enough to tear human flesh.

Some say it is a wild dog or cat. More fanciful theories include wolverine or bear.

Whatever its identity, the Beast of Dartmoor is giving some farmers sleepless nights because they fear it will prey on their stock.

Falconer Martin Whitley, who photographed the creature, said: "It was walking along a path about 200 yards away from me.

"It was black and grey and comparable in size to a miniature pony. It had very thick shoulders, a long, thick tail with a blunt end and small round ears.

"Its movements appeared feline, then bear-like sprang to mind. There was a party climbing on the tor opposite making a racket but it ignored them completely."

A pack of spectral dogs known as the Whist Hounds or Hounds of Hell is said to roam the area according to local folklore, which inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write the Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles.

The author is said to have been inspired by the legend of Squire Richard Cabell, a keen hunter from Brook Manor, Buckfastleigh.

The squire was rumoured to have sold his soul to the Devil and after he died on July 5, 1677, a phantom pack of black hunting dogs with glowing red eyes is said to have raced across Dartmoor on the night of his interment, breathing fire and howling at his tomb.

According to local legend, the demonic hounds have roamed the moor ever since and can often be seen around the anniversary of his death prowling around the grave trying to get the promised soul for the Devil.

The founder of the national research network Big Cats in Britain, Mark Fraser, said: "It looks like a wolverine or a bear in some shots and a big wild dog in others. It is a very strange animal."

Mr Whitley is adamant that the creature is not a wild dog.

He added: "I have worked with dogs all my life and it was definitely not that.

"I have seen a collie-sized black cat in the area about ten years ago and it was not that - this was a lot bigger.

"You would be surprised at the number of people who have seen black big cats and something resembling a small bear in the area over the course of the years."

Disappointingly for those who possess a vivid imagination, the most likely explanation yesterday was that the Beast is nothing more supernatural than a large and hairy wild boar.

North Devon farmer Al Dedames lost more than 100 of his stock of boar in December 2005 when animal rights activists raided his farm and destroyed fencing.

Since then, more than half are thought to have died in road traffic accidents or been shot by farmers or hunters.

But those which survived have bred and up to 175 are said to be roaming the wilds of Devon and Somerset.

Sources:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
http://www.forteantimes.com/
http://www.bigcatsinbritain.org/


NOTE: in May 2008, a large maned animal was videotaped in Dartmoor (below). At first glance, it reminds me of an African maned lion...Lon


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Mystery Surrounds Dartmoor Photo


bbc.co.uk - A photograph of an animal taken on Dartmoor is "almost certainly" not a big cat, according to a local expert.

The picture was taken by falconer Martin Whitley, who stumbled across the creature by accident near Hound Tor.

The area inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles, but Mr Whitley said there was "definitely nothing supernatural" about the animal.

But Danny Bamping, founder of the British Big Cats Society, said he "just couldn't see it" being a big cat.

Mr Whitley, who owns Dartmoor Hawking, was taking a group of American tourists for a "hawk walk" last month when the animal was spotted about 200 yards (183m) away.

"One of the tourists started pointing and said 'what's that'," he said.

'A lot bigger'

"We watched it for about 400 yards as it came closer. It was in no hurry and seemed completely indifferent to us.

"There was a group of kids on a nearby tor making quite a racket and it ignored them too."

Mr Whitley, who was born and brought up in the area, said he has no real idea what the animal was, but is certain it was not a cat or a dog.

"I've seen a big cat on the moor before. It was 10 years ago and it was about the size of a collie - this was a lot bigger.

"Later we put a German short-hair pointer in the same spot. It's about 25 inches to the shoulder and this beast was at least an inch taller and utterly dwarfed it in bulk.

"It was definitely nothing supernatural - ghosts don't jump puddles and this one did."

Mr Whitley said his pictures have proved popular with hotel guests at Lewtrenchard Manor, who have been asking him to provide more "beast tours".

Big cat expert Mr Bamping raised doubts about it being a cat-like animal.

"I've studied the pictures and I just can't see it being a big cat," he told BBC News.

NOTE: I received a message from a reader who stated that this creature was a Newfoundland dog that a resident would let roam the area unleashed. I can go along with that....but, no disrespect to Newfoundland dog owners, that is the ugliest Newfoundland dog I've ever seen!...Lon

Edmonton Hotel's Ghostly Guests Have Not Checked Out

edmontonsun.com - Spirits may be lurking at a once luxurious west-end hotel.

Staff have reported TVs, toasters and microwaves being unplugged sporadically at the former Saxony Motor Inn, now a Howard Johnson Hotel, 15540 Stony Plain Rd.

Unexplained footsteps in stairwells and bangs on the doors have also been heard.

The strange events have piqued the interest of a local ghost hunter, who's launched a paranormal investigation at the inn.

After speaking with several chambermaids and guests, Sean Seerey, a veteran tarot card reader and hospitality consultant at the hotel, did a late-night reading in a second-floor suite.

While he did the reading, Seerey said the room became so cold he could see his breath.

"It was 23 or 24 degrees outside that night and I could see my breath (in the room)," said Seerey, 45.

The Saxony was a posh 40-room Spanish-style hotel when it opened in 1966.

But over the years, its high-class facade crumbled.

In the 1980s a strip club operated at the inn and later, a bingo hall.

On Dec. 21, 1990, Lorraine Wray, a 46-year-old masseuse, was found strangled in the bathroom of her business, a massage studio in a strip mall attached to the hotel.

"Spirits are either lost or they're observing something or they've got an agenda they need to accomplish before they move on," said Seerey.

While walking through the halls during late shifts, Seerey says he felt a spirit move through his body. He says he's also smelled rose perfume.

Front desk manager Debbie Hart says longtime staff members speak of a trick-playing spirit named Bob who lives at the hotel.

Over the years at the hotel, staff recall lights flickering in the lounge, footsteps in the stairwell when no one is there, and knocks on doors.

"The older staff say it's Bob playing again," said Hart.

Hotels are hotspots for hauntings, said Barbara Smith, author of four Ghost Stories of Alberta books.

"Hauntings seem to be connected with strong emotion which is a form of energy," said Smith

Report: Three Foot Tall TriPed Object, Man-Size 'Praying Mantis' - Philadelphia, PA

(Witness drawing)

MUFON witness statement: "On 8-15-2009 at 2:45am I was buzzed for about 5 seconds by a 4 foot round luminescent orb on the roof of the building that I work in, in Philadelphia . It materialized about a foot away from me, blocking my way and making a buzzing sound, it then took off and dematerialized in approximately a 6 feet distance. At this time I decided to turn around and leave the roof.

I found a photo of the object here. http://www.ufoarea.com/aas_ufophiladelphia.html

About an hour later at 3:45am I was walking through a machine room on the roof, near the same location of the orb, when I encountered a 3 foot tall triped creature. It was standing by an electrical transformer looking up at the conduits. I observed it for about 30 seconds from a distance of four feet before it turned around and noticed me. I was looking down at it! It had a beautiful baby blue eye which was moving rapidly, just one, a long eye lid and rubbery looking legs with bulbous feet. I could see it was starting to panic because it started stomping his feet like a mad skunk or jumping up and down and making a high pitch squeaking sound almost like a cats toy. I was blocking it’s way to the open roll up door leading to the roof behind me. I put up an open hand in a gesture to let it know that I wouldn’t hurt it and backed up towards a different part of the machine room, away from it’s path to the door, but kept my eye on the creature. I watched it walking down the isle slowly when it started to move. It stopped where I had turned to get out of its way, it then turned and looked me over for a couple of seconds. I couldn’t help myself and started to laugh at it. I felt like a child who saw a monkey for the first time or something! I got the impression that it was thanking me but I think I also offended it because it started to leer at me and it's eye changed to a lighter color. I could be wrong, it may have took a bow! The triped then took off running in the direction of the door disappearing behind machinery in the area. I didn't feel threatened in any way by this creature but I was quite sure that cornering it was a bad idea! In hindsight of this encounter I'm left with a feeling a of wonder. The buildings electrical generator was permanently shut down about a year ago.

On this same morning I'm doing my paper work in the control booth, and a larger than man sized Praying Mantis comes up to the window and just stairs at me for about a minute. I did not feel comfortable with this encounter considering the nature of this kind of insect. I sat there and didn’t move a muscle until it left. I have also heard screeching sounds in the roof machine room, in the direction of the roll up door which made my hair stand up on the back of my neck around the same time for 2 nights.

The next night 8-16-09 I'm mopping the floor in the machine room, on the roof and I come back to the sink to fill my bucket and there was a little springs and clip neatly arranged next to each other on the floor in front of the sink. I think the triped came back. There was no one else in the machine room. Was it trying to tell me something, were they gifts or was it trying to help me? I don’t know. Its a mystery! The triped may have been back the next night too, but I didn’t see it! It had moved stuff around like a toddler would have. It was into everything exploring I guess.

On 8-18-09 at around 3:00am I was witness to a giant bird above Eakins Oval with a 40 foot wing span or better, it had rectangle shaped wings and no tail feathers, I didn't see any feet or head either. All I could make out was the huge wings with all of the feathers moving in the breeze and there were hundreds of them, there were no primary feathers that I could see. It looked like a enormous kite. I'm a bird watcher and never seen a bird like this before. I was really quite fed up with all the paranormal stuff happening to me at this time so I watched it for about 4 minuets and decided to just ignored it and go on about my business before it did something really weird and unexplainable. "Wow " A Sumerian god come to earth! An angle maybe? I can take see an alien off my bucket list! Nothing else has happened since."

NOTE: well, I don't know what to make of this...one of the strangest reports I've seen on the MUFON site. Take it for what it's worth. Maybe there will be more details by the witness later...Lon

Jailed Hacker Locks Down Prison Computer

theregister.co.uk - A UK prison computer system was left in lockdown after jail bosses gave a convicted cybercriminal the task of reprogramming it.

Douglas Havard, 27, an inmate at Ranby Prison, Nottinghamshire, was asked to take over a project to create an internal TV station using the jail's computer network. Havard is half-way through a six year term over his involvement in a £6.5m hacking and phishing scam, something the prison governors must have reckoned gave him the requisite computer programming skills.

Havard, originally from the US, was jailed in 2005 after he was convicted for running the UK end of an international phishing scam estimated to have netted up to £6.5m. The American and partner in crime Lee Elwood, 25, were jailed after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to launder money.

Data dumps of compromised credit card and bank account details were sent over from Russia to Havard, who used this information to fraudulently purchase goods online. These goods were then sold in online auctions by UK-based affiliates with the proceeds, less Havard's cut, sent back to Russia. The duo were involved in credit card counterfeiting and active on underground websites such as carderplanet and shadowcrew, according to investigators.

Havard and Elwood were arrested following a National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) investigation into eastern European phishing fraudsters.

After he was reportedly left unsupervised during the prison programming project, Havard spent his time altering system passwords so that everyone else was locked out. Prison bosses had to hire external consultants to sort out the resulting mess. Meanwhile Havard was put into segregation as punishment.

Another inmate at Ranby Prison recently managed to get a key cut that was capable of opening every door at the jail.

A Prison Service spokesman told the Sunday Mirror that the computer breach at Ranby was under investigation. He denied that lags were given unsupervised access and added: "The prisoner was not able to access records of any other prisoners."

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Crítica do mais-ou-menos Fay Grim



Várzea Grande-MT. 30 de Setembro de 2009. 00:30am...


...E mais um post (in)útil.


Dando sequencia ao quadro Indicados e Premiados, um policial de humor negro bastante comentado no circuito alternativo.


Indicados e Premiados


ed. 6.3


Fay Grim (idem, 2006). Dir: Hal Hartley.




Confesso: as vezes, me sinto burro ao assistir determinada fita. seria o enredo demasiado complicada ou incompetência minha? De qualquer forma, preciso ver com urgência “As Confissões de Henry Fool”, para assim, descrever observações finais melhores. Fay Grim era esposa de um problemático escritor, Henry, suspeito de encabeçar uma lista de procurados pela CIA. Junto do irmão Simon, do filho Ned e de um agente da CIA, Fay vai fazendo descobertas sobre a verdadeira persona de Henry Fool – o nome faz alusão a um interessante conto árabe.


É notável as influencias do diretor Hartley (Tarantino, Lumet, Soderbergh e, principalmente, os Irmãos Coen) nessa trama improvável e curiosíssima. Como ponto forte, muito humor negro e sutil na construção de uma inteligente crítica acerca dos equívocos norte-americanos durante a guerra fria. O elenco em si parece despojado e espontâneo, especialmente Parkey Posey, muito segura no personagem-título. Enfim, uma surpresa.

 
 
 



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Provavelmente já viram os novos cartazes do filme Lua Nova (The Twilight Saga: New Moon, 2009) ontem pela manhã. Cada um deles, enfatiza os grupos principais da trama: vampiros do “Bem” (interpretados por Robert Pattinson e cia.); os nativos misteriosos ( Jacob Lautner e os demais); e os vampiros do “mal” (aqui, personificados por Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning e cia.). Peço desculpas aos fãs tanto do livro quanto da adaptação cinematográfica. Mas não consigo conter os risos olhando para a caracterização feita por Sheen, no papel do líder de um clã de “chupadores de sangue oriundos da Itália”. Certamente deve ter se divertido horrores com o personagem – ou não! De qualquer forma, tenho muita curiosidade a respeito da tribo Quileute. Tanto aqui no Brasil quanto nos EUA, a fita tem estreia marcada para o dia 20 de Novembro.
 
 

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Também conferi agora a pouco o poster do drama de guerra The Messenger, dirigido pelo pouco conhecido Oren Moverman. De qualquer forma, é interessante ficarmos atentos a esse título com relação a premiações futuras, já que a obra foi vencedora do Urso de Prata em Berlin na categoria melhor roteiro). A fita estréia nos cines gringos no dia 30 de outubro.


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Também vi o segundo – e divertidíssimo – trailer da animação de Wes Anderson, The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Já vi que a briga pelo oscar de animação será uma das melhores desde a criação do premio em 2001: Ponyo, Up!, Meatballs, Coraline, A Christmas Carol e Monsters vs Aliens...Todos com boas chances. Veremos.

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Volto amanha pra mais comentários e novidades sobre trailers e pôsteres. Um abraço a todos, boa quarta-feira e até mais.


Dia do Cinéfilo Inútil. Um viva a (in)utilidade dos Cinéfilos.


Ajude a publicar o link nos agregadores abaixo.


Misto Quente: Catástrofes, Enquête das Séries e Relógio Estresse

---- E é claro que uma última postagem fechando o mês de Setembro teria que rolar. Misto Quente é a pedida para essa noite fria de terça-feira. Vamos aos assuntos do dia, digo, da noite!
---- Votação encerrada, Supernatural foi a série mais votada pelas pessoas que quiseram votar já que temos uma média boa de acessos. Gossip Girl ficou em segundo lugar e Two and the Half Men em terceiro. Smallville, Lost, Arquivo X, One Tree Hill, Friends e Fringe também receberam votos. Parece que os fãs de SPN dão uma passadinha rápida por aqui. Que bom!
---- Uma novidade bem bacana vem da China. Uma empresa chinesa desenvolveu um relógio de pulso que, além de fornecer as horas, é capaz de medir o nível de estresse das pessoas. Sensores identificam a freqüência cardíaca e a temperatura corporal. Quanto mais elevado estes dois índices estiverem, maior o grau de tensão. Se o display ganha tons quentes como rosa, vermelho e laranja é sinal que está na hora de desacelerar. Basta a pessoa se acalmar para o visor mudar de cor e ganhar tons de azul. Que bacana!!!

---- Continuando na praia das catástrofes naturais, uma nova ‘tsunami’ atingiu a Oceania deixando até então mais de 100 mortos. O tremor ocorreu às 6h48, hora local de Somoa, país atingido pelas novas ondas, 14h48 no horário de Brasília, segundo o Centro de Estudos Geológicos dos EUA. O epicentro localizou-se no mar, a 195 quilômetros de Ápia, capital de Samoa. Inicialmente, a agência havia avaliado a intensidade do abalo em 7,9, na escala de momento, mas depois revisou para 8. A Defesa Civil da Nova Zelândia avaliou o tremor em 8,3 graus na escala Richter. Clicando aqui você pode conferir a matéria completa no site da Globo onde também tem as maiores tragédias da história da humanidade.
---- Bom! Setembro fica por aqui! Até Outubro! Valeu por tudo!

Video: Spanish Military Aircraft Attack UFO





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Statement with video - translation: The guy said: ¿Que es eso , qué es eso?(What is that!) ; They are talking in galician, a language similar to portuguese.

Pero que coño, que caralho pasa aquí?Pero que caralho está pasando aquí?;
Translation:
What the hell is going on? What the fuck?! Holy shit, stop recording!!

Chopper:
"leave the area, leave the area immediately and head for port, receive instructions there. Leave the area and head for port"


NOTE: well, if it's CGI...then it's very well done. This one requires further investigation...but I figured I'd post ASAP. Below are screen captures of the UFO before it enters the water...(was it shot down or did it become a USO?). Anyway, at least one of the screen captures seems to indicate some type of 'white matter' coming from the top of the UFO. (defensive maneuver?). Take a look and give me your opinion. My gut feeling is that it's staged, but I decided to post anyway...Lon




Here's another video:
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Statement with video: The terror of a Galician fisherman with a 'foreign object'

The power issues with the supernatural have on people is extraordinary. The latest example is a video that has come to the drafting of Terra Noticias, together with an anonymous note in which the sender says the fear he felt when he spotted a UFO from his boat.

While questioning the credibility of the images, since the absence of data we could not collect more information, the video is worthy of being published by the impact and creating curiosity aroused by the possible existence of UFOs in Spain.

The most impressive image of the video, which is engraved the most stylish 'Rec' or 'Blair Witch' is not only, obviously, the supposed UFO that crashes into the sea, but also the emergence of 'fighters' and wonder of surprising fishermen for persecution.

The Galician fisherman has decided to make public what, they said, lived and experienced while on his boat. While some apparent military aircraft chasing a 'foreign object' that hits the sea and made a spectacular dive, provenance unknown helicopter flies over the boat and ordered the fishermen to hurry to get away from the place where they are. 'Leave the area immediately, please contact the port. They receive instructions ... 'are the words to the fishing.

The note accompanying the recording, shows the fear of the sender in such a situation: "Sending this video after much thought, but after the scare, I think it my duty to report this has happened and I do not see any explanation'

Video: Bright Orange UFO - Derry, Northern Ireland



derryjournal.com - It was a normal Saturday night for the Evans family.

The X-Factor was on TV and the chat centred around the embarrassment of people on stage. As usual, 23-year-old Owen Evans and his girlfriend Aisling went out for a sneaky cigarette at the front door. Suddenly, they spotted something strange in the dark September sky.

"It was around 9.30pm," said Owen. "It was a very clear night and I noticed a very bright orange ball of light which was traveling at a quick speed and it was bobbing around.

"I called the rest of my family out to have a look and they were amazed at this sight as it flew over. There was no sound, it was completely silent. I called my dad but by then it had gone. Thinking all was over my dad, who was now at the back of the house, called to say there was another (light] on the same flight path as the other. A very bright ball shape which appeared about two minutes after the first."

Luckily Owen, who works in Sainsbury's, grabbed his camcorder in time. "I filmed it from one side of the street and then over my roof," he said. "My mother, brother and girlfriend watched it pass over. My dad, still out the back of the house, watched it streak across the sky.

"Three minutes later the last of them flew over and went out of sight. There were three altogether. We then went inside to put the footage on to the big screen only to see that at one point a smaller object shot straight up in front of it. Now, I have seen the odd thing in the sky but this was different."

The Journal office has watched the footage and it seems genuine. The light bobs around the screen and then vanishes.

Owen has since contacted a UFO site to tell his story. "At first we thought it might be a meteorite but there was no noise or flashing or anything," he said.

The Evans family were sceptical before but now they've witnessed a real life Unidentified Flying Object, they're not so sure anymore. Owen added: "I don't know what they were but there seem to be more and more sightings every day. Maybe we are not as alone as we first thought."

NOTE: unlike most orb-shaped UFOs, this object actually illuminates the surrounding clouds or high fog. I also received an email from a Derry resident who states that these objects are also seen moving across the horizon over the sea north of Derry.

Sunrise Theatre's Spirits Continue Their Curtain Call


tcpalm.com - A team of paranormal investigators dimmed the lights at the Sunrise Theatre (Fort Pierce, FL) on Saturday night to see if any lingering spirits refuse to let the curtain fall on their stay at the 86-year-old downtown institution.

And judging from the team’s five hours of research, there very well could be a specter or two on stage — or sitting in your row — next time you catch a Sunrise show.

“You hear some sounds here that make you go, ‘Hmm,’ ” said John Wilkes, executive director of the theater. “And every theater seems to have a story about ghosts haunting them.”

A door closing by itself, multiple camera batteries dying at the same time, inexplicable shadows, and banging that answered team members’ requests for spirits to make noise were a few of the findings reported by the Florida Ghost Team, indicating they weren’t alone in the theater.

“It was definitely worth it,” said Shaun Jones, the team’s founder and director. “There is definitely some stuff going on there, but nothing’s ever just going to jump out and go, ‘Boo.’ ”

Twelve crew members that have investigated about 20 possible hauntings at Florida historical spots and homes in the past year used the latest in paranormal equipment to prove or disprove creaks, bangs and shadows throughout the theater were otherworldly.

The team set up DVR cameras and monitors in the basement, first, second and third floor of the theater, and used hand-held video and digital cameras. Members were equipped with digital recorders to catch any possible voices or answers to the questions they pose to potential spirits, which the ghost hunting community calls electronic voice phenomenon.

The Ghost Team brought electronic magnetic field detectors, and some high electric and magnetic field readings are thought to indicate a paranormal presence, they said. Likewise, team members brought along thermometers, they said, because big temperature changes and particularly odd cold spots theoretically mean ghosts could be nearby. Once all the wiring and book bag-packing was finished, the Florida Ghost Team turned out the lights — at least the ones that weren’t mandatory emergency lighting — paired off, and started hunting.

While trying to communicate with the theater’s founder and owner Rupert “Pop” Koblegard in his old third floor apartment, several team members reported their camera batteries quickly drained. Koblegard built the Sunrise as a vaudeville house in 1923. And when Jones twice called for a response from any entity in his room, she said she heard a knocking from the hallway each time.

Jones and team member Darlene Digani said they saw and heard an exit door close by itself.

Investigator Brian Standorf said he heard someone’s footsteps twice in the second floor bar area, even though he and his partner were the lone souls up there.

Though ghost hunting entails a lot of sitting around, talking to the air and going over hours and hours of footage, a few investigators said, finding evidence of the unexplainable is the rewarding part.

Florida Ghost Team investigators think they might have some at Sunrise, which closed its doors in 1983, to be reborn as a performing arts venue in 2006.

After the team’s experiences at the theater, the investigators think a second, closer look at what is going bump in the night would be worthwhile.

“There is definitely something going on at the theater that warrants a second investigation, which will be an all night adventure,” Jones said.
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2/19/06

The Restoration of the Sunrise Theatre


palmbeachpost.com - It's hard to say what Rupert "Pop" Koblegard envisioned when he built the Sunrise Theatre.

In the '20s, Fort Pierce claimed all of 2,100 residents. But Koblebard, a West Virginia oil man turned Florida citrus king, saw potential for growth — and the need for entertainment. So, he hired a Miami architect and had him create an impressively sized, Mediterranean-styled vaudeville theater on a choice downtown parcel.

"It is better to be ahead of the times than behind them," he declared in advance of the theater's grand opening on Aug. 1, 1923.

To be sure, Fort Pierce did grow and the theater flourished — for at least a few decades. But by the '80s, the downtown fell into a state of neglect, especially as completion of I-95 shifted attention to St. Lucie County's western edge. On Sept. 8, 1983, the theater, now strictly a movie house, shut its doors.

But not for good.

On Saturday, the Sunrise will be christened once again — this time, as a 1,200-seat performing arts center that will be home to everything from touring musicals to alternative rock acts to high-school graduations. Headlining on opening night: Pop legend Dionne Warwick.

But the theater, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is part of something much larger — the transformation of the city's core into South Florida's next great downtown. Already, shops and restaurants are opening their doors on the quaint streets, which are situated steps away from the Indian River Lagoon. Soon, major residential and commercial projects, including condos, will be added to the mix.

In other words, Koblegard's dream couldn't be timelier.

"It's exciting to see something like this restored. It will have a ripple effect," says longtime Fort Pierce resident and Sunrise Theatre board member Sandi Hellstrom, who recalls attending the venue when it was still a movie house.

There's nothing half-hearted about the $13 million restoration project, largely paid for with city, county and state funds. From its coral-colored exterior to its nicely appointed two-level interior, the theater is old-fashioned and contemporary all at the same time — with features ranging from an antique bar to the most up-to-date of dressing-room facilities.

In that sense, the Sunrise takes the best features of some of South Florida's already existing cultural venues and combines them into one impressive package.

The look and character recall the 500-seat Lyric Theatre in downtown Stuart, another historic venue. But the size and scope is more in line with the 2,200-seat Kravis Center in downtown West Palm Beach. (Sunrise is the largest theater between the Kravis and the 2,000-seat King Center in Melbourne.)

"We tried to re-create what had initially been planned in the '20s, but still allow the theater to have modern technology," says Sunrise board chair Michael Horowitz, a local attorney.

There are many historic touches, from the paint colors to the stenciled artwork, all based on the theater's original designs. But a vaudeville theater of the '20s didn't have the backstage facilities required for a contemporary venue, from the extra load-in space for sets to a catwalk system that provides quick access to stage lighting, so that was added to the restoration.

Nor did a vaudeville theater have to comply with the sort of safety and access codes that exist today. The Sunrise Theatre of 2006 has impact-resistant glass for hurricane protection and two elevators and a wheelchair lift.

But the story of the Sunrise's rebirth isn't just about the theater's design or functionality. It's about what audiences will see on stage.

The nonprofit theater is taking something of a hybrid approach to programming. On the one hand, it will be a traditional performing arts center, booking cultural fare and renting its space — at a reduced rate — to local arts groups.

But for an area that lacks nearly any performance space, it's also expected to play the role of pop promoter, presenting rock, country, gospel, jazz, blues and R&B shows that might normally find their way to a for-profit venue — à la the temporarily shuttered Carefree Theater in West Palm Beach.

For ticket-buyers, that means Sunrise won't have a traditional subscription season, booked and announced months in advance. Rather, Executive Director David Jenkins, who came to Sunrise in the past year after managing other historic theaters around the country, says that while Sunrise will commit to certain shows and rental dates early in the booking cycle, it will leave room in its calendar for what becomes available. (Pop acts tend to book later in the cycle.)

"Very seldom will we announce something more than eight weeks in advance," Jenkins says.

So far, the theater has announced a handful of shows, including gospel star CeCe Winans, rock pioneer Bo Diddley and a double-bill of pop greats Lesley Gore and Bobby Vee. Local arts groups are also lining up to rent the facility: Among those slated to appear are the Treasure Coast Opera and Treasure Coast Symphony.

There's hope that Sunrise will help these organizations rise to a new level. In the past, their artistic success was often limited by the lack of a decent local venue. The Treasure Coast Opera had to make do for decades with the St. Lucie County Civic Center — a vast, drab space where singers had to be amplified.

Now, the company is looking forward to showcasing these booming operatic voices without microphones.

"It's a real theater," says opera founder and director Carlos Barrena.

Which is just how city and downtown leaders envisioned it. The seeds for Sunrise's rebirth were planted in the mid to late '80s, particularly through the nonprofit organization Main Street, which was charged with redeveloping downtown. Restoring the theater, which in its heyday presented such artists as Tom Mix and fan dancer Sally Rand, was seen as a cornerstone to any revitalization plan.

Not only was it cheaper than building a new theater — the Kravis Center cost $50-plus million in its initial construction phase in the early '90s — it was also a way to celebrate Fort Pierce's past.

Sunrise "is a significant piece of this community's history," says Fort Pierce City Manager Dennis Beach.

All of which paved the way for an infusion of public money in the mid '90s that enabled the Main Street organization to buy the theater from the Koblegard family and set the restoration in motion. (Eventually, Sunrise was spun off as its own nonprofit entity.) The community was also tapped to contribute more than $1 million to the project — no small challenge in an area that had never tackled such a large-scale nonprofit cultural endeavor before.

But now that Sunrise is ready to open — and other plans for downtown are falling quickly into place — there's still the question of whether it will succeed.

After all, many local residents continue to have concerns about traveling to the once blighted area at night. And there's no telling whether the community, which lacks the sort of deep-pocketed donors that are abundant in Palm Beach County, will continue to support the theater financially. Like other nonprofit theaters, Sunrise is likely to mount annual fund-raising campaigns and an endowment drive.

There's also quiet concern as to whether the theater's board and management is up to the task. For all the talk of Sunrise's ability to raise the profile of Treasure Coast arts groups, it's somewhat alarming to realize that Horowitz and Jenkins have yet to be in contact with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, widely considered the Treasure Coast's top classical ensemble. Actually, until questioned by a reporter, neither leader was aware of the group's existence.

Jenkins insists everything will come into place programmatically in due time. "You don't fire off all your arrows at once," he says.

Another important issue: Sunrise's relationship with the sizable African-American community. The matter recently came into focus when NAACP local chapter president Charlie Frank Matthews called upon Dionne Warwick to cancel her show, pointing to the "stigma of segregation" that was attached to the theater in its earlier incarnation.

For now, the issue appears to have gone away — African-American leaders staged a counter-protest at the end of December to show their support for Sunrise. But Jenkins appears mindful of the wounds that may continue to need healing.

"This theater is going to be everyone's theater," he says.

Right now, however, the focus is on Sunrise's opening. It will be a race to the finish to complete the restoration: Last week, work crews were still rolling out the new carpeting. Dust and debris from the two-year construction project, which was delayed slightly by the spate of hurricanes, are just about everywhere.

But underneath it all, a theater is being reborn.

It's a sight that continues to impress Killis Almond, the San Antonio-based architect and historic preservation specialist who was hired to oversee the project. He believes that every old theater is "haunted," but not in the traditional sense. "What some people feel is a spirit is really an echoing of laughter and applause from previous times," he says.

So, what are the "ghosts" of Sunrise saying? Almond believes they're reiterating something that was said eight decades ago with the theater's first opening — that the arts remain central to the identity of our communities.

"We're just now getting to hear the message again," he says.

SUNRISE'S PAST

What took place at the Sunrise Theatre?

Here are some highlights from the theater's 82-year history.

At the Aug. 1, 1923, opening, the theater was heralded with a downtown parade. A performance inside followed, featuring organist J.W. Coolidge (cousin of then Vice President Calvin Coolidge). Then came two movies: The Famous Mrs. Fair and Charlie Chaplin's The Vagabond.

Famous performers of the era who appeared at the Sunrise included fan dancer Sally Rand and silent-film star Tom Mix.

When talking pictures were introduced in the late '20s, Sunrise was adapted for them. The theater presented the first such picture, Al Jolsen's The Jazz Singer.

In keeping with the spirit of the movie-mad Depression, Sunrise presented children's matinees — a can of soup or other non-perishable item could be presented for admission — and a "Bank Night" drawing where a ticket holder could win up to $100.

When Fort Pierce became a Navy base in World War II, Sunrise was regularly packed with sailors and soldiers.

As development shifted from Fort Pierce's downtown to St. Lucie County's western edge, the Sunrise suffered. On Sept. 8, 1983, the theater closed.

CFZ Issues Press Release - Orang-Pendek Expedition


For Immediate Release 29th September
EXPEDITION SPOTS MYSTERY APE IN SUMATRA

cfz.org.uk - The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) is the world’s largest mystery animal research group. Only a week after releasing footage of what appears to be anomalous animals in an Irish lake, a group of four British explorers and scientists from the CFZ have just returned from the jungles of Sumatra having spent two weeks in the rainforest on the track of the orang-pendek, an unknown species of upright walking ape. They have brought back some incredible news.

CFZ member Dave Archer and local guide Sahar saw the creature at a distance of around 100 feet as it squatted in a tree. Dave describes it as broad shouldered, with a large head, black skin and dark brown hair. A line of darker fur was visible on the spine. He likened the coat of the creature to that of a mountain gorilla. Sahar saw the creature jump down from the tree and walk away on its hind legs. It was the size of an adult male chimpanzee.

Next to the tree was some rattan vine that the animal was apparently chewing. Expedition leader Adam Davis has preserved part of the plant in ethanol in the hope that it contains cells from the animal’s mouth.

The team also found and photographed several sets of tracks made by creatures. Expedition zoologist Richard Freeman confirmed that they matched no known creature in the area. The prints were six to seven inches long with a narrow heel and wider front. The big toe is well separated.

Hair samples were taken from a tree close to the tracks. A number of the hairs contain medullas that the team hopes will contain orang-pendek DNA. The samples will shortly be sent off to experts around the world for analysis.

If the samples turn out to be from a new species Freeman suggests the scientific name of Pongo martyri in honour of the English researcher Debbie Martyr who has done more than anyone else to look into this zoological mystery.

Footage from the expedition and from the Irish lakes are being submitted for inclusion in a major BBC documentary about the CFZ, which is being made by Minnow Films, an award winning British film production company, over the next eight months.

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Crítica do excelente O Escafandro e a Borboleta



Várzea Grande-MT. 29 de Setembro de 2009. 00:30am...

...E mais um post (in)útil.


A Seguir, um grandioso filme que tive oportunidade de rever.


Indicados e Premiados


ed. 6.2


O Escafandro e a Borboleta (Le Scaphandre et le Papillon, FRA, 2007). dir: Julian Schnabel.

“... Além de meu olho, duas coisas não estavam paralisadas: minha imaginação e minha memória. Era as duas únicas maneiras de poder escapar do meu escafandro...”


A belíssima alusão feita por um editor de revista sobre moda, Jean Dominique Bauby, resumi com precisão a situação que ele se encontra: após sofrer um derrame em razão de um acidente, o único meio de comunicação a disposição de Jean é o olho esquerdo. Para que a mente não fique mais atormentada, ele passa a reviver (quase literalmente) fatos passados de uma vida, levada em velocidade máxima. Como o próprio dizia: “...minha mente podia me levar em qualquer lugar, época ou pessoa...”.


Criativo, de beleza e originalidade impar, O Escafandro e a Borboleta traz novamente ao espectador uma curiosa reflexão sobre o tema “prisão sem muros”. O ritmo pedante imposto é deveras adequado a evolução da corrida contra a inércia empregada pelo protagonista. visível também o trabalho do hoje, conhecido e consultado, Mathieu Almaric, não medindo esforços para dar o máximo de veracidade ao personagem. Com belas passagens e tratando o difícil tema de forma por as vezes, poética, inspirado em fatos verídicos, O Escafandro e a Borboleta mereceu cada uma das glorias conquistadas. Obrigatório.


 
 
 


Trailer


opção 2 para o trailer acima clicando aqui.
 ficha do filme no IMDB clicando aqui.
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Não deixem de conferir na galeria Trailers Novos e (in)úteis o teaser trailer do remake A Hora do Pesadelo (A Nightmare on Elm Street). Gostei muito da caracterização de Jack Earle Halley no papel do assombroso e cínico Freddy Krueger. Pelo visto, Michael Bay parece ter gostado da ideia de revitalização de grandes clássicos do gênero. A estreia nos cines estadunidenses esta marcada para abril de 2010.

mais informações, clicando aqui.
(fonte: Comming Soon)
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Um trailer mais longo da animação em 3-D Os Fantasmas de Scrooge(A Christmas Carol, 2009) saiu ontem. Tanto no Brasil quanto nos EUA, a estreia esta marcada para 06 de Novembro.




opção 2 para o trailer clicando aqui
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Falando em remakes, conferi hoje o pôster do filme O Exercito do Extermínio (The Crazies). Geroge Romero, diretor da versão de 1973, esta na nova produção como produtor executivo. A estreia esta agendada para fevereiro de 2010 nos cines gringos.




Mais informações, clicando aqui.
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(fonte: IMP Awards).

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Volto em breve para a 3° parte do especial (1° parte aqui). Um abraço a todos, boa terça-feira e até mais.


Dia do Cinéfilo Inútil. Um viva a (in)utilidade dos cinéfilos.





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Calendário Animal

---- Olha só essas fotos para um calendário britânico!

---- Que demais! A empresa britânica Takkoda desenvolveu esse calendário para lá de bacana tirando fotos de animais de estimação os transformando em estrelas. Se você prestar bem atenção neles, você vai perceber que temos Bob Marley, Ozzy Osbourne, a Ammy Winehouse, Elvis Presley entre outros. O Bob ficou o melhor!!!
---- Não é de hoje que calendários com animais são criados, porém esse ficou bem bacana. O trabalho realizado sobre as fotos foram muito bem feitos e dignos de elogios. Quem quiser adquirir esse calendário para lá de legal, pode adquirir da empresa por U$ 14,00 clicando aqui.
---- Eu curti! E você?

E Mais Estragos Na Região Sul

>>>> Chuva, chuva e mais chuva para os estados da região sul nos próximos dias. Não muito distante, algumas semanas atrás as fortes chuvas que caíram por aqui deixaram milhares de pessoas desabrigadas nos estados do sul, principalmente em Santa Catarina que registrou tornados. Mal as cidades começam seus esforços para reconstruir o que foi perdido, novos temporais afetaram a região com previsão de outros quinta-feira.
>>>> Mais de 120 mil pessoas foram afetadas pelos temporais de ontem nos estados do Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina e Paraná. Mais de 10 mil casas sofreram danos devido aos temporais sendo que em SC o vento passou de 140 km. No RS, fortes chuvas de granizo destruíram muitas residências e o pior de tudo é que vem mais pela frente. Segundo a previsão do tempo, quinta-feira vem mais uma área forte de instabilidade que pode trazer mais temporais, ventos e granizos.

>>>> Não bastando isso, agora vem uma forte massa de ar frio para perturbar e atrapalhar já que o frio atrapalha na reconstrução dos estragos ou mesmo porque facilita gripes e alergias. Vai poder gear nessa madrugada em alguns pontos do RS já que a temperatura estará na casa dos 0ºC. Em Cuiabá, cidade essa com temperaturas beirando os 40ºC, a manhã de terça-feira pode começar com mínimas na casa dos 15ºC, temperatura baixa para a cidade.
>>>> Santo Deus! O clima realmente está passando por mudanças e vai continuar mudando nos próximos 30 anos, prazo esse em que nossas ações hoje terão seus efeitos, ou seja, se não mudarmos nossos hábitos em breve, o mundo vai se tornar cada vez mais difícil de viver devido as condições climáticas que estão mudando drasticamente.
>>>> Qual é o mundo que você planeja deixar para os seus filhos? Qual herança você quer deixar para eles? Conscientização agora ou pagar caro depois!
(Fonte: Globo.com)

Pessoas Radicais

---- Você conhece pessoas radicais demais em seus posicionamentos? Pois o blog das EVR volta nesse dia frio, com chuva e vento para falar disso! Confira!
---- Vai dizer que você não conhece uma pessoa radical ao extremo? Não estou falando de uma pessoa fissurada em esportes, mas sim estou falando daquelas pessoas que julgam suas idéias as únicas certas, aquelas pessoas que não aceitam uma opinião ou mesmo aquelas que tomam atitudes extremas por conta de um dialogo mais quente. Quem não conhece uma pessoa radical? Na última semana três pessoas me chamaram de radical de mais. Como não acredito em coincidência, fui pesquisar o assunto.
---- Um dos grandes problemas de uma pessoa radical são as posições que ela assume perante os assuntos do dia a dia. Esse tipo de pessoa não só comete erros ao manter posições extremas, comente erros, e muitosm porém dificilmente os assume. O radical tem um orgulho extremo sobre essa condição que ele chama de virtude, mas que os demais chamam de grande defeito ou mesmo orgulho. O absolutismo de suas afirmações não abre espaço para o diálogo, outros exporem idéias ou mesmo para um grupo sobreviver. O radical se considera flexível e acredita que são os outros que não conseguem convencê-lo a mudar de opinião. Isso até poderia ser verdade se, ao menos, esse extremista permitisse que seus colegas apresentassem suas idéias.
---- Conviver com um colega radical é difícil e tudo se torna ainda mais difícil quando ele fica situado próximo a você. Pessoas assim acabam tornando um ambiente pesado, sem espaço para a união ou mesmo para um crescimento uniforme. As pessoas radicais em seus posicionamentos tendem a ser isoladas, o que acaba criando um clima mais pesado. Sabemos que é difícil dar conselhos para essas pessoas, mas muitas vezes tentamos e eles seguem se quiserem já que do contrário, estas pessoas acabarão isolados em suas amarguras.
---- Eu me analisei depois dos comentários radicais e de certo modo não posso negar que assumo algumas posturas radicais, porém quando algo me estressa muito, como por exemplo, desinteresse de pessoas próximas, birras, comportamento egocêntrico que alguns cometem. Ninguém é dono da verdade, por isso sou radical contra essas pessoas. Sei também, é claro, que sou radical quando não devo em algumas ocasiões, ainda mais porque não sei simplesmente perdoar um erro. Nesse ponto, o que foi feito, foi feito e dificilmente será esquecido, porém pode ser superado com ajuda do tempo. Sei também que sou estressado, porém para não falar algo que não devo, opto por me afastar até esfriar a cabeça. Infelizmente alguns consideram isso um ato antipático.
--- Gente, a rapadura é doce, mas é dura! Conviver com pessoas radicais é difícil sim, mas precisamos saber diferencial radicalismo de estresse. Eta... NÃO SOU RADICAL! Hahahaha!

Mailbag: 'They' Are Among Us!


I received this email a few days ago. By request, personal information was withheld:

A few days ago, a Memphis, TN woman called into TN MUFON to report that she was sure she had just had an encounter with an alien/human hybrid baby at Cosco's in Cordova, Tennessee. She and her granddaughter had gone there to pick-up a birthday cake. As soon as they walked through the entrance, a tall Asian-looking man, who was apparently in a big hurry, walked directly across their path almost running into them. He was dressed casually in all black clothing and had a Caucasian-looking infant in a carrier basket strapped in front of him. He seemed to take no notice whatsoever of her and her granddaughter as he marched on past them without one word of apology for his near collision with them. My correspondent, who has asked to remain anonymous, told me that seeing a man of Asian descent who was over six feet tall was in itself unusual, but she had to confess that the racial contradiction between himself and his infant companion startled her more than anything else.

She didn't get a good look at the baby at that time. If she had, she might have stopped in her tracks right then and there and asked her granddaughter, "did you see that?" But neither she or her granddaughter commented at that moment about this sudden "close encounter." They just proceeded on back to the bakery as if nothing had happened. After they purchased the cake, they started heading towards the entrance to leave. As they did so, the lady told me she spotted this Asian fellow moving rapidly down some aisles and taking a quick, sharp right-angle turn to cross over to another aisle. He didn't have a shopping cart and hadn't picked up one item from the shelves. Maybe he was just anxiously looking for one thing for some emergency need, possibly to do with the baby.

Just as the lady and her granddaughter were approaching the front of the store to leave, the second "close encounter" occurred. The Asian man suddenly appeared again and walked by them. My witness then got a good look at the baby. This woman swears to me that this infant had intensely bright blue eyes with no white area surrounding them! I talked to other researchers like Linda Howe about this report and was assured that these all blue-eyed people are being seen all over now in different parts of the country, adults as well as children. The Native American Medicine woman Three-Spirit Wolf who spoke in Memphis last June told us after hearing this recent story from Memphis that she had met some of the hybrids out in New Mexico last year. They were wearing dark sunglasses. One of them removed his glasses to reveal his utterly eerie-looking all-blue eyes without the white. He asked her if people had commented to her about seeing him or some of his other hybrid companions. Apparently they are trying to be as inconspicuous as possible in public.

Top alien abduction researcher Dr. David Jacobs of Temple University is convinced that the alien hybridization program is alarmingly evident in our society now. I know this lady who reported seeing the all blue-eyed baby in Memphis just the other day. I can vouch for her credibility. She saw what she saw. Maybe this can be explained as some weird new mutation showing up in the human eye at this time...or maybe it is true that "they" now walk among us.

(Postscript: the lady told me that when they got back home, she asked her granddaughter what she thought about seeing the strange Asian man and his all blue-eyed baby in the carrier. The lady had thought it a little curious in fact that her granddaugher who usually comments on seeing cute babies in public had not said one word about this. The granddaughter said she hadn't noticed this man or the baby!)

NOTE: I will acknowledge that this email was forwarded by a MUFON investigator. It is true...these sightings are increasing daily. This particular anecdote parallels many others, especially where one individual notices the 'person' and another does not. What are your thoughts? Lon

The Strange Case of the 'Toxic Lady'

'The Toxic Lady' was Gloria Ramirez, a 31 year old woman from Riverside, California. Her body may or may not have emitted toxic fumes which made several doctors and nurses in the emergency room of Riverside General Hospital very ill. She was the mother of two children and had been diagnosed with metastatic cervical cancer 6 weeks before the infamous event.

On the evening of Feb. 19, 1994, Ms. Ramirez was brought by paramedics to the emergency room at Riverside General Hospital. She was admitted in respiratory and cardiac distress, and went into full cardiac arrest about 15 minutes after arrival. A nurse named Susan Kane drew blood, probably for an arterial blood gas determination, as part of the routine 'code blue' procedure of the hospital. Nurse Kane noted a 'foul odor' and immediately passed out cold. A doctor (Julie Gorchynski, the senior medical resident) went to Nurse Kane's aid. After seeing to her needs, Dr. Gorchynski noted a strange odor, 'took a deep whiff' of the syringe and passed out. 4 other staff then passed out, all standing right next to each other. The paramedics who rode in the ambulance to the hospital with Ms Ramirez and who remained in the room, as well as one nurse and Dr. Humberto Ochoa, the director of the ER (who came as soon as he heard staff were keeling over in the middle of a code) were all unaffected.

Since other cases have occured where ER staff became ill from fumes emitted by a patient (usually from people who have ingested pesticides, although this can also be a risk to staff working in hyperbaric oxygen chambers with people with carbon monoxide poisioning) the hospital assumed that this was a case of toxic contamination, sealed the ER and evacuated all patients and affected staff (who by now numbered somewhere between 8 and 11, including clerks) and brought in the County decontamination unit.

Ms. Ramirez died in the ER, after the staff tried to rescusitate her for about 35 -45 minutes. The official cause of death was kidney failure due to metasticized cancer. Her body was placed in a sealed body bag and sent to the county coroner for autopsy in a special sealed unit.

Despite the apparently genuine and severe illnesses of the ER staff, no satisfactory explanation as to what toxin could have caused their illnesses was given. This has led to speculation as to whether mass hysteria could have caused the symptoms experienced by the ER staff.

The most likely alternative explanation is that there was some toxin in the ER and that possibly the hospital covered this up. The hospital had been cited for improper waste disposal in drains. However, they were inspected by nine different city, state and federal agencies after this incident. While cited for some violations in other parts of the hospital, no violations were found that affected the ER.

The hospital did not properly handle the situation with the Ramirez family. First, the hospital suggested that Ms. Ramirez tried to kill herself by ingesting pesticides. This was not an unreasonable initial theory given the situation (which looked very much like pesticide poisoning.) However, it was ill thought out to say this before preliminary lab results were back, since the Ramirez family, like most people of Mexican descent in the area, are devout Catholics. To allege suicide is to allege a very serious sin.

The county confiscated Ms. Ramirez's body for several months and at one point improperly stored it, resulting in significant decomposition. The Ramirez family had to sue to get the body back for burial, but by then it was unfit for viewing.

Many tests, hypotheses and lawsuits were to follow, but an explanation was found, by no less than the famed Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, nearly nine months later. Naturally, the solution to the mystery, not being nearly as exciting as stating the mystery itself, was not well publicized. Dimethyl sulfate, which is cited in scientific literature as a chemical warfare agent, was created by an unusual confluence of chemical reactions.

It is believed that Ramirez used DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide), a sort of wonder drug for relieving various arthritic aches and pains. DMSO is metabolized to become dimethyl sulfone, which was found in her system, likely produced by the administration of oxygen by paramedics.

When attendants drew blood from Ramirez in the emergency room, the relatively sudden and sharp drop in the temperature of her blood, from body temperature to the cool air of the hospital, could have created dimethyl sulfate, the lethal compound. Her body temperature was too high to allow creation of the deadly compound internally.

Witnesses at the time said they saw crystals in the syringe containing Ramirez's blood, and scientists now believe those crystals were the source of the mystery fumes.

The step of creating the lethal toxin from the benign dimethyl sulfone was performed at Lawrence Livermore.

The scientists noted that virtually every known side effect of dimethyl sulfate was exhibited by those who smelled Ramirez's blood. Likewise, virtually every symptom displayed by the attendants was consistent with exposure to the toxin.

Also, DMSO can appear oily, which is consistent with the presence of an "oily sheen" on Ramirez's body that some witnesses said they saw.

The family sued the county for medical malpractice and for general damages stemming from the coroner's autopsy. The cases eventually were settled for $800,000, without the county admitting any wrongdoing.

Most of the money went to buy annuities for Ramirez' two children: Evelyn Arciniega, now a 22-year-old student at Riverside Community College, and Buddy Angel Arciniega, 19, who is serving a 12-year prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
http://www.straightdope.com/
http://www.gasdetection.com/
http://www.mercurynews.com/
http://www.latimes.com/
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