Casa da Praia - O Início

¬¬ Blog das Estranhas Verdades Relativas saúda esse novo ano que está começando hoje! Que 2011 seja um dos melhores anos na vida de todos vocês! Esses são os sinceros desejos de quem aqui escreve. Confere aí meus votos para esse ano abrindo as postagens desse ano!



¬¬ Sim! Como comentei no vídeo, o blog das EVR vai mudar radicalmente nesses meses de janeiro e fevereiro. Para curtir o clima de férias e praia, o blog não muda apenas sua cara, mas muda também seu estilo de postar. Basicamente o blog vai se transformar em um programa diário e contínuo chamado ‘Casa da Praia’ onde cada postagem será uma continuação da outra com assuntos variados, matérias, vídeos, reportagens, músicas e muito mais. Você não perde por esperar! Muitos pontos planejados para esses dois meses de férias.
¬¬ Uma enquete bem simples já começou também. Pergunto nesse verão qual é a sua estação favorita. Vote para descobrirmos no final do mês qual será a opção vencedora. Você tem até o dia 31 de janeiro para votar.
¬¬ FELIZ ANO NOVO!

Retrospectiva útil 2010

Um pouco do que ocorreu comigo nos últimos 364 dias:

 Consegui elevar significativamente o numero de leitores (os cinéfilos úteis) – de pouco mais de 24 mil visitas / mês para 135 mil visitas /mês.

Percebi a necessidade de trazer mais postagens com maior freqüência (são milhares os que acessam o blog pelos favoritos).

No ranking Alexa, saltei da posição 1.500.000 em dezembro/2009 para 186.000 em dezembro/2010;

Usei com maior freqüência o Twitter, atualmente, o site mais importante da rede para divulgação de materiais;

Diversifiquei os assuntos no blog e postei mais criticas;

Fui mais vezes ao cinema (a carteirinha estudantil ajudou muito);

Comprei mais DVDs (antigos, com mais ênfase)

Fiquei mais dias acordado até tarde (algo péssimo, por sinal)

Tirei minhas primeiras férias desde 2007;

Tive problemas sérios com bebedeiras (a recuperação já foi iniciada);

Participei de menos shows de rock (na saída de um deles, fui assaltado);

Aprendi sobre historia, sociologia e filosofia mais que em qualquer outra época de minha vida (reafirmo minha paixão por ciências humanas);

Assisti a menos clássicos do cinema (Rio Grande e O Grande Motim foram os destaques);

Conferi um dos melhores filmes da década (A Origem);

Vi mais documentários (a escola náutica portuguesa de Sagres nunca existiu!);

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Principais metas para 2011:


Conseguir um emprego de professor de história;

Sair menos para baladas (se fizer o contrario, as chances d’eu ter problemas com álcool serão maiores);

Atrair mais leitores para o Cinéfilo Inútil (se possível, quero estar na posição 50 mil do Alexa);

Aumentar a média de visitas mensais na pagina (de 130 mil para 300 mil);

Recomendar mais vezes outros blogueiros cinéfilos;

Conseguir mais seguidores no Twitter;

Assistir mais e melhores filmes;

E é claro, fazer mais amigos.



A todos cinéfilos e cinéfilas úteis, deixo meus votos de feliz 2011. Saúde, paz e muito sucesso a todos.

Humanoid / Cryptid Encounter Reports 30

The following are previous humanoid / cryptid encounter reports received by various agencies worldwide:

"THE SOUNDS OF DISTANT THUNDER"

Near Colonia Año De Juarez, Mexico - May 30, 1986 - 8:30pm

Carlos was bicycling back home after visiting family and was using a side road in order to avoid the heavy traffic. Soon about 500 meters ahead he noticed what appeared to be two large luminous eyes staring at him. As he approached the eyes the bicycle light turned off and Carlos movements seemed to become lethargic.

A short figure with large luminous eyes approached the witness and ordered Carlos to follow him. The figure remained 4 meters ahead of Carlos, who seemed unable to resist and followed the creature to a field were a large lighted object rested on the ground. A ramp descended to the ground and Carlos entered the craft, followed by two more short humanoids.

Inside he found himself in a lighted circular area with what appeared to be a square table in the middle of the room. In a corner stood a taller more heavyset figure with large luminous eyes. For some unknown reason, Carlos knew that this creature was the "leader." He described the figure as having a huge oval shaped hairless head, with large black eyes lacking any pupils. It had two holes for ears, two holes for a nose and a slit like lipless mouth. The head was directly set on its shoulders, lacking a neck and appeared to have a hump on its back. It had dark gray skin, resembling that of an elephant, with long thin arms and legs. A bizarre feature was its hands, which ended in numerous thin filaments resembling roots. No apparent clothing was seen.

At this point the witness was very afraid but heard a mental message imploring to be calm, that they did not harm humans. A telepathic conversation ensued in which the humanoid invited the witness to come with them to their place of origin. The witness declined the invitation and was told that they understood his decision. He was then shown on a diffused screen on a wall a dry arid world apparently the humanoid's point of origin. He was also informed that they could transform their bodies and appearance at will, and was given a brief demonstration.

Suddenly the witness was overcome by "darkness" and then passed out. When he woke up he found himself lying on the road next to his bicycle at about 2200. He suffered from severe insomnia for the next two weeks and from terrible nightmares. He found several round red marks around the belly button area and circular marks around his under arms. Later under hypnosis he was able to remember that at one point onboard the craft he was taken into a room where he saw numerous objects resembling telephone booths. He was asked to enter one of them, once inside a bright blue light covered his body. Once outside he looked inside another one of the booths and saw a figure identical in appearance to him. Before leaving he was told by the leader to keep an eye for the sign of their return by being aware of "the sounds of distant thunder."

Source: Contacto Ovni

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LATE NIGHT INTRUDER

Near Orlinda, Tennessee - July 14, 1996 - 1:00am

A family of four was suddenly awakened by weird noises coming from the trailer's backyard deck. Grabbing a flashlight, the father went to investigate. Sliding the door open he illuminated the deck's wooden railing. he then heard a noise that sounded like "something running across the deck, bumping into things." The noise startled him. Neither of his dogs had barked at the intruder. Shining his flashlight toward the railing, he saw something rear up, and stare at him between the rails. He described it as a kind of rubbery or pulpy object five feet in diameter. It extended a tentacle or appendage through the railing and onto the deck floor. The witness estimated the appendage was "18 to 24 inches long" resembling an elephant's trunk.

He went to wake up his two sons, and then the whole family watched the creature from the trailer's dining room window. The wife also noticed some bright lights some distance away. Every time the family members aimed their flashlight at the creature it acted in a very defensive manner, moving very fast over the yard, under cars, back under the deck, and apparently changed into a glowing disk at times. At 400am the main witness left the trailer to look for his dogs, he found them very subdued, one of them had a wound to his hind leg, just inside the thigh and limped as if in great pain. Meanwhile a luminous object hovered over a nearby clearing, shooting off beams of light. The witness was apparently struck by these beams of light on the elbow and the neck. The man and his two sons followed the creature to the family's parked cars. They then noticed the window of both vehicles covered with some kind of fog or ice, and one of the cars had some kind of electrical hum about it, and the antenna was shaking. They again saw the creature around sunup in a ditch nearby and phoned the sheriff's Department.

Source: UFO Roundup

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VIDEO-FACED HUMANOIDS

Sverdlovsk, Russia - November 1991 - night

Someone pushing down hard on him suddenly awakened 42-year old Victor K at night. After opening his eyes he was surprised to see a man dressed in white clothing standing before him. As Victor attempted to rise from the bed he found himself totally paralyzed and unable to speak. Mentally he asked the stranger the following question: "Who are you"? Suddenly the stranger turned to him and Victor was stunned to see that instead of a face he had what appeared to be a "plate" or flat screen on his face. And then Victor saw unknown images and pictures running through the screen. Somehow Victor understood that this was the means to communicate with the stranger. Victor then asked, where are you from? Reciprocal picture appeared on the facial screen of a volumetric image of our galaxy from a different point of view, in successive pulsations it presented several celestial bodies. Victor then asked, "What will happen to the earth? Reciprocal picture: Large apple tree, under it an anthill. Apple tree grows; it becomes large and moves aside the anthill. On the spot where the anthill grew now he sees hundreds of dead ants. Victor then asks, "How can we save the Earth? Interestingly instead of a picture he received a telepathic answer, "Stop the unrestricted use of energy and the use of "atoms", energy on earth is obtained irrationally. The tenth planet of your solar system perished because of this reason. Victor then asked, what is the time difference between you and us? Reciprocal picture: A quiet calm creek and a stormy waterfall then the numbers, one year and ten minutes. Victor then asked, how do you moved in space? A voice answered, "We do not move, we are everywhere all the time". Victor then asked, are the UFOs your ships? He then receives a curious answer, "No those are terrestrial in nature, and we don't use them". Victor, Why did you contact me? He heard a voice, "We want to make you our representative on Earth". Victor then added, Why precisely me? Voice answered, "You possess sequential thinking. We need a representative since we expend to much energy during terrestrial materialization." Victor was then shown what he understood was a very ancient book. Some of the pages were black. And suddenly he understood that it was the bible and some of the information within was incorrect. The stranger then promised Victor that he would return in six months and then noiselessly dissolved into thin air. Victor was then able to rise from bed and walked over to the kitchen where he felt as he was running a fever and fell exhausted to the floor and slept until the next morning. Six months later Victor suffered from unexplained seizures, headaches and strange markings were found on his body. Several items except for the bible caught fire in his house and were completely reduced to ashes.

Source: Svetlana Semenova, X-Libri UFO, Russia

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LITTLE MEN

Near Mossoro Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil - early 1988 - 8:30pm

Antonio Fernandes Duarte was driving to his thirteen hundred acre farm during a light rain and as he was entering his property he saw a huge ball of light off to his left about 40 meters away. It was an oval shaped object on the ground with a large light and resting on three legs. The witness stopped and noticed that the craft was dull, silvery metallic and about the size of a car, about three meters high. The legs were about two meters long.

He was able to see three very small men standing in the door, which was like a window hinged at the top, and two were on the ground. There was an accordion like cable coming out of their backs. One wore amber colored jumpsuit; the other wore orange and the third grayish-green. He stood at the door of the object. They seemed to be about four-feet tall, well proportioned with somewhat largish heads. There faces appeared flat and their skin seemed to be grayish in color. They appeared not to notice the witness and seemed to be distracted. One was going down on the ground and then he would go back into the ship. He would do this by jumping and floating to the ground and float back up again. A cable connected him. During the whole time the object emitted a beeping sound. As the witness watch there was a sudden flash of light, and everything disappeared. He felt his body completely numb after the flash of light.

Source: Witness

Fortean / Alternative News: Thomas Jefferson's UFO, Neck Massager Kills Doctor and Icelandic Anomaly

Mr. Jefferson and the UFO

rbedrosian - "No. III. Description of a singular Phenomenon seen at Baton Rouge, by William Dunbar, Esq. communicated by Thomas Jefferson, President A. P. S.

Natchez, June 30th, 1800.
Read 16th January 1801.

A phenomenon was seen to pass Baton Rouge on the night of the 5th April 1800, of which the following is the best description I have been able to obtain.

It was first seen in the South West, and moved so rapidly, passing over the heads of the spectators, as to disappear in the North East in about a quarter of a minute. It appeared to be of the size of a large house, 70 or 80 feet long and of a form nearly resembling Fig. 5. in Plate, iv.

It appeared to be about 200 yards above the surface of the earth, wholly luminous, but not emitting sparks; of a colour resembling the sun near the horizon in a cold frosty evening, which may be called crimson red. When passing right over the heads of the spectators, the light on the surface of the earth, was little short of the effect of sun-beams, though at the same time, looking another way, the stars were visible, which appears to be a confirmation of the opinion formed of its moderate elevation. In passing, a considerable degree of heat was felt but no electric sensation. Immediately after it disappeared in the North East, a violent rushing noise was heard, as if the phenomenon was bearing down the forest before it, and in a few seconds a tremendous crash was heard similar to that of the largest piece of ordnance, causing a very sensible earthquake.

I have been informed, that search has been made in the place where the burning body fell, and that a considerable portion of the surface of the earth was found broken up, and every vegetable body burned or greatly scorched. I have not yet received answers to a number of queries I have sent on, which may perhaps bring to light more particulars.

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Claim of UFO at John Lennon's Memorial Peace Tower Light

MUFON CMS - Mothership UFO Sighting flies through John Lennon's Memorial Peace Tower Light Caught on Cam, Dec 30, 2010.

Date of sighting: December 30, 2010 (although there is a comment of Dec 31, I think this was taken Dec 30, since today is 31st and current view is daytime in Iceland.)

Location of sighting: Reykjavik, Iceland

While watching the amazing memorial tribute cam of the Imagine Peace Tower cam the UFO seemed to stand out more than the light. The side of the cam has older still shot hours earlier and these two photos were those.

In the first you can clearly see an extremely long craft with the Imagine light reflecting off of its surface and sides. This UFO flew right through the Imagine light tower but for it to have gone unnoticed, it must have been traveling very fast indeed, yet not so fast that a still image could not be captured.

The second image seems to show UFO orbs that are interested in the light beam. Since this light could be seen miles away, it will draw the attention of everyone in that vicinity of Iceland, even aliens might be curious about the what and the why of it all.

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Doctor Killed By Neck Massager

miamiherald - Her neck aching after a night of wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve, Dr. Michelle Ferrari-Gegerson used an electronic massager to relieve the pain.

That night, her lifeless body was found by her husband on the bedroom floor of their Parkland home.

The culprit: the massager, say Broward Sheriff's Office detectives and the Medical Examiner's Office.

They believe it got tangled in her necklace and strangled her.

Ferrari-Gegerson, 37, worked as a radiologist in the emergency room of Jackson Memorial Hospital and was the mother of a 1-year-old, colleagues said.

``Last week she was here and she brought baked goods for various employees,'' said Barbara Perez Deppman, director for radiology at the hospital. ``That's what type of person she was. Out of the blue, she would just give people food vouchers and take them out to lunch.''

According to BSO, Ferrari-Gegerson was discovered unconscious about 9 p.m. Christmas Eve by her husband, Dr. Kenneth Gegerson, a dentist.

Gegerson, 43, called 911.

When deputies and paramedics arrived, they found the electronic massager on the floor near her, according to BSO.

BSO is withholding the brand and other details of the electronic massager while the investigation continues.

Ferrari-Gegerson's apparent accident is not the first incident where an electronic massager has reportedly strangled someone.

In December 2008, the Matoba Electric Manufacturing Company based in Saitama, Japan recalled an electronic foot massager after three reported cases in that country of women strangling themselves accidentally while using the machine as a neck massager.

In all the cases, the women removed a cloth cover from the Arubi Shape-Up roller, and the collar of their shirts ended up getting caught in the machine's rollers.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported recalling three types of electronic massagers since 1998, though none were reported to have caused a death.

Instead, each recall involved back massagers that posed more of a fire hazard.

The most recent recall was in April 2006 for the Brookstone Foldable Massaging Bed Rest. The product was recalled after complaints that electrical circuits overheated and posed a fire and burn hazard.

In December 2001, the manufacturers of the Deep Knead Shiatsu back massagers voluntarily recalled about 15,000 of the machines after complaints that it overheated and posed a fire hazard.

And in May 1998, the commission recalled 183,000 back massage cushions distributed by Sears, because the devices' motors had the tendency to over heat and burn through the cushion.

A graduate of Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Ferrari-Gegerson had been at Jackson since 2001.

Besides working as a radiologist, Ferrari-Gegerson served as the quality improvement and patient safety physician for radiology. She also had been an assistant professor of clinical radiology at UM for about two years.

``She was really an amazing human being in the sense that she was a proficient physician,'' said Deppman.

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Jailed US Sisters May Be Freed If One Donates Kidney

Two US women convicted of armed robbery can be released but only if one donates a kidney to the other, the governor of Mississippi has said. Jamie and Gladys Scott were convicted in 1994 of taking part in a robbery that netted a mere $11.

Their lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba, hailed Gov Haley Barbour's decision as a victory. The sisters were eligible for parole in 2014 and rights activists had criticised their sentence as harsh.

Jamie, 38, who requires daily dialysis, and Gladys, 36, are serving life sentences. Mr Lumumba said: "I think it's a victory. I talked to Gladys and she's elated about the news. I'm sure Jamie is, too."

He said Gladys had volunteered the donation. Mr Barbour, a Republican, will agree the indefinite suspension of their sentences, which can be reversed if terms are broken.

Fiction Evolving Into Reality

On the heels of the Slender Man legend comes the story of 'The Rake', a creepy tale of an unknown being that originally started on a few alternative boards. The narrative eventually reached a larger audience and transformed into a full blown urban legend. Is this allegory have tulpa potential? Well, that remains to be seen...but there have been reports that this creature does exist. The following is the original publication:

The Genesis of 'The Rake'

During the summer of 2003, events in the northeastern United States involving a strange, human-like creature sparked brief local media interest before an apparent blackout was enacted. Little or no information was left intact, as most online and written accounts of the creature were mysteriously destroyed.

Primarily focused in rural New York state, self proclaimed witnesses told stories of their encounters with a creature of unknown origin. Emotions ranged from extremely traumatic levels of fright and discomfort, to an almost childlike sense of playfulness and curiosity. While their published versions are no longer on record, the memories remained powerful. Several of the involved parties began looking for answers that year.

In early 2006, the collaboration had accumulated nearly two dozen documents dating between the 12th century and present day, spanning 4 continents. In almost all cases, the stories were identical. I’ve been in contact with a member of this group and was able to get some excerpts from their upcoming book.

A Suicide Note: 1964

As I prepare to take my life, I feel it necessary to assuage any guilt or pain I have introduced through this act. It is not the fault of anyone other than him. For once I awoke and felt his presence. And once I awoke and saw his form. Once again I awoke and heard his voice, and looked into his eyes. I cannot sleep without fear of what I might next awake to experience. I cannot ever wake. Goodbye.

Found in the same wooden box were two empty envelopes addressed to William and Rose, and one loose personal letter with no envelope.

‘Dearest Linnie,
I have prayed for you. He spoke your name.’


A Journal Entry (translated from Spanish): 1880


I have experience the greatest terror. I have experienced the greatest terror. I have experienced the greatest terror. I see his eyes when I close mine. They are hollow. Black. They saw me and pierced me. His wet hand. I will not sleep. His voice (unintelligible text).

A Mariner’s Log: 1691

He came to me in my sleep. From the foot of my bed I felt a sensation. He took everything. We must return to England. We shall not return here again at the request of the Rake.

Witness Account: 2006

Three years ago, I had just returned from a trip from Niagara Falls with my family for the 4th of July. We were all very exhausted after a long day of driving, so my husband and I put the kids right to bed and called it a night.

At about 4am, I woke up thinking my husband had gotten up to use the restroom. I used the moment to steal back the sheets, only to wake him in the process. I appologized and told him I though he got out of bed. When he turned to face me, he gasped and pulled his feet up from the end of the bed so quickly his knee almost knocked me out of the bed. He then grabbed me and said nothing.

After adjusting to the dark for a half second, I was able to see what caused the strange reaction. At the foot of the bed, sitting and facing away from us, there was what appeared to be a naked man, or a large hairless dog of some sort. It’s body position was disturbing and unnatural, as if it had been hit by a car or something. For some reason, I was not instantly frightened by it, but more concerned as to its condition. At this point I was somewhat under the assumption that we were supposed to help him.

My husband was peering over his arm and knee, tucked into the fetal position, occasionally glancing at me before returning to the creature.

In a flurry of motion, the creature scrambled around the side of the bed, and then crawled quickly in a flailing sort of motion right along the bed until it was less than a foot from my husband’s face. The creature was completely silent for about 30 seconds (or probably closer to 5, it just seemed like a while) just looking at my husband. The creature then placed its hand on his knee and ran into the hallway, leading to the kids’ rooms.

I screamed and ran for the lightswitch, planning to stop him before he hurt my children. When I got to the hallway, the light from the bedroom was enough to see it crouching and hunched over about 20 feet away. He turned around and looked directly at me, covered in blood. I flipped the switch on the wall and saw my daughter Clara.

The creature ran down the stairs while my husband and I rushed to help our daughter. She was very badly injured and spoke only once more in her short life. She said “he is the Rake”.

My husband drove his car into a lake that night, while rushing our daughter to the hospital. He did not survive.

Being a small town, news got around pretty quickly. The police were helpful at first, and the local newspaper took a lot of interest as well. However, the story was never published and the local television news never followed up either.

For several months, my son Justin and I stayed in a hotel near my parent’s house. After we decided to return home, I began looking for answers myself. I eventually located a man in the next town over who had a similar story. We got in contact and began talking about our experiences. He knew of two other people in New York who had seen the creature we now referred to as the Rake.

It took the four of us about two solid years of hunting on the internet and writing letters to come up with a small collection of what we believe to be accounts of the Rake. None of them gave any details, history or follow up. One journal had an entry involving the creature in its first 3 pages, and never mentioned it again. A ship’s log explained nothing of the encounter, saying only that they were told to leave by the Rake. That was the last entry in the log.

There were, however, many instances where the creature’s visit was one of a series of visits with the same person. Multiple people also mentioned being spoken to, my daughter included. This led us to wonder if the Rake had visited any of us before our last encounter.

I set up a digital recorder near my bed and left it running all night, every night, for two weeks. I would tediously scan through the sounds of me rolling around in my bed each day when I woke up. By the end of the second week, I was quite used to the occasional sound of sleep while blurring through the recording at 8 times the normal speed. (This still took almost an hour every day)

On the first day of the third week, I thought I heard something different. What I found was a shrill voice. It was the Rake. I can’t listen to it long enough to even begin to transcribe it. I haven’t let anyone listen to it yet. All I know is that I’ve heard it before, and I now believe that it spoke when it was sitting in front of my husband. I don’t remember hearing anything at the time, but for some reason, the voice on the recorder immediately brings me back to that moment.

The thoughts that must have gone through my daughter’s head make me very upset.

I have not seen the Rake since he ruined my life, but I know that he has been in my room while I slept. I know and fear that one night I’ll wake up to see him staring at me.

NOTE: Could this be a real entity? There are descriptions of similar creatures throughout the ages. For example, the novel "It" by Stephen King, where an entity's various manifestations are given form and power by the belief of the townspeople or "The Mothman Prophecies" where John A. Keel alludes to several ghost and UFO sightings as likely being tulpas. Is it possible that thought-form manifestation may clarify several unexplained phenomena? Lon


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6ª Básica > 12/2010

++++ E a postagem que vai encerrar 2010 não poderia deixar de ser musical, não é mesmo? A música é um fator sempre presente neste blog que tem a característica de postar diversos clipes. Muitas pessoas me perguntam por que eu faço isso, ainda mais porque quando elas querem ver algum clipe basta ir no YouTube. Eu respondo que sim, é mais fácil sim ir no YouTube, porém é bom ver um site, um blog, uma página falando de música com humor, informações, cinema, ligações entre textos, postagens falando sobre comportamento, enfim, um verdadeiro misto de assuntos em um só lugar. As Estranhas Verdades Relativas está se aproximando das 70.000 mil graças a isso, graças a vocês! Sendo assim, nada mais justo que terminar o ano com uma 6ª Básica de música que estiveram presentes neste ano.
==== E tudo começa com Bruno Mars e seu ‘Just the Way You Are’. O cara quieto ajudou dois artistas a entrarem para as paradas musicas do mundo inteiro antes de ter seu primeiro sucesso no topo das paradas. Essa música é bem calma, bem tranqüila e romântica. Já Lady Gaga possui seus méritos como comentando postagens anteriores. Ela inovou em seus clipes, trouxe o bizarro, passando por aqui agora com ‘Telephone’.
==== A série Glee também fez parte desse ano. Comecei a curtir e a descobrir a série, curtir as músicas e os personagens. ‘Losing my Religion’ e ‘Stop! In the Name of Love/Free Your Mind’ estão entre as minhas músicas favoritas da série que veremos agora.
==== Black Eyed Peas também foi um grupo que marcou neste ano. ‘Rock that Body’ foi um dos clipes mais bacanas desse ano. O grupo se tornou um dos mais lucrativos do ano assim como Gaga e Beyoncé.
==== Britney Spears também marcou nesse ano com a música ‘3’. A batida dançante realmente agitou. Sou suspeito porque curto a cantora há anos, então é com ela que fecharemos o ano. Nada mais justo, não é mesmo?
===== Tchau! Feliz 2011! Meus sinceros votos de um ótimo ano novo para todos! Abraço!

OS PIORES FILMES QUE VI EM 2010

Um show de verão
Se nada mais der certo
Garoto cósmico
Sweet sweetback baadasssss song
A hora do lobo
O amuleto de Ogum
Emmanuelle Tropical
Oito noites de loucura de Adam Sandler
O magnata
O banheiro do Papa
O colecionador de corpos
Quincas Berro D’água
Os famosos e os duendes da morte
Como cães e gatos 2
Wall Street – O dinheiro nunca dorme
Don’t drink the water
A filha de Calígula
Berlin Affair
Uma chamada perdida

Recapitula 12/2010

==== Última parte do recapitula do ano começando. Nessa penúltima postagem do ano vamos recordar o que aconteceu de bom nesse último mês do ano. Prontos?
==== Esse mês foi marcado pela continuação do especial Top 50 EVR 2010 que acabou hoje com a Britney Spears novamente na primeira posição. Britney também ganhou um Bloquinho Especial no dia de seu aniversário, postagem essa entre uma das mais vistas na última semana como vocês podem conferir nas Postagens Populares ao lado direito de sua tela. Sei que muitos fãs da cantora passam por aqui frequentemente. Bom saber!
==== Ainda rolou por aqui textos falando de alguns crimes, higiene, a babá caxiense que maltratava gêmeos e vários Mistos Quentes abordando os mais diversos assuntos. Os Reviews também marcaram presença constante por aqui já que Glee, Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries e Supernatural estão entre minhas séries favoritas no momento. Filmes também marcaram presença, ainda mais o filme ‘Sempre ao Seu Lado’ que realmente está entre um dos melhores de todos os tempos. Pensa em um filme que me emocionou. Chorei, chorei...
==== A enquete desse mês em clima de final de ano perguntou ‘qual é o seu sonho de vida’. As duas opções vencedoras com o mesmo número de votos foram encontrar alguém especial e ter bons amigos. Colado em segundo lugar foi a opção ‘ter dinheiro para sobreviver’. O resultado completo você confere abaixo:
==== E por último e extremamente importante o ponto alto do mês foi o especial com o modelo caxiense Robson Guaragni. As três partes dessa entrevista que ficou ótima foram postadas na primeira semana do ano sendo que as três estão entre as mais vistas do mês. Como disse na entrevista, esse cara tem futuro e acredito que em breve o veremos em desfiles internacionais. As três partes da entrevista vocês podem conferir acessando logo ao lado a aba ‘Minhas Postagens Favoritas’. As três estão ali listadas lá!
==== Esse recapitula fica por aqui, porém ao contrário dos últimos meses, essa não é a última postagem.

Misto Quente: Mortes, Homicídios, Lotofácil e Ano Novo

==== Último Misto Quente do ano na área para falar de coisas boas e coisas ruins. Infelizmente esse final de ano está sendo complicado para algumas famílias aqui da cidade. Vamos lá!

==== Começo falando do homicídio acontecido aqui perto da minha casa. O dono da Padaria Vó Lúcia foi morto com dois tiros faltando cerca de 10 minutos para o final do expediente nesta quinta-feira. Um jovem entre 20 e 25 anos entrou na padaria localizada na Avenida Jacob Luchese nas imediações da Casa de Pedra, e atirou no dono do estabelecimento sem levar absolutamente nada. Uma funcionária estava no banheiro quando escutou os tiros, correndo até a área de comércio para ver o que estava acontecendo, encontro o dono no chão ainda se movendo enquanto viu o agressor saindo do local usando um boné e roupas claras. Alguns meses atrás algo semelhante aconteceu em um outro comércio algumas quadras do local onde um dono de uma mercearia foi morto por um assaltante que pouco conseguiu levar. Cerca de 10 minutos antes do crime acontecer, eu passei na frente do estabelecimento caminhando com uma amiga.
==== E mais um prêmio da Lotofácil veio aqui para a cidade. O jogo foi feito na Lotérica Itaperu também aqui perto na Matteo Gianella, sendo que eu também fui na quarta-feira na mesma lotérica fazer um jogo na Lotofácil. Lembro de entrar na lotérica pensando que algum prêmio sairia para aquele lugar. Olha ali! Infelizmente não fui eu quem ganhei, mas tudo bem! Valeu à pena!
==== E no continente africano um crime chocou nesta última semana. Um garoto de 12 anos foi morto por quatro homens por causa de um ritual. Segundo crendice do país, o sangue e parte do corpo dos albinos possuem efeitos místicos. O garoto deve sua mão esquerda decepada. Segundo as autoridades locais, muitos crimes foram praticados contra albinos desde 2007.
==== E já é 2011 em muitos pontos do planeta. Comemorações regadas a muitos fogos de artifícios ocorreram nesse mundão a fora! Aproveito para desejar a todos um ótimo 2011, que todos os desejos, sonhos, que tudo se realize. Que o mundo encontre e valorize a paz, algo que está faltando muito nos dias de 2010. Que a vida seja valorizada, que as amizades se intensifiquem e que o bem prevaleça!

Review: 2ª Temporada Glee (Ep 09-10)

==== Descobri que estava devendo um ‘Review’ de Glee. Sendo assim, último review do ano adentrando na tela para falar dos episódios 09 e 10 da segunda temporada. Vamos a eles?

==== No nono episódio da série temos Kurt em sua nova escola enquanto no New Directions, o Puck é encarregado de encontrar um novo integrante já que Kurt está no time inimigo. Puck atrás de um novo integrante rende cenas engraçadas, como a dos ‘7 Minutos no Paraíso’.
==== Sobre a história do episódio, enquanto o coral se prepara para disputar uma das seletivas musicais, tudo acontece para complicar a vida dos integrantes. Rachel descobre que Finn transou com Santana, o que a deixa triste, mais ainda quando Will avisa que nessa competição ela não terá solo.
 ==== Curti muito Emma dizendo algumas verdades para Will que sempre usa ‘os de sempre’ nas competições. Graças a ela Sam e Quinn ganham destaque assim como Santana.
 ==== Brittany e Artie também tiveram uma história bem bacana no episódio. Estou curtindo esse casal que pode estar com os dias contados. Por hora vamos rever as apresentações do coral nas seletivas.
==== No episódio ocorreu um especial de Natal bem bacana. Sue sabota o amigo secreto, estraga o Natal do grupo, porém se arrepende no final. Brittany rouba a cena nesse episódio por ainda acreditar no Papai Noel, pedindo que Artie volte a andar. O episódio foi bem tri e marcou o final da série nesse ano. Glee retorna agora em fevereiro com mais!
==== Até!

Top 50 EVR 2010: 01ª

==== Top 50 EVR 2010 retornando neste último dia de 2010 para revelar quem leva a primeira posição. Vocês ainda possuem alguma dúvida?
==================== 01ª Posição > Britney Spears
==== Britney Spears leva novamente a medalha de ouro da minha parada musical. Não tem para ninguém! Ela é a minha cantora favorita não importa o que aconteça há muitos anos. ‘Stronger’ na cabeça!
==== Curto Britney desde o ano 2000. Desde lá escuto praticamente diarimente alguma música. Mesmo com tantos altos e baixos o mundo da música não seria o mesmo sem ela.
==== Era isso! Esse quadro volta no final de 2011! Abraço para todos que acompanharam essa parada! Abração!
==== No final da tarde o blog retorna para mais postagens para encerrar esse ano de 2010!

Olho Clínico: Bad Romance

==== E o último ‘Olho Clínico’ do ano não poderia deixar de falar do clipe mais foda desse ano! Sabe qual é ele? Não? Então confere aí!

==== ‘Bad Romance’ da Lady Gaga foi disparado um dos clipes mais vistos, mais acessados e mais importantes de 2010. Sendo assim é hora de analisá-lo cruelmente! Hahahaha!
==== Lady Gaga conseguiu façanhas com esse clipe. Ela levou ao mundo um amor bizarro onde ela quer até mesmo a feiúra da outra parte. Além disso Gaga criou uma coreografia bem bizarra, figurinos mais bizarros ainda e cenas realmente muito bem feitas, além é claro que parecer uma criatura de outro planeta. A cena dela parada rodeada por diamantes imóveis no ar é mega massa!
==== Ponto para Lady Gaga que fez um dos melhores clipes dos últimos tempos!

Recapitula Especial 2010 - Out e Nov

==== Retornando neste último dia de dezembro para recapitular mais dois meses. Outubro e Novembro agora sãos os temas do dia.
==== Outubro os rumores sobre a participação de Britney Spears em Glee se confirmaram. O episódio foi muito bacana, episódio esse que rendeu diversas músicas entre as mais tocadas do ITunes. Outubro ainda é o mês das eleições, o que rendeu algumas postagens por aqui. Também comentei sobre a importância do reconhecimento nas empresas e organizações, Outubro foi o mês onde comecei a escrever os ‘Reviews’ das séries que curto, reviews esses bastante acessados. Ainda rolou um especial musical com músicas contendo vozes masculinas e femininas e muito mais!
==== Em novembro começou a rolar o Top 50 EVR 2010 que chega ao final daqui a pouco. Nesse ano escolhi postar 50 músicas que curto ao invés das 30 dos anos anteriores. Vários ‘Reviews’ aconteceram e os quadros costumeiros marcaram presença. Ainda comentei sobre as fraudes no Banco Panamericano, notícias sobre uma ‘cama flutuante’ e muito mais. Uma das postagens mais acessadas dos dois últimos meses também foi ao ar nesse mês. Na postagem falando do New Fiesta está sendo a mais vista das últimas semanas. Que massa! Em novembro ainda aconteceu a introdução a entrevista com o modelo caxiense Robson Guaragni, mas isso eu comento melhor no recapitula de dezembro no final do dia de hoje.
==== Até mais!

As melhores cenas das animações da Pixar em 7 minutos

No blog do famoso crítico de cinema Roger Ebert, conferi um belíssimo clipe que expõe em sete minutos, algumas dos mais belos e impactantes momentos dos longas da Pixar Animation Studios, desde Toy Story (1995) até o recente Toy Story 3, favorito ao Oscar 2011 na categoria. Veja abaixo:

Um divertido clipe musical de A Mentira, com Emma Stone

Seguindo uma dica de video do colega Kleberson no Twitter, conferi um divertido clipe do elogiado (e ótimo) A Mentira (Easy A, 2010). Na prévia a personagem interpretada por Emma Stone recebe um cartão com alguns trocados. Quando abre, sente certa repulsa pela canção Pocket Full of Sunshine (Natasha Bedingfield). Não demora muito para que a musica se torne a trilha sonora do fim de semana da garota. Confira abaixo:




A Mentira chega em DVD/Blu-ray em fevereiro de 2011 nas prateleiras brasileiras.

Top 50 EVR 2010: 02ª

==== Top 50 EVR 2010 chega ao final depois de dois meses postando por aqui minhas músicas favoritas. A parada teve subidas e descidas, empates, novidades, pop, rock, enfim, de tudo um pouco. Hoje chegou a hora de descobrir quem leva a medalha de prata e a de ouro.
==================== 02ª Posição > Lady Gaga
==== Não tem como negar que 2010 foi o ano de Lady Gaga. Clipes bacanas que marcaram, músicas entre as mais executadas, limpa em diversas premiações, enfim, o ano é dela. Quase dela na verdade já que por aqui ela fica com a segunda posição em ‘Alejandro’.
==== Gaga conseguiu movimentar o mundo pop que estava parado há alguns anos. Com músicas bacanas e clipes que fugiram dos padrões, Gaga conquistou uma legião de fãs. Segundo lugar para ela!
==== E amanhã tem a primeira posição! Sim, nada de estragar a festa liberando essa informação. Hoje! Só amanhã...

Versões: Ana Carolina e Seu Jorge X Damien Rice

==== Quadro ‘Versões’ está de volta no final desse mês e desse ano para comparar uma mesma música na voz de dois ou mais artistas. Nessa semana a música é para cortar os pulsos...

==== Eu não sei parar de te olhar, não sei parar de te olhar... Você deve conhecer essa música nas vozes de Ana Carolina e Seu Jorge. Essa melação tocou meses a fio por aqui, porém você conhece a original?
==== Pensa em músicas para se jogar de um precipício? São essas, não é mesmo? Hehehe! Brincadeiras a parte, ambas as músicas fizeram um grande sucesso já que embalaram (ao sono) muitos casais. Agora você aí de casa tem que me dizer qual você prefere.
==== Valeu!

Recapitula Especial 2010 - Jul, Ago e Set

==== Recapitula retornando neste penúltimo dia de 2010 para comentar o que aconteceu por aqui nos meses de julho, agosto e setembro.
==== Julho começou com um especial musical com trilhas de filmes. Pesquisei vários filmes para trazer por aqui algumas músicas bacanas. Provavelmente esse especial inda vai voltar, mas antes preciso fazer pesquisas sobre músicas que ainda não mereceram destaque. A Copa do Mundo era assunto assim como a entrada de Katie Cassidy para o elenco de Gossip Girl. Devo admitir que a atriz balançou as tramas da série. Nesse mês ainda postei por aqui um texto chamado ‘Capital Humano’ que repercutiu bem. Ainda recordei de Mamonas Assassinas e comentei sobre o mês tenso que tive.
==== Agosto foi mais tenso ainda. Uma postagem chamada ‘A Relação entre Homens, Mulheres e Carros’ rendeu muito para meus ouvidos. Se você ficou curioso, leia! Recomendo! Ainda perguntei se você é um empreendendor, comentei sobre as dificuldades de um empreendedor e curtimos um especial envolvendo música e esportes. Ainda comentei sobre alguns valores deturpados das pessoas e muito mais em um mês normalmente tenso.
==== Setembro foi um mês de mudanças em minha vida. Setembro também detém o recorde de postagens em um mês. Foram 60 postagens que comentaram sobre tudo e mais um pouco. A música sempre presente por aqui apareceu em clipes animados e com um especial Linkin Park que lançava álbum novo. A UC$ rendeu algumas revoltas nesse mês, mês onde rolou o VMA que cobri do início ao fim atualizando pelo Twitter e postando aqui no momento seguinte ao término do programa da MTV EUA. Ainda rolou uma postagem fodástica falando de garotos-brinquedos e garotas-brinquedos que se submetem as vontades do outro por mais vergonhosas que sejam. Ah! E nesse mês ainda rolou uma entrevista exclusiva com a Manuela D'Avila. Confira!
==== Amanhã volto com a última parte desse recapitula 2010!

Legend and Legacy of the Slender Man

Dressed in a black suit and with no visible face the Slender Man is an apparition with arms that stretch wide to entrap his chosen prey. Towering high the Slender Man hunts children with a voracious appetite, stalking them through parks and play grounds, and has even been known to attack children within their dreams. Due to his attire the Slender Man has been linked to the notorious 'Men in Black', who are thought to be Government agents who harass and threaten UFO witnesses, and who some believe to be Aliens themselves. The only problem is that the Slender Man is a fictional character.

The Slender Man was born within the 'Something Awful' forums in 2009, when a thread was created to challenge members to create fake photo-shopped paranormal photographs. The idea however was not just to create these images, but to also filter them through the internet, in a bid to convince those who sought out such things, that the images created were authentic 'real' ghost/alien photographs.

Despite the Slender Man being a complete fabrication his legend has spread like wild-fire throughout the internet as a successful 'Internet MEME', a phrase used to describe a catchphrase or concept that spreads quickly from person to person via the internet, much like an esoteric inside joke, that evolves with time.

A YouTube sensation of sorts the 'Marble Hornets Project' is a series of video clips that were supposedly recorded by a teenager named 'Alex'. The segments of video taken from Alex's camcorder tapes follow him as he becomes increasingly concerned by the fact that 'something' sinister, is apparently stalking him.

Whilst Alex himself has mysteriously vanished, the video clips he left behind him become increasingly disturbing, as the Slender Man peers from distant corners. The Marble Hornets Project' has greatly increased the range of the Slender Man Myths reach, with some unfamiliar with the legends origin taking it at face-value, and they in turn spread the legends grip further still.


IS THE 'SLENDER MAN' REAL?

Like the Tulpa of Tibetan Buddhism and mysticism, thought-forms are brought into existence merely through power of will and strength of mind. A Tulpa is defined as ‘a humanoid thought-form’ and likened to a personal 'genie' that you create using thought energy. Once created, the Tulpa can be put to practical use to help you in all sorts of ways.

But, is it possible that if enough people believe in something, that this belief alone could give birth to its form?

In John Keel’s 1975-authored book, The Mothman Prophecies, he deals with the tulpas early on in his narrative and, now and then, throughout the text.

The most famous tulpa story comes from Alexandra David-Neel’s Magic and Mystery in Tibet. A lama of eastern Tibet told Ms. David-Neel:

“What becomes of these creations? May it not be that like children born of our flesh, these children of our mind separate their lives from ours, escape our control, and play parts of their own?”

Now, is it possible that a group or collective create the same phenomenon? Consider these familiar types of spiritual experiences:

* A group of teenagers gathered around a Ouija board receives mysterious messages from a person's spirit who claims to have died 40 years ago.

* A paranormal society conducts a séance where they contact a ghost that communicates though table rappings.

* The residents of a century-old home continually see the spirit of a young child playing in the hallway.

Are these manifestations truly the ghosts of departed people or are they creations of the minds of the people who see them?

Some researchers of the paranormal suspect that some ghostly manifestations and poltergeist phenomena are products of the human mind. To test that idea, an experiment was conducted in the early 1970s by the Toronto Society for Psychical Research (TSPR) to determine if they could create a spectre. The idea was to assemble a group of people who would make up a completely fictional character and then, through séances, see if they could contact him and receive messages and other physical phenomena - perhaps even an apparition.

The results of the experiment have been posted on several sites throughout the internet...the following is a condensed version:

The TSPR, under the guidance of Dr. A.R.G. Owen, assembled a group of eight people culled from its membership, none of whom claimed to have any psychic gifts. The group, which became known as the Owen group, consisted of Dr. Owen's wife, a woman who was the former chairperson of MENSA (an organization for high-IQ people), an industrial designer, an accountant, a housewife, a bookkeeper and a sociology student. A psychologist named Dr. Joel Whitton also attended many of the group's sessions as an observer.

The group's first task was to create their fictional historical character. Together they wrote a short biography of the person they named Philip Aylesford. Here, in part, is that biography:

Philip was an aristocratic Englishman, living in the middle 1600s at the time of Oliver Cromwell. He had been a supporter of the King, and was a Catholic. He was married to a beautiful but cold and frigid wife, Dorothea, the daughter of a neighboring nobleman.

One day when out riding on the boundaries of his estates Philip came across a gypsy encampment and saw there a beautiful dark-eyed girl raven-haired gypsy girl, Margo, and fell instantly in love with her. He brought her back secretly to live in the gatehouse, near the stables of Diddington Manor - his family home.

For some time he kept his love-nest secret, but eventually Dorothea, realizing he was keeping someone else there, found Margo, and accused her of witchcraft and stealing her husband. Philip was too scared of losing his reputation and his possessions to protest at the trial of Margo, and she was convicted of witchcraft and burned at the stake.

Philip was subsequently stricken with remorse that he had not tried to defend Margo and used to pace the battlements of Diddington in despair. Finally, one morning his body was found at the bottom of the battlements, whence he had cast himself in a fit of agony and remorse.


The Owen group even enlisted the artistic talents of one of its members to sketch a portrait of Philip (see picture above). With their creation's life and appearance now firmly established in their minds, the group began the second phase of the experiment: contact.

One of two recovered photographs from the Stirling City Library blaze. Notable for being taken the day which fourteen children vanished and for what is referred to as "The Slender Man". Deformities cited as film defects by officials. Fire at library occurred one week later. Actual photograph confiscated as evidence. Photographer Mary Thomas, missing since June 13th, 1986.

The Seances

In September 1972, the group began their "sittings" - informal gatherings in which they would discuss Philip and his life, meditate on him and try to visualize their "collective hallucination" in more detail. These sittings, conducted in a fully lit room, went on for about a year with no results. Some members of the group occasionally claimed they felt a presence in the room, but there was no result they could consider any kind of communication from Philip.

So they changed their tactics. The group decided they might have better luck if they attempted to duplicate the atmosphere of a classic spiritualist séance. They dimmed the room's lights, sat around a table, sang songs and surrounded themselves with pictures of the type of castle they imagined Philip would have lived in, as well as objects from that time period.

It worked. During one evening's séance, the group received its first communication from Philip in the form of a distinct rap on the table. Soon Philip was answering questions asked by the group - one rap for yes, two for no. They knew it was Philip because, well, they asked him.

The sessions took off from there, producing a range of phenomena that could not be explained scientifically. Through the table-rapping communication, the group was able to learn finer details about Philip's life. He even seemed to exhibit a personality, conveying his likes and dislikes, and his strong views on various subjects, made plain by the enthusiasm or hesitancy of his knockings. His "spirit" was also able to move the table, sliding it from side to side despite the fact that the floor was covered with thick carpeting. At times it would even "dance" on one leg.

That Philip was a creation of the group's collective imagination was evident in his limitations. Although he could accurately answer questions about events and people of his time period, it did not appear to be information that the group was unaware of. In other words, Philip's responses were coming from their subconscious - their own minds. Some members thought they heard whispers in response to questions, but no voice was ever captured on tape.

Philip's psychokinetic powers, however, were amazing and completely unexplained. If the group asked Philip to dim the lights, they would dim instantly. When asked to restore the lights, he would oblige. The table around which the group sat was almost always the focal point of peculiar phenomena. After feeling a cool breeze blow across the table, they asked Philip if he could cause it to start and stop at will. He could and he did. The group noticed that the table itself felt different to the touch whenever Philip was present, having a subtle electric or "alive" quality. On a few occasions, a fine mist formed over the center of the table. Most astonishing, the group reported that the table would sometimes be so animated that it would rush over to meet latecomers to the session, or even trap members in the corner of the room.

The climax of the experiment was a séance conducted before a live audience of 50 people. The session was also filmed as part of a television documentary. Fortunately, Philip was not stage shy and performed above expectations. Besides table rappings, other noises around the room and making lights blink off and on, the group actually attained a full levitation of the table. It rose only a half inch above the floor, but this incredible feat was witnessed by the group and the film crew. Unfortunately, the dim lighting prevented the levitation from being captured on the film.

Although the Philip experiment gave the Owen group far more than they ever imagined possible, it was never able to attain one of their original goals - to have the spirit of Philip actually materialize.

The Philip experiment was so successful that the Toronto organization decided to try it again with a completely different group of people and a new fictional character. After just five weeks, the new group established "contact" with their new "ghost," Lilith, a French Canadian spy. Other similar experiments conjured up such entities as Sebastian, a medieval alchemist and even Axel, a man from the future. All of them were completely fictional, yet all produced unexplained communication through their unique raps.

Recently, a Sydney, Australia group attempted a similar test with "the Skippy Experiment." The six participants created the story of Skippy Cartman, a 14-year-old Australian girl. The group reports that Skippy communicated with them through raps and scratching sounds.

"we didn't want to go, but its persistent silence and outstretched arms horrified and comforted us at the same time..." Photographer unknown, 1983

Conclusions

What are we to make of these incredible experiments? While some would conclude that they prove that ghosts don't exist, that such things are in our minds only, others say that our unconscious could be responsible for this kind of the phenomena some of the time. They do not (in fact, cannot) prove that there are no ghosts.

Another point of view is that even though Philip was completely fictional, the Owen group really did contact the spirit world. A playful (or perhaps demonic, some would argue) spirit took the opportunity of these séances to "act" as Philip and produce the extraordinary psychokinetic phenomena recorded.

In any case, the experiments proved that paranormal phenomena are quite real. And like most such investigations, they leave us with more questions than answers about the world in which we live. The only certain conclusion is that there is much to our existence that is still unexplained.

In conventional thought, reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or may be thought to be. Reality also includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible.

In the case of the Slender Man and other similar thought-form phenomenon, reality is basically perception.


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Fortean / Alternative News: Solar Maximum Begins, Quidditch for Muggles and Fury in China

'Solar Maximum' Begins in 2011

AFP - The coming year will be an important one for space weather as the Sun pulls out of a trough of low activity and heads into a long-awaited and possibly destructive period of turbulence.

Many people may be surprised to learn that the Sun, rather than burn with faultless consistency, goes through moments of calm and tempest.

But two centuries of observing sunspots -- dark, relatively cool marks on the solar face linked to mighty magnetic forces -- have revealed that our star follows a roughly 11-year cycle of behaviour.

The latest cycle began in 1996 and for reasons which are unclear has taken longer than expected to end.

Now, though, there are more and more signs that the Sun is shaking off its torpor and building towards "Solar Max," or the cycle's climax, say experts.

"The latest prediction looks at around midway 2013 as being the maximum phase of the solar cycle," said Joe Kunches of the Space Weather Prediction Center at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

But there is a prolonged period of high activity, "more like a season, lasting about two and a half years," either side of the peak, he cautioned.

At its angriest, the Sun can vomit forth tides of electromagnetic radiation and charged matter known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs.

This shock wave may take several days to reach Earth. When it arrives, it compresses the planet's protective magnetic field, releasing energy visible in high latitudes as shimmering auroras -- the famous Northern Lights and Southern Lights.

But CMEs are not just pretty events.

They can unleash static discharges and geomagnetic storms that can disrupt or even knock out the electronics on which our urbanised, Internet-obsessed, data-saturated society depends.

Less feared, but also a problem, are solar flares, or eruptions of super-charged protons that can reach Earth in just minutes.

In the front line are telecommunications satellites in geostationary orbit, at an altitude of 36,000 kilometres (22,500 miles) and Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, on which modern airliners and ships depend for navigation, which orbit at 20,000 kms (12,000 miles).

In January 1994, discharges of static electricity inflicted a five-month, 50-million-dollar outage of a Canadian telecoms satellite, Anik-E2.

In April 2010, Intelsat lost Galaxy 15, providing communications over North America, after the link to ground control was knocked out apparently by solar activity.

"These are the two outright breakdowns that we all think about," said Philippe Calvel, an engineer with the French firm Thales. "Both were caused by CMEs."

In 2005, X-rays from a solar storm disrupted satellite-to-ground communications and GPS signals for about 10 minutes.

To cope with solar fury, satellite designers opt for robust, tried-and-tested components and shielding, even if this makes the equipment heavier and bulkier and thus costlier to launch, said Thierry Duhamel of satellite maker Astrium.

Another precaution is redundancy -- to have backup systems in case one malfunctions.

On Earth, power lines, data connections and even oil and gas pipelines are potentially vulnerable.

An early warning of the risk came in 1859, when the biggest CME ever observed unleashed red, purple and green auroras even in tropical latitudes.

The new-fangled technology of the telegraph went crazy. Geomagnetically-induced currents in the wires shocked telegraph operators and even set the telegraph paper on fire.

In 1989, a far smaller flare knocked out power from Canada's Hydro Quebec generator, inflicting a nine-hour blackout for six million people.

A workshop in 2008 by US space weather experts, hosted by the National Academy of Sciences, heard that a major geomagnetic storm would dwarf the 2005 Hurricane Katrina for costs.

Recurrence of a 1921 event today would fry 350 major transformers, leaving more than 130 million people without power, it heard. A bigger storm could cost between a trillion and two trillion dollars in the first year, and full recovery could take between four and 10 years.

"I think there is some hyperbole about the draconian effects," said Kunches.

"On the other hand, there's a lot we don't know about the Sun. Even in the supposedly declining, or quiet phase, you can have magnetic fields on the Sun that get very concentrated and energised for a time, and you can get, out of the blue, eruptive activity that is atypical. In short, we have a variable star."

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Strange Hot Commodities in North Korea

nypost - Skinny jeans, adult films and human excrement were among some of the most wanted items for consumers in North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday.

Kim Young-soo, a political science professor at Seoul's Sogang University, said at a conference Tuesday that the items were selling "like hot cakes" in North Korea.

Kim interviewed several recent defectors from the Communist country, who said that other popular items sold in North Korea included TV dramas and instant noodles.

Yonhap reported that shops began selling human excrement to deal with acute shortages of fertilizer in North Korea. "Each household used to use human excrement as fertilizer, but because it's hard to keep up with the amount, human manure shops showed up at markets," Kim said.

Skinny jeans also became popular items for sale in the North after a ban on fashionable trousers was lifted.

"Skinny jeans are now popular and are changing the fashion style of women in Pyongyang," Kim added, citing sources in North Korea.

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Couple Accused of Using Pliers to Pull Child's Teeth, Toenails

fox59 - Authorities believe an Indiana woman and her boyfriend used a pair of pliers to pull out a three-year-old boy's teeth and toenails last November.

Andrew Richards, 27, was charged with child battery and confinement. The boy's mother, 22-year-old Jessica Carder, was charged with aiding child battery and neglect. Both were held on a $50,000 cash bond in the Jefferson County Jail in Madison Tuesday.

Richards admitted to pulling the boy's teeth but did not say how.

"I just pulled a tooth. My dad pulls my teeth all the time. I ain't traumatized," Richards said to reporters as he was escorted back to jail.

Prosecutors said they know how Richards pulled those teeth.

"There's evidence, supported by their interviews that pliers were used to extract the teeth. There is also damage to the gum line," Jefferson County Prosecutor Chad Lewis said.

He also said there was evidence Richards had been taking and abusing Oxycontin that night. Richards denied those allegations. Carder did not have anything to say about the charges.

The boy's grandfather, Karl Andersen, said he sought custody for the boy after incidents that happened earlier in the year. The boy is currently in custody of his biological father's parents.

"It's kind of hard to understand him talking because he's got all them teeth missing on the top," Andersen said. "He's doing really good."

Richards and Carder each face a maximum of 20 years behind bars for the charges.

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Quidditch For Muggles

Quidditch, the game popularised in the Harry Potter books, is now being played by students around the world. So just how do you turn a magical sport into something that can be played in real life?

As a group of college students gather on a cold Sunday morning outside the White House for their weekly sports practice, it's hard not to smirk.

Watching adults run around the field with household brooms and mops between their legs, wearing makeshift wizards' capes, is quite a sight, after all. But in non-wizarding society (or the muggle world, for those of you in the know), one has to improvise.

"A Quidditch game might look crazy to somebody who's never seen it before," says Mariah Hegelson, treasurer of the George Washington University team, in Washington DC.

"But to an external observer watching a basketball game for the first time, that might look crazy too," she says, without a hint of irony.

For those who have managed to escape all things Harry Potter, Quidditch is the fictional sport popularised in JK Rowling's best-selling books. Continue reading at Quidditch for Muggles

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Suspicious Death Ignites Fury in China

nytimes - A man lies on a road with his eyes closed, blood streaming from his half-open mouth, his torso completely crushed under the large tire of a red truck. One arm reaches out from beneath the tire. His shoulder is a bloody pile of flesh. His head is no longer attached to the flattened spinal cord.

The man in the photograph, Qian Yunhui, 53, has become the latest Internet sensation in China, as thousands of people viewing the image online since the weekend have accused government officials of gruesomely killing Mr. Qian to silence his six-year campaign to protect fellow villagers in a land dispute. Illegal land seizures by officials are common in China, but the horrific photographs of Mr. Qian’s death on Saturday have ignited widespread fury, forcing local officials to offer explanations in a news conference.

It is the latest in a string of cases in which anger against the government has been fanned by the lightning-fast spread of information online. In late October, the son of a deputy police chief in central China drunkenly drove his car into two college students, killing one and injuring another. His parting phrase as he drove away from the scene of the crime — “Sue me if you dare, my father is Li Gang!” — has since become a byword for official corruption and nepotism.

Officials in the city of Yueqing in Zhejiang Province, which supervises Mr. Qian’s home village, insist that the photographs show nothing more than an unfortunate traffic accident. They made their case in a hastily arranged news conference on Monday afternoon, as the images of Mr. Qian’s death continued proliferating on the Internet. Mr. Qian’s family, some Chinese reporters and residents of Zhaiqiao Village cite the photographs as proof of foul play and a sloppy cover-up.

It is unclear who took the photographs, but they first appeared Sunday afternoon on Tianya, a popular online forum for discussing Chinese social issues.

Within 36 hours, the initial post attracted nearly 20,000 comments. It has since been deleted. Tianya and two other Web sites that reported on the case together got 400,000 hits, according to Xinhua, the state news agency. The Chinese government goes to great lengths to block servers here from accessing information it deems harmful to political stability, but censors have apparently failed to keep up with the proliferation of blog posts related to Mr. Qian. Once the information had spread, higher authorities apparently found it necessary to show the public they were looking into the matter — officials from the nearby city of Wenzhou ordered police officers from there to go to Yueqing to assist the investigation, Xinhua reported.

Chinese Internet users were drawn not only to the gruesome images, but also to the fact that the land dispute involving Mr. Qian is a common narrative in China.

In 2004, the city government approved construction of a power plant in Zhaiqiao Village. The company building the plant got virtually all the arable land in the village, and the 4,000 or so villagers received no compensation, according to a blog post on Tianya that was written four months ago under Mr. Qian’s name. At the time, Mr. Qian and other villagers went to government offices to protest the land grab, and riot police officers beat more than 130 people and arrested 72, the post said.

Mr. Qian, the former Communist Party representative in the village, traveled to Beijing to file a petition with the central authorities. In the news conference on Monday, city officials said that Mr. Qian had been arrested, found guilty of criminal conduct and imprisoned at least twice. Mr. Qian continued his crusade after recently being released from prison. Before his death, he was the overwhelming favorite of the villagers in a coming election for village chief, according to local media reports.

Around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Mr. Qian received a call on his cellphone and walked out as he was talking, according to a report by Chinese Business News that cited Mr. Qian’s wife, Wang Zhaoyan.

An hour later, he was run over by the red truck, his body crushed beneath the left front tire. The driver, Fei Liangyu, has been detained, according to a statement on the Yueqing city government Web site.

Chinese news reports said another villager, Qian Chengwei, told people that he had watched as the victim was held down in the road by several men wearing security uniforms. One of the men waved his hand, and a truck then drove slowly over Mr. Qian, the reports said. Villagers arriving at the scene were immediately suspicious. They refused to allow the police to remove Mr. Qian’s body, and a scuffle ensued.

The witness and the victim’s family members were detained, according to Southern Daily, a newspaper based in Guangdong Province. Government officials told the newspaper that the witness was a drug user.

Local news organizations reported Tuesday that Mr. Qian’s family members have been released. Phone calls to Mr. Qian’s home were not answered.

Internet users and Chinese reporters have continued to question the explanation by city officials, pointing to discrepancies revealed by the photos. Why does the front of the truck show little sign of impact or blood? Why, if Mr. Qian had been accidentally hit while walking upright, is his body lying completely perpendicular to the truck’s tire? Why was a brand-new security camera at the intersection where Mr. Qian killed not working on Saturday? Who called Mr. Qian on that fateful morning?

“A few years ago, there were other people petitioning with my dad,” one family member, Qian Shuangping, told China Business Daily. “Some of them were bought off. Some of them got scared. We said: ‘Just take some money and forget it. What if something happens to you?’ My father wouldn’t listen to us.”

NOTE: a communist government operating under a capitalist guise that includes internet access and free markets can only lead to one of two realities....return to totalitarianism or a social revolution. Lon

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Anne Strieber posted this video today at Unknowncountry.com. Some of the comments on YouTube are interesting. Honestly, I've never been convinced of Alison Kruse's videos but Strieber seems to feel her evidence is legit...Lon
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