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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Life After Death? A Sign From Beyond The Grave?


By DC 
I grew up going to church and my parents teaching me about life after death. But I guess being taught and really believing are two different things. I mean you can be taught to believe and you think you do till that moment when someone you love and are close to passes on. That’s when you find yourself starting to wonder in the back of your mind what really happens when you die.
I don’t know if I am just getting old that has me wondering. I never really wondered about it till a few years ago. But recently I had my little sister pass on from cancer, a sister that was two years younger than myself. This my friends have been the most difficult time in my life. I didn’t cry, but my mind has wept tears that could fill many oceans.
My sister died October 12th 2014 just eight days after her 51st birthday. Her life was one that loved music, life and her religion. She was very talented. She was a music teacher and loved the young children she taught, she called them her children. She could not have children of her own because of the treatments she received when she was 25 years old and she never married.
OK, I will stop there. I could go on and on about her but I need to get to my story, one that is hard for me to write.
After her death I could and still can not get her out of my mind, wondering where is she? Is she doing fine? Is she happy?

Why Magic Sucks - The first essay in the series "Shattering Illusions"

Jamy Ian Swiss home

"Blackstone and Copperfield stink, but Jamy Ian Swiss is to die for." – Richard Kaufman, MAGIC Magazine
(Yes, he did write this, but no, I don't think he really meant it.)

Why Magic Sucks

I love magic. I have loved it passionately all my life, have invested twenty-two years as an amateur magician and survived another dozen since as a full time professional. I think it an art form possessing magnificent capacity and genuinely exceptional elements - elements that in fact set it apart from all other arts. But I love magic as a means more than as an end. I love what magic can be far more than I love what it is.
For almost as long as I can remember magicians have bemoaned the low status of magic on the food chain of the performance arts. As I quoted in my Introduction to Peter Samelson's Theatrical Close- Up in 1984, in 1911 Maskelyne and Devant lamented in Our Magic that "...due recognition of the artistic claims of magic and magicians can only be brought about by proving that those who practice magic are something more than common jugglers, on the one hand, or common mechanical tinkerers, on the other hand... This they can only do by treating (magic) as a true art - not merely as an embodiment of more or less intelligent skill." Little has changed in the past eighty years.
Why does magic continue to suffer its embarrassing standing? Why does the message of a radio commercial that proclaims theirs the "the magic show for people who hate magic shows" strike such a compelling chord with Penn & Teller's discerning and appreciative audience? If asked, many magicians insist that this condition is due to the existence of "so much bad magic out there." But this is nonsense. There has always been bad singing, bad music, bad dance, bad painting and sculpture - yet these performance and static arts continue to maintain their respected station, unthreatened by the presence of poor and incompetent practitioners.
What makes magic different?
Magic has failed to achieve artistic standing because it has failed to transcend its technique.
And what is that technique? The fundamental task of magic is that of fooling the audience. In fact, the most basic definition of magic might be this: to be a magician, one must fool the audience.
But the problem is that for far too long magicians have stopped at that sentence, and gone no further.
So keep reading.
When you fool the audience you indeed fulfill the essential mandate of your job. But you have in no way come even remotely close to completing the job - much less having done a job well.
There must - simply must - be some larger end in sight, or else the audience is merely fooled.
Merely fooled?
Yes, merely, for fooling the audience is, in and of itself no measure of greatness. A magician who has learned to fool the audience is little more than a musician who has mastered the scales, a painter who has learned his brushstrokes, an actor who has learned to remember his lines and not bump into the furniture. It is a beginning. But it is a necessary one. In no other field will an artist even be taken seriously if he has not achieved this most basic technical proficiency. Yet how many magicians have you seen that fail to achieve even this much?
Not only is it not difficult to achieve this feat, but in fact, people are fooled every day. What's more, it is outrageous to assume that this is often a pleasurable experience. Quite possibly the single most egregious myth that magicians have perpetrated on themselves (and, I might add, it is solely upon themselves), is that "it is fun to be fooled." Really? I don't think so. Was it fun to buy that new car only to discover it was a lemon? Was it fun to declare fidelity in a marriage vow, only to be cuckolded? Was it fun to vote for your choice for the highest political office in the land, only to learn that he subverted the Constitution that he swore to uphold, or had to flee from office in order to escape Congressional subpoena?
Gee, I don't think so.
In fact, not only is it not fun to be fooled, but it is one of the magician's first orders of business - immediately upon learning how to fool the audience - to find a way to make the experience palatable. Whether by deem of character, by means of psychological or theatrical ploy, something must be done to add a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine of magic go down. It doesn't have to be sweet. Or even nice. It might be harsh, even menacing - good art often is. -But something must be offered to balance the audience's experience and make it profitable for them in human terms.
There not only can be, but indeed must be, much much more to magic than an elemental act of deception. Every art form possesses its most basic and essential ingredient, and just as a musician produces sounds with an instrument, a dancer moves upon a stage, and a painter makes marks upon a canvas, the magician is expected to fool his audience. If the magician repeatedly fails to do so, he may still be an entertainer, a performing artist, even an artist of merit. But he is not a magician.
I do not defend some constipated purist's approach that would prevent magic from expanding to incorporate other artistic techniques, such as music, movement, or comedy. But consider the type of work that has come to be known as "comedy magic." I make a clear distinction between comedy magic and its lowly imitator, magic as prop comedy. Outstanding magicians who today work in settings alongside stand-up comedians make it a habit of including a magical payoff in much of their work, in the tradition of men like Jay Marshall, Johnny Thompson, and other masters of their ilk (though to be sure there are few of comparable stature). Contemporary examples which come to mind would include Mac King, Steve Spill, Fielding West, Harry Anderson, and Mark Kornhauser. Consider Fielding's "Bob the Bird" routine, in which an item used by countless prop comic magicians for a quick laugh is in fact used to achieve a genuine magical effect -not to mention a huge laugh. This difference - between a gag, and a gaff - is exactly what I am talking about. But contrast this masterly approach with the work of those who merely use magic as a prop - a crutch if you will - without ever completing the fundamental achievement of a truly magical effect. This lowly breed, failing the ability to mark themselves as either competent magicians or accomplished comedians, combine the two in a mediocre stew and call it comedy magic. It is not. It is prop comedy in the name of magic. The audience laughs, but where is the triumph in that? A quick visit to the local comedy club will demonstrate how easily that goal can be attained. And even for those who might consider this a triumph of sorts, would it not be at least more honest to label their product as something other than - and indeed less than - what it pretends to be, for it is not magic.

In fact, each field of artistic endeavor must indeed operate from its most simple definition. That definition can, at times, be a terrible burden, a frustrating constraint. But it is also a liberating challenge and a singular opportunity - a path by which the artist may achieve something truly unique and powerful.


TSA Screeners At Denver International Airport Manipulated System To Grope Men’s Genitals. Disgusting and Pathetic.

TSA Agent Groping Man's Genitals
DENVER (CBS4) – A CBS4 investigation has learned that two Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport have been fired after they were discovered manipulating passenger screening systems to allow a male TSA employee to fondle the genital areas of attractive male passengers.
It happened roughly a dozen times, according to information gathered by CBS4.
According to law enforcement reports obtained during the CBS4 investigation, a male TSA screener told a female colleague in 2014 that he “gropes” male passengers who come through the screening area at DIA.
“He related that when a male he finds attractive comes to be screened by the scanning machine he will alert another TSA screener to indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is a female. When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area and this allows (the male TSA screener) to conduct a pat-down search of that area.”
Although the TSA learned of the accusation on Nov. 18, 2014 via an anonymous tip from one of the agency’s own employees, reports show that it would be nearly three months before anything was done.
On Feb. 9 TSA security supervisor Chris Higgins watched the screening area, observing the employees. “At about 0925 he observed (the male TSA screener) appear to give a signal to another screener … (the second female screener) was responsible for the touchscreen system that controls whether or not the scanning machine alerts to gender- specific anomalies, according to a law enforcement report obtained by CBS4.
According to the report, the TSA investigator then watched a male passenger enter the scanner at DIA “and observed (the female TSA agent) press the screening button for a female. The scanner alerted to an anomaly, and Higgins observed (the male TSA screener) conduct a pat down of the passenger’s front groin and buttocks area with the palm of his hands, which is contradictory to TSA searching policy.”
Higgins later interviewed the female TSA agent who was an accomplice in the groping conspiracy. She “admitted that she has done this for (the male TSA officer) at least 10 other times. She knew that doing so would allow (the male TSA officer) to perform a pat down on a male passenger that (the male TSA screener) found attractive,” reported Higgins.
The TSA said the male passenger who they saw being fondled was flying on Southwest Airlines and the agency has videotape of the incident. CBS4 has requested the tape but it was not immediately released. TSA has said it could not identify the male passenger who was groped and the agency says there have been no other complaints about the serial groping.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wikimedia Sues NSA Over Mass Surveillance


By majestic

One of our favorite Internet resources, Wikimedia, is suing the NSA. Here’s their statement:
Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States [1]. The lawsuit challenges the NSA’s mass surveillance program, and specifically its large-scale search and seizure of internet communications — frequently referred to as “upstream” surveillance. Our aim in filing this suit is to end this mass surveillance program in order to protect the rights of our users around the world. We are joined by eight other organizations [2] and represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The full complaint can be found here.
“We’re filing suit today on behalf of our readers and editors everywhere,” said Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia.…
- See more at: http://disinfo.com/#sthash.Q65p93vd.dpuf

Ghosts of the Ghoul Of Grays Harbor


By Ken Summers
If you ever find yourself in Aberdeen, Washington, craving a bite to eat, you can find some great pub grub at Billy’s on the corner of East Heron and South G Streets. There you’ll find yourself surrounded by nostalgia from Aberdeen’s past. The town was built on the shipping and logging industry; it was a land of rough and rugged men. Though the Pacific Northwest is known for its milder, wet climate, a different sort of northern clipper found its way south to Aberdeen in 1902 to chill the citizens to the bone. Its name was William Gohl.
After a failed attempt at making a living as a bartender in the Yukon, and some time spent in San Francisco’s wharves, William “Billy” Gohl found his way south to Grays Harbor and settled in the small coastal sailing and logging community of Aberdeen. He was a cold looking brute standing 6 feet 2 inches tall and built like a Bulldog. Little did the townsfolk know that in the wake of his departure, Gohl was suspected in some peculiar deaths up north; many dead bodies of migrant workers washed up on the shore near where he was tending bar. But in Aberdeen, Gohl used his position as an official agent of the Sailor’s Union of the Pacific (SUP) to start a new career path.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Could Religion Survive Alien Contact?



by Lee Speigel

Pope Francis is known for shaking things up in the Catholic church. But few people saw it coming when he noted in a May homily that he'd be more than happy to baptize Martians if they asked for it.
"If tomorrow, for example, an expedition of Martians arrives -- green men with a long nose and big ears, like children draw -- and some of them come to us, and if one of them asks to be baptized, what would happen?" he asked.
The statement left some wondering whether this meant the Pope believed in aliens.
"Nobody read the [Pope's] context," said Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, who holds two degrees from MIT and a Ph.D. in planetary science. Consolmagno is also the co-author of the recent book Would You Baptize An Extraterrestrial? (Image Publisher), written with Jesuit Father Paul Mueller, SJ.
"He wasn't talking about Martians. He was trying to explain what would happen 2,000 years ago when people were saying we should let gentiles [non-Jews] into the church. He was saying, 'Look, gentiles were as weird to them as Martians would be to us today.' He was being silly, tongue-in-cheek. But, you know, some people just don't have a sense of humor," said Consolmagno.

But even though the pope was making a point about welcoming people to baptism who ask for it, his homily brings up an interesting question: When and if we discover we're not alone in the universe, how will religion react?
It's an apt question for the Christmas season. Each year around the world, the same story is told and re-enacted over and over again: the familiar tale of a bright star in the heavens that led a group of wise men to Jerusalem to visit the newborn Jesus over 2,000 years ago.
The Star of Bethlehem is still considered a mystery of faith and science. Some debate how it's possible a star could travel and then stop. Others hypothesize that maybe it wasn't a star at all. A few people have even floated the idea that maybe the star was an unidentified flying object: a UFO.
The Bible describes many miraculous events -- accounts of things like the Star of Bethlehem or god-like creatures descending from the sky to interact with the citizens of Earth.
But does everything that was reported in those early biblical times indicate a conflict between faith and science?
"Most people who think there is that conflict don't really know what science is, and they don't really know what faith is," Consolmagno said. "You can't do science without faith, and you can't have a religion without having some facts to rest your faith on."

Santa As An Enigmatic Entity


By Kwin The Eskimo
The roots of the modern interpretation of Santa Claus are often traced back to the mid-19th Century poem, “A Visit From St Nicholas” by Clement Moore.  Though the poem has also been attributed to others, for our discussion, let us leave that argument for another time.  Our concern here is with the words of the poem more so than who wrote it.  It is from this poem that modern Christmas, in regards to Santa Claus, takes most of its images.  The poem gives us a vivid description of Santa (clothing, weight, etc), a team of reindeer that each have a name, the exact number of reindeer, the fact that Santa travels via sleigh, and even depicts the precise night of his arrival.
Over the years, the images from this poem have become canon in Christmas lore.  Even though the poem only dates to 1823, it has been said that each of these items are part of “tradition.”    It is curious that even in this tradition, the poem has suffered from selective interpretation.  People only adhere to the obvious items and ignore a greater, more important visuals that are the foundation on which the poem is written.  Society has taken the obvious images and made Santa a “human being” thus creating the multitude of problems in explaining his existence to children, while all along ignoring the fact that the poem, at it’s very core describes Santa as a supernatural entity.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

'World's First Computer' May Be Even Older Than We Thought

(huffPost) For more than a century, scientists have been scratching their heads over a strange clocklike device recovered from a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901. 

The so-called Antikythera Mechanism is made up of a series of bronze gears and is believed to have been used to predict eclipses and the positions of the planets and to track the dates of the Olympics

Still, scientists have continued to debate when the "world's first computer" was made--and who made it.

A 2006 study dated the device to 150-100 B.C. But a new analysis of the mechanism's eclipse-tracking dial by scientists at the University of Puget Sound in Washington and the National University of Quilmes in Argentina indicates that the device's built-in calendar likely began at 205 B.C.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/02/antikythera-mechanism-older-than-thought_n_6254146.html






Sunday, September 7, 2014

Police Raid British Pub Looking for ‘Holy Grail’!


By Ritoban Mukherjee
One of the most ridiculous titles you’ll be setting eyes on. But the actual incident may not seem as weird.
Herefordshire’s Crown Inn was swarming with police officers this week as they overtoppled furniture, peeped under floorboards and used fiber-optic cameras to examine the crannies. All to find the mighty, the divine- Holy Grail.
The Nanteous Cup, a medieval wooden bowl, well, not quite a bowl, as half of it has broken off, is a historic relic that has been held in the Nanteos Mansion in Wales for centuries, ever since it was brought to them by monks in the sixteenth century. Myth has surrounded the relic, and it is believed that it can heal anyone who drinks from it. It is one of those most likely candidates for the Holy Grail.
The celebrated curio was stolen a month ago, and the police raided the Inn after receiving a tip-off that it might be located there.
Unfortunately, their searches proved futile, as pub landlady DI Franklyn says:
“We get a few rogues and scallywags in the pub, but no one who’s quite on the level of stealing a priceless ancient artifact.”

read more: http://whofortedblog.com/2014/08/14/police-raid-british-pub-looking-holy-grail/ 

Gill Padilla: Ghosts: Do They Exist?


By Chris Savia
For the longest time, humans have wondered that very thing since the dawn of time. No one as of yet has been able to prove that ghosts or spirits, if you will, exist definitively to this very day. Technology has not yet gotten to the point of proving if they are real or not.
It has been hypothesized in main stream science that it is theoretically possible to communicate with other dimensions that exist out there in the String Theory concept. Basically String Theory states that there are at least 7 other dimensions out and multiple universes with their own time and space out there that are unseen and undetectable to science at this present time. Within this, it has been hypothesized that when a person dies, they travel to the next dimension or universe of existence and so on and so forth. Another theory, The Big Bang Theory states that universe expands and contracts at a constant rate. Now if we combine these two theories, isn’t it possible that what we call ghosts really aren’t ghost or spirits.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

'Space City' Houston UFOs Look For An Explanation

When UFOs fly over a metropolitan area known as "Space City," it's safe to assume explanations for the sightings also will fly.

During an Aug. 11 rain storm in Houston, some odd lights were photographed above the city that's home to the Johnson Space Center, headquarters of NASA's Mission Control. Groups of aerial lights were seen maneuvering and changing their configurations in the sky, while others were photographed in a distinct circular pattern.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/28/houston-ufos-explanation_n_5710533.html

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Many Faces of Hat Man

By Aaron Elliott
 on Twitter! 

Hat man is a notorious, dark entity sighted all around the world by thousands of people every year. The creature/man, or entity lurks among the shadows and lingers in your room, house or sometimes your dreams.

Below are some of the pictures that are found around the world by those who have had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Hat Man. Keep note of one similarity... the hat is always with him...












IRAQ ARMS THE KURDS U.S. NEXT?



It's just something about that oil! 

"WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Kurdish officials have beseeched the Obama administration to let them buy U.S. weapons. For just as long, the administration has rebuffed America's closest allies in Iraq.
U.S. officials insisted they could only sell arms to the government in Baghdad, even after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki broke a written promise to deliver some of them to the Kurds. Their peaceful, semi-autonomous northern region had been the lone success story to come out of the 2003 U.S. invasion.
Now, the administration is confronting the consequences of that policy."

read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/09/kurds-us-weapons_n_5664284.html 

Truth About Consciousness and Spirituality: David Icke Part 1


In this video Luke Rudkowski meets David Icke on the Isle of Wight to continue there conversation from last year about consciousnesses and spirituality. This is part one of the conversation part two will be out tomorrow.

Triangle UFO Above Germany Leaves Questions In Its Wake


When a UFO video seems too good to be true -- is it?
We've pointed out many times how difficult it is to identify hoaxes among UFO photos and videos, and computer technology has just added to the confusion. With the right app or Photoshop elements, even youngsters can create and post real-looking, out-of-this-world UFOs to YouTube faster than you can say, "ET, phone home." But the footage doesn't always hold up under expert scrutiny.
Consider this recent example: A triangular UFO was reportedly videotaped over Kassel, Germany, on June 26 by a man who was taping his son playing in a park, reports the International Business Times.
Watch the triangle UFO here.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Crop Circle In Germany Probably Created By Meddling Youths (PHOTO)

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles.
The ornate design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online.


Seeing Fairies… On Your Deathbed?


By Chris Savia
Marjorie T. Johnson a longtime member of the Fairy Investigation Society, collected tales from far and wide of humans encountering the Good Folk. Never call them fairies, because then they will act like fairies. Her opus illustrates her passion for the Good Folk, complimented by her joyful prose outlining these unique encounters.
Since this is a treasury of eyewitness accounts, one can apply Fort’s dictum “One measures a circle beginning anywhere” by flipping to a page at random to be enchanted by a tale or two. Iconoclastically, I’ve been plowing through from page one, making note of my favorite accounts.
One early tale stands out, relating to end-of-life experiences. A woman reflects upon her youth when her father moved the family to England, and her mother didn’t take the move very well. See for yourself.

Demon Txts “I H8 U” 2 Exorcist!


By Chris Savia 
Exorcisms are all the rage, so it’s only natural some priests will be feeling some rage from their nemeses.
Consider the plight of Father Marian Rajchel, representing the good parishoners of Jaroslaw, Poland, who recently applied the power of Christ to compel an evil spirit out of a teenage girl.
It appears Beelzebub’s nephew is, rightfully, pissed off, and taking it out on the preacher via texts.
“Shut up, preacher. And so all do not save yourselves. Idiot. You pathetic old preacher, you are weak!”
“And so back to me, do not come out of this hell. She’s mine, has signed a pact with the devil. Anyone who will pray for her, die!”
“Tomorrow you die!”
Fr. Rajchel is taking things in stride, believing this is a case of automatic writing and the victim doesn’t know what she’s sending from her phone.
Looks like an exorcist’s work is never done. Tell us about the strange texts you’ve received from beyond the grave, or from some creep on Craigslist. Hit us up on FacebookTwitter, or in the comments below!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Google's New Moonshot Project: the Human Body


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Google Inc. has embarked on what may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever: a quest inside the human body.
Called Baseline Study, the project will collect anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people—and later thousands more—to create what the company hopes will be the fullest picture of what a healthy human being should be.
The early-stage project is run by Andrew Conrad, a 50-year-old molecular biologist who pioneered cheap, high-volume tests for HIV in blood-plasma donations.
Dr. Conrad joined Google X—the company's research arm—in March 2013, and he has built a team of about 70-to-100 experts from fields including physiology, biochemistry, optics, imaging and molecular biology.
Other mass medical and genomics studies exist. But Baseline will amass a much larger and broader set of new data. The hope is that this will help researchers detect killers such as heart disease and cancer far earlier, pushing medicine more toward prevention rather than the treatment of illness.

We're Pretty Sure These Famous People Are Aliens


(Huff Post) Today happens to be World UFO Day, so forgive us if we seem a little more alert than usual about who walking among us may or may not be... of this world. We've quietly been collecting our evidence, and feel pretty confident in questioning the origins of the following "people."
Ryan Seacrest: Definitely An Alien
Consider the Evidence:
1. Let's get the obvious out of the way: The man has like 20 jobs. When does he sleep? Or even worse, binge-watch a TV show?
2. He just signed a deal with CBS, so now he'll have hosting gigs on all 4 major networks. Whether you like it or not, you're going to be seeing a lot of Seacrest. Evil master plan much?