Monday, March 28, 2011

Film Salem Witch Hunt...

"The witch no. 1" lithographImage via WikipediaFilm Salem Witch Hunt

Fear is the quicksand of humanity;  in 1692, mass hysteria led to the hanging of nineteen innocent people in Salem. Join historians as they piece together what really happened in the Salem witch trials.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

I personally took this photo of NASA astronaut...Image via Wikipedia

Former Apollo 14 Astronaut claims aliens visit our planet...

According to former NASA astronaut, Edgar Mitchell, there have been a number of messages from the aliens but governments had classified the truth for over 60 years.

Mitchell, who was one of the astronauts who took part in the Apollo 14 mission, said that he knew of several UFO visits to our planet during his career in NASA, but all of them remained top secret.

Edgar Mitchell has a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering, as well as a Doctor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Now Dr Mitchell is 77 and during one of his radio interviews he mentioned that sources at NASA who came in contact with aliens described them as "little people who look strange to us". The former astronaut said that the earth's "guests" had the look similar to Hollywood images, i.e. small frame, large eyes and big head.

It is worth mentioning that Dr Mitchell was the 6th astronaut to step on the surface of the moon. He set a record of the number of walks on the moon, while Alan Shepard set a record for the longest moon walk - 9 hours and 17 minutes.

The interview with Mr Mitchell was arranged to coincide with the premier of second X-Files movie. During the interview he mentioned that the technology developed by humans was "not nearly as sophisticated" as the one used by aliens, but warned: "Had they been hostile ... we would be gone by now".

"I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we've been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomena is real. It's been well covered up by all our governments for the last 60 years or so, but slowly it's leaked out and some of us have been privileged to have been briefed on some of it," Daily Telegraph newspaper quoted Dr Edgar Mitchell as saying.

Some UFO theorists consider that Roswell, located in New Mexico, was the place where a UFO crashed back in 1947.

"I've been in military and intelligence circles who know that beneath the surface of what has been public knowledge, yes, we have been visited. Reading the papers recently, it's been happening quite a bit."

According to Dr Mitchell, Roswell was indeed the site of UFO crash and similar UFO visits are still being investigated.

In an interview he told Nick Margerrison, the host of Kerrang! Radio: "This is really starting to open up. I think we're headed for real disclosure and some serious organizations are moving in that direction."

Nick Margerrison was quoted by The Telegraph as saying: "I thought I'd stumbled on some sort of astronaut humor but he was absolutely serious that aliens are definitely out there and there's no debating it."

In a response to Dr Mitchell's claims, NASA's spokesman said: "NASA does not track UFOs. NASA is not involved in any sort of cover-up about alien life on this planet or anywhere in the universe. Dr Mitchell is a great American, but we do not share his opinions on this issue."

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Flight tower tried to land UFO...

Grainy B&W image of supposed UFO, Passoria, Ne...Image via Wikipedia

Flight tower attempted to land UFO...

by Peter Petterson

First published at Qondio:

This is an old post from a couple of years ago I thought I would brush off and recycle.

The most comprehensive British Government files on UFO activity are opened to the public for the first time today and they disclose that even airtraffic controllers and police officers have seen mysterious craft in the skies over Britain.

The sightings are recorded on official forms held by air bases and police stations, and were compiled by the Defence Ministry between 1978 and 2002.

Disclosed for the first time is a report from three experienced controllers who tried to "talk in" a UFO that landed on the runway before them.

The incident occurred on April 19, 1984, at an East Anglian airfield. The unidentified object came in at speed , made a touch and go on a runway then departed at terrfic speed in a near verticle climb, according to the files.

It was described as a "brilliant solid ball of light, bright silvery in colour". The file noted that "witnesses do not wish to be identified in case their professional integrity is questioned".

Over the next four years more than 150 files will be made available at the National Archive in Kew, southwest London.

The stories continue. Files have been opened after many years, some going back to the  early 1940's and early 50's..

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

You're bullshitting me...

A Centrelink office at Innaloo, Western Australia.Image via Wikipedia

You're bullshitting me...

A Kiwi walks into the local unemployment office, marches straight up to the counter and says, "Hi! I hate being on welfare, I'd really rather have a job."

The clerk behind the Centrelink desk says, "Your timing is excellent. We just got a job opening from a very wealthy old man who wants a chauffeur/bodyguard for his nymphomaniac daughter. You'll have to drive around in his Mercedes, but he'll supply all of your clothes.

Because of the long hours, meals will be provided. You'll be expected to escort her on her overseas holiday trips. You'll have a two-bedroom apartment above the garage.

The starting salary is $200,000 a year".

The Kiwi says, "You're bullshitting me!"

The Centrelink officer says, "Yeah, well, you started it"

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Tie the Aussie to my back...

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From Best Aussie and Kiwi Jokes - we actually love each other:

Tie the Aussie to my back...

An Australian rugby fan, a South African rugby fan and a New Zealand fan are all in Arabia, sharing a smuggled crate of booze when, all of a sudden, Saudi police rush in and arrest them.

The mere possession Of alcohol is a severe offence in Saudi Arabia, so for the terrible Crime of actually being caught consuming the booze, they are all sentenced to death!

However, after many months and with the help of very good lawyers, They are able to successfully appeal their sentences down to life imprisonment.

By a stroke of luck, it was a Saudi national holiday the day, their trial finished, and the extremely benevolent Sheikh decided they could be released after receiving just 20 lashes each of the whip.

As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheikh announced:
"It's my first wife's birthday today, and she has asked me to allow each of you one wish before your whipping."

The South African was first in line, he thought for a while and Then said:
"Please tie a pillow to my back."

This was done, but the pillow only lasted 10 lashes before the whip went through. When the punishment was done he had to be carried away bleeding and crying with pain.

The Australian was next up. After watching the South African's Horror he said smugly:

"Please fix two pillows to my back." But even two pillows could only take 15 lashes before the whip went through again and the Australian was soon led away whimpering loudly (as they do).

The New Zealander was the last one up, but before he could say anything, the Sheikh turned to him and said:

"You are from a most beautiful part of the world and your culture is one of the finest in the world. For this, you may have two wishes!"

"Thank you, your Most Royal and Merciful highness", the Kiwi replied. In recognition of your kindness, my first wish is that you give me Not 20 lashes but 100 lashes."

"Not only are you an honourable, handsome and powerful man, you Are also very brave".
The Sheikh said with an admiring look on his face.

"If 100 lashes is what you desire, then so be it. And your second wish"?

"Tie the Australian to my back."

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Irish luck - what goes around comes around...

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Irish Luck - what goes around comes around...

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools

and ran to the bog.

There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

'I want to repay you,' said the nobleman. 'You saved my son's life.'

'No, I can't accept payment for what I did,' the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.

'Is that your son?' the nobleman asked.

'Yes,' the farmer replied proudly.

'I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.' And that he did.

Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.

What saved his life this time? Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill .. His son's name?

Sir Winston Churchill.

Acknowledgements: Paul Burgess, Christchurch

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Dream jobs for men. Read below...

Head shot of Aron RalstonImage via Wikipedia  Aron Ralston
MSN  - NZ Men Lifestyles.

Dream jobs for men. Read on:

The human body — and the mind — will go to extraordinary lengths to keep itself alive. History is peppered with stories of men who, despite finding themselves in desperate situations and facing seemingly insurmountable odds, took themselves to the extremes of endurance and lived to tell the tale.

From self-surgery and amputations with a blunt knife to losing your way in the Amazon jungle and being left for dead after a grizzly bear attack, read on for some of the greatest real life stories of human survival.

Aron Ralston

How far would you go to cling on to life? Would you, for example, be willing to cut off your own arm with a cheap multi-tool? That's exactly what Ralston did after his right forearm was crushed by a boulder and pinned to a rockface while canyoneering in Utah in 2003.
Ralston had not told anyone of his location and therefore knew he would not be rescued. After five days of trying to free his arm and gradually running out of water, Ralston used the blunt knife to amputate his arm below the elbow (but only after breaking the bone himself). After making his way out of the canyon, he was found and airlifted to hospital. Ralston's ordeal is documented in Danny Boyle's recent film, 127 Hours, if you can stomach it.

Joe Simpson
Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had done the hard part: ascending the unclimbed west face of Siula Grande, a 6,344-metre monster in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. Disaster struck on the descent when Simpson slipped and broke his tibia, which was thrust upwards into his knee joint.
Yates began lowering Simpson on a rope, but when the latter fell over a cliff and was left dangling in mid-air, Yates had no choice but to cut him loose. Simpson landed in a deep crevasse, from where he somehow managed to abseil and crawl his way back onto the mountainside.

Without food or water and in excruciating pain, he then spent three days dragging himself across five miles of rocky terrain and finally crawled into base camp just hours before Yates was set to leave.
Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa

When Uruguayan Air Force flight 571 came down in the Andes in 1972, it was a miracle that any passenger survived the crash, never mind the events that followed.

Of the 45 people on board, 12 were killed in the crash or in the immediate aftermath, and another five died the following morning from their injuries. One week later, another passenger died, followed by eight in an avalanche. The remaining group of 19, facing severe cold and running out of food, knew they would not last long and had to resort to cannibalising the dead to survive.
Parrado and Canessa set off on a mammoth trek across mountains as high as 16,000ft, sleeping in a makeshift sleeping bag and walking for days until finally finding help. The 19 survivors had survived for two and a half months on the mountain before finally being airlifted to safety.
John McCain
Senator McCain's greatest triumph was not winning the 2008 Republican nomination to run for president, it was surviving five and a half years in Hoa Lo Prison — the so-called 'Hanoi Hilton' — after being shot down over Vietnam in 1967.

With both arms and a leg broken, McCain was bayoneted and then beaten by the North Vietnamese before being imprisoned. He spent two years in solitary confinement before he was offered early release (his father was Commander of US forces in the region). McCain refused to go, stating he should not be released while others captured before him remained in captivity.
Before his eventual release in 1973, McCain was routinely beaten and tortured, often several times a day, and at one point tried to take his own life. The injuries he suffered during his time in captivity means he is now unable to raise his arms above his head.

Leonid Rogozov

Having your appendix removed is a relatively simple surgical procedure. But not when you are stationed at a remote Antarctic station, 1,000 miles from help and you're the only doctor. This is exactly what happened to Rogozov when he was part of the sixth Soviet Antarctic expedition in 1960.
After showing classic symptoms of appendicitis, Rogozov knew his options were limited. With the help of a driver and meteorologist who held mirrors so he could view his own insides, the Russian performed the two-hour operation on himself, using a local anaesthetic and stopping only to allow attacks of nausea to pass. Two weeks later, he had returned to full duties at the station.

Yossi Ghinsberg

The Amazon jungle in South America covers 2,123,562 square miles — not the sort of place you want to wander off the beaten path while ill-equipped for the harsh surroundings. This is exactly what happened to Ghinsberg, an Israeli who was separated from his travelling companions in an uncharted part of the Bolivian Amazon in 1981.

Ghinsberg and three others set off into the jungle in search of a remote Indian village. After one of the group developed trench foot, the foursome split up into pairs, with Ghinsberg and an American named Kevin Gales launching a raft to float downriver. When the raft hit a rock, Gale was rescued by locals but Ghinsberg was forced to spend an incredible three weeks wandering the jungle before he was found. No trace of the other two men was ever found.
Mauro Prosperi

At 156 miles, the Marathon des Sables in the Moroccan desert is considered one of the toughest foot races in the world, but as an experienced pentathlete, Mauro Prosperi would have been confident of finishing the six-day event when he took part in 1994.

Prosperi was in seventh place part-way through the race when a violent sandstorm kicked up and obscured the course. Desperate for shelter, Prosperi ran off in the wrong direction, and was soon lost in 100 degree heat and with only a few gulps of water and no food. After three days, Prosperi was forced to kill two bats and drink their blood. Fearful of a prolonged death, he tried to slit his wrists but severe dehydration had thickened his blood, which quickly clotted. After nine days alone in the desert he was found and rescued by nomads — almost 200 miles off course.

Alexander Selkirk
A real-life castaway (and the probable inspiration for Robinson Crusoe), Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk spent four years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile. In 1704, after a dispute with the leader of a crew on the ship on which he was sailing, Selkirk was left on the island of Juan Fernandez, with only a rifle, knife, tools, clothing and a Bible. It would be four years and four months before he would see another human being.

He proved to be remarkably resourceful, surviving by eating shellfish, wild goats and vegetables and fashioning clothing from goatskin. When finally rescued in 1709, newspaper tales of his ordeal made him a minor celebrity. He also learned that the ship he voluntarily abandoned had floundered, with most of the crew losing their lives.

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