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Monday, April 26, 2010

Paranormal In The News 26/04/10

Telegraph.co.ukGhost Sightings Highest In 25 Years

"There have been nearly 1,000 reports of demonic activity in the past quarter of a century, with Yorkshire the nation's most ghostly county.

Encounters with devils, demons and evil spirits are as widespread today as they were in medieval times, researchers claim.

The research was led by the UKs leading authority on the unexplained Lionel Fanthorpe who studied various archives and websites as well as his own reports to identify all sightings and recordings of supernatural beings with satanic qualities.

The study found that despite being in time of accelerating technology, 21st century Britons have not turned their back on ghouls, boggarts, hell-hounds, witches, wizards, banshees and black magic curses, with a whopping 968 reports of demonic activity in the past 25 years.

The report indentifies Yorkshire as the centre of ghostly goings-on demonic activity with 74 reports of demons, including Uncabus and Succubus (male and female demons that make sexual attacks on sleeping victims), instances of demonic possession and sightings of hell hounds, water demons and demons with repulsive forms such as ghouls and werewolves.

Sightings of demons in Yorkshire have included a hideous shadow-like hell-hound with no discernible facial features which collided with a car between Northallerton and Leeming Bar on the A684. A sea-going water demon has also been reported off Filey Bay in Yorkshire. Witnesses claimed to have seen a ghostly creature with a long neck, a vast serpentine body and glowing eyes. "


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NTnews We're being invaded

"MASS of UFO sightings has Territorians wondering if we are on the brink of an alien invasion.

There have been seven separate Top End UFO sightings reported in the past week. Hardly a night has passed without a sighting of some "unexplained phenomena" since the first sighting last week.

Almost all of the sightings have been in Darwin's rural area.

The first sighting was reported by a woman who wanted to be identified only as Shirel on April 21.

She said she saw the strange lights from her Humpty Doo home hovering over Howard Springs.

"The lights were really low in the sky, really bright, with flashing dots," she said.

"Three of them formed a semi-circle and they hovered over the area for at least half an hour.""

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HeraldSunReader Solves UFO mystery

"Paul Raduka captured footage of strange lights darting above Geelong, west of Melbourne, on Monday night. The Geelong Advertiser posted the video online, attracting tens of thousands of hits across the globe.

But a reader, who did not wish to be named, called the Advertiser yesterday with an explanation.

"A lot of people thought they were UFOs,” the reader said. “When I was told about them at work on Tuesday I just laughed because I knew what they were." The woman said the UFOs were actually remote control airplanes with LED lights."

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Premonitions - Where do they come from and why do we get them?

My boss is a second generation Pastor. His Dad was the Pastor of the Church for many years and even though the son swore he would never become a minister, the call on his life was too strong - he has now been senior minister for ten years.

When he was growing up, he lived in the Church Manse (the house owned by the Church for Pastors to live in). It was as standard a three bedroom brick house as you could find, in a beautiful location, almost overlooking the bays of Port Hacking. He was a normal kid who enjoyed soccer, surfing and music. There was nothing strange or paranormal in his life.

One night in 1982 his Dad was in the centre of Sydney for a meeting. He had left the boys at home because they were old enough to look after themselves but at sixteen, my boss was still a young man and he intended to be home before it got too late.

During the meeting in the city, the Father felt an incredibly overwhelming feeling he needed to go home and that something was wrong.
He sensed in his spirit that God was showing him something, so he prayed for wisdom and discernment. He then felt the intensification of the urge to leave and go specifically home "right now". He excused himself to his somewhat bewildered colleagues and drove the 25km home as fast as he could.

When he arrived, he found his youngest son terrified in his room. A black, hooded figure without features but with a clear form appeared in his room at the time the Father felt he needed to leave. It terrorised the son with it's presence and dissappeared as soon as the Pastors car skidded into the driveway.

He took his son into the kitchen, asked Jesus Christ to bless, protect and consecrate the house and debriefed what had been seen.
The son had heard about demons, but that night their reality was tangible. But so too was the power of God, who the father believed communicated with him at the exact time he needed to go home to minister to his son.

LETS DEBRIEF: It's hard to imagine a coincidence occurring in the manner this situation unfolded. I understand and value skepticism, but the stories of the last two weeks force us to comprehend there is a driving force behind premonitions, feelings that need to be responded to, that later on prove to be lifesaving, protective or just a plain answer to a real and immediate need.

WHAT DO WE THINK (CCAPSG): I think both Marks story with the shark as an unbeliever at the time and Bretts story of a Pastors son show that God cares enough about people to interact specifically with us in certain times of danger. Both of these people have gone on to have amazing ministries and life changing testimonies that have impacted thousands. But remember, Mark did not get warned supernaturally when he got hit by a boat propeller years later and this caused brain injury, disability and huge financial loss. But he says in hospital God told him to 'get out of bed and repent of your life' at a time when he could not speak or read. He dragged himself onto the floor, gave his life to Christ and asked for forgiveness. Guess what - he could read and speak. He became a Christian out of that experience and says with absolute certainty that the accident was the best thing, not the worst thing, that ever happened to him. Isn't that what makes Christianity so counter cultural - it goes against the grain of everything you'd expect in that situation in terms of attitude and outcomes. And also, isn't that why many people think Christians are wacko's - how could anyone be happy about that and how could you not blame God for your problems.

WHAT COULD MANY CHRISTIANS THINK: How come I have not had that experience of God when something bad happened or;
I had an exeperience just like that, I'd love to share it.

WHAT COULD THE SCEPTIC THINK: Ok, if God is real then why doesn't God do that in all situations, to prevent all death, injury and fear? Or;
How can you prove it is from God and not an inbuilt human or psychic ability?
It's just a coincidence, you are starting from a false premise and matching the situation and the result together.
Stop encouraging false positives.

I want this forum to be healthy enough to put forward our view and then look at how a sceptic would see the situation, and examine the outcome in a way that I wanted answered when I was an unbeliever who had not experienced things first hand or as a Christian who has not experienced any supernatural phenomenon.

I'm opening it up for discussion - jump in.

Pastor Baz.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Premonitions - do they save lifes?

A good mate of mine is an ex-Australian spearfishing champion.

He has spent endless hours in the ocean, with just flippers, a mask, snorkel, a small float and a spear gun. A true man vs wild experience.

Spearfisherman have been known to dive 30 metres unaided by air tanks. They are at risk of currents, shallow water blackouts, exposure, being lost at sea and - ocean predators.

One morning Mark was spearfishing down the south coast of New South Wales Australia. The conditions were clear, the fish were plentiful and he had many hours to explore and hunt the ocean reefs.

Then the strangest thing happened. A man of great courage and years of experience in the water was overcome by an unknown fear.

"It wasn't like there was anything to be fearful of. I was cruising over a kelp bed when something told me to get out of the water - almost like a voice. I ignored it, and then as it became more powerful, I fought it. I fought it with everything in my body. But then the fear became a force. There were no currents and yet all of a sudden I was being pushed and directed toward shore, no matter what I did, I found myself being forced toward a rock ledge near the shore, while the sense of getting out of the water became overwhelming. In twenty years I had never known fear in the water, and yet this day I found myself getting out of the water with a certain knowledge that I must stay out. Only minutes earlier I had been five hundred metres off shore and now I am staring at the ocean, with nothing apparently wrong. I looked at my watch and took note of the time".

The next day I was talking to a mate who had been fishing the coast that week. He shared with me an incredible encounter.

"Yesterday we were fishing at spot X, and all of a sudden, this great white shark (White Pointer like in Jaws) popped up next to the boat. The fin on this thing was about four feet tall, the shark must have been close to twenty feet long, by far the biggest shark I have ever seen".

"What time was that"? Mark asked.

"About 12.30pm. It was headed toward the reef you guys always spearfish".

Mark thought about it. They saw the great white at 12.30pm. Ten minutes later it would have been swimming along the reef Mark was spearfishing at.. the same reef at 12.40pm he was 'forced' out of the water by an unseen force.

"And let me tell you, a shark that big, and I'm in it's path, alone - I would have just been reported as a missing person, no-one would ever know what happened".

Coincidence? Maybe. But why does an experienced waterman drop his bundle at exactly the same time Jaws was meant to pass by without knowing it.

Have you ever had a feeling that seemed to make no sense at all but later realised saved your life?

Next week, we'll find out what happened when a father had a feeling that he must leave a business meeting in the city immediately to see his son at home - and what he found when he arrived.

Until then, may the Lord bless and keep you,

Pastor Baz.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Paranormal In The News 19/04/10

ABCnet Giant UFO balloon lifts off in Alice

It looks like an giant elongated jelly fish floating towards the edge of space - and as it drifts from Alice Springs towards Queensland today, some people might think aliens have arrived.

"Oh, some people will think it is a UFO," Associate Professor Ravi Sood said this morning after launching the 300-metre-long scientific balloon.

"At the moment it is absolutely spectacular.

"You can see it from miles around because it so big and the sky is clear and it is very easy to detect with the naked eye - as it will be when it gets to 40 kilometres."

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Dailymail Boy, 3, tells how he 'saw grandmother in Heaven' before being brought back from the dead after falling into pond

"A boy of three claims he saw his great grandmother in heaven while he was clinically dead after falling into a pond.

Paul Eicke came back to life more than three hours after his heart stopped beating.

It is believed he was in the pond at his grandparents' house for several minutes before his grandfather saw him and pulled him out.

His father gave him heart massage and mouth-to-mouth during the ten minutes it took a helicopter to arrive.

Paramedics then took over and Paul was taken the ten-minute journey to hospital. Doctors tried to resuscitate him for hours. They had just given up when,

three hours and 18 minutes after he was brought in, Paul's heart started beating independently.

Professor Lothar Schweigerer, director of the Helios Clinic where Paul was taken, said: 'I have never experienced anything like it.

'When children have been underwater for a few minutes they mostly don't make it. This is a most extraordinary case.'

The boy said that while unconscious he saw his great grandmother Emmi, who had turned him back from a gate and urged him to go back to his parents.

Paul said: 'There was a lot of light and I was floating. I came to a gate and I saw Grandma Emmi on the other side.

'She said to me, "What are you doing here Paul? You must go back to mummy and daddy. I will wait for you here."

'I knew I was in heaven. But grandma said I had to come home. She said that I should go back very quickly.

'Heaven looked nice. But I am glad I am back with mummy and daddy now.' "

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DailymailRow of ancient stones found in Dartmoor 'are older than stonehenge'

"A row of ancient stones that mirrors the path of the sun like Stonehenge but is up to 1,000 years older has been unearthed on Dartmoor.

The discovery of the megaliths has thrilled archaeologists and once again raised debate about the purpose of Stonehenge, which is 120 miles away on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

The nine stones at Cut Hill, one of the highest points on Dartmoor in Devon, have been carbon-dated to around 3,500BC."

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AllZimNews  'Goblin' attacks Schoolboy

"A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Visitation Makumbe High schoolboy cut short his studies in February after he was afflicted by a strange condition that causes him to physically fight an invisible “monster”.

Confirming the boy’s condition, Visitation Makumbe High School resident priest Father Barnabas Mukumba last week said the boy initially complained of stomach pains that were followed by bouts of unconsciousness.

The Form One student was described as intelligent and scored four units in last year’s Grade Seven national examinations.

The school authorities believe that the invisible “monster” could be a “goblin”.

Although the school authorities could not confirm it, the boy’s parents say their child experienced a “transfiguration” on February 10, the night before a major fight with the invisible opponent caused his body to glow.

“The boy would complain of stomach pains that would end in him being unconsciousness. At times he would be taunted by the invisible monster which would force him to scream and use his hands to fight it. "

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PhantomsandMonsters Photo: The Time Traveller

gizmodo "When you look at most of the two dozen or so people in this photograph, which belongs to a Canadian museum, there's no doubt that they're from 1940, the year in which it was taken. But what about that guy?

Those funky sunglasses? That stamped t-shirt and hippie shawl? The doofy, disinterested expression? He sure as hell doesn't look like any Roosevelt-era bro I have ever seen. Maybe that's just it—he looks like a "bro," which we all know didn't come into existence until the 1970s, at the earliest."

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ninemsn British Woman Wakes Up With Foreign Accent

"British woman has woken up speaking with a Chinese accent after reportedly suffering brain damage brought on by a severe migraine.

Sarah Colwill, 35, has carried an English West Country accent her entire life but now sounds like she hails from the far east, British newspapers report.

Doctors have reportedly told Ms Colwill she suffers from Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS), an extremely rare condition with only a few recorded cases.

Ms Colwill believes her sudden accent shift can be traced back to one migraine attack that was so bad she had to be taken to hospital."

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guardian.co.uk Have any (football) teams ever attempted to harness psychic power?

"Always one to seek an extra edge, the ever-flamboyant Malcolm Allison got in touch with the hypnotist/illusionist Romark (real name Ronald Markham) during his spell as manager at Crystal Palace in the mid-70s. The pair fell out, however, amid reports of an unpaid bill, and Romark apparently placed a curse on Palace. Then, on the eve of Palace's 1976 FA Cup semi-final against Southampton, Romark contacted Lawrie McMenemy's secretary, Val Gardner, and arranged a meeting with the Saints manager. "I took the coward's way out and agreed to see him," McMenemy wrote in a May 2005 Southern Daily Echo column."

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Geelong Advertiser UFO Sighting Over Geelong

(Geelong Advisor) Anthony Raduka filmed the lights from the deck of his Highton home about midnight on Monday.

The footage shows balls of light flying over Corio Bay at great speed, dipping as low as street level before zig-zagging back up through the sky.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Hill End - Yowie Town

It's a big call using a title like 'Yowie Town'. But in the case of Hill End NSW it is fairly apt.

For our international readers, 'The Yowie' is Australia's version of the Sasquatch or Bigfoot.

One of our team took the opportunity to visit the area last month. It was once a flourishing gold rush town, but now is like so many central western towns that rely on pockets of tourism to bring new life and commerce into town. Shannon and his friend were there for four wheel driving, without really thinking about anything cryptozoologically oriented. But they had two experiences that got them thinking about what lies behind the tree line in the local bush.

The first report that I recieved was that there was some strange things afoot in the bush. Not unexplainable via other means. But still highly unusual.

You need to remember as you read this that Shannon is the 'Yowie skeptic' on our team, simply due to lack of evidence.

But something in the bush got his attention. Very intentional tree rapping. Followed by a very human like scream.

Could this be explained by other animals, by some type of bird? Was it the wind carrying sound? Possibly. It's certainly not evidence. But it is consistent with other people's stories of the phenomenon including people I have interviewed.

The next situation was to discover that the local pub in Australia is a great way to meet people - and to hear stories you may never pick up in a normal setting.

Such as the National Parks and Wildlife worker who swears that she was chased by a very large, very aggressive bipedal (two legged) creature on the border of her property and the surrounding bush. An encounter that left her terrified. That was one of a number of stories that he heard that night.. Australian humour at it's best? Or was there substance to these stories. With the credibility of a Parks and Wildlife worker, it appears to carry more weight than many of the urban myths you are likely to hear over a schooner of amber liquid and a packet of salt and vinegar crisps.

Like many of our investigations which are underway, with the witnesses permission, and the help of other researchers that interview will be forthcoming in the next few weeks or months.

You get to analyse the information with us, which is the beauty of our group - we work with all researchers and share any information we have.

We'll finish on the note that Hill End in NSW had that reputation long before CCAPSG's Shannon went on a visit there last month.

For example, Rex Gilroy, Australia's original 'Yowie Man' reports on his website:


The Hill End district still remains a notorious region for modern-day Yowie reports, as will be demonstrated further on. Today Johnson's Hole still retains its eerie, uneasy feeling. Weird cries have been heard at night in the surrounding area, and large, man-ape like footprints claimed found in soil near the river from time to time.

One evening, around dusk, in 1990 a young Sydney couple on a camping trip, decided to stay overnight near the hole. They knew nothing about its reputation. During the night, something walked up to their small, two-man tent, and began tearing it from the ground. As the girl screamed, and her male companion fought his way out of the tent, he felt himself grappling with a dark hairy and putrid-smelling form that quickly broke off the attack and dashed off into the darkness

Miss M Hodge of Bathurst related an experience of her own to this author in December 1979 which concerned the Johnson's Hole area. When a little girl in 1900, Miss Hodge lived on her parent's property, which stood opposite the 'Hole'. Aborigines thereabouts never swam in the Hole and even today horses and dogs also will not remain near the Hole at night. Miss Hodge said she once saw a horseman who had been mustering sheep, ride all the way out of the hills "white as a sheet". He told her parents that he had seen a large 'baboon-like' man, a giant which had terrorised him. Miss Hodge herself saw a man-sized black-haired Yowie, sitting under a rock near her home one day. Old timers often discussed the possibility that the creatures might inhabit caves that lie in the hill surrounding the Hill End township.

One day in 1924, a Mr David Squires was kangaroo shooting in an area of open to thickly timbered country west of Dubbo. Having shot one big 'roo' on this particular afternoon, he was in the process of skinning it when, suddenly he became aware that he was not alone. Glancing up he was shocked to see, standing 10 metres away beside a tree, and with one huge hand resting upon it, a two legged male creature a good 2.6 m in height. At first he thought it must be someone who had "gone wild when he was younger", but the hominid's height soon dispelled that notion.

The manbeast appeared to be in splendid physical condition, and was covered with a thick coating of bluish-grey, coarse-looking curly hair about 8cm long. The body, arms, legs, hands and feet were in proportion to its height, as were the neck and head. Recovering his senses, Mr Squires slowly reached for his rifle, checked that it was loaded and the magazine full, and placing it beside him resumed skinning the 'roo'. "I finished that job with one eye while the other was watching the Big Bloke", he said later.


PS: Go jump in the 4WD and check out some of these area's yourself - let us know what you find.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Paranormal In The News 12/04/10

Herald SunDriver blames little green men for ticket

A MOTORIST tried to dodge a traffic fine by claiming he was distracted by a UFO.

The driver was so shocked by his supposed close encounter that he veered into a bus lane, which is off-limits to cars.

Another cheeky driver told Southwark Council in south London that he had missed a stop sign because he was colour-blind.

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dailymailIs this REALLY a UFO being chased down the M5 by RAF fighter jets? 'Video footage' captured at a service station

Footage of two fighter jets chasing what appears to be a UFO has emerged.

The 30-second clip, thought to be shot from a West Midlands service station park, reveals the saucer-shaped craft zipping over the M5, with the two jets in its wake.

Former Ministry of Defence UFO expert Nick Pope told The Sun: ‘This is one of the best videos I’ve seen.

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NorthernRiversNews The truth is out there

"A UFO photographed in the night skies at Evans Head two weeks ago may actually be a ghost according to Wardell purveyor of all things paranormal David Delaney.

The photograph taken by Lismore Heights woman Korrinne Stewart appeared in Friday’s Northern Star.

“It’s a pretty difficult one to pick from a photo, but I believe it is an orb,” Mr Delaney said.

An orb, according to Mr Delaney, is a ghost or a human soul in the form of light.

Appearing as an orb is the preferred form of apparition by ghosts because it requires less energy, Mr Delaney said."


ninemsnFreak wave saves man from cliff plunge

A Sydney man who jumped from a notorious Sydney suicide spot has been saved by a freak wave.

The 45-year-old man plunged off The Gap at Sydney's Watsons Bay last night.

But a wave cushioned his fall and washed him back onto dry land almost unharmed.

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Telegraph Croation Teenager Wakes From Coma Speaking Fluent German

"The girl, from the southern town of Knin, had only just started studying German at school and had been reading German books and watching German TV to become better, but was by no means fluent, according to her parents.

Since waking up from her 24 hourcoma however, she has been unable to speak Croatian, but is able to communicate perfectly in German. "

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dnaindia Comprehending Paranormal Expreriences

"Mumbai: An ophthalmologist by profession, Dr Mehra Shrikhande’s experiences starting from her childhood days pulled her towards the paranormal world. In her recent book, Paranormal Experiences — Beyond the Realms of Reason, she shares the journey of how she started as a lay person and ended up exploring the world outside the range of normal experiences."

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WQADColourful Light In The Sky Seen Across Several States

"Davenport, Iowa - If you saw a flash of light pass over the Quad Cities skies around 10:05 Wednesday night, you're not alone. The National Weather Service is reporting that light was either a meteor or space debris. It was seen by people in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Missouri."

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Knocking Ghost

I met up with a friend last night who i've not seen in a couple of years since emigrating to Australia. She's an air hostess/flight attendant and she got a flight to Sydney so we met up. I took her to a bar and we settled in with a drink and got to chatting as old friends do.
She mentioned my interest in the paranormal and asked me some questions. She then told me a story that gave me goosebumps...

Her friend was staying in a hotel in London (I will try to get the name of the hotel) after a flight and having worked a shift she was tired and wanted to rest. She booked in the hotel and was settled in for the night when she heard a knock at her door. She got up, opened the door and no one was there. Shrugging it off she settled back down. Again, she heard a knock on the door *tap tap tap*. She got up, opened the door and again no one was there. She looked up and down the hall to see if someone was doing a knock and run. The hallway was empty.
Three more times she heard a knocking at the door and no one was there.
Getting tired of this she rang the hotel reception and told them someone was knocking on her door and running away. They told her they'd check the security footage.
They rang her back and told her there was a little boy who was knocking on the door. The thing is, when she opened the door the little boy went into the room! Of course she hadn't seen anything and was suitably freaked out and probably didnt have the best sleep that night!

I would love to see this footage! If anyone reading this has heard this story and knows which hotel it is I'd be very interested in hearing from you.

By Bryony

Monday, April 5, 2010

Real Life Stories: IS IT HAUNTED OR NOT?

A house we did an exorcism at last year, during which we experienced 'the air being sucked out of the room' in a vacuum like effect that was created during cleansing prayer is having more issues.

Originally the house experienced the following:

- The son of the tenant seeing a person who they referred to as the 'spooky'.

- A feeling of dread followed by a child's toy coming on, and using their pre-programmed voices to respond to a question.

- Night terrors, and a presence in the bedroom.

There was a spot in the house that was very 'cold', and made your legs go weak when you stood in it. This is is where the vacuum formed and it was like trying to breathe against an iron lung.

Now the family are experiencing a sensation like being 'touched by cobwebs', black forms hovering over the bed, facial touching and 'blurred vision' after contact and voices which murmer to them.

We are setting up K2 and EVP equipment to see whether there is any detectible or recordible changes in the environment.

Is it a haunting, is it infrasound or magenetic issues, are they psychological manifestations?

Only by using a sound investigative methodology can you work through all those processes.

The owner thought the street may have been over a 'ley line' which again, should not be quickly dismissed and all the background information including previous tenants, deaths and trauma, old aboriginal rituals, artifacts, or even past occult ceremonies needs to be looked at.

It should be said, that there is other strange phenomenon happening on the same street that we have been asked to investigate and there is an occult practitioner working from home a few doors down.

We'll keep you posted - Baz.

Paranormal In The News 05/04/10

TimesOnline'Oriental Yeti' that looks like a bear without fur shipped for tests

"A bizarre creature, dubbed the “oriental yeti”, has baffled scientists after emerging from ancient woodlands in remote central China.

The hairless beast was trapped by hunters in Sichuan province after locals reported spotting what they thought was a bear.

One hunter, Lu Chin, said: “It looks a bit like a bear but it doesn’t have any fur and it has a tail like a kangaroo.

“It also does not sound like a bear — it has a voice like a cat and it is calling all the time — perhaps it is looking for the rest of its kind or maybe it's the last one.

"There are local legends of a bear that used to be a man and some people think that’s what we caught," he added.

Now stumped local animal experts have shipped the mystery beast to scientists in Beijing for DNA tests."


Northern star UFO's spotted over Evans Head

"STRANGE lights spotted over Evans Head at the weekend have been listed as a possible UFO sighting.

The sighting is one of ‘a constant stream’ of such events recorded as ‘worthwhile’ by UFO Research Queensland, which monitors the skies from New Guinea to northern New South Wales.

The high incidence of sightings in the area had prompted the group to man a stall at this year’s Starlight Wellbeing Expo in Bangalow over Easter, and also to hold a workshop in Byron Bay on April 17.

Tino Pezzimenti, who ran a seminar at the Expo, said the Evans Head sighting occurred when two men were walking back from the pub on Saturday night.

One of the men, who swore he was completely sober, had reported seeing ‘moon-like objects’ in the sky besides the real one.

“They were of the same size and brightness as the crescent Moon, but vertical,” Mr Pezzimenti said.

“A third appeared and they all started moving erratically, zigzagging in the air."

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ABC News Man threatens to down Qantas jet with mind power
"Singapore Police are questioning a man who threatened to bring down a Qantas flight from Sydney to Singapore.

The man was restrained by flight stewards after he made threats to disrupt QF31 using mind power.

According to ABC reporter Nick Luchinelli, who was onboard the flight, it seemed the middle-aged man was either under the influence of drugs or alcohol - or possibly both."

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DailymailRiddle of the tyre depot phantom

"Gothic castles, deserted mansions, ivy-covered old houses - all of them perfect haunts for a ghost.

But how about something as modern and mundane as a tyre depot in sensible South Yorkshire?

According to owner Nick White, a supernatural visitor has been running riot at his garage, which was originally a chapel and also served as a makeshift mortuary during the Second World War.

The uninvited guest has thrown stones and coins at staff, and stacked up piles of tyres and moved them around the building while it was locked up overnight.

The ghostly figure, which materialised from time to time dressed in the style of the 1940s, is said to have first made its presence felt in 2003 but vanished (so to speak)

after Mr White took over the business three years ago. "

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tweednewsMysterious Object In Night Sky

“THERE has got to be something out there,” Lismore woman Korrinne Stewart said after capturing with her camera a mysterious object in the night sky at Evans Head.

There have been several reports from around the region of mysterious bright lights in the skies in recent weeks.

Ms Stewart contacted our sister paper The Northern Star after reading a report about a UFO sighting by two Evans Head men."

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ninemsnBoy, 3, 'met dead Grandma in heaven'

"A three-year-old German boy who was brought back to life after his heart stopped for three hours claims he met his grandmother in heaven.

The boy, identified in media reports only as Paul, was playing on his own beside a lake at his grandfather's property in Brandenburg when he fell in, the Bild newspaper reports.

Paul's grandfather found his body in the water a short time later and the youngster was rushed to Helios Hospital via helicopter.

Four doctors attempted to resuscitate Paul for three hours and 18 minutes and were about to stop when his heart suddenly began beating."

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happy Easter

CCAPSG wishes everyone a happy and safe Easter!

Sometimes its too easy to forget why we celebrate Easter. What with all the chocolate and the easter bunny etc.

I looked up the origins of Easter on google and came up with an article from the History Channel.

"The exact origins of this religious feast day's name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time. Through a translation error, the term later appeared as esostarum in Old High German, which eventually became Easter in English. In Spanish, Easter is known as Pascua; in French, Paques. These words are derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch, for Passover. Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection occurred after he went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover (or Pesach in Hebrew), the Jewish festival commemorating the ancient Israelites' exodus from slavery in Egypt. Pascha eventually came to mean Easter.
Easter is really an entire season of the Christian church year, as opposed to a single-day observance. Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations by the devil. The day before Lent, known as Fat Tuesday, is a last hurrah of food and fun before the fasting begins. The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus' last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus' ascension into heaven.
In addition to Easter's religious significance, it also has a commercial side, as evidenced by the mounds of jelly beans and marshmallow chicks that appear in stores each spring. As with Christmas, over the centuries various folk customs and pagan traditions, including Easter eggs, bunnies, baskets and candy, have become a standard part of this holy holiday."
So yes, there are reasons why its called Easter and we eat chocolate and have a visit from the Easter bunny. But as a Christian, for me its about celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus. Pretty cool.  Rising from the dead?! That's pretty paranormal!! :)
Matthew 27: 27-55 The Crucifixion

 32As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).34There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.[a] 36And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. 37Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads 40and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!" 41In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42"He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself! He's the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.' " 44In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

The Death of Jesus
 45From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. 46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi,[b] lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"[c] 47When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling Elijah."
48Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49The rest said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him."
50And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. 52The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son[d] of God!"

Matthew 28 The Resurrection 

1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

 5The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."
8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

One last verse:
ROMAN 1: 3-5 The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, 4 and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.
Have a good weekend guys,