Sunday, December 29, 2013

Small Town Teacher Invites Wiccan Guest Speaker into Classroom | The Wild Hunt

This report from The Wild Hunt (a great blog) on a high school class that invited a Wiccan to speak. The expected ignorant outcry from the bigoted and stupid, but, fortunately, not strong enough to silence. In fact, students and many parents -- many who were also Christian -- came to the teacher's, and Wiccan's, defense:
Small Town Teacher Invites Wiccan Guest Speaker into Classroom | The Wild Hunt: What happens when a small-town high school teacher in Carthage Illinois invites a Wiccan woman into the classroom to speak? Parents complain. The school board gets involved. There are community meetings. Everything you would expect with one small twist. The students rally behind their award-winning, beloved teacher forcing a change in policy and ensuring the survival of their class.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Kithra's Krystal Kave: Christmas Angst!

I agree with Kithra!
Kithra's Krystal Kave: Christmas Angst!: Christmas is a Christian Festival but the way it’s celebrated these days you’d think it was no more than the idolatry of mammon. However, that is what it seems to be, akin with the celebrity culture that’s so prevalent now. Everything done to excess and totally out of control."


There's more at her site; and I agree with the rest as well.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

When Sex Hurts | Love Dove Tarot

From my favorite Tarot person, Lisa Frideborg Lloyd. This is not a SM or BD article; it's about the literal, and a much neglected topic, even by those in health care. It's also very synchronisitc, since I had a conversation about this earlier today with someone -- I wasn't looking for this article, it just popped up on my FB page:When Sex Hurts | Love Dove Tarot

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tomb find confirms women ruled ancient Peru | Ancient Origins

Tomb find confirms women ruled ancient Peru | Ancient Origins: Archaeologists have discovered a tomb belonging to a powerful pre-Hispanic priestess in Peru, the eighth in more than two decades, confirming that women ruled the region approximately 1,200 years ago.
The burial chamber was found in the Cao religious compound belonging to the Moche civilisation, close to the city of Trujillo, Peru. The highly decorated tomb is made of clay and covered with copper plates in the form of waves and birds. Inside the tomb were the remains of the priestess surrounded by ceramic offerings, a mast and a knife, as well as the bodies of five children and two adults all of whom were sacrificed.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Finally! | UFO Magazine | Nancy Hayfield Birnes

UFO Magazine has gone digital, and here is the first issue, with columns from Alfred Lehmberg, Lesely Gunter, myself, and many others! Finally! | UFO Magazine | Nancy Hayfield Birnes

Monday, September 2, 2013

Reverse Speech on C2C Thursday

David John Oates, a frequent guest on Coast to Coast in the Art Bell days, will be the guest this coming Thursday on C2C. Oates is the "reverse speech" guy which I have always found very interesting. Masking or playing recordings backwards is controversial and also fun mind game-candy material for the anomalously minded but underneath it all (as in, within that subconscious realm that lies within) I think there's a lot there to ponder about. Reverse Speech - Shows - Coast to Coast AM


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What is the difference between paganism, Wicca and Witchcraft?

I like this definition; whoever wrote this back in 1999 self-identified in this way and it works for me!: What is the difference between paganism, Wicca and Witchcraft?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Useless Eater Blog: THE PSEUDO-SACRIFICIAL "SLUTTING" OF HANNAH MONTANA

I didn't watch the MTV show -- I don't watch that stuff -- but have been following the aftermath on line. The excellent Useless Eater blog has analyzed the astoundingly in your-face-we're-not-even-trying-to-hide-it-anymore MKULTRA mind control Illumanti workings via Miley Cyrus:
"Useless Eater Blog: THE PSEUDO-SACRIFICIAL "SLUTTING" OF HANNAH MONTANA:
 "At one point, Cyrus pretends to stroke her long, waving hair... despite the fact that she's sporting a Pixie cut. She almost appears to be in a hypnotic trance of some sort, like she's going through the motions of some programming that was installed in her psyche at a time when she had enough hair to pull off such a move. It's actually kind of disturbing. My Facebook friend Adam Gorightly wondered if perhaps this performance was the revelation of Hannah Montana's mind-control "alter", and called her performance "Illuminaughty!" "

Saudi Arabia's War on Witchcraft - Ryan Jacobs - The Atlantic

Saudi Arabia's War on Witchcraft - Ryan Jacobs - The Atlantic: The Saudi government's obsession with the criminalization of the dark arts reached a new level in 2009, when it created and formalized a special "Anti-Witchcraft Unit" to educate the public about the evils of sorcery, investigate alleged witches, neutralize their cursed paraphernalia, and disarm their spells. Saudi citizens are also urged to use a hotline on the CPVPV website to report any magical misdeeds to local officials, according to the Jerusalem Post.

According to a director of the religious police's witchcraft division in Riyadh, the unit provides confidentiality to informants. "We deal with sorcerers in a special way. No one should think that we mention the name of whomever files a report about sorcery," Sheikh Adel Faqih told the Saudi Gazette. In 2009 alone, at least 118 people were charged with "practicing magic" or "using the book of Allah in a derogatory manner" in the province of Makkah, the country's most populous region.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Roseanne Barr: “MK Ultra Rules In Hollywood” - | Intellihub.com

Roseanne Barr spoke out some time ago on mind control, MK Ultra, and more regards the things main stream media does not speak of, unless it's to make tired jokes about "tin foil hat wearing conspiracy buffs." Well, Barr doesn't let that stop her, and she's still speaking strong, and speaking out. It's unclear whether the text below are her words or the article writer's, but either way, you get the picture:

Roseanne Barr: “MK Ultra Rules In Hollywood” - | Intellihub.com: It’s funny that ancient Druid ‘wizards’ and ‘magicians’ used to make their wands specific for casting spells from the Holly Wood tree. Maybe “Hollywood” is used to cast spells on the masses, because at the very least it can sure seem that way. Everything we do is so systematic, so robotic in nature. We go to school, get a job, have a family and chase materialistic gains only to find out that it is not what our soul truly desires. We are told what to wear, what’s popular, what to buy, what truth is and how life is through television. It keeps us occupied, ignorant and blind to what is really happening on our planet.

Jill Peters: "Portraits of Albanian Women Who Have Lived Their Lives as Men"


"Portraits of Albanian Women Who Have Lived Their Lives As Men: For her project Sworn Virgins of Albania, photographer Jill Peters visited to the mountain villages of northern Albania to capture portraits of “burneshas,” or females who have lived their lives as men for reasons related to their culture and society.

Photograph by Jill Peters


Peters describes what it is like for women, and why some women choose to live as "burneshas" who are respected for the choice they made to live this way - Peters explains:
   
"The freedom to vote, drive, conduct business, earn money, drink, smoke, swear, own a gun or wear pants was traditionally the exclusive province of men. Young girls were commonly forced into arranged marriages, often with much older men in distant villages. As an alternative, becoming a Sworn Virgin, or ‘burnesha” elevated a woman to the status of a man and granted her all the rights and privileges of the male population."

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Barbara Moore on the Black Cats Tarot

On the Llewellyn site, lots of images of cards from the deck, with comments from another lover of this deck. Black Cats Tarot

Black Cat Tarot

Feeling like I just needed it, I bought myself the Black Cat tarot today at a wonderful shop in Newport -- Things Rich and Strange. They also have a store not far up 101 in Depoe Bay.
I was drawn to this deck; not sure why, but kept going back to it, even though there weren't display cards for this deck. This is the card I drew: The Fool. Always a favorite Major Arcana card for me.

Black Cat Tarot: The Fool



I didn't have anything specific in mind when I drew the card, (so very tired and frazzled!)  maybe a general thought about where I am right now in this family health situation; all the balancing and working with different family members and my own self. Part of me has been feeling like I'm the crazy person here with various "quirks" let's say, as well as my work with oracles, yet I have been receiving supportive and insightful feedback from others in the family. Where I see unraveling within myself, they see strength. I am surprised and grateful for that. So this card, The Fool, reminds me that I am who I am, different, as we all are, unique, and that is okay. It is not only okay, it is good.

The card itself: I noticed right away this card shows a white cat, not black. whereas all the other cards are of course black cats, except for one other card. The booklet that comes with the deck says, of The Fool, that the white cat "represents freedom..." and "...he knows the most profound wisdom means remaining humble before the mystery of creation." This is a good card -- The Fool always has been, for me -- but of course in any reading this card's meaning shifts in relation to surrounding cards.

Something made me buy this deck today, even without seeing the whole deck, but it seems it's just what I needed. I love the illustrations and the philosophy in the interpretations. I think I'll use this as my "carry" deck -- the one I always keep in my purse when I'm out and about. Seems appropriate given a cat's wandering ways!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Deck: Time to Move On

Doreen Virtue's Magical Mermaids and Dolphins oracle deck


This is the card I pulled today from Doreen Virtue's Magical Mermaids and Dolphins  oracle deck. Very poignant, given the changes in our lives at this time. Family moves and health issues, changes in routines -- and expectations -- bittersweet. Ultimately, and fortunately, it's for the positive, but it doesn't come without a strong emotional and psychological shift in our being, including my own, as well as a letting go of many things, both good and non-productive dramas.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Daily Mail focused on one thing, and one thing only; Amanda Palmer's boob.This is her response.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

New UFO Magazine out!

New UFO Magazine is now available. On-line! This is a new direction for the magazine (of which I am proud to be on their writing staff) and you can download the PDF free! Visit the site for more information and UFO Magazine goodness. Hello! | UFO Magazine | Nancy Hayfield Birnes

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Adventures of a Devil-Worshipping Whore, or, Why I Don’t Believe We’re Arguing About What We Believe

I like this. Unfortunately, some pagans aren't immune to behaving like religious fanatics either.
Adventures of a Devil-Worshipping Whore, or, Why I Don’t Believe We’re Arguing About What We Believe: Second: who’s marginalizing you? Other pagans? Really? Aren’t you more concerned about the social or religious mainstream communities of America or the news media marginalizing you? And aren’t you being just a little bit hypocritical, accusing others of “marginalizing” you when you refer to others’ spiritual beliefs as “horse shit?” Just saying. But again, I ask, how precisely are you being marginalized? The fact that other pagans do not share your views does not mean they are marginalizing you. It just means they don’t agree with you and don’t believe as you do. It doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t respect your views, and it most definitely doesn’t equate with oppressing or “marginalizing” them, or you.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Anya is a Channel: The Corrections

From Anya's blog:
Anya is a Channel -- The Corrections:
So, in the course of human events (because even though every skeptic and their mother likes to think I'm supposed to be all-seeing, all-knowing, and 100% right all the time) I have to make some corrections to who was in attendance at the UFO researcher event in Bucks County, Pa. last fall. 

(Re: this post: http://anyaisachannel.blogspot.com/2013/05/you-got-some-splainin-to-do.html)

Three of the people on that list wound up not showing up. They were:


Dr. Steven Greer
George Noory
Richard Dolan

As an aside, I am friends with Rich and we have cleared up this misunderstanding. Everything's fine between us. He's really happy that we are friends and have cleared this up as well. The confusion came when it turned out to be a case of a simple scheduling error that had been made and he wound up not going, nothing more.

But OH MY GOD you would have thought I had murdered a puppy based on the response on Facebook!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Shared Dreams: Dog and Wolf

Dreamt of a dog last night:
Jim and I are at a  lake. Beautiful, hilly, lots of trees and green. And people. A dog that looks somewhat like a Golden Retriever, but smaller, and with long ears like a beagle, comes running up to us. I love this dog! He is so friendly, so sweet, so happy! His fur is very silky soft, and little curly and long. Jim and I are both enchanted by this dog. The dog keeps running off, only to come back. When it's time to leave, the dog follows us and gets in the car with us. We bring him home, he gets along great with our cats. I worry and wonder: why is it that I like this dog, when two dogs recently killed my beloved cat Roswell? But I know this dog had nothing to do with that. Jim and I think of names, what to call him? Silly names that don't sound like names we'd like or think of come to mind: Giddy, Fred, Freddie, etc. I bring the dog to work and everyone loves him. I try to have "Fred" sit, stay, and he wants to please, to do these things but it's obvious he doesn't know what to do. Then I realize my neighbor is the one to talk to, he's a professional dog trainer. We're discussing the dog training course, and Fred is with us, when my neighbor looks at the dog and says, "You do realize he's wearing tags?" I look down and sure enough, Fred is wearing three collars, with lots of tags. I am amazed, how could it be that we missed those things?! I reluctantly look at the tags and see Fred's owners name and phone number. I don't want to call but I know I have to. The number is in California; the woman answers and she is very weird. Seems very combative and not interested in the dog so much. She misunderstands everything I say and then says she wants her husband to talk to my husband. Her husband then starts in on how lousy the water is in Eugene, and how stupid Oregon is, etc. Jim says none of that is true, but that aside, what does that have to do with the dog? They expect us to drive down to California to return the dog. We say no way, but we'll meet you halfway. Then I say "Forget it. They are too much trouble and too stupid, we're keeping the dog. This dog deserves better than them." I take off his collars and Fred seems even happier.

Jim told me (before I told him my dream) he dreamt:

He was somewhere in the woods. He meets an old girlfriend of his, who's showing hims something in the woods, including all her old boyfriends. Jim is wondering what this is all about. Then he meets a man who tells Jim something, and Jim wants to go with him. The man says "If you can keep up with me" and shape shifts into a wolf, dropping to the ground and bounding off. Jim stays where he is, he  can't possibly keep up. He doesn't feel afraid or bad, in fact, feels good, watching the wolf bound away.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Healing with the Angels: Nature




Attended a wonderful angel workshop this afternoon, so thought pulling a card from the Doreen Virtue deck Healing with the Angels was appropriate. Feeling good, but then, as I was getting ready to do this, (shuffling the deck, etc.) I got into a strange place energy wise -- including a slightly negative interaction with someone -- and everything felt off. I was trying to adjust my balance and continue on. The question was general: what do the angels have to share with us right now, to help heal? And Nature came up. From the book:

Nature. Spending time alone in nature is important for you. Even five minutes in a garden would be healing for you right now.
At first I wondered at this, I wanted something more pithy I guess, feeling the imbalance of energy as I was.  But it's not about what I want or expect the cards to say, it's what needs to be heard. Nature is all about energy and balance, as well as healing. This card is a reminder to spend time, no matter how short a period, in nature every day. Nature is real; the petty self-involved things of every day are not.  Let those things fall away as we allow ourselves to connect with Nature, including the Nature within us.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Card for the day: Mermaids and Dolphins

This card is from Doreen Virtue's Magical Mermaids and Dolphins oracle card deck. I drew this card with the general intent of "what do we all need to know for today, as a collective consciousnesses kind of thing?"

Time to Move On. "It's time to let of of the old and worn out so that the new can come in."
We need to clear out our minds, and our hearts, let go of emotional stuff that keeps us stuck. The physical part of letting go will follow. 
I found this very specific to my situation, since I am blocked, or stuck, and have been for years, really, in my life. I was just saying to someone close to me that we need to now get physical, literally, with out living space. (Clearing, cleaning, purging, moving . . .) Since we haven't, we remain stuck. Our intent is there, but now it's time to stop living in the ether, and actually physically do the work to bring about manifestation.

So, while I tried to do a general reading, this came out very personal. But it's good advice for anyone in this place! Many of us are feeling very strong feelings on issues that concern humanity, the planet, now is the time to let go of the old comfort zones that really just keep us stuck,  and do something!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

CONTACT in the DESERT | UFO Conference at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center

Okay, this will be coming up. Who knows, I might be able to attend!CONTACT in the DESERT | UFO Conference at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center

Three day metro-wide disaster drill will simulate bioterrorism attack | OregonLive.com

Portland, Oregon's terror drill starts today:Three day metro-wide disaster drill will simulate bioterrorism attack | OregonLive.com
"The purpose of the exercise is to test the region’s ability to respond to a complex public health incident affecting multiple agencies across several political boundaries. The exercise will address policy, plans and operations related to bioterrorism incident mobilization and response.

The imagined scenarios will play out at seven main locations, organizers said, on Wednesday and Thursday; Tuesday is reserved for planning and set-up.

But please note: These events are not designed to be visible to the public, but will be open for media coverage."

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The History Blog:'Tesla Wardenclyffe laboratory bought for museum'

Wardenclyffe Tower 1904
The History Blog: Tesla Wardenclyffe laboratory bought for museum


The above story linked to is from April. What a close call; that almost 16 acres were sold to a developer with  no sense of history or ethics who had planned to raze the whole thing. Thankfully, it did not happen. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Anne's Diary | What My Life is Like Now | unknowncountry

As some of you may know, Anne Strieber had an aneurysm and has endured operations and has been writing about the process, her recovery, on her site. Blessings and healing thoughts to Anne and Whitley and their family.
Anne's Diary | What My Life is Like Now | unknowncountry: have finally had the staples taken out of my head. (Staples are the new version of stitches.) So I no longer feel like I’m sleeping on a handful of safety pins. I still can see very little in my left peripheral field of vision, but I have added a new ingredient to the mix: hallucinations. I will be lying in bed, when all of a sudden I will “see” a row of people stand up to attention, as if they are having a meeting in some military context.

Of course, this is not really happening, but it looks to me as if it is, and it’s so convincing that for a moment I buy into it each time. Many of the hallucinations feature small people who seem very real, and leave me wondering just exactly what is going on. Are they the origins of fairy lore? Am I hallucinating, or seeing real things in another world? My guess is that it’s hallucinations. The doctors are familiar with this as a sequel to the surgery I had, and expect that it will fade away in time. In the meantime I can take medication that will make them go away, or at least bother me less.

Tarotize: The 'Time Out' Tarot Tool

I like this layout from Lisa Frideborg Lloyd using Doreen Virtue's Angel Tarot: Tarotize: The 'Time Out' Tarot Tool, from her blog:
"This Tarot spread is a spread you can do any time your Guardian Angel taps your shoulder and says, 'Hey, take a Time Out and get your head straight before you act.' Any time you feel in overwhelm emotionally or at risk of getting pulled into someone else's drama, the voice of fear drowns out the voice of reason. The trick is to become very still and listen - The Tarot can help us do this."

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Alfred Lehmberg: ...Between The Stars...

Alfred's newest for UFO Magazine's blog:
UFO Magazine - UFO Magazine Blog - ...Between The Stars...: I think there's more than they'd let on. I think their thoughts... "impounded." I'd think that they're not living UP... ...to what they have propounded! I think they're NOT impartial. I think they're falsely proud. I think they have forgotten what the ancients proved out LOUD!
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Pyramids and monuments aligned with unseen stars—the knowledge of ones solar system—what planets were and are! That there was "one grand asteroid belt" and other planets where: the colors were acknowledged blue and green, but twins, so paired.*

Friday, May 10, 2013

Deviant Moon and Healing with Angels Oracles

I'm not the only one who has used both decks in the same reading!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

UFO Fest at McMinnville Press Release

Official:

14th Annual UFO Festival Lands May 17-18 at McMenamins Hotel Oregon
 
A former administrator of the British Ministry of Defence’s UFO Project, an Area 51 researcher, a multiple-abductee experiencer and an X Files investigator will speak at the 2013 festival
 
McMINNVILLE, OR: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - McMenamins’ 14th Annual UFO Festival is Friday and Saturday, May 17 & 18, hosted by McMenamins Hotel Oregon (3130 NE Evans St., [503] 472-8427 or [888] 472-8427). Skeptics and believers alike are invited to events happening throughout the weekend – four expert speakers, an alien costume parade, an alien pet costume contest, live bands, a fun run, a specially brewed Alienator Ale and more. The event began as a way to commemorate the 1950 Trent UFO sighting in which two McMinnville citizens witnessed and photographed an unknown craft hovering in the sky, said to be some of the most credible images of UFOs to date. More than 5,000 visitors convened in downtown McMinnville for the 2012 festival and parade.

2013 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Most events are free and all ages are welcome.
Speaker events: $10 per person advance, $15 day of event, available online and at the door (2-day pass also available for $25 per person in advance or $35 day of event)
All events requiring tickets will be held at the McMinnville Community Center (600 NE Evans St.), two blocks from McMenamins Hotel Oregon. Tickets are available in advance at ufofest.com
 
*** WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013 ***
Pre-Festival Special Event: UFO History Pub
How did the second-largest UFO festival in the United States start in McMinnville? To answer this question, we’ve just added a pre-festival talk by McMenamins Historian Tim Hills at Hotel Oregon at 7 p.m. This presentation will cover the famed story of the local Trent family UFO photos, taken nearby and sparking longtime worldwide interest in phenomena that occurred here.
*** FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013 ***
McMinnville Downtown Association presents: "Landing Party"
• Vendor booths on Davis (3rd to 4th) and in the US Bank plaza, 3 -8 p.m.
• Alien drumming jam
• Stage and beer garden in the US Bank Plaza
• Dance and art demonstrations
• Jake Blair Band: 7 -9 p.m.

UFO Speaker: Nick Pope, former administrator/investigator of the British Ministry of Defense's UFO Project
Doors at 6 p.m.; event at 7 p.m. • McMinnville Community Center
Come and hear the secrets of the British Government's UFO project from the man who ran it. Dubbed "the real Fox Mulder" by media, Nick Pope will talk about the history of the UK Ministry of Defense's UFO research program, as well as discussing some of the most bizarre cases in the files, with his talk entitled, “The Real Live X-Files.” Pope will also talk about the ongoing program to declassify and release the entire archive of the UK's UFO files. Finally, he'll give an update on recent UFO stories, including the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure in Washington D.C., where he joined numerous other experts in testifying before a group of former congressional representatives.
Pope is a former employee of the UK Ministry of Defense, and had a 21-year government career. He’s now a journalist and broadcaster, recognized as a leading authority on topics such as space, fringe science, defense and intelligence.
McMinnville UFO Festival Video Contest
3 p.m. 'til 7 p.m. • 3rd St. Pizza Co./Moonlight Theater • Loop of all entries

Live music from Kirby Swatosh & The Moon Rocket Patrol • Spaced out rock

7 p.m. • Cellar Bar at Hotel Oregon • 21 & over

Live music from The Outer Space Heaters • Surf space rock
8 p.m. 'til 11 p.m. • Mattie's Room at Hotel Oregon

Movie in the Tent: Mystery Science Theater 3000
8 p.m. doors; 9 p.m. film• Tent on N.E. Evans St. at Hotel Oregon

“Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis” live radio broadcast
7 p.m. ’til 12 midnight • Paragon Room at Hotel Oregon

*** SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013 ***

Vendor Booths
9 a.m. 'til 5 p.m. • Evans St.
10 a.m. 'til 8 p.m. • Davis St. and in the US Bank Plaza

UFO Speakers George Knapp & Jim Sparks
Doors at 9 a.m.; event at 10 a.m. • McMinnville Community Center
George Knapp, Area 51 researcher and Coast-to-Coast Radio guest host (first of two speakers)
Knapp is a two-time Peabody Award winner as well as a 19-time Emmy Award-winning journalist whose reporting on Nevada's infamous Area 51 military base was selected by UPI as Best Individual Achievement by a Reporter (1989).
Jim Sparks, "The Greys: Their Nature and Purpose" (second of two speakers)
Sparks is author of The Keepers, and a lecturer and expert in the abduction phenomena. His abductions began in 1988. Initially an unwilling abductee, his experiences transformed once he began to understand he was encountering intelligent advanced beings from other worlds.

McMinnville UFO Festival Video Contest

Noon • 3rd St. Pizza Co./Moonlight Theater • Single showing of all entries
New This Year: UFO Fun Run
1 p.m. • Meet at Third & Irvine at 12:30 p.m. to participate • Free; all ages welcome
Add athletic shoes to your alien costume this year, and join in this non-competitive UFO Fun Run, which is a .8-mile jaunt around the parade route.
UFO Costume Parade
2 p.m. • Third St.
The UFO Costume Parade is a dazzling highlight of the festival, with characters ranging from Darth Vader to acrobatic aliens marching through the McMinnville streets.  
 
Third Street Dance! Featuring Garcia Birthday Band
Immediately following the parade ’til 5 p.m. • Third St. at Hotel Oregon
After GBB's float wraps their parade appearance, come "dancin’ in the streets" as they park in front of Hotel Oregon for a few more hours of “Grateful jams”!
 
A performance by Willamette Radio Workshop
3 p.m. • Mattie's Room at Hotel Oregon
Performing "The Cave of Night" by James Gunn, "They're Made out of Meat" by Terry Bisson and "The Anachronic Man – The Original Dr. Who" by H.G. Wells

Alien Pet Costume Contest
4 p.m. at Buchanan-Cellers, 855 NE Fifth St.
Bring your pets, dressed in their alien best—and compete for prizes!

UFO Speaker Linda Moulton Howe
Doors at 4 p.m.; event at 5 p.m. • McMinnville Community Center
In 2009, Howe spoke at our festival to a near sold-out crowd, and we’re pleased to have her back again this year, with the talk, "Gobekli Tepe's 12,000-Year-Old Stone Circles Enigma – Terraformed by E.T.s?" which is based on her travels and investigations into an excavation in Turkey.
Howe is an award-winning documentary producer, writer and director, as well as a reporter and editor for Earthfiles.com. She is currently the X-Files investigative reporter for Premiere Radio Networks' Coast to Coast AM and Dreamland Online.

McMinnville UFO Festival Video Contest
3rd St. Pizza Co./Moonlight Theater
6 p.m.• Showing of all entries
7 p.m. • Awards Ceremony and screening for entrants and their families, with remaining tickets available to the public
Live music to follow the ceremony, admission is free, all ages, public welcome
 
Live music from Kirby Swatosh & The Moon Rocket Patrol • Spaced-out rock
7 p.m. • Cellar Bar at Hotel Oregon • 21 & over
 
Alien Costume Ball
Featuring live music from The Strange Tones • Out of this world R&B – Rockabilly

8 p.m. 'til 11 p.m. • Mattie's Room at Hotel Oregon
Dance and compete for prizes based on costumes; use of tin foil, antennae headgear and face paint is encouraged.

*****
ABOUT McMENAMINS HOTEL OREGON
Set in Oregon’s idyllic wine country 40 miles south of Portland, McMenamins’ historic 1905 hotel in McMinnville is the perfect place to uncork and unwind. Cozy guestrooms, a comfortable restaurant and pub, live music on weekends, the legendary Rooftop Bar and more offer visitors from far and wide reasons to relax.
 
ABOUT McMENAMINS HOTELS, PUBS & BREWERIES
The name “McMenamin” is well known throughout the Pacific Northwest, signifying a great place to enjoy handcrafted ales, wine, spirits and pub fare with family and friends. The dream began more than 20 years ago in the hearts of brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin and continues to spiral upward. With 57 properties (including Hotel Oregon) and counting, the siblings are considered to be pioneers of the Pacific Northwest microbrew, historic hotels and music venue industries. Go to mcmenamins.com for additional information, photos and more.                                                     
 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Activist Post: Mother Torn from Nursing Baby After Arrest For Minor Code Violation

Activist Post: Mother Torn from Nursing Baby After Arrest For Minor Code Violation: Some months ago in Colorado, a very pregnant Renee Abbott received a knock on the door by a sheriff's deputy alerting her that the Abbotts' cows were loose and needed immediate rounding because they were in the municipal right of way. So she obeyed and did this by herself resulting in a fall and hospitalization. Their fence looked like it had been deliberately damaged by vandals - which is how the cows got loose. The deputy issued her a ticket for “grazing animals in the municipal right of way" even though it was an accident, not even by their doing.

Months went on, baby was fine, and Ethan and Renee were sitting down to dinner with their kids ages seven and four months on April 7 when Weld County law enforcement officers showed up and arrested Renee for - grazing animals in the municipal right of way. God forbid they accidentally eat the special municipal grass! Throw that mom in jail!

UFOMystic: Beams of light, jumbled memories

My recent post for UFO Mystic:UFOMystic : Beams of light, jumbled memories

ParaMania Radio - Shining the light on Paranormal Radio

Karyn Dolan will be the guest on ParaMania Radio Sunday, April 21, from 9-11 pm. ParaMania Radio - Shining the light on Paranormal Radio

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Accurate Citation: Chris O'Brien's Stalking the Trickster


Chris O'Brien, in his Stalking the Tricksters: Shapeshifters, Skinwalkers, Dark Adepts and 2012 writes:
Another recent incident of a so-called "man-bat" sighting was e-reported to Tim Binnell (sic) by a witness in Oregon.
This is the so-called "e-report" O'Brien writes that Tim received:
The "thing" was about 15 ft. from the witness at about 1:15 A.M. behind his house. He accidentally locked himself out of his house while working in his garage late last night. He went around to the back of his house to climb in through a window. He heard something and used the light from his cell phone, pointing it in the direction of the sound. The thing had a human form only quite large over seven feet with red reflecting eyes and very large wings. It jumped into the air flying off with the sound of massive air displacement with each wing stroke.

Actually, that passage was from my article Sacrificial Lambs Unto the Demon: Batsquatch in Oregon, May 5, 2009 that I wrote for my Trickster's Realm column, which appears on Tim Binnall's site. In the notes section, the link to the article is given, but without credit to name, title or column.
 

UFOs - scientific research: Alien abductions - the answer?

Keith Basterfield at UFOs has an interesting item on alien abductions:UFOs - scientific research: Alien abductions - the answer?. I left a comment:
David Jacobs can no longer be taken seriously as a researcher, given his paranoid scenarios concerning email hacking aliens, and his unethical (putting it mildly) and downright creepy treatment of Emma Woods.

As to abductions in general, we still don't know the why or what. Maybe the explanation is a little bit of truth from all who've offered suggestions based on their experiences. I think we're in the way of our understanding -- that much is clear. Some of us have had downright weird, life long UFO related experiences that march right up to 'Alien Abduction 101' and yet (I place myself in that category) can't say for certain that abductions took place, let alone accepting they take place at all. Then again, maybe they do.
Always interesting, and, always frustrating, because no one has any idea at all, after all this time. The post notes the observation that it does seem alien abduction reports seem to be on the decline; we're just not hearing about them as much. The second point is, as I commented at his blog: David Jacobs no longer gets to be included when considering research.
(h/t to The Debris Field for link.)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Kithra's Krystal Kave: My Thoughts on Maggie Thatcher

Kithra, who lives in the UK,  (and it's good to see you back with a post kithra!) shares her thoughts on Margaret Thatcher:

My Thoughts on Maggie Thatcher

Well, as everyone else seems to be jumping on the bandwagon, and others have asked me, I thought I’d add my thoughts on the passing of Margaret Thatcher. I’m afraid they aren’t kind and, for those of you who didn’t have to live under her premiership, or are not old enough to remember her, you will probably never fully understand what those times were like.

I’m not mourning her. In fact I wrote elsewhere that when I first heard the news of her death, at the same time that it was announced on TV, my very first thought was “Ding Dong, the Wicked Witch is Dead.” I felt guilty for thinking that as I’m not a callous person. My next thought, of course, was that I felt sympathy for her family. On that day the Wizard of Oz song hadn’t started to be used by the campaign now afoot to get it to the top of the charts, although after reading some Twitter posts, and at other places, I see that, naturally, I wasn’t the only person to have that thought. That song is now causing a huge stir, with many radio stations having to make decisions on whether to play it on their chart show or not. The BBC, of course, is doing a fudge, explaining why it’s become a news item, and then only playing about five seconds of it.

I very much disliked the woman, right from the moment that she was elected. And on that day she quoted from the famous Prayer of St Francis of Assisi, the contents of which were the very opposite of what she did.
The rest at Kithra's Krystal Kave.

Stephen Wagner: You Might Be Psychic - 6 Signs That You Might Be Psychic

(thanks to Lesley at The Debris Field for link.)
You Might Be Psychic - 6 Signs That You Might Be Psychic: If you've always suspected that you have extrasensory perception, here are six signs that you indeed might be psychic

THOSE WHO HAVE made a lifetime of the study of psychic phenomena suspect that most, if not all of us are psychic to one degree or another. I'm sure most of us can point to events in our lives that indicate instances of telepathy (communication of thoughts) or precognition (knowing what is going to happen). Perhaps it's only happened once or a few times.

Perhaps, however, it happens to you quite frequently. Can you then be considered truly, strongly psychic? Here are six signs to look for.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

On UFO Digest: Diane Tessman on UFOs and the Paranormal Connection

Diane Tessman, at UFO Digest, asks:
Exploring the Question: Are UFOs and The Paranormal World Connected?: Why can’t we humans handle the combination of UFOs and The Paranormal and get this UFO enigma figured out?
Good question. My own experiences confirm that yes, there are paranormal aspects to much of the UFO phenomena.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Mysterious mini door continues to attract admirers… and offerings | Richmond SF Blog

Everyone's talking about it, and so am I. How can you resist? Maybe this will start a national trend; people placing beautiful little fairy doors about their communities.Mysterious mini door continues to attract admirers… and offerings | Richmond SF Blog

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Tessa Dick Presents: It's a Philip K. Dick World!: fairy folk?

A delightful find in the big city: Tessa Dick Presents: It's a Philip K. Dick World!: fairy folk?

fragments, found: Mud Covered Mary

fragments, found: Mud Covered Mary, and reposted at my blog UFO Mary.
So the large, hot asphalt playground offered nothing of interest. I went back to the low stone wall. It was cooler there anyway, in the shade of the buildings. A small white haired lady walked by me. She was wearing her lace head scarf, carrying her missal, rosary dangling from her hand. I smiled at her; she didn’t smile back. She asked me what was I doing there; she seemed innately suspicious. She wanted to argue with me: “There’s no Girl Scout meeting here!” she said. I felt a little bit like I was leaving my body; this old lady on her way to do her Altar Society business inside the church, was repeating back to me what I just told her. I’m feeling disconnected; why is she doing that?

Friday, March 29, 2013

hidden experience: tenured professor stands up for alien abductions

Mike Clelland's has posted an interivew from the National Post with retired psychology professor Don Crosbie Donderi on alien abductions. Excellent!hidden experience: tenured professor stands up for alien abductions

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Diane Hennacy Powell

She's the guest right now on Coast to Coast, and I'm hearing her story of how, after her book on ESP (pro), The ESP Enigma was published, the medical board contacted her and told her she had to see a psychiatrist, and, they revoked her license for three months. Amazing, isn't it? Diane Hennacy Powell

Ishtar/"Easter"


UFOMystic: The Message Is…

"The message is… well, doesn’t seem to be a message. I’ve had telepathic communications with UFOs and “aliens.” Nothing profound however. Or even silly, as in, no alien ever wanted to exchange pancakes recipes."   The rest at UFOMystic; The Message Is…


Kithra's Krystal Kave: Signing off, for now

I have always admired and respected kithra's work -- her articles on UK Fortean history are excellent. Please send her good thoughts and prayers and, follow the links she's provided. Thank you kithra for your contributions. Kithra's Krystal Kave: Signing off, for now

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Debris Field

Lesley Gunter, WOE contributer, has been absent from posting for a few days at her Debris Field blog. She's back now, with lots of highly interesting links that will keep you busy!The Debris Field

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Jeremy Vaeni: One Fierce Abduction Times Two

At his blog JayVay; Jeremy Vaeni shares an excerpt from "a sequel of sorts" to I Know Why The Aliens Don't Land! One Fierce Abduction Times Two | JayVay Here's a little bit:
I collapse onto my back and now see that there are three beings standing over me to my right. I am terrified but don’t scream. The beings are short, not more than four feet tall. They are wearing brown tunics. Their skin is gray and from what I can see of their hooded heads they are bald. They have diminutive facial features, save for the eyes, which are huge black oval pools. If human eyes are the windows to the soul these eyes are windows to the infinite depths of everything.

There is something else curious about them: They have a playful nature. The one closest my face, at least, is smirking and exudes this childlike naivety. It is as if they want me to come play and yet I am horrified beyond the meaning of the term. They never speak a word to me. Wildcherry remains unconscious.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Truth Denied Breaking News - The Reptilian Agenda: Jesse Ventura Conspiracy theory opens up the Case

I can't stay away from the whole reptilian-alien thing. Just love it. This is from November, 2012: The Truth Denied Breaking News - The Reptilian Agenda: Jesse Ventura Conspiracy theory opens up the Case

Alfred Lehmberg: UFO Magazine Blog "Process Due..."


It always seems inaccurate to post excerpts from Alfred Lehmberg's writing, but here is a bit; please read the entire piece at UFO Magazine's blog:
UFO Magazine - UFO Magazine Blog - Process Due...: Working in my hydroponics, breathing air that's like a tonic, making things that save the Earth and bring her back; yes, lift our curse! Colonize the asteroids—bigger thoughts, and better choices, we could live in synergy if we got off our "scabby knees"!.
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Simply put, it's not "respect" that keeps us mired and in debt! We're not kept our promises; they'd distort our common senses; some of us would break our oaths to wear that *better* set of clothes!
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This WILL keep us from our fate, and tie us down with ropes of hate... which we don't need or even want if truth was more than nonchalant. Take a breath and draw it free as you come off your tortured knees, and take advantage of the wealth which staggers us with full stocked shelves! Enough's indeed a feast you see; what's best in life, indeed, is free!

Friday, March 8, 2013

UFOMystic is Back on-line

Happy to say that UFOMystic is back! And pleased to note that Women of Esoterica contributor Lesley Gunter also contributes to UFOMystic, as do I.  I'm honored to be in such respectable company: Nick Redfern, Greg Bishop, Scott Corrales and Richard Thomas are also contributors. Craig Woolheater is the man behind the mystic curtain, thank you Craig!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

RJStewart.org - Irish Faery Tradition

"RJStewart.org - Irish Faery Tradition: What is generally called the “faery tradition” is seldom understood in full…it is usually limited to the academic study of folklore. You know the kind of thing, visit grandmother, ask her about faeries, write the answers down or nowadays tape them…get a grant, publish a book. But grandmother is speaking with a voice that comes down to us from prehistoric times…she is not merely relating quaint countryside Irish beliefs. Not at all…she is telling us that the land is alive teeming with energetic spiritual forces that over the centuries, the millenniums even, became personified as myriad forms: some human, some animal, some a mixture, theriomorphic forms that combine human, bird, animal, fish. Most of all, she is telling us stories about how to live, how to relate, how to be integrated within the living land. You will not get a government grant for that."

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Is the Russia Prison System Working Pussy Riot Member to Death? | Alternet

Is the Russia Prison System Working Pussy Riot Member to Death? | Alternet
February 1, 2013  |  
 
 
An incarcerated member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot has been hospitalized for illnesses related to prison work , reports the Associated Press . Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has reportedly been suffering severe headaches since last spring, when the 23-year-old began serving her two-year sentence on hooliganism charges.

Monday, February 18, 2013

fragments, found: For Jack

A little while ago I started a blog for just my fictional writing, an area I was working in before I found myself tumbling down the rabbit hole of high strangeness. This poem, For Jack, is about a good friend of ours who passed away a year or two ago.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Saturness: I'm not a Zoltar machine!

Good advice and story about reading when you're tired, but also, when the "client" isn't really serious or has clear intent.

Saturness: I'm not a Zoltar machine!: ou shouldn't read when you're almost falling flat on your face, but that is not the reason why I considered that night a cartomantic disaster. Nope. The problem is that none of them had actual questions. They all wanted to know about their love lives, of course, but... there was no intention behind their inquiries. In fact, they would copy the question of the last person, because there was nothing they really wanted to know about.

A long time ago I wrote a post about the importance of intention when doing card readings. When you approach the cards with a vague, mildly unimportant question, the cards don't give your their best. They give you equally vague, and sometimes rather unimportant answers.
And this:
The truth is that I felt a bit exploited. I love to look at card reading under a humorous light and no, I don't believe that the fabric of space and time will unravel if the cards are not respected. But divination is what I do and I put a helluva effort into it. And I just realized that when people come and ask for a reading just because they found no better way to waste their time, they end up sucking the marrow from my very bones - and from my very cards. Why? Because they put no effort in it. They don't care about the answer, they are being entertained.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Black Dahlia Murder Case Gets New Life After Dog Smells Death Scent At Suspect's Home

Black Dahlia Murder Case Gets New Life After Dog Smells Death Scent At Suspect's Home: A specially trained dog is helping to breathe new life into the Black Dahlia case that has gone unsolved since 1947.

On Friday, the San Bernardino Sun reported that author Steve Hodel teamed up with retired police Sgt. Paul Dostie and Buster, a Labrador retriever trained to detect the smell of human decomposition.

The trio searched the basement of Hodel's father, George Hill Hodel, a Los Angeles doctor who, the author believes, is the Black Dahlia killer.

On January 15, 1947, 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, known as the Black Dahlia, was discovered brutally murdered in a vacant lot near the intersection of 39th Street and Norton Avenue in South Los Angeles.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Somewhat Disturbing Valentines

I love vintage seasonal cards. Here are a few vintage Valentine's Day cards that struck me as just a bit weird:






Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Elderly Woman Reveals Family Secret On Video: UFO Lands in Corn Field and 'Little People' Exit The Craft

It's stories like these that makes us keep going in the Fortean realm:
Elderly Woman Reveals Family Secret On Video: UFO Lands in Corn Field and 'Little People' Exit The Craft: One sister started talking about a story her father, my great, great grandpa made her promise to never talk about, but since she was over 90 years old she didn't think it mattered anymore. She was very flustered still just talking about it. The best we can tell, this event took place in the Logansport, Indiana, area in approximately the 1890s or so, maybe earlier, maybe later.

... On this particular day, she could not find her father or grandfather. She then heard them yelling at her to get inside the woods nearby and hide. She complied and that's where they began telling her that they had been watching some sort of flying machine that didn't make any sort of noise flying around the field. They supposedly watched little people get out of the craft and take pieces of corn and soil, and then they flew away. The uncle and father had been hiding in the woods for some time afraid to leave.

Video and more at UFO Chronicles.

Numerology on C2C: 2013 in Numerology

Tonight on Coast to Coast, Glynis McCants on numerology:2013 in Numerology/ Energy - Shows - Coast to Coast AM

Saturday, January 26, 2013

It's time to howl at the Full Wolf Moon


Image source here; public domain

Tonight is the first full moon of 2013 - the Full Wolf Moon: It's time to howl at the Full Wolf Moon.
Here is a listing of all of the full moon names, as well as the dates and times for 2013. Unless otherwise noted, all times are for the Eastern time zone:
Jan. 26, 11:38 p.m. ET —Full Wolf Moon: Amid the zero cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. It was also known as the Old Moon or the Moon after Yule. In some tribes this was the Full Snow Moon; most applied that name to the next moon. [Full Moon: Why Does It Happen? (Video)]

Feb. 25, 3:26 p.m. ET —Full Snow Moon: Usually the heaviest snows fall in this month. Hunting becomes very difficult, and hence, to some tribes this was the Full Hunger Moon.

Visit link for rest of list.


Women Of Esoterica: Are Archons Greys? by Usko Ahonen Md.

Women Of Esoterica: Are Archons Greys? by Usko Ahonen Md.: Very much a must read:Are Archons Greys? by Usko Ahonen Md.

The following quote resonated with me. However, the article is primarily about the Gnostics and the Archons.

To the horrified astonishment of Dr. Castaneda, the elder sorcerer Don Juan explained how the human mind has been infiltrated by an alien intelligence: “We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The predator is our lord and master. It has rendered us docile and helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don’t do so.”

The rest at Women of Esoteria.

Are Archons Greys? by Usko Ahonen Md.

Very much a must read:Are Archons Greys? by Usko Ahonen Md.

The following quote resonated with me. However, the article is primarily about the Gnostics and the Archons.

To the horrified astonishment of Dr. Castaneda, the elder sorcerer Don Juan explained how the human mind has been infiltrated by an alien intelligence: “We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The predator is our lord and master. It has rendered us docile and helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don’t do so.”
The late Harvard professor John Mack wrote that “a number of shamans with whom I have spoken, from native cultures of North and South America, Africa, and Australia, know of, or have had encounters with, beings that have properties much like the grey aliens that visit abductees in the United States and other Western societies. Each culture has its own name for them. According to these shamans, beings of this sort have been around for thousands of years and seem to have a great interest in the face of Earth, functioning as its scavengers or protectors depending on the particular shaman's experience or point of view.”

The above reminded me of two experiences I had several years ago. One, involving a green reptilian type entity (though not the typical alien-reptilian often portrayed as "the Reptilians") and the other, a cape used by a Central American shaman.

Skinwalker Ranch Dire Wolf Synchronicity

image source here

Reading Whitley Strieber's fictional work, Beyond 2012, the Omega Point. Just read the part where a character is writing in his journal about events and "time movement." He mentions the Skinwalker ranch in Utah, specifically, the wolf like creature that was seen there:

"...I recognized the animal to be a dire wolf. .. the dire world was rendered extinct by... the last Ice Age. And yet, here it was on this ranch. I think that this animal had moved through time...there was something about the place... in its own time, this animal was experiencing incredible fear. Its world was collapsing... most of Utah was flooded along with the rest of the United States by rapid glacial melt. .. given pressure extreme enough and the right conditions, actual physical movement through time must be possible." (Strieber pp83-84)

Last night, listening to Coast to Coast, a female caller recommend reading Vallee, and said that the events at the Skinwalker ranch (among other unexplained encounters) was due to our imagination. Not in the sense we are making things up, but that there is another dimension, or place, where all these things exist. Opening ourselves up via imagination causes us to see these things. (That's what I got from her anyway.)

Two different takes; Strieber, via his character, suggests that time lines exist concurrently and, due to events in one time line, another time can abruptly appear. The other; that our minds somehow allow us to see these other realities, for whatever reasons, being open to the possibility among them.




Friday, January 25, 2013

Dollar Store Book Finds



The other day I found this book, brand new, at the Dollar Tree: Dracula, the Undead, by Dacre Stoker. Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker, author of the classic Dracula. I haven't read the book yet -- reading my other dollar store book find right now. Here's a blurb from Amazon on Dracula the Undead:

"The official sequel to Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula, written by his direct descendant and endorsed by the Stoker family. The story begins in 1912, twenty-five years after the events described in the original novel. Dr. Jack Seward, now a disgraced morphine addict, hunts vampires across Europe with the help of a mysterious benefactor."


I'm looking forward to reading this, I love good Vampire stories (not the slow motion teen angst of Twilight stuff) and I also love the time period of the late 1800s into the early 1900s. So. My other book find, for a buck, at the Dollar store: Whitley Strieber's The Omega Point: Beyond 2012. I wasn't going to get it at first, not sure why, haven't read Strieber in years. Though I do keep up with him and respect him. But something made me go back and pick up the book and I'm glad I did. I haven't finished it, but so far, it has really kept my attention! I'll be posting more on the book at Animal Forteana and UFO Mary.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

hidden experience: Graham Hancock on UFO abductees, shamans and owls

Just saw this on Mike Clelland's blog:hidden experience: Graham Hancock on UFO abductees, shamans and owls. You can't go wrong with this combination; Hancock, abductees, shamans and owls! I haven't had a chance to watch this yet, but I'm sure it's worth watching, as Mike suggests.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jailed Pussy Riot member complains of "death threats" - Yahoo! News

The MSM and the world culture seems to have forgotten about the members of Pussy Riot. But they are still here, and this is the current state of things for one member:
Jailed Pussy Riot member complains of "death threats" - Yahoo! News
: MOSCOW (Reuters) - One of two jailed Pussy Riot members said she received death threats and complained of abuse at a prison colony where she is serving a two-year sentence for a punk protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral.

But Maria Alyokhina and fellow group member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said they did not regret the protest, despite describing harsh prison conditions in interviews published on Wednesday by the opposition-leaning Novaya Gazeta newspaper.

Alyokhina, 24, who lost an appeal this month to have her sentence deferred to care for her five-year-old son, said she was transferred to solitary confinement in November after being threatened by inmates she suspects of acting on the orders of prison officials.

"(They said) if you stay in this unit - that's the end of you... Human rights are grossly violated here," said Alyokhina, who is being held at a penal colony in the Urals Mountains region of Perm.

The members of Pussy Riot were jailed because they did a street performance in front of a church. Specifically, they were found guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred." Cries of "blasphemy!" followed and so, in an ironic act, those offended Christians behaved decidedly un-Christian like -- and more Taliban-like - participated in the sentencing of Pussy Riot members.



Monday, January 21, 2013

Help wanted: 'Adventurous' woman to give birth to ... a Neanderthal baby? - Cosmic Log

Help wanted: 'Adventurous' woman to give birth to ... a Neanderthal baby? - Cosmic Log: "Pioneering Harvard geneticist George Church suggests that the day is coming when we'll want to reverse-engineer the Neanderthal genome and pass the now-extinct creatures' advantages to our own progeny. All that's needed would be an "extremely adventurous female human" to serve as a surrogate mother."



Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Gothic Closet - Decor from the Soul of the Night

Some very cool items for your magick and fashion needs atThe Gothic Closet - Decor from the Soul of the Night. Including steampunk accesories for men.

Mystic Cauldron Blog

Passing along some groovy witchy blogs I found:Mystic Cauldron Blog

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sean Casteel: An Occult View of UFOs and the Paranormal

Liked this article by Sean Casteel very much --  on Maria D'Andrea, at UFO Digest:

An Occult View of UFOs and the Paranormal: As with many people who encounter the UFO phenomenon, Maria D’ Andrea’s experiences began in childhood. Maria is a native of Hungary, and in 1956, she fled along with her family from the coming tyranny of the Communist revolution raging all around her there.

“Basically,” Maria said, “I was hearing about UFOs at that point because, when we were escaping, every now and then people would look up and look for them. We were used to hearing about them.”

It was also around the young age of eleven or twelve that Maria had her first personal UFO experience.
“I was going out-of-body,” she explained. “It wasn’t a physical experience. It was through astral travel.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Red Pill Junkie | Intrepid Blog

One of my favorite Fortean bloggers: Red Pill Junkie | Intrepid Blog Lots of neat items over there. I was going to choose one of my favorites, but realized they're all great items and it's hard to choose. But I think the most recent is my favorite (as if one has to choose) because of the subject matter: Chosen By the Providence: The Spiritualist Origins of the Mexican Revolution.

The Debris Field

Just a promo for Lesley's The Debris Field, full of links to interesting places. Updated nightly. Thanks Lesley for the anomalous junkie fuel!