Triste hallazgo: El Dr Alasdair Bruce, uno de los expertos que estudia los cangrejos muertos. Es el segundo año seguido que las playas han quedado colmadas de cangrejos
And the Procession of Damned Data continues...

Yesterday, January 4th, RyanX discussed the recent mysterious deaths of blackbirds and fish in Arkansas. As reports about mass deaths of birds and sea creatures continue to pour in from all over the world, perhaps it's time to, how should I put it... "open up the field" ?

January 4th: Canada: Hundreds of Dead Fish 'A Natural Occurrence'
Sarnia, Ontario - Hundreds of dead fish that washed up on shore in the north end of the St. Clair River is a natural occurrence and not the result of a chemical spill, a government officials say.

Only one species was affected, further supporting the idea it was a natural occurrence, she said.

"There was nothing to indicate that it was man-made."
January 4th: US: Thousands Of Fish Dead In Spruce Creek, Florida
Thousands of dead fish are floating in Volusia County Tuesday. They were all in Spruce Creek in Port Orange. The fish kill is unusual, according to people who live along the creek, because it's warm.

It's been a week since there were freezing temperatures, but there are fish lining the banks. Some said it's the worst kill they've ever seen; thousands of fish lined the twists and turns of Spruce Creek.

The sheer number of fish and the smell were both overwhelming.

Most of the fish were mullet, ladyfish and catfish, and not the valuable sporting fish called snook that died in mass during a cold spell last year.
January 5th: Hundreds of dead snapper washed up on New Zealand beach

Dead snapper in New Zealand
© DesconocidoPesca del horror – peces muertos flotando y sobre las orillas en la Península de Coromandel
Hundreds of dead snapper have washed up on Coromandel beaches on the North Island of New Zealand, leaving holidaymakers perplexed.

The mysterious incident came as the southern United States was hit with a second unexplained mass bird death within a week.

People at Little Bay and Waikawau Bay, on the north-east of the peninsula, were stunned when children came out of the sea with armfuls of the fish and within minutes the shore was littered with them.

Charlotte Pearsall, whose family have lived at Little Bay for the last 30 years, said she had never seen anything like it.

"It was so surreal," she said. "It's such an incredible waste - it could've fed the whole northern tip of the Coromandel."
January 5th: More birds fall out of the sky, this time in Sweden
Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, residents found 50 to 100 jackdaws on a street in Falköping southeast of Skövde. The incident echoed a number of unexplained incidents earlier this week across the southern US.

County veterinarian Robert ter Horst believes that the birds may have been literally scared to death by fireworks set off on Tuesday night.

ter Horst noted that he has also received some reports about pigeons, but the incident has happened too quickly to assume that it is related to the untimely demise of the jackdaws. [Kniall - whatever the hell that means!]

The site where the birds were found has now been blocked for a veterinary inspection of the birds. Emergency services had cordoned off the area earlier on Wednesday.
January 5th: 40,000 'devil' crabs wash up on Kent coast after dying from hypothermia in freezing sea
More than 40,000 of the crabs - Britain's largest swimming crab - are littering beaches around Thanet, along with smaller numbers of whelks, sponges and anemones.

Coastal warden Tony Sykes said: 'We suspect that climate change and warmer weather has lured the crabs towards the shoreline.

'They could also be attracted to these waters looking for kelp, to feed on.

'We believe the sudden temperature drop causes the crabs to suffer from hypothermia and die.'

It is the second year in a row that icy temperatures have killed sea creatures in such large numbers.
While the colder climes may be a factor in these mass deaths, we need to account for the sudden global surge in reports. It's summertime now in New Zealand, and the residents of Spruce Creek noted that warm weather has returned to Florida (where it's not difficult to imagine that the ecocide of certain greedy dwarves is at least a contributing factor). As RyanX pointed out, loud booms were reported in Arkansas shortly before the birds began to fall from the sky, so intense and petrifying sound does appear to a plausible factor in that case. Fireworks, however, simply do not fly with me! Besides, most of these events have happened since New Year's Eve. Who lights fireworks several days into the new year?!

Can overhead cometary explosions, passing earth-grazers or fiery bolides have visited all these locations in the past week? It's certainly possible, given that a steady trickle of mysterious booms, skyquakes and fireballs now reaches the SOTT desk on a daily basis. Two mysterious "earthquakes" have been reported in northern England in the past fortnight.

I'd like to extend a hat-tip to the reader who commented on the above report about the dead crabs in England, suggesting that the planet's magnetic field could have played a role in this fishy global phenomenon.

But before we ponder magnetic disturbances in the force, let's first turn to ufology and self-described "demonologist" John Keel, most famous, perhaps, for chronicling The Mothman Prophecies. His rigorous investigations and careful collection of Damned Data yielded insights into the hidden forces that produce these bizarre Fortean phenomena - data which mainstream science systematically ignores in the hope that it will just go away. Keel did a lot to open up a whole new vista for others to understand why ostensibly unrelated events come in pairs, threes, fours, and so on.
For the first thirty-three years of the modern UFO epoch (1947-1970) the notion that those mysterious lights and objects belonged to "the vessels of explorers, or voyagers, from somewhere else" was the most popular theory. A handful of cranks and wishful thinkers spread propaganda that extraterrestrial visitants were flocking to this mudball. But the great UFO wave of 1964-68 attracted a new generation of investigators and scientists. They soon realized that the extraterrestrial hypothesis was untenable for many reasons. So they fell back on the explanation that the objects came "from somewhere else in our existence." That "somewhere else" could be as elusive as the fabled fourth dimension, or the "other planes" of psychic lore. Fort himself had realized early in the game that the events he was studying were not unusual. They happened year after year, century after century. More importantly, they tended to occur in the same geographical locations. This strongly indicates that these events - be they fish falling from the sky or strange aircraft adorned with flashing lights-are inexorably linked with the earth. They are as much a part of our environment as clouds and bumblebees.

Another important factor is that all of the events described by Fort are interrelated in some mysterious fashion. Science fiction writer Damon Knight extracted some 1,200 events from Fort's books and fed them into a computer at the Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. Some very interesting patterns were revealed.

"One salient fact about UFOs is missing from all modern accounts I have seen," Knight commented. "Fort's data show that they are not isolated phenomena. Unknown flying objects, unknown bodies seen in space, appearances and disappearances, poltergeist activity, falls of strange substances and organisms from the sky - all these things show strong positive correlations with each other. Taken together, they show evidence of rhythmic fluctuation." [...]

When a UFO wave develops (usually about once every five years), we can be sure that sightings at Loch Ness will increase sharply, that showers of stones (always warm to the touch) will start pelting isolated homes in suburbia, and that people will start to disappear everywhere. These manifestations are accompanied by magnetic storms and sharp, dramatic deviations in the earth's magnetism in certain locales, particularly in areas such as the famous Bermuda Triangle.

Charles Fort perceived a truth that had been ignored by scientists and historians. Our world has two sets of natural laws. One set tells us stupidly simple things about gravity and nature. The other tells us that space and time are constantly distorted in our reality, and that we are all subject to the still undefined laws of that second set. We never know when we might step through that magic door that will suddenly transport us 10,000 miles away. We never know when we might encounter a beast or a being from "somewhere else in our existence." Fish may rain on us, or red snow, or clouds of insects that no scientist can identify. Flying saucers will continue to buzz our farms and swamps, just as they have for thousands of years. Science attempts to work with the first set of laws and they come up with Black Holes. Magicians, occultists and psychics strive to manipulate the second group of laws. In the closing years of this century, science and magic are merging. When Fort studied the bizarre events of the super-spectrum (a spectrum of energy beyond the known and the visible) he was obliged to ask, "If there is a Universal Mind, must it be sane?"

~ pp. 18-19, Disneyland of the Gods, John Keel, 1988
Whatever about ghosts and UFOs appearing in the same locales at cyclical intervals, surely the notion of fish raining from the sky is preposterous?!

And in the same geographical locations? Impossible!

Time and time again? Is this the same planet we're talking about?!
It's raining fish in Australia, again

February 28th, 2010

While the Top End and Central Australia have been battered by torrential rains, a Territory town has had fish falling from the sky.

The freak phenomena happened not once, but twice, on Thursday and Friday afternoon about 6pm at Lajamanu, about 550km southwest of Katherine.

Christine Balmer, who took these photos of the fish on the ground and in a bucket, had to pinch herself when she was told "hundreds and hundreds" of small white fish had fallen from the sky.

"It rained fish in Lajamanu on Thursday and Friday night," she said, "They fell from the sky everywhere.

"Locals were picking them up off the footy oval and on the ground everywhere.

"These fish were alive when they hit the ground."

Mrs Balmer, the aged care co-ordinator at the Lajamanu Aged Care Centre, said her family interstate thought she had lost the plot when she told them about the event.

"I haven't lost my marbles," she said, reassuring herself. "Thank god it didn't rain crocodiles."

Lajamanu sits on the edge of the Tanami Desert, hundreds of kilometres from Lake Argyle and Lake Elliott and even further from the coast. But it's not the first time the remote community has been bombarded by fins from above.

In 2004, locals reported fish falling from the sky, and in 1974, a similar incident captured international headlines.
How Fortean is that?! It not only rained fish in this remote Australian town... it rained fish there in 2004 and again in 1974!

© Aystein Lunde Ingvaldsen
There have been several signs that the Earth's magnetic field has been acting up lately. Magnetic north is wandering all over the place. The long-term trend is certainly pointing down:
Earth's Magnetic Field Is Fading

John Roach
National Geographic News

Earth's magnetic field is fading. Today it is about 10 percent weaker than it was when German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss started keeping tabs on it in 1845, scientists say.

If the trend continues, the field may collapse altogether and then reverse. Compasses would point south instead of north. [...]

Without our planet's magnetic field, Earth would be subjected to more cosmic radiation. The increase could knock out power grids, scramble the communications systems on spacecraft, temporarily widen atmospheric ozone holes, and generate more aurora activity.
Fluctuations in the Earth's magnetic field appear to influence far more than the strength of geo-magnetic storms and whether or not some satellites will be knocked out. These fluctuations seem to correlate positively with High Strangeness that bleeds through from beyond the veil which separates what is normally perceptible to us in this 3D physical world from other realms elsewhere along the electromagnetic spectrum.

I'll let Keel explain...
The earth's magnetic field is probably the culprit in many cases of seemingly inexplicable phenomena. Our planet is pockmarked with magnetic anomalies and aberrations. In many places, a compass will not point north at all. The needle will even swing in a continuous circle. Sea charts carefully mark those places where compasses are unreliable. In the 1950s specially equipped planes of the U.S. Geological Survey made geomagnetic maps of a large part of the country, pinpointing all the anomalies and aberrations. Interestingly, many of the most spectacular UFO events of the past decade have centered around these anomalies. [...]

Magnetism is measured in units called gauss, named after Karl Gauss, a German astronomer. The earth's natural magnetism and its many effects are important to our understanding of the overall phenomenon. Magnetic gauss appear below the Hertzian waves on our electromagnetic spectrum. An intense magnetic field has, of course, characteristics similar to a VLF wave. At this point we will start constructing what is known as the superspectrum. This is a hypothetical spectrum of energies that are known to exist but that cannot be accurately measured with present-day instruments. It is a shadowy world of energies that produce well-observed effects, particularly on biological organisms (namely people). This superspectrum is the source of all paranormal manifestations from extrasensory perception (ESP) to flying saucers, little green men and tall, hairy monsters. It is hard to pin down scientifically because it is extradimensional, meaning that it exists outside our own space-time continuum yet influences everything within our reality.

~ pp. 64-66, The Eighth Tower, John Keel, 1978
Little wonder these books were 'allowed' to go out of print.

If relatively minor fluctuations in the Earth's magnetic field can produce waves, flaps and spikes of bizarre, paranormal and psychic phenomena, I can't help but wonder what a complete reversal of the poles would do? Would the veil be temporarily suspended altogether? And would we find ourselves amidst Keel's 'superspectrum'?
Earth's Magnetic Field Flipped Superfast

Shields down! Earth's magnetic field may drop in a flash
I cede like RyanX that all of this is highly speculative. But the Way is open and the Procession of the Damned continues its march. When diverse locations the world over simultaneously become littered with birds and seafish, the least we can say is that someone or something has gotten our attention.