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Benvenuto Cellini and the summoning of devils


How many demons is too many demons?
"Sometimes you have to confront your demons and sometimes even let them loose to genuinely find a place where you can gain some understanding" - Peter Mullan

If history has taught us anything (and it clearly hasn't), raising demons always goes sideways. One should probably avoid it if at all possible. But what is a young man in love supposed to do when he thinks he's forever lost his soul mate? Perhaps starting with candy and flowers, or some grand romantic gesture is an advisable first step, but that was not the case with the Florentine sculptor Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571). He jumped right into summoning fiends from Hell.

Benvenuto was a devoted troublemaker, pretty much from birth onwards. His father Giovanni was a musician and skilled craftsmen who built musical instruments, and wanted to pass on his talents to his son, encouraging him to pursue a musical career. Benvenuto wasn't especially interested and was instead apprenticed to a goldsmith at the age of fifteen. One year later he was involved in a brawl with a bunch of other youths and was banished from Florence for six months. He found another goldsmith in Sienna, honed his goldsmithing skills and moved on to Bologna. He bounced around Italy a bit after that, but finally at nineteen resolved to make it in the big city. Rome.


Humanoid seen 'gliding' near high strangeness hotspot in Ocala, Florida

Ocala sign
I recently received a telephone call from a woman who described a bizarre encounter while traveling with a friend on Rt. 40 near Ocala, Florida. The witness was in the front passenger seat, as they were returning to Ocala after spending the day in Dunnellon. It was approximately 3PM on an unknown day in mid-October 2017. She observed a human-like being 'gliding' slowly above the treetops near the road...watching this strange sight for several seconds as they approached and passed the anomaly. She commented to the driver, who also saw the unknown being.

The witness described the being as gliding horizontally just above the trees. It was shaped like a human, but had no wings or device keeping it aloft. It was wrapped in a black material or membrane. The face was that of a man, but very pale w/ jet black hair on its head. She states that it was about 5 ft. in length and that she got as close as 30 ft. to the being...so she was quite close and able to obtain a good description. She also said that she was very shocked by the encounter and that the sighting has bothered her since.


Pulsating UFOs in formation filmed over Rio de Janeiro

flying ufo

UFOs? The amazing footage is being looked at by MUFON alien investigators.
The jaw-dropping video is said to have been filmed in the night sky above Engenho Novo, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday.

The footage has been sent to the US-based Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) which is analysing the video.

MUFON is the world's largest organisation dedicated to UFO and alien research, and maintains a database of sightings.

Yesterday it was sent the footage with a witness report.

MUFON does not release the names of witnesses on its database.


Where were Roswell picture takers in July 1947?

I (and others) have always wondered why no one took any (amateur) photos during the alleged hubbub of the so-called 1947 Roswell incident?

Kevin Randle has broached the topic writing that he and other UFO researchers asked for and looked for, unsuccessfully, photos and diary entries for the July 1947 period when a flying disc supposedly crashed outside Roswell, causing a military ruckus in town.

Cameras and photography such as that advertised like these...
Spartus cameras ad
© Spencer Company
Agfa film
...were prominent in the July 1947 time-frame.


Exorcists get back to business in Europe

Jean Clement has been an exorcist since 2010
© Magali Delporte/Magali Delporte
Jean Clement has been an exorcist since 2010
Exorcisms are experiencing a boom in popularity across several European countries. But with religious belief declining across the developed world, what is driving the demand for one of the Christian faith's most controversial practices?

France leads the way when it comes to the renewed interest in exorcism. In Ile-de-France, the region around Paris, the number of exorcism requests has remained relatively steady in recent years at around 2,500 per year. However, the Church now acts on around 50 of those reports of demonic possession, compared to an average of 15 a decade ago.

And what of those who aren't among the the 50 cases identified as a genuine demonic possession? Private exorcism services in the country are also booming, The Economist reports.

Grey Alien

Mind control and time travel experiments taking place at real-life 'Stranger Things' base, claims investigator

stranger things
© Netflix
The base was the inspiration for hit Netflix series Stranger Things.
A US military base that inspired hit drama Stranger Things is using secret mind control experiments to trigger deadly shootings by a worldwide army of brainwashed assassins, a filmmaker claims.

Chris Garetano, who grew up close to Camp Hero, claims he has uncovered eerie goings-on over decades including child abductions and even time travel.

The former Cold War radar station in Montauk, New York state, has been the subject of rumours and conspiracy theories since it shut in the 1980s.

Locals have heard talk of government scientists conducting experiments on snatched foster kids and making contact with aliens.

Crucially, it is claimed the base's Sage radar tower broadcast the frequency needed to affect human consciousness.

One former worker has also described operating the Montauk Chair - a mind-reading device - and said once the computer accidentally summoned up a monster from a subject's imagination, which then went on a rampage through the air base.

Bizarro Earth

Are humans psychologically hardwired to see ghosts?

If you've ever seen a ghost, you have something in common with 18 percent of Americans.

But while there's evidence that our brains are hardwired to see ghosts, the apparitions we see tend to vary.

Historians who study and catalogue ghostly encounters across time will tell you that ghosts come in a range of shapes and forms. Some haunt individuals, appearing in dreams or popping up at unexpected times. Others haunt a specific location and are prepared to spook any passersby. Some are the spitting images of what were once real humans. And then there are the noisy and troublesome poltergeists, which appear as uncontrollable supernatural forces instead of people.

What might explain such discrepancies? And are some people more likely to see ghosts than others? It turns out that our religious background could play a role.

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Spiritual warfare 'expert': Watch out for overt demonic activity - coming soon!

George Soros Satan
The Roman Catholic Church is publishing prayers to combat the "powers of darkness" as interest continues to grow in the rite of exorcism.

Demons and supernatural forces have become a staple of popular culture, and churches are scrambling to keep up as the imagery of evil continues to flood pop culture.

An expert on combating the demonic, Pastor Karl Payne, former chaplain of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, told WND the "message about a Christian's battle with the world, the flesh and the devil is just as real and relevant today as it was when God originally addressed the subject through the men He inspired to pen the Scripture."

Payne is the author of Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization, and Deliverance, which now is available as an audiobook,

"The reality of demonic warfare in particular has more to do with the delegated authority God has given every true Christian over all of the powers of the enemy than cultural particulars, ethnicity, gender, education or theological training," he said. "The reality of this enemy, this battle and the delegated authority God has given to Christians over Satan and his minions has not changed."

Payne said the battle "will continue until the Lord Jesus Christ vanquishes all of His enemies."

Comment: Right there Payne makes the mistake many religious people make: taking religious imagery literally. There is very likely a lot of truth in the Bible. But chances are it has little to no resemblance to the imagination of people like Payne.


Paranormal buff records voices of the dead

EVP recording
© Laura Kennedy/WGLT
Any digital device, including a phone, can be used to collect EVP.
You can keep your video games, your knitting, your gardening. Eric Vogel has a hobby that's not your everyday pastime. He records the voices of the dead.

Within the realm of ghost hunting or parapsychology, Electronic Voice Phenomena, or EVP, are the sounds or voices potentially caused by voices from beyond the grave. These sounds are not caught by the ear, appearing only on the digital recordings made by those trying to contact ghosts.

Long fascinated with the paranormal, Vogel is also a history buff, and he combines the two interests in his pursuit of ghostly voices.

"I lucked upon a tour group in town that used to do spirit investigations of the Mid City Hotel, which is right next to the Bistro," said Vogel. "I used to do some investigations with them using a digital recorder and was able to capture some EVPs."


Mystery in the Northwest Territories, Canada: The Strange Case of the Missing Tourist

Atsumi Yoshikubo

Yoshikubo seen on CCTV footage at a gift shop shortly before her disappearance.
At some point in our lives we all seek some sort of adventure, perhaps some escape from our usual lives to shuck off our day to day identities and go off somewhere far away to do and experience new things. For some people who actually go through with this plan of escaping unfettered from the mundane they know, this is an enlightening experience, yet other have gone off to just keep on going to become unsolved mysteries. One such case is that of a brave Japanese woman who made a journey to a faraway land only to vanish and proceed to weave a web of strange mysteries and vault into the pantheon of great unsolved crimes.

On October 17, 2014, a 45-year-old psychiatrist from Japan by the name of Atsumi Yoshikubo found her way across the ocean to the cold, icy landscape of Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories, Canada. The brave woman had booked the trip by herself through a tour company and come here to this remote, faraway world on her own, perhaps seeing it as the adventure of a lifetime and a chance to see the Northern Lights, as many Japanese tourists to the rugged region did.

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