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Isle of madness: Poveglia and the Ghosts of its victims

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People often ask me what my dream haunted destination would be if I could go anywhere in the world to conduct a paranormal investigation. I've had the same answer for the past 15 years: The Island of Poveglia in Northern Italy. Completely abandoned and isolated from the public, the island once served as a dumping ground for over 160,000 plague sufferers. Not everyone's idea of an ideal vacation, but for the ghost hunters who have visited the island, it's considered one of the most paranormally-active locations in the world. Some visitors are so shaken by what they've experienced on Poveglia that they vow never to return.

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For the sick who traveled to Poveglia, the gondola ride to the island was a one-way ticket. No one ever got better on the island of Poveglia. The distance from the mainland meant that sufferers would not only be out of sight and out of mind, but a safe distance away from those who had yet to contract the Black Plague, the fatal disease that left its victims with puss covered boils and rotting black tissue. For those who look carefully, there are still a number of plague pits littered all over the island, giant graves where bodies were dumped quickly after death with the hopes of keeping the disease from spreading to the doctors and nurses.

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'Leaked' security film shows UFO flying over ocean before 'splitting in two'


The 'leaked' security footage shows a strange UFO flying over the ocean
Bizarre footage appears to show the moment conspiracy theorists believe a UFO plunges into the ocean - before splitting in two.

The clip was allegedly recording in Aguadillia in Puerto Rico on April 25, 2013 but the footage has only recently been released by the Department of Homeland Security by a whistleblower.

In the video, the strange metallic sphere hurtles through the sky before dropping down and plunging into the ocean.

When it re-emerges, it appears to have split in two.

The object was being monitored by US Customs and Border Protection, according to Headlines & Global News.

Nick Pope, a UFO expert, said: "Assuming the video isn't a clever hoax - which is always a possibility these days - it's a fascinating piece of footage.


The bizarre object then appears to split in half

Black Magic

Hostage to the Devil

Malachi Martin was born in Ireland in 1921. He was ordained a Catholic priest and over the course of his long career, he became a well known writer, theologian and exorcist. He left Ireland and moved to New York City in 1964 and later became an American citizen.

One of his most significant books was the 1976 release "Hostage to the Devil," which dealt with demonic possession and exorcisms. Martin was involved with numerous paranormal cases and worked closely with John Zaffis and others in the field when they needed a priest trained in the Catholic rites of exorcism.

Martin died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1999. Some say there were strange circumstances around his death. He is buried in New York.

People continue to discover his work and over the past five years, director Martin Stalker has been hard at work on a production titled "Hostage to the Devil," after Malachi's famous book. Information from press releases include these details:
...a film which examines age-old questions about the existence of the Devil and the debate over good verses evil, all through the life of a controversial, Irish-born Jesuit priest, Fr. Malachi Martin.
You can watch the trailer, here:


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MIB

Recalling an interview with Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real-life couple whose work inspired 'Conjuring' films


Lorraine and the late Ed Warren, who inspired "The Conjuring" films.

(Editor's note: "Conjuring 2" topped the weekend box office. The movie was inspired by the exploits of the late Ed Warren and his wife, Lorraine. Eleven years before Ed Warren's death, I sat down with the couple and discussed their work as demonologists. What follows is an article that appeared in the Union-News on Oct. 31, 1995).


Ed Warren says he has been thrown across a room, seen tables fly and heard the kind of language few others have.

No, Warren isn't a bouncer. He's a demonologist.

Warren and his wife of 50 years, Lorraine, have spent more than four decades investigating reports of hauntings, demonic possession, and things that go bump in the night.

Outside the realm of skeptics, the Connecticut couple is considered the country's premiere "ghostbusters." They have worked with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Roman Catholic dioceses of Worcester and Hartford.

"Our job is to go in, evaluate what's going on, document it, and then turn it over to church authorities," Lorraine Warren said.

Comment: For an excellent if hellacious summation of Ed and Lorraine's life's work, read The Demonologist, by Gerald Brittle (just not at night!). The book will not only give one an appreciation for the type of spiritual warfare described in the article, but knowledge of two incredibly strong and courageous individuals who worked tirelessly to help individuals and families under ethereal and physical attack. The Warrens also spent much of their time educating the public about the nature and reality of 'possession' and warned many of the dangers of dabbling in the occult. Since this reading is NOT for the faint hearted, it may even be a better idea to forgo reading The Demonologist and just reading this SOTT Forum thread about a similar book, Malachi Martin's Hostage to the Devil for some essential understandings about this topic.


Question

What caused this baffling epidemic of hallucinations?

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It's a local news story that Stephen King could take notes from: Five people fell ill and started hallucinating, one after another, following contact with one woman who started seeing things in the dead of night.

The caretaker of a 78-year-old woman called the police in North Bend, Oregon's pre-dawn hours to report people vandalizing her vehicle, KVAL news reports. The cops came and went, finding nothing, only to be called back at 5:30 a.m. for a similar complaint. The officers suspected she was hallucinating, and took her to the hospital, where she was given a clean bill of health and discharged.

But as the day wore on, everyone who'd come in contact with her started showing similar symptoms of mental distress: Both deputies, the 78-year-old woman, and a hospital employee all had to be hospitalized for similar symptoms.

That afternoon, a hazmat team descended on Oregon's Bay Area Hospital, and the home where it all started, decontaminating vehicles and clearing the emergency room. They turned up nothing. "No source of the contamination has been found," Sgt. Pat Downing told KVAL. "The vehicles, equipment and uniforms have been checked with no contaminates identified or located on or about them." Not a blip in the patients' blood samples, either.

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Alien intelligence: Stranger than we can imagine? [video]

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Four antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)
"To search expectantly for a radio signal from an extraterrestrial source is probably as culture-bound a presumption as to search the galaxy for a good Italian restaurant." Ever since I first grokked this insight from Terence McKenna, I've made it a mission to try and think outside the anthropomorphic box when it comes to the question of what intelligent aliens might be like.

So I thought the Aeon video above was worth posting, along with the asking for your thoughts on what form ETI might take?


Comment: When it comes to the UFO phenomenon and the vast amount of 'High Strangeness' events recorded across millennia of human existence, outside the box thinking is a necessity. The works of John Keel are a vital primer to the understanding of such phenomena and his work makes a mockery of the 'Nuts and Bolts' explanation of alien interaction with the human race.

For an extensive overview of the subject, see also Laura Knight-Jadczyk's book, High Strangeness: Hyperdimensions and the Process of Alien Abduction.


Top Secret

This is why Britain's "last" secret UFO-files are still held back

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The public release of 18 secret UFO-files from the British Ministry of Defence via the National Archives is still in progress
Recently, the British Ministry of Defence (MoD), in cooperation with The National Archives (TNA), explained that the release of 18 still closed UFO-files of the MoD will not happen before early 2017. Now, Grenzwissenschaft-Aktuell (GreWi), the German news-blog on frontier science and the paranormal, has discovered why the release of these files needs more time. The reply gives an interesting insight into the release process, and at the same time, it allows new speculation about the reason why those files were, and are, still held back.

Background

Contrary to its claim in 2013 that all of its formerly classified UFO-files were released to the public via the National Archives, in 2014 the MoD had to admit that 18 UFO-files were held back. The release of these files was initially set for 2015, but the date was delayed to early 2016, then to the summer of 2016, and then delayed again to August. In August, it was said that the release was yet again rescheduled, and that the files would not be published before early 2017.

Comment: For more information on government involvement in covering up the UFO phenomenon, suppressing information and spreading disinformation, you can listen to our interview with Richard Dolan, Author of UFOs and the National Security State.


Question

Could mysterious hexagonal clouds in Bermuda Triangle be behind centuries of bizarre disappearances?

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Hexagon clouds over the Bermuda Triangle that cause terrifying 170mph winds air bombs

It is believed these deadly blasts of air that can flip over ships and bring planes crashing into the ocean could be behind the vanishing of at least 75 planes and hundreds of ships.

After being blamed for claiming hundreds of lives the mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle may have finally been cracked.

The 500,000km square stretch in the North Atlantic Ocean has been blamed for the disappearance of at least 75 planes and hundreds of ships over the centuries.

But scientists claim the truth behind the deadly triangle is all down to hexagonal clouds that create terrifying 170mph winds air bombs.

Magnify

Experts believe mysterious aluminum object dating back 250,000 years 'could be ancient UFO technology'

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The aluminium piece looks as if it was a handmade object .
A piece of aluminum that looks as if it was handmade is being hailed as 250,000-year-old proof that aliens once visited Earth.

Metallic aluminum was not really produced by mankind until around 200 years ago, so the discovery of the large chunk that could be up to 250,000 years old is being held as a sensational find.

The details of the discovery were never made public at the time because it was pulled out of the earth in communist Romania in 1973.

Builders working on the shores of the Mures River not far from the central Romanian town of Aiud found three objects 10 metres (33 feet) under the ground.

Question

'Mysterious dragon' filmed flying through Chinese mountains

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A video showing a 'dragon' flying across a mountain range in China has left netizens bickering over whether the footage is real or fake.

Uploaded by YouTuber ApexTV, the five-minute clip has been viewed almost 200,000 times and apparently shows the mythical beast flying over an unnamed mountain range somewhere near the border between China and Laos.