Monday, 13 February 2012

UFO - Brown Mountain Lights remain a mystery

No matter how they try, scientists ranging from paranormal investigators to serious physicists are unable to unlock the mystery of the Brown Mountain Lights in Burke County.

“Artists and scientists alike have congregated around this phenomena,” said Joshua P. Warren, Asheville native turned paranormal investigator who spoke before a crowd of 120 Saturday at city hall at a symposium on the Brown Mountain Lights.

The Brown Mountain Lights, which can be seen from several vantage points along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Brown Mountain Overlook on North Carolina Highway 181, have been explained as a series of orange-like orbs by those who claim to have seen them.

Stories surrounding the lights range from Indian legends about former slaves to UFO and U.S. military activity.

“The thing that makes the Brown Mountain Lights so great is that it is a blank slate upon which you can project your imagination, your dreams, your visions,” said Warren, who has made guest appearances on the National Geographic and Discovery channels, among others.

One theory Warren posited to the audience that may explain the phenomena is that water flowing through Brown Mountain causes the land to act as a capacitor, a natural conductor of electricity. Tannic acid that runs through the water may create a significant charge that releases light.

Warren said the best time to view the lights is possibly during November when leaves are off the trees and there is a dramatic change in temperature from day time to night time.

However, Dan Caton, professor of physics at Appalachian State University, stated there is no proof that visiting Brown Mountain at a certain time of year will make the lights more visible. He also disputed Warren’s science and said that there simply has not been enough recorded, scientific data to determine either the origin of the lights or why they occur.

Despite absence of scientific explanation surrounding the lights, audience members attended the event with photos and stories of their own to share.

Burke County Director of Tourism, Ed Phillips, said his office gets so many questions from the public about the lights he thought bringing in two experts who know about them might help generate some answers.

“My job is to find unique things about Burke County and promote them, and this certainly qualifies as one,” he said. “They’re real. Thousands and thousands of people have seen them. And there is something creating these lights.”

The lights are described as balls of light that move at various speeds. The first published account of the lights appeared in 1913 in the Charlotte Daily Observer and chronicles the Morganton Fishing Club’s sightings.

Explanations include headlights from locomotives and cars, moonshiners signaling each other, phosphorescence from decaying stumps and logs, radium emanations and chemical reactions. Others believe the lights are similar to St. Elmo’s Fire — an electrical phenomenon — or the Andes light of South America.

The U.S. Geological Survey has twice undertaken an investigation of the lights. The first investigation in 1913 concluded the lights were reflections from locomotive headlights.

In 1922, the second USGS investigation concluded the lights were caused by the spontaneous combustion of marsh gasses. The mountains create a basin-like area and air, of different temperatures and densities, move into the basin creating a unstable conditions and the lights.

ET Was Originally About Alleged Alien Attack (Video)

Originally published at
Spielberg has recently said that his famous family friendly alien film, ET: The Extraterrestrial, was originally going to recount the alleged horrific experience of a family in rural Kentucky who says they were harassed by aliens. ET was eventually toned down, but similar mischievous “little green men” recounted in the alleged true story terrorized an entire town in the movie Gremlins.

E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, the lovable alien. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

Spielberg told the Entertainment Weekly:
It was going to be called Night Skies, based on a piece of UFO mythology … where a farm family reported little spindly grey aliens attacking their farm, even riding cows in the farmyard… This farm family basically huddled together for survival … It’s a story that’s well-known in the world of ufology, and we based our script on that story.
The Kentucky encounter never made it to the silver screen because Spielberg was able to talk Harrison Ford’s girlfriend at the time, Melissa Mathison, into rewriting the screenplay, producing the loveable character we know today. The creatures that the Sutton and Taylor families claim attacked them the night of August 21, 1955 near Hopkinsville, Kentucky, were not so loveable.
It all started during a visit by the Taylor family to the Sutton’s farm. There was no running water, so Billy Ray Taylor went out to fill a bucket at the well around 7 pm. While outside he says he saw a rainbow colored disk-like UFO land in the forest. When he reported this to the rest of the group inside, no one believed him.
Taylor convinced one of the others to help him investigate, so the two men grabbed their guns and headed outside. It didn’t take long before they saw a creature with long skinny arms, just over three feet tall, with large pointed ears, large claws and wearing a silver jumpsuit. It began walking towards them with its arms in the air. Scared for their lives, the two men fired on the creature. However, their bullets sounded as though they were hitting metal and had little effect. They saw more of the creatures on their roof, in the trees, and in the forest. When hit with the bullets, the monsters would just roll up into a ball and zoom away.

The aliens in Kentucky drawn from witness testimony by an Air Force investigator. (Credit: USAF)

The creatures continued to harass the families for the next few hours. Several people hid in fear, while the men blasted away. At one point, during a lull in the activity, they decided to make a run for it, high-tailing it to the local sheriff’s office. The Sherriff reported later that they seemed genuinely excited and in fear for their lives. Several officers returned to the farmhouse, some seeing strange lights, but none of them saw the creatures. The officers did note the multiple bullet holes in and around the farmhouse, evidence that the men were shooting at something. Once the police were convinced that the little creatures were gone, they left. However, the Suttons and Taylors said the creatures came back and scurried around the home until dawn.
When the story hit the national media it became a sensation. Even the Air Force came out to investigate, finding no explanation for what sort of vermin had been pestering the families. The headlines dubbed the creatures “little green men”, making the phrase famous and synonymous with alien encounters.
Spielberg didn’t end up making ET a film about this encounter; however, the pictures of the creatures drawn by the witnesses bear a striking resemblance to the little green monsters that devastated a whole city in his movie Gremlins.

Gremlin from the movie. (Credit: Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment)

Whether it is their rascally behavior, or because he is a UFO buff, the monsters of Hopkinsville certainly caught the imagination of Spielberg, and although the events in Kentucky teeter on the brink of obscurity, Spielberg’s movies inspired by these little buggers are unforgettable classics.
The following documentary covers the Hopkinsville incident, and whether or not it was intended, the reenactments are very cliche and funny.

UFO Hunters - The Lost UFO Files (Video)

Exraterrestrial Atomic War: Evidence of a Nuclear Blast on Mars?

By  / Feb 13th 2012
Mysterious Universe

Perhaps no brand of weapon on Earth is feared as greatly as that which employs the power of the atom. Our early experiences as a civilization with nuclear weapons in times of conflict not only led to the end of the Second World War, but also to the frightening stalemate between emergent superpowers that persisted for decades afterward.
I must profess, I have been fascinated with atomic weaponry for some time now, both as a student of history, and with regard to how nuclear weapons have various tie-ins to the unexplained, fringe science, and alternative history. For instance, in the latest special issue of New Dawn Magazine, I discussed a subject I’ve featured here on this blog in the past as well: the notion that nuclear events may have occurred on Earth prior to the first test blast at Alamogordo toward the end of WWII. Some evidence even suggests blasts of this sort could have occurred as far back as several thousands of years ago.
And yet, there is at least some evidence that suggests how Planet Earth may not have been alone in this regard. So far as there being evidence of ancient historic nuclear events–a fairly difficult subject to accept at face value to begin with–could it actually be that evidence of this sort of thing may also exist on one of our nearby planetary neighbors?

Earlier this year, Dr. John Brandenburg with Orbital Technologies Corp. went on the record discussing the potential for what he described as a “massive nuclear explosion on Mars,” which curiously, “seems to defy natural explanation.” Granted, while the circumstances that could have allowed such a thing to occur seem to defy rational explanation, this event is still considered to be “natural.” (In fact, the same can be said of scientific interpretations regarding nuclear events believed to have occurred here on Earth long ago, specifically around the Great Lakes area, where evidence of some kind of nuclear event has been discovered, which dates back to Paleoindian times.) The problem with this “natural” interpretation, of course, is that while no scientist wants to commit to the possibility that some intelligence could have been behind such an “event,” finding a plausible alternative explanation becomes damned difficult, just as well.

While a violent solar storm or supernovae appear to be likely candidates, there are alternative views that have been expressed, too. For instance, Joseph P. Farrell, an alternative historian and author of the new book Saucers, Swastikas and Psyops: A History of A Breakaway Civilization: Hidden Aerospace Technologies and Psychological Operations, has put forth his own views on the subject as follows on his website:
Make no mistake, there is evidence here on Earth that natural nuclear reactors formed and operated for a period of time long ago. But these are fission reactors and fission processes would be, to my mind, next to impossible to generate this amount of energy naturally. And fusion processes of this magnitude occurring naturally on a planet… well, that too, does not to my mind compute very easily.
If Brandenburg is correct, that all this is evidence of a gigantic thermonuclear explosion on the red planet aeons ago, then my bet is that it was the product both of technology and deliberate action, in short, it was the occurrence of an act of war.
How likely is it that an ancient nuclear blast might have occurred on Mars, and as a result of some intelligent species? Furthermore, could evidence of such things on Earth be an indication that there might be similar skeletons in the proverbial closet right here in our midst just as well? Or do anomalies of this sort truly have more plausible explanations… however difficult they may seem at the outset?

UFO Hovers over Ancient Ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru taken by Tourist, Feb 2012 (Video)

By Scott Waring

Date of sighting: February 2012
Location of sighting: Machu Picchu, Peru

This strange craft was seen over the mountains of Peru this month and actually is visible close up. Lots of UFO have been seen over this are in the last 12 months so don't disregard this one so quickly just because its clear. This are is flooded with tourist daily so there should be more videos or reports of this UFO coming this week.

UFOs and the Paranormal with Malcolm Robinson: UFOs... some personal experiences

By Malcolm Robinson
Published on Monday 13 February 2012


Hunterdon UFO Encounter Group to meet

By Hunterdon County Democrat

RARITAN TWP. — UFO Encounter Group of Hunterdon County will meet Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Boxelder Basin, Johanna Farms Road. A variety of people will participate, and all are welcome.
Please call group facilitator Sally Miller at 908-782-7101 or e-mail her at for advance registration.
Future plans of the group will be discussed, including discussions led by authors, video showings, how to photograph a UFO, establishment of a lending library, and how to identify a hybrid. A small donation will be appreciated, and refreshments will be served.

New Zealand UFO Mystery Solved

By Arlene Paredes | February 13, 2012
International Business Times

Kiwis were caught in the mystery of what seemed like UFO sightings in a major city over the weekend, but an answer has come to light soon enough, Fairfax NZ reported.
The Taranaki Daily News reported receiving alerts regarding strange lights in the sky at about 9.30pm on Saturday at New Plymouth of the Taranaki Region.

What residents of Cowley County, Kansas speculated as a cloaked UFO actually turned out to be a commonplace military drone being shipped to Maryland, according to reports.
One of the daily's readers reported sightings of a set of six bright red lights moving from the east before turning and disappearing in the north.
''At first there were three lights travelling in a triangle formation and then three more followed,'' said the man.
The Daily News reported the sightings on its website, and an answer surfaced from one the readers.
Bride-to-be Sarah Lineham, who got married Sunday to Daniel Le Breton, said that during a banquet dinner for the bridal party a night before the wedding, celebrants lit a series of floating lanterns, which were then sent off into the sky from around 9.30pm.
''So it was us, I'm afraid,'' she said, adding, "It was fairly windy last night, and most of the lanterns took off fairly quickly.''