Eerie is right! Looks like "The Blob" has evolved from it's 60+ year exile in the Arctic.
Rare footage shows 'eerie' arctic jellyfish Posted on Thursday, 26 October, 2017 | 4 comments The jellyfish were filmed during the winter. Image Credit: YouTube / Earth Institute / Columbia University Scientists have captured footage of arctic jellyfish slithering along the bottom of the Chukchi Sea. The recordings were made during the Arctic winter using a small robotic submarine capable of descending in to the freezing waters off the coast of Alaska. To get the device to this location, marine biologist Andy Juhl and his colleagues from Columbia University's Earth Institute rode out using snowmobiles and drilled several holes in the ice. Finding arctic jellyfish at such a cold time of the year came as something of a surprise because this particular species, which is known as Chrysaora melanaster or 'northern sea nettle', was previously thought to be too fragile to survive the winter months in its adult form. It is now thought that the colder temperatures may actually be beneficial to the jellyfish as the frozen surface helps to protect them from turbulent seas and the cold water lowers their metabolism. "Life under sea ice is like living in a refrigerator," said Juhl. "Everything slows down." Source: Gizmodo | Comments (4) Tags: Arctic Jellyfish
Wednesday, October 25 2017
Oh, please. Give me a break. Here is what I posted " Fire cannot occur underwater because it is not naturally there. There is no oxidizer. Heat is quickly removed. " That was in reference to this post. " Fire occurs, naturally " I am well aware of welding underwater. As you notice it does NOT involve fire, but electricity. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperbaric_welding#Wet_welding Here are reasons why that is done. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxy-fuel_welding_and_cutting It all gets back to the physics. Is this true? Not really unless you are thinking about sodium, magnesium and calciu... [More]
Thursday, October 26 2017
« Previous - Next » More Seismic Experts Called In To Monitor Canary Island Volcano After 352 Tremors Since October 7 The Canary Island of Palma has sent out a request for Seismic experts to conduct tests due to fears concerning the eruption of a possibly active volcano. Within the past few weeks, there have been hundreds of low scale earthquakes recorded. La Palma is currently under a constant monitoring. The Island's active volcano that is referred to as "Cumbre Vieja" is being used as to help scientists with their tests on the risks of an eruption. Underground water will be sampled to test the PH levels, temperature, radon dissolved gas activity and conductivity. La Palma Mega Tsunami Simulation Media sources say that the project has been launched as a "Hydro-geochemical monitoring program" with tests on four separate locations of the volcano being carried out three times a week. These tests are resulting from over three hundred and fifty low scale earthquakes that took place over the course of just ten days. Some of these tremors were so small that they were nearly undetectable. The most powerful of these small earthquakes was 2.7 on the Richter scale and 17.4 in depth. Experts are saying that such activity on Palma is not normal yet it is also not abnormal. Forty-four quakes at depths of 9.3 and 13.6 miles depth were recorded on October 13th rating 2.1 on the Richter scale. If the volcano erupts it could spark a mega Tsunami. Waves as high as 600m, traveling at around 450mph could reach the British Isles in just three and a half hours. The effects could even reach as far as America's east coast. The National Geographic Institute (IGN) has said that the volcanic monitoring will continue on for 24 hours per day and that a qualified team is to be sent to La Palma to carry out CO2 profiles as well as structural studies of Cumbre Vieja. La Palma is on the island located most north-westerly of the Canary Islands. The island has a small population of 86,000 people and may seem to have a much higher population during tourist season as it is a hot-spot for vacationers as well as tourists. Related Articles
Thursday, October 26 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017 Daily 2 Cents: Scary Little Man By My Bed -- Unknown Snake-Like Beast in Midlands Lake -- Ghost Hunters Busted in Cemetery Scary Little Man By My Bed “The story of a humanoid that appeared to be made of paper by their bed is similar to an encounter I had back in 2001. I was asleep on my right side so that my back was facing out towards the edge of the bed. I was asleep when I started to hear these strange electrical-type noises going on inside my head. The best way to describe the noise was as if I was listening to a thousand analog radios all squealing because they were not properly tuned into a radio station, as well as a buzzing sound. Next thing I know it felt like someone poked me in the back with their finger, which startled the hell out of me so I immediately twisted around to see who was there. There in front of my eyes next to the bed-head and against the wall was this this little man, no taller than 4ft. He looked odd in the sense that his head and facial features, while human looking, were not proportional to a normal human head. He had a small mouth slightly open, with tiny human-like teeth showing quite clearly. His nose was also small but his eyes were like extremely big human looking eyes; and he had a big bald head. As best as I can remember he was wearing a dark one-piece outfit. What was strange was that the room was dark but I could see him as if he was producing his own light. Looking at his face I was terrified, because all he did was remain completely silent and expressionless but just stare right at me with such an intense stare. The fact that I could see his teeth gave me the impression he was possibly aggressive and might attack me, and I could literally feel waves of Adrenalin flow through my body in anticipation of a sudden attack. Even though I was scared however, I was ready to launch myself at him should he make move towards me. But he didn't; he just remained perfectly still and just kept staring right at me. At the same time I was being equally careful not to move an inch just in case he thought I was going to attack him. Anyway, after what seemed like a minute or so of us just staring at each other in complete silence, I just thought at him to "F" off, and amazingly he just instantly faded out like a light. In retrospect I regret doing that because he did absolutely nothing aggressive towards me. I put my fear at the time down to initially being startled as well as the fact that I was perhaps misinterpreting his teethy, expressionless stare.” Source: Youtube comments, weskal Unknown Snake-Like Beast in Midlands Lake The 4ft long creature was spotted in Charnwood Water in Loughborough, Leicestershire, on Monday by a terrified dog walker. The witness watched in horror as a duck started struggling on the surface – before it was pulled under for dinner. And now the creature – which some have suggested could be a monster pike – has been dubbed the “Lough Ness Monster”. Its frightening existence was brought to the attention of locals by the worried eyewitness on community website, Spotted: Loughborough. The witness posted a blurry image and said: “I was just walking my dog up Charnwood Water and noticed a duck struggling in the water.“The duck was pulled under the water by something very large at least four-feet long from what I could see of it and snake like." Read more w/ photo at Bizarre ‘snake-like’ beast dubbed ‘Lough Ness Monster’ spotted FEASTING on duck Ghost Hunters Busted in Cemetery Two Duluth-area conservation officers chased down two suspected poachers Saturday night in what became a haunting tale of paranormal behavior. Conservation officers Andy Schmidt and Kipp Duncan, who patrol the Duluth area for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, were staking out a cemetery near where there had been recent complaints of people "shining" deer. Using a flashlight or spotlight to locate deer at night is illegal if you have a gun or bow in your vehicle. Shining lights to look for animals is allowed for the first two hours after sunset nightly, but only if there is no gun or bow in the vehicle. The officers' stakeout — in a small, dark cemetery in an undisclosed location — was closer to midnight than sunset. "We were in the truck waiting for something to happen when this car pulled into the cemetery," Schmidt told the News Tribune on Monday. "We could see they were using some sort of light. But it wasn't really a beam of light. ... It was flashing on and off like a strobe." Schmidt and Duncan debated whether the suspects were breaking any law but eventually decided the action constituted shining — or at least was unusual enough to find out what was going on. "So we pulled out to talk to them and they took off. ... We had to chase after them and hit them with the (flashing) lights out on the road," Schmidt said. The suspects eventually stopped and the officers approached their car. It turned out to be two women from Calumet, on the Iron Range, who appeared to be in their late 30s or early 40s, Schmidt said. They didn't have any gun or bow in the car. "When we asked them what they were doing with the lights they wouldn't tell us. They said we'd make fun of them," Schmidt said. Eventually the women fessed up: They had been looking for ghosts in the graveyard. "She explained they were using their phone camera flash to spot ghosts. They said that you can't see ghosts with a normal light, that you have to use a flash," Schmidt said. "I didn't realize ghosts only show up with flash." Duncan then noticed an unusual blinking light on one of the women's smartphones. It was an app, they explained, called Ghost Radar. "They said it would allow you to see where the ghosts were that you couldn't see," Schmidt said. Ghost Radar's website advertises the app as "the original application designed to detect paranormal activity." In the end, the women were allowed to go on their way. No ticket was issued. - Duluth game wardens find ghost hunters in cemetery JFK Assassination Files can be accessed at JFK Assassination Records - 2017 Additional Documents Release . You will need Microsoft XL software in order to access the files.
Thursday, October 26 2017
Karloff and Lugosi team up with Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven (1935) REVIEW Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi’s second collaboration, the Edgar Allan Poe-inspired The Raven (1935). Review by RICHARD PHILLIPS-JONES. TITLE: The Raven RELEASED: 8th July 1935 STARRING: Boris Karloff (Edmond Bateman), Bela Lugosi (Dr. Richard Vollin), Lester Matthews (Dr. Jerry Halden), Irene Ware (Jean Thatcher), Samuel S. Hinds (Judge Thatcher) WRITER: David Boehm (“suggested by Edgar Allan Poe’s immortal classic”)) DIRECTOR: Louis Friedlander (aka Lew Landers) Dr. Richard Vollin is coaxed out of retirement by an influential judge, whose daughter is in a critical condition after a car accident. The surgery is successful, but Vollin becomes obsessed with her and intends to make her his wife. When the judge objects to his intentions, Vollin recruits an escaped convict on the run named Edmond Bateman. Promising Bateman surgery that will change his features and make him unrecognisable, he instead distorts his features, telling Bateman that he will only put things right if he assists in getting rid of the judge. As events gradually spiral out of control, the doctor becomes more and more deranged, and it appears that his love of Edgar Allan Poe extends beyond mere fandom – he has a Poe inspired torture chamber in the basement… Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in a publicity shot for The Raven (1935) After successfully pairing Karloff and Lugosi in The Black Cat (1934), Universal were hungry for more. Despite being produced after the Hays production code became enforced in the US, this second teaming of its stars is still pretty strong stuff. Although not strictly based on Poe’s classic poem, it does have nods to Poe scattered throughout. Lugosi is reciting the poem early in the film, and Irene Ware is seen dancing in a ballet inspired by the same piece. Then there’s Lugosi’s torture dungeon, with both pit and pendulum present and correct, amongst other Poe-inspired paraphernalia. Fans of the writer will enjoy plenty of reference-spotting. The Raven doesn’t quite scale the heights of the star-pairing’s previous collaboration, but there is still plenty to keep horror buffs gripped – a scene where a newly disfigured Karloff sees himself revealed in a row of mirrors and lashes out is especially memorable. Indeed, Karloff’s sympathetic performance (despite only appearing about a quarter into the film) is a striking counterpoint to Lugosi’s maniacal doctor. The end result is a noteworthy film which deserves special mention for visually pre-empting Roger Corman’s Poe series in some ways, but even putting that aside The Raven should be on the must-see list of any fledgling golden-age horror fan. TRIVIA POINTS: Although Lugosi’s was actually the lead role, Universal gave Karloff top billing. Director Louis Friedlander changed his professional name to Lew Landers the following year, and embarked on a career as one of Hollywood’s fastest working and most prolific directors. He would work with Lugosi again on Return Of The Vampire (1943). Despite being conceived to capitalise on the success of The Black Cat (1934), The Raven was a box-office disappointment, and was partially (if unfairly) cited as a reason for a sharp decrease in horror film production over the next couple of years – for further detail on this, and on the enforcement of the Hays production code, I recommend Jim Ivers’ excellent article, The Horror Film Hiatus of 1936-1938 . Oct 26, 2017 Richard Phillips-Jones
Thursday, October 26 2017
« Previous - Next » 'Stranger Things' Was Originally Titled 'Project Montauk' And It's Based On True Stories According to a popular conspiracy theory, the Montauk project is a series of disturbing and highly secret experiments by the US government carried out at the military airfield of Camp Hero in Montauk on Long Island. Conspiracy theory began with the 1992 book The Montauk Project : Experiments in Time by Preston Nichols. He claimed that in the 1970s and 1980s, a radar system of the Camp Hero (closed according to the US Air Force in 1969) would have attempted to influence the thoughts of millions of Americans, even to control them remotely. Embed Code:
Thursday, October 26 2017
On the Plausibility of Another Bipedal Primate Species Existing in North America Posted by: Craig Woolheater on October 26th, 2017 This is a stabilized version of the Patterson-Gimlin footage from Bluff Creek, a remote area It was shot by two amateur sasquatch researchers, Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin, on October 20th, 1967. The 16 mm film consists of 954 frames and is one of the most thoroughly analyzed film sequences ever recorded. Although the integrity of the film has been established and numerous anatomical details of the creature have been revealed, it is virtually impossible to conclusively authenticate the film to everyone’s satisfaction. Several individuals have explicitly postulated this film being a hoax, but failed to put forward crucial elements that would support this claim, such as the “suit,” comparable test shots, or a recreation of the film clip with “actors.” Editorial What do continental drift and the birth of neurons in the adult human brain have in common? Their common link is that the proponents of both concepts were met with fierce opposition by the authorities in their respective fields, and it took decades for either of these hypotheses to become accepted by mainstream science. Now continental drift and adult neurogenesis are not really tangible phenomena, but what about the notion of a hitherto undescribed large bipedal primate species existing in North America? As outlandish as this hypothesis may sound, it is even more outlandish to ignore all of the supporting evidence out of hand. And yet this is exactly what has happened with regard to what has become known as the sasquatch hypothesis. It is now 50 years that this ancient legend of Native Americans took center stage in anthropology and primatology. Fifty years ago an amateur researcher and his partner recorded footage in a remote corner of northern California, showing a large primate walking upright across a dry river bed. There has since been an ongoing debate on the creature’s authenticity and although the pro arguments seem to clearly outweigh the cons in a hypothetical trial, this filmographic evidence was put down by the authorities in anthropology and primatology of that time as being a fake that was not worthy of any further investigation. And that was basically it! No research institution has ever conducted an extensive field survey in a relevant part of the Pacific Northwest and no grants have ever been made available to individual enthusiasts wanting to follow up on this observation; in fact, expressing a serious interest in this subject was likely to put one’s academic career at risk. Although a blurry 5 second video of a bird was hailed by Science as proof of the existence of the ivory-billed woodpecker, and putative sonar images of Nessie made it into Nature, no evidence in support of the existence of another primate species in North America has ever been accepted by any of the mainstream scientific journals. Jeff Meldrum is one of the very few scientists who has not been dissuaded from pursuing research on sasquatch, despite taking heavy flak from mainstream peers. In numerous field trips to remote areas in the north-western part of the United States Jeff has collected interesting evidence that is consistent with the existence in that area of a relict population of an unknown reclusive primate species. Here is his story. As I knelt beside the 38 cm footprint, one of several dozen distinctly impressed in the muddy side road in the foothills of the Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington, the hair literally stood up on my neck with the incredulous sensation that a sasquatch may indeed have passed by here just hours earlier. The clarity of detail and dynamic signatures left no ambiguity, no room for misidentification. These footprints were either a very clever hoax or the track of an unknown living creature. The spontaneity, variation and animation of the footprints tipped the scales decidedly in favor of the latter option. But what were the implications of that conclusion? As a budding physical anthropologist, I had essentially shelved my youthful curiosity about Bigfoot and assumed that the passage of decades without any physical evidence justified a skeptical indictment of the subject as nothing more than folklore and legend. Here, on an overcast afternoon in February 1996, was stark evidence to the contrary. Of course it was not definitive, as in the form of a specimen, a type to establish conclusively the existence of a novel hominoid species. And short of that, I was to learn, there was no accommodating by the anthropological discipline of even the proposition of such a species, regardless of the accumulating affirmative evidence. It is one matter to address the theoretical possibility of a relict species of hominoid in North America, and the obligate shift in paradigm to accommodate it, but there must also be something substantial to place within that revised framework. There must be essential evidence to lend weight to the hypotheses, and counter the critics’ various aspersions. I was once confronted by a colleague, who declared, “After all, these are just stories.” My response: “Stories that apparently leave tracks, shed hair, void scat, vocalize, are observed and described by reliable experienced witnesses. Hardly just stories.” Others mock the notion as “pseudoscience,” but fail to explain their justification for that label, let alone provide a defensible rationale for their pat disqualification of the evidence at hand. Then there is the now popularized statement by ideological skeptic Michael Shermer, which eventually became the basis of a column in Scientific American, 2003 – “The science starts once you have a body.” On the contrary, most serious investigators would contend that the science starts once you have a question, followed by observation, and the accumulation of data. Each of these detractions begs the question of evidentiary substance that motivates investigation, and instead either off-handedly dismisses all evidence, or demands conclusive proof up front, a priori. That is hardly the method or process of explorative science. Many remain skeptical of the premise simply due to what they assume to be an exceptionally low probability that such creatures could remain undetected and unacknowledged today by modern science, especially within the continental United States. It has been pointed out that there is no history of known hominoids in North America. Indeed the original primates to have ever inhabited North America were squirrel-sized to cat-sized Eocene prosimian primates, most closely related to modern lemurs and lorises, not apes or hominins. South and Central America would subsequently be colonized by platyrrhine primates, a diverse radiation now represented by marmosets to spider monkeys. What would be the source of a giant relict hominoid in North America? The most likely source would be Asia. After all 75% of the mammal species now inhabiting this continent are in fact immigrants from Asia. There was indeed a giant ape in East Asia during the late Pleistocene – Gigantopithecus blacki – leaving meager fossil remains as recently as 300,000 years ago. With molar dimensions implying a body mass in the neighborhood of 450 kg, Gigantopithecus presents a species that is the right size, in the right place, at the right time to serve as an ancestral candidate for a North American relict hominoid. However, two jaws and isolated teeth leave its posture and locomotion uncertain. It has been suggested that bipedalism is a uniquely derived trait of the hominin clade, therefore sasquatch must be specifically a hominin. In that case, its apparent lack of associated material culture would suggest a very early offshoot from the hominin tree, perhaps a Paranthropus, given its robust craniodental proportions. But here we have a candidate that based on the known fossil record seems to be the wrong size, in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Is it reasonable to propose connecting dots separated by 800,000 years and the breadth of the Asian continent? The discovery of the relict species Homo floresiensis cast a novel perspective on at least a part of that hurdle. Here was a species with fossil remains in the farthest southeast corner of Asia as young as 50,000 years that most resembles the skeleton of a late australopithecine or a very early form of Homo, such as Homo habilis only known from Africa some 2 million years ago. Now the prospect of a paranthropine extending its range across Asia, achieving gigantism, alongside other Pleistocene megafauna as its range spread into more northerly latitudes, seems less improbable. Why is there no fossil record of sasquatch in North America? The foregoing examples illustrate the incompleteness of the fossil record. That a 450 kg ape species, with a 1.5 million year tenure in East Asia, is represented by merely two mandibles and a thousand or so isolated teeth is a point that should not be lost on anyone. Moreover, we only have those remains because of the action of porcupines accumulating and gnawing upon the bony scraps accumulated in limestone caves. No porcupines or no caves equals no fossils. It is estimated that the sampled taxonomic diversity in the primate fossil record is about 8% of what actually existed in the past, based on comparisons with extant primate community diversity. It is also likely that sasquatch is a relatively recent immigrant to North America, perhaps occupying this continent only for the last several hundred thousand years. In fact, some of its former range may now lie below sea level, or have only recently been exposed as Ice Age glaciers receded. Read the rest of Dr. Jeff Meldrum’s excellent article here .
You'll find similar structures in other parts of ME. The best guess is that they were for controlling or capturing large herds of gazelle and other such creatures. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2814715/Mystery-Jordan-s-Big-Circles-Ancient-stone-rings-desert-left-archaeologists-baffled.html
Nah Irem is in the depth of the Empty Quarter a dozen or kilometers from where the iron meteors fell....that and the odd Italian bomber from WWII https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/jwynn/3wabar.html
It is the dread city of Irem, close enough to the Nameless City to be tainted by the eldericht horrors that lurk there.