When Cells Attack!

The cells of our immune system are the guardians of the human body, forever contending with various unwelcome intruders from viruses to drugs to lowly yet painful splinters. They are as industrious as they are indispensable.

Each cell of the immune system has its own objective, its own do-or-die mission. Some of our guardians devour bacteria and fungi in a process known as phagocytosis. Others produce carefully tailored antibodies earmarked for the destruction of pathogenic organisms. A f

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Watch the Breath of the Earth in This Very Cool Animation

Driven by energy from the Sun, air circulates in our planet’s atmosphere in complex but regular patterns. Call it the breath of the planet.

And now you can watch it, thanks to this video released by NASA. When you watch it, you won’t exactly be seeing the wind itself. But you will see the weather systems that, in a sense, make those winds visible.

More specifically, the animation is the first ever to offer a global mapping of rainfall and snowfall. And it consists of data from 12 satel

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Interesting live-stream video of an angel-like object near the ISS – Feb 27, 2015

The International Space Station’s (ISS) live stream has once again captured a UFO, what looks like an angel-like figure, on February 27, 2015.

Although it is possible that it is a genuine spacecraft of unknown origin, there are other potential explanations for the strange object like space junk, satellites or even a man-made secret craft, but it is very doubtfully.

So far, there is no explanation as to what this object could be.

 

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Arctic Invasion Chokes East Coast Waters With Ice

The Arctic invasion that has gripped so much of the United States for so long has turned the waters in and around New York City into something resembling the winter shores of Qaanaaq, Greenland.

Well, I guess that’s an exaggeration. But when I went to NASA’s Earth Observatory today and saw satellite images of the ice choked waters around Gotham, the first thing that came to my mind was the floating sea ice off Greenland.

As the Earth Observatory observes, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”:
The

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Alabama witness says UFO lights appeared in triangle shape

An Alabama witness at Pell City reported watching a hovering object with four lights that appeared to be a triangle shape, according to testimony in Case 63597 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was eastbound along I-20 between Birmingham and Atlanta when the object was first seen about 10:56 p.m. on January 25, 2015.

“I saw a triangular-shaped object with four lights off to my left.” the witness stated. “I continued driving about 65 or 70 mph while I observed the craft. It seemed to be hovering or moving so slowly that I couldn’t tell.”

The object first caught the witnesses’ attention when it projected a light like a searchlight.

“It was foggy, so the searchlight really stood out. At first I thought it was a helicopter shining a searchlight, but the triangular shape of the lights didn’t seem to be a helicopter. The searchlight turned off about 10 seconds after I noticed it.”

The object’s lighting seemed to suggest that it was triangle-shaped. Pictured: I-20 near Pell City, AL. (Credit: Google)

The object’s lighting seemed to suggest that it was triangle-shaped. Pictured: I-20 near Pell City, AL. (Credit: Google)

As the witness approached the object, he was unable to make out the shape of the craft.

“It definitely resembled a triangle instead of a helicopter, like I initially thought it was. The lights were white at first, and faded to red, then to a light green, then back to white. All of the lights changed color at once, and they did not blink.”

The object seemed to be hovering as the witness moved away from it.

“It seemed to hover in place for around a minute before I passed it and it was out of sight. I passed exit 156 on I-20 East a minute or two after I saw the object.”

Pell City is a city in St. Clair County, Alabama, population 9,565.

Alabama is currently a UFO Alert Level 5 – with 1.23 sightings per million population based on MUFON January 2015 statistics. Alabama received a total of six UFO reports in January.

Pell City, AL, is about 34 miles directly east of Birmingham. (Credit: Google)

Pell City, AL, is about 34 miles directly east of Birmingham. (Credit: Google)

The UFO Alert Rating System is based on five levels – 1 through 5 – where states with 4.01 or higher reports per million residents are rated an Alert 1; 3.01 – 4.0 reports are an Alert 2; 2.51 – 3.0 are an Alert 3; 2.01 – 2.5 are an Alert 4; and those states with 2.0 or lower are rated an Alert 5.

Please remember that most UFO sighting can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

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Eyewitness Account of The Battle of Los Angeles (Pt 2) | 73nd Anniversary

Eyewitness Account of The Battle of Los Angeles (Pt 2) | 72nd Anniversary

Scotty Littleton By C. Scott Littleton
Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus
Occidental College
Los Angeles, CA
© 2006

Remembering Scotty Littleton

In honor and memoriam for our dear friend and colleague, Scotty Littleton–we reproduce his eyewitness account of one of the most significant UFO events in history on this 73th anniversary–FW.

– Part II –

     Scotty Littleton (Sml)     At first, it was widely suspected that a high-altitude, carrier-based Japanese observation plane had strayed over the L.A. area. Or perhaps one of our own military planes was the culprit—although no 1942-vintage airplane was capable of standing still in the air. The one thing we did learn after the war was that neither the Japanese nor our own military have an “official” record of any of their aircraft flying over the L.A. basin that fabled evening. Even the presence of our pursuit planes, which was absolutely certain, has been denied. Of course, all concerned could be lying—though the probability of such a lie persisting for over sixty years is remote. That is, assuming what we saw was a terrestrial craft.

Mystery Air Object Seen in Sky Over LA
In recent decades several Ufologists have suggested that it might have been one of the largest mass UFO sightings in history, as it involved well over a million people. Only the sightings over Mexico City in the mid 1990s exceed it in terms of the total number of percipients.

To be sure, no one suggested this theory at the time, as it wasn’t until five years later, in 1947, after civilian pilot Kenneth Arnold’s landmark sighting of nine “flying saucers” over Mt. Rainer in June of that year, that the notion that UFOs from other planets might be invading our skies became widespread—although if the theory that a crash retrieval occurred at Cape Giradeau, MO, in 1941 is correct, it’s quite possible that the government had at least a modicum of knowledge about the phenomenon by 1942.

Several years ago, I joined forces with Ufologist Frank Warren, who’s been fascinated by this event for many years—although he’s of course much too young to have observed it personally. With the help of well-known Navy photo-analyst and UFO investigator, Dr. Bruce Maccabee, Frank and I have pretty well determined the craft’s path before it appeared in the sky over Hermosa Beach. It was initially observed by several residents of the Pacific Palisades rising over the Santa Monica Mountains around 2:45 a.m. From there, it seems to have moved southeast across Santa Monica and West L.A. in the direction of the Baldwin Hills, which separate Culver City from Inglewood and the flatlands to the south.

BOLA UFO ROUTEA Los Angeles Times reporter living in the San Gabriel Valley, a dozen miles or so to the east, had been alerted to what was happening by colleagues at the paper. He jumped in his car and began driving west as rapidly as he could toward the sound of the guns, arriving at the northern edge of the Baldwin Hills, in the vicinity of Jefferson and La Cienega, in time to photograph the object as it rose over the ridge line. . . .

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Eyewitness Account of The Battle of Los Angeles (pt 1) | 73nd Anniversary

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Eyewitness To The Battle of Los Angeles’ Huge UFO | VIDEO – 73nd Anniversary of The Battle of Los Angeles – 1942

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The Battle of Los Angeles | Retired Military Officials and UFO Experts Discussed the 1942 Incident

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Remembering Scotty Littleton: An Eye Witness Account of The Battle of Los Angeles (70th Anniversary)

Remembering Scotty Littleton: An Eye Witness Account of The Battle of Los Angeles – Part II (70th Anniversary)

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What a Half-Vulcan Taught Us About Science

The death of Leonard Nimoy yesterday inspired an outpouring of moving testimonials about his vast impact: as an actor, as a supporter of science and smart science fiction, as a voice of reason in media both traditional and digital. You can find these memorials all over Twitter, often accompanied by incredible photos, such as this on-set candid moment and a look at his sensitive moment as an advice columnist. Look at #LLAP (live long and prosper) and see what I mean. Even President Obama weig

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Eyewitness Account of The Battle of Los Angeles (pt 1) | 73nd Anniversary

Eyewitness Account of The Battle of Los Angeles (pt 1) | 72nd Anniversary

Scotty Littleton By C. Scott Littleton
Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus
Occidental College
Los Angeles, CA
© 2006

In honor and memoriam for our dear friend and colleague, Scotty Littleton–we reproduce his eyewitness account of one of the most significant UFO events in history on this 72nd anniversary–FW.

     Scotty Littleton (Sml)Let me begin by stating unequivocally that I don’t by any means consider myself to be a full-fledged Ufologist. Until very recently, I’ve never systematically investigated a contemporary UFO sighting or debriefed an abductee. Much of my concern with the UFO phenomenon has come from a lifetime of studying world mythology and folklore, and the extent to which it appears to have been strongly colored, if not actually engendered, by the perception of and/or interaction with alien beings, from New Guinea to ancient Mesoamerica and Mesopotamia

I’m also very much interested in the extent to which what I call the “war of the gods” theme, which is well nigh universal, may reflect the “collateral damage” caused by a devastating colonial war between two high-tech alien civilizations for hegemony over this planet some 8,000 or 9,000 years ago

But the forgoing might be the subject of a subsequent presentation. To introduce the subject at hand, I should tell you that I’ve had three personal experiences that appear to have involved UFOs, in addition to the one that’s the focus of this talk. In 1937, four years before my family moved to Hermosa Beach, when we lived in the Highland Park district of Los Angeles, I saw what I later came to think of as a “flying French horn.”

Although I was supposed to be taking an afternoon nap, it was a bright day, the curtains of my nursery window were open, and I was definitely wide awake during the thirty seconds or so it took the strange craft to pass slowly—and soundlessly—across my field of vision. I never mentioned what I’d seen to my parents, and it apparently didn’t cause any stir in the neighborhood. (And, no, I don’t think I was abducted, but who knows for sure? Maybe someday I’ll be brave enough to undergo hypno-regression. . . .) Of course, this event occurred a decade before the expressions “UFO” and “Flying Saucer” came into existence, so I had no frame of reference.

More recently, in May of 1990, off the southern tip of Baja California, I watched a bright point of light perform exotic, right-angle maneuvers over the ocean at approximately 3:00 a.m. It was clearly not a plane or a helicopter.

And in 2003, while driving north on the I15 north of Lake Ellsinore in Southern California on a bright summer afternoon I watched a curious, doughnut shaped object emerge from behind a hill, move west across the highway at a slow speed, and then simply vanish. It was only evident for about ten seconds. My wife also glimpsed it fleetingly after I called her attention to it. I should add that few other motorists appeared to notice the peculiar object, although a couple of cars did slow down appreciably shortly after it disappeared.

But the sighting I’m concerned with here, what has come be known as the “Battle of Los Angeles,” was witnessed by over a million other people in Southern California in the wee hours of February 25, 1942, less than three months after Pearl Harbor.

WWII AA Battery
At that time, especially in communities like Hermosa Beach, California, where we’d moved in the spring of 1941 to a house that directly faced the beach, the threat of invasion was still palpable, and a great many folks—including the military—still expected us to be bombed in the near future. For that reason, the whole of Santa Monica Bay from Malibu to Palos Verdes was soon ringed with anti-aircraft batteries and searchlight brigades. The guns banged away almost every night, shooting at targets that were towed across the sky over the ocean by specially designed planes. The targets would be pinpointed by the searchlight beams, which also illuminated the exploding shells. It was a grand show that usually lasted about half an hour and rarely if ever continued much after 10:00 p.m.

At first, we kids would watch the action with great fascination, but after a few nights in early January the noise of the guns and the exploding shells soon became routine, as predictable as the sound of the waves in the winter. Most people learned to sleep through the cacophony with few problems. Indeed, it gave us a sense of security; our brave anti-aircraft gunners would quickly save us from any attempts by the nasty Japanese to penetrate our airspace.

In any case, the early evening of February 24 was unremarkable. The guns fired a few practice rounds and then fell silent well before 10:00 p.m. I remember going to bed shortly thereafter, reading for a few minutes by the light of a small flashlight I kept hidden under my pillow, and then falling asleep.

Around 3:15 a.m., I awoke to the sound of what I initially assumed was distant thunder. But as I came fully awake, I realized that the guns were firing again. At first, I thought they were simply doing another drill, though it seemed awfully late.

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See Also:

L. A. Guns Shell Mystery Aircraft! | 73nd Anniversary of The Battle of Los Angeles – 1942

Eyewitness To The Battle of Los Angeles’ Huge UFO | VIDEO – 73nd Anniversary of The Battle of Los Angeles – 1942

Anti-Aircraft Guns Bombard ‘Strange Craft’ On West Coast | 73nd Anniversary of The Battle of Los Angeles – 1942

UFO Attacked in California Blackout | 73nd Anniversary of The Battle of Los Angeles – 1942

Iconic Photo Shows Huge UFO in the Skies Over LA | 73nd Anniversary of The Battle of Los Angeles – 1942

– Strange Craft Unidentified –
Battle of LA
1942

Anti-Aircraft Guns Bombard ‘Strange Craft’ On West Coast | UFO CHRONICLE | BATTLE OF LA

The Battle of Los Angeles | Retired Military Officials and UFO Experts Discussed the 1942 Incident

UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT ATTACKED IN CALIFORNIA COAST BLACKOUT

Remembering Scotty Littleton: An Eye Witness Account of The Battle of Los Angeles (70th Anniversary)

Remembering Scotty Littleton: An Eye Witness Account of The Battle of Los Angeles – Part II (70th Anniversary)

L.A. Guns Fire On ‘Phantom’ Object

Anti-Aircraft Guns Fire at Huge UFO | 72nd Anniversary of The Battle of LA – 1942

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“U.S. Government’s De Facto Acknowledgement of the Existence of UFOs”

Halt Memo

Did VA just confirm UFO dangers?

By Billy Cox
De Void
2-28-15

     Given the self-inflicted wounds created by the Department of Veterans Affairs, bureauland must feel like a bunker these days, in Washington as well as its regional offices across the U.S. A waiting-list death scandal, more than 900 personnel firings, the resignation of director Eric Shinseki, whistleblower retaliation — on and on it goes, drama without end.

From Left: Nick Pope, James Penniston, John Burroughs (Credit: CHD)
Well, depending on if/how the MSM responds, VA officials might want to tug those chin straps a little tighter. That’s because, last Sunday, Mississippi attorney Pat Frascogna issued a press release titled “U.S. Government’s De Facto Acknowledgement of the Existence of UFOs.” (More details at Earthfiles.com) At its core was the resolution of a complicated — yeah, they’re all complicated — service-connected disability dispute involving Air Force veteran and Arizona resident John Burroughs. Burroughs was a key witness to the so-called Bentwaters/Rendlesham Forest UFO incident of 1980. In 2013, at the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure at the National Press Club, Burroughs and retired USAF colleague Jim Penniston recounted their inability to acquire their military medical records from more than 30 years ago.

During efforts to link his heart damage to UFO radiation exposure while responding to a reported security breach on the perimeter of the British-based American air base, Burroughs encountered a roadblock on the paper trail. Although he joined the USAF in 1979, the VA said the earliest service records it could locate dated only as far back as 1982. Burroughs went through two Arizona Senators’ offices — Jon Kyle and John McCain — before the political wheels were able to recover his initial discharge papers, which placed him exactly where he said he was in December 1980. But his medical records are still out there, somewhere.

Nevertheless, bottom line, last month, the VA informed Burroughs it was awarding him a full disability for his heart condition, which required life-saving surgery in 2013. The agency based its decision on 21 bulleted items. Among them was “Service Treatment Records, from February 1979 to April 1988,” the earliest of which Burroughs — again — has never been able to examine for himself. But this listed factor is the real eye-popper: “Duplicate documents regarding the Rendlesham Forest Incident, received May 2, 2014.”

“Now, after decades of persistence,” Frascogna announced in his press release, “the U.S. Government has finally acknowledged that John Burroughs suffered adverse health effects in the Rendlesham Forest and, therefore, has recognized the link between his health problems and the UFO he encountered.”

De Void’s attempt to get a VA response has yet to bear fruit, as they say. But the “duplicate documents” referenced in the Veterans Affairs verdict is a formerly classified British Defence Intelligence Staff assessment of UFOs from 1997-2000. The Brits referred to those cases by the less incendiary acronym UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena). Known as Project Condign and released to the media in 2006, the study argued UFOs/UAP weren’t intelligently controlled vehicles but were, instead, the product of mysterious meteorological forces like plasmas that science can’t explain.

In attempting to account for the unquestionably bizarre and un-weather-like eyewitness reports across the board, Condign produced a section called “Potential Mental Effects on Humans” suggesting how UAP electrical fields might scramble the brain’s temporal lobe, manifesting into hallucinations or episodes of “missing time.” For Burroughs, the key passage is this:

“The well-reported Rendlesham Forest/Bentwaters event is an example where it might be postulated that several observers were probably exposed to UAP radiation for longer than normal UAP sighting periods. There may be other cases which remain unreported. It is clear that the recipients of these effects are not aware that their behaviour/perception of what they are observing is being modified.”

Weather capable of emitting enough acute radiation to cause heart damage. Go figure. Anyhow, how big a deal is this? A statement from the VA’s public affairs desk in Washington says privacy laws prohibit the agency from discussing individual cases. It adds, “(The) VA granting service connection should in no way infer anything beyond the establishment/existence of these requirements/factors.” And by “requirements/factors,” it means “medical evidence providing a connection between the current disability and the service.”

So here we are.

Burroughs is still trying to get his hands on those classified medical records. If the media follows precedent on its coverage of The Great Taboo, this shouldn’t become an issue for the VA. And that ought to be a relief, because those guys have more than enough fires to put out already.

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Rockets Launched at Passenger Planes Over Perth? Second Incident Comes To Light!

Rockets Launched at Passenger Planes Over Perth? Second Incident Comes To Light!

Paul Dean By Paul Dean
The UFO Chronicles
2-1-15

     On the 19th of March, 2014 a passenger plane had a “near miss” incident with a long, green or grey, cylindrical shaped object while on its merry way to landing at Perth Airport. Researcher Keith Bastefield and I studied this case for months, which included interviewing the pilot, securing combined radar imaging, looking at local weather data, etc. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s (ATSB) final report, at just 4 pages, was simply titled “Near Collision Between An Unknown Object And A De Havilland DHC-8”. Our own final report can be seen here:

I had always suspected that the object was some sort of high-end consumer rocket or toy missile; and, if so, my fear was that someone had deliberately launched it at the oncoming passenger plane. But without more information I didn’t think we would ever know. That now may have changed. And it doesn’t look good.

On the 24th of November, 2014 I submitted an FOI request to Airservices Australia (ASA) specifically asking for:

. . . any incidences where flight crews have reported any:

1) Unusual, Unknown, or Unidentifiable Aircraft or Objects;

2) Suspected Drones/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles;

3) Meteoric Events, fireballs and the like;

4) Especially unusual weather phenomenon;

which are held on ESIR or CIRRIS database(s).

Less than a month later – on the 10th of December – along comes the reply:

“Please find attached an FOI access decision, table of documents and documents being released under the access decision re your request dated 25 November 2014.”

Attached was a 3 page PDF file titled “Documents Being Released Under The Access Decision”. It contained tabulated pilot reports of UFO-like events over Australia spanning back 7 years.

I had focused on the more unusual cases in the document. Had I have been a bit more thorough I would have noticed that case number ATS-0118570, occurring at 9.20am on the 4th of January 2013, detailed a troubling event over, like the 2014 case, Perth. It took Keith Basterfield’s keen eye to see the link just tonight. The summary states:

“XKI (DH8C) reported a foreign object of approximate size (1 metre) within close proximity (50ft) of the aircraft causing them to level out briefly as the object passed left hand side. The rocket like object (shaft) was observed to be attached to a parachute. Pilot reported observation at 6800 ft.”

“XKI (DH8C) reported a foreign object of approximate size (1 metre) within close proximity (50ft) of the aircraft causing them to level out briefly as the object passed left hand side. The rocket like object (shaft) was observed to be attached to a parachute. Pilot reported observation at 6800 ft.”

Note the similarities between this 2013 event, and the much studied 2014 case! For starters, both planes are registered to Skippers Aviation.. Both events occurred slightly after 9:00am on weekdays.. Both reports indicated objects similar to rockets or missiles, specifically, “pencil or cigarette like” in dimension (the 2014 case) and “rocket like object (shaft)” (2013 case).. Both events caused the pilots to make efforts to avoid the objects.. And obviously both events happened over Perth.. The big difference between the two cases is, from the information we have, is that in the 2014 case the object went past the plane at 3800 feet altitude and still climbing. In the 2013 case the object was “attached to a parachute” and was seen at 6800 feet altitude. Sounds like some sort of rocket with a parachute no? How cute – until it happens again and strikes the guts of a 300 passenger capacity airliner.

So what is going on here? Has not the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and Airservices Australia seen the link? Certainly the 2014 event was reported by Skippers Aviation pilots to the ATSB, while the 2013 case was reported to Airservices Australia. But both share information on safety issues, and I have that in writing. Did not the ATSB, in writing their measly 4 page report on the 2014 event, feel fit to include the similar nature of the 2013 case? I am submitting an urgent Freedom of Information request to Airservices Australia for details of the 2013 event. If I find out that it occurred over a similar location above Perth, and the authorities are brushing this extraordinary issue aside, then it they really are not doing the job they are mandated to; and it will be absurd of them to pretend otherwise when they try.

Once again, Keith Basterfield linked the two events from my FOI-obtained documents. There may be dozens more incidents like this. Give us two or three months and we’ll find more.

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