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13 August 2009, JellyBean @ 11:10 am

“Family members are scared to go outside at night because of what they say is lurking in the woods. They claim more than five alien encounters in the last four months have taken place. Now, an international UFO organization wants to crack the real-life X-file.

Michael Rowley and his son Shane moved to their North Port home in April.

“Well, I’m retired and I thought this was where you’re supposed to go,” Michael said. “The only bad part is the aliens around here.”

Shane, 16, says he’s had several extra-terrestrial encounters – most of which have been through his bedroom window.

“They kind of show up when they want. You get used to them, but it is weird to see them walking around the woods with those big eyes,” he said.”

Read this amazing article and check out the other links at:

NBC2: Alien sightings reported in North Port

13 August 2009, JellyBean @ 9:44 am

Here is an article I found on the Wired website about sleep paralysis. It is pretty well written and well worth reading:

“You wake up, but you can’t move a muscle. Lying in bed, you’re totally conscious, and you realize that strange things are happening. There’s a crushing weight on your chest that’s humanoid. And it’s evil.

You’ve awakened into the dream world.

This is not the conceit for a new horror movie starring a ragged middle-aged Freddie Prinze Jr., it’s a standard description of the experience of a real medical condition: sleep paralysis. It’s a strange phenomenon that seems to happen to about half the population at least once.

People who experience it find themselves awake in the dream world for anywhere from a few seconds to 10 minutes, often experiencing hallucinations with dark undertones. Cultures from everywhere from Newfoundland to the Caribbean to Japan have come up with spiritual explanations for the phenomenon. Now, a new article in The Psychologist suggests sleep researchers are finally figuring out the neurological basis of the condition.

“This research strongly suggests that sleep paralysis is related to REM sleep, and in particular REM sleep that occurs at sleep onset,” write researchers Julia Santomauro and Christopher C. French of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Goldsmiths, at the University of London. “Shift work, jet lag, irregular sleep habits, overtiredness and sleep deprivation are all considered to be predisposing factors to sleep paralysis; this may be because such events disrupt the sleep–wake cycle, which can then cause [sleep-onset REM periods].”

In other words, you experience just a piece of REM sleep.

As David McCarty, a sleep researcher at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center’s Sleep Medicine Program, explained it, humans tend to think about the elements of the different stages of sleep as packaged nicely together. So, in REM sleep, you’re unconscious, experiencing a variety of sensory experiences, and almost all of your muscles are paralyzed (that’s called atonia).”

Read the article:

Wired Science: Freaky Sleep Paralysis: Being Awake in Your Nightmares

13 August 2009, JellyBean @ 8:00 am

by Roy Stemman

Can a premonition change the future or is it purely a “vision” of an event that will inevitably occur? It’s an intriguing question and one that I ask because of a recent report that US Secret Service agents changed the route of a 1992 presidential motorcade after being warned by a psychic of an assassination plot. The astonishing claim is contained in a new book, In the President’s Secret Service, by veteran author Ronald Kessler. Its long sub-title – “Behind the scenes with agents in the line of fire and the Presidents they protect” – explains precisely what the book is about.

In it, according to a leak from Kessler, a former investigative reporter at The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, he reveals that during the 1992 presidential re-election campaign a psychic, who had worked with police on homicide cases, told her police contact of a vision in which President George Bush (father of George W. Bush) was going to be assassinated by a sniper….

This news was conveyed by a detective from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to Secret Service agent Norm Jarvis, who had been assigned to run intelligence investigations prior to President Bush’s visit to the civic auditorium in Enid, Oklahoma, on 17 September, 1992.

The detective assured Jarvis that this psychic’s visions had helped police find buried bodies and had provided useful leads in other criminal investigations. Another seasoned law enforcement homicide investigator from Texas confirmed that Jarvis needed to pay attention to her.

The Secret Service agent decided to put the psychic to the test by asking her where the president’s limousine was at that time. She correctly told him it was at the Air Force base near Enid and agreed to be taken there.

Read the full article on Paranormal Review: Did psychic save Bush’s life?

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