I came across this fascinating article published on the Discover Magazine site, and written by Adam Piore:
On a cold, blustery afternoon the week before Halloween, an assortment of spiritual mediums, animal communicators, and astrologists have set up tables in the concourse beneath the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York. The cavernous hall of shops that ?connects the buildings in this 98-acre complex is a popular venue for autumnal events: Oktoberfest, the Maple Harvest Festival, and today’s “Mystic Fair.”
Traffic is heavy as bureaucrats with ID badges dangling from their necks stroll by during their lunch breaks. Next to the Albany Paranormal Research Society table, a middle-aged woman is solemnly explaining the workings of an electromagnetic sensor that can, she asserts, detect the presence of ghosts. Nearby, a “clairvoyant” ushers a government worker in a suit into her canvas tent. A line has formed at the table of a popular tarot card reader.
Amid all the bustle and transparent hustles, few of the dabblers at the Mystic Fair are aware that there is a genuine mind reader in the building, sitting in an office several floors below the concourse. This mind reader is not able to pluck a childhood memory or the name of a loved one out of your head, at least not yet. But give him time. He is applying hard science to an aspiration that was once relegated to clairvoyants, and unlike his predecessors, he can point to some hard results.
The mind reader is Gerwin Schalk, a 39-year-old biomedical scientist and a leading expert on brain-computer interfaces at the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center at Albany Medical College. The ?Austrian-born Schalk, along with a handful of other researchers, is part of a $6.3 million U.S. Army project to establish the basic science required to build a thought helmet—a device that can detect and transmit the unspoken speech of soldiers, allowing them to communicate with one another silently.
Read the rest of the article on the Discover Magazine site
The earthquake and tsunami that have recently taken place in Japan, along with the nuclear aftermath are a major event of this year. Such devastation will surely be one of the news events of the decade.
Why did the psychics not predict this happening? Or did they?
If you take a look at predictions for 2011 on the Strange News Daily Blog, not one of the psychics covered predicted in detail that such a devastating event would take place.
Looking at the Psychic Twins website, they claim that they had made the prediction in an article for Samuel Chong for Chinese Google on 6/15/10. No further details are provided, or links to the article.
Their predictions as rather hard to check as they only write down their claims after the event. If they wrote their predictions down before the event they would be rather more credible.
Psychic Nikki predicted in her 2011 predictions:
73) A huge earthquake in Japan.
there is no mention of the tsunami or any nuclear issues. Considering that Japan is hit by ‘huge’ earthquakes pretty often, I would not say that this one was specific.
Craig Hamilton-Parker only mentioned “This will be a year of earthquakes and volcanic activity” but was more specific in saying that most would take place in the US. No mention was made for Japan specifically.
Canadian psychic and medium, Blair Robertson, correctly predicts Japanese earthquake and tsunami in quite a dramatic fashion.
On March 8, he sealed his prediction in an envelope, to be opened during a fundraiser to benefit Relay for Life – Canadian Cancer Society in Shawville, Quebec.
The envelope was sent ahead via courier to the local town hall and placed in the town safe.
Shawville Mayor Albert Armstrong opened the envelope on stage this weekend in front of nearly 200 people.
Robertson had accurately predicted that a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami would affect Japan “on Friday or Saturday,” the astonished Mayor read.
“I had no idea it would be as bad as it turned out,” said Robertson,”And I never got anything about the destruction of the nuclear reactor.”
He does the predictions as a hobby and posts them on each week on his website.
He also admits that he is not always 100% accurate. He had previously correctly predicted the New Zealand earthquake and even the problems of Charlie Sheen.
Was this an elaborate stage trick, or is this the only case so far where a psychic has got it pretty much exactly right?
On 7-2-2011 a member of the Above Top Secret Forum wrote of a dream they had:
OK, I have never bothered posting anything like this before, but though this was a good a time as any to start!.
By no means am saying that I am psychic of have precognitive skills.
Last night, I had a brief dream in which I saw a map of the USGS world view (which I do check on and off)
On it I saw a LARGE RED sqaure surrounded by many other smaller squares just of the east coast of Japan. The thing was this square was much larger than the normal size square USGS put up for a 7+
Normally would not think much of this, but this was one of those that sticks clearly in my mind, and I can still see with my waking eye.
– Just to add previously I have had experience of having headaches prior to large EQ’s including just prior to the Chile quake I woke up with an urge to watch videos of the 2004 Tsunami, which was unexplained. Later I was involved in the massive thread about that quake and the ensuing Tsunami warnings.
Just though everyone might like to know. And if not, then whatever.
Eerily this dream seems to have come true! Is this a case of a psychic vision, or is it just synchronicity? Another person also questioned this prediction as Japan has many large earthquakes each year.
It seems as though these predictions raise more questions than they answer about whether certain people have access to a hidden knowledge of things to come. My guess is that it is down to belief.
‘Gawd Bless America’ is a upcoming documentary that shows the fraudulent side of the paranormal.
In 2008, the thirtysomething Freeman and the then-sixtysomething Tessina went off on a cross-country adventure to interview so-called experts on alien abductions, ghost hunting, crop circles, psychic healing and more, all in an effort to expose the truth behind their wild, other-worldly claims.
The result is “Gawd Bless America,” a documentary opening in theaters March 4, that blends “Borat”-like antics with “Religulous”-like irreverence to reach, Freeman said, something “real.”
Read more about it HERE
Thanks to Ghost Theory for the heads-up!
More and more animals are being found dead as the mysterious spate of mass bird and fish deaths has turned into a global phenomenon.
The mass deaths now include:
450 red-winged blackbirds, brown-headed cowbirds, grackles and starlings found littering a highway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
3,000 blackbirds on roofs and roads in the small town of Beebe, Arkansas
100 tons of sardines, croaker and catfish wash up dead on Brazilian coast
Thousands of ‘devil crabs’ washed up along the Kent coast near Thanet, England
Thousands of drum fish washed along a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River
Tens of thousands of small fish in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
Hundreds of snapper fish found dead in New Zealand
Experts are blaming the deaths on New Year fireworks, thunderstorms, cold weather, parasites and even poisoning. Around the web people are talking about 2012 and the Mayan Prophecies, Armageddon and government conspiracies.
Results of the testing of the dead animals are not expected for at least two weeks. Until we get the results (assuming they aren’t covered up!) we have nothing to go on but the words of these ‘experts’ and the theories of doom.