Tuesday, December 5, 2017

BLOODLINE OF THE GODS

Bloodline of the Gods, Nick Redfern, New Page Books, Pompton Plains, NJ 2015, 256pp, $16.99.


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Redfern asks a very interesting question: Can blood type reveal aliens among us?        The very idea startled me, but as I read Bloodline of the Gods, I understood the premise and Redfern’s idea sounds plausible.
    As you may know, there are four human blood types: A, B, AB, and O. The majority of humans are Rh positive, which means we have certain proteins that combat bacteria and viruses. Those with Rh negative are in the minority. If you want numbers, roughly 85% of all Caucasians, 90% of African Americans, and 98% of Asian Americans are Rh positive, leaving a relatively small number of Rh negatives. There are, however, certain groups of humans that have a majority of Rh negative in their population. Nearly 40% of the Basques of central Spain and western France are Rh negative. Also, a disproportionate number of alien abductees are Rh negative. What’s the significance of this? Let’s go back in time.
    Redfern points out that Neanderthal was on Earth for hundreds thousands of years, and (contrary to many beliefs) had a language, lived in groups, built boats and sailed the seas, and enjoyed music. Why and how did they suddenly disappear? And how did Cro-Magnon become the predominant species?
    Consider this: what would happen if ancient astronauts came to Earth and began genetic manipulation of the indigenous species? What affect would alien DNA have?
    Before you dismiss the idea, consider the Lascaux cave drawings. Here’s one from Wikipedia:
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        Pretty darn good for a cave man, wouldn’t you say?
    Redfern certainly did his research, and presents his case in a logical, coherent fashion. The big question is: why do we have Rh positive and Rh negative bloodlines? How can that be if we all come from the same ancient ancestors? Where did the Rh negatives come from? As Redfern asks: “Are extraterrestrials creating growing numbers of Rh negatives…”
    Does Redfern answer these questions? No spoilers! You’ll have to read for yourself, and let me warn you that, once you start reading Bloodline of the Gods, you won’t want to put it down. Like all of Redfern’s books, it engages the reader and makes us think. The information is presented in a way that the non-scientist (most of us) will understand it.
   After you finish reading Bloodline of the Gods, I’ll bet you’ll be doing a little research of your own. ;)
- Kelly Logue




SIGNATURE – SOLO -review


Signature – Solo, Fiona Joy, TinyIslandMusic.com, 2015, CD, MP3, $19.99.


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As I listened to Signature – Solo with friends, someone used the word “ethereal”, which means “otherworldly”, a very apt word indeed for this CD.
        There’s a melancholy aura to some of the pieces; a feeling of longing that is intriguing and touching. There are two versions of Once Upon Impossible, one with Fiona playing solo on piano and one with guitarist Lawrence Blatt. Both versions drew me in and carried me. We listened to them multiple times to experience the similarities and differences, and each time we listened, we were thoroughly entertained.
    Fiona plays with a passion I rarely hear from other pianists. She’s flawless as her fingers caress the keys of the 1885 Steinway.
      I read a bit of Fiona’s biography and now understand where her passion for music—and her perfection—come from. She had classical piano training and loved the music of Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and George Winston. Quite a variety, and it certainly shows in her playing.
       We played the CD at a gathering of friends, using it as background music. As it began, however, conversation stopped and we sat back, enthralled. Occasionally someone spoke; words like “evocative”, “enthralling”, “passionate”, “emotional”.
        There are snippets of each piece online, and I’m sure that each one will encourage you to purchase Signature – Solo so you can listen to it again and again.


- Chris Palmer




Monday, December 4, 2017

THE UFO PHENOMENON – SHOULD I BELIEVE? - review

The UFO Phenomenon – Should I Believe?, Robert Davis, Ph.D., Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA, 2014, 208 pp, $16.99.



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Dr. Davis professes to be a UFO agnostic, neither a believer nor a disbeliever. He has an open mind and presents information both pro and con, a major plus, as there are a surfeit of passionate people on both sides of the issue, many of whom have written their own books. Military and governments declare there is no credible information or evidence that UFOs exist and are piloted by ETs, while others point to animal mutilation, radar tracking unexplained and unidentified craft, physical effects on witnesses (burns, for example), and alleged alien abduction. Add the occasional hoax to muddy the waters and we’ve got a real mess.
     In an attempt to clear things up, Dr. Davis presents several hypotheses and discusses each in detail, all the while remaining neutral.
       Pro: if UFOs are not from Earth, where do they originate? Do non-human intelligences (NHI) pilot them? How do (did) they get here and how long does (did) it take? How can they defy Earthly laws of physics (i.e., impossible speeds and maneuvers; disappearing and reappearing; shape-shifting)?
     Con: if UFOs are Earthly phenomena, are they physical flying machines, natural weather events, or military experiments to see how things like ultrasound affect the populace?
   Are ETs studying humans physically? Are militaries studying humans psychologically? Both?
     British astrophysicist Dr. P. Sturrock states that “Scientists say ‘show me the evidence’, but do not study the available evidence.” Chapter four lists considerable evidence that has not been adequately studied, and we must wonder whether this is a case of 1) “experts” arguing amongst themselves, 2) there is no evidence to study, or 3) Men in Black (military?) telling scientists, “Say there is nothing and get more funding. Disagree and…” On the other hand, since UFO phenomena and reports of alien abduction have been polarized and sensational, many scientists may be reluctant to study them for fear of ruining their reputations.
    The hypotheses regarding UFOs appearing in our skies include Extraterrestrial (ETH), Extra-Dimensional (EDH), Paranormal, Plasma, and Time Travel, but is there definitive proof of any of these hypotheses? 
     Many believe the Alien Abduction Phenomenon (AAP) proves ET visitation, and state that researchers “explaining” AAPs as false-memory syndrome, sleep paralysis, psychological disorders, hallucination, fantasy, etc. “either failed to find such pathology among abduction experiencers or have chosen to overlook important aspects of the phenomenon” and “as a group, [victims of] abduction experiments are not different from the general population…” Again, an impasse, al-though some skeptics are now less inclined to believe all abductees are delusional.
      Dr. Davis provides a list of websites where one may find declassified UFO documents purportedly from Majestic 12, the FBI, the U.S. Air Force, and other sources. Are the documents (such as MJ-12) legitimate or fabrications created to lead researchers off track? You decide, but take into account that, although researchers have found some evidence of government suppression of UFO incidents, they have found no compelling proof of a conspiracy.
      If ETs are in contact with governments/military around the world, why not make that public? Does the government/military know the ETs’ motives, can it predict the ETs’ behavior? Would knowledge of ET visitation cause widespread panic? How would the existence of ETs affect religions and religious views?
     So many questions! Do UFOs exist? Are they of alien origin, piloted by NHI; natural Earthly phenomena such as cloud formations; experimental military technology; hoaxes; time travelers from our future; beings from other dimensions?
      The UFO Phenomenon is insightful, thought-provoking, and fair in its assessment, both pro and con. Dr. Davis presents the facts, and it is up to the individual reader to determine whether or not to believe. It’s one of the best reads I’ve had in a long time, and the bibliography has given me enough books, papers and websites to do years of research of my own.
- Curtis Quint

SPOOKY CREEPY NEW ENGLAND 2 - review


Spooky Creepy New England 2, Karen Mossey, Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA, 2014, 244pp, $14.99.

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Wow. If “3” is as spooky as “2”, we’ve really got something to look forward to!
     Loved this book. There are 20 stories of Karen’s trip through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine (nothing much seemed to happen in Vermont). Karen gives us insight and some of history of each location, and then relates her own experiences there. I love the personal touch.
       There are directions if you want to visit any (or all) of the sites in the book, with the exception of private residences. If you do visit, please be respectful. And if you experience anything, please share! Take your camera in case you see ghostly apparitions around the wreck of the Jennie M Carter in Massachusetts.
       There are some pretty chilling photos, and to really freak yourself out, visit Karen’s website for more paranormal photos and listen to some very clear EVPs: http://ectoweb.com. The EVPs from Hilldale Cemetery in Massachusetts might send chills down your spine.
     I can’t say which story is my favorite, although the one about the grieving woman being comforted by a spirit cat might top my list. I loved them all, and wish there were more.
      If you like to read about haunted sites, Spooky Creepy New England 2 is definitely for you.
- Liz Venable

Sunday, December 3, 2017

MYSTIC DREAMER TAROT (Deck and Book) - review

Mystic Dreamer Tarot and Journal, Barbara Moore and Heidi Darras, Llewellyn Worldwide, Woodbury, MN 55125-2989, 2008. 78-card deck with pouch and 220 pp. book. $26.95



The Mystic Dreamer Tarot book and card set by Barbara Moore is by far the best deck I’ve ever used. The imagery the artist Heidi Darras puts on each card draws the eye and illuminates the imagination, so you find yourself searching for meaning before you even consult the journal. Technically it is digital art, but there are no limitations to the scope and beauty each card contains. The meanings conveyed by the cards are also augmented by feelings: mystery, intuition, dread, illumination. I, for one, am glad the artist paid atten­tion to her fans on the DA (deviant art) and finished a whole deck. Use a magnifying glass and you will see even more detail and hidden meaning.
        And the author carried it even further, using a gentle guid­ance and technique for the readers to follow. There are several spreads the author includes, as well as communi­cating to the reader the significance of the cards. What I really like are the Use your intuition boxes at the end of each explanation, asking specific questions that make you think and ponder the cards even more.
        I have worked with this deck more than any other, and I have several. It has been the most accurate, in that it speaks to me, and I in turn can share its knowledge with others through readings. It causes a visceral reaction in me, flood­ing me with ideas and notions only the Universe can provide with a deck that is sensitive to it.
        Ms. Darras began with three pieces of artwork that she shared on-line, and received such an overwhelming re­sponse to continue that she created the entire deck. I believe the circumstances through which the images were created enter into the flow of both the cards and the journal, provid­ing a connection to the mystic and dreams. It was almost as if the universe provided both the inspiration and the connec­tion. Kudos to the artist and writer whose combined efforts have created a superior tarot set. I highly recommend it to the novice on up to the adept.
Review by Jen DeClan

Friday, December 1, 2017

MESOAMERICAN “SKY PEOPLE” - review


Sky People - Untold Stories of Alien Encounters in Mesoamerica, Ardy Sixkiller Clarke, New Page Books, Pompton Plains, NJ, 2015, 320pp, $17.99.


Mesoamerica extends approximately from central Mexico to Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and northern Costa Rica. Dr. Clark was inspired by the travels of John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, who, in the early 1800s, introduced the world to cities of the Maya. From 2003 through 2010 Dr. Clarke traveled through Mesoamerica. As she followed in Stephens’ and Catherwood’s footsteps, visiting ancient cities and temples, Dr. Clarke met people who told her about UFOs and people from the sky. Each chapter of Sky People is the story of a person who saw, was abducted by, or interacted with beings who came from the sky.

        We frequently see news stories about UFOs over Mesoamerica, and most are explained away as hoaxes, planes, natural weather phenomena, etc. If you were to talk to the indigenous people of the area, however, the “explanation” would be different. Dr. Clarke notes that, “…people who do not know much about the phenomenon tell very similar stories…” People in Mexico told her many of the same stories as people in Honduras and Beliz.

        A recurring theme that Dr. Clarke heard again and again—from different people in very different locales—was that the Sky People were their ancestors. Unlike other cultures, “[t]he Maya say that when they reached Mesoamerica, they brought their knowledge with them … [t]hey have no myths of great teachers or individuals who taught them how to live.” They came from the sky. Dr. Clarke was told, “the Sky People and the Maya are the same.” 

        This is so different from our history texts, which tell us the Maya were backward people who revered the Spaniards as “gods”. They did not. Over time, they forgot their heritage and their knowledge. As one man explained, “All great civilizations collapse whether through war, famine, or a weather event … Five thousand years from now a scientist may unearth the Statue of Liberty and speculate that she was the goddess of flame who brought fire to the world.”

        The people who talked to Dr. Clarke had nothing to gain. They wanted to share their stories, and felt comfortable talking to her because she, like them, is indigenous, though from the U.S.

        The stories are told in the words of the people who experienced the events. Dr. Clarke was told about aluxes (small people), blue people, people who walk backwards, and others that came (and still come) in ships from the sky. The stories of abductions are similar to those related around the world, including missing time, memory lapses, and experimentation.

        Dr. Clarke points out that “the Inca of Peru, and the Maya in Mesoamerica, among others, all demonstrated an inordinate knowledge of the stars and had in their possession star maps … When Columbus set forth on his voyage … the Maya…were…aware of the planets Venus, Uranus, and Neptune...” How is this possible? Did they have first-hand knowledge of the universe?

        Sky People is a remarkable book whether you have a marginal interest in UFOs or avidly keep up with the latest news. It is a fascinating and informative read. The single drawback is, I wish there were photographs.

        As you read, you may find yourself asking, “Why don’t the Maya share their knowledge of the sky people?” One elder explained to Dr. Clarke: “…the real knowledge is too dangerous to share … The general public is not ready for it.” I wonder when (if) we will be ready.

                 - Karen Howard

Thursday, June 25, 2015

ARE ANIMALS PSYCHIC?

by Trynn

We’ve had articles on pets, and several subscribers have written about their own pets and sent stories they wanted to share.
 
Denny from Pittsburgh told us he reads dice and his cat Sylvester bats the dice around, “which gives me a whole new way of interpreting them.” We’re trying to convince Denny to write an article on how he reads dice.
 
Tom from Boston relates the following story about a seagull that saved a woman’s life.
 
I heard the story while vacationing at Cape Cod, where the incident allegedly occurred. What makes it unique is that it isn’t a story about a pet, but about a wild animal. According to the story, two sisters were in the habit of feeding seagulls from their yard. One day one of the sisters went for a walk on the rugged coast and fell from a 30-foot cliff. Severely bruised and injured, she was unable to climb back to safety, and lay on the rocky beach.
 
She was surprised when a seagull appeared and hovered over her. It didn’t go away; just hovered. She thought it looked like one of the gulls she and her sister fed, and called out, asking the gull to go for help. The gull flew off.
 
Meanwhile, at home, her sister was startled when a gull began tapping on a window with its beak. She tried to make it go away, but it persisted. She decided it was trying to tell her something, so she followed as it flew ahead of her, stopping every once in a while and waiting for her to catch up.
 
The gull eventually led her to the cliff where her sister had fallen, and she immediately called for help.
 
Diana told us that, in the tsunami that killed thousands, several elephant keepers were saved when they followed the elephants that began running to high ground. The elephants evidently sensed—or perhaps heard—the tsunami.
 
Kate from Des Plaines, IL, sent the following story:
 
In 1902 a volcanic eruption on the island of Martinique in the West Indies killed over 30,000 people. Prior to the eruption, however, animals on the island panicked and ran into the sea—even the animals that could not swim. They evidently sensed the impending eruption and were attempting to flee to safety.
 
Our editor Karen shares this incident: “I woke in the small hours of the morning with stomach pains from something I’d eaten. About the same time, our cat Revan Dark Lord of the Sith began misbehaving. I was in no mood to deal with her getting into mischief, so I verbally told her, ‘Revan, come lay by me and purr to help my sore tummy.’ In addition, I visualized her laying beside me and purring. A few seconds later she hopped up on the bed and pressed her nose against my stomach. She stayed like that for quite a while, then curled up behind my knees and went to sleep.”