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  • VIDEO: RJC: The Mystery of J Street - Solved

    10/28/2010 10:23:30 AM PDT · by Nachum
    You Tube ^ | 10/28/10 | Republican Jewish Coalition
    "How can a left-wing group like J Street call itself pro-Israel when..." Learn the truth about J Street - if you dare! (Video at link)
  • Man spends life researching Lost Colony mystery

    10/17/2010 2:55:01 PM PDT · by Palter · 60 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 17 Oct 2010 | Jeff Hampton
    Sam Sumner retired as a schoolteacher, left his Hawaii home and recently moved to North Carolina, all for the purpose of solving the mystery of the Lost Colony. The answer lies not in Buxton where experts and amateur sleuths have searched for decades, he says, but at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge in Currituck County, a site that leaves experts skeptical. A 1923 map in the lobby of Mackay Island ranger station shows an image on the ground next to the Currituck Sound that looks just like an old drawing of Fort Raleigh. "I looked at that map and I...
  • The Buffett Mystery (The billionaire can't decide whether to be or not to be a Keynesian)

    09/27/2010 10:48:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/27/2010 | Peter Raymond
    A supporter of Obama's economic plan and a Keynesian disciple, Warren Buffett seems unable to decide if we are still in a recession. On September 13, Bloomberg reported that Buffett announced he was "a huge bull in this market." He seemed self-assured that the economy was in no longer contracting and that "we will not have a double-dip recession at all. I see our businesses coming back almost across the board." Buffett blamed the negative perception of the economy mostly on the media, which did not reflect his view of the business environment. The current economic doldrums apparently are a...
  • After Mozart’s Death, an Endless Coda

    08/25/2010 10:46:04 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 24, 2010 | Daniel Wakin
    Direct medical evidence? None. Autopsy? Not performed. Medical records? Nowhere to be found. Corpse? Disappeared. Yet according to a recent article in an academic journal, researchers have posited at least 118 causes of death for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A modest industry of medical speculation has grown up around the subject, evidence of our fascination with what cut down great creative artists in history. In Mozart’s case published speculation began within a month of his death in 1791, and musicologists, physicians and medical scholars have regularly joined the fray ever since. Dr. William J. Dawson, a retired orthopedic surgeon...bibliographer for the...
  • Old Irish bones may yield murderous secrets in Pa.

    08/17/2010 8:28:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | 8-16-10 | KATHY MATHESON
    Online: Malvern, PA -- Young and strapping, the 57 Irish immigrants began grueling work in the summer of 1832 on the Philadelphia and Columbia railroad. Within weeks, all were dead of cholera. Or were they murdered? Two skulls unearthed at a probable mass grave near Philadelphia this month showed signs of violence, including a possible bullet hole. Another pair of skulls found earlier at the woodsy site also displayed traumas, seeming to confirm the suspicions of two historians leading the archaeological dig. "This was much more than a cholera epidemic," William Watson said. Watson, chairman of the history department...
  • "The Spacecraft Flyby Mystery" - Is Dark Matter the Culprit or is There a New Physics ...

    08/03/2010 12:48:20 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 56 replies · 17+ views
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 8/3/10 | Casey Kazan
    When scientists send their spacecraft across the universe, they save fuel by performing “slingshot fly-bys”. This is where, rather than firing up the thrusters, the craft changes its trajectory by harnessing the enormous gravitational pull of a planet. However, this trick has had an unexpected side-effect: it seems to produce a change in speed that no one, since it was first discovered in the early 1990's, can account for. Experts are intrigued by the fact that while the acceleration is tiny and has no significant effect on NASA missions, it holds great interest because no explanation based on conventional physics...
  • Vincent Foster: 17th Anniversary of the "Suicide" that Wasn't

    07/20/2010 4:02:45 PM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 68 replies · 1+ views
    July 20, 2010 | justiceseeker93
    Today marks the 17th anniversary of Clinton White House Deputy Counsel Vincent Foster's death. Although ruled a "suicide" by official Washington since 1995, all credible forensic evidence in the case - circumstantial, physical, and laboratory - points to a homicide and a multi-pronged cover-up to shield the homicide's perpetrators from objective criminal investigation, indictment, and prosecution. As Newt Gingrich once noted to a reporter, you wold have to be brain dead to believe the official story. The general conclusion one can draw from the historical facts at hand is that in the United States legal system today - contrary to...
  • Truth About Obama Gay Murder Scandal

    07/16/2010 8:23:32 PM PDT · by thecodont · 131 replies · 3+ views
    Globe Magazine / ^ | July 26, 2010 | Alexander Hitchen and Lynette Holloway
    President Barack Obama is tangled in the mystery surrounding the murder of the gay choir director of his controversial Chicago church - and the slain man's mother is demanding answers NOW!
  • Mystery trader buys all Europe's cocoa

    07/17/2010 1:00:51 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 78 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/17/2010 | Jonathan Sibun and Harry Wallop
    Even Willy Wonka might struggle to use this much chocolate. Yesterday, somebody bought 241,000 tonnes of cocoa beans. The purchase was enough to move the entire global cocoa market, sending the price to the highest level since 1977, and triggering rumours and intrigue in the City. It is unclear which person, or group of traders, was behind the deal, but it was the largest single cocoa trade for 14 years. The cocoa beans, which are sitting in warehouses either in The Netherlands, Hamburg, or closer to home in London, Liverpool or Humberside is equivalent to the entire supply of the...
  • Car, human remains in Appomattox River puzzling

    07/03/2010 7:25:50 PM PDT · by csvset · 15 replies
    Human remains in a mud-caked car submerged up to seven years in the Appomattox River shapes up to be an intriguing detective story. The discovery of human remains found in a mud-caked car submerged up to seven years in the Appomattox River is shaping up to be an intriguing detective story, police say, with at least one surprising subplot.
  • Sneak Preview of AMC's new series: 'Rubicon'.

    06/14/2010 3:24:37 PM PDT · by DGHoodini · 31 replies · 785+ views
    Hulu ^ | Monday, June 14th, 2010 | DGHoodini
    Just watched the sneak preview of AMC's upcoming series m hosted by Hulu. It's called 'Rubicon', and will premier on AMC on August 9th I believe. The Sneak Preview, is just shy of an hour long, and IMO, if it is indicative of the rest of the series, then AMC's got a winner on it's hands. Link to the Premier episode on Hulu:
  • Have You Seen this Man? - The Hunt for William Craig Fugate

    05/31/2010 8:51:20 PM PDT · by unspun · 48 replies · 1,130+ views
    Investigating Obama ^ | 5/31/2010 | Arlen Williams
    His name is William Craig Fugate. This may be a photo of him. Mr. Fugate is believed to be the Director of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano. Therefore, he might be seen, either in the vicinity of Washington, D.C. or perhaps, the Gulf of Mexico. Please report to Investigating Obama, if you have any word of his whereabouts or his doings, because there appears to be an emergency in the Gulf, that he should know about.
  • New cosmic mystery: Herschel telescope spots giant hole in space

    05/11/2010 7:05:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,203+ views
    A vast hole in space has been unexpectedly discovered in a part of the universe thought to be packed with a cloud of dense gas and dust – the latest in a string of cosmic finds by the European Herschel infrared space telescope. The surprising hole in space has provided astronomers with a new glimpse at the end of the star-forming process. ... Stars are born in dense clouds of dust and gas, and while jets of gas have been spotted coming from young stars, the process of how a star uses this gas to disperse surrounding debris and emerge...
  • CNN's Toobin Says He Was In Kagan's Study Group at Law School, But Her Views are a 'Mystery' to Him?

    05/11/2010 9:36:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies · 647+ views
    newsbusters ^ | 5/11/10 | Tim Graham
    At The New Yorker website (his other gig), CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin explained that he is a longtime friend of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and went to law school with her, even studied with her in a small group -- and yet, her political views are somehow a "mystery" to him. Not even liberals are buying this (take Matthew Yglesias at Think Progress). Toobin stated: The justices are not really managers of people, certainly not in comparison to the dean of a major law school. Judgment, values, and politics are what matters on the Court. And here I...
  • The Gulf War Syndrome ‘Mystery’ (Looking for causes everywhere except the right place)

    04/26/2010 6:48:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies · 1,008+ views
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2010 | Michael Fumento
    Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) is back in the news, thanks to a new study released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and so is the persistent effort to label it a “mystery.” See, for example, the story by a HealthDay reporter headlined “Gulf War Syndrome Is Real, but Causes Unclear: Report.” Says the article, “its causes, treatment, and potential cure remain unknown.” A definite mystery, right? Well, no. There are two “causes” of GWS — the second of which is actually quite interesting, but not mysterious. The first explanation is a normal background rate of disease. That is, among the...
  • Obama leaves the White House without the Press for a supposedly soccer game that never happened?

    04/10/2010 8:25:59 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 124 replies · 6,218+ views
    Saturday April 10, 2010
    About two hours before reporters were supposed to be in position to leave with the president, Obama left the grounds of the White House. Members of the press were told he was attending one of his daughter's soccer games in northwest Washington, D.C.SIDWELL FRIENDS PRIVATE SCHOOL ATHLETICS: LAST FALL SEASONSoccer - Girls Varsity ...... 8/31 - 11/6 Soccer - Girls Junior Varsity...... 9/10 - 11/2 Soccer - Girls 7/8 A........9/30 - 11/4 Soccer - Girls 7/8 B........ 9/30 - 11/5 WINTER SEASONSoccer - Girls 7/81.......2/9 - 2/24 SPRING SEASON**THERE ARE NO SPRING SOCCER GAMES AT SIDWELL LISTED ANYWHERE FOR BOYS...
  • Area 51 vets break silence: Sorry, but no space aliens or UFOs

    03/28/2010 8:18:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 58 replies · 2,821+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 3/27/2010 | Erik Lacitis
    After nearly five decades, guys like James Noce finally get to tell their stories about Area 51. Yes, that Area 51. The one that gets brought up when people talk about secret Air Force projects, crashed UFOs, alien bodies and, of course, conspiracies. The secrets, some of them, have been declassified. Noce, 72, and his fellow Area 51 veterans around the country now are free to talk about doing contract work for the CIA in the 1960s and '70s at the arid, isolated Southern Nevada government testing site. Their stories shed some light on a site shrouded in mystery; classified...
  • More clues revealed on 1997 Phoenix lights UFO

    03/14/2010 12:29:56 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 56 replies · 1,909+ views
    americanchronicle ^ | March 13, 2010 | Steve Hammons
    The mystery of the 1997 "Phoenix lights" incident seems to continue. TV shows, films, research articles and other explorations of the case still fascinate us – and still raise many questions. As the 13th anniversary of the strange incident approaches on Saturday, March 13, 2010, it does seem an appropriate time to take a new look at clues about this case. The theory that the Phoenix lights were a U.S. psychological operation of some kind gained new attention late last month when experienced researcher and writer Randall Fitzgerald published a thought-provoking article online titled "Were the 1997 Arizona Lights a...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Feb. 28 - March 6, 2010: Wheresit and Whysit?

    03/02/2010 10:22:41 PM PST · by cogitator · 11 replies · 679+ views
    OK, getting back into the swing of things, here's a picture of a peak with geographical significance. So where is it, and why is it significant? (Click for full size)
  • Democrats Close to Vote on Jobs Package Without Bill in Hand

    02/04/2010 11:37:48 AM PST · by tobyhill · 38 replies · 1,112+ views
    fox news ^ | 2/4/2010 | Trish Turner
    enate Democrats are holding a news conference Thursday on a jobs bill without an actual jobs bill, an apparent sign that the Massachusetts Senate vote that is bringing Scott Brown to Washington is still reverberating through the U.S. Capitol. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday that he plans to introduce a bill as early as Thursday, and there will be some kind of first vote on Monday.
  • Bones In Togas Puzzle Vatican Arhaeologists

    05/20/2006 7:30:15 PM PDT · by blam · 42 replies · 1,612+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-21-2006 | Nick Pisa
    Bones in togas puzzle Vatican archaeologists By Nick Pisa in Rome (Filed: 21/05/2006) Archaeologists exploring one of Rome's oldest catacombs are baffled by neat piles of more than 1,000 skeletons dressed in elegant togas. The macabre find emerged as teams of historians slowly picked their way through the complex network of underground burial chambers, which stretch for miles under the city. They say the tomb, which has been dated to the first century AD, is the first known example of a "mass burial". The archaeologists are unable to explain why so many apparently upper-class Romans - who would normally have...
  • Cold case of seventh-grade girl's 1985 disappearance solved, police say

    01/03/2010 11:53:14 AM PST · by inflorida · 3 replies · 1,045+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 2, 2010
    ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida -- Authorities in northeast Florida say they have closed the 24-year-old case of a missing seventh-grader, but the girl's mother says she doesn't believe it. Martha Jean Lambert vanished near her St. Augustine home on Nov. 27, 1985. Her mother, Margaret Pichon, says she remains convinced the 12-year-old girl was kidnapped. However, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Pichon's son David Lambert has confessed to accidentally killing his sister in an argument. Sgt. Chuck Mulligan said Lambert told police he panicked and buried the girl in a shallow grave. Lambert was 15 at the...
  • What Really Happened to Jarret Clark?

    01/03/2010 11:48:50 AM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 1 replies · 426+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 1-03-10 | Carrie Fatigante
    EDITOR'S NOTE: Below is Part One of Carrie Fatigante’s six-part series about the still-unsolved mystery surrounding the death of Jarret Austin Clark, a young Oklahoma man, only days after his high school graduation.
  • Police: Florida Girl's 1985 Disappearance Solved

    01/02/2010 5:23:27 PM PST · by workerbee · 65 replies · 3,968+ views
    AP via FOX ^ | 1/2/10
    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Authorities in northeast Florida say they've closed the 24-year-old case of a missing seventh-grader, but the girl's mother says she doesn't believe it. Martha Jean Lambert vanished near her St. Augustine home on Nov. 27, 1985. Her mother, Margaret Pichon, says she remains convinced that the 12-year-old girl was kidnapped. However, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Pichon's son David Lambert has confessed to accidentally killing his sister in an argument. Sgt. Chuck Mulligan said Lambert told police that he panicked and buried the girl in a shallow grave. Lambert was 15 at...
  • Who was behind the September 2001 anthrax attacks?

    01/01/2010 5:03:46 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 27 replies · 1,825+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 1, 2010 | Michael Barone
    Here’s some news I missed.Edward Jay Epstein reported on December 21 that the FBI’s anthrax case has fallen apart. In 2008 the FBI declared that Dr. Bruce Ivins, who died an apparent suicide in July 2008, was the perpetrator who sent anthrax-laced letters to members of Congress and others just days after the September 11 attacks. The FBI’s investigation, apparently the most lengthy it had ever conducted, was directed primarily at scientists who had access to anthrax materials. But, Epstein reports, it turns out that Dr. Ivins did not have access to the sophisticated form of anthrax used in September...
  • San Diego Booms: Earthquake or skyquake?

    Strange booms from the sky have San Diego residents on edge. And they're not alone. Mysterious booms were also heard this week in Arkansas City, Kansas and in parts of Oklahoma. The booms were loud enough to shake the earth and register on the Richter Scale. "Experts" were quick to blame them on military airplanes despite zero evidence for this assertion. But these roars from the sky are nothing new and have been occurring since long before there were aircraft to blame. Legendary anomalist Charles Fort called them "skyquakes" and gives many examples of them in his books. Some famous...
  • Secret in the chest of Hobbs and Hart

    12/11/2009 11:57:28 PM PST · by mandrake · 10 replies · 815+ views
    In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Captain Jack Sparrow desperately sought the key that would unlock a chest containing Davy Jones' still-beating heart. This, he thought, would help him rule the oceans of the world. There may be no promise of immortality or great power to Meghalaya's policy makers but they are as obsessed as Sparrow to open a chest that has defeated all attempts to unbolt it for over a hundred years now. Interestingly, the massive iron trunk at the Raj Bhavan in Shillong has proved more impregnable than the most famous chests in fiction and lore....
  • Mystery as Spiral Blue Light Display Hovers Above Norway

    12/09/2009 3:47:45 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 36 replies · 1,623+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 12/8/2009 | Mail Online
    A mysterious light display appearing over Norway last night has left thousands of residents in the north of the country baffled. Witnesses from Trøndelag to Finnmark compared the amazing sight to anything from a Russian rocket to a meteor or a shock wave - although no one appears to have mentioned UFOs yet. The phenomenon began when what appeared to be a blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain. It stopped mid-air, then began to circulate.
  • Mysterious light appears over Norway before Obama Peace Prize speech....

    12/09/2009 2:16:09 PM PST · by TaraP · 65 replies · 2,910+ views
    The Examner ^ | December 9th, 2009
    A mysterious spiral of light has appeared in northern Norway one day before President Obama arrives to give his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Oslo. The spiral has baffled experts who do not believe it is related to the Aurora Borealis. Speculation that it is a rocket launched by the Russian Northern Fleet has been denied by Russian authorities. Similarly the Norwegian military has claimed no knowledge of any rocket launches in the area. There has been speculation that it may be some exotic weapon system, the opening of a space-time portal, or even UFO activity. Obama’s arrival in...
  • What is this in the Norwegian Skies?

    12/09/2009 1:35:54 PM PST · by TaraP · 40 replies · 2,337+ views
    This article is in Norwegian, but the photo and video is pretty strange!
  • Mystery as spiral blue light display hovers above Norway

    12/09/2009 7:54:46 AM PST · by IronKros · 77 replies · 2,628+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/9/2009
    A mysterious light display appearing over Norway last night has left thousands of residents in the north of the country baffled. Witnesses from Trøndelag to Finnmark compared the amazing sight to anything from a Russian rocket to a meteor or a shock wave - although no one appears to have mentioned UFOs yet. The phenomenon began when what appeared to be a blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain. It stopped mid-air, then began to circulate.
  • Giant Mysterious Spiral Takes Over the Skies of Norway

    12/09/2009 10:49:42 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 116 replies · 5,985+ views ^ | 12/09/09 | Jesus Diaz
    People are freaking out all over Norway because of what you are seeing here. According to Norwegian news outlets, the spooky giant spiral was seen, photographed, and recorded on video from all over the country. Updated with video. Could it all be a hoax? Maybe it's a massive joke, but all kinds of Norwegian news sites are reporting on it. According to NKR—Norway's national TV channel—it could be related to a rocket fired from a Russian submarine in the White Sea. The Russians are denying any part on it at this at the moment. Nick Banbury, a witness located...
  • Foot found on Richmond beach is seventh foot found on B.C. coast

    10/29/2009 8:39:24 AM PDT · by llevrok · 157 replies · 5,448+ views
    RICHMOND - A right foot has been found inside a running shoe on a beach in Richmond, the seventh foot found along B.C.’s coast in two years, RCMP said Wednesday. Two men walking on the beach Tuesday evening found the foot in a white size 8.5 Nike running shoe on the beach at No. 6 Road and Triangle Road, the RCMP said. The BC Coroners Service confirmed the remains were human through a forensic autopsy and will conduct more forensic tests in its investigation with the RCMP. Exams by forensic pathologists and anthropologists will help determine physical characteristics, which, combined...
  • The Mystery of Survival

    10/10/2009 8:17:48 AM PDT · by Saije · 20 replies · 1,024+ views
    Mens Journal ^ | 10/9/2009 | John Geiger
    Ron DiFrancesco was at his desk at Euro Brokers…on the 84th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center…when the plane struck the North Tower...It was 8:46 am on September 11, 2001… A few minutes later...the second plane struck… DiFrancesco is normally unflappable. He is a broker in a high-stakes business that demands steel nerves. But he is also slightly claustrophobic, and with the intensifying smoke, he began to panic…Then, something remarkable happened: “Someone told me to get up.” Someone, he says, “called me.” The voice, which was male but did not belong to anyone in the stairwell,...
  • Heads Up!: Local PBS begins 'Mystery' on Thursdays.

    10/06/2009 10:00:43 AM PDT · by DGHoodini · 19 replies · 544+ views
    PBS advert | 10/5/09 | DGHoodini
    Watching 'Masterpiece Mystery, on Sunday hight, they announced that my local PBS channel would begin airing 'Mystey' on Thursday nights at 10:00 PM EDT. I don't know if this will be nationwide, but if you enjoy the show, you might want to check your guide. They said they'd be starting with 'Foyle's War' season IV, a season I am pretty sure I have not yet seen. (hopefully) I always seem to catch the last few episodes of the final season of 'Foyle' when I have managed to see it.
  • Omrit -- Herod's mystery temple?

    09/29/2009 7:15:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 482+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 19, 2009 | Stephen G. Rosenberg
    Herod built three temples in honor of his patron Augustus. One stood at Sebastia (Samaria) and a second one at Caesarea. Where was the third? Some archeologists think it was at Banias itself, but that city was dedicated to the god Pan. Andrew Overman of Macalester College in the US thinks the temple was at Omrit. Overman has been digging at the site for nearly 10 years and sees in the remains all the unique characteristics and high quality of Herod's methods of building. Like the other two temples, Omrit was approached by a grand flight of stairs that led...
  • Dan Brown's 'Lost Symbol' details local mystery (CIA HQ, Langley, Virginia)

    09/21/2009 4:32:02 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 19 replies · 1,613+ views
    WTOP ^ | 9/21/09 | JJ Greene
    LANGLEY, Va. - Part of the new Dan Brown novel is based on a local mystery. In the introduction to his new best-selling novel, "The Lost Symbol," author Dan Brown lists the following: "In 1991, a document was locked in the safe of the director of the CIA. The document is still there today, its cryptic text includes references to an unknown location underground. The document ... includes the phrase, 'It's buried out there somewhere.'" Brown says the 20-year-old document contains the answers to a 20-year-old mystery. WTOP's National Security Correspondent J.J. Green investigated the claim, and found out it's...
  • Hijacking, S-300, and Another "Mystery" Ship

    09/13/2009 4:25:56 AM PDT · by thedogandtheduck · 2 replies · 524+ views
    An interesting detail of the recent S-300-for-Iran story keeps popping up on Russian and Finnish forums. Another ship left the base right after the Ladny frigate (which was sent to chase MV Arctic Sea). Two Russian Navy ships passed through the Strait of Gibraltar, the frigate and some transport ship. This is something that Estonian Admiral Kouts mentioned, but it somehow fell through the cracks. Now, that second ship was seen hanging around the Arctic Sea, too. The $1M question: what was it doing there? I understand sending a frigate to intercept an allegedly hijacked freighter, but sending along a...
  • Giant statues give up hat mystery

    09/06/2009 10:54:18 PM PDT · by Wardenclyffe · 27 replies · 1,568+ views
    BBC News ^ | 6 September 2009 | Sudeep Chand
    Archaeologists have solved an ancient mystery surrounding the famous Easter Island statues. At 2,500 miles off the coast of Chile, the island is the world's most remote place inhabited by people. Up to 1,000 years ago, the islanders started putting giant red hats on the statues. The research team, from the University of Manchester and University College London, think the hats were rolled down from an ancient volcano. Dr Colin Richards and Dr Sue Hamilton are the first British archaeologists to work on the island since 1914. They pieced together a series of clues to discover how the statues got...
  • New York’s Coldest Case: A Murder 400 Years Old

    09/06/2009 2:01:04 PM PDT · by BGHater · 20 replies · 1,090+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 05 Sep 2009 | Sam Roberts
    The victim: John Colman. Not much is known about him, much less about his murder. His body was hastily buried and has never been found. A weapon was recovered, but it vanished. The only account of the crime is secondhand, pieced together from a few witnesses, some of whom might have harbored a grudge. The chief suspects were singled out because of racial profiling but were never questioned. No one was ever prosecuted. It was on Sept. 6, 1609 — 400 years ago Sunday — when this, the first recorded murder in what became metropolitan New York, was committed. Colman...
  • Loch Ness Monster monster spotted on Google Earth

    09/04/2009 2:45:36 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 69 replies · 3,677+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | August 27, 2009 | staff reporter
    AN eagle-eyed security guard with too much time on his hands claims to have found photographic evidence of the Loch Ness Monster in satellite images. British security guard Jason, 25, told The Sun "I couldn't believe it. It's just like the descriptions of Nessie." Researcher Adrian Shine, of the Loch Ness Project, said: "This is really intriguing. It needs further study." Sightings have been claimed for centuries. The object, pictured to the right, can be found by entering co-ordinates Latitude 5712'52.13"N, Longitude 434'14.16"W in Google Earth.
  • PAN’s labyrinth

    08/25/2009 9:12:22 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 16 replies · 1,112+ views
    The Space Review ^ | August 24, 2009 | Dwayne Day
    The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) was created in 1961 to oversee the development and operation of the United States’ intelligence satellites. But it was not until September 1992 that the organization’s very existence was declassified. The press release making the announcement, however, omitted two key words: “satellites” and “launch”. It took several more years before the NRO actually admitted that it operated satellites and that they were launched into space, and it was not until 1996 that the NRO admitted that it actually owned a classified satellite launched atop a rocket. This seemed rather anticlimactic to anybody who paid attention,...
  • Agatha Christie's private life would have stumped even Poirot

    08/22/2009 12:22:11 PM PDT · by BGHater · 20 replies · 835+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 22 Aug 2009 | Laura Thompson
    The publication of Agatha Christie's notebooks will do nothing to reveal what made her tick, says Laura Thompson. Only her novels can do that. More than 30 years after her death, in January 1976, Agatha Christie is news once again. HarperCollins – with whom she first signed a three-book deal back in 1924 – is about to publish Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks, a hefty volume that details, exhaustively, the contents of the 73 extant notebooks in which she sketched out plots for her detective fiction. In fact, there is nothing very "secret" about Christie's notebooks, which were first analysed by...
  • Even Investigative-Birther Influx Can't Stem Aloha State's Tourism Decline

    08/17/2009 8:38:04 PM PDT · by pissant · 23 replies · 1,214+ views
    Reason ^ | 8/17/09 | Tim Cavanaugh
    It's shaping up to be a grim 50th birthday for America's youngest (and undoubtedly fakest) state, as the local tourism industry gets a nice Hawaiian punch courtesy of the global recession. According to the Wall Street Journal: As much as a third of Hawaii's economy is driven by tourism, say state finance experts, and a recent state report showed that from January to June, spending from visitors who arrived by air dropped 15% to $4.97 billion from a year earlier. Even sunbathers this year easily claimed spots on the normally overcrowded Waikiki Beach, a distressing sign for an economy more...
  • Obama's parents didn't live at newspaper birth address

    08/18/2009 6:38:14 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 300 replies · 11,837+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 18, 2009 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Additional documents uncovered by WND support a previous report that President Obama's parents did not live together as husband and wife at the Honolulu address listed in birth announcements in two local newspapers. Both newspapers, the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, carried the announcement that Barack Obama Jr. was born Aug. 4, 1961, to Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama, residing at 6085 Kalanianaole Highway in Honolulu, Hawaii. Additional research has established that the grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Dunham, lived at 6085 Kalanianaole Highway, not Barack Obama Sr. and Ann Dunham. Moreover, Mr. and Mrs. Obama apparently did not...
  • Mystery deepens over disappearing merchant ship

    08/13/2009 1:20:00 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 9 replies · 815+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug. 13, 2009 | Guy Faulconbridge
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The mystery surrounding a missing merchant ship deepened Thursday with the vessel's operator suggesting piracy and maritime experts suspecting foul play or even a secret cargo. The Kremlin ordered Russian warships to join the hunt for the 4,000-tonne, 98-meter bulk carrier Arctic Sea, whose fate has baffled maritime authorities across Europe and North Africa. The Maltese-registered vessel, carrying a $1.3-million cargo of timber, was supposed to have docked on August 4 in the Algerian port of Bejaia. It never arrived and is thought to have last made contact from the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of France....
  • Bigfoot on the History Channel

    08/07/2009 8:44:34 AM PDT · by Welcome2thejungle · 59 replies · 1,603+ views
    August 7, 2009 | Welcome2thejungle
    Along with other educational cable stations such as the Military Channel, Nat Geo, and Discovery, I love watching the History Channel. Recently the History Channel has aired a number of programs on the legendary hairly man-like ape often called Bigfoot on a special series called Monster Quest. Some creatures thought to be myth actually do exist such as the Giant Squid. The Gorilla was only discovered and confirmed in the 1800s. The evidence for the existence of a large primate living in the North American wilderness rests largely with a large number of eyewitness sightings and encounters as well as...
  • Infrared Video of Light Flashes, Moving Darknesses - and Entity?

    08/05/2009 6:56:29 AM PDT · by bethybabes69 · 2 replies · 1,149+ views ^ | 30th July | Linda Moulton Howe
    July 30, 2009 Yatesbury, Wiltshire County, England - After midnight on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, Yorkshire engineer, Winston Keech, had set up his four infrared cameras on a pole looking across the East Field wheat below Adams Grave. The rest of the huge East Field had not been planted this year and was a mass of dark soil next to the far west end wheat. Winston is an entrepreneur who develops renewable energy systems and is fascinated by crop formations.
  • Cops suspended for Obama check

    07/30/2009 6:23:54 AM PDT · by FromLori · 42 replies · 2,505+ views
    Two DeKalb County Officers are being investigated for allegedly performing a background check on President Barack Obama. They have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Officials would not release the names of the officers. The incident occurred on July 20, according to DeKalb County officials. The United States Secret Service notified county officials that DeKalb County computer equipment was utilized to do a query on the President. Such behavior, said William “Miz” Miller, DeKalb Public Safety director, is not to be tolerated. “As Public Safety Director for DeKalb County, I want everyone to know that...
  • Mystery of Watergate Tapes' Missing Minutes Soon Could Be Solved

    07/29/2009 7:43:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies · 2,287+ views
    London Times ^ | July 29th 2009
    Mystery of Watergate Tapes' Missing Minutes Soon Could Be Solved Wednesday, July 29, 2009 One of the great political mysteries — what was said by President Nixon during a suspicious 18-minute gap on the Watergate tapes — could soon be solved thanks to a keen-eyed amateur sleuth and modern crime-fighting technology. The missing section of a 79-minute conversation between Nixon and his Chief of Staff, H. R. “Bob” Haldeman, was erased. It had been recorded during a meeting on June 20, 1972, three days after operatives connected to the White House broke into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee...