I came across this one years ago, but forgot to post it here.
I was reminded about it because we just learned that the U.S. ran a PSYOP against the Cuban regime that involved rap music:
The U.S. government financed a four-year effort to promote Cuba’s rap music scene as part of an effort to promote democracy on the communist-run island, federal officials confirmed on Thursday.
“It seemed like a good idea to support civil society,” said Matt Herrick, spokesman for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which financed the secretive program.
The four-year program which ended in 2012, was revealed by the Associated Press on Thursday, which described it as a largely unsuccessful, “covert” effort run by U.S. government contractors to undermine Cuba’s communist government.
He explained that the companies we work for had invested millions into the building of privately owned prisons and that our positions of influence in the music industry would actually impact the profitability of these investments. I remember many of us in the group immediately looking at each other in confusion. At the time, I didn’t know what a private prison was but I wasn’t the only one. Sure enough, someone asked what these prisons were and what any of this had to do with us. We were told that these prisons were built by privately owned companies who received funding from the government based on the number of inmates. The more inmates, the more money the government would pay these prisons. It was also made clear to us that since these prisons are privately owned, as they become publicly traded, we’d be able to buy shares.
Video of blurry photos…
While the pictures amount to a hill of beans, in my opinion, I doubt an old guy would make up something like this right before his death.
My guess is that he’s genuine, but that there is a COINTEL component at work here somewhere.
Via: Collective Evolution:
Not long before Boyd Bushman passed away on August 7, 2014, he agreed to be video recorded for a short documentary where he openly spoke about his personal experiences with Area 51, UFOs, aliens and anti-gravity ideas. (Video below)
Boyd Bushman was a retired Senior Scientist for Lockheed Martin. He had an impressive forty year career where he was awarded many patents while working with defense contractors Hughes Aircraft, General Dynamics, Texas Instruments and Lockheed Martin.
There is scientific evidence to suggest that life can continue after death, according to the largest ever medical study carried out on the subject.
A team based in the UK has spent the last four years seeking out cardiac arrest patients to analyse their experiences, and found that almost 40 per cent of survivors described having some form of “awareness” at a time when they were declared clinically dead.
Experts currently believe that the brain shuts down within 20 to 30 seconds of the heart stopping beating – and that it is not possible to be aware of anything at all once that has happened.
But scientists in the new study said they heard compelling evidence that patients experienced real events for up to three minutes after this had happened – and could recall them accurately once they had been resuscitated.
Wikipedia: Alternative 3:
Alternative 3 is a television programme, broadcast once only in the United Kingdom in 1977, and later broadcast in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, as a fictional hoax, an heir to Orson Welles’ radio production of The War of the Worlds. Purporting to be an investigation into the UK’s contemporary “brain drain”, Alternative 3 uncovered a plan to make the Moon and Mars habitable in the event of climate change and a terminal environmental catastrophe on Earth.
The programme was originally meant to be broadcast on April Fools Day, 1977. While its broadcast was delayed until June 20, the credits explicitly date the film to April 1. Alternative 3 ended with credits for the actors involved in the production and featured interviews with a fictitious American astronaut.
Via: World Net Daily:
Bill Clinton’s appearance earlier this month on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” – where he was asked about his interest in UFOs – has been subjected to body-language analysis by an investigator of paranormal claims, who says the former president exhibited signs of “significant apprehension, stress, and guarded behavior.”
Update: Definite Hoax
I’m more than 99% certain that this is just more of the usual fare on 4chan. EXIF GPS data can be easily manipulated. GeoSetter is a free program than can do it.
But there hasn’t been a Backchannel post in a long time…
I have been held hostage by unknown military personal after my flight was hijacked (blindfolded). I work for IBM and I have managed to hide my cellphone in my ass during the hijack. I have been separated from the rest of the passengers and I am in a cell. My name is Philip Wood. I think I have been drugged as well and cannot think clearly.
Related: Discussion on Reddit
Via: New York Daily News:
Once released from his brother’s grasp, the 9-year-old allegedly started head-butting his grandmother.
Campbell took his hand and started to pray when the boy walked backward up a wall and onto the ceiling. Once there he flipped and landed perfectly on his feet.
Washington’s DCS report is corroborated by Willie Lee Walker, a registered nurse, who was in the room with them.
“He walked up the wall, flipped over her [the grandmother] and stood there,” Walker told The Star. “There’s no way he could’ve done that.”
Washington, in her report to police, described the boy as “gliding.”
Via: South China Morning Post:
Another origins-of-life chemist, Steven Benner of the US-basedWestheimer Institute of Science and Technology has suggested that assembling RNA would have been very difficult on the ancient earth. Speaking at a conference in August, he presented results indicating that boron and molybdenum minerals can significantly help the process. But three billion years ago, the earth was too wet and the atmosphere had too little oxygen for these minerals to have been sufficiently common and in the right forms.
Instead, Benner suggested that Mars had the right chemistry, and life may have come to earth on a Martian meteorite. “The evidence seems to be building that we are actually all Martians; that life started on Mars and came to Earth on a rock,” he remarked.
Within days of Benner’s presentation, a paper was published that had reached similar conclusions regarding the “phosphate problem” – concerning the phosphorus compounds crucial for RNA, DNA and proteins. There would have been few such compounds in the water on early earth, but Martian phosphates were both more soluble and plentiful, making the “red planet” appear a better nursery for life.
Just possibly, fossil microbes have been found in meteorites from Mars. The most famous of these meteorites made world news in 1996, when Nasa scientist David McKay argued that tiny structures were fossils of life forms smaller than any known cellular life.
Meteorites from asteroids are another otherworldly source of ingredients for life. They can be rich in organic material such as amino acids, which may form as comets crash into moons or planets. After a meteor fell to earth over California in April last year, researchers at the University of Arizona gathered fragments for study. At first, they were disappointed to find few organic molecules. Then, they took insoluble material and baked it for six days in conditions akin to those around hydrothermal vents.
“And lo and behold, this meteorite left behind something we have never seen,” team leader Sandra Pizzarello told New Scientist. There were long molecular chains that can form scaffold-like structures. Rather than soapy bags, it might have been this scaffolding that trapped organic molecules which led to life.