There were always tense moments for me growing up when it came to sports.. I did not have much of an interest in any, as a matter of fact, throughout my grade school life, I attempted to join on the bandwagon and nod my head in agreement with other children’s swift sports ramblings. Sure, I figured, why not agree with the crowd I was in.. no one would ever ask me.. So I pretended to know players’ names. I even delighted in their analysis of games, ferociously saying “yes” and “I know!” when I had my chance to say something else..

The problem was, I always get caught not knowing anything..
The major problem for my often came with the Superbowl.

I never really knew who was ever playing in the game.. I had so little interest, but as a child I couldn’t wait for the ‘IN LIVING COLOR’ halftime show and the FOX brief comedies that would be played while the ‘big game’ showed off the latest pop culture phenom on the field singing..

It was rough.
I recall at one point I decided to just like whatever team my brother, a sports aficionado, liked. And that worked out for me. He liked, and now I do, the BOSTON RED SOX and the CELTICS. And I love the history of both teams as well.. I grew to appreciate baseball and basketball, and soccer too. And I always loved professional wrestling so that goes without saying..

However…to this day I may be one of the few Americans who really can’t say I like football much.

I have a few friends who coach it and understand the game to be a great diversion. But they get diverted from life just the same. The latest ‘deflate gate’ was ridiculous in all ways, but yet American news stations and major journalist outlets found themselves discussing balls ad naseum for the last two weeks.

Since my childhood of confusion over football, I now at least know teams and some players. And  I came to understand that football seems to be the big game that is thrust on Americans to take their eyes away from the important stuff.. Men act like men in bar rooms and living rooms during football season, we are told. We are told…

With all of that said, I still can’t say I like football.
I dislike NFL executives..
I think a lot of games were fixed and fans would never want to believe that..
I think players have an ego the size of Manhattan island and a bank account the size of all of the people on Manhattan island put together..
I think players are taken advantage of and the NFL really does not care much at all about head injuries..
And I think, more than anything, the affinity one has to a ‘team’ can get disturbing..

When Philadelphia Eagles player Michael Vick was convicted of dog fighting abuses, there were lots of people who still wanted him to play on the team. . but on the flipside, when a player is traded, the ‘home’ team abuses and verbally accosts them as they come onto the field in another team’s uniforms. Again, the Eagles are mentionable on this front as they so often have been said to be the worst of the worst when it comes to fans..

Grown people scream and cheer over their teams.. when someone’s team makes the ‘big game,’ all of that person’s co workers knows the person will be happy that ‘their team’ has made it. Equally when the team loses, that person will shudder himself into a dark room and quite literally often cry.. I knew someone who did that, a day of mourning was often taken after a dramatic loss during a game.

It’s quite silly..
And a showcase of how we can easily fall prey and jump onto the bandwagon of sports. I think it’s fine to like a game, like a team, but when it comes to a religious-type feeling over someone wearing a certain color of uniform, well then perhaps it’s time to check yourself before you wreck yourself..

And here we are again, the same game and new teams. Kind of.  Reporters are following suite, giving endless amounts of their less-than-precious cable news time to football coverage. Already, there is controversy about a Go Daddy Superbowl commercial–what year wouldn’t be complete without that, right? Oh and Katy Perry? She said she will roar on the field with sharks and lions and that the ‘wild’ halftime show will make jaws drop.. Perhaps deflation will not occur while Perry is on stage, but at that point half drunken men’s faces truly may hang near the floor if Perry decides to wear a revealing outfit. And it’s Katy Perry, so what the hell am I saying.. she will wear a revealing outfit and it will creepily involve placing balls in an important place on her body..

That’s the show.
It’s on the way..
The big game,
Just one more day..
The buildup..
The excitement..
The eagerness..
The enlightenment?

NO .. no enlightenment. Just watch the TEE VEE..
Commercials galore,
And Perry’s TEE TEES..
Wear your team’s colors,
And wait for the kick,
The world is on fire,
But..who did you pick?


There has been some recent doubt as to whether ART BELL would return, but a message posted to Facebook tonight seems to make it official: Art Bell will face George Noory.. However, Bell will debut his program on the DARK MATTER RADIO NETWORK for free..

Bell wrote,
Hi all here is a update,

Here is the way I see things: Starting in late July Dark Matter makes a return five nights a Week
from 9PM-12AM P.T. on DMRN. The Stream will be at a higher bit rate and FREE to all.

As I mentioned a Producer is needed and it looks like we have found a really good one, Paul will
also be able to assist.

I will be depending on all of YOU as well as my FB followers to spread the word far and wide on
Social Media. A blitz if you will, BUT not yet, it's still too early, but I will give you all the word, we don't
need magazine's and we sure do not need AM radio to spread the word, Social media has far more
power, I have seen what YOU can do.

We will start building the Studio in March or so and as I have mentioned I will absorb the cost
myself. This will be a labor of love because I do dearly love Talk Radio. There will only be enough content
from anything else to give myself a short break every hour, or put another way, almost no commercials.

There are other very exciting aspects of what this show will have, but again it is simply too early to give
away what is coming. Trust me it is exciting.

Art Bell

There does not seem to be any bit of doubt in his words..
He showcases excitement and especially emphasized the free streaming aspect ...

A developing story--and one that still appears to be evolving..

An official word of this has also been placed on ARTBELL.COM ..

While Bell may want people to wait to blitz social media, his message tonight will not stay hidden for long.. Twitter, BELLGAB, and other sites---including this one--have already been busy broadcasting the development..

BLACK MIRROR to get a United States adaptation..

....and with that, the helium was just let out of my balloon..

I am not a big fan of UNITED STATES versions of amazingly great shows.. There is something so fresh and deeply inventive, disturbing, and scary about the BLACK MIRROR shows I have seen..

There actually not been enough of them in my opinion.. and quite frankly each one could be a must see three hour film, in my opinion..

Here is the news, as reported in major trade publications tonight: BLACK MIRROR faces a US adaptation..

Paul Harris writes this in a VARIETY report:
A U.S. rendition of “Black Mirror,” the British sci-fi series that has been a buzzy hit for Netflix, is in the works, the new leaders of Endemol Shine North America said Wednesday at the Real Screen confab.

The keynote session at the Washington Hilton marked the first major public appearance by Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin since they were tapped co-CEOs and co-chairmen of Endemol Shine North America.

Corwin confirmed that “there is a plan” regarding a U.S. version of the “Twilight Zone”-esque series created by Charlie Brooker and produced by Annabel Jones for Endemol U.K. He declined to elaborate other than to say that Brooker and Jones “have really touched on something and I agree – we need more.”

There are other shows that may get some US versions.. You can find those more in that Harris report in VARIETY.. my focus was clearly and solely on BLACK MIRROR.

I have not done any official reviews of the programs for this website, but certainly should. There is something compelling and additive about each one of them, and when one program is over you're leave searching for more.. yearning for just another half hour, or longer..

BLACK MIRROR is heralded as the TWILIGHT ZONE of our age. I think that's accurate and I can't add more than the praise already showered by so many on this series..

I just don't trust any US version of it.. But certainly will give it a try to see how it holds up compared to the original series from Brit land..

In the mean time, NETFLIX if your best bet if you actually want to catch some episodes. Hold your nose for the first one, but be amazed by it as well.. and each one thereafter..



Vaccines and safety

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Cat claws out: George Lucas hits back at movie industry

Some say that George Lucas changed movies forever with his original STAR WARS films.
Others say that his incarnations in the early 2000s were some of the worst pieces of film crap every displayed on screen, besides Natalie Portman of course..

But George Lucas is hitting back, calling out his critics and even slamming people's pop cultural preferences..

Among the many quotables that you can find in the VARIETY article penned by Brent Lang, the HORROR REPORT picks its favorites:
 If you go into ‘Star Wars’ and see what’s going on there, there’s a lot more substance than circus


All art is technology. That’s the one thing that separates us from animals.


All of us in film school hated the establishment. It was the sixties.


Studio executives generally are not the most sophisticated people in the world…you do not want to be oppressed by people who are not as smart as you are and I’m dumb


But perhaps the one that will cut the deepest: Lucas scratches his head at pop culture:
I would never guess people would watch cats do stupid things all day long

George.. this one's for you:

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SHARP JAB: George Noory anti-Science? Art Bell thinks so

Art Bell, considering making a run at online broadcasting later this summer, launched a missile at his potential rival George Noory on Coast to Coast AM tonight on Facebook, further showing the bad blood that exists between the former and current host of the late night radio program.

Bell said this in a Facebook post,
I just got a Facebook message from a listener who was very concerned that George Noory is having Guest's on urging people not to get their children vaccinated! I am not a listener to Coast but if true it is beyond irresponsible

Bell continued,
I don't want to believe it's true but if so please look at the real science George, this is just plain dangerous.

The recent measles and flu scares have caused a vicious debate to surface in media and pop culture about the safety and importance of vaccines. Noory as host of Coast's newest incarnation has phased into a more government conspiracy program as opposed to paranormal version made famous by Bell. As a result, Noory has entertained numerous guests who have questioned the safety of vaccines and tied them to autism and other malfunctions of the brain. The most recent guest is the controversial Doctor Sherri Tenpenny. Tenpenny spoke to Noory concerning a burst of controversy about an anti-vaccination speech she had planned for Australia. Just today, it was announced that Tenpenny has canceled her land down under blunder..

But it's also not the first time the subject matter has been entertained on the program as proven by a search of past shows. While it is not clear which specific guest Bell may have been referring to, his point is clear: He is not in the camp that believes vaccines cause danger bad enough to refuse them. Without a doubt, Bell's would have also had have to been given many himself, traveling between the Philippines and the United States an untold number of times.

Readers of the HORROR REPORT will know, this is not the first war of words between Art Bell and George Noory--and will not be their last. Despite Noory's reference to Bell at the end of each one of his shows, Bell has repeatedly said he wants nothing to do with Premiere Radio Networks or Coast to Coast AM..  His brief stint on Sirius radio featured a number of verbal strikes on Coast. While the program did not last, his loyal fan base is still hoping for fourth of July fireworks with a return of Bell to Dark Matter Radio Network site created by Bell's longtime webmaster Keith Rowland. Recently, Bell dropped some hints that gave fans pause about a return, saying a big "IF" on the BELLGAB website on the ART BELL THREAD..

The comments on Facebook tonight were greeted mostly with agreements, however some naysayers on vaccines also spoke up to defend their position. The overarching theme however was disdain to what Bell fans perceive as Noory doing to Coast to Coast AM, changing and maligning the program's intent and now, if you agree with Bell's position, offering listeners very bad if not dangerous science.

Bell continued the dialogue in his Facebook post. At one point he address Noory's constant use of his name at the end of the nightly show, saying,
I have asked asked for a very long time that George NOT mention my name as I would rather not be connected to what Coast has become, thus far he has refused to stop for a reason I can not grasp.

Another commenter called Noory a slimeball. Bell responded to that,

Let's not call names, for me it is very simple, George Noory and myself have very different visions of what the show should be to the degree that I do not want my name associated with it. Obviously he will do what he thinks is right.

One comment was written by a woman believing that Bell was 'set up' in his Sirius program. Bell responded to that, as well:
Cindy, in fact I agree, however business is War and I lost that battle in part due to my own stupidity, a mistake I will not make twice.

One interesting aspect of tonight's thread is how much more involved Art Bell seemed to be in the conversation compared to posts past. Typically, Bell drops a line and it's liked and commented on by hundreds, but he is not heard from again. This go, however, seems to have peaked his interest. On one hand, Bell's love of science is evident. On the other, his dislike of any association with Coast is apparent.

As expected, there is reaction on BELLGAB that will most likely continue as the posting beat goes on. It's doubtful that Noory and company will issue or speak of any official response to Bell, but it will certainly be fascinating to see what type of attention vaccines get on future Coasts.


The darkness that comes with snow is colder than the winds that blow it

IMG_2480.JPGA view from my window tonight.. on a cold and snowy winter evening//


Our favorite Martian

If you believe that they put a man on Mars…

We have had squirrels and garbage cans, Obama’s face and more.. but now may be the biggest shocker for people staring closely at Mars rover images..

This picture seems to show a man repairing the probe on the red planet.. At least that is what some are wildly saying online..

Men on Mars?
Or a rover still on earth and faking out the entire population of the globe?

The picture was released by NASA—something strange to do if you would want to hide such an occurrence.

Shadows, Dear Watson, just shadows.
And really.. with the temperature, you really think EGON from GHOSTBUSTERS would survive without a helmet?

Slender is the fright

Before you begin to read this, yes I know: Slenderman was a meme created on a website thanks to a Creepypasta only a few years ago. I was  reminded of that today on Facebook, as well.

With that out of the way, let’s go straight to the news of the bizarre from the an area in the UK.. Cannock, Staffordshire is the location, you may recall, where a number of “black eyed children” were spotted in recent times.. Those paranormal entities supposedly knock on your window and door begging to let them in.. Of course, as the urban legend would have it, you’re damned should you do so..

In the newest news frenzy from the location, “Slenderman” is appearing to people–yes, that fictional character..

For days news, tabloid media outlets in the UK have reported on the Slenderman sightings in Cannock. Paranormal investigators may want to flock to the location again, purported by some to be one of the more haunted areas of the globe. If you believe in that sort of thing..

The UK version of the HUFFINGTON POST is publishing some first hand accounts from people claiming they have recently seen a tall figure roaming Cannock.  One report described the entity like this,
If I were to compare it to anything, I would say it looked like a stereotypical Victorian gentleman. Long black overcoat with a Homburg hat. Except, I know this was no flying human. I know that because it had blood red eyes that shone in the night sky. It also had a mouth full of teeth that seemed to look like razors

Another said this to the UK HUFFINGTON POST,
I saw a man floating over me. He was so close that I would have headbutted him if I moved an inch. I could see into his eyes. They were a fierce red colour that shook me to my very core. Although he didn’t speak, I knew what he was thinking. It was as though he was talking to me telepathically. He definitely wanted to hurt me, but there was something stopping him. It was almost like he was someone gaining power from scaring me though. Maybe something bad will happen when he gets strong enough? For what it’s worth, I’m not a nutcase, and I work for a local business of which you will be familiar. It just seemed the anger in his eyes grew stronger as I was feeling more scared

There are some things to note about this recent series of news articles streaming from the UK.,One important thing is this:  the tabloid UK MIRROR published what it portended to be a ‘photograph’ of the SLENDERMAN, which would make it the first in history.. You can see the photo here and discern appropriately: 

Christine Hamlett

I did, and I don’t think we are seeing anything except an trick of the eyes and oddity of a camera.. I know some may say this is proof of the tall slender man who roams Cannock, but I say the opposite. Quite frankly, the photo shows nothing..

There is something else to ponder..

While Slenderman a newly made name, history proves that the idea of the entity has been around for quite some time. Slender Man has appeared in folklore for centuries under different names – in Scotland the fiendish figure is known as Fear Dubh (The Dark Man), the Dutch dubbed him Takkenmann (Branch Man) and in Germany he is referred to as Der Grosse Man (Tall Man). Lots of nations and lots of cultural takes on the same creature..

At the end of the last century, the popular show BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER featured one episode titled HUSH. The show had haunting “Gentlemen”. I think these perhaps most accurately reflect the notion of what a slender being actually is.. slow moving and almost floating, tall and pale, and grinning like a knowing demon of another world..

Most of the articles that have been circulated about the rash of Slenderman sightings have also been deluged with comments mocking the authors, the websites, and the thoughts that a paranormal entity could even exist is inane.

But Tulpas? Urban legends? Scary monsters who haunt children–often the innocent youths tell the same tale without even knowing it .. Tall men. Hat man.. ghostly creatures staring in windows.. Tall and pale figures without faces.. Teeth that salivate as the victim of the haunt gets chilled to the bone.

There are people, sane and rational, who believe in these things. And there are lots of people who pooh pooh the notion of any other-worldly creatures..

Slenderman? Silly we are told by those who believe in Mohammed or Jesus.

Perhaps ‘slenderman’ is not the name.. But the entity’s pop cultural presence throughout history gives me pause before I simply say there’s no such way that Cannock residents are seeing the tall and slender figure of fright..



THE GREAT BUST OF 2015! The blizzard fizzle..

The storm, though large for some, failed to live up to the predictions some said..

The Weather Channel went wall-to-wall on coverage for the storm they called Juno.. other networks had their reporters out ready with yardsticks..but each time they did a live report, the snow was vacant and the streets were covered in a simple slushy mess..

Parts of Long Island had a long duration wind storm, and Boston seemed to be the hardest hit of the big cities when speaking of snow totals.. But 6000+ flights later, you sure wonder if the threat was big or if the hype simply took over ..

After all, forecasters have to pick now from dozens of computer models where as, in those ancient days of the 20th century, they’d get guidance from a model and forecast it themselves.

There was science then. Now there’s computer runs… The runs tell the tale correctly: There was a storm on a certain date. They can pinpoint patterns and systems.. but forecasters need to begin doing their jobs again and picking a model for guidance and coming up with their own story.. One forecaster even Tweeted an apology to policy makers in big cities over the forecast being so wrong.
While the major metropolitan areas–with people well-stocked with bread, milk, and liquor–were spared, the real blizzard will take place but not in the big cities.. Maine and Nova Scotia will be getting hit hard.. But will the media care? Will they report? Will they decide?

The bust was a gust,
But hype they must!
Fear gets ratings.
And empty store shelves..
Stock boys must be hating.

Art Bell address JULY 2015 potential show on BELLGAB

Art Bell has been under the radar of social media since his brief stint on Sirius XM radio ended abruptly. However, he has been active on Facbook over the past year and also has been posting messages on BELLGAB, a message board dedicated to Art Bell fans and talk about Coast to Coast AM. Last night, Bell went to that message board to deliver a statement to his legions of who congregate there on a daily basis. Bell said,
 Hi again,

 It's been a long time since I have posted. First I did not miss any shows for Sirius/XM save for one when the studio in New York went down, none missed for my back or the spider bite.

 Second, I do still have the Flu and have had a bad back since I was in my 20s, sometimes it is ok and at other times I can not walk. Only people with bad backs can possibly understand.

 Third, IF I decide to take a run a streaming it will be free while live as I have always said, this would be in July after my Non-Compete is over. It would also be at my own expense and require a considerable investment. It will also require a Producer which may be a problem because Paul may not be available, no Producer would mean no show.

 Fourth, I have zero regrets about having left Sirius/XM and were I faced today with the same situation now, would make the same decision. The ONLY thing I would have done is to not have signed a contract with them in the first place without understanding their streaming problems, it was represented to me that they had a viable National and International stream in place, that is on me.

 Fifth, If anything aside from my Health would hold me back it would be the people who as I have read on this board are already starting to say I will quit again, if I decide to give this a try at my age there is no guarantee my Health will hold out and if it does not it might be wiser to not begin as opposed to facing all the grief I would get if at some point I could not hold up.

 These are the things I am considering...

                                                                                                          Art Bell

We have covered ART BELL extensively, , including the Sirius XM radio situation when Bell shocked fans by suddenly ending his show after only eight weeks. At that time, he wanted Sirirus to permit free streaming on, something the company refused. A long drawn out and strange affair occurred and finally Bell pulled the plug on DARK MATTER.

More recently, Art Bell had an online battle with Keith Rowland, his webmaster, over DARK  MATTER NETWORK host Jimmy Church guest slotting on Coast to Coast AM. After was taken down, Bell and Rowland resumed their working friendly and the site returned. Along with it, promises of Art Bell returning to broadcasting with free streaming on the website in July of 2015.

However, the latest message provided on BELLGAB doesn't hold as much promise as the website guarantees that he will return. Bell seems to allude to the people of Bellgab--his fans--being a detriment to him returning.

But the criticism, anger, and pain of constantly having to say goodbye again to their favorite radio host is what BELLGAB is known for.. They brutally critique the current Coast to Coast AM on the famed "George Noory sucks" sub board.. Bell had even referred to the people of BELLGAB on his radio program on Sirius. Many of the people who celebrated his return slammed him with nasty memes once he left Sirius.

Reaction to Bell's newest post on BELLGAB was quick, as expected. One message quoted his "fifth" statement, and said this,
Understood. Just please, give us one more show. We'll complain no matter what you do.

Another added:

Don't commit to 5 nights a week. It's too much. Do 1 or 2, and jump on whenever you feel like during the week to do open lines or something.

And finally, the sentiment of many said this,
Art, come back. C2c sucks.

The saga continues, as it always does with Art Bell. The man of mystery and macabre, making decisions with speed and often times on his own terms.

All eyes on July. Fireworks on the 4th or Art Bell broadcasting about aliens, ghosts, and the strange under the stars? Time will tell.. as will a aging radio star's health and family life.


There are some very strange currencies in the world.. the Pope may be debating whether dogs go to heaven and what limits on the freedom of speech should exist when discussing religion, but there is something far more supernatural potentially happening..

I read a report in the CATHOLIC WORLD REPORT concerning whether a “future pope may be forced to flee Rome” ..

The story was written by William Kirkpatrick and discusses the arc of history–and the idea that we are being drawn back to a time when darker forces ruled half of the civilized world..

The perspective is obvious.. the source is a Catholic paper, so don’t expect anything to deviate from doctrine.. But Kirkpatrick wrote one thing that caused me pause:
“If Rome ever falls to Islam, the pope—whoever he may be at that time—may choose to remain in Rome and suffer the almost certain martyrdom that would follow. That is up to him and the Holy Spirit. However, in light of the escalating Islamization of Europe, it would seem prudent for Vatican officials to draw up some contingency plans.”    

There is one thing that chilled me with that statement..

St. Malachy, for those keeping score, may be predicting that Bergoglio, Francis, is the final pontiff.. Malachy prophetically said:
 “In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End..”  

And another: PIUS X fell into a bit of a trance in 1909.. he said this:
What I have seen was terrible… Will it be myself? Will it be my successor? What is certain is that the Pope will quit Rome, and in fleeing from the Vatican he will have to walk over the dead bodies of his priests. Do not tell anyone while I amalive.”

  This is why seeing articles about a Pope fleeing Rome is a bit chilling when considering the tidal wave of prophecy portending a final Pope among us..

Pope Francis is greeted during a meeting with Filipino families in Manila

Do rabbits breed like Catholics in heaven?

Paradise.. a place for all of God’s creatures? If that’s the case, what about dogs and cats as well?

The Pope has been saying some interesting things lately–like Catholics should not breed like rabbits and there should be limits to the freedom of speech and criticism of religion.. but something deeper is in question: In December he alluded to the notion that all of God’s creatures go to heaven.. the NEW YORK TIMES ran a good article by Mark Oppenheimer regarding the potential newfound animal love in the Vatican..

It is a longstanding theological question–one with no scientific answer since, quite frankly, there’s no proof of any afterlife or beforelife to begin with. But it certainly is interesting to contemplate.

The real question may not be whether Fido or Whiskers accompanies you on your journey into the afterlife, but if rabbits breed like Catholics in heaven..?

Just some news..

FILE PHOTO: Smoke is seen after an underwater volcano erupted in Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga March 18, 2009.(Reuters / Matangi Tonga)
The planet is amazing.. the planet is scary. This is the scene in the Pacific in Tonga… a volcano has been erupting for about a month.. And suddenly a new island has appeared. Tonga now has 177 islands. Update your maps accordingly..

Rising temperatures are causing Greenland meltwater lakes to drain at dramatic rate..
Scientists say that Greenland’s lakes are vanishing..

Dateline Yemen: Yemen’s president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has expressed readiness to accept demands for constitutional change and powersharing with Houthi rebels who took up positions outside his home after defeating his guards in two days of battle. This could start getting very dicey very quickly.. Even more, it was announced today that Boehner bringing BIBI to the House to address Congress. Obama said he didn’t know.. a surprise for The Commander in Chief after a raucous State of the Union..

Yemen’s sudden state of crisis poses a problem for the United States..

SAMSUNG has been in the hot seat over just how invasive their smart TVs are.. Now people are wondering just what the creepy friend in our living room is doing with our images and private conversations..

An amazing and breathtaking LARGE image of the universe released by NASA.. the biggest photos I have seen yet.

What do avoid during sex: The woman on top.. Scientists now say that it is the most dangerous sexual position known to humans, leading to the majority of penile fractures in men..

Disneyland employees now coming down with Measles..

Apparently, don’t VAPE em even if you got em.. New lab tests imply that e-cigs are more dangerous than their dangerous counterpart.. From the information being provided on the study, they are FILLED with cancer causing chemicals. Like a lot.. like more than real cigarettes..

Make sure when you read this, you’re standing.. A new study suggests something we have long suspected: Sitting can kill. And it’s deadly EVEN IF YOU EXERCISE.. Maybe it’s time to redesign classrooms and offices. Donald Rumsfeld may have given us killer chemicals but he sure knows how to live long: Stand while working. It may be time for lots of other people to consider changing their lifestyles to live longer to have one..

George Lucas
George Lucas sounds off: Disney didn’t use any of his ideas in new STAR WARS movie..
  But while some fans may seen this as a shot at Lucas, let’s get real.. the ‘newest’ STAR WARS movies were basically a triplet of trash, some of the worst films I have ever seen. Especially the PHANTOM MENACE.. should we really ponder why Disney didn’t use the ideas? Sure, a young George Lucas gave us Darth Vader. But the modern Lucas gave us Jar Jar Binks.. I think a new direction was quite appropriate when considering that..

A great question posed on HUFFINGTON POST: Do atheist movie goers get scared during supernatural horror movies? The answer provided by Robert Frost (not the poet): “So, atheists can certainly get a thrill from supernatural movies, but they do miss out on the scariness being prolonged after the theater lights come back on. That’s a thrill reserved to those that can believe in the possibility of ghosts and demons.”


Days ago we wrote about Sheila Kearns, the teacher on trial for showing a horror movie to her students..

This story has developed in full.. a decision was made by  a Franklin County Ohio jury.. they have convicted her of FOUR FELONIES and she will now face substantial prison time..
All for showing 14-18 year olds (who probably always saw it!) the cult horror film THE ABCS OF DEATH..

John Futty of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH reports it for the official record in a story filed for the paper.. Futty writes,

But the jurors were certain that she committed a crime by showing it to four more classes that same day.

The jury convicted Sheila Kearns yesterday of four counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and acquitted her of one count.

Common Pleas Judge Charles Schneider scheduled sentencing for March 4. The maximum penalty for each felony count is one year in prison and a $2,500 fine, but probation is the presumed penalty for the low-level felony.

A crime..
Think about this one more time..
A CRIME for showing a horror movie to students. Again, students who most likely already streamed the film a number of times on NETFLIX without parental guides stopping them or knowing of it..

Futty writes more,
Kearns spoke just three words outside the courtroom when asked for a reaction to the verdict.

“God is good,” she said.

Her attorney, Geoffrey Oglesby, said she will appeal.

Kearns, 58, of Miller Avenue on the South Side, had told investigators that she didn’t watch the movie in advance or while showing it during five Spanish classes at the high school on April 11, 2013.

But one student testified during Kearns’ trial that the teacher did watch portions of the movie. The student, who was 17 at the time, called the movie “disturbing” and said students “were going crazy” while watching it.

“Going crazy.” Most of us reading this have been in high school or still are. It’s not difficult to get a pack of hormone-laden teenagers to ‘go crazy’… it happens with merely anything during a long and boring day of supposed learning and education.

While I would agree that by the 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th time she saw the scenes she was showing to the classes, she would have realized by that point just what kind of a movie it was..

But as I wrote previously on this matter, I am alarmed that this is considered a crime and not just a disciplinary issue. First off.. the movie has been released, and has it has been watched countless times by all age groups on Netflix.. There are websites, Tumblrs, and Facebook pages dedicated to talking about it–many times children perhaps too young are doing it. I would be surprised if most of the children that day in school weren’t watching the movie for their second time or more..

Futty wrote this as well,
Tim League, one of the producers of The ABCs of Death, talked about the movie last night from his home in Austin, Texas. He said that when he first heard about the trial, he thought it was a “joke story” because he couldn’t believe the movie would be shown to a high-school class.

“I agree with the prevailing sentiment that this is absolutely inappropriate for a substitute teacher to show anyone under the age of 17,” League said. “It’s not a movie for children.”

A joke it is not.
A teacher has lost her freedom.. will face jail time and substantially high fines.
But she will appeal.

The ABCs of getting fired.
And the ABCs of making something ‘off limits’ even more pervasive.. the kids who didn’t get the chance to ‘go crazy’ that day by watching the film have undoubtedly seen it be now..


A German reporter is making global waves with reports of information that mass genocide is being planned by the group..

The reporter’s name is Jurgen Todenhofer.. Al Jazeera interviewed him about his experiences doing embed reporting with ISIS..

Among the points that amazed me: How it all began. Todenhofer wrote to all of the Jihadists that he could find on Facebook..eventually his social networking prowling worked. He told Al Jazeera during the interview that he got a response from someone who told him that someone from the ‘media department’ of ISIL would be in touch with him.. Todenhofer said, “Maybe this was their way to open a door to the West, or to show that they took the first step, because killing journalists is not a very intelligent strategy.”

Todenhofer was made aware that they knew he had met with Syria’s Assad.. they even said they were not concerned with his opinions, but wanted to showcase their story to the West..

Todenhofer said,
Everything was uncomfortable. Sometimes there was no food or water, like on the last day when we had nothing to eat. It was very simple because they chose houses where nobody thinks they are or may be. They have to hide because there are American bombs out there.

One of the most difficult situations was in Mosul when a drone identified some who were with us, and the bomb came down. 

The thorny issues of meeting and greeting ISIS only grew from that point..
A few days before we were to cross, there was some shooting and at the end, close to the border, you have to run about 1,000m to cross the border with all your bags and equipment in order to get to safety. Running 1,000m is very far when you’re running for your life and there are gun towers with armed men inside.

And more:
These were very difficult discussions, especially when they were talking about the number of people who they are willing to kill. They were talking about hundreds of millions. They were enthusiastic about it, and I just cannot understand that

And that may be the highlight for the West–and world–to see.
The perplexing thoughts of wondering why a group of human beings wanted to murder hundreds of millions of other human beings–so long after the 20th century of brutality is over, and we are still talking about the same types of issues. Mass rapings.. mass killings.. mass beheadings.. mass murders..

Todenhofer offered food for thought during his Al Jazeera interview.. when probed about what information he could pass on to the rest of the world after his encounter with ISIS, he responded with a chilling series of thoughts:
I had three strong impressions of ISIL. The first one was that ISIL is much stronger than we think. They have conquered an area which is bigger than Great Britain. Every day, hundreds of new enthusiastic fighters are arriving. There is an incredible enthusiasm that I have never seen in any other war zones that I have been to.

Secondly, the brutality of their intended religious cleansing is on another level. And thirdly, I think the strategy of the western countries regarding the Muslim world is completely wrong. With our bombardment, we have never been successful. We have not been successful in Afghanistan; we have not been successful in Iraq. The bombardments are a terror-breeding program. We had much fewer terrorists before 2001 and these bombardments, which killed hundreds of thousands of people have created terrorists and increased terrorism.

He is correct. The amount of territory that the group has conquered is large, even after President Obama had tried to downplay their early successes, achievements obviously from ISIS could not by undone by the bombardment of air strikes led by the United States. ISIS has set up a governmental system.. they run roadways and sewer systems. As mentioned early, they have a media department.. They are beginning to phase in their brand of Sharia law in each and ever crevice of the Middle East they take over..

And with that takeover comes global implications.. With each and every airstrike from the West, another potential band of terrorists is created.

The 9/11 generation has matured. They are now ages 18 through 25 and they are joining ISIS–sometimes, perhaps, for their own safety..

The world is changing by the moment–and hundreds of fighters are adding to that change, joining with ISIS for a new rebellion against the West. If they win, it will be filled with the bodies of lifeless corpses along the way, millions of them..

And with their race to hundreds of millions of deaths, they are also busy using technology to their highest caliber..  The UK INDEPENDENT is among the media outlets reporting this today: ISIS is going to launch its own 24 hours news network.. Author Adam Withnall writes,

The Isis militant group is reportedly launching its own online TV channel, featuring a series from the British hostage John Cantlie and a weekly programme called “Time to Recruit”.

Social media accounts linked to the group have begun sharing a so-called “teaser” video, which claimed the channel would broadcast 24 hours a day and be named “The Islamic Caliphate Broadcast”.

There are photographs being seen as well on Ben Swann’s website .. those photos show the brutal nature of the law being imposed by ISIS. One image taken for the record of time: An accused homosexual man being thrown to his death from a tall balcony. He is blindfolded and alive. Before death, he is falling towards a ground already littered with corpses. A large group of people seem to be gathered to watch the murder take place.

Image from VICE.

This is the world we now live in.

The mad hat man's hatting

Last night, paranormal author Heidi Hollis appeared as a guest on Coast to Coast AM, hosted by George Knapp.

Hollis has written a number of books concerning shadow people and other supposed paranormal entities, but lately it seems her attention has been focused on the ‘Hat Man,’ a rumored supernatural being known for his hat and often times dark red eyes starting at people through windows..

Hollis used her guest appearance to relate a number of stories she has acquired from people about the hat man, often littering her stories with giggles and a light hearted spirit.. but she does not want her laughter to be mistaken for disrespect of the creature who pervades the night, according to eyewitness accounts.

Hollis says that the ‘hat man’ is showing up throughout the world–according to Hollis, she even had a letter about the hat man dating back far in history ..

According to Hollis, people who sense a presence of the hat man also have an overwhelming feeling of dread during their encounters..

This website wrote about the ‘hat man’ previously.  My own family member has told me about a series of encounters with a strange man with a hat in the back seat of her car. It happens when she is alone, and the entity seems to look at her with a knowing stare. I have no reason to think my family member is a loon or crazed, and there’s no reason to assume that the story is untrue..

On another occasion several years ago, another family member was watching my son while I was at work. During her time, she said she saw a ‘hat man’ type being in a mirror looking back out at her.. She said he vanished once she took a longer look at him.. she is a professional person, and again there is no reason to discount her story..

A few years ago, I detailed a co-worker’s story about a creature her daughter saw outside of her bedroom window, what appeared to be a hag-like woman quietly tapping and whispering “1, 2, 3.” I called it the 1-2-3 Lady at that time.. I am beginning to wonder if this could also have been a hat man story, perhaps a 5-year-old’s perception of it as a woman was simply incorrect..

I received a comment on Facebook from a reader concerning the hat man and last night’s COAST TO COAST AM:
I thought the show was good, but it gave me the creeps at times – only because I have seen the “Hat Man” myself. Even though it was a few years ago, I still can’t talk about it without getting spooked. In fact, my daughter and I saw him at the same time. It’s one of those things you just don’t forget. 

There are a number of people of reputable position in life, complete sanity of the mind, and critical and doubtful of paranormal encounters.. And what convinces me, more than anything, is when those people are the ones who come forward to speak of the ‘hat man,’ or the black eyed children and the men in black. It has become a cliched statement, but I will regurgitate it nonetheless: The paranormal is fake and fraudulent.. until it happens to you. When an explained moment takes place, or premonition comes true.. or dream becomes real.. or Hat Man appears in your rearview mirror.. that is the moment when the paranormal becomes real. And that may be the scariest thing in life..

The mad Hat Man

The family member of mine, someone who I will remain nameless, told me of a story that has been happening..

Over the past several months as she was driving her car alone, a man appeared in her rear view mirror.. she said each time the man was in the passenger seat, when she looked closer and took more than a passing glance, he vanished from sight..

She tells me she has become used to it, that she is aware of him and he seemingly is aware of her.. She even tries to pretend she does not see him only to attempt to keep the entire thing lasting longer.. in a hope she will figure out just who the figure may be.

Of course, she feels this foray to the netherworld was a bit alarming.

The interesting thing she relayed to me, and the part that she couldn’t truly understand was as follows: When she first glanced at the man, or figure, she said that she recalled have a 100% recognition of who he was. As a matter fact, she said she thought to herself “hey what are you doing here”.. When she looked away and then re-locked her eyes back on the empty space the entity sat in milliseconds earlier, she had absolutely no recollection as to who he was or how she may have known him for that short instance.

She knew that she knew him, but only for the brief fleeting moment in time, and the memory of whoever he was with quickly gone again .. as far as he was.

There are a number of different theories in the paranormal world as to why someone or something would appear in your backseat as you are driving. Some believe that there is a message a spirit guide is attempting to get to you, others foresee such an occasion as a harbinger of some dreaded doom coming your way. And the best time to reach you is when you are alone in the car with your attention being divided between workings of your vehicle and throw it around, it is claimed ..

That being said, at least for my family member who experienced this is our set of paranormal circumstances, she’s rather dismiss the entire incident from thought. She did the first time. And then the second time it became harder..

I believe wholeheartedly in what she told me, . For me, I was able to judge the truthfulness of her story from the emphatic nature in her voice s she relayed it.. Even more, and the part that scared her the most, she has lost her ability to logically think through why this person in the mirror was there and what is haunting presence means for her.

The reason I am even typing up these occurrences for the general NIGHT TERROR NEWS readership is because I saw that tonight’s COAST TO COAST AM–thankfully tonight hosted by George Knapp instead of Noory--will feature Heidi Hollis as a guest to discuss the ‘hat man’ and the strange paranormal theory that a supernatural being is peering into people’s homes, cribs, and cars.. could my family member be seeing the same being? Someone peering, in her case, into her soul?

Of course, for that to make any sense, you may have to suspend your logic for a bit..
But in talking to the person in my family, she has lost no logic but yet has found herself suddenly venturing down a path of paranormal oddity and high strangeness..

The perils paranoid fatherhood

My wife is in St. Maarten for the week—my son and dog are both stuck with me alone for the week.. The strict regiment of 9pm nbedtime failed last night already.. I envision the day care start times as being late each day too if the pattern, already set in motion, continues..

Without delving too deep into my personal issues here, this has been a rough bit for me .. Eight crazy nights’ worth of being the loner dad—that doesn’t sound right does it?—and knowing that, while I peer out of my dirty coal-covered windows at a lazy winter gray sky my wife will be suffering through sunny days with 80 degree temperatures..

Nonetheless, these are the plights and perils of only one parent going on a vacation while the other does not.

However, in my strange mindset, my wife set me the photo you see with this post of the view from her airplane wing as she flew south.. My first thought was how much it resembled the scene from the Shatner TWILIGHT ZONE.. Really..

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Maybe this is my other paranoia setting in—the fear of flying that was deeply ingrained in my non-traveling parents at an early age.

People of the coal region inflict that on others.. My wife, who was from Philadelphia, never had to worry about the sheltered mountain mentality of being fearful of change and discovering new things.. I suppose now 30+ years into that fear, it’s still so hard to overcome that I see visions of monsters on airplane wings..

My son has already announced that he listens to ‘mommy when she counts to three,’ but went on to remind me ‘but I am not going to listen to you when you do it!’ And then he belted out an evil laugh..

7 more days..
One week.
Either from parental hell or from angelic heaven.

Time will tell. As will moods—and God forbid some wretched snowstorm piles up this week, forcing us to maintain sanity in four walls.

While in St. Maarten? 85. Sunny. What else is new..


The bizarre ESP experiments conducted on aboriginal children without parental consent »

This Washington POST story penned by Abby Phillip is a must read.. The aboriginal children in Canada were subjected to so much misery and torture—kids as young as three being separated from their families and taken into a cruel life of bondage a wards of the state..

But the latest news we see here is a little more on the odd side.. Phillip reports,
A recently uncovered experiment reveals the depths of the access given to so-called researchers seeking to find evidence that aboriginal children, by dint of their race, had extrasensory perception, also known as ESP, or a “sixth sense.”

Fifty children at the Indian Residential School in Brandon, Manitoba, became the subjects of a series of tests that sought to establish a new measure for identifying ESP and also to find evidence of supernatural abilities of “primitive” people.

In the end, there does not appear to be any harm suffered by the children—except unless you consider that they happily and willing participated in them surveys because they’d get candy as a reward, candy for their starving stomachs..

But the study also offered nothing worthwhile—the results of the ESP was no better than just the chance guesses kids can make..

While this specific study took place in 1940, I think a bigger question is what else occurred that we do not know..

And lest we forget, these schools—run  by churches but funded by the government—had more than 150,000 total kids in throughout time and were closed in 1996.That’s in most of our lifetimes—1996 was not ancient history..

Phillip goes on to report,
“The mortality rates of these schools were vastly higher than the rest of Canada,” Mosby said. “This comes back to the dehumanizing elements of residential schools in Canada. The entire purpose of them was to destroy indigenous ways of life.”

Linklater, who unearthed the study, forwarded it to Mosby because the researcher had previously examined other experiments conducted on aboriginal children during that time period.

“There’s no parental consent, there’s no research studies that would have been ethical by our standards today, and these kids were exploited,” Linklater told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. “I don’t mean to say this to inspire white guilt, I’m using this as a tool for change.”

In 2008, Canada said sorry..
As rightfully so.

I think as time goes on and those who suffered—children of course, as always—we will learn even more about the tests far worse than this ESP bizarreity.  Much darker things most likely occurred..

PLANET X after all?

Conspiracy theories have raged ever since the early 80s when newspaper accounts said that a planet X celestial body exists somewhere beyond Earth.. In more recent times, NASA has feverishly worked to downplay any such entity.

Tonight, though, researchers are giving new life to the age old rumors.. Planet X may exist, and as NBC news reports, Planet Y may as well..

This from NBC:

At least two planets larger than Earth likely lurk in the dark depths of space far beyond Pluto, just waiting to be discovered, a new analysis of the orbits of “extreme trans-Neptunian objects” (ETNOs) suggests.

Researchers studied 13 ETNOs — frigid bodies such as the dwarf planet Sedna that cruise around the sun at great distances in elliptical paths. [Meet Our Solar System’s Dwarf Planets]

It’s interesting to note that just under one year ago, NASA announced lots of new planets–but they made sure to say there was no Planet X in the mix..

The newest news of a potential massive planet beyond Pluto is a game changer–or at least a potential if it should prove to be true..

If the Craton is moving, is the sky falling?

Connecticut officials coordinate earthquake preparation »

The situation is confusing and challenging—a place that has not shaken in centuries is constantly now moving..

Of course nothing large enough to be earth shattering or teeth chattering has happened at this point, officials must be anxious.. Residents who have homes not built to withstand large shakes must be equally upset about the daily earthquakes that are occurring.

Safe places are now being thought up.. disaster plans.. family meet up points, and ways to get in touch with loved ones should something bigger even occur.

Scientists are still attempting to state exactly why is happening and why.. It has been challenging . The New York TIMES reports it this way :

Connecticut sat in the middle of this massive body of land. Then, about 200 million years after Pangea was formed, it began pulling apart. As the world began to take the shape, tectonic plates were colliding and breaking apart with tremendous force, creating huge faults. One of those faults — extending from near New Haven north to Keene, N.H. — helped create the Connecticut Valley. Although that fault has been inactive for 140 million years, residual stresses still exist and can set off earthquakes.

Since 1980, there have been swarms of several hundreds of earthquakes in and around Moodus, and scientists believe the Indian name was the result of the small tremors that would shake the lands.

But those quakes were mostly only detectable by machines. Not so the most recent swarm.

Dino Chrisovechotis said that he lived through earthquakes as a child in Greece but that his neighbors could use some basic information.

“Nobody here knows anything about earthquakes,” said Mr. Chrisovechotis, standing in Gus’s Pub & Pizzarama in Plainfield, the restaurant of which he is a co-owner. “It’s crazy.”

Just yesterday, a larger earthquake struck on the NE edge of the craton in Canada..

THE ABCS of being fired

Read all about it: News from Columbus Ohio..a substitute teacher is up on felonycharges for showing the horror movie THE ABCS OF DEATH to her class!

The COLUMBUS DISPATCH has the full story on Sheila Kearns..

kearns-sheilaThe defense attorney for Kearns argued that she had her back to the screen for the film and did not see the graphic sex or murder scenes.. Of course when you learn that she showed the film five times in one day, and knowingly tried fast forwarding it when a principal walked in (only to pause it on a breast scene) you have to wonder if she really had her back to the screen so much so that she didn’t know the type of film she was providing to the young adults…

The JURY in the case is going to be made to watch THE ABCS OF DEATH–anyone who has been aware of this film knows what the jury is going to see..

I have written about the ABCs before.. It’s not my type of horror flick to watch for fun..  I have some major problems with those who count it as entertainment, but it’s certainly their right to do so. Even more, since this is America, perhaps being fired may be the best result in this case.. even being kicked off the rosters in the entire state may be fine, too. But criminal charges?

Prison time?

All for a horror movie that, chances are, was already seen by half of the kids in the high school class rooms where it was being shown? I think that goes well beyond too far..

But even horror movie fans seem divided on whether her punishment equals her crime..

Read the comments section on this BLOODY DISGUSTING article to get a full flavor of the sentiment among people who love horror but are still divided on whether she should do prison time..

SHAKING. RATTLING. ROLLING. Linda Moulton Howe is thankfully on the case of why the entire country seems to be booming and shaking

More shaking being reported in Rhode Island.. And Connecticut gets its 9TH EARTHQUAKE in just days.. It still feels to me like an inactive fault line has come alive to provide a new generation lots of shaking in a place not equipped to handle it. If a number of fault lines along the East Coast spring to life, buildings have not been made to withstand constant trembles..

Why do we talk?

My nearly 4-year-old has an amazing way of staying away, whether it is by asking for endless bed stories or asking for drinks of water, there's always a creative flow when the lights go off..

Last night, his attempts to stay away were a bit different. He asked logical questions that, I can tell, were really on his mind.. He wondered to me, "why do I talk?" And then "how do I talk?"   I tried to explain in a somewhat scientific approach--looking at the clock and realizing that it's long overdue for sleep to take hold of him, I shortened things up a bit and said "God made you be able to talk."   Then he asked, "but where is God?"  Of course, 'heaven'.. And then "But where's heaven, I can't see it?"

I just said "up there" and sternly said it's bedtime..

As I sat there watching him journey into twilight and dreamland, these questions became my fated destiny that would keep me awake long past my bedtime as well..

Sure, why do we talk? The five senses.. all of those easy scientific methods can explain away the normal intricacies of the human body. So we know how we talk.. evolution.. sounds we make as infants and the learned behavior of voice and recognition of words.. It makes sense ..

Or does it.

Why do we talk?

The first thing I thought of was a horror movie I saw last year called PONTYPOOL. The premise of that film was a radio show host who was narrating a crazy development; Zombies. And those zombies were being created by people who lost their ability to understand words--saying the words so many times the words lost meaning...

Ever do that?
Ever something so much that it begins to not make any sense anymore?

But why does it make sense to begin with?

We talk, in a way I suppose, because we need to communicate.  We need to share and tell others our fears, thoughts, suggestions, and hints.  Early man needed to alert fellow community dwellers of the threats posed by animals, cliffs, or rocks along the path to the stream where fresh drinking water would be found.. And then if someone died from eating the plant that looked good but was poison, we needed to tell others. I just still can't understand why someone would have eaten an onion, unless it was on a dare.

So communication and sharing information is the prime reason for talking, right?

But that still, for me, does not answer the question my toddler son posed to me before sleeping: Why, in fact, are we beings who talk?

I have two autistic children in my family--so many people can say the same thing these days, can't they? In their world, talking is not nearly as important as it is for others.. As a matter of fact, they are both over a decade in age and their vocabulary is not nearly on par with others' abilities. But they have their own skills that no others can have--they perceive. They are able to move beyond the tactile and break out of their limits.. They are further along the autism scale than others, so I don't know how good or furthered their speech will get in life. But for now, they are smart as can be, sharp as nails, and able to express themselves in a far deeper way than children who talk.  The one thing I am amazed with more than anything: For their age, and inability to use words like others, they don't lie. They can't lie. They show their emotions immediately and wear them like proud banners on their sleeves. Happiness, anger, sadness, or fear.. For children who can talk fine and talk a lot, lies many times flow from their lips like hot lava from volcanoes..

But still, none of this answers the question: "Why do we talk?"

Others have asked this question as well. Since the moment prior to sleep last night,. I have been Googling and even BINGING all I could concerning the question.. I found out that Noam Chompsky believes it to be an innate human trait: Talking..  Lots of people also wonder why we talk in our sleep.. Also there are reasons we talk, the scientific explanations as to how our vocal cords evolved through time to allow the better movement of air and noise.. A 2010 NPR article explains,
"Speech, by the way, is the most complex motor activity that any person acquires — except [for] maybe violinists or acrobats. It takes about 10 years for children to get to the adult levels," says Dr. Philip Lieberman, a professor of cognitive and linguistic science at Brown University who has studied the evolution of speech for more than five decades.

Lieberman says that, looking back at human evolution, it's evident that after humans diverged from an early ape ancestor, the shape of the vocal tract changed. Over 100,000 years ago, the human mouth started getting smaller and protruding less. We developed a more flexible tongue that could be controlled more precisely, and a longer neck.

The reason the neck started getting longer, Lieberman says, is that the tongue moved down, pulling the larynx lower, requiring more room for it all in the neck. "The first time we see human skulls — fossils — that have everything in place is about 50,000 years ago where the neck is long enough, the mouth is short enough, that they could have had a vocal tract like us," he says.

That's fine and understandable.
But why...?

Isn't it amazing that children learn how to talk so early in life? How they pick up on the words being used around them and somehow figure out the meanings of those words?  Yet there's so little achieved in the scientific world that explains the real reasons this occurs.. This video portrays a unique experiment.. the Speech Home project.. It was a dad who performed a language observation experiment, with every second of the man's son's life from the moment of birth to three years old to showcase how language happens..


The video shows something also interesting.. as the boy learned words, the parents dumbed down their own speech.. using simpler words. As the child learned more, the parents began to increase their vocabulary again, thus introducing the child to newer forms of words and phrases. And all of this happened naturally without purposely intent. It was innate.. and Chomsky said.

5000 words by the time a child is 5..
Think about that?

We know how we talk. We are beginning to understand why we talk..

But I still don't know how to explain that to a child.. because in the end, even I cannot comprehend the magnitude of the incredible human trait: Speech.

A year of what?

The HORROR REPORT, in boredom, asked a question days ago on this website: What will 2015 be? The choices in the polls were 1) change  2) horror, 3) old century murderous dictatorial rampages, 4) amazing technological advancements..

Of course some may argue those choices are a little limiting, they were quite frankly just put together in a last minute poll making list.

The opinions, however, were amazing. Among the emails and messages the HORROR REPORT received, the best are listed here:
"Actually probably all.
We just better hope we survive the next two years.."

I am with you on that.. Sometimes I just hope we survive the next two months..
Can we have a year WITOUT politics?

I agree with that sentiment.. I wish more of us would.
One bit of positive thought was given with this line, 

2015 will show better than 2014 economically and national standards of living.

That is something we can all hope for.. but what we probably don't hope for is the next thought:
More hurricanes, forest fires, lootings and burnings, earthquakes, fracking, government shutdowns, presidental maneuvering, young white girls set on fire, crappy movies, crappy music, new gadgets to replace your new gadgets, and about 10 celebrity marriages nobody really gives a sh*t about.

That short sarcastic line does sum up what the media fed us for the past 13 months..

And perhaps the best of all:
Change. Horror. Amazing technological advancements. Old century murders. Dictatorial rampages. Blah, blah, blah.

Blah blah blah indeed..

The winner, by the way, was 'change.'


The Sunday morning sidewalk

Hot coffee.. a cold morning.
And a Sunday morning sidewalk filled with news, events, and the turbulence of humanity.. All FTPed and posted for your enjoyment in the comfort of your misery.. Welcome to Sunday. The day of the sun.

Some food for thought.. why does it seem like fracking related earthquakes are so out of control right now? Dutchsince has an answer..

Hayat Boumeddiene and  Amedy Coulibaly
One of the gunmen who shot up the CHARLIE HEBDO building is released, after death, in an online video proclaiming allegiance to the Islamic State..

Attack on German newspaper that published CHARLIE HEBDO cartoons..

Latest:  France terror suspect Hayat Boumeddiene ‘in Syria’

Big crowd--and lots of security--expected in Paris for 'day of unity'..

Ron Paul declares: We live in a police state.

Senior citizens flock to Facebook!

The Pope lets out the nipples!! Francis allows breastfeeding to take place in Sistine Chapel..

NASA releases posters depicting earth-like worlds..

MORON PARENTS arrested after posting Facebook video of their TODDLER putting a gun in his mouth!

Kevin Hart, right, films Melissa McCarthy as she accepts the award for favorite comedic movie actress at the People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Rumors: Melissa McCarthy close to signing on to GHOSTBUSTERS 3..

A listing of the major movies in 2015 to look forward to.. Among those titles, blasts from the past like STAR WARS and JURASSIC PARK..MAD MAX and TERMINATOR.. It may be a big year for cinema.. And some other films I am looking forward to: M Night Shyamalan's THE VISIT, the POLTERGEIST remake, and Stephen King's CELL movie..AINT IT COOL has the epic list of the other amazing movies being released in '15..

Some horror movies almost had different names. It would have been interesting to see how well they would have fared at box offices or in later video shelf life if they would not have been released with the titles we have so affectionately come to know them as..

Fear and social networking in Paris



CNN IS REPORTING: French law enforcement officers have been told to erase their social media presence and to carry their weapons at all times because terror sleeper cells have been activated over the last 24 hours in the country, a French police source who attended a briefing Saturday told CNN terror analyst Samuel Laurent…

One of the Paris attack terrorists met with Sarkozy in 2009..



Saturday morning cartoons


Bizarre coverage on CNN of the Paris terror attack leads to this: Anderson Cooper has to correct colleague Chris Cuomo after Cuomo describes one of the terrorists as “AFRICAN AMERICAN”!

For the first time since World War I, a Synagogue is closed on Shabbat in Paris..

A screen grab from a video released by Boko Haram, showing its leader Abubakar Shekau delivering a speech - 31 October 2014
Update on the Boko Haram extermination: A town has been hit..
 And hit hard.. as reported yesterday, some say hundreds are dead but other experts are standing by their number of 2,000 dead. Can you just contemplate that for a second? In our modern world–the 21st century–we are still seeing murderous maniacs kills .. and their success rate is getting better by the murder.. Amnesty International is calling this the deadliest in Haram’s history..

News from Venezuela .. shoppers throng grocery stores under the protection of the military..
note the news media reports “under the protection” of the military. That connotes a good feeling, doesn’t it? That the military is allowing people to safely get food.. But consider the real truth: There are massive food shortages that has forced the government to actually put food distribution UNDER THE CONTROL of the military, assuring that people will only receive the small rations the military deems is necessary.. there are long lines in many places, and people still cannot get the basic goods they need to live.  And why the food shortages?  Collapsing oil prices and 60+ percent inflation rates.

Anonymous now declares war no terrorist websites. 

The not so good news about the Friday jobs report: Private sector good. Government jobs? Bad.. Government employment is down and may go further down–the recession is hitting the public sector much later than everyone else.

The next thing to fear: Chaos predicted as we add another second to the clock in the summer.. But hey, at least it won’t be cold and snowy when all technology and power system fail, right?

John Jonchuck Jr. is shown in his booking photo after

Father if six sacrifices child to ‘gain magical powers’..

Consider this: DRONE parenting on the rise.. Move over baby monitors.. drones are coming in for the landing on your baby’s crib. And while some may fear such change and, as so often said, claim it will be a ‘mark of the beast,’ I say good! technology that can keep tabs on a baby’s heart and pulse while they rest and you can comfortably count no a drone to keep tabs..? that’s not bad. And not for one second do I believe that it will eliminate any human emotion or interaction with a child, it will only compliment those nervous parents (like me) who constantly want to make sure their child is okay. Three cheers for technology. There will be so many good things that come with it. Oh, and the mark of the beast, as well..

More good technology: Light bulbs that will help your house catch thieves..

The time bomb waiting to go off? Ground sinking below Iceland volcano by up to a foot a day!

Earthquakes are increasing in North America.. As are weird booms and blasts. In Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Ohio, and Oklahoma.. These weird rumbles have occurred in various places for years. But suddenly they are all seemingly happening in a number of states at the same time–incidentally, the booms are coming all from states that allow underground fracking..

A Bill Murray movie that went unseen for 30 years just got a showing in the night owl hours on TURNER CLASSIC MOVIE..
 It is called NOTHING LASTS FOREVER .. AND YES, it even included “Larry Bud Melman” of 1980s David Letterman fame..

AOL/TIME WARNER deal 15 years later. It is still considered the worst deal of the century..

Let's leave earth and let the robots have it

Standoffs and terror.. hate and greed. The world seems surrounded in a shroud of darkness. I so often try to stay positive, look at the brighter side of life and see the forest from the trees.. but the forest these days seems extra dim and those once tall standing trees appear to have a slight bend to them, like they have slouched down in a form of eternal earthly sadness of the crimes against humanity humans so often commit..

While these may be the best and times and the worst of times, one thing is apparent in my somewhat academic mind: We are divided and hateful. Maybe not more than times gone by, but certainly the strains of modern society are showing..

Muslims vs Christian.. Black vs white.. gay vs straight. Republicans vs Democrats.. All the groups we are put into by corporate giants who claim to give us the news on a daily basis.. And all too often, we happily place ourselves into those categories and categorically ignore the prejudices and divisions that group assimilation can often create..
There's moments, such as these week, when terrorism and murder rear their heads.. Ugly heads indeed. The school shooting in Pakistan is a recent example as well.. In 2015, the world has changed after terrorist gunmen opened fire on innocent cartoonists who expressed their freedom of speech.

And now come the new years fears.. the warnings of more terror, the descending array of hate and horror that comes with funerals and tributes.. There are few rays of goodness shining from today's host of headlines..

And that is precisely why it's time to gear up, get ready, and create a future off this planet..

To begin an argument to leave earth, let me first explain a bit of the premise behind why I say it to begin with. The planet earth is in some trouble. . all experts in various disciplines can tell you that water shortages, food wars, and climate change will impact humanity some time soon--and some time now. And even on these issues, we have become divided. We argue whether humans cause climate change, but ignore the fact that it really does not matter anymore.. Even if 'global warming' is a fraud, global cooling may not be. Tour through history.. we are living in a perfectly tranquil time on this planet in comparison to other ages. Tranquil times have occurred before, too.. and they do not last forever. Sudden earth changes can take place without warning with volcanic activity or even Yellowstone eruptions. The New Madrid fault can shake.. Japan can quake--lest we forget the big 2011 earthquake and tsunami were said to have actually made earth wobble. Isn't it interesting that this summer we have to add a second of time onto our clocks. Perhaps the earth did in fact slow down due to major Chile and Japan rumbles.

However doomish and gloomish this may all seem, it's not really. Actually it's just purely the cyclic nature of the planet. It is how the earth was formed and reformed again. And it will happen again. The planet is old.. lots of history took place that we will never know. Quite frankly, there's always that chance that our current 2000 years of modern history will be buried under the weight of earth changes again.

So the race to space must take place. We need to leave this planet, or at least begin the venture into the wild oxygen-less black yonder. New explorations must take place, and a no holds barred approach to the space plan must also happen on the federal level. President Barack Obama has been busy cutting the space program since he took office. Recently, he began the quest to provide free college education on a community level to Americans. That will cost billions. However, it only solidifies we stay on this planet..

Right now, the goal should be to colonize others.. reach out for the stars and take gambles..

And those gambles could also have another purpose..

As mentioned early on in this post, old habits are not dying. Instead we are still fighting the same wars, the same battles.. creating the same hate. It seems like there's no global purpose anymore.. nothing which unites the entire planet. Ronald Reagan famously quipped that an alien threat would do just that, but why be negative. Why not an alien quest.. why not a global goal for all nations to equally have the opportunity to travel beyond our galaxy?

A race to the stars would give hope to a new generation.. every child looks to space at some point, and every kid gets into talks with their friends about alien life and UFOs. Adults do, too.. although they are more careful about it since they try to maintain 'maturity,' and any hint they privately wear a tin foil hate would embarrass their vain existence.

A race to the stars would also create jobs. We so often see robots taking over manufacturing, construction, and even service.. 3D printing is going to change the way we build houses, buy cars, and get surgeries.. so often, we are creating a future in which we will be served by technology--but technology will also destroy the social fabric with each job it robs. A race to space could actually rebuild the economy and create a new revolution.. instead of an Industrial change, this would be a Space Revolution. I can envision a future in which scientists would actively create new forms of travel between here and other planets, and even interior decorators would have a vast new world of rocket ships to decorate.

That may sound flippant, but it should not.
I am entirely serious..
We can collectively decide to leave the robots to tend to the planet earth, and humans can begin the real adventure of leaving this planet and moving to space..
We can kill hate with a quick future shock.
China, the United States, and Russia can join together and herald in a new age..
I am not naive, though. The United States' defense budget, CIA and Defense Department contractors would never allow such an honest zeal to provide a better future to humanity.. Instead, I fear a space race would equal star wars, with nations pursuing planets and attempting to cripple others.

But that is the gamble.
And instead of fearing such a gamble, why should we not take it?

Take one glance around at this planet.
It's time to branch out and fulfill the manifest destiny we all have: To return home to the stars where we came from.


This is a developing story and it has global ramifications ..

At least 12 now dead after what the nation of France is considering a terror attack..two of the dead are police officers..

The shooting took place at the offices of the magazine CHARLIE HEBDO..that magazine has been running satirical images mocking Mohammed recently..

Kim Hjelmgaard of USA TODAY writes,
Armed gunmen wearing black hoods stormed the offices of the publication in a suburb of the city before firing automatic weapons in a scene police described as “carnage,” local media reported. The attackers were heard shouting “Allahu Akbar,” an Islamic phrase that means “God is great.”

The masked men who went into the name and asked for specific names before the shooting began walked out and got away..

They were also armed with a rocket launcher along with their Kalashinkovs..

Minutes before the shooting, CHARLIE HEBDO tweeted a satirical image of Mohammed.. Moments later their office building was under siege and the murderous rampage took place..

An injured person is evacuated outside the French satirical

There is also video of the attacks.. raw video showcasing the shootings.. Originally, the media reported that they had video but chose, initially,not to air footage. That self imposed embargo has been obliterated after the video streamed online millions of times over already.. in the footage, sounds of gunfire can be clearly heard, as can frequent shouts of Allahu Akbar..

Jean Cabut, a graphic artist known to readers by his pen name Cabu, and St├ęphane Charbonnier, the magazine’s editor in chief known by his pseudonym Charb, were among the dead, the police said..

Since the attack, a car bombing has made news in Paris.. French media reports indicate that an explosion took place outside of a Synagogue in Sarcellas.. There is video of the aftermath of the car bombing here..

The killings also follow the official warning of attacks that were previously heralded..

Three terror suspects are on the loose..

Developing story..

Breaking: Car Bomb Reported at Paris Synagogue »


“The aim is to laugh. We want to laugh at the extremists — every extremist. They can be Muslim, Jewish, Catholic. Everyone can be religious, but extremist thoughts and acts we cannot accept.”

Charlie Hebdo journalist LAURENT LEGER, speaking after the firebombing of his publication’s offices in 2011; the controversial magazine had published caricatures of the prophet Muhammad.

(via Time Magazine)

And the events of today have led to anything but laughter..


Raw footage of the Paris terror attack..

FLASHBACK: White House slams French magazine Charlie Hebdo over Islam cartoons »

An interesting flasback via poorrichardsnews:
This is from 2012.  Leave it to the Obama administration to take the side of the terrorists…

Certainly, in the perceptive of today’s events, this is interesting..

This is an image of a police offering begging for his life at the Charlie Hebdo building.. The media is opting to only show this still image and now the next scene in which the officer has his head blown off..

This is an image of a police offering begging for his life at the Charlie Hebdo building.. The media is opting to only show this still image and now the next scene in which the officer has his head blown off..
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