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20 Most Mysterious Ghost Photos of All Time [VIDEO]

20 Most Mysterious Ghost Photos of All Time

From the ghost of a woman appearing randomly in a group photo to an apparition captured by closed-circuit security cameras, Wacky Wednesday channel counts 20 of the Most Mysterious Ghost Photos of All Time. In traditional belief a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. Descriptions of the apparition of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions. The deliberate attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased person is known as necromancy, or in spiritism as a séance.

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Icelandic Government Commission Announces Legendary Sea Monster Exists

Icelandic Government Commission Announces Legendary Sea Monster Exists

A government investigation carried out by the Fljotsdalsherao municipal council in Iceland has ruled that a legendary sea serpent named Lagarfljotsormurinn, which is rumoured to inhabit Lake Lagarfljot, actually exists. According to the Discovery News, the commission ruled that a 2012 video of what is claimed to be Iceland’s most famous lake monster is authentic.

The Lagarfljótsormur, or ‘Lagarfljót worm’ is an Icelandic lake cryptid which is purported to live in Lagarfljót, a freshwater, glacial-fed lake in Egilsstaðir. The earliest recorded sightings of the Lagarfljótsormur date back to the Icelandic Annals of 1345, and have continued into the 21st century. However, sightings increased exponentially after a home video shot in 2012 went viral. The home video shows what looks like a long, serpentine form swimming in the glacial lake in eastern Iceland.

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The Lagarfljótsormur is typically described as being 90 metres in length with many humps, and has also been reported outside the water, lying coiled up or slithering into the trees. In ancient times, sightings were considered to precede a great event such as a natural disaster.

In their book “Icelandic Folk and Fairy Tales,” folklorists May and Hallberg Hallmundsson describe one origin tale of the beast:

At one time, long, long ago, there was a woman living on a farm in the Lagarfljót district, close by the stream where it broadens into a lake. She had a grown daughter. Once, she gave her daughter a gold ring.” The woman instructed her daughter to catch a snake and keep the gold ring underneath it in her linen chest (as, apparently, one did long ago in rural Iceland). She did so, “but when the girl went to look at her ring again, the snake had grown so large that the chest was beginning to come apart. Then the girl was frightened and she picked up the chest with everything in it and threw it into the lake. A long time passed, and gradually people became aware that there was a serpent in the lake, for it was beginning to kill both people and animals crossing the waters.

In 1963, the head of the Icelandic National Forest Service, Sigurður Blöndal, reported seeing the giant worm, and in 1998 a teacher and students at Hallormsstaðir School also claimed to have witnessed the legendary creature.


Icelandic Government Commission Announces Legendary Sea Monster Exists

In February 2012, the Icelandic national broadcaster, RÚV, published the home video thought to show the Lagarfljót Worm, however, skeptics claimed that the video simply depicts an inanimate object moved by the rapid current. Undeterred by skeptical explanations, the Fljótsdalshérað municipal council established a 13-person ‘truth commission’ to determine whether the video shot by Hjörtur E. Kjerúlf was authentic. The inquiry has just completed its investigation, and has determined that the video is authentic and recommends further investigation and research into the Lagarfljótsormur. The commission may have also been somewhat ‘motivated’ by the burst of tourism caused by the 2012 video. A sightseeing boat named Lagarfljótsormurinn, which operates on the lake, seeks to preserve the traditions of the Lagarfljót Worm for cultural and tourism purposes.

Icelandic Government Commission Announces Legendary Sea Monster Exists

If the video is authentic, and actually depicts a living creature, it may not be as monstrous as the legends say. Many species of fish have been found which resemble ‘sea monsters’ described in mythological tales, for example, the frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus), and the giant oarfish (Regalecus glesne). It might just be that a similar species may inhabit Lake Lagarfljot, leading to the development of legendary tales over the centuries.

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10 Mysterious Photos That Cannot Be Explained

Mystery is always something that people enjoy. Everyone and anyone feels like they could come up with their own assumptions or theories of how, what or when something happened, and it could not be proven whether it is wrong or right. The following 10 photos and videos have experts completely baffled, leaving no definitive explanation in their wake. Find out the stories and conspiracies behind them.


Does The Babushka Lady Have Evidence To JFK’s Assassination?

 10. Does The Babushka Lady Have Evidence To JFK’s Assassination?

Many mysteries still cloud the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. One of them is the Babushka Lady, a nickname that was given to an unidentified woman who was repeatedly recorded at the scene of the shooting, using a video recorder. Police tried tracking down the woman, in hopes that her footage would reveal clues that could help with the investigation, but to this day, she has never been identified.

A woman named Beverly Oliver came forward in 1970, claiming to be the Babushka Lady. She said that either FBI or Special Agents had tracked her down years prior and requested to develop the film she had taken at the scene of the crime, which she handed over. They then vanished, and she never heard from them again. Oliver’s claims have been highly discredited due to various inconsistencies with her story, mainly the fact that she was 17 years old at the time, when the photos seem to show a middle-aged woman, and her inability to correctly identify the model of the camera she was known to be using. In 1994, Oliver wrote a book chronicling her memories of Dallas the day of the shooting, entitled, Nightmare In Dallas. Oliver was also the basis for a scene in John Oliver’s film, JFK.

The identity of the Babushka Lady still remains unsolved.

Hessdalen Lights: Alien Or Natural Battery?

9. Hessdalen Lights: Alien Or Natural Battery?

The Hessdalen Lights are a spectacular, but unexplained light show, that can be seen various times throughout the year in the skies over Norway. The lights were most active from 1981 through 1984, when people traveled from all over the world to camp out and see the lights which were said to be visible 15-20 times per week. These days, the sightings are down to about 15-20 times a year.

A scientific explanation for these lights remains unproven, leading many to hypothesize that they are caused by alien spacecraft. Other sightings including headlights, mirages, astronomical bodies and aircraft have been noted.

However, as of May 2014, some scientists think they might have uncovered the mystery. The hypothesis is that the metallic rock inside the mountains, combined with the heavy amounts of sulfur in the river, have created a battery. When ionized gas is created from the fumes, the lights become visible. This theory is still not proven, though, and the mystery continues.

The Mystery Of The Hook Island Sea Monster

8. The Mystery Of The Hook Island Sea Monster

If these photos of the Hook Island Sea Monster were taken present day, they would largely be accused of Photoshop. However, they were taken on December 12, 1964 and have been widely circulated since then. And, in case you’ve forgotten, there was no Photoshop in 1964.

Robert Le Serrec and his wife were off the coast of Stonehaven Bay in Hook Island, Queensland. When his wife spotted the alarming mass on the lagoon floor, they took several photos while trying to identify it. They are reported as saying it looked like a giant tadpole-like creature, with an estimated length of 75-80 feet long. The assumed creature didn’t move and the couple thought it might be dead, so they approached it in hopes of gaining recorded footage of it. But when the creature began moving and opened its mouth, they hurried back to their boat in which time, the creature swam away.

The Solway Firth Spaceman Mystery

7. The Solway Firth Spaceman Mystery

When Jim Templeton took photos of his wife and daughter on a sunny day in Cumbria, England, during the summer of 1964, he didn’t know he would soon become a permanent debate among conspiracy theorists and UFO believers. But that’s what happened when he had his film developed and noticed, what appears to be a man in a space suit, standing behind his daughter. Templeton said that he did not notice anyone other than his wife and daughter at the time of shooting. When he took the photos to the police, they gave it back to him and said there was nothing suspicious about it. But when his local newspaper picked it up an hour later, it was soon circulating worldwide.

Many people have debunked this photo by saying that, what appears to be a spaceman is nothing more than the girl’s mother standing farther up the hill behind her, washed out by an optical illusion of light and shadows. Others firmly stand by the claim that it is a spaceman, with legends of a missile launch that was set to take place in the same area, that was abruptly aborted because of sightings of two men in white spacesuits that match the description of the figure in the Templeton’s photo.

The S.S. Watertown Phantom Face

6. The S.S. Watertown Phantom Face

James Courtney and Michael Meehan were cleaning a cargo tank on the S.S. Watertown on its way to New York City, in 1924. The men were overcome with gas fumes and died. As customary of the time, the two men were buried at sea. But for days following their sea burial, the reflections of the two men’s faces were seen in the water. The faces were so clear, Captain Keith Tracy followed orders to get a photograph of the two phantoms, which he did.


Is There An Alien Satellite Orbitting Earth?

5. Is There An Alien Satellite Orbitting Earth?

Could there possibly be a satellite that has been orbiting earth for the past 13,000 years, that was put there by aliens? If you believe the Black Knight conspiracies, then the answer is yes. Some have tied it to the “long delayed echoes” and a radio signal that Nikola Tesla picked up in 1899, which he believed to be coming from outer space. The rumors of it being a satellite originated in the 1950s, when newspaper stories were published, attributing UFO researcher Donald Keyhoe, to claims that the U.S. Air Force had reported finding two satellites orbiting the Earth when none had been launched from Earth at that point. 


The Cooper Family’s Unwanted Dinner Guest

4. The Cooper Family’s Unwanted Dinner Guest

Legend has it, when the Cooper family (shown in the photo) moved into their new house, this was the first photo that was taken. When the picture was developed, the image of a body falling from the ceiling was clearly visible. Further investigation on this story yields no more information on this story, though, leading many to believe that it’s just some sort of image trickery or hoax. The origins of the photo and when they first surfaced are unclear. 

 Are There Pyramids On The Dark Side Of The Moon?

3. Are There Pyramids On The Dark Side Of The Moon?

What exactly is lurking up there on the dark side of the moon? If you believe the moon skeptics, there’s a whole lot more than NASA ever let on, and this photo proves it. Taken by Apollo 17 during the last flight to the moon, this photo was listed as blank in the photographic index. While it definitely is washed out by exposure and noise problems, there does seem to be a formation, not unlike a mountain or a pyramid. Some believe that there are great pyramids, as well as castles on the moon and that NASA has been covering it up all along, but that this photo slipped through the cracks and reveals the truth to what they’ve known all along. 


Goddard’s Squadron Photograph Of Freddy Jackson

2. Goddard’s Squadron Photograph Of Freddy Jackson

In 1919, Freddy Jackson was accidentally killed by an airplane propeller while working as an air mechanic in the squadron of Sir Victor Goddard. Two days later, the squadron took a photo together – but when Goddard had it developed, he noticed something, the impossible – Freddy Jackson was in the photo. When he showed it to his crew, the men agreed that it was indeed, Jackson, despite the fact that he had died two days prior to the photo being taken, and that the group photo was held on the same day as Jackson’s funeral. It is believed that Jackson’s spirit was unaware of his death and showed up to have his picture taken as scheduled. 


The Mysterious Death Of Elisa Lam

1. The Mysterious Death Of Elisa Lam

Elisa Lam was a 21 year old student staying at the Hotel Cecil in Los Angeles, when she went missing in January 2013. Her body was found contaminating the water two weeks later in the hotel’s water tank by the maintenance man. Lam reportedly suffered from bipolar disorder. At first glance, this story could be chalked up to a freak accident. However, there are many very notable and extremely strange coincidences surrounding her death.

The first bit of evidence is the bizarre video, and last known sighting of Lam. Getting onto an elevator, Lam proceeds to push numerous floor buttons but the elevator doors do not close. Then she begins to seem as though she is hiding in the corner from something passing by, but nothing shows on the video. Then she gets out of the elevator, looks around erratically, back into the elevator again and back out – all while the doors have never budged. Minutes go by, as her strange behavior continues and after Lam vanishes from sight, the elevator doors close, re-open, close again, and proceed to the next floor.

Those who don’t believe her death was an accident are also very quick to point out that two serial killers have stayed in the Cecil hotel, where there has also been a murder on premises and three reported suicides, making this a “murder hotel.” Other strange coincidences include a test for a tuberculosis outbreak that had occurred a few blocks from the hotel, which was called the LAM-ELISA. No one has been able to explain how Lam was able to get onto the roof, which was barricaded at the time. And then there’s the fact that someone updated her blog, six months after her death.

Needless to say, Hollywood snatched this story up immediately and announced early 2014, that a film based on Lam’s most mysterious death would be released in 2015.

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Idiots Do The Stupidest Things In Russia [VIDEO]

Idiots Do The Stupidest Things In Russia

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Funeral For Islamic Terrorist Gets A Surprise Ending

 FUNERAL FOR ISLAMIC TERRORIST GETS A SURPRISE ENDING FROM FUNERAL DIRECTOR ERROR

Live by the sword die by the sword

“And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.” 1 Kings 18:27,28

Islamic terrorism is famous for their stated love of death, destruction and the shedding of blood. They consider it a glorious honor to strap suicide bomb vests onto the bodies of men, women, children and anyone else who is stupid enough to sacrifice their lives to the moon god Allah.


But as you will see in this funeral for one of their own fallen terrorists, there was an “unexpected surprise” awaiting them. Turns out they don’t like death, destruction and the shedding of blood so much when it’s their own.

Someone should have told the funeral director to remove the suicide vest before holding the funeral….the last 30 seconds of this video will horrifically astound you.

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These Wasps Built Their Colony On A Window – And The View Is Incredible

These Wasps Built Their Colony On A Window – And The View Is Incredible

Here's something you don't see every day: A glimpse at the internal structure of a rather large (and rather occupied) wasp nest. Put down the flamethrower and check it out. Trust us on this one, you'll want to see this.

These Wasps Built Their Colony On A Window – And The View Is Incredible

YouTuber Vang Tsal captured the footage when a colony of wasps opted to construct its hive against a window in the attic of his house. "Big wasps are building a huge nest in my window," he writes. "I can observe its construction in real-time cross-section!" (Which window, you'll be relieved to learn, is sealed and double-paned; "no worries for me or the neighbors," Tsal notes.)

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Pretty incredible, right? It's like an ant farm, only considerably more intense.This reminds me of an old episode of BBC's The One Show, in which host George McGavin, covered head-to-toe in beekeeper gear, uses a tiny camera probe to explore the entrance to an active wasp nest:

These Wasps Built Their Colony On A Window – And The View Is Incredible

What would be really great would be if I could open this up and examine the internal structure," says McGavin, his voice overlaid atop what is nevertheless some really great footage of the nest's crowded antechambers. "But there's so many wasps in there I think it would be a bit dangerous." Later in the episode, he slices open an abandoned nest to reveal the intricate beauty of its stratified architecture. But the miniature metropolis is a ghost town, its layered combs long since vacated.

Tsai's cross-sectional footage gives us the best of both worlds: A transverse view of a wasp colony humming with life. The results are pretty mesmerizing, with various degrees of structural detail on clear display. The smallest architectural unit, the strong and efficient hexagonal cells that house food and larvae, give rise to a tiered system of combs that divide the colony into discrete, orderly sections. The combs, in turn, lend the nest its overall shape. Meanwhile, the wasps go busily about their business.

Here's hoping Tsal continues documenting their progress – we'd love to see what becomes of this nest.

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“2014″ Added to the Georgia Guidestones – Is This the Year Its Predictions Come True ?

“2014″ Added to the Georgia Guidestones – Is This the Year Its Predictions Come True ?

“LET THESE BE GUIDESTONES TO AN AGE OF REASON”
“2014″ Added to the Georgia Guidestones – Is This the Year Its Predictions Come True ?

1. MAINTAIN HUMANITY UNDER 500,000,000 IN PERPETUAL BALANCE WITH NATURE

2. GUIDE REPRODUCTION WISELY – IMPROVING FITNESS AND DIVERSITY

3. UNITE HUMANITY WITH A LIVING NEW LANGUAGE

4. RULE PASSION – FAITH – TRADITION – AND ALL THINGS WITH TEMPERED REASON

5. PROTECT PEOPLE AND NATIONS WITH FAIR LAWS AND JUST COURTS

6. LET ALL NATIONS RULE INTERNALLY RESOLVING EXTERNAL DISPUTES IN A WORLD COURT

7. AVOID PETTY LAWS AND USELESS OFFICIALS

8. BALANCE PERSONAL RIGHTS WITH SOCIAL DUTIES

9. PRIZE TRUTH – BEAUTY – LOVE- SEEKING HARMONY WITH THE INFINITE

10. BE NOT A CANCER ON THE EARTH – LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE – LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE

Notice the “notch” in the upper right hand of this picture…
“2014″ Added to the Georgia Guidestones – Is This the Year Its Predictions Come True ?

Now, a new stone has been added in the notch with the numbers “2014″ engraved in it…

About 5 years ago, the notch was chiseled out…
“2014″ Added to the Georgia Guidestones – Is This the Year Its Predictions Come True ?
And now a block has been inserted.

“2014″ Added to the Georgia Guidestones – Is This the Year Its Predictions Come True ?

The Georgia Guidestones: America's Most Mysterious Monument 



Is this the year it takes place?

Link to wikipedia article about the Georgia Guidestones: wikipedia.org

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Man Claiming to Be Kim Jong-un’s Lover Seeks Asylum in South Korea

Man Claiming to Be Kim Jong-un’s Lover Seeks Asylum in South Korea

The South Korean authorities are completely puzzled by the case of Lee Dae-Ho, a North Korean refugee who claims to have secretly been Kim Jong-un’s “boyfriend” for the last 11 years and who is carrying dozens of love letters written by the controversial leader. The 29-year old man says he is actually heterosexual, but was forced into an intimate relationship with the communist dictator, virtually becoming the leader’s sex slave. 


The two men met in 2002, during their training at the Kim Il-sung Military University in Pyongyang. Their relationship rapidly turned into a close friendship, and Mr. Lee started getting rapid military promotions. Within months of meeting the future president, he had become a captain in the famous Supreme Guard Command (also known as “Unit 963″), a sort of praetorian guard dedicated to defending the Kim family.  


Man Claiming to Be Kim Jong-un’s Lover Seeks Asylum in South Korea

Things would have then rapidly degenerated from there for Lee Dae-Ho, as he was forced to submit to his ‘friends’ sexual advances and fulfill every one of his fantasies, under penalty of death. He claims to have suffered to have suffered all kinds of sexual abuse and degrading 
treatments, sometimes many hours per day. 

Fortunately for him, the North Korean leader seemed to have gotten tired of him over the last year, giving him more freedom of action. He was able to use his military rank and his influence, to get stationed in the demilitarized zone in January, where he started planning his escape. After carefully studying the maps and the landscape for months, he attempted his escape on the 1st of August, and was miraculously able to make it into South Korean territory.

The Seoul government has not yet made any official statement concerning the case of Mr. Lee, probably out of concern that any declaration on the matter could certainly bring a lot of tensions between the neighbours. Many Human Rights organizations however, have already manifested publicly their support for the poor man.

Man Claiming to Be Kim Jong-un’s Lover Seeks Asylum in South Korea

Kim Jong-un’s former companion, Kenji Fujimoto, who spent the best part of a decade employed as his professional playmate, had questioned his sexual orientation in the past, claiming in a book in 2003 that Kim “loathed” the idea of being with a woman. It is however the first time that someone presents proofs of his homosexuality.


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Oh, Ye Masters of War: Marking 9/11 Again With A New Dragon To Slay


When will 9/9, the day of the release of the new iPhone and Apple Watch replace 9/11 in the consciousness of Americans who put consumption way ahead of civil activism?

The wizards of Apple, who will soon have a device on the market to help you pay your bills, (and take a micro slice) must be aware that consumer borrowing has just seen its biggest hike since November 2001—just two months after the big event—and now stands at a whopping $3.24 TRILLION. According to the Federal Reserve, there has been a hike of $16.01 Billion in July alone.

When I made the film In Debt We Trust in 2006 about the immense debt burden of Americans, I didn’t connect the phenomenon to hikes in federal borrowing to finance our other pre-occupation: war spending. Significantly, earlier in this same week, President Obama asked for another $5 billion for a new costly counter-terrorism offensive to fight ISIS.

This came just a few weeks after the Administration said it didn’t really consider ISIS a threat and had no strategy to fight it. Where might we ask was the National Security Agency with all its pervasive surveillance technology? Could they have missed its emergence because they are too busy sucking up metadata on our web and phone records?

Even superhawk Henry Kissinger downplayed ISIS, claiming Iran is a bigger threat—just before we learned that both Iran and the US are fighting ISIS, some say, together.

When did no threat become the biggest threat in the world?

Could the media have had anything to do with it? Kill a reporter or two and you are guaranteed massive publicity. These horror shows—and they are both, horrors and shows, rocketed the need for a global response of the kind Washington is now pushing up the escalation ladder.

For one thing, we now have a ”terror threat” to be scared enough to throw money at, a response that delights the accountants in the military industrial complex who no longer fear their endless spigot of spending will be cut off or decreased.

So, after the next ritualistic 911eve speech to the nation, US bombers will be back in the air “degrading” ISIS and any civilians who happen to be too close for comfort. That old “bomb them back into the stone age” strategy that failed in Vietnam, failed in Afghanistan, and failed in Iraq as “Shock And Awe’ is back because the Pentagon doesn’t know what else to do.

Never mind that our dictatorial Royal Arab allies, with US help, have been funding their own terrorist armies for “democracy” in Syria for years that have also failed miserably. What do you do when a “battle plan” fails? Try it again!

Loretta Napoleoni, the economist who has focused on financial frauds of all kinds has a brilliant book coming out on for Seven Stories Press to show us what we really have to fear.

“Many believe that the Islamic State, like al-Qaeda before it, wants to turn back the clock, and indeed in Western media Syrian and Iraqi refugees describe its rule in their countries as a sort of carbon copy of the Taliban regime,” she writes.

Oh, Ye Masters of War: Marking 9/11 Again With A New Dragon To Slay

“…Paradoxically, to deem the IS essentially backward would be mistaken. Indeed, during the last few years the belief that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group’s leader and the new Caliph, is a clone of Mullah Omar may well have led Western intelligence to undervalue him and his organization’s strength. …What distinguishes the Islamic State from all other armed groups that predate it, including those active during the Cold War, and what accounts for its enormous successes, is its modernity and pragmatism.”

All we really know about their strategy is the tactic of beheading, a technique based on a desire to be feared because they know they will never be loved in the West. Western propagandists then echo and praise their propaganda including a savvy use of social media, (They rarely mention beheadings of dissidents by Saudia Arabia!)

Who is behind disseminating these beheading videos that has aroused Obama to “act.” The controversial investigative reporter, Wayne Madson, charges it is not a news organization, but a right-wing propaganda group, writing (and I have seen this no where else) “

“The most recent video images of orange jump suit-clad U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff being beheaded were released by the Search for International Terrorist Entities or “SITE,” which also initially discovered and released the video beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley of GlobalPost.com.

As with the Foley video, U.S. intelligence initially refrained from validating the authenticity of the Sotloff video …Obviously, the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies are well-versed on SITE’s Israeli pedigree. As previously revealed by WMR, SITE is a Washington, DC-based research institute with links to Israeli right-wing Likud elements and Mossad.”

Hmmm! (Remember that the government did not do much, as their families have pointed out, to save them.)

Oh, Ye Masters of War: Marking 9/11 Again With A New Dragon To Slay

True or not, it is irrefutable that the State Department has now been circulating its own video response to ISIS as a slick media war plays out on the Internet Each side is using these horrific images for their own reasons, one to boast, the other to roast. We are using the deaths of journalists as a pretext for more deaths.

Writes Napoleoni in the intro to the book, now on the SevenStories.com website,

“No matter how barbarous their actions are or have been, their status as threats to national security, as warriors, will be beyond doubt.

As the Islamic State’s war of conquest progresses, it is becoming clear that since 9/11 the business of Islamist terrorism has been getting stronger instead of weaker — to the extent that now it has morphed into a state — by simply keeping abreast with a fast-changing world in which propaganda and technology play an increasingly vital role. The same cannot be said for the forces engaged in stopping it from spreading.”

Perhaps that’s why new polls show that fear of ISIS is rising, in essence giving the Administration a blank check, the blank check it wanted all along. Whether they can be successful remains to be seen.

Speaking of business, did you know, or have you forgotten, the costs of 9/11? The New York Times reported that Al Qaeda spent only $400,000 for its attack while the US has spent, in response, an estimated $3.3 TRILLION. Don’t scoff, spending on that scale keeps the Pentagon and our economy humming by creating jobs and weapons, but not benefiting, of course, the 2,996 Americans who perished.

Oh, Ye Masters of War: Marking 9/11 Again With A New Dragon To Slay

Sam Stein reports on Huff Post, “From 9/11 To Osama Bin Laden’s Death, Congress Spent $1.28 Trillion In War On Terror.”


  • It is almost incalculable when you add it all up. The website of The Institute for Analysis of Global Security lists the costs in part:
  • The destruction of major buildings in the World Trade Center with a replacement cost of from $3 billion to $4.5 billion.
  • Damage to a portion of the Pentagon: up to $1 billion.
  • Cleanup costs: $1.3 billion.
  • Property and infrastructure damage: $10 billion to $13 billion.
  • Federal emergency funds (heightened airport security, sky marshals, government takeover of airport security, retrofitting aircraft with anti-terrorist devices, cost of operations in Afghanistan): $40 billion.
  • Direct job losses amounted to 83,000, with $17 billion in lost wages.
  • The amount of damaged or unrecoverable property hit $21.8 billion.
  • Losses to the city of New York (lost jobs, lost taxes, damage to infrastructure, cleaning): $95 billion.
  • Losses to the insurance industry: $40 billion.

And, on, and on. When you add it all up and then factor in what money did not go for—schools, healthcare, poverty alleviation etc etc—you realize how devastating it’s been. We do not have many bragging rights in this exchange, in the sense that with GITMO and our deadly torture program, we have tried to outdo our enemies.

The Financial Crisis, from which we have still not recovered, hit six years after the towers went down. It was a self-afflicted wound for which few were punished. (Remember the heavily-hyped and costly effort back then to get Wall Street reopen for business? Did It! And then what?)

As 911 makes its annual calendar turn, let’s understand who has benefited from the Terror wars and who hasn’t, and why our economy and political system needs external enemies to fear, lest an angry public take a closer look at growing domestic economic inequality and its beneficiaries. No wonder Washington wants ISIS as the focus. And how do you think they present us to their supporters?

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A New Conspiracy Theory: Hillary Clinton Created the Islamic State

A New Conspiracy Theory: Hillary Clinton Created the Islamic State

For the past few weeks, a number of Arabic-language social media users have been sharing screenshots and excerpts of a Hillary Clinton autobiography called "Password 360." Many are shocked by one particular passage, in which the former secretary of state appears to concede that the United States, with the help of the Muslim Brotherhood, helped engineer the Islamic State extremist group.

That would be a startling admission — if it were true. Clinton's new memoir contains no such passage. In fact, it isn't even called "Password 360" — it's called "Hard Choices." Direct U.S. involvement in the rise of the Islamic State is a conspiracy theory at best.

Unfortunately, it's a powerful one. The BBC's Suzanne Kianpour reports that the idea appears to hold sway in Lebanon. According to Kianpour, the Lebanese Foreign Ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador David Hale to explain the rumor, and the U.S. Embassy in Beirut wrote on Facebook that any stories of American involvement in the creation of the Islamic State were "pure fabrication."

A New Conspiracy Theory: Hillary Clinton Created the Islamic State

The rumors have been around for quite some time, too: On Aug. 3, the online magazine 7iber published an article debunking the story, which it noted had been picked up by at least one major Jordanian media outlet. Lina Ejeilat, editor in chief of 7iber, says the story appears to have begun on obscure Egyptian Web sites before being picked up on more mainstream news sites and spreading through the Arab world. Although it initially talked specifically about the creation of an "Islamic state" in Egypt's Sinai region, it appears to have evolved to also include the supposed U.S. creation of the Islamic State militia currently creating havoc in Syria and Iraq.

Ejeilat says the spread of the rumor on social media was remarkable. "Many people just wanted to believe it," she explains in an e-mail. However, Ejeilat also notes that many others have recognized the theory as absurd and clearly fake: Twitter users have been using a satirical hashtag ("#مذكرات_هيلاري_كلينتون" or "Hillary Clinton's Memoirs") to mock the fake excerpts by making up their own, even sillier excerpts.

A New Conspiracy Theory: Hillary Clinton Created the Islamic State

The rumors about the Islamic State and Clinton are a new variation on an old theme: that the United States supports the interests of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East. That theory has unified supporters of Egypt's post-coup government, Shiite Muslims suspicious of the reach of Sunni groups such as the Brotherhood, and even America's right wing. Clinton has been singled out in these theories for some time. In 2012, for example, Rep. Michele Bachmann suggested that a close Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, had infiltrated the U.S. government for the Muslim Brotherhood. Bachmann's comments led to a scathing editorial from The Post. When Clinton visited Cairo not long after, she was greeted by placards that said things such as "Clinton is the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood."

The Middle East is home to its fair share of conspiracy theories. To some degree, it is understandable, of course. There are plenty of historical examples of the West involved in secret dealings in the Middle East with disastrous results, and it is certainly true that the United States has a long, complicated history with the Muslim Brotherhood. Besides, the sudden, terrible rise of the Islamic State is difficult to comprehend for anyone, anywhere.

The reality of Clinton's view on the U.S. role in the rise of the Islamic State is less conspiratorial but still damning. In an interview with the Atlantic, Clinton criticized President Obama for not arming Syrian rebels in the early days of the rebellion against Bashar al-Assad's regime. She said this decision "left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled.” Clinton herself acknowledged that she can never know whether arming the rebels would really have made a difference, and some, such as the Monkey Cage's Marc Lynch, have argued that she is wrong. Perhaps it is a better representation of recent U.S. policy toward the Middle East: hard choices, and plenty of regrets.

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What Caused This Red Glow Over the Pacific Ocean?

What Caused This Red Glow Over the Pacific Ocean?

The pilot and co-pilot of a Boeing 747-8 flying from Hong Kong to Anchorage, Alaska, were passing near the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka when they observed a fiery reddish glow over the Pacific. With no other planes in the area at the time to confirm the sighting, they took pictures of and reported to Air Traffic Control, then completed the flight to Anchorage. So … what was it?


On August 24, 2014, Dutch pilot and photographer JPC van Heijst was five hours into the ten hour flight when he spotted a single intense bolt of light shoot vertically into the air. There were no other flashes or storms in the area or on their radar. Twenty minutes later, he saw the red glow. Having heard reports of earthquakes in California, Chile and Iceland, he checked for quakes or volcanic activity on the route but saw no alerts. Despite that, van Heijst later wrote on pbase.com that he suspected it was an underwater volcano.

What Caused This Red Glow Over the Pacific Ocean?
“The closer we got, the more intense the glow became, illuminating the clouds and sky below us in a scary orange glow, in a part of the world where there was supposed to be nothing but water. The only cause of this red glow that we could think of, was the explosion of a huge volcano just underneath the surface of the ocean, about 30 minutes before we overflew that exact position.”

Sounds plausible, although van Heijst saw no ash plume as they continued to Alaska. Because of that, some experts suspected it was the LED lights used by fishing boats like the green glow that astronaut Reid Wiseman saw recently off the coast of Bangkok. However, the intensity of the light seen by van Heijst would have required at least 50 boats and none were reported in the area.

Another theory was light pollution from a city, but the sighting was far from any coastal or island cities capable of producing that kind of glow. Investigators are now searching the area for signs of an active volcano or a new island formed by one.

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This Man Sticks His Arm In A Crocodile Stomach [VIDEO]

This Man Sticks His Arm In A Crocodile Stomach

They first took most of the crocodiles’ teeth off, leaving only small teeth. Then they feed the crocodile well, so the crocodiles are too fat to perform their famous Death Roll.
Animals harm human because that’s what they do to stay alive.
We kill or harm other animal for our enjoyment, entertainment and selfishness.

This Man Sticks His Arm In A Crocodile Stomach

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This Is The Last Thing You Want Raining Down On You


Santo Antônio da Platina is a quaint town in Brazil. It’s a lovely place to live… except for the strange weather.

This Is The Last Thing You Want Raining Down On You

Specifically the recent weather forecast.

This Is The Last Thing You Want Raining Down On You

WARNING: The next image may be disturbing to sensitive viewers.

This Is The Last Thing You Want Raining Down On You

Are you ready for this? There’s no turning back after you click the “next” arrow.

This Is The Last Thing You Want Raining Down On You

It’s literally raining spiders! So, why is it raining spiders? Well…

This Is The Last Thing You Want Raining Down On You

According to The Smithsonian: “If strong winds come along, the web may detach from its anchors, carrying the spiders and…”

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