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‘The Conjuring’s True Story: New Enfield Poltergeist Featurette Interviews Accused Ghost Hoaxers, Including Lorraine Warren

One of the more obnoxious peccadilloes of modern horror movie marketing is the insistence that everything is based on true stories. Numerous movie sites, used to regurgitating press releases, have parroted the “true story” behind The Conjuring, Annabelle and now The Conjuring 2, remolding Ed and Lorraine Warren from dubious attention-seekers into frontline warriors in an… Continue Reading →

Pig on the run

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My friend Kathy posted this on her Facebook page this morning. This pig was at her front door! She said she called the cops, and when they showed up, they just sat there and laughed. No one seems to know what to do with a pig on the run.

I told her to build a BBQ pit.

Remission?

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I don’t know what to think, but it sure is a happy ending:

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two months ago, Warrington residents Joey and Kristen Masciantonio say they experienced a miracle when Pope Francis spontaneously kissed their one-year-old daughter, Gianna, on the head.

Now, two months later, they believe it helped lead to recent scans that show barely any sign of Gianna’s tumor.

Gianna has a rare, inoperable brain tumor.

Her blood cells attacked her brain stem weeks after birth and surgery is not an option.

The Masciantonio clan showed up for the papal parade in front of Independence Hall, expecting maybe a quick glance. They got much more, thanks to a friend from the FBI.

“I think this is all from God. I believe the Pope is a messenger from God,” her father Joey Masciantonio told Eyewitness News.

Obama: Roswell, UFO secrets are ‘disappointing’

Bill Simmons interviewed President Barack Obama for GQ and asked him “Have you ever said ‘Give me the JFK assassination files, I want to read them. Give me all the secret stuff’?” The way President Obama answered is sure to disappoint UFO enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists, who are still crossing their fingers for a president administration… Continue Reading →

The runaway blimp crashes

WASHINGTON — After a four-hour jaunt across the skies of southern and central Pennsylvania, a runaway military surveillance blimp crash landed in a rural area Wednesday, ending a bizarre incident that raised concerns — and many smiles — across the Northeast. Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled from New Jersey to help monitor the giant blimp… Continue Reading →

American Airlines jet lands safely after pilot dies

The first officer of an American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Boston took over command of Flight 550 and safely landed the plane after the pilot became ill, officials said Monday. The pilot died, according to the airline. It was unclear whether he died in the air or on the ground after the craft had landed… Continue Reading →

Dream telepathy research

I’ve experienced this too much myself for me to even question it. But not everyone has the same experience:

Filmmaker in Residence Ronni Thomas–director of The Midnight Archive–introduces the newest episode of his Morbid Anatomy Museum Presents film series. Entitled “Transmitting Thought: The Maimonides Dream Lab,” this short film introduces us to psychologist Dr. Stanley Krippner’s provocative explorations of telepathic sensitivity and the dream state undertaken in 1960s Brooklyn.

It is easy to subscribe to a set of rules when those rules are set by science rather than religion. But science lives with a bias — that in order for an idea to be explored it must be observable, measurable and repeatable. Yet the irrational is part of our world, especially when it comes to the subject of human consciousness. Current scientific thinking brings an almost religious devotion to debunking anything that appears “irrational” or outside the rules and norms of core science.

But such an approach leaves tremendous gaps in our understanding — especially in questions of ESP, precognition, and other queries into non-physical intelligence. But this was not always the case. For a brief time, from roughly the 1930s to the 1960s, the field of academic parapsychology flourished in the United States. And at the forefront of the field was the American psychologist Dr. Stanley Krippner. In this film, Krippner discusses his research at the Maimonides Dream Lab in Brooklyn, NY in the 1960s. There, he and his colleagues conducted studies that explored the use of telepathy within the altered state of dreaming.

Through numerous experiments, including one with the rock band The Grateful Dead, the Maimonides team produced substantial scientific research on the topic of ‘dream telepathy,’ until the demise of the lab’s funding. Learn what we know — and what we lost — in Transmitting Thought : the Maimonides Dream Lab.

Scientologists are in Nepal trying to ‘heal’ trauma victims

On April 25, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, toppling homes and buildings in the country’s capital city Kathmandu and triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 19. Many city residents were forced to spend several nights sleeping outdoors

BANGKOK, Thailand — Scientologists profess a range of supernatural powers. They claim the ability to turn drunk people sober in minutes. A Scientologist can heal the traumatized, so they say, simply by reconnecting a victim’s body with a “thetan,” or immortal spirit. None of this is backed by medical science. But that hasn’t stopped Scientologists from… Continue Reading →

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