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Endless Knot Crop Circle Pattern Appears Overnight

Endless Knot Crop Circle, Daily Mail

I’m still not sure what to make of the crop circle enigma. Human invention? Alien interaction? Mother Earth crying out? Who knows? From the Daily Mail:

This is the latest intricate crop circle to appear overnight in a British wheat field. The mysterious pattern resembles the ancient Tibetan Buddhist symbol of an ‘endless knot’: a complex loop of lines and circles used to illustrate the eternal flow of time. The symbol has many meanings but because it has no beginning and no end, many people who follow the religion say it represents the wisdom of Buddha.

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Saudi Arabia To build Women-Only City.

Photo: Two women dressed in nikab, Wikipedia (PD)

Saudi Arabia wasn’t on my list of places to visit, but with this latest bit of news I just may have to change my mind. In order to encourage career-minded women to pursue their goals and dreams, while maintaining strict adherence to Sharia Law, Saudi Arabia is going to build a female only city within the next year or so. From the Daily Mail:

Saudi Arabia is planning to build a new city exclusively for women as it bids to combine strict Sharia law and career minded females, pursuing work.

It is thought the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) has been asked to bring the country up to date with the rest of the modern world with the controversial city, which is now being designed with construction to begin next year.

It is hoped it will allow women’s desire to work without defying the country’s Islamic laws.

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US Military Tests X-51A, Capable of Speeds up to 4,500 MPH

Reverse-engineered alien technology or human ingenuity? Probably the latter. It seems the US Military is testing a new aircraft that can reach up to Mach 6. It’s first test flight will be tomorrow. From the DailyMail:

Photo: X-51A Waverider, U.S. Air Force graphic, Wikipedia (PD)

It may look like a vehicle the Thunderbirds would travel in, but in fact this experimental aircraft could be the future of long haul flights.

It uses a revolutionary ‘scramjet’ engine that allows it to travel at hypersonic speeds.

Tomorrow, it will be dropped from a B52 bomber in its latest test.

The craft, called the X-51A Waverider, is currently being prepared at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert.

Tomorrow, it will take part in a key test.

Attached to a B-52 bomber’s wing, it will be taken from Edwards to about 50,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean near Point Mugu.

there’ it will be dropped and the engines fired.

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2012 Perseid Meteor Shower and Friends

Photo: Perseid meteor striking the sky, Brocken Inaglory (PD)

This weekend’s upcoming meteor shower will have some added guests along for the party. In addition to the usual meteors that show up every year at this time, a few celestial bodies will be dropping by for a visit. From Physorg:

The Perseid meteor shower peaks on the nights around August 12th as Earth passes through a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. “We expect to see meteor rates as high as a hundred per hour,” says Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. “The Perseids always put on a good show.”

Perseids can be seen any time after 10 to 11 pm. The best time to look, however, is during the dark hours immediately before dawn. Also, advises Cooke, avoid city lights if possible. Faint meteors are easily lost in the urban glare. A visit to the countryside will typically triple the number of meteors you see.

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MUFON Director Defends “Blockbuster UFO Discoveries” Claims

Recently the 2012 MUFON symposium was touted to be having some “Blockbuster UFO Discoveries” that were going to be unveiled to those in attendance. Having never paid attention to Ufology before, some got their hopes a bit too high. Now it seems there was some disappointment by some people from the so called “blockbuster” discoveries. Via Examiner

Photo: MUFON Logo, Wikipedia CC

Mutual UFO Network executive director David ‘The Captain’ MacDonald defended the manner the information presented at the recent annual symposium was touted as “major” and “blockbuster,” stating that importance is in the eye of the beholder.

When asked via email to comment on disappointments expressed, as well as specifically what “material” was considered to be so “sensitive” that “proper security protocols” were implemented to protect the material and parties involved, MacDonald replied:

The sensitive material which requires “proper security protocol” is the Leonard Stringfield files which have been acquired by MUFON.

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Happy Birthday Mr. Fort!

August 6, 2012 marks the 138th birthday of the great cataloger of the strange and unusual Charles Fort. Writing in the early 20th century, Fort would pen a total of seven books in his lifetime. Two early works, X and Y, were sadly never published as the author burned them during one of his many bouts of depression. Another title, The Outcast Manufacturers, was a fiction book that enjoyed some moderate success. The works that have made him rather famous (or infamous depending upon who you ask) are The Book of the Damned, New Lands, Lo!, and Wild Talents. Through the use of the New York Public library, Fort set about to dig up the data he felt that science had too long neglected. Almost right from the beginning Fort laid out his intentions pretty clearly. In his first work, The Book of the Damned, Fort wrote:

“A Procession of the damned.

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