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Michael Pollan and the Intelligent Life of Plants

plant radionicsRemember the 1970s sensation The Secret Life of Plants: a Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird? Or Duncan Laurie’s radionics experiments with plants featured in our old TV series?

Fast forward to the present and food’s Renaissance Man, Michael Pollan takes another look at intelligent plants for The New Yorker. In this excerpt he describes what happened after the initial sensation of the Tomkins and Bird book and ex-CIA agent Cleve Backster’s polygraph experiments:

… In the ensuing years, several legitimate plant scientists tried to reproduce the “Backster effect” without success. Much of the science in “The Secret Life of Plants” has been discredited. But the book had made its mark on the culture. Americans began talking to their plants and playing Mozart for them, and no doubt many still do. This might seem harmless enough; there will probably always be a strain of romanticism running through our thinking about plants.

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The Disturbing Mystery Of Brazil’s Lead Masks Case

lead-masksWere they planning a heist of a radioactive device? Waiting to board an interstellar vessel? What were the swallowable capsules and the mask signal? Wikipedia on the Lead Masks Case:

The Lead Masks Case was the name given to the events which led to the death of two electronic technicians in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Their bodies were discovered on August 20, 1966.

A young man was flying a kite on the Morro do Vintém (Vintém Hill) when he came upon the two bodies. When police arrived, they noted the bodies’ odd conditions: The two males were lying next to each other, slightly covered by grass. Each wore a formal suit, a radiation-proof lead eye mask, and a waterproof coat. There were no signs of trauma and no evidence of a struggle. A small notebook contained the quote, “[translated] 16:30 (04:30 PM) be at the agreed place. 18:30 (06:30 PM) swallow capsules, after effect, protect metals, wait for mask signal”.

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Spate Of Frightening Clown Stalking Continues In United Kingdom

clownThe Guardian on the new candy-colored face of random street terror in the decaying metropolis:

A police force has told members of the public to ignore people dressed as clowns if they meet them in the street, after spate of reports of terrifying sightings.

Norfolk police received a report from a member of the public alarmed by a clown sighting in Gaywood, near King’s Lynn, on Tuesday evening. The suspect was described as wearing a “full clown outfit” with a red suit and red hair.

The following evening the force received a similar report after two clowns were spotted near a skate park in the town. These people wore “Halloween-type” clown masks. In both cases, the callers reported being alarmed and being chased a short way up the road. It follows recent reports of the circus characters scaring people in Northampton.

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Drones Spark Dramatic Rise In UFO Sightings Worldwide

ufosDoes a spate of UFO sightings reflect our our confusion and unease over the coming age of drones? TIME writes:

“The thing about drones is…that you can make them look like UFOs,” Speigel says. “You can go to the hardware store, and can pick up the materials you need…to make people go crazy.”

The National UFO Reporting Center says that UFO sightings increased 42 percent between 2011 and 2012. “You have to think of the older people who have no concept of what a drone is,” explains Tony Hallett, CEO of drone consulting firm Unmanned Response.

Last year, confused drivers near Washington, D.C. took pictures of a saucer-like object on the back of a truck and posted them to Twitter, prompting one concerned individual to call 9-1-1. The object turned out to be a military drone.

In June, an unidentified flying object spotted by protestors in San Paulo, Brazil also turned out to be a drone that belonged to a local TV station.

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Peruvian Military Launches UFO Research Department

peruvianInexplicata writes:

DINAE, the Office of Aerospace Interests, under the official sponsorship of CONIDA, the National Commission for Aerospace Investigation and Development and the Peruvian Air Force (FAP), in response to the significant increase in claims and reports on Anomalous Aerial Objects commonly referred to as Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in the skies over Peruvian Territory, has decided to re-activate the Office of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena Research (OIFAA).

An agency made up entirely of civilian personnel, which in a historic event in the study of the phenomenon in Latin America and the world, concentrates in this official military department scientists and researchers specialized in the proper study and analysis of the UFO and/or extraterrestrial phenomenon.

DINAE will provide the official presentation of the agenda of activities to be held in coming months with the institutional assistance of DIFAA and the Peruvian Air Force itself.

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Hong Kong Television Reporter Claims He Witnessed UFO

Via OpenMinds.tv:
Wu Xiaodong Yi, a former cable TV reporter for TVB in Hong Kong, believes he caught video of a UFO near his home in Hong Kong. Yi first spotted the UFO on the evening of October 5, but was only able to take a low quality cell phone photograph of it. In hopes that the UFO would return, the next night Yi was prepared with a video camera to record the object. The object did return, and he was able to get a few minutes of video before the object disappeared. Yi says the object could be seen for about 10 to 20 minutes before disappearing. The video shows a bright point of light over some city buildings.
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Winged Humanoid Creature Spotted In Chile

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Inexplicata has a translation of an item making the rounds in Chilean news:

On 29 September near Bustamante Park in Santiago’s downtown area, a strange flying creature was seen flying from one tree to another. Its size was estimated at around 2 meters tall and shaped like a manta ray.

Ignacio, a young man who was the witness, made his narrative available to journalist Juan Andrés Salfate on Canal La Red. Eyewitness testimony soon appeared in other places in Santiago. A witness named Sylvia confirmed the image of this human-looking “flying manta ray” in the Los Barrenchea Commune.

Incidents such as the above are recorded every so often in Santiago. In the Peñaloén Commune, over the past two years, IIEE has managed to secure similar accounts. Furthermore, we recall deceased journalist Osvaldo Murray, who wrote about the flying men who landed in the trees of the town of Juanita Aguirre in the 1980s.

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Poll Suggests 48 Percent Of Americans Believe In UFOs

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Can we believe in UFOs? Or in polls saying we believe in UFOs? The Huffington Post writes:

Nearly half the population believes UFOs could be a sign of extraterrestrial visitation.

A HuffPost/YouGov poll reveals that 48 percent of adults in the United States are open to the idea that alien spacecraft are observing our planet — and just 35 percent outright reject the idea.

The poll was seen as vindication from the community of UFO researchers who often feel they are laughed off by government officials.

“It’s always been intriguing to me how we act as though only kooks and quacks believe in flying saucers. And it’s never been true,” said former nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman, who was the original civilian investigator of the events surrounding the legendary Roswell, NM, UFO crash of 1947.

In the poll, 1,000 adults were asked if they either believed or didn’t believe that some people have witnessed UFOs that have an extraterrestrial origin.

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“Alien Algae” Found On Upper Stratosphere Research Balloon

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Evidence that Earth was “seeded” by life from above? Medical Daily reports:

Did a British research balloon pick up extraterrestrial life as it skimmed the stratosphere during the annual Perseid meteor shower?

Yes, [says] astrobiologist Chandra Wickramasinghe and his fellow scientists, who claim that the microscopic algae detected on the balloon’s sterile slides “can only have come from space.” In a study presented at the Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology conference in San Diego, Calif. last month, the team theorized that the seeds are constantly transported between planets by asteroids, comets, and other cosmic wanderers.

“The entities varied from a presumptive colony of ultra-small bacteria to two unusual individual organisms – part of a diatom frustule and a 200 micron-sized particle mass interlaced with biofilm and biological filaments.”

The presence of stratospheric life would back the panspermia hypothesis – the popular astrobiological view that life is promulgated by itinerant repositories of microorganisms that “impregnate” planets.

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