Sunday, February 12, 2012

EXTRATERRESTRIAL & UFO MEMES: A Case of High Strangeness - UFO Sightings at Stonefield Beach Reveal Strange Boxes Up and Down the Coast?!

As of late afternoon Feb. 8, Bill Hanshumaker, a public marine specialist and (Ph.D) doctor of marine science at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in nearby Newport, told Huliq in an interview that, “I don’t know what they are.” In turn, Doctor Hanshumaker said he’s advised “surf monitoring” about these strange metal boxes that suddenly appeared along local beaches Feb. 6, and now seem to be multiplying like Star Trek “Tribbles.” The photograph that accompanies this report – taken during the afternoon of Feb. 8 near Bray’s Point -- of yet another strange metal box stuck in the surf up is one of a possible group of a dozen or more that have been sited up and down West Coast beaches. Meanwhile, the British government also photographed similar huge metal boxes on beaches in Sri Lanka in the late 1990’s and in early 2004 and 2005. The discovery of the boxes is detailed in updated previously classified reports from the British government that document sightings of unidentified flying objects by both the military and the general public dating back to the 1950s.

They can’t be moved; even when yanked by a four-wheel drive truck pulling on heavy chains tied
around these humming metal boxes that are still appearing up and down West Coast beaches.
UFO history filled with “mystery boxes”
Thus, within these British government UFO files, available via the Internet, are the Sri Lanka beach boxes that are similar in both size, coloring and shape; with locals all along Sri Lanka’s beaches – located in the blue waters of the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal – stating in the recently released British UFO documents that “the strange metal boxes appeared suddenly, and after numerous reported UFO sightings.” In turn, the metal boxes along Oregon, Washington State and Northern California beaches are now being photographed, documented and examined by local experts. Also, due to recent storms out in the Pacific Ocean, the “boxes” are being more or less ignored; with passing comments in local coastal newspaper,” state Errol, a Bray’s Point local and a member of the Oregon UFO “watchers” group that gathers both here and at nearby Stonefield Beach to scan the sky for flying objects in much the same way bird lovers use binoculars for birth watching.


Science is slow in reacting to UFO related objects

Errol notes that it’s always a sort of “communication breakdown” that always seems to go the same way; be it a UFO sighting or even something like “these humming metal boxes.” However, Errol said it’s a good thing “when something like this becomes interesting to the Oregon State University Research Agenda.” For instance, Doctor Hanshumaker works for this OSU research enterprise at the nearby Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. Whenever there’s some dead sea life – such as a beach whale or other something along the lines of massive dead sea birds – the experts at the Hatfield are called in to investigate. When asked if he’s ever heard of anything like these huge metal boxes, with no opening or seam, Doctor Hanshumaker would not comment or speculate on the record. Instead, this marine science expert has for photos of the boxes and size and coloring details. In turn, Doctor Hanshumaker would not speculate about various rumors regarding the boxes; but said that an alert has gone out and the boxes are being investigated. Of course, Huliq will continue to monitor this breaking story that has local coastal residents and visitors scratching their heads about the boxes.

Bray’s Point monitored by the Hatfield

An hour's drive from Corvallis, the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport is OSU's coastal campus for research and investigation of marine biological and geochemical aspects of tidal, estuarine, and near shore ocean environments. According to it's fact sheet, "research programs at HMSC advance scientific understanding of marine and coastal ecosystems, with an emphasis on collaboration across disciplinary and institutional affiliations of the more than 300 personnel onsite." In turn, marine science experts are tasked by both the state and federal government to monitor the Oregon coastal beaches even more so today after the Japan earthquake last March that sent Tsunami waves racing across the Pacific Ocean that slammed into the West Coast causing destruction and creating a massive amount of debris that seems to be growing daily as beach trekkers find “all sorts of things” along the coast. While these strange metal boxes have been examined for any lettering or symbols that they may be from last year’s earthquake in Japan, Errol and other Bray’s Point locals say “all we know is there’s been a lot of action in the sky as of late with UFO sightings that seem to be increasing. The boxes were found the day after several sightings and bright lights over Bray’s Point. The boxes have no identification at all.”

Monitoring the coast comes under OSU

Earning $261.7 million in external research funding in FY 2011, Oregon State’s fact online fact sheet that describes its operations notes “it is one of only two land, sea, space and sun grant institutions in the U.S., and holds a top tier research designation from the Carnegie Foundation. Also, Nine of OSU’s academic programs have ranked among the top 10 nationally in the past three years. Faculty include 29 NSF Early Career Award recipients since 2000, two MacArthur Foundation Fellows and scientists who lead federal programs at NSF, NASA and NOAA. More than 35 present and past faculty have been elected as Fellows of AAAS, and five as members of NAS.”  In turn, the Hatfield Marine Science Center is home base for the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES), the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS), and the Marine Mammal Institute, along with various other OSU and state/federal agency units: --Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; -- Oregon Coast Community College; -- OSU College of Agricultural Sciences; -- OSU College of Engineering; -- OSU College of Forestry; -- OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences; -- OSU College of Science; -- OSU College of Veterinary Medicine; -- OSU Extension Service and Oregon Sea Grant; -- NOAA Fisheries; -- NOAA Ocean Environment Research Division; -- USDA Agricultural Research Service; -- US Environmental Protection Agency; -- US Fish & Wildlife Service.

What is and what should never be with UFOs

According to now de-classified once top secret UFO reports – that were under lock and key by the British government since the end of World War II – there’s good reason to keep the public in the dark when it comes to such things as UFO sightings, strange occurrences, first contact with aliens and more in detailed reports that point to senior British Ministry of Defense officials stating to the prime minister in now declassified memos that “if we said to you, Sir, that we have reason to believe the UFOs are real, than what would the British people think of us?” As for this link between the Sri Lanka beach boxes and the ones now showing up in the surf up and down the West Coast – based on local media reports of “strange metal boxes” – the British Ministry of Defense photos of the Sri Lanka “boxes” are still marked “classified. However, there are detailed statements – that cover the period from 1997 to 2005 and include photographs, drawings and “descriptions of flying saucer sightings, as well as letters that the Ministry of Defense sent eyewitnesses in response to their accounts of the metal boxes.” Of course, both local police here along the coast and back in the day when the Sri Lanka boxes were discovered, state that “they are probably from a container ship,” that theory doesn’t hold water since both the central Oregon coast and the coast of Sri Lanka are not accessible to container ships.

Boxes on the beach called “projectiles”

In one account – featured in the now released British government UFO documents -- a man said he believed he had been "abducted" by aliens in October 1998 after seeing an unidentified craft hover over his coastal home and finding that he had gained an hour of time in the process. The man went on to describe seeing “projectiles” all along the beach “that were here on day, and gone the next.” However, the metal boxes that suddenly appeared along West Coast beaches – beginning Feb. 6 at nearby Stonefield Beach after local UFO “watchers” reported a weekend filled with what locals call intense UFO sightings. “These metal looking boxes, that are about 20 inches in height and are a complete square of five foot by five foot are sunk deep in the surf” both here at Stonefield Beach – a popular Oregon coastal beach lookout for UFOs – and down the coast as far as we know “with yet more of these square metal containers that have no opening and are sealed all around,” explains Oregon UFO “watcher” Errol who lives nearby at Bray’s Point.In turn, these boxes are “not moveable,” and they are solid and metallic and seem to have this keening wail coming from both the boxes and the atmosphere around them,” adds Errol who’s been called in to “see what’s up” by locals thinking it “has something to do with UFOs” quipped a local senior named Doris who said she heard “a miaowing wail come from the boxes Sunday evening.”

Strange beach boxes cause a stir

It’s as if an alarm went off, when a “high, shrill, piercing, frightening ring caught our attention Sunday evening,” explained Doris, a local senior whose retired and lives nearby Stonefield Beach. “I know crazy things happen over at Stonefield, but when you walk down and see that metal box sort of glowing in the surf it gets your attention real quick.” At the same time, Doris said this area around Stonefield Beach is a very “quiet place,” where “nothing but seagulls and the Pacific Ocean waves to break the quiet.”

Brain plays tricks even when metal boxes appear

While these “metal boxes” buried up and down the Oregon coast are real to the touch and sight, a local professor of psychology – whose attempted to explain away the “strange goings on at both Bray’s Point and here at Stonefield Beach,” thinks the many “of these remote living residents who claim to see UFOs at night are simply not using the tool between their ears to figure this stuff out. In turn, this retired professor said in a Feb. 6 Huliq interview at Stonefield Beach that most locals and visitors here “looking for those UFOs” are more or less carrying their own “baggage or self-as-content,” with views and experiences that now seem to define them. Doris added: “The doc is saying we’re all a bunch of nuts to believe in UFOs.”

What’s real about UFOs?

Yet, the professor – who specialized in repressed memories when he taught at university and had his own private practice – noted that Doris and others are in a sort of “constant frame of reference when they converse with each other that UFOs have appeared.” “I’ve seen this Stonefield Beach crowd carry on at meetings about UFOs being spotted in the sky, and I’m confident they believe these things to be true.” However, the professor says there’s “good hard science that can probably explain away each and every claim they’ve made about UFOs and aliens about at Stonefield Beach and Bray’s Point. But, this perspective comes at a cost,” he asserted; while stating that “such beliefs in UFOs can lead them to label themselves, either positively or negatively, in very limiting ways.” For example, the professor said “I don’t know if these metal boxes are something to worry about or not.” And, he added, “I don’t know if Errol is an expert on UFOs. Just because people come to him with their stories of UFOs doesn’t make it real.” "It does raise some questions about what really would happen if at any time in the future there was some kind of incident — would we be prepared?" said David Clarke, author of "The UFO Files" and consultant to the National Archives' UFO project.

Boxes appeared after auras

When pressed for more details a few days later, on Feb. 8, UFO “watcher” Errol noted that “what may have been different with the recent sightings was a sort of bright golden and reddish aura with that keening wail sound that I talked about.” However, the late afternoon before sunset at Bray’s Point Feb. 8 found only the roar of absolute silence. In turn, there was no same intense level of noise coming from two boxes on the Bray’s Point beach and others at the nearby Stonefield Beach. Still, it’s interesting to point out that the British government UFO documents do point out that the “Sri Lanka metal boxes” – in a report dated January 2003 and sent to the Ministry of Defense with supporting “classified” photographs reveal even more mysterious happenings on that Sri Lanka beach after “repeated UFO sightings.” "I noticed a partial aura in the sky, a minute or so later there was a clap of thunder, then a short while later a ring like a doughnut appeared," one Sri Lanka police official told the ministry, adding that he thought it was an "air burst."
In its reply, the ministry suggested that the officer contact the Sri Lankan government.

The world’s oceans hold secrets

While there’s a lot of focus on the heavens these days – with regular reports of “flying saucers” reported up and down the West Coast from as far north as Alaska – there’s also “alien activity” believed to be happening in the world’s oceans. For instance, a recent ocean exploration team led by Swedish researcher Peter Lindberg has found what some are suggesting is a crashed flying saucer, according to a recent European Union media reports. Lindberg and his underwater team of scientists are credited with finding and then recovering “sunken ships and cargo” using high-tech sonar; while “never expecting” to find what Lindberg claims “is a mysterious round object that might (or might not) be extraterrestrial.”  - Huliq.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: "The Earth Opened and Became a Well" - Massive Sinkhole of 25 Metres in Diameter and 40 Metres Deep Forms in Mexico!

A geological collapse that formed a pool of 25 metres in diameter and 40 metres deep (according to locals) has become a dangerous attraction to adolescents of Ejido Good Coat, Coyote and Los Angeles, the city of Matamoros.

Both adults and students curious Technical High School Number 14 are tempted to move to a small private property where in the middle of a plot at a distance of just 80 metres from a building large hole formed on the walls and crumbling banks continuously, so the danger is imminent.

Paul Rangel, watchful of small properties, have not forgotten that night, 15 days ago, when did this well:

"Thundered an hour and a half, I thought the hills were crumbling, the noise was very strong ... the truth or I could eat like eating a regular basis," he says.

So far authorities have not explained the case. - La Noticias [Translated].


ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Mass Stranding and Die-Off - Cape Cod Dolphin Death Toll Reaches 103!

The number of unexplained dolphin deaths on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, rose Friday, with rescuers tallying the toll at 103.

About 160 common dolphins have been found since the animals began stranding themselves in early January, said Michael Booth, a spokesman for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the organization leading the rescue the effort.

The beachings have puzzled investigators, as rescue team members struggle to treat, tag and transport the living dolphins to the outer Cape Cod coast to be released. - CNN.
WATCH: More dolphin strandings on Cape Cod.


Meanwhile, late on Saturday afternoon, a common dolpin was still swimming in circles in an Ocean City lagoon.
The common dolphin was first spotted earlier this week and is far from its normal range, according to officials from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine. Anybody who tries to approach the dolphin on the water by boat, kayak or other marine craft faces potential fines or loss of license, according to Stranding Center Director Bob Schoelkopf. The Stranding Center will continue to monitor the situation in hopes the dolphin leaves the lagoon on its own. Unlike bottlenose dolphins, which are found in waters close to shore, the common dolphin typically travels in large groups at least 20 miles offshore. The mouths of many of Ocean City's lagoons are impassable at low tide, but the dolphin can leave at any mid or high tide. - Ocean City Patch.


GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Activity Update at the Cleveland Volcano in Alaska - Growing Lava Dome; Alert Level Remains at Orange!

The Alaska Volcano Observatory notes that "satellite observations suggest slow growth of the lava dome may be occurring in the summit crater. No ash emissions or explosions detected."

The alert level is kept at orange, the second highest level. The active lava dome is estimated to be 50 meters across. It occupies only a small portion of the approximately 200 meter summit crater. The previous lava dome that formed throughout the fall-winter of 2011 was largely removed by the explosive activity on the 25th and 29th of December, 2011. It remains possible that intermittent, sudden explosions occur and produce ash clouds exceeding 20,000 feet above sea level.

Such explosions and their associated ash clouds may go undetected in satellite imagery for hours. If a large, explosive, ash-producing event occurs, seismic, infrasound, or volcanic lightning may be detected by local and regional monitoring networks. There is no real-time seismic monitoring network on Mount Cleveland.
- Volcano Discovery.


The dark summit dome on Cleveland volcano seen in August 2011. This dome was destroyed
during the explosive eruptions on December 25 and 29, 2011, but a new dome is already forming.
This cycle of dome growth and destruction is common at volcanoes such as Cleveland.
It has been a up and down past year for Cleveland volcano in the Aleutians. The alert status for the volcano has bounced back and forth from Yellow/Advisory to Orange/Watch multiple times due to the growth of a dome of lava in the summit crater area. This dome has the potential to “plug” the conduit, causing the pressure behind the dome to rise until an explosive eruption occurs. This is exactly what happened on December 25 and 29 of 2011 when Cleveland had one of its first major explosive eruptions in years and the dome that grew in the crater over much of 2011 was destroyed. Things quieted down at Cleveland after that explosion, but new satellite imagery has shown that a new dome is already growing inside the summit crater – and now it is already 40 meters in diameters. This new dome growth has prompted the Alaska Volcano Observatory to raise the alert status for Cleveland back to Orange/Watch from Yellow/Advisory because if the volcano decides to have another explosive eruption, the hundreds of flights that come over the Aleutians will need to be alerted and/or rerouted to avoid the volcano ash. Cleveland is an especially tricky volcano to monitor as satellite imagery and first hand observations from people on the ground or in aircraft are really the only ways AVO has to keep track of what is going on – there are no seismometers near the volcano. A webcam is pointed towards the volcano, but in the Aleutians, getting a clear view can be very difficult. - WIRED.
WATCH: Alaskan Volcano Ready To Erupt.



GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Massive Sinkhole Forms Near Yiwu Nanshan Reservoir in China - Pit "Suddenly" Appeared Following a "Loud Noise"?

Yesterday, a reader into the newspaper "Zhejiang city do" hotline 0579-89111111, said Yiwu Jiangdong street, Nanshan Reservoir near a pit, a full three to four meters deep.

Reporters on the scene, this pit is located in the mountainside of the side of a mountain in the reservoir, the bottom filled with water, although water flows continuously, but does not see the pit water level rose. Pit near residential areas, only one shooting for the expansion of base, but not affected.

Villagers Wu Hongmei sheep near the pit suddenly appeared around the first month, tenth day of this year (February 1st) 10:00.

"I was just in the mountains, suddenly heard" bang, "a loud crash, and thought it was an earthquake." Wu Hongmei panic ran a few steps toward the house, I realized that part of the collapse of the mountain down to form a huge pit.

Reporters in the vicinity of the pit and saw a sign that read "abandoned mine safety, banned from entering the abandoned mine mining and other activities" and other words. According to the villagers said, the Anti-Japanese War, the Japanese in this area had picked fluorite. After the liberation, these mines will be abandoned. Estimated groundwater over many years, erosion, will be mined within the sediment emptied after the ground before collapsing down. - SOHU [Translated].

EARTH CHANGES: Environmental Zeitgeist and Rotation Anomalies - Ocean Current Slowdown Made Earth Spin Faster?!

It sometimes feels as though some months go by faster than others, but November 2009 really did. Events in the Southern Ocean conspired to make the Earth spin ever-so-slightly faster, shortening half of the days in the month by 0.1 milliseconds each.

Different factors affect how fast the Earth spins. For instance, if the winds that whip around the planet slow down, the Earth spins faster to conserve angular momentum. There was a more down-to-earth cause in November 2009, however. The Antarctic Circumpolar Current is a powerful ocean current that rings the continent. Stephen Marcus and his colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California and at the Institute of Earth Physics of Paris in France noticed that it slowed abruptly on 8 November 2009, only to speed up two weeks later. Precise day-length data revealed that the changes immediately caused the Earth to spin faster, shortening each day by 0.1 milliseconds. Like the currents, day length returned to normal on 20 November (Geophysical Research Letters,).

This is the first time we have seen a rapid change in the oceans that is large enough to affect the Earth's rotation, says Marcus. The event is worth noting as the Antarctic currents directly impact the health of the ice sheets. No one knows for sure why the currents slowed, but Marcus and his colleagues note that it happened in lockstep with atmospheric changes. Two days before the currents slowed, regional winds that move in the same direction slowed too. Two days after the winds went back to normal, so did the currents. Winds help drive currents, so that may not seem surprising. But it's unusual to see such a large response, says Marcus. Tong Lee, also at JPL, believes that a slightly shifted El Niño may be to blame for the drop in wind speed. That, in turn, could come back to the environmental zeitgeist: models suggest that such shifts will happen more frequently as a result of climate change.  This isn't the only way that climate change may affect Earth's spin. Models suggest that rising sea levels will shift water towards the poles, drawing mass in closer to the Earth's axis and making it spin faster. - New Scientist.


GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Massive Landslide Poses a Great Threat to La Banda Neighborhood in Ecuador!

Despite the tragedy that began late last year, to date there is no improvement, it is getting worse every day. This evidence infrastructures which were the homes and land cracks are getting bigger in La Banda.

The cracks expand. Residents of surrounding neighborhoods fear.
The situation is increasingly worse. Now the runoff is coming to the homes that are at the top. Light is an inhabitant La Banda whose housing is cracked. She is originally from Saraguro. Seven years ago you purchased your home in this area, but never imagined that this decision would have serious consequences today. She recalls that her previous homes with small cracks initiated and are now entirely collapsed.

In his house three families that live up to 10 people. She requested the authorities to help them relocate, since coming out of Saraguro sold everything and now has nowhere to go. Next to your home are more affected houses that by continuing fault line, all at risk of collapse. The 14 affected families, they still have nothing concrete to offer as well as Rosa Valdivieso unveiled. She hopes the municipality, namely the mayor, crystallize what is offered, such as the acquisition of two acres. Survivors hold sessions on a weekly or biweekly to find solutions. Residents still living in the neighborhood to move to their homes have to walk about five kilometers from the main road. The shifts of the buses before entering the sector, now do not. People have to walk the path and when packages are necessarily have to pay taxi. - LaHora.


GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Indonesia's Mount Lokon Erupts - Hurling Ash Cloud into the Sky!

Mount Lokon volcano in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, erupted again yesterday (Friday 11 Feb) at around 20h20 local time.


According to local news, the eruption produced a loud thumping noise and a 2 km tall ash eruption column, suggesting that this was a vulcanian-type, vent-clearing explosion.

The eruption followed an increase in earthquakes since the previous day recorded by the local observatory that monitors Mount Lokon and Mahawu volcanoes flanking the town of Tomohon, near Manado.

Residents from nearby villages such as Kinilow I, Kinilow, and Kakaskasen were reported to have fled their homes. Lokon is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes and erupts on average every few years. The last stronger eruptive phase occurred in July last year. - Volcano Discovery.





GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Heavy Floods and Landslides Wrecks Havoc in Argentina - 68 Domestic Routes Cut Off Due to Damage to Transportation Systems and Road Networks!

The undersecretary of Civil Defense reported that 68 domestic routes, leading to Cafayate and 51 to San Antonio of the Coppers and the provincial route 33, road to Cachi, are cut product of the rains.

Paul said the rains yesterday caused different damage and cuts in the main tourist routes of the province, so yesterday they are working overtime to put back into transit conditions these pathways.

Different cuts, landslides and flooding of streams and rivers caused problems on the routes mentioned.  - LaHora.


PLANETARY TREMORS: Rare Magnitude 4.1 Earthquake Jolts Zurich, Switzerland!

According to the the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck Switzerland at a depth of 16 km (9.9 miles). The quake hit on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 22:45:25 UTC and was located at 47.240°N, 8.600°E.


The epicentre was 14 km (8 miles) southeast of Zurich, Switzerland; 65 km (40 miles) southwest of St. Gallen, Switzerland; 67 km (41 miles) north of Andermatt, Switzerland; and 93 km (57 miles) northeast of Bern, Switzerland.

The Swiss Seismological Service (SED) reports on this, and indicates a different depth to that of the registered by the USGS:
"On Saturday, February 11 at 23:45 took place between Zug and Ägerisee, at a depth of 30 km, an earthquake of magnitude 4.2. The quake is largely German-speaking Switzerland, the Bernese Jura, and to the Ticino has been felt. Due to the great depth it is very unlikely that this earthquake has caused damage. In the same area has been the last time on 23 October 1997, a similar quake occurred deep, but with a magnitude of 2.3 is slightly weaker than the quake of Saturday night "


According to several eye-witness reports via the social networking website Twitter, loud noises like that of an explosion accompanied short burst of shaking. Residents experienced very distinctive and unnerving shaking that lasted for 2-3 seconds in Schaffhausen, Zollikon, Wallisellen, Uster, St. Gallen and Zurich.