Sunday, August 19, 2018

Cthulhu's Stepchildren: CRISPRs from the Black Lagoon?




I saw a funny story the other day. Apparently a bunch of scientists at Oxford declared that not only is Earth life unique in the galaxy, it's unique in the universe.

I'm guessing they know this because they've been there themselves.

I got a chuckle out of this because not only do these types not know what's in our solar system (never mind the universe) they don't even know what's in our oceans.

Or for that matter, our lakes.








Mind you, I don't go much for cryptozoology. It's interesting but not really my ballywick. Even so, Loch Ness stories often do catch my eye because of the whole Boleskine thing. 

 
Plus, "Synchronicity II."

I mean, it's not really one of my favorite tunes but it does connect back to a good time in my life (when I was 17, no less). So there's that. Plus, when I first learned what Synchronicity meant. So there's that, too.





And I did note that this new Nessie video just happens to coincide with a major project to catalog marine life in the Loch. You can take that anyway you like, depending on whichever way you tend to look at the world. Still, interesting timing.




There was another Nessie-type spotted in Lake Michigan around Christmas time of last year, or so the story goes. I haven't kept up with it so I'm not quite sure if this has been branded a hoax yet.
 
Wait; of course it's been branded a hoax. These types of things are always branded hoaxes until overwhelming evidence says otherwise. And even then they're still hoaxes. 




Now, I'm not sure what is driving this phenomenon here--and I'm hoping it's not some coming seismic catastrophe-- but we've been seeing all kinds of crazy shit washing up on beaches around the Pacific.


In case you didn't hear, there was a massive 8.2 quake in the waters near Fiji the other day. To get a sense how serious that is, the quake that leveled much of Mexico City in 1985 was only 8.0. The Great Earthquake of 1906 was a 7.9 and that essentially razed San Francisco.

And now we're starting to see the high average of Ring of Fire quakes inch into the mid 6's. Just in case you're not familiar with the Richter scale, that's not good.
 
So it could well be these animals' acute senses are driving them from the deepest waters towards coastal areas.


And the stuff we're seeing coming ashore--dead or alive-- has been major nightmare fuel.

We're not hearing much about this from marine biologists,  probably because their tendency to spitball these things as dead or mutated versions of this or that more familiar creature has diminished their credibility.

Or at least made them sound all like major buzzkills.





A lot of what we're seeing may in fact be simply unfamiliar but known specimens but no way all of them.

For instance, I can't identify these little charmers off the top of my head but it seems to me they've been catalogued. I believe the chap on the right guest-starred in a recent X-Files episode.



And then we have horrors like this. This poor creature is probably some kind of conjoined twin but one never knows these days, does one?

Anyone starting to grok why I said I'd have enjoyed Annihilation a little more if it weren't actually a docudrama? And all this is just a small sampling of the stories I've been collecting.



But just to show how credibility-destroying it is for scientists to dismiss Nessie's existence out of hand, I should point out that we've seen a number of animals that were unanimously believed to be long-extinct, including a handful in recent months.



Not only Jurassic-type specimens, but new breeds heretofore unknown like the Sunfish on the right. Sunfish are not what you'd call petite, so for one like this to escape detection all these years is a major story under any circumstances. 

Now tell me again why Nessie can't exist?



And then you have these horrors, beaching in the UK and Mexico respectively. Now, I never claimed to be a marine biologist or anything but goddamn if that thing on the left doesn't look like something that broke out of Jurassic World.
 
So is Nessie really all that impossible? It is if you're an asshole, I guess.




And whatever happened to the dictum that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence? 



And since we're stuck in this never-ending 70s tape-loop, we're even seeing the return of "we scientists, we're the supreme beings of the entire universe" drivel again.

And so these mooks have declared there is no biological life of any kind anywhere in the entire universe, because again, they've been there. They did the circuit in their gap year.

Now I'm sure astrophysics is all wonderful and predictive and all the rest of it but it still boils down to just a bunch of nerds sitting in comfortable, well-appointed observatories sifting through telescopy data.

I guarantee you that something will come along in our lifetimes that will entirely scuttle most of the assumptions made about the Cosmos and show that what they've been doing all these years is the equivalent of me sitting here studying the light pollution on the horizon and telling you who the Giants are playing at the Meadowlands. Plus, the score.

I have to say it reminds me quite a bit of old illustrations you'd see of whales or lions drawn by very capable, intelligent artists and cartographers who'd read descriptions of lions in books but had never actually seen one for themselves.





But even astrophysicists don't agree with astrophysics. You get all kinds of theories all the time contradicting all the other theories. It gets rather tedious rather quickly. It's why most people don't even bother to pay attention anymore.

Plus, there's that little spot of bother with science being riddled with outright fraud and deceit on a vastly criminal scale.



Oh, I'm sorry; I meant "riddled with a replication crisis."

It's such a crisis that 70% of scientists surveyed reported they were unable to replicate at least one study or experiment. Seventy-effing-percent is what I like to call "pretty much everyone" since I'm willing to bet there were scientists who weren't willing to go on the record about it for one reason or other.

Despite what a lot of people think the peer-review process is not some kind of cosmically-infallible gift from above. In fact, there are no small number of peer-reviewed papers that were read by nobody except the author, and a scandalously large of studies that are irreplicable.


From what I'm hearing the replication crisis isn't going away any time soon, and in fact the trendlines seem to point to it it getting much worse. And don't count on AI to fix the problem, it's in the midst of its own replication crisis.





So maybe Nessie isn't all that hard to conceive given some of the other Michael Crichton nightmares washing ashore lately.


Most people have zero idea how minuscule the human footprint is on dry land, which is only 29% of this world's surface anyway. And we barely cover a scrap of it. The oceans are this planet, and humans have never seen most of it. I don't have the figures in front of me but I'm willing to bet the overwhelming majority of this planet hasn't been foot-surveyed either.

Reminds me of the time my family were driving up the New York thruway one fine day and I was amazed to see how much of the area immediately surrounding was unsettled. 

In fact, I pointed out a particularly long stretch of highway to my wife in which the guardrails bumped up a wall of brush that looked totally impenetrable. I told her that I would be any amount of money no human ever set foot in that thicket.
 
We're talking thousands of acres in New York, in the heavily-populated northeast corridor. Squatchie could be chillin' with his homeys on the other side of that overgrowth for all we know.




Of course, there's an alternate explanation for some of these Mezozoic refugees. It's a far-fetched one, certainly, but far-fetched explanations are what this blog is all about.

And that's our old friend CRIS.

If Michael Crichton was writing about this stuff 25 years ago you can be certain the science was being bounced around faculty lounges and may have made significant progress since.



And apparently it has. We're now in the De-extinction Age, as genetic engineers work to revive extinct animals. I wonder how involved that bastard Cosmo-Demonic AI is involved in this process. Actually I don't wonder. 

Should we just change D::Wave's name to "the Shimmer" now? A bit snazzier, I think. Plus, more descriptive.


It looks like the science is far along enough for geneticists to work up wish lists like the Tasmanian Tiger and the Wooly Mammoth. 

And most probably some horrific old virii.



I'm sticking with the story that these demons from the depths are the real McCoy,  but I'm not so sure about some of these other horrors, like the old Montauk Monster here.

Yes yes, I've heard the attempts at mundane explanations like it's a raccoon and so on and so forth. And if it were just this thing I wouldn't give it a second thought...




...unfortunately there's this poor fella, who was found by a couple kids in Panama...




And this horror, found near the Brooklyn Bridge of all places. Scientists-- y'know, those folks who can't replicate even the overwhelming majority of their work-- claimed it was a dead rat.

Despite the fact that it was more than twice as large as the biggest rat ever recorded.

But hey; don't bother scientists with facts. They got some important data that needs faking.




So anyway: that's happenstance, coincidence and consequently, enemy action.


I can't speak for the poor Panamanian unfortunate, but I will mention here that the Montauk and Brooklyn monsters were found in waters not all that far from Plum Island, home of the mysterious animal disease installation. 

Which is a story for another day. Weird ol' Uncle Howie gets the last word...

They could not live. But although They no longer lived, They would never really die. They all lay in stone houses in Their great city of R'lyeh, preserved by the spells of mighty Cthulhu for a glorious surrection when the stars and the earth might once more be ready for Them.

But at that time some force from outside must serve to liberate Their bodies. The spells that preserved them intact likewise prevented Them from making an initial move, and They could only lie awake in the dark and think whilst uncounted millions of years rolled by. -- 
HP Lovecraft, "The Call of Cthulhu"

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  1. Yeah, damn. Plum Island. Guess it's safe to assume that "scientists" may not have catalogued rat size there... and perhaps that Plum Island may have been a locale visited by dread pirate Roberts.

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    1. For reference; The closest CONUS land mass to the Plum Island vector research facility (open since 1954) is Lyme, CT. Lyme disease is named for the previously unknown illness first discovered in Lyme, CT (early 1970s).

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    2. I can't even count the people I know who's had Lyme. Or as they call it around here, Lyme's.

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  2. I remember jelly creatures washing up on the beaches of Lake Michigan the same summer "Synchronicity" was topping the charts. Sting, methinks, unwittingly opened a portal of some sort and we are still reaping the whirlwind.

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    1. Rigorous Intuition did a thing on jellyfish. It was...unsettling.

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  3. Oh, and happy birthday, Robert Plant!

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    1. I'll pass that on next time me and Percy skype.

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  4. That is not dead which can eternal lie
    and in strange æons even death may die.

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPso14KrKns

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  5. This was more fun than watching Jason Statham stab a megalodon shark in the eye with a sharp stick in Matrixy impossi-slowmo.

    Spoilsies, that's how it ends. Rainn Wilson is a scooped-out John Hammond, a little girl bats her eyes at the audience, sweet ocean-tech that was more SeaQuest DSV than J. Cameron is squandered so another celeb running on a tank apparently empty of unleaded Hollywood favor can shake hands with the Asian film market.

    No Statham high-kicks. No telepathic dolphins, either, though that wasn't implied. Probably five peeps devoured.

    [clears throat directly into microphone] Meanwhile, sports fans... the REAL story, courtesy of the Secret Sun. Thanks for the scrolls and screams- and at such a reasonable price!

    Speaking of great ideas science can't claim ownership of, anyone for potted rat--->

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1744056/Video-Bizarre-footage-shows-rat-sapling-growing-back.html

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    1. NOTHING is more fun than watching Jason Statham stab a megadalon shark with a sharp stick.


      Nothing.

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  7. On Stranger Tides5:48 AM, August 20, 2018

    Been a reader since 2009. First time commenting.

    Not "news," per say, but pertinent, no less, is this excerpt from PASSPORT TO MAGONIA:

    “Just as some cheap magazines are deliberately written to generate fear in the public and to capitalize on that fear, some scientific reports are deliberate hoaxes designed to reinforce the credibility of our scientific, political, and military establishments” (156).

    Reading your post made me immediately think of this.

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    1. hi long timer! welcome to you and your comments.

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    2. Over half of scientific reports, apparently.

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  8. Earth is now considered to be unique? As if until now the scientists of Oxford were collectively working under the assumption that they would find a perfectly identical copy of earth. In their telescopes that are not even real telescopes but holographic telescopes. They couldn't even find their own belly buttons with such imaginary apparatus. Never mind the countless billions of parallel earths. The apparatus that projects the holographic earth is not so tightly focussed as to only project one earth. Perhaps it can be said that to us most earth images are negatives that cancel each other out. Leading to the perspective illusion of one composite vision of earth. Best of all possible worlds, haha.

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    1. My suspicion? Most of it is guesswork and fake math. No one ever reads that bullshit. No one gives two fucks, not even other astronomers.

      Prediction: Nearly all of it will be exposed at totally false within twenty years or so.

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  9. The rates of nubile young men drowning far out-rates the numbers of any other demographic. "Sail to me, sail to me, let me enfold you".

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    1. testosterone is a helluva drug.

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    2. Indeed, Delorus. Daring the Devil often ends with the Devil calling your bluff.

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  10. Chris,

    It always amazes me how these scientists and atheists are so presumptuous in their belief of 'we are all that there is' - almost to point of arrogantly high conceit. The fact they are so obsessed with their belief and ensuring everyone around them is ALWAYS aware of their view leads me to believe they're not really convinced themselves and need validation on it (like so many other groups today). I find them very tiring and tedious. As previously stated, I'm not a church-goer, but there is something orderly and structured to the universe that indicates something somewhere, here, out there, everywhere.

    As for science, replicating experiments, peer reviews, and the like... Well, as you've already alluded to, the field is highly overrated and corrupt as hell. If you're on the university/corporate side there's grant money to be spent until the cows come home on either enforcing official views like cell phones are safe or on useless animal hybrids. How about all of science and its unlimited grant money doing something actually useful like researching the cures for cancer, muscular disease, Alzheimer, etc.? No, that would be logical. Can't have that.

    By the way, looking at the term 'cell phone' I wonder if there are additional hidden meanings? How about the phone that disturbs one's cellular structure or even the phone that keeps its owner in a mental 'jail cell' of sorts? Lot of hidden taunts in these names just like Twitter for twits or Ipod seeming like I (am a) Pod. Facebook could even be construed as the old book of mugshots (book of faces) with pictures of people's faces and their info - voluntarily given instead of once extracted by law enforcement. If they were honest Facebook should just be called 'Mugshots'. It's really brilliant when you think about it.

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    1. "there is something orderly and structured to the universe that indicates something somewhere, here, out there, everywhere"... Well, never noticed any atheist denying that. In fact, they're quite happy to point it out. They just call it "natural laws".

      And please, do some bloody research, will you? Search for what research is being done for cancer, Alzheimer, or whatever your favorite nightmare is. And if you don't believe medical research is real, try asking your older relatives to go off their medications, and listen carefully when they tell you to go screw yourself.

      Ah, and Facebook is called that because that's how it started. Literally. Go do your research.

      Basically, go do enough research till it dawns on you that you really aren't having any original or clever ideas. Then, you may start wondering why apparently smart people hang at websites like this one. But only after you've gained a measure of your own level of ignorance.

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    2. Maria Rigel if Western science is the highest form of understanding dedicated to the greatest good of humanity then how do you explain proven cancer cures and treatments for other diseases being banned that "modern medicine" can't effectively treat?

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    3. Okay, Maria,

      I've had it with your 'Holier than Thou' superiority attitude! Do research on cancer? I've goddamned well done that after my wife was diagnosed with a type of Ovarian cancer almost 3 years ago!!! DON'T YOU DARE TELL ME ABOUT RESEARCHING CANCER!!!!!!!!!

      As far as I'm concerned, Miss 'Legend In Her Own Mind', you can take a you-know-what at a rolling donut - IF you have any sense of coordination whatsoever!!!!! Research that!!!

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    4. I was involved with a company doing cancer research utilizing a 'drug' that would hyperdrive 'T' cell activity essentially 'turning on' the individuals own immunity to fight and kill their own cancer.
      This was done on stage 4 individuals; all given 3-6 months to live.
      ALL whom had some inherent immunity left after the outright ravages of chemo and radiation 'therapy' found almost complete remission.
      I saw these patients with the worst cancer I have ever seen not only respond to the treatment, but I saw their tumors shrink and turn into what essentially were 'cystic' formations; NO CANCER.
      Why is the treatment not available?
      Follow the MONEY.
      Big Pharma makes BILLIONS treating cancer.
      Think they wanna give that up?
      The FDA found out about the success of the treatment and SHUT THE STUDY DOWN! (due to inaccurate 'charting' done by an ER physician involved in the study)
      They moved the research oversees.
      '1118' I feel your pain and frustration; I have seen too many wonderful humans lose their life to something that should never have taken their life in the first place.
      MR is an idiot; not worth wasting your time on an idiot.

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  11. [a]“Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook
    or tie down its tongue with a rope?
    2 Can you put a cord through its nose
    or pierce its jaw with a hook?
    3 Will it keep begging you for mercy?
    Will it speak to you with gentle words?
    4 Will it make an agreement with you
    for you to take it as your slave for life?
    5 Can you make a pet of it like a bird
    or put it on a leash for the young women in your house?
    6 Will traders barter for it?
    Will they divide it up among the merchants?
    7 Can you fill its hide with harpoons
    or its head with fishing spears?
    8 If you lay a hand on it,
    you will remember the struggle and never do it again!
    9 Any hope of subduing it is false;
    the mere sight of it is overpowering.
    10 No one is fierce enough to rouse it.
    Who then is able to stand against me?
    11 Who has a claim against me that I must pay?
    Everything under heaven belongs to me.

    12 “I will not fail to speak of Leviathan’s limbs,
    its strength and its graceful form.
    13 Who can strip off its outer coat?
    Who can penetrate its double coat of armor[b]?
    14 Who dares open the doors of its mouth,
    ringed about with fearsome teeth?
    15 Its back has[c] rows of shields
    tightly sealed together;
    16 each is so close to the next
    that no air can pass between.
    17 They are joined fast to one another;
    they cling together and cannot be parted.
    18 Its snorting throws out flashes of light;
    its eyes are like the rays of dawn.
    19 Flames stream from its mouth;
    sparks of fire shoot out.
    20 Smoke pours from its nostrils
    as from a boiling pot over burning reeds.
    21 Its breath sets coals ablaze,
    and flames dart from its mouth.
    22 Strength resides in its neck;
    dismay goes before it.
    23 The folds of its flesh are tightly joined;
    they are firm and immovable.
    24 Its chest is hard as rock,
    hard as a lower millstone.
    25 When it rises up, the mighty are terrified;
    they retreat before its thrashing.
    26 The sword that reaches it has no effect,
    nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin.
    27 Iron it treats like straw
    and bronze like rotten wood.
    28 Arrows do not make it flee;
    slingstones are like chaff to it.
    29 A club seems to it but a piece of straw;
    it laughs at the rattling of the lance.
    30 Its undersides are jagged potsherds,
    leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.
    31 It makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron
    and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment.
    32 It leaves a glistening wake behind it;
    one would think the deep had white hair.
    33 Nothing on earth is its equal—
    a creature without fear.
    34 It looks down on all that are haughty;
    it is king over all that are proud.”

    Job 41

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    1. Get a Job, shananana shanna-nanna na-na

      Get a Job.

      Bible doowop for you.

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  12. JB (of The Meta-Logic Café)9:42 AM, August 20, 2018

    Well, I've said it before, and I'll say it again: On September 23, 2017, THE STARS WERE RIGHT! People thought it was the beginning of the Great Tribulation, as described in Revelations chapter 12, but they forgot that Lovecraft truly was a dream-prophet, and that the Lovecraftian narrative of the era of the primordial chaos is obviously far older and far more powerful than the relatively recent "Jesus versus Satan" narrative.

    Jesus may be the Son of God, but both Jesus and Satan and everything else come from the Great God Pan beyond the stars. He IS the Dreamer, after all. So don't be surprised if Cthulhu and his friends from the depths show up at some point.

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    1. Someone once said "the stars let you know what's right and bright."

      Someone wise.

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  13. Scientists do learn things all the time that contradict what they thought they knew previously. That is not a bad thing. Indeed, that is why it is science. Also, I would not take the headlines of science journalism at face value. If you get to paragraph three or four, you often find out that the headline was misleading at least. That is if it was good reporting. If it is bad reporting, you may not get the real story at all.

    Also, the replication crisis mainly affected social/soft sciences (with the exception of evolutionary biology), not astrophysics or other hard sciences.

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    1. I hate to break it to you but you are greatly misinformed about the "hard sciences" somehow being exempt from "replication crisis". In fact it's easier to see the phenomenon within the hard sciences due to the scientific method. I let Biologist Rupert Sheldrake tell you through his experience and documentation.

      "Rupert Sheldrake - The Science Delusion BANNED TED TALK"

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKHUaNAxsTg

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    2. Emmanuel, I hate to break it to you, but Sheldrake has an agenda, and it doesn't have all that much to do with science. Even if it looks like it, on the surface.

      Anon, Chris knows all that you said (probably) and he doesn't give a damn. He isn't all that interested in the science. He's interested in other things.

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    3. Anon and Marie @ 2:33: Step down slowly from the soapbox. Are approved drugs "hard science" or not? Is "medical science" "hard science"? If yes, then you would be wrong about much of what you've said. Very wrong.

      Perhaps you are unaware of the history of failed replication our host has alluded to. If so, and as your posts suggest, you are unaware of this, please meet Mr. Ioannidis and this still-relevant article from 2010.

      https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/11/lies-damned-lies-and-medical-science/308269/

      PS: This was/is an early source text outlining the replication dispute so if you're first reading it now you probably shouldn't be spouting about the subject here.

      Add to the good doctor two former medical journal editors (JAMA and Lancet, iirc correctly) confirmed at least parts of what Dr. Ioannidis has said. Hope you'll understand why some of us might give their informed words and opinions just a tad more weight than yours.

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    4. Maria Rigel everybody who's someone has an "agenda" otherwise they are a willing o unwilling shill for someone else agenda. However, that previous statement can rightfully be dismissed as a tautology.

      Therefore, let me phrase my reply this way.... just because Sheldrake has an agenda does that mean his presentation is false? The answer if you look at the evidence is "no" his presentation isn't fraudulent.

      Science is indeed the new religion but the irony is the overwhelming majority of "science" doesn't hold up to the so-called "scientific method".

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    6. I meant .... the irony is the overwhelming majority of "western science" doesn't hold up to the so-called "scientific method" so science is indeed the new religion because it's just as much faith-based as any other theological paradigm that can be named.

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    7. Maria, Chris may not be interested in science, but if he is going to opine on it he should still try for accuracy.

      As for medicine being a hard science... Not in the same way as physics, chemistry, etc.

      Also, it is one thing to recognize that some scientists behave badly and contravene the scientific method. I am not sure how recognizing that means that one must shirt on science, and I don't understand how such an attitude is useful or helpful to any well intended truth seeker. ;

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    8. "Scientists exhibit human error... therefore, ALL SCIENCE IZ FALSE!!1! Subscribe to my Patreon!"

      Go crawl back into the dark ages, fools.

      Leave the rest of us be...

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    9. @Anonymous 11:28 AM, oh so you believe that scientists forging data i.e. cooking the books is just "human error" huh?

      "Scientist falsified data for cancer research once described as ‘holy grail,’ feds say"

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/11/09/scientist-falsified-data-for-cancer-research-once-described-as-holy-grail-feds-say/

      "Dozens of recent clinical trials may contain wrong or falsified data, claims study - Fresh concerns over reliability of papers published in journals as suspicious statistical patterns prompt investigations into some of the identified trials"

      https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jun/05/dozens-of-recent-clinical-trials-contain-wrong-or-falsified-data-claims-study

      "Former NOAA Scientist Confirms Colleagues Manipulated Climate Records"

      https://science.house.gov/news/press-releases/former-noaa-scientist-confirms-colleagues-manipulated-climate-records

      "US vaccine researcher sentenced to prison for fraud - The case of Dong-Pyou Han illustrates the uneven nature of penalties for scientific misconduct"

      https://www.nature.com/news/us-vaccine-researcher-sentenced-to-prison-for-fraud-1.17660

      ^^^^Those are literally just a few examples out of hundreds proven cases of scientific fraud from Phd researchers working within government sanctioned studies.

      It's funny how people such a yourself Anonymous @ 11:28 am want to proclaim other individuals are somehow "fools" yet you comment from ignorance and won't use whatever Internet capable device to do a simple search engine investigation of science fraud that will show how widespread along with common deceptive science is around the world.

      "China sets a strong example on how to address scientific fraud - New measures introduce what could be the world’s strongest disincentive for misconduct so far."

      https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05417-1

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    10. "Also, it is one thing to recognize that some scientists behave badly and contravene the scientific method. I am not sure how recognizing that means that one must shirt on science, and I don't understand how such an attitude is useful or helpful to any well intended truth seeker."

      The answer is in your first sentence, specifically the use of the tricky word "some". "Some" scientists are corruptible just like regular humans are corruptible. If "some" scientists eventually predominate in scientific discussions using their corrupt science, then the science has been corrupted as well. It's a pretty understandable premise and not at all unreasonable when viewed that way.

      So if we all agree there are corrupt scientists producing corrupt science we are merely arguing degrees and tipping points now.

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    11. @Anonymous 7:56 PM so willful ignorance and now rationalization are your responses to dismiss the evidence showing how widespread science fraud is huh?

      Do you know how many dozens of prescription drugs are recalled every year it can easily run over a hundred different drugs being recalled.

      "Every year, hundreds of new drugs and supplements are put to market with approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, some companies fail to properly test these products before they are prescribed by doctors and consumed by patients. Some dangerous drugs end up causing serious side effects and complications that drug companies may or may not have known about, leading to warnings and product recalls. In either case, consumers are injured and pharmaceutical companies are liable for subsequent damages and injury"

      So far in 2018, FDA drug recalls include the following:

      https://www.thelyonfirm.com/2017-2018-drug-recalls/

      ^^^^It's quite a long list of drugs that been recalled I'll let you click the url link above. Keep in mind that's just the prescription drugs recalled so far for 2018. But hey no big deal right? Scientists and medical reserachers are stand up gals and guys and it's not like their industry is driven by profits..... of wait a minute.

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    12. @ here's another one to contemplate if you can manage to to stop oohing and awing at the miracles of modern science; "35 FDA-Approved Prescription Drugs Later Pulled from the Market"

      "Below are the 35 drugs we could find that have been recalled from the US market since the 1970s, some that had been in use since the 1930s. A sample of advertisements for only some of the drugs are included because there is a scarcity of ads for withdrawn drugs online due to manufacturers removing ads for withdrawn drugs as part of the agreement to no longer market the drugs."

      "According to the FDA, a "drug is removed from the market when its risks outweigh its benefits. A drug is usually taken off the market because of safety issues with the drug that cannot be corrected, such as when it is discovered that the drug can cause serious side effects that were not known at the time of approval." The FDA also takes into account the number of people taking a drug being considered for removal so as to not harm those patients."

      https://prescriptiondrugs.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=005528

      ^^^^Again it's a long list so I'll let you check the url yourself. Notice it states; "A drug is usually taken off the market because of safety issues with the drug that cannot be corrected" Oh so the pharmaceutical company's profit margin is given the highest priority.

      However, if too many people have serious health complications or worse die then the Feds will force them to recall and stop production of that drug.

      "Yeah Science" right?

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    13. Eugene, I think you misread my 7:56 quote from another anon (@ 10:16) where I pasted in their last original paragraph from 10:16 as the first paragraph of my post, then disputing it in the paragraphs I wrote that followed.

      Sorry for the confusion, assuming it was the first paragraph of my post @ 7:56 that got your dander up. I thought I'd made the contrast in his views quoted and mine in reply clear enough, though perhaps not.

      For the record, my views are that in a corruptible world all will eventually be corrupted absent another more effective intervening force steering things another direction. This means science too is corruptible/corrupt. I'm with Ionnides on this one, not to mention the former medical journal editors who published corrupted crap for years - much to their great regret as they publicly state now.

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    14. You know, in spite of all that, every morning I wake up and look upon a world where science works. A world where (in the developed--that is to say scientifically and technologically advanced--world, anyway) we live a full four decades longer on average; we know that germs cause disease; we are closer than ever to understanding the nature of time and space itself, and so on. A world where, no matter how wrong we may be today in an absolute sense, we will never be as wrong as we were four hundred years ago, or even fifty years ago. But no, by all means let's throw all that away so we can look all edgy by claiming the earth is flat.

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    15. @Anonymous 9:39 AM who is claiming the Earth is flat? Where did you see such nonsense in my previous responses. That's proof positive when a person knows they argument is moot when their only response is to make a straw man response to try and sure up your basis.

      Your response has just as much validity as any (insert religious faith) statement that their particular Deity woke them up this morning or provided for them. You are exposing nothing more than "Science is the New religion" rhetoric.

      In fact I'll do you one better. Your desire to proclaim science as the end all zenith of human understanding isn't from a deep understanding of actual science which is proven by your obtuse responses. Your "sincerity" may be of genuine "science fan" but it's clearly not someone with a deep understanding of any actual science based on your replies.

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    16. oh so you believe that scientists forging data i.e. cooking the books is just "human error" huh?

      Yep.

      Humans are flawed. (Frankly, most of our species sucks). My issue is with your binary thinking.

      "Some scientists are bad" != "OMGZ! All the Science IZ bad!"

      Sorry, Emmanuel: I quite like the Enlightenment (flawed as it is), and have zero interest in submitting to fools like you who clearly have an agenda.

      You can pry my Enlightenment from my cold, dead hands...

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    17. Emmanuel Derp, So I should go to you for a deep understanding of science, or anything else? Can't get close enough to you because of all your hand waving!

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    18. Anon 11:38: Nailed it, my dude!

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    19. @Anonymous 3:48 PM if you gonna feign having authority on a subject like "science" then you should at least have an understanding about it. Your commentary clearly suggests you don't understand the science that you claim to be an authority upon.

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    20. @ Anonymous 11:38 AM I respect you right to remain blissfully ignorant. Good day!!!!!

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    21. I like science and junk

      I fucking like the science.

      Sheesh.

      You guys.

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  14. Years ago someone told me that if you can imagine a fish of any kind or size or shape, it exists in the ocean... and some are frightening!

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    1. "When you get to the bottom of the ocean the normal rules of physics don't apply"

      - 'framegames', Incels Are (Largely) Correct | w/ Frame Game, TPS #115

      A sink just encountered on da tube.

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    2. Anony 6:54's sing-out to 'This Mortal Coil' hooks with fg's comment, said in discussion of male/female dating/mating opportunity disparities = the rise of the incel. Those that go fishing for a Siren shall surely end up dragged under the drowning waves, what else would a beast from the depths do to a land lubber drunk on the effervescent lure of salt-watered songs of otherworldly beauty?

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    3. I can imagine a fish THAT LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE ME.

      I sense its presence, at the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

      It speaks to me in the night. It tells me to do horrible things.

      Make it stop.

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  15. Chris,

    Looking at these pics of deep-sea horrors reminded me of how we've spent the past century or so dumping uncounted tons of nuclear, chemical, and agricultural waste into the oceans. "BOB" knows what this cocktail has created. Of course, when you mutate rarities to begin with, you go right off the scale and make stuff that looks like refugees from Roger Corman movies.

    I still think Nessie is a ghost, but I could be wrong...

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    1. I don't think it works like getting bit by a radioactive stingray or something. Waste usually makes unviable freaks not Godzilla.

      I know, I know, hard to believe. Sad but true.

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  16. The idea that life originated on Earth and is "special" is the last geocentrism.

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    1. And you can't spell geocentrism without EGO.

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  17. Remember the show "Conspiracy Theory" with Jesse Ventura & Sean Stone? They tried to go to Plum Island but needless to say, were not successful:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO8pQJCPxao

    But as far as weird animal sightings go, I think there's all kinds of genetic variations that happen naturally among animals just as there are among people: unusual sizes, deformities, etc. I remember going to Boy Scout camp in NH as a kid & by Lake Winnipisaki someone had found a snapping turtle shell that was bigger than a VW bug. This stuff happens without human intervention, scary to think what the DARPA crowd could engineer in a lab. Or maybe CERN opened a doorway that couldn't be shut?

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  18. I previously posted on one of your posts way back about how the increasing appearance of cryptozoological creatures was one of the precursors to the return of magick/sorcery and spiritual being within the the backstory of the roleplaying game Shadowrun.

    Shadowrun Beginner's Guide: Part 1: Welcome to the Sixth World

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qcyTMJ0hPY

    Episode 6: 2011-2012: The Year of Chaos, Dragons and Coyotes
    http://neo-anarchist.com/?p=71

    This one has a much better audio and speaker; "Episode 10: 2021 to 2023 Don’t Call it Goblinization..."

    http://neo-anarchist.com/?p=87


    ^^^^Now that's just a silly game for adults entertaining their inner-child. Well another phenomenon of "Sixth World" is the return of magick/sorcery that rivals the stereotypical depictions of fairy tales, horror novels, and even Hollywood movies.

    "Ma Nithya Yogamaathananda, Girl who Demonstrates Cool Superpower, on Third Eye, Nithyananda & More"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pinUWsMfono

    ^^^^I know Youtube "Spiritual Gurus" are considered even less credible than roleplaying fanboys but before one scarfs at them being just another set of hucksters it's worth noting the late Guru Sai BaBa was documented exhibiting all the abilities they spoke about and Sai Baba was written about within the late Michael Talbot's "The Holographic Universe".

    Perhaps all the increasing High weirdness of cryptozootids is indeed humanity entering a kind of Sixth Age as the basis of the Shadowrun game Universe. Even the experiments with CRISPR tech is a central feature of that game universe with bioengineering common place within the Shadowrun Universe.

    Maybe we have collectively slide into a reality where that fantasy universe is becoming very real matter of fact.

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    1. Yes, we are sliding into a reality where stereotypical fantasy is becoming real fact. And you are a prime example proving that.

      Your idea of reality is, above all, *yours*. It's more "yours" than it is "reality". After all, there are damn few things we can be absolutely certain about.

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    2. Maria Rigel you really woke up on the wrong side of the bed today?

      If that's your take away the it sadly reflects the limitations of your own biases and whatever is eating you today. Despite that I hope you get that monkey off your back for your own piece of mind.

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    3. I've learned that most people who are as entitled and present in a forum like Maria Rigel, are normally people who look very shy and low key in the real world. I don't know if this is the case, but one thing i can surely say is that Maria's inet alterego likes to reprimend and treat everyone like they don't know anything.

      Maybe we don't know anything, but at least we don't treat other people like ignorants, this is a debate of ideas, and some people really wants to help in this secret sun place. Maybe she wants to teach people? Encourage us? Sorry if it's too personal, but i think the vibe it's important too, knowledge it's not that sterile.

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    4. RPGs make magic and monsters commonplace until they are no longer magical or monstrous. Something like Shadowrun quickly becomes a very thin and crude metaphor for wealth/race division in the USA.

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    5. @Anonymous 5:01 AM actually that's a key point to the Shadowrun series is how the Nation-state became supplanted by the Corporate-state which isn't that dissimilar from how the world is actually evolving or devolving depending on your perspective.

      I'll give you another parallel form science-fiction to chew on. The Late Octavia Butler hands down one of the greatest sci-fi writers of the 20th century gave an interview and she spoke about racial identity in science fiction.

      Actually she related an experience being at a sci-fi conference and she sat a table with other sci-fi luminaries. She asked a science fiction magazine editor, "Why don't they every have Black people and other nonwhites within their stories?"

      That editor replied; "Anything we want to say about Black people we use aliens" i.e. extraterrestrials.

      I wish I can remember which interview that was it wasn't the one Ms. Butler did on Charlie Rose if I recall correctly. If I find that vid I will post later in a follow up comment.

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    6. If you ain't got the guts to write about race without some lame analogy then you probably shouldn't be doing it. You want Orcs as your inner city underclass in a story set in actual US cities just so you can pretend your not talking about black people? Lame.

      This isn't even the thing about awful RPG convention that annoys me the most. They can never just call a sword a sword. It has a to be listed on a spreadsheet as a short sword or a bastard sword or whatever. Which are all technically names used for swords in the past. But they get the details about what that name might imply wrong more often than not. They mix in many names for swords used in completely different cultures and eras when most of them just mean sword. Awful world building. Byzantine and fetishistic.

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    7. @Anonymous 7:16 PM I must admit it does raises an eyebrow comparing Black-Americans and other Nonwhite people to aliens and humanoid creatures that's some particularly disturbing psychology going on.

      However, we should be a little forgiving because RPG's are indeed fantasy based. If someone wants historical accurate depictions and uses of melee weapons then that's where Historic LARPS come into play.

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    8. Let's forget fantasy and escapism and skip straight to the struggle sessions.

      Better yet, let's skip the struggle sessions and go straight to the purges.

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  19. A comment not related to CRISPR or DNA, but thought it may be interesting. I was watching the news first thing this morning and I kept hearing non stop about this woman falling from a cruise ship and surviving in the water close to Croatia for 10 hours. In her own words, she survived because of yoga and “singing”. Thought nothing much of it, but this news kept repeating during the whole day in the UK. Then something clicked, she “sang” to be alive during her ordeal and she also reminds me a bit of old Daryl Hannah from “Splash”, and I wondered if she was singing the siren song. Don’t know really, but I think this story has a mermaid theme. Maybe she is “vegan”, if I find out I will let you know. https://news.sky.com/story/british-woman-saved-10-hours-after-falling-off-cruise-ship-in-croatia-11476770

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    1. You missed the fun part. Her name is Kay Longstaff.

      Katherine/Hekaterine/Hekate.
      Longstaff/Ceremonial religious usher with a long staff/Long staff for knocking on doors. Hekate is a goddess of portals among other things.

      Do witches float? I guess we finally found out.

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    2. Sorry, but YOU missed the fun part.

      Katherine= Ka-Athyr-Ein. "To bear the Ka of Hathor."

      Try to keep up.

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  20. Chimera-D:Wave-splice-coax Oannes out of Davy Jones' Locker & who knows what further civilising insights shall be gifted to the self-anointed elect?

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    Washed up again so as to be offered once more:

    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/08/17/natalie-wood-was-warned-about-horrible-weather-before-tragic-downing-claims-boat-captain.html

    "...Natalie, she would never even stick her toes in the water, because number one, it was cold ... And the other thing is, she didn’t like being near water.”

    More water-borne offerings:

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/first-disabled-woman-sail-solo-13107904

    'Hilary took up sailing in 2003 and was able to steer and adjust the sails by blowing or sucking on straws...'

    &

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/breaking-british-cruise-ship-passenger-13105365

    'An 'exhausted' British woman who spent 10 HOURS in the sea after falling off a cruise ship says yoga and singing helped her survive the terrifying ordeal.', 'Ms Longstaff is reportedly a former Virgin Atlantic flight attendant who now works on private jets.', 'It is not clear how Kay ended up in the water - or how she managed to stay afloat for 10 hours - but CCTV footage is being examined.'

    &

    https://apnews.com/a7d22765248940c591e5b777e856761d

    rain flooded / gorge / killing at least eight

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6078753/Scuba-diver-waves-rides-whale-shark-arrested-stupid-shore.html

    &

    Bad news never ends for the former reigning 'Rule Britannia':

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/08/20/competition-build-cut-price-frigates-royal-navy-relaunched/

    'The competition to build budget frigates for the Royal Navy has been relaunched after it was halted last month, with defence chiefs saying they had received “insufficient compliant bids”.', 'Military sources have previously questioned how useful the ships will be, but their duties will include protecting and supporting the Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.'

    It's also bad news for 'Split' 2:

    http://uk.ign.com/articles/2018/08/18/it-chapter-2-james-mcavoy-mildly-injured-fighting-pennywise

    'Actor James McAvoy seems to have sustained a double thigh injury while filming a fight scene against Pennywise the Clown in IT: Chapter 2'

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    1. Natalie Wood if she could, however, after a firey argument with husband Robert Wagner she lost her bouyancy, perhaps alcohol, adding to the fire, played a part in the drowning of her sorrow?

      & Christopher Walk-In? It couldn't carry Wood over Stygian waters.

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    2. This tail of the Natalie Wood water death just will not sink, It's been resucfacing on news tides Year-In Year-Out for quite some time now, I'm not old enough to say if It's ever completely vanished from view below the depths.

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    3. More from the Never Ending Ritual: Bowie's 'Day-In Day-Out' video stars what must be a proto-Gillian Anderson (clone?) in the terrorised female lead-role - a performance as convincing as Millie Bobby Brown's audition tape for 'Stranger Things'. The video opens with a shot of an abandoned baby swaddled like a water-borne orphan as winged entities flap about It.

      Listening to the 'D-ID-O' It wouldn't sound out of place as part of a 'Spiders From Mars' setlist.

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    4. And for fans of Bowie and tarot:

      https://www.buzzfeed.com/kristinml/the-david-bowie-inspired-tarot-is-here-and-youre-i89o?utm_term=.yol4XKMm8#.vbbnLme6b

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    5. Natalie Wood= Yule Log. It's true. Look it up.

      Day In Day Out is cack. Rubbish-era Bowie.

      Worse, FRAMPTON-era Bowie. Double cack.

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  21. Lovecraft actually wrote a story about climate change. The whole of humanity has gone extinct besides a young guy and some older lady, the older lady dies and the young guy goes looking for water and finds a water well but trips and falls and dies.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Till_A%E2%80%99the_Seas

    "And after the death of the last man, mankind totally has vanished. A farce, named "evolution", faces a natural conclusion."

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  22. Take it from a former taxidermist, the Montauk Monster is a raccoon. If an animal dies on the seashore, and gets jostled about by the tide, it's hair will slough off as it begins to decompose. What people think is a "beak" is just the tip of the upper jaw- zoom in, and you'll see the chambers that used to hold its canine teeth. The carcass was the size of a cat. That last ring of hair on the right forearm is the precise color of raccoon hair. The tail is exactly the right length. The five digits on the forepaw are exactly as you'd expect. Size-wise, proportionality, and habitat all scream "RACCOON!" This is where the process of elimination comes in handy.

    That thing in Panama? Look at those long gangly arms. The relatively small head with the squinty eyes, tiny ears, and funny nose. Oh, and the CLAW on its hand. That's not for eviscerating the enemies of the Nephilim. It's for hanging from trees while moss grows on your back.

    It's a drowned and bloated Two-Toed Sloth. Pretty common in Panama.

    That thing in Brooklyn? "Five fingers and long tail." For Christ's sake, it's another raccoon.

    "While densities in rural areas may be 20 - 40 raccoons per square mile, raccoon densities in some developed parts of the state (e.g. Long Island) may exceed 100 per square mile."

    https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9358.html

    What if it's possible that weird shit happened at Montauk AND there are raccoons that come to the beaches to feed at night and die there every once in a while?

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    1. Sure it's a raccoon. That's all.

      You bet.

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  23. Not one comment about the post's mention of film "Anniliation".Is there a "Supernatural" reason for some of the 'newly' discovered animals aka "mandanimals" or the elephant in the room aka The Mandela Effect?.. Sadly,almost all replies are steadfastly locked into a materialist dead-science viewpoint gleaned from a lifetime of exposure to academic brainwashing articles promoted by MSM....even though recently some Physicists have admitted the Universe is a MENTAL (Non-physical) CONSTRUCT.You are experiencing a Paradigm Shift! Best take some time off to meditate in Nature and read Philosophy,than defend the old materialist establishment's lies and fraud science-narrative in the comments section of a Synchronicity blog.Learn To Think Deeper. http://imgur.com/a/rddxDbE

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    1. The Universe is indeed a mental construct but we still have to play by its rules. For the time being, at least.

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    2. "Reality Is Broken" Are We Witnessing A Divine Intervention?
      It seems only the Universe or an intelligent Benevolent Agent(s) working on behalf of the Universe would have the ability to change perception of reality (for a large group).The Effect works to wake up humans from self-imposed sleep (documented by testimonials) and combat the Negative Agents trying to keep any conscious awareness from reaching the Public.Currently,most of (the Public) refuse to wake up.The Masses have collectively chosen to continue fighting against Consciousness (often by using permanent brain-damaging chemical antidepressants/anxiety medications) in a desperate attempt to preserve the status quo system.Why are the Masses afraid of The Effect? Simply due to fear of change and likely because of social/peer,religious,academic,economic or media pressure.The deniers of Consciousness also refuse to take any personal responsibility for the horrific suffering created by the Negative Agent's status quo system."Finale" The Effect is very close to reaching "the tipping-point" and when this happens : Everything will change in a single Day. https://tusb.stanford.edu/tag/the-thinker

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