My Mom just told me about a special forces soldier that died from heat exhaustion in Phoenix yesterday. He was homeless. I can't find anything on it. Poor soul. This is how we treat our soldiers. We should be ashamed. Crystal
Oh! No! that is awful.... the poor man. Doesn't the government there have pensions and housing to help returning soldiers?
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« Reply #632 on: Aug 13th, 2010, 10:57am »
Homeless veteran denied benefits, but is given full military funeral Posted: 08/12/2010 Last Updated: 14 hours and 29 minutes ago
By: MaryEllen Resendez video report after the jump.
PHOENIX - A man who was living on the streets was given a full military funeral Thursday after a homeless support group discovered he was a 9-year military veteran.
For the past two years a group of volunteers from "Hope on the Streets" or H.O.T.S. have been heading down to Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix to give lunch and water to the homeless.
It's there they met up with Hersey Etoye Ross. But a couple of weeks ago they didn't see Hersey and discovered he had died from heat exhaustion, a common killer among the homeless in Arizona.
Volunteers started searching for Hersey's family.
"A few of our team members went above and beyond to dig up some information, since the next of kin could not be located. We learned he was honorably discharged from the Army after 9 years of service," said Jami Locke with H.O.T.S.
Volunteers then called the military and discovered because of his years of service Hersey qualified for a full military burial, but unfortunately while alive he was not eligible for benefits.
The service was held Thursday at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in north Phoenix.
A high percentage of homeless are returning soldiers. I don't know the specifics because we don't have any military in the family but from what I gather help is hard to get.
Crys, that is pretty sad. Many would need help, heck they have seen things and experienced things that most will never have to in a whole lifetime. They may be suffering depression, bad dreams and all sorts of effects from war and they are not being cared for. What a slap in the face that would be. Australian returned servicemen get all sorts of help if needed, from pensions to free medical and cheap medicines. They have clubs they can go to for comrade with fellow returned servicemen (RSL, Returned Serviceman's League) and different organisations that help them.
I read the news article and its just so sad.... he gets a full military funeral. If he had been helped then he would still be alive.
Crys, that is pretty sad. Many would need help, heck they have seen things and experienced things that most will never have to in a whole lifetime. They may be suffering depression, bad dreams and all sorts of effects from war and they are not being cared for. What a slap in the face that would be.
It is terrible the way we expect our servicemen and women and their families to give and give and give of themselves with nothing in return. I better stop, I get boiling mad about this subject. I think I'll leave this. It was posted in the comment section of that article:
"No more bleeding, no more fight No prayers pleading through the night Just divine embrace, eternal light In the Mansions of the Lord Rest in Peace my friend"
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« Reply #637 on: Aug 13th, 2010, 1:22pm »
Phantoms and Monsters
Friday, August 13, 2010 Fortean / Oddball News - 8/13/2010
The Age of Austerity Challenges Stonehenge
The prehistoric monument of Stonehenge stands tall in the British countryside as one of the last remnants of the Neolithic Age. Recently it has also become the latest symbol of another era: the new fiscal austerity.
Renovations — including a plan to replace the site’s run-down visitors center with one almost five times bigger and to close a busy road that runs along the 5,000-year-old monument — had to be mothballed in June. The British government had suddenly withdrawn £10 million, or $16 million, in financing for the project as part of a budget squeeze.
Stonehenge, once a temple with giant stone slabs aligned in a circle to mark the passage of the sun, is among the most prominent victims of the government’s spending cuts. The decision was heavily criticized by local lawmakers, especially because Stonehenge, a Unesco World Heritage site, was part of London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.
The shabby visitors center there now is already too small for the 950,000 people who visit Stonehenge each year, let alone the additional onslaught of tourists expected for the Games, the lawmakers say.
“It’s a disgrace,” said Ian West, a Wiltshire councilor. “The visitor facilities are definitely not fit for purpose.”
Alan Brown, who was visiting from Australia this week, agreed. “They should really treat this site as the best prehistoric site,” Mr. Brown said. “There is so much more they could do to improve it.”
Stonehenge is the busiest tourist attraction in Britain’s southwest, topping even Windsor Castle. But no major improvements have been made to the facilities there since they were built 40 years ago.
For now, portable toilets lead from a crammed parking lot, via a makeshift souvenir shop in a tent, to a ticket office opposite a small kiosk that sells coffee and snacks.
The overhaul was scheduled for next spring. Plans by the architectural firm Denton Corker Marshall would keep the stone monument itself unchanged. But the current ticket office and shop would be demolished and a new visitors center would be built on the other side of the monument, about two and a half kilometers, or 1.5 miles, from the stones.
The center would include a shop almost five times the size of the current one, a proper restaurant, three times as many parking spots and an exhibition space to provide more information about Stonehenge’s history.
A transit system would shuttle visitors between the center and the stones while footpaths would encourage tourists to walk to the monument and explore the surrounding burial hills. The closed road would be grassed over to improve the surrounding landscape.
Last year, the £27 million project won the backing of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. After more than 25 years of bickering with local communities about how and where to build the new center, planning permission was granted in January. Construction was supposed to start next year and be completed in time for the Olympics — but the economic downturn has changed those plans.
The new prime minister, David Cameron, has reversed many of his predecessor’s promises as part of a program to cut more than £99 billion annually over the next five years to help close a gaping budget deficit. The financing for Stonehenge fell in the first round of cuts, worth about £6.2 billion, from the budget for the current year, along with support for a hospital and the British Film Institute.
“We are frustrated and disappointed,” Peter Carson, head of Stonehenge, said, standing in a windowless office at the site surrounded by boxes filled with toys and other souvenirs from the gift shop. It is now unclear whether someone else may step in to pay for the new visitors center.
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« Reply #638 on: Aug 13th, 2010, 1:25pm »
Woman & Boyfriend Experience "Time Interruption" Date of Sighting: August 11, 2010 Time of Sighting: 3:06 PM CDT Location of Sighting: Midolothian, Illinois (Suburb to South of Chicago)
Description: Listen to Witness Report (MP3) The witness called shortly after her experience. She and her boyfriend were playing pool in her basement. They had started another game and she had just lit up a cigarette. Both suddenly felt a "flicker." They awoke in the same position by the pool table except that the cigarette was gone and no lighted cigarettes were found. The boyfriend (interview not taped) said that he felt a flash of light and then a "time lapse." He thought that around 15 minutes of time was missing.
Note: This experience probably is not related to the "alien abduction" phenomenon, but certainly fits into the paranormal realm. I have received about a half dozen reports in the past 5 years describing similar "time lapses."
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« Reply #640 on: Aug 13th, 2010, 5:14pm »
Phantoms and Monsters
Friday, August 13, 2010 The Mothman Cometh: John Keel's Reports The following are the Mothman humanoid / cryptid encounter reports collected by ufologist John Keel (The Mothman Prophecies) two years prior to the Silver Bridge collapsed on December 15, 1967.
The bridge connected the towns of Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Gallipolis, Ohio over the Ohio River. Some of these reports are not from the area of the bridge collapse but seem to describe a similar entity. As well, some of the reports are from the general area of the bridge collapse but describe entities other than a Mothman-like being. Not all of these accounts were contained in The Mothman Prophecies. Can these reports be related to the Mothman phenomenon?
- Gallipolis, Ohio - early 1966 - night: A woman who lived in a farm had reported her cattle being mutilated by unknown assailants. One night she went out armed with a shotgun to investigate and encountered several tall men wearing white coveralls. She chased them but they ran very fast and were able to easily jump over the fences.
- Point Pleasant, West Virginia - March 1966 - daytime: A "reliable woman" said that she had observed a silver disc hovering above a Point Pleasant school. A male figure in a tight fitting silver coverall was "standing" (floating) outside the open door of the object in midair, gazing intently into the school playground. He had pointed features and shoulder-length hair. A similar object, she said, landed sometime later in the yard behind her home, and was witnessed by her teenaged children. A similar being was seen in this occasion as well.
- Salt Lake City, Utah - July 18, 1966: Residents of this Mormon community reported seeing a bird "about as big as a Piper Cub airplane" circle the area. Some people ran for cover while others ran for their telephones.
- Scott, Mississippi - September 1 1966 - 2:00pm: Mrs James Ikart reported seeing what looked like a man fluttering about the sky. Several other people also said they had seen it. No other information.
- Point Pleasant, West Virginia - November 1 1966: A national guardsman saw a large brownish man-shaped figure on the limb of a tree. No other information.
- Gallipolis, Ohio - November 2, 1966 - 8:00pm: The witness was out behind her building getting ready to go home when there was a sudden flash directly above her. A large cylinder shape object then appeared and landed on the nearby parking lot. The object was completely silent and the witness was unable to move as two men descended from the object and walked towards her. The men were normal looking but heavily tanned with pointed noses, pointed chins, and high cheekbones, they wore coverall like uniforms. They asked the witness several mundane questions using a singsong high-pitched voice; they then walked back to their craft, which took off at high speed. The witness lived in a farm and had been having problems with missing cattle around the same time.
- Near Parkersburg, West Virginia - November 2, 1966 - night: Two men traveling by car on highway 77 watched an elongated object descend from the sky directly in front of their vehicle. They stopped the car and saw a man emerged from the object and walk over to them. The man was human looking and was grinning broadly. He was wearing a black coat and kept his arms folded out of sight under his armpits. The black-garbed stranger asked them several pointless questions before returning to the dark cylinder shaped craft, which quickly rose and disappeared into the sky. This incident occurred on the same night as the Woodrow Derenberger contact-landing case in the same general area.
- Clendenin, West Virginia - November 12, 1966 - daytime: Five men were digging a grave in a cemetery near Clendenin when something that looked like "a brown human being" fluttered from some nearby trees & maneuvered low over their heads. It was in sight for about a minute.
- Salem, West Virginia - November 14, 1966 - 10:30pm: Newell Partridge was sitting at home when suddenly the TV blanked out. A real fine herringbone pattern appeared on the tube, and at the same time the set started a loud whining noise, winding up to a high pitch, peaking and breaking off, as if you were on a musical scale. It sounded like a generator winding up. Outside on the porch, his dog Bandit began wailing. Partridge picked up a flashlight and went outside to investigate. The dog was sitting at the end of the porch, howling down toward the hay barn in the bottom. Partridge shined the light in that direction, and it picked up two red circles, or eyes, which looked like bicycle reflectors. There was something about the eyes that was difficult to explain. The eyes were huge, plainly visible at a distance of 150 yards. As soon as the flashlight picked out the "eyes" Bandit snarled and ran toward them. A "cold chill" swept over the man and he felt a wave of fear, which kept him from following the dog. That night he slept with a loaded gun beside his bed. The next day he went looking for his dog. They found tracks. At the approximate position of the "eyes" he found a large number of dog tracks. The tracks were going in a circle, as if the dog had been chasing his tail. Then the tracks vanished, the dog was never seen again.