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« Reply #1936 on: Aug 1st, 2017, 08:25am »
Dark Ages Fort Built by Mysterious 'Painted People' Found in Scotland
By Tia Ghose, Senior Writer July 31, 2017 12:59pm ET
A fort that is more than 1,000 years old, dating back to the time of Alfred the Great, has been unearthed in Scotland, more than 200 years after it was thought to have been completely destroyed.
The ancient fort was built by the Picts, a loose confederation of tribes who lived in what is now Scotland during the Dark Ages. The fort was likely a major source of power for the Pictish kingdom between A.D. 500 and 1000. In the 1800s, a town was built over the ancient stronghold, known as Burghead Fort, and most archaeologists thought the last remaining traces of the fort were destroyed at that time.
However, new archaeological excavations are revealing major structures hidden beneath the town, including a rare coin that dates to the period of English king Alfred the Great.
"Beneath the 19th century debris, we have started to find significant Pictish remains," Gordon Noble, head of archaeology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, said in a statement. "We appear to have found a Pictish longhouse. This is important because Burghead is likely to have been one of the key royal centers of Northern Pictland."
Almost nothing survives of the mysterious Pictish culture, including the name they called themselves. The Romans first mentioned the Picts, which means "painted people," likely because of their distinctive tattoos and war paint. However, relatively few Pictish writings survive, and much of what historians know about the Picts' early history comes from the accounts of Roman speechwriters such as Eumenius.
Burghead Fort was known since medieval times, but in the 1800s, the town of Lossiemouth was built atop its ruins, and the fort was thought to have been largely destroyed. In 2015, researchers from the University of Aberdeen set out to discover whether any of the ancient kingdom's remains were left. They found ruins from an ancient longhouse with a stone-built hearth. Inside the remains of the building was a coin emblazoned with the image of Alfred the Great, an English king who fended off the Vikings during the heyday of their raids in the late 800s. The coin helps date the structure's occupancy to the later part of the Pictish period, the researchers said.
"Burghead Fort has long been recognized as being an important seat of power during the early medieval period, and is known as the largest fort of its type in Scotland," Bruce Mann, an archaeologist with the Aberdeenshire Council Archaeology Service, said in the statement. "Its significance has just increased again, though, with this discovery. The fact that we have surviving buildings and floor levels from this date is just incredible."
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« Reply #1937 on: Aug 1st, 2017, 6:03pm »
Well, now the U.S. of Trump has upset another group!
Drug Cartels Fuming at New U.S. Policy Screening 100% of Mexican Cargo Trucks
AUGUST 01, 2017
In a major shift from lax Obama-era regulations, the Trump administration is finally allowing customs officers to screen all cargo trucks entering the U.S. from Mexico and sources on both sides of the border tell Judicial Watch Mexican drug cartels are fuming. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is using X-ray technology and other non-intrusive tools to screen 100% of cargo trucks crossing the southern border after eight years of sporadic or random screening permitted under the Obama administration.
“We felt like we were the welcoming committee and not like we were guarding our borders,” said veteran U.S. Customs agent Patricia Cramer, who also serves as president of the Arizona chapter of the agency’s employee union. “The order was to facilitate traffic, not to stop any illegal drugs from entering the country,” Cramer added. “We want to enforce the law. That’s what we signed up for.” Cramer, a canine handler stationed at the Nogales port of entry in Arizona, said illicit drugs are pouring in through the southern border, especially massive quantities of fentanyl, an opioid painkiller that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says is more potent than morphine.
Approximately 471,000 trucks pass through the U.S-Mexico border monthly, according to figures published by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The busiest port of entry is in Laredo, Texas where 167,553 trucks enter the U.S. from Mexico monthly, followed by Otay Mesa in California (76,953), El Paso, Texas (58,913), Hidalgo, Texas (45,355) and Nogales with 29,439. Other busy ports include East Calexico, California (29,173), Brownsville, Texas (16,140) and Eagle Pass, Texas (12,952). Trucks bring in everything from auto parts to appliances, produce and livestock. In fact, a veteran Homeland Security official told Judicial Watch that cattle trucks passed without inspection during the Obama administration because Mexican farmers complained that the security screenings frightened their cows. “Our guys were livid that we were not allowed to check cattle,” the federal official said.
Frontline customs agents stationed along the southern border confirm that trucks containing “legitimate” goods are often used by sophisticated drug cartels to move cargo north. This is hardly surprising since most illegal drugs in the United States come from Mexico, according to the DEA, and Mexican traffickers remain the greatest threat to the United States. They’re classified as Transitional Criminal Organizations (TCOs) by the government and for years they’ve smuggled in enormous quantities of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. Last year the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the nonpartisan agency that provides Congress with policy and legal analysis, published a disturbing report outlining how Mexican cartels move record quantities of drugs into the U.S. Because cartels move the drugs through the Southwest border, western states have become part of what’s known as the “heroin transit zone,” according to the CRS.
Federal law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch Mexican cartels operate like efficient businesses that resort to “other more treacherous routes” when necessary, but driving through a port of entry in a cargo truck is a preferred method of moving drugs. Cartels station shifts of spotters with binoculars in Mexican hills near border checkpoints to determine the level of security screenings. “They know if we’re on the job, the level of screening that we’re conducting,” Cramer said. “The cartels watch us all the time.” Nogales is a favorite for cartel spotters because the U.S. checkpoint sits in a valley surrounded by hills on the Mexican side, where unobstructed views facilitate surveillance. “They see everything,” Cramer said. For years the cartel spotters saw that much of the cargo passing through the checkpoint was waved through, according to agents contacted by Judicial Watch.
Trump’s appointment of multiple individuals with a neoconservative worldview completely contradictory to the one that he campaigned on isn’t “to keep his political enemies forever guessing his real intentions”, as everybody already knew what he supposedly intended to do if he was ever elected president.
Instead, these people were placed in their respective positions because Trump was conned into thinking that he was cutting a deal with the “deep state” whereby he sacrificed some of his ambitiously revolutionary foreign policy promises in exchange for encountering less opposition to the implementation of his desired domestic agenda.
As could have been expected, the “Republicans In Name Only” (RINOs) didn’t abide by this “gentlemen’s agreement” between the President and the “deep state”, and they continued to make it all but impossible for Trump to govern except in the select instances when he could rely on Executive Orders.
Whereas Trump thought that he was wheeling and dealing in the foreign policy sphere in order to obtain advantageous outcomes in the domestic one, he soon found out that the domestic and foreign policies of the US are so intertwined as to be inseparable, meaning that a loss on one front inevitably leads to further losses on the other.
It’s presumed that he’s working behind the scenes with his trusted advisors to slowly but surely place “his people” into key positions so as to facilitate this at a later time, but the clock is ticking, the momentum is turning against Trump, and he’s already been pressured into walking back many of his promises, whether as “tactical retreats” for the short term or as genuine strategic reversals.
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« Reply #1940 on: Aug 2nd, 2017, 07:53am »
GOOD MORNING EXPLORERS
Spike In UFO Sightings Reported In Connecticut: Check Out The Full List
There have been 30 UFO sightings in Connecticut in 2017. Ten of those sightings were reported in July alone.
By Joe Lipovich (Patch Staff) Updated August 1, 2017 4:29 pm ET
July was a big month for UFO sightings in the Nutmeg State, according to the National UFO Reporting Center. There were 10 UFO sightings reported in Connecticut during the month of July, according to the organization that records UFO sightings nationwide. Prior to July 20, UFO sightings had been reported in all of 2017, marking a 50 percent spike in reports.
Two of the reported sightings, however, were discredited by local police. In Clinton on July 2, a report of a green sphere with white dots was reported, but police confirmed the object to be lens flares. On July 16 in Groton, what one person thought to be a row of five hook-shaped objects was later ruled by police to be a sky-writing aircraft.
Now don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying there are or aren't UFOs, but according to the NUFORC, the most recent sighting in Connecticut occurred in Meriden on July 23.
"Flew extremely low overhead," wrote the reporter."Silent craft, absolutely no noise. Single red/pink light on craft. Moved from East to West. Passed over my dad's house & the neighbor's house across the street while releasing 4 small red balls of light that turned & disappeared before hitting the ground. They looked like firework embers, the way the died out. & the UFO disappeared behind the trees"
Another UFO was spotted in Manchester, where the witness saw an orange spherical light that didn't move.
Just one bright orange light visible, not moving, not twinkling, very visible, could not have been a planet," wrote the witness. "Did not change location for the couple of minutes I could see it. I tried to follow it while I was driving to assess what it could've been, but it disappeared at some point, and was not seen again."
Overall, sightings were reported in Meriden, Manchester, Plainville, Groton, South Windsor, Clinton, Stratford, Bridgeport, Middletown and Clinton.
In case you’re wondering what the National UFO Reporting Center is, it’s been around since 1974, and it investigates UFO sightings and has put together a list of more than 90,000 sightings around the world. You can catch up and read more about each of the UFO sightings in Connecticut here. http://www.nuforc.org/webreports/ndxlct.html The report dates back decades.
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« Reply #1941 on: Aug 2nd, 2017, 08:17am »
Spooked by 'haunted' hotel, Air India crew asks airline to change accommodation
A letter, accessed by news agency ANI and purportedly written by an Air India crew member, complains about paranormal activities at a Chicago hotel and asks the airline to look into the matter immediately.
The high-flying lifestyle of working for an airline always seems glamorous. However, the experiences of an Air India crew assigned to fly to Chicago in the US will probably make those considering a career in the airline industry think twice.
The crew, which was put up at a hotel in Chicago, has had to deal with "negative energies" while in their rooms, according to a report by news agency ANI. So spooked has the crew been after facing "paranormal activities" at the hotel that they have written to Air India management asking the national carrier to take immediate action.
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« Reply #1945 on: Aug 3rd, 2017, 07:45am »
Nearly Half of Americans Believe in Aliens, According to New Survey
By John Harrington August 3, 2017 8:30 am EDT
Nearly half of Americans believe in aliens, and nearly as many think aliens are visiting Earth, according to a new survey. Fewer than 20% believe in alien abduction, and even fewer claim that they have seen a UFO.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment commissioned the survey as part of its promotional campaign for the Blu-ray release of the movie “Phoenix Forgotten.” The film is a sci-fi thriller set during the mass UFO sighting in Phoenix in 1997 that is referred to as “The Phoenix Lights.” The film was produced by Ridley Scott, whose producer and director credits include “Alien” and “The Martian.”
“The Phoenix Lights phenomenon of March 13, 1997, led us to introduce a survey to find out what Americans believe about aliens,” a representative from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment told OpenMinds.tv. “From our survey, we found that nearly half (47%) believe in aliens but less than a fifth think they’ve ever seen a UFO or alien themselves.”
More than 1,700 Americans took part in the survey that was conducted by communications and public relations firm Cohn and Wolfe.
Among the interesting findings in the survey was that about 39% “believe aliens have visited Earth before.” Only 18% believed in alien abduction.
Regarding UFOs, only 16.74% of those surveyed claimed to have seen one.
24/7 Wall St. posted a story in May on the states with the most UFO sightings, based on sightings per 100,000 in population.
To determine the states with the most UFO sightings, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed 2001 to 2015 sightings in data from Cheryl Costa’s “UFO Sightings Desk Reference: United States of America 2001-2015: Unidentified Flying Objects Frequency–Distribution–Shapes.”
Vermont had the most, with 80.7 sightings per 100,000 people. The five states with the most sightings per 100,000 people are in either the Pacific Northwest or New England, areas associated with thick forests and that are sparsely populated. Mississippi had the fewest, with 21.3 sightings per 100,000 people.
As for Arizona, the state was sixth on the list, with 68.2 sightings per 100,000 people.
Other recent polls have found most people believe intelligent life exists beyond Earth. Most Americans, British and Germans think that intelligent alien life exists. That poll, conducted by the market-research company YouGov two years ago, found the Germans are most likely to believe, at 56%, followed by Americans and British, at 54% and 52%, respectively.