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This week it looks like the silly season has really kicked in, this time with an army boot. Freaky On page 29 of The People (British newspaper), Sunday, July 13, there was an article entitled 'SAS In Alien Riddle', which told of the experiences of eight SAS soldiers waiting to ambush IRA gunmen in south Co. Armagh, in Northern Ireland. They were lying in wait, by an arms cache, when they saw 'up to four grey figures'. The 'aliens' and the soldiers exchanged stares, then the 'aliens' disappeared, and seconds later the soldiers witnessed a 'flash in the sky'. The SAS men were so freaked out by the situation that the ambush was aborted, and they left the scene. Their commander (who doesn't seem to have been present) was understandably livid, and accusations were levelled concerning drug use (If someone has managed to invent a drug that causes consensus hallucinations,...

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Greetings and welcome to another thrilling indoctrination of Blather, brought to you by Dublin's premier cloning facility. I'll take two clones to go. . . and a coffee Fancy having offspring who are exact clones of yourself? Reckon backing up your kids in case of a system crash is a good idea? Now you *can*. . . Just contact Valiant Venture Ltd. Valiant Venture Ltd. is a Bahamas-based company, owned by the Raelian Movement, which claims that 'life on earth was created scientifically in laboratories by extraterrestrials whose name (Elohim) is found in the Hebrew Bible and was mistranslated by the word "God", and which also claims that Jesus' resurrection was, in fact, a cloning performed by the Elohim'. The Raelian movement has about 35,000 followers worldwide and was founded by 'Rael', who claims that his mother was abducted (on December 25th 1945), taken inside a 'UFO' - not a...

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A good classic anomaly, how it warms the heart. On July 5th, Associated Press reported a rain of toads in the Mexican town of Villa Angel Flores, in the Pacific Coast state of Sinaloa. Apparently a 'mini tornado' picked them up from a pond and dumped them on the town, although the report doesn't state how this can happen, or more importantly why it was *only* toads that the the tornado allegedly picked up. This phenomenon has been reported in some shape or form for hundreds of years, and there's still precious little information as to why these rains are so selective. Sometimes it's berries, sometimes it's fish, and sometimes of course, the classic frog falls. Charles Fort's books record many of these reports up to the 1930's. The indices of 'Book of the Damned' (1919), 'New Lands' (1923), and 'Lo!' list dozens of examples of weird rain, all over...

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Blather this week is a tasty brew of the latest on the never ending stream of madness currently pouring out of south west Ireland... Flapping in the wind Just recently, Blather was fortunate enough to exchange information with a staff member of RTE about the current Bantry (Co. Cork, Ireland) UFO flap. Just when Blather had its back turned, that is, whilst in the Netherlands conducting urgent business of international importance, RTE had given news coverage to the Bantry UFOs. RTE's information was augmented by other accounts, from Blather's Men In Bantry, and from the completely senseless ITV documentary, 'We Are Not Alone'. As a result, we now have a compilation of confusing and contradictory codswallop, which so far leaves us none the wiser. RTE interviewed Alan Sewell and Eamon Ansbro, the former is a member of the Irish Centre for UFO Studies, and the latter told RTE that he...

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The entire planet, it would appear, has lost the plot. In this morning's newspapers, on the Web and in my email, the quota of bizarre news surpassed what I usually see in a week. June 24th was the 50th anniversary of Kenneth Arnold's sighting of UFOs over the Cascade Mountains, which has sparked off a crazy amount of media interest in the lead up to the Roswell Incident 50th anniversary. On the same day, the USAF released their GAO Inquiry report, Roswell Report: Case Closed, followed by an announcement to the effect that they are not going to investigate the Phoenix UFO. Col. John Haynes told reporters at a Pentagon press conference: "If you're interested in the Arizona question, I suggest that you contact the local authorities in Arizona and see what they have to say, because the Air Force no longer does any investigation of UFOs." The Phoenix UFO...

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Yes, euthanasia advocate and unlikely hero Dr. Jack Kevorkian has once more escaped the clutches of justice, after his fourth assisted suicide court case ended in mistrial. Dr. Death He was tried in Iona, Michigan, USA, for assisting in the suicide of Loretta Peabody, a 54 year-old woman with multiple sclerosis, and practicing medicine without a license (his Michigan license was suspended in 1991). Mrs. Peabody was cremated on August 30th, 1996 after her death had been ruled natural. There was no autopsy. A week later, police seized a video showing Kevorkian conversing with Mrs. Peabody and asking her to sign the consent form. On the tape, Mrs. Peabody said: 'I can't go to the bathroom. I can't get in my refrigerator, I don't want to do this anymore. I can't do this anymore.' Kevorkian, 69, who acknowledges being present at 45 deaths since 1990, has been tried for three,...

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This week's Blather is going to be a mish mash of Irish topics which have been meandering about in my head, waiting patiently to be spooned out to the masses. Spaceman Pass By The Hills Above Glencar On Thursday 22nd of May, The extremely Rev. Joe McNally of Fortean Times alerted me (via the Forteana mailing list) of an apparent UFO sighting in Sligo, on the west coast of Ireland. The report appeared on various Usenet groups. It was titled 'Huge UFO Over Ireland' and was posted by one 'Hans Rosenthal', and told of his mother phoning him from Sligo to tell him about 'triangle shaped craft of huge size flying over the northwest coast of Ireland'. The craft were seen by climbers on Ben Bulben, frightened livestock, and passed directly over Drumcliff Graveyard, burial place of the poet W.B. Yeats. There were numerous witnesses, and although the news never...

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In 'The Examiner' (Cork) of Saturday 10th May 1997, Áilín Quinlin reported a 'UFO' had been filmed by a British film crew who were in Bantry, Co. Cork, researching sightings of alien spacecraft. Apparently the area has been plagued with 'UFO's' for the last two years. The 'sighting' filmed by the Carlton TV crew is due to be shown on ITV in a two-part documentary entitled 'We are Not Alone' on June 24th and 26th next at 10:45pm GMT. A bunch of researchers known as 'The Irish Centre for UFO Studies' were also on the scene, and reported that the aerial activity was clearly the work of "vehicles from extraterrestrial sources", and one of their number, a local man by the name of Eamon Ansbro was "transmitting their thoughts through crystals in an effort to make contact with aliens". People in the Bantry area had apparently reported seeing alien vessels...

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This time round, the Czar of Blather has decided to pass comment on several topics which are causing much consternation in Blather HQ. Man Jabs In the British newspaper, The Sunday Times, April 27 1997, was an article entitled 'Age of the breastfeeding man is nigh' by Steve Connor. What's this, you ask? Yes, it's true, why, I read it in the newspaper! According to Jared Diamond, professor of physiology at the University of California in Los Angeles, 'All men have a latent potential to lactate and there have been rare cases of this happening naturally. At first, however, it would have to be induced artificially.' These rare cases refer to prisoners of war whose starvation subsequently led to diseased livers, which then led to lack of hormonal breakdown in the body. Another case involved a 64 year old man after seven years of hormone treatment for cancer. Diamond seems...

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You know, it's rare that I fail to be amused over people's tendency to draw the craziest conclusions from flimsy evidence. Colorado I refer, of course, to the recent fun and games which took place in Colorado, where the US Air Force are striving to recover debris of the A-10 aircraft which disappeared on April 2nd while flying on a routine training mission in Arizona. For eighteen days before debris was spotted, buried in deep snow on a mountainside, all sorts of crazy speculation was rampant on the internet concerning the apparent fate of the A-10 and it's pilot, Capt. Craig Button. Many people were quick to connect the Timothy McVeigh trial to the A-10 issue, and wondered if perhaps Button had stolen the plane, planning to attack as part of a 'militia' offensive, due to the forthcoming Oklahoma bombing/Waco anniversaries. I had to admit, it was all very fitting...especially...