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Reptile Spooks Belief - Jan 01

 
  New Year's Ghosts
 
The third millennium is here even for nitpickers like 80. 2001, the year, the novel, the movie have all been much discussed in the media (as was 1984 in its time). Given the date and the first item of this issue a quote from the foreword to Arthur C Clarke's 1968 opus, 2001 - A Space Odyssey seems apposite.
 

" Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth."

 
(The estimated world population was 6,125,603,154  according to The International Programs Center as of Jan 31, 2001 so you can do your own calculation.) The upshot is, whether you use Clarke's figure or update it, that we should be knee-deep in ectoplasm. So, where are all the ghosts? Considering the huge numbers involved even if we subscribe to the idea that ghosts only manifest themselves after a violent or otherwise emotionally charged death there should still be standing room only. Note that so far 80 is charitably assuming there is an element of truth in the concept of ghosts and haunting. If abundance of dedicated websites were an indication of spooks' existence then we are dealing with a real phenomenon - but then website numbers are no indicator of veracity as Past Views have illustrated.
 

Ghostly Profit

 
The subject of ghosts was glanced at before - see Ghosts, UFOs, Boo-Boo and 80 thinks it is time to return and see how Dave and Sharon at the Ghostweb are doing with the ghost business - and a business it undoubtedly is. If you find you have too much money (and of course we all know that feeling) why not throw some away on unproven gobbledegook, questionable technology and thereby advance the cause of rooking the gullible or untutored? You can even earn qualifications such as Certified Ghost Hunter or Certified Paranormal Investigator.(Note that both qualifications appear to assume the reality of the phenomena to be investigated.) Certified by who, the more inquisitive among us may ask? Why by Dave and Sharon, naturally - who are both holders of PhDs, Dave in Religion and Sharon in Metaphysical Counselling. But who certifies the certifiers? (A trip to Degree.Net may furnish a clue.) Their web site has changed since 80 last called but is still well laid out and full of the most incredible hokum including a claimed 7,500 ghost photos - some of which are available for free (yippee).  To view the full set you need to stump up $12  for a site passport  After a look at the free offerings it would seem that they may have pitched the price a mite too high. A look at this picture will show that photographic incompetence/ignorance rather than ghosts are at work here. Even more risible is this one  80 has achieved similar results when hamfistedly loading film but has yet to blame the supernatural. Also deeply unimpressive are what is claimed to be "smoking gun" proof of ectoplasmic vortices . Using William of Occam's reasoning I would suggest that rather than proof of vortices these pictures show nothing more than either a double exposure effect or lens flare. Nothing in any of these pictures supports the contention that ghosts exist but perhaps suggests that if Dave and Sharon are making a living out of this stuff P T Barnum's dictum is as relevant as ever. It is noted with little surprise  that links are thoughtfully provided to a Bigfoot and a UFO page.
 

Barmy Swami

 
A recent item in the news  billed as the greatest human gathering, was the Kumbh Mela, a religious festival on the banks of the River Ganges. India is awash with swamis, holy men, astrologers and other purveyors of what the uncharitable would call bunkum and their attendance at Kumbh Mela is certainly nothing new. What the 21st century version has brought is a rash of the same old stuff but now given a thin veneer of terms and buzzwords borrowed from Western physics. (Similar in fashion to the line The Natural Law Party  peddles) Another modern innovation is the use of the internet. One Gokul Prasad Agarwal pushes his ideas dressed up with some scientific sounding phrases. "Theory of Everything" is a particular favorite, possibly because as he uses it it doesn't actually mean anything. At his Curefree website he claims to be able to cure a whole raft of ailments - diabetes, heart artry(sic) blockage, asthma, arthritis, migraine, cancer (all kinds it seems - at least no distinction is made between the many types), AIDS, Coma (again type unspecified), and spondalities (sic). Apparently "Any disease can be cured by correction in Charging/ Burning/ Fusing system of the body through Negative/Positive and cross charging systems." (No, reading it twice doesn't help comprehension any) The main ingredient of these cures is "Amrit Jal" which is described as "zero viscocity(sic) water". All of this would be mildly amusing except that there is a worrying chance that someone with a serious illness would eschew conventional treatment in favor of this nonsense and suffer for it, possibly fatally.
 

Bony Electrodes

 
In search of further enlightenment 80 looked for the principle behind Gokul Prasad Agarwal's self styled "Science of
Creativity" and "Theory of Everything". (These are referred to as SOC and TOE. Perhaps more appropriate would be Curious Rationale of All Phenomena.) It would appear that, "the entire universe is a game of fire". Slightly less opaque is " What is that which is burning within a creature by which creature gets certain optimum body temperature and why this temperature varies from creature to creature, if the temperature of a creature varies from his optimum temperature, illness appears." So if you are too hot or too cold you could be ill - not much to object to there but hardly a shattering revelation. Further pearls of wisdom are "blood is 'Liquid Fire'" and bones are "'Electrodes' inside the body". For those of you simplistic enough to think teeth evolved to masticate food the statement "Why  do we feel irritated  while joining our upper teeth against the lower teeth. Why the teeth are the by products  of negative and positive charging systems of the body and tongue is charging part in the body." takes some swallowing, with or without chewing. But the showstopper is this " What  is  the  use of two nipples in  the male chest and how coronary ailments can be cured through these two nipples without operation." Sadly 80 could find no more on this intriguing subject but the mind boggles.
 

Beyond Belief

 
Perhaps 80 is lacking in the will to believe and where best to check this out than at Belief.net a sort of catch-all faith site catering to a wide range of belief systems. Unlike many places in the world such as Nigeria or Indonesia where religious adherents are busy killing and maiming other religious adherents of a different persuasion at Belief.net they all coexist in a sort of warm, spiritual, New Agey sort of glow. Highlights are a quiz to test your knowledge of angels or a series of help pages such as Ask the Rabbi or Ask the Lama. The Angel Therapy section by Doreen Virtue (I kid you not) has an area where you can post your own experiences of angels - one such post deserves quoting .....
 
"I think, that Michael Jackson is a real Angel. I do believe that he was sent from god to protect and care for children."
 
This is certainly an unusual view of Jackson and one, I would hazard, that is not widely shared. Doreen Virtue by the way, "is a psychotherapist who works with the angelic realm. A clairvoyant since childhood, Doreen teaches people practical ways to work with heaven to heal their lives." She also has a PhD but we are not told if she got it where  Dave and Sharon got theirs.
 

Spiritual Flunker

 
 Buoyed up by the the warm, fuzzy glow from Belief.net 80 decided to take the "What's Your Spiritual Type?" questionnaire. At the end a range of scores is given...........
 
25 - 29    Hardcore Skeptic -- but interested or you wouldn't be here!
30 - 39    Spiritual Dabbler -- Open to spiritual matters but far from impressed
40 - 49    Active Spiritual Seeker – Spiritual but turned off by organized religion
50 - 59    Spiritual Straddler – One foot in traditional religion, one foot in free-form spirituality
60 - 69    Old-fashioned Seeker -- Happy with my religion but searching for the right expression of it
70 - 79    Questioning Believer – You have doubts about the particulars but not the Big Stuff
80 - 89    Confident Believer – You have little doubt you’ve found the right path
90 - 100  Candidate for Clergy 
 
........and the score for 80?  Not enough to register on the scale at a measly 21. Oh dear...........
 

Soccer Saint

 
Some time ago 80 was asked why most of the websites reviewed were in the US - the answer was that the US did not have a monopoly on loonies but that they were just better documented. Above we have had India's contribution and now here is England's entry from one David Icke. He first came to public attention as a soccer player and then middling TV sports reporter but this was soon eclipsed by a Damascene type transformation and he began to hear voices. Like many others before him he felt called to a higher purpose and also like many others does not seem to be averse to earning a buck or two from his revelations. Certainly highly flattering comments were made about him by a spirit figure which he repeats for the reader's enlightenment.
 
"He is a healer who is here to heal the earth and he will be world famous. He will face enormous opposition, but we will
always be there to protect him. He is still a child spiritually, but he will be given the spiritual riches. Sometimes he will say things and wonder where they came from. "  Icke is not alone in his wonderment.
 
He certainly seems to plowing the same old paranormal furrow with vague predictions "In 20 years there will be a different kind of flying machine, very different from the aircraft of today. Time will have no meaning. Where you want to be, you will be." and  "There will be great earthquakes. These will come as a warning to the human race. They will occur in places that have never experienced them. Taking oil from the seabed is destabilising the inner earth. The centre of the earth will move and the poles will change. The sea spirits will rise and stop men taking oil."
 

Lizard Lineage

 
But recently he has a taken a new tack that is worth a closer look. It is what he calls The Reptilian Connection. He claims through inspired researches to have discovered that an ancient race of reptiles cross- bred with humans and this bloodline continues to this day. And who are these secret reptiles manipulating our world ?
 
"The Rothschilds, Rockefellers, the British royal family, and the ruling political and economic families of the US and the
rest of the world come from these SAME bloodlines. This is why the so called Eastern Establishment families of the United States interbreed with each other as obsessively as the European royal and "noble" families have always done. And similar families across the world. It is not because of snobbery, it is to hold as best they can a genetic structure - the reptilian-mammalian DNA combination which allows them to 'shape-shift'"
 
(An unkind thought occurs that given the physical attributes of many of these special families it is likely that aesthetic criteria are fairly low down on the shape-shifting priorities.) Oh, and this bloodline also includes US presidential dynasty in the making, the Bush family. (Dubya - a reptile - surely not?) For those of you that remember the TV sci-fi series "V" some of this will sound a little familiar, and in fact Icke acknowledges the show as one of his sources. The rest of his theories cover old ground such as Satanic Ritual abuse, Illuminati, vampires, water fluoridation, and even 80's old favorite the MK mind control program.(see Mind Control in Chemtrails Cydonuts Loons). I leave the last word to David Icke himself........
 
"Indeed, if you do your job well enough, the people will laugh at the truth, call it insane, and ridicule anyone who promotes it."
 
 
(Thanks to Eric Krieg. Check out his web pages and take a look at phACT - both highly recommended)
 

Miscellaneous Madness

 

The Christian's Guide to Small Arms, The Britney Spears' Guide to SemiConductor Physics, and Cats Are From Mars (this last site is  recommended - particularly to Richard C Hoagland and his fellow Face on Mars nuts. The feline version is far more credible) Also well worth a look is Levity.Com (thanks to Jeremy)

 


Quotes

"Clairvoyant - a person with the power of seeing what is invisible to her client, namely that he is a blockhead"  Ambrose Bierce

 "Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."  H G Wells

 
   

    

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