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Lesser Known Secret Societies

Sure, we've all heard of the Masons. But it wasn't till I started paging through theThe International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies, that I realized how many mysterious associations had sprung up over time. The author of the encyclopedia, Alan Axelrod, points out that the majority of these groups share two features: secrecy and initiation (usually some type of ritual). Here is a sampling of some lesser known groups listed in his book: Alliance of Transylvanian Saxons-- Contrary to their name, there is nothing vampiric about this fraternal organization which seeks to preserve Saxon culture. Atlantis-- A French group founded in 1926 with the goal of rediscovering the lost traditions of the fabled Atlantis. Khlysty-- An extinct 17th Russian sect that practiced self-flagellation as part of their worship. Ben Hur Life Association-- Once headquartered in a spectacular building in Crawfordsville, Indiana, this group, founded in 1894, based its rituals on a book of fiction, the no

Training for OBE's

Tonight's guest Albert Taylor is no stranger to the world of out-of-body experiences (OBE). To the average person though, this kind of travel seems out of reach. But according to the slender tome, Have an Out-Of-Body Experience in 30 Days, the belief that only mystical and spiritually advanced people can have OBE's, is not accurate. In fact, writes authors Harary and Weintraub, "nothing could be further from the truth. Virtually anyone can have an OBE." Accordingly, they have a designed a four week "free flight program," that first tunes you into your five senses and the ability to achieve "alert relaxation." Jumping ahead to Day 8's exercise "Rising Above It," one begins to learn how to imagine the mind and body in two separate places. The use of imagination and visualization is key to their training: "Imagine floating above yourself for several minutes without straining…imagine your disembodied face looking back at your physical face." The next day's exercise suggests fo

Spotlight on: LifeLog

Tonight's guest Lauren Weinstein has delved into privacy and technology issues. At the intersection of such concerns, is a new project under development, called LifeLog. Created by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the project purports to "extend the model of a personal digital assistant (PDA) to one that might eventually become a personal digital partner." "The goal of the data collection is to “see what I see,” rather than to “see me”. Users are in complete control of their own data collection efforts, decide when to turn the sensors on or off, and decide who will share the data," reads DARPA's mission statement. According to the plan, hardware worn by the user would record visual and aural inputs to form a kind of electronic diary. But because DARPA serves as the research and development organization for the Department of Defense (DoD), privacy advocates have some serious qualms with the intention of LifeLog."Why would a defense research agency be deve

A New Blueprint

Back in 2002, I interviewed tonight's guest Lynne McTaggart for After Dark about her then new book, The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe. In this work she locates a common thread that runs through complex studies in physics, biology and parapsychology. This unity, she believes points to a new blueprint of ourselves and the world. To some McTaggart has proposed nothing less than a science of religion. "I think a lot of the information the scientists were presenting, the idea of the Field, the idea of interconnectedness, the idea of higher human potential, all of these things were present in Eastern religions for many centuries," she told me. "It's what many intuitively understood for centuries, that there is certainly something more out there and life is much more about connection then the very reductive view of present day science and particularly Neo Darwinism, one of my pet hates. Because I think it is utterly reductive, the idea that we are just surviv

Was Tesla an Alien?

Tonight's guest James McCanney touches on some of Tesla's theories in his new book. The brilliant and idiosyncratic inventor has long been a subject of fascination. Some even have espoused that Nikola Tesla was a kind of alien.

Spotlight on: MUFON

Tonight, Linda Moulton Howe will be reporting live from the International MUFON Conference in Dearborn, Michigan. MUFON or the Mutual UFO Network, got its start back in 1969, when it was originally called the Midwest UFO Network. Its name change in 1973 reflected its growing status as a worldwide organization. As the largest UFO group in the United States, MUFON has chapters in virtually every state, including Puerto Rico. Some populous areas such as California have five regional chapters. Many of the state organizations have their own websites, such as Minnesota, Arizona, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Georgia. The organization is governed by a board of directors, and the current International Director of MUFON, is John F. Schuessler, who replaced Walter Andrus Jr. after he served a 30-year stint. "One reason people join MUFON is because they want to be trained and have the opportunity to investigate cases," writes Elaine Douglass, Utah's Co-Director. Indeed, the MUFON Field In

Fatima: The UFO Interpretation

The mass visions that took place in Fatima, Portugal in 1917 have long been the subject of fascination. Tonight's guest Father Nicholas Gruner believes these events were miraculous communications from the Virgin Mary, as does the Catholic Church. However, a number of ufologists over the years, have looked at the incidents as possibly being an example of a UFO visitation. The events at Fatima took place over number of months, and were predicted by a young peasant girl named Lucia, who said she received messages from a brilliantly luminous Lady whom she understood to be Mary. As more and more people heard about the events, some 70,000 people gathered on October 13, as Lucia instructed. As the crowd huddled on this rainy day, they saw an astonishing display, where the sun seemed to come down out of the sky, and spin around on itself, in a mad whirl that lasted 10 minutes. Proponents of the UFO theory, say this bright globe could have been a huge disc-shaped craft, and that many asp

Could Hydrogen Cause Pollution?

The emerging "hydrogen economy" took a hit recently when a report by Cal Tech scientists concluded that hydrogen's widespread usage could cause significant damage to the ozone layer. It was a rather surprising finding for a substance touted as an environmentally-friendly replacement for fossil fuels. According to the study, if hydrogen replaced fossil fuels, it could be assumed that 10% to 20% of the hydrogen would leak from pipelines, storage and cars. Accordingly, more hydrogen molecules would rise into the stratosphere, where they would eventually form water. "This would result in cooling of the lower stratosphere and the disturbance of ozone chemistry," Cal Tech researchers wrote. But the researchers aren't against the growth of the hydrogen industry. Rather they are issuing their report as a warning. They suggest that the hydrogen infrastructure be especially designed to control leaks. Some hydrogen experts however believe the Cal Tech report may be overestimating the

Lucid Dreaming: Reality Check

A practice tonight's guest, Von Braschler, has utilized in his work is lucid dreaming. That is the state of consciously being aware that you are dreaming while in a dream, which can be a gateway to all sorts of fascinating experiences. It's a state that one might have spontaneously on occasion, but a bit trickier to have at will. One induction technique developed by pioneering lucid dream researcher, Stephen LaBerge, is to carry out frequent "reality checks" during the day, with the idea that this routine might carry over into your dream behaviors. Here's how this works. A reality check is simply looking at any object that contains text (i.e. sign, letter, book etc.), then looking away for a couple seconds, and then looking back at the text. If the text hasn't changed, you are not dreaming. The interesting thing about this is, in a dream state, text will rarely stay stable, and when you turn away and look back it will have morphed into something else. Needless to say, it's a

Buzz on Zero

Tonight's guest Ed Dames was hired as a technical consultant for the feature film Suspect Zero and also plays the role of a remote viewing instructor in it. Now there's what you'd call type casting! The movie stars Aaron Eckhart as a Dallas-based FBI agent investigating the case of a former agent (Ben Kingsley) who may be killing serial killers. The story line is said to involve a covert government program called "Icarus" which churns out ace remote viewers. Originally scheduled to be released in October of this year, its current release date is listed as 2004 TBA. One can imagine that pinning down the mercurial logic behind studio release dates, would baffle even the best of remote viewers. The amount of information on a film that hasn't been released yet is also mind boggling. There are Internet sites that review purported scripts in various stages, pages that post production stills, and even a website that documents how their office was turned into Katie's (Carrie Ann

Friday Night Feature: The Summer Planets

by Anthony McGettigan The Summer Solstice has arrived. The Summer Solstice Sun is aligned withSaturn and nearly exactly opposite to the Galactic Center. The effect ofthe solstice-related events are already upon us and will hit a highpoint between June 21 to 24. This will be an unusual and importantsolstice--however, this is only the first of 3 very significantcelestial events that will happen thissummer.First of all, the Summer Solstice Sun will closely align with Saturn.This alignment is rare because Saturn takes nearly 30 years to orbit theSun, and it is much less frequent that the Sun, Earth, and Saturn allalign with a solstice point. This event is all the more significant dueto an exact alignment with Uranus on June 24th. For more details, pleasevisit this page. Also in August there will be a very close alignment of 6 planets withthe fixed star, Regulus (also known as Cor Lionis, or the Heart of theLion). Some have said this event marks a profo

Spotlight on: Brookhaven

Tonight's guest, Wade Gordon, has written about his involvement in a secretive project at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Brookhaven, which is located on Long Island, was built in 1947 to house a nuclear reactor. Over the years the lab expanded its facilities and research machines and now employs over 3,000 people. Some of their unclassified experiments such as a recent atom smashing that produced conditions similar to the Big Bang, are almost as fascinating as the black project contentions.

Friday the 13th Feature: Cemetery Strangeness

By Pete C. On Friday, October 13th 2000 (a full moon night) I was out with a film crewthat was doing a documentary on Bachelors Grove cemetery near Chicago,Illinois. They invited me along because I run the main web site for thiscemetery, so I agreed to go with them. That night I filmed a strange lightwhich can be viewed at the link below. Towards sunrise, while we werepacking up to leave, I as well as another associate both saw some sort ofblack object about 5 feet in diameter dart across a portion of the cemetery.We were both in the middle of a discussion at the time so when it passed usby we both went silent; then stared at each other while almost at the sametime said "did you see that?" Unfortunately we had all of our cameras packedup at that moment so nothing was ready to capture it. But at least the videocamera was able to capture something of a paranormal nature earlier thatnight.Clickhere to view. (Note: The Ghost Research section of bachelor

Spotlight on: Biochips

Tonight's guest Roger Tolces has assisted victims of electronic harassment which can take place when someone uses an electronic device to invade a person's privacy or property. Biochip implants, which are just beginning to come on the market, have been talked about as a device that could be potentially harmful in that regard. The ingenious chips, about the size of a rice grain, can be embedded under a person's skin by a doctor using a large needle. They contain transmitters which can relay a bounty of information about a person such as their personal identification and medical records. While there are obvious benefits to the technology, such as accessing vital health information during an emergency or locating a lost or kidnapped person, many are sounding the alarm over the likely loss of privacy. All movements and transactions could be accessed by authorities. Big Brother "knows where you are ALL the time. Privacy- the very concept of privacy—becomes an anachronism," writes col

Selling the Subconscious

Tonight's guest Jon Kelly has explored the terrain of unconscious messages through his work with human speech. Many believe our conscious awareness is the tip of the iceberg to a deeper well. Freud posited an individual's subconscious as a zone for suppressed memories and desires, while Jung added the additional layer of the Collective Unconscious, a kind of universal mind of shared archetypes. It was Freud's nephew Edward Bernays, who took his Uncle's ideas and applied them to America's rapidly expanding marketplace in the early 20th Century. A propagandist for America in WWI, later Bernays coined a new term for his work— public relations. He was one of the first to take advantage of the subconscious as a selling tool. "You no longer had to offer people what they needed; by linking your brand with their deeper hopes and fears, you could persuade them to buy what they dreamt of," Tim Adams wrote in an article about Bernays. Another way the subconscious was mined for commer

Interdimensional Mind

Back in 2001, I profiled James Gilliland for an article in After Dark, and we spoke about some of the unusual sightings at his ranch. "When you move into what I call interdimensional mind, you expand beyond your personality and beyond your body. You actually create a doorway for these events to happen or you attract them to you," Gilliland said. Residents of his Institute had been experiencing apparition-like sightings for a number of years, which they associated with their contacts with ascended masters (enlightened spirit guides) such as Babaji whose torso was witnessed as a manifestation over a pond. Gilliland believes their interactions with the masters opened the gateway for contacts from such evolved ET races as the Pleiadians. "You can't really separate the UFO phenomenon from spiritual phenomenon because they go hand in hand," he said. "The greys and the black budget stuff are just a small piece of the puzzle. There are so many planes and dimensions beyond that where advanced

Friday Night Feature: A 1963 Sighting

-- By Ron Hamm When I was 7 years old, I was in the second grade. One day in early May, I had been selected at random to stay after school and clean the blackboards and erasers. I assure you this was not punishment, contrary to what my Mother may say. As a result of cleaning I walked home alone. It wasn’t a long walk, about 4 blocks; it usually took about 5 minutes to walk home. However, on this day I walked a little more slowly, enjoying the beautiful May day. Picture a kid picking up a stick and running it along a picket fence, picking up rocks, and looking at the bugs. Lollygagging as it were, well that was what I was doing that day. It was a picture perfect day, the sun was out, not a cloud in the sky. I was walking along not really thinking about anything, when all at once the sun was being blocked by something in the sky. I turned my face to the sun and watched in horrified fascination as a huge silver spaceship completely blotted the sun from my view. As my eye

Changing Tides

Dr. Robert Ghost Wolf explores the lore of Nibiru and the Reptilians in an excerpt from his book Changing the Tides of Fear. Among his revelations: Nibiru or Planet X is actually an artificial structure, used as a base by an Orion race of beings. In our universe, there are over ten billion worlds that support life. Reptilian beings cannot manifest into our reality structure, but they can enter as "hitchhikers" through human hosts. Our reality membrane was damaged by time travel and interdimensional experiments, and now other consciousnesses previously unable to enter, can get in. There was a pre-ice age civilization of enormous intelligence. It is inevitable that we will once again encounter the beings of Nibiru. Man's inhumanity to his own kind, is far worse than anything star beings would do to us. --L.L.

Spies and Portals

One of the areas that tonight's guest, Gordon Thomas touches on in his book Seeds of Fire, was the arrest and subsequent release of Dr. Wen Ho Lee. A Chinese scientist working at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lee was accused of spying for China, and passing crucial data to them about the US's nuclear warhead designs. When charges against Lee were dropped, Thomas writes that there were rumors it was because the US government didn't want him spilling the beans about a super secret project he was involved in. "Lee, ran the whispers, worked on what was known as Project HP—Holographic Portal," Thomas writes. Thomas reported that according to Dr. Richard Boylan, a scientist with NSA contacts, Lee was working with a kind of ET device that could allow for travel through the space-time continuum. In an Internet published article, Boylan writes that Lee may have created a "Get Out of Jail Free" card for himself, by using a "self-protective proviso" that if anything should happen him

Paradoxes in Futurology

Tonight's guest, Watts Wacker co-authored the Visionary's Handbook, which examines some of the paradoxes involved in preparing for the future, both in a business context and in one's life. "The smallest guy has got to think big and the biggest guy has to think small," Wacker said in an interview with Government Technology. Wacker stresses the importance of having a vision, because if you don't, you're liable to get swept up in someone else's. One thing he's learned about visioning is the "difference between bacon and eggs. The hen is involved but the pig is committed. In the end, your vision is only as good as your commitment to the execution of it," Wacker said. "Life has never been easier, and because it has never been easier, life has never been more hard," Wacker writes in his book. He also talks about learning to live with the future but expressed in the present tense, because the way a person conceives of the future will determine how that future will play out. The

Friday Night Feature: The Double Warning

--By Betsy Balega This happened to me back when I was in high school in Pennsylvania. I was a junior, and there was a sophomore girl, Michelle D., who was trying to make a little extra cash, by selling Avon.I was making extra money, by babysitting, and to be honest, I was not into buying Avon. But, one Monday, we were chatting after school and Michelle showed me her Avon book.Understanding how hard it is for us kids to get extra cash, I decided to cut her a break, and I ordered some Avon, under $10 worth. She made out my order, then said, "You don't have to pay me till Tuesday, not tomorrow (which was Tuesday), but next Tuesday, when the orders come in." I was about to say, "OK." When I heard a voice say, "You will never pay this girl any money, because she is going to die, next Sunday, in a car accident, with her father." I kept quiet and said "Ok, next Tuesday is fine." I never gave Michelle the warning. The next Sunday, my Mom and Dad, and I went o

Ghostly Experiments

Tonight's guest, Dr. Richard Wiseman, has conducted scientific investigations into a number of interesting areas, including that of ghostly phenomena. He and his associates set up two large scale experiments to study why some people report ghostly sensations (such as seeing apparitions or feeling cold spots) in allegedly haunted locations. The first study took place in 1999 in England's Hampton Court Palace, which has long been said to be haunted by Catherine Howard, who was beheaded by order of her husband King Henry VIII. Over the years, some 300 people have reported strange occurrences in the gallery, where Catherine is said to have pleaded for her life. The study involved 1,000 members of the public who were given questionnaires about their experiences and also employed high tech equipment such as thermal-imaging. The results showed unusual sensations were tied to specific locations, though Wiseman believes "some of these experiences were caused by natural phenomena, such as su

Nibiru, Now or in 2012?

Tonight's guest, Marshall Masters has studied a variety of data to conclude that Nibiru (an hypothesized additional planet on a long period orbit) does pass close enough to Earth to create havoc. In an article on his website, he suggests a flyby is more likely to occur around 2012 than this year. This would correlate the event with the end of the Mayan calendar. Masters believes the most solid indications for Nibiru's presence are "precursor events" in our solar system. He lists such changes as Pluto undergoing global warming, increases in magnetic activity on Saturn and volcanic eruptions on Io, as all potentially having the same root cause. However he writes, "the fact is that if Nibiru were going to be here, an object this massive would have already been in the news for months…Sure, the government can make people, information and things disappear, but not entire planets." Meanwhile Nancy Lieder, the alien contactee, who has been predicting the arrival of Planet X in thi

Friday Night Feature: Strange Doings at an Abandoned Insane Asylum

--by Stu (kauff1111@juno.com) View Photos Here. The Philadelphia Hospital For The Mentally Ill opened in 1912. Because of unacceptable, deplorable conditions, the State of PA. took it over in 1937. The state finally closed the hospital in 1990 because of patient abuse and overcrowding. The hospital has nothing but horror stories. It was a very sad place. It held everyone from mentally ill orphans to the criminally insane. It now sits abandoned except for the weekend partiers, the urban explorers, and the ghost hunters. I live a mile away from it and frequently explore its twenty-five buildings, seven of them being super structures, and its catacombs. They are all connected by underground tunnels. The hospitals' history is straight out of a horror film. The stories are many, some true, some not. One in question concerns a mass grave on the grounds. It's referred to as John Doe's morgue. Another story is, a hatchet man used to chase people through the catacombs, this is tru

Eisenhower & the Aliens

Tonight's guest Robert O. Dean believes the US government has had knowledge of an extraterrestrial reality for quite some time. One fascinating account that would be corroboration of this, concerns a secretive visit that President Eisenhower allegedly made to Muroc Field (now Edwards Air Force Base) in 1954. He was there to view ET craft— and reportedly even watched a disc land. Gerald Light, an eyewitness to the encounter, who attended the meeting with a representative of Hearst Newspapers, claimed that Roman Catholic bishop James McIntyre and Edward Nourse of the Brookings Institute were also there. Light referred to the aliens as "the Etherians" (another reported witness, a British pilot, said they were basically human in appearance). According to Light's report, the aliens requested that Eisenhower make the public aware of their existence, but the President didn't believe people were ready for such a bombshell. "I watched the pathetic bewilderment of rather brilliant bra

Spotlight on: Mediums

Tonight's guest, Hans King, gleans knowledge from the Other Side through his mediumistic abilities. Mediums are "those who are able to tune into the faster vibration of the spirit body after death," writes James Van Praagh in his bestseller Talking to Heaven. This differentiates them from psychics, who don't necessarily have the ability to communicate with discarnate spirits. Another well-known medium, John Holland, refers to himself as a drawbridge: "I raise my energy, and the spirits lower theirs. A bridge is then built and using the power of love, we have a connection that flows, with feelings, words, and memories." Mediumships fall into two categories: mental and physical. Mental mediums typically receive their communications telepathically, but among the forms physical mediumship can take are: rappings, levitation, apports (appearance of objects) and channeling. In the case of channeling the discarnate spirit will speak directly through the medium, often in a voice that is d

Full Moon Open Lines

It was Full Moon Open Lines on the second half of Friday's program. One caller related a fascinating episode of when he belonged to a meditation group that was trying to raise their spiritual levels. After a session, the caller said he witnessed a member put his hand on the couch for support as he was about to stand up and "his hand went right through the couch like he was phasing in and out," and was vibrating at a higher plane. "I lived ten years in a dream," said Kevin in Springfield who told of having a life-changing dream one night involving a woman he didn't know at the time. In the dream they were living together and had two children. After the night of his long dream he said he broke up with his current girlfriend and couldn't get the dream woman out of his mind. Six months later on a trip to New Orleans he ran into the woman in his dream. "Are you Laura?" he asked her and she said yes. It turned out she had had the same dream about him. They have been happily married for

The Mad Gasser

Tonight's guest, Robert Bartholomew, has written about the case known as "The Mad Gasser," and declared it to be a classic case of mass hysteria. Back in September of 1944, the town of Matoon, Illinois was panicked by reports of a "Mad Gasser" or "Mad Anesthetist." The Gasser was allegedly roaming the community and spraying a peculiar smelling gas through the windows of unsuspecting victims.

Spotlight on: The Indigo Children

Tonight's guest Doreen Virtue has written about the phenomenon known as Indigo Children (the group that came before the Crystal Children) who have been so named because their auras are said to be indigo (dark blue with a touch of red). "The color indigo represents the third eye chakra, the energy center of psychic activity, which is believed to be wide open on most indigos," writes Wendy Chapman, the director of the Metagifted Resource Organization...

Columbia, Iraq & The West Wing

Richard C. Hoagland (website) appeared during the first half of Friday's show discussing a variety of topics. "Management at NASA knew Columbia was doomed at the get-go," Hoagland said and he believes some type of rescue mission could and should have been attempted. Hoagland also discussed the looting of the museum in Baghdad, pointing out the museum's offices were destroyed and the records of the collection were missing. He suggested that an inside job took place, which removed countless un-translated cuneiform tablets "because they contain the record of what really happened 7,000 years ago when kingship was lowered from heaven, when something amazing happened to launch full blown…all civilization on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates." A recent episode of the TV show The West Wing was also singled out by Hoagland for its insightful treatment of the life on Mars issue. In the plotline, it was revealed that the Department of Defense had concealed information about Mars, and

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