The US's mid-Atlantic region was thunderstruck Thursday afternoon by an explosion. According to the United States Geological Survey the first event happened at 1:24 p.m. Eastern Standard Time about 2 miles / 3 kilometers north-northeast of Hammonton, NJ, possibly over Wharton State Forest. Over the next ninety minutes, nine more sonic booms were reported from southern New Jersey to as far north as Connecticut . William Yeck at the USGS told Philly.com's Sam Wood, "We haven't seen anything to suggest there has been an earthquake. We have been getting a lot of calls and see signals consistent with a sonic boom." 
Sonic booms are formed by shock waves when an object travels faster than the speed of sound through an atmosphere. As an object goes faster, shock waves are compressed into a single shock wave exploding ahead of an object when it achieves Mach 1. That speed is equivalent to 761 mph/1,225 kph, which is pretty damned quick.
With temperatures hovering at the 40°F/4°C mark all day, the local weather was perfect for everyone in the region to hear the explosion. Cold air slows down sound but doesn't diminish its intensity, potentially allowing distant locations to experience booms with minimal change in volume. Last Saturday New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut were buried under two feet / sixty centimeters of snow with plenty still on the ground. Snow doesn't reflect sound, that's why snowy scenes are always so hushed in movies and real life. This may contribute to the perception of sound directed at a listener.
Now for the $64,000 question: "Who was it?"
Thirty seven miles north-northeast of Hammonton is Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey's Air Force base and a clear suspect.
Or they were...
Further south is the 177th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard outside of Atlantic City, home to several F-16 jets capable of 1.6 Mach. Andy Polhamus of NJ.com notes, "Two readers have written in to say they saw military aircraft maneuvering over the water near Atlantic City."  In addition to this, the Twitter account @AtlanticCity911 shared an intriguing audio clip of an Atlantic City police dispatcher:
But the 177th's Jersey Devils deny responsibility.
Taking the USGS and the 177th at their word, there's the problem of Hammonton being 30 miles / 48 km northwest of the Atlantic ocean. If the source of the sonic boom took off from McGuire AFB at Hammonton's northeast, it would've been travelling towards the southwest. Sonic booms follow the path taken by supersonic objects, one wonders why these were heard, and felt, to the northeast in Long Island and Connecticut.
Compounding the confusion is Maryland's Naval Air Station Patuxent River announcing they were behind it. A naval spokesperson reached out to the Associated Press, saying a test flight of the Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning stealth fighter off the east coast on Thursday afternoon. This corroborates the previous two readers reporting military jets seen off the coast of Atlantic City.
The F-35 is notable for being $163 billion dollars over budget, seven years behind schedule, and plagued with design flaws. David Axe at Reuters, notes the plane's single-engine design means it "can't turn, can't climb, can't run", forcing the Pentagon to limit flights. Should these jets see real action, the USA is in trouble.
The remaining suspect has been grounded since 2003. The Concorde, a supersonic passenger jet, was mothballed after the Air France Flight 4590 crash in 2000, 9/11 making people think twice about flying, then Airbus's decision to discontinue the plane altogether.
Could it have been a meteor? Nearly three years ago a 13,000 metric ton hunk of rock exploded over Chelyabinsk in the Urals. The explosion was estimated at 500 kilotons, blowing out windows, flattening a factory, and injuring over 1,000 Russians with its sonic boom and detonation over the city.
The Jersey Shore is no stranger to otherworldly visitors. On the 23rd of April, 1922 the Toms River beach patrol reported a fireball crashing into the water, generating huge waves. Here's The Evening World's report from Monday, April 24, 1922:
The Coast Guard lookout was attracted by a bluish light in the sky and saw a ball of fire. It was accompanied by a roaring sound and a tremendous explosion occurred when the mass struck the water. An earth tremor was felt for a considerable area in and around Toms River.
Reports that the meteor had fallen on land were disproved. Headquarters of the Coast Guard along the New Jersey shore is at Asbury Park.
The meteor appeared about one-fourth the size of a full moon and was the largest even seen by those observerse who reported it. It seemed to start from about 45 degrees above the horizon and almost due south of New York.
It gets weirder with residents of Seaside Park talking about smelling the meteor after it crashed offshore. More recently, on April 18th, 1979 there were reports of a meteorite falling into Barnegat Bay near Lanoka Harbor about 20 minutes south of Toms River. Interesting to note both incidents happened around the time of the Lyrids meteor shower. 1922's show was particularly intense according to Wikipedia.
So far there are no reports of a fireball offshore. There have been two notable daylight sightings of meteors over the past week. Calgary, Alberta recorded a fast-moving fireball over their city around 5 p.m. MST . On Tuesday, Floridians bore witness to a daytime fireball  zooming into their state from southern Georgia's airspace.
If this wasn't America's military, might it have been another country? Two hours before the booms echoed over New Jersey, the notorious Russian numbers station UVB-76 issued two cryptic broadcasts.
Synchronicity may also be afoot, with Thursday being the thirtieth anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster heralding the end of the space age.
As for my own experience, a neighbor shared an update from the Ocean County Sheriff's Department about a possible earthquake. At 2:14 p.m EST my house shook for a handful of seconds, but I didn't feel the ground move. Nobody else I know saw, heard, nor felt anything so I take solace in the sheer volume of reports flooding Twitter.
The Above is a short film by director Kirsten Johnson, showing a US military surveillance balloon floating above the city of Kabul, Afghanistan. Its capacities are both highly classified and deeply mysterious.
Johnson's film is charged with a disturbing ominosity by the juxtaposition of scenes with Afghan citizens going about their daily lives the best they can on their war-ravaged city, with a foreign object as the background for their ordinary routine.
My mind, polluted with Sci-Fi scenes from TV and Cinema, immediately reminisced the 80's series V, when the first alien mothership is first shown on a Middle Eastern desert. Although perhaps a better comparison would be District 9, since in that movie Neill Blomkamp shows how the citizens of Johannesburg eventually grow used to the sight of the alien artifact imposed into their existence; the same way Londoners grew used with a similar sight to the modern US government surveillance blimp over Kabul --the barrage balloons above their own city during WWII (which BTW were the inspiration for Arthur Clarke's seminal novel Childhood's End).
And if you think the UFO/Sci-Fi comparisons are misplaced, I beg to differ; just consider how the Kabul blimp is a *direct* descendant of the infamous Project Mogul, intended to detect atomic explosions on Soviet soil and proposed as the explanation for the Roswell incident of 1947 by the Air Force.
And, just as the UFO field is filled with all sorts of disinformation minefields and psychological warfare, The Above shows how the main goal of the Kabul blimp is as a crowd-control tool: By reminding the population --both common citizens as well as the Taliban insurgents-- that wherever they are, wherever they go, the Eye in the Sky will always be there.
So memo to Google: If you want your Project Loon to work, you might want to make your balloons a little less conspicuous...
If you didn't feel your conspiracy senses tingling all over after that smorgasbord of NWO imagery, you don't deserve to wear a tinfoil hat.
(That, or you are a covert agent for the Elite!)
Are you still a true believer? The new X-Files premieres on January 24, 2016
I'm not a Wrestling fan. In fact I've only been to the Lucha Libre once in my life --and only because I was invited by a girl I fancied. Sad story... moving on-- so the news that legendary pro-wrestler 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper's passing today at the age of 61 saddens me for completely different reasons.
It saddens me because the film They Live, in which he brilliantly portrays reluctant blue-collared hero John Nada, had a huuuuge impact on my development as a anti-establishment outsider and non-conformist contrarian.
...And I suspect there's quite a few Grailers who feel the same.
('Nada' means 'Nothing' in Spanish. John Carpenter's idea of black humor, or --seeing John's unrewarding end-- a subliminal warning to all considering to tread the narrow path of the lone revolutionary? You decide)
They Live is iconic of the Reagan era in which it was produced, and at the same time it remains as powerful and relevant as ever, by showing how a simple, working man who just wants to survive and get by as best he can in the dog-eat-dog world he lives in, is suddenly and quite unpreparedly forced to confront the mind-bending realization, that EVERYTHING put before his eyes is an illusion.
In the land of the blind, the one-eye man may be king; but in the land of the asleep, the awakened man is considered a threat. They Live is *more* than a Sci-Film flick with cheap effects and rubber masks, seeding the Conspiranoia fields for the likes of David Icke and all the rest of the NWoo-woo repto-phobes --it's a recruiting tool, designed to pose to the viewer a very simple question: Do you take the sunglasses off, or do you dare to take a stand?
It saddens me Roddy died way before his time, and I'm ashamed by the fact I didn't include They Live in my personal list of Gnostic Cinema last year. To make amends, here's the kick-ass scene from that cult film:
Descanse en Paz, Roddy. Hope they greet you in Heaven with plenty of bubble gum.
The German design studio Kurzgesagt believe they have the perfect sharpening stone for your Ockham's razor, so you can cut through the B.S. of illogical conspiracies.
Don't agree with them? Put on your tinfoil gloves and type your refutation in the Comments section!
If you search the word 'parapolitics' in the website of the Merriam-Webster's dictionary, the query will throw no results. Doing the same on Google first finds an old political scandal involving the Colombian paramilitary forces.
The truth is the term was (probably) coined by the late Peter Dale Scott as a way to describe the obscured inner workings behind political developments and historical events, which transpire beneath the surface of public perception. Nowadays that kind of investigative journalism is derided with the 'weaponized' term 'Conspiracy Theory' by mainstream media. Ironically enough, those same mainstream outlets are seeing their Monopoly of Truth severely eroded by alternative news websites which are favored by the younger audience.
These alt-news digital sites owe a huge debt to the analog zines of prior decades, which relied on such things as 'snail mail', carbon paper and photocopiers --Google those, kids!-- to allow the dissenting writing of their authors reach a small yet-faithful readership. Standing tall above many of those raw publications was Steamshovel Press, the brainchild of Kenn Thomas --who has also distinguished himself for his books involving the grandaddy of all conspiracy theories: The JFK assassination-- and which saw the contributions of writers like Jim Keith, Alan Cantwell, Alexandra 'Chica' Bruce and, of course, my dear friend Greg Bishop, who for a while also ran his own 'zine' called The Excluded Middle (Greg has also contributed for our own Darklore Anthology with an essay about his late friend Dr. Mario Pazzaglini, a clinical psychologist who was greatly interested in the subject of 'alien writing').
After some years of trying to adapt to the new digital frontier of the World Wide Web, many of the old 'zines went the way of the dodo. Same was true with Steamshovel Press, but now comes the news that Kenn Thomas is re-launching the publication with the help of Olav Phillips as the new publisher, both as a Kindle version AND a hard copy made with real paper and color illustrations, which will certainly appeal those of us who still have a fetish for paper and the smell of fresh ink.
Steamshovel Press Issue 24 features:
- Ezekiel’s Wheel within a Wheel Revealed
- Ti West, Jownstown and the Big Lie
- Publish and Perish: The Mysterious Body Count of UFOlogy and the Darker Side of Conspiracy Research
- Kerry Thornley’s FBI Files
- Pulling the Cosmic Trigger: The Contact Experiences of Philip K. Dick and Robert Anton Wilson
- The Devil and Dr. Perry
- ET Go Home: Let's Retire the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis
- An Interview with S. Miles Lewis
- The Legacy of John Judge
- Transhumanism: The Wingmakers Perspective
- The 9-9 Phone Intercepts and the 9-11 War Games
Some of the articles, like ET Go Home --written by Greg Bishop-- can be read for free online. Here's a little excerpt which no doubt will make a few heads in MUFON spin out of control:
The Extraterrestrial Hypothesis or ETH as it is known, is a viable, logical theory, but does not account for all the data, and if you are looking for a hypothesis that stands up to objective scrutiny, you must let the theory fit the data and not the other way around. Unbeknownst to most UFO fans and luminaries, there are relatively new ideas in physics (known collectively as “m-brane” theory) that actually support the idea that beings can travel almost instantaneously to the Earth from distant planets, but they are only theories with no experimental evidence as yet to back them up, and once again, they do not fit much of the reported data spanning decades or centuries, at least not in any way that makes logical sense.
Full steam ahead! Next stop: Conspiracy Station.
Osama Bin Laden's Bookshelf: MK-ULTRA, the Illuminati, Manly Hall's 'Secret Teachings of all Ages', and 9/11 Conspiracy LiteraturePosted by Greg at 01:58, 21 May 2015
The U.S. Government this week released a list of the books and documents that were found on Osama Bin Laden's 'bookshelf' (a number were actually digital) when special forces soldiers killed the terrorist leader at his Pakistan hideout in 2011.
Surprisingly, among the 39 English-language books in Bin Laden's possession were a number of 9/11 conspiracy books and other books about powerful secret cabals, including:
- The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11, by David Ray Griffin
- Crossing the Rubicon by the late Michael C. Ruppert
- Conspirator's Hierarchy : The Committee of 300, by John Coleman
- Bloodlines of the Illuminati, by Fritz Springmeier
Also in this tranche of documents was a webpage discussing how game designer Steven Jackson (the American one, not the British one) seemed to have predicted the Twin Towers catastrophe in his game Illuminati: New World Order (which took its inspiration from the Illuminatus! trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shae). Not to mention also in OBL's collection were documents about the CIA's 'mind control' project MK-ULTRA!
Perhaps the book that surprised me most to see was Manly P. Hall's classic of esoterica, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, the content of which seems very much at odds with Al-Qaeda's terrorist agenda. Perhaps Bin Laden's interest was simply in the chapter on Islam, in which Mohammed is described as having "a knowledge of that secret doctrine which must needs constitute the core of every great philosophical, religious, or ethical institution". Or was his interest once again in the idea of secret groups steering history and religion from behind the scenes?
What do we make of all this? Basically, we have the (alleged?) mastermind behind 9/11, reading about how his attack was predicted before it happened in a game about the Illuminati; reading Manly Hall's masterwork about secret teachings and esoteric societies; reading other books about the Illuminati and powerful secret cabals; and also reading 9/11 'truther' material about how *he* didn't actually commit the crime!
Was he simply fascinated by the weird things people saw in the attack? Was he wondering how to take advantage of the multiple mythoses growing around 9/11 and the Bush 'New World Order'? Was he just setting us all up for a massive troll when he did eventually get caught? Or did he not actually do it and thought it may truly have been an Illuminati conspiracy?
How deep does this rabbit hole get?!
Link: Bin Laden's Bookshelf
Want to understand the Machiavellian schemes by which the Illuminati keeps us all enslaved? You could either read David Icke's entire bibliography, and pay some 35 quid to listen to the Reptilians' nemesis speak live on Wembley; OR just listen to Juice Rap News' latest clip, which lays it all out with rhyme and reason:
BTW is it just me, or does the Illuminati spokesman Bill de Berg look A LOT like certain charismatic British entrepreneur?
[H/T RT News]
Want to debunk or dismiss points of view and theories that go against your own beliefs, but are just too under-informed and/or lazy to do it properly? No problem! You just simply have to label your adversary as a 'conspiracy theorist' and Voilà! That poor tinfoil-hatter will be seen as a kook faster than he can yell "Trilateral Commission."
Srsly though, we Grailers know that there are many stories and news which get covered in this site, and the fact that we link to them does *not* necessarily mean we endorse them or agree with them 100% of the time. TDG trusts in the intelligence of our members, yet we always remind them of our Caveat lector policy. We may end up agreeing to disagree, but that doesn't give us the right to belittle people of different opinions.
Yet the fact of the matter is that recently the term 'conspiracy theory' has been weaponized by mainstream media, or even websites aspiring to go mainstream, because it's easy to make fun of dissent than to give rational rebuttals.
Thus 'conspiracy theory' has turned into a blanket term in which EVERY dissenting or alternative thinking is piled up. So for example, if you have reasons to think genetically modified foods might not be as safe for consumption as the US Dept. of Health would have you believe, then by default you must also think all the governments in the world are controlled by shape-shifting Reptilians who used beam weapons and holograms of airplanes to take down the World Trade Center in 9/11, and are planning to deceive Humanity with a fake alien invasion designed to impose the New World OrderZOMGStartStockingUpTheBunker!!!
Maybe the way to stop this trend has to start with US in the alternative circles. We need to refrain of thinking that every. Single. Person! Who doesn't happen to agree with us is a complete fool or a brain-washed drone. There's a time for proselytizing, and there's a time when you need to move to better things.
Always remember: Those in power will NEVER admit that they were ever wrong about anything --they'll just quietly re-change their position hoping no-one ever noticed...
Conspiracy message boards have gone into overdrive with the revelation that the infamous Georgia Guidestones have a new addition: a mysterious niche at the top of one of the monoliths has been filled with a small cube/cornerstone with the numbers '20' and '14' carved into adjacent faces. Naturally, there has been some speculation on these messageboards that the block is a message - from the secret society behind the Guidestones - that the apocalypse supposedly predicted by the modern megaliths will occur this year.
As might be expected, the truth of the situation is difficult to pin down, although it may not necessarily involve Illuminati overlords. In 2013, the person who originally cut the notch out of the Guidestones (apparently on September 11, 2009) was apprehended by authorities upon returning to the site with two other men, with the missing granite cube in tow:
“Deputies got a call to go out there, and there was a gentleman there from Alabama that had the piece of granite that was taken almost four years ago”, said Investigator Darren Scarborough with the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office. “Told the officers that he had it, and he had been out there in 2009 and took the small piece of granite off.”
Scarborough says the whole incident has the sheriff’s office scratching their heads a little bit.
“We don’t know what their intentions were with the piece of granite or why they were back out there late Friday night/early Saturday morning”, said Scarborough. “We have talked to the gentleman, who is in charge of the guidestones, and we have the piece of granite back, but we are not sure what will be done with it.”
So perhaps the '2014' cube is simply an official replacement for the piece of stone that was cut out? Not so, according to this article. And in the comments, someone notes that they called Elbert county officials about the situation, and "was told that the 2014 cube was considered to be vandalism, and will be replaced with the actual missing piece".
A strange situation, compounded by the sad news that the Guidestones were once again recently defaced with graffiti. For anybody buying into the ridiculous paranoia about the Guidestones being a threat from the Illuminati to exterminate a large proportion of the world's population, make sure you read my Darklore essay on the traditions behind the monument, titled "Beyond the Apocalypse".
(h/t Chris Skelton)
The cube has now been removed - and found to be engraved on every side (20, 14, 16, 8, MM, JAM). Here's footage of the removal:
(Thanks to @Eastonwordsmith for the heads up.)