By: Vince Beiser
Being crazy is hard, but it's worth the effort. Especially if you're a cop, paramedic, or social worker who may someday need to deal with a person having a psychotic episode. At those times, empathy can be crucial.
That's where Virtual Hallucinations comes in. The training device, created by Janssen L.P., is a rig with earphones and goggles that plunges the wearer into the mind of a serious schizophrenic. The system offers two interactive scenarios. In one, you're riding a bus in which other riders appear and disappear, birds of prey claw at the windows, and voices hiss, "He's taking you back to the FBI!" The other features a trip to the drugstore, where the pharmacist seems to be handing you poison instead of pills, and hostile customers stare at you in disgust.
Developed with psychiatrists and endorsed by advocates for the mentally ill, Virtual Hallucinations is being used by law enforcement, corrections, and health care professionals in at least half a dozen states. "It's very effective," says Margaret Stout, executive director of the Alliance of the Mentally Ill of Iowa, who's tried it herself. "It really allows you to feel like your mind is just not working well." For cops who have gone through the training, she says, that can make all the difference when it comes to understanding what a mentally ill person is going through. And there's nothing crazy about that.
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Source: Illuminati News
Most organizations that practice some form of Occultism or Neo-Paganism; and Fraternal Societies, as well as some segments of other religions, consist of two rings of involvement. If the group emphasizes graduating up through higher levels, and involves any level of required secrecy, it will most likely have the two ring system, generally speaking.
The First Ring
The first ring is the public ring. This is the group that is publicly advertised, and where almost any interested individual is welcome to participate or join. At this level people will study, take part in legal group activities, including rituals of a "benign" nature, if it is that kind of group. They will be mentored and their progress monitored. Sometimes they will graduate through higher and higher degrees.
When they reach the highest degree, or acquire the right level of expertise, they may be selected for various reasons, and taken aside secretly. This is when they are told that there are levels and skills beyond the ones they have already mastered, but they are designed for the very serious student/adept. They tell the person that there are great secrets and mysteries to be learned which are so powerful that they can only be given to a select few, who have demonstrated their ability to handle such things. They tell the person that the leaders have watched their progress and are pleased with their dedication, loyalty, service, and other qualities, and that there is a consensus that the person is a worthy candidate for initiation into this higher level. It is stressed to them, that few know of this, and that it is a closely guarded secret, so they are not to discuss the invitation with anyone. They are told to think on it for a certain period of time, since it is a big, life changing step, and not a decision that should be entered into lightly. During that waiting period, the leaders are watching the candidate very closely to see if he/she disregards the directives and leaks anything to anyone. They will even have members of the second ring initiate a discussion with the prospective candidate; asking questions and raising topics to test the candidate's ability to keep secrets, and follow orders. The candidate will not know, of course, that the whole conversation was deliberately engineered. If the candidate disobeys the directive and confides in anyone about this recent invitation; it will be revoked and the leaders will deny they ever told the person there was another level, "How absurd!" they will say. But if the person obeys the directive and takes the invitation seriously, they are invited to appear at a "bridging" ceremony or ritual.
Crossing The Abyss
In this ritual, there will be initiatory rites, and the candidate will be required to take certain vows, and sign covenants. It will be made very clear that these are life and death binding agreements, which if broken, will forfeit the initiate’s life. The reasons for such extreme secrecy, they explain, is because the power and knowledge of the great mysteries to be learned at this level is such that only a select few can handle it responsibly. If the power and knowledge were not contained in these highly secretive settings, it would get into the hands of lesser persons, and be extremely destructive, or bring chaos to the established belief systems, that lesser people count on to define themselves and the world around them.
In actuality, the true reason behind the vows of secrecy have to do with the types of activities and rituals that the initiate will be required to witness and take part in. While the rituals in the first ring group seem relatively harmless, and no one is really abused; the rituals in the second ring group, often involve very illegal activities, and ones that go against all established social mores.
This initiatory ceremony is called "Crossing the Abyss", and it is stressed to the candidate that once this crossing is complete, there is no going back. They are given one more chance to change their minds, and if they still want to go through it, other rituals are done to consecrate the new member to whatever ruling powers/entities the particular group subjugates itself (Lucifer, Aiwass, Apollo, Isis, etc. ). At some point soon after the initiation is complete, the new member is required to participate in some illegal activity within the ritual setting. At this point, the group takes pictures of the person engaging in this activity, at angles that do not show the location or identities of other group members. These pictures are shown to the person afterward and they are told that they will be kept safely hidden for "insurance" purposes. This is one way to ensure that the person is trapped in the group permanently, and also make sure that everything that happens at the group's gatherings stays completely secret. The initiate then really knows that truly, there is no going back, since if they back out of their agreements, the pictures will be taken to the authorities, with a different story, and the person will be prosecuted for the crime. Group members also have no problem setting up a traitor, planting "evidence" of his involvement in some crime in his home or vehicle, and then tipping off the police, anonymously. This is only one kind of threat or blackmail that will be held over initiate's heads to keep them silent, and loyal.
The Second Ring
It is within the context of second ring cult activities, that the horrible memories of ritual abuse survivors come from. The intense secrecy of the very existence of this group, is used to discredit the survivor. If the survivor claims that they suffered ritual abuse in a Masonic lodge, at the hands of Masons, for example, the majority of the members of that lodge will vehemently deny that anything like that could have taken place, since they do not partake in those sorts of activities. In actuality, these people are most likely telling the truth, because they are first ring members and are not even aware that there is a second, inner, highly secret ring in existence. Therefore, the survivor is discredited.
This is how recruitment and initiation works with non-DID voluntary initiates into these groups. The second ring groups are comprised in part by these initiates, but are usually led and attended in large part by members who have been raised in this environment, and who are DID with programmed cult identities, who are present at these gatherings. The host personality knows nothing about participating in these activities in their everyday lives.
Source: International Herald Tribune
By: The Associated Press
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: An Indian tribe that has had no formal contact with Western civilization has been located in a remote Amazon region, federal authorities said Friday.
The Metyktire tribe, with about 87 members, was found last week in an area that is difficult to reach because of thick jungle and a lack of nearby rivers some 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) northwest of Rio de Janeiro, said Mario Moura, a spokesman for the Federal Indian Bureau, or Funai.
The tribe is a subgroup of the Kayapo tribe, and lives on its 4.9-million-hectare (12.1-million-acre) Menkregnoti Indian reservation, Moura said.
The Kayapo had no significant contact with the Metyktire until two tribe members inexplicably appeared at a Kayapo village last week, he said.
"We don't know why they decided to make contact now ... only time will tell. This is a very slow process," Moura said.
Uncontacted tribes are usually discovered when loggers and ranchers encroach on their territories.
Patrick Cunningham of the London-based Indigenous People's Cultural Support Trust, which is involved in an unrelated expedition in the region, said in an e-mail that the tribe speaks an archaic version of the Kayapo language and goes naked. Like many less-assimilated members of the Kayapo, the men wear penis sheaths and several have plates in their lower lips, he said. The women shave the tops of their heads.
Cunningham, who has not met the tribe, said the Kayapo believe it is was formed by a group of families who fled deeper into the forest when the pioneering Indian defender Orlando Villas Boas appeared in the area in the 1950s.
Megaron Txcucarramae, a Kayapo Indian and Funai representative in the region, met with the newly found group in Kremoro village and banned all but a medical team from entering or leaving, fearing the tribe could be more vulnerable to diseases than the Kayapo, Cunningham said.
Miriam Ross, a campaigner with the indigenous rights group Survival International, estimates there are more than 100 uncontacted tribes across the world.
"This proves that often we just don't know whether these people are there or not," Ross said by telephone from London.
About 700,000 Indians live in Brazil, mostly in the Amazon region. Some 400,000 live on reservations where they try to maintain their traditional culture, language and lifestyle.
Indians were pushed deeper into the jungle by settlers and it is relatively uncommon for the Indian Bureau to come across previously uncontacted native groups. The bureau said that it has learned from other Indians of a few uncontacted tribes in the western Amazon state, where the region's jungle is thickest.
Moura said anthropologists no longer attempt to contact those groups, but instead demarcate the land and wait for them to make contact.
Soruce: The Independent
By Daniel McLaughlin in Budapest
A flickering image of a small naked boy, lying tied-up on the bare floor of a room, was the clue that drew the Czech Republic into a tale of child abuse, obscure sects and a mysterious vanishing girl that has shocked and baffled the nation.
The picture was spotted by a father keeping an eye on his baby, when his video monitor received a stray signal from a similar device being used in a neighbouring house in the quiet town of Kurim, close to the south-eastern city of Brno.
When police searched the area on 10 May, sisters Klara and Katerina Mauerova allegedly refused to open a locked door in their home. When firemen broke it down, they found Klara's eight-year-old son Ondrej inside, bound with duct tape, badly dehydrated and watched over by a video camera. Investigators believed Ondrej had been maltreated for six months, and he was taken into care with his brother Jakub and a girl called Anna, whom a court had allowed Klara Mauerova to adopt in March.
What was just a case of child abuse seized the nation's attention, however, when Anna disappeared from a children's home, sparking a search for her in nearby woods and villages.
Then came the bizarre revelation that "Anna" was not a 13-year-old girl, but a 34-year-old woman in disguise. Police believe "Anna" was actually Barbara Skrlova, a friend of the Mauerova sisters who, like them, belongs to a breakaway faction of an organisation called the Grail Movement.
The Grail Movement follows the teachings of Oskar Ernst Bernhardt, a German also known as Abd-ru-shin, who from 1923-38 wrote the Grail Message, which depicts man as a being whose spirit can return to its source in heaven by performing good deeds on Earth. It claims to have at least 10,000 followers worldwide, including several hundred in Britain.
"We broke with the people involved in this 11 years ago, after they added to the Grail Message with their own imaginings and fantasies," said Artur Zaplukal, spokesman of the Grail Movement in the Czech Republic, where it has about 1,500 followers. "I sent them a letter telling them they were no longer part of the Grail Movement."
Amid constant twists to a case that is being called one of the strangest in Czech criminal history, police now say they believe "Anna" never really existed.
Investigators think that when Klara Mauerova appealed to a court for custody of Anna, whom she said had been abandoned by her family, the daughter of a fellow cult member pretended to be the young girl.
They then gave the newly created identity of Anna to Ms Skrlova - so she could be groomed for a leading role in the sect.
"The community probably wanted to turn her into an idol for worship," one policeman told the national Czech newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes.
Social workers say Ondrej and Jakub now appear to be fine, and the search continues for "Anna", who becomes more mysterious by the day.
This week, President Vaclav Klaus received a nine-page letter defending Ondrej's mother, from someone claiming to be the missing Anna. "I have a feeling someone is playing a very strange game with us," said the bemused Mr Klaus.
Source: Mysterious America
By: Brent Raynes
We met Tony and his wife Mary Ann at the Ozark UFO Conference on April 14th, and learned why they were so drawn to this annual event. Tony granted me a taped interview, which went like this:
Tony: “This is probably our sixth time to be here. This is actually the only UFO conference that we’ve been to. We had some experiences that were rather unusual and like everyone else we started to try and find out what was going on, looking for some information and for some answers.
“So we came up here and found it fascinating. A good source of resource material because there’s a lot of books, a lot of information and a lot of things to see, and this is a beautiful little town.
“We’re from central Arkansas, close to Little Rock. My name is Tony (last name withheld), and I’m from Perry, Arkansas.
“The thing that kicked it all off was December the 8th, 1990. I woke up terrified, sat up in bed and looked over about the time my wife woke up and she looked at me and said, ‘I had the strangest dream,’ and when she said that I said, ‘Oh my God, look and see if you see a needle mark in my head.’ We were both just freaking out. She said, ‘No, I don’t see anything.’ And we compared dreams. She was on a ship and they had taken her to a room and a woman came in and talked to her. Had on like a doctor’s coat and said something about she needed to cooperate with them. So I said, ‘Well, in my dream I was on a UFO and they were giving me a tour. There was these little like four foot tall bluish stocky guys and we’re walking around and I’m asking ten million questions, like an idiot, and I never got an answer. I just got like these looks, like ‘What a bozo this one is.’ At one point we were walking and I swear they slid open this drawer and it was like it was full of them, and I thought, ‘Oh well, they just use a body when they need to.’ And we went in this room and it was a table typical of this cafeteria-style table and there was four of them sitting on one side and I was sitting on the other side and I was asking them questions about the cosmos, God, and stuff like this. Suddenly, it had to be seven foot tall, normally described as a tall thin grey, evidently came up behind me and stuck this huge needle right in the top of my head, at which point I became extremely upset and said, ‘I’m no ones blankedy blank guinea pig,’ at which time I dove across the table and grabbed the creature opposite me around the neck and started chocking him. There was a loud electrical discharge noise and the next thing I know I’m sitting up in the bed, and I’m freaking out. So I’m going to smoke a cigarette, so I sit up, move over to the side of the bed, get a cigarette, light it, immediately put it out, laid back down and went to sleep, which made no sense at all and I didn’t know anything until we woke up the next morning and my wife goes, ‘Boy, did I have this strange dream,’ and that’s what started the whole episode off, and that was 1990.”
Brent: “Was there any reason that you’d have a dream about an alien being putting a needle into you, or anything like that?”
Tony: “No. I was like everyone else. I had a passing interest in it and I think that Whitley Streiber’s Communion was a big seller then. Of course, growing up I liked the Twilight Zone episodes, Star Trek and things like that, but I didn’t have any compulsive interest.”
Brent: “And your wife didn’t either? There was no background at all?”
Tony: “No. Well, you’ll have to ask her. She might have, I think when she was younger had episodes of waking up outside and things like that, but that one I had that was something new to me. And the after effect feeling was just so bizarre. It was like something really happened. It wasn’t just a gastro-intestinal attack that caused a bad dream, because I’m a pretty easy going guy but I was wound up pretty tight the next day and then the next night we were both rather fearful and apprehensive. But in time that passed.
“We never did anything about it or told anybody about it. Three years later, we ended up moving to where we are now, and things really got strange there. Wake up with marks, large red welt scratches all over. I didn’t have any more recollections of being onboard a craft or whatever it was in my dream. Just disjointed dreams and a lot of poltergeist type activity. You’d come home and all of the lights in the house would be on. You knew you turned them off when you left. Lights would go off and on, doors would open and close, toilets would flush by themselves, missing time episodes. Went out in the yard to do something about three one afternoon and I came back in about seven that night. What happened in between I can’t tell ya.
Brent: “Did it seem like it had been 5 minutes or something?”
Tony: “Yeah, I didn’t think that it had been very long and she’s had episodes of going somewhere and getting back four hours later.”
Brent: “Have you had any sightings?”
Tony: “I’ve had several. We were driving back from a softball game and she goes, “Are those planes?” I was watching the road and I looked up and there was three, what they call the delta shape, the triangle craft. They could have been C130 sized, something like that, and there were three of them, had lights on each corner. The center seemed to be translucent. When you looked up-of course, I was driving so I would look at the highway and I would glance up, I’d look at the highway and I’d glance up, and when the first one got overhead they were in a formation. It seemed like the center part had this white translucent type light that it appeared you could see through, but you couldn’t. But they were silent, floating. I looked out at the highway and looked back up, almost directly over the top of the car, and by the time I checked the position in the road and looked up again they were gone.
“I had a disk, it couldn’t have been over 150, 200 feet high. I was out having a cup of coffee and smoking a cigarette, walking around in my yard and checking the sky. ‘That light’s bright,’ and I’m watching it and I go, ‘That’s getting closer.’ It starts coming in and I’m standing there, and this took like a minute and a half. I’m watching this light come at me and then I could see that it was a disk. It didn’t make a sound. It had to be 200 foot diameter easily and it had eight lights. There was white, amber, orange, red, green. I’m not sure of all the colors, but by my count there was eight lights, and there was a bronze metallic color.”
Brent: “So there was enough light to see the color of the metal.”
Tony: “Oh yes. It was just dusk. It wasn’t full dark. And you could see the workings in the metal. You could see there was stuff there. It wasn’t smooth. It had to be traveling maybe 25 miles an hour, 200 feet high, came down, didn’t make a sound. I’m standing there, my mouth to my feet, looking up. It went straight over my head and down behind the trees between my neighbor and myself where I couldn’t see it anymore. And I mean the whole episode, from the time I could actually see that it was a craft, here it comes and going ‘damn, look at that,’ then it’s overhead and it’s gone. Never a sound. Nothing else. That was probably about three years ago.
“Then last year, saw one of the gigantic—you know, the thing outside St. Louis, over in Illinois, when all of the police were following the big black triangle from town to town and different cops were picking it up? I saw something that had to be like that because this thing was immense. I was driving down the highway at 3:30 in the morning going to work and I come around a curve and it was just sitting about a 100 feet over the trees, this enormous black craft. Of course, I stopped. I had my window down and I’m leaning out my window and I’m taking up the whole highway and there was not a sound, not anything, and I’m trying to fathom how is this thing stopped in the air. I can’t estimate the size of it. I’d say it was the size of a Wal-Mart. I mean, it was just immense. I couldn’t even see the top of it. I could see the bottom edge going up and I’m sitting in there watching this, and my guardian angel or whoever tells you when you’re not making wise choices, I hear this voice in my head says, “This might not be someone you choose to interact with.” So I’m sitting there and I go, ‘Well why would I think that?’ And then I go, ‘Oh, I get ya.’ So we put the peddle to the metal and that was the end of the gawking and off down the highway we go, because I think they were trying to tell me, ‘You sit here and gaze at this much longer you might get a free ride.’”
Brent: “So this experience of getting that kind of directive, was that something that happens often?”
Tony: “No. That’s why I was sitting there trying to go, “Now why would I think that?” But like I said, I think it was a guardian angel or somebody telling me not to be quite so foolish. That I needed to remove myself.
Brent: “The place you moved to where there’s a lot of things happening. Was there any particular reason that you selected that place that might be part of the phenomenon?”
Tony: “Actually I have a girl fixing to start school and we weren’t happy with them having to travel all the way across town at four years old to go to school and we were looking for a smaller town environment to move to. Didn’t know anything about this place. Not related to anybody there. Went up there, there was a house for rent and the price was right, and so we moved.
“We had moved to Perryville, Arkansas and we lived there for five years, and we moved three miles away to a little town called Perry. Have you ever heard of Dr. Karla Turner?”
Brent: “She passed away a few years ago.”
Tony: “Yes. After reading her book Into The Fringe, we found out that the area where she had moved from Texas to, she said they moved to the country. Well they moved to Arkansas, and they moved to a place just right outside this little town where by chance we had just happened to move into.”
Brent: “Wow. I’ve never read the book, but I’ve heard about it. I heard that it was quite interesting.”
Tony: “There’s definitely a lot of strange things going on in that area. About two months ago, I was conversing with a guy on the Internet about how fast things can happen and I guess somebody was trying to point it out to me because the only thing that I remember is that I was sitting watching TV and I don’t remember any time missing. I might have dozed for a minute at the most, but she was downstairs and I was upstairs, and I went right back downstairs and I went to pick up my son from school and he said, “What’s that on your arm?” I looked down and there’s a huge looks like an IV mark right on the vein of my left arm that wasn’t there before. So that seems funny after we had been talking about if they want you they can take you in the blink of an eye, and once you move out of this time into another dimension of time there’s no telling how long you can be there and they can actually put you back at the same time they took you so you’d never even know it happened.
“Other than the mark on the vein I wouldn’t have known.”
Brent: “So you’ve gone from being unaware of the phenomenon to thinking in terms of other dimensions.”
Tony: “Oh since 1990 all of the books and research and lectures and things that I’ve gone over in investigating this, yeah.”
Brent: “You mentioned poltergeist. It’s a lot of different areas. Have you ever seen a being or an apparition that you remembered consciously?”
Tony: “No, just that one time where I thought I was in a “dream state” with the tour of the ship and then the one stabbing me in the head.”
Brent: “I understand that there’s something strange going on around your home?”
Tony: “It started two years ago. We live in the country and we have all kinds of animals. Bears, cougars, panthers, whatever you call them, and turkeys, we have deer in the yard at times. We started hearing a strange sound at night. It’s hard to describe. A loud, piercing, chirping noise, and I’ve never heard anything like it, and there always seems to be two of them. You’ll hear it and you’ll look, and where you think the direction of it is, because it’s heavily wooded there, so it’s not like there’s an open line of sight very far in to many directions, and you’ll look where you think it is and then you’ll hear another one in a different location and then while you’re standing there looking in this direction you’ll hear another one like back behind ya and then you’ll hear this one in front of you again. So there’s more than one, or else they’re moving awfully fast. The only thing that makes it unusual is the feeling that you get when you’re outside and they start doing this. It’s just like the hair on your neck stands up and you just get this “something’s not right” feeling. Massive tracks in the yard and she (wife) had people on the Internet look at and nobody could identify what they were. I didn’t know what they were. I haven’t seen anything but that’s one of those things it’s not like I’m going to grab my nine millimeter and flashlight and go looking either.
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