Tuesday, December 25, 2012

FIRE IN THE SKY: Bright Fireball Lights Up Night Sky Over Texas And Oklahoma!

December 25, 2012 - UNITED STATES - The following report of eye-witness accounts, constitutes the latest report of fireballs across the skies of the Texas and Oklahoma in the United States, courtesy of the Lunar Meteorite Hunters.

23rd of December, 2012 - Shelly Boykin. Kyle, Texas at 1:00am.
5 seconds duration? Moved from my right to left, while driving NORTH. Mostly white color, some orange. No sound, brighter than the moon. Larger than a usual shooting star.
23rd December, 2012 - Kelley. Robert Lee, Texas, USA at 1:00am.
10-15 seconds duration - I am in Robert Lee, Texas. I was looking towards the East. The meteor looked like it entered atmosphere then left atmosphere. From where I was it looked to be moving from North to South. Very bright flash of blue light, followed by a trail of lingering light that was still blue-colored, but not as bright. Not as bright as the sun but very bright, brighter than moon. I did not see any fragments falling off. It happened too fast to get a photo.
23rd December, 2012 - R. Griffin. Corpus Christi, Texas, USA at 00:58am.
2 seconds duration. North-Northwest to West-Northwest, from right to left. 35 degrees up. Orange-red color. Bright as the moon. There was a bright, then an orange-red trail.
WATCH: Video of the fireball courtesy of Kevin Palivec's Sandia Sentinel All-Sky Camera - Hawley, Texas  and James Beauchamp, Sandia Sentinel All-Sky Camera - Oklahoma City.

MASS UFO SIGHTINGS: The Symbols of an Alien Sky, Man-Made or Natural Phenomena - The Latest UFO Sightings And Aerial Anomalies Around the World?

December 25, 2012 - WORLDWIDE UFOs - Here are several of the latest unidentified flying objects (UFOs) seen recently across the globe.

Texas, United States - 14th of December, 2012.

Pic de Bugarach, France - 21st of December, 2012.

Kunming City, China - 21st of December, 2012.

Unknown Location - 21st of December, 2012.

Houston, United States - 23rd of December, 2012.

International Space Station - 25th of December, 2012.

SHADOW WARS: Escalating Towards World War III - Iran Says It Will Test New Subs And Drones In New Upcoming War Games, As It Steps Up Its Presence In The Strait Of Hormuz!

December 25, 2012 - IRAN - The Iranian navy is to begin a week of maneuvers by the end of December that will include the testing of new weapons, combat simulations and electronic warfare, Iranian media reported on Tuesday.  Iranian Navy Commander Habibollah Sayyari was quoted as saying that the war games, dubbed Veleyat-91, would also involve Iranian-produced drones, submarines, two new hovercraft and destroyers.

Iranian navy frigate IS Alvand passing through Egypt's Suez Canal in February 2011 (photo credit: AP file photo).
 According to the regime-sanctioned Press TV, the Iranian navy has been increasing its presence in international waters to defend naval routes and provide security for Iranian tankers and merchant ships.  “War games are aimed at enhancing preparedness and testing new weapons and exercising modern tactics. Since Iran is the most important security provider in the region, the Islamic Republic of Iran embarks on conducting these war games in a bid to boost preparedness to better ensure security,” Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi was quoted by the Fars news agency as saying. 

Revolutionary Guards Admiral Ali Fadavi stressed the “high capability” of the Iranian navy, and said “Americans do not know the power” or Tehran’s maritime force.  Iran has faced increased international sanctions over the last few years as the US and its allies try to force the Islamic Republic to abandon its nuclear program.  Israel has indicated a readiness to resort to the use of force and the US has not removed the possibility of military action against Iran in order to stop or deter its alleged drive to a nuclear weapon.  Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz as a retaliatory action if attacked, in order to hurt the global economy. The US military has said that it is is prepared to ensure that the strait remains open to traffic and is ready to face any challenge in the area.  One-fifth of the world’s oil transports pass through the Strait of Hormuz. - Times of Israel.

EXTREME WEATHER: Freezing Rain, Sleet and Snow Causes 21-Car Pileup on Oklahoma Highway, Oklahoma City!

December 25, 2012 - UNITED STATES - A 21-car pileup on an interstate running just outside of Oklahoma City on Christmas morning resulted in only minor injuries and no reported fatalities.  The Oklahoma Highway Patrol cited freezing rain as the likely cause of the crash that took place at around 2.50am on Tuesday.  At least a dozen people were transported to local hospitals and treated for unspecified injuries, but authorities said that none of those were critical.  

Miraculous: 12 people were transported to local hospitals with injuries but none critical.
The crash took place on the Westbound side of Interstate 40 by the intersection of Interstate 35 and the roadway was closed for more than five hours while the cars were removed from the scene.  The highway reopened at around 8.15am as more people hit the road in time for Christmas travel. It is unclear what car started the chain-reaction pileup, but at least one semitrailer jackknifed on the road.  While this was the first major accident of Christmas, it may not be the last as the Gulf Coast states and Plain States brace for impending storms.  The rain and sleet that made the roads dangerous in Oklahoma City came as part of the storm that is stretching out from Eastern New Mexico along the South.  Some mountainous areas of Arkansas' Ozark Mountains could get up to 10 inches of snow amid warnings travel could become 'very hazardous or impossible' in the northern tier of the state from near whiteout conditions, the National Weather Service said. 

Early Tuesday, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety said some bridges and overpasses were already becoming slick. Kathleen O'Shea with Oklahoma Gas and Electric said the utility was tracking the storm system to see where repair crews might be needed among nearly 800,000 customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas.  Elsewhere, areas of east Texas and Louisiana braced for possible thunderstorms as forecasters eyed a swath of the Gulf Coast from east Texas to the Florida Panhandle for the threat of any tornadoes.  Storms expected during the day Tuesday along the Gulf Coast could bring strong tornadoes or winds of more than 75 mph, heavy rain, quarter-sized hail and dangerous lightning in Louisiana and Mississippi, the weather service said. - Daily Mail.

WATCH: Freezing rain triggers 21-vehicle wreck.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: 60 Feet Long, 30 Feet Wide and 25 Feet Deep Sinkhole Appears in Yuma, Arizona!

December 25, 2012 - UNITED STATES -   Motorists traveling on Arizona Avenue where it curves into Walnut Avenue got a shock early Monday morning when they came across a huge sinkhole where the northbound lane had been in the roadway near 10th Street. 

A massive sink opened up on Arizona Avenue near 10th Street early Monday. The hole measures approximately
60 feet in length, 30 feet in width, and nearly 25 feet deep. Photo by Craig Fry/Yuma Sun.
So instead of having Monday off for Christmas, city workers were scrambling to repair the damage.  What had been the northbound lane of the busy roadway in the area between a county retention basin on one side and McNeece Brothers Oil, 1060 S. Walnut Ave., on the other had become an enormous hole 60 feet long, 30 feet wide and 25 feet deep.  The sinkhole was reported by McNeece at 6:30 a.m. Monday, said Martha Guzman, city of Yuma spokeswoman. She noted that the sinkhole occurred in a section of the roadway that had been undermined by a break in a 16-inch water line. 

While crews worked to repair the damage, Arizona Avenue/Walnut Avenue was closed to traffic between 12th and 10th streets. Both Yuma Police Department and Yuma County Sheriff’s Office were providing traffic control at the scene.  Guzman said city officials hoped to have the roadway patched and reopened to traffic by late Monday. Futher repairs will be made later this week.  The challenge was to find material to fill the big hole and round up staff to do the work as most city employees had been given Monday and Tuesday off for Christmas, she said.  The water line break was affecting only McNeece Oil, Guzman said.  “The damage as far as we can tell is to the pavement and shoulder,” Guzman said Monday morning. “Our priority is to get the water service restored and fill up the hole.”  She said the retention basin didn’t appear to be impacted, but it will be reassessed later this week. - Yuma Sun

ICE AGE NOW: Emergency Conditions in Russia and Siberia - Coldest December Ever, 90 Reported Deaths, 600 Hospitalized, Mass Evacuations, Thousands Without Central Heating!

December 25, 2012 - RUSSIA - The coldest ever December has rolled through Russia causing the evacuation of hundreds of people in Siberia, where temperature hit below -50C, and plunging Moscow into its coldest night in the season. Will Christmas lift the frosty spell?  ­The cold weather that has Russia in its icy embrace has been causing all kinds of havoc. Flights and buses delayed and cancelled, many schools have been closed, and there have been power outages just when power is most needed.

A woman walks past trees covered with heavy hoarfrost and snow on the bank of the Yenisei River, with the air temperature at about minus 26 degrees Celsius (minus 14.8 degrees Fahrenheit), outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, December 24, 2012. (Reuters / Ilya Naymushin).
In the town of Kyshtym, the Urals, 14,000 people are still waiting for the central heating to be restored. On Sunday a break in the central pipe left residents anxiously watching the red line on their home thermometers plunging as temperatures outside slid to -24C (-11F).  Just over the Urals, a state of emergency has been declared and over 2,800 people were evacuated from the village of Khovu-Aksy, the Republic of Tyva, temperatures there a lethal -38C (-36F). A helicopter was sent to pick up kids and women. Two days into the emergency, authorities are frantically repairing central heating pipes while most of the evacuees are staying with their relatives.

More than 90 Russians have died and more than 600 people have been taken to hospital due to the extremely hostile weather, which is 10 degrees below the December norm.  The stubborn anticyclone, which sent thermometers sinking below -50 degrees Celsius (-58F) in some parts of Russia over the past ten days, will be pushed away by Christmas, meteorologists say. But this will hold true only for the European part of the country - Siberia and other regions to the east will still be violently shivering till the end of the week. Yakutia, which makes up the bigger part of Russia's Far East, is set face frosts down to -54C (-65F).  After surviving the coldest night of the season, Moscow might sigh with relief on Tuesday: in the wake of -25C (-13F), minus two (28F) for Tuesday sounds almost like the promise of summer. But Muscovites will still be looking enviously at Munich which is posting record highs for this time of the year with plus 20C (68F).  Not all of Europe is enjoying warm sunny days though. In Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Czech Republic scores of people have died from exposure to the cold, with at least 57 victims reported in Ukraine alone. - RT.

HIGH STRANGENESS: Incredible "Alien-Like" Skull Unearthed in Mexican Cemetery?!

December 25, 2012 - MEXICO - Human skulls deliberately warped into strange, alien-like shapes have been unearthed in a 1,000-year-old cemetery in Mexico, researchers say.  The practice of deforming skulls of children as they grew was common in Central America, and these findings suggest the tradition spread farther north than had been thought, scientists added.  The cemetery was discovered by residents of the small Mexican village of Onavas in 1999 as they were building an irrigation canal. It is the first pre-Hispanic cemetery found in the northern Mexican state of Sonora.  The site, referred to as El Cementerio, contained the remains of 25 human burials. Thirteen of them had deformed skulls, which were elongate and pointy at the back, and five had mutilated teeth. [ See Photos of the 'Alien' Skulls ]  Dental mutilation involves filing or grinding teeth into odd shapes, while cranial deformation involves distorting the normal growth of a child's skull by applying force — for example, by using cloths to bind wooden boards against their heads.

Although cranial deformation and dental mutilation were common features among the pre-Hispanic populations of Mesoamerica and western Mexico, scientists had not previously seen either in Sonora or the American Southwest. Cristina García / INAH.
"Cranial deformation has been used by different societies in the world as a ritual practice, or for distinction of status within a group or to distinguish between social groups," said researcher Cristina García Moreno, an archaeologist at Arizona State University. "The reason why these individuals at El Cementerio deformed their skulls is still unknown."  "The most common comment I've read from people that see the pictures of cranial deformation has been that they think that those people were 'aliens,'" García added. "I could say that some say that as a joke, but the interesting thing is that some do think so. Obviously we are talking about human beings, not of aliens."  Of the 25 burials, 17 were children between 5 months and 16 years of age. The high number of children seen at the site could suggest inept cranial deformation killed them due to excessive force against the skull. The children had no signs of disease that caused their deaths.  Although cranial deformation and dental mutilation were common features among the pre-Hispanic populations of Mesoamerica and western Mexico, scientists had not seen either practice in Sonora or the American Southwest, which share a common pre-Hispanic culture. The researchers suggest the people at El Cementerio had been influenced by recent migrants from the south.

"The most important implication would be to extend the northern boundary of the Mesoamerican influence," García told LiveScience.  A number of skeletons also were found with earrings, nose rings, bracelets, pendants and necklaces made from seashells and snails from the Gulf of California. One person was buried with a turtle shell on the chest. It remains uncertain why some of these people were buried with ornaments while others were not, or — another mystery — why only one of the 25 skeletons was female.  During the next field season, the researchers aim to determine the cemetery's total size and hope to find more burials to get a clearer idea of the society's burial customs. "With new information, we also hope to determine whether there was any interaction between these and Mesoamerican societies — how it was and when it happened," they said.  García and her colleagues completed their analysis of the skeletal remains in November. They plan to submit their research to either the journal American Antiquity or the journal Latin American Antiquity. - MSNBC.

WATCH: Incredible 'alien' skulls discovered in a Mexican cemetery.

ICE AGE NOW: Cold Waves Hit Many Parts Of China - The Coldest Winter In 30 Years!

December 25, 2012 - CHINA - Parts of the country were braced for record low temperatures today after a cold snap left 10 provincial capitals shivering at below minus 10 degrees Celsius. Temperatures in Beijing plunged to between minus 15 and minus 20 degrees yesterday, the coldest in almost 30 years, forecasters said. The freeze brought snowfall and caused traffic chaos, amid fears that a prolonged icy spell may mean rising food prices.

A woman in Baoding, Hebei province, wrapped up for a scooter ride. Icy blast is expected to cause temperatures to plunge across the country, with Beijing in grip of its coldest weather for nearly 30 years. Photo: Xinhua.
The National Meteorological Office (NMO) said many areas had experienced their lowest temperatures so far this winter, including parts of Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Shandong, Yunnan, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Fujian, Guangdong and Hainan. The NMO lifted its "blue" warning of a severe spell of freezing weather issued on Saturday. But it warned that while the cold snap is easing, temperatures would continue to fall in central and eastern regions, with some experiencing record low temperatures today. In Beijing's mountainous northern suburbs, temperatures were expected to plunge to near minus 20 degrees last night, the Beijing Meteorological Observatory said. In urban areas, the temperature was expected to drop to minus 15 or minus 16 degrees. Chen Dagang, a senior forecaster at the observatory, said the capital's lowest temperature in recent decades was minus 15.2 degrees, recorded in 1985. Temperatures fell by between seven and nine degrees in Shanghai and by six to eight degrees in many parts of the country.

Some northern and northeastern regions witnessed drops of between 10 and 14 degrees. The lowest temperature - of minus 49 degrees - was reported in a remote county in Xinjiang, where severe traffic congestion was caused. In Jilin, temperatures plummeted to as low as minus 38 degrees, prompting overburdened medical authorities to call for assistance. In the northeastern provincial capital cities of Harbin and Changchun, temperatures dropped to minus 30 degrees. Also shivering yesterday on minus 29 degrees was the capital of Xinjiang province, Urumqi. In Shenyang , the capital of Liaoning, the temperature fell to between minus 15 and minus 18 degrees. In the northern city of Tianjin, temperatures were between minus 5 and minus 10 degrees. In nearby Jinan, the capital of Shandong, temperatures were between minus 4 and minus 10 degrees. The cold weather has seen prices of food including pork rise, according to official data. Pork prices were up 5.2 per cent on Saturday from November 20, which triggered fear of price hikes during upcoming festivals, including the Lunar New Year. The meteorological alerts are categorised as blue, yellow, orange and red in ascending order of severity. - SCMP.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: "Future Looks Very Bright For Microbes" - World Health Organization Head Warns Diseases Set To Rise!

December 25, 2012 - HONG KONG - The head of the World Health Organization warned Thursday that infectious diseases will spread more easily in the future due to globalisation, changing lifestyles and rising population densities.

WHO Head, Margaret Chan (AFP).
"The future looks very bright for microbes, not so good for humanity," Margaret Chan told a luncheon in her hometown Hong Kong, the site of a major outbreak of the SARS virus in 2003 that killed almost 300 people in the city. Higher population density, industrialisation of food production and the increase in international travel have provided many opportunities for communicable diseases to spread, she said. "Given this unstable and unpredictable situation, only one generalisation is possible -- there will definitely be more new diseases capable of causing outbreaks in humans," Chan said at the event organised by the Asia Society.

But the WHO head said not all new diseases will be as "devastating" as the outbreak of SARS that killed more than 800 people worldwide and the H1N1 epidemic that caused at least 17,000 deaths. Chan said one reason that infectious diseases have been on the rise in the region and China was due to the habit of eating the meat of exotic animals, as most new diseases are spread from animals to humans. "Constant mutation and adaptation are survival mechanisms of the microbial world, these organisms are well equipped to take advantage of every opportunity to jump the species barrier," she said. The WHO issued a global alert in September for a SARS-like coronavirus which killed two people in Qatar, one in Saudi Arabia and two in Jordan. The WHO says the coronavirus detected in the Middle East this year was unrelated to SARS and is a novel form of the germ. - The News.