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Thursday, September 28, 2006

US Army report on animal ESP released after 50 years


Here is a recently declassified report commissioned by the US Army to study ESP in animals from a site edited by Russ Kick - The Memory Hole. From the abstract:

In the early 1950s, Dr. Joseph Banks Rhine, based at Duke University, was the foremost researcher in the field of parapsychology, or, using the term he coined: "extrasensory perception." The Army hired Rhine and his Parapsychology Laboratory to research the possibility of using dogs and other animals to detect buried landmines.

The final report for one such contract with Duke University, dated 10 July 1953, remained classified as Confidential for more than 50 years, until it was recently declassified after a long, laborious process. It took ten separate offices five years to clear this short report for release.

The narrative report describes a series of experiments involving German shepherds trying to locate buried landmines. The results appeared promising but also suggested that at least some of the positive results were attributable to the dogs' remarkable sense of smell. The report also examines the possibility of ESP in cats and pigeons.

Rhine was the first to attempt a scientific investigation of paranormal phenomena of this type, and many of his experimental results have been attacked as being the result of a general lack of stringent experimental controls and the possible falsification of records by his laboratory assistants.

The document was obtained by researcher Michael Ravnitzky.

Corpses turned away from Fiji hospital

You think wait times are bad at Canadian hospitals? Are hip replacement and MRI wait-lists and hospital bed closures getting you down? The Fiji Times reports that corpses are being turned away from the Wainibokasi Hospital. You can only stay in the morge at this hospital if you die on the premisis.

"We were forced to close the other two coolers after we found out they were not working,'' Dr Koraai said. "Two bodies were occupying the coolers and relatives were asked to bury them as their bodies were beginning to decompose. This was when we realised that the coolers were not working."

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Google Earth reveals bizarre weather in Edmonton

The Register reports on one of the extreme cases of altered weather paterns due to global warming as revealled by Google Earth. What is happening to the city where I lived over half of my life - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada?!?

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