Greetings, and welcome to The /x/ Files, the weekly news digest for 4chan’s Paranormal board. Every Sunday, we take a quick snapshot of the mysterious world around us and bring it, in an easily readable magazine format, to the board. I am The Editor, the anonymous creator of this idea and collector of the news that will be following below. In the interests of legitimacy, I will be using a secure tripcode to post the thread; once the posts are completed, I will take the tripcode off and return to my anonymity.
It’s Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone has or will be spending a lot of money on purchasing crass commercialized products on the one day of the year earmarked for showing affection, rather than taking the opportunity to show it to your significant other every day! We’ve got a spate of great stories, the usual radio roundup and podcast paraphanalia, and a very speciak Editor’s Note. As for me, well, I’m gonna go fap to X-Tan again. Foreveralone.jpg All this and more in Issue Fourteen of The /x/ Files!
Table of Contents:
1: Paranormal News of the Week
2: Radio Show Roundup
3: Paranormal Podcasts
4: Editor’s Note
Paranormal News of the Week
Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves for the First Time
Researchers at the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), a pair of ground-based observatories in Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana, have revealed that they have for the first time in history observed the warping of space-time, generated by the collision of two black holes located over one billion light years from Earth. First proposed by Albert Einstein as a consequence of his General Theory of Relativity back in 1916, gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time that carry energy across the universe, and scientists have been attempting to detect them for 50 years.
Proffesor Karsten Danzmann, from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, said the detection was one of the most important developments in science since the discovery of the Higgs particle, and on a par with the determination of the structure of DNA. “There is a Nobel Prize in it – there is no doubt,” He said. “It is the first ever direct detection of gravitational waves; it’s the first ever direct detection of black holes, and it is a confirmation of General Relativity because the property of these black holes agrees exactly with what Einstein predicted almost exactly 100 years ago.”
Full Story: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35524440
Birds of Prey Found Deliberately Starting Fires
Black kites and brown falcons in Australia have reportedly been observed starting bush fires in an effort to smoke out small animals.
Normally when there is a bush fire small animals are forced out of hiding and fall victim to birds of prey and other predators. Small fires often attract so many birds that there is insufficient fleeing prey for all, so a bird that was being beaten to its lunch might benefit from starting a new fire with less competition.
Robert Gosford, a lawyer whose extensive work with Indigenous people in central Australia inspired an interest in their culture, started to hear reports of black kites (Milvus migrans) and brown falcons (Falco berigora) picking up sticks burning at one end and dropping them into unburnt territory. The accounts came both from Indigenous people in northern Australia and from non-indigenous firefighters, park rangers and people charged with conducting early dry season burns to prevent the build-up of flammable material.
The reports suggest arsonist raptors can carry sticks at least 50 and possibly up to 500 meters without the fire going out or singeing the bird, explaining cases where small blazes have unexpectedly jumped fire breaks.
Full Story: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/australian-raptors-may-be-playing-fire
Titanic II Reportedly Being Built
In a callback to Issue One, claims of a replica of the Titanic, the world’s most famous “unsinkable” ship – which struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage in 1912 – is under construction. Australian mining magnate and politician Clive Palmer is at the helm of the ambitious project to faithfully recreate the luxury ship, which will be about 13 feet wider to meet current regulations. More importantly, it will carry enough lifeboats for every passenger and its hull will be welded, not riveted, just in case it comes across a rogue iceberg.
However, reports about the vessel are unverified and sketchy at best. The article which ‘broke’ the story this week, in the Independent, ia almost verbatim from an article published last September by the Belfast Telegraph; since that news report there has been no further news about the project, no contract to build has been signed, and no shipyard has begun construction on the vessel. Furthermore, the announcement of the delay was made as far back as May of 2014. And Clive Palmer himself may be facing criminal charges for moving money from his mining business, which is massively in debt, into his self-titled political party. People in the cruise ship trade are doubtful that “Titanic II” will ever be built.
In spite of this mountain of contrary evidence, the maiden voyage of Titanic II is planned for 2018, from Jiangsu, China – where the ship is allegedly being built – to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
Smart Appliances Might Soon Be Spying for the NSA
On Tuesday the 9th of February, the director of US national intelligence, James Clapper, appeared before a Senate committee and made clear that the internet of things – the many devices like thermostats, cameras and other appliances that are increasingly connected to the internet – are providing ample opportunity for intelligence agencies to spy on targets, and possibly the masses. And it’s a danger that many consumers who buy these products may be wholly unaware of. “In the future, intelligence services might use [the internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said, as part of his annual “assessment of threats” against the US.
While Clapper’s comments are generating new publicity for this privacy worry, the government has known about the potential to exploit these devices for a long time. The then-Director of the CIA, David Petraeus made clear that intelligence agencies would use theinternet of things to spy on people back in 2012, saying, “Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters – all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing.”
Author and persistent Silicon Valley critic Evgeny Morozov summed up the entire problem with the internet of things and “smart” technology in a tweet last week:
In case you are wondering what “smart” – as in “smart city” or “smart home” – means:
Radio Show Roundup
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Alternative Health/Chinese Astrology & Current Events
In the first half, Dr. Joel Wallach discussed the human body and its ability to use natural healing without the risky drugs prescribed by modern medicine. In the latter half, former futurist for a Pentagon-consulted think tank Lowell Ponte shared his analysis of current events, and his interpretations of Chinese astrology as it relates to the economy and politics.
Tuesday: The Mystery Hum Phenomenon/Open Lines
First half guest Dr. Glen MacPherson has spent many years documenting the strange phenomenon known as “the Hum.” MacPherson said that the sound was first reported in England in 1970, and spread to the U.S. in about 1990. In the second half, listeners called in with their stories of the Hum.
Wednesday: Primaries Predictions/Creation Myths & Velikovsky
In the first half, John Hogue, an astrologer and writer, looked at the astrological charts of all the major candidates to inform his opinions and predictions about what we might expect in the days leading up to November 8th. In the second half, author Laird Scranton joined George to recount the theories of Immanuel Velikovsky, as well as his own research into the striking similarities between the cosmologies of the ancient cultures of Europe and the Middle East.
Thursday: Cyber Attacks & North Korea/Spirit World & New Orleans
In the first half, cyber technology expert Charles R. Smith offered analysis of threats from North Korea, and reports about security flaws, hacks, and viruses. In the latter half, 11th generation New Orleanian and guest lecturer at Loyola and Tulane Universities, Bloody Mary made her debut on the show. A strong advocate for spirits’ rights, she discussed the rich history of voodoo and the paranormal that permeates the culture of New Orleans, and her interactions with the spirit realm.
Friday: The Ninth Planet/Open Lines
In the first half, guest host Jimmy Church (email) welcomed theoretical archaeo-astronomer Walter Cruttenden, who discussed the recent scientific discoveries of a possible new planet as well as “gravity waves.” Open lines followed.
Last Podcast on the Left: Dean Corll Episode II: The Ready Sled
The Dean Corll series continues with the introduction of his infamous torture board, the boat shed where he disposed of the bodies of dozens of boys, and his first accomplice in 29 murders, a one Mr. David Brooks.
Paranormal Podcast: The Onmiverse
Forget about the Multiverse, we talk to Alfred Lambremont Webre about the Omniverse!
The Paracast: February 14th, 2016
A very special episode featuring best-selling fact and fiction author Whitley Strieber. During this session, Whitley will discuss his new book, “The Super Natural,” co-authored with J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion at Rice University, Jeffery Kripal.
Mysterious Universe: 15.05
Award winning science journalist Jo Marchant joins us this week to discuss her new book ‘Cure‘ and the science of mind over body. From the placebo effect to mindfulness meditation, Cure examines the powerful effect our thoughts, emotions and beliefs can have on our health. We also feature the latest news in Cryotech, breaking physics discoveries, and miraculous cases of the ‘third man effect’.
Expanded Perspectives: Blurry Photos
On this episode of Expanded Perspectives Kyle and Cam start off by talking about how Iceland is going to build the first temple to Norse gods in 1,000 years. Then a hidden population of up to 200 lions found in remote Ethiopia. Then, you can now send a “message in a bottle” that will reach the north star in 434 years. Then, Woolly mammoth was never served at a lavish 1950s New York dinner where rare and extinct species were trumpeted as being on the menu, a researcher has said after putting leftover meat through DNA analysis. Then, sadly the great Dr. Edgar Mitchell passed away this last week. After the break the guys talk to friends of the show David Flora and Dave Stecco of the Blurry Photos Podcast. Finally, Cam brings up another sasquatch sighting from Northern Ireland.
Blurry Photos Podcast: The Salem Witch Trials
You stand accused of wanting to learn more about the Salem witch trials! A sad chapter of American history, the Salem witch trials were a time of paranoia, hysteria, requital, and religious fervor gone awry. Flora and Stecco discuss the cultural climate leading up to this period, including witch hunts and persecution in general. How did a town in colonial Massachusetts end up killing so many men and women? What superstitions did people believe made a person a witch, and how did they enact their justice upon them? You’ll be found guilty of learning a little something in this spectral evidential episode of the podcast!
This week I get to herald a brand new piston on the slowly building steam train that is good content on /x/. The /x/ Radio Show is a new, monthy podcast, bringing movie reviews, creepypasta, and news reports (From yours truly) to the air. I give you the words of the head of the organization:
“The /x/ Radio Show is a podcast dedicated to /x/ culture and /x/ related accessories. It will be a source of original content concerning the creepy, the kooky, the mysterious and the spooky. The show will take topics of discussion from /x/ and present them in a polished, researched audio format along with its own storylines and plots. As an /x/ community based podcast, the show relies on your feedback to improve itself. You can get involved in the monthly listenalong thread which can be found right now by searching for /x/ radio in the catalogue. There will be illustrations, commentary from the authors and cake. The show would love to hear any suggestions you might have for future content, any criticisms you have or any questions you might want to ask. The first show will be released today. Follow @SpookyJim_TXRS on twitter for the latest updates and links. Who is Spooky Jim? Find out today in the listenalong thread!”
That thread should be up a little while after this, so keep your eyes peeled. I’ve had a chance to listen to it, and it’s high quality stuff.
Until Next Time