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.
Lots of science-y bits in here this week. Some kinda crazy, some really amazing. We’ve also go the regular list of stuff. Thirty-Four weeks and counting!
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
Man Creates 200W ‘Laser Bazooka’
Shining a low-power 0.5mW laser in to your eyes, even for a brief moment, can cause irreparable damage – so imagine what would happen if you looked in to one that is 40,000 times more powerful.
The brainchild of YouTube user StyroPyro, this 200W ‘laser bazooka’ is actually more akin to a shotgun; it was created by focusing a cluster of high-power laser beams, all through a single lens. The undeniably awesome invention is thought to be the most powerful hobbyist-level laser device ever created and is able to burn through everything from a cardboard box to a metal PC case. Given its potential to burn someone’s eyes out however (According to its maker, having this beam in your unprotected eyes is 33 million times worse than staring at the sun), this is one creation that you definitely won’t be seeing for sale anytime soon.
Video Link: https://youtu.be/IzUoe-9bKa0
Hole in the Ozone is Starting to Heal
Situated high up in the planet’s stratosphere, the ozone layer is a special region which helps to protect the Earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation coming from the sun. Scientists first noticed that it appeared to be thinning above Antarctica back in the 1980s, a worrying trend that was shown to be due to the presence of certain chemicals in hair sprays, refrigerators, air conditioning systems and other CFC-containing products. The discovery that these gases were responsible for depleting the ozone layer led to a significant reduction in the manufacture and use of these items in the hope that this would slow down or even reverse the damage that they had been causing, and now researchers say they have found the first clear evidence that the thinning in the ozone layer above Antarctica is starting to heal.
Professor Susan Solomon and colleagues, including researchers from the University of Leeds in the UK, carried out detailed measurements of the amount of ozone in the stratosphere between 2000 and 2015, and determined that the hole was around 4 million square km smaller than it was in the year 2000 – an area roughly the size of India. They found that more than half the shrinkage was due solely to the reduction in atmospheric chlorine.
“Even though we phased out the production of CFCs in all countries, including India and China, around the year 2000, there’s still a lot of chlorine left in the atmosphere,” Professor Solomon said. “We don’t expect to see a complete recovery until about 2050 or 2060, but we are starting to see that the ozone hole is not as bad as it used to be.”
Full Story: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36674996
First Science-Backed Anti-Aging Drug to Be Tested in Humans Next Month
In 2013, researchers from the University of New South Wales claimed to have formulated a drug that could help slow down the aging process using a compound called nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN). And indeed, the compound has been found to reverse signs of aging and extend the life expectancy in animal tests. To date, such methods haven’t been tested in humans; now, it will be tested on humans to see if the results will be as good and as safe. The trial will be conducted next month by Keio University in japan with ten healthy volunteers.
NMN has been found to stimulate the production of sirtuins, a class of proteins that grow weaker as we age. This drug reverses, not just external signs of aging, but internal symptoms as well, including decline in eyesight, metabolism, and glucose intolerance.
“We’ve confirmed a remarkable effect in the experiment using mice, but it’s not clear yet how much [the compound] will affect humans,” Lead researcher Shin-ichiro Imai said. “We’ll carefully conduct the study, which I hope will result in important findings originating in Japan.”
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: CIA & the Media/Near Death Studies
In the first half, investigative reporter Nicholas Schou revealed how leading journalists and media are manipulated by the secretive agencies they cover such as the CIA. In the latter half, NDE researcher and founder of the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Jeffrey Long, M.D., discussed the findings in the largest near-death experience study in history, involving 3,000 people from diverse backgrounds and religious traditions, including nonbelievers.
Tuesday: Economic Chaos/Vatican and ETs
In the first half, “V, the Guerrilla Economist,” who has contributed to private think tanks that help create investment policy, covered the looming economic collapse in what is now the summer of chaos in the financial markets. In the latter half, researcher of ancient mythology and paranormal phenomena, Tom Horn was joined by researcher and prophecy expert Cris Putnam, for updates on the Vatican & ETs, prophecy, and end times.
Wednesday: Naturopathic Medicine
Serving 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves, Dr. Joanne Conaway was an aeromedical evacuation nurse and in-flight medical crew director. Now a practicing naturopath physician, Dr. Conaway left mainstream medicine, rejecting the conventional approach of treating symptoms with pharmaceuticals. In the first half, she discussed what she believes are more effective methods of restoring health, and primarily how a healthy gut and microbiome promotes normal gastrointestinal function and provides protection from infection, increased absorption, and the regulation of one’s metabolism. Open Lines followed.
Thursday: Earth Sounds and Alien Structures
Earthfiles investigative reporter Linda Moulton Howe discussed the continuing rumbling sounds in Windsor, Ontario; a retired Naval flight engineer’s experiences in Antarctica that included the retrieval of 15 scientists after a 2-week-disappearance in 1994; a whistleblower who described seeing a photo of non-human construction inside a moon crater; and another whistleblower going on the record about the alterations of two different images.
Friday: History of Star Trek
Edward Gross has an extensive history of covering film and television as a member of the editorial staff of a wide variety of magazines. He discussed the true story behind the making of a pop culture phenomenon – Star Trek. The series debuted in 1966 and has spawned five TV series spin-offs and a dozen feature films, with a new movie from Paramount arriving later this summer. Gross thinks that the originators of the 1966 TV series “couldn’t imagine anyone in front of or behind the camera” who would have dreamed that the franchise would still be around after 50 years. He said that the show was originally supposed to be a starring vehicle for William Shatner, but that it quickly became evident that the three main characters (Kirk, Spock, and McCoy) were the “guys that really made Star Trek.” Open Lines followed.
Last Podcast on the Left: Chaos Magic, Part I: The Basics
It’s the first part of our long awaited series on Chaos Magic this week as we cover, as simply as we possibly can, the origins, the core tenets, and just what Chaos Magic can do for you if you decide to give it a shot.
Bonus Episode: Henry Yells at Dave Willis About Aliens
It’s a bonus this week as Henry sits down with Adult Swim’s Dave Willis (creator of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, and of course, Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell) as Henry yells about his personal beliefs about aliens, nefarious Men in Black, and saucer game.
Paranormal Podcast: The Zozo Phenomenon
This strange phenomenon surrounds the Ouija board. Is it just the result of overactive imaginations or something more sinister? Rosemary Ellen Guiley and Darren Evans weigh in on the subject.
The Paracast: July 3rd, 2016
Gene and guest co-host Goggs Mackay present author Robert Robinson, author of the book Legend Tripping: The Ultimate Adventure, who will take you on a fascinating “journey to adventure outside the box. Enter the exciting world of myths and monsters, the paranormal, extraterrestrials, lost treasures, and strange places. Enter the world of Legend Tripping and go on the ultimate family adventure.”
Mysterious Universe: 15.25
For our season 15 finale we are joined by author Brennan Storr who shares his own personal paranormal experiences, along with tales of the unexplained, from his new book ‘A Strange place’. We then feature new research into mind altering parasites and the implications of their manipulation of human behaviour.
On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys discuss one of world’s strangest mysteries. The Oak Island Money Pit.
In 1795, a teenager named Daniel McGinnis found an oval-shaped recession in the ground on the island. With little evidence that there was anything to be discovered, McGinnis started digging in the area and subsequently hit wooden planks every ten feet. The discovery of the planks led McGinnis and his friends to believe the pit was man-made and they began what would become a long-standing tradition of treasure seeking in the area.
From the beginning of the 19th century onward, many companies formed to begin their own digging expeditions in the pit, each discovering more “evidence” and attributing new theories to the region. Errol Flynn, John Wayne, and Franklin Roosevelt were at one point each involved in the hunt and held their own theories as to the pit’s contents.
Some believed pirate treasure lay just below the next layer of soil. Others believed Marie Antoinette’s lost jewels were surely buried there right after the French Revolution. Another theory even posited that Francis Bacon had stored documents in the pit proving himself as the author of Shakespeare’s plays. There are many other theories one big one is that “The Arc Of the Covenant” lies at the bottom.
Despite the wild theories, little has ever come out of the pit. Everything ever found in the pit has been attributed to some treasure theory. A cavern found during the dig was deemed a booby trap. Another tunnel leading out of the pit to Smith’s cove was deemed a secret floodway. Any wood found in tunnel was immediately considered a part of the pit’s foundation.
However, just enough evidence has been found to keep people digging. Among the biggest discoveries were a set of stone inscriptions found 90 feet below the earth. Symbols on the stones were translated as “forty feet below lie two million pounds.” Even more promising, was the alleged discovery of a few gold pieces.
As with many of the discoveries from the pit, the inscriptions and gold themselves disappeared, and have not been seen in over fifty years, thus little modern investigation on them can be done. Researchers have even begun to formulate theories as to where the inscriptions and gold are now, creating yet a new mystery tangent to follow. This of course, is the story of the Money Pit. Each new theory or discovery comes with yet more mystery and controversy and less hard evidence or treasure.
Further complicating matters of the pit, excavations have now gone 190 feet into the earth since the late 18th century. In many ways, the expeditions themselves have become a part of the history of Oak Island. It is often difficult to discern what the creators of the pit left and what belonged to treasure hunters, and a stone inscription marked “1701” is even considered by some to be a hoax left by past hunters.
Whether the pit is a natural sinkhole, a booby-trapped pit filled with gems, or one of the worlds greatest follies may forever remain a mystery. In 2010, a final treasure hunt was initiated, found nothing, and the government passed the Oak Island Act, banning all commercial treasure hunting on the island. However, in 2011 a new Oak Island Treasure Act invited the hunt to continue, with permission granted from the Minister of Natural Resources.
Skeptoid: Autopsy: The Clinton Body Count
The surprising origins of the claim that the Clintons kill any who get in their way.
Thinking Sideways Podcast: Atlantis
In the 4th century BC, the Greek philosopher Plato revealed the existence of a lost continent called Atlantis. Was Plato’s tale true? Or did he just make it up? A lot of people have been trying to figure that out for a long time now.
Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know Podcast: Free WiFi: Gambling With Your Privacy
Public wifi can be an enormously convenient thing — it helps people dodge data charges in coffee shops, airports and other places around the globe. But how safe is it? Tune in to learn more.
The Dark Myths Collective:
We are a group of podcasters dedicated to producing high quality and emotionally power-packed listening experiences. While our shows span the full spectrum of genres from history to fiction to crime stories, what binds them together is that they explore the darker side. This allows you to cross genres and discover podcasts you might not have found.
Until Next Time