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.
Table of Contents:
1: Paranormal News of the Week
2: Paranormal Article of the Week
3: Radio Show Roundup
4: Paranormal Podcasts
5: Editor’s Note
Paranormal News of the Week
Scientists Create Semi-Synthetic Life
For the first time ever, researchers have succeeded in creating healthy organisms with synthetic DNA.
In what is being hailed as a major breakthrough that could lead to the creation of whole new life forms, Floyd Romesberg and colleagues at the Scripps Research Institute in California have managed to produce E coli microbes modified with an extended genetic code. The research, which is aimed at producing new kinds of proteins for use in medicine, has made it possible for scientists to effectively program how the organisms will operate and behave. The expanded genetic code includes two new molecules – X and Y – which the organisms absorb through feeding. This aspect of the process is also intended as a fail-safe in the unlikely event that the microbes ever manage to escape the lab.
While Romesberg and his team had managed to produce semi-synthetic microbes in the lab before, their previous efforts had seen the organisms die off almost immediately. This time however their creations appear to be thriving.
“This is a major step forward in showing that a living cell such as a simple bacterium can be engineered to sustain a synthetic base pair not found in nature,” said scientist Paul Freemont. “This leads to the concept of semi-synthetic living systems that could be engineered to perform specific functions that would rely on a distinct genetic code compared to the natural genetic code.”
Paranormal Article of the Week
Peter Bebergal’s Top 10 Occult in Media
Art and culture are littered with occult symbols, references, influences, themes, and polemics. Often they are a way for an artist or musician to position themselves on the fringe and Avant Garde. The occult is considered heterodox, a means of pushing against the normative and the mainstream, of the individual taking their spiritual destiny into their own hands. For the artist, there is much fodder in the arcane and the esoteric to represent their own path towards their own purpose and will. Or the will of the gods. It is a challenge to bring together a list that encompasses all the wondrous attempts to capture the ineffable quality of the occult and magic. Some art and music wears the influence on their sleeves, others shroud it with deeply symbolic language. Recently I have been interested in the stranger and darker examples, where spirits are invoked in secret groves and even believers are awestruck at the full revelation of their work.
Here, then, is a list of my current favorites, those I return to again and again to be amazed, frightened, or simply hypnotized by how these ideas and symbols so perfectly key into our weird selves.
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Trump, Fake News, & ISIS/ Strange & Unexplained
In the first half, author and adventurer Robert Young Pelton discussed his inside knowledge of the mechanics of fake news, the background of some of President Trump’s key appointees, as well as updates on ISIS. In the second half, author and podcaster Jim Harold shared some of his latest stories from the world of the strange and unexplained.
Tuesday: Espionage & Intelligence
In the first half, one of Britain’s leading military historians and lecturers, Colonel John Hughes-Wilson discussed his latest work on the history of intelligence and espionage, including the dangerous uncertainties of spies and human intelligence, how WikiLeaks really happened, and whether the 9/11 attacks could have been avoided. Open Lines followed.
Wednesday: Technology Overload/ Inner-Earth
In the first half, psychotherapist and author Nancy Colier discussed how our reliance on technology is rapidly changing the way each of us experiences life. In the latter half, electrical engineer with a doctorate in Physics Brooks Agnew shared updates on his work, including North Pole Inner-Earth expeditions, and his hypothesis that Earth is made of two planets.
Thursday: 9th Planet & Animal Extinctions
Earthfiles investigative reporter Linda Moulton Howe discussed details of a “Planet Nine” in our solar system; a professor’s finding of stars with peculiar pulsations that might be indicators of ET life; and the danger of extinction this century for the cheetah and giraffe.
Friday: Haunted Hinsdale House
In the first half, filling in for George Noory, Dave Schrader welcomed paranormal investigator Daniel Klaes, who co-founded the Greater Western New York Paranormal Society. He spoke on the mysterious history, strange sightings, and unexplained events that encompass the haunted Hinsdale house, which he was recently able to purchase. Open Lines followed.
Last Podcast on the Left: Jack the Ripper, Part III: Oh, Murder!
We continue our series with the letters of Jack the Ripper, the message on the wall, and the gruesome murder of the Ripper’s last victim, Mary Jane Kelly.
Mysterious Universe: 17.03
Artist Sean Bartock joins us to discuss his memoirs of alien abductions, native spirits, and high strangeness from his book ‘Flashbacks‘. Bartock believes he had experienced multiple abductions since his childhood, but with the memories remaining mostly hidden, it would take a life change in his early 40s and a series of strange encounters to unlock the true nature of his experiences.
Expanded Perspectives: Viracocha, The Incan God of Creation
On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys talk about how a lot of people mix up children’s names or friends’ names and as it turns out it’s because you love them. It’s not related to a bad memory or to aging, but rather to how the brain categorizes names. Then, according to a new study recently published in the journal Science Advances, evidence shows that humans occupied much of the Sahara during the ‘wet period’ around 8,000 years ago. Then, a Tennessee resident was recently startled by a Bigfoot type creature. Then, Cam brings up the story of “Viracocha”. Viracocha was the supreme god of the Incas. He is also known as Huiracocha, Wiraqoca and Wiro Qocha. Considered the creator god he was the father of all other Inca gods and it was he who formed the earth, heavens, sun, moon and all living beings.
Thinking Sideways Podcast: Witchcraft Murder
In February 1945, farm worker Charlie Walton was brutally murdered in the tiny English village of Lower Quinton. And the manner of the killing suggested something more than just murder…
Astonishing Legends: The Count of Saint Germain, Part 3
There seems to be no doubt that the Count of Saint Germain existed, but how did he exist and for how long? There are levels to the incredulity of his story. It seems unlikely that one individual could possess so many varied talents, but the Count’s most unlikely talent was living into his 80s while still looking to be in his 50s. If you’re willing to go even further and believe the accounts of some of his contemporaries, then the Count was over 100 years old and lived well into the 19th century. Impossible you say? Then you might have even more trouble believing what many of those who had studied under him and some that continue to study his life believe, that the Count may have been hundreds or even thousands of years old, knew the ancient wisdom and secrets of life, and practiced the lost arts known only to the most enlightened beings. Whatever you choose to believe, a strong argument could be made that in his time and long after, he was actually the real ‘most interesting man in the world’.
Blurry Photos Podcast: Coral Castle
Get your two bits ready, Flora and Stecco are taking you on a tour of the Coral Castle! A limestone construct in southern Florida, Coral Castle might just be a roadside oddity if not for the fact that tons of limestone was erected by a single man. Latvian-born Edward Liedskalnins single-handedly built a strange, stone structure, but stories say no one can explain how he did this. Apparently his work was done at night, and rumors have it that he used the simplest of tools for the job. Or maybe something else. Could he have unlocked some secret of the universe – anti-gravity, telluric energy, etc. – to move tons of limestone into place? And why did he build it? The boys of Blurry Photos look into Ed’s life and the rumors surrounding the construction of the site.
The Higherside Chats Podcast: Marty Leeds | Pizzagate, Symbolism, & Secret Societies
While we may differ on our perspective of the reality that surrounds us, there is one thing we know for certain: there is a sophisticated code baked right in. Today’s guest, Marty Leeds helps us to decipher what this intricate web of encoded message may mean in our grand reality and understanding of self.
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