Issue Sixty-Seven

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.
This week:
Plus all the regular stuff :3
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
New Zealand River Given Legal Human Status

North Island’s Whanganui River has been granted the same legal rights and privileges as a human being. The peculiar move follows more than 160 years of legal wrangling between New Zealand’s authorities and the native Maori people who have long fought for the river’s rights. Their success means that the interests of the river will now be represented by two people – one a member of the Maori tribes and the other a Crown official.

“I know the initial inclination of some people will say it’s pretty strange to give a natural resource a legal personality,” said Chris Finlayson, New Zealand’s Treaty Negotiations Minister. “But it’s no stranger than family trusts, or companies or incorporated societies.”

The court’s decision has certainly been a cause for much celebration among the Maori.

“The river as a whole is absolutely important to the people who are from the river and live on the river,” said Adrian Rurawhe, a New Zealand MP who represents the Maori people. “From a Whanganui viewpoint the wellbeing of the river is directly linked to the wellbeing of the people and so it is really important that’s recognised as its own identity.”

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Boaty McBoatface Prepares for First Mission

The humorously named research submarine is preparing to venture beneath the waters of the Antarctic.

Perhaps the best known example of why asking the public to name something is a bad idea, the small yellow robot submarine acquired its peculiar name after the public were given the chance to vote for what to call the Natural Environment Research Council’s new research vessel. While the ship itself eventually ended up being named RRS Sir David Attenborough, its robotic submarine was assigned the unusual moniker to satisfy the result of the public vote.

Boaty McBoatface is now set to embark on its first ever mission which will see it descend to depths of up to 3.5km beneath the Orkney Passage to the south of Chile. It is hoped that its findings will help scientists learn more about the effects of global warming.

“The Orkney Passage is a key choke-point to the flow of abyssal waters in which we expect the mechanism linking changing winds to abyssal water warming to operate,” said Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato. “We will measure how fast the streams flow, how turbulent they are, and how they respond to changes in winds over the Southern Ocean. Our goal is to learn enough about these convoluted processes to represent them in the models that scientists use to predict how our climate will evolve over the 21st century and beyond.”

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Paranormal Article of the Week
Death and Burial in Venice: What Does the Floating City do with Its Dead?

The city of Venice, known primarily for its 26 miles of weaving canals and waterways, is situated among 117 small islands in a shallow lagoon in Northern Italy. You can’t dig too far without hitting water, and real estate is limited, but the dead were buried within the city for years in what became known as campielli dei morti, or “little fields of the dead.”

Eventually, though, Venetians needed somewhere else to go with their mortal remains.

The small island of Sant’ Ariano, a remote islet only accessible by a desolate winding route through shallow channels and mud flats, was once home to a Benedictine monastery where nuns from the most distinguished Venice families lived before environmental decay drove them to nearby Torcello. In 1565, long abandoned by that point, the island was sanctioned by the Venetian Senate for use as an ossario. It became a dumping place for remains that were being removed from the city’s cemeteries to make room for new burials, and was in use for over three hundred years. By the time the island was finally closed in 1933, a layer of bones three meters deep had amassed within it’s stone walls, which can still be found today beneath the thickly overgrown brush.

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Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
Monday: Phoenix Lights Anniversary/Mind Principles

On the 20th anniversary of the “Phoenix Lights,” physician Dr. Lynne Kitei discussed her experience as a key witness and her research that has been at the forefront of this amazing sighting. In the latter half, editor and author Mitch Horowitz discussed positive-mind principles as exemplified by Edgar Cayce and influential mind control pioneer Maxwell Maltz.
Tuesday: Infectious Disease Threat/Practicing Witchcraft

In the first half, prominent public health scientist Dr. Michael Osterholm discussed the growing threat of 21st century infectious diseases, and what can be done to protect ourselves. In the latter half, writer and practicing witch Harold Roth spoke about various types of witches, the history of spells and curses, and protection methods.
Wednesday: Astrology & Finance/Paranormal Interactions

In the first half, professional astrologer Mitchell Scott Lewis discussed what he sees in charts for the markets, world leaders and events, and why 2020 is shaping up to be very eventful. In the latter half, guest Paul Kimball suggested that many of our paranormal and strange experiences could be linked in ways that are not completely fathomed.
Thursday: Climate Controversies/ET & UFO Contacts

In the first half, retired professor of climatology Dr. Tim Ball argued that climate data has been manipulated, and climate issues have focused on faulty computer modeling rather than empirical data. In the latter half, engineer and ufologist Dale Harder talked about his experiences with UFOs and ET contacts, as well as his contention that he himself is an alien born in human form.
Friday: Nature People

In the first half, Christian von Lahr discussed his ongoing work exploring direct communication with the Nature People and the truth behind the legends of leprechauns, four-leaf clovers, and other symbols of lore associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Open Lines followed.

Paranormal Podcasts
Last Podcast on the Left: L. Ron Hubbard, Part II: Dianetics

We’re getting into the foundations of Scientology this week as well as Laffy’s disastrous love affairs and the insane caper involving Hubbard kidnapping his own daughter.

Paranormal Podcast: Spooky Tales of the Woods & Memphis Hoodoo

We talk about terrifying tales of the woods…screams, disappearances and more with author Steph Young. In part two, Tony Kail shares his fascinating research into Memphis Hoodoo on this edition of The Paranormal Podcast.

The Paracast: March 19th, 2017

Author Dr. Robert Davis returns to The Paracast with an update from the Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters, where over 4,000 experiencers have responded to a questionnaire about their encounters. You’ll also hear from Dr. Maree Batchelor, a psychic healer.

Mysterious Universe: 17.10

After an eventful trip to the Theosophical library we return with stories of “Oriental Wisdom” and tall tales from one Alexander Cannon that ultimately lead us to more Nazi WWII conspiracy and intrigue.

Expanded Perspectives: Field of Screams

On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys start the show off with how Chris Bertish has become the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a paddle board. The 42-year-old South African paddled his way from Morocco to Antigua, a distance of 4500 nautical miles alone in just 94 days. Then, A University of Nebraska senior, Brevan Jorgenson, shelled out a mere $700 for open source software that he used to turn his vehicle into a self-driving car. Then, a popular diving site filled with spectacular coral reefs has been severely damaged in Papua, New Guinea, after a British-owned cruise ship got caught in low tide and slammed into it. Then, Virginia has made robotics history by passing legislation allowing delivery robots to operate on sidewalks and crosswalks across the state. Robots operating under the new law won’t be able to exceed 10 miles per hour or weigh over 50 pounds, but they will be allowed to rove autonomously. Finally, after the break Cam brings up some strange encounters experienced by outdoorsman.

Thinking Sideways Podcast: The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp

In 1987 a 7 to 8 foot tall reptilian creature was sighted for the first time in Scape Ore Swamp in South Carolina. Since then many people have claimed to have seen the Lizard Man and even charged it with damaging their property. Is it real or not?

Astonishing Legends: Flight 19 (Part One)

The fate of a US Naval training flight, designated as “Flight 19” remains one of the American military’s most enduring mysteries, but also one of the signature stories from the legendary region known as “The Bermuda Triangle.” On December 5, 1945, a squadron of five Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bombers departed Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 2:10 p.m. on what should have been a routine overwater navigation training exercise. After successfully completing their practice bombing runs and some course change maneuvers, the formation radioed that they were not sure of their location or heading. Several hours later it was clear that the squadron was lost and their situation was dire. Flight instructor Lt. Charles Taylor, USN would make his last transmission around this time and it would be the last he and his 13 airmen would ever be heard from again. A rescue operation was launched, but it too would suffer a terrible tragedy. Was this merely a series of unfortunate but explainable errors and Flight 19 simply fell victim to the natural danger of the sea, or would they be claimed by the purported treachery of the Bermuda Triangle?

Blurry Photos Podcast: Scottish Cannibals

Season 6 begins with a bloody bang, as Blurry Photos take a look at Scottish cannibals! Scotland’s history is even bloodier than advertised with such harrowing Scottish cannibals as Sawney Bean and Christie Cleek looming over it. But how much of the infamous cannibals’ legends are true? Join David and Dave as they explore the history of people being eaten in Scotland, including stories and accounts. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by taking a quick trip across the sea to Scotland and enjoy the kickoff to Season 6!

Bizarre States: The Traveling Museum with Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews

Jessica and Bowser are joined by Greg Newkirk and Dana Matthews of Weird HQ! Greg and Dana were kind enough to bring some artifacts from The Traveling Museum of The Paranormal and The Occult!

The Higherside Chats Podcast: Brien Foerster | Elongated Skulls, Lost Continents, & Ancient Tech

Join Greg Carlwood, host of The Higherside Chats as he talks elongated Paracas skulls, lost continents and ancient mysteries with Brien Foerster.

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.


Editor’s Note:
If there’s anyone out there that might be interested in producing content for an /x/ Files podcast, either leave me a message in the thread or drop me an email. Nothing ambitious, just basically reading the issue aloud each week. I’d do all the heavy lifting (mixing/mastering and uploading the file) myself. Must have a decent microphone and be RELIABLE. If I can do this every week for over a year, it only stands to reason that I’d expect the same level of commitment from you.

Until Next Time


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