‘Aliens in bedroom’: UFO sightings on the rise in Northern Ireland

I don’t know about you, but I’d have some issues with an alien being in my room… I’ve listened to enough Blink-182 that I know they exist. But in Northern Ireland, they’re dealing with not just the ongoing pandemic but a huge uptick in UFO sightings.

From mysterious discs over Slemish Mountain in County Antrim to strange images spotted on CCTV, unexplained sightings increased in Northern Ireland again last year.

Police received eight sightings in Northern Ireland during 2021, an increase from six such reports in 2020 and four in 2019.

These included a report of a spaceship and flashing lights in the Downpatrick area on 17 January.

In May police received two sightings reports, one of white lights after a helicopter in the Maghaberry area and an odd disc seen in the sky in the Slemish area of County Antrim at the end of the month.

In July there was a report of “strange images” on CCTV in a house in the Newtownabbey area and a dome-shaped object with eight lights in the sky reported in the Saintfield area.

In September a report was received in the Lisburn area of “aliens in bedroom”, while in October a detained patient reported having been abducted by aliens.

The final report of the year was of “unusual bright lights in the sky” in November.

UFO sighting reports on the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) database include unidentified flying objects (UFOs); aerial phenomena; unidentified aerial phenomena; lights in the sky; and aliens and extraterrestrials.

A PSNI spokesperson said no investigations had been carried out in relation to these incidents.

Nick Pope, who used to investigate reports of UFO sightings for the Ministry of Defence (MoD), said it was possible that more people spending more time at home during the pandemic may account for a rise in reported sightings.

“It’s difficult to say what lies behind the small increase in sightings,” he said.

“Covid-19 and lockdowns may have played a role, with people having more time on their hands during the pandemic, and perhaps spotting things that previously may have gone unnoticed.

“Another possibility is that people are following the situation in the United States, where Congress is taking the issue seriously and the Pentagon has launched a new UFO initiative.

“This may make people more likely to report something unusual that they’ve seen because it sends the message that the authorities take the matter seriously.”

However, Pope said he believed the true number of sightings was much higher.

“Sadly, the numbers are still fairly low, and I suspect there’s chronic underreporting, perhaps because of the perceived stigma,” he said.

“That’s possibly a consequence of the Ministry of Defence’s decision to stop investigating UFOs at the end of 2009.

“If the MoD restart investigations and ask the public to report anything unusual, I’m sure they’ll receive lots of reports.”

Original Article: ‘Aliens in bedroom’: UFO sightings on the rise in Northern Ireland | UFOs | The Guardian

Rep. Dan Crenshaw Says Anyone Who Opposes Endless Wars is a ‘Friggin’ Idiot’

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) has zero patience for his fellow Americans who are against “endless wars.”

“We’re the United States of America so we always have to be prepared for everything,” Crenshaw said while talking about foreign affairs on the latest edition of Hold These Truths with Dan Crenshaw podcast.

“China just has to prepare for subjugating their own people, that’s one of their big focuses, and then they have to focus on screwing with us,” Crenshaw continued. “Russia is primarily focused on its periphery. They want the Ukraine, that’s usually what they care about.”

Crenshaw continued by arguing that America has a different obligation in dealing with the world’s issues than China and Ukraine do. “We have to care about everything, and it should be that way,” he said. “I think too many on our side get hung up on this issue. They pretend we can be an Ostrich and hide and that just makes you an easy target. It’s unbelievably naive reasoning and dangerous reasoning and stupid.”

Crenshaw then took matters a step further. “Everyone who has ever screamed, ‘No more endless wars’ as their foreign policy is a friggin’ idiot.”

Former President Donald Trump is a strong advocate for ending “endless wars” and broke with GOP norms by calling former President George W. Bush’s foreign policy “stupid.”

The term “endless wars” has regularly been used by both the left and right — Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) praised Trump on this issue — to refer to U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, the latter of which has officially ended.

Watch the video here: Dan Crenshaw Slams Those Opposed to Endless Wars (mediaite.com)

Man Kills His Grandmother as She Opened Christmas Gifts

A California man has been arrested for allegedly shooting dead his grandmother and his father’s girlfriend as the family was opening their Christmas gifts.

Austin Alvarez, 23, turned up at his family’s home in Reedley on Saturday afternoon and pulled out a gun just as his relatives started exchanging presents, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.

His grandmother Magdalena Alvarez, 58, and his dad’s 39-year-old girlfriend Meisa Rashid were both struck and killed.

As he was fleeing the home in the wake of the shooting, Alvarez noticed his father sitting in his truck and allegedly started firing at him, authorities said.

His father wasn’t injured.

Alvarez was captured by authorities in his GMC pickup truck about 10 miles from the home.

The California Highway Patrol and multiple local law enforcement agencies were involved in tracking him down.

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the killings.

Alvarez was booked into the Fresno County jail on two charges of murder and one charge of attempted murder.

His bail was set at $2.5 million.

Real Estate Agent Identified as ‘Suspected Serial Killer’

Police announced last week they arrested a 25-year-old man they believe is involved in a series of shooting deaths that target homeless people.

On Thursday, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and interim Police Chief Manuel Morales said in a press conference they took Willy Suarez Maceo into custody following a string of shootings.

The events leading up to Suarez’s arrest reportedly began Dec. 21 at approximately 8 p.m. Morales said a witness flagged down a Miami Police Department officer who was on patrol around the 400 block of West 2nd Avenue. The officer reportedly located a victim suffering from what looked like blunt-force trauma to the head but later determined it was a gunshot wound.

That victim was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in “extreme critical condition.”

About two hours later, Miami Police received a call from a witness who said they saw a person unresponsive on the ground at Miami Avenue and 21st Street. Police arrived and found the victim, a Black male, dead with an apparent gunshot wound.

Morales said investigators linked the two shootings because of their close time span and because both victims were homeless.

He said, “Physical evidence on the scene of both crimes quickly were matched by our ballistics experts, and we were able to identify a vehicle and a person of interest.”

Investigators reportedly located surveillance footage at the second crime scene that shows a “black vehicle had driven up to the location where the victim was laying down on the ground and shot at him several times.”

Ballistics at the two crime scenes reportedly matched as well.

Miami Police identified the black car and Maceo as a person of interest. Tactical units reportedly made contact with Maceo, who allegedly had a firearm in his possession that matched the ones suspected in the crimes.

Morales added, “One of the lead investigators noticed a resemblance that the suspect of this incident had to a crime that took place where another homeless individual was horrifically murdered.”

Maceo was arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder.

Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation records show he is being held without bond.

WPLG-TV reports Maceo’s public defender argued in court, “Mr. Maceo is never seen carrying out the shooting.”

Circuit Court Judge Alberto Milian reportedly said while denying bond, “If he’s guilty of these crimes and they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt, he has a very, very peculiar pattern of finding unprotected individuals in the streets that are not even awake and going up to them. It appears to be an execution-style for reasons that are unknown.”

Maceo’s information is no longer listed on the real estate company’s website.

Original Article: Miami real estate agent arrested and identified as ‘suspected serial killer’ | Truecrimedaily.com

Joe Manchin Drops All ‘Concerns’ About Deficits and Debt as Biden Signs $768 Billion Defense Spending Bill

President Joe Biden signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Monday, allocating $768 billion to the Department of Defense for the 2022 fiscal year. The legislation sailed through both houses of Congress as a number of deficit hawk legislators dropped any pretense about spending concerns and voted for the bill.

That includes Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who of all the Democratic senators has made the biggest stink about the price tag for the president’s Build Back Better agenda. Manchin helped whittle down the initial sticker price of $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion to be spent over 10 years. Over a decade, the cost of the bill on average per year would have been nearly four and a half times less than the Pentagon’s budget for 2022.

And since DoD’s budget has trended upward, there’s an extremely good chance that over the next 10 years Congress will appropriate more than four, five, six times the amount (or more) it would have spent by passing the $1.75 trillion version of BBB. Even a $3.5 trillion would likely amount to less than half of defense spending in the next 10 years.

BBB would have expanded the child tax credit, instituted universal pre-kindergarten, expanded Medicare coverage to include treatment for hearing-related issues, and invested in mitigating the effects of climate changes, among other major provisions. But the bill has been shelved after Manchin said he won’t vote for it – at least, not in its current form.

“I’ve tried everything possible,” he told Fox News last week. “I can’t get there.”

Manchin elaborated:

Back in 2011, I was having a meeting on Armed Services. And at that time, Adm. Mike Mullen was head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I’ll never forget, in this hearing, he was asked the question, “What’s the greatest threat the United States of America faces?” And I think I’m going to hear something, basically, military threats we might have around the world. Without blinking an eye he said, “The debt of our nation is the greatest threat.” The debt was 14 trillion then, Bret. It’s 29 trillion now. Inflation is real. It’s not going away anytime soon. We don’t know when the end will come.

Clearly, the admonitions from the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about the national debt are tattooed on Manchin’s brain considering he’s bringing it up 10 years later. Surely, then, Manchin would oppose the annual defense budget, which is in large part just Keynesianism for defense contractors and congressional districts that host those contractors, as well as military bases.

But a funny thing happened on the way to worrying about spending: Manchin “forgot” to show concern about its effect on the deficit and the national debt. Not only that, he voted for it and hailed its passage.

“The FY22 NDAA is critical to combatting enemies seen and unseen, and includes funding to support our brave servicemembers and other priorities for West Virginia,” Manchin said in a statement four days before he said he won’t vote for BBB because of his concerns about the national debt. “I am proud the Senate passed this vital legislation in a strong bipartisan vote of 89-10.”

But I was told, “The debt of our nation is the greatest threat.”

As Ryan Cooper of The Week pointed out in the fall, Manchin has voted for every NDAA put in front of him since he arrived in the Senate more than a decade ago.

“If we take the figures for each year from 2011 to 2020, adjust them for inflation, and add them all together, we get a total of $7.6 trillion in 2012 dollars,” wrote Cooper. “Then if we adjust again to get 2021 dollars, we get a total of $9.1 trillion over a decade. Again, these are rough figures, but they are certainly in the right ballpark.”

The kicker in all of this is that the NDAA gives DoD $24 billion more than it requested. While other departments have to fight for every nickel they ask for and often don’t get it, Congress routinely gives the Pentagon more than it wants. Many of the lawmakers voicing concern about how expanding Medicare would increase the debt have no compunction about signing off on certain weapons programs, the utility of which are dubious at best.

Sometimes DoD even tells Congress it doesn’t want to re-up certain programs, only to see members of Congress try to force them into a spending bill anyway because the useless goodies are made in their states and districts.

None of this is to say that everything in the defense budget is worthless, but with the U.S. spending more on its military than the next nine countries combined, it’s more than fair to ask how many of these programs and bases are actually necessary.

Moreover, the U.S. just ended a 20-year war in Afghanistan, which for all that defense spending, couldn’t bring a ragtag, but nonetheless highly motivated insurgency to heel. One would think now would be a good time to allocate less money to the DoD, not more.

The post Joe Manchin Drops All ‘Concerns’ About Deficits and Debt as Biden Signs $768 Billion Defense Spending Bill first appeared on Mediaite.

‘They should hang him on CNN’: GOP House candidate suggests General Milley should be executed for treason

During a Facebook Live interview with a right-wing veterans organization, GOP House Candidate Noah Malgeri said that General Mark Milley should be executed for treason, Forbes reports.

Malgeri, who is a veteran himself, was responding to a claim in Bob Woodward’s book Peril that Milley made calls to his counterpart in China, General Li Zuocheng, in October 2020 and January 202 to assure the Chinese General that then-President Donald Trump had no plans to attack China.

“We don’t need a congressional commission to investigate the crimes of Mark Milley, all the evidence is out there,” said Malgeri. “He’s an active duty soldier. Just convene a court-martial, and forget it.”

“We need to get back to our patriotic, liberty-loving roots. What did they used to do to traitors if they were convicted by a court? They would execute them. That’s still the law in the United States of America. I think, you know, if he’s guilty of it by a court-martial, they should hang him on CNN. I mean, they’re not going to do it on CNN. But on C-SPAN or something,” Malgeri continued.

As Forbes points out, the definition of treason on a federal level in article III, section three, of the United States Constitution “mentions that treason is specifically limited to those that levy war against the U.S. or adhere to their enemies, giving them aid or comfort.”

Original Article: ‘They should hang him on CNN’: GOP House candidate suggests General Milley should be executed for treason – Raw Story

Betty White jokes about her diet secret before her 100th birthday: ‘I think it’s working’

Betty White is getting ready to turn the big 100 – and she’s reflecting on her health habits.

In this week’s cover story of People magazine, the veteran actress was asked about her diet.

“I try to avoid anything green,” the 99-year-old joked. “I think it’s working.”

The star also revealed that being “born a cockeyed optimist” has been the secret behind her positive outlook in life.

“I got it from my mom, and that never changed,” the TV icon explained. “I always find the positive.”

“I’m so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age,” she shared. “It’s amazing.”

After working in show business for more than 75 years, White now enjoys a quiet life in Los Angeles where she keeps busy playing crossword puzzles and card games.

According to the outlet, she also enjoys watching animal documentaries, “Jeopardy!” and sports, especially golf. In addition, White is a longtime supporter of the Wildlife Learning Center, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Actors and Others for Animals.

Betty White, seen here in 1954, has led a decades-long career in Hollywood.

Betty White, seen here in 1954, has led a decades-long career in Hollywood. (Elmer Holloway/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)

“Betty lives a life of happiness,” said Jeff Witjas, White’s longtime agent and pal. “She always thinks of others first, and she stays positive no matter what, even when I beat her at our favorite game of gin rummy!”

Back in 2018, White told Parade magazine her recipe for a long, happy life was vodka and hot dogs, “probably in that order.”

When White turned 99 on Jan. 17, 2021, she kept her birthday plans low-key. She fed a pair of ducks that regularly visit her home and she enjoyed hot dogs with French fries.

“Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!” she told The Associated Press.

From left: Bea Arthur as Dorothy Zbornak, Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux, Betty White as Rose Nylund and Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo in Season 1 of ‘The Golden Girls’.

From left: Bea Arthur as Dorothy Zbornak, Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux, Betty White as Rose Nylund and Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo in Season 1 of ‘The Golden Girls’. (NBC / Getty)

White’s TV credits stretch from 1949’s “Hollywood on Television” to a 2019 voice role in “Forky Asks a Question,” with “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” among the enduring highlights.

In January alone, White was on screen in reruns including “The Golden Girls” and “Hot in Cleveland”; the 2009 Sandra Bullock movie “The Proposal,” and the 2018 documentary “Betty White: First Lady of Television,” about her life and career.

Her work, always marked by top-drawer comedic timing, has earned her five Emmy Awards, including a 2010 trophy for a guest-host appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

A native of Oak Park, Illinois, White was married to game show host and producer Allen Ludden from 1963 until his death in 1981.

Scientists stunned at ‘perfect’ Ice Age discovery: ‘Could have died a week ago’

Today, few animals live in the Siberian permafrost. But in the height of the Ice Age, millions of beasts roamed the land. The mightiest of them all included mammoths, rhinos and steppe wolves — an extinct lineage distinct from modern wolves. Four of the world’s leading Ice Age scientists headed to the Yakutia region, situated in the far east of Russia, in search of the ancient beasts.

In summer, temperatures are now warm enough to melt the frozen soil, revealing the mummies of the animals that roamed the region in years gone by.

The permafrost, or permanently frozen ground, had preserved carcasses for some 32,000 years.

The scientists’ discoveries were revealed in the 2020 Discovery documentary ‘Lost Beasts of the Ice Age’.

The documentary’s narrator said a tusk hunter returned to the Belaya Gora base camp with a “mysterious package”, describing it as “something that has never been found before”.

Professor Dan Fisher from the University of Michigan said of the discovery: “There were a lot of specimens that were notable, but one that sticks out is the wolf head.”

The narrator continued: “The wolf looks like it could have died a week ago.

“But it was discovered deep inside the ancient permafrost. That means that it has to be from the Ice Age.”

Prof Fisher continued: “The wolf head was beautifully preserved. Even the little bump to its lip was just there, as it would be in the live animal.”

The head measured two feet including the neck. 

The animal’s fur, skin, muscle, teeth, gums and tongue were all still present. 

Ice Age wolf head

The wolf’s head was in ‘perfect’ condition. (Image: Discovery UK)

It was believed to have been between two and four years old.

Scientists speculated that the wolf could be related to the modern wolf, or the extinct steppe wolf, which is similar to the dire wolf, also extinct.

Dire wolves lived in North America during the Ice Age, and were 25 percent bigger than the modern grey wolf, with the strongest wolf bite known to science.

Once sent off for analysis, which is expected to take at least another year, scientists will be able to establish what type of wolf it is.

If it is a steppe wolf, it will be the only preserved adult head of its kind.

Ice Age wolf head

The wolf’s tongue was still there some 32,000 years on. (Image: DISCOVERY UK)

Scientists, however, are baffled by the way it is detached from its head.  

Dr Jacquelyn Gill from the University of Maine told Discovery UK: “The break where the vertebrae was was really clean.

“It was as if it had been twisted off. That is not something that you typically see in nature unless you have people processing that corpse.”

Prof Fisher added: “I have never seen a wolf head chopped off.”

The documentary’s narrator said the head could well have been severed by a human, further adding to the evidence that human hunters were in the area.

Steppe wolf

Steppe wolves were some of the fiercest predators in the world during the Ice Age. (Image: Discovery UK)

Professor Love Dalen, from the Swedish Museum of Natural History, analysed a piece of flesh the size of a fingernail to determine an accurate carbon date.

The carbon dating determined that the head is indeed 32,000 years old, meaning it is “in all likelihood” a steppe wolf.

Prof Dalen did, however, cast doubt over humans cutting the head off. He said he had “seen no evidence convincing” him that this was the case.

Steppe wolves evolved to eat the biggest prey, with larger teeth and a heavier, stronger jaw than modern wolves. They are ancestors of the domestic dog.

The discovery of the wolf head is far from the only prehistoric animal found in the area.

A 42,000-year-old foal has been found, as well as a perfectly preserved lion cub, and an Ice Age moth.

The finds can be attributed both to a rise in mammoth tusk hunting and the increased melting of the permafrost due to global warming. 

David Stanton, a researcher at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, told the Smithsonian Magazine earlier this year: “The warming climate means that more and more of these specimens are likely to be found in the future.”

But, he added: “It is also likely that many of [them] will thaw out and decompose (and therefore be lost) before anyone can find and study them.”

Original Article: Scientists stunned at ‘perfect’ Ice Age discovery: ‘Could have died a week ago’ | Science | News | Express.co.uk

Oklahoma Inmate Who Chose Death by Firing Squad is Saved for Now

A federal judge granted a stay of execution to James Coddington, reinstating him as a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging Oklahoma’s three-drug lethal injection process.

The lawsuit claims the state’s injection protocol violates the Eighth Amendment, which protects against “cruel and unusual punishment.” The case will proceed to trial in February.

While Coddington was originally one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, he was removed because he had not selected an alternate execution method. Once Coddington’s attorneys showed U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot that Coddington had chosen a firing squad as his alternate method, Friot reinstated him.

Now that Coddington is reinstated, the execution will be stayed until his part in the lawsuit is resolved. The Oklahoman reported that Friot said the federal court has until March 10—Coddington’s original execution date—to make a decision regarding the inmate’s claims in the lawsuit.

Coddington received the death penalty for bludgeoning his coworker Alan Hale to death with a hammer in March 1997. According to prosecutors, Coddington killed Hale after he refused to give Coddington $50 for drugs.

The three drugs used in Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol are midazolam, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride. After the state announced last year it would resume executions using these drugs, 32 death row inmates sued, claiming the drugs would cause an unconstitutional level of pain.

Firing squad is one of several authorized execution methods under Oklahoma law, along with lethal injection, electrocution and nitrogen hypoxia. Lethal injection has been the only method used in Oklahoma since the death penalty was reinstated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976.

Coddington’s public defender declined to comment on the judge’s order, and a spokeswoman for Attorney General John O’Connor didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

States and the federal government carried out 11 executions this year, the fewest since 1988, as support for the death penalty has continued to decline, according to an annual report on the death penalty released earlier this month. Texas executed three inmates and Oklahoma two in 2021. Alabama, Mississippi and Missouri each executed one, and the Trump administration executed three.

Oklahoma once had one of the nation’s busiest death chambers, but a temporary moratorium on capital punishment was put in place in 2015 following three consecutive flawed executions.

Oklahoma resumed executions in October with the lethal injection of John Marion Grant, who convulsed and vomited on the gurney after the first drug, the sedative midazolam, was administered.

Original Article: James Coddington, Oklahoma Inmate Who Chose Death By Firing Squad, Gets Stay of Execution (msn.com)

Pregnant Woman’s Twin Babies Saved After She is Fatally Shot during Traffic Jam

A pair of twins have been saved after their mum was fatally shot in the head while 36 weeks pregnant with them.

Ana Carolina Alhende Aquino was killed on Christmas Eve while sat in traffic, when a gunman tried to kill her husband, Gabriel de Abreu Silva.

She also has two other children, a boy and a girl aged 11 and 7, who had to face Christmas Day, and now a lifetime without their mother.

Just 24 hours before she was brutally gunned down, the Ana had posted pictures of her caressing her baby bump on social media, local news reports.

In the pictures, she posed among Christmas decorations and presents, while cradling her bump with the two babies – both girls – inside.

The pair were attacked in Ponta Pora, Brazil on the border with Paraguay, and so far no one has been arrested for the shooting.

According to the news site G1, the victim was with her husband in their car when another vehicle drew up alongside them and a gunman got out.

Just 24 hours before, the mum-to-be had posted pictures of her caressing her baby bump on social media, local news reports

Just 24 hours before, the mum-to-be had posted pictures of her caressing her baby bump on social media, local news reports ( Image: Newsflash)

The gunman reportedly fired eight times as Gabriel accelerated towards him.

Gabriel, the alleged target of the attack, was wounded in the arm while his wife was shot in the head.

Even though he was wounded, police said he was still able to drive to a local fire station to get help.

The police said Ana was still alive when she was taken to the Hospital Regional de Ponta Pora, where doctors performed emergency surgery to deliver her twin daughters, who were born at 36 weeks.

Both of the babies are perfectly healthy and not in any dangers, the hospital said, but Ana sadly succumbed to her injuries.

Gabriel, the alleged target of the attack, was wounded in the arm while his wife was shot in the head

Gabriel, the alleged target of the attack, was wounded in the arm while his wife was shot in the head ( Image: Newsflash)

Her husband is still being treated for his arm injury and is in a stable condition.

The police investigation, including into Gabriel’s activities, the suspected target of the gun attack, is ongoing.

Original Article: Pregnant woman fatally shot in head in traffic jam – before twin babies were saved – World News – Mirror Online

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