Back a few months ago, we said farewell to our Hyundai Accent …
Back a few months ago, we said farewell to our Hyundai Accent …
Many UFO lecture events.
First up is Guy Malone’s “Modern Challenges to the ExtraTerrestrial Hypothesis” Conference at the Roswell Mall
Cellular phone coverage is a bit wonky here so it’s going to be a challenge to get updates pushed out via the internet…
Next up is Greg Bishop on alternative theories!
SMiles on VYZYGOTH’S Grassy Knoll
A good portion of our interview covered what Dreams End blogger Ty Brown has been investigating. Check out his interview with Ty at this url:
Both of these shows will be re-broadcast on Anomaly Radio.
RE: my Vyzygoth brain fart RECALLED
Hi Vyz,The other day I was relistening to our interview and as I anticipated, I recalled what it was I was going to say that led to my memory-lapse / brain-fart:
Stealth / Viral marketing – NLS conference, library who used itI was mentioning the day job conference I went to in Portland, Maine … what I was going to say was that, one of the speakers was from an urban library that was conducting an advertising campaign to get minorities into the local libraries for computer training. In her speech she said that, they had even resorted to paying a viral / stealth marketing company to do some “less than legal” activities towards this end.
So I was just trying to bring up another real world example of strange-bedfellows regarding the arenas of viral/stealth capitalism.
China’s Chen Guangcheng, this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership and whose image is projected on the screen receives an applause from his co-awardees and the audience Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, in Manila, Philippines, as he was unable to attend because he is currently serving a prison term. The wife of the blind Chinese activist denounced China for its human rights record and for being prevented from leaving the country to receive the Philippine humanitarian award for her husband. The Ramon Magsaysay Awards, which honor individual’s achievements, is Asia’s counterpart to the Nobel Prize. (AP Photo/Pat Roque)
Wife of Chinese Activist: I Was Held
BEIJING (AP) — The wife of an imprisoned blind Chinese activist said Saturday that she was dragged off a bus and held for hours to stop her from traveling to Beijing to speak out on his behalf.
Yuan Weijing said she was on a bus from Shandong province in eastern China on Friday when it stopped and she was pulled off by a group of government workers.
The alleged action comes after Yuan was blocked last week by Chinese authorities from leaving for Manila, Philippines, where she was to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize, for her husband, Chen Guangcheng. Friday was also the day a speech by her was read at the awards ceremony, in which she accused Beijing of violating human rights.
Chen, 36, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison in 2006 after he documented cases of forced abortions and other abuses by family planning officials in his native Shandong.
“I think the purpose of this was to prohibit me from speaking out,” Yuan said by phone from her village of Dongshigu in Shangdong. “Three men and one woman got on the bus and they dragged me to get me off the bus.”
She said she was going to Beijing to highlight her husband’s case and to seek legal help after her passport was taken away when she was trying to go to the Philippines.
Yuan said she was held for about 12 hours and taken back to her house in a mini-bus. She did not give details, but said she recognized those who dragged her off the bus as being from her local government office.
Yuan, 31, was taken back to her home early Saturday, and she said about six people were standing in front of her house and that another four were blocking the entrance to the village.
A duty officer at the Shandong police office, who refused to give his name, said he had not heard of the case.
In Yuan’s speech read at the awards ceremony, she blasted China’s record on human rights.
“In China, our government is often the biggest violator of people’s rights,” Yuan said in the speech. “Because Guangcheng engaged in helping peasants safeguard their rights, he became the target of a retaliatory strike by some corrupt government officials.”
Chen was convicted on charges of instigating an attack on government offices in Dongshigu. Police said he was upset with workers sent to carry out poverty-relief programs.
Yuan said her husband was convicted “based on trumped-up charges and a flawed trial process” in which villagers allegedly were kidnapped and tortured to testify against him.
Chen and a fellow Chinese citizen jointly won the Magsaysay emergent leadership award. Chen, blinded by a fever as a child, helped farmers file court cases, led protests against a river-polluting paper factory and documented abuses.
Chung was recognized for his AIDS Orphans Project, which provides school fees for children who have a parent with AIDS.
Each winner received a gold medallion with an image of the former Philippine president for which the award is named plus $50,000.
For those unfamiliar with Chen’s plight, please check out these links to past Elfis Network coverage of his valient efforts to end inhumane enforcement of China’s old one-child policies.
Blind Chinese Rights Activist Defiant After Prison Beating
By Maureen Fan Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, June 23, 2007; Page A14
BEIJING, June 22 — A blind legal activist imprisoned after angering local officials in Shandong province went on a three-day hunger strike this week to protest being beaten while in custody, lawyers and supporters said Friday.
Chen Guangcheng, 35, who was sentenced last August to more than four years in prison for damaging property and disrupting traffic, has said he was wrongfully convicted. Last Saturday, Chen objected when other prisoners tried to shave his head in accordance with prison rules. When Chen refused, six or seven other inmates pushed him to the floor and beat and kicked him, Chen’s wife told his lawyer Li Jinsong after visiting her husband Tuesday.
“She saw that his mood was unhappy, that his knees and ribs were red, injured and swollen,” Li said in a telephone interview Friday. “She was afraid one of the ribs might be broken. He began rejecting food and water after the beating.”
Chen’s case attracted international attention after he documented complaints that Linyi city officials had tried to enforce birth control regulations by illegally forcing farmers to undergo late-term abortions and sterilizations. Chen, blinded by a childhood illness, taught himself the law and helped farmers prepare a class-action lawsuit.
He and other rights activists have suffered recently as Chinese leaders have cracked down on dissent in advance of the 2008 Olympic Games and an upcoming Communist Party congress. China’s top security chief has branded Chinese rights activists a threat to stability and Communist Party rule and said they are influenced by overseas interests.
Although Chen received support for his campaign from national family planning officials — who acknowledged that their policies ought to be legally enforced — he was detained in Beijing by embarrassed local officials. He was returned to Shandong province, placed under house arrest and brought up on what his attorneys described as trumped-up charges.
The case has been marked by irregularities, including the beating and detention of Chen’s defense attorneys, who are now seeking to appeal the conviction.
Hu Jia, a rights activist who is under house arrest but able to speak with the media, said Chen’s wife, Yuan Weijing, called him in tears on Tuesday. She told him her husband had not had anything to eat or drink for the 76 hours between the beating and her visit with him. Chen could stand up only very slowly, she said.
Yuan went to the prison again Thursday to see her husband and was told by officials that he had undergone a medical examination and was found to be uninjured. He had also resumed eating and drinking after the checkup, lawyer Li said.
“I personally think that it was not the revenge of prison officials. It’s more likely that it’s just the misbehavior of the other prison inmates,” Li said.
Amnesty International said in a statement Friday that the group believes Chen’s life is in danger “and that he is at risk of further torture and ill-treatment.”
I posted a link to the video below this morning as part of this week’s Anomaly TV lineup of vids for UFO Monday. I then noticed that Loren Coleman posted a blog entry about the vid’s appearance on YouTube; Search For The Mothman.
When I last met with Loren face to face it was in his hometown of Portland, Maine. He was kind enough to give me an autographed copy of his MOTHMAN book. Later I discovered that I’m among the many lucky people listed in the Acknowledgments.
This past weekend I visited my Dad, Grandma and little brother at our family lakehouse just outside San Antonio. The lake had risen since I was last there a month or so ago.
It was a VERY “Springy” weekend with record numbers of deer, and mating birds, fish and insects seen around the property. There were twenty to thirty deer crossing our driveway Saturday evening, fish mating in the newly wet shallows, many cranes and other birds I’ve not seen around and huge swarms of swirling gnats. Later that night I saw more fire flies than I’ve ever seen before. Dad said he’d not seen so many since he was a child.
We also watched an absolutely amazing Full Rainbow grow that began as a small patch that grew from behind the ridge to the right on the other side of Medina Lake, opposite our house on the corner of a cove. (pics to follow I hope – update 070610: pics at top) The rainbow grew and grew until it completed itself in the valley to the left on the other side of the lake near a huge red roofed business. The rainbow was simply gorgeous – dominating our view and framed perfectly opposite our location.
Then the weather began to get stormy and eventually we had to go in because of the winds, lightning and rain. Later that night some hugely powerful storms blew through Central Texas and caused quite a rucous. This seemed like one of, if not THE most powerful storm I’ve weathered up at Medina Lake – and we’ve had some strong ones. I’d been dozing nicely with the sound of the rain and winds until the flashing, thundering and howling became to loud and eventually we were all awake. The next day the lake had risen several feet and continued to rise that morning. We’ve still got a ways to go till its full but with a few more good rains … it could happen.
The tumultuousness of the nights flashing and crashing translated into some very strange and lucid dreams. I partly translated the noise and luminosity of the storm into aspects of a party happening in a dream version of our lake house. Several times as I gained lucidity I would try and fly but only get a few feet off the ground before floating back down and losing lucidity. For more on my dreams go here …
Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay at the lakehouse very long and so I had to go back to Austin. But I’ve been keeping busy ever since returning …
Until next time ….