Sunday, August 31, 2014

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Dr. Kissinger on the now crumbling 'New World Order'


http://www.thedailybell.com/editorials/35605/Anthony-Wile-Dr-Kissinger-on-the-New-World-Order--Editorial-or-Policy-Statement/
Dr. Kissinger on the 'New World Order' – Editorial or Policy Statement?
August 30, 2014
Editorial By Anthony Wile

Dr. Henry Kissinger has written an article entitled, "Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order" posted at The Wall Street Journal.

It's an important article written by an important man. Dr. Kissinger, the Journal tells us, "served as national security adviser and secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford." And his article is "adapted from his book 'World Order' " – apparently set for a September 9th unveiling from publisher Penguin Press.

You really have to read between the lines to understand what Dr. Kissinger is saying. But as someone who retains immense prestige with the global power elite around the world, Kissinger, probably with the consent of others, has apparently decided to send a message about what must be done to alleviate the world's current perilous situation. Anyway, this is certainly nothing he simply tossed off in the back seat of his limo one morning.

Here are some excerpts:

Strange transformation of Thai Buddhist DMC satellite channel to Ukraine Today TV




A screen shot of the mysterious DMC Thai Buddhist Evangelical Channel, the channel does a lot of sound frequency "toning" on viewers...  Most of the summer the channel was recruiting monks to be ordained in an almost Christian evangelical style campaign that seemed very untypical to the Buddhist traditions found around the world.

This is one of the typical kitchey cartoons that ran on the channel. Reminds me a bit of "The Fruity Oatey Bar" sequence in the movie Serenity where River Tam gets programmed by a subliminal advertising cartoon...


Strange transformation of Thai Buddhist  DMC satellite channel to Ukraine Today TV
By American Kabuki

There's a strange change in the last couple of weeks on a satellite TV channel called DMC, run by the Dhammakaya (pronounced tah-mah-guy) Buddhist sect.  Gone are the monks and priests and in its place is Ukraine's answer to Russia Today, Ukraine Today.  Hmmmmmm.... WTF???

What I found curious about this channel was its approach, heavily modeled after American Christian fundamentalist evangelism, especially in the way it recruits new monks and the way it raises money. I have never encountered Thai Buddhist of this genre of Buddhist when I lived in California, and there are a lot of Thai temples in California.  Its definitely outside the main stream of Thai Buddhism.

What's really strange is the transformation of this satellite channel to a Ukrainian Today propaganda network which begs the question of what is the link between the Thai DMC channel and the Ukraine?

So I decided to do a little digging on Dhammakaya and Ukraine Today...

AK Note: Just to be clear I abhor "cult watch" groups. I was once in a small American christian sect and spent the good part of 15 years attempting to transform that group. I walked a good many people through the process of leaving the mind control of that religion. And mostly all it took was a listening ear and letting people tell their story.
There is no standard definition of sect or cult, and it usually means a religion smaller than your own because nobody considers their flavor of religion to be a cult. Its always someone else's religion or spiritual practice.  I had first hand encounters with "cult watchers" in 1995 and they only showed up after we had already began the Internet based reformation of the sect I was in, and they took credit for changes they had nothing to do with.  More often they were a hindrance to change demanding adherence their own set of beliefs rather than the consciousness and heart each individual.   
They are a form of thought police, and most of them exist solely to make money writing books on cults.  Its a racket, and seems to appeal to the most judgmental of people.  I was quoted in one book in 1995 as to my opinion of the sincerity of the leaders of the organization I was in, by Rev. George Mather, author of the book "The Kingdom of the Cults". George Mather is scion of Cotton Mather, the man who led the Salem Witch trials. Seems cult watching ran in his family, and in his grandfather's case led to the death of innocent people.
Its not a new thing... its a form of inquisition in drag...or at best control through peer pressure.  When people begin to stray from one holding pen of thought, somebody is sure to come along and try to bring them into another. Nothing is more feared than open and honest inquiry of beliefs by the religious establishments. 
So when you read "dangerous new sect" below, take it with a grain of salt.  Buddhists are more prone to self-immolate, and that is usually a political protest against oppression, they never strap on a suicide belt of C4. 
There is interesting information in the article below, but keep in the mind the judgement factor.    I do wonder at what the link is between this Buddhist sect and Ukraine Today.  I suspect its a CIA link....and somebody needed a satellite channel in a hurry.

 http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln260/Dhammakaya.htm
August 13, 1999
PATHUM THANI JOURNAL
Most Serene of Sects Creates Uproar in Buddhism
By SETH MYDANS

PATHUM THANI, Thailand -- The sheer psychic power of 30,000 people meditating together can make miracles happen, say the monks here at the headquarters of Thailand's biggest, richest and -- to the established priesthood -- most dangerous new Buddhist sect. Last Oct. 5, for example. 
In the harsh heat of the afternoon, worshipers say, the sun seemed to soften above them into a cool crystal ball. Then the vivid image of the sect's founder materialized within the ball, deep in meditation along with his followers. "Tens of thousands of people saw it," said Chuleeporn Chungrangsee, a witness. "Some saw only a halo effect. Some saw the sun spinning in rainbow colors."



The spectacle was reported widely in Thai newspapers, along with pictures of the sect's newly constructed temple, a vast, low-slung building that sits in the dry fields, 30 miles north of Bangkok, looking like a slightly menacing flying saucer. People suddenly became aware that a huge and unsettling religious movement had been growing in their midst and had put up by far the largest temple in the land.
The movement calls itself Dhammakaya (pronounced tah-mah-guy), and the circular shape of its main temple is meant to represent the universe, a fitting symbol: Its leaders intend it to become the central landmark of world Buddhism, a sort of Vatican or Mecca for their faith, whether the established hierarchy likes it or not. Already the movement claims to have more than 100,000 followers who gather in temples around Thailand and 10 foreign countries, including the United States. 
Religious scholars and commentators say this is a movement for its time -- a sign of the failure of the established priesthood in Thailand to minister to a changing, modernizing nation. Dhammakaya, they say, offers solace to Thailand's newly affluent middle class -- with its newly acquired middle-class angst -- left reeling and rootless by two decades of heady economic growth followed two years ago by a sudden and dislocating crash. "We forgot where we were going," said Manit Rattanasuwan, an advertising executive who worships in Pathum Thani. "Our youngsters want to be like Westerners, with their music and clothes and outgoing style, not so serious about life. And the old traditions cannot deal with that." 
Another worshiper, Penchara Asavasopon, managing director of an executive-search company, offered a familiar middle-class complaint. "These days we hardly find time for the children, for the family," she said. "We have all these problems with teen-agers, with drugs, so many things. So we are looking for some activities that the whole family can do together, like meditation." 
And then there is making money. Over the last two decades, many here say, it has become a national pursuit, as much a part of today's Thai culture as its Buddhist traditions. That's fine with Dhammakaya. "The audience is the globalizing middle class, and Dhammakaya is telling people they can have it both ways," said Suwanna Satha-Anand, a professor of philosophy at Chulalongkorn University. "It is trying to transform Buddhism to make it comfortable with both capitalism and consumer culture." For example, she said: "One teaching is, you make money Monday to Friday, then on Saturday and Sunday you come to the temple and meditate and your mind will be more supple and clear so that on Monday you can make more money."
[Oh doesn't that sound a lot like the prosperity theology of various American Fundamentalist sects??? -AK] 
All of this has thrown Thai Buddhism into an uproar. The sect's leader, Phra Dhammachayo, 55, has been accused of fraud and embezzlement as well as religious heresy. Newspapers are filled with demands that he be tried or defrocked or both. The top body of Thai Buddhism, the Sangha, has demanded the abbot's removal and has summoned him for questioning -- all of which he has ignored, only deepening the public's sense that the traditional religious structure has become weak and irrelevant.
The controversy strikes at the cultural heart of Thailand, where Buddhism is a state religion in all but name and most of the country's 60 million people follow the established religion. There are 40,000 temples in Thailand and 300,000 full-time monks, whose numbers are augmented each year by tens of thousands of young men who enter the monkhood for a short stay. 
But respect for the monkhood has been shaken in recent years by scandals involving corruption and criminality. Monks frequently attract followers and make money by telling fortunes and suggesting lucky lottery numbers. "To put it in a nutshell, traditional Buddhism does not cater for modern Thai people, only for those who go to temples for superstitions or astrologers or fortune telling," said Sulak Sivaraksa, a Buddhist scholar and social critic. "Otherwise people only care about the temples for funeral services and car parking." Many temples make extra money by letting out their grounds for parking.
Or in other words, said Kavi Chongkitavarn, a columnist for the Nation, an English-language daily: "It is Jurassic Park." 
Ms. Suwanna offered a telling detail. "Over 95 percent of all the textbooks the monks read today were either written, revised or supervised by one monk, and that monk lived almost one century ago," she said. By contrast, Wat Dhammakaya, the main temple, is modern: clean, efficient, quiet, with a huge underground garage and ample bathroom facilities. Almost all its monks have college degrees, while most other monks have only minimal education. 
Unlike most temples, this one is a place where people come to spend the day, eating and meditating together. Dressed mostly in white -- a sign of purity -- they sit cross-legged in a huge open-sided hangar, with the distant abbot cloned conveniently on hundreds of television monitors. Insulated from the traffic, the pollution and the abandoned, half-built office buildings of Bangkok, the giant temple offers its adherents a vague, one-world utopianism that has as much in common with New Age optimism as with Buddhism. "World peace through inner peace," proclaims the temple's literature. 
"Maybe the new religion is peacefulness," Manit said. "Maybe we can share that. Share the similarities, avoid the differences; that is what we always say." He added: "We are at the forefront. Maybe that is why we are being attacked."
Copyright 1999 The New York Times Company



WIKIPEDIA: [EMPHASIS MINE -AK] 


Dhammakaya Foundation
The Dhammakāya Foundation was founded in 1916 in Thailand by Phramongkolthepmuni, the abbot of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen. Following the death of Phra Monkolthepmuni, the Foundation's work was continued by his disciple, Khun Yay Mahā Ratana Upāsikā Chandra Khonnokyoong, a Buddhist mae chi. In 1970, a temple, called Wat Phra Dhammakaya, was constructed as a home for the movement. Located in Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani Province, the temple was intended to become an international center for the study of meditation.

Wat Phra Dhammakaya[edit]

Main article: Wat Phra Dhammakaya

The Memorial Hall of Phramonkolthepmuni

Ordination ceremony for new monks at Wat Phra Dhammakaya
Wat Phra Dhammakaya is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Khlong Luang District, Pathum Thani Province north of Bangkok, Thailand. It was established on Magha Puja Day, 20 February 1970, on an eighty-acre (320,000 m²) plot of land donated by Lady Prayat Phaetayapongsa-visudhathibodi. The site, sixteen kilometres north of Bangkok International Airport, was originally called 'Soon Buddacakk-patipatthamm'. From acidic paddy fields, a woodland was created: a parkland for meditators. The foundation stone for the main chapel laid by H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on behalf of H.M. the King in December 1977 marked the official foundation of the centre as a temple—Wat Phra Dhammakaya. The movement produced a CDROM[11] of the Pali Buddhist Scriptures in cooperation with the Pali Text Society in 1995 and by the year 2000 its monastic students were the most successful Pali students in Thailand.[12]

Public accusations of 1999–2002[edit]

The Dhammakāya Foundation has been subject to its share of controversy. In 1999[13][14] and again in 2002,[15][16] leaders of the organization were accused of charges ranging from fraud and embezzlement to corruption. At that time social critic Sulak Sivaraksa criticized the Dhammakaya Movement for promoting greed by emphasizing donations to the temple as a way to make merit. Widespread negative media coverage a this time was symptomatic of the movement being made the scapegoat for commercial malpractice in the Thai Buddhist temple community[17][18] in the wake of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.[19][20]
In 2006 the Thai National Office for Buddhism cleared the Dhammakaya Foundation and Phrathepyanmahamuni of all accusations[21] when Phrarajbhavanavisudh agreed to return all the allegedly embezzled funds to name of his temple. Phrarajbhavanavisudh was subsequently restored to the position of abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya.[22]

Present[edit]

Under the leadership of president Phrathepyanmahamuni (Luang Phaw Dhammajayo, b.1944), the image of the Dhammakāya Foundation has made a recovery, and in 2004-5 had received further recognition for its contribution to world peace from organizations such as the World Health Organization, the Thai Senate, and several peoples' associations in the South of Thailand. The Dhammakaya Movement continues to influence millions of people in Thailand and worldwide to practice Dhammakaya meditation. The movement has set up Dhammakaya Open University in Azusa, California in 2003 to offer degree courses in Buddhist studies. It has also encouraged Thais to quit drinking and smoking through the activities of anti-drinking and anti-smoking programs. World Health Organization (WHO) presented the 2004 World No Tobacco Day Award for this work on 31 May 2004[23] [5]
The movement has expanded branches to over eighteen countries worldwide and is promoted via a Buddhist satellite network or Dhamma Media Channel (DMC.TV) with 24 hour-a-day Dharma and meditation teachings broadcast to worldwide.
Accusations that the Thai Government had financed the activities at Wat Phra Dhammakaya were made in a letter by Sulak Sivalaksa on 10 May 2010[24] but the government issued a press release on 12 May to deny the accusations.[25]
On March 31, 2014, Dhammayaka Foundation held alms offering to the abbots or the representatives of 323 temples in the four sountern provinces of Thailand. This kind of event has constantly been held for 10 years. And this is the 100th alms offering to the temples in the four southern provinces.[26]


Wikipedia says this about the channel:

DMC.TV

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dhamma Media Channel
Logo dmc2.png
Type Satellite network, Cable network
Country Thailand Thailand
Availability worldwide via internet stream
Slogan The secrets of life revealed;
The only one channel
Launch date
October 7, 2001
Official website
http://www.dmc.tv
DMC.TV is a Thai cable television channel concerned with Buddhism. Its main taglines are "the secrets of life revealed" and "the only one channel" (sic).
The channel is owned by the Dhamma Education for Environment Foundation. DMC stands for the Dhamma Media Channel. It uses content from real life, and advertises itself as being suitable for people of all ages and religious persuasions. It broadcasts songs, documentaries, and cartoons 24 hours a day.
The channel frequently discusses the "Eternal Questions", such as the meaning of life, afterlife destinations, whether life is predestined, whether heaven and hell exist, how the Law of Karma works and the existence of black magic and the supernatural. The dangers of drugs and alcohol are often mentioned.
Thaicom5 Frequency 3600/H/SR-26667 V0525/A5644/PCR0525

Recognition

In July 2007 DMC.TV was awarded twelve Telly Awards for the following programmes: Dasa Jata Jataka (Religion/Spirituality & Edutainment awards), No Tobacco No Alcohol (Social Issues, Health & Wellness, Motivation and Religion/Spirituality awards), The Fifth Major Hell (Use of Animation and Religion/Spirituality awards), The Song of Lord Buddha (Edutainment award), Inner Dream Kindergarten (Religion/Spirituality and Children's audience award) andCase Study: The Law of Karma (Religion/Spirituality award).[1]

References

  1. Jump up^ award made in the name 'Dhammakaya Foundation' at the following website http://tellyawards.com/winners/list/?l=D&pageNum_winners=25&totalRows_winners=1474&event=&category=
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This channel is now mysteriously displaying on satellite as UKRAINE TODAY... a Ukraine's answer to Russia Today it seems....

© EPA / SERGEY DOLZHENKO KIEV,

Ukraine Today television goes on air
World  August 24, 5:30 UTC+4
“The broadcast is 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the English language,” the report reads 
August 24, 4:44 /ITAR-TASS/. 
International news television channel Ukraine Today goes on air on Sunday, Ukraine’s 1+1 Media reported on its website. 
“The broadcast is 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the English language,” the report reads. “The information is updated permanently.” 
UNIAN TV is licensed to broadcast Ukraine Today, UNIAN agency said earlier.
Ukraine Today programmes will be broadcasted to Ukraine, most Europe and Russia, UNIAN said. 
From 2015, the programmes will be available in the U.S. territory. Later on, the channel will produce programmes in the Russian language. 
Ukraine’s national council on television and radio says Ukraine Today invites cable operators in Europe to re-broadcast its programmes. Priority directions are the UK, Germany and France. Ukraine Today employs foreign reporters [from the accents I've heard on it they are American reporters -AK], who have been working in Ukraine for long times.

Found this here: http://www.dishtrakers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=131&t=12257&p=42377&hilit=ukraine+today&sid=448f993adf209afd0882e08ca07385af#p42377

Newly added TV channels
Dusk International (undefined, Various): Eutelsat 16A (2014-08-15)
A1 HD TV (Bosnia and Herzegovina, General): Eutelsat 16A (2014-08-15)
Ukraine Today Ukraine Today (Ukraine, News): Hot Bird 13D (2014-08-12)
Sky Sport Plus (Italy, Sport): Hot Bird 13B (2014-08-12)
Home Store (United Kingdom, Teleshopping): Eutelsat 28A (2014-08-10)
JML Store (United Kingdom, Teleshopping): Astra 2E (2014-08-10)
MTV Summer (United Kingdom, Music): Astra 2A (2014-08-10)
Tru TV (United Kingdom, Entertainment): Astra 2F (2014-08-10)
Food Russia HD (Russia, Cooking): Telstar 12 (2014-08-09)
Daloaa TV (undefined, Various): Eutelsat 7 West A (2014-08-09)
ORF Sport+ HD (Austria, Sport): Astra 1KR (2014-08-06)
ORF III HD (Austria, General): Astra 1KR (2014-08-06)
Aum TV (undefined, Various): Eutelsat 9A (2014-08-06)
Al Sharqiya HD (undefined, Various): Eutelsat 7 West A (2014-08-06)
Rabinovich TV (Russia, Various): Astra 4A (2014-08-06)



Sunday, August 31, 2014
Ukraine

Ukrainian Media Group Launches 24-Hour English TV Channel

A screengrab of Ukraine Today's YouTube channel 
http://www.rferl.org/content/ukraine-today-new-tv-channel-launched/26547921.html

By RFE/RL
August 24, 2014

A new 24-hour English-language television channel called "Ukraine Today" began satellite and internet broadcasting from Kyiv on August 24 with news stories about developments in Ukraine.

The channel uses a "UT" logo and is part of Ukraine's 1+1 Media Group – which includes eight Ukrainian television channels and five online news platforms.

Oleksandr Tkachenko, the general director of the 1+1 Media Group, says Ukraine Today is challenging "a large-scale information war" by Russian state media, which he accuses of broadcasting "lies and distortions" about Ukraine to support of the agenda of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The new channel is headed Ukrainian journalist Tetyana Pushnova, a former editor for the 1+1 Media Group's TSN website.

The channel reportedly plans to start satellite broadcasts to the United States in the future and to eventually broadcast in the Russian language.



Heavenletter #5027 Like Shepherds in Long Ago Fields



Heavenletter #5027 Like Shepherds in Long Ago Fields


August 30, 2014

God said:

There are lingering thoughts, much like fingertips that trill over the piano keys lightly, and you hear them. These lingering thoughts could be like reverie that you hear in the background.

There are also thundering thoughts playing like an orchestra made up of bassoons. All the musical instruments of life, you play. You play the violin. You play instruments you have never even heard of, ancient instruments, instruments from other lands you have no recollection of that are yet deep in your heart and rising DNA.

You are made of all these notes and their instruments and the variations thereof. Of course, you are made of these. You are made of sound. You are a musician of life, and your moods reflect in the music you play and float up and down and around like cigarette smoke. And, sometimes, when you make music, you soar. At these times, your arms become angel wings, so heightened and Heaven-borne are your arms lifting on this music you are hardly aware that you play.

Thoughts also escape you, thoughts you want to think of, like someone’s name, an author’s, perhaps, or the name of a book or movie. The name eludes you. You demand the name to reveal itself, as if your life depends upon it. The name you can’t remember haunts you. In its own time, the name will pop into your mind like the clanging of cymbals or thunder of drum-rolls. At these times, when the sun shines through the clouds and brightens your crowded head, there, as clear as a bell, lies the sought-after name. It was always there under the surface, yet not quite accessible. Now it is there as easy as pie, as easy as falling off a log. The name was there all along, only you couldn’t quite find the cord to pull it down.

Have confidence. Do you know what confidence is? It is not making a big deal of something. It is knowing what matters and what does not. Confidence is knowing you are on a course, and you are doing well however dim the course you move on may seem to you.

You successfully play a musical instrument. Even when no one but you may hear, you hear it, and it is your music wherever it may come from and whether you consciously hear it or not. A deeper truth is that nothing really eludes you. The music of the spheres is right here within you all the time as well. You play on. You play on. And vaguely, oh, so vaguely, you hear it, a faraway tune that lures you to where you long to be and yet where you cannot quite locate. It is like a telephone call that comes to you, and yet the overt connection is not clear. Nevertheless, you are connected, and you are getting closer. The connection is almost ready to break through into music you have hardly dared dreamed of.

Your life is a concert, a medley in which you play many notes on many instruments, and there is music, music, music. You play chords you have not yet realized you play. Perhaps you play them soundlessly. You play with an orchestra unbeknownst to you. You play with a chorus of angels. They are your accompaniment. The angels accord you, beloveds. All the music is for you. All the music is yours. It doesn’t matter if you are aware you hear it or not. On some distant hill or ray, you do hear it, and everyone else hears this music as well, and everyone is affected by it.

Some might say it is My Voice. Some might say you have heard it before. Some might say that you have always heard it, and that something of this Voice sinks in, this Voice, this background Music, and that it is yours, that you are also My Voice, not in the wilderness, but in the fields of flowers and green pastures that you long for and where you are playing your flutes like shepherds in long ago fields.

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Heather Tucci-Jarraf and Sacha Stone Interview raw footage now available....



Take 2.  I tried to post this last night, but the power here went wacky and we had a brown out right when I entered the title on post... my Mac went dead.  I sat outside on the porch with the cat Pixel reading Lynn McTaggert's book The Field on my Kindle e-reader while watching the transformer repairman work on the pole near the main highway.  The transformer blew up in bang and shower of sparks, sending the local Moroccan teenagers who were spectating scrambling for cover, and then laughing nervously afterwards.  Nobody was hurt.  But there was not even dim lights on at after that. We had no power until early this morning.

I have not yet seen this video interview, and given the lousy internet connections of the last 2 days, you will probably view it before I do, at least those of you with good broadband connections to the Internet.

This interview was meant to be broadcast in live audio on the Internet, but there was a problem with the audio feed.  This is the raw unedited footage.  I'll post the final video production here later. It will have additional footage in it from several camera angles. The raw footage of the Skype interview between Lisa Harrison, Heather Tucci-Jarraf and Sacha Stone is at the link below:

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mysterious Orange/Red Glow Seen Under Pacific Ocean


http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/08/29/mysterious-orangered-glow-seen-under-pacific-ocean-august-24-2014/#more-228814

Mysterious Orange/Red Glow Seen Under Pacific Ocean
August 24, 2014
Posted by Stephen Cook on August 29, 2014 

Copyright JPC van Heist
Copyright JPC van Heist

Stephen: This is an actual pilot, JPC van Heist, nicknamed Flying Dutchman’s, original story and photography of his experience while flying over the Pacific Ocean this week. His story is also being picked up by some mainstream news outlets (see separate link at end). Whatever this is, it’s both magnificent and beautiful. Thanks to Joe for the mainstream tip.

By Flying Dutchman, August 24, 2014 - http://tinyurl.com/oj4mkmr

Last night over the Pacific Ocean, somewhere South of the Russian peninsula, Kamchatka, I experienced the creepiest thing so far in my flying career.

After about 5 hours in flight, we left Japan long time behind us and were cruising at a comfortable 34.000ft with about 4,5 hours to go towards Alaska.

We heard via the radio about earthquakes in Iceland, Chile and San Francisco, and since there were a few volcanoes on our route, that might or might not be going off during our flight, we double checked with dispatch if there was any new activity on our route after we departed from Hong Kong.


The location of the strange glow. Copyright JPC van Heist

Then, very far in the distance ahead of us, just over the horizon an intense lightflash shot up from the ground.

It looked like a lightning bolt, but way more intense and directed vertically up in the air. I have never seen anything like this, and there were no flashes before or after this single explosion of light.

Since there were no thunderstorms on our route or weather-radar, we kept a close lookout for possible storms that might be hiding from our radar and might cause some problems later on.
I decided to try and take some pictures of the night sky and the strange green glow that was all over the Northern Hemisphere.

I think it was sort of a Northern Lights but it was much more dispersed, never seen anything like this before either.

About 20 minutes later in (the) flight, I noticed a deep red/orange glow appearing ahead of us, and this was a bit strange since there was supposed to be nothing but endless ocean below us for hundreds of miles around us.

A distant city or group of typical Asian squid-fishing-boats would not make sense in this area, apart from the fact that the lights we saw were much larger in size and glowed red/orange, instead of the normal yellow and white that cities or ships would produce.

The closer we got, the more intense the glow became, illuminating the clouds and sky below us in a scary orange glow. In a part of the world where there was supposed to be nothing but water.

The only cause of this red glow that we could think of, was the explosion of a huge volcano just underneath the surface of the ocean, about 30 minutes before we overflew that exact position.
Since the nearest possible airport was at least 2 hours flying away, and the idea of flying into a highly dangerous and invisible ash-plume in the middle of the night over the vast Pacific Ocean we felt not exactly happy.

Fortunately we did not encounter anything like this, but together with the very creepy unexplainable deep red/orange glow from the ocean’s surface, we felt everything but comfortable.
There was also no other traffic near our position or on the same routing to confirm anything of what we saw or confirm any type of ash clouds encountered.

We reported our observations to Air Traffic Control and an investigation into what happened in this remote region of the ocean is now started.

Two photos included, hardly edited except for watermark and resize.

(Stephen: As JPC van Heist has copyrighted all his images, I suggest you head to the link at the end to see them all. Here’s the main one above enlarged)

Copyright JPC van Heist

Note that photos are taken with extremely high ISO (sensor sensitivity) so quality might be a bit poor. Also an overview of our route + marking of the location is included.

Now I’m just hoping that if a new island has been formed there, at least it can be named after me as the official discoverer. :)

That would be pretty cool!

UPDATE: Added 4 new photos and Google-Earth map with underwater geography
One of the photos shows our landing lights illuminating the sky ahead since we were afraid we might be encountering an ash cloud.

We entered a thin layer of clouds 5 minutes after passing the red glow, but no ash was detected or encountered.

Head to this link to view all the photos of this phenomenon taken by JPC van Heist: http://tinyurl.com/oj4mkmr

Here’s how one mainstream media outlet reported the story.
http://metro.co.uk/2014/08/27/pilots-spot-creepy-red-glow-under-the-pacific-ocean-possibly-after-underwater-volcano-eruption-4847038/

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh in surgery
after automobile wreck



Hmmm... another single car accident? One of the reasons that automakers were given special government incentives in the early 2000's was to encourage people to trade in working 1990s era cars (that had simpler electronic systems) was so that people would purchase cars with electronics that enabled them to be remotely controlledWonder what the FBI will find?  No alcohol, no skid marks, very strange... -AK


http://goo.gl/gI4NPe

Louis Freeh in surgery Tuesday after wreck

Mike Donoghue, Free Press Staff Writer 5:56 p.m. EDT August 26, 2014
(Photo: Rick Russell / Vermont Standard)

The Vermont State Police say there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were a factor in former FBI director Louis Freeh's crashing his SUV in Barnard on Monday.

Freeh, 64, of Wilmington, Del., was back in surgery Tuesday at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., where he remains under armed guard, the authorities said. He received serious injuries in the wreck.

Freeh was southbound on a rural stretch of Vermont 12 in Barnard in a 50 mph zone when he drove his 2010 GMC Yukon off the left side of the road at about 12:15 p.m., the police said. Barnard is about a 80-minute drive southeast of Burlington.

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The vehicle struck a mailbox and a row of shrubs, then came to rest against the side of a tree, the preliminary investigation by Trooper Mark Harvey shows.

Emergency crews bring former FBI director Louis Freeh, 64, to a helicopter for transport to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., following a crash Monday on Vermont 12 in Barnard. (Photo: Rick Russell / Vermont Standard)
The top of Freeh's SUV was cut off by White River Valley Ambulance, Barnard Fire Department and Barnard First Response to free him during the rescue, police said. Freeh was airlifted from Vermont 12 to Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

There were no signs of skid marks or brake marks, investigators said.

Freeh, whose family has a vacation home in Barnard, was traveling alone. He was wearing his seat belt, the police said.