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Millennial Hospitality
Millennial Hospitality
by Charles James Hall
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars "They Come In The Darkness", November 13, 2014
This review is from: Millennial Hospitality (Hardcover)
While I have never personally seen a UFO or an extraterrestrial I have been told that Charles James Hall's accounts detailing his first hand encounters with the alien race known as Tall Whites rings true. For that reason and because there simply isn't much written material available on this particular interplanetary race, I decided to read his first book 'Millennial Hospitality'. I'm sorry to report that it wasn't what I had hoped it would be.

I found the narrative to be far too slow and plodding to hold my attention for any prolonged period of time. To make matter worse the author spends way too much time describing his daily activities in the Mohave desert leading up to his first sighting. By the time he finally details his first encounter you're a fourth of the way through the book. I will say that there is a simplicity and poignancy to these mysterious meetings with the Tall Whites that I find much more believable than most of the books I've read within the ET genre. That fact alone may make reading his works worthwhile to many alien enthusiasts and true believers.

However what really soured me on 'Millennial Hospitality' is the manner in which Charles James Hall chose to portray himself to his audience. I have never read an autobiographical work where the author displays a more egotistical self image than I found within this book. Everyone, both human and alien, find him to be the most intelligent person they have ever met. This is not conjecture on my part, he says it himself. Over and over again in fact, just to make sure we didn't miss it the first half dozen times. The reader is left to wonder whether someone with such a distorted, overblown self image could actually be relied upon to honestly and accurately relate an interaction of any kind, extraterrestrial or otherwise. Sorry, but for me the authors overwhelming desire to be recognized as a genius among men taints everything else he has to share. A little humility would have definitely gone a long way in making Mr. Hall a more credible witness to some extraordinary events.

Weird Stuff  [Color Edition]: Operation: Culture Creation (Volume 1)
Weird Stuff [Color Edition]: Operation: Culture Creation (Volume 1)
by Freeman Fly
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Knowledge Is Power, Information Is Energy" ~ A User's Manual For Awakening, November 5, 2014
There has been a noticeable shift taking place in the collective consciousness of contemporary society in recent years. Maybe you've felt it. One of the prime indicators is the presence of a persistent doubt in your mind informing you that the traditional institutions and systems that you once trusted are not here to serve your best interests. Be they governmental, educational, social or religious, they have all become suspect. You've also perceived a malevolent underlying unity of thought and purpose not only behind these institutions but have come to the realization that the media at-large and the entertainment industry are also a part of this covert hive mentality. Once you've come to that conclusion the obvious question is "are we losing our minds, or is there something to it"?

Fortunately for our own piece of mind if nothing else we are not alone in this awareness. There are many who sense this ambiguous something. I for one believe there is a conspiracy afoot and the reason why we are finally becoming aware of it is because the thin veneer between the manufactured illusion and reality is at long last beginning to crack. Jamie Hanshaw and Freeman Fly have worked long and hard to unravel the mysteries behind the veneer and are now exposing this century's old, multi-layered process of deception, manipulation and control. `Weird Stuff - Part I' is where it all begins. The book is 124 pages in length and is laid out in an eye catching and entertaining magazine format. This format works well allowing the reader to feel free to flip around to whatever chapter you find interesting at the moment instead of sticking to the more linear beginning to end method. Aren't we the rebels!

`Weird Stuff - Part I' is an impressive distillation of the relevant data alluding to an enormous conspiracy whose endgame is nothing less than worldwide domination. Jamie and Freeman serve as guides, walking us through the conspiratorial landscape pointing out the signs, symbols, hidden themes and power words that keep us in line. It's a powerful, disturbing presentation. Even more so when you consider the fact that the authors don't rely on any of the over-the-top histrionics or out-of-this-world theories that discredit the books of many authors within the conspiracy theory genre. There are no reptilians, extraterrestrials, interdimensionals or demons implicated here. Not that there aren't any, or that they aren't involved if they are real. It simple isn't the designated purpose of this book to identify the culprits. The intention here is to sort through the bread crumbs scattered along the path leading to whom or what waits at the end of the trail.

Whether you're new to the field of conspiracy studies or a long time theorist `Weird Stuff - Part I' has a lot to offer. Speaking for myself, what I appreciate the most about this gem of a book is the objective manner in which the material is presented. The authors express no agenda, no set in stone theory or hypothesis. It's all about presenting the information in a thorough, coherent and concise methodology thus allowing the reader to absorb the data untainted and correlate the information in a manner that makes sense to them. Jamie and Freeman are in the truest sense "Discriminators of information" and `Weird Stuff' is their manual of awakening. This is undoubtedly one of the essentials.

Hitman (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
Hitman (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Timothy Olyphant
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5.0 out of 5 stars "How Does A Good Man Decide When To Kill?", November 4, 2014
If you're looking for an entertaining, action packed, take no prisoners kind of film with an awesome anti-hero and an absolutely gorgeous leading lady (Olga Kurylenko) than look no further. This is your luck day, you've just found 'Hitman'! Timothy Olyphant shines in the role of the mysterious 47, a mufti-talented assassin with no name. When 47 discovers he's been targeted by his own organization he decides to turn the tables on them. The chaos and havoc that follows is delightful; ah..., sometimes it feels so good to be bad. A perfect movie for the genre and it only gets better with repeated viewings. I love this film!

Shooter [Blu-ray]
Shooter [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Mark Wahlberg
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Moment You Think You Got It Figured, You're Wrong" ~ A Great Guilty Pleasure, November 3, 2014
This review is from: Shooter [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
'Shooter' starring Mark Wahlberg is the best type of cinematic guilty pleasure consisting of; an ongoing shadow government conspiracy, the framing of an innocent man and the revenge he demands from those responsible. There's plenty of action and memorable performances by a talented cast. It maybe a somewhat improbable storyline but when you're in the mood for a feel good revenge film who wants reality. 'Shooter' scores extremely high in the my re-watch-ability scale as well so it's worth a purchase.

Diary Blog of the Fickle Finders: Investigates-Secrets of a Turtle (Book 2)
Diary Blog of the Fickle Finders: Investigates-Secrets of a Turtle (Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Make A Note Of It" ~ Lessons On Questioning The Unthinkable, Flipping Over The Unmovable, And Lots Of Other Impossible Stuff, October 24, 2014
Author and illustrator, Heidi Hollis's latest children's e-book `Diary Blog of the Fickle Finders: Investigates-Secrets of a Turtle' takes the reader on another quirky adventure with those lovable young internet bloggers and founding members of the Fickle Finders secret society, Nimble Nina and Jump'n Joe. Much like the first installment of this series; `Diary Blog of the Fickle Finders: Investigates-The Other F Word' our inquisitive duo once again takes on the task of transforming the everyday into the extraordinary!

Think of it for a moment, a book about two friends with an internet blog on a mission to find out whether a turtle is by nature fickle or not fickle. Who comes up with ideas like that, certainly not me? I think it's safe to say Heidi doesn't think like other people. Am I talking about out-of-the-box you ask? To be honest I don't think Heidi knows what a box is. I guess that's the authors' unique gift and believe it or not it works!

Heidi's book works well on numerous levels. The authors' narrative consists of a clever mixture of many of the activities children enjoy the most; hanging on with friends, sharing secrets, the internet, exploring, joking around and interacting with some very cute pets, both real and imaginary. The only conspicuous omission to this list of fun things to do is video games, which I think is a good thing. We don't want to stifle or channel the imagination; we want to foster positive and original forms of thought and entertainment.

If you're looking for something different, something screwball, in other words something totally unexpected look no further. On the other hand if you'd like to see your child reading something that encourages young people to use the internet in a positive, constructive way, to ask questions and learn to seek out and find answers on their own and attempt to discern more than what normal perception dictates this is also your book. The Fickle Finders is great fun and I like turtles as well so it kind of makes me wish I was a kid again! What about it Heidi, 'Fickle Finders for Seniors' maybe?

UFOs, Portals and Gateways
UFOs, Portals and Gateways
by Nigel Mortimer
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars "We Are The Portals And The Portals Are Part Of Us" ~ Examining The Phenomenon Behind The Phenomena, September 2, 2014
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In `UFO's, Portals & Gateways' author, researcher and investigator Nigel Mortimer has taken a unique and vitally important approach to the study of the paranormal. This approach is what you might refer to as an examination of the phenomenon behind the phenomena. While the usual cast of paranormal entities do indeed make an appearance in the book; angels and demons, Djinn and shape-shifters, fairy folk and elementals, glowing orbs and ghosts, extraterrestrials and inter-dimensionals, etc., they are not the authors' primary focus. His intent is not to provide the reader with yet another diverse and entertaining bestiary of otherworldly characters, but to look for some commonality within that diversity that could bring order into this often confusing field of inquiry.

It would be a mistake to assume the author is presenting a rather naive, over simplistic approach to the subject matter by attempting to reduce the vast and varied world of paranormal phenomena into a one theory fits all format. Nothing could be further from the truth. He acknowledges the diversity and distinctive nature of these encounters. Yet despite these differences Nigel Mortimer believes there is a unifying principle hidden within the data and he is certain that he has uncovered that elusive thread tying them all together. The key is not what they are, or where they're from, it's how they got here. It's through a portal.

Yes this book is about how portals serve as gateways for our otherworldly visitors to travel through. According to the author these openings occur naturally in the environment and there was a time when their existence was not a secret. We knew where they were located, what came through them and how to use them. Many sites were marked with standing stones or other recognizable features but over time landscapes have been altered and people have forgotten. Much has also been written about them through the centuries but for the most part the words and descriptive language used to identify them is no longer part of our vocabulary.

The author hopes we will be open and receptive to what he has to share and see the phenomena of portals as the next step in human evolution. He presents his findings in a manner that is informative, challenging and entertaining, breathing new life into the etymology of Biblical narratives such as Jacob's ladder, the burning bush and the Tower of Babel. His discourse will forever change how you process and interpret information from historical and religious works. In the same fashion Nigel Mortimer works his way through the available data of numerous historical encounters on into more contemporary occurrences always applying his new methodology of looking for the phenomenon behind the phenomena.

However that's just the software aspect of this book, there's plenty of hardware as well. The physics and metaphysics of portals are also sufficiently dealt with; EMF's, time distortion and time travel, light spectrum and colors, sound and vibration and human psychology. A little something for everybody!

With the release of `UFO's, Portals & Gateways' the author has offered a new vision and approach to the field of paranormal investigation, an understanding that should bear much fruit in the years ahead. Commonality within diversity was the missing component and with that found anything is possible. Nigel Mortimer has given us a solid foundation from which we can move forward in this process of discovery, or should I say rediscovery. Welcome to the new discipline of Comparative Portal Studies. Now pick up this book and get started!

Diary Blog of the Fickle Finders: Investigates-The Other F Word
Diary Blog of the Fickle Finders: Investigates-The Other F Word
by Heidi Hollis
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.28
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Not Only Did We Seek Faith, But Faith Found Us" ~ Nimble Nina & Jumpn Joe, Challenged & Oddly Motivated To Figuring Things Out, August 18, 2014
Is there anything in this world more boring to a pre-teen than spirituality? Well besides chores, homework and vegetables that is. It's bad enough to have to read about such subjects as; beliefs, traditions and rituals, and that's actually the easy stuff to grasp. At least those are things that are learned through memorization and repetition, two of the simpler and more frequently utilized teaching methodologies. However without the glue that holds them together what real use are they? The glue is `Faith' and faith only comes as a by-product of personal experience. The task of finding faith is Gods' invitation to partake in a wondrous adventure of self-discovery by learning how to discern the presence of the sacred within the mundane. It's not so easy a task. How do you know where to look or what to look for? You don't, but you continue investigating anyway until faith eventually finds you. A dichotomy to be sure, but it's nevertheless true.

In `Diary Blog of the Fickle Finders: Investigates-The Other F Word' author, comic book illustrator, talk show host and occupational therapist Heidi Hollis has written and illustrated a fictional tale 256 page in length with 180 + images dealing with the subject matter of faith and the process of spiritual formation for pre-teens ranging from ages 7 and up. Taking full advantage of her trademark humor and quirky perspective the young reader will enjoy Heidi's storytelling style as they follow the exploits and thought processes of twelve year old Nina and her best friend Joe.

Synopsis: Just days before attending their first catechism class our intrepid duo take on the task of figuring out what is faith, is it fickle* and whether or not they already possess it. Accompanied by Nina's miracle dog Alien our amateur sleuths romp about the neighborhood looking for clues that just might reveal the elusive and mysterious nature of faith. Even after a long day of field research the day's work isn't done until all the findings of their investigation are rigorously recorded on their secret society blog site "The Fickle Finders". Of course you probably already knew that since you are a subscriber, aren't you? With this kind of work ethic surely success will be their ultimate reward!

Come and join `The Fickle Finders' secret society and add a few of your own observations to the internet diary blog, or maybe just meet them at the Bat Tree (yes I said tree) for a little upside down brainstorming. Finding Faith is definitely a daunting mission but the clues are all around and generally awaiting discovery in the most unexpected of places.

*Fickle: changing frequently, especially as regards to one's beliefs, loyalties, interests, or affections.

P.S.: If you happen to run into the prayer gnome please say hello for me.

The Hat Man: The True Story Of Evil Encounters
The Hat Man: The True Story Of Evil Encounters
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Here We Go Heidi" ~ Looking For Answers As We Travel Down The Darker Roads In Paranormal-Ville, August 12, 2014
Nobody approaches the topic of paranormal phenomena quite like Heidi Hollis. In a way she embodies everything you would not expect to find in a paranormal investigator. She's a jokester, a rebel, a reluctant warrior and a basket case. In other words, she's just like everyone else; a stranger in a strange land trying to make sense of it all. Heidi makes no attempt whatsoever to appear scholarly or scientific, her goal is not to impress. Even when discussing the most serious of spiritual matters she never passes on an opportunity to interject a heavy dose of levity. She's long since come to the conclusion that when you have to choose between laughing and crying go with the laugh.

However even a Merry Mirth Maker like Heidi has moments when she has to deal with the dark stuff. Such is the nature of her newest book `The Hat Man: The True Story of Evil Encounters'. The author has for the most part set aside the usual menagerie of otherworldly characters to narrow her focus and concentrate on a particularly nasty humanoid shaped creature dressed in a long black trench coat, three-piece suit, white collared shirt and a flat rimmed gaucho hat. He has become known as the Hat Man, a name Heidi personally bestowed upon the entity in 1999 and that title has since found its way into the contemporary paranormal lexicon.

In her own highly personal conversational style of writing Heidi invites you into her world once again to follow the investigative process as it evolves from the highly implausible to the possible. Through the sharing of her own experiences, those of friends and associates and a carefully selected collection of e-mails containing encounter experiences received from the populace-at-large, Heidi explores and postulates the unthinkable. As you delve deeper and deeper into the darkness that is the Hat Man you will eventually come to the realization that this is not a book Heidi wanted to write. It was an obligation that needed to be fulfilled.

So what or who is the Hat Man and why are so many people encountering him? Is he a ghost, a disembodied spirit, an extraterrestrial, an elemental, a djinn, or maybe even a demon? It's a deadly serious question that desperately needs to be answered. Join Heidi in sifting through the material contained within `The Hat Man: The True Story of Evil Encounters' and come to your own conclusion. If you find yourself in agreement with her follow the expert advice provided in chapter 15; it comes from a person who knows what they're talking about.

Noah (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)
Noah (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)
DVD ~ Russell Crowe
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3.0 out of 5 stars When Men And Angels Roamed The Earth, July 31, 2014
Watched the film 'Noah' yesterday. It definitely took me by surprise in that it relied more on the Book of Enoch and other apocryphal material rather than the orthodox Biblical text. Unfortunately, despite this highly original script the end product turned out to be a case of a great concept remaining unrealized. This is particularly true in the representation of the Watchers (fallen angels). Instead of making them appear awesome and terrifying they look almost comical; something in-between the 'Transformers' and the rock monster in 'Galaxy Quest'. Too bad, could have been something special.

The Secret War: A True Story About A Real Alien War and Shadow People
The Secret War: A True Story About A Real Alien War and Shadow People
Price: $4.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Imagine Yourself As Free-Floating Energy" ~ Blue Tunnels, Muddy Boots And A Lot Of Other Things You Learn About In Night School, July 14, 2014
Anyone who's ever heard Heidi Hollis speak, whether in person or on the radio, is all too familiar with her catch phrase inserted towards the end of her opening remarks, "been there and done that". You might have initially wondered exactly what she means when she says that. I mean she couldn't actually believe her paranormal experiences and encounters support such a wide ranging, all-encompassing statement as that? Could she? Well once you've read her book `The Secret War' you'll understand that "been there and done that" is exactly what she means.

When Heidi suggests for you to "imagine yourself as free-floating energy" she isn't speaking metaphorically, she's asking you to open up to a new reality. A reality she has personally experienced and fully embraces. And as you would expect from all true believers she is by no means timid in her presentation. Heidi comes at you like a whirlwind, hitting you from all directions simultaneously. I guess you might say the image of a swirling sphere of free-floating energy suits her perfectly. By the time you finish the book you'll be thinking "We're not in Kansas anymore". Believe me when I tell you I'm still trying to process the download.

The cast of characters alone is enough to make your head spin; extraterrestrial guardians, the Shadows, Reptilians, Grays, Nordics, men-in-black, walk-ins, hybrids, ghosts and Jesus, along with an occasional demon and chupacabra. Just by the mere presence of such a wide variety of ET's, inter-dimensionals and assorted spiritual messengers one immediately understands that `The Secret War' is not going to be yet another narrow, overly simplistic presentation concerning this ever growing, open-ended paranormal phenomenon. Heidi could have played it safe and left a few things out here and there. But then that wouldn't be Heidi. She's like the best friend who comes rushing over to tell you some big news and is already in mid-sentence before you can close the front door behind her. In other words, you're going to get the whole story. And exactly what you ask is the whole story? Well for a starter how about; shards of Kabbalistic theory concerning the origin of the universe, a brief glimpse of the Akashic Record or "Library", allusions to inadvertent Kundalini awakening and chakra activation, references to restless souls in a purgatorial existence waiting to be reincarnated and discussions of a subterranean world serving as home to the Shadows. Yes, really! Now don't you wish you had taken Heidi's advice and imagined yourself as free-floating energy before you began reading?

Personally what I consider the most fascinating aspect of this book is the presence of a coherent and unifying current of early Gnostic thought linking the hostility of these inter-dimensional beings to the Archons of late antiquity. Much like the Christian demons, the Archons can not only harm humans on the physical plane but capture and enslave our souls upon death. Unquestionably the stakes are high in this on-going 'Secret War' and if we hope to be victorious we must first awaken to what's going on unseen all around us. Some readers unfamiliar with the authors' unique style of incorporating random moments of levity in the most unlikely of places might feel as though she's treating the subject matter lightly. Nothing could be further from the truth. Heidi's use of humor is intended solely to help lighten our mood and keep us focused on the message. Humor can be a powerful weapon against the darkness when used correctly while bringing our personal fear and negativity into the spiritual arena serves no positive purpose. Heidi's been in the battle for quite some time, she knows what she's doing.

You have to admire a person like Heidi who doesn't hold anything back when it comes to getting her message out. I love her eclectic nature and outside-the-box approach to the weird and often frightening world of the paranormal. She's one of the truly original thinkers in the field today. There are of course those who will shy away from her experiences and conclusions, especially so when dealing with the channeled material coming through from a being named Cafth. Channeling remains one of the more disturbing phenomenon's to come out of the New Age Movement and there are many who have developed a strong aversion to this unconventional form of communication. Heidi does an admirable job at redefining the process which helps alleviate some of the stigma, but only time will tell just how successful her efforts have been. When you put pen to paper you do so with the understanding that you can't satisfy all the people all the time. The best you can do is be honest. The rest will take care of itself.

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