GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #81 - May 15, 2008

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Dear Ghostvillagers,

Ever get the feeling that maybe the powers-that-be are lying to you? Ever think that maybe there actually is proof of the paranormal and possibly some people know and are hiding it from the rest of us?

As author Brad Steiger points out, a conspiracy involves three elements: 1.) Nothing happens by accident; 2.) Nothing is at it seems; and 3.) Everything is connected. Some people take comfort in the fact that a situation that is seemingly out of control (like a paranormal event) is actually a well-orchestrated occurrence with a specific intention behind it. Then there's the other side of the coin -- maybe they are really lying to us.

Project Stargate is a classic example. In the 1970s, the United States government began studying the phenomena of remote viewing and astral projection. If the government could acquire people with a true gift for remote viewing, then they would have the ultimate spy on their hands. Imagine a spy who could look into foreign governments' most secretive meetings without leaving U.S. soil? The program was allegedly cancelled in 1995, but not after millions were spent on the project. Different sources debate whether anything of value was gleaned from Stargate, but few deny that the project existed. This month we're going to explore conspiracies a little deeper on Ghostvillage.com. We'll dive into programs like Stargate as well as others that have been whispered about by folks who have seen the inside.

This past month we've been working on a lot of behind-the-scenes projects here at the Ghostvillage.com world headquarters. We're happy to announce the addition of our new links editor, Sreedhar Aravind. Those of you in our message board community know him better as MoonDragon. In the coming weeks, we'll be announcing more folks who are joining our editorial board. We plan on making our Village an even bigger and better place.

This past month I also added a new Webisode of Paranormal Journeys -- by far my weirdest edition yet. You can check it out here: http://www.ghostvillage.com/resources/2008/pj_05092008.shtml

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter below!

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
Mayor of Ghostvillage.com

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Monthly Contest
Congratulations to S. Wismer of Kents Hill, Maine, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's new book, Weird Massachusetts, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!

This month, we're doing the contest again, but we ask that you first click this link: http://www.ghostvillage.com/index.shtml#winner. If it says, "The search is on" then we don't have a winner yet and go ahead and send in your answer. If you see today's date and "We have a winner!" that means you weren't the first to email us. Sorry, please try again next month.

On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Ghostvillage.com. The first person to reply to this email with the correct answer will win this month's prize.

In what year did Dr. Robert Schoch start studying the paranormal?

Once we have our winner, we will announce them on our home page as soon as possible. Good luck! (Only Ghostvillagers who have not won a prize from us in the last year are eligible.)

This month's prize: We're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's latest book, The Ghost Files, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!


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Supernatural Calendar
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May 15: Jeff Belanger on The Ghosts R NEAR, Jeff Belanger on WBZ in Boston, MA
May 17: Jeff Belanger on Beyond Reality Radio
May 18: The Unexplained World - Internet Radio Broadcast
May 20: Jeff Belanger on WCCM in Methuen, MA, Jeff Belanger on Ghost Chronicles International
May 23: Women's International Study of the Paranormal Expo
May 26: Jeff Belanger on Bridge Between Two Worlds Radio
May 28: Jeff Belanger on Blogcritics Radio Live
May 30: Jeff Belanger at Cape Cod Community College
June 4: Jeff Belanger on MonsterQuest - The History Channel
June 21: Ashmore Estates overnight at the abandoned mental asylum
June 29: Paranormal Expo


Who's Who in the Village?
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.

>>Maelinde<< - member since September 1, 2007

What is your name?
Debbie Gill

How old are you?
40

Where do you live?
Arlington, Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth Area)

What do you do for a living?
I am the functional lead on human resources-related software systems at Wesleyan University.

What got you interested in ghosts and the supernatural?
I'm a sensitive and have been able to sense and communicate with spirits for most of my life. It started when I was 6 and saw my grandfather's spirit shortly after he passed away. We were able to communicate and that made me not miss him so much.

Do you think there are any government conspiracies afoot to hide the existence of paranormal activity?
While I'm not sure if they really are trying to hide the existence of paranormal activity, I think the government does fear what they do not understand. I'm sure they are aware that paranormal activity does indeed exist, but they may not be able to explain some of these things well enough.

What's your all-time favorite movie?
This is tough, as I love to see movies... I'm going to go with Serenity which was based on the TV series, Firefly.

Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Our last month's theme was Weird Massachusetts. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:

Paranormal Journeys: Weird Massachusetts
Author Interview: Weird Massachusetts by Jeff Belanger
Podcast: Ghost Chronicles: Weird Massachusetts with Jeff Belanger
News: New Book Explores the Weird Side of Massachusetts


Shopping at Ghostvillage.com
Have you checked out our Ghost-Mart and Ghostvillage U.?

Ghostvillage U.: "Professor Paranormal" Loyd Auerbach and the HCH Institute's Distance Learning Certificate Course on Parapsychological Studies is now available through Ghostvillage.com. Ready to take paranormal investigation to the next level? Check out the online courses.

Ghost-Mart:
Digital Voice Recorders: Going for EVP? Think DVR.
Paranormal Books: Ghost-Mart has many of the leading paranormal titles.
EMF Meters: Check out our line of EMF meters from cell sensors to tri-field.
Closed Circuit TV: From inexpensive to the high end, we have them all.


Supernatural Library
Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee Prosser and the staff have brought you several new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.

This past month's Library additions:

The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses edited by Joseph Peterson
The Parapsychology Revolution by Robert M. Schoch [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
Weird Massachusetts by Jeff Belanger [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
Is There Life After Death? by Anthony Peake


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Recent Encounters
We receive personal encounters from all over the world. Many are scary, some are touching, but they are always profound. If you would like to share your own experience, please click >>here<<. Since our last newsletter, we added the following new encounters:

Apparition in Williamsburg - Williamsburg, Virginia [PIC]
The Shadow Behind the Door - Martinez, California
A Hotel Guest's Final Goodbye - Derbyshire, UK
The Little Man in Our Room - Brazil, Indiana
Dark Figure in Chicago Museum - Chicago, Illinois
Thanksgiving Ghosts - Colorado
Three Knocks That Saved Me - Round Rock, Texas
The Man in My Closet - Arlington, Texas
The South Bridge Poltergeist - Edinburgh, Scotland


News
This is the place to find press releases and news items on paranormal happenings around the world. If you have a news item you'd like to submit, please see our guidelines.

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Las Vegas Sťance Searches For The Answers
Ghost Hunters Asked to Get On the Case Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph - Kettering, England, UK - May 7, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Paranormal Investigators Spend Night at Castle Malton and Pickering Mercury - Malton, UK - April 30, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Ghost Hunters Called in for Unearthly Disturbances in Herriott Hall Times-Delphic - Des Moines, Iowa - April 22, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Stricter Regulations for Paranormal Industry The Herald - Glasgow, Scotland - April 18, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
New Book Explores the Weird Side of Massachusetts



Features
Our "Features" section is a place for editorials, research articles, open letters to our readers, and other content of interest to Ghostvillagers. If you have a topic on your mind, agree or disagree with something you read recently, we want to hear from you! For guidelines, click here.

New features added since our last newsletter:

Weird Massachusetts - Paranormal Journeys - May 9, 2008 [WEBCAST]
Water Ghosts: Theory of the Bobbing Heads and Floating Bodies - by Lee Prosser - May 9, 2008 [COLUMN]
The Shadows Know - by Edward Shanahan - May 2, 2008
Weird Massachusetts with Jeff Belanger - Ghost Chronicles - April 23, 2008 [PODCAST]


Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
This is the place to find out where author and Ghostvillage.com founder Jeff Belanger will be speaking on the subject of the supernatural. If you're interested in booking Jeff for a conference or other event, please email us for more information.

Events Scheduled:

Cape Cod Community College - West Barnstable, Massachusetts - May 30, 2008
Open Doors Metaphysical Shop - Braintree, Massachusetts - June 21, 2008
A Weird (Massachusetts) Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Beaman Memorial Public Library - West Boylston, Massachusetts - 6:30 PM - July 23, 2008
Beyond Reality Events: The Mount Washington Hotel Conference - Bretton Woods, New Hampshire - August 23-26, 2008
MASS Monster Mash - Watertown, Massachusetts - October 18, 2008
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Tewksbury Public Library - Tewksbury, Massachusetts - 7 PM - October 27, 2008
Stanley Hotel Paranormal Retreat - Estes Park, Colorado - November 9-12, 2008
Queen Mary Conference - Long Beach, California - December 7-10, 2008


Hot Threads and the Ghostvillage.com Community
In the past month, hundreds of new people registered for free to join our supernatural discussion! Have you?

If you have registered for our message boards but haven't validated your account yet, it's simple to do! Look for the email that was automatically sent to you when you registered and click on the account activation link in the email (note: some bulkmail filters may block this email, so you'll need to check your bulkmail folder if the validation email didn't immediately come through). There are always great discussions going on in our huge message board community. We hope you'll get involved. It's free to register if you're not already a member. Here are some of the hot topics this month:

Personal Encounters
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=23627
Ghostly activities in the house.

The Nature of Ghosts
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=23729
Why do ghosts wear clothes?

Ghostly Poll
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=15757
What's your ghost experience?

Haunted Hot Spot
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=22768
Thornton-Riversale Road in Colorado.

Myths and Legends
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=19398
Medical myths and urban legends.

Astral Projection
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showtopic=23423
How open are you to astral projection?


Board of the Month -- Conspiracies
http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showforum=27
Discuss the ideas, theories, and concepts that you believe are being covered up.

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