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Eyewitnesses say they saw the extinct huge Moa

According to official science, the huge New Zealand Moa birds disappeared in the late 15th century. But, they have been observed in the centuries to come and continue to be found in our time.

Hundreds of years ago, there were non-flying birds in New Zealand with powerful legs, similar to huge ostriches. Moa had no wings, even rudimentary ones. They ate fruits and plants. They lived carelessly until the first Maori arrived in New Zealand.

For the Maori, the cumbersome heavy giants reaching 3.5 meters in height, which posed no danger to humans, were an extremely easy prey. Over the course of several hundred years, humans have significantly reduced Moa’s population so that they remain very few, and about 500 years ago, the last Moa was officially killed.

However, hunters reported that they sometimes saw separate instances of Moa. In all likelihood, a small population of Moa has managed to survive in sparsely populated forests.

There are many accounts of eyewitnesses who met Moa in New Zealand in the early 19th century.

Later, the number of these eyewitnesses dropped sharply. By the 20th century, Moa in New Zealand seems to have disappeared completely. Sometimes scientists come across remains of an animal that looked surprisingly fresh, such as a perfectly preserved leg. But, the laboratory study shows that these are very old remains.

Now, in New Zealand, native forests are becoming more crowded with numerous research enthusiasts, but the maximum they have found is some new species of lizards or insects.

However, Moa has sometimes been observed in modern times. Researcher Bruce Spightle has published Moa Sightings, describing more than a hundred modern eyewitness stories that have encountered huge, wingless birds with powerful legs in the woods.

One of the most famous sightings took place on January 20, 1993, when three friends – Paddy Frini, Sam Webby and Rochelle Rafferty, went on a hike in the Craigieburn Range, South Island.

At one point, the group stopped to rest. Then Frini noticed a huge bird about the height of a man, covered in red-brown and gray feathers, standing among the prickly bushes. Frini pointed to his friends’ bird and the three looked at her in amazement.

After a short while, the bird noticed the people and began to move nervously behind the bushes. At that moment, Frini managed to get the camera out of his backpack and take a picture before the bird disappeared.

Paddy Frini’s Photo

This photo, which is of rather poor quality, has caused a lot of commotion among biologists and ordinary people. It was hard not to believe Frini and his friends. They have long been hiking and are serious people, with no inclination for such jokes. But it was even harder to believe in the disappearance of Moa.

The scientists discussed this picture for a long time and finally decided that whatever it was, the creature was not Moa. They concluded that the neck was too thick, the legs not so long, and that from a certain angle the creature of the picture looked more like a deer.

For years, until the very end of his life, Frini visited the area, constantly trying to find Moa and take at least one more photo, but to no avail. He found several people in the same area and also saw something that looked like a large bird.

Another enthusiast is crypto-scientist Rex Gilroy, who has been searching for Moa in New Zealand for the past 30 years.

Gilroy and his castings with suspected traces of Moa

According to him, in 1980 he discovered a “completely fresh” footprint of Moa’s foot in the northern part of the country, and in 2001 and 2008, he even found a trail of very large bird tracks from which he made castings.

In 2007, he claimed to have found Moa’s large nest in an old stump, but did not show photos or say where it was, thus provoking criticism and allegations of lies. In his defense, Gilroy states that he hides the nesting area so that humans do not disturb the birds.

Many skeptics are convinced that Moa has indeed disappeared and all modern evidence is simply a hoax and a thirst for fame On the other hand, the testimony of eyewitnesses who saw Moa or their footprints always comes from those parts of the country that are still poorly populated and poorly studied.

That is, theoretically a group of large birds could really survive there. Moreover, Moa are not predators. The fruits and plants will be sufficient to feed them, even in a small forest.

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A man who has been to hell told what sinners are punished for

The story happened to one man named Zhao Tai during the reign of the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316). It is described in a collection of Buddhist stories.

At some point, Zhao felt a severe pain and immediately lost consciousness. The man’s body remained warm, so loved ones waited for him to wake up. This happened only 10 days later. After “returning”, Zhao told what happened to him.

Immediately after losing consciousness, a horseman arrived at him. Two escorts led the Zhao to the east, where a big glorious city was located. There were thousands of people who, together with the hero of the this story, descended to the underworld. A man in a dark red robe asked what kind of sins he had committed. Zhao replied that his father and brother were officials, that he studied at home, did nothing wrong and did not commit crimes.

The man was the assigned to command the prisoners in hell. Some went with punctured tongues, others were hugged from red-hot iron, and others had their body part boiled in cauldrons. If a person died during these trials, they were instantly brought back to life. All punishments corresponded to crimes.

If a criminal could cope with all tortures, the next stage would be rebirth and reincarnation. Killers and thieves became pigs and sheep, which the owners eventually slaughtered for meat; people who led a decent life turned into birds and animals; those who did not repay their debts during life turned to horses and donkeys for hard work.

In order not to go to hell, a person must constantly improve and not commit evil deeds. In the underworld, they knew that Zhou was allotted another 30 years, so they released him into the human world.

Exciting (fairy)tales, aren’t they?

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5G networks act as an accelerator for diseases

There are concerns that the UK could be severely affected by the coronavirus due to the deployment of the 5G network , conspiracy theorists say.

There are currently 3983 confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded throughout Britain and Northern Ireland. The disease has spread rapidly since it was first discovered on January 31, 2020. The death toll is 335 people and Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns that this number will increase significantly.

As coronavirus spread around the world , a new conspiracy theory found a grateful audience: virus symptoms: fever, cough and shortness of breath – this is how the human body actually reacts to 5G. The theory was met with skepticism by experts who noted that coronavirus was detected in many areas without 5G networks. Anti-5G critics living in the UK believe the virus most likely started in Wuhan and was shipped to the UK. But they are concerned that an ultra-fast network, currently operating in nearly 100 locations across Britain, could help the disease spread faster.

Somerset-based activist Louise Thomas told The Daily Star Online:

“We cannot say that 5G caused the coronavirus, but that could make it worse.”

Tanja Rebel, another activist and teacher of philosophy at Whit College, said:

“Many studies show that electromagnetic radiation suppresses the immune system and helps viruses and bacteria thrive. Thus, electromagnetic radiation and, in particular, 5G could act as an accelerator of the disease. We don’t know for sure, but common sense and a preventive decree urgently need a moratorium on testing 5G until we can say that it’s safe.”

The precautionary principle states that governments and societies should be wary of responding to anything that could cause catastrophic damage that is not yet fully understood by science. The Public Health Authority of England asked for comments about 5G networks. In Italy, which is now the country with the highest coronavirus mortality rate, 5G networks were established in five cities in 2019 with plans to increase coverage throughout 2020.

A 2011 study at Northeastern University in Boston showed that some unicellular bacteria, such as E. coli (E. coli), can communicate with each other using “radio waves.

“Very little is known about COVID-19, the new coronavirus that underlies the current pandemic, but studies have shown that viruses “talk to each other” when deciding whether to infect a carrier. Activists are now urging the government to stop deploying 5G networks for public health. “Especially in today’s situation, it’s crucial that we don’t play with the lives of our citizens. That would be reckless,” Rebel said.

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Coronavirus plus Armageddon. What are the dangers of alien asteroids who fly to Earth

The leap year 2020 has prepared many surprises. Fans of various kinds of conspiracies have already found predictions of the spread of coronavirus in the statements of Vanga and Nostradamus. However, the true end of the world can overtake mankind from a completely different perspective.

At the end of next month, a Planet Killer will fly next to Earth. It is found out how likely the collision of the planet with an asteroid is and what its consequences will be.

A block the size of a village

On April 29, a giant asteroid 1.7 kilometers long and more than four kilometers wide will fly very close to Earth. The giant space object is called the Killer of the Planets and flies together with a company. According to NASA, which cite the media, this company will be its “little brother.

“Two asteroids – 1998 OH and 1998 OR2 – are characterized as “potentially dangerous” because their sizes are “large enough to lead to global effects if one of them collides with the Earth.”

Will humanity die?

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Scientists give answers to this question in a different way. However, NASA still reassured, arguing that in April the end of the world should not be expected. Asteroids will not come closer than five million kilometers to our planet, despite the fact that their flight path will not be so far from Earth.

However, to prevent these threats, there are large research centers scattered around the world. It is in them that data is collected annually on the fall of cosmic bodies to Earth.

According to various sources, each year, about 500 meteorites slightly more than half a kilogram fall to Earth. Most drop in the ocean or burn out in the atmosphere, but they are all so small that they go unnoticed.

On the other hand, the consequences of a collision of the Earth with such a large cosmic body as the Killer of the Planets can be fatal. You can look at them on the site Impact: Earth!, created by scientists from Purdue University and King’s College London. So, the fall of an asteroid with a diameter of 1300 meters into the ocean at a speed of 38 kilometers per second will lead to tsunamis and earthquakes lasting almost 20 minutes.

If we take the example of another asteroid – 1997XF11, which will fly near the Earth in 2028 – you can see a map of devastating consequences if it falls, for example, in the center of Spain. Its diameter is 1.6 kilometers and a speed of 48,000 kilometers per hour.

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The first circle denotes the area in which there will be nothing alive. The second – yellow – limits the area where the vast majority of living things will not be saved, and if they survive, they will have very serious health consequences. The inhabitants of the red circle will be able to stay alive with a slightly greater degree of probability. The green zone awaits massive destruction. Finally, the purple and gray circles are areas that will be struck by a blast wave: deafening sounds, debris and ashes await them. Looking ahead – in the event of such an asteroid falling to Earth, the fate of dinosaurs awaits humanity.

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