The Modern Demon Possession Case That Rocked the World

. . .Former Star journalist Marisa Kwiatkowski opened her now famous 2014 article on the Ammons case titled “The Exorcisms of Latoya Ammons” by reporting that Ammons and her three children “claimed to be possessed by demons.”

The lede was anything but buried, as there were many elements that boldly distinguished the story from other paranormal claims. Among the intriguing facets was the series of prominent people — including a family case manager, a nurse, and veteran police captains — who all seemed to corroborate various pieces of the bizarre puzzle. . .

An official report details what some medical professionals claimed to have witnessed. The document reads, in part: “Medical staff reported that while the children were at their primary doctor’s office the medical staff reported they observed [one of the children] be lifted and thrown into the wall with nobody touching him.” . . .

This brings us to that pivotal point in the story: the claim that the boy walked up a wall. Washington’s official DCS report — an account reportedly backed by Willie Lee Walker, a registered nurse who was in the room, says the following about the encounter with the family: “Child became aggressive and walked up the wall as if he was walking on the floor and did a flip over the grandmother. The episode was witnessed by the psych counselor and DCS worker FCM Washington.” . . .

Despite the fact that some psychologists and skeptics have reportedly felt the story was inauthentic and had more rational roots, the compelling details and unwavering witness testimony had enough legs for mainstream media and the public at large to at least entertain what was claimed, and that’s notable. (Read more from “The Modern Demon Possession Case That Rocked the World” HERE)

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Forced Monkey Labor Leads Costco To Ban Some Products

The alleged use of forced monkey labor has led Costco to stop selling Thai-made coconut products.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been tracking such animal abuse since 2019, while urging retailers to pull merchandise made from the bad actors to discourage the practice, USA Today reported.

“No kind shopper wants monkeys to be chained up and treated like coconut-picking machines,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement, according to the outlet.

“Costco made the right call to reject animal exploitation, and PETA is calling on holdouts like Kroger to follow suit.”

PETA’s investigation found chained-up monkeys can pick around 400 coconuts a day and are then stuffed in cages until their next shift, the outlet reported. (Read more from “Forced Monkey Labor Leads Costco To Ban Some Products” HERE)

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Study: People Who Drive This Car Get the Most Speeding Tickets

It appears that there are two very different kinds of Subaru drivers.

On the one hand, you’ve got the outdoorsy types with the dogs and the camping and all that, but the others have a need for speed and aren’t very good at keeping it to themselves.

A new study from insurance comparison site Insurify that looked at over 2 million insurance applications found that drivers of the Subaru WRX compact sports car are more likely than any to have a speeding ticket on their driving record.

A whopping 20.49% of WRX owners in the group said they had received a citation, which is nearly twice the national average of 10.54%. The WRX also claimed the dubious title last year. (Read more from “Study: People Who Drive This Car Get the Most Speeding Tickets” HERE)

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Scientists Left Baffled by Reports of Orca ‘Attacks’

Scientists admit they are baffled by a rise in aggressive orca activity, with the whales ramming boats along the Spanish and Portuguese coasts, according to reports by the Guardian.

The number of reported incidents involving orcas has risen over the summer months, with researchers noting that interactions between the whales and boats are not unusual, but the level of aggression displayed in July and August is “highly unusual.”

Researchers speculate that it might be competition for tuna populations along the coast that has led to some distress among the whale populations. Alfredo Lopez, coordinator for the Study of Marine Mammals in Galicia, said orcas make their way up the coast each September to chase tuna.

Since 1999, two of five pods common to the area have learned to take tuna from fishermen drop lines, with several sustaining injuries from the lines as a result. . .

“These are very strange events,” says Ezequiel Andreu Cazalla, a cetacean researcher. “But I don’t think they’re attacks. (Read more from “Scientists Left Baffled by Reports of Orca ‘Attacks'” HERE)

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Dog Saves Family of Four from House Fire

Four-year-old Great Dane “Ralph” alerted his family to a house fire just in time to get all of them safely from their home early Tuesday morning.

“He was in his kennel inside the house and we heard him barking,” husband and father of two, Derek Walker remembered. “He usually doesn’t make a sound at night. And it was a different kind of bark.”

“I just started screaming ‘fire’ to get everybody up,” Walker continued. “My wife got up and she got our daughter and got her out.” But the couple’s son was still fast asleep, separated from the family because his bedroom was on the lower floor of their split level home. . .

The family also highlighted their gratitude for their faithful furry companion, who beat their smoke alarms — and likely saved lives in the process. By the time their smoke alarms started sounding, the house was already filled. “There was so much smoke I don’t know if we would have made it out,” Walker said. “Without Ralph, I don’t think we would have made it,” he said. “I don’t think my son would have made it.” (Read more from “Dog Saves Family of Four from House Fire” HERE)

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Robotic Telescope Finds Closest Known Asteroid to Fly by Earth

On August 16, the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF), a robotic survey camera located at Palomar Observatory near San Diego, spotted an asteroid that had, just hours earlier, traveled only 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) above Earth’s surface. Designated 2020 QG, it is the closest known asteroid to fly by Earth without impacting the planet. The previous known record-holder is asteroid 2011 CQ1, discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey in 2011, which passed above Earth about 1,550 miles (2,500 kilometers) higher than 2020 QG.

Asteroid 2020 QG is about 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) across, or roughly the size of an SUV, so it was not big enough to do any damage even if it had been pointed at Earth; instead, it would have burned up in our planet’s atmosphere.

“The asteroid flew close enough to Earth that Earth’s gravity significantly changed its orbit,” says ZTF co-investigator Tom Prince, the Ira S. Bowen Professor of Physics at Caltech and a senior research scientist at JPL, which Caltech manages for NASA. Asteroids of this size that fly roughly as close to Earth as 2020 QG do occur about once a year or less, but many of them are never detected. (Read more from “Robotic Telescope Finds Closest Known Asteroid to Fly by Earth” HERE)

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Death Valley Reaches One of the Highest Temperatures Ever Recorded on Earth

Death Valley, California, may have recorded one of the planet’s hottest air temperatures Sunday.

Sunday’s high topped out at 130 degrees near the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley National Park, about 100 miles west-northwest of Las Vegas.

If that extreme temperature is verified, it would be only the fourth time on record they’ve reached at least 130 degrees, and the first time since the record heat wave of July 1913.

Given the rarity and extremity of this reading, a committee of meteorologists and climatologists will conduct a formal review of the data and automated observation system to see if this temperature record will be accepted, according to a National Weather Service statement issued Sunday evening.

Named by prospectors trying to cross the desolate valley during the California Gold Rush in the mid-19th century, Death Valley holds the world record for hottest recorded temperature, 134 degrees, set July 10, 1913. (Read more from “Death Valley Reaches One of the Highest Temperatures Ever Recorded on Earth” HERE)

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WATCH: Bear Casually Hangs Out During A Picnic In Wild Video

A bear wasn’t afraid at all during a recent picnic in a video making the rounds online.

In a video tweeted by Barstool Sports, a black bear was literally just chilling at the picnic table as people took photos and offered it food.

Does that sound absolutely insane? Just wait until you see the video. Give it a watch below.

(Caution: language alert)

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My 7-Step Plan to Destroy America

Based upon a speech by Gov. Richard D. Lamm (D-CO)

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Thousands of Southern Citizens of this State Want to Replace Confederate Monuments with Britney Spears

A new movement for a Britney Spears monument has turned Louisiana’s statue debate into a real “Circus.”

A snarky Southerner started a petition seeking to replace the state’s Confederate statues with one honoring “an actual Louisiana hero and influencial[sic] human being, Britney Spears” — and the response has been crazy.

“Before becoming one of the world’s most important and influential pop legends, Britney Spears was living life in a small southern town by the name of Kentwood, Louisiana,” the petition, addressed to Gov. John Edwards and other lawmakers, reads. “She’s already earned her star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and now it’s time for her home state to honor her with the tribute that she deserves.” (Read more about the hilarious movement to replace confederate monuments HERE)