Monday, January 4, 2010

The Cove

Activists make a Documentary Movie
The cove was hailed as "Best Documentary of 2009" by the Houston Film Critics



Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renown dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health. The man who gave us Flipper (who was actually played by 5 female dolphins) spends 10 years of his life launching a multi-million dollar dolphin industry, then spends 35 years trying to bring it down.

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Synopsis;
The Cove begins in Taiji, Japan, where former dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry has come to set things right after a long search for redemption. In the 1960s, it was O’Barry who captured and trained the 5 dolphins who played the title character in the international television sensation “Flipper.”

But his close relationship with those dolphins – the very dolphins who sparked a global fascination with trained sea mammals that continues to this day -- led O’Barry to a radical change of heart. One fateful day, a heartbroken Barry came to realize that these deeply sensitive, highly intelligent and self-aware creatures so beautifully adapted to life in the open ocean must never be subjected to human captivity again. This mission has brought him to Taiji, a town that appears to be devoted to the wonders and mysteries of the sleek, playful dolphins and whales that swim off their coast.

But in a remote, glistening cove, surrounded by barbed wire and “Keep Out” signs, lies a dark reality. It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji, driven by a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat, engage in an unseen hunt. The nature of what they do is so chilling -- and the consequences are so dangerous to human health -- they will go to great lengths to halt anyone from seeing it.
Key steps taken to preserve the U.S.'s marine heritage.(Brief Article): An article from: Issues in Science and Technology




Undeterred, O’Barry joins forces with filmmaker Louis Psihoyos and the Oceanic Preservation Society to get to the truth of what’s really going on in the cove and why it matters to everyone in the world. With the local Chief of Police hot on their trail and strong-arm fishermen keeping tabs on them, they will recruit an “Ocean's Eleven”-style team of underwater sound and camera experts, special effects artists, marine explorers, adrenaline junkies and world-class free divers who will carry out an undercover operation to photograph the off-limits cove, while playing a cloak-and-dagger game with those who would have them jailed. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery that adds up to an urgent plea for hope.

The Cove is directed by Louie Psihoyos and produced by Paula DuPre Pesman and Fisher Stevens. The film is written by Mark Monroe. The executive producer is Jim Clark and the co-producer is Olivia Ahnemann.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

UFO Hunters - First Response


A History Channel documentary about close encounters between the Military and Unidentified Flying Objects.

For decades, it has been believed that the United States military have had unexplained encounters with the UFO phenomena.
Our team sets out to try and uncover the armed forces’ “first response” to UFO encounters.
The Chinese Roswell: Ufo Encounters in the Far East from Ancient Times to the Present

They investigate a claim that in Long Beach, California, multiple UFOs were seen and pursued by military helicopters. They revisit the area of the alleged 2008 UFO crash in Needles, California. Here, it is believed the military presence has been beefed up as the number of UFO sightings has grown
 About the series;
UFO Hunters is an American documentary television series that premiered on January 30, 2008 on The History Channel and ran for three seasons. It is a spin-off series of History's UFO Files and is produced by Motion Picture Production Inc. The tagline of the show is: "Hoax or History?"

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The Phoenix Lights  Unsolved Mysteries: UFOs  Need to Know: UFOs, the Military, and Intelligence








UFO Hunters Dark Presence

A History Channel Documentary on  the mysterious Orbs Phenomenon


The term orb describes unexpected, typically circular artifacts in photographs, sometimes with trails, indicating motion.

The technical photographic term for the occurrence of orbs, especially pronounced in modern ultra-compact cameras, is backscatter, orb backscatter, or near-camera reflection.
Orb backscatter has been broadly interpreted as a highly variable range of paranormal phenomenon without verifiable causation, including invisible spirits, demons, auras, angels, ghosts, energy fields, psychoenergetic artifacts, energy balls etc.

There is a growing phenomenon of alleged UFO sightings known as Orbs. Witnesses who see the Orbs also report having dreams, premonitions, and a deep fear. Some believe that the Orbs coincide with earthquakes, while others claim that the sightings are clustered around sacred sites and petroglyphs that depict the Orbs in ancient artwork. The team will take their investigation to three of the most active Orbs locations in America–Arizona, Indiana and Missouri–to examine video and talk to eyewitnesses, to unravel the mystery of why Orbs are appearing with alarming regularity, perhaps directed by an otherworldly intelligence.

Wikipedia appears to attempt to debunk the phenomenon and gives the following explanation;
Due to the size limitations of the modern compact and ultra-compact cameras, especially digital cameras, the distance between the lens and the built-in flash has decreased, thereby decreasing the angle of light reflection to the lens and increasing the likelihood of light reflection off normally sub-visible particles. Hence, the orb artifact is commonplace with small digital or film camera photographs.

Message of the Spirit Orbs: A Gifted Psychic Brings a Message of Hope and Love from the Spirit World as Revealed to Martie Macdougall
The orb artifact can result from reflection of light off solid particles (e.g., dust, pollen), liquid particles (water droplets, especially rain) or other foreign material within the camera lens.

The image artifacts usually appear as either white or semi-transparent circles, though may also occur with whole or partial color spectrums, purple fringing or other chromatic aberration. With rain droplets, an image may capture light passing through the droplet creating a small rainbow effect.  The Incredible Light Beings of the Cosmos

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