The person, who gives his name as just Steven, was undergoing a simple operation when he began having trouble breathing. He began slipping out of consciousness, and dreamt that he was flying around the room. He came back around initially but the complications got worse, until Steven was temporarily clinically dead.
During this time, Steven said he began flying around the room again, but this time he was joined by otherworldly beings which took the form of lights.
Steven explained in the Near Death Experience Research Foundation forum: “As my eyes panned across, I looked up at the ceiling and could see many small oblong shaped white lights and they were randomly racing very fast in all different directions and elevations along the ceiling.
“At that moment I began to feel myself rise upwards, very slowly. As I was getting closer to ceiling, the objects that I was seeing started to become less random and they slowed down.
“I continued to rise and almost reached the ceiling. When I looked across the room, I saw that the lights had organised and become like a swimming school of fish.
“They were waving back and fourth and doubling back on each other. They started in the far diagonal corner from me and I thought how incredibly beautiful it was.
“Then I saw that they were getting closer to me. Then, I was enveloped in the school of lights and became part of the wave.”
Suddenly, Steven was back in his body after being resuscitated. However, he knew from that point on that “we are not alone”.
Some researchers state these visions are normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told a recent Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them. They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia says there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
Conspiracy theorists believe they have found evidence of ruins on Mars which they believe is evidence of ancient aliens. In an image taken by NASA’s Curiosity Rover, what looks like a large structure can be seen on top of a hill. Some alien hunters believe this is proof that not only did aliens once live on the Red Planet, but perhaps even worshipped a higher power.
Prominent conspiracy theorist Scott C Waring, however, believes that NASA will refuse to investigate the ‘ancient structure’ as it wants to keep evidence of aliens under wraps.
Mr Waring wrote on his blog UFO Sightings Daily: “I was looking through this weeks uploads made by the Curiosity Rover and found that in the distance was a ancient temple structure built on a hilltop. The structure has five or more levels, each one getting smaller than the one before it.
“The top level being the highest. The main structure at the top of the levels looks like a pyramid with the top built flat.
“Each level has a flat perfectly horizontal top so that someone or something can walk on it. I believe the rover will not investigate this because NASA’s true mission is to drop feed the public boring information about space so it satisfies them, but keeps the public in the dark about the true nature of the surface of Mars.”
However, sceptics and NASA would say the ‘temple’ and other similar findings are just the effects of pareidolia – a psychological phenomenon when the brain tricks the eyes into seeing familiar objects or shapes in patterns or textures such as a rock surface.
This would mean that the Martian ‘temple' could just be a misshapen rock or even a hilly area.
MH370 went missing on March 8 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board and was never seen again. The presumed location of the wreckage, according to the official investigation, is at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, but little was known about its last moments until now. Jeff Wise, author of The Plane That Wasn’t There, explained that data from a satellite - the Burst Timing Offset (BTO) - indicated that the plane had been travelling in a straight line.
He said this likely means the plane had been set to autopilot and flew until it simply ran out of fuel.
Then, the plane would have entered a spiral dive and hit the sea’s surface “within minutes”.
Mr Wise said: “The BTO data matched well with a straight line flight, meaning that in all likelihood the plane had been flying on autopilot towards a pre-programmed waypoint until it ran out of fuel a few minutes after 0.11 UTC.
“With the engines no longer running, the plane’s electrical systems would have failed until a back-up generator could kick in.
“When this happened, the sat-com system would have come back online and initiated the final ‘handshake’ at 0.19 UTC.
“By then, the plane was either in a steep spiral dive or about to enter one and impacted the sea within minutes.”
He added that in this scenario, there needn’t have been anyone controlling the plane at all.
He suggested that the pilots may have “fallen victim to some kind of accident” or even killed themselves.
The investigation into MH370’s disappearance used data from a satellite owned by British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat.
The satellite, called 3F1, recorded communications with the plane called ‘handshakes’.
These recorded Burst Frequency Offset and Burst Timing Offset values, which gave an indication as to how far the plane was from the satellite and their relative motion respectively.
Combining these values led investigators to believe the plane flew south across the Indian Ocean, before entering the sea there.
Women saw some big wins at the Grammy Awards this year, including the album of the year honor for country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves. But there are still some glaring omissions in the industry, specifically when it comes to country radio and female artists.
This week, for example, only three women appear in the top 25 on Billboard’s Hot Country song chart — an indication the genre is still dominated by men. And winning a Grammy doesn’t necessarily transform into radio airplay.
Trisha Yearwood, for one, is fully aware of how the industry works. She got her start in country music in the early 1990s, and although she has had hits through the years and has appreciated her time on radio, she sees how women are often left off traditional airwaves. In a recent interview at Build Series, she said she thinks “women are still absolutely getting the raw end of the deal at country radio.” She blames it partly on “old, antiquated ways of thinking.”
“I want to go, ‘Who says that’s the way it is?’ Like, you don’t play two female artists back to back and you make sure you play four guys before you play a girl? Like, whose rules are those?”
Yearwood, though, predicts the tide may soon turn for radio programmers.
“I think they are about to get a rude awakening, because women are rising up. We’re going to start marching to your radio station, and you’re going to be afraid not to play our records, I think. I would do that march!” she said, imagining what it would look like. “There are 20 angry women in the parking lot. Let’s play some Trisha Yearwood. I feel like it could happen!”
She said people need to take action ― not just talk ― to make some real change. “Everybody says, ‘This is what we want.’ But you gotta really do it,” she said.
Still, Yearwood was thrilled to see Musgraves swoop up four honors at the Grammys: album of the year and best country album for “Golden Hour,” best country song for “Space Cowboy” and best country solo performance for “Butterflies.”
“Her album was one that she purely made because she’s saying, ‘I’m an artist. This is what I want to say.’ I don’t think she was concerned about all the things that come up after you make the record. We have to be. We’re marketing. We want to sell records,” Yearwood said. “But if you’re going to call yourself an artist, your first love, your first priority has to be making sure you take care of that music and do what you feel in your heart and you hope you’re going to connect with somebody out there. … So I think that’s what Kacey did with the record, and I think that’s why she’s being recognized. People can tell when you follow your heart.”
Follow her heart is something Yearwood has aimed to do since the start of her career. She landed her first No. 1 country single in 1991 with “She’s in Love With the Boy” and has been a force on the country music scene ever since. These days, though, she doesn’t try to put too much pressure on herself. She said she has Garth Brooks to thank for that.
“I have to credit my husband with that because I am competitive,” Yearwood revealed. “I’m always analyzing myself and my career and everything I’m doing. And he’s the one who said, ‘You need to realize you don’t have to prove anything to anybody. Just do you.’ And that’s what I needed to hear. … It doesn’t mean you don’t want those things. I want to have a No. 1 record on the radio. I want to sell records. I want to be successful currently. I don’t want to be just known for what I did and what I’ve done. But at the same time, I’m good.”
Good enough that she just released an album mostly of songs recorded by Frank Sinatra, one of her musical heroes. Called “Let’s Be Frank,” the collection finds her doing versions of standards, including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Come Fly With Me.” It is her first full-length release since 2007 ― and it won’t be her last. She recently recorded a country album featuring a batch of new songs largely written or co-written by women.
“I’m not chasing anything. I’m not trying to be some trendy things. I think when you hear this record, you’ll go, ‘Oh, this is Trisha,’” she said about the album, expected out this fall. “I don’t know if it’s the freedom of being 54 and life is too short. I’m just going to have fun and do what I want to do.”
Check out the full Build interview with Yearwood below.
Kim Kardashian Sues Fashion Co. You're Fully 'Missguided' ... Using Me to Sell Your Knockoffs!!!
2/20/2019 3:05 PM PST
Just one day after Kim Kardashian tore into a fast fashion company for ripping off her style ... she's hammering the message home by taking a different one to court.
Kim just filed suit against Missguided USA -- an online retailer that sells outfits resembling ones worn by celebs, and oftentimes by Kim herself -- for using her name and image without permission to advertise their own "knock-off" designs.
In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Kim cites multiple instances where Missguided posted its own versions of outfits Kim was photographed wearing. Kim claims the outfits are often whipped up and peddled in a matter of days, sometimes hours.
Her lawsuit includes a side by side of her own post, next to one from Missguided as evidence of what pisses her off about the company.
She also says Missguided often tags her on their social media posts -- and includes photos of her -- giving people the wrong idea that she's working with the co.
Sources close to the case tell us the Missguided lawsuit is just one of many more to come against fashion knockoff brands.
It's interesting ... Kim just slammed Fashion Nova for recreating her vintage Mugler "boob belt" dress from the other night, saying this practice by fast fashion companies was "devastating." Fashion Nova did not use her image to sell their stuff.
Missguided, however, did ... and that's why Kim's going after them.
She's asking a judge for an injunction to immediately stop Missguided from using her image .... and she wants damages in excess of $10 million.
A Canadian man took snow removal to a whole new level last week by bringing an artistic touch to the shoveling of his backyard ice rink.
“This is not exactly a masterpiece, but I present the Snowna Lisa!” Greenfield wrote on his Facebook post. “Oh, you think that’s bad? Wait till I tell you it should be hanging in the Igloouvre.”
Check out the video below:
T.I. Adds Burberry to Boycott List ... These Aren't Coincidences
2/20/2019 7:31 AM PST
T.I.'s gonna be rocking nothing but tighty-whities soon -- and not high-end ones -- because he's adding Burberry to his fashion boycott list in response to its noose hoodie fiasco.
Tip ripped the brand Tuesday, just as he did Gucci and Prada last week, and dismissed Burberry's apology for the controversial design -- a new hoodie with drawstrings tied into a noose. His words for Burberry were sharp ... "These aren't coincidences" ... clearly referring to the other fashion house blunders.
The backlash against Burberry started Tuesday after a model pointed out that the company made her wear the controversial sweater on a runway despite her objections. It wasn't until she went public, that Burberry issued its full mea culpa.
Not good enough for T.I., whose boycott list is now at 4 -- Gucci, Prada, Moncler and Burberry -- for their use of racist imagery.
Remember, Floyd bragged to our photog about dropping a bundle at Gucci, and refused to bow to any boycott.
Dana White Conor vs. Cowboy Deal 'Not Even Close'
2/18/2019 9:54 AM PST
Both Conor and Cowboy have publicly shown interest in the fight -- and White recently said he's down to make it happen. Fans are excited.
But, White tells TMZ Sports ... that's just not the case, "It's not even close to being done."
McGregor hasn't fought since October 6 when he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. Conor has been posting photos and videos showing himself training in his MMA gym while everyone anxiously awaits the UFC to officially announce his next opponent.
White has previously told TMZ Sports he expects Conor and Khabib to rematch in 2019 -- after they each fight other opponents.
White has suggested Khabib's next fight could be Tony Ferguson, who's an absolute monster in the Octagon.
Stay tuned ...
When you have both new materials and advanced technologies at your fingertips, you have an opportunity to transform something traditional into something pretty freakin' remarkable. That's what the makers of the HP Pavilion had in mind when they set out to create a 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop that really reflects today's busy lifestyle. It's lightweight, it's durable, and it has quite a few features that we think you'll be happy with.
If you want to listen to music, watch TV or movies, then then the Pavilion is a good choice because it has some of the best audio around for a laptop within this class. It comes with Bang & Olufsen Audio and HP Audio Boost. Since The Pavilion is a 360, it really is versatile. Micro Gears allow the display to roll around the base in one continuous movement, so from Notebook Mode you can rotate it around to Tent Mode and it'll stay there until you want to adjust again. There is an IPS display so you can look at the screen from any angle and the picture should always be crisp.
Under the hood, you'll find 500 GB of hard drive capacity, 6 GB of system memory, and a processor speed of 2.4 GHz. The Pavilion has a Windows 10 operating system, but only has an 8.5-hour battery life.