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The list of features offered by VPN providers is long and growing, but some are more important than others. Sure, server location and connection speed is important, but these things don’t impact your privacy and security.

If online security is your priority, you should be looking out for things like a kill switch. This  terminates your internet connection if the VPN disconnects, so that your identity isn’t exposed. It’s a vital second layer of protection, and it’s something every VPN service should provide.

If the service you are considering doesn’t offer a kill switch, you should probably look elsewhere. Nearly all VPNs have a small chance of experiencing disconnection, so a kill switch is an essential feature for preventing your VPN connection from accidentally exposing your real IP to cybercriminals. 

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God EXISTS and human consciousness is the proof – expert’s claim

The brain remains a baffling subject, with scientists having more knowledge of the universe than they do the human brain. Consciousness, the ability to perceive and be aware of our surroundings, in particular, has confounded scientists for centuries, with there so far being an inability to define what exactly in our brain gives us this power.

With a lack of scientific explanation, one theologian believes a logical explanation for consciousness could be the existence of God.

Robert Nelson, who has written several books querying the existence of God such as the 2015 book ‘God? Very Probably: Five Rational Ways to Think about the Question of a God’, said that there is no physical evidence of the consciousness.

In this regard, it is almost supernatural, in the sense that experts know it is there, but there is nothing to physically define.

Writing in an article for The Conversation, Mr Nelson said: “How can physical atoms and molecules, for example, create something that exists in a separate domain that has no physical existence: human consciousness?

“It is a mystery that lies beyond science.

“This mystery is the same one that existed in the Greek worldview of Plato, who believed that abstract ideas (above all mathematical) first existed outside any physical reality.

“The material world that we experience as part of our human existence is an imperfect reflection of these prior formal ideals.

“As the scholar of ancient Greek philosophy, Ian Mueller, writes in ‘Mathematics And The Divine’, the realm of such ideals is that of God.

“Like the laws of mathematics, consciousness has no physical presence in the world; the images and thoughts in our consciousness have no measurable dimensions.

READ MORE: Christianity crackdown: Cross torn down in targeted attack

‘Bible called it’ Locusts spark apocalyptic fears as disease, fires and floods rock India

In the last few weeks, India has seen one of the worst locust attacks in history, with cities in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh all invaded by billions of pests ravaging crops. It is the first time in almost three decades that the country has witnessed such widespread invasion by the insects, which have been flying from Iran and crossing in from the province of Sindh, in Pakistan. This week, the locusts entered Jaipur’s residential areas, destroying enough food in a day to provide for 35,000 people and there is grave concern over the autumn crop of rice, lentils, vegetables, sugarcane and fruits, due to be sown early next month and it is feared that the upcoming monsoon season will create favourable breeding grounds for the pests and they will multiply exponentially.

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While many have pointed out the swarms invading northern parts of the country are of Biblical proportions, some have now even claimed it is a sign of the End Times.

They cite recent events in India, including Cyclone Amphan, which forced more than four million to flee their homes due to flooding, a heatwave which has devastated 51 hectares of forests in Uttarakhand, and their ongoing struggle against coronavirus which has infected 167,000 in the country.

Taking to Twitter, one user wrote: “First fires, then disease, then floods, and now locusts. The Bible called it.”

Another added: “Death, disease, floods and now locusts – all the biblical plagues from the Bible, it’s because headstrong rulers will not do right.”

Locusts, floods and fires have all hit India

Locusts, floods and fires have all hit India (Image: GETTY)

India is facing a crisis with the recent locust invasion

India is facing a crisis with the recent locust invasion (Image: GETTY)

A third claimed: “Goosebumps but it is written in the Bible.

“‘When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray.’”

In the final book of the New Testament, the Revelation of Jesus Christ is communicated by an angel to a man named John.

Revelation 6 tells of a scroll in God’s right hand that is secured with Seven Seals, which, when opened, summons four beings that ride out on white, black, red and pale horses to bring about death, war, famine and plague. 

READ MORE: Bible bombshell: Secret ‘time capsule’ found in Jesus statue during restoration revealed

Cyclones have also caused flooding in the country

Cyclones have also caused flooding in the country (Image: GETTY)

Four Horsemen are sent as a punishment from God and “given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.”

According to Revelation 8:1-2 the angels then sounded Seven Trumpets one at a time, to set off apocalyptic events seen by John in his vision.

Earth then suffers “Seven Plagues” which range from disease, to “intense heat,” and drought, before a final shower of deadly hailstones plummet against the planet.

While the events may be a series of unfortunate isolated incidents, scientists have linked the present crisis to a series of cyclones in the Indian Ocean that hit a sandy area in the Arabian Peninsula, providing the perfect breeding conditions for locusts.

Wildfires have been destroying forests

Wildfires have been destroying forests (Image: GETTY)

The Four Horsemen from the Bible text

The Four Horsemen from the Bible text (Image: WIKI)

According to the UN, heavy rains and scorching weather conditions sparked “unprecedented” breeding and the explosive growth of locust populations on the Arabian peninsula early last year.

The situation is also still severe across the border in Pakistan, where locusts have destroyed large tracts of cotton and food crops.

The government in Pakistan has announced it will now set up a national body to combat the swarms across the country as the insects have invaded 60 out of total 135 districts.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has declared an emergency and India and Pakistan have temporarily set aside their recent differences over the Kashmir region to coordinate operations and recover together.

UFO sighting: Anomaly spotted in NASA Apollo 11 archives – ‘Aliens would want to watch’

Waring took to his etdatabase.com blog to speculate about an unexpected addition to one of many photos shot en route to the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission.

He said: “Here is an interesting UFO I found in the NASA photo archives.

“The UFO appears to be closer to the Apollo 11 module, while remaining in orbit around Earth.”

The apparently photographic anomaly is coloured white and its various ridges suggest it does not have a natural origin.

“Reading about it or watching it on video feels much less personal than being there when it happened.

“It is therefore understandable aliens wish to attend historical human event.”

The conspiracy theorist attempted to explain his firm belief that aliens are the only plausible explanation for the photograph.

He said: “Now, the image details – shot in July 1969 – tells us a lot.

“The photo was taken with a world-famous Hasselblad medium format camera.

NASA Apollo 11 timeline:

July 16, 1969: Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969, with three astronauts on board – Commander Neil Armstrong , Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin.

July 18, 1969: Armstrong and Aldrin donned their spacesuits, and climbed through the docking tunnel to check out the lunar module, Eagle.

July 19, 1969: The first lunar orbit insertion manoeuvre took place on July 19, after Apollo 11 had flown behind the moon.

July 20, 1969: On July 20, the Eagle undocked from the main spacecraft, before descending down and landing on the moon’s Sea of Tranquility site.

Around four hours after this landing, Neil Armstrong emerged from the Eagle and deployed a TV camera for the transmission of the event to Earth.

Finally, around 109 hours, 42 minutes after launch, Armstrong stepped onto the moon, uttering the famous phrase ‘one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Buzz Aldrin then followed behind him, around 20 minutes later.

Cardboard Fans Cheer On Korean Baseball Team

May 13 (Reuters) – South Korean baseball fans may not be allowed to watch their favorite teams live at stadiums due to the COVID-19 pandemic but NC Dinos’ stands were not empty thanks to life-sized cardboard cut-outs of portraits sent in by the fans.

The Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) League season kicked off this month after a five-week delay due to the coronavirus but all games will be played without fans in attendance.

“No fans were allowed in even though the league reopened,” Dinos’ marketing manager Park Joong-un said. “So, we’ve thought about a way of giving enjoyment to fans and motivation to the players.”

The club said more than 60 fans participated, sending their own pictures, along with their favorite players or even their pets.

“I can’t go into the stadium now, but my avatar is cheering the team instead of me. It feels like I’m in the stadium,” Han Dong-su, a 38-year-old baseball fan, said outside the stadium in Changwon.

The club also set up cardboard cut-outs with characters of U.S. baseball team Durham Bulls after the minor league team declared its support for Dinos on Twitter.

“Your attention please: We have decided which KBO team we will be supporting. This is now an NC Dinos fan account,” said the Bulls. The Bulls are based in North Carolina which shares the same NC initials with Dinos.

With Major League Baseball (MLB) on hold due to the pandemic, ESPN reached a deal to broadcast KBO games which kicked off on May 5.

But while audiences can follow games in the safety and comfort of their homes, Han feels a twinge of regret for not being able to take his son to a game.

“If the stadium reopens, I’ll come and watch games with my son whenever we can,” he said.

(Reporting by Daewoung Kim and Soohyun Mah, Writing by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

Trump signs social media executive order while bragging about his follower count

UPDATE: May 28, 2020, 3:03 p.m. PDT: The final text of the executive order has been released, and, well, it doesn’t appear to actually do that much. 

It asks federal agencies to request the FCC reconsider the scope of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects social media companies when it comes to what others post on their platforms. Joe Biden has also said he wanted to revoke Section 230.

Original story:

Donald Trump has had it up to HERE with all these doggone rotten social media companies enabling him to reach hundreds of millions of Americans, and you’d better believe he’s going to do something about it. 

On Thursday, the president signed an executive order intended to, at least superficially, intimidate social media companies like Twitter that might dare get in his way. Specifically, Trump seemed incensed that Twitter had on Tuesday fact checked two of his tweets. 

While we have yet to see the final text of today’s executive order, we were blessed with hearing Trump’s rambling justification for it. 

“There’s no precedent in American history for so small a number of corporations to control so large a sphere of human interaction, and that includes individual people controlling vast amounts of territory and we can’t allow that to happen, especially when they go about doing what they’re doing because they’re doing things incorrectly,” Trump explained. 

“They have points of view and if we go by that it’s actually amazing that there was a success in 2016 but we can’t let this continue to happen. It’s very very unfair, and you look at the statistics and you look at what is going on and I think everybody would very much agree with that.”

But wait, he wasn’t done. Trump said there was nothing he’d rather do then “get rid of [his] whole Twitter account” before claiming his social media platforms reach over 180 million people. 

Oh yeah, Trump also considered the possibility of shutting Twitter down. 

In other words, it was all just another normal day in the White House under Trump. 

UPDATE: May 28, 2020, 3:03 p.m. PDT: The final text of the executive order has been released, and, well, it doesn’t appear to actually do that much. 

It asks federal agencies to request the FCC reconsider the scope of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Joe Biden has also said he wanted to revoke Section 230.

$51 million in bushfire donations reveals a big problem with viral Facebook fundraisers

As Australia’s unprecedented bushfires destroyed over 31 million acres in early 2020, a Facebook fundraiser launched by comedian Celeste Barber went viral. Initially aimed at supporting rural New South Wales firefighters, the appeal eventually raised over A$51 million from 1.3 million donors across the globe. It was the largest fundraiser in Facebook’s history, eclipsing its predecessor by A$20 million.

Online fundraisers have gained increasing relevance amidst the coronavirus pandemic, as millions struggle with health concerns and unemployment. Facebook itself has promoted its fundraising functionality as a shining spot of good as its reputation has taken hit after hit elsewhere. However, the giving spirit can sometimes blind people to exactly what they’re donating to, especially when it comes to viral campaigns.

Many hoped the funds Barber raised would not only support the NSW firefighters, but also those in other states, people who lost their homes or family, and wildlife recovery efforts. Unfortunately, this is not the case, serving as an important reminder to think about where your money is going when you donate — even if it is ostensibly going to a good cause.

For a good cause, singular

On Monday, the NSW Supreme Court ruled the NSW Rural Fire Service cannot legally redistribute the A$51 million raised through Barber’s Facebook fundraiser to other charities. The decision came after officials managing the NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund, the beneficiary of the fundraiser, asked for clarification on how the money could legally be used.

The money can’t be shared because such use is outside the scope dictated in the RFS Trust Deed, a legal document that sets out the trust fund’s rules and prevents donations from being misused. Money in the RFS Fund can only be used for purchasing and maintaining rural NSW firefighters’ equipment, training and supporting them, and paying for administrative fees.

Barber established the Facebook fundraiser on January 3, submitting the Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund as the benefiting charity on the page. Donations were collected through PayPal and deposited into the PayPal Giving Fund, another trust fund. Under the rules governing that fund, the money was then forwarded to the RFS as the nominated charity. 

Now that the money is in the RFS Fund, it is subject to the RFS’ rules. These rules legally prevent the donations from being shared with other organisations, even if the RFS wants to.

“The Court advises trustees of the RFS Fund that they cannot use the donated money to give to other charities, or to donate interstate, or to help people or animals affected by bushfires,” Justice Michael Slattery wrote in his decision.

The Supreme Court acknowledged that some donors to Barber’s Facebook fundraiser may have intended their contribution to be used for Australian bushfire relief more generally. Further, both the NSW RFS and Barber have expressed a desire to distribute the money to other charities that are also dealing with the Australian bushfires’ aftermath. 

However, Slattery maintained that “the law provides principles that ensure a degree of certainty in the application of…charitable trust funds.” Legally, there is little room for creative interpretation in how money donated to charities can be used. 

Barber’s Facebook fundraiser quickly went viral after she created it, exceeding its initial A$30,000 goal by a staggering amount. This led Barber to pledge the funds would be shared with other charities in other states, helping people affected by the bushfires throughout Australia, though only the NSW RFS was listed on the Facebook page. Facebook fundraisers are restricted to a single nominated beneficiary.

“So it’s going to the RFS and it will be distributed out,” Barber said in a January Instagram story. “So I’m gonna make sure that Victoria gets some, that South Australia gets some, also families of people who have died in these fires, the wildlife.”

Unfortunately, despite Barber’s evolving intentions, the NSW RFS is the only organisation that will ever see that money. 

The problem with sharing donations

Even if the redistribution of funds weren’t prohibited by law, doing so would still raise issues concerning how fundraisers are run.

Think of it like this. Imagine a friend asked you for a bit of cash, telling you they only need it to buy their son lunch. Being a generous sort of person, you fork over a $50 bill and tell them to treat the kid. Instead, they give some of the money to their boyfriend, who proceeds to spend it on a pair of socks.

It doesn’t matter how much your friend’s boyfriend needed the socks, or whether you would have been happy to give him some cash as well. The fact is that your friend solicited money from you with the promise that it would be used for a specific purpose, but then broke that promise and distributed it elsewhere.

In this scenario, Barber would be your friend, the NSW RFS her son, and all the other Australian charities her boyfriends.

Even if your friend’s son received the money and passed it on to his parent’s partner, you may not want to financially support their warm feet. Further, while unlikely to be an issue in this instance, not all boyfriends in all scenarios will buy something as practical as socks. Some might buy nunchucks, or a T-shirt depicting three wolves howling at the moon.

If we allow initial representations to be ignored, then there are no rules for how donated money can actually be used. And if donors can’t be confident their contributions will be used for the purpose stated, there’s little incentive for them to donate in the first place.

What can the money be used for?

The A$51 million raised will still do a lot of good. The NSW RFS plans to spend A$14 million upgrading safety equipment and A$20 million upgrading local brigades, with the remaining sum yet to be allocated. Fortunately, Slattery ruled that the money can be used to support firefighters who were injured while firefighting, as well as the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty. It can also be used to provide firefighters with training and trauma counselling.

What it can’t be used for, however, is helping the Australian Red Cross, animal rescue groups, or firefighters in other states. 

“I had hoped, because it was such a big and ‘unprecedented’ amount, that it could have been distributed to other states and charities,” wrote Barber in a statement released Monday. “[It] turns out that studying acting at university does not make me a lawmaker.”

Bending rules because large amounts of money are involved is generally considered unethical. Unfortunately, in this one specific instance, the protections against misuse are also preventing the donations from doing the most good, despite the wishes of everyone involved. Charities all over the world typically have similar protections in place as well, meaning it’s likely this issue could be repeated. Mashable has reached out to Facebook for comment.

The whole dilemma is a reminder to think carefully about where you’re donating, even if it is to a good cause. This is particularly true of viral donation drives, as it’s easy to get caught up in general sympathetic sentiments and not examine exactly who is receiving the funds, when, and how. 

Remember that the charity listed is the one that will ultimately receive your donation, whatever your overall intention may be. Compassion and a willingness to help are laudable, but make sure your assistance is actually going where you believe it can do the most good.

7 of the best Squarespace templates for your blog

Whether you’re a travel, food, or fashion blogger, or you simply want to create a blog with your friends, these are some of the best blog templates on Squarespace.

Best for features

Tudor

With a modern, asymmetrical design, this template is a great all-around choice for bloggers.

BEST FOR FLEXIBILITY

Five

With a clean and fresh feel, this template is great if you want flexibility and multiple sidebars.

There’s a good reason why Squarespace is an incredibly popular web building and hosting service: it allows people to build beautiful websites relatively easily and affordably, thanks largely to its drag-and-drop page builders and templates. 

While Squarespace might offer less flexibility for experienced coders than other website builders like WordPress, it is user friendly, even if you have zero coding experience. That’s largely because it offers around 100 different and customisable templates. These templates act as “rough draft” designs for you to build the website you want, determining how your site looks and how it works.

Picking a template before you start building your site is incredibly important: not every template may cover your specific needs. And while all of its templates allow you to do some basic things, like create collection pages for blog posts, not all of them do this equally well. 

For example, if you and your friends are starting a blog together, you’ll want to look for a Squarespace template that allows you to display the author’s name and bio. This feature would obviously be less important to you if you’re the only writer. On the other hand, if you’re a travel or food blogger, photography might be a key part of your blog and you would want to utilise a more visual-first blog layout to help engage and entice your readers with eye-catching imagery. 

So what should you be looking for in a good Squarespace template? Well, it really depends on what kind of blog you are creating. Here are some things you’ll want to consider:

  • Do you want to promote your social accounts or include call-to-actions on the side of every page? Then you might want to prioritise a template with user-friendly sidebars. 

  • Do you plan to blog about several different topics? If you do, you might want to prioritise templates that allow you to add category tags so that your readers can find posts on specific things.

  • Do you plan to blog about your scenic travels? If so, maybe you want a template that displays your location as you move from place to place. A visual-led layout for all those travel photographs will also serve you well.

  • Do you plan to ultimately launch your own shop once the blog takes off? Then make sure you pick a template that works well with Squarespace’s e-commerce options. 

If all of this sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. We’ve tried to make your search for the perfect blog just a little bit easier by rounding up some of the best templates for different kinds of blogs.

These are the best Squarespace templates for bloggers.


Special navigation arrows • Multiple users • Category tags • Grid layout
Mosaic grid works best with different size photos
With a modern, asymmetrical design, this template is a great all-around choice for bloggers.

Tudor

With a modern, asymmetrical design, this template is a great all-around choice for bloggers.

Whether you’re writing a home decor, lifestyle, or travel blog, Tudor is a great template choice. 
It’s highly customisable and user-friendly, with a mosaic style blog post display. It’s also a great choice if you run a blog with multiple contributors because it will display the author’s name on the blog posts and their bio at the end of each post. 
Readers can find posts by category or author, and there are special navigation arrows on blog posts showing visitors the thumbnail and title of the next and previous posts. There is also a progress indicator to show readers how far along they are and the template features customised share buttons and auto-populated related posts.  

Up to two sidebars • Flexible
No index page • Blog page display is set
With a clean and fresh feel, this template is great if you want flexibility and multiple sidebars.

Five

With a clean and fresh feel, this template is great if you want flexibility and multiple sidebars.

If you’re looking for something flexible, then Five is the template for you.
It offers the ability to have up to two customisable sidebars on every single page, which is great if you want to highlight your bio, social media handles, or other pages and relevant content on your blog. You can set the sidebar location to the right or left, and add them to individual pages. While it doesn’t offer an index page, you can add footers on your blog or use sidebars for extra navigation. 
Five’s blog page display is set as a list of vertically stacked posts, but it has a number of great blogging features, including bylines and datelines. You can include thumbnails in blog excerpts and it supports full-width banners and videos. It also supports Squarespace’s integrated e-commerce features, so you can always set up an online store if you want one. 

Built-in social-icons • Location display • Round thumbnail
No sidebars
With easy social media integration and location display, this clean, scrolling page template is a natural choice for travel bloggers.

Native

With easy social media integration and location display, this clean, scrolling page template is a natural choice for travel bloggers.

Squarespace’s Native template presents content on a scrolling page with a clean, modern design to help showcase words, images, and posts in an engaging way. 
Photography can be displayed in galleries and you can include round thumbnail images above blog post excerpts. It’s easy to integrate social media, thanks to built-in social media icons in the footer, to help grow your blog’s reach. 
You can also display your specific location on each blog entry — a great feature for travel bloggers who visit multiple locations.  

Dramatic • Great for photographers
Only works for photo-heavy blogs • No sidebars • White is the default font colour
A good choice for photo-heavy fashion, travel, or food blogs, with multi-contributor compatibility.

Haute

If your blog includes lots of stunning photography, this mosaic-style template is a great way to display it.

Whether you’re a fashion, travel, or photo blogger, Haute offers a photo-first layout for your blog. It features a mosaic-style layout of the blog title images, which the readers can easily click on to be sent directly to the photo’s accompanying blog post. 
The template also works well for multiple contributors because you can display the author’s profile image and bio below the post. It features infinite scroll, customisable share buttons, and the ability to display related posts to keep readers engaged while reading and navigating the blog. 
The biggest drawback of this image-heavy template is that it can be difficult to find a font colour that is easy to read on all images. While it is possible to change the font colour from the default white, it can still be hard to find a colour that works across all the photographs you might include. 

Allows you to highlight the most recent post at the top • Colourful
Static page layout a little simplistic • Relies on strong imagery
Stanton is a colourful, photo-friendly template that’s a solid choice for food bloggers.

Stanton

With a big banner image, text on the homepage, and recent posts featured below, this template is a solid choice for food bloggers.

The Stanton design is more colourful than many of the other Squarespace templates and it offers a minimalist, modern feel that lends itself well to a photo-heavy blog, like a food blog. 
It features a big banner image and text on the homepage, while all recent blog posts are featured in a grid below. It also features navigation arrows on blog posts showing visitors the title of the next or previous post. 
The static page layout is a little more simplistic than some of the other options, but simplicity isn’t always a negative feature.

Beautiful design • Built-in social icons • Flexible Header
No sidebars • No author profiles • Default size of first block of images and text is small
This template allows you to weave blog posts with banner photographs to create a visually-appealing website.

Rally

With a long, scrolling homepage, this template allows you to weave blog posts with banner photographs to create a visually-appealing website.

Rally allows you to weave blog posts with banner photographs on a long, scrolling homepage that would work very nicely for a fashion blog. 
It features built-in social icons and a flexible header with adjustable navigation, plus tagline and logo positions to help create a truly unique custom design. It also features index pages that allow you to organise your content onto one page easily. You can create a long, scrolling page to display all of your organised content. It also allows for mobile styling control for readers on the go. The template design pairs well with Squarespace’s integrated Commerce features if you have an online store attached to your blog.
However, if you have multiple contributors or you’re looking for sidebars, this template might not be the best choice.  

Author profile displayed below post or in sidebar • Sidebars • Next and last preview buttons • Infinite scroll
Limited design flexibility
Not only is this a clean and streamlined magazine-style template, but it’s also great if you have multiple writers contributing to the blog.

Skye

Not only is this a clean and streamlined magazine-style template, but it’s also great if you have multiple writers contributing to the blog.

With posts arranged by publication date, Skye is a very versatile blog template that lends itself well to a variety of blog types. 
It allows for featured images and category tags to make it easy for readers to search for specific content. The menu at the top is simple and unobtrusive, helping give this template a nice, clean look. The template also features infinite scroll, customisable share buttons, and the ability to have three related posts displayed at the bottom of a blog post.
This template works particularly well if there are multiple contributors because you can display the author’s name, picture, and bio either at the end of the blog post or in the sidebar.  

UFO sighting: Mysterious orb above secretive US military space base sparks online frenzy

A bizarre UFO recorded flying over the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) sparked a social media frenzy this week. Footage shows a white, orb-shaped craft zooming around in the air above a wooded area close to the tightly-guarded and secretive NORAD base. The anonymous witness who filmed the small flying vessel said they saw UFO “while out on a walk”.

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In the footage, the eyewitness recording the encounter can be heard saying: “Where is it? What the f*** is that?”

The UFO also appears to be making a mysterious rumbling sound as it hovers and moves around the sky.

The video was uploaded to YouTube by ET Data Base, a popular channel for UFO sightings, and set off a frenzy of theories about the object.

NORAD, at the centre of multiple conspiracy theories, is designed to warn the Pentagon and the White House in the event of a nuclear attack against the US.

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A bizarre UFO recorded flying over the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) (Image: IG)

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The anonymous witness who filmed it said they saw it “while out on a walk” (Image: IG)

The base is located inside Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, Colorado and was built to withstand a nuclear blast, with a bunker system situated 610 meters under the mountain, sealed off by massive concrete and steel blast doors.

Scott C Waring, who runs ET Data Base, wrote: “Here is a great example of a white cloud orb flying low in a cloudless sky.

“The orb has no way of hiding and is easily seen moving above the trees.

“The eyewitness states that a NORAD military station is nearby, but from what I have heard, NORAD is used to ignoring UFOs on the radar.

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The UFO also appears to be making a mysterious rumbling sound as it hovers and moves around the sky (Image: IG)

“These orbs are white when they are 30 meters or further away from you, but when they are 2 meters from you they have a pearlescent surface that moves ever so slowly.”

The video, titled “Orb over NORAD military installation Colorado Springs, Colorado, UFO Sighting News. MUFON Report,” has recorded at least 2,538 views since its upload on May 22. 

In the comments on the video, one viewer questioned the origin of the “weird sound” in the background of the clip.

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The base itself is located inside Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, Colorado (Image: GETTY)

Another said the UFO resembled the “tic-tac” shaped object seen in the famous 2004 sighting of UFO by US Navy F/A-18s.

One alien enthusiast remarked that the flying object could be the result of new technology found from a crashed UFO.

A sceptic said: “Logically I would say it was a plane or helicopter but it looks round and white and the fact that it’s near a military base does make me think. A good sighting.”

In the final few seconds of the video, the orb appears to flicker before disappearing behind the trees.

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“The W56 have contacted humans on many occasions, over three decades of meetings with the aliens.

“The base is huge, reportedly extending far out under the Mediterranean.

“These UFOs look like they belong to these W56 aliens.”

The UFO hunters outlandish claims quickly garnered scores of comments on his YouTube channel.

Garys Aquatics queried: “Just wondering why nobody has went to investigate this if it’s been there since 2016.