German Restaurant Protests Pandemic Lockdowns With Stuffed Pandas

FRANKFURT, Nov 25 (Reuters) – The owner of a Frankfurt restaurant is staging a protest against the coronavirus lockdown in Germany by filling his tables with a hundred stuffed toy pandas, in a play on the word “pandemic.”

German officials are expected on Wednesday to agree to extend until Dec. 20 a “lockdown light” they imposed on Nov. 2 that means bars, restaurants and entertainment venues must stay closed, while shops and schools can remain open.

“We wanted to put some life back into our restaurant,” said Guiseppe Fichera, manager of restaurant Pino. “They are Panda-Mic pandas.”

The pandas are seated at the restaurant’s tables and propped up at the bar, some with bottles of Corona beer.

“It is a silent protest. An offer to our guests,” Fichera said, adding he would keep the lights on all day and night as long as the lockdown lasts so passersby can enjoy the display.

The German government has said it will extend financial aid for firms hit by the restrictions, which, according to sources, could add up to 20 billion euros ($23.81 billion) in December, in addition to an estimated 10-15 billion in November.

(Reporting by Andreas Buerger; Writing by Emma Thomasson, Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

End of the world predicted to strike days before Christmas as rare space event sparks fear

Doomsday predictions centred around the Mayan calendar have falsely pinned the end of the world on numerous occasions, beginning with the 2012 phenomenon. December 21, 2012, was regarded as the end-date of a 5,126-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, and festivities took place to commemorate the event in the countries that were part of the Maya civilisation. But some suggested that the date marked the apocalypse with various theories ranging from the arrival of the next solar maximum, an interaction between Earth and the supermassive black hole, or a collision with a mythical planet called Nibiru.

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Scholars from numerous disciplines quickly dismissed predictions of cataclysmic events as they arose, but that did not stop the sensational theories.

Now though, they have returned, thanks to a once-in-20-years conjunction on December 21, 2020.

At their closest, the event will see Jupiter and Saturn just 0.1 degrees apart – a fifth of a full Moon’s diameter.

That date is, coincidentally, the beginning of the winter solstice and famed doomsday predictor Pastor Paul Begley believes it is all a recipe for disaster for life on Earth.

The space event has sparked fears online

The space event has sparked fears online (Image: GETTY)

The Mayan calendar has been at the centre of doomsday predictions for years

The Mayan calendar has been at the centre of doomsday predictions for years (Image: GETTY)

He previously claimed: “It will be the closest Jupiter and Saturn have been since 1623 and it won’t even come that close again for another 500 years.

“So this is so rare and it’s going to be on the winter solstice.

“It’s going to be on December 21, 2020.

“The Mayans are now reorganising and saying this could certainly be the end of the world as we know it.”

Strangely, some have taken to Twitter to agree over the last week.

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Now the calendar is said to be linked with space events

Now the calendar is said to be linked with space events (Image: GETTY)

One user wrote: “December 21, 2020 = December 21, 2012, in the Mayan calendar. The world is going to end in a month.”

Another added: “Winter Solstice and Jupiter and Saturn are doing interesting things on December 21.”

A third outright stated: “December 21, 2020, the world as we know it officially ends.”

And a fourth said: “The end of the world is December 21, 2020.

“Jupiter and Saturn are going to conjunct on that day and it’s the start of the winter solstice.”

On December 21 Saturn and Jupiter will come extremely close

On December 21 Saturn and Jupiter will come extremely close (Image: GETTY)

Some have tipped the world to end days before Christmas

Some have tipped the world to end days before Christmas (Image: GETTY)

The predictions, which do not appear to be backed up with any evidence, have been widely discredited.

Back in 2012, NASA said: “News flash – the world didn’t end on December 21, 2012. You’ve probably already figured that out for yourself.

“Despite reports of an ancient Maya prophecy, a mysterious planet on a collision course with Earth, or a reverse in Earth’s rotation, we’re still here.”

Mayan scholars also stated that there were no classical accounts that forecasted impending doom.

The idea that the Long Count calendar ended in 2012 misrepresented Mayan history and culture.

Instead, the ancient civilisation believed it marked the beginning of a new era.

Life after death: Man believes he was greeted into blackness by mysterious figures – claim

A person named Steve was working a security guard in New Orleans, US, when he was confronted by armed robbers. After an altercation, Steve said that he was shot by his assailants who left him to die.

Thankfully, Steve was discovered and saved by paramedics, but for a brief few minutes, he was clinically dead.

It was his time when he was clinically dead where Steve believes he caught a glimpse of the afterlife.

In it, Steve believes he was entombed in a black void but was eventually shown the way out by mysterious figures.

Steve wrote on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation: “The next thing I knew, I was in a sort of ‘black box,’ like a very dark void. It was neither pleasant nor unpleasant.

Life after death: Man believes he was greeted into blackness by mysterious figures - claim

Life after death: Man believes he was greeted into blackness by mysterious figures – claim (Image: GETTY)

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Steve believes he saw the afterlife (Image: GETTY)

“I was aware of ‘myself’, Steve, but I didn’t seem to have a physical body.

“I was wondering where I was with all this blackness surrounding me—but I was definitely aware of myself.

“Next appeared a vertical line of bright, white light, from the highest to the lowest point in front of me.

“The light started to open, as a door would. Two heads stuck out through the emergent opening and were peering at me.

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“The light started to open, as a door would. Two heads stuck out through the emergent opening and were peering at me” (Image: GETTY)

“They were not too close, but not too far away. I struggled to focus on them.

“One of the Beings appeared to be wearing a white hat and the other Being, a black hat.

“Both Beings had large black eyes. Finally, both Beings slowly withdrew the way they had entered, through the contracting ‘doorway’ of light, which then closed completely. The bright light dissipated. Only darkness remained.”

Suddenly, Steve was back in his body but he is now convinced there is an afterlife.

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“Finally, both Beings slowly withdrew the way they had entered, through the contracting ‘doorway’ of light, which then closed completely” (Image: GETTY)

Scientists, however, are not so certain and believe visions such as Steve’s are a normal phenomenon.

Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told an Oz Talk: “Death is a process, it is not a black and white moment.

“The final result is we have a deduction of oxygen that gets inside the brain when we are about to die and that causes our brain circuits to shut down and we become unconscious to the outside world.

“When the heart stops, all life processes go out because there is no blood getting to the brain, to the kidneys, and liver and we become lifeless and motionless and that is the time that doctors use to give us a time of death.”

Monolith mystery: Giant desert structure triggers alien conspiracy theory claims

The tall object is said to bear an uncanny resemblance to the monument in director Stanley Kubrick’s famous 1968 A Space Odyssey film, where a monolith arrives from an unseen alien civilisation.

Reddit users pointed out how lines at the monolith’s base suggested a rock saw had been used to put it in the ground and that it appeared to be held together with screws, adding yet more doubt about the alien conspiracy theories.

But there is a far more prosaic explanation for the structure, with many observers quick to compare the piece work by minimalist sculptors.

A spokesperson for late artist John McCracken gallerist, David Zwirner, confirmed although the structure was not one of his works, he suspects “it is a work by a fellow artist paying homage to McCracken”.

Is there an afterlife: ‘Nothing in the afterlife but a presence of love’

While most people claim to see religious figures or loved ones, one man believes his experience of the afterlife was very different. A person who just gives his name as Corbin temporarily died after an upper gastrointestinal bleed.

Before he could be resuscitated, Corbin believes he entered the afterlife.

But instead of seeing a heavenly realm, Corbin believes there is absolutely nothing there.

That is apart from an overwhelming sense of love which he could struggle to comprehend.

Corbin detailed his experience on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, where he said: “All at once a feeling of comfort overwhelmed me and I thought, ‘It’s over at last.’

Is there an afterlife: 'Nothing in the afterlife but a presence of love'

Is there an afterlife: ‘Nothing in the afterlife but a presence of love’ (Image: GETTY)

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“All at once a feeling of comfort overwhelmed me and I thought, ‘It’s over at last.'” (Image: GETTY)

“Then I was home and all around me was pure white light and total love and caring and a comfort I’ve never known nor will I forget.

“I couldn’t see anyone but knew I was not alone and had nothing to fear. All the time, there was this overpowering feeling that I had made it home at last.

“After a life-long wait, everything was perfect and my life was now complete.

“Then I felt heavy pressure in my chest and I opened my eyes not knowing where I was. My wife was standing at my side crying. I asked what was wrong and where am I.

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“I remembered where I had been, what I had seen, what I had felt” (Image: GETTY)

“Then I remembered where I had been, what I had seen, what I had felt, I love my wife but I felt a sadness of loss because I had been home but just for a short visit.

“I love life, but I know what awaits me and it’s wonderful.”

However, some researchers believe Corbin’s experience is not unique and is associated with a surge in brain activity at the end of one’s life.

Researchers from the University of Michigan clinically induced cardiac arrest in rats while simultaneously monitoring their brain activity.

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“I love life, but I know what awaits me and it’s wonderful.” (Image: GETTY)

They were stunned to discover brain activity surged in the final 30 seconds of their life.

Jimo Borjigin, PhD, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology and associate professor of neurology, said: “This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain.

“We reasoned that if near-death experience stems from brain activity, neural correlates of consciousness should be identifiable in humans or animals even after the cessation of cerebral blood flow.”

Essentially, if the brain is more active, one might have vivid visions, leading them to believe they had seen the afterlife.

Dr Borjigin added: “The prediction that we would find some signs of conscious activity in the brain during cardiac arrest was confirmed with the data.”

Bible prophecies about the end of world: What scripture says will happen in the End Days

Revelation 21:1-4 reads: “Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.

“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

And Daniel 2:44 reads: In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people.

Stolen Bigfoot Statue Found Along Road In Santa Cruz County

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Police officers in the mountains north of Santa Cruz responded to a suspicious figure in a roadway early Thursday and found Bigfoot.

“He was a little banged up but will be returned to his rightful place at the Bigfoot Discovery Museum,” the Scotts Valley Police Department said in a Facebook post.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office had urged people to keep their eyes peeled for the 4-foot-tall (1.2 meters) wooden statue after it was stolen from outside the tiny museum in nearby Felton on Monday.

Hitler’s hideout? ‘Suspicious’ bunker found in Argentina ‘matched’ FBI escape coordinates

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The History Channel’s ‘Hunting Hitler’ series revealed what appeared to be a breakthrough in the case after trawling through the documents.

The narrator said: “With 700 pages of declassified documents, containing thousands of potential new clues, the team utilises a powerful military tool to identify a starting point for the investigation.

“This programme scans the documents for locations, then plots patterns of activity on a map.”

Setting the range from April 25, to July 25, 1945, the team found two documents referring to a “great underground establishment” in Argentina.

Investigators believed they made a breakthrough

Investigators believed they made a breakthrough (Image: GETTY/AMAZON)

The team spoke to a local historian

The team spoke to a local historian (Image: AMAZON)

CIA veteran Bob Baer said: “Here’s a second FBI document, different sourcing. 

“It says ‘Hitler is in Argentina, he is living in a great underground establishment 675 miles west of Florianopolis. 450 miles north northwest from Buenos Aires’.

“When you have two [similar] reports that match, it’s something.”

Mr Baer cross-referenced the two coordinates mentioned in the files and the computer identified the closest community as Charata. 

After the team headed to the city, they met with local author and historian Juan Alberto, who had spent decades investigating the area.

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Documents suggested Hitler escaped

Documents suggested Hitler escaped (Image: AMAZON)

He told them: “In 1970, a basement was discovered on a farm east of Charata, in rural land.

“On a farm owned by a German family who discovered it, they found weapons, banners and documents.”

Private investigator Steven Rambam believed it was a breakthrough in the case.

He said: “There is an FBI memo that there was an underground bunker here, now this guy, who is a historian in this town, tells us the same thing.

“All of a sudden this is possibly not a wild goose chase.”

A basement was found in Chirata

A basement was found in Chirata (Image: AMAZON)

The team headed to the farm to take a look at the underground cellar, but were hit with conflicting testimony from the owners.

They told translators: “The basement is right there, but there is nothing.

“It is impossible, it was all merchandise.

“Since the original owner, it was a goods store, a general store.”

But Mr Rambam was not convinced and asked to take a look at the basement himself.

The space was built with air shafts

The space was built with air shafts (Image: AMAZON)

He noted: “Why would you have a store out in the middle of nowhere?

“You’re miles, and miles, and miles from town, and you set up a shop? It makes zero sense.

“We know during the 20th century the vast majority of the inhabitants in this area were German.

“70 years after the war and these people are terrified to tell us anything.”

After heading below the floor, the team were shocked to find the space so well-kept.

Hitler killed himself in the Fuhrerbunker

Hitler killed himself in the Fuhrerbunker (Image: GETTY)

US Special Forces soldier Tim Kennedy said he had seen similar structures while hunting terrorists in the Middle East.

He stated in 2015: “My expectation of a root cellar underneath a farm was some shoddy mud-type support with some wood beams and a dirt floor.

“That couldn’t have been further from the truth.

“The construction was very, very well-made walls, with brick and cement, and gigantic, thick overhead beams with tile on top of them.

“The bunkers that I’ve seen when I was in Baghdad, Iraq, have subterranean features that looked very similar to this site. It’s very suspicious.”

Despite the claims in the show, the FBI states that the information within the declassified documents pertaining to the escape and sightings of Hitler cannot be verified.

Moreover, it is not a shock that the FBI would investigate something at the time, with Hitler being such a prominent figure.

In 2017, French forensic pathologist Philippe Charlier confirmed that teeth on one of the jawbone fragments found near the bunker were in “perfect agreement” with an X-ray taken of Hitler in 1944.

The results were later reported in the European Journal of Internal Medicine in May 2018, revealing that the dental remains were definitively Hitler’s teeth.

According to Dr Charlier: “There is no possible doubt. Our study proves that Hitler died in 1945 [in Berlin].”

Turkmenistan Honors Beloved Dog Breed With Giant Gilded Monument

ASHGABAT, Nov 12 (Reuters) – A huge gilded statue of a dog has been unveiled on a busy traffic circle in the capital of Turkmenistan by the country’s longtime leader, who has also written an ode to the local breed and gifted one to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The statue, with a screen showing Turkmenistan’s beloved Alabai dogs in action wrapped around the pedestal, joins another on a different major junction, also coated in gold, of President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov himself, seated on a horse.

Dogs and horses are sources of national pride in the isolated desert nation, where they are widely used by the many traditional herders among the population of six million, which largely depends on revenues from natural gas reserves.

Berdymukhamedov has run the tightly-controlled former Soviet republic since 2007 and is unofficially known as Arkadag, or protector.

He has praised the Alabai, or Central Asian shepherd dog, as national heritage and written a book as well as a poem about them. He gave Putin an Alabai puppy in 2017.

The large, stocky breed is known as wolf crusher for its prowess in guarding sheep and goats and is also used to guard homes and for dog fights, a popular entertainment in Turkmenistan.

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Near-death experience: Woman recounts brush with death as a child – ‘I was home’

A woman known only as Barbara S to protect her privacy has revealed what she thinks happened after she almost died as a child. Although the event occurred more than 50 years ago, when aged 10, the woman recounted her story to the Near-Death Experience Foundation (NDERF) in remarkable detail.

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She said: “It was a beautiful sunny summer day when I was at our family’s wood cabin in northern Michigan.

I knew I was part of this light; I belonged to this light. I was home

‘Barbara S’

“In front of the cabin was a river. The water was perfectly clear. I could not swim at the time.

“I was wading out in the water and the water was at chest height. I was looking at the sky and listening to nature and I took another step out and found there was no bottom and I went under the water and the river started to move me to the right.

“The last thing I remember thinking and seeing in my body, was that I could see so far underwater and that the water was so clear.”

It was then Barbara believes she had a supernatural experience.

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A woman believes a drowning resulted in a heavenly encounter

A woman believes a drowning resulted in a heavenly encounter (Image: Getty)

A woman has revealed what she thinks happened after she almost died as a child

A woman has revealed what she thinks happened after she almost died as a child (Image: Getty)

She said: “The next thing I remember was I came into this clear white light.

“As soon as I came into this light, all my fear of drowning was gone and I felt this light envelop me.

“This clear white light was all around me that I could see.

“I didn’t look behind me but I know it was behind me too. I felt this total love and acceptance of me and I felt the same with the light.

“I knew I was part of this light; I belonged to this light. I was home.

The woman attempts to articulate the episode’s almost incompressible nature

The woman attempts to articulate the episode’s almost incompressible nature (Image: Getty)

“I then realised there was a presence in this light and I realised I was light, too.”

The woman then attempts to articulate the episode’s almost incomprehensible nature.

She said: “We were the same but with different personalities. I couldn’t see anybody for myself or a body in the light.

“The light then told me ‘you are here to learn how to love and to gain knowledge’.

“When I was told this, all the implications of the word love and knowledge were imparted to me.

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“With the word ‘love’, it wasn’t just about physical love but the love of nature, accepting all people as the same, everything that pertained to love.

“The same was with knowledge. It wasn’t just about book knowledge but about learning about different cultures, histories of the world.

“I felt when I was told this that it wasn’t just my reason for being on Earth but all of our reason for being here: mankind.”

She added how she believes the event had a profound impact on her life.

Barbara said: “ When I look back over my life I can see I have been doing exactly what I was told to do in the light that day.

Near-death experiences are controversially cited as proof of a life after death

Near-death experiences are controversially cited as proof of a life after death (Image: Getty)

The apparent near-death experience occurred more than 50 years ago

The apparent near-death experience occurred more than 50 years ago (Image: Getty)

“My life has been all about learning and since I have been on the net, I have made many friends all over the world.

“There was no time there. I don’t know if I was only there for seconds, minutes or what.

“I knew my body was safe when I came into the light. I knew I was going back to my body.

“I don’t remember leaving the light. I don’t remember getting back into my body. That has all been blocked.”

Stories involving people reportedly experiencing such events have been recounted by those brought back from the brink of death since the time of Greek philosopher such as Sophocles.

Near-death experiences are commonly cited as proof there is a life after death or the existence of an immortal soul.

However, scientists are now certain they can offer a more rational explanation for such profound experiences.

They now believe phenomenons such as travelling through tunnels are simply the consequence of reduced blood flow to the brain.

Researcher Dr Jimo Borjigin, who studied the brain activity in dying rats, said in 2013: ”This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain.

“We reasoned that if near-death experience stems from brain activity, neural correlates of consciousness should be identifiable in humans or animals even after the cessation of cerebral blood flow.”