The Starchild Project

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Hmmm.

Sixty to seventy years ago an American girl of Mexican heritage in her late teens (15 to 18) was taken by her parents to visit relatives living in a small rural village 100 miles southwest of Chihuahua, Mexico. The girl was forbidden to enter any of the area’s numerous caves and mine tunnels, but like most teenagers, she went exploring.

At the back of a mine tunnel she found a complete human skeleton lying on the ground’s surface. Beside it, sticking up out of the ground, was a malformed skeletal hand entwined in one of the human skeleton’s upper arms. The girl proceeded to scrape the dirt off a shallow grave to reveal a buried skeleton smaller than the human one and also malformed. She did not specify the type or degree of any of the “malformations.”

The girl recovered both skulls and kept them for the remainder of her life. Upon her death they were passed to an
American man, who maintained possession for five years before passing them to the American couple who now
control them.

My Son Peter

This is a creepy website.

My son Peter has always loved to play hide and seek. In fact,
he loves it so much that he will wake me up in the middle of the
night to play. The only problem is that Peter has been dead for
eight years. This website documents the hell I’ve lived and
continue to live every night.

He has video of his son’s ghost in the hall which just put me from “creeped out” mode into “this is a hoax” mode.

Spyware

Thanks to everyone who commented and came up with some great suggestions and anti-spyware software to use. After a night of wrestling with my system I will tell you what I found.

Spybot and Adaware are both very good free programs but they have a tendency to miss or be tricked by some of the more aggressive scumware on a system. I use Internet Explorer for about 1% of my browsing(to see how a webpage will look like if someone is using IE or sometimes there is an issue with Mozilla and it is just easier to use IE, etc) and it turns out that I think I just won’t bother opening IE again. I wish I could just delete it from my system altogether to be honest.

I ended up chasing down all the threads that were running, googling them to find out what the hell they were (Win2K has a ton of system processes that it runs in the background), deleting them, checking the registry and so on. I don’t know what kind of spyware I had but it basically just took control of my system and started adding every type of Adware program you could think of. Weatherbug, CoolSearch, popups, etc. I got most of it off but there are some more persistent ones that keep opening IE threads in the background which I am going to have to chase down.

The thing that annoys me about this most of all is that I have a tech background so I can usually chase down a problem like this but what about the more casual users who don’t know that their system has been hijacked?

Reader Submissions

Usually I would post each of these as a separate entry but I am so far behind that I am going to cheat today. Thanks to everyone who submits links by the way. It makes my job a lot easier.

Georgedecloaked.com So that people overseas can get to Dubya’s site. Just keep in mind that you are not wanted though.(Thanks Jason)

Operation Truth We are the voice of the troops, a non-partisan group created to help them share stories of life on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Thanks Eugene)

The Karate Kid website Sweep the leg! (Thanks Derek)

List of Assassins. My favorite is Carlos the Jackal. Much better than the redundancy of a name like Sirhan Sirhan. (Thanks Melissa)

McSweeney’s Vonnegut Interview Always entertaining. (Thanks Anonymous)