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Aflockalypse Again

Hundreds of dead starlings dropped from the sky in Laurel, Maryland recently. This isn't the first time something like this has happened. This time, the mass deaths are being blamed on everything from fireworks to bad weather.

The birds fell out of the sky onto a highway, during a weekday commute. On the local ABC News affiliate website, Brad Bell, Jason Cherkis and Stephen Teschider quote Laurel resident Ray Wheltle as saying, "I travel this all the time and have never seen anything like that before."

They quote commuter Tammy Johnson as saying, "We were just kind of curious about running them over and getting them stuck in your tires and all that nastiness."

They quote local resident Dan Kennedy as saying that the same thing happened several weeks ago, when "a bunch of birds (were) flying into a parking lot and diving in, thinking it's water. A bunch of birds died."

Is this a scary portent of the future, or just a random anomalous event? Will this these animal deaths KEEP HAPPENING in the future? Sometimes a novel can tell you more about the future than nonfiction, and Whitley Strieber's novel "Omega Point" is one of these. You can get it from the Whitley Strieber Collection in either paperback or hardcover, and either way, it will come with an autographed bookplate that was designed by Whitley!

The expert on cattle and cat mutilations--and all sorts of other mysterious events--is science reporter Linda Howe (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), and she'll be doing another GREAT REPORT at our Dreamland Festival in May--Don't miss it!



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