We seem to be surrounded by an almost invisible world that can manipulate us in any way. ~ John Keel
On Sunday, October 30th, 1938, millions of radio listeners in the USA were shocked to the core by a radio announcement about a Martian attack on Earth. They panicked, some ran out of their homes screaming, others packed up their cars and fled. Even though the ground-shaking news turned out to be nothing more than a portion of Orson Welles’ adaptation of the well-known book, War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, many of the listeners believed what they heard on the radio was real.
In his infamous broadcast, Orson Welles set the scene by saying: “We know now that in the early years of the twentieth century this world was being watched closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own…”
While Welles’ radio stunt was fiction, a careful analysis of the evidence suggests the actual reality surrounding UFOs and all things associated is much stranger than any fiction ever invented by a human mind.
As a child, and like many other children the world over, I dreamed of space exploration, going where no human had gone before (or at least as far as Mars), making first contact with other species, and being part of an “interstellar federation”. It’s all started with reading H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. Their works ignited my imagination and helped to shape my understanding that our reality is far stranger than it appears on the surface.
Much later I also became familiar with the ‘UFO phenomenon’ and its milieu. Comprising a few “nuts & bolts” people and a large number of “new agers”, it was an exciting time in my life, but I soon realised that neither the hard science types nor the love and lighters had all (or any) of the answers to the UFO phenomenon. The “nuts & bolts” people would spend their time fighting with the skeptics, who claimed that it would take an unrealistically large amount of resources and time to embark on an intergalactic journey, and that in itself is enough proof that the UFO phenomenon isn’t real. For their part, the new age crowd occupied themselves with navel-gazing and receiving messages from Andromeda or Commander Muckymuck of the “Ashtar Command”.
It seemed to me that the arguments from all three camps lacked two crucial elements that are often seen as mutually incompatible: imagination and common sense. But trying to point out the pros and cons of either of the approaches to the UFO phenomenon is beyond the scope of this article, instead I’ll concentrate on marshaling as much of the evidence as possible to make the case that “they have always been here”; that their nature is ‘hyperdimensional’ rather than extraterrestrial; and that the UFO phenomenon cannot be disassociated from paranormal phenomena.
The Twilight Zone
We will begin with the stuff that nightmares are made of. And what are nightmares if not hidden truths residing in the deep unconscious.
An Encyclopedia of Fairies (Briggs, 1976) gives many examples of fairy abductions. The similarities between fairy abductions and UFO abductions are also interesting to note. People who claimed interactions with fairies generally reported marks on their bodies consistent with reports of alien abductions.Fairy abductions and UFO abductions also exhibit striking similarities to activities of incubi and succubi. Almost always a thick drink is given to the abductee. The victim is paralyzed and then levitated away. The fairies traveled in circular globes of light which is also commonly reported in UFO abductions. Another similarity to the UFO abduction scenario is the bigfoot type creature which was called a “bogie” in fairy lore. Many so-called fairies and aliens look and act a lot like what have been described throughout history as demons…
Another of the most common of all psychic phenomena is that of the poltergeist. An allied phenomenon is that of the invisible attacker.Raised scratch marks appear on the bodies of some poltergeist victims and on one occasion an investigating police officer saw cuts spontaneously appearing on the legs and chest of a screaming poltergeist victim…
The first thing we notice in deeply studying this phenomenon is that some encounters with entities seem to be accidental and others seem to be clearly directed at the specific person. We wonder whether the seemingly accidental encounters are as accidental as they appear. Does the manifestation occur in response to some hidden need, a psychological state that calls for outside intervention of some kind? In this regard French ufologist Jean-Francois Boeded, in his book Fantastiques rencontres au bout du monde (1982) suggested that we should conceive of sightings as starting long before the actual experience. He points to many cases in which witnesses had premonitions that something was about to happen, or for some reason they went home by a different route, or took an unaccustomed walk. Somehow, it would seem, the witnesses were being prepared for the experience they were about to undergo.
On the face of it, paranormal phenomena are indeed connected to the UFO phenomenon, but this is only the beginning. John Keel is one of the most original and controversial researchers in the ufology field. He is credited with coining the term ‘MIB’ (Men In Black – sinister and threatening entities who assume human form to confront ufologists and UFO witnesses), and wrote The Mothman Prophecies.
In his book, UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse (1970), Keel suggests that many aspects of modern UFO reports, including humanoid encounters, often parallel ancient folklore and religious visions, and directly links UFOs with elemental phenomena.
“Ufology is just another name for demonology,” Keel explained, and claimed that he did not consider himself a “ufologist” but a “demonologist”; as an early admirer of Charles Fort (1874-1932) he actually preferred to be called a Fortean, which covers a wide range of paranormal subjects.[…]
“I abandoned the extraterrestrial hypothesis in 1967, when my own field investigations disclosed an astonishing overlap between psychic phenomena and UFOs,” Keel wrote. “The objects and apparitions do not necessarily originate on another planet and may not even exist as permanent constructions of matter. It is more likely that we see what we want to see and interpret such visions according to our contemporary beliefs.”
Keel also said:
The American Indians, you know, believed that they were part of the Earth, that the Earth owned them, and that they didn’t own the Earth and I think that’s probably true. I think the Indians and a lot of these so-called primitive people had a great understanding of all this and it was unfortunately lost when the white man came over.
In this video John Keel briefly discusses the hallucinatory and paranormal aspects of the UFO phenomenon.
And here we come to the more sinister tools in the Cosmic Trickster’s box.
In The Mothman Prophecies, Keel tells an astonishing tale of how, as a budding UFO researcher in November 1966, he began investigating sightings in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, of an incredible animal form with characteristics of both man and moth. Keel found, as had his friend Ivan Sanderson before him, that the pursuit of a mystery creature – a ‘cryptid’ – leads very quickly to involvement with the mysteries of a landscape and a community.
Forster’s Marabar caves, Hamlet’s castle at Elsinore, and Thomas Hardy’s Egdon Heath are all aspects of crypto-geographic personalities; they live and breathe as huge animated forms and penetrate human awareness the way ivy weaves through an old house. These supra-human forms are quite conscious, aware, and active. In West Virginia, Keel found the local ‘system-animal’ had its own agenda; it ‘spoke’ through simulacra and weather, atmosphere and geology, coincidence and dream. Before the coming of Christianity and science, such forms as Keel describes were a fully understood part of an integrated world image that linked Mind to sacred sites, landscape, ideas and evolving culture. They were part of the knitting together of matter and idea, body and soul.
The malevolent nature of UFOs:
Dr. Karla Turner was a researcher of UFO and what she termed ‘military abductions’, and worked closely with many abductees. She shared her conclusions in her books Taken and Masquerade of Angels, and they are nothing short of hair-raising. Despite all of the fluff from the new age community, the truth, according to Turner, is somewhat less palatable. Apparently, the big-headed grey aliens aren’t so friendly after all!
Unexplained disappearances of people
Missing-411 is the first comprehensive research about people who have disappeared in the wilds of North America. It’s understood that people routinely get lost, some want to disappear, but this story is about the unusual. Nobody has ever studied the archives for similarities, traits and geographical clusters of missing people, until now.
A tip from a national park ranger led to this 3+ years and 7000-hour investigative effort into understanding the stories behind people who have vanished. The book chronicles children, adults and the elderly who disappeared, sometimes in the presence of friends and relatives. As Search and Rescue personnel exhaust leads and places to search, relatives start to believe kidnappings and abductions have occurred. The belief by the relatives is not an isolated occurrence; it replicates itself time after time, case after case across North America.
The research depicts 28 clusters of missing people across the continent, something that has never been exposed and was a shocking find to researchers. Topography does play a part into the age of the victims and certain clusters have specific age and sex consistency that is baffling. This is not a phenomenon that has been occurring in just the last few decades, clusters of missing people have been identified as far back as the 1800’s.
Playing tricks on the path of the Skinwalker
Another interesting case where the paranormal appears to be interwoven with the UFO phenomenon concerns a small ranch in northern Utah. This ranch was popularly dubbed the “Skinwalker ranch” due to its ostensible 50-year history of odd events said to have taken place there. According to Kelleher and Knapp, the authors of Hunt for the Skinwalker, they saw or investigated close to 100 incidents that included vanishing and mutilated cattle, sightings of unidentified flying objects or orbs, large animals with piercing yellow eyes that were impervious to high-calibre bullets and invisible objects emitting destructive magnetic radiation.
On the day the Gormans moved their furnishings onto the property, they had their first foreshadowing of the events that would follow. They spotted an extremely large wolf out in the pasture…After a few minutes, the wolf strolled over to the corral and grabbed a calf by its snout, attempting to pull it through the corral bars..Gorman pumped another bullet into the wolf, which then let go of the calf but stood looking at the family as if nothing had happened. Gorman shot it two more times with the powerful handgun. The big animal backed off a bit, but showed no signs of distress, not even any blood…
As if those visual experiences weren’t enough, the family claims its other senses were also challenged by assorted weird events. They often were overwhelmed by strong musk odors. The pastures would unexplainably light up at night like a football stadium. They claim to have seen shafts of light that seemingly emanated from the ground, They (and others) say they heard what sounded like heavy machinery operating under the earth. And they heard voices. Tom, his son and his nephew remember hearing a loud, disembodied conversation in some unintelligible language. The disembodied male voices spoke in what the witnesses say was a mocking tone and sounded like they were emanating from 20 or more feet above their heads, but they saw nothing. The dogs accompanying the three witnesses growled and barked at the voices, then took off in a panic…
By early 1996, the sightings of blue spheres at the ranch became almost commonplace. These orbs were said to be about the size of a softball, made of glass and filled with bubbling blue liquids that seemed to rotate inside. Mr. and Mrs. Gorman say that in April 1996, they watched one of the blue orbs repeatedly circle the head of one of their horses, The horse was illuminated by an intense blue light, and there was a sound like static electricity in the air, but this wasn’t ball lightning. The orb seemed to be intelligently controlled. When Gorman approached the horse with a flashlight, the orb darted off, maneuvering through tree branches with speed and dexterity.
The Gormans say the blue spheres seemed to generate severe psychological effects on the family. Family members felt waves of fear roll over them, far in excess of what might be normal, whenever the blue orbs appeared. It was the appearance of one blue orb in particular that finally convinced the Gormans to sell the ranch…
The balls of light that were seen so often on the property seemed to take special interest in the cattle and were often seen buzzing around the heads of the animals. Sometimes, the cattle would react violently, the herd splitting suddenlyas if some invisible force was plowing through their middle. It soon got worse.
Although the Gormans kept close watch on their stock, something began exacting a terrible toll. One cow was found dead in a field. A strange, crisp hole had been cut in one of its eyes. There were no tracks or blood, and Gorman wondered what could do such a thing. He noticed a strong musk odor around the carcass, a smell he would come to know all too well…
Soon, cattle started disappearing altogether. One of the animals vanished from a snow-covered field. Gorman saw the hoofprints lead into the field, but the tracks simply stopped, as if the animal had been plucked from the sky. A 1,200-pound cow leaves tracks in snow, Gorman told himself, so what happened to this one?
But tricks like this apparently are common, especially as part of the abduction scenarios:
…Although there are recurrent events in the abduction phenomenon, there is no single pattern or structure. And until we know what all the events mean, we can’t afford to ignore any of them.
What is one to make, for instance, of an ET-human encounter in which two of the four aliens assisted the abductee in preparing a roast for dinner? Granted, other events occurred in this case, but the dinner was indeed cooked, served, and eaten by the abductee’s family less than two hours after the ETs departed.
Other details of this encounter included the manipulation of the abductee’s neck, “for the purpose of instruction,” and a discussion of genetically-stored memories and knowledge that can be tapped in humans. But there was no medical exam, no cross-breeding activity, and no warnings of coming catastrophe, all of which are events that have been used to construct abduction theories. I know this to be true because it happened to me.
These “alien intruders” can apparently behave in a variety of ways and take a variety of forms. In one man’s experience, a human-looking woman often appeared in his room, although she claimed she was an interdimensional being whose real appearance was not what the abductee saw. At times, she would be ‘completely there,’ and very three-dimensional, but at other times only her head would be visible, or her head and hands.
The evidence from several cases also shows that the aliens have an odd interest in our animals, yet this is hardly mentioned in standard abduction research. During a period of intense ET activity in my family’s life, our dog was somehow moved one night from a fenced back yard into a locked garage. And the same dog, conversely, woke us up one morning barking in the back yard, when it had been put in a locked garage the night before.
In both cases, these was no sign that either the gate or the garage door had been opened. The old dog was quite blind, at any rate, and would have had trouble getting anywhere, even if both passageways had been clear.
Transporting dogs turned up again in the case of a UFO researcher. Her dog slept outside, yet in the middle of the night she was awakened by his wet tongue on her face. She and the dog were in her bed, but her bedroom door was still locked, as was the outside door, and there were two other doors closed in between them.
Horses also have been moved, leaving their abductee-owners to track them down in corrals far distant from where the animals had been locked away for the night. It’s hard to imagine the purpose of such events, yet they are part of the larger phenomenon and must have some relevance.
There also seems to be a connection between abductions and the disappearance and appearance of possessions and other objects. One of the more humorous episodes occurred when a researcher was visiting another city and staying as a guest in our home. The day had been spent in work with other abductees, and that evening the group ordered Chinese food.
As we sat eating the food, the researcher remarked that she preferred eating Chinese food with chopsticks, but we didn’t have any. After the meal, the researcher went to her room then returned moments later with a very puzzled expression, “I thought you didn’t have any chopsticks,” she told my husband. “And I certainly didn’t mean for you to go out and buy them! But thank you anyway for being so thoughtful.” She held out a pair of chopsticks wrapped in paper and smiled.
“Where did you get those?” he asked in amazement.
“They were on my bed,” she replied. “Didn’t you put them there?”
“Of course, not! There aren’t-weren’t-any chopsticks in the house, I promise you. And I haven’t gone anywhere!”
Other objects have appeared out of nowhere, such as metal balls falling from abductees’ bodies when they rose from their beds the morning after an encounter. In another instance, a mother saw what looked like a white book floating horizontally in her son’s bedroom, but when she went in, there was no book to be seen. In one abductee’s home, a fish disappeared from their aquarium, and then it reappeared ten days later, twice as large as it had been. Within 24-hours, it died, as did all the other fish in the tank.
Caveat lector! The variable physicality of ‘UFOs’
If UFOs have a hyperdimensional nature, it’s not at all surprising for UFO videos, even the good ones, to look as if they are poorly made fakes.
“Don’t go to Albuquerque!”
A ‘hyperdimensional’ nature to UFOs could also, plausibly, lead to various unexpected and often unfortunate consequences!
From Cassiopaea communications dated November 4, 1995:
A: OK, time for us to teach patience. We are going to illuminate you! Why do you suppose there are roads around Dulce NM where people have become confused when traveling on them? Because the 4th density vibrational frequency emanating from the nearby base more and more frequently resonates on surface.
Q: (L) OK, continue.
A: Then going to 4th density: road seems straight as seen in 4th density, when curved in 3rd.
Q: (J) It seems straight when seen in 4th, but it’s actually curved in 3rd? (SV) In other words, accidents! (J) It changes configuration from 3rd to 4th! (T) When people drive those roads out there, as the fourth density seeps out through, and is seeping out farther and farther, they become confused because they’re moving between 3rd and 4th. As the road curves in 3rd, and the car, which is in 3rd, should be curving with the road, the driver sees the road as straight, and drives off the road, because he’s confused by what he sees.
Q: (J) It’s all about perception! (T) Now, we’re back to perception of reality!
A: In 4th, you see full circle from any vantage point.
Q: (L) We talked about that before. (T) So the road looks straight, because you’re seeing it from all angles, therefore, instead of it being curved on one, you’re seeing it every way, so the road is now straight. But, it’s not really straight in 3rd, and you drive off the road. (L) OK, continue on with what you were saying…
A: The entire New Mexico region is on verge of moving to 4th density permanently!
Q: (L) OK…
A: Because of the bases.
Q: (L) So, in other words, the rumors of the bases being moved, being filtered down from other densities, through some of the distorted channels, is in essence, somewhat correct… (J) Because they need to have the base in third density! (L) Only, they’re not moving them to Paris, Washington or Buenos Aires, they’re moving to 4th density.
A: Close but the bases are already there, pity the host regions. Why do you think there is so much activity seen there!
Q: (L) Does this mean that when that whole region goes to 4th density, that it’s going to, for all intents and purposes, disappear from 3rd?
Q: (T) OK, answer your earlier question, then. Why is there so much UFO activity there? Tell me.
A: Bleed through.
Q: (L) So they’re flying around in 4th density… (T)…and they’re showing up here in 3rd because…
A: Wait ’til shift is complete.
Q: (L) Do you mean the shift of New Mexico? Or the total shift? (T) I think they’re making the sarcastic statement: “Wait till shift is complete… We ain’t seen nuthin yet!!” We’re just beginning to.
UFO phenomena disguised as weather
But, wait, that’s not all! When it comes to UFOs disguised as weather, there are probably many possible examples, but here are two that may have something to do with it. [Feel free to offer your own examples in the comment section].
Strange Sky Phenomenon: A Weird Smoke Ring Above Lake Zurich Baffles Residents and Scientists
Something really weird happened over Lake Zurich in Switzerland yesterday evening, June 18, 2013: Residents around the lake spotted a weird ring of smoke rising and widening above them.
An unusual astronomical phenomena above the sky in Boao Town of Qionghai City, Hainan Province in South China. Few people knew what had caused the unusual astronomical phenomenon
Mark Selzer, forecaster at the Met Office, told MailOnline: ‘It’s hard to be completely sure from a picture, but it’s likely this [sight] is due to a phenomenon known as crepuscular rays – or sunbeams – being cast from over the horizon.
Meteorites and UFOs connection
Another interesting example is meteorites that refuse to follow the expected trajectory.
The Mystery Behind the Green Fireball Phenomenon
The green fireball phenomenon came to prevalence in the late 1940s, and no one in the scientific world knew what to make of it. The fireballs would shoot through the atmosphere, usually in the vicinity of highly classified nuclear facilities like Los Alamos or the Sandia National Laboratory, where atomic bombs were assembled. At the time, these were some of the most sensitive and top-secret locations in the United States.
Around a dozen green fireballs were reportedly spotted on one occasion, all of them in the airspace of New Mexico, home of both Los Alamos and Sandia. The fireballs were at first mistaken for green flares, but their large size and brilliance soon showed such speculation to be false.
Attempts to explain away green fireballs as meteors didn’t fit the facts. For one, green fireballs generally flew on a more horizontal course, while meteors invariably plunged down into the Earth’s atmosphere. In some of the later cases it’s said that the green fireballs began to fall along vertical trajectories before disappearing.
With the increase of fireballs all around the world, I have to wonder if we may soon observe such “deviations off course” on a daily basis.
Spirit attachments/possessions – Laura Knight-Jadczyk’s Knowledge and Being lectures
It’s quite understandable if the above information, albeit fascinating and compelling, may still appear as too unverified and hypothetical. After all, if you never saw a UFO, were never abducted (or so you think!) or even saw a ghost, you could be forgiven for thinking that all such stories are merely the product of wild imaginations or, at the very least, that they have nothing to do with you. To each density its own and ‘never the twain shall meet’, so to say. If this is the case, I recommend that you watch the following series of videos by Laura Knight-Jadczyk, where she speaks about the history of the modern spiritual movement and the pitfalls and traps awaiting any would-be “channeler”. Laura also provides a look at the events that led to the beginnings of the “Cassiopaean experiment.” She also provides good examples of UFO phenomenon being interlinked with the paranormal.
In the following parts, Laura explains the potential pit-falls awaiting anyone who attempts to use a ‘Ouija board’ for the purpose of ‘spirit release’ without the necessary knowledge and understanding of what exactly they are dealing with. She gives pretty fascinating and important descriptions of what is beyond the veil and how it touches each and every one of us, whether we ‘believe’ or not.
Regardless of your opinion on the paranormal, and even if it is merely a function of the human mind running amok, it’s pretty clear that we are dealing with an extremely intricate and complex phenomenon, particularly when UFOs continue to appear on radars and home video cameras, which is to say, they don’t seem to need you, or anyone else, to ‘believe’ in them for them to have a definite reality in our world. The point here is that, if the UFO phenomenon is ‘hyperdimensional’ in nature, with “aliens” being “ultraterrestrial” rather than “extraterrestrial”, they may not be directly observable in the way we expect them to be. Perhaps the way we perceive them is as the shadows of the contents of a hyperdimensional reality and principles, a bit like the spectators in Plato’s cave analogy. And judging by what is happening in the world around us at the moment, we can certainly identify similar dynamics at play as described by Michael Topper:
The network of the STS (service to self) hierarchy extends in myriad psychic webs of specialized powers, forces and functions like a voracious Net flung across the heaven of stars, the sum energy comprising the group consciousness of that net redounds to the basic benefit of the Being at the apex of the control pyramid. This apex is composed of the most persistently negative being – the one who has stuck it out against all evidence of progressively-diminishing returns. This being can be described as the Desolate One, a being who most directly embodies and promotes the ultimate negative objective.
At the higher levels, the absorptive framework of self-enhanced ego consciousness takes on a severe functional contraction and effective withdrawal from interest/involvement in the created fields of being, maintaining a minimalist interaction with only its closest contacts in the pyramid.
Thus, the negative being of higher densities takes on the configuration of a forebodingly lonely presence, lurking in caves and desolate grottos of the astrophysical realms. It becomes a fiercely mental entity of 5th density power-knowledge, possessing the proverbial basilisk gaze and only turning the stream of its attention “away” from that intensified/contractile self absorption toward the created worlds in token deference of the need to canalize the funneling food source – sucking vitality from the extravagances and pastimes comprising the follies of the created worlds, imbibing the “light units” to insure the uninterrupted power that it needs, the inconceivable “wattage” required, to maintain that monumental self-absorption and narcissistic self-luminance of the negative Ego-postulate – the Anti-Logos, the Selfness of Consciousness.
So it is that the Anti-Logos cannot simply withdraw from the worlds of creation – it must absorb them into itself – it feels the necessity of undoing creation – it NEEDS that energy to fuel its infinite self-contemplation.
This is the Ultimate Objective of the Being at the apex of the pyramidal food chain. And this is why its agenda is masked in the lower levels of the hierarchy. Until such lower level negative beings have consumed sufficient energy – a sort of critical mass – to trigger the implosion of such extraordinary self concentration, they are only interested in destroying that which resists their domination and preserving a vital minimum of captured resources so as to possess an ongoing supply of nutriment. They wish to control, or freeze the rate of planetary destruction and disintegration so as to technically conserve the intelligent life-form in a tractable state so as to render it a good “servant.”
As a final word I would like to quote from an old SOTT commentary, as a reminder that, no matter the nature of the Beast, there is always a choice. If there is a will, there is a way. And if one is sincere and has fellow companions with whom to share the path of discovery, there is always hope and enough strength can be found to move mountains, even mountains comprised mostly of blind belief in authority and official misinformation.
Were we pure and without any trace of the predator, we would not be here. We would no longer fit. Our lessons in this realm would be over. However, even if we are not yet pure, the demon can be defeated in an exorcism and the predator’s mind can be overcome in this work, but we must become transparent, to ourselves, and to others engaged in this work.
With each choice we make we must draw the line between Creation and Entropy and side with Creation. If our intent is pure, then the impurities within that have not yet been burned away will not hold us back. However our intentions will be tested as we are called upon to confront them each in turn. If we refuse to recognise our weaknesses and faults when the time comes to burn them off, we will remain “possessed”.
An exorcism puts the predator’s mind and the existence of the cords of evil in this world into sharp relief. The Signs page does this, too. How we react to the lies of the politicians “leading” us, to the excuses given for murdering innocents in Iraq, the Occupied Territories, or elsewhere, or even the news of a sale down at the mall tells us much about our own possession by the evil spirits of this world. Following the cords of the Creative spirit as they twist and intertwine with the cords of entropy is not easy, but it is our only means of untangling ourselves. The constant shocks as we become aware of each new lie make the interplay of the cords easier and easier to see and identify. With each shock and the accompanying alignment of a small ‘I’ with our real ‘I’, it is as if another pair of eyes is focused on the Truth, bringing it into sharper and sharper relief.
We are all possessed. We carry within us and are bound tightly by cords of both spirits, good and evil, the Creative and the Entropic. During the exorcism, there is a moment when the demon drops the pretence of its non-existence. It is a moment when the will of the possessed comes into play. The exorcist calls out to the possessed and calls upon him or her to aid in the work of casting out the demon.
When the predator’s mind arises in us, we are called upon to make the same choice. Do we succumb to the lures of possession and the lie, promises for the future and wishful thinking, or do we see the predator’s mind for what it is and cast it out?
Ultimately, the choice is ours.