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Chapter 8, Paranormal Phenomena (Draft)

Posted by Admin on December 24, 2011

Exopolitics Book: Chapter 1
http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2011/10/exopolitics-book-chapter-1-draft.html

Exopolitics Book: Chapter 2
http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2011/10/exopolitics-book-chapter-2-draft.html

Exopolitics Book: Chapter 3
http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2011/10/exopolitics-book-chapter-3-draft.html

Exopolitics Book: Chapter 4
http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2011/10/exopolitics-book-chapter-four-draft.html

Exopolitics Book: Chapter 5
http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2011/11/chapter-five-grays-draft.html

Exopolitics Book: Chapter 6
http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2011/12/chapter-six-et-human-mega-popupation.html

Exopolitics Book: Chapter 7
http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2011/12/chapter-7-et-warfare-draft.html

Exopolitics Book: Chapter 8
http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2011/12/chapter-8-paranormal-phenomena-draft.html

Note: My links no longer work on the blog because I have switched to using words as links and they don’t copy on to the blog like the links themselves. No matter, I hope to have the complete book in a Pdf file complete with links soon available on the Internet.

CHAPTER EIGHT
PARANORMAL PHENOMENA THAT IMPERSONATE UFOs AND EXTRATERRESTRIALS Skinwalkers, Jinns, Men in Black and Other Assorted Tricksters

Within the UFOET field we have investigators that investigate phenomena that mimic UFOs and extra-terrestrials. This kind of phenomena is well known and been part of humanity’s experience throughout history. Many researchers studying the paranormal are inclined to think that UFOs are not extraterrestrial and can be explained as paranormal phenomena that originate in the vicinity of earth as psychological and poltergeist phenomena, perhaps intruding from other dimensions.

While I believe some UFO phenomena in the sky and so called “extraterrestrial visitations” do fit into this category, I believe it is a mistake for exopolitical investigators to get sidetracked and deceived by this kind of paranormal trickster phenomena. I think I have shown very convincingly in this book that extraterrestrial life does exist and is coming here interacting with us in very major ways.

Paranormal phenomena that mimic UFOs and extraterrestrials can range from harmless mischief to possession, delusion and other dangerous and even deadly activity. Those of us investigating in the field of exopolitics simply can’t ignore these phenomena and we have to be able to discriminate be-tween this kind of paranormal phenomena and real extraterrestrial contact and activities.

A well respected investigator and researcher of trickster phenomena is Chris Obrien author of the book Stalking the Tricksters . The following is a review of his of Chris’s book that sums up these phenomena quite well: “The subject of Trickster-ism has permeated human belief for millennia but today, in the 21st Century, very little is publicly known about “The Trickster.” Graced by many names including; fool, sage, coyote, Loki, men-in-black etc., tricksters have inhabited culture for millennia and this casual force has played pivotal roles throughout history.

Author/field-investigator Christopher O’Brien redefines this hidden subject of “tricksters” from a new, fresh perspective and he begins a journey down to the enchanted southwest desert to study the many elusive tricksters of North American indigenous myth and lore. He quickly realizes that for millennia, tricksters have been shrouded world-wide behind many guises such as skinwalkers, shapeshifters jokers, Loki, jinn, sorcerers, witches and other dark adepts.

They have burrowed deep inside human belief into the core of human culture. Cryptids, elementals, werewolves, vanishing hitchhikers, demons and dancing devils have been reported around the world for generations. But why? What are these forces? What is their agenda?

O’Brien journeys out into the field to determine whether these phenomenal masks worn by the trick-sters can provide us a direct conduit to the unknown today in the 21st Century. Could it be that these denizens of phenomenal events may be attempting to communicate a warning to humanity in this un-certain age of prophesized change?
Chris reports from places such as the Navaho, Apache and Hopi Reservations of Arizona, the four sacred mountains of the Four Corners, Mexico’s bizarre Zone of Silence and the Temple of the Inscriptions at Palenque in the Chiapan Highlands.

O’Brien uncovers intriguing accounts that suggest there are beings walking among us able to utilize fantastic abilities. He realizes that subtle, deeply ingrained beliefs regarding these dark adepts with wild talents have subtly shaped cultural belief around the world for generations and today, these fantastic creatures continue to instill fear and awe.” (End)

One of the advisors on this book who has a background in the classified world became very concerned and initially tried to discourage me from getting further involved in the Michael Hill Case . This advisor came to believe that the Michael Hill Case was most likely not an Annunaki case as Michael thinks, but rather a Jinn case.

Personally I think the case could still be an Annunaki Case because these beings seem to be cooperating with the American government to controlled release of UFO/ET related material. These beings became interested in Michael because of his involvement with Lockheed Senior Scientist Boyd Bushman .

That said I already had pointed out that Loki, the name of the alleged Annunaki in the Hill case, is the Norse god of mischief. I tend to waver between the two different explanations, but this advisor is quite adamant that this is a Jinn case and I value her informed advice. She writes:

The REAL clue about the Jinns comes from the Tent “I dream of Genie” (JINN-ie) Michael Hill entered. He describes it as circular, well-furnished and difficult to exit. The Entities in there were Jinns, pretending to be Annunaki, their descriptions by Hill are pretty close to others, as Jinns can take any appearance they wish. Also they speak perfectly in whatever language needed. Their appearances vary, but Hill describes what he sees and it spells Jinns. They have a great sense of family and the comforting speech of the Son to the Father in the tent is also fairly typical Jinn. The words King, Sir, Father are good clues.

They attract humans with orbs and are attracted to humans they feel they might possess. YES, we’re talking possession and it is usually irreversible unless, as I’ve mentioned one goes to a Mullah who spe-cializes in the language, mostly Arabic Koran prayers. The procedure is sometimes successful, the Jinn understand, but don’t like to let the prey go. Total denial; of their existence, or making fun of them shows primary infestation, or readiness for an eventual contact.

Hill is toxic, he’s “theirs” but he is a victim like many others. Re-read carefully his trip into that tent, if you know Jinns, it’s pretty much a classic. For more information you might have to go to the sources, especially in Moslem countries, Saudi Arabia among others. The stupidest thing our American Intel tried in that country was to get in contact with Jinns to learn the secret of “portal” openings and trans-dimensional transportation. This was discussed at the table of a Saudi Prince at a formal Embassy din-ner and the Prince made it STOP immediately!

Gary Vey’s then girlfriend got possessed by Jinns in Saudi Arabia chasing lights which wanted and granted communications. Despite the warnings of the Arab Guides, she became possessed and lost her mind. Her return to the States didn’t help or cure her. I recognized the style of Jinn Communications in the Letter from the King and would guess that Ar Borden is also one of the victims. YES, they recruit! Do a thorough research, please.

There are male and female Djinn, and they do marry and have families. The family relatives are bonded together in clans that are ruled by a king. Good luck and watch out to get only good information, no matter how outlandish it reads. BTW, I don’t care who else believes in the above, my wish is to spare some innocent from sticking his wet fingers in the Jinns’ electrical outlets with the predicted results.
As we can see from the following article by Philip Imbrogno that other UFO/ET investigators are well aware of the Jinns.

WHO OR WHAT ARE THE DJINN

“God made the angels from light, he made man from the mud and the clay, and the Djinn from smoke-less fire.”

The passage above is from the Qur’an, and talks about a mysterious and ancient race of beings called Djinn. In the western world we are only familiar with man, angels, and fallen angels (often been referred to as demons). However, in the Muslim belief there are no fallen angels, but instead a different third race that is much older than the human race. The Qur’an makes it very clear that the Djinn existed before mankind; just how long before no one seems to know for sure. Some Islamic scholars say they lived on our planet a thousand years before humans, some say a thousand centuries. So just who are the Djinn?

The word “Djinn” (or Jinn) can be traced to the Persian word Janna or Jannu, which simply means hid-den. This indicates that the Djinn are invisible to humans unless they want to be seen. According to Islamic belief the race of Djinn lived in desolate locations. These places are said to be haunted or cursed, and people kept away from these locations fearing they might invite the wrath of a Djinni for invading its privacy.

In modern terms the invisibility of the Djinn and living in a distant and hidden, desolate place could in-stead mean that they exist in a parallel dimension that is close to our own reality. They are out of reach and cannot be seen in the normal sense. It makes one wonder if shadow-like beings, which are reported around the world, are Djinn spying on us by pressing against the membrane that divides their world from ours.

In the Middle East, the Djinn race is considered to be very real. Even in the modern Arab world there are few who think the Djinn are simply legends. In Turkey, the Djinn are not only feared, but respected. From a very early age children are taught to stay away from them and never go to a place where their world borders our own.
In the western world we have little knowledge of this ancient race, but they have been mentioned in the media and some literature as the “Genie.” Most of us in the United States are familiar with the 1960’s television show I Dream of Jeannie.

In this popular sitcom (which is still in syndication today), Barbara Eden plays a ditsy Djinni (Jeannie) who is released from captivity in a bottle by astronaut Tony Nelson (played by Larry Hagman). Jeannie falls in love with Tony and tries to help him in his life by granting wishes to obtain things that she thinks he may like or need. However, she always screws it up and makes poor Tony’s life more complex.

As a result of this show, the animated Disney stories of Aladdin’s Lamp, and other various tales of ge-nies, we in the western world view Djinn or the genie as being harmless, even bumbling at times and easy to control. This could not be farther from the truth.

The people of the Middle East (in both ancient and modern times) consider the Djinn very dangerous and uncontrollable. The Qur’an states that, like a human being, Djinn have free will and can choose between good and evil. This means that not all Djinn are evil; some are good, and many are simply indifferent and don’t want to be bothered by humans. The Qur’an has an entire Surah dedicated to the Djinn called Al-Jinn.

Djinn do not have a physical form, but they can take a number of different shapes. In the Arab country of Oman, residents in the villages near the Hajjar Mountains believe a Djinni can enter our world for an undetermined period of time. The Hajjar Mountains in northeastern Oman are the highest mountain range in the eastern Arabian Peninsula. It is deep in these mountains that Arabs believe is one of the places in which Djinn can enter our world.

To go unnoticed Djinn like to take the shapes of a human or an animal. The mountain people of Oman believe you can tell a Djinni from a human by looking into their eyes (since, though they can mimic the human body, they have difficulty with the eyes). The eyes of a Djinn would be yellow with elongated pupils. Since they have this difficulty and don’t want to be discovered, most of them will take the shape of a snake, dog, or some other animal that is common in the area.

There are male and female Djinn, and they do marry and have families. The family relatives are bonded together in clans that are ruled by a king. Djinn children seem to be very curious about humans, and will often appear as fairies, gnomes, elves, and other creatures prominent in mythology. Although Djinn children are taught by their parents to fear humans, their curiosity often gets the better of them, and occasionally they will attempt to interact with human children. Perhaps parents should take the stories of their child’s imaginary friend more seriously.

Islamic law forbids humans to marry Djinn, but according to legend it has been done in the past. The offspring of such a union are said to be physical in form, but are sociopaths that do not know right from wrong. In Iran and Iraq crazed serial killers are thought to be the result of a union between a Djinn and human. It is also said that the children of this unholy union have great intelligence, strength, and cha-risma, as well as incredible powers of mind control, which comes from their Djinn half. The people of Saudi Arabia believe girls who have very hairy legs are suspect of having Djinn as one of their parents.

Islamic historical accounts of the Queen of Sheba (known to the Arabs as Balqis or Balkis) say her father was a human and mother was a Djinn. Although she was not in line for the throne, she was able to rise to that position before her fifteenth birthday. Legend says she had great power over the minds of others, especially men, and controlled people to murder for her. Her powers of persuasion were so great that she was able to control the great king Solomon. Some say she did this out of revenge, since Solomon was given mastery over all the Djinn and subjected them to slave labor to build the Temple and his cities. The queen of Sheba’s mother was one of the enslaved Djinn in Solomon’s service.

In Islam there are no “fallen angels.” This is because Muslims believe angels do not have free will, and since they were created by Allah from the purest of light they cannot be corrupted. The powerful beings who fell from grace were Djinn. One Djinn named Iblis who possessed the power of an angel refused to bow to man at the command of Allah. As a result, Iblis was cast out of heaven. The goal of Iblis is to corrupt other Djinn and destroy the human race.

Persian legends say the Djinn once lived in this world. They became very powerful and developed technology that was much greater than what we even have today. The Djinn race began warring with each other and polluting the physical universe. Allah, in an attempt to save the Djinn race from destroying themselves, sent an army of angels to remove them from this world and placed most of the Djinn in a world parallel to ours where they could do no more harm to themselves or other beings. Very powerful Djinn who fell from God’s grace along with Iblis were imprisoned in bottles, rings, and great caves around the planet. One of these alleged caves is called Majis–Al Jinn, located in northeastern Oman. My exploration of this cave is documented in The Vengeful Djinn.

According to the legend, many of the Djinn race resent having to give up this world, which they still consider their home, to humans. They want their home back and will do whatever it takes. In our book The Vengeful Djinn: Unveiling the Hidden Agenda of Genies, Rosemary Ellen Guiley and I, after years of research, unmask the Djinn and reveal the facts and legends about this ancient race of beings that have coexisted with the human race for countless centuries. If you choose to fear one thing in your life, fear the Djinn. (End)

It would appear that the CIA, the Bigelow foundation along with its scientists and intelligence profes-sionals, people like Eric Davis and John Alexander, still ignore warnings and retain a strong interest in understanding and developing the special powers of the Jinns to open portals and other manipulations of our perceptions and our reality. Alleged Jinn activity monitored by scientists and intelligence professionals at the Skinwalker Ranch is well documented in the book, The Hunt For The Skinwalker, by Colm Kelleher, Ph.D., and George Knapp. The following is the book description at Amazon.

“The author of the controversial bestseller Brain Trust brings his scientific expertise to the chilling true story of unexplained phenomena on Utah’s Skinwalker Ranch — and challenges us with a new vision of reality. For more than fifty years, the bizarre events at a remote Utah ranch have ranged from the per-plexing to the wholly terrifying. Vanishing and mutilated cattle. Unidentified Flying Objects.
The appearance of huge, otherworldly creatures. Invisible objects emitting magnetic fields with the power to spark a cattle stampede. Flying orbs of light with dazzling maneuverability and lethal conse-quences. For one family, life on the Skinwalker Ranch had become a life under siege by an unknown enemy or enemies. Nothing else could explain the horrors that surrounded them — perhaps science could.

Leading a first-class team of research scientists on a disturbing odyssey into the unknown, Colm Kelleher spent hundreds of days and nights on the Skinwalker property and experienced firsthand many of its haunting mysteries. With investigative reporter George Knapp — the only journalist allowed to witness and documents the team’s work — Kelleher chronicles in superb detail the spectacular happenings the team observed personally, and the theories of modern physics behind the phenomena. Far from the coldly detached findings one might expect, their conclusions are utterly hair-raising in their implications. Opening a door to the unseen world around us, Hunt for the Skinwalker is a clarion call to expand our vision far beyond what we know.” (End)

Here is an example the paranormal activity at the Skinwalker Ranch indicating some kind of portal. The “Tunnel” – On August 25, 1997, two members of NIDS, Jim and Mike (not their real names) are on a night watch, on the edge of a bluff, a hundred feet above the pasture, where some strange events have taken place before. Around 2:30 A.M., they begin to see a faint light just above the ground, invisible to the eyes, but visible though powerful night vision binoculars, amplifying electronically low level ambient light. It’s a dirty yellow light which expands to form a kind of “tunnel” about four feet in diameter.

Suddenly, Mike perceives a dark creature, at least six feet tall, crawling out of it and walking away, whereupon the tunnel begins to shrink, and soon disappear. However, his companion, Jim, claims to have only seen the light. And although they have scientific equipment to measure radiation levels and magnetic spikes, they fail to record anything unusual. They have taken pictures, but “the photos were disappointing, showing only a single very faint blurry light in one and nothing on the rest of the roll of film.” (End)

This article by Gary Beckum gives more information linking Dr. Eric Davis author of the Air Force tele-portation report to the activities at the Skinwalker Ranch. Now we see that that not only is the CIA into all this but also the Air Force, DARPA and the DIA.

”Last year the Air Force received a great deal of flak from the press about a research paper they com-missioned to examine the use of teleportation for military purposes. Apparently the journalists didn’t realize that quantum teleportation has been an active area of mainstream research, ever since it was discovered by a team at IBM in the 1990’s. MIT Professor Seth Lloyd has been researching the use of quantum teleportation for communication networks. Lloyd’s support includes DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Recently he also developed an interest in quantum gravity, the elusive theory that would unite Einstein’s theory of bending space and time with the foundation stone of all modern electronics and atomic engineering: the quantum theory.

In the mid 1990’s, Dr. Stuart Hameroff at the University of Arizona, and Oxford’s Sir Roger Penrose pro-posed that quantum processes might be involved in the emergence of human consciousness. Penrose is well known for his work in mathematics and the physics of black holes. The idea of creating a synthesis of quantum teleportation and brain function quickly followed as a theory of telepathy. In the Penrose-Hameroff theory, the shape of certain structures in the brain are controlled by the location of single electrons, the quantum of electric charge, and these structures resemble quantum computing circuits.

Seth Lloyd’s theory of quantum gravity is based on quantum computing circuits. In other words, Lloyd believes that space-time is fundamentally a computational quantum process. Is this beginning to sound a little bit like “The Matrix?” It should. The STAR GATE legacy stands as evidence that the military will make operational use of anything appearing to offer a technical advantage, whether or not there is scientific support for the technology.

One unnamed high level source has confirmed that paranormal data was discussed by members of an elite government committee. Strange events investigated by Las Vegas businessman Bob Bigelow’s National Institute of Discovery Science (NIDS) have been the topic of discussion between members at DIA sponsored meetings on the threats of emerging technologies.

Dr. Eric Davis, author of the highly controversial report on teleportation commissioned by the U.S. Air Force, has been very forthcoming answering questions about observations of strange creatures and other anomalous phenomena made by NIDS personnel at Bigelow’s Skinwalker Ranch. The Skinwalker is a shape shifting being said to haunt this remote part of Utah near Salt Lake City.

Strange creatures, strange objects, floating black triangles, animal mutilations, disintegrated dogs, telepathic messages – a smorgasbord of every strange and imaginable terror has been served to those unfortunates spending any period of time at the ranch. The strangeness is reported in “Hunt for the Skinwalker,” by former NIDS staff scientist Colm A. Kelleher, and veteran UFO reporter George Knapp. In the Air Force teleportation study Davis examines potential scientific explanations for the weird phenomena, including space-time wormholes, teleportation, and manipulation of the quantum vacuum.

If Star Gate was any measure of the interest displayed by the DIA in this kind of weirdness, it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that the Utah ranch is the subject of at least a few confidential memos for the record. Perhaps DIA would like to ‘read in’ a Skinwalker or two as part of their secret paranormal war on terror.” (End)

My friends at Open Seti have been very helpful in finding links for this book and for this Chapter. As I worked on this Chapter they sent me this helpful link. William J. Baldwin PHD’s book called Close En-counters of the Possession Kind . Close Encounters of the Possession Kind goes way beyond the Jinns and gets into sprit possession and other kinds of phenomena that he as a clinical therapist finds in his practice.

Edith Fiore wrote a small forward to Baldwin’s book that pretty much sums up this work for those that may have an interest in this area of research. This is beginning to get into the really big picture that I intend to sum up on my Chapter on, Reincarnation, OBE and NDE so I don’t want to get into it in detail here. Dr. Edith Flore, PHD said:

“Dr. William Baldwin’s book, CE- VI: Close Encounters Of The Possession Kind, systematically shows the reader the various kinds of spirit attachments, including dark force entities and earthbound lost souls. However, he goes beyond what has been described before by clearly examining case histories that involved attachments, or take-overs, by aliens or extraterrestrials. Not only that, he demonstrates how some attachments by ETs have been manipulated by dark forces intervention. Besides showing the reader what has happened, he demonstrates the effectiveness of his releasement therapies in eliminating any of, and all of, these types of attachments.

His stunning case histories, showing him at work in resolving those debilitating conditions, gives the reader not only information, but hope. The knowledge that one does not have to be burdened by these, at times life-threatening, intrusions. His book is also a manual for any mental health worker open-minded enough to put the client’s welfare above previously accepted belief systems or what is currently accepted as conventional therapy. He shows that these conditions do, indeed, happen, and, best of all, they can be resolved in a loving, human, and effective way. Dr. Baldwin’s work is another of his contributions to the understanding and relief of human suffering. Bravo! Dr. Baldwin. (End)

Dr. Baldwin himself had this to say about his book. “This book describes the conflicts which seem to be produced by the intrusive, selfish, opportunistic, sometimes confused, often malevolent entities and energies that interfere with living people. Humans are sovereign beings, and have the right to live without such interference from aliens, entities, other human beings, or government agencies of any kind.

Most of the case histories and dialogues in this book have been taken from actual sessions with people in our counseling practice and training courses. The general information is pieced together from the clinical sessions of many clients. There is a consistency in the personal narratives, a pattern which can neither be denied nor ignored. The material is organized here in a coherent picture; the details have not been embellished in any way. My own conclusions, assumptions, and speculations are identified as such.” (End)

It’s obvious to me that modern psychology and psychiatric practice have a long way to go in understanding the human condition and the nature of the really big picture and for that reason they are often not able to effect cures, but are only able to diminish the symptoms with drugs and therapy if they are fortunate. As we can see from the Skinwalker and other cases the national security services are also coming at all this from their own security perspectives, just as the therapists are attempting to do from their healing perspectives.

We can only hope that the knowledge of these for lack of a better word, spiritual entities with special powers, will be used to protect and preserve human sovereignty and alleviate human suffering. This rather than increase the suffering of humanity if the investigators and globalist power brokers become enamored by the seductive power over others and so surrender to these powerful dark forces. The danger here is that those that investigate become possessed, but the opportunity is that we may one day free ourselves and others of these psychic predators and parasites that inhabit our bodies, our emotions and our minds, that seem to be obstructing our evolutionary development.

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Heavy snow, cold disrupt travel across north Europe

Posted by Admin on December 20, 2010

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Snow and frigid temperatures caused disruption across northern Europe for a third day on Monday, stranding travelers, snarling traffic and shutting schools, and the bad weather is likely to run through Christmas.

More than 1,000 flights at German airports in Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin were canceled and more delayed after up to 40 cm (16 inches) of fresh snow blanketed the country. Some 500 stranded passengers slept on cots at Frankfurt airport.

Airlines advised passengers to switch to trains if possible after the new snow added to two week’s worth of accumulation. But rail operator Deutsche Bahn, struggling to cope with packed trains and a crush of passengers, urged passengers to stay home.

Tempers flared as Germans accustomed to timely trains and planes were forced to wait in freezing stations or packed terminals, and the unusually heavy snow delayed millions.

“The trains are always too late now,” said Lothar Ast, 57, a custodian shivering in a Berlin station. “They’re so crowded that you can’t get on and then you have to wait for another.”

Dorothea Fuerst, a Berlin sales clerk, added: “No one knows if the train will come or not. The train never arrives on time. Will it be 15 minutes or half an hour? That’s the question.”

Children’s sledges were sold out in Germany, retailers said.

“This much snow is only fun if you’re a kid,” said Berlin lawyer Katja-Julia Fischer, 42: “It’s getting on my nerves.”

Germany’s most populous state, North-Rhine Westphalia, took the unusual step of banning trucks from motorways in a bid to keep passenger traffic rolling. A rail worker was killed in Berlin, run over by a train while trying to de-ice a switch.

While Britain and Scandinavia were still anticipating temperatures below freezing for much of this week, most of Europe is forecast to warm up in the next days, although a drop back to sub-zero levels may return next week.

MAJOR DISRUPTION

Belgium also closed its motorways to truck traffic after there was a peak of 600 km of traffic jams at the height of the rush hour on Monday morning in the Wallonia region.

In the United Kingdom, British Airways said the severe weather continued to cause major disruption to operations and further travel chaos was possible on forecasts of more snow.

Only one of two runways at London Heathrow, the world’s busiest international airport, was operating after the snowstorm paralyzed the airport over the weekend, stranding thousands.

Brandi Gonzalez, 27, a pre-school teacher from Connecticut, has been waiting since Friday to fly to New York with her husband and son but was stranded at Heathrow on Monday.

“All I’m getting is ‘We will help you as much as we can’. It’s a two-hour wait on the phone to rebook a flight. Today I sat on the phone for two hours to get hung up on. They said ‘We still don’t have another flight’ and I got hung up on.”

Other UK airports were open, but many flights were canceled or subject to long delays, and many passengers spent another night at an airport terminal.

Clarrie Yap, 22, a student from Canada, was flying to Hong Kong via London but has been stuck in London since Friday.

“It’s depressing seeing everyone stay at the airport,” she said. “They could have staff members or crew at the counters so we could ask questions, at least know what’s going on.”

The severe weather has hit retailers at the height of Christmas trading. Britain’s biggest department store chain, John Lewis, said sales fell more than 10 percent on Saturday, while France’s Auchan said its business was being affected.

Some online retailers are not accepting new orders or are cancelling existing ones because of delivery problems, according to industry body IMRG.

Northern France was also covered by heavy snow, disrupting road and rail traffic as Parisians braved clogged highways to reach their holiday destinations.

France’s army deployed blue armored personnel carriers on highways around Paris where they used their horsepower to drag stranded cars out of ditches and back onto the road.

In Paris, whitened lawns in front of the Eiffel Tower delighted children, who made snowmen. Snowboarders even took to the hills of northern Paris, an unusual sight in a city known for its rainy, temperate weather.

Air travel was reduced at Paris’s two main airports, with Orly airport shutting down briefly and stranded travelers still camping out in the waiting areas at Charles de Gaulle.

Train travel between Paris, London and Brussels on the Eurostar line was disrupted, partly because of speed restrictions, the company said on its website, adding that sales were closed for travel up to and including December 24.

Dutch motorists were coping with icy and slippery roads, prompting government authorities to impose speed limits of 50 kilometers per hour on various motorways as a large number of accidents contributed to lengthy traffic jams.

In Poland, hard hit by the cold snap, six people froze to death on Sunday night, raising the death toll to 114 in the last month.

Heavy snow snarled Warsaw traffic again on Monday. Warsaw airport was open but was receiving far fewer passengers than usual because of flight cancellations in western Europe.

(Additional reporting by Olesya Dmitracova and Stefano Ambrogi in London, Nick Vinocur in Paris, Gabriela Baczynska in Warsaw, Ben Deighton in Brussels, Michelle Martin in Frankfurt and Eric Kelsey in Berlin; editing by Tim Pearce)

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