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The
Paranormal
Black Mold
Secret
Exposed
The I have spoken to people around the
world who claim to have individual experiences
old homes, damp castles, deserted asylums, the
fields of Roswell, the dark side of the moon, the
Paranormal with ghosts, demonic possession, angels, UFOs,
Bigfoot, alien abductions, alien encounters,
surface of Mars or the rooms of empty houses.
So called EVPs (Electronic Voice
Black Mold messages from beyond the grave, all without Phenomena) have not proven beyond the
any physical evidence to substantiate their shadow of the doubt that they are voices from
Secret claims. beyond this realm of reality. Orbs, which many
The paranormal television shows, so called "ghost hunters" or "paranormal
Exposed blogcasts, the audio streams, the YouTube researchers" claim to be spirits, have been
videos all have individuals who claim to have proven beyond the shadow of a doubt to be
had encounters, and yes, they do spin some very airborne particles of dust or moisture caught by
interesting yarns, but at the end of the day - they the electronic flash.
have no proof. If the so called ghosts or spirits were
Personally, I find is appalling the real, they would not have to be seen only at
television producers of the new genre of night, they would also be visible during the day.
paranormal TV shows are actually trying their According to a few "ghoul busters" I have
very best to pass what they are putting on air as spoken to over the years, the reason people
real, and that they have even stooped low investigate ghosts at night is mostly, because the
enough to start prostituting children in vast majority of their fellow researchers and
paranormal programming to get ratings. those who go for ghost walks work or go to
Who would want a police officer school during the day.
responding to a 9-1-1 call who actually believes In 2001, I rocked the paranormal
that there are ghosts - all based on night vision community when I made the connection
videography and the word of psychics? between ghosts / hauntings, demonic
Please! Give me a break! People are possession, related so called paranormal activity
by Rob McConnell taking this way too seriously. and black mold.
The only reason that the paranormal is Mold spores are very easily transported
For nearly twenty years, I have been real to some people, is because they believe it to to different areas by attaching themselves to
publishing, broadcasting, writing and speaking be. various hosts. These hosts would include
on the paranormal, and I have yet to see I agree that there is more to heaven and people, animals, shoes and they even enter
conclusive proof that the paranormal does truly earth but it will not be found in the graveyards, through open windows and doors. ...Page 2
exist.
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2 Paranormal/ Black Mold Secret Exposed


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The Paranormal / person immunocompromised from black mold 16. Apparitions
exposure will be more susceptible to infections This article was even quick to point out
Black Mold Secret Exposed and sickness. the following:
Continued from Page 3 Symptoms: "Before you decide there's a ghost in
- Immunosuppression - immune system not your house or move out from fear, do your best
People living in homes with toxic black functioning properly to find rational explanations for what you are
mold are exposed to the mold mostly through - Infections reocurring experiencing. Virtually all of the phenomena
breathing in black mold spores and mycotoxins. Mycotoxins from toxic black mold are listed on the previous page could have perfectly
The mycotoxins of toxic black mold create teratogenic meaning they can cause natural causes:
irritation and a burning sensation in the air abnormalities in the fetus during pregnancy - noises could be house settling,
passages of a person such as in the nasal cavity, which lead to birth defects. Toxic black mold plumbing or even vermin such as mice and
mouth and throat. These mycotoxins which are mycotoxins are also cytoxotic and mutagenic, squirrels
breathed in can become lodged in the mucous inhibiting protein synthesis including DNA and - opening and closing doors could be
membranes, sinuses and the lungs which then RNA. faulty hinges or caused by drafts
causes a burning feeling, breathing problems Symptoms: - DOPler phenomena could just be
and bleeding in the lungs. - Infertility carelessness and forgetfulness
Symptoms: - Miscarriage - shadows could be just that - shadows
- Difficulty breathing - breathlessness or - Impotence caused, perhaps, by a passing car's headlights
shortness of breath - Fetal development problems - as real as some of these things might
- Wheezing During exposure to toxic black mold the seem to you, they really could be just products
- Coughing immune system may release a sedative called of your imagination."
- Pulmonary edema - swelling of the lungs Chloral Hydrate as a defense to try to slow the When so-called paranormal events are
- Pulmonary hemorrhage - bleeding in the lungs effects of the mold down. This also makes the looked at in the light of logic and reason, the
- Sore throat person tired and causes fatigue. Toxic black true cause of the believed phenomena will be
- Burning sensation of the mouth mold exposure can also cause soreness of the found and will be less sensationalistic than the
- Bleeding gums muscles and joints. paranormal offers.
- Runny nose Symptoms: So, to members of the paranormal
- Itchy nose - Chronic fatigue collective, the proof for a rational and logical
- Stuffy, blocked nose - Drowsiness explanation of the paranormal, based on
- Nose bleeds - Weakness scientific and medical research to members of a
Black mold mycotoxins or spores which - Aches and pains logical society, puts an end, without doubt, to
are breathed in, ingested, or absorbed through - Muscle pain the paranormal activity of ghosts, hauntings,
the skin or eyes eventually find their way into a - Chest pain demonic possession and other strange, weird,
person's blood stream and heart. This can lead - Abdominal pain bizarre believed to be caused by paranormal
to heart damage and problems with blood - Joint pain entities.
clotting and internal or external hemorrhaging. - Malaise - general discomfort
Symptoms: - Headaches TIP FOR GHOSTHUNTERS /
- Irregular heartbeat - Cold or flu type symptoms or recurring colds RESEARCHERS:
- Heart inflammation - Fever
- Nausea
- Damage to heart
- Low blood pressure - Vomiting
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- Bone marrow disruption - Diarrhea
- Bleeding tendency Like other molds, toxic black mold and UFO Psychology
- Blood not clotting properly its spores are allergenic and so they can cause
- Hemorrhage - internal bleeding allergic reactions in humans such as breathing
According to a 1972 paper by two
- Vomiting up blood problems, sore eyes, runny nose, itchiness,
psychiatrists associated with the Harvard
- Bleeding in the brain and in other organs sneezing and sore throat.
Medical School, flying saucers are almost
Airborne toxic black mold mycotoxins Some people may not experience severe
certainly misperceptions of sex organs. Lester
can enter into a person's body through the eyes. health problems from toxic black mold while
Grinspoon and Alan D. Persky wrote that most
The mycotoxins are cytotoxic and can damage others will. Out of those people affected by the
UFO witnesses are persons suffering from
the cells they contact, inflaming and injuring mycotoxins from toxic black mold, people with
untreated psychological disorders. They have
the eyes and creating vision problems. weaker immune systems, children and the
reverted to "primal modes of thinking" and
Symptoms: elderly will suffer worse health issues.
lapsed back into childhood. This includes
- Eye inflammation and soreness According to about.com the following
dreams and hallucinations that are mistaken for
- Red or bloodshot eyes are 16 signs that your house is haunted, and you
reality. In this state of ambulatory
- Eye damage will see that they can be attributed to black
schizophrenia, victims recall their "earliest
- Blurry vision and vision worsening mold by a logical scientist or trained
infantile perceptions."
- Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes) professional researcher:
They may see an approaching flying
Skin contact is one of the three main 1. Unexplained noises
saucer -- in fact an hallucination of a mother's
routes of black mold mycotoxins exposure. In 2. Doors, cabinets and cupboards
breast. Or conversely, they may see a cigar-
cases where humans handled hay contaminated opening and closing
shaped object -- a phallic symbol if ever there
with toxic black mold, they developed more 3. Lights turning off and on
was one. "The flying objects," Grinspoon and
severe rashes and skin problems on the area of 4. Items disappearing and reappearing
Persky pronounced, "are representations,
contact and on sweaty areas such as the armpits. 5. unexplained shadows
symbols, of highly libidinized primary objects
Symptoms: 6. Strange animal behavior
in the development of the individual. They are
- Crawling skin 7. Feelings of being watched
symbols of extremes of gratification and of
- Dermatitis - skin inflammation, rash, blisters, 8. Mild psychokinetic phenomena
omnipotence."
itchiness 9. Feelings of being touched
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin) 10. Cries and whispers
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Toxic black mold emits chemicals 11. Cold or hot spots
12. Unexplained smells Exclusively on
which suppress the immune system, further
helping black mold's mycotoxins to overwhelm 13. Moving or levitating objects The ‘X’ Zone Broadcast Network
a person's health. Many immunosuppressive 14. Physical assault and TalkStar Radio Network
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4 The Oregon UFO Wave That Wasn't


The Oregon UFO Wave speculation and news to prime people for the
day when the riddle of aerial navigation finally
planned after this model will contain” (14). At
the end of this story, the newspaper reported that
That Wasn't would receive a solution” (2). The general mood “none here will believe in the existence of that
of this literature was positive, trumpeting the marvelous airship until he or she sees it, and that
The importance of press wonders of science and technology (3). In the in full operation, too.”
skepticism in the 1896-97 years immediately preceding the episode,
Sighting intense excitement was experienced worldwide Coverage in Nevada and Washington
in anticipation of the first practical,
by Robert E. Bartholomew
mechanically-powered heavier-than-air flight By and large, the Nevada press was not
(4). especially critical of the reports and sightings
Beginning in mid-November 1896 and flourished. Near Reno, one resident claimed that
lasting until May 1897, a remarkable social The Pacific Northwest sightings an airship with a searchlight passed by and
delusion swept across parts of the United States, voices could be heard coming from the craft,
as many citizens became convinced that an The California airship wave had been including “We are four degrees too far north,
American had perfected the world’s first building up for about a week and dominated the change the course” (15). This account was
practical heavier-than-air flying machine. This California press amid sensational, near simply reported by the paper without any
little-known episode in American history was saturation-level press coverage when the criticism. As for the nature of the California
extraordinary in that, at the height of the sightings began to spread to nearby states, and sightings where the wave began, the Carson
rumors, it is estimated that tens of thousands of eventually across the country. One of the first City Morning Appeal stated “There are
Americans reported that they had seen the craft sightings in the Pacific Northwest was at thousands of people in California who believe
at various points across the nation (1). On McMinnville, Oregon, on the night of that a flying machine has been invented that
numerous occasions it was reportedly seen November 24th when, according to that city’s sailed from Oroville to Sacramento and from
thousands of miles apart, at the same time! The Telephone-Register newspaper, several there to Oakland one night last week. It was
maneuvers described by witnesses, were far residents claimed they saw an airship pass over seen first in Sacramento and the inventor
above any technology of the period-even by the city (5). Curiously, at this point, there was a promises to exhibit it over San Francisco in a
today’s standards. It was typically described as deluge of airship sightings across the Pacific few days” (16). There was no discussion of the
oval or cigar-shaped with an attached Northwest, except in Oregon. This prompted the airship having been a hoax fueled by
undercarriage, having a powerful headlight, and Portland Evening Telegram to remark that “It is misperceptions, lying, and press sensationalism.
giant fans or wings protruding from both sides. news to say that the ship has not been seen in In Washington, while there was some press
Some observers claimed the wings slowly Portland” and had nearly missed the state criticism of the airship claims (17), many press
flopped up and down like a bird! altogether (6). accounts were also uncritical. Consider the
In this article, I will briefly 1) refute claims The answer for the apparent immunity in following report of a sighting at Marble:
by present-day UFO researchers who claim the Oregon from what some people labeled as Marble, Wash., May 5.--The town of
sightings were of extraterrestrials, 2) describe “airshipitis,” appears to have resulted from a Marble was greatly excited today over the
the context of the episode, 3) offer an combination of cloudy weather and responsible appearance of an airship. Some men working at
explanation as to why the state of Oregon was journalism. As soon as the sightings began in the mill discovered it as it appeared over the
nearly immune from reports, and 4) discuss the Oregon on November 24th, several state mountains at the southern part of town, and
wave in terms of mainstream social newspapers editors quickly attributed the watched it disappear in a northeasterly
psychological theories. sightings within the region to sensational direction. It was in full view, and the fans could
California journalism designed to sell easily be recognized ... (18)
ETs misperceived as airships newspapers, and labeled the affair a hoax. These Other newspapers reporting this story in
included the Dallas Times Mountaineer which a matter-of-fact manner included the Ellensburg
Many UFO researchers believe the most used the headlines, “California’s Fake” (7), and Localizer (19), and the Chelan Leader (20),
likely explanation for the sightings is that they the Portland Oregonian which echoed these while a separate sighting over Spokane on
were of an ET spaceship that had been mis- sentiments (8), as did the Roseburg Plaindealer Thursday night, April 15th, was reported
identified by people culturally conditioned to who called them “Aladin’s Lamp stories” that uncritically by the Walla Walla Union (21) and
expect to see airships-even though a practical were akin to sea serpent tales (9). Meanwhile, the Spokesman-Review (22).
heavier-than-air ship did not exist at the time. the Albany Weekly Herald-Desseminator
While the extraterrestrial hypothesis may seem described the reports as “an entirely sensational Explaining the airship mania
plausible to many persons who have been piece of fiction” (10).
bombarded with images of ETs by the mass The Marshfield Coos Bay News said It is important to keep in mind that when
media in recent years, the key to understanding that “If it was a genuine flying machine, there you boil everything down, the only significant
these sightings lies in a familiarity with the would be no need for it to meander around in evidence we are left with is eyewitness
social and historical climate in which they the heavens under cover of night” (11). The testimony-and the human mind and eyes do not
occurred. When we examine the context of the Eugene Register said the flying machine stories work together to collect information like a video
episode, apply basic theories of social “remind one of the old saying that California camera. Humans interpret as we perceive the
psychology, empathize with the people living at has the largest trees, smallest matches and the d- world. The accuracy of eyewitness testimony is
that time, and add common sense, the sightings nest liars of any place on earth” (12). Following remarkably subject to error and preconditioned
can be readily explained without recourse to several reports of sightings near Alturas, the by mental outlook or frame of reference (23). A
exotic hypotheses such as aliens in UFOs. Is it Lake County Examiner noted: “Alturas has good example of this process that most of us are
possible they were aliens? Of course. Is it several well-developed cases of ‘airship.’ familiar with involves close decisions made by
probable? No. Is it possible that the head of each Wonder what kind of whiskey they have down referees and umpires at sporting events.
skeptics organization in America will win a in that section” (13). In early December, the Through the use of instant replay, we can
million dollars in lotteries during May, 1998? Portland Evening Telegram printed part of a usually see where we were wrong, or on
Of course. Is it probable? No. letter from an ex-Portland man who had moved occasion, where a trained observer-the referee-
to California and who claimed to have met the was wrong.
Context of the sightings airship inventor there through a mutual friend The airship observations appear to have
and was given several rides in the vessel. “The been a symbolic projection of the prevailing
From about 1880 through the early twentieth airship in which I made my ascent is 23 feet technological mania and seemingly limitless
century, a massive popular literature appeared long, [has] 7 feet of beam, as we would term it faith in science and inventions that was
on the theme of science and inventions. in nautical parlance, and [is] 7 1/2 feet high sweeping America.
Aeronautical developments were a prominent from the ground. It is merely a rough model for
feature of these accounts as “this literature fed experimental purposes, devoid of all the elegant
the public a steady diet of aeronautical and comfortable interior fittings later airships Continued on Page 5
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The Oregon UFO Wave 1. Although this may sound like an
exaggeration, it is a conservative estimate. See
The Great UFO Hoax of
That Wasn't Bartholomew, R.E. (1990). “The Airship 2009
Hysteria of 1896-97.” Skeptical Inquirer
Continued from Page 5
14(2):171-181.
by Sharon Begley
2. T.E. Bullard. (1982). Mysteries in the
A note of optimism
Eye of the Beholder: UFOs and Their Correlates
If you prefer to keep a little magic in your life—
as a Folkloric Theme Past and Present. Doctoral
It is certainly discouraging for skeptics who by which I mean believing in the possibility of
dissertation, Indiana University Folklore
address the UFO question to see that over the UFOs—then read no further. For I am going to
Department.
past fifty years, numerous sighting waves have tell you about the latest UFO hoax.
3. I.F. Clarke, (1986). “American
occurred in the US and around the world You may remember the sightings of a
Anticipations: The First of the Futurists.”
involving UFOs, with a great deal of press UFO over Morristown, N.J., in January 2009,
Futures 18:584-596.
speculation that they are or may be alien which was blogged about and even captured on
4. Hot air balloons are not encompassed
spaceships. In 1998, UFOs sighting reported in video that has been posted to YouTube as clips
under this definition of successful flight.
the mass media remain as common as ever, from TV broadcasts and an amateur astronomer.
However, such modes of transport are unlikely
despite a total absence of confirming physical It was all a hoax, as the perpetrators
to be mistaken for an airship. Balloons of the
evidence that they represent extraterrestrial reveal in eSkeptic.
period were highly unstable, clumsy, sensitive
biological entities. There has also been an Last November, Joe Rudy and Chris
to even slight wind shifts, dangerous to fly at
upsurge in the publication of UFO books and Russo, two 20-somethings, were sitting around
night, and could not remotely perform the
pseudo-documentaries in recent years. This has discussing pseudoscience and the many people
sophisticated maneuvers reported by “airship”
happened despite the appearance of several who believe one or another form of it. Rudy
observers. These same proscriptions applied to
excellent books examining the subject, describes himself as “an avid reader of Skeptic
lighter-than-airships of the period, which were
including Robert Sheaffer’s The UFO Verdict magazine” who teaches science and gives
bulky and impractical.
(1981), UFOs Explained by Philip Klass (1974), private music lessons. Russo works in sales and
5. McMinnville Telephone-Register,
and Donald Menzel and Ernest Taves The UFO says he “intends to continue his quest to spread
November 26, 1896, p. 3.
Enigma (1977). Optimistically, what happened reason and truth, one pseudoscience at a time.
6. “That California Airship...It Slid over
in Oregon during 1896-97 is encouraging as it “We had always had a strong interest in why
Portland in the Fog,” Evening Telegram
suggests that with responsible reporting, mass people were so easily fooled by such irrational
(Portland), December 1, 1896, p. 3.
delusions can be extinguished before they get superstitions as psychic ability, spiritual
7. “California’s Fake,” Dallas Times
out of hand. By “responsible” I mean reporting mediums, alien abductions, and the like,” they
Mountaineer, November 28, 1896, p. 2.
not only what is claimed, but interviewing write. So they “set out on a mission to help
8. Portland Oregonian, November 29,
experts such as astronomers, psychologists and people think rationally and question the
1896, p. 4.
other specialists who may offer alternative credibility of so-called UFO ‘professionals’.”
9. “Coincidents,” Roseburg Plaindealer,
explanations that provide a balanced viewpoint They cooked up a spaceship hoax “to
November 30, 1896, p. 1.
show everyone how unreliable eyewitness
10. Weekly Herald-Disseminator,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR accounts are, along with investigators of
Albany, November 26, 1896, p. 4.
UFOs.” They used five feet of fishing line to tie
11. Coos Bay News, Marshfield,
Robert E. Bartholomew is a sociologist flares to each of five three-foot helium balloons
December 2, 1896, p. 3.
at James Cook University in Queensland, and launched them from a field on Jan. 5, 2009.
12. Eugene Register, December 11,
Australia. He is coauthor of UFOs and Alien “Once all five balloons were ready for takeoff
1896, p. 1.
Contact: Two Centuries of Mystery (with our fingers on the verge of frost bite),”
13. Lake County Examiner (Lakeview),
(Prometheus Books, March 1998), with they write, “we struck the 15-minute flares and
December 3, 1896, p. 2.
Professor George S. Howard, former Chair of released them into the sky in increments of
14. “You may not believe this. An ex-
the Psychology Department at Notre Dame fifteen seconds,” filming the UFOs as they
Portlander writers about the airship...” Portland
University, Notre Dame, Indiana. floated away.
Evening Telegram, December 2, 1896, p. 3.
Using several thousand rare press Media coverage was extensive. A lot of
15. Nevada State Journal (Reno),
reports, and conventional theories of social it featured Paul Hurley, a pilot, and his family,
December 5, 1896, p. 3.
psychology, they examine the context and who appeared on several news broadcasts
16. Carson City, Morning Appeal,
meaning of UFO sighting waves, including the describing the strange lights they saw in the sky.
November 24, 1896, p. 3.
US airship wave of 1896-97; sightings of (For some reason, reporters find pilots’ UFO
17. See for example, “Air Ship Visits
Thomas Edison’s imaginary “giant light bulb” sightings especially believable.) Rudy and
Ellensburg,” Ellensburg Dawn, May 1, 1897, p.
in the later 1800s; Canada’s ghost balloons of Russo repeated the performance four more time,
2; “Airship Excitement Abated,” Chehalis
1896; the New Zealand zeppelin scare of 1909; gaining media coverage for each. Conspiracy
Nugget, May 14, 1897, p. 4.
the New England airship hoax of 1909-10; the Web sites and radio shows covered the
18. “Saw an airship in broad daylight...”
British UFO panic of 1912-13; phantom sightings, but “the icing on the cake came when
Spokesman-Review (Spokane), May 7, 1897, p.
German air raids and spy missions over Canada, the popular History Channel show UFO Hunters
1.
Upstate New York, Delaware, New Jersey, New featured the Morristown UFO one week,” the
19. “A Washington Airship,” Ellensburg
Hampshire and South Africa during World War duo recall. “Bill Birnes, the lead investigator of
Localizer, May 15, 1897, p. 2.
I; Sweden’s ghost rocket wave of 1946; and the the show and the publisher of UFO Magazine,
20. “State News,” Chelan Leader, May
emergence of flying saucers since 1947. The declared definitively that the Morristown UFO
14, 1897, p. 1.
book also examines pre-Roswell crashed UFOs could not have been flares or Chinese lanterns.”
21. “Spokane saw the Airship,” Walla
involving aliens and includes over 200 case This was the pair’s main quarry, to
Walla Union, April 17, 1897, p. 4.
summaries of alleged contacts with ETs. expose the foolishness of UFO “investigators.”
22. “Saw an Air Ship. Peculiar Aerial
A detailed discussion of the Oregon They write: “Are UFO investigators simply
Visitor Seen in Spokane Last Night...”
airship sightings does not appear in the book charlatans looking to make a quick buck off
Spokesman-Review, April 16, 1897, p. 6.
(although some reports do). Bartholomew has human gullibility? ... If a respected UFO
23. Buckhout, R. (1974). “Eyewitness
written these reports into this modest article for investigator can be easily manipulated and dead
Testimony,” Scientific American 231:23-31.
the Oregon Skeptics to make them aware of this wrong on one UFO case, is it possible he’s
fascinating, all but forgotten chapter in Pacific wrong on most (or all)\of them? Do the
Northwestern history, and let them know of the networks buy into this nonsense, or are they in
publication of his book. it for the ratings?”

REFERENCES
The ‘X’ Zone Radio Show
www.xzoneradiotv.com
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6 Psychic Kids - Children of the Paranormal

by chud.com
www.chud.com

The Pitch

"It's like an invasion of privacy meets


The Sixth Sense!"

The Humans
Psychic / Medium Chip Coffey
Loads of disturbed youngsters — none
of which have stringy black hair — with
psychic/medium Chip Coffey and psychologist
Dr. Lisa Miller.

The Nutshell

In six bone-thawing episodes, Coffey


and Dr. Miller seek out young children haunted
by paranormal abilities or experiences and coax
them out on retreats, whereupon the children are
taught to control and explore their powers, and
abjure the forces of evil in the name of
Professor Xavier.

The Lowdown

I think I would be fascinated by a


documentary about children who believe they
have supernatural abilities and their
The Cheesy Special Effects Used To “Entertain.”
relationships with their parents. That's not what
Psychic Kids delivers, despite its claims. gets cut free for lack of an anchor. Really, this Their exercises place control in the hands of
Instead, the viewer gets a series of informative isn't so much a documentary as a piece of reality these young girls and boys. Instead of being
demonstrations of confirmation bias, tarted up TV, with all the camera-awareness on the part of haunted, the children are taught to stand and
with fancy editing and dramatic pauses. Now the subjects that goes along with the genre. Dr. face their demons, however literal they may be.
that's entertainment! Miller and Coffey lead the children plenty while I never want to argue that it's bad to give
No, no it's not. I'm not just saying that the cameras are rolling, but just as in the someone hope and the sense that they control
because I'm a skeptic, either. My beef comes "unscripted" world of reality TV, it's hard not to their own lives. I can't argue that, without
mainly from how terribly repetitive the whole suspect that there's even more direction going knowing more about the lives in question.
exercise is. Every episode follows exactly the on behind-the-scenes. Which brings me back to my original
same formula. In this case, I'd feel confident saying that frustration. Psychic Kids doesn't have much
Step a) Introduce three children who rather than exploring the lives of these children, meat on its bones, and what little there is
claim to have good reason for wetting the bed. the producers are exploiting them. I don't mean occupies a realm man was not meant to know,
Step b) Bring those children to a that in a pejorative sense, but just descriptively. or something. There's a certain sympathy that
common location. By focusing on the psychic abilities, rather than can evolve between the audience and the
Step c) Invoke the powers of Mysticism the children possessing them, the whole series subjects, but it's because of the situation they
and Science (thanks to Coffey and Dr. Miller, feels uncomfortably like watching an isolated occupy within the confines of the show. No hint
respectively) to confirm those kids' worst fears. group of some religion discussing how great of real information troubles the waters of this
Step d) Play a game of Captain Planet. that religion is. There's no reason for me to care, series, and so it's hard to spot even a glimpse of
"With our powers combined, we can tell the unless I happen to be interested in that religion. interest.
spirit of Blackbeard to cut it out, all right!" What's more, there's nothing to be gained from
There's so little variation that the encouraging each other in the tenets of that The Package
children, the subjects of this whole religion unless you're physically there in the
"documentary" affair, become indistinct, which circle. If you would rather not watch all six
isn't helped by the fact that the show isn't It's not worth watching for most episodes— Wait, let me rephrase. You would
concerned with the particulars of a given kid's viewers, unless — like me — you enjoy rather not watch all six episodes. Instead, you
life beyond that he or she claims to be bothered sticking your nose where it doesn't belong. can watch the condensed, feature-length version
by some psychic affinity. Here's what gets my goat: There's never any of the whole show. You get all the same
That makes me upset, as an audience sign that the children are in danger, but we are questionable methods and dangerous
member, because it gives the show such a meant to believe that they believe they are. If a reinforcement of superstitions, but in less than
narrow focus of appeal. Skeptics get the cold child is in danger, it's common to react by half the amount of time. It's a steal!
shoulder, and psychological history doesn't wanting to protect them or fix their problem.
even skirt near the camera's lens. Anyone trying And, judging by the claims of the show, that's RATING
to be interested in the children as complex exactly what Coffey and Dr. Miller achieve. 3 OUT OF 10
creatures with some sort of unclarified problem
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Another Review for Paranormal Cops 7


Bad show bad show,
watcha gonna do?
Never watch Paranormal
Cops again.
Toledo Parapsychology Examiner
Bobby Nelson

A&E does it again, by lowering the bar


for paranormal investigating standards. First
they gave us Paranormal State which at one
time was considered to be the worst show in
paravision, only to have it topped by Psychic
Kids. Psychic Kids quickly received a pass by
the airing of the Extreme Paranormal, which by
the way as of January 19th 2010 at 10:29PM
still held the ranking of paranormal televisions
worst show. I am glad to see that A&E has not
broke there trend and I would like to
proof, again please keep in mind that these "You can't just walk in and out. You
congratulate them on again airing the worst
people (cops) were trained in criminal have to have an OK," said Hawkins.
show in paravision, Paranormal Cops.
investigating. I always admired that about real Laura DeCrescenzo says that at 7 years
Paranormal Cops are a group of criminal
police force officials, taking the word of an old, she signed a contract that would give her a
investigators by day that investigate paranormal
individual with out conducting a thorough lifetime of lessons if she worked her lifetime for
claims by night. It follows Founder Sgt. Ron
investigation. the church in what is called a "billion year
Fabiani and his group of buffoons as they set
During there amazing evidence review contract."
out with the mind set that if they can catch
there were very concerning unprofessional But when she became pregnant at 17,
criminals they surely can catch ghosts, I mean
assumptions. For instance they presented dust she said that her bosses pressured her to abort
after all they are cops. The first thing I noticed
orbs flowing in the same direction paranormal. the baby.
is Sgt. Fabiani’s cliché trademarked cigar which
There reasoning was the orbs were following "I never agreed to have an abortion. Did
in itself seems to have some type of paranormal
the same direction, what? Wouldn’t that make I concede? Yes, I did. Does it kill me every day?
ability to aport and deport at different times of
sense on why it’s a draft or air current? Yes, it does," said DeCrescenzo.
the show. Not that I am dogging trademarks,
Wouldn’t that make sense why it is not A spokesman for the church calls them
many people on shows have branded
paranormal? Also we saw a spike on an E.M.F. disgruntled employees.
themselves with things to be familiarized with.
which was quickly considered evidence of "They are frivolous. It's just people
We have Bill Birnes from UFO hunters who
direct communication…Oh I am sorry E.M.F. trying to get attention and frankly make money
wears his aviators, Paranormal State front man
detector, almost forgot the name of essential from the church, using the press to flank
Ryan Buell with his director logs, Psychic Kids
equipment. The incredible investigators also litigation," described Tommy Davis, a
with their fake psychics and now Sgt. Fabiani
picked up a couple of “class B” E.V.P.s and spokesperson for the Church of Scientology.
with his fat Cubans.
collectively this evidence was substantial The alleged victims do not attack the
So what’s wrong with smoking a cigar?
enough to mark the case Code 3, which for us church's doctrine, and they say celebrity
Well just out of respect for the client I would
lay people means a definite haunting. members such as John Travolta and Tom Cruise
assume an officer of the law would have better
I would like to say thanks again A&E, are likely unaware of the church's labor
sense then to smoke while conducting an
hopefully this show will only last one more practices.
interview, way to reflect the Chicago police
episode like the late Extreme Paranormal. I The whistleblowers are aligned with the
force Sgt. Out of common sense which this
thank God Paranormal State is on next, I need to protest group called Anonymous. Friday marks
show seriously is lacking, I can think of about a
see something a little more realistic than this the second anniversary of global
handful of reasons not to smoke on a
garbage.[] demonstrations.
paranormal investigations. For instance when
The former employees are also fighting
trying to obtain “unexplained mists” (no its just
cigar smoke) or “phantom smells” I would think Ex-Scientologists to expose in the courts. They describe conditions like a
prison camp with 100-hour work weeks at 49
I might be wise to wait till you got home to light
up your stogie.
alleged abuse cents an hour.
"They are telling that the people that
Anyway after the client informed Sgt.
by Miriam Hernandez work for them that are employees, that they are
Fabiani the reason he never called before was
volunteers, that they don't have to be paid, and
because he never heard of them (surprise) they
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- Former they are not paying these people," said former
proceeded to set up the typical equipment. We
Scientologists are suing the Church of employee Mark Headley.
did get some new terminology for turning the
Scientology for abuse they allegedly suffered "All of us who work for the church love
lights off, not lights out, it isn’t dead time, go
while working for them. They spoke about the working for the church. We volunteer our time.
dark? Nope, its now called Black out. Though
abuse publically for the first time Friday. It is something we do to dedicate ourselves to
we did have to suffer once again with a black
"I was personally beat up on five our religion," said Davis.
and green screen for most of the show I was
separate occasions by the head of Scientology, But the religion did not help Will Fry.
relieved we didn’t have to see a thermal
David Muscavitch," said former Scientology "It messed me up," said Fry, a former
imaging camera. However we did have to see
director Jeffrey Hawkins, a member of the church member.
the forensic specialist (which I still am trying to
church for 35 years. The church is urging the public to ignore
figure out why their day job rankings has any
Hawkins is a former official of the dissenters and check the church out for
reflection or correlation with the paranormal)
Church of Scientology who was their marketing themselves. Meantime, a demonstration at the
holding a stick with a ghost meter (a cheap cell
whiz then promoted to the top. Now, he and Hollywood headquarters for Saturday at 3 p.m.
sensor E.M.F. Meter) and digital audio recorder
taped to it. other former employees are working just as hard
Another well respected trait of a good to expose the church's alleged tactics including Special Thanks to Info-Secte
officer is taking a psychics word as absolute assaults, threats and virtual slavery. infosecte@qc.aibn.com
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8 UFOs Are Model Planes in Modesto, CA


Radio-controlled planes first saw the lights driving to his north Modesto
home. He has since talked with the men and
have some Modesto discussed the pertinent municipal city codes.
"They're not supposed to fly them in the
residents seeing UFOs city limits," he said. "But the industrial area (off
By Marijke Rowland Bangs) is fine. I see the cars pulled over and
people gazing at those things in the sky. They
mrowland@modbee.com
catch people's attention; they're neat to see."
He said the planes haven't set off
anything close to a "War of the Worlds"-level
They come in peace. hysteria. While the department has fielded a few
Those lights you've seen swooping and UFO calls, Raymer said "it's not a burden."
swerving across the Modesto night sky are not "Whenever I see people looking, I pull
extraterrestrial. They do not want to be taken to over and tell them it's remote-control planes,"
your leader. They're not even unidentified he said. "It kind of takes the fun out of (it) then."
anymore. Modesto Airport has fielded a handful of
Instead, the culprits are a bunch of calls about the lights in the sky. Airport manager
model plane enthusiasts who have attached Jerome Thiele said the Federal Aviation
lights to their radio- controlled aircraft and fly Administration has an advisory circular with
them through the night sky for fun. guidelines for model aircraft standards.
"This was never intended to be seen as a The circular encourages "voluntary
UFO," said Robert Merrill, the de facto captain compliance" and includes cautions about
of the Nor Cal Nite Fliers. "We figured we'd try operating near airports, hospitals and schools. It
something, fly at night. Next thing you know recommends flying no higher than 400 feet.
people are calling the cops, TV and thinking "I just want to make sure that they don't
they're UFOs. We never really thought it'd be intentionally fly close to the airport and keep
this kind of a spectacle." clear of the medical helipads close to the
The 39-year-old Modesto resident and a hospital and other populated areas," Thiele said.
group of about eight other men often meet at No specific complaints about the model
Modesto Hobby & Crafts, off McHenry and crafts have been filed with the FAA's Flight
Bangs avenues in north Modesto, for their night Standards District Office in Fresno. FAA
flights. Inspector Jim Henry said the advisory circular is
They've flown all over Modesto and meant to encourage hobbyists to be careful in
across the area, including Ripon and Tracy. the airspace.
The crafts have about a 6-foot wingspan "We can do the enforcement if it's an
and weigh about 2 pounds. Each flier has egregious danger to the public," he said.
customized his lights design. Merrill said he was familiar with the
Merrill, who had been flying model FAA advisory and that the group never tries to
planes for about eight years, came up with the interfere with active aircraft.
idea in August when he found the lights online "If we see a plane fly by, we'll move
from a manufacturer in Hong Kong. away," he said. "We try to stay out of people's
The 1-meter adhesive LED strip is about way."
a quarter-inch wide and comes in red, white, The group caused a minor commotion
blue, green and amber. over Super Bowl Sunday when members flew
Because they run on batteries and turn their planes near Briggsmore Avenue. Modesto
off to glide at altitude, the crafts are nearly Hobby & Crafts owner Joe Keevil said drivers
soundless. In flight, the planes resemble a stopped along the busy thoroughfare to
graceful, digital albatross. rubberneck at the night sky. Police later came
So why fly a $250 model plane at night and asked them to stop.
when it's, well, dark? "We try to stay away from busy roads
"I think (it's) just the calmness of it. The now," said Keevil, who doesn't participate in
whole thing is, when you get off work, you flying planes but knows all the men from his
bring your plane out to the park and literally store, where they all met.
kick back in a chair and fly them," Merrill said. Even from their north Modesto flight
"Nighttime, you can fly it farther because the area, the planes and their lights can be seen all
lights are so bright you can see it farther than in around town. Merrill said he can fly as high as
the daytime." 1,000 feet with his craft. He has heard reports of
Some members admit the E.T. factor sightings as far away as Maze Boulevard near
adds to the excitement. Highway 99 and in Riverbank.
"Honestly, the most fun is messing with
people," said Modesto resident Rick Sanchez, "Every single night (we fly) somebody comes
40. "People will see the lights (from their cars) out and wonders what they are, if they're a
and their heads will hang out the windows. It's UFO," Merrill said. "We sort of laugh about it."
amazing how many people think they are
UFOs."
The group flies almost every night that
the sky is clear. Manteca resident John Gilmore,
46, started about eight months ago.
"The challenge of it interested me. And
it's definitely a challenge," he said. "We're
having fun. We're not trying to freak anyone out
or cause problems. It's just good, clean fun."
The Modesto Police Department is well
aware of the group. Lt. Clint Raymer said he
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More UFO Insanity 9


UFO Insanity: Skydivers DEBRA MARKS

Mistaken For Invaders DOB: 07/22/1975.


Also Known As: Sister Savannah, Sister
From Outer Space! Gabrielle, Madam Savanna.
Race: White; Sex: Female; Height: 5' 02",
By Robert Paul Reyes Weight: 190 pounds.
Hair: Black; Eyes: Hazel.
In a rainbow of different colored suits, 68 Address Used: 1050E Airline Highway,
daredevils plunged from 13,000 feet above Lake LaPlace, Louisiana; 11599 Florida Blvd.,
Elsinore, Calif., on Nov. 13. After weeks of Baton Rouge, LA.
training, they perfected a jaw-dropping Business Name: "Readings By Gabrielle".
diamond formation that many called beautiful - Known Associates: Laura Urich (believed to
and others found downright terrifying." Buck be Grandmother), Michael Evans.
Wolf/AOL News
LAURA URICH
The skydivers were mistaken for UFO's,
people with no clue and no life flooded 911 with DOB: 11/20/1940.
reports of an extraterrestrial invasion. Also Known As: Loretta Urich, Sister
I can understand if the daredevils were Pocahontas.
mistaken for the famous Flying Elvi, but Race: White; Sex: Female; Height: 5' 01",
UFO's? Everything in the sky that can't be Weight: 160 pounds.
readily identified as a bird or a plane is Hair: Black; Eyes: Brown.
described as a UFO. Address Used: Same as above.
If the Flying Elvi falls down from the
sky in my town, I wouldn't be surprised if The two pictured females were in
people called the police. There is nothing more business in LaPlace and Baton Rouge,
horrifying than having middle-aged men decked Louisiana as "Readers" and "Palm Readers".
out like the Las Vegas-era Elvis Presley falling PSYCHIC READERS Both have been arrested for Fraud Schemes
down from the heavens. involving the "Big Swindle Scam" that some
But for God's sake, if you see anything CHARGED psychic readers have committed in the past in
this country.
else in the sky that you can't immediately
identify, don't tie up the freakin' emergency
IN FRAUD SCHEMES The "big swindle scam" involves the use
numbers. of tarot cards to read the unsuspecting victim's
Elvis isn't alive, and there are no UFO's problem, then the discovery of a "devil curse"
piloted by little green men from Mars. [] on the victim, and then the convincing of the
victim that the removal of the curse can only
take place if the victim's money is "cleansed,
Move to ban Chinese dumped in the ocean (or large body of water),
lanterns buried or set on fire (destroyed).
The victim is convinced to remove large
sums of money from their bank and bring the
CHINESE lanterns have been mistaken
money to the "reader", who either cleanses it or
for distress flares at sea, vilified by farmers and
takes it for destruction. After the reader obtains
they even sparked a flurry of 'UFO sightings'
a large sum of money from the victim, the
across Mid Sussex last summer.
money is in fact not destroyed and never
Now, a European politician wants the
returned to the victim. It is an elaborate scam
flaming party toys banned.
used many times throughout the United States
Sharon Bowles, Liberal Democrat
and Canada.
Member of the European Parliament for the
Debra Marks, doing business as Sister
South East of England says the wire built sky
Gabrielle or Madam Savanna, was arrested on
lanterns could cause injury or death to livestock. DEBRA MARKS April 08, 1999 and again on May 12, 1999.
D.O.B.: 07/22/1975 Her associate, Laura Urich, also known
as Sister Pocahontas, was also arrested on June
17, 1999 along with Debra Marks. Urich is
believed to be the grandmother of Debra Marks.
Both females were conducting business out of
the same location.
Both were charged with felony fraud
type crimes.
All citizens utilizing the services of a
"Tarot Card Reader", "Psychic", "Card Reader"
or "Palm Reader" is urged to use caution and
common sense, as these activities are legal in
most states.

For further information please


contact

Lt. Wayne McDaniel


Baton Rouge Police Department
LAURA URICH Baton Rouge, Louisiana
D.O.B.: 11/20/1940 (225) 389-7734
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The Dalnegorsk UFO Crash 11


The Dalnegorsk UFO 1988.
There is another curious detail: at the
Crash: Roswell Incident of site of the Height 611 small pieces of light gray
color were discovered, but only in the area of
the Soviet Union the contact. These specimens did not match any
Source: Pravda, RU of the local varieties of soil. What is amazing,
the spectroscopic analysis of the specimens
This internationally famous UFO matched them to the Yaroslavl tuffs of the
incident took place in 1986, on January 29, at polymetalic deposits (i.e. the specimens
7:55 p.m. Some have called it the Roswell possessed some characteristic elements of the
Incident of the Soviet Union. The information Yaroslavl, but not the Dalnegorsk, tuffs). There
concerning this incident was sent to us by a is a possibility that the object obtain pieces of
number of Russian ufologists. tuff in the Yaroslavl area. Tuffs experience
Dalnegorsk is a small mining town in metamorphosis under the effect of high
the Far East of Russia. That cold January day a temperatures .
reddish sphere flew into this town from the The site of the crash itself was
southeastern direction, crossed part of Earth...except for one disturbing account. something like an anomalous zone. It was
Dalnegorsk, and crashed at the Izvestkovaya To give an idea of the complexity of the "active" for three years after the crash. Insects
Mountain (also known as Height or Hill 611, composition of the pieces, let us look at the avoid the place. The zone affects mechanical
because of its size). The object flew noiselessly, "iron balls". Each of them had its own chemical and electronic equipment. Some people,
and parallel to the ground; it was approximately composition: iron, and a large mixture of including a local chemist, actually got very sick.
three meters in diameter, of a near-perfect round aluminum, manganese, nickel, chromium, This Hill 611 is located in the area of
shape, with no projections or cavities, its colour tungsten, and cobalt. numerous anomalies; according to an article in
similar to that of burning stainless steel. One Such differences indicate that the object the Soviet digest Tainy XX Veka (Moscow,
eyewitness, V. Kandakov, said that the speed of was not just a piece of lead and iron, but some 1990, CP Vsya Moskva Publishing House).
the UFO was close to 15 meters per hour. The heterogeneous construction made from Even photos taken at the site, when developed,
object slowly ascended and descended, and its heterogeneous alloys with definite significance. failed to show the hill, but did clearly show
glow would heat up every time it rose up. On its When melted in a vacuum, some pieces would other locations. Members of an expedition to
approach to Hill 611 the object "jerked", and spread over a base, while at another base they the site reported later that their flashlights
fell down like a rock. would form into balls. Half of the balls were stopped working at the same time. They
All witnesses reported that the object covered with convex glass-like structures. checked the flashlights upon returning home,
“jerked” or “jumped”. Most of them recall two Neither the physicists nor physical metallurgists and discovered burned wires.
“jumps”. Two girls remember that the object can say what these structures are, what their Eight days after the UFO crash at Hill
actually “jumped” four times. The witnesses composition is. The "tiny nets" (or "mesh") 611, on February 8, 1986, at 8:30 p.m., two
heard a weak, muted thump. It burned have confused many researchers. It is more yellowish spheres flew from the north, in
intensively at the cliff's edge for an hour. A impossible to understand their structure and the southward direction. Reaching the site of the
geological expedition to the site, led by V. nature of the formation. crash, they circled it four times, then turned
Skavinsky of the Institute of Geology and A. Kulikov, an expert on carbon at the back to the north and flew away. Then on
Geophysics of the Siberian Branch of the Soviet Chemistry Institute of the Far Eastern November 28, 1987 (Saturday night, 11:24
Academy of Sciences (1988), had confirmed the Department of the Academy of Sciences, USSR, p.m.), 32 flying objects had appeared from
object's movements through a series of wrote that it was not possible to get an idea what nowhere. There were hundreds of witnesses,
chemical and physical tests of the rocks the "mesh" is. It resembles glass carbon, but including the military and civilians.
collected from the site. Valeri Dvuzhilni, head conditions leading to such formation are The objects flew over 12 different
of the Far Eastern Committee for Anomalous unknown. Definitely a common fire could not settlements, and 13 of them flew to Dalnegorsk
Phenomena, was the first to investigate the produce such glass carbon. The most and the site. Three of the UFOs hovered over
crash. With the help of our colleagues in Russia mysterious aspect of the collected items was the the settlement, and five of them illuminated the
this is the most accurate account of the incident disappearance, after vacuum melting, of gold, nearby mountain. The objects moved
to date. silver, and nickel, and the appearance-from noiselessly, at an altitude between 150 to 800
Dr. Dvuzhilni arrived at the site two nowhere-of molybdenum, that was not in the meters. None of the eyewitnesses actually
days after the crash. Deep snow was covered the chamber to begin with. thoughts they were UFOs. Those who observed
area at the time. The site of the crash, located on The only thing that could be more or less the objects assumed they were aircraft involved
a rocky ledge, was devoid of snow. All around easily explained was the ash found on site. in some disaster, or falling meteorites. As the
the site remnants of silica splintered rocks were Something biological was burned during the objects flew over houses, they created
found: (due to exposure to high temperatures), crash. A flock of birds, perhaps, or a stray dog; interference (television, telegraph functions).
and "smoky" looking. Many pieces, and a or someone who was inside the crashed object? The Ministry of Internal Affairs officers,
nearby rock, contained particles of silvery Dr. Dvuzhilni’s article was published in who were present, testified later that they
metal, some "sprayed"-like, some in the form of a Soviet (Uzbekistan) Magazine NLO: Chto, observed the objects from a street, at 23:30
solidified balls. At the edge of the site a tree- Gde, Kogda? (Issue 1, 1990, reprint of an article (precise time). They saw a fiery object, flying in
stump was found. It was burnt and emitted a in FENOMEN Magazine, March 23, 1990). In from the direction of Gorely settlement. In front
chemical smell. The objects collected at the site his article Dalnegorski Phenomen V. Dvuzhilni of the fiery “flame” was a lusterless sphere, and
were later dubbed as "tiny nets", "little balls", provides details unavailable elsewhere. in the middle of the object was a red sphere.
"lead balls", "and glass pieces" (that is what The southwesterly trajectory of the Another group of eyewitnesses included
each resembled). object just about coincides with the Xichang workers from the Bor quarry. They observed an
Closer examination revealed very Cosmodrome of People’s Republic of China, object at 11:00 pm. A giant cylindrical object
unusual properties. One of the "tiny nets" where satellites are launched into geo was flying straight at the quarry. Its size was
contained torn and very thin (17 micrometers) synchronous orbit with the help of the Great like that of a five-story building, its length
threads. Each of the threads consisted of even March-2 carrier rockets. There is no data of any around 200 or 300 hundred meters. The front
thinner fibers, tied up in plaits. Intertwined with rocket launches in the PRC at the end of part of the object was lit up, like a burning
the fibers were very thin gold wires. Soviet January. At the same time, Sinxua Agency metal. The workers were afraid that the object
scientists, at such facilities as the Omsk branch reported on January 25, 1988, that there was a would crash on them. One of the managers of
of the Academy of Sciences, analyzed all sighting of a glowing red sphere not far from the the quarry observed an object at 11:30 pm.
collected pieces. Without going into specific Cosmodrome, where it hovered for 30 minutes.
details suffice it to say that the technology to Possibly, UFOs had shown interest toward the
produce such materials was not yet available on Chinese Cosmodrome in the years 1989 and Continued on Page 12
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12 The Dalnegorsk UFO Crash


The Dalnegorsk UFO
Crash: Roswell Incident
of the Soviet Union
Continued from Page 11

There are opposing opinions. V.


Psalomschikov, an expert on aircraft crashes,
and a well-known journalist, stated that the
object was manufactured in the USSR, the
technology to produce it dates back to 1970's,
and that he has similar ultra thin filaments in
his possession. However, a Soviet probe
would self-destruct immediately, whereas the
object reportedly did try to ascend several
times. Actually, Psalomschikov believes the
crashed object was a Soviet-built intelligence
remotely piloted vehicle.
A Russian ufologist and scientist,
Gennady Belimov, presented information in
1993 that a Soviet military probe had crashed
at the Hill 611. His proof was based on
similar crashed of highly classified Soviet
probes, and he concludes that ufologists
misinterpreted the probe which to be a UFO
crashed in the Far East. As for the lead lines throughout the area. Andrey Pavlov’s (the author of the newspaper
collected at the site, Belimov believes it was Lieutenant Zhivayev of the Interior article) reference to the fact that in the early
extracted from the Kholodnensky deposit in Ministry troops described the object he 1990s Russian generals from the anti-aircraft
the Northern Baikal region. observed as a flame with a lusterless sphere in forces became concerned about the UFO
A new generation of Russian UFO the front and a reddish ball in the rear. And the activity in the area, and contacted local UFO
researchers have reached a conclusion that workers from the Bor Quarry-Bistryancev, researchers. An exchange of information
the probe was an aerostatics reconnaissance Anokhin, Grigoriyev-reported a giant ensued. It is newsworthy when a major Russian
vehicle possibly equipped to make infrared cylindrical object at an altitude of 300 meters. newspaper mentions such fact (the author
photographs. The speed of the probe was Its fore part was illuminated-like melting metal. actually quoted Dr. Dvuzhilni, the chief
estimated to be approximately 54 kilometers There are many other witness accounts in the investigator of the Height 611 UFO crash).
per hour, which would negate Dr. Dvuzhilni’s Dvuzhilni report. To remind our readers, the According to Alexander Rempel (NLO
data. But even among them there is no area of the crash is not that far away from the Magazine, 1999) very few Russian ufologists
consistent belief as to the origin of the probe. Tunguska Phenomenon site. recall the crash, or pay attention to it.
Vladimir Smoly, for example, does not Something else, heretofore unknown in Alexander Rempel informed
believe there was a thermite self-destruction the West, took place in the region, that could participants of the UFOMIND Russian UFO
device aboard the probe. The self-destruction shed some light on both incidents. Forum that fragments of the crashed object have
would be expected to be immediate, unlike to Alexander Rempel published his report been examined in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk,
what had happened at Height 611 to the in Priroda newspaper (Vladivostok) in July of and Munich, Liege and other places. In 2000,
crashed object. 1991. A fiery object was observed over the four Japanese and Korean expeditions examined
Was this a NATO probe? V. Khabarovsk city on August 24, 1978, at night. It the Height 611.
Psalomschikov mentioned that previously the was about a meter and a half in diameter. At one Ufologists from Korea and Japan have
NATO reconnaissance balloons did contain point in its flight, it emitted a hissing (or made offers to purchase the “balls”. The current
trotyl (TNT) self-destruction devices. One wheezing) sound, like a jet engine does. The price for one gram of any fragment is $500.00,
such apparatus fell on a house in the USSR area around it became illuminated, like daylight. and the price has been going up. There are
and “self-destroyed” it; fortunately, there was The object descended slowly, and lit up brightly. offers of $1,500 per gram, but the demand
no one inside the dwelling at the time. The The soil, albeit full of water, burned up. Coal- exceeds the supply. Rempel is aware that there
Soviets raised hell, the scandal was heard like pieces were found in the area, they had have been numerous conclusions of a number of
even in the UN, and since that time the NATO holes and glass-like structures. For ten years institutes and laboratories in Russia and abroad,
probes contained only thermite self- thereafter the soil remained unchanged, and and yet all of them differ from each other. There
destruction devices. Smoly believes the nothing grew at the site of the explosion. is no final conclusion that the object was made
object was aerostatics apparatus created for The eyewitnesses reported that a dark on Earth, but at the same time, there is no
entertainment purposes. However, M. object flew away just before the explosion. It definite conclusion that the object was of
Gershtein indicated that the object had a was not found. Ten years later Rempel and his extraterrestrial origin. Some peculiarities of the
clearly defined trail, and could not have been colleagues received numerous reports about an object still cannot be explained. Since 2000
a balloon moving at the speed of the wind anomalous zone near Khabarovsk. Few there has not been anything anomalous in the
carrying it. explorers who have returned from the area area. But Russians ufologists show little or no
Would the military later stage fake confirmed that the object fell there, and that interest in the famous case, states Rempel,
"UFO" flights to confuse and mislead fantastic things have been observed there. Yet at except for those in Vladivostok. Two exhibits of
ufologists, and the Western intelligence the time Rempel could not confirm their reports: the Height 611 incident have been made and are
services? The objects observed on November the military had sealed the area off. But his active; one is in the Dalnegorsk museum, and
28, 1987 consisted of different shapes: cigar- group was able to research the area of the the other in the UFO Museum in Vladivostok.
like, cylindrical, and spherical. Their flight Dalnegorsk Object alleged fall after it flew off
was noiseless, smooth, at various altitudes. the Hill 611. They found out about unusual
Actually, not one of the eyewitnesses animal mutations. Continued on Page 14
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14 More UFO News and Views


The Dalnegorsk UFO possible that one of the fragments, flying from grandmother's parrot for interrupting his sleep
the southwest, landed in Dalnegorsk the next was ordered to apologize with chocolates.
Crash: Roswell Incident of day. Stefan McKinsley, 19, pleaded guilty Monday
There seems to a consensus of opinion to a breach of the peace after his grandmother
the Soviet Union that the Hill 611 crash may well a conventional called police Friday at 2:45 a.m. and said the
Continued from Page 12 explanation, but exactly what remains to be teenager was intoxicated and hitting the parrot's
seen. It does have its parallel’s in the West, the cage, Britain's The Daily Telegraph reported
Roswell case being one of them, but there are Monday. Prosecutors said McKinsley, who
others. Irrespective of this, it is a fascinating threatened the bird with violence if it did not
case, which is sure to divulge more information quiet down and allow him to sleep in the spare
and more theories in the years to come. room, did not calm down after his grandmother
placed a cloth over the parrot's cage.
The above is an extract from Philip Mantle & McKinsley, who spent the weekend in jail, was
Paul Stonehill’s new book ‘UFO CASE FILES sentenced by Edinburgh Sheriff Court to buy his
OF RUSSIA’ grandmother a box of chocolates as an apology.

Classic UFO case cracked Utah man creates 18-tower ice


Famous 1950s sighting of castle
"jellyfish-shaped" mothership MIDWAY, Utah - A Utah ice sculptor said his
finally explained massive out- door ice castle has grown to
By Andy Roberts and Dr David include 18 towers, each of which measures 30 to
There are hundreds of witnesses, and Clarke 35 feet high. Brent Christiansen said he uses 20
dozens of the actual eyewitnesses, and many sprinkler heads to expand the structure by 10-12
drawings of the incident, but there are no tons of ice each day on the golf course of the
photographs. Numerous “kontaktyori” (those A classic UFO sighting by civilian pilots Zermatt Resort and Spa in Midway, Utah, and
who claim to be in contact with extraterrestrial has been explained following a “cold case” he plans to continue expanding the project
civilizations) had made predictions that never investigation more than 50 years since it made through the end of February, The Salt Lake
came true, claimed to be in contact with alien headlines across the world. One evening in June Tribune reported. Christiansen said the resort
civilizations, wrote books and made paintings 1954, Captain James Howard was flying a allows him to keep the $2 entrance fee visitors
of the event. They even claimed that a UFO BOAC Stratocruiser from New York to London must pay to enter the castle and he and his wife
would land at the Dalnegorsk stadium. This when he and his flight crew spotted a shape- were given a room at the hotel for the season.
prediction had attracted attention of a great changing, black “jellyfish-shaped” object The self-taught sculptor said the main tower of
number of Russians, thousands of them arrived hovering low on the horizon above the Labrador the structure is expected to reach three to four
in Dalnegorsk, but nothing happened. Some of coast. As crew and passengers watched in stories high by the time of its completion.
those who had arrived to meet the aliens still amazement, they saw a number of other dark
remain in the Dalnegorsk mental asylum. blob-like objects arranged on either side of the Large buck invades kitchen
The RUFORS Round Table members “mothership”. As a fighter aircraft reached the
(Anatoly Kutovoy and others), as well as scene, these smaller UFOs appeared to enter the BELLEVILLE, Ill. - An Illinois man who was
Vladimir Smoly’s UFO Forum participants, larger object, which shrank and disappeared. On awakened in the night by a ruckus in his home
have discussed the case, and actively exchanged landing in London, Capt. Howard was said he walked into his kitchen and was shocked
scientific information about it. As for the interviewed live on BBC TV and became to find a 10-to-12-point buck.
Russian media, it has paid some attention to the convinced the UFOs were being “intelligently Mark Page of Belleville said he and his
crash recently, too. handled”. Even the infamous Colorado UFO wife, Cassia, woke up early Saturday morning
We must mention another interpretation project failed to crack the case and suggested it to the sound of glass breaking in their kitchen
of the Dalnegorsk crash. It was published in was a rare natural phenomenon – “so rare that it and he walked down the steps to find his dining
Soviet newspaper Ribak Primorya (Issue 14, apparently has never been reported before or room window shattered and the large deer
1991). The author of the article about the since”. standing in his kitchen, KSDK-TV, St. Louis,
Dalnegorsk Object was Y. Vasilyev. He states But Scottish UFO investigator Martin reported. "He was standing right here, with his
several interesting points. According to him, V. Shough has unearthed primary evidence, head in the sink," Page said.
Dvuzhilni and a group of his students arrived to including the crews’ statements and weather "I looked at him for seriously not even a
the site of the crash. They searched the area data, to solve the mystery. Through a process of fraction of a second," he said, "and I ran back
three times, quite thoroughly, and found tiny elimination, Shough concludes there can be upstairs because I don't mess with deers." Page
metallic drops. All required measurements were little doubt the crew and passengers saw an said the deer found its own way out by crashing
taken, and took photographs. unusual mirage. And far from being rare, he through another window, leaving a trail of blood
Then they initiated physical and discovered this sighting was just one of “an through the house as his signature. The
chemical analyses of the findings. The unrecognised class of very similar mirage homeowner, who said there are no wooded
temperature of the melting was 390 degrees. observations from aircraft”. His definitive study areas near his home, said police told him they
Silvery metal was very soft; it was easy to break proves it is possible to resolve even the most used dogs to try to track the buck, but they never
it with a pair of tweezers. On February 8, 1986, perplexing UFO reports with enough time and found the animal.
V. Dvuzhilni and V. Berliozov, a geologist (who effort. It also shows there is valuable scientific
had studied the Sikhote-Alin’ meteorite) again data lurking within the noise that constitutes the
ascended the hill. The geologist confirmed that UFO enigma.
the crashed body was of a cosmic origin, and the
traces affirmed this. Its luminescence was
similar to that of usual meteorites. Five years BIZARRE NEWS
later, V. Dvuzhilini came up with further details
(“fantastic details”, according to Y. Vasilyev).
Then the author comes up with his own Man yells at parrot, jailed for
hypothesis. On January 28, 1986, American weekend
shuttle Challenger exploded in the sky. The
force of the explosion was such that the EDINBURGH, Scotland - A 19-year-old
fragments were thrown all over the Atlantic. It is Scottish man who admitted to threatening his
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The Radford Files 15


The Radford Files JOHNNY CARSON
Skeptic on Skeptic EXPOSES
Fellow investigators talk UFOs URI GELLER
in Aztec, N.M.
By Benjamin Radford

New Mexico, land of two national


laboratories, is home to lots of scientists.
Whether employed developing supercomputers,
testing explosives or doing autopsies on
extraterrestrial crash victims, there are plenty of
PhDs walking around.
But New Mexico native David Thomas
is not your ordinary egghead. He’s also one of
the country’s top skeptical investigators.
Thomas has degrees in physics and mathematics recovered was said to have been 99.99 feet in In addition to providing laughs and unexpected
from New Mexico Tech, where he develops diameter. punchlines, Carson would from time to time use
earthquake-detection equipment. He also Scully’s best seller stated that the dead his show as a means of exposing scams and
teaches a course on critical thinking and alien bodies and spacecraft were hauled off to a fakes who were taking advantage of the public
distinguishing science from pseudoscience. Oh, top-secret U.S. government hangar somewhere. at large. Famed psychic Uri Gellar appeared on
and he plays mean bass in local act Vigilante But two scientists (Scully’s informants Silas M. the show in 1973. Carson himself set up the
Band. Newton and Leo GeBauer) had managed to get props for Gellar’s act without Gellar or his
He’s president of New Mexicans for ahold of alien technology that could locate oil manager being able to see them before filming.
Science and Reason (NMSR), which tackles all and gold! Despite Gellar’s claims of having genuine
manner of curious claims, from the world- “Turns out that these two gentlemen mental powers, he was unable to reproduce his
famous Roswell crash to creationism to were oil swindlers,” Thomas explains. “They usual tricks with the props that Carson
contrails (or chemtrails, those white lines in the were con men. GeBauer worked as a tech at an provided. This method of proving Gellar a fraud
sky following airplanes, claimed by conspiracy auto parts supply place. He was not a top-secret had been suggested by Carson’s friend James
theorists to be toxic). “We also look into fringe government scientist. Newton, also a con artist, Randi, a trained stage magician (like Carson
science and paranormal claims,” he says. In would tell investors of the recent crash of an himself) who later appeared on the show in
fact, Thomas and his group have offered to test alien ship, the analysis by top-secret 1987 to expose the supposed faith healer Peter
people with alleged powers right here in government labs, and the discovery of magnetic Popoff. Though Popoff claimed that his
Albuquerque, including psychics and dowsers. devices that could find oil and gold. Then came knowledge of the audience’s problems came
Unfortunately, Thomas says, “at the last minute the pitch. Newton told the investors that he from “Godly visions”, Randi provided Carson
they chicken out, and they really don’t want to could get them access to this incredible ‘alien’ and his audience with video that showed
have a scientific test of their paranormal powers technology—for a price.” Popoff’s wife describing the people for him to
for one reason or another.” The scam was exposed when J. P. Cahn, heal via a microphone which broadcast to a
Thomas is perhaps best known for a reporter for True magazine, secretly obtained speaker hidden in his hearing aid.
applying his knowledge of mathematics and a sample from the alien spacecraft and had it
computers to the Bible Code, the hidden tested. They found it was “the same aluminum
messages supposedly found in holy texts. The that we use in pots and pans,” Thomas says. Bizarre Salt Facts
code was the subject of the 1997 best-selling Cahn wrote an exposé, and it was the beginning
book The Bible Code, by Michael Drosnin. of the end for the Aztec UFO story. The men If the world's oceans evaporated, enough salt
Thomas demonstrated that the patterns Drosnin were put on trial, and the Oct. 14, 1952 front- would be crys- tallized to cover Britain to a
and others were finding were artifacts that page headline of the Denver Post read “ ‘Saucer depth of 50 miles.
resulted from “data mining.” That is, if you run Scientist’ in $50,000 Fraud.”
a computer program through enough massive Despite the 1952 public exposure of the Being hygroscopic, salt spread on dusty
pieces of text (whether the Bible or War and Aztec UFO hoax, other writers have since floors in equestrian centers and indoor arenas
Peace or Moby Dick), looking for enough jumped on the Aztec UFO bandwagon, insisting retains moisture and keeps down dust.
patterns (every 10th letter, every 12th letter, that the whole thing was (of course) a
etc.), it will eventually spit out some words and government coverup. The fact that Roswell had Until recently, salt bars were the standard
jumbly sentences that could be interpreted to been capitalizing financially on its reputed UFO currency of Ethiopia.
make sense. It’s the sort of thing that the crash was not lost on the citizens of Aztec, who
veritable room full of monkeys with typewriters began their own annual convention celebrating In ancient Greece, slaves were traded for salt,
would be able to generate, given enough time the UFO. For the first few years, Thomas was hence the expression "not worth his salt".
(and no breaks to write George W. Bush’s asked to speak, but the invitations dried up after
speeches). he explained the hoax: “Since then they really In his painting The Last Supper, Leonardo da
New Mexico’s biggest mystery is of don’t want to hear what I have to say,” he notes Vinci put an over turned salt cellar in front of
course the Roswell crash, but there are several wryly. the ill-fated Judas.
lesser-known cities that also claim to have Though many people were disappointed
received extraterrestrial visitors at one point or to find out that the Aztec UFO was a scam, the In old Japanese theaters, salt was sprinkled
another, including Aztec. “The Aztec story story holds important lessons for Thomas, on the stage before performances to prevent
really took off in 1950,” Thomas says, “when a skeptics and the public at large. It shows how evil spirits from casting a spell on the actors
writer—a Hollywood reporter named Frank easily people can be fooled by a wild story and ruining the play.
Scully—published a book called Behind the promoted by a gullible reporter—and more
Flying Saucers. It was the first full-length importantly, it shows that just because you read In Arab countries salt was used to seal a
American book on flying saucers. It described a best-selling book about a UFO crash bargain, and also as a sign of friendship.
16 humanoid bodies that were recovered (supported by “top-secret government
together, along with their undamaged scientists”) doesn’t mean it’s true. Or at least The Druids used salt in their rituals at
spacecraft. Scully had informants who told him that’s what they want you to think. Stonehenge. It is thought that this was as a
that the disc landed near Aztec, N.M., back in symbol of the life-giving fruits of the earth.
March of 1948.” The disc that was allegedly
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16 Bizarre Asteroid Collision

Bizarre Asteroid Collision uncharted asteroids ran into each other at speeds
of over 11,000 miles per hour (or five times
is One For The X-Files faster than a rifle bullet). The center of the "X"
might be the original collision point where the
By Ray Villard |
trajectories of the object intersected. The whole
structure has a definite ballistic look to it, like
I've seen thousands of astronomical
plummeting smoke trails from an exploded
images over my career, but this is one of the few
aerial firework. (Government conspiracy buffs
absolute jaw-droppers: A flying X-pattern with
might imagine it's the result of an "anti-
trailing streamers. At first glance it looks like a
asteroid" interceptor being dispatched in a
four-pointed Kohga Ninja throwing star blade.
secret military experiment.)
It's so weird-looking that you want to
This smashup created a shower of debris
call the UFO hotline. Maybe it's a Romulan
that is being swept back into a tail from the
"Bird of Prey" starship decloaking as it enters
collision site by the pressure of sunlight. The
our solar system.
main nucleus of P/2010 A2, which mysteriously
The mystery object, located 100 million
lies outside of its own halo of dust, is the
miles from Earth, may really be the aftermath of
surviving remnant. It looks like the other body
a hypervelocity collision between two asteroids
presumably disintegrated. There are two
-- like a bullet hitting another bullet. Whatever
predominant streamers of dust in the Hubble
it is, nothing quite like it has ever before been
image that are telltale evidence for two objects
seen in the heavens.
trailing dust.
The comet-like object, called P/2010
The asteroid belt contains abundant
A2, was first discovered by the LINEAR
evidence for ancient collisions that have
(Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research
shattered precursor bodies into fragments. The
program) sky survey on January 6. Telescopes
orbit of P/2010 A2 is itself consistent with
around the world turned their attention to it.
membership in the Flora asteroid family,
Comet expert David Jewitt of UCLA
produced by collisional shattering of a pair of
quickly applied for special discretionary time on
wayward asteroids over 100 million years ago.
the Hubble Space Telescope to get a close-up
One fragment of that smashup may have struck
look at the object. Hubble pictures take on
Earth 65 million years ago, triggering a mass
January 25 and 29 left everyone speechless. It's
extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs.
fun watching the expression on the faces of
With 2012 doomsday hysteria building,
astronomers when they first see it, like "WTF!?"
this might get attention on the Internet as yet
I reported on the strange space visitor in
another omen of the "End of Times." Those
January, and some readers dismissed it as just
who've overdosed on Nostradamus might see a
another one of a handful of hybrid asteroid-
flying Star of David, or a pentagram.
comets that was outgassing. But the Hubble
But asteroid collisions have been
view removes any lingering doubt that this is
ongoing for over 4 billion years.Thanks to our
something new in astronomical observations.
modern telescopes we've finally "caught one in
The scenario being pondered is that two
the act."
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Frisbee Inventor Passes Away! 17


Inventor of the 'Flying they replaced it with a tin pie plate. I have heard
it called a cake pan also, but I prefer pie plate as
Saucer Toy,' the Frisbee, a more accurate description. No doubt, fodder
for academic ink, or a possible dissertation on
Passes Away! this pie verse cake conundrum?
That's important, but let's not get lost in
by By John Kays a forest (cake) of pie-pans that take the cake for
peculiarity (if you get my drift)? Oh, maybe we
shall! Anyway, Mr. Morrison and his girl were
flinging a pan on the beach one day, when a
passerby marveled at the sport of the happy-go-
lucky couple. The stupefied observer anxiously
offered a quarter for a pan that cost just a nickel.
The entrepreneurial angle comes into play at
this juncture.
Now that he saw that money could be
made, Fred began in earnest refining the flying-
cake-pan. I am not privy to these exact changes, I am most sorry for the passing of Fred
but I do know that a little event popped up, Morrison, a genius-inventor of the caliber of
WWII, and Fred Morrison became a fighter- greats such as Thomas Edison or Eli Whitney!
Walter Frederick Morrison, 90, the bomber who was shot down over Italy. In the The popularity of the Frisbee will never die! It
inventor of the Frisbee, died February 9th at his meantime Fred had married his easy-life-style will persist until Armageddon finally sweeps us
Utah home. The Southern California toy partner, Lu Nay, and they nestled in Southern into the briny depths of the ocean blue. But as
company, Wham-O, has sold more than 200 California, where he chose the trade of a we sink in the ocean depths we'll toss the private
million Frisbees to date. "That simple little toy carpenter. flying saucer one last time to our soggy, salt-
has permeated every continent in every country, Fred spent much of his spare time watered doggie who barks bubbles and spits
as many homes have Frisbees as any other sketching designs for his 'saucer-toy,' refining greenie seaweed out on the briny bottom.
device ever invented," says Morrison's attorney, its aerodynamics, a subject he seemed to be Fred Morrison is credited with two other
Kay Mclff. knowledgeable about. The mechanics of the less popular invention-fads, his Crazy Eight
Wham-O also sells such popular toys as 'Morrison Slope,' the outer third of the disc, Bowling Balls and his Popsicle Machine. I
the Hula Hoop, the Water Wiggle and the Super must have been worked out at this time? vaguely remember these gadgets from my
Ball. Fred Morrison signed a contract with Coincidentally, the UFO craze began around youth? Hopefully, Mattel is still making these
Wham-O in 1957, essentially selling the rights this time, when flying discs in space were toys, because these could easily reap beaucoup
of the 'Frisbee' for over a million dollars plus observed by many reputable citizens (not sales, in light of the passing of Fred Morrison.
future royalties. quacks). You might recall that the 'Roswell But his claim to fame was summed up by his
I would argue that a good amount of Incident' dates to 1947. The UFO craze is a biographer, Phil Kennedy.
Morrison's royalties were awarded in the latter harbinger for the commerciality of the future "Fred's the one who thought of
1960s, when the 'Youth Movement' (often Frisbee, I will suggest. commercializing something that people had
referred to as the Hippies) adapted the Frisbee The pivotal change in the 'Pluto Platter' been doing forever-picking up a round, flat
as their official sport. Suddenly every longhair comes in the mid-1950s when a metal object is object and watching it sail." The Frisbee
from Sacramento to Timbuktu was hanging out converted to plastic. I see this as Fred's most phenomenon was born. "It's a bird, it's a plane,
their local park and spending hours throwing the significant innovation to the 'saucer-toy,' that no it's a Pluto Platter from Toys 'R' Us (my
'Pluto Platter' in the air for their faithful dog to makes a direct beeline to the Wham-O way)!" (CNN.com-Frisbee inventor dies at 90
catch. Dog participation is the centrifugal force knickknack that took meteoric-flight off dime- by Dan Gilgoff)
in this new recreational sport. store shelves, throughout the 1960s! We're
It's easy to get ourselves on dicey waters waddling in Frisbee-theory here, but it's
when tracing the precise provenance of this necessary to capture the Zeitgeist: Tin to
'flying disc,' but I will provide a basic outline of Plastic! The birth of a miracle platter!
the birth of this marvelous outdoor flying The Cats at Wham-O must be granted
saucer. In order to quell many myths some credit here too. Rich Knerr and A. K.
surrounding the Frisbee's invention, Fred 'Spud' Melin, the owners of Wham-O, signed
Morrison co-authored a book with a historian, the deal with Morrison and did the needed
Phil Kennedy, "Flat Flip Flies Straight! True marketing to make the product 'fly'. But Fred
Origins of the Frisbee," published in 2006. (The got his patent (design patent 183,626) and a
Washington Post-Fred Morrison, inventor of the good royalty deal, I must add. The toy partners
Frisbee, dies at 90 by Emma Brown-2/12/2010) secured the groovy name from the Frisbie
The intrinsic controversy lies with a Baking Company, which had shut down in
Wham-O employee, Ed Headrick, who really 1958. (About.com-The First Flight of the
refined the Frisbee in the 1960s to its current Frisbee by Mary Bellis.)
design. Headrick's did away with the space Wham-O changed the spelling from
theme and added concentric grooves that helped Frisbie to Frisbee, a smart way to avoid a
to smooth out the disc in flight. I have frivolous lawsuit. The fifty year old Frisbee is
personally observed a lack of wobble in the owned by Mattel nowadays. Not to downplay
saucer as it descends and lands in the 'bowser the marketing sagacity of Rich Knerr and A. K.
mouth,' who then happily fetches it back to his 'Spud' Melin, yet I must conjecture that the
master for another spin. (The Washington Post- Frisbee was just a natural for the times that it
ibid) was conceived in.
It's sad to report that Ed Headrick's Suddenly the 'Hippies' had their own
never received one dime in royalties. Oh stop sport of choice. Now Dudes could spend
that! We go back in time now to 1937 now, countless hours at a local rundown park (with
when Fred Morrison and his girlfriend, Lucile broken merry-go-rounds and shoddy swing
"Lu" Nay, had some fun tossing a popcorn-tin sets) with their buddies, girlfriends and favorite
around in the backyard on a Thanksgiving Day bow-wow, practicing disc-catching skills 'til the
holiday. Once the popcorn-tin got too wasted, cows come home!
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Waiting for apocalypse When I asked Carrigan his age, he
wouldn't answer, saying, 'I'm timeless.
about to fall on Earth via the Y2K bug.
Biblical teachings about the apocalypse,
just around the corner Ageless." often called Armageddon, the Last Judgment or
He acknowledged, nevertheless, he the Rapture, are held today by many
Many New Age thinkers are moved to Vancouver at age 19 and ever since conservative religious denominations, including
seeking higher ground — has found the city "delightful." It is where he the Church of Latter Day Saints, the Seventh
literally. They believe oceans will continues to raise two teenagers as a single Day Adventists and many evangelical
parent. However, in December 2012, Carrigan denominations. A Biblical apocalypse, based on
rise and tsunamis will hit on Dec. will be driving far out of Vancouver. He'll be the Book of Revelation, has been popularized
21, 2012 heading to a mountain top. through the best-selling Left Behind novel
Carrigan and many others are convinced series.
that on Dec. 21, 2012, Vancouver and much of U.S. president Ronald Reagan believed
Canwest News Service
the planet will be virtually destroyed. Armageddon could happen in his lifetime.
Havoc will come through a combination And an apocalyptic scenario involving
Brad Carrigan "presents well," as they
of earthquakes, tsunamis and oceans rising the second coming of Christ is part of the
say in psychological circles. The Vancouver
hundreds of metres. Those who might hope to doctrine formally taught by the Christian and
resident dresses smartly, has an athletic
survive will be on higher ground. Missionary Alliance Church, the evangelical
physique, neatly cropped hair and a friendly,
"Forget Haiti. Forget Katrina," Carrigan denomination to which Canadian Prime
well-spoken demeanour. He looks like many
said, calmly. Minister Stephen Harper belongs.
happy, healthy West Coast middle-aged guys.
The end of Vancouver and the rest of the So-called "secular" people are not
Carrigan earned a solid living for 12
world as we know it is described in vivid detail, immune to apocalyptic scenarios either, as
years as a financial consultant, has played with
with video, on Carrigan's sophisticated-looking portrayed in movies such as Terminator 2 and
some of the country's top musicians, wrote a
website, www.2012enlightened.com. Avatar. Apocalyptic beliefs often emerge from
sacred music concert performed at the Queen
The imminent destruction of Earth people anxious about atomic warfare,
Elizabeth theatre, hosts a program called The
hinges on a planet called Nibiru, which population explosion, economic collapse,
Eternal Wellness Show and runs Blue World
Carrigan and many New Age adherents believe uncontrollable viruses and environmental
Lifestyle Multimedia Corporation, which has a
will pass close to our solar system in 2012. devastation.
stylish website.
They firmly expect Nibiru to create a What is at the root of apocalyptic
Like millions in B.C. and elsewhere,
gravitational effect that will cause the Earth to thinking?
Carrigan is also a fan of a recent Vancouver-
stop revolving on its axis for several disastrous It is based on a belief the world is
filmed blockbuster movie that has so far earned
months. engaged in an all-out struggle between good and
$800 million, made by big-name director
A spiritual golden age will follow for evil, which could end in the triumph of one side.
Roland Emmerich (creator of Independence
survivors. Carrigan and many others predict the The dominant form of apocalyptic
Day) and actor John Cusack.
new dawn on Earth will begin on March 28, thinking today grows out of a despairing
The movie is titled 2012.
2013. It's not possible here to explain the conviction that most people and institutions are
It's a special-effects-filled disaster
convoluted logic that goes into the 2012 irredeemably corrupt, fit only for destruction.
movie. Its plot revolves around a cataclysm that
phenomenon as expressed by Carrigan and Personally, however, even though I
wipes out most of the Earth's almost seven
many authors. worry people in power are leading the planet in
billion population in the year 2012.
Suffice to say Carrigan's version many dangerous directions, I don't find myself
Highly presentable Carrigan only begins
involves planetary science, quantum mechanics, switching into apocalyptic mode. Call me
to take on the persona of a "character" when he
Nostradamus, Hopi Indians, aliens, Bible hopeful.
says he believes the movie is more than a
revelations, Edgar Cayce, the Vatican, crop Carrigan resides in another category
fiction.
circles, Atlantis, Moses, kundalini yoga, Hindu entirely regarding 2012.
Following the lead of the marketers of
gods and goddesses, Akashic teachings, the "It's not a question of 'if' I'm right about
2012, Carrigan says the disaster film is pointing
anti-Christ, the swastika, the Age of Aquarius what's going to happen. I know I'm right," he
to something that is soon to become terribly
and much more. said.
real.
Why has the general public not heard of His demeanour remained placid
His book on the subject is called 2012
this looming disaster? throughout our conversation, even though the
Enlightened. It is one of about 20 titles on the
Carrigan said the official silence is a plot tempo of his speech rapidly rose as he described
"2012 phenomenon." Countless spiritual
orchestrated by NASA, the White House, the his data for destruction.
seekers are convinced 2012 will usher in both
Illuminati, the Freemasons and the world's "What I'm saying is not doom and
global cataclysm and a new spiritual era.
multinational corporations and mass media, all gloom," he said. "It's just what's going to
Based on a prophecy embedded in the
of which he said, have a vested interest in not happen."
ancient Mayan calendar, the 2012 phenomenon
distressing the population. This economic elite As strange as it may seem to many of us,
is an apocalyptic scenario of the most horrifying
has already, he said, built underground cities in it is quite possible millions of New Age people
order.
the U.S. and Scandinavia as its safe havens. share Carrigan's views about a 2012 cataclysm,
You could call it a New Age version of
If readers are wondering whether I'm while tens of millions more North Americans
the Biblical apocalyptic beliefs widely held by
drawn to or convinced of this 2012 apocalyptic hold to a Biblical version of apocalypse.
many evangelical Christians and others.
scenario, I will have to disappoint many and say If being part of a large movement makes
I talked to Carrigan about 2012 this
… no. one "normal," perhaps it wasn't incorrect for
week at a busy Vancouver coffee shop, where he
I bring it to wider attention only because Carrigan to quietly declare:
is a fondly welcomed regular.
it is a general New Age belief apparently held "I'm not a radical." []
The coffee shop displayed Carrigan's
by tens of thousands of people, possibly
book, as well as leaflets for his often well-
millions.
attended multimedia lectures, one of which will
Apocalyptic thinking is not at all rare.
take place this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the
An Angus Reid poll found 46 per cent of
Hollywood Theatre on West Broadway. The
Americans and 20 per cent of Canadians
jacket of Carrigan's book describes him as an
believed the world would end in their lifetimes
Ottawa-born "spiritual visionary and teacher,
in some sort of divine catastrophe.
author, recording artist and playwright" versed
Remember the global outpouring of
in meditation, Indian spirituality, yoga and
apocalyptic fear that rose up over the year
devotional music. The book jacket adds that he
2000? That's when computer specialists and
frequently experiences powerful visions and
evangelists such as Jerry Falwell and Canada's
dreams.
Grant Jeffrey proclaimed God's judgment was
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How to Spot A Con Artist Psychic 21


How to Spot A Con Artist
Posing As A Psychic
by kamensellie

If you are reading this article, it's


probably because you or someone you know has
or are considering paying a visit to a psychic.
Choosing to see a psychic is risky business, due
to most of them being con artists looking for
your money! Just by clicking on this article
shows you're on your way to making a better
decision.

Instructions

1. There aren't any prices on their listing.


If there isn't a price printed on their listing and
require a "consultation" of some sort, then that
means they determine the price, depending on
however much they believe they can make from
you. Con artists sometimes hesitate to give you
their prices over the phone, so don't be shy to
call and ask!

2. They claim they provide a money


back "guarantee". This is a method used by con
money! This is the con artist's way of trying to artists to help prevent others from falling for
artists to make you believe that you can trust
manipulate you into believing that they are these con artists!.Psychic con artists feed on
them with your money, and so that you don't
trustworthy and wouldn't do anything to hurt desperation and insecurity; they will often play
feel as bad about paying them whatever they
you. on your sympathies and will act
charge. In other words, they're trying to lighten
"compassionate", such as holding your hand or
up the seriousness of the idea of you giving
8. "I/We reunite lovers." "I/We can find say something like "God brought you to me".
them your money.
your lost love." If they could reunite lovers as
they say, it's because you're helping them! Want IN CANADA
3. The psychic claims to be n% accurate.
to reunite yourself with a long lost love or even
Con artist may use "statistics" or "facts" to give
a friend? Try looking them up on Telling forunes for money or any consideration
others the impression they're valid psychics. payment is against the law all across Canada.
whitepages.com or hire an investigator (of
Often times you will see a 98% or 99%
course, contact the Better Business Bureau to
"accuracy rate", may be even a 100%. Numbers Section 365 of the Canadian Criminal Code,
make sure their credentials are real).
are used in this sense to sound more appealing. R.S. 1985,c.C-46 is one of a group of five
9. The psychic con artist may have offenses which deal with false pretenses. It
4. Psychics who dress up are trying to states:
books published to tell stories about their
impress you with their "wealth". The psychics
accuracy, experiences with clients, etc.
who have intentions of truly helping you aren't "Every one who fraudulently
Sometimes "psychics" will publish books to
going to try dressing to impress; the con artists (a) pretends to exercise or to use any kind of
share their stories about their clients and will
who want to reel your money in will try to witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration,
glam up their stories or add in rubbish details to
appear professional. (If they dress well, it will (b) undertakes, for a consideration, to tell
give themselves a more appealing reputation.
indicate their "success".) fortunes, or
May be the psychic writes a book on how to
develop psychic abilities; if you wish to (c) pretends from his skill in or knowledge
5. "There is a curse upon your family of an occult or crafty science to discover where
exercise your ESP (if you believe in such), you
and only I can get rid of it for you." "I see an or in what manner anything that is supposed to
can purchase the book if you'd like but I would
elderly man with glasses standing to the have been stolen or lost may be found, is guilty
personally recommend looking on the internet
left/right of you." These are classic lines used of an offence punishable on summary
for the information you want (because it's free
by con artists posing as psychics to encourage conviction." 1
of charge on many sites).
you to make frequent visits, meaning more
money for them! You are only cursed or Section 361 defines a false pretence:
10. "We've been in business for (large
surrounded by negative energy if you believe
number of years, such as 25)." This is the con
you are. (1) "A false pretence is a representation of a
artist's way of showing they're "experienced" in
their field and give themselves credentials. You matter of fact either present or past, made by
6. Psychic con artists ask for you to call words or otherwise, that is known by the person
know what credentials they're probably giving
daily or even weekly. This is their way of trying who makes it to be false and that is made with a
themselves? Them being a con artist!
to feed more false information into your head to fraudulent intent to induce the person to whom
convince you that they're trying to help (ex. it is made to act on it."
Tips & Warnings
want to do crystal work, perform a "magical
ritual"), so you're encouraged to see them more (2) "Exaggerated commendation or depreciation
IN THE UNITED STATES:
frequently. of the quality of anything is not a false pretence
If you believe you or someone you know unless it is carried to such an extent that it
7. Con artists will be very friendly or act amounts to a fraudulent misrepresentation of
has been scammed by a psychic con artist,
like your best friend. Psychic con artists will fact."
contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax
call you frequently, ask how you are, see how
Fraud hotline and ask for instructions on
things are going in your life. While some may To report a crime call your local police.
submitting your form. Also, you may send an
genuinely care about you, many care about your
email to websites dealing with psychic con
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24 John Edward: Hustling the Bereaved


John Edward: Hustling extras” in photographs of his clients. But
Mumler’s scam was revealed when some of his
and so on in this talkative fashion.

the Bereaved ethereal entities were recognized as living “Cold Reading”


Boston residents (Nickell 1994).
The great magician Harry Houdini By contrast, today’s spirits-whom John
(1874-1926) crusaded against phony Edward and his fellow mediums supposedly
spiritualists, seeking out elderly mediums who contact-seem to have poor memories and
taught him the tricks of the trade. For example, difficulty communicating. For example, in one
while sitters touched hands around the séance of his on-air séances (on Larry King Live, June
table, mediums had clever ways of gaining the 19, 1998), Edward said: “I feel like there’s a J-
use of one hand. (One method was to slowly or G-sounding name attached to this.” He also
move the hands close together so that the perceived “Linda or Lindy or Leslie; who’s this
fingers of one could be substituted for those of L name?” Again, he got a “Maggie or Margie, or
the other.) This allowed the production of some M-G-sounding name,” and yet again
special effects, such as causing a tin trumpet to heard from “either Ellen or Helen, or Eleanore-
appear to be levitating. Houdini gave public it’s like an Ellen-sounding name.” Gone is the
demonstrations of the deceptions. “Do Spirits clear-speaking eloquence of yore; the dead now
Return?” asked one of his posters. “Houdini seem to mumble.
Says No-and Proves It” (Gibson 1977, 157). The spirits also seemingly communicate
Continuing the tradition, I have to Edward et al. as if they were engaging in
investigated various mediums, sometimes pantomime. As Edward said of one alleged
attending séances undercover and once spirit communicant, in a Dateline “He’s
obtaining police warrants against a fraudulent pointing to his head; something had to affect the
medium from the notorious Camp Chesterfield mind or the head, from what he’s showing me.”
spiritualist center in Indiana (Nickell 1998). The No longer, apparently, can the dead speak in
By Joe Nickell camp is the subject of the book The Psychic flowing Victorian sentences, but instead are
Mafia, written by a former medium who reduced to gestures, as if playing a game of
Superstar “psychic medium” John Edward is a recanted and revealed the tricks of floating charades.
stand-up guy. Unlike the spiritualists of yore, trumpets (with disembodied voices), ghostly One suspects, of course, that it is not the
who typically plied their trade in dark-room apparitions, materializing “apports,” and other imagined spirits who have changed but rather
séances, Edward and his ilk often perform fake phenomena (Keene 1976)-some of which I the approach today’s mediums have chosen to
before live audiences and even under the glare have also witnessed firsthand. employ. It is, indeed, a shrewd technique known
of TV lights. Indeed, Edward (a pseudonym: he as “cold reading"-so named because the subject
was born John MaGee Jr.) has his own popular Mental Mediumship walks in “cold"; that is, the medium lacks
show on the SciFi channel called Crossing advance information about the person (Gresham
Over, which has gone into national syndication The new breed of spiritualists-like 1953). It is an artful method of gleaning
(Barrett 2001; Mui 2001). I was asked by Edward, James Van Praagh, Rosemary Altea, information from the sitter, then feeding it back
television newsmagazine Dateline NBC to Sylvia Browne, and George Anderson-avoid the as mystical revelation.
study Edward’s act: was he really talking to the physical approach with its risks of exposure and The “psychic” can obtain clues by
dead? possible criminal charges. Instead they opt for observing dress and body language (noting
the comparatively safe “mental mediumship” expressions that indicate when one is on or off
The Old Spiritualism which involves the purported use of psychic track), asking questions (which if correct will
ability to obtain messages from the spirit realm. appear as “hits” but otherwise will seem
Today’s spiritualism traces its roots to This is not a new approach, since innocent queries), and inviting the subject to
1848 and the schoolgirl antics of the Fox sisters, mediums have long done readings for their interpret the vague statements offered. For
Maggie and Katie. They seemed to credulous clients. In the early days they example, nearly anyone can respond to the
communicate with the ghost of a murdered exhibited “the classic form of trance mention of a common object (like a ring or
peddler by means of mysterious rapping sounds. mediumship, as practiced by shamans and watch) with a personal recollection that can
Four decades later the foxy sisters confessed oracles,” giving spoken “'spirit messages’ that seem to transform the mention into a hit. (For
how they had produced the noises by trickery ranged all the way from personal (and more on cold reading see Gresham 1953;
(Nickell 1994), but meanwhile others sometimes strikingly accurate) trivia to hours- Hyman 1977; Nickell 2000.)
discovered they too could be “mediums” (those long public trance-lectures on subjects of the It should not be surprising that Edward
who supposedly communicate with the dead). deepest philosophical and religious import” is skilled at cold reading, an old fortunetelling
The “spiritualism” craze spread across (McHargue 1972). technique. His mother was a “psychic junkie”
the United States, Europe, and beyond. In Some mediums produced “automatic” who threw fortunetelling “house parties,” one of
darkened séance rooms, lecture halls, and or “trance” or “spirit” writing, which the entities the alleged clairvoyants advising the then-
theaters, various “spirit” phenomena occurred. supposedly dictated to the medium or produced fifteen-year-old that he had “wonderful psychic
The Davenport Brothers conjured up spirit by guiding his or her hand. Such writings could abilities.” He began doing card readings for
entities to play musical instruments while the be in flowery language indeed, as in this excerpt friends and family, then progressed to psychic
two mediums were, apparently, securely tied in from one spirit writing in my collection: fairs where he soon learned that names and
a special “spirit cabinet.” Unfortunately the other “validating information” sometimes
Davenports were exposed many times, once by Oh my Brother-I am so glad to be able to come applied to the dead rather than the living.
a local printer. He visited their spook show and here with you and hold sweet communion for it Eventually he changed his billing from
volunteered as part of an audience committee to has been a long time since I have controlled this “psychic” to “psychic medium” (Edward 1999).
help secure the two mediums. He took that medium but I remember how well used I had The revised approach set him on the road to
opportunity to secretly place some printer’s ink become to her magnetism[,] but we will soon stardom. In addition to his TV show, he now
on the neck of a violin, and after the séance one get accustomed to her again and then renew the commands hundreds of dollars for a private
of the duo had his shoulder smeared with the pleasant times we used to have. I want to assure reading and is booked two years in advance
black substance (Nickell 1999). you that we are all here with you this (Mui 2001).
In Boston, while photographer William afternoon[-]Father[,] Mother[,] little Alice[-
H. Mumler was recycling some glass ]and so glad to find it so well with you and we Continued on Page 25
photographic plates, he accidentally obtained hope and feel dear Brother that you have seen
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John Edward: Hustling the Bereaved 25


John Edward: Hustling Indeed, it turned out that that is just what
Edward had done. Hours before the group
Edward claims to ignore any advance
information that he may get from those he reads,
the Bereaved reading, Tony had been the cameraman on but concedes, “it’s futile to say this to a tough
another Edward shoot (recording him at his skeptic” (Edward 2001, 242-243).
Continued from Page 24
hobby, ballroom dancing). Significantly, the Edward may have benefitted from actual
two men had chatted and Edward had obtained information on another occasion, while
“Hot Reading”
useful bits of information that he afterward undergoing a “scientific” test of his alleged
pretended had come from the spirits. In a powers (Schwartz et al. 2001). In video clips
Although cold reading is the main
follow-up interview Hockenberry revealed the shown on Dateline, Edward was reading
technique of the new spiritualists, they can also
fact and grilled an evasive Edward: subjects-who were brought into the hotel room
employ “hot” reading on occasion. Houdini
where he sat with his back to the door-when he
(1924) exposed many of these information-
HOCKENBERRY: So were you aware that his impressed his tester with an atypical revelation.
gathering techniques including using planted
dad had died before you did his reading? Edward stated he was “being shown the movie
microphones to listen in on clients as they
Pretty in Pink” and asked if there was “a pink
gathered in the mediums’ anterooms-a
Mr. EDWARD: I think he-I think earlier in the- connection.” Then he queried, “Are you, like,
technique Houdini himself used to impress
in the day, he had said something. wearing all pink?” The unidentified man
visitors with his “telepathy” (Gibson 1976, 13).
acknowledged that he was. Yet Edward had
Reformed medium M. Lamar Keene’s The
HOCKENBERRY: It makes me feel like, you thought the subject was a woman, and I suspect
Psychic Mafia (1976) describes such methods
know, that that’s fairly significant. I mean, you that erroneous guess was because of the color of
as conducting advance research on clients,
knew that he had a dead relative and you knew his attire; I further suspect Edward knew it was
sharing other mediums’ files (what Keene terms
it was the dad. pink, that as the man entered the room Edward
“mediumistic espionage”), noting casual
glimpsed a flash of the color as it was reflected
remarks made in conversation before a reading,
Mr. EDWARD: OK. off some shiny surface, such as the glass of a
and so on.
picture frame, the lens of the video camera, etc.
An article in Time magazine suggested
HOCKENBERRY: So that’s not some energy I challenge Edward to demonstrate his reputed
John Edward may have used just such
coming through, that’s something you knew color-divining ability under suitably controlled
chicanery. One subject, a marketing manager
going in. You knew his name was Tony and you conditions that I will set up.
named Michael O'Neill had received apparent
knew that his dad had died and you knew that he
messages from his dead grandfather but, when
was in the room, right? That gets you . . . Inflating “Hits”
his segment aired, he noted that it had been
improved through editing. According to Time's
Mr. EDWARD: That’s a whole lot of thinking I n addition to shrewd cold reading and
Leon Jaroff (2001):
you got me doing, then. Like I said, I react to out-and-out cheating, “psychics” and
what’s coming through, what I see, hear and “mediums” can also boost their apparent
Now suspicious, O'Neill recalled that while the
feel. I interpret what I'm seeing hearing and accuracy in other ways. They get something of
audience was waiting to be seated, Edward’s
feeling, and I define it. He raised his hand, it a free ride from the tendency of credulous folk
aides were scurrying about, striking up
made sense for him. Great. to count the apparent hits and ignore the misses.
conversations and getting people to fill out
In the case of Edward, my analysis of 125
cards with their name, family tree and other
HOCKENBERRY: But a cynic would look at statements or pseudostatements (i.e., questions)
facts. Once inside the auditorium, where each
that and go, 'Hey,' you know, 'He knows it’s the he made on a Larry King Live program (June
family was directed to preassigned seats, more
cameraman, he knows it’s DATELINE. You 19, 1998) showed that he was incorrect about as
than an hour passed before show time while
know, wouldn't that be impressive if he can get often as he was right and that his hits were
“technical difficulties” backstage were
the cameraman to cry?' mostly weak ones. (For example he mentioned
corrected.
“an older female” with “an M-sounding name,”
Mr. EDWARD: Absolutely not. Absolutely not. either an aunt or grandmother, he stated, and the
Edward has a policy of not responding
Not at all. caller supplied “Mavis” without identifying the
to criticism, but the executive producer of
relationship; see Nickell 1998.)
Crossing Over insists: “No information is given
But try to weasel out of it as he might, Another session-for an episode of
to John Edward about the members of the
Edward had obviously been caught cheating: Crossing Over attended by a reporter for The
audience with whom he talks. There is no
pretending that information he had gleaned New York Times Magazine, Chris Ballard
eavesdropping on gallery conversations, and
earlier had just been revealed by spirits and (2001)-had Edward “hitting well below 50
there are no 'tricks’ to feed information to John.”
feigning surprise that it applied to Tony the percent for the day.” Indeed, he twice spent
He labeled the Time article “a mix of erroneous
cameraman. (And that occurred long before “upward of 20 minutes stuck on one person,
observations and baseless theories” (Nordlander
Time had suggested that an Inside Edition shooting blanks but not accepting the negative
2001).
program-February 27, 2001-was probably “the responses.” This is a common technique:
first nationally televised show to take a look at persisting in an attempt to redeem error,
Very Hot
the Edward phenomenon.” That honor instead cajoling or even browbeating a sitter (as Sylvia
goes to Dateline NBC.) Browne often does), or at least making the
Be that as it may, on Dateline Edward
In his new book Crossing Over, Edward incorrect responses seem the person’s fault. “Do
was actually caught in an attempt to pass off
tries to minimize the Dateline exposé, and in so not not honor him!” Edward exclaimed at one
previously gained knowledge as spirit
doing breaks his own rule of not responding to point, then (according to Ballard) “staring down
revelation. During the session he said of the
criticism. He rebukes Hockenberry for “his big the bewildered man.”
spirits, “They're telling me to acknowledge
Gotcha! moment,” adding: When the taped episode actually aired,
Anthony,” and when the cameraman signaled
the two lengthy failed readings had been edited
that was his name, Edward seemed surprised,
Hockenberry came down on the side of the out, along with second-rate offerings. What
asking “That’s you? Really?” He further
professional skeptic they used as my foil. He remained were two of the best readings of the
queried: “Had you not seen Dad before he
was identified as Joe Nickell, a member of the show (Ballard 2001). This seems to confirm the
passed? Had you either been away or been
Committee for the Scientific Investigation of allegation in the Time article that episodes were
distanced?” Later, playing the taped segment for
Claims of the Paranormal, which likes to edited to make Edward seem more accurate,
me, Dateline reporter John Hockenberry
simplify things and call itself CSICOP. He did even reportedly splicing in clips of one sitter
challenged me with Edward’s apparent hit: “He
the usual sound bites: that modern mediums are nodding yes “after statements with which he
got Anthony. That’s pretty good.” I agreed but
fast-talkers on fishing expeditions making remembers disagreeing” (Jaroff 2001).
added, “We've seen mediums who mill about
money on people’s grief-"the same old dogs with
before sessions and greet people and chat with
new tricks,” in Hockenberry’s words. Continued on Page 26
them and pick up things.”
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26 John Edward: Hustling the Bereaved


John Edward: Hustling perceived as dishonest, and he may come across
as arrogant, cynical, and manipulative-not
March 5, 52.

the Bereaved heroic as he imagines. * Keene, M. Lamar. 1976. The Psychic Mafia.
As well, an apparent reproduction of an Reprinted Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books,
Continued from Page 25
effect does not necessarily mean the cause was 1997.
the same. (For example, I have seen several
Edited or not, sessions involving a group
skeptical demonstrations of “weeping” icons * King, Larry. 2001. Are psychics for real?
offer increased chances for success. By tossing
that employed trickery more sophisticated than Larry King Live, March 6.
out a statement and indicating a section of the
that used for “real” crying effigies.) Far better, I
audience rather than an individual, the
am convinced, is showing evidence of the actual * McHargue, Georgess. 1972. Facts, Frauds,
performing “medium” makes it many times
methods employed, as I did in collaboration and Phantasms: A Survey of the Spiritualist
more likely that someone will “acknowledge” it
with Dateline NBC.
as a “hit.” Sometimes multiple audience
Although John Edward was among five * Movement. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday,
members will acknowledge an offering,
“highly skilled mediums” who allegedly fared 44-45.
whereupon the performer typically narrows the
well on tests of their ability (Schwartz et al.
choice down to a single person and builds on the
2001)-experiments critiqued elsewhere in this * Mui, Ylan Q. 2001. Bring me your dead. New
success. Edward uses just such a technique
issue (Wiseman and O'Keeffe, see page 26)-he York Post: TV Sunday, July 8, 105.
(Ballard 2001).
did not claim validation on Larry King Live.
Still another ploy used by Edward and
When King (2001) asked Edward if he thought * Nickell, Joe. 1994. Camera Clues. Lexington:
his fellow “psychic mediums” is to suggest that
there would ever be proof of spirit contact, University Press of Kentucky, 147-149.
people who cannot acknowledge a hit may find
Edward responded by suggesting proof was
a connection later. “Write this down,” an
unattainable, that only belief matters: “. . . I * —. 1998. Investigating spirit
insistent Edward sometimes says, or in some
think that to prove it is a personal thing. It is like communications. Skeptical Briefs 8(3)
other way suggests the person study the
saying, prove God. If you have a belief system (September): 5-6.
apparent miss. He may become even more
and you have faith, then there is nothing really
insistent, the positive reinforcement diverting
more than that.” But this is an attempt to * —. 1999. The Davenport Brothers: Religious
attention from the failure and giving the person
insulate a position and to evade or shift the practitioners, entertainers, or frauds? Skeptical
an opportunity to find some adaptable meaning
burden of proof, which is always on the Inquirer 23(4) (July/August): 14-17.
later (Nickell 1998).
claimant. As Houdini (1924, 270) emphatically
stated, “It is not for us to prove the mediums are * —. 2000. Hustling Heaven. Skeptical Briefs
Debunking Versus Investigation
dishonest, it is for them to prove that they are 10(3) (September): 1-3.
honest.” In my opinion John Edward has
Some skeptics believe the way to
already failed that test. * Nickell, Joe, with John F. Fischer. 1988.
counter Edward and his ilk is to reproduce his
Secrets of the Supernatural. Buffalo, N.Y.:
effect, to demonstrate the cold-reading
Acknowledgments Prometheus Books, 47-60.
technique to radio and TV audiences. Of course
that approach is unconvincing unless one
I appreciate the assistance of Tom Flynn * Nordlander, Charles. 2001. Letter from
actually poses as a medium and then-after
who helped me analyze the video clips executive producer of Crossing Over to Time,
seemingly making contact with subjects’ dead
mentioned in the text and refine the hypothesis March 26.
loved ones-reveals the deception. Although
that Edward may have glimpsed a reflection. I
audiences typically fall for the trick (witness
am also grateful to Tim Binga, Barry Karr, * Schwartz, Gary E.R., et al. 2001. Accuracy
Inside Edition’s use of it), I deliberately avoid
Kevin Christopher, Ben Radford, and Ranjit and replicability of anomalous after-death
this approach for a variety of reasons, largely
Sandhu for other assistance. communication across highly skilled mediums.
because of ethical concerns. I rather agree with
Journal of the Society for Psychical Research,
Houdini (1924, xi) who had done spiritualistic
References January: 1-25.
stunts during his early career:
* Ballard, Chris. 2001. Oprah of the other side. ABOUT JOE NICKELL
At the time I appreciated the fact that I
The New York Times Magazine, July 29, 38-41
surprised my clients, but while aware of the fact
.
that I was deceiving them I did not see or
* Barrett, Greg. 2001. Can the living talk to the
understand the seriousness of trifling with such
dead? Gannett News Service, published in USA
sacred sentimentality and the baneful result
Today, August 10.
which inevitably followed. To me it was a lark. I
was a mystifier and as such my ambition was
* Edward, John. 1999. One Last Time. New
being gratified and my love for a mild sensation
York: Berkley Books
satisfied. After delving deep I realized the
.
seriousness of it all. As I advanced to riper
* —. 2001. Crossing Over. San Diego: Jodere
years of experience I was brought to a
Group.
realization of the seriousness of trifling with the
hallowed reverence which the average human
* Gibson, Walter B. 1977. The Original Houdini
being bestows on the departed, and when I
Scrapbook. New York: Corwin/Sterling. Joe Nickell, Ph.D., is Senior Research
personally became afflicted with similar grief I
Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
was chagrined that I should ever have been
* Gresham, William Lindsay. 1953. Monster (CSI) and "Investigative Files" Columnist for
guilty of such frivolity and for the first time
Midway. New York: Rinehart, 113-136. Skeptical Inquirer. A former stage magician,
realized that it bordered on crime.
private investigator, and teacher, he is author of
* Houdini, Harry. 1924. A Magician Among the numerous books, including Inquest on the
Of course tricking people in order to
Spirits. New York: Harper & Brothers. Shroud of Turin (1998), Pen, Ink and Evidence
educate them is not the same as deceiving them
(2003), Unsolved History (2005) and
for crass personal gain, but to toy with their
* Hyman, Ray. 1977. Cold reading: how to Adventures in Paranormal Investigation (2007).
deepest emotions-however briefly and well
convince strangers that you know all about He has appeared in many television
intentioned-is to cross a line I prefer not to do.
them. Skeptical Inquirer 2(1), documentaries and has been profiled in The
Besides, I believe it can be very
(Spring/Summer): 18-37. New Yorker and on NBC's Today Show. His
counterproductive. It may not be the alleged
personal website is at :
medium but rather the debunker himself who is
* Jaroff, Leon. 2001. Talking to the dead. Time, joenickell.com.
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Pope Alice lamented, “Copyright is
the word "Pope" - ALWAYS about money. And if Peter’s Purse is
emptying, it’s time for a big Vatican rethink
Raelian "Pope Alice" is rather than to descend into the squalor of
not pleased corporate squabbling. The kiddie cases and sex
scandals of recent years have had an impact on
church banking and reputation. Think laterally;
Describing the move as "GOD’s BIG imagine Vatican City as a theme park, casino or
FAT VAT TAX – Vatican to tax ‘Pope’", Pope embassy” Pope Alice trilled. “With the price of
Alice has expressed dismay at Vatican plans to gold rocketing the Vatican could keep idle
establish copyright protection on the use of the fingers busy and simultaneously feed all the
word Pope and associated papal symbols. The poor – forever and ever. Amen/Awomen. ”
Holy See intends to hold exclusive right for “Forever, now there’s a BIG word? It’s
their use, according to the Catholic News time to pose the tricky question, “What future is
Agency. there for the Roman Catholic Empire?”
The news came as a surprise to Pope becomes more and more obsessed with According to the predictions of St Malachy (a
Alice as Papa Benny (Benedict XVI) had temporal power, marketable products and kind of sainted Nostradamus) it’s job is done
previously condemned those who defend their shareholder returns. After all the Roman Empire and Papa Benny ("Gloria Olivae") is the second
copyright. The Roman Pontiff (Papa Benny) never went away it became the Roman Catholic last pope. The next pope, Peter the Roman, will
criticized the struggle for copyright as “a Church and Papa Benny is the current Caesar. be the last pope in the line of St Peter. As the
phenomenon, which contradicted the notion of He is a red caped, celebrity-superstar bringing Vatican prepares for the final fall of its worldly
mutual help and Christian love to other people”. Catholic gilt to the masses. stocks and shares and heaps VATI and POOPP
Pope Alice, speaking in A Flat Major, “What about Santa?” intoned Pope on all its products its spiritual authority is losing
reminded Papa Benny of Matthew 22:21, Alice. Papa Benny has been famous in recent independence from temporal authority. Render
“Render unto Caesar the things which are years for re-introducing the medieval papal unto Caesar, but don’t let God get in the way of
Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are Santa hat (camauro), He wasn’t wearing it this a profit.”
God’s.” Pope Alice, an extraterrestrial spiritual Christmas, although he did have on the red and
leader claiming to be thousands of years old, white Santa cape (mozzetta) for the Urbi et Orbi
also reminds us, that whilst she has used the title Christmas message from Vatican City. “What if
of Pope for millennia prior to the Roman Santa is the next to go copyright crazy?” Says
Catholic Church she has been happy to share the Pope Alice. “Perhaps the Vatican can strike a
title with others. Even Papa Benny spoke out in deal with Santa’s Coca Cola management, or
his Christmas homily against selfishness. maybe already has, or is it time for Santa’s
“Is nothing sacred?” Alice asks. “Is claws to come out and for copyright to get really
EVERYTHING business and scarcity now?”. ugly. What will happen to all those Santa-like
As the Vatican’s spiritual power wanes it pope portraits. Would they have to be over-
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Museum exhibit explores
history of sasquatch
JEFFREY P. MAYOR
The News Tribune

“Giants in the Mountains: The Search


for Sasquatch” does not attempt to prove or
disprove the existence of sasquatch, but instead
looks at how and why the story is so ingrained
in the cultural fabric of the Northwest.
The story of sasquatch certainly goes far
beyond the 1987 movie “Harry and the
Hendersons” or recent beef jerky TV
commercials. It has been told for centuries
among Northwest Indian tribes.
The exhibit also includes five Indian people who live out here.
That mix of ancient mythology and
masks, four of which are believed to have been “If you come here looking for an exhibit
modern commercialism is the focal point of a
made in the 1920s. poking fun at people or mocking the story, this
sasquatch exhibit that opened Saturday at the
Also on display are a number of is not your exhibit. This is too important to
Washington State History Museum.
footprints casts, including items from the many people, like the tribal communities, the
“One of the themes of the exhibit is to
collection of Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum, a Discovery people out there researching sasquatch. We
look at sasquatch from a perspective that people
Channel Bigfoot expert and professor at Idaho want to present those sides of the story as well
don’t think about how far-reaching the story is,”
State University. There also are casts from the as the side about people who are making money
said Gwen Perkins, the co-curator on the
late Dr. Grover Krantz, a noted Bigfoot off of this.”
exhibit. “If you look back into history, this type
researcher and anthropologist from Washington
of story has been reflected in legends and stories
State University. BIGFOOT FACTS
all over the world. But this story also has such
“He was one of the first scientists to from www.ourbigfoot.com
strong connections to the Northwest.”
come out and say sasquatch exists,” Perkins
Sasquatch is a word derived from the
said of Krantz. “That had a pretty major impact Bigfoot is an interesting phenomena, and
Salish word “sesqec,” meaning “wild man,”
on how people looked at the possibility of this one which has little facts surrounding the stories.
Perkins said. In other parts of the world, the Yet, we will give you the top Bigfoot facts, then the
being real.”
name is Bigfoot, Yeti or Wild Man. Definitions common descriptions, beliefs, etc.
Perkins admits not everyone who sees
of the names vary from “ape man” to “bad luck #1: People have spotted Bigfoot creatures
the exhibit will be convinced sasquatch is real.
spirit” and from “big elder brother” to “evil for over four hundred years, describing the creature
She recalled a letter to the editor written to The
cannibal spirit.” as hairy men; creatures of the forest. Sightings of
Olympian when the exhibit appeared at the
The exhibit is built around about 40 Bigfoot-type cryptids have taken place all over the
State Capital Museum. The letter’s author asked world, with tribal cultures (such as Native
significant items, including casts of alleged
why the museum would not do an exhibit on the Americans and Bigfoot) having lore of
footprints, ancient stone carving and Indian
tooth fairy if it did one on Bigfoot. such a man-beast.
masks.
That was the lone dissent, however, said #2: Bigfoot footprints have been found and
One of the key artifacts is a prehistoric
Rohrer, the Olympia museum manager. reported for over seventy years.
stone head borrowed from the Maryhill
“We had huge attendance. We had # 3: As long as people have been spotting
Museum of Art. The carving was found in the Bigfoot animals, just as many or more have been
people fly in from out of state for this exhibit. I
Columbia Basin in the 1890s and is believed to faking evidence of the same. From producing
had people from Southern California call to see
date from 1,500 B.C. to 500 A.D., Perkins said. Bigfoot costumes, fake tracks, to manufacturing
where was the nearest airport to Olympia so
“When you see them, they resemble Bigfoot evidence, hoaxsters have duped friends and
they could fly in,” Rohrer said.
gorillas. There have been at least four of these family into believing they had an experience with
Then there was the day Meldrum and
stone heads,” Perkins said. Bigfoot. Today, Bigfoot sightings still occur,
Bob Gimlin spoke at the museum. Gimlin is whether real or not,it is up to you to decide.
There was a lot of debate when they
famous for being part of the group that filmed #4: No one has yet produced a "smoking
were found, Perkins added, questioning how
what they claim was a Bigfoot in Northern gun" that proves the existence of Bigfoot. There
people at that time would have seen a gorilla-
California in 1967. have been many Bigfoot videos, Bigfoot stories, and
like creature.
“We held two programs that day, but we Bigfoot sounds, hair, and foot tracks claimed to be
“Anthropologists have one belief about
still must have turned away 200 people,” Rohrer proof of the legendary animal's existence. Yet, to
it, sasquatch people have their belief about it,” date, there has been no live Bigfoot body, or carcass
said.
said Susan Rohrer, manager at the State Capital found that would put the Bigfoot debate to rest for
“I never had an exhibit when I had to
Museum. The head was part of the exhibit when good.
stand between a speaker and the public so the
it appeared in Olympia in 2007-08. #5: Descriptions of Bigfoot have varied in
speaker could go get dinner,” she added.
“What is the origin of them, why are height, weight, and color. Most Bigfoot descriptions
“Meldrum was on the floor of the museum for
these stone heads there? It really is a claim Bigfoot to be between seven and eight feet
12 hours that day, people just wanted to speak to tall. Some Bigfoot creatures have been described as
cornerstone of the exhibit,” Rohrer added.
him, show him evidence.” tall as fourteen feet, and as short as five feet. Color
Another part of the exhibit looks at the
Gimlin is scheduled to speak at the descriptions of Bigfoot fur have ranged from black,
story of sasquatch in Northwest Indians culture.
Tacoma museum in June. white, brown and even red. Many Bigfoot stories
“There are easily hundreds of sasquatch
“It’s an exhibit that has a really focused describe the beast as being one of foul odor,
legends, particularly here in the Northwest,”
interest group,” Rohrer said. “There are weighing between 300-800 lbs.
Perkins said. #6: The origin of Bigfoot has been bantered
scientists, naturalists, pop culturists,
One told frequently by the Nisqually about by researchers for years, as there are various
ethnographers, the hobbyists, people who enjoy
Tribe of Indians is the story of the giant hairy theories as to where a giant ape-man could have
the unknown. It’s kind of one of the last
beast Tsiatko, believed to mean nocturnal come from. Some believe Bigfoot is closely related
unknowns, kind of like UFOs.”
demon. to humans, while others believe Bigfoot originated
“We understand this is a topic that is
“They thought it was huge, with 18-inch from a long-extinct,giant ape. Yet, others propose
very strongly under debate. We’re trying to
feet shaped like a bear’s. One thing that keeps that Bigfoot is some sort of highly-evolved
portray a very balanced view,” Perkins said. “In
coming up, here and on the east side, sasquatch creature, or even an extraterrestrial.
a sense, whether the creature actually exists
supposedly has an owl voice,” she said. More Bigfoot Facts at www.ourbigfoot.com
isn’t as important as the impact it has had on the
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32 Sylvia’s Haven

SYLVIA’S HAVEN
Providing Transitional Housing for Women & Children

SYLVIA’S HAVEN
Today at age 80, Sylvia Anthony still operates
Sylvia's Haven Inc., and, to date, has housed a
total of 1,034 women and children. For more
than 23 years, she has devoted her life to helping
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work full time to this present day.

Find out more about Ms. Anthony and her


unrelenting faith, inspiring life and selfless
charity in the pages of "Sylvia's Haven".

www.sylviashaven.org
“If anyone wants proof that Angels really do
exist, all they need to do is talk to Sylvia
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that have been changed after being ‘touched’ by
A Testimony of God’s Unending Love and Power this Angel.”
“I Will Never Leave You or Forske You.” - Joshua 1:5
Rob McConnell
Internationally Syndicated TalkShow Host

A Letter from a Sylvia’s Haven Resident:

Hello my name is Lori and I would like to explain how I ended up at Sylvia's Haven. When I was thirteen, I met my
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so we were still living together. One night he came home drunk and beat me, choked me and stabbed me in the leg, all in front of my
son. I managed to get away and called the police and he was arrested. Since then, which was June of last year, I have moved from
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given people like me, who have nowhere to turn and feel completely helpless, a second chance.

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Aliens Have Landed... 33


Aliens have landed . . .
rumours spread through
village after teachers
forget to reveal story was
made up
thisbristol.co.uk
Friday, January 29 2010

IT WAS said they came from outer


space, landed on the local school playing field
and caused TVs and clocks in the village to go
haywire.
Scorch marks – possibly caused by
space rocket engines – and strange debris
littered the site, adding weight to the theory that
the eyes of the world could soon be on a small
village near Bristol.
Music fans of a certain age may have
been reminded of the Stackridge album Purple
Spaceships Over Yatton but in reality it was
more like the famous War of the Worlds hoax of
1938 when a radio broadcast of the HG Wells
had leapt forward an hour and all the televisions
had changed channel simultaneously.
Indie horror
story caused panic as people thought it was real. The Evening Post received reports of the
incident and contacted the school, only for it to
Paranormal Activity
This time reports that little green men
had touched down at the Yatton Junior School be revealed the "visit" was an elaborate story, sparks complaints
had been started by a seemingly innocent class made up as part of a school project.
Year 6 teacher Phil Okeden, who co- CBC News
literacy project.
Teachers made up the story of an alien ordinated the event, said: "The students are
craft landing on the playing fields as part of a learning newspaper report writing skills and the
idea was to create a story for them to investigate The low-budget horror film Paranormal
project to teach students newspaper report
and write about. Activity may have found wild success in North
writing skills.
"Steve and I set the scene and went out America, but it has sparked anger from parents
Ninety Year 6 students were told about
after school in the dark to create the circles on and even some politicians in Italy.
the alien visit, which took place on Tuesday
the field using a blow torch and lighter fluid. Emergency services personnel reported
night, in class on Wednesday morning.
"We also made some alien matter out of receiving dozens of calls from moviegoers
But some of the teachers forgot to reveal
solder and iron oxide, and dotted it around the suffering panic attacks sparked by the film,
to students the story was untrue once classes
area. which debuted in Italian cinemas last weekend.
finished, prompting them to go home and tell
"Steve created a picture of the spaceship The most severe incident involved a 14-
family and friends that aliens had made a
on the computer and we asked our local PCSO year-old girl who was hospitalized "in a state of
fleeting night-time visit to the school. The
to come in to school so she could talk to the paralysis," a spokesman told Italy's ANSA news
rumour has spread through the village like
students about the investigation and answer agency.
wildfire, with everyone talking about the visit
questions." Presented as if it were actual amateur
from outer space.
The students will now put together a video footage, Paranormal Activity chronicles a
The youngsters, aged 10 and 11, were
newspaper report about the incident as part of young couple's attempt to record evidence of the
told how school caretaker Steve Chard had been
their coursework. supernatural presence haunting their home.
called to the school after the alarms went off at
Mr Okeden, 45, said: "Although not all Made by filmmaker Oren Peli for just $15,000
11.15pm.
of the students were convinced, most were. US, it has earned more than $100 million US
When he arrived, he saw three large, still
"I must admit I did forget to mention to since being widely released in 2009.
smouldering, circles in a triangle shape on the
students that the story was fabricated at the end Italian parents groups have criticized
school field.
of the lesson. officials for not giving the film a rating that
Blobs of silver-coloured "alien matter"
"The whole project was aimed at included age restrictions. They are calling for
were also discovered at different locations
stimulating young people to write. officials to allow only those over the age of 18
around the field.
"All I can think is they went home and to watch it, citing similar restrictions for the
Students heard reports of how television
told family and friends, and that is how the story film's release in North America and other
sets in local homes had blown up due to a power
circulated. countries, such as the U.K., Germany and The
surge and some people had electricity supplies
"We have never had any extraterrestrial Netherlands.
interrupted by the UFO.
visits to the school, so the story must have been Paranormal Activity is also being
They were also told how Mr Chard, 44,
pretty convincing." promoted regularly on Italian television.
cordoned off the area and informed the police.
PCSO Turner said: "I can confirm that "For the past two weeks [the movie's]
Village police community support
there was no alien landing at the school, but the trailer has been shown obsessively on TV and is
officer Kate Turner was then called to the
children obviously believed the story. terrifying thousands of children," Italian
school to investigate the incident and talk to the
"Obviously we all told the tale far too Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa told
children.
well." reporters.
The students were also shown a picture
"It's a terrible thing," he said. "I took
– allegedly captured by an eagle-eyed villager –
notice because my seven-year-old son told me,
of the saucer-shaped craft hovering over the The ‘X’ Zone Radio Show
'Daddy, I'm scared.' "
school and beaming a bright shaft of light onto with your host
Culture Minister Sandro Bondi said his
the playing fields. Rob McConnell
office had been flooded with complaints about
The Chinese whispers that followed Celebrating 18 Years on Radio
the film and that he was considering measures
even led to claims all the clocks in the village www.xzoneradiotv.com
to protect children.
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36 Ethics of Planetary Exploration


The Ethics of Planetary
Exploration and
Colonization
By Robert Lamb

Humans are no strangers to ravaging the


land, but the stars have proven a good deal more
elusive. So far, our ethical concerns have
remained limited to the contamination of
extraterrestrial environments, but what will the
future bring?
Last night I attended a lecture by Jesuit
Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, a U.S. research
astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican
Observatory. He gave a very engaging talk
about the ethics of exploration and planetary
astronomy, touching on two particularly
noteworthy items:

Asteroid Mining

Can you put a price tag on an asteroid?


Sure you can. We know of roughly 750 S-class
asteroids with a diameter of at least 1 kilometer.
Many of these pass as near to the Earth as our ethics of terraforming another planet.
own moon -- close enough to reach via Specifically, Brother Consolmango
spacecraft. As a typical asteroid is 10 percent mentioned the idea of taking material from a c-
metal, Brother Consolmango estimates that class asteroid or a Martian moon and spreading
such an asteroid would contain 1 billion metric it over Mars' pole caps. In theory, this feat
tons of iron. That's as much as we mine out of would create the sort of drastic global warming
the globe every year, a supply worth trillions we're hoping to avoid on Earth. Coated with
and trillions of dollars. Subtract the tens of dust, the poles would then absorb even more
billions it would cost to exploit such a rock, and solar radiation than before, causing them to heat
you still have a serious profit on your hands. up and release carbon dioxide. Atmospheric
But is this ethical? Brother pressure would increase. The resulting
Consolmango asked us to ponder whether such greenhouse effect could possibly raise
an asteroid harvest would drastically disrupt the temperatures to facilitate stabilized liquid water. formation in Mexico could be caused by a UFO
economies of resource-exporting nations. What This could lead to lakes, oxygen and a wormhole.
would happen to most of Africa? What would it successful seeding of plant life. Eventually, "AMAZING FOOTAGE shows what
do to the cost of iron ore? And what about Arnold Schwarzenegger would be able to take may have been a U.F.O. ENTERING or
refining and manufacturing? If we spend the his space helmet off without his eyeballs LEAVING our EARTH," the YouTube entry
money to harvest iron in space, why not exploding. reads.
outsource the other related processes as well? But what are the ethics of this (the "Location as stated on the original
Imagine a future in which solar-powered robots terraforming, not the eyeball thing)? What if posting is that of MEXICO. Stand by for further
toil in lunar or orbital factories. Mars already contains hidden life? Might the information."
"On the one hand, it's great," Brother origins of life on Earth trail back to the red But going by some comments posted on
Consolmango said. "You've now taken all of planet as well? Thoroughly contaminate the You Tube page, some viewers remain to be
this dirty industry off the surface of the Earth. everything and we might erase all trace of what convinced.
On the other hand, you've put a whole lot of was. And the past isn't the only thing potentially "I do believe the phenomenon you speak
people out of work. If you've got a robot doing at stake. of is called a ... cloud."
the mining, why not another robot doing the "Here's a deeper question," Brother The Mexico footage follows similar
manufacturing? And now you've just put all of Consolmango said. "What if there is no life on unusual cloud formations which many claim are
China out of work. What are the ethical Mars or Titan or some other place we're going to caused by UFOs.
implications of this kind of major shift?" go to, but all the ingredients are there, such that Spectacular footage from Indonesia
Brother Consolmango also stressed that at some future time life could exist. The shows clouds, formed in a dish shape, full of
we have the technology to begin such a shift potentiality of life is there and, by terraforming sun.
today; we'd just need the economic and political it, we're aborting that possibility. Under what The footage - filmed in January this year
will to do it. Will our priorities change as Earth- circumstances is that an ethical thing to do?" - follows similar reports from Russia.
bound resources become more and more scarce? Scientists say the unusual formations are

Terraforming Believe it or not - UFO Lenticular clouds, which form at high altitudes.

Most of our planetary colonization


speculation ramps up
dreams revolve around changing the www.heraldsun.com.au
environments of other worlds to cater to our
own astronomically particular needs. Seriously, UFO believers are claiming new footage
imagine if the Smoking Gun posted humanity's released onto YouTube shows an extra-
tour rider for visiting other worlds. What utter terrestrial object either entering or leaving
divas we are! As the alternative of changing Earth.
ourselves to inhabit other worlds is largely According to the anonymous researcher
unexplored, we have to ponder the far-future who uploaded the video, the unusual cloud
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Mike M Joseph - www.mikemjoseph.com 37


SORRY...! THERE IS NO AFTERLIFE:
NONE GOES TO HEAVEN OR HELL
All religions believe in an afterlife existence – immediately after death. All believe in the immortality of
the soul. Some believe in reincarnation. Jews, Christians, and Muslims believe that good people will go to
Heaven, evil ones will go to Hell. Many devout Jews pray to their Saints in Heaven. Catholics pray to their
Saints, especially to Mary -- “The Queen of Heaven.” Protestants pray to their loved ones in Heaven. Devout
Muslims believe that their Prophet Muhammad ascended up to Heaven from Jerusalem. They regard this city as
the third holiest place to Islam. As a consequence, much of the Jew/Arab conflict centers over the holiness of the
City to both Jews and Muslims -- and the alleged “Temple Mount” true location. Fanatic Muslim terrorists
believe the road to Paradise as Shahids, immediately after death, must be paved over the body parts of their
indiscriminate victims.
According to Iran’s president, Ahmadinejad, the purpose of the revolution and nuclear Iran is to prepare
for the imminent return of the Mahdi, the twelfth Imam. Hence Israel must be destroyed, the West must be
subjugated, and the rest of the world must submit to the coming Mahdi’s “reign of peace on earth.”
If the belief in an afterlife -- immediately after death -- is true, then both the Bible and the Qur’an should
fully confirm it in plain words. But what if they, instead, contradict it? What if God, Jesus, and Muhammad are
not the source of this doctrine? What if the doctrine of an afterlife immediately after death is a hoax? What if
man has no immortal soul?
In the pages of this book, the unbiased reader will discover the real story about the afterlife, the true
destiny of humanity, the true location of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and its link to the afterlife.
www.mikemjoseph.com

MIDDLE EAST:
Blueprint For the Final Solution
The Coming Fall and Rise of Western Democracy

The Middle East conflict originated, literally, in the womb of a beautiful woman –Rebekah, Isaac’s
wife. Her ‘struggling’ twins, from their mother’s womb, have often engaged in a love/hate embrace, scorching
their lands with periodic eruptions of bloody conflicts. Their descendants, though gradually lost their identity,
have spread their struggle for ‘the global inheritance’ into Europe, the Americas, and elsewhere.
The march of Islam, of Muhammad,“the man of the sword”; the present Jew/arab conflict; the Persian
Gulf menace; fanatic Islamic world terrorism and their main target – the West – are a direct result of the twins’
struggle, which begun while in their mother’s womb.
Human history and its future can’t be fully comprehended without correct understanding of the roots
and turbulent history of the struggling twins. You, the reader, are destined, regardless of your ethnic
background and religion, to soon experience the final consequences and glorious triumph of this age-long
bloody conflict.
Through the pages of this work the author takes you on a fascinating journey of the Biblical and
historic records, which faithfully traced the stormy blazing trails of ‘the struggling twins,’from the inception of
the conflict to its glorious ‘final solution.’

www.mikemjoseph.com

Conspiracy
Against
Divine Sexuality
It All Started in Eden

by MORAN M JUDSON
Whether you believe in a Creator or not, human sexuality affects every layer of your spirit and life. You
are either ‘tickled’ to your heart’s delights by the streams of fiery passions of your sexuality, or are aimlessly
drifting through the doldrums of the monotonous waves of life -as a shipwreck.
In this graphic and honest discussion on the complexity and history of human sexuality and its purpose
and impact on us all, the author is boldly delving into this stormy topic with these aims in mind: How did it all
start and where to find the answers? Was there an original pure teaching of this dynamic human phenomenon?
Who was interested in ‘fouling the atmosphere’ of human sexuality? How and by whom was it perpetuated on
innocent lives throughout history? What were the results of this “conspiracy” on you personally? How to
reverse it? What is “The Song of Solomon” the master lover all about, and how to achieve the ideal spiritual
and sexual intercourse?
In this work, the Biblical and historic narratives concerning human sexuality will enlighten us, one step
at a time, until we reach the sparkling and inviting lights at the end of our sexual journey.

www.mikemjoseph.com

www.mikemjoseph.com
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38 Dr. Doug Rokke on Depleted Uranium


Former Director of the
U.S. Army's Depleted
Uranium Project reveals
toxic effects of America's
Military Operations
Dr. Doug Rokke, PhD.

After more than 5 years of unprovoked


and unjustified war in Iraq, Afghanistan, the
Balkans, and Somalia the use of uranium
weapons -- the perfect "dirty bomb" and
consequent destruction of each nation's
infrastructure, has released all kinds of toxic
materials turning these nations into a toxic
wastelands. Consequently the number of
casualties continues to escalate while U.S. and
British officials arrogantly refuse to comply
with their own regulations, orders, and
directives that require provide prompt and
effective medical care to "all" exposed
individuals and to clean up all environmental I am amazed that seventeen years after (WIA) and at least 4000 have no been killed in
contamination . was I asked to clean-up the initial uranium action (KIA). Obviously the majority of all
Reference: Medical Management of weapons mess from Gulf War 1 and that over casualties are classified as "disease and non-
Unusual Depleted Uranium Casualties, DOD, twelve years since I finished the depleted battle injuries" (DNBI) and unrelated to actual
Pentagon, 10/14/93, Medical Management of uranium project that United States Department combat actions but are related to the complex
Army personnel Exposed to Depleted Uranium of Defense officials and others still attempt to toxic exposures. While Army Times editors
(DU) Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical justify uranium munitions use. How can the report that 89,360 Iraqis have been killed other
Command 29 April 2004, U.S. Army leaders of the United States and England claim estimates range from 600,00 to more than 1
Regulation- AR 700-48: "Management of to be acting to provide "freedom" to the citizens million.
Equipment Contaminated With Depleted of nations we invaded, and now occupy, when The number of Iraqi and other casualties
Uranium or Radioactive Commodities" their actions have caused millions of casualties who would be classified as disease and non
(Headquarters, Department Of The Army, and extensive environmental contamination? I battle injuries remains elusive but must be
Washington, D.C., September 2002) and U.S. am dismayed that Department of Defense and proportional to United States DNBI casualties.
Army Technical Bulletin- TB 9-1300-278: Department of Energy officials and their These numbers are staggering and can never be
"Guidelines For Safe Response To Handling, representatives continue personal attacks aimed justified .
Storage, And Transportation Accidents to silence or discredit those of us who are Verified medical problems include:
Involving Army Tank Munitions Or Armor demanding that medical care be provided to all Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Malignant
Which Contain Depleted Uranium" casualties and that environmental remediation is Neoplasms, Benign Neoplasms, Diseases of
(Headquarters, Department Of The Army, completed. Endocrine/Nutritional/ Metabolic Systems,
Washington, D.C., JULY 1996). A review of available casualty data such Diseases of Blood and Blood Forming Organs,
While uranium weapons contamination as "Analysis of VA Health Care Utilization Mental Disorders, Diseases of Nervous System/
remains and will remain a serious hazard and Among U.S. Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Sense Organs, Diseases of Circulatory System,
can't be cleaned up the hazardous materials that Veterans Operation Enduring Freedom Disease of Respiratory System, Disease of
have been dispersed throughout these regions Operation Iraqi Freedom VHA Office of Public Digestive System, Diseases of Genitourinary
intensifies the adverse health and environmental Health and Environmental Hazards October System, Diseases of Skin, Diseases of
effects. 2007," reveals that over 263,000 American Musculoskeletal System/Connective System,
The extent of adverse health and military personnel have been diagnosed with Symptoms, Signs and Ill Defined Conditions,
environmental effects of uranium weapons medical problems that are related to toxic and Injury/Poisonings.
contamination is not limited to combat zones in exposures including food and water Beyond these diagnosed medical
the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan but includes contamination. problems we must look at what will happen in
facilities and sites where uranium weapons were A review of the United States the future because of extensive air, water, soil,
manufactured or tested including Vieques; Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War and food contamination. It is obvious that war
Puerto Rico; Colonie, New York; Concord, MA; Veterans Information system 'GWVIS' May with the use of today's weapons such as uranium
Jefferson Proving Grounds, Indiana; and 2007 report reveals that out of 696,842 weapons and consequent releases of complex
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Americans who participated in Gulf War 1 as of toxic materials causing immediate and eternal
Therefore medical care must be May 30, 2007 only 620,266 are still alive and adverse health and environmental effects can no
provided by the United States Department of that at least 280,623 of those left alive have longer be justified. Consequently, it is
Defense officials to all individuals affected by applied for lifetime medical care because imperative the President of the United States
the manufacturing, testing, and/or use of exposures to battlefield toxins. ensures:
uranium munitions and for consequent Sadly United States leaders did not learn 1. medical care for all casualties;
exposures to all of the hazardous materials and consequently a review of the same casualty 2. thorough environmental remediation;
released as result of combat operations. If we data reveals that as of May 30, 2007 out of the 3. immediate cessation of retaliation
hope to prevent long term adverse health and 1,129,340 American military personnel who against all of us who demand compliance with
environmental effects thorough environmental deployed to the Gulf only 963,083 remain alive medical care and environmental remediation
remediation also must be completed without while at least 407,911 individuals have applied requirements;
further delay. Although, we can never return for lifetime medical care. 4. and United States military personnel
affected areas to prewar pristine conditions we According to casualty data published in cease the already illegal the use (UN finding) of
must take immediate actions to mitigate the the recent issues of a Army Times at least depleted uranium munitions.
hazards. 29,395 Americans have been wounded in action
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Dr. Doug Rokke on Depleted Uranium 39


Former Director of the Oversight Board; and local, state, and federal
law enforcement, fire, and medical agencies. He
most on record.)
* Napoleon Bonaparte, Herbert Hoover,
U.S. Army's Depleted has been an advisor and on-screen expert for and Franklin Delano Roosevelt all feared the
numerous television documentaries on effects number 13.
Uranium Project reveals of nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare and * In 1959, Harvey Haddix became the
toxic effects of America's depleted uranium with CBS; ABC; NBC, CNN,
History Channel; A & E; PBS; Discovery
first pitcher to throw 12 perfect innings - and
then he lost the game in the 13th.
Military Operations channel, BBC; CBC; Gary Null & Associates; * Apollo 13 was launched at 13:13,
the Power Hour; and German, French, Japanese, military time. The astronauts aborted the
Continued from Page 38 Australian, Italian, Spanish, and Greek mission and turned back to Earth on Friday,
television networks. April 13.
Dr. Rokke has taught undergraduate and * Black Sabbath released its self-titled
ABOUT DR. DOUG ROKKE graduate courses in environmental science, first album in February 1970...on Friday the
environmental engineering, nuclear physics, 13th.
and emergency management and was a staff * Cost to U.S. economy when
physicist at the University of Illinois at Urbana- superstitious people stay at home on Friday the
Champaign for 19 years (retired from UIUC). 13th: $800 million.
He has also taught elementary school, middle * Although DVDs are the same size as
school, and high school. Doug is included in CDs, a DVD can store 13 times as much data.
"Who's Who in America" and was recently
nominated for "Who's Who in the World" and is WINTER FACT*oids
included in "Who's Who in Science and
Engineering" because his continued efforts and * In the United States, the first day of
recognition as a national and international winter is on the 21st of 22nd of December. But
Doug Rokke earned his B.S. in Physics expert and educator. Major Rokke has been in Australia, it's between June 20 and June 23.
at Western Illinois University followed by his subjected to ongoing retaliation from * On average, winters in Europe were
M.S. and Ph.D. in physics and technology Department of Defense officials who do not colder just a few hundred years ago. In fact,
education at the University of Illinois. His want information regarding actual adverse London's river Thames sometimes froze
military career has spanned 4 decades to include health and environmental effects of uranium completely during the winter, and between the
combat duty during the Vietnam War and Gulf weapons and their mandatory but ignored 1400s and 1800s, Londoners held festivals
War 1. requirements to provide medical care to all called "frost fairs" on the ice.
Doug served as a member of the 3rd casualties and to clean up all environmental * So much snow falls in the Japanese
U.S. Army Medical Command's Nuclear, contamination. Alps during the winter that most buildings have
Biological, and Chemical (NBC) teaching, entrances on their second stories.
medical response, and special operations team, To learn more abut Dr. Doug Rokke and * People have been building snowmen
the 3rd U.S. Army captured equipment project Depleted Uranium, visit: since the Middle Ages.
team, and with the 3rd U.S. Army Depleted * Largest ice-sculpting festival in the
Uranium Assessment team during Gulf War FACT*oids world: the World Ice Championships, held
1(Operation Desert Storm). He was the U.S. every March in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Army's Depleted Uranium Project director from DEATH FACT*toids * The legend of Jack Frost, probably
1994 - 1995. He developed the congressionally originated with the Vikings.
mandated education and training materials and * Mark Twin was born in 1835, a year * Symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective
wrote U.S. Army Regulation 700-48, the U.S. that Halley's Comet was visible from Earth. As disorder); excessive sleeping. tiredness,
Army PAM 700-48, and the U.S. Army's an adult, he predicted he would also die in a depression, and physical aches.
common task for DU incidents. year that the comet made an appearance, He did * Winter skating rinks in Moscow,
Doug has taught nuclear, biological and in 1910. Russia, cover more than 26,000 square feet.
chemical warfare, hazardous materials, and * Hair and fingernails do not grow after * MOTHER IN MOURNING:
emergency medicine for over 20 years to both death. Skin recedes, making them appear According to ancient Greek mythology, winter
civilian and military personnel. Dr. Rokke was longer. began because Hades, god of the underworld,
one of the original authors of the 1982 EDRAT * In 1995, inmates on death row in kidnapped Persephone, the daughter of the earth
(Emergency Disaster Response Assistance Texas protested because the state had banned goddess Demeter. Eventually, Hades and
Team) proposal which formed the foundation smoking in prisons. Demeter worked out a deal where Persephone
for today's National Guard CSD teams and the * "Old age" hasn't been allowed on spent six months aboveground with her mother
Illinois CERT Teams. In preparation for the death certificates in the United States as the and six months below with Hades. But during
1996 Atlanta Olympics, he wrote and taught the official cause of death since 1951. the six months Persephone was away, Demeter
original Chemical / Biological Counter- * Thornton's Mortuary in Atlanta, became so depressed that she prevented plants
terrorism Course for civilian emergency Georgia, opened the first drive-through funeral and crops from growing, thus causing winter.
responders that is now the federal 120 city and parlour in 1968. Mourners drove past a large
Department of Justice course then served on the window, through which they could see the UNDER THE SEA FACT*oids
emergency response team located at deceased.
Bermingham, Alabama . * After her husband died in 1861, Queen
Dr. Rokke serves or has served as an * Bottlenose dolphins don't sleep at all
Victoria slept with a portrait of him on the until they're one month old. And they do not
advisor with the U.S. Centers of Disease pillow next to her.
Control; U.S. Department of Defense; U.S. nap, they always keep one eye open.
* The blue whale's tongue weighs as
National Academy of Sciences; U.S. Institute of
RANDOM THIRTEENS much as an adult female brown bear.
Medicine; U.S Senate; U.S. House of
Representatives; U.S. Department of FACT*oids * Sea otters sometimes tie themselves
together with kelp to avoid being separated
Transportation; U.S. Federal Aviation
* The number 13 is considered to be while they sleep.
Administration; U.S. Department of Defense;
lucky in China because its symbol resembles * Humans are responsible for the deaths
U.S. General Accounting Office; U.S.
one that means "must be alive." of as many as 73 million sharks every year.
Department of Veterans Affairs; British Royal
* In 1941, Joe DiMaggio struck out only * Sea Slugs can have as many as 25,000
Society; British House of Lords and House of
13 times. (In contrast, Phillies first baseman teeth.ir.
Commons; United Nations; U.S. President
Ryan Howard struck out 199 times in 2007, the * There are at least 34 shark species in
William J. Clinton's Presidential Special
the Gulf of Mexico.
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40 UFOs In Mainstream Media


Britain releases new UFO of the reports in the latest file describe UFOs as
big, black and triangular, whereas reports from
besides feeling ill (he) was very frightened."
The newly released files span 6,000
files the 1940s and '50s tended to be about saucers or pages and cover the period 1994 to 2000.
disc-shaped objects, they said. They were released alongside another
London, England (CNN) -- A hovering "In the 1950s the next big leap in file dating back to 1952 which showed then
Toblerone and a silky-white residue join near- technology was thought to be a round craft that British prime minister Winston Churchill
misses and strange lights in the British took off vertically, and it's intriguing to note that requesting a briefing on UFOs from his
government's latest release of its files on UFO this is the same period when people began to secretary of state for air.
sightings. report seeing 'flying saucers' in the sky," said "What does all this stuff about flying
Made public Thursday, the files are the David Clarke, author of a book called The UFO saucers amount to? What can it mean? What is
fifth collection of records about unidentified Files and a journalism lecturer at Sheffield the truth? Let me have a report at your
flying objects to be released by the Ministry of Hallam University. convenience," he wrote.
Defence and The National Archives as part of a He pointed out that in the years covered In the reply, Churchill was told that
project to open the files up to a wider audience. by the latest file release, triangle-shaped U.S. alleged UFO sightings could be explained by
Thursday's release is the largest so far, stealth bombers and Aurora spy planes featured earthly phenomena such as optical illusions,
totaling more than 6,000 pages of material from heavily on TV shows like "The X-Files" and mistaken identification of planes, birds and
1994 to 2000. movies like Independence Day. balloons and deliberate hoaxes.
The files include a sighting by a man in "It's impossible to prove a direct link The more recent files detailed reams of
Birmingham, England, in March 1997. He said between what people are reading and watching other UFO spottings.
he came home from work at 4 a.m. to see a large and what they report as UFOs, but one A policeman said he saw one flying over
blue triangle-shaped craft hovering over his interpretation could be that the latest advances Chelsea Football Club's Stamford Bridge
back garden. in technology may be influencing what people ground in southwest London in 1999, while a
It was silent but caused dogs in the see in the sky," he said. man in Birmingham, central England, saw a
neighborhood to bark, the report said. It "shot A craving for chocolate may have blue triangle hovering over his garden late one
off and disappeared" after about three minutes, influenced another sighting, that of a night in 1997.
the report said, leaving behind a "silky-white "Toblerone-shaped" UFO hovering over That alleged alien craft flew off quickly,
substance" on the treetops, some of which he Annandale, Scotland, in July 1994. The leaving behind a "silky-white" substance on
saved in a jar. Toblerone is a triangular-shaped Swiss nearby treetops which the man collected in a
It was not clear what happened to the jar chocolate candy bar. The files include a sketch jam jar.
and its contents. of the object, which showed it as 35-40 feet long One UFOlogist, David Clarke of
Another document, from January 1997, and about 20 feet wide. Sheffield Hallam University in northern
is about a man driving home through south It hovered silently about 10 feet above a England, said the latest files showed how the
Wales one night when he saw "a 'tube of light' field with no lights and was "observed for at shape of reported flying saucers had changed in
coming down from the sky," which at first least 40 minutes," the report said. recent decades.
seemed like a "massive star" coming toward The release also contains several This could be linked to sci-fi television
him. incidents involving UFOs and aircraft, such as a shows and films like "The X Files" and
The man's mobile phone and car radio near-miss that happened in January 1995 when "Independence Day", he said.
failed, the report said, and the man got out of his a British Airways Boeing 737 was approaching "One interpretation could be that the
car and was able to walk through the light. It Manchester airport. The captain and a crew latest advances in technology may be
said he got back in his car but started feeling member saw the object, but an investigation by influencing what people see in the sky," he said.
sick, and he soon developed a skin condition for the Civil Aviation Authority failed to identify it,
which he had to see a doctor. the report said. Virginia Legislature Bans
An airliner near Glasgow Airport saw
His car was left covered in dirt and dust,
white and red flashing lights in December 1996,
Microchip Implants as “Mark of
the report said.
Other reports are about sightings by but the report simply concluded there was no The Beast”
groups of people, including one from August RAF activity in the area at the time.
1997 in which five members of a fishing trawler Requiring individuals to have medical
in the North Sea reported seeing a round, flat, Churchill demanded UFO implants placed under their skin isn’t just a potential
violation of someone’s civil rights—it’s downright
shiny object hovering in the sky.
They saw it both with the naked eye and briefing: secret files satanic. Republican Mark Cole, a member of
Virginia’s House of Delegates, is sponsoring
through binoculars, with the report noting, legislation that would prevent employers or
"witness very skeptical of UFOs." They tracked LONDON — Hundreds of UFO insurance companies from forcing people to get
the object on their radar for several seconds sightings by Britons, including one who implants because he thinks the microchips could
before it vanished, the report said. developed a skin condition after a supernatural amount to the Antichrist’s “mark of the beast”
Police officers in Boston, England, and encounter, emerged in files out Thursday which mentioned in the Bible.
Skegness -- both on England's east coast, caught also show Winston Churchill's interest in the “My understanding—I’m not a theologian—but
a UFO on video at the same time that the Royal issue. there’s a prophecy in the Bible that says you’ll have
Air Force (RAF) detected an "unidentified blip" The most unusual of the newly to receive a mark, or you can neither buy nor sell
on their radar, the files show. declassified Ministry of Defence files tells how things in end times,” Cole told The Washington
Post. “Some people think these computer chips
It happened in October 1996, when the a man in Ebbw Vale, south Wales, claimed his
might be that mark.”
officers saw "strange rotating red, blue, green car was surrounded for five minutes by a "tube Some of Cole’s colleagues in the Virginia
and white flashing lights in the sky," the report of light" in 1997. legislature have been left shaking their heads over
said. A ship in The Wash, a bay near Boston, The man, who reported the incident to the idea. Democrat Robert Brink compared the
also saw the lights, and at the same time RAF police, was sick the next day and also developed concern to the likelihood of asteroids striking the
air defense radars picked up the blip over a mysterious skin condition. earth or giant alligators roaming underground
Boston, the report said. "First sighting seemed like a massive sewers.
Press coverage of the incident led the star moving towards the car," the previously top He also said that California’s legislature
RAF to look into the lights, later identifying secret police report said. passed a similar ban, and that alone was reason
some as stars and bright planets, and attributing "Having stopped the car and switched enough for Virginia to avoid doing the same thing.
the radar blip to a "permanent echo" created by the lights off, the light encircled the car, “If Virginia is starting to use California as our
legislative role model, it’s a sign that our legislative
a nearby church spire. remaining for perhaps five minutes.
apocalypse has arrived,” Brink told the Free Lance-
The release highlights how the reported "(The man) was able to walk through the
Star.
shapes of UFOs have changed during the past light which was very bright. There was no
Nevertheless, Cole’s bill was approved
half-century, the National Archives said. Many sound, no aircraft or helicopter noise, and
by the House of Delegates last week.
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Alien Life Already Among Us? 41


Alien life already among Government to combat
us and hiding in plain online fraud with £4.5m
sight? cyber team
Rich Dahlquist Concerned about the fact nobody has
ever been convicted of internet fraud by UK
www.abc15.com unexplained phenomena, but finding it might authorities, the Government is putting together
require expanding our minds beyond a new team whose job it is to tackle online fraud
TEMPE, AZ -- Look all around us at the conventional thinking. in Britain.
abundance of life here on Earth and it must Dr. Kitei says, "Just because we can't see The “cyber enforcement team” will be
make you wonder if we're the only ones in this these tiny living organisms or electromagnetic set up as part of a £4.5m investment project by
universe that can think and communicate with energy, radio waves or TV waves, doesn't mean the government over a period of three years to
each other. that they're not real. We may just be looking on tackle, among other things, internet and email
There are many in the science field that the AM dial for an FM frequency." scams.
think we're just one small piece in a larger
Internet fraud is estimated to cost the
puzzle. The signs are not just here on Earth but
flying above us all the time. US Jury Convicts UK economy £3.5bn per year and, to give an
idea of the persistent nature of the cons, recent
Believers say the well-known "Phoenix
lights" phenomenon from 1997 is just one
Nigerian on Wire Fraud research by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
found 73 per cent of adults had received a scam
example of extra-terrestrial life. Charges email in the past year. 10 per cent of these (more
Dr. Lynne Kitei, author of The Phoenix Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service than four million people) admitted they had
Lights, tell us that any of the sightings that are
responded to a scam email. Whilst almost a half
happening now and around the world are being
A 31-year-old Nigerian man could face of those who responded to a scam lost more
compared to the historic Phoenix lights.
up to 20 years in prison after being convicted than £50, 5 per cent were unfortunate enough to
People continue looking to the skies for
Tuesday of charges related to running advance have lost more than £5,000.
other signs of life, but one local award-winning
free fraud scams for five years, according to the Speaking on the reasoning behind the
physicist believes it's already living among us.
U.S. Department of Justice. cyber enforcement team investment consumer
Dr. Paul Davies, an Arizona State
Okpako Mike Diamreyan lived in minister Kevin Brennan commented: “The
University physicist known for his popular
Nigeria, Ghana and the U.S. between August internet is rapidly transforming the way we
science writing, says, "We know Earth and Mars
2004 and August 2009, running scams that shop. It presents massive opportunities for
have exchanged material over the years and it's
involved sending e-mails and making phones consumers, but unfortunately it also harbours
easy to imagine a microbe hitching a ride in a
calls in order to perpetrate advance free fraud fraudsters who can leave consumers upset and
rock through space and going from one planet to
(AFF). out of pocket.”
the other. I think it's inevitable that if there was
The scams try to entice victims into Common scams highlighted by the
life on Mars in the past it would have come to
sending money with the false promise they'll government included fake concert or football
Earth and vice versa."
receive a greater sum of money in the future. ticket sellers as well as fraudulent charity
Dr. Davies has long studied the
Diamreyan posed as a government or collectors.
microbial realm. He explains that because less
bank official, sending fake documents to Speaking to the BBC trading standards
than 1 percent of microbes have been studied,
victims in order to persuade them to send officer John Peerless reiterated how difficult it
the key to finding outside life lies in the
money via money transfer services such as is to identify the criminals behind online scams.
unexplored microbes living here on Earth.
Western Union. Prosecutors alleged "numerous" Even after suspicious website are closed down
"If we go back, it's those primitive life
victims sent money to Diamreyan, both directly he pointed out many end up reappearing under a
forms that the scientific community thinks
and indirectly. different name within a matter of hours.
might have given rise to larger multi-cellular
Diamreyan is scheduled for sentencing As well as combating online fraud the
life forms like ourselves," Davies said.
in U.S. District Court for the District of £4.5m funding the government’s cyber
Darwin's idea of the tree of life begins
Connecticut on May 7. He could also face a fine enforcement team will also be used to track
with a trunk and then branching out into many,
of $250,000 for each of three wire fraud counts, down legitimate sites that fail to offer customers
many different species.
the DOJ said. the right to obtain refunds if they are unhappy
Davies is proposing that in addition to
Advance fee fraud scams have existed with their purchase.
the tree of life, there may be another tree.
for many years, but fraudsters have been able to
Maybe there are a whole lot of different trees,
perhaps the story of life on Earth is a forest.
canvas an ever-increasing number of people Lottery scam costs woman $370
using spam e-mail. The type of scam is also
He believes that life didn't arise from
known as 419 fraud, named after part of the An elderly Cleveland woman fell victim
one source of DNA, but from a variety of DNA
Nigerian criminal code that deals with fraud. to a scam that cost her $370. The Rowan County
at various times in our history. He's conducting
Advance fee frauds are believed to be a Sheriff's Office reported the woman received a
studies to prove it has been here the whole time
multi-billion dollar industry, but prosecutions call notifying her she had won $1.3 million. The
-- if we redefine our concept of life.
are rare. Technology companies such as caller told her she had to pay taxes in order to
"I'm not proposing that these other
Microsoft and Yahoo have filed some lawsuits collect the winnings. On Feb. 11, the woman
forms of life are radically different. It would
due to the use of their brands in a version of the sent $275 by Western Union to an address
still be made of the same elements, in particular
scam that falsely informs potential victims specified by the caller. Two days later, the caller
carbon, the life-giving element, would be
they've won a lottery run by the companies. insisted she send $370 via Western Union for
essential to this other form of life," Davies
The top three countries for AFF losses in immediate pickup. Capt. John Sifford said
explained.
2009 were the U.S. at $2.1 billion, U.K. at $1.2 that soon after she sent the second payment, the
"But the molecules would just be put
billion and China at $936 million, according to woman's sister told her she had been scammed.
together in a different way. We thought to look
figures released last month by Ultrascan, a The woman then went to Western Union and
whether among the vast microbial realm, some
Dutch private investigations company. The attempted to get her money back. She was able
of those little bugs might be an alternative form
figures are estimates based only on the cases to get the initial payment of $275, which had not
of life. Now we can call them alien life, not
Ultrascan has seen, and the actual fraud figures been delivered.The payment of $370 was
because they come from space like they
are likely much higher, according to Ultrascan. already gone.Sifford warned everyone to be
might've done, but simply because they
represent a separate origin," he said. The ‘X’ Zone Radio & TV Show wary of schemes on the Internet or by phone
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up to the night sky there is still a lot of www.xzoneradiotv.com for taxes or some type of fee to be paid.
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Dr Nader Pourhassan, PhD 43


The Corruption of Moslem Minds
and
God's Scripture: A Faithful Comparison
by DR. NADER POURHASSAN
THE CORRUPTION OF MUSLIM MINDS :

This book is the result of Dr. Nader Pourhassan’s personal


disillusionment with Islam as it is manifested in the modern
world. The message of the Koran is resoundingly simple. We
should believe in God, which of itself would encourage us to be
good, and love our neighbor. If we do, we will go to Heaven:
"Those who do good to men or women and have faith [in God],
we will give them life, a pure life, and their reward will be
greater than their actions." This message, which is stated over
sixty times in the Koran, has been perverted by those who seek
to promote themselves as spiritual leaders, with appalling
results - most shockingly, the attacks on America on September
11th, 2001. Whether you are a Moslem, or non-Moslem, a
Christian, a Jew, a Hindu, or indeed of any faith, Dr. Pourhassan
hopes that you will find his comments enlightening and be
inspired to read the Koran for yourself. The only way we can
break the current impasse between the Moslem and non-
Moslem peoples is by fostering mutual understanding of the
many historical, cultural, and religious ties that bind us.

GOD’S SCRIPTURE :

The author, Dr. Nader Pourhassan, has researched the


Koran and the Bible in depth for the last twenty years. God's
Scripture is the result of his personal disillusionment with Islam
as it is manifested in the modern world. The message of the
Koran is resoundingly simple. We should believe in God, which
would encourage us to love our neighbor. If we do, we will go
to Heaven: "Those who do good to men or women and have
faith (in God), we will give them life, a pure life, and their
reward will be greater than their actions." This message, which
is stated clearly over sixty times in the Koran, has been
perverted by those who seek to promote themselves as spiritual
leaders, with appalling results, most shockingly the attacks on
America on September 11, 2001. His disillusionment grew as
he learned about the disparity between the holy book and Islam
as it is practiced today. Now, more than ever, there is an urgent
need for Muslims and non Muslims alike to understand the
truth about Islam, and to return to the original message of the
Prophet Muhammad, and that of Jesus, that humankind should
strive to be good, to love God and one another.

www.ChristianMuslim.org
www.Koran-TruthorLie.com
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44 The Exodus Revelation

The Exodus Revelation


www.mysteriousworld/Journal/2008/Spring/Artifacts