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Vol. 12, No12 ISSN - 1499-8599 (E-dition) / ISSN - 1499-8602 (CD-ROM) December 2007 4.95 (US)

MERRY CHRISTMAS And A HAPPY NEW YEAR
Merr y Christmas ‘X’ Zone Nation!
VISITED BY THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST
by Rob McConnell Hamilton, Ontario - With just days away from the big event, people are hustling and bustling getting their last minute Christmas shopping done, wrapping their gifts for those who hold a special place in their hearts, decorating their homes, preparing for Christmas dinner when family and friends get together to share in the most celebrated of all annual holidays, with love and cheer, Christmas. As a young boy growing up south of Montreal in a country area Christmas was my most favorite time of the year. As I remember the Christmas’ of times past, I find myself smiling and traveling back in time as the smells of Christmas cooking and baking filled the air, laughter of Mom, Dad, younger brother, Uncles and Aunts who would come over, bearing gifts and cooked treats filled with Christmas Cheer. Uncle Stan would drop by to get the neck of the turkey, which was his favorite part of the bird. Uncle Stan was in charge of testing the ice on the river in front of the house to see if it was safe enough to skate on. Uncle Joe and Aunt Barb, who lived a few streets over, dropped by with cousins Melody and Joseph; Uncle Mack and Aunt Flo, who lived on the other side of the tracks; Uncle Stan would return with Aunt Margaret and cousins Wayne and Stephen; Uncle Peter and Aunt Georgie with cousins Peter and Nadine; and Uncle Sid and Aunt Alozia with cousin Dorothy all came over to our house where Mom, Dad, Anthony and I lived with our Grandmother. “Nanny” as she was affectionately called truly was the hub of our family, a family that meant so much to me, a family filled with love. (Continued on Page 2)

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Merr y Christmas Ever yone!
VISITED BY THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST
Continued from Page 1 However, as the years marched on, the family dynamics changed as some passed on, some moved away, and others drifted from the family hub. As the Ghost of Christmas Past takes me through the Christmas’ of long ago, and so many miles away, I feel the love, smell the Christmas cooking and hear the laughter that meant so much to me then, as it does today when I celebrate Christmas with Laura, our 6 children and 4 grandchildren. I hope that when they celebrate Christmas in the years to come, that they too will smile as they remember Christmas’ past. As we celebrate Christmas 2007, I ask each and every one of you to remember those who we have been fortunate enough to have in our life, and those who have touched and made a difference in each and every one of us. Ask blessing for the men and women who serve in the armed services, some who are stationed at home, others who are stationed around the world, away from their families so that we can enjoy the freedoms and democracy that is oh so too often taken for granted. Ask blessings for the First Responders who protect us at home... law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors and nurses and other members of the health care professionals who are there in our time of need. Ask blessings for our politicians, so they can guide us through this time in our every changing - high speed world. Ask for the wisdom that will allow each and every one of us to have the ability to see past the religious and theological philosophies and to see past the color, creed, race, nationality of others with whom we share this small planet, to understand and respect their beliefs, as we would have them respect and understand ours. Let us remember those less fortunate then us. The homeless, the lonely, the sick and suffering, the hungry, and those who could use a helping hand. I look at Christmas as a time of new beginnings. We all get another chance to make amends, right wrongs, to share with those who have not, a time for forgiving, understanding and tolerance. After all, wasn’t it on Christmas Day, so many years ago, that a child was born in a manger heralded by angelic messengers and a wondrous star in the sky, that brought Three Wise Men seeking the Christ Child? Christmas is alive and well in each and everyone who believes and will never die. For belief is the strongest power in the Universe and is a testament to mankind's ability to be as one. Whether you say Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings or Happy Holidays, from our home to yours, my Christmas Wish for you and yours is Love, Peace, Health, Joy and Harmony and that we all work together to make this world what that little child, who was born on December 25th knew it could be and that we are all shepherds of this third planet from the Sun, the Planet Earth. Merry Christmas Everyone & Happy New Year

In This Edition of The ‘X’ Chr onicles Newspaper
(Online/CD ROM Version) December 2007 - Index
Publisher.....Rob McConnell
Visited by The Ghost of Christmas Past.....Front Prelude to 2012 Planet-X Countdown..Pg 3 Technon(Ad)...........................................Pg 5 Flare Over Atlantic Provinces................Pg 8 Alien Autopsy Inquest (Ad).......................Pg 10 The Return of Planet-X (Ad).....................Pg 10 RAF SOPLEY UFO - 1971........................Pg 14 Christmas Around the World.....................Pg 16 Christmas Facts..........................................Pg 17 Who Was Born on Christmas Day...........Pg 19 Who Died on Christmas Day....................Pg 19 Advertisers.................................................Pg 20 1524, First Christmas in Canada................Pg 22 The Biblical Birth of Jesus........................Pg 23 History of Beloved Christmas Carols........Pg 24 Twas The Night Before Christmas............Pg 25 The History of Santa Claus.......................Pg 26 Advertising................................................Pg 26 A Soldier Christmas...................................Pg 28 The 12 Days of Christmas..........................Pg 29 Global Warming Enigma...........................Pg 30 Psychic Attack: Are You A Victim?..........Pg 31 Facts About Christmas...............................Pg 34 New 1967 Bigfoot Expose........................Pg 34 xzoneclassifieds.com.................................Pg 35 Giants - Myth or Reality...........................Pg 36 Ontario Hypnosis Centre...........................Pg 38 Global Warming In The News...................Pg 39 The NAU and the Larger Plan..................Pg 41 More Christmas Trivia...............................Pg 43 Premiere Psychics.....................................Pg 44
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(CME's) exploding from the surface of the Sun often times directed towards Earth with evergreater frequency and potential for catastrophic consequence. Today's feature films, television specials, weather related programs and topical documentaries are now exploring the prophetic warning signs regarding these upcoming Earth Changes and major bookstore chains offer us dozens of best-selling titles on the subject. Slowly but surely, people are beginning to 'tune' in to this 'larger picture!' Even younger children love learning from 20th Century Fox's recent Ice Age I & II films, both rated-P.G. Humans are also waking up to the sub rosa reality of the UFO/ET phenomena. Numerous books / magazine articles / radio / television shows are captivating the public's attention-all dealing with this serious subject on a much more frequent basis. Most major world cities now have support groups and frequent lectures on the contactee / abductee phenomenon-with folks from all walks of life beginning to openly discuss their UFO/ET experiences regarding apparent 'genetic manipulation' at the hands of these other worldly beings. It should be noted that this aspect of our research soon proved to be much more involved /interesting / daunting than we ever imagined. We suggest to our readers that they investigate this UFO/ET phenomenon with an open mind-linked to our concept that the 'larger picture' of our Planet-X saga may well involve a hidden important connection to the global UFO/ET hypothesis. There are literally thousands of books written on the subject available in bookstores, libraries and scattered all across the Internet. We firmly believe UFOs/ETs are

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Exclusively W ritten For The "X" Chronicles Newspaper Chronicles By: Jaysen Q. Rand, Ph.D.
As we continue to press the ultimate question: Are we truly alone drifting through the universe? -Planet Earth…(her spiritual name-Urantia) remains a small/blue/watery world cast upon its intrepid journey hurtling through the black void of deep space lost in the Milky Way galaxy. The human race, now over 6.5 billion strong, lives and dies upon this glorious world still locked into its eternal struggle between the forces of good and evil even as we enter into the 21st century of mankind's modern-day existence. And the paramount question facing us is: will we make it past 2012 into what the Mayan Codex Calendar Code describes as…The Cosmic End-Of-Time! We complicated humans cling to this tiny space rock totally preoccupied inside our hectic day-to-day agendas. Meeting life's immediate needs/wants/desires is overwhelmingly paramount in most human daily existences. And so engrossed are we in our immediate environments that few people realize what's really going on in/around them. Even fewer people are privy to this 'larger picture;' a 'real life picture' affecting every life form's intelligence level and reality for their individual experience in this physical third dimensional world of materiality. And although most people don't see this 'larger picture' of what's going on around them, many are just beginning to 'wake up.' Today, evermore individuals realize that 'something's not right about Earth's normal environment and operating patterns! Everybody's talking about her erratic weather, the dramatic increase in seasonal hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, active volcanoes, and the massive solar flare eruptions

intricately connected to our unfolding Planet-X drama and that they will be making their presence known in increasing numbers as we draw closer to 2009 and 2012. The latest Gallup poll survey still indicates that over 68% of Americans are believers… Ultimately, the research/writing of The Return Of Planet-X focused in upon one aspect of this 'larger picture'-the approach and passage of a certain spent brown dwarf star (Wormwood-see Revelation Chap. 8, Vs. 11). We reviewed the catastrophic accounts of ancient cultures leaving rubble littering this planet-both above and below the watery abyss. And we also presented case evidence for our 'pole shift theory' and how these catastrophic events were brought about by a routine slippage of the Earth's crust around its fluid-like mantle on a cyclical cosmic schedule. We also investigated the astronomical evidence supporting the approach of this brown dwarf star and the increasing physical changes manifesting on Earth as a direct result of its approach. And we also peered into the future through the eyes of gifted prophets and previewed how world governments are currently bracing themselves for these upcoming 2009/2012 global calamities. And lastly-we reviewed the necessity of being spiritually, physically and emotionally prepared for these upcoming planetary events. The next passage of the brown dwarf will likely cause considerable physical damage to our planet possibly destroying major world population centers, their agriculture, utilities, their water supply sources, plus eliminating highways/roads/bridges, knocking out electrical power grid systems-thus in total-disrupting public services instantly. Continued on Page 4

ARE UFOs REAL?
There W ill Be More Sightings There More / Contacts Than Ever in the Next Few Years
More than half of Americans are convinced UFOs exist. And 75% of Americans believe the U.S. government knows more about them than it is letting on. But according to Dr. Jaysen Q. Rand, within the next few years there will be simply no way to deny their existence any longer - not when sightings and even open contact with them becomes common place in present-day human society. Get ready for a story so shocking/revealing that it will make The 'X' Files look like a kid's bedtime story. Drawing on Ancient prophecies, Dr. Rand reveals why an explosion in paranormal activity is set to occur between now and the year 2012, and why life on Earth will be fundamentally changed by what we experience within the context of realizing the reality of Planet-X.

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conflict is taking place right in front of our eyes, as most humans appear 'out of touch' with what's really happening around them-thus failing to realize this conflict is even happening. Unfortunately, this evil battle is for ultimate control of our planet and the future of all humans inhabiting it. On one side of this cosmic battlefield stands a global conglomerate of powerful individuals and governments (let's simply call them The Illuminatis), jockeying for their complete/individual 'positions of control'-once dreaded events of the brown dwarf's passage come to life. They're also preparing themselves and their respective societies covertly, in a clandestine manner that's also going unnoticed by the public. If these current power structures manage to maintain and later coordinate their all-powerful control centers secreted across this planet, we may also awake to find/face a world that's far more different/complex/dangerous than today. On the other side of this planetary battlefield stands a group of alien entities that has (through intelligent genetic manipulation of our species), created a new race of Homohybrid beings scheduled to 'replace' much of the human population living on Earth at this time. And in reality, these same aliens are also replacing the current 'power structures' governing this world. They are doing it 'covertly' and in a manner that is largely going 'unnoticed' by the general public. This 'goodguy' Homo-hybrid race repopulates our planet after much of present-day humanity is eliminated during the pole shift event (2012). If these Homo-hybrids are successfully merged into place in the near future-planet Earth could become a far different place than it is today. The global public is utterly oblivious to this raging 'power struggle' and is unfortunately caught up within their one-sided objectives. Once again, because the average person is so 'caught up' / 'distracted' by their family matters, daily jobs, hobbies, sports, fantasy football leagues, the latest consumer electronics and play-time games (including their 'must see' reality-based TV)-that they've become totally unaware of this clandestine cosmic battle currently raging around them. Needless to say, since both sides in this galactic 'chess game' use their general populations to further their objectives (dominate control of the planet), it's in the vested interest of both parties to keep the public as ignorant as possible regarding what's really going on within global politics. Truth of the matter is-we're now waging the biblical battle of Armageddon, the final struggle for planet Earth, the prophesied unholy war based on good versus evil-notwithstanding the threat of global terrorism. The upcoming passage of Wormwood is simply the 'cosmic catalyst' that sparks all sides into initiating their 'final control moves' on this living space rockEarth. Who will ultimately win this inevitable battle is unclear. All warring sides have not yet played out their cards-and these many-sided factions still have powerful aces hidden up their sleeves. We believe that the global war on terrorism is a many-faceted threat with implications that reach far beyond ethnic / fundamentalist/religious or political factions all vying for power as 'X' arrives. The universe in which we live-is truly a strange mixture of creative and destructive forces. Everywhere we look throughout the cosmos we see miraculous birth and great beauty indelibly mixed with unbridled destruction. Throughout the cosmos countless worlds are created and destroyed on a constant basis. Large interstellar clouds of gas and dust are giving birth to new stars while other, older stars are exploding in massive supernovas. Some planets, we believe, are being evacuated / abandoned forever while others are being repopulated and colonized-all part of the cosmic ebb and flow of the universe, the 'yin' and 'yang' of God's eternal creation! The bigger picture as presented here must include the most recent aspects of what appears to be a growing escalation in the degree and severity of natural disasters that include abnormal seasonal weather patterns with much warmer winters / burning summers/with extended seasonal periods. [See the Al Gore/Participant Films production of their feature film: An Inconvenient Truth ] Quoting from USA Today 29 August 2005: "The giant iron ball at the center of Earth appears to be spinning slightly faster than the rest of the planet. The solid core, which measures about 1,500 miles in diameter, is spinning about one-quarter to one-half degree faster per year than the rest of the world, scientists from Columbia University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign report in the current issue of Science. Scientists are interested in the spin (aspects) of Earth's core because of its role in generating the magnetic field that protects the planet from solar blasts and its involvement in (the role of) volcanoes and earthquakes. The researchers base this conclusion on their analysis of travel times and shape of earthquake waves as they passed through the planet." - END In our ongoing Planet-X discussion, we'd like remind our readers of what we believe are truly alarming global disaster statistics facing our world in the near future. Once again the old axiom stating that "our past reflects our future"-is best demonstrated by the existing stats and stories of disaster events and the astonishing cumulative numbers of natural catastrophies striking Earth from the near past to present-day 2007/2008. Continued on Page5

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Unfortunately, once our modern-day world is abruptly taken off line, most people will be in for a very harsh-rude awakening! Life here on Earth will never be the same again… And it's highly probable that billions of people will survive the passage of the brown dwarf itself, but because few people will actually take the time to prepare/provide for their own personal self-sufficiency, many will likely perish after the initial wave of destruction sweeps over and across Earth. Simply put, millions of people won't be able to fend for, or defend themselves, once most of our 'taken for granted' 21st century conveniences and pleasures are suddenly eliminated. As tragic as these approaching events are however, they are in reality, simply only one isolated part of what's really going on! This incoming celestial object and the destruction it's going to cause represents only one chapter of an even more mysterious unfolding celestial drama. The Return Of Planet-X book represents only that first chapter of a much 'larger work' presented in Earth Changes literature So what about this larger picture in which the brown dwarf's passage plays its supporting role? At this point in time you should be able to answer that question yourself. Think about it for a moment. We believe a brown dwarf is approaching planet Earth and our solar system in 2009 and 2012, and it's going to inflict significant damage upon us when it passes. We also believe it's possible that an ET race has created a special 'hybrid replacement population' they will set in place here should the vast majority [55-65%] of humanity be eliminated in the potential disaster of a pole shift event. And at the same time, the major governments and capitals of the world are bracing themselves for this upcoming event by taking steps to 'lock down' and 'preserve' as much of society as possible-ultimately attempting to remain in firm control by retaining their weakened dominance over planet Earth after the predicted pole shift event in December 2012.All 'Vegas' style bets are off as the many sides jockey into position for the final end games! Can you now see certain conflicting 'agendas' hidden within this unforeseen cosmic tragedy? For unbeknownst to most people, planet Earth is currently engaged in a great power struggle of galactic proportions. In the near future this planet is slated for great changes with a multitude of different/competing power groups (both on / off the planet), frantically laying plans to become the newest / badest / biggest 'top dog' power structure-once the smoke/death/destruction clears from the upcoming radical Islamic fascist-driven terrorist holocaust fully rips loose across the planet. You could say that a 'cosmic battle' is currently being waged on battlefield Earth. This

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Geologically speaking, we're living in the Cenozoic era which began 65-million years ago. The start of this geologic period seemingly happened to coincide ('by chance') with what's believed to be one of the greatest of all natural disasters to ever strike Earth, that being a gigantic asteroid that theoretically smashed into what is now the Gulf of Mexico near the Yucatan Peninsula. It's further believed this asteroid event also caused the demise of the dinosaurs, a great catastrophe that signaled a dramatic new beginning for the evolution of most, if not all, life forms that were finally freed from these extreme predatory reptilian beasts stalking/terrorizing/controlling Earth for over 365-million years. (Who hasn't seen Steven Spielberg's great Jurassic Park trilogy?) We believe it's vitally important for our readers to understand the relationship between Mother Nature and the world she rules over with its billions of human inhabitants. And in doing so-our book reviews historical perspectives on the history of natural disasters ravaging mother Earth in the past. We believe this review is critically important because of the current dramatic uptick in the degree, severity and recurrence of natural disasters presently afflicting this planet in record numbers since 1972. Question: "If our past reflects our futureshould we assume the worst for our future?" Not necessarily so-but it should serve as a guideline to our understanding the future and the how/when/where and why we should prepare for it-whatever comes our way!! These newly presented statistics reflect once again what can be found throughout the recorded history of past human civilizations. In truth, we know very little about our actual history-the real history of the human race that has been in existence long before the start of our meager 'modern-day' recorded history, a fragmented/documented/lost antiquity of less than 7,000 years! Why is that? What could have happened over and over again that so decimated our history? Quoting selected excerpts here from Chapter Three of our book may answer these questions of - The "What and Why?" "The destructive events that have taken place in our past have cut us off from our ancestry however-and we do not hear their warnings. These past cataclysmic events are so geologically powerful and destructive that (like the ancient Egyptians said) they force us to "start over again as children," every several thousand years. - END "But once again, as centuries turn into millennia, these historical accounts start becoming vague and many of these important 'oral traditions' are simply forgotten -or discarded by future generations as foolishness. Unfortunately "ignorance of the past equals ignorance of the future." - END -

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"Then, thousands of years later, these 'new world' civilizations are once again revisited by the "usual inundation" caused by Earth Changes and caught off guard tragically de-stroyed just like the 'old world' civilizations before them and those before them. - END "And so it goes again once again-over and over and over. Destruction, followed by rebuilding, followed by destruction again! The ancient cultures were right when they said that, "We live in the 'fourth world' and that the preceding 'three worlds' have all been destroyed by global cataclysms." - END "The shattered remains of ancient buildings scattered over the many landscapes of our planet are screaming at us to 'wake up' and tune into the 'bigger picture' of what has transpired on our world in the past, and what will possibly transpire again in the near future. - END "The enormous piles of human and animal remains (chaotically entombed in so many locations throughout the world) are a blatantly telegraphed warning-spelling out for us the reality of the dire situation we are once again about to experience. - END Continued on Page 6 VISIT THE ‘X’ ZONE ON LINE

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"Our planet is littered with the remains of violently destroyed civilizations! The ruins lying underwater off present-day Egypt, Malta, Japan, India, Cuba, the Bahamas and many other locations around the world, are also calling out-trying to send us a clear warning of the great 'cycles of destruction' and the "usual inundation" that has claimed the lives of so many hundreds of millions in the past-and is (once again) rapidly headed our way. We have therefore 'lost our legacy' and the ability to 'understand our past destinies' -we humans are truly a species aimlessly adrift in space, unwitting victims of a cosmic drama far and away beyond our comprehension and acceptance!" - END The global statistics offered in our tome aren't meant to scare our readers, but to warn them not to make the same mistakes that past civilizations/cultures have made before them. And we believe the Planet-X issue (existing as an actual threat to our solar system and planet Earth), seems to have been lost in the information shuffle and a possible cover-up not only by our government and NASA-but also by most major free-world governments also dealing with the common threat of Planet-X. Quoting from a 23 October 1996 Associated Press article entitled: - New Rebel Planet Found Outside The Solar System…A new planet that breaks all the rules about how and where planets form has been identified in the orbit of a twin star about 70 light-years from Earth in a constellation commonly known as the Northern Cross. This new planet has a roller coaster like orbit that swoops down close to its central star then swings far out into frigid fringes, following a strange egg-shaped orbit that is unlike that of any other known planet. - END Is it so far fetched then-that Planet-X could well be another example of a rogue planet, or in this case, a brown dwarf star that follows this same type of irregular orbit around its own sun? As our several Websites come on line we will be providing our readers with viable updated and scientifically oriented material carefully extracted from the Internet, newspapers, magazines (both scientific and non) and a host of related on topic references: www.returnofplanet-x.com, www.surviveplanet-x.com, www,futureworldmedia.com Note: Additional Internet Websites to be added in the future. If a major pole shift is in our future, maybe we should begin by revealing the fact that Earth's magnetic pole appears to be drifting/shifting more quickly than ever before. Could this be another dramatic sign that Mother Earth is about to recreate herself? Quoting from a 2005 Associated Press article appearing on the American Geophysical Union's Internet site (http://www.agu.org):

- Earth's Magnetic Pole Is Shifting Earth's north magnetic pole is drifting away from North America and toward Siberia at such a clip that Alaska might lose its spectacular Northern Lights in the next 50 years, scientists said. Despite accelerated movement over the past century, the possibility that Earth's modestly fading magnetic field will collapse is remote. But the shift could mean Alaska may no longer see the sky lights known as auroras, which might then be more visible in more southerly areas of Siberia and Europe. The magnetic poles are part of the magnet field generated by liquid iron in Earth's core and are different from the geographic poles… the surface points marking the axis of the planet's rotation. Scientists have long known that magnetic poles migrate and in rare cases, swap places. Exactly why this happens is a mystery. "This may be part of a normal oscillation and it will eventually migrate back towards Canada," Joseph Stoner, a paleomagnetist at Oregon State University, said at a recent American Geophysical Union meeting. Previous studies have shown that the strength of the Earth's magnetic shield has decreased 10 percent over the past 150 years. During the same period, the north magnetic pole wandered about 685 miles out into the Arctic, according to a new analysis by Stoner. The rate of the magnetic pole's movement has increased the last century compared to fairly steady movement in the previous four centuries, the Oregon researchers said. At the present rate, the north magnetic pole could swing out of northern Canada into Siberia. If that happens, Alaska could lose its Northern Lights, which occur when charged particles streaming away from the sun interact with different gases in Earth's atmosphere. The north magnetic pole was first discovered in 1831 and when it was revisited in

1904, explorers found that the pole had moved 31 miles. For centuries, navigators using compasses had to learn to deal with the difference between magnetic and geographic north. A compass needle points to the north magnetic pole, not the geographic North Pole. For example, a compass reading of north in Oregon is about 17 degrees east of geographic north. In the study, Stoner examined the sediment record from several arctic lakes. Since the sediments record the Earth's magnetic field at the time, scientists used carbon dating to track changes in the (planet's) magnetic field. They found that the north magnetic field shifted significantly in the last thousand years. It generally migrated between northern Canada and Siberia, but it sometimes moved in other directions, too. - END Continued on Page 7

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the subject with the same theme being repeated in hundreds of current news magazines, videos and Hollywood motion pictures. Our book wasn't written with a dire doomsday theme, but rather as a sober wakeup call to what appears to be dramatic changes coming to our planet's political, social, religious aspects and in its global weather patterns. What we've tried to demonstrate in our work is the 'larger picture' of what appears to be a cosmic agenda in place for planet Earth-perhaps our End-Times Prophecy. As a subject of scientific interest Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report carried past stories on "X." Quoting first from Newsweek covering this topic in its 28 June 1982 article entitled: - Does the Sun Have a Dark Companion? A 'dark companion' could produce the unseen force that seems to tug at Uranus and Neptune, speeding them up at one point in their orbits and holding them back as they pass…the best bet is a dark star orbiting at least 50 billion miles beyond Pluto. It is most likely either a brown dwarf, or a neutron star. Others suggest it is a tenth planet, since a companion star would tug at the other planets, not just Uranus and Neptune. - END Quoting from the second article in U.S. News & World Report 10 September 1984 entitled: - Planet-X - Is It Really Out There? Shrouded from the sun's light, mysteriously tugging at the orbits of Uranus and Neptune, is an unseen force that astronomers suspect may be Planet-X - a 10th resident of the Earth's celestial neighborhood. Last year, the infrared astronomical satellite (IRAS), circling in a polar orbit 560 miles from Earth, detected heat from an object about 50 billion miles away that is now the subject of intense speculation. END Regardless of what your personal beliefs are regarding the true reality of Planet-X, religion, the subject of UFOs and ETs, global warming, partisan election politics and Islamic fundamentalist terrorism-our daily existence and continued life on this world is affected every day by what happens to and around us as a local and global community. Hopefully our book, The Return Of Planet-X, offers you a second chance to understand the bigger picture of life and existence here on spaceship Earth, our home planet in the Milky Way galaxy. We should also point out that the Internet offers a rich array of websites / blogs / commentary and research (both professional and non) covering the subject of Planet-X / Nibiru / Wormwood and a host of related material on topic. We encourage you to seek other ideas / viewpoints and opinions on PlanetX-thus rounding out your understanding of the facts and non-facts in your discovery. Planet-X is admittedly a volatile / argumentative/controversial/and in many casesa politically/ socially/and religiously charged subject. By keeping an open mind, heart and spirit-your vested interest level will provide rich rewards both surprising and plentiful to all

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Reflections on Earth's unknown Earth's future… future… Whatever fate awaits us-Mother Earth is about to reveal her secrets regarding the reality of Planet-X coming in 2009/2012. One thing is absolutely certain!!Something 'BIG" is radically wrong with the normal functioning of planet Earth's global operating systems and mankind's ability to either control or understand these cosmic forces / dynamics... And time, we believe... is rapidly running out in the landscape of human life as we are living it here on the Earth in 2007. The world today is a truly dangerous place. The global threat of Islamic fundamentalist terror-ism appears to be only the tip of the iceberg. With political turmoil/instability/fear of nuclear proliferation dominating affairs in the Middle East, plus Iraq / Iran, high gas / fuel prices, corporate greed, congressional scandals, wild fires, national / regional / global natural disasters on the risewho needs an impudent and ineffective United Nations assembly trying to keep it all together? And Planet-X may not be the only outer space visitor threatening Earth in the near future! According to a 29 August 2005 USA Today news article written by Dan Vergano: Astronomers are now debating what to do about Earth's close encounter with a huge asteroid in 2029-again in 2036, a near Earth passages that might be way too close for comfort. The key question about Apophis is whether its 2029 trajectory will go through a roughly 2,000-foot-wide region called a "keyhole," an important component for Earth. Apophis, a 1,059-foot-wide asteroid, has excited astronomers since it was first spotted last year. After observing it for a while, scientists concluded that it has only a 1-in-8,000 chance of ever smacking Earth. But even that slim chance has them talking and NASA pondering how to keep track of it-just in case. This asteroid passes close to Earth (within 22,600 miles) every seven or eight years, but the 2029 trajectory is expected to be its closest approach ever. If the asteroid were to strike Earth, scientists say the impact would be felt somewhere on a line stretching from Japan to the Caribbean creating a roughly 2-mile-wide crater probably causing a devastating global tsunami. According to NASA scientists, this asteroid should be visible, about as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper constellation, to observers in Europe. Such a close asteroid flyby comes only once every 1,500 years-certainly a profound scientific opportunity. - END It's easy to understand why many writers, news commentators and religious leaders are now beginning to agree that as a modern-day global society-we may be approaching the End-Times. Our bibliography section lists a number of well-written books on

seekers of the 'truth.' In the January 2008 issue of the "X" Chronicles, we'll pick up Part Two in the "Prelude To Our 2012 Planet-X Countdown" see you on the other side of the new year. We suggest visiting our exciting new website at www.returnofplanet-x.com for interesting and challenging details about PlanetX and how to obtain a copy of our hit book in either paperback and e-book version. Our third printing is now in distribution to bookstores and on Amazon.com.

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How UFOs Lost Their Innocence at the Movies

by Brad Steiger Steiger
It has been fascinating for someone such as myself, who has been researching the subject of UFOs for over five decades, to see how greatly the field of UFO research has been complicated and confused by popular culture, specifically by motion pictures and, more recently, television. Since the majority of Americans learn their history through the cinematic presentations provided by Hollywood--whether it is the "truth" about The Alamo, the invasion of Normandy Beach, or the collapse of the Soviet Union--so do the vast majority of men and women acquire their facts about the flying saucer mystery through the flickering lights of the movies. Invaders from Outer Space While there have been numerous science-fiction films that have used the theme of alien invaders, there are certain motion pictures and television series that seem to have impressed the mass psyche of their audiences far more than those with simple plots dealing with bug-eyed monsters terrifying the inhabitants of Earth. In 1951, Howard Hawks' The Thing from Another World told the story of a small group of Air Force personnel and scientists stationed at an isolated outpost near the North Pole who must deal with an alien that needs their blood in order to survive. The film was a thriller that steadily built tension and frighteningly portrayed how helpless humans might be at the hands of a single powerful alien life-form. In War of the Worlds (1953), George Pal adapted H.G. Wells' novel of alien invasion and transformed it into a cinema classic. The film follows the struggle of two scientists (Gene Barry and Ann Robinson) as they attempt to help Earth survive a devastating attack by Martians. The suspense is intensified by their own narrow escapes, and the reality for motion picture audiences lay in seeing the major cities of Earth lying strewn about in heaps of rubble. Although the horror of seemingly unstoppable aliens was a frightening theme, the film is extremely well-presented and won an Academy Award for its special effects. While Earth is saved by the motion picture's end, the devastation rendered by the extraterrestrial invaders left unforgettable images in the minds of the audience. While the film version of Wells' novel was very successful upon its release, the impact it had on mass consciousness cannot be compared to the effect of the radio broadcast of War of the Worlds on the day before Halloween in 1938. At that time, CBS' Mercury Theatre presented Orson Welles and a talented cast simulating a live news broadcast of an invasion of Earth by mechanized Martian war machines. Because the account of unstoppable alien beings landing in the New Jersey farmlands was depicted so realistically--and because many listeners tuned in after the Mercury Theatre production was already in progress--the greater part of the entire nation was in panic over the invaders from Mars. Invading aliens continued to be a popular theme in a number of motion pictures throughout the 1950s. Invaders from Mars (1953) remains in many movie-goers' memory as the single most frightening film of their childhood. Perhaps what made the film so terrifying to young people was the premise that one's parents, teachers, and friends could be taken over by alien life forms and work toward a nationwide conspiracy. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) developed the theme of aliens possessing family and friends to a high degree of paranoia. While in Invaders from Mars, the extraterrestrials attached themselves to their victims' body, in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, they brought strange pods with them from their world which grew into likenesses of those humans whom they replaced. Some social historians argue that the UFO craze began when the threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union hung like a black cloud over the world and many people were desperate to believe that some force from the skies could appear and deliver Earth from nuclear annihilation. Still other scholars suggest that it may have been the U.S. government itself that began the rumors of flying saucers in order to divert public attention from the development of its own secret weapons. Perhaps such a prevailing atmosphere of national distrust contributed to the horror of films about UFO invaders, but the unsettling concept of aliens slowly taking over Earth through the possession of human bodies became firmly implanted in the psyches of millions of men and women who now looked even more suspiciously at the skies above them. Invasion of the Body Snatchers has been remade twice; the third version is about to open in theaters early in 2008. Such television series as The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) and The Outer Limits (19631965) occasionally featured episodes concerning alien invaders, but it was a series aptly named The Invaders (1967-1969), starring Roy Thinnes, that focused on the paranoid concept that evil aliens might be living undetected among humans and conspiring to conquer them. Thinnes was David Vincent, an architect, who happened to be the only human witness of a UFO landing. No one believed his account, so once he discovered that the extraterrestrials had arrived with the sole intent of taking over the planet, it became his mission to stop them, alerting and enlisting whomever he could to assist him. Vincent's task became all the more difficult because whenever he managed to kill one of the invaders, their physical body disintegrated, leaving no evidence to convince the authorities that aliens were walking and plotting among them. When the series ended in 1969, Vincent had not been able to stem the tide of alien invasion, and the stories of extraterrestrials posing as humans had received more substantiation from a television series that many insisted was telling the truth disguised as a fictional presentation. Continued on Page 9

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How UFOs Lost Their Innocence at the Movies
Continued from Page 8 from In 1993, Chris Carter, creator of the television series The X-Files for Fox, fashioned a blend of UFO mythology, increasing public distrust of the government, and a growing interest in the paranormal that during its peak season in 1997 attracted an estimated 20 million viewers per episode. According to the mythos developed by Carter, the alien invasion had begun in prehistoric times and had been rediscovered by the U.S. military and a secret branch of the government in 1947 after the crash of a flying saucer at Roswell. FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) declared to their audience that "the truth is out there." However, because the truth was being covered up by an ultra-secret and exceedingly ruthless government agency, they must "trust no one." Although Mulder and Scully made side excursions to investigate various aspects of the paranormal, the UFO scenarios comprised the glue that held the series together and kept the fans returning week after week to chart the agents' progress in cracking the ultimate case that would force the secret government to admit the truth about aliens. Before the series ended in May 2002, both Scully and Mulder had themselves been abducted and Scully, earlier declared unable to have children, had borne a child under mysterious circumstances. The theme of Dark Skies, the lead television series in NBC's 1996 Saturday night "thrillogy," was that history as the viewers learned it in school was a lie. One of the "truths" that the series revealed was that in 1947 President Harry S. Truman ordered an extraterrestrial spacecraft shot down over Roswell, after an alien ambassador had demanded the unconditional surrender of the United States. Subsequently, whatever resources could be recovered from the scraps of the demolished alien craft were doled out to various giants of American industry to be freely incorporated into our own technology--and a sinister and ubiquitous super-secret government agency known as Majestic 12 was created to monitor any undue alien interference in our political and social structures. emerges, and as he holds up a gift which he has brought for the President, he is shot and wounded by a soldier who misinterprets the alien's gesture as a hostile movement. At this point, Gort, Klaatu's eight-foot robot, leaves the spaceship and fires a kind of laser beam at the assembled military and instantly melts all weapons and armaments. Klaatu halts Gort before it destroys anything--or anyone--else, and the alien's peaceful intentions convince the officers that he has come in peace. Klaatu is taken to a military hospital where his wound can be treated and he can be placed under guard. Klaatu makes it clear that he has come as an ambassador from an intergalactic federation of planets that has been keeping Earth under surveillance for centuries. Now that Earth's science has advanced to the nuclear age and the planet's influence may soon be extended beyond its own atmosphere, he has been sent to deliver a message of utmost importance to all the heads of state. When Klaatu perceives that his request will be refused, he escapes from the hospital and moves anonymously into a rooming house, posing as a man named Carpenter. The alien emissary becomes friends with Bobby (Billy Gray) and his mother Helen(Patricia Neal), and the boy leads him to Professor Barnhardt (Sam Jaffe), a physicist, who is impressed, rather than frightened, by Klaatu's superior knowledge. The scientists in the film are depicted as dedicated individuals who are trying their best to live outside the political bickering and backstabbing of the Cold War era and who are willing to arrange for Klaatu to address an international assemblage of the leaders of world science. Realizing that Earth's heads of state are too chauvinistic to set aside their petty differences and listen to his message, Klaatu arranges a demonstration that no one on the planet will be able to ignore: He shuts off all power and machinery on Earth for one hour. Considered a threat to national security, Klaatu is killed by the military and his body placed in a cell. Before he was shot, however, he advised Helen what to do if anything should happen to him. She approaches the massive Gort and speaks the order, "Klaatu Barado Nikto," a command which enables to the robot to restore life to Klaatu and brings the film to its conclusion and the alien ambassador's final message to all of Earth: "It is your choice. Join us and live in peace or face obliteration." Continued on Page 11

Before the series was cancelled, viewers learned that the aliens had the ability to possess human bodies with their larvae, thus allowing them to pass undetected and to accomplish an incredible number of negative historical events--from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to the conflict in Vietnam, from the murder of certain celebrities to popularizing the use of recreational drugs among young people. The summer blockbuster Independence Day (1996) followed a War of the Worlds plot line in which aliens blow up half the nation, including the U.S. capital, and are about to destroy the world. A tough U.S. President (Bill Pullman) and two heroes (Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum) who manage to pilot the spaceship that a clandestine branch of the government has been hiding in a secret underground base since the Roswell crash in 1947 manage to save the day. The UFO Contactees In 1951, the same year that audiences were jumping out of their theater seats watching The Thing, Robert Wise released the classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, which presented a wise and peaceful alien, who came to warn Earth's politicians and scientists that they must cease their experiments with nuclear power or risk annihilation from extraterrestrials who will not tolerate unbridled human aggressiveness. Actor Michael Rennie's portrayal of the softspoken alien "Klaatu," provided a model extraterrestrial emissary for generations of UFO contactees yet unborn. As the film opens, a flying saucer does, indeed, land near the White House lawn, in a baseball field in Washington, D.C. Within minutes, the craft is surrounded by armed military personnel and armored tanks. Klaatu

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Ar e UFO’s Real?
Alien Autopsy Inquest by Philip Mantle
The so-called Alien Autopsy film was released by London businessman Ray Santilli in August of l995. It made newspaper and TV headlines around the world. This film has gone down in UFO history as the most controversial piece of film ever. At the forefront of research into this film from the very beginning was former BUFORA Director of Investigations Philip Mantle. He was the first recognised UFO researcher contacted by Ray Santilli in l993 and he has been attempting to get to the bottom of this controversial film ever since. Now, for the very first time, Philip Mantle brings together 14 years worth of research and investigation into one book; ‘Alien Autopsy Inquest’. This unique 280 page (illustrated) work is published by PublishAmerica and is unique in every sense of the word. There is no other book that is dedicated entirely to the Alien Autopsy film. This book looks at the film from every conceivable angle, interviews and questions the relevant experts from around the world, and presents the facts as we know them. At the end of the book a number of possible scenarios are put forward to possibly explain the nature and origin of this controversial film, but in the end the reader is left to make up their own mind.

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More than half of Americans are convinced UFOs exist. And 75% of Americans believe the U.S. government knows more about them than it is letting on. But according to Dr. Jaysen Q. Rand, within the next few years there will be simply no way to deny their existence any longer - not when sightings and even open contact with them becomes common place in present-day human society. Get ready for a story so shocking/revealing that it will make The 'X' Files look like a kid's bedtime story. Drawing on Ancient prophecies, Dr. Rand reveals why an explosion in paranormal activity is set to occur between now and the year 2012, and why life on Earth will be fundamentally changed by what we experience within the context of realizing the reality of Planet-X. He'll reveal: * Why the return of the mysterious "Planet-X" - as predicted in religious texts and ancient prophecy - will usher in one of the most turbulent periods in world history. * Why 2009 will see the start of an explosion in contact with UFOs and alien races - and what their true intentions will be towards the human race. * The truth behind the infamous Mayan calendar, that predicts an end-to-time in 2012 - and its connection to catastrophic global events we're all now about to experience. The end-of-time is a reality beyond truth -- a truth which the ancient Indian societies appeared to know about and understand. CREDENTIALS: A respected UFOlogist and researcher, Dr. Rand has earned distinctive recognition and a Doctorate from the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow. He has written for several popular UFO magazines and is also a gold/platinum Grammy-nominated producer, recording artist, songwriter and publisher. His latest book is THE RETURN OF PLANET-X: And Its Effects on Mother Earth - A Natural Disaster Survivor's Manual. AVAILABILITY: Nationwide by arrangement and via telephone CONTACT: Dr. Jaysen Q Rand, (662) 280-2181 (MS)

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How UFOs Lost Their Innocence at the Movies
Continued from Page 9 from The unsettling implication made by Klaatu before he leaves in his space craft is that it really doesn't matter that much to the aliens what Earthlings decide. His mission is completed. Earth has been warned. Some have made comparisons to Klaatu's mission to Earth and the messages and ministry of Jesus. Both came from "above;" Jesus was a carpenter, Klaatu chose the alias of Carpenter; both were killed and resurrected by a power beyond Earth's knowledge; both returned to the "heavens" when their message that humans must repent and change their ways had been delivered. The admonitions of Klaatu have been subsequently repeated in the channelings of the UFO contactees for decades now. Regardless of whether or not this film will ever be acknowledged as the source of numerous contactees' messages from outer space, it seems likely that at least on the subconscious level, the stately, silver-suited figure of Klaatu (Michael Rennie) and his warning to Earthlings to cease their aggressive behavior and live in peace has been echoed in countless sermonettes that I have heard from alleged Space Intelligences and have recorded in my books Aquarian Revelations (1971) and The Fellowship (1988). Any student of the UFO phenomenon can name several candidates among the contactees as a successor to Klaatu, but we shall select George Van Tassel for a brief examination. Van Tassel established a reputation as an accomplished flight test engineer for both Lockheed International and Douglas Aircraft in the 1930s, and spent World War II flying for business magnate/aviator Howard Hughes. In 1947, Van Tassel moved with his wife and three daughters to the land around Giant Rock, California, and reopened the airfield near what

had been declared by many as the largest boulder in the world. Van Tassel theorized that the huge boulder's piezo-electric composition could intensify meditation and the power of the human mind to establish communication with alien intelligences. When he began holding weekly meditations under the rock, he was soon joined by others who felt drawn to the rock and the desert. In 1951, Van Tassel went into trance and said later that he had been taken out of his body to meet with a group of discarnate beings who inhabited a spaceship orbiting Earth. In August of 1952, Van Tassel stated that aliens from Venus had landed near Giant Rock and invited him to enter their spacecraft. When word spread of his dramatic encounter, the first Space Convention was held at Giant Rock in the spring of 1953. In the years to come, thousands would attend these conventions, drawn to the rock, the desert, Van Tassel, and the promise of experiencing personal alien contact. In 1959, over 11,000 followers of the charismatic contactee came from all over the world to hear him channel messages from the Space Brothers and to take advantage of the opportunity to share stories of their own alien encounters with the media. Van Tassel introduced the world to Ashtar, commandant of station Schare. "Schare" was one of several space stations in "Blaau," the fourth sector of "Bela," in which our solar system is moving. "Shan" was the name that Ashtar gave for Earth, and he said that the universe was ruled by the Council of Seven Lights, which had divided the Cosmos into seven sectors and systems. Ashtar proclaimed that the Space Intelligence's main purpose was to save humankind from itself. Once that great obstacle had been met, then the minor problem of how to deal with nuclear fission would right itself through the harmony that would then be extant on Earth. Ashtar and his fellow Space Intelligences also gave Van Tassel instructions for the construction of the "Integratron," a four-

story-high, 16-sided dome of wood and concrete, which was supposed to rejuvenate human cells by utilizing the natural energy found in the dry desert atmosphere of Giant Rock. Thousands of believers came to pass through the Integratron and to receive antiaging electrostatic charges. Van Tassel founded the Ministry of Universal Wisdom in 1953, basing its precepts on revelations from the Space Brothers. The ministry taught the universal law which operates on humankind in seven states: gender (male and female); the Creator as Cause; polarity of negative and positive; vibration; rhythm; relativity; and mentality. Van Tassel maintained his headquarters at Giant Rock, California, for many years, making it a gathering place for both the curious and the true believers. He was the author of I Rode a Flying Saucer (1952) and The Council of Seven Lights (1958). In the character of Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfus), Director Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind expresses the dilemma faced by an ordinary man who experiences a close encounter with a UFO and is given a mental summons to meet with the aliens at a future time. The film explores the range of emotions and inner stresses faced by a UFO contactee, including the confusion of his family, the reluctance of the authorities to recognize his experience as genuine, and the obsession of the contactee to respond to the "invitation" that the aliens have somehow impressed in his psyche. Continued on Page 12

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How UFOs Lost Their Innocence at the Movies
Continued from Page 11 from 11 Forced by an inner compulsion to seek reunion with the aliens atop Devil's Tower, Wyoming, Neary must leave his confused wife (Teri Garr) and children behind as he continues his rendezvous with space intelligences. He is soon joined by an ally (Melinda Dillon), whose son was abducted from their farm home, who also is receiving telepathic messages about where he will be returned to her. Spielberg claimed that he had adapted many actual stories of UFO contact for the screenplay, including accounts from the files of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, the astronomer who had been employed by the Air Force in their official research of the UFO mystery, Project Blue Book. Hynek was even given a cameo in the film, and he can be seen among the scientists gathered to welcome the aliens when the massive mother ship sets down on Devil's Tower. The final scenes of the motion picture have been described by many as simulating a religious or illumination experience within them. The score by John Williams, the special effects created by Douglas Trumbull, and the remarkable camerawork of Vilmos Zsigmond certainly added to the feelings of mystical and supernatural wonder that so enchanted millions of audience members worldwide. The alien beings, when they are at last revealed on screen, appear to be childlike, benevolent entities, seemingly so innocent as to be incapable of interstellar travel. And when Neary is selected to return with them to their world, many people were touched vicariously and felt their spirit prepare to lift off with them. Such a positive portrayal of alien life forms as that depicted in Close Encounters of the Third Kind was in sharp contrast to the monsters and the invaders that had populated so many science fiction motion pictures, and the way was paved for the arrival of Speilberg's E.T.--The Extraterrestrial (1982). In this film, an amphibian/reptilian entity so lived on the love vibration from his "heart light" that audiences could not resist its charm. The evil alien invader was banished from the screen and television sets, and talk of government coverups were forgotten by all by a small number of diehard UFO investigators. All over the world, contactees once again were channeling messages from benevolent entities watching over humankind. The Abductees Sinister aliens doing terrible things to humans didn't return to the general public consciousness until stories of men and women claiming to have been abducted by extraterrestrial crews for purposes of undergoing bizarre medical examinations were featured by UFO investigator Budd Hopkins in his book Missing Time (1981). In a later work, Intruders (1987), he continued to propagate the theory that aliens were abducting Earth men and women for the purpose of creating a hybrid mix of ET and human DNA. When Whitley Streiber published Communion in 1987, he transformed himself from a well-established horror writer into the world's most famous UFO abductee (or contactee, depending upon one's definitions of the terms). The author of such popular novels as The Wolfen (1978) and The Hunger, both of which were made into successful motion pictures, Streiber startled readers and researchers alike when he wrote a first-person account of his encounters with the "visitors" and detailed his personal abduction experience that had occurred December 26, 1985. The grim insect-like visage of the "Gray" staring out from the cover of Communion seemed to be an evil cousin of similar beings that had lovingly encircled and embraced Roy Neary in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The case of Betty and Barney Hill offers the prototype for the "interrupted journey," the classic case of humans abducted and examined by aliens from another world. On September 19, 1961, Betty, a social worker, and Barney, a mail carrier, then in their forties, were returning to their home in New Hampshire from a short Canadian vacation when they noticed a bright object in the night sky. Barney stopped the car and used a pair of binoculars to get a better look at it. As he studied the object, its own illumination showed well-defined disk-like shape, moving in an irregular pattern across the moonlit sky. Fascinated, Barney walked into a nearby field where from that perspective he could perceive what appeared to be windows--and, from the windows, beings looking back at him. The feeling that he was being watched frightened Barney, and he ran back to the car, got in, and began to race down the road. Then, as if obeying some internal directive, he drove down a side road--where the Hills found five humanoid aliens standing in their path. Suddenly unable to control their movements, Betty and Barney were taken from their car and, in a trancelike condition, led to the UFO by the humanoids. According to information later retrieved under hypnosis, Betty and Barney were returned unharmed to their car with the mental command that they would forget all about their abduction experience. The UFO then rose into the air and disappeared from sight, leaving the Hills to continue their journey home, oblivious to the whole event. Perhaps the remarkable encounter would never have been brought to light except for two factors: they began to experience strange and disconcerting dreams that they could not understand, and they could not explain the unaccountable two missing hours in their journey home from Canada. Betty decided to seek the help of a psychiatrist friend, who suggested that the memory of those lost hours would return in time, perhaps in only a few months. But the details of that unexplained "interruption" remained in a troubled limbo of fragmented memories until the Hills began weekly hypnosis sessions with Dr. Benjamin Simon, a Boston psychiatrist. Much has been made of the Hills' alien medical examinations, and their much publicized experience may have provided the prototype for thousands of other individuals who have claimed alien abductions with their requisite physical and sexual exams. Their story was covered extensively by John G. Fuller in the book Interrupted Journey (1966), and presented in a made-for-television movie (1975) with James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons playing Barney and Betty. In 1989, Whitley Strieber adapted Communion into a motion picture with Christopher Walken portraying the author. In 1992, Budd Hopkins' Intruders became a television miniseries starring Richard Crenna, Mare Willingham, and Susan Blakely. The television version of Hopkins' book chillingly portrayed military and political figures covering up the truth about alien abductions while issuing official denials that such events were taking place. Once again, invading, threatening, abusive aliens and the entire UFO mystery were things to be feared, and thousands of people around the world, watching such films as these, began to recall abduction scenarios that allegedly had been repressed until brought to conscious memories by such frightening scenarios as those depicted on the screen. Or so it would seem. It may surprise many readers to learn that back in the early 1960s, there were a number of serious researchers investigating claims of UFO contact and abduction. It will surprise even more readers to learn that the scenarios told by the experiencers have remained basically unchanged down through the decades. There truly are no new revelations to make concerning the contactee and the abductee phenomena. John A. Keel once told me how nonplussed he was to discover in reading through a number of old and rare books that these much earlier contactees were not only undergoing the classic contact experiences, but they were receiving messages almost identical to the modern messages. Using a colorful image, Keel said that it seemed to him as if all these people, widely separated by time, have been receiving communications which are being broadcast over and over again as if by some giant "phonograph" in the sky. Continued on Page 13

Flar e Over Atlantic Pr ovinces
US Air For ce confirms r ocket sour ce of flar e over Atlantic Pr ovinces
by Carla Allen/The Vanguard
It wasn’t a UFO. It wasn’t a meteorite. The source of a prolonged flare in the evening sky off the Atlantic coast on Monday, Dec. 10, was due to the separation of disposable components from a Cape Canaveral launched rocket. Ken Warren, a spokesperson for the U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing at Patrick AFB in Florida, says the Atlas V booster left the launch pad with a National Reconnaissance Office national security payload at 5:05 p.m. Eastern Time. Hurtling through the atmosphere at a speed of 15,040 feet per second or 8,911 knots, at a height of approximately 380,000 ft., the craft reached our area at 5:16 p.m. E.T. (6:16 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time). The first stage expendable fuel tank and the top portion of the rocket, which is known as the payload faring, separated and continued to rise to over 600,000 ft. before beginning its reentry. Warren says there are two possibilities for the widely seen flare. “Our analysis shows that fireballs could have been produced by the jettisoned bodies. In this case no fuel is involved, just friction with the atmosphere. If the observations occurred fairly close to the launch time this could have been what was seen. The Centaur stage also completed a fuel depletion maneuver, which would have occurred much later. This occurs in orbit with no re-entering debris. This was also reported to have been seen,” he said. The booster and payload faring dropped in the northern Atlantic Ocean in the vicinity of Sable Island--approximately 120 miles east of Nova Scotia as planned. “Launch trajectories are chosen to reduce the risk to personnel along the flight path to the maximum extent possible,” said Warren. Notices to airmen and mariners were issued in advance of the launch to ensure the safety of personnel that may have been in the vicinity of potential impact areas. Many fishermen contacted the Canadian Coast Guard reporting the flash, concerned that it might be an emergency flare from a mariner in distress. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax received close to a dozen reports of “the light in the sky” from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI. This marks the fourth successful Atlas V launched from Cape Canaveral AFS this year. On Dec. 20 another Eastern Range launch will take place - a Delta ll rocket carrying a NAVSTAR Global Positioning System satellite. Launches on similar flight azimuths to the Dec. 10 launch are not uncommon but occur infrequently. Warren says there are no plans to recover the jettisoned components. “At this time there is no plan to retrieve the debris; the United States government does not routinely retrieve first stage components,"

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How UFOs Lost Their Innocence at the Movies
Continued from Page 12 from In my book Revelation: The Divine Fire (1973), Keel commented further than the slight alterations in the content are probably made in the percipients' minds to tailor the messages to contemporary situations. "There is a storage factor," Keel said. "Perhaps the original signal is stored in the collective unconscious, or perhaps there is some mechanism beyond our space-time continuum which is repeating an endless 'tape.' If all percipients in all ages have been receiving the same signals, then the actual transmission is not especially pertinent to any given period. The same source and process which inspired the Book of Revelation is at work in modern revelation." Whatever this great UFO mystery is, it remains consistent, but it also continues to be flavored by popular culture. The challenge to the serious researcher also remains always consistent: Be mindful of how difficult it is to truly differentiate between what is an actual experience sincerely reported and what is a deceptive mind-meld of Hollywood illusion and misinterpreted personal mystical experience.

About The Author Brad Steiger

Two thirds of this Cape Canaveral launched rocket separated and dropped into the Atlantic Ocean as planned on Monday evening, Dec. 10. A U.S. Air Force spokesperson stated that the Atlas V booster contained a national security payload. The flare created during the separation was seen by thousands of residents in Atlantic Canada. he said. The common core booster is 12.5 ft in diameter, 106.6 ft. long and weighs approximately 50,000 pounds. [] Brad Steiger is the author/coauthor of 154 books with over 17 million copies in print. His first published articles on the unexplained appeared in 1956, and he has now written more than 2,000 articles with paranormal themes. From 1970-'73, his weekly newspaper column, The Strange World of Brad Steiger, was carried domestically in over 80 newspapers and overseas from Bombay to Tokyo. He was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on February 19,1936. He is married to Sherry Hansen Steiger, a licensed and ordained minister, herself the author or coauthor of over 22 books. He has two sons, three daughters, and five grandchildren. Visit Brad Steiger's website: http://www.bradandsherry.com/ and also read Evidence for a New History. Read Brad Steiger's latest book Revelation: The Divine Fire. []

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RAF SOPLEY UFO - 1971
by Philip Mantle
England was calm and sunny. I called the Met Office to confirm the strength of the upper winds to find that they were also relatively calm and were about fifty degrees off the southeasterly track of the blips; they also confirmed that there were not Met balloons/probes airborne at the time. The winds were not strong enough, nor in the right direction, to cause the blips to travel on their observed track especially at the speed they were travelling. It was estimated that they were doing around 250 knots, but it must be borne in mind that this was a lateral speed as seen on radar - they must have been travelling very much faster to climb over 50,000 feet in less than forty miles. Equally the weather was such that there were no 'angels' to affect the radar picture. "Angels" was a euphemism for, what were believed to be, ionozed pockets of air which, under very specific atmospheric conditions, were often seen on radar screens in those days: when seen, these 'angels' traveled extremely slowly simply drifting along haphazard tracks. In those days all radars were 'raw'. That is to say that, whatever was within the coverage of the radar envelope and capable of bouncing (returning) the radar pulse back to the receiver, would be seen on the radar tube. Today's radars are computerised thus such interference is processed out so as not to affect the picture. Looking around for some other method of checking what was going on, I discovered that a controller had two Canberras on frequency returning from Germany. One of the pilots agreed to investigate so I assumed control of his aircraft and, having confirmed he was in good visual met conditions, I vectored him on to the blips keeping him regularly updated on their position relative to the Canberra. The aircraft was flying at around nineteen thousand feel and when it got within a mile or so of one particular blip, the pilot reported, in a very agitated voice, that his radar had picked something up heading down his port side by about a quarter of a mile and 'climbing like the clappers', it was on a reciprocal heading to the Canberra. The pilot admitted that neither he nor his navigator made any visual contact and confirmed that the weather conditions were such that they would have had no difficultly seeing something that close. The whole episode lasted for twenty minutes or more before the blips stopped appearing. I impounded the R/T tapes and the Radar Video film and made appropriate entries in the log. Each person in the Ops Room who witnessed the incident was required to write a report. The Squadron Leader in charge of Operations collated the reports and informed higher authority. Within a couple of days I was interviewed in the Squadron Leader's office by two men who were not identified to me. I, along with all the others in the Ops Room on the day in question, were told in no uncertain terms not to relate what we had seen until cleared to do so. About four years later I was serving at RAF Wattisham when the Station Commander asked to see me. I was told that he had a communication from the MoD about the incident at Sopley and that as 'nothing could be confirmed' the situation was such that doubt would be cast on anything I said about it. I took this to mean that I was no longer to remain silent. I am at a loss to explain what I, and many other people, saw. In those days aircraft could not climb at such a rate. To be seen on displays by three different ground radars, plus the airborne radar in the Canberra, is also a mystery. The weather conditions were very definitely VMC or Visual Met Conditions; the aircraft was clear of cloud by at least a thousand feet vertically and with a forward visibility of at least five nautical miles. Alan Turner MBE 10th November 2007. In Mr. Turner's letter to be dated 10th November 2007 he apologised for not remembering the exact date of the incident and believes that there are those out there that will use this to discredit his account. I'll leave you with his final comments on the incident; "Please use the information in any way you see fit; I stand by what I saw because I know what I saw." Colleagues and I intend to submit a Freedom of Information request to the UK Ministry of Defence, and should we obtain any further information we will of course publish it due course. Thanks must go to David Beezer for supplying the information and contact details and special thanks to Alan Turner MBE for allowing me to publish his account.

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t the UFO DATA conference in October 2007 I met up with veteran UFO investigator David Beezer. I've known David for many years and he has regularly attended many of our public events. David wanted me to read a report he had received from a for RAF officer but on the day I simply did not have the time. David made me a copy of the report in question and I read it a day or two after the conference had finished. The report came from a Mr. Alan Turner MBE and concerned a UFO observed on radar at RAF Sopley in the summer of l971. I subsequently contact Mr. Turner and have his permission to document the following. His report is published in full. Alan Turner was aged twenty-five when he joined the Royal Air Force in l966 and was commissioned that year as an Air Traffic Control Officer. RAF Sopley was a wartime bunker, which had been converted into a joint military/civilian Air Traffic Control Radar Unit (ATCRU): it closed in l974 when both the civil and military ATC functions were transferred to West Drayton. Alan Turner remained in the RAF eventually to command the Central ATC School from 1990 to 1992. In July 1995 he was discharged from the RAF in the rank of Wing Commander. This is Wing Commanders Turner's account of what he personally observed at RAF Sopley in the summer of l971 in full: In the summer of 1971 I was the Duty Military Supervisor at RAF Sopley, which was a joint military/civil Air Traffic Control Radar Unit (ATCRU). It was a Tuesday afternoon but I cannot remember the exact date. The Duty Civil Supervisor drew my attention to a situation on radar the likes of which neither of us had ever encountered. Emanating from a point some twenty nautical miles east of the eastern extremity of the Salisbury Plain Danger Area were a series of six or seven blips moving on a south-easterly track each being separated from the other by about six miles. At about forty miles from the point they appeared on radar they disappeared to be followed almost immediately by a replacement at the point of origin. I put the FPS 6 Height Finder onto some returns to discover that they were about 3000 feet when they came into radar cover and climbing extremely rapidly so that, by the time they disappeared from radar, they were in excess of 60,000 feet. To climb to such a height in only forty miles was beyond the ability of any fighter aircraft at the time. The phenomenon was witnessed by four civil and six military controllers on duty at the time. I called Heathrow Radar to discover that they, also, wee seeing a similar picture. The same situation prevailed in the Fighter Control Operations Rooms at RAF Neatishead. The three units involved operated different radars from each other thus different frequencies were in use. The weather forecast from the south of

ABOUT THE AUTHOR PHILIP MANTLE
Philip Mantle is an international UFO researcher, author and broadcaster. He can be contacted via email at: philip@ mantle8353.fsworld.co.uk All photographs copyright Alan Turner MBE and reproduced with his kind permission

1982: This was taken in l982 when Alan Turner was the Senior Air Traffic Control Officer at RAF Lossiemouth. He is pictured on the right. More Photos on Page 15 Join Rob McConnell Monday thru Friday from 10 pm - 1 am Eastern / 7 pm - 11 pm Pacific in The ‘X’ Zone, a place where Fact is Fiction and Fiction is Reality, a place where people Dare to Bealieve and Dare to Be Heard exclusively on The TalkStar Radio Network and their broadcast affiliates in Alaska, Canada, the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, the Pacific Rim and now in Asia. www.xzoneradio.com

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Clinton library releases files on UFOs at flying saucer buff's request
Associated Press - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - In a move sure to provide fodder for conspiracy theorists, the Clinton Library withheld e-mails with subject lines like "X-Files" and "Area 51" from a batch of documents recently released at a UFO buff's request. National Archives officials made several files - ranging from a White House staffer's obsession with the TV show The X-Files to President Clinton's push to hook up the Sci-Fi Channel at Camp David - available for viewing starting last Thursday in response to Freedom of Information requests. Several pages, however, were withheld because they would "constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy," according to National Archives documents. Among the released pages, 27 come from the files of former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, a fan of The X-Files, a show about FBI agents investigating extraterrestrials and other supernatural events. The files include articles forwarded to Podesta about the canceled Fox show. Peter Baker, a Washington Post reporter, relied on Podesta's interest in the show to persuade him to help on a book about the White House. "Why am I skeptical that this book

1984: This is Alan Turner with his wife Diane at Buckingham Palace receiving his MBE in l984. - All photographs copyright Alan Turner MBE.

constitutes an opportunity for us?" Podesta wrote in a March 24, 1999, e-mail to Baker, who eventually wrote a book about the former president's impeachment and trial. "Because any good X-Files fan is skeptical by nature and understandably so," Baker replied the next day. In 1995, a group called the "Project Starlight Coalition" sent President Clinton a letter asking him to declassify any documents about extraterrestrials or UFOs. Two months later, an aide replied that he had forwarded the request for a meeting to White House staff. "The President appreciates your interest and long-standing involvement in this issue," James A. Dorskind, a special assistant to the president, wrote to members of the coalition. The files also include an e-mail between White House spokeswomen Patricia F. Lewis and Mary Ellen Glynn over a Hollywood Reporter question about Clinton's insistence on installing the Sci-Fi channel at the presidential retreat. "I know we're not going to talk about it, but it's one of the better questions I've heard in a while and I wanted to share," Lewis wrote. The records are being released in response to a slew of requests from UFO enthusiast Grant Cameron, who operates a Web site on presidential history with extraterrestrials. Cameron has several other requests pending, including one for "all files on the Kennedy assassination." He did not immediately respond to an email message seeking comment. []

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Christmas Ar ound The World
Hungarian: Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket Icelandic: Gledileg Jol Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat Iroquois: Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut. Ojenyunyat osrasay. Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto Jiberish: Mithag Crithagsigathmithags Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha Lao: souksan van Christmas Latin: Natale hilare et Annum Faustum! Latvian: Prieci'gus Ziemsve'tkus un Laimi'gu Jauno Gadu! Lausitzian:Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto Lettish: Priecigus Ziemassvetkus Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu Low Saxon: Heughliche Winachten un 'n moi Nijaar Macedonian: Sreken Bozhik Maltese: IL-Milied It-tajjeb Manx: Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa Maori: Meri Kirihimete Marathi: Shub Naya Varsh Navajo: Merry Keshmish Norwegian: God Jul, or Gledelig Jul Occitan: Pulit nadal e bona annado Papiamento: Bon Pasco Papua New Guinea: Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu Pennsylvania German: En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr! Peru: Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo Philipines: Maligayan Pasko! Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie Portuguese:Feliz Natal Pushto: Christmas Aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha Rapa-Nui (Easter Island): Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua Rhetian: Bellas festas da nadal e bun onn Romanche: (sursilvan dialect): Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal e bien niev onn! Rumanian: Sarbatori vesele or Craciun fericit Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom Sami: Buorrit Juovllat Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou Sardinian: Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou Serbian: Hristos se rodi Slovakian: Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce Sami: Buorrit Juovllat Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou Scots Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil huibh Serbian: Hristos se rodi. Singhalese: Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa Slovak: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok Slovene: Vesele Bozicne Praznike Srecno Novo Leto or Vesel Bozic in srecno Novo leto Spanish: Feliz Navidad Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År Tagalog: Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon Tami: Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal Trukeese: (Micronesian) Neekiriisimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech! Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai or souksan wan Christmas Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun Ukrainian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym or Z RIZDVOM HRYSTOVYM Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho Vietnamese: Chuc Mung Giang Sinh Welsh: Nadolig Llawen Yoruba: E ku odun, e ku iye'dun!

How “Merr y Christmas” Is Said Ar ound The World
Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden Arabic: Milad Majid Argentine: Feliz Navidad Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On! Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce Brazilian: Feliz Natal Breton: Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo Catalan: Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou! Chile: Feliz Navidad Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun Chinese: (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan (Catonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun Choctaw: Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito Columbia: Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo Cornish: Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth Corsian: Pace e salute Crazanian: Rot Yikji Dol La Roo Cree: Mitho Makosi Kesikansi Croatian: Sretan Bozic Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok Danish: Glædelig Jul Duri: Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast English: Merry Christmas Eskimo: (inupik) Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo! Esperanto: Gajan Kristnaskon Estonian: Ruumsaid juulup|hi Ethiopian: (Amharic) Melkin Yelidet Beaal Faeroese: Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt nyggjar! Farsi: Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad Finnish: Hyvaa joulua Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar French: Joyeux Noel Frisian: Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier! Galician: Bo Nada Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr! German: Fröhliche Weihnachten Greek: Kala Christouyenna! Haiti: (Creole) Jwaye Nowel or to Jesus Edo Bri'cho o Rish D'Shato Brichto Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara! Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka Hebrew: Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova Hindi: Shub Naya Baras Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara! Hawaian: Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou!

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- The common abbreviation for Christmas to Xmas is derived from the Greek alphabet. X is letter Chi, which is the first letter of Christ's name in the Greek alphabet. - Oliver Cromwell, in England banned Christmas Carols between 1649 and 1660. Cromwell thought that Christmas should be a very solemn day so he banned carols and parties. The only celebration was by a sermon and a prayer service. - In 1643, the British Parliament officially abolishes the celebration of Christmas. - The Puritans in America tried to make Thanksgiving Day the most important annual festival instead of Christmas. - Silent Night was written in 1818, by an Austrian priest Joseph Mohr. He was told the day before Christmas that the church organ was broken and would not be prepared in time for Christmas Eve. He was saddened by this and could not think of Christmas without music, so he wanted to write a carol that could be sung by choir to guitar music. He sat down and wrote three stanzas. Later that night the people in the little Austrian Church sang "Stille Nacht" for the first time. - St Francis of Assisi introduced Christmas Carols to formal church services. - Telesphorus, the second Bishop of Rome (125136 AD) declared that public Church services should be held to celebrate "The Nativity of our Lord and Saviour." In 320 AD, Pope Julius I and other religious leaders specified 25 December as the official date of the birth of Jesus Christ. - 26 December was traditionally known as St Stephen's Day, but is more commonly known as Boxing Day. This expression came about because money was collected in alms-boxes placed in churches during the festive season. This money was then distributed during to the poor and needy after Christmas. - Melbourne, Australia has a sporting Boxing Day tradition. The Melbourne Cricket Ground hosts a Cricket test match. Sometimes this attracts 90, 000 spectators. Cricket is Australia's premier Summer sport. - The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531 In 1836, Alabama is the first state in the USA to declare Christmas a legal holiday. - In 1843, the first Christmas card was printed in England for Sir Henry Cole. He was busy man who wanted to save time in his own Christmas letters, but was also interested in encouraging the expansion of the postal system. 1000 copies of the card were sold at one shilling each. It was not until the 1860s that the production of cards accelerated, with cheaper printing methods. Then in 1870, the Post Office introduced a half penny stamp for sending cards. - In 1856, President Franklin Pierce decorates the first White House Christmas tree. - In 1907, Oklahoma became the last USA state to declare Christmas a legal holiday. - At midnight on Christmas Eve 1914 firing from the German trenches suddenly stopped. A German brass band began playing Christmas carols. Early, Christmas morning, the German

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- In 1834, Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert brought the first Christmas tree to Windsor Castle for the Royal family. - 6 December is St Nicholas's Day - the first of the gift giving days, especially in Holland and Belgium. - Some priests in Australia advise you to say "Happy Christmas", not "Merry Christmas", because Merry has connotations of getting drunk - which brings its own problems. One should say "Happy" instead. - The actual gift givers are different in various countries: * Spain and South America: The Three Kings * Italy: La Befana (a kindly old witch) * England: Father Christmas * France: Pere Noel (Father Christmas) * Russia: In some parts - Babouschka (a grandmotherly figure) Other parts it is Grandfather Frost. * Germany: Christkind (angelic messenger from Jesus) She is a beautiful fair haired girl with a shining crown of candles. * Scandinavia: a variety of Christmas gnomes. One is called Julenisse * Holland: St Nicholas. - Every year since 1947 the people in Oslo have given a Christmas tree to the city of Westminster. The gift is an expression of goodwill and gratitude for Britain's help to Norway in the 1939-1945 war. - The first American Christmas carol was written in 1649 by a minister named John de Brebeur and is called "Jesus is Born". - Mexicans call the poinsettia "Flower of the Holy Night" - the Holy Night is the Mexican way of saying "Christmas Eve". - Tom Smith who owned a sweet shop in London was the originator of the cracker. In the 1840s Tom found that people like sugar almonds, but while he was in France he discovered a variety of sweets wrapped up in a twist of paper. These bonbons were popular, so Tom decided to copy them. When Tom noticed that young men were buying them to give to their sweethearts he began to place "love mottoes" on small slips of paper inside the sweet wrapping. - In 1846 Tom's thoughts turned towards Christmas - instead of sweets he thought he would place toys and novelties inside the twisted wrapping. He experimented with this and the idea of producing a wrapping that could be pulled apart - just like the cracker as we know it today. - The word carol is derived from the old French word caroller which derives from the Latin choraula. This itself was derived from the Greek choraules. - The biggest selling Christmas single of all time is Bing Crosby's White Christmas. - In Switzerland during the Reformation, al instrumental and choral music was banned from churches. In Germany, disapproval of carols resulted in some being converted into hymns. - Tinsel on the Christmas Tree is attributed to a woman whose husband died. She was left to bring up a large family of children herself. She

was left to do everything working so hard and she was determined to make a happy time for them at Christmas. She prepared a Christmas Tree to surprise them on Christmas Day. Unfortunately spiders visited the tree, and crawled from branch to branch, making webs all over it. The Christ Child saw the tree and knew she would be devastated to find this on Christmas morning. He changed the spiders' webs to shining silver. - The first church the Dutch built in New York City was named in St Nicholas' honour -St Nicholas Church. - Many Christmas customs are carryovers from pre-Christian celebrations. Hanging gifts on trees is supposed to stem from tree worship of the Druids, and the belief that the tree was the giver of all good things. The Druids are also partly responsible for the use of mistletoe at Christmastime. They regarded the mistletoe as sacred, made certain that it never touched the ground, and dedicated it to the Goddess of Love, which explains the kissing that goes on under it. Originally, when a boy kissed a girl, he plucked a berry from the cluster and presented it to her. When the berries were gone, so were the kisses. - In Christmas tree decorations, angels are usually portrayed as wimpy blondes in girl's blouses and sandals. In the Bible, however, angels are muscular bullies who frequently goad humans into fistfights. Life isn't all harps and heavenly choirs for angels; there's a strict career structure. The only angels mentioned by name in the Bible are archangels, the eighth-ranking order of angels. - Visitors to Bethlehem rarely exceed a few thousand at Christmas. In 1995, there were rowdy celebrations of the first Christmas in a Palestinian-controlled Bethlehem. The Christmas Eve service televised on 25 December is celebrated not in the Church of the Nativity, which stands over the place where Jesus was said to have been born, but in the nearby Franciscan Church of St. Catherine. - The largest functional Christmas cracker was 45.72 metres long and 3.04 metres in diameter. It was made by Australian international rugby player Ray Price in Markson Sparks of New South Wales, Australia and was pulled in the car

park of the Westfield Shopping Town in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia on 9 November 1991. - A goose was customary Christmas fare until Henry VIII took it upon himself to tuck into a turkey. Mince pies were once shaped like mangers and are thought to date back to the sweetmeats formerly presented to the Vatican on Christmas Eve. - The freedom-fighter and religious activist thought to have been born between 6 BC and 30 AD, by the name of Jesus Christ from the Greek christos, "the anointed one". He was born in a stable in Bethlehem. He started out as a carpenter, but became a missionary following his baptism by a cousin, John. After proclaiming himself the Messiah, Jesus was betrayed by a disciple and crucified. He is later said to have risen from the dead. - If you're wondering why men may have not flocked to kiss you under the mistletoe, the answer may be that it was said that it will only work if the person you are kissing is a virgin. On the sixth day of the new moon, a Druid priest used to cut mistletoe from an oak tree with a sacred sickle. A passing virgin was called upon to catch the falling plant, which was not allowed to touch the ground. - The first commercial Christmas card, produced in 1846, featured a drawing of family members happily toasting each other with glasses of wine - a shockingly decadent portrait that was immediately condemned by temperance advocates. In New South Wales, Australia, the average daily mailbag of six to seven million items of mail can triple over Christmas. The heaviest day ever was on 23 December 1997, when a record 23 million items were delivered in this state in Australia - Santa's Reindeers are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. Continued on Page 19

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Christmas Facts
CHRISTMAS FACTS
Continued From Page 18 From - Saint Boniface is said to have substituted a fir tree for the pagan oak in the eighth century as a symbol of faith. Martin Luther fostered the Christmas tree cult by using a candlelit tree as a symbol of Christ's heavenly home, while trees decorated with candles, fruit and paper flowers were introduced into Britain soon after Queen Victoria's marriage. - The Celts used to bring a large log indoors as a tribute to the sun god. In Cornwall, revellers would chalk a symbol of a man on the log in a cheery reference to the human sacrifices who used to be thrown on the bonfire. Ancient Roman observances of the Natalis solis invicti and the Saturnalia occurred in December and involved much feasting, singing, parades and other forms of celebrating. Not to be outdone, when the Church adopted Christmas it introduced a major Christian celebration and feasting became a part of the festivities. As the centuries wore on, depending upon the country, a Christmas goose, turkey or other animal was adopted as the main course in the Christmas feast. - The Christmas tree was first decorated with lights in the 16th century. It is believed that Martin Luther, the Protestant reformer, was the first to add lighted candles to the tree. He was so taken with the Christmas night sky that he wished to bring "the lights of the stars" into the home of his family. From this, decorating the tree with ornaments, messages and notes, and small gifts emerged in later centuries leading to our customs today. - Hanging the Christmas stocking on the hearth on Christmas Eve in the hope that it will be filled with presents the next morning is a custom that goes back about 400 years. It derived from the custom in Holland of children placing wooden shoes next to the hearth the night before the arrival of St. Nicholas. The children would fill their shoes with straw and food for St Nicholas's for the donkey that carried the gifts. In exchange he would leave them a small gift such as small cakes, fruits and other gifts. Stockings were substituted for the shoes in Britain, most of Europe and in North America. - A wreath with holly, red berries and other decorations began from at least the 17th century. Holly, with its sharply pointed leaves, symbolised the thorns in Christ's crown-ofthorns. Red berries symbolised the drops of Christ's blood. A wreath at Christmas signified a home that celebrated to birth of Christ. - On Christmas morning since medieval times, church bells have been rung to announce to the world the coming of the saviour. It was customary from the 18th century to wear clothes and carry a small bell to signify the birth of Christ. The ringing of the bells was to signify the importance of the His Birth. LISTEN TO THE ‘X’ ZONE RADIO SHOW, MONDAY - FRIDAY FROM 10 PM TO 2 AM EASTERN / 7 PM TO 11 PM PACIFIC EXCLUSIVELY ON THE TALKSTAR RADIO NETWORK. 1642 Sir Isaac Newton (mathematician) 1821 - Clara Barton (nurse: founder of American Red Cross) 1887 - Conrad Hilton (hotel magnate) 1899 - Humphrey Bogart (Academy Award-winning actor: The African Queen [1951]; The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca (Bogie's character never says "Play it again, Sam." He says: "You played it for her, you can play it for me. Play it!", while Ingrid Bergman says "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By'".) 1907 - Cab (Cabell) Calloway ('Highness of Hi-De-Ho': bandleader, singer: Minnie the Moocher, Blues in the Night; films: Stormy Weather, St. Louis Blues; The Cotton Club Comes to the Ritz) 1914 - Tony Martin (Alvin Morris) (singer: It's a Blue World, To Each His Own, Kiss of Fire, Stranger in Paradise, Here; actor: Casbah, Hit the Deck; married to dancer Cyd Charisse) 1915 - Pete Rugolo (bandleader, arranger: Stan Kenton; scored TV's The Fugitive) 1918 - Anwar el-Sadat (Egyptian president; Nobel Peace Prize winner with Israel's Menachim Begin [1978]) 1924 - Rod Serling (scriptwriter: The Twilight Zone, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Planet of the Apes, Seven Days in May) 1932 - Little Richard (Penniman) (singer: Good Golly Miss Molly, Tutti-Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Lucille, Keep A Knockin') 1937 - O'Kelly Isley (singer: Grammy Award-winning group: The Isley Brothers: It's Your Thing [1969]; Shout, Twist and Shout, That Lady, This Old Heart of Mine) 1945 - Ken Stabler ('The Snake': football: Oakland Raiders quarterback: Super Bowl XI) 1946 - Jimmy Buffett (songwriter, singer: Come Monday, Margaritaville, Changes in Latitudes - Changes in Attitudes; main 'Parrot Head') 1946 - Larry Csonka (Pro Football Hall of Famer: Miami Dolphins running back: Super Bowl VI, VII, VIII) 1948 - Barbara Mandrell (CMA Entertainer of the Year [1980, 1981], Female Vocalist of the Year [1979]; Standing Room Only, I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool, Sleeping Single in a Double Bed, If Loving You Is Wrong) 1949 - Sissy (Mary) Spacek (Academy Award-winning actress: Coal Miner's Daughter [1980]; Missing, The River, Carrie, The Migrants) 1950 - Manny Trillo (baseball: Philadelphia Phillies) 1950 - Barry Pearson (football) 1953 - Dave Wasick (football) 1958 - Ricky Henderson (baseball: Oakland Athletics outfielder: Baseball Writers' Award, American League [1990]; NY Yankees) 1968 - Klea Scott 1971 - Noel Hogan (Cranberries) 1982 - Alecia Elliot HAPPY CHRISTMAS BIRTHDAY!

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WHO DIED ON CHRISTMAS DAY

WHO WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY

1921 - Hans Huber composer, dies at 69 1926 - Yoshihito 123rd Emperor of Japan (1912-26), dies at 47 1930 - Harvey Worthington Loomis composer, dies at 65 1938 - Karel Capek Czechoslovakian author/antifascist (Bílá Nemoc), dies at 48 1946 - W[illiam] C[laude] Fields writer/comedian/actor (Bank Dick, It's A Gift), dies from pneumonia at 67 1951 - Harry T Moore Florida NAACP official, killed by bomb 1954 - Johnny Ace ballad singer, dies at 25 in a game of Russian Roulette 1957 - Frederick Law Olmsted US architect (Central Park), dies at 87 1977 - Charlie Chaplin actor (Modern Times), dies in Switzerland at 88 1979 - Joan Blondell actress (Real McCoys), dies at 70 1979 - Lee Bowman actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover), dies at 64 1980 - Oscar Romero archbishop of El Salvador, murdered 1983 - Joan Miro Spanish surrealist, dies at his home in Majorca at 90 1985 - George Rhodes orchestra leader (Sammy Davis Jr Show), dies at 66 1989 - Billy Martin New York Yankee manager, killed in a car accident at 61 1989 - Elena Ceausescu wife of Romania's dictator Nicolea, executed 1989 - Nicolae Ceausescu dictator of Romania, executed 1995 - Dean Martin singer/actor (Return to Me), dies at 78 1996 - Jon Benet Ramsey, Colorado child beauty queen, murdered at 6 1997 - Denver Pyle actor (Dukes of Hazzard), dies at 77 1998 - Bryan MacLean, Rock & Roll singer & guitarist (Byrds), dies.[]

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1535, THE FIRST CHRISTMAS IN CANADA
frozen in and the little colony was beginning to discover the weak points in the winter preparations. The buildings could not keep out the penetrating cold. There were no cellars in which to keep supplies. All the drinkables were frozen hard, and melted snow had to be used for water, as rivers and streams were soon locked fast by the ice. Salt meat and stale vegetables formed the greater part of the diet, and by Christmas time health was beginning to suffer and the first whisper of the dread disease of scurvy was apparent among the whites.

SILENT NIGHT

JACQUES CARTIER

The first Christmas observed in Canada, that of 1535, was kept -- but scarcely enjoyed - by one hundred and ten souls in a tiny palisaded fortress on the banks of the Ste. Croix River (now the St. Charles), near the present City of Quebec. On the site of the latter was then the Indian Village of Stadacona. Jacques Carier and his advance guard of settlers were by Christmas time beginning the struggle with the terrible hardships which during the winter beset the little band, killed twenty-five of its members, and reduced the remainder to a state of helplessness for many weeks. The French ships had come bravely up the river during the previous summer, and had been joyously welcomed by the Indians, who were well supplied with gifts by the newcomers. The Isle of Bacchus (the Island of Orleans) and the land on either side of the great river of Canada had been explored, and a plot of land at the mouth of the Ste. Croix Croix had been selected as the most suitable location for winter settlement. Jacques Cartier had made his way up as far as Hochelaga, and had returned to his band in time to over-see the final preparations for the cold weather.

It became noticable before winter set in that there was a change of attitude on the part of the Indians. Outwardly they were friendly, but the Frenchmen soon became convinced that the two guides, whom they had carried off to France on a previous expedition and had brought back to serve as interpreters, were sowing disaffection among the people of Stadacona. Their influence on Chief Donnacona was marked, and the settlers took as their mottos thenceforward, "He who is watchful loses nothing." By the end of November the ships were

The Indians hovered round, always watching. Sometimes they came to visit the settlement, and often they tried to entice the whites to visit their village on one pretext or another. There were ceremonious protestations of friendship on both sides, but the French were always conscious of the silent and observant movements of the natives. They, therefore, determined, above all, no matter how sick they were, to maintain a show of activity and strength about the fortress, lest, tempted by the obvious weakness of the garrison, the Indians should decide to attack it. Christmas in those circumstances couldn't be a very merry affair. It came, however, before the worst of the winter trials, while the settlers were still buoyed up by the hope of future discoveries and by the tales of Donnacona -- a man of some imagination, apparently -- who told them of precious stones and metals to be found in lands beyond the country of Saguenay; of white men dressed in cloth like themselves who inhabited a region near a great inland sea of fresh water; of lands of luxurious vegetation south of the Great River, where other red-skinned people lived; and of a mysterious race of one-legged people living in some ill-defined territory far from the district known as Canada. All these things interested the adventurers mightily, and imagination, combined with a taste of the most precious of their food supplies, probably helped to make Christmas Day a little more cheerful than those which had preceded it. It was certainly far more cheerful than many which followed it, for there came a time when all but ten of the party were near death from scurvy. Courageous hearts alone enabled the little colony to hold out until the spring, and to deceive the Indians into thinking the band strong and prepared for attack in the days when they were threatened with utter extermination. THE MONTREAL STAR STAR

The origin of the Christmas carol we know as Silent Night was a poem that was written in 1816 by an Austrian priest called Joseph Mohr. On Christmas Eve in 1818 in the small alpine village called Oberndorf it is reputed that the organ at St. Nicholas Church had broken. Joseph Mohr gave the poem of Silent Night (Stille Nacht) to his friend Franz Xavier Gruber and the melody for Silent Night was composed with this in mind. The music to Silent Night was therefore intended for a guitar and the simple score was finished in time for Midnight Mass. Silent Night is the most famous Christmas carol of all time! Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child Holy Infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ, the Saviour is born Christ, the Saviour is born Silent night, holy night Son of God, love's pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth " For the history of some of the most beloved Christmas Carols, go to Page 24. “If singing is good for the soul, then no wonder everyone is in such a good mood at Christmas!”
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The Biblical Account of The Bir th of Jesus Luke 2:1-20 (King James Version)
Luke 2 1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were in the same country shepherds

abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

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Histor y of Beloved Car ols
hiding and prays to the Virgin Mary. A letter from Schubert to his father and step-mother refers to his music to Ave Maria: "My new songs from Scott's Lady of the Lake especially had much success. They also wondered greatly at my piety, which I expressed in a hymn to the Holy Virgin and which, it appears, grips every soul and turns it to devotion." The original words by Sir Walter Scott are detailed below and include many references to the Latin "Ave Maria" prayer. This, no doubt, inspired an unknown person to fit the Latin "Ave Maria" prayer text to Schubert's notes, and it almost succeeds with a couple of exceptions. The adapted Latin words of Ave Maria prayer ( Hail Mary ) is now the version most commonly performed with the music of Schubert. the Czech Republic. St. Stephen's feast day was celebrated on 26th December which is why this song is sung as a Christmas carol.

The Histor y of Some of the Most Beloved Christmas Car ols
Christmas carols are based on Christian lyrics and relate, in the main, to the Nativity. Christmas carols were introduced in to church services by St Francis of Assisi in the 12th century. As for the word carols, "carol" is a derivative of the French word caroller, the interpretation of which means dancing around in a circle. Carol and carols, eventually came to mean not only to dance but included music and lyrics - hence modern Xmas Carols. The joyous themes for many Christmas carols were banned in England by the staunch Protestant Oliver Cromwell and many of the very old Christmas carols were subsequently lost for all time. Christmas carols were only fully popularised again during the Victorian era when they again expressed joyful and merry themes in their carol lyrics as opposed to the normal, more sombre, Christian lyrics found in hymns. As religious observances in the United States and England were closely linked the popularity of Christmas carols grew in both countries in the 19th century. Many Christmas traditions are relatively recent such as Santa Claus and reindeer and bear no relation to Christmas carols.

Hark the Herald Angels Sing!
“Hark the herald angels sing” Christmas Carol was written by Charles Wesley, brother of John Wesley founder of the Methodist church, in 1739. A sombre man, he requested slow and solemn music for his lyrics and thus “Hark the herald angels sing” was sung to a different tune initially. Over a hundred years later Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) composed a cantata in 1840 to commemorate Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press. English musician William H. Cummings adapted Mendelssohn’s music to fit the lyrics of “Hark the herald angels sing” already written by Wesley.

Away in a Manger!
Away in a manager is always the first carol that children are taught. Away in a Manger was originally published in 1885. The publication of Away in a Manger was in a Lutheran Sunday school book and this created the misconception that the lyrics of Away in a Manger were actually written by Martin Luther himself. The author is unknown. The music to Away in a Manger was composed by William J. Kirkpatrick in 1895.

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear!
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear was written by Edmund Hamilton Sears in 1849. The carol started life as a poem written by its author who was a minister living in Massachusetts at the time. The music for It Came Upon A Midnight Clear was composed by American musician Richard Storrs Willis in 1859 who was inspired by the words of the poem.

Deck the Halls!
The music to Deck the Halls is believed to Welsh in origin and was reputed to have come from a tune called "Nos Galan" dating back to the sixteenth century. In the eighteenth century Mozart used the tune to Deck the Halls for a violin and piano duet J.P. McCaskey is sometimes credited with the lyrics of Deck the Halls but he only edited the Franklin Square Song Collection in which the lyrics were first published. The first publication date of Deck the Halls is 1881. The author is unknown but the words are said to originate in America.

O Christmas Tr ee!
O Christmas Tree is a traditional German Carol. The author of the lyrics are unknown as is the composer of the lyrics. The tradition of bringing a tree inside and decorating it with candy, baubles and bells was started in the nineteenth century and is immortalized in the carol O Christmas Tree lyrics.

Carol Of The Bells Lyrics Carol Lyrics
The Carol of the Bells lyrics were added to the original folk music from the Ukraine by Peter Wilhousky. The lyrics and words to this popular Christmas song celebrate the festive season and its traditions such as the pealing of church bells at Christmas and of the singing of Christmas Carols - caroling. The original Ukrainian lyrics to the song was entitled Shchedryk meaning bountiful and were traditionally sang to celebrate the New Year.

O Little Town of Bethlehem !
Rector Phillips Brooks (1835-1903) of Philadelphia, wrote the words to O Little Town of Bethlehem in 1868, following a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He was inspired by the view of Bethlehem from the hills of Palestine especially at night time hence the lyrics of O Little Town of Bethlehem. His church organist Lewis Redner (1831-1908) wrote the melody to O Little Town of Bethlehem for the Sunday school children's choir.

Angels from the realms of glory! from realms glory!
The author of Angels From the Realms of Glory was an Irishman called James Montgomery. He came from a religious family background and sadly his parents, who were missionaries died following their vocation. Angels From the Realms of Glory was written in 1816. The music for Angels From the Realms of Glory was composed by Henry Smart. The lyrics of Angels From the Realms of Glory tell the story of the shepherds, sages and Saints.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen! Merry
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen was first published in 1833 when it appeared in "Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern," a collection of seasonal carols gathered by William B. Sandys. The lyrics of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen are traditional olde English and are reputed to date back to the 15th century although the author is unknown.. It is believed that this particular carol was sung to the gentry by town watchmen who earned additional money during the Christmas season. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen continues to be enjoyed. The lyrics to this simple carol are reputed to be one of the oldest carols.

The First Noel !
The First Noel is unknown in origin but is generally thought to be English dating back to the sixteenth century. There is a misconception that the First Noel was French and it is believed that this is because of the French spelling of Noel as opposed to the olde English AngloSaxon spelling of the word as in Nowell. After England was captured by the Normans numerous words were adopted from the Norman French language and Noel was re-spelt as Nowell, early printed versions of this carol use the Nowell spelling. The First Noel was first published in 1833 when it appeared in "Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern," a collection of seasonal carols gathered by William B. Sandys. VISIT THE ‘X’ ZONE RADIO SHOW WEBSITE WWW.XZONERADIO.COM

Ave Maria
The Ave Maria was composed in about 1825 by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) when he was twenty-eight years old and filled with devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was written for voice and piano and first Published in 1826 as Op 52 no 6. The words most commonly used with Schubert's music are not the words that the composer originally set to music. Franz Schubert actually wrote the music for an excerpt from the poem "The Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), which was translated into German by Adam Storck. Schubert called his piece Ellens dritter Gesang (Ellen's third song). In this particular excerpt from the poem the heroine, Ellen Douglas, is in

Good King Wenceslas!
The words to the carol "Good King Wenceslas" were written by John Mason Neale and published in 1853, the music originates in Finland 300 years earlier. This Christmas carol is unusual as there is no reference in the lyrics to the nativity. Good King Wenceslas was the king of Bohemia in the 10th century. Good King Wenceslas was a Catholic and was martyred following his assassination by his brother Boleslaw and his supporters, his Saint's Day is September 28th, and he is the Patron Saint of

Twas The Night Befor e Christmas
Twas the Night befor e Christmas Poem
Twas the night befor e Christmas Poem also called “A Visit fr om St. Nicholas"
Clement Clarke Moore (1779 - 1863) wrote the poem Twas the night before Christmas also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas" in 1822. It is now the tradition in many American families to read the poem every Christmas Eve. The poem Twas the night before Christmas has redefined our image of Christmas and Santa Claus. Prior to the creation of the story of Twas the night before Christmas St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, had never been associated with a sleigh or reindeers! The author of the poem Twas the night before Christmas was a reticent man and it is believed that a family friend, Miss H. Butler, sent a copy of the poem to the New York Sentinel who published the poem. The condition of publication was that the author of Twas the night before Christmas was to remain anonymous. The first publication date was 23rd December 1823 and it was an immediate success. It was not until 1844 that Clement Clarke Moore claimed ownership when the work was included in a book of his poetry. Clement Clarke Moore came from a prominent family and his father Benjamin Moore was the Bishop of New York who was famous for officiating at the inauguration of George Washington. The tradition of reading Twas the night before Christmas poem on Christmas Eve is now a Worldwide institution. below. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer. With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name! "Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!" As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too. And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound. He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack. His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow. The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly! He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself! A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

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He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk. And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose! He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!" []

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Twas the Night befor e Christmas Poem
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads. And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the newfallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects

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The Histor y of Santa Claus
THE HIST ORY OF SANTA CLAUS
The American version of the Santa Claus figure received its inspiration and its name from the Dutch legend of Sinter Klaas, brought by settlers to New York in the 17th century. As early as 1773 the name appeared in the American press as "St. A Claus," but it was the popular author Washington Irving who gave Americans their first detailed information about the Dutch version of Saint Nicholas. In his History of New York, published in 1809 under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker, Irving described the arrival of the saint on horseback (unaccompanied by Black Peter) each Eve of Saint Nicholas. This Dutch-American Saint Nick achieved his fully Americanized form in 1823 in the poem A Visit From Saint Nicholas more commonly known as The Night Before Christmas by writer Clement Clarke Moore. Moore included such details as the names of the reindeer; Santa Claus's laughs, winks, and nods; and the method by which Saint Nicholas, referred to as an elf, returns up the chimney. (Moore's phrase "lays his finger aside of his nose" was drawn directly from Irving's 1809 description.) The American image of Santa Claus was further elaborated by illustrator Thomas Nast, who depicted a rotund Santa for Christmas issues of Harper's magazine from the 1860s to the 1880s. Nast added such details as Santa's workshop at the North Pole and Santa's list of the good and bad children of the world. A human-sized version of Santa Claus, rather than the elf of Moore's poem, was depicted in a series of illustrations for Coca-Cola advertisements introduced in 1931. In modern versions of the Santa Claus legend, only his toyshop workers are elves. Rudolph, the ninth reindeer, with a red and shiny nose, was invented in 1939 by an advertising writer for the Montgomery Ward Company. In looking for the historical roots of Santa Claus, one must go very deep in the past. One discovers that Santa Claus as we know him is a combination of many different legends and mythical creatures. The basis for the Christian-era Santa Claus is Bishop Nicholas of Smyrna (Izmir), in what is now Turkey. Nicholas lived in the 4th century A.D. He was very rich, generous, and loving toward children. Often he gave joy to poor children by throwing gifts in through their windows. The Orthodox Church later raised St. Nicholas, miracle worker, to a position of great esteem. It was in his honor that Russia's oldest church, for example, was built. For its part, the Roman Catholic Church honored Nicholas as one who helped children and the poor. St. Nicholas became the patron saint of children and seafarers. His name day is December 6th. In the Protestant areas of central and northern Germany, St. Nicholas later became known as der Weinachtsmann. In England he came to be called Father Christmas. St. Nicholas made his way to the United States with Dutch immigrants, and began to be referred to as Santa Claus. In North American poetry and illustrations, Santa Claus, in his white beard, red jacket and pompom-topped cap, would sally forth on the night before Christmas in his sleigh, pulled by eight reindeer, and climb down chimneys to leave his gifts in stockings children set out on the fireplace's mantelpiece. Children naturally wanted to know where Santa Claus actually came from. Where did he live when he wasn't delivering presents? Those questions gave rise to the legend that Santa Claus lived at the North Pole, where his Christmas-gift workshop was also located. In 1925, since grazing reindeer would not be possible at the North Pole, newspapers revealed that Santa Claus in fact lived in Finnish Lapland. "Uncle Markus", Markus Rautio, who compared the popular "Children's hour" on Finnish public radio, revealed the great secret for the first time in 1927: Santa Claus lives on Lapland's Korvatunturi - "Ear Fell" The fell, which is situated directly on Finland's eastern frontier, somewhat resembles a hare's ears - which are in fact Santa Claus's ears, with which he listens to hear if the world's children are being nice. Santa has the assistance of a busy group of elves, who have quite their own history in Scandinanvian legend. Over the centuries, customs from different parts of the Northern Hemisphere thus came together and created the whole world's Santa Claus - the ageless, timeless, deathless white-bearded man who gives out gifts on Christmas and always returns to Korvatunturi in Finnish Lapland. Since the 1950s, Santa has happily sojourned at Napapiiri, near Rovaniemi, at times other than Christmas, to meet children and the young at heart. By 1985 his visits to Napapiiri had become so regular that he established his own Santa Claus Office there. He comes there every day of the year to hear what children want for Christmas and to talk with children who have arrived from around the world. Santa Claus Village is also the location of Santa's main Post Office, which receives children's letters from the four corners of the world.

10 Best Christmas Car ols of All T ime
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1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland. This was actually written during WWII. It has been covered many times. My favorite version is the Judy Garland version. The original lines "until then we'll muddle through somehow" were changed to "hang a shining star upon the highest bow." This was a sad song because during WWII, many people were not coming home for Christmas. They lightened it up a bit after the war. 2. Happy Holidays by Perry Como. I love this song. It's so upbeat. It really puts you in the holiday spirit. 3. White Christmas by Bing Crosby. Until Elton John wrote "Goodbye England's Rose" in honor of the late Princess Diana, this was the best selling song ever. It was featured in two films, both starring Bing Crosby. The first was "Holiday Inn" the second was "White Christmas." The song was so popular that it called for a new film to be made featuring the song. 4. The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. No one sang this song better than him. No one really sang better than him. And this is an all time classic. 5. The Hanukah Song by Adam Sandler. The first time I heard this was on Saturday Night Live. I laughed my head off. Although not a Christmas song, it is often played on the Christmas stations. And I still laugh. 6. Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt. This again has been covered many times, but nothing beats the original. 7. My Christmas Wish by Barbra Streisand. Mariah Carey did a cover, not nearly as good. So did Celene Dion. But no one sings like Barbra. 8. Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley. This brings back childhood memories. When we were setting up our Christmas decorations every year, my dad would play the Elvis Christmas collection. I loved this. 9. Happy Christmas by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. I love John Lennon, so how can I not love this song. This will be very appropriate this year. It was written during the time of the Vietnam War and the subtitle was "war is over if you want it." 10. Rocking Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee. I love this song. It is featured in the film "Home Alone." Again, many covers, but Brenda's version is the best.

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A Soldiers Christmas

The Night Before Christmas
The following poem was written by a Canadian soldier on peacekeeping duty in Bosnia. The following is his request. "PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favour of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed." We feel privileged to oblige. Brian Westbrook, Major (Ret'd) Former Webmaster I realized the families, That I saw this night, Owed their lives to these soldiers, Who were willing to fight. Soon round the world, The children would play, And grownups would celebrate, A bright Christmas Day. They all enjoyed freedom, Each month of the year, Because of the soldiers, Like the one lying here. I couldn't help wonder, How many lay alone, On a cold Christmas Eve, In a land far from home. The very thought brought A tear to my eye, I dropped to my knees, And started to cry. The soldier awakened, And I heard a rough voice, 'Santa, don't cry. This life is my choice. I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more, My life is my God, My country, my corps.' The soldier rolled over, And drifted to sleep, I couldn't control it, I continued to weep. I kept watch for hours, So silent and still, And we both shivered, From the cold night's chill. I didn't want to leave, On that cold, dark night, This guardian of honor, So willing to fight. Then the soldier rolled over, With a voice, soft and pure, Whispered, 'Carry on Santa, It's Christmas Day, all is secure.' One look at my watch, And I knew he was right, 'Merry Christmas my friend, And to all a good night.' This poem was written by a peace keeping soldier stationed overseas. []

The Night Before Christmas
T'was the night before Christmas, He lived all alone, In a one bedroom house, Made of plaster and stone. I had come down the chimney, With presents to give, And to see just who, In this home did live. I looked all about, A strange sight I did see, No tinsel, no presents, Not even a tree. No stocking by the mantle, Just boots filled with sand, On the wall hung pictures, Of far distant lands. With medals and badges, Awards of all kinds, A sober thought, Came through my mind. For this house was different, It was dark and dreary, I found the home of a soldier, Once I could see clearly. The soldier lay sleeping, Silent, alone, Curled up on the floor, In this one bedroom home. The face was so gentle, The room in such disorder, Not how I pictured, A Canadian soldier. Was this the hero, Of whom I'd just read?, Curled up on a poncho, The floor for a bed?

"The 12 Days of Christmas"
ORIGIN OF "THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS"
Fr. Hal Stockert
You're all familiar with the Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" I think. To most it's a delightful nonsense rhyme set to music. But it had a quite serious purpose when it was written. It is a good deal more than just a repetitious melody with pretty phrases and a list of strange gifts. Catholics in England during the period 1558 to 1829, when Parliament finally emancipated Catholics in England, were prohibited from ANY practice of their faith by law - private OR public. It was a crime to BE a Catholic. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was written in England as one of the "catechism songs" to help young Catholics learn the tenets of their faith - a memory aid, when to be caught with anything in *writing* indicating adherence to the Catholic faith could not only get you imprisoned, it could get you hanged, or shortened by a head - or hanged, drawn and quartered, a rather peculiar and ghastly punishment I'm not aware was ever practiced anywhere else. Hanging, drawing and quartering involved hanging a person by the neck until they had almost, but not quite, suffocated to death; then the party was taken down from the gallows, and disembowelled while still alive; and while the entrails were still lying on the street, where the executioners stomped all over them, the victim was tied to four large farm horses, and literally torn into five parts - one to each limb and the remaining torso. The songs gifts are hidden meanings to the teachings of the faith. The "true love" mentioned in the song doesn't refer to an earthly suitor, it refers to God Himself. The "me" who receives the presents refers to every baptized person. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge which feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, much in memory of the expression of Christ's sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered thee under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but thou wouldst not have it so..." 1st Day: The partridge in a pear tree is Christ Jesus upon the Cross. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge because she would feign injury to decoy a predator away from her nestlings. She was even willing to die for them. The tree is the symbol of the fall of the human race through the sin of Adam and Eve. It is also the symbol of its redemption by Jesus Christ on the tree of the Cross. 2nd Day: The "two turtle doves" refers to the Old Santa's Using Cutting-Edge Internet Video Technology to Deliver Old Fashioned Christmas Cheer at Hospitals in the U.S. and Canada Cisco Systems

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and New Testaments. 3rd Day: The "three French hens" stand for faith, hope and love—the three gifts of the Spirit that abide (1 Corinthians 13). 4th Day: The "four calling birds" refers to the four evangelists who wrote the Gospels— Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—which sing the song of salvation through Jesus Christ. 5th Day: The "five golden rings" represents the first five books of the Bible, also called the Jewish Torah: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. 6th Day: The "six geese a-laying" is the six days of creation. 7th Day: The "seven swans a-swimming" refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. 8th Day: The "eight maids a milking " reminded children of the eight beatitudes listed in the Sermon on the Mount. 9th Day: The "nine ladies dancing" were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit found in Galatians 5:2223: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. 10th Day: The "ten lords a-leaping" represents the Ten Commandments 11th Day: The "eleven pipers piping" refers to the eleven faithful apostles. 12th Day: The ‘twelve drummers drumming" were the twelve points of belief expressed in the Apostles’ Creed: belief in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, that Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, made man, crucified,

died and arose on the third day, that he sits at the right hand of the father and will come again, the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting. []

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Global Warming Enigma

Ear th's Pr esent-Day Global Warming Enigma
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It's late Fall 2007 in the 21st century. We're now witnessing the dramatic effects of an increasing global warming/earthquakes/intense tropical storms/extended forest and wild fire seasons/much warmer winters and summers, plus drastic changes in all of our planet's regular weather systems. Are we now experiencing what could be the forthcoming countdown to a possible pole shift event in 2012? And further, have we become so complacent about Earth's plight that we've lost sight of the bigger picturea colossal landscape far more complicated than we first imagined? What just happened with the catastrophic wild fires still burning in Southern California answers that question and that scenario demands serious deliberation! Is 'global warming' a factor here? Earth's calendar date in November presently finds our fragile blue world in dire crisis. Consider the facts of overpopulation / global warming / badly depleted ozone layer/rain forest devastation / with uncontrollable wildfires / hurricanes / typhoons /tornadoes / global flooding / storms / tsunamis / droughts / Arctic-Antarctic meltdowns/mass extinctions of multiple plant and wildlife species / widespread famines / deadly disease outbreaks of many animal and human strains / ever-increasing worldwide earthquake and volcanic activity-all of which are collectively taking a heavy toll on human, plant and animal life-not to mention billions upon billions of dollars in global property damage, lost wages, a nervous economy, major consumer disruptions to the everyday needs of its citizens. Mother Nature takes no prisoners-gives no quarter-and remains uncontrollable. And so our planetary saga of mysterious/weird events continues on with both the weather and geophysical disasters becoming more frequent/much worse every year. All the while the U.S. government (and those of most other developed nations around the globe) are

desperately trying to implement their everincreasing preparation efforts currently costing hundreds of billions of unanticipated cleanup dollars / loss of lives and property damage / escalating insurance costs. The primary thrust of our best-selling 342-page book, The Return Of Planet-X, centers around the researched premise that we believe our planet (and the other eight in our solar system) have now been experiencing a strange array of abnormal changes detected in their established celestial characteristics. The culprit, we believe, may be the recurring drama of planet Earth (and the rest of the solar system) being revisited approximately every 3,6004,000 years by a large rogue planetary-type body, possibly a failed Brown Dwarf star that we believe is called "Wormwood." Every year since 1992 when hurricane Andrew, (a devastating CAT/5) nearly destroyed south Florida, the nation's natural disaster price tag continues rising dramatically by billions of dollars every year! (Note: Katrina and Rita's ravaging storm damage is currently estimated around $85 billion with real-time final costs still undetermined.) Beautiful New Orleans is still not the same. Questions: Is the cosmic handwriting already on the wall? Does the government know more about Planet-X than they're telling us and are the answers to our current natural disasters dilemma more obvious than we know or understand? The answers we discovered (to those and many other key questions examined in this exciting/informative book) produced our direction/ guidance to research/study and then write this work. There were hundreds of arcane answers revealed in this writing process that may surprise you-or-not! So… let's step off into space-deep space!! Discovering the secret of Revelation's "Wormwood" may solve this great puzzle. (Continued on Page 32)

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Ear th's Pr esent-Day Global Warming Enigma
Continued From Page 30 From The infinite universe through which the human race travels in the 21st century is truly a wondrous mix of both ongoing creation and instant destruction! One doesn't have to peer through a NASA lens or observatory telescope to easily witness this phenomenal mixture of creative/destructive forces at work. Our very own planet provides science sober testimony to the stark reality of just how simultaneously beautiful-yet sinister-dear old 'Mother Nature' can be-just like Hawaii's spectacular Mauna Loa Volcanic Park! (See graphics display following.) In fact, planet Earth has been repeatedly shaped by massive planetary disasters countless times throughout its ancient 5+billion-year history. However-today's new 21st century science hasn't easily embraced the reality of these documented periodic planetary disasters. As recently as a few decades ago most modernday scientists believed our world was relatively 'static' in her geologic evolution. After al1, Earth was a forever concept-many billions of years old and solid as a rock! Then again-maybe not?? Let's not forget about her mega-hot molten lava inner core. These same scientists also believed that our world was largely 'unchanging' and that enormous periods of time (involving millions or even billions of years) endlessly pass by with no apparent alterations to our planet's topography (its surface features). Those same scientists believed in the science of what is now called uniformitarianism-the idea/concept/theory that our home planet (spinning alone through the cosmos?) remains a largely 'uniform and unchanging' world over vast amounts of Earthian time involving many millions-perhaps billions of years. Thanks to NASA and other scientific agencies we now understand our planet's external / internal workings / characteristics with far-greater detail, clarity and media specifics. Today, most scientists agree that Earth is not a 'static environment' and is, in fact, undergoing 'continuous changes.' Although

most of these geologic changes are subtle/hardly noticed by the vast majority of Earth's people as they go about busy lives on their planet-but on rare occasion (about once every several thousand years or so), unforeseen cataclysmic events strike at this planet with incomprehensible fury. Question: Was Plato's account of a decimated Atlantis in 12,500 BC actually true? And are the ancient legends of 'UFOs' with their ET 'sky people' also true and relevant to a modern-day 'Earth Changes' scenario? Our book research and writing uncovered hundreds of references to UFOs, ETs (sky people) associated with Earth Changes The idea that planet Earth remains relatively unchanged for smaller amounts of time and is then punctuated by a series of enormous 'upheavals' that suddenly / dramatically rearranges the surface topography of our planet-is known as catastrophism. So in other words, catastrophism, being an established opposing scientific doctrinebelieves that these 'major changes' within Earth's crustal topography result from 'numerous periodic' catastrophes-rather than 'gradual' geologic processes and changes. Those modern-day scientists who study these 'periodic upheaval' periods are known in the fields of geology and archaeology as catastrophists. And even though slow changes to Earth do take place-today's forward thinking scientists are becoming increasingly aware that periodic 'rapid' changes are largely responsible for shaping all life forms on this planet. Recent geologic and archaeological evidence confirms that periodic cataclysm's struck Earth repeatedly in the past suddenly and violently rearranging her continental landmasses, creating new mountain ranges (where none existed before), while suddenly sinking others, thus dramatically altering Earth's global climates and weather patterns and wiping out many assorted life forms on truly apocalyptic scales. Many such archaeological, fossil, and social records of these catastrophic events are historically abundant and well researched. The Internet's ablaze! Check it out! Currently a quarter million Websites worship an unfolding Planet-X saga. Unfortunately, most people living today remain largely oblivious to these 'periodic' global catastrophes. The reason for their lack of

awareness varies, yet one of its main tenets is that no one living on Earth today has ever personally witnessed such a massive planetary disaster occurring. Nor have their parents / grandparents or even their 'great-great-greatgreat-great-great-great grandparents!' For it appears that even our best-recorded human history contains massive information gaps covering long periods of Earthian time: [BCE >>>> to >>>> AD-Present Day]. It's because these 'periodic' catastrophes happened with great intervals of time spaced between them that we have no real personal knowledge, experience or known record keeping of such huge global upheavals. Those events are simply not part of our normal 'waking consciousness' -and we don't entertain giving these 'unpleasant,' 'infrequent' catastrophic events second thoughts as we dash about our busy lives totally preoccupied with simply being human. Projecting cosmic reality from the past, we now believe that the last return episode of Planet-X's visit through our solar system likely coincided with the Hebrew exodus from Egypt under Moses and Pharaoh in 1,447 BCE; roughly 3,454 years ago. So if Planet-X last returned some 3,500 years ago- is 'out of sight' therefore 'out of mind' from [BCE >>>> to >>>> Present Day]? QUESTIONS: Because these catastrophic events happened numerous times in the past and will certainly happen again, does our present-day lack of awareness (regarding these periodic planetary disasters), become a truly unwise situation we find ourselves facing in 2007 A.D. and beyond? And are we (by not paying better attention to what's going on around us on a grander scale) setting ourselves up to be caught 'off guard' once again when the next periodic Planet-X catastrophe strikes Earth? Many ancient Greek and Egyptian Atlantian legends claim their mid-Atlantic island chain disappeared in a mere fortnight? It appears that the universal mystic and folklore surrounding the existence of Atlantis never diesdo check out the Internet! Continued on Page 33

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Ear th's Pr esent-Day Global Warming Enigma
Continued From Page 32 From And it's against this backdrop of a very complicated mix of planetary creation and its subsequent destruction scenario that our PlanetX Survivor's Manual focuses its primary creative attention to The Return of Planet-X and its ugly aftermath. Our research addressed these important issues to inform you, our readers, of this 'bigger picture'-those recurring periodic cosmic events that reshape all life across this vibrant yet delicate planet-both in the distant past and near future. Even though there's been many differing catastrophes striking Earth over time, we focus on one specific 'recurring cataclysm' largely responsible for major geologic changes to our world. This recurring calamity is relatively simple to understand, at least in concept. Our hypothesis involves a large 'celestial object' (possibly a brown dwarf star), periodically close-passing our world in space and, as it does so, this object's massive electromagnetic gravitational force field causes enormous physical changes to Earth's topographyoccasionally even altering its axis of rotation with end results triggering a potentially catastrophic trans-global 180 degree pole shift. This incoming object does not hit the Earth-our planet is not totally destroyed by its passage; instead it drastically 'alters'/'affects' how our planet mechanically rotates in space on its polar axis! And aside from just affecting Earth's rotation, this passing celestial object also triggers a series of massive planetary disasters involving catastrophic flooding/monstrous tornadoes/global tidal waves (tsunamis)-with dozens of 9.0+ earthquakes/active volcanoes/howling winds/and planetary wildfires threatening the world. -Do any of the above facts sound vaguely familiar? It's because of these enormous geologic changes taking place [when this 'celestial object' passes us in space]-that makes reading our work critically important for every American and citizen of planet Earth living today. Should this cosmic "X" 'fly-by'event happen again-it will radically/ forever change 'life' as we 'know it' for everyone presently living on this world at this time. The most current hypothesis we have to examine concerning X's next return through the solar system centers around the fact that X's extended orbit (about every 3,600 years-first passing through the solar system then back out again), suggests that its 'destructive cycle' may occur in two phases. The 'first phase' begins with X's 'initial pass-through' in 2009 separated by three years to its 'second phase' wherein it makes its 'second pass-through' the solar system in 2012. This 2012 passage marks X's return leg back into deep space beginning again its 3,6004,000-year trek through the heavens. As mentioned earlier in this report-we believe X's last return visit to the solar system most likely coincided with the Hebrew's exodus from Egypt, (around 1447 BCE-roughly 3,460 years ago.) A metaphysical question: Did God somehow come to Moses' aide by staging a cosmic event that Moses himself and no one today truly understands? Recent research in our book now suggests that fall 2009 might be the initial date for X's next 'first phase' return surprise. Calculating approximately three years for its 'second phase' pass-through, we estimate a future winter date in 2012. And therein, dear reader, lays the greatest 'astrological' paradox of modern times-for it now appears that even the cosmos itself is playing a dramatic role… Astrology and all things 'astrologically' considered-represents the study that assumes and attempts to interpret the influence that celestial heavenly bodies sway over human affairs-notwithstanding Planet-X and the dark scientific information vacuum surrounding it! For some unknown and truly mysterious reason, the Mayan's Sacred Celestial Calendar Codex inexplicably ends 21 December 2012. According to ancient Mayan cosmology, 'time' as we know it on Earth will reach its climax on that particular date in 'real-time.' And there are other sources clearly identifying 2012 as the prophesied 'end-of- time' sequencing point here on planet Earth. Hopi nation elders proclaim 'this event' will initiate their 'Great Day of Purification.' Are these end-times reports and dates simply a 'strange coincidence,' -just a 'silly legend of time' -or are they possibly 'major clues' leading us to wisely unravel/rediscover this cosmic mystery of time, space and Earth's destiny announcing Planet-X's next return in 2009/2012? Wise words state: Knowledge equals power -but real power is in the knowing-believe it!! We also hypothecate that our presentday 'global warming enigma' may be inexorably linked to Planet-X. The following dissertation examines these issues from the inside out-taken from the Exhibits Section of our book-The

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Return Of Planet-X -we'll review highlights of this topic in a fair/balanced presentation. We suggest visiting our new website at www.returnofplanet-x.com for interesting and challenging details about this linkage to PlanetX and how to obtain a copy of our hit book in either paperback and e-book version. Our second printing is now in bookstores. ORDER YOUR COPY T ODAY! ODAY!

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Facts About Christmas
Submitted by Glenn Kimball The star of Bethlehem was the merger of Saturn and Jupiter in the constellation of Pisces. Keplar knew this in the sixth century and wrote about it when it happened again in his life. All the prophecies said that that messiah would be born under the sign of Pisces. The shepherds in the fields wouldn’t have been in the fields minding their flocks in the winter. They only did that during lambing season in the spring. 6 - The Immaculate Conception isn’t the birth of Jesus. It is the birth of the Virgin Mary. Every religious dictionary will tell you that. However, that story isn’t told at Christmas. However, we have great copies of that story that survive today from the Vatican. 7 - The real story of Saint Nicolas is amazing. He was rich. How did this priest get rich? We know why he was rich and about his real kindness. This is another story that should be told at Christmas. He is the patron saint for mariners and spinsters. Now that is a beautiful story never told on the air before. This is a real Christmas tale. 8 - Who has the largest library about the life of Jesus? We would all be surprised to know that it is in England at the Jesus College at Oxford. One of the people who began that early library long before Jesus was the man called Aesop. (Aesop’s Fables) He, and his work, were among the first things placed in the great library at Alexandria. They had already been in the largest of the ancient libraries in Ionia. Aesop was the man who advised Persian King Cyrus to release the Jews from captivity and to give them back their gold and their temple treasure. What foreign king would give back the mountain of gold he inherited from a conquered people unless there was an absolutely critical reason? Aesop was his advisor and told him why. This was the temple that Jesus was bless in. 9 - The Christmas we know and celebrate comes more from the traditions of Halloween. (Hallowed Evening) They used to trick or treat on Christmas in England before the book the Christmas Carol was written. 10 - Most of the religious community hate the commercialization of Christmas. However, the giving of Christmas gifts is purely Christian with a very long history. []

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1- Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th. That was the birthday of Nimrod whose Samarian reliefs carved in Baghdad show him with a beard like Santa, holding a fir tree and an reindeer with wings on his back. His mother said that he would return on his birthday every year and fly around the tree and deposit presents under the tree. He knew about the prophecies of the coming of the Messiah and wanted to be thought of as the Messiah. He was the first of the pretenders to the Messiahship. There were several others. Some of them could perform healings and tell the future, but the one thing none of them could do was to die and come back from the dead. 2 - There wasn’t a town called Nazareth when Jesus was born. That is one of the reasons he was born in Bethlehem. The town only appeared as a bedroom community for the building of the city of Caesarea after Jesus returned from Egypt when he was about eight years old. There are fine manuscripts which talk about Jesus and Joseph building the throne for Herod in the new city of Nazareth. Jesus was well traveled by the time he was eight. 3 - The stories of what the very young child Jesus did in Egypt are amazing. That is the place he met the thieves that hung on each side of him at his crucifixion. One of them was kind to him and the other wanted to take his life as a child. In addition the child Jesus healed one of the fragmented Pharaohs of Egypt while he was there and lived for a time in the palace where he was again given a great quantity of gold for his efforts. Jesus received a lot of gifts in his life which made his family wealthy. In the Gospel of the Virgin Mary it talks about the wealth of Jesus’ mother Mary and her family who were used to giving food to crowds of poor people. We have changed the story over the years in order to control the movements of Jesus so that He wasn’t shared with other faiths. You can control a poor man, but it is very hard to control the history of an affluent person who traveled and spoke to men of faith all over the place. 4 - The story of the actual birth of Jesus is amazing. He was born in a cave. The cave is still one of the holiest shrines in Israel. Jesus wasn’t born in a barn. James his older step brother was there and participated. We have that story in the ancient texts written by Thomas. Also we have the story of Salome the midwife who helped Mary with the birth of Jesus. She had a withered hand and had a miraculous experience at the birth of Jesus. This is the real story we should tell for Christmas. 5 - Jesus was born under the sign of Pisces, which is the first part of April.

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Giants - Myth or Reality?
by Patrick Cooke

GIANTS - Myth or Reality

In the human experience, giants are literally the "elephants in the room". When our research first began on this paradigm, we had little knowledge of how extensive the evidence of their existence was. We now have a comprehensive database consisting of over 200 historical descriptions; over half from the United States and the U.K. history, alone. And, our unpublished files contain enough information to more than triple the current data we now have online. Were one to undertake a thorough study of giants and record all in detail, it would certainly be a life's work. The lack of the presence of giants in orthodox history, academia, and anthropological studies is appalling in light of the true historical records from every part of the globe. Even more mysterious is the seemingly unanimous decisions by the keepers of the world's museums and archeological treasures to keep the physical evidence of giants hidden from public view. Only a smattering of the evidence is available in obscure locations. Thousands of skeletons and hundreds of historical reports are ignored. The accepted knowledge among the world's peoples is that giants are the creatures of myth and folklore, relegated to children's fairy tales and B grade horror movies, an it is almost a crime not to include a giant in any fantasy film or video game. The reality is that giants were present throughout our history from ancient biblical accounts and historical Roman military campaigns to the relatively modern genocide of the natives of North America. A Wealth of Evidence Giants appear in the legends of Australia, Bavaria, Belgium, Chad, Chile, China, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, India , Italy, Kazakhstan, Laos, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nova Scotia, Pakistan, Patagonia, the Philippines, Poland, Rwanda, Russia, Scotland, Sicily, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Terra del Fuego, Turkey, the United Sates, Wales, Zanzibar, and the ancient Incan, Toltec, and Nordic cultures, just to name a few. Giants are everywhere; in our religions, our history, our literature, and our folklore. Legends of extraordinarily tall humans are found in almost every culture and, on almost every continent. But, they are always viewed as mythical beings. Jack, the Beanstalk kid, Paul Bunyan and his giant ox, and the travels of Gulliver are familiar children’s stories in English literature. There are festivals dedicated to giants, they are represented in paintings, statues, and rock art, and even the Catholic Church has its own giant saint; St. Christopher, who was so tall, he made a living as a human ferry, transporting people on his shoulders across deep rivers. St. Christopher was described by Jacques de Voragine in "The Golden Legend": "He was of gigantic stature, had a terrifying

Bhima's son Gadotkach-like skeleton found. Note: archaeologists top right and bottom left. Hindu Voice. mien, was twelve coudees tall.”, (a coudee is equal to or larger than the English foot). According to this ancient account, St. Christopher stood from 12 to 18 feet tall, a fact that was erased from church history. While Western icons don't picture St. Christopher as a giant, those of the Eastern churches do. His story, in brief, is that his name was originally Offro, or Offerus, and he was a giant of great strength, but of a sensitive nature, traveling in search of the greatest God. He was possibly of royal birth. His search eventually led him to a strange occupation as a human ferry, hiring out to literally carry people across rivers too deep for a normal human to cross. The legend has it that Jesus was one of his customers. Jesus supposedly blessed him, and told him that he had carried all the sins of the world on his shoulders. After the giant had carried Jesus across a river he asked St. Christopher to plant his great walking-staff in the ground. At once, a wonderful tree miraculously sprang up." Giants in the Bible The Bible, alone, of all the ancient writings describing giants, has scores of descriptions of giant beings. Even the recently discovered Dead Sea Scrolls contains a book called "The Book of Giants". The giant, Goliath, was only one of many giants the Bible speaks of and, owing to the "best seller in history” status of the Bible, he is the most famous. The 4th verse of Genesis 6 begins with: "There were giants in the earth in those days". The word "giants" in Genesis 6:4 is translated from the Hebrew word nphiyl, pronounced nef-eel'; properly, a feller, i.e. a bully or tyrant. Many have been mistakenly led to believe that the word "nphiyl", commonly thought to be the word Nephilim, meant the "fallen ones", or "those who fell from heaven or the sky". This mistake has been promoted by the proponents of theories created by Zachariah Sitchin for decades, but has no basis in fact, as a simple study of the word in any Hebrew lexicon, (dictionary), will verify. If there is any doubt about the true meaning of this word, one only needs to go to very next instance in the Bible where the word 'nphiyl' is used to get a clear meaning. Moses describes a race of giants called the Amalekites in the land of Canaan: "And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight." (Numbers 13 33) Or, the next instance in order: "For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man." (Deuteronomy 3:11) Converted into modern terms, this verse is stating that the bed of King Og is 14 feet long and 6 feet wide, making his estimated height to be 12 feet, (3.8 meters), or taller. Some Notable Examples Worldwide * One of the most fascinating cases of giants in U. S. history are the Smithsonian Giants. During the genocidal conquest of the indigenous peoples of North America, the United States Calvary and hired mercenaries encountered giants living among the tribes, and engaged in direct combat with them. The mindset used to justify the wholesale slaughter of many, and forced relocation of the rest of these tribes, was that they were sub-human; their darker skin being a key to this gross misconception. The giants they encountered and killed were red-headed with white skin. Fearing a backlash from the American people for killing whites, giants or not, the government ordered that all bodies of these giants be retrieved and shipped to the Smithsonian Institute, to hide the damaging evidence. We have no idea if those bodies were ever disposed of, but there is sufficient evidence available from the Smithsonian officials and documentation of the time to believe this actually occurred. (Continued on Page 37) DARE TO BELIEVE DARE TO BE HEARD MONDAY - FRIDAY 10 AM to 2 AM ON THE ‘X’ ZONE RADIO SHOW WITH ROB McCONNELL

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of giants in their legends, including Agrius, Alcyoneus, Aloeus, Alpus, Antaeüs, Arges, Atlas, Brontes, Chthonius, Clytius, Coeus, Crius, Cronus, Damasen, Enceladus, Ephialtes, Epimetheus, Eurytus, Gegenees, Gration, Hippolytus, Hopladamus, Hyperion, Lapetus, Metis, Mimas, Mnemosyne, Oceanus, Orion, Orius, Otus, Pallas, Peloreus, Phoebe, Polybotes, Porphyrion, Prometheus, Rhea, Steropes, Talus, Tethys, Thea, Themis, Thoas, Thurius, and Typhoeus. * At Agadir, in Morocco, the French Captain Lafanechere discovered a complete arsenal of hunting weapons, including five hundred double-edged axes weighing over seventeen pounds, 20 times as heavy as would be convenient for modern man. To use these tools would require the hands of a size appropriate to a giant with a stature of at least 13 feet. * Giants play an integral role in the lore of the Norse gods, including Angr-boda, Asvid, Aurboda, Aurvandil, Baugi, Beli, Bergelmir, Bestla, Bolthorn, Bolverk, Börr, Brimer, Buri, Byleist, Eggther, Farbauti, Fjolvar, Gang, Geirrod, Gerdh, Gilling, Gjalp, Grid, Gunnlauth, Gymir, Hela, Helblindi, Hlebard, Hrauthung, Hreidmar, Hrimthurs, Hrod, Hrungnir, Hrym, Hymir, Hyndla, Hyrrokin, Ide, Jarnsaxa, Jötunn, Laufey, Leirbrimir, Logi, Mistblindi, Norfe, Odin, Orvandil, Skadi, Surt, Suttung, Thiassi, Thrym, Thurs, Tjatsi, Trivaldi, Trym, Utgarda-Loki, and Vafthruthnir. * Many mariners, such as Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Thomas Cavendish, Oliver Noort, Sebald de Weert, William Cowley, George Spilbergen, and George Shelvock, reported encountering giants in the logs of their voyages. * In 1812, an Italian journal reported that in the valley of Mazara, in Sicily, the skeleton of a man ten-feet and three-inches in length was dug up in the same area that several other human skeletons of gigantic size had previously been found. * In 1950, in the Euphrates Valley of Southeast Turkey, many tombs containing giants 14 to 16 feet tall were unearthed. The Giants of the Breitenwinner Cave - A Potential Breakthrough In our initial research to compile our database of giants in human history, we dug deeply to find as many references to giants as possible. In 2003, we discovered an obscure document allegedly written by one Berthold Buchner in 1563, which spoke of giant bones found in Breitenwinner Cave in the Bavarian region of Germany. In the opening of that document, Buchner, speaking of the exploration of the cave, stated: "The marvels they saw there have been written down by Berthold Buchner. The ignorant will not believe this story, the experienced ones will not think it possible. But we have seen it with our own eyes, and it is the truth." Further, in the 1563 recounting of his experience, Buchner goes on by documenting the following: "When we crept in we found so many bones that the first of us had to pile them up in one place to make room for us to enter. The bones were very large as if from giants." And, "We came to a narrow vault where we found a skull bigger than we had ever seen

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Continued From Page 36 From * Bones of giants have been uncovered in the United States in New York, California, Ohio, Tennessee, Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nevada, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Arizona, New Mexico, and Kentucky from as early as 1792 to as late as 1965. * The legends of early North American tribes are rich with stories of giants, including the Sioux, who told about giants that ran down the buffalo, and the Algonquin stories of giant, bearded men that first occupied their native lands. Individuals, from Columbus to Wild Bill Cody, gave testimony to their existence in North America. Reports of giant skeletons up to 25 and more feet being discovered were reported in early history of the occupation of the United States. * Early English history describes, and even names, giants. Miss Marion, the 8-foot, six-inch Queen of the Amazons, the 8-foot, four-inch George Auger, of the 1903 Barnum and Bailey Circus, Charles Byrne the towering eight-foottwo-inch giant, who gained fame in the late 1700s in London, are just three such giants. Bones of giants up to 13 feet and taller have been uncovered all over the English landscape. * In China, archaeologists have found some of the earliest skeletal remains of giants, as much as fifteen feet tall. Melchior Nunnez, in his letters from India, vouches for the fact that some five hundred giants were used as archers to guard the gates of Peking. George Hakewill, in his Apologie, written in 1627, issued a similar report. * A skeleton found in 1692 in a tomb near Angers, France, measured seventeen-feet, four-inches. And, in his "De Gigantibus", Joh Cassanio speaks of a giant in Bordeaux, France that stood so tall, a man of ordinary size could walk between his legs. He states that Francis I of France (1494-1547) enlisted him as one of his guards. * The Greeks had more than their share

before. " Unfortunately, we were dealing with a long-forgotten incident that occurred almost 500 years ago. We could only find one reference to this cave and the giant bones, at the time, and wrote the following in our conclusion to that document: "The 16th Century narrative is self explanatory. The cave now lies in ruin, having been looted over the centuries, of all the ancient treasures it once held." It was our belief that this treasure of giant evidence, including the bones was forever lost to history and the human experience. Then, as fate would have it, we received an email on November 8, 2007, which began: "You wrote of Breitenwinner Cave in Bavaria. I just got out of the Army and was stationed at the Joint Multinational Training Center, now known as the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, a NATO training facility which now surrounds this cave." The individual went on to say: "Two friends also stationed here and myself accidentally stumbled across this cave which was located near what we call Checkpoint 35, those ever stationed here will know where that is. We had a video camera with us and found thousands of bones that were of huge proportion." We viewed the video, immediately made contact with the person making this claim, established his credibility, and contacted our media sources. Within 24 hours, the man who had explored Breitenwinner Cave, was interviewed on a major radio show. Danny, (last name held by request), is a former combat photographer, with over 7 years in service. He was forthcoming and seemed only interested in getting the story out. His concern was focused on what he believes to be the travesty of a mass burial site going unnoticed and treated with absolutely no respect. The cave is now located in a "live fire zone", being used for bombing practice for NATO training exercises. Danny, in fact, knew nothing about the history of the Breitenwinner Cave until long after he had explored the cave and done research on it. Due to this, he was not looking for any evidence of giants when he explored it and took a video of that exploration. At the time of this writing, anthropologists, universities, non-governmental organizations, and researchers in the field are coming together to attempt an official examination of the Breitenwinner Cave. If successful, such an exploration could blow the lid off the cover-up of this amazing paradigm and add a new dimension to the human reality. The readers following this paradigm are asked to contact any individuals that may be of help in exposing this phenomenon. The evidence of giants in world history is overwhelming and the time has come to reveal this fact to the world. ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Patrick Cooke, is the editor / author of The Bible UFO Connection. He is an independent researcher residing in Berkeley, California. He is an author, publisher, eschatologist, an autonomous theologian, and is recognized by the Religion Newswriters Association as a nontraditional scholar. His work is not associated with any religious organization or movement. - www.bibleufo.com and www.doctrinesofmen.com or email Patrick at admin@bibleufo.com. Listen for Patrick on The ‘X’ Zone in The Cooke Report. []

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Global Warming Tops Science Stories of 2007
2007 was a year notable for further evidence about global warming, terrestrial and extraterrestrial discovery and scientific breakthroughs. VOA's Paul Sisco takes a look back at some of the top science stories of the year. Global warming tops our list of science stories in 2007. Scientists say there is new evidence that the polar ice caps are melting at a faster pace. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says it is 90 percent certain that human activity is linked to rising temperatures. Panel Chairman Rajendra Pachauri explains, "...what you have is solid scientific evidence." Pachauri's U.N. panel shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who said, "I'm going to speak an inconvenient truth, My own country is principally responsible for obstructing progress here in Bali. We all know that." Gore's Academy Awarding winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, documents the effects of climate change. In other news, scientists uncovered a previously unknown, human settlement around Stonehenge, announced a new theory on the building of the Pyramids, and put King Tut on public display for the first time in 3,000 years. Scientists also had a remarkable discovery in Kenya - a 10 million year old jaw bone that may link mankind to the great apes. And in the fossil of a T-Rex, American researchers decoded soft tissue proteins linking the monstrous reptile to birds. Japan and China jumped into the space race in 2007, both launching their first lunar probes. NASA shared 3-D (three dimensional) images of the sun, and with three shuttle missions, stepped up construction of the International Space Station. Mechanical problems halted a fourth shuttle launch in December, but station construction resumes in 2008. India and China had also raised last-minute objections to the accord, which would for the first time have required developing countries to accept emissions reduction commitments. India wanted countries to set their own targets, allowing it to limit the impact of the regulations on its economy. China was seeking new consultations outside of the plenary session. The controversy centred on whether developing country emissions-reduction measures should be called "actions" or "contributions". Munir Akram, who leads the main negotiating bloc of developing countries, the G77, said developing countries had come under "strong pressure and even faced threats" of trade sanctions to also accept mandatory emission reduction commitments that he called "unfair and unjust". Developing countries are not required to accept emission reduction commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, and they say that any such commitments would cramp economic growth. In this context, the G77 has been resisting concerted efforts from some developed countries to press for a comprehensive new agreement. Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal reiterated the unity of the G77 on this position, saying, "We don't want to come out of here diluting the content of the convention and the protocol...that is at the centre of our position." Laying out the Indian position, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said in New Delhi earlier in the week that while the major responsibility for the accumulation of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere lies with the developed countries, its adverse affects are felt most severely by developing countries like India. "When we speak of 'shared responsibility', it must include the international community's shared responsibility to ensure the right to development of the developing countries. Development is the best form of adaptation to climate change," Menon added. The conference was scheduled to end Friday, but wrangling over targets for cutting world greenhouse emissions continued until well into the night before the agreement was reached. While the European Union, supported by most developing nations, was aggressively pushing for the 25 to 40 per cent target range to be included in the text, it was being opposed by the US, Canada, Japan and Australia, which say any mention of numbers will prejudge the negotiations. In an attempt to break the deadlock, the conference president, Indonesian Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar, proposed revised language dropping the numbers but still reaffirming that emissions should be reduced at least by half by 2050. The Kyoto Protocol, which requires 36 industrial nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions by five per cent below 1990 levels, is to end in 2012. The US is the only rich nation, which has not ratified the protocol.

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The Arctic ice is threatening to become open water in an extremely short time due to global warming, which this year has passed an ominous “tipping point,” scientists reported. “The Arctic is screaming,” said Mark Serreze, senior scientist at the government’s snow and ice data center in Boulder, Colo. Moreover, NASA climate scientist Jay Zwally predicted that the Arctic Ocean would be “nearly ice-free” by the end of summer 2012, which is much faster than what other specialists predicted last year, when they said the Arctic sea was melting so rapidly that it could disappear by the summer of 2040. The warnings were made public at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting in San Francisco, one of the largest scientific conferences in the world. The data about Arctic’s melting became worrisome when, for the first time in recorded history, ships were able to pass through an ice-free Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic for five weeks in August and September, officials of the World Meteorological Organization said. In September, the ice pack was 23 percent smaller than anytime since measurements began, with 1.6 million square kilometers more open water than in the previous record melt of 2005, scientist warned. Both water and air temperatures have registered extremely high levels in the past five years. "We have a consistent picture that we've really moved into record territory in the past four or five years," said John D. Walsh, Professor of Global Climate Change at the International Arctic Research Center for the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Michel Jarraud, secretary general of the UN agency, warned that recent core samples from polar glaciers and data from recording stations around the world reveal that the world has passed through its warmest period in the past 1,000 and 3,000 years. Such warming appears to lead to climate disasters such as recent cyclones in Bangladesh and Oman, wildfires in southern Europe and flooding in Africa and Mexico. Scientists blamed the exceeding global warming on carbon emission and other gases that trap heat in the atmosphere. They warned that there was a high amount of carbon in Earth’s atmosphere to ensure that sea levels would rise several feet in coming decades and ice would totally vanish from the North Pole during summer time. People must cut current carbon emissions but also remove some carbon that has collected in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution, scientists said Thursday. They also suggested that the only way to prevent the existing ice from melting was “considerable and persistent atmospheric cooling, but with the warming trend so high, everything is working in concert toward a bluer or totally blue Arctic Ocean," said Josefino Comiso, a senior researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. (Continued on Page 40)

190 nations join hands to fight global warming
Over 190 countries agreed at the UN-led talks in Bali on Saturday to launch negotiations on a new pact to fight global warming after a reversal by the United States allowed a historic breakthrough. Head of the US delegation Paula Dobriansky said that 20 hours after the scheduled end of the conference, her country did not want to stand in the way of agreement. The Bali meeting approved a "roadmap" for two years of talks to adopt a new treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2009, widening it to the US and developing nations such as China and India. Under the deal, a successor pact will be agreed on at a meeting in Copenhagen in late 2009. A sticking point was whether the guidelines should mention scientific evidence about the need for emission cuts of 25 to 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.

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Continued from Page 39 from "We still have the power to choose our fate, and the remaining question is only this: Have we the will to act vigorously and in time, or will we remain imprisoned by a dangerous illusion?" said Al Gore during his Nobel Peace Prize lecture. During the Bali climate talks Thursday, he also said that the recent data revealed that climate change would affect the current generation as well, not only the future generations. "It is up to us in this generation to see clearly and vividly exactly what is going on," urged the Nobel Peace Prize winner and climate campaigner. haulouts. He said the animals only started appearing on shore for extended periods in the late 1990s, after the sea ice receded. "The reason is the global warming," Kochnev said. The reports match predictions of what might happen to walruses if the ice receded, said wildlife biologist Tony Fischbach of the U.S. Geological Survey. "We were surprised that this was happening so soon, and we were surprised at the magnitude of the report," he said. Scientists said the death of so many walruses — particularly calves — is alarming in itself. But if the trend continues, and walruses no longer have summer sea ice from which to dive for clams and snails, they could strip coastal areas of food, and that could reduce their numbers even further. No large-scale walrus die-offs were seen in Alaska during the same period, apparently because the animals congregated in smaller groups on the American side of the Bering Strait, with the biggest known herd at about 2,500. interview. "We can't predict the weather any more, so it's very difficult to plan our hunting. It puts a lot of stress and fear into our communities." Similar threats are faced by the aboriginal people of the Western Arctic, who depend on caribou as their main source of food. "Over the last few years, the caribou have been very unpredictable," said Cindy Dickson, a member of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in a remote corner of the Yukon. "Their migration routes are all over the map," she said. "It has led our people to go up river, down river, sometimes hundreds of miles, to look for the increasingly elusive herd." Aboriginal leaders were not consulted when the Kyoto treaty was negotiated in 1997, but they are insisting that they must be consulted in future negotiations on how to cope with global warming. "We bring a unique knowledge to these discussions," said Patricia Cochran, an Alaskan Inuit who is chairwoman of the Inuit Circumpolar Council. "We have to make sure that our voice is heard." Because of global warming, Inuit people no longer feel safe travelling on ice where they travelled for centuries, and some Inuit communities are sliding into the sea, forcing their relocation to new sites, Ms. Cochran said. "It's a very frightening thing for all of us. It's the loss of our culture and livelihood. How can we remain intact as aboriginal people?" Dave Porter, a Kaska Dene leader from northern British Columbia, came to Bali to tell delegates that his people are under massive pressure from a climate-induced infestation of the mountain pine beetle. "We are faced with our greatest threat ever," he said in a speech to a conference side event. "The area of dead trees in British Columbia is the size of Portugal or South Korea. It rivals the destruction of the Amazon and Indonesian rain forests. More than 100 First Nations communities are directly impacted. If the epidemic eats its way across Canada, the impacted communities could be in the thousands." Because winters are not cold enough to kill the beetle infestation, millions of hectares of pine trees have died, Mr. Porter said. "It dwarfs any other insect epidemic ever seen before in Canada. The interior of British Columbia is now filled with immense regions of dead and dying forests, creating a massive tinderbox just waiting for a spark to literally set it ablaze. Left unchecked, this devastation could spread through Canada's boreal forests from coast to coast, a distance of nearly 9,000 kilometres." For centuries, aboriginal people were able to adapt to the environment, he said. But they have never faced anything like the current threat. "Now in a very short period of time, the industrial society has put us at risk."

Thousands of Pacific walruses ar e killed in stampedes; global warming is blamed
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: Thousands of Pacific walruses above the Arctic Circle were killed in stampedes earlier this year after the disappearance of sea ice caused them to crown onto the shoreline in extraordinary numbers, deaths some scientists see as another alarming consequence of global warming. The deaths took place during the late summer and fall on the Russian side of the Bering Strait, which separates Alaska from Russia. "It was a pretty sobering year — tough on walruses," said Joel Garlach-Miller, a walrus expert for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Unlike seals, walruses cannot swim indefinitely. The big, tusked mammals typically clamber onto the sea ice to rest, or haul themselves onto land for just a few weeks at a time. But ice disappeared in the Chukchi Sea this year because of warm summer weather, ocean currents and persistent eastern winds, Garlach-Miller said. As a result, walruses came ashore earlier and stayed longer, congregating in extremely high numbers, with herds as big as 40,000 at Point Shmidt, a spot that had not been used by walruses as a "haulout" place for a century, scientists said. Walruses are vulnerable to stampedes when they gather in such large numbers. The appearance of a polar bear, a hunter or a lowflying airplane can send them rushing to the water. Sure enough, scientists received reports of hundreds and hundreds of walruses that died of internal injuries suffered in stampedes. Many of the youngest and weakest animals, mostly calves born in the spring, were crushed. Biologist Anatoly Kochnev of Russia's Pacific Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography estimated 3,000 to 4,000 walruses out of population of perhaps 200,000 died, or two or three times the usual number on shoreline

Indigenous people describe real perils of global warming
GEOFFREY YORK Globe and Mail December 14, 2007 at 4:23 AM EST: NUSA DUA, INDONESIA — Indigenous people, including Canadian Inuit and Indian leaders, are emerging as some of the top stars of the Bali climate-change conference. From the Arctic to the South Pacific islands, indigenous people said they are among the first to suffer the worst effects of global warming. They drew connections between the planet's north and south, describing how the melting glaciers in the Arctic are jeopardizing the existence of small island states in the Pacific, and how severe ocean storms are imperilling people in both regions. When the indigenous leaders spoke at a side event at the Bali conference this week, the room was packed with a standing-room-only audience of environmentalists and others. The leaders also spoke at other conference events, giving accounts of how global warming is threatening their traditional ways of life. Arctic aboriginal villages are facing erosion, fragile ice is endangering their hunters, caribou herds are at risk from shifting weather and severe storms are becoming more frequent in the north and the south, they said. "Some Inuit have already made changes to the traditional times of the year which they travel on the land," said Violet Ford, a Canadian Inuit leader from northern Labrador and a vicepresident of the Inuit Circumpolar Council. "Some find themselves collecting their winter wood and other supplies in the spring when they only used to do so in the fall. Why? Because the fall freeze-up is later and more dangerous." The shifting climate is interfering with ancient hunting patterns, Ms. Ford said in an

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THE NORTH AMERICAN UNION AND THE LARGER PLAN
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D. December 17, 2007 NewsWithViews.com
In order to bring about a North American Union (NAU), the public first has to be conditioned to think of themselves as North Americans. In that regard, Thomas Donohue (president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) on June 16, 2006 remarked that "for CEOs, North America is already a single market, and business decisions are no longer made with a Mexico strategy---or a Canada strategy---but, rather, with a North American strategy....I think it's pretty clear now that it no longer makes sense to talk about U.S. competitiveness and Mexican competitiveness--or, for that matter, about the competitiveness of Canada. We are all in this together---we, as North Americans." Also relevant to this process is the publication of NORTH AMERICAN INTEGRATION MONITOR since 2002 by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Very soon, CSIS also will publish (and has agreed to send me) their final document on their "North American Future 2025 Project." The Project has "an emphasis on regional integration," and the year 2025 A.D. was selected "on the basis of the data presently available on overall global projections." Seven closed-door roundtable sessions have been looking at the methodology of global and North American projections, as well as labor mobility, energy, the environment, security, competitiveness, and border infrastructure and logistics. Zbigniew Brzezinski has been a CSIS counselor, and at Mikhail Gorbachev's first State of the World Forum in 1995, Brzezinski revealed: "We cannot leap into world government through one quick step....The precondition for eventual and genuine globalization is progressive regionalization because by that we move toward larger, more stable, more cooperative units." This is why the CSIS Project has "an emphasis on regional integration." (Brzezinski also described the regions that would be formed, that Israel and the Palestinians would be part of a Middle Eastern region, how Communist China would be brought into an Asian region, and that Iran would be part of a Central Asian region which would have important oil and gas pipelines constructed.) At this point, it is worth remembering that in Stalin's January 1913 address in Vienna, he advocated national loyalties becoming subservient to regions. And 3 years later, Lenin in 1916 proclaimed: "The aim of socialism is not only to abolish the present division of mankind into smaller states and all-national isolation, not only to bring the nations closer to each other, but also to merge them." You may recall that in Brzezinski's BETWEEN TWO AGES (1970), he praised Marxism, and he claimed that "the nation-state is gradually yielding its sovereignty." One aspect of American sovereignty that is being yielded is ownership of American companies by Americans. In the first 9 months of 2007, 69 companies in New England alone have been sold to foreign buyers. Nationally, the French company Alcatel bought Lucent Technologies in the U.S. last year, and in September 2007 announced it will be cutting thousands of jobs. Relevant to this, Alan Tonelson (research fellow at the U.S. Business and Industry Council) said foreign companies are "acquiring control over the most dynamic pieces of the American economy, and they're acquiring control over America's future." Also relevant to this was the assessment by Donald Klepper-Smith (chief economist at DataCore Partners) regarding decisions made overseas and how they would effect American workers. He opined: "It raises some red flags and some real questions about our independence." Part of the conditioning process to cause Americans to accept a NAU is the role of past and present government officials explaining the alleged economic benefits of such a union. For example, Harry Roegner in a letter titled "An economic union would be beneficial" in THE GREENVILLE (South Carolina) SUN (October 15, 2007) pointed out the large oil reserves of both Canada and Mexico that would be useful to the U.S., as well as Mexico's excess manpower who, as immigrants, would help support U.S. and Canadian economic growth. Roegner was an adviser on foreign trade issues to the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1984 to 1994, and in his letter said: "A North American economic union would provide the free flow of capital and labor across national borders needed to address many of the (aforementioned) imbalances." Often regional economic integration into some type of union is argued on the basis of free trade. However, John Fonte (who had an office next to mine at the U.S. Department of Education) of the Hudson Institute has explained that the concept of regional economic arrangements or trading blocs actually is contrary to free trade to an extent. For example, in a NAU, there would be trading arrangements among the 3 nations which would limit the ability of the U.S. to trade freely with nations outside the NAU trading bloc. But hasn't President Bush recently said all this talk about a NAU is nonsense? On August 21, 2007 at the concluding press conference for the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) in Montebello, Quebec, Fox News reporter Bret Baier asked if the SPP is a prelude to a NAU similar to the European Union (EU), and if there are plans to build some kind of superhighway connecting all 3 countries. President Bush replied: "If you've been in politics as long as I have, you get used to that kind of technique where you lay out a conspiracy and then force people to try to prove it doesn't exist." The truth, of course, is that the U.S., Canada and Mexico are being connected by 4 Trade Corridors. On November 20, 2007, Lt. Governor John Harvard of Manitoba delivered a "Speech From The Throne," in which he revealed: "Manitoba has been working with the Canadian government and state governments in the U.S. to protect and enhance our access to key trade markets. In response to U.S. border and security measures, Manitoba will begin

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offering an enhanced driver's license as an affordable and secure form of identification for travelers. The new license will be available in the Fall of 2008. Manitoba is also taking a major role in the development of a Mid-Continent Trade Corridor, connecting our northern Port of Churchill with trade markets throughout the central United States and Mexico. To advance the concept, an alliance has been built with business leaders and state and city governments spanning the entire length of the Corridor. When fully developed, the trade route will incorporate an 'in-land port' in Winnipeg with pre-clearance for international shipping." The SPP is also an important part of the power elite's plan for a techno-feudal fascist world government because it is a "partnership." For years, the American people and their leaders have been conditioned to accept educational and other partnerships as solutions to their problems. For example, city governments strapped for funds are approached by corporations or their related private foundations with plans and funds to improve education, which the city leaders are only too glad to accept. This conditions the people eventually to accept government/corporate rule. This is a form of Socialism known as fascism, and it will be the type of world government the power elite plans ultimately to bring about and control. In this government, the power elite will control politicians who will become government leaders who will promulgate laws, rules and regulations favorable to certain transnational corporations (controlled by the power elite) and unfavorable to any possible competition to those select corporations. So why did President Bush ridicule Bret Baier's question, especially since there are already 47 Mexican Consulates across the U.S.? Lou Dobbs in his CNN commentary "Beware the Lame Duck" (October 17, 2007) wrote: "Although many conservatives refuse to accept the reality, George W. Bush is a one-world neoliberal who drove budget and trade deficits to record heights....President Bush has pressed hard for the Security and Prosperity Partnership, the first step toward a North American Union that will threaten our sovereignty. The administration has permitted American businesses to hire illegal aliens, encouraged the invasion of 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens and has given Mexico and corporate America dominion over our borders and our immigration policy....The assault on our national sovereignty continues....The president is urging the Senate to act favorably on our accession to the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea....The treaty will submit the United States to international tribunals largely adverse to our interests, and dispute resolution mechanisms are stacked against the United States....The treaty would undermine our national sovereignty and act as a back door for global environmental activists to direct U.S. policy." Fortunately, in Congress, House Concurrent Resolution 40 states: "Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should not engage in the construction of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway System or enter into a North American Union with Mexico and Canada." (Continued on Page 42)

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Soviet rule afterward) recently returned to Europe and interviewed many senior citizens. They informed her they were told conversion to the Euro would bring prosperity via free trade, lower prices for goods, etc. In reality, though, their money was devalued greatly, and they're now living on welfare and food stamps. Unemployment in Europe is high while guest workers are brought in, and the people are angry. In terms of what is planned for Americans relevant to the EU and the Euro, Vicente Fox on CNN's "Larry King Live" show October 8, 2007 explained that what he and President Bush agreed to "is a trade union for all the Americas," and he suggested that eventually there would be a regional currency. He made similar comments on the "Daily Show" the same day. Earlier in 2007, Bolivian President Evo Morales proposed a single currency for all South American nations. Concerning North American nations, in June 1991, Dallas Federal Reserve publication no. 9115, "Free Trade and the Peso" by Darryl McLeod and John Welch, analyzed the potential for a single North American currency. In 1999, former Canadian parliament member Herbert Grubel published "The Case for the Amero: The Economics and Politics of a North American Union," giving 2010 as the possible date for introducing the "amero" as the new North American currency. And in the Atlanta Federal Reserve's ECONOMIC REVIEW (4th quarter, 2000), Michael Chriszt (director of the Reserve's Latin America Research Group) wrote "Perspectives on a Potential North American Monetary Union" in which one reads that "the idea of a single currency for NAFTA is on the table." In July 2000, Vicente Fox had already proposed a North American common market with a continental monetary policy. More recently, David Dodge, Governor of the Bank of Canada, in May 2007 said that a common currency with the U.S. is definitely possible. What will happen is the power elite will cause the dollar to be devalued to the point where Americans reluctantly will accept the amero. As Bob Chapman in his December 2006 newsletter, INTERNATIONAL FORECASTER, said: "(The amero) will be presented to the American public as the administration's solution for dollar recovery." On June 14, 2007 BankIntroductions.com told their clients that in the next 10-20 years, as the global economy moves toward regional trading blocs, the amero or "North American Monetary Unit" (NAMU) will be introduced. The power elite's plan is to form regional unions with their own currencies and then link them into a world government with one global currency. Relevant to this, Reuters reporter Emmanuel Jarry on October 23, 2007 wrote "Sarkozy (French President) Calls for Mediterranean Union Launch in 2008." And the African Union's African Central Bank plans to mint the "Gold Mandela" as a single African currency by 2010 (the date the NAU is supposed to form). ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Dennis Laurence Cuddy, historian and political analyst, received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (major in American History, minor in political science). Dr. Cuddy has taught at the university level, has been a political and economic risk analyst for an international consulting firm, and has been a Senior Associate with the U.S. Department of Education. Cuddy has also testified before members of Congress on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Cuddy has authored or edited twenty books and booklets, and has written hundreds of articles appearing in newspapers around the nation, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows in various parts of the country, such as ABC Radio in New York City, and he has also been a guest on the national television programs USA Today and CBS's Nightwatch.

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Continued From Page 41 From If I could have followed up Bret Baier's question with one of my own, here's what I would have asked: "So, President Bush, will the massive 10-lane toll road TransTexas Corridor funded by Cintra of Spain and to be built by Zachry Construction of Texas come to a screeching halt at Oklahoma's border?" What are all the vehicles supposed to do---merge all of a sudden into a small road? I don't think so ! And by the way, Cintra is legally represented in Texas by leading Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani's law firm Bracewell & Giuliani, which also just happens to have an office in Dubai (remember Dubai Ports was about to take over operation of a number of America's largest ports) ! Perhaps before President Bush was too critical of people warning about a NAU, he should have read what Mexico's President Vicente Fox said May 16, 2002 at Club 21 in Madrid: "Eventually, our long-range objective is to establish with the United States, but also with Canada, our other regional partner, an ensemble of connections and institutions similar to those created by the European Union" (or as Gorbachev refers to the EU, the "European Soviet"). I would also have asked President Bush at the press conference why on September 6, 2007 at 9pm did he open all U.S. highways to Mexican trucks? Earlier in the day, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio said President Bush was "_ _ _ _ bent" on getting Mexican trucks in the U.S. by stealth. Currently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website lists 10 Mexican carriers that are approved to transport goods throughout the U.S., and nearly 40 more Mexican carriers will soon join them on the list. Will all Mexican truck drivers be stopped at the border to see if they can read road signs in English, if they have criminal backgrounds, and how long they already have been driving that day (U.S. law prohibits more than 10 consecutive hours)? I doubt it, since no more than 2% of Mexican trucks entering the U.S. today are inspected ! Many of these trucks will be a danger to Americans' safety, and could be used for smuggling drugs, illegal aliens, and terrorists into the U.S. Many countries deliberately release their criminal elements into the U.S., often coming across the Mexican border. And if the criminals are caught, our federal government releases them into American society if their own countries refuse to take them back. Our government knows how to solve this problem (e.g., stop issuing visas to people from those countries), but has refused to take such action most of the time. Ask yourself why our government would release murderers, rapists, arsonists, and other criminals into our society to commit violent crimes against us. Think about it ! Returning to Bret Baier's question to President Bush about the SPP being a prelude to a NAU similar to the EU, what would we get if we became like the EU, which has certain characteristics of fascism? Mrs. Kitty Werthmann (a survivor of Hitler's reign and

Mor e Christmas Trivia
* "Hot cockles" was a popular game at Christmas in medieval times. It was a game in which the other players took turns striking the blindfolded player, who had to guess the name of the person delivering each blow. "Hot cockles" was still a Christmas pastime until the Victorian era. * "White Christmas" (1954), starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, was the first movie to be made in Vista Vision, a deep-focus process. * "The Nutcracker" is the name for the ballet performed around Christmas time each year. "The Nutcracker Suite" is the title of the music Tchaikovsky wrote. * "Wassail" comes from the Old Norse "ves heill"--to be of good health. This evolved into the tradition of visiting neighbors on Christmas Eve and drinking to their health. * A Christmas club, a savings account in which a person deposits a fixed amount of money regularly to be used at Christmas for shopping, came about around 1905. * A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard. * According to a 1995 survey, 7 out of 10 British dogs get Christmas gifts from their doting owners. * According to historical accounts, the first Christmas in the Philippines was celebrated 200 years before Ferdinand Magellan discovered the country for the western world, likely between the years 1280 and 1320 AD. * According to the National Christmas Tree Association, Americans buy 37.1 million real Christmas trees each year; 25 percent of them are from the nation's 5,000 choose-and-cut farms. * After "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens wrote several other Christmas stories, one each year, but none was as successful as the original. * Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday. This tradition began in 1836. * Although many believe the Friday after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year, it is not. It is the fifth to tenth busiest day. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the two busiest shopping days of the year. * American billionaire Ross Perot tried to airlift 28 tons of medicine and Christmas gifts to American POW's in North Vietnam in 1969. * America's official national Christmas tree is located in King's Canyon National Park in California. The tree, a giant sequoia called the "General Grant Tree," is over 300 feet (90 meters) high. It was made the official Christmas tree in 1925. * An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees. A spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck. * An average household in America will mail out 28 Christmas cards each year and see 28 eight cards return in their place. * Animal Crackers are not really crackers, but cookies that were imported to the United States from England in the late 1800s. Barnum's circus-like boxes were designed with a string handle so that they could be hung on a Christmas tree. * As early as 1822, the postmaster in Washington, D.C. was worried by the amount of extra mail at Christmas time. His preferred solution to the problem was to limit by law the number of cards a person could send. Even though commercial cards were not available at that time, people were already sending so many home-made cards that sixteen extra postmen had to be hired in the city. * At Christmas, Ukrainians prepare a traditional twelve-course meal. A family's youngest child watches through the window for the evening star to appear, a signal that the feast can begin. * At lavish Christmas feasts in the Middle Ages, swans and peacocks were sometimes served "endored." This meant the flesh was painted with saffron dissolved in melted butter. In addition to their painted flesh, endored birds were served wrapped in their own skin and feathers, which had been removed and set aside prior to roasting. * Before settling on the name of Tiny Tim for his character in "A Christmas Carol," three other alliterative names were considered by Charles Dickens. They were Little Larry, Puny Pete, and Small Sam. * California, Oregon, Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina are the top Christmas tree producing states. Oregon is the leading producer of Christmas trees - 8.6 million in 1998. * Candy canes began as straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorated the Christmas trees. A choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral decided have the ends bent to depict a shepherd's crook and he would pass them out to the children to keep them quiet during the services. It wasn't until about the 20th century that candy canes acquired their red stripes. * Charles Dickens' initial choice for Scrooge's statement "Bah Humbug" was "Bah Christmas." * Child singer Jimmy Boyd was 12 years and 11 months old when he sang the Christmas favorite, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." The song hit the top of the pop charts. * Christmas caroling began as an old English custom called Wassailing - toasting neighbors to a long and healthy life. Christmas Day in the Ukraine can be celebrated on either December 25, in faithful alliance with the Roman Catholic Gregorian calendar, or on January 7, which is the Orthodox or Eastern Rite (Julian calendar), the church holy day. * Christmas is a summer holiday in South Africa. Children are fond of the age-old custom of producing pantomimes - for instance, "Babes in the Wood," founded on one of the oldest ballads in the English language. Boxing Day on December 26th, when boxes of food and clothing are given to the poor, is observed as a holiday. * Christmas is not widely celebrated in Scotland. Some historians believe that Christmas is downplayed in Scotland because of the influence of the Presbyterian Church (or Kirk), which considered Christmas a "Papist," or Catholic event. As a result, Christmas in Scotland tends to be somber. * Christmas presents were known in antiquity among kings and chieftains, especially

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on the European continent. However, they have been common among ordinary people in Iceland only during the past 100 or so years. * Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition. * Christmas trees are known to have been popular in Germany as far back as the sixteenth century. In England, they became popular after Queen Victoria's husband Albert, who came from Germany, made a tree part of the celebrations at Windsor Castle. In the United States, the earliest known mention of a Christmas tree is in the diary of a German who settled in Pennsylvania. * Christmas was once a moveable feast celebrated at many different times during the year. The choice of December 25, was made by Pope Julius I, in the 4th century A.D., because this coincided with the pagan rituals of Winter Solstice, or Return of the Sun. The intent was to replace the pagan celebration with the Christian one. * Cultured Christmas trees must be shaped as they grow to produce fuller foliage. To slow the upward growth and to encourage branching, they are hand-clipped in each spring. Trees grown in the wild have sparser branches, and are known in the industry as "Charlie Brown" trees. * During the ancient 12-day Christmas celebration, the log burned was called the "Yule log." Sometimes a piece of the Yule log would be kept to kindle the fire the following winter, to ensure that the good luck carried on from year to year. The Yule log custom was handed down from the Druids. * During the Christmas buying season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the United States. * During the Christmas/Hanukkah season, more than 1.76 billion candy canes will be made. * During World War II it was necessary for Americans to mail Christmas gifts early for the troops in Europe to receive them in time. Merchants joined in the effort to remind the public to shop and mail early and the protracted shopping season was born. * Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in 1895. The idea for using electric Christmas lights came from an American, Ralph E. Morris. The new lights proved safer than the traditional candles. * Following Princess Diana's tragic death in 1997, the Ty toy company, famous in the late 1990s for its popular Beanie Baby line of beanbag animals, issued a "Princess" bear in tribute. The royal purple Beanie, bearing an embroidered white rose on its chest, became so desired that at Christmas time, American collectors were willing to spend up to $300 for one on the secondary market. * For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place. * Franklin Pierce was the first United States' president to decorate an official White House Christmas tree * It is estimated that 400,000 people become sick each year from eating tainted Christmas leftovers. []

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