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

by Rob McConnell
For nearly twenty years, I have been publishing, broadcasting, writing and speaking on the paranormal, and I have yet to see conclusive proof that the paranormal does truly exist.

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The spores then thrive and grow where it is damp and moist. Very toxic molds can develop from water seepage, and while black mold is "less common than other mold species it is not rare". Areas and substances where black mold can be found include water soaked wood, ceiling tiles, wall paneling, cardboard, even items made of cotton. Black mold can grow on drywall and insulation and can infest areas in the floors, walls and ceilings . Moisture is essential to the growth of black mold, and when it is wet it is shiny in appearance. If you were to physically touch a spot of black mold, it would feel slimy and would smear on the area. Toxic black mold (aka Stachybotrys chartarum) can cause serious health problems and symptoms in humans such as debilitating mental effects, breathing problems, damage to internal organs and in some cases has even caused death. Besides being toxic, the spores from toxic black mold are also allergenic and so they can cause the allergic reactions in humans that other more common household molds do such as sneezing, sore eyes and a runny nose. The mycotoxins produced by toxic black mold cause toxic symptoms in humans. These symptoms include: - mental and neurological symptoms - respiratory symptoms - circulatory symptoms - vision and eye symptoms - skin symptoms - immune system symptoms - reproductive symptoms - tiredness and discomfort symptoms - other illnesses and health symptoms. The trichothecene mycotoxins produced by toxic black mold are neurotoxic which means they can kill neurons in the brain and impair mental ability, as well as cause nervous disorders such as tremors. Exposure to toxic black mold's mycotoxins also causes personality changes such as mood swings and irritability. Symptoms: - Confusion - Brain fog - Shortened attention span - Difficulty concentrating & paying attention - Slowed reflexes - Disorientation - Dizziness - Memory loss and memory problems - Impaired learning ability - Hallucinations - Shock - Anxiety - Depression - Aggression and other personality changes - Tingling - Trembling - Shaking - Seizure - Numbness Continued on Page 3

In This Edition of The ‘X’ Chronicles Newspaper
(Print/Online/CD ROM/e-Book Version) FEBRUARY 2010 - 44 Pages
01 - The Paranormal Black Mold Secret Exposed 03 - UFO Psychology 04 - The Oregon UFO Wave That Wasn't 05 - The Great UFO Hoax Of 2009 06 - Psychic Kids - Children Of The Paranormal 07 - Bad Show, Bad Show Watcha Gonna Do? Never Watch Paranormal Cops Again! 07 - Ex-Scientologists To Expose Alleged Abuse 08 - Radio-Controlled Planes Have Modesto Residents Seeing UFOs 09 - UFO Insanity: Skydivers Mistaken For Invaders From Outer Space! 09 - Psychic Readers Charged In Fraud Schemes 09 - Move To Ban Chinese Lanterns - Too Many UFO Calls To Authorities 11 - The Dalnegorsk UFO Crash 14 - Classic UFO Case Cracked 14 - Man Yells At Parrot, Jailed For Weekend 14 - Utah Man Creates 18-Tower Ice Castle 14 - Large Buck Invades Kitchen 15 - The Radford Files: Skeptic On Skeptics 15 - When Johnny Carson Exposed Uri Geller 15 - Bizarre Salt Facts 16 - Bizarre Asteroid Collision Is One The X-Files 17 - Inventor Of The 'Flying Saucer Toy,' The Frisbee, Passes Away! 19 - Waiting For Apocalypse Right Around The Corner 21 - How To Spot A Con Artist Posing As A Psychic 21 - Psychic Readings For Money In Canada Is Against The Law! 24 - John Edward: Hustling The Bereaved 27 - Vatican To Copyright The Word "Pope" Raelian "Pope Alice" Is Not Pleased 29 - Museum Explores History Of Sasquatch 29 - Bigfoot Facts 31 - Shirley Gale Butts Wilson 33 - Aliens Have Landed... 33 - Indie Horror Paranormal Activity 36 - Ethics Of Planetary Exploration 36 - UFO Speculation Ramps Up 38 - Dr. Doug Rokke - Depleted Uranium Expert 39 - Fact*Oids 40 - British Releases New UFO Files 40 - Churchill Demanded UFO Briefings 40 - Virginia Bans Microchip Implants 41 - Alien Life Already Among Us? 41 - US Jury Convicts Nigerian On Wire Fraud
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People living in homes with toxic black mold are exposed to the mold mostly through breathing in black mold spores and mycotoxins. The mycotoxins of toxic black mold create irritation and a burning sensation in the air passages of a person such as in the nasal cavity, mouth and throat. These mycotoxins which are breathed in can become lodged in the mucous membranes, sinuses and the lungs which then causes a burning feeling, breathing problems and bleeding in the lungs. Symptoms: - Difficulty breathing - breathlessness or shortness of breath - Wheezing - Coughing - Pulmonary edema - swelling of the lungs - Pulmonary hemorrhage - bleeding in the lungs - Sore throat - Burning sensation of the mouth - Bleeding gums - Runny nose - Itchy nose - Stuffy, blocked nose - Nose bleeds Black mold mycotoxins or spores which are breathed in, ingested, or absorbed through the skin or eyes eventually find their way into a person's blood stream and heart. This can lead to heart damage and problems with blood clotting and internal or external hemorrhaging. Symptoms: - Irregular heartbeat - Heart inflammation - Damage to heart - Low blood pressure - Bone marrow disruption - Bleeding tendency - Blood not clotting properly - Hemorrhage - internal bleeding - Vomiting up blood - Bleeding in the brain and in other organs Airborne toxic black mold mycotoxins can enter into a person's body through the eyes. The mycotoxins are cytotoxic and can damage the cells they contact, inflaming and injuring the eyes and creating vision problems. Symptoms: - Eye inflammation and soreness - Red or bloodshot eyes - Eye damage - Blurry vision and vision worsening - Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes) Skin contact is one of the three main routes of black mold mycotoxins exposure. In cases where humans handled hay contaminated with toxic black mold, they developed more severe rashes and skin problems on the area of contact and on sweaty areas such as the armpits. Symptoms: - Crawling skin - Dermatitis - skin inflammation, rash, blisters, itchiness - Jaundice (yellowing of the skin) Toxic black mold emits chemicals which suppress the immune system, further helping black mold's mycotoxins to overwhelm a person's health. Many immunosuppressive drugs are actually derived from toxic molds. A person immunocompromised from black mold exposure will be more susceptible to infections and sickness. Symptoms: - Immunosuppression - immune system not functioning properly - Infections reocurring Mycotoxins from toxic black mold are teratogenic meaning they can cause abnormalities in the fetus during pregnancy which lead to birth defects. Toxic black mold mycotoxins are also cytoxotic and mutagenic, inhibiting protein synthesis including DNA and RNA. Symptoms: - Infertility - Miscarriage - Impotence - Fetal development problems During exposure to toxic black mold the immune system may release a sedative called Chloral Hydrate as a defense to try to slow the effects of the mold down. This also makes the person tired and causes fatigue. Toxic black mold exposure can also cause soreness of the muscles and joints. Symptoms: - Chronic fatigue - Drowsiness - Weakness - Aches and pains - Muscle pain - Chest pain - Abdominal pain - Joint pain - Malaise - general discomfort - Headaches - Cold or flu type symptoms or recurring colds - Fever - Nausea - Vomiting - Diarrhea Like other molds, toxic black mold and its spores are allergenic and so they can cause allergic reactions in humans such as breathing problems, sore eyes, runny nose, itchiness, sneezing and sore throat. Some people may not experience severe health problems from toxic black mold while others will. Out of those people affected by the mycotoxins from toxic black mold, people with weaker immune systems, children and the elderly will suffer worse health issues. According to about.com the following are 16 signs that your house is haunted, and you will see that they can be attributed to black mold by a logical scientist or trained professional researcher: 1. Unexplained noises 2. Doors, cabinets and cupboards opening and closing 3. Lights turning off and on 4. Items disappearing and reappearing 5. unexplained shadows 6. Strange animal behavior 7. Feelings of being watched 8. Mild psychokinetic phenomena 9. Feelings of being touched 10. Cries and whispers 11. Cold or hot spots 12. Unexplained smells 13. Moving or levitating objects 14. Physical assault 15. Other physical evidence


16. Apparitions This article was even quick to point out the following: "Before you decide there's a ghost in your house or move out from fear, do your best to find rational explanations for what you are experiencing. Virtually all of the phenomena listed on the previous page could have perfectly natural causes: - noises could be house settling, plumbing or even vermin such as mice and squirrels - opening and closing doors could be faulty hinges or caused by drafts - DOPler phenomena could just be carelessness and forgetfulness - shadows could be just that - shadows caused, perhaps, by a passing car's headlights - as real as some of these things might seem to you, they really could be just products of your imagination." When so-called paranormal events are looked at in the light of logic and reason, the true cause of the believed phenomena will be found and will be less sensationalistic than the paranormal offers. So, to members of the paranormal collective, the proof for a rational and logical explanation of the paranormal, based on scientific and medical research to members of a logical society, puts an end, without doubt, to the paranormal activity of ghosts, hauntings, demonic possession and other strange, weird, bizarre believed to be caused by paranormal entities. TIP FOR RESEARCHERS: GHOSTHUNTERS /

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According to a 1972 paper by two psychiatrists associated with the Harvard Medical School, flying saucers are almost certainly misperceptions of sex organs. Lester Grinspoon and Alan D. Persky wrote that most UFO witnesses are persons suffering from untreated psychological disorders. They have reverted to "primal modes of thinking" and lapsed back into childhood. This includes dreams and hallucinations that are mistaken for reality. In this state of ambulatory schizophrenia, victims recall their "earliest infantile perceptions." They may see an approaching flying saucer -- in fact an hallucination of a mother's breast. Or conversely, they may see a cigarshaped object -- a phallic symbol if ever there was one. "The flying objects," Grinspoon and Persky pronounced, "are representations, symbols, of highly libidinized primary objects in the development of the individual. They are symbols of extremes of gratification and of omnipotence."

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The Oregon UFO Wave That Wasn't
speculation and news to prime people for the day when the riddle of aerial navigation finally would receive a solution” (2). The general mood of this literature was positive, trumpeting the wonders of science and technology (3). In the years immediately preceding the episode, intense excitement was experienced worldwide in anticipation of the first practical, mechanically-powered heavier-than-air flight (4). The Pacific Northwest sightings The California airship wave had been building up for about a week and dominated the California press amid sensational, near saturation-level press coverage when the sightings began to spread to nearby states, and eventually across the country. One of the first sightings in the Pacific Northwest was at McMinnville, Oregon, on the night of November 24th when, according to that city’s Telephone-Register newspaper, several residents claimed they saw an airship pass over the city (5). Curiously, at this point, there was a deluge of airship sightings across the Pacific Northwest, except in Oregon. This prompted the Portland Evening Telegram to remark that “It is news to say that the ship has not been seen in Portland” and had nearly missed the state altogether (6). The answer for the apparent immunity in Oregon from what some people labeled as “airshipitis,” appears to have resulted from a combination of cloudy weather and responsible journalism. As soon as the sightings began in Oregon on November 24th, several state newspapers editors quickly attributed the sightings within the region to sensational California journalism designed to sell newspapers, and labeled the affair a hoax. These included the Dallas Times Mountaineer which used the headlines, “California’s Fake” (7), and the Portland Oregonian which echoed these sentiments (8), as did the Roseburg Plaindealer who called them “Aladin’s Lamp stories” that were akin to sea serpent tales (9). Meanwhile, the Albany Weekly Herald-Desseminator described the reports as “an entirely sensational piece of fiction” (10). The Marshfield Coos Bay News said that “If it was a genuine flying machine, there would be no need for it to meander around in the heavens under cover of night” (11). The Eugene Register said the flying machine stories “remind one of the old saying that California has the largest trees, smallest matches and the dnest liars of any place on earth” (12). Following several reports of sightings near Alturas, the Lake County Examiner noted: “Alturas has several well-developed cases of ‘airship.’ Wonder what kind of whiskey they have down in that section” (13). In early December, the Portland Evening Telegram printed part of a letter from an ex-Portland man who had moved to California and who claimed to have met the airship inventor there through a mutual friend and was given several rides in the vessel. “The airship in which I made my ascent is 23 feet long, [has] 7 feet of beam, as we would term it in nautical parlance, and [is] 7 1/2 feet high from the ground. It is merely a rough model for experimental purposes, devoid of all the elegant and comfortable interior fittings later airships planned after this model will contain” (14). At the end of this story, the newspaper reported that “none here will believe in the existence of that marvelous airship until he or she sees it, and that in full operation, too.” Coverage in Nevada and Washington By and large, the Nevada press was not especially critical of the reports and sightings flourished. Near Reno, one resident claimed that an airship with a searchlight passed by and voices could be heard coming from the craft, including “We are four degrees too far north, change the course” (15). This account was simply reported by the paper without any criticism. As for the nature of the California sightings where the wave began, the Carson City Morning Appeal stated “There are thousands of people in California who believe that a flying machine has been invented that sailed from Oroville to Sacramento and from there to Oakland one night last week. It was seen first in Sacramento and the inventor promises to exhibit it over San Francisco in a few days” (16). There was no discussion of the airship having been a hoax fueled by misperceptions, lying, and press sensationalism. In Washington, while there was some press criticism of the airship claims (17), many press accounts were also uncritical. Consider the following report of a sighting at Marble: Marble, Wash., May 5.--The town of Marble was greatly excited today over the appearance of an airship. Some men working at the mill discovered it as it appeared over the mountains at the southern part of town, and watched it disappear in a northeasterly direction. It was in full view, and the fans could easily be recognized ... (18) Other newspapers reporting this story in a matter-of-fact manner included the Ellensburg Localizer (19), and the Chelan Leader (20), while a separate sighting over Spokane on Thursday night, April 15th, was reported uncritically by the Walla Walla Union (21) and the Spokesman-Review (22). Explaining the airship mania It is important to keep in mind that when you boil everything down, the only significant evidence we are left with is eyewitness testimony-and the human mind and eyes do not work together to collect information like a video camera. Humans interpret as we perceive the world. The accuracy of eyewitness testimony is remarkably subject to error and preconditioned by mental outlook or frame of reference (23). A good example of this process that most of us are familiar with involves close decisions made by referees and umpires at sporting events. Through the use of instant replay, we can usually see where we were wrong, or on occasion, where a trained observer-the refereewas wrong. The airship observations appear to have been a symbolic projection of the prevailing technological mania and seemingly limitless faith in science and inventions that was sweeping America. Continued on Page 5

The Oregon UFO Wave That Wasn't
The importance of press skepticism in the 1896-97 Sighting
by Robert E. Bartholomew
Beginning in mid-November 1896 and lasting until May 1897, a remarkable social delusion swept across parts of the United States, as many citizens became convinced that an American had perfected the world’s first practical heavier-than-air flying machine. This little-known episode in American history was extraordinary in that, at the height of the rumors, it is estimated that tens of thousands of Americans reported that they had seen the craft at various points across the nation (1). On numerous occasions it was reportedly seen thousands of miles apart, at the same time! The maneuvers described by witnesses, were far above any technology of the period-even by today’s standards. It was typically described as oval or cigar-shaped with an attached undercarriage, having a powerful headlight, and giant fans or wings protruding from both sides. Some observers claimed the wings slowly flopped up and down like a bird! In this article, I will briefly 1) refute claims by present-day UFO researchers who claim the sightings were of extraterrestrials, 2) describe the context of the episode, 3) offer an explanation as to why the state of Oregon was nearly immune from reports, and 4) discuss the wave in terms of mainstream social psychological theories. ETs misperceived as airships Many UFO researchers believe the most likely explanation for the sightings is that they were of an ET spaceship that had been misidentified by people culturally conditioned to expect to see airships-even though a practical heavier-than-air ship did not exist at the time. While the extraterrestrial hypothesis may seem plausible to many persons who have been bombarded with images of ETs by the mass media in recent years, the key to understanding these sightings lies in a familiarity with the social and historical climate in which they occurred. When we examine the context of the episode, apply basic theories of social psychology, empathize with the people living at that time, and add common sense, the sightings can be readily explained without recourse to exotic hypotheses such as aliens in UFOs. Is it possible they were aliens? Of course. Is it probable? No. Is it possible that the head of each skeptics organization in America will win a million dollars in lotteries during May, 1998? Of course. Is it probable? No. Context of the sightings From about 1880 through the early twentieth century, a massive popular literature appeared on the theme of science and inventions. Aeronautical developments were a prominent feature of these accounts as “this literature fed the public a steady diet of aeronautical

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A note of optimism It is certainly discouraging for skeptics who address the UFO question to see that over the past fifty years, numerous sighting waves have occurred in the US and around the world involving UFOs, with a great deal of press speculation that they are or may be alien spaceships. In 1998, UFOs sighting reported in the mass media remain as common as ever, despite a total absence of confirming physical evidence that they represent extraterrestrial biological entities. There has also been an upsurge in the publication of UFO books and pseudo-documentaries in recent years. This has happened despite the appearance of several excellent books examining the subject, including Robert Sheaffer’s The UFO Verdict (1981), UFOs Explained by Philip Klass (1974), and Donald Menzel and Ernest Taves The UFO Enigma (1977). Optimistically, what happened in Oregon during 1896-97 is encouraging as it suggests that with responsible reporting, mass delusions can be extinguished before they get out of hand. By “responsible” I mean reporting not only what is claimed, but interviewing experts such as astronomers, psychologists and other specialists who may offer alternative explanations that provide a balanced viewpoint ABOUT THE AUTHOR Robert E. Bartholomew is a sociologist at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia. He is coauthor of UFOs and Alien Contact: Two Centuries of Mystery (Prometheus Books, March 1998), with Professor George S. Howard, former Chair of the Psychology Department at Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana. Using several thousand rare press reports, and conventional theories of social psychology, they examine the context and meaning of UFO sighting waves, including the US airship wave of 1896-97; sightings of Thomas Edison’s imaginary “giant light bulb” in the later 1800s; Canada’s ghost balloons of 1896; the New Zealand zeppelin scare of 1909; the New England airship hoax of 1909-10; the British UFO panic of 1912-13; phantom German air raids and spy missions over Canada, Upstate New York, Delaware, New Jersey, New Hampshire and South Africa during World War I; Sweden’s ghost rocket wave of 1946; and the emergence of flying saucers since 1947. The book also examines pre-Roswell crashed UFOs involving aliens and includes over 200 case summaries of alleged contacts with ETs. A detailed discussion of the Oregon airship sightings does not appear in the book (although some reports do). Bartholomew has written these reports into this modest article for the Oregon Skeptics to make them aware of this fascinating, all but forgotten chapter in Pacific Northwestern history, and let them know of the publication of his book. REFERENCES 1. Although this may sound like an exaggeration, it is a conservative estimate. See Bartholomew, R.E. (1990). “The Airship Hysteria of 1896-97.” Skeptical Inquirer 14(2):171-181. 2. T.E. Bullard. (1982). Mysteries in the Eye of the Beholder: UFOs and Their Correlates as a Folkloric Theme Past and Present. Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University Folklore Department. 3. I.F. Clarke, (1986). “American Anticipations: The First of the Futurists.” Futures 18:584-596. 4. Hot air balloons are not encompassed under this definition of successful flight. However, such modes of transport are unlikely to be mistaken for an airship. Balloons of the period were highly unstable, clumsy, sensitive to even slight wind shifts, dangerous to fly at night, and could not remotely perform the sophisticated maneuvers reported by “airship” observers. These same proscriptions applied to lighter-than-airships of the period, which were bulky and impractical. 5. McMinnville Telephone-Register, November 26, 1896, p. 3. 6. “That California Airship...It Slid over Portland in the Fog,” Evening Telegram (Portland), December 1, 1896, p. 3. 7. “California’s Fake,” Dallas Times Mountaineer, November 28, 1896, p. 2. 8. Portland Oregonian, November 29, 1896, p. 4. 9. “Coincidents,” Roseburg Plaindealer, November 30, 1896, p. 1. 10. Weekly Herald-Disseminator, Albany, November 26, 1896, p. 4. 11. Coos Bay News, Marshfield, December 2, 1896, p. 3. 12. Eugene Register, December 11, 1896, p. 1. 13. Lake County Examiner (Lakeview), December 3, 1896, p. 2. 14. “You may not believe this. An exPortlander writers about the airship...” Portland Evening Telegram, December 2, 1896, p. 3. 15. Nevada State Journal (Reno), December 5, 1896, p. 3. 16. Carson City, Morning Appeal, November 24, 1896, p. 3. 17. See for example, “Air Ship Visits Ellensburg,” Ellensburg Dawn, May 1, 1897, p. 2; “Airship Excitement Abated,” Chehalis Nugget, May 14, 1897, p. 4. 18. “Saw an airship in broad daylight...” Spokesman-Review (Spokane), May 7, 1897, p. 1. 19. “A Washington Airship,” Ellensburg Localizer, May 15, 1897, p. 2. 20. “State News,” Chelan Leader, May 14, 1897, p. 1. 21. “Spokane saw the Airship,” Walla Walla Union, April 17, 1897, p. 4. 22. “Saw an Air Ship. Peculiar Aerial Visitor Seen in Spokane Last Night...” Spokesman-Review, April 16, 1897, p. 6. 23. Buckhout, R. (1974). “Eyewitness Testimony,” Scientific American 231:23-31.


The Great UFO Hoax of 2009
by Sharon Begley
If you prefer to keep a little magic in your life— by which I mean believing in the possibility of UFOs—then read no further. For I am going to tell you about the latest UFO hoax. You may remember the sightings of a UFO over Morristown, N.J., in January 2009, which was blogged about and even captured on video that has been posted to YouTube as clips from TV broadcasts and an amateur astronomer. It was all a hoax, as the perpetrators reveal in eSkeptic. Last November, Joe Rudy and Chris Russo, two 20-somethings, were sitting around discussing pseudoscience and the many people who believe one or another form of it. Rudy describes himself as “an avid reader of Skeptic magazine” who teaches science and gives private music lessons. Russo works in sales and says he “intends to continue his quest to spread reason and truth, one pseudoscience at a time. “We had always had a strong interest in why people were so easily fooled by such irrational superstitions as psychic ability, spiritual mediums, alien abductions, and the like,” they write. So they “set out on a mission to help people think rationally and question the credibility of so-called UFO ‘professionals’.” They cooked up a spaceship hoax “to show everyone how unreliable eyewitness accounts are, along with investigators of UFOs.” They used five feet of fishing line to tie flares to each of five three-foot helium balloons and launched them from a field on Jan. 5, 2009. “Once all five balloons were ready for takeoff (with our fingers on the verge of frost bite),” they write, “we struck the 15-minute flares and released them into the sky in increments of fifteen seconds,” filming the UFOs as they floated away. Media coverage was extensive. A lot of it featured Paul Hurley, a pilot, and his family, who appeared on several news broadcasts describing the strange lights they saw in the sky. (For some reason, reporters find pilots’ UFO sightings especially believable.) Rudy and Russo repeated the performance four more time, gaining media coverage for each. Conspiracy Web sites and radio shows covered the sightings, but “the icing on the cake came when the popular History Channel show UFO Hunters featured the Morristown UFO one week,” the duo recall. “Bill Birnes, the lead investigator of the show and the publisher of UFO Magazine, declared definitively that the Morristown UFO could not have been flares or Chinese lanterns.” This was the pair’s main quarry, to expose the foolishness of UFO “investigators.” They write: “Are UFO investigators simply charlatans looking to make a quick buck off human gullibility? ... If a respected UFO investigator can be easily manipulated and dead wrong on one UFO case, is it possible he’s wrong on most (or all)\of them? Do the networks buy into this nonsense, or are they in it for the ratings?”

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Psychic Kids - Children of the Paranormal

by chud.com www.chud.com
The Pitch "It's like an invasion of privacy meets The Sixth Sense!" The Humans Loads of disturbed youngsters — none of which have stringy black hair — with psychic/medium Chip Coffey and psychologist Dr. Lisa Miller. The Nutshell In six bone-thawing episodes, Coffey and Dr. Miller seek out young children haunted by paranormal abilities or experiences and coax them out on retreats, whereupon the children are taught to control and explore their powers, and abjure the forces of evil in the name of Professor Xavier. The Lowdown I think I would be fascinated by a documentary about children who believe they have supernatural abilities and their relationships with their parents. That's not what Psychic Kids delivers, despite its claims. Instead, the viewer gets a series of informative demonstrations of confirmation bias, tarted up with fancy editing and dramatic pauses. Now that's entertainment! No, no it's not. I'm not just saying that because I'm a skeptic, either. My beef comes mainly from how terribly repetitive the whole exercise is. Every episode follows exactly the same formula. Step a) Introduce three children who claim to have good reason for wetting the bed. Step b) Bring those children to a common location. Step c) Invoke the powers of Mysticism and Science (thanks to Coffey and Dr. Miller, respectively) to confirm those kids' worst fears. Step d) Play a game of Captain Planet. "With our powers combined, we can tell the spirit of Blackbeard to cut it out, all right!" There's so little variation that the children, the subjects of this whole "documentary" affair, become indistinct, which isn't helped by the fact that the show isn't concerned with the particulars of a given kid's life beyond that he or she claims to be bothered by some psychic affinity. That makes me upset, as an audience member, because it gives the show such a narrow focus of appeal. Skeptics get the cold shoulder, and psychological history doesn't even skirt near the camera's lens. Anyone trying to be interested in the children as complex creatures with some sort of unclarified problem Psychic / Medium Chip Coffey

The Cheesy Special Effects Used To “Entertain.” gets cut free for lack of an anchor. Really, this isn't so much a documentary as a piece of reality TV, with all the camera-awareness on the part of the subjects that goes along with the genre. Dr. Miller and Coffey lead the children plenty while the cameras are rolling, but just as in the "unscripted" world of reality TV, it's hard not to suspect that there's even more direction going on behind-the-scenes. In this case, I'd feel confident saying that rather than exploring the lives of these children, the producers are exploiting them. I don't mean that in a pejorative sense, but just descriptively. By focusing on the psychic abilities, rather than the children possessing them, the whole series feels uncomfortably like watching an isolated group of some religion discussing how great that religion is. There's no reason for me to care, unless I happen to be interested in that religion. What's more, there's nothing to be gained from encouraging each other in the tenets of that religion unless you're physically there in the circle. It's not worth watching for most viewers, unless — like me — you enjoy sticking your nose where it doesn't belong. Here's what gets my goat: There's never any sign that the children are in danger, but we are meant to believe that they believe they are. If a child is in danger, it's common to react by wanting to protect them or fix their problem. And, judging by the claims of the show, that's exactly what Coffey and Dr. Miller achieve. Their exercises place control in the hands of these young girls and boys. Instead of being haunted, the children are taught to stand and face their demons, however literal they may be. I never want to argue that it's bad to give someone hope and the sense that they control their own lives. I can't argue that, without knowing more about the lives in question. Which brings me back to my original frustration. Psychic Kids doesn't have much meat on its bones, and what little there is occupies a realm man was not meant to know, or something. There's a certain sympathy that can evolve between the audience and the subjects, but it's because of the situation they occupy within the confines of the show. No hint of real information troubles the waters of this series, and so it's hard to spot even a glimpse of interest. The Package If you would rather not watch all six episodes— Wait, let me rephrase. You would rather not watch all six episodes. Instead, you can watch the condensed, feature-length version of the whole show. You get all the same questionable methods and dangerous reinforcement of superstitions, but in less than half the amount of time. It's a steal!


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Another Review for Paranormal Cops
Bad show bad show, watcha gonna do? Never watch Paranormal Cops again.
Toledo Parapsychology Examiner Bobby Nelson
A&E does it again, by lowering the bar for paranormal investigating standards. First they gave us Paranormal State which at one time was considered to be the worst show in paravision, only to have it topped by Psychic Kids. Psychic Kids quickly received a pass by the airing of the Extreme Paranormal, which by the way as of January 19th 2010 at 10:29PM still held the ranking of paranormal televisions worst show. I am glad to see that A&E has not broke there trend and I would like to congratulate them on again airing the worst show in paravision, Paranormal Cops. Paranormal Cops are a group of criminal investigators by day that investigate paranormal claims by night. It follows Founder Sgt. Ron Fabiani and his group of buffoons as they set out with the mind set that if they can catch criminals they surely can catch ghosts, I mean after all they are cops. The first thing I noticed is Sgt. Fabiani’s cliché trademarked cigar which in itself seems to have some type of paranormal ability to aport and deport at different times of the show. Not that I am dogging trademarks, many people on shows have branded themselves with things to be familiarized with. We have Bill Birnes from UFO hunters who wears his aviators, Paranormal State front man Ryan Buell with his director logs, Psychic Kids with their fake psychics and now Sgt. Fabiani with his fat Cubans. So what’s wrong with smoking a cigar? Well just out of respect for the client I would assume an officer of the law would have better sense then to smoke while conducting an interview, way to reflect the Chicago police force Sgt. Out of common sense which this show seriously is lacking, I can think of about a handful of reasons not to smoke on a paranormal investigations. For instance when trying to obtain “unexplained mists” (no its just cigar smoke) or “phantom smells” I would think I might be wise to wait till you got home to light up your stogie. Anyway after the client informed Sgt. Fabiani the reason he never called before was because he never heard of them (surprise) they proceeded to set up the typical equipment. We did get some new terminology for turning the lights off, not lights out, it isn’t dead time, go dark? Nope, its now called Black out. Though we did have to suffer once again with a black and green screen for most of the show I was relieved we didn’t have to see a thermal imaging camera. However we did have to see the forensic specialist (which I still am trying to figure out why their day job rankings has any reflection or correlation with the paranormal) holding a stick with a ghost meter (a cheap cell sensor E.M.F. Meter) and digital audio recorder taped to it. Another well respected trait of a good officer is taking a psychics word as absolute


proof, again please keep in mind that these people (cops) were trained in criminal investigating. I always admired that about real police force officials, taking the word of an individual with out conducting a thorough investigation. During there amazing evidence review there were very concerning unprofessional assumptions. For instance they presented dust orbs flowing in the same direction paranormal. There reasoning was the orbs were following the same direction, what? Wouldn’t that make sense on why it’s a draft or air current? Wouldn’t that make sense why it is not paranormal? Also we saw a spike on an E.M.F. which was quickly considered evidence of direct communication…Oh I am sorry E.M.F. detector, almost forgot the name of essential equipment. The incredible investigators also picked up a couple of “class B” E.V.P.s and collectively this evidence was substantial enough to mark the case Code 3, which for us lay people means a definite haunting. I would like to say thanks again A&E, hopefully this show will only last one more episode like the late Extreme Paranormal. I thank God Paranormal State is on next, I need to see something a little more realistic than this garbage.[]

Ex-Scientologists to expose alleged abuse
by Miriam Hernandez HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- Former Scientologists are suing the Church of Scientology for abuse they allegedly suffered while working for them. They spoke about the abuse publically for the first time Friday. "I was personally beat up on five separate occasions by the head of Scientology, David Muscavitch," said former Scientology director Jeffrey Hawkins, a member of the church for 35 years. Hawkins is a former official of the Church of Scientology who was their marketing whiz then promoted to the top. Now, he and other former employees are working just as hard to expose the church's alleged tactics including assaults, threats and virtual slavery.

"You can't just walk in and out. You have to have an OK," said Hawkins. Laura DeCrescenzo says that at 7 years old, she signed a contract that would give her a lifetime of lessons if she worked her lifetime for the church in what is called a "billion year contract." But when she became pregnant at 17, she said that her bosses pressured her to abort the baby. "I never agreed to have an abortion. Did I concede? Yes, I did. Does it kill me every day? Yes, it does," said DeCrescenzo. A spokesman for the church calls them disgruntled employees. "They are frivolous. It's just people trying to get attention and frankly make money from the church, using the press to flank litigation," described Tommy Davis, a spokesperson for the Church of Scientology. The alleged victims do not attack the church's doctrine, and they say celebrity members such as John Travolta and Tom Cruise are likely unaware of the church's labor practices. The whistleblowers are aligned with the protest group called Anonymous. Friday marks the second anniversary of global demonstrations. The former employees are also fighting in the courts. They describe conditions like a prison camp with 100-hour work weeks at 49 cents an hour. "They are telling that the people that work for them that are employees, that they are volunteers, that they don't have to be paid, and they are not paying these people," said former employee Mark Headley. "All of us who work for the church love working for the church. We volunteer our time. It is something we do to dedicate ourselves to our religion," said Davis. But the religion did not help Will Fry. "It messed me up," said Fry, a former church member. The church is urging the public to ignore dissenters and check the church out for themselves. Meantime, a demonstration at the Hollywood headquarters for Saturday at 3 p.m.

Special Thanks to Info-Secte infosecte@qc.aibn.com

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UFOs Are Model Planes in Modesto, CA
first saw the lights driving to his north Modesto home. He has since talked with the men and discussed the pertinent municipal city codes. "They're not supposed to fly them in the city limits," he said. "But the industrial area (off Bangs) is fine. I see the cars pulled over and people gazing at those things in the sky. They catch people's attention; they're neat to see." He said the planes haven't set off anything close to a "War of the Worlds"-level hysteria. While the department has fielded a few UFO calls, Raymer said "it's not a burden." "Whenever I see people looking, I pull over and tell them it's remote-control planes," he said. "It kind of takes the fun out of (it) then." Modesto Airport has fielded a handful of calls about the lights in the sky. Airport manager Jerome Thiele said the Federal Aviation Administration has an advisory circular with guidelines for model aircraft standards. The circular encourages "voluntary compliance" and includes cautions about operating near airports, hospitals and schools. It recommends flying no higher than 400 feet. "I just want to make sure that they don't intentionally fly close to the airport and keep clear of the medical helipads close to the hospital and other populated areas," Thiele said. No specific complaints about the model crafts have been filed with the FAA's Flight Standards District Office in Fresno. FAA Inspector Jim Henry said the advisory circular is meant to encourage hobbyists to be careful in the airspace. "We can do the enforcement if it's an egregious danger to the public," he said. Merrill said he was familiar with the FAA advisory and that the group never tries to interfere with active aircraft. "If we see a plane fly by, we'll move away," he said. "We try to stay out of people's way." The group caused a minor commotion over Super Bowl Sunday when members flew their planes near Briggsmore Avenue. Modesto Hobby & Crafts owner Joe Keevil said drivers stopped along the busy thoroughfare to rubberneck at the night sky. Police later came and asked them to stop. "We try to stay away from busy roads now," said Keevil, who doesn't participate in flying planes but knows all the men from his store, where they all met. Even from their north Modesto flight area, the planes and their lights can be seen all around town. Merrill said he can fly as high as 1,000 feet with his craft. He has heard reports of sightings as far away as Maze Boulevard near Highway 99 and in Riverbank. "Every single night (we fly) somebody comes out and wonders what they are, if they're a UFO," Merrill said. "We sort of laugh about it."

Radio-controlled planes have some Modesto residents seeing UFOs
By Marijke Rowland mrowland@modbee.com
They come in peace. Those lights you've seen swooping and swerving across the Modesto night sky are not extraterrestrial. They do not want to be taken to your leader. They're not even unidentified anymore. Instead, the culprits are a bunch of model plane enthusiasts who have attached lights to their radio- controlled aircraft and fly them through the night sky for fun. "This was never intended to be seen as a UFO," said Robert Merrill, the de facto captain of the Nor Cal Nite Fliers. "We figured we'd try something, fly at night. Next thing you know people are calling the cops, TV and thinking they're UFOs. We never really thought it'd be this kind of a spectacle." The 39-year-old Modesto resident and a group of about eight other men often meet at Modesto Hobby & Crafts, off McHenry and Bangs avenues in north Modesto, for their night flights. They've flown all over Modesto and across the area, including Ripon and Tracy. The crafts have about a 6-foot wingspan and weigh about 2 pounds. Each flier has customized his lights design. Merrill, who had been flying model planes for about eight years, came up with the idea in August when he found the lights online from a manufacturer in Hong Kong. The 1-meter adhesive LED strip is about a quarter-inch wide and comes in red, white, blue, green and amber. Because they run on batteries and turn off to glide at altitude, the crafts are nearly soundless. In flight, the planes resemble a graceful, digital albatross. So why fly a $250 model plane at night when it's, well, dark? "I think (it's) just the calmness of it. The whole thing is, when you get off work, you bring your plane out to the park and literally kick back in a chair and fly them," Merrill said. "Nighttime, you can fly it farther because the lights are so bright you can see it farther than in the daytime." Some members admit the E.T. factor adds to the excitement. "Honestly, the most fun is messing with people," said Modesto resident Rick Sanchez, 40. "People will see the lights (from their cars) and their heads will hang out the windows. It's amazing how many people think they are UFOs." The group flies almost every night that the sky is clear. Manteca resident John Gilmore, 46, started about eight months ago. "The challenge of it interested me. And it's definitely a challenge," he said. "We're having fun. We're not trying to freak anyone out or cause problems. It's just good, clean fun." The Modesto Police Department is well aware of the group. Lt. Clint Raymer said he

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More UFO Insanity
UFO Insanity: Skydivers Mistaken For Invaders From Outer Space!
By Robert Paul Reyes
In a rainbow of different colored suits, 68 daredevils plunged from 13,000 feet above Lake Elsinore, Calif., on Nov. 13. After weeks of training, they perfected a jaw-dropping diamond formation that many called beautiful and others found downright terrifying." Buck Wolf/AOL News The skydivers were mistaken for UFO's, people with no clue and no life flooded 911 with reports of an extraterrestrial invasion. I can understand if the daredevils were mistaken for the famous Flying Elvi, but UFO's? Everything in the sky that can't be readily identified as a bird or a plane is described as a UFO. If the Flying Elvi falls down from the sky in my town, I wouldn't be surprised if people called the police. There is nothing more horrifying than having middle-aged men decked out like the Las Vegas-era Elvis Presley falling down from the heavens. But for God's sake, if you see anything else in the sky that you can't immediately identify, don't tie up the freakin' emergency numbers. Elvis isn't alive, and there are no UFO's piloted by little green men from Mars. [] DEBRA MARKS

DOB: 07/22/1975. Also Known As: Sister Savannah, Sister Gabrielle, Madam Savanna. Race: White; Sex: Female; Height: 5' 02", Weight: 190 pounds. Hair: Black; Eyes: Hazel. Address Used: 1050E Airline Highway, LaPlace, Louisiana; 11599 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA. Business Name: "Readings By Gabrielle". Known Associates: Laura Urich (believed to be Grandmother), Michael Evans. LAURA URICH DOB: 11/20/1940. Also Known As: Loretta Urich, Sister Pocahontas. Race: White; Sex: Female; Height: 5' 01", Weight: 160 pounds. Hair: Black; Eyes: Brown. Address Used: Same as above. The two pictured females were in business in LaPlace and Baton Rouge, Louisiana as "Readers" and "Palm Readers". Both have been arrested for Fraud Schemes involving the "Big Swindle Scam" that some psychic readers have committed in the past in this country. The "big swindle scam" involves the use of tarot cards to read the unsuspecting victim's problem, then the discovery of a "devil curse" on the victim, and then the convincing of the victim that the removal of the curse can only take place if the victim's money is "cleansed, dumped in the ocean (or large body of water), buried or set on fire (destroyed). The victim is convinced to remove large sums of money from their bank and bring the money to the "reader", who either cleanses it or takes it for destruction. After the reader obtains a large sum of money from the victim, the money is in fact not destroyed and never returned to the victim. It is an elaborate scam used many times throughout the United States and Canada. Debra Marks, doing business as Sister Gabrielle or Madam Savanna, was arrested on April 08, 1999 and again on May 12, 1999. Her associate, Laura Urich, also known as Sister Pocahontas, was also arrested on June 17, 1999 along with Debra Marks. Urich is believed to be the grandmother of Debra Marks. Both females were conducting business out of the same location. Both were charged with felony fraud type crimes. All citizens utilizing the services of a "Tarot Card Reader", "Psychic", "Card Reader" or "Palm Reader" is urged to use caution and common sense, as these activities are legal in most states.


Move to ban Chinese lanterns
CHINESE lanterns have been mistaken for distress flares at sea, vilified by farmers and they even sparked a flurry of 'UFO sightings' across Mid Sussex last summer. Now, a European politician wants the flaming party toys banned. Sharon Bowles, Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for the South East of England says the wire built sky lanterns could cause injury or death to livestock.

DEBRA MARKS D.O.B.: 07/22/1975

For further information please contact Lt. Wayne McDaniel Baton Rouge Police Department Baton Rouge, Louisiana (225) 389-7734

LAURA URICH D.O.B.: 11/20/1940

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The Dalnegorsk UFO Crash
The Dalnegorsk UFO Crash: Roswell Incident of the Soviet Union
Source: Pravda, RU
This internationally famous UFO incident took place in 1986, on January 29, at 7:55 p.m. Some have called it the Roswell Incident of the Soviet Union. The information concerning this incident was sent to us by a number of Russian ufologists. Dalnegorsk is a small mining town in the Far East of Russia. That cold January day a reddish sphere flew into this town from the southeastern direction, crossed part of Dalnegorsk, and crashed at the Izvestkovaya Mountain (also known as Height or Hill 611, because of its size). The object flew noiselessly, and parallel to the ground; it was approximately three meters in diameter, of a near-perfect round shape, with no projections or cavities, its colour similar to that of burning stainless steel. One eyewitness, V. Kandakov, said that the speed of the UFO was close to 15 meters per hour. The object slowly ascended and descended, and its glow would heat up every time it rose up. On its approach to Hill 611 the object "jerked", and fell down like a rock. All witnesses reported that the object “jerked” or “jumped”. Most of them recall two “jumps”. Two girls remember that the object actually “jumped” four times. The witnesses heard a weak, muted thump. It burned intensively at the cliff's edge for an hour. A geological expedition to the site, led by V. Skavinsky of the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the Siberian Branch of the Soviet Academy of Sciences (1988), had confirmed the object's movements through a series of chemical and physical tests of the rocks collected from the site. Valeri Dvuzhilni, head of the Far Eastern Committee for Anomalous Phenomena, was the first to investigate the crash. With the help of our colleagues in Russia this is the most accurate account of the incident to date. Dr. Dvuzhilni arrived at the site two days after the crash. Deep snow was covered the area at the time. The site of the crash, located on a rocky ledge, was devoid of snow. All around the site remnants of silica splintered rocks were found: (due to exposure to high temperatures), and "smoky" looking. Many pieces, and a nearby rock, contained particles of silvery metal, some "sprayed"-like, some in the form of solidified balls. At the edge of the site a treestump was found. It was burnt and emitted a chemical smell. The objects collected at the site were later dubbed as "tiny nets", "little balls", "lead balls", "and glass pieces" (that is what each resembled). Closer examination revealed very unusual properties. One of the "tiny nets" contained torn and very thin (17 micrometers) threads. Each of the threads consisted of even thinner fibers, tied up in plaits. Intertwined with the fibers were very thin gold wires. Soviet scientists, at such facilities as the Omsk branch of the Academy of Sciences, analyzed all collected pieces. Without going into specific details suffice it to say that the technology to produce such materials was not yet available on 1988.


Earth...except for one disturbing account. To give an idea of the complexity of the composition of the pieces, let us look at the "iron balls". Each of them had its own chemical composition: iron, and a large mixture of aluminum, manganese, nickel, chromium, tungsten, and cobalt. Such differences indicate that the object was not just a piece of lead and iron, but some heterogeneous construction made from heterogeneous alloys with definite significance. When melted in a vacuum, some pieces would spread over a base, while at another base they would form into balls. Half of the balls were covered with convex glass-like structures. Neither the physicists nor physical metallurgists can say what these structures are, what their composition is. The "tiny nets" (or "mesh") have confused many researchers. It is impossible to understand their structure and nature of the formation. A. Kulikov, an expert on carbon at the Chemistry Institute of the Far Eastern Department of the Academy of Sciences, USSR, wrote that it was not possible to get an idea what the "mesh" is. It resembles glass carbon, but conditions leading to such formation are unknown. Definitely a common fire could not produce such glass carbon. The most mysterious aspect of the collected items was the disappearance, after vacuum melting, of gold, silver, and nickel, and the appearance-from nowhere-of molybdenum, that was not in the chamber to begin with. The only thing that could be more or less easily explained was the ash found on site. Something biological was burned during the crash. A flock of birds, perhaps, or a stray dog; or someone who was inside the crashed object? Dr. Dvuzhilni’s article was published in a Soviet (Uzbekistan) Magazine NLO: Chto, Gde, Kogda? (Issue 1, 1990, reprint of an article in FENOMEN Magazine, March 23, 1990). In his article Dalnegorski Phenomen V. Dvuzhilni provides details unavailable elsewhere. The southwesterly trajectory of the object just about coincides with the Xichang Cosmodrome of People’s Republic of China, where satellites are launched into geo synchronous orbit with the help of the Great March-2 carrier rockets. There is no data of any rocket launches in the PRC at the end of January. At the same time, Sinxua Agency reported on January 25, 1988, that there was a sighting of a glowing red sphere not far from the Cosmodrome, where it hovered for 30 minutes. Possibly, UFOs had shown interest toward the Chinese Cosmodrome in the years 1989 and

There is another curious detail: at the site of the Height 611 small pieces of light gray color were discovered, but only in the area of the contact. These specimens did not match any of the local varieties of soil. What is amazing, the spectroscopic analysis of the specimens matched them to the Yaroslavl tuffs of the polymetalic deposits (i.e. the specimens possessed some characteristic elements of the Yaroslavl, but not the Dalnegorsk, tuffs). There is a possibility that the object obtain pieces of tuff in the Yaroslavl area. Tuffs experience metamorphosis under the effect of high temperatures . The site of the crash itself was something like an anomalous zone. It was "active" for three years after the crash. Insects avoid the place. The zone affects mechanical and electronic equipment. Some people, including a local chemist, actually got very sick. This Hill 611 is located in the area of numerous anomalies; according to an article in the Soviet digest Tainy XX Veka (Moscow, 1990, CP Vsya Moskva Publishing House). Even photos taken at the site, when developed, failed to show the hill, but did clearly show other locations. Members of an expedition to the site reported later that their flashlights stopped working at the same time. They checked the flashlights upon returning home, and discovered burned wires. Eight days after the UFO crash at Hill 611, on February 8, 1986, at 8:30 p.m., two more yellowish spheres flew from the north, in the southward direction. Reaching the site of the crash, they circled it four times, then turned back to the north and flew away. Then on November 28, 1987 (Saturday night, 11:24 p.m.), 32 flying objects had appeared from nowhere. There were hundreds of witnesses, including the military and civilians. The objects flew over 12 different settlements, and 13 of them flew to Dalnegorsk and the site. Three of the UFOs hovered over the settlement, and five of them illuminated the nearby mountain. The objects moved noiselessly, at an altitude between 150 to 800 meters. None of the eyewitnesses actually thoughts they were UFOs. Those who observed the objects assumed they were aircraft involved in some disaster, or falling meteorites. As the objects flew over houses, they created interference (television, telegraph functions). The Ministry of Internal Affairs officers, who were present, testified later that they observed the objects from a street, at 23:30 (precise time). They saw a fiery object, flying in from the direction of Gorely settlement. In front of the fiery “flame” was a lusterless sphere, and in the middle of the object was a red sphere. Another group of eyewitnesses included workers from the Bor quarry. They observed an object at 11:00 pm. A giant cylindrical object was flying straight at the quarry. Its size was like that of a five-story building, its length around 200 or 300 hundred meters. The front part of the object was lit up, like a burning metal. The workers were afraid that the object would crash on them. One of the managers of the quarry observed an object at 11:30 pm. Continued on Page 12

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The Dalnegorsk UFO Crash

The Dalnegorsk UFO Crash: Roswell Incident of the Soviet Union
Continued from Page 11
There are opposing opinions. V. Psalomschikov, an expert on aircraft crashes, and a well-known journalist, stated that the object was manufactured in the USSR, the technology to produce it dates back to 1970's, and that he has similar ultra thin filaments in his possession. However, a Soviet probe would self-destruct immediately, whereas the object reportedly did try to ascend several times. Actually, Psalomschikov believes the crashed object was a Soviet-built intelligence remotely piloted vehicle. A Russian ufologist and scientist, Gennady Belimov, presented information in 1993 that a Soviet military probe had crashed at the Hill 611. His proof was based on similar crashed of highly classified Soviet probes, and he concludes that ufologists misinterpreted the probe which to be a UFO crashed in the Far East. As for the lead collected at the site, Belimov believes it was extracted from the Kholodnensky deposit in the Northern Baikal region. A new generation of Russian UFO researchers have reached a conclusion that the probe was an aerostatics reconnaissance vehicle possibly equipped to make infrared photographs. The speed of the probe was estimated to be approximately 54 kilometers per hour, which would negate Dr. Dvuzhilni’s data. But even among them there is no consistent belief as to the origin of the probe. Vladimir Smoly, for example, does not believe there was a thermite self-destruction device aboard the probe. The self-destruction would be expected to be immediate, unlike to what had happened at Height 611 to the crashed object. Was this a NATO probe? V. Psalomschikov mentioned that previously the NATO reconnaissance balloons did contain trotyl (TNT) self-destruction devices. One such apparatus fell on a house in the USSR and “self-destroyed” it; fortunately, there was no one inside the dwelling at the time. The Soviets raised hell, the scandal was heard even in the UN, and since that time the NATO probes contained only thermite selfdestruction devices. Smoly believes the object was aerostatics apparatus created for entertainment purposes. However, M. Gershtein indicated that the object had a clearly defined trail, and could not have been a balloon moving at the speed of the wind carrying it. Would the military later stage fake "UFO" flights to confuse and mislead ufologists, and the Western intelligence services? The objects observed on November 28, 1987 consisted of different shapes: cigarlike, cylindrical, and spherical. Their flight was noiseless, smooth, at various altitudes. Actually, not one of the eyewitnesses (including the police) mistook them for UFOs. The impression was that they observed some aircraft, or falling meteorites. While in flight, the objects affected power

lines throughout the area. Lieutenant Zhivayev of the Interior Ministry troops described the object he observed as a flame with a lusterless sphere in the front and a reddish ball in the rear. And the workers from the Bor Quarry-Bistryancev, Anokhin, Grigoriyev-reported a giant cylindrical object at an altitude of 300 meters. Its fore part was illuminated-like melting metal. There are many other witness accounts in the Dvuzhilni report. To remind our readers, the area of the crash is not that far away from the Tunguska Phenomenon site. Something else, heretofore unknown in the West, took place in the region, that could shed some light on both incidents. Alexander Rempel published his report in Priroda newspaper (Vladivostok) in July of 1991. A fiery object was observed over the Khabarovsk city on August 24, 1978, at night. It was about a meter and a half in diameter. At one point in its flight, it emitted a hissing (or wheezing) sound, like a jet engine does. The area around it became illuminated, like daylight. The object descended slowly, and lit up brightly. The soil, albeit full of water, burned up. Coallike pieces were found in the area, they had holes and glass-like structures. For ten years thereafter the soil remained unchanged, and nothing grew at the site of the explosion. The eyewitnesses reported that a dark object flew away just before the explosion. It was not found. Ten years later Rempel and his colleagues received numerous reports about an anomalous zone near Khabarovsk. Few explorers who have returned from the area confirmed that the object fell there, and that fantastic things have been observed there. Yet at the time Rempel could not confirm their reports: the military had sealed the area off. But his group was able to research the area of the Dalnegorsk Object alleged fall after it flew off the Hill 611. They found out about unusual animal mutations. Russian newspaper Komsomol'skaya Pravda in its December 1, 2000 issue published an article about the Dalnegorsk case (NLO svili v Primorje gnezdo). Most interesting was

Andrey Pavlov’s (the author of the newspaper article) reference to the fact that in the early 1990s Russian generals from the anti-aircraft forces became concerned about the UFO activity in the area, and contacted local UFO researchers. An exchange of information ensued. It is newsworthy when a major Russian newspaper mentions such fact (the author actually quoted Dr. Dvuzhilni, the chief investigator of the Height 611 UFO crash). According to Alexander Rempel (NLO Magazine, 1999) very few Russian ufologists recall the crash, or pay attention to it. Alexander Rempel informed participants of the UFOMIND Russian UFO Forum that fragments of the crashed object have been examined in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, and Munich, Liege and other places. In 2000, four Japanese and Korean expeditions examined the Height 611. Ufologists from Korea and Japan have made offers to purchase the “balls”. The current price for one gram of any fragment is $500.00, and the price has been going up. There are offers of $1,500 per gram, but the demand exceeds the supply. Rempel is aware that there have been numerous conclusions of a number of institutes and laboratories in Russia and abroad, and yet all of them differ from each other. There is no final conclusion that the object was made on Earth, but at the same time, there is no definite conclusion that the object was of extraterrestrial origin. Some peculiarities of the object still cannot be explained. Since 2000 there has not been anything anomalous in the area. But Russians ufologists show little or no interest in the famous case, states Rempel, except for those in Vladivostok. Two exhibits of the Height 611 incident have been made and are active; one is in the Dalnegorsk museum, and the other in the UFO Museum in Vladivostok. Continued on Page 14 Missed The ‘X’ Zone Radio Show? No Problem! Visit www.xzonepodcast.com

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

The Dalnegorsk UFO Crash: Roswell Incident of the Soviet Union

Classic UFO case cracked
Famous 1950s sighting of "jellyfish-shaped" mothership finally explained
There are hundreds of witnesses, and dozens of the actual eyewitnesses, and many drawings of the incident, but there are no photographs. Numerous “kontaktyori” (those who claim to be in contact with extraterrestrial civilizations) had made predictions that never came true, claimed to be in contact with alien civilizations, wrote books and made paintings of the event. They even claimed that a UFO would land at the Dalnegorsk stadium. This prediction had attracted attention of a great number of Russians, thousands of them arrived in Dalnegorsk, but nothing happened. Some of those who had arrived to meet the aliens still remain in the Dalnegorsk mental asylum. The RUFORS Round Table members (Anatoly Kutovoy and others), as well as Vladimir Smoly’s UFO Forum participants, have discussed the case, and actively exchanged scientific information about it. As for the Russian media, it has paid some attention to the crash recently, too. We must mention another interpretation of the Dalnegorsk crash. It was published in Soviet newspaper Ribak Primorya (Issue 14, 1991). The author of the article about the Dalnegorsk Object was Y. Vasilyev. He states several interesting points. According to him, V. Dvuzhilni and a group of his students arrived to the site of the crash. They searched the area three times, quite thoroughly, and found tiny metallic drops. All required measurements were taken, and took photographs. Then they initiated physical and chemical analyses of the findings. The temperature of the melting was 390 degrees. Silvery metal was very soft; it was easy to break it with a pair of tweezers. On February 8, 1986, V. Dvuzhilni and V. Berliozov, a geologist (who had studied the Sikhote-Alin’ meteorite) again ascended the hill. The geologist confirmed that the crashed body was of a cosmic origin, and the traces affirmed this. Its luminescence was similar to that of usual meteorites. Five years later, V. Dvuzhilini came up with further details (“fantastic details”, according to Y. Vasilyev). Then the author comes up with his own hypothesis. On January 28, 1986, American shuttle Challenger exploded in the sky. The force of the explosion was such that the fragments were thrown all over the Atlantic. It is

Utah man creates 18-tower ice castle
MIDWAY, Utah - A Utah ice sculptor said his massive out- door ice castle has grown to include 18 towers, each of which measures 30 to 35 feet high. Brent Christiansen said he uses 20 sprinkler heads to expand the structure by 10-12 tons of ice each day on the golf course of the Zermatt Resort and Spa in Midway, Utah, and he plans to continue expanding the project through the end of February, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Christiansen said the resort allows him to keep the $2 entrance fee visitors must pay to enter the castle and he and his wife were given a room at the hotel for the season. The self-taught sculptor said the main tower of the structure is expected to reach three to four stories high by the time of its completion.

By Andy Roberts and Dr David Clarke
A classic UFO sighting by civilian pilots has been explained following a “cold case” investigation more than 50 years since it made headlines across the world. One evening in June 1954, Captain James Howard was flying a BOAC Stratocruiser from New York to London when he and his flight crew spotted a shapechanging, black “jellyfish-shaped” object hovering low on the horizon above the Labrador coast. As crew and passengers watched in amazement, they saw a number of other dark blob-like objects arranged on either side of the “mothership”. As a fighter aircraft reached the scene, these smaller UFOs appeared to enter the larger object, which shrank and disappeared. On landing in London, Capt. Howard was interviewed live on BBC TV and became convinced the UFOs were being “intelligently handled”. Even the infamous Colorado UFO project failed to crack the case and suggested it was a rare natural phenomenon – “so rare that it apparently has never been reported before or since”. But Scottish UFO investigator Martin Shough has unearthed primary evidence, including the crews’ statements and weather data, to solve the mystery. Through a process of elimination, Shough concludes there can be little doubt the crew and passengers saw an unusual mirage. And far from being rare, he discovered this sighting was just one of “an unrecognised class of very similar mirage observations from aircraft”. His definitive study proves it is possible to resolve even the most perplexing UFO reports with enough time and effort. It also shows there is valuable scientific data lurking within the noise that constitutes the UFO enigma.

Large buck invades kitchen
BELLEVILLE, Ill. - An Illinois man who was awakened in the night by a ruckus in his home said he walked into his kitchen and was shocked to find a 10-to-12-point buck. Mark Page of Belleville said he and his wife, Cassia, woke up early Saturday morning to the sound of glass breaking in their kitchen and he walked down the steps to find his dining room window shattered and the large deer standing in his kitchen, KSDK-TV, St. Louis, reported. "He was standing right here, with his head in the sink," Page said. "I looked at him for seriously not even a fraction of a second," he said, "and I ran back upstairs because I don't mess with deers." Page said the deer found its own way out by crashing through another window, leaving a trail of blood through the house as his signature. The homeowner, who said there are no wooded areas near his home, said police told him they used dogs to try to track the buck, but they never found the animal.

Man yells at parrot, jailed for weekend
EDINBURGH, Scotland - A 19-year-old Scottish man who admitted to threatening his

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The Radford Files
The Radford Files Skeptic on Skeptic
Fellow investigators talk UFOs in Aztec, N.M.
By Benjamin Radford
New Mexico, land of two national laboratories, is home to lots of scientists. Whether employed developing supercomputers, testing explosives or doing autopsies on extraterrestrial crash victims, there are plenty of PhDs walking around. But New Mexico native David Thomas is not your ordinary egghead. He’s also one of the country’s top skeptical investigators. Thomas has degrees in physics and mathematics from New Mexico Tech, where he develops earthquake-detection equipment. He also teaches a course on critical thinking and distinguishing science from pseudoscience. Oh, and he plays mean bass in local act Vigilante Band. He’s president of New Mexicans for Science and Reason (NMSR), which tackles all manner of curious claims, from the worldfamous Roswell crash to creationism to contrails (or chemtrails, those white lines in the sky following airplanes, claimed by conspiracy theorists to be toxic). “We also look into fringe science and paranormal claims,” he says. In fact, Thomas and his group have offered to test people with alleged powers right here in Albuquerque, including psychics and dowsers. Unfortunately, Thomas says, “at the last minute they chicken out, and they really don’t want to have a scientific test of their paranormal powers for one reason or another.” Thomas is perhaps best known for applying his knowledge of mathematics and computers to the Bible Code, the hidden messages supposedly found in holy texts. The code was the subject of the 1997 best-selling book The Bible Code, by Michael Drosnin. Thomas demonstrated that the patterns Drosnin and others were finding were artifacts that resulted from “data mining.” That is, if you run a computer program through enough massive pieces of text (whether the Bible or War and Peace or Moby Dick), looking for enough patterns (every 10th letter, every 12th letter, etc.), it will eventually spit out some words and jumbly sentences that could be interpreted to make sense. It’s the sort of thing that the veritable room full of monkeys with typewriters would be able to generate, given enough time (and no breaks to write George W. Bush’s speeches). New Mexico’s biggest mystery is of course the Roswell crash, but there are several lesser-known cities that also claim to have received extraterrestrial visitors at one point or another, including Aztec. “The Aztec story really took off in 1950,” Thomas says, “when a writer—a Hollywood reporter named Frank Scully—published a book called Behind the Flying Saucers. It was the first full-length American book on flying saucers. It described 16 humanoid bodies that were recovered together, along with their undamaged spacecraft. Scully had informants who told him that the disc landed near Aztec, N.M., back in March of 1948.” The disc that was allegedly


recovered was said to have been 99.99 feet in diameter. Scully’s best seller stated that the dead alien bodies and spacecraft were hauled off to a top-secret U.S. government hangar somewhere. But two scientists (Scully’s informants Silas M. Newton and Leo GeBauer) had managed to get ahold of alien technology that could locate oil and gold! “Turns out that these two gentlemen were oil swindlers,” Thomas explains. “They were con men. GeBauer worked as a tech at an auto parts supply place. He was not a top-secret government scientist. Newton, also a con artist, would tell investors of the recent crash of an alien ship, the analysis by top-secret government labs, and the discovery of magnetic devices that could find oil and gold. Then came the pitch. Newton told the investors that he could get them access to this incredible ‘alien’ technology—for a price.” The scam was exposed when J. P. Cahn, a reporter for True magazine, secretly obtained a sample from the alien spacecraft and had it tested. They found it was “the same aluminum that we use in pots and pans,” Thomas says. Cahn wrote an exposé, and it was the beginning of the end for the Aztec UFO story. The men were put on trial, and the Oct. 14, 1952 frontpage headline of the Denver Post read “ ‘Saucer Scientist’ in $50,000 Fraud.” Despite the 1952 public exposure of the Aztec UFO hoax, other writers have since jumped on the Aztec UFO bandwagon, insisting that the whole thing was (of course) a government coverup. The fact that Roswell had been capitalizing financially on its reputed UFO crash was not lost on the citizens of Aztec, who began their own annual convention celebrating the UFO. For the first few years, Thomas was asked to speak, but the invitations dried up after he explained the hoax: “Since then they really don’t want to hear what I have to say,” he notes wryly. Though many people were disappointed to find out that the Aztec UFO was a scam, the story holds important lessons for Thomas, skeptics and the public at large. It shows how easily people can be fooled by a wild story promoted by a gullible reporter—and more importantly, it shows that just because you read a best-selling book about a UFO crash (supported by “top-secret government scientists”) doesn’t mean it’s true. Or at least that’s what they want you to think.

In addition to providing laughs and unexpected punchlines, Carson would from time to time use his show as a means of exposing scams and fakes who were taking advantage of the public at large. Famed psychic Uri Gellar appeared on the show in 1973. Carson himself set up the props for Gellar’s act without Gellar or his manager being able to see them before filming. Despite Gellar’s claims of having genuine mental powers, he was unable to reproduce his usual tricks with the props that Carson provided. This method of proving Gellar a fraud had been suggested by Carson’s friend James Randi, a trained stage magician (like Carson himself) who later appeared on the show in 1987 to expose the supposed faith healer Peter Popoff. Though Popoff claimed that his knowledge of the audience’s problems came from “Godly visions”, Randi provided Carson and his audience with video that showed Popoff’s wife describing the people for him to heal via a microphone which broadcast to a speaker hidden in his hearing aid.

Bizarre Salt Facts
If the world's oceans evaporated, enough salt would be crys- tallized to cover Britain to a depth of 50 miles. Being hygroscopic, salt spread on dusty floors in equestrian centers and indoor arenas retains moisture and keeps down dust. Until recently, salt bars were the standard currency of Ethiopia. In ancient Greece, slaves were traded for salt, hence the expression "not worth his salt". In his painting The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci put an over turned salt cellar in front of the ill-fated Judas. In old Japanese theaters, salt was sprinkled on the stage before performances to prevent evil spirits from casting a spell on the actors and ruining the play. In Arab countries salt was used to seal a bargain, and also as a sign of friendship. The Druids used salt in their rituals at Stonehenge. It is thought that this was as a symbol of the life-giving fruits of the earth.

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Bizarre Asteroid Collision

Bizarre Asteroid Collision is One For The X-Files
By Ray Villard |
I've seen thousands of astronomical images over my career, but this is one of the few absolute jaw-droppers: A flying X-pattern with trailing streamers. At first glance it looks like a four-pointed Kohga Ninja throwing star blade. It's so weird-looking that you want to call the UFO hotline. Maybe it's a Romulan "Bird of Prey" starship decloaking as it enters our solar system. The mystery object, located 100 million miles from Earth, may really be the aftermath of a hypervelocity collision between two asteroids -- like a bullet hitting another bullet. Whatever it is, nothing quite like it has ever before been seen in the heavens. The comet-like object, called P/2010 A2, was first discovered by the LINEAR (Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research program) sky survey on January 6. Telescopes around the world turned their attention to it. Comet expert David Jewitt of UCLA quickly applied for special discretionary time on the Hubble Space Telescope to get a close-up look at the object. Hubble pictures take on January 25 and 29 left everyone speechless. It's fun watching the expression on the faces of astronomers when they first see it, like "WTF!?" I reported on the strange space visitor in January, and some readers dismissed it as just another one of a handful of hybrid asteroidcomets that was outgassing. But the Hubble view removes any lingering doubt that this is something new in astronomical observations. The scenario being pondered is that two

uncharted asteroids ran into each other at speeds of over 11,000 miles per hour (or five times faster than a rifle bullet). The center of the "X" might be the original collision point where the trajectories of the object intersected. The whole structure has a definite ballistic look to it, like plummeting smoke trails from an exploded aerial firework. (Government conspiracy buffs might imagine it's the result of an "antiasteroid" interceptor being dispatched in a secret military experiment.) This smashup created a shower of debris that is being swept back into a tail from the collision site by the pressure of sunlight. The main nucleus of P/2010 A2, which mysteriously lies outside of its own halo of dust, is the surviving remnant. It looks like the other body presumably disintegrated. There are two predominant streamers of dust in the Hubble image that are telltale evidence for two objects trailing dust. The asteroid belt contains abundant evidence for ancient collisions that have shattered precursor bodies into fragments. The orbit of P/2010 A2 is itself consistent with membership in the Flora asteroid family, produced by collisional shattering of a pair of wayward asteroids over 100 million years ago. One fragment of that smashup may have struck Earth 65 million years ago, triggering a mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs. With 2012 doomsday hysteria building, this might get attention on the Internet as yet another omen of the "End of Times." Those who've overdosed on Nostradamus might see a flying Star of David, or a pentagram. But asteroid collisions have been ongoing for over 4 billion years.Thanks to our modern telescopes we've finally "caught one in the act."

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Frisbee Inventor Passes Away!
Inventor of the 'Flying Saucer Toy,' the Frisbee, Passes Away!
by By John Kays
they replaced it with a tin pie plate. I have heard it called a cake pan also, but I prefer pie plate as a more accurate description. No doubt, fodder for academic ink, or a possible dissertation on this pie verse cake conundrum? That's important, but let's not get lost in a forest (cake) of pie-pans that take the cake for peculiarity (if you get my drift)? Oh, maybe we shall! Anyway, Mr. Morrison and his girl were flinging a pan on the beach one day, when a passerby marveled at the sport of the happy-golucky couple. The stupefied observer anxiously offered a quarter for a pan that cost just a nickel. The entrepreneurial angle comes into play at this juncture. Now that he saw that money could be made, Fred began in earnest refining the flyingcake-pan. I am not privy to these exact changes, but I do know that a little event popped up, WWII, and Fred Morrison became a fighterbomber who was shot down over Italy. In the meantime Fred had married his easy-life-style partner, Lu Nay, and they nestled in Southern California, where he chose the trade of a carpenter. Fred spent much of his spare time sketching designs for his 'saucer-toy,' refining its aerodynamics, a subject he seemed to be knowledgeable about. The mechanics of the 'Morrison Slope,' the outer third of the disc, must have been worked out at this time? Coincidentally, the UFO craze began around this time, when flying discs in space were observed by many reputable citizens (not quacks). You might recall that the 'Roswell Incident' dates to 1947. The UFO craze is a harbinger for the commerciality of the future Frisbee, I will suggest. The pivotal change in the 'Pluto Platter' comes in the mid-1950s when a metal object is converted to plastic. I see this as Fred's most significant innovation to the 'saucer-toy,' that makes a direct beeline to the Wham-O knickknack that took meteoric-flight off dimestore shelves, throughout the 1960s! We're waddling in Frisbee-theory here, but it's necessary to capture the Zeitgeist: Tin to Plastic! The birth of a miracle platter! The Cats at Wham-O must be granted some credit here too. Rich Knerr and A. K. 'Spud' Melin, the owners of Wham-O, signed the deal with Morrison and did the needed marketing to make the product 'fly'. But Fred got his patent (design patent 183,626) and a good royalty deal, I must add. The toy partners secured the groovy name from the Frisbie Baking Company, which had shut down in 1958. (About.com-The First Flight of the Frisbee by Mary Bellis.) Wham-O changed the spelling from Frisbie to Frisbee, a smart way to avoid a frivolous lawsuit. The fifty year old Frisbee is owned by Mattel nowadays. Not to downplay the marketing sagacity of Rich Knerr and A. K. 'Spud' Melin, yet I must conjecture that the Frisbee was just a natural for the times that it was conceived in. Suddenly the 'Hippies' had their own sport of choice. Now Dudes could spend countless hours at a local rundown park (with broken merry-go-rounds and shoddy swing sets) with their buddies, girlfriends and favorite bow-wow, practicing disc-catching skills 'til the cows come home!


Walter Frederick Morrison, 90, the inventor of the Frisbee, died February 9th at his Utah home. The Southern California toy company, Wham-O, has sold more than 200 million Frisbees to date. "That simple little toy has permeated every continent in every country, as many homes have Frisbees as any other device ever invented," says Morrison's attorney, Kay Mclff. Wham-O also sells such popular toys as the Hula Hoop, the Water Wiggle and the Super Ball. Fred Morrison signed a contract with Wham-O in 1957, essentially selling the rights of the 'Frisbee' for over a million dollars plus future royalties. I would argue that a good amount of Morrison's royalties were awarded in the latter 1960s, when the 'Youth Movement' (often referred to as the Hippies) adapted the Frisbee as their official sport. Suddenly every longhair from Sacramento to Timbuktu was hanging out their local park and spending hours throwing the 'Pluto Platter' in the air for their faithful dog to catch. Dog participation is the centrifugal force in this new recreational sport. It's easy to get ourselves on dicey waters when tracing the precise provenance of this 'flying disc,' but I will provide a basic outline of the birth of this marvelous outdoor flying saucer. In order to quell many myths surrounding the Frisbee's invention, Fred Morrison co-authored a book with a historian, Phil Kennedy, "Flat Flip Flies Straight! True Origins of the Frisbee," published in 2006. (The Washington Post-Fred Morrison, inventor of the Frisbee, dies at 90 by Emma Brown-2/12/2010) The intrinsic controversy lies with a Wham-O employee, Ed Headrick, who really refined the Frisbee in the 1960s to its current design. Headrick's did away with the space theme and added concentric grooves that helped to smooth out the disc in flight. I have personally observed a lack of wobble in the saucer as it descends and lands in the 'bowser mouth,' who then happily fetches it back to his master for another spin. (The Washington Postibid) It's sad to report that Ed Headrick's never received one dime in royalties. Oh stop that! We go back in time now to 1937 now, when Fred Morrison and his girlfriend, Lucile "Lu" Nay, had some fun tossing a popcorn-tin around in the backyard on a Thanksgiving Day holiday. Once the popcorn-tin got too wasted,

I am most sorry for the passing of Fred Morrison, a genius-inventor of the caliber of greats such as Thomas Edison or Eli Whitney! The popularity of the Frisbee will never die! It will persist until Armageddon finally sweeps us into the briny depths of the ocean blue. But as we sink in the ocean depths we'll toss the private flying saucer one last time to our soggy, saltwatered doggie who barks bubbles and spits greenie seaweed out on the briny bottom. Fred Morrison is credited with two other less popular invention-fads, his Crazy Eight Bowling Balls and his Popsicle Machine. I vaguely remember these gadgets from my youth? Hopefully, Mattel is still making these toys, because these could easily reap beaucoup sales, in light of the passing of Fred Morrison. But his claim to fame was summed up by his biographer, Phil Kennedy. "Fred's the one who thought of commercializing something that people had been doing forever-picking up a round, flat object and watching it sail." The Frisbee phenomenon was born. "It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's a Pluto Platter from Toys 'R' Us (my way)!" (CNN.com-Frisbee inventor dies at 90 by Dan Gilgoff)

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Waiting for apocalypse
Waiting for apocalypse just around the corner
Many New Age thinkers are seeking higher ground — literally. They believe oceans will rise and tsunamis will hit on Dec. 21, 2012
Canwest News Service
Brad Carrigan "presents well," as they say in psychological circles. The Vancouver resident dresses smartly, has an athletic physique, neatly cropped hair and a friendly, well-spoken demeanour. He looks like many happy, healthy West Coast middle-aged guys. Carrigan earned a solid living for 12 years as a financial consultant, has played with some of the country's top musicians, wrote a sacred music concert performed at the Queen Elizabeth theatre, hosts a program called The Eternal Wellness Show and runs Blue World Lifestyle Multimedia Corporation, which has a stylish website. Like millions in B.C. and elsewhere, Carrigan is also a fan of a recent Vancouverfilmed blockbuster movie that has so far earned $800 million, made by big-name director Roland Emmerich (creator of Independence Day) and actor John Cusack. The movie is titled 2012. It's a special-effects-filled disaster movie. Its plot revolves around a cataclysm that wipes out most of the Earth's almost seven billion population in the year 2012. Highly presentable Carrigan only begins to take on the persona of a "character" when he says he believes the movie is more than a fiction. Following the lead of the marketers of 2012, Carrigan says the disaster film is pointing to something that is soon to become terribly real. His book on the subject is called 2012 Enlightened. It is one of about 20 titles on the "2012 phenomenon." Countless spiritual seekers are convinced 2012 will usher in both global cataclysm and a new spiritual era. Based on a prophecy embedded in the ancient Mayan calendar, the 2012 phenomenon is an apocalyptic scenario of the most horrifying order. You could call it a New Age version of the Biblical apocalyptic beliefs widely held by many evangelical Christians and others. I talked to Carrigan about 2012 this week at a busy Vancouver coffee shop, where he is a fondly welcomed regular. The coffee shop displayed Carrigan's book, as well as leaflets for his often wellattended multimedia lectures, one of which will take place this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Hollywood Theatre on West Broadway. The jacket of Carrigan's book describes him as an Ottawa-born "spiritual visionary and teacher, author, recording artist and playwright" versed in meditation, Indian spirituality, yoga and devotional music. The book jacket adds that he frequently experiences powerful visions and dreams. When I asked Carrigan his age, he wouldn't answer, saying, 'I'm timeless. Ageless." He acknowledged, nevertheless, he moved to Vancouver at age 19 and ever since has found the city "delightful." It is where he continues to raise two teenagers as a single parent. However, in December 2012, Carrigan will be driving far out of Vancouver. He'll be heading to a mountain top. Carrigan and many others are convinced that on Dec. 21, 2012, Vancouver and much of the planet will be virtually destroyed. Havoc will come through a combination of earthquakes, tsunamis and oceans rising hundreds of metres. Those who might hope to survive will be on higher ground. "Forget Haiti. Forget Katrina," Carrigan said, calmly. The end of Vancouver and the rest of the world as we know it is described in vivid detail, with video, on Carrigan's sophisticated-looking website, www.2012enlightened.com. The imminent destruction of Earth hinges on a planet called Nibiru, which Carrigan and many New Age adherents believe will pass close to our solar system in 2012. They firmly expect Nibiru to create a gravitational effect that will cause the Earth to stop revolving on its axis for several disastrous months. A spiritual golden age will follow for survivors. Carrigan and many others predict the new dawn on Earth will begin on March 28, 2013. It's not possible here to explain the convoluted logic that goes into the 2012 phenomenon as expressed by Carrigan and many authors. Suffice to say Carrigan's version involves planetary science, quantum mechanics, Nostradamus, Hopi Indians, aliens, Bible revelations, Edgar Cayce, the Vatican, crop circles, Atlantis, Moses, kundalini yoga, Hindu gods and goddesses, Akashic teachings, the anti-Christ, the swastika, the Age of Aquarius and much more. Why has the general public not heard of this looming disaster? Carrigan said the official silence is a plot orchestrated by NASA, the White House, the Illuminati, the Freemasons and the world's multinational corporations and mass media, all of which he said, have a vested interest in not distressing the population. This economic elite has already, he said, built underground cities in the U.S. and Scandinavia as its safe havens. If readers are wondering whether I'm drawn to or convinced of this 2012 apocalyptic scenario, I will have to disappoint many and say … no. I bring it to wider attention only because it is a general New Age belief apparently held by tens of thousands of people, possibly millions. Apocalyptic thinking is not at all rare. An Angus Reid poll found 46 per cent of Americans and 20 per cent of Canadians believed the world would end in their lifetimes in some sort of divine catastrophe. Remember the global outpouring of apocalyptic fear that rose up over the year 2000? That's when computer specialists and evangelists such as Jerry Falwell and Canada's Grant Jeffrey proclaimed God's judgment was


about to fall on Earth via the Y2K bug. Biblical teachings about the apocalypse, often called Armageddon, the Last Judgment or the Rapture, are held today by many conservative religious denominations, including the Church of Latter Day Saints, the Seventh Day Adventists and many evangelical denominations. A Biblical apocalypse, based on the Book of Revelation, has been popularized through the best-selling Left Behind novel series. U.S. president Ronald Reagan believed Armageddon could happen in his lifetime. And an apocalyptic scenario involving the second coming of Christ is part of the doctrine formally taught by the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, the evangelical denomination to which Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper belongs. So-called "secular" people are not immune to apocalyptic scenarios either, as portrayed in movies such as Terminator 2 and Avatar. Apocalyptic beliefs often emerge from people anxious about atomic warfare, population explosion, economic collapse, uncontrollable viruses and environmental devastation. What is at the root of apocalyptic thinking? It is based on a belief the world is engaged in an all-out struggle between good and evil, which could end in the triumph of one side. The dominant form of apocalyptic thinking today grows out of a despairing conviction that most people and institutions are irredeemably corrupt, fit only for destruction. Personally, however, even though I worry people in power are leading the planet in many dangerous directions, I don't find myself switching into apocalyptic mode. Call me hopeful. Carrigan resides in another category entirely regarding 2012. "It's not a question of 'if' I'm right about what's going to happen. I know I'm right," he said. His demeanour remained placid throughout our conversation, even though the tempo of his speech rapidly rose as he described his data for destruction. "What I'm saying is not doom and gloom," he said. "It's just what's going to happen." As strange as it may seem to many of us, it is quite possible millions of New Age people share Carrigan's views about a 2012 cataclysm, while tens of millions more North Americans hold to a Biblical version of apocalypse. If being part of a large movement makes one "normal," perhaps it wasn't incorrect for Carrigan to quietly declare: "I'm not a radical." []

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How to Spot A Con Artist Posing As A Psychic
by kamensellie
If you are reading this article, it's probably because you or someone you know has or are considering paying a visit to a psychic. Choosing to see a psychic is risky business, due to most of them being con artists looking for your money! Just by clicking on this article shows you're on your way to making a better decision. Instructions 1. There aren't any prices on their listing. If there isn't a price printed on their listing and require a "consultation" of some sort, then that means they determine the price, depending on however much they believe they can make from you. Con artists sometimes hesitate to give you their prices over the phone, so don't be shy to call and ask! 2. They claim they provide a money back "guarantee". This is a method used by con artists to make you believe that you can trust them with your money, and so that you don't feel as bad about paying them whatever they charge. In other words, they're trying to lighten up the seriousness of the idea of you giving them your money. 3. The psychic claims to be n% accurate. Con artist may use "statistics" or "facts" to give others the impression they're valid psychics. Often times you will see a 98% or 99% "accuracy rate", may be even a 100%. Numbers are used in this sense to sound more appealing. 4. Psychics who dress up are trying to impress you with their "wealth". The psychics who have intentions of truly helping you aren't going to try dressing to impress; the con artists who want to reel your money in will try to appear professional. (If they dress well, it will indicate their "success".) 5. "There is a curse upon your family and only I can get rid of it for you." "I see an elderly man with glasses standing to the left/right of you." These are classic lines used by con artists posing as psychics to encourage you to make frequent visits, meaning more money for them! You are only cursed or surrounded by negative energy if you believe you are. 6. Psychic con artists ask for you to call daily or even weekly. This is their way of trying to feed more false information into your head to convince you that they're trying to help (ex. want to do crystal work, perform a "magical ritual"), so you're encouraged to see them more frequently. 7. Con artists will be very friendly or act like your best friend. Psychic con artists will call you frequently, ask how you are, see how things are going in your life. While some may genuinely care about you, many care about your


money! This is the con artist's way of trying to manipulate you into believing that they are trustworthy and wouldn't do anything to hurt you. 8. "I/We reunite lovers." "I/We can find your lost love." If they could reunite lovers as they say, it's because you're helping them! Want to reunite yourself with a long lost love or even a friend? Try looking them up on whitepages.com or hire an investigator (of course, contact the Better Business Bureau to make sure their credentials are real). 9. The psychic con artist may have books published to tell stories about their accuracy, experiences with clients, etc. Sometimes "psychics" will publish books to share their stories about their clients and will glam up their stories or add in rubbish details to give themselves a more appealing reputation. May be the psychic writes a book on how to develop psychic abilities; if you wish to exercise your ESP (if you believe in such), you can purchase the book if you'd like but I would personally recommend looking on the internet for the information you want (because it's free of charge on many sites). 10. "We've been in business for (large number of years, such as 25)." This is the con artist's way of showing they're "experienced" in their field and give themselves credentials. You know what credentials they're probably giving themselves? Them being a con artist! Tips & Warnings IN THE UNITED STATES: If you believe you or someone you know has been scammed by a psychic con artist, contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Fraud hotline and ask for instructions on submitting your form. Also, you may send an email to websites dealing with psychic con

artists to help prevent others from falling for these con artists!.Psychic con artists feed on desperation and insecurity; they will often play on your sympathies and will act "compassionate", such as holding your hand or say something like "God brought you to me". IN CANADA
Telling forunes for money or any consideration payment is against the law all across Canada.

Section 365 of the Canadian Criminal Code, R.S. 1985,c.C-46 is one of a group of five offenses which deal with false pretenses. It states: "Every one who fraudulently (a) pretends to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration, (b) undertakes, for a consideration, to tell fortunes, or (c) pretends from his skill in or knowledge of an occult or crafty science to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to have been stolen or lost may be found, is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction." 1 Section 361 defines a false pretence: (1) "A false pretence is a representation of a matter of fact either present or past, made by words or otherwise, that is known by the person who makes it to be false and that is made with a fraudulent intent to induce the person to whom it is made to act on it." (2) "Exaggerated commendation or depreciation of the quality of anything is not a false pretence unless it is carried to such an extent that it amounts to a fraudulent misrepresentation of fact." To report a crime call your local police.

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extras” in photographs of his clients. But Mumler’s scam was revealed when some of his ethereal entities were recognized as living Boston residents (Nickell 1994). The great magician Harry Houdini (1874-1926) crusaded against phony spiritualists, seeking out elderly mediums who taught him the tricks of the trade. For example, while sitters touched hands around the séance table, mediums had clever ways of gaining the use of one hand. (One method was to slowly move the hands close together so that the fingers of one could be substituted for those of the other.) This allowed the production of special effects, such as causing a tin trumpet to appear to be levitating. Houdini gave public demonstrations of the deceptions. “Do Spirits Return?” asked one of his posters. “Houdini Says No-and Proves It” (Gibson 1977, 157). Continuing the tradition, I have investigated various mediums, sometimes attending séances undercover and once obtaining police warrants against a fraudulent medium from the notorious Camp Chesterfield spiritualist center in Indiana (Nickell 1998). The camp is the subject of the book The Psychic Mafia, written by a former medium who recanted and revealed the tricks of floating trumpets (with disembodied voices), ghostly apparitions, materializing “apports,” and other fake phenomena (Keene 1976)-some of which I have also witnessed firsthand. Mental Mediumship The new breed of spiritualists-like Edward, James Van Praagh, Rosemary Altea, Sylvia Browne, and George Anderson-avoid the physical approach with its risks of exposure and possible criminal charges. Instead they opt for the comparatively safe “mental mediumship” which involves the purported use of psychic ability to obtain messages from the spirit realm. This is not a new approach, since mediums have long done readings for their credulous clients. In the early days they exhibited “the classic form of trance mediumship, as practiced by shamans and oracles,” giving spoken “'spirit messages’ that ranged all the way from personal (and sometimes strikingly accurate) trivia to hourslong public trance-lectures on subjects of the deepest philosophical and religious import” (McHargue 1972). Some mediums produced “automatic” or “trance” or “spirit” writing, which the entities supposedly dictated to the medium or produced by guiding his or her hand. Such writings could be in flowery language indeed, as in this excerpt from one spirit writing in my collection: Oh my Brother-I am so glad to be able to come here with you and hold sweet communion for it has been a long time since I have controlled this medium but I remember how well used I had become to her magnetism[,] but we will soon get accustomed to her again and then renew the pleasant times we used to have. I want to assure you that we are all here with you this afternoon[-]Father[,] Mother[,] little Alice[]and so glad to find it so well with you and we hope and feel dear Brother that you have seen the darkest part of life and that times are not with you now as they have been . . . . and so on in this talkative fashion. “Cold Reading” By contrast, today’s spirits-whom John Edward and his fellow mediums supposedly contact-seem to have poor memories and difficulty communicating. For example, in one of his on-air séances (on Larry King Live, June 19, 1998), Edward said: “I feel like there’s a Jor G-sounding name attached to this.” He also perceived “Linda or Lindy or Leslie; who’s this L name?” Again, he got a “Maggie or Margie, or some M-G-sounding name,” and yet again heard from “either Ellen or Helen, or Eleanoreit’s like an Ellen-sounding name.” Gone is the clear-speaking eloquence of yore; the dead now seem to mumble. The spirits also seemingly communicate to Edward et al. as if they were engaging in pantomime. As Edward said of one alleged spirit communicant, in a Dateline “He’s pointing to his head; something had to affect the mind or the head, from what he’s showing me.” No longer, apparently, can the dead speak in flowing Victorian sentences, but instead are reduced to gestures, as if playing a game of charades. One suspects, of course, that it is not the imagined spirits who have changed but rather the approach today’s mediums have chosen to employ. It is, indeed, a shrewd technique known as “cold reading"-so named because the subject walks in “cold"; that is, the medium lacks advance information about the person (Gresham 1953). It is an artful method of gleaning information from the sitter, then feeding it back as mystical revelation. The “psychic” can obtain clues by observing dress and body language (noting expressions that indicate when one is on or off track), asking questions (which if correct will appear as “hits” but otherwise will seem innocent queries), and inviting the subject to interpret the vague statements offered. For example, nearly anyone can respond to the mention of a common object (like a ring or watch) with a personal recollection that can seem to transform the mention into a hit. (For more on cold reading see Gresham 1953; Hyman 1977; Nickell 2000.) It should not be surprising that Edward is skilled at cold reading, an old fortunetelling technique. His mother was a “psychic junkie” who threw fortunetelling “house parties,” one of the alleged clairvoyants advising the thenfifteen-year-old that he had “wonderful psychic abilities.” He began doing card readings for friends and family, then progressed to psychic fairs where he soon learned that names and other “validating information” sometimes applied to the dead rather than the living. Eventually he changed his billing from “psychic” to “psychic medium” (Edward 1999). The revised approach set him on the road to stardom. In addition to his TV show, he now commands hundreds of dollars for a private reading and is booked two years in advance (Mui 2001). Continued on Page 25

John Edward: Hustling the Bereaved

By Joe Nickell
Superstar “psychic medium” John Edward is a stand-up guy. Unlike the spiritualists of yore, who typically plied their trade in dark-room séances, Edward and his ilk often perform before live audiences and even under the glare of TV lights. Indeed, Edward (a pseudonym: he was born John MaGee Jr.) has his own popular show on the SciFi channel called Crossing Over, which has gone into national syndication (Barrett 2001; Mui 2001). I was asked by television newsmagazine Dateline NBC to study Edward’s act: was he really talking to the dead? The Old Spiritualism Today’s spiritualism traces its roots to 1848 and the schoolgirl antics of the Fox sisters, Maggie and Katie. They seemed to communicate with the ghost of a murdered peddler by means of mysterious rapping sounds. Four decades later the foxy sisters confessed how they had produced the noises by trickery (Nickell 1994), but meanwhile others discovered they too could be “mediums” (those who supposedly communicate with the dead). The “spiritualism” craze spread across the United States, Europe, and beyond. In darkened séance rooms, lecture halls, and theaters, various “spirit” phenomena occurred. The Davenport Brothers conjured up spirit entities to play musical instruments while the two mediums were, apparently, securely tied in a special “spirit cabinet.” Unfortunately the Davenports were exposed many times, once by a local printer. He visited their spook show and volunteered as part of an audience committee to help secure the two mediums. He took that opportunity to secretly place some printer’s ink on the neck of a violin, and after the séance one of the duo had his shoulder smeared with the black substance (Nickell 1999). In Boston, while photographer William H. Mumler was recycling some glass photographic plates, he accidentally obtained faint images of previous sitters. He soon adapted the technique to producing “spirit

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“Hot Reading” Although cold reading is the main technique of the new spiritualists, they can also employ “hot” reading on occasion. Houdini (1924) exposed many of these informationgathering techniques including using planted microphones to listen in on clients as they gathered in the mediums’ anterooms-a technique Houdini himself used to impress visitors with his “telepathy” (Gibson 1976, 13). Reformed medium M. Lamar Keene’s The Psychic Mafia (1976) describes such methods as conducting advance research on clients, sharing other mediums’ files (what Keene terms “mediumistic espionage”), noting casual remarks made in conversation before a reading, and so on. An article in Time magazine suggested John Edward may have used just such chicanery. One subject, a marketing manager named Michael O'Neill had received apparent messages from his dead grandfather but, when his segment aired, he noted that it had been improved through editing. According to Time's Leon Jaroff (2001): Now suspicious, O'Neill recalled that while the audience was waiting to be seated, Edward’s aides were scurrying about, striking up conversations and getting people to fill out cards with their name, family tree and other facts. Once inside the auditorium, where each family was directed to preassigned seats, more than an hour passed before show time while “technical difficulties” backstage were corrected. Edward has a policy of not responding to criticism, but the executive producer of Crossing Over insists: “No information is given to John Edward about the members of the audience with whom he talks. There is no eavesdropping on gallery conversations, and there are no 'tricks’ to feed information to John.” He labeled the Time article “a mix of erroneous observations and baseless theories” (Nordlander 2001). Very Hot Be that as it may, on Dateline Edward was actually caught in an attempt to pass off previously gained knowledge as spirit revelation. During the session he said of the spirits, “They're telling me to acknowledge Anthony,” and when the cameraman signaled that was his name, Edward seemed surprised, asking “That’s you? Really?” He further queried: “Had you not seen Dad before he passed? Had you either been away or been distanced?” Later, playing the taped segment for me, Dateline reporter John Hockenberry challenged me with Edward’s apparent hit: “He got Anthony. That’s pretty good.” I agreed but added, “We've seen mediums who mill about before sessions and greet people and chat with them and pick up things.” Indeed, it turned out that that is just what Edward had done. Hours before the group reading, Tony had been the cameraman on another Edward shoot (recording him at his hobby, ballroom dancing). Significantly, the two men had chatted and Edward had obtained useful bits of information that he afterward pretended had come from the spirits. In a follow-up interview Hockenberry revealed the fact and grilled an evasive Edward: HOCKENBERRY: So were you aware that his dad had died before you did his reading? Mr. EDWARD: I think he-I think earlier in thein the day, he had said something. HOCKENBERRY: It makes me feel like, you know, that that’s fairly significant. I mean, you knew that he had a dead relative and you knew it was the dad. Mr. EDWARD: OK. HOCKENBERRY: So that’s not some energy coming through, that’s something you knew going in. You knew his name was Tony and you knew that his dad had died and you knew that he was in the room, right? That gets you . . . Mr. EDWARD: That’s a whole lot of thinking you got me doing, then. Like I said, I react to what’s coming through, what I see, hear and feel. I interpret what I'm seeing hearing and feeling, and I define it. He raised his hand, it made sense for him. Great. HOCKENBERRY: But a cynic would look at that and go, 'Hey,' you know, 'He knows it’s the cameraman, he knows it’s DATELINE. You know, wouldn't that be impressive if he can get the cameraman to cry?' Mr. EDWARD: Absolutely not. Absolutely not. Not at all. But try to weasel out of it as he might, Edward had obviously been caught cheating: pretending that information he had gleaned earlier had just been revealed by spirits and feigning surprise that it applied to Tony the cameraman. (And that occurred long before Time had suggested that an Inside Edition program-February 27, 2001-was probably “the first nationally televised show to take a look at the Edward phenomenon.” That honor instead goes to Dateline NBC.) In his new book Crossing Over, Edward tries to minimize the Dateline exposé, and in so doing breaks his own rule of not responding to criticism. He rebukes Hockenberry for “his big Gotcha! moment,” adding: Hockenberry came down on the side of the professional skeptic they used as my foil. He was identified as Joe Nickell, a member of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, which likes to simplify things and call itself CSICOP. He did the usual sound bites: that modern mediums are fast-talkers on fishing expeditions making money on people’s grief-"the same old dogs with new tricks,” in Hockenberry’s words.


Edward claims to ignore any advance information that he may get from those he reads, but concedes, “it’s futile to say this to a tough skeptic” (Edward 2001, 242-243). Edward may have benefitted from actual information on another occasion, while undergoing a “scientific” test of his alleged powers (Schwartz et al. 2001). In video clips shown on Dateline, Edward was reading subjects-who were brought into the hotel room where he sat with his back to the door-when he impressed his tester with an atypical revelation. Edward stated he was “being shown the movie Pretty in Pink” and asked if there was “a pink connection.” Then he queried, “Are you, like, wearing all pink?” The unidentified man acknowledged that he was. Yet Edward had thought the subject was a woman, and I suspect that erroneous guess was because of the color of his attire; I further suspect Edward knew it was pink, that as the man entered the room Edward glimpsed a flash of the color as it was reflected off some shiny surface, such as the glass of a picture frame, the lens of the video camera, etc. I challenge Edward to demonstrate his reputed color-divining ability under suitably controlled conditions that I will set up. Inflating “Hits” I n addition to shrewd cold reading and out-and-out cheating, “psychics” and “mediums” can also boost their apparent accuracy in other ways. They get something of a free ride from the tendency of credulous folk to count the apparent hits and ignore the misses. In the case of Edward, my analysis of 125 statements or pseudostatements (i.e., questions) he made on a Larry King Live program (June 19, 1998) showed that he was incorrect about as often as he was right and that his hits were mostly weak ones. (For example he mentioned “an older female” with “an M-sounding name,” either an aunt or grandmother, he stated, and the caller supplied “Mavis” without identifying the relationship; see Nickell 1998.) Another session-for an episode of Crossing Over attended by a reporter for The New York Times Magazine, Chris Ballard (2001)-had Edward “hitting well below 50 percent for the day.” Indeed, he twice spent “upward of 20 minutes stuck on one person, shooting blanks but not accepting the negative responses.” This is a common technique: persisting in an attempt to redeem error, cajoling or even browbeating a sitter (as Sylvia Browne often does), or at least making the incorrect responses seem the person’s fault. “Do not not honor him!” Edward exclaimed at one point, then (according to Ballard) “staring down the bewildered man.” When the taped episode actually aired, the two lengthy failed readings had been edited out, along with second-rate offerings. What remained were two of the best readings of the show (Ballard 2001). This seems to confirm the allegation in the Time article that episodes were edited to make Edward seem more accurate, even reportedly splicing in clips of one sitter nodding yes “after statements with which he remembers disagreeing” (Jaroff 2001). Continued on Page 26

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perceived as dishonest, and he may come across as arrogant, cynical, and manipulative-not heroic as he imagines. As well, an apparent reproduction of an effect does not necessarily mean the cause was the same. (For example, I have seen several skeptical demonstrations of “weeping” icons that employed trickery more sophisticated than that used for “real” crying effigies.) Far better, I am convinced, is showing evidence of the actual methods employed, as I did in collaboration with Dateline NBC. Although John Edward was among five “highly skilled mediums” who allegedly fared well on tests of their ability (Schwartz et al. 2001)-experiments critiqued elsewhere in this issue (Wiseman and O'Keeffe, see page 26)-he did not claim validation on Larry King Live. When King (2001) asked Edward if he thought there would ever be proof of spirit contact, Edward responded by suggesting proof was unattainable, that only belief matters: “. . . I think that to prove it is a personal thing. It is like saying, prove God. If you have a belief system and you have faith, then there is nothing really more than that.” But this is an attempt to insulate a position and to evade or shift the burden of proof, which is always on the claimant. As Houdini (1924, 270) emphatically stated, “It is not for us to prove the mediums are dishonest, it is for them to prove that they are honest.” In my opinion John Edward has already failed that test. Acknowledgments I appreciate the assistance of Tom Flynn who helped me analyze the video clips mentioned in the text and refine the hypothesis that Edward may have glimpsed a reflection. I am also grateful to Tim Binga, Barry Karr, Kevin Christopher, Ben Radford, and Ranjit Sandhu for other assistance. References * Ballard, Chris. 2001. Oprah of the other side. The New York Times Magazine, July 29, 38-41 . * Barrett, Greg. 2001. Can the living talk to the dead? Gannett News Service, published in USA Today, August 10. * Edward, John. 1999. One Last Time. New York: Berkley Books . * —. 2001. Crossing Over. San Diego: Jodere Group. * Gibson, Walter B. 1977. The Original Houdini Scrapbook. New York: Corwin/Sterling. * Gresham, William Lindsay. 1953. Monster Midway. New York: Rinehart, 113-136. * Houdini, Harry. 1924. A Magician Among the Spirits. New York: Harper & Brothers. * Hyman, Ray. 1977. Cold reading: how to convince strangers that you know all about them. Skeptical Inquirer 2(1), (Spring/Summer): 18-37. * Jaroff, Leon. 2001. Talking to the dead. Time, Joe Nickell, Ph.D., is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and "Investigative Files" Columnist for Skeptical Inquirer. A former stage magician, private investigator, and teacher, he is author of numerous books, including Inquest on the Shroud of Turin (1998), Pen, Ink and Evidence (2003), Unsolved History (2005) and Adventures in Paranormal Investigation (2007). He has appeared in many television documentaries and has been profiled in The New Yorker and on NBC's Today Show. His personal website is at : March 5, 52. * Keene, M. Lamar. 1976. The Psychic Mafia. Reprinted Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1997. * King, Larry. 2001. Are psychics for real? Larry King Live, March 6. * McHargue, Georgess. 1972. Facts, Frauds, and Phantasms: A Survey of the Spiritualist * Movement. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 44-45. * Mui, Ylan Q. 2001. Bring me your dead. New York Post: TV Sunday, July 8, 105. * Nickell, Joe. 1994. Camera Clues. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 147-149. * —. 1998. Investigating spirit communications. Skeptical Briefs 8(3) (September): 5-6. * —. 1999. The Davenport Brothers: Religious practitioners, entertainers, or frauds? Skeptical Inquirer 23(4) (July/August): 14-17. * —. 2000. Hustling Heaven. Skeptical Briefs 10(3) (September): 1-3. * Nickell, Joe, with John F. Fischer. 1988. Secrets of the Supernatural. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 47-60. * Nordlander, Charles. 2001. Letter from executive producer of Crossing Over to Time, March 26. * Schwartz, Gary E.R., et al. 2001. Accuracy and replicability of anomalous after-death communication across highly skilled mediums. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, January: 1-25. ABOUT JOE NICKELL

John Edward: Hustling the Bereaved
Continued from Page 25
Edited or not, sessions involving a group offer increased chances for success. By tossing out a statement and indicating a section of the audience rather than an individual, the performing “medium” makes it many times more likely that someone will “acknowledge” it as a “hit.” Sometimes multiple audience members will acknowledge an offering, whereupon the performer typically narrows the choice down to a single person and builds on the success. Edward uses just such a technique (Ballard 2001). Still another ploy used by Edward and his fellow “psychic mediums” is to suggest that people who cannot acknowledge a hit may find a connection later. “Write this down,” an insistent Edward sometimes says, or in some other way suggests the person study the apparent miss. He may become even more insistent, the positive reinforcement diverting attention from the failure and giving the person an opportunity to find some adaptable meaning later (Nickell 1998). Debunking Versus Investigation Some skeptics believe the way to counter Edward and his ilk is to reproduce his effect, to demonstrate the cold-reading technique to radio and TV audiences. Of course that approach is unconvincing unless one actually poses as a medium and then-after seemingly making contact with subjects’ dead loved ones-reveals the deception. Although audiences typically fall for the trick (witness Inside Edition’s use of it), I deliberately avoid this approach for a variety of reasons, largely because of ethical concerns. I rather agree with Houdini (1924, xi) who had done spiritualistic stunts during his early career: At the time I appreciated the fact that I surprised my clients, but while aware of the fact that I was deceiving them I did not see or understand the seriousness of trifling with such sacred sentimentality and the baneful result which inevitably followed. To me it was a lark. I was a mystifier and as such my ambition was being gratified and my love for a mild sensation satisfied. After delving deep I realized the seriousness of it all. As I advanced to riper years of experience I was brought to a realization of the seriousness of trifling with the hallowed reverence which the average human being bestows on the departed, and when I personally became afflicted with similar grief I was chagrined that I should ever have been guilty of such frivolity and for the first time realized that it bordered on crime. Of course tricking people in order to educate them is not the same as deceiving them for crass personal gain, but to toy with their deepest emotions-however briefly and well intentioned-is to cross a line I prefer not to do. Besides, I believe it can be very counterproductive. It may not be the alleged medium but rather the debunker himself who is


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Describing the move as "GOD’s BIG FAT VAT TAX – Vatican to tax ‘Pope’", Pope Alice has expressed dismay at Vatican plans to establish copyright protection on the use of the word Pope and associated papal symbols. The Holy See intends to hold exclusive right for their use, according to the Catholic News Agency. The news came as a surprise to Pope Alice as Papa Benny (Benedict XVI) had previously condemned those who defend their copyright. The Roman Pontiff (Papa Benny) criticized the struggle for copyright as “a phenomenon, which contradicted the notion of mutual help and Christian love to other people”. Pope Alice, speaking in A Flat Major, reminded Papa Benny of Matthew 22:21, “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” Pope Alice, an extraterrestrial spiritual leader claiming to be thousands of years old, also reminds us, that whilst she has used the title of Pope for millennia prior to the Roman Catholic Church she has been happy to share the title with others. Even Papa Benny spoke out in his Christmas homily against selfishness. “Is nothing sacred?” Alice asks. “Is EVERYTHING business and scarcity now?”. As the Vatican’s spiritual power wanes it

becomes more and more obsessed with temporal power, marketable products and shareholder returns. After all the Roman Empire never went away it became the Roman Catholic Church and Papa Benny is the current Caesar. He is a red caped, celebrity-superstar bringing Catholic gilt to the masses. “What about Santa?” intoned Pope Alice. Papa Benny has been famous in recent years for re-introducing the medieval papal Santa hat (camauro), He wasn’t wearing it this Christmas, although he did have on the red and white Santa cape (mozzetta) for the Urbi et Orbi Christmas message from Vatican City. “What if Santa is the next to go copyright crazy?” Says Pope Alice. “Perhaps the Vatican can strike a deal with Santa’s Coca Cola management, or maybe already has, or is it time for Santa’s claws to come out and for copyright to get really ugly. What will happen to all those Santa-like pope portraits. Would they have to be over-

painted?” Pope Alice lamented, “Copyright is ALWAYS about money. And if Peter’s Purse is emptying, it’s time for a big Vatican rethink rather than to descend into the squalor of corporate squabbling. The kiddie cases and sex scandals of recent years have had an impact on church banking and reputation. Think laterally; imagine Vatican City as a theme park, casino or embassy” Pope Alice trilled. “With the price of gold rocketing the Vatican could keep idle fingers busy and simultaneously feed all the poor – forever and ever. Amen/Awomen. ” “Forever, now there’s a BIG word? It’s time to pose the tricky question, “What future is there for the Roman Catholic Empire?” According to the predictions of St Malachy (a kind of sainted Nostradamus) it’s job is done and Papa Benny ("Gloria Olivae") is the second last pope. The next pope, Peter the Roman, will be the last pope in the line of St Peter. As the Vatican prepares for the final fall of its worldly stocks and shares and heaps VATI and POOPP on all its products its spiritual authority is losing independence from temporal authority. Render unto Caesar, but don’t let God get in the way of a profit.”

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Museum explores history of sasquatch
Museum exhibit explores history of sasquatch
JEFFREY P. MAYOR The News Tribune
“Giants in the Mountains: The Search for Sasquatch” does not attempt to prove or disprove the existence of sasquatch, but instead looks at how and why the story is so ingrained in the cultural fabric of the Northwest. The story of sasquatch certainly goes far beyond the 1987 movie “Harry and the Hendersons” or recent beef jerky TV commercials. It has been told for centuries among Northwest Indian tribes. That mix of ancient mythology and modern commercialism is the focal point of a sasquatch exhibit that opened Saturday at the Washington State History Museum. “One of the themes of the exhibit is to look at sasquatch from a perspective that people don’t think about how far-reaching the story is,” said Gwen Perkins, the co-curator on the exhibit. “If you look back into history, this type of story has been reflected in legends and stories all over the world. But this story also has such strong connections to the Northwest.” Sasquatch is a word derived from the Salish word “sesqec,” meaning “wild man,” Perkins said. In other parts of the world, the name is Bigfoot, Yeti or Wild Man. Definitions of the names vary from “ape man” to “bad luck spirit” and from “big elder brother” to “evil cannibal spirit.” The exhibit is built around about 40 significant items, including casts of alleged footprints, ancient stone carving and Indian masks. One of the key artifacts is a prehistoric stone head borrowed from the Maryhill Museum of Art. The carving was found in the Columbia Basin in the 1890s and is believed to date from 1,500 B.C. to 500 A.D., Perkins said. “When you see them, they resemble gorillas. There have been at least four of these stone heads,” Perkins said. There was a lot of debate when they were found, Perkins added, questioning how people at that time would have seen a gorillalike creature. “Anthropologists have one belief about it, sasquatch people have their belief about it,” said Susan Rohrer, manager at the State Capital Museum. The head was part of the exhibit when it appeared in Olympia in 2007-08. “What is the origin of them, why are these stone heads there? It really is a cornerstone of the exhibit,” Rohrer added. Another part of the exhibit looks at the story of sasquatch in Northwest Indians culture. “There are easily hundreds of sasquatch legends, particularly here in the Northwest,” Perkins said. One told frequently by the Nisqually Tribe of Indians is the story of the giant hairy beast Tsiatko, believed to mean nocturnal demon. “They thought it was huge, with 18-inch feet shaped like a bear’s. One thing that keeps coming up, here and on the east side, sasquatch supposedly has an owl voice,” she said.


The exhibit also includes five Indian masks, four of which are believed to have been made in the 1920s. Also on display are a number of footprints casts, including items from the collection of Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum, a Discovery Channel Bigfoot expert and professor at Idaho State University. There also are casts from the late Dr. Grover Krantz, a noted Bigfoot researcher and anthropologist from Washington State University. “He was one of the first scientists to come out and say sasquatch exists,” Perkins said of Krantz. “That had a pretty major impact on how people looked at the possibility of this being real.” Perkins admits not everyone who sees the exhibit will be convinced sasquatch is real. She recalled a letter to the editor written to The Olympian when the exhibit appeared at the State Capital Museum. The letter’s author asked why the museum would not do an exhibit on the tooth fairy if it did one on Bigfoot. That was the lone dissent, however, said Rohrer, the Olympia museum manager. “We had huge attendance. We had people fly in from out of state for this exhibit. I had people from Southern California call to see where was the nearest airport to Olympia so they could fly in,” Rohrer said. Then there was the day Meldrum and Bob Gimlin spoke at the museum. Gimlin is famous for being part of the group that filmed what they claim was a Bigfoot in Northern California in 1967. “We held two programs that day, but we still must have turned away 200 people,” Rohrer said. “I never had an exhibit when I had to stand between a speaker and the public so the speaker could go get dinner,” she added. “Meldrum was on the floor of the museum for 12 hours that day, people just wanted to speak to him, show him evidence.” Gimlin is scheduled to speak at the Tacoma museum in June. “It’s an exhibit that has a really focused interest group,” Rohrer said. “There are scientists, naturalists, pop culturists, ethnographers, the hobbyists, people who enjoy the unknown. It’s kind of one of the last unknowns, kind of like UFOs.” “We understand this is a topic that is very strongly under debate. We’re trying to portray a very balanced view,” Perkins said. “In a sense, whether the creature actually exists isn’t as important as the impact it has had on the

people who live out here. “If you come here looking for an exhibit poking fun at people or mocking the story, this is not your exhibit. This is too important to many people, like the tribal communities, the people out there researching sasquatch. We want to present those sides of the story as well as the side about people who are making money off of this.” BIGFOOT FACTS from www.ourbigfoot.com
Bigfoot is an interesting phenomena, and one which has little facts surrounding the stories. Yet, we will give you the top Bigfoot facts, then the common descriptions, beliefs, etc. #1: People have spotted Bigfoot creatures for over four hundred years, describing the creature as hairy men; creatures of the forest. Sightings of Bigfoot-type cryptids have taken place all over the world, with tribal cultures (such as Native Americans and Bigfoot) having lore of such a man-beast. #2: Bigfoot footprints have been found and reported for over seventy years. # 3: As long as people have been spotting Bigfoot animals, just as many or more have been faking evidence of the same. From producing Bigfoot costumes, fake tracks, to manufacturing Bigfoot evidence, hoaxsters have duped friends and family into believing they had an experience with Bigfoot. Today, Bigfoot sightings still occur, whether real or not,it is up to you to decide. #4: No one has yet produced a "smoking gun" that proves the existence of Bigfoot. There have been many Bigfoot videos, Bigfoot stories, and Bigfoot sounds, hair, and foot tracks claimed to be proof of the legendary animal's existence. Yet, to date, there has been no live Bigfoot body, or carcass found that would put the Bigfoot debate to rest for good. #5: Descriptions of Bigfoot have varied in height, weight, and color. Most Bigfoot descriptions claim Bigfoot to be between seven and eight feet tall. Some Bigfoot creatures have been described as tall as fourteen feet, and as short as five feet. Color descriptions of Bigfoot fur have ranged from black, white, brown and even red. Many Bigfoot stories describe the beast as being one of foul odor, weighing between 300-800 lbs. #6: The origin of Bigfoot has been bantered about by researchers for years, as there are various theories as to where a giant ape-man could have come from. Some believe Bigfoot is closely related to humans, while others believe Bigfoot originated from a long-extinct,giant ape. Yet, others propose

that Bigfoot is some sort of highly-evolved creature, or even an extraterrestrial. More Bigfoot Facts at www.ourbigfoot.com

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Navigating the Healthcare Maze

The primary purpose of this book is to empower readers and encourage them to become proactive consumer-patients. This book isn't an attempt to be politically correct, but is dedicated to providing tools that readers can put to use when they encounter challenges when making their best efforts to navigate their way into, through and out of the maze that has become our healthcare system. Americans are concerned more about healthcare than the mortgage crisis, credit card debt, rising food prices, or losing money in the stock market. Now is the time to get educated, find out what the future might hold, and get active in the decision-making that surrounds your healthcare. With physicians making misdiagnoses between fifteen and twenty percent of the time, the examination room treadmill speeding up, and emergency rooms stressed out and overcrowded, here is a wakeup call that encourages the adoption of a more responsible, proactive, energetic, and consumer oriented attitude when it comes to personal and family health - before it is too late. Educated in England, the U.S. and Switzerland, Jeff Knott has wide experience in healthcare serving as International Marketing Director for Johnson & Johnson worldwide. He has lectured as a visiting professor at a number of universities, spoken on international subjects and appeared on TV. He is co-chairman of Healthy Together and is a trustee of the University of Tampa



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Shirley Gale Butts Wilson
Shirley Gale Butts Wilson is the CEO of a commercial and residential cleaning service in Los Angeles, CA; she is also a mother of a murdered 7 year old son. This horrifying reality in Ms. Wilson’s life has channeled her career to that of activism. Ms. Wilson has now written her first book to help all adults realize their role as lovers and protectors of children, moving her to start Heavensgate Publishing House, a company with a mission to bring wisdom and information to the public about the plight of parents, families and friends of murdered children. As owner/manager of Heavensgate, Shirley is searching for other talented writers, speakers and professionals who desire to share their stories and earned knowledge to direct the focus of a complacent world to the plight of endangered children. Shirley works closely with VPC (Violence Prevention Coalition), Project Cry No More, and other affiliated agencies that fight for the safety and well being of children and adults throughout America. Prior to losing her child, Shirley was a career woman, raising 3 children. She worked with the Atlanta Georgia police department as a police officer for 5 years and developed an affinity for women and children who are abused or mistreated, since she herself had suffered through an abusive marriage. Leaving the police department to start a cleaning service, life seemed as if it was heading toward stability but still had a few major roadblocks. Fighting through the normal challenges of a single parent, victory seemed fleeting, but foreseeable when during a home invasion, Ms. Wilson’s 7 year old son was brutally murdered, destroying any dream of stability and catapulted her to have to battle for her sanity. She won that battle. Shirley has experience in the following areas of expertise: Author of “Light In The Darkest Hours”, Owner/Manager of an A+ rated company for the past 15 years, Mother of two lovely 40+ year old daughters, Grandmother of 7 grandchildren and Great Grandmother of two great grandchildren, She has specialization in recovery from grief after losing a child to murder and has designed a social network community that honors murdered children with a large online shopping mall attached, where a percentage from proceeds will purchase safety devices to protect vulnerable children. []


Over the past 18 years being the host and executive producer of The ‘X’ Zone Radio & TV Show and publisher of The ‘X’ Chronicles Newspaper, I thought that I had heard and seen it all..that was until the day that I interviewed Shirley Gale Butts Wilson. Her story is one of bravery, a fight against all odds, and the never end search for the killer(s) of her 7 year old son during a home invasion 23 years ago. Where others would have failed, Shirley was successful in turning her life around, and is now helping those through the many organizations that she belongs to and her new publishing company, Heavensgate Publishing. Shirley is a great lady and a great guest. Rob McConnell, Host, The ‘X’ Zone

The Shirley Wilson Show
Shirley Gale Butts Wilson, born and reared in Southern United States, Bessemer, Alabama. Endured an abusive marriage, a murdered seven year old son, a challenging life without family support, to rise above it all. Shirley is now hosting her first Online radio talk show mixed and mingled with Spoken Word, Poetry, Hot topics, Surprise Guests and so on. The main purpose in Ms. Wilson's life is to fight for her son's right to life and the rights of millions of children who have fallen victim to violent crime. She has researched to find solutions to the problems that ripple through single parent families and other challenged families that causes so much fear and anxietiy for mothers of all cultures who may have to leave children alone for brief to long hours while they work and care for their children, and she will bring those solutions to families and listeners with music, comedy and other warm activities that will encourage the hearts of burdened victims who have lost their babies to violent crime. She will call out victims to become voices to stop the violence against all children everywhere. The show will be therapeutic for this mother and is intended to inspire other victims to rise up in their pain to heal, both through wholesome laughter and passionate voices that speak out against adult complacency while our children are being viciously murdered. Stay tuned



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Sylvia’s Haven

Providing Transitional Housing for Women & Children

Today at age 80, Sylvia Anthony still operates Sylvia's Haven Inc., and, to date, has housed a total of 1,034 women and children. For more than 23 years, she has devoted her life to helping those less fortunate and has overcome numerous obstacles along the way. She still continues her work full time to this present day. Find out more about Ms. Anthony and her unrelenting faith, inspiring life and selfless charity in the pages of "Sylvia's Haven".

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Aliens Have Landed...
Aliens have landed . . . rumours spread through village after teachers forget to reveal story was made up
thisbristol.co.uk Friday, January 29 2010
IT WAS said they came from outer space, landed on the local school playing field and caused TVs and clocks in the village to go haywire. Scorch marks – possibly caused by space rocket engines – and strange debris littered the site, adding weight to the theory that the eyes of the world could soon be on a small village near Bristol. Music fans of a certain age may have been reminded of the Stackridge album Purple Spaceships Over Yatton but in reality it was more like the famous War of the Worlds hoax of 1938 when a radio broadcast of the HG Wells story caused panic as people thought it was real. This time reports that little green men had touched down at the Yatton Junior School had been started by a seemingly innocent class literacy project. Teachers made up the story of an alien craft landing on the playing fields as part of a project to teach students newspaper report writing skills. Ninety Year 6 students were told about the alien visit, which took place on Tuesday night, in class on Wednesday morning. But some of the teachers forgot to reveal to students the story was untrue once classes finished, prompting them to go home and tell family and friends that aliens had made a fleeting night-time visit to the school. The rumour has spread through the village like wildfire, with everyone talking about the visit from outer space. The youngsters, aged 10 and 11, were told how school caretaker Steve Chard had been called to the school after the alarms went off at 11.15pm. When he arrived, he saw three large, still smouldering, circles in a triangle shape on the school field. Blobs of silver-coloured "alien matter" were also discovered at different locations around the field. Students heard reports of how television sets in local homes had blown up due to a power surge and some people had electricity supplies interrupted by the UFO. They were also told how Mr Chard, 44, cordoned off the area and informed the police. Village police community support officer Kate Turner was then called to the school to investigate the incident and talk to the children. The students were also shown a picture – allegedly captured by an eagle-eyed villager – of the saucer-shaped craft hovering over the school and beaming a bright shaft of light onto the playing fields. The Chinese whispers that followed even led to claims all the clocks in the village


had leapt forward an hour and all the televisions had changed channel simultaneously. The Evening Post received reports of the incident and contacted the school, only for it to be revealed the "visit" was an elaborate story, made up as part of a school project. Year 6 teacher Phil Okeden, who coordinated the event, said: "The students are learning newspaper report writing skills and the idea was to create a story for them to investigate and write about. "Steve and I set the scene and went out after school in the dark to create the circles on the field using a blow torch and lighter fluid. "We also made some alien matter out of solder and iron oxide, and dotted it around the area. "Steve created a picture of the spaceship on the computer and we asked our local PCSO to come in to school so she could talk to the students about the investigation and answer questions." The students will now put together a newspaper report about the incident as part of their coursework. Mr Okeden, 45, said: "Although not all of the students were convinced, most were. "I must admit I did forget to mention to students that the story was fabricated at the end of the lesson. "The whole project was aimed at stimulating young people to write. "All I can think is they went home and told family and friends, and that is how the story circulated. "We have never had any extraterrestrial visits to the school, so the story must have been pretty convincing." PCSO Turner said: "I can confirm that there was no alien landing at the school, but the children obviously believed the story. "Obviously we all told the tale far too well." The ‘X’ Zone Radio Show with your host Rob McConnell Celebrating 18 Years on Radio www.xzoneradiotv.com

Indie horror Paranormal Activity sparks complaints
CBC News
The low-budget horror film Paranormal Activity may have found wild success in North America, but it has sparked anger from parents and even some politicians in Italy. Emergency services personnel reported receiving dozens of calls from moviegoers suffering panic attacks sparked by the film, which debuted in Italian cinemas last weekend. The most severe incident involved a 14year-old girl who was hospitalized "in a state of paralysis," a spokesman told Italy's ANSA news agency. Presented as if it were actual amateur video footage, Paranormal Activity chronicles a young couple's attempt to record evidence of the supernatural presence haunting their home. Made by filmmaker Oren Peli for just $15,000 US, it has earned more than $100 million US since being widely released in 2009. Italian parents groups have criticized officials for not giving the film a rating that included age restrictions. They are calling for officials to allow only those over the age of 18 to watch it, citing similar restrictions for the film's release in North America and other countries, such as the U.K., Germany and The Netherlands. Paranormal Activity is also being promoted regularly on Italian television. "For the past two weeks [the movie's] trailer has been shown obsessively on TV and is terrifying thousands of children," Italian Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa told reporters. "It's a terrible thing," he said. "I took notice because my seven-year-old son told me, 'Daddy, I'm scared.' " Culture Minister Sandro Bondi said his office had been flooded with complaints about the film and that he was considering measures to protect children.

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Ethics of Planetary Exploration

The Ethics of Planetary Exploration and Colonization
By Robert Lamb
Humans are no strangers to ravaging the land, but the stars have proven a good deal more elusive. So far, our ethical concerns have remained limited to the contamination of extraterrestrial environments, but what will the future bring? Last night I attended a lecture by Jesuit Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, a U.S. research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory. He gave a very engaging talk about the ethics of exploration and planetary astronomy, touching on two particularly noteworthy items: Asteroid Mining Can you put a price tag on an asteroid? Sure you can. We know of roughly 750 S-class asteroids with a diameter of at least 1 kilometer. Many of these pass as near to the Earth as our own moon -- close enough to reach via spacecraft. As a typical asteroid is 10 percent metal, Brother Consolmango estimates that such an asteroid would contain 1 billion metric tons of iron. That's as much as we mine out of the globe every year, a supply worth trillions and trillions of dollars. Subtract the tens of billions it would cost to exploit such a rock, and you still have a serious profit on your hands. But is this ethical? Brother Consolmango asked us to ponder whether such an asteroid harvest would drastically disrupt the economies of resource-exporting nations. What would happen to most of Africa? What would it do to the cost of iron ore? And what about refining and manufacturing? If we spend the money to harvest iron in space, why not outsource the other related processes as well? Imagine a future in which solar-powered robots toil in lunar or orbital factories. "On the one hand, it's great," Brother Consolmango said. "You've now taken all of this dirty industry off the surface of the Earth. On the other hand, you've put a whole lot of people out of work. If you've got a robot doing the mining, why not another robot doing the manufacturing? And now you've just put all of China out of work. What are the ethical implications of this kind of major shift?" Brother Consolmango also stressed that we have the technology to begin such a shift today; we'd just need the economic and political will to do it. Will our priorities change as Earthbound resources become more and more scarce? Terraforming Most of our planetary colonization dreams revolve around changing the environments of other worlds to cater to our own astronomically particular needs. Seriously, imagine if the Smoking Gun posted humanity's tour rider for visiting other worlds. What utter divas we are! As the alternative of changing ourselves to inhabit other worlds is largely unexplored, we have to ponder the far-future

ethics of terraforming another planet. Specifically, Brother Consolmango mentioned the idea of taking material from a cclass asteroid or a Martian moon and spreading it over Mars' pole caps. In theory, this feat would create the sort of drastic global warming we're hoping to avoid on Earth. Coated with dust, the poles would then absorb even more solar radiation than before, causing them to heat up and release carbon dioxide. Atmospheric pressure would increase. The resulting greenhouse effect could possibly raise temperatures to facilitate stabilized liquid water. This could lead to lakes, oxygen and a successful seeding of plant life. Eventually, Arnold Schwarzenegger would be able to take his space helmet off without his eyeballs exploding. But what are the ethics of this (the terraforming, not the eyeball thing)? What if Mars already contains hidden life? Might the origins of life on Earth trail back to the red planet as well? Thoroughly contaminate everything and we might erase all trace of what was. And the past isn't the only thing potentially at stake. "Here's a deeper question," Brother Consolmango said. "What if there is no life on Mars or Titan or some other place we're going to go to, but all the ingredients are there, such that at some future time life could exist. The potentiality of life is there and, by terraforming it, we're aborting that possibility. Under what circumstances is that an ethical thing to do?"

Believe it or not - UFO speculation ramps up
www.heraldsun.com.au UFO believers are claiming new footage released onto YouTube shows an extraterrestrial object either entering or leaving Earth. According to the anonymous researcher who uploaded the video, the unusual cloud

formation in Mexico could be caused by a UFO wormhole. "AMAZING FOOTAGE shows what may have been a U.F.O. ENTERING or LEAVING our EARTH," the YouTube entry reads. "Location as stated on the original posting is that of MEXICO. Stand by for further information." But going by some comments posted on the You Tube page, some viewers remain to be convinced. "I do believe the phenomenon you speak of is called a ... cloud." The Mexico footage follows similar unusual cloud formations which many claim are caused by UFOs. Spectacular footage from Indonesia shows clouds, formed in a dish shape, full of sun. The footage - filmed in January this year - follows similar reports from Russia. Scientists say the unusual formations are Lenticular clouds, which form at high altitudes.

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Mike M Joseph - www.mikemjoseph.com


All religions believe in an afterlife existence – immediately after death. All believe in the immortality of the soul. Some believe in reincarnation. Jews, Christians, and Muslims believe that good people will go to Heaven, evil ones will go to Hell. Many devout Jews pray to their Saints in Heaven. Catholics pray to their Saints, especially to Mary -- “The Queen of Heaven.” Protestants pray to their loved ones in Heaven. Devout Muslims believe that their Prophet Muhammad ascended up to Heaven from Jerusalem. They regard this city as the third holiest place to Islam. As a consequence, much of the Jew/Arab conflict centers over the holiness of the City to both Jews and Muslims -- and the alleged “Temple Mount” true location. Fanatic Muslim terrorists believe the road to Paradise as Shahids, immediately after death, must be paved over the body parts of their indiscriminate victims. According to Iran’s president, Ahmadinejad, the purpose of the revolution and nuclear Iran is to prepare for the imminent return of the Mahdi, the twelfth Imam. Hence Israel must be destroyed, the West must be subjugated, and the rest of the world must submit to the coming Mahdi’s “reign of peace on earth.” If the belief in an afterlife -- immediately after death -- is true, then both the Bible and the Qur’an should fully confirm it in plain words. But what if they, instead, contradict it? What if God, Jesus, and Muhammad are not the source of this doctrine? What if the doctrine of an afterlife immediately after death is a hoax? What if man has no immortal soul? In the pages of this book, the unbiased reader will discover the real story about the afterlife, the true destiny of humanity, the true location of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and its link to the afterlife.

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

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



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Dr. Doug Rokke on Depleted Uranium

Former Director of the U.S. Army's Depleted Uranium Project reveals toxic effects of America's Military Operations
Dr. Doug Rokke, PhD.
After more than 5 years of unprovoked and unjustified war in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, and Somalia the use of uranium weapons -- the perfect "dirty bomb" and consequent destruction of each nation's infrastructure, has released all kinds of toxic materials turning these nations into a toxic wastelands. Consequently the number of casualties continues to escalate while U.S. and British officials arrogantly refuse to comply with their own regulations, orders, and directives that require provide prompt and effective medical care to "all" exposed individuals and to clean up all environmental contamination . Reference: Medical Management of Unusual Depleted Uranium Casualties, DOD, Pentagon, 10/14/93, Medical Management of Army personnel Exposed to Depleted Uranium (DU) Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Command 29 April 2004, U.S. Army Regulation- AR 700-48: "Management of Equipment Contaminated With Depleted Uranium or Radioactive Commodities" (Headquarters, Department Of The Army, Washington, D.C., September 2002) and U.S. Army Technical Bulletin- TB 9-1300-278: "Guidelines For Safe Response To Handling, Storage, And Transportation Accidents Involving Army Tank Munitions Or Armor Which Contain Depleted Uranium" (Headquarters, Department Of The Army, Washington, D.C., JULY 1996). While uranium weapons contamination remains and will remain a serious hazard and can't be cleaned up the hazardous materials that have been dispersed throughout these regions intensifies the adverse health and environmental effects. The extent of adverse health and environmental effects of uranium weapons contamination is not limited to combat zones in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan but includes facilities and sites where uranium weapons were manufactured or tested including Vieques; Puerto Rico; Colonie, New York; Concord, MA; Jefferson Proving Grounds, Indiana; and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Therefore medical care must be provided by the United States Department of Defense officials to all individuals affected by the manufacturing, testing, and/or use of uranium munitions and for consequent exposures to all of the hazardous materials released as result of combat operations. If we hope to prevent long term adverse health and environmental effects thorough environmental remediation also must be completed without further delay. Although, we can never return affected areas to prewar pristine conditions we must take immediate actions to mitigate the hazards.

I am amazed that seventeen years after was I asked to clean-up the initial uranium weapons mess from Gulf War 1 and that over twelve years since I finished the depleted uranium project that United States Department of Defense officials and others still attempt to justify uranium munitions use. How can the leaders of the United States and England claim to be acting to provide "freedom" to the citizens of nations we invaded, and now occupy, when their actions have caused millions of casualties and extensive environmental contamination? I am dismayed that Department of Defense and Department of Energy officials and their representatives continue personal attacks aimed to silence or discredit those of us who are demanding that medical care be provided to all casualties and that environmental remediation is completed. A review of available casualty data such as "Analysis of VA Health Care Utilization Among U.S. Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Veterans Operation Enduring Freedom Operation Iraqi Freedom VHA Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards October 2007," reveals that over 263,000 American military personnel have been diagnosed with medical problems that are related to toxic exposures including food and water contamination. A review of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War Veterans Information system 'GWVIS' May 2007 report reveals that out of 696,842 Americans who participated in Gulf War 1 as of May 30, 2007 only 620,266 are still alive and that at least 280,623 of those left alive have applied for lifetime medical care because exposures to battlefield toxins. Sadly United States leaders did not learn and consequently a review of the same casualty data reveals that as of May 30, 2007 out of the 1,129,340 American military personnel who deployed to the Gulf only 963,083 remain alive while at least 407,911 individuals have applied for lifetime medical care. According to casualty data published in the recent issues of a Army Times at least 29,395 Americans have been wounded in action

(WIA) and at least 4000 have no been killed in action (KIA). Obviously the majority of all casualties are classified as "disease and nonbattle injuries" (DNBI) and unrelated to actual combat actions but are related to the complex toxic exposures. While Army Times editors report that 89,360 Iraqis have been killed other estimates range from 600,00 to more than 1 million. The number of Iraqi and other casualties who would be classified as disease and non battle injuries remains elusive but must be proportional to United States DNBI casualties. These numbers are staggering and can never be justified . Verified medical problems include: Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Malignant Neoplasms, Benign Neoplasms, Diseases of Endocrine/Nutritional/ Metabolic Systems, Diseases of Blood and Blood Forming Organs, Mental Disorders, Diseases of Nervous System/ Sense Organs, Diseases of Circulatory System, Disease of Respiratory System, Disease of Digestive System, Diseases of Genitourinary System, Diseases of Skin, Diseases of Musculoskeletal System/Connective System, Symptoms, Signs and Ill Defined Conditions, and Injury/Poisonings. Beyond these diagnosed medical problems we must look at what will happen in the future because of extensive air, water, soil, and food contamination. It is obvious that war with the use of today's weapons such as uranium weapons and consequent releases of complex toxic materials causing immediate and eternal adverse health and environmental effects can no longer be justified. Consequently, it is imperative the President of the United States ensures: 1. medical care for all casualties; 2. thorough environmental remediation; 3. immediate cessation of retaliation against all of us who demand compliance with medical care and environmental remediation requirements; 4. and United States military personnel cease the already illegal the use (UN finding) of depleted uranium munitions. Continued on Page 39

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Dr. Doug Rokke on Depleted Uranium
Former Director of the U.S. Army's Depleted Uranium Project reveals toxic effects of America's Military Operations
Continued from Page 38
ABOUT DR. DOUG ROKKE Oversight Board; and local, state, and federal law enforcement, fire, and medical agencies. He has been an advisor and on-screen expert for numerous television documentaries on effects of nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare and depleted uranium with CBS; ABC; NBC, CNN, History Channel; A & E; PBS; Discovery channel, BBC; CBC; Gary Null & Associates; the Power Hour; and German, French, Japanese, Australian, Italian, Spanish, and Greek television networks. Dr. Rokke has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental science, environmental engineering, nuclear physics, and emergency management and was a staff physicist at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign for 19 years (retired from UIUC). He has also taught elementary school, middle school, and high school. Doug is included in "Who's Who in America" and was recently nominated for "Who's Who in the World" and is included in "Who's Who in Science and Engineering" because his continued efforts and recognition as a national and international expert and educator. Major Rokke has been subjected to ongoing retaliation from Department of Defense officials who do not want information regarding actual adverse health and environmental effects of uranium weapons and their mandatory but ignored requirements to provide medical care to all casualties and to clean up all environmental contamination. To learn more abut Dr. Doug Rokke and Depleted Uranium, visit:


most on record.) * Napoleon Bonaparte, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt all feared the number 13. * In 1959, Harvey Haddix became the first pitcher to throw 12 perfect innings - and then he lost the game in the 13th. * Apollo 13 was launched at 13:13, military time. The astronauts aborted the mission and turned back to Earth on Friday, April 13. * Black Sabbath released its self-titled first album in February 1970...on Friday the 13th. * Cost to U.S. economy when superstitious people stay at home on Friday the 13th: $800 million. * Although DVDs are the same size as CDs, a DVD can store 13 times as much data.

* In the United States, the first day of winter is on the 21st of 22nd of December. But in Australia, it's between June 20 and June 23. * On average, winters in Europe were colder just a few hundred years ago. In fact, London's river Thames sometimes froze completely during the winter, and between the 1400s and 1800s, Londoners held festivals called "frost fairs" on the ice. * So much snow falls in the Japanese Alps during the winter that most buildings have entrances on their second stories. * People have been building snowmen since the Middle Ages. * Largest ice-sculpting festival in the world: the World Ice Championships, held every March in Fairbanks, Alaska. * The legend of Jack Frost, probably originated with the Vikings. * Symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder); excessive sleeping. tiredness, depression, and physical aches. * Winter skating rinks in Moscow, Russia, cover more than 26,000 square feet. * MOTHER IN MOURNING: According to ancient Greek mythology, winter began because Hades, god of the underworld, kidnapped Persephone, the daughter of the earth goddess Demeter. Eventually, Hades and Demeter worked out a deal where Persephone spent six months aboveground with her mother and six months below with Hades. But during the six months Persephone was away, Demeter became so depressed that she prevented plants and crops from growing, thus causing winter.

Doug Rokke earned his B.S. in Physics at Western Illinois University followed by his M.S. and Ph.D. in physics and technology education at the University of Illinois. His military career has spanned 4 decades to include combat duty during the Vietnam War and Gulf War 1. Doug served as a member of the 3rd U.S. Army Medical Command's Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) teaching, medical response, and special operations team, the 3rd U.S. Army captured equipment project team, and with the 3rd U.S. Army Depleted Uranium Assessment team during Gulf War 1(Operation Desert Storm). He was the U.S. Army's Depleted Uranium Project director from 1994 - 1995. He developed the congressionally mandated education and training materials and wrote U.S. Army Regulation 700-48, the U.S. Army PAM 700-48, and the U.S. Army's common task for DU incidents. Doug has taught nuclear, biological and chemical warfare, hazardous materials, and emergency medicine for over 20 years to both civilian and military personnel. Dr. Rokke was one of the original authors of the 1982 EDRAT (Emergency Disaster Response Assistance Team) proposal which formed the foundation for today's National Guard CSD teams and the Illinois CERT Teams. In preparation for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, he wrote and taught the original Chemical / Biological Counterterrorism Course for civilian emergency responders that is now the federal 120 city and Department of Justice course then served on the emergency response team located at Bermingham, Alabama . Dr. Rokke serves or has served as an advisor with the U.S. Centers of Disease Control; U.S. Department of Defense; U.S. National Academy of Sciences; U.S. Institute of Medicine; U.S Senate; U.S. House of Representatives; U.S. Department of Transportation; U.S. Federal Aviation Administration; U.S. Department of Defense; U.S. General Accounting Office; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; British Royal Society; British House of Lords and House of Commons; United Nations; U.S. President William J. Clinton's Presidential Special

* Mark Twin was born in 1835, a year that Halley's Comet was visible from Earth. As an adult, he predicted he would also die in a year that the comet made an appearance, He did in 1910. * Hair and fingernails do not grow after death. Skin recedes, making them appear longer. * In 1995, inmates on death row in Texas protested because the state had banned smoking in prisons. * "Old age" hasn't been allowed on death certificates in the United States as the official cause of death since 1951. * Thornton's Mortuary in Atlanta, Georgia, opened the first drive-through funeral parlour in 1968. Mourners drove past a large window, through which they could see the deceased. * After her husband died in 1861, Queen Victoria slept with a portrait of him on the pillow next to her.

* Bottlenose dolphins don't sleep at all until they're one month old. And they do not nap, they always keep one eye open. * The blue whale's tongue weighs as much as an adult female brown bear. * Sea otters sometimes tie themselves together with kelp to avoid being separated while they sleep. * Humans are responsible for the deaths of as many as 73 million sharks every year. * Sea Slugs can have as many as 25,000 teeth.ir. * There are at least 34 shark species in the Gulf of Mexico.

* The number 13 is considered to be lucky in China because its symbol resembles one that means "must be alive." * In 1941, Joe DiMaggio struck out only 13 times. (In contrast, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard struck out 199 times in 2007, the

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UFOs In Mainstream Media
of the reports in the latest file describe UFOs as big, black and triangular, whereas reports from the 1940s and '50s tended to be about saucers or disc-shaped objects, they said. "In the 1950s the next big leap in technology was thought to be a round craft that took off vertically, and it's intriguing to note that this is the same period when people began to report seeing 'flying saucers' in the sky," said David Clarke, author of a book called The UFO Files and a journalism lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. He pointed out that in the years covered by the latest file release, triangle-shaped U.S. stealth bombers and Aurora spy planes featured heavily on TV shows like "The X-Files" and movies like Independence Day. "It's impossible to prove a direct link between what people are reading and watching and what they report as UFOs, but one interpretation could be that the latest advances in technology may be influencing what people see in the sky," he said. A craving for chocolate may have influenced another sighting, that of a "Toblerone-shaped" UFO hovering over Annandale, Scotland, in July 1994. The Toblerone is a triangular-shaped Swiss chocolate candy bar. The files include a sketch of the object, which showed it as 35-40 feet long and about 20 feet wide. It hovered silently about 10 feet above a field with no lights and was "observed for at least 40 minutes," the report said. The release also contains several incidents involving UFOs and aircraft, such as a near-miss that happened in January 1995 when a British Airways Boeing 737 was approaching Manchester airport. The captain and a crew member saw the object, but an investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority failed to identify it, the report said. An airliner near Glasgow Airport saw white and red flashing lights in December 1996, but the report simply concluded there was no RAF activity in the area at the time. besides feeling ill (he) was very frightened." The newly released files span 6,000 pages and cover the period 1994 to 2000. They were released alongside another file dating back to 1952 which showed then British prime minister Winston Churchill requesting a briefing on UFOs from his secretary of state for air. "What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to? What can it mean? What is the truth? Let me have a report at your convenience," he wrote. In the reply, Churchill was told that alleged UFO sightings could be explained by earthly phenomena such as optical illusions, mistaken identification of planes, birds and balloons and deliberate hoaxes. The more recent files detailed reams of other UFO spottings. A policeman said he saw one flying over Chelsea Football Club's Stamford Bridge ground in southwest London in 1999, while a man in Birmingham, central England, saw a blue triangle hovering over his garden late one night in 1997. That alleged alien craft flew off quickly, leaving behind a "silky-white" substance on nearby treetops which the man collected in a jam jar. One UFOlogist, David Clarke of Sheffield Hallam University in northern England, said the latest files showed how the shape of reported flying saucers had changed in recent decades. This could be linked to sci-fi television shows and films like "The X Files" and "Independence Day", he said. "One interpretation could be that the latest advances in technology may be influencing what people see in the sky," he said.

Britain releases new UFO files
London, England (CNN) -- A hovering Toblerone and a silky-white residue join nearmisses and strange lights in the British government's latest release of its files on UFO sightings. Made public Thursday, the files are the fifth collection of records about unidentified flying objects to be released by the Ministry of Defence and The National Archives as part of a project to open the files up to a wider audience. Thursday's release is the largest so far, totaling more than 6,000 pages of material from 1994 to 2000. The files include a sighting by a man in Birmingham, England, in March 1997. He said he came home from work at 4 a.m. to see a large blue triangle-shaped craft hovering over his back garden. It was silent but caused dogs in the neighborhood to bark, the report said. It "shot off and disappeared" after about three minutes, the report said, leaving behind a "silky-white substance" on the treetops, some of which he saved in a jar. It was not clear what happened to the jar and its contents. Another document, from January 1997, is about a man driving home through south Wales one night when he saw "a 'tube of light' coming down from the sky," which at first seemed like a "massive star" coming toward him. The man's mobile phone and car radio failed, the report said, and the man got out of his car and was able to walk through the light. It said he got back in his car but started feeling sick, and he soon developed a skin condition for which he had to see a doctor. His car was left covered in dirt and dust, the report said. Other reports are about sightings by groups of people, including one from August 1997 in which five members of a fishing trawler in the North Sea reported seeing a round, flat, shiny object hovering in the sky. They saw it both with the naked eye and through binoculars, with the report noting, "witness very skeptical of UFOs." They tracked the object on their radar for several seconds before it vanished, the report said. Police officers in Boston, England, and Skegness -- both on England's east coast, caught a UFO on video at the same time that the Royal Air Force (RAF) detected an "unidentified blip" on their radar, the files show. It happened in October 1996, when the officers saw "strange rotating red, blue, green and white flashing lights in the sky," the report said. A ship in The Wash, a bay near Boston, also saw the lights, and at the same time RAF air defense radars picked up the blip over Boston, the report said. Press coverage of the incident led the RAF to look into the lights, later identifying some as stars and bright planets, and attributing the radar blip to a "permanent echo" created by a nearby church spire. The release highlights how the reported shapes of UFOs have changed during the past half-century, the National Archives said. Many

Virginia Legislature Bans Microchip Implants as “Mark of The Beast”
Requiring individuals to have medical implants placed under their skin isn’t just a potential violation of someone’s civil rights—it’s downright satanic. Republican Mark Cole, a member of Virginia’s House of Delegates, is sponsoring legislation that would prevent employers or insurance companies from forcing people to get implants because he thinks the microchips could amount to the Antichrist’s “mark of the beast” mentioned in the Bible. “My understanding—I’m not a theologian—but there’s a prophecy in the Bible that says you’ll have to receive a mark, or you can neither buy nor sell things in end times,” Cole told The Washington Post. “Some people think these computer chips might be that mark.” Some of Cole’s colleagues in the Virginia legislature have been left shaking their heads over the idea. Democrat Robert Brink compared the concern to the likelihood of asteroids striking the earth or giant alligators roaming underground sewers. He also said that California’s legislature passed a similar ban, and that alone was reason enough for Virginia to avoid doing the same thing. “If Virginia is starting to use California as our legislative role model, it’s a sign that our legislative apocalypse has arrived,” Brink told the Free LanceStar.

Churchill demanded UFO briefing: secret files
LONDON — Hundreds of UFO sightings by Britons, including one who developed a skin condition after a supernatural encounter, emerged in files out Thursday which also show Winston Churchill's interest in the issue. The most unusual of the newly declassified Ministry of Defence files tells how a man in Ebbw Vale, south Wales, claimed his car was surrounded for five minutes by a "tube of light" in 1997. The man, who reported the incident to police, was sick the next day and also developed a mysterious skin condition. "First sighting seemed like a massive star moving towards the car," the previously top secret police report said. "Having stopped the car and switched the lights off, the light encircled the car, remaining for perhaps five minutes. "(The man) was able to walk through the light which was very bright. There was no sound, no aircraft or helicopter noise, and

Nevertheless, Cole’s bill was approved by the House of Delegates last week.

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Alien Life Already Among Us?
Alien life already among us and hiding in plain sight?
Rich Dahlquist www.abc15.com
TEMPE, AZ -- Look all around us at the abundance of life here on Earth and it must make you wonder if we're the only ones in this universe that can think and communicate with each other. There are many in the science field that think we're just one small piece in a larger puzzle. The signs are not just here on Earth but flying above us all the time. Believers say the well-known "Phoenix lights" phenomenon from 1997 is just one example of extra-terrestrial life. Dr. Lynne Kitei, author of The Phoenix Lights, tell us that any of the sightings that are happening now and around the world are being compared to the historic Phoenix lights. People continue looking to the skies for other signs of life, but one local award-winning physicist believes it's already living among us. Dr. Paul Davies, an Arizona State University physicist known for his popular science writing, says, "We know Earth and Mars have exchanged material over the years and it's easy to imagine a microbe hitching a ride in a rock through space and going from one planet to the other. I think it's inevitable that if there was life on Mars in the past it would have come to Earth and vice versa." Dr. Davies has long studied the microbial realm. He explains that because less than 1 percent of microbes have been studied, the key to finding outside life lies in the unexplored microbes living here on Earth. "If we go back, it's those primitive life forms that the scientific community thinks might have given rise to larger multi-cellular life forms like ourselves," Davies said. Darwin's idea of the tree of life begins with a trunk and then branching out into many, many different species. Davies is proposing that in addition to the tree of life, there may be another tree. Maybe there are a whole lot of different trees, perhaps the story of life on Earth is a forest. He believes that life didn't arise from one source of DNA, but from a variety of DNA at various times in our history. He's conducting studies to prove it has been here the whole time -- if we redefine our concept of life. "I'm not proposing that these other forms of life are radically different. It would still be made of the same elements, in particular carbon, the life-giving element, would be essential to this other form of life," Davies explained. "But the molecules would just be put together in a different way. We thought to look whether among the vast microbial realm, some of those little bugs might be an alternative form of life. Now we can call them alien life, not because they come from space like they might've done, but simply because they represent a separate origin," he said. Whether we want to look under a rock or up to the night sky there is still a lot of unexplained phenomena, but finding it might require expanding our minds beyond conventional thinking. Dr. Kitei says, "Just because we can't see these tiny living organisms or electromagnetic energy, radio waves or TV waves, doesn't mean that they're not real. We may just be looking on the AM dial for an FM frequency."


Government to combat online fraud with £4.5m cyber team
Concerned about the fact nobody has ever been convicted of internet fraud by UK authorities, the Government is putting together a new team whose job it is to tackle online fraud in Britain. The “cyber enforcement team” will be set up as part of a £4.5m investment project by the government over a period of three years to tackle, among other things, internet and email scams. Internet fraud is estimated to cost the UK economy £3.5bn per year and, to give an idea of the persistent nature of the cons, recent research by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) found 73 per cent of adults had received a scam email in the past year. 10 per cent of these (more than four million people) admitted they had responded to a scam email. Whilst almost a half of those who responded to a scam lost more than £50, 5 per cent were unfortunate enough to have lost more than £5,000. Speaking on the reasoning behind the cyber enforcement team investment consumer minister Kevin Brennan commented: “The internet is rapidly transforming the way we shop. It presents massive opportunities for consumers, but unfortunately it also harbours fraudsters who can leave consumers upset and out of pocket.” Common scams highlighted by the government included fake concert or football ticket sellers as well as fraudulent charity collectors. Speaking to the BBC trading standards officer John Peerless reiterated how difficult it is to identify the criminals behind online scams. Even after suspicious website are closed down he pointed out many end up reappearing under a different name within a matter of hours. As well as combating online fraud the £4.5m funding the government’s cyber enforcement team will also be used to track down legitimate sites that fail to offer customers the right to obtain refunds if they are unhappy with their purchase.

US Jury Convicts Nigerian on Wire Fraud Charges
Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service
A 31-year-old Nigerian man could face up to 20 years in prison after being convicted Tuesday of charges related to running advance free fraud scams for five years, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Okpako Mike Diamreyan lived in Nigeria, Ghana and the U.S. between August 2004 and August 2009, running scams that involved sending e-mails and making phones calls in order to perpetrate advance free fraud (AFF). The scams try to entice victims into sending money with the false promise they'll receive a greater sum of money in the future. Diamreyan posed as a government or bank official, sending fake documents to victims in order to persuade them to send money via money transfer services such as Western Union. Prosecutors alleged "numerous" victims sent money to Diamreyan, both directly and indirectly. Diamreyan is scheduled for sentencing in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut on May 7. He could also face a fine of $250,000 for each of three wire fraud counts, the DOJ said. Advance fee fraud scams have existed for many years, but fraudsters have been able to canvas an ever-increasing number of people using spam e-mail. The type of scam is also known as 419 fraud, named after part of the Nigerian criminal code that deals with fraud. Advance fee frauds are believed to be a multi-billion dollar industry, but prosecutions are rare. Technology companies such as Microsoft and Yahoo have filed some lawsuits due to the use of their brands in a version of the scam that falsely informs potential victims they've won a lottery run by the companies. The top three countries for AFF losses in 2009 were the U.S. at $2.1 billion, U.K. at $1.2 billion and China at $936 million, according to figures released last month by Ultrascan, a Dutch private investigations company. The figures are estimates based only on the cases Ultrascan has seen, and the actual fraud figures are likely much higher, according to Ultrascan. The ‘X’ Zone Radio & TV Show with Rob McConnell www.xzoneradiotv.com

Lottery scam costs woman $370
An elderly Cleveland woman fell victim to a scam that cost her $370. The Rowan County Sheriff's Office reported the woman received a call notifying her she had won $1.3 million. The caller told her she had to pay taxes in order to collect the winnings. On Feb. 11, the woman sent $275 by Western Union to an address specified by the caller. Two days later, the caller insisted she send $370 via Western Union for immediate pickup. Capt. John Sifford said that soon after she sent the second payment, the woman's sister told her she had been scammed. The woman then went to Western Union and attempted to get her money back. She was able to get the initial payment of $275, which had not been delivered.The payment of $370 was already gone.Sifford warned everyone to be wary of schemes on the Internet or by phone promising large amounts of money while asking for taxes or some type of fee to be paid.

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Dr Nader Pourhassan, PhD
The Corruption of Moslem Minds and God's Scripture: A Faithful Comparison


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

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

www.ChristianMuslim.org www.Koran-TruthorLie.com

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The Exodus Revelation

The Exodus Revelation