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Vol. 16, No 01 ISSN-1499-8599 / ISSN-1499-8602 REL-MAR McCONNELL MEDIA COMPANY January 2011
Psychics Missed Another World Changing Event The Crisis In Egypt!
By Rob McConnell
At the beginning of December 2010, I had invited psychics to send me their predictions for 2011, which they ever so willingly did. Below are the unedited predictions of one psychic who has been featured on radio and television shows throughout North America, including mine, The 'X' Zone Radio Show: PREDICTIONS FOR 2011: - 2011 begins on a positive note, although we will have a severe, long winter. One of the main concerns for 2011 will be the constant environmental changes. Fires, fires, and more fires begin in the spring months. Also, many will endure severe water problems, and California will seem like it is all but slipping into the ocean. The environment where there is much rainfall will bring in a new body fungus growing on people. This is from the constant
moisture and contaminated, stagnant water. - The Mississippi River will flood as well as the Missouri River, and the land mass change will brings these two bodies of water together, as one river flow. It will seem as if the United States has been cut down the middle. - Expect another rainy spring and a hot, hot summer. - Last year I spoke about earthquakes in New England, focusing on the Vermont, New Hampshire, Canadian border, and the St. Lawrence River. This action began in late 2010, and continues into 2011. Expect more intense eruptions throughout 2011. - The economy seems to be coming back, and the housing market will see an upward swing for the first nine months of 2011, but changes come after September. - Because of these earth changes, as well as the political scene, there will be much political unrest in 2011, and we can expect city strikes, demonstrations, and public outbreaks. A new Army and armed forces will come into being. Soldiers in gray uniforms will cover the streets in the cities and countryside as well. These will not be all American soldiers, but international, perhaps springing out of the UN. This is the beginning of The New World Order and a police state, but will be disguised as an economic move because most of our soldiers are overseas. - Obama is embarrassed in early 2011, as he places people in office that have not been properly vetted or cleared. He will not run for office in 2012, even though many think he will at this time. - A woman is the focus of the news in January and February, perhaps extending into March. There are three possibilities, and they all may occur at this timing: 1) Lindsay Lohen may
pass away because of her drug use. 2) Problems with Kate and William, although I do see the wedding coming off, there is disruption and disharmony beforehand. 3) Hillary Clinton tosses her pretty blond head and walks away from the Secretary of State position – very soon. Make no mistake—the Clintons are the ones who have the power here, not Obama. Hillary has to distance herself from this administration, as it beings to flap and fail, because she will run for President in 2012 and WIN. Also, the 2012 election will involve two women running against each other. - The United States will go to war with Iran sometime in 2011, perhaps in the fall months. All they need is the slightest provocation. - The public’s attention is being diverted from the real world problems. Terrorism is not the top problematic force here, but the activities of China and Russia. These two countries will ban together and will try, and perhaps succeed, in destroying our dollar and financial system. They are the true threat, and plan to make China’s dollar the strongest in the world by 2015. - Expect to see North Korea bomb China and Japan, and perhaps a few other Asian countries in 2011. - Some cities will be bombed soon, and they are not the one’s you’d expect. Seattle, Jacksonville, Fl., Atlanta, Albuquerque, and other areas where our nuclear and space research centers are located. These will be small, nuclear bombs, so begin to prepare. - Expect a food and water shortage: Prices will rise extensively for fruits and vegetables. Continued on Page 2
Psychics Missed The Crisis in Egypt!
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- Gas an oil prices will rise and it may become prohibitive to travel over the summer months. The best way to travel will be Amtrak, and the country will decide it needs to improve its train services, much like Europe has. - Say good-by to the natural cotton fibre because pure cotton will cost more than cashmere, and be impossible to locate. We all will have synthetic fabrics forced on us. - The banks? Over 100 banks are in deep trouble as I write this. The ACORN group caused this problem, and people cannot pay back their mortgage debts. This continues, even though the job market will rally a bit in 2011. - Expect to see a large drop in the Stock Market between March and May of 2011. - 2011 will be remembered as the Year of Pestilence, as a strange, large insect begins to attack humans because of the environmental changes. This insect will act like a mad wasp. - There will be disruptive weather across the world in 2011. Volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and earthquakes. - Argentina – has found the cure for cancer and will be criticized for this. Also, Argentina has discovered a new colonization deep within the Amazon Jungles that cannot be easily reached, if at all. This colony of people seem to have some supernatural powers. - Some strange UFO sightings come out of Peru, and Peru may be the first country to acknowledge our Sister Galaxies and the reality of UFO’s. - An antibiotic being worked on could kill the scientists working on the project. - A high-altitude mountain crumbles without warning, could be in India or Tibet. - Parents can begin to plan the sex of their unborn child because of new genetics. - There will be a new focus on body building and physical fitness, especially those between 20 and 35, because of some new wars. People will be encouraged to work out, and eat some new, body building foods. - What’s positive? Better school systems with improved food, major healing discoveries in medicine, a longer life span, and a new colony on Mars, finding out if Mars can support life – all in 2011. - A deeper spiritual reality is desired, as people begin to plan their lives, focused on looking inside. Alternative medicine and healing techniques will be on the rise, accepted, and become more mainstream because they WORK! People become healthier and live longer. However, not one of the psychics that we have had on The 'X' Zone Radio Show since 1993, some who claim to work with law enforcement, psychics that claim to be psychic to the stars and the rich and the famous, others who do telephone psychic readings giving the desperate members of society guidance in their daily life, love life and careers, predicted the crisis in Egypt which started on this week January 25 2011. (Continued on Page 3)
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Psychics Miss The Crisis In Egypt!
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The same psychics missed the tragedy in the shopping center in Tucson, Arizona where 6 people were killed and 12 others wounded by including Representative Gabrielle Gifford by Jared Lee Loughner; the terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001; the major earthquake in Haiti in 2010; the Shuttle Challenger disaster; the problems of Apollo 13; and the Christmas 2009 terrorist attack on an aircraft destined for the United States. So, how can anyone ever take what these people say as serious? What does this tell us about the state of our society when people have to spend their hard earned money on psychic-babble from these self professed seers of the future? I find it amazing that psychic-babble means so much to so many - and yet, these psychic-babblers are guiding people through what are the darkest hours of their lives without any psychological training whatsoever, potentially causing serious psychological damage to the people who call for their psychicbabble. How can those responsible for the well being of the members of society allow members of the psychic community to continue their pseudo-trade? There are laws in place for legitimate professional members of the medical and mental health community as well as strict educational guidelines before they can practice their profession. Yet, all it takes for members of the psychic community to ply their trade is a website and their ability to bilk callers of their hard earned cash electronically. I believe it is time that psychic are shut down - this would include psychics, channelers, mediums, tarot card readers, palmists and others who claim to have the ability to predict the future by any means whatsoever. Over the many years of covering psychic fairs and expositions, I have watched people go from reader, to reader, to reader, to reader, handing out their hard earned money, hoping to find happiness, love and success through the psychic-babble that these white collar criminals spew out. If these people were truly psychic, would they not all see the very same future for the person that they are reading for? Another question that I have never received an answer to from members of the psychic / reader community who take the money of those they read for is whether or not they claim their psychic revenue on their income tax? That is one question they are never willing to answer. Then, there are the questions that I always ask that they never have answers too : 1. What are the winning lottery numbers? 2. What is the next stock that will split? 3. Where can the next major gold find be located? 4. Who assassinated JFK? 5. Where is the body Jimmy Hoffa? 6. Where is the Holy Grail? 7. Where will extraterrestrials finally land? I do not believe that those who actually spew psychic-babble are any more psychically gifted than my two dogs Maddie and Nikkita! O ver the past 20 years of hosting The 'X' Zone Radio Show, I have had predictions from some of the most well known psychics and not one of the readings that I have received over the years has ever been accurate. I have not identified the psychics in this article for I do not want to give them any publicity whatsoever. Hmmm.... I wonder how many of the psychics around the world are actually receiving psychic impressions that I am writing this very article about their psychic-babble? My psychic prediction is... wait... I am getting a vision... I am receiving a message from the other side... let me check my horoscope... I am looking at the lines in my palms... my tarot cards say... NOT ONE! For The 'X' Zone Radio & TV Show and The 'X' Chronicles Newspaper, I am Rob McConnell. For more information on Rob McConnell, please visit his website at www.xzoneradiotv.com. You can listen to The 'X' Zone Radio Show podcasts at www.xzonepodcast.com. Email Rob at email@example.com. that. An historian can see that, too, but he or she might just chalk it up to an interesting coincidence. Mr. Mubarak also is in a personal Saturn Return which means it's time for him to move on. Yet, with this knowledge, one must still know where to look for information in order to apply that knowledge. Astrologers, however, have once more Ace up their sleeves.On January 4, 2011 there was a total eclipse that was visible over northern Africa. The path of total, visible solar eclipses denote geopolitical hot-spots. That means that Lybia, Algeria and Saudi Arabia may yet 'catch on fire.' I am not an Astrologer, and Astrologers, as a rule are not psychics. There are different tools available to us to elicit different types of information - you can hit a nail with a shovel, but you'll have much more satisfying results using a hammer. That said, there are a lot of fakes out there, so as always, caveat emptor. Perhaps this has cleared up some issues for you. Doctors, accountants, retailers and everyone in the world with a profession are all practicing all the time. On us. Everyone is at a different level of proficiency in their calling, and yet, all of us learn something new every day in that regard. Psychics are far from omniscient. If we were, the world would be a different place, and psychics would be the Bill Gates' of the world. It's that quality of having to jump into someone else's reality stream to look at probabilities, that is foreign to us and keeps us from knowing it all, all the time. As for your questions to ask a psychic hopefully my words have shed some light on why they're are not so easy to answer. Reality is not an objective 'thing' that exists apart from us. The reason WHY we ask the questions and the emotions that drive the questions are the door to the path to the answers. If the reason for asking is not connected to someone's need and point of view, again, the answers are difficult to find. And consider this: who would want to try and answer those questions anyway? They're set up to put all the pressure on the psychic and none on the questioner. The psychic can spend her days trying to live down a wrong answer while the questioner walks away unscathed. That's a big reason why those answers will never come from a psychic. After all, we're human beings living in the same world that you do. It's like we just have a stronger prescription for our glasses. Some of us are more used to seeing through them than others, but distortions still occur. I enjoyed our show last year, and feel you are a true seeker with an interest in those things that fall outside the lines we think we live in. In that way, we are kindred spirits. Thanks for letting me say my piece. Deborah Frueh Intuitive / Psychic
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article which was sent to The ‘X’ Zone Nation in his daily mailing which you can sign up for at www.xzoneradiotv.com. Dear Rob I received your newsletter and was dismayed to see your story: "PSYCHICS MISS ANOTHER WORLD CHANGING EVENT THE CRISIS IN EGYPT." I'm perplexed at why you wrote it, and I think perhaps you don't really understand how the intuitive arts work. Although many psychics have appeared on your show (myself included), you seemed ready to call us all out as fakes. That said, I'd like to explain something. When a psychic looks at a situation, person, place or thing using her (or his) heightened intuition, it's not as if we are standing in a field of reality and able to relate to it on many levels (the way all of us do in our regular lives). Instead, because we're looking into someone else's reality, it's more like looking into a wormhole. Vision is limited, and since every situation can be seen from multiple angles and levels, it's crucial to go into that 'wormhole' with a point of view. In other words, general questions or situations get a less specific answers than pointed ones. Ask: what does the political landscape look like for Mr. Mubarak (or conversely, the population at large) in the near future? Not: What country is going to face an uprising? Essentially, you are hammering a nail with a shovel and blaming the shovel when it doesn't get the result you want. A more useful tool to find out about Egypt would be Astrology. Egypt lives by what is called the Saturn Return. That means that roughly every 30 or so years the country undergoes a complete change in leadership and direction. An astrologer can see
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More theories about the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza
by Dennis Balthaser During my 33 years of civil engineering work with the Texas Department of Transportation, I was fortunate enough to have been involved with quality control and quality assurance of materials used to build several massive bridge structures in Texas. That background tends to be the reason I became interested in researching Underground Bases and Tunnels, and more recently the Pyramids of Giza. Area 51 and the 1947 Roswell Incident were two areas of research I had an interest in before retiring from the Texas DOT in 1996, and it’s been sometime since I addressed one of my favorite areas of research, “the pyramids of Giza.” My views about who built them haven’t changed over the years, still believing that the three pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx are much older than the Egyptian civilization, as we’re led to believe today by many Egyptologists and others. If in fact the great pyramid of Giza was built for Khufu, a Pharaoh of the 4th dynasty about 2600 BC, why was nothing ever found inside the pyramid to indicate that he was prepared for the afterlife, as was the custom with other Pharaoh’s tombs uncovered over the years? To this date the only artifact found referring to Khufu is a 3” statute, now in the Cairo museum, that was originally found a great distance away from the pyramids in 1903. Unless some great discovery is still to be revealed inside the great pyramid referring to Khufu, I will continue to question if in fact the great pyramid was ever built for him. I have recently come upon several new theories about how the pyramids of Giza were built, indicating that after all these years and all the research that has been done, we still don’t have any factual information on how they were built, who built them or for what purpose. Unlike everything else the Egyptian civilization did accomplish, no records have been discovered on how or who built the 3 pyramids
of Giza or the Sphinx. Theories are described as, “Proposed explanations whose status is still conjectural, in contrast to well-established propositions that are regarded as reporting matters of actual facts.” Many I suppose would place UFO research into that same category as only being theories, since some have suggested that alien technology was involved in the building of the pyramids. Researcher Stephen Mehler offers scientific evidence in his book, “The Land of Osiris”, about an advanced civilization that lived in Northern Africa some 10,000 years ago known as Khemitians. One of his sources of information came from a local known as a “keeper of wisdom”, who presented evidence that he believed the ancient Khemitians had contact, and that the existence of life on other planets and in other dimensions is a distinct reality, being part of the indigenous tradition of the Khemitian wisdom keepers. Were the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx built with technology the Khemitians received from star people, prior to the Egyptian civilization? The great pyramid of Giza stands over 450’ tall and contains some 2 ½ million stones weighing between 2 and 70 tons each. That does not include the polished limestone casing stones that originally covered the stones seen today. Only one of the three great pyramids of Giza still has any casing stones in place near the top, due to the Arabs removing them to build mosques and temples. The most frequently mentioned method of building the pyramids is the use of a ramp to drag the stones to their final location, requiring 20-30 years and 20-30,000 workers to accomplish. Considering the stones had to be quarried, cut, transported up the Nile river, moved across the Giza Plateau and set, using the above information, a stone would have had to been placed every 90 seconds. Another mathematical problem is the ramp itself. Knowing the height of the pyramid (450 feet) and assuming an angle of 20 degrees for the ramp, which would be a fairly steep angle, the length of a ramp would calculate to more than 1316 feet long. Additionally, assuming a conservative width of 20 feet for the ramp, and knowing the length and height, the volume of material required for such a ramp would be more than 7,000,000 cubic feet. These
numbers seem like astronomical figures, since as the pyramid grew taller, the ramp would have to be lengthened and the base widened to keep it from collapsing. Since there are over 200 lifts, or steps to the top of the great pyramid, considerable time would have been lost in maintaining the ramp size for each lift. Other ramp methods have also been theorized, using internal, zigzag, or spiraling ramps. Levitation of the stones has also been mentioned. More recently, Steven Myers, author of the book, “Lost Technologies of the Great Pyramid” has suggested that the stones were transported up the Nile on barges utilizing a series of water locks across the Giza plateau, similar to what was used to build the Erie canal in the 1800’s, due to the increase in elevation from the Nile River to the Giza plateau pyramid site. Upon arrival at the site, each layer of the pyramid was sealed and flooded, enabling the stones to be floated into position by lifting the stones on barges in switchback water locks up along the face of the emerging pyramid. Railroads today use a similar switchback concept to travel up steep grades. When the three pyramids of Giza were built remains as much a mystery as how they were built and/or who build them. Many believe they were build before the great flood mentioned in the Bible, as one researcher has found evidence of fossils in some of the stones. I would raise the question of whether those fossils were in the stones cut from the quarries, or were they embedded after the pyramid was built due to a massive flood? In either case unlike today, Egypt was apparently subjected to a large amount of water at one time, 5-10 thousand years ago. I’m also convinced that the Sphinx shows evidence on the back portion of the lion’s body of water damage, not deteriation by wind and sand as many propose, having been covered with sand up to the neck until the 1800’s. (Continued on Page 5)
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Although I’ve not found any direct references to the pyramids of Giza in the Bible, Biblical scholars have made other comments such as found in Isaiah 19:19-20; Joshua 22:26, Ephesians 2:20-21 The purpose of the great pyramid has been discussed by many over the years indicating it was designed as an energy machine, while others contend it was a water pump of sort. Today there is no doubt that it is a money-making generator based on the tourism industry in Egypt. A few of the lesser-known facts about the three pyramids of Giza that I find interesting are the following: - The alignment of the three pyramids of Giza coincides with the 3 stars of Orion’s belt in the Orion Constellation. - There is believed to be a large rock outcropping directly below the pyramids which might explain why the massive weight of the pyramids has not recessed much in height over thousands of years. - The great pyramid was placed in the exact center of all the land area of the world. Lines drawn through the north-south and eastwest axis of the pyramid divide equally all the earth’s terrain. - The empty coffer found in the great pyramid by the Arabs about 850 AD has the exact same inside dimensions as the “Ark of the Covenant” mentioned in the Bible. Coincidence? Egyptologists continue to take credit for building the three pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, however these theories and others not mentioned here need to be considered. For me the research of the pyramids and Sphinx are more important than as a tourist industry. Dennis G. Balthaser Website: www.truthseekeratroswell.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
engineering firm, assuming the duties of IUFOMRC Operations Manager. He served on the Board of Directors and became the UFO Investigator for the Museum as a full time volunteer from 1996 until 1998, then began his research as an independent researcher. Due to his love of ufology, his dedication and his exhaustive work, Dennis is regarded as a leading investigator and ufologist by his peers, communicating regularly with such well known researchers as Stanton Friedman, Frank Warren, Scott Ramsey , and others in their quests to find the truth. Dennis is a Certified Mutual UFO Network Field Investigator, a member of Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association, and belongs to several ufology organizations. 
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About Dennis Balthaser:
As a young man, Dennis Balthaser would look into the night sky and wonder at the secrets it held. Some years later Dennis bought a book about UFOs and his wonder turned to investigation. Today he has a library with over 90 books in reference to ufology. Dennis served 3 years ('59-62) with the United States Army in the 815th Engineering Battalion. After some 33 years in Civil Engineering, Dennis retired from the Texas Department of Transportation in 1996. Having been keenly interested in the Roswell Incident of 1947, Dennis decided to move to Roswell, New Mexico, to pursue his avocation: Ufology. Initially Dennis worked as an Engineering Consultant in Roswell, volunteering his time at the International UFO Museum and Research Center on weekends. Nine months later he resigned from the
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Crash Goes the Del Rio UFO Crash
Crash Goes the Del Rio UFO Crash
by Dr. Kevin Randle, PhD
Eighteen months ago, as I was finishing up the research and writing for Crash – When UFOs Fall from the Sky, I was preparing the chapter on the December 6, 1950 Del Rio UFO crash. I had known about the case for a long time and believed it to be authentic, based on the affidavit signed by a retired Air Force colonel. That one piece of documentation was important because, at the time, I believed the man to have been a colonel and a fighter pilot. However, in the world today, we have the Internet which allows easy research into, well, everything. Type a few words into your search engine and you have a list of sites that will provide information, much of which is reliable. So, to check out this particular crash, to see if anything new had been added since the last time I had looked, I typed “Robert B. Willingham,” and “UFO,” into the search engine and found a number of websites. But what I learned was somewhat disturbing. The date had shifted from December 1950 to 1955, the aircraft changed, the radars changed and some of the facts changed. Suddenly there wasn’t a clean story of a UFO crash, but a mess that seemed to have been altered significantly, and when that happens, it is not a good sign. So I contacted Noe Torres, one of those responsible for the latest interviews with Robert Willingham and asked a few questions. Torres, a careful researcher and an honest one, gave me the answers to the questions. He even sent a copy of his book that detailed the Willingham story, some documents that supported Willingham’s claim of long Air Force service, and a picture of Willingham in uniform... a uniform that the Air Force had phased out in the 1960s which meant the picture was dated from that time. But then I noticed something else. Willingham wasn’t wearing an Air Force uniform; he was wearing one from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). For those who don’t know, the CAP is a civilian auxiliary of the Air Force. It is a volunteer organization whose missions are search and rescue, and introducing teenagers to aviation in its cadet program. These volunteers wear modified Air Force uniforms, but they are not members of the Air Force or the Air Force Reserve. They perform a vital role in search and rescue, saving the taxpayers tens of thousands
of dollars, and helping to save many lives. And the documents Torres sent were all for the Civil Air Patrol as well. Clearly Willingham had served in that organization, had been promoted through the officer ranks to lieutenant colonel, but there was nothing in the documentation supplied that suggested he had ever served as an Air Force officer. I asked about this and was told that Bruce Maccabee or that Todd Zechel had checked out his background. Zechel had died a couple of years earlier and Maccabee told me he thought that Zechel had verified Willingham’s credentials. In other words, there was no evidence that anyone had ever attempted to learn if Willingham’s claims of extended service in the Air Force and the Air Force Reserve were true. The only record that I could find in St. Louis where all records of former military personnel are housed, said that Willimgham had been in the Army from December 8, 1945 to January 4, 1947. That makes him, technically, a veteran of World War Two. He was honorably discharged as a low-ranking enlisted man in the grade of E4. They had nothing to suggest he had been in the Air Force at any time. Torres supplied additional pictures and documents, but that did nothing to clarify the issue. Both pictures, in color, showed Willingham in a blue Air Force uniform, but he was wearing CAP ribbons and wings, something that isn’t done on an Air Force uniform. It meant, clearly, that Willingham was in his CAP uniform. There was one other thing that was obvious to me, but not necessarily to someone who had not served in the military. On the lapels, had it been an Air Force uniform, there would have been a “US.” If the uniform was CAP, then it would have had those letters, “CAP,” on the lapel. In the pictures, Willingham was wearing neither insignia. He had removed the CAP. At the MUFON Symposium in Denver in 2009, Ruben Uriarte gave me several documents to prove Willingham was who he claimed to be. These included a document, allegedly from St. Louis that was a record of his military service into the 1960s, a “Time and Points” document and a Reserve Order that seemed to confirm both twenty years of service and that Willingham had been, at least, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve.
It became clear that the first document had been altered using white-out and a copier. Lines were broken in the those areas, but were whole everywhere else. The notations did not conform to those normally used by the military, and there were other errors that suggested the document had been altered by someone unfamiliar with the finer points of military service. The Time and Points document turned out to be irrelevant because it had been created by Willingham. True, it was now in the possession of those in St. Louis, but they had gotten their copy from Willingham. There are two points that seem disingenuous. Willingham has listed two squadrons and suggested in a handwritten note that they are Air Force Reserve. But they are, in truth, CAP squadrons. Do we see a pattern emerging here? The final document was a Reserve Order that certainly looked official and seemed to indicate that Willingham had served twenty years of combined active duty and reserve time and would be eligible for a pension when he reached age 60. That applies for those who have not done twenty years of active duty. I had hesitated in sending this on to the Air Reserve Personnel Center (ARPC) in Denver simply because it is a crime to alter these documents and attempt to gain a pension through fraud. However, it finally became necessary to learn the truth. I sent a FOIA request to the ARPC and asked if the document was legitimate. It seemed to me that this would be of sufficient importance to prove the point. If authentic then we had our evidence that Willingham had served. According to the response I received, the document was a fake. They told me that it was missing information that should be on it including a date and Willingham’s serial number. They also mentioned there had been congressional inquiries and that they had searched the records and could find nothing to support the claims. The order number was one that they couldn’t find and with everything computerized these days, it should have been simple. (Continued on Page 7) The ‘X’ Zone Radio Show with Rob McConnell www.xzoneradiotv.com
Crash Goes the Del Rio UFO Crash
Crash Goes the Del Rio UFO Crash
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In other words, there is absolutely no evidence that Willingham served in the Air Force Reserve or that he was a fighter pilot. No record of him anywhere and before you say, “Well, the government is covering up because he was talking about a UFO crash,” let me say this. There are too many places that his name should appear and it would be impossible to erase all traces. There are no flight school records, no documents confirming he was commissioned, his name does not appear in any of the various official registries. These records would be filed in various places which means even the fire in St. Louis couldn’t have destroyed them. But let’s say, for the sake of argument that the failure to corroborate any sort of military service other than the short tour at the end of the Second World War does not impress. Let’s say that you believe that his tale is accurate. Then my question would be which one? According to what had been said, Todd Zechel claimed to have searched for Willingham after he saw a short article in a small Pennsylvania newspaper in which Willlingham was quoted as saying he’d seen a UFO crash. I tried to find that article, but failed. However, I found the next best thing. A paragraph published in the February/March 1968 issue of Skylook, which was the forerunner to the MUFON UFO Journal. This told the original version of the story, and I found that quite interesting. The article said: "Col. R. B. Willingham, CAP squadron commander, has had an avid interest in UFO’s for years, dating back to 1948 when he was leading a squadron of F-94 jets near the Mexican border in Texas and was advised by radio that three UFO’s “flying formation” were near. He picked them up on his plane radar and was informed one of the UFO’s had crashed a few miles away from him in Mexico. He went to the scene of the crash but was prevented by the Mexican authorities from making an investigation or coming any closer than 60 feet. From that vantage point the wreckage seemed to consist of “numerous pieces of metal polished on the outside, very rough on the inner sides.” Please note the date, which is 1948, his claim to have been leading a squadron of F-94s, that he saw them on his plane radar, and there were three of them. Notice also that he was not allowed very close and that the Mexican authorities were investigating. Note also that it clearly says CAP and nothing about the Air Force or Air Force Reserve. (And if you looked carefully, you wonder how he would have gotten out of the Army in January, attended a military flight school, and then been assigned to an operational squadron before the year was out.) Now, fast forward to 1977. Willingham has created an affidavit about his experiences, probably at the insistence of Zechel. He is being touted as a retired Air Force colonel, though technically, if he is not receiving a pension, or eligible for a pension, he is not retired. His story is a little different. In that affidavit he said: "Down in Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, we were testing what turned out to be the F-94. They reported on the [radar] scope that they had an unidentified flying object at a high seep to intercept our course. It came visible to us and we wanted to take off after it. Headquarters wouldn’t let us go after it and it played around a little bit. We got to watching how it made 90 degree turns at this high speed and everything. We knew it wasn’t a missile of any type. So then we confirmed it with the radar control station on the DEW Line (NORAD) and they kept following it and they claimed that it crashed somewhere off between Texas and the Mexican border. We got a light aircraft, me and my co-pilot, and we went down to the site. We landed out in the pasture right across the from where it hit. We got over there. They told us to leave and everything else and then the armed guards came out and they started to form a line around the area. So, on the way back, I saw a little piece of metal so I picked it up and brought it back with me. There were two sand mounds that came down and it looked to me like this thing crashed right in between them. But it went into the ground, according to the way people were acting around it. But you could see for, oh I’d say, three to five hundred yards where it had went across the sand. It looked to me, I guess from the metal that we found, chunks of metal, that it either had a little explosion or it began to disintegrate. Something caused this metal to come apart. "It looked like it was something that was made because it was honeycombed. You know how you would make a metal that would cool faster. In a way it looked like a magnesium steel but it had a lot of carbon in it. I tried to heat it with a cutting torch. It just wouldn’t melt. A cutting torch burns anywhere from 3200 to 3800 degrees Fahrenheit and it would make the metal hot but it wouldn’t even start to melt." So this is slightly different, but not all that much. We’re down to a single object, and we have outside radar tracking the thing and a mention of an Air Force base. The changes continue as Willingham learns more about aviation history and what was happening where. The new story appeared in a book dedicated to the Willingham and Del Rio crash. Noe Torres, one of the authors of The Other Roswell: UFO Crash on the TexasMexico Border along with Ruben Uriate, wrote: "A radio message warned Willingham and others about a fast moving UFO that was approaching Texas from the northwestern U.S. Suddenly it came into their view like an intensely bright light – like a bright star seen through a telescope. It blazed across the sky past them, and everyone in all the planes saw it. But because of the location of Willingham’s jet, he was in the best position to see what happened after the object flew by. "Willingham estimated that the object was traveling at 2,000 miles per hour, and he saw it make a sudden 90 - degree turn, without slowing down. As the UFO streaked toward the Texas-Mexican border, Willingham received permission to break from the formation and pursue the object in his F-86 fighter. Following the object’s vapor trail, Willingham followed it down to near Del Rio, Texas, where he saw it suddenly begin to wobble and descend rapidly." There are additional details about this available. According to the writers of the book, Willingham was part of a group of F-86 fighters, and they were escorting a B-47 across West Texas when they received the message about the UFO. Willingham also said that the object hit the ground south of Langtry, Texas, digging a 300-yard long furrow before coming to rest along side a sandy hill. Uriarte filled in more details when he said: "The aviator [Willingham] returned to the scene of the crash a few hours later... They landed the small plane right along side the crashed UFO and noticed that a large number of Mexican soldiers had already taken control of the crash site. They had cordoned off the area and would not allow Willingham or Perkins to approach the main part of the wreckage. However, what they were able to see and look at was so amazing that it forever changed their lives." Before being forced to leave the area by the Mexican military, Willinghan picked up a chunk of strange metal debris that was about the size of a man’s hand. He later tried to burn it, cut it, and otherwise deform it, but was not able to. The question now becomes, what do we do with this story? Witnesses, telling stories from memory, often make small mistakes or alterations in the tale from telling to telling. Dates might shift as the witness consults notes or realizes that he or she has gotten the sequence wrong. We all expect these sorts of things and a report made in the same way, perfectly each time, suggests hoax rather than authenticity. But where do we draw the line? This report from Willingham has moved from 1948, to 1950 and now to 1955. In his original affidavit, he said that he was flying F-94s but now says it was F-86s. He says that he was denied permission to give chase to he was ordered to do so. He mentions the DEW line which wasn’t established in 1950 and wasn’t operational in 1955. Couple these major changes to the lack of documentation of an Air Force career and no evidence that he was ever a fighter pilot, and this crash tale fails completely. There are simply too many flaws here to take this story seriously any longer. The preliminary research, had it been done by Zechel when he first learned about Willingham, would have ended this long before we got this far down the road. Basic research would have ended the problem but sometimes we just don’t do the basic research. It’s a lesson that never seems to take. Willingham gave us the clues if we would listen to him. As his story expanded, we should have realized there was something wrong here. When he began to correct errors, errors that he introduced, we should have noted that. When he was caught with anachronisms, we should have realized something was terribly wrong. We did, finally, learn the lesson. We checked the facts and we now know the truth about the Willingham story. All we can do now is relegate Willingham to a Ufological footnote, remember our lesson about checking the basic facts, and move on to something more important.
When UFOs Fall From the Sky
When UFOs Fall From the Sky
When the scientific community asks for evidence of alien visitation, it is to Kevin Randle’s work they turn. Here is a complete update of research into the reports of alien spaceship crashes that provides new insights into many of the older cases and adds depth to new ones being reported. Written by one of the leading experts in the UFO field, Crash: When UFOs Fall From the Sky provides the solutions to cases that seemed perplexing and adds depth to those that have no terrestrial solution.
This fascinating book:
- Provides the latest information on the controversial Roswell UFO crash. - Explores the first suggestions of a UFO crash from the 19th century. - Explains the controversy surrounding the 1950 Del Rio UFO crash. - Updates the Las Vegas UFO crash of April 1962. - Provides solutions for some of the more controversial UFO crashes.
About the Author:
Kevin D. Randle, PhD is a retired lieutenant colonel who has been investigating UFO sightings for more than 30 years. He has written dozens of books and magazine articles on the subject and has lectured throughout the United States and Europe. He is considered an expert by those inside and outside the UFO field, and his opinions and assistance have been sought by government officials, members of the news media, and other UFO researchers. Randle has appeared on hundreds of radio programs and dozens of television documentaries and specials, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, Larry King Live, and many more. He writes for the blog, A Different Perspective, which can be found at KevinRandle.blogspot.com.
What Really Happened in the Gulf War
What Really Happened in Gulf War
Written by Geoffrey Wawro Desert Storm Turns Twenty: What Really Happened in 1991, and Why it Matters
January 22, 2011 (Huffington Post) - It's been twenty years since we went to war in Iraq for the first time. The years have been kind to Desert Storm, which is now remembered as an unalloyed triumph. But was it? The way Desert Storm was shaped, fought and finished revealed tremendous indecision in Washington, half measures on the battlefield, and an inconclusive war termination that sowed the poison seeds of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Saddam invaded Kuwait in 1990 in large part to extricate himself from the debts of the Iran-Iraq War, which had raged from 1980 to 1988. The Americans, Japanese and Europeans had loaned Saddam about $35 billion, the Saudis $31 billion, Kuwait $14 billion and the U.A.E. $8 billion. The war had cost Iraq at least half a trillion dollars, and Iraq had little hope of repaying its external debt with oil prices sliding down to $13 a barrel as the war petered out and supply picked up. The Iraqis had been claiming Kuwait ever since the British amputated its territory from the Ottoman province of Basra in 1899. Iraqis defiantly referred to Kuwait as their "19th province" and coveted its hoard of petrodollars and deep reserves of oil. In July 1990, Saddam shaped a pretext for war, when he defined Kuwait's refusal to cede territory to Iraq, cut its oil production, and forgive its Iraqi war debts as "military aggression." In Baghdad, U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie pressed for a clarification of Iraqi intentions. Her work became more urgent in the third week of July when Iraqi Republican Guard units began deploying to Basra in preparation for what satellite imagery suggested could only be an invasion of Kuwait. She counseled patience. Bush's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell, was as hesitant as Glaspie. His military options to retake Kuwait, National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft groused, "had not seemed designed by anyone eager to undertake the task." The Powell Doctrine, conceived after Reagan's disastrous intervention in Lebanon, still prevailed in 1990: U.S. forces would only be introduced into conflicts with clear, achievable aims, a visible exit, and strong popular and congressional support. Powell considered that none of those criteria were fulfilled in the case of Iraq's takeover of Kuwait. He proposed a different strategy: "grind down" Saddam through "a policy of containment or strangulation." April Glaspie met with Saddam on July 25, 1990. She believed wholeheartedly in the Bush plan to "moderate" Saddam Hussein and make him a U.S. ally. She took as her brief a memo that had arrived from Secretary of State James Baker the previous day. Baker had condemned Iraqi efforts to bully the weaker
Gulf states and had noted the peril "of having oil production and pricing policy in the Gulf determined and enforced by Iraqi guns." But Baker also affected "to take no position on the border delineation issue raised by Iraq with respect to Kuwait." Imprecision like that had caused the Korean War forty years earlier, when Secretary of State Dean Acheson had neglected to include South Korea in America's East Asian security perimeter. The North Koreans had interpreted that omission as license to invade the south. In 1990, Saddam saw an opening in Baker's apparent indifference on the border issue. What if he left Kuwait largely intact, but seized the Rumaila oil field and one or two of Kuwait's islands? Perhaps the Bush administration would permit that. The Bush administration itself had no idea what it would do if Saddam invaded Kuwait. Instead of facing the question squarely, President Bush and his key deputies kicked the can down the road, and merely hoped that "moderation" would work. "Do not push us to [invade Kuwait]," Saddam growled to Ambassador Glaspie. "Do not make it the only option left with which we can protect our dignity." After the meeting, Glaspie cabled Baker and urged him to "ease off on public criticism of Iraq" until Saddam had been given the chance to negotiate with the Kuwaitis at a Saudi-arranged conference in Jedda. At the Pentagon, hawkish deputies like Paul Wolfowitz were disturbed by the defeatist tone of Glaspie's cable, but the actual presidential letter to Saddam drafted for Bush's signature by his N.S.C. ran in a Glaspian vein. Saddam's saber-rattling, his accumulation of weapons of mass destruction, his brutal police state, and anti-American and anti-Israeli rhetoric were resolutely downplayed -- "certain Iraqi policies and activities" -- and Bush pronounced himself "pleased" with Saddam's willingness to attend the Jedda conference that Saddam himself had convened at the point of a gun. Although Bush was about to announce a 25 percent reduction in U.S. armed forces -- the post-Cold War "peace dividend" -- no cuts had yet been made. Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney's top deputies at the Pentagon recommended a stern rewrite explicitly warning Saddam not to attack Kuwait, but the shillyshallying N.S.C. letter went out over Bush's signature. Nothing was done to reinforce the Kuwaitis, or to open Saudi bases to U.S. forces. A 2,000-man Marine Expeditionary Unit remained in the Philippines; no B-52s were sent
to Diego Garcia, and there was not even a Navy carrier in the Gulf or the North Arabian Sea. The nearest U.S. carrier, the Independence, was four days away. By August 1, it was plain that Saddam intended to invade Kuwait. He had satisfied himself that Washington would not intervene to stop him. Satellite photos depicted corpsstrength Iraqi armor and infantry units on the Kuwaiti border, Iraqi marines with bridging equipment opposite Bubiyan Island, dense concentrations of Iraqi strike aircraft and helicopters at air bases in southern Iraq, and all the logistics required for a push down to Kuwait City. Nevertheless, President Bush was preparing to depart for Aspen, Colorado to announce the "peace dividend," and Centcom commander General Norman Schwarzkopf let his staff go home early on August 1. By 7 p.m. Schwarzkopf's staff had all come rushing back from the suburban subdivisions, gyms, Little League diamonds and malls of Tampa; Iraqi mechanized divisions had carved into Kuwait, driven the emir into exile, seized the capital, and swiftly defeated weak resistance by the Kuwaiti army. Iraqi troops picked Kuwait clean in a methodical campaign of looting. Containers were loaded with valuables and shipped up to Basra. Iraqi pilots seized Kuwait Airways' jets and flew them up to Baghdad, along with Kuwait airport's runway lights and baggage handling equipment. Cars, trucks, buses, tractors and just about anything with an engine was stolen or stripped for parts. Seats were ripped out of Kuwait's stadiums and movie theaters for use in Iraq. Kuwait's hospitals, universities and libraries were stripped to the bare walls. Beef carcasses were heaved out of Kuwaiti meat freezers and shipped to Iraq. Kuwait's gem market was picked clean, and 1 million ounces of gold were seized from the Central Bank of Kuwait and deposited in Baghdad. Iraqi emissaries circulated around the Middle East boasting that they had taken $500 billion in cash out of Kuwait; they offered to share the loot with friendly states who would accept the Iraqi invasion and annexation. Iraqi looters, bused in by Saddam to take their places as "Kuwaitis" in case there were a U.N. referendum on Kuwait's future, swept through Kuwait's shops, houses and apartments stealing everything in sight: televisions, stereos, sinks, toilets, lamps, rugs, curtains, even cutlery and light bulbs. (Continued onPage 10)
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No one had predicted that Saddam would actually do something this reckless, but he had always been a reckless operator. Not having made up their minds how to handle an Iraqi invasion, the Bush administration fell to arguing. "Not all wars are avoidable," Scowcroft reflected, "and this was perhaps one of them." Saddam's attack engaged America's superpower interest in oil as well as its determination to shape the new world order that had emerged with the collapse of the U.S.S.R. Scowcroft noted a basic divide between those who saw the Iraqi invasion as "the major crisis of our time" (Scowcroft and Cheney) and those who viewed it as a manageable "crisis du jour" (Baker and Powell) that could be handled by sanctions, diplomacy and an embargo on Iraqi oil. The U.N. Security Council, the U.N. General Assembly and the Arab League had all condemned the invasion and there was discussion in the White House of an air and naval blockade of Iraq, but Secretary of Defense Cheney wanted more than just protests, sanctions or a quarantine. Saddam was angling to "dominate OPEC, the Gulf and the Arab world." His tanks were now forty kilometers from Saudi Arabia, and even if he didn't take their oil wells, he would "have an impact... The problem would get worse, not better." Saddam's hasty offer in August of a final peace settlement to the Iranians and his evacuation of 1,000 square miles of Iranian territory -- the only spoils from Iraq's eight-year war with Iran -confirmed that Saddam was clearing the decks and focusing all of his energies on a fight with the U.S. Cheney enjoined Bush to lay out American aims clearly: "we need an objective." Cheney wanted to fling Saddam out of Kuwait - at a minimum -- and perhaps march on to Baghdad to depose him. The U.S. had to maintain a favorable balance in the Gulf. But Cheney also worried that the American people would not support a war to restore the reactionary al-Sabah dynasty, particularly when such a war appeared to benefit Japan -- still the export-driven bugbear of Americans in 1990 -which imported far more Kuwaiti oil than the U.S. Congress also wavered throughout, even a staunch "national security Democrat" like Georgia Senator Sam Nunn insisting that only air and naval forces be used against Saddam, no ground troops. With Gorbachev's reformers foundering in the face of counter-attacks from Soviet hardliners, could America really afford to embark on war in Iraq? The always cautious Powell fed on doubts like that. A war with Iraq would not be easy -- "harder than Panama or Libya, this would be the N.F.L., not a scrimmage" -- and such a war as this seemed as ill-advised to Powell as Vietnam. He chided Cheney for sounding "Carteresque" in his resolve to defend the Gulf. Carter, of course, had made all the right noises about defending the Shah and Iranian moderates, but then collapsed under Khomeini's pressure. Powell reckoned that another defeat like that would destroy American credibility, and he didn't like the sound of a war with Iraq. "The American people," he argued, "don't want their young dying for buck-fifty-a gallon oil." Defend Saudi Arabia, Powell reasoned, but concede Kuwait to Saddam. "The next few days Iraq will withdraw, but Saddam will put his puppet in. Everyone in the Arab world will be happy." Powell doubted, as New York Senator Pat Moynihan witheringly put it, that Americans would agree to put 500,000 U.S. troops in harm's way to rescue Kuwaiti princes holed up in Saudi Sheratons, "sitting there in their white robes, drinking coffee and urging us on to war." Moynihan reminded President Bush that Kuwait was an "accident of history," with artificial boundaries drawn by "the bureaucrats of the colonial powers." The implication was clear: Kuwait was not worth the bones of a single American soldier. (Continued on Page 11)
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But General Powell seemed wobbly even on Saudi Arabia, whose 66,000-man army would not stand a chance against the Iraqis. "We must communicate to Saddam Hussein that Saudi Arabia is the line," Powell advised Cheney, but then added that even there -- the world's biggest oil patch -- American intervention would depend on "popular support" from the American people and a "national sense" that the game was worth the candle. President Bush expressed his frustration with the uniformed military to his diary: "we had a long way to go before the military was 'gung ho,'" -- "our military is waffling and vacillating in terms of what we can do on the ground." Cheney too bristled at Powell's pessimism. The Iraqis had annexed Kuwait and were within striking distance of Saudi Arabia's Hama oil fields. The Pentagon's job was not to poll public or congressional opinion, it was to advise the president on national security. "I want some options, general," Cheney growled. On August 2, Bush chaired an N.S.C. meeting that featured sharp exchanges between Powell and the hawks, who now coalesced around Cheney. Thomas Pickering, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., scolded Powell for suggesting that the U.S. could maintain its policeman's role in the Gulf if it consented to the Iraqi takeover of Kuwait. Bush too worried that Powell was overestimating Iraqi force. "I just didn't see the Iraqis as being so tough," he told Scowcroft. After the meeting, Bush flew to Aspen, where he met with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; she urged him to take a hard line with Saddam. "If Iraq wins, no small state is safe. They won't stop here. They see a chance to take a major share of oil. It's got to be stopped. We must do everything possible." Thatcher compared the move into Kuwait to Hitler's unopposed moves against Austria and Czechoslovakia in 1938. Hitler had overrun France and Poland with the resources culled from those nations, and Thatcher worried that Saddam would annex the resources of Kuwait and then move on bigger prey like Saudi Arabia. A hard line, of course, required a war plan. On August 4, Centcom commander General H. Norman Schwarzkopf and his air commander General Chuck Horner flew to Camp David to give President Bush options. By now, there were eleven Iraqi army divisions in Kuwait and Iraqi patrols were scouring the border with Saudi Arabia. Cheney met King Fahd, and warned him that without American troops and aircraft, Saudi Arabia would go the way of Kuwait. Saddam's military was the fourth largest in the world. The million-man Iraqi army with its 5,700 tanks was twentytimes bigger than Saudi Arabia's. As American units flowed in to backstop the Saudis (Operation Desert Shield), they found themselves undergunned and undersupplied; Schwarzkopf sacrificed logistics and prioritized men over materiel to create the impression -- boots on the ground -- of American strength. Even when attention shifted to logistics, the U.S. military was found
wanting. Reagan's massive military buildup had sacrificed unglamorous functions like transport ships ("sealift") and minesweepers to pay for high-tech programs like "Star Wars," stealth technology, fighter aircraft, attack subs and cruise missiles. The sea and airlift problems would later explain Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's determination to slim down the armed services, cut their logistical trains, and re-focus on "agility" and "mobility" when he was defense secretary from 2001 to 2006. By September 1990, 80 percent of Americans supported Operation Desert Shield, which belied Powell's hand-wringing about scant "popular support." Most Americans recognized the need to defend the Western world's energy security. Americans were also moved by a largely spurious $11 million P.R. campaign paid for by the Kuwaiti government and crafted by Hill & Knowlton. Its most effective piece of propaganda was a lie: that Iraqi soldiers had entered Kuwaiti hospitals, yanked newborn babies out of their incubators and dashed them on the floor before packing up the equipment for shipment to Iraq. That lie was retailed by the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the U.S., who pretended to be a Kuwaiti nurse who had witnessed the Iraqi atrocities. In fact, she was not a nurse and had not even been in Kuwait when the Iraqis invaded. Nevertheless, senators and congressmen swallowed the story hook, line and sinker. Many of them referenced it when explaining their votes in support of the war, which was narrowly authorized by the Senate 52-47 and by the House 250-183 on January 12, 1991. As the numbers suggested, the entire Democratic leadership in both houses voted against the war, and President Bush actually worried about impeachment if the weak congressional support thinned and the war miscarried. That narrow vote to authorize the Gulf War -- the narrowest since the War of 1812
-- was the first congressional approval of military action since the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution of 1964. Iraqi depredations -- real and imagined -- coupled with the Bush administration's argument that it was also fighting to defend American jobs (that depended on cheap energy), and to punish Saddam's human rights abuses and weapons of mass destruction programs (all of which America had winked at and even supported during the 1980s), awakened American idealism. Here was a war that needed to be fought in defense of American values. Still, the vote was close, and hardly amounted to a national crusade. Massachusetts Senator John Kerry blasted Bush for making "a series of unilateral decisions that put us in a box" and "made the war inevitable." His colleague Ted Kennedy beseeched someone, anyone, to "save the President from himself, and save thousands of American soldiers in the Persian Gulf from dying in the desert in a war whose cruelty will be exceeded only by the lack of any rational necessity for waging it." Senator Al Gore, preparing his own run for the presidency, agreed to vote for the war only if given a twenty minute prime-time television slot (by Republican leader Bob Dole) to advertise his vote. New York Senator Pat Moynihan denied that Saddam's invasion of Kuwait amounted to an international crisis that engaged America's values or interests: "All that's happened is that one nasty little country has invaded a littler but just as nasty country." (Continued on Page 12)
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On November 29, 1990, the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 678, which gave Saddam till January 15, 1991 to evacuate Kuwait or face eviction by am American-led coalition that had swelled to thirty-four nations. The coalition itself was interesting; it ran the gamut from lightweights like Argentina and Bangladesh to serious combat powers like France and the United Kingdom. Japan and West Germany, big consumers of Gulf oil that were politically reluctant to engage in military operations, chipped in $10 billion and $6.6 billion respectively for the costs of the conflict. Egypt joined to get its external debts -- $16 billion in 1990 -- written off. Debt forgiveness on that scale and the peerless opportunity to charge every coalition ship that transited the Suez Canal a $200,000 toll certainly tempered Mubarak's disappointment at having to reject Saddam's bribe of $20 billion, dangled after the seizure of Kuwait. The Saudis deployed their military, but, far more importantly, paid heavily to the tune of $30 billion for war costs. Saddam still believed that the U.S. would not risk "another Vietnam." Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara was predicting casualties in Iraq of 30,000. Cheney's Pentagon was predicting as many as 30,000 deaths in the first twenty days of combat. South Dakota Senator George McGovern prophesied 50,000 casualties. The U.S. Air Force predicted the loss of 150 aircraft, with one-quarter of the pilots killed, and another quarter captured "and possibly paraded through the streets of Baghdad." House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt threatened to block all funding for the conflict if Bush proceeded with his essentially Republican authorization to use armed force instead of a formal congressional declaration of war. With terrifying threats, numbers and images like those floating around -- and newspaper columnists alternately flaying Bush for his timidity and bellicosity -- Saddam assumed that the Americans would shrink from battle, as indeed did nearly every witness called by Georgia Senator Sam Nunn's Armed Services Committee to discuss the military option. One after another, the parade of retired flag officers and secretaries (Admiral William Crowe, General David Jones, former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger, former Secretary of the Navy James Webb, and former National Security Agency Director William Odom) asserted that a war with Iraq would be wrongheaded and bloody: it would shred the U.S. armed forces and convulse the Middle East. Senator Robert Byrd insisted that even if the U.S. delivered a "quick knockout," such a blow "would unleash a cascade of outcomes and reactions that would reduce our long-term ability [to] influence events in that region." Let sanctions bite, they all recommended, as did House Speaker Tom Foley, who gave Bush a letter signed by eighty-one Democratic members that warned of "catastrophic consequences, resulting in the massive loss of lives, including 10,000 -50,000 Americans" if America went to war with Saddam.
Having rebuffed American and U.N. demands that he leave Iraq, Saddam watched the U.N. deadline -- January 15, 1991 -- come and go. Baker had threatened at Geneva that "midnight of January 15th is a very real date," and indeed it was. The next day, Operation Desert Shield became Operation Desert Storm Desert Storm began in January with a massive air campaign -- Operation Instant Thunder -- whose name was chosen to distinguish it from the pin-pricking Lyndon Johnson air campaign in Vietnam -- Rolling Thunder -- which had gradually increased pressure. Instant Thunder was front-loaded: 100,000 sorties that dropped 88,500 tons of bombs on Iraq immediately. The ground offensive kicked off a month later. A problem arose: it now seemed clear that the U.S. coalition would win; the revised war aim was to grind down the Iraqi military and destroy the WMD facilities. But the Iraqis were running away. Could the coalition destroy the bulk of the Iraqi army and annihilate the Republican Guards before they crossed back into Iraq and appealed for a cease-fire? Could they maintain any leverage over the Iraqis if Saddam simply abandoned Kuwait? The most heavily-trafficked line of retreat was the principal Iraq-Kuwait highway, which filled with Iraqi infantry columns and vehicles trying to reverse out of Kuwait. Saddam knew that the Arab members of the coalition would not join any attacks on Iraqi units once they had left Kuwait, and suspected that other coalition partners like the French would follow suit. Allied forces, racing to hit the Iraqis before they could cross the Euphrates River, pounced on the traffic jams along Highway 8 and slaughtered them. General Barry McCaffrey called the Iraqi units -infantry and armor alike -- "tethered goats." Neither the troops nor the officers exhibited any initiative. Alerted by juiced-up pilots who spoke
excitedly about their easy kills along the Iraqi lines of retreat, the press began referring to American strikes on Highway 8 as "the turkey shoot," the route itself as the "Highway of Death." "Anything with wings and a bomb rack" was sent aloft to participate in the slaughter. Saddam milked the images of death - burnt-out passenger buses, private cars, and even scorched baby carriages -- for all they were worth in trying to wring sympathy from the Arab street and world opinion. "The victimizer had become the victim," two historians noted. Coalition forces lurched after the blundering, bleeding Iraqis, Schwarzkopf screaming into the telephone to speed Franks up. The Air Force stopped bombing the coastal highway running north from Kuwait City through Basra and over the causeway that bridged the Euphrates. That was a grave error exploited by the Iraqis, who poured up the road and out of Kuwait unscathed. It was a signal failure of jointness and "air-land battle," and attributable to the growing problem of "friendly fire" -- far more dangerous to the coalition than Iraqi fire -- and to fears in Washington that a second "highway of death" would be politically calamitous for America's image. Bush fretted that he would be accused of "butchering the Iraqis" and "shooting them in the back." He conceded a cease-fire after just 100 hours of combat on February 27. (Continued on Page 14)
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The critical meeting in the Bush White House took place at 1 pm on February 27. Bush, Scowcroft, Cheney, Powell, Robert Gates and British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd agreed that they needed to force terms on Saddam, and not wait for him to request a cease-fire on his own terms. The allies agreed -- mistakenly -that they had destroyed Iraq's WMD capabilities in the air campaign. Although the Air Force pronounced itself capable of bombing Iraq "until they're down to two stone axes and a pushcart" and coalition ground units were within striking distance of the Iraqi capital -- the 101st Airborne Division sat astride Highway 8 just 150 miles from Baghdad -- the coalition was losing the will to go on. Thatcher, who might have argued for a drive on to Baghdad to remove Saddam, had left office in November 1990, and been replaced by John Major, who evinced a desire to end the war quickly. Bush called for a "clean end." The main thing, Bush insisted, was to avoid "charges of brutalization," of piling on just to kill Iraqis in the war's last hours. Secretary of State Baker concurred: "We have done the job. We can stop. We have achieved our aims. We have gotten them out of Kuwait." But, like everyone else in the room, Baker worried about "unfinished business." What would become of the Saddam Hussein regime? Would the Americans give it a shove, or let it stand? In Riyadh, Schwarzkopf was declaring victory at the Hyatt Hotel -- "the gates are closed ... we almost completely destroyed the offensive capability of the Iraqi forces" -- and assuring the press that going to Baghdad was not in the cards. That ingenuous revelation prompted a startled protest from Paul Wolfowitz in the Pentagon, who agreed that the allies probably weren't going to Baghdad, but considered it foolhardy to tell that to the Iraqis. Wolfowitz and the other "Washington hawks" - the future neo-cons -- were still hoping for a coup, and wanted to keep pressure on Saddam. In Riyadh, the deputy Centcom commander, General Calvin Waller, also expressed amazement at Washington's hasty, charitable concession of a cease-fire, when only about half of the Republican Guard's equipment had been destroyed, and before the last bridges over the Euphrates had been demolished, effectively bottling up the Iraqi army, most of which was still south of Basra, squarely in the sights of the U.S. forces. American planners had planned to disarm and dismount the Iraqis and then send them streaming back into Iraq on foot. That was the kind of image that would humiliate Saddam and rock his regime. "You have got to be shitting me. Why a cease-fire now?" Waller expostulated. "One hundred hours has a nice ring," Schwarzkopf chuckled. "That's bullshit," Waller said. "Then you go argue with them," Schwarzkopf said. "Them" was the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon, and the Bush White House. Schwarzkopf had never squared off against Powell and was not about to begin now. Powell set the tone in the J.C.S., and talked the other chiefs into an early end to the war. Desert Storm had evicted Saddam from Kuwait and
erased the stain of Vietnam, so why fight on? Air Force Chief of Staff General Merrill McPeak privately protested the "merciful clemency" offered Saddam, but publicly supported Powell. President Bush too wanted to quit while he was ahead. In Washington, the analogy on everyone's mind was not Vietnam, but Korea, where a limited American war -- to evict the North Koreans from the south -- had slipped (under MacArthur's gung-ho influence) into an unlimited struggle to destroy the North Korean communists that had dragged on bloodily and inconclusively for three years and then left American troops as a permanent fixture in South Korea. Few wanted to risk this easy victory and expand American liabilities by rolling the dice and pushing north to Baghdad. Powell ridiculed the notion: it was not as if "a lot of little Jeffersonian democrats would have popped up to run for office" in Baghdad on America's coattails. Still, Bush felt tension and incompleteness everywhere. "Why do I not feel elated?" President Bush asked aloud. He knew why. The instigator of the war had survived to fight another day, and there was little that Bush could do to change that outcome. In his diary, Bush wrote of his anger at seeing Baghdad Radio broadcasting victory even as U.S. forces trounced the Iraqis. But the coalition would not support continued combat in Iraq or Kuwait merely to "destroy Iraqi forces," nor would many Americans. The war was not cheap either; 390 Americans had died in combat, and the bill for the war stood at about $620 billion. "We need to have an end. People want that. They are going to want to know that we won and that the kids can come home. We don't want to screw this up with a sloppy, muddled ending." Within a year, two-thirds of Americans would come to believe that President Bush had terminated the war too soon, and the unresolved issue would contribute to Bush's defeat in the elections of 1992. The Hundred Hour War ground to an equivocal close, over Paul Wolfowitz's
recondite objection that "100-hour war" would be a politically disastrous term since it would evoke memories of the 100-hour FrancoBritish-Israeli attack on Egypt in 1956. ("Would 99-hour war be better?" Cheney joked.) Bush had confidently predicted that the Iraqi "troops will straggle home with no armor, beaten up, 50,000," but they were more numerous than that, and they had extricated lots of armor. American surveillance photos of southern Iraq revealed the depressing news that Saddam had pulled one-quarter of his tanks and half of his APCs from Kuwait. Worse, the tanks that escaped were largely Republican Guard. Indeed the Republican Guard divisions in Kuwait had pulled off a desert Dunkirk, extricating 80,000 troops with large numbers of tanks, helicopters, and heavy guns. "The end game: it was bad," McCaffrey recalled. "First of all, there was confusion. The objectives were unclear. And the sequence was wrong." Ordinary Iraqis expressed wonderment at Saddam's continued hold on power. Retreating troops fired their AK-47s into the portraits and murals of Saddam that lined their routes home. An Iraqi cement worker muttered: "Kuwait destroyed by Saddam. Iraq destroyed by combined forces. But Saddam is still in his chair." The Shiites of southern Iraq, who had begun to seethe even before the ground war, exploded into rebellion after the cease-fire. Saddam was weakened and discredited. The moment to rise up had arrived. In northern Iraq, the Kurds made the same calculation. They took President Bush's awkward March 1 declaration as a call to action: "In my own view, I've always said it would be - that the Iraqi people should put him aside and that would facilitate the resolution of all these problems that exist, and would certainly facilitate the acceptance of Iraq back into the family of peace-loving nations." (Continued on Page 15) Dr Doug Rokke on The ‘X’ Zone Radio Show www.xzonepodcast.com
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But even as he incited the Iraqis to rebel, Bush rejected any push to Baghdad and conceded Saddam the use of armed helicopters on his side of the border. Saddam promptly exploited the American concession not to hopscotch over shattered roads and bridges but to blast his rebellious subjects from the air. Bush 41 expressed again his mixed feelings about Desert Storm, this time to a (startled) White House press conference: "You know, to be very honest with you, I haven't yet felt this wonderfully euphoric feeling that many of the American people feel." The father's doubts would sow the son's resolve to, as Bush 41 concluded, "cross the last 't' and dot the last 'i.'" In Iraq, meanwhile, Schwarzkopf traveled to Safwan to accept Saddam's surrender. The whole truce was badly managed. Although President Bush continued to lament the absence of a "battleship Missouri" moment, the Missouri was actually available, on station in the Persian Gulf, and Schwarzkopf wanted to use it, but was deterred by the logistics of transporting herds of coalition representatives and reporters to the battleship on short notice. Safwan -- an Iraqi airfield just over the border from Kuwait -- would have to do. Yet none of the coalition partners insisted on Saddam's presence at the surrender ceremony, which was a glaring oversight. President Bush wanted Saddam there, but recalled that he and his advisers "asked ourselves what we would do if he refused." Continue the war? Bad. Retreat from the demand of Saddam's attendance? Worse. Powell and Schwarzkopf thus contented themselves with two four-star Iraqi generals, and Bush did not insist on anything more. The "Washington hawks" -- Cheney and Wolfowitz in particular -- felt certain that Powell and Schwarzkopf were being played by Saddam, and letting relatively minor military considerations override long-term political ones. Although Westerners treated beaten enemies with respect, Middle Easterners regarded such courtesy as weakness. "Norm went in uninstructed," a senior Bush administration official recalled. "He should have had instructions," but he didn't. "The process broke down. The generals made an effort not to be guided. It was treated as something that was basically a military decision, not to be micromanaged." Schwarzkopf insisted that he'd been forced to "wing it" precisely because he'd been given no proper instructions. Chas Freeman, the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, spoke of "a total failure of integration between military and political strategy." The narrow-minded fury with which the neo-cons would plot and launch the 2003 Iraq War derived in part from their conviction that the cautious Army generals had thrown away real victory in 1991. At Safwan, Schwarzkopf staked out cease-fire lines, ordered a prisoner exchange, and demanded details on Iraqi minefields, but did not insist that Saddam turn over his WMD or his Scuds. As the Kurdish and Shiite revolt flared into life -- responding to U.S.-funded radio appeals from transmitters in Saudi Arabia
-- Saddam repressed it viciously. One hundred and seventy thousand Kurds and Shiites fled their towns and villages to escape Saddam's wrath. Many hid in the mountains of the north or the marshes of the south or continued into Turkey and Iran as refugees. "When the Iraqi helicopters started coming out, firing on the Iraqis, that's when we knew it was bullshit," a U.S. Army captain bitterly recalled. Taken off guard amid the hubbub of victory, Bush and his air commanders hastily clapped "no-fly zones" over northern and southern Iraq, expedients that would have been unnecessary had Bush simply demolished the Republican Guards and forbidden the Iraqis to fly. Two historians of the war noted Schwarzkopf's "surprising disinterest in the internal situation in Iraq." To the amazement of the beaten Iraqis, Schwarzkopf "guaranteed" them that the last coalition soldier would leave Iraq the minute the last coalition "ammo and gasoline trucks" were rounded up and put on the road. Bush and Schwarzkopf could have insisted on humane treatment of the Kurds and Shiites, a new constitution, or even a new regime. They could have squatted on the Rumaila oil field - seized by McCaffrey in the last hours of the war -- until Saddam met their political demands, or paid the costs of the war. Instead, in practical military style, they filled their gas and ammo trucks and left. Powell and the J.C.S. vetoed an effort by America's U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering to declare Iraq south of Basra a demilitarized zone, a step that would have sheltered the Shiites and held the Rumaila oil field as collateral for Saddam's good behavior. Powell and Schwarzkopf worried that Kurdish and Shiite secessionists might "Lebanonize" Iraq and suck the U.S. military into a civil war, leaving, as Powell put it, Uncle Sam to "sort out 2,000 years of Mesopotamian history." President Bush would not have forgotten just how narrow and precarious support for the war had been in Congress and the press. Virtually everyone had predicted blowback and "mission creep," so the president took pains to avoid both, even at the cost of a partial victory. Limited wars generally end with limited results. When Army General Steven Arnold prepared a secret Centcom contingency plan that called for a march to Baghdad to remove Saddam and install a friendly regime that would permit "a long-term U.S./Western military presence in the region" -- remarkably like the
2003 plan -- Schwarzkopf's headquarters recoiled in horror. Arnold's plan implied that Desert Storm had been a partial victory, leaving lots of unfinished business in its wake; Schwarzkopf, Powell and Bush -- despite the president's doubts -- wanted it recognized as a decisive one. For its part, the State Department feared that Arnold's suggestion of "attacks across the Euphrates River to provide political leverage" against the Saddam regime would tilt America too far toward the Iraqi Shiites. If the Shiite south broke away and rallied to Iran, America would have fought a war to strengthen the Islamic Republic of Iran. Nobody in Washington wanted that outcome, yet. The debates in 1991 prefigured similar debates in 2003, with the difference that they were more openly contested in 1991, but suppressed by "group-think" in 2003. (Continued on Page 16)
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In the White House, Scowcroft told the president to stand down. "Geopolitics," he said, dictated that Washington let Saddam crush the Shiite revolt. It was not in America's interest for Iraq "to fall apart." Iran would be the prime beneficiary of such a development. Scowcroft and his chief Middle East expert, Richard Haass, had reminded Bush throughout the war that regime change in Iraq must not be an American aim because a vacuum in Iraq would destroy the regional balance of power as well as Bush's coalition. "Mr. President," Haass told Bush, "I know what you want; I just don't see how it's going to happen." Powell warned of mission creep and recommended again that the U.S. get out quickly and cleanly. Powell quarreled with Wolfowitz and told him to stop acting as if the question of aiding the Shiites was still open. Wolfowitz grumbled that Powell and Schwarzkopf were seeking "rapid disengagement to preserve the luster of victory." Indeed the ruthless determination with which Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and the neo-cons would construct the Iraq War twelve years later derived from their conviction that great opportunities to reinvent Iraq had been squandered at Safwan. "The military's attitude was we have won," Wolfowitz bitterly recalled. "Let's cut this cleanly and not let the civilians load us with a lot of missions. Safwan was too hasty and too dignified." In May 1991, Bush acknowledged that the victory in Kuwait had been anything but decisive when he extended the pre-war economic sanctions against Iraq "until Saddam Hussein is out of power." The D.I.A. confirmed that Saddam's nuclear weapons program "had been slowed but not halted" by Desert Storm. After the war, Saddam employed 2,000 foreigntrained scientists and 18,000 engineers, proof that Saddam was sparing no expense to join the nuclear club. If sanctions and U.N. inspections ever ceased, Saddam would have a bomb "in two to four years." Bush and Scowcroft later explained their decision not to intervene in Iraq's internal affairs or press on to Baghdad to overthrow Saddam in their joint memoir - A World Transformed. Bush noted that the war's object was simple: to eject the Iraqis from Kuwait, restore Kuwait's independence, and degrade the Iraqi military. "To occupy Iraq would instantly shatter our coalition, turn the whole Arab world against us, and make a broken tyrant into a latter-day Arab hero." Bush accurately predicted the fate of his less reflective son: "To march into Baghdad ... would condemn young soldiers to fight in what would be an unwinnable urban guerrilla war. It could only plunge that part of the world into even greater instability and destroy the credibility we were working so hard to establish." Secretary of State Baker concurred, arguing that a drive to Baghdad would have transformed a war to rescue Kuwait into "a U.S. war of conquest" that would have snared the Army in "urban warfare and military occupation." Schwarzkopf too was prescient: "I am certain that had we taken all of Iraq, we
would have been like the dinosaur in the tar pit - we would still be there." With what sounds like black humor today, Schwarzkopf also noted the prohibitive cost of such a venture, "of occupying Iraqi territory and maintaining or restoring government, education, and other services for the people of Iraq." Surely, Schwarzkopf concluded, "this is a burden the beleaguered American taxpayer would not have been happy to take on." Secretary of Defense Cheney, who would become the sharpest exponent of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, also argued against a push to Baghdad in 1991. "Saddam," Cheney said, "is just one more irritant, but there's a long list of irritants in that part of the world." Cheney was right. Even a hardliner like Margaret Thatcher worried about "getting an arm caught in the mangle." Summing up the White House discussions on war termination, Rick Atkinson found that "Bush and his men concluded that the excessive price of total victory would be indefinite responsibility for rebuilding a hostile nation with no tradition of democracy but with immensely complex internal politics." Their probity would be confirmed in the years after 2003. Still, the Persian Gulf War left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. Because of his vacillation at Safwan, Bush now found himself precisely where he didn't want to be -- "bogged down in a civil war." The suffering of Iraq's Kurds and Shiites was so visible that Bush belatedly rethought his war aims. In April 1991, he abruptly decided that "Saddam is discredited and cannot be redeemed." Having earlier resolved to leave Saddam in power to ensure a balance of power, Bush now vowed to remove him from power, a task that would have been easier just a month or two earlier when there were a half million U.S. troops in country. Bush resorted to halfmeasures: economic sanctions, no-fly zones, and a big, apparently permanent U.S. military presence in the region that would embarrass the House of Saud and inflame radicals like Osama bin Laden. A year after the war, Saddam mocked President Bush from Baghdad and claimed victory: "It was George Bush with his own will who decided to stop the fighting. Nobody had
asked him to do so." Seizing on that appearance of presidential weakness, Bill Clinton campaigned that year against President Bush -and beat him -- chiding Bush for not putting Saddam and his acolytes on trial for war crimes. Clinton would prove no more effective than Bush in removing Saddam. Perhaps Colin Powell said it best, in his post-war memoirs, when he compared the pressures weighing on Bush's war termination with the pressures weighing on Meade after Gettysburg, or on Eisenhower in 1945 as the Russians raced for Berlin. It was easy to say that the generals should have done more, but at what cost, in lives, treasure and opportunity? That lingering question, which appeared hypothetical when Powell wrote his memoirs, would shortly be answered by President Bush's son.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Geoffrey Wawro is the General Olinto Mark Barsanti Professor of Military History and Director of the Military History Center at the University of North Texas. He is the author of Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East (Penguin Press, 2010.)
Citizen Spy: Vatican Cover-Up
The Vatican Cover-Up: The Mob, Money-Laundering and Murder
Robert W Morgan was a loving father who objected to the sale of drugs at his daughter's schoolyard. Unlike most informants trying to save themselves, Morgan wanted to make a difference and risked his life to do so. Chase along with him as he exposes the brains of the Mafia's most brilliant international cartel with infamous mobsters Joseph Bonanno, Meyer Lansky, and John Charles Piazza III--all with solid links to the Five Families. Under the aegis of the DEA and the FBI, Morgan unraveled the most sophisticated money-laundering scheme in the history of international crime and cost the Mafia a half billion dollars. In the end he would also hear a London confession on who killed Pope John Paul I and why. John Paul I died after just one month as pope. Morgan reveals that just hours before his mysterious death, the pope had made a request that forced his murder. Morgan waited three decades to write Citizen Spy in an attempt to avoid sure hits on his now grown daughter's life. Robert W. Morgan was a rising Florida filmmaker when he decided to try to make a difference and become an informant. Morgan's activities earned him a pass among the Mafia, not suspecting he was leading a triple life: working for the DEA and FBI, too. * Morgan, an ordinary father acted alone for four years without protection of any law enforcement agency and writes that he cost the Mafia a half billion dollars * Morgan details the methods used in laundering mob money through Banco Ambrosiano, the Vatican Bank in Italy * Citizen Spy is an account of one civilian father who played a key role in taking on the bad guys.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert W. Morgan's career as a promising young filmmaker gained the interest of the top members of the American Mafia and actions he performed on their behalf won their trust. As an up-and-coming writer/director, they knew he had sold his first four screenplays to Ivan Tors Studios; he had written, produced, and directed Bloodstalkers; and had a feature-length docudrama and TV specials made about his more esoteric interests. Larry King, Tom Snyder, and Howard Cosell reported his escapades, and he was frequently in the news. His series concept evolved into the TV hit In Search Of.... Morgan's edgy activities with CIA's Frank Sturgis and spymaster E. Howard Hunt and their anti-Castro Cuban movement earned him a pass among the Mafia; they loved knowing he was leading a double life. They did not suspect it was triple. He was also working as an undercover operative for the DEA and the FBI, and his personally chosen targets were among the highest echelons of those Mafia attorneys who laundered Mafia profits into legitimate businesses. He is currently writing full time and is developing fresh film projects. Visit Robert W Morgan on line at www.robertwmorgan-alive.com
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Depleted Uranium Use Illegal
US Forces' Use of Depleted Uranium Weapons is 'Illegal'
by Neil Mackay
Originally Published on Sunday, March 30, 2003 by The Sunday Herald (Scotland) BRITISH and American coalition forces are using depleted uranium (DU) shells in the war against Iraq and deliberately flouting a United Nations resolution which classifies the munitions as illegal weapons of mass destruction. DU contaminates land, causes ill-health and cancers among the soldiers using the weapons, the armies they target and civilians, leading to birth defects in children. Professor Doug Rokke, ex-director of the Pentagon's depleted uranium project -- a former professor of environmental science at Jacksonville University and onetime US army colonel who was tasked by the US department of defense with the post-first Gulf war depleted uranium desert clean-up -- said use of DU was a 'war crime'. Rokke said: 'There is a moral point to be made here. This war was about Iraq possessing illegal weapons of mass destruction -- yet we are using weapons of mass destruction ourselves.' He added: 'Such double-standards are repellent.' The latest use of DU in the current conflict came on Friday when an American A10 tankbuster plane fired a DU shell, killing one British soldier and injuring three others in a 'friendly fire' incident. According to a August 2002 report by the UN subcommission, laws which are breached by the use of DU shells include: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the Charter of the United Nations; the Genocide Convention; the Convention Against Torture; the four Geneva Conventions of 1949; the Conventional Weapons Convention of 1980; and the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, which expressly forbid employing 'poison or poisoned weapons' and 'arms, projectiles or materials calculated to cause unnecessary suffering'. All of these laws are designed to spare civilians from unwarranted suffering in armed conflicts. DU has been blamed for the effects of Gulf war syndrome -- typified by chronic muscle and joint pain, fatigue and memory loss -- among 200,000 US soldiers after the 1991 conflict. It is also cited as the most likely cause of the 'increased number of birth deformities and cancer in Iraq' following the first Gulf war. 'Cancer appears to have increased between seven and 10 times and deformities between four and six times,' according to the UN subcommission. The Pentagon has admitted that 320 metric tons of DU were left on the battlefield after the first Gulf war, although Russian military experts say 1000 metric tons is a more accurate figure. In 1991, the Allies fired 944,000 DU
DR DOUG ROKKE, PhD, 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 Counter-terrorism 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 Oversight Board; and local, state, and federal law enforcement, fire, and medical agencies. He has been an advisor and onscreen 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 Urbana-Champaign 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. -
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rounds or some 2700 tons of DU tipped bombs. A UK Atomic Energy Authority report said that some 500,000 people would die before the end of this century, due to radioactive debris left in the desert. The use of DU has also led to birth defects in the children of Allied veterans and is believed to be the cause of the 'worrying number of anophthalmos cases -- babies born without eyes' in Iraq. Only one in 50 million births should be anophthalmic, yet one Baghdad hospital had eight cases in just two years. Seven of the fathers had been exposed to American DU anti-tank rounds in 1991. There have also been cases of Iraqi babies born without the crowns of their skulls, a deformity also linked to DU shelling. A study of Gulf war veterans showed that 67% had children with severe illnesses, missing eyes, blood infections, respiratory problems and fused fingers. Rokke told the Sunday Herald: 'A nation's military personnel cannot wilfully contaminate any other nation, cause harm to persons and the environment and then ignore the consequences of their actions. 'To do so is a crime against humanity. 'We must do what is right for the citizens of the world -- ban DU.' He called on the US and UK to 'recognize the immoral consequences of their actions and assume responsibility for medical care and thorough environmental remediation'. He added: 'We can't just use munitions which leave a toxic wasteland behind them and kill indiscriminately. 'It is equivalent to a war crime.' Rokke said that coalition troops were currently fighting in the Gulf without adequate respiratory protection against DU contamination. The Sunday Herald has previously revealed how the Ministry of Defense had testfired some 6350 DU rounds into the Solway Firth over more than a decade, from 1989 to 1999. 
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The Horrors of Depleted Uranium
Is The Patterson Film Too Good A Hoax?
Is The Patterson Film Too Good A Hoax?
important, is the question of the extraneous details the image in the film exhibits. A cranial crest—a ridge of bone along the top of the skull common to large apes—is clearly evident, as are pendulous female breasts. While the addition of the crest might be a reasonably simple addition, breasts would not. They would be an unnecessary and complicated—and probably expensive—addition to an outfit that was going to be filmed for only a few seconds, especially when Bigfoot enthusiasts would have been equally content with a breast less Bigfoot. Additionally, naturalists have noted that the arms of the creature in the film are longer than those found in a human. Human hands come to about mid-thigh level, whereas the hands of the creature in the Patterson film extend nearly to the knees. This could only be accomplished through the use of arm extenders of some kind; again, another difficulty that has to be carefully integrated into the already ponderous suit. And then there is that strange gait. As Dr. Krantz correctly points out, the Patterson creature doesn't walk like a man (or any known primate, for that matter). It walks with a continually bent knee (as opposed to humans, who lock their knees while walking) and is consistent with a creature having the type of double-jointed foot evidenced by the plaster casts Patterson made on site. (Such doublejointed-ness in the foot is frequently seen on the most reliable Bigfoot casts known, which are easily distinguished from hoaxed footprints that are normally nothing more than oversized human footprints.) So why the unusual, inhuman walk-a walk Dr. Krantz finds difficult and uncomfortable to mimic for any great distance? Does this sound like the sort of detail even the most clever special effects artist would dream up? While it's true such a gait would not be impossible for a man to mimic, what would he use as the basis or "model" for such a walk in the first place? If one were to mimic a gorilla, for instance, it would be reasonable to study a real gorilla in an effort to learn and duplicate it's movements as closely as possible. But what is the source of the Bigfoot "walk?" Obviously, since there are no "real" Bigfoots to study, it was invented out of thin air. Then, since the costumed man was going to get only one shot at this, he would have had to painstakingly practice the gait until he could make it appear natural. Difficult at best and an unnecessary complication for just a few seconds of hoaxed film footage. And this, of course, brings us to our second point. (Continued on Page 21)
One October afternoon in 1967, selfstyled Bigfoot enthusiast Roger Patterson did what no "monster" hunter had managed to do before or since. Using a small 16mm camera, he allegedly shot nearly 100 feet of color footage of the legendary Sasquatch (more commonly known as Bigfoot) as it crossed a dried creek bed and retreated into the darkened woods near Bluff Creek, California. In so doing, Patterson started a firestorm of controversy that continues to this day and likely will rage on for decades to come. Did Patterson really film the elusive creature, as Bigfoot proponents generally insist, or did he perpetrate the greatest fraud in the history of natural science, on par with the Cardiff Giant and the Piltdown Man? Certainly, the footage looks convincing. It is reasonably clear, shot in bright sunlight, and provides a copious amount of detail. It's definitely not a bear or any other known animal native to northern California. It's not a fluke of shadows and light, nor is it a camera trick. It is either an unknown primate of considerable size or a man in a very convincing suit. Patterson's film is clear enough that it leaves no other options. The scientific community-at least those few men and women willing to humor the crypto zoology community be looking at the footage-as a group generally considers it an obvious fraud, though some will at least allow that it is a very good one. The few scientists who take the footage seriously, most notably University of Washington anthropologist Grover Krantz, sees it as too good to be a hoax. The animal's general physical dimensions are too massive and untypical of human ratios, the cranial crest, hair, and musculature too much like that of a real primate—even its gait is too different from that of either a man or an ape to be a hoax. So which is it, beast or fraud? While we may never learn the answer with any certainty (even demonstrating the existence of a real Bigfoot would not prove Patterson's animal was real), it might be useful to look at the issue from the standpoint of a hoaxer and ascertain just what it might take to duplicate Patterson's efforts. I will examine each of the major objections commonly voiced by opponents of the Patterson film to see if they stand up rationally.
It's a Guy in a Monkey Suit
This is, for obvious reasons, the most prevalent objection. It has to be a man in an elaborate get-up because the alternative is clearly unacceptable. This seems to be the extent of the skeptic's rationale. The problems with the man-in-a-suit theory are many. Most obvious, of course, is the sheer size of the animal. Frame-by-frame measurements have suggested the "creature" in the film had a height of nearly seven feet, a chest circumference of over 80 inches (compare to an average adult human male chest measurement of approximately 45-50 inches), and a weight in excess of 500 pounds (as gauged by the apparent depth of footprints left in the sandy creek bed, also shot by Patterson, along with plaster castings). Even allowing that lens distortion and interpolation might reduce these measurements by as much as ten percent, even an unusually large man in a "monkey suit" would be unlikely to approach these dimensions, with the exception of height. Of course, a man could wear a padded undergarment designed to give the appearance of greater bulk, but then how does one account for the greater weight? Five hundred pounds of flesh and bone (as well as latex, rubber, and fur) is a lot of weight to be hauling around in the wilderness. Surely a large man in a suit weighing in at around 250—300 pounds should have been sufficient for Patterson's purposes; so why the extra unnecessary weight (and, indeed, where did it come from?) Additionally, considering that Patterson's friend and fellow eyewitness, Bob Gimlin, was armed and at the ready in case the animal did something unexpected, it would seem hugely irresponsible at best and insanely dangerous at worse to don such a suit (unless, of course, Gimlin was in on the hoax, a point he explicitly denies to this day). Even their verbal agreement not to shoot the creature in case of an encounter-an agreement often pointed to by debunkers as suspicious-would be no guarantee that Gimlin wouldn't fire in a moment of panic. No matter how well Patterson knew Gimlin, he could never be absolutely certain how the man would react in such a remarkable situation, and the consequences of "guessing" wrong would be catastrophic. It was simply too great a risk for either Patterson or the guy in the suit to take for any amount of fame or fortune. Further, and I think even more
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special effects artists—many of whom were not even alive when Patterson shot his footage—are less impressed; they have the materials and resources available today their forebears never dreamed of. Perhaps that's why the "old school" seemed more uniformly impressed with the Patterson film; they know how difficult such a suit would have been to make in 1967, a point that today's artisans often overlook. This point is further underscored by recent attempts to "fake" Bigfoot film for television documentaries. Such efforts routinely demonstrate that despite the significant advances in costuming available today, no one could get a guy in a fur suit to look like anything but a guy in a fur suit. One recent effort, actually shot at Bluff Creek by the BBC for Discovery Channel's television special X-creatures, had a man in a Bigfoot suit (inexplicably covered in long red yak fur rather than the short, coarse, black hair seen on the Patterson creature) retrace the path taken by the "thing" in the film in an effort to demonstrate how "easily" such a film could be faked. While the producers presented the spectacle as evidence of a hoax by Patterson, it more clearly demonstrates just the opposite. The remarkably unconvincing "creature" looked nothing like the Patterson creature. In fact, it was obvious to everyone— except, apparently, the producers—that it was a guy in an oversized suit. They also didn't explain why their "Bigfoot" was unable to leave footprints in the sand that showed him to weigh over 500 pounds, either. As for the claim that special effects artist John Chambers produced the Patterson costume, some thorough research by writer Mark Chorvinsky failed to produce a single witness who could verify the claim first-hand. Evidence of Chambers' role was anecdotal, hearsay, and "general knowledge" within the industry, but no one—including Chambers himself (in a 1995 interview)—has ever admitted to producing the costume. This in itself seems remarkable; as such a confession would produce quite a sensation in the industry and immortalize its creator. Certainly, the longsince-retired Chambers had nothing to lose by admitting the hoax and, in fact, could have only enhanced his reputation as one of the greatest effects artists in history. The "Chambers Story," then, appears to be nothing more than a case of a smoking gun without a gun. (Continued on Page 24)
SFX Artists Think Film is Fake
Debunkers of the Patterson film frequently point out that modern special effects artists usually consider the image in the film to be a suited man. Some have even maintained it was "well known" within the industry the "creature" was the work of special effects master John Chambers—a man who had considerable expertise in the field of "hairy monsters" through his work on television shows like Lost in Space and The Outer Limits. While it is true that modern effects artists likely could reproduce the Patterson creature, it must be remembered that much has changed in the industry since 1967. Modern materials and techniques, as well as the money to put into such elaborate costumes, simply were not available 35 years ago, a point often overlooked by most debunkers today. According to Bigfoot enthusiasts Don Hunter and Rene Dahinden, the footage was shown to special effects artists at Universal Studios just weeks after it was shot. Their conclusion was: "We could try. But we would have to create a completely new system of artificial muscles and find an actor who could be trained to walk like that. It might be done, but we would have to say that it would be almost impossible." It's not surprising then that today's
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And, finally, what of the logistical problems such a shoot would entail? If one were to commission a special effects artist to produce a convincing suit and find someone large enough to wear it, why shoot the production in Bluff Creek, a full 500 air miles from Hollywood? Setting the production so far from "headquarters" would make the entire affair a logistical nightmare. First, as the suit would have been expensive to construct and maintain, it's hard to imagine its creator would have subjected it to the kind of wear and tear such a rugged locale would demand. Additionally, transporting the "ape guy" along with his hot, bulky costume—as well as several assistants (remember, our hoaxer needed someone to drive him out to the site and then pick him up again immediately afterwards)—could not be easy or inexpensive. Does it make sense to spend the time and money to drag this entire ensemble all the way to the Oregon border when they could have done the shoot much closer to home-say in the nearby Sierra Nevadas-a vast area also known for Bigfoot sightings, or, for that matter, even the forests of nearby Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, a mere two hour drive from Hollywood? It would have made the fraud far easier and less expensive to pull off, particularly when the results would have been just as good.
Patterson Had an Agenda
The fact that Patterson actually made money from his film is, in the minds of some, automatically enough to dismiss the film out of hand as an obvious fake. The idea that a Bigfoot "hunter" actually found what he was searching for is looked upon with suspicion, for clearly no one could be that lucky. This deadly combination—luck and fortune—is enough, apparently, to seal its fate. No one denies that Patterson was lucky. He set out to find a Bigfoot and actually found one. But it wasn't pure luck. He had been searching for the creature for years and pursued his quarry with considerable skill. He chose to search an area known for Bigfoot activity—a "hot spot," in modern bigfoot hunter parlance— and he further chose the perfect means of doing so: searching on horseback. Packhorses gave Patterson a tremendous advantage in searching for a creature like Bigfoot. Vehicles make noise and would be detected by a reasonably alert Bigfoot at some distance, while horses are quiet and would be able to cover much larger areas than a man on foot. Horses might also have one other subtle advantage: Whereas a man, being bipedal, might be interpreted by a Sasquatch as an "unnatural" creature, a horse would look-and smell-more like a "natural" animal of the forest. In fact, this natural "camouflage" may be what allowed Patterson and Gimlin to get as close as they did. By the time the Bigfoot noticed the horses had human riders, it had already compromised its position. Plus, Patterson and Gimlin were following a nearly dry creek bed—one of the
few sources of water in the area—which, as a result of a particularly heavy spring funoff, now had broad, exposed banks. This would have forced any creature to cross nearly 100 feet of open space before reaching the cover of the forest. All these factors, combined with a bit of luck, are what gave Patterson his opportunity. He was simply rewarded for doing everything right-a lesson many modern Bigfoot hunters should take note of. But what about the money? Didn't Patterson make a fortune off his film? While it is true the man did make money from the rights to his footage, it was scarcely a fortune, and he lost most of that in later, unsuccessful Bigfoot expeditions. But even so, is that enough to question his ethics? The film after all, was his personal property, and the expedition was undertaken at his own expense, so was he not within his rights to take advantage of the situation? He took the risks and did the work, precisely the same as does a scientist who wins a Nobel Prize. Are we to assume a researcher in the field of chemistry, for example, who receives prize money for his effort, is to be considered unethical for keeping his winnings? Additionally, consider the personal risks Patterson ran had he hoaxed the event. He took a risk his companion wouldn't shoot the impostor (couldn't he have at least made certain Gimlin's rifle was empty before they started out?) as well as the risk the hoax wouldn't be exposed, thus subjecting himself to ridicule and possible legal action. When one considers the number of people likely involved in the fraud (at least two others besides Patterson himself, unless one assumes the guy in the monkey suit is also the designer and fabricator of the suit, which seems unlikely) what are the chances the deception would never be exposed? It's just too good a joke to keep to oneself. And, finally, Patterson himself died in 1972 after a long illness without recanting his story. Hadn't he heard that confession was good for the soul, or did he simply have nothing to confess?
enough to satisfy most skeptics. People tend to believe what they want, as this remarkable piece of footage vividly demonstrates. To the Bigfoot proponent, it is clear and concise "proof" that a massive, unknown primate lurks in the forests of North America awaiting imminent discovery. To the skeptic, it is a clever fraud that beautifully illustrates the gullibility of the ignorant and the naïve. Which position one embraces says less about Roger Patterson's remarkable footage than it does the power of belief—or disbelief.  This article first appeared in Fate Magazine in March of 2002.
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A native Minnesotan who currently resides in Colorado, Jeff Allen Danelek has been working as a graphic artist and technical illustrator since leaving the Navy in 1984. While he has been writing as a hobby for fifteen years, it is only in the last few years that he began pursuing it as a full-time vocation. Besides writing, his hobbies include military history, religion and spirituality, numismatics (coin collecting), general science and things like Bigfoot and other mysterious beasties, Atlantis, UFO's and anything that goes bump in the night. An avid reader and careful researcher, he enjoys presenting alternative theories on increasingly popular subjects dealing with the strange and inexplicable world around us. Danelek is regularly featured at seminars and conferences around the country, speaking on the topics of ghosts, reincarnation and UFOs. He has been published in FATE magazine and has been a frequent guest on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and The 'X' Zone Radio Show with Rob McConnell. He has also been a guest on Dreamland with Whitley Strieber, the Hilly Rose show, Erskine Overnight, and many popular podcasts. His books include The Case for Ghosts, Atlantis: Lessons from a Prehistoric Civilization, and UFOs: The Great Debate. His latest book is 2012: Extinction or Utopia. Danelek is also a novelist and instructor at Colorado Free University. www.ourcusiousworld.com
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Chimpanzees and Romans Why Both Make War
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Where violence takes place, children crop up over and over again. Stags fight for the right to have them. Humans declare wars to make the world safe for them. Strange as it sounds, children--and the genes they carry--are one key to the mystery of violence. An adult male langur who's become the head of the establishment ensconces himself at the center of his group looking ever-so-regal. He has every reason for sitting pretty. If you take a closer look at the cluster of langurs milling around him, you'll discover that all of them are either his wives or his children. The females do his bidding, and offer their bodies only to him. If they attempt a romance with some dashing bachelor, they are severely punished. So is the hopeful seducer. No wonder the central male looks so lordly. He is surrounded by a tribe devoted to one primary purpose--having and raising his kids. As we saw several chapters ago, not every member of the langur society is happy about this state of affairs. In the jungle nearby roams a gang of post-pubertal hooligans who have left home permanently to hang with toughs their own age. Their newly spurting sexual hormones have triggered the growth of horniness, muscle and a cocky aggression. Periodically, the gang of youthful thugs advances on the territory where the well-fixed elder statesman sits in the midst of his massive family. The hoodlums try to get his attention. They mock and challenge the patriarch. He sometimes sits aloof, refusing to dignify their taunts with a response. On other occasions, he ambles over to the periphery of the harem, then rears up and puts on a display of outrage that chases the young Turks away. But from time to time, the massed delinquents continue their challenge, starting a fight that can be brutal indeed. If they are lucky, the upstarts trounce their dignified superior thoroughly, chasing him from his comfortable home. Then the newly triumphant members of the younger generation execute an atrocity. They wade into the screaming females, grabbing babies left and right. They swing the infants against the trees, smash them against the ground, bite their heads and crush their skulls. They kill and kill. When the orgy of bloodlust is over, not an infant remains. Yet the females in
their sexual prime are completely unhurt. The mass murder is anything but random. Like Effie's infanticide, it has a simple goal. This cluster of wives was raising the children of the old man who just fled. As long as the ladies continued to suckle infants, they would be tied to the children of the toppled authority figure. A natural birth-control device called lactational amenorrhea would keep them uninterested in sex, preventing them from entering estrus, and blocking the females from carrying the seed of the new conquerors. When a mother's baby is killed and her suckling stops, however, the whole game changes. Her biochemistry shifts, resurrecting her sexual interest. She becomes an empty womb waiting to have another child. And this time, the child will not belong to the deposed monarch--it will carry the legacy of one of the invaders. But surely humans don't indulge in such barbarities. Or do they? In the rain forests near the Amazon live a people called the Yanomamo. Their ethnographer, Napoleon Chagnon, calls them "the fierce people." They pride themselves on their cruelty, glorying in it so enthusiastically that they make a great show of beating their wives. And the wives are as much a part of this viciousness as the husbands. A spouse who does not carry enough scars from her husband's blows feels rejected and complains miserably about her unbruised condition. It is a sign, she is certain, that her husband does not love her. Yanomamo men have two great sports-hunting and war. The patterns of their warfare bear a strange resemblance to those of the langur. Yanomamo men sneak up on a neighboring village and attack. If they are successful, they kill or chase away the men. They leave the sexually-capable young women unharmed. But they move methodically through the lean-to-like homes, grabbing babies from the screaming captives. Like the langurs, the Yanomamo men beat these infants against the ground, bash their brains out on the rocks, and make the footpaths wet with babies' blood. They spear the older children with the sharp ends of their bows, pinning their quivering bodies to the ground. Others they simply throw from the edge
of a cliff. To the Yanomamo, this is an exhilarating entertainment. They brag and boast as they smash fresh newborns against the stones. When the winning warriors have finished, not a single suckling child remains. Then the triumphant Yanomamo men lead the captured women back to a new life as secondary wives. No wonder the Yanomamo word for marriage means "dragging something away." What have the Yanomamo victors accomplished? The same thing the langurs did. They have freed the females from the biochemical birth control device that keeps a suckling woman from bearing new progeny. The Yanomamo fighters have made the wombs of their captured consorts available to carry fresh children...their children. The Yanomamo are not some strange aberration dragged out of the jungle to illustrate a far-fetched point. In the early fourth century, Eusebius --the first historian of the Christian Church-- summarized what the study of history had focused on until his time: war, slaughters for the sake of country and children. Hugo Grotius in 1625 published De Jure Bellis ac Pacis (Concerning The Law of War and Peace), a book that tried to make Christian war more humane. In it, Grotius justified killing children. He cited the 137th psalm, which said, "Happy shall he be who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock." So Grotius was well aware of two things. That killing the children of the people you'd attacked was common in the days of the Old Testament. And that it remained as common as ever in the Europe of the 1600s. (Continued on Page 30)
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CORVALLIS, Ore. – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has noted numerous references to “secret UFO files” in the various diplomatic material now held by WikiLeaks, but more telling, says an Oregon State University student, is what Assange is not saying about his classified material holdings; while, at the same time, a recent CBS “60 Minutes” interview with Assange pointed to yet more cover-ups and strange dealings by world governments to shut WikiLeaks up. Assange did not address secret UFO files during his 60 Minutes interview, but he did talk at length about how governments “hide important information” from the citizenry. Moreover, Assange told British media recently that “specifics from the cables,” to include UFO files, is not on WikiLeaks radar for now. However, he’s taken measures to protect a cache of a quarter-million confidential diplomatic cables from the past three years that spotlight “back-room” bargaining by various government sources. The cables include such things as UFO sightings, nuclear weapons concerns and ongoing terrorist activities that are viewed as top secret and highly confidential in nature. The WikiLeaks files come at a time when UFO sightings are increasing worldwide, and so is the interest as to why UFO information is kept secret by world governments. For leaking these files, Assange is facing a U.S. criminal investigation that could send him to jail and shut WikiLeaks down. In turn, Assange told 60 Minutes that the investigation into disclosing these cables is “harassment.” ‘Observations of Anomalous Atmospheric Phenomena in the USSR: A Statistical Analysis.’ This UFO report has numerous connections with high ranking scientific officials in the U.S., in Europe and in the United Nations. It’s fascinating,” she says. According to Freedom of Information Act and National Achieves documents, Bridges found the Soviet UFO report under “UFOlogy in the Soviet Union.” The report pointed to a “major UFO controversy in 1967 where U.S. officials were in conflict with their Soviet counterparts about what UFO files and information they would release to the public. Moreover, Bridges found an official 1974 report from the USSR Academy of Sciences are "real" in a mathematically provable sense. Translated, the title of the report is "Observations of Anomalous Atmospheric Phenomena in the USSR: A Statistical Analysis." The main author was Dr. Lev Gindilis of the Shternberg State Astronomical Institute in Moscow. Hughes said the report was approved for official publication by Academician Nikolay Kardashev, one of the USSR's top experts in SETI, the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence and dubbed the "Gindilis Report." According to National Archives notes, a copy of this secret – WikiLeaks type of document – was smuggled out of the Soviet Union and found its way to the French government’s official UFO research group, titled “GEPAN.” At the same time, the files point to Dr. J. Allen Hynek reviewing the GEPAN copy that was also reviewed by famed NASA scientist Dr. Richard Haines at the Ames Research Center in California. Haines then had it translated and then reproduced with a plan for public release. However, NASA printed a warning on the front of its file copies of the translation: "This copy is for internal use of NASA personnel and any reference to this paper must be to the original foreign source." Access to file copies was restricted to NASA and contractor personnel. In brief, both Hynek and Haines and other leading American UFO experts, said the Soviet report was “earth breaking,” and “proof” that UFOs are a serious national security issue. “They buried this report, and there’s a sort of dead end to whatever happened to Gindilis,” says Hughes who is set to complete her thesis work. At the same time, she’s concerned that WikiLeaks UFO information will suffer the same fate and be both protected and buried by government officials. Assange tells 60 Minutes that secrets are always kept by governments. “The key to subversion is that it is carried out underneath, in secret, below the radar. The real subversion is the act of keeping important truths hidden. By hiding important information concerning corrupt practices, corporations, governments, and individuals cannot be held accountable for their actions. In this sense, it is precisely the corrupt practices of such entities that can rightfully be called subversive, because they turn around, rout, and overthrow the public's ability to respond to their behavior. Keeping corrupt practices secret subverts our consciousness by putting forth information that is not commensurate with the actual behavior. This is the tactic almost universally employed by corrupt actors: to maintain a public face that keeps under (sub) the information that would upset our understanding were it to become public knowledge,” explained WikiLeaks founder Assange during a January 30 interview on “60 Minutes.” In general, Assange concurred with the UFO community when it comes to “hiding important information.” He then gave examples of how this control of information keeps government leaders in control of the state and its actions. “The current actions of the government of Egypt are subversive in its attempts to silence the flow of information by shutting down the internet and cell communications. The government of North Korea has for decades been subverting its entire populace by claiming that "all is well" as people remain without adequate food or are sent to die in work camps. 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In fact, the restless effort of human males to find more wombs that will carry their seed has been dignified by the forefathers of western civilization. The rape of the Sabine women, a bit of Roman history anyone with a modest classical education can recount, was a stunt very similar to those frequently pulled off by the Yanomamo. The heros of the tale--a gang of early Romans--invited the neighboring tribesmen and their wives over for dinner and entertainment. The entertainment turned out to be a display of Roman weapons. The hosts pulled their swords, grabbed the girls, then attacked and chased away the husbands. There was a high time among the Roman founding fathers as they indulged merrily in sex with the weeping captives. And nine months later, there was more weeping as the kidnapped ladies gave birth to a fresh crop of infants--the babies of the banquet hosts. The Trojan War also ended with a scene that any Yanomamo warrior would have understood. It started as a battle over one woman, a lovely creature who behaved very much like Konrad Lorenz' female duck. You remember, the aquatic female who triggered a fight, then ran back to her mate and tried to get him to join in. The instigator, in the case of the human conflict, was Helen of Troy. When the fighting was over, the winning Greeks were rewarded with a Yanomama-esque bonanza-captured plunder and conquered Trojan females. The warriors took the women home and ravished them. But you can be sure they didn't bother to carry many Trojan infants on the trip back across the Aegean Sea. (As Troy was going down in defeat, Andromache, one of the Trojan wives, told her baby that the odds were good "some Achaean will take you by the hand and hurl you from the tower into horrible death....") Less than a year later, the fresh crop of babies from the Trojan captives fattened the Greek bloodline. The Yanomamo, the langurs, the Romans and the Greeks were all driven by the same force. They were hungry for sex. And that hunger translated into something else--the desire to populate the world with their own offspring. But the men were not alone. Effie the cannibalistic gorilla and Livia the Roman schemer were out for the same thing. Under the impulse toward violence often lies the simple urge to have kids. Which leads us to one of the fundamental forces behind The Lucifer Principle: the greed of genes.  the American Psychological Society, the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, The International Society of Human Ethology, and the Academy of Political Science. He has been featured in every edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering since the publication's inception. Bloom has taken an unusual approach to the study of mass moods and cultural convolutions. He started out normally enough, building his first Boolean algebra machine at the age of twelve, becoming a dedicated microscopist that same year, codesigning a computer which won a Westinghouse Science Award before he left grade school, and being granted a private brainstorming session with the head of the Graduate Physics Department of The State University of New York, Buffalo, at the age of thirteen. By sixteen he was a lab assistant at the world's largest cancer research center, the Roswell Park Memorial Research Cancer Institute, where he helped plumb the mysteries of the immune system. And before his freshman year of college he designed and executed research in Skinnerian programmed learning at Rutgers University's Graduate School of Education. Then came an act of academic heresy. After graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from New York University, Bloom turned down four graduate fellowships and embarked on a 20-year-long urban anthropology expedition to penetrate what he calls "society's myth-making machinery"--the inner sanctums of politics and the media. During his foray into "the dark underbelly of mass emotion" he edited a magazine which won two National Academy of Poets prizes, founded the leading avant-garde art studio on the East Coast, was featured on the cover of Art Direction Magazine, then gave up listening to Beethoven, Bartok, and Mozart to become editor of a rock magazine. Using correlational studies, focus groups, empirical surveys, ethnographic expeditions into suburban teen subcultures, and other scientific techniques, Bloom more than doubled the publication's sales, and was credited by Rolling Stones' Chet Flippo with having founded a new genre--the heavy metal magazine. Seeking still further ways to infiltrate modernity's mass mind, Bloom formed a public relations firm in the music and film industry and won the confidence of those whose territory he'd invaded. The payoff in knowledge proved invaluable. Bloom worked with Michael Jackson, Prince, John Cougar Mellencamp, Kiss, Queen, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Joan Jett, Diana Ross, Simon & Garfunkel, The Talking Heads, AC/DC, Billy Idol, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run D.M.C., Simply Red, and the heads of many a media conglomerate. He was adept at spotting new subcultures, entering them, and helping their members achieve their goals…a skill which gave him an inside role in the rise of rap, disco, and punk rock. The pinnacles of fame provided surprising scientific revelations. "When you're at the center of the sort of attention-storm which hits when you're working with a superstar," Bloom says, "it's as if the laws of physics change. Hormones charge you up in ways you never imagined. Time perception alters. You resolve crisis in minutes, seeing solutions instantly which previously would have taken you weeks. "More important is the impact of a communal ritual like a rock concert. The star onstage is taken over by a self he doesn't know, one that seems to surge through him as if he were a length of empty pipe. The force of this strange passion welds the audience in an almost transcendent bond." Bloom's task was to first experience the exaltation, then to dissect it. "The model for this work," he says, "came from William James, who attempted to feel the ecstatic experience of mystics, then to probe it scientifically, a process which led to his 1902 book The Varieties of the Religious Experience." Bloom's forays into power and its manipulations were also intense. "In the music and film industry everyone knew that money and career advancement were on the line. But few realized how deeply what they did affected the lives of millions, and even fewer felt the responsibility that demands. It was an amazing privilege to work as an equal with the entertainment industry's elite, many of whom I either had to woo or thwart to help my clients reach their audience with a message of genuine value. Some executives were master strategists but used their intelligence to increase their own stature, often at a brutal cost to others. Others were far more ethical. Yet even the bestintentioned employed boardroom and backroom tactics handed down from the politics of chimpanzees. Without knowing it, they used tricks of leadership we share with social animals from lizards and lobsters to baboons and mountain apes." The subculture of Washington politics was, to Bloom, the most disturbing of them all. Bloom founded Music in Action, a national anti-censorship organization. This brought him into head-on combat with Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President and eventual presidential candidate Al Gore. Says Bloom, "Tipper and the right wing religionists who used her for their ends were masters of perceptual manipulation. They perpetrated hoaxes of outrageous transparency, yet still managed to convince the press and public that their falsifications were true." Twenty pages in The Billboard Guide to Music Publicity are devoted to Bloom and the antidote he invented, "perceptual engineering," which he defines as "a way of finding a valid truth which the herd refuses to see, then turning the herd around and making that truth selfevident. It's what we do in much of science-seeing the ordinary from a new perspective, then revealing what makes it tick and in the process altering society's views." For more information on Howard Bloom or to order Howard’s Books, “The The Forces of History,” “Global Brain: The Evolution Of The Mass Media From The Big Bang To The 21st Century,” and “The Genius Capitalism,” visit his website at:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Howard Bloom, a Visiting Scholar at New York University, is founder of the International Paleopsychology Project, executive editor of the New Paradigm book series, a founding board member of the Epic of Evolution Society, and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the National Association for the Advancement of Science,
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UFO Over Jerusalem
UFO Over Jerusalem: Another Attempt by the Elohim to Wake up the Chosen People
The Raelian Movement
According to several witnesses who shot videos of the event, a UFO orb appeared in Jerusalem at 1 a.m., Jan. 28, over Mount Zion and the Dome of the Rock/Temple Mount. The witnesses said they noticed the large, ovalshaped UFO suspended above the nighttime skyline. At some point, they said, the UFO descended almost to ground level directly over the Dome of the Rock/Temple Mount area, hovered there for a short while, flashed lights into surrounding buildings, and then shot upward at an incredible speed. "It's fortunate that these witnesses captured this UFO sighting so that the Israeli public can be more aware of the presence of these extraterrestrials in our sky," said Leon Mellul, leader of the Raelian Movement of Israel. "But more than any other people in the world, the Jews shouldn't need any sightings to remind them of their presence, since these extraterrestrials have been with us since the beginning of our existence. They are the Elohim of the Bible; they are the scientists who came to Earth, thought the light was good and created all forms of life here including us in their image." Mellul said Raelian scriptures give a clear account of how the Elohim team of scientists located in Israel long ago created the Jewish people and helped them for generations. "The UFO over Jerusalem four days ago fits in perfectly with all the descriptions of the 'glory' of Elohim," he explained. "But what is more important is the reason they are appearing now. 37 years ago, our Creators, the Elohim, sent their last messenger, the expected Messiah, Rael, to inform the people of Earth about their desire to meet us again, since we have reached a level of scientific knowledge that allows us to understand that they are not gods. They also asked Rael to build an embassy in Jerusalem. But for seven consecutive times, Israel has refused to grant the authorization needed to build the embassy, and now other countries are about to accept our request. But our Creators still want to come back to Jerusalem, which is where the love story with their creations started. This UFO sighting is much more than just a light in the sky; it's a reminder to the Jewish people that their Creators are waiting for them to finally stop fighting and focus instead on their original mission - which is to welcome the Elohim in the Third Temple." To learn more about the message from our creators, go to http://www.rael.org. To read the last message of Yahweh to the Jewish people in April 2009, go to: http://raelianews.org/comment.php?comment.n ews.373 
'UFO' Hovers Over Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock Shrine
A glowing orb filmed hovering over the skyline of Jerusalem has left UFO experts dumbfounded. The circular object was seen descending slowly over the holy city's iconic Dome of the Rock before flickering and shooting skyward like a rocket. Similar clips have been seen before and debunked as hoaxes. But this latest sighting has proved more difficult to dismiss -as it was recorded from four different perspectives. Some UFO enthusiasts believe the videos -- which have taken the Internet by storm -- are final proof that aliens exist, while others say the unidentified object was the Hebrew god Elohim. Adding to the mystery is the fact that flying over the Dome of the Rock landmark -an ancient Islamic shrine -- is forbidden. Two witnesses at the Armon Hanatziv panoramic lookout near Mount Zion filmed the object at 1am on Saturday. A little after one minute into the clip, the object descends slowly, almost to ground level. The craft hovers there for a short while and then flickers before shooting upwards at an incredible speed. Former Ministry of Defense UFO investigator Nick Pope said: "If these are real, they are some of the most incredible videos ever shot. "If they are not, then this is a very wellplanned and coordinated hoax designed to eliminate elements of doubt. "The way it shoots up into the sky suggests it is unmanned, because no living thing could survive those kinds of G-forces. "We know the Israeli army has some very high-tech drones at its disposal. If this is one, it is one of the most advanced pieces of technology created by man."
Another set of observers also uploaded their mobile phone footage to YouTube on Saturday. They wrote: "Have fun debunking this one." In their video, the American tourists can be heard saying: "We've seen them in Mississippi like this." Two other clips filmed from different viewpoints were posted online. Skeptics have noted the views come from perspectives that could make nearby objects seem farther away and faster-moving. Others say the whole thing was faked and have prepared several alternative versions of the videos which they say prove they are not real. These include stabilized versions in which the brightness and contrast have been increased, which they claim highlights a major flaw of perspective. Another is motion-tracked, and apparently shows the UFO "bouncing around like crazy" -- which, say the sceptics, shows the makers had trouble inserting it into the scene.
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The Genesis Grid
Religions of the world come crashing down as leading UK academibcs concur: Genesis chapter one is built onthe digits of pi, 3.14159... The Grid appears in eleven places from Genesis to Revelation... Who, or what, is in control? Were signals sent to Earth in 2003 and 2007, and what will happen next?
PNG man 'eats son in witchcraft ceremony'
Ilya Gridneff, AAP Papua New Guinea Correspondent smh.com.au
Residents of a Papua New Guinea mining town say they found a man with a history of drug abuse allegedly eating his screaming, newborn son during a sorcery initiation ceremony. Police said locals on the outskirts of the town of Tabubil, in Western Province, woke on Thursday to the screams of the baby. Beset with the grisly sight of the father allegedly eating his child, an angry mob chased him to the police station where he was detained after a short struggle. Police said the discovery was too late to save the baby, who died of his injuries. Tabubil police commander Demas Tapea said officers had detained a man and his wife to assist them with their inquiries. "It is a very disturbing incident," Sergeant Tapea said. "The community is upset, angry but there is also a lot of fear and anxiety because there is a belief in sorcery or witchcraft." Sgt Tapea said the main suspect was known to police. "Locals are saying the man was carrying out a sorcery ritual, or initiation, to become part of some sort of special society," he said.
"The suspect has a long history of drug abuse and we are not surprised something like this has happened. "A few years ago, he went crazy in what we believe was due to the effects of drugs," he said. In 2009, it was estimated at least 50 people were killed that year in sorcery-related murders in sudden or unexplained deaths in isolated communities. Christian missions and the Australian territorial administration of PNG, along with the PNG government, have done their best to end the belief in sorcery, but strong superstitions remain. 
It advises you recognize that “Wiccans are on a genuine spiritual quest,” and use that to provide “the starting point for dialog that may lead to their conversion.” Which is important to do, says author and former Wiccan Elizabeth Dodd, because casting spells—whether they work or not—causes “psychological damage” and “offends God.” And the danger that young people will dabble is higher than ever, the pamphlet says; after all, they're still reading Harry Potter. 
Catholic Church Issues Guide to Chatting Up Witches
Newser) – The Catholic Church, alert as ever to the dangers facing the modern believer, has issued a helpful new pamphlet entitled, “Wicca and Witchcraft: Understanding the Dangers.” This enlightening publication— which must be selling like hotcakes, because it’s sold out on Amazon UK, tells you everything you need to convert witches, or at least chat them up in bars, Aol News reports. It suggests starting with a topic of shared concern, like, say, the environment, before diving into the witchy stuff.
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Groundhogs at odds over weather predictions
Most Canadians can expect an early spring, if you believe in the predicting powers of groundhogs. But Western Canada should stay bundled up for snow and sleet, according to one critter and a puppet. According to tradition, if a groundhog sees his shadow and runs back into his burrow, there will be six more weeks of winter. Alberta's Billie Balzac saw his shadow Wednesday morning, predicting six more weeks of winter. But spring predictions came in from more famous groundhogs, like Wiarton Willie from Wiarton, Ont., and Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania. North America's first groundhog prediction came from Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam, who didn't see his shadow. Soon after, Wiarton Willie also failed to see his shadow. The official announcement, which came at 8:07 a.m. ET, was greeted with cheers by the hundreds of people who braved the worst storm of the winter to attend the festivities inside a huge tent in Wiarton's Bluewater Park. Punxsutawney Phil emerged from a tree stump at dawn and, unusually, did not see his shadow, signaling that spring is just around the corner. "He found that there was no shadow," said Bill Deeley, president of a club that organizes Groundhog Day in the western Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney. "So an early spring it will be." Lacking a psychic groundhog to call its own, Manitoba uses a puppet to get its annual weather report. Manitoba Merv apparently walked out of his den at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre at sunrise Wednesday morning and saw his shadow. Toronto also does not have a groundhog, but Herman, a Vancouver Island marmot at the Toronto Zoo, predicted an early spring as well. A marmot is a cousin to a groundhog. Instead of having Herman look for his shadow, he was given a choice of two dishes filled with equal amounts of tasty treats — one dish next to a sign reading "early spring," the other next to a sign reading "six more weeks of winter." Herman immediately dug into some cauliflower next to the "early spring" sign. In fact, he stuffed his face from that dish and completely ignored the "six more weeks of winter" food. "After today's storm, I think everyone is looking forward to an early spring," said Maria Franke, the zoo's curator of mammals. "And Herman picked it right off the hop. He didn't hesitate at all." Despite the positive predictions from Phil, Willie, Sam and Herman, a severe winter storm blasted Eastern Canada and swaths of the U.S. Wednesday. -With files from Michael Den Tandt, Chris Doucette and Reuters
Fla. Lawyer Who Touts His Psychic Abilities Lands Job as Deputy Court Clerk
A Florida lawyer who touts his ability to speak with the dead has landed a $90,000-ayear job helping run the court clerk’s office in Brevard County. Mark Anthony calls himself “the psychic lawyer" on his website. He says he got the chief deputy job in the clerk’s office because of his experience running law firms rather than his psychic abilities, WFTV.com reports. He said court clerk Mitch Needleman knew of his psychic work before giving him the job. Anthony told the television station that he realized he had psychic abilities as a child. As an adult, he developed a side business helping people overcome grief by communicating with the dead. "I communicate with spirits,” Anthony said. “I see them. I feel sensations."
Psychic: I Can Tell You Lottery Raffle Winning Numbers…For a Fee
by Rachel Daley Chicago Independent Press www.chicagoindiepress.com
Across the country, many states run a raffle operated by their local lottery group. Each state-run raffle operates nearly the same. The lottery group sells raffle tickets (some go for $10 – $30, depending on the state) and a drawing is held months later. The jackpot won’t rival cross-state millions seen in Powerball or Mega Millions, but it’s easily enough to quit your day job and buy three suits of armor…and maybe a tank. The odds are terrible, but one Chicagoland woman says she knows how to level the playing field and will to raffle players the winning numbers…for small price of $500,000. “I have guessed the winning raffle numbers for each of the past raffles in Arizona, Colorado and Michigan. I can do the same for the next raffle in Arkansas on January 31st,” says Madam Jessica La Rue. A psychic operating from the basement of her parent’s home in Aurora, IL. “You may be wondering why I have not simply used the vision to benefit myself and my answer is this: I can not,” says La Rue. “I am bound by an oath I took by the master Langshu Chi. My teacher who forbids me from using my gift to directly take part in a gambling operation. However, I can help one person become rich by revealing the winning numbers for a small fee of $500,000. $500,000 in exchange for $20 million is a pretty sweet deal.” Madame La Rue says eager raffle players can wire her the money directly to her bank account. But authorities say, it’s scam. “Don’t do it,” says Deshawn Mccall. “Let me be clear. Don’t do it. It’s a scam. One we’ve seen a thousand times before. We’re currently looking into this but until a scam actually takes place, we can’t stop her. Just be safe and if it’s too good to be true…it is.” 
Princess Diana is the dead person Britons would most like to reach
A new survey has revealed that most Britons think it is possible to talk to the dead and the person they would most like to reach is Princess Diana. According to the poll on modern attitudes towards spiritualism, two-thirds of them believe in life after death, a third think there is a heaven and a fifth expect to be reincarnated, reports the Daily Express. Some 58 per cent of Britons believe their dead loved ones are "with them in spirit" while 40 per cent believe in guardian angels. A fifth claim to have seen a ghost or felt the presence of a spirit and 53 per cent believe that psychics are able to communicate with the dead. Diana was the most popular choice of famous person to contact, with Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe in second and third place. But the most common ghost sighting is of a relative or friend, the survey of 3,000 adults revealed. The poll, by Dr Penny Sartori, was conducted to mark the release of Hereafter, directed by Clint Eastwood. The film is about a man who can talk to the dead. Two out of five of those surveyed admitted they would like to speak to a deceased loved one. One in five said they had visited a medium or psychic, spending an average of 31 pounds per visit. Almost the same number believed that someone in his or her family had a psychic ability. (ANI) Listen to The ‘X’ Zone Archives for FREE www.xzonepodcast.com
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Secret CIA Psychic Lab Experiments with Uri Geller at SRI-Stanford Research Institute
For over 20 years, scientists at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) carried out secret investigations into ESP and psychic phenomena and our ability to experience and describe distant events blocked from ordinary perception. During this time, the world renowned Psychic Uri Geller was secretly investigated by the CIA at SRI. One of the first people to publicly discuss these events was Apollo 14 Astronaut and 6th man to walk on the moon, Dr Edgar Mitchell : "I was in Scientific laboratories at Stanford Research Institute investigating a rather amazing individual Uri Geller. Uri's ability to perform amazing feats of mental wizardry is known the world over. We in Science are just now catching up and understanding what you can do with exercise and proper practice.Uri is Not a magician. He is using capabilities that we all have and can develop with exercise and practice. After the Geller work, I was asked to brief the director of the CIA, Ambassador George Bush (Later to become President of the United States), on our activities and the results." This secret CIA film of experiments with Uri Geller comes as one of psychology’s most respected and well known journals, The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, has announced the publishing of a paper presenting results of a 10 year ESP study at Cornell university . The paper written by Professor Daryl J. Bem of Cornell University, regarded as one of the most prominent research psychologists of his generation, is titled "Feeling the Future: Experimental Evidence for Anomalous Retroactive Influences on Cognition and Affect" and the paper discusses the results of more recent ESP laboratory experiments resembling the ones conducted on Uri Geller at SRI 37 years ago, by the scientist Professor Daryl J. Bem, over a period of ten years. Unlike the SRI study of Uri Geller, the Cornell study includes more than 1,000 subjects, and appears to show that ESP abilities possessed by Geller and other individuals previously studied, are present to some degree in every person. Predictably, as with the publishing of the SRI experiments, Bem's ESP paper has outraged some skeptics, and has resulted in a flurry of attempts to discredit the research - which is synonymous to the attempts over the last 3 and a half decades of some skeptics desperately trying to discredit Uri Geller. However, many skeptics will have a real problem discrediting this paper, due the fact that the author of the paper is one of the world's most well respected scientists in his field. So these are interesting times! Could it be that the world of science is on the verge of confirming that ESP is real? It may be that it's not just individuals like Uri Geller who have the potential to develop ESP, but that all of us are in fact capable of developing telepathy?
Psychic Nailed It
The New York Post www.nypost.com
A psychic eerily predicted where the victim of a suspected serial killer could be found -- nine months before cops dug up the corpse and that of three other young women on a Long Island beach, police sources said. In April, the clairvoyant, hired by the desperate family of Melissa Barthelemy, 24, of Buffalo, chillingly saw "her body buried in a shallow grave overlooking a body of water," the police source said. The psychic also said "there was a 'G' in a sign nearby." Last month, cops unearthed the skeletons of the victims, missing call girls, each wrapped in burlap bags on Long Island's Gilgo Beach. The bereaved family notified police soon after they were given the prediction by the seer, but nothing came of it. Barthelemy, who had moved to The Bronx, vanished on July 12, 2009. The NYPD confirmed that her mother and daughter received three calls from her phone, possibly from the serial killer himself, and all were traced to Midtown Manhattan.  with Rob McConnell www.xzoneradiotv.com
Religions of the world come crashing down as leading UK academibcs concur: Genesis chapter one is built onthe digits of pi, 3.14159... The Grid appears in eleven places from Genesis to Revelation... Who, or what, is in control? Were signals sent to Earth in 2003 and 2007, and what will happen next?
Apocalypse not happening in 2012
Relax: Apocalypse probably not happening in 2012. So says the doomsday expert
The Canadian Press
MONTREAL - Here's some good news and some bad news. The bad news first: You probably won't get the day off work on Dec. 21, 2012. Now the good news: there's an excellent chance the planet will still be around. Just ask Lorenzo DiTommaso. He's an expert on humanity's long, futile history of predicting that the apocalyptic destruction of Planet Earth is imminent. The Concordia University professor is completing a book about doomsday prognostications — where he plans to dissect century after century of the world's longestrunning urban legend. He now has his sights set on the latest prediction. The current cycle of the Mayan calendar expires on Dec. 21 of next year, fuelling the Internet's frenzied apocalyptic rumour mill and even spurring a blockbuster Hollywood movie. DiTommaso is willing to go out on a limb with the following prediction: "I'll tell you this right now. . . it won't happen," he said in an interview Tuesday. He points out that warnings of the apocalypse have been around for at least 2,300 years. Doomsday scenarios have featured prominently in a multitude of cultures and play a central part in the world's three main monotheistic religions. Starting with the Jewish scriptures, right up to the end of the last book in the Christian Bible, and in Islam's Qur'an, he says doomsday is a recurring theme. "That (Bible's) Book of Revelation was important to the history of western culture because it really formed our ideas about time, space and human existence," DiTommaso said. "Time had an ending, everything was either good or evil and there's nothing in between." DiTommaso's book, ''The Architecture of Apocalypticism,'' will be published by Oxford University Press. He plans to complete the book this fall and write a trilogy on the subject. What really disturbs him is that he detects a trend, over the last 40 years, where more and more people have come to understand the world in apocalyptic terms. It's showing up frequently in movies and new religious movements. He even laments that the apocalypic language of good versus evil has infected political discourse. As an example, he cites the famous "axis of evil'' phrase used by ex-U.S. president George W. Bush to describe hostile regimes. DiTommaso, an atheist, says apocalypticism is not a realistic way to deal with the world's political, environmental and social problems. "It assumes that the solution lies outside our capabilities — either God or the forces of history or some sort of messiah — will come down and save things and make it better for us," he said. "We've got some problems here and it's our duty to clean them up. . . and the problems are so great right now that we don't have the luxury of going and watching a movie about the apocalypse." Not that he's a Pollyanna. There are things worth worrying about, DiTommaso says. There's pollution, for starters. Not to mention all those heavenly bodies hurtling through the sky. "If the Hubble space telescope or a ground observatory picks up an asteroid that's going to hit the Earth. . . that's scientific, it's verifiable," DiTommaso said. "But if a new religion comes out (like) they have in the past and says the Earth is going to end. . . well that's not." In related news, astronomers are currently keeping an eye on an asteroid named Apophis. Observations a few years ago indicated there was a 2.7 per cent chance it would strike Earth in 2029. More recent observations have set the potential impact date for 2036.  thing, that's just whacked," she said. "We're humans, that's what we do," Simpson said. "We are pattern-finding creatures. ... Randomness makes us nervous, so sometimes we find patterns where none exist." 
Scientists Working On Alien Communication Standards
After 37 years of broadcasting assorted human garbage to the universe at large, scientists are working on a protocol to insure future messages to extraterrestrial intelligences are more efficient and well-received. Can't we just use Twitter? The Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico broadcast its first messages into space in 1974, beaming a stream of binary code at globular star cluster M13 some 25,000 light years away. That message contained encoded information about human DNA, our solar system, and the telescope itself. Any alien intercepting this message would have likely been bored to tears, changing course towards a more interesting planet. Since then we've been sending all sorts of cultural crap into space. Pictures, sound bites, bits of music; the interstellar equivalent of popup ads. Ads that alien beings might not even be able to see or hear, depending on whatever passes for sensory organs in their culture. he messages have also been rather anthropocentric, featuring humans and our culture prominently. Aliens must think we're so full of ourselves. Now a team of scientists consisting of Dimitra Atri from the University of Kansas, Julia DeMarines from the International Space University in France, and Jacob Haqq-Misra from Pennsylvania State University are proposing that future attempts at messaging to extraterrestrial intelligence (METI) follow a strict set of protocols in order to reach the broadest possible audience without offending anyone enough to come and destroy us. These protocols would measure potential METI broadcasts against a broad range of factors, including signal encoding, message length, information content, anthropocentrism, transmission method, and transmission periodicity. The researchers believe that short messages based on a simple physical or mathematical language will work the best, and we should try not to talk about ourselves too much. That's such a turn off. The team is releasing their findings in a study to be published in a future issue of Space Policy. I did not know such a publication existed. That's okay, neither did James. T. Kirk, and he did pretty well for himself. Once the scientists come up with a workable protocol, the entire human race will become their guinea pigs. The plan is to establish an internet website where normal folks can receive and attempt to decipher sample METI broadcasts, as well as suggesting their own messages and protocol tweaks. Dimitra Atri says it'll be one very large community effort. 
Two suns in the sky? Don't hold your breath
Scientist dismisses doomsday predictions of exploding star.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Claims that the star Betelgeuse is about to explode so spectacularly that it will appear as a second sun in our sky has been floating around the Internet for several months. But those claims gained a grain of credibility this week when a physics lecturer at Australia's University of South Queensland was quoted as saying that such an event could happen next year, which happens to be when the Mayan calendar runs out, leading, some say, to the end of the world. Betelgeuse is a bright red supergiant star positioned in the right shoulder of the constellation Orion the hunter and is easily seen in the night sky at this time of the year, rising in the east after sunset. As for the two-suns-in-the-sky predictions, a Miami astronomer begs to differ, at least on the timing. "We've known for a very long time that Betelgeuse is massive enough to end its life as a supernova," said Carolyn Simpson, a physics professor at Florida International University in Miami. But there's no reason to believe it will be in 2012. "It could go supernova in the next five minutes, or in a million years," said Simpson, who has a Ph.D in astronomy and loves debunking scientific misinformation. "We have no way of telling." And it won't be as bright as our sun, though it could be brighter than a full moon at night. It might be visible in the daytime, looking like a bright star or a pinprick in the daytime sky, then fading over days or weeks, Simpson said. As for the 2012 connection, "The Mayan
Preparing for Doomsday
Preparing for Doomsday
In the end, the downers and the killjoys warn there will be an awfully high price to pay. Our sun could have a cosmic conniption. Or a mysterious "Planet X" could swoop by. Or our world's poles could turn on themselves. Or our neighbours could turn on one another. Or, well, you get the bleak picture. And thanks to frets over the end of the ancient Mayan calendar, December 2012 is shaping up to be -- despite the world's best scientists saying doomsday fears are bunk -- a notoriously gloomy destination. But if the turn of the last millennium has taught mankind any lesson -- similar to the backyard bunker craze during the Cold War -- it's people are always ready to invest in personal salvation. Though, be warned, Doomsday profits are never a sure thing. At Costco, you could always buy too many toothpicks to ever use. But now, the American bulk-store stocks -- for $999.99 US -- an emergency one-year supply of dehydrated and freeze-dried food for oneperson. On the menu, it includes six cans of whole eggs and another six cans of dehydrated potato chunks. There are even taco fixings. The online help-desk for the Canadian fleet of stores couldn't find the same deal on their racks. Though we can always stock up on toothpicks. Online, you can buy 2012 "survival guides" for $39. Another site offers an emergency seed bank -- for $139 -- stocked with the makings of an acre of crops. And for those who are little more laid back about end-times, there are 2012 teddy bears and T-shirts that-- forecasting worries the poles will reverse -- point out "Shift Happens." The biggest money, by far, is being sunk into a new generation of bunkers. The super-rich, countless bloggers assure, have already built their own. So why not average people? For Larry Hall, that means selling space in a 14-level underground "survival condo" in Kansas -- a plush refuge, that can be a primary or second home capable of peacefully drowning out the sound of hustle and bustle as well as the nagging shrill of Armageddon. The nuclear-blast-repelling shell is a former Atlas missile silo, where a minimum $900,000 will buy you half a floor of "Star Trek technology meets survival bunker." And yes, there's a workout area. "Our biggest frustration (has been) horrible luck with investors," says Hall, a Florida engineer, who has sunk $600,000 of his own money in one of the world's most advanced holes in the ground. He can get his hands on about 65% of the needed funds from committed backers to bring the project to life but other investors are hedging or having trouble liquidating assets. Another concern is a matter of time. A Canadian couple from B.C., wanted to be let in, but they went elsewhere when they were told there would be a wait for the retrofit. "I'm almost ready to scream," says the developer, who may have to scale back the project. Robert Vicino has also seen some investor hedging. He's planning bunkers across the U.S., and speaks about potential markets in China and Russia, as well as a super-complex somewhere -- he won't say where -- in Europe. His California company, Vivos, sells a sort of doomsday time-share. For an initial investment of $5,000, you can reserve space in a sanctuary, including a bunker in the desert near Barstow, California. That facility is not complete, and is being built on the strong bones of a former emergency communications shelter. Each four-person room -- and a year of everything you would need to survive with the doors shut -- costs $50,000. "They just need to show up with the shirt on their back," Vicino assures. While his company website includes ominous music and a roadmap of every conceivable terror, Vicino believes he's not trying to profit on scaring the beejeebers out of people. "We're not providing fear, but (rather) hope," he argues. "So far, we haven't seen a profit," he offers, while adding there's actually nothing wrong with making a dollar. And of the ultimate cost? Someday soon, he believes: "Those that ridiculed us will be the ones shouting the loudest to 'let us in.' 
of Eternal Love
On March 6, 2004, Thomas Pierce, his wife, JoAnn, and his daughter Lisa were on the water taxi that overturned in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. He lost both of them that day. Pierce’s account of the accident and the letter to Lisa by one of the reservists that rescued her give the reader a grim understanding of what that day was like. But this is not a book about the accident this book is about the power of love. Love as we know it and understand it, and love that goes beyond our understanding. This is a book Pierce never intended to write but he felt compelled to share the things that carried him through this tragedy and all the signs that helped him move on with his life. It is truly a celebration of two lives that will go on forever. Once you have read this book you will find yourself passing it on to friends and family, so that they too can share the experience of the power of love.
An Inspiring True Story
This is the Amazing but true story of Lori Dawn Cartagena, a glamorous young Australian Entertainer who traveled to America after spending over twelve months from 1968 to 1969, entertaining American and Australian troops in Vietnam during the war. After surviving numerous ambushes and mortar attacks, Lori eventually flees war torn Asia and arrives in Canada. After a brief affair with a handsome, charming Toronto businessman, she moves to Florida to join a stage show where she finds herself in another desperate situation. Lori discovers she is pregnant and eventually has to make the most heartbreaking decision of her young life. as soon as her newborn son was taken away from her, Lori vowed she would one day find him again. She tried several times , but to no avail. However, 34 years later-he found her. The reunion was the most wonderful event both mother and son could only have dreamed of over those long, agonising years.
Dead Space 2 is an attack on Scientology
L. Ron Altman: Why Dead Space 2 is a direct attack on Scientology
The mythology of Dead Space is centered on a religion called Unitology. The church actively recruits members, solicits money from its followers, and worships an alien artifact called "the Marker," with an aim to bring about the "convergence" or "unification." It's a large part of a Dead Space world, which spans DVDs, games, and books. It's also uncomfortably close to another, real-world religion. "We never really approach that discussion with the intention of poking fun at a particular religion, or sort of making a social statement about something that's going on right now," Wright Bagwell, the creative director of Dead Space 2, told MTV. "For us, Unitology's purpose in the story represents people's illogical thinking about things they don't understand. It was never really intended to be a jab at any particular religion." That particular religion is Scientology, and he claims most of us think there's a link because the "names are very similar." That's not exactly accurate; the latest game in the series presented a pointed, ongoing attack on Scientology and its leadership. Let's take a look. The books In Dead Space 2, players fight through a church dedicated to Unitology, complete with advertisements for multiple books with the teachings of the church. Images of these books are specific, with a very well conceived look in terms of coloring, fonts, and overall style. We've pulled a screenshot from the game to show you what we mean. Scientology is unique in that there is no single, strong "bible" of teachings and wisdom. The words of L. Ron Hubbard are published in a series of books, lectures, and supplemental materials that are sold to Scientologists to allow them to study the teachings of the church. In 2009 Scientology rolled out an updated series of books and materials for sale, with great fanfare. "And so it is that all materials of the Scientology religion, containing the answers that all humankind has sought for centuries, are now available in many languages, many formats, and forever, for the benefit of all," the church announced. "Indeed, here is the long-hoped-for goal of total knowledge." Scientology puts great importance on the sale of this material, just as Dead Space presents the Church of Unitology as heavily pushing its own books. Take a look at both screenshots to see the similarity in the aesthetics of the books in question, and the science-fiction styles of the covers. The look of Unitology was clearly lifted wholesale from Scientologist texts and products Unification One of the core beliefs of Unitology is the idea of "unification," when everyone's bodies and minds will be brought together as one. It's talked about in the book, and at E3 religious tracts were handed out to the gaming press, with the lesson inside being to keep your body safe and healthy for the time of convergence. These are pretty specific words, but they must have been picked just because they sound like something that would exist in an established religion... right? This is from a series of lectures and a book called "The Unification Congress." Here's how this material is described: "This book delineates the exact, but previously unknown, anatomy and formulas for perfect communication. The magic of the communication cycle is the fundamental of auditing and the primary reason auditing works." Auditing is one of Scientology's central rituals, which has a member of the church focus their attention on a practitioner, using a machine called an "E-reader." Beings from the stars Unitologists worship the Marker, an alien artifact that was originally discovered by a scientist who was later revered as a sort of prophet. Unitologists believe that human life may have come from space, and that by worshipping the Marker they can achieve eternal life. It's said that Scientologists also believe that life on Earth was seeded by extra-terrestrial intelligences, except followers of the real-life religion seem oddly uncomfortable going on the record about those beliefs. The existence of Xenu is a controversial topic for those inside and outside the church, but Scientology has had troubles escaping the science-fiction trappings of the church's beginnings, and the writing and teaching of L. Ron Hubbard. In this cleverly edited video, someone takes a look at the subject by mixing together an interview clip, scenes from a popular episode of South Park, and Mr. Hubbard's own words. Ranking From the Dead Space wiki entry on Unitology: It is mentioned that they require members to contribute huge sums of money to the church in order to move up in rank within it. There are two ranks above that of the average follower, and a suspected third. Two of these possible ranks have been confirmed as being "Vested" and "Overseer," the latter being the higher. The speculated third and possibly highest rank is "Enigma." This speculation is based on a video transmission in which the recipient is addressed as "Enigma Lange" after the author addresses himself by inserting his rank within the church before his last name. The Church of Scientology likewise organizes its followers into different levels, with extensive cost being borne by those practicing the religion to go through the classes and rituals needed to "level up." "The OT levels contain the very advanced materials of L. Ron Hubbard's researches and it is here the person achieves the ultimate realization of his own nature and his relationship to life and all the dynamics," Scientology states. "Abilities return as he advances up through the OT levels and he recovers the entirety of his beingness." These ranks are a very easy way to confer prestige to members who are willing to pay for the classes. In the game, you find documents on Unitologists, including notes on their willingness to pay for the religion, and how much time and effort should be invested with them vs. the opportunity for economic payout. While religions are never afraid to ask for money in the form of collection plates, donations, or tithing, Scientology requires direct and substantial payout from its members for them to continue to receive new information, materials, and guidance in the church. By linking these classes, study materials, and monetary payments to the hierarchy of the church, it sends a message that one has to pay to continue to be an active member of the community. With a low ranking in unassertiveness, a high tolerance for ambiguity, and low cultural disillusionment—this guy simply wasn't a good fit for Unitology. The game has a good grasp on the attributes cults and predatory churches look for to create unquestioning followers. The most important thing they're looking for comes at the end: a lack of awareness of group influence on individuals. Unitology also counts politicians, celebrities, and other individuals of power as members of the church as a way to gain mainstream acceptance in the face of skeptical governments. It's also made clear that although the rich and powerful are Unitologists, anyone from any background, at any age, is welcome. This is a powerful message, especially when delivered by powerful people. Everyone should pitch in before Convergence. Why this matters Dead Space may seem to simply be a survival horror game about fighting aliens and zombies and all sorts of baddies, but the subtext is about a group of people who sign up for a church that presents itself one way, while its leaders are using them for both profit and darker, violent purposes. In the game, Unitology is a profit-based religion that wants to use its followers, who have total faith in the system, to bring about the end of the world. Its leader is presented as a caring man with ideas ahead of his time, although in reality he was something much different. The points made about blindly following your religious leaders are powerful, but by mirroring so much of the belief system and aesthetics on Scientology it changes into a direct attack on a very large, very powerful religion. It's understandable that members of the development team don't want to make this explicit—especially against an organization that has proven itself so resilient to attack and so relentless in its response—but the fact that this part of the game exists at all is fascinating. What other game has created an entire world that seems designed to mock a worldwide religion? "It was really just an observation about what can happen to anybody who is fanatical and illogical about their beliefs..." Bagwell continued in his interview with MTV. "That's the commentary we're making [with Unitology]. In this complex, futuristic world, people are looking for ways to simplify their lives and put their faith in something that they don't have to think too much about." The people behind the game had a clear beef to pick with Scientology. 
Youngest person to discover a supernova
Youngest person to discover a supernova: 10Year-Old Kathryn Gray set world record
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FREDERICTON, Canada--Kathryn Aurora Gray, 10, spotted an exploding star while looking at images of the night sky sent to her by an astronomer friend of the family setting the world record for the Youngest person to discover a supernova. "I'm really excited. It feels really good," Gray told the Toronto Star. The find, formally named Supernova 2010lt, was announced by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. The previous Guinness world record for the Youngest person to discover a supernova was set by Caroline Moore, a 14-year-old budding astronomer in Warwick, New York. Guinness World Records also recognized The youngest person to have visited both geographical poles is Jonathan Silverman (USA) (b. 13 June 1990), who reached the North Pole on 25 July 1999 and the South Pole on 10 January 2002, aged 11 years 211 days. Supernova 2010lt is a magnitude-17 supernova which resides within galaxy UGC 3378 which is 240 million light-years away. Supernovas are so bright compared to normal stars they can be found using modest telescopes. Kathryn's father, Paul Gray, is an amateur astronomer and was staring at the computer with his daughter when she spotted the supernova. "She pointed at the spot," said Paul. "She goes, 'What is that? Is that one?' I'm thinking, 'That's quite possible.'" "A supernova is a star at the end of its life," said Kathryn. "It's actually a star blowing up, ripping itself to pieces." The images were taken through a telescope in the backyard observatory of astronomer David Lane. Lane is a friend of the Gray family who lives near Halifax and noted Kathryn's enthusiasm when she once visited his observatory. "She basically won the jackpot or the lottery that night," said Lane. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada has confirmed the discovery and says the supernova was found in a galaxy 240 lightyears from Earth. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) through Deborah Thompson was very proud of the achievement of the 10year old Canadian girl. She said that it is 'fantastic that someone so young would be passionate about astronomy'. "What an incredible discovery. We're all very excited." Ms. Thompson added. Kathryn said she plans to keep looking for supernovas, but she doesn't plan to be a professional astronomer. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. 
Photo: Ten-year-old Kathryn Gray sits next to a computer at the family's home in Birdton, New Brunswick, Canada, a suburb of Fredericton. On the computer monitor is an image in which she discovered a supernova. Photo: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, David Smith
Nurse’s near-death research inspires Clint Eastwood’s new film
Wales Online http://www.walesonline.co.uk
A FORMER intensive care unit nurse has helped inspire a new Clint Eastwood movie which asks one of life’s biggest questions... is there life after death? Dr Penny Sartori, from Swansea, was awarded a PhD by the University of Wales, Lampeter, for researching the spooky world of near-death experiences (NDEs) reported by patients at Morriston Hospital. Now it has emerged that the 39-yearold’s work helped with the making of Hereafter, a Hollywood blockbuster on the subject. The Eastwood-directed movie, out this weekend, is about people who have contacted relatives during their own NDEs, starring Matt Damon as a psychic trying to help people communicate with them. Dr Sartori said: “Hereafter will help bring NDEs into the public consciousness. Very few patients volunteer the fact they have an NDE while seriously ill for fear of being ridiculed or not taken seriously. “The movie will help further the debate about what’s going on when people have these experiences which are often life-changing.” During her research, she placed playing cards on top of wardrobes to see if patients who claimed to “float” over surgeons’ heads could see them. No patients spotted the cards, but their graphic reports of meeting dead relatives and, in one case, being dragged to hell by demons, convinced her their brains were working after being declared dead, before they recovered. She also found some patients could remember what doctors were doing or saying at times when instruments showed they were completely unconscious. As well as helping Warner Brothers, Dr Sartori is taking a break from her nursing work in Swansea to write a book about her in-depth research, for which she received ethical approval from hospital bosses. She is also involved in Aware (Awareness During Resuscitation), a global study launched by the Human Consciousness
Project looking at those who experience NDEs. Many describe floating towards a calming, bright light, where they see relatives beckoning them, then telling them to “go back”. But one woman, who has since died, reported a “hell” experience of falling and being surrounded by frightening shapes and noises. Dr Satori said, however, most NDEs are positive. She said: “One man, whose life signs completely went, later said he floated above his body. He described our attempts to revive him in perfect detail, even talking about a doctor who came in while off-duty then left. “The patient’s eyes were not even open when this happened and he was not only unconscious he was clinically dead. The man described seeing a Jesus-like, bearded figure standing next to his dead father. He said the figure touched him on the hand. “The amazing thing was that this patient, in his 50s, had suffered a life-long contracture of the hand from birth – afterwards the movement returned to his hand.”
Woman claims yogurt sample tasted of semen
ALBUQUERQUE - Albuquerque police said a supermarket worker accused of handing out a yogurt sample contaminated with semen was arrested on outstanding bench warrants. The Albuquerque Police Department said officers were called Tuesday to the Sunflower Market by a woman who said store employee Anthony Garcia, 31, gave her a free yogurt sample contaminated with "bodily fluid," KRQE-TV, Albuquerque, reported. The woman told police she spit the sample out because it tasted like sperm. Police said they are running tests on the sample. "We found where she basically spit out the possible evidence," Sgt. Trish Hoffman said. "As far back as I can remember this is the first time that we've ever dealt with this." Investigators said Garcia was arrested on two outstanding bench warrants, one of which was for failure to appear for an arraignment on two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor. 
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TV Skeptic: 'Bigfoot: The Definitive Guide'
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I will never forget my first encounter with Bigfoot. It was early one morning when I was in fifth grade. The school day had just started, and my desk was near the window, where I had a clear view of the adjacent forest and the rugged mountains beyond. Our teacher was handing out some reading material when I saw him. Big, hairy and scary, right there on the cover of the Weekly Reader. From that moment, Bigfoot captured my imagination. I read that little booklet from cover to cover, believing every word. But you grow up and things change. On Tuesday, the History Channel aired "Bigfoot: The Definitive Guide," a documentary that promised to hold Bigfoot up to the standards of modern science. This is not the first time science has taken on Bigfoot, but so far, it seems, whenever the Bigfoot legend and facts have squared off, the legend has won. This Canadian-British production brought together a panel of scientists to analyze reports of "Bigfoot" sightings from around the world. Unfortunately, the scientists start off on the wrong foot, with a rather misleading argument. The team points to the recent discovery of the Bili Ape, a large relative of the chimpanzee that lives in the Bili forest of the Congo. They claim that if a new species as large as this has managed to live undetected for so long, other species of giant ape-like creatures might still be out there. The problem with that claim is that it was well known that chimpanzees lived in that same forest. The discovery was not that they existed, but that they are so different -- larger and darker in color -- as to constitute a new species. (Most new species discovered by scientists, including those found by team member Anna Nekaras, fall into that same category.) The comparison between Bigfoot and the Bili Ape would be relevant if we knew about a smaller primate, say a "Mediumfoot" or "Smallfoot," roaming the Pacific Northwest and discovered that the larger specimen was actually a different species. As part of their analysis, the scientists plotted Bigfoot sightings on a "global interactive map" that is never shown in detail on the program. But the map does illustrate one key point -- the number of sightings dramatically increased following the 1967 release of the "Patterson film," the famous footage showing a few seconds of an alleged Bigfoot. The best part of the program comes when the scientists disagree about the authenticity of the Patterson film. Two are certain it was a hoax, while another two believes it was an actual creature, arguing that the costume was too sophisticated for an amateur filmmaker. Meanwhile, one remains undecided. It's too bad they didn't do a Google search on the Patterson film. In a few seconds, they would
have learned that a Hollywood special-effects expert claims that he provided Patterson with the costume, and that a friend of the filmmakers says he wore the costume over football shoulder pads. Patterson was shooting a film about Bigfoot at the time, and it is not unusual for documentaries to depict Bigfoot using a human in costume. What is unusual, though, is to release that footage with the claim that it is a genuine sighting. "Bigfoot: The Definitive Guide" rarely rises above the typical crypto-zoology documentary. A big problem is the overblown script. While the scientists are careful and precise in their language and claims, the narration goes far beyond the scope of the science and reality. When it comes to Bigfoot, the only thing definitive in the documentary is that nothing is definitive. The five scientists cannot reach a consensus. Two are "open-minded," another two are skeptical and one is "hopeful." But it still isn't clear if the panel is speaking specifically about Bigfoot or simply the idea that there may be a large, undiscovered primate species roaming somewhere in the world. So, if you're keeping score, mark this battle between science and the Bigfoot mythology as a draw. The only victory here is one for exploiting the public's interest in this mythical creature.
Extra Sensory Perception: a brief history
The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk
The concept of Extra Sensory Perception has been around for more than a century but was only popularised in the 1930s. 1870 – Term 'Extra Sensory Perception' allegedly coined by the British explorer Sir Richard Burton. 1882 – 'Telepathy' – mind reading – formally introduced after research undertaken by the Society of Psychical Research in Britain, and in 1884 by similar organisations in the US. 1892 – Dr Paul Joire, a French researcher used the term ESP to describe the ability of a person who had been hypnotised or was in a trance-like state to sense things without using ordinary senses. 1930s – Duke University psychology JB Rhine popularises the term to denote psychic
abilities such as telepathy and clairvoyance. Rhine and his wife Louisa tried to develop research into "parapsychology". They used a set of cards, originally called Zener Cards, now called ESP cards, which bear the symbols of a circle, square, wavy lines, cross and a star. There are five cards of each in a pack of 25. In an experiment, the "sender" looks at a series of cards while the "receiver" guesses the symbols. Rhine argued that when his subjects scored highly, it could only be expect by chance once in a thousand. The experiments faced several criticisms, namely that the statistics were not reliable, that only favourable results were published and that "fraud" was possible. Computers are now being used to determine ESP. 1940 – Rhine, JG Pratt and others at Duke author a review of card-guessing experiments conducted since 1882 – 'ExtraSensory Perception After Sixty Years', which becomes recognised as the first meta-analysis in science. More than 60 per cent of the results indicate the presence of ESP ability. 1953 – Report by Rhine on the ability of dogs to detect landmines through ESP. After a training period of more than three months, two dogs in California successfully found mines six out of seven times without any sensory cues. 1964 – Scientists demonstrate that through use of hypnosis, there is a success rate of 64 per cent. 1971 – Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Dean Mitchell allegedly conducted secret ESP experiments during the mission with collaborators on Earth. Following 'sleep time' on the ship, he concentrated on a series of symbols and shapes on a clipboard. Four men on Earth tried to 'receive' them. 1974 – Ganzfeld test findings published by Charles Honorton and Sharon harper in the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research. The 30-minute procedure involves two subjects, one the sender and the other the receiver. Both persons lie on chairs, eyes covered with halved ping pong balls so the visual field was solid white. White noise was played in the background. Subjects were asked to free-associate out loud while their responses were put on to a magnetic tape. In another room, the telepathic sender chose at random a set of slides to look at and try to send the subject. After the experiment, the subject was asked to guess which of the reels, of a group of four, had been the target. 1984 – Test results from 10 different laboratories find superior results. Hypnosis proved to enhance ESP ability more than anything else. 1988 – Psychologist Gertrude Schmeidler finds that higher scores are obtained when the experimenter was warmer and friendly to the subject than a cold, formal one. Dr Schmeidler, in her research, also divided subjects into "sheep", who believed ESP might work, and "goats", who did not. Her studies found that "sheep" scores were generally above expectation and "goats" scored below. 2011 – Academic paper argues that people may be able to see into the future to be published by the respected Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
Elizabeth Joyce - Psychic
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Born as one of two sets of identical twins, Elizabeth Joyce has been psychic since birth. Named one of the World’s Greatest Psychics (Citadel Press, 2004), she is a spiritual healer and gives personal psychic readings worldwide. She teaches the work of Louise Hay, who was her mentor, as well as Dr. Hans Holzer. Elizabeth Joyce writes a monthly astrology column in several publications, including Wisdom Magazine. Elizabeth is a professional Astrologer, Spiritual Healer/Counselor, Medium and Clairvoyant who interprets dreams and utilizes the Tarot as well as Astrology in readings. Her TV Appearances include Unsolved Mysteries, Beyond Chance, and The Psychic Detectives. Ms. Joyce’s first book Psychic Attack -Are You A Victim was released in October ’07. Her second book, Ascension—Accessing The Fifth Dimension, was released March 1, 2010. Named into Who’s Who In Metaphysics 2010, her website—www.new-visions.com has 1,000,000 visitors, and is one of the top-rated in her field. Her life and service is profiled in ten books. Elizabeth studied with Dr. Eric Pearl, and is a Reconnective Healer. On October 3, 2007, Elizabeth Joyce founded and heads the Bucks County Metaphysical Association, (thebcma.net) a non-profit organization to benefit the charities of Bucks County, PA. Besides traveling extensively, Elizabeth facilitates her women’s group while teaching Intuitive Awareness classes and Spiritual Intensive workshops. She is on the air at BBSRadio.com with Bonnie MacDade every Sunday evening, on Let’s Find Out, at 9:00 EDT. Ms Joyce is located in Doylestown, PA. and Bergen County, New Jersey. For an appointment call 201-934-8986.
BRAINWASHED Are You?
The Truth Is Finally Revealed
Hope? Yes there is! Very Soon every man, woman and child alive will be forced to make an earth shattering decision. Should one become a revolutionary fighting for freedom, or a mercenary fighting for money? Or should one become meek and accept things the way they are? One's life may be affected significantly if the wrong decision is made.
READ THIS BOOK FOR THE SOLUTION
BRAINWASHED was written to help those who seek the truth in a time of deception find strength in a time of weakness and security in a time of unrest. God directed me in the writing of this book so that the righteous could find their way through the coming darkness. For almost anyone reading this writing, there is bound to be doubt as to its authenticity. But all I can say is that you should analyze and remember the concepts written herein and when they come true then you will know for sure that the words of this book are from God. The Bible tells us that we all see things basically through past experiences (John 3:11). But since no man is perfect, and God created him this way, then no man can totally see things in a perfect sense unless God wants him to. Discrepancies among theologies exist, especially those relating to Christ's return to Earth within some reasonable time period. These differences themselves are not important. One can find constant contradictions throughout all religious ideologies. Perhaps one of the most confusing issues to the non-believer is that if there is only one God, then why so many different dogmas? In one chapter, "World Religions," this problem is approached, and when applied to other peculiar aspects about our daily lives, quite a profound conclusion can be made. Even though the subject matter here conflicts with many present-day teachings about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, I must caution you not to totally reject what is being said. However, if you already have a strong belief in God and Jesus Christ, and you know it's solid then this literature is not really meant for you anyway. This book was written for the billions of people throughout the world who do not believe. By explaining the events and forces that are shaping our everyday lives, it is hoped that they will gain the knowledge to see for themselves. For God knows all there is about life and death, and it is the intent of Brainwashed...Are You? to help clear up many of the mysteries that seem to be clouding our lives. I sincerely hope you will have an open mind as you read through this book. After all, it is your life that is at stake!
NDE - the ET Connection
Near Death Experience the extraterrestrial connection
What happens when we die? If we just focus on the scientific aspects of cardiac arrests or deaths, what do we discover? Scientists have focused for decades to find the answers to these questions. What they are uncovering now is astonishing. The modern recitation science is in its fiftieth anniversary now. It is the science of reviving the body from the death. It is basically restarting the heart from a cardiac arrest. Now a days, ten to fifteen percent of cardiac arrests are successfully brought back to life. This has given biomedical scientists opportunities to explore the near death experiences (NDE). Scientists universally find that some (approximately 20%) individuals remember the near death experiences. Why does the rest 80% people who are revived do not remember the near death experience? All those who remember the near death experience more or less describe similar experiences. In terms of strict biomedical science, nowadays it is really a proven fact the mind or consciousness really continues at least one hour beyond the cardiac arrest or objective death when the brain is cut off from blood supply. Those who experience near death experiences describe a white light. They see their relatives, in specific their parents or some other close relatives. They see tunnels and a quick reflection of their life and impact of their actions in their life. Above all, the experiences are pleasant and people who come back from near death experiences are not afraid to die and become less materialistic in their life. Scientist these days are explaining all these phenomena in terms of physics and biomedical sciences. Interestingly the contemporary plasma physics describe the white light in the near death experience as an electromagnetic flux pointer in a higher dimension of the hyperspace. Simply put, it is the projection of our own zero point energy that continues to live even when we are in the earth making our short journey of life. The crossover that these folks talk about from life to death is the movement through a black hole into the hyperspace. The tunnel is the tunnel of singularity guiding into the hyperspace that brings the continuity into the hyperspace civilization that we belong to. Dr. Sam Parnia of the Weill Cornell Medical Center, a prominent near death experience researcher found an astonishing thing. A three year old had a cardiac arrest and experienced near death experience. He was brought back to life, thanks to the recent miracles of biomedical science. After that he started drawing picture of a white light with a chord that connects to himself. This is significant. That really shows that we are actually connected to that white light (our own real self) all the time. At death we just merge into that flux of energy. The relatives that come to greet us in near death experiences are the
guides from the parallel universe in the hyperspace where we really belong. Our family, people who we know all are real in the hyperspace and continues to exist eternally. The zero point energy centers around the consciousness that continues into the hyperspace beyond the nearest black hole tunnel of singularity. The quantum vacuum in the hyperspace provides the pleasant experience in near death experience by enabling the quantum level of the zero point energy to leap into a higher level. Physicists are intrigued by the recent mathematical interpretation of black hole singularity. It is a quantum level projection of the energy transformation from one level to another level. The transformation requires a complete transformation of spatial dimension from our universe's 3D to higher dimensions of the hyperspace. This requires systematic unbundling of energy quanta in a retrograde flow of time and space. That explains the play back of the whole life in near death experience. As mentioned before, scientists universally find that only 20% individuals remember the near death experiences. Why does the rest 80% people who are revived do not remember the near death experience? Biomedical researchers believe that is because some of us have brains that are wired in such a way that we can remember the near death experience better when all blood supply to the brain in cut off. According to researchers, those who remember the near death experiences actually communicate with themselves in the hyperspace better. The fact is that as we live in this earth, our shadow projection (our real selves)continues its journey in the hyperspace based extraterrestrial civilization. That is why some of us remember dreams better than others. The communication with our shadow projection in the higher dimension also explains the phenomenon of will power, dream, intuition,out of body experiences, healing power, and so on. Paranormal is really normal if you decide to
look beyond the apparent obstacles and limitations of our evolving science. 
Injury-prone man zapped by lightning
TAMPA, Fla. - The self-proclaimed unluckiest man in the world said he was again hospitalized after lightning struck his Florida home while he was on the phone. John Wade Agan, 47, whose previous hospitalizations were for conditions including a butcher knife to his chest, injuries from being robbed at gunpoint in his taxi cab and shoved in the vehicle's trunk, and being bitten by two snakes at the same time -- a claim that has drawn some doubt from experts -- said lightning struck his home Tuesday while he was using a corded phone, leading him to black out, the St. Petersburg Times reported Thursday. Agan, who was taken to Tampa General Hospital, said he woke up surrounded by paramedics with a hole burned in his sock. Agan said he knows his injuries have drawn skepticism before, and light- ning-strike injuries are difficult to prove, but he stands by his claims. Lightning experts said injuries from talk- ing on a corded phone during a storm are not unusual. "It's certainly possible," said Dr. Mary Ann Cooper, a researcher in the field of lightning injuries.
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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.
ABOUT MIKE M JOSEPH - Mike M. Joseph was born in 1944 to a strict Biblically oriented Orthodox Jewish family in British Aden, Yemen. In 1949, his entire family moved to Israel, after a local Arab pogrom took the lives of his mother and three other brothers. In 1963 the author moved to Paris, France to study French and work in the fashion industry. In late 1965 the author moved to New York where, about four years later, a change in his religious convictions led him to a community practicing both the Old and New Testament teachings and laws of the Bible. From 1970-1975 the author served on the faculty of a local private college in Pasadena, California – teaching both modern and Biblical Hebrew to students and ministers on Sabbatical year. At the same time, the author attended classes and graduated with a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts – with a major in Theology. After graduation in 1975, and later ordination, Mr. Joseph began his service in the Field Ministry in the Pasadena area congregations. Through the years, Mr. Joseph has published three books and dozens of articles about Biblical, historic, and human relationships subjects. He presently attends a local congregation in the West valley area of San Fernando Valley, California. The author also teaches a Bible Law Series from the Old and New Testaments on the internet website: www.teachingthelaw.org. 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.’
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