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- The Mystery of Mammoth Tusks With Iron
- Mysterious Deaths of Nine
Skiers Still Unresolved -
Padre Pio Exhumed
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WHAT THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW DEPARTMENT -
French Expert Confirms
Secret UN UFO Meeting
A French aviation expert has come forward to reveal his participation
in a secret meeting held at the United Nations New York headquarters
that discussed the UFO phenomenon from February 12-14.
Gilles Lorant is an attaché to the Centre National de la
Recherche Scientifique (CNRS- National Center for Scientific Research )
which is a government-funded research organization, under the
administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research. He is also a
member Institute of Advanced Studies for National Defense (IHEDN - the
French Organization that produced the 1999 COMETA Report).
Both CNRS and IHEDN are prestigious scientific organizations in France,
and Lorant was invited to attend the UN meetings in a professional
capacity. A report released by a French UFO organization (Federation of
European Airplane ), of which Lorant is an executive member, contained
a summary of the UN meeting where he describes what happened at the
Lorant revealed that a series of UN meetings were held over a three day
period. In the meetings there was discussion of a confidential report,
prepared by the U.S. Air Force and a branch of the National Guard,
concerning the societal impact of UFO sightings.
The initial meeting was held on February 12 and, according to Lorant’s
report, led to a request by three U.S. Senators for further
discussions. Additional meetings were held immediately after on
February 13 and 14. The implication is that three U.S. Senators
attended the secret UN meetings.
The meetings were very concerned about social upheaval from continued
UFO sightings and the testimonies of individuals claiming to have first
hand knowledge about UFO’s, extraterrestrial life, and future global
events. It was reported that adverse public reactions to UFO sightings
could have a dramatic economic impact that could lead to recessions in
The emphasis on possible societal upheaval due to growing UFO sightings
was reminiscent of recommendations by the 1953 Robertson Panel,
convened by the CIA, which identified adverse public reactions as a
major security threat that could be exploited by foreign enemies. The
UN discussions appeared to match concerns identified in both the 1953
Robertson Panel and the 1961 Brookings Report () to the U.S. Congress,
over ramifications of UFO reports and the eventual discovery of
2009 was raised as the year when an important change in official
attitudes concerning the UFO phenomenon could be made. This suggested
that the official debunking policy underway since the 1953 Robertson
Panel would be abandoned and more serious study of the UFO phenomenon
would occur. This indicated an important policy shift were the study of
UFO’s would be officially encouraged. However, certain global
conditions would have to be met for the official opening.
Most important appeared to be social stability in G-8 countries and the
maintenance of liberal democratic systems in developing nations. Lorant
also suggested that an official opening in attitudes would only occur
if UFO sightings continued to occur at present levels.
Lorant’s testimony provides independent corroboration for an anonymous
source who first came forward on February 12 to reveal to two New York
researchers (Clay and Shawn Pickering) that the UN meeting had taken
place. The source’s testimony was revealed in two articles published by
this author on February 13 and 20 , and a follow up article by Robert
Morningstar on Feb 25.
Lorant’s testimony gives more detailed information of what happened at
the meeting, and is consistent with statements from the original source
of the UN meeting concerning approximately 40 participants, multiple
issues being discussed as well as the UFO phenomenon, and public
reactions to increased UFO sightings. Most importantly, Lorant provides
insight into reasons for a significant change in official public policy
towards the UFO phenomenon.
The reported results of the UN meetings indicate agreement was reached
for an international strategy to more seriously study the UFO
phenomenon in a manner that maintains present levels of social
stability. This raises the possibility that those presenting
information on UFOs/extraterrestrial life deemed to threaten national
stability or financial systems, would receive special attention by
national security agencies.
The meetings results suggest that an official change in government
policy from ‘debunking’ to ‘openness’ concerning UFO’s would lead to
official approval to narrowly define study of the UFO phenomenon.
However, those claiming to have first hand experience of
extraterrestrial life would be targeted as charlatans.
The UN meeting thereby suggested continuation of policies aimed at
exploiting divisions in the UFO community between researchers
advocating a strictly scientific study of the UFO phenomenon, and those
wishing to discuss testimonies/documentation concerning
extraterrestrial life visiting Earth.
Lorant’s testimony finally suggests that governments are being driven
to more open approach to the UFO phenomenon due to the recent increase
sightings that are projected to continue well into 2009. What follows
is a summary report of the UN meetings based on Lorant’s testimony that
appears in a newsletter of the FEA and is available in the original
[Acknowledgements] I thank Didier de Plaige for his kind assistance in
helping confirm background information about Gilles Lorant, and for
first revealing on his blogsite details about Lorant who at the time
requested anonymity through a mutual acquaintance of de Plaige. I also
thank Jean-Luc Bozzoli and Victor Viggiani for their assistance in
translating the original French document.
Newsletter No. 4 of the F.E.A, 25.02.2008
Posted by Jean-Jacques Yvars …
For strictly professional reasons and by coincidence, an active member
of the FEA was invited to the UN in New York in the week starting
February 11, 2008. This person took part in the development of
discussions on the subject of UFOs, after the meeting of February 12.
These discussions at the United Nations, brought forth further
deliberations during three conferences held behind closed doors on 13
and 14 February, to which our member had the honor and pleasure to
Here is a summary of the minutes that Mr. Gilles Lorant, invited to the
meetings, kindly shared with us about what was said at the United
Nations in New York:
On 12 February, the U.S. Air Force and the National Guard would
actually presented a report on the subject of UFOs and the impact of
sightings on many communities in the United States. Since this report
was considered important for industrialized countries, representatives
from several countries were invited to attend. Then, at the request of
three United States Senators, a series of three meetings took place in
the [two] following days, in the presence of forty representatives from
twenty-eight member countries, including the Vatican (two countries did
not send representatives). On both days, the subject of UFO’s was
discussed, for no more than an hour and a half, as one of the causes of
social upheaval of a country, due to the high probability of economic
recession resulting from the speeches of ‘contactees’, charlatans,
religious [figures], some scientists and prophecies. Sightings of UFOs
increase sharply the risk of social unrest threatening the political
systems of several emerging democracies.
According to Mr. Gilles Lorant, what was discussed was an opening in
official attitudes when publicly considering, in future, how to treat
the UFO phenomenon. An official opening to be held under two conditions:
1) Until the end of 2009, that social peace in the G8 countries is
guaranteed around the liberal democratic model (US version)
2) By the end of 2009, that the UFO sightings disturbing "our
neighbors" continues throughout the world.
Furthermore, also discussed was what position to adopt in case a
non-aligned country decided to make public their findings on the [UFO]
topic. The atmosphere was rather serious, according to Mr. Lorant, the
participants were, in fact, cognizant of the “presence of our
neighbors" in our environment.
The suggestion agreed upon at the United Nations by the representatives
of the 28 nations, in the course of these exchanges, is of paramount
importance for public recognition of the topic. The official treatment
of information relating to UFOs could be a turning point at the
international level, if the circumstances remain favorable. The coming
years could show a surprising development of papers on the subject on
the part of our governments.
Source: Opted News/Michael Salla
- BUCKSHOT OF THE GODS DEPARTMENT -
Mystery of Mammoth Tusks With Iron Fillings
A giant meteor may
have exploded over Alaska thousands of years ago, shooting out metal
fragments like buckshot, some of which embedded in the tusks of woolly
mammoths and the horns of bison. Simultaneously, a large chunk of the
meteor hit Alaska south of Allakaket, sending up a dust cloud that
blacked out the sun over the entire state and surrounding areas,
killing most of the life in the area.
Such is the scenario envisioned by Rick Firestone, a
staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in
California. Firestone and his colleagues have found mammoth tusks and a
bison skull with nickel-rich iron particles in them on one side,
suggesting the metal fragments all came from the same direction.
Firestone's theory emerged when his colleague, Alan
West of Dewey, Arizona, saw at a Phoenix gem and mineral show a mammoth
tusk peppered with tiny bits of metal. Intrigued, West and Firestone
looked at tusks owned by the same dealer in Calgary. By passing a
magnet over mammoth tusks in Calgary, Firestone and West found seven
mammoth tusks collected somewhere near the Yukon River and a bison
skull from Siberia that had tiny iron fragments burned into them. The
fragments also contained nickel.
"One in 1,000 tusks had this material in it,"
Firestone also thinks he may have found the divot
left by the ancient meteorite, an impact crater that is now occupied by
a round body of water named Sithylemenkat Lake in the upper Kanuti
"The creeks coming out of the lake are very rich in
nickel," Firestone said, referring to a metal associated with
meteorites. "And the shape is consistent with a crater from a meteorite
that may have been a half a kilometer in diameter‹a pretty large thing."
A meteorite that big would have torched anything
within a 100-mile radius and could have buried the mammoths farther
away from the crater, preserving the tusks struck by metal fragments.
Firestone said the dust kicked up by the meteor would have eliminated
any mammoths that survived the meteor's hit.
"There was probably 10,000 years with no mammoths,"
he said, adding that other mammoths eventually migrated back into
Dale Guthrie, one of Alaska's few experts on
mammoths, said he found Firestone's theory interesting, but Alaska
scientists who know about impact craters think he is probably off on
his guess that Sithylemenkat Lake is the place where a giant meteorite
struck about 35,000 years ago (the approximate age of the mammoth
tusks). Scientists have confirmed only one impact crater in
Alaska‹called Avak, near Barrow‹and have discovered only about 140
impact craters on the entire planet.
Buck Sharpton, an expert on impact craters and the
Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks,
said the lake would have to be much older than 35,000 years because it
has no rim associated with more recent impact craters and doesn't look
to him like an impact crater. He thinks the iron bits in the tusks
could be cavities filled by "being immersed for millennia in porous
sedimentary fill through which iron-rich water percolated."
As for Sithylemenkat Lake, Gordon Herreid didn't
mention a possible meteorite impact when he wrote a 1969 geology report
on the lake for the state (which ordered the investigation because of
possible nickel deposits there). Jan Cannon wrote in the journal
Science in 1977 that the lake looked to be the only visible impact
crater in Alaska based on a study of Landsat satellite images. One year
later, William Patton of the U.S. Geological Survey argued in Science
that glaciers, rather than a meteorite, created the lake.
Source: Alaska Report
- HISTORIES MYSTERIES DEPARTMENT -
Mysterious Deaths of Nine Skiers Still Unresolved
Nine experienced cross-country
skiers hurriedly left their tent on a Urals slope in the middle of the
night, casting aside skis, food and their warm coats.
Clad in their sleepwear, the young people dashed headlong down a snowy
slope toward a thick forest, where they stood no chance of surviving
bitter temperatures of around minus 30 degrees Celsius.
Baffled investigators said the group died as a result of “a compelling
unknown force” — and then abruptly closed the case and filed it as top
The deaths, which occurred 49 years ago on Saturday, remain one of the
deepest mysteries in the Urals. Records related to the incident were
unsealed in the early 1990s, but friends of those who died are still
searching for answers.
“If I had a chance to ask God just one question, it would be, ‘What
really happened to my friends that night?’” said Yury Yudin, the only
member of the skiing expedition who survived.
Yudin and nine other students from the Ural Polytechnic Institute
embarked on the skiing expedition to Otorten Mountain in the northern
Urals on Jan. 28, 1959. Yudin fell ill near Vizhai, the last settlement
before the mountain, and was left behind.
What happened next has been reconstructed from the diaries of the rest
of the group and the photographs they took. Copies of the diaries,
photos and investigators’ records were reviewed for this article.
The skiers, led by Igor Dyatlov, 23, set up camp for the night of Feb.
2 on the slope of Kholat-Syakhl, a mountain next to Otorten. They
pitched their tents at around 5:00 p.m., investigators said, citing
photos that they developed from rolls of film found among the abandoned
Why the nine skiers picked the spot is unclear. The group could have
detoured just 1.5 kilometers down the mountain to a forest, where they
would have found shelter from the harsh elements.
“Dyatlov probably did not want to lose the distance they had covered,
or he decided to practice camping on the mountain slope,” Yudin said by
telephone from Solikamsk, a town near Yekaterinburg, where the
institute, now named Ural State Technical University, is located.
When the group left the institute for the expedition, Dyatlov promised
to send a telegram as soon as they returned to Vizhai from Otorten
Mountain, which he said would be by Feb. 12.
But Yudin said Dyatlov told him when they parted ways that the group
would probably return a few days later than planned.
As such, no one was worried when the group failed to reappear on Feb.
Only on Feb. 20, after relatives raised the alarm, did the institute
send out a search-and-rescue team of teachers and students. The police
and army dispatched their airplanes and helicopters later.
The volunteer rescuers found the abandoned camp on Feb. 26.
“We discovered that the tent was half torn down and covered with snow.
It was empty, and all the group’s belongings and shoes had been left
behind,” Mikhail Sharavin, the student who found the tent, said by
telephone from Yekaterinburg.
Investigators said the tent had been cut open from inside and counted
traces of footprints from eight or nine people in meter-deep snow. The
footprints had been left by people who were wearing socks, a single
shoe or were barefoot.
Investigators matched the footprints to the members of the group,
saying there was no evidence of a struggle or that other people had
entered the camp.
The footsteps led down the slope toward the forest but disappeared
after 500 meters.
Sharavin found the first two bodies at the edge of the forest, under a
towering pine tree. The two — Georgy Krivonischenko, 24, and Yury
Doroshenko, 21, were barefoot and dressed in their underclothes.
Charred remains of a fire lay nearby. The branches on the tree were
broken up to five meters high, suggesting that a skier had climbed up
to look for something, perhaps the camp, Sharavin said. Broken branches
also were scattered on the snow.
The next three bodies — Dyatlov, Zina Kolmogorova, 22, and Rustem
Slobodin, 23 — were found between the tree and the camp. The way the
bodies were lying indicated that the three had been trying to return to
The authorities immediately opened a criminal investigation, but
autopsies failed to find evidence of foul play. Doctors said the five
had died of hypothermia. Slobodin’s skull was fractured, but the injury
was not considered fatal.
It took two months to locate the remaining skiers. Their bodies were
found buried under four meters of snow in a forest ravine, 75 meters
away from the pine tree. The four — Nicolas Thibeaux-Brignollel, 24,
Ludmila Dubinina, 21, Alexander Zolotaryov, 37, and Alexander
Kolevatov, 25 — appeared to have suffered traumatic deaths.
Thibeaux-Brignollel’s skull had been crushed, and Dubunina and
Zolotarev had numerous broken ribs. Dubinina also had no tongue.
The bodies, however, showed no external wounds.
The four were better dressed than the rest, and those who had died
first had apparently relinquished their clothes to the others.
Zolotaryov was wearing Dubinina’s faux fur coat and hat, while
Dubinina’s foot was wrapped in a piece of Krivonishenko’s wool pants.
Deepening the mystery, a test of the clothes found they contained high
levels of radiation.
The investigation, however, was closed after a few months, and
investigators said they could not find anyone to accuse of wrongdoing.
Case files were sent to a secret archive. Skiers and other adventurers
were barred from the area for three years.
“I was 12 at that time, but I do remember the deep resonance that the
accident had with the public, despite the authorities’ efforts to keep
relatives and investigators silent,” said Yury Kuntsevich, head of the
Yekaterinburg-based Dyatlov Foundation, which is trying to unravel the
Investigators first explored the theory that the local Mansi people had
killed the skiers in revenge for trespassing on their land. No
evidence, however, was found to back up the theory; Neither Otorten nor
Kholat-Syakhl were considered sacred or taboo places by the Mansi, case
Further debunking the theory, a doctor who examined the bodies in 1959
said he believed that no man could have inflicted the injuries because
the force of the blows had been too strong and no soft tissue had been
“It was equal to the effect of a car crash,” said the doctor, Boris
Vozrozhdenny, according to case documents.
In 1990, the chief investigator, Lev Ivanov, said in an interview that
he had been ordered by senior regional officials to close the case and
classify the findings as secret. He said the officials had been worried
by reports from multiple eyewitnesses, including the weather service
and the military, that “bright flying spheres” had been spotted in the
area in February and March 1959.
“I suspected at the time and am almost sure now that these bright
flying spheres had a direct connection to the group’s death,” Ivanov
told Leninsky Put, a small Kazakh newspaper. He retired in Kazakhstan
and has since died.
The declassified files contain testimony from the leader of a group of
adventurers who camped about 50 kilometers south of the skiers on the
same night. He said his group saw strange orange spheres floating in
the night sky in the direction of Kholat-Syakhl.
Ivanov speculated that one skier might have left the tent during the
night, seen a sphere and woken up the others with his cries. Ivanov
said the sphere might have exploded as they ran toward the forest,
killing the four who had serious injuries and cracking Slobodin’s skull.
Yudin said he also thought an explosion had killed his friends. He said
the level of secrecy surrounding the incident suggests that the group
might have inadvertently entered a secret military testing ground. He
said the radiation on the clothes supported his theory.
Kuntsevich agreed, saying another clue to the deaths was the fact that
the faces of the first five bodies had been inexplicably tan. “I
attended the funerals of the first five victims and remember that their
faces look liked they had a deep brown tan,” he said.
Yudin also said the released documents contained no information about
the condition of the skiers’ internal organs. “I know for sure that
there were special boxes with their organs sent for examination, “ he
No traces of an explosion, however, have been found near Kholat-Syakhl.
While a missile fired from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan could
have reached the northern Urals, there are no records of any launches
at the time, said Alexander Zeleznyakov, a historian on Soviet missiles
and a senior official with the Korolyov Rocket and Space Corporation
Energia. The Soviet Union’s other main launch pad, Plesetsk, only
opened in late 1959. Zeleznyakov also said the surface-to-air missiles
that could have been launched from the pads had not yet been built.
The Defense Ministry and the Yekaterinburg regional prosecutor’s office
said they had no immediate information, citing the age of the case.
Kuntsevich said he had led a group to the area last year and found a
“cemetery” of scrap metal that suggested the military had conducted
experiments there at some time.
“We can’t say what kind of military technology was tested, but the
catastrophe of 1959 was man-made,” he said.
Yudin said the military might have found the tent before the volunteer
rescuers. He said he had been asked to identify the owner of every
object found at the scene and had failed to find a match for a piece of
cloth that looked like it had come from a soldier’s coat, a pair of
glasses, a pair of skis and a piece of a ski.
Yudin also said he had seen documents that led him to believe that the
criminal investigation had been opened on Feb. 6, 14 days before the
search team found the tent.
Dyatlov’s friends have looked into whether the deaths might have been
caused by an avalanche. Setting up the camp on the slope might have
disturbed the snow above, causing it to tumble down a few hours later.
This would explain the ripped tent, which the skiers would have had to
cut open to exit.
Skeptics of this theory point out that the skiers left the camp by foot
and traveled more than a kilometer in minus 30 C.
Thibeaux-Brignollel would have been unconscious due to his shattered
skull, said Mikhail Kornev, a doctor with the S.M. Kirov Russian
Medical Military Academy.
But his friends could have carried him. After all, investigators could
not decide whether there were eight or nine pairs of footprints in the
Also, Dubinina and Zolotarev could have walked with their broken ribs,
Kornev said. “I can grant this possibility since the situation was
extreme,” he said.
Six former rescuers and 31 independent experts gathered Friday in
Yekaterinburg to look for answers about the incident. They concluded
that the military had been carrying out tests in the area and had
inadvertently caused the deaths.
But “we still lack documents and ask the Defense Ministry, the space
agency and the FSB to provide us with them to obtain a full picture,”
the participants said in a statement.
The conference was organized by Ural State Technical University, the
Dyatlov Foundation and several nongovernmental organizations.
What really happened on the night of Feb. 2, 1959, may never be known.
But Dyatlov is unlikely to be forgotten anytime soon.
The area where the group set up their last camp has been officially
named Dyatlov’s Pass.
Source: The St. Petersburg Times
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MYSTERY OF THE UNCORRUPT DEPARTMENT -
Body St. Padre Pio Exhumed
and Found "Intact"
The body of a controversial mystical monk who became a saint was today
exhumed from his grave 40 years after his death and his corpse was said
to be "intact".
Padre Pio claimed to suffer from stigmata or the wounds of Christ -
holes in his hands and feet where the nails were used at the
Crucifixion - and was made a saint by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
He enjoyed a massive following with thousands visiting him and even
today, years after his death he has millions of devotees around the
world and he is especially popular with Italian celebrities such as
Sophia Loren and Andrea Bocelli.
Early this morning his grave at the monastery at San Giovanni Rotondo
near Foggia in southern Italy where he was buried was entered and his
coffin lifted from the ground and opened.
The exhumation was authorised by the Vatican in January and was granted
so that Padre Pio's body could be "prepared" when it is put on public
display next month to commemorate the anniversary of his death 40 years
Local Archbishop monsignor Domenico D'Ambrosio, who was present at the
exhumation, said: "The upper part of the skull was skeletal while the
forehead was in perfect condition.
"The rest of the body is also well preserved. You can clearly see the
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if he has just had a manicure.
"The signs of the stigmata are not visible. The robes are also still
intact and his feet are visible because as is customary capuchin monks
are buried shoeless."
Despite the early hour and the biting cold a small crowd who had
gathered outside the church cheered and clapped when news that the
coffin had been exhumed filtered through.
Besides local church dignitaries medical experts from the Vatican's
Congregation for the Causes of Saints were also present to verify the
state of the corpse.
The saint's body is planned to be displayed for several months, after
which it will be returned to the tomb in Santa Maria delle Grazie
church in San Giovanni Rotondo, which neighbours the friary where Saint
When news of the exhumation was announced in January monsignor
D'Ambrosio had said:"I am convinced that we all have the duty to allow
future generations the chance to venerate the mortal remains of Saint
Pio of Pietrelcina and to conserve them as well as possible."
Initially there was opposition from Padre Pio's family but they later
gave the go ahead although there was a last minute appeal from the
Padre Pio association to block the exhumation.
The saint was shunned by church authorities and recognised only after
massive popular devotion to him.
He is especially popular in Australia and Ireland.
Padre Pio's shrine draws close to one million pilgrims each year, and
the hospital he founded in San Giovanni Rotondo is one of the biggest
in southern Italy.
In October last year an Italian author published a book claiming that
the stigmata were faked and there was evidence in the Vatican archives
to prove this.
However officials in Rome dismissed the suggestion and insisted their
own investigations had ruled that the wounds were not caused by
Source: The Daily Mail
IS SOMETHING UP THERE DEPARTMENT -
Unearthing the Truth of UFOs
The craft was at a very low
altitude and moving very slowly in the chilly air above Woburn last
November. One witness said she saw the object as she was turning her
car onto an exit ramp, and described it as having a triangular shape,
three large white lights on the side, and a red light in its center.
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Mystified, the woman, whose name was not released for confidentiality
reasons, went home and filed an online report with the Massachusetts
Mutual UFO Network, a Framingham-based nonprofit organization that
investigates sightings of unidentified flying objects across the state.
While such accounts are often explained away or even ridiculed by
skeptics, sightings that appear to defy descriptions of conventional
aircraft fascinate Greg Berghorn, director of the state chapter of the
national Mutual UFO Network, known as MUFON.
The Massachusetts group was established in 1984 and now boasts about
100 volunteer field investigators, and logs approximately 50 UFO
reports annually. The vast majority can be explained as hoaxes,
misidentified satellites, or even the planet Venus, said Berghorn, but
three or four sightings every year are not so easy to discredit.
Strange lights appearing to one person, whose observation skills may be
impaired or distorted, is one thing, said Berghorn. But when multiple
witnesses report similar unusual sightings independently and from
different locations, things get more interesting.
As an example, Berghorn cited an incident in 1997, when a retired
machinist in northern Massachusetts filed a report describing a large,
low-flying, disc-like object that was moving so slowly it took almost a
minute to pass over his house. Another report was filed by a woman a
short distance north in New Hampshire, who independently described the
same object passing by her house 20 minutes later, he said.
Berghorn drew a trajectory line based on the machinist's account, and
the two stories matched up.
"It occurred so that I could actually draw a timeline between their two
houses," said Berghorn, an engineer from Tewksbury. "This was a very
bizarre object, and it was very unique."
As is the case with most field investigations, Berghorn said, his
inquiry into the matter ended there and yielded no more evidence than
the two eyewitness accounts.
"What is frustrating about this process is that it's not as cleanly cut
as a TV show," he said. "The evidence is very murky. A lot of the
information becomes unresolved. People won't talk to you."
The fear of ridicule prevents some would-be witnesses from coming
forward, said Berghorn. For this reason, the organization does not
disclose the names of witnesses who file reports, unless the witnesses
are willing to go public, he said. The national organization estimates
that only one in 10 UFO sightings are reported, a number that Berghorn
thinks is a little high.
The reports coming into the local chapter vary in nature, he said,
ranging from tiny objects streaking or zigzagging across the sky to
people allegedly being taken up into UFOs. The abduction phenomenon is
largely explained away by mainstream researchers, although a prominent
Harvard University psychiatrist, John Mack, sparked controversy in the
early '90s after becoming convinced that the abductions are real and
not mere fantasies or delusions.
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Mark Petty, assistant director for Mass. MUFON, described a reported
near-abduction case in 2004 in Billerica that has fascinated UFO buffs
He said a couple, who identified themselves publicly only as Robert and
Anne, saw a large craft appear over their house one December evening as
they were standing on their deck. They reported being engulfed in a
bright white light. As they stared up into the light, a blue beam
pierced down, settled on Anne and started pulling her off the deck. In
terror, Robert grabbed his wife by the waist and "threw her into the
kitchen" before following her quickly through the door.
When he looked back outside, the light had disappeared, according to
their report. The man said he was so shaken that he couldn't even pick
up the phone when it rang a minute later.
Petty and other field investigators from the chapter canvassed the
neighborhood and even placed an ad in local newspapers in an attempt to
corroborate the story, but the only supporting evidence came from a
sister of Robert. She said she was driving in the area at the time, and
saw a brilliant white light with a blue trail hovering near the ground
in the vicinity of the couple's house.
While such accounts are compelling for some, Berghorn and Petty both
said they are not "true believers" in the notion that extraterrestrials
are visiting the planet.
Berghorn said his vantage point as an engineer and amateur astronomer
restrains him from leaping to conclusions, though he did say that he
views at least some of the reports as unexplained phenomena.
"Most of the really odd [sightings] are sufficiently credible enough
that you can't just explain it away by saying the person's crazy," said
Berghorn. "And that's what keeps us going."
Physical evidence in the field is scarce but does exist, said Berghorn.
Corn stalks that had been flattened in a crop-circle formation in
Western Massachusetts, for example, had been exposed to microwave
radiation, which is hard to square with a hoax scenario, he said.
Often, witnesses of UFO events are distressed at what they have seen
and have difficulty coming to terms with their experiences, added
Berghorn. About the only thing investigators can offer such
"experiencers," as they are called in UFO circles, is empathy and
shared knowledge, he said.
"What I've learned is that oftentimes, people don't really want answers
to their questions so much as they want to know that other people have
experienced the same thing," said Berghorn. "They at least get some
comfort out of that, because we can't offer them any answers."
The Massachusetts chapter maintains a 24-hour hotline for UFO
sightings, 781-246-0523. Sightings can also be reported on their
Source: The Boston Globe
COSMIC MISSILES DEPARTMENT -
Meteorites Spark Mysteries
Five months after a meteorite made an international splash in Peru,
experts are suggesting explanations for some of the space rock's
effects - for example, the sickening odor villagers smelled at the
crash site, and the bubbles that were seen emanating from the
water-filled crater left behind. But a study due to be presented next
month also raises fundamental questions about the event. In fact, an
international research team declares that the impact "should not have
happened" at all.
Yet another study sets forth a mystery surrounding two other meteorites
found in Antarctica a couple of years ago. The rocks don't match any
other class of meteorite - so where did they come from?
The two studies are among hundreds submitted for the annual Lunar and
Planetary Science Conference, scheduled March 10-14 in League City,
Texas. The conference offers the cream of the crop in planetary science
- focusing on topics ranging from the solar wind, to Mercury and Mars,
to the icy dwarfs on the solar system's edge.
The Peruvian meteorite impact comes in for a fresh round of scientific
scrutiny in a study submitted by researchers from Brown University and
institutes in Peru and Uruguay. Just after the impact was reported,
some scientists doubted whether a meteorite was actually responsible
for the crater - but subsequent analysis proved that a stony space rock
was involved (as opposed to a denser iron meteorite).
Scientists previously thought that stony meteorites on the scale of the
one that hit Peru would break apart into little pieces before they hit
the ground. The fact that this one survived to create a 40-foot-wide
crater threw the researchers what they called a "hypervelocity
curveball." They said the standard model used to estimate the effects
of stony meteorites will need to be revised as a result.
The study does propose two possible explanations for the reports of
"boiling water" seen within the crater: The bubbles could have come
from the compressed air that surrounded the meteorite as it blasted
into the wet earth - or it could have been caused by clumps of clay
that dissolved and frothed as they fell into the crater.
"These two processes may have been responsible for local reports of
water bubbling up from the floor soon after impact," the researchers
wrote. "While there would have been heat generated at impact, it is
unlikely that this could have sustained bubbling an hour later."
Meteorite hunter Michael Farmer, who visited the site last year soon
after the impact, has said the sickening odor that villagers said
emanated from the crater was most likely caused by sulfurous compounds
such as triolite interacting with the ground water - and there's
nothing in the latest study that contradicts that suggestion.
The Peruvian meteorite may be in for another shot at fame: Just last
week, Living in Peru reported that Japanese investors are interested in
building a space museum near the impact site, and that National
Geographic is planning a documentary about the meteorite.
Now to the other space-rock study: Meteorite hunters from the Lunar and
Planetary Institute and NASA's Johnson Space Center reported finding a
pair of specimens in 2006 in Antarctica's Graves Nunataks area.
"These meteorites are not obviously like any other meteorites, so their
origin is unclear," the Lunar and Planetary Institute said in its media
advisory. "The mineralogy and chemical composition of these meteorites
are so unusual that scientists have been struggling to find the right
term to describe them. Numerous parent bodies have been proposed. Could
they have come from the moon? From Venus? Scientists are currently
debating these issues."
The researchers behind the study say they're not finished with their
analysis of the rocks, and more findings may emerge at next month's
conference. So stay tuned as the meteorite tales and other mysteries
are fully brought to light.
A PICTURE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS DEPARTMENT -
Man Reflects on "Alien" Photo
This is the moment that, in an unassuming residential road, a man
believes he witnessed aliens landing in Enfield.
Engineer Paul Pleasance, 50, of Ladysmith Road, said the apparition, or
half-alien, or perhaps strange pattern of light, lingered for half an
hour outside his window.
He said: "Nobody else saw it. I think it was a real alien. It was weird
because it was in the shadow, coming in between the houses.
"I showed my family. My niece, who is nine, enjoyed it and said she was
happy there are aliens in my street."
Mr Pleasance, a costs engineer for Amec, an engineering and project
management consultancy, said he was even more bemused to find that it
looked a bit like his company logo.
He said: "I thought it was my boss keeping an eye on me."
But expert Roy Lake, of Barking-based London UFO Studies, is not so
sure that it is visitors from outer space.
A UFO and paranormal observer since 1953, he said: "I believe it is a
complete hoax personally. I have got footage that will blow your mind -
that is nothing at all.
"It looks like someone has done it on a camera or it's a reflection of
a chimney or a window."
However Mr Pleasance vehemently denies the allegation, saying: "I
didn't do anything to make an image appear."
According to a report on website ufoinfo.com, extra terrestrial
activity has increased in the skies above Loughton, Essex recently,
while according to information released by the Ministry of Defence
under the Freedom of Information Act there were nine reports of
sightings of UFOs in London in 2007, (a similar figure was quoted on
But the website also says: "With the increase of sightings reports in
and around the Loughton, Essex area, readers should be aware of
companies such as (lantern company) UFO Balloons, as their products
could account for some of the sighting reports"
But it seems for one morning in Enfield that aliens may really have
Source: This is Local London
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