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This week Conspiracy Journal takes a look at such clavicle-breaking stories as:
- Dulce Underground UFO Base Conference Ends -
- Ghost Photo Contest Winner Baffles Experts -
- Vampire Legends Linger for Centuries -
- The Seven Wonders of the Ufological World -
AND: London Rabbi Spooked by Ghost
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THE DULCE WARS
This is NOT science fiction! This is a true-to-life "War of the Worlds" recently featured on UFO Hunters!
Is an alien "Fifth Column" already active on Earth preparing total conquest via implantations and mind control? In the corner of a small town in New Mexico, something very strange is going on! Did U.S. military forces perish recently in hand to hand combat with a group of hostile greys who subsequently seized control of one of our top-secret underground bases?
Controversial author and UFO researcher Branton pulls out all stops in this explosive book that reveals at last the soul-rending secret that the U.S. government has been keeping from the public for decades. Much of this information was disclosed by one brave man who managed to escape from this hellish facility with top-secret information about genetic experiments using kidnaped people from every walk of life. Even more unbelievable, these experiments by the U.S. government are being conducted with the cooperation of alien races who control a large section of the Dulce underground base. What goes on in those sections is the stuff of nightmares!
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MYSTERIES MAGAZINE #22
In This Incredible Issue:
America’s Oldest Mystery: Rhode island’s Newport Tower - Newport, RI, has long been famous as the summer playground for the fabulously wealthy. But nestled amongst the luxurious mansions and the private yachts is a mysterious stone tower whose history has baffled historians for centuries. It is believed to be the oldest stone structure in America, though no one can say precisely when it was built.
Was there a Golden Age? Historical Proof for the Garden of Eden -
Almost all of the ancient cultures of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia have myths which speak of an earlier time when life was easier and humans lived in harmony with nature and each other. Most historians believe that these myths are little more than fairy tales, perhaps the result of our need to idealize the past. However, there is now evidence that suggests that these myths may contain a kernel of historical truth, a kind of distant folk memory of an actual historical era.
The Higgs Boson and the Large Hadron Collider: Seeking the God Particle - Tucked away in a sleepy Swiss village lies the Center for Nuclear Experimentation and Research, the site of the recently completed Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle collider and perhaps the most complex machine ever built. The principle goal of the LHC is to reveal the so-called god particle: the Higgs Boson, which is about 120 times more massive than a proton, and gives mass to all other particles as they emerge from the primordial quantum field.
The Parapsychology Revolution: An Interview with Dr. Robert Schoch -
A geologist and paleontologist by profession, Dr. Schoch has studied some of the greatest ancient monuments around the world including the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx,and the underwater structures near Yonaguni Island, Japan. He has also written several bestselling books, including his most recent, The Parapsychology Revolution.
Find it at your favorite bookstore or magazine stand.
- WHAT LURKS BENEATH DEPARTMENT -
Dulce Underground UFO Base Conference Ends
On Sunday, March 29, a conference was held in the small town of Dulce, New Mexico to discuss evidence of an underground extraterrestrial base at the nearby Archuleta Mesa. Organized by Norio Hayakawa, a retired funeral director now living in Rio Rancho, New Mexico,
The Dulce Base: Fact or Fiction Conference
brought together local and outside speakers with knowledge of events at Dulce. The conference began at the Best Western Jicarilla Inn but the venue had to be changed to the local civic meeting room after the first session since not all the audience could fit inside. Approximately 100 people came from as far away as Pennsylvania and Hawaii to attend the conference.
Hayakawa hoped to end speculation about the existence of an underground extraterrestrial base. Speakers and locals were divided over the presence of extraterrestrials at the base, but most agreed that strange events were happening at the Archuleta Mesa. Most speakers believed that some kind of underground base existed, but this was related with classified military projects, and had nothing to do with extraterrestrials. Some locals joined two of the speakers in accepting evidence pointing to an extraterrestrial presence at Dulce.
The first speaker, local rancher Edmund Gomez, explained how the Dulce mystery began in June 1976 with the discovery of cattle mutilations on his ranch. Evidence was gathered pointing to military involvement in some kind of biological testing program that was highly classified.
Gomez explained how physical evidence he gathered would regularly disappear, and that his family had to eventually sell his ranch due to cattle losses. While Gomez believed that claims of extraterrestrials and UFOs related to Archuletta Mesa was disinformation, he did find evidence of classified military activities and an air vent to an underground facility during a 1988 expedition. His discovery and photo of the vent was the first concrete evidence that an underground base does exist at Dulce.
The next speaker, Chris O'Brian was skeptical of the Dulce underground base hypothesis. He believed that claims of an underground base at Dulce were a distraction from anomalous events at the nearby St Luis Valley which were more significant in his opinion. The retired Dulce Director of Public Safety, Hoyt Velarde said he had never found evidence of an underground facility at Dulce, but did confirm that UFOs were seen over the town of Dulce. Gabe Valdez, a retired New Mexico State Trooper, said that there were indeed sensitive events happening at Dulce which he did not want to discuss, but that stories of extraterrestrials were not accurate.
Greg Bishop next spoke and explained his research on Paul Bennewitz, a deceased (2003) electronics expert who was the first to claim that an extraterrestrial underground base existed at Dulce. He explained how Bennewitz had captured physical evidence of UFOs near Kirtland Air Force Base and connected this to claims of an underground base at the Archuleta Mesa. Bishop
explained how in his book on Bennewitz's claims, Project Beta, that he doubted the existence of an underground base. He had concluded that Bennewitz was side tracked by a disinformation campaign to get him to look away from evidence of events at Kirtland. Bishop revealed, however, how after the 2005 publication of his book that a number of insiders had confided to him that an underground base does exist at Dulce. Together with the discovery of a vent to an underground facility, this led to him now changing his position and doubting his former skepticism.
Keith Ealy explained his own view that the Dulce underground base was a space time portal for interdimensionals. He pointed out that this was similar to Dr Jacque Vallee's own conclusions regarding the UFO phenomenon. Norio Harayama, the conference organizer, also agreed with the interdimensional explanation for the strange events at Dulce and the Archuleta Mesa.
I was the first speaker after the lunch break. I presented my own research on the Dulce underground extraterrestrial base hypothesis that was first released in September 2003 and updated in my new book, Exposing U.S. Government Policies on Extraterrestrial Life. I explained my interest in claims of human rights abuses at Dulce and of a possible firefight there in 1979 between U.S. military forces and extraterrestrials. I discussed the claims of of a number of civilians and whistleblowers relating to the Dulce underground base, and why these need to be seriously investigated. I concluded that Dulce was a joint military extraterrestrial underground base and Paul Bennewitz had been misinformed that it was a base of extraterrestrials wanting to take over the Earth. I was followed by veteran UFO researcher Dennis Balthaser who also had concluded that an underground facility existed at Dulce and that this could be related to UFO activity in New Mexico.
A number of locals then came forward to explain their experiences. A teacher at the Dulce Elementary School explained how UFOs and extraterrestrials featured prominently in the art and stories of children, especially those from the Jicaralla Apache reservation. The most startlingly testimony came from a retired Dulce police officer named Gabe Julian. Julian explained how on one evening in the early 1980s he was dispatched to the house of a woman who claimed that small people with strange boxes emitting light were harassing her. Initially skeptical of what his radio dispatcher told him, he drove over to the area and saw several UFOs taking off. He explained how his training had left him unprepared for what he had seen and how he felt powerless to do anything. His emotional distress was evident to all who attended and did clearly demonstrate that UFO and extraterrestrial activities feature regularly in the small community of Dulce.
The conference ended with promises of future conferences and expeditions to the Archuletta Mesa. The one thing that clearly emerged from the conference was that strange military and UFO events at the Archuletta Mesa were indeed real and worth investigating. The underground extraterrestrial base hypothesis still remains as a plausible explanation for many who attended the first Dulce underground base conference.
Source: Honolulu Exopolitics Examiner/Michael Salla, Ph.D.
Ghost Photo Contest Winner Baffles Experts
An eerie picture of a figure in period costume at the window of a Scottish castle has won a competition to find the world's most convincing "ghostly image."
The picture, taken in May 2008, appears to show a man or woman wearing a ruff, looking through a barred window at Tantallon Castle in North Berwick, East Lothian.
No mannequins are used at the castle, and there are no costumed guides. Three photographic experts have confirmed that the photograph was not manipulated.
Christopher Aitchison, a visitor who took the photograph said: "I was not aware of anyone or anything being present in my picture, only noticing the anomaly when I got home. I did not notice any nice old ladies wearing ruffs walking around the stairs!
"Some people have suggested it's just light reflecting on rocks, and one person suggested it may be King James V of Scotland."
Tantallon Castle, a ruined fortress dating back to the 14th century, stands on a remote rocky headland near North Berwick on the East coast of Scotland. It was badly damaged in an attack by Oliver Cromwell’s forces in 1651.
Psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman, who has made many studies of the supernatural, launched the investigation a month ago. He asked members of the public to submit ghostly images for experts to analyse.
More than 250 pictures were received from all over the world, and there was then a public vote on which people thought were the most convincing photos.
Even ghost sceptic Professor Richard Wiseman admitted to being puzzled.
"It is certainly very curious," he said. "We ran it by three photographic experts and they said it hadn’t been Photoshopped at all.
"The figure appears to be in period costume, but we know 100 per cent that Tantallon Castle is not the sort of place that has dummies or costumed guides; they just don’t go in for that sort of thing.
"I suppose it could be a visitor looking a little bit strange. Perhaps someone will come forward. Another possibility is an odd reflection of sunlight, but it does look very like a person. The explanation is not obvious."
The study is part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, and was discussed at a one day public festival called "Hauntings" which examined the evidence for the existence of ghosts.
Co-organiser Dr Caroline Watt from Edinburgh University said: ""Even though we had the public submit their most mysterious photographs, the images we received don't provide compelling evidence for spirits. If ghosts are out there, it seems they are somewhat camera shy."
- BUY THEM A DONUT DEPARTMENT -
Artist's Story is out of This World
St. Louis area woman tells of her talks with an extraterrestrial.
For watercolor artist and teacher Chrystal Jackson, 85, of Ballwin, her life is about art - and in recent years, aliens.
"I've painted in watercolors for 75 years nonstop," Jackson said. "I was one of 47 artists sent to Cape Canaveral by NASA in the early 1960s to record my impressions in watercolor to document the early space program."
Those watercolors, plus a journal of her experiences, are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
As early as this fall, Jackson hopes to self-publish a book, "The Donut Shop," detailing what she said were conversations over 15 years with a man, Oneontas, who she said claimed he is an alien from the central star of Orion's belt. Jackson said she met Oneontas at the former Dunkin Donuts shop in Manchester.
Writing down those talks came naturally.
"At Cape Canaveral, I was the only one of the 47 artists who recorded everything in a journal," Jackson said.
Her history is as colorful as her art.
Born in London of American parents, Jackson was a graduate of Pratt Institute in New York and then got a scholarship to study watercolor with artist Eliot O'Hara in Miami. Later, she lived for four years in Spain, where she worked, had art shows and created watercolor diaries.
That's where she met and briefly married. Her son, the late Christopher Jackson, a musician, artist, composer, playwright and director, moved with her to this area in the 1960s. Christopher, then 47, passed away in 2007, "which was a crushing blow," Jackson said.
"Here, I founded the first St. Louis Watercolor Society in 1970, and a new Saint Louis Watercolor Society gave me an award plaque in 2001 for all I've done," she said.
Linda Hammelman, who serves on the new society's board of directors, said Jackson was named artist laureate in the award plaque in honor of her contribution to the local art community.
"She's been very active in the art community for many years," Hammelman said.
Jackson will be demonstrating her artwork Saturday and Sunday at the Greater St. Louis Art Association's Art Fair at Queeny Park. She also regularly performs for children, in special costume, as the Lady Bug Lady of St. Louis and has published children's books about that character. Jackson publishes all of her books by subscriptions. A new children's book with her photos - a book called "Welcome to Our Beach," inspired by the seagulls of Surfside, Fla., - will come out this year.
In addition to having her art in more than eight books, Jackson is working on a book on her space program watercolors, called "How I Witness Space," to be published later this year.
When she worked with NASA, a conversation at a beach party started her interest in extraterrestrials, Jackson recalled.
"I jokingly asked a military man about little green men from Mars being here," she recalled. "He told me there are at least 30 kinds of aliens who look like us and who have been to Earth, conferring with our presidents."
Then, at 11:30 p.m. July 19, 1981, after giving workshops and demonstrations at a college in Wisconsin, Jackson, her mother and Christopher were driving back home.
"I had fallen asleep when Christopher woke me up and said there's a UFO out there," she said. "At the other end of a potato field, there was a bright neon disc hovering quietly just over the trees.
Christopher couldn't make the car go faster than 20 mph. The disc left shortly, and I later painted what I saw."
Jackson later published a book, "A Dematerialistic Theory of Painting," from an idea that came to her in a vision and focused on a seven-color wheel, to coincide with the notes of the musical scale.
The subject of her "Donut Shop" book came into her life in late June of 1990.
"I had wanted to have Sunday morning breakfast, and Christopher said we should go to the Dunkin Donuts," Jackson recalled.
"We walked in, and a man with long blond hair and sharp blue eyes, wearing a three-piece wool suit, was sitting at the counter. I'm a member of the Mutual UFO Network, and I had read George Ademski's book on UFOs, where he wrote he had met a Venutian in the California desert. This man looked like an illustration in that book."
Causing listeners' spoons and cups to clatter to tables nearby, Jackson said she told him, "Sir, you look just like a Venutian."
"He was writing in a book, while everyone was staring at him," she remembered.
Jackson insists aliens are well integrated into the population, "but they get very cold in summer, and often wear heavy clothing, which is one way you can tell who they are."
"I told him I'd had a UFO experience, and he wanted to hear more and would be back the next day," she said.
Thus began 15 years of conversations.
"Oneontas liked the idea of a book with our conversations, and he finally gave me the OK to use certain photos I took of him," Jackson said.
"The Donut Shop" will be published through Jackson's Creative House of St. Louis, and those going to her booth at Queeny Park this weekend can register for a first edition.
"Though the doughnut shop visits only went until 2005, I still see Oneontas occasionally," she said.
The idea of extraterrestrials isn't far-fetched, Jackson insisted.
"Christian churches say God created all the planets and all good people everywhere," she said. "Well, all the good people have to stick together. If you want to see a good extraterrestrial, go to a doughnut shop because they go there, because you don't have to kill anything to eat a doughnut."
Source: Suburban Journals
- NIGHTMARES OF THE SHADOW WORLD DEPARTMENT -
Vampire Legends Linger for Centuries
Many Believe Vampires Serve as Powerful Metaphors for Our Psyches.
The legend of the vampire actually goes back centuries and exists in some form or another in almost every culture. In fact, some people believe the first vampire story was in the Bible.
Why did people believe they had so much power and did they really exist?
Vampires move under the cloak of darkness, the undead rising from their graves to prey on the innocent by sucking their blood, according to the image of vampires that has captured our imaginations and been reinvented in stories, legends and films for centuries. Many imagine vampires lurking in the woods, preying on small towns and villages in the hours between dusk and sunrise.
Vampires are back again in "Twilight," but now they've been reinvented as The "Twilight" series has created an almost cultish following among tweens.
"They want the vampire to be glamorous and romantic now," said Anne Rice, best-selling author of vampire novels. "They don't want a monster that they can't relate to. They want to see that human side of the vampire."
Rice said the notion of vampires is almost irresistable to the human psyche.
"The vampire is just a powerful metaphor for the outcast in all of us, for the monster in all of us, for the predator in all of us," she said.
Vampires often are equated with Romania and Count Dracula, but in fact, Bohemia, in today's Czech Republic, was critical to the rise of the vampire legend. Almost every cemetery in Prague is teeming with stories.
A favorite story is about the no-name vampire buried in one cemetery who lured victims with his music.
"He begins to gather a crowd and over time, people would notice neighbors were still disappearing and they never knew if the sounds were of the accordion or the victims' screams," said Ty McGee, a guide of ghost tours in Prague.
Small towns and villages struck by disease and death were breeding grounds for vampire lore.
"Everything from a crop failture to the plague to infant mortality would be explained away by one of these tales, something like, 'The vampire did it,'" said Thomas J. Garza, a professor at the University of Texas who teaches about Slavic and Eastern European cultures, among others.
While no empirical evidence exists, the legends live on in part to explain a subconscious fear of death.
"The vampire will always be a character with whom we identify in our own mortality and in his or her own immortality," Garza said.
"The vampire is never going to go away," she said. "There will be more and more revivals. We're going to have continued romance with the vampire."
It's that romance and fascination that also helps fuel tourism, and not just in the graveyard tours and the dark forests of Eastern Europe. The small town of Forks, Wash., the setting for the "Twilight" book series and movie now sees 100 tourists a day.
Source: ABC News
- STRANGE TALES OF THE SUBTERRANEAN WORLD DEPARTMENT -
Mysterious Tunnels and Underground Civilizations
There is something fundamentally and primally mysterious about caves and tunnels. Maybe it's their darkness or the fact that they open into the very body of the Earth. They are invariably the subjects of adolescent adventure stories, such as the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew mysteries, and R.L. Stine's books. And they serve as backgrounds in exciting stories directed at older audiences as well, such as Jules Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth and the Indiana Jones films. Tunnels represent the unknown and touch the fears that reside deep in the primitive human subconscious.
I've come across several sites on the Web that tell what some believe are true stories of vast underground networks of tunnels. And they are no less mysterious and fantastic than those used as settings in the fictional tales mentioned above. It's not that the tunnels merely exist and are unknown to most people, it's what they contain, who built them, and why – and that takes us into the deepest recesses of the unknown.
People who claim to have first- or second-hand knowledge or experience with these tunnels make many astonishing claims: that they contain long-lost cities; that they are inhabited by advanced civilizations – perhaps the descendents of Atlantis; that they are bases for extraterrestrials and their flying saucers; that they are bases for secret government installations. The government no doubt has top-secret military installations deep within mountains and perhaps underground, but this, of course, is the least fantastic of the stories.
Here are highlights of some of the more extraordinary claims. Since these stories come without photos or any other kind of verification, consider them skeptically. In any case, they are fascinating.
Grand Canyon Mystery
The April 5, 1909 edition of The Phoenix Gazette carried a story entitled "Explorations in Grand Canyon." According to the article, a man named G.E. Kinkaid made an astonishing discovery while on an expedition, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, in the Grand Canyon. Among his findings:
* A mammoth chamber about 1,480 feet underground from which radiates dozens of passageways "like the spokes of a wheel."
* Several hundred rooms, some of which contain artifacts such as weapons and copper instruments of a kind that have never been known to be native to the Americas.
* A crypt containing mummies - all adult males - wrapped in a bark fabric.
* A shrine containing a Buddha-like idol sitting cross-legged with a lotus flower in each hand.
* Stone tablets on which are carved mysterious Egyptian-like hieroglyphics.
The article also mentions a legend of the Hopi Indians that says their ancestors once lived in an underworld in the Grand Canyon.
Crumf Burial Cave
In 1892, Frank Burns of the U.S. Geological Survey reported that he found strange coffins in the Crunf Cave along the southern branch of the Warrior River in Murphy's Valley, Alabama. The wooden coffins appeared to be hollowed out by fire, then chiseled with stone or copper tools. Each coffin was 7.5 feet long, 14 to 18 inches wide, and 6 to 7 inches deep. The lids were open on each empty coffin. The specimens were sent to the Smithsonian, which suggested the coffins might actually be troughs. In any case, the museum lost the artifacts.
Tunnel Network Under California
According to an article entitled in the Fall 1985 edition of Search magazine, a high-ranking but unnamed Naval officer told of the discovery of a huge network of tunnels under portions of the west coast of the U.S. He said that U.S. nuclear submarines had explored some of these tunnels, which are accessible just off the continental shelf, and had followed them inland for several hundred miles. Here are more highlights of this incredible claim:
* What is being passed off as the San Andreas Fault are actually large, unsupported chambers that are in the process of collapsing.
* A well-known U.S. Nuclear submarine lost its way in one of the passages and was never heard from again. (Two U.S. nuclear submarines have disappeared under mysterious circumstances - the U.S.S. Thresher and the U.S.S. Scorpion.)
* Some of California is actually floating on the ocean. When oil companies began pumping oil from beneath the city of Long Beach, it began to sink - up to 26 feet before the pumping was stopped.
More and More Tunnels
The above story was written up in a long article called "The Underground Empire," which reveals many more details. It also offers these other fascinating accounts:
* A couple from Bishop, Calif. discovered a circular hole in the ground while exploring for petroglyphs. They climbed down the hole which bottomed out to a horizontal corridor. On one of the walls was carved a face out of the mouth of which poured water. Suddenly the water started to gush out of the face and from other openings, and the couple was forced to abandon the tunnel. Later, both recalled that they heard music down there.
* In West Virginia, workers found some caverns with strange hieroglyphics written on the walls. They also claimed to gear faint voices and what sounded like machinery coming from beyond the walls of the cavern.
* Two men searching for bat guano (which has some value as fertilizer) at the foot of Mount Lassen found a deep cave. They followed it inside for a mile or two and noticed that the floor was worn smooth, as if it had been used for a road. Eventually they met three strange "men" who asked if they are "surface people," and then took them deeper in the cave on an electromagnetically powered hovercraft. The story gets stranger from there.
* Travelers Ferdinand Ossendowski and Nicholas Roerich claim to have discovered a subterranean society below central Asia, which they referred to as Agharta or Agharti. They say it is home to 20 million people, and their civilization extends throughout all the subterranean passages of the world.
* A 12-man speleological team broke into an ancient tunnel system in northern Arkansas and encountered the inhabitants of the subsurface world.
* Exploring another cave in Arkansas, just north of Batesville, explorers found a tunnel illuminated by a greenish phosphorescence where they met a race of beings who stood 7 to 8 feet tall and had bluish skin. The beings, who have advanced technology, told the explorers they are the direct descendents of Noah.
Brazil is said to have many entrances to an underground world. Several people claim to have proof:
* Two explorers returning from tunnels near Ponte Grosse in Brazil say they spent five days in an underworld city inhabited by 50 adults and some children.
* The same two explorers found another tunnel entrance in Rincon and saw luminous flying saucers going in and out, and heard beautiful choral singing.
* An old man living near Concepiao told how he had visited a vast underground city where strange vehicles darted back and forth.
* An explorer looking through a tunnel near Rio Casdor met a beautiful woman who appeared to be about 20 years old, but told the explorer she was 2,500 years old.
Pretty far-out stuff, huh? There is, of course, no proof to verify any of these stories, and the explorers always seem to lose or forget where the exact entrance to these caves and tunnels are. Some of the stories may have a basis in fact, but most are certainly tall tales, exaggerations, or outright fabrications. But they fortify our fascination with strange caves and tunnels. They make me, at least, want to go exploring in them. And who knows what would be found!
Source: paranormal.about.com/Stephen Wagner
- SEE THEM BEFORE YOU DIE DEPARTMENT -
The Seven Wonders of the Ufological World
To many people, the UFO subject is a super-secret, paradigm-altering, world-changing excuse to be Grade A sticks-in-the-mud. Who are they? Well, you’ll know them when you see them, or more likely hear or read them, because they never get out and experience the real world. The rest of us, however, realize that you can study the UFO phenomenon seriously, and have some fun at the same time, and the world will not come to an end.
In my opinion, one of the best ways to enjoy oneself is travel. I figure that if the “real world” can have "Seven Wonders", the world of UFOs and ufology can have its own “Seven Wonders” - places that everyone interested in the subject of UFOs should visit before they shuffle off of this mortal coil. Some are related to actual UFO cases, some are related to the cultural phenomenon that is ufology, but all are worthwhile visits.
The Aetherius Society HQ - Los Angeles, California, USA
You may not have heard of the Aetherius Society, which is a shame, because they’re an interesting bunch (featured prominently in the classic 1992 documentary Farewell Good Brothers). The organization was founded by the late George King in London in 1955 as the result of what King claimed were contacts with advanced extraterrestrial intelligences. The group's tax exempt status was recognized by the US in 1960, which was decades before the recognition of Scientology, and a decade before Rael hit the scene, which makes the Aetherians the first UFO- religion. Through what they call Operation Prayer Power, they claim to be able to store prayer energy in a Spiritual Power Battery. This spiritual energy, invoked through prayer, can be directed under tremendous concentration and released at a later date to areas of the world in need… or so they claim. The great thing is that every Thursday night, whether you believe or not, you can pop by their headquarters and participate in Operation Prayer Power! Also, since 1955 the Aetherius Society has offered free “Spiritual Healing” treatments to all who request it. They claim that this is a natural healing method, based on ancient principles of metaphysical science, to bring relief to those who need it. Who knows? You may even be able to commune with one of the Space Brothers. If not, their Los Angeles HQ is only a few minutes from Hollywood Boulevard, where you can always find some strange creatures!
International UFO Museum - Roswell, New Mexico, USA
Personally, I don’t really like Roswell – the UFO case, or the city. I think the focus on the Roswell case by UFO researchers has been bad for the serious study of the phenomenon as a whole. As for the city, let’s just say that if aliens did come down in that area, it must have been a crash, because I can’t imagine that they would have picked Roswell – either then or now - as a tourist destination. It’s harmless enough, mind you, in the “United States has a thousand other cities like this” kind of way, but there’s nothing special about it, especially in a state where the much more interesting places to visit, such as Taos and Santa Fe, and even Albuquerque, are father north. Still, it’s Roswell, which has become, much to my chagrin, the Holy Grail of ETH-centric ufology, so a trip there is probably going to satisfy that group, as well as conspiracy theorists. The best place to start is the International UFO Museum, which takes UFO kitsch and runs with it, but in a way that doesn’t make you feel dirty when you leave. The good news is that the time to visit Roswell is in the traditional summer vacation month of July, when the UFO festival is in full swing – it still attracts a fairly large crowd, and is a fun event. The bad news is that the worst time to visit Roswell, unless you like extremely hot and uncomfortable weather, is also in July (and August), so if unremitting heat isn’t your thing, you might want to skip the festivities and pop by in the fall.
International UFO Congress Convention & Film Festival - Aquarius Casino & Resort, Laughlin, Nevada, USA
Next to the Colorado River on the Nevada / Arizona border, Laughlin, Nevada is a town that I like to call “mini-Vegas” – it has casinos and hotels and glitz, but not so much in the way of glamour…. which is why I find it charming. That, and the fact that in late February and early March you can travel to Laughlin and hang out for a full week at the Aquarius Casino and Hotel with hundreds of other UFO-buffs, believers, aficionados, and the occasional skeptic, at the annual Convention & Film Festival of the International UFO Congress. At the 2007 conference, if you wandered down to the hotel bar late at night (or more likely early in the morning), you might have been able to have a few drinks with former MoD UFO guru Nick Pope, abduction kingpin Budd Hopkins, Rendlesham investigator and raconteur extraordinaire Peter Robbins, author Richard Dolan, or even yours truly. While the Convention features its fair share of speakers who are evidentially-challenged (including the obligatory bunch of Billy Meier hoax supporters), it’s a week with good-natured people who share an interest in fantastic stories, and maybe even a bit of truth. The film festival features some pretty good stuff, as well as some laughably bad groaners, and the closing gala is always a good time. Also, if you have a car, pop across the state border and over the mountains to Kingman, Arizona, which is the starting point for a nice hour-long jaunt along legendary Route 66, and which is where a crashed UFO was supposedly recovered by the USAF in the 1953 (the locals love it when you ask about that). Best of all, a ten minute drive will take you up into the mountains, where you can pull off to the side of the road, park the car, sit on the hood, and stare into the clear-as-a-bell night sky looking for UFOs!
UFO Landing Pad - St. Paul, Alberta, Canada
In honour of Canada’s 100th anniversary as an independent nation, the town of St. Paul, Alberta, decided to do something special in 1967 – indeed, it was something so special that it might even be said to be out of this world! The good citizens undertook, as a privately-funded centennial project, to build the world’s first UFO landing pad! Dedicated at the time by the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, and visited since by myriad dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth II and Mother Theresa, the landing pad has endured for over forty years as a symbol of the hopes of St. Paul’s residents for a better tomorrow… and as a pretty unique tourist attraction! In 1993 the town added a flying-saucer shaped building which serves as St. Paul’s Chamber of Commerce, which should make it a first stop for any extraterrestrials stopping by Earth to check on trade opportunities. In 1996, an addition was built to the existing Tourist Information Center to house a UFO Interpretive Display, which shows photographs of UFOs, crop circles and cattle mutilations. Purchased from the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies, it even shows ingenious methods to hoax the public, and is one of the two such displays in North America. What makes all of this even weirder is that St. Paul is also the home of Fern Belzil, a retired cattle rancher who is Canada’s leading cattle mutilation investigator. Pop by the Restaurant Chezlyne for lunch, and you may just catch Belzil there, always ready to chat about cattle mutes… although you might want to wait until after you have your hamburger!
Rendlesham Forest - Woodbridge, United Kingdom
Not only is Rendlesham Forest the site of one of the most famous UFO cases of the 20th century (it was voted #3 in my film Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO Sightings), but it's also a genuinely creepy place that has supposedly been home to all sorts of other weird incidents, from devil dogs to ghosts. Make your way to the charming town of Woodbridge, and then head out to the Forest, which is a few miles away. There you will find a UFO walking trail that takes you past the key places from the classic 1980 case, including the old Bentwaters airbase. As I said, the Forest is still very spooky, even if it isn't the same as it was at the time of the UFO incident due to damage wrought by a subsequent hurricane. The wind whistles through the trees, and it's no stretch to say that if you're there anytime near dusk you don't want to be alone! Even better, if you get lucky like I did when I was there in May, 2006, you'll get buzzed by a black helicopter, which will come in low and tight over the treetops - the sound echoes throughout the Forest as it approaches, which was actually pretty unnerving. There's a nice campground right next to the Forest that can serve as an overnight place to stay near all of the action for the really adventurous. Who knows - if you wander into the Forest at night, maybe you'll run into whatever Charles Halt and his men ran into almost three decades ago!
Area 51 - southern Nevada, USA
Area 51 is a remote tract of land in southern Nevada. Situated on the southern shore of a dry lakebed is a large military airfield, one of the most secretive places in the world. The base, which lies within the United States Air Force’s vast Nevada Test and Training Range, has as its primary purpose the development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. Other names used for the facility include Dreamland and Groom Lake. The intense secrecy surrounding the base, the very existence of which the US Government barely acknowledges, has led it to become the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and UFO stories, thanks to the tall tales of people like Bob Lazar and Dan Burisch, many of which hold that the base contains crashed alien spacecraft, and even extraterrestrial beings, one of whom was supposedly named J-Rod. Of course, given the uber-secret nature of the base, you can’t actually get on it to have a look (and if you try the use of deadly force is authorized), but you can drive around the outskirts on the Extraterrestrial Highway, where you can make a stop in Rachel, Nevada, to visit the Little A’Le’Inn, which contains a small motel, gift shop and restaurant, where locals will regale visitors with stories of little green men… or grey men… or tall whites… or… well, you get the picture. Finally, if you really want a good bird’s eye view of Area 51, take a trip to the top of the Stratosphere Tower on the Las Vegas Strip. At 350 metres, the Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in Nevada, and the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United States west of the Mississippi River, and is capped by the Top of the World restaurant, a rotating flying-saucer shaped section from where you can get a great view of the areas surrounding Sin City, including, on a clear night, Area 51. Who knows what you’ll see flying around?
The Integratron & Giant Rock - Landers, California, USA
For many in ufology, the Contactees were simply frauds and con artists. For some others, their stories were real, and they actually came in contact with aliens from other worlds. To me, they are best described as UFO performance artists – harmless, entertaining, and in a few cases true UFO bards, spinning fantastic tales that would have wowed the folks at King Arthur’s court. I don’t for a minute believe that they had actual contact with aliens, but I also don’t discount the possibility that a few might have had some experience, maybe even with aliens, any more than I discount the possibility that someone who tells me they felt the Holy Spirit might have had a real experience. Who can say? As with all things essentially spiritual, I remain a hopeful agnostic. Regardless, there is little doubt that the Contactee Movement had a profound effect on the development of ufology, and how the general public came to view the UFO phenomenon. From a cultural and sociological standpoint, it is an important piece of American history, in that it tells us a great deal about the people and attitudes of the 1950s and early 1960s. One of the most important Contactees was George Van Tassel, who in 1954 commenced building -- but never quite completed -- the Integratron, in the desert town of Landers, California. It was supposedly a domed time/energy machine based partially upon the theories of Nikola Tesla that was created to recharge and rejuvenate people’s cells, at the behest of an advanced entity with whom Van Tassel claimed to communicate telepathically. Not far away, Van Tassel lived at Giant Rock, which is exactly what the name indicates – a giant rock in the middle of the desert. Van Tassel hosted The Giant Rock Spacecraft Convention annually beside the Rock, from 1953 to 1978, a gathering that at its peak in 1959 attracted as many as 10,000 attendees. The history of Giant Rock and the Integratron is too rich to describe in detail here – the best way to discover it is to visit them yourself. Giant Rock is a bit worse for wear these days - a large chunk broke off a few years ago – but it’s still standing, as is the Integratron, which you can visit, and where you can experience a “sound bath” in the upper chamber that is great if you’re into meditation. You can even arrange to stay overnight, where you can sit in the courtyard and stare up at one of the clearest night skies you’ll ever see, and ponder whether Ashtar is waiting.
Source: The Other Side of Truth/Paul Kimball
- THINGS THAT GO OY IN THE NIGHT DEPARTMENT -
London Rabbi Spooked by Ghost
British rabbi complains of "foreign presence" in his new house; congregation members say ghost belongs to founder of local synagogue
The Rabbinical Centre of Europe tackles complicated halachic questions sent by the rabbis of the continent on a daily basis. But nothing prepared the RCE for a recent query by a London rabbi, who sought the center's help in getting rid of a ghost he said was dwelling in his new residence.
The RCE's Response department in Israel, which provides halachic answers to the questions of European rabbis, was approached by Rabbi Levy Yitzhak Raskin of London on behalf of a fellow rabbi who asked not to be identified.
"In the last months he has noticed a foreign presence in his new home," Raskin described in his letter. "Closed windows have been opened; he's been hearing knocking, and so forth."
According to Raskin, when the distraught rabbi turned to his congregation for help, "they confirmed that these strange events have occurred in the past, and estimated that the noises were caused by the ghost of a rabbi… who was the synagogue's first rabbi and passed away 40 years ago, and is now seeking tikkun for his spirit."
According to the congregation members, the founding rabbi would occasionally visit the house in order to see how his community was doing.
Upon receiving this query RCE member Rabbi Mordechai Biton immediately forwarded it to Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Rabbi Yitzhak Batzri. Rabbi Amar ruled that two tikkun prayers – one for the house and the other for the deceased rabbi's soul - should be recited in order to resolve the matter.
Rabbi Batzri offered to include the rabbi's name in his yeshiva's biannual tikkun prayers for the dead, or to instruct Rabbi Raskin how to hold such a prayer in London if necessary. "If this doesn't help, it's a sign that this is a different ghost that may be misleading them, and we'll discuss how to handle this later on."
Source: Ynet News
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