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This week Conspiracy Journal takes a look at such cat-calling tales as:
Sense and Superstition -
Sasquatch Genome Project Researchers Say Bigfoot is Real -
- Giant Hornets Kill 40 and injure 1,600 People in China -
- Do Some UFOs Come From Inner Earth "Paradise"?-
Man Survives Spontaneous Human Combustion

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UFOs - Wicked This Way Comes: The Dark Side Of The Ultra-Terrestrials


Stories of encounters with the supposedly friendly "all-too-cute" ETs are NOT always the norm and represent only one side of the coin. Little Elliot may have befriended Steven Spielberg's cozy, cuddly alien, but all too often our almond-eyed visitors have their own agenda, which frequently puts them at odds with our earthly well-being. They have been known to abduct, dice and slice and put us through a universe of utter torment.

Not only can the Ultra-Terrestrials be damned ornery but they have the power to interfere with both our physical and mental states and put dread into our hearts. Thus the term “UFO Fear Factor.” They can oftentimes wreak havoc on an entire household following what might seem like a benign close encounter but which ends up going well beyond a cosmic one-night stand. The Ultra-Terrestrials possess various characteristics in common with spirits from the dark corridors of demonology and have been known to produce the same sort of phenomena at UFO landing sites as you would find in a haunted house or at a seance.


* Witness grows 5 inches following close encounter! Hair of observer changes color overnight!

* West Virginia man abducted by weird “vegetable”-like Ultra-Terrestrials.

* Valuable objects vanish upon arrival of strange shadow beings in New Jersey home.

* The mystery of the “Crawling Stumps” in Oregon.

* Giants bully youngsters in Brazilian UFO terror attack.

* “Fireballs” cause massive blackout.

* A man named “Fred” (a pseudonym) recalls under hypnosis a horrifying sexual experience involving a half human/half animal creature.

* Dr. Karla Turner, who passed away from breast cancer after she started reporting on the negative aspects of the UFO abduction phenomenon, noted: *** A surprising number of abductees suffer from serious illnesses they didn’t have before their encounters. These have led to surgery, debilitation, and even death from causes the doctors can’t identify. *** Some abductees experience a degeneration of their mental, social and spiritual well-being. Excessive behavior frequently erupts, such as drug abuse, alcoholism, overeating and promiscuity. Strange obsessions develop and cause the disruption of normal life and the destruction of personal relationships.

* Noted author/researcher Brad Steiger offers evidence that many individuals hear the guttural voices of Ultra-terrestrials commanding them to do demonic deeds, such as the case of a self-declared prophet of a new religion linked to the slain bodies of a family of five—all victims of human sacrifice necessary to persuade the “forces” to present the Ohio-based cult with a magical golden sword.

* Some of the human implications of what the Ultra-terrestrial “invasion” represents are so potentially disturbing and disruptive that well-known talk show personality/investigator Peter Robbins declares that he has no doubt that there are “those” who are capable of just about anything in their efforts to keep the subject from us, including possibly being involved in the untimely deaths of certain truth seekers whose lives have been decidedly entangled with the Unknown.


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Sense and Superstition
By Jane L. Risen and A. David Nussbaum

SUPERSTITIOUS people do all sorts of puzzling things. But it’s not just the superstitious who knock on wood. From time to time, we all rap our knuckles on a nearby table if we happen to let fate-tempting words slip out. “The cancer is in remission, knock on wood,” we might say.

In fact, it’s so common we often don’t think about it. But it’s worth asking: why do people who do not believe that knocking on wood has an effect on the world often do it anyway? Because it works.

No, knocking on wood won’t change what happens. The cancer is no more likely to stay in remission one way or the other. But knocking on wood does affect our beliefs, and that’s almost as important.

Research finds that people, superstitious or not, tend to believe that negative outcomes are more likely after they “jinx” themselves. Boast that you’ve been driving for 20 years without an accident, and your concern about your drive home that evening rises. The superstitious may tell you that your concern is well founded because the universe is bound to punish your hubris. Psychological research has a less magical explanation: boasting about being accident-free makes the thought of getting into an accident jump to mind and, once there, that thought makes you worry.

That makes sense intuitively. What’s less intuitive is how a simple physical act, like knocking on wood, can alleviate that concern.

In one study, to be published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, one of us, Jane L. Risen, and her colleagues Yan Zhang and Christine Hosey, induced college students to jinx themselves by asking half of them to say out loud that they would definitely not get into a car accident this winter. Compared with those who did not jinx themselves, these students, when asked about it later, thought it was more likely that they would get into an accident.

After the “jinx,” in the guise of clearing their minds, we invited some of these students to knock on the wooden table in front of them. Those who knocked on the table were no more likely to think that they would get into an accident than students who hadn’t jinxed themselves in the first place. They had reversed the effects of the jinx.

Knocking on wood may not be magical, but superstition proved helpful in understanding why the ritual was effective. Across cultures, superstitions intended to reverse bad luck, like throwing salt or spitting, often share a common ingredient. In one way or another, they involve an avoidant action, one that exerts force away from oneself, as if pushing something away.

This pushing action turns out to be important, because people’s beliefs are often influenced by bodily feelings and movements. For example, other research shows that people tend to agree with the same arguments more when they hear them while they are nodding their head up and down (as if they were saying “yes”) rather than shaking it from side to side (as if they were saying “no”).

Because people generally push bad things away, we suggest that they may have built up an association between pushing actions and avoiding harm or danger. This led us to speculate that when people knock on wood, or throw salt, or spit, the ritual may help calm the mind, because such avoidant actions lead people to simulate the feelings, thoughts and sensations they experience when they avoid something bad.

To test this, in our knocking-on-wood experiment we asked some people to knock down on the table and away from themselves, while we had others knock up on the underside of the table, toward themselves. Those who knocked up engaged in an approach action, not an avoidant one. Despite knocking on wood, people who knocked up failed to reverse the perceived jinx; if anything, their concerns were made worse compared with people who did not knock at all.

Next we tested whether avoidant movements would have the same effect in situations free from the baggage of superstition. Instead of having participants knock down on wood after jinxing themselves, we had them throw a ball (also an avoidant action, but not one associated with a superstition). We conducted two studies, one in Chicago and another in Singapore. We found that the act of throwing a ball also reduces people’s concerns following a jinx, in either culture. Even pretending to throw a ball has the same effect as actually throwing it.

While almost any behavior can be turned into a superstitious ritual, perhaps the ones that are most likely to survive are those that happen to be effective at changing how we feel. We can seek to rid ourselves of superstitions in the name of enlightenment and progress, but we are likely to find that some may be hard to shake because, although they may be superficially irrational, they may not be unreasonable. Superstitious rituals can really work — but it’s not magic, it’s psychology.

Jane L. Risen and A. David Nussbaum are, respectively, an associate professor of behavioral science and an adjunct assistant professor of behavioral science at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Source: NY Times


Sasquatch Genome Project Researchers Say Bigfoot is Real

DNA samples and video footage of an alleged Bigfoot sleeping in the Kentucky woods have been presented this week by researchers in Texas who say it all belongs to a ‘human hybrid.’

Bigfoot is real, and there's now both DNA and video evidence to prove it, claims one group of devoted Sasquatch researchers.

The group's "never-before-seen footage" of an alleged Bigfoot creature sleeping in the woods of Kentucky has been presented this week along with various blood and hair samples said to be unlike anything seen before.

The group's startling statements are supposedly backed by 11 outside laboratories and universities, which all reviewed the findings, and which were provided with blind samples, according to the report by the Sasquatch Genome Project.

"We want people to understand that this is a serious study," Dr. Melba Ketchum, a genetics scientist, who led the project during the course of the five-year study, told CBS DFW.

Unsurprisingly, others are challenging Ketchum's credibility, including New York University whose laboratory Ketchum claims similarly tested a field sample and found it having usual human mitochondrial results.

 Among the genetic and visual findings presented by the group in Dallas on Tuesday is video of what is described as "a reddish brown Sasquatch juvenile" sleeping in the woods after being tracked with her mother.

The juvenile is said to be just one of many witnessed and filmed in person by the researchers.

Other findings presented in the report, first published in February, include photos of coarse horse-like hair and at least one tissue sample believed by the group to be from an actual Sasquatch.

Another photo appears to show "fresh" drops of blood and large marks from "fangs" said to have punctured a metal downspout, according to the report.

"(A)pproximately one hundred and thirteen separate samples of hair, blood, mucus, toenail, bark scrapings, saliva and skin with hair and subcutaneous tissue attached were submitted by dozens of individuals and groups from thirty-four separate hominin collection sites around North America," the report explains.

 Through a generous $500,000 donation, by Bigfoot believer and businessman Adrian Erickson, the researchers say they were able to scientifically analyze all samples collected.

Labs said to have received them for study included the University of Texas Southwestern, the North Louisiana Crime Lab and NYU.

But a rep from NYU tells The News that the university never dealt with Ketchum  — who holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University — or accepted any data or samples from the Bigfoot Genome Project.

The Louisiana Crime Lab said it worked with Ketchum on her study but all they did was extract DNA from bones she sent them that she in turn sent to be sampled elsewhere.

"They didn't know what they were testing," Ketchum told the Daily News Wednesday by phone of the samples sent out. "I have one email from a tester saying 'what have you done, discovered a new species?'"

 Though all of the samples turned out to be human, according to Ketchum, when the samples were broadened into genome sequences, some parts of the DNA were found to be identical to no other species previously known to man.

Instead what they say they've discovered is what they're calling a genetic hybrid that defies what scientists once believed about evolution.

This new specifies, according to Ketchum, "originated from modern human females."

"We have more data in our paper than ever done before to prove a new species but basic science doesn't like the results," said Ketchum who admits to once never believing in the existence of Bigfoot herself.

Previous arguments made against Ketchum's findings include her samples' possible contamination by their collectors — intentional or otherwise.

 That's an idea she vehemently denies.

"If you have a contamination you're going to have one profile overlapping over a second profile," she said. "We do not have that in any samples of the study."

Instead she says all samples were provided by credible sources with the understanding of the proper method of sample collection. Hair samples were further washed to prevent contamination, she said.

But, despite Ketchum and her team's firm belief that their evidence is credible — some said to have been personally collected after trailing the bigfoots in the field — the researcher says she understands why her findings may be disputed by so many.

"The scientific community doesn't know what to do with this new find. I call it the Galileo effect," she said.

Still, in order to protect these creatures that are commonly refered to as "monsters" and even actively hunted by some, perhaps it's for the better, she said.

"The whole point of this is that these are a type of people and they have culture and there's plenty of evidence of this effect ... they should have rights like we have," she argued. "They're not going to collect welfare and they're not going to be a social burden but they don't need to be hunted or even harassed."

Source: NY Daily News


Giant Hornets Kill 40 and injure 1,600 People in China

Swarms of deadly hornets have killed more than 40 people and injured more than 1,600 in northern China.

At least 37 patients are in a critical or serious condition in hospitals, according to Shaanxi provincial government.

Victims of the attack have been left with deep, dark craters in their skin the size of bullet wounds.

Over the past three months the cities of Angkang, Hanzhong and Shangluo have been worst affected.
The Chinese term for hornets is 'hu feng' and local experts believe the culprit is the Asian giant hornet or Vespa mandarinia, which grows up to 5cm long with a 6mm sting.

The insects' highly toxic stings can lead to anaphylactic shock and renal failure.

One victim told local media that 'the more you run, the more they want to chase you' and some victims described being chased about 200 metres (656 feet) by the deadly insects.

Authorities have mobilised a special medic team and trained more medical personnel to treat victims.

An Ankang official told Xinhua that firefighters have been removing hornet nests. The provincial government said hornets are most aggressive in behaviour when they mate and migrate in September and October. The dry and warm weather this year has contributed to the ferocity of attacks.

One of the victims, named only as Mu, said she has spent two months in a hospital undergoing 13 dialysis treatments. She has 200 stitches, but still can not move her legs. She told Xinhua, the Chinese state-run news agency: 'The hornets were horrifying'.

'They hit right at my head and covered my legs. All of a sudden I was stung and I couldn't move.

'Even now, my legs are covered with sting holes.'

'Most of the deaths are due to allergies to the venom, said Shunichi Makino, director general of the Hokkaido Research Centre for Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, told

'It's very difficult to prevent the attacks because hornet nests are usually in hidden sites,' he said.

'The venom of an Asian giant hornet is very special compared with other hornets or yellow jackets,' he warned.

'The neurotoxin -- especially to mammals including humans -- it's a special brand of venom.'

Meanwhile fears are growing that giant Asian hornets are headed for Britain. The species is four times the size of our native honeybees and has decimated the bee population in France.

The dark invaders with yellow feet are thought to have arrive in France in a delivery of Chinese pottery from the Far East in late 2004. The insects have colonised huge swathes of France, spreading along waterways, and with a few hornets capable of destroying 30,000 bees in a couple of hours, honey production has plummeted.

It has colonised 39 of France’s 100 administrative departments. The hornets pick on honeybees as they leave their hive until the colony is so exhausted that the hornets can move in and ransack it.

Groups of Asian hornets hover in front of a beehive, picking off single honeybees, decapitating them and stripping off their wings and legs before making off with the 'meat ball' to feed their young.

It is a further problem for the British honeybee, which is struggling to cope with changes in farming and climate and already has one Far Eastern invader to contend with - the varroa mite, which feeds on the bees and makes their hives more vulnerable to disease.

The Chinese term for hornets is 'hu feng'.

Those behind the deadly attacks this summer appear to be the Asian giant hornet, or Vespa mandarinia.

The Asian giant hornet grows up to 5cm long with a 6mm sting  which injects a large amount of potent venom. The hornet sting can be extremely painful to humans and has been compared to a hot nail being hammered into the body,

The head of the hornet is orange and quite wide in comparison to other hornet species.

The Asian giant hornet is intensely predatory; it hunts medium- to large-sized insects, such as bees, other hornet species, and mantises.

Hornets are most aggressive in behavior when they mate and migrate in September and October. Attacks are difficult to prevent because hornet nests are usually in hidden sites.

Source: The Daily Mail


Do Some UFOs Come From Inner Earth "Paradise"?
By Sean Casteel

Do UFOs, or flying saucers, originate from an Inner Earth Paradise? That may sound like it’s kind of a stretch, but a selection of books from Tim Beckley’s Global Communications and Inner Light Publications make the argument that they most certainly do, eschewing any beliefs that the mysterious visitors come from outer space at all.

The most recent offering to make the case for the Inner Earth Paradise is called “The Smoky God and Other Inner Earth Mysteries,” and includes a reprint of a book written by a Norwegian fisherman named Olaf Jansen. Jansen claims to have journeyed by boat with his father to a lush and peaceful land occupied by a race of kindly giants.

“My father,” Jansen writes, “was an ardent believer in Odin and Thor, and had frequently told me they were gods who came from far beyond the ‘North Wind.’ There was a tradition, my father explained, that still farther northward was a land more beautiful than any that mortal man had ever known, and that it was inhabited by the ‘Chosen.’”

One day, father and son decide to try to actually travel to this land of the “Chosen,” and take a detour from their fishing trip to sail due north. Instead of a forbidding, frozen wasteland, they find the land of the “Smoky God,” a place hidden inside the hollow Earth.

Jansen’s book is introduced by an American writer named Willis George Emerson, who befriended Jansen in the old Norseman’s last days, which were spent rather idyllically in a bungalow in Los Angeles. According to Emerson, “Take an eggshell and from each end break out a piece as large as the end of a pencil. Extract its contents, and then you will have a perfect representation of Olaf Jansen’s Earth. The distance from the inside surface to the outside surface, according to him, is about three hundred miles.”

Jansen also provides another analogy. A man builds a house for himself and his family. The porches or verandas are all without and are secondary. The building is really constructed for the conveniences within. In like manner, God created the Earth for the sake of that which is “within,” and thus Jansen’s claim to have discovered the original Garden of Eden INSIDE the Earth, still flourishing and still the same kind of paradise described in the Book of Genesis.

But Jansen’s miraculous discovery did not come without a price. He informs the reader that, “I dare not allow the facts as I know them to be published while I am living, for fear of further humiliation, confinement and suffering. First of all, I was put in irons by the captain of the whaling vessel that rescued me, for no other reason than that I told the truth about the marvelous discoveries made by my father and myself. But this was far from being the end of my tortures.”

Jansen next made the mistake of telling his uncle what had happened, even asking his prosperous uncle to finance another trip north to the hidden paradise. His uncle at first appeared interested and sympathetic, and urged Jansen to repeat his story to certain government officials.

“Imagine my disappointment and horror,” Jansen writes, “when, upon the conclusion of my narrative, certain papers were signed by my uncle, and, without warning, I found myself arrested and hurried away to dismal and fearful confinement in a madhouse, where I remained for twenty-eight years – long, tedious, frightful years of suffering!”

After his release, Jansen returned to fishing, eventually making enough money to start his own fishing business. He then sold his business and moved to America, ending up in Los Angeles and passing along his manuscript to the sympathetic Emerson as he lay on his deathbed. The rediscovery of Eden, it seems, was no picnic for Jansen.

Jansen’s story, first published in 1908, while sad, does help to sketch in the boundaries of the hollow or Inner Earth, and from there a selection of more current writers pick up the ball and run with it. For example, an article by the late Ray Palmer, the legendary pioneer of 20th century paranormal journalism, lays out Palmer’s rationale for why the flying saucers most likely do not come from outer space.

At the time Palmer’s article was written, in 1959, he was the editor of a pulp magazine called “Flying Saucers.”

“‘Flying Saucers’ has amassed a large file of evidence,” Palmer writes, “which its editors consider unassailable, to prove that the flying saucers are native to the planet Earth; that the governments of more than one nation (if not all of them) know this to be a fact; that a concerted effort is being made to learn all about them, and to explore their native land; that the facts already known are considered so important that they are the world’s top secret; that the danger is so great that to offer public proof is to risk widespread panic; that public knowledge would bring public demand for action which would topple governments both helpless and unwilling to comply; that the inherent nature of the flying saucers and their origination area is completely disruptive to the political and economic status quo.”

For most people reading this article, that much is already a given. But Palmer argues further that one is mistaken in assuming that Kenneth Arnold’s 1947 sighting is the real “day one” of flying saucers, and that the phenomenon has been with us since ancient times and even before. Since the saucers were present from the very beginning, how can we say they originated elsewhere, from somewhere a vast distance away from Earth? Yet in spite of their earthly origin, the secrecy is still strictly enforced, which has led to countless conspiracy theories and rumors of governmental/alien collusion that will most likely persist until the truth is publicly revealed.

It is just such a cover-up of earthly UFOs that Admiral Richard E. Byrd comes up against in another Global Communications book called “The Secret Lost Diary of Admiral Richard E. Byrd and the Phantom of the Poles,” by Commander X and Tim R. Swartz. The book begins with an introductory chapter by Michael X, which lays a foundation for what follows with this strange story about Admiral Byrd.

“In the year 1947,” Michael X writes, “Admiral Richard E. Byrd made a flight into the South Polar region of the world. Before he started on the venture, Byrd made a mysterious statement: ‘I’d like to see that land beyond the Pole. That area beyond the Pole in the center of the great unknown.’ In the cockpit of his plane was a powerful two-way radio. When Byrd and his scientific companions took off from their base at the South Pole, they managed to fly 1700 miles beyond it. That’s when the radio in Byrd’s plane was put into use to report something utterly incredible.”

According to Byrd’s radio transmission, there was a strange, great valley beneath them. For some unknown reason, the valley Byrd saw was not ice-covered, as it should have been in the frigid Antarctic.

“It was green and luxuriant,” Michael X goes on. “There were mountains with thick forests of trees on them. There was lush grass and underbrush.”

The temperature was a balmy 75 degrees.

“Suddenly, the press and radio were ‘hushed up.’ After the first brief messages leaked through to the newspapers, no further confirmation of the big discovery was given. Was it merely a hoax? Some newsman’s joke? I think not.”

Michael X believes instead that Byrd had come upon a great doorway or entrance leading deep into the unknown interior of the Earth. This is of course reminiscent of Olaf Jansen’s eggshell analogy, which posits openings at both the North and South Poles leading into the Inner Earth Paradise.

But the book goes even further, offering what is purported to be Admiral Byrd’s secret diary made during an even stranger journey to the North Pole.

“I must write this diary in secrecy and obscurity,” Byrd begins. “It concerns my Arctic flight of the nineteenth day of February in the year of Nineteen and Forty Seven. There comes a time when the rationality of men must fade into insignificance and one must accept the inevitability of the Truth! I am not at liberty to disclose the following documentation at this writing. Perhaps it shall never see the light of public scrutiny, but I must do my duty and record here for all to read one day.”

The flight log begins with standard notes about the plane ride itself, such as discovering the fuel mixture on the starboard engine was too rich. Another entry confirms that the radio is working correctly, while still another complains of encountering slight turbulence which then abates. At 0915 hours, Byrd sights a small mountain range in the distance. After another 29 minutes, he confirms that the mountains are still visible and are no illusion. By 1000 hours, they are crossing the mountain range and see a valley with a small river or stream running through it.

“There should be no green valley below,” he writes. “Something is definitely wrong and abnormal here! We should be over ice and snow! To the portside are great forests growing on the mountain slopes. Our navigation instruments are still spinning, the gyroscope is oscillating back and forth!”

Byrd continues to see more rolling green hills and remarks that the temperature is now 74 degrees. Meanwhile, the radio has stopped functioning. Next he sees what appears to be a city, which he says is impossible. Then, on both sides of Byrd’s plane, a strange type of aircraft is coming rapidly alongside.

“They are disc-shaped and have a radiant quality to them,” he writes. “They are close enough now to see the markings on them. It is a type of Swastika!!! This is fantastic. Where are we? What has happened?”

After about five more minutes, Byrd hears a voice crackling on the radio, speaking with a slight Nordic or Germanic accent and saying, “Welcome, Admiral, to our domain. We shall land you in exactly seven minutes. Relax, Admiral, you are in good hands.” The engines of Byrd’s plane have ceased to function and the aircraft is now flying by some strange unknown method, its controls now useless. It begins to descend as though caught in an elevator and lands gently. Several tall, blond men approach, and there is a large shimmering city in the distance that pulsates with the colors of the rainbow. It is there that Byrd’s logbook entries end, and he says he tells the rest of the story from memory.

“It defies the imagination,” he says as the log portion of his writings concludes, “and would seem all but madness if it had not happened.”

Perhaps it is better at this point to save the rest of the story for those who actually read the book and thus avoid the kind of spoilers that would sap the tale of its strength as it builds to a climax of high strangeness – with the kind of bizarre revelations that Byrd was probably wise to keep to himself. Who are the blond strangers in the disc-shaped craft? What is the brightly colored city seen in the background? What message do these kindly abductors deliver to Byrd and eventually to us?

The truths we finally learn are so completely unbelievable that there is no need to question why Byrd hesitates to reveal them publicly, no doubt fearing the same fate as befell Olaf Jansen, to be locked away in a madhouse, protesting the fact of his sanity to deaf ears.

The same volume also includes the complete text of “The Phantom of the Poles,” written by William Reed and first published in 1906. Reed has his own adventures in the polar regions and labors mightily to convince the reader that the Earth is hollow and that there are entrances to the Inner Earth at both the North and South Poles. Sometimes the science he uses to make his arguments is quite naturally a little dated, but for those interested in the Inner Earth phenomenon, his book is an essential historical document.

But there is still another voice demanding to be heard in the story of an Inner Earth Paradise. Before his death in 1981, occult scholar and metaphysical philosopher T. Lobsang Rampa acquired a small – but nevertheless dedicated – following. In his lifetime, Rampa wrote several books designed to help seekers looking for a certain kind of truth discover for themselves the secrets of existence as filtered through his intimate knowledge of the astral plane and other otherworldly dimensions. While the main body of his work has been out of print for the last several years, Inner Light Pulications has recently begun to publish reprints of Rampa’s books for a new audience eager to learn from a proven master just how this universe functions on a metaphysical level.

To read more by Sean Casteel, visit his website at www.seancasteel.com

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Source: UFO Digest


Argentina: Disappearing Paranormal UFOs
By Roberto Enrique Banchs

[Another gem from the October 1977 issue of UFO PRESS, courtesy of Alejandro Agostinelli. Mr. Banchs needs no introduction – he is one of Argentina’s leading and most respected researchers, director of the Centro de Estudio de Fenómenos Aéreos Inusuales (CEFAI) and the author of Las Evidencias del Fenómeno OVNI (Buenos Aires, RAE, 1976) among other works. We are pleased to present Mr. Banch’s opinions on the subject – Scott Corrales]

It is well known that the extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH) is among the most acceptable propositions with regard to the nature of the UFO phenomenon. However, there are those who feel that it barely offers an adequate explanation for certain aspects of the problem, such as the absence or scant detection of the phenomenon in space with astronomic devices, which contrasts with what occurs within our own atmosphere.

This may suggest that the phenomenon – interpreted as spacecraft – would not find it necessary to travel vast distances to reach our world, an absurdity if it is only observe us and study us for years or centuries.

Moreover, in numbers too great to be overlooked, many of these unknown artifacts have vanished suddenly or gradually into the air before the eyes of startled witnesses, in broad daylight, and under excellent conditions of visibility.

But is there a link between disappearances and the foregoing? Dr. J.H. Christenson, a tenured professor at the University of Columbia, mentioned a bold hypothesis that posits the existence of a phantom universe similar to ours, with a very subtle interaction between both universes, in such a way that we cannot see this other world that mingles with our own. It would be possible for UFOs to be denizens of this parallel universe, becoming perceptible in our universe through certain modifications, or being able to penetrate it.

However, the parallel universe hypothesis is rather recent and is only in the early stages of consideration, largely due to the difficulties posed by rigorous scientific verification.

Nobel laureates Lee and Yang discovered that the conservation of parity, one of the basic laws of physics, does not occur in certain K-mesons. In Dr. Christenson’s view, the strange behavior of the K-meson is due to a disturbance by the forces of one or several parallel universes coexisting with one another.

In our world, matter responds to physical constants, such as the speed of light, element charges, electron-volts, etc. Now then, if the constants were different in another universe, the thesis propounded by Jerome Cardan would be acceptable. He believed that “decisive scientific experimentation would consist of a special force field that would modify the universal constants of the matter of any object, causing it to vanish suddenly from our universe.”

I must point out here that the behavior displayed by UFOs shows a violation of certain natural laws. Apparent paradigms of the variation of physical constants, related to sudden disappearances, have led me to ponder on the possibility that we are facing ghostly objects that move in another order of matter.
In the summer of 1969, several people, including student Luis Esteban Martín, traveled by microbus through the locality of Florencio Varela in Buenos Aires. An oval-shaped object appeared before them suddenly, being of considerable size and following a rising trajectory to the north. Within seconds, the object, which emitted an intense bluish light, appeared to explode in the air, but without making the slightest noise.

It is likely that many of the alleged disappearances of UFOs are attributable to meteorites, cloud formations, refractions, etc., but a detailed study shows us that it is not possible to reduce the totality of cases presenting these characteristics to a natural interpretation.

Clérouin, the French captain, stated a theory that appears to be tied to these manifestations which are surely disquieting, but through which we may perhaps get to the core of the UFO phenomenon itself. He believes that these objects are not conveyances, in the strictest sense of the world, but rather vectors that exist in a dimension into which humanity will make future inroads.

As a supporting argument for this theory, Polish professor Valiksi lists a series of anachronisms that are similar to the ones helpfully mentioned in this article.

On 8 September 1958, military men witnessed a UFO in Offutt, Nebraska. It was cigar-shaped and surrounded by a thin black cloud. The portent vanished before inexplicably blending into the horizon.

On Wednesday, 14 February 1968, a device performing in a similar fashion was seen clearly and at length in the skies over Viña del Mar, in Chile, in broad daylight and by many people. The mysterious form, glistening in the sunlight, was suspended at a great height for moments, profiled against a clear sky. It was an elongated, silvery device that moved from north to south, emitting a sort of luminous smoke that spun in small circles. All of a sudden, the cigar-shape, which was perfectly horizontal, began to tilt, following an arc and plummeting toward the ground. As the phenomenon reached a low altitude, it began to turn invisible in the air. Thus, the befuddled witnesses who stopped to gaze upon the phenomenon at six o’clock in the evening were able to clearly make out the UFO as it evaporated from front to back, without leaving a single trace in the sky.

Months later, on 2 November of that year, in a community in Southeastern France, a respected physician witnessed an extraordinary event on a stormy day, from his home located on a hillside.

That night, summoned insistently by his young child due to the apparition of an intermittent light from the exterior, Dr. X saw two identical luminous objects at 3:55 hours. After a series of movements and strange structural modifications, the objects joined one another with a beam of light. They grew larger over the plain, until they turned into a single object, identical to the two previous ones, but of greater size. The UFO started to approach the witness in a straight line while the beam of light headed directly toward his home. The phenomenon’s disappearance was phantasmagoric. The first sound made itself heard at the moment that the UFO presented its red lower section, in a vertical position, giving the impression being incandescent metal or internal illumination: A sort of “bang” while “the object dematerialized,” according to the witness, leaving nothing but a whitish cloud in its wake. It immediately disintegrated and was swept away by the wind.

But let us return to Chile. On 12 February 1969 at 17:00 hours, four miles along the coastline facing Quintero, the crew of the fishing boat “Carol”, witnessed an anomalous object over the sea as a Chilean Air Force (FACh) Grumman jet maneuvered around the UFO before it vanished in an instant.

On the afternoon of 17 April 1970, a district of the Atlantic city of Mar del Plata was taking advantage of the languid autumn sun when “something like a round airplane, but giving off a greenish halo” appeared to the west. The unknown object “showed itself, remained for a few seconds, and suddenly became invisible,” according to witnesses.

Sudden disappearances of this sort occurred again on 2 September 1973 in Gobernador Galvez, Province of Santa Fe. Hugo Boló and his wife were traveling by car along National Highway No. 9 heading toward Pergamino. It was a UFO shaped like two inverted soup bowls, suspended in midair. It was highly luminous, with a smooth, silvery surface. It vanished suddenly.
There are other no less spectacular incidents that ascertain the sudden disappearance of the piloting entities, their artifacts or “sources”, in the words of a European investigator.

On 14 August 1947, Italian painter R.L. Johannis was in the vicinity of the Chearso canyon in Villa Santina, when he noticed the presence of a disk-shaped object, some 10 meters in diameter, around nine o’clock in the morning, as it landed in the vicinity. Johannis immediately noticed two small beings, dressed with dark blue coveralls or jumpsuits. After some maneuvers, the entities re-entered the craft, which rose into the air and remained stationary. The artifact, in a vertical position, tilted and suddenly became smaller and vanished.

On the morning of 1 July 1965, around 5:45 a.m., Maurice Masse was getting ready for work at his lavender plantation in Valensole in the Lower Alps. Suddenly, he heard a whistling sound and glanced at the mountainside, expecting to see a helicopter. Instead, he saw a vehicle shaped like a rugby ball, standing on six legs with a central pivot plunged into the ground. Small entities stood near the object, looking at a lavender plant. Masse moved toward them, but when he came within a distance of 5 meters he was stopped, unable to move. [The entities] returned to their vehicle. With a sharp sound from the main pivot, it took off to drift away in silence. When it reached a distance of 20 meters, it simply disappeared. Traces of its passage, however, were found toward the town of Manosque.

Cases in which UFOs and their entities vanish without explanation, in violation of the laws of physics, are numerous. Unable to go into detail, and in order to present a partial list of these cases to put forth some hypotheses suggested by these events, it is important to seek their final elucidation within the scientific framework, as the phenomenon richly deserves. A statistical study on worldwide sightings made by Dr. Claude Poher in 1973 revealed that the sudden disappearance of the phenomenon takes place in 7% of the sightings.

Other more recent lines of thought lean toward a parapsychological explanation for UFOS, which is rather acceptable in interpreting this peculiar aspect of the phenomenon under discussion. This can be seen in through the ghostly nature of their disappearances, linked to such phenomena as teleplasty and telepathic projection or hallucinations.

The science writer Pierre Devaux believes that it is possible to believe in teleplasty, which explained by the law of ideoplasty, which can be formulated thus: everything that the medium thinks, everything it represents, tends to occur through long-distance actions or materializations, called “targeted dreams”. These fantastic creations, therefore, would be objective projections of what an individual carries within him or herself. Ectoplasm would be the constituent material – a physical extension of the subject, a fluidic, psychic substance. In the opinion of Sudre, it would be possible for this fluid to materialize, charging itself with atmospheric gases, perhaps even organic material. The substance manifests as a luminous fog, moving onto an organized phase, whose dematerialization occurs in the same way.

Nevertheless, the most common ghostly images respond to the so-called telepathic hallucinator. It is “objective” to a certain extent, since it does not take place only within the subject’s spirit, but also in the agent, who has sent it toward a specific target. The phenomenon then inserts itself into our three-dimensional reality.
In the enormous mass of telepathic hallucinations that have been catalogued to date, most have occurred involuntarily, that is to say, though the mechanism of the unconscious. Therefore, unconscious projection of UFOs could arise from the symbolism given to it.

I must make reference here to the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, when he states that situations of collective anguish or a vital need of the soul could generate spontaneous psychic visions created in the dark chasms of the mind. The unconscious would then appeal for resources with which to make its content perceptible and projectable. Arising from this emotion, the “mandala” shape would come about, symbolizing totality, which in Sanskrit means “circle”. This symbol exists in the collective unconscious, being part of the common content, an archetype transmittable not only by tradition and migration, but also by inheritance – a latent form in the general substrate of the mind that transcends all differences in culture and conscience. It is a primitive image accompanied by vivid affective nuances.

In our times – Jung believes – this archetype could assume a solid and even technological shape. The round totality of the mandala, projected by man to his fellows, is identified with a fascinating exterior “something”. Therefore, lenticular formations may turn into space vehicles crewed by idealized figures instead of gods, as was the case in the past.
This would explain the wide diversity of forms described about UFOs and their entities, although almost always maintaining the circular shape for the object and the human appearance for its occupants. This gives rise to the need of exploring the phenomenon’s development over history, stressing its metamorphoses over time. It was Jung himself who anticipated the cyclic theory of mediumship. Could this correspond to the cyclic activity of UFOS?

However, the set of theories cannot dismiss the possible existence of a guiding intelligence for the phenomenon – of unknown nature, material, and in control of that which is beyond human understanding.

[Translation © 2013, S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Roberto Enrique Banchs and Alejandro Agostinelli]

Source: Inexplicata

Man Survives Spontaneous Human Combustion

A war veteran has recalled the horrifying moment his body suddenly burst into flames while he was sitting on the sofa.

Frank Baker, who served in the US Army in Vietnam, is the only known survivor of the unexplained phenomenon known as spontaneous human combustion.

The highly-decorated former soldier had been preparing to go on a fishing trip with his friend Pete Willey when fire suddenly engulfed his body.

The pair recalled the terrifying incident, which took place in June 1985, in a new episode of the Science Channel's Unexplained Files.

The episode features a reconstruction of the event, which can be seen below.

"I had no idea what was taking place on my body — none," Mr Baker said.

"We were getting ready for fishing and sitting on the couch.

"Everything was great.

"Pete was sitting next to me — we were having a helluva time."

The pair leapt to their feet and were able to put out the flames.

There have been around 200 reported cases of spontaneous human combustion.

Boffins who studied the phenomenon in 1984 concluded most victims had been near fire sources when they burst into flames — and continued to burn because of flammable clothing and excess body fat.

However, Mr Baker, who lives in Vermont, U.S., does not believe this was the case for him.

"The doctor called (me), and said, 'Frank, this burned from the inside out,'" he said.

Source: Daily Mirror

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