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Volume 10
Number 34
August 27, 2005

Editor: Joseph Trainor

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In the wake of last week's Reptoid encounter, ufologists in Crimea, an autonomous region in the south of the Ukraine bordering the Black Sea, have set up skywatches on a nightly basis. And twice their vigilance has paid off.

On Tuesday, August 9, 2005, at approximately 2:45 a.m., ufologist Anton A. Anfalov was at Kanaka Yar, a ravine between the villages of Rybachye and Privetnoye, near Alushta, with his binoculars and camcorder ready. Suddenly, Anton reported, "I saw an unidentified flying object in the southeastern part of the sky. The object revealed itself by a bright flash of yellow light. The flash was remarkably bright. Then, in five to six seconds, a second flash occurred, and, in another five to six seconds, the third. The object was definitely moving from east to southeast."

"After three flashes of bright phosphorescent white light, I saw no more flashes. This is impossible for it to be an airplane because it was at such a high altitude. I also saw numerous conventional aircraft passing overhead, using the Alushta air corridor towards Simferopol Airport."

On Friday, August 12, 2005, at 9:40 p.m., Anton returned to his hilltop lookout overlooking Kanaka Yar and "saw a very bright red-yellowish flash of light under the Ursa Major (also known as the Big Dipper--J.T.) constellation. It was hardly a meteor, not having any tail, and very unlike the large number of meteors I have seen over the years."

Anton added that Kanaka Yar is well-known to Ukrainian ufologists. "In October 1990, at 11 p.m., local shepherd Nikolai Obornev and hunter Valery Nikolayev reported an amazing close encounter" at the ravine "with 'numerous bodies of light' hovering over the Karadi-Yaila plateau, which then 'dropped out of sight.'" (Many thanks to Anton A. Anfalov for this news story.)


On Tuesday, August 2, 2005, at 10:30 p.m., Marge P. spotted a UFO while in the backyard of her home in Langenburg, Saskatchewan, Canada (population 1,119). The object was approaching from the northwest, she reported.

"It was a very bright white light, so bright I recall raising my arm to protect my eyes. Just as quick as it appeared, it disappeared to the north. The light seemed to turn north and then went out. It was a white round bright light."

"I'm not sure what speed it moved at, but it was very high in the sky."

Langenburg, Sask. is on Provincial Highway 16 about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Regina.

On Sunday, August 21, 2005, at 3 a.m., Jack M. was in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (population 616,306) when he saw a strange object in the sky, "moving from west to east, then it stopped. Moved a little bit to my right as I was facing west."

"Well, I have to say I don't believe it until I see it," Jack explained, "But right now, it's 5:04 a.m. on August 21, 2005, and I've been watching three lights in the sky for the past two hours that I just can't explain. They are continually going up, down, left, right, but generally staying in the same area of the sky. They are a little brighter than any star, but you can tell they're much closer."

"I have a 6.3 megapixel digital camera but I couldn't see anything with it because there are too many lights around here. But I did get a closer look with my 7 X 35mm binoculars."

"I first spotted the one because it was moving like a satellite. But then it stopped and, within the next 15 minutes, I noticed the other two. I had five friends witness this phenomenon. Thought I'd just pass this information on. Two were white, and the other one looked more orange than white, which was the closest to me." (Email Form Reports)


On Saturday, August 13, 2005, at 10:30 p.m., David Wernette "was at a Dave Mathews Band concert at Giants Stadium in San Francisco" when he saw "a single object fairly low in the sky over the bay. The object moved north rapidly, then hovered in the sky, then gained altitude and dropped behind some cloud cover."

"Until it got dark, there was this heavy foglike cloud cover, but it partially broke up as it got late. I watched many planes make the trek across the sky, and then what I thought was an awesome meteor" appeared "quite low in the sky to the west. It was a solid white light which did not diminish or grow in intensity as it zipped on a course almost due north for a few seconds. It then paused and changed altitude very rapidly, forming a quick and very tight loop in the sky, after which it continued to gain altitude until I lost sight of it in some patchy cloud cover."

"I've never seen a man-made craft move with such speed or manueverability, and I was left dumbfounded. The sequence of events was less than 10 seconds, so I didn't get a chance to get my friends' attention to show it to them."

"I was the only witness that I know of."

"The object was at about a 20-degree angle from (above) the horizon, with a maximum speed of over 3,000 miles per hour, or at least five times the speed of the nearby planes. Its color was a white light, too distant to tell about any shape or size." (Email Form Report)


Two UFO sightings were reported in UK on August 21, 2005, making it a "Saucer Sunday" for the British Isles.

On Sunday, August 21, 2005, at 12:45 p.m., Louise Jackson was outdoors, enjoying "a sunny day" in the Northwood Hills of Middlesex, UK when she spied "a tiny bright white sphere approaching from the south to the southeast."

"The bright white sphere moved extremely steady and slowly, hardly at all at times," she reported, "Possibly there were two other objects--two bright longer objects-- in the northwest and southeast of the sky but moving very fast. The object briefly veered once each and then disappeared."

Later the same Sunday, at 6:35 p.m., eyewitness S.B. was at Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK when he spotted a UFO "travelling from the south."

"On a relatively clear summer's evening, I looked up and saw a black object that was continually changing shape. It appeared to be flipping over on itself. It seemed to be very high up and travelling slowly. I was not able to tell how large or how small the object was. There was no noise."

"I went indoors and got some binoculars and, when I went back outside, I managed to find the object (again) as it hadn't moved that much in the sky. It wasn't easy to focus on the object as my hands were shaking."

"It wasn't round or cylindrical in shape but possibly was triangular. I followed the object for five to eight minutes and in this time it flashed a bright light a couple of times, although this could have been a reflection of the sun."

S.B. added that the UFO's shape-changing "could be caused by the object turning, I suppose." (Email Form Reports)


"Champ," the Lake Champlain monster, made his annual summertime appearance recently and was photographed and videotaped by two Vermont fishermen near Keeseville, N.Y. (population 1,850).

"Two Vermonters fishing for salmon last month (July 2005) just beyond the mouth of the Ausable River" on Lake Champlain's western shore in upstate New York, "saw ripples in the (lake's) smooth surface."

"Later, when they saw it again, Dick Affolter and Pete Bodette, Affolter's 34-year-old stepson, used a digital camera to take pictures and video."

"'We saw something in the lake that we've never seen before,' said Bodette, 'Is what we saw the same thing other people saw and they call Champ? I don't know.'"

"'Champ' is the name that has been given through the years to a serpentine-type animal," similar to Scotland's "Nessie" or Loch Ness monster, "that some believe lurks in the depths of the lake although there's never been any irrefutable evidence."

(Editor's Note: The Ganegahaga-ono, an indigenous people of the Lake Champlain area, also known as the Mohawk Indians, refer to the creature as Oniahrikowa, the "monster serpent that slumbers at the bottom of Caniaderi- Guarunte," their name for Lake Champlain.)

"The two seasoned anglers could not identify what species of fish it might have been, one they estimated to be 15 feet (4.5 meters) long that was breaking the surface where the lake is close to 200 feet (60 meters) deep."

"The Burlington Free Press, which has reviewed the digital recording, reported, 'they clerly saw something of remarkable size moving just under the surface. It does not appear to be a boat wake or a school of fish or cormorants. In one frame, it almost looks like the head of an alligator-like animal, the setting sun reflecting off what could be an eye.'"

"The legend of the lake creature known as Champ dates back to 1609 when French explorer Samuel de Champlain (for whom Caniaderi-Guarunte was renamed--J.T.) described a fish with 'dangerous teeth' that the native people said grew to be 10 feet (3 meters) long."

"Strange sightings on the lake can be a matter of a number of unusual natural phenomena--from large lake sturgeon breaking the surface to a school of large fish chasing bait to a family of otters swimming."

"Yet, thoughout the years, hundreds of people claim to have spotted the mythical Champ."

"Steve Smith, director of facilities at ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain has seen Bodette and Affolter's digital image."

"'I don't know what it is,' Smith said, 'The majority of the video is very indiscernible. In one frame, he seems to feel there's an eye coming out of the water, but, to me, I thought I was looking at an otter's nose. I've never seen anything that definitely proves the existence of Champ, and this video doesn't, either." (See the Burlington, Vt. Free Press for August 19, 2005, "Vermonters wonder what they saw in the lake." Many thanks to Mary Lou Jones-Drown for this newspaper article.)


"A mysterious, alligator-like creature that surfaced in a Los Angeles suburb has eluded capture for nearly a week, shrewdly passing up raw chicken bait and dodging reptile wranglers in pontoon boats."

"It's not known how the 7 to 9-foot (2.1 to 2.7- meter) long gator, nicknamed 'Carlito' and 'Harbor Park Harry' got into the water" at Machado Lake. The lake is part of Harbor Regional Park in Harbor City, a suburb located 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of Los Angeles City Hall.

The alligator "was first spotted last Wednesday evening," August 10, 2005, "in a lake at an urban park in the gritty Los Angeles suburb of Harbor City."

"Park officials concluded that it was probably a caiman, a relative of the alligator indigenous to South America, and speculated that it may have been an exotic pet that was abandoned when it grew too large."

The appearance of alligators and crocodiles in areas far from their native habitat is known in Forteana as the crazy croc syndrome or the crazy crocs. 2005 has been a bumper year for crazy croc incidents, with reports from areas as diverse as South Seattle, Wash., Rehoboth, Mass. and Charleston, West Virginia.

"As word of the odd sighting spread, hundreds of spectators have turned up to watch crowds of police, firefighters, park rangers, state fish and wildlife workers and even local herpetologists comb the 53-acre (21-hectare) lake in pontoon boats, carrying nets and dangling raw chicken over the side."

"Park officials are planning to take the reptile to the Los Angeles Zoo when they capture it, but all efforts so far to nab the creature have failed, despite claims by a local fisherman that he briefly ensnared it in a net by using flour tortillas as bait."

"'They're very fast. You can't believe how fast these animals are,' Jaron Lucas of the Southwest Herpetological Society told KABC-TV" in Los Angeles.

"'Everybody's got their roll of electrical tape,' he said, 'If I'm on top of him, the next person who comes up on top of me can quickly secure his mouth. If this happens here, you'll see everybody dog-pile on top of him.'"

On Thursday, August 18, 2005, the alligator "continued to avoid capture by chewing up a modified fishing net. Wrangler Jay Young headed back to Colorado to visit family but said he'd be back next week to try to capture the reptile in Machado Lake." (See the Los Angeles Times for August 16, 2005, "Mysterious reptile eludes capture in park," and USA Today for August 19, 2005, "Across the USA--California," page 6A. Many thanks to Mary Lou Jones-Drown, UFO Roundup's crazy crocs expert, for these newspaper articles.)

(Editor's Comment: We've had isolated crazy croc sightings in the USA before. Fortean researcher Loren Coleman has documented hundreds of them dating back to the early 1930s. But, to my knowledge, this is the first sustained crazy croc flap we've ever had, with sightings every week.)


"On a warm summer day (Tuesday, July 19, 2005), when temperatures beat the 75-degree (Fahrenheit) mark, the clear blue sky rained trouble on a little pawnshop in Lacey," Washington state (population 31,226)."

"'It felt like the whole building shuddered for a second,' said Bruce Dobbs of Northwest Cash."

"Dobbs was behind the counter Tuesday when, all of a sudden, something smashed into his shop."

"'My first impression was that somebody had crashed into the building,' he said."

"But it was a chunk of ice that fell from the sky and punched a hole through the roof of his pawnshop."

"The chunk of ice had presumably fallen from a passing jetliner. Dobbs figures the ice bomb was about as big as his granddaughter's bowling ball."

"'I figured obviously it had to come out of the sky, so I looked and there was a plane flying through the sky,' he said."

"A spokesman for the Lacey Police Department said that fall-off from an airplane is the best explanation for the damage."

Lacey, Wash. is on Highway 510 approximately 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of Olympia, the state capital. (See the KING-TV Channel 5 news broadcast for July 21, 2005. Many thanks to Steve Wilson Sr. for the broadcast transcript.)


"With Asian tourists still avoiding its southern beaches" because of the massive tsunami that flooded seashores around the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2005, "Thailand is calling in a revered Chinese sea goddess to send off all the restive spirits of the tourists who died in last December's tsunami."

A statue of the goddess Mazu "will be brought to the Thai island of Phuket from the coastal Chinese province of Fujian next month for the ghost-cleansing rites," said Suwalai Pingradab of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

"'After the tsunami, Taiwanese, Hong Kong, Chinese and East Asians dared not come here because they don't want to visit places where mass deaths took place,' Suwalai said Friday," August 19, 2005, "'It is inauspicious.'"

"Mazu, a Taoist goddess of the sea, has a large following among fishermen and dockworkers in the coastal provinces of southern China and in Thailand."

"Thailand's official death toll for the December 26, 2005 disaster," in which an earthquake measuring 9.3 on the Richter scale triggered a massive tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean, "stands at 5,935, of which 2,436 are believed to be foreign tourists. Of these, fewer than 50 were East Asians." (See the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun for August 20, 2005, "Goddess called to scare off tsunami ghosts." Many thanks to Angela Tarohachi for this newspaper article.)


Tornadoes estimated to be an F-5 on the Fujikawa scale played havoc in the USA's states of Wisconsin and Wyoming last week.

"Emerging from her basement, Connie Janisch saw destruction all around her."

"A tornado had ripped through her neighborhood" in Stoughton, Wisconsin (population 12,354), "destroying homes and dumping parts from three different roofs in her yard. Then she considered what could have been--the worst damage to her home was two damaged trees."

"'We're just blessed. It was like God put a protective shield around us,' she said Friday," August 19, 2005.

"Others weren't so lucky in this city about 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of Madison," the capital of Wisconsin. "A band of tornadoes and thunderstorms ripped through the area, turning palatial homes into kindling and leaving one man dead after his house collapsed during the storm."

"In all, 28 tornadoes touched down in the state Thursday," August 18, 2005, "in an area almost 100 miles (160 kilometers) long. The state normally averages 21 tornadoes in an entire year, according to the National Weather Service."

"The storms damaged about 380 homes in Dane, Lafayette, Richland and Sauk counties."

(Editor's Comment: I guess this is one F-5 tornado we can chalk up to the Fayette Factor.)

"The storm was so strong that roof shingles, papers and other debris were found in the Milwaukee area 60 miles (100 kilometers) away."

"Phil and Becky Daugherty said they crammed into a closet under their staircase as the tornado came through their neighborhood."

"When they emerged, 'everything was gone,' Becky Daugherty said."

"One of the most devastated areas was a neighborhood of new homes lining the Stoughton Country Club. Some homes still standing lost their roofs; others were nothing more than piles of debris."

"Governor Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency Friday in Dane and Richland counties, the two hardest hit by Thursday evening's (August 18, 2005) storms, and offered $30,000 in emergency assistance to help those displaced by the storms to find temporary shelter."

"Doyle toured both counties by air Friday before touching down in both places to meet residents, offer his condolences and praise those who pitched in to help."

"State officials said preliminary figures suggested the damage statewide was more than $11 million, with new reports still trickling in."

"There were an estimated three dozen injuries statewide with one death. About 30 homes were destroyed and more than 200 damaged, and reports continued to come in on Friday."

"Harold Orlofske, 54, apparently died of injuries sustained during the collapse of his home in Pleasant Springs, south of Stoughton, Dane County Coroner John Stanley said. An autopsy was planned."

(Editor's Note: The area is one of Wisconsin's Fortean hotspots. Stoughton is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Janesville, where one of the first "crazy crocs" in the USA was discovered in January 1892.)

"The storms began developing Thursday afternoon," August 18, 2005, "with the first reports of tornadoes across the Mississippi River in Minnesota, National Weather Service Marc Kavinsky said."

"Kavinsky said the heaviest damage was in Stoughton, where a tornado left a 12-mile (20-kilometer) long, half- mile wide path" of destruction, typical of an F-5 tornado. "Preliminary reports suggest winds reached more than 200 miles per hour."

"Tornadoes were reported farther east near Fort Atkinson, Wis. (population 11,621) before the storm began to weaken."

In the state of Wyoming, "aid workers and volunteers descended on the coal-mining town of Wright, Wyo. on Sunday," August 14, 2005, to help rebuild after a tornado killed two people and left about 85 families homeless."

"The tornado struck with just five minutes warning Friday," August 12, 2005, "cutting a quarter-mile-wide path through a mobile home park."

"The town of 1,500 doesn't have the apartment or motel capacity to house 85 families, said David King, Campbell County emergency management coordinator. He said some residents may have to move out of Wright to find housing."

"'Losing 80 homes in Tampa, Fla. doesn't sound like much, but losing 80 homes in a town the size of Wright is a significant economic issue,' he said."

"In the aftermath of a tornado last week that killed two people and destroyed nearly 100 homes, residents are determined to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wright as an incorporated town. The celebration is scheduled to start Friday, August 19, 2005, and run throughout the weekend."

Wright is on Wyoming Highway 387 approximately 87 miles (139 kilometers) northeast of Casper. (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for August 20, 2005, "Tornado cleanup begins," page 6C; USA Today for August 15, 2005, "Wyo. tornado kills 2, destroys homes," page 3A; USA Today for August 16, 2005, "Across the USA--Wyoming," page 11A, and USA Today for August 22, 2005, "Wisconsin cleaning up mess from day of 28 tornadoes," page 3A.)


"A strange 525 million-year-old fossil creature is baffling scientists because it does not fit neatly into any existing animal groups."

"The animal, from the early Cambrian Period, might have belonged to a now-extinct mollusc-like phylum, academics from America and China say."

"Other researchers have suggested the creature could represent an early annelid or arthropod."

"The 5 to 10 centimeter (2 to 4 inch) long fossil, from Anning in China, had a flattened body and horizontal fins which, researchers think, could have been used to support it as it moved along the sea floor. It also had well-developed senses, including a pair of eyes on stalks."

"The trouble is the animal, named Vetustodermis planus, did not possess a set of features, or characters, which placed it clearly within any known group."

"When it was described in 1979, Vetustodermis was included in the annelid category. Later, researchers argued against this classification, saying it was, in fact, either an arthropod or a mollusc."

"According to the latest study, the weird creature seems closest to molluscs, primarily because it had a small or slug-like flat foot. However, the researchers say, it does not fit happily in this group."

"'Phyla are defined by an organism having a set of features called characters, and currently there are no animals that we know of which contain the set of characters that Vetustodermis has,' co-author David Bottjer, of the University of Southern California" told BBC News.

"'The phylum with which it shares the most characters is the Mollusca, but squeezing Vetustodermis into the Mollusca is a somewhat messy job.'"

"Since Vetustodermis requires some 'pushing and pulling' to force it into any known phylum, Professor Bottjer and his colleagues are tempted to speculate it belonged to a different group entirely; one which flourished and faded within the Cambrian" Period half a billion years ago.

"'We have always been intrigued by the many molluscan features of the fossils, but in the great menagerie of organisms that have inhabited Earth through life's long history, we may come to conclude that Vetustodermis indeed represents a new phylum,' he said."

"Jonathan Todd, a paleontologist from the Natural History Museum" in London "is also mystified by the baffling animal."

"'It is an intriguing beast,'" Todd told BBC News. "'It is another strange thing from the Cambrian. It doesn't look much like an arthropod, and I don't find its molluscan affinities particularly convincing.'" (See BBC News for August 17, 2005, "Strange fossil defies grouping.")

(Editor's Comment: I've seen the sketch of this critter, and it doesn't resemble anything in that fossil gallery of Cambrian Period fauna--the Burgess shale. Maybe it's a baby Shoggoth.)


An article from the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry making the rounds on the Internet is raising concerns among American rightwingers, born-again Christians and free-speech advocates.

Many are wondering if the appearance of the article, entitled "A Clinical Analysis of Anti-Government Phobia," is laying the groundwork for the implementation of Operation Abacus, a contingency plan for the roundup of evangelical Christians, rightwingers and anti-New World Order types that first became public knowledge in the months before Y2K back in 1999.

The article, reportedly written by Ivor E. Tower M.D. for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), appeared in volume 11, series 3 of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (page 415) and stated, "This study conclusively demonstrates that unfounded fear of government is a recognizable mental illness closely related to paranoid schizophrenia. Anti-Government Phobia (AGP) differs from most mental illnesses, however, in that it is highly infectious and has an acute onset. Symptoms include extreme suspiciousness, conspiracy-mongering, delusional thought patterns, staunch 'us against them' mentality, withdrawal from reality and often religious fanaticism."

"Anti-Government Phobia has a worldwide distribution but has a particularly high incidence here in the United States. Infection rates are estimated by mental health officials to be about 5 percent of the general population and the rate is growing at an alarming rate. Rates are highest, but not limited to, those who are disaffected in some fashion, especially those who have a strong personal grudge toward the federal government for one reason or another."

"Clinical Manifestation and Diagnosis: Anti- Government Phobia is showed by extreme suspiciousness toward government. Onset is acute."

"Symptoms start almost immediately after a run-in with some agency or institution of the government or when the patient is introduced to anti-government propaganda by a self-styled 'patriot.'"

"Common ways in which the hateful, anti-government propaganda is spread include books, pamphlets, newspapers, videotapes, short-wave and conventional radio programs, computer bulletin boards and various Internet sites."

"Upon exposure to 'patriotic' propaganda, the patient mysteriously begins to imagine links between unrelated current events, weaving these gross distortions of reality into a complex delusional web, a labyrinth of conspiracy theories with all of the imagined clues leading straight to the federal government. With further exposure, the patient becomes increasingly paranoid and slowly withdraws from reality. However, mental deterioration is usually so gradual that the patient is often unaware of it."

"At this stage, the patient also inexplicitly experiences increased delusional thinking. For instance, he may start fallaciously believing that the Federal Reserve (System) is not in fact part of the federal government but is instead controlled by wealthy Zionists. Other far-flung delusions may involve the United Nations, 'black helicopters,' concentration camps or the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Delusions involving 'takeovers' by foreign military troops or jack-booted government storm troopers dressed all in black, are also commonly depicted."

"Anti-Government Phobia is often associated with religious fanaticism. An excellent example of this is the infamous Branch Davidian case" in Waco, Texas from February to April 1993 "in which most cult members preferred a fiery suicide over peaceful surrender to the forces of what they considered to be 'Mystery Babylon.'"

(Editor's Comment: Aside from their personal loyalty to David Koresh--birth name: Vernon E. Howell--the religious views of the Branch Davidians were indistinguishable from the USA's 12 million Seventh-Day Adventists. This just shows that one man's religion is another man's "cult.")

"There have been other cases in which 'patriots' become involved with terrorist activity, fallaciously believing that they are somehow doing 'the will of God.'"

"A strong analogy can be drawn between 'patriotic' indoctrination and religious conversion. In both cases, ultra-motivated individuals believe that it is their solemn duty to gain proselytes for their particular faith. This is usually done on a person-to-person basis with a friend or an acquaintance."

"To keep new converts from going astray or 'backsliding,' they are eagerly provided with a steady stream of propaganda. In each case, the devotee recognizes that there is an evil, sinister force which must be opposed at all costs. But in the case of various religions, the faithful are supposed to be awarded in the afterlife for 'sparring with the Devil.'"

(Editor's Comment: Am I imagining things, or is the author's target focus shifting away from 'patriots' and onto born-again Christians?)

"In the case of the 'patriot,' the so-called 'New World Order' is needed as the demonic bogeyman, with the reward for opposing it being an increased amount of 'personal freedom.' In these 'patriotic' and religious circles, there is an entire counter-culture centering around some authors and holy books, constantly being promoted by prophets, preachers and paranoid propagandists of all creeds, colors and" ethnicities.

"Well, it seems to me that Dr. Tower--if he is the author--has raised the concept of 'junk science' to a new level," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor commented, "He claims that AGP is an 'infectious' mental illness but yet fails to identify the cause of the infection. Nor does he explain how the entire population may be exposed to such 'propaganda' but only selected people would become 'proselytized.' Even worse, the article makes no distinction between political opinion and religious belief and gradually both are demonized, transformed into 'mental illness' by the caveat of the author."

"Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior? Have you told somebody about it? Do you know who Adam Weishaupt is? How about Albert Pike? If you answered 'yes' to two or more of these questions, you may be suffering from AGP. But don't despair. There is a cure. Just go out and buy the DVD of Season Six of The Simpsons and watch it every night non-stop for a month. At the end of such intense brainwashing, you will no longer be a threat to the New World Order but will instead by a lovable, beer-drinking doofus like Homer...and with an I.Q. on a rough parity with Jessica and Ashlee."

"But seriously, readers, I can see why some people are concerned. This is a plan for religious persecution masquerading as a benevolent mental health program. That it may have been adopted by the National Institutes of Health is even more disturbing. Let's see what develops." (Many thanks to Linda Robb for the Journal article.)

>From the UFO Files...


This was one of the strangest and most intensely- debated UFO cases of your editor's childhood. I first came across it in Ray Palmer's old magazine Flying Saucers in the late 1950s, and it's been republished many times since.

Here's what happened:

On June 29, 1954, at 4:55 p.m., a British Overseas Airway Corp. (BOAC) airliner started her engines at Idlewild Airport (now John F. Kennedy International Airport--J.T.) in Queens, the eastern borough of New York City, preparing for an overnight flight across the Atlantic to London. "Captain James Howard, one of BOAC's most experienced skippers, was in command."

The plane was a four propellor-engine Boeing Stratocruiser (a civilian version of the World War II American bomber, the B-29 Superfortress--J.T.), with the call sign Centaurus. The Stratocruiser took off at precisely 5 p.m., heading east along the south shore of Long Island, and then north over Connecticut and Rhode Island.
"Dinner had been served on board, and some of the passengers had gone to bed."

(Editor's Note: The Stratocruiser had a Pullman-type sleeping area and a "club car" with a bartender where the bomb bays were in a B-29.)

"It was at 9:05 p.m. Labrador time that Captain Howard first sighted the UFOs. He observed that there was one big object with six smaller ones in attendance. He pointed them out to his co-pilot, First Officer Lee Boyd, who flew with the famous (RAF) Pathfinder Force during World War II. Lee had already spotted them."

"The objects were about 5 miles (8 kilometers) off from the Centaurus, lined out parallel to their own line of flight. A big craft maintained center position while the smaller ones preceded and followed it 'fore and aft.'"

"These UFOs stayed parallel with the Centaurus for 80 miles (130 kilometers). From time to time the big object changed shape, or appeared to do so--or possibly, as Captain Howard has suggested, altered its angle of flight, giving the appearance of changing shape, and while this was going on, the smaller objects changed their positions around it."

"They checked with Goose Bay (Labrador, Canada) to see if any other formations of fighter aircraft or anything else was in the area, and they were given a negative reply. Goose Bay informed them that they were sending a (Royal Canadian Air Force) fighter up to investigate."

"Meanwhile, the big object had changed shape from its original inverted pear shape to what looked like a flying arrow. It seemed to be closing in on them but it didn't. Instead, it changed its appearance again until it resembled a giant telephone receiver the size of an ocean liner."

"By this time, in addition to the skipper and Lee Boyd, other members of the crew were observing the objects: George Allen, navigating officer; Douglas Cox, radio officer; Dan Godfrey, engineering officer; and Bill Stewart, the other engineering officer who was also a veteran flyer" with many flight hours logged aboard four- engined AVRO Lancaster bombers in World War II.

"Additionally, Daphne Webster, the stewardess (today they're called flight attendants--J.T.) also saw the UFOs and said afterwards: 'I have been flying for two years and have never seen anything like it before.'"

"Just before the (RCAF) jet interceptor arrived on the scene, the objects began to disappear. Captain Howard asked what had happened to the smaller ones. According to George Allen, who had been watching them the whole time, 'It looked to me as though they went inside the big one.'"

"Captain Howard related that he told the incoming jet pilot over the radio of their gradual disappearance, culminating in the departure of the large object at tremendous speed."

"Altogether, a crew of eight, plus fourteen out of his 51 passengers, saw the objects which remained in parallel flight positions with the Centaurus, accompanying them for eighteen minutes over a distance of eighty miles."

"Captain Howard wrote in the December 11, 1954 issue of Everybody's Weekly, 'It was a solid thing. I'm sure of that, maneuverable and controlled intelligently--a sort of base (mother) ship linked somehow with those smaller attendant satellites.'"

"'There is no rational explanation--except on the basis of space ships and flying saucers. On that basis, it must have been some weird form of space ship from another world.'"

"'If so, then another world was watching the Centaurus as it flew over Labrador that night in June (1954)--watching, waiting maybe. For what? One day we shall know and that day, I'm sure, will be pretty important for the human race. I hope I'm here to see it.'" (See the book The Flying Saucer Story by Brinsley Le Poer Trench, Ace Books, Inc., New York, N.Y., 1966, pages 34 to 36.)

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