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17050UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 23

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  • John Hayes
    Jun 8, 2004
      Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.


      Volume 9, Number 23
      June 9, 2004
      Editor: Joseph Trainor

      E-mail: Masinaigan@...
      Website: http://www.ufoinfo.com/roundup/


      Spain has had a rash of UFO sightings in recent
      On Sunday, May 9, 2004, "Sra. N.M. saw an
      unidentified flying object in the skies over Barcelona,"
      one of Spain's largest cities, "while in the company of
      two of her children."
      "N.M., a criminologist and businesswoman, was driving
      along the Casteldefels to Barcelona highway at around
      midnight when both she and her children witnessed 'to the
      left of the road, that is, toward the interior, away from
      the (Mediterranean) beaches, an unidentified object of
      considerable size, described as 'a rhomboid with one of
      its vertices broken off or truncated,' being an orange
      "The sighting occurred precisely on the stretch of
      road between Gava and Vildecans, and the witness contacted
      (the paranormal group) Mundo Misterioso in case others had
      reported seeing the same phenomenon."
      A week ago, "Jose Angel Docobo, director of the Ramon
      Maria Aller Astronomical Observatory in Santiago de
      Compostela," in northern Spain, "stated that the
      unidentified luminous objects seen Tuesday," June 1, 2004,
      "over different parts of southern Galicia (province) was
      almost certainly 'a cosmic rock.'"
      "According to Docobo, early signs point to the fact
      that the phenomenon was caused by 'a bolide, a natural
      object,' although this cannot be said with certainty."
      "The Observatory noted that no atmospheric
      penetration by an object of this type had been expected,
      but it would not be the first time such a thing had
      occurred unexpectedly. Jose Angel Docobo is convinced
      that coming hours will reveal the precise nature of the
      phenomenon responsible for sightings many nervous
      residents of southern Galicia saw around midnight" on that
      "The likeliest possibility, says Docobo, is that it
      was a natural object 'with a rather even trajectory, since
      eyewitnesses were claiming to have seen it reported,' that
      the object 'was following an ascending path.'"
      "In any event, the Observatory's director does not
      dismiss the possibility that the strange lights could be
      space junk or even some military experiment. The Guardia
      Civil (Spain's national police--J.T.) received up to 9
      phone calls on Tuesday night from southern Galicia
      reporting the sighting--all of them around 12:30 a.m."
      "According to all accounts, the object 'was as bright
      as an airplane' but changed intensity and left a trail
      similar to a rocket during the ascending trajectory."
      "However, AENA (Aeropuertos Espanoles y Navegacion
      Aerea, Spain's FAA--J.T.) reported that so far no evidence
      of any incidents over Galicia that night has been
      collected. The (Spanish) aviation agency reported that
      Vigo Airport is closed at this time of night, but that air
      traffic continues over this area, involving airliners
      crossing the airspace in question, and the possibility
      that private planes are also flying in the vicinity."
      (See the Agence France Presse report for June 2, 2004.
      Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Guillermo Gimenez para
      estos informes.)


      "Shocked residents of" Granby, Colorado (population
      1,525) "are cleaning up after an enraged muffler shop
      owner, out to settle scores with City Hall, wrecked more
      than a dozen buildings with an armor-plated bulldozer."
      "Marvin Heemeyer, 52, killed himself at the end of
      the one-and-a-half hour rampage Friday," June 4, 2004, "in
      his homemade contraption--dubbed the 'Armageddon tank' by
      townspeople. Officers said none of the hundreds of
      bullets that sheriff's officers and police SWAT team
      members fired during the assault penetrated the armor."
      "No one else was killed or hurt. Witnesses said
      Heemeyer traded gunfire with police and unsuccessfully
      tried to blow up propane tanks at a supply yard. At one
      point, a local sheriff jumped aboard the moving bulldozer
      and fired dozens of shots, without result, into a narrow
      slit in the armor."
      "Granby's mayor and town manager said the outburst
      stemmed from the town's decision in 2000 to allow a cement
      plant next to Heemeyer's muffler shop on the west edge of
      town. Heemeyer, a local resident for about 15 years,
      protested angrily at several meetings and sued
      unsuccessfully to stop the project, which he argued would
      bring noise, dust and traffic."
      "The plant was his first target on a 4-mile (6-
      kilometer) track of destruction. He destroyed or damaged
      about 13 other structures, including the town hall and
      library, the Sky-Hi News weekly newspaper, a bank, a
      hardware store, and the home of a deceased mayor."
      "Mayor Ted Wang had no estimate of the damage but
      predicted that it will reach 'millions of dollars.'"
      "The wreckage looked like the hit-and-miss path of a
      tornado, touching sites across this town of 1,525 people,
      about 55 miles (88 kilometers) northwest of Denver. But
      the mayhem was methodical; each target was linked to
      individuals or institutions Heemeyer felt had wronged him
      in the zoning feud."
      "Residents said they were shocked at the episode but
      not entirely surprised it was Heemeyer's doing. Some
      thought him friendly. Others steered clear of his temper.
      One said Heemeyer spoke months ago of paying back those
      who had crossed him. She said she thought he was
      "Heemeyer's friend Pete Mitchell said he was probably
      smiling when the tank, equipped with a TV camera, busted
      out of the side of a garage."
      "'That's the kind of guy he was,' Mitchell said,
      calling his friend 'vindictive.'"
      "Town manager Tom Hale said Heemeyer was angry after
      losing a zoning dispute over land near his muffler shop.
      Heemeyer also had been fined $2,500 in a separate case for
      not having a septic tank and other city code violations at
      his business, Hale said."
      "An expert welder, Heemeyer apparently spent weeks
      turning his Komatsu bulldozer--the Japanese equivalent of
      a 42-ton Caterpillar D8--into a war wagon. He encased it
      with black steel plates that shielded the radiator,
      hydraulic lines and cab, much like a shell protects a
      turtle. The shell was reinforced with concrete 8 to 12
      inches (20 to 30 centimeters) thick."
      (Editor's Comment: From the photos I've seen of the
      "Armageddon tank," it looks as if Heemeyer based his
      designs on the armored bulldozers used by American forces
      on Iwo Jima and Okinawa in World War II.)
      "From inside, Heemeyer fired two machine guns through
      peepholes. He also carried a .223-caliber (5.56mm) rifle,
      a .357-caliber Magnum revolver and a 9mm semiautomatic
      pistol. Lacking a window, he used three closed-circuit
      cameras and TV monitors to steer the vessel through town.
      'The craftmanship, the design and everything else would
      almost be awe-inspiring,' Wang said, 'Why somebody with
      that kind of talent would spend all this time terrorizing
      a town. It's sad.'"
      "It took police hours, using explosives and
      blowtorches, to pry open the hatch. Inside they found
      Heemeyer dead, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot to
      the head. They used a crane to lift his 6-foot-4, 230-
      pound body out of the vehicle Saturday," June 5, 2004.
      "It took two more hours and two bulldozers to drag
      the machine from the rubble of the store where the mayhem
      ended. Hundreds of residents and tourists watched as the
      tank was hauled to a fenced yard across the road from the
      cement plant."
      "The mayor said he was bothered by reports that
      others may have known what Heemeyer was planning."
      "'If we find out that people knew that this thing was
      being built...' he said, trailing off in anger." (See the
      Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for June 5, 2004, "Fortified
      dozer rips through Colorado town," page 7A; and for June
      6, 2004, "Dozer rampage ends in death," page 6A; and USA
      Today for June 7, 2004, "Colo. town bulldozed into shock,"
      page 8A.)
      (Editor's Comment: We should all be thankful that Mr.
      Heemeyer didn't purchase a surplus 57mm recoilless rifle
      left over from the Korean War. A skilled machinist
      wouldn't have much trouble putting one of those "jeep
      cannons" back into service.)


      The Fayette Factor was linked to yet another tornado
      last week, this time in Louisiana.
      On Friday, May 28, 2004, three tornadoes touched down
      in the Lafayette counties of three separate American
      states--Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Fortean researcher
      Bill Grimstad has commented on the increased incidence of
      tornadoes in places named for the Marquis de Lafayette,
      pointing out that "tornadoes, trailer parks and places
      named Lafayette or Fayette have a curious affinity for
      each other."
      Severe thunderstorms "hit hard and fast in the
      Acadiana area" of Lafayette County on Tuesday afternoon,
      June 1, 2004, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of
      the city of Lafayette (population 110,257).
      The storm was "dropping quarter-sized hail in the
      same area and possibly spawned a tornado" south of Scott,
      La. (population 7,870). (See The Advertiser of Lafayette,
      La. for June 2, 2004, "Rain, thunder rumble across
      Acadiana area." Many thanks to Loren Coleman for this
      newspaper report.)


      "According to local Portuguese radio stations,
      hundreds of residents were startled by the sight of an
      'inhuman light' in the sky over the Algarve in southern
      Portugal. The OVNI (Portuguese acronym for UFO--J.T.) was
      seen in several cities of the region but particularly in
      "The reports indicated that the OVNI was seen over an
      area of 100 to 150 kilometers (60 to 90 miles). The
      object was witnessed between 11 p.m. and midnight on
      Tuesday, June 1, 2004. No structure could be seen around
      the light."
      "An unidentified luminous object was seen at the same
      time in Spain's Galicia province. At 11:30 p.m., the OVNI
      was seen over Portuguese territory, in places such as
      Penafiel, Vendas Novas, Evora, Algarve and Setubal."
      "For the moment, Portuguese authorities do not know
      what could have been the cause of the sighting in their
      skies." (See the Agence France Presse report for June 2,
      2004. Muito obrigado a Marcio Vicente Teixeira por eso


      "A nearly two-hour search was called off after
      residents in McCormick," South Carolina (population 1,489)
      "mistook a sonic boom for a plane crash Thursday," June 3,
      "'We have a lot of military aircraft that fly over
      the lake up here running practice drills,' said Chris
      Doolittle, emergency services coordinator for McCormick
      County along the Georgia state line. 'We did an extensive
      search of the area...and have found no aircraft at all.'"
      "People saw a C-130 cargo plane and then heard the
      boom, which was actually generated by another jet nearby,'
      said Courtney Franchio, a spokesman for Dobbins Air Force
      Base," which is located "north of Atlanta."
      "'Someone saw a C-130 in the area, then heard a sonic
      boom, so the assumption was a plane crash was occurring,'
      she said."
      McCormick, S.C. is on Route 378 approximately 77
      miles (123 kilometers) west of Columbia, the state
      However, in Alpharetta, Georgia (population 34,854),
      an eyewitness thinks the mystery booms were made by a UFO.
      On Thursday, June 3, 2004, "I glanced at the window
      of my office and observed a white sphere passing below and
      at a right angle to a commercial jet," he reported, "The
      jet was at cruising altitude (30,000 feet or 9,000 meters-
      -J.T.) and heading from the southeast to the northwest.
      The sphere was heading from the southwest to the
      northeast. It looked like it was several thousand feet
      below the airliner and traveling at about the same speed.
      The jet was leaving a short contrail, but the sphere was
      not. I continued to observe the sphere until it
      disappeared into the distance."
      Alpharetta, Ga. is 22 miles (35 kilometers) northeast
      of Atlanta. (Many thanks to Daniel Wilson for these


      "Bright flashes and sharp booms were reported in the
      skies over the Puget Sound area" of the USA's Pacific
      Northwest "early Thursday," June 3, 2004, "and aviation
      officials said a meteor may have been the source."
      "An earlier report on KIKO Radio" in Washington state
      "that a meteorite might have hit Chehalis (population
      7,057)," a small city about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south
      of Olympia, the capital of Washington state, "turned out
      to be false, a University of Washington scientist who
      specializes in meteorites said."
      "Toby Smith, a lecturer in astronomy, said scientists
      are looking at the cause of the skybursts reported over a
      wide area at about 2:40 a.m."
      "Witnesses along a 60-mile (100-kilometer) swath of
      the Sound from near Tacoma to Whidbey Island and as far as
      100 miles (160 kilometers) to the east near Ellensburg
      (population 15,414) said the sky lit up brightly, and many
      also reported booming sounds as if from one or more
      "At Whidbey Island, Petty Officer Andrew Davis said
      he and others saw the skybursts."
      "'It made a pretty big bang,' Davis said, 'We thought
      it might be a meteorite or something.'"
      "Officials at the National Weather Service ruled out
      any weather-related causes, and duty officers at the
      Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) and the Whidbey Island Naval
      Air Station said they knew of no civilian or military
      airplane problem."
      "Civilian pilots reported seeing the flash near
      Ellensburg, east of the Cascade (mountain) range, said an
      FAA duty officer who did not give her name." (See The
      Olympian of Olympia, Wash. for June 4, 2004, "Skybursts
      reported over western Washington." Many thanks to Jim
      Hickman for this newspaper article. And don't forget to
      visit Jim's Web site at www.thehickmanreport.com.)


      "The (aircraft) carrier USS Harry S. Truman sailed
      Wednesday" from Norfolk, Virginia "in a test of the (U.S.)
      Navy's ability to have 7 of its 12 carriers away from port
      simultaneously, a major shift away from the way carriers
      have been used."
      "A second Norfolk-based carrier, USS Enterprise, was
      expected to leave Thursday to participate in the exercise
      dubbed (Operation) Summer Pulse 04."
      "Summer Pulse 04 continues through August (2004),
      with seven carriers conducting joint exercises with allies
      from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia,
      officials said."
      "'The ability to push this kind of military
      capability to the four corners of the world is quite
      remarkable,' Navy Secretary Gordon R. England said when he
      announced plans for the demonstration last week in
      Washington. 'Several years ago, we could deploy only two'
      carriers at a time."
      "Summer Pulse 04 is the first exercise of the Navy's
      Fleet Response Plan, announced last December (2003),
      through which ships will move from traditional, scheduled
      six-month deployments in less than 30 days and be prepared
      to leave as world events demand."
      "The Navy wants to be able to send six carrier strike
      groups in less than 30 days to handle a crisis anywhere in
      the world, plus have two more carrier strike groups ready
      within three months to reinforce or rotate with these
      forces and continue operations in other areas."
      "Summer Pulse 04 is 'proof of concept that we can in
      fact make that happen,' Capt. Michael R. Groothousen, the
      Truman's commanding officer said Wednesday by telephone
      after the Truman left Norfolk Naval Station."
      "Capt. Groothousen said the Fleet Response Plan makes
      deployment schedules less predictable--a change necessary
      in a post-Sept. 11 (2001) world."
      "'Terrorists love predictability,' he said, 'If we
      start putting more unpredictability into our schedule, it
      makes it more difficult for any threat out there to
      determine when to strike.'"
      "That also means more volatility in the sailors'
      "'When you're planning on being in port for a little
      while and then the schedule changes, nobody likes that,'
      said Petty Officer First Class Tony Rice, 34, of Midland,
      Texas, a Truman crew member. 'But you kind of get used to
      it as a sailor. You're taught to be fluid and to expect
      the unexpected.'"
      "The Navy demonstrated its ability to 'surge'
      multiple carriers like this a year ago during the Iraq war
      (against Saddam Hussein--J.T.), said John Pike, director
      of Global Security.org, an Alexandria, Virginia research
      center on security issues."
      "However, the Navy wasn't really set up to deploy
      several carriers at once, so it wasn't easy, he said."
      "'Now they are demonstrating that they are set up to
      do that,' Pike said, 'If anybody anywhere gets any ideas--
      if North Korea gets frisky or the Red Chinese get too
      risky--they might have a half-dozen carriers show up on
      short notice.'"
      "This is 'a fundamentally different way of deploying
      aircraft carriers than we had during the Twentieth
      Century,' Pike said."
      "Typically, a carrier deployed overseas for six
      months, then was at home for 18 months while sailors went
      back to school in the Navy and the ship was repaired and
      "Under this arrangement, a carrier was combat-capable
      only for about six months during a two-year cycle, so
      generally only two of the stateside carriers could be
      deployed at a given time, Pike said."
      "The other carriers taking part in Summer Pulse 04
      are the Norfolk-based USS George Washington, the San Diego
      (California)-based USS John C. Stennis, which are already
      deployed; the USS Kitty Hawk, based in Yokosuka, Japan;
      the Mayport, Fla.-based USS John F. Kennedy; and the USS
      Ronald Reagan, which left Norfolk last week and is enroute
      to its new home port of San Diego."
      USS John C. Stennis then left San Diego to join USS
      Kitty Hawk off the coast of Alaska for a large-scale naval
      No sooner had this news been released than Channel 13
      in Hampton Roads, Virginia "reported an operation called
      Exercise Blinding Storm by the United States and Exercise
      Rapid Alliance" by UK. "The training will include about
      30,000 troops from seven nations in exercises off or on
      the coast of North Carolina."
      Netherlands "Dutch Marines and French soldiers will
      take part, as well as a Peruvian submarine and contingents
      from Germany and Canada. The flotilla is expected to set
      sail on Tuesday, with the two-week amphibious operation
      scheduled to begin (Thursday) June 10 (2004)."
      The UK naval contingent is sizable. "The biggest
      British ship (the aircraft carrier) HMS Invincible, has
      also deployed with a crew of 1,050." HMS Invincible is
      leading a task force of 20 vessels of the Royal Navy in
      Exercise Rapid Alliance."
      Part of the exercise calls for landing British tanks
      on North Carolina's beaches. "The British landing
      platform dock ship HMS Albion has already arrived. It
      carried four Challenger II battle tanks, the British
      equivalent of" the U.S. Army's main battle tank, the M1-A1
      Abrams. "The (British) tanks will be sent ashore aboard
      the ship's new landing craft during the exercise."
      Countries participating in Exercise Rapid Alliance
      include the USA, UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany,
      Peru, Norway, Italy, Denmark, France and Australia.
      According to the San Diego Times-Union, a "large U.S.
      Navy battle group" is assembling off the coast of Alaska.
      The size of the battle group is truly mind-boggling. The
      flagship is the carrier USS John C. Stennis, leading the
      guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, the destroyer
      USS Howard, the guided missile frigate USS Ford, the fast-
      attack submarine USS Salt Lake City, the supply ship USNS
      Rainier, the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood, the
      amphibious transport dock ships USS Denver and USS
      Comstock, the guided missile destroyers USS Preble and USS
      Hopper, the cruiser USS Tucson and the guided missile
      destroyer USS Russell.
      The Scotsman reported that the Alaska battle group
      was "the first time an expeditionary strike group will be
      commanded by a Marine general, according to the Navy."
      But that isn't the end of the recent redeployments by
      the U.S. Navy.
      "On (Wednesday) May 5 (2004), the USS McCampbell
      headed for Southeast Asia in support of a Cooperate Afloat
      Readiness and Training (CARAT) cruise. The ship will be
      coordinating joint naval exercises with Singapore,
      Thailand, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines."
      Also during May, "the USNS Patuxent, accompanied by
      the coastal patrol ships USS Typhoon and USS Sirocco, left
      port at the Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base Friday" and
      "sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to Rota Naval Station"
      in Spain "and arrived in port (Wednesday) May 12 (2004)."
      In Washington state, "the Army begins a major staging
      operation today at the port to ship (armored and
      mechanized) equipment to Southwest Asia."
      And in Louisiana, "Fort Polk's (United Nations) Joint
      Readiness Training Center will remain open, the officials
      said, with (Army) National Guard soldiers expected to fill
      in for the units going to Iraq."
      The sudden intensification of naval activity has
      puzzled the world's ufologists, particularly in light of a
      strange radio transmission that was intercepted by a ham
      radio club back in January 2004.
      On Monday, January 26, 2004, the group of amateur
      radio enthusiasts "intercepted a radio transmission" and
      "made a digital recording of the transmission that took
      place on January 26, 2004 at 5 a.m. UTC. The frequency
      was 11.176 Megaherz. The conversation is between SNOWBALL
      NET and another station. We assume SNOWBALL is the
      And a strange conversation it was.
      SNOWBALL NET: "Snowball Net comms check. All
      stations, clock sync, impact at minus 146 days, 5 hours
      UTC. Standby for ACD link."
      A burst of coded digital data then followed.
      BURRO: "Snowball, this is Burro. You are not secure,
      repeat, not secure! Go green! Go green!"
      From January 26, a period of "146 days, 5 hours"
      brings us to either Saturday, June 19, or Sunday, June 20,
      2004. Ufologists have been speculating for days as to
      what might happen on either day.
      Some have reported rumors that Al-Qaeda "has two
      diesel submarines with nuclear weapons that we're
      searching like crazy for."
      Others speculate that an asteroid might land in one
      of Earth's oceans on the appointed day, causing tidal
      waves and flooding in low-lying coastal areas. The ships
      were sent to sea, they argue, to keep them from being
      swept ashore by the tidal waves.
      A third, less popular theory is that "the government"
      knows about an impending alien attack on June 20, perhaps
      by some overtly hostile extraterrestrial race like the
      Reptoids or the Aldebarani."
      A variant of this theory has the ETs "steering
      asteroids at the Earth," in the hope of causing massive
      tidal waves.
      Still others, perhaps influenced by the new hit
      movie, The Day After Tomorrow, claim that "the big climate
      change will begin on the summer solstice," which is
      Monday, June 21, 2004, the day after Snowball Net's "due
      UFO Roundup correspondent Jim Danvers said he thinks
      Exercise Rapid Alliance is "a plan by NATO to bring
      foreign troops into America to put down anti-war or anti-
      draft rioting."
      "The British are coming, the British are coming," he
      joked, "And this time they've got tanks!"
      UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor said, "I am still
      blown away by the size of that Alaska battle group. It
      sure doesn't sound like our 'war president' is going to
      pick up the peace pipe any time soon. It all reads like a
      buildup to some kind of invasion. Is Dubya planning a
      secret D-Day?"
      Trainor said he could think of "four possible targets
      for invasion."
      North Korea - The Stennis battle group might try to
      land an amphibious task force in Pungsan to race overland
      and knock out the North Korean nuclear power center at
      Saudi Arabia - If it looked like Al-Qaeda was about
      to oust the Saudi royal family, NATO might land in force
      and occupy the desert kingdom.
      Iran - In a replay of the 1942 Allied invasion in
      World War II, NATO forces and Russia might invade the
      Islamic republic and take out the ayatollahs.
      Pakistan - NATO might double-cross President Pervez
      Musharraf and strike at "the Islamic bomb," his country's
      supply of nuclear weapons.
      "There's an awful lot of naval firepower floating
      around out there," Trainor added, "Let's see what happens-
      -if anything--on June 20." (See the San Diego Times-Union
      of May 25, 2004; The Scotsman of May 27, 2004; The
      Olympian of Olympia, Wash. for May 20, 2004; and The Pilot
      of Virginia Beach, Va. for May 24, 2004.
      Many thanks to "Popeye, Bluto and Olive Oyl," and Jim
      Danvers, for these newspaper stories.)
      (Editor's Comment: At first I thought the theory about
      instant climate change was off the wall. And then I came
      across the following article. Read it for yourself.)


      "People on both sides of the Atlantic are flocking to
      see The Day After Tomorrow, a movie in which sudden global
      warming melts the polar ice caps, threatening various
      cities in horrifying ways. At one point, the sea rises to
      such an extent that a tide five stories (50 feet or 15
      meters) high crashes through the streets of Manhattan."
      "In Britain, the real-life effects of global warming
      are less visually spectacular. But, if the country's
      leading scientists are to be believed, they are just as
      horrifying--or perhaps more so, for being fact rather than
      "As the seas rise, Britain, an island nation, is
      sinking. Its coastline is being eaten away. The National
      Trust, a private charity that buys threatened shoreline
      and countryside, has abandoned its effort to protect some
      stretches of coast and is simply waiting for an assortment
      of cottages to fall into the sea."
      "Last month, a panel of 60 British climate-change
      experts released a government-sponsored report saying that
      global warming means up to 4 million Britons may risk
      having their homes inundated. The national cost of
      flooding will rise from $2.6 billion a year to $52 billion
      by 2080, the report said."
      "Titled 'Future Flooding,' the report said the threat
      is growing already and its most dire predictions will
      happen by 2050."
      "And a senior government adviser warned in mid-May
      that the government might one day have to consider an
      'orderly retreat' from London because parts of the 2,000-
      year-old city are below sea level."
      "Birmingham, 320 feet (97 meters) above sea level,
      might be better, said Professor Paul Samuels, who is
      leading a Europe-wide study on flooding."
      "Although the threat is not imminent, British
      scientists have grown stark in their warnings."
      "The most important duty of political leaders is to
      protect the security of their people, which was, after
      all, the rationale for going to war in Iraq, wrote John
      Houghton, former head of the country's Meteorological
      Office, in a newspaper column last year."
      "'And yet, our long-term security is threatened by a
      problem at least as dangerous as chemical, nuclear or
      biological weapons, or indeed international terrorism:
      human-induced climate change,' he wrote."
      "He had no hesitation, he said, in describing climate
      change as 'a weapon of mass destruction.'"
      "That warning--that global warming poses a threat
      greater than terrorism--was echoed last year by Sir David
      King, the government's chief scientist and the man who
      directed the recently released report."
      "The report said Britain must create 'green
      corridors' in cities to act as safety valves into which
      floodwaters can be channeled. It said parts of some urban
      areas may have to be abandoned, and oil refineries moved
      inland. Many homes, it warned, may become uninsurable."
      "Samuels, who suggested the possibility of a
      government retreat from London, was working on the premise
      that the tidal section of the Thames River will rise up to
      three feet (0.9 meters) a century, a situation exacerbated
      by the slow sinking of the land on which some of London is
      "The Environment Agency, which operates the Thames
      barrier that protects London from flooding, says the
      barrier will remain effective only until about 2030. And
      a city government study has warned that 20-foot (6-meter)
      embankments might be needed."
      "The National Trust has bowed to the inevitability of
      the coast being eaten away and has abandoned efforts to
      protect more than 50 different areas. Trust officials
      have advised other landowners to do the same, or face the
      prospect of having wasted billions of pounds in the
      "'We own 650 miles of coast and every mile of that is
      undergoing change,' said Rob Jarman, the trust's head of
      sustainability and environmental practices."
      "Meanwhile, the trust is hedging its bets. It has
      begun buying thousands of acres further inland so that it
      will hold title to Britain's new coastline the day after
      tomorrow--or whenever that day should come." (See the
      Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for June 5, 2004, "This is no
      disaster movie: Global warming is flooding Britain," pages
      1A and 6A.)

      From the UFO Files...

      1815: ADAM WEISHAUPT

      Well, that headline isn't exactly accurate. Adam
      Weishaupt didn't really meet Frankenstein. He just met
      Frankenstein's mother's friend, Henry Crabb Robinson. It
      happened the same summer that Napoleon Bonaparte, until
      recently the Emperor of the French, took up residence on
      the South Atlantic island of St. Helena.
      Yet, what we now call "science fiction" owes a
      strange debt to Weishaupt and his Order of the Illuminati.
      (Illuminatenorden im Deutsch--J.T.)
      As for Frankenstein's mother--or perhaps we should
      call her "the Mother of Science Fiction"--her name was
      Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, and she was born at The
      Polygon, Somers Town, UK on August 30, 1797, the daughter
      of William Godwin, a publisher, pamphleteer and political
      Her mother, the original Mary Wollstonecraft, died a
      week after her birth.
      In 1801, when Mary was four, her father remarried.
      The new stepmother, Harriet Clairmont, was a widow with
      two children of her own, Charles and Jane, whom Mr. Godwin
      promptly rechristened Clara.
      In 1805, Godwin established himself as a publisher of
      children's books. This exposed Mary and her stepbrother
      Charles to some of Britain's most prominent artists--
      William Mulready, George Dawe, John Varley and his
      protege, John Linnell. Varley in particular took the
      children to Hampstead Heath to practice drawing.
      Mary's art talent was negligible, but Varley's
      training, with its emphasis on "close observation of
      naturalistic detail," served her well in later life as a
      In 1812, she visited Scotland for the first time. She
      fell in love with Tayside and lived in Dundee with the
      Baxter family while her stepbrother, Charles Clairmont,
      completed his apprenticeship at a printing office in
      Returning to England, Mary became part of her
      father's intellectual circle. "Godwin's circle now
      constituted Mary's intellectual marketplace, where she
      became aware of contemporary ideas; she loved its energy
      and diversity. The talk might be about Itard's education
      of Victor, the Wild Boy of Aveyron. (For more on this
      real-life Tarzan, see The Complete Books of Charles Fort,
      Dover Publications Inc., N.Y., 1974, pages 688 to 690.)"
      Ireland was a favorite topic. "Godwin's good friend,
      the Irish politician John Philpot Curran, had defended the
      romantic young leader of the 1798 Irish Rebellion, Lord
      Edward Fitzgerald."
      (Editor's Note: Of whom Lord Byron said, "He's the ugliest
      man and the most scintillating and brilliant
      conversationalist I've ever met.")
      The circle's members "read Godwin, (Mary's mother)
      Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Southey, Milton, Voltaire,
      Brockden, Brown, Cicero, Petronius, Suetonius, Radcliffe,
      Scott, Rousseau, Goethe and Ovid."
      In June 1813, Mary and her stepsister, Clara
      Clairmont, returned to Dundee. Here Mary witnessed a
      demonstration that piqued her interest in science.
      Scottish scientist Andrew Cosse was intrigued with
      electricity, and he had read about Benjamin Franklin's
      kite experiment. He decided to go Franklin one better.
      Instead of a kite, Cosse sent aloft a large hydrogen
      balloon festooned with copper wiring and tubing. The
      wiring descended to the ground, snaking its way into
      Cherry Cottage on the outskirts of Dundee. Cosse had
      filled the cottage with Leyden jars. Since he knew from
      Franklin's experiment that lightning was electrical in
      nature, he planned to charge his primitive glass-jar
      batteries all at once. In effect, Cosse planned to become
      "the modern Prometheus, calling down the fire from
      With Mary, Clara, the Baxters and the other witnesses
      clustered under their umbrellas, Cosse took an axe and cut
      the mooring line. The balloon soared upward, straight
      into a black thundercloud showing occasional greenish-
      white flashes. Suddenly, there was a peal of thunder. An
      orange fireball lit up the inside of the cloud as the
      hydrogen ignited. And a lightning bolt, carrying about
      5,000 megajoules of electricity, traveled down the cables
      and into Cherry Cottage, blowing the Leyden jars and the
      building itself sky-high.
      The witnesses found the dazed scientist lying on the
      other side of the lawn, covered with dust and tiny
      limestone fragments but otherwise okay. Helping him to
      his feet, Mr. Baxter asked, "Are you all right?"
      Cosse mumbled, "I think we need a new physics."
      (Editor's Note: It's a good thing Cosse filled the
      ballast bags with sand. Had he filled them with uranium
      oxide, Dundee would have been instantly vaporized in a
      nuclear explosion.)
      The electrical "fireworks show" made an impression
      upon Mary, and lightning played a major role in her soon-
      to-be-written novel.
      On May 5, 1814, an up-and-coming poet named Percy
      Bysshe Shelley visited the Godwin home on Skinner Street.
      It was love at first sight. On July 28, 1814, Mary, still
      a month shy of her 16th birthday, left for Europe with
      Shelley and Clara. During the next six weeks, they toured
      France, Switzerland and Germany.
      On January 22, 1815, now back in England, Mary gave
      birth to Shelley's child. But the infant died two weeks
      later. For the grieving young mother, the theme of
      resurrection had a particular appeal. This, too, became
      part of her novel.
      Meanwhile, "the Godwin circle" had discovered a new
      book, recently published in English. This was the five-
      volume Memoire pour servir a l'histoire de Jacobinisme by
      French Jesuit and rightwing emigre Abbe Augustin Barruel.
      Born in 1741, Abbe Barruel had defended the Roman
      Catholic Church against Voltaire and the Encyclopedists.
      He fled to London after King Louis XVI and Queen Marie
      Antoinette were guillotined in 1793. Although Maximilien
      Robespierre and Adam Weishaupt were mortal enemies,
      Robespierre had no love for the Abbe, who styled himself
      the "arch-enemy of Weishaupt." Abbe Barruel managed to
      flee across the Channel before the Committee of Public
      Safety (revolutionary secret police--J.T.) showed up to
      take him for a tumbril ride.
      "As early as 1797, Barruel," in his book, "argued
      that the French Revolution represented the culmination of
      an age-old conspiracy of the most secret of societies. As
      he saw it, the trouble began with the medieval Order of
      Templars, which had not really been exterminated in 1314
      but had survived as a secret society, pledged to abolish
      all monarchies, to overthrow the papacy, to preach
      unrestricted liberty to all peoples and to found a world-
      republic," what Weishaupt called "the New World Order."
      "Down the centuries this secret society had poisoned
      a number of monarchs; and in the Eighteenth Century it had
      captured the Order of Freemasons, which now (1797) stood
      completely under its control. From 1776 onwards,
      Condorcet and the Abbe Sieyes had built up a vast
      revolutionary organization of Frenchmen, who were the
      Jacobins of the revolution. But the heart of the
      conspiracy, the true leaders of the revolution were the
      Bavarian Illuminati under Adam Weishaupt--'enemies of the
      human race, sons of Satan.' To this handful of Germans
      all the Freemasons and Jacobins of France already owed
      blind allegiance; and it was Barruel's view that unless it
      was stopped, this handful would soon dominate the world."
      Abbe Barruel's book became THE international
      bestseller of 1797, "and it was translated into English,
      French, Italian, Spanish and Russian, and it made its
      author a rich man."
      No sooner had Mary and her compatriots read the book
      than electrifying news arrived from France. "The Corsican
      Monster" had escaped from Elba. Yes, Napoleon had given
      his captors the slip, had landed in the Riviera and was
      now marching on Grenoble with a rapidly-growing army.
      The debate raged in the Godwin Circle. Surely the
      Illuminati had had a hand in Napoleon's escape. How else
      could he have eluded his guards?
      Mary's friend, Henry Crabb Robinson, was determined
      to get to the truth. In London, Henry called on Aaron
      Burr, the disgraced former vice president of the USA, then
      living in exile in England. Burr was only too happy to
      point Henry in Weishaupt's direction. He blamed Weishaupt
      for the death of his daughter, Theodosia.
      The indefatigable Henry had an extended "stay in
      Germany, where he discussed Godwin with Goethe and
      interviewed Adam Weishaupt, former leader of the
      underground revolutionary Illuminati sect, now a
      misanthrope and a conservative, like so many who had been
      disillusioned by the French Revolution."
      Weishaupt told Henry that Napoleon's Hundred Days was
      no doing of his. Indeed, he hated Napoleon, referring to
      him as "the revenge of the Robespierre brothers." He also
      hated Burr, whom he called a "coward" for failing to
      follow through on the Conspiracy of 1806, the Illuminati's
      plan to topple President Thomas Jefferson.
      If Weishaupt was touchy about the Order's political
      track record, he had good reason to be. Under his
      somewhat-less-than-stellar leadership, the Illuminati had
      failed to sieze power twice in the USA (1793 and 1806),
      twice in France (1793 and 1796), once in Ireland (1798),
      once in Geneva (1780), once in Italy (1796) and once in
      Brazil (1789).
      If the Illuminati was an American pro baseball team,
      it would have been sold.
      As Napoleon met defeat at Waterloo, Mary and her
      friends "were reading Barruel's History of Jacobinism
      which, though it was a reactionary attack on the politics
      of the French Revolution, was also a mine of information
      about Masonic secret societies."
      When Henry Crabb Robinson returned to England, he
      talked at length about his meetings with Weishaupt, "the
      profoundest conspirator who ever existed." Mary was
      extremely interested in details about the man--what did
      Weishaupt look like, what were his personal habits, that
      sort of thing.
      In May 1816, with the Napoleonic wars finally over,
      Shelley and Mary set out for Geneva, with Clara Clairmont
      and Shelley's personal physician, Dr. John William
      Polidori. While living by the lake, they made the
      acquaintance of a French emigre named Jean-Baptiste Louvet
      de Louvray.
      Louvet, an author of best-selling romance novels, had
      supported the French Revolution in 1789. He was "a
      Girondist who had voted against Louis XVI's execution."
      Forced to go underground by the Committee of Public
      Safety, he organized the original Maquis, or French
      Resistance, "an anti-Jacobin guerrilla movement with his
      mistress, Madame Loidoiska."
      Louvet told Mary and her poet-husband many
      interesting stories about the Illuminati of Paris and the
      Loge des Neufs-Soeurs (French for Lodge of the Nine
      Mary was thinking about writing a biography of Louvet
      when she, Shelley, and Dr. Polidori, confined to their
      rented house by a week of thunderstorms, challenged each
      other to come up with a ghost story in 24 hours. For her
      tale, Mary drew on Cosse's failed electrical experiment,
      the dead coming back to life with the aid of lightning,
      and Crabb Robinson's descriptions of Adam Weishaupt.
      The trio shared their stories on the following day.
      Then they resolved to turn them into novels. At the end
      of May 1816, Mary began writing her most famous book--
      Frankenstein, Or the Modern Prometheus.
      Mary "chose Ingolstadt (in Bavaria, southern Germany)
      as young Frankenstein's university because (Anne-Marie
      Germaine Necker) de Stael identified it as the place where
      experimental scientific work was under way, and also it
      was the headquarters (from 1771 to 1784) of the political
      visionary Adam Weishaupt, founder of the Illuminati."
      The character of "Dr. Victor Frankenstein" is an
      amalgam of Andrew Cosse, William Godwin and Adam
      Mary Shelley's novel was the birth of modern science
      fiction. There is more than a little irony in the fact
      that this genre was launched by Mary--with a little help
      from Abbe Barruel.
      In the end, science fiction has transformed more
      lives, opened more people's minds, done more to change the
      world than any plot or scheme by Adam Weishaupt. (See the
      books Mary Shelley by Miranda Seymour, Grove Press, New
      York, N.Y., 2000, pages 152 and 153; Mary Shelley: Romance
      and Reality by Emily W. Sunstein, Little, Brown & Co.,
      Boston, Mass., 1989, pages 50, 51, 92, 93 and 427; Mary
      Shelley: A Literary Life by John Williams, St. Martin's
      Press, New York, N.Y., 2000, pages 46 and 47; Mary
      Shelley: A Biography by R. Glynn Grylls, Oxford University
      Press, London, 1938, "Chronology;" and Warrant for
      Genocide by Norman Cohn, Harper & Row Publishers, New
      York, N.Y., 1966, pages 25 to 32.)

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