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  • Frits Westra
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    Message 1 of 54 , May 2, 2003
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      Hot Gossip UK May 2003

      Welcome to the May 2003 round-up of news and views on UFOs, alien
      abductions, crop circles and the unexplained.

      Faster Than The Speed Of Light

      It is a sceptical dogma that the speed of light is an absolute barrier
      which cannot be crossed. UFO sceptics regard this as a key part of
      their argument, so a new book by Joao Magueijo may well set the cat
      among the pigeons. Magueijo is a former Royal Society Research Fellow
      and is lecturer in theoretical physics at Imperial College in London.
      His basic thesis is that in the early Universe, light travelled faster
      than it does now. The Variable Speed of Light (VSL) theory is highly
      controversial among scientists, many of whom regard such an idea as
      nothing short of heretical. Magueijo comes across as an interesting
      character, not afraid to dish the dirt on scientific colleagues. If
      you think ufology is rife with feuds and dramas, this book clearly
      illustrates that science is no different. The book is available from
      most good bookshops and all the usual internet sites.

      Close Encounters Of The Fourth Kind

      From science to music. Scottish rock band C.E.IV are genuinely
      interested in the UFO and alien abduction phenomenon, and incorporate
      this into their lyrics, album covers and live performances. The band
      members go on skywatches, carry out their own research and have
      written articles on strange phenomena. C.E. IV have played at various
      UFO conferences around the UK. Check out their website at
      www.ceiv.co.uk for details of this band and their music.

      Rendlesham Documents

      The entire file on the Rendlesham Forest incident was placed on the
      MOD website late last year. These papers were first acquired by
      Georgina Bruni early in 2001, using the Code of Practice on Access to
      Government Information. The file has been split into five parts on the
      MOD site, and is predominantly correspondence from members of the
      public. I÷ve now put up the key policy documents on my website
      www.nickpope.net in the Selected Documents section, so people can see
      the important papers together, without having to trawl through the
      public correspondence. These policy papers tell the story of the MOD
      investigation in the aftermath of the incident, and include papers
      from the defence intelligence staff, confirming that the radiation
      readings taken at the landing site seemed significantly higher than
      the expected average for the area. I have also posted up the Flying
      Saucer Working Party report, dating from 1950. This was acquired by
      Georgina Bruni and several other UFO researchers in 2001, and was then
      placed in the Public Record Office in 2002. The documents are
      accompanied by articles which should help researchers understand the
      way in which the military and the civil service viewed the UFO
      phenomenon.

      Alternatives

      If you are interested in talks and workshops with an alternative,
      holistic or spiritual aspect, check out the Alternatives programme.
      Based at St James ÷s Church at 197 Piccadilly in London, this
      organisation has a fascinating programme of events lined up for the
      Summer. The Barefoot Doctor, Rupert Sheldrake and Stanislav Grof are
      just three of the big names lined up over the next few months. Check
      www.alternatives.org.uk for details.

      Our Final Century

      There are a number of popular science books around dealing with
      apocalyptic threats that may wipe out the human race. Many such books
      are little more than sensationalist scare mongering, so it is
      refreshing to find something more serious. This intriguing book is
      written by Sir Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal. Rees is a
      theoretical astrophysicist whose previous books and media appearances
      have done much to popularise cosmology. Rees lists various scenarios
      that may bring about the end of the world. Ozone layer depletion,
      plague and asteroid strikes will be familiar territory, but some ideas
      are less well known. One of the more bizarre suggestions is that
      particle collision experiments could create a black hole that will
      destroy the Earth. Much of the book deals with what is sometimes
      termed Low Probability/High Consequence. But Rees has placed a bet
      that within his lifetime a routine piece of science will be
      responsible for causing one million deaths. Scary stuff, but from an
      informed author who writes in an accessible style. Read it while you
      still can, and buy it from all the usual bookshops and websites.

      The Spear Of Christ

      Look out for a fascinating documentary on BBC2 in May. The Spear of
      Christ tells the story of the Spear of Destiny, the spear said to have
      pierced Christ on the Cross. Throughout the ages, various despots,
      tyrants and mystics have sought this weapon, hoping in some way that
      it will give them power and knowledge, perhaps through some sort of
      link with God. The Spear of Christ has been made by Atlantic
      Productions, and deals with the scientific analysis of the artefact
      currently housed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The
      conclusion is that the spear is medieval, but the programme gives a
      fascinating insight into a story which, whatever the truth, involves
      Christ, Constantine, Charlemagne, Hitler, military intelligence,
      occultists and scientists. Fascinating stuff.

      London÷s Scariest Mysteries

      Viewers in the LWT area should look out for a new series called
      London÷s Scariest Mysteries. The series goes out at 11.30pm on Friday
      nights. Provisionally, the programme dealing with UFOs is scheduled
      for 2 May, and both Georgina Bruni and I should make brief
      appearances.

      Ed's Note:

      Nick Pope has written four books. Open Skies, Closed Minds is an
      overview of the UFO phenomenon with the emphasis on his official
      Ministry of Defence research and investigation. The Uninvited is an
      overview of the alien abduction mystery. Operation Thunder Child and
      Operation Lightning Strike are science fiction novels about alien
      invasion, incorporating UFO and abduction data. All four titles are
      available from most good bookshops and all the usual Internet book
      sites.
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      © Knight International 2002

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    • Frits Westra
      Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) URL: http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/pope.html Original Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2003 07:58:36 -0700
      Message 54 of 54 , Jul 2, 2003
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        Hot Gossip UK July 2003

        Welcome to the July 2003 round-up of news and views on UFOs, alien
        abductions, crop circles, the unexplained, the weird and the
        wonderful.

        A Roswell Requiem

        Volume 10, Number 1 of Skeptic magazine contains an interesting 14
        page article on the Roswell incident. The article is written by B. D.
        ìDukeî Gildenberg, a meteorologist who was involved with USAAF and
        USAF operations, including Project Mogul, that he believes were
        responsible for triggering the Roswell incident. He was also involved
        in work for Project Blue Book, and more recently he was involved as a
        witness and researcher for the 1997 Pentagon investigation into the
        incident, which culminated in the publication of The Roswell Report:
        Case Closed. The article is entitled A Roswell Requiem. Given this,
        and the magazine in which it is published, readers will not be
        surprised to learn that the author attributes the Roswell Incident to
        Project Mogul, compounded by the fallibility of human memory, and
        exaggeration and lies on the part of certain people. He blames
        authors, publishers and TV producers for fuelling a modern myth, and
        concludes that ufology should move on from what he regards as a
        totally discredited case. Those who have read the two USAF reports The
        Roswell Report: Fact vs. Fiction in the New Mexico Desert and The
        Roswell Report: Case Closed will not find much new in the article, but
        this is not to detract from what is an important and well-written
        summary of the sceptical case against Roswell. Gildenberg uses the
        testimony of Captain Cavitt against the claims of Major Jesse Marcel,
        and that of Professor Kimball against the claims of Glenn Dennis.
        Believers can legitimately argue that the memories of Cavitt, say, are
        no more or less reliable than those of Marcel. However, any suggestion
        that those witnesses or experts supporting the official view are part
        of the conspiracy, or have been got at, would be more tenuous. The
        article has a sarcastic tone in places, but setting that aside, it is
        an important piece of journalism that, whatever ones views on Roswell,
        deserves a wider audience in ufology than it will probably get. Click
        on [1]www.skeptic.com for details of the magazine.

        Crop Circle Advertising

        Images of crop circles have often been incorporated into
        advertisements, illustrating how they have become part of the popular
        culture. The same has happened with UFOs and aliens. A new
        advertisement for tourism in Wiltshire has now used a crop circle
        photograph to promote the area, which is an interesting example of
        local government officials using the imagery. The imagery appears in a
        magazine advertisement, but there are a couple of references to crop
        circles on the official local authority site at [2]www.kennet.gov.uk
        together with links to some crop circle websites.

        NASA Nuclear Mission

        In a controversial move, NASA have given the go ahead to a deep space
        mission powered by a miniature nuclear reactor. The move has upset
        environmentalists concerned at the safety implications, especially in
        the light of the tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia earlier
        this year. An essential safety feature will mean that the reactor
        cannot be switched on until the spacecraft has gone well beyond the
        orbit of the Earth. Project Prometheus involves NASA funding Lockheed
        Martin to investigate the concepts needed to design a viable nuclear
        propulsion system. The first aim would be a mission to some of the
        moons of Jupiter such as Callisto, Europa and Ganymede, where
        primitive life may exist in oceans beneath the icy surfaces. The
        likely launch date will be 2011. In the longer term, this technology
        may be the first step towards the previously stated NASA aim of a star
        mission. For this to occur in a meaningful timescale, radical new
        propulsion systems will be needed, incorporating nuclear mission, or
        matter/antimatter annihilation.

        Open Skies Closed Minds in Romania

        I am pleased to announce that my first book Open Skies Closed Minds is
        to be published in Romania. Open Skies Closed Minds is an overview of
        the UFO phenomenon, focusing on my running the UK Government UFO
        research and investigation project, at the Ministry of Defence. My
        books are available in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and
        have previously been translated into various other languages,
        including German, Greek and Polish. On past form, English language UFO
        books being translated into other languages leads to greater liaison
        between researchers in different countries, and results in previously
        unreported cases being given greater prominence. My thanks go to the
        respected ufologist Ion Hobana for arranging this.

        Glastonbury Symposium 2003

        On 25, 26 and 27 July the Glastonbury Symposium 2003 takes place at
        The Town Hall, Glastonbury. Entitled Investigating Crop Circles and
        Signs of Our Times, the symposium features a host of well known names,
        including Maurice Cotterell, Ed Sherwood and Michael Glickman. The
        special Sunday night guest is Budd Hopkins. However, the focus will be
        on crop circles, and the event includes a coach tour of whatever
        formations are in the area at the time. The event is hosted by Andy
        Thomas and Karen Douglas, and details can be found at the
        [3]www.glastonburysymposium.co.uk website.

        The 2003 Crop Circle Convention

        If Glastonbury whets your appetite, then there is another three day
        crop circle conference on 8, 9 and 10 August, in the Cricklade Theatre
        in Andover, Hampshire. Invited speakers include Colin Andrews, Reg
        Presley, Philip Mantle, Lucy Pringle and Busty Taylor. I have no
        internet site details for this event, but further information can be
        obtained by telephoning 01392 677462 any evening. Bookings can be made
        by calling 01264 360063 during office hours.

        Ed's Note:

        Nick Pope has written four books. Open Skies, Closed Minds is an
        overview of the UFO phenomenon with the emphasis on his official
        Ministry of Defence research and investigation. The Uninvited is an
        overview of the alien abduction mystery. Operation Thunder Child and
        Operation Lightning Strike are science fiction novels about alien
        invasion, incorporating UFO and abduction data. All four titles are
        available from most good bookshops and all the usual Internet book
        sites.
        ____________________________________________________

        © Knight International 2003

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