Re: [UFOnet] UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 13
- Hi John, I was wondering were there any astrological forces at play during
the time of 911 ?
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> Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
> UFO ROUNDUP
> Volume 9, Number 13
> March 31, 2004
> Editor: Joseph Trainor
> E-mail: Masinaigan@...
> Website: http://www.ufoinfo.com/roundup/
> PREHISTORIC OCEAN
> FOUND ON MARS
> "A salty sea once existed on the surface of Mars, an
> environment that could have supported early life on the
> Red Planet, NASA scientists announced Tuesday," March 23,
> "'We think (the rover) Opportunity is now parked on
> the shoreline of a salty sea on Mars,' says Steve Squyres
> of Cornell University, lead scientist of NASA's twin-rover
> Mars mission."
> "The Opportunity rover uncovered evidence of the
> ancient body of water in a bedrock outcrop surrounding its
> landing site in a crater."
> "Uneven deposits of salts in the outcrop and 'cross-
> bedding' of rock layers unmistakably show water currents--
> gentle one-mile-per hour ones--laid down the bedrock
> layers at an undetermined point in Mars' past, Squyres
> "The rover team had reported three weeks ago that
> water once saturated the bedrock, but scientists had not
> been certain until now that open water once existed at the
> crater. 'This dramatic confirmation of standing water in
> Mars' history builds on a progression of discoveries about
> that most Earth-like of alien planets,' says Ed Weller,
> NASA space science chief."
> "'This result gives us impetus to expand our
> ambitious program of exploring Mars to learn whether
> microbes have ever lived there and, ultimately, whether we
> "Opportunity and its twin sister, Spirit, which is on
> the other side of the planet, landed in January (2004).
> The $820 million rovers were sent to look for clues in
> rocks and soil to the Martian history of water. Water is
> thought to be necessary for life to have ever existed on
> "Mars is a desert planet. It is notable for dust
> storms, freezing temperatures and a thin carbon dioxide
> "But the mission's findings thus far suggest that
> billions of years ago, water flowed on the then-young
> planet. This could have given microbial life a chance to
> arise, some scientists say."
> "The team delayed its latest results by two weeks so
> that six outside scientists could review the findings."
> "'I'm convinced. It's very compelling geologic
> evidence,' says Melissa Lane of the Planetary Science
> Institute in Tucson," Arizona, "an outside scientist who
> was not part of the NASA review team."
> "The rovers' instruments detect traces of iron in
> their search for minerals rusted by water. Neither rover
> can detect organic materials or microbe fossils left
> behind by living organisms."
> "Opportunity left its crater on Monday," March 22,
> 2004 "to explore the Meridiani Planum plain, overcoming
> slippery sand to make its exit." (See USA Today for March
> 24, 2004, "Traces of long-lost 'salty sea' found on Mars,"
> page 1A.)
> (Editor's Comment: UFO Roundup would like to offer a
> posthumous Nostradamus Award to science-fiction author Lin
> Carter (1930-1988). Lin predicted the existence of
> prehistoric seas on Mars in his 1967 novel, The Flame of
> FAYETTE FACTOR CAUSES
> HAVOC IN THE USA
> The Fayette Factor wreaked havoc in the USA last
> week, causing a series of cascading disasters.
> The Fayette Factor is a little-understood phenomenon
> in which strange and paranormal events occur in places
> that are named for Marie-Joseph de Motier, the Marquis de
> Lafayette, one of the USA's Founding Fathers and a
> prominent Freemason.
> The deadliest incident occurred in New Hampshire,
> where a Massachusetts woman was killed by a freak
> snowstorm on Mount Lafayette.
> "Searchers on Tuesday," March 23, 2004, "covered
> about a 15-square-mile area in (New Hampshire's) White
> Mountains to find a Massachusetts couple who failed to
> return home after a hike Sunday," March 21, 2004.
> "Russell and Brenda Cox, of Andover, Mass., who are
> in their 40s, had hiked Mount Lafayette several times,
> said Fish and Game Lt. Todd Bogardus."
> "About 30 volunteers, including mountain guides,
> search-and-rescue teams and helicopters, resumed searching
> trails and drainages after battling hip-deep snowfalls on
> Monday," March 22, 2004. "Over a foot (18 centimeters) of
> snow fell Sunday night, covering up any tracks, and the
> wind chill made it feel like 60 degrees below zero" on the
> Fahrenheit scale.
> "The couple, who work in electronics, are avid hikers
> and outdoorspeople, Bogardus said. They have two sons;
> one of them called police Sunday night after the couple
> didn't come home."
> "A day after they had become stranded in the White
> Mountains by blinding snow and winds, Brenda Cox crouched
> in a hollowed rock as her husband, Russell, used his body
> to shield her from the elements."
> "The Coxes, who shared a love of the outdoors, tried
> to talk each other through the horror as they became
> increasingly disoriented on Lafayette Mountain."
> "'At some point Monday night, as they were both
> drifting in and out of consciousness, talking, Russell
> realized that Brenda was not moving, and he figured that
> she had died,' Matthew Cox said" on Wednesday, March 24,
> 2004 "from his grieving brother's bedside at Massachusetts
> General Hospital" in Boston.
> "Russell Cox's worst fears were realized the next
> day. Brenda Cox, a fit, petite woman, had frozen to death
> by the time they were taken to New Hampshire's Littleton
> Regional Hospital Tuesday."
> "Sunday started off as a nice day as the couple, both
> 43, set out on their hike. On their way up the mountain,
> however, the Coxes heard from fellow climbers that the
> weather had suddenly changed. They turned round but were
> confronted with a whiteout."
> "'The powerful winds and the whiteout were so intense
> they could not see the rock cairns that guide you,'
> Matthew Cox said."
> "The Coxes built a snow cave, where they spent Sunday
> night, warm and safe. On Monday, they thought they
> spotted a break in the weather, so they put on their
> snowshoes and made a run for it."
> "'The wind was so severe that their goggles froze
> over on their faces, and they couldn't see,' Matthew Cox
> said, 'If they left the goggles up, the precipitation hit
> their eyes and blinded them.'"
> "The couple headed back to find the snow cave, but
> couldn't. They finally sought refuge in the hollowed
> "'They were focused on surviving and waiting it out
> and hanging on until the rescuers came or until the
> weather broke,' Cox said."
> Later the same week, in New England, "Drivers on
> Interstate Highway I-95 were forced to take a slow detour
> onto city streets and back roads" in Bridgeport,
> Connecticut Friday, March 26, 2004, after a fiery tanker-
> truck crash that could snarl traffic for weeks along one
> of the busiest highways in America."
> "The wreck burned so fiercely Thursday night," March
> 25, 2004, "that it caused the steel beams in an overpass
> to melt and buckle, forcing the closing of a one-mile
> stretch of I-95, the main highway connecting" New York
> City to the USA's New England states.
> "No one was seriously injured in the crash. State
> police said the truck driver, Gilbert Robinson, 33, was
> trying to avoid a car and hit a concrete barrier" at an
> overpass between Exits 25 and 26. "The truck was carrying
> 12,000 gallons of home heating oil."
> "The southbound side of the overpass, where the truck
> crashed, sagged several feet and must be torn down."
> "'It's a mess,' said salesman Joseph Gerharty, 52,
> who was stuck in Fairfield (Connecticut) on his way home
> to Framingham, Mass."
> "'The ripple effect can likely go through the whole
> country,' said Bob Costello, chief economist with the
> American Trucking Association. 'It's going to cost
> businesses money.'"
> After the crash, motorists were detoured at Exit 27
> onto nearby Lafayette Boulevard in an attempt to
> circumvent the crash scene.
> In Washington, D.C., "Lafayette Elementary School
> will remain closed throughout the week, following a
> basement fire at the school on (Monday) March 15 (2004)."
> "School officials said workers will complete repairs
> needed because of the fire, and crew are taking the
> opportunity to perform preventive maintenance as well."
> "Lafayette students are to continue to report to the
> school building each morning to be bused to the alternate
> site for the day, and back to Lafayette at the end of the
> school day."
> "Fire investigators have said that it looks like the
> Lafayette fire was started by someone, but they haven't
> determined if it was accidental or intentional."
> In St. Louis, Missouri, the city's "Health Department
> has asked federal health officials for help in determining
> what made dozens of St. Louis elementary school pupils
> sick last week."
> The Center for Disease Control (CDC) gave St. Louis
> health officials "advice on what to ask students at
> Lafayette Elementary School who vomited and became
> nauseated after eating smoked turkey and potatoes au
> gratin for dinner last week."
> "The city may also turn food samples over to the
> Center for Disease Control. State officials and the U.S.
> Department of Agriculture, which oversees school lunch
> programs, have joined the investigation."
> "'We have done all the tests we can do' at the local
> level, Larry Kettelhut, chief of environmental health
> services said Monday," March 22, 2004.
> "Also on Monday, city health inspectors met with
> Lafayette parents to gain permission to further query the
> students about how they got sick. City officials are
> keeping in quarantine meals from Cloverdale Farms, which
> make the pre-packaged lunches. The Health Department has,
> until further notice, barred school cafeterias from
> serving any food from the Ohio-based Cloverdale."
> Finally, there was yet another strange incident in
> Fayette County, Pennsylvania, the site of the stone-
> throwing poltergeist incident two weeks ago.
> "A Fayette County man arrested last year for hiding
> in ductwork at Connellsville Area High School is in
> trouble with the law again--this time for allegedly
> breaking into a house and trying to get in the shower with
> a woman inside."
> "Eric Jensen, 20, is facing charges of burglary,
> trespass, stalking and indecent exposure."
> "According to authorities, the female homeowner
> complained about Jensen making unwanted advances and
> calling her at work."
> "When Jensen entered her home Wednesday night," March
> 24, 2004, "officials say he undressed and tried to get in
> the shower with the woman, who screamed."
> "Police say Jensen fled and later turned himself in
> to authorities. He's being held at the Fayette County
> Prison in lieu of $25,000 bond."
> "This isn't the first time Jensen has been in hot
> water. Last March (2003) more than 1,300 students at
> Connellsville Area High School got a day off after
> custodians found him hiding in a crawl space above the
> girls' locker room showers." (See the Boston Globe for
> March 23, 2004, "Mass. couple missing in White Mountains;"
> the Boston Herald for March 25, 2004, "The mourning after:
> Hubby grieves for wife lost in storm;" the Minneapolis,
> Minn. Star-Tribune for March 27, 2004, "Truck wreck in
> Northeast could shut key highway for weeks;" the
> Washington Post for March 22, 2004, "Lafayette School to
> remain closed;" the Kansas City, Mo. Star for March 23,
> 2004, "St. Louis schools turn to CDC for aid;" and the
> KDKA-TV Channel 3 report from Pittsburgh, Pa. for March
> 26, 2004. Many thanks to Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark
> for these news reports.)
> (Editor's Comment: No doubt about it--the current Fayette
> Factor flap is evolving into one heavy-duty jinx. Keep
> your gaze fixed on Pennsylvania, though. Fayette County
> has racked up two paranormal incidents in as many weeks.
> What's next?)
> A TALE OF TWO
> Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman has found another two
> Masonic sites in the USA which might become targets of Al-
> Qaeda terrorism.
> Loren writes, "In your Roundup today, I must point
> out that you overlooked in the summary what may be the two
> most important Masonic structures with ties to 'Egyptian
> symbolism' in the USA--and thus possible future targets."
> "They are, in D.C., the Washington Monument, and in
> Boston (Massachusetts), the Bunker Hill Monument, two
> major Masonic obelisks."
> Strangely, the "Fayette Factor" is at work here.
> Both obelisks have links to Marie-Joseph de Motier, the
> Marquis de Lafayette, one of the USA's Founding Fathers
> and a prominent Freemason.
> Loren is "very aware of the Bunker Hill Monument's
> Masonic links because I studied it very closely--
> physically and in the literature. I actually lived in
> Cambridge," Mass. from 1975 to 1983 "and opened and headed
> the Charlestown office of the Department of Social
> Services, which was housed at the Masonic temple at
> Charlestown Square--named in honor of Dr. Joseph Warren,
> the martyr of Bunker Hill."
> "In 1794, King Solomon's Lodge of Charlestown (now
> meeting in Somerville, Mass.--L.C.) erected a monument on
> Bunker Hill on land donated by Brother Benjamin Russell
> for the purpose. It was a Tuscan pillar 18 feet (5.3
> meters) in height, 8 feet (2.4 meters) square and fences
> round. The Bunker Hill Monument Association was founded
> in 1823 for the purpose of erecting on Bunker Hill a more
> fitting and enduring monument to the memory of the brave
> men who fell there in the cause of human liberty. King
> Solomon's Lodge gave the Association the ground which it
> owned, together with the monument it had erected to the
> memory of Brother Warren on condition that some trace of
> its former existence might be preserved in the monument to
> be erected."
> "On June 17, 1825, the Grand Lodge opened at 8 a.m.,
> and a procession was formed on the (Boston) Common which
> marched to Bunker Hill in Charlestown. There, in the
> presence of Brother (the Marquis de) Lafayette (the apron
> he wore is in the Grand Lodge archives--L.C.),
> representatives from five New England states, along with
> the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, Grand Master John Abbott
> and Senior Past Grand Master Isaiah Thomas, assisted in
> laying the cornerstone, and Lafayette and Brother Daniel
> Webster (the Senator from Massachusetts--J.T.) addressed
> the great gathering."
> "The monument was completed and dedicated June 17,
> 1843, but without the presence of the Grand Lodge. It was
> during the anti-Masonic era, and a resolution to attend
> was defeated."
> "Inside the present obelisk is a model of the first
> monument that had been erected by King Solomon's Lodge.
> It is made of the finest Italian marble and, including the
> granite pedestal on which it stands, is about 9 feet (2.7
> meters) in height and bears sustantially the same
> inscription as the first one."
> Since 1976, the Bunker Hill Monument "is now under
> the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, and anybody
> can climb the 294 steps to the top without charge."
> The Washington Monument in the heart of the USA's
> capital also has numerous links to Freemasonry. "On May
> 18, 1800, the House of Representatives suggested the
> building of a pyramid, 100 feet (30 meters) square and 'of
> proportional height'" as a monument to George Washington,
> but the idea was shot down by the Senate.
> "The notion that a pyramid would best represent the
> idea of George Washington extended even beyond the United
> States. In 1800 the American painter Benjamin West (then
> president of the Royal Academy in London) commissioned the
> English architect George Dance to design a monument to the
> first president: the imposing design offered by Dance was
> an ornate wall, flanked by two huge pyramids."
> "The Washington National Monument Society was founded
> by a group of people responding to the leadership of
> George Watterston in 1833. The first design for the
> memorial was by Peter Force, who clearly admired the
> proposal of May 18, 1800. Peter Force was then one of the
> most influential men in Washington D.C.--he was at one
> time its mayor and in 1832 had written the National
> Calendar of the United States. His design--an enormous
> pyramid--is distinctly Masonic in concept, involving a
> 'human' pyramid within a greater 'cosmic' pyramid. The
> hollow interior of (Force's) larger pyramid contains a
> central triple-tier hollow, surrounded by four hallways
> and four corner rotundas."
> "Although the Washington Monument now has all the
> outer appearance of a gigantic Egyptian obelisk, this was
> not the original intention. The (obelisk) design produced
> by the Freemason architect Robert Mills, and selected by
> the Washington National Monument Society in 1836, was to
> be surrounded by a colonnaded rotunda about 250 feet (615
> meters) in diameter and 100 feet (30 meters) high. Its
> entablature would carry staturary of four-horse chariots--
> the quadriga of the (Greek) sun god, Helios. The driver
> of the chariot was to be a representation of George
> Washington; the Republicans who opposed kingship seemed
> quite prepared to equate their hero with the sun god."
> (Editor's Note: Robert Mills was a Mason but his lodge
> affiliation is no longer known. He is best remembered as
> the Mason who greeted the Marquis de Lafayette as
> "Illustrious Brother" during the latter's USA visit in
> 1824-1825. Incidentally, the chairman of the Washington
> National Monument Society in 1836, who approved the Mills
> design, was that distinguished Mason from Virginia, Chief
> Justice John Marshall of the Supreme Court.)
> "In accordance with Masonic practices, construction
> of the obelisk began on July 4, 1848, with a ceremonial
> laying of the enormous cornerstone, which had been donated
> by the Mason Thomas Symington, who owned" the Symington
> Beaver Dam Quarry in Baltimore County, where the granite
> blocks came from.
> "The ceremony was conducted by Benjamin French,
> wearing the Masonic apron and sash George Washington had
> worn when he laid the cornerstone of the Capitol" building
> in September 1793.
> (Editor's Note: In 1848, Benjamin French was Grand Master
> of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the
> District of Columbia.)
> In his book The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's
> Capital, David Ovason observes, "The moment of the
> ceremonial cornerstone laying of the monument has been
> preserved and from this it is possible to reconstruct the
> (astrological) foundation chart. I have already observed
> that the Moon and the lunar node were in Virgo at this
> moment. However, I should add that there were other
> astrological forces at play...In many ways, it is a
> remarkable horoscope, for it reflects precisely the same
> sort of stellar magic as was practiced in ancient Egypt,
> millenia ago."
> Researchers have pointed out a Masonic sub-text to
> the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center
> in New York City. The Twin Towers were said to be symbols
> of the twin pillars that stand in every Masonic lodge.
> This was the theory, and, in early March 2004, two
> Islamic terrorists attacked the Scottish Rite Masonic
> lodge in the Kartal district of Istanbul, Turkey's largest
> city, shooting at Masons and setting off bombs.
> "These anti-Masonic attacks make a kind of sense when
> you consider that Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda's
> second-in-command, was born in Egypt, is a nephew of the
> Grand Mufti of Cairo and joined the Muslim Brotherhood in
> the late 1960s. As an adept of the Sufi mystics of Islam,
> Dr. Zawahiri sees himself as the guardian of the 'pure'
> tradition of the Egyptian mysteries," UFO Roundup editor
> Joseph Trainor explained. "To Dr. Zawahiri, Scottish Rite
> Freemasonry is an abomination--a perversion of the true
> Oriental Masonry. The Scottish Rite is also an offshoot
> of the Knights Templar, an order of Crusaders. Remember,
> Dr. Zawahiri's first name for the group that became Al-
> Qaeda was the 'International Front to Combat Jews and
> "I think the Joint Terrorism Task Force is missing
> the boat if it ignores 'magickal thinking' on Al-Qaeda's
> part," Trainor added, "To Dr. Zawahiri, any site
> associated with 'Crusader Masonry' is a legitimate target.
> That could be the Bunker Hill Monument, the Washington
> Monument, the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Charleston, S.C.,
> Dealey Plaza in Dallas--site of the first Masonic lodge in
> Texas--any of them. I think the Kartal attack proves that
> Dr. Zawahiri is out to get Masonic sites." (See The
> Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital by David
> Ovason, HarperCollins Perennial Books, New York, N.Y.,
> 2002, pages 125 to 141; and The Freemason's Repository of
> November 1881, Volume 11. Many thanks to Loren Coleman
> for this background information.)
> UFOs SIGHTED IN THE
> LAKE SUPERIOR REGION
> "Ellen Pfeiffer of Ironwood (population 6,293)," in
> Michigan's Upper Peninsula, "called the Globe to say she
> and a friend had seen the bright light reported by a
> Kimball, Wisconsin man as an unidentified flying object
> Sunday evening," March 21, 2004.
> "Pfeiffer said she and Darlene Korhonen were coming
> out of the Pioneer Park Apartments around 6:15 p.m. when
> they saw something in the sky that was neither a star nor
> an airplane."
> "'It was absolutely awesome,' Pfeiffer said, 'I never
> saw anything so bright. We couldn't figure out what it
> "Forrest Wiedbrauk of Kimball, Wisconsin told the
> Iron County Sheriff's Department that he had seen 12
> bright lights over his house. The lights turned orange,
> and the craft took off over the house, according to the
> On Friday, March 12, 2004, eyewitness M.N. "was
> driving eastward on Wellington Street in Sault Sainte
> Marie, Ontario, Canada," at the southeastern end of Lake
> Superior. "As I came to the central part of the city
> (known to us residents of the Lake Superior region as
> "Soo, Canada"--J.T.), I noticed a straight beam of light
> hovering in the early morning sky" around 4 a.m. "from the
> top of the hill that was on my northern side."
> "My vehicle came to a complete stop at a cross
> street, and I looked all the way down to the end of the
> street (7 blocks away--M.N.) because the street ends at
> the base of the hill and has a metal stairwell leading to
> McDonald Avenue."
> "Although being 7 blocks away, my eyes were able to
> focus on a little dark figure that was standing very
> still. This caught my curiosity, and, as I slowly drove
> towards it, it started moving from side to side with fluid
> movements, as if it was hovering in mid-air. It moved as
> if it was confused, or afraid, and didn't know what to
> "As I got closer, the figure's appearance seemed to
> have metamorphosed into a transparent, shadow-like entity
> that very swiftly flew up the stairs. To my astonishment,
> the beam of light that I had seen in the sky a few minutes
> ago, and a couple of miles away, was now at the top of the
> hill, only about 100 feet (30 meters) away."
> "With my heart racing and blood pumping, I drove as
> fast as I could eastward along the base of the hill until
> I came to the nearest hill street and drove up McDonald
> Avenue to see what was happening. In a matter of seconds,
> travelling from the bottom to the top of the hill, I
> arrived at the top of the steps only to find three circle-
> shaped burn markings on the pavement of the street."
> "Approximately 10 seconds later, I heard a very weird
> kind of gunshot sound, looked up to the sky and saw a
> bright light shooting up into the stars. As I was
> watching the spectacle, a surreal kind of peaceful feeling
> came upon me, and it felt as if every hair on my body were
> standing on end. The feeling only lasted for what felt
> like 30 seconds, but when I looked at my watch, it was a
> good 40 minutes later."
> "I drove home in astonishment and only told a very
> few good friends. Since that night, I have heard other
> accounts of some kind of bright light hovering across the
> summit of that hill very slowly, with a beam of light
> shining down from it." (See the Ironwood, Mich. Globe for
> March 24, 2004, "A confirmation on the UFO." Many thanks
> to Jim Hickman for this newspaper article. The Soo
> encounter was an Email Form Report.)
> UFOs REPORTED IN OHIO
> On Thursday, March 11, 2004, a witness in Clifton,
> Ohio "reported a high 'star-like' object that had unusual
> brightness, thought at first to be a satellite traversing
> a good portion of the sky at a routine clip until the
> object undertook a 90-degree banking maneuver. Size of
> the object was 'star-like.' No sound heard. Viewed about
> straight overhead," and its final direction of departure
> was to the northwest.
> "The object was seen near the intersection of Vestry
> and Straight Streets near the Deaconness Hospital" in
> On Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at 7:02 p.m., the
> witness was outdoors in Dillonvale, Ohio (population 781),
> a town on Route 152 about 15 miles (25 kilometers) north
> of Wheeling, West Virginia, when he saw a UFO. He
> reported, "I, my son and a friend witnessed a very large
> black object hovering in the eastern sky, approximately 45
> degrees due east. The object was at 2,000 to 3,000 feet
> (600 to 900 meters)" in altitude, "hovering still with the
> breaks in the passing low-level clouds we had last night.
> For about two minutes in duration, the object was
> perfectly still (as I could see the passing clouds
> moving), and then it slowly moved due east and, within 30
> seconds, disappeared into the clouds around 30 degrees
> above the horizon. There were no lights whatsoever on the
> object, and the object made no sound."
> "Judging from where I was viewing the object," the
> witness added, "I would guesstimate that it was directly
> over the Kenwood Mall/Madeira area and moved due east
> after that." (Many thanks to Ohio ufologist Kenny Young
> for these reports.)
> THREE UFOs SIGHTED IN
> HERTFORDSHIRE, UK
> On Friday, March 19, 2004, at 11:45 p.m., eyewitness
> R.A. was outdoors in Codicote, Hertfordshire, UK when she
> saw "three UFOs hovering in the same area. There were
> three objects in the sky" with an "oval shape and silver
> colour. One object was circling, and the other two were
> sort of chasing each other."
> "The one that was circling was not moving very fast,
> but the two that were chasing each other were moving
> fairly fast. I observed these objects for 10 to 15
> minutes. The sighting took place in the village of
> Codicote, and the objects stayed in the same area."
> "When I first saw these objects, I thought they might
> be the lights of a car reflecting in the sky, but, when no
> car went past, I thought it strange. So I ignored it.
> When I looked, I believed it to be a strobe light, but
> there was not a beam coming from the ground."
> "I asked my boss to take a look, and he agreed with
> me that it was not a strobe light or car lights. We
> looked for a little while longer and then went home. He
> got his daughter to take a look. He also got his video
> camera and took a recording, but because the camera is
> old," the image "has not come out that well." (Many
> thanks to Canadian ufologist Brian Vike for this report.)
> UFO HOVERS OVER THE
> RIO DE LA PLATA
> "An unidentified flying object was reported this
> morning," Saturday, March 27, 2004, "in the vicinity of
> the coastal highway" near Buenos Aires, the capital of
> "Several eyewitnesses claim having seen a luminous
> object that changed colors incessantly and flew slowly
> over the Rio de la Plata," a broad estuary between Buenos
> Aires and Montevideo, the capital of neighboring Uruguay.
> "Subsequently, a witness claimed having seen it over
> the town of Morin" in eastern Argentina.
> Earlier in the week, on Monday, March 22, 2004, "an
> unidentified flying object that 'shone and swirled'
> hovered for a few minutes over the waters of the Rio de la
> Plata not far from the shoreline of Buenos Aires,
> according to the Fuerzas Aereas Argentineras (FAA or
> Argentinian Air Force--J.T.), which received several
> accounts from eyewitnesses who phoned in their reports."
> "Air Commodore Guillermo Losada, press officer for
> the FAA, confirmed that 'several phone calls' were
> received, which alerted them to the presence of the UFO.
> He added that their existence could not be officially
> confirmed 'through the air traffic controllers or through
> any pilot testimony' since there were no flights in the
> vicinity at the time."
> "'There has apparently been some sort of sighting,
> but we cannot confirm the type of object seen,' added
> Losada." (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Gloria
> Coluchi para estas noticias.)
> WEIRD PHANTOM TERRORIZES
> A SMALL TOWN IN ARGENTINA
> "A silhouette of a man who walks on rooftops, drags
> heavy chains and makes strange noises" is now known as El
> Fantasma (Spanish for The Phantom--J.T.) "and has made
> residents of Monte Maiz restless."
> Monte Maiz is a small town in southern Cordoba
> province, on the south shore of the Rio Cuarto, about 400
> kilometers (250 miles) west of Buenos Aires, the national
> "As is common in these cases, the accounts of those
> who claim having seen or heard this ghostly shade spread
> by word of mouth and eventually reach local police
> authorities without the persons who claim having undergone
> the experience ever being identified."
> "Opinions on the phantom were diametrically opposed.
> Some claim having seen 'a figure 2 meters (6 feet, 6
> inches) tall, dressed in black and with spectacular
> agility,' while others say it's all imagination."
> "Journalist Carlos Meldoni has not hesitated to say
> that the culprit 'is a foolish or stupid person in
> disguise, with a face mask, red eyes and white cape over
> his shoulders, who ventures out at night to terrify women
> living alone."
> "Police, in any event, are patrolling the streets and
> listening to the stories of terrified residents."
> "The pace of this town of 9,000 inhabitants in the
> department of Union has been interrupted during the past
> three weeks by a strange creature who rides the night to
> terrify residents. It is seen in outlying neighborhoods
> close to the city limits, where people wait for sunset to
> shut themselves in their houses under lock and key."
> "The residents call it El Fantasma. Those who have
> seen it say it is a young person, very tall and slim, with
> red eyes. It dresses in white, sometimes black and other
> times grey. Always wears a hat and covers its face with a
> mask or hood."
> "The sounds on the rooftop begin after 9 p.m., as do
> the calls to police."
> "Residents claim that it walks on the roof, shuffles
> and runs, drags chains, scratches at windows and bangs at
> doors. It doesn't speak or yell. It has only been heard
> to laugh in the dark or whistle; some claim having heard
> it imitate the howling of a dog."
> "One of the characteristics the locals agree on is
> the creature's agility. 'They say it runs swiftly and
> jumps over barbed wire fences and walls without touching
> them,' according to concerned neighbors. Its agility has
> made law enforcement's task all the harder, since the
> person runs whenever it encounters the patrols surrounding
> the town. Police say it appears to have no intention to
> commit burglary--only to frighten."
> "'It's a sick person that's causing residents of
> Monte Maiz to lose their sleep,' said Sheriff Jorge
> "The sheriff added, 'Given its M.O. (modus operandi--
> J.T.) we suspect (the phantom--S.C.) to be two youths with
> a thorough knowledge of the town and the community. (The
> phantom) moves very quickly and can be in two different
> neighborhoods within minutes. It knows which houses to
> upset and chooses those with women."
> "Eyewitness accounts follow:
> "Ivana Molina: 'I went out to the yard and saw a man
> dancing, whistling and slapping his hands. The neighbors
> heard similar noises. I went out the next day, and the
> same man tried to grab me. I ran into the house and
> phoned the police. It banged on our bathroom window and
> wrote Mueres (Spanish for You will die--J.T.) with its
> "Oscar Gonzalez: 'I was standing in the yard and saw
> a shadow walking along. I could see its red eyes. We
> went out with another fellow to find it, and (the phantom-
> -S.C.) jumped into the neighbor's yard. It was dressed in
> white. On the following day, it whistled at us again. We
> went out to chase it and it vanished.'"
> "Veronica Bertrando: 'My husband saw it as it crossed
> our patio. He said it was dressed in grey with a hood
> over its head. When it went by, the dog barked, my
> husband went outside, and it took off running. He tried
> to find it but couldn't find it. (The phantom--S.C.)
> hides in such a way that no one can find it.'" (See the
> Argentinian newspaper La Manana de Cordoba for March 22,
> 2004, "The Monte Maiz Phantom." Muchas gracias a Scott
> Corrales y Gloria Coluchi para esto articulo de diario.)
> CHUPACABRA KILLS 20 HENS
> IN SAN RAMON, COSTA RICA
> "Several groups of dead hens were bled dry in the
> backyard of the Rodriguez household."
> "A nocturnal Chupacabra attack took place last
> Tuesday night," March 16, 2004, "in a chicken coop owned
> by Gonzalo Rodriguez of barrio San Juan (neighborhood) of
> San Ramon, Ajuela province, Costa Rica."
> "Nearly 20 beautiful plump hens--the type that take
> pride in laying large eggs--were found dead and without a
> trace of blood, bearing twin puncture marks on their
> backs. The birds were completely dry."
> "It was late at night when Rodriguez heard strange
> noises and a ruckus coming from the henhouse on his
> property--a commotion that was far from being normal. He
> decided to send his son to check with a flashlight (torch
> in UK and Australia--J.T.), to make sure chicken thieves
> weren't at work."
> "The youth obeyed his father and, flashlight in hand,
> approached the huge henhouse stealthily, becoming
> terrified upon seeing a strange black animal some 40
> centimeters (15 inches) tall and resembling a small dog
> with a long tail and standing on two legs. He recalls,
> from what little he was able to see through the
> flashlight's beam, that the animal had a very long tongue.
> Upon seeing the light, the creature fled into the
> vegetation, skillfully leaping over a wall."
> "An investigation of the henhouse revealed that 20
> hens had been slain. Police authorities of the nearby
> town of San Ramon were notified, and Officer Marcos
> Hernandez reported to the scene to corroborate not only
> Gonzalo Rodriguez's account but the testimony of
> frightened neighbors."
> "The officer was able to ascertain that several
> 'bunches' of dead hens lay near the property's fence. The
> birds were whole, and the only sign of damage to them was
> two small holes on the back, through which is presumed
> that the strange assailant drove its fangs to remove or
> suck their blood."
> "Witnesses immediately ascribed the blame for the
> chicken slayings to the legendary, sinister and mysterious
> creature known throughout Central America as the
> "What occurred two nights ago at the Rodriguez
> household was immediately associated with an earlier,
> similar event, in which dead sheep have been found with
> the same characteristics: twin puncture marks on their
> necks or back and not a single drop of blood."
> "Neighbors have rejected the possibility that a
> weasel, a wolf or a hen-killing predator such as a fox
> could be considered. What startled them most is that
> formerly one or two hens would vanish--now 20 did so at
> the same time." (See the newspaper Extra of San Jose de
> Costa Rica for March 18, 2004, "Chupacabra exanguinates
> hens in San Ramon." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y
> Gloria Coluchi para esto articulo de diario.)
> POLTERGEISTS PLAGUE A
> VILLAGE IN INDIA
> "People of a village in" India's Madhya Pradesh state
> "are facing hostility from an unseen and a mysterious
> "The people of Ratria village in Neemuch, a district
> in western Madhya Pradesh, for the last week have been
> coping with unexplained fires and stone pelting. And they
> do not know who is behind this."
> "Not only the villagers, even the district
> administration and the police have until now failed to
> provide any solace to the village."
> "The village feels that if their problem is not
> solved soon, they will be facing a shortage of water."
> "'Our wells have started drying up from fighting all
> the fires,' one villager said."
> "Ratria is a village 20 kilometers (12 miles) from
> the district headquarters of Neemuch, with a population of
> 1,000 people. Most of the villagers are farmers."
> "It all started a week ago when a fire suddenly broke
> out in the village. The villagers did not find anything
> unusual in the fire. Assuming that the fire resulted from
> the stub of a cigarette or a short-circuit, they doused
> "But, to the horror of the villagers, the outbreak of
> the fires soon became very common."
> "'Fire breaks out anywhere in the village and at any
> time of day,' says Sirdar Singh Gurjar, the headman of
> Ratria village. 'We drew water from the wells of the
> village to douse the fires. The wells have started drying
> up. Major fires have broken out in the village 11 times
> in the past two days.'"
> "According to the villagers, they suddenly had to
> face a shower of stones."
> "'Many people have been injured in the stone
> pelting,' Gurjar said."
> "The harassed villagers informed the police in
> Neemuch about the matter."
> "'I was going to my fields in the normal manner a
> couple of days ago when stones started hitting me from all
> directions. I ran for cover,' said Ram Deo, a farmer of
> the village."
> "'I thought it was a mischief. But the same thing
> happened on the following day also,' he said."
> "Taking the incidents seriously, district police
> chief Yogesh Beshnukh visited the village. But much to
> the surprise of Beshnukh, he and his men also came under
> the shower of stones and had to scamper to save
> "'We have deployed policemen in plainclothes in the
> village. Secondly, we have decided to take scientists to
> the village to allay the fears of the people. We have
> also deployed cameramen on rooftops,' said deputy
> superintendent of police N.P. Varkade, 'We believe it's a
> mischief.'" (See the Indian newspaper New Kerala Times
> for March 21, 2004, "Villagers in Madhya Pradesh face
> mysterious enemy." Many thanks to Krishnari Bai
> Dharapurnanda for this newspaper article.)
> (Editor's Comment: We seem to be having a real run on
> stone-throwing poltergeists lately. There was a shower of
> stones in barrio Santa Teresita in Saenz Pena, Argentina
> on February 19, 2004. And on Saturday, March 13, 2004,
> there was a stone-throwing incident in Bullskin Township,
> Fayette County, Pennsylvania. For more, see UFO Roundup,
> volume 9, number 9 for March 3, 2004, "El Pombero causes
> havoc in northern Argentina," page 1; and UFO Roundup,
> volume 9, number 12 for March 24, 2004, "Two new Fayette
> Factor cases reported in USA," page 1.)
> BRAZILIAN PASTOR DIES
> DURING THE PASSION
> "A Brazilian pastor has died during a screening of
> Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion of the Christ
> (In Portuguese, O Pasiao do Cristo --J.T.)."
> "Jose Geraldo Soares, 43, pastor of a Presbyterian
> church in Belo Horizonte," the capital of Minas Gerais
> state in southeastern Brazil, "had booked an entire cinema
> to view the film with his congregation."
> "Halfway through the film, Sra. da Soares noticed
> that her husband was no longer moving, and a doctor in the
> audience confirmed that he had suffered a heart attack."
> "Friends denied that violent scenes of Christ's
> beating and crucifixion had caused Pastor Soares' death."
> "'He was calmly watching the movie next to his wife,'
> said Amauri Costa, a family friend."
> "Sra. da Soares noticed that something was wrong when
> her husband did not reply when she spoke to him during the
> "The couple's two children were also in the cinema."
> "The film, which opened in Brazil on Friday," March
> 19, 2004 "has been criticized for the considerable
> violence in its bloody portrayal of Jesus' final 12 hours.
> It has also been attacked for alleged anti-Semitism."
> "But leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Brazil
> have praised O Pasiao do Cristo as 'an accurate rendition
> of Biblical events.'"
> Brunilda Barros, UFO Roundup correspondent in Brazil,
> reported, "O Pasiao do Cristo has drawn very large crowds
> here in Minas Gerais. I think every nun in the state has
> seen this film. It is even doing well in Bahia (state),
> where Candomble is very strong."
> (Editor's Note: Candomble is a pagan religion in Brazil
> similar to Caribbean Santeria.)
> "The Jews have bitterly attacked this film and Mel
> Gibson. There have been Jewish demonstrations in Rio de
> Janeiro and Niteroi but no violence."
> "Pastor Soares is the second person to die during a
> screening of the film." On opening day, Wednesday,
> February 25, 2004, Peggy Law Scott died of heart failure
> during a screening of the film in Wichita, Kansas.
> On Monday, March 15, 2004, actor James Caviezel, his
> wife Kerri and her parents were granted a private audience
> with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Rome. During the
> meeting, the Pope "blessed James Caviezel, the actor who
> plays Jesus in Mel Gibson's epic, The Passion of the
> Christ, and encouraged him to continue making inspiring
> "'You are on the right path,' said the Pope, 'You are
> helping to bring others to the Lord through your work.'"
> The private audience was a real thrill for Caviezel,
> 35, who grew up in Des Moines, Washington state and
> attended Roman Catholic schools. He reported, "We were
> ushered in and I was fortunate to be able to talk directly
> with the pope. It was very short, very brief, only a
> couple of minutes. He had been told who I was ahead of
> time. He blessed me and, as he did, I began to shake with
> tears of joy and happiness.'" (See the Brazilian
> newspaper O Mineirao for March 20, 2004. Also the
> tabloids National Enquirer and Globe for April 5, 2004.
> Muito obrigado a Brunilda Barros por eso articulo de
> BURGLARS RANSACK
> ELVIS MUSEUM
> "Thieves made off with more than $300,000 worth of
> Elvis Presley memoribilia, but like his hit song, they
> laid off his $1 million blue suede shoes."
> "The crooks hit the Elvis-A-Rama Museum in Las Vegas,
> Nevada, using a tow truck to pry open a roll-up door in
> the back of the building."
> "Within two minutes, they smashed three display cases
> with lead pipes and made off with 11 items, including a
> gold-plated handgun, his high school ring, a gold-and-
> diamond medallion with his initials and a $77,000 ruby-
> and-diamond star-shaped ring."
> "Luckily, the King's prized (blue suede) shoes--which
> were on loan to the museum--were found behind a shattered
> display case."
> "The burglary naturally has the owners all shook up."
> "'It's devastating,' says Chris Davidson, whose
> collection is the largest outside of Graceland. 'You
> can't replace this stuff.'"
> "His wife Dawnette adds, 'Clearly, they'll take it
> out of Vegas if they have any brains. We hope not. We
> hope they're stupid.'" (See the tabloid Globe for April
> 6, 2004, "Elvis bandits lay off his blue suede shoes,"
> page 17.)
> (Editor's Comment: Wow! The Rings of Elvis are missing.
> Time for another quest. Send out the Hobbits.
> Hmmm...say, Gollum, you wouldn't know anything about that
> star-shaped ring, would you?
> Gollum: "It's MY ring! Mine! My precious! Besides, I
> deserve it. I can quote every line of dialogue in Viva
> Las Vegas.")
> From the UFO Files...
> 1934: THE MYSTERIOUS
> LAMA OF LENG
> In the English language, the first mention of the
> mysterious plateau of Leng appears in "Celephais" by
> Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937), which was published
> in Weird Tales in 1920.
> Two years later, in 1922, Lovecraft mentions Leng
> again in his short story "The Hound," hinting that it lies
> somewhere in a sparsely-populated region of central Asia.
> In 1927, Lovecraft published the first of his short
> novels, The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath. Here for the
> first time HPL definitively states that "Leng is a
> sinister region next to Kadath in the Cold Waste
> (Antarctica--J.T.)," hinting at "lands and mountains and
> temples of horror earlier than Asia and earlier than any
> human world we know."
> In his Antarctic novel, At the Mountains of Madness,
> Lovecraft refers to Leng as "a windswept table-land which
> seemed the very roof of a blasted and tenantless world."
> Others in "the Lovecraft Circle," such as Clark
> Ashton Smith and Robert E. Howard, also incorporated "the
> mysterious plateau of Leng" into their stories for "the
> unique magazine," Weird Tales.
> So, that's all Leng is--a make-believe plateau
> dreamed up by H.P. Lovecraft. Right?
> Maybe. Maybe not.
> Recently two Fortean researchers have been conducting
> frame-by-frame analyses of a 1934 documentary film in
> search of a bald-headed Oriental monk who may be Leng's
> legendary Chocho Lama, first mentioned by Lovecraft in his
> In Fortean Times No. 180 for March 2004, writer Jay
> Nelson disputed a claim that "no Tibetan Buddhist monks
> could have been found in Hitler's Germany."
> Jay adds, "There is contrary evidence in Leni
> Riefenstahl's propaganda (film) masterpiece, Triumph of
> the Will. Towards the beginning of the film, among the
> anxious crowds of peasants and fascists awaiting Hitler's
> arrival, there is a clear, if fleeting, shot of a shaven-
> headed, black-robed Tibetan monk, standing in front of a
> sable Buddhist banner. The image is very brief, lasting
> only several frames, and not mentioned in any article I've
> been able to find on the Internet."
> Triumph of the Will was shot on location in Nuremberg
> by the controversial German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl
> during the annual Party Day rally in September 1934. Ms.
> Riefenstahl, who died last year at the age of 100, was
> criticized for decades by people who felt that her film
> had glorified Hitler and the Nazis.
> Jay Nelson found the strange fleeting image "when
> viewing a video of the movie at a university media lab I
> worked at some years ago, so I can't say the exact point
> at which it appears."
> "This only raises the mystery as the movie was made
> in the fall of 1934, some four years before the Himalayan
> quest sponsored by (Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich) Himmler.
> But if Tibetans were present in Nazi Germany years before
> the war and even participating in rallies, maybe other
> rumours so rigorously debunked could be true as well."
> Jay's report prompted another UK researcher, Tom
> Ruffles, to view the Riefenstahl film on his own. Tom
> reported, "Jay Nelson claims to have seen the figure of a
> Tibetan monk in Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will.
> Being sceptical, I spent rather longer than was good for
> my mental health running through the first section of my
> DVD copy at various speeds in an attempt to spot the
> elusive Buddhist. I think I have found what Jay has in
> mind, and he is right when he says that it only lasts a
> few frames. It is at 9 minutes, 23 seconds on the
> Moonstone edition, and I'm afraid that it is not quite as
> unambiguous as he claims."
> "In fact, it is only the top of a bald man's head
> seen for a fraction of a second in a crowd gathered
> outside the house to which Hitler goes after his arrival,
> where he is shown at a window acknowledging the adulation.
> This may or may not be a monk holding a Buddhist banner--
> the banner is furled, so it's hard to determine precisely
> what it is, but it is definitely multi-coloured, not
> "As for the black robes, it is impossible to see what
> the person is wearing, but in the previous shot, a black-
> uniformed SS-man is prominent in the frame, which
> dissolves to the brief shot containing the putative monk.
> so perhaps Jay combined these elements into a black-robed
> figure. Of course this might not be what he had in mind;
> many shots showing the crowds lining the route are fast
> pans of short duration, and the figures are not clear, so
> I may have the wrong bald head."
> "Finally, he says that the crowds awaiting Hitler's
> arrival are 'anxious.' Far from it, all concerned look
> repulsively enthusiastic."
> In his book One Foot in Atlantis, William Henry
> stated that "the Shining Ones," descendants of the
> survivors of the Cataclysm that sank Atlantis, made
> contact with the Thule Gesellschaft, the forerunner of the
> Nazi Party, in the 1920s. It has been theorized that
> these "Shining Ones" were emissaries from the hidden realm
> of Shambhala in northern Afghanistan.
> But there's another possibility. What if initiates
> from hidden Shambhala had set up a lamasery in Antarctica
> prior to the Twentieth Century? What if Lovecraft's
> Chocho Lama was a real person?
> The "plateau of Leng" has its real-life counterpart
> in the Ritscher Upland, located between the Princess
> Martha Coast and the Muhlig-Hoffman Mountains in the Neu
> Schwabenland (German for New Swabia--J.T.) region of
> Antarctica. Could this be the location of "Kadath in the
> Cold Waste," the prehistoric ruins mentioned on many
> occasions by Lovecraft?
> Perhaps Leni Riefenstahl's movie camera picked up a
> fleeting image of the Chocho Lama 70 years ago, while he
> was in Nuremberg for a private meeting with Hitler and the
> luminaries of the Thule Gesellschaft.
> Perhaps Antarctica is not as uninhabited as we have
> been led to believe. (See One Foot in Atlantis by William
> Henry, Earthpulse Press, Anchorage, Alaska, 1998, pages
> 155 and 156; Himmler's Crusade by Christopher Hale, John
> Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, N.J., 2003, pages 20 to 26; and At
> the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels by H.P.
> Lovecraft, edited by August Derleth and S.T. Joshi, Arkham
> House, Sauk City, Wisconsin, 1985; Also Fortean Times No.
> 180 for March 2004, page 71, and Fortean Times No. 182 for
> May 2004, page 73.)
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