Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 9, Number 35
September 1, 2004
Editor: Joseph Trainor
CHENEY'S PLANE BUZZED
BY A UFO?
"Air Force Two, the military plane carrying Vice
President Dick Cheney, was forced to make an evasive
maneuver to avoid another aircraft in the skies above
Bridgeport, Connecticut (population 139,529) earlier this
month, federal officials said yesterday," Thursday, August
"As Cheney headed to Westchester County Airport in
White Plains, N.Y. on (Saturday) August 7 (2004), a
collision-avoidance system in the cockpit of the
Gulfstream jet designated as Air Force Two sounded an
alarm and convinced the pilot to climb to avoid another
plane, officials said."
"The two planes came within 0.44 miles horizontally
and 700 feet (210 meters) vertically, according to the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which immediately
pulled the radar and voice tapes for the New York TRACON
in Westbury and has since issued a report to the (U.S.)
"The FAA said the incident is not technically
classified as a non-military collision or a mistake on the
part of the controller or pilot. But pilots say that's
extremely unusual for the collision-avoidance system--a
computerized device mandated on all commercial passenger
planes--to sound the alarm to command an evasive
"'It's a white-knuckle event,' said one veteran
airline pilot who said he had never seen the warning
system call for an evasive maneuver. It's likely that
Cheney and the other passengers would have felt the G-
forces of the sudden climb, and there have been cases of
flight attendants being injured when aircraft are forced
to make evasive maneuvers."
"Cheney's press office declined to comment."
"Air traffic controllers at the New York TRACON in
Westbury pointed out that the controller in charge of Air
Force Two was a superior who had been called in on
overtime, and said the incident shows that FAA has left
the facility understaffed. The TRACON, whose controllers
guide aircraft to and from New York (City) area airports,
is authorized for 270 fully-trained controllers but has
only 207. That number is expected to dwindle as
controllers retire in the next few years when the FAA
steps up the pace of hiring."
"The supervisors called in to work as radar operators
are required to work aircraft only eight hours a month to
keep current, said Dean Iacopelli, the local chapter
president of the National Air Traffic Controllers
"'They only dabble in it,' he said, 'There is a real
staffing crisis here.'"
"But the FAA reported staffing wasn't an issue. 'We
use overtime to meet staffing needs, particularly in the
summer so controllers can take vacation,' said Arlene
Salac, an FAA spokeswoman in New York, adding that the FAA
has launched a study of staffing needs of air traffic
control centers around the country and plans to issue a
report to Congress in December (2004)."
"The supervisor who was controlling the traffic did
not make a mistake, Salac said. Because the two aircraft
were not in a tightly-controlled section of airspace, no
separation standards applied; instead pilots and
controllers are instructed to watch out for each other."
"The aircraft that Cheney's plane was trying to avoid
was an unidentified plane that was not talking to the air
traffic control center." (My emphasis--J.T.)
(Editor's Comment: Hold it right there! An unidentified
aircraft, refusing to respond to ATC calls, gets within
700 feet of the vice president's plane and then gets clean
away. Whatever happened to the U.S. Air Force jet
interceptors that routinely escort Air Force One and Two
on such flights!? To say nothing of the dozens of
Department of Homeland Security helicopters on patrol in
the New York City area!? Nobody responded to this
emergency!? What's really going on here?)
"'The Air Force Two pilot and the controller had the
traffic in sight at all times,' Salac said."
"The (Gulfstream) plane carrying Cheney and some
family members to a fund-raiser in Harrison, N.Y. was
headed west towards the airport and descending from 11,000
to 6,000 feet (3,300 to 1,800 meters) as the second
aircraft was heading east at about 7,300 feet (2,200
meters). Iacopelli said a controller sitting next to the
supervisor, who was in charge of Air Force Two, first
pointed out the other airplane when Air Force Two reached
8,500 feet (2,550 meters), yelling, 'Traffic for Air Force
"The FAA says that when Air Force Two reached 7,400
feet (2,230 meters), the superior cautioned the pilot
aboard Air Force Two about the other plane, and the pilot
responded that he was aware of it."
"But, at 11:19 a.m., the collision-avoidance system
in the cockpit of Air Force Two sounded an alarm and
commanded the pilot to make an evasive maneuver and climb
to avoid the other plane. The computerized system sounds
the alarm only when it recognizes the other aircraft is
close enough to be a danger. The pilot of Air Force Two
gradually climbed to 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) to avoid
the other airplane."
"The FAA doesn't generally investigate such
instances, but because the plane was carrying the vice
president, the agency put together a report to send to the
(Editor's Comment: Uh-huh. And they couldn't use the
other "airplane's" transponder number to identify the
aircraft and its pilot, and forward this information to
the Secret Service and FBI?)
"Controllers specifically pay attention to Air Force
One and Air Force Two, which are designated on their radar
screens as planes carrying the president and the vice
president." (See the newspaper Newsday of Long Island,
N.Y. for August 27, 2004, "Cheney's plane had a close call
over Conn. skies." Many thanks to Nancy Ruhl for this
THREE UFOs SPOTTED
SOUTHWEST OF CHICAGO
On Saturday, August 21, 2004, at 10:30 p.m.,
eyewitness T.J. was in Tinley Park, Illinois (population
48, 401), a suburb southwest of Chicago, when he sighted
something unusual in the sky.
"We noticed possibly all three of the UFOs on August
21st," he reported, "They were flying from southwest to
northeast, bearing flashing red lights. I recorded the
event on a digital camcorder. This event lasted for about
15 minutes; then they vanished. Another came into view
five minutes later, moving in from the same direction,
then becoming stationary, before vanishing once again."
(Email Form Report)
MYSTERIOUS "RING OF LIGHTS"
SEEN IN SOUTHERN IRELAND
On Monday, August 23, 2004, at 2:45 a.m., in Nenagh,
County Tipperary, Ireland, the male eyewitness reported,
"On the Dublin side of the town, I was walking to my hotel
when I looked up and could see a 'ring of lights' above
me. I stopped, and they stopped. And when I moved again,
the lights moved with me and started to get brighter,
"It stayed above me for seven or eight minutes. And,
as I turned towards the hotel where I was staying, they
all just went out. The UFOs appeared in the south and
were moving north. A ring of lights, moving clockwise.
Height? I don't know. Speed was whatever I was walking."
(Email Form Report)
(Editor's Comment: Last week was a peak week for UFOs on
the Emerald Isle. Check out the next report.)
UFO APPEARS OVER A
SMALL TOWN IN ULSTER
On Tuesday, August 24, 2004, eyewitness Milton Clarke
reported, "I was out for a walk" in the Fardross Forest
near Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, when
he saw a UFO approach from the northeast.
"I was out for a walk, and I was watching as the
object appeared," Milton reported, "It appeared to be a
large space ship of some kind. It was blue, diamond in
shape, with a reddish light glowing around the edge of the
craft. It was spinning around as it hovered for ten
minutes, with what looked like red search lights moving
around on the ground. I hid in the trees and watched it
fly away at a very high speed. It hovered about 10 meters
(33 feet) above the ground. It came in slow and took off
like a jet." (Email Form Report)
TWO NIGHT SAUCERS SEEN
IN WILTSHIRE, UK
On Saturday, August 14, 2004, at 10 p.m., eyewitness
Janet Currass reported, four adults were driving on
motorway A30 between Donhead and Fovant, near Salisbury,
Wiltshire, UK when "we all witnessed the same sighting."
"The UFOs came from the south, then flew parallel to
the A30. Two flourescent green discs appeared in the sky
at a height of about 50 meters (165 feet) and a distance
of about 500 meters (1,650 feet) to the south. They
appeared to have a glowing halo and were darting and
diving very quickly along a course parallel to the road on
which we were driving at a speed of 40 miles per hour."
"Within a minute, they were joined by two more
objects, identical in nature, all of which were behaving
in a similar manner. They were in view for around six
minutes or so, darting around but keeping pace and
eventually accelerated away and peeled off to the south
and over a ridge." (Email Form Report)
UFOs SIGHTED OVER
On Thursday, August 19, 2004, eyewitness S.I. and a
friend were outdoors in Neukirchen, a town in the Neider
Osterreich region of Austria when they spied something
unusual in the evening sky.
"A friend of mine and I looked at the brilliant,
beautiful night sky, and then we spotted something very
strange in the northeast. It was low above the horizon,
and it looked like a couple of stars at first glance. And
for one second, I could see hundreds of strange,
artificial-looking lights on the object, and these lights
seemed to have a distinct pattern. This 'star cluster'
stayed there (hovering) for 30 minutes at minimum."
"I do have to say that in the last few days, there
has been persistent chemtrail activity. I spotted
black/silver spheres lurking in the chemtrails in the
high-resolution digital camera photos I took."
"One would think that there is something going on
here, and the activity seems to occur more and more.
Because the UFO enigma is not 'a Hollywood joke' in
people's minds in this country." (Email Form Report)
CIGAR-SHAPED UFO SHOWS
UP TWICE IN NEW ZEALAND
On Friday, August 27, and again on Saturday, August
28, 2004, eyewitness Anthony Milas spotted an unusual UFO
over Waiheke Island, 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of
Auckland, New Zealand.
"I videotaped it this time (Saturday, August 28,
2004) and had a good look at it through binoculars at the
same time," Anthony reported, "The sighting lasted 10
minutes in total, but I didn't record all of it. And I
didn't digitise all I needed--it's quite boring footage,
just a line which gets further away and turns into a dot
"As the (cylindrical) object changes course, it seems
to stretch in size. It looks a little like the warp
effect in Star Trek."
"Now, what the video doesn't reveal (as I was at
maximum zoom--A.M.) is the darker shape which I believe is
the actual object. What we see in the videotape is the
kind of fiery aura around it, like flames trailing off of
it. I was looking through binoculars at the same time,
and I could clearly see the darker cigar-shape that was
surrounded by flame."
"Obviously, for it appeared on two consecutive nights
at the same time, and indeed made an obvious course
change, it's not a natural phenomenon. If it were not for
the (cigar) shape, which I could see through the
binoculars, I would think it was a plane with contrails
very far away that happens to be moving at the same rate
as the sun to continually light up the contrails from my
vantage point. But this seems rather convoluted for an
explanation and doesn't account for the cigar shape."
"The size of the cigar shape through the binoculars
(about half the length of the glowing part--A.M.) would
suggest it's far too big to be a plane." (Many thanks to
John Hayes for this news story.)
(Two of the four images provided are available with the
online version of this bulletin at:
John @ UFOINFO)
CROP CIRCLES APPEAR IN
CANADA AND POLAND
Two crop circle formations were found in Matsqui,
British Columbia, Canada early in August, according to
Canadian cerealogist Paul Anderson.
"Two more formations were found, one with a circle
and two attached crescents and the other resembling an
Egyptian ankh symbol. Seen by a local resident" in
Matsqui "while skydiving, during the takeoff of the plane
in early August (2004)."
The find was "not too far from last year's (2003) two
crop circles at Abbotsford, B.C. An investigation is in
progress by Canadian Crop Circle Research Network--British
In Poland, "a crop pictogram made from three elements
in wheat was found in Kaczewo village, near Radziejow in
Kujawsko-Pomorska province. The biggest crop circle was
7.4 meters (24 feet) in diameter."
"'The agroformation appears to be authentic,' said
Polish cerealogist Stan Barski, who photographed the crop
circles last week." (Many thanks to cerealogists Paul
Anderson and Robert K. Lesniakiewicz for these news
ATTACK OF THE CRAZY CROCS
The crazy crocs--out-of-place alligators that
mysteriously appear in areas that are not their normal
habitat--had a field day last week.
According to Fortean author/researcher Loren Coleman,
the first crazy croc sighting was reported in New
Then, on Saturday, August 21, 2004, in Lee's Summit,
Missouri (population 70,700), a suburb of Kansas City,
"some people who live on Lee's Summit Lake found something
unexpected in the water over the weekend--an alligator."
"Animal control officers showed a 3-foot-long
alligator they pulled from a lake in the Kansas City
suburb this weekend."
On Wednesday, August 25, 2004, "An alligator was
found in a pond off Westbrook Road in Essex, Connecticut
(population 2,573). The alligator had been spotted a few
days earlier and was reported to the state Department of
Essex, Conn. is at the intersection of Highway 9 and
Route 153, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of New
London. (See the Kansas City Star for August 25, 2004,
"3-foot-alligator found in Lee's Summit lake," and Essex
Now for August 26, 2004, "Alligator found in pond." Many
thanks to Loren Coleman for these news items.)
MUTANT FROG OR AVATAR
"A nine-year-old Minnesota girl found a 5-legged frog
with 23 toes near Stewartville, Minn. (population 5,411),
according to a police report."
"Three of the frog's legs appear to be normal, but
the fourth has another leg as an attachment, with three
feet attached to it."
"Cori Praska and a friend found the deformed frog in
the southeastern part of the state."
"This find is disturbing to the experts at the Quarry
Hill Nature Center."
"'It does concern me, and mutations like this
shouldn't happen that often,' Greg Munson of the Quarry
Hill Nature Center."
"Munson said 27 other frogs found by Praska were
"Experts say the animals are particularly sensitive
to pollutants which can be absorbed through their skin.
Because of this, deformed frogs are considered a sign of
Yet, some occultists consider these freakish
manifestations a sign from Tsathoggua (pronounced zuh-
THOG-you-uh--J.T.), a frog-like deity whose cult is
alleged to have flourished on the lost continent of
Atlantis and during the post-Cataclysmic period of the
previous world-age, the Tetra Yuga.
Stewartville is on Highway 63, about 10 miles (16
kilometers) south of Rochester, Minn." (Many thanks to
Michael Strainic for this news story.)
(Editor's Comment: Terry Duckworth, if you conjured up
Tsathoggua with that nitwit chant of yours and sent him to
It looks as if the "Curse of The Mothman Prophecies"
has struck again. Last week the wife of the 2002 film's
director, Mark Pellington, died following a brief illness.
A statistically-significant number of people
associated with the making of the paranormal film, which
starred Richard Gere, Debra Messing and Laura Linney, have
died under a variety of circumstances since its release
two years ago.
"Mark Pellington has exited the director's chair for
WB's upcoming Harrison Ford starrer The Wrong Element."
Pellington, "who came aboard the pic in early July
(2004), bowed out due to the death of his wife last week
after a brief illness."
"WB has yet to find a replacement for Pellington,
though the studio is actively pursuing a substitute to
keep the pic's intended early fall shoot date."
"'I am unfortunately stepping down from the job of
directing the film The Wrong Element, due to the recent
tragic loss of my beloved wife Jennifer,' Pellington said
Monday," August 23, 2004, "in a statement to Variety. 'It
is a difficult time, and having suffered the loss of my
life partner and mother to my child, I would not be able
to commit the time and energy and focus at this point
needed to truly successfully helm the film.'"
"Pellington directed Arlington Road and The Mothman
Prophecies. He is not attached to any other projects."
(See the newspaper Variety for August 24, 2004, "Ford
finds himself directionless." Many thanks to Loren
Coleman for this newspaper article.)
"European astronomers may have discovered the first
rocky planet--one like Earth but 14 times heavier--
orbiting a nearby star."
"Astronomers have since 1995 detected about 120
planets, all until now thought to be gas giants (like
Jupiter and Saturn--J.T.), orbiting nearby sun-like
"European Southern Observatory astronomers reported
Wednesday," August 25, 2004, "that the new planet circles
the star Mu Arae about 50 light-years away (or about 295
trillion miles, for one light-year equals 5.9 trillion
"The planet weighs almost as much as the planet
Uranus" in our solar system "but circles much closer to
its star, completing one orbit every nine-and-a-half days
and enduring surface temperatures of 1,160 degrees."
"It was detected by measuring gravitational wobbles
that planets trigger in stars. Many astrophysicists
believe that life as we know it is more likely to have
sprung up on a rocky planet than a gas planet."
The newly-discovered planet in the Mu Arae system is
a virtual twin of the fictional planet Krypton, the
homeworld of the movie and comic book hero Superman.
Indeed, in his book Superman: The Ultimate Guide to
the Man of Steel, author Scott Beatty wrote, "Orbiting a
red dwarf star some fifty light-years distant from Earth,
the planet Krypton was once very much like our world. In
fact. Krypton's inhabitants were indistinguishable from
humans, though far more advanced." (see page 10 of
In 1938, two teenagers from Cleveland, Ohio--Jerry
Siegel and Joseph Shuster--concocted the idea of Krypton.
Astronomers of the time ridiculed the notion, claiming
that the idea of a rocky planet much larger than Earth was
Theory confirmed. Go collect your Nobel Prize,
fellas. (See USA Today for August 26, 2004, "Earth-like
planet detected at nearby star.")
(Editor's Comment: If "Krypton" has been discovered, can
you-know-who be far behind? Awwwww, you guessed!)
BUSTED! SUPERMAN GETS
ARRESTED IN ST. PAUL, MINN.
"Superman might be faster than a speeding bullet and
able to leap tall buildings at a single bound, but he was
no match for St. Paul (Minnesota) police officers."
"John Fillah of St. Cloud, Minn. (population 59,107),
who has spent about five years dressing up as Superman at
the Minnesota State Fair, was in full costume across from
the fairgrounds' entrance on Friday," August 27, 2004,
"when he clashed with police."
"'He seemed to be a pretty mild-mannered guy, but when
his feathers got ruffled, he turned into Superman,' said
Mark Erickson, who saw the event."
"Fillah, 38, dresses up as the comic book superhero
and offers fair-goers the opportunity to have a Polaroid
taken with him for five dollars."
"On Thursday," August 26, 2004, St. Paul "police
officers approached Fillah about an A-frame sign on the
sidewalk advertising his services, said Officer Paul
Schnell. Fillah has a peddler's permit, which allows him
to walk around or go door to door but not to set up a
stand in one place, Schnell said. The sign 'put him in a
stationary position,' Schnell said."
"On Friday afternoon, officers went to talk to Fillah
again about the sign and told him he needed to move."
"'He became extremely argumentative with the officers
and began to use vulgar language,' said Schnell, noting
that many young children were nearby. 'He was wrned to
stop and settle down.'"
"Fillah 'never invoked any Superman powers with
officers,' Schnell said."
"Fillah--who said in 2002 he was 6-foot-3 (1.9 meters
tall) and weighed 275 pounds, compared himself to the
officers, Schnell said."
"'He was comparing his size and stature and said he
was being targeted because his size was superior to that
of the officers,' Schnell said."
"When Fillah didn't calm down, Schnell said, officers
arrested him and booked him into the Ramsey County jail on
suspicion of disorderly conduct."
"There was no home phone listing for Fillah and he
could not be reached for comment Saturday."
(Editor's Comment: He was probably staying at the
Fortress of Solitude in Lafayette, Minnesota--population
"Fillah has been arrested numerous times for fifth-
degree assault, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct
and other charges, according to state records. In a 2002
interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he said: 'I
wish I were real, because I think the world needs a
Superman, someone to fight all the evil and save the
"He also said in 2002 that he was motivated to
portray Superman because 'I have experienced personal
injustices. I know injustices firsthand.'"
"Earlier that year, Fillah was banned from his
regular corner in St. Cloud, and managers at two malls
sought restraining orders against him."
"The complaints alleged that he harassed employees
and customers. Fillah denied the accusations then." (See
the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for August 29, 2004, "It's
a bird, it's a plane...no, it's a civil disturbance," page
(Editor's Comment: Well, Supes, when you show up in court
with your lawyer, Mr. Mxyzptlk, remember to chant the
Courtney Love Mantra...Not guilty, Your Honor.)
"A tiny telescope has detected the silhouette of a
massive planet orbiting a nearby star, astronomers say."
"The Trans-Atlantic Exoplanet Survey (TrES) telescope
network reports a four-inch (10-centimeter) scope turned
up a Jupiter-sized planet, called TrES-1, orbiting a star
500 light-years away (or 2.6 quadrillion miles; remember,
one light-year equals about 5.9 trillion miles--J.T.)."
"Developed by researchers at Caltech, the Harvard-
Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Lowell Observatory
and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, TrES
uses off-the-shelf camera equipment to measure the dip in
starlight detectable when a planet passes in front of its
star, the 'transit' method."
"TrES-1 orbits close to its star, circling once every
three days. Astronomers have detected more than 120
planets in the past decade, but only a handful of
'transit' planets like TrES-1." (See USA Today for August
25, 2004, "Distant planet found orbiting its star," page
IS EVERYBODY READY FOR
THE BIG FREEZE?
"Some areas of Wisconsin like to promote their
colorful fall foliage--just not this early."
"Experts aren't sure why some trees around the state
are already showing their autumn colors about a month
earlier than normal."
"'We've had discussions about that,' said William
Hoch, a University of Wisconsin-Madison horticulturist.
'We're not 100 percent sure why it's happening.'"
"Only certain species are changing colors, Hoch said.
And the usual factors that cause early color changes--
drought conditions, nutrition deficiencies and disease--
don't seem to apply this year."
"'This is one of the least stressful summers we've
had in recent years,' Hoch said."
"Forester Steve Grant also doesn't know why the
leaves are turning color now. Still, he noted that this
year hasn't been free of conditions harmful to trees."
"Heavy rainfall fell across much of the state
(Wisconsin) in a short amount of time this spring. That
was followed by little rain and cooler-than-normal
"'To go from extremes like that can impact the
trees,' said Grant, of the (Wisconsin) Department of
"The early color change, though, won't hurt the
trees, Hoch said."
"It's interesting to note the early leaf-color change
in Wisconsin," said UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor,
"Because we've been seeing the exact same thing here in
northern Minnesota. Here in Duluth, the mountain ash
berries began turning orange-red as early as August 12. I
saw my first maple tree with red leaves last Tuesday, on
August 24. Since then, I've seen numerous trees,
particularly in the Tischer Creek area and the Lester
River canyon, with colored leaves. And not just the
maples--elms and poplars, too."
"Also, ever since Saturday, August 14, 2004, flocks
of Canada geese have been landing daily at Bayfront Park.
The waterfowl have already started their annual southward
migration to Louisiana. Now I'm wondering if we're in for
an early winter here in North America. We might see snow
on the ground in the Lake Superior region sometime in
"If any other UFO Roundup readers in the northern
hemisphere have noticed similar signs of climate change,
we'd like to hear from you. Send your emails to
." (See the Ashland, Wis. Daily Press
for August 27, 2004, "August tree color stumps
scientists," page 4.)
"MONKEY GIRL" CAUSES
UPROAR IN CAMBODIA
"A Cambodian baby born with a 10-centimeter (4-inch)
tail has become the breadwinner for a poor family as
hundreds of people flock to see her and make offerings,
"Yet unnamed, she was born with a spine considerably
longer than normal, creating a protruding tailbone, said
Ngil Sophal, the police chief of Svay Chrum district"
located "120 kilometers (72 miles) southeast of Phnom
Penh," the capital of Cambodia.
"'But she is healthy,' he said, 'The unusual baby was
born to a poor family. Now a lot of locals are going to
"Some were offering up to 2,000 riel (about 35 cents
USA--J.T.) for a peek at the girl."
"'Her physique is starting to earn a lot of money for
the family,' Sophal said, 'Many locals are lighting
incense sticks to pray to her for good luck.'"
"The local newspaper Koh Santepheap quoted the
infant's mother, Sok Mau, as saying that when she was
pregnant, she dreamed of an old man who brought 'a baby
monkey' to her and told her she would have good luck when
the baby grew up."
"Cambodians are highly superstitious, particularly in
the countryside where people continue to meld animist
practices with Buddhism." (See the New Straits Times for
August 22, 2004, "People flock to baby with 'tail.'" Many
thanks to Nguyen Ai Binh for this newspaper article.)
HITS WRENTHAM, MASS.
"The weak tornado that hit" Wrentham, Massachusetts
(population 2,250) "over the weekend is something that
usually occurs in the Midwest, but it brought out the best
in New Englanders with neighbors helping neighbors clean
up from the damage."
"'It's what New Englanders do,' said Richard Dion, a
local selectman (member of the town council--J.T.), who
was one of several who picked up chainsaws Saturday,"
August 21, 2004, "and cut up fallen trees in neighbors'
yards or blocking streets."
"'You just get out there and help your neighbor, and
then you clean up,' said Dion, who lives in Hayden Woods."
"Dion and neighbors Dave Teixeira, Jim Kearney and
John Keane helped cut up trees that fell in Steve and
Ginny Orzell's yard at 45 Hayden Woods."
"An estimated 20 to 30 homes were damaged in
Saturday's tornado that cut a swath from Jenk's Road in
West Wrentham to Phillips Street near the state school,
according to Fire Chief Robert Morrill."
"The National Weather Service declared Sunday,"
August 22, 2004, "that the previous day's storm was a weak
tornado that traveled on the ground for about six miles
(10 kilometers), starting in West Wrentham and slicing
through the southeast section of Franklin (population
"The tornado's path was described by the Weather
Service as 'long and narrow but very discreet,' ranging
from 40 feet (12 meters) to 40 yards (37 meters) and
traveling about 45 miles per hour with winds. It was the
second recorded tornado in town in 51 years, as twisters
in (August) 1953 did extensive damage across the region."
Carolyn Rzepecki, your editor's sister, had a report
of her own: "Now, last Saturday, the (August) 21st,
weather was strange. We started to get these thick
cumulus clouds late morning. By 3 p.m., I thought I'd
better get over to" Attleboro, Mass. "to get the mail,
check on the house, etc. While I was in the house, I
noticed it was very, very dark outside. Just like as if
it was 7:30 p.m. or something. Well, in the direction
toward North Attleboro, the sky was dark purple. Really
weird looking. Then Channel 10 broke into the program and
said a twister touched down in Wrentham," 10 miles (16
kilometers) to the north.
"That made me nervous, so I left there about 10 past
five and headed towards Pawtucket (Rhode Island). We have
had some strange weather this past month. We had nickel-
sized hail a few weeks ago."
"Tornadoes are as rare as palm trees in New England,"
UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor commented. "And it's
even rarer to have one this close to the ocean. Wrentham
is only 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the Atlantic." (See
the Attleboro, Mass. Sun-Chronicle for August 23, 2004,
"Tornado confirmed." Many thanks to Mary Lou Jones-Drown
and Carolyn Rzepecki for this news story.)
From the UFO Files...
4000 B.C.: IRAQ'S MYSTERIOUS
As I write this, American troops and armor are
closing in on the Old City section of Najaf, located 160
kilometers (100 miles) south of Baghdad, in their battle
against the Shiite Muslim militia of the renegade imam
By some strange twist of fate, Americans now find
themselves fighting for control of the most occult real
estate in Iraq. For the holy city of Najaf is located
right in the middle of Iraq's pyramid belt.
Eight kilometers (5 miles) north of Najaf is the
village of Birs Nimrud, built on the site of the ruins of
the ancient Sumerian city of Borsippa. Just outside the
village is a colossal pyramid, known in Iraq as a
ziqqurat. The village was named "Nimrud" after Nimrod,
the Babylonian king who built the Tower of Babel. (See
Genesis 10: 8-12--J.T.) Arabic tradition claims that the
ziqqurat is all that remains of the original Tower of
"In 1852 Oppert carried out excavations, and in 1902
Koldeway unearthed, on the north side of the ziqqurat, the
remains of the E-Zida, the Temple of Nabu, (Sumerian) god
of the scribes, whose emblem was a stylet or bird, and who
was held in great veneration among the Babylonians and the
"His cult was linked with that of Marduk (or
Merodach, chief god of Babylon--J.T.), and the god of
Borsippa even visited in person (during) the festivals of
the new year." Ancient astronaut buffs, please take note.
"The E-Zida was a temple as big as that of Marduk.
It was constructed from unbaked bricks and was built to
the same design. It occupies a rectangle 302 feet (90
meters) by 331 feet (100 meters); its four corners
correspond to the points of the compass, and it contains
on the northeast side, that of the main entrance, a great
rectangular courtyard 92 feet (27 meters) by 134 feet (40
meters) leading on the southwest (side) to the sanctuary,
which is preceded by two pronaoses."
"The ziqqurat, about 150 feet (45 meters) high, stood
some 50 yards (45 meters) to the southwest of the temple;
it measured around the base 148 feet (45 meters) by 200
feet (60 meters). Its present appearance is that of a
steep hill crowned by a great section of wall containing a
tower built of baked bricks."
But there is one curious anomaly about the E-Zida
ziqqurat. "On the southwest of the platform are great
dark blocks of partially vitrified bricks, the result of
some violent conflagration."
The damage suggests that the ziqqurat was hit by
either some alien weapon or a weapon of the Drona Parva
before the dawn of recorded history. Vitrification of
brick requires temperatures of thousands of degrees
(Editor's Note: The Drona Parva is a book of the ancient
Indian Mahabharata, which describes energy weapons of
fantastic power. They make the hydrogen bomb look like an
M-80 Fourth of July firecracker.)
Fourteen kilometers (9 miles) south of Najaf is
Naifar. Today a sleepy village in a plain crisscrossed by
canals, it was once the site of the ancient Sumerian city
of Nippur. Nobody knows just how old Nippur really is.
It's mentioned in the Sumerian King List as one of the
cities that existed in Sumer before "the Great Flood of
Ut-napishtim." (Better known as the Deluge of Noah's Ark
to readers of the Bible--J.T.)
"The ancient city of Nippur was an important
religious capital from the end of the Fourth Millenium
B.C. It possessed a famous sanctuary consecrated to the
god Enlil, who was considered the chief deity of the
Sumerian pantheon. The prosperity of Nippur declined with
the coming of the first Babylonian dynasty at the
beginning of the Second Mi llenium.The cult of its patron
deity no longer received the same enthusiasm from the
pilgrims, who transferred their devotion to the Babylonian
gods of whom Marduk was the chief. For all that, the
temple of Enlil was no less supported" by the empire "up
to the time of the later Babylonian period (Seventh
Century B.C.)...It was probably only in the Tenth Century
(A.D.), in the Muslim period, that Nippur was abandoned."
"The western part of the great tell (mound--J.T.)
marking the site of the ancient city has been identified
as the residential and commercial quarter. The eastern
part contains the sacred quarter and is dominated by the
remains of the ziqqurat, which amounts of no more than a
mass of unbaked bricks dominating the whole area of the
ruins. The tower was dedicated to the god Enlil and was
(later) covered by a palace built during the Parthian
period. The temple of Enlil was situated below and to the
east of the ziqqurat and goes back, in its latest state,
to the second Babylonian period."
"In the perimeter wall" of the Temple of Enlil, "two
foundation deposits left by Ur-Nammu, the first king of
the third Ur dynasty, have been discovered; they testify
that he built the E-Kur, meaning probably the perimeter of
this sacred area."
"To the west of the ziqqurat the American expedition
also discovered the remains of a temple of the third Ur
dynasty, part of which at any rate was dedicated to Inanna
(Sumerian "Queen of Heaven"--J.T.), as several bricks
stamped with the name of the goddess by Shulgi, king of
"Beneath the two towers flanking the entrance two
formation deposits were found containing a bronze figurine
So, from about 4,000 B.C. to 700 B.C., Nippur
functioned as THE holy city of Sumeria, later Babylonia,
much as Najaf does in today's Iraq. But if it was "the
Vatican" of the priests of Enlil, Nippur was also the
stomping ground of the Black Circle, an association of
sorcerers of whom the most notorious was Gimil-ishbi.
In 1927, before he wrote his Kull of Atlantis
stories, Texas author Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) did a
number of "past life reminiscence" tales. None saw print
during his lifetime, but one, "The House of Arabu," (Arabu
was the Sumerian netherworld--J.T.), finally saw
publication in 1951.
Here is a description of Nippur from REH's story:
"Pyrras swore under his breath. They were passing
the great temple of Enlil, towering up three hundred feet
in the changeless blue sky."
"'The towers stand against the sky like part of it,'
he swore, raking back a damp lock from his forehead."
"Naram-ninub pointed to the great zikkurat of Enlil,
brooding over all like the brutish dream of a mad god."
"'See ye the seven tiers; the lower black, the next
of red enamel, the third blue, the fourth orange; the
fifth yellow, while the sixth is faced with silver, and
the seventh with pure gold which flames in the sunlight?
Each stage in the temple symbolizes a deity; the sun, the
moon and the five planets Enlil and his tribe have set in
the skies for their emblems. But Enlil is greater than
all, and Nippur is his favored city.'"
"'Greater than Anu?' muttered Pyrras, remembering a
flaming shrine and a dying priest who gasped an awful
"'Which is the greatest leg of a tripod?' parried
A series of paranormal attacks convinces Pyrras, the
mercenary warrior from northern Europe, that he was indeed
cursed by the priest of Anu. So he goes in search of the
sorcerer Gimil-ishbi, whom his mistress, Amytis, tells him
"dwells in the mound of Enzu, to the west of the city."
(Editor's Note: That would be somewhere around Souk al-
Afej, seven kilometers or 4 miles west of the Nippur
"Whether the cavern was hollowed by man or by Nature,
none ever knew. At least its walls, floor and ceiling
were symmetrical and composed of blocks of greenish stone,
found nowhere else in that level land."
The sorcerer in the cave proved to be no less
"Gimil-ishbi was very old. There was no leaven of
Semitic blood in his withered veins. His bald head was
round as a vulture's skull, and from it his great nose
jutted like the beak of a vulture. His eyes were oblique,
a rarity even in a pure-blooded Shumirian, and they were
bright and black as beads. Whereas Pyrrhas's eyes were
all depth, blue deeps and changing clouds and shadows,
Gimil-ishbi's eyes were as opaque as jet, and they never
changed. His mouth was a gash whose smile was more
terrible than its snarl."
"He was clad in a simple black tunic, and his feet,
in their cloth sandals, seemed strangely deformed.
Pyrrhas felt a curious twitching between his shoulder-
blades as he glanced at those feet, and he drew his eyes
away, and back to the sinister face."
Feeling in an expansive mood, Gimil-ishbi welcomes
the warrior to his abode and lets slip a little of his
"'You are far from the cradle of your race,' said
Gimil-ishbi, 'You are the first golden-haired rover to
tread the plains of Shumir.'"
"'I have wandered in many lands,' muttered the
Argive, 'but may the vultures pluck my bones if I ever saw
a race so devil-ridden as this, or a land ruled and
harried by so many gods and demons.'"
"His gaze was fixed in fascintation on Gimil-ishbi's
hands; they were long and narrow, white and strong, the
hands of youth. Their contrast to the priest's appearance
of great age otherwise was rather disquieting."
"'To each city its gods and their priests,' answered
Gimil-ishbi, 'and all fools. Of what account are gods
whom the fortunes of men lift or lower? Behind all gods
of men, behind the primal trinity of Ea, Anu and Enlil,
lurk the elder gods, unchanged by the wars and ambitions
of men. Men deny what they do not see. The priests of
Eridu (another Sumerian city--J.T.) which is sacred to Ea
and light, are no blinder than them of Nippur, which is
consecrated to Enlil, whom they deem the lord of Darkness.
But he is only the god of the darkness of which men dream,
not the real Darkness that lurks behind all dreams, and
veils the real and awful deities. I glimpsed this truth
when I was a priest of Enlil, wherefore they cast me
forth. Ha! They would stare if they knew how many of
their worshippers creep forth to me by night as you have
Eventually Pyrrhas gets the charm he needs to ward
off his paranormal enemies. More of REH's story I will
not reveal, except to note that wizard and warrior do not
exactly part on the best of terms.
At any rate, there was a strong black magickal
tradition in that region when Najaf was still an empty
desert. (See the books The Middle East, Hachette World
Guides, Paris, 1966, pages 746 to 749; Middle East on a
Shoestring, 2nd edition, Lonely Planet Publications,
Hawthorne, Vic., Australia, 1997, page 309; and The Avon
Fantasy Reader, Avon Books, 1969, pages 13, 14, 17, 20, 21
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