UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 10 Number 2
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 10, Number 2
January 12, 2005
Editor: Joseph Trainor
UFOs SEEN IN ANDAMANS
PRIOR TO THE TSUNAMI
"Was it a coincidence? Lots of people ran from the
tsunami and the earthquake" that ravaged the Indian Ocean
on Sunday, December 26, 2004, "but areas are reporting
that strange Unidentified Flying Objects flew over" the
Andaman Islands "a few days before the tsunami."
"People in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, as well as many in Indonesia,
had been reporting for some time about strange objects in
"The local residents did not know what to do with
these reported sightings. But it seems from the reports
that many UFOs were in the sky and were trying to
Complicating these reports are the startling news
stories from the Andamans. Many of the tribes in the low-
lying jungled islands, who were thought to have been
killed, were discovered to have miraculously survived.
"In Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman
Islands of India," during the week before the tsunami,
"some tourists saw strange flying objects."
"In Indonesia, remote islands also had similar
experiences at that time."
"According to some UFO experts, UFOs have already
appeared at the epicenter of major calamities. Some
believe they are trying to communicate with us to warn us.
India, especially in the Himalayas, China and Indonesia
experienced many UFO sightings in recent days" leading up
to the tsunami. "Remote areas of Bangladesh, Myanmar
(formerly Burma--J.T.), the Andaman Islands and Sri Lanka
also recently reported such sightings."
In a really puzzling development, "five isolated
tribes living on the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands
appear to have survived the devastating Indian Ocean
tsunami, although a more numerous group suffered a great
loss of life, a British-based charity said Tuesday,"
January 4, 2005.
"Survival International, which campaigns on behalf of
tribal peoples, said Tuesday that none of the five Indian
island tribes had been wiped out by the Dec. 26 disaster.
The tribes' populations range in size from dozens to
"Of the tribes on the Indian-ruled Andaman Islands,
the 270-strong Jarawa, who lived in isolation until
recently, seemed to have escaped unharmed, the group
"And most of the Onge, of whom only about 100 remain,
fled to high ground, it said."
"Pilots flying over Sentinel Island, home of the most
isolated of all the tribes, the Sentinelese, witnessed
people standing on beaches. It was not known how many, if
any, had died, Survival International said."
"The group said it had no reports on the 41 Great
Andamanese, 'but early indications are that they have
survived more or less intact.'"
"The hunter-gatherer Shompen tribe on Great Nicobar
Island would have survived as they live primarily in
"In contrast to these five isolated and tiny
communities, the more assimilated Nicobarese, of whom
there are about 30,000, had suffered much more, with all
12 villages on one island washed away, Survival
"Indian officials on Tuesday said 6,010 people are
missing on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands."
The news of UFOs in the Andamans has heightened
debate in New Delhi, India's capital, over whether the
government should go public with its knowledge of an alien
presence in the subcontinent.
Strange sightings continue in the Himalayas. The
newspaper India Daily reported, "In Ladakh, for example,
the locals clearly point out the every day phenomenon of
large triangular spacecraft coming out from beneath the
ground and Indian security forces protecting them."
"The current debate is focused on whether to keep it
quiet as other countries are doing, or, in the tradition
of a total transparent society, come out and tell the
world. India is so open and democratic it is very
difficult to keep a secret for long."
"If this information comes out as unofficial claims
first, and the authorities are pressed against the wall to
confess, two bad things can happen. First, it could
really cause a panic in the country. Second, the way
Indian politics is run, the ruling party would be thrown
out of office if it was ever found out that the Government
had withheld such information from the public." (See
India Daily for December 31, 2004, "An enormous number of
UFO sightings preceded the tsunami and earthquake in South
and Southeast Asia," and for January 6, 2005, "India may
be the first country to explain about extraterrestrial and
UFO contacts." Also USA Today for January 5, 2005,
"Isolated tribes on islands fared better than expected,"
page 8A. Many thanks to Prashant Solomon of UFO India and
Elaine Douglass for these newspaper articles.)
FIERY UFO DESTROYS A
SHED IN CHINO, CALIFORNIA
"An unidentified object fell from the sky and spooked
"Roswell Avenue residents aren't sure what the
unidentified flying object was, but it streaked across the
sky about 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday," January 4, 2005, "and
apparently hit the ground, touching off a fire that
destroyed a neighbor's shed."
"The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said
they got calls from Chino residents and motorists on (the)
210 and 71 Freeways reporting that an unidentified flying
object was landing or crashing in town."
"'Somebody told one of our fire officials that they
saw a plane crash,' said Fire Capt. Kim Johnson, who
responded to the shed fire on Cozzens Street, close to
"A helicopter search determined there wasn't a plane
"'There are a lot of people who are convinced that
something came out of the sky--that there was something
unexplainable, a light falling from the sky,' Johnson
"Somebody called in saying they saw a fire in the
sky, sheriff's spokeswoman Debra Holman said, 'At first we
thought it was a transformer fire, but it's still
"Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of
"'There may be a simple explanation,' Holman said,
'But who knows?'"
Chino is on Highway 60, the Pomona Freeway, and
Highway 83, about midway between San Bernardino and Los
Angeles. (See the Modesto, Cal. Bee for January 7, 2005,
"Residents startled as UFO falls in Chino." Many thanks
to Jim Hickman, Executive Director of Skywatch
International, for this news report.)
TWELVE UFOs SEEN FROM
HILL IN SAN FRANCISCO
On Saturday, January 1, 2005, at about 5 a.m.,
Michael L. and his girl friend were on a hilltop in San
Francisco, California when they saw something unusual in
"I was having a smoke with my girl when these seven
really odd-shaped, balloon-shaped things came in from my
right," Michael reported, "Coming from the head was a
thick streamer-like thing. There were also five more that
followed closely behind. They were totally freaking me
out. Were certainly odd-shaped balloons, but at least I
could rationalize them. Then it got weird."
"As they were moving across my view, a much smaller
white light kept moving away faster and not at such a high
altitude. This I can't rationalize. It came out of
nowhere, and there was no way it was a plane. Also, they
all made no sound. If this was a plane, it would've woken
up the entire neighborhood."
"I slid to the side of the tree. Some of them came
out the other side and continued until they disappeared
into the distance. On top of all this, my girl was
experiencing everything I was, and she was just as freaked
out. The 'balloons' were browish against a blue sky that
had a lack of clouds."
"We were on top of one of San Francisco's hills. I
talked to my cousin who lives near there, and he confirmed
that we were looking south. So it came in from the west
and went off to the east. The 12 might have been oddly-
shaped balloons, but they had some very strange tails.
The tails were probably 40 percent of" the diameter "of
the circular heads. I had a distinct view of this for a
good 10 to 15 seconds." (Many thanks to Canadian
ufologist Brian Vike for this email report.)
HOVERING SAUCER SIGHTED
BY A DENTIST IN FLORIDA
On Monday, January 3, 2005, Wayne M. Baker D.D.S. was
driving on Little Road, about a quarter-mile south of
Route 52 in Hudson, Florida (population 12,765) when he
saw a strange object hovering above the road ahead.
"It was 6:30 p.m.," Dr. Baker reported, "The object
was hovering above Little Road without movement, except
for the flashing lights at the bottom of the spaceship. I
was driving home from my office, and it was dark already.
When I was about one mile (1.6 kilometers) south of
Highway 52, I noticed a plane or helicopter with four
bright lights surrounding it, and the fourth was
underneath flashing brightly. From a distance, it
appeared that the 'plane' had its landing lights on. When
it came closer, I realized it wasn't shaped like a plane
or helicopter, but it was much larger than any plane for
"When I was directly under it, I noticed that it was
not very high up at all, so I could see into it clearly,
as it was vertical instead of horizontal. I saw a
brightly-lit yellow hallway that went all the way around
It was so clear that it seemed that it was going to land
right there on Little Road. But as I drove east onto
Route 52, it didn't follow me but stayed in place above
"I continued on and then headed home. Immediately I
contacted Channel 8, WFLA-TV and asked if anyone else had
reported seeing the craft, which I would've imagined
anyone could have noticed it. I am waiting for WFLA's
reply." (Email Form Report)
SPHERICAL BLACK UFOs
SEEN IN NEW ORLEANS
On Monday, January 3, 2005, at 12:30 p.m., Cathy S.
was at home at her apartment near Lake Pontchartrain in
New Orleans, Louisiana when she spotted something unusual
in the sky.
"It appeared to be a large black sphere," Cathy
reported, "I could hear what sounded like an engine but it
was so very far away. There were at least six of them
flying lower than the clouds but a little higher than the
high-flying birds. It was very strange to see them fly so
slow. One was so slow it appeared to be stationary. I
have never seen anything like it. Could it be something
from the military? They were very slow. Nothing like a
helicopter." (Email Form Report)
BLACK SAUCER SIGHTED BY
CROWD IN MEXICO CITY
On Monday, December 20, 2004, "the staff at Mexico
City International Airport witnessed a strange flying
object shaped like 'a black saucer' with what resembled 'a
golden spinning top' on its upper section. It was at an
altitude of approximately 200 meters (660 feet) at 12
"On (Friday) December 24 (2004), an aviation
technician located unknown air traffic flying from east to
west" over Mexico City, "passing very close to an airliner
inbound from South America. According to witnesses on the
ground, the UFO stopped and then ascended before vanishing
into the high atmosphere. This event occurred at 4:30
"Subsequently (Mexican ufologist) Horacio Rodriguez
shot video (footage) of a cylindrical flying object having
a metallic appearance to the east of Mexico City."
On Monday, December 27, 2004, "at 3 p.m., a spherical
white flying object was seen suspended in the air near the
control tower at Mexico City International Airport." (See
the Mexican newspaper La Prensa for December 30, 2004.
Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Ana Luisa Cid Fernandez
para esto articulo de diario.)
UFO AT A BEACH IN CHILE
"An unidentified flying object was captured in a
photograph taken by a tourist, Raul Jara, at the Los
Molinos beach resort" near Valdivia, Chile.
"Jara claims not having been aware of anything
abormal when he pointed his camera torward the heavens of
the Valdivian shoreline, while members of the Aedo Lovera
and Jara Lovera families were startled by the find,
pointing out 'at the time nothing strange was seen in the
"The foregoing is due to the fact that they
acknowledge that the object located over the subjects of
the photograph has a certain resemblance to a helicopter."
"When contacted about this, Boris Lovera stated that
'in spite of the noise on the beach, the mutter of an
aircraft flying over the area should have been heard at
"Both families, however, are sceptical when it comes
to confirming the presence of what could be an alien
"The phenomenon seen by the Valdivians was recorded
at around 7 p.m. when both families were about ready to
leave Los Molinos beach and head back to the city of Calle
"At that time, the temperature was around 24 degrees
Celsius, and the skies along the coast were clear.
Despite the 'showy' nature of the object, Raul Jara stated
that 'no one else on the beach appears to have seen
anything at all,' adding, 'We didn't notice the UFO. It
was only after we got home and downloaded the photo into
"In fact, only one of the photos shows the presence
of the UFO in the air, but it is not visible in the second
"According to Boris Aedo, who appears in the lower
left of the (family) photo, 'I was crouching when they
took the first photo and, in a few seconds, there was
nothing at all in the skies.'"
"Carabineros (Chilean national police--J.T.) of the
Reten de Niebla cuartel (barracks) noted that no phone
calls had been received regarding the presence of any
unusual flying object. This was confirmed by the Pichoy
Airport Traffic Control Tower, whose officials were
completing their day's work at the time."
"The Los Molinos sighting can be added to those
recorded in the area (Chile's 10th Region--J.T.) which
brings up the old question: are we alone in the universe?"
Valdivia is in southern Chile about 400 kilometers
(250 miles) south of Santiago de Chile, the national
capital. (See the Chilean newspaper La Segunda for
January 3, 2005, "UFO reported in Chile's 10th Region."
Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Guillermo Gimenez para
esto articulo de diario.)
CAPTURED IN WISCONSIN
"A kangaroo's frigid walkabout in Iowa County,
Wisconsin ended Wednesday," January 5, 2005, "after
authorities tracked down the marsupial during heavy
snowfall. But where the animal came from remained a
"Sheriff's deputies corralled the 150-pound male
kangaroo in a barn after receiving calls from shocked
residents who had seen it in parts of rural Dodgeville,
Wisconsin (population 4,220)."
"Janelle Simpson, 77, spotted it hopping across her
yard Wednesday morning and called the (Iowa County)
"'He was going at a pretty good speed,' she said,
'I'm too old to be out chasing kangaroos.'"
"The kangaroo, which is native to Australia's bush
country, where temperatures generally do not drop below
the 30s" on the Fahrenheit scale "was wet from the snow
but in good shape, said Jim Hubing, director of the Henry
Vilas Zoo in Madison," Wisconsin's state capital, "where
the animal was taken."
"'It can't survive in this cold, particularly with
lack of food,' Hubing said."
"Temperatures in the area hovered in the teens and
20s, and there was between 1 and 3 inches of snow as of
Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service said."
"Deputies and volunteer firefighters herded the
kangaroo into Simpson's empty horse barn. The barn's high
stalls kept the animal from hopping to another escape
before it was coaxed into a crate to ride in a heated van
to the zoo."
"'It appears to be very familiar with humans and is
not afraid of them and didn't seem to be agitated,' Hubing
"The kangaroo will undergo medical tests to make sure
it is healthy."
"Iowa County Sheriff Steve Michek said he doesn't
have any idea where the animal came from."
"'Hopefully, it's not the case where somebody would
have dropped it off or anything like that,' he said."
"The zoo, which has five red kangaroos and three
wallabies, will keep the animal quarantined for at least
30 days. If an owner doesn't claim it, the kangaroo could
remain at the zoo or possibly go to another facility,
"Michek said people who initially spotted the
kangaroo Monday," January 3, 2005, "were hesitant to
report it 'because they didn't want to be made a fool
"His department took the calls seriously because of
the number of people who saw the animal."
"Simpson was amazed by the kangaroo's presence."
"'I asked the sheriff, 'What's going to be next--an
elephant or something?''"
Dodgeville is in southern Wisconsin at the
intersection of Highways 18 and 39, located about 25 miles
(40 kilometers) west of Madison." (See the Ashland, Wis.
Daily Press for January 6, 2005, "Authorities chase down
kangaroo on the loose.")
(Editor's Note: Dodgeville, Wis. is just 13 miles (22
kilometers) north of Wisconsin's Fayette County. Just
thought you wanted to know.)
NASA AND U.S. NAVY CONDUCT
A CLANDESTINE SEARCH IN
"On December 30, 1946, a U.S. Navy patrol plane with
a crew of nine, mapping the Antarctic coast as part of a
military effort called Operation High Jump crashed in a
snowstorm after its radar failed to detect a slope not
shown on the charts."
"Now the U.S. Navy, piggybacking on scientific
explorations of western Antarctica, has begun an effort to
locate the plane and recover the remains of the crew
members who died."
"The crew members and their plane were part of what
remains to this day the largest expedition ever in
Antarctica, Operation High Jump, which was led by the
reknowned polar explorer, Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd,
and consisted of 13 ships, 23 aircraft and 4,700 men."
"According to a 1946 Navy memorandum, the mission's
goal was 'consolidating and extending U.S. sovereignty
over Antarctic areas, investigating possible base sites
and extending scientific knowledge in general."
"With the Cold War turning more frigid by the month,
the venture unnerved the Soviet Union. The Soviet whaling
fleet had just begun plying Antarctic waters, and a
military publication called Red Fleet warned darkly that
the operation was proof 'American military circles are
seeking to subject the polar regions to their control.'"
"Argentina and Chile were none too happy, either.
Both countries had their own overlapping claims to areas
extending from the tip of South America. Their fears of
an American incursion were heightened when Chile asked
Washington's permission to send an observer along, but was
In their books, written in the 1970s, Wilhelm Landig
and "outcast ufologist" Ernst Zundel claimed that
Operation High Jump was literally "the last battle of
World War II." In Secret Nazi Polar Expeditions (1978)
and Hitler at the South Pole (1979), Zundel claimed that
Reichsfuehrer-SS Heinrich Himmler had founded an SS colony
in Antarctica called Neuschwabenland (German for New
Swabia--J.T.). The base, known as Point 211, eventually
became the Antarctic Reich.
Opinion is sharply divided about the final fate of
Neuschwabenland. Some argue that the Nazis abandoned
their Antarctic sanctuary in the 1960s and moved to sites
in the Andes. Another group claims that the Antarctic
Reich still exists and has grown into "a civilization
under the ice," home to about 3 million people of German
and Ukrainian descent. It's supposed to be somewhere in
the Muhlig-Hoffman Mountains, adjacent to the ruins of
Kadath, a city founded by settlers from the lost continent
The Redemptionists believe that Adolf Hitler escaped
from Berlin in April 1945, traveled to southern Argentina
in a U-boat, and from there traveled to Neuschwabenland in
a Nazi flying saucer. Hitler supposedly lived in
Antarctica until 1952, when he reportedly traveled to the
moon and met with aliens from space. These aliens took
him to Aldebaran, 68 light-years from Earth. According to
the legend, some day Hitler will return with an Aldebarani
On November 27, 2004, the Navy undertook "the initial
flight...to try to locate the wreckage of the George 1,"
the plane that crashed in 1946. The search flight "was a
joint one, conducted aboard a Chilean Navy Orion P-3
aircraft with a Chilean crew and NASA scientists working
"'This wasn't just a routine task for us,' said Capt.
Christian Aldunate, the senior Chilean pilot on the
recovery flight. 'It was a challenge to find clues that
could help locate the plane, even though we knew it would
be almost impossible to get at it because of the ice and
snow that had piled up over so many years.'"
"During an 11-hour flight from and back to Punta
Arenas, in the extreme south of Chile, the search plane
dipped as low as 500 feet (150 meters) over Thurston
Island so scientists could use radar and laser beams to
try to locate the remains of the U.S. Navy PBM (Martin)
"'Even today it's not easy, but we can rely on
information from satellite photos, GPS systems and wind
predictions,' Aldunate said, referring to global
positioning networks. 'But from the time they took off
until the time they arrived in the area, they had no idea
what to expect.'"
"Though little known in the outside world, the three
men who died in the (1946) crash--Wendell K. Hendersin,
Maxwell Lopez and Frederick Williams--are still celebrated
in Antarctica as heroes."
"At McMurdo Station, a U.S. research base on the edge
of the Ross Ice Shelf, there is a plaque to honor the men,
the first Americans to die on any of Byrd's many
expeditions." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for
January 2, 2005, "Navy tries to find plane lost in
Antarctica 58 years ago," page 7A.)
SECRET SERVICE BANS
CROSSES AT INAUGURAL
"A Christian group is accusing the U.S. Secret
Service of religious discrimination and censorship for
issuing a memo that bans Christian crosses from the
presidential inauguration parade later this month."
"Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Washington
D.C.-based Christian Defense Coalition, contends the
Secret Service 'trampled the First Amendment and crushed
religious freedom in the public square.'"
"'Simply put, it is religious bigotry and
censorship,' he said, 'It is even more troubling when one
realizes that it is only Christian symbols that have been
excluded from the inauguration parade.'"
"Tom Mazur, spokesman for the Secret Service, told
WorldNet Daily the prohibition is simply a security matter
that has nothing to do with the religious nature of the
"'The reference to the cross is strictly in response
to structure, certainly not the symbol,' he said, 'There
is no prohibition based on content, only structure, as
materials that could be used in a potentially harmful or
"The prohibition was issued in a December 17 (2004)
memo to the National Park Service that the Christian
Defense Coalition received along with the approved
"Mahoney's group plans to be at the January 20 (2005)
event for a prayer vigil and 'to challenge President Bush
to remember the innocent children who have been lost
through abortion and to appoint pro-life judges.'"
"The Department of Homeland Security has designated
the four days of inaugural events a National Security
Special Event, putting the Secret Service in charge of
overall security planning."
"Already security has been heightened around the
White House, where police have set up a street checkpoint
with a sign reading '100 percent ID check.'"
"Mazur said crosses would be allowed at the parade
site if they conformed to the material and size
restriction applied to signs and placards. For example, a
cross made of cardboard could be brought, he offered."
"But Mahoney told WorldNet Daily that explanation
'doesn't fly,' saying that the prohibition outlined in the
memo bans crosses outright and does not say they are
allowed if they meet certain restrictions, such as those
outlined for signs and placards."
"In the past, he said, his group had brought wooden
crosses to the inauguration 'to remind people of innocent
lives lost through abortion.'"
"Mahoney and his legal team will definitely send a
letter to the Secret Service, demanding the group rescind
"'The only way we would not go to court on this--the
Secret Service will have to issue an apology and remove
this ban altogether,' he said."
Mahoney's group has attended every presidential
inauguration since 1993. "In 1997, he successfully sued in
federal court for the right to get a demonstration permit
for President Clinton's second inaugural parade. Prior to
this, no protest permits were issued, he said."
"'To my knowledge, this is the first time the federal
government has ever singled crosses out,' said Mahoney, 'I
have been involved in public gatherings and demonstrations
for 27 years, and I have never heard of a cross being used
as a weapon anywhere.'" (See WorldNet Daily for January
5, 2005, "Officials ban crosses at inauguration parade."
Many thanks to Jim Danvers for this news story.)
(Editor's Comment: And if poor Dubya didn't have enough
TEXAS PSYCHIC PREDICTS
BUSH WON'T FINISH TERM
"With 2005 only a few hours old, El Paso psychic Lady
D.is helping us take a glimpse at what might occur this
"Early last year (2004), Janet Jackson made a splash
with her 'wardrobe malfunction.' Her brother, Michael
Jackson, will be in the spotlight early this year with his
trial on child molestation charges set to begin January
"'He will be found guilty, but I don't see him
serving time,' Lady D. said, 'I see him leaving the
country (USA). The trial will get very ugly.'"
"Though the news doesn't bode well for Jackson, famed
serial bride and fiancee Jennifer Lopez will stay married
to singer Marc Anthony in 2005."
"'Her marriage will last another year or two,' Lady
D. said, 'Commitment just isn't where she is.'"
"In the non-celebrity world, lots of things will
happen. Events in June and July will cause economic
change in August for the United States, Lady D. said."
"The new year will be the start of President Bush's
second term in office, but whether he finishes will be
"'I don't see George Bush finishing his second term,'
Lady D. said, 'I see Bush will leave office. Something
from within the government will lead him to leave office."
(See the El Paso, Tex. Times for January 2, 2005,
"Borderland News." Many thanks to Dolores Loayza Ortiz
for this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Comment: Prophecy? Or wishful thinking on Lady
D's part? As always, let us wait and see.)
BLANKETS USA IN SNOW
A mega-storm rolled across the USA from California to
Massachusetts last week, blanketing the country in several
inches of snow.
"Rain-soaked California got wetter Monday," January
3, 2005, "as another storm dumped heavy snow in the
mountains, eroded beaches and shut down a 40-mile (64-
kilometer) stretch of the state's major north-south
"About two feet (60 centimeters) of snow fell in the
Tejon Pass north of Los Angeles, stranding some drivers
and shutting down a section of Interstate (Highway) 5."
"One man died in the San Fernando Valley when his car
went off a road and slammed into a palm tree."
"In Goleta (population 55,204), near Santa Barbara,
surging high tides washed away tons of sand deposited last
year as part of a $2 million beach preservation project."
"The latest storm swept through northern California
on Sunday," January 2, 2005, intermittently closing two
main routes across the Sierra Nevada (mountains). Both
were opened Monday morning."
"Some ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area reported as
much as 9 feet (2.7 meters) of snow since late last week.
'It's pretty much been non-stop,' said California Highway
Patrol Sgt. Jon Dietrich."
"In Nevada, crews struggled for a fourth day to clear
roads after a powerful storm dumped up to 4 feet (1.2
meters) of snow in some areas around Reno. 'We're making
progress,' city spokesman Steve Frady said. He called it
the community's heaviest snowfall in 15 years."
"Snow and freezing rain swept through Colorado on
Tuesday," January 4, 2005, closing schools and causing
scores of accidents during the morning rush."
"Some schools closed early in Nebraska as snow cut
"Dozens of schools in Kansas canceled classes because
of icy highways."
"Rain moving out of California caused flooding early
Tuesday in Arizona. One man died in Tonto Creek, 40 miles
(64 kilometers) northeast of Phoenix."
The storm "spread a smear of ice and snow from the
Rockies to the Northeast on Wednesday," January 5, 2005,
"snarling highway and airline traffic, causing record-low
temperatures in the Midwest and snapping power lines
serving tens of thousands of people."
"The snow, sleet and freezing rain were part of a
mass of cold air that dropped the temperature to a January
5 record low of 39 below zero in Grand Forks, North Dakota
"According to the National Weather Service, the
coldest spot in northern Minnesota was the town of
Embarrass (population 250), which hit 43 degrees below
zero Fahrenheit," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor
reported, "Here in Duluth, it was 22 below zero on
Wednesday morning. My orange juice froze in its straw on
my way to work. A customer at the store told me it was 30
below at Pike Lake, just north of the city."
"Up to an inch of ice coated the Kansas City area and
layers a half-inch thick glazed highways in Iowa, Oklahoma
and the Texas Panhandle, causing numerous traffic
"Snow was scattered from the Colorado Rockies--which
got 20 inches (50 centimeters) in just 12 hours at Aspen--
across the Plains and Great Lakes all the way into New
"Weather-related traffic deaths included five in
Oklahoma, and one each in Colorado, Nebraska and South
Dakota. Two traffic deaths in Michigan were probably the
result of the storm, authorities said."
In Wisconsin, a semi-trailer overturned on Interstate
Highway I-90 outside Janesville (population 59,498).
"In Chicago, which had 9 inches (23 centimeters) of
snow, more than 1,300 flights were cancelled at O'Hare
International Airport on Wednesday and Thursday," January
6, 2004. "Flight delays of up to two hours were common at
major airports from Illinois to Massachusetts."
"In New England, several inches of snow Thursday was
soon encased in ice as freezing rain followed. Hundreds
of car accidents were reported in Connecticut, where
Hartford," the state capital, "had 8 inches (21
centimeters) of snow."
"In Ohio, ten families were rescued by boat in
McConnelsville, southeast of Columbus, after the Muskingum
River rose to its highest mark in 40 years. The Ohio
River was forecast to rise to 8 feet (2.4 meters) above
flood stage by tonight."
"In West Virginia, three bridges across the Ohio
River were shut down for hours after 16 barges broke loose
from a power plan dock upstream from Wheeling."
"In several states, thick ice from freezing rain
broke tree limbs, snapped utility lines and downed power
poles, leaving nearly half a million customers without
"Outages included 100,000 homes in Kansas, more than
100,000 in Indiana and nearly 250,000 in Ohio."
"Most of the storm deaths came on icy roads,
including a mother and her four children in a car wreck in
Oklahoma. Twelve other traffic deaths were reported in
Oklahoma, Illinois, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota,
Indiana and Michigan. Three people in Illinois died while
"Still missing is a man in Arizona who disappeared in
a rain-swollen stream and a Missouri couple whose car
washed into a creek."
In other strange-weather news, "Kansas had a record
number of tornadoes in 2004, but no storm-related deaths.
The 124 twisters broke the record of 116 set in 1991. The
higher number may be the result of better storm-spotting
technology and an increase in the number of storm
spotters, said Mike Smith of WeatherData, a private
forecasting service." (See USA Today for January 4, 2005,
"Calif. sun gives way to rain, snow," page 3A; January 5,
2005, "After battering Calif., snowstorm goes east," page
3A, and "Around the USA: Kansas," page 13A; and January 7,
2004, "As storm slams East, another brews in West," page
3A; and the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for January 6,
2005, "Storm knocks out power, stops traffic in
heartland," page 6A.)
(Editor's Comment: The wild weather isn't just confined
to the USA. Read on...)
BIG FREEZE HITS PERSIAN
GULF AND NEW ZEALAND
Not only is the USA being hit by "the Big Freeze,"
Arab countries in the Persian Gulf and New Zealand, an
island nation in the South Pacific, are being hit by
abnormally cold temperatures, as well.
It's especially strange in the case of New Zealand,
which experiences its summer in January.
"Snow has fallen in the United Arab Emirates for the
first time ever, leaving a white blanket over the
mountains of Ras al-Khaimen as the desert country
experienced a cold spell and above-average rainfall."
"The snow fell on the Al-Jees mountain range in Ras
al-Khaimen, the most southerly range of the United Arab
Emirates (UAE) federation, Dubai's airport meteorological
The Al-Jees range "at 1,737 meters (5,732 feet) above
sea level 'had heavy night-time snowfall for the past four
days as a result of temperatures dropping as low as minus
5 Celsius' and stunning the emirate's residents."
"On Monday," December 27, 2004, "12.6 centimeters (5
inches) of rain fell on the desert emirate of Dubai, where
it hardly ever rains."
"A cold spell hit the country this week, with the
mercury plunging to 12 degrees Celsius in Dubai on
Wednesday night," December 29, 2004.
Like the other countries of Earth's southern
hemisphere, New Zealand is having its summer in January.
But low temperatures have been hitting the South Island
"New Zealanders complaining about unusual summer rain
in recent weeks are now seeing icebergs in their
territorial waters for the first time since 1948."
"The icebergs were seen in the Southern Ocean about
700 kilometers (420 miles) southeast of (New Zealand's)
South Island, the National Institute of Weather and
Atmospheric Research (NIWA) said."
"They are a hazard to all shipping, including yachts
participating in the Vendeeglobe solo round-the-world
race, officials said."
"The Vendeeglobe Web site has issued a warning to
competitors after one sailor sustained minor damage to his
boat after he hit an iceberg just before Christmas."
"NIWA scientist Lionel Carter said 15 icebergs, some
up to 3 kilometers (2 miles) wide, have been recorded."
(Editor's Comment: This is incredible. In the USA, it
would be like seeing giant icebergs off Myrtle Beach,
South Carolina in July.)
"Previously, icebergs were reported in these waters
in the 1890s, early 1920s, 1930s and in 1948."
"The icebergs are believed to be drifting away toward
"On Monday (January 3, 2005), it was 54 degrees on
the Fahrenheit scale here in Dunedin," Kirsty MacLaren,
UFO Roundup correspondent in New Zealand, reported, "My
uncle has a sheep station near Roxburgh (in the Southern
Alps, about 110 kilometers or 66 miles west of Dunedin--
J.T.), and it was 41 degrees there. Where did our summer
In other weird weather news, two tornadoes ravaged a
large city in Brazil's state of Santa Catarina on Monday,
January 3, 2005.
"The city of Criciuma (population 200,000) was struck
by two tornadoes on Monday," Brunilda Barros, UFO
Roundup's correspondent in Brazil reported. "The first
tornado appeared at the city's edge at 3 p.m. Then, at
about 4:15 p.m., the second tornado moved into the city.
Both tornadoes were estimated be an F3 on the Fujikawa
scale. Two people were killed, and over 250 houses were
damaged. Many had their tile rooftops peeled off."
"Meteorologists here say Brazil lacks the capability
to accurately forecast tornadoes. So people have no
warning that they are coming," Brunilda added.
Criciuma is in southern Santa Catarina state, located
about 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Sao Paulo,
Brazil's largest city and also the largest city in South
(Editor's Comment: Again, this is really incredible.
Tornadoes are as rare in Brazil as icebergs. And a pair
of F3 tornadoes that close to the South Atlantic--amazing!
Criciuma is only 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the ocean.)
(See the New Zealand Herald for January 5, 2005, "Icebergs
appear in New Zealand waters," the Gulf News for December
30, 2004, "UAE sees first ever snow," and O Mineirao of
Belo Horizonte for January 4, 2005. Many thanks to Kirsty
MacLaren and Ayesha al-Khatabi for these newspaper
articles. Tambem obrigado a Brunilda Barros e Rosamelia
de Abreu por esto articulo do jornal.)
MASON GETS PROBATION
IN LONG ISLAND SHOOTING
"A retiree who accidentally shot a friend to death
during an initiation ceremony at a Masonic lodge" in
Riverhead, Long Island, N.Y. "pleaded guilty Friday,"
January 7, 2005, "to criminally negligent homicide and was
sentenced to five years of probation."
"Albert Eid, 77, past Master of the Long Island
Lodge, appeared tearful as he told a judge he was sorry
for shooting William James."
"James, 47, was shot in the face last March (2004).
During the initiation, he was seated in a chair, and a
small platform with cans was placed near his head. Eid
was supposed to fire blanks and another Mason was supposed
to knock the cans down to make James think bullets had
"Police said Eid mistakenly pulled a loaded .32-
caliber handgun from his left pants pocket instead of a
.22-caliber pistol with blanks that was in his right
"In a statement, James' widow, Susan, said her
husband wanted to be one of the Masons' clowns who visit
sick children in hospitals."
"'I miss him terribly, and all because of grown men
playing little boys' games,' she said." (See the Duluth,
Minn. News-Tribune for January 8, 2005, "Man gets
probation for fatal Masons' initiation shooting," page
WEIRD DOINGS AT CHOPMIST HILL
Concerning Scituate, R.I.'s mysterious Potato Sniper,
Terry Duckworth, who now styles himself "Archimagos
Maximus of Tsathoggua," writes, "Yes, Joe, Peeptoad Road
was named after Tsathoggua (pronounced Zuh-THOG-you-ah--
J.T.). Not only that, but that whole section of western
Rhode Island--the home of Lovecraft's maternal relatives--
is steeped in mystery."
"Take (Scituate's) Chopmist Hill, for instance. Just
off Route 101, on the west side of the road is the
Chopmist Apple Farm, the farmhouse was built by a grandson
of Rhode Island's founder, Roger Williams. The house was
destroyed by a fire poltergeist in 1920."
"At the top of Chopmist Hill was located a
Revolutionary War beacon. Scituate's town history
describes it as 'a pail of tar on a pole, to be lighted in
case British troops approached.' But there were strange
lights seen on Chopmist Hill as early as 1731."
"At the foot of the hill, diggers in the 1930s
discovered a queer granite altar top, with three circular
depressions--pools to catch blood, perhaps?--and a legend
chiseled on the back Uriah Harris 1815."
"Less than a mile away, next to the old Chopmist Hill
Inn, is the three-story Dexter Arnold farmhouse. Nearby
is the junction with Route 14, with the quaint name of
Crazy Corners. What else would you call a spot with
occasional showers of small frogs and toads, luminous
apparitions in the woods, and ice forming on barn rafters
in early August?"
"Wasn't it William Harris, of the Harrises of
Chopmist Hill, who built 'the Shunned House' in
Providence, R.I. in 1763? And wasn't it Rhoby Dexter he
married? And wasn't it her sister, Mercy Dexter, who for
long years was the chatelaine of that queer old Georgian
mansion on College Hill, still the most haunted spot in
"Lovecraft knew things he dared not put in his
writing. Or, if he did, his white-livered editor,
Farnsworth Wright, refused to publish them in Weird
"Did you know, Joe, that Miss Ellen E. Irons, the
octogenarian who took Lovecraft on that tour of the
Clemence House in Manton (section of Johnston, R.I.--J.T.)
in the summer of 1936, was a daughter of the Irons family
of Ponagansett, the village closest to Crazy Corners?
Ponagansett no longer exists. The village was abandoned
in the Nineteenth Century to make way for the Scituate
"Best you don't eat any potatoes from the overgrown
garden of Uriah Harris at the foot of Chopmist Hill.
Those plants have been feeding well--I won't say on what.
Heh-heh-heh. One bite and you'll go slip-sliding down the
toboggan slope of bass-ackward evolution."
(Editor's Comment: That does it! From now on, I'm
sticking with french fries from the Burger King at Six
Corners in Rumford, R.I.)
From the UFO Files...
1824: EXECUTIVE MANSION OR
During the recent Christmas holiday, an interesting
story appeared in WorldNet Daily. Evangelical Christians
were wondering why there was no display honoring the
Nativity at the White House. Since "Jesus is the reason
for the season," the absence of any image or even mention
of the Galilean had the evangelicals puzzled, particularly
since President George W. Bush is reputed to be a born-
The White House spin machine trotted out the usual
explanations for why Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer got top billing during December. Dubya is
president of all the people, et cetera, et cetera.
But if you think there is no image of a deity in that
big mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington
D.C., think again.
On your next visit to the White House, spend a few
minutes in the Blue Room.
Once known as the Elliptical Room, this oval chamber has
blue curtains and "a blue draped valance trimmed with a
tasseled empire border." Dangling from the ceiling is a
large crystal chandelier, and "the furniture has blue-and-
The most striking feature in the Blue Room is "the
white marble mantle, decorated with sheaves of marble
arrows, tipped and feathered in bronze." It's one of the
oldest furnishings in the mansion, dating back to 1792,
and it's highly reminiscent of a Roman altar.
Now take a look at the ornate clock on the mantle.
This clock, "decorated with a seated figure of Minerva, is
said to have been given by (the Marquis de) Lafayette to
Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom, whose symbol
was the owl. In this she was akin to the goddess Athena
of ancient Greece or to Isis, the sister-wife of Osiris,
and a leading deity of the religion of ancient Egypt.
How that little idol got into the White House is a
bit of a mystery. George Washington never lived in the
mansion. The first president to live there was his
successor, John Adams, and the Adams family didn't move in
until 1797, five years after the Blue Room was furnished
with that curious mantle.
As with so many other arcana in the USA's capital
city, the answer appears to lie with Freemasonry.
Modern Freemasonry began with the founding of the
Grand Lodge of London on June 24, 1717--St. John's Day,
the traditional feast day of John the Baptist, "the voice
in the wilderness" mentioned in the New Testament. But
the Masonic order claims to be much older.
On March 21, 1737, Andrew Michael Ramsey, famous as
"le Chevalier Ramsey," made a speech in which he "places
the origins of the Masonic rituals 'at the time of the
Crusades' and associates them with...the Knights Templar
and the esoteric traditions of other medieval Christian
"It is interesting that Ramsey also goes on to state
in his (spring equinox--J.T.) Oration that 'the famous
festivals of Ceres at Eleusis, of Isis in Egypt, of
Minerva at Athens, of Urania among the Phoenicians, and
Diana in Scythia, were connected to ours.'" That is, to
the festivals and rituals of Freemasonry.
If the Blue Room and its Minerva clock and Roman
altar were the only Masonic artifacts in the mansion, we
could probably pass it off as a coincidence. But there's
a full-sized Masonic temple on the first floor.
This is the vast East Room, which faces the rising
sun and occupies the mansion's entire eastern wing. This
is truly "the 'great hall' in the White House...87 and a
half feet long and approximately 45 feet" wide. "Three
immense crystal chandeliers, with thousands of glittering
pendants, hang from an elaborately decorated plaster
ceiling. The walls are of paneled wood, enlivened with
Corinthian pilasters, reproducing the decor established in
the renovation of 1902."
"On the walls are two notable pictures--full-length
portraits of George and Martha Washington." When the
British captured Washington D.C. in August 1814, George's
painting was rescued by a one-time little Quaker girl from
Virginia named Dorothy Payne, who grew up to become Dolly
Madison, the wife of the USA's fourth president and the
most famous and flamboyant of all the First Ladies.
(Editor's Comment: Was L. Frank Baum, himself a Mason and
a Theosophist, aware of this bit of trivia when he made
"Dorothy Gale" the heroine of his novel, The Wonderful
Wizard of Oz?)
The Madisons never returned to the White House after
it was burned by the British. They resided instead at the
Octagon House at 1799 New York Avenue N.W. The Octagon is
the second most haunted house in Washington, after the
White House, and the stories coming out of there make H.P.
Lovecraft's Cthulu tales read like My Pet Goat.
No, the White House was not occupied again until
1817, following a meticulous reconstruction by James
Hoban, the original architect who built the mansion in
1792. Hoban was also the founder of Federal Lodge No. 15,
the first Masonic lodge in Washington D.C. (For more on
Mr. Hoban, see UFO Roundup, volume 10, number 1 for
January 5, 2005, "1792: Strange secrets of the White
Renovation work continued even after President James
Monroe (the USA's fifth president--J.T.) and his family
moved in. Curiously, the first White House wedding was
centered in both the Blue and the East Rooms. In 1820,
the president's daughter, Maria Hester Monroe, married
Lawrence Gouverneur in the Blue Room, and the wedding
reception was held in the East Room.
In 1886, President Grover Cleveland married Frances
Folsom in the Blue Room, again suggesting a kind of
chapel. A photograph from 1893 shows the Blue Room with
its distinctive Minerva clock on the mantle. And, if you
take a magnifying glass to the wallpaper, the Masonic
compass-and-square motif is apparent in the design.
The East Room is also where President Monroe received
Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis
de Lafayette, during the latter's trip to the USA in 1824.
That may explain why the marble bust of Lafayette is in
there. But it doesn't explain why the bust is situated on
a pedestal in a small alcove in the wall, with two Masonic
pillars (representing Jachin and Boaz ?--J.T.) several
feet in front and a standing lamp on the bust's right-hand
Who ordered the first post-War of 1812 renovation of
the East Room? Why, none other than Andrew Jackson, the
USA's seventh president, whose bronze equestrian statue
dominates the center of Lafayette Square. It was Jackson
who renamed what had been President's Square after the
marquis, one of Europe's most formidable occultists. And
it was Jackson who had White House architect James Hoban
renovate the East Room.
According to David Ovason, author of The Secret
Architecture of Our Nation's Capital, "Prior to being
elected to the seventh presidency, Andrew Jackson had been
the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee...The
records appear to have been lost, for H.L. Haywood, Famous
Masons and Masonic Presidents, 1968 edition, page 35,
reports Grand Chaplain Philip Neeley (speaking after
Jackson's death) as saying that in the early part of his
life, Jackson attended the Philanthropic Lodge No. 12,
under the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. The Lodge surrendered
its charter in 1812, and Jackson's name is not on its
rolls. However, he was present at the opening of a Lodge
at Greenville (Grand Lodge of North Carolina) on September
Apparently, it was Jackson who had Hoban transform
the inner wall of the East Room into a Masonic shrine to
the Marquis de Lafayette.
Lafayette's bust looks out from its alcove toward the
south portico of the White House. The portico, designed
by Hoban's friend and fellow Mason, Benjamin Henry
Latrobe, resembles an ancient solar temple. The southward
view faces the city's nod to ancient Egypt--the 555-foot
obelisk we call the Washington Monument.
If you draw a straight line from the White House's
south portico to the Washington Monument, and then
continue that line across the Potomac River, you wind up
at Shooters Hill in Alexandria, Virginia--the site of the
George Washington Masonic National Memorial.
Located at 101 Callahan Drive in Alexandria, Va., the
Masonic memorial stands 400 feet high and resembles the
Pharos, the lighthouse in Alexandria, Egypt, which,
incidentally, was sacred to Isis. "Intended as a lasting
tribute to Washington the Mason, the lofty structure was
designed by Harvey Wiley Corbett and financed by
individual contributions from more than three million
members of the order. From a square base with a Greek-
temple portico," the memorial "rises in a series of three
cubical units capped by a steep pyramid."
"The tour leads up through several lodge rooms,
including a Masonic library and the Washington Room, which
displays artifacts such as Washington's Revolutionary War
field trunk and a lock of his hair. Downstairs, visitors
can play with the antiquated historical exhibits and peer
into mysterious Masonic meeting rooms. A 330-foot (100-
meter) observation deck provides an amazing view of Old
Town (Alexandria) and the D.C. (District of Columbia)
Need I mention that 330 equals 33 times 10, with 33
being the mystic number in Freemasonry?
Callahan Drive connects with King Street, which runs
from the top of Shooters Hill down to the riverfront.
Believe it or not, King Street was actually surveyed by
George Washington himself. In 1749, 16-year-old George
assisted John West Jr. in laying out the town's principal
Originally known as the Howsen grant, Alexandria was
settled in 1732, the year of George Washington's birth, by
immigrants from Scotland who built tobacco warehouses
along the old Oronoco Road. The Scots called their
settlement Belhaven, and in 1748 it was incorporated as
the town of Alexandria, named after Colonel John Alexander
who had purchased the Howsen grant a few years earlier.
Or was it? Perhaps it was named after the original
Alexandria in Egypt, the seat of the cult of Isis in
In any event, no one seems able to explain why the
riverfront section of Alexandria is called Rosslyn, after
the stronghold of Henry Sinclair and the Knights Templar
Throughout 1789 and 1790, Congress wrestled with the
thorny question of where to build "the federal city" that
would become the USA's capital. John Adams wanted
Germantown, Pennsylvania. Others preferred rural sites in
New Jersey. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison insisted
upon a capital in the South.
A compromise hammered out by Jefferson and Alexander
Hamilton resolved the issue in the South's favor, and
Virginia and Maryland donated land on either side of the
Potomac to become the new "state of Columbia." The
Residence Bill passed through Congress on July 16, 1790,
investing the president with the authority to choose the
site of the new federal city.
Originally, President Washington selected Alexandria
as the site. Shooters Hill would have become the site of
the U.S. Capitol. But then, for some unknown reason, he
changed his mind and selected Jenkins Hill on the Maryland
side of the Potomac.
So, instead of the dome of the U.S. Capitol rising on
Shooters Hill, we have the step-pyramid of the Washington
Masonic National Memorial, which is on a direct line with
the Washington Monument and the south portico and East
Room of the White House.
One has to wonder if that Masonic pyramid on Shooters
Hill in Alexandria is the real Capitol of the United
States of America. (See the books Washington D.C.: A Guide
to the Nation's Capital, edited by Randall Bond Truett,
Hastings House, New York, N.Y., new revised edition 1968,
pages 26, 27, 28, 232, 233, 238, 239, 244, 245, 456, 457,
460, 461 and 464; The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's
Capital by David Ovason, HarperCollins Publishers, New
York, N.Y., 2004, pages 62, 63, 64, 65, 318, 328, 329, 330
and 455; Beautiful Washington D.C. by Gene Gurney, Crown
Publishers Inc., New York, N.Y., 1969, pages 56, 57, 60,
61, 62 and 63; A Guide to the Architecture of Washington
D.C. edited by Hugh Newell Jacobsen, Frederick A. Praeger
Publishers, 1965, pages 40, 67 and 98; Washington D.C.
2003, edited by Brian Wansley Flanagan, St. Martin's
Press, New York, N.Y., 2003, pages 34, 60, 62 and 104;
Washington D.C., Official National Park Guidebook, U.S.
Department of the Interior, Government Printing Office,
Washington D.C., 1989, pages 82, 83, 84, 85, 105 and 127;
and Talisman by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval,
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., Hammersmith, London, 2004,
pages 344, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350 and 351.)
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