UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 10 Number 22
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 10, Number 22
June 1, 2005
Editor: Joseph Trainor
UFOs SIGHTED IN FRANCE
On Saturday, May 14, 2005, four people were outdoors
in Avignon, a city in southern France, when they saw three
luminous objects in the sky, approaching from the
"It must have been 10:15 p.m., and we were going
out," an eyewitness reported, "All four of us went out to
get some air. Our gaze was directed at three luminous
objects in the shape of a very circular moon, coming in
from the southwest. The three objects were moving quite
fast, without emitting noise. The approximate distance
between us and the phenomenon was 200 meters (660 feet)."
The UFOs "then drew together like a triangle and
seemed to get near each other as if flying together. Our
encounter did not last more than five seconds before they
disappeared out of our field of vision, heading towards
The eyewitness, who described himself as "a geologist
by vocation," added, "All three of these mysterious
objects followed the fault line which goes beneath our
(Avignon) area, running from southwest to northeast for a
distance of 20 kilometers (12 miles)."
On Monday, May 2, 2005, a spherical orange UFO
appeared over Bondoufle, a town in the Essone region of
France. The eyewitness reported, "My encounter lasted not
more than 15 seconds. It happened sometime between 11:25
and 11:35 p.m. I saw a round object, the colour of an
orange streetlight. There was a slight luminous trail
behind it, of a curious blue-orange colour."
"We were returning home with my father after a
concert in Paris. Just before coming to a stop sign, we
saw a strange orange star in the sky. But this object was
three times the size of a normal star. As we came to a
complete stop, the object dipped behind a tree. So I
asked my father to drive back a little bit. But by then
the object had completely disappeared...in two seconds."
(See Ufologie for May 23, 2005. Merci beaucoup a Robert
Fischer pour ces nouvelles.)
GOAT MUTILATIONS REPORTED
NEAR SAN LUIS, ARGENTINA
One hundred small goats were found dead and strangely
mutilated on a farm near El Suyuque, a small town in the
west-central province of San Luis in Argentina.
On Wednesday, April 13, 2005, Lorenzo Villegas, "a
resident of the town of Los Membrillos" in San Luis
province, told the research group Planeta UFO "that some
'little goats' belonging to a friend of his from the town
of El Suyuque" had been killed and mutilated. "This
friend expressed a significant loss to his goat herd--100
animals had been found dead under mysterious
"'These are people who come from another world, other
planets, who are conducting experiments with the organs
they're removing from the animals,' Villegas quoted his
friend as saying.
Villegas also reported his own UFO sighting in the
same area. "Some time ago, while returning from a
birthday party on muleback, I came to the river, which is
not massive (deep--J.T.) but very wide. That's when I
heard a buzzing sound coming from downriver, just like the
sound made by Deutz Tractor turbines. That surprised me,
since it was four o'clock in the morning at the time, and
there are neither houses nor anything else in this place.
I spurred the mule and, in mid-river, with about 30 meters
(97 feet) left to reach the opposite bank, the buzzing
sound became louder and louder, like a strong wind. I
looked and saw amidst the darkness three large luminous
plate-shaped objects which were hovering up ahead,
lighting up everything as bright as day. The mule got
spooked, and I jumped off, landing flat in the shallow
water. The plate-shaped objects continued upriver, as if
looking for something."
"Sr. Antonio Contreras, a neighbor of mine, remarked
that the locals complained that their dogs wouldn't let
them sleep a wink, since they were barking all night.
When he went outside, he saw three large luminous objects
shaped like plates."
"I didn't tell anyone, since I was afraid they'd
laugh at me. But sometime later, while checking out my
mule, I was astounded to see physical evidence" along the
river, "some incredible marks on the soil on a side road
in the swamp belonging to the Los Chanares Wilderness
Area. The marks seemed to indicate that the ground had
been burned. It took me some time to measure them. All
three of the marks measured 4 by 5 meters each and they
weren't together. Rather, they were separated some 5 to 8
meters from each other. That's when I realized that they
had been made by the objects I'd seen over the river."
(See Planeta UFO for May 27, 2005. Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales y Guillermo Gimenez para estas noticias.)
NORTH OF MEXICO CITY
On Friday, May 20, 2005, at 7:48 p.m., eyewitnesses
on the ground in Colonia Acueducto de Guadalupe, a suburb
north of Mexico City, saw a silvery UFO that appeared to
be flying "at a very high altitude." One of the onlookers
had a digital Marca Mustek camera and began snapping
The resulting photos "showed the object high over
Cerro de Chiquihite (hill), where there have been numerous
UFO sightings previously. Also at the top of the hill are
several TV and radio towers." Observers kept the UFO in
sight for several minutes. (Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales y Ana Luisa Cid Fernandes para estas noticias.)
FAST UFO FLYBY IN
On Friday, May 27, 2005, at 8:30 p.m., eyewitness
J.H. was outdoors at his home in Mount Forest, Ontario
province, Canada when he spotted something unusual in the
"It was a really bright object, flying from east to
west at a high altitude," he reported, "There was a
luminous trail behind it, a red long light. The UFO was
spinning, too. As near as I can make out, the object
itself was octagonal. The colour was a dull silver. It
kept going up and down as it flew along. I would estimate
its speed at 75 kilometers per hour. The object departed
to the west."
Mount Forest, Ont. (population 4,530) is on
Provincial Highway 89, located about 60 miles (100
kilometers) northwest of Toronto, Canada's largest city.
(Email Form Report)
UFO REPORT LEADS TO
INDIANA DRUG ARRESTS
"The report of an unidentified flying object over
Union County (Indiana) early today (Friday, May 27, 2005)
resulted in the arrest of two Connersville men on a
variety of drug charges."
"Union County Sheriff's Department officials said
Deputy Dale Dishmund was responding to a report of a UFO
over U.S. (Route) 27 south near Clifford Road when he came
upon a suspicious car near Pottershop Road at about 1:35
"Three fishermen, who had spent part of Thursday
night (May 26, 2005) fishing in Brockville Lake off the
Treatyline Ramp, reported the UFO."
"Dishmund stopped to investigate and found that the
vehicle's passenger, Harold Williams, 29, of Connersville
was wanted on a warrant in Wayne County," Indiana.
"When he ran (checked out--J.T.) the license plates,
Dishmund found them to be fictitious. He brought in a
drug-sniffing dog and found 42 grams of cocaine, an amount
of marijuana and drug paraphenalia."
"Williams and Douglas Keegan, 32, of Connersville
were arrested and face preliminary charges of possession
of cocaine, a class C felony; dealing cocaine, a class A
felony; possession of marijuana, a class D felony; and
possession of paraphenalia, a class A misdemeanor."
"Police said the cocaine had a street value of around
"The pair remain in Wayne County jail." (See the
Liberty, Ind. Pal-Item for May 27, 2005, "Report of UFO
leads to drug arrests." Many thanks to Jim Hickman,
executive director of Skywatch International for this
SEVERAL UFOs SIGHTED
IN OLMSTED FALLS, OHIO
"Ohio is home to some of the most unusual UFO
sightings in the country. The strange sightings don't end
in the night sky; they also lurk in the woods and lakes of
northeastern Ohio, NewsChannel 5's Paul Kiska reported."
"Kiska reported that police were left stunned by some
of the reports, and the videos of the UFO sightings can be
chilling to even skeptics. And Ohio has the second
highest number of reported UFO sightings" in the USA.
"Last week, Olmsted Falls (population 7,962) police
officers took notice after receiving calls from area
residents who saw strange green and red lights moving
across the night sky. Police later learned that a new
blimp from Akron Goodyear was being tested, but that there
were no sightings reported between Akron (population
217,074) and Olmsted Falls, Kiska reported."
"NewsChannel 5's photographer, Tim Dean, has seen a
UFO. He shared his story from the summer of 1984."
"'It was just hovering in the sky, and, whew, it took
off--gone!" Dean said, 'It still gives me the chills today
just telling the story.'"
"Even Bigfoot and Sasquatch sightings have been
reported from Chardon (population 5,156) to Niles
(population 20,932). One of the most well-known sightings
took place in the Cuyahoga Valley National Forest a few
years ago. Several motorists reported seeing a large
hairy creature with human-like features crossing
Interstate (Highway) 271." (See the NewsChannel 5 of
Cleveland news broadcast for May 26, 2005. Many thanks to
Jim Hickman, executive director of Skywatch International,
for the broadcast transcript.)
WOMAN SPOTS A UFO IN
On Friday, May 20, 2005, at 11:30 p.m., Joyce Naranja
was walking her dog around the neighborhood in Cumberland
County, Virginia (population 9,018) when she saw a strange
light in the sky.
"It was a clear night, full moon, not a single cloud
in the sky," Joyce reported, "I was walking my dog and
watching what I thought was an airplane. It was moving
westward in a straight line. Then it started moving in a
weird up-and-down motion, like a fish trying to swim
upstream. It then dropped behind a huge star. I kept
looking for it to reappear, but it never did. The whole
thing lasted maybe 20 seconds or so."
Cumberland County is located 60 miles (100
kilometers) due west of Richmond, the state capital.
(Email Form Report)
"The big cat has been spotted again, visiting
Linthwaite," near Huddlesfield, UK, "to chase rabbits."
"The beast, thought to be a black panther, has been
spotted around the area in the past few weeks."
"The latest sighting was by Judith Morris, 48, of
Tudor Street, Linthwaite, and her daughter, Sarah Weber,
25, while they were walking across fields to Linthwaite
Clough Junior and Infant School."
"'We often walk this way because the field is full of
rabbits,' said Judith, who was going to the park to pick
up her grandson, Damon, age 6. 'All of a sudden, I saw
something move very quickly, and the rabbits all scattered
and ran down their warrens. When we looked, we could
clearly see the cat--it was large, far too big to be a
domestic cat or dog. It was prowling across the field.
My daughter was petrified. She was trembling, and we
certainly will not be walking across that field for a
"The sighting was last Tuesday," May 17, 2005. (See
the Huddlesfield Daily Examiner for May 23, 2005, "Big cat
spotted prowling in field." Many thanks to Robert Fischer
for this newspaper article.)
INDIA'S EYE DOCTORS TRY
TO BAN NEW HORROR FILM
"Indian eye doctors have asked a court to ban a movie
in which the heroine sees ghosts after a cornea
transplant, worrying that it will scare off both donors
"The All-India Ophthamological Society complained to
Delhi's High Court about the movie Naina (Hindi for Eye--
J.T.), starring 'Bollywood Bombshell' Urmila Matondkar,
would reinforce myths about cornea transplants."
"'This movie could cause a fear psychosis among
cornea recipients and their relatives, as well as many
potential eye donors,' ophthamologist Dr. Navin Sakhuja
"Would-be donors could be frightened off, afraid
their eyes 'will live on after they are dead,'' said Dr.
Sakhuja, a member of the Society. 'We have a large backlog
of people, particularly children, waiting to get new
corneas. This movie adds to misconceptions and could hurt
efforts to get them their corneas.'"
"Naina's director says the heroine's vision after the
triumphant operation following 20 years of blindness is
caused by what the donor had seen and experienced in
"'If such objections are taken into account, no
horror film would ever be made,' director Shripal Morakhia
"India needs only 40,000 to 50,000 corneas per year,
but only 15,000 are donated. Hindus believe in
reincarnation and that what they do and say in this life
affects their next life. Doctors claim some Hindus
believe they will be born blind 'if they give up their
eyes in this life.'" (See the Times of India for May 22,
2005, "Eye doctors see red over spooky movie." Many
thanks to Vijay Sanjavit for this newspaper article.)
NEW DINOSAUR SKELETON
FOUND IN AUSTRALIA
"A team from the University of Adelaide and the South
Australian Museum unearthed the remains of a creature in
Queensland at what was once a vast inland ocean."
"Paleontologist Dr. Bean Kear says he thinks the
reptile discovered at the Boulia site may be related to a
group of long-necked plesiosaurs known as Elasmosaurus."
"Dr. Kear says teeth found on its jawbone provide the
best clue that scientists are dealing with something new."
"'The jaw has a mouthful of 'very large fangs'
bunched together at the front and 'no other plesiosaur
ever discovered has teeth like that,' Dr. Kear said."
"'This potentially new species of Plesiosaurus is one
of two plesiosaurs recently found at Boulia, Qlnd."
"The other set of remains belong to a Kronosaur,
which Dr. Kear says was a famous predator resembling 'a
giant salt-water crocodile with flippers instead of
"The two plesiosaurs were found with remains of
prehistoric sea turtles, sharks and ichthyosaurs, a
reptile shaped like a dolphin."
"The finds date back to the early Cretaceous Period
about 110 million years ago when the world's sea levels
were at their highest, and the Eromaga Sea covered much of
"'The beauty of the Australian deposits is that if
you look globally at the early records of marine animals
you've got a lot of early stuff from Europe and a lot of
late stuff from the U.S. There's a central gap around the
early Cretaceous Period, and we're the missing link,' Dr.
Kear said. (See the Australian newspaper Herald-Sun for
May 25, 2005, "New plesiosaur found at Boulia." Many
thanks to Marcel Fuller for this newspaper article.)
VOYAGER I REACHES EDGE
OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
"After a storied 28-year odyssey, NASA's venerable
Voyager I spacecraft appears to have reached the edge of
the solar system, a turbulent zone of near-nothingness
where the solar wind begins to give way to interstellar
space in a cosmic cataclysm known as 'termination shock,'
scientists said Tuesday," May 24, 2005.
"'This is an historic step in Voyager's race,' said
California Institute of Technology physicist Edward Stone,
the mission's chief scientist since Voyager I and its
twin, Voyager 2, were launched in the summer of 1977. 'We
have a totally new region of space to explore, and it's a
"Stone said project scientists, working from models
of a phenomenon never before directly observed, finally
agreed that data from Voyager I's tiny 80-kilobyte
computer memory showed that the spacecraft had passed
through the 'heliosheath,' a frontier of unknown thickness
that defines the (solar system's) border with interstellar
"Stamatios Krimigis, another longtime Voyager
scientist, said in a telephone interview that the
spacecraft may remain in the heliosheath for perhaps ten
years but should easily survive, going dark only when its
plutonium power source finally expires around 2020."
"Of far greater concern to scientists was the
possibility that NASA could kill the $4.2 million-a-year
project to free up money for President (George W.) Bush's
initiative to send humans back to the moon and eventually
"NASA has put Voyager's fate on hold while
independent reviewers evaluate the mission, with a
decision expected in February 2006."
"Stone presented the Voyager data during a telephone
news conference at the 2005 Joint Assembly in New Orleans,
a joint meeting of the American Geophysical Union, the
North American Benthological Society, the Society of
Exploration Geophysicists and the Solar Physics Division
of the American Astronomical Society."
"Voyager's 'design mission' to Jupiter and Saturn
lasted five years, then simply kept on going. Voyager 2
flew by Uranus and Neptune to complete a 'grand tour' of
the major planets and is now about 7 billion miles from
the sun, traveling at 63,000 miles per hour."
"Voyager I broke away from the tour at Saturn and
headed for interstellar space. When it entered the
heliosheath, it was 8.7 billion miles away--the farthest
any man-made object has ever traveled. Its speed is
46,000 miles per hour." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-
Tribune for May 25, 2005, "Voyager I ventures to edge of
solar system," page 7A.)
MYSTERY OF THE LOST
Out on the dry plains of Oklahoma, just off the
Bailey Turnpike on Highway 277, is the little town of
Cement (population 500). It's kind of a quiet place, but
some people think it's the site of a fabulous treasure.
"Bud Hardcastle and Charlie Holman figure the
Confederacy never truly surrendered. Its leaders simply
buried their dreams for the day when the South would rise
(Editor's Note: In December 1860, the eleven southern
states of the USA seceded from the Union and formed the
Confederate States of America (CSA), also known as the
Confederacy. This event triggered the American Civil War,
also known in Dixie as "the unsuccessful war for Southern
"After 30 years of research, Hardcastle and Holman
are convinced that enterprising disciples of Dixie stashed
millions of dollars in gold and silver--now probably worth
billions--in locations across North America, to help
finance a second Civil War."
"'The true story of the South has never been told,'
said Holman, a balding, 56-year-old denturist. 'A lot of
Southerners know the story, but they've not told anyone
"Enough buried booty has been recovered over the last
century to ignite a prairie fire of interest in treasure-
hunting--hundreds of real-life Indiana Joneses scouring
remote terrain from Canada to Mexico for what they believe
is a mother lode of antique coins and rare documents."
"It's an oft-quirky subculture that deploys high-tech
gear and old-fashioned detective work in a quest to
unravel the secrets of the Knights of the Golden Circle
(KGC), a pro-South society credited with masterminding the
elaborate underground financial network."
"Hardcastle, a portly, 66-year-old used car dealer
who learned of the secretive pro-South group through his
fascination with the legendary outlaw Jesse James.
Hardcastle now thinks that Jesse James, a Missouri
guerrilla fighter" for the CSA "during the Civil War and a
train and bank robber afterward, was 'comptroller of the
"According to some treasure hunters, burial was the
surest means of protecting the fortune that included gold
and silver from the Confederate treasury, donations from
Southern sympathizers, war-time raids on Northern banks
and post-war robberies."
"No single ledger or document has been recovered that
details the extent of the earthen deposits. But treasure
hunters said they have uncovered evidence of an intricate
geometric grid system used to determine the locations of
hidden loot across North America."
"Further, they said, it appears the Knights of the
Golden Circle built a network of sentries who knew the
location of each cache, protected it during their
lifetimes, then shared the information with subsequent
"It's a two-fisted, hard-nosed world where few are
willing to talk much about their successes or join forces,
afraid they'll be double-crossed and lose out on a
"Hardcastle and Holman said they learned hard lessons
about sharing information: In one case, other treasure
hunters they befriended went behind their backs and
unearthed the loot. All Hardcastle got from the discovery
was an 1880 silver dollar."
"'Ninety-eight percent of treasure hunters,' Holman
said, 'aren't worth the powder it would take to blow their
"Bob Bewer, an Arkansas-based treasure hunter who co-
authored the book Shadow of the Sentinel: One Man's Quest
to Find the Hidden Treasure of the Confederacy, said he,
too, believes he is close to a major breakthrough."
"But he declined, for now, to be interviewed at
length--at least in part, he said, because treasure
hunting can be dangerous." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-
Tribune for May 29, 2005, "Treasure hunters seek fabled
Confederate fortune," page 13A.)
CFR PROMOTES MERGER OF
USA, CANADA AND MEXICO
"'If our two borders, the one between Canada and the
U.S., and the U.S. and Mexico becomes a battleline for
security, the impact this would have on normal relations
and economic relations would be profound,' said co-
chairman John Manley, a former Canadian deputy prime
Manley was one of three co-chairmen of a task force
put together to explore means of eliminating borders
between the three largest countries of North America--the
USA, Canada and Mexico.
"The task force was sponsored by private groups in
each of the three countries, including the Council on
Foreign Relations (CFR)" in New York City, but "there was
no indication that the governments would act on the
(Editor's Note: The Council on Foreign Relations is
the most powerful foreign-policy lobby in the USA. Since
1940, every USA Secretary of State has been a member,
including Condoleezza Rice and her predecessor, Gen. Colin
"The report, entitled Building a North American
Community, has called for the freer movement within the
continent for citizens with a North American Border Pass
with biometric identifiers and other means to ensure
economic and military cooperation between the countries."
"William F. Weld, a former Republican governor of
Massachusetts, and Pedro Aspe, a former finance minister
of Mexico, were the other coordinators of the task force,
composed of 20 experts from government, business and
"Manley contrasted the security of goods flowing
between Canada and the United States with a lax attitude
to imports arriving at shipping ports."
"'As I told my one-time U.S. counterpart (former USA
Department of Homeland Security chief) Tom Ridge, 'You
inspect a (railroad) grain car entering the U.S. from
Saskatchewan closer than you do container traffic coming
into the United States from the Middle East.' And I think
that's still the case.'"
"Other (task force) recommendations included
improving labor mobility, developing an energy strategy
with greater emphasis on reducing harmful emissions and
establishing an investment fund to build infrastructure to
connect Mexico's poorer regions in the south to the
markets of the north."
"'Improving labor mobility'--that's CFR-speak for
bringing Pancho Cucaracha and thirty million of his
relatives over the Rio Grande to take your job at Mickey
UFO Roundup correspondent Bill Sanderson commented.
Nor is the CFR the only one promoting the idea of "no
borders within North America." Hollywood has also gotten
into the act.
According to USA Today, "Tommy Lee Jones acts as if
he'd rather lug a dead body on horseback to Mexico than
promote his film to the press."
"Actually, that's what his character, a modern
cowpoke, does in Jones' directing debut The Three Burials
of Melquiades Estrada, which won two major awards at the
Cannes Film Festival, which ended Saturday," May 21, 2005.
"The movie is about a Texan who tries to bring home
the body of his best friend, a Mexican cowboy, after he is
killed by a Border Patrol agent."
"Jones, who plays the Texan, won the best-actor
prize" at Cannes "and Guillermo Arriaga won best
"'I wanted to make a movie about the people of West
and South Texas,' said Jones, who was raised in Midland,
Texas. 'We are a bicultural society, and we're often
demonized by people from other places. The underlying
premise of this movie is that there is no border.'"
"Jones said he and producer Michael Fitzgerald and
screenwriter Arriaga were driving around in a pickup truck
on a hunting trip on his remote West Texas ranch and
decided to make a picture together."
"Arriaga is a hunting buddy of Jones' who has been on
a hot streak since writing 21 Grams in 2003 and Amores
Perros, a Mexican film that was a big hit in the USA in
At Cannes, "Arriaga waved a Mexican flag, and jury
member Salma Hayek applauded wildly for her countryman as
Arriaga dedicated his prize to 'all the Mexicans who cross
the border in search of a better way of living.'" (See
the Globe and Mail of Toronto for May 20, 2005, "Experts
call for common North American border," and USA Today for
May 23, 2005, "Tommy Lee Jones is one of Cannes' best--
Twice-prized 'Burials' is about Mexican killed by border
patrol," page 4D.)
(Editor's Comment: And speaking of Mexican flags...)
OREGONIANS OUTRAGED AT
DISPLAY OF MEXICAN FLAG
"Walking into the Oregon State Employment Office at
119 North Oakdale Avenue" in Medford, Oregon (population
63,154) "can already be a daunting experience for many who
are looking for work or have to file a claim. To many it
can be a stressful occasion. Being met by a Mexican flag
hoisted above the Stars and Stripes on the back wall of
this state-run office is for many, like Earl Howard of
Shady Cove, Oregon, 'downright un-American.'"
"Mr. Howard had been told by a friend who had been
utilizing the services at the office about the (Mexican)
"According to Howard, a licensed electrician, he
couldn't believe that a government agency would do such a
thing. On the grounds that it might be an oversight, Mr.
Howard headed to the employment office to see for himself
and ask to speak to the manager, Jean Work."
"Ms. Work was not there on that occasion and a woman
whom Howard could only recall as 'Judy' came forward to
assist him. 'I told her it was treason...' he said, in
regard to the flag's presence and placement."
"At that time, the representative informed Mr. Howard
that it would be taken care of and the Mexican flag was
removed, but not permanently."
"Having been informed of the Mexican flag's
replacement, Howard went back to the office to check.
Seeing in fact that they had put the flag back up, he
immediately called Oregon state representative Dennis
Richardson and representative Greg Walden's offices to
inform them of the issue. According to Howard, one clerk
for Walden stated that there is a law pertaining to the
flying of foreign flags in and around federal buildings,
but the staffer wasn't certain about state agencies."
Learning about the controversy, the newspaper US
Observer attempted to reach Ms. Work but "was met with the
same response, 'she's not here but a representative will
be with you shortly.' And soon thereafter, Chris Rahn, an
Employment Division employee, came out asking if he could
be of any assistance, but when asked about the flag, he
simply said, 'I can't comment on anything.' However, when
he was asked about the Federal law restricting such
activity, and if it were in fact legal, he said, 'We
"With whom? The Mexican embassy?" UFO Roundup editor
Joseph Trainor commented, "According to the United States
Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Section 175, and I quote, 'No
person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any
other national or international flag equal, above or in a
position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place
of, the flag of the United States at any place within the
United States or any territory or possession thereof.'"
"Nor do I see this as a uniquely American issue,"
Trainor added, "How would the people in Nutley, Sussex, UK
feel if the Union Jack were run down and replaced with the
flag of Pakistan or Jamaica? How would Australians feel
if their flag were replaced in Darwin or Cairns with the
flag of Indonesia?"
"According to Thomas E. Fuller, the Oregon Employment
Offices Communications Manager, when asked about the
Mexican flag, 'We go by the Department of Administrative
Services...and there is no prohibition against a staff
member displaying a flag in his cubicle.'"
"While the (Mexican) flag is located above a desk, it
is in clear view of the public, placed to the right of,
and higher than, the American flag, which is just several
feet away, and, as Mr. Howard, put it, 'can easily be
interpreted as a move sanctioned by the state, as it is
"Mr. Howard sees the flying of the Mexican flag in
the state office as a symbol of change in our (USA)
government, one that favors Mexican nationals."
"'You have only to go into a government office once
to see that all of the Spanish language pamphlets are
outnumbering English ones,' said Lorraine Tillman, a
Josephine County, Ore. resident, speaking out on the
government's move toward, what some feel to be, an almost
mandatory bilingual community."
In other news, human rights activists in San Diego,
California announced their plans to protest a border-watch
operation, similar to the Minuteman Project, scheduled for
"On Saturday," May 21, 2005, "a group of about 30
pro-immigrant activists met at San Diego City College to
float ideas on how they can convince groups like Border
Patrol Auxiliary and Friends of the Border Patrol that
they are not welcome in San Diego, a spokesman for one of
the groups said."
"'And if they come, we will have a response and use
our First Amendment rights to oppose (them),' said
Christian Ramirez, director of the San Diego office of the
American Friends Service Committee."
"'Everybody has told us we have to do something about
it,' he said, (The meeting) 'was the first step toward
creating a united front to express our opposition to
projects like the Minuteman Project and Friends of the
"'I'm (worried) that these groups will try to come to
San Diego to provoke acts of violence,' Ramirez said."
"One of the groups in the coalition that is being
formed is called Border Angels, a group of volunteers that
places bottles of water along the border for illegal
immigrants to drink on their journey north."
"Enrique Morones heads the group and was one of the
organizers of Saturday's meeting."
"'We are totally against these guys (the Minutemen--
J.T.),' Morones said Monday," May 23, 2005, "'We are
concerned they may act in a criminal manner and abuse
civil and human rights.'"
"Minuteman Project member Nancy Hubbard said her
group is just trying to uphold the law."
"'I don't believe that open borders are what most
people in the U.S. want,' said Hubbard," a resident of
"Hubbard, who was involved in the Arizona border
watch, said she and many others will be on the San Diego
County border with Mexico this summer."
"'It makes sense for us to go there, because the
(USA) government will not do its job and so it's the job
of the people to defend this country,' said Hubbard."
"And while the Minuteman Project also touted its
efforts as being purely to observe and report, many
volunteers carried weapons, which they claimed were for
self-defense purposes only."
"Hubbard said during the Arizona project, two
incidents occurred in which two people who had signed up
with the group, 'tried to provoke incidents, but they
"'There are certain people who want bad things to
happen, then people will say, 'See? If the Minutemen
weren't there, then these things wouldn't have happened,'
"Hubbard said if bad things occur, President George
(W.) Bush will have to take responsibility."
"'If the government was doing its job, there wouldn't
be possible confrontations,' Hubbard said, 'The blame goes
back to George Bush, who is welcoming them with open arms;
I believe he is responsible.'" (See the U.S. Observer for
May 20, 2005, "Placing Mexican flag above 'Old Glory,'"
and California's North County Times for May 24, 2005,
"Border watch opponents gear up for fight." Many thanks to
Jim Danvers for these newspaper articles.)
From the UFO Files...
1962: DWELLERS ON
Many science fiction authors have had curious
encounters with the paranormal, but none quite as unusual
as those of Philip K. Dick (1928-1982), long a fan
favorite who, in recent years, has finally been coming
into his own with the general public.
"On December 16, 1928, in Chicago, Dorothy Kindred
Dick gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. The babies
were six weeks premature and very underweight. Unaware
that she was not producing enough milk for both infants,
and because no one--neither a family member nor a doctor--
suggested to her that she supplement their diet with
formula, Dorothy undernourished the twins during the first
weeks of their lives."
"On January 26, 1929, the baby girl, whom her parents
had named Jane, died. She was buried in the cemetery in
her father's hometown of Fort Morgan, Colorado. The
little boy survived. His parents had his name, Philip,
engraved alongside Jane's on the headstone; under his
name, next to the dash that followed the date of birth he
shared with his sister, a blank space was left."
"Not long afterwards, the Dicks moved to California."
"In Dorothy's case, the grief reaction was
pronounced. In the first months of Phil's life, she kept
a journal on his growth and behavior that testified to her
love for the baby and nowhere focuses upon the death of
the twin. But Dorothy's enduring anguish shows clearly in
letters and conversations over the years dwelling on
Jane's death and her role in it."
But, for her twin brother Phil, Jane just wouldn't
"In his grade school years, Phil invented an
imaginary playmate," a mysterious dark-haired girl who
appeared repeatedly in his teenaged fiction. His
imaginary playmate was a comfort "because he knew of Jane
and yearned for her to be there, and if that seems
strange--how could what had happened at his birth affect
him so?--it can be corroborated by the testimony of
anybody who has lost a twin."
Phil's father, Joseph Edgar Dick, was originally from
southwestern Pennsylvania. He had enlisted in the U.S.
Army in 1916 and served throughout World War I.
Afterwards, in 1920, he married Dorothy, put himself
through school and got a job with the U.S. Department of
Phil "was five when his parents separated and
divorced" in 1933. Five years later, Dorothy took her son
to San Francisco, where she "took a job in the U.S.
Forestry Department office located on the Berkeley campus
of the University of California...A feminist and pacifist,
a tireless proponent of progressive ideas, Dorothy
blossomed in this academic enclave in which one could be
both an office worker and a women's rights activist."
"Phil had asthma and episodes of tachycardia, and he
took full advantage of his conditions to miss school at
every opportunity. Even when she could tell he was faking
symptoms, Dorothy," herself plagued by ill health, "played
along and let him stay home." It didn't affect his
academic performance. Phil was an A and B student all
through school and, at an age when his classmates were
reading the Hardy Boys or Don Winslow of the Navy, he was
reading Immanuel Kant, William Burroughs, the Bible, the
Bhagavad Gita and Finnegan's Wake.
Phil "loved to tell the story of how he discovered
SF: 'I was twelve (in 1940) when I read my first sf
magazine...it was called Stirring Science Stories and ran,
I think, four issues. The editor was Don Wollheim, who
later on (in 1954--J.T.) bought my first novel...and many
since. I came across the magazine quite by accident; I
was actually looking for Popular Science. I was most
amazed. Stories about science? At once I recognized the
magic I had found, in earlier times, in the Oz
books...this magic now coupled not with magic wands but
with science...In any case, my view became magic equals
science and science (of the future) equals magic...'"
"He collected illustrated magazines with titles like
Astounding! and Amazing! and Unknown! and these
periodicals, in the guise of serious scientific
discussion, introduced him to lost continents, haunted
pyramids, ships that vanished mysteriously in the Sargasso
Sea (now known as the Bermuda Triangle --J.T.). But he
also read stories by Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft,
the recluse from Providence, Rhode Island, whose
protagonists face abominations too monstrous for them to
name or even describe."
(Editor's Comment: Reading Lovecraft, eh? Poor Phil.
In no time at all, like my friend Terry says, he'll be
"slip-sliding down the toboggan slope of bass-ackward
"From time to time, Phil saw his father, who had
remarried and settled in Pasadena, where he worked for the
(U.S.) Department of Commerce and became a regular on a
local radio program called This is Your Government."
(Editor's Comment: A radio show called This Is Your
Government!? Man, that's scarier than anything Phil ever
In 1944, at age 16, Phil had his first paranormal
"Phil began having a recurring dream in which he
found himself in a bookstore trying to locate an issue of
Astounding! that would complete his collection. The rare,
indeed, priceless issue contained a story entitled 'The
Empire Never Ended' that, if only he could get his hands
on it, would reveal the secrets of the universe to him."
"The first time he had the dream he awoke just as he
had worked his way down to the bottom of a pile of old
magazines he was sure contained the prized issue. He
waited anxiously for the dream to recur, and whenever it
did he found the pile of magazines exactly as he had left
it. Again he started rummaging through. With each
recurrence of the dream, the pile became smaller and
smaller, but he always awoke before he could get to the
bottom of it."
"He spent days reciting the story's title to himself,
until he could no longer distinguish it from the sound of
blood beating in his ears when he had a fever. He could
see the letters that formed the words of the title; he
could picture the cover illustration. The illustration
worried him, even though--or because--he couldn't quite
bring it into focus."
"Over the course of weeks, Phil's desire to find the
magazine turned into anxiety that he might actually do so.
He knew that if he read 'The Empire Never Ended' the
world's secrets would be revealed, but he also understood
the danger of such knowledge. He had read it in
Lovecraft: if we knew everything, we would go mad with
"Eventually, Phil began to see his dream as a
diabolical trap. The buried issue was lying in wait,
ready to devour him whole. Instead of tearing through the
pile of magazines as he had at first, Phil tried to slow
his fingers as they pulled one magazine after another from
the pile, bringing him closer and closer to the final
horror. He became afraid to fall asleep."
"Then, for no apparent reason, he stopped having the
dream. He awaited its return, first nervously, then
impatiently; at the end of two weeks, he would have given
anything for the dream to come back."
(Editor's Note: Eventually, it did--over 30 years
later, in 1977. But that's another story.)
Phil wondered if he had some sort of psychic link to
his dead sister. Or, even more amazingly, what if Jane
were still alive and well and living in another world, a
parallel universe containing a "twin" of our Earth?
On "our" Earth, Jane Charlotte Dick had died on
January 26, 1929, and Phil was the surviving twin. But
what if things were reversed on that "other" Earth? What
if Phil was the one who had died in 1929? What if there
was another Jane living over there at right this moment, a
dark-haired teenaged girl with the same interests in
typing, reading and listening to music? What would that
Earth be like?
The idea simmered as Phil matured as a popular sci-fi
writer in the 1950s. By 1957, he was contributing one
short story per month to five different magazines.
Finally, in 1962, the idea found expression in what Phil
intended to be his first "mainstream" novel--The Man in
the High Castle.
In the "alternate history" of Castle, "after their
final crushing victory over the Allies in 1947, the Axis
powers divided up the world between them. The Third Reich
has Europe, Africa and that portion of America east of the
Rocky Mountains, while Japan rules Asia, the Pacific and
America's western states. Chancellor Martin Bormann
continues his predecessor's policies, turning an
appreciable percentage of the Reich's subject populations
into bars of soap and the African continent into...well,
no one knows for sure, and no one really wants to know.
The populations ruled by Japan, on the other hand, bear a
more humane yoke of oppression--no concentration camps, no
The setting is San Francisco, and the heroine is
Juliana Frink--a thinly-disguised grown-up version of
Phil's sister Jane. Indeed, "Juliana" even has the same
job Phil had in the late 1940s and early 1950s, managing
an antique store in the city with a sizable jazz
"There is, however, another text that exceeds even
the I Ching in plot prominence--The Grasshopper Lies
Heavy, a novel-within-a-novel in which the Allies, not the
Axis, prevailed" in World War II. "In this twist, Phil
was influenced by Ward Moore's (1953) novel, Bring the
Jubilee, in which the South has won the (American) Civil
"So threatening is its premise that Grasshopper is
banned," and sci-fi writer Hawthorne Abendsen, the author,
is forced to go into hiding in Cheyenne, Wyoming to avoid
the Gestapo, which now operates on a global basis.
Strange things start happening when Juliana finds a
weird silver triangle pendant in her store. People begin
slipping from her Earth into our world, as Phil chillingly
describes in the case of Japanese official Nobosuke
"Sitting on a bench in a public park in San
Francisco, Tagomi distractedly takes a piece of
(Juliana's) jewelry, a silver triangle, out of his pocket,
and begins to rub it, then examine it. The silver catches
the sun's rays."
"Tagomi leaves the park, lost in thought. He tries
to hail a bicycle taxi--a 'pedicab'--and is surprised to
find none around. On reaching the waterfront, he is
amazed by the spectacle before him: a gigantic swath of
concrete stretches as far as the eye can see along the
edge of the bay. It looks like a midway ride on a
monstrous scale, swarming with strange-looking vehicles.
He has passed here on any number of occasions and never
seen this futuristic-looking structure that must have
taken months, perhaps years, to build. He shuts his eyes
and opens them again, but the apparition remains. In a
panic, he stops a passerby and asks him to explain what
this monstrosity before them is. The man's reply, that
Tagomi is looking at the Embarcadero Freeway, fills him
with confusion and dismay."
"He goes into a coffee shop to seek solace, but the
lunch counter is full, and none of the people there--all
Caucasians--will give up their seats for him, even though
as a Japanese" and an Occupation official "he should be
shown more deference. He feels as if the earth is giving
way under his feet. What nightmare has he fallen into?"
Moments later, the silver triangle twinkles again,
and Tagomi is returned to his familiar San Francisco, with
its rickshaws, tea houses, geishas, miniature electronic
devices, pedestrians and off-duty Japanese soldiers.
The Man in the High Castle turned out to be a home
run for Phil, winning him the Hugo Award for Best Novel in
1963 and launching him into the front rank of American
science fiction authors.
Phil passed away on March 2, 1982. His father "Edgar
Dick, very old now, came to retrieve his son's body and
took it to Fort Morgan, Colorado, where Phil's gravesite
had been waiting for him for fifty-three years. Only the
date of his death needed to be engraved on the stone.
When Phil was laid next to Jane, the old man, who until
then had shown no emotion, saw the tiny coffin again and
burst into sobs."
Ever wonder what happened to the "other" Jane?
Maybe we should pop over to that alternate Earth and
have a look at the Neue Amsterdammer Zeitung for September
SCI-FI AUTHOR KILLED
IN BRONX CAR CRASH
Jane C. Dick, two-time winner of the Hugo Award for
science fiction, was killed yesterday afternoon when her
rental car collided with a speeding fuel truck.
Ms. Dick, 54, of Berkely, Cal. was in New Amsterdam
to accept a Hugo Award--her second--at the Convention of
Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers. She was on her way
to the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan when the mishap occurred.
She was awarded the 1983 Hugo Award for her novel
Tranquillity Base, in which a team of American spacemen
land on the moon and make contact with humanoid
She received her first Hugo Award twenty years ago,
in 1963, for The Sixth of June, a novel about a "parallel
Earth" in which the Allies won the Second World War.
Tranquillity Base was the long-awaited sequel.
Ms. Dick was born in Chicago on December 16, 1928,
the daughter of J. Edgar and the late Dorothy (Kindred)
Dick. She grew up in the San Francisco area and graduated
from the University of California at Berkeley in 1950.
She published her first story in Incredible Space Stories
while still an undergraduate.
She published seven novels and 400 short stories
during her lifetime.
In 1953, she married fellow sci-fi author Hannes Bok,
and they had three children. The couple divorced in 1969,
two years before Bok's death.
She is survived by her father and her three children.
According to police, the fuel truck suffered a front-
tire blowout and swerved into Ms. Dick's lane. Upon
impact, the truck pushed the wrecked car into an
intersection and struck another vehicle operated by
Guadalupe Lopez of Blackrock Avenue, the Bronx.
Mrs. Lopez and two of her daughters, Leslie and
Lynda, escaped the blaze, police said, but a third
daughter was killed.
Police identified the fatality as Jennifer Lynn
Lopez, 13, a student at the Preston Academy for Girls.
Jennifer was on the school's track team, posting personal
best times of 2:28 in the 800-meter run and 4:49 in the
1,500-meter race. She is survived by her mother, her
sisters and her father, David Lopez.
A Traffic Division investigation of the mishap is
Like Phil himself said, "If you don't like this
world, you should see some of the others." (See I Am
Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip
K. Dick by Emmanuel Carrere, Metropolitan Books, Henry
Holt & Company, New York, N.Y., 2004, pages 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,
66 and 67; and Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick
by Lawrence Sutin, Harmony Books, Crown Publishers Inc.,
New York, N.Y., 1989, pages 2, 3, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24, 25,
31, 35, 46, 109 through 118.)
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