UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 10 Number 33
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 10, Number 33
August 17, 2005
Editor: Joseph Trainor
REPTOIDS THREATEN UFO
RESEARCHER IN CRIMEA
The UFO flap in Crimea, an autonomous region south of
the Ukraine bordering the Black Sea, reached a new level
with a close encounter of the third kind--a face-to-face
encounter between a ufologist and four "strange entities."
"They were Reptoids," eyewitness Victor Alexandrovich
Zdorov reported, "Either Reptoids or some sort of
reptilian creature. They were scaly Reptoids or lizard-
like beings with four fingers."
On Sunday, July 17, 2005, Zdorov was at his office in
Komsomolskoye, a village east of the Simferopol Airport,
when the aliens barged in. They surrounded Zdorov, who
was sitting at his desk and blinking in disbelief. One
entity pointed a scaly, clawed finger at him and hissed,
"You know too much about UFOs."
The strange visitation came at the end of a series of
UFO sightings by Zdorov during the previous week.
"In the middle of July (2005)," Crimean ufologist
Anton A. Anfalov reported, "Zdorov was driving his VAZ-
2104 Lada (automobile) east of Simferopol when he saw the
disk-shaped object hovering over the pine forest southeast
of Simferopol's water reservoir. The disk was seen in
broad daylight and had a high central dome and a broader
protruding flat bottom unit. The disk-shaped craft was
visibly metallic. The witness' car engine was
malfunctioning, and he appeared 'under emanations' from
the alien craft, as he asserts."
"Between (Monday) July 11 and (Sunday) July 17, 2005,
Zdorov reportedly saw another spectacular UFO, shaped like
a whirligig or a humming top in the form of a high cone
installed within another cone. The UFO was reportedly
hovering at least for several minutes over the village of
"On Saturday, July 16, 2005, another witness, Artyem
A. Benda, a ufologist from Zaporozhye in the Ukraine,
while vacationing in the village of Alupka, west of Yalta
in the Crimea, saw two bright overflights of UFOs in the
early evening, out from beyond the mountains over the
Black Sea. He tried to photograph the objects, remarking,
'That was a beautiful sight.'"
"On Thursday, August 4, 2005, while walking his dog
in Lenino Square in downtown Simferopol, between the
Council of Ministers building and the Ukrainian Dramatic
Theatre, close to the Lenin monument, Victor A. Zdorov saw
a bright object continuously blinking a red light for ten
minutes, hovering in the northeast, over the suburb of
Svoboda. This sighting lasted from approximately 9:45 to
9:55 p.m. The object couldn't have been an airplane's
navigation light because it was stationary, not moving.
Surely this wasn't a helicopter, as well. It was totally
soundless, and all of the Mi-8 and Mi-2 helicopters were
on the tarmac at Zavodskoye airfield." (Many thanks to
Anton A. Anfalov for these news reports.)
LARGE ORANGE UFO SEEN
AT OMARAMA, NEW ZEALAND
On Friday, August 5, 2005, at 8 p.m., eyewitness R.M.
"was on a rural motorway between Kurow and Omarama in
central Otago (region of the) South Island, New Zealand.
Me and another witness were driving west through the
Southern Alps here in New Zealand when we spotted a
singular object in the dark sky. At first we believed
this orange object was Mars, but then, at 8:45 p.m., the
object began to pulse and flare up."
"This strange orange object looked two to three times
larger than any of the other stars. And when it pulsed,
it would flare up to a large gleaming orange and then turn
so dull it could hardly be seen. Then it would flare up
to a bright orange again, even brighter than the moon."
"Each pulse occurred at random intervals between 20
seconds to two minutes" in duration.
"I looked at the object with binoculars," R.M.
reported, "believing this must be the space shuttle
(Discovery) or a satellite, but these were quickly excused
for many reasons, and no other reports had been made of
"There was no approach or departure that I saw, but
the object was remarkably high above the Earth." (Email
UFO SIGHTINGS SURGE
Canada is the site of a major new UFO flap this
summer, with dramatic sightings in the provinces of
Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba.
On Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at 11:30 p.m., eyewitness
Catherine Hawks reported, "Me and my family are from
England, and I was visiting relatives in Canada. We were
staying at my Nana and Grandad's cottage on an island in
Fenelon Falls, Ontario (population 2,040). Me and my
boyfriend were down at the beach, when my boyfriend
pointed up to the sky and said, 'What's that?'"
"I glanced up and said, 'Oh, it's a plane.'"
"But he said, 'No, it's not. Look!'"
"I looked again and realised it was not a plane as it
had no flashing (navigational) lights. The object was
really, really high in the sky. It was a clear night, and
we could see a bright white light, brighter than any star
in the sky. It was moving very rapidly across the sky and
zigzagging, unlike a plane or a satellite. Then it stood
in the same place and turned a dull red colour and then
faded until it totally disappeared."
"Also, about five minutes later, there was a big
circular flash of bright white light in the sky. It was
only there for a second. If you had blinked, you would
have missed it. I don't know whether they had anything to
do with each other, but I thought I would add it, anyway."
Fenelon Falls, Ont. is on Provincial Highway 121
about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Toronto,
Canada's largest city.
On Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, 2005,
residents of Piney, Manitoba "witnessed a strange sight in
"Three residents of Piney claim they saw a shiny
object three times the size of a jetliner, with pointed
ends and no wings."
"'It was mainly tubular-shaped with some small
protrusions on either side, and it flew overhead,' said
Chris Rutkowski, director of Ufology Research of Manitoba
The witnesses estimated that "maybe three minutes
(elapsed) from the time this thing appeared over one
horizon until it had flown over and vanished over the
Piney is on Provincial Highway 12, just above
Manitoba's border with the state of Minnesota, located
about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of Winnipeg.
On Tuesday, August 9, 2005, at 10 p.m., eyewitness
A.S. reported, "My friend and I were in the park at
Westwood," in Montreal, Quebec, "lying down on the field.
We were able to see the lights of the city, as well as
many stars, although the clouds were kind of low and it
was very foggy out because it had been a very hot day."
"As I was laying there, I saw in the clouds a halo
and a light. Then it flashed a couple of times and turned
an orangish colour. It resembled a pumpkin. There were
three white lights at the top of the round disk. The
angle of the disk alternated, assuming different angles.
When it was on its side, it was disk with a dome on the
top of it."
"The object started flashing and spazzing into an L-
shape, going back and forth. Finally, it went behind a
cloud, but, a couple of minutes later, we saw a white
object flying around the disk. It was moving very regally
but very fast, faster than any airplane."
"Minutes later, both objects completely vanished.
When we got home, we both drew what we had seen and
compared drawings. The funny thing is, during the
sighting, it was completely silent. I hadn't ever
realized that my (cell) phone rang. I had two missed
calls, and my phone was on my bag, set on Loud."
However, A.S. did not hear the cell phone ringing.
On Thursday, August 11, 2005, at about 3 a.m.,
Brandon S. reported, he was asleep at home in Kapuskasing,
Ontario (population 10,036) when he "had to get out of bed
because I needed a bathroom break. While I was doing my
business, my grandma got up. While I was in the bathroom,
my grandma looked out the window to see if she could see
any shooting stars (meteors--J.T.) So I went over to see
what she was looking at. At this point, she got me to
look up at the sky, too, and, all of a sudden, we saw this
star appear. And then it started to get bright, then
"All of a sudden, it got really, really big--as big
as a watermelon. It took off across the sky at eight
times the speed of a jet (about 4,000 miles per hour--
J.T.). Once we saw this happen, we saw another star get
as big as the first one and then take off after it."
"It was so cool but scary at the same time," Brandon
Kapuskasing is on Provincial Highway 11 in northern
Ontario, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) northeast of
Sault Sainte Marie. (See the CTV news broadcast of August
11, 2005 for the Manitoba story. The other cases were all
Email Form Reports.)
UFOs SIGHTED IN DEVON
On Friday, August 12, 2005, at 12:20 a.m., Emma
Whitley was at her home in Westwood, Nottinghamshire, UK
when she saw something strange in the sky, approaching
from the southwest.
"I was sitting in the living room, and I heard a
humming noise," Emma reported, "So I looked out the window
to see what it was. All I saw was a triangle-shaped
object with three white lights at each point (or corner--
J.T.) and a one red light in the middle, flying slowly
over the house."
"So I walked outside to watch and it must've taken at
least five minutes to get completely out of range. It
could have been a plane, but I've never seen one like this
go so slow before." (Email Form Report)
Eyewitness Tim Francis reported, "Yesterday evening
(Saturday, August 13, 2005) at approximately 10:30 p.m.,
there was a series of bright orange moving lights in the
sky over my neighbourhood" in Smithleigh, near Plympton,
"They were moving westward from Smithleigh.
Initially it was possible it was lights flying together in
some sort of formation. It looked like a star
constellation until we spotted the lights moving towards
us, and some were too bright and too orange in colour to
"As the lights got overhead, the formation changed,
with one of the lights speeding up a bit faster than the
others. No noise could be heard from the objects,
although there was road noise from the nearby (motorway)
A38, which could have drowned out faint sounds."
"After the first formation had gone, there came
several more objects over the next ten minutes. I think
there were two occurrences of two lights together and then
two single lights after."
"The last object flew over and seemed to be lower
than the others. As it got overhead, it seemed like you
could make out a rectangular shape, which appeared almost
fluid. My friend (there were three of us present--T.F.)
said it looked like a jellyfish, I think, because the
shape appeared to be changing."
"All of them seemed to have a bright orange light at
the front and back, or maybe on top, as you could see the
lights when they were coming towards us or going away.
But the light was not visible while they were overhead."
(Email Form Report)
UFO SIGHTINGS CONTINUE
More UFOs have been sighted in Argentina recently,
according to UFO Roundup correspondent Ricardo E.
On Sunday, July 24, 2005, at 8:29 p.m., "a bright
light-pulse flashed at the zenith in the sky over
Cordoba," capital city of Argentina's province of the same
name. "Two minutes, 28 seconds later, a luminous white
orb began moving towards the east. It was apparently the
size of the planet Jupiter. The energy release was 'very
striking,' according to those who observed it."
Cordoba is located 400 kilometers (250 miles) west-
northwest of Buenos Aires, the national capital.
On Monday, July 25, 2005, "another bright luminous
flash was seen from the grounds of the Observatory" in
Cordoba. "The strange light presented a blue coloration."
On Saturday, August 6, 2005, from 7 to 7:20 p.m.,
"observers onshore spotted a luminous UFO hovering the
cities and towns of the (Rio Parana) Delta," north of
Buenos Aires. Sightings were reported in Tigre, Belen de
Escobar, Ibicuy, Zarate and Campana. "The phenomenon was
also seen over the Rio de la Plata," east of the city.
"Several fireballs of a great intensity flew from the
north to the southeast. Seconds later, they hovered over
the Rio de la Plata and appeared as lights flashing."
On Tuesday, August 9, 2005, "at 7:56 p.m., "two UFOs
appeared and suddenly inflated to stars of the first
magnitude. They then dimmed equally suddenly. These
strange lights were seen over southern Cordoba and the
neighbouring town of Ferreyra. Both objects began as what
looked like ordinary stars, and they made absolutely no
sound. One observer captured two minutes of this
particular sighting on video." (Muchas gracias a Ricardo
E. D'Angelo para estas noticias.)
HOLY TSATHOGGUA! HORDES
OF TOADS INVADE A PRAIRIE
TOWN IN MONTANA
"Thousands of quarter-sized toads have invaded" Big
Sandy, Montana (population 703), a "north-central Montana
farming community, causing slippery streets and" raising
the ire of local entrepreneurs.
"The toads started showing up in the southeast
portion of town in the past couple of weeks."
"'I have no idea how many thousands of toads are in
town,' said Charlie Foussard. 'At times, you just can't
take a step.'"
"Karen Jesperson said some lawns in town are filled
with so many toads, it looks like the grass is moving."
"'They're pretty cute,' she said."
"Breezy Baumgarn, who works at the grocery store on
Main Street, said driving in town is a little sticky
because the roads are filled with tiny, smashed toads."
"'Poor little toads,' she said, 'Everyone keeps
running them over. They have nowhere to go.'"
"Some are collecting the toads with plans to sell
them to per stores. Others are talking about trying them
out as fish bait."
"Larry Ophus, chief of the volunteer fire department,
said the toads seems to be moving from east to west and
believes they will soon be on their way."
"It was just two years ago (2003) that the town's
streets were blocked by 10-foot (3-meter) drifts of
tumbleweeds. Firefighters hauled the tumbleweeds away and
"'The tumbleweeds were a hazard,' Ophus said, 'The
toads are just a nuisance.'"
Big Sandy, Mont. is on Highway 87 approximately 77
miles (123 kilometers) northeast of Great Falls. (See the
Great Falls, Mont. Tribune for August 15, 2005, "Thousands
of toads hop into Montana town." Many thanks to Terry
Duckworth, "the Archimagos Maximus of Tsathoggua," for
this newspaper article.)
CRAZY CROC OR COPYCAT?
A WEST VIRGINIA MYSTERY
Police in Charleston (population 53,421), the state
capital of West Virginia, are trying to solve a mystery.
Who's leaving alligators at different points around the
The latest find took place on Wednesday, August 10,
2005 when "someone left a two-foot-long (60-centimeter-
long) alligator in a plastic container in a convenience
store parking lot, officials said."
"Earlier this summer, workers at a repair shop found
a smaller alligator" on the top of an outdoor air-
conditioning unit "on the bank of the Kanawha River."
"'It sounds like a genuine phenomenon," UFO Roundup
editor Joseph Trainor commented, "Except for the fact that
the reptile was found in a plastic container.
That's never happened before in what is known in Forteana
as the crazy croc syndrome or the crazy crocs. This refers
to the unexplained appearance of small alligators or
crocodiles in areas far from their natural habitat--like
"Did the second alligator appear in Charleston on its
own? Or is there a 'Crocmeister' at work, leaving small
alligators around town in an attempt to bedevil local
authorities? If it is a 'Crocmeister,' he certainly is
conversant with the works of Charles Fort." (See USA
Today for August 11, 2005, "Across the USA--West
Virginia," page 7A.)
OVER THE HIMALAYAS
A Chinese amateur photographer flying over a remote
region of the Himalayas snapped a picture of two large
dragons flying through heavy clouds.
"On June 22, 2005, the photographer went to Amdo in
Tibet to attend the Qingh laying ceremony, and then took a
plane from Lhasa (Tibet's capital--J.T.) to fly back
inland. When flying over the Hir region, he accidentally
caught these two 'dragons' in a picture that he took. He
called these 'two dragons'."
"Looking at the photo, these two objects appear to
have the characteristics of crawling creatures that seem
to be covered by scales, the backs have spine-like
protuberances, and also they have rear ends."
"Although the photo caught only a portion of the
entire scene, it gave the appearance of two gigantic
dragons flying in the clouds" over the Himalayas.
"No wonder that China is the homeland of the dragons,
mysterious and powerful. It can always produce
spectacular sights beyond people's expectations," a
columnist in People's Daily wrote, commenting on the
strange photograph. "Is it really true? Is it possible
that there is an ancient civilization that we don't know
about? One that is sparsely populated? It really looks
like the dragons in the fables, and I really hope it is."
"In Chinese fairy tales, the dragon is a kind of rare
heavenly creature. It ascends to heaven in the spring
breeze and dives and hides in deep water. It promotes
clouds and brings rain. It also became the symbol of
"Culturally, the dragon is the Chinese ancestors'
totem. Nearly all races in China had fallen dragons as
the main subject, such as dragon boat races, the dragon
lantern dance and sacrificial offerings to the dragons to
implore timely wind and rain for good crops."
"Whether this creature really exists is still an
unsolved riddle. In the previous dynasties, there have
been many documents recording eyewitness accounts of
"A relatively recent tale occurred in the puppet
Manchuria regime (Japan occupied Manchuria in northern
China from 1931 to 1945--J.T.). A dragon fell to the
ground at the Chen family's Weizi village, on the south
shore of the Mudan River (today the Songhua River--J.T.).
The black dragon was on the verge of death. The
eyewitness said this creature had scales covering its body
and had a strong fishy smell that attracted numerous
"Records from previous dynasties also mentioned the
connection between the emergence of mysterious creatures
like dragons and the transition of (political) dynasties
"The appearance of the dragon invites our curiosity
and imagination." (See The Epoch Times for August 9,
2005, "Dragons in the Tibet sky." Many thanks to Chen
Jilin--no relation to the Chens of Weizi--for this
"The bodies of a dozen decapitated kangaroos have
been found at a suburban golf course. Their bodies were
found on the grounds of the golf course at Yarrambat and
neighbouring areas in the past two weeks."
"The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals--J.T.) said the attacks were horrific
and is working with the Nillumbik Shire Council to find
the perpetrator. Police have also been notified."
"RSPCA senior investigator Ken Waixel said the
attacks were extremely insane."
"'This type of behaviour, if it is a single
individual, is particularly graphic,' he said, 'There is a
link to violence against animals with violence to people.
It is a very distressing issue. We're asking for
community assistance to find out who the perpetrator is.'"
"Mayor Greg Johnson said the council was baffled by
"'We're at a loss as to what's going on here. It's a
dreadful thing, and we're very concerned about it,' he
said." (See the Australian newspaper Herald-Sun for
August 10, 2005, "Kangaroos' heads chopped off." Many
thanks to Todd and Kristin Rogan for this newspaper
THREE COWS MUTILATED
IN CUBANEA, ARGENTINA
"The discovery of two bovines found dead under not
entirely clear circumstances reactivated the mystery that
held the country (Argentina) hostage two years ago (2003)
when hordes of similar cases became known, and for which
no reasonable explanation was ever found beyond a number
of hypotheses--some of them extreme and unsustainable."
The three cows were found dead in two fields at
Cubanea, a small community in Argentina's Rio Negro
province approximately 70 kilometers (42 miles) from
"One property, belonging to Erberto Malaspina, the
development commissioner for Cubanea, contained two of the
bovines, located 50 meters (165 feet) from each other.
Malaspina's field is located on the side of National Route
25, which links Viedma with Conesa."
"One of the animals was found dead on a farm
belonging to Luis Garrone at Kilometer 1001 on National
Highway 3." This field was approximately 20 kilometers
(12 miles) away from Viedma in San Javier."
All three cows "had been relieved of their right eye
and ear, and the skin of its jawbone had been excised with
straight, cauterized incisions. It was further missing
its tongue and presented a 20-centimeter (6-inch) orifice
on the right side of the nape of the neck."
"Police officials from the San Javier Sheriff's
Office reported to the scene with experts from the
Criminality Bureau, who took (microscope) slides and
measured the scene of the discovery."
"In any event, Carlos Garrone, the field owner's
brother, reported that he had never seen anything like
it." (See the Argentinian newspaper Las Noticias for
August 8, 2005, "Three bovines killed suspiciously in Rio
Negro." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Cristian
Quintero del grupo Planeta UFO por este articulo de
DISCOVERY RETURNS SAFELY,
LANDS IN CALIFORNIA
"Pilot James Kelly admitted that he experienced a
'moment of trepidation' Tuesday," August 9, 2005, "as
space shuttle Discovery plunged toward Earth."
"'I wouldn't be human otherwise,' he said."
"Memories of Columbia's fateful journey two years
ago, in which all seven crewmembers died, were inevitable,
especially when Commander Eileen Collins pushed the button
to start Discovery's descent."
"Kelly, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, said he was
'honestly hoping that we'd make it farther than they did.
And I wished that they had made it all the way home.'"
Kelly, Collins and their fellow crew members,
spacewalkers Stephen Robinson and Soichi Noguchi, Charles
Camarda, Andy Thomas and Wendy Lawrence "landed smoothly
at 5:11 a.m. Pacific time at Edwards Air Force Base,
completing" the USA's first space shuttle mission since
the destruction of the shuttle Columbia on February 1,
Discovery "was supposed to land at the Kennedy Space
Center in Florida but was diverted to its landing site in
(California's) Mojave Desert. Two days of rain and
lightning in Florida made it too risky to land there."
"As it hurtled backwards 220 miles (352 kilometers)
above the Indian Ocean, Discovery fired its tail rockets
at 4:06 a.m. Pacific time, slowing just enough to drop out
of orbit and into Earth's atmosphere."
"A tense hour later, the shuttle appeared overhead as
a glowing star in clear, predawn darkness on its final
approach to Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base."
"'There was a moment of trepidation right before
Eileen hit the execute on the deorbit burn,' Kelly
confessed, referring to the rocket firing that initiated
re-entry. 'Once you do that, you're coming home.'"
"After touching down, Collins said, 'Houston,
Discovery, wheels stop."
"Roger, wheels stop, Discovery, and congratulations
on a truly spectacular test flight,' responded astronaut
Kenneth Ham at Mission Control."
"Stephanie Stilson, the vehicle manager in charge of
Discovery, confessed to 'hugging anybody who was close to
"President (George W.) Bush congratulated the crew,
saying the successful flight 'was an important step for
NASA as it regains the confidence of the American people'
and focuses NASA on a new mission: to return to the moon
and go to Mars."
"The moment was bittersweet for Evelyn Husband, who
watched Discovery's return at her home in Houston with her
children and two friends. Her husband, Rick, was
"Husband said she had been dreading the moment after
two-and-a-half years of waiting. When Discovery reached
the same point in its descent that Columbia broke up, 'I
got a lump in my throat.'"
"'We were very quiet,' she said, 'I was thinking
about my husband. And when we saw the infrared image of
the shuttle, it made me really sad. I wish we could've
seen the same thing."
"The shuttle fleet remains grounded until NASA can
diagnose why chunks of insulating foam continue to break
off the shuttle's external fuel tank on takeoff."
"Discovery's latest mission, the 114th for the
shuttle fleet since 1981, had its successes. It
resupplied and repaired the half-completed International
"Discovery also brought back more than 3 tons of
garbage and broken equipment. Astronauts Stephen Robinson
and Soichi Noguchi did three spacewalks."
"The 14-day mission, delayed by about two weeks by a
faulty fuel sensor, also chalked up a series of space
firsts--some reflecting NASA's troubles with the shuttle:"
(1) "A new array of cameras and sensors aboard
Discovery allowed NASA engineers to spot and assess dings
(2) "Collins flew a shuttle's first backflip, so the
space station crew could photograph the heat-resistant
tiles on Discovery's underside. The inspection disclosed
two sandpaper-like seals, known as gap fillers, protruding
from the heat shield. Engineers decided they could cause
overheating on re-entry."
(3) "Robinson did the first repair in orbit to the
shuttle's heat shield. Riding the station's robot arm, he
easily yanked out the gap fillers. NASA decided not to
repair a torn section of insulation blanketing near a
cockpit window. It caused no trouble on re-entry."
"Collins, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel,
acknowledged thinking about the Columbia crew during re-
entry. The astronauts had a photo of the Columbia crew on
board with them."
"To the Columbia families, Collins said, 'Our heart
goes out to them as we reach a point of closure for
them.'" (See USA Today for August 10, 2005,
"'Spectacular' mission ends in Calif.," page 3A.)
NEW ORBITER HEADS
"After a day's delay, a spacecraft loaded with high-
tech cameras, antenna and radar began a seven-month voyage
to Mars on Friday," August 12, 2005.
The new mission "aims to gather more data on the Red
Planet than all previous explorations combined."
"The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) lifted off
flawlessly on an Atlas V rocket, three days after space
shuttle Discovery returned to Earth from a two-week
The MRO, "the fourth Mars orbiter," is carrying "some
of the most sophisticated science instruments ever sent
into space," including the largest telescopic camera ever
sent to another planet. The new orbiter will "scan the
desolate surface in search of sites to land more robotic
explorers in the next decade."
"'It's time we started peeling back the onion layer
and start looking at Mars from different vantage points,'
says project manager James Graf of the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory in Pasadena," California.
"Like the three (Earth) spacecraft currently flying
around Mars--including a European orbiter--the latest
orbiter will seek evidence of water and other signs that
the planet once could have hosted life."
"Powered by solar panels on its journey, the orbiter
is expected to reach Mars" on or about March 15, 2006.
The $720 million mission was launched from Cape Canaveral,
The MRO's "powerful camera can snap the sharpest
pictures yet of the planet's rust-colored surface, with
six times the resolution of past images."
"During the 310-million-mile trip, NASA will test the
six instruments aboard the orbiter, including one that
will measure the ultraviolet radiation from Earth so
scientists will have a comparison with Mars."
"The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will be NASA's last
Mars orbiter this decade. Belt-tightening forced the
agency to cancel a $500 million mission planned for 2009."
"However, two more landing attempts are set during
the next four years. Scientists hope to use the orbiter's
detailed mapping to scout safe landing sites for the
Phoenix Mars and Mars Science Laboratory missions in 2007
and 2009, respectively."
"The information gleaned by the spacecraft also could
help scientists decide where to send a lander during the
next decade to return the first samples of Martian rock
and soil to Earth."
"The stationary Phoenix lander will use a robotic arm
to explore the icy plains of Mars' north pole. Later, the
Mars Science Laboratory will analyze rocks and soil in
finer detail than other rovers, which uncovered geologic
evidence of water in the planet's past."
"The solar-powered Spirit and Opportunity rovers are
still trekking across the Martian surface" on opposite
sides of the Red Planet, having "thrilled space fans with
their hijinks on Mars."
"The 2-ton Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter also will try
to find two ill-fated spacecraft--NASA's Mars Polar Lander
and Britain's Beagle 2 lander--that lost contact (with
Earth) during separate landing attempts."
"The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter should reach Mars'
orbit in mid-March next year. Along with its telescopic
camera, the orbiter's payload includes ground-penetrating
radar that can probe up to a third of a mile beneath
surface rock and ice for evidence of water."
"Today Mars is cold and dry with large caps of frozen
water at its poles. Scientists think the planet was a
wetter and possibly warmer place eons ago--conditions that
might have been conducive to life." (See the Duluth,
Minn. News-Tribune for August 13, 2005, "NASA launches
Mars orbiter," page 2A; and USA Today for August 8, 2005,
"Mars attracts: New orbiter set for launch," page
FREAK HAILSTORM LASHES
A thunderstorm hurled hailstones as big as grapefruit
at farms and ranches in western Minnesota's Otter Tail
County (population 57,159).
During the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 9,
2005, "baseball-sized hail pounded parts of Otter Tail
County, damaging buildings and vehicles."
"Marie Jacobson, co-owner of the nursery Outdoor
Renovations, reported losing thousands of dollars in
plants and equipment. The hail, which she said was
'softball-sized at times,' punched holes through the tops
of her greenhouses and shattered her clay birdbaths."
"It also knocked out windshields in her fleet of
"Jake Jacobson of Underwood, Minn. (population 285)
held pieces of hail" as big as portable CD players when he
posed "behind his truck window that was broken overnight
during a hailstorm on Tuesday."
"Otter Tail Power Co. reported about 200 residents in
Fergus Falls (population 13,471) and about 205 residents
in Miltona (population 250) were without power for about
three hours early Tuesday."
(Editor's Note: In addition to being the home of the
world-famous Goose Gallop, Fergus Falls was the site of
one of the worst tornadoes in Minnesota history back in
The same storm system caused lightning damage in the
Minneapolis-St. Paul area a few hours later.
An "employee was standing on the tarmac at Flying
Cloud Airport when the tarmac was hit by lightning.
According to broadcast reports, the employee was shocked
and taken to the hospital but suffered no serious
"Lightning also struck a house near 56th Street and
Nicollet Avenue in southern Minneapolis and started a fire
there. Firefighters said the fire damage was limited, but
the house sustained water damage."
"In Chaska, Minn. (population 17,449), a two-story
house was hit by lightning. The second story of the house
bore the brunt of the damage, and the roof was badly
"A third house was hit in Maple Grove, Minn.
Otter Tail County is intersected by state Highways 3,
24 and 35, located about 190 miles (304 kilometers)
northwest of Minneapolis. (See the Duluth, Minn. News-
Tribune for August 10, 2005, "Lightning hits metro area
homes," page 4D.)
THE AMAZING DIAPER MAN
It looks like UK now has its own home-grown
"UK police said Monday," August 15, 2005, "they were
searching for a man wearing a diaper, who approaches women
late at night and asks: 'Are there any baby-changing
facilities around here?'"
Police in "Cleveland in northeastern England said the
latest incident occurred around 11 p.m. Sunday," August
14, 2005, "where he surprized a woman walking her dog in a
play area near Eaglescliffe, near Middlesbrough."
"Police said no one had been assaulted by the man but
decided his behaviour is bizarre and a cause for concern."
"'There have been several reports of him having been
seen in Eaglescliffe dressed only in a nappy, and we are
keen to trace him and speak to him,' police said." (See
the Reading Evening Post for August 15, 2005. Many thanks
to Sarah Caldwell for this newspaper item.)
BELGIAN WRITER PICKED UP
FOR HOLOCAUST DENIAL
"Belgian negationist and extreme-right publicist
Siegfried Verbeke has been arrested at Schiphol Airport in
Amsterdam," the capital of the Netherlands, "and might be
extradited to Germany for trial."
"A German judge issued an international arrest
warrant against Verbeke at the end of last year (2004)
because he cast doubt over the Internet whether the Nazis
actually killed six million Jews in World War II."
"Germany asked Belgium to extradite Verbeke, of
Kortrijk, (also known as Courtrai--J.T.)" located 40
kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Antwerp, in 2004 "but a
Belgian judge refused the request."
"Verbeke has already been convicted in Belgium for
negationism. The Appeals Court in Antwerp sentenced him
in April of this year (2005) to a maximum one-year jail
term and an E2,500 (Euro) fine for breaching negationist
and anti-racism laws."
"The 63-year-old Verbeke has been the head of the
Free Historical Research Center (Flemish acronym VHO)
since 1983. The center publishes books in which the
Holocaust is denied or downplayed."
"Verbeke has used the principle of freedom of speech
to defend himself in the past and is a reknowned figure
"He holds links with various extreme-right groups
across the continent, Flemish broadcaster VRT reported."
(See the Belgian newspaper De Standaard for August 5,
2005. Many thanks to Valentin M. Dobrobanov for this
>From the UFO Files...1990: SAINTS OR CHARLATANS?
THE SEERS OF ARGENTINA
These are probably the most controversial apparitions
of the Virgin Mary (birth name: Miriam bat-Joachim--J.T.)
in contemporary South America. The Roman Catholic Church
hierarchy is holding both seers at arm's length. But
they're not going away.
"They bring multitudes. They create an evident
spiritual atmosphere. They say the Virgin appears before
them and gives them messages calling for greater religious
devotion among the faithful."
"Believers credit to them gifts--or at least the
possibility that they may have them--of intercession with
Mary, or directly with Jesus Christ, to grant favors,
"Many say that what they asked for was granted to
them, and many claimed to have deepened their conversion
and even that of their loved ones."
Meet Sra. Maria Livia Galiano de Obeid. Senora
Galiano de Obeid lives in Salta, the capital of the
province of the same name, among the foothills of the
Andes in northwestern Argentina.
"The case involving the so-called Virgen del Cerro
(Translated: The Virgin of the Mountain--J.T.) in Salta is
the oldest and also the strongest. It began in 1990 when"
Maria Livia, then "a married housewife with three children
claimed being visited by the Virgin. The image, according
to the description is different from other devotional
images known," for example, Our Lady of Fatima, fist seen
at Cova da Iria in Portugal's Serra da Aire mountains in
Maria Livia "allegedly received messages from the
Virgin, and, in 1995, the entity told her that her image
represents a new avocation--the Immaculate Mother of the
Divine Eucharistic Heart of Jesus."
"According to Maria Livia, the Virgin asked in the
first apparitions that a shrine be built for her at
Shoenstatt," a village located at the foot of the
mountain. "She later added that the messages be made
known through a Carmelite abbey in the" Salta area.
(Editor's Note: Salta is a notorious UFO hotspot.
Since 1996, UFO Roundup has documented dozens of UFO and
paranormal events in this region, located 900 kilometers
(540 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina's
"Later on, she asked that another sanctuary be built
for her at the top of the mountain, and that this site
should become an evangelical center. She added that a
house for elderly priests, a seminary and a house for
monks" should also be constructed. "But, above all, she
recommended asking for conversion and the adoration of the
"Increasingly, more people congregate every Saturday
around the image of the new avocation. Amid a powerful
spiritual atmosphere, people congregated to pray the
Rosary and to meditate on the messages received by the
seeress. With all this, the most exciting moment is when
Maria Livia prays a brief 'Prayer of Intercession' for the
intentions of the faithful, walking in front of them and
placing her hands on her shoulders for a few moments."
"To many, this is a very powerful experience. Not a
few collapse to the ground--even the men. Behind them,
ever-attentive ushers keep people from being hurt during
"In fact, it is only possible to reach the image
following a path along which the ushers--wearing white and
blue kerchiefs--offer water. Many report a scent of
roses, which do not exist in the area."
(Editor's Note: Nor at that altitude in the Andes.)
"The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Salta is very
cautious. After the former archbishop, Monsignor Moises
Blanchoud, allowed the distribution of messages received
by Maria Livia, the present archbishop, Monsignor Mario
Cargnello," made up his mind "to forbid the most recent
messages from becoming known while they are being studied"
by the Church.
"Monsignor Cargnello also virtually forbade the
'Prayer of Intercession' in an announcement made two years
ago (2003). Cargnello made it clear that, in his diocese,
'no layman is authorized to perform the laying on of
"Cargnello also questioned the messages, which he
considered 'revelations lacking content' and maintained
that 'the seeress' urge to be in the limelight is
"He further stated that he was never informed of the
results of the psychological exam requested for Maria
"'The woman and the Carmelite nuns did not comply
with what the Church asked them to do,' was the recent
statement from the Archdiocese of Salta."
"Maria Livia's collaborators sent him a letter last
month (July 2005) in which they denied that the results of
the psychological tests had been concealed and asked him
to be more understanding toward the phenomenon."
In Mendoza, another city in the Andes of Argentina,
yet another Marian seer has made an appearance. Meet
"The Mendoza case is more recent. It began on July
27, 2000 when Yanzon reported having seen his first
apparition of the Virgin under the avocation of the
(Editor's Note: Exactly seven days before Yanzon's
apparition, on Thursday, July 20, 2000, Fatima seers
Francisco and Jacinta Marto appeared to me in a dream and
warned of a major war erupting in the Middle East. Boy,
did that come true! They also warned that the Zionists
would use the war-emergency to crush the born-again
Christians of the USA. For details, see UFO Roundup,
volume 5, number 30 for July 27, 2000, "Another October
Surprise?" page 8.)
"Yanzon himself claims to have received messages,
even those requesting the construction of a sanctuary.
Many pilgrims visit him at El Algarrobal in the department
(district) of Las Heras upon hearing of his reputed
efficacy as an intercessor for finding impossible cures
and other miracles."
"But he was recently denounced by a close
collaborator who accused him of fraud."
In May 2005, "the Roman Catholic Archbishop of
Mendoza, Jose Maria Arancibia, seriously questioned the
authenticity of the phenomena experienced by Yanzon."
"'There aren't sufficient reasons to acknowledge
these alleged supernatural manifestations as genuine,'"
Archbishop Arancibia pointed out in his pastoral letter.
"He rejected the alleged messages on the grounds that
'they contain serious errors and statements contrary to
the Roman Catholic faith.'"
However, Archbishop Arancibia "reserved his judgement
on the (divine) grace that the faithful claim to have
received" at El Algarrobal.
"He concluded his pastoral message with an incisive
reflection: 'We cannot cease to wonder what our God is
telling us at El Algarrobal. What are we being told
through the faces, lips and supplications of so many of
our brothers, who, having heard of a possible
manifestation of Mary, set out to reach this difficult
location? How may we hear the voice of the (Holy) Spirit
in all this?'"
Mendoza is located near Argentina's border with
Chile, about 700 kilometers (420 miles) west of Buenos
Aires and 500 kilometers (300 miles) southwest of Salta.
On August 5, 1917, Jacinta Marto, the youngest of the
Fatima seers, had a vision at her family home in
Aljustrel, Portugal of the "Pope of the Last Days" or the
Tribulation. In this vision, she saw the Pope at an
unfamiliar mountaintop sanctuary "praying before the
Immaculate Heart of Mary," just before his execution by
the troops of the New World Order.
Is Jacinta's vision fated to come true in Argentina's
Or is the mountain at Medjugorje in Bosnia-
Hercegovina the site of this prophesied future event?
On August 5, 1984, the Virgin appeared at Medjugorje
and revealed a small but interesting secret. August 5th
is her birthday. Miriam was born to Joachim and his wife,
Hannah, in Nazareth on August 5 in 16 B.C.
As for the next apparition...stay tuned! (See the
Argentinian newspaper Clarin for August 3, 2005, "Mystic
phenomena defies the Church." Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales y Cristian Quintero del grupo Planeta UFO por
este articulo de diario. See also The Sun Danced at
Fatima by Father Joseph A. Pelletier, Image Books, New
York, N.Y., 1983, page 66.)
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