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ANOTHER DISASTER FORTUNE TELLERS MISSED!
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AnotherDisasterThe

FortuneTellersMissed

TELLERS MISSED! AnotherDisasterThe FortuneTellersMissed byRobMcConnell-Publisher Thecatastrophethatishappeninginthe

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Thecatastrophethatishappeninginthe GulfofMexicorightthisveryminutethanksto BP, where vast amounts of oil are escaping uncontrolled,isaprimeexampleofwhyIdo not give those who proclaim to have fortune telling abilities or “the gift” any credibility whatsoever. Once again, they have missed another worldalteringevent.Notoneofthesesocalled psychics and/or tarot card readers foretold of thisdisaster-notone.Ifanyofthemnowclaim

theyhadpredictedthisevent-BULL! Iftheyareproclaimingtheiraccuracyon theirinternetwebsitesandblogs-BULL!Hey psychics youclaimtoseethefuturenotwhat hashappenedinthepast! It is no secret that I have no use whatsoever for psychics, tarot card readers, mediums, channels, palmists and other people whohaveweededtheirwayintotheparanormal communitywhoclaimthattheycanforetellthe future,andwhoareverysuccessfulindeceiving membersofsocietywhoaredesperateforthat light at the end of the tunnel - or those long wordssoughttobeheardfromthosewhohave died-allforaprice. In my opinion they are white collar criminals who should be held responsible for theiractions.Let'sfaceit-whensomeonerobs a bank, they are a criminal whether they are arrested atthetimetheyrobthebankornot. Section 365 of the Canadian Criminal readsasfollows, ”Everyonewhofraudulently

(a) pretends to exercise or to use any kind of preventaworldalteringevent?

witchcraft,sorcery,enchantmentorconjuration, (b) undertakes, for a consideration, to tell fortunes,or (c)pretendsfromhisskillinorknowledgeofan occultorcraftysciencetodiscoverwhereorin whatmanneranythingthatissupposedtohave

beenstolenorlostmaybefound,isguiltyofan offencepunishableonsummaryconviction.” If fortune tellers are infact legitimate, shouldtheynothavebeenabletopredictand preventtheGulfodMexicooildisaster? Therefore,whentheydidnotmakethis prediction,theyprovedthattheyarenotableto tellthefutureastheyclaim,thereforemaking theirclaimsofforsigthfraudulent. AsfarasIamconcerned,allpsychics andtarotcardreadersandotherswhoclaimto havetheabilitytotellthefutureorwhatthey call "the gift" are frauds and should be shut down.

Thereisnoplaceintoday'ssocietyfora thisgroupofindividualswhohavesociological problems(believingthattheycantellthefuture) fitting into main stream society, where they preyontheunfortunate. Whenwasthelasttimethattherewasa documented case where information from a psychic or other fortune telling practitioner actuallywastakenseriouslyandusedtostopor

Did any one of the thousands of self proclaimed fortune tellers that can be found littered across the internet and on psychic

hotlines tell President Bush or any person in

authoritywhocouldhavemadea-

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01-AnotherDisasterFortuneTellersMissed

03-ColoradoPsychicArrested

03-PETAWantsToRentAmityvilleHorrorHouse

04-Psychic-“I Didn’tSeeScam”

04-LeonardNimoyGratefulforOpportunities

04-ManSaysPortlandPsychicDupedHim

05-DarrenBrownInvestigates

05-TranssexualSaysGypsyPsychicGotHim

06-GhostHuntingIsSeriousBusiness

07-ElectromagneticRadiation

11-HotlinePsychicAdmitsIt’sA Scam

12-Alien’sHijackNASA Voyager

12-SimpleExplanationForUFOSightings

14-NewfoundlandUFOStillA Mystery

14-PoliticiansReportUFO Sightings

15-UFO InspiresInventor

16-MindControlledBionicArm

16-UFOsGoToSchool

17-Top10MostCommonUFO Explanations

19-NY ProfPlansToTeachUFO Course

21-TruthBehindNASA’sUFO Videos

24-IfAliensCall,TheyBetterWearArmour

24-BizarreNews

25-AreAliens& AngelsTheSameThing?

26-CrusadeToPutPsychicsOutOfBusiness

28-TheSkullofDoom

36-PredictingtheEndofTime

40-Nostradamusand2012

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differencethatagroupofterroristweregoingto strikeamajorblowtofreedomanddemocracy interroristattacksinNewYorkandWashington

onSeptember11,2001?

Did any one fortune teller contact BP, theWhiteHouseortheUSCoastGuardandtell themthattherewasgoingtobeacatastrophein theGulfofMexico?

Here are some other major events that psychics,tarotcardreaders,mediums,channels,

astrologers

fortune telling

practitionershavemissedsofarthisyear:

-January1–Asuicidebombingoccurs

atavolleyballgameinnorthwesternPakistan,

killingatleast95,andinjuringover100.

- January 12 – A 7.0-magnitude earthquake occurs in Haiti, devastating the nation'scapital,Port-au-Prince

-January25–EthiopianAirlinesFlight

409crashesintotheMediterraneanSeashortly

after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri

InternationalAirport,killingall90peopleon-

board.

- February 27 – An 8.8-magnitude earthquakeoccursinChile,triggeringatsunami

overthePacificandkilling497.

-April 10 – The President of Poland,

LechKaczyński,isamong96killedwhentheir

airplanecrashesinwesternRussia

-April13–A6.9-magnitudeearthquake

and

other

occursinQinghai,China,killingatleast2,000

andinjuringmorethan10,000

-April 14 –Volcanic ash from one of several eruptions beneath Eyjafjallajökull, a glacier in Iceland, begins to disrupt air traffic acrossnorthernandwesternEurope - May 12 – Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 crashes at runway atTripoli International

AirportinLibyakilling103onboardleaving

onlyonesurvivor Ifthesepsychicsandtheothermembers oftheirfortunetellinggangs,cannotaccurately predictmajorworldevents,someofwhichhave beenmentionedabove,howwouldtheybeable tohelpmembersofsocietywiththeirlives? How would they be able to help them with questions about their love, their money, theirjobsandtheirfamilies? What would cause a person who has thesetypesofproblemstoseekouttheadvice fromtheseunscrupulousmembersofsociety? Psychologistsstatethatwhatthepeoplewhogo to psychics are seeking is just simple, reinforcement-aglimmerofhope-thelightat theendofthetunnel-theonethingthatthese peopledonotwantisreality. Theywouldratherpayastrangertolie to them then to have family and friends tell themthetruthfornothing. Theonlyfuturethatpsychic,tarotcard readers, mediums, channel, palmists, tea readers,astrologersandtheirassociatescansee isthatthereisasuckerborneveryminuteand thereareenoughpeoplelookingforaquickfix (oralie)foreachandeveryoneofthem.

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Here'sareafewquestions:

Do psychics, tarot card readers, mediums,channels,teareaders,astrologersand otherpeoplewhoclaimstohavethegift-and

nowImustincludethosewhodoangelreadings declare their revenue to the IRS or Revenue Canada? Dotheyissuereceipts? Dotheycollecttheappropriatetaxes? Question: Why is it when I call up a psychictheysay"Hello?"insteadofanswering, "HiRob" Answer:They only have the ability to tellthefutureofthosewhoarewillingtolisten

to what they are saying

those who are

desperate enough to be willing to allow the fortune teller to manipulate their lives in one

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fortellingclientstheir

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evilspirits

fortellingclientstheir moneywaspossessedby evilspirits Colorado-NancyMarks,apsychicfrom

Colorado-NancyMarks,apsychicfrom

Lafayette,Colorado,wasarrestedforfraud

aftertellingclientstheirmoneywaseviland

thatshe'dtaketheircursedcashsothemoney

wouldsufferinstead.

NancyMarks,apsychicfromLafayette, Colorado, was arrested for fraud after telling clientstheir"money[was]evil"andthatshe'd take their cursed cash so "the money would suffer"instead.

Marksmadeatleast$290,000usingthis

scam.

Marks - who runs a psychic reading business creatively named Psychic Readings - warned victims that malicious spirits were hauntingtheirbankaccountsandthatshewould taketheevilassetsofftheirhands. Her scam would've continued had a whistleblower named Linda not contacted police.

According to Linda, Marks is charged

withtwocountsofTheftOver$20,000andone

countofCriminalImpersonation.IfMarkstold

countofCriminalImpersonation.IfMarkstold you Vigo the Carpathian was exercising

you Vigo the Carpathian was exercising demonicinfluenceoveryourbankaccount,you

cancontactdetectivesat(303)-665-5571.

WhyDoesPETAWantto

Rentthe"Amityville

Horror"House?

OpinionbyPETA

ByKarinBennett

Mediaoutletseverywherearereporting thatahomeonNewYork'sLongIslandisfor sale. Why all the buzz? This house is well known as the "Amityville Horror house," the infamous site of alleged paranormal activity broughtonbygruesomemurdersatthehomeas depicted in the horror classic The Amityville Horror.

Whether or not you believe in ghosts, there's no denying the horrors that countless animalssufferinfactoryfarmsbeforetheyare cruelly killed in slaughterhouses. So enter PETA: We've written to the current owner to proposethatwebeallowedtorenttheresidence sothatwecansetupshop—er,hauntedhouse. PETA's"AmityvilleSlaughterhouseofHorrors" would guarantee chills (and likely some sleepless nights) for visitors who will experience what life and death are like for victimsoffactoryfarmsandslaughterhouses. Of course, it wouldn't be all gore and horror: Our walk-through exhibit would also

includeanon-sitecaféwherevisitorscanlearn about simple, tasty alternatives to butchered animalbits.

Willwebebringingthehauntingreal-

life tales of tormented animals toAmityville? We'll let you know—in the meantime, make

sure your own kitchen doesn't look like a murderscenebygoingvegan.[]

We'll let you know—in the meantime, make sure your own kitchen doesn't look like a murderscenebygoingvegan.[]

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'Psychichealer'Grabovoi

toterminatepublic

activity-wife

toterminatepublic activity-wife Russian "psychic healer" Grigory

Russian "psychic healer" Grigory Grabovoi,releasedfromjailonFridaymidway through an eight-year sentence on fraud

charges, will not get involved in public activitiesagain,hiswifesaidWednesday. "He is going to get a legal education, bringuphischildren,dofamilyworkandwait for his grandchildren," Yelena Grabovoi told journalists. A statement on the website of

Grabovoi's"socialandpolitical"organization-

Drugg - said he would only issue statements through his lawyers, following "slanderous" mediareports. In 2005, Kazakh-born Grabovoi made headlinesallovertheworldwhenhepromised toresurrectthechildrenkilledasRussianforces stormed a school that had been seized by ChechenmilitantsintheNorthCaucasustown

ofBeslan.Atotalof331people,including186

children, died in whathas been referred to as

Russia's9/11.

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fraud charges after a sting operation by a Moscowjournalist.Hewassubsequentlyfound guilty of 11 counts of fraudulently obtaining money "under the guise of resurrecting the victims'deadrelativesorcuringthemofserious

illnesses."Hewassentencedto11yearsbehind

bars,latercuttoeightonappeal. Grabovoi, who once declared his intentiontorunforpresident("myfirstactwill betobandeath")deniedallthecharges,saying hehadpursuedpolitical,public,religiousand scientificactivitiesinorderto"benefitpeople". The day before his release, Grabovoi offeredhis"services"inthesearchforminers missing after a recent accident in a Siberian coalmine. The mayor of the nearby town of Mezhdurechensk responded by saying if Grabovoi arrived "we will grab him by the scruffoftheneckandchuckhimoutofhere."

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ASHAKENpsychictoldyesterdayhow

shewas"terrorised"intocarryingouta£16,000

bank scam after crooks threatened to kill her childrenifsherefused. Mum-of-three Lynne MacNeill didn't see the con coming as she held a clairvoyant session for the gangsters' girlfriends - not realisingwhotheirpartnerswere. Whenshetoldthemshewasindebt,the

menofferedher£1,200towalkintothebank

withfakeIDandtakeouthugeloansforthem. But the 41-year-old claimed when she triedtobackoutofthecon,thethugsthreatened tohurtherchildren. Shesaid:"ImentionedIwasindebtand theypouncedonthat.Ididagreetoitatfirst,but whenItriedtowalkawaytheyterrorisedme." At Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday sheweptasshewassparedajailsentenceafter admitting the fraud. The court heard she had managed to get £5,000 from the Natwest in EdinburghlastJune.Butwhenshewentback later for £11,000, cops arrived and arrested MacNeill. Police took £850 from her Glasgow homeandyesterdayshewasorderedtopaythe bank £750 and got 180 hours' community service.SheriffDerrickMcInytretoldher:"You shouldbecarefulofthecompanyyoukeep."

MansaysPortland

psychicdupedhim

byKatherineCook

DrakarDruellawenttoseeapsychicon Hawthorne Boulevard to deal with childhood abuseissueslastfall. He claims that psychic Cathy Stevens took advantage of his emotional vulnerability withgenderidentityissuesfromchildhood,his upbringing as Roman Catholic and personal details of his life to sway him into providing cash,Rolexwatches,evenaHummer. Shesaidsheneededacomponentwithin theRolexforhertreatmentsandtheHummerto conductherworkinremoteareas. PolicearrestedStevenslastJanuaryon aggravated theft accusations, but dropped the chargestolookfurtherintothecase. Stevensattorneysaidhisclientisonlyin the business of helping people and suggested that a police reference to gypsies in a prior

and suggested that a police reference to gypsies in a prior reporthintsofreligiouspersecution.

reporthintsofreligiouspersecution. Druellasaidthepubliccanbeunkindto peoplewhohavegonethroughhisexperience. "Don'tbeembarrassed,"hesuggeststo others who fell into his situation. "This is a culturethat Ithinkquitefranklytreatpeople who go through these kinds of things kind of likethewaywomenusedtobetreatedforbeing raped.Theygetblamed.'Youwerestupid.You letthishappen.Youaskedforthis.That'swhat yougetfornotusingyournoggin." "Butthesepeople(likehim)whowalk throughdoorslikethis,"hesaid,"arein really toughplacesinlife." Portland Police Bureau detectives

believe

spokeswoman Detective Mary Wheat. They should contact Detective Andrew Madden at

(503)823-0450.

there

are

other

victims,

said

LeonardNimoygrateful fortheopportunitieshis

60-yearcareerhasgiven

him

After60years,LeonardNimoywillsay

goodbye to film and television for good Thursday night with a final guest-star appearance on Fox’s science-fiction drama "Fringe.” No more Mr. Spock from the original 1960s "Star Trek” series, where Nimoy first gave us the Vulcan phrase "Live long and prosper.” No more from "Fringe’s” William Bell, the morally ambiguous scientist Nimoy portrays who can travel between alternate universes. Andthoughhe’sretiredbeforeandwas

compelledtoreturntoactinginthe2009"Star

Trek”movieastheolderSpock,he’sadamant thathisdecisionthistimeisfinal.He’sreadyto turnhismostfamouscharacterovertoZachary Quinto,whoportrayedtheyoungerSpockinthe latestfilm,andmoveontootherventures. "Sixty years, I think, is long enough,” Nimoysaidduringarecentconferencecallwith reporters."IdecidedsometimeagothatIdidn’t wanttodothisanymore.” Nimoy, 79, isn’t slowing down. A longtimephotographer,heismakingprintsfor hisfirstsoloexhibitionatamajormuseum,the Massachusetts Museum of ContemporaryArt.

Theexhibit,"SecretSelves,”willopenJuly31.

Nimoy said he acted in "Fringe” as a favor to J.J. Abrams, who directed the latest "StarTrek”movieandwhoiscreatoroftheFox televisionshowaboutparanormalphenomena, nowinitssecondseason. "Hedidagreatjobwiththe‘StarTrek’ movieandtreatedmeextremelywell,”Nimoy said."Theworkon‘Fringe’hasturnedouttobe excitedandinteresting.” Headded,"I’mverygratefulforallthe greatopportunitiesI’vehadandthepeopleI’ve metandthepeopleI’veworkedwith.The‘Star Trek’ character has been a blessing to me becauseIfinditverydignifiedandapositive character and a great role model for a lot of people.”[]

been a blessing to me becauseIfinditverydignifiedandapositive character and a great role model for a lot of

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WhoContactsTheDead-

didhesucceedinexposing

fraud?

WhoContactsTheDead- didhesucceedinexposing fraud? SimonCocks Derren Brown’s latest television

SimonCocks

Derren Brown’s latest television appearanceisaninteresting(yetoverlong)look intopsychicswhoprofesstohavetheabilityto talk to the dead. The hour-long documentary coveredalotofdetailsIthoughtwerealittle obvious;butit’sreallynotmyplacetotellyou what or what not to believe in. I’m a sceptic though,andtheeventsofBrown’sweekspent with self-employed psychic Joe Powers were fairlyunsurprisingtome. It’sgoodthatBrownreadilyadmitshe himselfhasnopsychicpowers.Anyonewho’s everseenhimonTVbeforewillknowofhis impressive abilities of persuasion and showmanship. In fact, when given the opportunitytopretendtodoapsychicreading, I thought he did a better job than the “professional”Powers! DuringtheweekthatBrownspentwith theLiverpudlian“psychic”,Powershadamix of good and bad readings. In his worst, he basicallygotnohitsatall.Andinhisbest,he reallyseemedtohaveallthefacts.It’sevident thoughthatallofwhathewasdoingcouldbe explained by a little research and a look into ‘coldreading’. If you’re a sceptic like me, you’ll already know what cold reading is. The technique of convincing someone you’ve just met that you know them extremely well is somethingDerrenBrownisanexpertat.And when Powers’ techniques are put under even just a little scrutiny, it’s clear that he could easily be using cold reading to achieve his results.

Itwasinterestingtoseeabreakdownof justhowcoldreadingisdone,butasIjustsaid, mostscepticswillknowthisalready.Ifyou’rea believer,itwon’tmattertoyou;alltheevidence isn’tgoingtochangeyourmind.Thisisshown bythefactthatClaireCooper(fromHollyoaks and Coronation Street - she sits for a pretend readingfromBrown)isconvincedthatBrown haspsychicabilitiesdespitehisowninsistence thathehasNOclairvoyantabilitiesofanykind. Anyway, it doesn’t matter that I think peoplecan’ttalktothedead.It’sneverbeenmy agendatochangeanybody’sviews.But,evenif they could, do you really think they’d be throwingoutnumbersandletterstopsychicsin somesortofbeyond-the-graveguessinggame? Attheendoftheday,thisdocumentary isfullofobviousobservations.Andmostofyou

willhavegotthegistofthingsbytheendofthe firstpart.IhavetoadmitthatIfeeldisappointed byitbecauseitwillhaveprovidedaplatform for Powers’ awful business. This seedy man reliesonotherpeople’smiseryandgriefforhis living-Iwonderhowhesleepsatnight. WhenBrownsaidthatthewholething made him feel “sad and uncomfortable”, I

agreed. The

the

documentaryisthatitneatlygivesclearproof midlife crisis," Druella said. "As a result of

thatthisparticularpsychicisafraud.Butmy overriding feeling is still of anger; I hate that lying psychics are able to get away with manipulatingpeopleinthisway.Because,inmy opinion,it’sjustplainwrong.

and, Kruger said, "As far as where Cathy Stevensis,Icouldn'ttellyouthat." Druella, a transsexual who was born a woman, said he was only looking for "a few tidbitstodirectmeandcomfortmeandgiveme asenseofsafetyandsecurity"whenhewentin to the Hawthorne Psychic Shop for a palm- readinglastOctober. "For lack of a better word, I had a

some soul-searching, I thought I would try to

liveaswomanagainafter20yearslivingasa

man--togoback.Iwasstrugglingatthetime." Druella said he had a "rough time" stoppingtestosterone,whichhecomparedtoa

woman's

hysterectomy, and "coming out" again as a womantohisco-workers. "Iwaslookingforsomeonetogivemea littlesignorsomething,"saidDruella,whohad previously seen other psychics and spiritual teachers."Iwentintoatailspin.Ididn'tsleep wellforeightmonthsandIwasfightingtheflu. "Ihadadesireforalovingfigureand spiritualpersoninmylifeand[Stevens]really

did play on that," Druella said. "I was really vulnerable." Stevens,whomhedescribedasdressed in a jean skirt and boots with her dark hair pulled back in a pony tail, "seemed like an averageniceperson." "She didn't have any weird stuff, just metaphysical books on her shelf and pretty candlesandincense,hesaid. But in the course of their first conversation, which cost $265, Druella said Stevens"presseduponasensitivethread'--his Catholicupbringing. "She said that I had some kind of bad energy around me and was profoundly concerned for my well-being," said Druella, whotoldheraboutthe"heinousabuse"hesaid hehadsufferedasachild. Druella said a relative had performed satanic rituals on him before the age of 5.

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any

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hormonal response after

define

ritual abuse

as

psychological,physicalorsexualassaultonan unwillingvictimcommittedbycultistsorinthe nameofreligion. "Shehitthejackpotwhensheknewmy history,"hesaid."Ijustwentforitlock,stock andbarrel." Druella said Stevens told him that she had"specialconnections"totheVatican. "Shecalleditanexorcismandsaidshe neededatabernacle,"hesaid."Aftersheusedit, she would return it and I would be fully refunded.ShewaslyingandIbelievedit." Druella, who has an associate's degree from Portland Community College and has worked for 10 years with the same company, said he had always "lived simply" and had "impeccable"credit. Butatherurging,hesaid,heboughtan

H-3THummerfor$45,940sotheycouldgoto

aremoteareaanddospiritualwork. Druellasaidhealsoagreedtobuyfour Rolex watches, totaling $37,840 so Stevens couldusethe"specialcomponents"tosavehis life.

Healsohandedoverjournalsfromhis previousadvisor,givingthepsychicevenmore material to take advantage of his "belief system,"Druellasaid. (ContdonPage6)

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$150,000

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ManSaysPsychicPreyedonSatanicAbuse

HeSufferedasChild;SheSaysHeWanted

toJoinHerBusiness

Asachild,DrakarDruellawasraiseda Catholicandalsohadbeenthevictimofritual abuse, so when he turned to a Portland, Ore., psychic last October looking for spiritual advice,hesaid,herstrangerequestsmadesome sense.

First, she wanted $22,000 to buy a tabernaclefromtheVaticanthatwouldridthe

42-year-oldof"negativeenergy,"hesaid.Then,

over the course of seven weeks, he said, she askedhimtobuya$46,000Hummer andfour Rolex watches totaling $38,000 -- all to help createaspiritualcenter. Butafterhiscreditcarddebtsoaredto

$150,000andhesaidhesawhertrytousethe

same religious ploy on two other women, he went to police. Druella has since filed for bankruptcyandsaidhiscredithasbeenruined. Now, police are investigating possible fraud conspiracy charges against the psychic, 39-year-old Cathy Stevens, a Gypsy whose lawyer says she is being persecuted for her religion. Stevens'lawyersaidDruellaisaperson with "mental health issues" who is trying to "smear"herforthingshedidbecausehewanted togointobusinesswithher. As the investigation continues, who is the victim in this bizarre story: Druella, a transsexualbookkeeperwithatroubledpast,or Stevens,afortunetellerwhobelievedherclient wasawillingbusinesspartner? In January, police raided both Stevens' homeandherpsychicshopinthehip,southeast section of Portland and charged her with aggravated theft. After fingerprinting her and holdingherforafewhours,shewasreleased and charges were dropped pending further investigation. "We still have other victims to come forward,"saidPortlandPoliceDepartmentSgt. SueKruger,whorefusedtorevealmore."We wanttolookatthewholecasetogetherwithall the charges rather than add things down the road."

The psychic has since closed her shop

the charges rather than add things down the road." The psychic has since closed her shop
the charges rather than add things down the road." The psychic has since closed her shop

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31/05/2010 6:15 PM Page 6 6 FromThe‘X’ZoneNewsroom Neidig said police characterized

Neidig said police characterized

Gypsiesas"swindlersandfraudulent." He also alleged that police raided

house under false pretenses,

"concocting"astorywithherlandlordthatthe insurance company needed to inspect the propertysothattheycouldgainaccess. With a search warrant, police later confiscated all her financial records and

ButStevens,whocouldnotbereached by ABCNews.com, contends Druella was an

eager investor in her spiritual operation and journals, he said. This week a Multnomah

even brought in his own clients, according to herlawyer. After her arrest on Jan. 25, she hired John W. Neidig, a lawyer who has defended numerouscasesofreligiousfreedomto"defend heragainstpotentialcharges." Justlastyear,NeidigdefendedRaylene Worthington,theOregonCitymotherwhowas charged in the death of her 15-month-old daughter Ava, who had a treatable medical condition. She and her husband Carl, who belonged to the Followers of Christ Church, which preaches that members should turn to prayer, not doctors, in times of illness, were acquitted of manslaughter in the case, though

Carl Worthington was convicted of said."Sheknewcompletelywhattodo.Iwas

misdemeanorcriminalmistreatment. Stevens is a member of the Spiritual Psychic Science Church of Truth , based in Azuza,Calif.,andmovedtoPortlandoneyear ago,Neidigsaid. "This is an established church and establishedreligionandourOregonconstitution

"Thefirstwomanhadtwochildrenand

wasgayandhadbeenthroughabreak-up,"he

is pretty darn clear and very protective of said."[Stevens]askedthiswomantogethera

people's right to worship according to their dictates,"hesaid. Neidigsaidthetabernacle,liketherest oftheexpensivepurchases,wasDruella'sidea. "Heactuallywantedtogointobusiness withmyclient,"Neidigsaid."Hewanteditto beaclassact.Hewantedallthesevideoplayers with flat screenTVs for counseling people at their spiritual center. He was seeing his own clientsanddoingfortunetelling." Neidig said Druella had frequent emotionalflare-upswhenhisfemalealterego, "Rachel,"emerged. "When he went off hormones and got realwiggy,andRachelwouldsurface,"hesaid. Druella bought the Rolex watches for hismotherandsisterandaskedStevenstokeep themsafeathershop,accordingtoNeidig. AsfortheHummer,itwasforDruella's personal use, though Stevens had borrowed it once, he said. "It's orange because it was Rachel'sfavoritecolor,"Neidigsaid. Thepairhadplanstomoveintogetherat Steven's large house, which she rented from Portland's former police chief, Ron Sill, the lawyersaid.Druellaboughtbedroomfurniture andawasheranddryer,butsoon,accordingto Neidig, Stevens became uncomfortable with theirrelationshipandbrokeitoff,returningthe appliances. But Neidig said the most egregious offense occurred when Druella filed charges with police and they defamed Stevens in the affidavit,callingthecase:"GypsiesandFortune TellingFraud." "That was pretty doggone racist," he said."Gypsyisapejorativetermofslangthatis placed on these people. My client is pretty offendedbythis."

Druellasaidhecametohissenseswhen

Stevensaskedhimtohelppersuadetwoother

clients"howwonderfulshewas"and"howthey

TranssexualSaysGypsy PsychicGotHimtoSpend

$150,000

ContinuedfromPage5

Stevens'

CountyjudgerefusedtoreturnthemtoStevens for two months until the investigation is complete. "She needs to file her taxes," Neidig said."She is very upset. This whole thing has costheralotofmoney." Stevenshasnotruledoutfilingalawsuit againstthepoliceforviolatinglandlord-tenant laws,thelawyersaid. As for Druella, "He's obviously got mental health issues and maybe poor judgment," Neidig said. "Now he's trying to smearCathyStevensforhisowndecisions." But Druella contends he was an easy targetforStevens. "She was playing on my history," he

scaredformylife."

neededher."

tabernacle, and this woman was not ritually abusedandexposedtoSatanism." Stevens allegedly tried the same tack with a second, professional woman. Druella saidheapproachedeachofthewomenandtold themto"getthehelloutofhere." "The business woman who dealt with financewasutterlyhumiliated,tooembarrassed to report it to the police," he said. "The gay womanwassuicidal--shehadgivenherthelast $200 she had for her children's Christmas presents." Druellasaidhe,too,wasashamedthat hefellforStevens,butwascomfortedwhena sympathetic police detective told him: "This isn't about intelligence. It's about being vulnerable,sostopbeatingonyourself." Druella said his life crisis is now resolved,butnothankstoStevens. "IknewwhenIsteppedforwarditwas goingtobeugly,"hesaid."Iknewwhatpeople would say about me.They can be very cruel. ButIhadtosaysomething.It'sbeenprofoundly difficult, but it was my choice and the right thingtodo." Druellasaidhewon'teverseekpsychic adviceagain. "OneofthebiglessonsIlearnediswe allcarryourownwisdominsideourselves,"he said."Youdon'thavetogooutsidetofindit. You just have got to figure things out for yourselfsometimes."[]

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LONDON - IN A pitch-dark cellar in suburban London, a psychic mutters a Latin incantation, goading a recalcitrant spirit to makeitspresenceknown. His companions, who have signed up throughthecompanyFrightNightstospendthe evening 'ghost hunting' in an eerie Victorian mansion,clingtoeachother,rigidwithfear.A womanyelpsinthedarkness.Flashlightssnap on.

Ghostly folklore has always played a roleinBritishhistory.Buildingsrangingfrom HamptonCourt-wheretheghostofCatherine Howardhasallegedlybeenseenrunningfrom room to room, pursued by guards, as she did beforeherexecution-totheBankofEngland arebelievedtobehaunted. Butlately,ghosttourshaveturnedinto seriousenterprise,withahandfulofcompanies charging as much as 200 pounds (S$401) for paranormal adventures. 'The British have alwayslovedareallygoodghoststory-lookat Dickens and M.R. James,' says Fright Night's founder,MartinJeffrey.'Thistakesitonestep further.Somepeoplehaveattendedourevents

60or70times.'

It's not all freezing basements and frenzied seances. Increasingly, companies like HauntedHappeningsarrange'psychicsuppers' in spooky country inns where guests can discusstheparanormaloverdinner.Onemanor house in Tetbury offers a gastronomic three- coursemealfollowedbyseancesandvigilsin thehouse'sspooky'hotspots.' The 115-year-old National Trust has commissionedtheculturalhistorianSianEvans to investigate ghostly encounters in its 350 properties. Evans has traveled the country, interviewing staff. 'Their encounters with ghostsarefascinating,'shesays.'TheNational Trustcan'tprovethemalltrue,buttheytendto seethesestoriesaspartofthehistoryofeach house.'[]

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ElectromagneticRadiation

~DirtyElectricity

ByDrNanceMacLeodPhD

Earliest forms of communication:

included drumbeat, fire smoke signals and instruments such as ram's horn. During the middleagestheyusedhomingpigeons.Thenin 1452 came the Printing Press, 1790- Semaphore, 1837-Telegraph, 1876-Telephone,

1890-Radio,1895-Film,1940-Television,1940-

Computers,and1973-Internet

Thenscientistsdiscoveredhowtosend information through the air. Initially it was sound, click-click-click, and then words and thenpicturesandsoonourplanetbecamevery small indeed. Everyone and anyone could communicate to each other no matter where there were. Everyone on the planet was connectedallthetime. Lifewasmadeeasier, andcommunicationwasmadeeasier. It is quite difficult to imagine a world without mobile communications. Wireless internetaccessissettoblankettheplanet,just likecellphonenetworksalreadydo.Therehas beenanexplosivedevelopment-practicallyall during the last three decades - that brought mobiletothefarthestcornersoftheearth.But the technology is not without danger. The

microwavesthatcarrybitsandpacketsofdata

alsocarryagermofdestruction.Somepeople-

as many as 2 million North Americans - are actuallyunabletoworkastheysufferfromthe incapacitatinginfluencethatthisdisharmonyin theatmospherehasonthem. Ifyouorsomeoneyouknowhavethese symptoms(rapidorirregularheartbeat,painor pressureinchest,highorlowbloodpressure), numbness in arms, legs fingers or shoulders, constant fatigue, weakness, depression, headaches,lackoffocus,memoryloss,blurred vision,insomnia,cancer,diabetes,andmultiple sclerosisjusttonameafew.Thesesymptoms could be caused from “Dirty Electricity” also knownas“Microwavesickness”orwhatIlike tocall“pre-matureagingsyndrome.” The most basic fact about cell phones and cell towers is that they emit microwave radiation; so do Wi-Fi (wireless Internet) antennas, wireless computers, cordless (portable)phonesandtheirbaseunits,andall otherwirelessdevices.Ifit’sacommunication device and it’s not attached to the wall by a wire, it’s emitting radiation. Most Wi-Fi systems and some cordless phones operate at theexactsamefrequencyasamicrowaveoven, while other devices use a different frequency. Wi-Fi is always on and always radiating.The baseunitsofmostcordlessphonesarealways radiating,evenwhennooneisusingthephone. Acell phone that is on but not in use is also radiating.And,needlesstosay,celltowersare alwaysradiating. Wi-FiareasarereferredtoasHotSpots rightfullysobecausewhenyouareinahotspot itcanbedescribedasshovingyourbodyintoa micro-wavesetonlow. In 2002, Gro Harlem Brundtland, then headoftheWorldHealthOrganization,tolda Norwegian journalist that cell phones were bannedfromherofficeinGenevabecauseshe personallybecomesillifacellphoneisbrought

personallybecomesillifacellphoneisbrought shouldbeshutoffand/orunpluggedwhennotin use. We have more

shouldbeshutoffand/orunpluggedwhennotin use. We have more then conclusive evidence that this dirty electricity is the cause many health concerns like mentioned earlier in this article. Some people are much more sensitive then others but that does not mean it is not affectingallofusinnegativeways. Beaware,ifyouhavewirelessinyour houseorofficeshutdownyourwirelessmodem whenyouarenotusingit,especiallywhenyou sleep.IfyouhaveDECTphonesinyourhouse

technologies and all of the conveniences of unplugthebasebeforebedtime.Keepyourcell

withinaboutfourmeters(13feet)ofher.Mrs.

Brundtland is a medical doctor and former PrimeMinisterofNorway.Shenolongerworks forWHO. ManypeoplejustlikeMrs.Brundtland have had problems like that, and it has been fluffedoffasbeingverysensitive,orworst,told thattheywereimaginingtheirhealthproblems. We are told by the powers to be that this technologyissafeforhumansandwewantto believethem.Whowantstogiveupthelatest

them?

phoneoffasmuchaspossible.Thesearejusta few things you can do, however this dirty electricity is everywhere. If you are hypersensitiveandhaveanyofthesymptomsI have mentioned above, reduce your exposure, thelessexposurethefasteryouwillstartseeing a reduction in your symptoms. If you are not sensitiveIstillrecommendthatyoudoyoubest to keep the wireless off as much as possible, remove all unprotected CFL light bulbs from

threechildreninonekindergartendieof yourhouseandreallystartpayingattentionto

yoursurroundings.Youmayfindthatyouwill sleepbetterandthatyouwillhavemoreenergy and feel better. Try it out for yourself for a coupleofweeks.Youmightbesurprised.

Schools are now installing wireless computer networks and children, of all ages, have their own wireless cell phone and many usedthemallthetime. Homeshavewireless computers and smart meters and DECK cordlessphonesandwirelessgamesandspecial TVsandCFLlightbulbsallthatproducethese poisonousinvisiblerays,DirtyElectricity. Themediahasreportedstories,suchas

leukemia,manyotherssick,sharpincreasesin

diabetes, asthma, allergies, autism, attention

deficientdisorder

authoritiesdenythisisa

disease cluster related to Dirty Electricity”. Parents, concerned about the health of their children and electromagnetic radiation, asked schools to remove Wi-Fi antennas and not to

allowantennasonornearschoolproperty. But they were laughed at and shunned as anti- progressivetechnophobeswhowanttoreturnto the“dark”ages. Wireless modems, cell phones, blackberries, iphones, DECT cordless phones

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Ofallenergysourcesexamined,nuclearalonecanreliablymeetthedemandwithoutharmtothe

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Whentheeconomytanks,psychicssay theirbusinesssoars. The psychic industry is a $2 billion a year business, with millions of people still

dialing"900"numbers,evenaftertwodecades

of lawsuits, bad press and bankruptcies. But whensomeonecallsapsychichotline,doesthe personontheotherendhavemoreinsightthan anyoneelse? Former psychic hot line worker and authorof"PsychicBlues,"MarkEdward,says he'sblowingthewhistleonhisformerindustry. "The psychic business is built on lies. There is no supernatural power.You can't see thefuture,"Edwardsays."We'reinthegolden ageofthecon.Therearepeoplecomingoutof thewoodworkthatwouldlovetoseparateyou from your money. But people just want someonetotalkto.That'sthebottomline." Edwardsayshewastaughttechniquesto keep his conversations vague, flattering and drawnout.Thegoalwastomakethecallersfeel goodaboutthemselves,andkeepthemtalking. Edward once gave a two-and-a-half-hour

reading.At$3.99aminute,thecallerpaidmore

than$600.

InastatementtoABCNews,Edward's formeremployersaid:"Allofourpsychicsare independent contractors, and as such, they workedformultiplepsychiclinesatthesame time.Soeitherheislyingorconfusinguswith adisreputablepsychicline." In a 2007 study, conducted by the University of Auckland in New Zealand, Dr. Robin-MarieShepherdfoundmostuserscalled for advice on "personal relationships." Nearly allusersdescribetheirbehavioras"addictive."

And,atanaverageof$100perreading,

manywentintodebtbecauseofit.

ABCNewshadanextensiveinterview

withself-avowednon-psychicMarkEdward.

ABCNews:Arepsychicsreal? MarkEdward:No,they'renotreal.It's just a matter of intuition. If you're good with people,youlearnhowtoreadpeople.Doyou

wanttobearealestateagent

They'reallasimilarskillset.It'saskillyou

orclairvoyant?

canlearn.It'sreal,butit'snothingsupernatural. ABC News: Are you against anyone claimingtobeapsychic? Mark Edward: In general I'm against it.Ithinkpeoplearebetterservedbygoingtoa therapist. ABC News: How did you begin your careerasahotlinepsychic? Mark Edward: I was working as a mentalistfulltime.Doingséances.Iwantedto know how the hot line mediums did it. My friends were making money sitting at their homes.Iwantedtositatthetopofthemountain andseewhatitlookslike.Ilearnedthetricksof thetrade.Diditfornineyears.Ihadafriend whodidit,andtheygavemeanumber.Idida

fewauditions.Theylikedme

test,youjustneededthegiftofgab. ABC News: What did they encourage youtodo? Mark Edward: You have to keep peopleonaslongaspossible.Thenyouaskfor

Therewasno

their birthday, name and address. Then they start spamming people. They'd send callers letterstellingthemthey'reindanger,andthey need to call your psychic friend immediately.

Theaveragecallis15to20minutes.Butthey

wantedonehour.ThefinalstrawwaswhenIdid aninfomercialforthem.Theyhandedmeapile of info and told me who was asking the questions. It was a total fake. Five to seven psychics might be nice people, but everyone elsearecrooks. ABC News: How much did you get

paid?

MarkEdward:Notmuch.Wegotpaid apercentageofwhattheymadedependingon what.Butit'smanypeople'sprimarysourceof

income.I'ddoitfornineto10hourseachday.

ABC News: What tricks of the trade wouldyouuse? MarkEdward:Youhavetogaugethe toneofaperson'svoice.Iftheyareaggressive orlaidback,inahurryorskeptical.Thefirst fourorfivewordsareimportant.ThenIaskfor their name and birthday, and if they had a

specificquestion.At$3.99aminute,theywant

an answer quick.And then I answer as if I'm answeringthequestionaboutmyself.Allthese thingsaboutyourselfarerelatable.Nineoutof

10timesyouwillhitanervewiththem.ThenI'd

pauseandletthemjumpin.Peoplelovetalking aboutthemselvesandherewhatyousayabout them.TheyliketoimagineI'minsomefaroff conventbutreallyI'mironingathome.AndI'd trytobecompassionateandsoundasnewage asyoucan. ABC News: Would you have pre- plannedthingstosay? MarkEdward:Yes,Iwouldhavenote cardsbymyphoneforspecificanswers.Pink for love.Yellow for travel. Green for money. Then I'd talk about a childhood memory of mine. Less is more. Eventually you will find something relatable. Just one or two firm connections,andyou'llrunwiththeball.Once youmakethathit,itpoursout.Andthenyou mirror.Letthepersontalkandthenyoulisten andsay,"Ihearwhatyou'resayingisthis,""I feelwhatyou'resaying."Ifedthemhope. ABC News: When and why did you

leave?

MarkEdward:Igotsickofitandhow

muchtheyweremakingoffofinnocentpeople.

Ileftonmyownthough,theydidn'tkickme

out.

ABC News: Did you feel bad about whatyouweredoing? Mark Edward: Inevertookanylegal

I gave them 800

numbersinstead.Ihelpedalotofpeople,but there was nothing psychic about it. Common sense is the same as intuition. In our society we'velosttouchwiththat.Also,Iwasaskeptic the whole time, so I felt like I was doing a [public] service by infiltrating [The Psychic Network].

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Over the years, plenty of frauds have sought to prey on those desperate to connect withlostloveones.Regardlessofyourbeliefs onpsychicabilities,thecaseagainstmysticism isprettyeasilymadeagainstthesefivefamous psychicsandmediums.

JOHNEDWARD

psychicsandmediums. JOHNEDWARD to prominenceasapsychicinthe late1990s.In1999,hegothis own

to

prominenceasapsychicinthe

late1990s.In1999,hegothis

own show – Crossing Over withJohnEdward–inwhich he claimed to talk with the dead relatives of members in theaudience.However,JamesRandiandother skepticswriteEdwardoffasnothingmorethan a cold reader. Cold reading is a psychic technique used to gain knowledge about a person based on age, clothing, body language andotherphysicalorverbalcues.

John

Edward

rose

SYLVIABROWNE

andotherphysicalorverbalcues. John Edward rose SYLVIABROWNE While Sylvia Browne hasn’t been officially outed as a

While Sylvia Browne hasn’t

been officially outed as a fraud, the evidence is pretty substantial to debunk her “psychic powers.” According toRobertS.Lancaster,creator

the website

StopSylvia.com, her track record for correctly predicting events is no better than could be achieved through educated guesses. Additionally, she vehemently declines the use ofscientifictestingonherpowers. As an example of her fraudulence, there’s the well-known case of Shawn Hornbeck.Thispoorboyhadbeenkidnappedin

2002.Searchingforanswers,hisparentsvisited

the MontelWilliams Show, where Sylvia told them Shawn was dead and went into details

aboutwherehisbodycouldbefound.In2007,

Shawnwasfoundalive.

of

MISSCLEO

Shawnwasfoundalive. of MISSCLEO “Call me now for your free reading.” In the 1990s, it

“Call me now for your free reading.” In the 1990s, it seemed you couldn’t turn on the TV without seeing a commercial for the Psychic Readers Network. The spokespersonforthisNetwork wasaJamaican“shaman”and“psychic”named Miss Cleo. Following numerous lawsuits, the FTCbeganinvestigatingthePRNonchargesof deceptive advertising, billing and collection practices. During these investigations, it was revealed that Miss Cleo was actually a paid actress who didn’t even have a real Jamaican

accent.Furthermore,thepsychicshiredtogive readings via phone were found to largely be readingfromascript. Surprisingly(orperhapsnot),MissCleo iscurrentlyworkingasaspiritualadvisorinFt. Lauderdale. Prices for a one-on-one tarot

readingpurportedlystartaround$200.

MINACRANDON

tarot readingpurportedlystartaround$200. MINACRANDON Decades before skeptic and magician James Randi, there

Decades before skeptic and magician James Randi, there wasHarryHoudini.Themost famous magician of all time was also one of the biggest critics and activists against psychics and mediums. After hismotherdied,Houdinidevotedconsiderable efforts to expose frauds. He also set up a committee that would award a cash prize to anyone who could prove psychic abilities (no onecould).Thankstohisknowledgeofstage tricks, Houdini debunked numerous psychics and mediums. The most famous was Mina Crandon. In the 1920s Mina Crandon rose to prominence for her accurate predictions and involved séances. She was so good, that she received endorsements from such notable people as Arthur Conan Doyle. However, Houdini showed how many of her “séance” tricks could be easily replicated. Scientific investigationsfromotherskepticsalsoseverely damage her credibility. Even so, Mina continuedtoprofitfromhertrickeryalltheway

upuntilherdeathin1941.

URIGELLER

upuntilherdeathin1941. URIGELLER Uri Geller claims to have psychic powers (which were by

Uri Geller claims to have

psychic powers (which were

by

extraterrestrials), specifically psychokinesis and telepathy. For decades, he’s used these “abilities”tobendspoonsand speeduporslowdownwatches.Ifitsoundslike traditional magic tricks, that’s because it is.

ProfessionalstagemagicianandskepticJames Randi has shown how Geller’s feats can be easilyreplicatedthroughstagemagic.Randihas alsoshownthatGeller’spredictionsrelatedto sporting events are more often wrong than correct

Aliens'hijack'Nasa's

Voyager2spacecraft,

claimsexpert

given

to

him

telegraph.co.uk

Aliens have hijacked a Nasa spacecraft and are using it to try to contact earth, a UFO experthasclaimed.

HartwigHausdorf,aGermanacademic, believes that the reason Voyager 2, an unmanned probe that has been in space since 1977, is sending strange messages that are confusingscientists,isbecauseithasbeentaken overbyextraterrestriallife. Since its launch, Voyager 2 has been

Since its launch, Voyager 2 has been sendingstreamsofdatabacktoEarthforstudy

sendingstreamsofdatabacktoEarthforstudy

byscientists,butonApril22,2010,thatstream

ofinformationsuddenlychanged. Nasa claimed that a software problem withtheflightdatasystemwasthecausebutMr Hausdorfbelievesitcouldbetheworkofaliens. This is because all other parts of the spacecraftappeartobefunctioningfine. HetoldtheGermannewspaperBild:"It seemsalmostasifsomeonehasreprogrammed orhijackedtheprobe–thusperhapswedonot yetknowthewholetruth.”

Voyager2carriesadiskwithgreetings

in55languagesonitincasethecraftencounters

otherlifeforms. Dr Edward Stone, a scientist on the project,saidthedesk,calledtheGoldenRecord, is "a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. "The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and cultureonEarth."[]

PolicefloodedwithUFO

sightingreportsafter

residentsseelarge,tube-

likeobjectoverSomerset

County

residentsseelarge,tube- likeobjectoverSomerset County SOMERVILLE -- Somerville police were flooded with phone

SOMERVILLE -- Somerville police were flooded with phone calls this morning afterresidentsreportedseeingalargetube-like objectflutteringthroughthesky. Police said they were swamped with phonecallsafteraflurryofcallersreportedto

radiostationNJ101.5thataUFOwasflying

abovethearea.Residentsthenbegancallingthe Somerville Police Department to report the object.

“Ifirstnoticedwhenallourmechanics startedlookingupatthesky,”saidTerryWeil,a sales associate at Honda Autosport in Bridgewater. “It looked like a big black strip flutteringintheair.Maybeacylinder.” SomervillePoliceLt.DonnaYoungsaid authoritieswerenotsurewhattheobjectwas, butsaiditcausednoproblemsotherthantying uppolicephonelinesshortlybeforenoon. “Wehavenoideawhatitwasbutitdid notcauseanyproblemshereinSomerville,”she said.“Weareundertheimpressionthatitmight beaweatherballoonorsomethinglikethat,but regardless, it did not cause any problems whatsoever.” The Air Traffic Control Tower in Morristowndidnothaveanypilotreportsofthe object, nor did officials at SolbergAirport in Hunterdon,SomersetAirportinBedminsterand BlairstownAirportinWarrenCounty.[]

object, nor did officials at SolbergAirport in Hunterdon,SomersetAirportinBedminsterand BlairstownAirportinWarrenCounty.[]

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6:15 PM Page 14 14 NewfoundlandUFOsstillamystery NewfoundlandUFOsstill amystery CBCNews The unidentified

NewfoundlandUFOsstill

amystery

CBCNews

The unidentified flying objects spotted inJanuaryoffNewfoundlandremainamystery to the government, despite extensive scrutiny, according to Department of National Defence (DND)documentsobtainedbyCBCNews. Thedocumentscontaingrainyimagesof arocketwithalong,fierytailsoaringskyward. Thereportsruleoutmissilesandmodelrockets, butdon'tsuggestwhattheimagesmightshow. Militaryexpertsdiscreditthepossibility of ballistic and cruise missiles. DND's Directorate of Scientific and Technical Intelligence (DSTI) assessed the images and reported:"Theobjectisnotaballisticmissile, notacruisemissileinboostphasenoracruise missilein-flightphase.Itisalsonotalicensed modelrocketlauncher." The Jan. 25 sighting happened on the southerncoastofNewfoundlandnearHarbour Mille. Several residents reported seeing the objects, including a woman who was able to photograph one of them. She reported to the RCMPthatshehadseenthreemissilessoaring overtheoceananditlookedasiftheyhadcome upoutofthewater. TheDSTIsaysinthedocumentsthatthe only missiles that can be launched from a submarine are ballistic or cruise missiles, but the country's top arms experts say the object photographeddoesn'tfitthatprofile. "Therearenodistinguishingfeatureson theobjecttouseforidentification…theshape oftheflameisatypicalofamissilelaunch,"and "thelengthoftheflameisgreaterthanthatof therocketbody.Thiseliminatesthepossibility that it is a cruise missile jet engine exhaust," saidDSTI.

UndetectedbyNorad

The documents also note that it is the responsibilityoftheNorthAmericanAerospace Defence Command (Norad) to "provide aerospace warning and defence for North America," and that neither that agency, nor CanadaCommand,hadanyinformationonthe rockets. "NORADand[CanadaCommand]have noevidencetosupportthissighting"readsthe report.

TheRCMPconductedaninvestigation,

butaccordingtotheJan.28report,thepolice

didn'thaveananswereither. "TheRCMP…iscallingtheeventan unexplainedsighting." Thedocumentsalsosaytherewereno navy ships involved, and no Canadian Forces missileexercisesatthetime. Thegovernmenthasblockedninepages andaseveralparagraphsoftheUFOdocuments frompublicrelease.

Oneofthelinesleadingintoablocked-

outportionreads,"Mediareportinghaslinked thesightingsto…" At the time there was speculation the rockets may have come from a French submarinenearSt-Pierre-Miquelon,sinceafew

come from a French submarinenearSt-Pierre-Miquelon,sinceafew days later the French government announced

days later the French government announced

test-firesofitsnewM51ballisticmissileswere

successful. In a phone call Friday, however, the Directorate General of Armament for France said that the ballistic test-fires took place on Jan. 27, and not on Jan. 25, the day of the sightingsoffNewfoundland. It is not clear if new information was

uncoveredabouttheUFOsightingsinceFeb.1,

asthatdatemarkedtheclosingtimeframefor theAccesstoInformationrequest. CBCNewsisawaitingtheDepartment of Public Safety's response to the question of whether or not the UFO was eventually identified.[]

WeirdNewsCentral:

PoliticiansReportUFO

Sightings

WeirdNewsCentral: PoliticiansReportUFO Sightings NEWYORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) –

NEWYORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Tellpeopleyou’veseenaUFOandthey’llthink you’re a nut. That, or you’ll be elected president. Last week, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, governor of Russia’s Buddhist republic, Kalmykia, revealed that he was abducted in

1997fromhisMoscowapartmentbyaliensin

yellow uniforms who took him into their spaceship. Buthewashardlylaughedoutofoffice. In fact, Russian officials called for his interrogation, concerned that he may have spilledofficialsecretstotheE.T.s. AOLSeniorCorrespondentBuckWolf says political leaders all over the world have claimedthey’veseenUFOs. BothRonaldReaganandJimmyCarter

claimedthey’veseenUFOs. BothRonaldReaganandJimmyCarter allegedlyspottedUFOsasgovernors,andthey both went on to the

allegedlyspottedUFOsasgovernors,andthey both went on to the Oval Office. Carter even promised to reveal all secret files on alien encountersbutneverdelivered.

Morerecentlyin2009,Japan’sfirstlady

Miyuki Hatoyama confessed in her memoirs

thatshe’dbeenabductedbyaliens20yearsago

whowhiskedherofftoVenus.

Balloon-boyparentsget

balloonback

FORTCOLLINS,Colo.—TherunawayUFO-

likeballoonthattheworldthoughtwascarrying a 6-year-old boy is back in the hands of the parentswhopleadedguiltytothehoax. TheLarimerCountySheriff'sofficesays RichardHeeneaskedtomeasuretheballoonto makesureitwasthesameonehelaunchedinto

infamyonOct.15.

Authorities say the Heenes staged the hoax to try to get attention for a reality televisionshow.

Heenecompleteda90-dayjailsentence

for his plea of falsely influencing authorities. His wife, Mayumi, was sentenced to 10 weekends working at nonprofits for filing a falsereport.

TheHeeneshaveagreedtopay$36,000

inrestitutiontoagenciesthatrespondedtothe

hoax.

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ByGrantLawrence

AUFOandaEurekaMomenthelpeda manfigureoutawaytogetbettergasmileage. Cliff Baillargeon was stationed in Morocco in the Navy. In 1959, he noticed a UFOoutthereintheoceanandmanyyearslater itdawnedonhimwhatthisgreensaucershaped object,doingincredibleturnsandvanishingin aninstant,wasdoing. According to Baillargeon, the saucer

wasdrinkingitsfuel.Just5gramsofhydrogen

whenburnedwithoxygencanpowerstarships

sohefiguredhecoulddoaprettygoodjobof

poweringhisToyotausingsimilartechnology.

poweringhisToyotausingsimilartechnology. .…Baillargeon’s key to fuel economy is a black box that

.…Baillargeon’s key to fuel economy is a black box that he purchased for $800 from one of the many websites selling “HHO generators.” The

box sits in an old milk create in the trunk of his car among wires, tubes and a solar panel he uses to charge his car battery in emergencies. This box takes water and breaks it into hydrogen and oxygen at a ratio two to one. The process is called electrolysis and the gas it produces is usually referred to as HHO,

Brown’s

gas…

oxyhydrogen or

(source:fosters.com)

HawkingSaysAliens

Likely,MediaScoffs

Again

technorati.com

British astrophysicist Stephen

universenowadvisingustoavertoureyesifthe viewgetstoointeresting.WTF? On Monday, May 10, Washington lobbyist Stephen Bassett will hold a press conferenceattheNationalPressBuilding.He’ll usetheconferencetopressurethemediatotake seriouslywhathecalls“thealienpresence”and he’llaskthecurrentadministrationtoreleaseits

Hawking’srecentstatementthattheoutcomeof UFOfilesintothepublicdomain.

humancontactwithextraterrestrials“wouldbe much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America” has mainstream media

It’s a drum he’s been banging for 13 yearswithonlymarginalsuccess. Staytuned.

Skeptics that have tested the type of reportersclutchingtheirpearls.

system Baillargeon uses and say it has no impactonfueleconomy. ButBaillargeondisagrees. “Idon’tbelieveit.AllIcansayisI’m gettingthefuelmileage,”hesays.

….According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a 2003 five speed manual transmission Celica like Baillargeon’s gets 27 miles per gallon in the city and 33 on the highway. Baillargeon hadn’t determined what his homemade hybrid’s city gas mileage was. However, with the help of an electronic mileage

gauge sitting on his dash, he placed his highway mileage at 42 miles per gallon. That’s only nine miles per gallon less than the Toyota Prius and

one less than the Honda Insight…

(source)

So the jury is still out on whether Baillargeon’s electrolysis making box producingwhatiscalled‘browngas’isactually reallysavingongas. Buttheideaseemssound.Oratleastto

me.

The now retired Baillargeon, who has builtairplanes,gyrocopters,andevenwhathe claimsisaperpetualmotionmachine,saysitis allaboutexperimenting. EvidentlyBaillargeonisn’tgivingupthe future to big oil monopolies and oil disasters. Instead he is using his UFO inspired imaginationtohelppowermachinesandpoint tothefuture.[]

The‘X’ZoneRadioShow

with

RobMcConnell

www.xzoneradiotv.com

The Christian Science Monitor ran a photo of the sitcom alien puppetAlf with its coverage of Hawking’s comments, and NBC NightlyNewsanchorBrianWilliamswrapped

uphis30-secondnewsbriefwiththis:“Makea

note. He indicates we should stay away from thematallcosts.” Yes, Brian, and if we happen to touch one,we’llbesuretowashourhands.

the reflexively dismissive

treatment of matters ufological? Why the nervous chuckles and flip commentary, regardlessofthecredibilityorcredentialsofthe peopleinvolved? In 2007, former two-term Republican governor Fife Symington told CNN’s Gary Tuchmanthathe’dbeenamongthethousands who, in 1997, witnessed what’s come to be knownasThePhoenixLights.“Inyourgut,you couldjusttellitwasother-worldly,”Symington said, “Unless the defense department proves otherwise,itwasprobablysomeformofalien spacecraft.” In 2008, astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell told Kerrang (U.K.) radio host Nick Margerrison that “the UFO phenomenon is real,” an assertion he said was backed by Pentagonsources. ButTuchmanconcludedhispieceabout Symingtonwith,“It’sasmuchamysterytoday asitwasadecadeago”andletthemattergoat that.Nofurtherinvestigation.AndwhenCNN invited Mitchell to discuss his statements on LarryKingLive,itpairedthesixthmantowalk on the moon with none other than children's televisionpersonalityBillNyetheScienceGuy. NolesscuriousthantheFourthEstate’s lackofinvestigativemoxyisHawking’sfailure tocallforthescientificequivalentofafullcourt press. Here’s a man who’s spent most of his professional life expanding our view of the

Why

Spaceinvaders:Teenssay

carwas`pickedup'by

UFOinarcadeparkinglot

TwoteensparkedattheFunspotarcade

inLaconia,N.H.saytheircarwaspickedupby an unidentified flying object, then dropped to thepavement.

A16-year-old,identifiedas``D''bythe

Reporting Center

(NUFORC),saystheFordFocushewasdriving wasliftedintotheairbyabrightlylitobject``as

bigas14houses.''

Dtoldinvestigatorsheandhisgirlfriend ``sawtheparkinglotparklinesstartedgetting smaller''andtheirearsbegantopopbeforethe intergalactic tow truck dropped the car, deployingtheairbags. InareportfiledwiththeLaconiaPolice Department, Officer Adam Batstone says damagetothecar'swindshieldwasconsistent withanairbagdeployment.D'sgirlfriendsays thecarbelongedtohermother. ``[The officer] didn't check underneath thecar,''shetoldNUFORCinvestigators.``But we found out later that the underside was totalled.''

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Mind-controlledbionicarminfieldtest BBC News Ifyou'vewatchedTheMenWhoStareatGoats,you'dknowit'sallabout

Ifyou'vewatchedTheMenWhoStareatGoats,you'dknowit'sallabout

coverteffortsbythemilitarytodevelopmindcontrol.Well,goodluckto them.However,itmaybeabitprematuretowriteoffmindcontrolasso much paranormal X-File-ish diddle dee doo, considering that Europe-

basedOttoBockHealthcarehasjustdonetheimpossiblewithamind-

controlledroboticarm.

Thelimbinquestionisattachedto21-year-oldChristianKandlbauer,who

lostbothhisarmsfouryearsagoafterbeingelectrocutedbyawhopping 20,000 volts. The prosthetic, which took an equal number of years to develop,worksintandemwithtransplantednervesthatpromptelectrical impulsesfromthebraintoreachthemusclesinthechest.Thisthengets interpretedbyamicro-computerintoactualmovement.

Theresultisnothingshortofamazingsincethismeansprostheticlimbsin

futurewillbeabletorespondinrealtimetowhateveryou'rethinking,just

liketherealdeal.Asproofofitscapabilities,Kandlbauerhasbeenfield-

testingthisbydrivingaroundinacarwithhismind-controlledleft"arm"

(hisrightisfittedwithaconventionalprosthetic).Thefeatmakeshim

possiblytheworld'sfirstpersoninsuchauniquesituation.Thegoodnews

is,thetechnologyismorethanreadytoleavethelabsforcommercialuse.

Butthebadnewsis,suchaprocedurewillcostaprettypenny.Thenagain,

whatpriceindependencewhenit'syourlimbontheline?

UFOsgotoschool,ET's

charactergets

assassinated

CTV News

Hostilealiensorlegitimatesubjectofstudy?

That'soneofthequestionsbeingraisedabout allmannerofunexplainedspacephenomena,as debateaboutextraterrestriallifeandUFOshas beensightedinmoremainstreamvenuesover thelastfewweeks. Onhisnewtelevisionseries,renowned BritishphysicistStephenHawkingsaidearlier this week that if aliens were to visit Earth, it could very well be for some kind of hostile takeover. "Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they could reach," Hawking said on "Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking." "If so, it makes sense for themtoexploiteachnewplanetformaterialto build more spaceships they could move on. Whoknowswhatthelimitswouldbe?" To remind everyone what conquering and colonizing looks like on this planet, Hawking drew a parallel to a key moment in NorthAmericanhistory. "Ifaliensevervisitus,"hecautioned,"I think the outcome would be much as when ChristopherColumbusfirstlandedinAmerica, which didn't turn out very well for the native Americans."

didn't turn out very well for the native Americans." UFOsgotouniversity? Noteveryoneagreesthatpotentialalien

UFOsgotouniversity?

Noteveryoneagreesthatpotentialalien lifeisahostileanimalbestignored. Earlier this month, a New York state professor told The Buffalo News newspaper that"there'splentyofevidence"ofUFOs,and that the subject merits its own college credit course.

"It'sabouttimewelookedintothisasa worthyareaofstudy,"PhilipHaseleysaid."It's importantthatthewholesubjectbebroughtout intheopenandinvestigated." Haseleyisananthropologyprofessorat theNiagaraCountyCommunityCollege,astate universitynearNiagaraFalls. Aswellasbeingauniversityprofessor, Haseley is also the head of the Western New YorkMutualUFONetwork. Broadcastingacrossthegalaxy For scientists working on an advisory panel for NASA's future missions, trying to

makecontactwithalienlifeisagoodthing. "Thesearchforlifeisreallycentralto whatweshouldbedoingnextintheexploration of the solar system," Cornell University planetary scientist Steve Squyres told The Associated Press. Squyres is chairman of a specialNationalAcademyofSciencespanel. As to whether the space agency, or anyoneelse,shouldbeactivelypursuingcontact withextraterrestriallifeorwillfullyavoidingit, a senior astrobiology scientist at NASA said they'rereadyforanything. "We'repreparedtomakediscoveriesof anytypeoflife,ofanyform,"MaryVoyteksaid duringaNASAteleconference. AlthoughNASAbroadcasttheBeatles' song"AcrosstheUniverse"intothegalaxytwo years ago, most work on the search for intelligentlifeinspaceisprivatelyfundedby organizationssuchastheSETIInstitute,Voytek said.

most work on the search for intelligentlifeinspaceisprivatelyfundedby organizationssuchastheSETIInstitute,Voytek said.
most work on the search for intelligentlifeinspaceisprivatelyfundedby organizationssuchastheSETIInstitute,Voytek said.

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Top10mostcommon

explanationsforUFOs

sify.com

It is a fact that literally millions of peoplearoundtheworldclaimtohaveseena UFO at one time or another, and many thousandsofreportshavebeenofficiallyfiled goingallthewaybacktoWorldWarII. However, investigation into just what these objects may have been have pretty conclusivelydemonstratedthevastmajorityof thesereportshaveprosaicexplanationssuchas hoaxes, hysteria, or misidentified natural or man-madeobjects,muchtothechagrinofthe UFOcommunity. While many dismiss such explanations as simplistic attempts to skirt the issue or, worse, a carefully contrived and orchestrated effort at debunking the entire phenomena, the factisthatmany,ifnotmost,UFOscanusually beexplainedaway. Assuch,it'simportantweexamineeach ofthemanyexplanationsoffered,ifonlyinan effort to better appreciate the difficulties investigators frequently face when looking at the phenomena from a scientific perspective, compellingmetocreatemylist-innoparticular order-of the top ten alternative explanations usuallygiventoexplainUFOs.

10.TheplanetVenus

explanations usuallygiventoexplainUFOs. 10.TheplanetVenus It'snocoincidencethatUFOreportsgo

It'snocoincidencethatUFOreportsgo upsharplywheneverVenusmakesanespecially bright appearance in the night sky, so this explanationisnotasfar-fetchedasitseems. Undertheproperconditions,Venuscan be among the brightest objects in the sky- particularlyonamoonlessnight-andhaseven beenknowntobevisibleinthedaytimeunder the proper conditions, making it a frequent explanationformanyamysterious"brightlight inthesky." For those already predisposed towards accepting any unusual light in the sky as a potential close encounter, Venus makes an excellentcandidateforbeingaUFO-especially when it is seen low on the horizon from a movingautomobile(whenitcanappeartobe "chasing them"), or on a partly cloudy night when it will seem to abruptly appear and disappearasfast-movingcloudsobscureitfrom view.

Additionally, it can be extremely difficulttoconvincepeoplethatthebrightlight in the sky they saw was merely sunlight reflectingoffanearbyplanet,largelybecauseof

thenaturalhumanreluctancetoadmiterroras well as the trauma such an experience can sometimesinduce.

9.Meteors,comets,andfireballs

can sometimesinduce. 9.Meteors,comets,andfireballs roundish or oval shape that can be

roundish or oval shape that can be extraordinarilyunnaturalandeven'saucer-like' inappearance,whichinturncanbeconfusedfor an extremely large disk by people unfamiliar withsuchmeteorologicalphenomenon. Onlythoseentirelyunfamiliarwiththis phenomenon are likely to be fooled by a lenticularcloud,however,especiallyoncethey observe one for a while and realize it is not moving or that it doesn't appear to be mechanicalinnature. Still,fortheunaware,itcanbeastrange sightandonethatmightbeeasilyconfusedfor somethingotherworldly.

7.Balllightning

somethingotherworldly. 7.Balllightning understood electrical curiosities known to science is

understood electrical curiosities known to science is something called 'ball lighting', a phenomenon that has only been identified withinthelastfiftyyearsorso. Basically, ball lightning is a sphere of static electricity that has the ability to glow intensely for several minutes at a time and, whenseeninbroaddaylight,caneventakeona fluid silvery-like sheen that can be easily mistaken for metal, giving them a 'disk-like' appearance. Additionally, though usually seen to move randomly, sometimes the discharge is

describedasbeingattractedtoacertainobject-

appearance of 'following' a plane and even matchingitintermsofspeedandmaneuvers, therebygivingittheimpressionofbeingunder intelligentcontrol. Commonly described as spherical, ovoid,teardrop,orrod-likeinshape,andwith colours that vary from red to yellow (though other colors have been observed) it's not difficult to see how they could easily be mistaken for an unnatural object, especially after it disperses, is absorbed into something, or-thoughrarely-vanishesinanexplosion. Assuch,balllightningappearstobea perfectlyadequateexplanationforsomeofthe moreerraticlightsseeninthesky-particularly thoseobservedfromaircraft.

Thisisalesscommonexplanation,since most people are familiar with meteors (or 'shooting stars' as they are commonly called) andsoareunlikelytomistakeoneforaUFO. Comets are even less likely to be mistaken for a UFO, especially since they remainfixedinthesky,canbeseenforweeksat atime,andareusuallynotparticularlybrightin thefirstplace. A fireball, however-basically a large, brightlylitmeteorobservedatcloserange-isa bettercandidate,astheycanbeverybright,last several seconds, appear to split into smaller pieces,andevenabruptlydisappearfromsight as if 'zooming away at great speed' as many UFOwitnessesdescribe. When seen head-on, a fireball can be particularlyimpressive,asitwouldappeartobe an extremely bright and slow-moving object thatsuddenlyvanishesfromview,muchlikea UFOfrequentlydoes. Such astronomical phenomena are not, however, adequate explanations for an object thatmakesabruptcoursechangesinmid-flight, changescolor(orshowsmultiplecolors)orthat lastsmorethanafewseconds,andassuchthey

probablyconstituteonlyaverytinyfractionof normally an aircraft-giving these orbs the

allUFOreports.

Among the more unusual and lesser

8.Lenticularclouds

Among the more unusual and lesser 8.Lenticularclouds 6.WeatherBalloons Technically known as altocumulus standing

6.WeatherBalloons

Technically known as altocumulus standing lenticularis, lenticular clouds are stationarylens-shapedcloudsthatformathigh altitudes,normallywherestablemoistairflows overamountainorarangeofmountains. Normally these air currents form long stringsofcloudsknownasawavecloud,but sometimes,undertherightconditionsofwind and thermal currents, they can take on a

Though frequently lampooned as the most simplistic of explanations for UFOs, the factisthatheliumfilledweatherballoonsmake excellent UFOs, especially when seen from below when their spherical shape can appear disk-like. Further, these balloons can be quite large,areoftencoatedinahighlyreflective

their spherical shape can appear disk-like. Further, these balloons can be quite large,areoftencoatedinahighlyreflective
their spherical shape can appear disk-like. Further, these balloons can be quite large,areoftencoatedinahighlyreflective

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material (giving them a polished or shiny appearance),andcanflyataltitudesashighas

120,000feetwherewindsaloftcansometimes

push them along at hundreds of knots, giving themtheillusionofmovingathighspeeds. Furthermore, when seen moving through a partly cloudy sky when winds can blow in different directions at different altitudes, sometimes pushing clouds in one direction and a balloon in the opposite, the illusionofhighspeedisenhanced.

5.Satellites

opposite, the illusionofhighspeedisenhanced. 5.Satellites As the demand for improved

As

the demand

for improved

communications,weatherforecastingandaerial surveillancegrows,theorbitallanesaroundour planetaregrowingincreasinglyclutteredwitha widearrayoffastmovingandhighlyreflective satellitesofallsizesandconfigurations. Togiveyousomeideaofhowcluttered our skies are getting, the United States Space Surveillance Network (SSN) currently tracks

morethan8,000man-madeobjectsorbitingthe

planet, of which about seven percent

(approximately560)areoperationalsatellites.

Oftentrappedintheirorbitsforyearsat a time, these silent sentinels of the skies can usuallybepickedoutbyanyonewithapairof binocularsandsomepatience,sotheyarenotan uncommonsight. However, as they can often appear to pulsateinintensity(anaturalillusioncreatedby atmospheric inversion layers) and even 'wink out'whentheirangletothesunchanges,they doubtlessly account for at least some of the many thousands of UFO sightings made over theyears.

4.Flares

many thousands of UFO sightings made over theyears. 4.Flares Militaryaircraftoftendropflareswhile conducting night

Militaryaircraftoftendropflareswhile conducting night training operations (or, in combat areas, as a means of diverting heat- seekinganti-aircraftmissiles). Theseflares,unlikethetinyonesusedto markhighwayobstaclesorforemergencyuse, arequitelargeandwillburnbrightlyforuptoa halfanhouratatimeand,whensuspendedfrom parachutes,canremainairborneforsometime. Assuch,ifdroppedinacluster,theycan takeonabeadednecklaceeffectthatgivesthem

the impression of either aircraft hovering in formationor,ifcloseenoughtogether,caneven appear to be a string of running lights or 'portholes'. To a public generally unfamiliar with suchordnanceanditscharacteristics,theeffect canbespectacularandevenfrightening,making flares an especially good candidate to be mistakenforaUFO. This, in fact, may be the explanation behind the mysterious lights that were seen

hangingoverPhoenix,Arizonain1997(which

does,infact,lienearamilitarytrainingground

are

where evening bombing exercises frequentlyheld.)

3. Birds, lens flare, reflections, and otherabnormalities

3. Birds, lens flare, reflections, and otherabnormalities Few people can accept the possibility

Few people can accept the possibility thatsomethingasseeminglycommonplaceasa birdcouldbemistakenforaUFO. However,itmustberealisedthatunder certaincircumstances-forexample,whenflying

at very high altitudes (some birds have been

spottedflyingashighas40,000feetormore)-

birds can be highly reflective and, when wet, evenappeartoglistenlikemetal,givingtheman 'artificial'ormetallicappearance. Additionally,bitsoftinfoilorpanelsof corrugatedmetaldrivenskywardbyhighwinds and strong updrafts, falling chunks of ice broken off from a high altitude airliner, and otherbitsofaerialflotsamcanalsotakeona silvery sheen and appear quite luminescent,

silvery sheen and appear quite luminescent, making them occasional candidates for flying disks. Even

making them occasional candidates for flying disks.

Even cockpit lights reflecting off a canopy have been misidentified as high-speed UFOs (especially in the early years of UFO pursuits).

2.Aircraft

(especially in the early years of UFO pursuits). 2.Aircraft While it is difficult to imagine that

While it is difficult to imagine that anyone could mistake a modern airliner or militaryjetforanextraterrestrialvehicle,there arecircumstanceswhenanaircraftcanappear quiteunusual,particularlytoahighlyexcitable observer. Forexample,anyonewhohaseverseen ajet'slandinglightsdiffusedbythickfog(or suddenly turned off during a steep ascent, makingtheaircraftappeartoabruptlyvanish) could easily imagine they are witnessing somethingotherworldly. Additionally,anaircraftflyingthrough thickcloudsonadarkandwindynight(when the sound of engines is often masked) could easily appear as a mysterious, bright object winkingonandoffandchangingbrightnessas itmovessilentlythroughthedarkness. It can be problematic to identify a mysterious object in the sky as an aircraft during the daytime as well. For example, the brushed aluminum fuselage and wings of an aircraft can give off an eerie sheen at high altitudesonabrightandsunnyday. Thischaracteristic,whencombinedwith thefactthatmostaircraft'snavigationlightsare invisibleindaytimeandenginenoiseisoften indiscernible from that height, can make it appear to be a mysterious, silvery object movingswiftlyacrossthesky. Also,ifseenstraighton,anaircraftcan appeartobehangingmotionless,atleastuntilit makes a sudden turn, thereby mimicking the sudden stops and start movement often associatedwithUFOsandfurtherenhancingits otherworldlyeffect. While a fixed wing aircraft are less likely to be misinterpreted as a UFO by a growinglysavvyflyingpublictoday,theywere undoubtedly the cause of many early UFO reportswhenaircraftwerelesscommonand,as such,more'unusual'. Blimps,helicopters,andVTOLaircraft (fixedwingplanescapableofhovering)arealso frequently mistaken as UFOs due to their unconventional flight characteristics-in particular their ability to hover and then suddenlyflyaway. Normally,onehasonlytowatchthese vehiclesforafewminutestoascertaintheirtrue

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identity but the highly excitable witness may never take those few minutes before deciding theyareseeinganalienspacecraft.

1.Experimentalmilitaryaircraft

1.Experimentalmilitaryaircraft If regular aircraft can be a source for

If regular aircraft can be a source for confusion,itmakessensethatunusuallooking experimental aircraft should be even more prone to being misidentified as a UFO,

especially considering the vast array of often unusual or, at very least, unconventional designsbeingintroduced. Infact,thishypothesiswasverypopular duringtheearlyyearsofufology,whenitwas

widelyassumed-evenbyourowngovernment-

thatthestrangevehiclesseenintheskieswere either test-flights of captured Nazi aircraft or

new and exotic Soviet vehicles capable of penetratingourairspacewithimpunity. In fact, the Air Force's first official attempt to investigate UFOs-Project Sign- workedfromthepremisethatUFOsweresuch weapons, thus necessitating both the urgency andthesecrecyunderwhichSignoperated. However, considering how rare such craft are, the fact that they are usually flown onlyoverrestrictedareaswellawayfrompublic viewing,andthattheirflightcharacteristicsare notusuallyallthatfarremovedfromtraditional aircraft, it's difficult to see how these would accountformorethanatinypercentageofall reports.

As such, it's a near certainty that the unusual craft you see doing right angle turns, dartingatincrediblespeedsacrossthesky,and changingcolorandintensityisnotoneofours (oranyoneelse's,forthatmatter).

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CLEVELAND -- In March, mysterious lights were spotted in the sky over Northeast Ohio. FOX 8 heard from hundreds of viewers after one man claimed it was a UFO, but some dispute that claim after an independent investigation. Eugene Erlikh first noticed the lights near his Euclid apartment in March, but now thatit'sMay?"Therehavebeenmoreeachday," said Erlikh. "They've been brighter, they've beenmorecolorfulandmoreandmorepeople

havebeenseeingthem." AfterfirstrecordingthelightsonMarch

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the world, including Michael Lee Hill. He happenstolivenearEugeneandclaimstohave seen the same thing. "As I was down at the beach,overmyright-handshoulder,Iseethis reallybrightlightandit'scomingupreallylow, rightovertreetoplevel,"saidHill. Hill also recorded his close encounter near Lake Erie and described the object as a trianglewithlightsoneachcorner."Thiswas absolutely silent until it got right overtop my headandthenitkindasoundedlikeavacuum cleaner,that'stheonlysound,likethislow,little hum,"saidHill.

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UFOpics

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A NEW report has cast doubt on the so-far inexplicableUFOsightingsatChippingNorton. UFO researcher Bill Chalker recently recreated conditions the night mother-of-two FionaHartigansnappedaseriesofmysterious photos.

MrChalker’sfindingswerepublishedin themagazineUfologistlastweek. Hesaidpossibleexplanationscouldbe foundinanearbystreetlightandareflection fromacarwindow.“Thereisenoughinthese photostoarguethatit’sareflectioneitherfrom thewindoworthelens,”hetoldtheLeader. “The photo analysis and the location analysis bring up all this uncertainty. It’s not

100percent.”

ItalldependsonwhetherMsHartigan wasinsidethecarwhenthephotosweretaken or sitting on the bonnet as she originally claimed,MrChalkersaid. MsHartigandeclinedtocommentonthe article, although she said she stood by her claims.

The photos, taken on Governor Macquarie Dr at sunset in March, show a prominentorangelight,twosmallobjectsanda darker,roundobject. Ms Hartigan believed at the time the objectswerelifeformsfromanotherplanet. SydneyObservatoryanalysisconfirmed theorangelightwasastreetlight,butitsonline reportisinconclusive.MrChalker’sarticlesaid the photos fell into the “probably explainable category,butwithsomeunresolvedaspects”.

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“MyinterestinUFOsstemsfrom

interestinanthropologyandindifferentworld viewsandhowtheyaffectpeople’sperceptions and behaviours,” said Prof. Philip Haseley of theNiagaraCountyCollege,astateuniversity inNewYork. Hearguesthatthereisalargebodyof evidencearoundUFOsightingsandotherspace news and that students and scientists should havetheopportunitytostudyit,researchitand documentfindings. “There is an enormous amount of

evidence to investigate,” said Haseley, who is alsosectiondirectoroftheWesternNewYork MutualUFONetwork. “It needs to have exposure to a universitysettingtostudentsandtofacultywho seeitbeingtaughtasalegitimatesubject. “To me, it is something that is a no- brainer.Itoughttohavebeendonealongtime agoandthefactthatithasn’tbeendonestrikes measextraordinarilystrange.” Thereareclassesatotheruniversitiesin theU.S.already. “ItissomethingIwouldliketoseealot moreof,”saidHaseley. University of B.C. astronomy and astrophysicsProf.DouglasScottsaidUFOsare coveredinlecturesbutthetestforstudentsis thatextraordinaryclaimsrequireextraordinary evidence. “Therearelotsofthingspeopleseein thesky,andpeoplewhostudythemindetail,” saidScott,addingthathisdepartmentregularly getscallsfrompeoplereporting“weirdthings” inthesky. “There is no evidence that there are aliens coming to visit us. But of course we should study these things — a good scientist shouldbeopenminded. “Frankly,allastronomerswouldkillto findoutthattherearereallyalienscomingto

Earth. It would be fantastic

There is no

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eventhoughmostastronomersprobablybelieve theyareoutthere.” ChrisRutkowski,researchco-ordinator for Ufology Research based in Winnipeg, supports the study of UFOs as a legitimate universitysubject. “I think what [Haseley] is saying is soundinthesensethatitshouldbediscussed more openly in an academic and scholarly setting,” said Rutkowski, author of The Canadian UFO Report: The Best Cases Revealed. “I think it is a matter of being brave enough to think about UFOs rationally in an academicsetting.”

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Abatchofrawfootagefromdecades-oldNASA missions shows zipping lights and strange objectsinthesky. Recently posted onYouTube, the clips arerenewingUFOconspiracytheoriesthatthe government is hiding knowledge about its interactionswithintelligentlife. Buttwoastronautsdisputethat—and talkaboutNASA'ssupposedcover-upandwhat theclipsreallyshow. The scenario goes like this: It's 1996; you'reanastronautandyou'relookingataUFO.

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changingscientificdiscoveryinthehistoryof

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Andhereyouare,glidingthroughspace

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anotherdayinthelifeofamassive,decades-

long,multi-agencycover-up.

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YouTube, presented as

extraterrestrialsareamongus. The footage covers a number of missions,andarangeofmysteriousobjects— inaclipfeaturedonthesciencefiction blog io9, a bizarre object rotates within the frame, seeming to morph from one shape to anotherasthecameramancasuallytracksit. Ifthatweren'tmysteriousenough,atone point,alightdriftsby.Thepost'sheadlineposes thequestion:"WilltheUSGovernmentFinally AdmitThereAreAliens?" Whether or not the government has anythingtofessupaboutaliens,theastronaut who shot that particular piece of footage has nothingtohide. MarioRuncowasamissionspecialiston board STS-77, a space shuttle mission that launched in May of 1996. One of the crew's objectives was to deploy an experimental satellite, the Passive Aerodynamically Stabilized Magnetically Damped SatelliteTest Unit(PAM-STU). ThePAM-STUwasroughlythesizeofa trash can, and was designed to test a new approachtosatellitemaneuverability,usingthe planet's magnetic field to perform attitude adjustments(insteadoffiringthrusters). The crew filmed the spinning satellite fordays,butintheclippostedonYouTubeby MartynStubb,thePAM-STUappearsingrainy, low-light-enhancedblackandwhite. ItstwoStimsonitereflectors—thesame materialsusedonroadandbicyclereflectors— catchtheambientlight,andatonepointappear tomergeintoasinglebrightspotasthesatellite turnshead-on. "The lights moving by in the

evidence that

turnshead-on. "The lights moving by in the evidence that background are either isolated lights on the

background are either isolated lights on the groundorstars,Ithinklikelythelatter,"Runco says.

clipspostedbyStubbandothers,whetherthey originatewithNASAoralesscrediblesource, tendtobeframedonlybyashorttitle,withlittle ornoattemptatreporting. Runco notes that anyone could have simplye-mailedorcalledhimtoaskforhisside

ofthestory,insteadofsimplypostinga13-year-

old video and jumping to extraterrestrial conclusions. Specificitymightbethecurrencyofthe conspiracytheoryset,withseeminglyrandom imagesorsnippetsofdatawovenintoamatrix ofsinisterintent,butevenacasualinvestigation of each of those facts can punch holes in the largerplotline. Bloggers continue to reference an interview with Buzz Aldrin in 2005 about seeing a UFO while on Apollo 11, while brushingoffhisclaimsthattelevisionproducers blatantlyquotedhimoutofcontext. And although UFO proponents have welcomedrecentpublicstatementsfromformer astronautEdgarMitchellabouthisbeliefinan extraterrestrialcover-updatingbacktoRoswell, Mitchellhasneversaidhewitnessedanything alienwithhisowneyes. Lackingqualityintheirevidence,UFO believers are left with quantity, a rambling collectionofindistinctimageryandallegations that now includes a batch of space-shuttle mission video clips that were never buried or classifiedinthefirstplace. Runco points out that astronauts, in general,areexcitedbythenotionofintelligent

speciesonotherworlds. "Many of them use SETI@Home [a distributed computing application that picks through radio telescope data for incoming messages] as their screensavers, because they thinkit'sapossibility,"hesays. But it's one thing to believe that alien

Jonessays."Ifashuttlebeamsback10hoursof life is a statistical likelihood, and another to

interpret lights in the sky as intergalactic contact. "Peopleseeunexplainedthings,"Jones says."IusedtobelieveUFOswerespaceships

scene."

byathrusterexhaustplumeandzipoutofthe

residueinthenearfieldarefloatingby,gethit

In another of Stubb's posted clips, a view through the window of a space shuttle shows lights drifting along in space, then reversing direction and darting away with a flash.Thetitleofthatclip:"UFOsquicklytake offonNASAvideo." Again, the reality is less dramatic. Thomas Jones, a former shuttle mission specialist and payload commander and co- authorof"Planetology:UnlockingtheSecrets of the Solar System," was on that mission —

STS-80,whichalsotookplacein1996—and

providedthisdescriptionofthefootage.

"Afewicecrystalsorflakesofthruster

UFOproponentstendtodismissofficial responses from members of NASA, the Pentagonoranyothergovernmentagency,but Runco says that even if there was an active cover-up,noamountofcoercioncouldprevent anastronaut—himselfincluded—fromlaying claim to a confirmed sighting of an alien spaceship. "IfIthoughtitwasanintelligentcraft, I'dbethefirstonetospeakup,"saysRunco."I'd want the credit: 'Mario Runco was the first personinhistorytoconclusivelydocumentthe existence of an extraterrestrial civilization.' WhywouldIeverwanttokeepitsecret?" Neither Runco nor Jones have any illusions about the likelihood of dispelling NASA-related UFO myths, particularly when Stubb and others are able to collect and repurposeanever-growingcatalogoffootage. "There's no way to keep people from usingpublicdomainfootageforsillypurposes,"

Earth views each day, there are bound to be images and scenes that are misunderstood or takenoutofcontext." Ifanything,it'sthelackofcontextthat manyUFOtheoriesandproponentsrelyon.The

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IN1911,achunkofrockreportedlyfellfrom

theskyandkilledadoginthelittletownof Nakhla in Egypt. This was the first known fatalitycausedbyacosmicobject.

Scientistslaterrevealedtherockwasnot acommonmeteorite,butapieceofMars. AsBritishbiologistJ.B.S.Haldanesaid, "the universe is not only queerer than we suppose,butqueererthanwecansuppose". Interestingly, the story of the unlucky pooch was followed by a spate of UFO sightings. The number of claimed extraterrestrial encountersandclaimsofalienabductionshave explodedsince. Thebest-educatedgenerationinhistory isfascinatedbythesubject. The desire to have contact with somethingfrombeyondseemstobepartofour psyche,evenforthosewithoutreligiousfaith. World-renownedastrophysicistStephen Hawking said this week he believed aliens existedbutthatitwouldbeafatalmistaketo contactthem. "Iimaginetheymightexistinmassive ships, having used up all the resources from theirhomeplanet,"Hawkingsaid. "Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonisewhateverplanetstheycanreach. "If aliens ever visit us, the outcome couldbemuchaswhenChristopherColumbus first landed inAmerica, which didn't turn out verywellforthenativeAmericans."

About20percentofpeoplepolledina

recent global survey said they believed aliens existed. Accordingtothesurvey,whichincluded 23,000 adults from 22 countries across the globe, more than 40 per cent of people from IndiaandChinareckonedalienswalkedamong

usdisguisedashumans.About23percentof

Australiansagreed. PeoplefromBelgium,Swedenandthe Netherlandswereleastlikelytobelieveinthis theory, although many believed aliens exist "somewhereoutthere". Those in countries that are over- populated were more likely to believe aliens livedindisguisethanthoselivinginasparsely populatedplace. The poll also revealed more men than womenbelievedindisguisedaliens. Cosmologist Carl Sagan once said of UFO sightings: "The reliable cases are uninteresting and the interesting cases are unreliable."

ButonApril1thisyear,anewspaperin

Jordansentresidentsstreamingintothestreets with a spoof story about the landing of 3m aliensinflyingsaucers.ThemayorofJafrsent policetosearchforthealiensandwaspreparing to evacuate his town, about 290km from Amman,thecapital,untiltolditwasallaprank. PhysicistandcosmologistPaulDavies, inhisnewbook,TheEerieSilence:Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence, wondered whateffectlarge-scalecontactwithspacealiens

wouldhave.Wouldtherebesocialunrest,even justlightitwithamatch.Itcatchesonfireand

thentheheatfromthefireexpandsthelantern. Whenitgetsreallyfull,youletitgoanditfloats up into the air, and they're about 99 percent biodegradable,too.Itlookedreallybeautiful," Goughsaid. "Itwasabeautifulnight.Thewindwas

Davies said our first instinct could be just perfect to carry them over the top of the

panic? What would governments do? How would the world's leaders react? Would the news be regarded with fear or wonderment? And,inthelongerterm,whatwoulditmeanfor oursociety,oursenseofidentity,ourscience, technologyandreligions?

hostile. "Humans have fought each other for millenniaovertinydifferencesinrace,religion or culture," he wrote. "Imagine how most people would react to beings that were truly alien?MypersonalmessagetoE.T.istokeep wellclearanddefendyourself,beforestepping intothehornet'snestofourmilitaristicsociety." Themoralandreligiousstatusofaliens isanoldtopicinsciencefictionandHollywood movies.Iftheyexist,aretheylikeus? TheVatican'schiefastronomersaidthat therewasnocontradictioninbelievinginGod andthepossibilityof"terrestrialbrothers". TheRev.JoseGabrielFunes,theJesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, said the vastnessoftheuniversemeantitwaspossible therecouldbeotherformsoflifeoutsideEarth, evenintelligentones. Inaninterview,Funessaidthatsucha notion "doesn't contradict our faith" because aliens would still be God's creatures and rejectingsuchanotionwouldbeputtinglimits onGod'suniversality. Most of us experience a sense of mysticalastonishmentwhenwestareupatthe vastskyandstarsonaclearnight. Thebelieverseesthesameheavensas theatheist,butinterpretsthemquitedifferently:

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The flying objects in the skies above Pottsville on Tuesday night have been identified. Barbara Gough, Ashland, the club adviserfortheTheaterArtsGroupatNativity BVMHighSchoolinPottsville,saidtheywere "ThaiWish"lanternslaunchedbythegroup. "OnTuesdaynight,afterthecastof'The PajamaGame'cleanedupthestage,wedecided to start a new tradition.We wanted to have a really nice send-off for our senior drama students.Ihadtheunderclassmeneachchoosea senior.Itoldthemtowriteawishforthatsenior. Onceitgotdark,weallwentoutsideandeach pairofstudentsgotaThaiWishlantern,"Gough said.

Tammy Yotsko, Pottsville, was there withherdaughter,Shelby,asophomore. Gough said she ordered the lanterns

online.

"Eachunderclassmantoldtheirwishto the senior and then launched their lantern," Goughsaid. Shesaidthelanternsweremadeofpaper

andthateachwasabout3feethigh.

"Thepaperisonacircularframe.Inthe

centeroftheframeissomekindofafuel.You

centeroftheframeissomekindofafuel.You hills,"Goughsaid. Meanwhile, the Schuylkill County

hills,"Goughsaid. Meanwhile, the Schuylkill County Communications Center received several calls Tuesdayaboutunidentifiedflyingobjectsabove Pottsville, according to center director Scott Krater.

Thelanternswerelaunchedabout8:15

p.m.By8:45p.m.,thegroupofabout30people

there were greeted by Pottsville police, accordingtoYotsko. "AllofasuddenIsawcopscomingand wondered, 'Wow, what's going on?' " Yotsko said.

Her daughter said, "It's probably becauseofthesethings." "Theyjustlookedaroundtomakesure everything was all right and then they left," Yotskosaid.

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Aftertryingtooutrunit,thesaucer“turnedred with sparks flying off its outer shell.” He realizes how incredible his experience sounds butheiswillingtoundergoteststoverifyhis account. Mr. Barrett is understandably reluctant to share is astonishing experience but he was encouraged to do so after the famous astrophysicistStephenHawkingwarnedagainst contactwithextraterrestriallife.Hawkingsaida visitbyextraterrestrialstoEarthwouldbelike ChristopherColumbusarrivingintheAmericas, “whichdidn’tturnoutverywellforthenative Americans.” IhaveneverseenspacecraftbutIhave neverbeentothemooneither.Ican’tdiscount someone else’s experiences just because they arenotmyown.Toomanyreputablewitnesses suchasprofessionalobservers,policeofficers, airplanepilots,andordinaryhonestpeoplehave riskedridiculebysharingtheirexperiences.

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Notjustafewobserversbutbillionsof limbsandwreckedequipment.

earthlings believe extraterrestrials are already living in their communities, disguised as humans,accordingtoasurvey.Thepercentage ofbelieversishighestinIndiaandChinalowest inEuropewithNorthAmericainthemiddle. Theresultsofthesurveyweremetwith theexpectedguffawsfromskeptics.“Werethe respondents drunk?” said Susan Clancy, a psychologyprofessoratHarvardUniversityand theauthorofAbducted:HowPeopleCometo BelieveTheyWereKidnappedByAliens.Her explanation is that we are manipulated by popularstories,whatshecalls“culturalscripts,” inmoviesandTV.Indeed,thealiens-among-us story in the popular TV series called “V” proposes that seemingly ordinary people are actuallylizard-likealiensindisguise.

I think it’s the other way around.

Popularstoriesareinfluencedbyculturerather thangulliblepeoplebeingpersuadedbystories. Anand Mahadevan, a Toronto-based novelist who grew up in India, explains: “The notion thatabeingwiththegreatpowersofagodhead canmoveintheguiseofhumansoranimalsis alreadyavailableinthemythologyandreligion of the region.” He adds that there is nothing irrationalaboutIndianphysicistswhocompute lunar eclipses but pray that the demons Rahu andKetuwillstopswallowingthemoon. The reason why few Europeans report thatalienswalkamongusmaybebecausethey believe in elves, gnomes, trolls, fairies, and other “hidden people” instead. Laugh if you wanttobutinIcelandit’saseriousbusinessas Alcoafoundoutwhentheyplannedtobuildan aluminum smelter there. First they had to employ a government expert to scour the

Although fewer Americans and Canadiansbelieveinalienswalkingthestreets than Asians, a large number believe in extraterrestrial spiritual beings. A Gallup poll

revealedthat78percentofAmericansbelieve

inangelsand70percentinthedevil.

The survey didn’t reveal whether respondents think angels and aliens are the same. I suspect not. Belief in alien visitors is more aligned with a scientific view of technologyandspaceshipswhereasangelsand religionseemtogotogether. Extraterrestrials have been visiting the earthforthousandsofyearsandoftentheywere both spiritual and flesh and blood. The Bible reports that Jacob wrestled with a being described as a man in one place (Genesis 32:24), God in another (Genesis 32:28) and angel in yet another place (Hosea 12:4). The two wrestled all night but Jacob was not overcome. It seems that aliens of Jacob’s day didnotpossesssuperhumanstrength. I wrestle with the meaning of alien encounters and the inexplicable supernatural world. Do we share our world with angels, elves, aliens and demons? Is the curtain of everydayexistenceoccasionallypulledasideso that a chosen few catch a glimpse of other beingswhoareallaroundus?IwishIknew.

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shookCaliforniaandpartsofMexico.

become

increasinglyjadedaboutnotonlypsychics,but also over claims of the paranormal, UFOs, aliensandmore,notedinanemail:“Iamsure there will be an explanation issued - I can hardlywaittohearit-andtodebunkit.”

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However,onherwebsite,Joycenotes:

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withmoretocome!Anentirecityhadtoclose down.” She also issued a rebuttal, which McConnell discusses in a YouTube video

postedApril5,2010.Youwillfinditbelow.

McConnell added that another psychic hasmissedthemarkwithhispredictions.

“Andinretro-thecomet/meteoritethat Pastor Harry Walther predicted for impact in Utah in March 2010 never happened either. AlthoughPastorHarrytookhispredictionfrom TheBibleCode,itwouldseemthattheBible Codeisaspredictableassomepsychics.”

AsforJoyce,sheissuedherApril2010

predictionsonApril4.Heretheyare:

* There is danger around President

Obamaduringtheearlypartof2010-couldbe

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*LauraBushwillsufferahealthcrisis as she begins divorce proceedings against GeorgeW.

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whichcouldleadtoherpassingawaybecause

ofherdrugproblems.

*The coming food shortage begins in 2010 and continues through 2012. This will becomeaworldcrisisofepidemicproportions. Theupsettingweatherconditionscontinue.This iswhyweareencouragedtoeatlessaswellas growourownfood.

*Thefinancialpictureremainsstable-

theMarchupsetdidnotoccur,thankgoodness

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* There is more volcanic activity, as wellasfloodingandearthquakesintheMiddle East. Syria, Turkey, and Iran could feel the shocks.

East. Syria, Turkey, and Iran could feel the shocks. theDefendantinherpowertopredictthefuture

theDefendantinherpowertopredictthefuture

sameplaceitdidin2004,atthetipofSouthern

India,possiblycreatedfromtheaftershocksof Simplified, that means whether you are an

outright fraudster, a BTW initiate, an eclectic Wiccan, family tradition witch, aboriginal Canadian,Santerian,Vodoun,Romani,etc.,the sincerityorinsincerityofyourbeliefdoesnot constitute a defence should you be charged

unders.365.

*ExpectaTsunamitohitintheexact

wouldconstituteadefencetothecharge.

the quakes in the Middle East. The British- IndianOceanislandscoulddisappearB.I.O.T.is in both the eastern and southern hemispheres, just a few degrees south of the Equator. It's positioned in the Indian Ocean approximately

1,000milessouthwestofIndia.”

Joyce, who claims to be ‘gifted’since birth, professional astrologer, spiritual counselor and medium, has appeared on such television shows as Unsolved Mysteries, BeyondChanceandPsychicDetectives.Sheis also author of Psychic Attack – Are You A Victim released in October 2007 and is currentlyworkingonasecondbook:Ascension - How To Access The Fifth Dimension, The

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R.v.Labrosse(1984),17C.C.C.(3d)283(Que.

C.A.), affirmed (1987), 33 C.C.C. (3d) 220 (S.C.C.). In this case, although the Defendant didnotexplicitlysaytoherclientthatshehad thepowertopredictthefuture,theCourtfound thatthefraudulentelementoftheoffencearose from the gestures, actions, and words of the Defendantinmakingthevictimbelievethatthe Defendanthadthepowertopredictthefuture. Forthosepeoplethatdotarotreadings,tealeafs readings, rune reads, etc. the offshoot of this rulingisthatstating"forentertainmentpurposes only" may well be no legal defence if the complainant feels that you else wise, even throughnon-verbalmeans,communicatedthat youhavethepowertopredicttheirfuture.

TheCourtfurtherruledthatitwasnotnecessary thattherebeproofthatthepredictionswerein factfalse.Andhereisthemostcriticalpartof the Court's ruling for those that believe s.365 provides special protection to those who considerthemselves'realwitches:'

ThetrialJudgefoundthatitwasunnecessaryto

decidetheissueofwhetheranhonestbeliefby

Itmayalsobeworthnotingintheabovecase thattheamountchargedbytheDefendantfor the fortune telling was $15. There was no extortion or excessive bilking of money. To providecontext,thiswasmerelyanamountof moneythatwouldpayforadecentdinnerata mid-to-lowrangerestaurant.

Aconviction under s.365 is punishable under

s.787(1)oftheCriminalCodeofCanada:

787. (1) Unless otherwise provided by law, everyone who is convicted of an offence punishableonsummaryconvictionisliabletoa fineofnotmorethanfivethousanddollarsorto a term of imprisonment not exceeding six monthsortoboth.

Sohereismyquestion: Whyaretherepsychic fairstakingplaceacrossCanadaifwhenthese peoplearebreakingthelaw-ordotheybelieve that their psychic powers put them above the law?Coulditbethatouroverworkedcriminal systemcannotbebothered-andifthisisthe case-well-it’stimethatsomeoneturnsupthe heatandthatisexactlywhatI intendondoing.

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All Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Parliaments, Law Enforcement Agencies, and the media will be relieving copies of this article. The ball is now in the courtsofthosewhocaneffectivelySHUTTHE PSYCHICSDOWN-fromthoseatthetopof the psychic food chain - to those who watch ameba’spassoverhead-you’regoingdown![]

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ByJaneMacLarenWalsh

The Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull: Fact, fiction,andthecreationofmyth

Crystal skulls have long had a fringe following,andthemostfamousofthemisone named for the explorer-author Frederick A. Mitchell-Hedges (see “Legend of the Crystal Skulls”). Mitchell-Hedges claimed to have foundtheskullsomewhereinCentralAmerica in the 1930s, but his adopted daughter Anna later said she found it under a fallen altar or insideapyramidattheMayasiteofLubaantún inBritishHonduras(nowBelize)sometimein the 1920s. Neither of their contradictory accountsistrue.Infact,likealltheothercrystal skullsthusfarexamined,itisamoderncreation, despiteitsnearlymythicalplaceinthemindsof devotees. havehadtwoopportunitiestoexamine the Mitchell-Hedges skull closely and to take siliconemoldsofcarvedandpolishedelements ofit,whichIhaveanalyzedunderhigh-power lightandscanning-electronmicroscopes.Ihave also evaluated the documentary evidence, newspaper stories about Mitchell-Hedges, his

memoirsLandofWonderandFear(1931)and

DangerMyAlly(1954),andafileoflettersand

documents thatAnna Mitchell-Hedges sent to Frederick Dockstader, the director of the MuseumoftheAmericanIndianinNewYork City,whichIrecentlyfound. The microscopic evidence presented here indicates that the skull is not a Maya artifact but was carved with high-speed, modern, diamond-coated lapidary tools. The historical record shows it first appeared in London in 1933 and was purchased a decade later by Mitchell-Hedges, who claimed the crystal skull was an authentic pre-Columbian artifact. The newly found archival evidence suggests Anna was later involved in the evolutionoftalltalesabouttheskull’sorigins, providingafascinatinglookatthecreationofa popular mythology in service of a profitable businessventure.

mythology in service of a profitable businessventure. Aftermyfirstencounterwiththeskullin2007,

Aftermyfirstencounterwiththeskullin2007,

Homannreturnedwithittothemuseumin2008

so it could be filmed for a Smithsonian Networksdocumentary,“LegendoftheCrystal

Skull.”Followinguponmyinitialstudy,which included examining the skull under a high- powered light microscope, under ultraviolet light,andcomputerizedtomography(CTscan) to determine what we could without harming theobjectinanyway,Itooktwosetsofsilicone moldsofsurfacetoolmarksforSEManalysis. If the skull were actually Maya from Lubaantun,whichwasabandonedaroundA.D.

800,thetoolsusedtocarveitwouldhavebeen

sharpened stone implements combined with abrasive sand. Pre-Columbian lapidary technologyhasbeenstudiedwithconsiderable detailformorethanacentury.Throughmyown research,Ihavecompiledalargebibliography

on

archaeological excavations in Mexico and

CentralAmericadocumentingthefactthatpre-

contact artisans carved stone by abrading the

surfacewithstonetools,aswellaswood,andin later pre-Columbian times, copper tools, in combinationwithavarietyofabrasivesandsor pulverized stone. No historic or ethnographic source of which I am aware indicates pre- Columbianlapidariesusedhardmetal,suchas ironorsteel,asfiling,drilling,orcuttingtools, orthattheyemployedanytypeofwheeledor rotary technology (Walsh 2008: pp. 18-19). Comparison of SEM (scanning electron microscopy) images of ancient and modern carvings shows the difference. A line incised withpre-Columbiantoolsappearsasroughwith

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stone carvings

othermeasurementstakenareequallyclose,but asthearticle’sauthor,BritishMuseumphysical anthropologistGeoffreyM.Morant,notes(pp.

105-106),“Amoreinterestingcomparisoncan

be made by superposing the outlines,” which clearlyillustrateshownearlyidenticaltheskulls areinsizeandshape. AdrianDigby,ayoungBritishMuseum archaeologist,commentedonthemeasurements and observations made by Morant in a short article accompanying the latter’s comparative study. Digby (1936: p. 108) offered the possibilitythatthe Museum skull was copied from an originalskull,andthatatalaterdatetheBurney skullwasasortofcompositecopyrelyingfor

UndertheMicroscope November 2007, Bill Homann, Anna Mitchell-Hedges’swidower,broughttheartifact

tomyofficeintheSmithsonian’sMuseumof itsproportionsontheskullnowintheMuseum

and for its anatomical detail on some human skullinthepossessionofthecarver. Hecametotheconclusionthatitwould bequitestrangethatanybodywishingtocarvea skulloutofrockcrystal,andtakingarealskull ashismodelshouldmodifyitsdimensionstofit thoseofanothercrystalskullwhichhewould seewasbutapoorcopyofnature.Itshowsa pervertedingenuitysuchasonewouldexpectto findinaforger,butMr.Burney’sskullbearsno traces of recent (metal age) workmanship; so this suggestion may almost certainly be dismissed. Digby’s analysis was perceptive. By copyingtheBritishMuseumskull,thenthought tobeauthentic,aforgerwouldmakehiswork lookmorelegitimate.Unfortunatelythescience of the day was limited. Without modern equipment Digby was unable to detect any evidenceoftheskull’srecentmanufacture.

Hedges(MH)skullis17.4;theBMskullis13.5

cm from side to side (maximum calvarial

breadth)andtheMHskullis14.Manyofthe

to the Mitchell-Hedges one, which was then calledtheBurneyskullafteritsowner,London art dealer Sydney Burney. According to an articlepublishedinthejournalMan,theBritish Museum (BM) skull is 17.7 cm front to back (glabellar-occipital length), and the Mitchell-

Natural History for examination. Slightly smallerthanlifesize,itrecalledacrystalskull intheBritishMuseum,anditseemedtometo beaclosecopyofthatobject,atleastinsizeand shape. However, it differed from the British Museumexampleinitsmoreelaboratecarving, extremelyhighpolish,andseparatemandible. Thesimilarityofthetwoskulls’sizeand shapecanbeverifiedusingmeasurementsand photographs taken at the British Museum in

1936,whenthemuseum’sskullwascompared

shapecanbeverifiedusingmeasurementsand photographs taken at the British Museum in 1936,whenthemuseum’sskullwascompared

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aslighttwisting,indicatingthemovementofthe hand pushing a sharpened stone. Modern diamond-coated,high-speedrotarycuttingtools show lines that are perfectly straight. Parallel lines within the incisions are evidence of permanentlyembeddedabrasive.Thesharpness ofthecutandtheexactnessoftheabrasivelines indicatetheuseofahardmetaltoolwithavery hardabrasive,i.e.diamond. Micrographsofsiliconemoldsfromthe Mitchell-Hedges skull reveal marks of high- speed carving tools and deeply cut parallel ridgesleftbypermanentlyembeddeddiamond abrasive throughout the skull’s carved components.Someofthemarksindicatetheuse of cutting tools less than a millimeter thick, which means they would have to be made of iron or steel, and the impressions of wheeled toolsvisibleinthecarvedelementsofoneofthe teeth are less than a millimeter in diameter. Under higher magnification, polished areas show parallel lines with a skipping pattern, indicatingtheuseofahigh-speedtool. Itseemsreasonabletoconcludefromthe SEMimagesthattheMitchell-Hedgesskullwas carved in modern times with high-speed, diamond-coatedrotaryburringandcuttingtools ofminutedimension.Theteethaloneshowthe use of a rotary cutting tool less than 2 millimeters in diameter. I believe that the

technologyunderdiscussionisdecidedly20th

century. Considering the skull’s initial

appearanceinthe1930s,Ibelieveitwascreated

ataboutthattime.TheBritishMuseumskull, from which I believe this is copied, was on

exhibitfairlycontinuouslyfrom1898.

AcquisitionHistory The Mitchell-Hedges skull was first

publiclyknownin1936,whenitwaspublished

in the journal Man after London art dealer Sydney Burney brought it to the British Museumforstudy.TheBurneyskull,asitwas thencalled,wasphotographed,measured,and compared with the British Museum “Aztec” crystal skull. The British Museum had purchased their crystal skull in 1898 from Tiffany&Co.inNewYorkCity.Tiffany’shad purchasedtheskullmorethanadecadeearlier from the French antiquarian Eugène Boban, who auctioned off his Mexican artifact

collectioninOctober1886.GeorgeKunz,vice

presidentofTiffany’s,actedasanintermediary between Boban and George Sisson, who apparently owned the skull for some period between 1888 and 1898. In 1898, Mr. Kunz once again acted as the middleman between Sisson, Tiffany’s, and the British Museum

(Walsh1997;Sax,Walsh,etal.2008).

Burney obtained his crystal skull in

early1933,asattestedinaletterhewroteon

BurneyGallerystationarytothedirectorofthe American Museum of Natural History in

Februaryofthatyear(AMNH2/17/1933):

I have just acquired a life-size rock crystal skull with separate jaw, from Mexico, andIshallbegladtoknowifitisofinterestto youoryourmuseum. It isn’t known from whom Burney acquiredtheskull,buteitherthesellerclaimed

it was from Mexico, as the British Museum’s

skull was thought to be, or Burney himself gathered from The Crystal Skull, a popular

supposeditdid,sincehisskullwassosimilarto themuseum’s.

Burneyownedtheskullfrom1933until

1943,allthewhileattemptingtofindabuyer.

HisbringingittotheBritishMuseumforstudy wasnot,Iwouldspeculate,entirelyanacademic exerciseonhispart.However,themuseumdid notchoosetoacquireanothercrystalskullandit wasultimatelysoldatSotheby’sinLondonon October 15, 1943, to Frederick A. Mitchell- Hedges, Anna Mitchell-Hedges’s adoptive

father,for£400.(Londonwasrelativelyquiet,

mayhereberelyingonsomeinformationhe’s

adventure story written by Jack McLaren in

1936.ItfeaturesLyndonCromer,anethnologist

whosupportshisresearchwiththievery,anda crystal skull that he steals.A local person in NewGuineaseesitandexclaims,“Itistheskull ofair.Theskullofair!”HethentellsCromer that,“Hewhoholdstheskullofairsothatit looks at another man knows that other man’s life.Heknowsallaboutthatotherman.Thatis thepowerthattheskullofairgivestohimwho holds it.” On his part, Cromer envisions the “tremendous interest that the arrival of this crystal skull in London would cause—of the excitement of the British Museum experts, of

themeticulouscomparingsbetweenthisnewly-

found skull of crystal and the one already there.”

Five years after making these amazing claims,Mitchell-Hedgesmoreorlessrepeated theminhisfancifulmemoir,DangerMyAlly,

withmostofthefightingtheninNorthAfrica andontheeasternfront.)

The1943Sotheby'scataloguegavethis

descriptionoftheskull,aphotographofwhich wasusedasthefrontispiece:"Asuperblife-size crystalCarvingofaHumanSkull,thelowerjaw separate,thedetailsarecorrectlyrenderedand the carver has given the orbits, zygomatic

archesandmastoidprocessesthesimilitudeof althoughminusthepartabouthishavingfound

itinCentralAmerica.Hewrites(1954:p.240),

It is at least 3,600 years old and accordingtolegendwasusedbytheHighPriest

of the Maya when performing esoteric rights. When the High Priest willed death, with the helpoftheskull,deathinevitablyfollowed.It hasbeendescribedastheembodimentofevil.I donotwishtotryandexplainthisphenomenon. HadheforgottenaboutSotheby’s?

WhenMitchell-Hedgesdiedin1959,the

Website,accessed11/08):

theirnaturalforms." Frederick Mitchell-Hedges announced thispurchasetohisbrotherinaletterwrittenin December 1943, which includes perhaps the first mention of a date for the skull’s manufacture (the Mitchell-Hedges Official

The “Collection” grows and grows and grows. You possibly saw in the papers that I acquired that amazing Crystal Skull that was

formerly in the “Sydney Burney Collection.” It

is fashioned from a single block of transparent

rock crystal, exactly life size; scientists put the

date at pre-1800 B.C., and they estimate it took five generations passing from Father to son, to complete. It is anthropologically perfect in every detail, a superb piece of craftsmanship. There is only one other in the world known like it, which is in the British Museum and it is acknowledged to be not so fine as this. The crystal skull remained with Frederick Mitchell-Hedges until his death in

1959,andwithhisadopteddaughteruntilher

crystalskullbecamethepropertyofhisadopted daughter,Anna.Thiswasdespitethefactthathe may have had two sons, according to various sources. One was named John (aka Bumble)

whoisdescribedin1921asa“crackshot”with

pistolandrifleatagesix(Times&Directory,

April23,1921).TheotherwasJames,whowas

livingwithMitchell-HedgesinCapeHatterasin 1936, according to a newspaper account that describedhimasfightingoffanattackingshark at the age of 13 (New York Times, August

26,1936).

AnnaMitchell-Hedges,néeAnneMarie Le Guillon, claimed to have personally

while

accompanying her father on an expedition to Lubaantun.Butthestoryofwhenandhowshe foundtheskullvarieswiththetelling,andrange from discovering it beneath the stones of a collapsedaltaratopapyramidtobeinglowered

discovered

deathinApril2007.

the

crystal skull,

FictionalizedHistory"TheSkullofDoom" FrederickMitchell-Hedges’slettertohis brotherabouthisnewacquisitionindicatesfrom theoutsetthathewasnotaboveembellishinga story, even an already good story. It is impossibletoknowwhereMitchell-Hedgesgot the “pre-1800 B.C.” date, or his tale of five generationsofpolishers,butsixyearslater,he was claiming to have discovered the crystal skullhimself,andnotinaLondonsalesroom.

OnMay31,1949,Echo,alocalBournemouth

paper,reportedtheexistenceofa“Skullwithan

evileye”inhiscollection:

downintoacave,beneathorinsideapyramid, to retrieve it. These events are detailed in

varioussourcesashavingtakenplacein1924,

1926,1927,and1928,incontrasttoherfather’s

versionofdiscoveringitsomewhereinCentral

Americasometimeinthe1930s.

I recently found a file of lettersAnna

Mitchell-Hedges

Dockstader,thendirectoroftheMuseumofthe American Indian in New York City, between

1964and1973.Thiscorrespondenceishoused

in the Cultural Resource Center of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Dockstader initially

contactedAnnaonMarch4,1964,writing,

wrote

to

Frederick

The remarkable thing about the skull,

confided Mr. Mitchell-Hedges, is that scientists are of the opinion that it dates back to 1600 BC and it was made by at least five generations working from father to son to shape it out of a block of rock crystal by rubbing it down with sand! Mr. Mitchell-Hedges found it when he led

a British expedition to uncover traces of the lost Maya civilization in Central America in the 1930s. It had been taken by the High Priest into the depths of the Temple where he concentrated on it and willed Death.” In spinning his yarn, Mitchell-Hedges

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who

I was delighted recently to have a visitor

just come from a chat with you. This

had

was a welcome opportunity for me to learn that

a relative of Mr. Mitchell-Hedges was living. I

am taking the liberty of directing this note to you in that regard. Continuing, he wrote that he had exhibitedsomeoftheartifactsdonatedbyher father,andthat“itwouldbeadistincthonornot onlytoshowyouwhatwehavedone,butalso thedegreetowhichwehavemadeuseofthe Mitchell-Hedges collection.” Dockstader may havebeencourtingAnna,whomheassumedto beheirtoMitchell-Hedges’sestate,andasher father had donated collections, perhaps he thoughtthedaughtermightdothesame. Anna responded quickly on March 10,

1964,writing,“IamSammyofthebook,andI

together with Jane, father’s secretary, used to accompany father when he came to the museum. Were you there then and do you

rememberus?”Thisfirstletter(OC276,folder

#11)ismostlyafour-pagetypeddescriptionof

a Russian icon called “The Black Virgin of Kazan,”whichwasexhibitedattheNewYork World’s Fair. (According to Daniel Loxton, editorofJuniorSkeptic,itwasalatercopyof the original icon.)Anna noted that her father hadbegunnegotiationswithSanFranciscoart dealer Frank Dorland to promote and sell the icon,but“AfterfatherpassedawayMr.Dorland and I commenced negotiations again and I eventuallysentittotheStatestwoyearsago.” Inalmostanafterthought,sheadds:

When I come out [from England] it is so that I take out the “Skull of Doom,” which was the only thing my father ever kept from any of the expeditions. It is made of pure rock crystal

and is over 3,600 years old. I am taking it out so that research may be done on it, and I hope that

it too may one day find a home where it will be

revered by all who see it. The correspondence includes various typescripts of Anna’s contracts with Dorland, the “Black Virgin of Kazan” promoter, who

wroteAnnainNovember1963:

The Skull of Doom, or perhaps more

likely the Skull of Knowledge, as I have said many times before, I would like to handle this

a

programme about the Skull and get your price. (OC 276, folder #11) In July 1964, Anna Mitchell-Hedges signedanagreementwithDorlandtopromote the skull for its eventual sale with an asking

art

treasure

for

you

we

can

launch

priceofnotlessthan$50,000.

Three months after the contract was signed,AnnasentDockstaderatypedstatement, dated November 1, 1964, which was titled “Mitchell-HedgesGodshead[sic]Skull-Mayan Skull of Divine Mystery.” The written

description(OC276,folder#11)aversthatthe

skullis“estimatedbytheBritishMuseumtobe

atleast3000yearsold,”andthatit“wasfound

byAnnaMitchell-HedgesinBritishHonduras in 1928 in the ruins of an abandoned Mayan complex.”Thedocumentalsoclaimstheskull hasspecialpowers,includingthatitwardsoff “the evil eye and carries protection from heaven,beingwhitecrystalandhighlypolished,

it defeats all evils of witchcraft and is a benevolent divine magic dealing with heaven andangelicforces.”ApparentlyDorlanddrew up this document as part of his promotional efforts.Myresearchindicatesthatitisthefirst time Anna claims to have found the skull herself. The statement appears to have the intentionofestablishingaprovenience(history andfindspot)thatcouldbeverifiedsolelyby AnnaMitchell-Hedges,sinceallofthepeople involvedinheradoptedfather’sexpeditionsto Lubaantunweredeadbythen. Dorland’s estimate of age comes presumably from Frederick’s newspaper descriptions,sincenosourceindicatesthatthe BritishMuseumeverestimatedtheageofthe skull.TheBritishMuseum’sowncrystalskull waspreviouslythoughttobeAztec,whichifit had been true, would date it to around A.D.

1500,so500yearsoldnot3,000.

exploration trips by Mr. Jowitt, Daily Express counsel, who sought to throw doubt on some Central American discoveries and adventures related by Hedges and his companion, Lady Richmond Brown. Lord Chief Justice Lore Hewart, in summing up today said to the jury:

“You may not think that Mr. Jowitt put the case too high when he said that Mr. Mitchell-Hedges was an imposter.” Frederick Mitchell-Hedges was not at

Lubaantunin1928,norwasAnna.TheBritish

MuseumarchaeologistJ.EricS.Thompsonwas

atthesitein1927and1928.Thompsonwrote

about Mitchell-Hedges in MayaArchaeologist (1963), and his characterization was not

flattering(p.73):

He had penetrated the interior of British Honduras to discover this immense mysterious city, which in fact, had been known to archaeologists and European residents since the last century and had been described in print many years before. Worst of all from an archaeological point of view, he had workers build a wall on one of the terraces to make a more impressive photograph. Later he and his collaborator [Lady Richmond Brown] wrote a book, Land of Wonder and Fear; to me the wonder was how he could write such nonsense and fear of how much taller the next yarn would be.

Annaeventuallysettledontheyear1924

forhergreatfind,andspecificallyonJanuary1,

whichwas,coincidentally,her17thbirthday.It

seemsoddthatshewouldinitiallyhavesucha hazy memory of such a momentous birthday discovery. Her father never mentioned that Anna found the skull, and his 1954 book DangerMyAllywasthefirstaccountinwhich hesaidsheevenaccompaniedLadyRichmond BrownandhimtoBritishHonduras.According toMitchell-Hedges’shometownnewspaper,the DailyMailhadreceivedacabletowardtheend of March 1924 from the “explorer” to announce, “that, with Dr. T.W.F. Gann, of

By 1970, Anna Mitchell-Hedges, then

63,andFrankDorlandhadafallingout,partly

becauseofpublicationsinwhichheclearlyhad ahandthatdetailedavarietyofprogressively outlandishclaimsfortheskullandcharacterized himasitsownerandkeeper.Theexaggerations and mythologies put out by Dorland and his surrogatesseemlessbothersometoAnnathan thereportsthattheskullbelongedtohim,and thathestillhadnotfoundabuyer.Atthispoint DorlandproposedthatheandAnnacollaborate onabookoftheirown,tobewrittenbynovelist RichardGarvin:

I have convinced Dick Garvin (who does sell) it is worth the percentage to you and me and you to furnish the information. This makes it a better book, makes more money all the way around. The skull is not sold, it is put to use in this manner and for public appearances to boost sales and interest. (OC 276, folder #11 -

3/10/1970)

Garvin’s book, The Crystal Skull (1973), reports that “The skull, it is claimed, was discovered rather recently--in the

LubaantunTomb,partoftheabandonedruinsof LiverpoolUniversity,theeminentarchaeologist

and authority on Honduran antiquities, he [Mitchell-Hedges]haddiscoveredtheruinsofa vastMayacityintheheartofBritishHonduras”

(March31,1924).ThepaperquotesMitchell-

theskull’sdiscoveryincludes1924,1926,1927,

publishedsources,thearrayofyearsgivenfor

an enormous Mayan citadel, in British Honduras. The year was 1927” (p. 13). As mentioned earlier, in correspondence and in

Hedges’s cable describing the astounding find of a “vast truncated pyramidal mound The stone structure reared to a height of 300 feet

and 1928. “I am a little hazy about the exact date,”AnnawroteinanotetoDockstader,“but

abovethevalley.”AJanuary24,1931,letterto

therainyseasonin1927”(OC276,folder#11- theNewYorkTimesquotesMitchell-Hedgesas

9.20.1970).

Frederick Mitchell-Hedges, in the company of Lady Mable Richmond Brown, spenttwoverybriefstaysinLubaantún,thefirst in 1924 and the second in 1925. They may

possiblyhavehadathirdvisitin1926,butitis

notentirelyclearthattheyeverreturnedafter 1925. In January 1927, Mitchell-Hedges was

supposedly

Bournemouthofacasewithpapersandfiveor six shrunken heads. But the much publicized

assaultwaslaterproventobeahoax.In1928,

Mr. Mitchell-Hedges was involved in a libel trial,theresultofasuithehadbroughtagainst the Daily Express, the newspaper that had exposedtherobberyhoax.Helostthesuit.A New York Times article (February 15, 1928) notedthat:

attacked and robbed in

westartedtheexpeditionin1926andleftbefore

having:

penetrated a hitherto unknown portion of the hinterland of Panama, discovering a new race of people [in 1922-1923]. In 1924 with Dr. T.W.F. Gann, he discovered the ruins of the vast Maya City of Lubaantún in the interior of British Honduras. He returned there on another expedition in 1925 and commenced the work of clearing and excavating the Maya City. According to the article, the British MuseumsentT.A.Joycewiththeexpeditionin

1926andthentookoverthework.

InresponsetoquestionsposedbyFrank DorlandabouttheconnectionofAnna’sfather to the Museum of the American Indian, Dockstaderwrote:

During

the

cross-examination

of

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he

was

questioned

about

his

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He and Lady Richmond-Brown explored many Middle American areas, collectively and in behalf of the Museum. Some of this was financed by Lady Richmond Brown, some by Dr. Heye, the founder of this museum. (OC 276, folder #11 - 8/11/67)

By1971,Dockstaderwasthinkingabout

exhibitingtheMitchell-Hedgescrystalskullat theMuseumoftheAmericanIndian,buthewas concerned about Phrenology (1970), a book withtiestoDorland,writtenbySybilLeek,a

Britishwitch.LeekclaimedthatF.A.Mitchell-

HedgeshadbroughttheskullfromLondonto CentralAmerica,andthatitmayoriginallyhave belongedtotheKnightsTemplar,whosemain temple was in central London. This upset Dockstader,whowroteAnnaaskingaboutthe skull’sorigins.Ifoundnoresponsefromher. In March 1972, Dockstader wrote to Anna that the Crystal Skull would be the centerpieceofanexhibitioncalled“TheSkullin IndianArt,”buthestillhadquestions:

I’ll not beat around the bush. Just recently, J. Eric Thompson heard that the Skull was here at the Museum, and wrote a friend about it, apparently in answer to that friend’s query. In turn, the friend sent Thompson’s

comment on to me. It was such a surprise, that I

am typing it here

“The crystal skull was

acquired by Mitchell-Hedges in an antique shop in London sometime around 1928 [sic]. The London dealer who owned it was Sidney [sic] Burney. J. J. Braunholz of the British Museum told me he had seen the piece displayed in the shop before Mitch bought it. There was no provenience on the skull--it was generally assumed at that time to have been North Italian. Sometime later Mitchell Hedges published an article about the Skull in a local newspaper in Bournemouth where, I think, he was then living. The story of the skull’s origin in that article was different; I forget the details, but it had nothing to do with Lubaantún. NotesinBritishMuseumfilesindicate that archaeologists and curators there worried about the director of the Museum of the American Indian exhibiting the skull without knowingitsactualhistory.Althoughtherewasa great deal of hesitancy, it would seem, about calling into question the veracity of the Mitchell-Hedges family, the BM’s Eric Thompsonapparentlyfoundawaytogetthis informationtoDockstader. Anna responded with a “Statement of Fact” on official-looking typed letterhead, “Anna Mitchell-Hedges F.R.G.S., F.L.S.” It reads:

The Rock Crystal Skull was discovered by me upon one of my father’s expeditions to Lubaantun during 1926/27. I found the skull itself after we had cleared a very heavy wall, which had fallen on the altar, which we also moved. The rocks were so heavy we were only able to move about 5 or 6 a day, not having the equipment at hand today. It was therefore another three months before I found the jaw, which was about 25 yards away from the skull. This was my father’s expedition therefore the Rock Crystal Skull was his. With us on this expedition was: Lady Richmond Brown

(deceased); Jane Harvey Houlson (Father’s sec. dec.), Capt. C.C. Joyce (Brit Museum dec); Dr. Gann, Mr. Tuke (British Painter) and myself, beside help. Also father’s brother-in-law Mr. George Hudson who came along to take photographs. (OC 276, folder #11) AccordingtoMitchell-Hedgeshimself,

writinginhis1931bookLandofWonderand

Fear (p. 16), the party who “first discovered” Lubaantun “consisted of Lady Richmond Brown,thelateMr.H.S.Tuke,whocamewith us in order to depict on canvas the true atmosphere of the tropics, Dr. Thomas Gann, andmyself.” Gann,whohadactuallypublishednotes about the ruins in 1903, presumably led

Mitchell-Hedgesandhispartytherein1924.In

his book Mystery Cities; Exploration and Adventure in Lubaantun, published the

followingyear,Gannnoted(pp.128-129)that

Frederick Mitchell-Hedges and Lady Brown hadarrivedafewdaysaheadofhim,but:

not knowing either Spanish or Kekchi, had been unable to hire any labour for cleaning bush over the ruins, so had been marking time till I turned up. Both were feeling rather gloomy, as on the previous day Hedges had been obliged to shoot Michael, a pet ape to which they were both very much attached as he had eaten some sort of poisonous irritant leaf in the bush, which brought on diarrhea, vomiting, and intense pain. His end was, however, painless, and he was accorded the honor of burial beneath one of the ancient Maya pyramids of Lubaantun. OnewouldsupposethatifGannsawfit to mention Michael, the couple’s pet monkey,

April 1938, after a life-threatening jungle honeymoon, luridly reported in the Hearst newspapers in May, and written in the same styleasLandofWonderandFearandDanger MyAlly. Within two months of the very public “divorce,” Lady Richmond Brown wrote

GeorgeHeye,thefounderoftheMuseumofthe American Indian, requesting the return of the Cuna collections from Panama that she had donated to his museum. Heye, on a trip to Alaska,respondedpolitely,saying Your letter of June 28 has been forwardedtomehere.Imustconfessatsome surpriseatitscontents,formyimpressionwas that the Indian textiles were a gift to the Museum, and our exhibit of the same has

alwaysborneyournameasthedonor.(OC138,

folder32–7/12/1938)

InDecemberofthatyear,Heyewroteto Mitchell-Hedges, I had a most surprising letter from Lady

said she would like the

Chucunaque specimens that she lent to the

had understood that these

were a gift. (OC 138, folder 32 – 12/28/1938)

MidgerespondedinaJanuary16,1939,

Museum returned,

Richmond Brown

she

I

letterdenouncinghisformerbenefactor, I should ignore the letter from Lady R.B. definitely the entire Chucunaque specimens were a gift from us to the museum. I had no knowledge that Lady R.B. had personally lent, given, or sent, any specimens to your museum. In fact I cannot imagine where she could have

collected them. It’s just absurd. This may be why Mitchell-Hedges

that he would have noted the presence of wrote Lady Richmond Brown out of his

Mitchell-Hedges’s daughter,Anna, but neither he, nor Mitchell-Hedges, nor Lady Richmond Brownevermentionherinconnectionwiththis visit.Thatis,untilFrederickMitchell-Hedges’

recollectionsoftheirexpeditionsafter1925in

DangerMyAlly;butsinceMabsdiedin1946,

hisversionofeventswouldnotbecontested. Mitchell-Hedges not only recast Lady RichmondBrown’sroleinhismemoir,butalso soughttocreatemoremysteryabouthisSkullof Doom:“Howitcameintomypossession,Ihave reasonfornotrevealing”(DangerMyAlly,p. 243). Anna’s explanation of this statement to Dockstaderwasthatherfatherboughttheskull atSotheby’sbecause,

1954bookDangerMyAllyinwhichhewrote

In 1925 Mabs’s [Lady

or,perhapsmoreaccurately,rewrotethehistory ofhisLubaantunexpeditions. Altogether our excavations extended

over three years

Richmond Brown] place was taken by Jane HarveyHoulsonandthefollowingyearSammy, after several years in London, NewYork and France--where she lived with some of her

relatives and, incidentally, learned the art of ContinuesonPage33 manicuring and hairdressing--joined us. This

wasourlastvisit.AsfarasIknow,nowhite manhasbeentheresince. The above statements are fabrications. Numerous newspaper accounts describe Lady

Richmond Brown and Mitchell-Hedges on

expeditionsfromtheearly1920suntiltheearly

1930s.Shebankrollednearlyalloftheirtravels,

she purchased their yacht, Cara, and donated theirfindstotheHeyeFoundation’sMuseumof the American Indian. A June 11, 1930, New YorkTimesarticlenotedthatLadyRichmond Brownwassuedfordivorcebyherhusband,Sir Melville Richmond Brown, naming Mitchell-

Hedges

companion’smarriagetoLillianAgnes(Dolly)

Clarke,Mitchell-HedgesandLadyRichmond-

Browntraveledtogetherforatleastadecade. ThefinalsplitwithMidge,asshecalledhim, seemstohaveoccurredwhenMabsdiscovered he’d bigamously married a dancer named

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Lubaantun, but was short of money and Capt. Joyce introduced him to Mr. Burney. Mr. Burney

loaned father money and father left the skull with him as security until he could redeem it Then they heard that he had been claiming he

found the skull etc and that he had placed it into

Father

was

wanting

to

return

was livid when he heard

this although it had been withdrawn. He repaid Burney with interest and reclaimed the skull (OC 276, folder #11 - 9/20/1970) IfJoyceintroducedMitchell-Hedgesto BurneyandifMidgehadwantedtojoinJoyce’s BritishMuseumexpeditiontoLubaantun,then this would have taken place around 1927. If Burneyhadlenthimthemoney,thenwhydidn’t Mitchell-HedgesreturntoLubaantun?Perhaps thiswasbecauseofhisunsuccessfulliablesuit? Butthen,whywouldheleavetheskullforyears before reclaiming it by purchasing it at the auctionhouse?AnotherinconsistencyisAnna’s statement that Joyce introduced her father to Burney, since the Official Mitchell-Hedges

Website(accessed11/08)quotesAnnaassaying

the sale room

father

thatMr.Burneywasanoldschoolchumofher father’s. If the story about her father buying backhisveryown(orAnna’sveryown)artifact weretrue,whywouldn’thementionthisfactin theproudannouncementtohisownbrother?He reportsonthecollectionthat“growsandgrows andgrows,”andtellshisbrotherthatthenewest acquisition is a crystal skull from the Sydney Burneycollection.Hementionstheskull’sclose relativeintheBritishMuseum,butsaysnothing aboutLubaantun,northathethinksitisMaya.

JusttheFacts TheMitchell-Hedges(formerlyBurney) quartzskullismodern,likeeveryrockcrystal

skullthathasbeenexaminedsofar(Sax2008,

2009;Walsh1997,2008).Ibelievethisonecan

rightlybecalledafake,sinceitisalmostsurely an improved version of the British Museum skull,makingitacopyofaninventedartifact. As such, it was intended to deceive. Documentary evidence indicates that it first

appearedinLondonearlyin1933.Accordingto

its owner, Sydney Burney, it came from Mexico,thesameprovenienceasthatsupplied fortheBritishMuseumone. The British Museum crystal skull first

appearedin1881inEugèneBoban’sParisshop

(Boban1881;Walsh1997).Helaterexhibitedit

andattemptedtosellitinMexicoCityin1885

asanAztecskull.Theskullwasdenouncedbya Mexican museum curator as a fake, which caused Boban to move his business to New York City, where he successfully sold it at auction to Tiffany & Co. (Boban 1886; New

YorkTimes,December19,1886;Walsh1997).

TheBritishMuseumpurchaseditin1898,and

exhibiteditfromthatpointon. Judging from the date the Mitchell- Hedges skull first appeared, along with the evidence provided by the SEM study, it is reasonable to suspect that it was carved in Europe,copiedfromtheBritishMuseumskull sometime between 1900 and the early 1930s, withthemostprobabledatebeingclosertothe latter.Wedonotknowwhocreateditorwho

soldittoBurney.Bobanhadbeendeadformore pseudo-science who supplies an alternative to

than two decades by 1933, so he cannot be implicatedwithit.SydneyBurneyfinallysold the skull at a Sotheby’s London auction to

Mitchell-HedgesonOctober15,1943.

Anna’s stories of finding the crystal skull under an altar at Lubaantún, or inside a deep hole or cave beneath or inside of the pyramid, were her own inventions, starting in

1964,aspartofajointpromotionoftheskullin

the readers gorged with best sellers, the encountering of one more of the wonder tales occasions no surprise; but it is a matter of astonishment to find a publication of the standing of the TIMES Book Review taken in by the recent published book of F.A. Mitchell- Hedges.

which she engaged the assistance of Frank Dorland. Her confusion of dates is not the product of a faulty memory, but rather, I believe,becauseAnnawasneveratLubaantún before she was taken there for a film in the

Of course, at present, the Maya field is being worked industriously by every writer who takes the tourist route through Central America. No doubt Mitchell-Hedges and his traveling companion visited some of the ruins, known to Dr. Gann, but your reviewer’s extracts referring to the vast unbroken jungle stretches through the less known parts of Guatemala, San Salvador (actually the capital city of the republic of El Salvador), Spanish Honduras and Nicaragua to Panama would give a moment’s

have been a more likely one since her father actuallyvisitedthesitethatyear.

The mythology that has grown up passing amusement to the coffee and sugar

surrounding the Mitchell-Hedges Godshead planters, the cattle owners, the politicians,

Skull,SkullofDoom,SkullofKnowledge,or the Skull of Love (as it is now called on the Official Mitchell-Hedges Website) is the invention of three people--Frederick Mitchell- Hedges,followedbyAnnaMitchell-Hedgesand Frank Dorland. But the mythology now includes many more promoters, all of whom profit from the gullibility and enthusiasm of crystaldevoteesandNewAgepractitioners. Frederick A. Mitchell-Hedges spent a gooddealofhislifeasadeep-seafisherman.He wroteatleasttwobooksandnumerousarticles aboutfishing.Storiesaboutfishthatgotaway are legendary, but Mitchell-Hedges took even fishstoriestoanewlevel.Heusuallyreferredto this hobby as “deep sea research,” and apparentlysupplementedhisincomebyselling talesofgiantfish,seamonsters,andman-eating sharkstotheHearstnewspaperchain.Hemade

weekend trips to Carribean islands, where he principal hotel, and were entertained at a tea

dance by the President. The most revolutionary activity they saw was the sewering and paving

whitemen,whilehebattledwithfishthesizeof of the city, then being initiated under the

claimed to have found sunken continents and lost tribes or explored territories unseen by

1990s.IbelieveAnnasettledonthe1924date

sometimeinthe1980s,sinceinthe1970sshe

wasstillclaimingtohavefounditin1926or

1927,occasionally1928.Theearlierdatewould

soldiers and adventurers of all races, who, in addition to the native Indian, have passed their lives in this region since the time of the Conquistadores, and particularly to the present inhabitants who saw the [Mitchell-Hedges] expedition traversing so much of the jungle by motor, chair-car and steamship. If Quirigua and Totonicapan are jungles, so is Bronx Park. The former is passed by railroad from here to Puerto Barrios, and the latter can be reached by motor car in a few hours. Santiago Volcano is a small crater near Managua, and the journey to the top takes two or three hours by motor, followed by an hour or two on horseback. Finally, the Nicaragua revolution to which reference is made, was viewed by the Mitchell-Hedges party from a distance of several hundred miles, in the capital city of Managua, where they were lodged at the

whales and experienced constant life- threatening terrors. The dramatic stories of dangeranddiscoveryarearegularfeatureofhis writings,andthesameistrueinthepublished accounts by his companion, Lady Richmond- Brown,andhissecretary,JaneHarveyHoulson. It is not surprising that his adopted daughter would carry on this tradition. Now, after Anna Mitchell-Hedges’s long life has passed,herwidower,BillHoman,hastakenit uponhimselftocarryonthefamilybusiness. F.A. Mitchell-Hedges’s 1931 book, Land of Wonder and Fear, was favorably reviewedintheNewYorkTimes,whichmight

give us some idea about the state of Museum skull additionally suggests it was

probablycarvedwithinadecadeofthedateit

wasfirstofferedforsalein1881(Sax,Walsh,et

al. 2008: p. 2759). It is not unreasonable to concludethattheMitchell-Hedgesskull,which

firstappearedin1933,wasalsocreatedwithin

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geographical and cultural knowledge of many NorthAmericansatthetime.Thereweremore cosmopolitan readers, however, with one in particularwritingtoprotestthereview.Henry Wells Durham, a resident of Guatemala City

Conclusion AnalysisoftheMitchell-Hedgescrystal skull using SEM leaves little doubt that this objectwascarvedandpolishedusingmodern, high-speed,diamond-coated,rotary,cuttingand polishing tools of minute dimensions. This technology is certainly not pre-Columbian. I believe it is decidedly 20th century. The similaritiesbetweentheMitchell-Hedgesskull andtheBritishMuseumskullsuggestthatthe former is an improved copy of the latter.The recently published SEM study of the British

writer’s direction.

Mitchell-Hedges and the area he claimed no whitemanhadeverpenetrated.Iquoteitherein itsentirety. Now that exploring has become a “racket” for the exploitation of complacent founders of foundations, and the writing about it a source of income for the facile scribbler in

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1936

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inFourThrillingAdventureNovels.1936

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Fellows,”TheLinnean23:2(2007),pp.23-27

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Box276,folder11

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(AMNH),2/17/1930

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-ArtNewspaper,variouseditions,2007

-AtlantaConstitution,“DorothyCoppMitchell-

Hedges…legal separation” (5/8/1938), “My Mad Honeymoon in a Jungle Inferno”

(4/11/1938)

-BournemouthEcho,“TheSkullwithanEvil

Eye”(3/31/1949)

- Bournemouth Times & Directory, “An

Explorer'sHome”(4/23/1921)

- New York Times, letter to editor by H.W. Durham (7/31/1932), “Boys battle sharks, Capture 11-footer” (8/26/1936), “Lady

Richmond Brown, noted explorer, 63”

(10/5/1946)

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107

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UnchartedSeas.1924

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Rankin, and N.D. Meeks, “The origin of two

quartz crystal skulls and pre-Columbian lapidarytechnology,”JournalofArchaeological

Science35:10(2008),pp.2751-2760

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ArchivalRecords

- National Museum of the American Indian

(NMAI) Archives, Museum of the American

JaneMacLarenWalshisananthropologistatthe Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of NaturalHistory.UsingherexpertiseinMexican archaeological collections, she is seeking to understand how museum collections are formed, and what artifacts, including fake artifacts,cantellusabouttheevolutionofour knowledgeandunderstandingofothercultures.

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associationwithaCaliforniaartdealernamed

FrankDorlandinthe1950stopromoteandsell

an icon he called the Black Virgin of Kazan, which later turned out to be a copy. Anna Mitchell-Hedges continued this relationship after her father died in 1959, ultimately agreeing to Dorland’s proposal to “launch a programaboutthe[crystal]Skullandgetyour price” (11/25/1963). A number of wildly speculative publications resulted from this

promotion.One,Phrenology(1970),suggested

theskullhadbelongedtotheKnightsTemplar

andwastakentoBritishHondurasbyMitchell-

Hedges. Another, Ambrose Bierce, F.A.

Mitchell-HedgesandtheCrystalSkull(1973),

claimed that Bierce, a journalist who

disappearedinMexicoin1913,andMitchell-

Hedges had stolen the skull when they were

both fighting alongside Pancho Villa. Later, Dorland hired the novelist Richard Garvin to

writeTheCrystalSkullthathadAnnaMitchell-

Hedgesherselfdiscoveringtheskullinsideofa Maya pyramid at Lubanntun. Eventually, I believe thatAnna attempted to legitimize this

object through its exhibition in a respected museum—theMuseumoftheAmericanIndian. ThecorrespondencebetweenFrederick Dockstader, director of the Museum of the American Indian, and Anna Mitchell-Hedges clearly demonstrates how the process of legitimizingobjectswithpotentialmassappeal but dubious authenticity and provenience works.Intheirletters,eachseemedtoflatterthe other to achieve their own separate, though similar, ends: to increase visitation to the museumandtoenhancethestatusofthecrystal skull.

Despite the Museum of the American Indiandirector’slong-heldsuspicionsaboutthe

skull,nottomentionthewarningsfromwell- -Leek,S.,Phrenology.1970

meaningcolleagues,theMitchell-Hedgesskull was, in fact, exhibited in New York for an extendedrun.Thatexhibitionendowedtheskull withalegitimacythatithadnothadpreviously. Followingtheexhibitionandthepublicationof

theGarvinbookin1973,theSkullofDoom’s

ownerlaunchedherlongcareeraskeeperofthe

ever more mysterious

extraordinary powers, like her father’s claims andcollections,grewandgrewandgrew.

object, whose

InDangerMyAlly,FrederickMitchell-

Hedges warned that the skull was “the embodimentofallevil”andthat“severalpeople

who have cynically laughed at it have died, othershavebeenstrickenandbecomeseriously ill” (1954: p. 240). Clearly, we should not believeeverythingweread,and,ultimately,we

mustbebraveandtellthetruth.TheMitchell- -Thompson,J.,MayaArchaeologist.1963

Hedges crystal skull is not ancient; not even veryold.ItwasprobablymadeinEuropeinthe 20th century, and was not polished for five generations.Itisnotpowerful,notscaryandnot atallwhatitpurportstobe.

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Is it possible to foretellthefutureandpredictwhentheworldas weknowitwillcometoanend?Somepeople believe it is and that life's most sought out answersarehiddendeepwithinancientMayan Ruinsbuiltthousandsofyearsago. Othersbelievefilmmakersandauthors arecashing-inonthehypewithmovieslikethe

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It's one of life's greatest mysteries. Whenwilltheworldasweknowitcometoan end? And when it's near, will there be catastrophic signs? "Ithinktheendoftimewillbeinmy lifetime,"saidHurdiePeterkin. Accordingtosomeresearchers,Peterkin may be right. In fact, many believe the

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