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Friday, October 3, 1997
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Blowing Our Own Horn
The Blind Man at the Gate
Photon Belt to Arrive This Weekend!
Aliens a No-Show in Tel Aviv
Personal Survival Vehicle
Thieves Steal Sacred Dinosaur Footprints
Psychics Outnumber Priests in France
"Thou Shalt Not Profit from Nun Bun"
Small is Beautiful
THE LIGHTER SIDE:
Japanese Health Hazards
The Perils of Inappropriate Technology
Scientists Create Glowing Mice
Hard Rock Kills
Giant Vacuum Sucks Up Prairie Dogs
A Nest Egg for the Future
COMMENTS FROM THE TWILIGHT ZONE:
This is the Galactic Confederation
Mutant Message Debunked
Nessie's Fake Photo
Bigfoot Film a Hoax
The Myth of the Photon Belt
Penthouse Magazine Falls for Fake "Alien"
Mayan Calendar Misconception
The Hundredth Monkey Revisited
Randi on Nostradamus
Scallion & NHNE
CROP CIRCLE WATCH:
Say It Ain't So!
Crop Circle Experts Denounce Hoaxing Claims
Waiting for the Messiah
Witnesses Revise End-time Expectations
The Jerusalem Syndrome
Past & Present
The End of the World as Reported By...
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THE BLIND MAN AT THE GATE
Long ago, I remember a blind beggar sat each day beside the gate on the east
side of the wall of the city of Jerusalem. For years he made that place his
So clever were his ears that he had learned the sounds of those who walked
along the way. He could detect the man of wealth by his step, by the sound
of his voice, even by the sound made by the texture of his clothes and shoes.
By cleverness of the ear he could discern the Roman from the Jew; in fact,
he could identify, with little difficulty, a man of almost any nation.
By sound alone did he discern what he considered to be the worth of men. Those
who dragged their feet or who let their sandals flap too much as they walked;
those whose clothes were of insufficient crispness or weight (indicative of
lack of wealth), he ignored, and did not even bother to raise his cup and ask
One day footsteps were heard along the hillside and upward to the gate -- familiar
footsteps, but of little importance to the beggar. By the sound of their feet
and the timbre of their voices he recognized the walk of two fishermen from
Beside the fishermen as they passed by was the voice of a man he
recognized as being from Nazareth. If I might know the beggar's thoughts
at the time,
they were, "Ah, a man from Nazareth. Perhaps he has a family of the class
of workers or carpenters, perhaps a maker of roofs. These fisherman, this laborer,
would have no coins for me. Better to save my voice than to waste on them a
forlorn hope of alms." These were the words within his mind and heart.
The fishermen were Simon and Andrew. The Nazarene was a man called Jesus.
The beggar remained blind throughout his years; the slyness of his ear had
stolen away the very opportunity that his eyes might see. Had his heart been
prepared in love, he should at least have spoken. Or had he even asked, unknowing,
sight might have been received. Yet, so it is that often men allow the greatest
opportunity to walk by them. In blindness, they hear its footsteps, but they
judge its cadence by the ear of wisdom and fascination in things of the world.
Who was the blind man at the gate? I am. It has taken me nigh two millennia
to begin to hear anew. And still, my eyes do not see...
---From a psychic reading given by Ray Stanford
PHOTON BELT TO ARRIVE THIS WEEKEND!
(News Brief 40, Friday, December 13, 1996)
Break out your raincoat, cans of beans, spare batteries, and TV GUIDE -- the
Photon Belt arrives this weekend, according to Sheldon Nidle who appeared this
week on the Art Bell Show. Nidle warns that during the three days of darkness
that accompany the event, it will be important to stay indoors. He cautions
not to look outside or open the door for any reason, no matter what you hear.
To prepare for the event, Nidle recommends having an emergency supply of water
on hand and covering the windows. In a related story, the FARSIGHT INSTITUTE
website has been promising for weeks that "we are unraveling an amazing
story through our remote viewing. On Sunday, December 8, 1996, we will introduce
you to a group of beings that are making plans to admit humanity into the Galactic
Federation." Apparently nothing dramatic happened on December 8, and the
website has no other new information about the Galactic Federation. In NEWS
BRIEF 37, NHNE investigated accounts of the approaching Null Zone and Photon
Belt and determined that there was no scientific basis for such claims. (JG)
ALIENS A NO-SHOW IN TEL AVIV
(News Brief 44, Friday, January 10, 1997)
Thousands of Israelis crowded Tel Aviv beaches January 6, to watch for extraterrestrials
whose arrival was predicted by Israeli psychic Helinor Harar. As the theme
music from the TV show, "The X-Files" resounded from loudspeakers,
she shouted: "Israel will be the center for UFO landings." TV crews
had set up cameras in hopes of filming the visitors, but the only object Harar
spotted was a plane about to land at Ben-Gurion airport. Harar, who predicted
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upset election victory, later told ISRAEL
TV she had a new date for a landing -- Valentine's Day. She also ventured another
prediction: "Until [alien spacecraft] fly over Hebron, there will be no
agreement," in reference to a troop pullout from the West Bank city currently
being negotiated by Israel and the Palestinians. (JG)
PERSONAL SURVIVAL VEHICLE
(News Brief 28, Friday, September 13, 1996)
One of the potential implications of crustal slippage on a global scale is
a wall of water 300 feet high sweeping continents at velocities exceeding 100
mph. It would carry away every living thing on the surface and solid objects
weighing less than several hundred thousand tons. How can anyone survive such
a disaster? In ancient times, individuals built wooden flotation capsules (arks). "POLESHIFT.COM" offers
the modern counterpart -- Personal Survival Vehicles (PSV's) that are capable
of riding out "The Wave" and providing life support for an extended
period of time. Each PSV would carriy from 2 to 5 passengers, food for up to
one year, tools, instruments, and portable computers. Each PSV might also carry
with it the sum total of the scientific, technical and literary knowledge of
mankind. A seminar to explore the feasibility of such devices is scheduled
for November 30 thru December 1 at the HYATT REGENCY O'HARE in Chicago. For
more information, check out their website: http://www.poleshift.com/ (JG)
THIEVES STEAL SACRED DINOSAUR FOOTPRINTS
(News Brief 33, Friday, October 25, 1996)
The only known set of fossilized Stegosaurus footprints have been stolen from
the Outback, angering aborigines. Aborigines believe the prints belong to a
mythical creature from their "Dream Time" and were part of a "song
line" of sites used in their ceremonies, said anthropologist Patrick Sullivan. "It's
a very sacred thing to me," said Joseph Roe, aboriginal custodian of the
footprints for the past eight years near Broome, on the country's remote northwest
coast. "Whoever has taken them has placed themselves in great danger," he
said. "They might get sick... or I might get sick." The offense is
punishable by death under aboriginal law. "If [the thief] comes to face
me," he said, "I will put a spear through him." It appeared
power tools were used to remove the prints from the rock. The stegosaurus was
ten-foot-tall herbivore with a double row of spikes along its back that lived
130 million years ago. (JG)
PSYCHICS OUTNUMBER PRIESTS IN FRANCE
(News Brief 17, Friday, June 21, 1996)
France's self-image as both the home of rational thought and "eldest daughter
of the Roman Catholic Church" has been severely dented by statistics showing
the country now contains more psychics and clairvoyants than priests. Last
year's tax returns show that more than 50,000 people made money from faith-healing,
predicting the future, astrology or similar practices, while 35,000 were men
of the cloth. Almost one-fifth of the French population (10 million), have
consulted a clairvoyant and the paranormal business has an estimated annual
turnover in France of more than 1 billion francs. (JG)
"THOU SHALT NOT PROFIT FROM NUN BUN"
(News Brief 63, Friday, May 30, 1997)
In a personally-signed letter from Calcutta, India, Mother Teresa recently
asked BONGO JAVA to stop merchandising its now-famous "nun bun." The
cinnamon bun bearing the likeness of Mother Teresa was discovered in October
of last year in the Nashville coffeehouse (News Brief 58). A flood of 'Nun
Bun" merchandising quickly followed. "My legal counsel," she
writes "has written asking you to stop, and now I am personally asking
you to stop." The bun is on display at the coffeehouse, which also sells
T-shirts, prayer cards and mugs with the bun's image. Coffeehouse owner Bob
Bernstein said he has no plans to stop marketing the nun bun; his only concession
was to remove Mother Teresa's name from the merchandise. Said Bernstein: "If
it were sacrilege, we'd stop. But it's not. It makes people laugh; it makes
people think about ultimate things. You know, if it is her image on the bun,
then it really is a miracle." (JG)
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
(News Brief 8 , May 31,1995)
An explosion in numbers is not the only thing worrying scientists who study
humanity's effect on planet Earth. They are also starting to worry about an
explosion in size. According to Thomas Samaras, the author of a new book called "The
Truth About Your Height," if humans continue to grow at the remarkable
rate they have in the past century -- averaging an inch a generation -- there
will be dire ecological consequences. If the US population grows a projected
20 percent taller in the next 150 years, Samaras predicts: Energy demands (on
everything from refrigerators to houses) will increase by 50%; An additional
180 million acres will be needed to grow food; Three billion tons of carbon
dioxide will be released into the atmosphere. Samaras suggests that we might
be able to avoid these dire consequences by turning our "tall is beautiful" culture
into one that celebrates shorter, more compact bodies. He also suggests putting
children (and adults for that matter) on a REAL diet for a small planet --
a low fat, reduced calorie diet designed to keep growth in check. According
to Samaras, the ideal human being should be about five feet five, 110 pounds.
Samaras himself is a towering five foot ten, five inches taller than his ideal.
THE LIGHTER SIDE:
JAPANESE HEALTH HAZARDS
(News Brief 7 , March 13,1995)
Polite Japanese risk death by bowing. At least 24 Tokyo residents have died
in the last five years while bowing to each other. Five fell under trains after
head butts, seven died in curbside and escalator collisions, and many more
have been injured in revolving doors. As a result, the city has had to introduce
safe "Greetings Zones." (DS)
THE PERILS OF INAPPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY
(News Brief 22, Friday, July 26, 1996)
The Arizona Highway Patrol came upon a pile of smoldering metal embedded high
on a cliff above a curve in a deserted highway. The wreckage resembled the
site of an airplane crash, but further examination revealed it was the remains
of a 1967 Chevy Imapla. It seems that someone had gotten hold of a JATO unit
(Jet Assisted Take Off), a solid-fuel rocket used to provide an extra boost
to heavy military transport planes taking off from short runways. The person
had bolted the unit to his car and driven out to a long, straight stretch of
road in the desert. A section of scorched and melted asphalt about four miles
from the crash site marked the spot where the operator ignited the JATO. The
unit would have reached maximum thrust within 5 seconds, powering the Chevy
to a speed in excess of 350 mph and continuing at full power for an additional
20-25 seconds. Solid-fuel rockets don't have an 'off' switch -- once started,
they burn at full thrust until all the fuel is gone. The automobile remained
on the straight highway for about 2.5 miles (15-20 seconds) until it reached
a banked curve. The driver applied and completely melted the brakes, leaving
thick rubber marks on the road surface and blowing the tires. At this point
the vehicle became airborne for an additional 1.4 miles before impacting the
cliff at a height of 125 feet, leaving a blackened crater three feet deep.
Someone evidently watched too many Road Runner cartoons... or perhaps not enough.
(News Brief 46, Friday, January 31, 1997)
Researchers at TOKYO UNIVERSITY have succeeded in surgically implanting a cockroach
with a micro-robotic backpack which allows them to control its movements. You
may ask what possible value a radio-controlled cockroach may have. "Insects
can do many things that people can't," explains Assistant Professor Isao
Shimoyama, head of the Bio-Robot Research Team. "The potential applications
of this work for mankind could be immense." Within a few years, Shimoyama
says, electronically-controlled insects carrying mini-cameras or other sensory
devices could be used for a variety of sensitive missions -- like crawling
through earthquake rubble to search for victims, or slipping under doors on
espionage surveillance. But not just any roach will do -- researchers use only
the American cockroach (Perplaneta Americana) because it is bigger and hardier
than most other species. They equip these roaches with hi-tech backpacks containing
tiny microprocessor and electrode sets and with a remote control, send signals
to the backpacks. The pulsing electrodes make the roach turn left or right,
scamper forward or spring backward. The placement of the electrodes is still
very inexact and sometimes the roaches zig when they are supposed to zag or
just run around aimlessly. And technology aside, Robo-roach is still, after
all, a roach. "They are not very nice insects," confesses Swiss researcher
Raphael Holzer, part of the TOKYO UNIVERSITY team. "But they look nicer
when you remove their wings and put a little circuit on their backs." The
Japanese government has deemed the research credible enough to award Shimoyama's
team $5 million to continue the work. (JG)
SCIENTISTS CREATE GLOWING MICE
(News Brief 66, Friday, June 20, 1997)
Glowing green mice were created recently in a laboratory at OSAKA UNIVERSITY
after Japanese geneticists injected mouse embryos with the DNA of bioluminescent
North American jellyfish. Under ultraviolet light, their bodies appear a gleaming
green. "We have developed the technology to make specific cells glow as
markers, so the effects of research can be observed without killing the animals
and opening them up," said Dr. Shuichi Yamada, a member of the team. Yamada
said the green mice will be able to pass on their unique characteristic to
offspring for five generations. At the moment, the researchers say they have
no intention of marketing the mice as glow-in-the-dark pets. (JG)
HARD ROCK KILLS
(News Brief 77, Friday, September 12, 1997)
David Merrell, a high school student in Suffolk, Virginia won first prize in
the state science fair for his science project to determine the effect of music
on lab mice. He created a maze that mice took about 10 minutes to negotiate.
Then Merrell played classical music to one group of mice and rock music to
another for 10 hours a day. After three weeks, the mice exposed to the classical
music made it though the maze in 90 seconds. The rock music group took 30 minutes.
Merrell added, "I had to cut my science project short because all the
hard rock mice killed each other. None of the classical music mice did that." (JG)
GIANT VACUUM SUCKS UP PRAIRIE DOGS
(News Brief 29, Friday, September 27, 1996)
In a triumph of rodent-control technology, Gay Balfour has invented a machine
that vacuums up prairie dogs. Called "Dog-Gone," this Rube Goldberg-like
contraption was put together based upon details that he received in a dream.
The machine is essentially a truck previously used for cleaning out sewer lines
and manholes coupled with four-inch hoses from a local industrial supply store.
The operation is simple: stick the working end of the hose down a chuck hole
and fire up the vacuum cleaner. The furry little critters are sucked up at
300 mph, hurtle through the plastic hose, and shoot out like cannonballs into
a foam rubber-lined tank on the back of the truck -- a little dazed at first,
but scampering around almost immediately. Prairie dogs eat crops, damage irrigation
systems, and their holes are a hazard to livestock and farm machinery. Depending
on the job, Balfour relocates, exterminates, or sells the prairie dogs for
pets. He has also shipped them as feed to federal breeding programs of endangered
species such as the black-footed ferret which preys on prairie dogs for food.
Animal rights activists are ambivalent about Dog-Gone -- they are pleased Balfour's
method captures prairie dogs alive, but would prefer that extermination was
not an option. (JG)
A NEST EGG FOR THE FUTURE
(News Brief 33, Friday, October 25, 1996)
Now for those who would rather not start life at the bottom again, PROMETH,
an investment company based in Liechtenstein, has a special reincarnation investment
program whereby you can leave a nest egg (minimum $130,000) for your next incarnation.
You have to claim your money within 23 years of your death, and, of course,
know the secret passwords. (JG)
(News Brief 33, Friday, October 25, 1996)
During a trip to Stockholm, a Spanish businessman and devout Roman Catholic
stopped to pray at a church, which was empty except for a coffin. Eduardo Sierra
knelt down and prayed for the deceased for 20 minutes, and then signed the
condolence book after he saw a note saying those who prayed for the dead man
should enter their name and address. He would be the only person to do so.
Several weeks later he got a call from the Swedish capital, informing him he
was a millionaire. It seems that Jens Svenson, the man he had prayed for, was
a 73-year-old real estate dealer with no close relatives. He had specified
in his will that "whoever prays for my soul gets all my belongings." (JG)
COMMENTS FROM THE TWILIGHT ZONE:
(From News Brief 38, Friday, November 29, 1996)
We receive information from all kinds of folks, dealing with all kinds of topics.
Some of the news and comments we receive are supportive and inspiring, some
are abrasive and irritating, and some are, well, from somewhere else...
THIS IS THE GALACTIC CONFEDERATION
(Excerpts from a New Age Newsletter)
This is the Galactic Confederation. We are here to announce the opening of
a new dimensional portal which will take place on November eleventh this year
(1996). Planet Earth is approaching initial phase of its mutation into a body
of light. In winter 1995/96 it began to change its position from the old into
the new ley line grid system. As a result of this planetary activation, the
following things will be achieved: Galactic light code 11:11:83 will be anchored.
This light code will align etheric planetary axis and grid system with the
Galactic central sun. Thus planet Earth will begin its Ascension into fifth
dimensional Oneness. New planetary grid system will be sealed. Thus its vibration
will be high enough to accept the heightened energies of the Photon Belt, which
will arrive immediately after this planetary activation and will begin to mutate
planet Earth into its light body.
Mass landings are now set to occur during a 38-day window that will last from
November 10, till December 17, 1996. The order to start the landings will come
from the Archangel in charge, Lord Zandriel. After the initial calming music
is played, there will be a display of crossed shooting stars in the heavens
and one's guardian angels will appear in your minds to reassure you of what
is about to happen. The landings will happen very quickly. 15.5 million ships
descending and landing will be a spectacular sight, especially when it occurs
in about four hours. Everyone is assigned a counselor, and everyone will be
told to prepare for shift to full-consciousness. Many people could still fall
into denial and become hysterical, but for the most part, people will know
that a profound event is unfolding and will just wait and see what develops.
The Hale-Bopp Comet will be arriving in the Earth's atmosphere in April 1997
and its gases will produce toxic air pollution that will effect many people.
It has been on this route for many eons of light years. It is very powerful.
Its intelligence comes from its energy source. You can liken it to an energy
that has gone wild in the cosmos that will cause some to perish, if there is
a direct hit on Earth. Its function is not intended to hurt Earth, but Earth
is in its path. We on this side are working to deter it from this path. Its
course will be known more directly within a few months of your Earth time.
The U.S. government will agree to allow spaceships and beings to land here
on Earth for all to see openly within six months. All events are part of the
Universal Master Plan. Many lightworkers are needed to keep the focus on Love
and Divine Light for this master plan to work for the good of the Universal
MUTANT MESSAGE DEBUNKED
By David Sunfellow
(News Brief 14, Friday, May 31, 1996)
You may remember reading about Marlo Morgan's magical adventures in her best-selling
book, MUTANT MESSAGE DOWN UNDER. Morgan, a white, middle-aged American woman,
claimed that she was working in Australia as a part-time holistic health-care
worker when she received an invitation to attend a ceremony with Aborigine
elders who wished to honor her work on behalf of wayward Aboriginal youth.
The next thing she knew, she found herself on a 4-month, 1400-mile walkabout
with a mystical tribe of miracle-working Aborigines.
While the story itself was fascinating enough to create a rabid following in
many New Age circles (and make Morgan a lot of money selling books, appearing
on television shows, speaking on the New Age lecture circuit, and pondering
multi-million dollar movie deals), there were simply too many holes in her
story to keep her ship afloat. She tried (see News Brief 1, October 22, 1994,
for details), but a growing chorus of outraged Aboriginal elders, along with
a host of tenacious reporters, publishers and government officials finally
prevailed. In an emotional hour-long phone call, Morgan admitted that her work
was a complete fiction and apologized to group of eight Aboriginal elders.
The elders said they would not ask for compensation from Morgan, but they did
seek to stop her story from doing further cultural damage by its untruths.
There are also reports that a group of Aboriginal elders met with officials
from UNITED ARTISTS in an attempt to stop the Hollywood studio from turning
Morgan's book into a movie.
No news on what the studio decided to do, but Morgan's book is alive and well.
To date, the book has made over $1.8 million and has been published in 11 different
[For a longer report on the Mutant Message controversy, see "Mutant Message" in
News Brief 1, Saturday, October 22, 1994]
NESSIE'S FAKE PHOTO
(News Brief 1, Saturday, October 22, 1994)
Remember that legendary picture of the Loch Ness Monster that surfaced in 1934
-- the one with the long snake-like head poking out of the water? Well, it
looks like it is a fake. Or so says the September 1994 issue of OMNI MAGAZINE.
According to OMNI, The Loch Ness Project in Scotland recently received a detailed
confession that says the famous Loch Ness Monster photo is, after all, a forgery.
The confession comes from Christian Spurling, who admitted his role in the
hoax before his death last November at the age of 90. OMNI reports that Spurling
said he built the model for the famous photograph using the keel of a toy submarine
on which he had fitted a sea serpent's neck and head made of plastic wood.
Spurling claimed the hoax was master-minded by his stepfather, Marmaduke Wetherell,
a filmmaker hired by the Daily Mail to hunt for Nessie in 1933.
Spurling, Wetherell, and two others that Spurling said were involved in the
hoax, are all deceased now. (DS)
BIGFOOT FILM A HOAX
(News Brief 15, Friday, June 7, 1996)
In 1967, a man named Roger Patterson claimed he had filmed a Bigfoot. Patterson's
film created a sensation when it first came out and went on to become the most
famous and well-known Bigfoot films of all time. Numerous experts, unable to
explain the creature's peculiar gait, concluded it probably wasn't a human
in a costume. Now, however, a person has come forward who claims to have helped
fabricate the film.
Harry Kemball, Director and Screenwriter at Golden Eagle Productions told THE
'X' CHRONICLES researchers that he was at the CanWest 16 mm Film Editing Room
in 1967 when Roger Patterson and his friends fabricated the hoax.
One of Kemball's extra-tall buddies played the role of Bigfoot. According to
Kemball, they all laughed and joked about the rental of the gorilla costume
and the construction of the big feet. Patterson and his crew chose muddy ground
so that the footprints would expand.
The film crew shot the scene on 16mm Kodak EF High Speed Color Positive
film stock and then force-processed the film in so-called "Hot Soup" to
enlarge the film grain to add to the sense of mystery. A shaky camera zoom
with the right amount of "out of focus" completed the deception.
Kemball states, "This creature does not and never has existed." The
'X' CHRONICLES is in possession of a signed statement by Kemball attesting
to the facts stated here.
This development comes at a time when interest in Bigfoot is at an all-time
high. Visits to the three main World Wide Web Bigfoot sites have increased
dramatically. One of the big three, THE BIGFOOT RESEARCH PROJECT, can be reached
at: http://www.teleport .com/~tbrp. Their hotline (1-800-BIG-FOOT) rings constantly
and, although it's accessible only in the Bigfoot-prone Northwest, the four-person
project staff fielded about 4,000 calls last month alone. (JG)
THE MYTH OF THE PHOTON BELT
By James Gregory
(News Brief 37, Friday, November 22, 1996)
The Photon Belt is reportedly a band of intense photon (light) energy that
is on a collision course with Earth. When it gets here, things are predicted
to change dramatically. There are reports of five days of darkness, no more
electricity, mass UFO landings, photon energy conversion devices, psychic abilities
for all humans, transformation of our human bodies, and much more. The Photon
Belt has been predicted to arrive by the end of 1996.
The legend of the Photon Belt began with a satellite in 1961 detecting what
came to be known as the Photon Belt encircling the Pleiades star cluster. Our
Sun was said to orbit this system every 24,000 years, during which time we
alternated between the dark and the light of the PHOTON BELT. It seems when
our planet enters the light of the PHOTON BELT, all beings on Earth are be
transformed. The Photon Belt is also supposed to be preceded by an electromagnetic
null zone completely lacking in electromagnetic fields.
The Photon Belt was first mentioned in an article published in 1981 in the
AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL UFO RESEARCH SOCIETY MAGAZINE. According to people
at the research society, who are somewhat embarrassed to discuss the matter,
the article was co-authored by a young university student and a woman who tended
to write sensational articles.
There is no evidence of a satellite in 1961 carrying the instruments capable
of detecting something like a Photon Belt around Pleiades. Nor have subsequent
satellites and probes, with their more sophisticated instrumentation, ever
detected anything of that nature. One would think that as a minimum, the null
zone should have certainly shown up in sky surveys of cosmic microwaves carried
on in recent years. This background radiation is remarkable because it is so
evenly distributed over the entire sky. There are no gaps. The electromagnetic
null zone does not exist.
The Pleiades is an open cluster of approximately 100 stars in the constellation
of Taurus the Bull with an average age estimated at 78 million years. These
are very young stars, much younger than our own Sun, which is estimated to
be 5 billion years old. They have not yet moved away from the interstellar
gas cloud, or nebula, from which they formed. Remnants of this nebula can readily
be seen in photographs of the group. It has been suggested that this misty
nebulosity, shining with the light of the stars within, is what has given rise
to the myth of the Photon Belt.
Our Sun is not part of the Pleiades system and neither does it orbit the Pleiades.
The Pleiades are approximately 408 light years from our solar system. A quick
calculation shows that if our Sun were in this orbit, then its orbital velocity
would have to be over 32,000 Km/sec. If this were true, this velocity would
be apparent, as the constellations would change quite dramatically in the course
of a single lifetime.
It is the conclusion of this reporter that the concept of the Photon Belt has
absolutely no basis in fact. This mythology seems to be based on a heady mixture
of pseudoscience, channeled messages from alleged space entities, biblical
prophecy, ignorance, and a general disregard for the scientific method.
PENTHOUSE MAGAZINE FALLS FOR FAKE "ALIEN"
(News Brief 24, Friday, August 16, 1996)
This month's PENTHOUSE MAGAZINE features something extra, in addition to the
usual cleavage. Bold red letters on the cover promise the "World's First
Authentic Photographs" of a real live alien. According a report from UPI,
PENTHOUSE's flamboyant publisher Bob Guccione may have paid as much as $200,000
for the photos.
Alongside his proclivity for nude women, Guccione harbors an outspoken
and obviously genuine interest in the prospect of human-alien contact.
convinced of a government sponsored UFO coverup. He invested considerable resources
into "PROJECT OPEN BOOK," the short-lived UFO research effort undertaken
by his "other" magazine, OMNI. And there can be no doubt that, in
publishing "The Alien" in the latest PENTHOUSE, he thought he was
on to the story of the decade, if not the millennium.
The text accompanying the PENTHOUSE alien photos shows just how strongly Guccione
believed his own story. The following excerpts are from the article written
by Keith Ferrell:
"Bob Guccione doesn't give up. And he doesn't get scared. 'The three extraordinary
images published here may well be the most important pictures in the history
of photography,' says Guccione, the editor and publisher of Penthouse. 'A photograph
of Jesus Christ might be a comparable story to the first real photo of an extraterrestrial,'
Guccione says. 'Otherwise, there's nothing that compares to this.'"
Unfortunately for Bob, filmmaker Paul Davids, executive producer
and co-author of the made-for-TV film "Roswell," has recently disclosed that the
alien in the photos is one of the models made for his film -- which now resides
in the INTERNATIONAL UFO MUSEUM AND RESEARCH CENTER in Roswell, New Mexico. "There's
not even one chance in a billion-trillion," he said, "that it's anything
other than the prop we loaned to the Roswell museum. Every detail matches."
To add another layer to the drama, a few days after the world-wide
television premier of Ray Santilli's "Alien Autopsy" last summer, a tabloid
newspaper in Hong Kong printed photographs of what it claimed was a "real" alien.
These photos quickly spread across the Internet. Although they looked more "real" than
Santilli's alien, it has now been definitely established that they do NOT represent
a genuine alien. They too appear to be shots of the "Roswell" movie
You can compare the PENTHOUSE "alien" with photos of Paul
Davids' movie model by visiting the INTERNATIONAL UFO MUSEUM Web
Allowing for differences in camera angle and lighting, it is easy to see that
they are one and the same. (JG)
MAYAN CALENDAR MISCONCEPTION
(News Brief 48, Friday, February 14, 1997)
Some New Age Millennialists are claiming that the world will end in 2012 because
they are under the impression that the ancient Mayan Calendar signals the end
to the fourth creation of the cosmos at that time. What they don't realize
is that archeologists have now deciphered Mayan texts showing that on the crucial
date, the universal order will be reinforced, not destroyed. According to Linda
Schele, a Mayan expert at the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS at Austin, the Mayan calendar
actually extends well into the 50th Century. (JG)
THE HUNDREDTH MONKEY REVISITED
(News Brief 56, Friday, April 11, 1997)
Most people are familiar with the story of "The Hundredth Monkey." Lyall
Watson first told it in "Lifetide," but its most widely-known version
is in the book "The Hundredth Monkey" by Ken Keyes. For those of
you who don't know it, the story goes like this: The Japanese monkey, Macaca
fuscata, had been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years. One of
their favorite foods was the sweet potato. In 1952, an 18-month-old female
named Imo on the island of Koshima found she could solve the annoying problem
of sand on her potatoes by washing them before eating them. She taught this
trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way from her and they
taught their mothers. Before the eyes of the scientists, this cultural innovation
was gradually picked up by various monkeys, and by 1958 all of the young monkeys
on the island had learned to wash sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable.
In the autumn of 1958, a critical number of Koshima monkeys, estimated at 99,
were washing sweet potatoes, and on the day that the hundredth monkey learned
to wash potatoes, something startling took place -- the habit of washing sweet
potatoes jumped over the sea and instantly colonies of monkeys on other islands
and on the mainland began washing their sweet potatoes as well!
Elaine Myers, a writer living in Washington State and a regular contributer
to IN CONTEXT MAGAZINE, found the premise -- that an ideological breakthrough
occurs when enough individuals in a population adopt a new idea or behavior
allowing this new awareness to be communicated directly from mind to mind without
the connection of external experience -- to be very appealing and believable.
The concept of Jung's collective unconscious, and the biologists' morphogenetic
fields offer parallel stories that help strengthen this strand of our imaginations.
The more widespread these fields are, the greater their influence on the physical
level of reality. We sometimes refer to the Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon (HMP)
when we need supporting evidence of the possibility of an optimistic scenario
for the future, such as a future based on peace instead of war -- if enough
of us would just think the right thoughts.
However, when Myers went back to the original research cited by Watson,
she did not find the same story that he tells. Where he claims to
have had to improvise
details, the reports are quite precise, and they do not support the "ideological
breakthrough" phenomenon. At first, she was disappointed; but as she delved
deeper into the research, she found a growing appreciation for the lessons
the real story of these monkeys have for us.
Up until 1958, Keyes' description follows the research quite closely, although
not all the young monkeys in the troop learned to wash the potatoes. By March,
1958, 15 of the 19 young monkeys (aged two to seven years) and 2 of the 11
adults were washing sweet potatoes. Up to this time, the propagation of the
innovative behavior was on an individual basis, along family lines and playmate
relationships. Most of the young monkeys began to wash their potatoes when
they were one to two and a half years old. Males older than 4 years, who had
little contact with the young monkeys, did not acquire the behavior.
By 1959, sweet potato washing was no longer a new behavior to the group. Monkeys
that had acquired the behavior as juveniles were growing up and having their
own babies. This new generation of babies learned sweet potato washing behavior
through the normal cultural pattern of the young imitating their mothers. By
January 1962, almost all the monkeys on Koshima Island, except those adults
born before 1950, were observed to be washing their sweet potatoes. If an individual
monkey had not started to wash sweet potatoes by the time he was an adult,
he was unlikely to learn it later, regardless of how widespread it became among
the younger members of the troop.
In the original reports, there was no mention of the group passing a critical
threshold that resulted in the idea being imparted to the entire troop. The
older monkeys remained steadfastly ignorant of the new behavior. Likewise,
there was no mention of widespread sweet potato washing in other monkey troops.
There was mention of occasional sweet potato washing by individual monkeys
in other troops, but Myers thinks there are other simpler explanations for
such occurrences -- if there was an Imo in one troop, there could be Imo-like
monkeys in other troops.
Instead of an example of the spontaneous transmission of ideas, Myers
thinks the story of the Japanese monkeys is a good example of the
propagation of a
paradigm shift, as in Thomas Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions." Truly
innovative points of view tend to come from those on the edge between youth
and adulthood. The older generation continues to cling to the world view they
grew up with. The new idea does not become universal until the older generation
withdraws from power, and a younger generation matures within the new point
of view. It is also an example of the way that simple innovations can lead
to extensive cultural change. By using water in connection with their food,
the Koshima monkeys began to exploit the sea as a resource in their environment.
Sweet potato washing led to wheat washing, and then to bathing behavior and
swimming, and the utilization of sea plants and animals for food.
What does this say about morphogenetic fields and the collective
unconscious? Not very much. There may well be a "critical mass" required
to shift a new behavior from a fragile personal idiosyncrasy to being
alternative, but creating a new alternative does not automatically displace
older alternatives. It just provides more choices. What the research does suggest,
however, is that positive ideas are not sufficient by themselves to change
the world. We still need direct communication between individuals, we need
to translate our ideas into action, and we need to recognize the freedom of
choice of those who choose alternatives different from our own. (JG)
RANDI ON NOSTRADAMUS
(News Brief 58, Friday, April 25, 1997)
One of the most renowned and still-popular champions of disaster is Nostradamus,
born Michel de Notredame in Provence, France in 1503. He took on the Latin
version of his name when he published his major opus, "Centuries," which
consisted of almost 1,000 quatrains (four-line verses of poetry). According
to debunker, skeptic, and sometimes magician, James Randi, Nostradamus' writing
was social and political commentary on the events of his time, rather than
obscure prophecies about the future.
Before dissecting one of Nostradamus' more popular quatrains, it is important
to have a little background on the times in which he lived. It was the era
of the Holy Inquisition, when the Catholic Church was burning heretics. While
Nostradamus was nominally Catholic, it was by force -- only two generations
earlier, the Notredames had been the Gassonets, a Jewish family that had converted
to Catholicism under pressure. Letters recently discovered in the BIBLIOTHEQUE
NATIONALE in Paris reveal that Nostradamus was actually a closet Luthern, something
that would have had him burned at the stake if he had been found out, thus
the need to disguise the biting satire of his commentaries.
Randi chose to analyze Quatrain 51 of Century II, one of the Top Ten presented
as positive evidence of Nostradamus' prophetic ability. Translated literally
from the original French, it reads:
"The blood of the just shall be wanting in London,
Burnt by thunderbolts of twenty three the Six(es),
The ancient dame shall fall from (her) high place,
Of the same sect many shall be killed."
Nostrademians believe that the seer was writing about the Great Fire of London,
111 years in the future. They point to "three the six" as referring
to the date of the event, 1666. They also say that the "ancient dame" was
St. Paul's Cathedral, known as the "Old Lady," which was destroyed
in the fire along with many other churches, thus validating the line, "of
the same sect many shall be killed." Other fans postulate that "Old
Lady" referred to a statue of the Virgin Mary standing atop the church
which toppled during the fire.
Randi counters that St. Paul's Cathedral was never called the "Old Lady," and
a detailed illustration of the pre-fire cathedral shows that it had no external
statues. Instead, Randi claims that the "Old Lady" refers to Catholic
Queen Mary 1, who began executing prominent Protestant heretics in London on
January 23, 1555. 300 of these unfortunates were burned at the stake in groups
of six, and out of "mercy," bags of gunpowder were tied to their
bodies to hasten their passage. Mary died three years later, sickly and quite
insane. Randi claims the following is a more accurate translation of the quatrain:
"The blood of the innocent will be an error in London,
Burned by thunderbolts, of twenty-three, the six(es),
The senile lady will lose her high position,
Many more of the same sect will be slain."
One modern "interpreter" of Nostradamus is John Hogue, who published
his book, "Nostradamus and the Millennium" in 1987. In the first
edition, Hogue claimed that Nostradamus specified four antichrists, one being
the Ayatolah Khomeini who would lead an invading army of one million all the
way to Egypt. By the time Hogue had released his fourth printing of his book
in 1991, references to Khomeini, who had since died without fulfilling Nostrademus'
mission for him, had been replaced by Saddam Hussein. All four editions, as
Randi gleefully points out, show a portrait of Nostradamus holding a telescope,
an instrument that in his lifetime had yet been invented. (JG)
SCALLION & NHNE ON TV
By James Gregory
(News Brief 31, Friday, October 11, 1996)
Wednesday, October 2nd was a red letter day for NewHeavenNewEarth. On that
day, a TV crew came to Sedona from Austin, Texas for the sole purpose of interviewing
NHNE Founder and Publisher, David Sunfellow. Sunfellow was interviewed as part
of a special report on Gordon-Michael Scallion for KHOU-TV in Houston, Texas,
a subsidiary of BELO CORPORATION, a CBS affiliate.
The reporter was Jim Moore, a Bureau Chief with the station. He had been given
the assignment to put together the first ever investigative report on Scallion.
Scallion has been featured by the media many times before, but up to now the
attention has been more entertainment than investigative journalism, using
such effects as eerie lighting to make Scallion out to be some sort of prophet
The first part of the TV report will deal with Scallion -- the man
and his predictions. The second will focus on Scallion's "Future Map of the World" with
special emphasis on California. Sunfellow was approached because NHNE is the
only organization Moore knew of that has been seriously tracking Scallion's
predictions. Since November 1994, NHNE has published three of Sunfellow's Special
Reports on Scallion, including a stinging assessment in February 1996 of Scallion's "hits & misses" for
1995. The NHNE News Brief has also carried regular updates on Scallion's work
While Sunfellow stressed that he is sympathetic with Scallion's overall
theme of planetary transformation, he also insisted that Scallion's
critical examination. According to Sunfellow, "If we ever hope to understand
the true nature of the dramatic changes presently unfolding in our world, then
we need to seriously track predictions like those being made by Scallion. And
if we discover that the Emperor has no clothes -- or only a few clothes --
we've got to say so. Our time is too precious to waste believing things that
Some of the points Sunfellow made in the hour-long interview include:
-- A host of other psychics, chief among them, Edgar Cayce, were making cataclysmic
predictions similar to Scallion's long before Scallion was. Geologically, these
predictions often include: massive chunks of the western part of America being
dumped into the ocean; the Great Lakes draining into the Gulf of Mexico and
the central part of America becoming a huge waterway; New York City being destroyed
and much of the Eastern seaboard submerged; new land rising in various parts
of the world, especially off the east coast of America; Europe being instantaneously
buried under a thick layer of polar ice and/or suffering wide-spread geological
upheavals; Japan vanishing completely beneath the ocean; and, finally, a pole
shift that would send mountains of water rampaging across the planet.
-- While both Scallion, and other psychics, have accurately predicted minor
geological disturbances, the vast majority of their geological predictions
-- both large and small -- haven't happened.
-- Scallion's time lines for global disaster have been repeatedly re-drawn,
as were many of the time lines of the psychics before him.
-- The geological disasters predicted by Cayce, Scallion, and many other cataclysmic-psychics
all converge on or near the year 2000. Most of these sources indicate that
major earthquakes would be dramatically increasing worldwide as the planet
raced toward its climactic death/rebirth. Instead, major earthquakes around
the world are BELOW normal annual averages -- and have been for many years.
-- Assuming Scallion and others are truly seeing visions and accurately reporting
them, then their visions of worldwide cataclysmic events are probably dealing
with upheavals that are not primarily geological. However, a tidal wave of
extraordinary events bare witness to the fact that something remarkable is,
indeed, happening on our planet. These events include: planetary-wide pollution,
holes in the ozone layer, widespread deforestation, the ongoing extinction
of species around the world, increasingly erratic weather patterns, global
warming, melting polar ice caps, the threat of nuclear war and/or nuclear reactor
accidents, planetary-wide social and political unrest, the rise of a global
communications network, stunning scientific breakthroughs, increasing numbers
of paranormal events such as crop circles, Marian sightings, near-death experiences,
abductions, and UFO sightings, and last, but not least, the growing preoccupation
of the mass media with all of these events.
-- While the world, as a whole, is unlikely to experience the kind of planetary-wide
geological disasters Scallion and others have predicted, the various geological
hot spots Scallion and others have pinpointed (such as California and Japan)
could end up experiencing major disasters, especially since scientists have
also predicted many of these areas are due for major upheavals. Calamities
in these sensitive areas could potentially lead to a collapse of current economic,
political and social systems.
Sunfellow plans to write a more in-depth report for NHNE subscribers on what
he said during his interview with Moore. A complete copy of Sunfellow's review
of Scallion's predictions for 1995 is available in the database section of
the NHNE website at: http://www.nhne.com/scallion95review.html
Moore's report will also include a profile on Antonio Carducci, a 78-year-old
man who moved from his luxury condo in Miami to the hill country of Texas in
order to prepare for the earth changes predicted by Scallion. He invested his
life savings in building a survival compound equipped with geodesic domes,
electric generators, fuel caches, and 30 tons of canned food.
To round out the report, Moore travelled to Mammoth Mountain, California.
In the 1980s, Scallion had predicted the mountain near the California/Nevada
would be the scene of "unprecedented" volcanic activity. It may be
no coincidence that Mammoth Mountain has recently been behaving peculiarly
with incessant low-level seismic activity and a peculiar release of cold carbon
dioxide gas from the ground that has killed acres of vegetation, a phenomenon
that seismologists on the scene are calling "unprecedented."
Although first and foremost a political reporter, this is not the
first time that Moore has been called on to investigate the paranormal.
In 1993, he was
given the assignment to produce a five-part series on UFOs as the companion
piece for the two-part "Intruders" special. During his six months
of researching the subject, he travelled 30,000 miles interviewing such experts
as Ed Walters (Gulf Breeze Conference), Dr. John Mack (abduction authority),
David Jacobs (UFO abduction specialist and author of "A Secret Life"),
and Budd Hopkins (professionally acclaimed sculptor, best-selling author, and
UFO abduction researcher).
Why is Moore given these difficult and sensitive assignments? Because,
as he explains, "I am the biggest skeptic at the station." He goes on, "My
fascination is with how things will wash out after the new millennium begins.
If none of the things many people expect come to pass, I wonder what attitudes
will be like? Even though I am skeptical, when I am working on a story, I avoid
drawing any general conclusions. My role is to report, not to judge."
Moore's special report will be in three parts, each about five minutes long.
It will first air on KHOU-TV in Houston in late October or early November,
then be passed on to the other BELO subsidiaries and finally to CBS. We will
forward details concerning the air date and time as soon as they are available.
[See "KHOU-TV's 'PROPHET OF DOOM'" from News Brief 36,
Friday, November 15, 1996, for a followup to this article.]
CROP CIRCLE WATCH:
SAY IT AIN'T SO!
(News Brief 37, Friday, November 22, 1996)
As reported in NHNE NEWS BRIEF 35, this has been a banner year for crop circles,
especially the 915-foot-long, 149-circle Julia Set that occurred July 7 near
Stonehenge and the 1,000-foot, 194-circle Triple Julia Set found later in the
same month on the slopes of Windham Hill.
By mid-August, Julia Set images adorned websites, posters and T-shirts
across Europe and America. Believers in the paranormal genesis of
crop circles waxed
triumphant. Here at last were formations so vast and intricate that they simply
couldn't be human creations. Noted researcher Colin Andrews expressed the sentiments
of many when he said at several public conferences in September and October, "If
these Julia Sets can be proven to be made by humans, then we can all pack our
bags and go home."
Thus it is with some trepidation that Michael Lindemann, Editor of
CNI NEWS, reported an interview he had on October 27, 1996 with Rod
Dickinson, a member
of group of British "circle artists" who deliberately create large
formations in the grain fields in the dead of night. While preferring anonymity,
Dickinson and company have still laid claim to a large number of impressive
crop glyphs found in England over the past ten or more years.
Dickinson claims that the famed Stonehenge Julia Set was not of paranormal
origin, and that he knows the people who made it -- and how. He says the creators
used a design that for the first three-quarters of its arc followed a Fibonacci
Series and in the last quarter became a circular arc. He went on, "You
start with the large central circle, which is placed right next to a tram line.
You have to have a large central area already flattened down from which you
can measure out diameters to other parts of the formation. After making the
first circle, they measured out a work line for the rest of the formation.
This is how the spiral was made, drawing portions of the arc from different
center points inside that first circle, using a tape measure. You keep moving
the center point around that first circle, and lengthen the tape for each new
part of the arc. You make the work line by just stepping down the grain with
your feet. All the centers of all the main circles in the formation are along
When it was pointed out to him that the Stonehenge Julia Set had
appeared in broad daylight in a span of 45 minutes, he countered, "That isn't true.
It was made the previous night, by three people, in about two and three-quarter
hours." As to the fact that it is next to a busy highway, he explains, "If
you went there, you'd see how the field slopes down and away from the road.
Going by in a car, you couldn't see it." And as far as air traffic, he
adds, "Lots of [pilots] just didn't see it, and the rest didn't think
to report it, until that doctor reported it in the evening. I know this can
happen, because I've made quite a few big formations and then waited for a
day, even several days, before they're discovered."
When asked about the fact that crops are commonly layered and laid
down in alternating directions, he answered, "These are just artifacts of the
process. If we're working from the center of a circle outward, for example,
the crop splays out and tends to forms spiral layers." He continues, "The
best circle-making tool is a board about three feet long with rope handles.
Depending on how you angle it -- straight ahead or turned left or right --
you can get the crop to go down in different ways. That impresses the researchers
Dickinson says that the same people who made the Stonehenge Julia
Set also made the Triple Julia. While Dickinson doesn't claim that
all of the drop circles
in England are hoaxes, he did say, "I can definitely account for most
of the major pictograms [in England] from 1991 on. I made several dozen of
them myself. I think all the big pictograms were made by people."
"The Circle Makers" even have their own website: (www.geocities.com/SoHo/3671/index.html).
And there seems to be no limit to their ingenuity -- according to information
on the website, these "artists" sometimes even dowse the fields they
work in to make sure their formations are aligned with dowsable earth energies.
CROP CIRCLE EXPERTS DENOUNCE HOAXING CLAIMS
(News Brief 38, Friday, November 29, 1996)
In their November 16 edition, CNI NEWS published an interview of alleged crop-circle "artist" Rod
Dickinson by Editor, Michael Lindemann. In the article, Dickinson claimed that
most of the large crop circles in England in the last 10 years have been hoaxed,
including this year's fabulous Julia Set and Triple Julia Set. To no one's
surprise, the article aroused more vehement feedback than any other story ever
published by CNI NEWS.
The main complaints against Dickinson's story can be summarized as follows:
-- The stated construction time of two and three-quarters hours was not long
enough for three people to create the Stonehenge Julia Set.
-- The claim that it was made during the night and went unnoticed for the entire
following day, even by a pilot flying overhead, is unreasonable.
-- The claim that the alleged "artists" do not want publicity
is absurd. They delight in notoriety -- they just don't want to get
-- In this instance, as in many others, the hoax is claimed but no real evidence
Here are excerpts of letters to CNI NEWS from three well-known crop circle
"What Dickinson said about the pilot flying over Stonehenge without seeing
the Julia Set is ludicrous. I've flown over Stonehenge numerous times and unless
you are drunk or unconscious, you could not help but see it. The formation is
bigger than Stonehenge! [From the air] you can spot even a small formation from
miles away, never mind one as large as the Julia Set. We interviewed all the
guards at Stonehenge who were there during that day and not one of them saw the
Julia Set all day long. On average, 6,000 tourists visit Stonehenge every day
of the summer. None of them saw a thing either. When we visited Stonehenge we
didn't have much trouble seeing it from there.
"The fact that there are what appear to be construction lines in many formations
is nothing new. We've seen these since at least 1989. What Dickinson didn't tell
you is that these lines do not make sense. They vary in width from a few inches
to as much as a foot or more. They do not usually follow a smooth curve but instead,
meander quite a bit. But most strange of all, they lie not only under the fallen
crop as you would expect but also on top at times. Back in 1991, Michael Chorost
wrote a lengthy article on these lines. He concluded, as have many others since,
that these lines could not have been laid out first but rather appear to be part
of the step-by-step construction process.
"In 1992, a number of the more vocal hoaxers put their money where their
mouths were and participated in a public hoaxing contest. All teams were given
4 1/2 hours to make an identical pattern which measured a whopping 56 feet by
21 feet! The results were impressive, but keep in mind that the Julia Formation
is in the neighbourhood of 300 feet by 500 feet and the Windmill Hill formation
is 1000 feet in diameter!
"I could go on and on but defending the facts over and over is very tiring.
We have put in thousands of hours and spent tens of thousands of dollars of our
own money on this research. There are over a hundred people involved in these
investigations, including several Ph.D. scientists, and we have compiled volumes
of facts to support our contention that we are dealing with a mystery. It's really
discouraging when all one person like Dickinson has to do is say, 'I know who
did it,' and everyone goes oogly-eyed."
---Chad Deetken [Deetken is one of Canada's leading crop circle researchers.]
"I was one the of the first people into the Stonehenge 'Julia Set' formation.
I visited it several times through the season and surveyed certain specific parts.
I have done geometric and numerological studies on it, as well as studies of
its interior architecture and construction sequence. Think about the claim that
the hoaxers made the Julia Set in 2 hours and 45 minutes. There were 151 circles.
The simplest arithmetic will show that this spectral team allowed a little over
65 seconds per circle, with no time for setting out. Nobody who has been inside
a crop circle could believe that. This claim is made even more outrageous when
the quality and variety of the individual circles is considered. This was an
exemplar of crop circle lay. The swirling, coiling, twisting of the crop was
different in almost every one of the circles. The centres were marked by nests,
coils, doughnuts and tufts. I doubt that a team, even in daylight, could reproduce
the complexity and precision of a single circle in eight hours. They would never
use a three-foot board to achieve these effects."
---Michael Glickman [Glickman is a well-known full-time Crop Circle researcher
"Hoaxers need naive croppies. They sit back, say a few convincing-sounding
things, (but give truly lousy explanations for layered stems, etc.) and let fools
and the easily-impressed get suckered in. I have made some circles [as an experiment,
and] I can tell you that to do a clean, crisp, well-designed set of circles,
lines, and bars is damned hard. Crescents, multiple grape-shot, etc. are so hard
that I doubt a team of surveyors using radios and helicopters could do them well.
At night, using no light, not being seen, in short time -- totally impossible."
---Eric Beckjord [Beckjord has researched crop circles for many years.]
For the record, even after being bombarded by letters like the ones quoted
above, Lindemann held his ground and refused to retract his original article.
In his words, "For the record, let us state that if we had not believed
Dickinson's claims MIGHT be true, we would not have printed the story; and
nothing we have heard since would dissuade us from running it again." (JG,
WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH
(News Brief 4, Friday, January 6, 1995)
The December 19, 1994 issue of U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT ran a cover story
on end-time prophecies and modern-day scholarship. Here are a few highlights
from that article:
-- As the year 2000 approaches, a multitude of end-time predictions, self-proclaimed
prophets and doomsday organizations are appearing everywhere, both inside the
folds of traditional Christianity, and outside. Some of these latter-day people
and organizations are not only zealous, but dangerous, as in the case of the
Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, and the Solar Temple in Switzerland and Canada.
-- Although much smaller in scale, another end-time craze swept the European
world when the year 1000 approached. According to a book by Henri Focillion
called, THE YEAR 1000, the cultural and artistic activity in European monasteries
nearly came to a halt as the year 999 came to an end. One legend claims on
midnight, January 1, 1000, the entire country of Iceland converted to Christianity
-- mostly out of apocalyptic anxiety.
-- Throughout the ages various would-be prophets have stepped forward with
specific dates concerning when, exactly, the end of the world and the Second
Coming of Christ would take place:
Basing his predictions on the dimensions of Noah's Ark, Hippolytus of Rome
(A.D. 170-235) predicted A.D. 500 would be the day Christ returned to earth.
In 1840, Baptist Bible teacher William Miller gave a series of FOUR bogus dates
for Christ's return. Many of his followers dressed in white robes and waited
on a hillside for the Lord to take them away. When Christ failed to show up
at the appointed hour (or hours, in Miller's case), some of Miller's disciples
left, while others remained behind and started the SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS.
Harold Camping, who currently presides over a network of 39 Christian
radio stations and 14 shortwave transmitters (THE FAMILY RADIO, INC.),
the world began with Adam in 11013 B.C. and was scheduled to end September,
1994. His book, "1994?", which sold 70,000 copies, predicted that
skies would darken at midday and graves would fly open as the dead joined the
living to face God's fiery judgment. Camping, who's network will make some
$12 million this year, claims that he is delighted his prediction didn't come
true. Why? Because he has many friends and family members who are "not
-- Contrary to popular and traditional beliefs that the book of Revelation
and other Old Testament prophecies were written with our particular time period
in mind, many modern scholars (both liberals and conservatives) believe that
these scriptures dealt with events that took place during the time they were
written. Many scholars believe, for instance, that the Anti-Christ in the Book
of Revelation was a description of Nero, the murderous Roman Emperor.
-- One prophecy that figures prominently in many end-time scenarios is the
rebuilding of Solomon's Temple. The Temple which was first destroyed by the
Babylonians over 2,500 years ago was rebuilt and then destroyed again 656 years
later by the Romans. Now, The Dome of The Rock Mosque, the site believed by
Moslems to be where Mohammed ascended to heaven, stands directly atop the old
site. While many Jews stress that they have no plans to displace the mosque
(which certainly would ignite a holy war), a small group of Jews believe that
if proper preparations are made, a miracle will occur that will enable the
Temple to be built again. In preparation for just such a miracle, they have
begun replicating many of the items contained in the original Temple. Meanwhile,
other Jews have started gathering the names of all Jews descended from Aaron,
the priestly brother of Moses, so they can be pressed into service if and when
Solomon's Temple is rebuilt.
And what do Americans as a whole think about all of this? A poll
conducted by U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT found that 59% of the American
public believes the world will come to an end sometime in the near
future. 60% believe that
there will be a final judgment day. 49% believe there will be an Anti-Christ.
44% believe the battle of Armageddon will take place. And 44% believe there
will be a rapture of some kind. (DS)
WITNESSES REVISE END-TIME EXPECTATIONS
(News Brief 13, Saturday, January 6, 1996)
Okay, you start a movement based on the expectation that Jesus will be returning
to Earth any minute. In fact, you are so sure Christ is ready to return that
you predict the exact day of His appearance and gather your followers atop
a hill to await His triumphant return. When He fails to show up the first time,
you come up with another date, and then another -- FOUR DIFFERENT DATES IN
ALL, all of which fail to produce the Messiah. If you are an average end-time
organization your credibility is shot and you probably go up in flames. If,
on the other hand, you happen to be THE JEHOVAH WITNESSES, then you take it
on the chin, and adapt; you dig in for the long haul and stop trying to predict
when Christ will return.
In the early days of the movement, most Witnesses weren't particularly
interested in saving money, starting careers, or making burial plans.
They believed that
Christ would come in their lifetime and acted accordingly. But now that the
Witnesses have publicly declared in their flagship magazine, THE WATCHTOWER,
that "no one knows the day and the hour" of Christ's return, they
are beginning to concentrate on making their time here on Earth more productive
-- and comfortable. Case in point: The church recently completed building a
670-acre educational center in rural New York state that includes 624 apartments,
garages for up to 800 cars, and a dining facility that accommodates 1,600 people
in one sitting.
So far, the radical about-face shift in philosophical orientation has produced
no noticeable decline in the organization, which numbers 5.1 million world
wide. But outsiders may not know what kind of trouble the new shift has produced
inside the church, because the Witnesses rarely air their differences with
THE JERUSALEM SYNDROME
(News Brief 8, May 31,1995)
Jerusalem, which is one of the most important spiritual centers in the world,
is also home to a peculiar psychological disorder. Each year, dozens of tourists
end up believing that they are the Savior, or some other biblical figure, that
have been given a special message by God. Called THE JERUSALEM SYNDROME, the
psychological disorder mostly afflicts people from North America (usually America)
and Western Europe. Cases are apparently split equally between Christians and
Jews. Muslim tourists have managed to escape the disorder -- so far, anyway.
Psychiatrists working at Kafar Shaul, a psychiatric hospital in Jerusalem
that treats people afflicted with this disorder, indicate that most
of these people
have a history of mental problems. In addition, they sometimes treat two or
three messiahs at the same time. "But they don't fight about it," says
Moshe Kalian, a psychologist at Kafar Shaul. "They are so sure that they
are each the one and that the others will be revealed sooner or later as frauds."
The hospital's job is not to cure these patients, but rather, to simply calm
the wouldbe messiahs down so they can be returned home. And, so far, there
have been few escapes. One notable exception was an escape by a man who claimed
to be Samson. A Canadian by birth, the burly tourist ripped the metal grille
off a ward window and got as far as a local bus station before he was spotted
by a hospital staff member and returned, without incident. (DS)
PREDICTIONS: PAST & PRESENT
(News Brief 45, Friday, January 24, 1997)
The value of predictions is questionable -- they are easy to make, hard to
track... and may come back to haunt you. However, we thought you would be interested
in what 752 average Americans see in their future and compare their vision
to what some famous people in the past predicted for this century just finishing
This recent poll was conducted by PRINCETON UNIVERSITY for NEWSWEEK; only the
predictions that show agreement by at least half of those polled are included:
-- 74 percent say the gap between rich and poor will become wider in the U.S.,
and 73 percent say the gap between rich and poor will widen around the world.
-- 64 percent say they will have less leisure time than they have now.
-- 54 percent say books will still be popular 100 years from now, while 51
percent say that in the next century there be something good on TV.
-- In the next 100 years, 88 percent say humans will again travel to the Moon;
64 percent think humans will walk on Mars; and 55 percent think there will
be some humans living someplace other than Earth.
-- 68 percent see the Republican and Democratic parties still in existence
in the next century.
-- 63 percent feel that Communism will still be alive and well.
-- 72 percent think that a cure for cancer will be found, and 70 percent see
a cure for AIDS coming.
-- 69 percent don't think that there will be an end to world hunger.
-- 70 percent think that human organs for transplant will be manufactured in
-- 54 percent see global warming becoming a serious problem.
To balance the above, here are some predictions about the 20th Century by people
who should have known better:
-- "Man will not fly for 50 years." Orville Wright, aviation
-- "My imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything
but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea." H.G. Wells, author of "20,000
Leagues Under the Sea," 1901
-- "Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." Marshal
Ferdinand Foch, French military strategist, 1911
-- "The horse is here to stay -- the automobile is only a fad." Advice
given by the President of MICHIGAN SAVINGS BANK to Horace Rackham, lawyer of
-- "Germany is unable to wage war." David Lloyd George,
British Prime Minister, 1934
-- "Everything that can be invented has been invented." Charles
Duell, U.S. Commissioner of Patents, 1899
-- "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" Harry Warner,
WARNER BROTHERS, 1927
-- "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their
home." Kenneth Olsen, President and Founder of DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORP.,
-- Nobody now fears that a Japanese fleet could deal an unexpected
blow on our Pacific possessions. Radio makes surprise impossible." Josephus
Daniels, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, 1922
-- "What use could this company make of an electrical toy [telephone]?" William
Orton, President of WESTERN UNION
-- "Computers in the future may perhaps only weigh 1.5 tons." POPULAR
-- "[Man will never reach the Moon] regardless of all future scientific
advances." Dr. Lee de Forest, a father of radio, 1967
-- "The election of Hoover should result in continued prosperity for 1929." Roger
Babson, financial statistician
-- "Radio has no future." Lord Kelvin, Scottish physicist,
-- "Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." Irving
Fisher, Professor of Economics, YALE UNIVERSITY, 1929
-- "[Concerning television], people will soon get tired of staring at
a plywood box every night." Darryl F. Zanuck, 20TH CENTURY FOX, 1946 (JG)
THE END OF THE WORLD AS REPORTED BY...
(News Brief 33, Friday, October 25, 1996)
Sooner or later, the earth will be no more. When the end of the world arrives,
how will the media report it? Some hypothetical headlines:
-- USA TODAY: "We're Dead"
-- THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: "DOW JONES Plummets as World Ends"
-- NATIONAL INQUIRER: "OJ and Nicole Together Again"
-- PLAYBOY: "Girls of the Apocalypse"
-- MICROSOFT SYSTEMS JOURNAL: "APPLE Loses Market Share"
-- SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: "Game Over"
-- WIRED: "The Last New Thing"
-- ROLLING STONE: "The Grateful Dead Reunion Tour"
-- READERS DIGEST: "'Bye"
-- DISCOVER: "Will the Extinction of All Life Affect the Way
We View the Cosmos?"
-- TV GUIDE: "Death & Damnation: Nielsen Ratings Soar!"
-- LADIES HOME JOURNAL: "Lose 10 Lbs by Judgment Day!"
-- AMERICA ONLINE: "System temporarily down. Try calling back
in 15 minutes."
-- INC. MAGAZINE: "10 Ways You Can Profit from the Apocalypse"
-- MICROSOFT WEB SITE: "If you didn't experience the rapture,
try downloading software patch RAPT777.EXE."
-- NHNE NEWS BRIEF: "Just remember, you read it here first!"
GREAT STORIES WE COULDN'T SQUEEZE IN:
IMPORTANT STORIES WITH FOLLOW-UPS:
(Numbers marked with * are especially informative)
The Shroud of Turin:
News Briefs 1*, 15, 16, 55*, 57, 58, 61*, 63*
News Briefs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6*, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 11, 12*, 13*, 14*, 20*, 24,
28, 30, 31*, 34, 36*, 39*, 41, 44*, 48*, 73, 76
News Briefs 1*, 2*, 7*, 8, 9*, 47*, 77, 78, 79
"A Mass Awakening," News Brief 2*
"Parting Visions," News Brief 4*
"The Four Stages of Life After Death," News Brief 77
Dreams & Dream Work:
"An Introduction To Dream Work," News Brief 3*
"Dreamwork Goes Mainstream," News Brief 10
"Dreams of Destiny," News Brief 12*
"How to Direct Your Dreams," News Brief 13*
"Dreams Same Around World," News Brief 28
"DreamTime," News Brief 60
News Brief 10*, 14, 37*, 38*, 39*, 40*, 41, 44*, 45*, 47*, 48, 54*, 55*, 57,
Oliver's Castle Crop Circle Hoax:
News Brief 25, 27*, 29*, 30, 34*, 35, 45*, 47*, 61, 64*, 74*
Ray Santilli's "Roswell Autopsy" film:
News Brief 10*, 12*, 24, 44*, 47*, 49*, 51*, 53
OTHER IMPORTANT STORIES:
"Twelve Any Time, Any Place Survival Tips," News Brief 5
"Dealing With Death," News Brief 9
"50 Years Later: A Tribute To Edgar Cayce," News Brief 11
"Lecture By Colin Andrews," News Brief 14
"Skewed News," News Brief 17
"Manna From Heaven," News Brief 22
"Direct Line With The Beyond," News Brief 23
"Global Geological Changes Unlikely," News Brief 31
"Bone Wars," News Brief 33
"Pole Shift Torpedoed By Author," News Brief 36
"Interview With David Schleicher,
Lowell Observatory Astronomer," News Brief 38
"What Is God?," News Brief 41
"Tabloid Psychic Predictions," News Brief 43
"Rhythms In History," News Brief 45
"Otto Comes To Sedona," News Brief 50
"Dutch Evangelists Meet Sedona New Agers," News Brief 50
"High-Tech Origins Challenged - Again," News Brief 51
"Seeds Of Peace Take Root," News Brief 71
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