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NHNE News Brief 45
Friday, January 24, 1997

"A thought-provoking exploration
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Never Doubt

Deepak's Name Cleared
NEWSWEEK Gearing Up for the Millennium
Hale-Bopp Viewing
Lessons from the Northridge Quake
Environmental Wins & Losses in 1996

Past Life Readings & Shamanic Journeys

NHNE Video Now Finished

The Power to Create the Future
The Ralph Nader of the New Age
Become Aware of Universal Love

Predictions Past & Present
Rhythms in History

Another Roswell Teaser

Evidence Supporting Crop Circle Video Mounts

More Bad News about Hale-Bopp Companion

Toxic Waste in Arctic Ocean




"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing whichever has."

---Margaret Mead via Sandy Fraser


(Source: Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY, 1/21/97)

Recently, THE WEEKLY STANDARD published an article claiming that Deepak Chopra had used the services of a San Francisco call girl three times in 1991. The woman had submitted a sworn statement to the paper backing up her claims. Chopra quickly denied the allegations and sued the STANDARD for $35 million. Now the call girl has suddenly changed her tune, and issued a second statement saying that she mistook Chopra for someone else and has never even met him, let alone had sexual relations with him. Chopra is ecstatic at the news, but the lawsuit continues. (JG)


(Source: NEWSWEEK, 1/27/97)

In preparation for what it calls "the Hoopla to End All Hooplas" on New Year's Eve, 1999 and the thousand years that follow it, NEWSWEEK has launched a new section in its magazine called "2000: The Millennium Notebook." The feature will run each week and contain a wide range of stories, graphics and statistics on how the world is preparing for the new millennium. To kick off the event, NEWSWEEK has published the first in a major series of special editions that will look ahead to the year 2000 and beyond, spotlighting the changes that will transform the world in the century to come. They will also look back over the past century, reassessing the people and events that have shaped our lives. All together they form what NEWSWEEK calls their "Millennium Project," designed to provide their readers "with a rich and colorful account of the turbulent 20th Century, as well as a taste of the world in the future." (JG)


(Source: Bob Berman, DISCOVER, 2/97)

There has been a lot of controversy over the Hale-Bopp Comet ever since it was discovered in July 1995. The comet will shortly re-appear from behind the Sun, and should be bright enough to be easily seen by the naked eye, so why don't you check things out for yourself? The next good viewing window will be February 4 to 18. Look for the comet an hour before sunrise, low in the northeast in the constellation Aquila. Binoculars are not necessary, but will add a lot of extra detail. The comet has just crossed the orbit of Mars 120 million miles from the Sun and is picking up speed. (JG)


(Sources: LOS ANGELES TIMES, 1/15/95; AOL BUSINESS WIRE, 1/7/97)

Three years ago, the 6.6 magnitude Northridge Earthquake ripped through Southern California, leaving in its wake collapsed freeways, crumbled buildings, and twisted pipelines. 61 people were killed and 8,700 injured. 12,000 commercial buildings were damaged or destroyed, 16,000 homes and apartments were made uninhabitable, 40,000 people were left without food and shelter. Many lessons have been learned about responding to emergencies since that time, information that we could all benefit to know given the spate of floods, cold weather, wildfires, power outages, and earthquakes in recent years. "Being prepared is the key to surviving the first dark and incoherent hours when disaster strikes," said John Mead, President of ADVENTURE 16, one of Southern California's leading chains of outdoor and adventure travel outfitters. "The Northridge Earthquake was a rude wake-up call," noted Mead. "It's absolutely critical that every household at risk maintain a basic survival kit." In response to numerous inquiries, ADVENTURE 16 has put together the following Disaster Preparedness Checklist. Essential items: first aid kit; flashlight; adjustable wrench for turning off water and gas; energy food bars and canned food; water purification; medicines, prescriptions, extra eye glasses; waterproof matches or lighter; candle lantern; portable radio; spare batteries and bulbs; and Swiss army knife. Useful items: games to pass the time; extra cash, important papers; backpack or duffel bag; sleeping bags or space blankets and pads, tents; stoves for outdoor cooking; extra clothes including rain gear; sewing kit; and toiletries. Ready-made survival kits and individual components can be ordered from:

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(Source: Sharon Collins, CNN ONLINE, 12/30/96)

There were no major environmental accidents in 1996 that could compare to 1989's "Exxon Valdez" oil spill off Alaska's coast. Bee numbers were down as the result of a deadly combination of parasites and bad weather, threatening the billion-dollar bee keeping industry as well as all the plants and food crops that require bees to pollinate them. Songbird populations were also down, their decline blamed on deforestation in their winter habitats in Central America. Fortunately, bigger birds had better news -- bald eagles continued their comeback from the brink and six rare California condors were released back to nature near the Grand Canyon. A spate of deformed frogs turned up in Minnesota and several other states. Some blamed environmental factors, but there are more mysteries than answers about what's wrong with the frogs. The Clinton Administration told a worldwide conference on global warming that current agreements to reduce pollution from fossil fuels weren't good enough. Only a handful of nations have kept their commitment to a 1992 treaty signed at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The age-old war between Japanese and U.S. automakers opened a new front in '96 as General Motors rolled out its new electric car. GM doesn't expect high-voltage sales just yet, but does expect a big challenge from Toyota, which announced it's committing nearly a billion dollars a year to developing alternative-fuel vehicles. THE COUSTEAU SOCIETY's flagship "Calypso" sank in Singapore after being sideswiped by a passing barge. Mollie Beattie, who led the U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE through its stormiest battles over endangered species and property rights, passed away this year, as did Roger Tory Peterson, the man who got the nation watching birds. (JG)



Past life reader, Donna Ciaciarella, shares her visionary process and explores the concepts and theories behind past lives and reincarnation. Although she believes the present to be the vehicle for developing awareness, she also believes that knowing one's past lives can help people clear unresolved emotional issues/relationships, unconscious habits, fears, addictions. She reasons that by knowing the past we have the opportunity to forgive ourselves, to forgive others, and thus release stuck emotional energy to be more present and whole in this life. A beautiful site, enhanced with her own studio oil paintings -- some esoterically abstract, a few others on a more humourous note.




16 years ago, David Sunfellow and I were producing plays about global and personal transformation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The productions were a lot of fun but were an enormous amount of work: writing scripts, auditioning, rehearsing, building sets, making costumes and props, advertising, booking the venue, rigging the sound and lights. It was always a bit of a letdown when the curtain dropped on closing night -- although we enjoyed the process, we felt frustrated by the fact that once it was all over we had nothing to show for our efforts.

Right from the beginning it has been our dream to make movies. The effort and themes remain the same, but thanks to Internet and video technology, the whole world can see our efforts whenever they want. For this reason, the launch of the first NHNE video is significant for us. It represents a new mode of communication for which we have been preparing for many years, and in which you too can participate.

We are particularly proud of our first video effort. It is over one-and-half hours long and features the entire 14 minute Special Report on Gordon-Michael Scallion prepared by Bureau Chief Jim Moore for KHOU-TV in Austin, Texas and shown on many CBS affiliates around the country. The video also includes 12 minutes of previously unreleased footage from Moore's interview with David Sunfellow. Those who are interested in Sedona should enjoy our tour of this marvellous town along with interviews of Sedona locals, David Sunfellow and me, and others involved with NHNE. And the sacred hike to the top of a 1,000 foot rock spire is just a preview of what you can expect in our next video, which will take you on sacred hikes to energy vortexes, ancient Indian ruins, secret canyons, and odd and unusual geological formations in the Sedona area. Our video is available on a donation basis ($20 is suggested). We hope you take us up on our offer.

Details about ordering the video can be found on our Web site ( If you haven't visited us on the Web recently, we encourage you to do so. We think you will be surprised by the improvements we have made to the site. Literally all of our publications are now posted there, as well as a powerful search engine to find whatever topic you are looking for. David tells me that we now have over 100 paid subscribers and reminds me that he has redesigned the subscription section of our Web site. Please encourage your friends to visit ( so they can join us as part of a global network of like-minded souls.

James Gregory



"NHNE is the main reason I open my mailbox each Friday. Today, I downloaded News Brief 44 and it was read by three of us here as it came out of the printer. You covered three of our favorite subjects: Scallion updates, Hale-Bopp, and the Alien Autopsy, which I tend to believe is authentic. Many thanks."

---Dana Wiley, Winlock, Washington



"It seems obvious that Gordon-Michael Scallion is wired into 'something,' but it's equally obvious that he hasn't got the whole picture. The lesson to be drawn here is discernment -- it is possible to have access to great truths which are at the same time distorted. If GMS's predictions come true, it won't be the predictions that change anything, it'll be the events themselves! Concentrating on predictions (this includes reporting those predictions) is ultimately not very empowering. What is empowering is taking what we know already, drawing the implications from that, and then acting on those conclusions. If you have the power to create the future, use it. If you're not sure whether you have the power, find out. If you don't have it, go home and forget about it. My point is that we need to start becoming pro-active and work together, and not wait until Hale-Bopp comes round the Sun, or the government announces ETs, or the year 2000 arrives. The sooner we start, the easier it is going to be."

---Ben Swift, London, England



"I consider myself lucky to have found your analysis of prophecies and back issues of your News Brief on your Web site. They decreased my anxiety level by 100 percent. Someone needs to track everything, otherwise people are easily brainwashed. You are the Ralph Nader of the New Age."

---Sherry, Idaho City, Idaho


(Source: NEWSWEEK, 1/27/97)

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 up.

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 laboratories.

-- 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 pioneer, 1901

-- "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 Henry Ford

-- "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., 1977

-- 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 MECHANICS, 1949

-- "[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, 1897

-- "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)


(Source: William Strauss & Neil Howe, USA TODAY, 1/21/97)

"Ten years from now... the U.S. is due to enter an era of crisis... -- a social and political upheaval comparable to the era of the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II," so claim William Strauss and Neil Howe, authors of "The Fourth Turning." According to Strauss and Howe, ever since the Renaissance, history has beat to a rhythm of four turnings, in a cycle of 80 to 100 years. The First Turning is an upbeat era of strengthening institutions and weakening individualism as a new civil order is established. The Second Turning is a passionate era of spiritual upheaval when civic order comes under attack from new values. The Third Turning is a downcast era of strengthening individualism and weakening institutions when civic order decays and new values implant. The Fourth Turning is an era of crisis in which the old civic order is replaced with a new one.

Here are the rhythms they see in U.S. history:


The High: 1704 - 1727, the Age of Empire
The Awakening: 1727 - 1746, the Great Awakening
The Unraveling: 1746 - 1773, the French & Indian Wars
The Crisis: 1773 - 1794, the American Revolution


The High: 1794 - 1822, the Era of Good Feelings
The Awakening: 1822 - 1844, the Transcendental Awakening
The Unraveling: 1844 - 1860, Sectionalism
The Crisis: 1860 - 1865, the American Civil War


The High: 1865 - 1886, Reconstruction & the Gilded Age
The Awakening: 1886 - 1908, the Third Great Awakening
The Unraveling: 1908 - 1929, World War I & Prohibition
The Crisis: 1929 - 1946, the Great Depression & World War II


The High: 1946 - 1964, the post-war high
The Awakening: 1964 - 1984, the Consciousness Revolution
The Unraveling: 1984 - 2005?, Culture Wars
The Crisis: 2005? - 2025?, the Millennium Crisis

The rhythm of history is governed by an underlying dynamic of generational aging. Every 20 years or so, there is a new generation -- the social mood changes and a new turning is the result. That is why much of history is cyclical.

In the first quarter of the next century, the survival of the world could be at stake. The U.S. will possess a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to elevate America to a higher plane of civilization or the next turning could end in apocalypse.

Here is what Howe and Strauss recommend we do in order that the next turning end well:

-- Given that the nation will require entirely new institutions to meet the crisis, we need to create a financial surplus today so that new priorities can be funded tomorrow. Unnecessary government programs should be cut, and money should be directed away from affluent elders and towards the poorer children soon to be heroes of a vital national mission.

-- The military should turn from a mindset of flexibility, stealth and surgical goals and prepare for dirty war requiring mass and intimidation in order to ensure total victory.

-- In a Fourth Turning, geopolitical self-interest, not multilateral politesse, will govern the fate of nations.

-- We should stop the erosion in our civic culture. When times get hard, character counts.

You can learn more about the work of Howe and Strauss by visiting their Web site at: (JG)


(Source: CNI NEWS 1/16/97)

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Roswell crash, a new name has entered the fray which could blow the lid off the alleged coverup once and for all. Colonel Philip J. Corso reportedly served on President Eisenhower's NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL and also headed the Foreign Technology Desk at the U.S. ARMY'S RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT. He claims to have personal knowledge of alien artifacts recovered at Roswell in his new book, "The Day After Roswell" to be published in July.

The promotional text of his book claims: "This landmark expose puts the controversy about the famous crash of an unidentified aircraft to rest with conclusive proof about its extraterrestrial origin. No solid evidence has existed to prove the alien theory... until now. Backed by newly declassified documents, Colonel Corso (Ret.) reveals his personal stewardship of alien artifacts from the crash, how these items changed the course of 20th Century history, and the U.S. government's astonishing role in covering up the incident. Laying bare some of the government's most closely guarded secrets, 'The Day After Roswell' forces us to reconsider our past, as well as our role in the universe."

According to a CNI NEWS source, Corso was not at Roswell the day of the crash, but flew over the crash site the day after. Corso claimed that while he was going through archives in Washington, he found a piece of unusual material about half the size of a playing card with attached documents indicating it was from the Roswell crash. He also found electrical circuitry with the same kind of documents attached. CNI NEWS notes that there have been many Roswell "insiders" over the years whose testimony did not live up to expectations. But if Corso can actually demonstrate personal knowledge of alien artifacts from the crash, he may prove to be the most impressive Roswell witness yet. (JG)


(Source: Ilyes, CNI NEWS, 1/16/97)

NHNE has previously reported in News Brief 27 on the controversial "Oliver's Castle Video" which purports to show the anomalous formation of a snowflake-shaped crop circle in an English field on August 11, 1996 accompanied by strange balls of light (BOL). In News Brief 29, we reported the opinion of noted crop circle researcher Colin Andrews that the footage was "probably" a hoax. Andrews based this opinion both on a detailed technical analysis of the video and the suspicious and contradictory story of the young cameraman.

Here are some more opinions compiled in the intervening months by CNI NEWS and Ilyes, the U.S. National Coordinator for the CENTRE FOR CROP CIRCLE STUDIES:

-- Jim Dilettoso, president of a state-of-the-art lab and supercomputer network designer with 20 years' experience in his field, confirmed on "Sightings" that he is confident a computer was not used.

-- Laurel Click, special effects expert, said on "Strange Universe" that she found nothing to suggest fraud. If indeed a hoax, it would have taken very sophisticated equipment, much money, and a large team of professionals a long time to produce.

-- Ralph McCarron, who creates special effects for a major California lab, stated on "Strange Universe" that after his freeze-frame studies and enhanced image analyses, he's convinced that it's authentic footage. The consistent camera shake throughout the sequence clinched it for him.

-- Philip Gurr and P. Head, Professors of Electronics at EXETER UNIVERSITY's Video and Television Department, said that they would be unable to fake the sequence even with their advanced equipment. They found no evidence to suggest that the tape had been tampered with.

[On June 2, 2002, Philip Gurr contacted us to challenge and correct the preceeding paragraph. Mr. Gurr wrote: "This, or similar, has been knocking about for many, many years, and to be frank, is utter LIES! At the time I was a technician (not a Professor) in the Psychology Dept (not electronics). I had no 'advanced equipment' and said to the guy that although very interesting the tape was obviously nearing it's fifth or sixth generation copy and, well, could be a set of car headlamps half mixed with a country landscape.The reference to P. Head is also incorrect as he also was a technician in the Education Dept of the University. I now work for Devon & Cornwall Police and DO now work with sophisticated equipment and now know a fake tape when I see one. So please rather than copying verbatim from other sites on the web, RESEARCH FIRST." -- DS]

-- Lee Winterston, amateur video producer and UFO-phile, thought there was a discrepancy when the BOLs appeared, but what the telltale signs for this were and how he discovered them have not been released. No one else who has technically analyzed the tape has mentioned such a discrepancy.

Other than Andrews and Winterston, experts seem to unanimous in agreeing that the footage is 'clean' and that the tape was not created or enhanced by computer. However, without being able to examine the original, no one is willing to commit their findings to writing at this time.

More on this investigation, as well as a reconstruction of events as they occurred that fateful morning of August 11, 1996 is posted on the CROP CIRCLE CONNECTOR: (JG)


(Source: CNI NEWS 1/16/97

On November 29, 1996, remote viewers Courtney Brown and Prudence Calabrese announced on the Art Bell Radio Show that they had received photos from an astronomer associated with a "top-10 university" clearly showing a "companion" near the Hale-Bopp Comet. This announcement created quite a sensation because it was the first "official" proof that a companion to the comet existed, prompting Brown's FARSIGHT INSTITUTE to confirm its claims derived from earlier remote viewing sessions that the Hale-Bopp companion was a "sentient," "planet-sized spacecraft."

On January 14, 1996, one of the photos was posted on the Web sites of radio personality Art Bell and author Whitley Strieber. The next day, Oliver Hainaut of the UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII Astronomy Lab discovered that the photo was, in fact, a doctored version of a legitimate Hale-Bopp photo taken on September 1, 1995 by astronomer David Tholen using a UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII telescope. The fraudulent nature of the photo is clearly demonstrated on James Neff's ENIGMA Web site: <>. This development has cast the credibility of Courtney Brown and his FARSIGHT INSTITUTE into serious jeopardy.

The following are excerpts from comments made by FARSIGHT INSTITUTE's Dr. Courtney Brown to CNI NEWS Editor Michael Lindemann on January 16:

"When the Shramek picture came out we targeted the thing. The results are on our Web site. About a week and a half later, an astrophysicist we know sent us three rolls of film. Out of those three rolls there were about six really good photos [clearly showing a companion to the Hale-Bopp Comet]. He was very excited about the whole thing, and said he was probably going to come out in a week after the Art Bell Show. He never came out, and he stopped returning my phone calls.

"[Now] at least one of the pictures appears to have been doctored and is being called a fraud. We've been thunderstruck...; it's upset Prudence so much that she's gone into premature labor. We have to assume there are no foul deeds in giving us the data. I think they're going to make a big deal on the Art Bell Show about whether I personally said that this guy took the photo or was given the photo. At that time, it was a little ambiguous with the guy himself. I might have misspoken that he took them, but the reality is, he was getting information from all different sources and I don't know the source of any of it, other than the fact that his credibility is absolutely stellar.

"He said, 'Don't give this to anybody except your very close inner people. I don't want it anywhere outside. I want to look at it myself for awhile.' We gave it to Whitley and Art, and they said they wouldn't show it to anybody. Then it showed up on their Web sites two months later, after they reinterpreted the original agreement, from 'Don't show it to anybody,' to 'Wait a reasonable amount of time.' There was no 'reasonable amount of time.' Art's perspective was, 'Well, it's a damn good thing we put it up, because now we know it's a fraud.' But there's a double-edged sword to that. You find out it's a fraud, but what good is it? It was never claimed to be authentic. [The astronomer] specifically said not to give it out. We made the mistake of giving it out.

"People are thinking either [the astronomer's] a fraud, or we're a fraud. I know we're not fraudulent. Either he's been snookered himself, or he's snookering us, in which case, if I reveal his name, I'm dealing with a libel suit. I can't judge which one is true, although I think he's been taken advantage of. But why he's not taking our calls, I don't know. He's a personal friend of Prudence's. We're talking about someone she's taken courses with -- a confidante and advisor. Someone did this purposely to us and they're going after the weakest link -- Prudence. She's my employee. She does what I ask her to do. She did not want to go on the Art Bell show to talk about the photos. Art Bell asked her to do it, I encouraged her, Whitley encouraged her -- so she finally did it.

"Just because someone has created a fraudulent picture doesn't mean the actual thing doesn't exist. Somebody wants this shut up, and they're willing to do anything, including trying to destroy us. But we're not going to collapse. We know that for a fact. We're going to come through this thing, and we will get a lot of positive publicity in the near future. [This setback] does not invalidate the remote viewing data, but in the public's eyes, it means throw the whole thing out. The remote viewing will be shown as correct. That much I'm sure of. We were told this was going to happen, and we were told to ignore all the bad things that will be said about us. I can't say [what kind of sources told us this], but they've not been wrong once.

"The ET's are showing themselves for a reason. It's just a matter of time before something else happens. If this photograph is a fraud, then so what? Even if you throw away this picture, you can't throw away all the other pictures -- the Shramek picture, the Japanese observatory picture. All we have to do is wait and see what that object does next."

Despite Browns claims, the Shramek picture has been roundly discredited and the astronomer who took the photo from the Japanese observatory now admits the anomaly was the result of technical problems with his equipment.



Although the dumping of radioactive waste at sea has been banned world wide for more than 30 years, it has recently come to light that Russia has been dumping highly radioactive materials in the Arctic Ocean since the late 1950s. This act has international implications and according to the Norwegian Prime Minister represents a "security risk to people and to the natural biology of northern waters." Norway's former Minister of Foreign Affairs adds that Russian pollution is "the biggest security problem Norway faces."

Bowing to international pressure, Russian President Boris Yeltsin had his top environmental adviser produce a report on the matter. Released in March 1993, the Yablokov Report tells a disturbing tale of disregard for the environment and international treaties. The report states that since the early 1950s, the Soviet Union dumped an estimated 2.5 million curies of radioactive waste into the Arctic Ocean, including 17 nuclear reactors. (A curie is the amount of radiation given off by one gram of radium. A person could die by carrying around even one curie of radioactive material in their pocket.) At least seven of the reactors still contained their fuel rods which were impossible to remove due to accidents. In addition, an estimated 11,090 containers holding 7,000 tons of solid waste and 1,600 cubic meters of liquid waste from the Northern Fleet based in Murmansk were thrown into the sea. Seamen cut holes in "sealed" containers if they would not sink. Then there is the case of the submarine "Komsomolets" which sank in the Barents Sea in April 1989. A crack in the sub's bow exposed the nuclear warheads, which were predicted to start leaking plutonium by 1995. The Yablokov Report concludes that Russian nuclear submarines continue to dump radioactive waste at sea due to a lack of storage and reprocessing facilities on shore.

The dumping of nuclear waste in the oceans poses a threat to marine life. There have been some disturbing incidents in recent years. In 1990, six million starfish, shellfish, seals, and porpoises washed up dead on the shores of the White Sea, and the area's natural fish population of flatfish, smelt, and cod has disappeared. In 1992, seals in the White and Barents Sea started dying of blood cancer. Yuri Moshenko at the NORTHERN POLAR INSTITUTE in Arkangelsk maintains that the nuclear testing at Novaya Zemlya during the 1950s and the nuclear wastes dumping in the Arctic Sea are responsible. A poisoning of the Arctic Ocean and the Sea of Japan would have enormous economic, social and environmental costs not only to Russia, but to Japan and the Scandinavian countries as well. Many of these countries depend on fish harvested from these regions to feed their populace and to export. While Russia acknowledges that dumping nuclear waste into the ocean is harmful, it warns the international community that it has run out of places to store the waste on land and if financial aid is not forthcoming it will have no choice but to continue dumping it into the sea.

Perhaps the biggest concern is what to do with the rest of the Russian submarine fleet. The Northern Fleet operates more than 200 nuclear-powered ballistic missile and attack submarines. Russia seeks to reduce the size of its fleet by a third and has approached the FRIDJOF NANSEN INSTITUTE in Norway for expertise and money to decommission about 50 subs by the end of the decade. The Norwegian environmental group BELLONA has obtained information that suggests that the cost of upgrading the shipyards in Severodvinsk to handle the decommissioning of the Russian nuclear submarine fleet could reach at least $230 million dollars. The cost of raising the "Komsomolets" has been estimated at an additional $250-500 million.

Meanwhile, inside Russia, facilities with far greater quantities of nuclear waste are stored in insecure reservoirs and are threatening to contaminate rivers flowing into the Arctic Sea. For example, the Mayak facility -- the largest production site for weapons-grade plutonium in Russia -- has 1 billion curies of radioactive waste consisting of 26,000 kilograms of plutonium and 44,000 spent fuel rods. Much of it is stored in reservoirs that are in danger of leaking or overflowing. A subsurface plume of pollution is already seeping from the Mayak facilities toward the nearby Misheliak River at a rate of 80 meters per year.

North America also shares a shore on the Arctic Ocean and scientists are trying to assess what possible damage the dumping might have done to the fragile environment of the Arctic region. While Russia's radioactive waste problem does not seem to pose an immediate threat to the U.S., Congress was concerned enough to allocate an extra $10 million to the DEFENSE DEPARTMENT to assess the danger and develop worst-case scenarios and contingency plans.

These revelations support predictions made by Dannion Brinkley in his best-selling book, "Saved by the Light." Detailing a remarkable near-death experience Brinkley had in 1975, Brinkley's 1994 book includes 117 different predictions, 95 of which, according to Brinkley, have come true. One of his predictions dealt with a terrible nuclear disaster that was supposed to occur in the northern hemisphere, possibly in the Soviet Union. NHNE reported on this prediction in News Brief 7, published March 13,1995:

"A second nuclear accident appeared... [CHERNOBYL was the first nuclear disaster Brinkley claims to have accurately predicted] in a northern sea so badly polluted that no ships would travel there. The water was a pale red and was covered with dead or dying fish. Around the water were peaks and valleys that made me think I was seeing a fjord like those in Norway. I couldn't tell where this was, but I knew that the world was frightened at what had happened, because radiation from this accident could spread everywhere and affect all of humankind. The date on the picture was 1995. The vision didn't stop there. People were dying and deformed as a result of these nuclear catastrophes. In a series of what seemed like television pictures, I saw cancer victims and mutated babies in Russia, Norway, Sweden and Finland, not hundreds or thousands of people, but tens of thousands, in vast array of deformity, going on through generations. The poisons released by these accidents were carried to the rest of the world through water, which was tainted forever by this nuclear waste. The Being made it clear that humans had created a horrible power that had not been contained. By letting this power out of their control, the Soviets had destroyed their own country and possibly the world."

---"Saved by the Light", Chapter 5, "The Boxes of Knowledge"

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